Tuesday, October 19, 2010

NESN to simulcast WEEI's "Dennis and Callahan"

NESN, regional 24/7 sports and entertainment cable network, has agreed to simulcast WEEI 850's morning drive "Dennis and Callahan" show on a daily basis."Dennis and Callahan" -- John Dennnis and Gerry Callahan -- will be simulcast 6am to 9am. weekdays on NESN and NESN National(a national channel minus Red Sox broadcasts) starting Monday, November 16.The network will also simulcast when the program does remote broadcasts from Red Sox spring training in Florida.TV/radio simulcast is not a first for WEEI. For the past few seasons, the station has been simulcasting Comcast SportsNet's "The Baseball Show" on Saturday mornings during Red Sox season. Not clear if that arrangement will now end with today's announcement of NESN-WEEI partnership which makes a natural pairing for the Sox radio flagship and the team-owned regional TV sports channel which is the home of some 150 Red Sox games. Here's WEEI's press release :


New Programming Partnership Premieres November 16

October 19, 2010 – NESN, New England’s most watched sports network, and WEEI Sports Radio, New England ’s top rated sports radio station, announced today that they have entered into a programming partnership to simulcast The Dennis and Callahan Show on weekday mornings live from 6 am to 9 am. Beginning November 16, 2010, The Dennis and Callahan Show will be available on NESN in New England and across the country on NESN National.

“This programming partnership brings together the two most popular sports media companies in New England in a way that we think complements the strengths of each organization,” said Sean McGrail, NESN’s President and CEO. “We have worked closely with WEEI for several years to produce the annual Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon. We now look forward to working with WEEI on a daily basis to bring The Dennis and Callahan Show to our television audience.”

“We’re excited because this is the next logical step in our progression as a powerful brand, giving us the ability to provide our great content far and wide,” said Julie Kahn, Entercom New England’s Vice President, New England Market Manager. “We’ve built an unprecedented regional radio network, we stream our radio content worldwide via the web, we have original web content, mobile streaming…and now we will be available regionally and nationally on TV Nobody in our business offers what we do the way we do…and this NESN partnership impressively expands on that. “

“When they see them on TV, people may be shocked to learn how handsome John & Gerry are,” added Kahn.
"Dennis and Callahan have achieved tremendous success in morning drive on WEEI, and this new partnership with NESN provides the perfect opportunity to expand their footprint across the region. NESN is the ideal partner for us given the incredible power of its reach across New England , and the combination of our two networks will make this new project an instant hit.” said Jason Wolfe, Entercom New England’s Vice President of AM Programming.

“This is a natural fit for NESN. Dennis & Callahan is the 'go-to' show in the morning for sports and entertainment,” said Joel Feld, NESN Executive Vice President, Programming and Executive Producer. “Passionate hosts, loyal fans and no holds-barred discussion. NESN viewers get that with our Red Sox, Bruins and other sports and lifestyle programming so this is a logical way to enhance how we entertain our audience.”

NESN will install four remotely controlled HD cameras in WEEI’s studio in Brighton , MA and fiber the feeds back to the NESN HD Television Center in Watertown , MA where NESN will direct the four feeds and add graphics. In addition to the live simulcast every weekday morning, NESN will also replay The Dennis and Callahan Show in primetime on NESN National. A one-hour “Best of Dennis & Callahan” is also planned for late night. The partnership also includes regular appearances by WEEI personalities on NESN’s Red Sox pre-game shows and other sports programs.

Dennis and Callahan were paired together on WEEI in October of 1997 from 10 am to noon and after immense success, were shifted to morning drive in September of 1999 where they’ve been ever since. The show made an immediate impact in the market and has consistently been the #1 rated morning show in Boston .

BRW Notebook :

Battle of the party heads : Rush Radio 1200 will host a unique debate format this Thursday morning,(10/21) at 7am. Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh will face Republican Chairperson Jennifer Nassour in a one hour debate on the Jeff Katz Show. The debate will run until 8am and will be moderated by Rush Radio 1200’s Jeff Katz.

“I applaud Ms. Nassour and Mr. Walsh for having the guts to come to the station to talk about the issues that many candidates will not,” said Rush Radio 1200 Program Director Bill George in a press release. “For instance, both Deval Patrick and Barney Frank have ignored our frequent requests to talk about the issues on the Jeff Katz Show. We are looking forward to hearing bi-party discussion about issues which are important to the people of Massachusetts, especially financial issues like rising taxes.”

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