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Mychael Urban issues statement on departure from CSN Bay Area


As reported earlier today, Mychael Urban will no longer serve as CSN Bay Area’s MLB Insider. Comcast SportsNet Bay Area’s statement on the matter reads, “Mychael Urban is no longer employed with Comcast SportsNet. We appreciate his contributions over the last few years and we wish him well.”

I asked Urban if he would like to respond, and he replied with a statement of his own:

“I was informed Wednesday that my option year is not being picked up. Yet another reason to envy Jeremy Affeldt.

I’m proud of having helped http://CSNBayArea.com grow into what it’s become, and I particularly enjoyed learning the TV side, but this is a subjective business, and while I know the majority of people at CSN were pleased with my work, those in power were not.

They felt a change was needed, so they did what they felt they had to do. Anyone who’s lost a job right before the holidays knows how difficult it is on a family, though, so rather than lament what I’ve lost or rail against perceived wrongs, I have to take it like a man, move on as quickly as possible to make sure my wife and little girls are happy and healthy, and thank CSN for the opportunity.”

 

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Andrew S
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why does M. Urban keep getting bounced from everywhere? KNBR now Comcast? guy has a great heart and is a good reporter, I just don’t get it especially with his own health issues

DM
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Makes you wonder what he is like behind the scenes, if he is difficult to work with or unprofessional when the camera/mic is off. He’s obviously a very knowledgable baseball reporter and his work on the radio is pretty good too, so having two different employers within a year go in a direction away from Urban makes you wonder…

FL
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I too have to wonder why Urban continues to get fired, let go, not asked back, whatever. He always seemed to do a good job on both radio and TV, but as DM mentioned maybe Urban’s someone else behind the scenes. Bay Area media drama continues to fascinate.

Matt
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I agree with the previous commenter – why does Urban get this kind of treatment when there are worse people on the air? I don’t get it. Is there something about him that we don’t know about, behind the scenes?

King of Cali
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Great post BASG! Nice to see what Mychael Urban had to say about him no longer being part of CSNBayArea.com. I’m curious as to what happend as well, but that’s between them. I do hope he get’s picked up by someone soon. He has good insights, and does know his baseball. Only time will tell… Keep us updated as to what site he pops up on next!

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RoneFace
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I wonder if he upset people with the Giants. No specific comments come to mind but it’s possible he was let go from KNBR and CSN because the Giants didn’t approve.

Otis Byrd III
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I don’t see why the Giants wouldn’t approve of Urban. Urban is friends with Barry Zito. They used to have that unicorn hr. show on the weekends during baseball season, back when Urban was on KNBR.

I also thought Urban did a good job on CSN Bay Area, and on KNBR when he was there. That’s too bad that CSN Bay Area is letting Urban go. I also feel bad for him. Urban does seem like a good guy, and hopefully he will get a job somewhere talking baseball.

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I like Urbs and feel bad for him. Totally speculating here but his response to BASG seems too much. He’s explaining why he has to keep it short and sweet but that explaining contradicts exactly that. I admire his honestly but it defeats the purpose of gracefully bowing out. Maybe that is a glimpse of why he has been bounced around so much.

DSD
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Good riddance. Urban is a pompous ass who is nothing but a blowhard.

MoragaJohn
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Hey BASG, you think this has anything to do with 95.7FM? I noticed he was on with Lund more and more. I thought he was actually carrying his share of the load by adding some interesting perspective. BTW, I am getting to like Lund more and more. What do you think?

Stan
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Stan

Comcast and KNBR-Happy Thanksgiving from coporate America!

Now Urban knows why settlers are in Oakland. Power to the PEOPLE!

Stan
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Stan

Comcast gave the Urban family the bird for Thanksgiving-and it wasn’t a turkey.

LR
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I don’t like him, but his statement is pretty classy. Short and to the point, moving on. He seems like a grown up, so I’m sure you won’t see or hear any petulant crap from him like we did from Damon B.

Chualarian
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doesn’t comcast own 95.7 though?

i always thought urbs knew his shit, whether it was on tv or radio.. i was kinda bummed when he went to the game and knbr put the kibosh on d.bruce’s tuesdays with michael segment– SNOWCAPS!!…anyone?
urbs and lund have been a nice listen on the game though.

while i like what he brings to the table, inside sources have told me that he became ridiculously full of himself among press circles and in locker rooms once he got the comcast gig.. coulda had something to do with it

Otis Byrd III
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Yeah, I agree. It was too bad that KNBR took away Mychael Urban’s segment with Damon Bruce on Tuesdays. That segment was golden! Plus, they are both good friends, and the interviews sounded more like it was a conversation between two good friends, than just a regular interview that Damon had to do. It didn’t seem forced, where Damon had to act like he was interested in who he was interviewing. It was someone that he is friends with, and didn’t mind talking baseball, amongst other sports topics at times with, for a couple of segments. I’m not sure if… Read more »
MoragaJohn
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I had forgotten about Urbs with Damon. Chalk up a vote from me for Tuesdays with Mychael. I had heard that all those Comcast Insiders signed exclusives with 95.7 and that’s why they became persona non grata at KNBR. Anyone know the story there?

Otis Byrd III
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I’m not really sure. I think BASG has an article or two, regarding the “Insiders” for KNBR and 95.7. But yeah, the guys who used to come on the shows on KNBR that are now on the shows on 95.7 such as Mychael Urban, Matt Maiocco, and Matt Steinmetz, are like you said, persona non grata on KNBR. It’s kind of weird how no one on KNBR really mentions them now. It’s kind of too bad though. All of this for the sake of competition. I kind of miss listening to those guys on KNBR, even though I could just… Read more »
MoragaJohn
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I sort of got the feeling that KNBR had to scramble for some new segments when they lost the CSN insiders. I felt that the Ratto segment was one of those replacement things. IMO, I sort of like Ratto’s curmudgeonly style… at least for a little longer… you may be right about overexposure and it may get old, but it hasn’t hit me yet. I agree… his read at 10:30 is no bueno.

Now, personally, I have left the sports leader after 9:00am… the 680 version that is.

T
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T

The SF Giants are one of several companies that own CSN.

This firing is not really a big story. There are so many people on the CSN payroll. I’m sure one of them can slide into Urban’s spot.

Brian PM
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Brian PM

If the Giants do own part of CSN, could this firing be partially because of his appearances on FM radio and not on KNBR the home of Giants baseball?

Greg Wurz
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I always thought Urban was just OK. I think that it’s pretty common for guys like him to bounce around from station to station. Only the big name guys stay in the same place for a while. The Urbans of the world go wherever there is an opening

Geo
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Geo

Mychael Urban needs to stick with print media. He’s not an on air talent.

He’s just not good enough for TV or radio.

obsessivegiantscompulsive
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I like Urbs and hope he lands on his feet fast. As others noted, things can change fast in the media. To be fair to him, his KNBR gig was not his main job, it was his CSN job that was his regular job, it seemed to me. Kind of like how Radnich’s TV is his main, then he added radio. So he wasn’t exactly bounced from two jobs, the way some presented above, though he did lose two gigs. Frankly, I think the truth lies along the lines of the comment above that he could be replaced, at least… Read more »
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I remember his 1st day on Knbr and he was filling in for somebody at night and the 1st topic of his show was……….”what is the best scam you ever pulled” I remember one guy called in and said he pulled into a fast food drive through naked and Urban thought it was hilarious. This guy has no class

Beaver
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In the beginning, I really enjoyed Urban – he actually had some originality. Unfortunately, his constant defense of Zito eventually wore me down. I felt I was being lied to and he lost all credibility with me. I stopped listening to him several years ago.

JakeDaSnake
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One word why he was fired.

EARRING.

Hondo
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Hondo

I liked Urban. I know he was very unique, had real baseball coaching experience, was a fervent Giants fan since birth and maybe not the perfect corporate talking head CSN wants. Too bad because the Giants lose. He was there at the Chop House, on KNBR, when my infant daughter hurled all over my wife as she was tossing her up in the air at her first game. Good thing it was radio and not TV. CSN should have retaining him. Who’s next? Sire?

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