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Gary Waleik

Executive Producer, Only A Game , WBUR

At age 6, while watching Bill Russell win his 11th NBA championship with the Boston Celtics, Gary Waleik developed the belief that he’d not only produce a sports show for National Public Radio someday but that he’d do it for decades. What else could provide such a dazzling weekly display of soul-satisfying absurdity, intrigue and humor?

While not producing Only A Game, Gary likes to discuss music, fly fishing and how absurd it is that John Perotti thinks the Cincinnati Bengals will ever amount to a hill of beans.

Recent stories

Tommy Warren: A WWII Veteran Turned MLB Pitcher

May 21, 2016

Tommy Warren was set to join MLB as a Brooklyn Dodger in 1941. But Pearl Harbor interrupted Warren’s plans to pitch in the Majors. Instead, he joined the Navy. Tommy Warren’s son, David, tells his father’s story, In His Own Words.

Olympic Shooter Kim Rhode Takes On The Critics

April 30, 2016
The WSJ's Kevin Hellicker says shooting is the third largest contributor to the United States' Olympic gold medal count. Did you know that? (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

If U.S. Olympian Kimberly Rhode qualifies for the Summer Games in Rio, she could become the first American to win a medal at six different Olympic games. So why haven’t many people heard of her? Because her sport involves firearms.

A Bird In An Elevator

January 30, 2016
Only A Game's Gary Waleik never expected to be alone in an elevator with Larry Bird. But that's exactly what happened in 1994. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

If you found yourself riding in an elevator with a sports celebrity, would you strike up a conversation? Would it be fun, or just too awkward for words? Only A Game’s Gary Waleik recalls an elevator encounter he had over 20 years ago, in which he cleared up a mystery about a basketball legend.

‘Summer Of The Bass’ Celebrates Country That Remains Wild

December 21, 2015
W.D. Wetherell, author of "Summer of the Bass," says  bass are "America's greatest fish." (Courtesy of W.D. Wetherell)

“Summer of the Bass” by W.D. Wetherell “is a celebration of country that remains wild and healthy, and of the native species that thrives in it despite everything else,” writes Only A Game’s Gary Waleik.

Music On Only A Game

February 21, 2015
Only A Game Music

Only A Game’s Gary Waleik felt the need to put something…anything…in this week’s music blog.

Music On Only A Game

January 24, 2015
Only A Game Music

Only A Game’s Gary Waleik discusses overinflated soccer balls — and the music on this week’s show!

Music On Only A Game

September 20, 2014
Only A Game Music

Only A Game’s Gary Waleik lists this week’s music.

Music On Only A Game

September 13, 2014
Only A Game Music

Only A Game’s Gary Waleik catalogs the ditties that made this week’s cut.

Music On Only A Game

September 06, 2014
Only A Game Music

Only A Game’s Gary Waleik provides the musical playlist for this week’s show.

Music On Only A Game

August 30, 2014
Only A Game Music

Only A Game’s Gary Waleik lists the hits that fit.

Nona Hendryx Re-Wired At Berklee

March 26, 2013
Nona Hendryx rehearses in Boston (Joe Spurr/WBUR)

Berklee presents “Nona Hendryx Rewired.”

Celtics-Sixers Series Brings Back 1981 Memories

May 18, 2012
Boston Celtics Chris Ford (42) finds himself blocked as he tries to defend against Philadelphia 76ers Andrew Toney (22) as he drives to the basket during second half NBA playoff action, Sunday, May 16, 1982, Philadelphia, Pa. (AP)

Gary Waleik has enjoyed this year’s Boston/Philly bout, but the memory of a particularly exciting series played more than three decades ago has him wishing for one that’s even better.

The Time I Tried To Swipe A Piece Of The Green Monster

April 06, 2012
WBUR's Gary Waleik does not condone going after a Green Monster souvenir. ((Alex)/Flickr)

WBUR’s Gary Waleik recalls his own late-season meltdown.

A History Of Memorable Celtics Trades

March 13, 2012
Bill Russell (6) Boston Celtics, goes up against defense Charlie Share (70), St. Louis Hawks, at Boston Garden, Feb. 1951. Behind Russell is Hawks' Ed Macauley (50). Boston won 125-112 in second game of double header. (AP Photo)

Speculation about which current Celtics player may be going elsewhere has abounded leading up to the imminent March 15th NBA trade deadline. But there have been a few noteworthy trading block hits and misses over past decades.

When The Bruins Were First In Boston

June 15, 2011
Bruins Bobby Orr, left, and Phil Esposito in March 1971 (AP)

In this giddy, championship-driven era of the Patriots, Celtics and Red Sox, it may be hard for younger generations to imagine the time four decades ago when the Bruins monopolized the local sports imagination. But they once did.

Dashed Hopes: The Sorry State Of New England Sports In The 2000s

January 20, 2011
The Celtics, in the 2010 NBA Finals, had a great chance to deliver New England another title. (AP)

Over the last decade Boston area professional and Division 1 college teams won 16 titles. But the mind reels when you consider that New England teams had chances at an additional six championships.

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