The media is now battling to get the first interview with Michael Vick since the football star left prison earlier this week.
790/The Zone, never a radio station to shy away from publicity, has offered $50,000 to Vick (to be given to the Humane Society) for the shot to talk to him first. Radio station spokeswoman Leslie Smith told Buzz she has not heard back from Vick’s agent Joel Segal.
Smith knows the offer is a long shot since plenty of media organizations with more clout and cash are vying for his attention. But she said it would be a “huge publicity boost” for him to do something for charity. (Then again, it would be an even bigger publicity boost for the Zone.)
The Zone’s Matt Edgar, program director, said, “He can talk directly to the fans of Atlanta who worshipped him and broke their hearts. It’d be a great outlet for him to talk to them.” They would give him the entire morning show if he’s willing to do that.
Questions they’d like to ask: What kind of shape he’s in, what teams interest him, would he be willing to be a receiver or running back, would he be willing to be a backup, how much money could he make?
“He was the biggest superstar in Atlanta sports,” he said. “He was the face of the NFL for a couple of years right here in the backyard.”