Rap it Up: Tony Bruno Finally Jumps to Bay Area for Sunday Night Rap
Tony Bruno has been flirting with the Bay Area for a long time.
In fact, it has been 15 years since Bruno first appeared on "The Gary Radnich Show." That's twice as long as a common law marriage.
So when it came out that Bruno was jumping from the radio to the Comcast SportsNet studios to co-host Sunday Night Rap with his old pal Uncle Gary, it seemed that the fans from the Bay will finally get the golden cow after years of getting a taste of the milk for free.
Bruno is no stranger to the Bay Area television, having been an anchor on Raiders Postgame Live since last year, but his foray into prime-time promises to be something new. Throw Radnich in the mix, and you have to expect the unexpected.
"It's just fly-by-the-pants," Bruno said late last week. "There's nothing scripted, there's nothing planned."
But while that might be all well and good for radio, prime-time television promises to be a little bit more structured.
"There's a lot of people involved in putting a TV show together," said Bruno. "Everyone has their own responsibility and when they do their jobs, you can really sit back and say 'Wow, great team effort. We really put something together.'"
Seeing Tony in prime time will be a new experience for Bay Area fans. Bruno, who has been on with Radnich during numerous morning time slots, is looking forward to continuing his morning riff at a later time.
"It's like the old Howard Stern thing," said Bruno. "No one knows what we're going to do next. It's not planned. I hope it's something people want to listen to. Hey, it beats listening to somebody scream about politics."
Bruno, who has his roots in Philadelphia and studied political science and journalism at Temple University in Philly, has come to deeply appreciate his celebrity status here in San Francisco.
"I can walk down the streets in Philly, and no one will know who I am," he said. "But I can walk through Union Square, and everywhere I go people know who I am. I think I have more of a local following here in San Francisco than anywhere else in the country."
With the Sunday Night Rap set to premiere tonight, that Bay Area fan base should only continue to grow.
Comcast SportsNet's Sunday Night Rap premieres tonight at 9:00 pm Pacific Time on Comcast Sportsnet California.
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