The guest of Episode 37 is Tony Bruno, host of his new podcast, aptly titled, “The Tony Bruno Show”. Tony a Philadelphia radio icon, hosting the morning show on 610 WIP-AM (now 94 WIP-FM) and most recently worked mid-days at 97.5 The Fanatic. Tony also has had national notoriety as one of the original hosts on ESPN Radio and Fox Sports Radio.
(As a side note: Tony recently returned to WIP filling in on the afternoon time slot with Josh Innes. This has led to speculation that a return to terrestrial radio may be imminent. It’s also started a Twitter battle between Tony and Mike Missanelli, afternoon host at The Fanatic. You can read about it here. Our interview was recorded prior to this.)
Some of the topics discussed:
- Why Tony chose to do a podcast instead of returning to radio
- His podcasting partnership with Liberty Broadcasting Company, which features shows from Kyle Scott of Crossing Broad and Bleeding Green Nation
- Tony’s listener base being national despite talking mostly Philly sports on his podcast
- The do-it-yourself aspect of podcasting compared to working at a radio station
- The advantages to doing a show live on remote
- Using his established relationships to build his podcast quickly
- The differences between local and nationally syndicated radio vs. a podcast
- Tony’s Twitter following and how he got to 52,000 followers. You can follow him here.
- The full story behind why Tony is no longer at 97.5 The Fanatic
- The role Robin Austin (Miss Robin, Tony’s girlfriend and producer of his show) has played on and off the air
- Reuniting with Angelo Cataldi and Keith Olbermann
- How Wing Bowl got started and grew into the Philly institution it is now
- The perception of Philly fans nationally and how the Philly sports scene compares to other cities
- The Jimmy Rollins trade to the Dodgers and why Tony feels Jimmy Rollins is one of the most important sports figures ever in Philadelphia.
- Whether he feels J-Roll is a Hall of Famer and who from the 2008 World Series Champs may make it to the Hall
- How far the Dallas Cowboys can go in the playoffs
- Tony’s opinion on whether the Eagles will try to move up to get Marcus Mariota and who Tony thinks the starting quarterback will be next season
- The challenge of keeping listeners talking when teams aren’t competitive
The Tony Bruno Show on iTunes
The Tony Bruno Show website