Skip to comments.Jay talks his way into new gig (Severin)
Posted on 08/16/2011 12:48:07 AM PDT by raccoonradio
Radio bomb-tosser Jay Severin, fired from WTKK after he boasted of bedding a bevy of mostly attractive young women who worked for him, returns to the Boston airwaves on WXKS-AM Talk 1200 Thursday in his old afternoon-drive slot.
Im tremendously excited, Severin told the Track. Everybody wants to play for the hometown club, and these are the guys I listen to. To be a part of that team and that lineup is a tremendous opportunity and honor.
Severin joins a roster that includes local yakker Jeff Katz in morning drive and syndicated talent Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity in the other day and evening timeslots.
Jay will be a force to be reckoned with, said Mary Menna, Clear Channel Radio president and market manager for Boston and Providence. Jay has a proven track record as one of Bostons top radio hosts for over a decade. We are fortunate to add him to the TALK 1200 team.
Severin said he is champing at the bit to get back on the air with presidential politics heating up and with only one instruction from his new employers: Be yourself.
That stands in profoundly stark contrast to the last set of directions I received, he said.
Severins tenure at TKK was marked by controversy after the station signed him to a seven-year deal in 2006 that paid their once-top-rated talker more than $1 million a year. Then the economy tanked and a new ratings system kicked in that eroded Severins once-strong numbers and the long honeymoon was over.
In 2009, TKK suspended the afternoon yakker for a month after he made crude comments about Mexican immigrants. In April, Severin was suspended indefinitely, then ultimately fired, after he said on his show that when he owned his own company, he hired mostly attractive young women and had sex with nearly all of them.
I slept with virtually every young college girl I hired to be an intern or an employee for my firm, Severin said. All I was was a young man who was the boss and I did it because I could.
The comments were made while defending American Apparel chief Dov Charney, who was being sued for sexual harassment by a number of female ex-employees.
Severins agent George Tobia, who made the deal with WXKS-AM, said the new gig will free his client up to do a Jay Severin show.
There appeared to be a format change at WTKK that was not conducive to Jays talent, he said. It seemed more of a Good Morning America type format.
Former FOX25 traffic reporter Doug Meehan, whose show has been far less controversial, replaced the sometimes-shock talker in TKKs afternoon drive.
Neither Tobia nor Severin would discuss their previous vows to sue his former station for wrongful termination, but wed say stay tuned on that one. For now, Severin said hes just happy to be working again.
In broadcasting everyone has rules to follow, he said. But the basis of our courtship and now marriage was based on one premise: Wed like you to come here and be yourself, in parenthesis, again.
File Under: Talk Back.
Howie’s competition is back—on the AM dial. Howie Carr list ping
(btw: Col Hunt tomorrow and Thu, Avi Nelson Wed & Fri)
Severin starts Thu 8/18 according to tweets by him and by Talk 1200. (When Howie’s contract ends will he want to try to get on 96.9 FM Talk or AM 1200—but are there any slots available on 1200 now?)
Only becasue he wants to advocate for his buddy, Mitt Romney.
Yes, in the 3-6 slot; I was on the WXKS site and the new lineup isn’t posted yet but it will prob be:
5-10a Jeff Katz
10-noon Glenn Beck
Noon-3 El Rushbo
3-6 Jay Severin
6-7 Probably “Rush Replay” or maybe an hr of Hannity?
7-10 Currently the Andy Dean show...or Sean...or?
10-mid. Currently Mark Levin
Then coast to Coast
There’s a site called jayseverin.org that takes on Jay and his opinions, etc. and there used to be a page spotlighting “Jay’s Governor”. I think the guy who runs it is a libertarian (Jay has claimed to be that, and a “libertine”
Thanks for the info. I’ve never been to those sites, but I have been listening to Severin off and on for the past ten years. Let’s just say my opinion of him has changed somewhat, and not for the better...
I think Howie Carr is likely to stay put on WRKO at this point. For all his posturing to move to the FM dial after his contract runs out, he's got to realize that a lot of his male audience will go to Severin if he makes that move.
My only beef with Severin is his obsession with Mitt Romney. But I will attribute that to Severin just being loyal to his good friend. Once Romney is knocked out (as he will be), he'll get on board with Palin/Perry/Bachmann
Liberals hate Severin because of his non-PC ways (Howie Carr has gotten very PC in recent years). Personally, the things he got suspended and then fired for on WTKK were pretty lame. There is no doubt that the station was bound and determined to be rid of him and his high salary.
Starting on 9/11/2001 I started listening to WTKK everyday....until they changed ....Marjorie and Jim in the morning....liberal drivel. The only show worth listening to is Michael Graham who is on opposite Glenn Beck. Needless to say, Beck wins my ears every day! Since this new station “Rush Radio”(1200am here in Boston) started I listen all the time via the internet! Jeff Katz is fabulous and does a great job with local issues as well as national ones. I would have erased WTKK from my pre-sets in the car except their “money” show on the weekends is still good.
Good luck to Jay.
Never heard of him, but sounds like an A1 dirtbag.
Levin is on from 10p to 1a then Coast to Coast - so like RKO XKS goes from bad to worse!
He's a disgusting pig and should be banned from radio!
Sounds like Severin likes to brag about his sexual exploits. Maybe young guys who listen to Howard Stern like Severin's show.
Damn it! I was starting to enjoy Hannity on the drive home, at least when he wasn’t getting into pedantic arguments with his listeners, especially moonbats calling in. His interview with top notch political types are great.
Looks like Hannity will be coming on after severin - see the fourth paragraph
But it looks like Hannity won’t be on until after 6:00, which is later than my drive time.
With the exception of Rush, I'd rather listen to paint dry.
I like Michael Graham too but his talent is being wasted in that midday slot - I’m surprised they didn’t move him to afternoon drive after Jay left. Now that Jay is coming back, I think I’ll be on 1200 AM most of the time now.
Yup I didn’t see the press release till now (it was posted on a site called Boston Radio Watch) and it does sound like Hannity is “back to back” with him. Again Talk 1200’s site doesn’t actually give the “new” schedule yet but I hope they update it soon. My guess is Katz, Beck, Rush, Jay, Hannity (no more Rush replay at 6?), then either Andy Dean or
Mark Levin (prob the former) then Coast to Coast. Maybe Dean or Levin could be moved to weekend replays?
Not crazy about Graham’s voice. Katz isn’t bad. Hannity can be good for days when Howie’s off—oops, not any longer, as he indeed will be pushed into early evenings (though if he starts at 6...) Jay may even be interesting in a small dose and I wonder if he may soon be making the news in the
media columns (Jessica Heslam, Herald) again for his remarks.
Howie may wind up staying at RKO, true, though who knows, he may try to go for 96.9 if the money’s good. I would think his male audience might follow him there, but you could be right. WTKK probably does OK in money and ratings but could do a lot better. I wonder if they’re waiting for Howie to finish up at RKO.
My moonbat sister, when I posted that Jim and Margery would be gaining an extra hour? “Jim and Margery? I LOVE them!” Then when I posted about 1200 signing Jay: “Looks like he’s
really hit rock bottom.”
Eventually Howie may wind up on FM in Boston if Entercom finds a way to simulcast or move the station to FM, but as conditions are now it’s doubtful. For those who don’t know here’s what Entercom owns in Boston:
WRKO 680 talk
WEEI 850 sports talk, Celts, Sox
(Both stations have problems to the west after sunset)
WMKK 93.7 “Mike” variety hits (no DJs= low cost= high profit)
WKAF 97.7 Simulcasts WAAF
WAAF 107.3 Rock
If you have an HD radio, WMKK has “Funkytown” on their HD2.
WKAF and WAAF have WEEI on their HD2 signals, and WAAF has
WRKO on their HD 3 signal. That may benefit listeners to the west.
I have an HD radio. Not too many other people do.
WAAF and WKAF probably do well with rock, and WMKK does
well with “variety hits”. This is why you haven’t read in the paper “WRKO” (or WEEI) “is moving to FM”. Not yet at least. In many cities, FM stations are switching to talk.
Either AM talk stations are moving there, or they’re simulcasting. So far Entercom hasn’t done this yet.
(Oh, back to HD radio: Talk 1200 is on the HD2 signal
of WXKS-FM 107.9)
In addition if you have an HD radio, Talk 1200 broadcasts on the HD2 signal of WXKS-FM 107.9
Katz is good but the programming of the show is awful - from 5-6a it's replays of past interviews, some even from the week before - from 6-10 I swear he's only "live" for about an hour - the rest of the time it's a relay of an interview from the first hour - for instance last week he interviewed Beck and an hour or so later he's replaying the interview prefaced by - "let's bring Glenn Beck into the mix" - today he had Joe Malone on - he's on every Tuesday - so tomorrow we will hear a replay of Joe Malone - he also interviewed Ron Paul today and now that I think of it he may have interviewed him live yesterday - but tomorrow we will hear a replay of Ron Paul again - he does not interact with callers like Todd and the felon - those two take more calls in an hour than Katz does all week. If they'd stop with the replays it would be more interesting and it would allow more time for callers and yes at some point during the morning he replays the callers as well - his show is dedicated to those who only listen for 15 minutes rather than those who listen a lot longer - it gets boring hearing the same interview/callers/ over and over again. I don't understand why he can't be live from 6-10 and then have a podcast on the website for those who missed the show. AND while we're at it, last nite at 11pm they were playing Sunday's weather forecast - how difficult is it to stay current on weather forecasts and I've mentioned before XKS is getting really bad with dead air.
I wonder how long J will last before he gets suspended? How long before he becomes obnoxious - 10, 15 minutes? LOL! The website will probably update late Wednesday nite or maybe Thursday morning - then we'll be able to see exactly who will be coming on after Hannity!
Yes they should change up the replays.
I do like Jeff’s voice but usually don’t have the chance to listen. It almost sounds like they’re doing what Imus did with all the replayed bits.
And yes the 1200 site will probably update just before the change.
I live in the area. I listen through the station’s own website via the internet while at work (no radio signals in our building). But thanks anyway for the info.
Just a note: the station should boost it’s signal. Often get static and other station bleed through when listening on the car radio.
Oh OK; btw I don’t think they could boost their signal. Actually they did—it was 10,000 watts or 25,000 but they boosted to 50,000 but a directional signal at night to protect other stations on or near 1200. They did what they could. I don’t think they could do anything more other than switch it to one of the FMs they own (Kiss 108, and Jam’n 94.5—both of which probably would NOT change)
UPDATE: Schedule change via Walk 1200 site
as of Thu
3-6 Jay Severin
6-9 Sean Hannity
9-mid. Mark Levin
No more “12 yr old-sounding” Andy Dean
That was fast: mere hours after announcement of Severin to WXKS 1200, I hear that WTKK 96.9, his former station, is shuffling “deck chairs on the Titanic”. Jim and Margery still 6-10, Meehan 10-noon, Smerconish 12-3, I’iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiim Michael Graham 3-7 (opposite Mr. James Severino), TBA 7 p for now
from Jessica Heslam/Herald
Boston talk radio station WTKK is shaking up its on-air lineup as Jay Severin prepares to debut on rival talker WXKS-AM (1200).
The sudden switch pits Michael Graham against Severin (his former TKK colleague) in afternoon-drive.
Starting tomorrow, Graham will be behind the mic from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on WTKK-FM (96.9). Graham, a Herald columnist, is currently heard from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ex-FOX 25 chopper reporter Doug Meehan, who replaced Severin, is losing two hours off his show and has been bumped to 10 a.m. to noon.
Severins 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. show rolls out Thursday. Severin was fired from WTKK in April after he went on the air and claimed to have had sex with throngs of former female workers.
Im offering the afternoon drive guarantee, Graham said in a press release sent out today. Let me ride home with you and youll know a little bit more and have more fun than any place else on the dial.
Jim Braude and Margery Eagan will remain in morning-drive from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. The syndicated Michael Smerconish will air from noon to 3 p.m.
12m - 1a Severin at Midnight - WTH is that about - a replay of his first hour???? Or is this clown going to be live for another hour?
you all HAVE to give Jim Vicevitch a try - mornings 9-12 on Hartford station 1080. You can get it from western mass to Worcester to the south shore and RI
Listen to some of his podcasts - he is a former financial manager, a small ‘l’ libertarian, and verrrrry smart. He has some great interviews.
listen live when Beck goes off his rocker...
Howie hates RKO. He would do an Internet only show rather than stay there.
True though the guy at Boston Radio Watch pointed out to me he’s probably better off staying at RKO and getting a good salary, etc., and being “king of the hill” there; I think he could still make a run at 96.9 or even 1200 (but that might mean they’d have to get rid of Jeff
Katz...they only have so much for salary).
prob a replay.
They used to do Severin “radio rewinds” years ago when he was at WTKK
And speaking of replays, XKS replayed the Ron Paul interview from yesterday again this morning around 7:25 or so. All you have to do it tune in one day a week from 5a to 10a to Jeff Katz and you’ll get caught up on everything for the week!
1200 - severin promos running every 20 - 30 minutes - had to shut it off - it’s absurd.
I don’t know what salary he’s getting but they want bang for their buck.
Hearing the promo for this pig every 20 - 30 minutes is beyond annoying - they are making him soundlike the second coming! They go thru a list of things that have been banned in Boston at one time or another including Christmas and then end it with something like - but look who’s NOT banned in Boston ANYMORE - join us TODAY from 3 to 6 for Jay Severin - bla bla bla - I have no intention of listening to this fool!
Ronald Cobb · THE SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS - PHD - Main Street, America
Congratulations 1200 AM - Boston Talk Radio - Severin returns and true Patriots salute you!
Moliere Desrosiers · Newbury College
Good jobs 1200 AM you get yourself a true American; we love him in Boston. Welcom back Jay."Thank you for the Job" LOL.
Larry Robins · Partner at Finnegan LLP
Good to have Jay back even though I'll seldom get to listen, but I'll miss the hour or Rush at 6. That's the only time I can hear him.
Lisa Caroselli · Smithfield, Rhode Island Woo-hoo! Jay is back. Thank you Talk1200.
My impression of a typical Jay Severin session:
Ken from car how are you?
Jay! Great to talk to you! First time caller, longtime listener. I love your show and
And I wanted to say
Thank you. I have the best job in the world. Its all because of you and people like you. You are the best and brightest and it is my pleasure to take your call. Whats on your mind?
Its all yours. Im eager to hear to from you.
Uhhhhh. Thanks. Uuhhhhh. I wanted to
Well, I was in the Air Force for 13 years and
Oh, well, I
Thank you. Thank you for your service. Its people like you who make me proud to be an American. You are the best and brightest. Go ahead.
Thanks Jay. I
No, Thank you. I mean it. Whats on your mind?
Well, I just wanted to say that I saw Hillary Clinton on TV and
Im sorry you had to see such an unpleasant person in your own living room. Not the sort of person youd invite over for a pleasant evening, eh?
Uuuuhhhh, No, I guess I
Nor I, my friend. Nor I. Whats on your mind?
Well, she mentioned Syria, and
Ken, that is an excellent topic! I will be addressing that topic in just a minute! But theyre waving at me, and Ive got to go to a commercial! Thanks so much for the call!
Listening for a few minutes (gotta admit voice better than the Col. or Graham) and so far it seems like a “welcome back!” type deal. He only talks to them for a couple minutes and it’s just “welcome back”, nothing about the prez race
or anything. A couple said they were unaware the station existed—was wondering if they were setup calls. A relative of a Clear Channel worker being told to call in and say that?
One even called him “Agent 1200”. You may remember back when Howie was only on RKO, or only on a couple stations, he was called “Agent 680”
You have it right about him thanking vets or servicemen (though it’s a nice thought) and other stuff he says.