I can’t take it anymore. Trying to read an online article from The Hartford Courant requires espionage. They email me Jeff Jacob’s piece on the state of UConn athletics, but I can only read it if I buy The Courant? Really? Almost any daily paper is available online without charge. They sell advertising. If the Courant thinks they are going to survive, they must shift the paradigm. Give the paper away. Then sell advertising based on the fact that every household in Connecticut receives it. When I sold & managed for radio stations, beating the Courant was easy. And that was 20 years ago. No one under 50 buys your paper. The ideal ad base is 18-49. Set up a site that makes money. Or The Hartford Courant will go the way of The Whale. Just pictures at The Civic Center, oops The XL Center.
Now back to Jeff Jacobs. I’ve read almost everything he has written. None was better written, researched and explained better about the state of UConn athletics. Let’s see. No men’s team – not Kentucky, not Duke, not North Carolina, not Kansas, not – oh never mind – has won more championships since 1999 than UConn’s 4. Next best? 2. UConn women? Who’s ever done it better? Football – yes Connecticut has struggled because of how the program has been mismanaged since Edsall’s departure. If it were up to me (Sorry it sucked for you Maryland) I’d bring him back. I know they have a coach and he got them to a bowl game. But do you remember how it felt when Randy’s team beat Notre Dame? But I’ve drifted.
As Jeff said, get us into a Power 5 conference. Not someday, NOW! Governor, Senators, Representatives put Connecticut where it belongs. It’s really ad listening to Joe D. say today that because the conference sucks moose you have to win them all, practically. Remember beat Georgetown & Syracuse during the “Dream Season”? The same week, twice? Okay. I’m done. I just hate watching basketball hell.
Enjoy the Game!
***update below 2/5/2015***
Pats 28 Seahawks 24.
Tom & Bill get #4. One for the thumb?
I’m a Yankee & Pats fan here in Connecticut. I grew up as a Giant’s fan but by going to school in Boston & the Pats in that new league, I couldn’t help but get hooked. People ask, Why just the Giants, ya coulda dumped the Yanks for the Sox…” Silly. I was born a Yankee fan. My dad taught me. He picked his favorite team during his first listened to broadcast. It was Tigers v. Cubs and he picked the Cubbies. My brother followed his steps. I picked the Yankees because it was 1958 & they were not the Braves. My team worked out picking it his way. Now that he’s gone I have a lot of Cubs memorable. And a UConn class ring from 1946. Hope we see you again when we do our next meme… Same time. Same blog.
After a 25+ year career in radio, I still love playing “program director”. I was at WBCN in Boston in the mid 90s when WEEI became Sports Radio WEEI. As a huge fan of WFAN, I was skeptical. But while The Big Show was terrific, The “A-Team” with Dale Arnold & Eddie Andelman was terrible. In my present position I drive a lot of hours every weekday. WEEI took over a Northampton Mass. station and we were reunited. The morning show was now Dennis and Callahan. The midday show was Dale and Holley. I was a fan from my first listen. When it was broke up three years ago in an attempt to save The Big Show, it left a huge void. Holly and Ordway were okay, but what made Michael great in the midday, and The Big Show great in afternoon drive (Glenn and his rotating cast) killed 2 shows. But what was SO much worse was the firing of Glenn Ordway for Mike Salk. What were they thinking? Mike Salk was awful. Sorry, I can’t sugarcoat it. The show was unlistenable. The hip Holley tried to salvage to uptight Salk, but it did not work on ANY level.
The Boston Globe wrote a piece on how bad a fit Mike Salk was for WEEI. Salk saw the writing on the wall. Within seven days he left the station to go back to Seattle from which he came. After a rotating search for Michael Holley new partner they did one thing right. They paired Holley with Dale Arnold on occasion. The chemistry was still there. I admit that I was pessimistic that they’d get it right. I had comment that perhaps they’d decide Arnold was too old to compete with The Sports Hub, WEEI’s competition in Boston. But yesterday, they got it completely right. Dale and Holley were back. Dale was signed to return and the top rated mid day show is now where it belonged, in afternoon drive. I’d love to say WEEI came to their senses, but in truth the program director that screwed WEEI up, had left. The new team corrected a huge mistake. Dale and Holley are back and better than ever.
Now to address the elephant in WEEI’s radio room. Mut (half of the current midday show that replaced Dale & Holley) has got to go. His announcing style is an Arnold rip. There I’ve said it. Somebody had to. When I recently heard Mut, Arnold and Holley explain what happened to the three of them, I was riveted. Michael tried to ease the rift between Mut and Dale. When it came out that Mut’s start was as an intern with Dale it all made sense. Lou Merloni (Mut’s midday partner) is a huge talent. He’s great at both talk radio and doing the Red Sox broadcasts. But WEEI’s next challenge is to find Lou a new midday partner. Dale Arnold is back. His poor man’s version is a “gotta go”. Mut seems like a nice guy. He’s just way over his head.
And yes WEEI, you should call me. I’d consider a return to radio programing in a second. But seriously, I feel I’ve provided serious dialogue to the conversation of what WEEI should do going forward. But do not worry, I will continue this multi-award winning blog. But we will be doing much more talking about sports radio. I think we’ve got perspective that not too many folks have. So we will cover Sports Radio. You can here WEEI recordings here.
Our next review will be of The John Feinstein Show on CBS Sports Radio. Join us then. Same time, same blog.
I couldn’t wait to watch this game with Johnnie Walker. He already “left” and crashed
(he is up for the weekend) before the fourth…
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