Thursday, March 31, 2011

Report : Severin bounced off WTKK's airwaves again

Jay Severin's nearly 12-year tenure at WTKK 96.9 may be coming to its end. Or so it seems based on a number of media reports this morning.

Severin who has been heard on 96.9 since the station launched its talk format back in September 1999 was pulled off the air prior to his Wednesday's broadcast and has been suspended indefinitely for the unspecified reason, but likely for the comments made on his Tuesday's(3/29) show which dealt with a topic of sexual harassment in the workplace according to the Boston Globe report.

This is Severin's second suspension in the past two years. As you recall, he was benched in late April 2009 for questionable comments made while talking about the swine flu epidemic's reported origins in Mexico(BRW 4/30/09). Severin returned to the air a month later after agreeing to tone down his outspoken act and with a public apology promised to behave(BRW 5/31/09). In the past two years, Severin's style has softened quite a bit as his show's and the station's overall programming direction have been trying to appeal to the wider 25-54 segment of the 'minivan mom and soccer dad'  audience with topics ranging from pop culture talk to snowstorm survival guides while sometimes totally ignoring big political and local stories.

While Severin remains benched, Mike Bower, a NYC-based host/comedian who has been doing lots of fill-in work at the station and also co-hosting with Severin for a few weeks earlier this winter, is subbing from 2pm to 6pm.

(Ed. Note : Overall, the station has been drifting to a much fluffier, vanilla  content on all of its local daily shows especially since edgier and brash Michele McPhee was dumped from the night-time schedule back in November and replaced with a tape-delayed nationally syndicated talker Michael Smerconish. WTKK's out-of-touch programming reached the lowest level of its run this past Monday when every news/talk station in the Boston market carried President Obama's major foreign policy speech on US' involvement in Libya. WTKK was the only station that completely ignored it and ran Smerconish' show. The next day, Severin was talking about sexual harassment in the workplace instead reacting or analyzing President's speech.)

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

They've moved off my pre-sets.In terms of local content, it's a worthless station now, Phil Hendrie and John Batchelor are the only shows I listen to with regularity... Jim and Margery bore me, Graham is a clown,tape-delayed Smerconish is fluff, even when tacking serious subjects.

Personally, I think Severino wants to be let go. He sounds defeated. The Bower "addition" being a killer

James said...

Yeah I noticed that, they have been talking about total crap. No more politcal stuff, just teachers having sex with students. Their coporate overlords must not even want to have a discussion on topics anymore.

Anonymous said...

Jay's talked about having sex with his interns before this. Many complaints? I doubt it. If this was so egregious, he should have been suspended for it the first few times he talked about it.

Anonymous said...

They might as well let the Andelman brothers take over afternoon drive on that trainwreck of a station.

Anonymous said...

Jay Severin and WTKK as a station became so predictable and boring over the last year with blaming Obama, Democrats, and "Liberals" for every problem in the world. WTKK needed Jay to be successful because they built their entire station around him. As such, everybody in management and sales have been bolstering his ego for years. And Jay believed his own hype and his own self-delusion of greatness. On top of that, WTKK over-stayed their ride on the voter un-rest band wagon. Their declining ratings show that people are tired of the same act. The management of the station is equally to blame for Jay's problems.

Anonymous said...

One can only hope that Jay and his "best and brightest" following are finally gone forever. It's always been disturbing to hear his references to Thomas Jefferson, "framer of the constitution" (Jefferson was in France at the time), or his references to "black Welfare mothers" (statistically the average woman on public assistance is not black,) or, for example, to the unfortunate death of Natasha Richardson "because of the inadequacy of the Canadian Health
care system" (She died because she refused medical examination until it was too late, a "right of refusal" a person not a superstar most likely would never have been allowed). He has a way of saying anything to make his political statements, with little regard to the truth or decorum. One wonders if he is just that misinformed, or if he is just a liar. For years he pretended to be a Bostonian, while living in New York; yet one heard a listener almost daily ask if he had read such and such article in the Herald, to which he would respond that he "hadn't had time to see it yet." Right. Sometimes he's amusing to an adult listener the same way watching the Three Stooges bash each other with hammers amuses a child, but often he is so offensive and repulsive you wonder how he's managed to be on the air so long.

Anonymous said...

Could it be that falling ratings combined with a high contract are motivating managemenT

Anonymous said...

Whites outnumber blacks by a factor of 5-1 in this country. So of course,by that number MORE whites are on welfare...but when you do per capita...it's not even close. Stat-wise, a black woman is 15 times more likely to be on welfare than a white woman.