Tuesday, February 19, 2013

WEEI officially announces Salk hiring

As was first reported last week in the Boston Globe, former ESPN 890 personality Mike Salk has been officially named the new co-host at WEEI/SportsRadio 93.7. He will join Michael Holley in afternoon drive at beginning in mid-March. The afternoon drive show will also have a new yet-to-be-announced name.

Since leaving Boston in the spring 2009, Salk has been working as the midday co-host at Seattle's 710 ESPN sports talker. Prior to that, the Sudbury native was with the now-defunct ESPN 890 in Charlestown from 2005 to 2009 where he served as midday co-host(with Ch.5's weekend sportsanchor Bob Halloran) and was Red Sox beat reporter for the station. He also held prior stints at ESPN Radio where he anchored SportsCenter Saturday and served as a regular fill-in host at the network. 

“For a kid who grew up rooting for Boston’s sports teams, I can’t wait to get behind that microphone and connect with the most avid sports fans in the country,” Salk said in a press release. “From the best play-by-play in radio, to their breakthrough work with the Jimmy Fund, WEEI is the gold standard in Sports/Talk radio.” 

Salk assumes a chair previously occupied by Glenn Ordway who exited WEEI last Friday.

Hot 96.9 adds more experience

The new kid on Boston's radio block, Greater Media's Rhythmic AC WTKK/HOT 96.9 is only making its first steps but it'll be relying on many years of experience to guide it thru the building process . Station's veteran programmer "Cadillac" Jack McCartney has already scooped up former Jamn 94-5 personalities Melissa(10am-3pm) and Pebbles(currently 3-8pm) but now come more veteran hires which are meant to help with Hot 96.9's start and growth.

Greater Media has named Jill Strada to be WTKK's new Assistant Program Director and Digital Media Brand Manag. She "will be responsible for assisting in the strategic planning and execution of the station's programming and promotional plans. In addition, she will play a key role in the creative development of the station's website and digital media platforms, as well as construct ways for the Hot 96.9 sales team to monetize the station's digital efforts." Strada most recently was Program Director at WPOW/Power 96 in Miami. Previously, she was Program Director at WRKS/98.7 Kiss FM and Assistant PD/Music Director at WQHT/"Hot 97 in New York from 2007 to 2011. Prior to that she's held a number of radio programming and marketing roles at stations in the Orlando, FL market.

The station has also added production and voiceover wiz Doug MacAskill who has joined Hot 96.9 as its new Imaging/Creative Services director. MacAskill has moved from CBS Radio Boston where he'd been Imaging Director for WODS/103.3 Amp Radio(and prior to that for Oldies 103) since 2007. MacAskill worked with McCartney for 12 years at Clear Channel's Jamn 94-5 and Kiss 108 from 1994 to 2006.

BRW Notebook :

Award Season :  WKLB/Country 102.5 Program Director Mike Brophey has been named among the ‘Best Program Directors in Radio’ for the fifth consecutive year by Radio Ink Magazine, a leading industry publication. Brophey ranked #2 for the second consecutive year on the national list.
“To be in this distinguished group of industry leaders is both exciting and appreciated,” said Brophey. He will be featured among the honorees at 2013 Country Radio Seminar in Nashville and will be recognized in the current issue of the publication. 

"We are very proud of Mike Brophey for all he and his outstanding team have accomplished over the past 17years at WKLB-FM," said Greater Media Chairman and CEO Peter Smyth. “He is an accomplished programmer, a proven leader, a dedicated humanitarian and a great individual."

Don't Cry for Me, Boston : And speaking of former WTKK staffers, program director Grace Blazer has been named new program director for Clear Channel's Miami combo - NewsRadio WIOD 610/100.3 FM  and Sports Animal WINZ 940. She’ll also oversee digital operations for both stations.

The change for the veteran programmer is effective immediately. She's was WTKK's PD for five years(2007-2012). Previously, she was PD for 11 years at WPHT/The Big Talker 1210 in her native Philadelphia. She joined that station back in 2007. Prior to that, she was the program director and executive producer at The Big Talker 1210 WPHT-AM in Philadelphia. Blazer began her talk radio career at KDKA in Pittsburgh as a producer and was elevated to morning news editor.

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