Red Sox Radio Broadcasts Will Sound a Bit Different This Year
Red Sox Nation will be hearing some new radio voices--yes voices--when the team begins defense of their 2018 World Series Championship this spring. Management at WEEI, the Sox flagship station in Boston has announced that veteran broadcaster and Red Sox Hall of Famer Joe Castiglione will begin his 37th season after signing a multi-year extension with the WEEI Red Sox Radio Network.
However, Tim Neverett, who spent three seasons in the radio booth alongside Castiglione, decided not to return after his contract expired last year. This year, Joe will be joined by what a press release described as an "all-star team of play-by-play sportscasters."
One of those should be quite familiar to New England listeners. Hingham MA native and four-time New England Sports Emmy Award winner Sean McDonough will be back in the booth. McDonough did NESN play-by-play from 1988-2004. Since then he's been seen and heard broadcasting college sports on ESPN in addition to a stint on Monday Night Football.
Josh Lewin will also be a part of the Red Sox Radio team. Since 1995 Lewin has been calling Major League Baseball, including most recently for the New York Mets, as well as NFL and NHL games. And there's Mario Impemba, whose resume includes 32 years of calling pro ball including the last 17 as TV play-by-play voice of the Detroit Tigers, and the L.A. Angels for several years before that. Impemba was honored with the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association’s (now Detroit Sports Media) 2014 Ty Tyson Award for excellence in sports broadcasting.
The announcement also said that in addition to McDonough, Lewin, and Impemba, familiar sports voices Chris Berman (ESPN) and Boston-based favorites Lou Merloni, Dale Arnold, Tom Caron, and NESN's Dave O’Brien will also call select games as part of the broadcast play-by-play committee.
One thing hasn't changed: you'll still be able to listen to Red Sox baseball with Joe Castiglione & Co. on AM1230 WNAW, starting with the regular season opener from Seattle on Thursday, March 28.