Thursday, February 15, 2018

Boston Radio: Money Talks..WEEI Listens

In an unprecedented move, Entercom execs are pulling the plug on WEEI’s live programing tomorrow so the sports station’s button-pushing talk jocks can undergo sensitivity training after several advertisers jumped ship.

“It’s a matter of the corporate world of broadcast media colliding with the politically incorrect culture of sports talk radio,” Michael Harrison, publisher of Talkers Magazine told The Boston Herald. “I salute Entercom for the effort. However, sensitivity training for sports talk hosts is like teaching NFL players how to tackle gently.”

WEEI plans to suspend live programming from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow so all employees can take part in the training.

Bruce Mittman, president and CEO of Mittcom, an advertising agency in Boston, said Entercom “is probably trying to shore up losses in revenue and make a statement to the community” that boorish behavior won’t be tolerated.

The radio silence is the culmination of a horrendous stretch of bad PR for the embattled sports powerhouse.

Last month, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady abruptly hung up on hosts Kirk Minihane and Gerry Callahan, threatening to end his weekly WEEI interviews after yakker Alex Reimer called Brady’s 5-year-old daughter an “annoying little pissant.” Reimer was indefinitely suspended.

Last week, midday host Christian Fauria was suspended for five days for mocking Brady’s agent, Don Yee, using a fake Asian accent. The racist banter came during a bit about Herald writer Ron Borges, who wrote a column based on bogus information he was given as a prank by a WEEI listener.

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