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The Sounds of Fenway

By Ibby Caputo   |   Thursday, July 12, 2012
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July 13, 2012

BOSTON — The crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd, the love it/hate it chorus of "Sweet Caroline": the experience of a Sox home game is as much aural as visual. And some of us will always now associate the Dropkick Murphys with an Irish-dancing, World Series–winning closing pitcher. We go behind the Green Monster to meet the people who make the musical magic happen: DJ TJ Connelly and organist Josh Kantor.

Pedro Martinez: The Man, the Myth, the Interview

Friday, June 29, 2012
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Video: The ZOOMers Sing at Fenway

By Cristina Quinn & Elizabeth Deane   |   Thursday, June 21, 2012
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June 22, 2012

BOSTON — Today is Kid Nation Day at Fenway, a day where the little Red Sox fans get to hang out at the park and meet the players. Back in 1999, the cast of the WGBH kids program ZOOM got the chance of a lifetime — to perform the national anthem at Fenway. We were curious: where are they now?

The stands were filled with parents and pint-sized Red Sox fans eating Cracker Jacks and wearing baseball caps they’d eventually grow into. The field was filled with baseball greats like Pedro, Nomar and Wally the Green Monster, signing autographs and taking photos. The WGBH Archives has video footage from that day, shot by ZOOM producer Jim Johnston on his home video camera. Alisa, David, Jared, Lynese, Pablo and Zoe are wearing oversized matching jackets with the word ZOOM embroidered on them — and they're barely able to contain their excitement.

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From The WGBH Vault: Jean Shepherd at Fenway Park

By Elizabeth Deane   |   Thursday, May 17, 2012
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May 18, 2012


From the WGBH Archives: Jean Shepherd visits Boston in 1969 and shares his grudging admiration for Fenway Park. View the video on OpenVault.

Hear the WGBH Radio Fenway Fridays series on Morning Edition

BOSTON — In the 1960s, New York radio icon and Midwest native Jean Shepherd — the man whose stories inspired the cinematic classic A Christmas Story — made a series of short films around Boston with producer Fred Barzyk.
Barzyk was 22 and working at WGBH, then a little station housed in a former roller skating rink in Cambridge. One Saturday afternoon, idly scanning the radio dial, he came upon Shepherd and fell under his storytelling spell. “He was like this jazz musician using words, taking riffs off his main idea but always returning back again,” Barzyk recalls. “I knew I had to work with him.”

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Remembering Carl Beane

By Annie Shreffler   |   Wednesday, May 9, 2012
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May 11, 2012

Carl Beane
Photo from the Carl Beane website

BOSTON — Carl Beane, the public announcer for the Boston Red Sox since 2003, died this past Wednesday, experiencing a heart attack that caused him to swerve his car and collide with a tree, then a wall, while driving on Holland Road in Sturbridge, Mass.

When WGBH began our series called "Fenway Fridays", to recognize the significance of baseball history in Boston and the importance of our 100-year old park, the last thing we could imagine was the death of our friend. We all know Carl as that voice of the man behind the microphone of every Red Sox home game since 2003. Carl's voice also rang out in other venues, from the movie "Fever Pitch," to an exhibit at the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.


Carl Beane with WGBH News reporter Ibby Caputo, showing off his World Series rings during an interview in 2010.
When we heard of Carl's accident, everyone at WGBH Radio took a collective pause and shared stories about his enthusiasm, his baseball superstitions and how he stayed young by surrounding himself with the love of sports along the road to Fenway Park.

Listen to this WGBH broadcast of audio moments with Carl. Hear him recall what it was like to begin his first opening game with an unpopular parking announcement, hear about his childhood hope for a World Series ring and finally, listen to Fenway's moment of silence held for Carl this week.

Beane, 59, was a frequent contributor to WGBH Radio's sports coverage, and a friend to WGBH audio engineer Mike Wilkins, who talked with Morning Edition host Bob Seay about Beane's love for sports:

In a 2011 conversation with Emily Rooney, Beane said he began covering the Red Sox as a sports reporter in 1977 and got the unexpected opportunity to call Fenway games after a one-time audition during spring training.

"I'm sitting in the booth about a half an hour before the game, down in Florida, the place is full and I'm thinking to myself, 'What have I just talked myself into?', because my PA experience is zero," Beane said.

"It's kind of spooky talking to you," Rooney said during their interview. "That voice is just so familiar, and here you are talking like a regular person. We don't think of you as a regular person. You are that voice from the booth, like the voice of God."

Carl's family asks that contributions in his memory be donated to the Holland Congregational Church Building Fund in Holland, Mass., or to the  American Diabetes Association.

The Poet of Fenway

By WGBH News   |   Friday, April 20, 2012
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April 20, 2012

BOSTON —  Fenway's one-of-a-kind charm has inspired no end of literary giants, including such as Stephen King, poet Donald Hall and perhaps most famously John "lyric little bandbox" Updike. Today, Dick Flavin is carrying on the tradition as the official poet laureate of Fenway Park. Sure the pay is low — but that keeps competition for the spot down, he joked. This is his special verse for the Fenway centennial, as heard on The Callie Crossley Show. Listen to the rest of the conversation above.

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About the Authors
Elizabeth Deane
Elizabeth Deane is a longtime producer and writer for WGBH Boston.
Annie Shreffler Annie Shreffler
Annie Shreffler is a digital features producer, writer and photographer for She obtained an M.A. in Journalism from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and kicked off her second career as a digital projects producer for The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC New York Public Radio.
The WGBH News team comprises the WGBH radio newsroom, The Callie Crossley Show, The Emily Rooney Show and WGBH Channel 2 reporters and producers from Greater Boston and Basic Black. 


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