From Left: Tom Shattuck, Michael Graham and Phoenix Mountwood
This ain't exactly breaking news but Michael Graham and I no longer work at WTKK. The Michael Graham Show (on that frequency anyway) is no more.
TKK has flipped to something else- I don't know what it is but maybe it will be entertaining.
Many fans of the show have been asking many questions and I was not able to answer any until now. Here are some:
Are you mad?
Absolutely not. WTKK paid me to produce talk radio - it is a dream job and I've had 'real' jobs and doing radio beats those, hands down.
I am a talk radio producer and keeping me around to spin JayZ tunes makes no sense.
Big media companies can be pretty harsh with their employees but Greater Media was anything but. It has a family feel and that building is filled with great people.
Are you and Michael Going Somewhere Else?
No idea about that as yet. We've both been all over the place for the last couple of weeks doing family stuff.
I have had a few interesting phone conversations and I will keep you updated.
Is Pheonix Mountwood hot?
Yes. She is very hot, refreshingly tall and intellectually superior to Graham and myself. As well as a great radio talent she is actually a trained actress and will no doubt be quite famous very soon.
Will Tom Shattuck get his own show?
Maybe, kind of. I have more to say (on air) these days than I did in the beginning. Maybe radio, tv, online or all three. I think media needs more fat guys.
What was it like working with Michael Graham?
Pretty much how it sounded on the air. Those who worked around us can attest to the fact that it was loud, amiable, combative, comical, insane and insanely fun.
Michael also got me on the air more and more which I'll always appreciate.
And yes, he really did say Toy Story was a better movie than Star Wars.
What was Jay Severin like?
When I first started I was a little intimidated and assumed he'd smite me with a fireball like Saruman but Jay was a pleasure to be around. He was a funny guy who would just as soon talk hockey as politics. I missed him when he left.
In fact, I would hate to disappoint the cynics out there but there were a lot of great folks at WTKK.
Both Jim and Margery were fun to work with - very much as they were on air.
Joe Ligotti is a great man and the kind of guy you'd want to go out on the town with,
Rick Shaffer has the best money show in radio but could really do any kind of radio- also great to work with.
The Andelmans are also great guys and in my opinion they have a show that could be #1 on most any station. They get radio. It is, after all in their DNA.
Michele McPhee left a couple of years ago but she remains a friend and also a unique talent. She has taken the Howie Carr path mixed with her own bold endeavors and in my opinion Michele IS Boston.
Hank Morse is a great and likeable broadcaster and a hell of a guy. He could be Governor if he wanted.
If I left some out I'll add them later.
What do you listen to- alright, no one has actually asked me that but I want you to know that my current selections are:
Howie Carr on WRKO
Dennis and Callahan on WEEI
Pete Shepperd whenever I can on WEEI
98.5 The Sports Hub, sporadically for Patriots talk
Am 740 WJIB (music)
105.7, 106.7 or wherever else my wife takes me for music.
I've heard there are other FM morning shows that are great but I've been tuned in to the talk stations - maybe now I'll check them out.
Feel free to comment on Facebok or send me an email if you'd like me to answer more questions and I'll do my best to address those which will not get me in trouble.
Oh, one more...
Did you Steal the Confession Line from Howie Carr?
Yes, I feel that I did (I won't speak for Michael) and I have no regrets. We weren't going to do it at first because there was already the Chump Line and the Whiner Line and some other lines out there but one day we solicited messages from our listeners and they were frigging hilarious. The ongoing brilliance of our listeners was the what made the Confession Line happen.