Former Creighton guard Nick Bahe announced Monday that he’s stepping away from his daily sports radio talk show to pursue the next stage in his broadcasting career.
Bahe, who played for CU from 2006 to 2008, told listeners that he did not accept a contract extension with 1620 AM KOZN. He’s been the host of “Game Time” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the past six years — the final show will be Wednesday.
Bahe said the move was his decision, and one that was not easy to make. The 35-year-old previously served as co-host of the “Schick & Nick Show” on 1620 from 2009 to 2013.
“I am so proud of my 10 years here, and whenever you spend that much time somewhere you build a pretty strong bond — with people both inside and outside the building, co-workers, bosses and then, of course, you the listeners,” Bahe said on his show.
But Bahe indicated that he now plans to focus more time on his TV broadcasting career for college basketball.
He’ll begin his sixth year as a Big East basketball analyst for Fox this winter. Last season, Bahe also worked games for BTN and CBS Sports.
For the past few months, Bahe has also been a co-host on Sunday night’s “Dan Beyer & Nick Bahe Show” on Fox Sports national radio. He told The World-Herald that he does intend to continue serving as a color commentator for Creighton men’s basketball radio broadcasts, when there are openings in his TV schedule.
“As far as what is specifically next for me, a lot of that’s up in the air,” Bahe said on the show. “But for now, I’m ready to attack my college basketball TV and national media dream.”
The process for finding Bahe’s replacement at 1620 has already started, according to Mark Shecterle, general manager for NRG Media.
Shecterle did not indicate Monday that there would be any immediate shake-ups to the station’s daily programming schedule — Bahe’s show was sandwiched between “Sharp and Benning” from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and “Unsportsmanlike Conduct” from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. After Bahe’s final show takes place Wednesday, guest hosts will cover the 11-2 time slot for the time being, Shecterle said.
Shecterle hopes to fill the open position by the end of August.
“We want to do what’s best for our listeners,” Shecterle said. “Nick was such a great teammate, and someone who’s very much respected in the market. It’s going to be big shoes to fill.”