Almost three years after hiring him as an on-air host (first at midday, then at afternoon drive), The Jewel 106.7 in Hudson/St-Lazare has dropped Paul Zakaib, aka Tasso Patsikakis.
Tasso confirmed the news on his Facebook page Tuesday, saying “Thanks to everyone for the support over the years, you made it a fun ride. On to the next chapter.”
Program Director Ted Silver takes over the 3-7pm weekday slot on the Jewel’s schedule, which also includes Ted Bird and Tom Whelan in the mornings, John Tesh at midday
, and Kris Leblanc on weekends. (Correction: Leblanc tells me that despite what the schedule says, he’s still doing news and traffic on weekday afternoons.)
Silver tells me he will continue as the regular host of the afternoon show, with Leblanc.
“Tasso left large shoes to fill and I don’t presume that I can fill them the way he did, but I’ll do my best to keep our audience entertained and informed,” he said.
Tasso says he’s “already working on something” though he doubts he’ll do another job in radio because of how much it has changed over the years. Despite his decades of experience with Aaron Rand on Q92 and later with Patrick Charles on Mike FM, Tasso’s talents were in front of the microphone with a team, not behind a mixing board alone. Much of music radio these days has become the latter, especially at smaller stations that can’t afford a lot of staff.