CSNNE To Provide Nightly World Cup Updates

While soccer and the World Cup may currently be an object of ridicule on certain sports radio shows, there is still some interest locally in the biggest soccer tournament in the world.

Comcast SportsNet New England announced their coverage plans for the World Cup this afternoon.

Full Release:

COMCAST SPORTSNET TO FEATURE IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS OF WORLD CUP SOCCER WITH NEW ENGLAND’S TOP SOCCER EXPERTS
 
Revs GM Mike Burns, Revs Players Chris Tierney, Darrius Barnes, and
A.J. Soares, and USA Soccer Legend Kristine Lilly to Headline Nightly “Cup Reports”
on Comcast SportsNet, Beginning Wed, June 11

Burlington, MA, June 10, 2014 – The 2014 World Cup is almost here and Comcast SportsNet, television home of the New England Revolution, will bring soccer fans nightly “Cup Reports” with opinion and analysis from some of the sports’ most knowledgeable experts, beginning Wednesday, June 11th and continuing throughout the entire competition.

Comcast SportsNet’s “Cup Reports” will be featured in the network’s nightly news show Chevrolet SportsNet Central and will include in-depth updates from the likes of Revs GM and two-time U.S. World Cup team member Mike Burns, current Revs players Chris Tierney, Darrius Barnes, and A.J. Soares, and US women’s soccer legend Kristine Lilly, among others. The robust team of soccer experts will provide fans with recap and opinion on prior games and a preview to upcoming matchups, providing unique daily coverage of the World Cup as it unfolds.

In 2010, Comcast SportsNet featured Revs goal record-holder TaylorTwellman on the network providing his expert insight and analysis on South Africa’s World Cup. Twellman, who started his broadcasting career with Comcast SportsNet New England, is now a national soccer analyst for ESPN and will play a significant role in the network’s coverage of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

CSNNE.com, the online home of Comcast SportsNet, will offer an online version of the Cup Reports and will also provide real-time news and info on a dedicated World Cup page surrounding the tournament.

The World Cup is an international soccer competition contested by the Senior Men’s National teams of the members of FIFA, soccer’s global governing body. The Championship is awarded every four years and is a highly anticipated worldwide event.

 

Comcast SportsNet Red Sox-Cardinals Coverage

Here is the scheduled programming from CSNNE for the World Series:

***Program Alert***

BOSTON’S GAME NIGHT SOURCES FOR SPORTS COVERAGE – COMCAST SPORTSNET & CSNNE.COM – LINE UP WORLD SERIES COVERAGE

Former Red Sox Lou Merloni, Tony Massarotti and Gary Tanguay Anchor One-Hour Editions of Chevrolet SportsNet Central; Live from Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar and Grill for All Games at Fenway

CSNNE.com Insider Sean McAdam and Reporter Jessica Moran

Report Live from Fenway and Busch Stadium

BURLINGTON, MA – Comcast SportsNet, the region’s top source for nightly Boston sports reporting, will continue its Playoff Central coverage throughout the Red Sox-Cardinals World Series. Immediately after every World Series game, Gary Tanguay will host an hour of Playoff Central coverage during expanded editions of Chevrolet SportsNet Central. Former Red Sox infielder and current WEEI midday host Lou Merloni and 98.5 the Sports Hub’s afternoon drive host Tony Massarotti will provide analysis.

For World Series games at Fenway, Comcast SportsNet will anchor its coverage from Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar and Grill which overlooks Fenway Park. CSNNE.com Insider Sean McAdam and Jessica Moran will report live from the ballpark before and after every single World Series game. For games in St. Louis, Merloni will appear from Busch Stadium along with McAdam and Moran.

Combined with Comcast SportsNet’s coverage on Chevrolet SportsNet Central at 6 p.m. and UNOs Sports Tonight at 12:30 a.m., the network will have two-plus hours of game night coverage focused on the Red Sox’ World Series chase plus coverage of the entire Boston sports scene.

The network’s World Series coverage also includes The Baseball Show on Friday, October 25. Featuring host Bob Neumeier, Merloni, McAdam, Moran and others, The Baseball Show is the only show on Boston TV that gives fans the chance to weigh-in. The Baseball Show will take viewer calls and Tweets from 8:30 to 10 p.m.

On the digital side, McAdam will have pre, post and clubhouse coverage on the Red Sox Talk blog on CSNNE.com. CSNNE.com will also include all of Comcast SportsNet’s video coverage from the ballpark including players interviews, news reports and analysis.

WEEI, CSNNE Shaking Things Up

Things continue to be unsettled at WEEI, where Entercom Boston Vice President Jeff Brown departed yesterday for a similar position with Cumulus Media in Atlanta.

Brown and Entercom say that this decision to leave was Brown’s alone. I had heard last week that Brown was interviewing for a position in Atlanta. But sources inside WEEI and in the industry insist Brown’s exit was not of his own choosing.

Regardless, Brown’s exit has caused much joy within the halls of WEEI, where Brown was seemingly disliked intensely by many. Brown was the man behind the firing of Glenn Ordway in February, and of Jason Wolfe in August. He also brought in current afternoon host Mike Salk, a move that is still unpopular among some staffers there. The station has lost many of its top sales people

Chad Finn says that Entercom is expected to name a replacement today, a move that suggests they knew this was coming and had the replacement lined up.

**************

Comcast SportsNet New England announced their Celtics coverage plans for the upcoming season, and there are several major changes among the announcement.

Gary Tanguay will no longer be the studio host for the telecasts, Greg Dickerson is out as sideline reporter, and Donny Marshall will not return as studio analyst.

In their places will be Kyle Draper (studio host) Abby Chin (sideline reporter) and a rotating panel of studio analysts, not dissimilar to what NESN does on the Red Sox broadcasts.

Mike Gorman and Tom Heinsohn return on the game call for home games. On the road, Gorman will be joined by several different analysts over the course of the season, including Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge – an interesting arrangement, though not quite like having Red Auerbach in the broadcast booth. Others include Dave Cowens, Cedric Maxwell and Chris Herren.

Replacing Tanguay is a good move. His love for manufactured drama and outlandish statements just for attention are more suited for his Sports Tonight role. Donny Marshall had been viewed as a rising star with the network at one point, and perhaps may be on his way to a more national role somewhere. I feel worst for Dickerson, who battled health issues, but loved the game and his job and did it well.

Here is the full release:

COMCAST SPORTSNET TO TELEVISE EVERY CELTICS GAME

FOR FIRST TIME IN NETWORK HISTORY

Broadcast Duo Mike Gorman and Tommy Heinsohn Return for 33rd Season;

Dave Cowens, Cedric Maxwell, Danny Ainge and Chris Herren to Provide Road Color;

Kyle Draper and Abby Chin Join Telecast Team

CSNNE.com to Provide Social Media Experience Tailored for Celtics Fan and

the Most Online Video and News Reporting

BURLINGTON, MA – For the first time in network history, Comcast SportsNet will televise every single Boston Celtics game during the 2013-14 season. The Celtics regular season tips off on Wednesday, October 30, in Toronto with the debut of new Coach Brad Stevens in his first regular season NBA matchup.

Comcast SportsNet’s schedule is highlighted by now Brooklyn Nets’ Paul Pierce’s and Kevin Garnett’s first game against the Celtics in Brooklyn on Tuesday, December 10, as well as the pair’s first visit to the TD Garden on Sunday, January 26. The schedule features 90 total telecasts – eight preseason and 82 regular season games.

In addition to the Stevens debut and Nets matchups, Comcast SportsNet also has games against former coach Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, December 11, and Wednesday, January 8, among other highly anticipated games.

As part of every Celtics telecast, Coach Stevens will talk exclusively with Comcast SportsNet before the start of every third quarter and immediately after the game.

Comcast SportsNet’s first Celtics telecast will start with the preseason opener on Monday, October 7, which will mark the beginning of Brad Stevens’ tenure as coach and his TD Garden debut with the Celtics.

In addition to a full game schedule, Comcast SportsNet will return this season with an experienced team that features new talent. For the 33rd consecutive season, broadcast duo Mike Gorman (@celticsvoice) and Tommy Heinsohn (@CSNTommy) return as Comcast SportsNet’s primary telecast team. The tandem, the longest running telecast team in American sports and multiple Emmy winners, will call every Boston Celtics home game. This season, Celtics legends Dave Cowens and Cedric Maxwell; Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge; and Fall River native and former Celtic Chris Herren will join Gorman for road games.

Kyle Draper (@kylerdraper) and Abby Chin (@TVAbby) will join the Comcast SportsNet telecasts in 2013-14 as studio host and courtside reporter, respectively. Draper, who joined the network in 2008 as a Chevrolet SportsNet Central anchor, will host Celtics Pre-game Live presented by Ace Ticket, Halftime Live presented by McDonald’s, and Celtics Post-game Live presented by New England Ford. Chin joined Comcast SportsNet in 2013 as a reporter and anchor after serving as Comcast SportsNet Northwest studio host for the Portland Trailblazers from 2011-13 and will be courtside for every game.

Joining Draper in-studio will be Heinsohn, Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, Cowens, former Providence College coach Tim Welsh and others.

“Mike is widely respected as the best in the business and absolutely no one is more passionate about the Celtics than Tommy. It is an honor to have them return for another season. Kyle and Abby are familiar faces to Boston sports fans through their work on SportsNet Central. They are exciting additions to our team,” said Bill Bridgen, Comcast SportsNet president and general manager.

Social media will be a big part of CSNNE.com’s coverage of the Celtics. The online home to Comcast SportsNet will feature Celtics Pulse, which is the best way to track all the in-game social media chatter on the Celtics, including Tweets from CSNNE.com Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely (@sherrodbcsn), reporter Jessica Camerato (@jcameratoNBA), @CSNTommy and all Comcast SportsNet talent. Celtics fans can share their comments on Celtics Pulse by using #CelticsTalk. In addition to Celtics Pulse, CSNNE.com will feature all of Blakely’s and Camerato’s reporting plus video news coverage from Chevrolet SportsNet Central and UNOs Sports Tonight.

CSNNE Announces Red Sox Postseason Coverage Plans

Comcast SportsNet New England today announced their plans for coverage of the 2013 Red Sox postseason. Here is the release:

BOSTON’S GAME NIGHT SOURCE FOR SPORTS COVERAGE – COMCAST SPORTSNET & CSNNE.COM – TO LAUNCH PLAYOFF CENTRAL COVERAGE

FOR EVERY RED SOX PLAYOFF GAME

Former Red Sox Lou Merloni, Tony Massarotti & Gary Tanguay Join  

One-Hour Editions of Chevrolet SportsNet Central

CSNNE.com Insider Sean McAdam, Jessica Moran and Trenni Kusnierek

To Report Live from the Ballpark

BURLINGTON, MA – The resurgent Boston Red Sox have clinched the American League East title, and as the region’s nightly source for Boston sports coverage, Comcast SportsNet and CSNNE.com will provide fans with the most unbiased, independent coverage of the Red Sox each postseason game night.

Immediately following every Red Sox postseason game, Gary Tanguay will host 45-minutes of Playoff Central coverage during each night’s one-hour edition of Chevrolet SportsNet Central. Former Red Sox infielder and current WEEI midday host Lou Merloni and 98.5 the Sports Hub’s afternoon drive host Tony Massarotti will provide analysis.

CSNNE.com Insider Sean McAdam along with reporters Jessica Moran and Trenni Kusnierek will report live from the ballpark before and after every single postseason game.

Combined with Chevrolet SportsNet Central at 6, 10:30 and 11:30 and UNOs Sports Tonight at 6:30, Comcast SportsNet will have an estimated 2.5 hours of game night coverage focused on the Red Sox’ World Series chase plus coverage of the entire Boston sports scene.

Comcast SportsNet’s Red Sox postseason coverage will begin with a special 90-minute postseason edition of The Baseball Show on Tuesday, October 1 at 8:30. Featuring host Bob Neumeier, Merloni, McAdam, Moran and Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy, The Baseball Show will preview the Red Sox divisional round series and the Red Sox prospects for a third World Series title in 10 years plus take fan calls and Tweets.

At CSNNE.com, the online home to Comcast SportsNet, Sean McAdam and Maureen Mullen will have pre, post and clubhouse coverage on the Red Sox Talk blog. CSNNE.com will also include all of Comcast SportsNet’s video coverage from the ballpark including player interviews, news reports and analysis.

“Viewers made us their first choice after Bruins and Patriots playoff games, and we will be there again with the most on-air and on-line coverage during the Red Sox postseason run,” said Bill Bridgen, Comcast SportsNet executive vice president and general manager.

CSNNE, WEEI Unveil Patriots Coverage Plans

Both WEEI and CSNNE announced their plans for Patriots coverage this season. Both will have similar programming to years past, with a few minor changes.

Comcast SportsNet Announces 2013 Patriots Coverage

Some of the highlights of the CSNNE coverage are as follows:

  • Logan Mankins will appear in Postgame Live after every game (Wes Welker was the guest last season)
  • Troy Brown and Ty Law return to Patriots Wednesday Live (Brown only) and Pre/Postgame Live
  • Mike Flynn joins the rotation for Pre/Postgame Live

The same format of a two-hour pregame show along with a 90-minute postgame show will be used this season. New England Football Night returns on Thursdays with New England Tailgate at 7:00pm, Patriots Football Weekly at 7:30pm and Quick Slants in its new time at 8:00pm.

WEEI will once again offer Patriots Monday and Patriots Friday, along with NFL Sunday with Dale Arnold, Chris Price and Matt Chatham (and weekly call-ins from Tom E Curran.) and The Real Postgame Show with Butch Stearns, Steve DeOssie and Fred Smerlas.

CSNNE Presents “Remember Reggie: The Reggie Lewis Story” on Sunday 7/28

COMCAST SPORTSNET PRESENTS:

“REMEMBER REGGIE: THE REGGIE LEWIS STORY”

DEBUTING JULY 28TH AT 8PM

COMCAST SPORTSNET PRODUCES IN DEPTH 90-MINUTE DOCUMENTARY ON THE EXCEPTIONAL LIFE OF REGGIE LEWIS SURROUNDING THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH

BURLINGTON, MA, July 23, 2013 – Reggie Lewis lived an exceptional life in the limelight as a basketball phenom, from his younger days in Baltimore, MD to his exemplary college career which put Northeastern University on the basketball map, to his drafting by the Boston Celtics and receiving of the captain’s torch from Larry Bird – no doubt that Reggie’s was a life of talent and promise.  In July of 1993, as the young star was quickly becoming the face of the Celtics franchise, Reggie collapsed and died of heart failure during a team practice. (BSMW Note – this is inaccurate, Lewis collapsed and died while shooting around at Brandeis University.) For Boston sports fans, Reggie was a touchstone figure in the city’s sports history, but the full story of his life and untimely death on the court has never been told with great depth – until now.

On Sunday, July 28th at 8PM, ComcastSportsNet will debut a 90-minute documentary “REMEMBER REGGIE: The Reggie Lewis Story” presented by New England Ford Dealers, recounting the life of Reggie Lewis on the same weekend of the 20th anniversary of his death. The program, produced fully by Comcast SportsNet, will be narrated by Boston media personality Glenn Ordway and will feature in-depthinterviews with some of the most important and iconic people in Reggie’s life – family, friends, teammates, coaches, colleagues, doctors, and more, including: HS classmate and NBA colleague Muggsy Bogues; Northeastern Coach Jim Calhoun; Celtics teammate Dee Brown; respected journalists Bob Ryan, Jackie MacMullan, Dan Shaughnessy; Reggie’s mother; his sister; and many more.

“In my office I always had a picture of all my kids — and Reggie. I’ll miss him forever, he was like a child of mine,” said former Northeastern Coach Calhoun in the documentary. “I remember Reggie hitting game winners. I remember Reggie being drafted. I remember Reggie being captain of the Celtics. I remember so much positive and great things about Reggie Lewis that nothing in this world can ever take that away from me, until the day Idie.”

“You know, people just don’t understand — life can be taken away from you just that quickly,” said former teammate Bogues in the film. “He reached the highest pinnacle that he had envisioned for himself which was the NBA. I just miss him.”

Starting the story back in Baltimore where Reggie’s basketball days began and journeying through time to that unforgettable day on July 27th, 1993, Comcast SportsNet will tell the story that has never been fully told in this exclusive documentary.

Immediately following the documentary, Comcast SportsNet will feature a special live edition of Sports Sunday which will be Reggie Lewis themed and will feature a cast of panelists talking about Reggie’s life.  The panel will include Ordway and Michael Holley, among others, discussing Reggie’s history, his rise to fame, and “what could have been”.

Additionally, CSNNE.com will feature exclusiveweb-only content surrounding the 20th anniversary of Reggie’s death and will offer viewers and opportunity to provide online feedback about both Reggie and the documentary.  For viewers outside of the Comcast SportsNet New England viewing area, they can watch the program on CSNNE.com as well.

Following are some of the people from Reggie’s life who are included and interviewed in the documentary:

Players and Coaches:

Jim Calhoun – Northeastern – Head Coach (1972-1986)

Dee Brown – Boston Celtics – Guard (1990-1998) Celtics Teammate 1990-1993

David Wingate – Charlotte Hornets – Forward (1992-1995) (teammate at Dunbar High)

Muggsy Bogues – Charlotte Hornets – Point Guard (1988-1997) (teammate at Dunbar High)

Kendall Gill – Charlotte Hornets – Small Forward (1990-1993)

Karl Fogel – Northeastern – Head Coach (1986-1994)

Bob Wade – Dunbar High School – Head Coach (1976-1986)

Relatives and Acquaintances:

Inez “Peggy” Ritch – Reggie’s Mother

Sheron Hughes – Reggie’s Sister

Michael Bivins – Hip-Hop / R&B Artist

Celtics Officials and Broadcasters:

Jan Volk – Boston Celtics – General Manager (1984-1997)

Jeff Twiss – Boston Celtics – VP of Media Relations (1981-present)

Dr. Arnold Scheller – Boston Celtics – Team Physician (1987-2005)

Tommy Heinsohn – Celtics Color Commentator

Bob Neumeier – Sportscaster

Mike Gorman – Celtics Broadcaster

Journalists, etc:

Bob Ryan – Sports Columnist

Jackie MacMullan – Sports Columnist

Dan Shaughnessy – Boston Globe – Sports Columnist

Ron Suskind – Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist (Wall Street Journal)

Andrew Brandt – ProServ Sports Representative (1986-1992)

Sgt. James Crowley – Former Brandeis University Police Officer

NESN and CSNNE Stanley Cup Coverage Plans

With the Stanley Cup Finals starting up tonight in Chicago, here are the local coverage plans from NESN and CSNNE. Each station has their advantages, as obviously NESN is the regular season home of the Bruins, and CSNNE, with its ties to NBC has connections there as well.

*******

NESN DELIVERING EXPANDED
BRUINS STANLEY CUP FINAL COVERAGE ON NESN AND NESNPLUS
90-Minute Pre-Game and 90-Minute Post-Game Coverage For Every Stanley Cup Final Game

NESN, New England’s most watched sports network, will deliver expanded pre and post-game coverage on NESN and NESNplus (NESN.com/NESNplus) during the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks. With the addition of NESN Sports Today Bruins Specials, NESN will air a 90-minute pre-game and 90-minute post-game before and after every Stanley Cup Final game.

During the regular season NESN airs 30-minute pre and post-game shows. During most of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, NESN aired 60-minute pre and post-game shows.

The NESN and NESNplus Bruins coverage schedule for the Stanley Cup Final follows:

NESN-Bruins

****************

COMCAST SPORSTNET TO PROVIDE EXTENSIVE COVERAGE OF

THE 2013 NHL STANLEY CUP FINAL FEATURING

BOSTON BRUINS VS. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

Michael Felger & Tony Amonte to Lead Network’s Robust Coverage;

Pre & Post-Game Shows, In-Depth Analysis, On-site Reporting & More

NBC’s Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire & Mike Milbury,

Along with Bruins Enforcer ShawnThornton, to Contribute to Coverage

CSNNE.com to Offer Live Stream of all CSN Post-Game Shows; Unprecedented LIVE exclusive Web only Post-Game Show for Game 2; 

and Up-to-the-Minute 24/7 Coverage of all the Action

BURLINGTON, MA, June 11, 2013The Bruins have advanced to the Stanley Cup Final and Comcast SportsNet will once again provide extensive coverage of the entire series with pre and post-game shows, special programming, expert contributions from NBC talent and NHL players, 24/7 digital coverage and much more. The action begins on Wednesday night with Comcast SportsNet’s one-hour edition of Pre-Game Live beginning at 7PM, followed by Game 1 at 8PM ET on NBC, with a Comcast SportsNet one-hour Post-game show immediately following the game.

Comcast SportsNet’s Pre and Post- game coverage for the Stanley Cup Final, presented by Ace Ticket, will surround all games throughout the series. Michael Felger and Tony Amonte will host with analysis of each game and response to Bruins fans’ questions, posts, and tweets submitted on Twitter, Facebook, and CSNNE.com. Unfiltered, in-depth discussion and analysis of the team’s Playoff performance will also be part of all Comcast SportsNet programming,including the Felger & Mazz show, Chevrolet SportsNet Central and UNO’s Sports Tonight.

CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty will once again be on-site providing in-arena reports from every game, both home and away, and will be joined by Comcast SportsNet anchors Mike Giardi and Kevin Walsh. NBC’s Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Ed Olczyk and Pierre McGuire who are calling all games in this series will contribute to the coverage, as will Mike Milbury who has contributed throughout the Playoffs. Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton will also continue to offer guest commentary.

CSNNE.com will offer a live stream of all Comcast SportsNet post-game shows and will make network history on Saturday with its first ever live, exclusive web-only post-game show immediately following Game 2 which will be showcased in addition to ComcastSportsNet’s live television post-game show scheduled to start at midnight following the New England Revolution matchup. CSNNE.com will also provide 24/7 coverage of the Bruins Playoffs action including daily game-day and off-daycoverage from Haggerty and the entire CSN crew. Additionally, the site willinclude up-to-the-minute stats, scores, analysis and on demand video. Fans can follow @CSNNE on Twitter and join the conversation by using #BruinsTalk in their Twitter comments throughout the series. CSNNE.com will also feature post-game editions of The Great American Hockey Show – the site’s signature hockey program featuring Haggerty and Giardi.

Comcast SportsNet’s Pre & Post Game Coverage of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final is as follows:

  • Game 1, Wed. June 12th: Bruins at Blackhawks – CSN Pre-Game @7PM; Post-Game immediately following
  • Game 2, Sat. June 15th: Bruins at Blackhawks – CSN Pre-Game @7PM; CSNNE.com Post-Game Show immediately following (CSNNE.com/live) & **CSN Post-Game on TV @ Midnight
  • Game 3, Mon. June 17th: Blackhawks at Bruins – CSN Pre-Game @7PM; Post-Game immediately following
  •  Game 4, Wed. June 19th: Blackhawks at Bruins – CSN Pre-Game @7PM; Post-Game immediately following
  •  * Game 5, Sat. June 22nd: Bruins at Blackhawks – CSN Pre-Game @7PM; Post-Game immediately following
  • * Game 6, Mon. June 24th: Blackhawks at Bruins – CSN Pre-Game @7PM; Post-Game immediately following
  • * Game 7, Wed. June 26th: Bruins at Blackhawks – CSN Pre-Game @7PM; Post-Game immediately following

* If Necessary

 ** Post-game show will start immediately following the New England Revolution game on CSN

Mike Felger Has A Little Fanboy In Him

I thought this was great, actually. Michael Felger’s reactions as the Bruins tie, and win game 7:

Also:

Ordway The Temp, And Is Greg Bedard Moving On From The Globe?

Glenn Ordway teased yesterday that he would be back on the air soon, and word came out that he got himself a temp-job as co-host CSNNE’s Sports Tonight for four nights next week  (Tue-Fri) alongside who else, but Mike Felger.

Chad Finn has a short post on the move, which is a logical one for CSNNE and should generate some interest from viewers looking to see the dynamic between the pair.

We can already guess some of the jokes that will be made about the situation, and how Felger’s success is largely responsible for Ordway losing his job at WEEI. The pupil has become the master, etc, etc.

*********

Sources tell BSMW that Sports Illustrated has had conversations with Boston Globe NFL writer Greg A Bedard about coming on staff with them as a Boston-based NFL writer.

While the move is not official, sources say that the Globe is making preparations as if they expect Bedard to depart following next month’s NFL draft.

The loss of Bedard would be a big one for the Globe, which has had something of a rotating door at the NFL writer position, with Mike Reiss, Albert Breer and Bedard at the post in the last few years. Bedard’s analytic style and attention to detail on film work and schemes have been a big plus for the coverage at the paper.

Bedard politely declined comment when approached about the rumor.

**********

This had to be one of the most bizarre weeks in the history of Dennis and Callahan (and now Minihane). The hosts seemed determined to push the envelope with topics of masturbation, lesbians, transgender and details of relationships between couples.

Is this what they’ve been told to discuss? Is this a return of “Guy Radio?”

Their Beantown Beatdown series, (with accompanying Photoshops) is detailed on the Producers Blog, and is equal parts disturbing, creepy and amusing.

**************

A couple media links from today:

Earlier this week, FOX announced that their new all-sports network FOX Sports 1 would debut in August.

With new network, Fox to challenge ESPN – Finn looks at the aims of the new network, which follows on the heels of the NBC Sports Network and CBS Sports Network as challengers to ESPN.

Sharks voice Eric Lindquist still has a rip-roaring time – Bill Doyle talks to the voice of the Worcester Sharks.

Q&A with Comcast Sportsnet host/Celtics reporter Gary Tanguay

Gary Tanguay is involved with a number of programs for Comcast Sportsnet including UNO Sports Tonight, Patriots Wednesday Live and Celtics pre and post game coverage. He also co-hosts 98.5 The Sports Hub’s pre and post game coverage for every Patriots game. In addition, he has also called some college football games for CSN. Tanguay is one of the most versatile members of the Boston media having hosted TV shows, hosted radio shows and also done play-by-play.

A life-long Boston sports fan, he’s been labeled as a  “Green Teamer” for his passion and the way he covers the Celtics, but still Tanguay is a very accomplished, dedicated member of the Boston media. Boston Sports Media Watch had the chance to catchup with Tanguay, touching on a number of subjects, including his interested in the soon to be vacant Patriots radio play-by-play position.

Gary Tanguay is one of the busiest members of the Boston sports media on Comcast Sportsnet and 98.5 The Sports Hub.

BSMW: Growing up did you have a favorite team? Did you have a dream job? When did it finally become a reality that you would be covering the Patriots, Celtics and the entire Boston sports scene for a living?

Growing up I loved the Patriots, Celtics and the Sox. Believe it or not, where I lived in Maine we could not get TV 38, therefore I saw very little of the Bruins.  That’s why I am an awful skater. The other three teams I could see on network television plus Sox games were picked up by local stations at least once per week.

Fortunately, I am living my dream job. My goal was to work in Boston radio or television. I think it is the best media market in the country.

As an original member of the WEEI air staff in the early 90’s, I had a weekend show on Saturday’s following Jimmy Myers. I remember interviewing Will McDonough and Andy Moog. I guess that’s when it hit me that I had a shot at this.

BSMW: You’ve done play-by-play of games, hosted talk radio shows and hosted TV shows, is there one which you prefer best? Is there one you’re best suited for?

I have been very fortunate to experience all three and each offer rewards and challenges. I think trying different things makes you a better broadcaster. For me it’s a three way tie. I love doing them all.

BSMW: What was it like co-hosting the midday show at 98.5? Do you have any regrets during your time there?

Working with Zo on 98.5 was exciting and a lot of fun. There is nothing like the spontaneity of talk radio.  Many don’t know that I worked in radio for twelve years before I made the move to television. My first job was a weekend radio shift when I was 16 at WRUM, the local radio station in my hometown. No regrets at the Sports Hub. Gresh and Zo are doing a great job. I am still happy to be a part of the station on the Patriots pre and post game shows.

BSMW: With the number of guests you have on Sports Tonight, do you have a favorite? Is it sometimes difficult to get strong opinions from the guests to make good for TV? 

I have a lot of confidence in our guest lineup on Sports Tonight. All of them bring unique personalities to the table. You never know what Ron Borges is going to say, Dan Shaughnessy never pulls a punch and Bob Ryan bring a boat load of energy to the show. My favorite duo is Andy Hart and Paul Perillo of Patriots Football Weekly. Andy gets under Paul’s skin, which makes for great television. Fred Toucher has become a regular and that is always an adventure. One time, with the angelic Jackie MacMullan next to him, Fred was fairly descriptive on how he and his wife had to “figure out” how to have their first child.

At times we have to “coach up” new guests. When the red light is on it is our job to be entertaining and deliver opinions. They cannot be afraid to jump into the conversation and make their case.

BSMW: What does the future hold for you? Your name has been thrown around as a possible replacement for Gil Santos, would you be open to doing play-by-play full-time?

I work at a great place in Comcast Sportsnet. With our purchase of NBC, there is a great emphasis on growth and development. While other stations are cutting back we are adding shows and looking to become a larger player in the market. As far as Gil’s job goes, I will be one of many who will apply for the job. Whoever gets the nod will be a very lucky person.

You can follow Ryan Hannable on Twitter @hannable84