Radio station WRQX-FM (107.3) yesterday fired Jim Elliott, breaking up one of the city's longest running morning teams, Elliott and Woodside.
"Q107 and Jim Elliott have agreed that it would be in the best interest of the station and of Jim that he leave," said program director Randy Lane.
Asked for the reason, Lane said, "He has a lot of personal problems he has to work out."
Elliott did not respond to telephone calls requesting comment yesterday.
Lane said that Scott Woodside, who first teamed up with Elliott at then-WPGC AM/FM in 1978, would continue doing the morning program. He said he had not decided if Elliott would be replaced.
For most of their eight years together, Elliott and Woodside enjoyed high ratings and were each believed to be earning $200,000 annually, but their popularity has dropped drastically over the last year. In the spring 1986 Arbitron ratings released this week they were down to 11th place in their time slot, with a 3.8 market share, down from 6.1 in spring 1985.
Although Lane refused to say exactly why the veteran disc jockey was let go, he said poor ratings were not the reason.
Elliott, 37, took six weeks leave with full pay in mid-February to work out some personal problems and told a reporter two months ago that his problems stemmed from the breakup of his marriage.
A station insider said that Elliott had begun behaving erratically, showing up for work as much as an hour late. La1852121185day reports that Elliott had been late to work on several occasions, but refused to comment on a report that station management had fined him $600 and then $3,000 six weeks ago after he was late for two consecutive shifts.
Woodside was not in the building after the morning show when his partner was fired.
"I went to McDonald's, and when I came back he was already gone," said Woodside, refusing to comment further.
Elliott and Woodside moved over to the ABC-owned station in January 1982 after signing a lucrative five-year contract that was the result of several desperate attempts by local ABC management to lure them away from WPGC. Q107 first tried to hire them directly and when that failed, asked ABC-owned WLS in Chicago to hire them in order to ease the competition. In the end, Q107 managed to entice the pair, firing its own relatively successful morning team of Dude Walker and Doug Limerick.
Elliott had five months remaining on his contract. Lane refused to disclose the financial terms of his dismissal.