WEEI » Press Releases » WEEI Announces New Midday Show
Mon, 05/12/2014 - 8:28am

WEEI Announces New Midday Show


Former New England Patriot TE Christian Fauria Joins Lou Merloni and New WEEI Host Tim Benz Starting Later This Month

BOSTON, MA – 93.7 WEEI-FM today announced a major change to its weekday lineup. The station revealed that former NFL tight end Christian Fauria will join Lou Merloni middays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. New England native, 970 ESPN Pittsburgh sports personality and Clear Channel Pittsburgh sports director Tim Benz will join them beginning in late May.

WEEI program director and brand manager Kevin Graham said of the move: “We are thrilled with the new team we have assembled.  This show will be the only sports radio program in New England that offers listeners insight from a former major leaguer and a former NFL player. When you add in the sports radio experience of New England native Tim Benz, listeners will hear a brand new sound in the market.”

Graham describes the new program as “fast-paced, loose and fun with a diverse mix of opinions and entertainment.” The show will be called “Middays with MFB” and will also be heard across New England on the WEEI Sports Radio Network.

Fauria, a 13-year NFL veteran, spent four years with the Patriots from 2002 to 2005, and helped New England win two Super Bowl rings at Super Bowls XXXVIII and XXXIX. More recently, Fauria has worked as a college football analyst for CBS, color commentator for Patriots preseason games locally on WBZ-TV, and host of a pre- and postgame show during the NFL regular season.

Benz was born in Boston and is a graduate of Syracuse University. He served as a radio beat reporter for the Pittsburgh Steelers and also worked at stations in Columbus, Salt Lake City and Syracuse. No stranger to the Boston area, Tim’s father is the renowned Dr. Edward Benz Jr., who serves as the current President and Chief Executive Officer of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Merloni has co-hosted the midday show with WEEI since 2011. He grew up in Framingham, Massachusetts, and played baseball at Providence College before spending 10 years in the major leagues, six with the Boston Red Sox. Besides his WEEI hosting duties, Merloni is a frequent contributor to the Boston Red Sox Radio Network as well as Comcast SportsNet.

As part of the change, Merloni’s current co-host, Mike Mutnansky, will shift to another role inside the company that will be announced within the next few weeks.




Audio On Demand

NFL Sunday - Hour 2 - Arc…

NFL Sunday - Hour 2 - Arcand and Price discuss Tom Brady and the QB situation and if the Patriots should take a look at new free agent RB Karlos Williams -- 8-21-16

Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.

NFL Sunday - Hour 1 - Arcand and Price discuss the second preseason game against the Bears -- 8-21-16

Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.

Dale, Holley, and Thornton with Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick, 8-15-16

We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.

Abdel Nader - 7/17

Abdel Nader - 7/17

Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.

Isaiah Thomas, Celtics PG joins OMF, 6-30-16

Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy

Danny Ainge, Celtics General Manager and President of Basketball joins OMF, 6-24-16

Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.

Mookie Betts Player of th…

Mookie Betts Player of the Game Interview

Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1

8-22-16 Red Sox Review w/ Christian Arcand

David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.

Andrew Benintendi Player of the Game Interview

Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who made a highlight reel catch nearly going over the wall in left field robbing Steven Souza Jr of a home run

ESPN hockey writer Joe Mc…

ESPN hockey writer Joe McDonald joins Ken Laird to talk #Bruins free agency 7-2-16

Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency

SUNDAY SKATE with DJ Bean and Pete Blackburn -- A look toward the future for the Bruins -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.

SUNDAY SKATE with WEEI's DJ Bean and Uproxx's Pete Blackburn -- They got what they wanted...Claude Julien is staying in Boston -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.

D&C - Killer B's Red Sox …

D&C - Killer B's Red Sox outfield coming into bloom 8-23-16

Gerry, Mut, and Kirk discuss the Benintendi catch from Monday and what's looking like an incredible outfield for years to come; also the guys discuss the probation sentence given to an East Longmeadow youth charged with sexual assault.

D&C - MIckey Rourke rips Lenny Dykstra 8-23-16

Kirk Minihane is joined by Mickey Rourke in a small, yet growing, group of public figures to rip Lenny Dykstra for his nefarious deeds.

D&C - Goodell at it again, the amazing one-game suspension for Josh Brown 8-23-16

Kirk & Callahan with Mut react to the latest Roger Goodell NFL wheel of justice ruling

Gauging the Boston sports…

Gauging the Boston sports fans' opinion with the latest market research survey 8-23-16

The 2016 edition of the annual survey into what sports fans think about their teams (and more importantly, about the media) is out, and Glenn, Lou and Christian dive into some of the opinions of the local fans.

Tom Brady speaks about his mysterious scissors injury 8-23-16

Tom Brady returned to practice after his unexplained days off to shed some light into his mysterious scissors injury that prevented him from playing last Thursday's preseason game.

Andrew Benintendi makes a crazy catch, and the Patriots O-Line could be in trouble 8-23-16

Andrew Benintendi made possibly the catch of the year for the Sox, and the guys talk about the hype surrounding that play. Also, they get into Pats talk, and focus in on what a loss of Tom Brady for 4 games means to an already shaky offensive line.

Hammered for hypocrisy - …

Hammered for hypocrisy - NFL facing backlash for a lesser suspension for kicker Josh Brown

We discuss the one game suspension for domestic violence for Giants kicker Josh Brown, and the can of worms it has opened up for the league with it's inconsistent suspensions, many for the same acts.

Sox tied for first again - now how do they stay there?

Sox talk with Dale, Thornton and Tom E Curran as game 2 in Tampa comes up tonight.

Brady back at camp - what do people expect out of him as far as a mentoring role for Jimmy G?

We discuss Brady's return to camp from his four day absence and what exactly people want Brady to do as far as mentoring Jimmy Garoppolo. Is he expected to always be by his side?

Ep: 28 - Chris Curtis

Ep: 28 - Chris Curtis

Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.

Ep. 27: Gary Tanguay

Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.

Ep. 26: Answer the Question Kirk

Kirk Minihane sits down with Mut to answer questions from the fans. Kirk and Mut get into the issues with Dino, the other hosts at the station, Kirk's issues with drugs in the past, and the love fest between Kirk and Mut.

Unsportsmanlike Podcast -…

Unsportsmanlike Podcast - Bill "Spaceman" Lee

Jerry is joined by Red Sox legend Bill Lee to talk about his new biopic "Spaceman," Lee's unique philosophy, political beliefs, drug use and what makes him a cultural icon decades after he retired from baseball.

Sports Check Up- Ep 4: Christian Fauria and Dr. Gill discuss football season

Christian Fauria and Dr. Gill talk about the process and steps football players have to take when rehabbing injuries during the off season. Focusing on Dion Lewis, Nate Solder, and Sebastian Vollmer

Fantasy Football Podcast Friday, August 19th Edition:

Week two of the Preseason is underway so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of the “Fantasy Football Hour” to offer some mid-August updates and opinion. In today’s show Jim and Pete offer analysis from the Thursday Night Patriots game and discuss LeGarrette Blount and the Patriots Running Attack in depth. Jim and Pete key on some recent news surrounding lots of players including Seattle’s and Chicago’s backfield, then get into the incredibly deep Wide Receiver position. Make sure to tune in for more on Sunday morning at 8:00am for “The Fantasy Football Hour.” Enjoy!

Tom Brady speaks about hi…

Tom Brady speaks about his mysterious scissors injury 8-23-16

Tom Brady returned to practice after his unexplained days off to shed some light into his mysterious scissors injury that prevented him from playing last Thursday's preseason game.

More from this show

D&C - Jimmy Garoppolo joi…

D&C - Jimmy Garoppolo joins Kirk & Mut live from Gillette 8-22-16

Patriots QB Jimmy G makes his weekly appearance with D&C on 'Patriots Monday' live from Gillette Stadium with Kirk Minihane and Mike Mutnansky on site.

More from this show

D&C - The news about Dino…

D&C - The news about Dino 8-19-16

Gerry, Kirk and Gary Tanguay discuss the press release from Thursday announcing that John Dennis will be stepping down from the D&C show due to health reasons. The guys take a few calls with ideas for possible replacements.

More from this show

D&C - Tom E. Curran in-st…

D&C - Tom E. Curran in-studio visit with Kirk & Mut from Gillette 8-22-16

CSN Pats reporter Tom E. Curran makes it over to the WEEI Gillette Stadium studios to discuss injuries to Dion Lewis, Sebastian Vollmer and Shaq Mason.

More from this show

Ep: 28 - Chris Curtis

Ep: 28 - Chris Curtis

Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.

More from this show