Longtime sports radio personality Teddy Heffner was let go Tuesday by 560 The Team. Heffner confirmed his firing to The State.
“I was stunned. It’s been almost 25 years,” he said. “The people there have been great to me. I think management felt as bad about it as I did. The radio business is a strange business. I don’t know all the particulars. I don’t know what the plans are. I just know that I need a job and I’m going to be looking.”
Heffner served as the host of the morning show called, “Talking Sports.” He was emotional as he discussed the difficult nature of the situation.
“I’ve got three kids, a mortgage and a car payment,” he said.
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His show is being replaced by a national Fox Sports Radio show.
560 The Team’s regional programming manager L.J. Smith could not be reached for comment. The station is owned by Clear Channel.
Teffner said he hopes that his show will get picked up by another outlet in the Midlands area. The Columbia native doesn’t want to relocate because all of his ties are here.
“I’m not Teddy Heffner anywhere else but Columbia,” Heffner said. “I’ve been here all my life. People know me. I think I have a good reputation with most people. I hope to land somewhere.”
Heffner is also proud of the work that he did each morning on his show over the past 20-plus years.
“We did a good job. We were another voice,” he said. “I always brought a journalist’s bent to the program. It’s entertainment, not journalism, but I always tried to do it journalistically. I always tried to be fair. Maybe I didn’t always succeed, but I always tried.”
David Cloninger contributed to this report.