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106.7 The Fan Reigns Supreme In Washington D.C.

Jason Barrett

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Donald Trump isn’t the only one making waves in the nation’s capital. Sports radio station 106.7 The Fan is as well.

In the 2017 winter ratings book, The Fan led the market’s sports brands by coming up strong across all demos. Among Men 25-54, The Fan’s share helped them earn a tie for 6th M-SU 6a-Mid. In the weekday prime hours, M-F 6a-7p, The Fan’s share earned them a 5th place finish. By comparison, ESPN 980 finished 15th M-F 6a-7p and M-SU 6a-Mid.

For the weekday shows, I’ve listed their rankings for the quarter. Keep in mind, the two stations feature their key weekday shows during different time slots which requires analyzing them differently.

One additional item to point out, ESPN 980 simulcasts their programming on 92.7  WWXT-FM and 94.3 WWXX-FM. These rankings below are based on their performance on WTEM-AM. When the listening from those other stations is added to the conversation it may slightly increase 980’s ranking.

That said, their simulcast will soon come to an end. 980’s ownership group Red Zebra Broadcasting recently agreed to sell WWXT to Radio One. WWXX is also expected to be sold to Radio One in the near future according to sources.

STATION ———— SHOWS  ———— TIMESLOT ———— RANK 
106.7 The Fan —– Sports Junkies —— 6A-10A  ——— tied for 4th
106.7 The Fan —– Grant & Danny —— 10A-2P  ————– 4th
106.7 The Fan —– Chad Dukes ———- 2P-6P ———– tied for 6th

ESPN 980 ———– Al Galdi —————— 5A-7A ————— 18th
ESPN 980 ——— Cooley & Kevin ——— 7A-11A ————– 15th
ESPN 980 ——— Bram Weinstein ——– 11A-1P ————– 13th
ESPN 980 — Inside The Locker Room —- 1P-4P  ————- 16th
ESPN 980 ——— Steve Czaban ————- 4P-7P ————– 14th

With two shows in the top 4 and another on the doorstep of the top 5, it was a strong quarter for The Fan. With the Nationals back in action, the NFL Draft on the horizon, and the Wizards and Capitals in the playoffs, the appetite for sports in D.C.  should remain strong when the spring book is released.

Good luck to both brands as they strive to increase their standing in the local marketplace.

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Joy Taylor Says Aaron Rodgers Is More Likeable After Pardon My Take Appearance

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said.

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On Monday, the Pardon My Take podcast dropped their latest episode which featured an interview with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Big Cat, one of the show’s co-hosts, is a Chicago Bears fan and has spent a lot of time not liking Rodgers publicly.

Colin Cowherd saw one of the many clips that the show shared and brought up how much he thought that Rodgers took ribbing from Big Cat and the podcast in stride. That’s when Joy Taylor offered that the interview could help Rodgers in the long run.

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said. “When you can show that you don’t take yourself that seriously, all of the animosity that people have towards you just kind of starts to wither away.”

She added that the disarming quality helps if people don’t perceive Rodgers as thinking he has all the answers.

“When people feel like they are projecting ‘I know more than you’ and ‘I’ve got it all figured out’ energy, people are like: ‘you got to be the smartest guy on the room all time time? You’re not.’

This is so likeable,” Taylor said. “It’s really funny.”

Cowherd agreed and even said he is probably going to go listen to it after the show.

“Aaron is genuinely laughing as they make fun of him and that is an incredibly endearing quality.”

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WNSR Debuts ‘Power Hour’ with Sami Kincaid

Nashville’s WNSR debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

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Power Hour with Sami Kincaid

Nashville has a brand new voice to listen to on WNSR and her name is Sami Kincaid. On Saturday, the station debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

The debut show featured Associated Press writer Teresa Walker, Vanderbilt women’s basketball guard Jordyn Cambridge and North Georgia assistant softball coach Alea White. The show is focused on women that are operating inside sports.

The show airs Saturdays from 9-10a CT.

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Toucher and Rich: Dennis Eckersley’s Retirement a “Huge Loss”

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

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On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that he was going to retire from the Boston Red Sox television booth at the end of this season. The current NESN analyst is leaving after twenty years on the air with the team.

The news broke during Toucher and Rich on 98.5 the Sports Hub and it gave show co-host Rich Shertenlieb a chance to mention the news and praise the departing personality.

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

The show spent the rest of the segment talking about what Eckersley offered that made him so unique. That’s when Matt McCarthy, fill-in for Fred Toucher, said that Eckersley was exactly what you wanted in an analyst.

“You want someone that’s going to give you an opinion,” McCarthy said. “Eck gave you an opinion. He’ll be missed.”

McCarthy also pointed out that this is the latest major shakeup that has happened to the television broadcast in recent years.

“There’s no doubt this is a blow,” McCarthy added. “This is a tremendous loss to that Red Sox broadcast to which has taken a lot of hits over the years with the loss of Jerry Remy, the decision to move on from Don Orsillo and now Dennis Eckersley retiring… they are going to have to find an entertainer in there. Matt McCarthy

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