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Cleveland radio legend John Lanigan ups and quits in the middle of his show on WTAM

August 10, 2018

Cleveland radio legend John Lanigan ups and quits in the middle of his show on WTAM

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- John Lanigan’s long and distinguished radio career in Cleveland is apparently over. Again.

Lanigan, who retired from WMJI in 2014 after 44 years on the air on radio and television only to resurface on WTAM’s “The Spew” a year later, literally dropped the mic halfway through Wednesday’s live episode.

“Today I’m announcing: this is my last show. I won’t be doing ‘The Spew’ ever again,” Lanigan began as co-hosts Mike Snyder and Mike Trivisonno sat in stunned silence. “I’m quitting today. I’ve done it before – my one son said, ‘Oh. You’re retiring again, huh dad?’ Yep, that’s it, I’m done. 

“This hasn’t been what I’ve found to be fun and I don’t think I’m smart enough to do it,” he continued. “I don’t really care what happens with the Browns. Politics doesn’t interest me that much anymore. There’s too divisive of an attitude in the country. So, I just don’t think I’m qualified to sit here and tell you that are listening what you should be thinking and what I believe is the way it should be. And I really found that to be a problem for me lately.

“I’m done. I’m retired. I haven’t been in Cleveland in quite a while, and I don’t plan to go back.”

Lanigan, who did the “First Take”-style show remotely from his homes in Colorado and Florida, went on for several minutes explaining his seemingly snap decision to quit.

“I guess it came down to the fact that, with the elections and everything else that’s going on, I have to come up with something and sound halfway intelligent, and I don’t think I’m doing that. So I don’t care what happens in politics anymore that much. I don’t care about the tariffs. I don’t care about Trump. I don’t care about the rest of the stuff and I think a lot of people are like that. You want to get on with your life and live it and enjoy it. So with that in mind, that’s it for me. I am done on ‘The Spew.’ I won’t be back.”

Caught off guard, Snyder tried to put a bow on Lanigan’s career by thanking the National Radio Hall of Famer, but Lanigan wouldn’t have it and hung up the phone.

“I hope you have a great time with the show. Adios, goodbye,” he signed off, before apparently attending to the mess left by 500 elk at his Colorado ranch.

The exchange left Snyder and Trivisonno speechless as the show went to break. Later, WTAM announced former Indians pitcher and current Fox SportsTime Ohio analyst Jensen Lewis as Lanigan’s replacement effective Monday, Aug. 20.

“Jensen is one of the brightest and most entertaining broadcasters in Cleveland. I’m glad to have him come out of the bullpen into a starting role,” WTAM Program Director Ray Davis said in a release.

“The Spew” airs weekdays on WTAM 1100 from 9-10 a.m.

Listen to Wednesday’s episode here:

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