Tuesday, February 15, 2011

WEEI's Holley takes his talents to the "Big Show"

WEEI 850 announced a massive shakeup today that finds midday co-host Michael Holley shifting to share a mic with Glenn Ordway on the afternoon's"Big Show" starting Monday, February 28th. Ordway announced the change on the air this afternoon.

Ordway who has been a mainstay at WEEI since the station launched its sports format back in September 1991, created the "Big Show" in 1995 when he was also served as WEEI's program director. He has never had a fulltime co-host in the roundtable format with rotating guest co-hosts(ex-jocks and sports scribes). The show has been a ratings magnet in the Boston market and was a main driver behind pushing WEEI's entire weekday line-up into a successful regional syndication network. However, when CBS Radio installed a brand news sports station WBZ 98.5/The Sports Hub in August 2009, WEEI's and Ordway's numbers began to dip significantly. The Big Show has been overtaken in ratings by SportsHub's afternoon duo of Michael Felger and Tony Massoratti. With Ordway being the highest paid and most visible WEEI personality, station management is now trying to add some counter-punch in the battle the competition, especially among younger male sports radio listeners where the SportsHub is already dominant.

Michael Holley, 40, an Akron, OH native came to Boston in 1994 to take a sports writing position at the Boston Globe. After covering the Celtics for 3-1/2 years, he became a sports columnist. Holley left the Globe to take a sports columnist position at the Chicago Tribune in 2001, but returned after a short time. Holley left the Globe again in April 2004 to serve as co-host of "I, Max" on Fox Sports Network with Max Kellerman. That show was canceled in February 2005 at which point he jumped over to join Dale Arnold in middays at WEEI in March 2005.

By scrubbing a quality show like "Dale and Holley", WEEI is clearly more concerned about getting the big-ticket " Big Show" back on track.

WEEI hasn't officially announced what will go in place of "Dale and Holley", but the Boston Herald is reporting today that station's weekend talent Mike Mutnansky will pair up with former Red Sox player Lou Merloni to co-host the new midday show. Arnold who like Ordway has been with WEEI since its launch is expected to move into a fill-in role at the station according to the Herald.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

With Arnold getting shafted, it proves nice guys DO finish last. WEEI is killing the mid day. Once Arnold signs off, so do I!

Anonymous said...

With Arnold getting shafted, it proves nice guys DO finish last. WEEI is killing the mid day. Once Arnold signs off, so do I!

Anonymous said...

They should get rid of Ordway. His act is tired. I like Holley he should be the focus for their afternoon show. I cannot take Merloni on an everyday basis. Looks like I will be looking for a new show to listen to during the day.

meistermag said...

What a joke! Breaking up Dale and Holley! Sending Dale Arnold into freefall and starting the beginning of the end of WEEI's reign as SportsRadio!

Scott said...

Holley isn't a good fit for the big show. Although I don't like Dale,he and Holley were a good team at midday. WEEI is in panic and this decision showed.

Anonymous said...

Ya I agree dale and holly were good together. And honestly dale is probably the only one I could listen to for more then an hour. He had good content, good guests and just a decent guy. The other show at the same time on 98.5 doesn't compare at all.. All they do is rant and rave and talk loud. Hype. Eventually every one would go back to faithful content and decent educated sports talk, to bad it won't be there!! Sucks, I will miss the Dale and Holly show!!!

mas said...

Ordway needs to thank Arnold for his radio versatility. Because Arnold is able to perform other roles on the station, especially play-by-play, Ordway can continue to headline his sinking ship. Holley might help and someday take over the Big Show. If the move succeeds, Arnold will be the forgotten hero of the whole thing.

RANDY said...

SEE YA WEEI...I'M LEAVING TOO...GOING TO 98.5!

Tom C. said...

98.5 must be paying Jason Wolfe for these moves.

Dale has 1 year left on his contract... hope he lands at 98.5 mid-day after it is up.

Ordway is a dinosaur... a very loud dinosaur.

even steven said...

i didn't realize holley had any talent