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Published December 20, 2013
SHIFTS IN THE HUB: In Boston, Gayle Fee reports Entercom Boston VP & Market Manager Phil Zachary, who runs WEEI-FM, on Thursday "denied all the buzz running through the station that the longtime sports talker would clean house and replace its on-air team with syndicated ESPN Radio programming." ESPN's radio shows currently air on the station's AM feed, but Fee reports the station has told morning show hosts John Dennis, Gerry Callahan and Kirk Minihane that WEEI execs "want to renew their contracts." Zachary, who took over WEEI-FM, WEEI-AM, WRKO-AM and WAAF-FM in October after the departure of Jeff Brown, said that he "did have a meeting earlier this week with a rep from ESPN and they discussed ways they could continue to work together" (BOSTON HERALD, 12/20). In Boston, Chad Finn reports Minihane "is expected have a new deal soon, and given the recent surge in ratings and the support of Entercom’s new Boston management, any change" on the "Dennis & Callahan Show" at this point "would be stunning" (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/20).
WEST COAST WHEELING: In L.A., Tom Hoffarth writes the lineup changes "about to happen after the first of the year with Fox Sports Radio and the ripple effect it has at Dodger- and UCLA-centric KLAC-AM as it goes up against Lakers- and USC-strong KSPN-AM will be win-win for those who continue to use the medium as a way to get through the day with some semblance of sports sanity." The "PMS Show" goes back to a "local-only feed" from 3:00-7:00pm ET, while Fox Sports Radio moves John "J.T. The Brick" Tournour into that slot "for its national coverage." KLAC-AM's Petros Papadakis on Thursday said, "That five-year run was great, being able to say we were in 300 markets, but I'm happy about this move. I'm born and raised in L.A., all my perspective is L.A., and we were just doing an L.A. show that aired nationally. It was cool to get feedback from all parts of the country." KLAC-AM Program Dir Don Martin is "behind bringing the station back with more local programming" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 12/20).