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Valenti & Beard Lead 97.1 The Ticket To Strong Detroit Summer Book

“Valenti and Beard generated an impressive 14.1 share to rank 1st with Men 25-54. They were also 1st with Adults 25-54 with an 8.3 share. To put a cherry on top, the show also picked up 2.4 points year over year.”

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The summer ratings are in for Detroit, and as usual, 97.1 The Ticket turned in a stellar performance. The market’s dominant sports voice and one of the nation’s top format brands placed 2nd in weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p) with a 10.2 share among Men 25-54. The station ranked 3rd for the full week (M-SU 6a-Mid) with a 9.0 share.

Examining the weekday programs, The Ticket received a 7.8 share, 3rd place ranking in morning drive from Mike Stone, Jon Jansen and Heather Park. The show was also 6th with Adults 25-54 with a 5.2 share. That’s a pretty strong showing. If there’s any downside to the quarter, it’d be a lower number this year than last year when the morning show finished 2nd with an 11 share.

Turning to middays, Doug Karsch and Scott ‘Gator’ Anderson recorded an 8.3 share with Men 25-54 to deliver the station a 2nd place finish between 10a-2p ET. With Adults 25-54, the duo popped a 5.2 share, which placed them 8th. Middays gained a point year over year, another positive sign.

Shifting to afternoon drive, the team of Mike Valenti and Rico Beard produced the top showing on the station for the quarter. Valenti and Beard generated an impressive 14.1 share to rank 1st with Men 25-54. They were also 1st with Adults 25-54 with an 8.3 share. To put a cherry on top, the show also picked up 2.4 points year over year.

What’s even more impressive is that these numbers represent only the station’s over the air listening measurement. If streaming gets added to the equation, the story is likely to be even better. With or without those numbers, The Ticket once again dominated. Jimmy Powers and his team have reason to celebrate, and should feel great as they aim to close out the final book of the year, the fall book, with a repeat performance.

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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