Fred Toucher discusses communication with Rich after recent departure
Fred Toucher not only continue answering questions surrounding Rich Shertenlieb’s departure but also extended some advice to his former co-host, like prioritizing what makes him happy and, what he’s good at and steering clear of potential negativity that comes with sports talk.
On Friday, Toucher announced Rich’s departure from the show and offered a lengthy explanation for the breakup of the partnership.
“I got a call that yesterday (last Thursday) was Rich’s last show on the station,” Fred Toucher said. “We all assumed that Rich was going to be here… Rich is not coming back.”
During this morning’s radio show, a caller named Scott expressed his thoughts on Fred’s handling of Rich’s departure while questioning Fred’s claim that he didn’t know much about Rich personally. Fred defended his perspective, stating that Rich didn’t share much about his personal life and their interactions were mainly focused on music and movies.
Fred Toucher also discussed his text exchange with Rich during Monday’s show, emphasizing his positive and supportive message and shared some advice for Rich, to explore opportunities outside of sports radio where he can have more fun and avoid negativity.
“My advice to Rich would be, ‘Dude, you’re great at production, and if you just want to have fun, go get a radio job that’s super enjoyable.’ People in that world aren’t typically difficult to work with. I don’t know why you want to do sports. Let me know if you find one of those opportunities out there. I’ll ask Matty (Siegel) about his career and how often people were difficult to him — never until the end. He was fascinated by what I would show him. Go to a top 40 station. You don’t have to deal with sports or the challenges of working with certain individuals. No, I’m not saying people are usually difficult.”
The hosts also briefly mentioned the challenges of dealing with public perceptions and Twitter rumors.
Nick Gemelli is a Producer for the Toucher and Rich program and contributor for 985thesportshub.com. you can follow Nick at @NickGemelli on Twitter.