The latest radio ratings are out, and 98.5 continues to surprise with their solid gains in the sports radio market.

WEEI is doing just fine, though, actually moving up a bit from 5.2 in September to 5.3 in October. The station is fourth overall on the chart while WBZ-FM, 985TheSportsHub went from a 2.5 in September to a 3.6 in October, good for 14th in the market.

WEEI vs. The Sports Hub – Jessica Heslam in the Herald breaks down the two stations, show vs. show.

Round 2 : SportsHub proves that it has arrived – Boston Radio Watch says that no matter how you look at it, WEEI is still the top dog in this fight, and is not going away.

‘Hub’ is climbing the charts – Chad Finn notes that the Sports Hub’s gains did not come at the expense of WEEI, though they’re showing that there is room in Boston for two strong sports radio stations.

Fox 25 dumps top sportscaster – Heslam reports that FOX25 has chosen not to renew the contract of top sports anchor Butch Stearns. The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports that Stearns is interviewing with Comcast SportsNet, among other places.

Worcester native to join Dolphins – Bill Doyle has Worcester native Jim Rushton set to take over as the Dolphins’ senior vice president of corporate partnerships and integrated media. He’s leaving his job as vice president of sports sales and marketing at Entercom Communications, responsible for all revenues associated with the WEEI radio network.

Sports coverage? Think local. – That Bruce Allen guy in the Metro tells you why national sports coverage is worthless.

Jabs Reserved For Web Foe – Jeff Jacobs looks at a web group calling themselves the Paper Champions Society, who have been mounting a campaign against boxer Chad Dawson.

Elsewhere in the sports sections, here are some of the top stories from this morning:

For the Sox, Hermida a Lottery Ticket Worth Playing – Alex Speier has a look at outfielder Jeremy Hermida, who the Red Sox acquired from the Florida Marlins yesterday.

Six tricky questions for Epstein this winter – Bill Burt looks at Red Sox issues that GM Theo Epstein must address this winter.

At a loss – Bud Barth tells us that if the Bruins “were scoring goals right now, the Bruins would be the terror of the NHL, because the rest of their game has been that good for the last couple of weeks.”

Lack of scoring strikes recently has been striking – Bob Ryan thinks that the Bruins still have time to get things straightened out.

Don’t underestimate the Dolphins – Tedy Bruschi and Mike Reiss warn that there is a whole lot more to the Dolphins than just the Wildcat.

Worry Wart – Game Eight vs. Dolphins – Chris Warner has some more concerns about the Dolphins.

Rookie Myron Pryor preps to pick up ‘D’ line – Ian Rapoport looks at sixth round pick Myron Pryor making a place for himself on the Patriots defensive line.

Brian Hoyer making an impression with Patriots – Andy Vogt has another rookie, QB Brian Hoyer also learning the NFL ropes.

Shelden Williams answers Celtics’ role call – Former Celtic Ryan Gomes tells Mark Murphy why Williams has been successful with the Celtics.

Celtics couldn’t ask much more from their bench – Mike Fine calls this the “deepest and most talented bench the Celtics have had in the past three seasons.”

5 thoughts on “WEEI Holds Steady, 98.5 Continues Rise, FOX Dumps Butch Stearns

  1. It’s not hard to see what Shelden Williams does well.

    I knew he could rebound, but did not know he was smart and athletic enough to defend the pick and roll.

    He’s listed at 6’9″, but looks shorter on television and still matches up against big guys.

    He’s basically the perfect role player for an NBA bench.


  2. while I do agree with Bruce and what he said about national coverage: >>>>>

    “National sports columnists and commentators are useless. If you’re knowledgeable about your local team, they will add absolutely nothing of value to your knowledge base. They’re a waste of time.”

    I must say that if you are, “knowledgeable about your local team” the LOCAL guys are also useless and a waste of time. I mean really, does reading/listening to Shank Shaugnessy,Tony Mazz, Felger etc. etc. etc. make you more knowledgeable?…..they may be a little more accurate than the national guys when it comes to certain things but they offer little. Watch the games and make your own judgements. They’ll be as good as any of the “experts”…..local or otherwise


    1. When I’m saying stick local, I mean read the beat writers and others who are around the teams each day. The columnists aren’t. So the guys you mention will not help you, but Reiss, Breer, etc will…


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