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The Sports Hub Racks Up Another Ratings Win In Boston

“WEEI’s strongest performing timeslot was in morning drive, as The Greg Hill Show finished fifth with a 6.5 share, a little more than half the number generated by Toucher and Rich.”

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Few sports radio brands are operating as well as Boston’s 98.5 The Sports Hub right now. Like a well-oiled machine, they continued their ratings dominance during the summer book, while their sports radio counterpart WEEI did not perform as well.  

Despite COVID-19 erasing games for the first half of the summer book, which spanned June 18 to Sept. 9, The Sports Hub still finished no less than tied for first in all dayparts, according to Chad Finn of The Boston Globe. Overall, in their target demo of men 25-54, The Sports Hub topped the market with an 11.2 share, while WEEI was tied for eighth earning a 4.3. Both numbers include the stream, and both were less than half a point off their spring performance, but The Sports Hub was up by more almost four points year-over-year. 

Beginning with morning drive (6a – 10a), The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich finished first with a 12.0, despite being without Fred Toucher for a good portion of the book. As sports returned to give the industry a boost in late July, Toucher took a leave of absence beginning July 22 to enter a treatment center for alcohol addiction. The longtime Boston morning radio personality rejoined his co-host Rich Shertenlieb Sept. 9, just in time for the start of the fall quarter. 

WEEI’s strongest performing timeslot was in morning drive, as The Greg Hill Show finished fifth with a 6.5 share, a little more than half the number generated by Toucher and Rich. Both shows saw declines of more than half a point from the spring ratings period.  

In middays (10a – 2p), Zolak & Bertrand also finished first for The Sports Hub with a dominant 13.7 ratings number, while WEEI’s Dale and Keefe garnered a 4.4 share, earning them a seventh-place finish.  The Sports Hub again maintained their exceptional ratings in afternoon drive as Mike Felger and Tony Massarotti were first with a 16 share from 2p – 6p. 

Despite dropping almost a full point from their spring performance Felger & Mazz continued to produce ratings numbers that are rarely reached in the sports radio industry. Felger & Mazz’s local sports radio competition, OMF (Ordway, Merloni and Fauria) finished the summer book in ninth place with a 3.7 for WEEI.  

In evenings, 98.5 aired The Baseball Reporters hosted by Tony Massarotti in the 6pm hour beginning July 20 which did a 10.4 share. WEEI’s evening programming did a 3 share during that same hour.

From 7p – midnight, 98.5 features The Adam Jones Show which finished tied for first with an 8.1 share, up by more than a point and a half from the spring book.  WEEI’s 7p – midnight programming mostly featured the Red Sox after Major League Baseball made its return in late July. The station saw an increase from the spring book, earning a 3.6 share for the summer.

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Sports Gambling Podcast Network To Stage 24-Hour Fantasy Football Draft

“The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed Draft Day 2.0.”

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If you’re serious about Fantasy Football, the Sports Gambling Podcast Network is bringing back a tradition you’ll want to pay attention to. 

For the second year in a row, Ryan Kramer will draft 24 different teams over the course of a 24 hour marathon that will be streamed across multiple video platforms. 

“Fortunately, the analytics research is done so I can focus now on news coming out of the camps to sharpen my views and deliver the well-reasoned selections that people need to get an edge in their drafting,” Kramer said in a press release. “It’s a bit of an audacious undertaking, but the growing phenomenon of Fantasy Football deserves this level of commitment and our SGPN audiences always respond.” 

The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed “Draft Day 2.0”. All of the content will originate from the Sports Gambling Podcast Network’s studios in Los Angeles. 

The marathon will also be a fundraiser. The network is using GoFundMe to raise funds for a colleague named Darryl injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this year. A portion of proceeds generated from the sale of Sports Gambling Podcast Network branded apperal will also go to the effort. 

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Cumulus Announces 790 The Score in Rhode Island is Officially On The Air

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

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After reporting last week that Kevin McNamara would be the station’s only local host in the programming lineup, 790 The Score in Providence, Rhode Island is officially on the air.

The station, which was last on the air in the market in 2008, has been revived and will serve as the market’s first sports and sports betting station.

“The station features a lineup of expert personalities that deliver unique sports talk and sports betting insights that entertain, inform, and engage,” said Holly Paras, VP and market manager of Cumulus Providence. “We think Providence sports and sports betting fans will love 790 THE SCORE!”

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch some of the top national talent on the airwaves throughout the day and night. This includes hosts like Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

McNamara will host his show Kevin Mac Sports Hour daily from 5-7 p.m.

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Paul Finebaum Will Make $700K Advance Ahead of Nick Saban-Jimbo Fisher Book

Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

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Though there’s still some time before a finished products reaches bookshelves, but ESPN’s Paul Finebaum is reportedly set to get a nice six-figure advance by Penguin Press.

According to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

Back in the spring things came to a head between Alabama’s Nick Saban and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, as the two engaged in a verbal spat in separate press conferences over name, image and likeness.

Saban said Fisher and his staff utilized NIL and “bought every player” in the Aggies’ spring 2022 recruiting class.

Things got so heated and drew so many headlines that SEC commissioner Greg Sankey had to step in and try to get the former colleagues to cool it.

Finebaum is teaming up with Alabama beat reporter John Talty to write the book.

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