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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arfrce1972
arfrce1972

ahh leave him off. He couldn't make it as a comedian. All he ever did was bring the show down. Colfee is and the asian chick are perfect.

MrVeatch
MrVeatch

Wow, what an incredibly vicious and hateful collection of people who comment here. i would not have guessed that Westword readers would be so disproportionately savage. 

Tim Malmay
Tim Malmay

Honestly, I wish there was some kind of explanation. I miss him on the show. He was 50% or more. I grew up with him on my radio and have grown up to care about them. I get on the road in the morning and look forward to hearing them and making me laugh. I care. The show is not the same. I miss him and wish him all the best. I hope he is doing well and hopefully comes back to the show soon.

Jeff Zweygardt
Jeff Zweygardt

What's it gonna take to get the other hack off the air and some actual talent to take over?

Randy Montano
Randy Montano

Why's that Runion? He is an alcoholic, so it could happen,idaf who you are, if your an alcoholic you can fold and drink at anytime!!!! Damn ignorant people get on my nerves!!! And why do you think he's so special, personally I think the whole show sucks!

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

would've been better off with the ganja; perhaps, he'd still be on the air and a helluva lot more listenable

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

"but gosh darnit! us social media losers with no ounce of dignity or personal ambition of our own DEMAND ANSWERS!'

Marcia Hunsaker
Marcia Hunsaker

Cite hippa it's his health. Wish him well, however fox drama is just that ugh.

Hilary Cobb
Hilary Cobb

The Lewis and Floorwax Show already issued a statement saying his absence was a personal matter and that it needed to be left at that. Maybe Westword could show respect for that instead of trying to instigate. Just saying.

roger-k-knight
roger-k-knight

I wish Floorwax the best, but I am sick of Rick Lewis and his conservative political BS. This morning, Lewis and Colfax spent ten minutes bashing Obama over a TMZ candid video of Obama exercising.

How can a guy who makes a middle class income on a Rock 'n' Roll radio station with a huge working-class audience be such a snobby, conservative asshole?

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.

eatme
eatme

@roger-k-knight Maybe its because he lives in the real world, pays his dues and is sick of assholes like you and Obummer trashing the hard working people of this nation and letting dipshit lazy losers, like you, do what ever they want and not be held responsible for anything.

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?

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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