A Contract Extension and Hall of Fame nomination for Red Sox voice
This Red Sox season is only getting better for the team's 31-year radio voice Joe Castiglione.
WEEI Red Sox Radio Network today announced that the Connecticut native, Castiglione, 66, has agreed to a two-year contract extension to remain the voice of Boston Red Sox baseball. He has been calling Red Sox games since 1983 and will continue in his current role alongside Dave O’Brien through the 2015 season, making him the longest tenured announcer in the Red Sox history.
Earlier this week, Castiglione also learned that he’s one of 10 finalists for the MLB Hall of Fame Ford C. Frick Award, given to baseball broadcasters to honor “long and meritorious service” to their clubs and the game. Rounding out the 2014 nominees (noted with their current or most recent teams) are: Jacques Doucet (Toronto Blue Jays French voice); Ken Harrelson (Chicago White Sox); Bill King (Oakland A’s); Duane Kulper (San Francisco Giants); Eric Nadel (Texas Rangers); Eduardo Ortega (San Diego Padres Spanish voice); Mike Shannon (St. Louis Cardinals); Dewayne Staats (Tampa Bay Rays); and Pete Van Wieren (Atlanta Braves). The winner — who will be voted on by a panel comprised of the 16 living Frick Award recipients — will be announced on December 11th at the Baseball Winter Meetings, and will be officially inducted at ceremonies that will be held during the annual Hall of Fame Weekend at Cooperstown on July 26th, 2014
Known for his signature, “Can you believe it” call, Castiglione has broadcast some of the most memorable moments in Red Sox history from Carl Yastrzemski’s last game in 1983 to Roger Clemens 20 strikeout game, Dave Roberts steal in Game 4 against the Yankees, and the Red Sox’s historic 2004 and 2007 World Series Championships.”
“I am extremely happy to continue in the best job in New England. I've been blessed to be a part of a signature franchise that has enabled me to be a witness to some of the most historic moments in Red Sox history,” said Joe Castiglione. “From spring training, to opening day, to that famous final out in St. Louis in 2004 I’ve had the best seats in the house. I would also like to thank the Red Sox organization, Entercom, my wife Jan, my family, all my past broadcast partners and Dave O’Brien for their loyalty and support they have given me over the years.”
“Joe is more than a just broadcaster; he’s become as iconic as Fenway Park or the Green Monster. One of the reasons the Boston Red Sox are such a part of the fabric of New England is because of the work and the voice of Joe Castiglione,” said WEEI Brand Manager Kevin Graham in a press release. “We are proud to announce that this Hall of Fame nominated announcer isn’t going anywhere. Joe will be right behind home plate calling Red Sox games for another two seasons…and hopefully many more.”
BRW Notebook :
Shutting off the mic : WBZ 1030's overnight host Jen Brien has exited the midnight-5am shift after a little over three months. She joined the station back in late June as the replacement for Steve Leveille, who retired in 2012.(BRW 6/25) Weekend talent Morgan White Jr. will fill in for the rest of the week but the station's website lists "Overnight Talk" in its weekday schedule.
Executive Turntable : Veteran broadcast marketing executive Bev Tilden has joined Cape Cod Broadcasting as General Manager. Along with corporate marketing stints at AM/FM and Clear Channel Radio, Tilden spent more than 25 years in Boston marketing WXKS/KISS 108 and Sports/Talker WEEI. Cape Cod Broadcasting owns and operates FM’s WQRC, WKPE, WFCC , and WOCN, along with CapeCod.com and The World Classical Network.
Back to school : Boston University's WTBU 89.3 has been nominated for station of the year in the 2013 CMJ College Radio Awards. The station won the award last year.
WTBU is up against the University of Minnesota Twin Cities' KUOM 106.5, Michigan State University's WDBM 88.9 and Seton Hall University's WSOU 89.5.
Top of the class : The Country Radio Seminar (CRS) Board of Directors announced this week that Greater Media's WKLB/Country 102.5's Program Director Mike Brophey has been named among the inductees of the Class of 2014 Country Radio Hall of Fame dinner on Tuesday, February 18th at the Nashville Convention Center. Brophey will be inducted in the radio category along with Larry Wilson of Alpha and L&L Broadcasting. Additionally, Paul Schadt of WKKT in Charlotte, North Carolina and Jim Denny of WFMS in Indianapolis, Indiana have been selected as the 2014 inductees in the On-Air category.