PORTLAND – Tim Wright, a popular radio host who has been part of Mainers’ morning routines for the past 15 years, is off the air.
Wright is no longer part of the morning show on Portland station WMGX (93.1 FM), known widely as Coast 93.1.

The station’s president, Cary Pahigian, confirmed Tuesday that Wright is no longer with the show but would not provide details.

Wright, 48, did not want to discuss details of his departure either. But he did say his stint at the station had been “a fun 15 years” and that he enjoyed working with his long-time co-host, Eva Matteson.

“I cannot say enough good things about Eva, she’s been my best partner and I wish her the best of everything,” said Wright.
Wright, known for his quick wit, said there are some good aspects to leaving his job.

“I’m looking forward to getting some sleep, to not hearing the music of John Mayer as much, and not having to constantly discuss the legal problems of Lindsay Lohan,” said Wright. “Though Lindsay has been such a big part of my life for so long, I am going to miss her.”
Wright said he and his family plan to stay in Maine.

Pahigian said the WMGX morning show will continue, and that co-host Matteson will stay on. He said the station will announce a replacement for Wright at a later date.

The Coast morning show – which airs from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. – has featured Wright and Matteson discussing current affairs, headlines, and lifestyle topics, and appearing to have a lot of fun doing it. The station also plays a wide variety of music from the last two decades or so.

Wright, a Lewiston native, first became a morning host on WMGX in 1995. He replaced Willy Ritch and was teamed with Lori Voornas. Wright continued as morning host through various changes at the station, including a variety of different hosting partners, and the station’s 2006 name change, when the Coast 93.1 moniker was adopted.

Before working at WMGX, Wright had also worked at WBLM (102.9 FM) as well as at stations in Lewiston.