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105.3 The Fan Tops Dallas Winter Ratings

“It’s worth noting The Ticket posted very strong streaming numbers for all of their weekday programming, but those aren’t included in the radio share.”

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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.

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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