NESN’s Red Sox Playoffs Coverage Plans

NESN has announced their plans for coverage of the Red Sox in the American League Divisional Series.

Here is the release:

October 3, 2013 – NESN, the official home of the Boston Red Sox, will deliver wall-to-wall Red Sox coverage across TV, web and social media throughout the playoffs. On TV, NESN will provide one-hour of pre and post-game shows and special coverage each night on NESN Sports Today. On NESN.com there will be live blogs, up-to-the minute reports, videos, and photo galleries. On social media, NESN will feature in-game updates on Facebook and Twitter along with extensive stories, photos and videos.

NESN’s ALDS pre and post-game coverage for Red Sox home games will originate from the network’s Yawkey Way stage and feature studio host Tom Caron (@TomCaron) along with Red Sox legend Tim Wakefield and Hall of Famer Jim Rice. Reporters Jenny Dell (@JennyDellNESN) and Adam Pellerin (@AdamPellerin) will have the inside scoop from the players and coaches on the field and in the clubhouse before and after each game.

“The Red Sox have captured the hearts and minds of New England sports fans this season by winning the Division and finishing the season with the best record in the American League,” said Sean McGrail, NESN’s President and CEO. “NESN will provide more Red Sox playoff coverage than any other network and deliver real-time updates across NESN.com and social media to all of Red Sox Nation.”

NESN’s vice president of programming & production, executive producer, Joseph Maar added “NESN’s experts have been with the team all season long and provide Red Sox fans the most comprehensive and knowledgeable pre and post-game coverage in the region.”

NESN televised 147 of 162 Red Sox games this season averaging a 7.3 household rating, which ranks as the 5th highest regional sports network rating in the country. NESN’s playoff coverage will be available to over 4 million homes throughout New England and nationally on NESN National to an additional 5 million homes.

NESN’s ALDS Soxtober Schedule Highlights

Date

Time

Program

Friday, October 4

2:00 PM

Red Sox GameDay LIVE

6:00 PM

Red Sox Extra Innings LIVE

Saturday, October 5

4:30 PM

Red Sox GameDay LIVE

8:30 PM

Red Sox Extra Innings LIVE +

Monday, October 7

TBD

Red Sox GameDay LIVE

TBD

Red Sox Extra Innings LIVE

Tuesday October 8

TBD

Red Sox GameDay LIVE

TBD

Red Sox Extra Innings LIVE

Thursday October 10

TBD

Red Sox GameDay LIVE +

TBD

Red Sox Extra Innings LIVE +

+  = on NESNplus, visit www.nesn.com/NESNplus to find the NESNplus channel in your area.

See also: CSNNE Announces Red Sox Postseason Coverage Plans

NESN Announces Hiring of Three Production Executives

From NESN a few minutes ago:

NESN’s Vice President of Programming & Production/Executive Producer Joseph Maar recently announced the addition of 3 new production executives to the NESN staff as part of the network’s commitment to  growth and innovation.

Howard Zalkowitz has joined NESN as Director of Production/Sr. Coordinating Producer with oversight of live games and pre/postgame shows.  He most recently served as Vice President of Production at Turner Sports where he supervised remote and studio shows. In his nine years as an executive with Turner, Zalkowitz oversaw content and production for the network’s MLB, NBA and NCAA Tournament coverage. He was responsible for hiring NESN’s Don Orsillo as an announcer for Tuner’s postseason MLB coverage.

Jim Daddona has been hired as NESN’s Coordinating Producer, Red Sox Baseball. He is a veteran sports television industry producer/director who has worked for ESPN, NBCSN, HDNet, NCAA Productions, and Kraft Sports Production among others.

Denny Iott has joined NESN as Coordinating Producer of News including daily oversight of NESN Sports Today. He was most recently at FOX Sports Detroit where he served as Director of Production overseeing studio shows covering all four major professional teams in Detroit.

NESN Taps Jamie Erdahl To Replace Naoko Funayama On Bruins Rink-Side

NESN today announced their plans for the 2013-2014 Bruins season, which include 71 Bruins games, enhanced pre and post game shows, a larger role for Billy Jaffe and have named Jamie Erdahl to replace Naoko Funayama at rink-side.

Erdahl has filled in for Jenny Dell on Red Sox broadcast on several occasions this season, and has gotten good reviews for her performance.

Here is the release from NESN:

“Nothing is quite like the excitement of Bruins hockey and the passion of Bruins fans. We plan to feed that enthusiasm this season by aggressively expanding and enhancing our coverage, which will be the most comprehensive in the network’s history,” said Sean McGrail, NESN’s President and CEO.

“We are excited to bring Bruins fans unprecedented coverage of the team utilizing a custom-built, television production truck, top-level HD cameras, a super slo-mo unit, additional replay angles, interactive components for viewers, and several NESN talent expanding their roles covering the team,” said Joseph Maar, NESN’s vice president of programming & production/executive producer.

NESN’s Play-by-Play Team

The popular broadcast duo of Jack Edwards (@RealJackEdwards) and Andy Brickley (@AndyBrickley) will be back in the NESN booth for their 9th season together. Both Edwards and Brickley will also continue as regular panelists on The Instigators, NESN’s weekly NHL issues and debate show, and as regular contributors to NESN Sports Today. Brickley will add on-ice demonstrations of Bruins techniques and NHL strategies.

New Rink-Side Reporter Named    

NESN Sports Today anchor/reporter and sideline reporter Jamie Erdahl (@JamieErdahl) will be the network’s new Bruins rink-side reporter. She will join Edwards and Brickley as part of NESN’s Bruins broadcast team providing in-game updates and pre-game, intermission and post-game interviews. Erdahl will continue to contribute year-round as an anchor/reporter for NESN Sports Today and as a fill-in sideline reporter on Red Sox game telecasts.

“Jamie has proven to be a great addition to our team of reporters at NESN. She displays a great work ethic, employs strong research skills and has demonstrated her ability to connect with viewers and players alike.  Having grown up in a region passionate about hockey, we’re certain Jamie will connect with Bruins fans as well,” said Joseph Maar.

Erdahl, a Minnesota native, joined NESN last November as an anchor and reporter. In addition to anchoring NESN Sports Today, she has reported on the Bruins, Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots for NESN Sports Today and has filled in for Jenny Dell as the Red Sox sideline reporter numerous times this season. Erdahl came to NESN after working as a freelance reporter at FOX Sports North where she served as a sideline reporter on WNBA telecasts.

NESN’s Bruins Pre and Post-game Team

Dale Arnold (@DaleEArnold) will return for his third season as host of NESN’s Bruins pre-game, intermission and post-game programs. Arnold will also contribute to expanded Bruins coverage on NESN Sports Today.

Billy Jaffe (@BJaffe) will join Arnold on pre-game, intermission and post-game for at least fifty (50) games this season. His significantly increased role also includes hosting two dozen episodes of The Instigators, working on the network’s Hockey East coverage, and serving as a regular contributor on Big Bad Bruins LIVE and NESN Sports Today. Jaffe will be moving to the Boston area to expand his Bruins on-air work and will continue to serve as a studio analyst for Rogers Sportsnet in Toronto.

For the past few seasons, in addition to working at NESN, Jaffe had served as a hockey analyst/reporter for The NHL Network and MSG Network’s Hockey Night Live Show. His NHL portfolio also includes four years as a game analyst for MSG Network’s New York Islanders broadcasts and as a rink-side reporter and game analyst for national telecasts on Versus.

Long-time studio analysts Barry Pederson and Gord Kluzak will also return to NESN’s pre-game, intermission and post-game coverage this season.

NESN’s Back in Black and Gold Tour

To kick off the 2013-14 season, NESN’s Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Jamie Erdahl will take a 4-day, 5-city tour of New England beginning next Monday, September 16. The tour will be highlighted by free public events in Providence, RI; Hartford, CT; Portland, ME; and Portsmouth, NH.