Stop me if you’ve heard this one, but apparently there’s turmoil at WEEI.
Here’s what BJBSJ has learned today:
BJBSJ reported previously that Boston Globe mediots Ben “Mittens” Volin and Chris Gasper have been approached by WEEI, and they’re the two names favored by Iceberg Slalom Contestant Joe Zarbano.
Zarbano will not make the final call on any potential moves. Mark Hannon will have final say, per source. Another source says Zarbano had fallen out of favor with Hannon, but Zarbano’s relentless ass kissing is winning Hannon over and could save his hide.
Some other names that were discussed are no-brainer, kick the tires types. But others are incomprehensible:
- NBCSN Boston’s Tom Curran
- Ringer/ESPN’s Ryen Russillo
- Recently Unemployed Misogyny Expert Dan Sileo
- Sexual Harrassment Enthusiast Marc James
- Jermaine Wiggins
- Andy Gresh (yes, that Andy Gresh)
Eddie Andelman and Upton Bell were unavailable for comment.
While Charred Finn continues to whine to colleagues about being burned by BJBSJ, we’re working to provide continuing coverage of 93.7’s Nightmare Ratings Book.
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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?
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.
Turns out it’s not just English they struggle with over at WEEI, it’s math too.
Josue (Joe-what?) Pavon needs a calculator.
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.