Thursday, August 15, 2013

Stunner : Longtime WEEI and WRKO programmer Jason Wolfe is out

WEEI 93.7 and WRKO 680's longtime VP of Programming Jason Wolfe is out of a job according to the company and his Facebook/Twitter postings. The Lexington native, Wolfe, started at WEEI as a show producer when the station launched in September 1991. He was named station's assistant program director in 1995 and two years later became its program director. In February 2006, he was named sister station WRKO 680's program director and later that year he was named VP of Programming and Operations of both stations.

Entercom-owned WEEI which has enjoyed a virtual sports radio monopoly in Boston market between 1991 and 2009 has has been overtaken in recent years in the ratings war by rival sports talker CBS Radio's WBZ 98.5 The Sports Hub. Some of the questionable personnel moves at WEEI in the past 3-4 years involved dismissal of popular afternoon Big Show's sidekick/sports flasher Pete Sheppard in January 2010, breaking up the strong midday pairing of Dale Arnold and Michael Holley in February 2011, departure of morning drive fixture sports flasher Jon Meterparel in October 2012 and,finally, axing of WEEI's brand superstar afternoon ringmaster Glenn "Big O" Ordway this past February.

As for Wolfe's replacement, Boston Globe's sports media critic Chad Finn is reporting that a new manager will be named shortly.

Here's Entercom Boston's press release regarding Wolfe's immediate departure :


For Immediate Release                                                                                 Contact:         Kevin Geary
August 15, 2013                                                                                             Office:            (610) 822-0856
                                                                                                                        kgeary@Entercom.com


Entercom Boston Announces that Vice President of Programming for WEEI and WRKO, 
Jason Wolfe, is Leaving
BOSTON, MA – Entercom Boston announced today that Jason Wolfe, Vice President of Programming and Operations at WEEI & WRKO, is leaving the company. Entercom Boston also stated that they would make an announcement about Wolfe’s replacement shortly.

“Jason Wolfe has defined sports talk radio, not only in Boston, but around the country as well. There are very few people who have influenced an industry like Jason has,” said Jeff Brown, VP/Market Manager at Entercom Boston. “From his work with the Jimmy Fund and the Red Sox's historic championship run to WRKO's engagement with politics, Jason’s behind-the-scenes work has made an impact few people will ever understand. We thank Jason for all his hard work, dedication to Entercom, and his commitment to the Boston community.”

“Being involved in the growth of WEEI has been a tremendous honor. WEEI went from a single radio station, to a regional sports network, added a world class digital platform because the demand for our content is so strong; and today, is one of the biggest radio brands in any format, anywhere in the country. We were #1 for six straight years through the fall of 2008. We’ve won four Marconi Awards and have given back so much to the community, helping to raise millions and millions of dollars for charity, including over $31 million for the Jimmy Fund. I couldn't be more proud to have played a role in all of the station's success,” said outgoing WEEI & WRKO Vice President of Programming and Operations, Jason Wolfe. 

“I am thankful to everyone at Entercom for all they’ve done to support me, and I wish them all the best in the future. It's now time for me to move on and begin the next chapter of my career,” added Wolfe.


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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm sure there WILL BE a next chapter to Wolfe's radio career

Anonymous said...

He made all the wrong moves for so long. Ruined a good thing.

Laurence Glavin said...

I'm not sure if it's permanent, but the Bawstin Diehards have not done shows Thursday or Friday noon to 3:00 pm on WUFC-AM 1510. They axed the morning crew in mid-July.

Boston Radio Watch said...

LG,

1510 normally runs a Yahoo sports show if one of their local shows happens to be out on vacation. I wouldn't worry quite yet...Station's GM hasn't tweeted since last Friday. I can only assume with all the big change that the Bawstin Diehards generates he's happily relaxing in the South of France right about now....

Laurence Glavin said...

Hey, BRW: I wasn't shocked by the JW firing...but the Celtics going off WEEI? Holy crap! A "big-time" all-sports station need all the play-by-play it can get, and now they're handing it over probably to one of the CBS stations? There's no room at 98.5 but WBZ-AM used to run the Broonz, and the Celtics may not be a bad fit since almost all their games are at night or weekends. They won't even be playing Xmas Day this winter!

raccoonradio said...

Entercom struggling what with expensive Sox contract and C's won't be good for awhile...cost-cutting. WBZ (AM) might not like pre-empting Rea often...BRW was predicting 1510, 1030, or even 1200 via twitter; some are saying music stations but games are a big disruption to the basic format (notable exception WBOQ which doesn't mind the Sox).

C's could pay a station to have the games put on, or have the cable broadcast simulcast on radio. C's are not the #1, 2, or 3 team in town. They may not even be #4 :)
(OK, maybe they are...Revs could well be #5 and I'm not counting college teams...)