Avril will co-host a show from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. with Jason Puckett.
Cliff Avril, who was released by the Seahawks on Friday with his NFL career likely over due to a neck injury suffered last season, will join local all-sports radio station KJR-AM as a co-host of a mid-morning talk show, the station announced Monday.
Avril will team with Jason Puckett for The Jason Puckett and Cliff Avril Show, beginning July 9. The show will air from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
“I’m excited to join the KJR team!” said Avril in a press release distributed by the station. “Seattle is home and I can’t wait to cover the best sports city in the world.”
Avril’s hiring solidifies a KJR lineup that has undergone significant change in recent months.
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Chuck Powell and former Mariner Bucky Jacobsen recently took over the 6 a.m.-10 a.m. morning show that had long been held by Mitch Levy, who parted ways with the station in October after entering an Alford plea on a misdemeanor charge of patronizing a prostitute,
Powell had been working in the mid-morning slot and his move helped open the door for the new show featuring Puckett and Avril. Longtime Seattle media personality Mike Gastineau has been working with Puckett on an interim basis but will be replaced fulltime by Avril.
Ian Furness remains a host from 1-3 p.m. with Dave “Softy” Mahler now joined by Dick Fain from 3-7 p.m.
“Cliff Avril is a tremendous addition to our team at Sports Radio 950 KJR,” said Rich Moore, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Seattle in a press release. “Cliff is a beloved Seahawk who will embrace this community and truly engage with the Seattle sports fans on all our platforms. Cliff had an amazing career and we are lucky to be part of his next chapter.”
Avril, who turned 32 last month, last played on Oct. 1 against the Colts when he suffered a neck injury that resulted in stingers.
He was released Friday with a designation that he had failed his physical, a move that will save the team at least $6 million against the salary cap in the final accounting.
Avril, though, did not rule out that he might still try to play in a story on The Players’ Tribune that was released Friday afternoon after the announcement of his release.
“As of right now, I’m not sure what the future holds for me,” Avril wrote. “A lot of people have been asking me if I’m considering retirement, and all I can really say is that I’m working closely with my doctors and that I’m going to make the best decision for myself and my family when the time is right. For now, as my time as a Seahawk comes to an end, I really just want to show my gratitude.”
But the move to KJR shows that for now, Avril has a post-football-playing career also well in hand.