Friday, July 8, 2011

Tom Gamble Leaves 96Rock Cincy

After 15 years on radio, Tom Gamble is calling it quits. His last show on 96ROCK — 96.5 FM WFTK-FM — was today.

In a nutshell, according to John Kiesewtter's TV & Media Blog at,  Gamble was burned out from doing 3 jobs, and getting up at 4 a.m.  (That would do it!)

He’s director of NKU’s Sports Business program, which he started in 2002. It now has 300 students.  Sometimes he’d cut it close getting from his 6-9 a.m. gig at 96ROCK to NKU. As he puts it: “I’ve had plenty of mornings changing clothes in a parking lot.”

He started his own sports events company, In-Game Sports, last year, after doing sports marketing and events for 15 years with Don Schumacher, his father-in-law. Gamble runs the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showtown, which he created in 1998. It has grown from 4 games (2 doubleheaders) in one day, to 17 games over 10 days from Dayton, Ohio, to Union, Ky.

In the fall, he works with Channel 5′s “Blitz 5″ coverage, and the Fox Sports Ohio Thursday night high school football games.

Gamble started in radio in the mid 1990s, hosting a Saturday morning high school sports talk show on old WBOB-AM (1160).   That grew into their “Two Angry Guys” morning show on WBOB-AM, WSAI-AM, WCKY-AM and WFTK-FM until 2008.

“It’s been a lot of fun, absolutely,” says Gamble, 47. “I can’t say I’ll never do it (radio) again. My passion is high school sports. But not now.”

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