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WEEI’s Glenn Ordway Fired

Glenn Ordway

It was one of those things you expected to happen one day, but still find yourself surprised when it finally occurs.

Of course, I’m referring to the firing of longtime Boston sports radio host Glenn Ordway after 17 years with the company.

“They made a decision that they feel is in the best interest of the company, and they’re entitled to that,” said Ordway during the show Wednesday. “It’s their decision, it’s not mine … It’s obvious that we are not getting the ratings that we need to get on this program.”

The Big O signed a five-contract worth $1 million per year in 2009, but had his salary reduced to $500,000 in 2011 due to sagging ratings, thanks in large part to direct competition across the dial from Felger and Mazz on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

Replacing Ordway will be Mike Salk, who has had a successful radio show in Seattle cohosting with former NFL quarterback Brock Huard. Salk once worked at the now-defunct ESPN 890 in Boston, so he is certainly familiar with Boston sports.

Salk will join Michael Holley on the revamped Big Show. For the moment, though, Holley will host by himself.

The Globe reported that Salk will make around $100,000 per year.

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7 comments for “WEEI’s Glenn Ordway Fired”

  1. Personally, I’m really sad to see Ordway go. I’ve enjoyed listening to him on a regular basis (aside from his vacations) from 2-6 M-F. I wish him well.

    Posted by Matthew Bond | February 13, 2013, 11:39 pm
  2. When a sports talk show host forgets that he is after all running a talk show, which is by definition designed to encourage an exchange with listeners, and you do nothing but belittle and make fun of callers, you deserve to be fired. Arrogant and steadfast in stupid ideas best describes Glen Ordway.

    Felger, make note!!

    Posted by L.Roberge | February 14, 2013, 7:38 pm
  3. I was a faithful listener of the B Show for most of Glenn’s career and it is sad to see it end, despite admittingly changing to 98.5 after 10am the past 2 years. I will always appreciate the show grow and coincide with the success of the Patriots particularly from the Parcells’ years going forward. Many good memories and wish Glenn well with his future endeavors.

    Posted by Joe | February 18, 2013, 5:31 am
  4. hope this means we dont have to listen to the brilliant whiner line any longer.That was such a waste of time.Nead a new format real sports talk.

    Posted by Frank | February 23, 2013, 5:24 pm
  5. The dude is a CLOWN! I stopped listeining to him and Holley a long time ago. Worst combo to put together on Sports talk radio. All they do is try to yell over eachother, both think they are ALWAYS right, and belittle every caller like no fan has a clue about Sports. Glad to see Felger and Mazz are owning those jabronis.

    Posted by ReeGzUSMC | February 28, 2013, 8:46 am
  6. Mike Salk has been fantastic here in Seattle. Boston getting a guy who knows his sports, can listen, trash talk, bring outside-the-box considerations, and make you laugh, yell, boo, and enjoy. Good luck, Mike!

    Posted by katyinedmonds | March 12, 2013, 2:48 pm
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