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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.