Lewis: After scary on-air incident, WWL Radio’s Deke Bellavia thrilled to be back _lowres

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- WWL's Deke Bellavia talks with Saints punter Thomas Morstead during a show at Hooters in Metairie on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.

Deke Bellavia, known to most faithful WWL Radio listeners for his work alongside former Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert, is no longer employed by the station.

Entercom Communications, the company that owns WWL, confirmed the news to The Advocate.

Bellavia's final show was last Friday.

When asked about a possible long-term replacement or any other tweaks to shows or lineups, a company spokesperson said no other changes have been announced.

Bellavia, or "Big Chief" as he was called on air, also co-hosted "The Point After," a popular Saints postgame show on the team's flagship radio station, among other shows.

Kristian Garic, who serves as the station's sideline reporter for Saints broadcasts, has been filling in for Bellavia.

In 2014, Bellavia, an Amite native, suffered a stroke on air during WWL Radio’s show following the Saints’ 24-23 loss to Detroit and was off-air for two weeks.