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Congratulations is in order for KFAN in Minneapolis. The radio station once again flexed its muscles in the March ratings book, finishing 1st with every key weekday show. Chad Abbott and his team have built one of the most dominant sports radio brands in the country.

In San Francisco, KNBR turned in a powerful March book. The radio station was in the Top 3 with 6+, and Top 2 with Adults 25-54. They were also #1 with Men 25-54 in mornings thanks to Murph & Mac who delivered an 8.4 rating.

The battle in the windy city remains tight between ESPN 1000 and 670 The Score. For the month of March, ESPN 1000 led the way in middays (David Kaplan) and afternoons (Waddle and Silvy). The Score however won in mornings (Mully and Hanley). “Waddle and Silvy” turned in the highest performance of any sports talk show in the market, finishing with an impressive Top 10 showing in the 6+ demographic.

Despite undergoing a sea of changes to its weekday lineup, 790 The Ticket in Miami held off WQAM in the March ratings book with Men 25-54. The Ticket produced a 1.0, which was a tenth of a point higher than WQAM who delivered a 0.9. WINZ was a distant third with a 0.2.

98.7 FM ESPN New York’s “Hahn and Humpty” which features Alan Hahn and former Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro are adding a television component to their program. The MSG Network will televise a one-hour highlight show weeknights at 7pm ET starting May 23rd. A replay will air at 10:30pm ET. The show will include the best moments from each day’s radio broadcast.

In Dallas, Gavin Dawson of 105.3 The Fan‘s “G-Bag Nation” is entering new territory. The talented talk show host will debut a brand new show “One Nation“, this Saturday night at 8pm CT on CBS Dallas’ 1080 KRLD. Dawson has offered social commentaries, and unique political perspectives occasionally during his midday show. The venture into news talk allows him to further tap into that passion, while maintaining his presence on the highly rated Fan midday show. He says the focus of the new show will be on bipartisan issues that have a negative impact on the lives of average Americans, and the corruption of the legislative and election process. He expects the show to draw an edge and conservative slant from his position on men’s rights, and the decline of the modern American man and family.

After adding John E. Hoover to their weekday lineup, The Franchise in Tulsa has made moves yet again. The radio station recently secured the local market affiliation for the Kansas City Royals, and pried away the local broadcasting rights to Jenks High School football, the top rated program in the state of Oklahoma. The world champion Royals previously aired on 1550 KYAL, and Jenks played their games for the past twenty years on The Buzz AM 1430.

Longtime Producer Colin Hoggard and 610 The Fan WFNZ in Charlotte have parted ways. Hoggard spent the past eight years working for the radio station after interning on and off for a few years. He’s looking for his next opportunity and can be reached here.

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Tobin and Leroy Debut on WQAM Middays

“This is a big change for us,” Tobin said. “I’ve been doing morning drive, producing or hosting now, for the last decade. Now it’s to middays we go.”

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After a brief hiatus and the closure of 790 The Ticket, Brendan Tobin and Leroy Hoard officially returned to the Miami airwaves on Monday on 560 WQAM.

Tobin and Leroy debuted in its new midday timeslot of 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the station.

“This is a big change for us,” Tobin said. “I’ve been doing morning drive, producing or hosting now, for the last decade. Now it’s to middays we go.”

Tobin added that the timing between when they made their exit from The Ticket and returned on WQAM was a bit off.

“It was a very weird week for us to take off last week. Because they were like, ‘Hey, you’re change times, you’re gonna change stations, and also it’s gonna be the busiest sports week of the year,'” he said. “So now we’re back, and nothing will happen this week.”

“There has been less action on days we thought we had to be here than what happened last week,” Hoard added.

Hoard actually arrived to the show late, citing traffic issues getting to the station. That was something even Tobin noted is an adjustment they have to make from when they were doing morning drive.

“We’ve all discovered here today is traffic is not the same at 8 a.m. as it is at 4 a.m.,” he said. “Very different.”

Tobin made sure WQAM listeners knew that even though they switched stations, the show isn’t changing. They continued with all the usual segments that fans know and love on Monday.

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Mike Rhyner Introduces Dallas to 97.1 The Freak

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

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There’s a new radio station in Dallas which features a number of personalities familiar to local sports radio listeners. 97.1 The Freak made its much anticipated debut and the first voice to be heard belonged to the ”Old Grey Wolf” Mike Rhyner.

97.1 The Eagle stopped regular programming late Monday morning and began stunting, a technique radio stations use to separate listeners from old programming and prepare them for new content. The station began by playing songs with the word “freak” in them before transitioning into a continuous loop of “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” by Tom Petty until 3p CT. Then, a voiceover detailing the Eagle’s history switched into the voice that Dallas-Forth Worth residents have gotten to know so well, Mike Rhyner.

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

Rhyner went on to relive his final moments at The Ticket in Dallas. He said he was getting his “head around being a Paw Paw” before getting a call from Ben Rogers of the Ben and Skin Show and thus an idea for The Freak began to take shape.

After that, the show’s intro music played and Rhyner welcomed in Mike Sirois and before you knew it, the guys were wondering about a quarterback controversy in Dallas.

97.1 The Freak is off and running with a lineup that includes “The Speakeasy,” with Jeff Cavanaugh, Kevin “KT’ Turner, Julie Dobbs, and Matt Cather in mornings (7-11am), “Ben & Skin Show” in middays (11am-3pm) and “The Downbeat” in afternoons (3p-7p) featuring Mike Rhyner alongside Mike Sirois and Michael “Grubes” Gruber.

The station is positioning itself as a lifestyle brand but given its talent connection to local sports radio and the strong interest in Dallas sports, it’s likely the talent will weave sports talk into their on-air discussions. Sports Radio 1310/96.7 The Ticket and 105.3 The Fan have enjoyed good ratings with the male 25-54 demographic and The Freak is expected to challenge them and every other brand that produces spoken word content.

“We’re beyond excited to introduce 97-1 the Freak – the level of talent is insurmountable, and we’re thrilled for the opportunity to further connect with Dallas Fort Worth,” Patrick Davis, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming Dallas, shared in an announcement.

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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