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From The Trenches Of The Red Sox Beat To The Top Of Boston Sports Radio -- Section 10 Ep. 90 (feat. Tony Massarotti)

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On Episode 90 of the Section 10 Podcast, we’ve got Tony Massarotti of 98.5 The Sports Hub on with us. We throw it all the way back to 1989 when Mazz joined the Boston Herald to talk about how he got his start, and how much the media landscape has changed since then. We also talk about how WEEI’s Big Show was a launching pad for talent within the Boston media market (including him), how his first appearance on the Big Show stemmed from a beef with Roger Clemens and his agent, his move from the Herald to the Globe and whether or not he thinks that was the right decision.

We also get into who his favorite Red Sox team was to cover and his least favorite, and the similarities between his least favorite team to cover and my least favorite team to cover. We got some great clubhouse stories from back in the day, which included the Red Sox watching porn in the clubhouse, Mo Vaughn wanting to beat the shit out of Dan Shaughnessy, and Jose Offerman wanting to beat the shit out of Mazz.

Then we get into the radio stuff — what it’s like working with Felger for four hours a day, why WEEI seems to have such a toxic environment and the Sports Hub is the exact opposite, his thoughts on Kirk Minihane and his reaction to Minihane taking swipes at him on the air from time to time, how the success of Boston sports teams have aided the success of Felger and Mazz and the station overall, learning the boundaries of what he can and can’t say on the air, why he thinks Felger and Mazz is so successful, and what advice he would give to the 1989 version of himself.

Mazz was one of the first guests that we ever tried to get on the show when we first launched back in 2015, and it was definitely worth the wait. Shameless plug: Mazz and I will be doing the Baseball Reporters tonight from 6-7 on 98.5 The Sports Hub, as we do every Tuesday. Check that shit out.

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