The Sports activities Hub formally introduced its new “Toucher and Hardy” morning present Tuesday morning, following Monday’s report that Rob “Hardy” Poole will transfer from the station’s noon present to hitch Fred Toucher in morning drive.
The brand new present begins Jan. 4, with Jon Wallach remaining because the third voice. Poole replaces Wealthy Shertenlieb, who left the station in late November after working with Toucher within the Boston marketplace for 17 years — first at WBCN, after which on the Sports activities Hub upon its launch in August 2009.
Toucher and Wallach have been joined by Poole within the 9 a.m. hour.
“In all honesty, I’m humbled, I’m very, very grateful, and thanks to all people at 98.5 The Sports activities Hub . . . who believed it will work, and consider it’ll work, and I believe will probably be nice,” stated Poole, who has been with the station since its begin and has labored greater than 25 years in Boston radio.
“Properly, I do know it’s going to work,” stated Toucher. “It was a fantastic 17-year run earlier than, however we’re beginning one thing new, new concepts coming in, new angle, and will probably be implausible. It’s actually been thrilling for me, I’ve loved having totally different folks are available in, however everyone knows that we would have liked somebody to be in and be a everlasting a part of the present. That is what I needed, and I’m very joyful that administration received it finished.”
Following Shertenlieb’s departure, the Sports activities Hub used a number of fill-ins from inside and outdoors the constructing alongside Toucher on the morning present, together with Kendra Middleton, Ryan Johnston, and Ch. 4′s Dan Roche.
Toucher was fast to reward the fill-ins, significantly Middleton.
“I believe that Kendra goes to be an enormous star, and I believe it’s going to occur quickly,” he stated. “So somebody had higher scoop her up.”
However he acknowledged that Poole, a longtime pal with a equally caustic humorousness, was his first alternative from the start of the method.
“As quickly as I came upon that there is likely to be an issue with Wealthy, after I came upon issues weren’t going nice in that course . . . to be sincere with you I had one identify in thoughts,” stated Toucher.
“I stated to my agent, ‘Why don’t you inform administration, if one thing occurs [with Shertenlieb], I would really like this gentleman to be the individual.’
“Now, why? I’ve recognized him for nearly so long as I’ve recognized Wealthy. I think about him a superb pal. He’s somebody that I discuss to who makes me snicker in my private life. He’s extraordinarily gifted with manufacturing. And he’s been, fairly frankly, underutilized right here on the station.”
Poole had been the third voice on the noon “Zolak and Bertrand” present, whereas additionally internet hosting on rock-station 92.9 and SiriusXM’s Lithium channel. It’s to be decided whether or not he’ll proceed in these roles.
Despite the fact that each Middleton and Johnston acquitted themselves effectively, Toucher stated there was by no means any consideration to shaking up the present additional.
“I don’t know if that is bittersweet for lots of you as a result of so lots of you complain about him continually, however Jon Wallach continues to be right here,” he stated. “His job was by no means in jeopardy.”
With Poole’s transfer, the Sports activities Hub has a gap for the third voice on “Zolak and Bertrand.” There aren’t any indications about who that is likely to be.