Former Miami Dolphins star Troy Stradford was yanked off his own sports talk show on WMEN-640 AM this morning after he questioned on the air the professionalism of fellow host Sid Rosenberg, the controversial personality who started at Fort Lauderdale station just two months ago.
Stradford, 49, who’s been hosting a two hour program at 640 Sports for nearly four years, says his emotions got the best of him after Rosenberg cut into his show yet again.
“I confronted Sid on the air with my listeners and next thing I know, I was told to go home,” Stradford tells Gossip Extra. ”I was very professional about it. But there’s a lack of respect from Sid’s part and I wanted my listeners to know.”
Rosenberg was fired from Miami’s WQAM-560 AM earlier this year after hijinks that included his attempt to push his own sponsor behind the backs of station officials, a nasty gambling habit and a DUI arrest.
Still, Rosenberg rebounded at WMEN, where he’s had the 6-10 a.m. morning drive time slot since August 13.
Stradford, a Fins running back in the late 1990s, has the 10-12 p.m. show.
Thing is: Rosenberg has been cutting routinely into Stradford’s air time, like superstar jock Howard Stern used to do.
“It’d be 10 minutes here and 15 minutes there,” Stradford said. “But today, he stayed on until 11 a.m. I just got mad. I keep getting bumped for things that Sid does that are not worth it in my book.”
Instead of talking about MLB playoffs and the surging Dolphins, Stradford started on Rosenberg. Things snowballed when callers picked up the topic — and Stradford was sent home during a commercial break by General Manager Steve Lapa.
“I have no idea if it’s for ever, or just today,” Stradford said. “At least, I was professional in my criticism.”
Lappa has yet to return calls for comment.
Former Mark Eisenberg took over the air after Stradford left the building but did not explain what happened.