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Dale Arnold

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Dale Arnold
Born (1956-03-27) March 27, 1956 (age 65)
Spouse(s)Susan Arnold
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]


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. 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, Arnold 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. 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 Show from 2-6 PM. Arnold worked without a contract but, after the show's Nielsen ratings improved 59 percent,[7] he 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. Daily and weekly guests of The Dale & Holley with Keefe Show included Terry Francona, Mike Milbury, Bill Belichick, Michael Irvin, Peter King, Patrick Chung, Matthew Slater, Dont'a Hightower, Vince Wilfork, Chris Mannix, Jackie MacMullan, Trent Dilfer, and Pierre McGuire.[citation needed]

On February 28, 2018, the show was renamed The Dale & 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 an 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 close family friend of the Arnold family and attended Dale's son's Taylor's wedding in New Orleans in October 2015. On August 13, 2018, WEEI shook up their lineup, moving The Dale & Keefe Show to the midday slot, and moving the midday show, Ordway, Merloni, and Fauria, featuring hosts Glenn Ordway, Lou Merloni, and Christian Fauria, to the afternoon drive time slot.

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

Arnold announced on March 11, 2021 that the following days broadcast March 12, 2021 would be his final. Arnold worked nearly 30 years at WEEI and 33 years overall in Boston sports media.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Arnold lives in Bellingham, Massachusetts with his wife, Susan. They have three children, Taylor, Alysha and Brianna. Arnold grew up in Maine and Minnesota prior to attending Bowdoin College.[citation needed] His son Taylor Arnold is a professor at University of Richmond.[citation needed]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Arnold is a three-time Regional Emmy Award winner.[citation needed]


Arnold's most famous[according to whom?] 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!"


  1. ^ "Dale Arnold". WEEI. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  2. ^ "Dale Arnold: Boston Bruins Play-by-Play Announcer". NESN / Archived from the original on February 23, 2005. Retrieved March 1, 2007.
  3. ^ Fluto Shinzawa (July 7, 2007). "Edwards gets all calls on NESN: Arnold bumped off home games". Boston Globe. Retrieved July 7, 2007.
  4. ^ Eric Wilbur. "Radio team announced". Boston Globe. Retrieved June 7, 2007.
  5. ^ "Dale Arnold". WEEI. Archived from the original on October 21, 2007. Retrieved June 7, 2007.
  6. ^ Ryan Durling. "Dale Arnold to replace Kathryn Tappen at NESN". Bostinnovation. Retrieved September 30, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Press release (January 15, 2015). "Dale Arnold Signs New Contract; Permanent in Afternoons at WEEI". WEEI. Archived from the original on January 19, 2015. Retrieved January 17, 2015.
  8. ^ Chad Finn. "Dale Arnold Reaches Multi-Year Deal to Remain in Afternoon Drive on WEEI". Retrieved January 17, 2015.
  9. ^ "Longtime presence Dale Arnold announces retirement from WEEI |". Retrieved March 12, 2021.

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