Let’s say you live in Indianapolis and you are hungry. You open the DoorDash app on your phone. You find something tasty and place your order. 40-50 minutes later there is a knock on the door. They open it and ESPN radio host Dan Dakish stands there with food.
How are you?
That’s a dilemma you may have to grapple with, as Dakich has been delivering food as a side gig as a DoorDash driver for some time now when he’s not hosting his show between 12pm and 3pm on 93.5 and 107.5 The Fan during the week. Dakich has had double duty for several months, saying he started the sideline not to make extra money but to remember the value of a dollar.
The radio host was in hot water in February when he was called for misogynistic comments and doxxing others during a Twitter spit about student and athlete compensation. While the often combative radio host avoided any major punishment from ESPN at the time, he publicly speculated that the sports broadcaster would no longer want him back after his current contract expired.
Related or not, Dakich told Barrett Media’s Tyler McComas that he suffered some major gambling losses during the NCAA tournament in March. At that point, he decided that although he was a radio host and part-time basketball commentator at ESPN College, he would find another job to get back to his roots.
“I come from iron and steel workers, teachers, and I’ve lost sight of the value of a dollar,” Dakich told Barrett. “I woke up at 5:30 in the morning and told my wife I had to make it up to me. Seriously, I went to the hardware store about a mile from my house and applied for a job because I wanted to make the money back. I owe my family and have lost a dollar’s worth. “
… Then my stepson does a grubhub and I found out that I could make about $ 25 an hour. He told me to do GrubHub or DoorDash so I started. I had to punish myself, you don’t just piss off money. My wife called me an idiot and said I didn’t have to, but I wanted to because I preached the value of a dollar to so many people. “
And so he often drives food around Indianapolis four or five times a week. During an appearance on March 30 with Waddle & Silvy of ESPN Chicago, Dakich spoke about a day in the life of an ESPN radio host / DoorDash driver.
“Sometimes I can’t sleep. So I got up at five in the morning yesterday. So I went in trained. I sent a couple of emails … it was 6:30 am. I’m like, ‘I’m going to go Dash for a couple of hours.’ So I went to DoorDashed, did interviews on the radio, made about $ 150-200, came home, had breakfast, went out and went downtown to my show I’m going to do another 45 minutes of Dash, make another $ 50 … am went downtown, did my show, on the way home, guess you know what, i’m going to dash. I ran another hour. “
When asked by the radio hosts whether he would use his time as DoorDash as a replacement for Twitter, Dakich replied: “Yes!” Probably for the best.
Dakich told Barrett that he has since re-learned the value of the dollar, but it doesn’t seem to have stopped him from delivering groceries from time to time. So keep in mind, Indianapolis, that the Mr. Beast burger or tofu curry you just ordered may be provided by Dan Dakich. Tip carefully so that you don’t hear about it on the radio the next day.