Nicholas Bove is one of our interns here at WEEI. As a student at BU, he did a previous intern stint with WEEI.com, and wanted to try out the programming side of radio. He’s been a top-notch intern for the Sox Radio crew this summer….and here’s his first Sox Booth blog post (sorry it took so long for me to post this, Nick!!):
If you’re taking the time to read this, then there’s no need to preach to the choir. Any one of us out there would do anything to have a paying job covering baseball on a nightly basis, especially in the largest and most devoted baseball market featuring the best team in the league. Unfortunately I don’t quite have that job – I’m a step just below it. I get to do all the fun stuff for free. I’m Nick Bove and I’m one of WEEI’s Red Sox production interns.
To a very, very small portion of you, I may be familiar. I wrote for the WEEI website last summer, mostly transcribing our big three radio shows (sorry Mikey) and putting together countdowns with a few features thrown in here and there. It was exciting, and heartbreaking, to help cover last year’s Celtics and Bruins as they pushed through the postseason. In the end however the Red Sox always made their way to the forefront and onto the front page. That’s what brings me here this summer.
I’m currently entering my final year at Boston University with a Broadcast Journalism degree, so this job is more my cup of tea. Being in Boston is a far cry from where I grew up in Schenectady, NY. It’s the Upstate heart of Yankee territory, but don’t worry, I can’t respect the organization and I can’t stand the fans (don’t get me started on John Sterling and Michael Kay). On the other hand, spending four years in Fenway’s shadow has really grown on me and I’m enjoying the atmosphere here in Red Sox Nation.
Of course this year, the Sox have been making themselves especially easy to love. As I write this, they’ve come off two consecutive walk-offs by Jacoby Ellsbury, bringing their total to seven walk-offs this season.
Even though the offices around here are pretty barren for night games, there’s still a slightly noticeable buzz when a walk-off happens. The few workers there are scramble to capture Dave O’Brien’s masterful commentary for the archives and rush to get a postgame show ready that was completely different five minutes earlier. And yet through it all there’s still a very calm demeanor of the professionals you don’t see in the studios and the ones you hear on the air. Everybody’s done this before and they know what they’re doing. It’s that kind of story I want to tell for the fans. Consider it scene-setting for those who can’t get through security downstairs.
I’m looking forward to giving you, the faithful, all the news you need and insight on what you might not know (or at least as much as Bernie will let me). Working behind the scenes has been a real eye-opening experience and I hope I can convey that excitement to everyone over the next few weeks here on the blog.