In this week’s issue… Callahan out, Hill-man in at WEEI – What now for WAAF? – Blackout blacks out NYC newscasts – Taylor out, Taylor in at CBS-FM – EMF makes next NYC step – Morning host quits over equal pay
By SCOTT FYBUSH
Nobody anticipated the morning move Entercom made in eastern MASSACHUSETTS late last week, dropping Gerry Callahan from the WEEI-FM (93.7) morning show after more than two decades and looking upstairs to WAAF (107.3) for his replacement, Greg Hill.
What’s a hard rock morning man of long standing doing on Boston’s heritage sports station? The same thing that’s happening across town at WEEI’s archrival, Beasley’s “Sports Hub” WBZ-FM (98.5), which has thrived in morning drive with Toucher and Rich, the not-especially-about-sports morning show that it inherited from the old WBCN, which itself had been WAAF’s big competitor back in the day.
Once Hill starts on WEEI July 29, Callahan’s current morning co-host, Mike Mutnansky, will move to nights (insofar as that shift really exists on WEEI during Red Sox season). Hill’s WAAF co-host, Danielle Murr, will join him downstairs at WEEI, while WAAF morning sports anchor Lyndon Byers will stay at WAAF in a new, as-yet-undisclosed role.
The move fills one hole at WAAF, moving Hill’s producer/sidekick Mike Hsu to the vacant afternoon slot – but of course it also creates a big new void in mornings, where Hill has been a WAAF institution since 1986, the last 28 of those years on the early shift.
What does it mean for both stations? Read on for our NERW analysis…
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