Once hailed as a hero, former cyclist Lance Armstrong’s reputation has shifted a bit in the public eye. Armstrong, now retired, is set to lose his record seven Tour de France titles after the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) published a report saying that he organized an elaborate doping scheme on his way to the top of the cycling world.
Now, Armstrong is stepping down as chairman of the Livestrong Foundation – a cancer support charity that he founded. “To spare the foundation any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding my cycling career, I will conclude my chairmainship,” Armstrong said in a statement this week.
Coinciding with his resignation from the charity he founded, sports giant Nike also announced that, while they still will back the charity, they can no longer sponsor the man behind it.
“Due to the seemingly insurmountable evidence that Lance Armstrong participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade, it is with great sadness that we have terminated our contract with him,” the company said. ESPN is also reporting that Trek Bicycles, energy drink maker FRS, and beer manufacturer Anheuser-Bush are also ending their relationships with Armstrong.
The International Cycling Union (UCI) received the USADA report last week and says that it could respond “at any time” to allegations that Armstrong was a serial drug cheat. UCI spokesman Enrico Carpani told the Associated Press that their decision could happen “as early as Friday.”
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Kane is host of the nationally syndicated Club Kane, a Sunday night music radio program which launched in March 2010 with Premiere Networks and airs nationwide on Top 40 stations from 7 p.m. to midnight local time. Each week, Kane plays chart-topping songs, debuts new music and takes requests as he welcomes listeners to his on-air party. Broadcasting live from Washington, D.C., he also discusses pop culture, music and entertainment, and features candid conversations with music artists and celebrities.
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Growing up in Danbury, Conn., Kane's love for radio began in high school when he interned for WKCI-FM/KC101 in New Haven. Upon graduation, Kane was accepted to Syracuse University's School of Visual and Performing Arts, where he pursued a career in advertising and design. During that time, he volunteered at the university's radio station Z89, and hosted the most-listened-to evening show in Central New York on WWHT/Hot 107.9.
Kane moved to Tampa, Fla., in 1998 to host the evening show on WFLZ/93.3 FLZ. Within the first year, The Extreme Show with Kane spread to 17 cities nationwide, five nights a week. In March 2003, Kane was named host of the legendary Open House Party, a live, Sunday night program that was nationally syndicated in more than 150 markets. He later returned to 93.3 FLZ where he served as program director and afternoon host. In October 2006, Kane joined Hot 99.5 in Washington, D.C., as host of The Kane Show. The morning program is currently ranked #1 in the market with Adults 18-34. While continuing to host that successful program, he also hosts an afternoon show of the same name, which can be heard in several markets as well as XM Satellite Radio.
Kane received the 2009 FMQB "Morning Show of the Year" Award in the CHR category, and previously won a Radio Music Award for "CHR Air Personality of the Year" and A.I.R. Awards for "Best Evening Drive Show" and "Best New Talent."
Throughout his career, Kane has spoken to every major artist from Usher to Britney Spears, and 50 Cent to Mariah Carey. He also hosted his own television show.
Kane speaks regularly to elementary and middle schools about the importance of education and volunteers his time to various events throughout Washington, D.C. He's an accomplished artist and aviation enthusiast, and is finishing work on his pilot's license. Kane lives in Gaithersburg, Md., with his wife Natasha and daughter Samantha, along with two dogs and a cat.