Michael Floorwax: Why has the longtime 103.5 The Fox jock been off the air?

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Michael Floorwax.
Michael Floorwax is a radio survivor. Since 1990, Floorwax (real name: Michael Steinke) and his longtime partner, Rick Lewis, have made up one of the metro area's most prominent radio tandems via their morning show at classic-rock outlet 103.5 The Fox. In addition, the pair anchor the Groove Hawgs, a good-time band that's kicked off plenty of major concerts over the years. Now, however, Floorwax is off the air, and no one associated with his program will tell us why, although Lewis has dropped cryptic hints during the show.

Of late, Lewis has been helming the morning program without Floorwax, and over the past week or two, listeners tell us he's addressed his cohort's absence on at least a couple of occasions.

In one such instance, Lewis said Floorwax was going through a rough patch and might not be back for a while. On another, we hear Lewis told the Fox's audience that Floorwax remained in town and apparently wasn't averse to telling fans who ran into him why he was gone -- but no one at the station could do so because of HIPAA.

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Floorwax and Rick Lewis, in a 103.5 The Fox publicity shot.
This last reference is to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, whose wide-ranging privacy rules include provisions restricting employers from revealing information about an individual's medical history.

Thus far, neither Lewis nor longtime morning-show producer Kathy Lee have responded to interview requests by Westword. As for Greg Foster, vice president/programming for the Denver branch of Clear Channel, the Fox's owner, he sent the following response via e-mail: "Floorwax is currently taking a personal leave of absence. For privacy reasons, we will not comment further."

This dearth of information has led to a great deal of speculation about Floorwax, a hint or two of which has made it online. Until Floorwax or his colleagues reveal more, we wish him good luck in dealing with whatever medical issues are currently preventing him from cracking wise at 103.5 on the FM dial.

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waynewkennedyjr
waynewkennedyjr

Wow! Most of you people are incredibly cruel! Lewis and Floorwax are a Colorado staple! I have seen the show go in decline partly because the music playing when its supposed to be hosts, but honestly Wax is the man! I pray you get better man! Been listening to you for years, even today. I might not stay on the channel like I used to, but I still stop and listen for a bit, and I still laugh my butt off!

BlondyVanWeirden
BlondyVanWeirden

Broadcasting is a fickle industry run by scoundrels who will kick you to the curb in a heartbeat.

Gino Sasso
Gino Sasso

You could reaaaaaaaly use an english as a First language course...

DAN-O-MATIC
DAN-O-MATIC

The L&F show stopped being funny about 10 years ago. I don't really blame all of the decline on them, I truly believe that Clear Channel is responsible for a good chunk of it. That being said, while I think the show has run its course, I personally like Mr.Floorwax, met him a couple of times doing the musician thing, and he's really a good, honest guy. I hope he finds peace and health.

Jose R. Chavez
Jose R. Chavez

This is the same guy who talked shit about David Crosby when he needed a liver transplant, then when David came on the air to talk about his recovery, he kowtowed to him and said what a great guy he was. Piss off butt cheese

Derek Siple
Derek Siple

Corporate greed oh the cost that's a clear channel for sure I've been a xm fan 4 7 years they suck to

Mike Keating
Mike Keating

These people are Assholes!! hope all is well waxy!

James Miller
James Miller

Good riddance! Now if Clear Channel Media would leave the air!

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

Floorwax has spoken about being in recovery. At a guess, I would say he relapsed.

Mario Estrada
Mario Estrada

Floorwax is a nice man,BUT his sense of humor is horable LEWIS and the Show will be better off with OUT him!!!!

Matthew McBee
Matthew McBee

Leave him be for the Christ's sake. I'm sure we'll know when he tells us. Public figures deserve privacy when needed.

Brian Clason
Brian Clason

Super easy to read between the lines here....Lewis stated that because of HIPAA law they can't say why. It's clearly a serious health issue, which can include addiction. It's none of our business beyond that and the Westword's speculation through this post falls well short of engaging, interesting, or informative.

Jeffrey Grubesic
Jeffrey Grubesic

Lewis and Floorwax stopped being funny at least 15 years ago. Too bad, so sad.

Andrea Mérida
Andrea Mérida

I used to have this friend who was the guy who played the Star Spangled Banner inside the mosque back in the 90s. Floorwax was the one who egged him on. The guy has always been a misogynist boor anyway. Good riddance.

Maria Ortiz Avina
Maria Ortiz Avina

Yes I noticed this when one caller last week happily said " Master's" -- no response.

Jame Koopman
Jame Koopman

I've noticed it's been only taped repeats played on my way to work last week. I thought maybe it was something he said on the air the week before that I thought was one of them can he say that on the air type of things.

Randall Erkelens
Randall Erkelens

Morning show format is frustrating. Some days, I can drive from Aurora to downtown without any host content. It's blurbs about what's coming up, music, station Ids and lame music. If I wanted music, I'd play Pandora. The entire format needs some innovation.

Auden Ledahl
Auden Ledahl

He may be on hiatus for medical reasons. Give the guy a break.

Jay Baca
Jay Baca

Or drop the rules and let his people love him as should be.

Karen Kramer Broom
Karen Kramer Broom

Hey, say what you want about the man, we all have opinions, but somewhere in there lurks a heck of a nice guy. He was at a radio appearance a few years ago at a gas station. I just happened to stop with my elderly mother and my young children to run in and grab something. I came out to find him having the most polite, nice conversation with my mother. It was almost like he was speaking with his own mother. He made quite an impression on her and she still refuses to believe me when I tell her how he is on their show. I also worked at a popular hotel downtown and saw them around a lot, they are characters, but like I said, he's a good guy inside, so whatever it is Michael Floorwax...we hope you are ok, and we wish you well. Radio is whatever it is, but you are a person and deserve your privacy and respect from this long time fan.

FreeTheWeed
FreeTheWeed

Perhaps he's attending "professional Christian spiritual counseling" with Tom the wifebeater Martino.

Bill Hamiter
Bill Hamiter

Best to ya brother. Sometimes, underground is the only ground.

RustyShackleford
RustyShackleford

The real answer, as it always is for Clear Channel, is money.

Only having one announcer on-air means they cut expenses for their morning show in half.

Since simply voice-tracking the show from Corporate saves even more money, expect it to happen in the not-too-distant future.

Andrew Gallegos
Andrew Gallegos

I got tired of thier crap 20.yrs ago, the jockularity, wore pretty quick on me, though I hope he is fine and healthy

Chris Heller
Chris Heller

I hardly listen to the radio anymore as I like silence but I wish him well. Also he deserves to have his privacy respected.

Jay Baca
Jay Baca

Kathy Lee- If your trying to boost ratings just have someone post RIP before his name on FB and you will rocket through the roof.

Kim Chandler
Kim Chandler

Wishing him love in his journey... love their show! Heal & Peace♥

Deanne Bader
Deanne Bader

I have always enjoyed him and just wish the best for him!

D Pops Hockaday
D Pops Hockaday

They have had their run ...time to step down and let someone more entertaining take over the morning show .

Rob Payne
Rob Payne

Denver is dropping long time personalities left and right!

Drew Adian
Drew Adian

Well for whatever reason I wish him well.

massivedump666
massivedump666

You nailed it bro....Floorwax is borderline mentally retarded.  Funny how he is always down on folks that need healthcare or a handout...yet he has no problem taking a free paid vacation by claiming some BS health issues.  What a dick!

rcordova
rcordova

I dont know why anyone would listen to the show for the personalities, it has been stale for 8-10 yrs. I guess if you like Lyndsy Lohan, you can get your daily update from Mike Evans. Floor Wax added nothing to a dead tired show! Im surprised they have not yet switched to mexican music. Not wishing, just saying?

DougHubka
DougHubka

Most of us outgrow jokes meant for 17 year olds

ksuwins
ksuwins

@massivedump666 His paycheck covers the healthcare if there is any, dumbass.  As opposed to the the taxpayer picking up the bill for all the freeloaders and illegals.

massivedump666
massivedump666

@rcordova  exactly correct...plus they steal most of their material from TMZ...Floorwax sucks....die already you drunk drug addict.

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