Ladies and gentleman we have the tightest grouping of radio sports talk gabbers in the six-plus years of the three-station competition for listeners in Dallas-Fort Worth.
In the hallowed ratings demographic of men between the ages of 25 and 54, sports talk’s target audience, the March ratings book showed it was SportsRadio 1310 The Ticket at 3.0, 105.3FM The Fan at 2.8 and KESN 103.3 FM at 2.6.
Among all stations in the market, the Ticket ranked tied for 12th in men 25-54, The Fan was 14th and KESN, aka ESPN, was 16th.
Let’s compare March 2015 to March 2014. The Ticket dominated the men 25-54 ratings in sports talk a year ago. It was the Ticket 6.9, Fan 3.1, ESPN 2.9.
If you believe all listeners matter and hence prefer a more egalitarian approach, the stations ratings were just as tight. It was the Ticket (1.5), Fan (1.4) and ESPN (1.3).
For the record, the March book was from Feb. 26 to March 25. Among the big topics of sports conversation were DeMarco Murray’s departure to the Philadelphia Eagles, Greg Hardy joining the Cowboys, Yu Darvish’s injury, the Rangers season prospects and the early rounds of the NCAA tournament.
The most competitive block of the day came during 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. afternoon drive. The Fan’s Ben & Skin scored a 3.1, followed by The Ticket’s Hardline at 3.0 and ESPN’s Afternoon Show, anchored by an hour of assorted programming at 6 p.m., at 2.9.
How’s this? Ben & Skin (3.1) was No. 1 in the sports talk universe at 3 p.m.; The Afternoon Show (3.7) was No. 1 at 4 p.m.; The Hardline was No. 1 the final two hours (4.0, 3.8).
The lowest rated show on any of the three stations was Colin Cowherd’s two morning hours of ranting on ESPN. The national show out of Bristol, Conn., scored a 1.5 share at 9 a.m. and a 0.7 at 10 a.m.
On the flip side, the only other national show on the daily schedule, ESPN’s Mike & Mike, turned in the two top-rated hours of the day at the station – 5.4 at 7 a.m. and 4.3 at 8 a.m.
As usual, the Ticket’s Musers turned in the highest rated hour at 8 a.m., scoring an 8.3.
Credit to the Dallas News who originally published this article
Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at JBarrett@sportsradiopd.com.
Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”
The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.
“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”
Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.
Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP
WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.
A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.
He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.
The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.
Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open
“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”
Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.
In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”
The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.
“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”