Ronnie "Night Train'' Lane out at 1040-AM
In a major shakeup at ESPN 1040-AM, Ronnie "Night Train'' Lane is out as co-host of the afternoon drive PrimeTime show after 18 months. Lane was let go last week, and his former on-air partner Tom Krasniqi is now hosting the show by himself.
Lane said he was blindsided by the move and thought it was a joke when he was told he was being fired after last Friday's show.
"I asked if the decision was performance-based,'' Lane said, "and all I was told was 'We're taking the show in another direction.' That's all I got. That's all I was told.''
Len Weiner, 1040-AM’s program director, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Krasniqi, who used to host his own show on 1010-AM, is a solid on-air personality who should do fine piloting the show by himself. However, it felt like Lane and Krasniqi had finally hit their stride and had developed a nice on-air camaraderie, especially since the third member of the original show, former Bucs receiver Mark Carrier, was let go in July.
"I thought it was going well,'' Lane said. "We were doing well having guests, and I thought our conversations on the air were great because we had different viewpoints. And it wasn't contrived. We gave our honest opinions, and they were usually different than the other, and I thought it made for great radio.''
Lane has a long history on Tampa Bay radio, dating to the 1980s and Q-105 FM. He is hopeful of staying in radio, preferably in Tampa Bay. Let’s hope so. He’s a good man.