Geraldo Rivera ends news radio show in Cleveland

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CLEVELAND (WJW) — Geraldo Rivera has announced he is ending his “Geraldo in Cleveland” radio show that airs on WTAM.

He announced Tuesday morning that Friday, April 1 would be his last run of the show that has aired for 4 years.

He said it was a wild and wonderful journey.

“Especially when I was friends with the 45th President of the United States and could bring you exclusives straight from the White House,” Rivera said. “That friendship fell apart when the president refused to recognize the results of the 2020 election.

He said that along with many others, “we’ve decided we can’t support Donald Trump any longer.”

He noticed many listeners on his show and co-workers saw him in a different light when he and Trump parted ways, but he sees it as an opportunity for a career change.

“FOX, to their credit, rolled with the hits and they actually improved my status there and I’m very excited to be co-host of The Five,” he said. “The very important and much-loved program that FOX News has at 5 o’clock.”

The nearly 79-year-old says it’s a physical and psychological burden to commute back and forth between Cleveland and the New York studio every week.

WTAM program director Ray Davis said Rivera was a once-in-a-lifetime broadcaster, adding a comparison of her career as a journalist to that of Barbara Walters.

“We will always consider Geraldo a valued member of the WTAM family and we are honored to have had a front row seat to his career,” Davis said.

Rivera added a final thought to Cleveland fans that he would always support the Browns, Cavaliers and Guardians – although he admits it’s hard for him to make that switch calling them the Indians.

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