MJ has been pulling double duty on the air for the better part of two decades. On October 1, 2001, he launched The Schnitt Show, his afternoon conservative talk radio show. This was seven years into hosting the MJ (and MJ & BJ) Morning Show during its first run. He hosted both shows until the MJ Morning Show went off the air on February 17, 2012. He continued with the afternoon program for a few years until going back to double duty in 2015 when he teamed up with Len Berman to host a morning show on WOR-AM in New York City. After departing from that program in 2017, he once again went back to only working as Schnitt. But in October of 2020 when the MJ Morning Show returned to the airwaves on Q105, it was once again back to wearing two hats.
This week on June 21, he announced during the first hour of his afternoon show that he would be putting the lid on the program after close to 22 years. His final broadcast will be on Friday, July 28, 2023. It marks the end of a highly successful syndicated radio show that has aired on dozens of stations around the country and was even picked up by XM Radio back in the 2000s.
This means MJ is kind of going full circle back to the days of only being a morning show host. What was also exciting to hear in his announcement is that he hopes to totally focus on and grow the MJ Morning Show into more markets through syndication. The first run of the MJ Morning Show was syndicated to several markets around Florida and was heard in St. Louis and Atlanta.
Plus, this potentially answers the question of whether MJ will renew his contract with Q105 which is up in December. It is very likely he would renew in another six months if he truly wants to focus on the show and continue to build its listenership. If not, by all accounts, he’d be essentially retiring from radio completely unless he were to land on another station in the future.
While it’s sad to see the end of a good thing he had going for much longer than most radio shows ever last, MJ Morning Show listeners should be encouraged by this news. He will now have more time and energy to put toward the morning show. Who knows what new bits or segments the crew might come up with. And if they do get a new studio for the crew, the sky’s the limit for possibilities.