Michael Holley

Michael S. Holley (born February 26, 1970) is an American television and radio sports commentator, sports reporter and author. He formerly wrote columns for the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, The Plain Dealer, and Akron Beacon Journal.

Michael Holley
Michael S. Holley

February 26, 1970 (age 49)
Alma materPoint Park University
Spouse(s)Oni C. Igartua (m. 2007)
ChildrenRobinson Coltrane (b. 2008)
Beckham Ellison (b. 2010)
Ava August (b. 2012)


While working for the Akron Beacon Journal in 1993, Holley was one of several reporters who worked on a project studying race relations in Northeastern Ohio. The series, entitled "A Question of Color," won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service.

Holley worked as a reporter and columnist for the Boston Globe from 1997-2001 and then again from 2002-2005, briefly leaving the paper to work for the Chicago Tribune.[1]

In 2005, Holley left the Globe to replace Bob Neumeier as co-host of the WEEI midday sports radio talk show. The show was renamed the Dale & Holley Show and features Holley and former Boston Bruins play-by-play announcer Dale Arnold who discuss the various Boston sports teams.[2]

On February 15, 2011, it was announced Holley would join Glenn Ordway as co-host of the afternoon drive WEEI program "The Big Show".[3] Mike Salk replaced Glenn Ordway as host of The Big Show and the show was renamed Salk and Holley on March 20, 2013. Mike Salk left the station on March 12, 2014 ending Salk and Holley. On April 1, 2014 WEEI-FM relaunched the Dale and Holley show with his former co-host Dale Arnold from 2-6 PM.

On February 28, 2018, Holley announced at the 5 o'Clock hour that he would be leaving WEEI immediately after the show to pursue a full time television role with NBC Sports Boston. It was a very emotional decision for Holley after spending 13 years with the station and 10 of those with his radio partner and best friend on and off the air Dale Arnold.

In October 2008, Holley replaced Donny Marshall as host of Celtics Now, a weekly program on Comcast SportsNet that covers on and off court stories related to the Boston Celtics.[4][5]

Holley is the author of three books one of which, Patriot Reign: Bill Belichick, the Coaches, and the Players Who Built a Champion, made the New York Times Best Seller list for nonfiction.

Holley has appeared on the ESPN television program Around the Horn as well as I, Max on Fox Sports Net.

Personal life

Michael Holley was born in Akron, Ohio. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Point Park College in May 1992. On April 30, 2005 he gave the commencement speech to the class of 2005 at Point Park University, where he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Max Kellerman, graduate of Columbia University, often made verbal jabs at Point Park University while the two were featured on "I, Max."[6]

Holley married on July 14, 2007.[7]


  • Patriot Reign: Bill Belichick, the Coaches, and the Players Who Built a Champion - ISBN 0-06-075795-7
  • Never Give Up: My Stroke, My Recovery and My Return to the NFL with Tedy Bruschi - ISBN 0-470-10869-X
  • Red Sox Rule: Terry Francona and Boston's Rise to Dominance - ISBN 0-06-145854-6
  • War Room: The Legacy of Bill Belichick and the Art of Building the Perfect Team - ISBN 0-06-208239-6
  • Belichick and Brady: Two Men, the Patriots, and How They Revolutionized Football - ISBN 978-0316266918


  1. ^ Joe Sullivan (2001-12-12). "Michael Holley returning as Globe sports columnist". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
  2. ^ "Michael Holley". WEEI. Archived from the original on 2007-07-10. Retrieved 2007-03-01.
  3. ^ http://bostonherald.com/track/inside_track/view/20110216the_weei_shuffle/ The WEEI Shuffle
  4. ^ Bill Doyle (2008-10-31). "Celtics try new road show". Worcester Telegram and Gazette. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
  5. ^ "Celtics Now". Comcast SportsNet. Archived from the original on February 22, 2009. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
  6. ^ "Point Park University Sets 45th Commencement". Point Park University. 2005-04-27. Retrieved 2007-03-01.
  7. ^ "We Hear: Kevin James, Dido and more..." Boston Herald. 2008-11-04. Retrieved 2008-11-12.

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Preceded by
Jackie MacMullan
Boston Globe Celtics beat writer
1995-1997 (interim)
Succeeded by
Shira Springer
Advanced Boolean Expression Language

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ABEL includes both concurrent equation and truth table logic formats as well as a sequential state machine description format. A preprocessor with syntax loosely based on DEC's Macro-11 is also included.

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Dale Arnold

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Holley (surname)

Holley is an English surname.

It is either locational, ultimately derived an Old English hol lēah "[dwelling by] the clearing by the hollow", or descriptive, from hol-ēage "hollow-eyed". A masculine given name Hollie was derived from the surname, recorded in the United States for the late 19th and early 20th centuries.Notable people with the surname include:

Addison Holley, Canadian actress

Alexander H. Holley, American politician

Alexander Lyman Holley, mechanical engineer

Charles Hardin Holley, real name of singer Buddy Holly

George Holley (1885–1942), England international footballer

Horace Holley (1781-1827), Unitarian minister and president of Transylvania University

Horace Holley (1887-1960), prominent follower of the Bahá'í Faith

James W. Holley, III, American politician

Kerrie Holley, American software architect

Lonnie Holley, American artist

Martin Holley, American Roman Catholic bishop

Marietta Holley, American humorist

Michael Holley, American sports commentator

Myron Holley (1779–1841), American politician

Orville L. Holley (1791–1861), American politician

Robert W. Holley, American biochemist

Sam Holley, American baseball umpire

I, Max

I, Max was a sports commentary show featuring host Max Kellerman and Michael Holley that aired nightly on Fox Sports Net. The concept of the show involved Kellerman and his ego (explaining the name of the show) against the world, represented by Holley, broadcasting via satellite from Boston, with producer Bill Wolff, the former "Disembodied Voice" from Around the Horn, appearing live from NYC as the "impartial" mediator.

On January 18, 2018 on his daily sports radio show in Boston on weei 93.7 the "Dale & Holly" show Michael Holly said Woody Paige was the first choice to join Kellerman but Paige declined the offer and the role was offered to Holly.

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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.

Patriot Reign

Patriot Reign is a best-selling book by Boston Globe/New York Times sports writer Michael Holley resulting from two years he was given unprecedented access to the inner sanctums of the world champion New England Patriots football operations, as they worked to turn a season of good luck into a legitimate contender of a team. The book was published in 2004 by the William Morrow subsidiary of Harper-Collins books.

Holley spent his days tracking the behind the scenes operations in the New England Patriots organization between their first and second Super Bowl wins, sitting in on meetings, and never being asked to exclude anything. Prohibited from nothing, Holley roamed the managerial meetings and team areas normally closed to the press, and conducted in depth interviews with scouts, coaches, and other Patriots insiders, up to and including owner Robert Kraft, and his son, President of the Patriots, Jonathan Kraft.

Holley followed the team, day-to-day, from within the organization for nearly two full seasons as coach and de facto general manager Bill Belichick resumed the building of a model NFL franchise. The team's progression was interrupted by the Patriots' unexpected over victory over the St Louis Rams — nicknamed "The Greatest Show on Turf" — in Super Bowl XXXVI. Shortly after the surprise victory, Holley pitched his book concept to Belichick. The idea was rubber stamped by the Krafts, and Holley took a leave of absence from his work at the Globe to immerse himself in the New England Patriots.

In February 2009, the book was cited by syndicated radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh discussed the passages in the book dealing with Belichick's philosophy that he found to be instructive on his program.

Point Park University

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Programmable logic device

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Red Sox Rule

Red Sox Rule is a book written by Michael Holley that documents the 2007 Boston Red Sox season, a year in which they won the American League pennant and went on to win the World Series.

Smokin' Aces

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After an unsuccessful four-year stint as the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, Francona was hired to manage the Red Sox in 2004 and led the team to their first championship since 1918. He won another World Series with Boston in 2007 and continued to manage the team until the end of the 2011 season, where his contract was not renewed following a September collapse. In 2013, Francona was hired to manage the Cleveland Indians and led them to an American League pennant in 2016. In August and September 2017, he led the Indians to a 22-game win streak, the longest win streak in American League history and the longest without ties in MLB history.

The Big Show (sports radio show)

The Big Show is a former sports talk radio program hosted by Glenn Ordway on Boston's WEEI-FM 93.7 FM. Started in August 1995, the show was hosted by Ordway and former Boston Globe columnist Michael Holley. The show ended on March 19, 2013.


WEEI-FM (93.7 FM) is a sports-formatted radio station licensed to Lawrence, Massachusetts and serving the Greater Boston region owned by Entercom. Studios are located on Birmingham Parkway in Brighton, and its transmitter, owned by American Tower, is located off Lakeland Park Drive in Peabody. Its local programming is heard on the "WEEI Sports Radio Network" that broadcasts throughout the rest of New England outside of Boston.

WEEI-FM is the flagship station of the WEEI "Red Sox Radio Network". In addition, WEEI broadcasts games of the Boston College Eagles' football and men's basketball teams in season. When local programming is not on WEEI-FM, usually SB Nation Radio or NBC Sports Radio will air; the station also carries national game broadcasts from ESPN Radio and Westwood One Sports.

The station, branded as "SportsRadio 93.7" (though casually referred to only by its call letters or abbreviated to "'EEI"), was popular with fans of the Boston professional sports teams, especially the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox. WEEI-FM calls itself "the #1 rated sports radio talk station in America," in terms of the percentage of the area radio listening audience tuned-in. However, rival Boston Sports Station 98.5 The Sports Hub has had significantly higher ratings since the beginning of 2019. WEEI-FM is among three all-sports stations in the market, with sister station WEEI (850 AM) offering the full ESPN Radio lineup, and its most direct competition being Beasley Broadcast Group's WBZ-FM (98.5). Entercom sold WBZ-FM to Beasley in exchange for WMJX to avoid regulatory scrutiny and market concentration concerns from the Justice Department as part of their 2017 merger with CBS Corporation's radio division.The call letters WEEI-FM, formerly on a station in Westerly, Rhode Island, were granted on September 21, 2011 as part of a call letter shuffle. The 93.7 frequency, established in 1960, has carried WEEI programming since September 12, 2011, and has been the primary station for local WEEI programming since October 4, 2012; prior to then, this programming had been on 850 AM since 1994, and on 590 AM before then.


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