Permanently Suspended: The Rise and Fall... and Rise Again of Radio's Most Notorious Shock Jock

Permanently Suspended: The Rise and Fall... and Rise Again of Radio's Most Notorious Shock Jock

Permanently Suspended: The Rise and Fall... and Rise Again of Radio's Most Notorious Shock Jock

Permanently Suspended: The Rise and Fall... and Rise Again of Radio's Most Notorious Shock Jock


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The uncensored and long-awaited life story of radio’s most notorious shock jock, Anthony Cumia.

Today, Anthony Cumia is the co-host of the wildly popular “Anthony Cumia Show,” which live-streams to a huge following of paid subscribers; however, Anthony is most well-known from the legendary, nationally syndicated “Opie and Anthony Show.” Permanently Suspended is an all-access pass to the controversial mayhem that ensued on-and-off the air.

A must-read for all diehard O&A fans, Permanently Suspended finally answers the questions that everyone has been waiting for: What really happened between Opie and Anthony? What was the reasoning behind the multiple firings? What prompted the tweeting about the Times Square NYC incident? What is the true account of the controversial allegations? What are the never-before-revealed details of Anthony’s stint in rehab? What does the future hold for his livestream podcast? These questions, and many more, will be answered.

Permanently Suspended is a humorous, no-holds-barred account of the legendary career and life of Anthony Cumia—a blue collar guy who made his dreams come true, rising above all obstacles to become one of the most well-known and successful personalities in radio history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781642932874
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Publication date: 11/19/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 544,494
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Veteran actor Nick Searcy has maintained a distinguished career spanning more than three decades. His credits range from independent features to Hollywood blockbusters and television series hits. He played General Hoyt in Guillermo del Toro’s 2018 Best Picture winner The Shape of Water and had a role in the multiple Oscar-winning film Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri from writer-director Martin McDonagh.

Searcy’s other big-screen highlights include Bennett Miller’s Oscar-nominated Moneyball, Robert Zemeckis’s Cast Away, and Jon Avnet’s beloved classic Fried Green Tomatoes. Other films include The Best of Enemies, The Last Song, The Ugly Truth, The Dead Girl, Runaway Jury, Eagle Eye, Head of State, Nell, The Fugitive, Days of Thunder, and many others.

Searcy appeared in two feature films in 2022, both westerns: The Old Way, opposite Nicolas Cage, and Terror on the Prairie, starring Gina Carano. His most recent project is the 2023 film Reagan, in which he plays Secretary of State James Baker.

On television, he is best known for the tough-but-tender Chief Deputy Art Mullen on the FX series, Justified. He also appeared as Deke Simmons in Hulu’s 11/22/63 and has been a series regular on UPN’s Seven Days, CBS’s American Gothic, HBO’s From the Earth to the Moon, ABC’s Rodney, and CW’s Easy Money. He has guest starred on countless shows including Lethal Weapon, The Ranch, Chicago Med, Hawaii Five-0, Mom, Hot in Cleveland, Intelligence, Archer, The Mentalist, Lie to Me, Without a Trace, The West Wing, CSI, I’ll Fly Away, In the Heat of the Night, and NCIS.

Also an accomplished director, Searcy’s first film, Paradise Falls (now called Carolina Low), won six festival awards including the Best Feature Film award at the 1997 Hollywood Film Festival. His second film, Gosnell, was released in theaters nationwide on October 12, 2018. In 2023, he will direct the feature film Infiltration.

Searcy’s first documentary America! America! God Shed His Grace on Thee, an exploration of the relationship between God and America, is available on Amazon. The second documentary Searcy has produced and hosted, Capitol Punishment, is available at

Justify This is Searcy’s first book.

Table of Contents

Foreword 7

Prologue 12

Chapter 1 Back in the Day 15

Chapter 2 Boomer 21

Chapter 3 This Is Gonna Hurt 24

Chapter 4 California 31

Chapter 5 Back for Bad 45

Chapter 6 My Shot 52

Chapter 7 The Boston Party 62

Chapter 8 The Mayor Is Dead 74

Chapter 9 Back with a Vengeance 81

Chapter 10 Nothing Lasts Forever 95

Chapter 11 The Voyeur Bus 103

Chapter 12 Syndicated and Vindicated 107

Chapter 13 St. Patrick's Cathedral 114

Chapter 14 Limbo 119

Chapter 15 XM-A Second Chance 123

Chapter 16 Late-Night Dreams 137

Chapter 17 Bye-Bye, Melinda 143

Chapter 18 The Howard Handshake 147

Chapter 19 Sirius Days 149

Chapter 20 In the Closet 153

Chapter 21 Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby? 161

Chapter 22 Ding Ding: In This Corner 165

Chapter 23 The Tweet Heard Round the World 174

Chapter 24 The Birth of Compound Media 179

Chapter 25 My Second-Worst Mistake 193

Chapter 26 Rehab 200

Chapter 27 Look at My Weiner 204

Chapter 28 To Be or Not to Be-Artie 208

Chapter 29 Just Let Me Talk 215

Epilogue 221

Acknowledgments 223

About the Authors 224

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