Jim Mantel Out At WGAR
August 17, 2010 49 Comments
Veteran Clear Channel country WGAR/99.5 morning star Jim Mantel is now officially a man without a station.
Sources at Oak Tree confirm that Mantel is out as morning drive host at WGAR, as is morning show producer “Captain Tony” McGinty.
As usual, the “Soviet-style purge” has removed the “Mantel in the Morning” page from WGAR’s website, and Mantel’s name from the station’s air personality list.
Mantel’s Twitter account is still around, though it hasn’t been updated since Sunday.
UPDATE: An OMW reader tells us that McGinty is available on Twitter under a new account name.
UPDATE: We’re also told McGinty has a new Facebook page address, too.
From a memo announcing Mantel and McGinty’s departure from Oak Tree:
(WGAR program director) Charlie (Connolly) begins the search begins today for WGAR’s next morning show. On the interim, he and Lori Hovater will handle morning duties.
We don’t know why Mantel is gone from WGAR, along with his producer, but the best educated guesses involve ratings – remember, Cleveland is now firmly in PPM land – and what we’d have to assume is his more-than-decent compensation package, earned by hosting a top-rated morning drive show for many years…