On The Radio: Daunic out of The Zone

Another domino falls in sports-talk shake-up

Just two weeks after sports-talk mainstay George Plaster went off the air, his long-time sidekick has decided to follow.

Willy Daunic, a fixture of WGFX 104.5 The Zone since 2003, has parted ways with the station.

According to a statement, Daunic's contract expired Aug. 31 and he and the station have been unable to come to terms on a new deal. He has been the main host of the afternoon Allstate Sports Zone since Plaster left Sept. 19, along with co-host Chad Withrow. Thursday, Withrow was joined by Three Hour Lunch co-host Brent Daugherty.

The statement says Daunic's future in sports talk is uncertain, but he will continue to host the Predators pre- and post-game shows, locally broadcast on new sports talk launch 102.5 The Game.

“My time at 104.5 The Zone was the best eight years of my radio career. The success that we’ve had and the fun that we’ve had is something I’ll always cherish,” Daunic said. “Starting the show from scratch and seeing it build into what it is today was tremendously rewarding. I greatly appreciate the support that we’ve had from our listeners who have been extremely loyal. I’d like to thank the people I’ve worked with, including George Plaster, Darren McFarland and Chad Withrow, and many others. I’m excited to see what the future holds. I’m looking forward to broadcasting on the Predators’ radio network and we’ll see what other opportunities may be out there.”

Daunic is the latest shift in the ever-changing landscape of sports talk coming with the launch of The Game and the finalization of Cumulus' purchase of former Citadel Broadcasting properties, including 104.5.