Show Notes

Air Date: 4/6/2021

Broadcasting, baseball and brand building, with Tom Caron

Tom Caron, a Lewiston, Maine native, went from wanting to be a sportswriter to the pre-and post-game host for the Boston Red Sox baseball team on NESN. Listen to his career journey in this episode. Find out how Tom’s favorite sport has changed over the years, why football is now America’s favorite pastime and why he thinks baseball will make a comeback after the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how Tom has built his personal brand and make sure to follow him on Instagram.

2:44 – Tom talks about how he wanted to be a sportswriter but fell in love with television.

4:36 – Nancy and Tom reminisce about how they met.

11:45 – Tom describes his role in Red Sox Nation.

17:20 – Tom explains how his favorite sport has changed over the years.

20:19 – Tom talks about how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted him and his family.

23:01 – Tom expresses his concern that football is now America’s favorite pastime instead of baseball.

25:54 – Nancy and Tom talk about personal branding.

32:45 – Tom describes what he loves about Maine.

38:14 – Tom talks about how the Red Sox have been doing during the pandemic.

40:26 – Nancy explains her connection to the Citgo sign.

42:04 – Tom looks forward to broadcasting on Jersey Street.

43:41 – Tom describes some book genres he likes to read.

 

Quote

“I look at myself as kind of the guy who brings everybody around the campfire. I don’t need to lead the conversation, but I make sure we’re having the conversation. I use that expression a lot because I’m from Maine and I sat around a lot of campfires as a kid but also there’s something communal about that.”- Tom Caron, host and reporter for NESN

 

Links:

NESN

Maine Sports Hall of Fame

Red Sox Foundation

One Goal by Amy Bass

Town of Bridgeton

Shawnee Peak

Grow Your Audience, Grow Your Brand

MLB Film Room

The Boston Globe

The New York Times

The Wall Street Journal

The Athletic

Boston Sports Journal

TC and Jerry Podcast

Faithful by Stewart O’Nan and Stephen King

 

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About the guest:

Entering his 20th season as a member of NESN’s Red Sox broadcasts and his 18th season as host of the pre-and post-game shows, Tom Caron, a Lewiston, Maine, native joined NESN in 1995 and has served as a Red Sox field reporter, studio host for Boston Bruins hockey, and play-by-play announcer for the Beanpot and Hockey East. Prior to NESN, Caron was the play-by-play voice of the Portland Pirates of the AHL and was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame in 2014. An eight-time New England Emmy Award winner, Caron has been awarded New England’s Favorite Local TV Sports Personality seven times by Channel Media Sports Research’s New England Sports Survey. Caron is involved in many local and regional charities, including Mass Mentoring; Good Sports, Inc.; the Run to Home Base Program; and the Red Sox Foundation.

 

Looking to connect:          

Twitter: @tomcaron

Instagram: @reallytc