WEEI Makes Some Interesting Hires

Monday, August 18, 2008

Not only did WEEI find a spot for ex-Boston Glober and plagiarist, Ron Borges, but they have also gotten their hands on former Deadspin EIC and New York Mag writer, Will Leitch. From Scott's Shots via HHR....

BOSTON (August 18, 2008) – WEEI.com announced today the additions of six first-rate journalists joining its staff, along with the first upgrade to the website’s content and design. Joining WEEI.com editor Rob Bradford and columnist Mike Felger are a collection of top print and online journalists with excellent experience and reputations both in Boston and nationally.

Will Leitch, the founder of popular sports blog Deadspin.com, will be joining WEEI.com to provide an outsider’s look at Boston sports and its fans. Leitch has authored three books, including “God Save the Fan” and is currently a contributing editor to New York Magazine.

Ron Borges is a 24-year veteran of the Boston Globe, serving as the Patriots beat writer, national football writer and boxing reporter. He will serve as a columnist for WEEI.com covering the Patriots and national football news. Borges has received many awards and praise throughout his writing career, including being named Massachusetts Sports Writer of the Year by the National Association of Sportswriters and Sports Broadcasters five times since 1999.

Baseball writing veteran Alex Speier assist in handling the Red Sox beat and serve as Online Content Manager for WEEI.com. Speier is a graduate of Harvard University and has covered the Red Sox for several local and national publications, including the New Hampshire Union Leader, Boston Metro, Boston Herald and Baseball America.
How's that for random? Leitch is doing a column on Boston Sports from an "outsiders" point of view, and while an interesting idea, it won't likely work out in the long run. Unless they plan on using him on-air, I don't really think a blog on a radio station's website is going to succeed.

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Posted by Awful Announcing- at 1:59 PM


New Yorker is not = to New York Magazine. I'd let it slide, but the freaking press release you quote specifically mentions that.

Anonymous said...
Aug 18, 2008, 2:39:00 PM  

Unfortunately, no mention of Borges being suspended for plaigarism a few years go. He sucks.

The Mark Show said...
Aug 18, 2008, 3:41:00 PM  

Say it ain't so, Will. He's gone and sold his soul to the devil.

GMoney said...
Aug 18, 2008, 4:09:00 PM  

Via Sports Business Journal: “ESPNU plans to begin simulcasting C---n C-----d’s ‘The Herd’ radio show starting next Monday. ESPNU will carry the radio show live each weekday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET. The network, which is in 21 million homes, will have four cameras, plus a webcast camera, positioned inside the show¹s Bristol, Conn., studio.”

This can't be true, either. Can it?

Anonymous said...
Aug 18, 2008, 4:44:00 PM  

It's true Anon. I didn't really think it was worth noting on the site.

Aug 18, 2008, 4:53:00 PM  

Oh dear God, no.

GMoney said...
Aug 18, 2008, 5:27:00 PM  

CC's ever expanding ego is really going to go into overdrive now. I thought it couldn't get any bigger, but now the sky is the limit...

shawn kemp said...
Aug 18, 2008, 5:51:00 PM  

ESPNU plans to begin simulcasting C---n C-----d’s ‘The Herd’ radio show starting next Monday.

The combination makes my eyes bleed.

Aug 18, 2008, 5:58:00 PM  

"It's not worth noting" that one of America's foremost radio talk shows will be simulcast starting next Monday? This is an outrage of epic proportions and borders on intellectual laziness.


p.s. Sorry AA, I just couldn't help myself. It won't happen again...I promise.

shawn kemp said...
Aug 18, 2008, 6:29:00 PM  

C---- C------ is like the evil corporate logos from that Simpsons Treehouse of Horror. He'll go away if no one looks at him.

Kyle said...
Aug 18, 2008, 7:25:00 PM  

AA you cannot be more wrong about the adding of blogs and articles to WEEI will only make them more of the mega monster in New England that they already are. There are numerous carcassas where Entercom has put EEI. Springfield, Providence, the Sporting News affiliate in Boston and soon ESPN 890 will all bite the dust.

EEI will probably do damage to both the Boston Herald and Globe. They have taken the Herald's two best writers in Felger and Bradford. The Herald is hanging on by a thread as it is. The Globe continues to dump salaries as well (see May, Edes, and McMullen). It will be funny what Glen Ordway and that fat slob Pete Shepheard will think as both continue to believe that bloggers are people who live in their parents basements and have no credibility.

Also, for all of you people who hate Cowherd, I give you Gerry Callahan, who is a brilliant writer but just might be one of the biggest DOUCHEBAG that has ever lived. He announced just before EEI's Jimmy Fund Radiothon, one of best things any local station does in the country, that he had throat cancer last year. The response was not, "I disagree with you Ger' but I hope you get better" or "Hang in there Gerry." The resonse was more along the lines of "why couldn't you just just die and help all of mankind." I dislike Callahan but not that much .

Anonymous said...
Aug 18, 2008, 9:23:00 PM  

I sincerely dislike Gerry Callahan but I would not go as far as wishing death on the man. However, I would jump for joy if he had to give up the radio show do to illness. He is nothing short of a predictable and hate spewing c*nt. God I f'ing hate him.

Anonymous said...
Aug 18, 2008, 9:35:00 PM  

Predictable and hate spewing? We are still talking about Cowturd, right? For the record, I stopped listening to him in 2006 so maybe he's no longer a mean-spirited, ignorant hack who steals content from mediums he insults. Oh wait, you weren't talking C------ anymore. Sorry.

Kyle said...
Aug 19, 2008, 12:13:00 AM  

This WEEI website idea has the online version of The National Sports Daily feel to it. I give it two years, tops.

I'll take your word on Callahan, Anons. Every sports radio city has their mind-boggling assholes: from the racist & vulgar (Mike Trivisonno - Cleveland) to the moronic (Mike Valenti - Detroit; Marc Silverman - Chicago) to baiting listeners for no reason (Aaron Goldhammer - Cleveland). It's not exposed on a national level, unless you have a forum like C---- C------ has and soon will.

Aug 19, 2008, 12:14:00 AM  

C----- C------'s show will change now that he'll be on TV; I guarantee it. His so-called "edginess"(AKA douchebaggery) won't translate to the telly like he thinks it will, because as much as he wishes he was, he is not Stern or Limbaugh(who he constantly compares himself to), or even O'Reilly. I'm hoping beyond hope that he goes down in flames...

Nobodys_Hero said...
Aug 19, 2008, 2:40:00 AM  

Gerry Callahan called inner-city kids at who ride METCO buses gorillas. Quite possibly as bad as Imus if not worse since Imus seemed to be attempting a bad, off-color joke while Callahan was just hateful. Yeah I don't even listen or both to pay a fee for the WEEI stream and also it was his show that was the site of Ron Borges' slur of Irabu that caused the Boston Globe to ban reporters from going on the station any longer.

Anonymous said...
Aug 19, 2008, 7:31:00 PM  

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