Friday, July 8, 2011

Severin tweets out : he's going after his former station

On Thursday night(7/7), fired Boston radio talk show host Jay Severin tweeted on his Twitter account that he is suing his former employer WTKK 96.9, saying they broke his contract when they let him go on April 6(BRW 4/6). 
Or is he? Update(7/10) : Since the original blog posting, the referenced tweet below has  been deleted from @Jay_Severin's timeline.

In his tweet, Severin  said : @Jay_Severin Boston Lawsuit of the Century: Me (i.e. a valid agreement and contract) v. WTKK 96.9 who decided to go "No Issues/Dork Radio", firing me.Go!

Late last week on his official Facebook page, Severin hinted on a splashy announcement which he has apparently delivered as promised.

Until his release for inappropriate comments three months ago, Severin had worked at WTKK for most of the past 12 years.  In mid-June, the station officially
named Doug Meehan as its new afternoon drive host.

BRW Notebook :

Holding back the years : Boston radio buffs may recall Carolyn Morrell holding down various shifts at the old WBOS 92.9 back in the early and mid 90's.  You can now catch her hosting afternoon drive shift(2pm-7pm) at WXRV 92.5 The River. Last Monday(6/27), Morrell took over Bob Stuart's seat. After many years in Boston radio, Stuart quietly retired a month ago.

Pining for days gone by : As mentioned first in this space, WILD 1090, (BRW 6/1) has become a fulltime outlet for Chinese government propoganda radio network last month. A number of local media outlets like Bay State Banner, Boston Globe and WBUR 90.9 recently offered their tributes what was once a model for local community broadcasting in the Boston market. 

Executive turntable : Alan Chartrand, has been promoted by Clear Channel to Director of Sales for the Boston and Providence markets. Up until recently, Chartrand served as National Sales Manager of Clear Channel’s Boston cluster — WXKS 107.9/Kiss 108, WJMN 94.5/Jamn, WXKS/Talk 1200 and WKOX/Mia 1430 as well as General Sales Manager for Talk 1200. “I have had the privilege of working with Alan for two terms in our history,” said Mary Menna, President/Market Manager of CC/Boston and Providence said in a press release. “He has developed as a manager and brings sound judgment, leadership and a winning attitude. His many loyal client relationships and great salesmanship make him a perfect fit for the position.” Chartrand’s extensive history in the market includes previous senior-level sales and management positions at Greater Media as well as Ardman Brodcasting where he once served as general manager of WJMN 94.5’s predecessor and Kiss 108's main rival, the former WZOU/Zoo 94.5, in the early 90's.

Behind the curtains : Longtime WAAF 107.3 Imaging Director Chuck Davis will be parting ways with the station after 18 years at the end of July, as he expands his successful CT-based voice-over/production company into a full-time venture. Entercom has hired Mike Muscatello from its Sacramento rock station KRXQ/Rock 98 to be WAAF's new imaging director and the voice behind the station.


Anonymous said...

i am no way a Severin fan, but i gotta tell ya, as nice a guy as Doug Meehan may be, the 2 times I've caught him as i've flipped off satellite radio and moved around the dial, his show sounds like the tired FM zookeeper formats that went out years ago I thought...i mean, do people STILL wanna hear stuff 'hey, it's Friday, you made it to the weekend!" and the ilk? Sounds kind of weird on a talk station, at least to me.....

Michael Augustyniak said...

Doug Meehan's show is alright. Nothing exciting or edgy. With Jay I was always excited to hear what he had to say on a controversial topic whether or not I agreed with him. I felt like I was learning something. I have had it with the Fall River pool incident. I would tune in to Jay everyday to hear what he had to say. With Doug, take it or leave it.