Controversial radio host Mike North says he’s done with sports – Chicago Tribune

Once the loudest, most distinctive voice in Chicago sports radio, Mike North says he’s done with that.

“I’m stepping away from sports radio and sports podcasting, sports columns completely and I’m heading in another direction completely because I think the timing is right,” told WTTW-Ch. 11’s Phil Ponce on Monday’s “Chicago Tonight.”

A former hot dog stand owner who parlayed his penchant for hot water and everyman perspective into a lucrative media career, North parted company with WSCR-AM nine years ago.

North, who helped launch the all-sports station 25 years ago, gave The Score its identity in its early days and, at his peak, was pulling down $1.5 million a year from the station plus endorsement cash.