Tony Bruno Exits WIP/Philadelphia, Retires From Broadcast Radio
July 8, 2015 at 1:45 PM (PT)
TONY BRUNO has exited afternoons at CBS RADIO Sports WIP/PHILADELPHIA and is retiring from broadcast radio after being off the air since MONDAY (7/6). He will continue his podcast but is leaving his show with JOSH INNES, which had quickly retaken the ratings lead from rival GREATER MEDIA Sports WPEN (97.5 THE FANATIC) host MIKE MISSANELLI.
On TODAY's INNES AND BRUNO show, OM ANDY BLOOM said that he had spoken to BRUNO and that the host told him that "after 45 years it's just time to move on and do something other than radio."
...the format and industry in general no longer provide me joy and satisfaction, even after reaching #1...
And on his website, BRUNO, addressing speculation that a Twitter spat between himself and co-host JOSH INNES over INNES' treatment of a caller with a drug problem precipitated his absence, wrote, "There has been a flood of misinformation, speculation, Twitter, blogger and newspaper hysteria, name calling, and just absolute insanity about what happened at WIP. After 45 years of pursuing my dreams and goal of radio and climbing the sport radio stairs to the highest rungs, the format and industry in general no longer provide me joy and satisfaction, even after reaching #1 in pm drive in record time in my hometown. I decided to resign from WIP and from regular long-form terrestrial radio as a result and will pursue my podcasts and other things to keep me occupied and happy.
"First off, I did not quit in haste because I 'hated' or couldn’t work with JOSH INNES. That is totally untrue. JOSH and I have never had any arguments or confrontations during or after any shows since day 1. The modern world of radio and social media has sucked the fun out of doing this due to 'factions' whose sole attempt is to provoke 'wars' or have listeners 'take sides' to anger or distract the process of doing radio every day."
BRUNO added, "People will speculate and make stuff up to suit their own agendas or bias. I can’t control that. I know in my heart that my entire career has been based on trust, respect and working with people who have taught me and made me a better broadcaster and human being. ANDY BLOOM and the entire staff at WIP have been nothing but great to me and have asked me for three days to reconsider my decision, and finally on this WEDNESDAY, JULY 8th, accepted my decision. No rancor, ultimatums or temper tantrums necessary.
"I’m not angry, bitter or disappointed in any way. JOSH and I proved that giving people an option to the normal offerings can and does make a difference. Becoming #1 in a matter of weeks is a testament to the need for new voices and ideas. I had an amazing run with so many wonderful co-hosts, teams from the local level to the top networks at ESPN, FOX and SPORTING NEWS, so my mission has been fulfilled on the radio airwaves.