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Gary Waleik

Senior Producer, 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.

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Music On Only A Game

July 26, 2014
Only A Game Music

                The Simpson’s Theme by Adam Mormolstein (from Band Camp)   The Snail is Fast by Nomadik and V12 (from Turbo: The Motion Picture Soundtrack, Relativity, 2013)    Roller Boogie by Bisquit (from Roller Boogie Soundtrack, Casablanca, 1979)   Scottish National Anthem (Scotland the Brave) by The Scottish […]

Music On Only A Game

July 19, 2014
Only A Game Music

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

Music On Only A Game

July 12, 2014
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Only A Game’s Gary Waleik lists the best of the Best Of hits.

Music On Only A Game

July 05, 2014
Only A Game Music

Only A Game’s Gary Waleik runs down this week’s music.

Music On Only A Game

June 28, 2014
Only A Game Music

Only A Game’s Gary Waleik runs down this week’s songs.

2002 U.S. Team Recalls Victory Against Portugal

June 21, 2014
Members of the U.S. 2002 World Cup team celebrate their second goal against Portugal. The U.S. would go on to upset their heavily-favored opponents 3-2. (Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

The U.S. national team beat Ghana this week, but this isn’t the first time the Yanks have surprised the soccer world. Gary Waleik has the story of the 2002 squad’s shocking win against Portugal.

Music On Only A Game

June 21, 2014
Only A Game Music

Only A Game’s Gary Waleik lists this week’s sports songs.

Music On Only A Game

June 14, 2014
Only A Game Music

Only A Game’s Gary Waleik lists this weekend’s sporty song selections

Music On Only A Game

June 07, 2014
Only A Game Music

Only A Game’s Gary Waleik goes over this week’s tuneage list.

Music On Only A Game

May 31, 2014
Only A Game Music

Only A Game’s Gary Waleik keeps the music coming, but refuses to say anything about it.

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)

BOSTON — 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)

BOSTON — 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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