“Toucher and Wealthy,” the highly-rated, humor-focused 98.5 The Sports activities Hub program that served because the morning bedrock for the radio station’s fast rise to rankings success, is not any extra.
Co-host Fred Toucher introduced on the high of Friday’s present at 6 a.m. that co-host Wealthy Shertenlieb was not a part of this system and that Thursday had been his final day.
The tip of the present isn’t a shock – there had been pressure between Toucher and Shertenlieb, longtime mates and radio companions who first labored collectively in Atlanta earlier than coming to the Boston market at WBCN in 2006 – for months. However the abruptness is beautiful.
Toucher signed a multiyear contract extension final month. Up to now, Toucher and Shertenlieb had negotiated contracts collectively. However this time, they did it individually, and neither Shertenlieb’s title nor the title of the present had been talked about within the press launch asserting Toucher’s new deal.
Pressure plagued the present over the previous a number of months, spilling onto the airwaves and social media. Throughout a gathering with station and mum or dad firm Beasley Media administration in Might, Shertenlieb accused Toucher of making a hostile work setting.
Toucher had handled voice and throat issues within the earlier months, requiring severe therapy and a go away of absence. Whereas he was absent, Toucher posted on social media that Shertenlieb and others present personnel hadn’t checked in to see how he was doing, which he later acknowledged was unfaithful upon returning to the present. Shertenlieb was not on the present when Toucher apologized, having taken a sick day.
The partnership, by any radio measure, was an unbelievable success. Toucher and Shertenlieb grew to become The Sports activities Hub’s morning program upon its debut in August 2009. The Sports activities Hub quickly overtook its established competitors, WEEI.
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