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92.9 The Game Shines In Winter Ratings Book

“95.5 WSB Atlanta’s News Talk enjoyed a clean sweep in mornings, midday and afternoon drive, finishing first in all three timeslots.”

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92.9 The Game in Atlanta enjoyed an impressive quarter to launch their 2020 campaign. The Entercom owned sports radio station finished second overall during the winter book, posting an 8.4 share among Men 25-54 in the M-F 6a-Midnight demo. 

In morning drive, John Fricke and Hugh Douglas finished second for the book with a 7.3. The Game’s midday show with Andy Bunker and Randy McMichael finished fourth, but their 8.5 rating was just 0.3 away from the second spot. The station’s popular afternoon drive show hosted by Carl Dukes and Mike Bell posted a strong 9.0 and were just half a point away from finishing first for the winter book. 

95.5 WSB Atlanta’s News Talk enjoyed a clean sweep for the quarter in mornings, midday and afternoons, finishing first in all three timeslots, totaling a 10.9 in weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p). 92.9 The Game did finish first with their nighttime show hosted by John Chuckery. The 7p-11p host took over the program full-time last summer and finished 1st overall in the winter book with a 9.8. 

The winter ratings period extends from Jan. 2 through March 25, meaning most of the book took place before the COVID-19 pandemic forced live sports to shutdown March 11. During the quarter’s final two weeks, news/talk saw an increase in listenership as the COVID-19 pandemic became a growing issue in the United States. It will be interesting to see how the virus continues to impact ratings for news talk stations such as WSB during the spring book. 

92.9 The Game’s ratings depict a strong finish for program director Terry Foxx who was unfortunately laid off earlier this month. The layoffs were part of Entercom’s cost cutting efforts as an attempt to combat economic impacts stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Foxx helped launch The Game in 2012, building the station from the ground up to compete with Atlanta’s 680 The Fan. 

680 The Fan does not subscribe to Nielsen ratings, but according to data, the station’s top performing show for the winter book was their afternoon drive duo Chuck and Chernoff. While Atlanta’s top two sports stations feature different business models, their ability to generate money remains more important than Nielsen numbers, especially during an unprecedented shutdown.

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Doug Gottlieb On Praise For Pat Beverly: ‘What a Joke!’

“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport.”

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Pat Beverley of the Minnesota Timberwolves may have used his appearances this week on ESPN to set up a potential career in media, but some just simply weren’t impressed.

You can count Doug Gottlieb among them. Gottlieb said Wednesday that Beverley’s takes on Suns guard Chris Paul and words for Matt Barnes regarding James Harden’s contract didn’t do him any favors for the future.

“Pat Beverley, if you’re going to die on a hill, James Harden’s hill is not the one to die on,” Gottlieb said. “In a week in which you have a chance to carve out a potential career for yourself which is as good, or greater than your NBA career. What a joke!”

Gottlieb added that Beverley also lost people completely “acting like the arrogant NBA athlete that so many assume that NBA athletes are.”

“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport,” he said. “Congratulations, hell of a week and you’re only in day two.”

While Beverley may not have Gottlieb singing his praises as an analyst, the T-Wolves journeyman did get the attention of Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy. Portnoy said if Beverley wanted to do a podcast for the company, he would give him a blank check and hire him no questions asked.

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Mick Hubert to Retire After 33 Years As Voice Of Florida Gators

“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew.”

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After more than three decades and more than 2,500 games called in Gainesville, Mick Hubert is retiring as the voice of the Florida Gators.

Hubert, 68, will call it a career after the Florida baseball team concludes its regular season this weekend.

Hubert, who’s called numerous Gators national championships across multiple sports in his tenure, said he had been thinking about retiring but finally had peace about it to make the decision.

“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew,” he said. “I had been considering this for a little while. I just had to do some praying about it and enjoy every game.”

The longtime broadcaster is a 2019 inductee into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame.

Hubert said he poured his heart and soul into broadcasts and that hopefully fans recognized that.

“I hope they heard the enthusiasm, and the credibility is important to me,” he said. “You need to be factual and credible, but you need to be enthusiastic. That’s what I always felt. I always wanted to take my audience on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. I also wanted to give them enough information so they could paint that picture in their mind.”

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Reporter Tells Kevin & Query About NBA Draft Lottery Security Measures

“By the time you’re watching the production on ESPN for the lottery, we already know.”

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The NBA Draft is coming up towards the end of June, and the top half of the draft order was set this week in the NBA Draft Lottery.

The lottery adds a level of excitement to the mix because you never know if the team with the best odds for the number one pick will actually get it.

But it’s a whole process that actually unfolds well before it airs on ESPN. Pacers reporter Scott Agness of Fieldhouse Files told Kevin Bowen and Jake Query on 107.5 The Fan in Indianapolis what it was like to have access to the lottery.

“By the time you’re watching the production on ESPN for the lottery, we already know,” he said. “It’s already happened. But we’re locked down, sequestered in a room, a ballroom, can’t leave.”

What was even more interesting to Agness was the fact that even people representing lottery teams were under an embargo until the results aired on TV.

“We had all that good info, but the person that won the lottery for instance couldn’t call and celebrate with their people,” Agness said. “None of us in the room could tweet it out because none of us had our devices.”

Agness added that the league had contingency plans in case the lottery drum failed, if the same team had its ping pong ball drawn, and just about every other scenario you could think of. He said he was very impressed with how the NBA did things.

“It was kind of cool to see how well-run everything was in the end,” he said.

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