After more than two and a half decades with WEEI, Boston radio personality Glenn Ordway is reportedly out of a job at the station. News leaked out on Wednesday that the station is planning to replace Ordway, who currently hosts the afternoon drive program “The Big Show” with Michael Holley, with Mike Salk, a Boston native who has co-hosted a program on 710 ESPN in Seattle since 2009.
Ordway, who has been at the station since 1987, confirmed that he was leaving the show during Wednesday’s program, stating that he and program director Jason Wolfe had had various discussions about the decision throughout this week. Though Ordway said he still had a lot of respect for WEEI and their decision-makers, he did express disappointment that the news had leaked prior to an official announcement.
Still without an official announcement, it is unknown when the change will take place but it is expected that Salk will be paired with Holley in the 2-6 p.m. time slot.
According to Boston.com, Ordway signed a five-year contract worth a reported $1 million per year in January 2009 but there were out-clauses if certain ratings benchmarks weren’t met. Despite the station’s shakeup in February of 2011 that brought Holley to “The Big Show” to appeal to a younger audience, the show’s ratings still paled in comparison to the station’s local competitor, 98.5 The Sports Hub.
Most of WEEI’s program ratings have seen a fairly rapid dip since The Sports Hub’s inception in 2009, so it wouldn’t be overly surprising if this happens to be the first of several shakeups the station makes as they scramble to regain their prominence in the Boston radio market.