After a holiday vacation, Gerry Callahan has returned

After a holiday vacation, Gerry Callahan has returned

Filling in on the most listened to sports morning show in New England isn’t the easiest task, which made the past week-plus on Kirk and Callahan fairly inconsistent in terms of delivering good radio. While Kirk Minihane and Gerry Callahan were on vacation, some new and old members visited 20 Guest St. and filled in for the duo. Here’s how the shows fared:

No. 7: Dec. 26 – Chris Villani and Ben Volin

Unless you’re an A-list radio host, it can be extremely hard to produce an effective show with just two hosts. Kirk and Gerry can do it. Dale and Holley can do it. But sometimes it doesn’t make for the best show. It’s even harder to do that when one isn’t a full-time host. Chris Villani has done shows alone and handled himself just fine, but I think Ben Volin even by his own admission would say this wasn’t a great show. Not a whole lot to talk about the day after Christmas and the Patriots played a putrid Jets team and won by 38 points. I actually think Villani is a decent host, but given the circumstances it was difficult to put together a real interesting show on this Monday. As Volin is a Patriots beat writer for the Boston Globe, the show focused mainly on the future of Josh McDaniels in New England, the dominance by Bill Belichick the GM and an MVP-caliber season from Tom Brady. An hour of basketball talk was mixed in as well, with both Villani and Volin dissecting what the Celtics need to do to contend for a championship. The two threw some shade at the guys with Villani saying he doesn’t even listen to K&C and Volin added that the show is “not very good.” Like most shows during the holidays, this one wasn’t winning any awards.

No. 6: Dec. 28 – Meter and Trenni

Jon Meterparel is great when he doesn’t have to be a true No. 1 host in the lead chair. He does a much better job answering the questions and adding insight when he doesn’t have to lead the direction of the show. When the 6 a.m. hour opened with talk about LASIX eye surgery, it was evident the show wasn’t going to be stellar. Trenni talked about her experience on the Change of Heart dating game show and Meter recapped his trip to Detroit for the Quick Lane Bowl. A lot of NFL talk filled the remaining three hours, with debate over whether or not the Patriots will trade quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and if Josh McDaniels will be a head coach again in the NFL next season. The two welcomed Atlanta Falcons’ play-by-play commentator Wes Durham, who offered up his opinion on MVP candidate Matt Ryan. Most listeners would think a deep dive on the Falcons’ season isn’t real compelling radio in Boston, but the Ryan connection with Meter being the Boston College football PBP man is the only thing I can think of to make this spot appropriate. The show had a great guest in the second hour with Adam Schefter, who said that a trade package involving Jimmy Garoppolo would start with a first and a fourth-round pick, the return for now Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford. Aside from the first segment of the 7 a.m. hour, there wasn’t much must-listen audio to be found here.

No. 5: Dec. 22 – Trenni, Reimer, Andy Hart

Trenni switched roles from her Dec. 28 show and was in the No. 1 seat. The show went off the rails pretty quickly after beginning with Michael Floyd’s super extreme DUI which led to his release from Arizona and acquisition by the Patriots, and if Bill Belichick is morally in the right for signing him. ‘Headlines’ was easily the most dysfunctional segment of the day, as the trio didn’t even get to the Top 10 media bluffs of the year and my list of the top 10 Kirk and Callahan moments from the fall ratings book until eight minutes into the segment. There wasn’t much to dissect during the Thursday show, and the final hour featured a Patriots Day movie review from producers Chris Curtis and Ken Laird, who went to see the film with Kirk, Gerry, and Mut the night before. The chemistry between the three wasn’t great and the topics and dialogue were much of the same. If Alex Reimer doesn’t have a highlight, than it probably wasn’t a great show.

No. 4: Dec. 30 – Chris Villani, Butch Stearns, Trenni

The final Kirk and Callahan show of 2016 hit on some pretty interesting topics to finish out the year. Butch was back in the host seat for another appearance on the Casting Couch with Trenni and Villani alongside, who discussed the genuine lack of interest and attention paid to the Bruins and the Celtics in Boston during the regular season. Damien Woody made his usual Friday appearance on the show and discussed who he thinks can knock off the Patriots in the AFC. The second hour was the show’s best, as the three discussed WEEI’s most downloaded audio of the year, which featured seven clips from either Kirk’s Enough About Me podcast or the K&C show. Gary Tanguay’s first storm out took the cake as the victor, as expected. Another interesting topic stemmed from Kirk’s podcast with former Celtics’ great Kevin McHale, who offered up some insight on comparing the ’86 Celtics to today’s Golden State Warriors and other teams that shoot an awful lot of threes. Villani gave some updates on the recent happenings in the Aaron Hernandez trial while he was covering it for the Boston Herald. These three topics aren’t the usual run of the mill subjects which made them more listenable and interesting.

No. 3: Dec. 23 – Butch Stearns, Alex Reimer, Meter

Whether you love him or hate him, Alex Reimer is usually pretty entertaining when on the Casting Couch, and that was no different on this Friday edition of K&C. I had the duty of screening calls in the absence of Curtis and seemingly everyone wanted to complain about Alex, on or off-the-air, and that’s why he fits well in the rotation. Reimer’s hot take of this day was praising the Ivanka Trump harasser on a JetBlue flight while with her family. Calls lined up one after another to voice their displeasure with Alex, and Tony in the Car was so upset he couldn’t even finish his thought. Meter was excited to talk about college football with Sports Illustrated writer Pete Thamel in the 9 a.m. hour in preparation for his trip to Detroit for the Quick Lane Bowl, which the Eagles won, 36-30, over Maryland. Butch Stearns also had what was his best performance thus far on the Casting Couch, mixing it up with Meter and Reimer on the never ending topics of which team can beat the Patriots in the AFC and is Bill Belichick morally in the right for acquiring wide receiver Michael Floyd. It would be a disservice if I failed to mention Butch’s random hatred for Bruins’ defenseman Colin Miller’s wearing of a single number jersey, which was probably the highlight of this show. Or maybe a lowlight.

No. 2: Dec. 29 – Arcand, Schilling, Andy Hart

After being blocked by Curt Schilling for commenting on one of his Facebook posts, WEEI Late Night host Christian Arcand battled it out with Schilling on this Thursday edition of K&C, with Andy Hart alongside. Arcand claimed he was blocked because he disagreed with Curt, while Schilling retaliated by saying he blocked him because he was “acting like a dick.” The pot was stirred a bit more even prior to Thursday’s show when Arcand hosted OMF Wednesday with Boston Herald writer Steve Buckley. Buckley is a member of the BBWAA and a friend of Schilling’s who said he voted for him in the Hall of Fame but said he is “acting like a jerk” and Buckley is “appalled by some of the things (Schilling) has done” and that Schilling “really needs to grow up.” Arcand and Schilling got along better than anticipated but the two disagreed on several topics throughout the course of the show, including Schilling’s controversial posts on Twitter which featured a picture of a man at a Trump rally with a “Rope. Tree. Journalist.” shirt, a meme comparing Nazis to Muslim extremists and a Facebook post about transgendered people. This has caused Schilling to take a dip in Hall of Fame voting from members of the media who, whether they admit it or not, are not voting for a pitcher with an 11-2 postseason record because of his politics and controversial posts. Schilling said he isn’t bothered by the thought of not getting into the HOF while most callers came to his defense. With Hart in the No. 3 seat, the guys talked some football and as Schilling is a Pittsburgh Steeler fan, he delivered a blow to Patriots fans by saying Tom Brady is only the greatest regular season quarterback of all time. Schilling delivered and was entertaining as he usually is, while Hart had his best performance filling in and Arcand was solid in the No. 1 chair.

No. 1: Dec. 27 – Kirk and Bradfo

Not sure if this counts as much of a ‘fill-in’ show seeing Kirk came back from his vacation hiatus to handle Patriots Monday on a Tuesday, but nevertheless this was the most interesting of the bunch. After nearly five months, Rob Bradford finally stepped into the lion’s den and debuted on Dino’s Casting Couch as the 24th member with his buddy Kirk and the duo did well. Bradford was welcomed back into Minihane’s good graces after buying his godson Harry Minhane, Kirk’s 4-year-old son, a Christmas present after taking some criticism for his recent lack of attention paid to Harry. Tom Brady called in for his weekly interview spot and offered up some decent insight on finishing the season strong, and even said Kirk does a great job with the interviews. Tim Hasselbeck joined the show as he does during Patriots Monday and discussed the challengers to New England in the AFC, and K&C producer/Sunday Skate host Ken Laird hopped on the Casting Couch for the 9 a.m. hour. Ken came out firing and produced a sporty fiesta in the final hour, claiming the Patriots posted a fraudulent 14-2 record without playing any great competition and quarterbacks over the course of the season and dove into some Hall of Fame talk in the final segment. The chemistry between good friends Kirk and Bradfo and Ken’s appearance on the Casting Couch made this the best of the fill-in fiesta.

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Kyle DaLuz
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