Monday, August 6, 2018

Remembering A Time When Boston Sports Radio Was Actually Kinda Good

Boston sports radio has gotten so self-absorbed (and just plain lousy) that it's got us considering switching to National Public Radio—wait, we're not that desperate yet. But, the morning and evening "drives" are truly un-listenable—with boorish hosts, endless commercials and hardly any actual sports talk. It got us thinking about the halcyon days of sports radio in this town (yeah, yeah, I know, we're old—well, we are actually). Anyway, we pine for the days when Eddie Andelman and his Sports Huddle crew (Jim McCarthy and Mark Witkin) ruled the Sunday night airwaves. Eddie didn't take any crap from anyone—so when the Red Sox forbade him from mentioning the name of skipper Don Zimmer, he responded logically. Whenever a caller used the verboten moniker, Eddie would play this clip: "I'm sorry, You are not to refer to the Red Sox manager by name. His code name is: 'Chiang Kai-shek'." Eddie also had a brilliant idea to make hockey more interesting: make the ice black and the puck white. Eddie is still around, but we need him back on the air.