Popular sports radio personality gets his job back after one-week layoff

SANDUSKY One week after BAS Broadcasting managers axed a longtime sports radio personality, they're
Annie Zelm
May 24, 2010



One week after BAS Broadcasting managers axed a longtime sports radio personality, they're bringing him back on the air.

Mark Fogg, a sports director and program director for 1450 WLEC, plans to return to his full-time duties today after managers offered his job back.

"I'm going back like I've never been gone," Fogg, 54, told theRegister Monday afternoon, shortly after announcing his decision to accept the offer. "That was part of the agreement I had with them."

Fogg, who has worked for the radio station more than 33 years, said he agreed to return after receiving the offer last week and mulling it over during the weekend.

He said he'll spend the remainder of this week catching up and will debut again during thisFriday's football game. His talk show will return from6-10 a.m. Monday.

"I'm happy, certainly, to be back," he said. "We'll march on, go from there."

BAS Broadcasting managers told Fogg last Monday they were laying him off to cut company costs.

BAS Broadcasting owner Jim Lorenzen referred all contact Monday to co-owner Tom Klein, who did not return several calls for comment.

BAS also owns a cluster of other stations including 1600 AM WTTF, 92.1 FM "The Wolf," Eagle 99.9, Mix 102.7, WCPZ and Coast 100.9. In January, the Fremont-based broadcasting company acquired five radio stations in Sandusky, Findlay and Tiffin for $5.2 million.

When WLEC changed formats again in March, cutting its 24/7 sports format in favor of classics from the 1960s and '70s, Lorenzen and Klein assured listeners that familiar personalities such as Fogg would remain.

Fogg said he's always lived by the motto that everything happens for a reason. Though he's not sure what the reasoning was in this situation, he said the ordeal has given him a greater appreciation for his job and his community.

"I've felt an awful lot of love and support from the community," Fogg said. "I've always loved living here, and now I know why. It's been a humbling week -- ultimately the kind of week (I hope) I'll never have to go through again."