1510 Staying with Sports Format

From an afternoon press release:

1510 AM radio to stay with sports format.

BOSTON, MA- Boston’s Sports Station, WWZN 1510-AM ‘The Zone’ will not be changing formats. Blackstrap Broadcasting LLC announced that it is acquiring the 50,000-watt Boston station from Paul Allen’s Rose City Radio. Blackstrap is also buying Allen’s WSNR 620-AM in New York.

“1510 The Zone has been embedded in Boston as a sports station for the last 10 years and we would like to preserve that tradition,” said Peter Davidson, the head of Blackstrap Broadcasting, LLC. “Boston is among the greatest sports cities in the country and the demand for sports coverage in the region reflects that,” he said.

Presently, 1510 The Zone programming consists of Boston College Hockey, Harvard Football, North Shore Spirit Baseball, NASCAR, and several local, niche brokered shows.

“We are excited about the opportunity to continue with sports programming at 1510 The Zone,” said Program Director Jon Anik. “Our immediate plan is to increase the amount of local sports content for our loyal listeners,” Anik said.

1510 The Zone has been brokering time since 2005 and that will continue to be the business model under the new owners.

“We are looking forward to working with Peter, along with the new ownership group, and are eager to finally have the stability and support needed to succeed in this great sports town,” said General Manager Anthony Pepe.

Thursday Tidbits

ESPN’s newest football blog, Hashmarks is a pretty good feed to add to your RSS reader to keep up with the latest NFL news during the course of the day.

Bill Belichick was the unanimous choice of ESPN experts as the best coach in the NFL.

Tony Massarotti on NBCSports.com has a look at the spectacular failure that is the 2007 New York Yankees.

Ron Borges in Pro Football Weekly says that the Patriots have shown that character doesn’t count more than ability.

Former Roger Clemens nemesis Dave Stewart has a few things to say about the Rocket’s latest comeback.

Apparently MLB isn’t a fan of the Slingbox.

Dayn Perry of FoxSports has a look at what makes the Red Sox tick this year.

Mike Reiss and Albert Breer have Patriots player reaction from passing camp today to the passing of teammate Marquise Hill over the weekend.

In his ESPN Blog (Insider Subscription required) Buster Olney compares Kevin Youkilis to a right-handed Wade Boggs. An excerpt:

If Wade Boggs wasn’t in the Hall of Fame, you could say that Kevin Youkilis is a right-handed Wade Boggs, because of all the similarities between the two. Neither was ever considered a top prospect, neither is blessed with what scouts would call a good baseball body, and neither Boggs nor Youkilis has ever been confused with Rickey Henderson or Jose Reyes for foot speed.

And Youkilis grinds through his at-bats, likes Boggs once did. He works the count, fouls off tough pitches, makes opposing pitchers sweat. He gets a lot of cheap hits — flares and dinkers and dunkers — in the same way that Boggs and Tony Gwynn and Derek Jeter get a lot of cheap hits, the classic sign of good hitters. Now Youkilis has a 21-game hitting streak, nine consecutive multihit games, and he is hitting .358.

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Tonight

7:00pm, NESN – Columbus @ Pawtucket
8:00pm, TNT – Cavs @ Pistons

Can’t Win Them All

The Red Sox had their winning streak snapped at five last night as the Cleveland Indians got to Daisuke Matsuzaka for a total of 6 runs in the fifth and sixth innings last night during an 8-4 Indians win.


Kevin McNamara has a look at the Sox coming back to Earth last night at Fenway. Michael Silverman looks at a weak start from Matsuzaka last night. Gordon Edes has more on the struggles of Matsuzaka which led to the loss. Jeff Goldberg also looks at a rough night for Dice-K. Phil O’Neill has more on the Indians avoiding a sweep at the hands of the Red Sox.

Bob Ryan notes that you can’t win them all, especially when the opposing pitcher has a night like Paul Byrd had. Steve Buckley assures us that there is no reason to worry about the Sox or Matsuzaka. Christopher L. Gasper has more on Matsuzaka’s struggles last night, though the pitcher said he is completely over the illness that plagued him during his Texas start. Rob Bradford has a look at treatments Josh Beckett is using on his finger so as to avoid issues in the future.

Steven Krasner has a look at Big Papi losing a based loaded confrontation late in the game. Rob Bradford also looks at David Ortiz being unable to supply the needed magic in a bases loaded situation in the seventh inning.

Alex Speier looks at pitching coach John Farrell getting praise from both the Red Sox and Indians. Buckley looks at Terry Francona giving Julio Lugo the night off, which with today’s off day will mean two days of rest for the Red Sox shortstop. Ron Chimelis looks at the Yankees decision to have Roger Clemens duck the Red Sox this weekend at Fenway. Joe Haggerty looks at the hitting machine, Kevin Youkilis. Bradford has Mike Lowell trying to provide comfort to a grieving family with his bat. Brendan McGair says that there is no need to rush Jon Lester back to the Red Sox.

Bob Ryan also has a look at the baseball draft, which is a far different animal than the NBA or NFL drafts.

Silverman’s notebook has Theo Epstein and the rest of the front office brass gearing up for the draft. Edes’s notebook has more on Youkilis continuing his hitting streak last night. The Projo notebook has more on Matsuzaka’s struggles. Goldberg’s notebook has more on the draft. O’Neill’s notebook has Youkilis dishing out some praise for Dustin Pedroia.

Misc
Steve Bulpett reports that the Celtics and assistant coach Tony Brown are parting ways after being unable to agree on a new contract. Shira Springer says that Brown is a candidate for the Indiana Pacers head job. Buddy Thomas says that the Celtics lost the lottery, but they didn’t lose their future. Bulpett’s notebook has Chris Wallace being consider for the top front office job with the Grizzlies.

Jackie MacMullan looks at Kobe Bryant’s trade request.

Albert Breer has free agent linebacker Chad Brown visiting with the Patriots. Mike Reiss has July 27th as the start of Patriots training camp. Jeff Jacobs examines the Michael Vick/dogfighting issue with the NFL.