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Kirk Minihane’s Time with Entercom Has Ended

“The rocky relationship between Kirk Minihane and Entercom has come to an end”

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Kirk Minihane’s tenure with Entercom has come to an end. Minihane went live on Periscope earlier today to confirm that he’s signed papers to exit the company. His departure comes immediately after voicing his displeasure with the structure in which he had been operating under since leaving WEEI to focus on podcasting for RADIO.com.

During the course of an 11 minute video, Minihane expressed his displeasure with his former employer and said that he no longer has a non-compete and could go to work for a new employer starting tomorrow. Should he return to the airwaves, he can also do so with the name of his former podcast ‘Enough About Me’.

The video also included Kirk sharing that suitors have reached out to him since his exit from WEEI but because he was under contract he resisted getting into deeper conversations. Now clear though, he’s expecting to talk to interested parties over the next few weeks to see what opportunities make sense.

Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy hasn’t hid his interest in Minihane in the past. Given his new availability, it’s likely the two sides will at least explore conversations. Whether it advances beyond a discussion though remains to be seen.

It brings to an end a rocky relationship which at times produced the highest of highs and lowest of lows. Minihane’s pairing with Gerry Callahan on WEEI led the station to strong ratings, including beating Toucher & Rich who previously held a steady advantage in mornings. The wins though came with a price as Kirk battled mental health issues, endured public battles with the Boston Globe and a local activist who put advertiser pressure on the radio station, and received multiple suspensions from WEEI.

In a statement provided by Entercom the company said “We have mutually agreed to part ways with Kirk and allow him to pursue other opportunities.  Over the years, Kirk has been a valuable member of the WEEI team, and a host of the ‘Enough About Me’ podcast.  We wish him all the best on his future endeavors.”

Minihane’s departure from the company doesn’t necessarily impact WEEI as the station had already moved on in mornings by teaming Callahan with Mike Mutnansky. What his exit from RADIO.com means for the platforms immediate plans though is unknown. Entercom CEO David Field did say in a memo yesterday that the company plans to build and improve the app aggressively in order to make it one of the country’s leading digital audio apps.

From a talent standpoint, there are few in the business today who are as skilled as Minihane. But fit will be important for both Kirk and his next employer. Some groups who see today’s video won’t appreciate how he lambasted his former employer. Others may applaud his take no prisoners approach. Either way, the next chapter should be interesting.

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Tobin and Leroy Debut on WQAM Middays

“This is a big change for us,” Tobin said. “I’ve been doing morning drive, producing or hosting now, for the last decade. Now it’s to middays we go.”

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After a brief hiatus and the closure of 790 The Ticket, Brendan Tobin and Leroy Hoard officially returned to the Miami airwaves on Monday on 560 WQAM.

Tobin and Leroy debuted in its new midday timeslot of 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the station.

“This is a big change for us,” Tobin said. “I’ve been doing morning drive, producing or hosting now, for the last decade. Now it’s to middays we go.”

Tobin added that the timing between when they made their exit from The Ticket and returned on WQAM was a bit off.

“It was a very weird week for us to take off last week. Because they were like, ‘Hey, you’re change times, you’re gonna change stations, and also it’s gonna be the busiest sports week of the year,'” he said. “So now we’re back, and nothing will happen this week.”

“There has been less action on days we thought we had to be here than what happened last week,” Hoard added.

Hoard actually arrived to the show late, citing traffic issues getting to the station. That was something even Tobin noted is an adjustment they have to make from when they were doing morning drive.

“We’ve all discovered here today is traffic is not the same at 8 a.m. as it is at 4 a.m.,” he said. “Very different.”

Tobin made sure WQAM listeners knew that even though they switched stations, the show isn’t changing. They continued with all the usual segments that fans know and love on Monday.

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Mike Rhyner Introduces Dallas to 97.1 The Freak

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

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There’s a new radio station in Dallas which features a number of personalities familiar to local sports radio listeners. 97.1 The Freak made its much anticipated debut and the first voice to be heard belonged to the ”Old Grey Wolf” Mike Rhyner.

97.1 The Eagle stopped regular programming late Monday morning and began stunting, a technique radio stations use to separate listeners from old programming and prepare them for new content. The station began by playing songs with the word “freak” in them before transitioning into a continuous loop of “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” by Tom Petty until 3p CT. Then, a voiceover detailing the Eagle’s history switched into the voice that Dallas-Forth Worth residents have gotten to know so well, Mike Rhyner.

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

Rhyner went on to relive his final moments at The Ticket in Dallas. He said he was getting his “head around being a Paw Paw” before getting a call from Ben Rogers of the Ben and Skin Show and thus an idea for The Freak began to take shape.

After that, the show’s intro music played and Rhyner welcomed in Mike Sirois and before you knew it, the guys were wondering about a quarterback controversy in Dallas.

97.1 The Freak is off and running with a lineup that includes “The Speakeasy,” with Jeff Cavanaugh, Kevin “KT’ Turner, Julie Dobbs, and Matt Cather in mornings (7-11am), “Ben & Skin Show” in middays (11am-3pm) and “The Downbeat” in afternoons (3p-7p) featuring Mike Rhyner alongside Mike Sirois and Michael “Grubes” Gruber.

The station is positioning itself as a lifestyle brand but given its talent connection to local sports radio and the strong interest in Dallas sports, it’s likely the talent will weave sports talk into their on-air discussions. Sports Radio 1310/96.7 The Ticket and 105.3 The Fan have enjoyed good ratings with the male 25-54 demographic and The Freak is expected to challenge them and every other brand that produces spoken word content.

“We’re beyond excited to introduce 97-1 the Freak – the level of talent is insurmountable, and we’re thrilled for the opportunity to further connect with Dallas Fort Worth,” Patrick Davis, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming Dallas, shared in an announcement.

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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