790 The Ticket has yanked Joy Taylor from the station’s morning show while the sides try to negotiate a new contract, the station said today.
Taylor had been working without a contract for five weeks and The Ticket believes the situation wasn’t going to get resolved with her continuing to appear on the morning show.
General manager Doug Abernathy made clear he wants to retain Taylor as Jonathan Zaslow’s co-host. (Brett Romberg also is a regular on the show.)
“I think we’re close [on a new contract],” Abernathy said. “We’re tried really hard. We love her. Our desire is to retain her. I’m cautiously optimistic. We made the decision for her not to be on until resolution.”
Taylor, the sister of former Dolphins star Jason Taylor, did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
Meanwhile, Abernathy officially named The Herald’s Ethan Skolnick as the host of the 4 to 7 p.m. show. Skolnick had been auditioning in the role for several months.
Though Chris Wittyngham has appeared alongside Skolnick for several weeks, Abernathy said he hasn’t decided if Wittyngham will be the permanent co-host. Leroy Hoard, Alex Marvez, Michael Wallace and others have appeared as a third voice on the show, but Abernathy said he isn’t sure whether to use one or two co-hosts with Skolnick.
“Could be one or could be two,” Abernathy said. “I like the variety.”
He said no changes are planned with the 1 p.m. show (Eric Reed, Hoard) or the 7 p.m. program (Josh Friedman).
Abernathy did not say this, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Adam Kuperstein assumes a larger role at the station at some point.
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