The “Tony & Kris” morning show is coming to an end after a 25-year run, the last eight in syndication, with a final broadcast set for this Friday (May 26). Both hosts announced the decision to step away and pursue other interests in a pair of blog posts on the show’s website.
“Most of you know that I’ve been hinting at some changes coming. Here’s the scoop,” Kris Rochester wrote to begin his post. “The ‘Tony & Kris’ show is coming to an end. It’s been an amazing ride and I’m so thankful for all of it…Most of all I’m thankful for the great listeners of the show. It truly has been amazing.”
“Over the past 25 years I’ve had the good fortune to watch my friendship with Kris ripen in the best way,” Tony Randall wrote. “We were friends before we were business partners, and I truly believe that’s why we’ve been able to last as long as a radio team.”
While neither of the hosts have announced what exactly they’ll be doing next, it’s obvious they both feel now is the time to pursue whatever passions they have.
“We’ve both felt the pull to do other things; in radio, television and digital, and beyond,” Randall said. “Now that we’re both well into our 40s and we’ve put 25 years of radio shows behind us, it seems a good time to stretch our legs and spread our wings.”
“For a while now I’ve been wanting a change,” Rochester continued. “I’m not saying I’m not having fun but I do feel that I want to try other things. I’ve been working on some other projects on the side, and I’m excited to launch those soon.”
The duo has been together since 1991, working at a number of stations, including a ten-year stretch at Entercom country KSON San Diego. The syndication of their Nashville-based program began in 2009.