BOSTON -- WEEI 93.7 FM announced Wednesday that John Ryder has been named host of the station's pre- and post-game coverage of Red Sox Baseball. Ryder has been with WEEI since 1998 and is a regular contributor to the Planet Mikey show, in addition to hosting Red Sox Review and Celtics Rewind after Sox and Celtics games. Additionally, Sean Grande and Lou Merloni will join the broadcasts filling in for Dave O'Brien, who will miss Monday night games during the season due to his responsibilities for ESPN. Grande has been the voice of the Boston Celtics since 2001, after having served as the TV voice of the Minnesota Timberwolves for three years. Merloni is currently co-host of the Mut and Merloni show on WEEI 93.7 FM. He also enjoyed a nine year professional career in Major League Baseball, the first five with the Red Sox.
"John has done a stellar job in every role we've had for him and has absolutely earned this promotion," said Jason Wolfe, VP of Programming for Entercom Boston. "He's hosted the pre- and post-game shows for the Sox many times before and was a natural choice for us to fill this important job. Sean's play-by-play experience speaks for itself. He's one of the greats in the industry right now, and Lou's expertise is second to none. There's no baseball man in Boston who knows the Sox better than Lou," he added.
Ryder, a native of Lakeville, MA, is a 1997 graduate of Northeastern University, where he broadcast play-by-play for Huskies basketball and baseball. He has called minor league baseball games for the Nashua Pride, worked for Westwood One, Total Traffic and numerous other media outlets.
"I am excited and honored to be part of the WEEI Red Sox Radio Network broadcast team on a permanent basis," said Ryder. "Having worked with Joe Castiglione as a broadcast intern in the radio booth while at Northeastern, it's incredible to now be part of the game broadcasts. I have great respect for and look forward to working with Joe Castiglione and Dave O'Brien, and also to continuing to host Red Sox Review and Celtics Rewind after games."
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