Wednesday, June 6, 2012

McPhee rejoins WRKO


Michele McPhee, who left WRKO 680 last August(BRW 8/16), will return to the talk station with a new 4-hour midday show beginning at 11am on Monday(6/11), it was announced today. 


For the past 10 months McPhee worked at WCVB-5 in Needham as a general assignment reporter focusing on law enforcement and crime stories. Her last day at the TV station was last Friday(6/1).


With her return to WRKO 680, McPhee  displaces nationally syndicated Laura Ingraham(11am-1pm) and local host Jen Brien(1pm-3pm) on the schedule.  She will now serve as a lead-in to WRKO's afternoon icon Howie Carr(3-7pm). According to WRKO's announcement, McPhee also becomes Carr's primary fill-in host, the role more recently shared by weekend host Avi Nelson and Col. David Hunt.


Speaking of Carr, his current WRKO contract is set to expire in early fall but according to the Boston Herald it contains a 2-year renewal clause which he is attempting to escape and find another radio home on the dial. Carr briefly addressed his contract situation last week when he talked with "Ken and Mike" from WGAN 560/Portland,ME which is one of his New England affiliates.


BRW Notebook :


Coming to a Theater Near You : "Car Talk - The Musical" inspired by the hit WBUR 90.9-produced National Public Radio 35-year radio show of the same name and written and directed by Suffolk University Professor Wesley Savick will begin a 2-month(June 14-August 12) run at the Central Sq. Theater in Cambridge next week.  


Brothers Ray and Tom Magliozzi, co-hosts of NPR’s “Car Talk,” , aka Click and Clack, first appeared on the Boston airwaves in 1977. Their WBUR radio call-in show, which offers automotive know-how with an air of hilarity, was picked up by NPR for a nationwide audience in 1987.


Ticket and theater information can be found here.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

What is WRKO thinking? 4 hours of Screechy McPhee a day? Jen Brien is 10 times the talk show hosts, which is why nobody missed MM when she left for WCVB. Wish I could say I'll be listening when this blows up in their collective faces but alas I'll be listening to another station from 11 to 3 starting Monday.

Anonymous said...

Could this be RKO grooming MM for life after Howie?

Anonymous said...

Will be listening to Rush from 12:00 to 3:00 - couldn't stand her before and won't listen now. And yes, I do believe WRKO is grooming her for HC's slot as he'll be gone in the Fall

Anonymous said...

Brien was a fraud. She was tough on issues until it came to her own family then she took the liberal view

Anonymous said...

What happened to Jen?

Anonymous said...

A fabulous talk host is lost. Jen Brien had the ability to
Listen to all points of view WITHOUT becoming
Distraught no matter how much comments were
Against her own convictions. Isn't this the definition
of a true journalist??? PLUS, she could make us
laugh! Good bye WRKO.

Anonymous said...

Jen Brien was a nit wit. She wasn't very well read. She constantly played the race card because she lacks the talent to have a discussion of any intelligence.

Jen Brien was a rank amateur and proved it day in and day out.

Anonymous said...

Despite any bad things anyone has to say about Jen, she is way better than McPhee. Forget her topics which are atorcious, I'd rater listen to nails on a chalk board than her voice. Can't wait for Howie to get the hell out of there so I can delete 680 from my pre-sets.

Anonymous said...

Brien was great! Loved her callers. McPhee has one subject that interests her - Whitey Bulger - BORING !!! Her voice terrible.

Guess I'll have to start watching afternoon TV.

Anonymous said...

Stopped listening when they brought MM back, couldn't read her in the Herald, did'nt like her in 96.9, did'nt miss her when she left. Where is Laura Ingraham braodcast locally?

Anonymous said...

Jen Brien was a terrific talk show host and I will miss her. With the changes in the morning programming and now this, I am on my wayt to 1200 am! I'm DONE with RKO. Who is the clueless programming director for the station anyway. He/she shoulbe the one being fired!!!

Bob Gonsalves said...

Jen Brien sucks. She cannot do a show without bringing up race and she is a rank amateur on the mike, coffee charged and loses her thought all the time because she runs her mouth too fast all over the place sipping caffeine and making "uh huh" sounds with every drink to try and cover up. Annoying.

Bob Gonsalves said...

Jen Brien sucks. Cant do a show without bringing in race..period. Then swears she isnt a racist. has serious diarrhea of mouth caffeine charged jibberish all over the place so she forgets her point constantly. Bewteen sips of coffee she makes annoying "uh huh" sounds to try and cover. Rank amateur on the mike.

Jeff said...

Boy, Bob Gonsalves you really have a problem with Jen Brien, as you posted two nearly identical comments only moments apart. Jen Brien is funny, smart and a real pro. Not quite sure what you don't like about her.