Former WFVX/Fox 22 Bangor/ABC Channel 7 sports anchor Aaron Jackson has replaced Wes Hart as one of the three hosts of The Drive sports radio talk show on WEZQ/92.9 FM The Ticket of Bangor.
Hart failed to reach a contract agreement with Churchill, who owns SportsNet Maine, the group that owns the show.
“I was offered a contract on Dec. 31 for 2016,” said Hart, who also was a producer. “It was a lackluster contract. It wasn’t up to par. And there weren’t any negotiations.
“I didn’t think it would be a good thing for me to sign,” said Hart. “It all happened pretty quickly. I was surprised how it all unraveled. But that’s the way things go. Everybody has to worry about the business side of things.”
Churchill preferred not to comment on the situation but said Hart “did a great job.”
“We appreciate everything Wes did for The Drive in its first year,” said Churchill. “We had a lot of fun putting it together and getting it off the ground. I wish Wes nothing but the best.
“On the other side of the coin, we are excited and feel fortunate to have someone like Aaron Jackson ready to step into the host role,” continued Churchill. “He has been covering local sports for a number of years. Like Wes, he is a NESCOM [New England School of Communications] graduate who went to school to do radio broadcasting. He is passionate about sports and about what we’re doing.”
Jackson, who began this past Tuesday, said he was excited with the opportunity.
“I went to NESCOM for radio broadcasting and got into TV because I wanted to diversify,” he said.
Jackson left the television station in September to pursue a teaching career at the United Technologies Center in Bangor.
“I usually leave by 2:30 [p.m.] or 3:00 [p.m.] and that gives me plenty of time to get to the station in Brewer,” said Jackson, a 29-year old Old Town native.
“It couldn’t have worked out any better. I go and teach and then I do a sports talk show,” said Jackson. “And the great thing is there is flexibility. If I need to stay at the school longer, I can do that. School is my top priority. I don’t have to be at the station at a certain time.”
The 27-year-old Hart, a Bangor native who began his broadcasting career in 2012 at WZON-AM 620 in Bangor, said he hopes to land a job in sports media but also that “I’m a relatively young guy so this might be a good time to see what else is out there and give something else a try.”