Report: Buzz Bissinger Exits WPHT
January 2, 2013 at 6:42 AM (PT)
PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE is reporting that best-selling author BUZZ BISSINGER has exited the afternoon slot at CBS RADIO Talk WPHT-A/PHILADELPHIA after six months in the slot.
BISSINGER, the former PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER reporter and PULITZER PRIZE-winner known as the author of "Friday Night Lights," told the magazine's VICTOR FIORILLO, "While I enjoyed doing Talk radio, I had increasingly come to the conclusion that it is fundamentally trivial." He added that he "missed my writing career. And I missed doing things that I believed had some social value. I have plenty of assignments from the likes of VANITY FAIR, the revamped NEW REPUBLIC, THE NEW YORK TIMES … and another book left on my contract with HOUGHTON MIFFLIN.” "Trying to juggle two careers was becoming impossible,” he added. “But the the management of the CBS group in PHILADELPHIA, MARC RAYFIELD and ANDY BLOOM, treated me wonderfully. I appreciate the chance they gave me. Sometimes things are just not meant to work out.”
The magazine cites "one well-placed source" as saying BISSINGER, whose profanity-laced tweets have gained him additional notoriety in social media, had been "involved in two separate F-bomb-filled office confrontations that resulted in him being charged with 'creating a hostile work environment.'"
WPHT's online schedule shows BISSINGER's co-host STEVE MARTORANO and RICH ZEOLI filling in in DECEMBER but has not been updated since the week before CHRISTMAS.