Sports may have been shutdown across the country during the spring ratings book, but in Denver, that didn’t stop local sports fans from tuning in. Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan recorded the best results among sports brands for the quarter, finishing 2nd overall with Men 25-54 with a 6.8 share during weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p). Altitude Sports Radio 92.5 was 18th with a 2.1 during their prime hours of M-F 6a-6p when they feature their three key weekday shows, jumping up seven positions and a full point year over year. Newsradio KOA which offers a mixture of news and sports, and features a few notable sports personalities, produced a 2.9.
The big story for The Fan was the dominant performance in morning drive from the team of Mark Schlereth and Mike Evans. ‘Schlereth and Evans‘ lifted the entire station with a massive 11.3 share and 1st place finish. They were more than four points higher than any other show on the radio station and up two points year over year. Altitude Sports Radio’s ‘Moser, Lombardi & Kane‘ placed 13th for the quarter with just under a 2 share. The trio grew year over year too, gaining seven tenths of a point and moving up six positions.
In Middays, The Fan’s ‘Orlando & Sandy‘ and ‘Stokley & Zach‘ were both ranked 4th for the quarter with a 5.0 and 4.9 share respectively. KOA’s 9a-noon team of Rick Lewis and Broncos radio voice Dave Logan turned in a 2.1 share, which placed them 17th. That was the same share they delivered in 2019. Altitude’s ‘Harris, Hastings & Dover‘ finished the quarter in 20th, the same ranking position as last year.
Moving to afternoons, The Fan’s Darren ‘DMac‘ McKee and Tyler Polumbus generated a 6.5, good enough for 4th place. The show’s share was similar year over year, but last year at this time they finished 1st. Altitude received their best performance of the quarter from Nate Kreckman and Andy Lindahl. The local pair produced a 3 share from 2p-6p, placing them 9th. They’ve gained two full points and jumped 11 positions year over year. KOA’s team of Alfred Williams and Jojo Turnbeaugh held steady with a 2.2 share, the same number as last year, although they did fall two ranking positions year over year.
With the Rockies, Nuggets, and Avalanche not playing games due to the pandemic, The Fan was able to capitalize and put some additional ears on the radio station during the evening hours. “Nick and Cecil” finished 3rd for the quarter with a 6.4 share, and “The Fan Late Night with Shawn Drotar” came in 2nd with a 7.1 share.
Jason Barrett and Brandon Contes contributed to this story
Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’
“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”
Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.
“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”
“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”
When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.
“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”
Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.
The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.
Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”
Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”
Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.
Jeremy White: Ryan Fitzpatrick Will Be Shirtless On Amazon Prime Video Tonight
“They start the broadcast, and Fitz is seated at the table, shirtless.”
Thursday Night Football will feature the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots. Last year during the dead of winter, Amazon Prime Video analyst Ryan Fitzpatrick — then just a retired player — was seen in the Buffalo crowd shirtless. WGR morning host Jeremy White believes you’ll see that scene recreated during tonight’s broadcast.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if they have Fitz on there talking about his experience in that game, being there shirtless,” White said. “Fitz is on the studio panel with Richard Sherman, Tony Gonzalez, and Andrew Whitworth. Best broadcast in the league. If you haven’t had the chance to see an Amazon Prime game, you get it on channel 7 tonight. I think it is the best broadcast in the league and it’s because the players are fresh out of the league. It’s not constant conversations about how you gotta be careful on fourth down and run the ball.”
“No one on there is afraid to say anything,” Joe DiBiase said, filling in for Howard Simon. “Al Michaels doesn’t feel afraid to say anything, by the way. He criticizes the game almost every week. He might be like ‘Oh thank god, the Bills. Just get me away from the Commanders and the Bears. I’m sick of 13-10.’ The happiest person might be Al Michaels.”
White later said he received a text asking what the odds were that Fitz would be shirtless on the studio set. “They start the broadcast, and Fitz is seated at the table, shirtless,” White said, adding if Adam Schefter was seen shirtless earlier this season during a pregame show then it’s almost a certainty Fitzpatrick will do the same.
Evan Roberts: Boomer Esiason Was Taking Shot at Craig Carton With FS1 Dig
“He said they only put the stuff no one cares about on FS1. And he did it with his Boomer smile where I knew what he was mentioning.”
WFAN afternoon host Evan Roberts was listening to the station’s morning show, Boomer & Gio, and heard what he believed was a slight towards his current co-host Craig Carton Wednesday from Boomer Esiason.
“I heard Boomer this morning taking some shots at you. I did not like it,” Roberts said. “Did not like it. Big shots at my partner. He made a comment about how FOX puts stuff that no one cares about on FS1. And he meant that directly at you.”
“First off, he wouldn’t say that,” replied Carton.
“He said it. I listened. He said they only put the stuff no one cares about on FS1,” Roberts reiterated. “And he did it with his Boomer smile where I knew what he was mentioning. He wasn’t talking about anything other than his old, dear friend Craig. What a cheap shot.”
Carton, who hosts The Carton Show each weekday morning on FS1, said no one must have been listening to Boomer’s attack because he didn’t get any tweets or emails about it.
“Boomer’s probably listening — because he does listen to us — and he’s probably smiling saying ‘Evan’s right!’,” Roberts said before laughing out loud.
“If he did say it — next time — I’ll just ask a favor,” Carton asked of Esiason. “Reminder your listeners that I am on FS1 from 7:00-9:30 AM, but only until 9:00 AM this week because of World Cup soccer. If you’re gonna take a shot, it allows me to promote it. And I don’t promote it here.”
A caller later told Carton & Roberts the exact moment, down to the minute, of when Esiason made the quip about FS1. Producers then pulled up the clip, which they played on the air.
After hearing the clip, Carton joked FOX puts they stuff they don’t care about on FS2 before asking “Now I gotta figure out, do I respond or not? Or do I just let it go?” before concluding that he’s more mature than making a response.