The winter ratings book marked three straight quarterly radio ratings victories for 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, which again topped their local rival 1310 The Ticket according to Nielsen Audio. But it was a strong quarter for both stations, especially considering the recent changes each made to their weekday lineups.
In weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p), 105.3 The Fan earned a 4.8 share with their target audience of Men 25-54, while The Ticket posted a 4.1. ESPN 103.3 was further back with a 1.7. It’s worth noting that The Ticket posted very strong streaming numbers for all of their weekday programs, but those aren’t included in the radio share. Digital listening continues to grow, but Nielsen’s calculated terrestrial numbers are still used to influence ad sales and determine bonuses.
In morning drive, The Fan’s duo featuring Shan Shariff and RJ Choppy edged The Ticket’s iconic show The Musers 4.1 to 3.8. The Fan was tied for 6th, while The Ticket finished 8th in the 5:30a-10a timeslot.
The winter quarter was the first full ratings book for GBag Nation in their new 2p-7p slot and they didn’t disappoint. The Fan’s afternoon show ended the quarter tied for second with a 4.8 share. The duo they replaced, Ben & Skin helped 97.1 The Eagle to a first place finish for the book. Ben Rogers and Jeff “Skin” Wade joined The Eagle a month into the winter book, hosting from 2p-5p on the rock station. Combined with Russ Martin, who fills the 5p-7p hours on The Eagle, the Dallas area rock station earned an 8.8 share from 2p-7p.
For The Ticket, it was the first book for Bob Sturm in afternoon drive as host of The Hardline. Sturm joined Corby Davidson on the show, taking over for the iconic Mike Rhyner who announced his retirement shortly after the New Year. The Hardline, which starts an hour later than its afternoon drive counterpart on The Fan, earned a 4.2 rating from 3p-7p.
Sturm left The Ticket’s midday show BaD Radio after 20 years alongside Dan McDowell. Longtime producer Jake Kemp stepped up to co-host the early afternoon show with McDowell which airs from 12p-3p and follows Norm & Donovan from 10a-12p.
The Fan moved K&C Masterpiece from evenings to middays as part of their lineup restructuring after Ben & Skin left the station last fall. From 10a-2p in the winter book, The Fan finished ahead of The Ticket 5.3 to 4.4.
The overall ratings may not be as high as we’ve seen in previous books for both stations, but The Fan’s program director Gavin Spittle and The Ticket’s Jeff Catlin deserve credit for maintaining steady production while undergoing lineup adjustments.
One key point to be understood, the numbers above are specifically for each station’s radio ratings performance. They do not include streaming numbers. That’s because Nielsen reports those numbers separately. When combined, it changes some of the total performances for both stations.
Tony Bruno Relives Favorite Moments With Angelo Cataldi on 94 WIP
“I loved every day. We did stuff that put Sports Radio in Philly on the map and I’m proud of that.”
Tony Bruno has been a staple of the sports radio business for decades. Bruno is from Philadelphia and was teamed up in the early nineties with a duo still dominating the local airwaves there today, Angelo Cataldi and Al Morganti. The three reunited Thursday morning on 94 WIP to remember the glory days of their partnership and friendship.
One of the first moments Cataldi asked Bruno if he remembered was the update he did from a tree outside of their studio and the answer was an emphatic yes.
“Absolutely, it’s one of the highlights of my life – other than interviewing four Presidents and every sports athlete in history – there’s no bigger moment than me climbing up in the tree, which was obstructing our view of William Penn and the city skyline. That’s what I do, I was a man of action. I’m not one of these guys that talks the talk, I climb the tree to do whatever is necessary.”
More frivolity followed when Cataldi harkened back to a segment of ‘Damsels in Distress’ and a time in which Bruno was sent on the street during a snowstorm to help shovel people out of their driveways. Bruno quickly recalled, “Man of the people. I should run for – I should of run for Governor of Pennsylvania or Senate or something.”
Bruno added that his favorite rant (and one that Cataldi loved too) wasn’t about the Cowboys or sports at all. “My favorite was my Infinity Broadcasting rant where I went on one day and even ripped our bosses, all the way up to the top of Infinity Broadcasting.” Cataldi cackled and praised Bruno’s rants more before being interrupted by Bruno saying, “yeah, my only regret is I never really ripped Al (Morganti) the way I should have ripped him. I let him of the hook so many times.”
An insightful moment came at the end of the call when Cataldi asked rhetorically if Bruno ever thought they (Cataldi & Morganti) would still be doing this thirty years later and then asked if Tony ever regretted leaving.
“It was a tough decision, Ang,” Bruno answered. “I was given an ultimatum. When I came to work with you guys, I loved every day. Every day we had fun. We did stuff that put Sports Radio in Philly on the map and I’m proud of that. It wasn’t one of those, ‘oh I got to go; I’m too big for these guys’. I even turned the ESPN job down a couple of times.
“My kids were still younger then, I didn’t want to move. I didn’t have to move. They said just come up here on weekends and that’s how ESPN Radio started. So I was doing weekends and Tom Bigby (Program Director) didn’t like that either, told me it wasn’t going to work. It was a philosophical thing. When he told me, ‘you should go because we are not going to pay you what they’re paying you,’ I said ok.
Cataldi began to sign off with Bruno with genuine thanks: “I got to tell you something Tone, we are indebted to you for the rest of our lives because we both learned so much from you and you are one of the great talents that radio has ever had.”
Dodgers Temporarily Pull Broadcasters Off Road
“If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road.”
When the Los Angeles Dodgers visit the East Coast later this week, the men that call the action on TV and radio will not be with them. The games will instead be broadcast on AM570 LA Sports and SportsNet LA from their respective studios.
“Due to a few members of the Dodgers’ broadcast team having recently tested positive for COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, the Dodgers have decided to not travel their broadcasters to upcoming games in Philadelphia and Washington,” the Dodgers announced in a statement. Similar to the 2020 and 2021 MLB seasons, the games will be broadcast from Los Angeles,” reads a statement on the team’s Twitter account.
No further details are available, so the severity and the number of cases remain unknown.
Last September, both members of the Dodgers’ television play-by-play crew were forced into quarantine. Joe Davis was the first to test positive, followed later that month by Orel Hershiser.
On Wednesday, manager Dave Roberts told the media that the Dodgers’ roster and coaching staff are not effected.
“There’s there’s no symptoms in the clubhouse. I think that as far as the upstairs, as an organization, we’re all just trying to be very cautious. But as far as in the clubhouse, coaches, training staff, nothing like that.”
If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road. 2022 was supposed to be a return to normal for the Dodgers and many other teams after not letting broadcasters travel in 2020 and 2021.
Pat McAfee: ‘No One Will Disrespect Jim Rome On My Show’
“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle.”
Jim Rome is a sports radio icon and Pat McAfee recognizes that.
On The Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday, McAfee was talking to co-host A.J. Hawk about how Rome trended recently on Twitter.
This happened after news of Tom Brady’s FOX Sports deal surfaced, and a list of the top paid sports media personalities was compiled. Rome came in behind Brady at number two making a reported $30 million a year, and many were surprised by that number. McAfee wasn’t.
“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle,” he said. “I have nothing but respect for Jim Rome.”
McAfee gave props to Rome, 57, saying he’s been doing sports talk probably longer than anyone. He’s one of the most widely distributed hosts in the country. Pat said he won’t tolerate anyone talking smack about the Smack-Off King.
“No disrespect will be said on this show of Jim Rome, ever,” he said. “Love that man.”