Boston Sports Radio Scene Shaken-Up
Sports radio is a competitive business. In the Greater Boston area, the airwaves have been ruled by WEEI-AM for years. Over the past year or so, a shake-up on the FM side of the dial brought a new competitor to the market in the form of 98.5 The Sports Hub. And since its arrival, the airwaves have been a hotly contested marketplace, which as a result, created a massive shake-up this week.
Dale Arnold, the 20-year WEEI personality lost his midday role in a personnel shake-up last week and today, signed off for the final time as co-host of the "Dale and Holley Show."
According to The Buzz, a Boston.com blog:
Michael Holley, Arnold's co-host since March 2005, will join Glenn Ordway as co-hosts of the afternoon-drive program "The Big Show," which has been consistently beaten in the men 25-54 demo by "The Felger and Massarotti Show" on rival 98.5 The Sports Hub over the past several months.
Arnold will remain at WEEI in a role that includes fill-in and weekend duty and occasional play-by-play of Red Sox and Celtics broadcasts.In discussing his leave from the show, Arnold put things into perspective:
"Yesterday I got stopped in Home Depot, very nice man I've never met before, said he was sorry I wasn't going to be doing the show anymore" Arnold said. "He said, 'I'm 59 years old. Thirty-three years at the same company. I got laid off. I got a kid in college, 15-year-old at home, and I'm [in trouble].' And it made me realize that people have got it a lot worse than I do. Believe me, I've thought about this guy a lot the last day.
He went on to say, "I'm not leaving. I am leaving this show," noting that he will be on the air again Sunday, March 6 and will have one week in late March in which he calls four Red Sox and two Celtics games. "It's been a pleasure."
I'm not so sure the departure of Arnold from that time slot is going to shake things up enough for WEEI to gain back relevance with the target demographic, but what's for sure is that the competitive nature between the two stations will keep the sports news scene in Boston fresh.