The Web site Boston.com is reporting that former KMPH (Channel 26.1) weekend sports anchor Heidi Watney will leave the New England Sports Network where she’s worked since 2008 as an in-game reporter for Boston Red Sox broadcasts.
Watney is leaving to take a job as a sideline reporter for Time Warner broadcast of Los Angeles Lakers games.
The Web site also reports Watney was contacted via text while on vacation in Australia, and responded with “Nothing is final and not dealing with it until I return at end of the month.”
Kudos to her if she is moving to Los Angeles. It would not only be a great job but would put Watney in a great location if she has higher reporting aspirations.
But, the timing seems just a little weird. I can’t imagine there will be a lot of work since no NBA games are being played. One source does say her deal is for the 2012-2013 season. Maybe the lockout will be done by then.
Recently Heidi was asked to try out some stadium food, including a sandwich made of fried chicken and waffles. You may have heard of this unique food duo — we call it “chicken and waffles” in these parts.
Here’s how Heidi handled the food challenge:
Now, I know Heidi has been gone from Fresno for awhile, and in her absence the chicken and waffles industry has established a pretty firm hold here. Maybe that’s not the case in Boston.
But c’mon — even IHOPis serving the combo. Step outside the locker room once in awhile, lady.
Look, I couldn’t pick Heidi Watney out of a lineup, and I certainly couldn’t tell you which of the blondes she is in the picture at right, but she seems to generate some interest here on the Beehive, so I’m passing along some Watney gossip from The Boston Herald‘s Inside Track:
“…NESN vixen Heidi Watney is being squired about town by Paul Williams, the Fenway groundskeeper whose big claim to fame was being pummeled by a pair of Yankees in the visitors dugout during the American League Championship Series in 2003. Criminal charges against Williams were dropped a year later. Such a catch.”
If the number of telephone calls and emails I continue to get is any measure of the continued interest in Heidi Watney, the former KMPH, Channel 26 sports reporter, then she is gone but not forgotten. So here’s an update:
As part of Watney’s new job as a sideline reporter at Boston Red Sox games for the New England Sports Network, she was interviewed for a story that can be seen at BostonHerald.com. The contents of that story drew attention from many sports bloggers in the Boston area.
Thatâ€™s because Watney had some interesting things to say.
One part of the story focuses on The Fresno Bee’s reporting in December of how Watney was suspended by KMPH management after cursing at a school administrator.
Here’s what I wrote at that time:
KMPH, Channel 26, sports reporter Heidi Watney has been suspended this month because of an incident with a Hoover High School vice principal that occurred in November. Watney cursed at the school administrator.