Morning host Alan Cox is out at WXDX-FM (105.9).
He was let go last week, days after sports talk host Stan Savran also was released at sister station WBGG-AM (970).
"I'm not bitter about it," Cox said. "They made the decision, and I have to move on. I had a great run."
Cox said he was told the station was going in another direction and that he wasn't being let go because of ratings or performance. But he added that he didn't feel that was the whole story. Because he had talked in the past about aspiring to move to another market, he was told they couldn't count on him as "a long-term solution" for the station.
"But they didn't call my agent to offer a long-term contract," Cox said.
He said that he's exploring other radio possibilities, none of them in the Pittsburgh market.
"It wasn't an easy decision to make," said John Moschitta, operations manager for WXDX-FM and WDVE-FM. Moschitta said the station will unveil a new morning show soon. He also said there won't be any format changes at WXDX.
Cox joined the alternative rock station in 1999, starting as afternoon drive host and moving to morning drive to replace Howard Stern after Clear Channel dropped Stern from its stations in 2004.
His sharp wit and attitude gave the show an edgy quality that won it a loyal following. Cox also has been a regular on WQED-TV's weekly "Off Q" talk show and has worked as a stand-up comic.
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