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Kirk Minihane Holds Funeral For WEEI

“He also noted that any attempt to pin the numbers on the Cover-19 Pandemic is absurd, given the performance of cross-town rival, 98.5 the Sports Hub.”

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Former morning man Kirk Minihane has declared WEEI “dead,” “f***ed,” and “irrelevant” after the spring ratings were released this week. The station had a low spring ratings book, one of its worst in 25 years, which led Minihane to stage a virtual funeral.

The event was streamed live on The Kirk Minihane Network’s YouTube channel. It featured Kirk and his staff reading eulogies and saying prayers for the station, and not holding back any criticism.

“Do I take some personal satisfaction knowing that station is completely f***ed?” Minihane asked rhetorically. “Yes, I do.”

Minihane went on an indefinite leave from WEEI in September 2018 amid battles with mental health issues. He returned to Entercom as part of the company’s Radio.com podcast network, but exited in May of 2019 to join Barstool.

While he listed several people at WEEI that he is happy to see fail, Minihane did note that there are people in the building that he still cares about. He addressed them and what the station’s low ratings may mean for their job security with two simple words: “tough poopies.”

Minihane specifically called out program director Joe Zarbano, market manager Mark Hannon, Entercom President of Sports Mike Dee, and Entercom CEO David Field as leaders of WEEI that made the decisions that led to this moment. He dismissed the idea that the station’s low numbers were due to the Cover-19 Pandemic, pointing out that cross-town rival 98.5 the Sports Hub thrived during the same period.

“The other station finished number 1 and had their highest ratings ever!”

Responsibility for the demise of WEEI was laid at the feet of activist Bob Murchison, who waged campaigns to have advertisers boycott Minihane, his co-host Gerry Callahan, and the rest of the station whenever he felt the morning show went too far. Minihane didn’t let station management off the hook though.

“Bob Murchison is a mad man. They allowed this mad man to do this!”

When it comes to dealing with activists, Minihane said he learned a lesson that he brought with him to Barstool. You can be cordial without being a doormat.

“Listen? That’s fine. Have conversations? Swell! Don’t give in,” Minihane said. “Don’t turn your back on what you are and most important…don’t turn you back on your audience. They matter most.”

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K&C Masterpiece: Cowboys Could Add 30 Million More Viewers To Super Bowl

“The Cowboys in the Super Bowl against the Chiefs would’ve shattered all viewership ratings.”

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The matchup in this year’s Super Bowl is set, and the game will undoubtedly be the most-viewed program on TV this year. But if the Dallas Cowboys were taking part in the game, it’s safe to say the ratings would be astronomical.

The Cowboys divisional playoff game against San Francisco drew 45.7 million viewers. It was the second-most watched divisional round contest on record.

The NFC championship between San Francisco and Philadelphia drew 47.5 million.

On 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, K&C Masterpiece host Kevin Hageland said had the Cowboys made it to Philly, the viewership would’ve been even better.

“I know the game sucked, but that just shows you, because the Cowboys were like almost 8 million above every other divisional game, this could’ve gotten to 58 (million),” Hageland said.

Kevin added that if Dallas had gone all the way, the audience tuning in would’ve easily eclipsed some of the highest-rated programs of all-time.

“The Cowboys in the Super Bowl against the Chiefs would’ve shattered all viewership ratings,” he said. “Even with the new system and so many people streaming and everything like that.”

Usually the Super Bowl averages around 100 million viewers. Hageland said a Cowboys Super Bowl appearance in this day and age would’ve set the new top ratings mark for years to come.

“My estimation would be you would add approximately an extra 30 million people,” he said.

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Patrick McCarthy To Join Mets Radio Crew

“Patrick, the son of Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy, had been calling games for Philly’s Triple-A team in Lehigh Valley.”

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The New York Mets have called on Patrick McCarthy to join the team’s radio broadcasts this season.

According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, McCarthy will host pregame and postgame coverage on WCBS and fill in for Howie Rose when he takes time off.

Patrick, the son of Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy, had been calling games for Philly’s Triple-A team in Lehigh Valley.

Keith Raad will be added to the booth for Mets games on the radio this season as well.

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Angelo Cataldi Bans Andy Reid’s Voice From WIP Morning Show

“25% of the people who voted in our poll and said they admire and respect Reid more than Sirianni, you 25% have not been paying any attention for years.”

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As Super Bowl LVII approaches, many storylines have emerged. One includes Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid facing off with the team he coached for 14 years, the Philadelphia Eagles. Reid is a beloved figure in NFL circles, but 94WIP morning host Angelo Cataldi couldn’t hold back his disdain for the coaching legend.

On Tuesday morning, Cataldi mentioned he couldn’t believe Reid was so highly regarded in NFL media circles. The longtime host said Reid was never truthful during interviews.

After playing clips that included Reid saying the Eagles “were a good team” and how the Chiefs “would need a good game plan” to grab a victory, Cataldi took issue with the generalities Reid spoke with. When asked what he expected from an NFL head coach, Cataldi compared Reid to current Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni.

“I was expecting something like Nick gives me every time,” Cataldi said. “I hate Reid ’cause he never won me the Super Bowl, I hate Reid that it took him six years to get there, it took Nick two, and I hate Reid because he never bothered to share a damn thing. If you’re out there, with 25% of the people who voted in our poll and said they admire and respect Reid more than Sirianni, you 25% have not been paying any attention for years.”

Cataldi — who admitted “I don’t like the man, and I’ve never liked the man” — said he received more than 300 emails about Reid, noting he didn’t realize he was “widely regarded as the all-time Andy Reid critic” in Philadelphia.

The 94WIP host added listeners will not hear the voice of the “phony, fraud” Reid any longer on his morning show.

“I do not control the other dayparts here. I don’t control the newsroom. I’m done playing anything said by Andy Reid. ‘Cause I learned over 14 years it’s a waste of time.”

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