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Tony Massarotti has been at 98.5 The Sports activities Hub because the stations inception in 2009.

By Chad Finn, The Boston Globe

January 9, 2023 | 5:09 PM

Tony Massarotti, cohost of the extremely rated “Felger and Massarotti” present on 98.5 The Sports activities Hub because the station’s inception in 2009, introduced throughout Monday’s program that his latest absences have been on account of an sudden well being situation.

He additionally revealed that NESN didn’t ask him again as an analyst on its Pink Sox broadcasts for the upcoming season. Massarotti was a part of a bunch of rotating analysts on the broadcasts final 12 months.

Massarotti, 55, choked up a bit as he defined his circumstances on the finish of the present’s first hour Monday, however was not particular about what sickness or ailment he confronted.

“I had some well being issues pop up throughout the holidays that I used to be not anticipating,’’ stated Massarotti, who revealed that he grew to become ailing throughout a present simply earlier than the vacations. “They required my quick consideration, we addressed them, and I be ok with it. However I’m additionally going to must [pace myself] getting again to work right here on the recommendation of people that have been caring for me.

“So I’m going to be out and in a little bit bit over the following couple of weeks. It’s not going to be full weeks for me. However I’m going to rebuild as much as a full week. Shouldn’t be too lengthy. Once more, I really feel fairly good, and I respect folks reaching out.”

Massarotti had been largely absent from the present since mid-December. He had been planning to take trip time earlier than his well being situation got here up. He stated he thought of returning final week, however determined to take a little bit extra day without work.

“I’m again, I’m feeling good, and I’m pleased to be again,’’ he stated.

Relating to NESN, he stated it was the community’s resolution to not carry him again for a second season on Pink Sox broadcasts.

“We each went into it realizing it was type of a trial factor,’’ stated Massarotti. “I respect them giving the chance to me. I additionally respect the Pink Sox for doing that. So it was value a shot. They wish to go in one other course, that’s their name. I’d have preferred to have carried out it going ahead, however that’s OK. No hurt, no foul.”

Massarotti made his title in native sports activities media on the Boston Herald, the place he started as an intern in 1989. He lined the Pink Sox for the Herald as a beat author and columnist from 1994 till 2008, when he left to hitch the Globe and Boston.com.

In August 2009, Massarotti and Michael Felger, a former colleague on the Herald, have been paired in afternoon drive on The Sports activities Hub, which launched as an FM station as a challenger to perennial sports activities radio powerhouse WEEI, which was nonetheless on AM radio at that time. The Sports activities Hub instantly emerged as a challenger to WEEI’s rankings dominance.

Felger and Massarotti have dominated afternoon drive for greater than a decade. Their present has completed first within the males 25-54 demographic within the Nielsen Audio rankings in each three-month rankings interval since spring 2012, when it completed third.

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