Dennis and Callahan To Be Simulcast on NESN

NESN and WEEI announced this morning that beginning on November 16th, The Dennis and Callahan program will be simulcast on NESN from 6:00 to 9:00 am weekdays. The show will also be available to NESN National subscribers across the country.

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 Showin 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.

First reaction? Ugh.

Second reaction? How will Jason Wolfe attempt to use the TV numbers in his radio ratings numbers?

They insist it won’t, but I’ll be curious to see if the move means that D&C will be forced to tone down their hate act a bit. When it comes to politics, we already know that prominent members of Red Sox management are at the opposite end of the spectrum politically with D&C, how much will they be willing to tolerate on their own station? Or will the 9:00-10:00 hour now become the political hour for D&C?

I’m also interested in this move from the standpoint of WEEI’s relationship with Comcast SportsNet. Those two have sort of always been allies in many ways, now, with WEEI alligning itself so strongly with NESN, does that have a trickle-down effect on the other talent at the station?

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  • http://www.MaddenBible.com stephengibbons

    UGH is right!

    I love a little D & C for the morning commute. I'm now worried the show will become a bit more PC (good and bad). I suppose its just a sign of the time.

    Do people read, listen, or watch "stuff"? They watch.

    Now we will have to sit back and watch what happens

  • NAOP

    Apparently NESN isn't familiar with the phrase "a face for radio".

  • Ken

    Are they doing this because CSNNE will be carrying Dan Patrick Show starting Monday?

  • Michael Gee

    Dear Bruce: I know the economy isn't great, but are there really enough unemployed people willing to watch a television broadcast of a radio talk show from 6-9 a.m. in Boston to make this a better deal for NESN than rerunning that stupid fishing show?

  • ronramone

    Does this mean Sports Desk (or whatever it's called now) with Uri & Jade is done? I watch that in the morning to get my highlights. Iwill not watch Fatty & the Forehead.

    • Ann

      I used to watch NESN religiously every morning over coffee. I loved the 15 minute sports desk, an efficient way to see the highlights. The product has gone steadily down hill, and when they went to NESN daily, I switched to CSNNE. If I could stand 2 minutes of Mike Adams commentary, I certainly one tolerate 10 seconds of D&C.

  • latetodinner

    Gee Bruce, such cynicism. Its not like NESN has such brilliant morning programming that is must see. This gives them 3 hours of cheap to produce (4 remote cameras, one person pushing a button and maybe one person doing graphics) programming that will have the requisite updates/sports flashes. Regardless of D&C's politics this is a good move for NESN. The Sox broadcasts have always tied the two stations/networks (WEEI is definitely a radio network with 11 affiliates). The politics will probably not be toned down, the owners of NESN want ratings not an unwillable censorship battle. I am sure this has already been discussed and signed off on by the powers that be. Its not like Larry Luccino and Tom Warner have stayed away from the show in the past.

    As for the relationship with CSSNE, seems to me the same things that tie WEEI to NESN tie WEEI to CSSNE…the 82 games of shared broadcasting of the Celtics. I doubt this will cause much change from the TV side. D&C were none presences on CSSNE anyway..that is Mike Holly and some of the Big Show people's gig.

    As far as I can see all this really does is isolates 98.5 the sports hub. The patriots have no local TV affiliate due to the nature of the NFL so they cannot leverage that. The bruins share 98.5 and NESN…but 98.5 was just out flanked. In the long run this just helps build more of WEEI's brand without it costing them much and NESN clearly is making sure everyone knows they are part of the team along with CSSNE. Its not that dissimilar from the Globe surrendering finally and allowing its people back on WEEI. Of course this means for every great minute of Bob Ryan there is an equally putrid minute of Ron Borges.

    • Major

      I hope the person manning the 'dump' button has to wear a 'Little Joe' gorilla suit…

  • Steve Theriault

    "Hate" Radio Bruce? Really? Ok…you've officially Jumped the Shark. Get a grip my friend. NESN lost it's identity when it didn't want to spend $$ to keep Hazel Mae on board. Does ANYBODY watch NESN anymore since Cole showed up rocking side-to-side?? Didn't think so. This was inevitable as it will be cheap programming and assured to get ratings. The latter of which pisses you off.

    • Bruce

      “Jumped the shark?” Can you at least use a little more current cliche?

      D&C have been getting beaten in the ratings by Toucher and Rich. They’re in the twilight of their career. Yes, it will be better than what is currently on in the mornings, and it will be worth it during the Tom Brady, Jerod Mayo and Adam Schefter interviews, but overall, I don’t think D&C are a great fit for NESN.

      I do agree with you on how losing Hazel Mae was a huge blow for NESN, but adding D&C isn’t the answer.

    • Sum Guy

      I still don't know which eye I'm supposed to be looking at when Hazel Mae is talking straight at the camera.

      I don't know why she had a huge fanbase in this town.

      • Bullock

        With all due respect, she was eye candy with awesome boobs. Maybe not everyone's cup of tea, but she wasn't the standard hot blond in a blouse reading a teleprompter, and did have just enough personality to make it all work.

        Word on the street is, however, she thought she was a much bigger deal than she was, hence the outrageous contract demands.

      • NHBob

        Aren't you confusing Hazel Mae with Stuart Scott. And further more, who among us ever looked at Hazel's eyes.

        • Tony

          I think Heidi is way better looking than Hazel (not that Heidi is a bombshell or anything, but she's definitely cute). But, yeah, Hazel had other valuable "assets" to be sure.

        • Sum Guy

          Aren't you supposed to look at someone's eyes when they're talking to you? Maybe I'm just old fashioned…And Hazel does have a lazy eye.

    • http://www.bostonsportsmedia.com Bruce Allen

      “Jumped the shark?” Can you at least use a little more current cliche?

      D&C have been getting beaten in the ratings by Toucher and Rich. They’re in the twilight of their career. Yes, it will be better than what is currently on in the mornings, and it will be worth it during the Tom Brady, Jerod Mayo and Adam Schefter interviews, but overall, I don’t think D&C are a great fit for NESN.

      I do agree with you on how losing Hazel Mae was a huge blow for NESN, but adding D&C isn’t the answer.

  • Jules

    NESN jumps on the white supremacist bandwagon. Sad. I'm sure NESN is looking forward to capitalizing on the right wing political climate, but I hope the network is prepared for when they have to apologize for D&C's outrageous bigotry.

  • joe

    i am surprised they won’t be doing the last hour of the show for the sole purpose of being able to carry tom brady’s interviews on mondays

  • Bullock

    I think Dennis and Callahan is awful radio. I mean, is there anything beside Republicans, golf and white people that they actually like?

    But I have to admit, it does make sense from a programming perspective. WEEI extends its brand and visibility, in a similar fashion to Mike and Mike on ESPN2. And from NESN's POV, it will be eye-opening, and perhaps not surprising, if a simulcast of D&C outdraws SportsDesk. Since Hazel Mae left — who I shamelessly admit was little more than eye candy — I have not cared for any of the anchors and could take or leave that program as a whole. With ESPN News, Sportscenter, etc., there are plenty of places to get scores and stories in the morning.

    Now, if someone ever gives me a reality/talk show in the morning with Charlie Moore, Hazel Mae and Mike Milbury in the morning, then we're talking a ratings bonanza!

  • http://twitter.com/theaisleseatcom @theaisleseatcom

    Good to see all the good liberals out and about here. I'm not a big fan of D&C all the time either and they've crossed the line a few times, but in general, their show is entertaining and this move is just a no-brainer by NESN.

    Bruce, you are usually tops when it comes to pretty much analysis of this market and the media but you're dead wrong here. NESN is simply following the lead of numerous other regional sports nets who simulcast local radio shows. Boomer & Carton are now shown on MSG in NY. Mike Francesa's show is simulcast on YES. Why it's taken so long for either D&C or the Big Show to be syndicated on either NESN or CSNNE is weird, but what are they pre-empting — boring shows like "Sports Desk" that nobody watches anyway? I fail to see how this doesn't make good business sense other than people who don't like their politics carping about them getting more attention.

    And D&C won't tone their politics down. NESN is picking up THEIR show. Their big check is still coming from EEI, I'm sure NESN knows what they are getting and if they ever tried to tone down their program, they'll lose that PR battle. Francesa ran into problems when he first went on YES and was critical of the Yankees, and they pulled the show literally off the air until he made such a fuss YES never dared to do it again (and they didn't, not after all the calls and articles that ran, all killing YES about that move). I can't see NESN making that same mistake.

    • Bruce

      You make some solid points. Thanks for the input.

      It’s much more than their politics. They just hate everything. They’re nasty, curmudgeonly old men. Dennis is just plain creepy sometimes when talks about women. (Anyone remember him asking when Michelle Wie would be “legal.”) Gerry Callahan uses his whiny, condescending sneer on every topic. Except for when they actually have a sports-related interview, I just can’t stomach them. I know I’m not alone on this.

    • http://www.bostonsportsmedia.com Bruce Allen

      (Apologies for my own comments not showing up here earlier.)

      You make some solid points. Thanks for the input.

      It’s much more than their politics. They just hate everything. They’re nasty, curmudgeonly old men. Dennis is just plain creepy sometimes when talks about women. (Anyone remember him asking when Michelle Wie would be “legal.”) Gerry Callahan uses his whiny, condescending sneer on every topic. Except for when they actually have a sports-related interview, I just can’t stomach them. I know I’m not alone on this.

      • Jon

        And what's more annoying is that they seem to hate sports. Except for golf. If you like golf, liberal bashing and hosts who dislike being awake and not drinking a Dunkin Donuts iced coffee while waiting to tee off on the first hole, then that's the show for you. And more power to you. But that's pretty much why I avoid AM radio these days. I have to go to work for 8 hours and not practice my putting skills.

      • Angry Old Bastard

        It's "smartass radio" at it's finest……my problem is that all 3 of them (counting Meter) are EXACTLY ALIKE, They are the 3 wise asses. There is no one there to offset them, other than their interview subjects.( I've heard Boomer Esiason bring them back to reality when they tried to go on a rant with him)……..They do have some good interview subjects (Roger Goodell was on today) that's the only reason I listen at all.

  • Funkhouser

    Meterparel was unlistenable before. Putting him on TV just means that he gets even douchier. There's a special place in hell for Gerry Callahan for subjecting us to this dink.

  • Jon

    Yes! Another format for me to ignore the Putt Putt twins on!

  • callah

    I think this is a challenge for D and C, they are going to have to talk about sports not the other stuff they tend to talk about. If you look at Mike and Mike, Mike Francesa, and Dan Patrick they cover sports of all kinds. D and C can only really talk Red Sox.

  • Eddie

    Hey Bruce. Just curious, do you consider Keith Olbermann a "hate act" or does that description only apply to conservative Republicans?

    • Bruce

      Same deal. He’s just as miserable as D&C, if not more.

      I hate pretty much ALL politics, if you haven’t caught on to that yet. That’s my hate act.

    • Jon

      I consider him useless, just like I do all of Fox News, MSNBC, and WEEI's morning show. What do I win?

      • Eddie

        Is your name Bruce? I don't care what your opinion is. You don't win anything, loser.

        • Jon

          Awww, poor baby. Is the big bad website guy ignoring you?

  • Bruce

    Wasn’t really meant to be about the negativity. I’m as disgusted as anyone over Meriweather.

    I was just making the observation – perhaps incorrect – where else in the country would you find the fans and media clamoring for their own player to be suspended?

  • HighWireNickEsasky

    John Dennis is back on TV! Take that, haters!

    • Jerry

      I don't think that HD will be good for Mr. Dennis.

  • Angry Old Bastard

    whatever…..I don't get it…..I guess if you don't own a radio it could come in handy. (assuming you like the D&C show) other than that why would you watch these guys TALK on TV?……I guess it could be fun watching Callahan turn different shades of red when he goes on his anti-liberal rants…..and it might be amusing to see what they wear. I'm guessing Callahan goes with a bow tie and sweater vest ensemble or white robe with white cone hat.

    • Sum Guy

      My goodness, you guys should try living in the deep south to see what real racism looks like before accusing these guys of being racist.

  • NASCL

    Probably will cut down on sick days in the workplace as people won't want to stay home.

  • Classless

    Bruce,
    Concerning your Meriweather suspension comment, I suppose most of Patriots Nation is fed up with this idiot's dumb play and overall immaturity in his 4th year. At this point in the season, most of us can see the Defense growing…with the exception of Meriweather. His child-like reaction (what? who me?) when Belichick removed him from the game sums him up.

  • sam

    promptly following the dennis and callahan show – aka hutu power radio – at 9am nesn will be showing lawrence welk reruns followed by bonanza and hee haw.

    bruce, i know it's not your bag, but the notion that the sox brass – a hedge fund manager, a corporate lawyer, and a tv exec – is from the 'opposite end of the political spectrum' shows how narrow the the perception of political discourse is. sox brass are more likely to be golfing with john and jerry this weekend than having angela davis singing the national anthem on opening day.

  • Dan

    Well this pretty much assures that I'll be watching CSN for my morning highlights for the forseeable future.

  • TheKiecker

    Meter is unlistenable once you notice he inhales through his teeth. Give it a try.

    And thats somebody doing play by play? Really?

    • Jon

      BC football should have stood with the guy who does the PC basketball games whose name escapes me. I hope that if the Sports Hub is going to rip off WEEI's crummy ideas they don't have Gresh, Felger and Adolfo in the booth for a NU basketball game or something else like that. Meter has done more to hurt BC athletics than Jack Parker and Miami football combined.

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