Steve Kostan, longtime talent at Greater Media’s Classic Rocker WCSX-FM Detroit tells The Detroit News he was told Monday that his contract, which expires 10/1, would not be renewed. Kostan’s last time on the air was his usual 7 p.m. to midnight shift Friday night. He had been at WCSX for 18 years.
“We have not renewed Steve’s contract,” confirmed Greater Media spokeswoman Heidi Raphael in an email to The Detroit News. “We are going in a different direction. We are very grateful to Steve for the contributions he made to the station over the years. Dave Dahmer will be filling in until a replacement is named.”
“The vibe this year has been for everyone, that the glory days of radio have changed a little bit,” told the paper. “I’ve had three different program directors in the last few months. It’s hard to get to know someone in that time.”
The veteran jock doesn’t intend to retire. Kostan started out at the legendary WABX-FM, where he was dubbed “the Kid.” A musician himself, he has long-championed local Detroit music and played it more often than most Detroit radio hosts, including on several Sunday night local music shows over the years. Most recently, Kostan was able to stretch out and play more local Detroit music on WCSX’s HD-2 channel.
Kostan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.