Sports Radio Host Has High-Tech Home
Glenn Ordway, host of Boston’s “The Big Show,” boasts a big home theater filled with Sony ES components.
Radio host Glenn Ordway in his home theater
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May 20, 2010 by Tom LeBlanc

He says he generally watches one live game every night — the Red Sox, the Celtics or the Bruins — while taking notes. He DVRs seven, eight or nine other games to watch later that night or the next morning before his highly rated 2-6 p.m. radio show. Those other games include non-Boston teams that hold local interest, such as the New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Lakers. “I’ll do those other games in 20 minutes.”

Before he watches the other games, he reads about them to find things to look for (big innings, dramatic plays, brawls, etc.) and zeroes in on those events while fast-forwarding.

Of course, some radio callers might want to talk about the TV coverage itself and he can miss a lot of those details while fast-forwarding. “I’ll ask my producers: ‘Did [Bruins TV announcer] Jack Edwards say anything outrageous or did anything happen?’ I’ll ask around. Once I hear that something happened, I’ll go find it. Also, between Facebook and Twitter, you always get people mentioning something that you know is going to be a topic on the next show. So, if I see something like that, I go back to the [recording].”

On the day we met with Glenn, he was preparing for a particularly busy Boston sports night. Both the Bruins and the Celtics had playoff games and the Red Sox played the Yankees that night. And Glenn had to MC an event all evening.

“I’ll record all three of those, plus I’ve got to record some other games. I’ll probably watch at least one, if not two, when I get home tonight and the other tomorrow,” he says. “These are three big events so it will drive me crazy. I’ll have my iPhone and I’ll be looking at the scores all night.”

Glenn obviously enjoys watching sports, but it’s a bit much. “You’re working around the clock in this job,” he says. He’s not complaining, though, because “it’s so much easier than what we had to do years ago. You couldn’t even get an out-of-town newspaper. If the Sox were talking to Cleveland about a trade you’d have to have a friend in Cleveland to get Cleveland’s perspective.”

Electronics Fanatic
Another reason Glenn won’t complain about being tied to his TVs, constantly watching sports: He loves electronics. “Glenn is as much of a technology enthusiast as he is a sports enthusiast,” Shapiro says.

He recalls listening to Glenn evangelize the benefits of high-definition TV as far back as the late ’90s — and being ridiculed by his less-affluent co-hosts. He says Glenn is a true early-adopter. “Glenn and I are always looking for a technology upgrade.”

In fact, Shapiro, whose company is an Apple dealer, brought to the interview an iPad equipped with Control4’s home automation application to show Glenn. The early-adopter played around with it, asked some questions and told his installer that he’s interested in using the iPad as a mobile Control4 controller.

“As a kid, I was always into it [technology],” Glenn says. “Put it this way, I could never afford it, but I would always struggle to find a way to get it.”

Now that he can afford it, he embraces it. In fact, he more or less tried to set up the home theater himself. “I did it from a crude setup before Jimmy came in and saved it,” Glenn says. “I started doing it on my own. I knew enough about the stuff. I knew about Stewart [Filmscreen], so I got that. I knew about Bass chairs. I knew about [the need for elevated seating in home theaters].”

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Design & Installation
Audio Video Intelligence
North Easton, Mass.

Home Theater Equipment (Partial List)
110-inch Stewart Filmscreen
Sony VPL-VW85 1080p projector
Control4 HC-300 Controller
Control4 7-inch WiFi tablet
Control4 SR-250 remote
7.1 Klipsch speaker system
Bass home theater seating
AudioQuest HDMI cables
Sony STR-DA 6400 ES Series Home Theater Network AV Receiver
Sony BDP-S5000ES Blu-ray Player
Sony Playstation3
Monster Cable power protection

Additional Equipment (Partial List)
KEF surround sound speakers (upstairs family room)
Niles in-ceiling speakers (pool/bar area)
Niles rock speakers (outdoors)

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