Thu. Feb 9th, 2023

Tony Massarotti, cohost of the extremely rated “Felger and Massarotti” present on 98.5 The Sports activities Hub for the reason that station’s inception in 2009, introduced throughout Monday’s program that his current absences have been attributable to an sudden well being challenge.

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 gaggle of rotating analysts on the broadcasts final yr.

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 through the holidays that I used to be not anticipating,’’ mentioned Massarotti, who revealed that he grew to become in poor health throughout a present simply earlier than the vacations. “They required my speedy consideration, we addressed them, and I be ok with it. However I’m additionally going to should [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 subsequent 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 admire 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 challenge got here up. He mentioned he thought of returning final week, however determined to take a little bit extra break day.

“I’m again, I’m feeling good, and I’m blissful to be again,’’ he mentioned.

Concerning NESN, he mentioned it was the community’s determination to not carry him again for a second season on Pink Sox broadcasts.

“We each went into it understanding it was form of a trial factor,’’ mentioned Massarotti. “I admire them giving the chance to me. I additionally admire the Pink Sox for doing that. So it was value a shot. They wish to go in one other route, that’s their name. I might have preferred to have accomplished 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 affix 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.


Chad Finn will be reached at [email protected] Comply with him on Twitter @GlobeChadFinn.

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