John Molori’s Mediablitz, one of the finer blogs to be named after a Germs song, examines the circumstances behind Ted Sarandis’ departure from WEEI.
Sarandis™ old school manner never quite fit with the WEEI™s popular brand of œin your face radio, most prevalent on œDennis and Callahan and œThe Big Show. In addition, Sarandis engaged in little of the self-promoting banter that fills much of WEEI™s program lineup. Indeed, when a œTed Nation caller mentioned another WEEI show or personality, Sarandis bristled at the reference.
The fact is that Sarandis was working without a contract at WEEI and was the lowest paid of WEEI™s regular hosts. In addition, while guests on other WEEI programs are paid $50.00 an hour or more, Sarandis™ guests went home with what have come to be known as œTeddy Twenties, gift certificates to a variety of area restaurants.
Many of Sarandis™ WEEI colleagues regularly gibed his work and personality on the air. Sarandis sound bites are used as fodder for fellow hosts and he had undeservedly become the butt of jokes, specifically on Glenn Ordway™s afternoon drive time œBig Show.
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after listening to ted for many years i thought i would have been glad for a change but now knowing won’t get to hear him anymore i’m not so sure…i hope if any gets his hoursit will be mike adams who is extremely funny but how long can that last?
The first time I listened to Teddy, I thought what is this? Then he grew on me and now hearing that he is leaving, well I think it is the biggest mistake WEEI has made in a long time! They may move in John Walick or Mike Adams (hopefully not, nice once in awhile,,,)but it will not be the same as having Ted around. Of the four shows, the big show is my favorite, but Ted “Nation” was a close second.
I beilive it was 1996 late august or early September when Ted Sarandis said on air (in response to a caller) “Roger Clemens is no better than a fourth starter on any American League team” He went on to strike on 20 batters in Detroit in the following weeks, I never listened to him from that point forward.
Is he still calling bc basketball?
sarandis was as they say drab and hard on ears and not much of the sports intellectual that he like to tout himself as. He always mocked callers who disagreed with him. He could not debate an issue. He never understood his audienbce although he claimed to for ex he did not understand callers who called him to vent – and contnually tried to generalize those callers as representative of the greater audience. 95% of People call because they are upset. He berated callers all the time if they used hypothetical “ifs” yet he had no problem doing the same. This made it very intellectually painful to listen to. And how many times did he butcher “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts” quote. Teddy your schedule must have effected your attitude which did your show in. Only because you had an in at BC were you allowed to stay on. Or possibly to only to make the other shows look good.
The first time I heard Ted I was shcoked. A person with this huge ego that thought he was always right and never wrong having his own radio show. He praised callers with his simuar narrow minded point of view, while dumping on callers who disagreed with him. Personally, Im glad he’s gone, now if they can dump Dennis and Republican … I mean Callahagn along with the whole Big show crew I’d be really happy. Until that time I’ll be tuning into another sports radio show based out of Providence.
Those left at WEEI, including Jason Wolfe have Eddie Andelman and Ted Sarandis to thank each week when they receive their paychecks. Ted has and always will be a consummate professional. His intellect trancends sports radio and brings some thought to a medium that lives of of the fellowship of the miserable and monsyllabic idiocy. The fact that the Big Show is as popular as it is should sound an alarm at Entecom rather than ring the cash register!!!! With Serandis’ departure, there is no one left on air that can have an “intelligent” sports conversation. Ted dared to be different, and that’s why I, and many others listened to WEEI. Rather than dump Ted they should have teamed him up with Pete Cronin to do BC Football. Meterperell is a wise guy hack that deosn’t know the game, doesn’t have a voice, and emotes an attitude that is disrespectful to both BC, its players and the team’s loyal fans. Always plugged in to his Boston roots, perhaps this is an opportunity for Ted to move on to WBZ where he can embrace what really counts on a day to day basis and not the “sideshow” that is professional athletics. Thanks Ted for your professionalism and entertainment over the past 10 years. EEI, will rue the day they let you leave.
Ted sucked. He was a hack.
I do not miss that Israel-bashing Arab Sarandis. I can’t stand hearing his nasal whine on BC games. Time to rid the station of him completely. During the initial war effort in Iraq, when sports took a back seat, Sarandis showed his true anti-semitic stripes.
I also thought TED was an independent and insightful, and a welcome change from the “fraternity boys”. Mike Adams is crude, his intelligence is doubtful- he’s plain awful. I’m hoping one of the other sports stations will pick up TED. There will always be a “TED NATION” whereever he is.
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