September 17, 2013 22 Comments
We already knew Stan Piatt wasn’t long for Broadcast Park…the home of talk WNIR/100.1 “The Talk of Akron”.
After weeks of rumors that even reached this corner, the station announced recently that the 36-year ringleader of its four person morning drive show would retire “between now and July”, and that WNIR was actively seeking a “funny person” to replace him.
The weather’s kind of cool for July, and it’s even colder on Route 59 between Kent and Ravenna.
Piatt and morning co-host Maggie Fuller are out of the building at WNIR, leaving only sports director Steve French and news director Phil Ferguson left among the morning crew.
Don’t believe us? Go to WNIR.com right now. Or, just follow along with the graphic on the right side of this item.
The morning show has been removed entirely from the station’s “Station Info” pull down menu, and the “Program Guide” schedule link does not work, at least in our browser.
And Piatt and Fuller are now off the WNIR “Contact Us > Staff Directory” page. French and Ferguson remain.
Talk about your Soviet-style purge.
We have seen no statement from the Brothers Klaus, though we honestly don’t expect to see one (and not just because we’re not on the station’s Christmas e-card list).
We haven’t confirmed how it officially went down on Tuesday, but we strongly believe that Piatt and Fuller both resigned.
We also don’t know if French and Ferguson will mount a show on Wednesday morning, or if they’ll have a third person in the studio. (Comedian/former WNCX morning co-host Jeff Blanchard was there on Friday.)
We have heard the same kinds of stories listeners have heard about “what happened” that led to the exit of Stan and Maggie today.
We can’t confirm the rumblings, which are all over social media. We may never be able to confirm everything, or be able to pass along all the details.
But in one day, the WNIR morning drive fun-fest basically fell apart in half, and Stan Piatt’s retirement got pushed up a few months.
(Note that we’ve told you already that we didn’t expect to hear Stan, bound for Pittsburgh and a new life with his new love, on WNIR past October or November. We should have bet on mid-September.)
We will tell you what we’re able to tell you, and we’ll do so whenever we’re able to tell you…please don’t bug us for the “juicy details”…