After 17 years, a staple in Memphis radio has departed Sports 56 WHBQ. Unable to reach an agreement on a contract extension, Rob Fischer is no longer part of the Memphis sports radio station’s afternoon show.
Fischer told The Commercial Appeal he has no hard feelings toward 56 WHBQ adding, “It’s part of the business, it was a great run. They gave me a great opportunity. So I’m grateful for it. Wish it could continue. But all things come to an end.”
For the past seven years, Fischer hosted Fish N’ Stats with Brett “Stats” Norsworthy from 3 – 6pm each weekday. With Fischer leaving the program, Dave Woloshin has been added to the afternoon show which has been renamed Sports time with Wolo & Stats. Woloshin previously served as the co-host of the station’s morning show with Peter Edmiston, a positin their currently looking to fill.
Although no longer on 56 WHBQ, Memphis sports fans will still see Fischer regularly as he continues his role as the Memphis Grizzlies sideline reporter on Fox Sports Southeast.
“Rob Fischer has exited the station and continues his full time position with the Memphis Grizzlies broadcasts and we wish him well,” said Terry Wood, VP and market manager of Finn Broadcasting which owns WHBQ.
Fischer joined WHBQ in 2002 after five years in St. Louis, as a host on KFNS 590. Prior to working with Norsworthy, Fischer’s decade long co-host on WHBQ was the late Jeff Weinberger.
“They gave me an opportunity to do afternoon drive for 17 years, and they gave me the opportunity to work with the Grizzlies, which I’m still doing,” Fischer said. “They gave me a great opportunity to do a lot of different things, cover Super Bowls and go to SEC Media Days, things like that. Very grateful. It was a great run. It’s too bad it had to end.”