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Omaha Spring Ratings + Under The Radar News

Jason Barrett

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The spring ratings book is in for Omaha, Nebraska and the results skewed heavily in favor of 1620 The Zone. The radio station finished 3rd with Men 25-54 in both the M-F 6a-7p and M-SU 6a-Mid categories. The station also performed in the Top 5 with Men 18-34 and Men 18-49 and were 9th with Adults 25-54, a strong showing that surely has to satisfy its sponsors and local sales team.

In the show by show comparisons in the market, The Zone won head to head in every space opposite local rival AM 590 ESPN. Since some of the timeslots are arranged differently than the traditional rated ones of 6a-10a, 10a-3p, 3p-7p, we included those numbers as well.

The Men 25-54 breakdowns:

M-SU 6A-Mid:

  • 1620 The Zone = 6.6 (3rd)
  • 590 ESPN = 1.9 (16th)

M-F 6A-7P:

  • 1620 The Zone = 8.2 (3rd)
  • 590 ESPN = 1.6 (16th)

M-F 7A-11A:

  • 1620 The Zone (Sharp and Benning) = 7.2 (5th)
  • 590 ESPN (Mike & Mike/Dan Le Batard) = 2.1 (12th)

M-F 11A-2P:

  • 1620 The Zone (Nick Bahe) = 9.4 (2nd)
  • 590 ESPN (Dan Le Batard/Russillo & Kanell) = 1.5 (16th)

M-F 2P-6P:

  • 1620 The Zone (Unsportsmanlike Conduct w/ Bishop & Peterson) = 9.6 (1st)
  • 590 ESPN (Omaha Sports Insider w/ Quinn & Handley) = 1.0 (20th)

M-F 6A-10A:

  • 1620 The Zone = 6.3 (5th)
  • 590 ESPN = 2.8 (9th)

M-F 10A-3P:

  • 1620 The Zone = 9.0 (2nd)
  • 590 ESPN = 1.3 (17th)

M-F 3P-7P:

  • 1620 The Zone = 8.8 (1st)
  • 590 ESPN = 1.4 (17th)

Under The Radar:

  • Tim Benz announced via his Facebook page that he’ll be working as host and program director of a new venture called DK Sports Radio in Pittsburgh. Benz says that the brand is one of the fastest growing outlets for Pittsburgh sports content and his program will be heard on DKPittsburghSports.com beginning Monday August 1st.
  • “The Huge Show’ with Bill Simonson has a new Executive Producer. Brett Muller spent the past 15 years with the show and is moving on. To fill his void, the program has added Grand Rapids native Matt Haan. Bill says “He has shown me the ability to handle what the show needs on and off the air, and he has a lot of the same qualities that made me believe in Brett over the past 15 years.”
  • Talk Radio 910 in San Francisco is finished. Parent company iHeart has elected to drop its News/Talk programming on 910AM in favor of ESPN Deportes. ESPN Deportes had previously aired on KTRB 860-AM.
  • 610 The Fan in Charlotte has added an FM translator. As part of the FM addition the radio station is now branding itself on-air as 610AM, 102.5 The Fan.

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Ryan Edwards Moves to The Sports Zoo on KOA

“Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.”

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Ryan Edwards is staying with KOA, but his hours are about to change. The Denver sports radio staple is moving off of Broncos Country Tonight to join Alfred Williams and Dave Logan on The Sports Zoo in afternoon drive.

“I am thrilled to join radio and football legends Dave Logan and Alfred Williams on The KOA Sports Zoo,” Edwards said in a press release. “I look forward to bringing a fans’ perspective to the Denver Broncos and all things Denver sports.”

Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.

He joined iHeart Denver in 2017. He was on Orange & Blue 760 before the company replaced the station with a conservative talk format. He moved to KOA in 2019, where he has worked on Broncos Country Tonight with Benjamin Albright.

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Jason Fitz: Keyshawn Johnson Cannot Be Serious With Trevor Lawrence Take

“There is no way Trevor Lawrence is the eighth-best quarterback out of eight left in the playoffs after doing what he did after the first quarter of that last game.”

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When he was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2021, Trevor Lawrence was heralded as a once-in-a-lifetime type of prospect. While his career had a bit of a rocky start, he has shown a lot in year two, including leading one of the largest come-from-behind victories in playoff history Saturday night against the Chargers. Jason Fitz cannot believe that isn’t enough to impress Keyshawn Johnson.

The ESPN Radio morning man ranked the eight remaining starting quarterbacks in the NFL playoffs and put Lawrence dead last.

“Trevor Lawrence at eight? I know Keyshawn Johnson is out there in California, but I want to party with Key because obviously, he was doing a little partying before this show, Harry,” Jason Fitz told his partner on Tuesday’s edition of Fitz & Harry. “There is no way Trevor Lawrence is the eighth-best quarterback out of eight left in the playoffs after doing what he did after the first quarter of that last game.”

Fitz noted that during the season people started calling Lawrence “Trevor Tangerines” for the daringness he continued to show even after things looked bad for him and the Jaguars. He said that on Saturday night, he should have been called “Trevor Watermelons”.

Jason Fitz acknowledged that it would be hard to rank anyone ahead of Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Joe Burrow, and Jalen Hurts, which made up Keyshawn Johnson’s top four. But Fitz doesn’t think this is a matter of Lawrence being disrespected for being number eight, behind Brock Purdy, who began the season as the 49ers’ third-string quarterback, instead of number seven.

“Considering the whole body of work and the way that Trevor Lawrence has played since week nine, you wouldn’t have to press hard to put Daniel Jones below Trevor Lawrence.”

He added that Keyshawn Johnson is also being influenced by the uniform Trevor Lawrence wears.

“I think there’s a little element that speaks to the fact that we have a perception on certain organizations. I’m just saying — four interceptions or not — this is the analogy I keep making this week: If Trevor Lawrence had the bounceback game with the star in his helmet as the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, today the conversation would be like ‘Well, you can’t hold him down the whole game’.”

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Boomer Esiason: ManningCast Proves Peyton Manning Can Never Be a Coach

“He’s got no patience whatsoever.” 

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Don’t expect to see Peyton Manning on an NFL sideline. He may be one of the best quarterbacks the league has ever seen, but Manning isn’t cut out to be a coach according to Boomer Esiason.

On Tuesday morning, Esiason and the rest of the Boomer & Gio cast listened to highlights of the previous night’s ManningCast. They enjoyed the audio of Peyton Manning losing his temper after Cowboys kicker Brent Maher missed his third extra-point attempt of the night.

The clip, which has since gone viral, includes Manning asking if a kicker can be cut at halftime of a playoff game.

“This is why Peyton can’t coach,” Esiason said in response to the audio. “He’s got no patience whatsoever.” 

The chemistry and authenticity of Peyton and Eli is often cited as the appeal of the ManningCast. Esiason noted that was what is on display in moments the brothers cannot control.

Boomer Esiason was a guest on the week eight ManningCast, which featured his former team, — the Cincinnati Bengals — playing Cleveland Browns. Esiason said at the time that while it was a distracting way to try and follow a game, being a part of the show is a lot of fun. He echoed that praise Tuesday morning.

“Those things are really unbelievably done. I mean, they are funny.”

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