Longtime Detroit-area radio host out; 'My heart was broken'

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Posted at 1:01 PM, Aug 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-19 13:01:58-04

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Roberta Jasina, the voice of morning news in southeastern Michigan, said she lost her job at WWJ-AM, a day before her husband was diagnosed with cancer.

"It has been quite a week," Jasina, 68, said, her voice breaking near the end of an audio message on Facebook.

"I did not retire," she said. "I was let go on Tuesday after 34 years at WWJ."

Jasina said her boss mentioned budget cuts and said the decision wasn't personal.

"But I have to say my heart was broken," Jasina said. "I loved WWJ. I had the best job in the world."

Jasina's boss, Debbie Kenyon, acknowledged her long career at the Detroit-area station.

"We appreciate her years of dedication informing and entertaining our community and wish her and her family nothing but the best in her future endeavors," Kenyon, senior vice president at Audacy Detroit, said in a written statement.

Jasina mentioned her husband's cancer and asked the public for prayers.