He had spent eight years with the CBS Radio station.
"Yesterday at 12:15 when I walked in for a meeting and I saw the H.R. girl. I knew this was not good," Goddard said with a chuckle.
Goddard, who worked the 1-6 p.m. shift, said the split was amicable. He said he had an idea the end was coming.
"The writing was pretty much on the wall," he said, saying that last year he signed a one-year contract instead of something longer term.
Goddard posted about Monday's news on his Facebook page and was touched by the outpouring of support, hearing from such disparate folks as media personalities Mary Jo West and Dewey Hopper and former Arizona attorney general Grant Woods.
A comforting, friendly personality, Goddard is known for his massive record collection and deep knowledge of Top 40 music. He came to the Valley in 1980 when he joined Top 40 station KZZP-FM (104.7). There was a 13-year run at country station KNIX-FM (102.5), in addition to gigs at KOY-FM, KPSN-FM and KKFR-FM. Along the way, The Arizona Republic twice named him Best Afternoon DJ for his KOOL-FM run.
"I'm ready to go (back to work), but I'm not ready to go today," he said with a chuckle. "I'll be ready to roll soon. There's still a lot of gas in the tank."