Wednesday, March 12, 2014

WEEI trades Salk for a host to be named later...

One of the few sure rules of radio is that management likes to have its own players in the daily lineup.

A year ago, 18 months after being brought in to manage WEEI 93.7 and rest of Entercom Boston's cluster, Jeff Brown attempted to shake things up at the once-dominant sports talker. However, Brown's move to replace the big kahuna of the afternoon drive Glenn Ordway with the vanilla-like Mike Salk turned into a huge mess.(BRW 2/19/13). Not only did the afternoon drive ratings gap between WEEI 93.7 and WBZ 98.5 The SportsHub widened, Salk became viewed as a villain by many longtime WEEI listeners as well as some of the hosts. That in turn sealed Brown's short-lived tenure as he jumped ship for a new job in the Atlanta market in early fall(BRW 10/1/13)

With Brown out of the picture, new WEEI manager Phil Zachary and program director Kevin Graham, have been evaluating the line-up for the past five months. Clearly, Salk didn't fit into their short and long-term plans. So it was no big surprise when Salk made the announcement at the end of  today's "Salk and Holley" that this would be his last day at the station.

According to the Boston Globe's sports media reporter Chad Finn, Salk is likely headed back to Seattle's EPSN 710 but that hasn't been confirmed yet. Finn is also reporting that Michael Holley will have a rotating cast of co-hosts until management makes its choice.

Stay tuned...

BRW Notebook :

Moves : With all the big news coming out of Entercom Boston, I wanted to make sure this one didn't slip thru the cracks, After 18 ½ years with WEEI 93.7 and WRKO 680, production wizard and voice-over artist Pete Gustin has left the sports talker at the end of February. Gustin, the product of Winchester High School and Boston University, is branching out into a more lucrative voice-over work like national TV/radio spots, sports promotion, movie trailers and TV/radio imaging.  He has signed in L.A.with one of the top talent agencies in the industry. Watch Gustin's recent profile on Ch.5’s news magazine the Chronicle.....Entercom rock WAAF 107.3/97.7 has hired Rob Stevens as producer for its "Hill-Man Morning Show".  He joins the cast that includes Greg Hill, Lyndon “LB” Byers and Danielle Murr. Stevens replaces longtime WAAF producer Anthony “Spaz” Parziale, who resigned back in December after 13 years to start his own waste removal company(BRW 11/20/13). Stevens most recently was a morning co-host at Clear Channel’s “Rock 105.3” KIOZ, San Diego for the past 10 years.  Stevens, a Massachusetts native, began his radio career at WAAF where he started as a member of the WAAF Street Team in 2004. "For a guy born and bred in Massachusetts, returning to 'AAF to work on the show I listened to growing up is a dream come true. I love this city so much I got it tattooed on my neck," Stevens said....Former WRKO 680 host and current WBZ 1030 fill-in host Todd Feinburg is behind the new crowd-sourcing traffic reporting venture called J4Traffic and was recently featured in the Globe...WEEI is not the only sports station working on the new afternoon show. Over at WUFC/Yahoo SportsRadio 1510, the "Afternoon Press Box" with host John Sapochetti ends a 6-month run(BRW 9/16/13) as the station management is putting together another afternoon show to be rolled out shortly. The station will once again air Red Sox in Spanish games for the 4th straight season starting with March 31st season opener in Baltimore.

More Awards : The National Association of Broadcasters has announced the 50 finalists for the 27th Annual Crystal Radio Awards. Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. Only one of the finalists is from our area : WBMX/Mix 104.1. Winners will be announced and the finalists will be honored at the NAB Show Radio luncheon on April 8 in Las Vegas.