WRKO and Tom Finneran agree to part ways

May 29, 2012

Boston, MA – Today WRKO and Tom Finneran have announced that Finneran will leave the station after his show on Thursday, May 31st. Finneran has been with WRKO, hosting morning drive, since February of 2007.

"Over the past several days, Jason Wolfe and I have been talking about various plans and opportunities which lie ahead for me and for the station," said Finneran. "Those opportunities are of interest to me, but are not compatible with the hours I keep and the effort I make to prepare for, and to execute, a well-informed show every morning."

"I try to learn from history and from our listeners, who in sharing some of their own histories, have been great teachers.  I thank them and WRKO for a fast and fun five years," added the former Speaker of the Massachusetts House. Todd Feinburg will become the sole host of AM drive on WRKO effective Friday, June 1.

Jason Wolfe, VP of Programming for WRKO and WEEI, commented on Finneran's departure, "Tom has worked very hard for WRKO these last five years and he did an excellent job. I've appreciated the opportunity to work with him, and on behalf of all of us at WRKO, we wish him nothing but the best in all his future endeavors."


Statement from Tom Finneran

May 29, 2012

Today I am announcing that I will be making my last broadcast on the Tom and Todd show this Thursday morning. Over the past several days, Jason Wolfe and I have been talking about various plans and opportunities which lie ahead for me and for the station. Those opportunities are of interest to me but are not compatible with the hours I keep and the effort I make to prepare for and to execute a well-informed show every morning. When I brought such matters to Jason for his consideration we talked more broadly of the road ahead and it seemed to each of us that a certain freedom of movement and of opportunity would be presented by an amicable parting.

I began broadcasting on WRKO more than five years ago. It has been a blast. Up until the time I started, my only radio "experience" had been as an occasional guest and as a very occasional "vacation substitute" for David Brudnoy, Jay Severin, and Peter Blute. WRKO was patient with me as I learned the ropes of radio and I daresay that the program has become known for fast-paced fun and intelligent commentary on various topics and trends. I have striven to avoid the lowest-common-denominator style of talk-radio, preferring to listen closely to callers and challenging some of the assumptions that each political party presents. Regular listeners know that my favorite phrases are "let's be fair here..." and "ignore the loud extremes, the best solution is to found between the forty-yard lines". Regular listeners also know that Donna and I are blessed to have six fabulous grandchildren, whose exploits are the delight of our life and have often a part of the chatter on the show.

Highlights of my time with WRKO would have to include several of the special events we have done---most recently, the Evening with Donald Rumsfeld as well as the many charitable causes the station supports. In addition of course, the election coverage of the Barack Obama/Hillary Clinton fight, Obama vs. McCain, Scott Brown vs. Martha Coakley, the Gov. Patrick vs. Baker/Cahill, and finally this year's string of Republican presidential debates and primaries have been important events for us.

Morning drive-time talk radio has a rhythm which differs from that of other segments of the day. The Tom and Todd Show could never have become the staple that it has for so many loyal listeners without the patience and skill of Todd Feinburg and Bill Cooksey. I am forever grateful to them. They have made me laugh (and cry). In fact, the "Tom Finneran laugh" has become very well known throughout the city. We have engaged every human emotion on the show and I hope that we have done that responsibly. I try to learn from history and from our listeners, who in sharing some of their own histories, have been great teachers. I thank them and WRKO for a fast and fun five years.