Like many, I tuned into the start of the Dale & Holley program yesterday to see what Dale Arnold would say about the announcement that Michael Holley would be moving to afternoons alongside Glenn Ordway, and the report in the Boston Herald that Arnold would be relegated to fill-in duty.
The first segment of the show was played straight, there was talk about the Bruins game, and then Dale said he would talk about his situation following a quick break. When the show came back, Arnold told the story from his perspective – after Monday’s show, a day in which Michael Holley was off, Jason Wolfe approached him after the show and asked to speak with him. He told him about moving Holley to the Big Show, and then that Arnold’s role would be changing as well.
Arnold said that Wolfe told him his new role would consist of working year-round on Sunday mornings, and serving as the “first guy off the bench” in the fill-in hosting role among the WEEI shows. That apparently also includes play-by-play for the Red Sox and Celtics, as Arnold will do some games for each team. Dale said that the only thing about that new role that appeals to him is the increased play-by-play duties.
Dale then said that he very much regrets turning down NESN’s offer three years ago to do the Bruins games full time. He said that at the time, he turned down the offer out of loyalty to WEEI, where he had just signed a new five-year contract.
Arnold was clearly disappointed and distraught with the decisions, and I can’t really blame him. His show was the one WEEI program I always listened to. It didn’t matter the co-host, Andelman, Neumeier, Holley, I always listen to WEEI from 10-2. Arnold has his detractors and haters (just look at the comment section for the previous post on this site), but I’m not one of them. I think some of criticisms levied at Dale are absurd. He’s a pro. He handled this situation like a pro, expressing his disappointment, yet keeping things in check for the most part.
Glenn Ordway made a somewhat odd comment during his show yesterday, expressing hope that “some outlet” would hire Dale to do play-by-play full time. The options would be limited, as there are only four choices – WEEI (Celtics and Red Sox radio) 98.5 FM (Patriots and Bruins radio) NESN (Bruins and Red Sox TV) and CSNNE (Celtics TV). Most of those slots are pretty solidly filled for the foreseeable future, with the possible exception being the Patriots radio team, which can’t have too many more years left in them. (Gil Santos is 72, Gino Cappelletti will be 77 next month)
I’ll have more in the WEEI situation as time goes on, including in tomorrow’s SB Nation Boston Media column.
Meanwhile, on Facebook, Pete Sheppard promises to have a lot to say about the WEEI situation on Monday.
WEEI host Dale Arnold ‘shocked’ - Jessica Heslam also examines Dale’s comments.
WEEI’s Arnold discusses diminished role - Chad Finn with more from Dale.
In a shakeup, WEEI will pair Holley with Ordway - Finn reports on Holley’s move to The Big Show.
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