The February ratings book is out in Philadelphia, and for 97.5 The Fanatic it was an exceptional month, especially if you take into account the radio station’s advantage in online listening opposite market competitor WIP. Even without the streaming performance, The Fanatic has a lot of momentum on their side, and WIP has some adjustments to make.
Some could point to The Fanatic having a play-by-play advantage due to carrying Flyers hockey and 76ers basketball, but given the putrid performance of the Sixers this season, and the Flyers still sitting on the outside looking in of the Playoffs, the radio station’s performance is a reflection of their weekday programming.
Here’s how things stacked up for the month with Men 25-54.
- WIP = Angelo Cataldi – 9.6 (increases to a 10.0 when you add in digital listening)
- 97.5 The Fanatic = Anthony Gargano – 7.7 (increases to 8.3 when you add in digital listening)
- 97.5 The Fanatic = Ellis and Mayes – 6.1 (increases to 8.3 when you add in digital listening)
- WIP = Mike and Ike – 5.8 (increases to 5.9 when you add in digital listening)
- 97.5 The Fanatic = Mike Missanelli – 8.2 (increases to 9.9 when you add in digital listening)
- WIP = Josh Innes – 7.3 (increases to 7.5 when you add in digital listening)
- 97.5 The Fanatic = Joe DeCamara/Flyers-76ers Pre-Game – 9.1 (increases to 9.6 when you add in digital listening)
- WIP = Brian Haddad – 7.6 (no change)
- 97.5 The Fanatic = 7.5 (increases to 9.0 when you add in digital listening)
- WIP = 7.5 (increases to 7.7 when you add in digital listening)
- WIP = 7.2 (increases to 7.4 when you add in digital listening)
- 97.5 The Fanatic = 6.6 (increases to 7.6 when you add in digital listening)
Overall, the two stations are tied M-F 6a-7p when you look strictly at the over the air listening, but when digital listening enters the equation (which does count), The Fanatic takes a pretty commanding lead everywhere besides morning drive.
The Fanatic has to especially love seeing an 8.3 combined rating for Anthony Gargano and Ellis and Mayes. That consistency from 6a-2p is very strong, and it only gets stronger when Missanelli and DeCamara/Flyers-Sixers pre-game take over. To see DeCamara holding over Missanelli’s audience is another very strong sign for the radio station.
For WIP, the performance of Angelo Cataldi continues to bail them out. They need to figure out why the digital listening is strong for The Fanatic and weaker on their end, and create a solution to reverse that trend. With baseball season approaching, a healthy season from the Phillies probably wouldn’t hurt either. That said, they’re in a dead heat across the board when you look solely at radio listening, and since buyers spend a lot of their money based on those numbers, there’s still plenty for them to utilize in a positive way.
Overall, it’s a very tight race, but for this particular month, you’d have to give the advantage to The Fanatic.
Doug Gottlieb On Praise For Pat Beverly: ‘What a Joke!’
“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport.”
Pat Beverley of the Minnesota Timberwolves may have used his appearances this week on ESPN to set up a potential career in media, but some just simply weren’t impressed.
You can count Doug Gottlieb among them. Gottlieb said Wednesday that Beverley’s takes on Suns guard Chris Paul and words for Matt Barnes regarding James Harden’s contract didn’t do him any favors for the future.
“Pat Beverley, if you’re going to die on a hill, James Harden’s hill is not the one to die on,” Gottlieb said. “In a week in which you have a chance to carve out a potential career for yourself which is as good, or greater than your NBA career. What a joke!”
Gottlieb added that Beverley also lost people completely “acting like the arrogant NBA athlete that so many assume that NBA athletes are.”
“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport,” he said. “Congratulations, hell of a week and you’re only in day two.”
While Beverley may not have Gottlieb singing his praises as an analyst, the T-Wolves journeyman did get the attention of Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy. Portnoy said if Beverley wanted to do a podcast for the company, he would give him a blank check and hire him no questions asked.
Mick Hubert to Retire After 33 Years As Voice Of Florida Gators
“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew.”
After more than three decades and more than 2,500 games called in Gainesville, Mick Hubert is retiring as the voice of the Florida Gators.
Hubert, 68, will call it a career after the Florida baseball team concludes its regular season this weekend.
Hubert, who’s called numerous Gators national championships across multiple sports in his tenure, said he had been thinking about retiring but finally had peace about it to make the decision.
“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew,” he said. “I had been considering this for a little while. I just had to do some praying about it and enjoy every game.”
The longtime broadcaster is a 2019 inductee into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame.
Hubert said he poured his heart and soul into broadcasts and that hopefully fans recognized that.
“I hope they heard the enthusiasm, and the credibility is important to me,” he said. “You need to be factual and credible, but you need to be enthusiastic. That’s what I always felt. I always wanted to take my audience on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. I also wanted to give them enough information so they could paint that picture in their mind.”
Reporter Tells Kevin & Query About NBA Draft Lottery Security Measures
“By the time you’re watching the production on ESPN for the lottery, we already know.”
The NBA Draft is coming up towards the end of June, and the top half of the draft order was set this week in the NBA Draft Lottery.
The lottery adds a level of excitement to the mix because you never know if the team with the best odds for the number one pick will actually get it.
But it’s a whole process that actually unfolds well before it airs on ESPN. Pacers reporter Scott Agness of Fieldhouse Files told Kevin Bowen and Jake Query on 107.5 The Fan in Indianapolis what it was like to have access to the lottery.
“By the time you’re watching the production on ESPN for the lottery, we already know,” he said. “It’s already happened. But we’re locked down, sequestered in a room, a ballroom, can’t leave.”
What was even more interesting to Agness was the fact that even people representing lottery teams were under an embargo until the results aired on TV.
“We had all that good info, but the person that won the lottery for instance couldn’t call and celebrate with their people,” Agness said. “None of us in the room could tweet it out because none of us had our devices.”
Agness added that the league had contingency plans in case the lottery drum failed, if the same team had its ping pong ball drawn, and just about every other scenario you could think of. He said he was very impressed with how the NBA did things.
“It was kind of cool to see how well-run everything was in the end,” he said.