Andrew Z won't return as host of KISS FM morning radio show
Thu, 16 Dec 2010 19:56:31 GMT —
Radio host Andrew Zepeda will not be back on the airwaves at KISS FM, according to a statement posted on Facebook.
Zepeda, who is facing felony charges related to the burglary of his former Perrysburg pizzeria, said Thursday, "KISS FM has made it official and has decided not to renew my contract which is up at the end of the month." The California-native had been with 92.5 KISS-FM for over five years.
In November, Andrew Zepeda was indicted by a Wood County Grand Jury on three different felony charges, including theft, failure to remit sales tax and complicity to commit breaking and entering. He faces up to three and a half years in prison if convicted on all charges.
In court on Friday, Dec. 10, Zepeda's attorney, Beau Harvey, said he has filed motions asking that his client be accepted for an intervention in lieu of conviction. The motion was made rather than entering a plea.
Zepeda will now be screened by an adult probation program in order to determine if he is eligible for intervention instead of a conviction. If accepted, the radio host would then accept guilt and successfully complete and intervention program for the charges to be dropped.
An intervention hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 28.
Zepeda has maintained his innocence in the case and has claimed that Perrysburg Police have unfairly targeted him. "We had 5 great years at KISS FM taking the show from some of its lowest ratings ever to its highest ratings on over 10 years," Zepeda wrote on Facebook. "It's disappointing that the station has decided to not stand by me."