Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Media truce : The Boston Globe's sports writers are allowed back on WEEI's airwaves

First, a little background on the Boston Globe's decade-long media blockade of WEEI AM 850. In 1999, the Globe banned its sports writers from appearing on WEEI's afternoon drive Big Show. In 2001, a full-station ban was put in place as the newspaper's editors objected to what they deemed to be an offensive "guy radio" content :

For the second time in two years, The Boston Globe has banned staffers from a WEEI-AM talk show. Last Friday, sports editor Don Skwar issued a memo saying that after reviewing the morning show hosted by John Dennis and Gerry Callahan, "we've decided that the show's tone and content are not up to the Globe's standards and that any appearance on the show by Globe staff members would impair the integrity and credibility of the Globe." The memo cited "inappropriate references to female anatomy, oral sex, and gay men."

In 1999 Globe staffers were barred from appearing on WEEI's "The Big Show" with Glenn Ordway in the afternoon "because the content of the show was offensive," said Skwar. He said the bans could be lifted if the station made changes in either show.

Source : The Boston Globe, March 21,

With last month's announcement that CBS Radio would be launching a new FM sports talker 98.5 the Sports Hub on August 13, the competitive landscape in the Boston sports media was going in for a major shake-up. To gain an edge, CBS Radio's new sports radio entry was widely expected to align itself with the Globe's sports department and its on-line content platform. But this morning, it was WEEI, not the rookie sports talker, who made the big media splash. WEEI's owner Entercom pulled a large size rabbit out of a hat as The Globe and the sports radio giant announced that the newspaper's sports writers will be allowed back as guests on all station's shows effective immediately.

Here's WEEI's media alert(Clarification to the press release below : Globe's writers can only appear live in-studio guests on midday's "Dale and Holley" show. They can only call into morning "Dennis and Callahan" and afternoon "Big Show" programs)

For Immediate Release
August 4,

WEEI Media Alert

WEEI announced today that the station and The Boston Globe have agreed that Globe sports writers will appear as guests on all WEEI talk shows, effective immediately.

“I think this is a great win for WEEI and the Globe,” said VP of Programming Jason Wolfe. “The Globe’s sports department has a deep tradition of exceptional coverage of the Boston sports scene and it is my pleasure to welcome them back to our airwaves. I know our listeners will appreciate their insight and expertise.”

Entercom is one of the nation’s largest radio broadcasters with operations, pro forma for pending acquisitions, in San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Denver, Sacramento,
Cincinnati, Portland, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Austin, Norfolk,
Buffalo, New Orleans, Providence, Memphis, Greensboro, Rochester, Greenville/Spartanburg, Madison, Wichita, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Springfield and

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BRW Notebook :

Former WBCN owner passes away : Michael Wiener, co-founder of Infinity Broadcasting, died Sunday of cancer. Hewas 71. He quit his Metromedia sales job and founded Infinity 1972 with Gerald Carrus, buying a San Francisco FM. Later on, Infinity bought WBCN 104.1FM in 1979. In 1996, Westinghouse acquired Infinity for $3.9 billion.


jvwalt said...

And why, exactly, does the phone/studio distinction make any sense at all? The Globe's writers would somehow be sullied if they breathed the same air as Dennis, Callahan, or Ordway?

Anonymous said...

It took Dan Shaughnessy exaclty fourteen words after being introduced on the D & C show before he dropped in the plug for the Stockyard resturant in Brighton. The more things change - the more they stay the same.