Thursday, May 23, 2019

Boston Radio: Kirk Minihane EXITS Entercom

Kirk Minihane
Kirk Minihane, who brought big ratings and frequent controversy to the morning show at WEEI 93.7

FM before leaving in November, announced Tuesday he is no longer an employee of parent company Entercom, reports

Minihane had been in limbo since departing the “Kirk and Callahan” program, where he was a co-host since 2013.

He was supposed to host his own show on the Entercom-owned app, and was still producing his popular podcast, “Enough About Me.”

But the role was slow to materialize, and last week Minihane gave the company an ultimatum with a Periscope video in which he said he wanted his own channel on and did not want to be involved with their sports-only programming.

“We have mutually agreed to part ways with Kirk and allow him to pursue other opportunities,’’ Entercom said in a statement. “Over the years, Kirk has been a valuable member of the WEEI team, and a host of the ‘Enough About Me’ podcast.

“We wish him all the best on his future endeavors.”

Minihane predicted on his Periscope, which aired live while he was walking the aisles of a CVS in Lexington, that Entercom would wish him well in those future endeavors. The sentiment was not mutual.

Minihane was front and center in WEEI’s morning show’s rise to a stretch of No. 1 finishes in the Nielsen Audio ratings, including the spring of 2017. “Mut and Callahan” was second in the winter ratings period released in April, but finished a significant distance behind rival station 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher and Rich” program (12.2 to 7.7).

Minihane, who has been candid about his battles with depression and has said in the past that the stress of his work situation was a factor, said on his video that he has no intention of trying to find a similar role in this market.

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