Jay "Maddog" Michaels Fired

I'm very sorry to learn Jay "Maddog" Michaels has been let go from Virgin Radio 99.9 FM. He had been there since August 2006. Former partner Bilie Holiday was let go back in 2011.

If you haven't yet heard Maddog on episode 92 of my podcast, give it a listen. He was extremely candid and refreshing and it was a pleasure having him on.

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The interview he did on your show, was extremely helpful to me as a person. Wherever he ends up, I'll be listening.

March 4, 2015 @ 2:16 PM


He does an afternoon at 1010 and a day later he is fired?

This is when I really hate radio. I think listeners are owed an explanation.

On-Air talents are fired too often and the listener is left hanging.

March 4, 2015 @ 3:01 PM

Jason from Sudbury

As if. Man that sucks. Although I never listen to Virgin I really enjoyed him on the podcast it's one of my favorits. He seems like an all around good guy and was real and honest when he did the podcast. Hopefully he'll land on his feet soon.

March 4, 2015 @ 3:50 PM

Handsome Rob

I don't listen to virgin or Mad Dog but after hearing him on your podcast I have a newfound respect for him. Seems like a real and authentic guy who fixed his personal life up but isn't too proud to not talk about it.

Hope he finds work soon. I've heard there are back office talks for him and Billie to take over the Humble and Fred podcast.... LOL

March 4, 2015 @ 6:50 PM

Great Hall

Watch them bring him back in 8 months.

March 4, 2015 @ 8:49 PM


@HandsomeRob, I too am not a Virgin listener, but I really enjoyed that podcast. He came across as a great person and hopefully finds something suited for him very quickly.

March 4, 2015 @ 8:55 PM



I was really caught off guard by his personality from that podcast. I went in expecting a blow hard, arrogant dick. Partly because I blammed him for H&F getting fired, and probably too that he stayed on after Billie got canned figuring he was in on it. I know it wasn't his fault re: H&F, but needed/wanted to blame someone. But he was just so honest, and tactful, and didn't take cheap shots when he could easily have.

It was another one of those great podcast (not to stroke @Mikes ego too much) when I felt like it was just a couple buds sitting around shooting the shit.

March 4, 2015 @ 9:44 PM

Handsome Rob

That ^ was me.....

March 4, 2015 @ 9:45 PM

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@Handsome Rob

I'm going to invite him on for another chat...

March 4, 2015 @ 9:48 PM



Please do, just give him a bit of time to come down first. If you're taking requests for Qs, here's my two:

1. Did he have a sense it was coming.
2. Did Billie reach out to him.

As for MD, is it just him affected, or the morning show as a who?

Anddddd.... How about Kim Clark Champness as a guest? He did back to back fill ins for Scott T on SRS in he summer. Was really good and had tons of stories to tell.

Aaaananda annnndddd.... I might (big might) have a line on maestro fresh wes. I'll see if my Buddy can make a connection and let you know. Think you've mentioned you'd like to have a chat with him....

March 4, 2015 @ 10:04 PM

Handsome Rob

That ^ was me again. :/

March 4, 2015 @ 10:12 PM


That's too bad. I like him.

March 5, 2015 @ 10:58 AM

Rick C in Oakville

Radio is such a shiity business, would never want this much of my personal /professional aspects treated this way.
He was a great podcast guest, forth right and honest, but given how the radio business management treats the on air people, is very disheartening.
Even though I cringe every time Humble and Fred say that terrestrial radio is becoming irrelevant, starting to have to agree with them.

March 8, 2015 @ 5:19 PM


I enjoyed him on the podcast and did listen to him previously occasionally. Recently, seemingly every time I switched to his station it was "phone calls" for various contests/games. It all seemed really fake and really not listenable to me but I'm likely not the demographic he was trying to get.

Good luck to him in whatever he does next. The guy has talent so I'm sure he will land somewhere.

March 9, 2015 @ 9:28 AM


I don't think I will listen to Virgin Radio again. I like Maura but I listened to Virgin because of Mad Dog.

March 12, 2015 @ 9:31 AM

A. Brown

What gives, the morning show is NOTHING without MD...and why were the listeners not notified that he would be leaving? I've been listening daily thinking MD was on vacation! It really sucks how they can just fire a guy and leave the loyal listeners hanging!!! The 'higher ups' really gotta get their act together! Absolutely looking for another radio station, just in principal. Mad Dog you don't need those jerks, you will absolutely get something better, you are an amazing person.

March 23, 2015 @ 7:53 PM


I too after noticing that the week before much break he was not there I thought he took sometime off for March break just to relize that it had been more than 3 weeke or so now.? Morning show is not and will never be the same without MD. I will never listen again😭

March 26, 2015 @ 12:01 AM


Mad Dog was the only reason I listened to Virgin. I don't know what the rationale of the Virgin bosses was, but I'm guessing they couldn't afford that level of talent any more. Too much competition these days from other music sources and stations (which is where I'm going).

March 30, 2015 @ 8:04 AM

What The ... ???

As what SUS had stated ... 3 weeks without Mad Dog was boring and has lost it's spunk. I've been a long time listener to Kiss 92.5 FM but made the switch over because of Mad Dog. I hope he comes back ... somewhere!!! Tuning in to this morning's new DJ "Tucker" was a nail in the coffin ... reason for me to switch back to KISS 92.5 FM

March 30, 2015 @ 9:31 AM


HI Mad Dog, I was very saddened and disappointed that you have been let go from the show. We listen to your show every morning, and when I dropped off my kids to school, and I am driving 15 minutes on my way to work, I listen to you and I am inspired to what you have to say, how you say it and how you interact with your audience. You are a very intelligent, compassionate, funny man as a Radio Host. I was wondering this morning, I heard for the first time, Tucker, the new guy. Then I went to search news from the internet why there was a new person along with Maura. I found out why. I wasn't listening for the past 2 weeks because I didn't hear you, I thought you were on vacation or something! I would still listen to Virgin - but it WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. Good luck Mad Dog, you will certainly be missed!

March 30, 2015 @ 1:54 PM


I can't understand this.

I finally found a station that I enjoy as well as my teenage daughter and 10 year old daughter.

I thought MD was away and then I heard tucker this morning. . So sad.. off to find a new radio station with great content. .

March 30, 2015 @ 3:01 PM


Find Billie and get back on the band wagon! I can't believe someone hasn't already brought you on board. You guys were an awesome team! I think loads of people will follow you! People that listen to morning shows aren't there for the station or music. It's about the hosts!!! I was surprised when I heard the new guy yesterday... him and Maura... Yawn... And changed the station.

March 31, 2015 @ 5:16 AM

Carolyn Matthews

What a shame...he was so much fun to listen to on my way to work those early mornings...won't be the same. Time to change radio stations! !

March 31, 2015 @ 10:31 AM

Angela in Oakville

I have been wondering for a few days when MD would be back, then heard the new guy yesterday. I went onto the internet today to find out what happened. My husband and I have been listening to your show since you started with Billie. Maura is good also, but you and Billie made quite the team. We are extremely disappointed in Virgin for your departure. You made the morning show. Our thoughts are with you and your family and we look forward to hearing where you go. Then we'll switch.

March 31, 2015 @ 1:31 PM

Barb and Emi

We are so sad that Mad Dog is no longer on the radio show. We love him! He is the only reason we listen to the show. We are owed a more plausible explanation. The one provided seems thin. We will look for another radio station to listen to now that Mad Dog is gone. :( Will miss him!

March 31, 2015 @ 5:36 PM


I cannot believe they would ever get rid of maddog...he is the reason i tuned in. Maura is ok but she does not have his down to earth nature that can relate to people. I have changed my station on my way to work. I was very upset when they let steve roberts go , too. I listen to his news on 98.1 and then switch to hear maddog. Now i just stay on 98.1.
something radio stations do not understand is that these people we listen to every day are part of our lives and when they disappear....we mourn. We are affected. I am very sad. Maddog is so fun and entertaining. He makes us laugh. Maura might be nice but she has an annoying voice for radio and is a tad superficial. In the last few weeks when she was doing it solo...well i could not stay on the station. I have such a bad taste in my mouth for virgin radio..it seems they do not value the people who work hard to promote the station. They are all put out to pasture at some point with no regard for the service they have provided.
Such a shady deal. I suspect Maura will be on the chopping block soon. Hope she is looking around for alternative employment.

March 31, 2015 @ 9:24 PM


Not happy to hear MD left...Mad Dog made the station. He and Maura had a great repor. I used to laugh out loud listening to them on my way to work.I would like to know what station he has gone to..I will be following. Sorry 99.9 your music is good but not enough to stay listening.

March 31, 2015 @ 9:40 PM


So why was he fired?

March 31, 2015 @ 10:18 PM

Tara Salvadori

I agree with all these comments. Mad Dog was the ONLY reason I listened to virgin, I actually hated when the music interrupted the talk show! I used to laugh out loud in the car and really enjoy my morning drive. I loved Billie, they fired her, I loved Steve Roberts, they fired him.. LOVED MAD DOG, firing him was the final nail in the coffin. I did listen to the new guy just out of curiosity, the show was so boring I didn't even crack a smile. Waiting to see where mad dog ends up until then I'm on the hunt for a semi decent morning show.... Its really sad, I didn't realize how much this would affect me :- ( Miss you so much Mad Dog....

April 1, 2015 @ 1:36 PM


Every day I missed the morning show with Mad Dog it was like missing a breakfast very important part of our day everyday routine.
Now it's a continuous disappointment.

April 2, 2015 @ 6:11 PM


Sorry to see MD no longer at virgin.....it was great banter with MD....Tucker seems a great person not so talented though. all the best to Tucker anyway....

April 3, 2015 @ 6:20 PM


i was hopeful that the new guy was just coverage for a vacay that MD was taking. LOVED the morning show, just isnt the same without him. At this time I believe my new morning show will be 103.5. Best of Luck.

April 4, 2015 @ 9:40 AM

Julie gallagher

I'm wondering if he got fired for mentioning Melaleuca the wellness company (a multi-level marketing) company on his show and that he should give it a try?

April 4, 2015 @ 11:34 AM


Hey M.D,

I was pretty sad that you have been let go. I will also be moving on... the morning show is not the same.

Good luck and all the best to you.

April 8, 2015 @ 9:57 PM


I miss you Mad Dog it's not the same without you! Boring show! Let me know what station you go to next? I will definitely listen to it! All the best!

April 11, 2015 @ 7:50 PM


Just back from Florida, WTF, no MD.
So upset to hear he was fired. He could relate to all age groups , even me at 63. Bye bye Virgin

April 12, 2015 @ 12:00 PM


Will really miss Maddog. Can no longer listen to Virgin in the morning

April 19, 2015 @ 1:58 PM


I also only listened to 99.9 for the morning show . So disappointed mad dog is gone. He made my hour commute to work much better.
I have no reason to tune in now , not interested in Tucker . Found the morning show stilted.
Hope mad dog finds another station soon.

April 20, 2015 @ 5:23 AM


Loved MAD DOG I have followed him for many years now .. cannot stand the new guy !!!!!! MAD DOG was just an natural

April 22, 2015 @ 6:36 PM


Yes I had the WTF realization recently as well. He and Moira were great together. better than him and Billie IMHO even. Why break that up? Mad Dog's perspective with Moira's endearing laugh yea let's break tha tup. SMACK!!!

April 30, 2015 @ 8:09 AM


I usually don't post comments but I'm so disappointed that Mad Dog is no longer on Virgin radio. When I was in highschool, I used to listen to him and Billie in the morning on KISS 92.5 before it became Jack FM. After a few years away from Toronto, I was so excited to discover he was on Virgin radio! Sad and disappointed he's not there anymore. =(

May 12, 2015 @ 11:40 PM


Who are the two other people in the picture with Tucker on the Virgin Toronto web page. The show is called "Tucker In The Morning", yet there are three people in the picture with no reference of who the other two are. Mike, do you know?

May 26, 2016 @ 3:48 PM

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The blonde woman is definitely Maura Grierson who was on the old Maddog and Maura show.

I'm not sure who the third person is.

May 26, 2016 @ 4:03 PM

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