So long to “Mut and Merloni.” Hello to “Middays with MFB.”
WEEI 93.7 and its parent company Entercom will announce changes to its midday program Monday.
Lou Merloni, the Framingham native and former Red Sox infielder, will remain as a host of the program. He will be joined by two new daily co-hosts on the 10 a.m.-2 p.m. program: former Patriots tight end Christian Fauria and Tim Benz, a New England native who is currently a host on 970 ESPN Pittsburgh and the Clear Channel Pittsburgh sports director.
Benz will join the program — titled “Middays with MFB” — sometime later in the month after the Penguins complete their Stanley Cup playoff series with the Rangers.
Mike Mutnansky, who has been paired with Merloni on the WEEI midday show since February 2011, is no longer part of the program. He will shift to another role at Entercom over the next few weeks.
Both Merloni and Fauria are familiar to Boston sports fans and sports radio listeners. Fauria has been a frequent guest and fill-in, particularly over the past several weeks, on WEEI midday and afternoon drive programming.
Benz is an unfamiliar voice in the Boston market, but Boston is not unfamiliar to him. He was born in Boston, and his father is Dr. Edward Benz Jr., the current president and CEO of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Some change to WEEI’s midday show has seemed inevitable for a while. Mutnansky and Merloni formed a knowledgeable tandem and the show had a genial tone, yet the ratings have suffered.
In the Nielsen winter ratings period (January 2-March 26), “Mut and Merloni” ranked a distant 10th in its time slot among the coveted men 25-54 demographic. Its chief sports radio competition, 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Gresh and Zo” show, was second with an 8.9 share.