Thursday, August 25, 2016

WEEI Casting Wide Net For John Dennis Replacement

In the wake of John Dennis' medically-related retirement, WEEI radio is aggressively seeking a replacement for the long-time Boston sports anchor/talk show host. The open spot on the drive-time morning show would link the new host with the irascible (but interesting) Kirk Minihane and the opinionated (but also interesting) Gerry Callahan. The station has posted a refreshingly honest 'help-wanted ad' on the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America website. One excerpt states, "Candidates should possess quick reflexes and major-market-caliber announcing skills, be thick-skinned and coachable. You’ll be replacing an iconic, 19-year predecessor in America’s most captivated sports media market, so be prepared for a high level of scrutiny. This is not an entry-level position, and only the best should apply." No kidding! Rumors of tension between and among the three hosts have flourished for some time, so it's probably in everybody's best interest that a new formula take hold. It will be interesting to see if the traditionally high ratings for WEEI in this time slot are maintained with the new host.