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Michael Holley Remaining at WEEI, Afternoon Drive Program Will Remain Intact

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The co-host of WEEI’s “Dale & Holley,” whose contract expires this month, is on the verge of signing a multi-year deal to remain at WEEI. Bill Brett/Globe Photo

WEEI’s decision to reunite longtime midday co-hosts Dale Arnold and Michael Holley in afternoon drive last March seemed to be welcomed by a significant consensus of listeners.

And the pair, who had worked together for six years before being split up in February 2011, provided stability in a crucial day part.

But there were no initial assurances from WEEI or parent company Entercom Communications management that the Arnold/Holley reunion would be permanent – until now.

Holley, whose contract expires this month, is on the verge of signing a multi-year deal to remain at WEEI.

According to WEEI boss Phil Zachary, the station has an agreement in principle with Holley and the contract should be formalized soon.

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Holley’s new deal comes a little more than a month after Arnold – who had been working without a contract – signed a multi-year deal to remain with the station.

They are joined by Jerry Thornton, who was hired by the station – and as the program’s third voice – in November.

“Our permanent afternoon show on WEEI-FM will be Michael, Dale, and Jerry Thornton,’’ Zachary confirmed via email.

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