2011 Approval Ratings – Dan Shaughnessy

The voice and face of Boston sports – at least according to the Boston Globe – is Dan Shaughnessy.

Shaughnessy is the Globe’s front-page go-to guy for all major sports stories, the latest example being all the front page runs he received during the Bruins Stanley Cup chase.

Shaughnessy grew up in Groton, MA, and is a graduate of Holy Cross. He started his professional career with the Baltimore Sun in the late 1970′s, serving as Orioles beat writer. He moved on to the Globe in 1981, where he covered the beat for the Red Sox and Celtics before moving to the columnist role. In the last couple of years, he has also been writing the occasional column for SI.com. He is a nine-time Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year, and at least eight times he has been selected as one of Americas top-ten sports columnists by Associated Press Sports Editors.

His formulaic columns, ripjobs, unabashed agendas and contrarian opinions have earned him the title of The Most Hated Man in Boston. His work has inspired his own watchdog blog, the entertaining Dan Shaughnessy Watch.

Shaughnessy has written at least 11 books, including The Curse of the Bambino, The Legend of the Curse of the Bambino and Reversing the Curse: Inside the 2004 Boston Red Sox. Other credits include Senior Year: A Father, A Son, and High School Baseball and Ever Green The Boston Celtics: A History in the Words of Their Players, Coaches, Fans and Foes, from 1946 to the Present.


2011 Approval Ratings – Gordon Edes

Today, we’re going to have a look at ESPNBoston baseball writer Gordon Edes.

Edes joined ESPNBoston in November of 2009, after spending just over a year with Yahoo! Sports. Prior to that, he had covered the Red Sox for 12 years (1996-2008) with the Boston Globe.

Edes went to high school in Massachusetts, and had his first article published in the Fitchburg, Mass. Sentinel when he was 14. During his career he has covered all four major sports (though mostly focusing on baseball) for newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the National Sports Daily and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He returned home in 1996 to join the Globe.

While at the Globe, Edes was involved in the infamous Carl Everett confrontation, which resulted in the outfielder stating that he would not speak with the Globe, Edes, or his “Curly Haired Boyfriend.”


2011 Approval Ratings – Jon Meterparel

Jon Meterparel is the morning update guy for the Dennis and Callahan morning show on WEEI.

The Weston native is also the radio voice of Boston College football and basketball. He went to Ithaca College, where he did the play-by-play for the football team on the campus radio station. The team won the Div III title in Meterparel’s sophomore year.

He began his radio career at WKOX in Framingham where he hosted an afternoon sports talk show. He then moved down to Charlotte, where he was the flash guy for WFNZ, as well as doing play-by-play for the AAA Charlotte Knights and analysis for the UNC Charlotte basketball team.

While at WFNZ, he was “discovered” by Gerry Callahan, who brought him onto the Dennis and Callahan show in 2000. 

He also served for a time as the voice of the New England Revolution. He has filled in on Celtics radio broadcasts a few times, and also done Red Sox exhibition baseball.


2011 Approval Ratings – Steve Bulpett

Boston Herald Celtics/NBA writer Steve Bulpett is our entry for today.

Bulpett has been on the Celtics beat since the mid-1980’s, and the Herald proclaims him “the dean of NBA beat writers in continuous service with a team,” and also that he has “followed the Celtics as a home and away beat longer than anyone in franchise history.” (Others, such as Mike Fine have covered the team longer, but for some of that time only when the team was at home.)

A Lynn and Swampscott native, Bulpett went to the University of Dayton to study law, and ended up with a journalism degree. He also was an intramural basketball teammate of Dan Patrick. Yet to be lured to the Twitter world (though I think he’d be terrific on there) , another Boston sports media member who despises socks…

You can spot a very young Bulpett sitting on press row at the Garden in this terrific SI shot featuring Doc Rivers and Larry Bird. Bulpett is in the white shirt, a few feet away from an attentive Bob Ryan.


2011 Approval Ratings – Sean McAdam

Sean McAdam covers MLB and the Red Sox for Comcast SportsNet New England.

A graduate of Providence college, McAdam spent 23 years with the Providence Journal, mainly on the Red Sox beat. He then moved to the Boston Herald in 2008 before joining CSNNE in 2009. He has also written nationally for ESPN.com and FOXSports.com. He is a is a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

McAdam has also been a fixture on the local radio and television airwaves, starting back with WEAN in Providence (great picture here), and then for many years on WEEI, where he was a go-to guy for baseball, and frequent co-host on The Big Show. He also co-hosted The Baseball Show on the weekends. When the Big Show changed formats earlier this year, McAdam found a regular role on 98.5 The SportsHub, where he is a frequent guest.

Prior to coming to CSNNE, McAdam had also been a regular on NESN pregame shows.


2011 Approval Ratings – Heidi Watney

Heidi Watney is the Red Sox reporter for NESN.

Watney joined NESN in 2008, replacing the popular Tina Cervasio. She was born and raised in Fresno, California, and graduated with honors from the University of San Diego on an academic scholarship.

Prior to coming to NESN she was a sports anchor for Fox affiliate KMPH-TV in Fresno. She also did some time as a sports radio host for 1430 ESPN Radio KFIG in Fresno.

Her father is the golf coach at Fresno State, and her cousin Nick Watney is on the PGA tour. She was the third runner-up in the 2003 Miss California pageant


2011 Approval Ratings – Andy Gresh

Andy Gresh co-hosts the 98.5 FM midday show Gresh & Zo.

A former college football player at URI, Gresh has been a fixture on the Patriots radio network’s pre and postgame coverage for much of the last decade. Prior to taking over for Gary Tanguay on the 98.5 midday show, Gresh had worked at SIRIUS/XM radio where he hosted The Gresh Show. Before that he had hosted The Andy Gresh Show weekends on ESPN Radio.

Gresh and co-host Scott Zolak also hosted a show on the former Providence sports radio station The Score, WSKO. He makes many appearances on Comcast SportsNet year-round, but especially during the NFL season.

Gresh has also worked college football telecasts for NESN, including the annual Williams/Amherst rivalry matchup.


2011 Approval Ratings – Andy Brickley

Melrose native Andy Brickley has been Bruins analyst since 1996 when he was hired by WBZ radio to replace Barry Pederson, who had just received a promotion at the investment firm he was working at.

The following year, Brickley was hired to do the Bruins TV broadcasts on channel 38, replacing Derek Sanderson. In 2000, he moved to NESN, doing primarily the road games, alongside Dave Shea. Since 2005, Brickley has done all NESN Bruins telecasts home and away, and since 2007, all of those have been alongside Jack Edwards.

Brickley attended UNH, where Edwards actually called the games that Brickley was playing in. Brickley had a 14-year professional hockey career (both minor league and NHL), including the Bruins from 1988-1992, and actually got his start in broadcasting while he was a player with the Grizzlies of Salt Lake City. While he was injured, Brickley participated in the radio broadcasts of the IHL club.  

He made a brief comeback as a player during the 1999-2000 season when he played three games for the Providence Bruins.

Brickley also has national broadcast experience, working games with Versus/NBC.


2011 Approval Ratings – Dale Arnold

It’s been a year of change for Dale Arnold, who was bumped off his longtime 10-2 slot on WEEI this past winter, and moved into a “roving” role, where he fills in whenever needed, hosts on the weekend, and is being used more in play-by-play for the Red Sox and Celtics radio broadcasts.

A Maine native, Arnold has been broadcasting games since he was 15 years old. He attended Bowdoin College, and began doing Maine Mariners games in 1979. In 1986 he got the same job with the New Jersey Devils. From 1988-1990 he was the voice of the New England Patriots.

In 1991, he joined WEEI, and in 1995 he started calling Bruins games for NESN, a post he held until 2007. On WEEI, he had a variety of broadcast partners, from Eddie Andelman, to Bob Neumeier to his last partner, Michael Holley.


2011 Approval Ratings – Dave Goucher

Dave Goucher has been the radio play-by-play voice of the Boston Bruins for 11 years. 

A native of Pawtucket, Goucher is a 1993 graduate of Boston University, where he also began his broadcast career, calling two years of Terrier hockey and football for the BU radio station. He spent five years as voice of the Providence Bruins of the AHL, including the team’s 1999 Calder Cup Championship run. He became the Boston Bruins radio voice on WBZ radio in 2000, replacing Bob Neumeier. Goucher has been named New England’s top radio play-by-play announcer by the Associated Press three times (2003, 2006, & 2007) and won the AP “Best Sportscast” award in 2006. He’s done work for NHL Radio in the past, doing the “Game of the Week” for Westwood One.

His no-nonsense, understated style stands in sharp contrast to the TV stylings of Jack Edwards, and his chemistry with analyst Bob Beers is about as good as it gets. This spring he’s done frequent appearances on WBZ-FM to talk about the team, and did an interview with Chad Finn last month as well.