Philip Teresi and Frances “Skippy” Echeverria host weekday afternoon training from 2-6 p.m. on News Talk 580 and 105.9 KMJ.

There were those who thought Frances Echeverria had retired from radio when she left New Rock’s morning show 104.1 in 2019.

But she was off the air at Fresno for just a month before being picked up by KMJ as the voice for the station’s “Afternoon Drive,” co-hosting the talk show alongside Philip Teresi. By then, she had spent nearly two decades in radio and said she did not expect this opportunity.

On Friday afternoon, Echeverria announced his effective retirement from radio, in a final show with KMJ.

“The station has meant more to me personally than I can ever explain,” Echeverria said during the show’s final minutes.

Skip, or Skippy as she is known to her audience, explained the seemingly sudden departure as a lifestyle change, as much as a career change. Echeverria also works as a therapist and is a teacher at Fresno State.

“I want to live a radio-free life.”

In a post on the Medium website, she wrote that decision-making was finally being honest with herself.

“I didn’t want to do radio anymore. It wasn’t that it was bad. In fact, the chemistry with my partner was continually evolving towards something better. I had good bosses. I felt like I was making a difference, whatever that means. Working there made me smarter. And yet I was done. Deep in my heart and deep in my soul. Do.”

Echeverria was clear that there was no other job offer and that she was not unhappy with the gig.

“It took years to prepare. This is an end of history and another beginning. I don’t know the plot yet.

The station didn’t respond to questions about a possible replacement or the show’s plans, but for now, it looks like Teresi will be leading the show solo.

On Monday, Echeverria’s name had been dropped from the intro bumper and Teresi started the show without mentioning Skip’s absence.

The Afternoon Drive can be heard from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on News Talk 580 and 105.9 KMJ.

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