By George Cain
A year and a half ago when the ratings at WEEI began to falter, Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti offered something refreshing. It was an alternative to what had become the Big Show’s stale rhetoric on WEEI. Also, by starting out as an FM station and adding the Bruins broadcast rights, 98.5 immediately gained street credibility with the hockey fan. Timing could not have been more perfect for The Sports Hub as the Bruins immediately established themselves as a daily sports radio topic. First, by historically blowing a 3-0 series lead in May 2010. Then the next season their historic redemption to win their first Stanley Cup in 40 years.
Felger, a longtime hockey fan, can be credited for making hockey talk a constant in the Boston sports scene. He has always seemed to be in his element on the Sport Hub but the same cannot be said for Massarotti. From day 1, Mazz has been more Ed McMahon than Chris Russo. It could be the pairing itself because Massarotti and Felger either share the same outlook on sports or are trying to play the role of the “sensationalistic sportscasters.” I don’t think it’s translated well to the radio, but given their recent dominance in their time slot I don’t expect any changes in the near future.