Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tony D boxed out from the Sports Animal

Although I'm not a sports radio guy myself, I'm still sad to hear Tony D was dropped from KKML (1300 AM) "The Sports Animal" on Monday for budget reasons.

So now Colorado Springs, a city of half a million people, is completely without a local sports radio show. Sure, there's sports on the radio, local, regional and national, but there's not a place to talk about it anymore.

That just seems wrong to me.

Anyway, I always thought Tony D did a nice job jumping from local to national issues and keeping the show moving right along. I hope he finds a soft landing somewhere.

52 Comments:

At 10:19 AM, June 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Problem is a very large segment of that half million people cared very little about sports in this town. Tony D did a good job thou with the resources he had available.

 
At 3:24 PM, June 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And yet another bit of evidence that Citadel is soon to fold. Another terrible move. They continually make "business decisions" that do nothing but alienate listeners and move them even further from loyalty. Meanwhile, I renew my interest in satellite radio...

 
At 9:45 AM, June 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is absolutely crazy. His show is the best local talk show in this town by lengths. Citadel will be receiving a letter from me and I encourage all of you to do the same. I will now listen to Denver sports radio.

 
At 3:04 PM, June 18, 2008, Anonymous ethan said...

Tony D was an asset to local broadcasting. Hopefully, he'll be back on the air very soon. Hopefully, it'll be here in Colorado Springs (or Denver, for the sake of his career).

 
At 6:13 PM, June 18, 2008, Anonymous Tony D said...

Thanks for all the comments about my dismal. I really appreciate everyone over the last four years. Citadel made a business decison and I have no hard feelings.

As for being on the air locally, I would love to stay in the Springs. I would love to be in Denver. It looks like I have to leave the state and that makes me sad.

Again, the four years were a blast. We had some fun and I loved it all the time.

 
At 6:20 PM, June 18, 2008, Anonymous Tony D said...

I should have said dismissal. Dismal is a little harsh!

 
At 8:18 AM, June 19, 2008, Blogger Eli the Mad (Beer) Man said...

Unbelievable.

Whether or not a "very large segment of that half million" (a statement I believe to be totally false by the way) care very little for sports is irrelevant.

I'm a transplant, and in this "small" town you have the Rockies Triple A team (where nearly all the Big Show players this year seem to be playing while on the way back from injury), the revitalized AF Academy (football team anyway), some stellar college hockey teams, and the United Friggin States Olympic training center -- IN AN OLYMPIC YEAR! We have the Senior Open going on at the Broadmoor in a few months... and NO local sports talk radio to cover any of this!? WTH?!

And a mere sixty miles north you have a professional athletic team in all four major sports (one of which went to the World Series last year!), not to mention all the colleges.

There are more sports going on in this state per capita then most other places in the whole of the USA. People would KILL for this kind of sports country!

The "small town" mentality here is the problem. It's time someone in this town stepped up to the plate and played with the big dogs. Otherwise we'll always be relegated to being water boys.

It's pathetic to be honest.

To Tony D... sorry you're leaving man. You got robbed.

 
At 7:02 PM, June 19, 2008, Blogger wingnut2425 said...

First the they brodcast the crappy rockies games and now they take the best show off the air what a joke the citadel brodcasting group is. I hope tony finds a better gig somewhere else.

 
At 9:00 PM, June 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another local sport show bites the dust. They just don't understand, do they. Good luck, Tony.

 
At 8:29 PM, June 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can only say that Citadel made the biggest mistake of their lives. Now do they not have a show, they are having to give back thousands of dollars because advertisers are closing business with Citadel all together. Sales peeple are quiting and going to other places, they are not stupid, they can read the writing on the wall. If you want budget cuts, take from the top..Management as idiotic as they are(Mike Knarr and Bobby Irwin to name a couple) should not have a job at all. Good luck Tony and I wish you all the best. It was great working with you!

 
At 10:41 PM, June 21, 2008, Anonymous Tony D Supporter said...

FIND TONY HERE


Tell all your friends. We're keeping Tony around for a long time to come!

Live Chat, Podcasts, Blogs, User Polls and lots more.

HELP SUPPORT TONY'S WEBSITE!!!

www.tonydradioshow.com

 
At 10:44 PM, June 21, 2008, Anonymous Tony D Supporter said...

Not sure why link didn't work in previous post...

Please support Tony:

www.tonydradioshow.com

 
At 3:53 PM, June 22, 2008, Blogger GO-AFA-GO said...

We need to find some air time for Tony...we will find it!

There is more than enough support for Tony in this community, so he needs to stay and we need to ensure he does.

 
At 1:03 PM, June 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think putting tony on KRDO would be a great move.

 
At 4:15 PM, June 23, 2008, Anonymous -eric- said...

Citidel really screwed the pooch in this one. It was bad enough to put on the rockies (if I want to listen to them, thier Flagship station comes in pretty clear)

Thursday without Hit and Run is dull...

 
At 7:28 PM, June 23, 2008, Anonymous Tony D Supporter said...

Great podcast done by Tony D giving his take on what happened:

www.tonydradioshow.com/listen.html

 
At 7:29 PM, June 23, 2008, Anonymous TD supporter that keeps goofing up said...

OOPS:

NO "l" in address:

www.tonydradioshow.com/listen.htm

 
At 12:02 AM, June 27, 2008, Anonymous Big Hoss said...

The number 1300, as it pertains to AM radio, is dead to me. I took 1300 off of my preset radio stations in my car, and replaced it with 1490, "Radio Que Bueno". The sad part is that I hate Mexican music, and I don't speak Spanish. I figured that I will listen to 1490 way more than ESPN radio, now that Tony D is gone. The 1300 button had just become a waste of a perfectly good electronic energy in my radio. At least now I can put on 1490 on my way to Monica's to get in the mood for that chorizo & egg burrito I enjoy so much!

 
At 1:14 PM, June 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Citadel still has Jim Arthur.... NOT!

 
At 4:10 PM, June 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait...Jim Arthur is out of Citadel? Since when. Please tell me what you know? I like Jim.

 
At 8:54 AM, June 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought maybe Tony was just on vacation. Now on Monday morning I turn on 1300 and get AM country? Who listens to AM music, are they in the 60's? I hate to see Tony go but now we have no local access to sports talk at all. The sports stations in Denver have never had a strong enough signal to reach here and I'm not in my vehicle or have access while at work to any other means. This sucks. KKML started blowing it when they went from fox to ESPN, but now nothing! Tony hope you land somewhere. My sports life is in a crisis this morning. Just goes to show the only thing not changing is that everything is changing.

 
At 9:50 AM, June 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Move. Sports talk is lousy stuff day in and day out. Another move by Citadel that hurts KCCY. First Cat Country and now this.

 
At 12:01 PM, June 30, 2008, Anonymous SoCal Dave said...

Are you crazy? Country music, or any music on AM is gargabe. This does not hurt KCCY at all and nor will it.

There is most certainly a market for sports radio. And while you think it is "lousy", some of us prefer it to hearing Merel Haggard 30 times a day.

 
At 1:52 PM, June 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is BS. Dude Now who am I going to call and torture. Tony dude you got my support whatever you need Bro. you got my Number

Phoenix

 
At 3:31 PM, June 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 1300 web site redirects to Country Music.

Every major market (and some not so major) have a sports radio program.

The trend in radio is niche radio, sports, talk, Dr. Laura, etc.


In Charlotte NC, (where I mved from) sport radio has gone to almost all local shows.

Mark Packer with Primetime, on the 3-7 shift is now on about 10 radio stations across the SouthEast. He even has football tour called "The Fried Chicken tour.

Mike

 
At 3:36 PM, June 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope citadel got hosed for cancelling their EPSN contract and also the one with the rox.
Tony your the best. Good luck to you and your family.
I didn't think anyone had a.m. music who are they trying to compete with KIMN? tool man Greg

 
At 7:10 PM, June 30, 2008, Anonymous Justin said...

Sorry to hear this... even though I never called in, this was my drive home listening pleasure. Tony did a great job and I always enjoyed what he had to say.
I guess the money talks, but I have a hard thinking they are gonna pull more listeners with classic country over Mike & Mike, Romie and Tony D. It seemed Tony was always doing remotes.
I really feel sorry for Rynestone and Miss Canada; they were just getting their careers on the road!
Best of lucky Tony! Show Citadel the mistake they made!

 
At 7:27 PM, June 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to guess that quite a few cubical warriors like me in Colorado Springs felt like they got kicked in the junk all day long.

The radio in the Springs, in general, is terrible, and listening to Cowherd, Rome, and Tony D expressing original thought was the only thing that kept my head from exploding when I rolled through the dial.

Citadel has lost one listener, as I will not tollerate listening to any of their other crappy stations, and thus, their crappy ads. I will miss Rome a lot, but good riddance Springs radio: Sirius, here I come.

Theodore

 
At 6:41 AM, July 01, 2008, Anonymous kentucky bob said...

Great comments. This is definitely a shock, but local sports-talk fans should think of it as a brief off-season. There's an old saying that "nature abhors a vacuum." Well, so does marketing. From sports bars to the Sky Sox to women's roller-derby at the World Arena, Colorado Springs has too many businesses relying on the sports-talk radio format and its male ad demographic for their livelihood. So don't worry. For those of us who'd rather hear about Alabama's starting quarterback than Alabama's lead singer, it's just a matter of time. There are plenty of settings on the AM dial. And somewhere out there I can hear opportunistic suits scrambling to fill this void. The sad thing is that (unless they hurry up) it could be without Tony D, who will be sorely missed. Blessings, Tony. I'll miss having you ride shotgun on the commute home.

 
At 8:41 AM, July 01, 2008, Anonymous Billy said...

Rumor has it someone is interested in taking Jim Rome in the springs.

 
At 4:21 PM, July 01, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Total bunch of crap! Tony D was one of the top Springs personalities.

Sixty 8

 
At 7:31 PM, July 01, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok guys its time to get back to cooking us up some fries and someone is at the drive thru window that needs to yell at you now stop complaining about missing Tony D.

 
At 7:53 PM, July 01, 2008, Blogger jack said...

I can't believe this. I just got back into town and thought someone messed with my radio settings. Country? I've listened to Tony D. since his start here. Somebody better step up before he's gone. I remember when Rome was gone for an eternity here. It sucked. Gotta go my fries are up, jerk

 
At 8:52 PM, July 01, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! I thought something was up too. Turned on 1300 this morning and it was classic country. What a joke!

One month a go I could get 3 sports stations. AM 1350 from Pueblo (they went to OLD oldies) Am 950 "the fan" Denver (they went to FM and I can no longer get the signal). Now 1300 goes off too. I've heard that 1350 in Pueblo was connected to Citadel also. Why are they abandoning sports radio?

I'm going to have Rome withdraws real soon.

Also I'm missing Tony on my way home.

 
At 7:49 PM, July 02, 2008, Blogger Jack said...

Tony D was a complete hack. He may not have been a bad person but man he knew nothing about sports, wasn't funny, and wasn't smart. Two sequences that outraged me:
1. He and Kip the idiot lamented the fact that the Nuggets hadn't signed Gilbert Arenas several years ago. Arenas is the same sort of me-first, more hassle than he's worth "star" as our entire roster is composed of these days. What a solution! I wanted Ginobili...
2. He and Kip couldn't think of the name Monta Ellis! I realize he's not an everyday name, but if your JOB is to know about sports, you shouldn't have to look up the name of a budding star.

I used to turn my radio off completely between 3 and 6 because I'd get so upset I thought I might run into something. I don't wish Tony or Kip harm, but good riddance.

 
At 10:15 PM, July 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like you heard a lot of stuff you didnt like for someone who hated his show so much....

You may have hated Tony D...but guess what...you were listening.

Kinda the point isnt it?

Good Luck Tony D...Loved the show and I know you are going to go far.

 
At 12:40 PM, July 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Either way this sucks....

I loved having a local espn radio show. It was the only local radio station worth listening to. Now I will have to pursue sat radio.

BTW...who in their right mind listens to classical country? How is this genre going to rake in more money than ESPN radio? I mean country music is bad enough, but classical country??? YUK!!!!!

 
At 4:28 PM, July 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this totally ruined my day. Just got back from Chicago to find AM country radio WTF!!!!!!!!!! Someone please pick up Tony/ESPN in the Springs!

 
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At 6:45 AM, August 18, 2008, Blogger lilfatj said...

I really don't know who would of taken Tony d off the radio... In late Nov. of 2004 I found his early morning radio show due to, the other stations morning shows sucked... Yes I listened every day from the get go... from the co host contest in the begining all the way til the horrible horrible day of July 2nd 2008 (D day I call it) when I realized Tony D was gone... Tony you will be missed. I wish only the best for you and your family. God bless my friend... Lilfatj

 
At 9:29 AM, October 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you turn on the am dial you get enough politics and Jesus to last a lifetime. The only escape was to turn to 1300am , now all I get is a little old school country music with my politics and Jesus. I can't believe Colo Spgs. Where did sports radio go in this town? I can't afford satellite radio. So as I go through the am dial I can't even get the Denver stations. Looks like I better look into satellite.

 
At 12:38 PM, December 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony D is a total fake! Its to bad he has pulled the wool over everybodes eyes in Colorado Springs.

 
At 6:37 PM, December 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is he a fake? How has he pulled the wool over anyone's eyes?

 
At 1:23 PM, March 17, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony D is gone from the radio where did he go? Anyone know?

 
At 1:24 PM, March 17, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This town needs sports radio ASAP! Anybody got any ideas?

 
At 12:10 PM, April 29, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony was offered a job in Charleston, South Carolina and moved there in March.

That's what I heard anyway.

 

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