You might’ve seen the ads for this already. I’ve seen them the last two nights. Comcast SportsNet is planning a new Saturday morning baseball show set to debut May 2nd. They’re also planning a second show, which will air on Sunday nights, prior to WBZ’s Sports Final and WHDH’s Sports Xtra.
The Baseball Show (Yes, that’s its name.) will be hosted by Michael Felger, and will have as co-hosts Lou Merloni, Sean McAdam and Steve Buckley.
The big news with this show is that it will be a simulcast with WEEI.
The Baseball Show will run each Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon and feature host Michael Felger, CSN exclusive baseball analyst Lou Merloni, and veteran Boston Herald baseball scribes Steve Buckley and Sean McAdam. The Baseball Show will take on the issues other networks only gloss over, feature live calls to let Red Sox fans sound off and include player interviews as Felger, Merloni, McAdam and Buckley examine the highs and the lows of each week of the baseball season.
The Baseball Show will be the very first TV/radio simulcast in the Boston area. Originating from Comcast SportsNet’s studios in Burlington, MA, The Baseball Show will reach 4.4 million homes across New England and millions of WEEI radio listeners in Boston and other major New England markets, including Cape Cod, Worcester, Providence, Hartford, and Portland. Fans can also listen to the shows online at CSNNE.com and WEEI.com.
“We’ve had great success with our Sunday morning baseball programming with Sean McAdam and Steve Buckley. It is one of the most popular shows we air all year long. Adding Michael Felger and Lou Merloni to the mix will create an outstanding quartet of knowledge and credibility that will surely be a must listen for WEEI’s listeners and a must watch for Comcast SportsNet’s viewers,” said Jason Wolfe, Entercom Boston vice president of programming and operations.
In addition to The Baseball Show, CSN is also announcing a second new weekend show:
The one-hour Sports Sunday will air Sunday nights at 10 p.m., an hour and a half or more ahead of the traditional weekend broadcast sports wrap-up shows. Sports Sunday will feature the ever-vocal Felger who is never afraid to break from the pack with his opinions. Sports Sunday will preview the week’s top news and feature interviews with the region’s top athletes, writers and personalities.
”There’s no need to wait until 11:30 or later on Sunday night,” Felger said. “Sports Sunday will go beyond the sound bites and photo ops to see what’s pushing the buttons of New England sports fans. We intend to push a few of our own particularly on the issues that few others will address.”
Each show will also have additional airings: The Baseball Show will replay from 12 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Sports Sunday will replay at 11 p.m. on Sundays and Monday mornings at 7 and 8 a.m.
A WEEI simulcast with TV has been talked about for years. Testing it out on this weekend show could lead to further experiments with the programming lineup.
As for the Sunday night show…It will be interesting to see if it can succeed. I can’t remember the last time I watched either Sports Final or Sports Xtra. The “ever-vocal Felger?” I’m not sure I need my buttons pushed any further as a sports fan.