On Monday, Dan Patrick told his audience that he had to turn off Sunday’s AFC Championship game when the Kansas City Chiefs took a 21-3 lead on the Cincinnati Bengals. But he eventually made his way back to the TV as the Bengals overcame the 18-point deficit and forced the game into overtime.
But as the Bengals completed the comeback, Patrick reached out to noted Chiefs fan, Kansas City native, and FS1 host Nick Wright in an effort to get a rise out of him.
Wright was a guest on Tuesday’s The Dan Patrick Show and according to the host’s recollection, he texted “I think the Bengals have your attention” to Wright. But Wright said that wasn’t quite accurate.
“Let’s be fair, Dan, because I have to unblock your number,” Wright said. “I think the exact quote, if we’re going to be fair, is quote, ‘I think MY Bengals have YOUR attention,’ end quote. You personalized it. You made this as a Dan Patrick versus Nick Wright thing, which is interesting, because I didn’t know you were a lifelong Cincinnati Bengals fan.”
Patrick defended himself further, saying he didn’t mean anything other than it just being a great game. He said Wright could’ve just responded, but Wright felt like Patrick was trolling.
“I wasn’t rubbing it in your face when it was 21-3,” Wright said. “Why would you reach out to me when I’m at my most vulnerable?”
“I thought it was rude, I thought it was unbecoming, I thought it was bullying much like our last interview,” he added.
Wright said Dan knew how much was riding on the game for the First Things First co-host. But Patrick maintained his innocence.
“I just wanted to put it out there and just say, ‘You know what, that was a nice contest, and the Bengals put up a good fight,'” he said. “That was it!”
The bit ended with Wright just saying he had hoped to run out the clock on their segement without talking about the game during the alloted time. But Patrick got one last jab in.
“No, I’m going to blow right through the commercial break and just keep going because the dynasty of one continues in Kansas City,” Patrick said to groans from Wright.
Suzyn Waldman ‘Still here’ at WFAN after 35 years
I don’t know if I’ve worn down the critics, but I’m still here,” Waldman told Neil Best of Newsday. “I mean, it’s 35 years, and I’m still here and I’ve had a terrific career.”
Yankees broadcaster Suzyn Waldman is celebrating 35 years on the air. Waldman, the first voice heard on WFAN, is thankful to be where she is.
“I don’t know if I’ve worn down the critics, but I’m still here,” Waldman told Neil Best of Newsday. “I mean, it’s 35 years, and I’m still here and I’ve had a terrific career.”
Waldman looked back on the experience of doing the very first update on the air at WFAN. While doing the first update alongside Jim Lampley, a fill-in for Pete Franklin, she was shocked when listeners did not approve of her updates and tied it to her being female. She thought, “Oh my God, this is not what I thought it was going to be,” she said.
That was not something she was accustomed to in the theater. Waldman had a background in musical theater before getting into radio and eventually joining WFAN as it went on the air in 1987.
“It was a rude awakening,” she said. “But it was at that moment that everything changed.”
Waldman eventually began working the overnight shift alongside Steve Somers. It was there she really honed her craft.
Suzyn has been calling Yankees games alongside John Sterling since 2005. This is her eighth season calling Yankee games on WFAN.
16.9% of All Sports Radio Listeners Are Streaming
The 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, 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 their 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.