JMV quits WNDE radio show

November 25, 2009
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One of the city’s most popular talk radio hosts is moving on.
John Michael Vincent, host of The Drive with JMV on WNDE-AM 1260, has quit his job as afternoon drive time host on the sports-talk station. Rick Green, Clear Channel’s local market manager, confirmed Vincent’s departure this morning. JMV hosted his show through last week. Monday, he was suddenly replaced by Jimmy “Mad Dog” Matis. San Antonio-based Clear Channel owns WNDE along with WFBQ-FM 94.7 and WRZX-FM 103.3.

Vincent resigned without giving any advance notice on Monday, Green said "for what he termed personal reasons."

Vincent’s role with WTHR-TV Channel 13 will not change, according to the station’s general manager, Jim Tellus.

“He will continue to be a free-lance, weekend sports anchor and field reporter for us,” Tellus said. “He does a lot of work in the field during the Colts games, doing man-on-the street stuff with the tailgate crowd and he’s very good at that.”

Tellus, who was unaware this morning of Vincent’s departure from WNDE, said JMV has no long-term contract with the station.
Vincent had been locked in a ratings battle with WFNI-AM 1070’s afternoon sports-talk show hosted by Indianapolis Star sports columnist Bob Kravitz and Eddie White. WFNI’s parent company, locally-based Emmis Communications Corp., has poured tens of thousands of dollars into marketing White and Kravitz’s show, and during the most recently released ratings by New York-based Arbitron Inc., WFNI edged in front of WNDE in the afternoon drive-time ratings. 

Clear Channel's Green said he hopes to hire a permanent replacement for JMV by Jan. 1.

"We want to get someone in place because we're going to have a busy January with the Colts," Green said. "We're going to look to hire the best on-air talent we can find. If that person has local ties, that would be our preference, but we'll have a broad search."

Matis and a cadre of JMV's former special guests will work as fill-in hosts on the afternoon show until a permanent replacement is hired, Green said.

  • Too bad
    I actually thought he had the better of the two afternoon sports shows available. Best of luck to him.
  • JMV
    yeah, i wonder where he'll show up next? the guy was a great host. i'm sure emmis is happy.
  • Patrick
    Bring Mark Patrick back!
    • jmv
      that sucks, I wonder what happened. He did a good show every day.
    • JMV's Departure
      Maybe he said to himself, "SIGG" ... for those who were around back in the day ... Insiders only. Best of luck to JMV. He will be missed!
    • JMV
      JMV was a thousand times better than those two hacks on 1070. I will never listen to them and can only wish the very best for JMV and his future plans.
    • Losing JMV
      I was one of his " email contributors" and i was totally floored about the whole thing... hope that Channel 13 expands his duties there... i hope that he gets where he is happy and has more time for his family
    • pleasegodno
      Put a gun in my mouth if Patrick returns. NOTHING is more unfunny than hearing SIGG 237 times each day.
    • Busy Man
      This was inevitable. The man has been working six or seven days a week between WNDE and WTHR for a few years now. But he's got a wife who's a teacher and a young son. Something's gotta give. Hope he's found peace and that all is well. Best wishes JMV!
    • Yeah, right
      Jimmy â??Mad Dogâ?? Matis? LMAO
    • Major loss
      This is huge loss for local fans that enjoy a quality sports talk show. JMV was much more entertaining, knowledgeable, insightful, factual, and humorous than any other local radio show.
    • up set
      i will miss jmv he is the best hope to see you merry christmas nick
    • what a loser
      jmv fell into a sweet spot when he was given that gig by default. I'm just disappointed that he was not fired before he could quit.
      • glad the tool is gone
        it was long overdue...not sure what was worse his inarticulate comments or the callers
      • Vincent?
        I can't believe this "reporter" quoted his name as John Michael Vincent. His name is John Michael -- the Vincent was added by Mark Patrick to goof on Jan Michael Vincent. I always thought it was stupid that he kept the JMV nichmane after Patrick left.
      • our loss
        been listening since tim bragg, thru mpos & sigg, until now. maybe tune in to mp. unusual for host to let listeners bash him; ego wasn't a problem on air. got to hear all sides, within bounds of commercial radio. isn't he & missus "vincent" 'spectin another little? tried listening to kravice & co...gave up after parts of 2 drives; listen to station from chicity now: great for bears fans/sufferers. remember bob aveline?
      • To Bad
        To Bad he's gone; JMV had his own style that was well respected by his audience...Does that leave us with the two nimrods on the other station that love to hear themselves talk?
      • what?
        It's none of my business...but wonder why he quit with no notice?
      • jmv dont go
        i never listened to Mark Patrick. I really enjoyed JMV everyday. I agree that he was doing too much but i figured his Sunday gig would go before his paying job.
      • Dang
        <3 JMV

        Good luck, dude!
      • JVM was best thing going...MP is terrible
        JMV was the only radio show I listened to all day... MP and others are tier 3 or 4 compared to JMV
      • This sucks
        He was the only reason I listened to sports talk & to hear him talk about his son was a riot, "The Head".
      • Too Bad for Indy
        Wow, that's too bad. JMV was the only one of those yackers I could stand listening to. Mark Patrick is no where near as good. guess I'll go back to rock and Roll for the drive home.
      • NO !!!!!!!!!!!
        JMV had the ability to make everyone he spoke with feel special. No pompas attitude like a lot of other talk show hosts. A perfect mix of sports, pop culture, current events, and music. A unique style and sense of humor that made us all feel like we could relate to him. WNDE, do what it takes to get him back. Please !!
      • Give him a raise and get him BACK!
        Pay JMV what he's worth, which is more than Kravits & Eddie combined. JMV's sports brains and down-home delivery made him the ultimate Hoosier sports host. Nice guy too. Get him back, pay him, because you can't replace him. MP is over the hill, too middle aged, and in love with himself. MP is the best around and his ratings will suck vs. Kravits & Eddie.
      • Give him a raise and get him BACK!
        Pay JMV what he's worth, which is more than Kravits & Eddie combined. JMV's sports brains and down-home delivery made him the ultimate Hoosier sports host. Nice guy too. Get him back, pay him, because you can't replace him. MP is over the hill, too middle aged, and in love with himself. MP is the best around and his ratings will suck vs. Kravits & Eddie.
      • Come Back JMV!
        Mark Patrick does nothing but spit drivel and non-sense and is unlistenable to. Kravitz and Eddie just suck (sweet, more listener contests - are you kidding me?)! Great - no sports radio to listen too on the way home. I hope WNDE will open their pocketbooks to bring JMV back with an offer he can't refuse.
      • Stay Away
        He was a complete wannabe who lacked any original thoughts or style.
      • Stay Away
        JMV was a hack, he would say things and then say, I think thats right. MP is not funny and he shoudl not get the job. Neither should Maddog, he's not funny and has no knowledge. I hear there is a guy form Northern Indiana by the name of Rinehart who is good and they want him, just a matter of $$$$$$$$
      • Jim Rome Jr.
        JMV is He was a Jim Rome wanna-a-be. I will actually listen to 1260 again.
      • Thanks for all u did
        JMV. I am sure your reading these or at least hope you do. Thanks for your time on the air. I listened almost every day at work 3-6 I do admit I am glad I don't have o lisren to Steve/RD or Vikings Matt any longer.
        Good luck
      • JMV
        Miss you JMV. Would love to have you back. Now afternoon sports talk is C-R-A-P. Can't stand the "other" show. I'm now listening to CDs instead and just reading sports news on the net. Hope all is well with you and your family & hope you're getting extra time now with "big head".
      • JMV
        JMV will be missed. I too never have nor will listen to the Krappy and Eddie show. WNDE needs to fix this! While they are at, please, please dump that lousy Steven A Smith morning sports show. The brother needs to JUST SHUT UP!
      • Will miss him
        Liked Bragg, thought JMV was better and Patrick is a little to arogant for me.
      • MP
        Didn't you find it interesting that MP was subbing on the 1070 just a couple of weeks before taking over 950? do you think 1070 knew? Q95 screwed up also but not keeping Dog on the radio.

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