Indianapolis native and local sportscaster Jake Query is recovering from a life-threatening heart attack, suffered last Thursday evening.
Query told The Indianapolis Star he and his girlfriend met up with an old friend at a local bar. During the evening, Query’s arm began to tighten and tingle, along with the feeling of heartburn. Suspecting a heart attack, Query’s friend drove him to the hospital where he soon received emergency surgery.
Doctor’s found the 48-year old Query to have 100% blockage in the left anterior descending artery, causing a massive heart attack often referred to as the ‘widow-maker.’
“The doctor said, ‘If you had not come in here when you did,’ you probably would have not made it 30 minutes,” Query told The Indy Star.
Query works as an announcer for IndyCar, he also co-hosts Query & Shultz on the ISC Sports Network. The duo previously filled the afternoon drive timeslot on WNDE FOX Sports 1260. But Jake Query and Derek Schultz were part of a nationwide round of layoffs conducted by iHeart in January, causing them to lose their afternoon show following eight years on-air.
After undergoing surgery to place a stent in the blocked artery, Query asked the doctor to compare his heart to an NFL quarterback. The doctor said after the stent, Query’s heart would be Tom Brady at 24. For what it’s worth, Brady won his first Super Bowl with the New England Patriots at 24.
In addition to his sportscasting prowess, Query is known locally for his philanthropy which was on full display just hours after the heart attack. Shortly after surgery, Query tweeted a video informing everyone of the heart attack, but he quickly moved past that and onto his continued campaign raising money for the Children’s Bureau of Indianapolis. Query is taking part in a celebrity challenge to support all kids living in the Children’s Bureau Children Shelter. Donations in Query’s name can be made by clicking here.
Query’s scare occurred almost one year after another popular Indianapolis sports media personality experienced a life-threatening heart attack. Last November, Jeff Rickard, morning host and program director of The Fan in Indianapolis was hospitalized and needed emergency surgery following a heart attack. Rickard discussed his experience and recovery with BSM’s Demetri Ravanos last week.
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.