Omaha’s morning radio personalities Pat and JT (Pat Safford and Jill Thomas) have apparently been pulled from the local station Sweet 98.5, possibly for good.
On Monday morning, Sweet 98.5, owned by NRG Media, debuted a new show called “Matt and Nikki Have a Show,” featuring hosts Matt Tompkins and Nikki Oswald, on the spot previously occupied by “Pat and JT in the Morning.”
Pat and JT had co-hosted the show for 16 years before it went off the air after Sept. 12, apparently without notice or explanation. This has been met with confusion and bad reviews on Sweet 98.5’s Facebook page, with listeners asking where Pat and JT went.
The duo appear to still be employed by the station, as they were doing short podcast shows on Sweet985.com and the station’s app as late as Wednesday morning.
Sweet 98.5 has released no official statement regarding Pat and JT’s show or employment and has not responded to requests for comment.
Pat Safford, however, did respond to a message on Twitter, but said he couldn’t comment at this time.
Pat and JT didn’t know each other when they first did a studio tryout together at 98.5 in 2002. But for whatever reason, they just gelled, kicking off a stream of affable, light-hearted banter that lasted another 16 years on Omaha airwaves.
This weekend, Safford issued a statement on Twitter and Facebook, not giving specific details but at least indicating the show is done for good at Sweet 98.5.
“First off, we want to tell each and every one of you how much we appreciate all your support, messages and love you have shown to us over the last couple weeks. Honestly, it’s been overwhelming and amazing! Thank you!
“The last 16 years have been incredible. The bond we have been fortunate enough to grow with you is something we will forever cherish. It’s been an honor to us that you welcomed us into your lives like you did. To do a morning show on the station we grew up with in our hometown is also pretty special.
“Over the run of our show we (you and us) have shared marriages, divorces, births, deaths, graduations, adoptions, local tragedies, national tragedies, moves, kids growing up and, above all, a lot of laughs!
“The story doesn’t end here, that’s for sure! It’s just another chapter in our (yours and ours) book. The friendships we have developed with you guys over the years is something that will forever motivate us to keep rolling!
“Thank you again for everything! Not just for stuff now, but for the last 16 years!”