CBS Radio and 98.5 The Sports Hub formally announced the pairing of Scott Zolak and Marc Bertrand for the station’s 10 a.m.-2 p.m. show, starting Tuesday.
The lineup change, in which Bertrand moves from the third voice on The Sports Hub’s afternoon drive “Felger and Massarotti” program to replace Andy Gresh in middays, was reported here in mid-January. It was not publicly confirmed by the station until Thursday.
Bertrand, who hosted Patriots.com programming, will take over as host of the team’s pregame and postgame shows on 98.5 during NFL season.
“Marc’s unique opinion on the topics of the day, his local background, and his sense of humor will bring a new, entertaining twist to the midday show,” said Mike Thomas, vice president/programming for CBS Radio Boston. “Partnered with Scott’s never-ending energy level and interesting former pro athlete take, the duo will make for a solid combination.”
It was believed that Rich Keefe from the evening “Adam Jones Show” would replace Bertrand on “Felger and Mazz,” but that is not happening.
One interesting name that may be in consideration for the role is Jim Murray, who stood out in a limited role during the station’s fledgling years before moving on to host his own show in Atlanta.
The station said Gresh, whose contract recently expired, will remain for the time being in a variety of roles. He is expected to have some fill-in duty on other programs in the near future.
The change comes at a time when the “Gresh and Zo” program has enjoyed a stretch of exceptional ratings driven by the Patriots’ run to the Super Bowl XLIX title. In the most recent weekly ratings period, the program earned a massive 17.4 share.
Ed Sabol, the founder and, along with his charismatic son Steve Sabol, a co-mastermind behind NFL Films, died Monday at age 98. Sabol, who parlayed a 16-millimeter camera purchased with a gift certificate received as a wedding gift into a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, changed the way we watch — and re-watch — football. After winning the bidding to film the 1962 championship game between the Packers and Giants, he persuaded NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle — like Sabol, a man with a remarkable eye for innovation — to let him call his company NFL Films and allow him to document the league. It is not an exaggeration to suggest that the league benefited from Sabol as much as he benefited from it. Sabol’s style — operatic at times, humorous at others (remember “Football Follies”?), and always compelling, with those footballs spiraling point-blank through the air — gave the game a dramatic weight that it often lacked on Sunday afternoons. The Sabols (Steve predeceased his father in 2012) didn’t just document the NFL. They celebrated it, enhanced it, and exaggerated it, in an irresistibly entertaining way. The NFL still does video right; just consider all of the Patriots’ behind-the-scenes footage you’ve devoured since the Super Bowl. It was Ed Sabol who saw the power and value of that before anyone else.
Kyle Kraska, the San Diego sports anchor who was hospitalized after being shot multiple times Tuesday by a man police said was once hired to paint his house, has Massachusetts ties. Kraska, who has been the primary sports anchor for KFMB-TV since 2003, is a Swansea native. A spokesperson for the CBS affiliate said Kraska, who suffered 10 gunshot wounds, had serious injuries but his prognosis was good. According to police, Kraska hired Mike Montana to paint his house after seeing him work on another home in the neighborhood, but the business deal later soured when Kraska became dissatisfied with the work, according to a colleague. Police say the painter allegedly fired on the sportscaster through the back window of Kraska’s Mercedes. Montana was arrested after a SWAT standoff at his home early Wednesday.
How sweet it isn’t
Given that one couldn’t listen for 10 minutes to a sports radio program in this market over the last few days without hearing a host read an awkward testimonial about the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for Mrs. Sports Radio Host, it must be concluded that convincing listeners that their wives dream of pajamas, chocolate strawberries, and oversized teddy bears is ridiculously lucrative. As for the ever-popular divorce/custody advertisements, I’ll leave it to you to determine whether they are the logical natural progression for the husbands who took a sports radio host’s advice on romance.