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Sports talk host JMV lands at Emmis station

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As anticipated, Emmis Communications Corp. has scooped up popular Indianapolis sports-talk radio host John Michael Vincent, better known as JMV, for its afternoon drive slot on WFNI-AM 1070, "The Fan."

JMV's new show, "The Ride," will run weekdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m starting Monday. Vincent left Clear Channel's WNDE-AM 1260 last fall with no clear next step. The 40-year-old host said Monday morning that after working a hard schedule for two years he wanted to spend more time with his 4-year-old son and newborn daughter.

As IBJ reported earlier this month, Vincent's move to the Fan was widely anticipated in local radio circles because his non-compete clause just recently expired. WFNI station manager Charlie Morgan said the timing, which coincides with Indianapolis 500 race week, couldn't be better. Emmis has exclusive local broadcast rights for the Indy 500 and "the listenership levels are gargantuan," Morgan said.

Morgan said he didn't lure JMV away from WNDE, but, "When he was suddenly no longer a competitor, it became very interesting."

JMV, whose real name is John Michael Gliva, will go head-to-head with Mark Patrick, the host at WNDE. Five years ago, JMV was Patrick's sidekick. Asked whether he anticipates any on-air rivalry, JMV said, "I don't know, I probably will be concentrating on the job at hand."

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  • It's not rocket science
    Eddie was loud and annoying. He was unprofessional. You just don't walk in and become a talkshow host. JMV is entertaining, knowledgeable and has a following of listeners and advertisers. Kravitz was and is a great guest and co-host. Part of the Kravitz and Eddie upheaval was economic, the other part was keeping listeners. It's not rocket science.
  • Ratings????
    Kravitz and Eddie were on a blow torch. I couldn't get JMV west of my Brownsburg home on the piddly station he was on. Is this taken in account? I don't know, but if so, JMV will kill what Eddie and Kravitz was doing
  • $$ is what you're missing
    Toby 12:
    Krabby and Eddie were pulling down in excess of $200 grand between them. They'll get JMV for half that.
    At NDE, JMV also didn't have the 1070 strength of signal, nor the Emmis marketing might.
    This is a good fit.
  • actually.......
    To be fair.....I think Kravitz & Eddie beat JMV once on a station that has 8 times the signal strength and is the home of the Colts & Pacers. JMV also brings in a lot of sponsor $$$. That might ne what you are missing.
  • What a Waste
    What a waste of an air slot. Should have kept Kravitz - if money were the issue, why not let someone run the board and Kravitz talk?
    It's back to MPOS for me...
  • Interesting Switch
    Somewhat baffling.

    So, Eddie White and Bob Kravitz ultimately drew higher ratings vs JMV's radio show when they went head to head, and the FAN then releases Bob K and subsequently Eddie W. Now, they hire the guy who couldn't compete with their Eddie and Kravitz duo.

    I must be missing something?

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