‘Free Beer & Hot Wings’ personality arrested in IL

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A well-known, longtime host of the “Free Beer & Hot Wings” radio show based in Grand Rapids has been arrested in Illinois for domestic battery.

Joseph Gassmann, who goes by the stage name “Producer Joe” on the WGRD show, was arrested Sunday, March 18 in DuPage County on the lone battery charge.

Details of the arrest have not been released by the DuPage County Sheriff Department.

He has been suspended from “Free Beer & Hot Wings,” the station said.

Gassmann started as a radio producer on the syndicated show in 2005. Even as the show’s producer, Gassmann was often on the mic, taking part in pranks and sketches put on by the show’s hosts. In 2016, “Producer Joe” moved into a consistent on air role as a regular show host.

WGRD General Manager Rick Sarata provided this statement Monday afternoon:

“As you may be aware, Joe Gassmann of The Free Beer and Hot Wings show was arrested after a domestic altercation this past Saturday night.  Joe has been suspended and will not be appearing on the show, pending resolution of the police investigation of the matter.”   

Emails to Gassmann were also not immediately returned Monday afternoon.

According to his online bio, he is a Chicago-area native.

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