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Fenway
08-11-2007, 09:26 AM
Red Sox lead radio announcer Joe Castiglione is fed up and wants out.

WEEI/WRKO management feels the same way.

The problem is Larry Lucchino's hand picked announcer Glenn Geffner just continues to get worse. WEEI/WRKO wants to bring back Jerry Trupiano but Lucchino refuses to budge.

Geffner came from San Diego and worked as the teams PR man and was promised the radio job when Trupiano's contract ran out. WEEI/WRKO wanted no part of him but finally agreed to a 2 announcer solution. Geffner works 100 games and the other 60 are done by Dave O'Brien who everybody likes but he can not do any more because of his contract at ESPN.

Geffner is so bad that Castiglione is just ignoring him completly.

Blogs are having a field day with this

At best Geffner is suited to be a minor league announcer. He sounds like a guy you’d find calling A or AA ball while driving through Podunk on a Sunday afternoon while scanning your AM radio dial. As Chad Finn points out in his blog, Touching All The Bases, “I think I’ve finally figured it out. Glenn Geffner sounds like a Connecticut School of Broadcasting newbie who listened to way too much Bob Costas growing up”.

This is also far from Geffner’s first big league rodeo which makes it all the more disturbing. John Maffei of the North County Times wrote this about Geffner’s 2002 radio broadcast experience as the third voice in the San Diego Padres booth when talking about the newest Padre announcer, Tim Flannery. ” There is definitely a mutual respect in the booth, which wasn’t the case in 2002, when Padres media relations director Glenn Geffner was thrown into the mix as a third voice in spring training. Geffner was competent and had several years experience as a minor-league play-by-play man, but he was basically forced on (Ted) Leitner and (Jerry) Coleman and was effectively frozen out of the booth.”

Mama’s Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Glenn Geffner (http://soxanddawgs.com/?p=1874)

Who Does Glenn Geffner Work For? (http://38cliches.blogspot.com/2007/08/who-does-glenn-geffner-work-for.html)

Brian26
08-12-2007, 12:03 PM
Fenway-

Just curious, how would you rate Geffner compared to Chris Singleton?

Frontman
08-12-2007, 12:29 PM
Fenway-

Just curious, how would you rate Geffner compared to Chris Singleton?

And to "tri-angulate" your evaluation, where does Geffner compare to Ron Santo; as Santo makes Singelton sound like Vin Scully.

Fenway
08-12-2007, 01:40 PM
Geffner is not an ex-jock, he is supposed to be a trained broadcaster. He just gives reams of inane stats and repeats himself often. A poster on SOSH was telling the story about how when Boston played its 100th game Geffner said it THIRTY FOUR times during the broadcast.

Last year Geffner was VP/Director of Communications of the Red Sox and his name was dropped from the front office roster when he became the announcer BUT his email and phone extension at fenway is still active and the Red Sox have not filled his position. Say what you want about Boston fans BUT WE NOT STUPID. When the team is playing badly we demand the announcers tell it like it is. Trupiano did so and was canned by Lucchino.

Dave O'Brien does 60 games and is great...but Geffner is simply brutal. WEEI is forbidding listeners to complain on the air but what has happened is ESPN-Boston is allowing Geffner complaints. ESPN-Boston is finally making some headway against WEEI as they allow Globe reporters on the air (WEEI banned Globe writers 5 years ago) and they also have Gammons now because ESPN wants him on a ESPN station. Problem is 890 has a weak signal as it has to protect WLS in Chicago.

Here is another gem

The WRKO/WEEI network has a contest with Jack Daniels for the 7th inning where if the team scores SEVEN runs in the 7th inning a listner wins the jackpot.

The rules clearly state
Enter below for your chance to win the Jack Daniel's 7 Run 7th Inning! Starting on May 23, 2007 and each day thereafter, The Boston baseball radio network will randomly select one “qualifier” per game. A new qualifier will be announced on-air across WRKO/WEEI Baseball Radio Network prior to the commencement of the 7th inning of each game. If the hometown team scores 7 runs in the 7th inning, then that games qualifier will be a winner of the grand prize! The grand prize is a progressive jackpot beginning at $777.00 cash for game one of the contest on May 23, 2007, and increasing $77.00 per game!!! This is your chance to win cold hard cash. So don't delay, enter below for your chance to win. It's all brought to you by Jack Daniel's

Doesn't say 7 or more runs...it says 7

3 weeks ago against Chicago the Red Sox finally did score 7 runs in the 7th and Geffner happily said there was a winner EXCEPT the inning was not over yet.

After Geffner awards the money Joe icily said "the inning isn't over yet...."

Luckily for GG Boston did not score again

The whole Boston radio setup is insane this year.

Entercom moved the games to 680/WRKO from 850/WEEI to help boost WRKO's ratings. But not all the games moved....WEEI still airs the games on Wednesday nights and any weekday day game as they are not allowed to prempt Rush Limbaugh.

The Sox may be moving down the dial to our sister station WRKO 680AM this season, but Sports Radio 850 WEEI will still broadcast some of the games on the Red Sox schedule in 2007 with Wednesday Night Baseball on WEEI! Tune in to your sports station every Wednesday gameday, and for select afternoon games, to catch your favorite hometown baseball team and their pursuit for another World Series title! Check out the schedule below for the list of games that Sports Radio 850 WEEI will be broadcasting in 2007.

http://weei.com/pages/235623.php
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StillMissOzzie
08-12-2007, 06:02 PM
Say what you want about Boston fans BUT WE NOT STUPID. When the team is playing badly we demand the announcers tell it like it is. Trupiano did so and was canned by Lucchino.



Stupid? No. Failed English? Hmmmmmm

I keed, I keed!

SMO
:D:

Fenway
08-12-2007, 09:53 PM
Stupid? No. Failed English? Hmmmmmm

I keed, I keed!

SMO
:D:

We speak funny in Bahston.....

Brian26
08-13-2007, 07:56 PM
This is also far from Geffner’s first big league rodeo which makes it all the more disturbing. John Maffei of the North County Times wrote this about Geffner’s 2002 radio broadcast experience as the third voice in the San Diego Padres booth when talking about the newest Padre announcer, Tim Flannery. ” There is definitely a mutual respect in the booth, which wasn’t the case in 2002, when Padres media relations director Glenn Geffner was thrown into the mix as a third voice in spring training. Geffner was competent and had several years experience as a minor-league play-by-play man, but he was basically forced on (Ted) Leitner and (Jerry) Coleman and was effectively frozen out of the booth.”

I just saw an interview with Jerry Coleman, and it was brought up that he actually stepped out of the booth in 1980 and managed the Padres. I never knew this before. You learn something knew everyday.

Fenway
08-24-2007, 09:18 AM
With the rainout in Chicago on Thursday WEEI/WRKO is doing something on Friday that maybe unheard of in baseball radio history.

The game will be heard on WEEI from 2 PM to 3 and then SWITCH to WRKO at 3 PM :o:

The reason(s)?

WRKO is not allowed to preempt Rush Limbaugh and WEEI also wants to get Patriots Gameday on the air.

Also something very curious is going on with WEEI's morning show

No offense to Bob Halloran, Steve DeOssie, or Bob Neumeier, but it was refreshing to hear a veteran radio voice on WEEI-AM yesterday morning. Dan Patrick, who left his job at ESPN last Friday, will also be on the air from 6-10 a.m. today, filling the void left by Gerry Callahan and John Dennis, who have been off the air since early August during a contract dispute. At the end of the show yesterday (the "buzzer-beater" segment), Patrick received several calls and e-mails reminiscing about his days with Keith Olbermann on "SportsCenter," and wondering if Patrick will become a permanent fixture on the station. No, he insisted, this was just a fill-in gig .

He sounds great
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http://www.boston.com/sports/colleges/football/articles/2007/08/24/fluties_objectivity_put_to_test_at_espn/