WEEI taps Mut and Merloni for new midday show
Two days after WEEI 850's longtime fixture, Dale Arnold, signed off from the midday shift, the station named the new on-air team who will take over for him and his co-host Michael Holley. Starting Monday, March 7, WEEI's weekend host Mike Mutnansky and former MLB infielder Lou Merloni will pair up for "Mut and Merloni" between 10am and 2pm, it was announced late this afternoon.
Ten days ago(BRW 2/15), WEEI announced that Arnold would be cut from the weekday role after 19 and a half years as the midday presence in the station's line-up. Arnold contract has one more year to run and he'll now host weekend shows and do fill-in work for the weekday shows and play-by-play on the Red Sox and occasionally on the Celtics broadcasts. Meanwhile, Michael Holley is moving to become a new co-host on the "Big Show" with Glenn Ordway starting on Monday, February 28th. Holley also signed a new 3-year deal to stay at WEEI.
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Executive turntable : WCRB/All Classical 99.5 gets a new boss next week. Grammy Award-winning producer and one-time NPR Music executive Benjamin Roe will run WGBH Foundation's classical music station beginning March 1, itas announced recently He will replace Jon Solins, who has retired. Roe who arrives from a classical station WDAV in the Charlotte,NC radio market where he worked as station manager for the past couple of years. His wife, Jennifer Foster, who worked as on-air host at WDAV, will also have a production and voice-over role at WGBH Radio.
Sox on deck : It's been 146 days(and over 70 inches of snow) since the last Red Sox game was broadcast on the radio, but that's all about to change come this Saturday when preseason schedule kicks off with two games on WEEI 850(6pm) and WRKO 680(1:05pm). WRKO and WEEI will broadcast a total of 15 spring training games this season. Schedule is here....
If you can make it in Boston,.... : Of course, if you're trying to pick up a Red Sox game on radio in Worcester, you may have a challenge on your hands, but other than that the radio in the City of Seven Hills is thriving.