A popular York radio personality is missing from the airwaves after he says he was let go from his job at 98.5 The Peak (WYCR-FM).

Bob Rudy, who was co-host of The Peak's "Afternoon Drive" on weekdays for two years, was let go June 20, he said.

His co-host, Joe Black, has been hosting the show solo, and a replacement will not be hired for Rudy, said Peak general manager
Joan McAnall.

She said neither the economy nor affordability was a factor in the separation, and she declined to say why Rudy no longer works for the station.

Rudy said he didn't want to "drag anything out in the press ... but, did I do anything bad, swear on the air or anything like that? No. They decided to make a change, and the change was not me. They decided they didn't need me anymore or want me anymore."

He said people in the community have assumed from his absence that he's on a summer vacation.

Sticking around: Rudy, 51, is also well-known for his volunteer work as previous host of the York County SPCA's "Meet the Pets," and for his work hosting several charity events. He had been a community affairs liaison for the station, and he said he plans to continue his extensive volunteer service.

The Lancaster County resident said he has no plans to relocate and is hoping to continue working in radio, though opportunities are limited in the area.

Rudy has been in radio in the region for nearly 29 years. He was co-host of the "Mad Dog & Rudy" morning radio show for nine years on the oldies station 96.


1 WSOX, which he left in January 2007.

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