Tommy & Rumble

Tommy & Rumble is a radio program broadcast on FM99 in Virginia. The show, hosted by Tommy Griffiths and Rick Rumble, began in 1995 and is one of the most popular morning radio shows in Virginia. This popularity is due in large part to the comedic banter from the two hosts and their co-workers, as well as the radio bits they create. The Virginia Association of Broadcasters voted Tommy & Rumble the Best Large Market Radio Morning Show in Virginia for 2007. [http://www.vabonline.com/news/06302008_stationawards.aspx]

The FM99 morning originated in the 1980s. It was called "Reeger and the Bull" hosted by Ron Reeger and Henry Del Toro, a.k.a. "The Bull". When Reeger left, he was replaced by Jimmy Ray Dunn and the show became "Jimmy and the Bull". From 1990 through 1995, the show was called "Tommy & the Bull", hosted by Tommy Griffiths and Del Toro. Both Griffiths and Del Toro were once fined and suspended from the show for two weeks for an April Fools Day joke in which they told listeners that Mount Trashmore was about to blow up. Del Toro left the show and WNOR in June 1995, and was replaced by Rick Rumble. Griffiths would ultimately sue Del Toro in 1996 on the grounds of slander after being called a cocaine addict and dealer by Del Toro; Griffiths settled the law suit, and was paid $100,000.00. Rick Rumble became a hit, with his quick wit and myriad of celebrity voice impersonations. The "Tommy and Rumble" incarnation of the WNOR morning show is one of the longest running morning radio programs in the country, and is revered with in the radio industry as one of the best. [Harvard referencey
last=Davis
first=Marc
year=1996
date=05 March 1996
title=NOW: TOMMY VS. THE BULL
publisher=THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT
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access-date=12 April 2007
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Among the other cast members working on the Tommy and Rumble program are traffic reporter "Chill" and news correspondent Shelley. The previous news correspondent, Nikki Reed, worked on the show for thirteen years. Reed gave her last newscast on June 27, 2007. Shelley is now the show's news reporter and producer. She assumed Reed's post on June 28. Eric Winslow is the show's blogger, co-producer and board-op.

Tommy & Rumble are particularly notable for "Dickin's Cider", "Balzac", and their song Elmo's Got a Gun, a parody of Aerosmith's Janie's Got a Gun. This is commonly misattributed to "Weird Al" Yankovic.

Together, they have produced twelve CDs benefiting their radio station's Christmas Wish Fund:

*Gold (1996)
*Yesss!!! (1997)
*Who's Your Daddy? (1997)
*How Much to Have a Party (1998)
*Greetings from Virginia Beach (1999)
*Have a Cigar (2000)
*Red, White and Blue (offered with 3 different covers) (2001)
*Those Guys Blow Chunks (2002)
*Queer Eye for the Morning Guy (2003)
*Wardrobe Malfunction (2004)
*The Wurst Of Tommy And Rumble (2005)
*iPuds (2006)
*Zeroes (2007)

See also

*WNOR

References

External links

* [http://www.fm99.com/TommyRumble.asp Tommy & Rumble at FM99.com]


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