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Sports Radio WIP Delivers Dominant Performance in 2021 Winter Ratings Book

“Every single show on WIP produced double digit shares, two programs earned 1st place finishes, and Cataldi despite being 2nd had the best share in the market.”

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Covid-19 has presented a ton of challenges in terms of the way we live, the way we consume media, and the way radio stations and their shows operate. Despite chaos caused by a global pandemic, one thing has remained consistent in Philadelphia – sports radio listeners remain loyal to Sports Radio WIP.

In the 2021 Winter Book, Philadelphia’s sports radio ratings king remained on top for the full week (M-SU 6a-Mid) among Men 25-54, producing an 11.7 share (2.1 on the stream), which was enough to secure a 2nd place ranking. 97.5 The Fanatic closed out the quarter for the full week with a respectable 6.6, 3rd place finish. The separation between the two brands was greater among Adults 25-54 and Persons 6+. WIP was 3rd with P25-54 and 4th with 6+. The Fanatic was 9th with P25-54 and 15th with 6+.

Turning our attention to the shows, WIP’s Angelo Cataldi and the WIP Morning Show did what they usually do, lead the entire market. Cataldi’s program delivered a massive 13.3 share (2.9 on the stream), which placed him 2nd with Men 25-54. The show was also 2nd with Adults 25-54 and 3rd with Persons 6+. On the other hand, the first book for 97.5 The Fanatic’s John Kincade was solid. John generated a 6.9, strong enough for 3rd place.

In middays, WIP’s team of Joe DeCamara and John Ritchie also produced double digit shares. The duo recorded a 10.0 (1.7 on the stream) with Men 25-54, strong enough to lock up 2nd place. The Fanatic’s Anthony Gargano produced the same share as Kincade, a 6.7 with Men 25-54, which put him in 5th.

Shifting to afternoons, the team of Jon Marks and Ike Reese gained bragging rights for the quarter by becoming one of two sports radio shows in the market to deliver a 1st place finish. Marks & Reese’s 12.7 share (2.3 on the stream) with Men 25-54 elevated them to the top spot and in front of The Fanatic’s Mike Missanelli, who was strong as well, once again popping the best number on 97.5 with an 8.6, good enough for 3rd place.

Closing things out at night, WIP’s Joe Giglio joined Marks & Reese as the other local sports talk show to gain a 1st place finish for the quarter during his 6p-10p timeslot. Giglio generated an 11.3 share (2.4 on the stream) with Men 25-54, which was 5 points higher than The Fanatic’s 6.3 which helped them secure a 6th place finish.

WIP’s quarter was outstanding and deserves to be celebrated. Every single show produced double digit shares, two programs earned 1st place finishes, and Cataldi despite being ranked 2nd had the best share of any sports talk show in the market. There isn’t much you can do but tip your cap to Spike Eskin and his crew on a job well done. Props to Audacy as a company as well, as they took the steps necessary to make sure WIP’s digital performance was being officially monitored by Nielsen. Based on the early returns, it appears to be a smart business decision.

Although WIP is the king for the quarter, and we’re all competitive and like to highlight who won and lost, I think it’s important to put a few things into perspective. Someone is always going to finish ahead and behind. That’s just how it goes when you measure competitions. But if you’re looking at The Fanatic’s performance and thinking they should turn out the lights, you’re missing the point. People inside their building should remain driven, competitive, and eager to turn the tide, but feeling bad about an overall good quarter makes little sense.

First, if you ran 97.5 and I told you at the start of the year that your brand new morning show was going to line up against the market’s most influential talent (Cataldi) and finish 3rd in its first book, you’d sign up for it immediately. If that same share performance was then carried over to your midday show, that’d be seen as a positive too. Then to cap it off with Missanelli lifting the brand nearly 2 full points in afternoons, those are strong performances. Ranking 3rd, 5th, and 3rd in three prime dayparts is excellent, and money can be made if they perform that way consistently.

In closing, the gap between WIP and The Fanatic is wide right now. A 3-4 point advantage isn’t something a station usually reduces in one or two books. However, given the fragile nature of ratings measurement, anything can happen at anytime, so nothing is guaranteed. That said, WIP is clicking on all cylinders, and they’re in the driver’s seat until further notice. For now, let’s just appreciate that we have two great brands in the format battling in a passionate sports city to create sports radio worth listening to.

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Keyshawn Johnson: ‘I Don’t Like Sunday Night Baseball Putting Mics on Players’

“I’ve got an IFB in my ear and I’m trying to pay attention to the game and I’ve got air traffic control talking to me. There’s no way you can tell me that doesn’t affect you.”

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Most people seem to really like Sunday Night Baseball adding mics to players in the field this season. Fans and critics alike have commended ESPN for giving fans access that they have never had before. But don’t expect Keyshawn Johnson to join that praise chorus anytime soon.

“I don’t like the interaction with broadcast teams talking to players during the game, in the field,” he said on Monday morning’s edition of Keyshawn, JWill and Max.

The ESPN Radio morning man is convinced that eventually, the in-game conversations are going to cause a costly error.

Freddie Coleman, who was filling in for both Jay Williams and Max Kellerman, played a clip from Sunday night’s game for Johnson. In the clip, listeners could hear the Padres’ newly acquired slugger Juan Soto pleading with a ball hit by Cody Bellinger to stay in the park during the team’s 0-4 shutout loss to the Dodgers.

“I don’t like that as a player,” Johnson said. “I know the fans love it.”

He said that when he sees players mic’d up and answering a question during the game, he is constantly worried about how it will affect what happens on the field. He said he felt some empathy for the fielder on the mic once the ball is put into play, because if it comes that fielder’s way and he is distracted, the instant reaction from the crowd will be to question the player’s effort or ability rather than ask if the distraction is worth it.

Coleman pointed out that there is some very famous video of Keyshawn Johnson during his playing career mic’d up on the sidelines. Johnson defended NFL Films, saying that getting live sound of a game is very different than what Major League Baseball is making players do.

“That’s different than interacting with Karl Ravech and company in the booth. I’ve got an IFB in my ear and I’m trying to pay attention to the game and I’ve got air traffic control talking to me. There’s no way you can tell me that doesn’t affect you.”

The closing months of the regular season as playoff races start to take shape are not the ideal times for networks to be having conversations with guys in the middle of the field. That doesn’t mean it is never good content. Keyshawn Johnson said that as a viewer, he would welcome in-game interviews during Spring Training and the All-Star Game. He just has trouble believing players are happy to participate.

“It’s cool. I’m not mad that it’s being done. I just wouldn’t like it as a player,” he said.

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Rob Hipp Named New Voice of North Dakota State

In addition to his role as the play-by-play announcer for Bison football and basketball, Hipp will also serve as the Director of Operations for Bison 1660.

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Rob Hipp is the new “Voice of the Bison”.

The former Sam Houston State play-by-play announcer will serve in the same capacity for North Dakota State. He replaces Jeff Culhane, who left the position for a similar role at Florida State earlier this summer.

In addition to his role as the play-by-play announcer for Bison football and basketball, Hipp will also serve as the Director of Operations for Bison 1660.

“It’s an incredible opportunity and blessing to be here. The word that comes to mind with everything associated with NDSU is excellence,” Hipp said. “Matt Larsen, Coach (Matt) Entz, Coach (David) Richman, the support staff and everyone with Bison Sports Properties led by Josh Hartman made this a transparent and smooth process. I also want to thank Tom Boman with Learfield as well as Nancy Odney and the great people at Radio FM Media. My family and I are proud to be in Fargo!”

“We are thrilled to have Rob join the team at Radio FM Media as the new voice of the Bison, Director of Operations for Bison 1660-92.7, and Sports Director for our group,” said Radio FM COO Nancy Odney. “Rob is a very talented play-by-play announcer and a top sports radio host. His creative energy, new content, and passion for sports and broadcasting is going to be an exciting addition to the team.”

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Dan Graca Joining ESPN New York For Nighttime Show

“I couldn’t be more excited to come back to the place where it all began for me, once upon a time, as a wide-eyed intern,” he said in a tweet announcing the move.

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SiriusXM Mad Dog Sports Radio host Dan Graca is joining ESPN New York as their new night time host.

Graca, who will host a show from 7:00 PM-10:00 PM had been with SiriusXM for the past 12 years. It’s a coming home moment for Graca, who interned at the station.

“I couldn’t be more excited to come back to the place where it all began for me, once upon a time, as a wide-eyed intern,” he said in a tweet announcing the move.

The 7:00 PM-10:00 PM position had previously been held by Chris Carlin, who moved to the national afternoon slot to pair with Chris Canty in April.

In addition to his new nighttime show, Graca will continue as the pre and post-game host for ESPN New York’s coverage of the New York Jets, a position he’s held the past four seasons.

His show is slated to begin on Monday, August 15th.

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