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Adam Jones

For most Boston sports fans, the big game is a diver­sion, a time out from the daily grind. When a winner is crowned, they pull off replica jer­seys bearing names like Ortiz, Brady, and Gar­nett, and then return to the minu­tiae of everyday life.

But for North­eastern alumnus Adam Jones, the end of the game is but the begin­ning, the onset of a nuanced cri­tique of crit­ical plays, coaching deci­sions, and player performances.

And he’s no arm­chair quar­ter­back. As the new evening host on 98.5 The Sports Hub, Jones has the radio pulpit, reaching tens of thou­sands of loyal lis­teners in his booming voice. His epony­mous show runs week­nights from 6–11 p.m., but he could talk sports all night long. “I under­stand how for­tu­nate I am that I get to do this for a living,” Jones said.

Becoming a big-​​time sports media player in a town known for its cham­pi­onship ban­ners was a long time in the making for the 29-​​year-​​old New­port, Vt., native, who grew up rooting for the Bruins and Celtics.

He grad­u­ated from North­eastern in 2008 with a degree in com­mu­ni­ca­tion studies, serving as the sports director of the student-​​run radio sta­tion, 104.9 WRBB, and the play-​​by-​​play broad­caster of Husky foot­ball and bas­ket­ball. From 2006–2009, he reported on Red Sox games from Fenway Park and anchored Sports­Center for 890ESPN Radio, first as a co-​​op stu­dent and then as a full-​​time employee. And before his most recent gig as host on ESPN Radio Boston, he teamed up with leg­endary Boston Globe colum­nist Dan Shaugh­nessy on a Saturday-​​morning radio show on 98.5.

Even his play-​​by-​​play of the North­eastern men’s bas­ket­ball team has proved useful in preparing him for his latest gig, for which he scours news­pa­pers, Twitter feeds, and web­sites for the latest sports news. “I would spend a couple of days making out a roster and com­piling all the sta­tis­tics I wanted to refer to during the broad­cast,” Jones recalled. “Now the con­tent is dif­ferent but the study habits are the same.”

He put his reporting skills to good use during the show’s debut on Jan. 3. In an unplanned inter­view with New Eng­land Patriots Pres­i­dent Jonathan Kraft, he asked probing ques­tions about head coach Bill Belichick’s con­tract and the future of the team’s offen­sive coor­di­nator, who had turned down inter­view requests for vacant head coaching jobs. “My head was spin­ning and I was trying to remember the phone number and how to use the calls screen,” said Jones, “but the inter­view turned out great.”

He has high hopes for the Bruins and Celtics, both of whom appear poised to make deep playoff runs this spring. “The Bruins are already in the mix for another Stanley Cup,” he said. “The ques­tion now comes down to whether they make a big deal that puts them over the top, like upgrading their third line or adding more depth on the blue line.”