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An Exclusive Interview with Roxanne Wilder

A headshot of Roxanne Wilder      

(10/14/2020) – We recently had the chance to speak with Roxanne Wilder, the newest co-host of the MJ Morning Show on Q105. Roxanne, a Tampa native and member of the Q105 team for a few years, brings a unique perspective to the show with her background in sports reporting, being a mom of two young kids, and her overall passion for living in the Tampa Bay area.

Q: Where did you attend high school and college?

A: I graduated from East Lake High School in Palm Harbor and earned an accounting degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Q: Can you describe your family?

A: I am married to Doug who works in real estate and construction. We have two daughters, Evelyn Jade who is three and Davianna who is 10 months old.

Q: Did you initially pursue a career in the media?

A: No, I actually worked in accounting for a few years. I decided that I really wanted to be a sports reporter, so I started moonlighting at FOX 13 in Tampa at night after doing my accounting work by day. I worked with Chip Carter, Kevin O’Donnell, and Chris Field there. I also did some work for Bay News 9/Catch 47. I covered the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Lightning, and lots of other teams and games. I got to attend eight straight Super Bowls, and I’ve had the chance to interview Joe Torre, Joe Maddon, Jon Gruden, Warren Sapp, Simeon Rice, and lots of others in the sports world.

Q: When did you start working in radio?

A: I started in sports radio in 2011. I was part of the Kirk and Dinger Morning Show on 98.7 The Fan. It was kind of refreshing working in a radio station studio rather than always being out in the field doing sports reporting.

Q: What other TV work have you done, and how do working in TV and radio compare to each other?

A: I’ve worked on Studio 10 and The Morning Blend. I still occasionally do some TV work.

I will say I love radio because, especially as a female, there is a beauty to just having to think about what you are saying and not how you look. You can also tell stories more effectively on radio because you usually have a little more time to let the stories develop and create that theater of the mind for your listeners. But I do like to occasionally be on TV with that adrenaline rush I get when I know I’m live and on camera.

Q: When did you start with Q105?

A: I came to Q105 about four years ago and worked on the Mason Dixon Morning Show until MJ and his crew just started in the morning.

Q: What are your memories of the first incarnation of the MJ Morning Show when it originated on 93.3 FLZ?

A: Michelle really stood out to me when MJ would have her on the show. I remember hearing about how Michelle was going to law school at Stetson, when their kids were born, and just all of the family dynamics they talked about. I also remember the Crotchety prank calls, which were epic. My husband vividly remembers when MJ called Julia Roberts in the hospital and posed as Richard Gere.

Q: How did you first find out about your involvement with the MJ Morning Show?

A: I found out about 10 days before the show launched. My boss came in and told me and said he had some big news for me that would change my career. I had no idea what he meant. He told me that MJ was bringing back his morning show on Q105 and he wanted me to be the female co-host. It has been absolutely amazing how all of this has happened so quickly.

Q: In your short time on the MJ Morning Show thus far, how would you describe MJ, Froggy, and Fester?

A: I’ve always had lots of respect for MJ and what he has done with the previous morning show and his Schnitt Show. But when you work with him, you realize how brilliant and clever a man he truly is. I also have to include Michelle in this answer because she is such an amazing person and I know has helped MJ be successful in many ways.

I had met Fester at different promotional events before. He is very quick and funny. He and MJ are also very close in terms of how they work together, and Fester often helps bounce the ball to set up MJ for something.

As for Froggy, he’s like a mad scientist because he is always thinking creatively and wanting to come up with the next funny bit for the show. I really can see that creative process at work in both he and Fester every morning. They are comedians and sometimes you can tell when they’re just silently thinking to themselves about what to say or do next.

Q: What is your specific title and role on the show?

A: I’m considered a co-host, and MJ is calling all four of us co-hosts. We are all producers and contributors in some way, and we all feel like we’re pretty equal in terms of our roles.

My main goals are to be an observer of life around me so I can bring unique stories and perspectives to the conversation. I’m also constantly consuming content, anything from reading news sites and social media pages to listening to podcasts.

Q: What is the vibe like in the studio during the show?

A: It’s a very high-energy environment and intense at times. We are constantly either going to the well and trying to think of things in our minds, or we are looking things up online and trying to find the next great piece of content to talk about. MJ has a tendency to spring things on those around him, so you have to overprepare so that you can anticipate what’s coming. We all think it’s cool to have that element of improvisation.

Q: What can you say about the amount of music the show is currently playing?

A: I will say that Q105 listeners have been accustomed to hearing a fair amount of music in the morning. Some listeners say they want more music, while others say they want more talk from MJ and the crew. We are actually playing less music now than we did with Mason. Ultimately, we want to make as many listeners happy, but we have to be strategic in how we present the show as a whole. There is a chance that the amount of talk we do could evolve over time.

Q: What are your goals as a member of this show?

A: I enjoy being the female voice in the room whom the guys can bounce all kinds of questions and ideas off of, and I can do the same with them. I hope I can continue to have that type of role as an ongoing member of the show. I think I will leave some of the crazy bits and stunts up to Fester and Froggy.

Q: How can MJ Morning Show listeners follow you?

A: You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @RoxanneWilder.

 

 

          
MJ Morning Show Returning to Tampa Airwaves on Q105!

(09/25/2020) – There had been some hints, some jokes, and the usual crew banter on the MJ Morning Show podcast recently about a potential relaunch of an actual live radio show with MJ, Froggy, and Fester. But now we have official confirmation that the MJ Morning Show is actually returning to the Tampa radio market for good!

On Episode 43 of the podcast, MJ announced that the MJ Morning Show will return to the air on Monday, October 5, 2020 on Q105, 104.7 WRBQ-FM in Tampa. The classic hits station, one of the heritage radio stations in the Tampa market for many years, is owned by Beasley Media Group with studios in St. Petersburg, FL.

Like it did for so many years before, the show will air from 6 to 10 a.m. Eastern each weekday morning. We also know that MJ, Froggy, and Fester will be teaming up with Roxanne Wilder, a Q105 personality who previously served on the station's Mason Dixon Morning Show and has worked for other stations in the Tampa area. MJ said that he wanted to have a female voice on the show much like he had Meredith on the first version of the morning show and that she'd be good at ganging up on the guys with his wife, Michelle. MJ also said that he truly missed the humor and entertainment of doing a morning radio show, and this was a big reason why he wanted to get back into it. Plus, the popularity of the podcast with "hundreds of thousands of downloads" convinced he and the crew that listeners were hungry for a live show.

                                                                      

Top 10 Things We've Learned from the MJ Morning Show Podcast

(03/21/2020) – As of this writing, MJ, Froggy, and Fester have cranked out 15 episodes of the MJ Morning Show Podcast since reuniting for the first episode that was released on Oct. 22, 2019.

Here are 10 big things we’ve learned from these biweekly – and now weekly – episodes of the MJ Morning Show Podcast:

1. As many already know, MJ has continued hosting The Schnitt Show since the MJ Morning Show went off the air. In fact, he has now been hosting it longer (since Oct. 1, 2001) than he hosted the MJ Morning Show for (just over 18 years). His daughter, Chloe, is 18 and will be graduating from high school. She plans to play soccer at the Division I level for a university in the fall. His son, Julian, is 15 and a freshman in high school.

2. A few months after the morning show ended, Fester completed his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of South Florida. For several years now, he has had a successful career working for an RV company doing sales. He said he weighs about 312 pounds and had the lap band removed from his stomach some time ago after having had lap band surgery for weight loss.

3. Froggy took over his father-in-law’s shelving and fixture business after the show ended. It is apparently a multimillion-dollar company that provides shelving and other displays for major stores around the country.

4. Dave the Dwarf is still kicking. At age 55, which is a decade longer than he was expected to live, he is still doing his weekly gigs at Showgirls in Plant City as a judge for its amateur contest. Dave has had a number of health problems throughout his life, especially in recent years. He now uses a power chair to get around.

5. Joey B. is still working in the radio industry. While he’s not a member of any specific radio shows, he works as a consultant on providing prep content for morning radio shows around the country. He said he bounces between Florida and New Jersey. He mentioned that he still occasionally cooks in the nude.

6. Hurricane was finally mentioned and made an appearance on one of the more recent episodes of the podcast. He talked about how he worked for Bubba the Love Sponge for a year after the MJ Morning Show ended. MJ said he does not have any bad blood against Hurricane. Since then, he has been working as a FedEx delivery guy. He also got married and has a five-year-old son, Rocket.

7. Meredith has been working in radio for most of the time since the MJ Morning Show ended. She first worked for 98.7 The Fan FM in Tampa before that station went off the air. For several years now, she has been a co-host/producer on the Orlando and the Freakshow morning show on Wild 94.1 WLLD-FM in Tampa. She got married and has a daughter.

8. MJ and the crew discussed the turkey fryer fire incident from December 2009. They got a van, loaded it with furniture, carved out part of the roof, put a fryer with hot oil inside of the van, and then dropped a frozen turkey into it. This caused an explosion and a major fire. Fester said that Dana the Intern called 911 to report it, and the fire department came out to the scene. Fester left the radio station complex but was told to come back. There was a large fire official conference going on in Tampa at the time with officials from all over the state. A firefighter claimed he was injured at the scene, saying he tweaked his back when rolling up the fire hose. Ultimately, the radio station settled with the firefighter financially. MJ also made a $10,000 donation to a fire-related charity and the crew issued an apology.

9. MJ has discussed how he went about recording some of the Crotchety Old Man prank calls he did as the Milton Fludgecow character. He said he would always tell the crew to pick up a phone book back in the day whenever they would travel out of town so he could get the phone numbers of businesses out of state he could call and prank. Specifically when recording the porta-potty call, he had Fester banging on a Gatorade cooler that he was holding above MJ’s head to simulate the sound of Milton banging on the door of the porta-potty. He used a variety of other techniques like this to get certain sounds.

10. MJ has mentioned many times about how much positive feedback the crew has gotten about its reunion for this ongoing podcast project. He has mentioned that the podcast has had ”tens of thousands of downloads.” He has said that there’s a chance they could produce more episodes of the podcast (two or three per week) or could even do a live stream of the show online every morning or a few mornings each week.

BONUS: You can now call or text the new MJ Morning Show Podcast hotline number at 813-467-6290. MJ has played some voicemails and read some texts from listeners.
 

MJ Morning Show is back -- as a podcast!

(10/22/2019( -- After nearly eight long years, loyal MJ Morning Show fans are thrilled to learn that the show is coming back. While it won't be airing on any terrestrial radio stations and won't be a live broadcast (at least for now), it will be available in an on-demand format as a podcast.

The first episode of the MJ Morning Show Podcast was made available on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. It is available on all of the major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, TuneIn Radio, and iHeartRadio. An initial promotional episode was released with MJ previewing the podcast. He said that he, Froggy, and Fester will reunite with special guests like Dave the Dwarf.

The last time any of the crew members were together with hot microphones in front of their faces was on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. This means it was 2,804 days between that final radio broadcast of the MJ Morning Show and the release of the first podcast episode.

MJ had mentioned here and there on The Schnitt Show that there could be some sort of relaunch of the MJ Morning Show in the future. Loyal fans likely hoped that it would be a live, daily radio show like it used to be. However, since so many years have passed now, we should all be incredibly grateful for this opportunity to hear our favorite radio personalities get back together. It will be fascinating to hear what they talk about, what secrets they reveal, what new bits they might come up with, and what they've all been up to over the past several years.

Check back to this fan page for           ates on the podcast.

MJ launches new morning show in New York City

After nearly 3 years removed from pulling double-duty with the MJ Morning Show and The Schnitt Show, MJ got the itch to return to his crazy schedule of hosting 2 radio shows per day.

On Jan. 26, 2015, MJ became part of "The Len Berman and Todd Schnitt Morning Show" on 710 WOR-AM in New York City. Berman, 67, is a longtime New York-based TV sportscaster, while MJ returns to the No. 1 media market for the first time since the early 1990s when he worked for Scott Shannon's morning show on WPLJ-FM.

MJ's new morning show runs from 6-10 a.m. live from the iHeart Media (formerly called Clear Channel) studios in Manhattan. The show is different from the MJ Morning Show as it runs on a news/talk AM station rather than the Top 40 CHR stations that the old morning show aired on. You likely won't hear too many crank calls, parody songs, or crazy parking lot stunts, either. But it is another opportunity to listen to MJ in the morning. You can stream the station online and on the iHeartRadio mobile app.

Loyal MJ Morning Show fans are likely disappointed to hear that MJ had 3 offers on the table to relaunch the MJ Morning Show. In fact, in one case, he said he could have brought back some of the old crew members to the show because of the contractual agreement he was offered. No word on who he meant, but it was probably Froggy, Fester, and even Meredith. The reason MJ gave for turning down these offers and accepting the one in NYC was that he could not pass up an opportunity to work on such a legendary radio station in such a major market, not only in the U.S., but worldwide.

This new show in New York City probably nixes any chances of the old MJ Morning Show ever returning to radio. But as long as MJ is on the air somewhere, you never know about a potential reunion of some former cast members - or at the very least some ongoing updates of what everyone is up to these days.

UPDATE: After just shy of three years, MJ parted ways with WOR-AM in New York City in October 2017.                   He said he was unable to come to a contract agreement to continue hosting the morning show on this legendary station.

Where are they now?

Since the MJ Morning Show aired its final broadcast on February 17, 2012, the show’s former crew members have gone their separate ways. Some are still in radio, while others have moved on to very different career paths. As of July 2013, here are updates on what some of the crew members are up to these days:

MJ – The former captain of the MJ Morning Show continues to be successful in radio. He remains as the host of the 12-year-old, nationally-syndicated talk show The Schnitt Show, which is based out of Tampa, Florida in the same Clear Channel building where he hosted the morning show for 18 years. The Schnitt Show airs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET in over 50 markets. It’s more politically-oriented and focused on news and current events compared to the pop culture focus of the morning show. MJ said not to long ago that he intends to move to Colorado at some point in the next few years. No word, though, on whether he’d continue to do the show from out there or if he has any plans outside of radio in his future. He is an investor in a new restaurant chain called PDQ and is involved with a new piece of software in the auto industry.

Froggy (2) – We all loved Froggy’s humor, crank calls, and bad-boy personality. But unfortunately, his comedy is no longer being showcased on the airwaves. Believe it or not, Froggy is working for a family-owned shelving and fixture business called Madix Store Fixtures located in Tampa that he apparently intends to take over some day. His father-in-law owns it now. According to LinkedIn, he works as a manufacturer’s representative for the company. This seems like a far cry from radio, but you’ve got to give him a lot of credit for starting a career in something totally new.

Hurricane – We all remember the MJ vs. Bubba lawsuit from earlier this year. Ironically, Hurricane is now a member of the Bubba Radio Network, working for MJ’s radio rival Bubba the Love Sponge Clem. He is currently an executive producer of the show, which he joined in the fall of 2012.

Meredith – Along with Hurricane, Meredith is also still in the radio business. For about six months, she worked for 98.7 The Fan in Tampa, an FM sports talk station where she served as a producer on the station’s Kirk and Dinger Morning Show. Now, however, she holds a similar role on Wild 94.1 FM’s Orlando & The Freakshow morning program in Tampa, which is in the same building as 98.7. Apparently the early-morning alarm clock jolt doesn’t bother her as she has continued with a morning work shift.

Dave the Dwarf – Dave was always known for doing appearances around town, especially at strip clubs. He has continued doing these gigs at Showgirls, a club in Plant City that he used to promote all the time on the MJ Morning Show. Now at 49 years old, Dave is several years past the age of 45 that the oldest dwarf with his condition apparently lived to be. He has had some health issues over the past few years, but he’s still going strong at 3’2’’.

MJ Morning Show Forum

While the MJ Morning Show Fan Board forum is no longer active, you can still view all of the old posts by visiting the WayBackMachine Archive of Forums.

R.I.P. to MJ's dog Scarlett

Jan. 30, 2013, the same day MJ got the unwanted verdict in his defamation trial, he and his wife had to put down their 17-year-old female Jack Russell terrier, Scarlett. She was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer in 2012 and was not expected to live past Thanksgiving. The couple has a male Jack Russell named Romeo who is about the same age. The dogs were infamously the center of attention on the MJ Morning Show when one of them escaped from the house and went missing. MJ had to leave the show to help find the dog, which he ultimately did in a short amount of time. He had a vet come to the house to euthanize her and put her out of her suffering.

We miss Froggy's creativity

In the fall of 2011, it was revealed on the show that Froggy would no longer be doing his prank calls. This meant no more Dementia Don, no more Rob Ripple, and no more Johnny Stankface. At the time, he was on a schedule of recording three new calls each week for about eight months.
Froggy has also done parody songs in the past, some of which have been funny with a lot of creative thought put into them. Many of these songs were about celebrities and included various audio clips and sound effects. A few years back, he recorded an entire "Frogawogs" album and made it available on iTunes. It was basically a take-off on kids songs.
I think I can speak for most MJ Morning Show fans when I say that "we" miss Froggy's creativity. We miss his more frequent contributions to the show, which have been dwindled down to only his commentary on the various topics MJ brings up each morning. It sure would be nice to hear more out of Froggy. It's really a shame management (apparently Tommy CHuck) took away some of his opportunities to be creative.
        But Froggy should also step to the plate and come up with some new ideas for bits, such as parody songs or anything else that isn't a prank call since he can't do those anymore for whatever reason. How about some funny adio compliations? How about some parody songs poking fun at the Kardashians? The sky is the limit, and I hope this post will prompt some action out of Froggy and the rest of the show. With only three hours of a morning show these days, you'd think the crew would have more time to produce and execute more creative bits. Let's hear some!