Entercom sports WEEI-FM (93.7) Boston announced July 12 that longtime morning host Gerry Callahan is out, to be replaced July 29 by “The Greg Hill Morning Show” from rock sister WAAF. Callahan announced on Twitter Friday morning that he had just finished his last show on the station, according to NBC’s WYCN-TV, adding, “Sometimes the bad guys win.” The TV station headlined its story “Shocked Jock.”
“Well, that was fun. After 20 years in morning drive, I did my last show on WEEI this morning,” Callahan wrote on Twitter. “Thanks to all who listened. Unfortunately, this ain’t a movie. Sometimes the bad guys win. Much more to come.” Then, after a listener tweeted a comment praising Friday’s show, Callahan further grumbled: “Thanks. I thought it was a good, fun show. Sadly, not everyone agrees. Dark forces at work still.”
Entercom issued a press release hours later announcing that Greg Hill, co-host Danielle Murr and a rotating group of additional contributors would be moving to WEEI from rock sister WAAF. Five paragraphs in, the release mentioned that Callahan would be departing the company. “Callahan has been a dominant force and a big part of WEEI over the years,” the release said. “While it is now time for a new chapter, we thank him for his many contributions and the indelible mark he has made at WEEI, including his tireless work on behalf of Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
NBC 10 further adds that the news of Callahan’s ouster comes just a day after the Boston Globe reported that his WEEI-FM morning show, "Mut & Callahan" had slipped to fifth in the spring Nielsen ratings—well behind “98.5 The Sports Hub” WBZ-FM's first place "Toucher & Rich" show. Mike Mutnansky, Callahan's co-host, will return to hosting evenings at WEEI, a position he previously occupied.
In the Entercom release, Mark Hannon, Entercom Regional President and Market Manager, described Hill as "a Boston market veteran with an incredible pedigree and track record of success." Hill, who has been at WAAF for more than 30 years, will carry over much of his WAAF content, while working up new sports content for WEEI. As part of “Patriots Monday,” Tom Brady’s in-season weekly interview on WEEI will now be conducted by Hill. The show will also feature a monthly interview with Governor Charlie Baker (“Breakfast with Baker”), as well as other staple benchmarks.
Active in the sports community, Hill has done regular interviews with Brady, Boston Bruins President Cam Neely and Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, among others. In addition to his work on the radio, Hill and his listeners have been a force in charitable giving. In 2010, Hill launched “The Greg Hill Foundation” and has raised $2,600,000 in donations and has benefitted nearly 200 local families and organizations to date.
“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,” Hill said. “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.”
Back at WAAF, Entercom says 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. Mornings will shift to a music focus as WAAF conducts a national search for Hill’s replacement.