Dale ArnoldDale Arnold is the co-host of WEEI’s mid-day “Dale and Holley” show.

A Maine native, Arnold has been broadcasting games since he was 15 years old. He attended Bowdoin College, and began doing Maine Mariners games in 1979. In 1986 he got the same job with the New Jersey Devils. From 1988-1990 he was the voice of the New England Patriots.

In 1991, he joined WEEI, and in 1995 he started calling Bruins games for NESN, a post he held until 2007. On WEEI, he has had a variety of broadcast partners, from Eddie Andelman, to Bob Neumeier to his present partner, Michael Holley.

This year he also joined the Red Sox broadcast team, calling mostly Wednesday games while Dave O’Brien handled his ESPN duties. Arnold is the only broadcaster to have called games for the Bruins, Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Revolution.





112 thoughts on “Approval Ratings – Dale Arnold

  1. Gosh Golly Dog Trousers!
    I kinda think of Dale as the radio equivalent of White Castle burgers. There’s something of substance there, but not much and not enough to sustain anyone over a long period of time. Small bites are passable, but the full faceful starts an instinctive retching reaction. I think I mind Dale much more in his talk show role than as a passable PBP guy, and that’s my main exposure to him. I find it creepy that he gets his shorts wet over playing golf with GHW Bush. And that he keeps bring things like that (and his boy’s college and his girls’ hockey playing ) with a “I rately talk about my home life..” head fake that fools no one. Yes, Dale, we know you married the first girl you ever kissed, but what did you do with the first boy?

    Paired with Holly, it’s a twisted apotheosis of inauthenticity as each tries to out-hip each other. Please! Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels had more soul. And were far more entertaining.

    Is he the worst thing on EEI/on Boston Sports? Not even in the Top (Bottom?) Twenty. Considered on his own, is he a deserving of his caricature as a nerdy, obtuse Flanders? Okely Dokeley!


    1. “The radio equivalent of White Castle burgers”…perfect metaphor because you occasionally get a craving for both, they’re especially good the longer you’ve gone without, but too much of either will give you a major coronary.

  2. Approve. I agree with a lot of what has been said above, both positive and negitive. But when all is said and done, he does not treat all his opinions as fact as D and C do. Also unlike D and C, he seems to a have at least a basic respect for his listeners. He does not scream over his co-host or callers when they are trying to make a point as they do on the Big Show.
    It has gotten to the point on EEI that the second I hear D and C, Larry Johnson, Butch Stearn and many others I have to shut off the radio. I agree, he is not a shining star by which all others are should be measured, but compared to other idiots put on the air by weei on a daily basis, he’s pretty good.

  3. Disapprove–with that voice, how did he ever decide to try a career in broadcasting? Is there some idiot out there that actually encouraged him? Probably decided early on that he would kiss ass as often as he thought was required to rise in the ranks. When NESN offered him the studio host job, he said he was a pbp guy, not a host–what are you from 10-2?Does get some respect for putting up with the Kowloon King!

  4. In my opinion, it can – and does get a lot worse than Dale. If eei were a baseball team, he’d be a middle relief guy who could someday blossom into an innings eater.

  5. Far and away the biggest fraud in WEEI. Comes across as an aw shucks good ol boy but I have been told behind the scenes is not well liked and an a-hole. Does no show prep, has a terrible memory due to laziness and just reads info off his laptop all day. Michael Holley’s talent get’s lost with Dale as co-host. Steals all his materail off websites and other people’s thoughts and has been doing it for years, the Boston Sports Guy called him on it. Can’t believe he just signed a new contract with talent like Ryen Russillo out there. Must have naked pictures of Jason Wolfe.

  6. The epitome of ‘haughty and elite.’ I do enjoy it when sports media hacks show cracks in their armor. They understand that fans can ‘fight back’ with blogs, approval ratings’ like this, and message boards. It becomes easier than ever to ‘call out’ those who displease them, and it’s fun watching Arnold blow off steam when we ‘get to him’ as we most certainly do.

    1. While that’s great in theory Chris, it’s too bad Dale’s on vacation this week because by the time he’s back at the mic he’ll have forgotten all about this poll.

      Unless of course he doesn’t log onto the net until his return from the land of birds, trees and non-wireless connectivity.

  7. The very fact that the approval statistics are TOTALLY out-of-kilter with respect to the comments PROVES that Dale and his Mom are probably clicking the ‘APPROVE’ button all day long. What an insular, self-promoting, hack Arnold is…and with super-glued hair, no less!

    1. Oh, of course he is. Radio always invests the lion’s share of its salary dollars in the mid-day time slot, when virtually nobody listens.

    2. Uhh…no. Radio stations pay their AM and PM drive hosts more than they do their midday hosts.

  8. I mean, I PAR-TICU-LAR-LY disappove of this puffy skunk headed fraud. He makes my skin crawl… Should go back to papoose pond and stay there. And, Oh, by the way, a total fraud. Not funny, talks down to callers. And, oh, by the way, and oh, by the way, and oh, by the way….

    1. Bill, great point here. The way Arnold says some words, like ‘particularly’ grates on me too. The worst guy on the station……and that’s saying something.

  9. A total butt boy who could’nt play sports in high school because he had no talent and he had to rush home after school to have tea party’s with the girls . These are the words that come to mind when thinking of fat skunk head .
    canteen boy
    crotch crickets.

    This Fat Over Paid ,Over Indulged , White piece of bread continues to donate every day to the Puss-ification of the American Male

  10. There was weird moment, I don’t know why I recall these things and maybe that makes me a “non-reliable” source but it was sometime during Pedro Martinez’s last year as a Red Sox. Maybe he was skipping the All-Star game, maybe he was having a star moment, I don’t know the specifics beyond our friend Dale saying, “He lost me forever.”

    Who, as a grown man thinks like this? How could another grown man “lose you”? I mean the more you think about it, the more it upsets you, right?

    Didn’t we get over this hero worship awhile ago? Shouldn’t someone in the media not be so invested or at least invite more …something?

    Boy, this sh!ttle troubles me, and for that, I vote disapprove

    1. It’s actually John Rish (normally the studio update guy who’s also done some BC hockey PxP) that filled in with Joe at the Trop last night. But you are right about the missing pants.

  11. acts like a nice guy but in reality is a pos. rips eddie andelman every chance he gets but andelman never rips him. danny from quincy brought the ea ripping up one day and dale cut him off. cant stand him!

  12. Mark me down as a Dale “hater”….he is so smug and annoying. Also, he’s a fraud. He claims he had a baseball scholly at Miami, yet came home due to “homesickness”.

    He’s an effin hack and should be called out on his fraudulent claims.

    Dale sucks!!!!

  13. i cant stand this wishywashy little creep of a man. eddie andelman said dale arnold has strong opinions. he is very much against cancer and child abuse. the guy just plain rots. pete shepherd should have that show. very much disapprove of that jerk dale arnold.

  14. Anytime i put on WEEI and hear dale arnold, i have to immediately change the channel.  He is so dull and boring, i would rather listen to the classical channel or NPR.  I can’t believe this man still has a job.  The conversation on the show has about the same enthusiasm of a conversation at a friggin WAKE!! With talents like Felger, Zolak, Deossie, Smerlas, Steve Burton, Bob Lobel, Zolak’s fat partner from providence, even friggin dickerson and tanguay would be a great replacement. My Choice would Felger with a big show type round table of differnt guests every day, like Zolak, Zolak’s fat partner mabey his name is skippy?, Lobel, etc etc
    P.S  Mustard and Johnson BOTH suck even worseI feel bad saying that about Larry Johnson since he seems like a real nice guy, but he absolutely unlistenable on the radio, when i hear him i immediately switch to Howie or Jay Severin
    sad but very true

  15. Anytime this clown is broadcasting a Sox game, I will not listen. I simply choose the MLB out of town announcers. He is an arrogant guy who really needs to be off the air. I no longer listen to WEEI at 10 -2 because of him. There are many other talented hosts that would easily take his place. Bye Dale it is time for you to go!

  16. I had an hour drive during the game last night and really wanted to hear how the Sox and Bucholz were going to do. After an hour of listening to Dale Arnold I was ready to drive into a bridge abutment. This guy sucks! I didn’t like him when he was with the Bruins and he is more annoying then ever now. He is so enamored with how he uses big words and pronounces every fricking syllable with perfect clarity! He must have been the biggest dink as a kid. He grew up to be a complete ass! 100% Disapprove!

  17. Dale Arnold is terrible. When the action gets hot, he gets tongue tied and his play-by-play becomes a connect the dots for the listener with gaps and pauses such that your not sure what just happened. Then Joe fills us back in. Additionally his speaking voice sounds like a prepubescent lesbian on steroids. Why is he working for the Sox? Hey Theo, Dale Arnold sucks, do us a favor and trade him for a retarded lab monkey.

  18. Potentially, the single most irritating human being on the face of the planet. A close second thru fifth would be (readers choice – no particular order) 2)Glen Ordway – BLOWHARD
    3)Fred Smerles – MEATHEAD 4)Steve D’Ossie – PINHEAD 5)Butch Stears – TWIT

  19. Totally unlistenable. Ruins Sox games. Huge hockey fan until he got canned from the bruins and now he avoids all hockey talk. Seems to wait until he understands which way the wind is blowing on all subjects and then jumps in on the popular side. The Lawrence Welk of talk show hosts. Bring on Felga.

  20. Watching NESN with the sound up…now that’s heaven. When Dale was on, I just couldn’t listen. If I had to endure another “Bruins PEEL off and change it up” again, I think I would have to drive a shiv into my head. What I don’t understand is Gord Kluzak. For all those years, he had a clean shot to the back of Dale’s head and didn’t take it. Dale is the definition of Broadcast Fail.

  21. Bad mouthed Eddie Andelman every chance he got.Kind of sad since Eddie has always said nice things about Dale.Caller “Danny from Quincy” pointed this out one day and Dale quickly ended the call.Perhaps struck a nerve?Does have strong stands against cancer and child abuse.For the record Dale is against both of them.

  22. Listening to Dale Arnold is akin to nails on a chalk board.

    -Dale’s indignent to callers that don’t share his opinion.
    -Without the stats and information in front of him, Dale has limited factual knowledge. Never shy giving his opinions & panders to just about every athlete he talks to.

    Dsle Arnold’s 15 min were up 5 years ago.

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