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

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*Don’t pretend you saw it coming.

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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4 COMMENTS

  1. Legally, the Taylor investigation IS of CBS Radio. They would be a defendant in any action, and their insurers would initially be called upon to respond. Any liabilities, existing or contingent would have been addressed in the purchase and sale agreement, but I would be very surprised if the buyer agreed to assume this one.

  2. And on that WJAR anniversary show.. Frank Coletta announced he’s retiring at the end of July.

    • One of Frank Coletta’s stops in his short radio career prior to his move to TV news was a stint in the WCAP Lowell Newsroom pictured above back in the mid-1970’s.

  3. Technically, KC101 was actually a “Hot AC” station when they first signed on in 1979. While it was originally supposed to basically be 13 WAVZ moving over to the FM dial, the music on KC was much more adult leaning than WAVZ’s, and jocks like Willie B sounded much more toned down on KC than he did on WAVZ. It wasn’t until around 1982-83 that KC started going mainstream CHR…

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