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Reaugh Moves Back to Analyst Role for Stars

Brandon Contes

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For 20 years, former NHL goaltender Daryl Reaugh worked as an analyst for the Dallas Stars.  After serving as the team’s play-by-play announcer for the last two seasons, Reaugh is moving back to the analyst chair this year.

In 2015, Reaugh’s partner in the booth, play-by-play announcer Dave Strader had to step away from the position during his fight with cancer, Reaugh temporarily filled in as the voice of the Dallas Stars.  Following Strader’s passing last October, Reaugh was named the permanent play-by-play announcer for the 2017-18 season.

This year Reaugh will return to his more familiar analyst role after the Stars announced they promoted Josh Bogorad to the play-by-play position.  Reaugh’s move back to the analyst chair does mean the Stars will not retain former defenseman Craig Ludwig, who worked with Reaugh on the call during the past two seasons.

“For the past two seasons, Daryl has done an absolutely stellar job filling in as the team’s play-by-play announcer,” team chief executive officer Jim Lites said. “We can’t thank him enough for selflessly stepping out of his comfort zone and moving into the play-by-play seat during a very difficult time.

“Always the consummate professional, it comes as no surprise that Daryl again put the team first by moving back into his previous role where he will continue to shine.”

During the last five years Bogorad has worked on the teams pre- and postgame show for radio and television.  Bogorad expressed gratitude and excitement for his new role with the franchise in a message on Twitter.

“A huge thank you to everyone for you messages and kind words today.  Since coming to Dallas, it has been a privilege to be part of the Stars organization and I am so excited for this move.  It is an honor to partner with Razor and the entire Stars production team to continue the high standard of broadcasts the Stars deliver.  Thanks again to everyone who reached out.  I can’t wait for the season to start.”

The Stars radio broadcast is a simulcast of their telecast, meaning Reaugh and Bogorad can be heard on both platforms.  The flagship radio station for the Dallas Stars is The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM, with Fox Sports Southwest serving as the teams TV affiliate.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email 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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