Joe CastiglioneCan you believe it?

Castiglione is in his 26th seasoncalling Red Sox games on the radio. Prior to coming to call the games here in Boston, he had done television broadcasts for the Cleveland Indians and Milwaukee Brewers, but is now a fixture here in Boston.

He also did time as a sports anchor back in the Ohio in the 1970’s, after graduating from Colgate in 1968 and getting an M.S. in TV-Radio from Syracuse in 1970.

Castiglione has taught broadcasting courses at Northeastern University since 1985 and at Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, New Hampshire since 1997.

He has also written a book, Broadcast Rites and Sites, Revised Edition: I Saw It on the Radio with the Boston Red Sox



72 thoughts on “Approval Ratings – Joe Castiglione

  1. If you’re calling him Uncle Joe, then this is an Uncle I’d rather not sit around and listen to. I’ve always thought the Red Sox radio programs have curiously lacked the stars and quality that the Patriots (WBCN) and Celtics (Mike and Tommy, Grande and Max) have had. I mean, the Red Sox are arguably the biggest sports team in America right now and they have mediocre at best radio guys? Shouldn’t every guy at ESPN be knocking down their door for this gig?

    Shove Joe C into retirement. His helium voice is played out.


  2. The Sox Radio broadcasts are a real snoozer. The crowd noise is too low and minutes go by without commentary. I’ve no idea why the Sox feel 2 play-by-play men are necessary. In any case, I believe Castiglione has survived so long because he never stirs anything up in the continuing corporatization of the “good-news” Sox.


  3. Given the great PBP people we’ve had for the Sox in the past, Castig doesn’t cut it for me. And, with Dave O’Brien on board it just underscores the fact the he is best in the second banana seat.

    He’s missing the entertainment factor, just calls the game but doesn’t give me a reason to listen. Remy and Orsillo call a good game and entertain (though Jerry the promoter is getting old).


  4. I cannot believe all the mentions of Bob Starr. Starr was only with the Sox for two years following the retirement of the great Ken Coleman. I remember Starr as the TV voice of the Angels. Starr made the Sox sound like an Angels game, not a Royals game. No knock on Starr, he was terrific, I’m just surprised so many people remember him in Boston.

    The best Sox radio men in my lifetime are Coleman, Ned Martin and Jim Woods. All three are gone, of course, but them, along with Curt Gowdy, should be on a Mount Rushmore of Sox radio broadcasters.

    Castiglione came on board in 1983, the last year I lived in Massachusetts before moving to California. He has endured quite well over the years, and while he lacks the distinctive vocal qualities in many “booming baritone” types, I have always enjoyed him a lot. To me he is the quintessential “Voice of the Red Sox” and has been for some time. I wish him many more years of doing the Sox on the radio, he does his job well.

    What he needs is a decent partner. I for one was not in favor of letting Jerry “Way back” Trupiano go. I’m not a big Dave O’Brien fan (even less because of his frequent ESPN absences), Glenn Geffner was a joke, and I’m not wild about Dale Arnold.

    I sincerely hope the Red Sox don’t do something insanely idiotic like allowing Meterparel to call Sox games. He is a twerp, nothing more or less.


  5. Who told this guy he could steal Johnny Most’s act? He and his sidekick are constantly finding something wrong with other teams and other cities. “our fans are better, our park is better, the Orioles should be ashamed that their park is full of red sox fans”…. Maybe the red sox should be ashamed that the normal, everyday fan can’t afford to get into “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark” and they have to travel hundreds of miles. And are we really to believe there is a conspiracy by the umps against the red sox? Listening to to these guys do a game I learn more about the individual umps at each game and there faults than about any players or anything game related. Trupe made Joe sound good cause he was so bad but at least he was amusing. Listen to a Mets or Yankees, or Orioles broadcast. You get an account of the game and some interesting side info by professional broadcasters rather whining and gloating by amateur cheerleaders.


  6. You have to be of a certain age to remember when the Patriots changed radio stations, from WEEI to WBZ, and replaced Bob Gallagher (and sometimes Ned Martin or Fred Cusick) with Bob Starr. He and Gil Santos did the games out of Fenway Park, Harvard Stadium, Alumni Field, whereever the Pats happened to be playing this week, and they were terrific. So you can see that some old-timers remember Bob Starr fondly, but he had his big chops here as a football announcer.


    1. Worse play by play guy in Red Sox history. Compared to Ken Coleman it’s like a cop trying to interview a witness to an auto accident. he doesn’t tell you what’s going on in real time and is unable to to recap the play in English. Awful. Particularly with the distinguished history of Sox announcers… Gowdy, Murphy , Martin, Coleman, Starr and Millar. Don’t even get me going with his fashion comments… ” Sox in the short sleeve red shirts and grey pants”.


  7. You guys have to be crazy to dissaprove of Joe Castiglione. The man knows how to call a baseball game, plain and simple. It’s annoying when someone tries way too hard to have a “radio voice”. Joe talks on the radio the same way he talks in person. Also, the man puts in more effort than almost any sports broadcaster out there. Did you know he has a flash card from every player in the American League that he has ever covered? He re-writes them by hand every year, updating them. As a student in his sports broadcasting class, I’ve come to know him and his unique style. I grew up listening to him, and its hard to imagine listening to the red sox on the radio without Joe Castiglione. Go listen to Jon Miller on ESPN and then you will appreciate what we have in Joe.


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