2011 Approval Ratings – Carolyn Manno

Carolyn Manno is a Sports Reporter/Anchor at Comcast SportsNet New England.

 

A graduate of the University of Florida, Manno began her career as a Reporter/Anchor at WSBT-TV in South Bend, Indiana. She joined Comcast SportsNet New England in August of 2009, and has been quite visible during that time, working Celtics telecasts and utilized by parent company NBC/Comcast during hockey coverage for the network. She’s been a frequent guest on The D.A. Show on 98.5 FM.

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2011 Approval Ratings – Rich Shertenlieb

Rich Shertenlieb is the co-host of the Toucher and Rich show mornings on 98.5 The SportsHub.

After 10 years as the front man of the punk band Miller’s Tale,  Shertenlieb started his radio career at Atlanta alternative station 99x, where he first met Fred Toucher. After a few years there, he was offered a job with the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning show, a nationally syndicated program. In 2006, he teamed up with Toucher for the Toucher and Rich show on WBCN in Boston. In 2009, the duo made the transition to sports talk radio when 98.5 The Sports Hub came on the air.

Rich is best known for his comedy bits on the program, which include bits such as “Ask A Pink Hat”, “The Drunken Red Sox Recap” and “Naughty Massarotti.” He has had bits featured on The Jimmy Kimmel Show, The CBS Nightly News and Dateline. He made national headlines for asking Delonte West at Celtics media day to set the record straight about LeBron James’ mom.

Rich is also the President and co-founder of The Miracle League of Massachusetts, a baseball league for children with special needs.

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2011 Approval Ratings – Don Orsillo

Don Orsillo is the Red Sox play-by-play announcer for NESN.

Growing up in Madison NH, Orsillo dreamed of being a broadcaster for the Red Sox. In 2001 that dream became reality as he became the NESN Red Sox voice. His very first game that season was a no-hitter by Hideo Nomo. Since 2005, Orsillo has been calling all local Red Sox TV broadcasts. In 2007 he began working during the postseason for TBS, and the Boston Globe reported earlier this year that the network has tried to recruit Orsillo on a full-time basis.

Orsillo got his start as a baseball play-by-play announcer for the Pittsfield Mets of the New York-Penn League during the 1991 and 1992 seasons. In 1993, Orsillo moved to Binghamton, N.Y., to do play-by-play radio and television for the Binghamton Mets of the Double-A Eastern League. While with Binghamton, he had the opportunity to serve as a commentator for the nationally syndicated 1994 Double-A All-Star Game.

During the 1991-1996 hockey seasons, Orsillo was the play-by-play radio and television voice for the Springfield Indians/Falcons. He hosted “Inside the Indians,” a weekly live television talk show and was the analyst for the 1994 AHL All-Star Game.

During the 2009 season, analyst Jerry Remy was sidelined for much of the season while battling cancer, and Orsillo had to adjust to numerous broadcast partners throughout the season, the Providence Journal in a feature on Orsillo from May lists out 23 different analysts who worked with Orsillo during that season.  The experience left many viewers with a new-found respect for Orsillo and his abilities as a broadcaster.

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2011 Approval Ratings – Mike Mutnansky

Mike Mutnasky is the co-host of the Mut and Merloni show on WEEI.

A Pepperell, MA native, Mutnansky went to UConn, where, during his junior year he interned on WEEI’s Big Show. Upon graduation, Mutnansky met Marty Tirrell, who hired him to be a co-host/flash guy on the 5000-watt 1590-AM WSMN in Nashua, NH. The station was sold in early 2004. Later that year, Tirrell and Mutnansky were hired by AM 900to do a similar show. In 2005, while still working in NH, Mutnansky began filling in on flashes for WEEI.

By 2006, Mutnansky was the lead host on WGAM (900-AM Nashua and 1250-AM in Manchester), hosting a weekday afternoon show Mon-Fri 3:00-6:00pm while also filling in at WEEI. In 2008, Mutnansky was named co-host of the new Saturday morning WEEI.com Radio Show.

Then, in February of this year, it was announced that Mutnansky would be teaming up with former Red Sox player Lou Merloni to take over the midday shift at WEEI with the Mut and Merloni show.

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2011 Approval Ratings – Scott Zolak

Scott Zolak is the co-host of the Gresh and Zo show on 98.5 The SportsHub.

Drafted in the fourth round of the 1991 draft by the New England Patriots, Scott Zolak remained with the team as the backup quarterback through the 1998 season. He then spent one year with the Miami Dolphins. He began his media career in 2000, joining Bob Lobel on WBZ’s Patriots Gameday.

He teamed up with Andy Gresh as co-host of a daily show on Providence sports radio station “The Score,” and the two remained together until the station pulled the plug on the sports format in 2008. The duo was reunited on 98.5 The SportsHub when the station dumped Tanguay and replaced him with Gresh in April of 2010. Zolak, Gresh and Tanguay all work together on the Patriots pre and post-game shows on 98.5.

Zolak has also been a part of the WBZ-TV Patriots broadcasts as well, and is a contributor to Patriots All Access, where he does the “Bellistrator” segment with head coach Bill Belichick and the “T.U.R.F.” segment with former Patriots tight end Christian Fauria. He also worked a a couple of UFL telecasts for NESN last season.

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2011 Approval Ratings – Gary Tanguay

Gary Tanguay is the co-host of Mohegan Sun’s Sports Tonight on Comcast SportsNet.

The self-proclaimed “truck guy,” Tanguay is very busy, co-hosting Mohegan Sun’s Sports Tonight for CSNNE alongside Mike Felger as well as the pregame and postgame shows for the Celtics broadcasts on the network. He has been with CSNNE since 2000.

In addition, Tanguay is the host of the pregame and postgame shows on the 98.5 FM Patriots radio broadcasts. He was part of the August 2009 initial launch of 98.5 The Sports Hub, co-hosting the 10:00 am to 2:00 pm show with Scott Zolak before being dumped the following April in favor of Andy Gresh.

Prior to joining CSNNE, the Maine native worked at WBZ-TV, and also did radio work with WEEI, WVEI and WTKK, where he hosted “Calling All Sports.”

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2011 Approval Ratings – Ron Borges

Ron Borges is a columnist for the Boston Herald.

This is actually Borges’ first time in the approval ratings, the last time we did these, in 2008, Borges was unemployed, having left the Globe after the football notes plagiarism case. Borges had been at The Boston Globe for 24 years covering the NFL and boxing beats. Before then he had worked out in the SF Bay area, covering the Raiders from 1976 to 1982, first for the Sacramento Union, and then for the Oakland Tribune, which spawned his unending admiration for all things Black and Silver.

Borges is a renowned boxing writer, having covered the sport for HBO in addition to the Globe. After leaving the Globe, he briefly wrote for his own site, RonBorges.com, while freelancing for various boxing and football publications. He was hired by WEEI.com in the summer of 2008, where he lasted for a month before bolting to the Herald.

His appearances on local sports radio and television are always contentious, and his recent foray into the world of Twitter is the perfect place for him to spout his opinion on all topics. He was featured in a 2006 edition of Boston Magazine.

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