Michael Felger

Michael Alan Felger (born August 6, 1969) is a sports radio talk show host on WBZ-FM in Boston, co-hosting "Felger and Massarotti" with Tony Massarotti, a former columnist for the Boston Herald. He is also a television host for NBC Sports Boston, where he talks about sports as a co-host of the weeknight evening show "Arbella Early Edition", the host of "Sports Sunday", and the host of pregame and postgame coverage for Boston Bruins (with Tony Amonte) and New England Patriots games (with Ty Law and Troy Brown).

Michael Felger
BornAugust 6, 1969 (age 49)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
EducationBoston University
OccupationSports radio host, TV host
Spouse(s)Sara Underwood
ChildrenEmma & Tessa

Career

Originally from Milwaukee,[1] Felger graduated from Boston University in 1992. Upon graduating, he worked as an intern with the Boston Herald. He later joined the paper on a permanent basis and became the lead reporter for the Boston Bruins from 1997 to 1999. He then became their New England Patriots beat columnist, a position he held from 1999 to 2008.

Felger also hosted a sports talk radio show called The Mike Felger Show on 890 ESPN. The show ran from 2005 to 2008, at which time Felger left at the end of his contract. He moved on as an online columnist and fill-in host for Boston sports radio station WEEI while continuing his television work on Comcast SportsNet New England. Felger began to host the Felger and Mazz afternoon drive-time show with Tony Massarotti on 98.5 The Sports Hub upon its launch in August 2009.[2] Felger signed a new multiyear deal with 98.5 The Sports Hub's parent company The Beasley Media Group in January 2018.[3]

Personal life

Felger has lived in Boston since 1988 and currently lives in a Boston suburb, Wellesley, with his wife, FOX 25 television anchorwoman Sara Underwood and their daughters, Emma and Tessa. Felger also owns a house on Nantucket where he and his family spend part of the summer. [4][5][6]

Controversies

Always considered a controversial sports reporter, on October 12, 2011, Felger was involved in an online feud with Heidi Watney, another local reporter, in which he claimed Watney had an affair with then Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek. Watney responded via Twitter by questioning Felger's work ethic and integrity, and most media critics reprimanded Felger for being unprofessional.[7]

On November 8, 2017, Felger said on Felger and Massarotti that former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay was a "moron" for dying in a plane crash.[8] The comments led to a 3-day suspension from NBC Sports Boston (which runs a television simulcast of his radio show).[9] He apologized the next day on the air.[10]

Book

  • Tales from the Patriots Sideline: A Collection of the Greatest Stories of the Team's First 40 Years, authored by Michael Felger, foreword by Steve Grogan, afterword by Bill Belichick, pictures by Jim Mahoney of the Boston Herald, ISBN 1-58261-525-X

References

  1. ^ "Boston Herald Sports Writers". Boston Sports Media Watch. Retrieved 2005-12-15.
  2. ^ Aucoin, Don (2009-07-15). "FM start-up muscling into sports talk". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
  3. ^ "New deals for Michael Felger and Dale Arnold". Boston.com. 2018-01-02. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  4. ^ "NANTUCKET NEWSMAKERS - Nantucket Magazine". Nantucket Magazine. 2017-04-27. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  5. ^ "Mike Felger". cbslocal.com. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  6. ^ "BayStateParent Magazine". issuu.com. June 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  7. ^ Hadfield, Ryan, Sports Media Musings: The Sports Lodge Is On Fire! Boston Sports Media Watch, October 13, 2011
  8. ^ Johnson, O'Ryan. "Michael Felger gets static over Roy Halladay rant". The Boston Herald. Herald Media. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  9. ^ NBC Sports Boston. "NBC Sports Boston on Twitter". Twitter. Twitter, Inc. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  10. ^ Antonio, Planas. "Michael Felger: 'What I've gotten, I deserve'". The Boston Herald. Herald Media. Retrieved 11 November 2017.

External links

Felger

Felger may refer to:

Jay Felger, a recurring Earth characters in Stargate SG-1

Michael Felger (born 1969), a television sports reporter and anchorman for Comcast SportsNet New England

Richard Stephen Felger (Felger), a botanist

NBC Sports Boston

NBC Sports Boston is an American regional sports network that is owned by the NBC Sports Group unit of NBCUniversal, and operates as an affiliate of NBC Sports Regional Networks. Headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, the channel broadcasts regional coverage of professional sports events throughout New England with a major focus on Boston area teams, as well as several original analysis, magazine and entertainment programs. It is available on cable providers throughout Massachusetts, eastern and central Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island; it is also available nationwide on satellite via DirecTV.

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