Glen Ordway Out of WEEI-

Sports Radio Pioneer

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Hey Glenn – We admire you longevity in the market – not only that but there is no doubt that you are a pioneer in Boston Sports Radio.  Talking sports radio legendary status with the likes of Guy Manila ” Calling All Sports” and Eddie Andleman  ” The Sports Huddle” is a big deal and Glenn you are a big deal!   We are certain you will resurface given  your industry knowledge and notoriety we can’t see you ready for the glue factory just yet.  You will be missed but as you mention you are working on new media projects – hmmm wonder what’s on Glenn’s short list – Will Boston.com start a Sports Talks station on Radio BDC….don’t be surprised.

So you are being replaced by the far less notable and non-legendary Mike Salk who was on air here in the past on 1510 the Zone and ESPN 890.  The Sports Hub has been beating down Ordway for some time now and WEEI was due for a change – Salk will bring a youthful upbeat more open format and will work well with Michael Holley and bring richer entertainment value.  Looking forward to the new show for sure.

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It seems a shame and dis-ingenuousness to put Ordway way out in this fashion, just imagine the revenue he brought in for the station for so many years.  Will Ordway find his way back to the airwaves?

We think so an hope he brings a renewed and fresh voice to accompany his years of knowledge and legendary status.

 Here are portions of Articles on WEEI Firing Glenn Orway you may find interesting:

Chad Finn’s piece was the first one we came across and as usual a job well done – Watch Chads Video report –  http://bcove.me/6rycemlm

A seismic shakeup at sports radio station WEEI has brought to an end the tenure of longtime host Glenn Ord­way, who was fired by parent company Entercom after a decline in ratings brought on in part by the ascent of a competitor.

Ordway, who spent 27 years at WEEI, will be replaced on its afternoon drive program by Mike Salk, a Boston native who has cohosted a program on 710 ESPN in Seattle since 2009. Ordway’s final show will be Friday.

“They made a decision that they feel is in the best interest of the company, and they’re entitled to that,” said Ordway, confirming a Globe report of his departure during the introductory moments of his program Wednesday. “It’s their decision, it’s not mine.

Ordway, a prominent radio voice in Boston for more than 30 years as a host and former Celtics radio announcer, said station director Jason Wolfe — whom Ordway once hired at the station — broke the news to him Tuesday night.

“You’re going to hear nothing negative about anybody here,” said Ordway, who told listeners he has other media projects in the works and isn’t retiring. “If you’re looking for that, you’re not going to find it here.

The fall is a stunning one for Ordway, even by the volatile standards of the radio business. He was the ringleader of “The Big Show,’’ which featured him moderating a rotating cast of cohosts, and the show was a tremendous ratings success through the late 1990s and well into the last decade.

Ordway signed a five-year contract worth a reported $1 million per year in January 2009, but there were out clauses if certain ratings benchmarks weren’t met.

The launch of the CBS Radio-owned 98.5 The Sports Hub in August 2009 almost immediately demonstrated that there was room for two potent, strong-signaled sports radio stations in the market. Its afternoon drive program, hosted by Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti, has consistently had stellar ratings the past couple of years.

Salk will be paired with Ordway’s current cohost, Michael Holley, in the 2-6 p.m. time slot. WEEI said in a statement that Holley will host solo in the interim.

During his time in Boston, Salk hosted a program on 890 with Bob Halloran, among other duties. His Seattle program, a weekday morning show he cohosts with former NFL quarterback Brock Huard, has been a ratings success.

Salk’s salary is expected to be in the vicinity of $100,000, according to industry sources.

The pairing of Holley, 42, who was moved from middays to partner with Ordway in February 2011 when he signed a new multiyear contract, and Salk, 34, would give WEEI a program that would logically trend younger.

WEEI typically has been overwhelmed in the younger Arbitron demographics by 98.5 The Sports Hub.

As recently as last spring, Ordway and Holley’s program had solid ratings, finishing second in the important men 25-54 demographic, a spot ahead of “Felger and Massarotti.’’

But in the fall, “Felger and Massarotti” was first (9.1), while Ordway and Holley were fifth (5.2), and the early numbers during the winter period strongly favor The Sports Hub.

http://bostonglobe.com/sports/2013/02/14/weei-oust-glenn-ordway/RNKRopz9wsQedslgdqzGaL/story.html

Doc Sports Talk

A local sport blog did an interesting piece on the topic – you can read it here

http://www.docsportstalk.com/2013/02/13/weei-fires-glen-ordway-and-hire-mike-salk-can-you-say-cost-cutting-move/

More Links to Ordway Related Stories

Glenn Ordway gets ax in sports talk battle – Matt Stout in the Boston Herald has money and youth as big factors in the move.
WEEI fires Glenn Ordway as host of ‘The Big Show’ – Bill Doyle says that these are scary times for WEEI.

Ordway will be missed, but game goes on – Steve Buckley weighs in on his friend.

`Big Show’ bombshell: Ordway out at WEEI – Tom Layman in the Herald talks to Gerry Callahan, Jackie MacMullan and others.

Glenn Ordway out at WEEI – NECN had a segment on the story.

Looking to future ?for next big thing – Gayle Fee has Ordway looking at his future.

Sports radio host Glenn Ordway announces exit from WEEI – Craig Douglas of the Boston Business Journal looks at the impact of the move.

WEEI to Replace Glenn Ordway – Alan Siegal says that this is a step in the right direction for the station.

Was Ordway firing more about ratings — or money? – Dan Kennedy muses on the reasons for the move.

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