Morning radio show about local sports loses its two co-hosts

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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 WFNI program director since 2015, spent his last day on the air Tuesday before leaving the station to become chief brand officer at WEEI-FM 93.7 in Boston. .

On Friday, Joe Staysniak co-hosted the show for the last time and spent his last day at WFNI owner Emmis Communications Corp., where he has worked as an on-air radio host for 23 years.

Emmis did not say whether Staysniak left alone or was kicked out. 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 insightful knowledge and affable nature will be missed by his colleagues and listeners. We wish him nothing but 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 unclear 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 had traditionally been an AM station, but Emmis made the decision last month to stop carrying AM 1070 from August 2 as the signal towers in Whitestown were dismantled to make way for development.

The station can still be heard on FM 107.5 and 93.5 and at www.1075thefan.com.

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