WEEI sports radio host, Kirk Minihane says he’s ready to return to his show, but station bosses feel differently. Minihane, co-host of the popular Boston morning sports radio show Kirk & Callahan, took a leave of absence in September while suffering from depression.
“Pretty simple. I’ve been ready to work for the last week or so and have been kept off the air. You build a show, take it to number one, step aside to get healthy and expect to be welcomed back. Hasn’t happened,” tweeted Minihane on Wednesday.
Minihane twice stepped away from his morning show in recent months for mental health reasons. The first instance came in August, which lasted one week and saw Minihane return on August 10th. “I said I simply cannot live like this anymore. I have to give over, I have to give up whatever power I have and I drove the car to Winchester hospital, walked up to the emergency room woman and said, I’m having very dangerous thoughts,” the radio host told listeners in his first show back on August 10th.
During his return, Minihane foreshadowed future issues could arise, stating “right now I feel okay, I feel pretty good, I think I sort of have a temporary high right now because I’ve been able to talk about it. Two weeks from now, three weeks from now, I’m sure I won’t feel great for a while and I just have to be honest about it.”
Less than one month later, the foreshadow became a reality as Minihane was again battling mental health sickness and took an indefinite leave of absence on September 6th. Now, more than six weeks since leaving the airwaves, the popular morning radio host told fans he’s ready to return to cover the Red Sox World Series run, but the station isn’t ready to allow him back.
Since beginning his leave of absence on September 6th, Minihane has been replaced by Mike Mutnansky on the Kirk & Callahan morning show.