Thursday, August 18, 2016

John Dennis to transition out of WEEI's morning drive

Earlier tonight, WEEI/SportsRadio 93.7 announced that long-time morning personality John Dennis will step away immediately from his full-time co-hosting role to address health concerns. Dennis planned on retiring next September when his current 3-year contract is up. Along with partner Gerry Callahan, Dennis has been part of the highly-rated "Dennis & Callahan Show" since 1997 first as a midday show and then replacing Don Imus in AM Drive in 1999.. On advice from his doctors Dennis will reduce his workload, but will continue to serve the station in a “moderated” capacity. “John is a Boston radio icon and will remain an important part of the WEEI family going forward,” said Entercom/Boston VP/Market Manager Phil Zachary. “To that end, we have been working with John to define a new role for his considerable talents. Most importantly, John will continue his compassionate work with our annual Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon, and he’ll appear in our live broadcasts from Fenway Park, August 29th and 30th.” Following that event the morning show will move forward with Gerry Callahan and Kirk Minihane, who’s been part of the morning show since 2013. 

WEEI is also searching to replace departed program director Kevin Graham. Whoever replaces Graham will likely pick Dennis' successor in AM drive. 

Full WEEI statement regarding Dennis' reduced role at the station(it's also posted on WEEI's website) :

BOSTON, MA – Sports Radio WEEI announced today that long-time morning personality John Dennis will step away immediately from his full-time co-hosting role to address health concerns. Along with partner Gerry Callahan, Dennis has been part of the highly-rated Dennis & Callahan Show since 1997. He made the decision on advice from his doctors that he reduce his workload but will continue in a moderated capacity with the station.

Entercom Boston VP/Market Manager Phil Zachary said “John is a Boston radio icon and will remain an important part of the WEEI family going forward. To that end, we have been working with John to define a new role for his considerable talents.” In his new capacity, Dennis will work with station advertisers, act as an ambassador to sponsors and community organizations, and occasionally host WEEI programs. “Most important to him,” said Zachary, “is that John will continue his compassionate work with our annual Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon and will appear in our live broadcasts from Fenway Park, August 29 and 30.” After that, the WEEI morning show will move forward with Gerry Callahan and Kirk Minihane, who’s been part of the Dennis & Callahan program since 2013.

Dennis said he and Zachary had been discussing a new role with WEEI that would allow him to follow his doctor’s orders but remain involved with the radio station. He said he’s excited about (what he calls) “this next chapter of my broadcast incarnation,” stating further “I’m glad, first and foremost, for my initial duties back to host the most favored two days of my entire year, the Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon.” Dennis went on to say, “Pardon the cliché, but like most morning radio people, I’m really looking forward to finally sleeping in.”


BRW Notebook :

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