Friday, July 12, 2019

Boston Radio: WAAF's Greg Hill Replaces Gerry Callahan At WEEI

Longtime morning drive host Gerry Callahan announced Friday his 20-plus-year run at WEEI 93.7 FM has ended.

Callahan had been a staple of the WEEI weekday morning programming, experiencing incredible success at points throughout his career. The former Boston Herald and Sports Illustrated writer originally was paired with John Dennis in 1997 to form the rating giant “Dennis and Callahan Show.”

Gerry Callahan
According to NESN, Ratings eventually started to lag, and Dennis left the show in 2016, which is when Callahan was paired full time with Kirk Minihane. That pairing ultimately had its own share of success before Minihane’s controversial exit that eventually landed him at Barstool Sports.

That led to a third change in as many years with Mike Mutnansky moving into the full-time role on “Mut and Callahan” on the WEEI morning airwaves.

Callahan’s announcement comes a day after another decisive ratings win for Boston’s other sports radio station, WBZ 98.5 FM The Sports Hub.

According to the Boston Globe, 98.5’s morning show “Toucher and Rich” bludgeoned “Mut and Callahan” in the recent ratings book. “Toucher and Rich” finished first in the market with a 9.1 rating, and “Mut and Callahan” lagged behind in fifth with a 6.5 rating.

Entercom today announced the upcoming debut of “The Greg Hill Morning Show” on WEEI 93.7 FM. The new show will feature longtime Boston radio veteran Greg Hill, who will be transitioning to WEEI from sister station WAAF-FM. Hill will be joined by co-host Danielle Murr and a rotating group of additional contributors. The show will air Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET, beginning July 29.

“Greg is a Boston market veteran with an incredible pedigree and track record of success,” said Mark Hannon, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom Boston. “We are excited to welcome him to mornings at WEEI and to usher the station into the future.”

“I am thrilled to embark on the next chapter in my career in Boston. WEEI is a legendary Boston station and one of the country’s first sports stations,” said Hill. “I am excited to anchor mornings moving forward. I also want to thank WAAF and all of the listeners and co-workers who have made the last 28 years so amazing. The good news is I will still be talking to them every weekday, just down the dial at 93.7 FM.”

As part of “The Greg Hill Morning Show” on WEEI, Hill will carry over much of his present content, along with the creation of new content for the sports talk format of WEEI. As part of “Patriots Monday,” Tom Brady’s in-season weekly interview on WEEI will also now be conducted by Hill. The show will also feature a monthly interview with Governor Charlie Baker (“Breakfast with Baker”), as well as many other staple benchmarks.

Hill is a Boston fixture since beginning his career at WAAF in 1986 in the promotions department and on air since 1991. For nearly three decades, Hill has entertained Boston listeners with a mixture of humor, pop culture, lifestyle and sports content. He is active in the sports community and has done regular interviews with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Boston Bruins President Cam Neely and Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, among many others. In addition to his work on the radio, Hill and his listeners have been a force in charitable giving. In 2010, Greg launched “The Greg Hill Foundation” and has raised $2,600,000 in donations and has benefitted nearly 200 local families and organizations to date.

 Additionally, on-air personality Mike “Mut” Mutnansky will transition back to hosting evenings at WEEI, a position he previously occupied. At sister station WAAF, longtime personality and morning show sports anchor Lyndon Byers will remain with the station in a new capacity. Morning show producer Mike Hsu will move to afternoon drive. Additionally, morning drive will shift to a music focus during the national search for Hill’s replacement.

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