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Sports Radio WIP Leads The Way in Philadelphia Summer Ratings Book

“Despite finishing behind WIP, the return of sports did see 97.5 The Fanatic enjoy gains in their target demo of men 25-54.”

Brandon Contes

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Philadelphia’s 94 SportsRadio WIP continued to produce strong ratings, topping their local sports radio competition in every daypart during the summer book. 

Despite finishing behind WIP, the return of sports did see 97.5 The Fanatic enjoy gains in their target demo of Men 25-54. For the full week, WIP finished fourth with a 6.7 share, while The Fanatic was a few spots back with a 4.8. 

According to Nielsen Audio, WIP’s 6a – 10a morning show featuring Angelo Cataldi dipped about four points from their spring book, earning an 8.7 share for the summer. Despite the ratings drop, Cataldi remained in second place for the book, which signals a typical slow summer for radio listenership in the market. Cataldi’s morning show was up by three points on 97.5 The Fanatic, as Marc Farzetta finished fifth with a 5.7 share. 

WIP’s midday show featuring Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie finished the summer in fourth place with a 6.1, down a little more than a point from their strong spring book. For The Fanatic, Anthony Gargano was up two-tenths of a point during the summer book, earning a 4.7 share and a seventh place finish.

In afternoon drive, Jon Marks and Ike Reese again turned in a strong performance during the 2p – 6p hours, topping Mike Missanelli for the third straight ratings period. Marks and Reese finished fourth with a 6.6 share. Missanelli was right behind with a 6.4. Missanelli’s show was up by a full point from the spring book, narrowing the gap in afternoons between The Fanatic and WIP for their target demo of men 25-54. One interesting observation, as the audience gets broader, Jon and Ike expand their lead. The duo were 3rd with Men 18+. Missanelli was ranked 8th. They were also 9th with Adults 25-54, while Missanelli was 13th.

Summer listening is typically down for the sports radio industry, but 2020 was a summer book unlike any other as leagues began returning to action in late July. For The Fanatic, that meant a boost from the Flyers and Sixers playoff games in the last month of the summer ratings period, with some of those games airing in the afternoon hours.

The evening hours included a month of Phillies baseball for WIP, but the station mostly featured Joe Giglio who continued to post strong numbers. Giglio and WIP did a 7.1 share in evenings which was again strong enough for second place. The Fanatic did a 4.3, up almost two points from their spring book.  

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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.

Barry Jackson, a veteran journalist with the Miami Herald, reports that 790 The Ticket morning hosts Brendan Tobin and Leroy Hoard will move to that 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WQAM slot during the week of Oct. 3.

In more station movement, Joe Rose’s WQAM morning show with Zach Krantz now will be simulcast on The Ticket, replacing the Tobin/Hoard program. Audacy, which owns both WQAM and The Ticket, also simulcast Marc Hochman’s and Channing Crowder’s afternoon show.

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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