Dale Arnold

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Dale Arnold
Born (1956-03-27) March 27, 1956 (age 62)
ResidenceBellingham, Massachusetts
Spouse(s)Susan
Children3
Sports commentary career
Team(s)Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, New England Revolution, Boston College Eagles football
Genre(s)Anchoring pregame, intermission and postgame coverage
SportsHockey, Football, Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, and Wrestling

Dale Everett 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.[1] Arnold lives in Bellingham, Massachusetts with his wife Susan and their three children Taylor, Alysha, and Brianna. Arnold grew up in Maine and Minnesota prior to attending Bowdoin College.

Career[edit]

A Bowdoin College alumnus, 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 with Doc Emrick as their radio announcer in 1986, before returning to New England two years later. Dale also hosted a weekend show on WFAN with The Mad Dog Chris Russo to discuss Greater New York City Sports. 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.[2][3]

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, Arnold paired with former Boston Globe columnist Michael Holley on The Dale & Holley Show from 10 AM to 2 PM.

On February 11, 2008, Entercom put Arnold on the four-person Boston Red Sox radio broadcast team, working with Joe Castiglione when Dave O'Brien was on ESPN.[4]

In February 2011, WEEI shifted Arnold to weekend duty while Holley became co-host of the Big Show during afternoon drive time.[5] Arnold subsequently hosted a Sunday morning talk show on WEEI with Steve Buckley.

On February 28, 2018, the show was renamed the Dale and Keefe show after long time co-host Michael Holley announced at the 5 o'clock hour that he would be leaving WEEI immediately after the show to pursue a full time television role with NBC Sports Boston. It was a very emotional time for Arnold and Holley after spending 10 years together as radio partners and best friends on and off the air. Holley is a very close family friend of the Arnold family and attended Dale's son's Taylor's wedding in New Orleans in October 2015. His son Taylor Arnold is a professor at University of Richmond.

Arnold's voice can be heard during several NFL Top 10 and A Football Life documentaries on the NFL Network.

In the 2011-12 season, Arnold returned to NESN as the in-studio host for Bruins broadcasts, anchoring pregame, intermission and postgame coverage.[6] On April 1, 2014, WEEI-FM relaunched The Dale & Holley with Keefe Show from 2-6 PM. Arnold worked without a contract but, after the show's Nielsen ratings improved 59 percent.[7] was given a multi-year contract in January 2015.[8]

From November 2014 to November 2016, Jerry Thornton of Barstool Sports was added as the third host and comedian. He would later return to Barstool Sports full time. Veteran radio host Rich Keefe of WBZ-FM and #DORK Podcast was hired to replace Thornton. Every Tuesday and Friday Keefe along with Dale and Michael present a segment called "Keefer Madness" where Rich Keefe makes humorous segments less funny with his commentary. Daily and Weekly Guests of the Dale and Holley with Keefe show include Terry Francona, Mike Milbury, Bill Belichick, Michael Irvin, Peter King, Patrick Chung, Matthew Slater, Dont'a Hightower, Vince Wilfork, Chris Mannix, Jackie McMullan, Trent Dilfer, and Pierre McGuire.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Arnold is a three-time Regional Emmy Award winner.

Miscellanea[edit]

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!"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dale Arnold Bio". WEEI. Archived from the original on 2008-04-23. Retrieved 2008-03-20.
  2. ^ "Dale Arnold: Boston Bruins Play-by-Play Announcer". NESN / Boston.com. Archived from the original on February 23, 2005. Retrieved 2007-03-01.
  3. ^ Fluto Shinzawa (2007-07-07). "Edwards gets all calls on NESN: Arnold bumped off home games". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-07-07.
  4. ^ Eric Wilbur. "Radio team announced". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-06-07.
  5. ^ "Dale Arnold". WEEI. Archived from the original on October 21, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-07.
  6. ^ Ryan Durling. "Dale Arnold to replace Kathryn Tappen at NESN". Bostinnovation. Retrieved 2011-09-30.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Press release (2015-01-15). "Dale Arnold Signs New Contract; Permanent in Afternoons at WEEI". WEEI. Retrieved 2015-01-17.
  8. ^ Chad Finn. "Dale Arnold Reaches Multi-Year Deal to Remain in Afternoon Drive on WEEI". boston.com. Retrieved 2015-01-17.

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Preceded by
Curt Gowdy
New England Patriots Play by Play announcer
1988–1990
Succeeded by
Gil Santos
Preceded by
Gil Santos
Boston College Eagles football Play by Play
1992
Succeeded by
Dick Lutsk
Preceded by
Fred Cusick
Boston Bruins Television Play by Play announcer (home Games)
1995-2007
Succeeded by
Jack Edwards