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Christopher Rude returns this week to Rude Awakening on 680/The Fan

Chris Rude

This morning, Christopher Rude returned on the air to his 680/The Fan Rude Awakening morning show after four months recuperating from throat cancer.

Soon after 6 a.m., the veteran radio guy said, “Where were we?” He thanked WAGA’s Buck Langford for covering for him. And he teased Perry Laurentino, of course, for complaining about added duties.

After Leo Mazzone said Perry “was under a lot of stress,” Rude scoffed. “I’m laying there dying and he’s under stress. Give me a break!”

Rude was diagnosed last year with a tumor behind his throat. He disclosed the news to his listeners last August. He was able to stay on air during chemotherapy but he eventually had to take time off during radiation. His last show was in October.

“I’ve been to hell and back,” Rude said a few moments later. “And I’m not talking about Helen, one of Perry’s favorite vacation spots.”

“This cancer thing,” Rude said, “I do not recommend this to anybody. If you can avoid it, by all means. That’s one team you do not want to join.”

He noted he lost 35 pounds and can no longer grow a beard. “When you have a face like mine, that’s a bad thing,” he said.

“You look 10-15 years younger,” Mazzone said.

Rude then bemoaned that he returned on a sports day that was kind of dead. And he was bummed he missed the initial Tiger Woods mess. “We’re leading in the medal count in the Olympics,” Rude said, “and that’s it.”

During a later break, he said his last radiation treatment was November-December. He compared it to “laying out on the beach for three days without suntan lotion and somebody rubs it with a Brillo pad. That’s radiation. It was the neck and the nose down to the upper shoulders.”

Rude said he received thousands of emails in the interim and how many people has gone through the same thing.

“You find out who your friends are,” Rude added. Then he said Perry didn’t call him.

Perry noted that Rude is a private guy and didn’t want to bother him. “I want to die a lonely, old man,” Rude cracked. More seriously, he added “I want to thank my girlfriend Darcy and my [eight-year-old] daughter Zoey who stood up in the face of an awful period of time, worst time of my life.”

15 comments Add your comment


February 15th, 2010
5:02 pm

Welcome back Roo-Roo! Hope 2010 is your best ever.

Roffler's House of Steve and Vikki

February 15th, 2010
5:19 pm

Welcome back Chris!


February 15th, 2010
6:17 pm

Best first-line back ever! All the best to you Rude.


February 15th, 2010
7:52 pm

Yes, welcome back, Rude! Glad to hear you’re well and hope you’re around for a long time. The show hasn’t been the same without you — you inject the non-sports guy banter that makes it great. I honestly find it difficult to listen to sports talk that’s nothing but sports. I only discovered the show 2.5-3 years ago almost by accident — one of the first days I ever listened, you did an interview with Scott Baio about some reality show he was promoting. I remember driving down Holcomb Bridge Rd laughing out loud several times, and I was hooked. You guys have been #1 on my mornings since.


February 15th, 2010
10:45 pm

yea ditto to all the above. God bless you, brother!


February 15th, 2010
11:04 pm

I am so glad that Rude has beaten this and returned. Take it easy and don’t over work yourself. It is not easy getting up at 4am.

Steve Mapel

February 16th, 2010
6:03 am

Chree-us! Glad to hear you beat that b*tch. And the cancer, too! Rawk on, dude. Maypo

Jeff Hullinger

February 16th, 2010
9:59 am

I still need a job

Tim McWaters

February 16th, 2010
12:01 pm

Welcome back my friend ! It seems as though I’ve grown up with you dating back to the 96 Rock days when I listened to music and you and now that I’m older, I listen to you and sports talk.


February 16th, 2010
12:44 pm

I go all the way back to “Chris and J.D.” (dirty tour jacket) in Jax Beach, 1983ish…? Wow, great to have you back, you sound very good, considering!

Yeah C'mon

February 16th, 2010
1:09 pm

I miss you and Hullinger laughing. Bag the sportstalk; talk alcoho, wings, porn and music like you guys used to. Okay….I’m older.

war eagle

February 16th, 2010
1:46 pm

His voice sounds totally different. But glad he made it.


February 16th, 2010
2:45 pm

Chris, I moved from atllanta to jville in 84 and became huge cheis and JD fans, from the billboard sitting to they gay traffic reports, it was great. You and I came to Atlanta within a month and I have listened to you every sense. Glad you are back

war eagle

February 17th, 2010
1:46 pm

where is Kadie Kiley?
Go RUDE-kick hamburger and his barking thugs to the curb!


February 17th, 2010
7:09 pm

Dear Mr. Rude:
Remember me? I was that cute little lady who sang at Turtle’s Rhythm And Views, doing a karaoke contest.
When I learned you were fighting the monster demon, aka cancer, I was stunned and shocked about it.
I knew that you were very brave in the face of adversity and I know that the monster did take away your handsome image, but it did NOT stop you from beating this monster demon!
Anyway, if you ever want to keep up with me, I am on Rock 100.5, keeping The Regular Guys in line, at least once a month!