Entercom Boston announced that long-time exec with the company, Jason Wolfe, Vice President of Programming and Operations at WEEI & WRKO, is leaving the company. They will make an announcement about Wolfe’s replacement shortly.
Here’s what Wolfe Tweeted: “22 years ago this month I joined WEEI when it launched as a sports radio station. Today is my last day. What a ride..”
Wolfe was apparently the victim of spiraling ratings and competition from CBS Radio’s WBZ-FM 98.5 TheSports Hub that stole much of the longtime sports-talker’s audience.
Wolfe told the Boston Herald: “I’m disappointed. But this does nothing to take away the success that we have had. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that the run that we had was one of the great runs any station of any format in any market ever had and it was a privilege and great honor to be a part of that…The company has to do what the company has to do in order to protect its interests and build going forward. I’m looking at this as a new day and a chance to move forward to bigger and better things.”
“Jason Wolfe has defined sports talk radio, not only in Boston, but around the country as well. There are very few people who have influenced an industry like Jason has,” said Jeff Brown, VP/Market Manager at Entercom Boston. “From his work with the Jimmy Fund and the Red Sox’s historic championship run to WRKO’s engagement with politics, Jason’s behind-the-scenes work has made an impact few people will ever understand. We thank Jason for all his hard work, dedication to Entercom, and his commitment to the Boston community.”
“Being involved in the growth of WEEI has been a tremendous honor. WEEI went from a single radio station, to a regional sports network, added a world class digital platform because the demand for our content is so strong; and today, is one of the biggest radio brands in any format, anywhere in the country. We were #1 for six straight years through the fall of 2008. We’ve won four Marconi Awards and have given back so much to the community, helping to raise millions and millions of dollars for charity, including over $31 million for the Jimmy Fund. I couldn’t be more proud to have played a role in all of the station’s success,” said outgoing WEEI & WRKO Vice President of Programming and Operations, Jason Wolfe.
“I am thankful to everyone at Entercom for all they’ve done to support me, and I wish them all the best in the future. It’s now time for me to move on and begin the next chapter of my career,” added Wolfe.