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Is John Dennis on The Way Out at WEEI?

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On Saturday, Chad Finn of the Boston Globe reported that John Dennis’ time on WEEI may be nearing an end. Dennis, has been a part of the “Dennis and Callahan” morning show on WEEI since 1997, working alongside his longtime partner Gerry Callahan. According to the report, Dennis has had a deteriorating relationship with his colleagues, specifically Kirk Minihane, who has been a third host on the program since 2013.

Last week, Dennis apparently expressed an interest in quitting the show. Entercom Boston Vice President/Market Manager Phil Zachary denied though that John would be leaving the station immediately.

“Dino has his predilections, and one is a propensity for routinely pushing up his retirement date,’’ Zachary told the Globe via email. “Our plan is to keep him on the WEEI team until at least September 2017. He and I spoke at length today about a number of priorities for the next few months, and Dino’s very much on board.”

The tipping point occurred last Thursday night when Dennis retweeted and responded to a number of negative comments from his followers about Minihane’s pending return from vacation. Dennis acknowledged that he’d be in for Friday’s show and would confront his co-host the next morning, but it never happened.

Instead, Dennis was absent from Friday’s program, only fueling the fire of Minihane who hammered Dennis on-air and on social media for not showing up.

The D&C show does build up in-house feuds from time to time to generate further interest and entertainment, so it isn’t impossible for the trio to take advantage of the chaos and use it to their benefit, but according to the report, the animosity between Dennis and his partners is real.

The question now is, how long will they stick together before they reach their breaking point? They’re one of the highest rated morning shows in the country so it’s understandable why many are trying to find a way to keep them together.

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Kentucky and Missouri Stations Switch Formats, Add FOX Sports Radio

Withers switched the two stations to sports talk from oldies and classic country.

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Sports radio listeners in western Kentucky and southeast Missouri can rejoice, thanks to a recent decision by Withers Broadcasting to switch formats.

Folks in the Paducah area of Kentucky can now find FOX Sports Radio on 95.9 FM, while listeners in Cape Girardeau, Missouri can find FSR on 97.3.

Withers switched the two stations to sports talk from oldies and classic country.

Among the lineup of hosts that can be heard on the stations include Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd, Jason Smith, Ben Maller and Outkick 360 hosted by Jonathan Hutton, Chad Withrow, and Paul Kuharsky.

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Kevin McNamara to Host Two-Hour Show on 790 The Score in Rhode Island

“I think, because it’s new, I’d encourage people to give it a shot,” McNamara said. “It will be very different from the Boston-based sports radio that we’ve become used to.”

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Two months after announcing its triumphant return to the Rhode Island airwaves, Sports Radio 790 The Score is set to go live next week.

And in addition to the station’s lineup of national hosts and sports betting shows, former Providence Journal writer Kevin McNamara will be hosting the station’s only local show.

McNamara will host his show from 5-7 pm, sandwiched between You Better You Bet and Bet MGM Tonight.

McNamara, who hosted a one-hour show on WPRO, saw his time extended an hour. He said this is a great opportunity to get listeners involved early.

“In one hour I tried to be as newsy as I could,” McNamara told Bill Koch of The Providence Journal. “It’s basically a three-segment show — we’d try to have three different subjects. Now we’ll try to hit those three different subjects, but we’ll have a real avenue for calls.” 

The second hour of McNamara’s show will be simulcasted on WPRO.

The Score, which was last on the air in the market in 2008, will carry Providence men’s basketball, Brown men’s basketball and football, the New England Patriots, the Boston Celtics and the New York Yankees.

The station hopes to eat at some of the market share in Rhode Island currently held by both Boston sports stations, WEEI and 98.5 The Sports Hub.

“I think, because it’s new, I’d encourage people to give it a shot,” McNamara said. “It will be very different from the Boston-based sports radio that we’ve become used to.”

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Joel Utley, College Basketball’s Record Holder for Most Games Called, Retires

Utley retires after 61 years as the team’s basketball play-by-play announcer which is a college basketball record.

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Joel Utley has announced he is retiring from broadcasting and as the voice of the Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers.

Utley retires after 61 years as the team’s basketball play-by-play announcer which is a college basketball record. He broadcast 1,933 Kentucky Wesleyan games during that span, also a record for total games called. He began his career on December 2, 1961 when KWC defeated California State University – Northridge, 100-64. 

Utley also is the only broadcaster in the nation to call 12 NCAA Basketball Championship games (all levels) including eight Division II titles.

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“It was a tough decision to make, but the timing is right to step down,” Utley said. “What I have done as a broadcaster reflects my love for KWC. My career has been beyond any dreams I ever had.”

He is a member of the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame and in September, Utley will be inducted into the Kentucky Broadcaster Association Hall of Fame.

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