HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - They were an undeniable force on Hampton Roads airwaves, butTuesday morning, Rick Rumble of FM99's "Tommy and Rumble" flew solofor the first time in nearly 20 years.
WAVY.com caught up with Tommy Griffiths later in the day at alocal dive shop. "It was just time to make a decision and I thinkit's the right one after 20 years, its been great. I feel like Ican do more," he said.
Griffiths was suspended before for a joke involving MountTrashmore but his decision to leave this time was no stunt.
His voice hit local airwaves February 1, 1990 where he usedthe microphone to share the more personal points of his life to thedelight of listeners.
"My whole married life happened here in Hampton Roads while Iworked at FM 99. My son Justin was born - that happened on the air.Then the aftermath of my vasectomy happened on the radio as well."
For years it was "Tommy and the Bull" before Rick Rumblewalked through the door. The pair had an instant connection.
"He couldn't have been more gracious when I got here. We had alot of male bonding time that I won't discuss openly. It was a lotof the typical guy time," said Rumble.
Both men say while they loved to entertain, Rick says they'remost proud of their involvement with the military and thecommunity.
"There are a lot of people that remember Christmas wish andsome of the "Tommy and Rumble" CDs we put out and a lot of moneywent charity and stuff like that," Rumble added.
Griffiths leaves at the top of his game, with the highestrated morning show as a legacy and a co-host turned friend.
"I can't tell you how much I love the guy first of all and howmuch I hope he finds something that he really wants to do," saidRumble.
Griffiths plans to pursue his stand-up comedy career and willappear at the Funny Bone in Virginia Beach later this month. Rumblesays the show must go on and the station is currently searching forthe next co-host.
Click here to visit the official page of "Tommyand Rumble".
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