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.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk