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Former Braves coach Leo Mazzone scales back hours on 680/The Fan

Leo Mazzone has cut back his hours on 680/The Fan. CREDIT: AP

Leo Mazzone has cut back his hours on 680/The Fan. CREDIT: AP

After three years on the Rude Awakening on 680/The Fan, the legendary former Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone will be scaling back his hours on the sports talk morning show.

As the season progresses, he may be only heard two to three hours a morning and it’s unclear if he’ll work on air when the baseball season is over.

David Dickey, who runs the Fan, said in an email that Mazzone requested the cutback in hours and wants to focus his own contributions more on what he knows best: baseball.

“Leo remains a full-time employee of’ the station,” he wrote. “He just wants a slight reduction of his daily work-load. And since the show is big enough (people, scope, tenure, etc.)…we were happy to accommodate that request.”

The other full-time on-air members of the Rude Awakening are Christopher Rude, Perry Laurentino and Sandra Golden. In morning ratings, the station battles very closely with rival 790/The Zone’s “Mayhem in the AM.”

Mazzone, 63, worked with the Braves for 26 years until 2005 and two more with the Orioles. I left Mazzone a phone message and will update if I get a response.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

150 comments Add your comment

Double Zero Eight

March 13th, 2012
12:12 pm

Mazzone is the best pitching coach the Braves ever had.
They have not won a division title since he left. McDowell
was a pretty good pitcher, but I am not impressed with him
as a pitching coach. Bob Gibson was a great pitcher, but
was not that effective as a pitching coach.

I hope Fredi brings Leo back in some capacity.

Steve

March 13th, 2012
12:18 pm

Sandra Golden ruins that show every morning, she is a complete idiot and has no business being on a sports talk show.

Brave Hokie

March 13th, 2012
12:19 pm

Loved Leo as a pitching coach but he is simply a shill for all athletes, coaches, and f’n Notre Dame ~ only making that 680 morning show MORE un-listenable.

I have no idea why anyone would listen to those folks…

Tomahawkin

March 13th, 2012
12:34 pm

Why Is everyone Ripping Sports Sandra???

She the best thing on TRA…

Kincade Sucks as a Phillies Homer that does sports radio. His Philly bias gets old after awhile

Chuck and Chernoff Rule, they should put sports Sandra on there since so many think that she is bad on TRA

fred

March 13th, 2012
12:35 pm

Leo has been horrible on air. The only relevant comments he makes are on baseball and unfortunately he is an insufferable apologist regarding the Braves.

I am definitely a much bigger fan of 790’s drive time shows both morning and afternoon but I do listen to B and K if I am out at lunch. I can’t stand the 2 live Stews.

I am surprised at how many fans Chuck and Chernoff have. I cant listen to Chuck Oliver for more than two minutes and chernoff is not much better

my take

March 13th, 2012
12:35 pm

Thank God. Leo is terrible. Sandra is the only person on that show that I like. I can stand Rude but his sports knowledge is fairly weak and his humor really only hits with a certain segment of the over 40/50 crowd. Perry is a blowhard know-it-all whose analysis is generally way off (a horrible combination). The Mayhem show on 790 is much better.

As for the afternoons, I like Chuck and Chernoff A LOT more than the Bell and Archer show.

And if I never hear Buck and Kincade again, I will be a very happy man. Buck is a moron and Kincade is the same as Perry with a few more IQ points (and I’m from Philadelphia, so I don’t hate the guys just b/c they’re not from around here). I miss Pollack though. He was solid. Bell isn’t anywhere near as tolerable without him.

MWC

March 13th, 2012
12:42 pm

I miss Scott Ferrall…

Joe P

March 13th, 2012
12:42 pm

Sure wish they could cut back on Sandra Goldens hours as well. You put her and Leo together and this mornig show is a complete train wreck which I no longer listen to.

suggestion

March 13th, 2012
12:43 pm

Wouldn’t it be a lot easier to just record Leo saying “I agree with the coach/veteran on this one” and play it back once in a while? Then he could cut his hours down to zero.

Jeff

March 13th, 2012
12:45 pm

Bring back Harmon Wages!!

my take

March 13th, 2012
12:45 pm

MWC! Ferrall was great…bring him back!

Duke of Earl

March 13th, 2012
12:48 pm

Do the bosses at the FAN actually listen to that show? I like Leo as a baseball expert, but the show is terrible. It can’t possibly help the FAN that you can just switch over on the dial to Mike & Mike (and I do).

ken

March 13th, 2012
1:03 pm

Y’all are just awful, trashing people and the job they do. You can have an opinion but if you don’t like the show, go somewhere else. Your opinion is not important as you think you are.

If you don’t have something nice to say about someone, don’t say anything.

Bird Dog

March 13th, 2012
1:05 pm

If Chuck and Chernoff could clone themselves and do every show on 680, that would be fine with me. Great show.

Leo's gone

March 13th, 2012
1:08 pm

Thank GOD!

He stunk.

Now let Sandra talk more!!

Braves Fan

March 13th, 2012
1:14 pm

wheres my freakin comment!?

Braves Fan

March 13th, 2012
1:16 pm

Funny that we’re allowed to comment on these stories but not the real news!?!? Why you think that is? Because the AJC is a lib ass newspaper and their comments not reflect what they want to shove down our throats? I dare you AJC! Open up comments for just one news article about a car jacking or the next murder that happens. I dare you!

Vince

March 13th, 2012
1:16 pm

Ah yes, 680 The Racist station….I remember them.

david

March 13th, 2012
1:21 pm

If Leo was a great baseball coach, why is he not working for a MLB team?

INTERNET RADIO LISTENER

March 13th, 2012
1:25 pm

What tra needs is that brett shepherd experience to return. dude sent quality emails that made the show interesting.

Rusty

March 13th, 2012
1:27 pm

Scale back??? Leo would come on late and leave early during baseball season. I sure hoe Sandra doesn’t read this blog getting ripped to shreds like this, but she IS annoying. All 680 cares about is if you’re a “name.” How else do you explain music DJ Rude doing sports, Buck Belue being on AM drive because he was a QB on the UGA title team, and Braves coach Leo getting the gig when it never seemed like he wanted to be there in the first place? And from what I’ve heard, Dickey is the perfect name for the big boss and the rest of the family who are ruining the radio business.

Bryan

March 13th, 2012
1:29 pm

Sandra Golden is the worse thing to ever happen to morning radio. When she pronounced Hunter Mahan as Hunter Mahhhaaahhn, I quit listening to 680 for good. Seriously

Art

March 13th, 2012
1:31 pm

I love Chuck and Chernoff but couldn’t listen to them for a week over christman because they had Sandra Golden filling in for Chuck.

Hey Cha-cha

March 13th, 2012
1:35 pm

I just had an incredible lunch over at the Palm. Surf and turf with a loaded baked potato. By the way didn’t 790 the zone kick Sandra Golden to the curb, seems like 680 the fan enjoys the sloppy seconds!

96Rock

March 13th, 2012
1:37 pm

I love Leo, and he has gotten better over the last three years.
But I’ll be darned if this company doesn’t know how to get out of its own way.
You have the best radio guy in ATL ever in Chris Rude, and you keep sending terrible guys down there to wreck his show. I’m not talking about Leo. I’m talking about Jamie Dukes (glad he got his NFL gig – he’s doing a good job there, but he was a pain in the you-know-what on 680) and this goofball Perry.
I like Sandra, and she is great in person, and she may be ok as a sidekick for Rude, but she really needs to learn how to play it cool when she doesn’t know something. Has she ever done five minutes of research for anything on the show? She should just laugh at Rude’s jokes and introduce sound bites.
Rude needs the character “T.C.” who used to call in when he was on 96Rock, to be his partner.
Or maybe nobody at all. Talk sports, current events, and play one song an hour. I know it’s not traditional AM radio, but wy not try it. Nothing else has worked so far.

chris

March 13th, 2012
1:38 pm

Sandra Golden

WAR EAGLE

March 13th, 2012
1:40 pm

Wish they had the ESPN line up with Renshaw, Ferrell, Arnie, Pete Rose, etc. a lot better than atlanta radio b/c they don’t know jack about any other sports here except foot ball and baseball. who cares about 24/7 thugball aka the NBA and Hockey- to them it sounds french. Dimino? Mr. run on sentence? hard to follow and of course Brisket Shapiro has his two barking hip hoppers to degrade women. Yeah- would like to seehow brave they would be at a wrestling match in alabama or Mississippi. We should have a regular person doing the sports scene that knows all the sports.And who listens to a golf show at 7 in the morning?

chris

March 13th, 2012
1:40 pm

Sandra Golden quit 790, because she knew the station was headed toward bankruptcy. She ran her own PR firm training people how do deal with the press.

HatersGoingtoHate

March 13th, 2012
1:45 pm

Chuck, Chernoff and Christopher Rude are the best talk personalities in Atlanta. Can you even pick up 790 in the metro area?

Observer

March 13th, 2012
2:06 pm

Leo is nothing more than an apologist for players and fellow coaches. He adds little, if any, value to the show. During September last year, he repeatedly told us the Braves were fine (astute commentary). He probably still thinks the Braves are going to make the playoffs – last year. This year, he is continually telling us the Braves are fine in Spring Training. Really?

If a caller dares offer an opinion which differs from Leo’s he responds by telling the caller he’s an idiot and doesn’t know what he’s talking about. After baseball season is over, 680 needs to let Leo enjoy his retirement, full time.

mike

March 13th, 2012
2:10 pm

the best show is Durham and Barnhart…everything else is average to nothing

Tax\

March 13th, 2012
2:10 pm

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john smoltz

March 13th, 2012
2:11 pm

That is what Leo gets for saying I cheated. He needs a sock in his mouth.

gaboy

March 13th, 2012
2:15 pm

Leo was a great coach, and his insight is great, but alas he is not a sports talkshow guy. Get rid of the yankees i.e. perry and kincade on 680 and the station would improve greatly.

Shawkshank

March 13th, 2012
2:16 pm

For those who have never met Leo, he’s a know-it-all jerk. He adds zero to the show. Not quite as annoying as Mike Bell chuckling at his own inane comments, however.

dtanner

March 13th, 2012
2:17 pm

the braves had three hall of fame pitchers in smoltz glavine and maddox,three of the best ever,and only one world series title,pathetic,shows you what kind of clueless fools leo and bobby cox were

Bill F

March 13th, 2012
2:18 pm

Chuck and Chernoff are the bad sitcom that’s trying to hard. It’s called Mike Bell disease. There’s one or two guys in this town who do it right. Respected because they work and don’t ripoff thoughts or information from other guys. I’ve done work for every team and both major universities in this town and they along with most of you guys don’t have much respect for the obvious idiots.

Barnes

March 13th, 2012
2:19 pm

Both morning shows are pretty awful. The guys at 790 go in circles and talk about the same three things over and over. 680 in the Morning is just okay, but thank god for the Regular Guys! Please bring back David Pollack in the afternoon. Archer is the Falcons version of Leo, he is awful and is bringing down Mike Bell.

old school

March 13th, 2012
2:23 pm

Honestly, we should leave the anti-semitic talk off the board. Steak does a great job and is a worth a listen when you can hear them. Agree on Barnhart and Durham but 790 cannot lock these two down on a consistent basis. 680 has all of these personalities do to do endorsements and occassional spots talk. Leo is a great fit for baseball season so this change makes no sense unless his endorsements dried up.

bill mann

March 13th, 2012
2:23 pm

leo has the three things going against him that all men dread no.1 he’s old no.2 he’s fat and no.3 he’ bald

TheOnlyBravesFan

March 13th, 2012
2:24 pm

@Barnes Right on with ya brother. I gave up TRA for TRG a few months back, best decision I ever made. TRG knows how to run a morning show. Even The Bert Show is better than that crap called TRA. They need to get Sandra on w/ Chuck and Chernoff to save herself.

Alphare

March 13th, 2012
2:25 pm

What’s wrong with you people? Sandra is a sweet girl. I’d like to date her if I am not married already.

TheOnlyBravesFan

March 13th, 2012
2:29 pm

Me too, she is one of the gems at 680.

AJC

March 13th, 2012
2:31 pm

Yeah, dump Sandra. I change the channel the second I hear her.

Denny Glover

March 13th, 2012
2:36 pm

I’m going to say what everyone here’s thinking…but simply won’t admit it. You ready??????? This is all President Obama’s fault!

Bert

March 13th, 2012
2:52 pm

tree rollins

March 13th, 2012
2:54 pm

Leo was never meant to be an all-sports announcer. He doesn’t keep up with any game other than baseball. His knowledge of the other sports is weaker than most fans of the station. He’s also not particularly witty or charming and seems to have “lost touch” in general and, worse yet, doesn’t care! Sandra cares, she just doesn’t know much about sports. As someone said earlier – less is more in this case! Now about Sandra…..

JAY

March 13th, 2012
2:56 pm

FIRE SANDRA GOLDEN!!! She literally wants to make me pull my hair out. Doesnt bring a single bit of added value to the show

tree rollins

March 13th, 2012
3:05 pm

Anyone see a trend here regarding Leo and Sandra – poor additions to the show. 680 you guys need to rethink this group. Same thing with the Chuck Dowdle goofy UGA broadcasts. Only a small segment of your listeners care for this either.

TheOnlyBravesFan

March 13th, 2012
3:07 pm

Chuck Dowdle’s UGA roundtable is what caused me to listen to TRG from 9:30 to 10. After liking what I heard there, I quit listening to TRA altogether.