Signing off 3HL Thursday, and radio … for now

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Clay Travis leaves Nashville radio with many great memories.

Thursday will be my final day on 3HL.

The last five years as part of the nation’s highest rated sports talk station has been incredibly fun. I’ve loved every minute of working with Brent and Blaine, two of the best guys you can find anywhere, and hope that you guys have enjoyed hanging out with us for three hours a day as well. Thank you to so many of you for listening, interacting, and calling me gay. It’s truly been a great ride. 

Such a great ride that I wanted to be sure you knew that leaving wasn’t my preferred choice. In fact, here’s the back story:  

Six months ago I went to Cumulus and told them it was my hope to continue doing 3HL for the foreseeable future. I told them that I didn’t want to enter into protracted negotiations and wanted to continue to do radio in Nashville. They knew my value on the open market because of past offers while I was under contract with them. It was simple: Could they be competitive with the market with my next deal?

I expected that they would make a competitive offer and I’d continue to work at 3HL. After all, they were making millions of dollars a year and we were one of the anchors on the highest rated sports talk station in the country.

For six months, Cumulus did nothing after I made my overtures, this morning they finally made their offer — a $5,000 raise.

I thank Cumulus for one thing, they made my decision to leave incredibly easy. If the company had been remotely competitive with its offer, I was inclined to stay. Instead of doing radio this fall, I’ll spend my time writing on Outkick, doing television for Fox, and welcoming another baby boy to the Travis household.

After the first of the year, I’ll make a decision on where to spend my radio future. The options will be good and for those of you who still want to hear me on radio, you’ll be able to find me pretty easily. In the meantime, you’ll have to make do with Outkick and TV.    

For 3HL listeners thanks once more for all your support and I hope you continue to enjoy 104.5. We have a great cast of on-air talent and employees in Nashville. I’ve loved working with all of them. Don’t blame anyone in Nashville for my departure, they wanted me to continue to work at 3HL and wanted to make a competitive offer. This wasn’t their decision; it came from corporate offices in Atlanta.  

Hope y’all will come along for the ride as well. It’s going to be an awful lot of fun


Written by Clay Travis

OutKick founder, host and author. He's presently banned from appearing on both CNN and ESPN because he’s too honest for both.