SBD/February 14, 2013/Media
WEEI Parts Ways With Longtime Afternoon Host Glenn Ordway As WBZ's Ratings Rise
Published February 14, 2013
AIRING GRIEVANCES: In Boston, Gayle Fee writes of Ordway's ouster, "The writing had been on the wall for some time." WEEI "blew up his groundbreaking 'Big Show,' which featured a revolving cast of characters, in February 2011 and paired him full-time with midday host Michael Holley." A few months later, the station "cut Ordway’s salary in half after the program’s ratings didn’t hit the top three." Ordway said, "The mistake WEEI made that got them into this trouble was the fact that they were on AM, an antiquated band that basically was listened to by nobody under the age of 40. Forty or 45. When The Sports Hub came on the air, they went with the FM band and they stole away this whole young audience." He said of his next career move, "I’ve got a couple of projects I’ve been working on in the last few months, including a business venture that I believe is the future of our business. ... I think the business is going to the Internet. Internet radio is the next big thing" (BOSTON HERALD, 2/14). The HERALD's Steve Buckley writes Ordway "didn't invent sports talk radio in Boston, but he took a meandering, still-finding-itself format and turned it into an industry" (BOSTON HERALD, 2/14). WEEI morning show host Gerry Callahan said, "Any sports radio station in the country you hear has been influenced by Glenn" (BOSTON HERALD, 2/14).
CLEANING HOUSE? The GLOBE's Finn reported WEEI on Monday "fired" sports update anchor Kevin Winter "just six weeks after his debut as the replacement for Jon Meterparel." Sources said that Winter was told that the "chemistry between him and hosts John Dennis and Gerry Callahan wasn't working." Finn wrote Winter's "energetic style seemed an odd fit with the more cynical Dennis and Callahan from the beginning." Winter previously worked for ESPN Radio (BOSTON.com, 2/11).