2011 Approval Ratings – Mike Mutnansky

Mike Mutnasky is the co-host of the Mut and Merloni show on WEEI.

A Pepperell, MA native, Mutnansky went to UConn, where, during his junior year he interned on WEEI’s Big Show. Upon graduation, Mutnansky met Marty Tirrell, who hired him to be a co-host/flash guy on the 5000-watt 1590-AM WSMN in Nashua, NH. The station was sold in early 2004. Later that year, Tirrell and Mutnansky were hired by AM 900to do a similar show. In 2005, while still working in NH, Mutnansky began filling in on flashes for WEEI.

By 2006, Mutnansky was the lead host on WGAM (900-AM Nashua and 1250-AM in Manchester), hosting a weekday afternoon show Mon-Fri 3:00-6:00pm while also filling in at WEEI. In 2008, Mutnansky was named co-host of the new Saturday morning WEEI.com Radio Show.

Then, in February of this year, it was announced that Mutnansky would be teaming up with former Red Sox player Lou Merloni to take over the midday shift at WEEI with the Mut and Merloni show.

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2011 Approval Ratings – Scott Zolak

Scott Zolak is the co-host of the Gresh and Zo show on 98.5 The SportsHub.

Drafted in the fourth round of the 1991 draft by the New England Patriots, Scott Zolak remained with the team as the backup quarterback through the 1998 season. He then spent one year with the Miami Dolphins. He began his media career in 2000, joining Bob Lobel on WBZ’s Patriots Gameday.

He teamed up with Andy Gresh as co-host of a daily show on Providence sports radio station “The Score,” and the two remained together until the station pulled the plug on the sports format in 2008. The duo was reunited on 98.5 The SportsHub when the station dumped Tanguay and replaced him with Gresh in April of 2010. Zolak, Gresh and Tanguay all work together on the Patriots pre and post-game shows on 98.5.

Zolak has also been a part of the WBZ-TV Patriots broadcasts as well, and is a contributor to Patriots All Access, where he does the “Bellistrator” segment with head coach Bill Belichick and the “T.U.R.F.” segment with former Patriots tight end Christian Fauria. He also worked a a couple of UFL telecasts for NESN last season.

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2011 Approval Ratings – Gary Tanguay

Gary Tanguay is the co-host of Mohegan Sun’s Sports Tonight on Comcast SportsNet.

The self-proclaimed “truck guy,” Tanguay is very busy, co-hosting Mohegan Sun’s Sports Tonight for CSNNE alongside Mike Felger as well as the pregame and postgame shows for the Celtics broadcasts on the network. He has been with CSNNE since 2000.

In addition, Tanguay is the host of the pregame and postgame shows on the 98.5 FM Patriots radio broadcasts. He was part of the August 2009 initial launch of 98.5 The Sports Hub, co-hosting the 10:00 am to 2:00 pm show with Scott Zolak before being dumped the following April in favor of Andy Gresh.

Prior to joining CSNNE, the Maine native worked at WBZ-TV, and also did radio work with WEEI, WVEI and WTKK, where he hosted “Calling All Sports.”

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2011 Approval Ratings – Ron Borges

Ron Borges is a columnist for the Boston Herald.

This is actually Borges’ first time in the approval ratings, the last time we did these, in 2008, Borges was unemployed, having left the Globe after the football notes plagiarism case. Borges had been at The Boston Globe for 24 years covering the NFL and boxing beats. Before then he had worked out in the SF Bay area, covering the Raiders from 1976 to 1982, first for the Sacramento Union, and then for the Oakland Tribune, which spawned his unending admiration for all things Black and Silver.

Borges is a renowned boxing writer, having covered the sport for HBO in addition to the Globe. After leaving the Globe, he briefly wrote for his own site, RonBorges.com, while freelancing for various boxing and football publications. He was hired by WEEI.com in the summer of 2008, where he lasted for a month before bolting to the Herald.

His appearances on local sports radio and television are always contentious, and his recent foray into the world of Twitter is the perfect place for him to spout his opinion on all topics. He was featured in a 2006 edition of Boston Magazine.

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2011 Approval Ratings – Tony Massarotti

Tony Massarotti is the co-host of the Felger and Mazz show on 98.5 The SportsHub.

A Waltham native, Massarotti also hosts The Baseball Reporters on 98.5, and is a Boston.com sports columnist. He joined the Boston Herald as a sports intern in 1989, joining the likes of Michael Felger, Bill Simmons, Michael Silverman and Paul Perillo. In 1994 he started covering the Red Sox for the Herald, a focus he held until he left the paper in 2008. He then joined Boston.com, and in August 2009, he and Felger started their popular afternoon drive show on 98.5, which has unseated long time ratings champ Glenn Ordway and The Big Show on WEEI. Interestingly, Massarotti, like Felger had been a frequent co-host on the WEEI show in the past. The duo signed a new deal with the station in April of this year.

Once a dogged and capable baseball reporter, Massarotti now focuses on playing the contrarian, especially when it comes to the Patriots – a franchise and fan base that he clearly loathes. He has also proclaimed his love for Derek Jeter, and does an absolutely horrible voice impression of Boston sports fans.

Massarotti  has written or co-written several books, including Dynasty: The Inside Story of How the Red Sox Became a Baseball Powerhouse, as well as bios with Tim Wakefield

 

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2011 Approval Ratings – Nick Cafardo

Nick Cafardo is the national baseball writer for The Boston Globe.

Cafardo begin his career in Brockton in 1975 before moving to the Quincy Patriot Ledger in 1981. In 1989 he joined The Boston Globe sports staff.

Cafardo has covered both the Red Sox and Patriots during his tenure at the Globe, but his heart is clearly with baseball. During his time on the Patriots beat he was clearly frustrated with the working environment and it reflected in his coverage of the team. Having moved back to baseball, he is noticeably more confortable and in his element.

He is a frequent presence on the various NESN programs, and in the past was in demand on WWZN radio, ESPN Radio and WBZ-TV’s Sports Final.

He is the author of several books, including The Impossible Team: The Worst to First Patriot’s Super Bowl Season, 100 Things Red Sox Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die and Boston Red Sox: Yesterday and Today

Nick’s son, Ben Cafardo works at ESPN in the communications department.

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2011 Approval Ratings – Michael Holley

Today’s subject is WEEI’s Michael Holley.

An Ohio native, Holley worked for the Akron Beacon Journal before joining the Boston Globe in 1997. He was the Celtics beat writer before being moved into the columnist role. At the time, he was also a frequent guest on WEEI, especially on The Big Show, prior to the WEEI/Globe schism.

In September, 2001, Holley left the Globe to join the Chicago Tribune as a columnist. He quickly realized that he had made a mistake, and has spoken of the impact that 9/11 had on him at that time. By January, 2002, he was back at the Globe, and remained there until 2005.

In 2004, Holley was working on television on Fox Sports Net’s I, Max alongside Max Kellerman. He has also done ESPN’s Around the Horn. Locally, he has been a regular on CSNNE, and has been the host of Celtics Now.

In 2005, he was named to replace Bob Neumeier alongside Dale Arnold on the WEEI midday show. In February of this year, it was announced that Holley would be moving to The Big Show as permanent co-host alongside Glenn Ordway.

Holley has published three books – Patriot Reign, Never Give Up

His fourth book, War Room: Bill Belichick and the Patriot Legacy is due to be released on October 4th, 2011.

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2011 Approval Ratings – Tom Caron

Tom Caron serves as Red Sox studio host for NESN.

The Lewiston, Maine native was a journalism major at  Saint Michael’s College in Vermont. He began his television career as an intern during his junior year in college at WPTZ-TV in Plattsburgh, NY, where he reported on the  Montreal Canadiens and Montreal Expos. Jobs at WNNE-TV in Hanover, NH, and WGME-TV in Portland, ME followed. He joined WPXT-TV in Portland in 1993, and was the radio play-by-play man for the AHL Portland Pirates.

In 1995 he joined NESN as co-host of “Front Row,” a nightly sports magazine program. (Kristen Mastroianni was his co-host.) He also hosted the Bruins telecasts from 1997 to 2004, and was a Red Sox reporter during games. After two years on the road with the team, Caron became the studio host for the Red Sox telecasts.

Caron has also done play-by-play for NESN’s Hockey East telecasts. Caron is a frequent fill-in on WEEI. He writes a weekly sports column for the Portland Press Herald.

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2011 Approval Ratings – Michael Silverman

Yes, that was the best picture I could find of Silverman. The guy is a ghost. Even the photo on his Twitter page isn’t of him.

Michael Silverman covers the Red Sox for the Boston Herald. He’s a lifer there, having come in with the illustrious 1989 class that included Michael Felger, Tony Massarotti, Bill Simmons and Paul Perillo.

He’s been covering the Red Sox since 1995. He’s not a guy you hear a whole lot from on the radio and television airwaves, though he does make some appearances. He doesn’t generally inject a lot of opinion into his pieces, but his tagline this season of the 2011 Red Sox being the Best Team Ever has gotten some play.

He was friendly with former Sox ace Pedro Martinez, which often made him a go-to guy on Pedro stories, even after the pitcher had left town.

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2011 Approval Ratings – Peter Abraham

Peter Abraham is a Red Sox reporter for the Boston Globe.

A native of New Bedford, MA, Abraham joined the Globe in 2009. He attended UMass-Amherst.

Prior to coming to the Globe, covered the Yankees for The Journal News beginning in 2005, and spent four years prior to that covering the Mets. Before coming to New York in 1999, He covered the University of Connecticut men’s basketball team for the Norwich (Conn.) Bulletin.

Other publications Abraham has written for include Baseball America, Slam, Basketball Digest, Sports Illustrated, Sports Nippon, Metropolitan Golfer, Basketball Times and Backstreets.

Prolific in the ways of new media, Abraham was one of the first credentialed baseball writers to be as well-known for his blog coverage of the team as for his print coverage. He is also very active on Twitter, often engaging with and taking on fans through that medium.

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