What was old continues to be made new again in the world of sports radio. Just weeks after Glenn Ordway brought his old gang back together on the Big Show Unfiltered, WEEI is reuniting their old mid-day combination of Dale Arnold and Michael Holley, this time in Ordway’s old afternoon drive slot.
Chad Finn had reported back on March 20th that this could be a permanent move, and Arnold confirmed that yesterday.
It seems clear that after the Mike Salk experience, WEEI was hesitant to bring in someone from the outside, and instead went for the comfort factor of a show with proven chemistry. No, it isn’t the creative or bold move, but it’s something that will at least keep things calm and will give a nice alternative to the afternoon programming of Felger and Massarotti on 98.5. They’re probably not going to challenge, let alone beat F&M in this timeslot, but they’re going to hold their own and have a built-in loyal audience that is glad to see them back together. This also gives WEEI a chance to sit back a bit and plan what they want to do in the future.
I’m OK with the move. We’re spared further invasion of the Felger Youth, at least for the moment, and while Dale has his detractors (I’m not among them.) he knows and understands all the major sports, and with the Bruins set for another extended run, having his voice on the station gives WEEI something it has been sorely lacking during the last few years of the Bruins success.
Arnold deserves credit for being a “good soldier” and remaining loyal to the station despite being replaced rather unceremoniously three years ago. He’s been rewarded with a position better than what he had when he left. I’m happy for him.
A few notes from NESN:
Red Sox White House Visit Today at 11:15 AM
This morning at 11:15 AM, NESN will deliver live coverage of the Red Sox visit to the White House.
NESN.com will provide a live stream of NESN’s coverage at www.NESN.com/WhiteHouse
Behind the B
Tonight at 8:00 PM, Episode #12 of Behind the B will debut on NESN.
Red Sox Opening Day Rating up 17%
NESN’s Opening Day game rating was up 17% over last season’s opener with a 10.1 average household rating (24 Share) for yesterday’s 2-1 loss in Baltimore. Last year’s opening day game garnered an 8.6 HH rating for a 8-2 win over the New York Yankees in New York.
That was Gary Striewski serving as the game-day reporter yesterday. He’ll be on for the entire opening road series in Baltimore. Elle Duncan will serve in the same role for the home opening series against Milwaukee (April 4-6).