The Boston Red Sox and Audacy are extending their partnership. The two sides announced that the MLB team will continue airing its games on WEEI after agreeing to a multi-year contract extension.
WEEI remains the team’s flagship station as it has been every single year since 1995.
“Few things embody the city of Boston better than the Red Sox, and we’re delighted to extend our partnership with the team,” said Tim Clarke, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Boston in a press release. “The team has delivered some of the most memorable moments in baseball over the course of the last two decades, and we’re proud to continue giving our audience a front-row seat to everything surrounding the team.”
Over the period on WEEI, the team has broken the Curse of the Bambino and captured multiple World Series titles. They’ll look to add more hardware as they begin their 2021 postseason run against the Tampa Bay Rays.
“For the past 26 years, WEEI has been alongside us delivering some of the most memorable moments in Red Sox history on the radio broadcast,” said Sam Kennedy, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Boston Red Sox. “From epic wins to devastating losses, there has been a constancy through the dependable and familiar voice of Joe Castiglione and the entire WEEI broadcast team. We are excited to extend this enduring relationship into a new era of Red Sox baseball.”
With the new agreement, team personnel is also back on the WEEI airwaves throughout each week of the season. Kennedy, Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom, and General Manager Brian O’Halloran will all make rolling appearances on The Greg Hill Show.
Manager Alex Cora will also pop on on Merloni and Fauria every week. WEEI has aired plenty of great Red Sox moments, and they are looking to add more into the vault as soon as this month.
Russ Heltman is a daily news writer for BSM. He is the morning host and producer for 89.3 WMKV in Cincinnati, OH. He also works in gameday communications for FC Cincinnati and additionally contributes to the AllBengals blog for Sports Illustrated. Russ can be found on Twitter @RussHeltman11 or you can reach him by email at Heltmandm@yahoo.com.
Joy Taylor Says Aaron Rodgers Is More Likeable After Pardon My Take Appearance
“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said.
On Monday, the Pardon My Take podcast dropped their latest episode which featured an interview with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Big Cat, one of the show’s co-hosts, is a Chicago Bears fan and has spent a lot of time not liking Rodgers publicly.
Colin Cowherd saw one of the many clips that the show shared and brought up how much he thought that Rodgers took ribbing from Big Cat and the podcast in stride. That’s when Joy Taylor offered that the interview could help Rodgers in the long run.
“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said. “When you can show that you don’t take yourself that seriously, all of the animosity that people have towards you just kind of starts to wither away.”
She added that the disarming quality helps if people don’t perceive Rodgers as thinking he has all the answers.
“When people feel like they are projecting ‘I know more than you’ and ‘I’ve got it all figured out’ energy, people are like: ‘you got to be the smartest guy on the room all time time? You’re not.’
“This is so likeable,” Taylor said. “It’s really funny.”
Cowherd agreed and even said he is probably going to go listen to it after the show.
“Aaron is genuinely laughing as they make fun of him and that is an incredibly endearing quality.”
WNSR Debuts ‘Power Hour’ with Sami Kincaid
Nashville’s WNSR debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.
Nashville has a brand new voice to listen to on WNSR and her name is Sami Kincaid. On Saturday, the station debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.
The debut show featured Associated Press writer Teresa Walker, Vanderbilt women’s basketball guard Jordyn Cambridge and North Georgia assistant softball coach Alea White. The show is focused on women that are operating inside sports.
The show airs Saturdays from 9-10a CT.
Toucher and Rich: Dennis Eckersley’s Retirement a “Huge Loss”
“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”
On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that he was going to retire from the Boston Red Sox television booth at the end of this season. The current NESN analyst is leaving after twenty years on the air with the team.
The news broke during Toucher and Rich on 98.5 the Sports Hub and it gave show co-host Rich Shertenlieb a chance to mention the news and praise the departing personality.
The show spent the rest of the segment talking about what Eckersley offered that made him so unique. That’s when Matt McCarthy, fill-in for Fred Toucher, said that Eckersley was exactly what you wanted in an analyst.
“You want someone that’s going to give you an opinion,” McCarthy said. “Eck gave you an opinion. He’ll be missed.”
McCarthy also pointed out that this is the latest major shakeup that has happened to the television broadcast in recent years.
“There’s no doubt this is a blow,” McCarthy added. “This is a tremendous loss to that Red Sox broadcast to which has taken a lot of hits over the years with the loss of Jerry Remy, the decision to move on from Don Orsillo and now Dennis Eckersley retiring… they are going to have to find an entertainer in there. Matt McCarthy