Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Chad Finn Globe Staff June 11, 2018 John Martin, a NESN cameraman for 19 years, revealed in January 2017 that he had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and had to leave the job he loved. In the months since, his former colleagues, particularly a group of fellow cameramen, have made sure his story remains in the consciousness of Boston sports fans.Their Cafe Martin concept, an organic combination of fundraising and friendship, has raised thousands of dollars to help pay Martin’s medical bills while drawing the notice of such Boston sports luminaries such as Pedro Martinez, Robert Kraft, and Tuukka Rask. Advertisement Martin reached out to the Globe over the weekend, requesting to share a letter of appreciation he had written. Here is his letter: The Fraternal Order of the Boston Sports Media An open letter from John P. Martin Get … [Read more...] about A letter of appreciation from John Martin, a NESN cameraman, to Boston sports media
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Tom Brady’s words are all over the airwaves in Boston this week, but it’s not a soundbite from anything the Patriots quarterback said recently. Instead, it’s a clip of Brady, circa 2013, describing the importance of offseason voluntary workouts. “You think, ‘It’s just an OTA in the spring time and it’s not that important,’ and all those things that probably could enter your mind,” Brady said at the time. “The truth is, this lays the foundation for the start of training camp and if you have a good training camp, it usually means a good start to the season.” That sound plays a bit differently these days as No. 12 elects not to attend the third phase of New England’s offseason program. The hosts and callers on Boston sports radio are pointing out that contrast, as well as trying to explain Brady’s decision to skip Monday’s OTA. Theories thrown out there include a rift between Brady and Belichick, contract … [Read more...] about What Boston sports radio is saying about Tom Brady missing OTAs
Bruins fans are heading into the summer with a salty taste on the tip of their tongue. Boston exited the playoffs after the Tampa Bay Lightning bounced back from a Game 1 defeat to win four straight and move on to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Lightning were the top seed in the East, so the outcome of Game 5 was not a complete shock, but Brad Marchand’s licks and Tuukka Rask’s play were certainly talking points in the aftermath of the series. On the Boston radio dial this week, the hosts and callers were almost unanimously in agreement that the goaltender was not the problem for the Bruins. (To the point that the person they were arguing against seemed to exist only to scare away crows.) But there was plenty of disagreement about Marchand’s decision to lap the sweat off Lightning forward Ryan Callahan’s nose. Here’s what Boston sports radio had to say about Marchand’s licking and Rask’s playoff performance: Brad Marchand Toucher & Rich … [Read more...] about What Boston sports radio had to say about Brad Marchand’s licking and Tuukka Rask’s performance
The Bruins face the Maple Leafs on Wednesday night for the right to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round. Boston burst out to a 3-1 lead to start the series, but Toronto carries a two-game winning streak into the TD Garden. On Boston sports radio this week, hosts and callers alike seemed to have their confidence in the Bruins sapped away by Toronto goalie Frederick Andersen’s performance at the Air Canada Centre. Andersen was a wall in front of the Bruins’ red-hot first line. Patrice Bergeron and his linemates didn’t notch a single point in either of the team’s defeats. In the same vein, there were very little on-air faith in Tuukka Rask heading into the decider. Although Rask made 87 combined saves for the Bruins in the team’s three wins in the series, he was pulled from Game 5 after giving up four goals and eclipsed by Andersen in Game 6. Here’s what Boston sports radio is saying about Game 7: Felger and Mazz with Michael … [Read more...] about What Boston sports radio is saying about Bruins-Maple Leafs Game 7
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Chad Finn Globe Staff April 19, 2018 Writing about the quarterly Nielsen Audio ratings inevitably turns my Twitter mentions into a five-alarm fire engulfing many dumpsters.As frustrating as it can sometimes be to attempt to fight hot-takes with information, I understand why this happens. The conditions are perfect. Boston has four interesting-to-fascinating professional teams, thousands upon thousands of passionate fans, and two extremely successful and highly rated sports radio stations. Advertisement Those stations — 98.5 The Sports Hub and WEEI 93.7 — are consistently at the top of their targeted and lucrative men 25-54 demo in the Nielsen Audio ratings. Yet many of the shows are distinctly different, especially in the morning with 98.5’s “Toucher and Rich” program and WEEI’s “Kirk and Callahan” show. I … [Read more...] about Which Boston sports radio station is right about its morning show ratings?