Tuesday, September 2, 2008

WEEI puts on a new weekend look

WEEI AM 850 will revamp its weekend program schedule beginning this Saturday(9/7), replacing long-running Saturday morning "Mustard and Johnson" show hosted by Larry Johnson and Craig Mustard with the brand new The WEEI.com Radio Show hosted by WEEI.com editor Rob Bradford and weekend host Mike Mutnansky. "Mustard and Johnson" were the regular Saturday morning fixture on WEEI since 1996. Both hosts are expected to remain with the station in the part-time fill-in roles.

Speaking of Mustard,he has been associated with WEEI since late summer of 1990 when the station still ran its low-rated all-news format on the AM 590 frequency. He had his own night-time show(7-11pm), hosted post and pre-game shows for the Celtics and Bruins, and did afternoon drive sports updates. A year later when WEEI adopted its current sports format(9/3/91), Mustard was its first night-time host. The other current on-air personalities who have been with WEEI since its sports conversion 17 years ago tomorrow are middayer Dale Arnold and afternoon drive king Glenn Ordway.

In other WEEI news, with the Patriots pre-game show "NFL Sunday" is returning this Sunday(9am-Noon). As expected, Mike Felger who returned to WEEI after three years at ESPN 890, has been named the show's new host. He'll be joined by former Patriot Steve Nelson, senior writer for Patriots Football Weekly Paul Perrillo and Tom Curran of NBCSports.com.

Here is today's press release announcing weekend line-up changes :

September 2, 2008 (Boston)—The WEEI Sports Radio Network announced today the addition of a newly created weekend lineup highlighted by the return of NFL Sunday and The Real Post Game Show, which have been so successful before and after Patriots football games.

Beginning Sunday, September 7th, Michael Felger takes over as host of NFL Sunday, the pre-eminent Patriots football pre-game show, from 9:00am to noon. Felger will be joined by two regular contributors to the program, New England Patriots Hall of Fame Linebacker Steve Nelson and Paul Perrillo, Senior Writer for New England Patriots Football Weekly. Tom Curran of NBC
Sports.com will also call in every week to provide a national perspective on each week’s games. NFL Sunday will provide listeners with the most comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of the Patriots as they prepare for their upcoming opponents.

After the game, it’s The Real Post Game Show with Big Show Flash Anchor Pete Sheppard, and two of the most respected and well versed former Patriots in town -- Fred Smerlas and Steve DeOssie. The program airs immediately after every Patriots game, and will give listeners their first chance to discuss, break down and analyze the outcome. The Real Post Game Show airs from 4pm to 7:30pm, leading into the network’s coverage of Sunday Night Football.

On Saturday, WEEI is proud to announce the addition of The
WEEI.com Radio Show. The new show will kick off this Saturday, September 6th at 9am, and will be co-hosted by WEEI.com editor Rob Bradford and Mike Mutnansky. Mutnansky has been a weekend contributor to WEEI in recent months and also hosts an afternoon drive show on WGAM 900 AM in Nashua NH . Bradford , of course, most recently wrote for the Boston Herald and is the author of two books, “Chasing Steinbrenner” and “ Deep Drive ”. In addition to covering the major sports stories of the day, the TheWEEI.com Radio Show will highlight the newly-created content on WEEI.com. Each of the regular contributors to the web site -- Ron Borges, Will Leitch, Mike Petraglia, Alex Speier, Jeff Goodman and others -- will appear on the show on a rotating basis.

VP of Programming and Operations for the WEEI Sports Radio Network, Jason Wolfe, commented on the announcement: “Craig Mustard and Larry Johnson have done a spectacular job on their Saturday morning shift, and I want to thank them very much for all they have contributed to the success of WEEI. They are certainly going to continue to be a part of our lineup in the weeks and months ahead, and we are also speaking with them about new and specific roles with WEEI.com. I am very excited to continue to work with both of them.”

Wolfe continued, “NFL Sunday and The Real Post Game Show are staples of the WEEI lineup, and will continue to provide our listeners with the best Patriots coverage in New England . Our new show with Mike and Rob will be a fantastic addition to our weekend programming.It will follow the same model that has made WEEI an unprecedented success, while also providing listeners with unique insight into our daily content that lives on WEEI.com. I think our audience will be very pleased.”

BRW Notebook :

The Voice : Very sad day in the voice art/radio industry. His voice sounded as though it was filling the room from a set of great speakers. As he talked, his baritone resonated, his every inflection was telling, his intonation suggested subtle drama. It's no wonder that Don LaFontaine who was regarded as the Voice. Not only he voiced 5,000 movie trailers, 350,000 TV and radio commercials over the years but he was also on hundreds of radio station promos, including locally on Kiss 108. R.I.P., Don LaFontaine.

Radio Perestroyka : After a decade of running an NPR affiliate WRNI AM 1290/AM1230 in Rhode Island, The WBUR Group made the official announcement yesterday that Boston's WBUR 90.9FM will no longer be financially and administratively in charge of the station as of August 31.

Looking for Help : WUMB 91.9FM is looking for part time radio announcers. interested candidates should send a sample of their work and résumé to WUMB's Program Director Brian Quinn at http://us.mc356.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=brian.quinn@umb.edu.


jvwalt said...

The weekend moves certainly make sense in terms of strengthening the link between WEEI and WEEI.com -- and also for strengthening the station's regionwide network. The new weekend shows should be a bit less amateurish, and (potentially) less Boston-centric, which should help them draw the non-Red Sox Nation crowd in places like eastern Connecticut, western Massachusetts, and Vermont.

Eric at VisitingNewEngland.com said...

I wasn't a big fan of Craig Mustard or Larry Johnson, but yet really enjoyed their show. This is a prime example of the sum being more impressive than the parts. They had a chemistry that was often annoying, but still yielded compelling, well thought out opinions. Thanks for the show and best wishes to both of you.