Dale Arnold (born March 27, 1956) is a New England sportscaster. He hosts Boston Bruins broadcasts on NESN and co-hosts talk radio shows on WEEI. He was the Bruins' play-by-play announcer on NESN and has called Boston College Eagles football. He is the only person who has done play-by-play broadcasts for all five of the Boston area's major professional sports franchises. Arnold lives in Wrentham, Massachusetts with his wife Susan and their three children Taylor, Alysha, and Brianna.
A Bowdoin College alum, Arnold began calling games for the school teams while a student there in the mid-1970s. In 1979, he succeeded Mike Emrick as the voice of the Maine Mariners. He joined the New Jersey Devils as their radio announcer in 1986, before returning to New England two years later. Arnold called New England Patriots games from 1988–90, and provided play-by-play coverage for Bruins home games from 1995-2007. In July 2007 he was replaced by former ESPN sportscaster Jack Edwards as Bruins play-by-play telecaster.
Arnold has been with WEEI radio since its inception in 1991 at 590 KHz, then as Sportsradio 850, then moving to WEEI-FM with other locally-produced programs. He first hosted a late-morning show from 10 AM to 1 PM, before being teamed up with Eddie Andelman on a show called the A-Team. After Andelman's departure from WEEI in 2001, he was paired with former television sportscaster Bob Neumeier on the Dale & Neumy Show. After Neumeier left the station in 2005, Holley paired with former Boston Globe columnist Michael Holley on The Dale & Holley Show from 10 AM to 2 PM.
In February 2011, WEEI shifted Arnold to weekend duty while Holley became co-host of the Big Show during afternoon drive time. Arnold subsequently hosted a Sunday morning talk show on WEEI with Steve Buckley.
In the 2011-12 season, Arnold returned to NESN as the in-studio host for Bruins broadcasts, anchoring pregame, intermission and postgame coverage. On April 1, 2014, WEEI-FM relaunched The Dale & Holley Show from 2-6 PM. Arnold worked without a contract but, after the show's Nielsen ratings improved 59 percent, was given a multi-year contract in January 2015.
Awards and recognition
Arnold is a two-time Regional Emmy Award winner.
Arnold's most famous line as a play-by-play announcer came in a 1988 game at Sullivan Stadium between the Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts when Doug Flutie ran in the winning touchdown in the final 30 seconds; the crowd erupted and Arnold described the scene as "This place has gone icky balooky!"
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- Press release (2015-01-15). "Dale Arnold Signs New Contract; Permanent in Afternoons at WEEI". WEEI. Retrieved 2015-01-17.
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