Sports talk station WEEI was once Boston’s top-rated radio station of any kind. But since falling behind the upstart 98.5 The Sports Hub in 2011, WEEI has been trying to shake things up, most prominently with its afternoon drive-time show. In February, the station let go of its longtime star Glenn Ordway, replacing him with Mike Salk—a Sudbury native who’d been working in Seattle and is now paired with Ordway’s former cohost, Michael Holley.
The daughter of two marathoners, Shalane Flanagan was a star runner at Marblehead High School before she went on to set American records in the 3,000-, 5,000-, and 10,000-meter distances and win a bronze in the 10,000 at the 2008 Olympics. In 2010, she made the switch to marathons, finishing second in her first New York race and 10th last year in the Olympics. This month, Flanagan returns home to run her first Boston Marathon.
From Hazel Mae to Tina Cervasio to Heidi Watney, nobody in the Boston media receives quite the same scrutiny as NESN’s Red Sox sideline reporter. And when Jenny Dell took over the job last year, it came with even greater challenges than usual: namely, a crummy team and a cranky manager. But that's all behind us now, and with spring training in full swing, Dell is back on the job for what everyone hopes is a very different season number two.
In January, Cranston, Rhode Island, native and Boston University sophomore Olivia Culpo beat out entire galaxies of women to win the Miss Universe pageant, which happens to be run by Donald Trump's company. Her victory marked the first time in 15 years that a Miss USA had won the crown.
Second-year running back Stevan Ridley has been the breakout Patriots star this season. The former Louisiana State University standout from Natchez, Mississippi, is the most electrifying runner the Pats have had in years—in fact, he's almost as exciting as his wardrobe.
These days, Aly Raisman needs little introduction. After scoring three medals in London—including golds for team all-around and her floor exercise—Needham’s Olympic hero has joined up with the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions, which swings through the TD Garden on November 11. We caught up with her on the rare day off at home
She may live in Providence, but Solomon took the inspiration for her Pushcart Prize-winning short story, "The Lobster Mafia Story"—about a Cape Ann woman dealing with a past crime—from her Gloucester upbringing. The Boston Book Festival picked it as 2012’s "One City, One Story" selection, with the goal of getting as many people as possible to read it, then discuss it with Solomon at the festival on October 27.
If half of what happens in Scituate native Nick Flynn’s memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, took place in a novel, you wouldn’t buy it. The coincidences start with how Flynn, working at the Pine Street Inn, encounters his estranged, homeless father one night when he shows up at the shelter. But it’s all true. The book gets the movie treatment this month (opening 3/2), with Robert De Niro as Flynn’s father, Julianne Moore as his mother, and Paul Dano as Flynn himself. Of course, there’s a more PG title: Being Flynn.