The NESN Boston Bruins play-by-play duo of Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley weren’t on the road with the Bruins for their first two road trips of the season and likely won’t be all season.
After calling games from the bubble in 2020 and then road games in 2021 from the NESN studios, Edwards and Brickley are still stuck in the tight confines of the NESN studios in Watertown, MA and he’s not happy.
“I hear it in many announcers’ voices when they’re calling games from the studio. I’m not alone in this,” Edwards told Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic recently. “It’s frustrating. But as the saying goes, that decision is made way above my pay grade.”
Like so many networks, NESN felt the wrath of the pandemic and took a huge financial hit. Thankfully though, like other local networks, no one was laid off as a result of the huge financial losses.
“We had done eight hockey games in the previous 10 months. You can imagine what that did to the bottom line,” Edwards said. “To their credit, NESN laid nobody off during the pandemic. That is remarkable humanity, especially in the broadcast world, where an entire competitor shut down. NBC Sports Boston vanished. Nobody lost his or her job at NESN. I trust them. I respectfully voiced my opinion, sometimes too loudly for their ears.”
Edwards, who hails from Durham, New Hampshire and got his broadcasting career started as a student at the University of New Hampshire and then at WGIR (radio) and WMUR-TV in Manchester, had a long journey to the Boston Bruins TV play-by-play booth at NESN. He worked in TV nationally for ESPN and locally at WCVB and WHDH in Boston, WJAR in Providence had a radio stop at WRKO in Boston.
Edwards began his Boston Bruins play-by-play work in the 2005-06 season when he did the road games and the now-retired Dale Arnold did the home games. In 2007-08, Edwards and Andy Brickley (color) took over the NESN Boston Bruins booth and remain one of the most popular broadcasting duos in New England sports. Edwards is well-known for his unabashed, over-the-top enthusiasm and homer style.