It was an Overnight position!!!
He enjoyed a nice long ride on the gravy train. He should be happy it went as long as it did! As someone wrote above, the position was being talked about being automated 15 years ago!
I agree. Anybody should have seen this comming in some manner at some point. IMO, I would have planned for my future financially for at best VTing and at worst being sacked. Not sure what he did in regards to that, and it's none of my business.
Keep in mind, he ended up where he did by his own choices...by his own actions and lack of actions. Remember this, Joe chose to step down as Operations Manger years ago on his own and he wanted to work Overnights! OVERNIGHTS! There is a reason you banish yourself to overnights...not for a long a spell as Joe did...you might for the short spell to take care of a family matter or other personal issues...but for years in overnights? The reason you banish yourself for years to that position at a music station is because you lost the drive/the spark and are LAZY....plus you like picking up a fat check for doing little. Overnights were a cakewalk for him. He didn't have to see staff or really answer to anyone. ALL PDs till now were afraid to do anything about him because of his strong friendship with the eccentric owner/founder.
I love working overnights! It's a great job, and some of us don't like to deal with other staff/management/whatever. It is certainly something you have to enjoy to stay with it. I'm sure overnights were easier than a daypart, but its not necessarily because you are lazy. Hell, one of the best live jocks I ever listened to was a phone-intensive, high-energy, CHR night jock in market #100-something who asked to stay on nights for over 20 years! He just liked the shift! Sure, maybe Joe didn't like to deal with authority, but unless you know him (which you might, I haven't a bloody clue), it's not real fair to call somebody lazy unless you've been in their shoes.