August 7, 2012 in Talk Radio
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Boston’s conservative talk radio underwent a major shakeup yesterday as Rush Limbaugh announced he is leaving WXKS-AM and heading back to WRKO, and “Talk 1200” yanked local talkmeisters Jay Severin and Jeff Katz from its weekday lineup.
A spokesman for the Clear Channel-owned Talk 1200 (WXKS-AM) wouldn’t confirm Severin and Katz’s ousters out of “respect” but their names have disappeared from the talk station’s website.
“As a policy, and out of respect for the individuals, we don’t discuss details of personnel matters,” said spokesman Joe Mazzei in an email. “Unfortunately, some employees were affected. These are never easy decisions to make. We appreciate their commitment and service to the station and company over the years, and we wish them all the best.”
He said he’ll announce details of the station’s new lineup soon, saying it will remain talk radio. During the spring ratings period, WXKS-AM tied with two other stations for 27th place among the coveted 25- to 54-year-old listeners.
WXKS-AM flipped from a Spanish music station to a conservative talk radio station in March 2010. The station snagged Rush Limbaugh from rival talker WRKO-AM (680) and originally debuted as “Rush Radio.”
Katz was tapped to helm the station’s morning-drive slot a month later. Severin took over afternoon-drive in August 2011 — four months after WTKK-FM (96.9) fired him for boasting on the airwaves that he had sex with nearly every woman he had hired when he ran his own company years ago.
Mazzei said two syndicated hosts will replace those time slots, with Andy Dean in morning-drive and Sean Hannity in the afternoon.
Severin and Katz did not return messages last night. Severin told his Twitter followers to “stay tuned, ok?” Katz told his Facebook followers to “stay tuned to this page.”
Over at WRKO yesterday, Limbaugh told listeners on host Howie Carr’s radio show that he was “ecstatic” to be coming back to the station. His show returns Aug. 21 from noon to 3 p.m. The station also said Michele McPhee would move to morning-drive to host with Todd Feinburg.