May 20, 2010
| by Tom LeBlanc
Glenn Ordway earns his living by talking about what he watches on TV. The “Big O,” as he’s often called, talks Boston sports on “The Big Show,” which has been on WEEI-AM 850 radio since 1995.
It turns out that the “Big O” has been watching the games on some big TVs.
The biggest — his 110-inch Stewart Filmscreen with Sony VPL-VW85 1080p projector — is in a 600-square-foot home theater adjacent to a pool room and bar area. Add into the mix some Boston sports memorabilia, some of which he acquired while calling Celtics games alongside legendary radio broadcaster Johnny Most, and Ordway has converted his basement into a 2,200-square-foot Boston sports fan utopia.
He controls that utopia with Control4 automation. Glenn can sit back in one of his Bass home theater seats holding a 7-inch Control4 tablet controller and dim the lights, fire up the 7.1 Klipsch speaker system and cue up his projector with MotionFlow, which Sony says reduces blurring on fast-moving content — like sports.
Given Glenn’s job, his home theater is sort of like his home office — although he has one of those too, also decked out with audio and video. “Between the office upstairs and here, I work a lot in both places,” he says. “No question that it makes it easier to write a check [to his A/V installer] because it does a lot for my business.”
In total, installer Jim Shapiro of North Easton, Mass.-based Audio Video Intelligence says the 6,000-square-foot house has 14 TVs. That means Glenn, who lives with his wife and his two youngest children (7 and 2 years old) in Hanover, Mass., about 20 miles south of Boston, can move around the house while monitoring games.
He tries to watch as many games as possible and has developed an ambitious approach for doing so.
(If you’re only interested in Glenn’s electronics, skip to the next section or to the slideshow.)
Sports Viewing Meets Productivity
Although he can guess given the ebb and flow of the Boston sports scene, Glenn never knows for sure what his sports talk radio callers will want to discuss. So he tries to watch as many games as possible.
“DVRs, that’s the greatest invention of mankind,” he says. “I have five of them. They’re all double-loaded so I can record two games on each one of them and I do them in different rooms so I can walk around.”