WEEI announces that Tim Neverett will not return to Red Sox radio team
Tim Neverett will not return to the Red Sox radio booth next season when the team defends its World Series title, team's flagship WEEI 93.7 announced yesterday.
"Thank you to the @RedSox front office and loyal radio listeners for the great support I have received, especially this year, Although they wanted me to return, I have decided to let my current contract with @WEEI expire in order to pursue other professional opportunities.", he tweeted at 1:37pm on Tuesday afternoon.
Boston's Globe sports media critic Chad Finn reported that WEEI was considering mixing up the traditional baseball play-by-play with more of analysis and opinion talkshow style approach among team's on-air crew.
Neverett had worked with with Red Sox' mainstay Joe Castiglione for three seasons. (BRW 12/20/15). He's reportedly headed to the Dodgers broadcast team where he'll take over some of the primary play-by-play duties from veteran play-by-play caller Charley Steiner who will be cutting back his workload which will in turn help with a number of embarassing on-air slip-ups.
[Ed. Note : Neverett's exit is a strange development. While the station and the club clearly want to young up the broadcast, Neverett's style and delivery didn't seem like a major issue to me, at least. He seemed competent and professional. The same can't be said for WEEI's morning show which is an absolute mess right now. More on that below.
If anything, the oldtimer Hall of Famer Joe Castiglione is way past his prime and finding a replacement for him should be a pressing priority. Not to play the age card, but it's time to give some younger voices in the business a chance]
No word on who will replace Neverett at WEEI but the list of candidates won't be short.
BRW Notebook :
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WEEI 93.7 : On November 14, Entercom announced that its leading morning radio personality Kirk Minihane will launch a new radio show, podcast and column on Radio.com. For the past five years, Monihane has been co-host of the “Kirk and Callahan” morning show on WEEI. The new platform will expand Minihane's reach to a national audience and explore wid7e-ranging topics in addition to sports. Kirk’s podcast and column are expected to launch in January 2019 and his new weekday show is expected to launch in early 2019. Minihane took a leave of absence from the morning show on September 6th to receive treatment for mental health issues and chronic depression. He was ready to return to the station in early November but Entercom was not willing to give him his old job back as its radio partner Red Sox was not very happy with Minihane;'s criticism of the ball club's ownership. While they were not interested in buying him out of the contract, Entercom offered him a new digital opportunity with Radio.com.
“As an industry leader in compelling, proprietary content, Entercom is making sure RADIO.COM is populated with the very best programming available. Kirk Minihane fits this model perfectly,” said Pat Paxton, President of Programming, Entercom in a press release. “His ability to entertain and engage is second to none, and there is no question Kirk will become a highly successful national audio personality." “I’m extremely excited to return to the air and reach a national audience, with greater autonomy to focus on a variety of topics, and even more digital platforms to connect with my fans,” said Kirk Minihane. “It’s been awesome to be part of WEEI and I know Gerry and Mut will continue to put on a great show."
Meanwhile, Minihane's former on-air partner Gerry Callahan has been partnered up with low-expectations,not ready for prime-time, utility staffer Mike Mutnansky to launch sports-centric "Mut and Callahan'. Mutnansky has bounced around WEEI's schedule over the past seven years - including weekends, a failed midday show with Lou Merloni followed by move to late nights after a very talented John Ryder was let go in May 2014. In June 2016, Planet Mikey's host Mike Adams was let go and Mutnansky took over the 6pm-10pm slot. He has been rotating in the mornings since this past summer. No word on who will replace him as the host of Sox pregame shows and evening programming.
WBWL/101.7 The Bull - In early November, Iheart's country station had promoted evening host Amanda Jo Parker to Assistant Program Director. She keeps her air shift and will continue her afternoon show at iHeart Country sister WRNX/Kix 100.9/Springfield Prior to joining KIX, was Director of Promotions/afternoon host at WPVQ, Bear Country 95.3/Greenfield, MA. The current line-up - The syndicated Bobby Bones Show(mornings), Jessica Callahan(middays), Colton Bradford(afternoons) and Amanda Jo Parker(nights).
WKLB/ Country 102.5 - On October 1, Hannah Byrom has exited as morning co-host on Beasley's Country 102.5 WKLB after 2 1/2 years. Host Jackson Blue and Producer Santi DeOleo continue on as the search for a new co-host has been underway. The rest of the line-up seems to be intact for now - Carolyn Kruse(middays), Kevin Kennedy(afternoons) and Marissa Lanchak(nights).
Byrom landed at WKLB in April 2016(BRW 4/15/16), following a stint in middays onTop 40 WPST/Trenton and weekends on Hot AC WPLJ/NYC. She was originally paired up with Jeff Miles, who left in November 2016. Current host Jackson Blue moved over from Rhythmic AC sister station WBQT/Hot 96.9 in March 2017.
WBZ 98.5/The Sports Hub - On September 26th, Beasley-owned sports talker and Boston Celtics owned that they signed a new 5-year deal. The team joined the Hub's programming in October 2013.
WPLM/Easy 99.1 - A truly sad story at the Plymouth-based soft adult contemporary station this week. Its new morning personality Jim "JR" Reitz had passed away unexpectedly at his New Bedofrd home earlier this week. Reitz, 66, a was well-known South Coast radio personality and program manager and used to work at Fun 107 in the New Bedford market for many years....WPLM has been shifting towards its current retro 70's/80's/90's format for the past few months. It dropped syndicated Delilah show just last month and replaced it with a local host. It brought in Reitz as its new morning host on December 3rd.
Mix 104.1/WWBX - Entercom cut veteran produced Mike Morgan from Karson & Kennedy morning drive show after nearly 7 years...Erin O'Malley who has been midday host at the station since January 2001 has returned to the airwaves in late November after undergoing cancer treatments for the past few months...
WMJX/Magic 106.7 - If it's the third Friday of November, it must be Christmas music on 106.7. The station has begun playing seasonal holiday music on Friday, November 16th at 5 pm and will continue thru midnight, December 25th....The Globe had a nice write-up on station's BedTime Magic host David Allan Boucher recently....Entercom Boston's production director Joe Cortese has relaunched his longtime, very popular "Back to the 80's Friday Night" show on the station in early September. It now airs on Saturday nights at 8pm. Thus the title,"Back to the 80's Saturday Night". Since signing off Oldies 103.3 in June 2012 when the station flipped to current Top 40 AMP format, "Back to the 80s" has been airing on station's Oldies 103.3 HD-2 sunchannel and its on-line stream. While Magic is running its all-Christmas music format, the show is on the break but will return on December 29th.
WAAF 107.3 - In early October, station's longtime, legendary program director Ron Valeri retired after three tours of duty to launch an e-commerce business with his wife. He was WAAF's director of marketing and promotion from 1987-1989, then as its program director from 1989-1993 and after a stop in NYC returned to WAAF as its PD/Brand Manager in 2005. Valeri has been succeeded by Joe Calgaro who arrived from heritage Rocker WHQG/102.9 The Hog) in Milwaukee. Calrgaro's on-air and off-air programming portfolio also includes stops in Peoria,Ill and Green Bay, WI....WAAF's annual “Rock For Change” raised over $75,000 in three days to fight hunger in New England. The three-day fundraising effort supports Greater Boston Food Bank, Worcester County Food Bank and New Hampshire Food Bank in their efforts to end hunger. Over the last 27 years, WAAF has raised over $1.7 million towards this effort.
Kiss 108/WXKS - Matt Siegel, legendary morning host of Kiss 108’s Matty In The Morning, received Broadcaster of the Year award at the Massachusetts Broadcasters Sound Bites event in November. The Broadcaster of the Year Award – honors a Massachusetts radio or TV broadcaster who has shown an unwavering dedication to the evolution of broadcasting, breathing life into his/her work by being creative, enthusiastic, and committed to the community. The award is the MBA’s highest honor....In mid-September, Matty In The Morning's producer Medha Gandhi joined the nationally-syndicated Elvis Duran and the Morning Show as its new co-host based in NYC. She was with Kiss 108 for three years(BRW 7/18/15). Her replacement at Kiss is Rebekah "Bex" Maroun, who worked as on-air personality at Entercom's 96.5 WTDY in Philly. Maroun joined Kiss 108 on Oct. 1.
WRKO 680/The Voice of Boston - iHeartMedia Boston announced that Jeff Kuhner’s The Kuhner Report has returned to morning drive at WRKO-AM 680, The Voice of Boston, effective November 26. The Kuhner Report now broadcasts weekday mornings from 6am. to 10am. In addition, the debut of the new V.B. in the Middle with host Doug “V.B.” Goudie will air weekday afternoons from 12pm-3pm. also effective November 26. Kuhner used to host morning drive at WRKO from 2012 to 2015 when the station was under Entercom's ownership. He shifted to Noon to 3pm time slot when Iheart took Rush Limbaugh off WRKO and placed his show on WKOX 1430 in June 2015. With Kuhner reclaiming his morning slot, VB's former co-host Kim Carrigan and executive producer Jim Clerkin departed the station.
Entercom Boston : Company's six Boston outlets are now all housed at the old TV 38 building at 83 Leo Birmingham Parkway in Brighton. WEEI 93.7, ESPN 850, WAAF 107.3 moved out of its longtime Guest Street office space and joined WMJX 106.7, WODS/AMp103.3 and WWBX/Mix 104.1 at the new digs in late October....
Beasley Media Boston - In early November, Beasley Media Group has appointed its two Boston program directors Mike Thomas of WBZ-FM/98.5 The Sports Hub and David Corey of Country 102.5/WKLB to the positions of National Format Brand Managers on behalf of the company. As the National Format Brand Manager for Spoken Word formats, Thomas will work closely with Sports Programming, Talk, Podcasting and Esports content.
In his new role, David Corey will focus on Beasley Media Group’s country format stations throughout the company. Thomas and Corey will continue to oversee their respective local market stations, while also focusing on their newly expanded roles. “Mike Thomas and David Corey will join our existing National Format Brand Managers, John Candelaria (Urban) from Detroit, Cadillac Jack (AC/CHR) from Boston and Bill Weston (Rock) from Philly to round out a first class programming team to further support and elevate our stations,” said Beasley Media Group Executive Vice President of Programming Justin Chase.
“We’re thrilled to recognize the excellent work from these two fine Brand managers and look to tapping into their expertise to help the entire company,” said Executive Vice President of Strategy and Innovation Buzz Knight.