Thursday, August 9, 2018

John Lanigan Abruptly Quit and Retired During Yesterday's Show on WTAM

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2018 at 9:50 AM

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Longtime legendary Cleveland radio personality John Lanigan came out of retirement back in 2015 to do The Spew, a daily one-hour "male version of The View," with Mike Trivisonno on WTAM.

Lanigan, who did the show from his home in Florida, told the Plain Dealer that the once combative opponents played off their differences during the show, which to him, made it interesting and fun.

"Mike kind of goes back to the time in this country when we had a strong (isolationist) policy," he told the paper three years ago. "He's never been out of the country and has no desire to. He thinks we should stay out of problems around the world and just take care of our own. I happened to have traveled a lot. I'm interested in other parts of the planet. So we always get on each other about things like that."

It seems the fun ran out. Lanigan abruptly quit the show, mid-show, on-air yesterday, leaving Triv and the producers a little bewildered. We haven't heard audio yet, but someone's updated Lanigan's Wikipedia entry that he said "he was retiring for good citing reasons as not being as fun as he thought it was going to be." All of two people who mentioned it on Twitter when it happened yesterday, which is probably a pretty good indication of the show's popularity.

WTAM has yet to make a comment on his departure. Jensen Lewis, of all people, will be the new co-host for The Spew beginning next week.

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