If you live in Indianapolis, your DoorDash pilot might just be ESPN radio host Dan Dakich
Let’s say you live in Indianapolis and you are hungry. You open the DoorDash app on your phone. You find something delicious and place your order. 40 to 50 minutes later, there is a knock on the door. You open it and ESPN radio host Dan Dakish stands there with some food.
What are you doing?
This is a dilemma you may have to face as Dakich has been delivering food as DoorDash’s driver for quite some time now as a side gig despite not hosting his show on weekdays between 12 and 15 hours on 93.5 and 107.5 The Fan. Dakich has been doing a dual role for a few months now and says he started the side scuffle, not to earn extra money, but to remember the value of a dollar.
The radio host found himself in hot water in February when he was called out for misogynistic comments and doxxing others during an argument on Twitter over student-athlete pay. While the oft-combative radio host avoided any major punishment from ESPN at the time, he publicly speculated that the sports broadcaster would not want him to come back when his current contract expires.
Bound or not, Dakich Tyler McComas told Barrett Media that he started racking up big game losses in March at the NCAA tournament. It was then that he decided that despite being a part-time ESPN college radio host and basketball commentator, he was going to find another work opportunity to return to his roots.
“I come from steelmakers, teachers and I lost sight of the value of a dollar”, Dakich told Barrett. “I woke up at 5:30 am and told my wife that I needed to be reconciled. Seriously, I went to the hardware store about a mile from my house and applied for a job because I wanted my money back. I owe my family and I lost a dollar’s worth.
… Then my stepson did Grubhub and I found out I could make about $ 25 an hour. He told me to do GrubHub or DoorDash so I started doing it. I had to punish myself, you don’t just piss money. My wife called me an idiot and told me I didn’t have to, but I wanted to because I preached the value of a dollar to so many people.
And that’s what he did, often driving food around Indianapolis four or five times a week. In a March 30 appearance with ESPN Chicago’s Waddle & Silvy, Dakich spoke of a day in the life of an ESPN radio host / DoorDash pilot.
“Sometimes I can’t sleep. So I got up yesterday at five in the morning. So I went to work. Sent emails… it was 6:30 am, I said to myself: “I’m going to do Dash for a few hours”. So I went and DoorDashed, I did radio interviews, I made $ 150-200, I came home, I had breakfast, I went out and I went went downtown for my show I’m gonna Dash for another 45 minutes, I won $ 50 more… I went downtown, did my show, on my way home, I’m like, you know what, i’m gonna dash. I rushed for another hour.
When asked by radio hosts if he was using his time as DoorDash to replace his Twitter presence, Dakich replied, “Yes!” Probably for the best.
Dakich told Barrett that he had since relearned the dollar’s worth, but that didn’t seem to have stopped him from delivering food every now and then. So remember, Indianapolis, that Mr. Beast’s burger or tofu curry you just ordered could come courtesy of Dan Dakich. Hint wisely, lest you end up hearing about it on the radio the next day.