WEEI » Press Releases » WEEI Announces New Drive-Time 'Dream Team'
Mon, 07/11/2011 - 1:01pm

WEEI Announces New Drive-Time 'Dream Team'


(Boston, February 15, 2011) – Writing a new chapter in its 20-year history as the national sports talk radio leader, the WEEI Sports Radio Network today announced a major change to its afternoon drive-time show.

In a move that creates a “Dream Team” pairing two of Boston’s most respected and entertaining personalities, Michael Holley, who has co-hosted the midday “Dale and Holley” program on WEEI since 2005, is moving to afternoon drive-time, joining Glenn Ordway for “The Big Show with Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley.”  The program will air weekdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and launches on February 28. LISTEN TO THE ANNOUNCEMENT.

WEEI will be announcing details on a revamped midday show in the coming days.

“We have one mission at WEEI, and that is to give our loyal listeners the most entertaining and informative sports radio experience that we can provide,” said Julie Kahn, Vice President and Market Manager at Entercom New England.  “Our new programming lineup will carry on the 20-year tradition that we’ve built:  THE source for news, commentary and entertainment for the true Boston sports fan.”

The pairing of Ordway and Holley, each with his own distinctive style, unites two of the most popular and credible icons of the Boston sports scene, and adds a new dynamic to an already powerful program in afternoon drive for WEEI.

“Glenn and Michael are both tremendous talents,” said Jason Wolfe, Vice President of AM Programming and Operations at Entercom New England.  “They bring incredible passion, unmatched credibility and unique insight into the Boston sports scene.  I'm really looking forward to this new partnership becoming one of the great sports radio shows of our time.”

Glenn Ordway, former voice of the Boston Celtics, was named Program Director of Sports Radio 850 WEEI in June of 1995.  He unveiled a new program line-up for the station, and also launched “The Big Show.”  Hosted by Ordway, it has become one of the landmark sports talk shows in America.

“The Big O” has won numerous broadcasting awards.  In 2005, he was named winner of the “Jimmy Award,” which honors individuals who have committed themselves to the mission of Dana Farber and The Jimmy Fund.  He regularly appears on the trade journal Talkers Magazine’s “Heavy Hundred List” of top broadcasters in the country.  In 2010, Ordway checked in at #67.

Michael Holley joined the midday show at WEEI in March of 2005 after successful ventures in both television and newspapers.  A popular columnist for The Boston Globe and The Chicago Tribune, Michael further made his presence felt on the national stage with appearances on ESPN's popular show "Around the Horn" and later on Fox SportsNet's "I, MAX."   He solidified his reputation as one of the nation's most versatile talents with his New York Times best-selling "Patriot Reign." He has also written "Red Sox Rule" with Terry Francona, and "Never Give Up" with Tedy Bruschi.

For more information, log onto www.weei.com

About The WEEI Sports Radio Network

The WEEI Sports Radio Network, comprised of Sports Radio WEEI and WEEI.com. WEEI is the nation’s leading sports talk radio station, with affiliates in markets all over New England: WEEI-FM in Providence, WVEI-FM in Springfield, and WVEI-AM in Worcester. Additionally, WEEI has made significant expansion into Maine and New Hampshire, with the addition of four new syndicated stations. Beginning in August 2008, WEEI.com made significant upgrades to the website’s design and content. The website hired Rob Bradford as editor-in-chief and has since hired over a dozen contributors to the site. In March 2009, the web site unveiled a major face lift and re-launched itself as “the sports page of the future.” For more information and to check out Boston’s best sports content, log onto WEEI.com.

About Entercom Communications 

Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) is one of the five largest radio broadcasting companies in the United States, with a nationwide portfolio of 110 stations in 23 markets, including San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Denver, Portland, Sacramento and Kansas City. Known for developing unique and highly successful, locally programmed stations, Entercom is home to some of radio’s most distinguished brands and compelling personalities. The company is also the radio broadcast partner of the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, Kansas City Royals, New Orleans Saints and Buffalo Sabres. Entercom focuses on creating effective integrated marketing solutions for its customers that incorporate the company’s audio, digital and experiential assets. Additionally, the company has a long-standing commitment to responsible corporate citizenship and environmental stewardship. Entercom stations play a vital, hands-on role in improving their communities, providing over $100 million in annual support for local charitable organizations. The company’s radio stations have received numerous awards, including multiple Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism and National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Marconi Awards for excellence in radio broadcasting. In 2007, Forbes magazine named Entercom one of America’s “Most Trustworthy Companies.”

About Glenn Ordway

Glenn Ordway has enjoyed one of the more legendary careers in Boston radio. His career, which has spanned more than 30 years, began at WMLO in Beverly, and quickly thereafter to WMEX/WITS in Boston where he became sports director and color analyst for Boston Bruins broadcasts.

In 1981, Ordway moved to WRKO and hosted an award winning program called Sportscall.

He spent 13 years as a commentator for the Boston Celtics, both as an analyst to the legendary Johnny Most, and as the play by play announcer for the team. During his stellar career with the team, Ordway played himself in long running Boston based sitcom, Cheers.

Ordway moved with the Celtics to WEEI in 1987 and became Executive Sports Editor before being named Program Director in June of 1995. It was then, that he altered the station’s lineup, and launched The Big Show, the longest running afternoon drive sports show in the market. At the same time, Ordway created a feature called “The Whiner Line,” historically the highest rated 15 minute radio segment in Boston, where listeners call in and “whine” about what’s going on in the Boston sports scene. The overwhelming popularity of the Whiner Line led to the creation of the “The Whiney Awards,” an annual event where the top “whiners” are honored for their tremendous contributions to the segment’s success.

The Big O, as he is best known, has won numerous broadcasting awards, and was most recently, named winner of the “Jimmy Award” in 2005. The award honors individuals who have, over the years, committed themselves to the mission of Dana Farber and the Jimmy Fund. He regularly appears on the trade journal Talkers Magazine’s Heavy Hundred List of top broadcasters in the country. This past year, Ordway checked in at #67.

About Michael Holley

Michael Holley first joined WEEI as a co-host of the midday show in March of 2005 after successful ventures in both television and writing. Michael graduated from Point Park University in 1992 and began his career in journalism at the Akron Beacon Journal covering high school sports and later on the Cleveland Cavaliers.

In 1993, Holley was one of a dozen reporters who contributed to the Beacon Journal's Pulitzer Prize winning series "A Question of Color." Michael came to the Boston Globe in 1994 and covered the Boston Celtics for three and a half years. Michael brought a fresh and edgy approach to the Globe after becoming a columnist in 1998. In September 2001, he briefly worked at the Chicago Tribune before returning to his previous position with the Globe that same year.

Michael further made his presence felt on the national stage with appearances on ESPN's popular show "Around the Horn" and later on Fox SportsNet's "I, MAX." He solidified his reputation as one of the nation's most talented writers with his New York Times best selling "Patriot Reign". He has also written "Red Sox Rule" with Terry Francona, and "Never Give Up" with Tedy Bruschi. 




Audio On Demand

It Is What It Is Cast: Pr…

It Is What It Is Cast: Previewing Patriots-Jets

OXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price preview the Week 16 battle between the 11-3 Patriots and 3-11 New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.

SI's Peter King with Dale and Holley

We get a complete analysis of the Patriots and the NFL with Peter King of SI/MMQB.

Patriots Coach Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley

We get a complete breakdown of the win from Bill Belichick as the Patriots secure yet another AFC East title. Bill talks about the historical significance, the key moments of the game, and even Tom Brady's nutritional regiment.

We Hate Dwayne Wade - Mar…

We Hate Dwayne Wade - Marcus Smart injury 11-12-14

How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...

WHDW - Greg Dickerson Joins the Show to talk Celtics

Sam and Ben talk with Greg Dickerson about how fun this year's Celtics team is to watch as well Jeff Green trade ideas.

Kyle Draper, Comcast Sports New England, Celtics will compete for a playoff spot this season

Kyle Draper joins Danny Picard to talk about the Celtics chances this season in the Eastern Conference, last Wednesday's home opener blowout against the Nets, and Rajon Rondo's future in Boston

Red Sox Manager John Farr…

Red Sox Manager John Farrell joins Mustard and Johnson, 12-13-14

Manager of the Boston Red Sox, John Farrell, speaks with Craig and Larry during the "Christmas at Fenway" festivities. John spoke about the pitching rotation as it stands right now, and inability to sign John Lester. He also talked about some of the younger pitching prospects, as well as the Free Agents that have signed with the team in the last month, like Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez.

Red Sox President and CEO, Larry Lucchino, sits down with Mustard and Johnson, 12-13-14

Craig and Larry press Larry Lucchino about the inability to sign Jon Lester, the projected starting rotation, and the signings of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez.

Boston Red Sox COO, Sam Kennedy, with Mustard and Johnson, 12-13-14

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Boston Red Sox, Sam Kennedy, joined Craig and Larry to talk about Christmas at Fenway, and some of the Red Sox off-season acquisitions.

Pierre McGuire: TJ Oshie …

Pierre McGuire: TJ Oshie would be a great player on the Bruins 12-18-14

Pierre joins the show to talk about the Bruins-Wild game, Bruins trade rumors, and the rest of the NHL.

Jack Edwards with Dale and Holley

Jack Edwards talks with Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton and drops the bomb on us that based on how the standings look now, the Bruins could miss the playoffs this season.

Pierre Mcguire: Chara's return will have huge impact for Bruins 12-11-14

Pierre joins the guys to talk about the Bruins and all things NHL

John Buccigross on the Br…

John Buccigross on the Bruins trade options 12-18-14

ESPN's John Buccigross joined the show to discuss how to fix the Bruins.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Stephen Collins defends himself 12-18-14

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

The Sony hackers 12-18-14

The guys discussed the latest with the Sony hackers.

Rumors are swirling about…

Rumors are swirling about a possible Rajon Rondo trade 12-18-14

With multiple outlets reporting that the Celtics are in trade talks with the Dallas Mavericks to trade Rondo, the guys react to the possible deal

Lou Merloni's Tom Brady for MVP political ad. 12-18-14

Tim Benz: Revis for MVP political ad. 12-18-14

Jack Edwards: I would not…

Jack Edwards: I would not be shocked if Bruins miss the playoffs this season

Jack Edwards talks with Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton and drops the bomb on us that based on how the standings look now, the Bruins could miss the playoffs this season.

Bruins lose another in Nashville, par for the course in 2014

Dale and Michael discuss the Bruins shoot-out loss in Nashville as a representative example of larger issues in 2014 for the Boston club.

Making a case for Revis for MVP

We discuss the impact Darrelle Revis has had on the Patriots defense and whether or not he deserves to be a candidate for team and/or league MVP in 2014.

Kay the Textress comes in

Kay the Textress comes in

Kay comes into the show to try out for the textress role on the program. We learn about her favorite sports and fondness for Rajon Rondo.

Cold, Hard Football Talk

Mikey, Mut, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are taling Patriots-Jets and the potential end of Rex Ryan's coaching career with the team.

Mikey's 9th Anniversary Show

Tonight marks 9 straight years of the Planet Mikey Show. We play some sound from the takeover which got Planet Mikey rolling .

We Love Anthony Davis - Q…

We Love Anthony Davis - Quarter Season storylines

What should Danny Ainge do with these Celtics? Is Anthony Davis the second best player in the NBA? Are the Warriors truly contenders?

Pod Man Rush: Taylor/Tyler 2014 with Ryan Lambert

Ryan Lambert of Puck Daddy joins DJ to discuss the "uncoachable(?)" Taylor Hall and revisit the Tyler Seguin trade. Ryan also shares his issues with how the Bruins are run.

D&C's Breaking Balls: What would you tell a younger version of yourself? 12-15-14

Dino, Gerry and Kirk react to today's Tom Brady interview by discussing what they would tell their younger selves. They look closer at Brady's diet and fitness regime and whether they could be as disciplined as the superstar quarterback.

Headlines, Headlines, Hea…

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Amal Clooney 12-16-14

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

More from this show

Tom Brady vs. the FCC 12-…

Tom Brady vs. the FCC 12-17-14

The guys opened the show by discussing the latest absurd complaints by viewers to the FCC regarding Brady's F bombs.

More from this show

Tom Brady on another divi…

Tom Brady on another division title 12-15-14

Tom Brady joined the show to discuss another division title.

More from this show

Peter King: Patriots top …

Peter King: Patriots top my 'Fine Fifteen' power rankings

We get a complete analysis of the Patriots and the NFL with Peter King of SI/MMQB.

More from this show

Mike Florio, NBC Sports, …

Mike Florio, NBC Sports, "The rules should be changed," 12-16-14

MIke Florio, of ProFootballTalk.com, joins the show to talk about some of the "roughing the passer" and "defenseless receiver" penalties that caused a lot of conversation in NFL circles. While many are calling for those penalties to be review able, Florio notes that the calls likely would NOT have been overturned due to the ways the rules are written.

More from this show