Cole Wright, sports director of WVLA, the NBC affiliate in Baton Rouge, La., and a former minor-league pitcher, will take over for the departed Hazel next month.
Wright will anchor “SportsDesk” and host the station’s sports news programming.
“Cole will be a great addition to our sports news team,” said NESN programming cheese Joel Feld.
Wright, who played minor league baseball in the Frontier League for the Rockford RiverHawks, previously worked as an assistant sports director and weekend sports anchor for KETK in Tyler, Texas, and KLST in San Angelo, Texas.
He replaces Mae, who will start work as the face of the new MLB Network when it debuts in January.
So NESN has been on a roll with hiring hot chicks. The Heidi Watney signing might been the best addition to any TV, news, or sporting event all year. But they seriously dropped the ball on this one. I was never a big Hazel Mae fan, but from going to this.
To this, is a major drop off.The only thing I can think of is that with the economy so bad NESN needs to sell advertising space on his forehead.