Geraldo Rivera ends WTAM radio show on Friday: ‘It was a wild and wonderful journey’

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — Geraldo Rivera will end his WTAM 1100 radio show, “Geraldo in Cleveland,” on Friday, April 1, after a four-year run. Rivera made the announcement with WTAM program director Ray Davis on Tuesday, March 29.

Rivera cited his work as co-host of “The Five” on Fox News as his reason for stepping away from Cleveland’s hour-long daily show.

“I have to fly to New York every week to do the show and then come back,” Rivera said in her announcement. “I am almost 79 years old. It has become a real physical and psychological burden. I wanted to do the show when we moved to Cleveland almost five years ago; I was delighted when Ray and his colleagues from [iHeartRadio] gave me the opportunity. »

Rivera and his wife Erica Levy, a Shaker Heights native, moved to Levy’s hometown in 2017. Although he is moving away from WTAM, Rivera said he has no plans to leave Shaker Heights .

Rivera launched his journalism career in 1970 and later launched his longtime talk show, “Geraldo,” in 1987. He has worked with Fox News since 2001 and has published several books, including “The Geraldo Show: A Memoir.” and “His Panic: Why Americans Fear Hispanics in the United States”

In 2020, Rivera celebrated 50 years of working in television.

In her announcement, Rivera said her show has changed in recent years, due to political unrest surrounding President Donald Trump.

“It was a crazy and wonderful journey in so many ways, especially when I was friends with the 45th President of the United States and could bring you exclusives straight from the White House. That friendship fell apart when the president refused to recognize the results of the 2020 election,” Rivera said in his announcement. “When Trump and I parted ways, I think many of you also saw me in a different light — when I have become an opponent of President Trump. [I’m] still feeling very justified in my support for the president during his tenure. I thought he was very underrated, he was beset by many enemies.

WTAM shared a statement about Rivera’s work at the station:

“Geraldo Rivera is a once-in-a-generation broadcaster, seasoned journalist and tireless philanthropist. It should come as no surprise that after more than 50 years in the air, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Rivera refuses to slow down. … We will always consider Geraldo a valued member of the WTAM family and we are honored to have been at the forefront of his storied career.

The final episode of “Geraldo in Cleveland” airs at 9 a.m. Friday, April 1 on WTAM 1100. Read the full announcement at wtam.iheart.com.

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