The Greg Hill and Danielle Murr show on 'EEI

NortheasternPJ

Member
SoSH Member
Nov 16, 2004
13,639
I never really thought of that. Imagine if your life turned out in a way that you took the time to write to anyone about the disappearance of Mustard and Johnson from your airwaves? How can you fight back against something like that?
Holy shit, this made me laugh harder than I have all week.
 

nattysez

Well-Known Member
Silver Supporter
SoSH Member
Sep 30, 2010
4,096
When you guys were discussing what podcasters could viably have a radio show in Boston, I was going to raise FitzyGFY as a guy who might be able to do it if given a co-host. But I know he's made appearances on Hill's show in the past, so I figured if he hadn't moved the needle, maybe my idea was a bad one.

They let him handle a line of questioning to Brady this week and what do you know, someone with a fresh perspective who really cares about sports got Brady to engage in a fun discussion.
 

Rich Garces Belly

Member
SoSH Member
Jun 14, 2009
286
When you guys were discussing what podcasters could viably have a radio show in Boston, I was going to raise FitzyGFY as a guy who might be able to do it if given a co-host. But I know he's made appearances on Hill's show in the past, so I figured if he hadn't moved the needle, maybe my idea was a bad one.

They let him handle a line of questioning to Brady this week and what do you know, someone with a fresh perspective who really cares about sports got Brady to engage in a fun discussion.
Fitzy is horrible on the radio, he was on the afternoons at WAAF and was brutal and got fired. So now WEEI hires him for the mornings. He makes obvious points and tries way too hard to be funny but isn’t. He was good in his scripted videos and does script some jokes on the radio, but off the cuff he is the worst radio personality I have ever listened to. I think he’d be better on a podcast as he can script it and re-record something that didn’t work.
 

Patriot_Reign

Member
SoSH Member
Apr 21, 2011
375
I think Fitzy has that comedian thing were they make literally everything that comes of their mouth some form of a joke. It never works and it's tiresome. When you see an opportunity for humor go grab it, but the rest of the time just engage.
 

JohnnyTheBone

Member
SoSH Member
May 28, 2007
17,955
A Buick 6
I'll take Fitzy over Minihane, Callahan, Curtis, Mutnansky, and the rest of the jackholes WEEI has been trotting out for the past 4 years. At least he actually likes sports and watches the games. I'd rather get kicked in the nuts than listen to Adam Jones.
 

MyDaughterLovesTomGordon

Member
SoSH Member
Jun 26, 2006
8,619
There's no one on the Big Jab. It's worse than WEEI.

edit: To be fair, I haven't listened to the Big Jab in close to 2 years. I doubt it's any better.
I think the afternoon show is pretty good: Javs and Danks do the work, get good guests, know way more than I do about the NFL and College Football, and are relatively entertaining. But they take a LOT of calls. I think Maine's caller base is a lot less personality heavy than Boston's. They don't even use a screener and it mostly works out pretty well.

But I agree especially with JMOH that they should try something completely different - something urban, Celtics-Pats focused, and heavy on the social media tie-ins that AREN'T Twitter. The Insta, TikTok, Snap audiences are completely different, sillier and more playful, and way less filled with man-yelling-at-clouds invective.

Chasing the ghost of Glenn Ordway isn't going to get them anywhere.
 
Aug 9, 2019
27
Boston
I'll take Fitzy over Minihane, Callahan, Curtis, Mutnansky, and the rest of the jackholes WEEI has been trotting out for the past 4 years. At least he actually likes sports and watches the games. I'd rather get kicked in the nuts than listen to Adam Jones.
Accession of nut-kickings would be preferable. Some people make it easy to know just who is and who is not haunted by the daemon of self-loathing. One is moved to feel bad for them, given that’s what they tote around and are fronted with, internally, constantly. But then you’re hit by the latest barrage of rancor. Not criticism. Acidulous, sad rancor. Unmitigated rancor.
 

shaggydog2000

Member
SoSH Member
Apr 5, 2007
6,778
But I agree especially with JMOH that they should try something completely different - something urban, Celtics-Pats focused, and heavy on the social media tie-ins that AREN'T Twitter. The Insta, TikTok, Snap audiences are completely different, sillier and more playful, and way less filled with man-yelling-at-clouds invective.

Chasing the ghost of Glenn Ordway isn't going to get them anywhere.
Are people who are really into Insta going to figure out how to get terrestial radio on their iphone, and are they interested in doing it? That, to me is the issue with embracing social media on old school platforms.
 

NortheasternPJ

Member
SoSH Member
Nov 16, 2004
13,639
I think the afternoon show is pretty good: Javs and Danks do the work, get good guests, know way more than I do about the NFL and College Football, and are relatively entertaining. But they take a LOT of calls. I think Maine's caller base is a lot less personality heavy than Boston's. They don't even use a screener and it mostly works out pretty well.

But I agree especially with JMOH that they should try something completely different - something urban, Celtics-Pats focused, and heavy on the social media tie-ins that AREN'T Twitter. The Insta, TikTok, Snap audiences are completely different, sillier and more playful, and way less filled with man-yelling-at-clouds invective.

Chasing the ghost of Glenn Ordway isn't going to get them anywhere.
which is why 98.5 is doing Twitch for T&R and they’re going to start broadcasting the Fantasty Football Show on Sunday’s and taking all their questions from Twitch. At least they’re trying
And think about this stuff.
Meanwhile I turned on Mustard and Johnson today and they were talking about how they don’t want black people with lyrics they can’t understand on the SB half time show.
 
Jul 15, 2005
1,996
Chicago
Bill Simmons isn't walking through that door.

SiriusXM for a while replayed The Vertical podcasts, but it was mostly Yahoo trying to get more listeners.

I think WBUR does broadcast some of their locally produced podcasts on weekends.
 

DisgruntledSoxFan77

Member
SoSH Member
Jun 12, 2015
862
Quincy
which is why 98.5 is doing Twitch for T&R and they’re going to start broadcasting the Fantasty Football Show on Sunday’s and taking all their questions from Twitch. At least they’re trying
And think about this stuff.
Meanwhile I turned on Mustard and Johnson today and they were talking about how they don’t want black people with lyrics they can’t understand on the SB half time show.
Mustard and Johnson is seriously still a thing?? Man I used to turn the channel every weekend when they'd be starting and that was 13 years ago. EEI is just awful if that's really the best they can do.
 

nattysez

Well-Known Member
Silver Supporter
SoSH Member
Sep 30, 2010
4,096
Fitzy is horrible on the radio, he was on the afternoons at WAAF and was brutal and got fired. So now WEEI hires him for the mornings. He makes obvious points and tries way too hard to be funny but isn’t. He was good in his scripted videos and does script some jokes on the radio, but off the cuff he is the worst radio personality I have ever listened to. I think he’d be better on a podcast as he can script it and re-record something that didn’t work.
That's a bummer about Fitzy. Nice that they gave him a try, though.
 

Red(s)HawksFan

Member
SoSH Member
Jan 23, 2009
11,531
Maine
Listening to Brady's interview, he seems to enjoy talking to Greg and Danielle than Kirk and Gerry.
It was the first Brady interview I've heard in years, other than clips/highlights, and he did seem to be pretty amiable. Though I wonder if the occasion had something to do with it as well. No one is going to get confrontational or "hard hitting" or be in a sour mood when the theme of the day is raising money to help kids with cancer.
 

RedOctober3829

Member
SoSH Member
Jul 19, 2005
42,352
deep inside Guido territory
It was the first Brady interview I've heard in years, other than clips/highlights, and he did seem to be pretty amiable. Though I wonder if the occasion had something to do with it as well. No one is going to get confrontational or "hard hitting" or be in a sour mood when the theme of the day is raising money to help kids with cancer.
Last week's was amicable as well.
 

Haunted

The Man in the Box
Silver Supporter
SoSH Member
Aug 23, 2006
3,280
Is Wiggy a permanent part of the show? He's become immediate channel change for me. He just doesn't shut up.
 

Gambler7

Member
SoSH Member
Dec 11, 2003
3,362
I don't understand how Chris Curtis and Ken Laird have what seems to be prominant roles on the show. When I flip over (usually during 98.5 commercials) they are an immediate channel change for me. Brutal.
 

ggreene

lurker
Jul 23, 2019
94
I'll take Chris, Ken, and Wiggy over Greg, Danielle, and Fitsy any day of the week. Fitsy is especially awful. I can only pray that Wiggy is a permanent replacement.
 

Haunted

The Man in the Box
Silver Supporter
SoSH Member
Aug 23, 2006
3,280
Agree. The whole show has been awful. I'm hoping they get their bearings and figure things out because this has not been a good start. Greg Hill is clearly uncomfortable doing a sports show and it seems like Danielle is a total fish out of water in it.
 

NortheasternPJ

Member
SoSH Member
Nov 16, 2004
13,639
As someone who never listened to the Hillman, was he always so boring and monotone? He's more suited to host the Boston Sunday Review than a morning drive time show.
 

Haunted

The Man in the Box
Silver Supporter
SoSH Member
Aug 23, 2006
3,280
As someone who never listened to the Hillman, was he always so boring and monotone? He's more suited to host the Boston Sunday Review than a morning drive time show.
He was always the facilitator. He always had a strong supporting staff and his job was to keep the show moving. And now... not so much.
 

Red(s)HawksFan

Member
SoSH Member
Jan 23, 2009
11,531
Maine
He was always the facilitator. He always had a strong supporting staff and his job was to keep the show moving. And now... not so much.
Exactly. The strength of Hill's show on AAF was always the characters around him. LB, Hsu, and Danielle all complimented each other well. Going further back, Spaz was a moron but brought something to the table anyway. Back even further, the backbone of the show was Kevin Barbare and his impressions. Hill is not much of anything on his own.
 

ggreene

lurker
Jul 23, 2019
94
Doesn't seem to be failing though. Chris said today that for Sept they were 2nd in ratings. Whether they can sustain that who knows but for the time being they seem to have found some kind of audience.
 

yeahlunchbox

Member
SoSH Member
Jan 21, 2008
379
It's the same audience that Callahan already had. Listened one day this week and it was the hosts and callers bitching about illegal immigrants, and this wasn't uncharted territory for them since they started. What was the point of letting go of Callahan if this was what the show was going to be? If you insist on airing "pissed off, middle aged, New England, conservative white guy" political radio on a sports talk radio station, why not keep the preeminent expert in hosting that kind of show when you have them under contract?
 

ggreene

lurker
Jul 23, 2019
94
I think Chris was talking only about Sept ratings not for the Summer. Will be interesting to see the Fall book when it's done and if they can sustain that.
 

BJBSJ

lurker
Feb 17, 2019
37
It's the same audience that Callahan already had. Listened one day this week and it was the hosts and callers bitching about illegal immigrants, and this wasn't uncharted territory for them since they started. What was the point of letting go of Callahan if this was what the show was going to be? If you insist on airing "pissed off, middle aged, New England, conservative white guy" political radio on a sports talk radio station, why not keep the preeminent expert in hosting that kind of show when you have them under contract?
2 Reasons. Hill works cheaper than Callahan and removing Callahan from EEI got Bob Murchison and Shirley Leung from the Globe to stop calling and emailing EEI's advertisers.
 

Patriot_Reign

Member
SoSH Member
Apr 21, 2011
375
Interesting development, apparently Chris Curtis and producer Lucy Burdge have a love connection. Seems a bit shitty given what Chris went through and his wife presumably sticking by his side and is rewarded this way.
 

Haunted

The Man in the Box
Silver Supporter
SoSH Member
Aug 23, 2006
3,280
I enjoy Hillman and Danielle probably more than most here, but does WEEI really think that Wiggins is good on the radio? He's awful. He doesn't ever stop talking.

It took T&R a while to figure themselves out when they switched to sports, so I'm happy to give this show some time to find its bearings too. But enough of Jermaine Wiggins.