The biggest change in local electronic media coverage of the Patriots this season is probably already comfortable to those who reached a breaking point with the Don Criqui/Randy Cross gong show during the exhibition season.
Ratings were excellent for Channel 4’s preseason telecasts in advance of another highly anticipated regular season, but the semi-prepared, mistake-prone duo of Criqui and Cross surely had some discerning fans turning off their televisions and turning on their radios.
Those who did so heard two familiar voices, albeit with one of them in a new role.
Gil Santos, who had a health scare so dire over the winter he said he was read his last rites three times, made an extraordinary recovery from pneumonia and returns for his 36th season as the voice of the Patriots.
This is where the change comes in, for he is joined by former Patriots quarterback and current 98.5 The Sports Hub midday co-host Scott Zolak, who after thriving in an innovative sideline analyst role last year slides into the booth, where he replaces retired legend Gino Cappelletti as the color analyst.
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