Approval Ratings – Pete Sheppard

Pete SheppardWe’re starting the week out with WEEI afternoon flash guy Pete Sheppard.

Sheppard has been with WEEI since 1994, making him one of the longest tenured on-air personalities at the station. He’s been working on The Big Show since 1999, where he is the flash guy and primary fill-in for Glenn Ordway when the latter takes one of his many vacations throughout the course of the year.

Sheppard also hosts The Real Postgame Show following Patriots games alongside Fred Smerlas and Steve DeOssie.

Unlike many of his colleagues at WEEI, Sheppard appears to enjoy and actually follow sports, and is an unabashed fan of the local teams, and his passion often comes through in exchanges with callers or co-hosts.

Sheppard is also known for his hatred of the internet and blogs, but there is a Myspace page dedicated to him.




  1. Upton says

    Disapprove to the 100th power.

    Where does one start to underscore the weaknesses of this clown?

    1) The infamous “Tennessee” interview. That should have him fired on its own.

    2) His incredibly suck-up to Bob Kraft during an interview at last year’s Super Bowl. “Mr. Kraft, do other owners come to you for pointers?”

    3) He freaking gave Gabriela Sabatini a rose during a press conference

    4) A classic bully. He and 4-A Lou Merloni went after Evan Grant like he was a child molester, but can “Pete the Meat” name four positional starters on any team in MLB other than the Red Sox or Yanks?

    5) Hypocrite. If someone dares to misprononce the name of a Boston athlete, he’ll jump all over them. Yet, he regularly mispronounces names of out-of-town athletes during his flashes.

    6) Talentless. Rarely brings any real insight to the table. He has good pipes (only reason he was hired in the first place) but never uses them for original thought.

    7) Gutless. Take your fat, sorry ass down to Bristol and let Vince Doria know what you really think of them.


  2. Vito diGregorio says

    Does a good job at presenting the flash for listeners but sometimes gets too emotional and acts unprofessional over trivial things. is basically congenial toward the callers unless he is personally attacked, in that regard I don’t blame him. Like him especially when he discusses the “Azzurri” soccer squad during the World Cup, so I slightly approve him on The Big Show.


  3. Nixon says

    Wow, with all these negative comments here it is hard to believe we are talking about the #1 rated Afternoon Show in Boston on the #1 rated Sports Station in the country. I guess that stuff about the “silent majority” is true.


  4. K-Man says

    I cannot believe how many people approve of this hack. It just goes to show you how the bar has been lowered when a load like this is on afternoon drive on a major market radio station. Positively embarrasing.


  5. eireanch says

    Mild disapprove. I like him better when he’s running the studio. But when he gets into flash boy, Ordway ball washer, scream over every caller who disagrees with him mode, I tire quickly. Besides, I only listen to the Big Show when Felger is in commercial.


  6. Regnad Kcin says

    I have noted that he is a better host than Ordway – admittedly a strange phenomenon. But that’s it.


    What I do approve of is the many funny comments being directed at this knucklehead here today. Makes my day.


  7. gary says

    I don’t understand the reasoning of approving because he’s better than Ordway. That’s like saying that you’d prefer losing your left foot as opposed to your right foot. The guy is borderline retarded, as seen by his speech and ideas.


  8. The Actuary says

    Pete knows most of the time he’s over the top, and makes no pretense he is an “expert” at any sport (Exhibit 1: the “Lock of the Day”. He tries to play Everyman and it works. Plus, the show gets infinitely better when he hosts it in the O’s absence.



  9. Andrew says

    The level of approval votes continues to baffle me. There are many times that I want to listen to sports radio for my afternoon drive home, but being North of Boston WEEI is the only signal I get. Because I enjoy sports I have tried to stomach the Big Show, but it is now virtually unlistenable. I still attempt to listen every now and then, but I typically find myself going to another program after only a nimute or two. Pete Sheppard is one of the primary reasons for this.

    His knowledge of sports is limited yet he frequently shouts down callers that offer a view different from his… He is such a homer that anything he offers as “fact” must be taken with a grain of salt… His interviewing skills are painfully poor… Does not know when it is appropriate to simply shut up and let others speak… His on-air persona is simply not likeable…


  10. Siggy says

    Stugatz on this Tiki and Torch loving guy! Unprepared, a hair trigger temper, makes Johnny Most look objective, an a-kisser, a superiority complex, a gambling ‘cooler,’ a pseudo tough-guy from The Hill who would run the other way, king of the run-on sentence…



  11. says

    I can’t believe that I voted for Pete, he is stupid and simple, maybe it’s because I am a SPED teacher but as the bio states he truly likes sports, other than Bob Ryan can you say that about many boston sports media, he is the anti-Bob Halloran a smart guy who hates all sports and the athletes who play them


  12. Chris M says


    He’s a homer to the Nth degree. He can’t spit out a sentence without stumbling over his own words (thus resulting in tireless insulting of his stuttering). His pet arguments with people like Hingham residents and Colts fans are understandable, but end up sounding like a on air car crash.

    Plus, this reasoning that it’s great that he’s a unabashed sports fan (boston sports fan inparticular) is ludicrous. By that logic, we all qualify as better radio personalities than Pete Sheppard.

    At least he has a made for radio face.


  13. Chico says

    A “proud” Italian-American who changed his last name..insulting

    I admit the battles his bulbous tongue has with conversational English are sometimes amusing, but the bottom line is this- if I came upon a mushmouth like this at my local dive I’d be hard-pressed to continue a conversation for lack of clarity. That someone for whom coherent sentences are dismissed as readily as exercise and doctor’s warnings against excessive pork consumption is given a microphone and a strong FM signal instead of a drool cup is mind-numbing. A 50 year old, 275 lb flash “boy” who has much more luck then sense. He should spend the four hours on the air thanking the good Lord for his luck, instead of berating anyone who disagrees with him using “facts”, “statistics” or “a third grade education” or lacerating names like Johjima as to ruin them forever


    • JayCee says

      About the name change…I always wondered if perhaps his family asked him to change it. After all, would you want it widely known that you were related to him?


  14. JohnnyApps says

    You guys label EVERYONE as haughty, elite, self serving, moron, unintelligent, no talent, arrogant, homer, fat, unprofessional, unprepared, etc.
    How can you people not like Pete Sheppard? Compared with the other hosts and characters on WEEI this guy is as much of a genuine, sincere, regular guy as you are going to get. Isn’t there anyone in the boston media that you all like??…good grief.
    I haven’t approved of a lot of these media guys, but a few of these guys are okay to listen to…


    • Snuffy Smith says

      These comment sections add credence to Pitino’s comment about the “negativity in this town”, just look at some of the comments for people with high approval ratings. If you just read the comments, you’d think that they had strong disapproval ratings.

      As far as Petey goes…
      he’ll never join Mensa, or win an oratory prize, but he is passionate, more respectful of callers than the usual ego maniac host, certainly more entertaining, and doing his best with what he was given. To paraphrase another coach, “He is what he” and you’ve got to love him for that.


  15. Will says

    How can you not love Pete?

    The guy adds a little fun to my afternoons. He is definitely the best part of the Big Show.


  16. Providence Pitstain says

    He is the worst. I do listen to EEI faithfully – a P1 as they are called in radio…and he is as unprofessional and unprepared as anyone I have ever heard. He could be classified as “a turd” to use his words…hypocrite for the Moss comments…likes sports – as long as the caller shares his opinion. Out of town friends heard him once in my car and had that “this is the mighty WEEI we hear about? The BEST ?? sports talk in the country?” look on their face… Bleccchhhh….

    I love the back handed compliments of “well, he sucks…but he is better than Fred”…this is Meat’s vote…and we agree he is awful.


  17. Feejis says

    If Pete Sheppard were for sale on Amazon, the “People who bought this also enjoyed the following products” list would include items such as Gallagher, syphilis, Old Country Buffet and an audio CD of alley cats having sex.


  18. Angry Old Bastard says

    OK, Scott, whatever you say…..The way I read your last post was….”blah, blah, blah, blah…I listen to WEEI all the time but I won’t admit it…Blah..Blah…Blah..Blah..”….whatever makes ya feel good pal….


    • Scott says

      Right. That’s exactly what I was saying – I listen all the time, if you don’t count the other 720 hours a month that I don’t listen.


  19. Sluggo says

    If they ever do a revival of The Honeymooners, this guy is The Ralphie Kramden of the 21st Century. HOMINA HOMINA HOMINA. Bang, zoom!

    When do we get to vote on “Why Does Pete Gustin Have a Job When His Bits Are Mindroastingly Unfunny and Unlistenable?”


  20. Steve From Yellowstone says


    But believe it or not, I generally agree with most of what the guy says. And when he’s hosting on his own (like the post game show), he’s terrific. If it were up to me, both Denise and Kelly Ann would be fired and he’d have the morning drive show. For that reason, even though he has serious flaws… I gotta say APPROVE.


  21. 02062 says

    Disapprove – Thinks he’s part of the Patriots and Red Sox organization and has had some hand in their recent success.

    Knows everything about all things Providence College Basketball – which would be great if anyone cared about Providence College basketball.

    Was given the opportunity to go press Jimy Williams with tough questions and turtled.

    Nilan would have cleaned his clock.


  22. Nopointe says

    When they split up the commercial voice overs at WEEI, why does Pete always get stuck with the ones about firm dog feces.


  23. Scott says

    Your point was that we all FAITHFULLY listen to WEEI. I “admitted” that I listen to an hour of Mustard and Johnson now and again, and my “point” is that after several years of being insulted, I don’t listen to WEEI faithfully and I sure as hell don’t listen to Ordway and his nitwit review. Nice reading comprehension, though. Now go get your effing shinebox and while you’re at it, Jason’s coffee needs freshening up. Try not to spill when you pour down.


  24. Chris says

    I am astounded that this wind-bag isn’t the runaway leader for negative votes. Clearly and without a shred of doubt, Pete and his operatives are stuffing the ballot box. No doubt. None. The picture of Mr. ‘Connecticut School of Broadcasting’ is in the encyclopedia next to the entry, ‘Sports Media Hack.’

    Shep-hud is Wal-Mart door-greeter material…if he can get through the door.


  25. Angry Old Bastard says

    Hey Scott, what the hell is your point?… YOU JUST ADMITTED you listened to WEEI….THAT WAS MY POINT…good grief………hello Mcfly?…hello?


  26. jon says

    I approve of Mr. Pastore here for every reason given for approval, AND for every reason given for disapproval. Sometimes, a guy is just funny, whether it’s insightfully funny, uncomfortably funny or obnoxiously funny or whatever. To our delight, Pete manages to be all things to all senses of humor. Whether I’m laughing with Pete or at him, I still love to listen. Jovial approval.

    Oh, and, Mr. Body Massage Machine GO!


  27. Scott says

    Talk about acts wearing thin. “Oh, you know you all listen!” Bullshit I do. Aside from the odd (and I do mean odd) Mustard-Johnson hour now and again – like the people who slow down to gape at car wrecks. To that I plead guilty. As far as the Big Show? That would be like being IN the car wreck.

    That ‘clean’ enough for you?


  28. Angry Old Bastard says

    Couldn’t AGREE more, HamLah. …If everybody would COME CLEAN they would admit they are FAITHFULL WEEI listeners…People who really, really, really, IGNORES WEEI would be oblivious to them and would not be on this site making comments about them….I don’t believe any of these people who start a post with, “I don’t listen to WEEI, BUT…’…..what a load of CRAP…..I’m not saying you can’t criticize WEEI, Lord knows I have…but give me a break we all listen….and I still say, PETE THE MEAT is O.K. in my book


    • fishercat says

      as a good friend once wrote; do you type with your elbows? have you been in a serious brain impairing accident? were you part of a study by the government on lobotomies?


    • Chris M says

      actually, it’s natural and cathartic to vent about something (WEEI) that most people wouldn’t give you the time of day to vent about.


  29. MarkB says

    Granted that Pete is a buffoon – though not at the Smerlas level – but when he hosts the show he seems to suddenly “intelligent up”. And as others have noted, he actually follows sports outside of I-495, which is more than I can say about anyone else on the show.

    I can’t believe I’m not taking a dump on the guy. A show with Pete as host, and Steve and Lou as guests might actually be listenable.


  30. ikoiko says

    Pete S:

    – unprofessional
    – unprepared
    – I have sent ‘eei notes about him, I don’t get it.
    – If he has a large role on a show – I turn it off. If he is guest host – I turn it off
    – worst interviewing skills in media – I have never heard or seen worse
    – Wish he got sued for something he says on the air


  31. HamLah says

    you ppl are tough…i must say pete “the meat” is hilarious when he goes on his rants…ordway is way worse…

    its funny how everyone hates on WEEI on these posts, i mean im not the biggest fan but it can be good to listen to sometimes…

    i agree w post above, i cant wait for meter, he is the worst, seriously he should be working at mcds, actually i take that back hes not even qualified there, hes just a plain dbag…


  32. buttercup says

    I don’t know if he has ever spoken publicly about it but I have to believe Pete Sheppard is where he is as the product of some behind the scenes settlement after one of the regular onair staff made fun of the mildly retarded who have speach impediments. Hiring Pete made that little ugliness disappear.

    WEEI hates sports and it’s audience. The fact that they have Pete The Meat in a position to communicate proves that out.


  33. Angry Old Bastard says

    I doubt it very much, Media-tor…..other than Dale once in awhile, WEEI personel AVOID mentioning BSMW at all costs…..(at least by name)