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Eagles Report Leads To Feud Amongst Reporters & Hosts

Brandon Contes

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Last week ESPN reporter, Josina Anderson shared information from an anonymous Eagles player who was critical of the team’s offense and quarterback Carson Wentz.

On Monday, WIP’s Howard Eskin joined Angelo Cataldi’s morning show and stated Eagles wideout Alshon Jeffery was the anonymous source. “The thing is, here’s why he’s foolish and stupid,” Eskin said. “He knows that she’s not out to have his back. The problem is, as a reporter, I’ve seen her do this. She’ll bait a guy and then the guy gets trapped into saying things and he says them. It’s just foolish and stupid.”

Shortly after Eskin’s appearance on WIP, Anderson indirectly denied Jeffery was her anonymous source in a tweet.

The quarrel didn’t stay between Eskin, Anderson and Jeffery, as afternoon host on WIP’s rival station, Mike Missanelli of 97.5 The Fanatic chimed in on the Philadelphia sports story.  

“Everybody who is in the media who works and covers the Eagles can’t stand the fact that a part-time media member and full-time water boy is on the sidelines reporting for the radio broadcast,” Missanelli said referring to Eskin. Eskin hosted afternoons on WIP for over two decades, but since 2011 his focus has been as an insider for the station. Missanelli then played audio from Doug Pederson’s news conference as the head coach addressed the situation with Eskin and Anderson.

During their Monday news conference, another reporter (Jeff McLane) asked Pederson about Jeffery being Anderson’s anonymous source. In an attempt to defer the question, Pederson referred to the story as “last week’s news.” McLane then notes since Eskin patrols the Eagles sideline and wears a Super Bowl ring, does that mean the team leaked information about Alshon Jeffery to him? Pederson again dismisses the question.

“The Super Bowl ring I can tell you,” Missanelli said as he continues his criticism of Eskin. “He didn’t get a ring, he bought it. That’s how pathetic what we’re talking about here is. Plus, he doesn’t get paid for being on the sidelines. He just likes to be there to be included. That’s the level of patheticness we’re talking about here.”

The final chapter of Monday’s strange sports media day in Philadelphia was written by Eskin as he stood by his report. Via Twitter, the WIP reporter made no mention of Missanelli’s comments on The Fanatic, but did refer to Jeff McLane. “There was a foolish/statement question at HC Doug Pererson’s News Conference Monday suggesting I was “fed” the story by Eagles. As I said on radio the team has never fed me a story. Working over 30 years in this market I break stories by showing up and working my sources. This story is now yesterday’s news as far as I’m concerned.”  

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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SURVEY: 16.9% of All Sports Radio Listeners Are Streaming

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 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, All 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 its 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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