Entercom Boston announced its Red Sox radio team today for the 2008 season, a quartet of talent that includes WEEI midday host Dale Arnold.
Veteran play-by-play man Joe Castiglione is set to begin his 26th season of calling Red Sox games, while Dave O’Brien enters his second year in Boston, and will call the bulk of the games, a minimum of 135 this season.
When O’Brien is away from the Red Sox booth to attend to his ESPN national baseball duties, the role will be filled by either Arnold or studio host Jon Rish.
Arnold most recently was the Bruins’ play-by-play announcer for NESN, a role he served for 11 seasons.
“I’ve worked with Dale Arnold for nearly 20 years. His professional play by play resume is lengthy, having spent 11 years with the Bruins and 4 with the Patriots,” Entercom Boston Vice President of AM Programming Jason Wolfe said. “He is a truly professional announcer and will do an excellent job, and Jon Rish is one of our young stars. His addition as host of the pre and post game shows has made a significant difference in the quality of our overall broadcast. I’m very happy to give him this opportunity.”
Rish has served as the pre and post-game host on the Red Sox Radio Network since 2006.
O’Brien split the play-by-play calling much of last season with Glenn Geffner, who took a similar role with the Florida Marlins this offseason, a job that O’Brien himself held from 1993-2001.
“Dave is an outstanding announcer, and I’m very excited to hear him take on a much larger role on our radio broadcasts this season,” Wolfe said. “When we hired Dave a year ago, I knew that he would make an immediate impact in this marketplace and he’s done that and more. I’m looking forward to working with him for many years to come. He drew rave reviews from Red Sox fans during his first year, and with the additions of Dale and Jon, I’m excited to get the baseball season going.”