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Mike Salk leaves WEEI

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  March 12, 2014 06:14 PM

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In March 2013, Mike Salk replaced fired Boston radio legend Glenn Ordway on WEEI's afternoon drive program.

A year later, Salk is moving on.

The Sudbury native announced at the end of Wednesday's "Salk and Holley" program he is resigning from the station.

He said on his Twitter account (changed to @TheMikeSalk yesterday afternoon) that he would have more details on his future Thursday.

An industry source said he believed Salk was returning to Seattle, where he co-hosted the “Brock and Salk Show” along with former NFL quarterback Brock Huard for three years on ESPN 710 before leaving for WEEI. Salk is expected to have a more prominent role than he had when he left.

Michael Holley, Salk's co-host for the past year, will be paired with a former co-host of his own Thursday. Dale Arnold, who worked with Holley on WEEI's midday show before they were broken up in a reshuffling in February 2011, will fill in Friday, just as he has for a couple of days this week while Salk was on vacation.

A spokesman at WEEI's parent company Entercom Communications said the station will use a rotating cast of hosts alongside Holley in the immediate future while searching for Salk's permanent replacement.

Salk's short-lived run at WEEI was in part due to challenging circumstances and in part his own fault.

He was hired and emboldened by then-Entercom Boston vice president/market manager Jeff Brown. But when Brown departed unexpectedly in September, replaced by Phil Zachary, Salk lost his chief advocate at the station.

The difficult task of replacing Ordway, who maintained a loyal following, became even more challenging after Brown left.

But it quickly became evident that he he was not the right fit. Salk was somewhat familiar to Boston sports radio listeners, having previously been on the air at WWZN 1510 and the now-defunct ESPN 890 in the Boston market.

But even though he grew up here, his homogenized style, honed during his time at ESPN radio, made him seem like an outsider.

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