Tyler Salk- Editor in Chief
From a gubernatorial blow out, to a Red Sox World Series win, to racist local business owners, the team at 990WBOB.com has kept you informed on community issues, news, sports, and everything in between. As we celebrated our eleventh year, and have hosted various charity events, the content of our site has reached thousands of people. Thousands of readers. While all of our articles were informative, not all were as popular as the most liked articles.
Here are 990WBOB.com’s top nine articles of 2018, based on the amount of Facebook likes:
.Prior to their Providence show in February, Johnny Töxik of 'The Gutter Demons' joined 990WBOB contributor Tony Jones to discuss why Rhode Islanders should go check them out. While you might have missed their show, find out why a ride down to New Haven in 2019 for one of their tour dates will be more than worth your time.
Read the interview here
For the tenth time in ten years, the New England Patriots have won the AFC East. But something looks a little different this year. With five losses, Patriots fans have been baffled. Why haven't they been the same? And who deserves the blame for the defensive struggles? Earlier in the season, WBOB sports writer Christian Martinelli speculated that Dont'a Hightower deserved the blame.
Read why here.
Looking for a place to take that special someone? If you're a Rhode Islander, you're living in the right place, because two of America's most romantic restaurants are located in the Ocean State. Over twelve million reviews on OpenTable led to their rankings, so not just any restaurant can crack the top 100 list.
Read the story here.
What't better than games? Free games. Rhode Island's first arcade bar decided to show their appreciation for customers by allowing everyone to play any game without any charge. The pizza is really good too.
Read more here.
5. Providence Restauranteur Lobs Racially Charged Comments at Neighboring Restaurant by Kevin Aherne
There wass beef in Federal Hill’s restaurant scene, only not in the kitchen. When the customer of one Providence establishment left a positive review, the owner of another restaurant provided comments that are so offensive, you’ll have to see to believe.
Read what happened here.
4. The Five Most Heartbreaking Losses in Patriots History by Christian Martinelli
It has been one tough year for Patriots fans. From a Super Bowl loss, to signs pointing towards the end of an era, New Englanders have found themselves heartbroken. Following the loss to Miami, Christian Martinelli ranked the most heartbreaking losses the Pats have ever suffered.
Read the history here.
3. Oh My Gosh McDaniels by Christian Martinelli
Who's the name to blame? Patriots fans want answers after watching their favorite team lose more games than ever thought imaginable during the Brady era. Is the aging QB the one to blame? Is it a lack of good receivers that has led to a slower offense this year? Martinelli believes the biggest blame falls on the brains behind the offense, OC Josh McDaniels.
Read the reasoning here.
2. Pawtucket's Bucket Brewery to Close, Facility for Sale by Kevin Aherne
There are a lot of things that members of the WBOB staff have in common with the average Joe, and one of them is drinking. One local brewery announced that they shut their doors, and a lot of Rhode Islanders were sad to see it go.
Read the announcement here.
Honorable Mention: Celebrating David Clyde: A Wild Passionate Friend To All by Pal
Ratings, number of likes, clicks. There are a lot of ways to measure the success of an article. But measuring the meaning of a man? Numbers can't do that. WBOB personality David Clyde passed away, and this was a loss to everyone in the station. While this tribute did not get enough likes to qualify for our top nine, it would be a crime to not mention our most meaningful article of the year.
Read the tribute here.
1. Rob GronkOUCHski by Christian Martinelli
He almost retired. Then he was almost traded. He's almost near the end. Patriots fans have been looking for reasons behind the teams struggles, and the tight end's decreased production has been a devastating answer to their questions. Is Rob Gronkowski done?
Read about his struggles here.
2018 was a successful year with many great articles that didn't make our list. Be sure to join us in 2019 for news and opinions about all things local news, sports, politics and more.
Thank you to everyone who wrote for 990WBOB in 2018: Ryan Fox, Christian Martinelli, Kevin Aherne, Tyler Krusz, Bill Bartholomew, Tony Jones, Bob Giusti, Pat Sullivan, Anthony Faccenda, Moses Malone, Chris Casci, the Pal, Joe Ferro, Melissa Potter, Michael Parente, Peter Oliver, and David Rivard.
Are you interested in joining our reads team? Would you like your press releases published? Email editor Tyler Salk (Tyler@990WBOB.com) or CEO "Pal" (Pal@990WBOB.com) to learn more.
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