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Schlereth and Evans Lift 104.3 The Fan in Spring Book

“‘Schlereth and Evans’ lifted the entire station with a massive 11.3 share and 1st place finish.”

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Sports may have been shutdown across the country during the spring ratings book, but in Denver, that didn’t stop local sports fans from tuning in. Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan recorded the best results among sports brands for the quarter, finishing 2nd overall with Men 25-54 with a 6.8 share during weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p). Altitude Sports Radio 92.5 was 18th with a 2.1 during their prime hours of M-F 6a-6p when they feature their three key weekday shows, jumping up seven positions and a full point year over year. Newsradio KOA which offers a mixture of news and sports, and features a few notable sports personalities, produced a 2.9.

The big story for The Fan was the dominant performance in morning drive from the team of Mark Schlereth and Mike Evans. ‘Schlereth and Evans‘ lifted the entire station with a massive 11.3 share and 1st place finish. They were more than four points higher than any other show on the radio station and up two points year over year. Altitude Sports Radio’s ‘Moser, Lombardi & Kane‘ placed 13th for the quarter with just under a 2 share. The trio grew year over year too, gaining seven tenths of a point and moving up six positions.

In Middays, The Fan’s ‘Orlando & Sandy‘ and ‘Stokley & Zach‘ were both ranked 4th for the quarter with a 5.0 and 4.9 share respectively. KOA’s 9a-noon team of Rick Lewis and Broncos radio voice Dave Logan turned in a 2.1 share, which placed them 17th. That was the same share they delivered in 2019. Altitude’s ‘Harris, Hastings & Dover‘ finished the quarter in 20th, the same ranking position as last year.

Moving to afternoons, The Fan’s Darren ‘DMac‘ McKee and Tyler Polumbus generated a 6.5, good enough for 4th place. The show’s share was similar year over year, but last year at this time they finished 1st. Altitude received their best performance of the quarter from Nate Kreckman and Andy Lindahl. The local pair produced a 3 share from 2p-6p, placing them 9th. They’ve gained two full points and jumped 11 positions year over year. KOA’s team of Alfred Williams and Jojo Turnbeaugh held steady with a 2.2 share, the same number as last year, although they did fall two ranking positions year over year.

With the Rockies, Nuggets, and Avalanche not playing games due to the pandemic, The Fan was able to capitalize and put some additional ears on the radio station during the evening hours. “Nick and Cecil” finished 3rd for the quarter with a 6.4 share, and “The Fan Late Night with Shawn Drotar” came in 2nd with a 7.1 share.

Jason Barrett and Brandon Contes contributed to this story

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.

Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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