Sun. Sep 23rd, 2018

Cellini Earns Second Chance With 680 The Fan

Veteran sports talk host Nick Cellini is officially out of purgatory after 28 months.

The entire Mayhem in the AM team from the now defunct sports talk station 790/The Zone station is at its former rival 680/The Fan (also heard on the FM dial at 93.7).

After doing fill-in roles for 680/The Fan the past five months, Cellini has been rewarded his first full-time radio gig since that ill-fated June morning on the Zone when he decided to mock a football player with ALS, a two-minute bit that went viral and caused him to lose his job that same day.

He officially started today with Chris Dimino and Chris Rude as part of the Rude Awakening, said David Dickey, who runs the station. Brandon “HomeTeam” Leak remains as a producer and contributor.

Cellini is “talented,” Dickey said in an interview today. “He’s been in the market a long time. He and Chris have great chemistry together. He strengthens the show and adds another dimension to it.”

In a Facebook posting just after noon today, Cellini wrote:

What a journey it’s been. I’m finally back to doing what I love. It’s been a challenging two-plus years  but there have been so many positives as well. First off, I learned how to be a better father, husband and man. I’ve also embraced a cause that I will forever be part of and that is to find a cure for ALS. Thank you to family and friends, both old and new, for all the encouragement, love and support. You are the ones who kept me going each and every day. Last but certainly not least, thank you to David Dickey and to the entire 680 The Fan family for giving me a chance when few did. I’ll be forever grateful to you all. Now on with the show!!!

Cellini effectively takes a slot the Fan emptied late last year when it dumped Perry Laurentino.

Since the incident, Cellini met with Gleason and his family  in New Orleans and received forgiveness. And as he noted in his Facebook post, he has been active raising money for ALS. He said he has also been humbled by the experience. For a time, he was even an Uber driver to help pay the bills.

To read more of the story visit the AJC where this article was originally published