Ordway returns to WEEI via midday opening
After the story was first reported last November, WEEI 93.7 and Glenn "Big O" Ordway reunion will finally become reality next Tuesday morning(9/8) when local sports radio veteran will return to the Entercom-owned sports talker. In his new role, Ordway who along with a fellow WEEI personalities Dale Arnold(2-6pm weekdays) and Craig Mustard(9-11am Saturdays) helped to launch all-sports format in Boston 24 years ago this Thursday(9/3), will join former Boston Red Sox infielder Lou Merloni and ex-New England Patriot Christian Fauria weekdays from 10am-2pm. He officially replaces Tim Benz who left the station last month to return to Pittsburgh(BRW 7/31). Ordway filled in the mornings on WEEI over this past summer but he has been off the station in a regular weekday role for two years, six months and 25 days(BRW 2/14/13).
In WEEI's press release, Entercom/Boston VP/Market Manager Phil Zachary said the time is right for Ordway’s return to WEEI. “There is no one in Boston media who better understands the passion, pride and peculiarities of New England sports fans than Glenn Ordway. In an era where copycats are far too often the norm, Glenn is a true and timeless original with legions of followers eager to hear his views every day.”
BRW Notebook :
Changes in radio booth : Dave O’Brien who has been part of the Red Sox radio broadcast team at WEEI 93.7 for the past nine years will be moving on to TV side by accepting a play-by-play role on team-owned NESN starting with 2016 season, it was announced last week. O'Brien also works for ESPN where he calls Monday or Wednesday night baseball games during Sox season and college basketball during the offseason. With his new NESN assignment he will continue to work for ESPN in a scaled down capacity. The question now is who will replace O'Brien in WEEI radio booth as the station and the team head into final year of their 10-year radio deal. Look for WEEI's midday voice Lou Merloni to be a part of Sox radio broadcast team in full or part-time role come April 2016.
My summer reading : While CBS Radio's WBZ 1030 is the undisputed news/talk king in Boston, there is a pretty interesting two-station battle taking place between pubcasters WBUR 90.9 and WGBH 89.7. Read details here.