Game on

By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  January 6, 2006

• Boston sports-radio giant WEEI has a year of upheaval and turmoil. Morning host Gerry Callahan leaves when he is tapped to replace Rush Limbaugh, who finally gets convicted on “doctor shopping” charges. Big Show host Glenn Ordway is let go after a nasty contract dispute in which “The Big O” contends he is entitled to 30 vacation weeks per year. The station’s image is also tarnished by a nasty in-studio brawl between its two resident baseball experts — the Herald’s Steve Buckley and the Providence Journal’s Sean McAdam — after a vehement disagreement over who was the greatest switch-hitting utility infielder ever to wear number 52. Tragically, the career of zany new nighttime host Mike Adams comes to a premature end after he locks himself inside a westbound–Mass Pike tollbooth at the Auburn exit for 14 straight days. By year’s end, station owner Entercom throws in the towel, opting for a new “advice show” format built around a drive-time program on pet health care.

• And finally, under a barrage of harsh criticism, the New York Times Company divests its ownership stake in the Red Sox when the Boston Herald reports that Sox owner John Henry was one of the key advisers counseling Times chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and executive editor Bill Keller to wait a year before breaking the story of the Bush administration’s domestic spying.

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