The Ben Roethlisberger Show, which airs as a weekly 20-minute segment during Cook and Joe in the midday on Pittsburgh’s 93.7 The Fan, is very different from most quarterback radio spots and Ben proved that again on Tuesday.
After NFL Insider Ian Rapoport stated Roethlisberger suffered cracked ribs two weeks ago during the Raider game and played through the injury against New England, Big Ben boldly denied the report on his radio show.
“You shouldn’t even say his name on this show because nothing that comes from what he says is there any truth to,” said Roethlisberger. “I don’t know where that guy gets his information from, so we’re not even gonna give him credence on this show, if that’s OK with you.”
A new trend in the NFL sees Insiders break news Sunday morning, shortly before the 1pm kickoff. Adam Schefter, Jason La Canfora and others offer inside information that will generate a buzz, but Roethlisberger vehemently went after Rapoport’s most recent news drop.
Tom Brady, Eli Manning, Marcus Mariotta and Matthew Stafford are a few NFL quarterbacks with weekly radio segments. The names draw attention, but usually quarterbacks will avoid saying anything before putting themselves at risk of making headlines. Roethlisberger, though, is always willing to speak open and honestly.
While on 93.7 The Fan, Big Ben contemplated retirement after losing to the Patriots in the AFC Championship game, said Martavis Bryant had to toughen up, criticized Antonio Brown for being on Facebook Live in the locker-room and revealed he was suffering from an injury days before a playoff game.
Many of the headlines Roethlisberger has made would have led teams to cancel the segment, but Big Ben has been on 93.7 The Fan for six seasons and continues to keep his show interesting.
UPDATE (Dec. 19, 2018 at 3:08 pm): Ian Rapoport was a guest with Dunlap & Mack on 93.7 the Fan this morning and was asked about Roethlisberger’s comments. Rapoport had nothing but nice things to say about the QB, but also didn’t back off his report.
Rapoport said that he was “very confident” in both his information and his sources and is standing by his report. When he was asked why he and Ben Roethlisberger have an “icy” relationship, Rapoport said that “personally, there is no relationship” and then added that he respects that the QB being willing to say exactly what he thinks instead of pretend he has no problem with someone that he strongly disagrees with.
When he was asked if he thought Roethlisberger’s problems go back to when Rapoport reported he might have been traded four years ago the reporter said that was possible.
“Probably. I haven’t talked to him about it, but this happens not just with Ben, but with other people, players, coaches, GMs, whoever, even agents. You know, sometimes you report on things some people don’t like. Some say ‘Hey, I understand you were told this by multiple sources and you had to report it.’ Others will hold it against you forever.”
SURVEY: 16.9% of All Sports Radio Listeners Are Streaming
The survey found that in May 2022, 16.9% of sports talk radio’s audience tunes in via the station’s online stream. That news comes as Nielsen reported that 11.3% of all radio listenership comes thru a stream, up from 6.9% in May of 2020.
According to Nielsen, All Sports radio stations are the third-most streamed spoken word format, just behind Talk/Personality and News/Talk/Info. The trend is continuing to show that streaming is on the uptick.
The survey found that in May 2022, 16.9% of sports talk radio’s audience tunes in via the station’s online stream. That news comes as Nielson reported that 11.3% of all radio listenership comes thru a stream, up from 6.9% in May of 2020.
Nielsen notes that in the 45 PPM markets they are grabbing data from and the 4,800+ stations that stream in those markets, just 30% of them are encoded. That encoding allows for Nielsen to accurately measure the streams. They used the listener data from 1,500 stations across the U.S., in its latest report, AM/FM Radio Streaming Growth in PPM Markets.
The survey also showed that streaming levels differ widely by radio format. Spoken word formats display strong streaming listenership (Talk/Personality: 31.2%, News/Talk/Info: 19.1%, All Sports: 16.9%). In fact, Nielsen found that 1/3 of all AM/FM streaming in PPM markets is to spoken word formats.
New Study Finds Listeners to MLB on Radio Are Willing to Spend
More than one third (34%) of the respondents recently purchased clothing/apparel that features their favorite team… 27% have visited a ballpark in the past year. That compares to only 19% of the average MLB fan base has made an apparel purchase to support their team while just 11% have gone to a game in person in that same time span.
When it comes to advertiser’s attempting to reach an affluent and engaged audience, sports talk radio might have a whale on their hands. Major League Baseball play-by-play features an audience that has money and has no problems spending it.
In a recent MRI-Simmons study, data shows that consumers who listen to MLB broadcasts on the radio are the perfect audience for sports marketers. According to the analysis, done by Katz Radio Group, nearly two thirds (62%) of those surveyed consider themselves “super fans” of baseball. That number is 58% higher than the average.
Those “super fans” are willing to spend to support their team, as well. More than one third (34%) of the respondents recently purchased clothing/apparel that features their favorite team. Those fans are also far more willing to make the trip to see their team. The study found that 27% have visited a ballpark in the past year. That compares to only 19% of the average MLB fan base has made an apparel purchase to support their team while just 11% have gone to a game in person in that same time span.
The news continues getting better for advertisers. Continued analysis reveals that 66% of listeners are currently employed and have a median household income greater than $106,000.
Listeners to MLB games on the radio are also 34% more likely to place a sports bet and 106% more likely to be a participant in fantasy baseball.
Jeff Dean Signs Off At ESPN Tucson for The Final Time
Dean said on Facebook: “…the years of burning the candle at both ends has taken a dire toll on my health and for the first time in my life, I’m going to put myself and my livelihood first”
Fans will no longer be able to tune into ESPN Tucson and hear Jeff Dean hosting his show. Friday morning was his last show, according to his Facebook and Twitter pages.
The Jeff Dean Show had been airing from 7-9a MT weekday mornings. Dean took to social media to relay the news and the reason behind him stepping away from the microphone. Dean said on Facebook:
“This morning I signed off from my radio show on ESPN Tucson for the final time. I have been devoting too much of my life and my time to working multiple jobs…the years of burning the candle at both ends has taken a dire toll on my health and for the first time in my life, I’m going to put myself and my livelihood first”
Dean went on to emphasize that he isn’t stepping away from ESPN Tucson, he’s just taking himself off the air. He also added that “gladly, I will be continuing my position as PA announcer of University of Arizona Football and Men’s basketball.”
Dean would also go onto Twitter to add even further context for his self-removal from the ESPN Tucson airwaves. He added, “It’s not a decision I arrived at hastily, as it’s been a 6 month mental grind to make the ultimate decision that had to be made, and I’m not particularly happy about it, but I have to put my health first, we all do, and make sure we’re around long enough to enjoy life”.
Dean had been ESPN Tucson’s morning host since November 2019.