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WEEI Confirms Upcoming Changes to Daily Lineup

The changes at WEEI come after the station has fallen behind in the ratings. Rival 98.5 The Sports Hub is more than doubling the Audacy-owned station.

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WEEI has confirmed changes to its lineup are coming in 2023.

The station’s afternoon show of Merloni, Fauria, and Mego — which had previously announced the departure of Lou Merloni — will now be hosted by Meghan Ottolini and the newly hired Christian Arcand. The new yet to be publicly named show will continue to air 2:00-6:00 PM.

After his afternoon show exit, Merloni has stepped into a role as the station’s “Red Sox Insider” and will work a minimum of 60 regular season games on Red Sox radio broadcasts. Longtime radio analyst Joe Castiglione has announced he’ll scale back his schedule to 81 games in 2023.

Fauria will move to middays to partner with Andy Gresh from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. Fauria — a 13-year NFL veteran, winning two Super Bowls with the Patriots — has been with WEEI on a full-time basis since 2014. Gresh joined the station in 2021 after a stint at hosting a sports show at news/talk WPRO in Providence.

Gresh’s former partner, Rich Keefe, will now host the evening show from 6:00-10:00 PM. He steps into the timeslot currently held by Mike Mutnansky, who announced earlier this week he would depart the station after Audacy elected not to renew his contract. Keefe has been with the station since 2017, and has also worked as a contributor to NBC Sports Boston in addition to his work at WEEI.

The changes at WEEI come after the station has fallen behind in the ratings. According to the latest Nielsen numbers, WEEI is in sixth place in the Boston market with a 4.9 share in persons 6+. Rival 98.5 The Sports Hub is the top-rated station in the market with a 10.5 share by the same metrics.

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670 The Score Hosts Congratulate Mike Mulligan on Award From Loyola Chicago

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

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670 The Score morning host Mike Mulligan is being awarded the Father Finnegan Memorial Award from Loyola University Chicago this weekend, and some of his colleagues congratulated him on the air Friday morning.

The award is given “in recognition of outstanding humanitarianism and service to youth through athletics”. Mulligan — a 1984 graduate of Loyola University Chicago — will receive the award Saturday during the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony during a game against George Mason.

“Tremendous award,” co-host David Haugh said. “Proud moment for the show. Proud moment for you family.”

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

“That is fantastic,” Laurence Holmes said, while his co-host, Dan Bernstein, continued to say “wow”. “Congratulations. You shouldn’t be embarrassed. You should be proud.”

“I’m being celebrated for being old,” Mully joked.

“That’s not what that award says,” countered Holmes. “It says something completely different.”

The Mully & Haugh host eventually admitted he was appreciative of the award bestowed upon him by his alma mater.

“It’s a good thing. I’m very moved by it. Sister Jean will be there,” Mully said. “She has a book coming out with — I think — Seth Davis.”

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Colin Cowherd: Tony Romo Regressing Because He Loves Golf

“I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

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The performance of CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo has been a hot-button topic in sports media circles, especially after a widely-regarded lackluster performance during the AFC Championship Game. Colin Cowherd believes he knows why Romo has regressed.

During an episode of The Colin Cowherd Podcast, the sports radio host claimed golf is the reason behind Romo’s regression.

“Romo wants to be on the Tour. He literally wants to be on the Tour,” Cowherd said. “And what’s the first thing Aaron Rodgers does in the off-season? He goes and golfs, he loves it. Both, by the way, great golfers, especially Romo. But I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

“Tony wants to be on the PGA Tour — but he likes the paycheck from CBS.”

Cowherd also added he hasn’t hired potential employees in the past if they told him they loved golf during the interview process, saying he has a theory that as men age they “get addicted to golf”.

“They’re on PGATour.com, they’re putting in the backyard, they’re thinking about it at work, they’re scheduling a trip to Scotland and they lose sight of their other job,” Cowherd said.

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ESPN Radio Adds Lakers Games As LeBron James Nears Scoring Record

“As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.”

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The NBA’s all-time scoring record has stood for a long time. Kareem Abdul-Jabar, the current record holder, retired in 1989. LeBron James is on the verge of overtaking him though, and ESPN Radio wants to make sure it is part of history when it happens.

ESPN Radio has added two upcoming Lakers games to its schedule. The network will carry the national feeds of games on February 7 and 9. The first game is against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second is against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Both games will be played in Los Angeles with a 9:30 PM Eastern tip. Marc Kestecher and Vince Carter will be on the call for both games.

As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.

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