Report : WTKK doesn't renew McPhee
Year-end is a tricky time in radio business. On-air personalities' contracts are up for renewal in some cases. It's also the time when top management crunches out stations' budgets and revenue projections and decides who stays and who goes.
One of those personalities who won't be returning to her job in 2011 is WTKK 96.9's evening talk host Michele McPhee. According to a published report in the Boston Herald, WTKK 96.9's management elected not to renew her contract.
In April 2007, Stoneham native and East Boston resident, McPhee, was added to WTKK's weekday line-up when syndicated Don Imus self-destrcuted on-air and was fired for his infamous 'nappy-headed hoes' remark. McPhee, former crimer reporter with the Boston Herald and New York Daily News and a book author, began hosting a 2-hour midday(10am-Noon) show on 96.9 after Mike Barnicle was shifted to the vacant morning drive slot. McPhee also kept her regular Saturday morning show which she has hosted since joining the station in 2006. WTKK gave her a new evening show(7-10pm) in January 2008. The show expanded to four hours a year later.
According to her statement on her Facebook site, she plans to honor her contract and work thru the end of the year.