With Benz leaving, WEEI's midday seat is up for grabs
Earlier this week, after only 14 months Tim Benz had stepped down as the midday co-host of "MFB" (Merloni, Fauria, Benz) on sports talker WEEI 93.7.(BRW 5/13/2014)
Boston-born and CT-raised Benz is returning to his adopted home of Pittsburgh where he had spent much of his sports radio career, where his wife, Kate, still works for Pittsburgh Tribune Review as the lifestyle/culture reporter and where a new sports radio gig supposedly awaits him. Last November, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Benz was considered as a serious contender for a vacant morning host role at CBS-owned Fan 93.7.
While WEEI will run on-air auditions for the new midday co-host pretty much the entire month of August(call it a radio training camp), the new midday voice raises several intriguing possibilities for the station in revamping the show, which airs from 10 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday.
One option could be the return of WEEI’s legendary afternooner Glenn "Big O" Ordway who had done some vacation fill-in work on "Dennis and Callahan" morning show earlier this summer. Speaking of Ordway, his on-line "Big Show Unfiltered" afternoon show has been hiatus since mid-April.
Also considered to be very strong possibilities are former Patriots Radio Network host Gary Tanguay, WEEI's Sunday morning NFL show host Greg Dickerson; and WEEI's weekend ready-for-prime-time benchers Danny Picard and Christian Arcand are definitely in the mix.
BRW Notebook :
Names and Voices : The second phase of WRKO 680's new lineup(BRW 6//25) kicked off this past week, when it replaced Mark Levin with “The Dave Ramsey Show” from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. An expert on personal finance and debt reduction, Ramsey is the author of five New York Times best-selling books, including The Total Money Makeover and Financial Peace. Ramsey's show focuses primarily on financial advice for listeners, but sometimes will move into various other topics including politics (Ramsey is conservative) and religion (Ramsey is a born-again, evangelical Christian). He hosts his self-syndicated show from a radio studio set up within his house in Brentwood, TN. He started in radio as the co-host of "The Money Game" in 1992, taking over the show and renaming it "The Dave Ramsey Show" in 1996. The self-syndicated program is heard on over 500 stations around the country and feeds live from 2pm to 5pm ET. As for Levin, he can now be heard on IheartMedia's new WKOX/"Talk 1430" from 9pm to Midnight.