Former morning man Kirk Minihane has declared WEEI “dead,” “f***ed,” and “irrelevant” after the spring ratings were released this week. The station had a low spring ratings book, one of its worst in 25 years, which led Minihane to stage a virtual funeral.
The event was streamed live on The Kirk Minihane Network’s YouTube channel. It featured Kirk and his staff reading eulogies and saying prayers for the station, and not holding back any criticism.
“Do I take some personal satisfaction knowing that station is completely f***ed?” Minihane asked rhetorically. “Yes, I do.”
Minihane went on an indefinite leave from WEEI in September 2018 amid battles with mental health issues. He returned to Entercom as part of the company’s Radio.com podcast network, but exited in May of 2019 to join Barstool.
While he listed several people at WEEI that he is happy to see fail, Minihane did note that there are people in the building that he still cares about. He addressed them and what the station’s low ratings may mean for their job security with two simple words: “tough poopies.”
Minihane specifically called out program director Joe Zarbano, market manager Mark Hannon, Entercom President of Sports Mike Dee, and Entercom CEO David Field as leaders of WEEI that made the decisions that led to this moment. He dismissed the idea that the station’s low numbers were due to the Cover-19 Pandemic, pointing out that cross-town rival 98.5 the Sports Hub thrived during the same period.
“The other station finished number 1 and had their highest ratings ever!”
Responsibility for the demise of WEEI was laid at the feet of activist Bob Murchison, who waged campaigns to have advertisers boycott Minihane, his co-host Gerry Callahan, and the rest of the station whenever he felt the morning show went too far. Minihane didn’t let station management off the hook though.
“Bob Murchison is a mad man. They allowed this mad man to do this!”
When it comes to dealing with activists, Minihane said he learned a lesson that he brought with him to Barstool. You can be cordial without being a doormat.
“Listen? That’s fine. Have conversations? Swell! Don’t give in,” Minihane said. “Don’t turn your back on what you are and most important…don’t turn you back on your audience. They matter most.”
Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM
An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.
WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.
The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.
Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.
Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.
Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.
WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.
Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5
Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.
Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.
Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.
She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”
Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.
“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5. “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable. He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”
Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio? That it’s interactive. Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent. And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”
Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video
“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”
The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.
“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.
“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.
During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.
Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.
Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.