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FOX Sports Radio Rolls Out New Weekend Schedule

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FOX Sports Radio has revealed its weekend lineup for the 2018 Spring and Summer sports season. The new programming will begin March 24th and 25th and includes a diverse ensemble of sports entertainment personalities, former players and analysts dedicated to providing around-the-clock coverage, including game-day previews, analysis and interviews.

Among the notable additions to the network’s programming are NBA Champion and two-time All-Star Caron Butler who will team up with another new addition, NBA Insider Chris Mannix, who covers hoops for Yahoo! Sports. Butler and Mannix will join forces every Sunday from Noon to 3pm ET.

“I’ve always had a great deal of respect for Chris,” said Butler. “He came to my home once and told me how passionate he was about the game of basketball I instantly respected him more. I’m happy to have him as a partner and excited to join the FOX Sports Radio team.”

“Caron broke into the NBA around the same time I started writing for Sports Illustrated, and we have been having great basketball conversations ever since,” said Mannix. “He’s as keen a basketball mind as there is out there, and I look forward to continuing those conversations every week. We couldn’t be more excited to join the FOX Sports Radio team.”

Another new program which is likely to provide some fireworks includes the pairing of FSR hosts and FS1 analysts Chris Broussard and Rob Parker. The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard & Rob Parker will be available Sunday mornings from 6a-9a ET.

If it’s working locally, why not try it nationally? FSR has thrown its support behind Mark Willard by adding his San Diego sports radio co-host Rich Ohrnberger to the mix. The duo will be heard Saturday’s from 4p-8p ET. Willard will additionally host Sunday afternoons from 3p-6p ET alongside 14-Year NBA veteran and FOX Sports BIG3 Analyst Jim Jackson,. This will be Jackson’s third year hosting for the network.

Rounding out the network’s programming plans is the addition of FOX Sports College Sports Insider Aaron Torres who joins FSR to co-host on Saturday evenings from 11p-1a ET with Arnie Spanier.

“After five consecutive months of all-time record listenership to FOX Sports Radio, what better time than now to strengthen our core and get even better,” stated Scott Shapiro, Premiere Networks Vice President of Sports Programming. “We are fortunate to have an incredible array of dynamic personalities ready to provide smart, entertaining, and provocative sports talk.”

To see the full weekend schedule coming soon to FOX Sports Radio, click here.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Radio Listeners to MLB

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.

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Jeff Dean Signs Off At ESPN Tucson for The Final Time

Dean said on Facebook: “…the years of burning the candle at both ends has taken a dire toll on my health and for the first time in my life, I’m going to put myself and my livelihood first”

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Fans will no longer be able to tune into ESPN Tucson and hear Jeff Dean hosting his show. Friday morning was his last show, according to his Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Jeff Dean Show had been airing from 7-9a MT weekday mornings. Dean took to social media to relay the news and the reason behind him stepping away from the microphone. Dean said on Facebook:

“This morning I signed off from my radio show on ESPN Tucson for the final time. I have been devoting too much of my life and my time to working multiple jobs…the years of burning the candle at both ends has taken a dire toll on my health and for the first time in my life, I’m going to put myself and my livelihood first”

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Dean went on to emphasize that he isn’t stepping away from ESPN Tucson, he’s just taking himself off the air. He also added that “gladly, I will be continuing my position as PA announcer of University of Arizona Football and Men’s basketball.”

Dean would also go onto Twitter to add even further context for his self-removal from the ESPN Tucson airwaves. He added, “It’s not a decision I arrived at hastily, as it’s been a 6 month mental grind to make the ultimate decision that had to be made, and I’m not particularly happy about it, but I have to put my health first, we all do, and make sure we’re around long enough to enjoy life”.

Dean had been ESPN Tucson’s morning host since November 2019.

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