19. The Big O is out at WEEI
In what my colleague Chad Finn described as “a seismic shakeup” at sports radio WEEI, Glenn Ordway was shown the door in February, ending a 27-year run at the station for the affable and talented host. “It’s their decision, it’s not mine,” Ordway said at the time of the firing. “It’s obvious that we are not getting the ratings that we need to get on this program.”
Launched in 1995, Ordway’s “The Big Show” was must-listen-to radio and had the luxury of being the only game in town until CBS Radio-owned 98.5 The Sports Hub launched in August 2009 with the popular “Felger and Massarotti” pulling listeners over to the new station in the afternoons.
With Ordway out and Mike Salk taking over with co-host Michael Holley, WEEI continues to struggle with their afternoon program ratings-wise, while Felger and Mazz continute to dominate the afternoon drive in Boston. Meanwhile, Ordway has a Sirius XM radio program, titled “The Big Weekend Show with Glenn Ordway,” which airs every Saturday and Sundays at 8 a.m.