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Zolak and Bertrand simulcast to debut on NBC Sports Boston

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Zolak and Bertrand simulcast to debut on NBC Sports Boston

Boston, MA (July 18, 2018) - Beasley Media Group and NBC Sports Boston will team up to launch the highly anticipated simulcast of WBZ-FM/ 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Zolak and Bertrand Midday Show beginning Monday, July 23rd, 2018. This will mark the first time the popular radio show will be available to TV audiences, throughout New England and across the country, on NBC Sports Boston. “The Zolak and Bertrand Show” will air weekdays from 10 a.m. until 2p.m. on NBC Sports Boston, nbcsportsboston.com and on the NBC Sports app as well as the 98.5 Sports Hub app and 985thesportshub.com.

Through this partnership, NBC Sports Boston will also feature show content across its TV, online, mobile and social media platforms.

Since 2010, Felger & Massarotti’s, afternoon show which airs Monday-Friday 2pm-6pm, has been simulcast on NBC Sports Boston. 98.5 The Sports Hub will continue this simulcast as part of the multi-year agreement.  

 “We are thrilled to extend the Felger and Mazz simulcast partnership with NBC Sports Boston to include our Top rated Midday show so Boston fans can not only hear, but see the fun that this team has together in our new state of the art studios,” said Beasley Media Boston Vice President and Market Manager Mary Menna.

“We are pleased to expand our relationship with The Sports Hub and Beasley Media by adding the popular Zolak and Bertrand midday show to our programming line-up and extending the successful Felger & Mazz simulcast,” said Princell Hair, SVP and General Manager of NBC Sports Boston. “With the addition of these shows, NBC Sports Boston will now offer 13 straight hours of live, real-time sports programming every weekday from 10AM-11PM. This continuous lineup allows us to super serve the Boston sports fans in all dayparts."

“Eight hours each weekday, you can enjoy Zolak & Bertrand and Felger & Mazz on multiple platforms, whether you’re in Boston or Bakersfield. This is an exciting time for us and Sports Hub fans around the country, who always want to be in the know on the latest Boston Sports news,” said Program Director Mike Thomas.                                                   

Scott Zolak is a former New England Patriot quarterback and Marc Bertrand is from Quincy and went to UMASS-Amherst to launch his sports radio career. Both Scott and Marc have been on 98.5 The Sports Hub since the station launched in August 2009.

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Chris Wayland named Senior Vice President, General Manager of NBC Sports Boston

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Chris Wayland named Senior Vice President, General Manager of NBC Sports Boston

NBC Sports Boston has named Chris Wayland Senior Vice President and General Manager of NBC Sports Boston, the official sports network of the Boston Celtics. Wayland, who was named Senior Vice President and Station Manager of NBC10 / WBTS, Telemundo Boston / WNEU, and NECN, in February, will continue to oversee the sales, finance, marketing, and digital departments for the stations and NECN. The announcement was made by Ted Griggs, President, Group Leader and Strategic Production & Programming, NBC Sports Regional Networks.  

In this expanded role, Wayland will oversee the day-to-day operations of the network and its relationship with the Celtics. NBC Sports Boston also presents New England Revolution Major League Soccer games, several exclusive programs surrounding the New England Patriots, and comprehensive coverage of New England sports. 

Wayland will be based in Needham, Mass., home of the new NBCUniversal Boston Media Center, where NBC Sports Boston will relocate, along with NBC10 Boston, Telemundo Boston, and NECN, by early January. He will report to both Mike St. Peter, President and General Manager of NBC10, Telemundo Boston and NECN, and Griggs. 

“Chris has a deep expertise of the media landscape in Boston, proven leadership qualities, and a demonstrated track record of innovation and growth,” said Griggs. “We look forward to seeing how Chris will help the NBC Sports Boston team continue to grow and best serve our passionate fans.” 

“Since he joined our stations team earlier this year, Chris has demonstrated bold and thoughtful leadership. He has inspired and challenged our team with his creativity and drive,” added St. Peter. “Chris is well positioned to move NBCUniversal’s Boston area businesses and platforms into the future.”

“As a lifelong Celtics fan and passionate Boston sports fan, it is my honor to work with Boston’s hometown favorite, NBC Sports Boston,” said Wayland. “Delivering news and telling the stories that matter to our community has always been, and will continue to be, my goal. To be able to now work with the NBC Sports Boston team is sincerely a dream come true.”

Wayland is a seasoned broadcast executive with more than two decades of experience in television. Before joining NBCUniversal earlier this year, he worked as Senior Vice President, General Manager at WPIX-TV in New York from 2016-19, as well as Tribune Media as Vice President of Group Operations. He also worked at Sunbeam Television from 2007-16, where he held numerous roles, including Executive Vice President and General Manager of WHDH/WLVI in Boston, and WSVN in Miami, and General Station Manager and General Sales Manager of WHDH in Boston. He began his career at WLVI-TV in Boston. Wayland has a bachelor’s degree from Elmira College in New York, and resides in Boston with his family.

 

NBC Sports Boston announces comprehensive Patriots coverage for 2019 NFL season

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NBC Sports Boston announces comprehensive Patriots coverage for 2019 NFL season

BURLINGTON, MA, September 5, 2019 - The NFL is back for its 100th season and NBC Sports Boston will once again be the go-to source for coverage of the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots with dedicated Patriots shows every weeknight at 6PM; Pregame Live, Halftime Live, and Postgame Live every gameday; and comprehensive digital coverage on NBCSportsBoston.com and the MyTeams App. Former Patriots Matt Cassel and Ted Johnson will join NBC Sports Boston’s football coverage this season along with the network’s expert on-air talent team.

 

NBC Sports Boston will bring viewers the most robust offering of coverage of their New England Patriots with fresh Patriots programming every weeknight including: Monday Night Patriots, Quick Slants, New England Tailgate, Patriots Wednesday, Patriots Unfiltered, Football Fix, Pregame Live, Halftime Live, and Postgame Live. Headlining these shows will be some of the best voices in football and television, including Michael Holley, Matt Cassel, Ted Johnson, Tom Curran, Kyle Van Noy, Phil Perry, and Bert Breer, among others.

 

“We couldn’t be more excited to get the NFL season going with our comprehensive line-up of Patriots programming featuring more current and former NFL players than any other local outlet,” said Princell Hair, Senior Vice President and General Manager of NBC Sports Boston. “We are especially thrilled to welcome NBC Sports Boston’s on-air talent ‘rookies’ Matt Cassel and Ted Johnson who will join our expert gameday talent roster this season -- they will both undoubtedly bring a unique and new perspective to our Patriots and NFL coverage.”

 

WEEKLY FOOTBALL SHOWS “AT A GLANCE”:

Following is a snapshot of NBC Sports Boston’s weekly Patriots programming line-up:

 

  • *Sunday (or Gameday) – Pregame Live/Halftime Live/Postgame Live
  • Monday @6PM - Monday Night Patriots
  • Tuesday @6PM – Quick Slants
  • Tuesday @8PM – New England Tailgate
  • Wednesday @ 6PM – Patriots Wednesday 
  • Thursday @6PM – Patriots Unfiltered
  • Friday @6PM – Football Fix

 

* Patriots Shows and Gameday coverage shifts when the Pats play on Thursdays/Mondays.

 

PATRIOTS GAMEDAY COVERAGE – “FOOTBALL DAY IN NEW ENGLAND”:

Football Day in New England presented by your New England Acura Dealers surrounds every Patriots gameday and begins on Sunday, September 8th as the Patriots kick off the season at home against the Steelers. NBC Sports Boston’s gameday coverage will originate from Six String Grill & Stage at Patriot Place for every game.

 

  • Pregame Live, Halftime Live & Postgame Live - Pregame Live will take place two hours prior to every game, once again the only regional television program to do so.  Pregame Live will include a detailed preview of the day’s match-up and will be highly interactive with live Facebook, Twitter and NBCSportsBoston.com fan questions answered throughout the show. Halftime Live will be part of every Patriots gameday for the third consecutive season and will once again be the only local live halftime show on television and online.  Postgame Live presented by Twin River Casino will also be an interactive platform in which fans can weigh in on that day’s matchup and will run approximately 90-minutes immediately following the game.

 

  • Gameday Talent Team -The talent team will be headlined by Michael Holley, Matt Cassel, Ted Johnson and Bert Breer. NBC Sports Boston’s Tom Curran and Phil Perry will report from inside the stadium along with insight from DJ Bean.

 

WEEKLY PATRIOTS/NFL PROGRAMMING:

Following are more details on NBC Sports Boston’s football shows:

 

  • Monday Night Patriots (Mondays at 6PM) - Monday Night Patriots presented by John’s Sewer will enter its sixth season on NBC Sports Boston with the season debut on Monday, September 9th. The 30-minute show, hosted by Phil Perry and Ted Johnson, will break down the previous Pats game, plus viewers can watch a rotating roster of Patriots players as guests. 

 

  • Quick Slants (Tuesdays at 6PM) - Quick Slants is hosted by Tom Curran who will be joined each week by Patriots’ linebacker Kyle Van Noy. The show is an original production which entails interactive, high-energy and blunt discussion with fans, athletes and NBC Sports Boston talent.  

 

  • New England Tailgate (Tuesdays at 8PM) - New England Tailgate presented by Town Fair Tire is in its 21st year and will be hosted by Gary Tanguay, Fred Smerlas and Steve DeOssie. The show provides viewers with highlights and a review of the Patriots’ prior game; preview of their upcoming opponent; play breakdowns on NBC Sports Boston’s touchscreen; predictions and bold commentary.

 

  • Patriots Wednesday (Wednesdays at 6PM) - Patriots Wednesday will air weekly throughout the season.  The show provides coverage of the team’s mid-week press conference with Patriots Coach Bill Belichick and Tom Brady and gives fans a preview of the upcoming game. Patriots Wednesday is hosted by Tom Giles with Tom Curran and Phil Perry joining weekly from Foxborough with Patriots player interviews.

 

  • Patriots Unfiltered (Thursdays at 6PM) - Patriots Unfiltered originates from on-location at Gillette Stadium and is hosted by Megan O’Brien along with Paul Perillo and the rest of the Patriots Unfiltered writers and contributors.

 

  • Football Fix (Fridays at 6PM) - Football Fix Presented by Heritage Plumbing -- coming back for its fifth season -- will be hosted by NBC Sports Boston’s BST co-host Danielle Trotta, along with Phil Perry and Marc Bertrand. The show is a fun, light-hearted review of the full week in social media surrounding the Patriots and other NFL storylines, along with analysis and a final breakdown before a weekend of football.

 

AND MORE….

In addition to the above dedicated football programs, NBC Sports Boston will continue to offer fans the most daily and nightly coverage of the Patriots with its full slate of regular programming, digital coverage, and podcasts.

 

  • Daily Studio Shows & Radio Simulcasts - Simulcasts of 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Zolak & Bertrand presented by Awaken 180 and Felger & Mazz, will include significant Patriots coverage. Additionally, Patriots news, debate and opinion will be a primary topic throughout the season on NBC Sports Boston’s Arbella Early Edition and Boston Sports Tonight presented by Town Fair Tire.

 

  • Digital/NBCSportsBoston.com/MyTeams - For robust digital coverage of the Patriots, fans can go to NBCSportsBoston.com where Tom Curran leads the football coverage along with Patriots beat reporter Phil Perry. NBCSportsBoston.com will once again offer daily video updates from practice, full video-on-demand features, and more. Fans can also consume 24/7 Patriots content on the MyTeams app; and additionally can subscribe and download NBC Sports Boston’s football podcasts including the “Tom Curran Patriots Talk Podcast” (formerly The Quick Slants Podcast) to keep up with all the weekly action. NBC Sports Boston will also feature comprehensive Patriots coverage on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @NBCSBoston.