Eddie AndelmanThe Godfather of Sports Talk Radio may be in semi(mostly)-retirement, but he still deserves a day on the approval ratings!

Eddie Andelman is a pioneer in the sports talk radio arena. The original Sports Huddle show back in the 1970’s was one of the first of its kind on the airwaves.

Andelman was a fixture on WHDH radio during the 80’s, and moved over the WEEI in the 90’s. He was best remembered on the station for his show with Dale Arnold, dubbed “The A Team.” Andelman left the station in December, 2001 right in the middle of the Patriots push to their first Super Bowl title.

He reappeared on sports radio 1510 The Zone, where he opened his show blasting his former employer and partner. He took many more shots over the years at the station, and WEEI to this day continues to blast right back at him with whiner line callers and various skits.  

He’s had an intense rivalry with Glenn Ordway over the years, angry that Ordway had taken his time slot on WEEI and also canceled his son Michael’s weekend show on the station. With Ordway’s recent family crisis, it is thought that Andelman might’ve been one of the one’s Ordway referred to when he expressed gratitude for support from people he never thought he’d ever hear from.

Andelman currently hosts a show on Sunday nights from 7:00 to 10:00pm on talk radio WTKK, named the New Sports Huddle. These days however, Andelman is chiefly known for his annual Hot Dog Safari to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis/The Joey Fund.

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105 thoughts on “Approval Ratings – Eddie Andelman

  1. i’m close to getting the timing down of his on air phelgming cough. oddly enough it mirrors the exact timing of old faithful.

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  2. Hi, how are ya? I wish someone would get to the bottom of the obvious falling out between Eddie and his former Sports Huddle co-hosts. I don’t believe he has ever referenced them on the air since the original Sports Huddle ended. You would have thought that he would have had them on the new show when it started. His kids have taken the “Thanks Dad” term to a whole new level. The Eddie impersonator on the whiner line is the highlight of that segment whenever he appears. Jumbalaya.

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  3. For all of us mid 40’s and over he was so entertaining during his heyday. I went to bed early in the 70’s on Sunday nights just to listen to the “Sports Huddle” on my transistor radio. If you cast a vote for his whole career it would be approve, if you cast a vote on his current show then it could go either way. Thanks, Eddie!

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    1. Good point.

      I have very fond memories of The Sports Huddle, too…. and out of nostalgia, I’ll vote “approve”.

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      1. I agree completely. The Sports Huddle was appointment radio for me. Very creative in their humor. I remember particularly one playoff final with the Lakers when they sang (to the tune on Give My Regards to Broadway) “we hate the LA Lakers; the way Pat Riley combs his hair…”. Eddie was great then. May have gotten a bit swell headed as time went on but very very entertaining in those years.

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      2. It was the best thing on radio while I was growing up in the late 70’s to the mid 80’s.
        So many fond memories of staying up late listening to it while in bed.I remember the classic “Dewey Evans Vs. “Ricey” arguements between J McCarthy and Andleman.Great stuff.

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    2. Steve, your comment really mirrors my thoughts. I lived for the Sports Huddle with Eddie, Mark, and Jim every Sunday night. I was addicted to it. It was so funny, so witty, and so entertaining. I loved everything about it, and hardly ever missed a show. I just always liked and appreciated Eddie. Godspeed Eddie, and thanks for all the years of entertainment. You truly knew that sports were supposed to be fun!

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  4. he has become a caricature and his recent agenda-driven schtick is pathetic. That said I had to vote approve just for the fact that he was one of the first to develop the format and have fun with it. Also, the fact that he can’t stand the baby armed, neckless buffoon who is on in the afternoons on EEI gets him points.

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  5. The last 15 years have been 15 years too many for dear old Eddie.

    I’ll give him credit for being a pioneer in the field, and for being humorous, but there always have been things about him that drove me crazy, such as his open mocking of the sport of hockey even back when the Bruins were worth talking about (“the problem is that they’re not skating to their left”). And in retrospect, I’ve found as I get older that Eddie really doesn’t know a hell of a lot about sports and that he has always let his personal biases rule his opinions.

    Example: he’s done nothing but bash John Henry’s ownership group ever since they got the team instead of Eddie’s buddy Mr. O’Donnell. If he can’t bash them for the performance of the team on the field (and really, who can?), then Eddie bashes them because he “knows” that “the limited partners aren’t making any money.”—-like the average fan cares if a 2% owner out in Colorado isn’t seeing a good return on his investment!! We care if the team wins Eddie! We don’t care about anything else!

    He also was WAAAAAAY too lenient with Celtics’ management in the late 80s, when the team still had enough elements in place to make another title run, but failed to make any bold moves to infuse some youth and athleticism, even though offers were out there (like McHale for draft picks and younger players). When they lost Brian Shaw to an Italian League team after his rookie season, Andelman said very little about it and blamed Shaw, but when the C’s went over to Italy to re-sign Shaw for the following season, Andelman gushed over what a great move it was. Again, that was his personal relationships getting in the way of the facts.

    Overall, I’ll give Eddie a mild approval rating based on what I heard from about 1978-1986, when he was a somewhat humorous pioneer in the field.

    After that, I simply have to abstain.

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  6. I remember Eddie talking about an early radio stunt he pulled- pimped an appearance of Carl Yastrzemski at some car dealership or something and invited the listeners. Only it wasn’t Yaz that played for the Sox, just some guy with the same name. People took off from work, kept kids out of school so they could show up and have this inarticulate bufoon laugh at them.

    These self-involved blood suckers genuinely despise the sportsfan. Right now I’m just in a waiting game for these dinsaurs to become extinct and see what will be powered by Ah-So fossil fuel remains.

    Good riddance, thanks for nothing.

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  7. DISAPPROVE!!….Could not stand him when he was with WEEI…lookup POMPOUS ASS in the dictionary and there is a picture of Eddie Andelman

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  8. Way back in the 70’s and early 80’s the Sports Huddle was fantastic. Back then I always thought Eddie was the key to the show’s success. In retrospect Mark and Jim were obviously the true geniuses behind the show. It’s strange that Eddie never mentions either of them, and has never had them guest host on any of his shows. It’s a shame because anything Eddie has produced without their input has been complete crap, and that includes Eddie’s three nitwit sons – although the middle one doesn’t really resemble Eddie at all. Wait a minute… it’s all beginning to make sense now.

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  9. I like to imagine him as a member of Whitey’s gang. I call him Eddie “The Radioman” Phlegmy.

    Disapprove, mostly because of his agenda. And his sons.

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  10. Eddie was a buffoon, at least until he went into the witness protection program. But I give him an overall approve for the way he constantly tweaked that self-important Day-le (“Did I tell you I went to Bowdoin College?”) Arnold during their time together.

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  11. Strong approve based solely on the fact that EGA knows a little something about chicken club sandwiches.

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  12. Absolutely loved him for decades…literally, decades…until several years ago when he started to speak highly of Jeremy Jacobs with that “He has never claimed to be a sportsman” garbage.

    No matter how highly I once enjoyed Eddie, an alliance with Jacobs is completely unforgivable.

    I haven’t listened to him since.

    Disapprove.

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    1. Wow, I didn’t know he was in Jacobs’ back pocket too!

      It makes his hockey bashing all the more puzzling.

      If he’s a Jacobs’ stooge, then I change my vote to DISAPPROVE!

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  13. Invented “Radio Row”, Discovered “Marvin Hagler”, Cured Cystic Fibrosis, “Played a major part in keeping the Patriots in Foxboro”, built handicap ramps for a paralyzed jockey, raised thousands for 9/11 police and firemen, buys TV’s for VA hospitals, Invented Sports Talk Radio, Discovered Barbara Borin, Discovered Lisa Guerrero, toured Europe looking for “Superfoot”, had the tunnel named for Ted Williams, developed the Phantom Gourmet and gave the show to his three worthless offspring, married the Fabulous Judy who teaches english to Russian immigrants, been kicked off more AM stations that I can remember, burns bridges with business partners like it’s going out of style, strong arms every person he knows to donate to charity and then takes all the credit, ate Chinese Food with Red, wears short sleeved dress shirts with a tie, drives Cadillacs and has broken windshields more than a GAZILLION times, honorary king of Aruba, goes to the ORIENT for real dim sum, thinks Kevin Faulk is really Keith Foulke, never lost a bet in Vegas or at Suffolk Downs, measures the fenway franks every year to prove they are shrinking in size and cost more, mastered golf at age 20 and then quite to spend more time with his family, discovered Dave Jageler, discovered Bob Costas’ produce Bruce Cornblatt, wants sumos to become offensive lineman, and Manute Bol should block field goals, vanilla pudding should be in hockey nets so the ref can lick the puck to see if it’s a goal or not, never ever accepted complimentary tickets to any sporting event to maintain his objectivity, won’t suck up to anybody, once “left the room” during a Tom Osborne interview, grateful that he has three healthy boys, real estate tycoon, accountant, former TV personality, inventor of “biggest sports lies”, jumbalaya, machete, hot dog safari, Yao Ming Wing and Sing Karaoke Night, Chelsea Day, Thanksgiving “gobble show”, and can walk on a river of ducksauce.

    Hands down, the biggest prick on the planet.

    DISAPPROVE

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  14. Wow, talk about a coincidence! Just the other day, I was wondering what had ever happened to this guy. Good to hear that he’s safe and, comparatively speaking, sound.

    Still all things considered, he’s a disapprove.

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  15. well we know that Entercom employees are feverishly clicking disapprove.

    Hard to hate Eddie because he’s such a bumbling boob even if his kids do their best to make it easy. Speaking of which one had to have a personal assistant help him assemble a lamp and said he couldn’t live more than a stone’s throw from a Dunkin Donuts.

    If he is the Godfather of Sports Radio then that’s like being the man who invented high fructose corn syrup or decided Dan Shaughnessy should get the front page of the Globe for every major sporting event. Nothing to brag about, something to hang your head in shame over.

    Karma struck hard when Eddie was off the air for the Pats 1st Superbowl victory and the Sox first world series in 86 years.

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  16. 1. Good question about the source of the split between Big Eddie and Witkin / McCarthy. Does anyone know?

    2. Also, what was the name of the elderly woman who called the Sports Huddle each week? This isn’t a trivia question, her name escapes me.

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    1. I’d love to know about the breakup also. As for the second question, I believe her name was Violet.

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  17. -I invented sports radio.
    -I created the terrific industry of hard working sons of rich guys being famous as car dealers, objective restaurant reviewers, and alleged batterers.
    -I have a big gunt.
    -Nice Turkey Neck and my blood flows with Duck Sauce and General Gau’s Chicken.
    -You are insufferable pricks who try and slant this poll. The median age of my audience is 72 years old. Most of them can’t even turn on a TV, let alone a computer.

    Approve.

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  18. Eddie’s a regular guy from Mattapan, in a city called Boston, in a state called Massachusetts in a country called America.

    I loved the night he found out Bill Quackenbush was still alive and called him on the phone.

    Good guy Quackenbush, he went on to be a cop.

    Eddie drives a caddy – big Russ would not approve.

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  19. It’s hard not to approve of Eddie no matter what he’s become. He’s the guy who started it all, and if that’s not enough he also had to put up with Dale Arnold for so many years.

    On the other hand there’s no doubt he’s always been a shill for one thing above all others, and that’s Eddie Andelman Inc. The thing that I have found almost unforgivable over the years is how he’s strongarmed various media outlets in to giving on air jobs to his insufferable and talentless children.

    On balance though you have to give him his due; there was no sports radio until Eddie Andelman.

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  20. If it wasn’t answered before, the name of the elderly lady is (or was, she passed away I’m 100% sure) Violet.

    If he disappeared the same time that Guy “Sal” Mainella did, he’d have been revered by yours truly.

    However, he’s stuck around and I’ve grown to dislike him for the following reasons:
    1. He should have abandoned that schtick about being the “voice” of the fan a few million dollars ago.
    2. He’s become more repetitive in the things he does than even CHB, which is a lot.
    3. His kids and their whole bogus empire.
    4. He never really knew that much about sports, as a few have mentioned before.

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  21. The hideous voice, accent, and bad grammar is very hard on the ears. Seems to be very bitter toward virtually everyone. Feels he is not venerated but should be, so therefore everyone else is wrong.

    He is responsible for getting Larry Johnson on the radio. Enough said. Disapprove, with extreme prejudice.

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  22. Smart business man, cares about the community, but as a radio host lost his way. Talked too often about Chinese food and other such topics and less and less about sports. Disapprove – only as a radio host.

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  23. I absolutely hated this guy when he was on WEEI. That was when I could actually tolerate Dale Arnold.

    I can’t believe he’s actually still on the radio…I forgot about him after he left entercom. He’s been a forgotten about non factor for what seems like forever now.

    I do like the fact that he has a feud with Ordway.

    Still hoping we get to disapprove of Ted ‘Nation’ Sarandis one day.

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  24. Separated at birth: Eddie Andelman and Mayor Menino. Andelman is a blowhard and I’m glad he languishes on a station no one listens to. His big beef with Dale Ah-nold caused Eddie to leave in a huff, with Dale no doubt laughing himself silly afterwards. I DISAPPROVE of Eddie and the whole Andelman family. Don’t like ’em.

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  25. Eddie really thinks of himself as a master showman and the shrewdest guy on the planet. In reality, he’s a five year old boy in the body of a gluttonous fat man.

    I actually liked Eddie for about a month during the fall of 86. He was genuinely funny and completely authenitic while venting after the Sox Game 6 loss to the Mets. He was also capable of coming up with a really funny quip occasionally. But its hard to listen for any period of time and not see the guy is a miserable human being. Just a few reasons:

    -Talked WAY too much about food and Vegas.
    -So biased you couldn’t take him seriously – especially where business dealings were involved.
    -Bragged incessantly about his awesome business savvy (proving income has nothing to do with intelligence.)
    -Showed extreme prejudice against anyone with discernable intellect.
    -Treated his sportswriter guests like crap
    -Got stiffed by Imus
    -Practiced fraud on a steady basis in a variety of ways
    -Unlikable offspring
    -Imposed his irrelevant freinds on radio listeners for hours on end
    -A pioneer for infusing obnoxiousness into sports radio
    -All around world class ignoramous

    His huge ego arrogance is a sure sign of extreme delusion. I didn’t realize – and can’t believe he’s still on the radio.

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  26. Additional comments:

    1. You can criticize him for his skimpy sports knowledge, but if you gathered all the guys in Boston who’ve ever made a buck talking about sports who have the same deficiency, you’d have a very crowded bus.

    2. I’ve always been amazed by his ability to make outrageous statements (lies) on the air and not be called out on it. Example – Once while discussing Roger Clemens many years ago, he said (paraphrasing) – “I saw every game he ever pitched for the Red Sox”. On another occasion, he stated that he witnessed the famous pitcher’s duel between Warren Spahn and Juan Marichal in the early sixties (each of them went well beyond 9 innings). Since the game was played in either Milwaukee or SF, his attendance at the contest was very unlikely.

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  27. I grew up with Eddie, Mark & Jim. I too am sad they could not put away their differences even for one show & do a “reunion”. The new show needless to say is not the same. I will never forget some of those old shows & some of the things they did. They definitley belong in a radio hall of fame if one exists. They were hilarious & outrageous and they were as good as it got! Too bad like everything else in life….nothing lasts forever. That Eddie will long live in my mind as simply The Best!

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  28. The only reason he has any ‘Approve’ votes is that he is not within daily earshot anymore. People tend to forget the bad things when a person isn’t around anymore, or is dead.

    Was at his best attacking the Harrington/Yawkey regime (Onions, the CPP – cost per peanut – index, and the horse troughs.)

    Usually held up as a beloved Boston institution along with Mike Barnicle and Dan Shaughnessy by clueless out of town interviewers.

    Passed down his pet advertiser contacts (Kowloon, Fuddruckers, Halfway Cafe and other assorted crappy restaurants) to his sons’ PG scam. Nothing like hearing a positive review followed by an ad for the same restaurant.

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  29. The only reason he has any ‘Approve’ votes is that he is not within daily earshot anymore. People tend to forget the bad things when a person isn’t around anymore, or is dead.

    Was at his best attacking the Harrington/Yawkey regime (Onions, the CPP -cost per peanut- Index, and the horse troughs.)

    Usually held up as a beloved Boston institution along with Mike Barnicle and Dan Shaughnessy by clueless out of town interviewers.

    Passed down his pet advertiser contacts (Kowloon, Fuddruckers, Halfway Cafe and other assorted crappy restaurants) to his sons’ PG scam. Nothing like hearing a positive review followed by an ad for the same restaurant.

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  30. This is like commenting on Joe Fitzgerald – this guy has any relevance on the local sports scene

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    1. I used to love watching “The Cardinal” Joe Fitzgerald on Upton Bell’s show which used to be on right after Sox games on Channel 38. The Cardinal was always moralizing. I found it entertaining.

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  31. When Michael Jordan was criticized for coming back with the Wizards for the impact on his legacy I argued that it was his legacy so, like Willie Mays, it was his choice to put it at risk. Same is true with EGA. Still doesn’t mean he hasn’t destroyed it though.

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  32. Disapprove.
    He was a shill for Eddie, and Eddie alone. Even his charitable ventures were all about him. He’d shill for them, get the write-off, and then refuse any ‘credit’, claiming he’s taking the high road.

    His “shtick” was annoying. Remember when he was on the Ballroom Dancing and the Olympics kick? He’d interrupt the caller, asking their opinion on whether or not it should be an event, and would invariably reduce the caller to a confused hang-up, all while big Ed chuckles.

    He always was a joke.

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  33. His comedy routines in the 70’s were pure genious, who can forget Chang Kai Shek, Yawkey Jeans, and of course his love of Doakie, Rattie, Sheppie,and Schmatzie.

    Unfortunately he became bitter, and could not remain neutral on any topic…..he made a ton of money on the old Foxboro land that he sold to Kraft and Karp..and I hear they hate himn as well.

    Good long-term memories….short term..it is time to leave!!!

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    1. Bingo….Eddie would slam the Pats on the poor condition of the parking lots at the same time that he owned them in an attempt to shake Kraft & Karp down. Never respected the guy after that

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  34. Hi how are ya? Would you like to come and have some chinese food and hot dogs with me at fuddruckers and the kalhoon? there we can talk about boxing, the WWE, and the fact that the red sox owners are carpetbaggers! And maybe sid diamond will join us!

    BIGGEST DISSAPPROVE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Nah, its hard to beat Meterperel, Butch Stearns and John Dennis. And you know, as dumb as eddie from lynnfield is, Butch is even dumber, believe it or not! Eddie will have to settle for fourth worst radio host in history!

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  35. Dubbed Amplemass I, People’s tribune of the Airwaves by none other than Charlie Pierce.

    Has candlelit shrine to Doug Flutie in bedroom.

    Singlehandedly responsible for forcing Patriots to install south endzone messageboard in middle of rather than behind endzone seats. As a service to the fans …

    Mild approve but only as a historical artifact, like Martin Van Buren.

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  36. Disapprove but he did give rise to the “Eddie from Lynnfield” caller on the Whiner Line.

    That’s real genious.

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