Monday, May 4, 2009

Update : Severin's suspension continues at WTKK 96.9FM

BRW just received an update from Greater Media's press person on the status of Jay Severin's suspension at talker WTKK 96.9FM for last week's comments(BRW 4/30). Here is station's official statement :

"WTKK and Greater Media value an open and vigorous dialogue, but we also strongly adhere to basic principles of civility, common decency and respect for all cultures. We believe Jay's suspension is the best way to uphold both of these corporate policies. WTKK Management met with Jay Severin and his agent today. He will continue to remain on suspension until further notice."

Severin remains off the air for third straight day. This afternoon, morning personality from Fox25/WFXT-TV Doug "VB" Goudie is filling in the 3-7pm slot at WTKK 96.9FM.

15 comments:

Dee said...

Great News!
I hope he and his hate filled racist comments stay off the air!

He should be FIRED!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, we should be protected from opinions that aren't our own!

raccoonradio said...

So if a liberal talk host said something similarly outrageous I'm sure the same thing would happen...?

Anonymous said...

Dee is a moron. Morons have the distinct inability to think for themselves. An obvious Obama voter.

Boston Radio Watch said...

Racoon,

If I recall correctly, lib talker Randi Rhodes was suspended by Air America last April for calling Hillary and Geraldine Ferraro a "Big F*cking Whore" at the network's SF affilate event. She left shortly after. Granted, it wasn't said on her show but when the video came out she was toast.

Anonymous said...

Bring him back already. Having these others fill in is miserable. If you don't like him then don't listen..just like I don't like AM so I don't listen to it.
I emailed the station last week when this happened. Stupid is what it is. Especially since it happened and they waited until Thursday until some big wig made the phone call to get him off the air.
Are there any other FM talk stations for him to go to?

Anonymous said...

We want JAY back ! This whole thing is a bunch of B.S. - I support him 100 percent and the comments he made about illegals and Criminaliens ! The leftwing liberals are the hateful racists who are destroying this country. Jay and his supporters are sick and tired of the criminaliens and that is where the Rage comes in - Deport them all! Enforce OUR laws on the books already!

I am boycotting wtkk until he returns...or I will follow him where he lands. Although I don't always AGREE with Jay, he is intelligent, thoughtprovoking, LOVES this country and has the same basic ideals and morals of a patriot.

Anonymous said...

I strongly dislike Jay Severin's on air persona.
However, I embrace his first amendment right of free speech.Also, he was hired with the full expectation to be controversial
WTKK management, and Greater media are to me corporate______ hypocrites

raccoonradio said...

You're right--Randi Rhodes...
Speaking of libtalk, one Air America show (young turks) is encouraging people to protest to Jay's sponsors.

Anonymous said...

The first amendment applies if Jay were out on Boston Common. This is between him and his privately owned employer, who can choose to suspend or terminate him based on their contract with him.

Boston Radio Watch said...

Look, it's not about left or right, first amendment or ethnic stereotyping. This is all about Greater Media and its clients. Like I said in my previous comment, commercial raido is a volume-driven business. You bring the business in the door, you stay. You don't, you leave. It's really that simple.

In his days on terrestrial radio, Stern said stuff that cost his employers millions and millions of dollars in FCC fines. Yet, he stayed around for 20 years and the CBS/Infinity prospered while he was there. They never fired him. They loved him and stood by him because he made them millions in return.

The stuff that Stern used to say on the daily basis pales in comparisson to what Severin said last week and the weeks prior. To paraphrase Jules' famous foot massage line in Pulp Fiction, Severin's stuff ain't the same ballpark, it ain't the same league, it ain't even the same sport when it comes to indecent content that Stern used to put out on CBS/Infinity or syndicated guys like Savage or Rush get away with today.

Why GM is so upset about it now? Because they see their product is no longer working and it's costing big sums of money. What is obscene and indecent about this whole thing is the fact that they're paying out a mega salary they can no longer justify as his once respectable ratings no longer exist. And it's costing them a fortune.

Anonymous said...

If it's all about ratings or $$$$, then why don't they just say so instead of this juvenile smear campaign that is running in the papers ? I mean, most folks who have been Jay listeners for years like me, realize that he's been saying this stuff for years and more...and like you said, Stern and others now on the radio say alot WORSE - yet they stay.
Instead though we get these lame stories in the herald and globe about censoring him because he sad bad things about mexicans when he was raging about illegal mexicans...
I mean, seriously, do they think we'rd stupid?
Management should come out and say his contract is being renegotiated or whatever.........but this suspension stuff is CRAP

Hope they cut him loose and he ends up on a competitor station and we all tune in there...

It's been DULL AS DISHWATER since they yanked him. I've been listening to MUSIC and occasionally Howie

Anonymous said...

Stern used to have THE KKK Guy on yelling about "niggers and Kikes".He had Billy West on as "Marge Schott" yelling about "niggers". Call it satire,but if you really listened to Stern in the 90's you heard FAR WORSE than Severin said..

Remember Stern APOLOGIZING about his comments on Selena?

Anonymous said...

The difference is Stern was satirizing racist morons. Everybody who hides behind this patriot crap is usually a coward. How does taking cheap shots at minority groups help anybody? Remember "Irish need not apply"? All nitwits like Severin do is feed the mentally disturbed listeners of talk radio more people to blame, other than themselves. If you don't like your life, do something about it! Stop listening to morons, or you'll become/stay one.

Jeff said...

Here are my thoughts:

http://boycottwtkk.com