New Voices to Join Joe Castiglione in Red Sox Radio Booth
WEEI, the flagship station for the Boston Red Sox radio broadcasts announced today that Red Sox Hall of Famer Joe Castiglione has signed a multi-year extension and will return for his 37th season. He will be joined in the booth by a new all-star team of play-by-play sportscasters for the 2019 season.
In a press release, Entrecom Boston Regional President and Market Manager Mark Hannon said "We are committed to providing listeners with premier and innovative coverage of the Sox and are looking forward to a great season."
Joining Castiglione in the booth will be Sean McDonough, Josh Lewin and Mario Impemba, who will rotate in the radio booth.
The move marks a return home for McDonough, who served as the television play-by-play announcer for the Red Sox on New England Sports Network (NESN) from 1988-2004. During this time, he was honored four times with the New England Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Play-by-Play. The Hingham, MA native is currently a leading play-by-play voice on ESPN college sports broadcasts and previously served as the play-by-play voice of Monday Night Football from 2016 to 2017.
Lewin has served as an on-air broadcaster since 1995, calling Major League Baseball, National Football League and National Hockey League games, including most recently for the New York Mets on WOR in New York. He is also currently the radio play-by-play voice for University of California, Los Angeles football and basketball.
Impemba has 32 years of professional baseball broadcasting experience, including the last 17 years as television play-by-play voice of the Detroit Tigers. He has also served as radio play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Angels from 1995 to 2001. Impemba has earned multiple accolades throughout his career, including Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association’s (now Detroit Sports Media) 2014 Ty Tyson Award for excellence in sports broadcasting.
In addition to McDonough, Lewin and Impemba, Chris Berman, broadcaster for ESPN; Lou Merloni, on-air personality for WEEI; Dale Arnold, on-air personality for WEEI; Tom Caron, studio host for NESN; and Dave O’Brien, television voice of the Red Sox for NESN, will also call select games as part of the broadcast play-by-play committee. O’Brien will call a select number of nationally televised Red Sox games.
WDEA will air 30 Spring Training games beginning Saturday, February 23rd before the season begins on Thursday March 29