Wednesday, February 14, 2018

WEEI Halts Live Shows On Friday For Sensitivity Training

In an unprecedented move, WEEI—the flagship station of the Boston Red Sox—will suspend live programming Friday to hold mandatory, all-day sensitivity training. There will be no live shows on the station from 6AM-6PM Friday. Several recent incidents by on-air personalities have led to suspensions and the loss of two key advertisers (Comcast and the City of Boston Credit Union). The most recent incident involved former New England Patriots tight-end Christian Fauria—who used a stereotypical Asian accent to portray Tom Brady's agent Don Yee. The discussion by Fauria related to an earlier incident where a WEEI caller 'punked' long-time sports columnist Ron Borges into thinking that he was Yee. He convinced Borges to publish a completely bogus story in The Boston Herald, claiming that Brady would sit-out team events until he got a comparable contract to Jimmy Garoppolo's. Morning co-host Kirk Minihane was recently reprimanded by station management—then took a "sick day" yesterday. This morning Minihane mockingly delivered a 'vanilla' sports talk format—calling the show now the "worst" in Boston. All in all, it's been a bit of a mess at the station.