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Sports Hub Confirms Midday Change: Marc Bertrand Joins Scott Zolak, Replaces Andy Gresh

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Marc “Bettle” Bertrand will replace Andy Gresh on the Sports Hub’s afternoon drive. @985TheSportsHub

CBS Radio and 98.5 the Sports Hub formally announced the pairing of Scott Zolak and Marc Bertrand on its 10 a.m.-2 p.m. show, which debuts Tuesday.

The lineup change, in which Bertrand moves from the third voice on The Sports Hub’s afternoon drive Felger and Massarotti program to replace Andy Gresh in middays, was reported here in mid-January, but it was not publicly confirmed by the station until Thursday.

Bertrand, who hosted Patriots.com programming, will take over as the host of the team’s pre- and postgame shows on 98.5 during the NFL seasons.

“Marc’s unique opinion on the topics of the day, his local background, and his sense of humor will bring a new, entertaining twist to the midday show,” said Mike Thomas, Vice President, Programming, CBS Radio Boston & Vice President, Sports Programming, CBS RADIO. “Partnered with Scott’s never-ending energy level and interesting former pro athlete take, the duo will make for a solid combination.”

It was believed that Rich Keefe from the evening Adam Jones Show would replace Betrand on Felger and Mazz, but that is not happening.

One interesting name that may be in consideration for the role is that of Jim Murray, who stood out in a limited role during the station’s fledgling years before moving on to host his own show in Atlanta.

The station said Gresh, whose contract recently expired, will remain for the time being in a variety of roles. He expected to have some fill-in duty on other programs in the near future.

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The change comes at a time when the Gresh and Zo program, which features Patriots radio color analyst Zolak, has enjoyed a recent stretch of exceptional ratings driven by the Patriots’ run to the Super Bowl XLIX title. In the most recent weekly ratings period, the program earned a 17.4 share.

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