Ted Sarandis

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Theodore A. "Ted" Sarandis is an American sports radio personality in Boston who was the host of the Ted Nation show that was broadcast from 7 PM to midnight weekdays on Boston sports radio station WEEI from 1992 until September 2005 and the play by play announcer for Boston College Basketball from 1995 to 2010.[1] Sarandis is a graduate of Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University.

Broadcast career[edit]


During his tenure on WEEI, Sarandis was the leading advocate for college sports in the Boston area. Ted's program, heard weeknights from 7 to midnight was consistently rated number 1 in that time slot for men ages 25–54 according to the Arbitron ratings book Boston edition. His former time slot at WEEI was taken over by Mike Adams with the Planet Mikey show.

The 'Ted Nation' show name was allegedly coined by Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy, a takeoff on Red Sox Nation.

Boston College basketball[edit]

Sarandis was replaced by Jon Meterparel prior to the 2010-2011 Boston College men's basketball season, a position he held since 1995.[2]

Ted's typical reaction to any positive happening on court for the Boston College basketball team is a very emphatic "WOW" and Ted ends a BC victory with "The Horn Sounds this one is over, and Boston College has won WOW!"[3][4]

During the 2006-2007 seasons, Sarandis hosted the Al Skinner Show. It was a half-hour program about Boston College basketball is taped before a live audience at the Metropolitan Club in Chestnut Hill and aired each Thursday on WEEI during the college basketball season.[5]

In 2009, Ted Sarandis was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame for excellence and achievement in broadcasting college basketball.[6]

Other broadcast jobs[edit]

Ted developed and co-hosts "College Basketball Tonight," a college basketball in a one-of a kind in-depth format with a variety of expert guests including coaches and television and radio analysts, airing weekly during March Madness through the Final Four each year. Kennesaw State University Men's Basketball Coach Al Skinner co-hosted in 2013 on WATD 95.9.[7] Beginning in 2014, College Basketball Tonight broadcasts on New York City's WNYM-AM(970) "The Answer." [8] The show is live streamed on Hoopville.com.[9] Listen in to the 2015 series of College Basketball Tonight co-hosted with former Head Coaches Terry O'Connor and Mike Jarvis: March 15, 2015 hour 1 [10] and hour 2.[11] March 22, 2015 hour 1 [12] and hour 2;[13] March 29, 2015 hour 1 [14] and hour 2;[15] and the Final Four Special broadcast from Westwood One's Radio Row live from the Indiana Convention Center on April 5, 2015 hour 1,[16] hour 2 [17] and hour 3.[18]

Check out Ted's television play-by-play style and sound at the 2015 GNAC Men's Basketball Championship Game by clicking here.[19]

Sarandis has also done college basketball play-by-play for Boston University, Harvard University, Northeastern University, and Holy Cross. Additionally he has done play-by-play for the Boston Celtics, Harvard University hockey and the Beanpot Hockey Tournament on radio, and the ECAC Basketball Game of the Week, Boston University basketball and Lowell Lock Monsters hockey on television.

In October 2006, Sarandis co-hosted the New Sports Huddle show on WTKK with Sean McDonough, filling in for a vacationing Eddie Andelman.[20]

On Sunday, March 14, 2010, Ted Sarandis' "Ted Nation" was added to the schedule of WEEI-AM competitor WBZ-FM 98.5. It was heard each Sunday evening from 7:00 until 10:00 pm.[21] It was during his tenure at 98.5 FM that he declared Rich Keefe "the best update guy in the business."

On March 2, 2014, Ted teamed up with Suffolk University Head Basketball Coach Adam Nelson to broadcast the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championship game. The contest was produced for a national audience by D3Hoops.com.[22]

Massachusetts Governor's Council[edit]

In May 2006 Sarandis announced that he planned to run as an independent for a position on the Massachusetts Governor's Council against incumbent Democrat Michael Callahan. The Governors Council is an elected board that oversees and approves gubernatorial appointments such as judges. His platform calls for term limits for judges and stopping the practice of potential judicial candidates donating money to political campaigns.[23]

Civil Military affiliations[edit]

Ted is a member of the Civil Air Patrol, Massachusetts Volunteer Militia and the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts.

Sarandis is a volunteer for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), and has spoken at many departure and welcome home ceremonies for Guard and Reserve units from Massachusetts that have deployed to Southwest Asia.

In April 2006, Sarandis was among a group of 50 business, civic, organizational and academic leaders that participated in a Joint Civilian Orientation Conference in Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar. Along with briefings by military leaders, they took part in training on how to conduct road maneuvers and confront improvised explosive devices. This is the same training give to soldiers prior to deploying to Iraq.[24] They also flew aboard and observed operations on the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Sarandis currently lives in West Palm Beach, Florida and works as a freelance sportscaster and operates a real estate management business.[26]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ BillGriffith (2005-10-01). "Sarandis out as host of 'Nation'". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2006-10-06. 
  2. ^ John Molori (2005-10-04). "MEDIA BLITZ". The Remy Report. Archived from the original on 2006-12-15. Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  3. ^ "Like Ted Sarandis, all I can say is WOW!". Boston Sports Media Watch. 2003-05-11. Archived from the original on March 18, 2005. Retrieved 2007-01-22. 
  4. ^ Shaughnessy, Dan (2005-05-13). "Twilight star". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-01-22. 
  5. ^ "Al Skinner Show Invites Live Audience". Boston College. 2006-12-11. Retrieved 2007-01-22. 
  6. ^ http://nebasketballhalloffame.com/inductee-list/search-results-test/?fname=ted&lname=sarandis
  7. ^ http://www.boston.com/sports/touching_all_the_bases/2013/03/media_notes_sapp_simmons_saran.html
  8. ^ http://www.northjersey.com/arts-and-entertainment/entertainment-news/glenn-schuck-goes-full-time-at-wins-1.841822
  9. ^ http://www.hoopville.com/
  10. ^ https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/69472126/CBTHourOne3-15-15.mp3
  11. ^ https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/69472126/CBTHourTwo3-15-15.mp3
  12. ^ https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/69472126/CBTHourOne3-22-15.mp3https:/[permanent dead link]/dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/69472126/CBTHourOne3-22-15.mp3
  13. ^ https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/69472126/CBTHourTwo3-22-15.mp3
  14. ^ https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/69472126/CBTHourOne3-29-15.mp3
  15. ^ https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/69472126/CBTHourTwo3-29-15.mp3
  16. ^ https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/69472126/CBTHourOne4-5-15.mp3
  17. ^ https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/69472126/CBTHourTwo4-5-15.mp3
  18. ^ https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/69472126/CBTHourThree4-5-15.mp3
  19. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUsI_EfiqJQ
  20. ^ Bickelhaupt, Susan (2006-10-20). "Fox believes the numbers add up". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-01-22. 
  21. ^ "Ted Sarandis Gets Weekend Show on 98.5 FM". Boston Sports Media Watch. 2010-03-10. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  22. ^ https://twitter.com/gosuffolkrams/status/440255584814637056
  23. ^ "Ted Sarandis Runs For Governor's Council". CBS4. 2006-05-31. Retrieved 2006-09-05. [dead link]
  24. ^ "Joint Civilian Orientation Conference 71". Defense Link. 2006-04-27. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  25. ^ Donna Miles (2006-04-28). "Civilian Leaders Wowed by USS Ronald Reagan's Capabilities". Defense Link. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  26. ^ Blaudschun, Mark (February 5, 2011). "Jolted back to their senses: Even best teams stumble around". The Boston Globe. 

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