The aura at WEEI in Boston must be toxic. It was enough to lead one of their weekenders, Pete Sheppard, to say “take this job and shove it” on the air yesterday.
Of course, a more impactful transaction of late was the resignation of Jon Rish, the pregame and postgame announcer for the Red Sox Radio Network, of which WEEI is the flagship. Rish was so incensed about continuing to work for Entercom, after being faced with a pay cut of nearly a third of his salary, that he decided to leave the radio business for good.
This was not the first time there has been turmoil in the Red Sox radio booth. At the conclusion of the 2006 season, there were inklings that play-by-play announcer Jerry Trupiano would not be retained by the team; it was around that time that current Sox PBP man Dave O’Brien was brought on board.
Since then, Trupiano was not able to latch on to a new major league franchise for announcing work, though his son recently lobbied for him to be the new radio voice of the Houston Astros (Trupiano had worked games for most of Houston’s teams during the 1970’s and 1980’s).
In the interim, he was given the chance to return to the Boston airwaves via a new weekend show on WBZ-FM/”98.5 The Sports Hub,” upon its launch in 2009, a show he still co-hosts with Rob Poole, a.k.a. “Hardy.”
So on the heels of Rish’s impending departure on the Red Sox Radio Network, Ryan Johnston and Mike Flynn, whose show precedes Hardy and Trupiano on Sundays, couldn’t help but take a veiled shot at their competitor during the crossover.