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Radio legend quits in middle of his show

It happened in Cleveland when John Lanigan, (pictured), announced that day’s show on WTAM would be his last.
 
For the past four years, Lanigan had done a one-hour (9:00 am – 10:00 am) program called “The Spew” on the iHeartMedia news/talk station. After a segment on the worst presidents in history, however, Lanigan diverted significantly from the show’s scheduled topics approximately halfway through “The Spew.”
 
Out-of-the-blue, Lanigan ad-libbed to co-host Mike Trivisonno, “Can I talk to you for a second, quickly? I want to tell you what a privilege it has been working with you these last few years. You are the class act in radio. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it [but] I won’t be doing ‘The Spew’ ever again - I’m quitting today. I’m done - I won’t be back. I won’t be on ‘The Spew.’”
 

The 75-year-old Lanigan went on to say (in a clip posted by WKYC-TV, Cleveland) that he’s no longer interested in what the NFL’s Cleveland Browns do and he doesn’t think he’s smart enough to discuss politics. “There’s too divisive an attitude in the country right now; I don’t think I’m qualified to tell listeners what they should be thinking,” 

In 1971, Lanigan rather famously replaced Don Imus on Cleveland’s WGAR. For 29 years (1985 – 2014), Nebraska-born Lanigan - a 2013 National Radio Hall of Fame inductee - did morning drive on Cleveland classic hits-oldies outlet WMJI.

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