Fred Toucher addresses changes to morning show, reflects on his years with Rich
At the beginning of the show this morning, Fred Toucher addressed the significant changes and discussed the departure of his longtime co-host, Rich Shertenlieb, detailing their history together from their early radio days in Atlanta at 99X to their successful run in Boston, both at WBCN and 98.5 the Sports Hub. Fred explained the decision for Rich to leave, and the plans for the show moving forward, including finding a new co-host hopefully by the beginning of the new year. He expressed excitement about the future, highlighting the remaining team members’ talent and.
Fred wishes Rich success in his future endeavors.
Fred Toucher: Maybe something could have been done at the last minute. Maybe whatever issues they were having could have been rectified. But that’s not happening now. Rich is not coming back. So I found that out. I got the call in the car. Now, when it became apparent that there were like some hurdles in his negotiation. I again don’t know why. I’ve talked to management and some people around the industry about the future of this show, and I have to be honest with you, I’m extraordinarily excited right here in the room between Nick, John and Mike. There’s a tremendous amount of talent still here. And Dan, there’s a tremendous amount of talent because Dan’s not in the room, so I have to mention him because he’s behind the glass.
Fred Toucher: Will I ever talk to Rich again? Not soon. Just because that’s the way it is. And that’s fine. But, I begrudge Rich nothing. I’m very happy about the 17 years plus that we spent together. I couldn’t have done it without him. And I hope he’s got something on the horizon because I don’t wish him any ill will. And he’s very talented, and I’m sure he’ll have a lot of success. But, I’m even more certain that this show, certainly over the next four plus years, is going to have a tremendous amount of success that I’m absolutely certain you’re going to enjoy.
Nick Gemelli is a Producer for the Toucher and Rich program and contributor for 985thesportshub.com. You can follow Nick at @NickGemelli on Twitter.