When Cleveland radio legend John Lanigan abruptly retired on the air last month, the local air waves seemingly had a gaping hole to fill. However, another big name is about to try and fill it.
WTAM 1100 announced Saturday that award-winning journalist Geraldo Rivera will be joining the station this coming Monday to host a new show, Geraldo in Cleveland. The one-hour program will air weekdays at 9 a.m. and replace The Spew, Lanigan and Mike Trivisonno’s old debate show.
“Cleveland is my home now and so is WTAM. History put me here by random chance and now I am a part of this great city where I fell in love with my wife of 15 years, Erica Rivera. I will continue to work on a national level with Fox News, and I look forward to sharing conversations and perspective locally with you every day. This is just the beginning of what I hope will be a long relationship with WTAM, iHeartMedia, and most importantly – YOU.”
As mentioned, Rivera will continue his television work with Fox News as a correspondent at-large. On his WTAM show, he “plans to cover a range of local and national headlines, including the latest business, political and pop culture news.” The 75-year-old will also host a weekly podcast for iHeartRadio.
In addition to Rivera, former Indians relief pitcher Jensen Lewis will also join the station full-time after previously serving as a fill-in host on The Spew, where he replaced Lanigan for the last month. Lewis will move to the 6 p.m. hour and co-host Sport Feed 2.0 with Nick Camino and Trivisonno, while also continuing his duties as a pre and post game analyst on Tribe television broadcasts.
ON HIS FIRST PROGRAM MONDAY GERALDO’S GUEST WILL BE PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP.