Longtime WEEI sports radio host Glenn Ordway, one of the most recognizable voices on Boston sports radio and an industry fixture since the 1970s, said Wednesday he has been let go by the station.
According to several reports, he is being replaced by ESPN Radio host Mike Salk.
The Boston Globe first reported the news Wednesday morning. Ordway confirmed he was let go by WEEI during the opening of his 2-6 p.m. ET program, "The Big Show," which he co-hosts with Michael Holley.
"They made a decision that they feel is in the best interest of the company, and they're entitled to that," Ordway said. "It's their decision. ... It's obvious that we are not getting the ratings that we need to get on this program."
Ordway, 62, also known as "The Big O," has been with WEEI for 26 years -- since it went to the all-sports format. He was told of his ouster on Tuesday by WEEI programming director Jason Wolfe, according to the Globe report.
"Glenn and I have been together since day one. He is an icon in this business and he helped build WEEI into arguably the most successful sports station in history," Wolfe said in a statement. "I am so thankful to have been able to work alongside Glenn for the past 20-plus years and I hope that all Boston sports fans realize how important his contributions have been to this station, to the market and to this industry. He's a true professional and that was clearer than ever in his comments today."
Salk, a Boston native who worked in Boston at 1510 and ESPN 890, has been co-hosting a weekday morning program on 710 ESPN in Seattle since 2009.
He's expected to take Ordway's seat next to Holley for the afternoon drive time slot. It's unknown when Salk will start, but Ordway said on the air Wednesday that Friday will be his last day at the station.