In less than a week, “The Fan Morning Show with Jeff & Big Joe” on WFNI-FM 93.5 lost Jeff and Big Joe.
Jeff Rickard, co-host of the popular Indianapolis sports talk show and director of the WFNI program since 2015, spent his last day on the air Tuesday before leaving the station to become Brand Manager at WEEI-FM 93.7 in Boston .
Joe Staysniak last co-hosted the show on Friday and spent his last day with WFNI owner Emmis Communications Corp., where he worked as a radio host for 23 years.
Emmis did not say whether Staysniak left alone or was forced to leave. He didn’t mention he was leaving on Friday’s show.
“Big Joe Staysniak is no longer with Emmis and The Fan,” Emmis said in an email to IBJ. “We would like to thank Big Joe for his many contributions to Emmis since joining WIBC in 1998. He has always been a fan favorite, and his thoughtful ideas and affable nature will be missed by his colleagues and listeners. We wish him all the best in his next chapter.
On Friday, Staysniak co-hosted the morning show with Kevin Bowen, content producer at WFNI, backup host and host of the “Kevin’s Corner” podcast. Bowen, who grew up in Indianapolis, worked for the Indianapolis Colts for seven years as a writer for Colts.com.
Bowen was officially named co-host of the morning show on Friday, but it’s not yet clear who his co-host will be.
Staysniak, 54, who was an offensive lineman for the Colts from 1992 to 1995 as part of a six-year NFL career, sparked controversy last year with comments he made after the downtown riots following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer. Emmis suspended him for a week after the incident.
WFNI was traditionally an AM station, but Emmis made the decision last month to stop broadcasting AM 1070 from August 2, as the signal towers in Whitestown were dismantled to make way for development.
The station can still be listened to on FM 107.5 and 93.5 and at www.1075thefan.com.