There has been a major shakeup at sports radio station WDAE 620-AM. A former popular show is returning, a major personality is out and the future of the station's biggest star remains in flux.
First, it appears that longtime host Steve Duemig, who has been out for nearly two years with a brain tumor, will not return to the station, at least for now. His afternoon-drive slot will be filled by the return of the Ron & Ian Show, hosted by longtime bay-area radio personality Ron Diaz and former Buc Ian Beckles.
Meantime, J.P. Peterson, who used to be paired with Diaz and had been filling in for Duemig, has been let go. Peterson announced on Twitter on Thursday that he was told by WDAE that he is not a part of the new lineup.
The new lineup will be headlined by Ron & Ian. The two, who hosted a mid-day show for many years until Beckles left in a contract dispute three years ago, will debut their reboot on Nov. 26 and it will air weekdays from 3-7 p.m.
In a statement, Diaz said, "The band is back together and it's about time to rock."
Beckles said, "Tampa Bay has been begging for its return, so I hope everyone is ready."
Jay Recher, who has been co-hosting with Diaz, will produce and contribute on air to Ron & Ian.
Meantime, Peterson said he was shocked at being let go. He said he wasn't given a specific reason for the firing and that doing it right before the holidays was "an interesting choice."
But he added, "It's all good. I really appreciate WDAE giving me the opportunity to build my brand. I enjoyed my time there. I will be back on soon with a podcast and other broadcasting opportunities are already being offered."
So WDAE's weekday lineup will be Ronnie Lane and Tom Krasniqi from 6 to 9 a.m. The nationally-syndicated Dan Patrick Show from 9 a.m. to noon. Pat Donovan and Aaron Jacobson, who have hosted weekend shows and occasionally fill in when needed, will get their own show from noon to 3 p.m. And then Ron & Ian from 3 to 7.
So what about Duemig? The station said Thursday that it will always have a place for Duemig if he is able to return. Duemig, a local sports radio fixture for more than 25 years, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in February of 2017. He returned briefly while undergoing treatment, but has not been on the air in more than a year.