Former KQV sports director Eric Hagman insists he didn’t resign and KQV management insists he wasn’t fired. So says Bob Smizik of the elimination of Hagman’s position. Hagman was surprised by the move but says that it was based on financial reasons. The station originally wanted to reassign him to general news anchor – the slot vacated by the death of Steve Lohle – but Hagman refused saying “the only position for which I was properly trained was eliminated.”
Hagman began working at KQV in 1988 and has been the sports director since 1990. For the time being he works in real estate and is still eligable to collect unemployment. Although he hasn’t contacted any stations, Hagman won’t close doors on any possible sports opportunities at other stations. He will not leave Pittsburgh.