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Volume 25 No. 214
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Despite Denials, WEEI's Red Sox Games May Still Get Talk-Show Feel

WEEI and Entercom’s consideration to turn its Red Sox baseball broadcast into "more of a talk-show format ... appears to be still in play," according to Chad Finn of the BOSTON GLOBE. The Red Sox radio broadcasting job was "sent out Thursday" to subscribers of the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America website. The STAA email states, "WEEI wants to drop the concept of a conventional radio baseball broadcast to make the call of the game sound more like a talk show." However, WEEI Program Dir Joe Zarbano "denied on Twitter that the station is planning a format change." “The idea was "ignited by WEEI’s frequent mockery this summer of the broadcast on its morning show ... and it gained some traction with management." One concept was a "three-person booth that would sound like a sports-radio show." Whether that meant "talking about issues with the team and other Red Sox topics generated by what was happening in the game, or the self-referential discussion that permeates the station now is unclear" (BOSTONGLOBE.com, 12/13). Red Sox VP/Corporate Communications Zineb Curran added the team "doesn’t plan any format changes." WEEI.com's Alex Reimer wrote there is "room for more opinion" during broadcasts. Maybe some discussion around whether Red Sox manager Alex Cora should have "pinch-hit in a specific spot, or if the team is approaching the trade deadline properly." The best broadcasts, whether they are on TV or radio, have a "conversational feel." The game "remains paramount, but there are engaging discussions about league- or team-related issues" (WEEI.com, 12/13).