Jeff Dubay, the sports talk cohost of the popular 9-noon show with Paul Allen on KFAN (100.3 FM) until legal troubles with drug addiction got him fired, is behind the microphone starting Monday morning for a full week.
Dubay, 44, is now going head-to-head against Allen all this week on AM1500 as a cohost with Judd Zulgad. "Grateful to ESPN 1500 for the opportunity," Dubay said in a tweet last week, calling his return to broadcasting an "on-air audition."
Dubay, a Twins batboy in the late 1980s and early 1990s, spent a chunk of his time near the end of Monday's show breaking down the team's possible pitching rotation for next season. In August, Dubay filled in as a guest co-host on Eric Perkins' morning show on KTWN (96.3 FM), the next broadcast home for the Twins.
Dubay's addiction to crack cocaine led to his arrest in 2008 and time in the workhouse in 2010. It also led to KFAN firing him after 10 years as co-host with Allen.
During an interview on WCCO Radio in July, Dubay said he started experimenting with crack during a difficult divorce. He was critical of practices at some treatment centers (he went to three) and said he finally kicked his habit by locking himself in his bedroom.
PAUL WALSHClarkson engaged to Reba's stepson
Kelly Clarkson, Season One winner of "American Idol," spread her good news on Twitter. "I'M ENGAGED!!!!!" she announced Saturday via Twitter. "I wanted y'all to know!! Happiest night of my life last night! I am so lucky and am with the greatest man ever." Her intended is Brandon Blackstock, 35, whom the 30-year-old pop star has been dating for about a year, according to People magazine. Blackstock, a Nashville-based talent manager, is the son of Clarkson's manager, Narvel Blackstock, who is married to Reba McEntire. Oh, by the way, Clarkson also performed at the VH1 Divas concert in L.A.
EXPECTING: Channing Tatum and his wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, are expecting their first child in 2013, their reps confirm. Tatum, who was named People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" for 2012, met his wife on the set of 2006's "Step Up." They were wed in March 2009.
CANCELED: Movie studios and TV programmers have postponed or canceled violent films and TV shows after the Connecticut school massacre last week. Viacom Inc.'s Paramount studios delayed the premiere of "Jack Reacher," an action-thriller based on the Lee Child novels starring Tom Cruise that was scheduled for Saturday, the day after the killings. Separately, Discovery Communications Inc. canceled the new season of "American Guns," a reality-based serial about a family of gunmakers.