For the first three hours of today’s Dale & Holley show, the hosts attempted to play it straight. Just another show, ho hum. In reality, it was the end of an era.
Earlier in the day, Dale had announced on Twitter that today would be the final edition of The Dale & Holley show:
Dale Arnold has been with WEEI from the very beginning, and has had a daily show for most, if not all of that time. Today, his role changed, and going forward he will be an intermittent part of the radio station, filling in when other hosts go on vacation. He mentioned that he’ll be filling in for John Dennis the week of March 7, and will be doing multiple Red Sox and Celtics games during the first week of April.
But today very much felt like a “goodbye” to Dale. Co-host Michael Holley, who will be joining Glenn Ordway next week on the all-new “Big Show” paid tribute to Arnold during today’s program.
Then, in the final hour of the show, special guests called in – Terry Francona, Ray Bourque, Rosevelt Colvin – and clips from Dale’s play-by-play career were played, and intros from interviews with Ted Williams, Bill Russell and Larry Bird were teased. Recorded segments from the likes of Dale’s friend and mentor Doc Emrick also were played.
As the time came to sign off, a clearly emotional Arnold struggled to say anything, and there was a long pause before the show ended.
It was a nice tribute today, but only seemed to underscore how poorly Jason Wolfe and company handled this entire situation. Even those who are not fans of Dale seem to recognize that he got a raw deal in this whole episode.