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Gerry Callahan Out at WEEI

“Longtime morning host Gerry Callahan tweeted this afternoon that he has hosted his final show on Boston sports station WEEI.”

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Big changes are apparently coming to WEEI in Boston. Longtime morning host Gerry Callahan tweeted this afternoon that he hosted his final show on the radio station earlier this morning. Callahan had been a part of WEEI’s morning program for more than two decades.

Callahan, who initially enjoyed a near 20-year run with John Dennis, had recently been teaming with Mike Mutnansky to form ‘Mut and Callahan’ following Kirk Minihane’s exit from the show in November 2018. Minihane remained with WEEI’s parent company Entercom until May 2019 when he moved to Barstool Sports.

In recent months ‘Mut and Callahan’ struggled to produce the same impact that Kirk and Gerry produced during their time together. At their peak, ‘Kirk and Callahan’ led WEEI to ratings wins in morning drive, and were viewed as one of the best morning shows in the sports radio business.

Their program though also created a lot of controversy and became a frequent target of local activist Bob Murchison. Minihane told Boston Magazine a few months ago that the issues with Murchison cast a black cloud over the radio station and ultimately created problems that couldn’t be repaired. Upon learning this afternoon of Callahan’s exit from WEEI, Minihane took to Twitter to voice his displeasure with the station’s decision.

What this means for Callahan’s future and WEEI’s morning show going forward remains to be seen. A tweet from Chad Finn of the Boston Globe suggests that WAAF morning host Greg Hill could be moving over to the station to launch a new morning program. That move though has yet to be confirmed by anyone involved with WEEI. As more information becomes available on this story we’ll update it for you.

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Joe Benigno Returns to WFAN

It was announced that Benigno would have a weekly call with WFAN Tiki and Tierney every Monday during the football season host on the weekends solo and with former partner Evan Roberts.

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On Friday’s Carton and Roberts, the show teased a major announcement and they delivered. Joe Benigno, a fixture at WFAN for 25 years, was returning to the station.

Benigno, who announced his retirement in October of 2020, is back in a more limited capacity than what was his previous afternoon timeslot. It was announced that Benigno would have a weekly call with WFAN midday show Tiki and Tierney every Monday during the football season. Also, he would be hosting both solo and with former partner Evan Roberts on the weekends.

“I think it was time to do something, and the opportunity to arose to be with my guy,” Benigno said. “Just doing it one day a week. I’m not looking to be back every day, but one day a week, a couple days a week, filling in, whatever. I’m ready to go. The opportunity to work with Evan once a week, I couldn’t pass it up.”

Benigno had been doing his own podcast, Oh the Pain, since last September. Benigno;s return will commence on Saturday, September 10.

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John Rooney Offers to Let Dan McLaughlin Call St. Louis Cardinals Postseason Action

“This is all John Rooney and the radio side,” Dan McLaughlin said. “He never had to do that. Ever. I was floored. I had no idea. I was emotional. All I ever wanted to do is call Cardinals postseason baseball.”

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When the Major League Baseball season ends and the sport switches to the postseason, national television takes complete control of the television product. No more regional sports networks. That’s not the case with radio calls, however, and it’s because of that the St. Louis Cardinals have the potential for a really special broadcasting moment.

The Cardinals are in a good position to make the playoffs and if they do, the team’s radio play-by-play voice John Rooney will step aside for the Cardinals’ television play-by-play voice to participate.

“This is all John Rooney and the radio side,” Dan McLaughlin said. “He never had to do that. Ever. I was floored. I had no idea. I was emotional. All I ever wanted to do is call Cardinals postseason baseball.”

Rooney said he was considering the idea after Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III brought it up to Dan Farrell, the man in charge of the team’s broadcast operations. Rooney then discussed it with the other on-air members of the radio crew.

“It was (unanimous) in thinking it was a great idea,” Rooney said. “Now is the time to do it.”

McLaughlin said that he was floored when the idea came up. “In a business that is so territorial, he had the ultimate class to ask me to join them,” McLaughlin said. “I will be forever indebted to John and the rest of the radio crew. They have been so good to me.”

Rooney said he will be glad to step aside a bit in the playoffs if the Cards get there.

“I’ve worked so much postseason over the years,” he said. “He needs to experience that.”

The idea came from the city’s hockey run to the Stanley Cup championship in 2019. Then, Chris Kerber (the St. Louis Blues’ radio voice) allowed John Kelly (the Blues’ the team’s television voice) to take over the play-by-play duties for the second period of the contests in the Finals.

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Yankees Announce John Sterling/Suzyn Waldman Talking Bobblehead Giveaway Night

On Friday, August 19th the first 10,000 fans that get to the Yankees game will receive a bobblehead featuring John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman.

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On Friday, the New York Yankees announced a bobblehead giveaway that will honor the two radio legends that voice the team’s games. On Friday, August 19th the first 10,000 fans that get to the Yankees game against the Toronto Blue Jays will receive a bobblehead featuring John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman, the two longtime Yankees broadcasters.

The team made the presentation in a thirty second promotional video in which you see both John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman in the booth, listening to their talking bobblehead.

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