Locally produced sports-talk radio show “Query & Schultz,” which has been on the air since 2011, has been canceled.
The show, which filled the 3 p.m.-to-7 p.m. drive-time spot on WNDE-AM 1260 as part of the Fox Sports lineup, was hosted by Jake Query and Derek Schultz.
“After 8.5 years our numbers were finally called as part of a major corporate layoff,” Query said on Twitter on Tuesday. “On behalf of @Schultz975, thanks to all who supported our show. I have enjoyed giving voice in Indianapolis to those who may otherwise not be heard.”
Officials for iHeart Radio Indianapolis, which owns WNDE-AM, WFBQ-FM 94.7 and WRZX-FM 103.3, did not respond to messages Tuesday seeking comment about the cancellation.
WNDE began airing national Fox Sports content in the show’s time slot Tuesday.
“So, the rocketship has landed,” Schultz said on Twitter. “After 8 1/2 years, we were informed this morning that Query & Schultz wouldn’t continue on WNDE as part of massive corporate layoffs* (*See? It’s not just us!) Not going to do a twenty-part thread or anything. Just wanted to say thanks.”
“Query & Schultz” was part of the daytime Fox Sports lineup on WNDE, along with “Outkick the Coverage with Clay Travis” from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and “The Dan Patrick Show” from 9 a.m. to noon.
News reports about changes at iHeart stations in various markets began to appear Tuesday afternoon. The nation’s largest radio station owner confirmed in a press release that it was implementing “a new organizational structure for its Markets Group as it modernizes the company to take advantage of the significant investments it has made in technology and artificial intelligence (AI) and its unique scale and leadership position in the audio marketplace.”
Schultz, 37, told IBJ that he was “blindsided” by the cancellation.
“We found out this morning,” he said. “I don’t have a full scope of what is happening, but there are nationwide layoffs at iHeart, mostly on-air people. This wasn’t a local or regional decision. This was a restructure with iHeart corporate.”
Schultz said at least two other local on-air people were terminated.
“We weren’t aware this was coming,” he said. “We had a lot of things on the books for 2020. This blindsided, not just me and Jake, but the clusters themselves all over the country.”
Schultz said wants to stay in sports broadcasting—hopefully in the Indianapolis market. But he didn’t limit his future to radio
“You have to be open to anything and everything, which I am,” he said.