Congratulations go out to Ashley Wallace, a 2008 Norwayne graduate and current Kent State senior, for landing a permanent spot as co-hostess on “The Rizzo Show” on Cleveland’s FOX8 TV. The show airs on Sundays from 11-11:30 p.m.
Wallace, a former standout athlete for the Bobcats, is a broadcast journalism major. After volunteering to help Rizzo on his radio show on ESPN Cleveland-850 AM, the longtime Cleveland sports personality invited Wallace to be on last week’s debut TV episode and after it was over she was offered a full-time gig.
“I can’t even express how excited I feel to get this opportunity,” Wallace said. “I feel so blessed they even accepted me while I’m still in college.
“I would have been happy to be on just one episode. Originally that’s what I thought it would be and that they’d have a different girl on each week, but the producer said Rizzo and I had good chemistry. They asked me after last week’s show to do it for the whole year (the show has been signed for 52 episodes).”
Wallace and Rizzo talked back and forth during last week’s debut program and she read some of the reader’s Twitter comments. Most of the show consisted of Rizzo’s takes on current sports topics and some pre-packaged interviews, including an interesting sitdown talk with Bernie Kosar. Cleveland comedian Mike Polk will also be a regular and he has some funny takes on the woes of being a fan in this area.
“I just really appreciate Tony giving me this chance and all the support I’ve received from my family and friends over the years,” said Wallace, who said her ultimate goal is to be on ESPN one day. Her brother, Adam Wallace, helped lead Norwayne to the Div. IV state football title last fall and is a freshman at Ashland University.
To learn more about the Rizzo Show or ask questions, follow them on Twitter (@Rizzoshow) or email the show (RizzoShow@FOX8.com).
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