Radio host-turned-podcaster Kirk Minihane has been open about his mental health battle, telling listeners of his former WEEI-FM Boston (93.7) sports show that he took himself off the air after suffering from severe depression and thoughts of suicide. Minihane ultimately left the Entercom-owned station and since last summer has hosted a podcast for Barstool Sports. Sadly, his demons have followed him. In a Twitter post, Minihane says the podcast is on hiatus while he again focuses on his health.
Reaction to his announcement brought a lot of social media support from fans and from his employer, including Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini.
Other sports media personalities have also sent words of encouragement, including radio host Tony Bruno and ESPN Radio’s Scott Van Pelt.
When Minihane launched his new podcast last June for Barstool Sports, he said he wanted to emulate the loose nature of his previous radio show. The deal was announced just days after he split with WEEI. Minihane, who was bumped from WEEI-FM’s revamped Mut and Callahan morning show lineup in November 2018, was dismissed from Entercom last May after he gave the company an ultimatum. Entercom promised the controversial sports talk host a live streaming program on Radio.com that never came to fruition. As a protest, Minihane discontinued his popular “Enough About Me” podcast to get his demands met. The radio group decided instead to release Minihane from his contract. Minihane then took to his favorite platform Periscope to break the news. He unleashed a tirade of insults directed toward the company and individuals upon being dismissed. Entercom simply issued a statement saying they were going to allow him to pursue other opportunities.