Cleveland sports talker scheduled for jury trial


GavelGood Karma Broadcasting’s WKNR-AM ESPN Radio host Tony Rizzo, accused of domestic violence in connection with an incident at his home in December, is scheduled to appear in court next month for a jury trial.

Rizzo, 52, was arrested 12/6 after his wife reported a domestic incident that occurred at the couple’s home. He is accused of hitting his wife in the face, according to a police report.

Rizzo’s lawyer filed a not guilty plea on his behalf 12/9 at Medina Municipal Court, according to a Cleveland Plain Dealer story.

Catherine Rizzo called police at 8:17 p.m. and reported that she had locked herself in a bathroom because her husband hit her in the face. She says in a recording of the 911 call that her husband had been “choking her, hitting her in the face” prior to her call.

Rizzo is the host of “The Really Big Show,” which airs weekdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. He also hosts “The Rizzo Show,” which airs Sundays at 11 p.m. on Fox 8 in Cleveland.

The radio station said in a statement following the Dec. 6 incident that Rizzo is “an exemplary teammate and member of the community and his status with us is unaffected.”

Rizzo is scheduled to appear in Medina Municipal Court 2/27. He had been scheduled to appear in court for a bench trial 1/17; however, the court granted his request for a jury trial on 1/15.

See the Cleveland Plain Dealer story here.