Rob Parker now has a new home in WDFN 1130.
The station, once a dominant presence in the local sports market, announced late Sunday night that Rob Parker and Mark Wilson will co-host â€śParker and the Manâ€ť beginning Monday, March 24. The show can be heard weeknights from 7 to 10. The news was first reported by the Detroit News.
â€śThis just seems so right because itâ€™s the 20th anniversary of WDFN, Detroitâ€™s original all-sports station,â€ť Parker told the News. â€śAnd Iâ€™m excited to work with Mark again. Heâ€™s a proâ€™s pro, a great broadcaster.”
He added: â€śPlus, I canâ€™t wait to mix it up with Detroit sports fans again on the radio.â€ť
From The Detroit News:
Parker, 50, while provocative, has had his share of high-profiled flubs. A former columnist for The Detroit News, he once went on TV and reported then-Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins was present during a fight between the football and hockey teams. That turned out to be false, and Parker publicly apologized. Later that same year, in 2008, at a postgame press conference, Parkerâ€™s attempt at humor fell flat when he asked then-Lions coach Rod Marinelli if he wished his daughter had married a better defensive coordinator (Joe Barry was the defensive coordinator, as well as Marinelliâ€™s son-in-law). A few weeks later, Parker left The News. Then in late 2012, Parker, by then a regular contributor on ESPNâ€™s â€śFirst Take,â€ť made the â€ścornball brotherâ€ť comment about Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. The network afterword decided not to renew Parkerâ€™s contract.
Parker since has been writing for the website, theshadowleague.com, and remains a contributor on WDIV Channel 4â€™s â€śSports Final Edition,â€ť on which he made Sundayâ€™s announcement.
Wilson, most recently, was program director and operations manager of NBC Sports Radio Detroit.
â€śAfter working some other projects the last few years, itâ€™s exciting to be back with Rob doing what we do best,â€ť Wilson said. â€śAnd thatâ€™s bring informative and entertaining sports-talk radio on this new multi-level platform to all of Metro Detroit.â€ť
In recent months, Parker has written a column for Black Enterprise magazine media partner TheShadowLeague.com.