WEEI's Red Sox Host Jon Rish Resigns From Station After Being Asked To Take Pay Cut
WEEI fill-in play-by-play voice and Red Sox broadcast host Jon Rish "resigned Monday after being asked to take a pay cut by parent company Entercom," according to Chad Finn of the BOSTON GLOBE. Rish had been working "without a contract since the end of the year." He has been the "pregame and postgame host on the network since" '06 and has been the "fill-in voice on the game broadcasts since" '08. But sources said that Rish was asked to take a 30% reduction in salary, the "latest of several instances of cost-cutting by Entercom." He often has "filled in on Wednesdays in recent years when" Dave O’Brien has been away calling “Wednesday Night Baseball” for ESPN. Rish will "remain on the job until April 24." His remaining play-by-play duties "will include Monday’s Patriots Day game" against the Rays. It is "uncertain who will replace Rish, though Celtics pregame and postgame host John Ryder is a logical choice." Dale Arnold has "handled the fill-in play-by-play duties in the past, but his responsibilities as NESN’s Bruins studio host would seem to preclude him from doing so again" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/10).