Bit of news here. This is a terse statement just sent out by 97.5 and Greater Media:
“Tony Bruno has chosen to resign his position at 97.5 The Fanatic. We thank him for his contributions and wish him well.”
Tony wasn’t on the air this week and, as I tweeted, that was due to contract negotiations with 97.5. Bruno’s contract was set to expire at the end of August. He’s now a free agent, one who has worked both locally – on WIP and 97.5 – and of course nationally. There will likely be offers, but it’s unclear if WIP, which has a couple of major contracts set to expire at the end of the year, has any interest.
Harry Mayes and fill-in co-hosts are the immediate plan for Bruno and Mayes’ time slot.
UPDATE: Bruno has posted a statement on his Facebook page:
Very disappointed my highly successful partnership with 97.5 The Fanatic is not going to continue long term beyond Sept 5th of this year. I chose to use accrued vacation time while my agent attempted to seek a resolution, but it became quickly apparent that wasn’t going to happen. Since moving back to my hometown in 2011, I have rejected numerous overtures from major markets and national networks because of my commitment to building the mid-days at 975 and staying in Philly. The steady growth even led to hopes of an expanded presence, but that too never materialized. I want to thank all my loyal friends, fans, younger newcomers and faithful advertisers for helping my show achieve ratings success thought to be impossible just a few short years ago. I also want to thank Harry Mayes and Joe Younes for making the 10-12 show fun radio. As always, I will remain active on social media and look forward to bringing the alacrity, tom foolery and hijinks back to the radio in the near future.