Earlier this week, BJBSJ broke the news (first, again) of 985’s drubbing WEEI in the Arbitron Winter Ratings Book. This caused somewhat of a stir at Sinking Ship dot com, a vessel spouting more leaks than the Iraqi Navy.
Entercom has previously instructed on-air staff to not engage with Twitter accounts affiliated with #The15 at BJBSJ, and now sources in the building confirm management is concerned that the amount of traffic they are seeing to our website from devices on their network will undermine morale at the station.
In the Entercom world, it’s not the continuously shitty programming decisions (getting in the Rich Teeth business, AM Drive Mut, the inexplicable presence of a Blackmailing, Plagiarizing Pissant, Dale and Ordway’s love for tapioca pudding) that’s causing morale issues, but the reporting and criticism of these shitty decisions by someone not named Chard Finn that’s the issue. Anyone that believes Mittens Volin and Thesaurus
Enthusiast Devotee Aficionado Gasper will salve the wounds created by Joe Zarbano using his own foot for target practice demonstrates a Bledsoe-ian level of decision making. Evidently, there aren’t any mirrors at Entercom.
At BJBSJ, we’re seeing dozens of new Twitter followers with joining dates of April 2019 since the Winter Book revelations, so I’m Just Asking The Question: Does the EEI have a gaggle of insecure Burner Brigades that management is keeping in the dark?
Tomorrow, discussions begin in earnest for potential lineup changes at WEEI. (https://bjbsjournal.com/2019/04/17/shuffling-the-deck-chairs-at-weei/)
While Chard Finn prepares Tony Mazz’s bath, we’ll be working to get you the latest news. Again.
The weekday lineup at WEEI? If you think you hate it now, wait until you hear this:
Sources tell BJBSJ that Sinking Ship dot com Captain Joe Zarbano is looking to add 2 current Globies to the on-air staff at WEEI, and I’m having a difficult time stifling my laughter at this one:
If Mittens Wearing Dullard Ben Volin is the answer, then the question must be “How quickly can Joe Zarbano ram his craft repeatedly into that iceberg?”
The other Globie Zarbano is looking to bring aboard? That would be Thesaurus Enthusiast Chris Gasper, who is as unremarkable as Mittens is dumb. A source suggests Mittens would rotate between weekday shows, while Gasper would be looking at a regular, permanent position on air. This suggests the unlamented Dale and Teeth pairing may not be long for this world, and other hosts may be swapped around like Titanic deck chairs in the weeks ahead. BJBSJ is following this story and will update as more news becomes available.
While Charred Finn is ironing and folding Mike Felcher’s warming napkins, we’re working to have it first. Again.
Disclaimer: Arbitron ratings blocks are 6-10am / 10am-3pm / 3pm – 7pm and 7PM – midnight. The ratings are broken down below by the show appearing in the majority of the hours listed. Total ratings do not include the WEEI knee-jerk excuse of Providence numbers or streaming. Ratings are for men aged 25-54.
Ratings are for the Winter Book, January through March 2019:
OVERALL: WBZ-FM 11.8 (1st overall), WEEI-FM 5.3 (5th)
AM Drive: Toucher & Rich 12.2 (1st), Mut & Callahan 6.9 (4th)
Middays: Zo & Beetle 13.7 (1st), Dale & Keefe 6.1 (3rd)
PM Drive: Felger & Mazz 14.8 (1st), OMF on WEEI 5.7 (4th)
Evenings: Jones/Arcand 8.5 (1st), WEEI’s Amalgam of Suck 2.8 (t-14th)
Weekends: WBZ-FM 6.6 (2nd), WEEI-FM 2.6 (t-14th).
A few thoughts on the Winter Book:
- 985 finished 1st overall in every rating category except weekends, where they were 2nd. This isn’t a ratings win, it’s EEIvisceration.
- When you’re getting more than doubled up for an entire book, WEE-yikes.
- Ratings for every WEEI weekday program declined each month.
- Mut & Callahan’s drop has to be alarming: from 8.3 for January to just a 5.0 for March, a 40% decrease in listenership
- OMF getting tripled up is definitely in play for the spring book. For the month of March, F&M trounced Glenny & Co. 14.8 to 4.4. Yes, that’s not a typo. Four… point… four… which is roughly the trio’s combined IQ.
While Chard Finn is blocking anyone who notes that he’s quickly becoming BJBSJ’s bitch, we’re giving you the info you’re looking for. Again.
A reasonable person could conclude beyond any shadow of a doubt that WEEI Blackmail & Child Defamation Specialist Alex Reimer is incapable of shame.
It seems that there are some details regarding previous misdeeds that make him and station management uncomfortable.
Last year, Reimer did not respond then blocked previously open DMs when asked by BJBSJ for comment after a source informed us his WEEI suspension was a sham.
Reimer apologized, but you won’t believe this: the apology seems to have been insincere. Here’s a post from his (previously) open Instagram from 3/9/19:
Exposed and embarrassed again, Reimer responded by locking his Instagram account.
It’s difficult to believe this paragon of virtue may be involved in another ethical scandal, but BJBSJ is Just Asking The Question: Does “Noted Plagiarist” need be added to growing list of Reimer Dishonorifics?
On April 2nd, @tinpickle used a unique phrase responding to a Reimer tweet:
Less than 48 hours later, Reimer used a similarly unique phrasing in a tweet:
While Chard Finn is re-sorting his Donruss Rated Rookies by fWAR, BJBSJ is digging: Is there a Pattern Of Behavior of Reimer borrowing the intellectual property of others? Alex claims to be open and welcome ofexplosive debate, unless it involves him. In his Twitter header, Reimer asks you to send a “hello” to AlexR@WEEI.com.
Last Thursday, I did:
Ironhead BJBSJ <email@example.com>
Thu, Apr 4, 12:23 PM (5 days ago)
Your Twitter bio asks people to say hi, so I’m here to say hi, and to ask a question:
Can you please explain what happened here, using nearly the same rather unique phrase a mere day-and-a-half after it was tweeted at you?
You described yourself today as “a self-proclaimed vigilante for truth and justice”, and I share those sentiments. Can you please explain what happened in this case? Research suggests this is the latest in a pattern of borrowing words, phrases, and thoughts of others without attribution or credit.
BJBSJ would welcome a response and will quote you accurately and in context.
A Fellow Media Columnist
It’s been five days without a response. Is this delay indicative of shame? Is this the (in)action of someone who’s done nothing wrong, or is it just the tip of the iceberg that took down Titanic asshole Ron Borges?
By now, you’re aware Chad Finn was beaten by nearly 2 weeks on the news that Accomplished Libelist John Tomase was planning to leave WEEI for NBC Sports Boston. Finn tweeted his “scoop” yesterday and published a blog entry this morning on Boston.com. The Globe running with Last Month’s News Tomorrow is so perfectly Globe.
Chard promoting this “news” as a scoop isn’t surprising – after all, he calls Kevin Cullen a colleague. Finn melting down in the past 24 hours and throwing a block party is completely fair since most former subscribers have blocked the Globe from their homes. What’s laughable and vile is that the Alleged Media Columnist for the region’s largest media outlet endorses, approves, and applauds the hiring and promotion of John Tomase, a “journalist” who’s guilty of journalism’s ultimate sin. Finn is so far in the tank acting as a PR agent for his buddy, he doesn’t even mention Tomase’s libelous past still spouted as the gospel truth by many mediots. Finn’s declaration of support for Tomase is predictable because Chard Finn isn’t a media columnist, he’s a media masseuse.
Can you be a media critic without offering criticism? The truth is this: Boston doesn’t have a mainstream media critic. Finn authors thinly-veiled press releases promoting local media personalities and the outlets they appear on. The Mediot Good Ship Lollypop always sails through calm waters.
Tony Mazz? He’s not the hooked-on-moronics troll you hear on 985, he’s a great guy! (Mazz? Former Globie.)
Greg Bedard hires since-outed racist/homophobe Mike Loyko and defiantly refuses to explain how or why this happened? Crickets from our intrepid mediot watchdog. Chard was probably busy sorting ’77 Topps Red Sox cards. (Almost-A-Coach Bedard? Former Globie.)
Finn’s embarrassing long-form puff piece on 985’s Michael Felger from August 2017 should have an NC-17 warning due to strong sexual content.
Finn is complicit with idiocracy in Boston media because he’s unable, unwilling, or incapable of calling bullshit when bullshit needs to be called. He’s Dale Arnold with a blog, nothing more. SJW activists influence programming and host decisions right under Chard’s zinc-coated alabaster nose, but Daddy John Henry wouldn’t approve of a deep dive into that subject, so… nothing. Large Gym Murray wishes a caller’s child dead, but Great Guy Tony Mazz vouches for Gym? No harm, no foul. I wouldn’t expect anything more from a person who calls Cleveland Marriott Points Record Holder Dan Shaughnessy a friend. Finn is a prime example of why the Boston media is nothing more than a back-slapping cesspool filled with reach-around discharge residue.
BJBSJ earlier reported Infamous Libelist John Tomase is considering leaving WEEI, but where is he headed? Idle speculation that the unrepentant turd would fit in nicely at the Globe alongside Kevin Cullen or with former boss Sean Leahy at The Athletic – Boston turned out to be just that: idle speculation. Who is considering A Devastating Leap of Logic to hire Rollo Tomase and sully their reputation?
BJBSJ has the answer: Multiple sources say John Tomase is actively seeking to join NBC Sports Boston in print and on-air roles, replacing most notably Evan Drellich and more recently Jorge Andres covering the Sox. Nothing has been finalized, but the two sides are actively engaged in conversation. Tomase’s desire to leave is a open secret within the walls at Entercom.
During an appearance on Mut & Callahan on February 12th, Drellich revealed he was let go by NBC Sports Boston, and Andres filled his role for a short time.
Drellich was let go by NBC Sports Boston in part due to unease within the Red Sox organization with his style of reporting, a source said. Another source suggested Drellich’s open support of Kirk Minihane and vocal criticism of the Red Sox on and off the field played a factor in his dismissal.
In hindsight, Orchids of Asia Day Spa Customer of the Month Bob Kraft should have considered the same stance with Tomase and the Herald after LieGate in 2008, but we’ve since learned Krafty Bob is always willing to roll over.
Drellich was last heard at Sinking Ship Dot Com expressing his inner anguish through the majesty of song.
Andres briefly covered Sox Spring Training in Fort Myers, however a source suggested Andres’ abysmal on-air performance along with his embellishment of close relationships with key Sox personnel made cutting ties quickly an easy decision.
WEEI Tankapalooza Captain Joe Zarbano along with Rob Bradford (First Mate of Sinking Ship Dot Com) has a real Sophie’s Choice: Do you attempt to keep Tomase? Or do you offer a larger role to Jermaine Wiggins, Blackmailing Pissant Alex Reimer, or Sexual Harrassment Enthusiast Marc James? When your bench is thinner than the arms of 985’s Adam Jones, these options are cost effective but without appeal. That said, considering Tomase’s continued presence and Minihane’s ouster, Quality is Not Job One at WEEI.
The effect of a Tomase departure would have a ripple affect across platforms, most notably on Mut and Callahan. Rob Bradford’s stable of Kindergarten level writers at DotAbomination will be further exposed.
It has to infuriate those who attempt to do honest work in media see an admitted, remorseless libelist such as John Tomase be offered refuge in the WEEI Witless Protection Program and immediately get promoted by his good friend Rob Bradford. A decade later, Rollo Tomase is reaching for the Mediot Holy Grail. If the fanz get the mediots they deserve, the Libelist might get this high profile gig that he craves.
As always, to paraphrase Chard Finn, Boston Mediots aren’t media, they’re a family.
A Crime Family.
Resident WEEI Libelist John Tomase is preparing to leave WEEI, according to industry insiders. Unbelievably, one source suggests this is Tomase’s choice to leave WEEI and not the other way around.
Speculation for Tomase’s next landing spot – and it’s only that at this point – is that he’s considering The Athletic – Boston or the Boston Globe. BJBSJ has no inside info on his ultimate destination.
It’s difficult to believe any credible media entity would consider bringing the radioactive Tomase aboard. However, a spot at the Globe makes sense after the death of MLB columnist Nick Cafardo and the Globe’s historical indifference to journalistic ethics. (Side note: a Tomase/Cullen joint project would be sure to produce some ripping yarns.)
Adding Tomase on the surface makes little sense for The Athletic, however his former Herald sports editor Sean Leahy is the Managing Editor at The Athletic – Boston. Leahy brought Steve Buckley to The Athletic from the Herald, so there is a precendent for a Tomase/Leahy reunion.
While Chard Finn is busy preparing his latest love letter to Felcher and Mazz, #BJBSJ is working to obtain videotape on Tomase walking through his decision making process. More to come as information is obtained.
Disclaimer: Arbitron ratings blocks are 6-10am / 10am-3pm / 3pm – 7pm and 7PM – midnight for Men aged 25-54. The ratings are broken down below by the show appearing in the majority of the hours listed. Total ratings do not include WEEI’s knee-jerk excuse of including Providence numbers or streaming.
February’s ratings are a bloodbath:
AM Drive: Toucher and Rich 12.8 (1st overall), Mut & Callahan 6.9 (4th)
SportzRadio’s Mom Jeans increase their lead. EEI’s Dumb & Dumberer ripoff is down to 4th place from January’s 2nd place finish.
Middays: Zolak & Bertrand 13.1 (1st), Dale & Keefe 6.4 (3rd)
In the JV division of sports radio, 985’s Unlistenable Duo more than doubled up Dull and Teeth. Now that’s Keefer Madness!
PM Drive: Felger & Massarotti 14.4 (1st), Ordway, Merloni, & Fauria 5.8 (t-3)
Trending NOW: Sinking ship dot com’s ratings are down across the board from January, and OMF is no exception. Should Mike Salk be warming up in the bullpen to replace Ordway yet again? I’ll tell you after this.
Evenings: WBZ-FM 7.5 (1st), WEEI-FM 1.9 (17th)
The Blackmailing Pissant took The Rich Teeth Magician Class: He too can make ratings disappear! EEI is down big from last month’s 4.1, 9th place finish.
Weekends, 6AM – Midnight: WBZ-FM 6.0 (6th), WEEI-FM 1.8 (19th)
The WEEI Amalgam of Suck (Weekend Division) gets tripled up by 985? Curiously, it appears listeners don’t want to hear Blackmailing Pissant Reimer, Sexual Harrassment Enthusiast Marc James, and Preeminent Libelist John Tomase on their off days.
In closing, these ratings have not been embellished, because they need no embellishment. They are simply, horrifyingly, the story of Joe Zarbano as a cocky, slow-witted radio man.
98.5 The SportsHub is the number one radio station in the Boston market – an unfortunate fact, not opinion. Joe Zarbano’s wildly successful Ratings Tankapalooza over at WEEI is a big factor, but despite all logic 985 is a runaway success. How in the world does this happen month after month?
Industry experts have long agreed having a successful morning show is a key component of a profitable and popular radio station. Let’s delve into this one: BJBSJ takes a closer look at 98.5’s leadoff hitters.
Hey, guys… hey.
Toucher and Rich are the morning show for people who don’t like funny. Are they a local morning show? That depends on whether you consider Atlanta or Detroit local. Their knowledge of sports while appearing on a sports station proved problematic, so Jon Wallach was brought aboard to give The Zookeepers some local sports bonafides. Wallach is undeniably talented if being a boring object of derision is talent, but sadly his knowledge of Boston sports is as feeble as Fred’s arms are spindly.
Fred Toucher – a man whose dye job makes Futility Lou Merloni’s look good – once threatened to hire a private eye to find the mean tweeting men that make him SO MAD. A nickel’s worth of free advice for Fred: switch to decaf, double the Zoloft, and get better at your burner Twitter account game. Human slide whistle Rich Shertenlieb – WHO LOVES CAPITAL LETTERS – is emo Don Orsillo. Their competition is Mike fucking Mutnansky, which mean Touch, Rick and Bird replace Lou Gehrig as the luckiest men on the face of the Earth.
Full disclosure: I can’t stomach this show for very long. Occasionally, they’ll have a good guest like Mike Gorman, but at the end of the day, I find Toucher and Rich offensive, and it’s not offensive because I’m Jewish.
Steak and eggs!
BJBSJ Rating for TOUCHER AND RICH: 1.5 out of 5 ZOINKZ
Disclaimer: Arbitron ratings blocks are 6-10am / 10am-3pm / 3pm – 7pm and 7PM – midnight. The ratings are broken down below by the show appearing in the majority of the hours listed. Total ratings do not include the WEEI knee-jerk excuse of Providence numbers or streaming.
AM Drive: Touch & Rick 13.2, Mut & Callahan 9.6
Middays: Zo & Beetle 15.1, Dull & Teeth 8.5
PM Drive: Mike & The Lap Dog 13.7, OMFG 7.8
Evenings: Spindly Arms 6.8, WEEI’s Amalgam of Suck 2.4
A few thoughts for Week 1 February:
- Ordway drawing lower ratings than Rich Teeth makes me giddy.
- An unreal job by Joe Zarbano to take 2 deck chairs on the HMS WEEI and weaken both spots.
- Joey Z is the Picasso of Tankapalooza.
- The Mom Jeans of Sportzradio are officially a wagon, bro. The Wagon Queen Family Truckster, but still a wagon.
- Zo & Beetle are beating Mike & The Lap Dog. Crossing fingers that declining ratings for Felcher, Mazz, Large Gymnasium and Catlover become a trend. Nana Felcher is approaching Callahan levels of mailing it in.
While Chard Finn sleeps (after giving Uncle Joe Castig the Orchid Day Spa off-menu special), BJBSJ will keep you updated regularly with ratings.