With this being my first thread on SOSH, I feel that starting with a general topic like WEEI is a good place to start. Let's face it, many of us, including myself, continually bash it, but yet, I still listen. I want to rundown each show, and give my quick thoughts on them. Feel free to reply to this thread and do the same.
Dennis and Callahan: This is tough to review, considering Callahan hasn't been present for months. When Gerry is on the air with Dennis though, I find the show to be a spin off of Michael Savage, with some sports discussion thrown into the mix. In order to be a successful morning jock, I believe that you do need to stray away from sports, and be more pop culture oriented. However, I just find Callahan's neo-conservative views too much to take at 7 AM. And don't get me started on Meter. The guy is a phony, plain and simple. He seems like a wannabe conservative.
Dale and Holley: I believe that Dale and Holley is the best weekday show on EEI. The banter is mostly intelligent, and both cohosts don't prescribe to the theory "Whoever yells loudest is right." The show is well balanced, as emails are read, calls are taken, and there is normally an interview every episode. The midday timeslot is perfect for Dale and Holley, because it's easy listening for the middle of the day.
The Big Show: I happen to believe that Glen Ordway is actually a pretty good radio talk show host, but the quality of the show all depends on who the cohosts are. If Rob Bradford and Sean McAdam are the cohosts, then I find the show much more tolerable. However, most of the time the cohosts are an array of clowns, like Bill Burt, Butchy Stearns, Steve Burton, and Larry FUCKING Johnson. It's too bad that the cohosts generally suck, that Pete Sheppard is still employed, and that the callers seem to represent the scum of society.
Planet Mike: Mike Adams is perfect for the overnight timeslot. He is "cooky," but that type of schtick is pefect for his core audience. At least Adams seems like he's an actual sports fan, and that he really enjoys his job. That's more than you can say for 80% of Boston's Sports Media.
John Rische: John Rische is personally my favorite personality on EEI. It's too bad he's stuck doing the 11-1 shift, dealing with the drunk "coming home from the game" callers. Rische's arguments are well thought out, and unlike most of the EEI community, not reactionary. I'd love to see John Rische get a shot filling in for one of the weekday hosts, instead of seeing some loser like Steve Burton get the opportunity.
Various weekend shows: I happen to enjoy the fact that WEEI puts on original weekend programming. Now, most of it is painful to listen to (Meter and Mutt anyone?), but it's a helluva lot better than listening to some national "know it all" yapping about dogfighting and Tim Donaghy.
Mustard and Johnson: This show is "not my cup of tea," as it features Larry FUCKING Johnson and Craig Mustard, the callers are the most idiotic the station has to offer, and the conversational topics represent everything that is wrong with sports talk radio. I do consider this show harmless though, as it's easily avoidable. Unlike "The Big Show," which is on at peak hours, this show is on Saturday morning, and the hosts don't claim to be right about everything, as Butchy Stearns normally does. With that said, I would still vote "Mustard and Johnson" the worst regular radio show that WEEI has to offer.
Sunday Baseball Show: I LOVE the "Sunday Baseball Show." The cast is put together perfectly. Steve Buckley, who's often irritating on "The Big Show," is perfect for Sunday morning. He's somewhat low key, and really represents the old time baseball fan. Sean McAdam has the inside info, and has very good chemistry with Buck. Mike Adams is the perfect foil for McAdam and Buckley, and he represents the "average joe." I also find the callers to be slightly more intellectual on this show, but then again, I can only think off one intellectual caller, (Jeff from Watertown). Regardless of the callers though, this show produces the best baseball content all week, and that is why it is my favorite show on the station.
There ya have it, my personal rundown on EEI, and my thoughts on each of their shows. Yes, I often find myself pulling my hair out when I'm listening to WEEI, but when you look around at what the rest of the country considers sports talk radio, we have it pretty good here in Boston.
Late edit: Grammar
Edited by Phenom, 01 August 2007 - 09:35 AM.