Andy Furman Enjoying 'Vacation' From Radio
Andy Furman is staying up late to watch "Monday Night Football" or "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and sleeping in – for now.
After four years hosting Fox Sports Radio's morning show, Furman has been moved to Sunday mornings with partner Mike North.
"I'll do something down the road. Now I feel like I'm on vacation," says Furman, 66, who has hosted sports talk shows for more than 25 years here on WLW-AM, WFTK-FM, WQRT-AM and Fox Sports Radio.
Frankly, Furman is happy to have a job. Fox demoted Furman and North to part-time – they host a 6-9 a.m. Sunday NFL pregame show – instead of firing them. They were replaced 6-9 a.m. weekdays on Fox Sports Radio (1360 WSAI-AM, 980 WONE-AM) by Clay Travis, a Fox college football analyst and editor of OutkickTheCoverage.com.
"I feel pretty good about (the change), because they usually throw you out the door," Furman says. "They made me an offer I couldn't refuse, and I thanked them for the opportunity they gave me. It's a heartless business. I've had a helluva ride. They tell me I'm one of the longest employees at Fox Sports Radio."
Furman resigned from "Real Talk 1160" WQRT-AM in late 2011 to join Fox Sports Radio in 2012 as a Saturday afternoon host, and quickly added Sunday nights with Lincoln Kennedy. He started the "Daybreak" weekday morning show with Artrell Hawkins in 2012 before being paired with North.
Furman broadcasts from a studio in his Florence area home. His wife, Wendy, retired from teaching two years ago. Their sons are on track to graduate from Thomas More College next spring.
"I now have a life," he says.
Maybe not for long.
"I'm going to keep doing stuff. I'm that kind of guy."