SKOR North co-host Rami Makhlouf was one of six people laid off last Friday as the station made cuts in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
To say his goodbyes, Makhlouf called in to the station's only remaining show, "Mackey & Judd," on Tuesday afternoon.
"I really wish we could have seen this thing through," Makhlouf said. "I thought we had something special going as a show, as a station, I believe that."
Makhlouf came to SKOR North when the station changed its name from 1500 ESPN in January 2019. Serving as a co-host with Phil Mackey and Judd Zulgad, he was among the leading names who was helping transform the station by focusing more heavily on podcasts and other digital media.
"I was leaving Milwaukee and a group of guys that I loved ... and I knew they were going to bring it every day," Makhlouf recalled. "I did that because I believed what Mackey was telling me in terms of what we were going to do... I still trust in Mackey. I still trust in the plan. I still trust in the team and it took a freaking pandemic to knock it out."
Makhlouf was laid off along with fellow on-air hosts Matthew Coller and Derek Wetmore, producers Ross Brendel and Jonathan Harrison, and social media coordinator Seth Auger.
While Makhlouf noted it was weird to "not be on a work schedule somewhere," he said the real gut punch was seeing the team at the station split up and not seeing their work through.
"I know everybody that got let go is going to rebound," Makhlouf said. "It's just too talented and hardworking a bunch of guys to not land somewhere... I have very little doubt that once this world starts going back to normal, we're all going to land on our feet and we're all going to do some pretty damn good things. I just wish we could have done it together."