After enjoying a quiet semi-retirement, former Sportsradio 94.1 WIP host Tony Bruno is slamming his former employer for money he claims the station owes him but refuses to pay.
The revelation came on Twitter during an exchange about radio ratings between Bruno’s former co-host, Josh Innes, and Crossing Broad’s Kyle Scott.
Bruno claims he is owed about $30,000 for co-hosting “The Innes and Bruno Show,” which was tops in the market among men 25-54 during the spring ratings book, one of four quarterly measurements of a show’s popularity that usually determines a host’s bonus. Bruno, who surprised listeners by walking away from the popular show in July, claims the money is owed for the last month of the winter ratings book, and the three months that comprise the spring ratings book.
“I’m not asking for millions of dollars from CBS or some ridiculous buyout I didn’t earn,” Bruno said, noting that the station paid him everything else he was owed, including salary, endorsements and unused vacation time. “I’m just asking for what I earned.”
Officials at WIP were unavailable to comment.
Bruno claims Andy Bloom, operations manager for WIP, made the case he wasn’t owed the bonus money because he never received a signed contract by March 1, which voided the station’s letter of intent. But Bruno says he never received a fully executed contract from Bloom to sign.
“I never actually got a contract from Andy until March 31, and even then it wasn’t fully executed,” Bruno said in an interview, noting there were differences between the two on vacation time and the length of the program that Bloom simply crossed out and wrote into the contract.
“I’d never sign a contract with lined-out things,” Bruno said. “My lawyers insisted that it has to be a clean contract.”
Despite his sudden retirement, Bruno has attempted to take the high road, refusing to blame his departure on anything other than a desire to leave radio. He has continued podcasting “The Tony Bruno Show” without mentioning his former employer, and insists he doesn’t want to drag either CBS or Bloom through the mud.
“I even asked [Bloom] if it’s really worth it for him and CBS to not pay me $30,000,” Bruno said. “I’m not trying to get him in trouble, but I know he’s screwing me to protect his own hide with CBS.”
“Maybe he just thinks it’ll go away in a couple of days. I’m calling his bluff.”
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Colin Cowherd: Tony Romo Regressing Because He Loves Golf
“I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.
The performance of CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo has been a hot-button topic in sports media circles, especially after a widely-regarded lackluster performance during the AFC Championship Game. Colin Cowherd believes he knows why Romo has regressed.
During an episode of The Colin Cowherd Podcast, the sports radio host claimed golf is the reason behind Romo’s regression.
“Romo wants to be on the Tour. He literally wants to be on the Tour,” Cowherd said. “And what’s the first thing Aaron Rodgers does in the off-season? He goes and golfs, he loves it. Both, by the way, great golfers, especially Romo. But I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.
“Tony wants to be on the PGA Tour — but he likes the paycheck from CBS.”
Cowherd also added he hasn’t hired potential employees in the past if they told him they loved golf during the interview process, saying he has a theory that as men age they “get addicted to golf”.
“They’re on PGATour.com, they’re putting in the backyard, they’re thinking about it at work, they’re scheduling a trip to Scotland and they lose sight of their other job,” Cowherd said.
ESPN Radio Adds Lakers Games As LeBron James Nears Scoring Record
“As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.”
The NBA’s all-time scoring record has stood for a long time. Kareem Abdul-Jabar, the current record holder, retired in 1989. LeBron James is on the verge of overtaking him though, and ESPN Radio wants to make sure it is part of history when it happens.
ESPN Radio has added two upcoming Lakers games to its schedule. The network will carry the national feeds of games on February 7 and 9. The first game is against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second is against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Both games will be played in Los Angeles with a 9:30 PM Eastern tip. Marc Kestecher and Vince Carter will be on the call for both games.
As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.
FOX Sports Radio Broadcasting Live From Arizona & Las Vegas For Super Bowl Week
Sports radio will descend upon Glendale, Arizona and the greater Phoenix area next week for Super Bowl LVII, and FOX Sports Radio will be out in full force.
FOX Sports Radio announced Thursday that Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd, LaVar Arrington, Brady Quinn, Jonas Knox, Doug Gottlieb, Steve Covino, Rich Davis, Chris Broussard and Rob Parker will all be live from either radio row, State Farm Stadium or Scottsdale Stadium starting Monday.
Dan Patrick and his crew will be at Scottsdale Stadium, which is the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants and the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League. Colin Cowherd will broadcast two shows from State Farm Stadium, site of this year’s Super Bowl, on Thursday and Friday.
The rest of the FSR names mentioned above will all be doing their respective shows from radio row at the Phoenix Convention Center.
FOX Sports Radio also announced Jason Smith and Mike Harmon will broadcast from the Wynn Las Vegas resort on Thursday and Friday. They will have a strong focus on all things betting with regards to the Super Bowl.
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