"WBT will not be renewing its employment agreement with Tara Servatius," said Heidi Raphael, vice president of corporate communication for Massachusetts-based Greater Media, which owns the station.
"We are grateful for Tara's contributions to the station, and we wish her the best," she said in a statement released Thursday night.
Servatius joined WBT as a late-night host in June 2007. She replaced Jeff Katz in the afternoon slot when he was abruptly terminated in December 2008.
Servatius was called into a meeting with WBT management after the end of her Thursday show and told that she would not be returning to the microphone.
"It was a great five years at WBT," Servatius said Thursday night.
"I met some wonderful people. Greater Media is a business and they made a business decision. I wish them the best." Servatius, a longtime columnist for Charlotte's weekly Creative Loafing, gradually became a presence at WBT, first as a guest then filling in on shifts when hosts were off.
TomzTake: PPMs have not been kind to WBT, which has not announced replacement programming.