Tony Kornheiser is a Washington, D.C. sports journalism institution.
But on Thursday, Red Zebra Broadcasting announced that Kornheiser is leaving ESPN 980, the AM radio station that has served as the home of "The Tony Kornheiser Show" for over two decades.
“Tony is a pillar in the Washington, D.C. sports community and we would like to express our sincerest gratitude and thank him for his dedication,” said Terry Bateman, Chairman of Red Zebra Broadcasting, the station's parent company.
Kornheiser, long known as one of the top sports columnists in the country, began his radio career in 1992 as part of WTEM's original lineup and has been entertaining Washington, D.C. sports fans with a unique brand of analysis and commentary.
While this may signify the end of Kornheiser's local sports ties, he will not be compeltely removed from audio broadcasting. “I have loved every minute on the radio at WTEM,” Kornheiser said in the statement.
“But I felt it was time to pursue a new and appealing challenge. I will be launching a podcast this September. I am excited that this endeavor will allow me to continue to work with so many of the people who have been a part of my radio show for over the past 20 years. But I will miss all of my friends and colleagues at WTEM.”
Kornheiser's final show on ESPN 980 is expected to be in late June.
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According to the Washington City Paper, nearly 400 fans packed the Washington bar to cheer on their hometown team and watch the competition via Twitch.
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