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    WEEI Suspends Programming for Day of Sensitivity Training

    WEEI is pausing for 12 hours Friday so employees can participate in mandatory sensitivity training following recent controversies. 

    (Published Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018)

    The Boston Red Sox are expressing concerns about WEEI, the radio station that broadcasts their games across New England, following recent controversial comments made by on air talent at the station. 

    Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said the organization is "frustrated and disappointed" with the station’s corporate owners.

    "We have had a growing level of concern, and we’ve expressed that very clearly to their management, especially over the past year — and in the past week and in the past few days," Kennedy said in a statement.

    WEEI currently has a contract with the Red Sox to broadcast their games through 2023.

    The fallout comes after radio host Christian Fauria did an impression that mocked New England Patriots star Tom Brady's sports agent, Don Yee. During the "Ordway, Merloni, and Fauria" show last week, Fauria did an impression of Yee that was in an over-the-top, stereotypical Asian accent.

    Fauria, a former Patriots tight end, was suspended for five days and has since apologized.

    Fauria's suspension came two weeks after fill-in host Alex Reimer was suspended indefinitely for using a derogatory phrase to describe Tom Brady’s daughter while on the phone with him.

    On Wednesday, WEEI announced that live programming would be halted from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday while the staff participates in mandatory, all-day sensitivity training.

    Kennedy said "this pattern of controversial incidents is exhausting, I think, for listeners and fans in general. It’s something that Entercom (WEEI’s parent company) is smart to address."

    The Boston Globe reports that at least five advertisers have terminated or suspended commercial buys as a result of last week's incident.

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