Jay Severin, WTKK-FM
Severino Finally Moves to MA, Buys Pricey Estate
Fresh from signing his multi- million dollar deal to return to the Boston airwaves, serial liar / faker Jay Severin (real name: Jimmy Severino) has purchased a $2.2 million mansion in Manchester- By- The- Sea, Massachusetts. (Thanks to Boston Radio Watch for the tip)
Crime, at least of a journalistic nature, sure does pay!
At least this time, we'll know that the WTKK-FM afternoon talker really lives in Massachusetts, rather than faking it while actually residing in Sag Harbor, New York. With a 7000 square foot compound, there will be plenty of room to display his fake Pulitzer Prize.
For now, at least, the former MSNBC panelist's return to afternoon drive in Boston has been a dud, with almost no buzz about his show. That's a distinct difference from his last stint in the area, when he beat rival Howie Carr in the local drivetime ratings.
But a great deal of momentum was lost during his year- long daytime absence, which allowed Carr to surge ahead. Though Howie lost some listener credibility for frequently (and quite unfairly) slamming now- former GOP gubernatorial candidate Kerry Healey as "Muffy" during the campaign, he holds all of the cards at this point, with Severin barely a footnote. During this year's election contests, Severin was almost entirely ignored.
In addition, most of the revelations regarding Severin's suspect behavior came as he was on his way out the door, so his "return" has been accompanied by a lot of heavy baggage.
Said to make a million a year, very high for a shrinking region like Greater Boston (now ranked #11 and no longer considered a major radio market), Severin had better figure out a way to quickly get back on top, or his employer is going to get soaked on this pricey deal.
From the Boston Globe:
Talk radio guy Jay Severin, who returned to Boston's WTKK (96.9 FM) airwaves last month, and his wife, Renee, bought a 7,624-square-foot mansion on Highland Avenue in Manchester-by-the-Sea for $2.2 million from Catherine A. Hull. The house, which county records say has 17 rooms, eight bedrooms, and 5 1/2 baths, is on nearly 5 1/2 acres.
From Manchester- By- The- Sea (did they steal that tag from Carmel?) town records:
Property ID 26 0 17
Address 17 HIGHLAND AV
Owner HULL HARRY
Acres 5.41 acres
Lot Size 235,794 ft2
Building Style MANSION
Year Built 1889
Building Value $1,439,300.00
Sale Price $0.00
Final Value $2,078,300.00
Memo to aspiring talk hosts out there: dishonesty pays! The more you trick your audience, the more you'll make! For best results, make sure your on- air fish tales are true whoppers. That way, you too can someday live in Manchester- By- The- Sea!
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