Radio host JMV still pondering next step

December 23, 2009
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I have a pretty smart editor who likes to tell me it’s OK to tell people what you don’t know. So let’s start with that.
I don’t know where John Vincent, better known by his on-air radio handle JMV, will land next. That’s because I honestly don’t think JMV himself knows where he’ll land next. Either that or he's not saying.

Yesterday, I finally located the former host of WNDE’s The Drive with JMV, which aired weekdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. locally on 1260 AM.

But after talking to JMV yesterday, there are quite a few things I do know. He’s not headed to Emmis’ 1070 The Fan, the market’s other radio sports-talk behemoth. That tidbit according to JMV and Emmis’ local market manager Charlie Morgan.

But there are still more than a few sources in the radio industry who think JMV could some day land at The Fan. Since 1070 already has afternoon drive-time duo Kravitz and Eddie in place, it's difficult to say where he'd be slotted. The Mike & Mike Show has mornings booked on The Fan and Dan Dakich is running strong from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Neither is JMV headed for a TV sports gig in Terre Haute, as has been rumored. JMV said that rumor was started merely because someone mentioned an opening in that market to him. He has no interest at this time in moving from his Bargersville area home about 12 miles south of Indianapolis.

I also know this after our 15-minute phone conversation: JMV is a tad burned out and more than a little tired after working late into the nights at WNDE, then getting up at 3 a.m. to start his weekend job at WTHR-TV Channel 13, which he continues part-time. JMV also wants to spend more time with his three-year-old son and his wife, who is expecting their second child very soon.

JMV said he didn’t leave WNDE over a pay dispute or because of the way the station treated him or his staff. He also confirmed he was not fired. Lastly, he said, that for now, he’d like to lay low and remain out of the spotlight (apparently other than his WTHR appearances).

JMV started at WNDE part-time in October, 1999, then moved to full-time status in February, 2000. He first became known working alongside WNDE radio host Mark Patrick, but his status elevated after Patrick’s departure.

Speaking of Patrick, he has re-emerged on The Drive in a substitute role following JMV’s departure earlier this month. Patrick, too, has been a fill-in on 1070 The Fan. Emmis’ Morgan said Patrick is just a fill-in during the holiday season and there’s no plan to add him full-time.

As for WNDE, they’re still looking for a JMV replacement, and if Patrick is interested, I’m sure he is up for consideration. But with his son about to embark on a Major League Baseball career, Patrick may not want to be tied down to that kind of full-time work.

  • JMV
    JMV you are certainly missed by your listeners on the afternoon radio show. It made the commute home from work easier everyday. Good luck on your future endeavors.
  • Dont do it MP
    "if Patrick is interested, Iâ??m sure he is up for consideration. But with his son about to embark on a Major League Baseball career, Patrick may not want to be tied down to that kind of full-time work."

    I would imaging that MP doesnt need to the if I was him, I'd want to be flexible to see my son pitch. Especially knowing what a baseball fan MP is.
  • JMV was in decline
    I always preferred JMV to Kravitz and Eddie, a boor who dragged Kravitz down with him.
    But JMV's stunt interview with David Stern, along with a previous long run of merely rambling commentary, had me wondering about his commitment to quality and integrity.
    I'm thinking he jumped before he was pushed.
  • His Own Terms
    I think md is quite a bit off base. JMV was obviously struggling with inner turmoil, not a lack of integrity. You could tell recently that he wasn't himself. I knew something was up. He tries to be a family man, but couldn't with two jobs taking up 6-7 days a week. I'm glad he left on his own terms to enjoy life a little before it destroyed him. He will find something new when the time is right. Glad to know he's well and moving on. Best of luck to him!
  • own terms too
    I have to go with Boomer Indy on this one. Though, I think the pressure of having to go head-to-head with The Fan probably added to JMV's stress level. Sounds like something might be cooking with JMV that he isn't yet ready to talk about. Maybe he'll take a job with Versus, since they're about ready to take on ESPN.
  • agree, he jumped at rigth time
    I listen to both The Fan and NDE. Not 950. I like JMV and K&E. Miss JMV a bit but truth is he was getting beat bad in ratings by 1070. It was a good time to jump off that sinking ship. Do have to admit I hated K&E when they started but now it's a real good funny show. Informative to. I think we need two different sports stations and that's what we got. Am I the only one who thinks Dan Dakitch has NO CLUE what he's talking about most of the time. He just rumbles on like a clueless moron.
  • JMV
    JMV has that one quality that MPOS, K&E do not have. The ability to relate to the common listener.
  • all of you are off
    I have listened to sports talk radio since inception and would always support the WNDE jocks, JMV is and was better than 1070 and it showed in the ratings. I think it is about money with clear channel at the end of the day. Was he tired, well we all are working hard so I do not by that. I think he deserved something he was not getting. I will keep listening to WNDE, I cannot by the stuff that is fake, I want true feelings and commentary, even though they pushed him to four hours, Hagen and Trudeau are entertaning and it does not have to be about sports all the time when most of us listen and watch it all any way. Money, he was winning the ratings, Clear Channel just is cheap at this time, Mark Patrick will not come back, they need a familiar voice national voice to enter the market and they will end up paying anyway. It is always about money.
  • Agree Jeffr....
    If Clear Channel had offered to double JMV's salary at WNDE. Would JMV still be on the air? Answer: I think answer is YES. Obvioulsy that was not going to happen. BTW I disagree with anyone here criticizing JMV. I liked his commentary and I e-mailed him a few times. JMV read some of my e-mail's on air and actually replied a few times. JMV related to the average sports fan which none of these other sports talk in this area do or did. I just listen to music now on my XM radio. As a Purdue/Colts fan JMV now not being on air has taken some luster off ther success this year. I alway's enjoyed after a big game tuning in hear JMV's comments and his caller's next day. I hope he ends up at WIBC wwhere he will have local ownership and the wattage power. Emmis be smart go after JMV.
  • Tired
    JMV had to be tired and probably burned out like he stated. He worked 7 days a week and countless hours a day. Had to be tough on him and his young family.
  • Thanks for the update
    Thanks for the update AS."The Drive" is just not the same -- I sampled K&E and can barely stomach it -- I have switched back to NPR.. how many listeners will admit that.
    I've been listening to K&E for about a year. They are a riot. Love the talk. The stories and the interviews are good. It's a show like I used to hear in Chicago! Big time radio finally in Indy!

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