I’m not in a good mood right now and it’s not because Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic were eliminated on consecutive days at Wimbledon (ok, it’s partly because of that), but it’s mostly due to the fact that one of my good friends lost his job yesterday.
Having worked in radio in Providence for a number of years, I have made many good friends. Even though I’m no longer in the business, I have still kept my friendships that I made when I was at WHJJ/WHJY/WSNE/B-101. Over the years, one-by-one, my friends have been picked off by the management. Friday, my friend, Brian Mulhern of 93.3 Coast FM lost his job. I’ve known Brian since he worked for Carolyn Fox at 94HJY. As fellow Red Sox fans, we’ve suffered together through many heartbreaking losses and then celebrated over two Red Sox championships. We’ve gone to many Sox games together. We’ve comiserated over lost relationships, congratulated each other through the good times and through it all, remained good friends.
We love talking about comedy such as Arrested Development, Brian Regan, Larry David and anything under the sun.
Earlier this year, my friends over at the Score AM-FM in Providence lost their jobs and now Brian loses his. Radio is a tough business. Unless you’re a Howard Stern who can name his own price and employer, my suggestion is to stay out of radio for now. It’s not a fun place to be.
UPDATE, 9:55 P.M – John Crowe over at the Crowe’s Nest has his reaction to Brian’s firing.
And on another note, it was Mike Francesa’s turn to address the situation with him and Chris Russo on WFAN. Newsday’s Neil Best was watching on YES and listening to the FAN and was amazed at what he heard.
Unless Francesa is pulling an acting job, it appears the Mike & the Mad Dog show is very much in flux at this point. This is a situation we’ll continue to monitor.