Broadcasters of Boston Sports

By Emily McCarthy

Globe staff | July 22, 2016

“Unicorns! Show ponies! Where’s the beef?”

“Hearts of lions!”

“Can you believe it?”

If you’ve ever tuned into a Red Sox, Patriots, or Bruins game on the radio or TV, you’ve heard the unique broadcasting styles of the four nominees for The Globies award for the Voice of Boston. Joe Castiglione, Dave O’Brien, Scott Zolak, and Jack Edwards are this year’s contenders for the award that will be decided by fan voting.

Castiglione has been a mainstay in the WEEI Red Sox radio booth for 34 years and was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2014. The 69-year-old Castiglione is best known for his famous call after the Sox’ 2004 World Series win — “Can you believe it?” — that he gladly repeated in 2007.

After nine seasons as Castiglione’s partner at WEEI, O’Brien moved next door to the NESN television booth for the 2016 season after the station controversially replaced longtime fan favorite Don Orsillo. A broadcaster for ESPN since 2002, O’Brien had no problem taking over Red Sox play-by-play duties on television.

Zolak teams up with Bob Socci on 98.5 The Sports Hub to call Patriots games, bringing plenty of color to the radio broadcasts. After Kenbrell Thompkins caught a game-winning touchdown pass from Tom Brady against the Saints in 2013, Zolak’s string of nonsensical exclamations went viral, as the former quarterback couldn’t contain his excitement. Zolak also hosts a midday show with Marc Bertrand on The Sports Hub.

Sometimes criticized for being a homer, Edwards’s passion during Bruins broadcasts on NESN is unmatched. He has called Bruins games since the 2005-06 season, never masking how he feels about calls against his beloved team and never afraid to rejoice after a Boston goal.

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