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Published April 1, 2011
STAYING IN BOSTON: WEEI-AM and Entercom Thursday announced that Dave O'Brien has "agreed to a contract extension to remain in the Red Sox radio booth for the foreseeable future." O'Brien, also the play-by-play voice for ESPN's "Wednesday Night Baseball," confirmed that the WEEI deal "begins next year and is for three years with a fourth-year option." O'Brien, who is "absent from 25-30 Sox broadcasts a season because of his ESPN duties, is appreciative of the flexibility his employers provide" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/1).
FINAL COUNTDOWN? On Long Island, Neil Best notes Suzyn Waldman's status as a Yankees broadcaster for WCBS-AM is uncertain with her contract expiring at the end of this season, and she said that she "has not gotten any indication from management about her future and has not sought one." Waldman, in her 25th season covering the Yankees, said that she "has not tired of the grind and would like to continue 'until they tell me to go away.'" Best notes with the "possible exception of WFAN host Mike Francesa, there are no more reliable lightning rods in local sports media than Waldman and John Sterling," whose contract also is up at the end of '11. This is the "first full season after the death of George Steinbrenner, who was loyal to both radio voices, Waldman in particular" (NEWSDAY, 4/1).