Dennis and Callahan add a Young Gun!

Kirk Minihane Joins Morning Sports Talk WEEI

weei-fm-logoSo the name just has to go..it’s not longer D & C  right?  Enter new blood to resuscitate the ailing show – it seems obvious that since the voluntary departure of Jon  Meterparel  in October the show is on an attrition slide that even an FM signal can’t stop.

The Dennis and Callahan show has drifted over the years it’s stale and uninspired;   the early morning choice for sports radio is the imaginative and fresh Toucher and Rich at The Sports Hub 98.5.

Hold on now before a donnybrook breaks out – I give credit to D & C for sparking local interest in the genre. in particular  a morning drive sports radio program – they were, however, the only option for this local programming….Enter D & C political rants and unfunny bits – things seemingly got old fast in the past few years – which just so  happen to coincide with the launch of FM Sports talk on 98.5 The Sports Hub.   Enter Kirk – His style and take no prisoners or crapola from D or C is just what the show needed – he is NOT a straight man a la Meterparel – Watch out D & C this show could fast become the K and ? Show….

Finding Kirk

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WEEI Blog

http://www.weei.com/columnists/kirk-minihane

Twitter

https://twitter.com/kirkmin

Of further interest on the Kirk Minihane subject:

WEEI adds Kirk Minihane to ‘Dennis and Callahan’

 by Chadd Finn

WEEI has tweaked the format of its morning drive program, adding Kirk Minihane as a third full-time host, joining holdovers John Dennis and Gerry Callahan.

Minihane, whose informed, unfiltered opinions have helped him earn a following as a weekend host (most often paired with Dale Arnold) and fill-in on various WEEI programs, will be an equal voice on the program.

He has also emerged as a popular columnist for WEEI.com, a role he began in 2009, and hosted the Hot Stove Baseball Show along with Rob Bradford and Alex Speier during the Red Sox’ offseason.

Minihane will not handle the “Sports Flash’’ updates that were the domain of past, less prominent third voices such as Jon Meterparel, who left in October after more than a decade on the program, and Kevin Winter, who was fired February 12, just six weeks after replacing Meterparel.

Minihane’s new role was revealed on Thursday’s program. It’s uncertain whether or when the name will change from the “Dennis and Callahan’’ program, which debuted with that name in 1997.

It’s the second change in two weeks announced by WEEI, after the station dropped longtime afternoon host Glenn Ordway last week in favor of newcomer Mike Salk.

No further changes are imminent on the program, according to industry sources.

Curated and Aggregated: 

http://bostonglobe.com/sports/2013/02/21/weei-adds-kirk-minihane-dennis-and-callahan/cZkVIGfUr5GOZuRPY6H28M/story.html

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Kirk Minihane To Join “Dennis And Callahan” Full-Time

by Ryan Hadfield

John Dennis is safe (for now). Chad Finn is reporting Kirk Minihane will be joining Gerry Callahan and Dennis on the “Dennis and Callahan” morning show on WEEI, not as a sports flash anchor, but as an equal voice on the program.

From Finn’s report:

Minihane, whose informed, unfiltered opinions have helped him earn a following as a weekend host (most often paired with Dale Arnold) and fill-in on various WEEI programs, will be an equal voice on the program.

He has also emerged as a popular columnist for WEEI.com, a role he began in 2009, and hosted the Hot Stove Baseball Show along with Rob Bradford and Alex Speier during the Red Sox’ offseason.

Minihane will not handle the “Sports Flash” updates that were the domain of past, less prominent third voices such as Jon Meterparel, who left in October after more than a decade on the program, and Kevin Winter, who was fired February 12, just six weeks after replacing Meterparel.

Finn notes it is unclear whether or not the show will be entirely rebranded. Murmurings of more changes to WEEI’s lineup have been rampant since Glenn Ordway was fired last week. Earlier this month, Entercom, WEEI’s parent company, conducted focus groups to gauge public perception of their personnel. The group session reportedly skewered Dennis and Callahan along with Ordway.

As far as the change, the initial take here is that, while polarizing, Minihane is compelling as a personality. He typically has something to say, and it’s usually not idiotic (or racist … or misogynistic …or just generally offensive).

Curated and Aggregated from:

http://www.bostonsportsmedia.com/2013/02/kirk-minihane-to-join-dennis-and-callahan-full-time

 

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