Thursday, May 7, 2009

Manny The Cheater story juices up Boston sports talkers

Boston sports radio is absolutely buzzing today as Red Sox Nation is trying to sort out Manny Ramirez's 50-game suspension after testing positive for a banned substance. The local shows on WEEI AM 850 as well as 890 ESPN Boston's afternoon drive show both are being inundated with calls with most callers feeling that Ramirez story will now tarnish his Hall of Fame image as well as Sox' 2004 and 2007 World Series wins.

The Manny 'roid story first surfaced last month when former Red Sox outfielder and self-admitted steroid user Jose Canseco publicly stated that Ramirez's "name is most likely, 90%" on the list of 104 big-name players who tested positive during the 2003 season. While this story will easily dominate the airwaves over the Celtics and Bruins playoff runs for the next few days, it is also a natural competition between local leader WEEI which serves as the sounding board of the Red Sox Nation and ESPN 890, which puts ESPN's resources behind a mix of national and local hosts.

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And now a word from our sponsors : Today's Globe has a story about WTKK 96.9FM's sponsors fleeing the Jay Severin Show as the controversial host sits on the sidelines in the wake of last week's uproar about his comments. Some of the market's well-known radio spenders are saying they are pulling their ads from Severin's show because they don't agree with his views while other advertisers said they were evaluating the situation. No mention in the Globe article whether these advertisers who are distancing themselves from Severin have completely stopped advertising on the station or asked to move their ads to different dayparts on WTKK schedule.

Funny memories of Dom : This happens to be one of the classic Boston radio moments of all time. In 1985, WFNX 101.7FM's veteran news director Henry Santoro was interviewing funnyman Dom DeLuise about his new cookbook. DeLuise, who passed away earlier this week at the age of 75, fell asleep during the intereview. Twice! Hear it here.

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