January 28, 2008

Bummer: Tony Bruno Off KNBR/1050

Tony BrunoSporting News Radio has parted ways with Tony Bruno (photo, right), which means that Bay Area radio has lost one of its better morning shows -- albeit one that was heard locally via syndication on a second-tier sports station.

Bruno's show was heard on KNBR/1050 (and Sirius Sports 123) and was simply a fun, entertaining, smart show, whether you're into sports or not. I'm one of many who believe that Bruno's daily 10 AM segment with Gary Radnich on mothership KNBR/680 was the best half-hour on radio, day in and day out, bar none.

Sporting News Radio and Bruno had been involved in negotiations for a contract extension, but could not reach an agreement. Bruno will remain with company -- "working with management on other initiatives," according to AllAccess.com -- while under contract for two more months.

Quick aside to Tony Salvadore and Lee Hammer: how tough would it be to set Bruno up with an ISDN line from his home studio in Venice Beach, and pay him (and ace sidekick Mark Willard, a Bay Area product) to do the KNBR/680 morning show by wire? Heck, you can even handle his national syndication, and it would pay for the investment. Not to mention that it would be a significant upgrade over the seat warmers you're currently paying.

Bruno was always smart enough to include enough Bay Area references to keep his show's feeling "local," and he has a sizeable, dedicated and loyal audience here.

Lee Hammer should say yes.

UPDATE (1/29): John Ryan blogs in today's Morning Buzz that KNBR is working on getting the Bruno-Radnich segment back on the air.

UPDATED UPDATE (2/4): From deep inside Tony Bruno World Headquarters comes this news via Mark Willard:

Tony Bruno returns tomorrow Tues Feb. 5 for his daily segment with Gary Radnich on KNBR, "The Sports Leader", from 10 to 10:30 PST. Catch up with Bruno and give him a call. We are all very excited to hear what's up in the near future and find out when Tony will be returning to a morning show near you. If you're calling the Radnich Show from outside the Bay Area use the following number (415) 808-KNBR and listen online at http://www.knbr.com/listenNow.html

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Anonymous JMAN said...

I agree - Gary and Tony are
a great combination. I miss the feed we use to get with ESPN radio and Dan Patrick. Let's not lose
another great entertainment segment.

January 28, 2008 3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bruno was offered the KNBR Morning Show once before, before he started with Sporting News Radio, and he turned it down, presumably because he wanted a national program. But wouldn't that be a morning lineup at KNBR - Bruno then Radnich!

January 28, 2008 9:32 PM  
Anonymous Steve Pereira said...

Hey Guys...I wanted to voice my opinion on losing Tony Bruno from your morning lineup with Gary Radnich. Hey, these guys had it going with the jabs, sports triva, and that jocular "free for all" they both loved doing with eachother. I thought Gary recently said he misses Tony Bruno, but it not like it going to be a great loss! Come on guys...whoever has the juice to get this segment back on the air, just for those 30 minutes, once, or twice a week, would be appreciated. Thanks for your consideration. Steve Pereira, thatbeachguy in santa cruz.

February 26, 2008 10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is it about Tony Bruno I don't get? He can't keep up with any of the members of Radnich's court. I turn off KNBR during the 45 minutes of Bruno and I believe that the only reason Bruno shares the stage with Gary is that Gary owes him something.

May 02, 2008 10:30 AM  

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