Friday’s Fan Morning Show got started with what would have been quite the ‘Woj Bomb’ if it was being reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
93.5 and 107.5 The Fan’s Program Director, Jeff Rickard, is heading to one of the most elite cities in the country, and will be joining one of the most recognizable radio stations in the business.
Boston’s WEEI is welcoming Jeff as their new Brand Manager, effective August 11. That means the final FMS with Jeff and Big Joe Staysniak will take place on Tuesday from 7 AM to 10 AM.
To say we are excited for Jeff is an understatement. When you think of radio in New England, WEEI is one of the first stations that comes to mind.
Of course Mike and the Mad Dog owned WFAN in New York for years and years. But WEEI, the home of the Boston Red Sox, is right up there.
The work that Jeff did with The Fan is unmatched.
Of course, the Morning Show along with Big Joe was a staple for sports fans across the city. But to add my own personal anecdote, I would not be writing this article if it was not for Rickard.
When I got back from broadcasting in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the Orleans Firebirds following the summer of 2016, my internship with The Fan working for the likes of Big Joe, Dan Dakich, and JMV was approved.
Ironically enough, I had called a Firebirds game earlier that summer on WEEI. They carry a Cape League game of the week with the home team’s announcer. (So please continue that Jeff). 😎
The two guys who interviewed me for the internship were Jeff and the great Greg Rakestraw.
Looking back on it now a bit embarrassingly, I wore a suit to the interview; For a radio gig.
But to sum it all up, my work with 93.5, 107.5 and 1070 The Fan at the time would not have come about without Jeff. And on behalf of everyone here, we can’t thank him enough.
Rickard is going to crush it in his new role. And he made it clear on the FMS Friday, a deal with a new station had to blow the doors off in order for him to depart from Indy.
“I’m really excited to work with everyone in Boston,” Rickard said. “I didn’t jump at the first two offers because I love this place. There are two places I ever would have left for. A legendary place in a vibrant sports town like WEEI in Boston, or the station that I helped start in the mid-90s at The Fan in Denver. Those are the only two.”
The cool part too is Jeff will get to continue seeing his family in the new role.
His wife has accepted a new job in West Hartford, Connecticut. But they will stay in the 317 for now. Luckily, the flight is only two hours from here to Logan International in Boston.
You can bet he’s going to pick up some frequent flyer miles. One thing is for sure though, you can catch J-Rick on the weekends around Indy.
Again, thank you Jeff. And kick some behind out by the hah-bah.
(Better get used to some serious accents my friend).
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