Brave man, that Chad Finn.
He’s ensured himself weeks of D&C and Big Show ridicule with his Globe OT column this week:
Sports talk radio-active
In the piece, Finn outlines the frustrations many fans have with WEEI’s format, all things that have been said plenty of times before, but giving them a much more visible platform. He also offers suggestions on how to make sports radio better here in Boston. Here are a few…and he expands on each point in the column:
- Have a well-considered opinion and the knowledge to defend it in an entertaining manner
- After you’ve beaten a story to death, please resist the temptation to beat on the corpse daily for another several weeks
- No more celebrity callers
- In order to qualify for airtime, a co-host has to be able to put two consecutive syllables together without his tongue tripping over his mustache
- Hosts are not permitted eight-part questions so long and windy that they require a syllabus and stretch from one commercial break to the next
- Enough with the drop-ins from comedians who’d bomb at the Ha-Ha House of Whiskey and Waffles
Finn has plenty of support in the comments of that article, but has also already drawn the ire of many WEEI supporters, who love everything about the station just as it is and cleverly say that Finn is just jealous.
Glenn Ordway will either ignore the column completely, or make vague references to it, trying to put down Finn by referring to him as a BLOGGER and talk about those “media websites” that think they know the business when they’ve never worked in it.
Related Entries at BSMW:
Things that have ruined sports coverage in Boston for me
How to be a Better Sports Radio Caller
Dennis & Callahan in 2018
I’m on the record as being a Bob Lobel fan, but he’s got me scratching my head with this opener to his OT column today:
Reading unsolicited e-mails from people you don’t know — unless, of course, they are secretly your immediate family — is a practice to try to avoid at all costs. Anyway, this one e-mail was particularly priceless to me. Check it out for yourself and pretend you are receiving it. It arrived after my last literary effort:
“I thought you sucked for every one of those 29 years. Especially the last 10 or 15, when you just mailed it in.”
Violation of personal rule No.1: Never read e-mails. Violation of personal rule No. 2: Never, ever answer e-mails. But, for this precious reader, I am going to violate those rules and probably regret it. Here goes:
What you say is really not true. Not about your assessment of this former TV sportscaster’s job performance. Not at all. And by the way, I do hate that word “former.” For your information, I did not suck for 29 years. Twenty-five or 26, maybe, but I did not suck for the whole body of work. It’s just not true. I also object to being accused of just mailing it in for the past 15 years. I’ll admit to maybe seven or eight, but not the last eight, what with all of the titles that were taking the town by storm.
Suck, yes, but not for the decades of which you accuse me. Mail it in, yes, but not for the amount of time of which you accuse me.
Then he goes on to talk about Red Sox ticket prices, the downtrodden and “eminently beatable Patriots” and baseball free agency.
I guess he’s being sarcastic and attempting humor with the first part, but I guess I don’t get it.