- BSMW Network Post: Expect A Local ESPN Boston Website http://tr.im/tMTs #
- BSMW Network Post: Patriots Monday/Friday Correction From WEEI http://tr.im/tMao #
- RT @radioinsight: Not sure what this means but ESPNBoston.com ownership transferred from 890 to ESPN Inc. #
- RT @NFLprguy: NFL Draft goes primetime in 2010 Thurs-Sat, April 22-24 1st rd 7:30pm start on Thurs rds 2-3, 6:30pm Fri rds 4-7 on Sat, 10 am #
- BSMW Network Post: The China Syndrome, Boston Edition http://tr.im/tJ0h #
- Games like last night (Both #RedSox and the #Dodgers) are when I really miss Manny Ramirez. #
- BSMW Network Post: Crazy Thursday Linkage http://tr.im/tI4B #
- BSMW Network Post: Will WEEI Add FM Simulcast In Boston? http://tr.im/tHSg #
- RT @SportsMediaNews: New blog post: Rosenthal Weighs-In On LaRoche Acquistion http://bit.ly/45eeSU #
- Mediaite – 5 questions with Bill Simmons (@sportsguy33) http://tr.im/tHfs #
- RT @RapSheet: Nick Saban: "When I worked with Bill Belichick, we only had one sign in our building. It was 'Do your job.' " #
- RT @weeisports: Cambridge Police Sgt Crowley joins D&C to tell his side http://bit.ly/lNgx0 Gee, I'm shocked they didn't have Prof. Gates on #
- RT @JonCouture: Red Sox Gm 94 Reloaded at http://bit.ly/1cJN6 — While you read this, the Rangers stole four more bases on Jason Varitek. #
- BSMW Network Post: Anemic Sox Need Transfusion of Offense http://tr.im/tG39 #
- Ellis Burks tells us what Jim Rice meant to his career: http://tr.im/tFBi #
- BSMW Network Post: Thursday’s Viewing Picks http://tr.im/tFi2 #
- BSMW Network Post: Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-07-22 http://tr.im/tDdd #
- BSMW Network Post: Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-07-22 http://tr.im/tDdb #
So this is interesting…
Yesterday’s press release, which announced the signing of extensions for both Patriots Monday and Patriots Friday programming and for Westwood One programming has been corrected with the following information from the WEEI PR company:
WEEI is in its SECOND year of the contract with the New England Patriots for Patriots Monday and Patriots Friday programming.
So the extension on that particular set of programs was signed LAST YEAR, not this week. It appears that WEEI did just sign a two year extension on the Westwood One programming.
It is not known how long the Patriots Monday and Patriots Friday agreement with WEEI is for.
Lately, the Nation goes to bed each night another game worse in the division. Each morning, we rise to a lineup that can’t hit good pitchers or bad; starters who can’t bring it to another level to carry the anemic bats; opponents who run wild on the bases; and the expectation of dropping another game in the standings.
Twice before, the Sox have squantered large advantages over the Yankees in record time (12 days to lose 5.5 games in May, 15 days to lose 5 games in July, thanks to Baseball Race). Now, they’ve done the same in just five days, leaving one question: If the Sox continue to play this way, is it possible they could melt down all the way to China?
Boston Sports Blog acknowledges things could be worse, even as the threat of sinking deeper looms. Toeing The Rubber says losing is real and it’s here, but we gotta support these guys anyway. So many demons make Boston Dirt Dogs want to scream. Mazz says the Sox’s inability to hit right-handed pitching is a reason to worry, but their ability to pummel lefties is a cause for jubilation. The unasked question is, aren’t there more righties than lefties in MLB?
A Red Sox Fan From Pinstripe Territory tells the media to go become Washington Nationals fans if they can’t handle a one-game [make that two] deficit in July. New England Sports 24/7 says Boston will need quite the militia to fend off the Yankees attack. YFSF takes solace in the pitching, which has historically been the culprit during previous swoons. Alas, all is not lost. Justin Masterson says life can be fun if you allow it to be.
Last night, I tried that, sitting in front of NESN determined to disprove the charge that this is an unwatchable team. The opening witness was Jacoby Ellsbury, who struck out on four poitches, two of them called. Lead-off is a black hole in the 2009 Red Sox, where Hacks With Haggs has some stats that have Theo falling short of his goal to be average everywhere. Ironically, he just traded his best lead-off hitter. State of the Sox likes Ellsbury leading off since he’s the only one who wants the job, but Don Orsillo says he doesn’t get on base enough.
Gary Tanguay thinks John Smoltz in the bullpen will make these a better Sox. The House That Dewey Built takes a quantitative look at Smoltz’s plunging velocity. Then there’s Jason Varitek’s velocity, as Projo Sports Blog has opponents running unabated around the bases. One If By Land analyzes the problem of J.D. Drew, who is grounding into overshifts when he’s not outright swinging through the ball.
Tom Caron draws a parallel between Theo’s July trades and his team’s success in October. Fighting Words thinks a sleight of hand has helped Theo shop Clay Buchholz in the weeks leading up to the MLB trade deadline. Extra Bases has newly-acquired Adam LaRoche historically morphing from minor-leaguer to All-Star during the season’s second half. Small White Ball is thankful we’ve moved onto the positive side of LaRoche’s season-long ledger. FanGraphs says the Sox exploited their financial resources to get an overpaid backup but, hey, he won’t be a disaster. Year Of The Sox expected this as a hedge against the wince-and-hobble fest that is Mike Lowell in the field, but The Hardball Times calls him a below-average fielder. SportsCenter 5 Overtime suspects LaRoche’s Pittsburgh connection to Jason Bay may be at play in this acquisition.
Sox Addict has Theo ridding himself of one of his biggest mistakes with Julio Lugo’s trade to St. Louis. Fire Brand of the American League likes the much-needed pop Chris Duncan may provide against righties. Sweet Spot can’t figure out what Duncan offers that Kotsay doesn’t.
Thanks For Playing has Jim Rice out of the spotlight at his own HoF induction this weekend. There’ll be another ceremony for Rice later, when No. 14 is hung from the rightfield facade at Fenway. Ask 14 comments on the retirement of his number. Empyreal Environs exploits Rice’s honors and Henry Gates’ recent arrest as his platform for commenting on Boston bigotry, which he contends hasn’t improved enough since No. 14’s rookie season.
Musket Fire allays our fears of a reportedly tough schedule facing the Patriots in 2009. NE Patriots Draft has the Pats going 14-2 this year . . . if they keep out the Bernard Pollards of the world. Speaking of which, Patriots Notebook looks at this year’s O line, which has a magnified significance. Shutdown Corner hopes honorary captain Elton John can hold Tom Brady closer.
His paychecks might be in New England, but Pats Chowder has Jarvis Green’s heart in New Orleans with the Saints. However, Reiss’s Pieces has Green backtracking and sending some lovin’ New England’s way. Sports of Boston looks forward to messing with PETA if Michael Vick ever comes to Foxborough. Don’t hold your breath, Jon, despite what you hear.
And finally, Pats Pulpit catches up with the newest Pats beat writer, the Herald’s Ian Rapoport.
I’ll be joining Tim Wakefield on the 15-day DL after today, as vacation and day job commitments call. We’ll see you in three weeks or, in Red Sox math, another 21 games behind.
Will the new WBZ-FM The SportsHub force Entercom to get themselves a WEEI presence on the FM airwaves in Boston?
To this point, there has really been no reason for Entercom/WEEI to make the move to FM in Boston, (They’ve already gone to FM in Providence) the AM signal is strong, and there hasn’t been competition on the FM airwaves to compel them to make this move.
With WBZ-FM starting up at 98.5FM next month, is now the time for WEEI to get simulcast on FM radio in the Boston area? Might they even try to beat the new station to the FM dial?
If they decided to make this move, they have a few options available.
Entercom has three FM frequencies currently in Boston, plus the 103.7 WEEI-FM in Rhode Island.
They have “Active” rock station WAAF, which is broadcast on 97.7 and 107.3 and there is WMKK “MikeFM” variety hits which is on 93.7
Here are the signal coverage maps for the three frequencies:
(Read their Frequently Asked Questions about these coverage maps)
Since WAAF is already broadcasting on two frequencies, if they wanted to, Entercom could simulcast WEEI on FM without taking another station off the air. They could just take either 107.3 or 97.7 and make that a WEEI simulcast.
Putting them on 97.7 would place them near to 98.5 as well as to the other FM talker on the dial, WTKK 96.9. Or do they move WMKK to one of the current WAAF frequencies and put WEEI on 93.7?
Would they take the WEEI-FM call letters away from Providence (maybe make it WWEI-FM or something) and give them to the new Boston FM station?
There’s an interesting thread on this topic at the radio-info.com website: Entercom waited too long…
In part of the buzz around the new 98.5 The SportsHub, some wondered the future status of the Patriots Monday and Patriots Friday programming, as well as the primetime NFL games through Westwood One.
WEEI announced this morning that they have extended their current deals to keep all that programming in place at WEEI.
WEEI has inked a multi-year extension with the Patriots to continue the top-rated Patriots Monday and Patriots Friday programs for the foreseeable future. The two shows provide listeners with the most comprehensive and insightful pre and post game analysis, and consist of top-flight interviews with Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and a host of players. Past participants have included Richard Seymour, Vince Wilfork and Tedy Bruschi.
The network will also continue its exclusive local programming of NFL Sunday Night Football, Monday Night Football, Thursday Night Football and NFL playoffs through its partnership with Westwood One. The contract has just been extended another two years.
“Patriots Monday and Patriots Friday are staples of the WEEI lineup and are appointment listening for New England fans,” said Entercom New England Vice President of AM Programming Jason Wolfe. “The Patriots are tremendous partners and we’re thrilled to continue this can’t miss programming while expanding our relationship with the team.” Wolfe continued, “The Patriots are primed for another Super Bowl run, and that will put a much larger emphasis on the games, league wide. WEEI is proud to be Boston’s only home for the NFL’s primetime lineup for the next two years.”
Smart move by WEEI to protect some of the most valuable aspects of their programming.
Update: This is weird. WEEI sent out a correction to say that the extension for Patriots Monday and Friday was was actually signed LAST YEAR. I’m trying to determine why they chose to announce it now.