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Kirk Minihane added as third host to WEEI's 'Dennis and Callahan' program

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  February 21, 2013 09:45 AM

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WEEI has tweaked the format of its morning drive program, adding Kirk Minihane as a third full-time host, joining holdovers John Dennis and Gerry Callahan.

Minihane, whose informed, unfiltered opinions have helped him earn a following as a weekend host (most often paired with Dale Arnold) and fill-in on various WEEI programs, will be an equal voice on the program.

He has also emerged as a popular columnist for WEEI.com, a role he began in 2009, and hosted the Hot Stove Baseball Show along with Rob Bradford and Alex Speier during the Red Sox' offseason.

Minihane will not handle the "Sports Flash'' updates that were the domain of past, less prominent third voices such as Jon Meterparel, who left in October after more than a decade on the program, and Kevin Winter, who was fired February 12, just six weeks after replacing Meterparel.

It's uncertain whether or when the name will change from the "Dennis and Callahan'' program, which debuted with that name in 1997. Minihane was part of Thursday's program but a formal announcement was not made.

No further changes are imminent on the program, according to industry sources.

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