Dan Neil Off Austin's 104.9 The Horn Due To Candidacy
July 13, 2010 at 4:26 AM (PT)
BORDER MEDIA Sports KTXX (104.9 THE HORN)/AUSTIN "BUD LIGHT MORNING RUSH" co-host and former UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS and DENVER BRONCOS Guard DAN NEIL has been pulled from the air until NOVEMBER due to his candidacy for the TEXAS House of Representatives. The AUSTIN AMERICAN=STATESMAN reports that NEIL, who is running in District 48 as a Republican against incumbent Democrat DONNA HOWARD, has been off the air since MAY and has claimed on his FACEBOOK page that HOWARD was "forcing" him off the air and, "Apparently she thinks voters will be unduly influenced by my views on the spread formation in football, RON ARTEST's shot selection, or vuvuzelas at the WORLD CUP. She must have a pretty low opinion of voters."
HOWARD, who said her campaign had suggested alternatives that would have kept NEIL on the air in exchange for four spots a day and a transcript of his show, told the STATESMAN that NEIL is "making me sound more powerful than I guess I am.... This was something that the radio station ultimately decided on their own. I had nothing to do with it."
SVP/Market Manager BOB PROUD told the paper, "Discussions were held to try to find a way to keep DAN on the air, but BORDER MEDIA's legal counsel decided it would be best that he stay off until after the election."