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SBD/January 30, 2013/Media
Has Boston Sports Media Become "Stale" In Its Reporting?
Published January 30, 2013
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THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME: It is a "similar story" at the Boston Herald where "old mainstays like Gerry Callahan and Steve Buckley continue to occupy top billing." WEEI has "stuck with many of the same hosts they've had since the '90s," like Callahan, John Dennis, Glenn Ordway and Mike Adams. It is "not that all old-timers are bad -- it's more that it's bad there are so many old-timers." It is "not as though the local sports press exists in a total time warp." TV, radio and the Internet "all have a big presence in the media landscape." It is just that "too many of our sportswriters ... have become adept at using these 21st-century tools to serve up what is little more than the same old slop." After Shaughnessy's more than 30 years at the Globe, everybody "knows the columnist's shtick: Be contrarian, be over the top, and, if at all possible, be part of the story." And "why should he change?" It continues "to work." But over time, the city's sports "punditocracy has expanded to include not just the truly wise, like Ryan, but any sportswriter willing to blow hot air." Comcast SportsNet New England and WBZ-FM co-host Mike Felger said, "If you're a halfway decent beat writer in this town, you'll get on Comcast, or NESN, or Sports Hub, or 'EEI." Siegel writes the "primary goal for reporters seems to no longer be merely producing great and interesting work." These days, they are "all trying to be loud and provocative so they can become fixtures on TV and radio." There is "good money, after all, in broadcast" (BOSTON MAGAZINE, 2/ '13 issue).