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Sports Radio’s Winter Book Ratings Recap (Major Markets)
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The winter ratings book has come to a close. This is one of the most divisive books of the year. Some programmers put less value in this book than the other three. Others say all information is useful and important.
In an effort to keep industry professionals up to date on what transpired, Barrett Sports Media has created a single recap highlighting as many major markets as possible based on available information. If you have materials to share that aren’t listed here, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will happily update the piece with new data.
For reference on book-to-book performance, click here to see the Major Market ratings round up for the fall.
6a-10a (Boomer & Gio) – 12.0 (1st)
10a-2p (Tiki & Tierney) – 5.7 (4th)
2p-6:30p (Carton & Roberts) – 7.7 (3rd)
98.7 ESPN NEW YORK
6a-10a (DiPietro & Rothenberg) – 3.0 (12th)
10a-3p (ESPN Radio’s #Greeny and Bart & Hahn) – 2.5 (14th)
3p-6:30p (Michael Kay Show) – 2.9 (15th)*
* – Full ratings information for 98.7 ESPN New York was not available. The numbers for afternoon drive on the station reflect the time that The Michael Kay Show is on head-to-head against Carton & Roberts (3-6:30 pm).
670 THE SCORE
5:30a-10a (Mully & Haugh) – 4.4 (5th)
10a-2p (Bernstein & Holmes) – 4.6 (6th)
2p-6p (Parkins & Spiegel) – 4.2 (6th)
M-F 6a-7p – 4.4 (4th)
5:30a-10a (90 minutes of ESPN Radio followed by Kap & JHood) – 2.9 (13th)
10a-2p (2 hours of ESPN Radio’s #Greeny, 2 hours of Carmen & Jurko) – 2.1 (17th)
2p-7p (3 hours of Waddle & Silvy and 1 hour of Bleck & Abdalla) – 2.7 (16th)
M-F 6a-7p – 2.5 (16th)
*670 The Score’s numbers reflect total line reporting. ESPN 1000 only provides numbers from its over-the-air signal.
95.7 THE GAME
The Morning Roast (6a-9a) – 5.5 (4th)
Willard & Dibbs (9a-12p) – 5.2
Steiny & Guru (12p-3p) – 5.5 (1st)
Damon & Ratto (3p-6p) – 4.5 (6th)
M-F 6a-7p – 5.0 (4th)
M-Su 6a-Mid – 1.8 (19th)
The Game made lineup changes in early March, dropping Damon & Ratto. As a result, the station’s lineup went from four three-hour shows to three four-hour shows. Ratings are presented in 3 hour blocks to reflect original blocks and show ratings for all shows.
6a-9a (Murph & Mac) – 2.3 (17th)
9a-12p (1 hour of Murph & Mac followed by 2 hours of Papa & Lund) – 2.9
12p-3p (2 hours of Papa & Lund and 1 hour of Tolbert & Copes) – 3.6 (9th)
3p-6p (Tolbert & Copes) – 2.8 (12th)
M-F 6a-7p – 2.8 (14th)
M-Su 6a-Mid – 2.5 (14th)
Information for individual KNBR shows was not available.
Sports Radio 610
6a-10a (Payne & Pendergast): 3.3 (15th)
10 AM-3 PM (4 hours of In The Loop, 1 hour of Stoerner & Hughley): 2.5 (15th)
3-7 PM (3 hours of Stoerner & Hughley, 1 hour of CBS Sports Radio): 3.4 (14th)
M-F 6A-7P: 3.0 (t-14th)
M-Su 6A-Mid: 2.5 (16th)
ESPN 97.5 & 92.5
6-10 AM (1 hour of ESPN Radio, 3 Hours of The Bench): 1.7 (t-21st)
10 AM-3 PM (2 hours of Paul Gallant, 3 hours of The Killer Bs): 1.1 (t-21st)
3-7 PM (The Wheelhouse): 0.9 (24th)
M-F 6A-7P: 1.2 (22nd)
M-Su 6A-Mid: 0.9 (24th)
6a-10a (Sean Salisbury Show): 0.4 (t-26th)
10a-3p (2 hours of Next Up, 3 hours of Matt Thomas): 0.6 (t-25th)
3p-7p (3 Hours of The A Team, 1 hour of The Night Cap): 1.8 (21st)
M-F 6a-7p: 0.9 (t-24th)
M-Su 6a-Mid: 0.8 (t-25th)
106.7 The Fan
6a-10a (The Sports Junkies) – 7.3 (3rd)
10a-2p (BMitch & Finlay) – 10.6 (1st)
2-6:30 PM (Grant & Danny) – 10.9 (1st)
M-F 6a-7p – 9.4 (2nd)
M-Su 6a-Mid – 7.4 (2nd)
The Team 980
6a-10a (The Sports Junkies) – 1.2 (20th)
10a-3p (3 hours of The Kevin Sheehan Show, 2 hours of Chris Russell) – 1.1 (20th)
3p-7p (1 hour of Chris Russell, 3 hours of The Hoffman Show) – 0.9 (22nd)
M-F 6a-7p – 1.0 (20th)
M-Su 6a-Mid – 0.9 (22nd)
* – Both ESPN 630 The Sports Capitol & 1190 iHeart Sports DC had 0.0 shares in all day parts and for the full week as well.
92.9 The Game
5a-9a (John and Hugh in the Morning): 4.2 (8th)
9a-11a (The Steakhouse): 5.0 (7th)
11a-2p (Middays with Andy and Randy): 6.2 (T-4th)
2p-7p (Dukes and Bell): 5.8 (T-3rd)
M-F 6a-7p: 5.5, 5th
Sa-Su 6a-6p: 4.0, T-8th
Ratings were not made available for 680 The Fan
6a-10a (Angelo Cataldi retired 2/17. Joe DeCamara & John Richie moved into mornings 2/20): 17.9 (1st)
10a-2p (DeCamara & Richie were in middays until moving to mornings and were replaced by Joe Giglio & Hugh Douglas): 15.2 (1st)
2p-6p (Marks & Reese): 17.5 (1st)
M-F 6a-7p: 17.0 (1st)
97.5 The Fanatic
6a-10a (John Kincade): 3.1 (10th)
10a-2p (Anthony Gargano): 3.9 (t-9th)
2p-6p (The Best Show Ever): 3.0 (t-11th)
M-F 6a-7p: 3.3 (t-10th)
*- 94 WIP’s numbers represent total line reporting. Numbers provided for The Fanatic only reflect the over the air signal.
98.5 The Sports Hub
6a-10a (Toucher & Rich): 25.6 (1st)
10a-2p (Zolak & Bertrand): 20.7 (1st)
2p-6p (Felger & Mazz): 19.8 (1st)
M-F 6a-7p: 19.4 (1st)
6a-10a (The Greg Hill Show): 5.7 (5th)
10a-2p (Gresh & Fauria): 3.1 (7th)
2p-6p (Jones & Mego): 3.6 (t-8th)
M-F 6a-7p: 4.0 (t-8th)
97.1 The Ticket
6a-10a (Stoney & Jansen): 14.4 (2nd)
10a-3p (4 hours of Karsch & Anderson, 1 hour of the Valenti Show w/Rico): 17.6 (1st)
3p-7p (3 hours of the Valenti Show w/Rico, 1 hour of Wojo & Riger): 17.1 (1st)
M-F 6a-7p: 16.3 (1st)
M-S 6a-Mid: 13.6 (1st)
*- The Ticket’s numbers reflect total line reporting. The station was also #1 in middays, afternoons, primetime, and full week with adults 25-54.
97.3 The Fan
6a-10a (Ben & Woods): 6.8 (4th)
10a-2p (The John Kentera Show): 3.1 (t-11th)
2p-6p (Gwynn & Chris): 3.9 (t-9th)
M-F 6a-7p: 4.5 (7th)
Ratings were not made available for San Diego Sports 760 or The Mightier 1090
104.3 The Fan
6a-9a (Schlereth & Evans): 7.1 (3rd)
9a-11a (The Players’ Club): 5.3 (4th)
11a-2p (Stokley & Zach): 6.1 (2nd)
2p-6p (The Drive w/Derek Wolfe & DMac): 6.9 (3rd)
Ratings were not made available for Altitude Sports Radio
Demetri Ravanos is the Assistant Content Director for Barrett Sports Media. He hosts the Chewing Clock and Media Noise podcasts. He occasionally fills in on stations across the Carolinas. Previous stops include WAVH and WZEW in Mobile, AL, WBPT in Birmingham, AL and WBBB, WPTK and WDNC in Raleigh, NC. You can find him on Twitter @DemetriRavanos and reach him by email at DemetriTheGreek@gmail.com.
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Jay Williams Calls Listener, Forces Him To Pay Their $1000 Lakers Bet
“Don’t get me on national TV and radio and then not pick up the phone when I call.”
If you owe Jay Williams money, he is going to find you. Just ask Rob, a listener in Orlando who bet the ESPN Radio morning man that the Lakers would advance to the NBA Finals.
Last week, Rob called Keyshawn, JWill and Max and bet Williams $1000 the Lakers would eliminate the Denver Nuggets. Williams said if that happened, he would pay Rob $1500.
Obviously, that is not the way things played out. On Tuesday morning, Jay Williams called Rob demanding payment.
“He owes me my money,” he said. “So you know what we do? We got Detective Pat on the call today. Pat, let’s give this man a call. See if this guy picks up, trying to run away from giving me my money.”
The show’s associate producer Patrick Costello called the number Rob left last week. On the first attempt, the listener did not pick up. Williams vowed to keep up the pressure on social media and national radio and television until he got paid.
“Don’t get me on national TV and radio and then not pick up the phone when I call.”
“You know, getting that money is a wrap, Jay,” Keyshawn Johnson said through laughter. “I told you that.”
The show made one more attempt to connect with Rob before having to turn things over to Greeny. This time, the Lakers fan picked up and acknowledged that he had to pay. He offered to make a donation in Williams’s name.
“I’ll send you my bank account here privately, and then I will send it to the charity of my choice,” Williams agreed.
Rob agreed to the arrangement. Williams asked him if he wanted to apologize for doubting the basketball analyst’s prediction of the Lakers’ demise.
“Apologize? I need the Lakers to apologize to me after that performance,” Rob said. “Because Jesus Christ, that was horrible. That was bad.”
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Stoney & Jansen on LeBron James Retirement Talk: ‘NBA Needs Offseason Stories’
“I think we pick and choose with him. I think I’ve been too hard on him and I’m kind of realizing that.”
As the Los Angeles Lakers exited the court after being swept by the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals on Monday night, a grim reality set in across the basketball world regarding the future of forward LeBron James. Widely regarded as one of the best players to ever suit up, James is the NBA’s all-time scoring leader, a 19-time All Star selection, four-time MVP, and four-time NBA champion.
During his postgame media availability on Monday, he stated that he had to seriously think about his future, undoubtedly referencing retirement. James just completed his 20th season in the Association and continues to play at a high level, but is going to think about walking away from the game after falling short of the NBA Finals this year.
“He’s been a pretty good soldier for the game,” said Tom Milikan, morning show producer and assistant program director at 97.1 The Ticket. “There’s been some things I haven’t agreed with him [on] that he’s liked or tweeted or whatever. I think he’s had some ignorance, but I think that applies to every single athlete out there that’s great.”
Throughout his NBA career, James has been the subject of criticism. The ESPN special he participated in titled The Decision saw him reveal he would be leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Miami Heat. He is also a frequent subject across the network’s programming, including on Get Up, First Take and NBA Today.
“I think we pick and choose with him,” Millikan said. “I think I’ve been too hard on him and I’m kind of realizing that.”
Show co-host Mike Stone read messages from the 97.1 The Ticket text line during the show, many of which criticized James for being a “flopping” player desperate for any semblance of attention since he will not be in the NBA Finals. One text suggested his revelation of weighing retirement was done intentionally, surmising that he has a film documentary crew around him and coming back stronger than ever would make for a great story.
“The league needs some offseason stories,” Millikan said. “From what I know, the free agency class is not all that great this year – and one of the big names is Kyrie Irving, and that’s toxic. It’s sort of like, ‘Hey, maybe they’re generating buzz or trying to do the whole Brady thing.’ So be it – I’ve seen it 15 times in my life.”
Stone recognized that athletes like James are genuinely once-in-a-generation type talents, and that his time in the NBA has been defined by more than what he has done on the court. James has also been an immense advocate for greater causes, including social issues, youth education and community affairs. Whenever he decides to call it a career though, fans should rest assured that James has truly given the game everything he has.
“I want to see the best that they have for as long as possible,” show co-host Jon Jansen said of star athletes. “If they end up playing too long, so be it. I don’t care. Then I know I’ve [seen] it all.”
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Danny Parkins: NFL Teams ‘Don’t Really Care About Your In-Stadium Experience’
“In one year of Al Michaels complaining about the games, they’ve changed two huge rules around it.”
On Monday at the NFL Owners’ Meetings, flex scheduling for Amazon Prime Video’s presentation of Thursday Night Football was approved 24-8. Games can only be flexed between Weeks 13 and 17 with 28 days notice required. Additionally, a maximum of two games can be flexed per season, with the entire operation being on “a trial basis.”
“In one year of Al Michaels complaining about the games, they’ve changed two huge rules around it,” said Danny Parkins on 670 The Score as the news broke Monday. “[The] first rule already happened, and the Bears are one of the teams that either benefit or are victimized by the rule depending on your interpretation. You can play on multiple Thursdays this year. You can’t play multiple road Thursdays, but the Bears have two Thursday night games – in Washington and home against Carolina.”
In an effort to broadcast compelling action on a national stage, the National Football League did not give all of its 32 teams at least one game on national television this season. Conversely, the New York Jets, complete with star quarterback Aaron Rodgers, will be featured on national television for the maximum of six times, including two matchups on Thursday Night Football. The Jets, along with the Chicago Bears, dissented from voting in favor of flexible scheduling, but Parkins assumes it has nothing to do with the fans.
“My guess is [it is] because they already have two Thursday night games,” Parkins said. “Maybe they’re just altruistic and they care about fans and travel and all that, but I bet you that they said, ‘Well, we’re playing in Week 5 in Washington and Week 10 at home against Carolina. We don’t want to risk Bears-Browns or Bears-Falcons being flexed into Thursday Night Football later in the season and end up with three Thursday night games.’”
Many football fans and media professionals have pushed back on granting the property any type of flex scheduling because of the negative impact it has on injury prevention, something that is not as pronounced with other properties solely because of the day of the week. Sunday Night Football on NBC was previously the only property with flex scheduling ability, and Monday Night Football on ESPN is being granted that ability between Weeks 12 and 17 with at least 12 days notice.
“They don’t really care about your in-stadium experience – they don’t,” Parkins said of the league. “As long as you watch on TV, they’re thrilled because that’s where they make a huge, ungodly percentage of their money – more so than any of the other sports.”