ESPN New Hampshire to Add Bruins Pregame, Celtics Pregame to Programming Schedule

ESPN New Hampshire is adding a Bruins Pregame Show and a Celtics Pregame Show to their programming lineup for this upcoming season. The ‘ESPN NH Bruins Pregame Show’ will be hosted by Mike Grinnell. Not to get confused with ‘The Pregame’ hosted by Brad Johnson and Mike Grinnell on Tuesday night’s at Tony C’s in Burlington, Ma. The ‘ESPNNH Celtics Pregame Show will be hosted by Patrick Gilroy and Jeffrey Hickman.

Bruins

Mike Grinnell is a Burlington, Massachusetts native who has a deep passion and knowledge for sports. Grinnell likes to say he was “raised by Dirty Water” when it comes to the Sports Media industry, referring to NESN’s Dirty Water TV. Grinnell got his foot in the door as an intern for Dirty Water News/ Dirty Water TV in the summer of 2011, where he began as a restaurant critique. As the years went by, Grinnell worked his way up from Restaurant Blogger to Sports Reporter, Bruins Reporter, and finally Sports Editor for all of www.DirtyWaterNews.com. Grinnell joined ESPN New Hampshire as a weekend host at the end of the summer of 2014. Since then, he has worked his way up to Boston Bruins Beat Reporter and Digital Content Editor for ESPNNHRadio.com.  Grinnell also hosts the ‘The Pregame’ with Brad Johnson on Tuesday’s from 6-8pm at Tony C’s in Burlington, Ma and ‘Dirty Water Sports’ on Sundays from 11-1pm (Patriots Pregame).

“I couldn’t be more excited and thankful for this opportunity, I have covered the Bruins for a number of years, so this is going to be a fun experience, doing a pregame show every game along with interacting with the Bruins fans of New Hampshire.” Grinnell told ESPNNH.com “I have a really good producer in Mike Settapani, I worked with Mike at Dirty Water News and I have watched him grow his producing career at Entercom Radio, waiting to get my oppritunity to work with him again, a Bruins Pregame Show seems to be the perfect fit.”

Celtics

Jeff Hickman began his radio career in 1995 at a small AM station in Newburyport Massachusetts.  Over the last 20 years Jeff has been a sports talk personality for a number of different stations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire as well as a Celtics correspondent for NBA TV.   Additionally, he was a former contributor to Celticsblog.com.  Jeff is the proud father of two boys and happily lives with his wife and kids in Derry NH.  Jeff works full time as a Sales Manager but has never lost his passion for the Celtics along the way.

Patrick Gilroy has been in the radio industry since 1995.  Way back 20 years ago as a high school sophomore he sent a letter to the Celtics, he included pictures of myself at Celtics events including a coaching stint at the Rick Fox/Ed Pinckney basketball camps.  Gilroy explained to the Celtics brass that he would do anything just to be involved with the team.  That letter lead to an internship as a high school sophomore in the Celtics Marketing department.  Gilroy handed out programs at the turnstiles and assisted with in game promotions. From 1996-1999 Gilroy worked with the Matty in the Morning show in Boston, first as an intern then eventually as a reporter/producer.  That experience put him on the field for the 1999 All Star game at Fenway and the legendary home run derby the evening before the game.  Also, that experience allowed him to participate in Bill Russell night at the then Fleet Center.

In 1998-2001 Gilroy was an overnight DJ for the top 40 station in Laconia NH.  He was also a college student at the time, He would attend class by day, then commute nearly 3 hours each way to and from Laconia.

He is 2000 graduate of the Massachusetts College of Communications (now the Art institute of Boston) with an associates in Radio communications and a 2002 graduate of Lesley University (elementary education)

“I began working with Jeff during the Celtics 2001 season at 1510 the Zone.  Jeff and I began with a weekend program called “Celtic Pride”

By the next season we replaced the legendary Jimmy Meyers on the Celtics post-game.  Suddenly Jeff and I found ourselves hosting pre and post-game on the Celtics flagship station at 22 years old.

We stayed with 1510 until ESPN Boston came calling.  From 2007 – 2009 we again hosted Celtics post-game, this time for the 4 letter network.  Hosting the Celtics Post Game show the night the Celtics won the 2008 championship is an evening I will never forget.

From 2011-2013 I stepped away from Jeff and sports broadcasting.  Instead I co-hosted with Joe Ligotti (The Guy From Boston) on Boston’s 96.9 WTKK FM TALK.  This was a political / world events weekend gig, the exposure being on a top Boston FM station was incredible.  Unfortunately in 2014 WTKK switched formats to hip hop and again I was out.

This year Jeff and I are back where we belong.  Together, on ESPN radio hosting Celtics pre-game and I couldn’t be happier.”

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