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Every Friday I will be providing SoB with a weekly media news/notes column, including three must-read columns for the Boston sports fan (whether good or bad).
WEEI’s long reign as world-beater of the sports radio landscape has come to an end. In the month of May, 98.5 The Sports Hub bolstered its already impressive lead over ‘EEI in the ratings war. Much has been made of the data interpretation and how to view the ratings. In this case, there seems to be no issue extrapolating the figures – put simply – Numbers don’t lie.
And right now, the numbers are telling us 98.5 The Sports Hub is annihilating the antecedent home for sports radio in Boston, WEEI. Now, it merits mentioning, The Sports Hub is the home of the Boston Bruins. As I outlined last week, the flourishing station certainly benefited from the B’s triumphs this spring.
I think there are three primary reasons for the Sports Hub’s rise, and coinciding fall of ‘EEI.
In the coming weeks I’ll delve further into some issues involving both these stations and the domineering personalities that clutter the airwaves. For now, just let the realization settle in. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
Speaking of personalities, I really like the “Approval Ratings” being done by Boston sports media officio, Bruce Allen. In each feature, Allen gives a brief yet informative biography of a Boston sports media figure then simply poses the question of whether you approve of said figure and their work. It’s interesting going over reader comments (sans the few who just use the opportunity as a forum to insult). I think the idea gives a good aggregate view of how the audience feels about the people covering our treasured sports teams.
Marv Albert, now 70, signed on to become a play-by-play man for CBS Sports football coverage. The news comes months after the network let go of the ever-eccentric Gus Johnson. I know what you’re thinking, and no, Albert will still man his post with Turner Sports’ NBA coverage. This is an important caveat considering Albert’s name is synonymous with the NBA, and is a celebrated member of the Hall of Fame. So basically, the move means more Marv. He leaves his radio post covering night games for Westwood One, and joins the television coverage at CBS.
A few more words on Albert. I think he is a classic case of utilitarianism. We all know the story of his sexual assault charges that led to him being excommunicated from NBC, and ultimately destroying his visibility from ’97 until ’05. And that’s a shame. It really is. Because anyone who has ever yearned to be a part of the sports world in a capacity not related to participating in the actual games – whether to be a writer, broadcaster, or whatever – adored Marv Albert for his professional abilities. It’s nice to see him back in the fold, albeit late, I just wish he had never left.
Gerry Callahan steps away from the mic, and delivers a fine piece on whether Boston is a “Hockey Town” or “Basketball Town” in the winter.
And our dud of the week comes from Jemele Hill, who reminds us that David Tyree’s anti-gay marriage thoughts may be off-base, but he has a right to voice them. Because people were trying to mute him? Really? Thanks for that. I enjoyed our own Matt Goisman’s, who also has that same right, evisceration of Tyree.