Thursday, April 14, 2016
The Boston Red Sox, Bank of America, and The Great Fenway Park Writers Series Proudly Present:
Dave O`Brien of NESN
Speaking on: “The Sox in Sixteen”
6:30 PM Dinner
State Street Pavilion
Fenway Park (enter at 20 Yawkey Way)
$50 per person
Information: George Mitrovich, 619-249-6379
Dave O`Brien – Biographical Brief
Born in Quincy, Massachusetts, O`Brien grew up in New Hampshire before studying broadcasting at Syracuse University. From 1987 to 1992 he worked as a sportscaster in Atlanta, Georgia, calling play-by-play for Major League Baseball`s Atlanta Braves in 1990-91 as well as college football and basketball games for Georgia and Miami, garnering the Georgia Associated Press` "Best Sports Play-by-Play" accolade in 1988 and 1991. O`Brien then broadcast for the Florida Marlins from the team`s inaugural year in 1993 through 2001, including their first World Series win in 1997. He has also occasionally called Atlanta Falcons games.
O`Brien provided commentary for MLB`s international coverage of the World Series from 2004 until 2009. O`Brien was television voice of the New York Mets on WPIX-TV from 2003 through 2005. He won the Achievements in Radio (AIR) award for Best Play-by-Play for his call of Mark McGwire`s 59th home run in 1998.
Prior to the 2005 season, O`Brien was denied permission by ESPN to join the Chicago Cubs` broadcast team.
In 2007, O`Brien joined the Boston Red Sox Radio Network, calling games alongside play-by-play announcer Joe Castiglione.
On August of last year it was announced that O`Brien would be the primary play-by-play announcer for Red Sox telecasts on NESN beginning in 2016.
O`Brien has called play-by-play for ESPN since 2002, handling MLB, the NBA, college basketball, and soccer (including Major League Soccer`s MLS Primetime Thursday and United States men`s national soccer team telecasts).
O`Brien joined Marcelo Balboa on the primary broadcast team for the 2006 FIFA World Cup coverage on ESPN and ABC Sports, despite having no experience calling soccer matches prior to that year. Because The Walt Disney Company, owner of both television outlets, retained control over on-air talent, the appointment of O`Brien as the main play-by-play voice was made over the objections of Soccer United Marketing, who wanted JP Dellacamera to continue in that role. Disney stated that their broadcast strategy was intended, in voice and style, to target the vast majority of Americans who do not follow the sport on a regular basis. Mispronunciation and incorrect addressing of names, misuse of soccer terminology, and lack of insight into tactics and history plagued the telecasts, resulting in heavy criticism from English-speaking soccer fans, many of whom ended up watching the games on Univision instead.
In 2007, O`Brien called play-by-play for an ESPN broadcast of a game between the San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres, in which Barry Bonds tied the major league all-time home run record with his 755th home run. He also called the August 7, 2007, game between the Giants and the Washington Nationals in which Bonds hit his 756th home run, breaking the record that was held by Hank Aaron for more than 33 years.
O`Brien called a triple-overtime college basketball game between Oklahoma State and Texas on January 16, 2007. He called the game on ESPN2 alongside Rick Majerus. Oklahoma State prevailed and won that game 105-103.
O`Brien also called David Ortiz`s grand slam off of Joaquin Benoit in game 2 of the 2013 American League Championship Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers.
Dave O`Brien has been
married to his high school sweetheart, Debbie Nason O`Brien, for over 25 years. The couple has a son, Michael, and two daughters, Samantha and Katie.