O’Brien has been a familiar play-by-play voice of Red Sox baseball for the last nine years on WEEI 93.7 FM, the team’s flagship radio station, which is distributed throughout New England.
“This is absolutely a dream come true,” O’Brien exclaimed. “It will be a privilege to call Boston Red Sox games on NESN for one of the most storied franchises in Major League Baseball. And I look forward with great anticipation to working alongside Jerry Remy.”
“We are excited to have Dave, one of baseball’s preeminent announcers, join the NESN team next season,” said Sean McGrail, NESN’s President and CEO.
O’Brien’s previous play-by-play experiences include the Atlanta Braves (1990-91), Florida Marlins (1993-2001) and New York Mets (2003-05). In addition, O’Brien has called games on TV for ESPN (2002-present) and ESPN Radio during the last few years. The New England native, born in Quincy, Massachusetts, attended Syracuse University, and currently resides in Rye, New Hampshire, with his wife and three children. He also has broadcast NFL, NBA, college basketball and soccer.
O’Brien will replace Don Orsillo, who began his career on NESN in 2001. Orsillo captured Red Sox fans’ imagination and excitement during the team’s three World Series championship seasons of 2004, 2007 and 2013.
“Don is an outstanding broadcaster, and we are grateful for all of his contributions to NESN’s telecast over the years,” McGrail said. “On behalf of everyone at NESN and the Boston Red Sox organization, we would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Don.”
NESN has consistently been one of the top-rated regional sports networks in the country with award-winning Red Sox and Bruins coverage. The network is delivered to over 4 million homes throughout the six-state New England region and an additional 5 million homes nationally as NESN National on digital and sports tiers in nearly 100 DMAs. Forbes Magazine recently ranked NESN as the 8th Most Valuable Sports Business Brand in the world. NESN.com is the most visited regional sports network website in the country. NESN also produces a number of distinctive programs under its umbrella Original NESN Entertainment (ONE). NESN’s social responsibility program, NESN Connects, is proud to support and connect its employees with charitable organizations in our communities. NESN is owned by Fenway Sports Group (owners of the Boston Red Sox) and Delaware North (owners of the Boston Bruins).
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