McDonnell, the popular L.A. sports talk show host at several stations since 1988, was on the air Friday from 11 a.m. until ESPN baseball playoff coverage began. He informed listeners of the decision on his Web site (www.1bignasty.com) Friday afternoon. “We definitely did not see this coming,” said McDonnell’s agent, Jared Levine. “All I was told by (station general manager) Bob Koontz is that they’re going in a different direction. It’s a big loss for the L.A. sports talk radio market.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In June, Koontz fired McDonnell’s longtime partner, Doug Krikorian and said they planned to try out new sidekicks to make McDonnell the cornerstone of the day’s programming. McDonnell, who did not want to comment Friday, will be paid through the end of October and can sign with another station after Nov. 6. – Tom Hoffarth Joe McDonnell was informed by management at KSPN-AM (710) Friday afternoon that his contract will not be renewed and he has done his final sports-talk show at that station after five years there. KSPN will move the Steve Mason and John Ireland show into McDonnell’s 4-to-7 p.m. weekday drive spot.