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ESPN 1000 Edges 670 The Score in the Chicago Summer Ratings Book

“ESPN 1000 won most dayparts head to head including M-F 6a-7p. The Score recorded a victory for the full week, M-SU 6a-Mid.”

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ESPN 1000 and 670 The Score are often involved in a close race for sports radio bragging rights in Chicago, and the summer book was no exception. The numbers for both brands were stable for the most part, but the return of sports and a few lineup changes have both brands optimistic about the future.

The news was a little bit brighter though for ESPN 1000 in the key demo of Men 25-54, as the station won most dayparts head to head against their local rival including winning all three summer months with M-F 6a-7p. 1000 beat The Score in July 3.3 to 2.8, in August 3.1 to 2.5, and in September 3.0 to 2.6. The Score did record a victory for the full week M-SU 6a-Mid, edging 1000 for the book 2.9 to 2.5.

In mornings, ESPN 1000’s new duo featuring David Kaplan and Jonathan Hood are off to a strong start, topping their local sports radio competition since their August debut. For the full summer book, ESPN 1000 did a 3.5 share from 5 – 10a. Their new lineup, which began during the final month of the book features ESPN Radio’s national morning show Keyshawn, J-Will & Zubin from 5 – 7a, followed by Kaplan and Hood from 7 – 10a.

In comparison, 670 The Score trailed ESPN by almost a full point in the morning hours. From 5 – 7a, The Score earned a 2.7 share, and from 7 – 10a, they did a 2.5 while going up against ESPN 1000’s first local morning show in decades. During those hours, The Score features Mully & Haugh from 5 – 9a, and the first hour of Dan Bernstein’s midday show.

From 10a – noon, ESPN 1000 finished ninth with a 3.5 share. The first two months of the book still featured Kap & Company in the late morning timeslot, but the station’s new lineup saw Carmen & Jurko move to the 10a – noon block as of Aug. 17. The Score, which airs The Dan Bernstein Show during the 10a – noon hours, earned a 2.3 share.  

The Score’s highest rated daypart during the summer quarter came in the noon – 2p hours, where Laurence Holmes has proven the ability to perform well with or without sports, earning a 3 share. ESPN 1000, which previously aired Carmen & Jurko in the noon – 2p hours and now features Mike Greenberg’s national show, did a 3.2 share for the summer book, narrowly beating Holmes.

Rounding out the weekday lineup, ESPN 1000’s afternoon duo of Tom Waddle and Marc Silverman finished tied for 13th with a 3.1 share, an increase of more than a full point from their spring performance. Even better than that was the recent news from Silvy, announcing last week that his cancer is in remission. Despite being diagnosed with the disease in April, Silvy continued to co-host ESPN 1000’s afternoon show in both the spring and summer books.

The Score meanwhile finished 16th from 2 – 6p as their afternoon show with Dan McNeil and Danny Parkins earned a 2.6 share, down half a point from the spring book. The Score has since fired longtime afternoon host Dan McNeil for an insensitive tweet, but that lineup change took place after the summer book was complete.

The evening block was The Score’s big win, topping ESPN 1000 by almost three points from 8p – midnight and almost five points in the 7pm hour. In the summer ratings period, The Score did a 6.1 during the 7pm hour and a 4 share from 8p – midnight. ESPN 1000 did a 1.2 in the same block.

Another positive for The Score was their cume, which was higher than their competitor among daytime shows with Men 25-54. They also held head to head advantages with Men 18+.

The Score serves as the Chicago Cubs flagship radio station, signaling the importance of baseball radio rights in the market. The station also airs Chicago Bulls basketball, which could see improvement with Billy Donovan now in place as the team’s new head coach. ESPN 1000 on the other hand is reportedly close to a deal with the Chicago White Sox to begin airing their games starting with the 2021 MLB season. Adding Sox baseball may not help the station win the nighttime matchup, but it should make things closer.

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Field of 68 After Dark Debuts On SiriusXM Next Week

“Listeners will hear a lineup of rotating voices that includes well-known media members, former standout players, and established college basketball coaches.”

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SiriusXM’s ESPNU Radio is getting a new show on Monday. The channel will carry Field of 68 After Dark. The one-hour show is currently broadcast nightly at 11pm on the Field of 68 Media Network’s social channels and YouTube page.

Listeners will hear a lineup of rotating voices that includes well-known media members, former standout players, and established college basketball coaches. Rob Dauster and Jeff Goodman will make regular appearances. A press release says Seth Davis and Doug Gottlieb will be part of the show at times as well.

“There’s a major void right now in this space with regard to college basketball,” Dauster said. “This will give diehard college basketball fans somewhere to go each night from the start of the season through the national title game to not only be informed, but also entertained.”

Field of 68 is a podcast and digital media network focused on college basketball. The network partnered with BetRivers last year to expand into the college football space as well.

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BetQL Audio Network Adds 3 Weekend Shows

“As football season turns the corner for the home stretch, we’re pleased to introduce three dynamic Sunday shows to help bettors get ready for all the action across the sports world.”

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Audacy, Inc. continues to expand its sports betting programming portfolio with its announcement of three new Sunday shows on the BetQL Audio Network. The shows will debut this Sunday, January 16 in a move made in accordance with the end of the National Football League season, further cementing a commitment to provide football fans, and sports fans as a whole, coverage aligning with their interests.

The first show, BetQL 5 Star Weekend, will be co-hosted by CBS Sports Radio’s Damon Amdendolara and 93.7 The Fan’s Chris Mack, with 105.7 The Fan host Jeremy Conn joining the program as a guest host until February 20. The duo will use the BetQL star rating system to determine the best bets to make every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. E.S.T.

From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday’s Bets with The Team 980 host Travis Thomas, along with BetQL Audio Network hosts Quinton Mayo and Michael Jenkins will be on the air. They will continue to preview and subsequently recap the action from a betting perspective throughout the day.

To close out the Sunday coverage, BetNation with Shaun Morash of CBS Sports Radio and Kevan Kenney of Audacy will wrap up the day and “take the pulse of the nation from a sports betting perspective.” Their program will air from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. Following the conclusion of this program, Back to the Futures will continue in its 8 to 9 p.m. timeslot, with BetQL writer Lucy Burdge joining co-host Brandon Sprague.

“As football season turns the corner for the home stretch, we’re pleased to introduce three dynamic Sunday shows to help bettors get ready for all the action across the sports world,” said Audacy Vice President of Sports Matt Volk in a statement. “These three programs will continue to put fans in position to win on Sundays, no matter the season.”

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Dan Patrick: I Was Still Looking For ESPN’s Approval After I Left

“Along with working at ESPN, both men related working at the network with the relationships they had with their fathers.”

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Dan Le Batard appeared on the Dan Patrick Show yesterday for an interview.  Le Batard and Patrick discussed each of their own experiences with ESPN.  Along with working at ESPN, both men related working at the network with the relationships they had with their fathers. 

Patrick claimed that ESPN became a sort of “father figure” to him as his father passed away when he was only 25 years old.  He continued to talk about how he wanted to make the network where he worked proud in the same way he wanted to make his father proud of him. 

“I kept looking for approval from ESPN and even when I left ESPN, I’m looking for approval as if to say, ‘man we never should’ve let you go’ so it was kind of weird.”

Le Batard explained how his father’s emotional limits made it hard for him to know whether Papí was proud of him, so he would look for that approval from the companies he worked for.  He also discussed the literal “freedom” his father gave him by moving his family from Cuba to the United States.  Le Batard’s father is fairly recognizable because he is actually a part of the show.

“To be able to share that with him and be grateful for it, I didn’t think I would ever repay the debt.  But I’m happy that I was able to show him the love that would feel like I’m trying to repay the debt because yes, I wanted that to be something that was proudly ours.  Mine and his.  It was supposed to be my tv show but I tell everyone ‘and then that ass stole it from me’.” 

It was a unique conversation for sports radio and a rare look into the emotional side of this business. Both men had very unique experiences with ESPN. It was interesting to hear their reflections on how that affected them both during their employment and after they each left.

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