The winter book in Denver produced mixed reviews for local sports/talk stations. There were a few positives to celebrate in various buildings, but sports radio listening in the market was down across the board year over year.
104.3 The Fan led the pack, finishing 3rd with a 6.1 in weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p). The Fan also scored another 1st place finish in mornings thanks to a 7.8 share from Mark Schlereth and Mike Evans. Middays were softer as Orlando Franklin and Sandy Clough placed 7th with a 6.7 share, and Brandon Stokley and Zach Bye delivered a 4.5 share to finish 6th. In afternoons, the team of Darren McKee and Tyler Polumbus remained healthy with a 5.7 share to finish 5th. Wrapping up at night (M-F 7p-12a), the combination of Nick Ferguson and Cecil Lammey, and Shawn Drotar, produced a 1.2 to finish 21st.
Overall, The Fan’s rankings were solid. The bigger issue, year over year performance. The Fan’s morning show lost five points, and afternoons were down more than two points over the past twelve months. Additionally, Stokley and Zach dipped about a point and a half. Orlando and Sandy remained close to their previous performance.
Altitude Sports Radio 92.5 FM also experienced their share of highs and lows in the winter book. The huge positive came at night (M-F 7p-12a), where the station scored a 3.0 share to finish 9th, beating The Fan head to head in the timeslot. It was the first time Altitude has registered a head to head victory against their local competitor. The airing of Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche games were well received this quarter. On the flipside, mornings, middays, and afternoons all finished either 26th or 27th in their respective dayparts.
For KOA News Radio 850 and 94.1 FM, the news was similar. Their local sports midday show with Dave Logan and Rick Lewis finished 25th in middays. Alfred Williams and Jojo Turnbeaugh were also 25th in afternoon drive. And the station’s evening show, “Broncos Country Tonight” with Ryan Edwards and Benjamin Allbright ranked 28th.
Looking deeper inside the numbers, January and February were off from regular listening levels. That’s the bad news. The positive, March showed more ears returning to the dial. If that trend continues (it should), the spring book should show all three brands in better shape.
1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research
“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.”
Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.
This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.
“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”
Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College. The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.
Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job
“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”
Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.
“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel“ during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.
“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.
“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”
Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.
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”.