Starting on Monday, The Dan Patrick Show will be shown on CSNNE from 9:00 am to Noon. Similar to NESN’s move of simulcasting The Dennis and Callahan Show, the move is a no-brainer for CSNNE, giving them a ncie three-hour block of programming in the mornings.
If you haven’t seen/heard the show, I highly recommend it. It’s informative, but also entertaining, without the “men yelling at each other” schtick which is so popular on sports talk these days. Nice move for CSNNE.
In addition to the 9:00-noon block, there will also be a “best of” block from 5:00-6:00 in the afternoon.
Barstool Sports yesterday posted pictures of Tom Brady’s two-year old son naked on a beach, and added commentary to the pictures which was offensive to many. The topic has been pretty all WEEI has talked about since yesterday afternoon. Barstool head David Portnoy has been a regular guest on WEEI, making weekly appearances recently on The Dennis and Callahan Show. This morning, WEEI programming head Jason Wolfe made it clear that Portnoy will not be making future appearances.
Clearly, WEEI is drawing a line in the sand here as to what is acceptable behavior for their guests and what is not. (This same station had Bob Gamere on as a guest host in the morning a few years back, before he was indicted on child porn charges, but after he had already had other questionable incidents and there were plenty of rumors out there about him.)
A couple things about this whole incident, though. WEEI has made the decision to loudly denounce the posting of the pictures and the commentary with them. But by spending endless amount of time talking about them, aren’t they sort of contributing to the notoriety attached to this incident? How many people have learned about it because of WEEI endlessly talking about it, thus going to check it out for themselves, and adding to the page views of Barstool? Had they simply denounced the post, and said that Portnoy would no longer be on the air, wouldn’t that have perhaps caused this whole thing to die down a little quicker? Instead, WEEI is actually capitalizing on the incident, piggybacking on Barstool Sports and using the incident to their own advantage. I don’t know how I feel about that.
The second thing I wonder is this: If Tom Brady were not himself a weekly guest of The Dennis and Callahan Show during the football season would Wolfe and the station have seen fit to condemn Portnoy in such a fashion?
I have my doubts about that.
The upside of this is the all-out WEEI/Barstool Sports war that is sure to ensue from this.
Just a few other links this morning:
Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter NESN - My SB Nation Boston media column looks at the exodus from NESN, and how far the station has fallen.
Just airing out a few things… - Chad Finn touches on five items of interest in the Boston sports media world this week.
PatriotsLinks.com - Check out all the coverage of last night’s Patriots preseason opener here.