Larry Mendte posted on his Facebook page that he had been let go from conservative talk radio station IQ 106.9, where the former anchor had been serving as the morning drive host. In the post, the gracious Mendte makes it clear that his departure from the station was not his decision.
In an interview with the Daily News, Mendte said there was no indication why he was let go from the station, who gave Mendte his walking papers on December 21. Mendte believed his show had solid ratings and loyal fanbase. "It just never really had a spot. They were trying to find a place for it," Mendte said. "I was a big experiment [because I had never done radio before]." Mendte, unlike the other hosts, did not have a contract.
Mendte doesn't know what's in store for IQ 106.9, although rumors have swirled that the station might be sold. Mendte himself has another gig to fall back on: He does commentary pieces for New York's Pix11. "Actually I'm going to get a lot more sleep," Mendte said, laughing. "I was waking up at 4:30 [a.m.]. and not getting home until 8:00 [p.m.]. Something had to give," Mendte said. "I love Philly so much and it was an opportunity to come back."
His post read as follows:
We have call in to IQ program director Leigh Jacobs and will update with his comments.
Earlier this year, Chuck Darrow wrote about Mendte's career change, calling the job a chance at redemption after the Alycia Lane scandal.