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Jay Severin suspended in WTKK limbo
Boston Herald ^ | 05/14/09 | Jessica Heslam

Posted on 05/14/2009 5:25:41 AM PDT by raccoonradio

Station may cut ties

WTKK talker Jay Severin’s future at the radio station still remains in limbo two weeks after he was yanked off the air.

Station spokeswoman Heidi Raphael said yesterday that Severin remains on suspension. She declined further comment.

Severin was suspended indefinitely without pay April 30 after calling illegal Mexican immigrants “leeches” and the world’s “lowest of primitives” when talking about the swine flu on his show.

Severin’s drawn-out absence - and silence - has fueled speculation that the station wants to reduce his hefty salary or cut him loose altogether.

“I just get the impression from the outside that they do not want him,” said Tom Taylor, news editor of Radio-Info.com.

Media and political analyst Brian Maloney, author of the Radio Equalizer blog, has thought all along that the lengthy suspension is a “negotiating ploy” by ’TKK to get Severin back for less pay.

“I think that what they’re looking at is a sharp reduction in salary,” Maloney said.

Severin has declined to comment and his agent, George Tobia, hasn’t returned calls.

Severin inked a seven-year deal with WTKK-FM (96.9) in 2006 that pays him more than a million a year in salary, but his ratings have slipped dramatically so far this year.

Curtis Sliwa has been filling in for Severin from a studio in New York City. Yesterday, ex-WRIF-FM (101.1) host Drew Lane filled in from Detroit.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: boston; jayseverin; severin; talkradio; wtkk

1 posted on 05/14/2009 5:25:41 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Thanks for posting this...I listen to Jay every day coming home from work and I was wondering what the heck happened to him. It’s bad enough WTTK got rid of Quinn & Rose in the morning and now Jay?


2 posted on 05/14/2009 5:28:43 AM PDT by NMEwithin
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To: raccoonradio
What a joke. Curtis Sliwa as a substitute for Jay? WTKK management is insane.
3 posted on 05/14/2009 5:31:20 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: NMEwithin

I don’t think WTKK had Quinn and Rose—they have been running Imus for years. WHJJ 920 in Prov. RI has, or had, Quinn and Rose (who are out of Pittsburgh IIRC)


4 posted on 05/14/2009 5:37:56 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: trisham

Since the suspension started, it has been mostly Curtis Sliwa though Howie’s former sidekick Doug “VB” Goudie did one day;
they plugged in a guy from Florida named Todd Schnitt another; Drew Lane, formerly from a Greater Media station
in Detroit yesterday...but mostly Sliwa.

Last year WTKK hired Sliwa to do a nightly show for them—
intended to be local—which he would do along with his NYC
show on WABC. Then Sliwa started to get the show syndicated
and now it’s coast to coast...on in Boston, NY, LA, etc. So Sliwa
still does 10 pm-1 am ET nationally but figured he’d pull in some extra money from filling in for Jay. He had done
fill ins for Jay before (as well as filling in for
Hannity, etc.)


5 posted on 05/14/2009 5:41:14 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

That’s right...Quinn and Rose were on WHJJ 920. Got mixed up there. I couldn’t stand to listen to Imus in The Morning so Quinn and Rose were a good alternative. Now it Wall Street Journal radio or something.


6 posted on 05/14/2009 5:41:54 AM PDT by NMEwithin
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To: raccoonradio

“Severin was suspended indefinitely without pay April 30 after calling illegal Mexican immigrants “leeches” and the world’s “lowest of primitives” when talking about the swine flu on his show.”

Obviously someone failed to tell Jay that this kind of thing must be said by circumlocution. Only leftists like Barney Fwank and “Rev.” Al Not-so-Sharpton are allowed to say what is really on their minds.


7 posted on 05/14/2009 5:48:46 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: raccoonradio

I didn’t hear the show where Jay made the comments, my employers only recently supplied me with a PC that has the capability to play internet radio. I hope they get him back on air soon. I have missed him for 7 years now.


8 posted on 05/14/2009 6:01:53 AM PDT by theDentist (qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspell.)
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To: raccoonradio
If WTKK continues in this direction they will see their numbers dive even further down the charts. Imus is long past his prime and has been crippled by criticism, Graham is good but he's got to be feeling the pressure, Egan and Braudie are fine if they don't talk about politics, since neither has matured past the 60's, and then there was Jay, the best in their lineup.

If they lose Jay, it's just a matter of time for them.

9 posted on 05/14/2009 6:28:20 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

I am at the point now that I only listen to WTKK when Michael Graham is on. I switch to country music when Eagan and Braude come on. I used to listen to them but I can’t take them anymore.


10 posted on 05/14/2009 10:02:28 AM PDT by Mrs. B.S. Roberts
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To: raccoonradio

SMYTH, PETER
BOSTON, MA 02108
GREATER BOSTON RADIO INC

MCGOVERN, JIM
VIA RE-ELECT MCGOVERN COMMITTEE
06/24/1997 250.00 97032283731

SMYTH, PETER H
MILTON, MA 02186

KERRY, JOHN F
VIA KERRY COMMITTEE
06/30/2001 1000.00 21020110810

SMYTH, PETER H
MILTON, MA 02186
GREATER MEDIA INC/PRESIDENT CEO

MARKEY, EDWARD J MR.
VIA MARKEY COMMITTEE, THE
03/23/2007 1000.00 27930558257

SMYTH, PETER H. MR.
BRAINTREE, MA 02184
GREATER MEDIA INC/PRESIDENT/CEO

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (NABPAC)
04/08/2002 500.00 22990979045
05/23/2003 500.00 23991123149
03/15/2004 500.00 24991055317
12/26/2007 2100.00 28930285637
05/13/2008 2500.00 28991289635


11 posted on 05/14/2009 10:07:03 AM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: raccoonradio

Schnitt?? - if he’s the guy I remember he does 2 shows under 2 names in Tampa - Glenn Beck used to abuse him (ratings-wise) regularly when he was local in Tampa (Of course Bubba owned that town in terms of ratings).


12 posted on 05/14/2009 10:07:08 AM PDT by BlueNgold (... Feed the tree!)
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To: mewzilla

Greater Media Inc owns WTKK. The above explains a lot.


13 posted on 05/14/2009 10:07:36 AM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: Mrs. B.S. Roberts
Me, too. They've also added a touchy-feely type of woman for an hour or so on Saturday mornings. Awful. On Sundays they replaced Paul Parent's gardening show with a group of "green" types who are also awful.

WTKK is going Lefty.

14 posted on 05/14/2009 10:08:16 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham
What a joke. Curtis Sliwa as a substitute for Jay? WTKK management is insane.

Yep. He's pretty un-listenable.

I can only listen during drive-time and ImAss is dull, dull, dull; which only leaves the afternoon drive for me and Curtis is also very dull. When ImAss was off the air, Michael Graham had the morning time slot and I thought he did a fine job there.

Oh well. If WTKK can make money with their new line-up, more power to them.

15 posted on 05/14/2009 11:07:00 AM PDT by whd23
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To: whd23

I like Graham, but one good host is simply not enough.


16 posted on 05/14/2009 11:46:13 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham
If WTKK continues in this direction they will see their numbers dive even further down the charts. Imus is long past his prime and has been crippled by criticism, Graham is good but he's got to be feeling the pressure, Egan and Braudie are fine if they don't talk about politics, since neither has matured past the 60's, and then there was Jay, the best in their lineup.

There's also Michelle McPhee at night and Joe "the Guy from Boston" on Saturday.

I thought Graham was better than Severin: Jay's too much of a show-off.

I gave up on Jim and Marjorie when Obama came along. Marjorie fell in love with him and Jim started to sound like the sane one (as strange as that would have been a few months before).

17 posted on 05/14/2009 12:41:28 PM PDT by x
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To: BlueNgold

It is; I looked him up. He was only on one day


18 posted on 05/14/2009 1:09:15 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: x

Michele’s got some good stuff on hacks, Deval, toll increases, etc. but I can’t take her squeaky voice.


19 posted on 05/14/2009 1:10:22 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: mewzilla

They also own the country station in town (WKLB) so for the person in this thread who says they tune to country (I like
country myself) at times, Greater Media is still drawing you in. Both stations broadcast from the Greater Media Bldg at
55 Morrissey Blvd, next to the Boston Globe-Democrat.


20 posted on 05/14/2009 1:12:35 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: x
McPhee is all right. Joe from the Joe and Huggy show? I don't care for Huggy at all. He's too liberal. Joe seems like a nice guy, but other than that he's nothing to speak of.

Imho, Graham and Severin are the stars of the WTKK lineup.

21 posted on 05/14/2009 1:13:03 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: whd23
>>He's pretty un-listenable.

Ya got Curtis Sliwa wid da Noo Yawk accent, doin' the freaky-deaky, the urge to merge the FM with the AM, talkin' bout da liars for hire...oofah wid dat! :)


"(S)He wore a raspberry beret
The kind you find in a secondhand store..."

22 posted on 05/14/2009 1:17:42 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
Ya got Curtis Sliwa wid da Noo Yawk accent, doin' the freaky-deaky, the urge to merge the FM with the AM, talkin' bout da liars for hire...oofah wid dat! :)

**********************

LOL! Curtis! Is that you? :)

23 posted on 05/14/2009 1:25:35 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: raccoonradio
Ya got Curtis Sliwa wid da Noo Yawk accent, doin' the freaky-deaky, the urge to merge the FM with the AM, talkin' bout da liars for hire...oofah wid dat! :)

Thank goodness I wasn't having anything to drink when I read your response, I would have spit it out. Truly "LOL!" I think the picture puts it over the top.

Thanks for the laugh

24 posted on 05/14/2009 1:30:44 PM PDT by whd23
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To: trisham

Yeah sounds like him doesn’t it! Oofah!


25 posted on 05/14/2009 11:04:40 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio; All

Mark Schnyder of Boston Radio Watch says:


“(ED. Note : As I said from the beginning when this all happened, the bottom line is the bottom line. This is not about free speech, stereotyping or offensive language as being spun in the newsprint, on non-profit media shows and other blogs. When Severin got into trouble in 2004 and actually had an official FCC complaint filed against him and WTKK, Greater Media backed him all the way. Why? Because his ratings were hot and he was making money for his employers. It was love at the cash register. This time around, his ratings are not hot, not even warm(Severin is not even in Top 10) and with the advertising market being what it is, you don’t need to be an economics genius to figure out that paying $1 million a year plus bonuses just doesn’t make sense in this business environment. What happens next? There are only two options to consider : an agreed buyout or one big pay cut. )”


http://www.bostonradiowatch.com


26 posted on 05/14/2009 11:12:20 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Someone on the Boston radio-info board heard Michael Smerconish say on his Philly-based show that he would be doing aft drive in “Boston” today and “Smerconish added that he would be doing the live show today to “introduce himself” to the Boston market because he had signed a deal with a station there.”

I thought I heard Smerconish on WTKK last night (prob his syndie show). The post on radio-info supposed that if this were true WTKK could do Imus, then Jim and Margery 9-noon followed by Smerconish 12-2 pm and then Michael Graham 2-7 (5 hours? who knows…)

Just a rumor now but who knows.


27 posted on 05/15/2009 6:31:30 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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