Gerry Callahan Out at WEEI, Being Replaced by WAAF’s Greg Hill
The longtime sports radio host announced on Twitter that Friday was his last show, saying "sometimes the bad guys win."
Boston sports radio station WEEI announced Friday that longtime morning host Gerry Callahan is out and is being replaced by "The Greg Hill Morning Show" beginning July 29.
Callahan announced on Twitter Friday morning that he had just finished his last show on the station.
"Well, that was fun. After 20 years in morning drive, I did my last show on WEEI this morning," Callahan said. "Thanks to all who listened. Unfortunately, this ain't a movie. Sometimes the bad guys win. Much more to come."
Minutes later, in response to a tweet praising Friday's show, Callahan replied, "Thanks. I thought it was a good, fun show. Sadly not everyone agrees. Dark forces at work still."
Entercom, WEEI's parent company, issued a press release several hours later announcing that Hill and co-host Danielle Murr would be moving to WEEI from sister station 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," Entercom 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."
The news comes just a day after the Boston Globe reported that Callahan's WEEI morning show, "Mut & Callahan" had slipped to 5th in the spring ratings, well behind 98.5 The Sports Hub's first place "Toucher & Rich" show.
Mike Mutnansky, Callahan's co-host, will return to hosting evenings at WEEI, a position he had previously occupied.
WEEI retooled its morning show last year following the departure of Callahan's former co-host, Kirk Minihane. Minihane had been on indefinite leave from the show amid his battle with mental health issues, and announced in November that he would be launching his own show on Radio.com, which is owned by Entercom. But earlier this year, Minihane left Entercom to launch a new podcast on Barstool Sports.
Hill's new show is expected to carry over much of the content from his existing morning show on the rock station WAAF, with some changes. For example, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will continue his weekly, in-season interviews on Monday mornings on WEEI. The show will also feature a monthly interview with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.
Mark Hannon, regional president and market manager for Entercom, described Hill as "a Boston market veteran with an incredible pedigree and track record of success." He has been at WAAF for more than 30 years.