June 30, 2016

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Radio host arrested for domestic violence at Medina home

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MEDINA — Sports radio host Tony Rizzo entered a plea of not guilty Monday to a charge of domestic violence involving his wife, Catherine.

According to a Medina police report, Rizzo, the host of “The Really Big Show” on WKNR-AM, was arrested about 8:20 p.m. Friday at his home, 1052 Sugarhouse Lane. His wife called police and said he had choked her and hit her in the face before she locked herself in a downstairs bathroom.

Tony Rizzo

“My husband is hurting me, and he’s very irate and I’m very scared,” she told the dispatcher in a 911 call released by Medina police.

When asked if there were any guns in the house, she said there was a gun upstairs. She also told the dispatcher the two had been drinking and he had been beating on the bathroom door before she made the 911 call.

Emily Dillinger, a spokeswoman for Good Karma Broadcasting, which owns WKNR, an ESPN affiliate, said the company is not offering a comment on the charge against Rizzo.

“We don’t believe it is appropriate to comment on Tony’s personal life,” she said in an email. “Tony is an exemplary employee and member of the community and his status with us is unaffected.”

Rizzo was released from jail after posting $5,000 bond.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.