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Curt Schilling, WEEI host? It's possible

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  September 19, 2013 09:42 AM

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Curt Schilling has made regular appearances on WEEI since he was acquired by the Red Sox in 2004, his talent for talking rivaling the potential future Hall of Famer's talent for pitching.

It's hard to come up with a name of another high-profile athlete who would randomly call into a sports-radio station to opine on the topic of the moment, something Schilling did often during his playing days and after his retirement following the 2008 season.

Now an excellent baseball analyst on ESPN, it's reasonable to wonder whether he soon may have a more official role with WEEI.

The Herald's "Inside Track'' column reported Thursday that WEEI has met with Schilling about becoming a co-host on the station's afternoon drive program.

The show currently features Mike Salk and Michael Holley since the former took over for longtime personality Glenn Ordway in March.

WEEI management has spoken to Schilling, but it's uncertain whether he would replace Holley or be added as a third host should he join the station.

It's possible he could end up with a role in a different time slot. The belief here is that he will end up at the station in a significant role if he decides he wants to do it.

"We're always talking to people, but we have full support behind Salk and Holley,'' said Entercom Boston vice president/general manager Jeff Brown this morning.

Holley, whose recent appearances on ESPN spurred rumors that he's looking to move on from WEEI, said that is not the case.

"I haven't heard anything. I haven't been informed that they're looking to move on or change the show,'' Holley said.

"I think when we started in March, I think the acknowledgment was, it takes awhile. It takes awhile for the new show to get its identity and for the co-hosts to develop chemistry. I had never met Mike Salk before March. We're getting to know each other on the air and off. I'd be surprised [if Entercom made a change] based on what I've been told, but you never know.''

The Herald report also cited potential WEEI interest in CSNNE's Joe Haggerty. This is nothing new – the station had shown interest in bringing him on for the better part of year.

Haggerty, whose role as frequent guest on 98.5 The Sports Hub was expanded after WEEI showed interest, is a longtime friend of Salk's.

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