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Q95 fires 'Mad Dog' Matis

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Jimmy “Mad Dog” Matis has barked out his last show on WFBQ-FM 94.7, ending a 23-year run at the radio station known as Q95.

San Antonio-based Clear Channel Radio, which owns WFBQ, did not renew Matis’ contract, which expired Dec. 31. He was officially let go Jan. 7.

“It was just a business decision not to renew his contract,” said Rick Green, Clear Channel’s local market manager. Green, who was hired as Clear Channel's local market manager in late 2006, declined to elaborate on why Matis was not retained.

Matis, an Indianapolis native, was a popular on-air personality at the station, filling the 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. slot as well as making frequent guest appearances over the years on  WFBQ's highly rated Bob & Tom Show show, and handling fill-in duties and sports news updates on sister station WNDE-AM 1260.

More recently, however, the listener ratings for Matis’ show had slipped below that of classic rock rival WJJK-FM 104.5, according to New York-based Arbitron Inc.

Matis said he wasn't told exactly why his contract wasn't renewed.

"The ratings were down a bit and I make a pretty good salary," Matis said. "That's the only thing I can figure. But I had a good run there, so I can't be too bitter."

Matis, who has five children ranging from a senior in college to a pair of fifth-graders, said he'd like to stay in the Indianapolis market. Matis, 52, has no plans to retire.

"I like to entertain, and I like to work," said Matis. "So I'm just now catching my breath and trying to figure out what my next move will be."

Matis has been replaced at WFBQ by long-time local Clear Channel employee Dave “Gunner” Gunn, who was most recently morning host on sister station WRZX-FM 103.3.
 

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  • Disapointed
    Dog was the reason I lisened to Q95 Bob & Tom were good when they first started but they have been doing the same act for so long everytime I do happen accross Q95 which is very unlikely anymore its a Bob & Tom bit that I heard 20 some years ago its just not funny anymore I listen to a station that I can hear music. Sense Dog has been fired I just stopped listening to Q95
  • mad dog
    my sister and i met mad dog at a dealership one year he was promoting pumpkins for halloween and we thought he was very nice and helpful and i always enjoyed hearing him on q95 and i wish you the best mad dog you rock...........
  • Glad Matis is gone
    Matis was errogant, haughty & I never cared for him anyway. Matis never once played a song I requested. Good ridance to the dog. Gunner is not much better but a bit.
    • q95 listener for 25 years
      I was tired of Matis anyway, but I NEVER liked Gunn. I won't be listening when Gunn is on.
    • jimmy "maddog' maddis
      What the hell we're you people thinking? Jimmy is one of the greatest guys on radio!
    • Sad....
      It's been over a month now and its sad to say, Q just sounds flat now. How many times can you play Mellancamp, Petty and Van Halen. It's about the humor. When I turn on the radio, I want to be entertained. Dog did that. Even B&T are getting boring. ~yawn, I'm sorry where was I? Oh yea~ Q is now off my pre-sets. After over 25 years of listening...............bye.
    • Clear Channel is no genius
      CC Radio has a record of bleeding money from their radio division. They make lousy on-air decisions as well as with internal personnel. I see this in my business dealings with them every time. They are another banker and investment group poised for failure by attempting to eliminate all that is 'human' about radio. Bad Company. Bad Management. Bad Philosophy.
    • The results are in
      Clear Channel One- your audience has spoken. With my post backing "Mad Dog", this makes 28 out of 29 posts that have expressed their feelings on this matter. You screwed up and have let down your listeners as well as a dedicated DJ who brought happiness to nearly everyone who listened. I personally like Gunner, but even he would probably have rather received his slot under different circumstances. Not at the expense of a legend of Q-95. You've disgraced yourself and disappointed your listeners. Did you really think firing him would raise the ratings? If so, you're in the wrong business morons.
    • bummer
      Mad Dog was great! So where is he now so I can listen online?
    • Finally...
      I've been waiting for this guy to lose his job for years. He is not a good Deejay at all. He was always pausing and stuttering and messing up the sounds and music. Good riddance; long live Gunnar!
    • All the best to Madd Dog
      It's a shame that Dogg is no longer on Q95. I really hope he lands a gig locally. I think he's a great DJ and I think Clear made a very poor decision in letting him go. I like Gunner, but he's no Dogg. My radio will be tuned to wherever Dogg finds a home.
    • Do the Dog
      Its been said on here already but I will restate it. Dave Gunn is not funny and is not a very good DeeJay. Dog is funny and is a very good DeeJay, and had a storied history with the channel and the city. Extremely poor choice, and I now go out of my way not to listen to the time slot. I can't even stomach B&T when Gunn is filling in for someone. Bring back the Dog.
    • wait
      How much pull do you think Bob and Tom have? Why is it their fault Jimmy got fired?Clear Channel One can do and will do whatever they want to do and to blame Bob and Tom for what they did is stupid.
    • Q95 is a sinking dinosaur
      With Clear Channel at the helm we've seen the systematic dismantling of the small market radio stations. They come in and clean house. All in the name of the almighty dollar. Bob and Tom are syndicated. Great guests loaded with commercials but very little content anymore. 92.3 and 104.5 are much closer to what Q used to be. Q is out for me.
    • Q-95 gone corporate
      Bob and Tom used to be on the edge, used to be funny and were not afraid to push some buttons, now they do as they are told, stick to the guidelines the station sets for them.
      Try and blame it on the fcc and 911 but they lost their edge before 911 they are syndicated and making money but they really need to bring a couple of new faces in, Christies whinning got old years ago. I rarely listen to the station now but when I did at least Jimmy understood there was more to rock in the 70's and 80's than Van Halen,and Tom Petty. You could count on him giving a few deep cuts that you don't hear 50 times a day. And he was funny and fun to listen to. I like Gunner and wish him well but Maddog will be hard to follow. Should have kept Gunner on B&T dropped Christie and Kept Maddog.
    • Dog
      Dog was definitely a class act, and obviously had a HUGE following. I likewise agree that Clear Channel is making poor judgement calls. And not to steal thunder away from Jimmy Matis, but we hoosiers also lost Ace Cosby a while back.
    • Corporate greed
      Shame on you clear channel! Shame on you Bob & Tom! There was nothing that could have been done to keep "the Maddog"? Jimmy Matis had his own charities that he ran for Indy. Good bye Q95!
      • Firing Mad Dog
        With the firing of Jimmy Matis, I have stopped listening to Q95 and will never listen to Gunn. I would like to know how they poll, because I listen in my car and followed Jimmy from the time he started. They fired him, I fired the station.
      • BAD MOVE FIRING MADDOG
        Jimmy Mad Dog Matis was one of us. And shared his life on air. And his "..numbers down a little.." is a weak excuse for corporate greed needing a way to fatten their pockets. I hope he can bounce back from this, w/his talent he can find another radio gig no question but can he stay in this market & make a living? Too bad BOB & TOM couldn't include all the regulars at the station in some kind of blanket deal, for instance "After all the others are done w/their contract renewals, then we (BOB & TOM) will renew ours. They got that power.
      • Dog was a good guy too
        I remember when I was a kid friends and I would go play ball in Dog's driveway he had an adjustable basketball goal.. That was way back in the 80's Im sure he is just as cool as then
      • Jimmy 'Mad Dog' Matis..He's all screwed up
        Gunner was 1 shaky fist away from the Bob and Tom show. I like Gunner,glad he finally got a steady gig. Mad Dog, you will be missed. Wonder if we can still catch Dog analyzing colts pregame.A.K.A Super Bowl
      • Note to BEVERLY BURGESS
        Your [caps-lock] key is broken.

        I haven't listened to Q95 for a number of reasons. When we were mowing the trim work own lawn, I'd have the headphones on and I always enjoyed, "Dawg House" [sic].

        Two of my favorites were:

        1) -- There'd been an ongoing argument between husband and wife. He'd been at some sport softball? bowing? at his MIL's house. The car door was unlocked and he climbed as far out & low as he could - so she wouldn't see him. As she was backing down the drive, he jumped up, she was still in [R] and ended up hitting a rather large tree (see: Not Tiger). They were to a point of calling Mad Dog for an intervention. He'd have the phone put it down and say, "It's your turn" and leave the room, "I'll get it - just get out of the #$()&*##$R room." It went back & forth until he bailed them out.

        2) There was a guy who was going to meet his (future) in-laws, meeting them and her daughter for the first time. They were very, very conservative, and he knew he would need to wind down a bit.

        He & his buddies sneaked out early, and hit their favorite bar. Several snakebites later, they dropped him off to meet up with his fiance and wait for his future ILs.

        They picked them up headed for a nice restaurant. A nice appetizer is ordered and the face::face discussion is underway.

        Not long after the meal is served... If the term "dinosaur call" isn't familiar, pretend you're a dinosaur and you're going to roar - like a lion.

        It's good the mower had a kill switch because I fell down

        it had a kill switch. By the time I heard the word, "restaurant", I knew what was coming.
      • Bad Decision
        I started listening to Dog when I moved to Indy in 1987...I moved out of state 5 years later but found Q95 a couple years ago and listen everyday at work. Dog is my favorite DJ and has a great radio voice,personality and did a rather great job. This comes as a suprise because I would have booted off Laura Steele because she sounds like she smoked too many Marlboro reds and has a horrible radio voice. Bring back Dog.
      • Bring back Dog
        Bring back Dog!!! I totally agree with Deb, I will not listen to Gunner. Gunner is the worst DJ...didn't he get fired from X103 but they bring him back and replace Dog with him? I sent an email to the Program Manager Buzz Casey and his response "If you listened you would have known this by now". What a professional....
      • Indiana State Fair
        I worked on the race track outside the communcations building,had you sign my shirt because of all the years I enjoyed your comedy and wit on the radio.I will listen to wherever you end up,
      • Clear Channel
        Clear Channel....Called that because they've cleared the airwaves of quality content from qualified people. Gunner & Jimmy are both qualified. It was only a money issue. It's just a shame someone has to lose their source of income just to ensure the bigwigs at Clear Channel can continue to turn a profit. They're a joke. This is the same idiot that bragged to the media they paid Rush Limpdick 400million dollars and then less than 6 months later, they fire 1500 people because, oddly enough, they're short $400 million dollars. Pathetic.
      • Dissappointed
        Very dissapointed about losing Dog. I really enjoyed him in all the various time slots he had over the years. To be honest why do they have 4 people on (B&T) when it is mostly Tom just complaining and correcting others. Think I will leave q95 for good.
      • LOSING MAD DOG
        I FINALLY WILL BE ABLE TO SAY WHAT I THINK ABOUT Q95 LETTING "DOG" GO THIS WAS THE WORST MISTAKE THEY COULD HAVE MADE THEY THINK THE RATINGS ARE DOWN NOW JUST WAIT AND SEE HOW LOW THEY SINK WITHOUT JIMMY I THINK THIS WAS VERY "DIRTY" OF Q95 FOR DOING SUCH A "STUPID" THING I AGREE WITH DEB LEWIS I DON'T LIKE GUNNER HE DOESNT' HAVE THE VOICE OR THE PERSONALITY THAT DOG HAD I LISTENED TO THIS STATION FOR OVER TWENTY YEARS IT SURE DID MAKE ME START THINKING I DON'T THINK I WANT TO LISTEN TO A RADIO STATION THAT WOULD DO SOMEONE THAT "DIRTY TO ME DOG WAS PART OF THE FAMILY OF B&T AND I WONDER JUST WHAT THE REST OF THE STATION THINKS OF SUCH A DIRTY AND UNDER HANDED DECISION AS THIS DOG I SURE WILL MISS YOU Q95 JUST DOESN'T SEEM THE SAME WITHOUT YOU I WISH YOU LUCK AND I HOPE TO HEAR YOU AGAIN ON ANOTHER STATION. BEVERLY BURGESS
        • Disappointed
          Jimmy, You will be missed. You were as much a part of Q95 as B and T. Hopefully we will hear you elsewhere. Steve
        • bad decision
          Mad Dog was great bad choice for Q-95.Good luck Jimmy we will miss ya
        • Mad Dog
          I don't understand what is going on in the Indianapolis Radio Market. To many names that we've come to enjoy and rely upon are getting canned. Don't like it!
        • miss ya jimmy
          my fiance and I will miss listening to you a very class act on radio terrible decision on clear channels part
        • NO Mad Dog?
          I won't listen to Gunner, That's a Fact
          • Too bad
            He was fun to listen to and did a great job-horrible decision.
          • Losing Mad Dog
            Firing Jimmy 'Mad Dog' Matis ain't gonna help the ratings. Listen & see or better yet, don't! I know I won't.

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