So Bob Neumeier is indeed out at WEEI after tomorrow’s show. It’s been three years already since Eddie Andelman left and Neumeier came in? The time just flies by.
I admit that I was not a big fan of the Neumeier hiring. It just seemed like another example of the “good ol’ boy” network of Boston sports media in action. That’s actually exactly what it was. A huge deal was made about replacing Andelman and the whole “search” process. Neumy was in from the start and everyone knew it. I didn’t really like Neumeier, didn’t think he brought much to the table. He started bringing a lot of statistics to the show, something that he has continued throughout his time on the show. His reliance on them was sometimes interesting, sometimes annoying.
For me, my dislike of his hiring started to fade a little over time. I think it was actually the “Voice of Bob Neumeier” on the Big Show whiner line that actually made me start to view him a little differently. Somehow that “voice” (my favorite whiner line bit, by the way – and I hope it continues.) softened my view on Bob and made him much more tolerable. I can’t explain it. I came to sort of appreciate some of his quirky humor and moments of grandiose pontificating. Of course, he still drove me nuts from time to time, but overall, I enjoy the Dale & Neumy show the most out of all the WEEI programs, as they try to stick to sports, they try to not to hammer the same subjects over and over, but instead try to look at things from different angles. That is where some of Neumy’s stats come into the equation.
So in the end, I’m going to sort of miss the big lug, but I’m excited about some of the possibilities that could be out there to replace him. Of course though, history tells us that we can rely on WEEI to bring us the lowest common denominator when it comes to a replacement.
Early speculation on a replacement has centered on Michael Holley, as I mentioned yesterday. From what I hear, Holley’s contract with FSN for I, Max will keep paying him until June. Holley would provide a much needed daily minority voice on the station. Rumor has it that he is the one they want.
Some others to consider:
Jackie MacMullan – The Globe obstacle is a big one, but she could be interested, would be a very good candidate, and would provide yet another demographic swing…bringing a female voice onto the daily schedule.
Sean McAdam – Would be a strong choice based on WEEI’s move into Rhode Island on 103.7. His areas of knowledge — baseball and hockey — would fit right in to the Providence audience. He knows his other sports pretty well in addition.
Pete Sheppard – You know the Big Show guys will be talking up Pete’s candidacy. I guess you can sat D&C will do the same for Jon Meterparel. Are either a serious candidate? No. Sheppard would get taken a little more seriously though.
Andy Gresh – He’s not bad, and would again represent an attempt to appeal to the Providence listeners. If they steal him from The Score, then I’m sure that’s a bonus to them.
Ryen Russillo – This guy has got to get a wider audience. He’s more prepared and articulate then just about any on-air media person in town and is going places. Is he going to WEEI? Not at this time, I don’t think.
Dave Jageler – Another guy lost in the signal of WWZN. But wouldn’t this be ironic. Hooking up two former Eddie Andelman broadcast partners. Ah, the war stories I’m sure they could tell…
Michael Felger – You know Felger’s interested. I don’t see him as long for the newspaper world period. He’s more of an on-air, radio TV guy. I don’t see it coming together with this show right now.
Steve Buckley – Again, if there’s a job opening, Buck will have his resume ready. He would be a “safe” hire if Jason Wolfe wants to go that way.
Michael Smith – Another minority candidate. Not sure how his duties with ESPN.com would affect his chances. He’s a young, talented, smart guy with a lot going for him. He might be looking past WEEI.
That’s my field. I’m guessing that one of the above names will be the in the chair across from Dale Arnold very soon. By the way…this will make three partners in four years for Dale. You know what that means don’t you? No other conclusion.
Dale’s a Diva.
Just kidding, Dale.
I’m going to be taking some time away from here for a few days. I’ve got some eager young rookies that are going to try to take on the links for Thursday and Friday of this week and Monday and Tuesday next week. Be nice to them.