WTMX-FM (101.9) reportedly is cutting its ties with Kathy Hart, the host who has been M.I.A. from her top-rated morning show for more than four months.
Media blogger Robert Feder reports that Hart was fired by Hubbard Radio, owner of the station known as The Mix. Eric Ferguson, her co-host on “The Eric & Kathy Show,” remains on the air.
In an email cited by Feder, Hubbard Radio Chicago vice president Jeff England told The Mix staff that the station “will continue with the current format of the morning show, featuring Eric Ferguson, Melissa McGurren, Brian ‘Whip’ Paruch, Cynthia DeNicolo and John ‘Swany’ Swanson. As we evolve the show and make decisions about details such as a new name, we will of course be keeping all of you up to date.”
Hart’s agent, Steve Mandell, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday evening, but told Feder that Hubbard “has requested that we not make any comment at this time.”
Hart, a native of northwest suburban Crystal Lake, posted a statement on her Facebook page last month asking listeners to “Please stay tuned as I fully intend to be back on the air!” Her absence was not explained.
In 2016, Hart and Ferguson — on the air together since 1996 — were inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.
Their Hall of Fame entry reads in part: “Driven by the hosts’ natural chemistry, ‘The Eric and Kathy Show’ became one of Chicago radio’s top-rated shows within three years of its debut.”
Feder reported Thursday that Hart was paid nearly $1 million per year, but the fact that Ferguson earned more “was a point of contention in their rocky relationship off the air.”