Michael Graham is out as NewsTalk96.9's local roster appears to be all talked out
The buzz of pending changes at Greater Media’s FM talker WTKK/NewsTalk 96.9 got a bit louder as station’s afternoon personality Michael Graham announced yesterday that his contract has not been renewed, thus ending his 7-year tenure at the station.
Graham, who had been at the station since October 2005, came to Boston from Washington, DC where he was fired from WMAL-AM. He was originally hired by WTKK to replace Jay Severin who left to do a nationally syndicated evening show for CBS Radio. After less than one year in syndication, the plug was pulled on Severin and WTKK brought him back to afternoons in October 2006 and Graham was shifted to middays. But when Severin was terminated in April 2011, Graham once again found himself as the afternoon replacement in August 2011.
Graham’s exit from WTKK follows the departure of Doug Meehan who left two weeks ago. That leaves morning drive's “Jim and Margery” as the only local show on WTKK’s weekday schedule but don’t bet any big money on it to come back in 2013. Rest of the weekend local paid-time programs such as Phantom Gourmet, Joe Liggotti, Cam and Barry Show, Josh Davis are all scheduled to air this coming weekend.
WTKK debuted its current talk format in September 1999. Recently, the station rebranded itself and added frequent news and information updates(BRW 9/4), but the newsier image didn't quite catch on with the talk radio crowd. The FM talker had the ho-hum showing in the most recent ratings as the crosstown rival WRKO 680 leaped over it during the all-important political campaign season.