For the life of me, I can’t understand why the Boston Globe has failed to follow up on columnist Scot Lehigh’s revelation that WTKK Radio (96.9 FM) talk-show host Jay Severin has falsely claimed to have won a Pulitzer Prize – especially since Severin hasn’t appeared on the air since Lehigh’s column ran last Friday.
Today the Boston Herald’s Inside Track takes a stab at trying to figure out what’s going on. The Tracksters attribute Severin’s disappearance to his recently signed syndication deal with Infinity Broadcasting, which (God help us) could lead to his taking the late David Brudnoy’s old slot on WBZ Radio (AM 1030). (The syndication deal was first reported by the Globe’s Geoff Edgers, also last Friday.)
I suspect the Tracksters are right: a phony prize or two just isn’t a big deal in the world of political talk (just ask Bill O’Reilly), but signing a contract with a competitor is war. Still, it’s strange that the Track makes absolutely no mention of the Pulitzer story.