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Alex Reimer Leaves WEEI

“During his departure announcement, the 26-year old Reimer added that he’s leaving WEEI amicably.”

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After three years at Boston’s WEEI, Alex Reimer is leaving his dream career of working at a sports radio station, for a position in politics.  In his final column for WEEI, Reimer announced that beginning next week, he’ll work in the State House as Director of Communications for Senator Eric Lesser.

“I never imagined doing anything else in my life besides working in sports talk radio,” Reimer wrote, but also shared that he has new aspirations.  “At this stage in my life, I am more apt to live-tweet Rachel Maddow than tomorrow night’s Red Sox game.  Those of you who are misfortunate enough to follow me on Twitter could’ve already guessed that.”

With WEEI, Reimer often sat in the third chair on the station’s former morning show Kirk and Callahan, and in 2017 was given the position of Brand Personality, where he continued to contribute both on-air and digitally.  

Whether on social media or behind a microphone, Reimer never shied away from his political opinions, noting the heated debates he had with recently dismissed morning host, Gerry Callahan.  “I will miss driving into the studio to argue with Gerry Callahan about Donald Trump’s latest impeachable act,” Reimer said.  “You are better off when you expose yourself to disagreement, even if it occasionally turns rancorous.”

Reimer made national news in 2018 when he referred to Tom Brady’s daughter as a “pissant” while reacting to an episode of the quarterback’s documentary series on Facebook Watch.  Brady expressed his disappointment to the radio station, which led to a five-month on-air hiatus for Reimer.  He did continue to write for WEEI during the suspension.

During his departure announcement, the 26-year old Reimer added that he’s leaving WEEI amicably. 

“Amazingly, I am leaving on good terms, so this probably isn’t the last you’ll hear from me in this space. Team Reim, and my inflated ego, will not rest.”

His career began by gaining popularity as a sports-blogger at the age of 12.  In addition to his work with WEEI, Reimer has also written for Forbes, Boston magazine, SB Nation, and the Boston Herald.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Jonathan Peterlin Takes Over Night Show On 92.3 The Fan

“”Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.””

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92.3 The Fan in Cleveland now has a permanent host for its nightly show in Jonathan Peterlin.

Peterlin wrote in a post for the Audacy station’s website on Tuesday that his show will be called Overtime with Jonathan Peterlin and will air each night starting at 7 p.m.

“This is a dream job,” he said. “Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.”

Peterlin had been the afternoon update anchor at 92.3 The Fan since 2016, even hosting on weekends and on a fill-in basis. Prior to that, he spent three years in a similar role at Yahoo Sports Radio.

He wrote that listeners in Cleveland will not need an introduction or reintroduction to who he is.

“You know me and I know you,” he said. “We’ve spent the past nearly 7 years getting to know each other on a daily basis…We were there for each other. Along the way I hope that I’ve earned your trust. Through the good times and the bad, the ups and the downs.”

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Layoffs Hit Pro Football Focus

“The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.”

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Pro Football Focus has laid off 16 employees, according to a report from Front Office Sports.

The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.

The company, which Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth owns a majority, still employs just over 200 people.

NFL reporter Doug Kyed was among the layoffs. Kyed had been at PFF since July 2021.

Additionally, 11 interns were also let go.

While PFF remains popular and profitable from a football analytics perspective, there had been a shift since the Silver Lake investment into attracting more sports betting and fantasy football customers. The FOS report indicated a chunk of the $50 million funding was used to develop an iPhone app.

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Laurence Holmes: Tim Jenkins Twitter Beef With Mike North Proves The Score Has Gotten Smarter

“Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

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Former NFL quarterback Tim Jenkins had an interesting back and forth on Twitter with former 670 The Score host Mike North over Bears quarterback Justin Fields. Jenkins broke down a piece of film from Chicago’s game against Green Bay on Sunday, saying he didn’t agree with the notion that Fields doesn’t go through his progressions and is more of a runner.

North disagreed, saying wide receiver Dante Pettis was wide open on that particular play, and that Fields missed him.

Jenkins responded, saying North’s take was “not intellectually honest.”

In his weekly appearance on Bernstein & Holmes on The Score, Jenkins talked about the exchange not knowing North’s connection to the station.

“There’s a radio guy up there, Mike North, he was real mad,” Jenkins said. “And I tried to handle it gently because like listen, the first thing in his bio was he was born in 1952. And if my grand-pappy is on Twitter roasting somebody, I hope to handle them gently. And I tried to.”

Host Laurence Holmes said it was truly a meta moment for their show and the station. He talked about how having access to a guy like Jenkins is a sign the station, like many others have done across the country, have grown with the game.

“It speaks to the evolution of this radio station,” Holmes said. “Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

The discussion turned to the evolution of the quarterback position in the NFL, and Holmes noted that there are some who just don’t recognize that the game has changed and called for a quarterback to be able to throw accurately but pick up yards and keep plays going with their legs.

“I’m here for the nuance, but people continue to ignore what is a trend,” Holmes said. “And I don’t mean that as a pejorative. The trend in the NFL is dual-threat quarterbacks. Look up and down the rosters.”

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