In its two stints as a sports radio station, Clear Channel's WARF/1350 Akron "SportsRadio 1350" has one long, cherished tradition.
It carries Tony Bruno.
The long-time national sports radio host has appeared on Akron's 1350 in all three national incarnations of his program...first at ESPN Radio, then at FOX Sports Radio, and most recently at Sporting News Radio.
Bruno is launching his fourth national radio show courtesy of the folks at The Content Factory, the new syndication/sports media company that returned Dan Patrick to the sports radio airwaves after he left ESPN.
And yes, OMW has confirmed that Akron's 1350 AM is once again along for the Bruno Ride.
Bruno's new show, "Into the Night with Tony Bruno", will start on "SportsRadio 1350" on October 6th, one week after its national debut on September 29th.
And yes, that's "night" as in the new Bruno time slot - 10 PM to 1 AM Eastern, where WARF will carry the show live.
The new time slot seems designed to give him a live 7-10 PM (Pacific) clearance in his home market of Los Angeles, where rumors are already floating that he'll air on Clear Channel sports KLAC/570.
Bruno has traditionally aired in middays (Eastern). But that's where the Content Factory folks already air ESPN host Patrick - in a 9 AM-noon clearance also carried by WARF.
It hasn't QUITE been a near continuous run for Bruno on WARF. The station was formerly WTOU (call letter remnants of its old "Touch" urban AC satellite format days), and switched from ESPN Radio to FOX Sports Radio right around the time Bruno made the same switch.
In between the host's time at FSR and his third national gig with Sporting News Radio, 1350 had flipped to liberal talk as "Radio Free Ohio". The station's format change back to sports brought it to SNR, where Bruno had moved...