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WRKO dismisses Osterlind

Two weeks after he was suspended for what the station said were inappropriate on-air remarks about the Palestinians, WRKO-AM (680) morning drive cohost John "Ozone" Osterlind was fired yesterday. A WRKO press release called the dismissal another step in the "evolution" of the station. And in an interview, station general manager Tom Baker said he and program director Mike Elder "had time to assess what he said, and we decided . . . it was time to make a decision. We felt the remarks were insensitive and not appropriate for the radio station." Osterlind's exact remarks still remain a point of some contention and confusion, but they were made in the context of a Mideast discussion about eradicating the Palestinians. Reached yesterday, Osterlind -- who joined Peter Blute as cohost of the WRKO morning show in 2001 -- expressed surprise at his dismissal and characterized it as a "style" issue.

"From day one, I don't think [Elder] really liked me," Osterlind said. "What he's looking for over there is an NPR . . . he's not looking for anything controversial. I don't think he understood what I did."

For now, Blute will continue to host the show with guest partners. Elder said the station has already talked to a number of potential permanent cohosts and, "I would expect to make a decision within the next month."

Mueller named WLVI coanchor

WLVI-TV (Channel 56) has named Paul Mueller its weekend co-anchor for "The Ten O'Clock News," effective next week.

Mueller, who previously worked as a reporter for WLNE-TV, the ABC affiliate in Providence, replaces Frank Mallicoat, who became a weeknight anchor in the spring.

Mueller will share the anchor desk with Christina Huey. He will also report three nights a week.


`Boy' contestant ousted by Navy

Gone are the days when the Village People could urge people to prance around the stage urging people to join their fellow man in the Navy. The cop and the construction worker wouldn't last a minute in today's Navy.

Michael Jason Tiner, a combat systems instructor with eight years of military experience, was given an honorable discharge from the Navy after he came out to the basic cable nation on the Bravo reality show "Boy Meets Boy."

Tiner taught at the Navy's Submarine Learning Center in San Diego and was one of the first eliminated from the show. The first episode of "Boy Meets Boy" aired July 29, and Tiner's discharge for violating the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy was made official Aug. 19.

"The reason I did the show is that I felt if anyone had a right to go on the show, then I did," Tiner told a reporter from the gay and lesbian-centric Window Media publications. "I was comfortable enough with who I am and with my sexuality that I was ready to face the consequences."

On "Boy Meets Boy" a single gay man has 15 singles to choose from. Eight of the men are gay, and if leading man James chooses one of them, they win a romantic vacation. If he chooses one of the seven straight men, the person chosen wins a cash prize. James is currently down to three men, two of whom are gay.


Globe on NECN

Here's what's happening on "Around the Globe" today on NECN: * 12:30 p.m.: "Globe at Home"* 4 p.m.: "Around the Globe"* 6:30 p.m.: "New England Business Day"* 8 p.m.: "NewsNight" Schedule is subject to change.

Talk of the dial

9 a.m WDIS-AM (1170) -- "Everything With Evie." Guests: J.A. Jance, author, "Exit Wounds"; Cheryl Dellasega, PhD, author, "Girl Wars: 12 Strategies That Will End Female Bullying." 11 a.m. WBNW-AM (1120) -- "Hire Frequencies." Guests: Roger Herman, Joyce Gioia, futurists, authors, discuss new book, "Impending Crisis: Too Many Jobs, Too Few People"; Dan King, principal, Career Planning and Management Inc., discusses worklife issues; Jeoff Hall, North American chief economist, Thomson IFR, discusses local labor market.2 p.m. WSRO-FM (650) -- "The Frankie Boyer Show." Guest: Keith Melton discusses "Surviving Terrorism."

Other radio highlights

7:30 p.m. WCRB-FM (102.5) -- LaLande's Versailles Concert; Arriaga's Quartet music; Mozart's Clarinet Concerto. Noon WGBH-FM (89.7) -- "Classical Performances." Kodaly's Duo for Violin and Cello; Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-flat, (op. 31, no. 3); Tchaikovsky's String Quartet No. 3 in E-flat (op. 30).7 p.m. WUMB-FM (91.9) -- "The Thistle and the Shamrock." Host: Fiona Ritchie presents contemporary and traditional Celtic music and focuses on "Singers and Songwriters" of the genre.

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