Pair Of Talk Hosts Depart Philadelphia

IQ106.9 IQ 106.9 WWIQ Philadelphia Larry Mendte 1210 WPHT Buzz Bissinger Friday Night LightsBoth of Philadelphia’s Talk stations are seeing a high profile host depart their station after a short term

At Merlin Media’s “IQ 106.9” WWIQ morning co-host Larry Mendte was let go. In a Facebook post announcing his departure from the station, Mendte thanks Randy Michaels and understands that the move will resuscitate rumors of Merlin Media selling the station.

As most of you know, I have not been on the air for the past week. I have been told that many of you have called the station asking where I am and I thank you for that. The truth is I am no longer working at IQ 106.9. It was not my choice and since my show was by far the highest rated local show I am certain this will fuel the industry rumors that the station is being sold. I hope that is not true as the station fills an important void.

Over at CBS’ 1210 WPHT, Buzz Bissinger was brought in last spring as part of a line-up shuffle triggered by the debut of WWIQ. He too did not make it into the new year.

The Pulitzer Prize winning author of “Friday Night Lights” resigned following a supposed verbal altercation with management. Co-host Steve Martarano continues in the shift for now with fill-ins joining hime.

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