The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

29 September 2005

Update City

HOSTS MIA

Talk Radio Turmoil Continues, Other Updates



--- Where's Jay Severin? The New York-based Boston talk host has been missing from WTKK-FM, since announcing a deal with rival Infinity Broadcasting to host a program for some of their planned FM talk stations. Sean Hannity is temporarily in the timeslot.

Did the Infinity deal, scheduled to begin in January, lead to Severin's removal? The Radio Equalizer last week contacted Greater Media Boston Market Manager Matt Mills, who hinted the Boston Globe piece on the host's bizarre Pulitzer Prize claims may actually have a bigger role in the mystery than thought.

At the time, Mills said that Severin's status was being determined. Today I've contacted him again for an update. More when I hear back.

Previously, we've covered the Pulitzer controversy and Severin's ugly MSNBC departure.


--- Severin's not the only MIA Boston host. The Radio Equalizer's getting emails from listeners wondering about WRKO's John DePetro, off the air a lot recently, especially after a bizarre outburst at a Providence radio station's Katrina benefit.

DePetro apparently stormed into the event, grabbed the microphone and went into an angry on-air tirade. It's the competitor to his former employer, apparently there is lingering bad blood.

Previously heard in Rhode Island, DePetro has had a tough time in Boston, virtually ignored by Hub media outlets. He still has a Providence focus, which doesn't work well in major-market Beantown.


--- Meanwhile, there's so much turmoil at my former employer, KIRO/Seattle, I wouldn't know where to begin. Liberal talk radio blogger BlatherWatch has a number of details and extensive coverage here. Some of his points are simply common sense and go beyond the liberal/conservative ideological debate.


--- Check back for a number of other updates later today, including on Air America and James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal.


10 Comments:

  • Looks like Air America is off the air in Philadelphia as of Monday. Franken and Rhodes are carried on small-signal WHAT(AM), which garnered less-than-measurable ratings in the Spring Arbitron book. WHAT just announced a new 1 to 5PM show starting Monday. I assume that means 'bye-bye AA'. WHAT is owned by Inner City Broadcasting which also owns New York's WLIB, the 'flagship' station AA leases airtime on.

    By Blogger Scott Tilde, at 29 September, 2005 12:46  

  • I am sure Lib-O, Dick Tuck or PhilM will be here soon to tell you that WHAT's change is just part of the master plan. Maybe leaving Philly is all part of master-stroke to break into the powerhouse market of Ottumwa, Iowa.

    By Blogger SCSIwuzzy, at 29 September, 2005 14:12  

  • It's worth noting that Severin is only partially being replaced by Hannity. WTTK also is airing an hour of Braude & Egan in that slot, which maybe means that the station is rethinking its conservative talk focus a bit.
    Also Brian, why haven't you mentioned that WRKO soon will air Celtics basketball games, thus preempting Michael Savage for around 80 night per year (including post-season, excluding weekends).

    By Blogger Justin, at 29 September, 2005 14:15  

  • I am sure Lib-O, Dick Tuck or PhilM will be here soon to tell you that WHAT's change is just part of the master plan. Maybe leaving Philly is all part of master-stroke to break into the powerhouse market of Ottumwa, Iowa.


    Actually... I'm more interested in why you wing-nuts believe anything Baloney says now that the details behind the Time Magazine reference in his bio have been revealed. Any rational thoughts?

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 29 September, 2005 14:52  

  • Phil, read, then type.
    I am responding to Scott, not Maloney. Makes your "rational thoughts" crack all the more amusing, since your own knee is jerking at a rather frantic pace.

    By Blogger SCSIwuzzy, at 29 September, 2005 15:14  

  • Phil, read, then type.
    I am responding to Scott, not Maloney. Makes your "rational thoughts" crack all the more amusing, since your own knee is jerking at a rather frantic pace.


    ROFLMAO!!!

    You ought to take your own advice, wing-nut! You made a stupidly errant shot in the dark in that post to your jail-buddy about what "...Lib-O, Dick Tuck or PhilM will be here soon to tell you...", and instead I came back to "tell" you that I'm actually more interested in finding out what you idiots think Maloney's phony credentials. Do you have the faintest grasp of reading and comprehension?

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 29 September, 2005 16:06  

  • It's official. Franken and Rhodes' last day on WHAT in Philly is tomorrow afternoon.

    By Blogger Scott Tilde, at 29 September, 2005 17:52  

  • Since I've seen Maloney before and know that he's the real deal (seeing is believing, Phil.), I can honestly dismiss people like Phil Magnay (who is probably mad at the poster who is PhilM for taking his name) or WHT (IP Address, man).

    By Blogger Sailor Republica, at 29 September, 2005 19:28  

  • Other stations are going to start dropping AAR like the POS network it is.

    By Blogger Lidsville, at 29 September, 2005 20:52  

  • I think Savage will be pre-empted 2 or 3 times a week on WRKO...though there may be other ways to get the show on rimshotters like WCAP 980 Lowell.

    Entercom wanted the Celts but knew there would be conflicts with the Red Sox on sister station WEEI;
    the Celts wanted a more powerful
    station (than WWZN 1510). Some have said WEEI can get higher ratings with sports talk
    at night (after baseball season is over) than with the Celtics, so they figured they'd put the Green Team
    on sister station WRKO.

    The deal is that while
    WRKO will run the games, player interviews, etc., will air on WEEI.

    But yes, this does mean that Savage will be pre-empted many
    times. I'm guessing they won't air MS tape delayed after the game (they'll go to John Batchelor).

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 30 September, 2005 03:16  

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