Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Bob Socci picked as the next radio voice of the New England Patriots

WBZ 98.5/The SportsHub today named  announcer Bob Socci as its Patriots play-by-play announcer for next season, teaming with analyst Scott Zolak. Socci replaces the renowned Gil Santos, who retired after the 2012 season after 36 seasons of calling Patriots games.  Socci’s appointment is effective immediately, according to an announcement made earlier today by Mike Thomas, Vice President of Programming for CBS Radio Boston.

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Most of Socci's play-by-play experience has been in minor league baseball, college football and basketball. Socci, 45,a native of Central New York State and resident of Milton, Mass, is currently in his first year of working as play-by-play voice for the Red Sox minor league affiliate in Pawtucket. He will end his PawSox work on July 1st.

He and Zolak will succeed Santos and Gino Cappelletti, both of whom retired in the past two years.


BRW Notebook :

Sheppard finds a new soapbox :  Former WEEI personality talker Pete Sheppard, who quit on the air a couple weeks ago(BRW 4/14) is now practicing his craft at Quincy-based WUFC/1510 NBC Sports Radio Boston. He's hosting afternoon drive show from 3 to 6pm, Monday thru Friday. On his first show this past Monday, Sheppard went after his former employer in the best 10-minute rant in the history of Boston radio.

Executive Turntable :  Greater Media promoted Mark Keaney to Director of Sales at its Boston group -- AC "Magic 106.7" WMJX-FM, Rhythmic WBQT/Hot 96.9, WKLB/Country 102.5, alternative WBOS/Radio 92.9, and classic hits WROR 105.7. Keaney most recently was the General Sales Manager of WKLB  and WBOS. He's been with Greater Media Boston for the past five years. Previously, he was Director of Sales for Comcast Spotlight from 2004-2008, General Sales Manager at Mix 98.5 from 1998-2004, and an account exec at Kiss 108, and KIIS-FM/ Los Angeles, from 1990-1998....Greater Media promoted Boston Market Manager Rob Williams to Vice President. He oversees Greater Media's Boston radio stations -- including Magic 106.7, Hot 96.9, Country 102.5, Radio 92.9, and Classic Hits 105.7 WROR-FM. Williams joined Greater Media Boston as Market Manager in January 2012..Also at Greater Media, alternative WBOS/Radio 92.9 has named John Mullett as its new Marketing Director replacing Crystal Margolis who left the station two months ago after an 8-year run.  Mullett most recently served as the Marketing Director at WXRV/92.5 The River. He will begin his new position on Monday, April 29...Mullett's role at WXRV/92.5 The River is now being filled by radio veteran JoAnne Adduci who has joined the station last week in the newly created Sr. Marketing Consultant position, She has extensive experience includes local, regional and national broadcast sales as well as digital and event marketing, and has held various sales and sales management positions at Entercom, CBS Radio and New England Cable News.

Succession of Power : Marita Rivero, vice president and general manager for radio and television at producing powerhouse WGBH, is stepping down after nearly 30 years at the Boston station. Effective in June, Rivero will be succeeded by Liz Cheng as GM. for WGBH television and Phil Redo as GM. for WGBH radio. Cheng is currently GM. of WGBH’s national digital multicast channel World, which she will continue to oversee. Redo is currently managing director of 89.7 WGBH and WCAI


Fock This! :  FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski reportedly gave Boston Red Sox star David "Big Papi" Ortiz's use of the "f-word" in his comments to fans at Fenway Park before last's Saturday's game  a note of support via Twitter. A Twitter tweet, attributed to Genachowski, via the FCC's verified account, read : "David Ortiz spoke from the heart at today’s Red Sox game. I stand with Big Papi and the people of Boston - Julius." Ortiz, during the emotional ceremony following last week's Boston Marathon bombing, and Friday night's apprehension of the second suspect, said, 'This is our fucking city, and nobody is going to dictate our freedom. Stay strong. WEEI 93.7 and rest of Red Sox radio network were able to "dump" the "f-word" before it aired. The comment did air unedited on cable's MLB Network and the Red Sox' TV outlet, NESN. But the FCC doesn't regulate content on non-over-the-air television -- and the "f-word" is often heard on cable/satellite station

Radio united : Entercom -- the radio broadcast partner of the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Celtics -- has made a $25,000 donation to The One Fund. That's the special fund set up by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino to help those most affected by the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15. In the Boston market Entercom operates Rock WAAF 107.3/WKAF 97.7, News Talk WRKO 680, and sports talkers WEEI 93.7 and WEEI/ESPN on 850 -- but the donation to The One Fund comes from the company as a whole.

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