Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 5, 2009
Lee Honish is the founding father of Fight_Net Radio and his entertaining radio show has taken various forms on the Internet and on the airwaves to often controversial results. His radio show is the foremost authority on all pugilistic sports with a focus on MMA and Boxing. Honish is the host and surrounds himself with talented people who share his passion for combat sports. Honish also has a who's who list of guests and co-host in the boxing and MMA community.
Chris Greenman, President of Pro Fight Network (PFN), explains, "While I may do FNR with Lee, he really writes and produces the show. I had talked Lee into partnering up with Elite Broadcast Media and creating something that would benefit PFN. We had MAJOR sponsors in place and tested the show out last week. The fans responded very negatively over the past two weeks. Lee really drew the line in the sand with our personal and professional life. We are officially walking away from some very lucrative deals that were ready for signature."
Greenman says, "Lee is the 'Howard Stern' of fight radio and he does not want to change. PFN will broadcast FNR exclusively and make the show available for free through our website. It will continue to be a 4 to 5 hour broadcast every Sunday, both live and with replays. My honest theory is that there is already too many MMA/Boxing radio shows, news sites, and TV shows regarding MMA and boxing, Lee's show is different in that it is just brutally honest and controversial, but has experts at hand to verify and authenticate the material. Apparently that is what the people want because when I demanded we go to a rated pg and political version, our ratings went down."
Honish's business partners think he is certifiably insane for not taking or talking about broadcast deals with Sirius/XM, Fox Sports, ESPN or Clear Channel Communications. However, he says, "It's all I ever wanted. I took a dive against Danny Bonaduce because I thought it would get me this as well. I sold my soul and lost friends because I wanted a radio deal so bad I could taste it. The real story is…all the deals stink. They either want complete ownership, pay very little or they want to control what you say. F' them all! Four million registered fans listen to my show. It is downloaded and streamed all over the internet tens of thousands of times a day. I have sponsors, money and more people worldwide who listen to my show than watch "The Late Show" or "The Tonight Show" combined."
One wonders if Lee Honish is afraid of fighters, promoters and PR people. He explains it this way, "I have accepted the fact that FNR, which has been carried on CBS and NBC affiliate radio stations, will never get credentials for fear of having me at one of their events. It's not ALL the promoters and it's not ALL of the fighters. However, there are members of the fight community who are afraid of the power of this show and its fans. I intend to turn up the volume and push the limits as far as I can. When I get personal communications from fighters and fans alike that tell me it's the "funniest real" show they have listened to, then I am happy. Chris is a great business and broadcast partner. He left the decision to me. The FNR fans are an interesting breed of people, they want what they want. We tried to sanitize the show and they responded. Well, to all who listen - be careful what you wish for 'because…..Here comes the BOOM!"
It is apparent that the ProFightNetwork Corporation Board of Directors wants the separation from Fight_Net Radio, but evident that they value it ability to attract a very captive audience in the MMA and boxing world.
Co-authored - Patti Guilford <plguilfordatmsndotcom
Patrick Schneider Elite broadcast Media