Founder, Causeway Street Blog
Writer, WEEI Sports Radio Network
By: April M. Crehan
“It’s fair to say if you grew up a sports fan in Boston, there’s a team that you’re glued to,” said Josue Pavón, whose dad raised him and his brother as Celtics fans.
Pavón took his love of basketball to the next level when he realized he could go to college specifically for sports journalism. He studied at Springfield College and hosted a radio show at the school.
Pavón eventually became president of WSCB 89.9 and is clearly proud of its progress.
“We made humongous strides at that radio station,” Pavón said. “By the time I left, it was really up and coming.”
Today, in addition to being the founder of the Causeway Street Blog, Pavón covers the Celtics for WEEI and is a contributor to CLNS Media’s coverage of the team.
More recently, Pavón made the news himself when, during last year’s NBA Playoffs, he asked Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg about Isaiah Thomas and discontinued dribbling. Hoiberg gave a brusque “no,” then stormed off camera, apparently peeved at the question, which was prompted by the coach’s comments after the previous game.
“I anticipated some sort of a remark that would show he was frustrated, but I didn’t anticipate him to walk off,” said Pavón, who recalled the other reporters at the time all turning to stare at him. Although it was difficult to hear accusations of him asking the question as a fan and not a journalist, Pavón said it was just a reminder of how difficult the job can be.
“I stand by my question,” he said. “I don’t regret it one bit.”
That stick-with-it attitude comes directly from his mother, he said.
”If she said she was going to do something, it was going to get done,” he explained, adding that he also gets much of his work ethic from his father.
Both of Pavón’s parents are from Honduras and took their children there every couple of years as Pavón and his brother grew up.
“It makes me so proud to see where I came from,” said Pavón, who has seen recent growth in the number of Latinos and other minorities in journalism.
“A lot of that has to do with the up-and-comers,” he said. “It’s encouraging.”
Pavón, himself one of those up-and-comers, hopes to remain a triple threat, continuing with on-camera work, maintaining a podcast or radio show, and keeping his hand in writing to grow the Causeway Street following.
“[Boston’s] meant a lot to me because of how passionate the city is for sports,” he said. “To be able to provide [coverage] for kids that remind me of myself is an amazing responsibility.”