Stan Piatt’s departure from local radio apparently has come sooner than planned.
Piatt and morning show co-host Maggie Fuller of WNIR (100.1-FM) both left the station Tuesday for reasons not immediately made clear. Nor was it known if their two situations were related.
In late August, WNIR announced that Piatt was preparing to leave after more than 35 years with the talk-radio operation. He has a retirement party set for Monday in Cuyahoga Falls’ Funny Stop club, where Piatt has long performed.
But that party could have been just part of a more extended farewell tour. The retirement announcement said Piatt would stay as late as July 2014 to give the station time to find a replacement to join the morning team with Fuller, Phil Ferguson and Steve French.
Late Tuesday, Piatt’s Facebook page said he “worked” at WNIR instead of “works.”
Fuller’s page did not mention a WNIR connection at all. Instead, she had a post stating in part that “a time comes in life when one must defend their own integrity. Two people did it this week. I was one. I am proud of us both and great things are on the horizon.”
Also, the “morning show” section of WNIR’s website contained, well, nothing. It appeared to have scrubbed all information about the morning team.
According to a source, Ferguson, who is also WNIR’s news director, and French remain with the station and were expected on the air this morning.
Attempts to reach station manager Bill Klaus, Piatt and Fuller were unsuccessful.