Saturday, March 14, 2009

Ordway's winless radio award streak continues

WEEI's afternoon radio virtuoso Glenn "Big O" Ordway knows a thing or two about major radio award nominations, but he knows nothing about winning one.

His infamous Marconi-less streak at NAB Convetions(0 wins in 3 nominations) could be compared to soap opera star Susan Lucci, who finally won a best-actress Daytime Emmy after losing for 18 years straight.(BRW 9/19/08)

This weekend, Ordway was up for trade magazine Radio&Record's Achievement Award in the News/Talk/Sports local personality of the year category but, unfortunately, his winless streak is still perfectly in tact. He got beat out by Michael Smerconish from Philadelphia's news talker WPHT AM.

WEEI AM 850 was also up for the best News/Talk/Sports station in the major market category but came up short as SF's news/talker KGO AM took the honors during this afternoon's award presentation hosted by CNN's suspender man Larry King in LA.


BRW Notebook:

WEEI.com relaunches : Speaking of WEEI, the station's website is getting major makeover this weekend. You'll see an ESPN-like score crawl at the top of the page and a much more cleaner, well-organized overall look.

Give him back that Fillet-O-Felon, Howie! : Their ongoing feud is public again. In his Herald column this morning, WRKO AM 680's afternoon kingpin Howie Carr takes another moment to dump all over station's poor excuse for a morning co-host Tom Finneran whose legal career hit a major roadblock yesterday. Herald's media column is also in agreement that WRKO is stuck with Finneran for the rest of this year.

No Kiss for you, Jay : Speaking of cat fights among station's morning and afternoon personalities, it looks like WTKK 96.9FM's afternooner Jay Severin and the syndicated grumpy trashtalking morning crank Don Imus are definitely embroiled in some kind of an off-air feud. The Herald reports today that Severin will not be partaking in WTKK's 10th annual St. Patrick's Day "Kiss Me, I'm Imus" radiocast from Wilbur Theater on Tuesday morning. [Ed. Note : Still can't believe WTKK settled on Imus after they lost their chance to land Carr. Wasn't there a more qualified morning drive host(local or syndicated) available out there other than Imus? Think how much better WTKK could be without Imus.]

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Any word on what's going on at ESPN Radio Boston, with Lew Goldstein leaving the drive-time show?

Dave said...

There were rumors that Lew & Mike either bought the time or had a revenue sharing agreement with WAMG/WLLH, the same arrangement they had with 1510. Unless Mike continues with this on his own or with a new partner, I would guess that means the show is done. I doubt at this stage that 890 is going to hire a new show, so unless they get another brokered show somewhere, it will be back to the Worldwide Leader for Doug Gottleib between 4-7pm.

And the Worldwide Leader is going to get much more expensive to run. Major market affiliates will start paying fees close to 300K per year for the rights, not just barter for spots. Considering the financial issues of J-Sports and the virtually non-existant ratings, it shouldn't be too long before 890 pulls the plug on ESPN and starts speaking Espanol...

Anonymous said...

"Rumors" of a time-buy...

Rumors propagated by David Scott and Mike Salk. Who had THEIR OWN TIME BUY on 890. Salk was the most arrogant,insufferable host in Boston sports radio...that's not an easy feat!

Rick in Duxbury said...

Clapprood Boston's favorite? I smell a rat....