WEEI TO HONOR BOSTON’S TOP SPORTS WHINERS ON FEBRUARY 27TH
WEEI hosts annual award show at the TD Banknorth Garden
BOSTON (January 8, 2007) – Sports Radio 850 WEEI will hold the 5th annual Whiney Awards with Glenn Ordway on Tuesday, February 27th at 7:30 p.m. For the second consecutive year the event will be held at the TD Banknorth Garden. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Cam Neely House and the Boston Bruins Foundation.
The “Whiney’s” were introduced in 2003 to honor the top callers to WEEI’s popular Whiner Line - a hotline for listeners to whine, joke and vent their frustrations about the sports happenings of the day. Whines range from musical ditties to imitations of local sports celebrities and media personalities. The Whiner Line airs daily at 5:45 PM on “The Big Show” with Glenn Ordway.
This year’s event will honor whiners in ten categories, including Best Impersonation of a Sports Radio Personality, Best Sports Whine and Best Rip or Dig on a WEEI Personality. A new wrinkle for this year is fans in attendance will be able to choose the winner of an unnamed category by text messaging their vote.
Comedian Tony V will emcee the Oscar-style ceremony for the fourth consecutive year. He will be joined by the entire WEEI on-air cast, as well as many of Boston’s top sports reporters and special celebrity guests including Cam Neely, whose charity the night will benefit.
“Hollywood has the Oscars, Broadway has the Tony Awards and Boston has the Whiney’s,” said Ordway. “Every year we look forward to having some fun with our listeners and colleagues, all while raising money for a good cause.”
The popularity of both the whiner line and the Whiney Awards has catapulted over the past four years. The inaugural event was attended by 150 people, while last year’s dinner was held for the first time at the TD Banknorth Garden with more than 3,200 attendees.
“This event continues to get bigger every year,” said Entercom Vice President of AM Programming and Operations, Jason Wolfe. “We are excited to be back at the Garden for a second straight year and look forward to putting on another great show.”
Tickets go on sale to WEEI Clubhouse Insider members on Monday January 8th and to the general public on Tuesday, January 9th at 2 p.m. through Ticketmaster. Log onto www.weei.com or call Ticketmaster at 617-931- 2222. Tickets can also be purchased at the TD Banknorth Garden Box Office.
100 VIP tickets are available at $250 and include a private cocktail reception at Legends with the WEEI on-air cast and presenters, dinner, a VIP floor seat, a complimentary copy of the 2006 Best of the Whiner Line CD, and the chance to watch The Big Show live from the Garden prior to the event. Regular floor seats are $75 and general admission tickets are $40.
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