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The debut of Mut and Lou

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  March 7, 2011 02:09 PM

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finnmerloni.jpgPretty interesting dynamic on WEEI this morning, with Dale Arnold co-hosting "Dennis and Callahan" on the day Mike Mutnansky and Lou Merloni debut in the midday spot that he held (with three different co-hosts) for 20 years.

There was neither the usual acknowledgment at the end of D&C as to what was coming up next, nor a crossover between hosts. Can't say that's unexpected considering the awkwardness of the situation, but it was noticeable since it was out of the ordinary. It's a credit to Mutnansky and Merloni that they began with an immediate bit of graciousness, praising Arnold and their predecessors in the time slot.

As for the show itself, we're not making any concrete judgments on Day 1, but it felt pretty familiar, even more so, really, than the remodeled Holley/Ordway version of the Big Show, which is beginning its second week. I suppose that's not surprising since Merloni and Mutnansky have been relatively prominent in fill-in and weekend duty, not to mention Merloni's co-hosting spot on the previous incarnation of "The Big Show." They haven't worked together much, but it seems like they have, if that makes any sense.

Anyway, just wanted to drop in here to add a link to last week's column about Merloni and Mutnansky's approach to the show. I didn't get a chance to post it Friday because I was at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference all day, which was an absolutely blast. I had the same bummed feeling when it was over that I did on my way home from the Vancouver Olympics this time last year.

My story on Mut and Merloni is here; the Sloan story, limited to 600 words, is here.

Thanks for tolerating my utter lack of timeliness, and let me know your early impressions of WEEI's lineup shakeup in the comments.

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