Popular radio morning host Luis Jimenez will be back soon, his producer promises.
Jimenez abruptly disappeared last week from WXNY (96.3 FM), where he had hosted mornings since 2008.
The station confirmed his departure, but has had no further comment. There has been speculation about graphic content, which has always been part of Jimenez’s show, and about whether parent Univision wants to cut costs in anticipation of a sale it has been pursuing.
Jimenez’s show was replaced with a music-intense format in the morning.
Maria Alma, Jimenez’s longtime producer, said Jimenez can’t comment on the situation, but that the show “will be back soon on another media outlet.”
His co-host Carolina Cadillo had posted a message on Facebook saying, “The best is yet to come.”
Fans have been wondering on social media whether Jimenez could return to WSKQ (97.9 FM), where he co-hosted the morning show “El Vacilón de la Mañana” until 2007.
He made city radio history there in 2004 when “El Vacilón” became the first show on Hispanic radio to reach No. 1.
His show has sparked controversies over the years for its sometimes-raunchy humor. He also created a furor one April Fools’ Day by announcing the Lincoln Tunnel had flooded.
In the most recent Nielsen radio ratings, his WXNY show was No. 9 in the city, slightly ahead of WSKQ. It was the top-rated morning show on all Univision stations around the country.
Alma said Jimenez isn’t slowing down while he’s off the radio.
He and his whole radio team will be doing midnight comedy shows at Carolines Friday and Saturday nights.
He is also starting to shoot a new comedy film, “Nazario,” titled for one of his radio show characters.