The summer numbers are out for Dallas, and has been the case before, things remained complicated due to the split between radio and streaming. According to Nielsen Audio, 105.3 The Fan topped Sports Radio 1310/96.7 The Ticket by more than a full point in weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p) for their target audience of men 25-54 if you go solely by radio measurement. The Fan finished seventh with a 4.3 and The Ticket was tied for 12th with a 2.9 share.
But when streaming enters the mix, things get complicated. The Ticket produced an impressive 2.6 streaming share M-F 6a-7p, nearly the same share as their over the air radio performance. The Fan on the other hand delivered a 0.3 in the M-F 6a-7p timeslot.
If people are listening to programming offered by a station thru their phone or computer, that should coun for both brands. Digital listening continues to grow and the work-from-home regularity caused by a global pandemic may be helping the tendency along. It’s important to note that many sports radio brands don’t deliver a digital share as large as the one generated by The Ticket. In some dayparts, The Ticket’s streaming number surprisingly out-rated their terrestrial share.
Starting with the morning shows, The Fan’s duo of Shan Shariff and RJ Choppy outrated KTCK’s The Musers terrestrial audience by more than a point and a half. Shan and RJ topped their spring performance by a full point, finishing seventh with a 4.1 share for the summer book. They also gained another 0.6 from streaming. On the other hand, summer listening for The Ticket’s iconic morning show declined a bit, both terrestrially and digitally as The Musers earned a 2.4 share, while their streaming number was a 1.8. With or without the stream included, Shan & RJ prevailed this book.
From 10a – 3p, The Fan again saw their audience increase from the spring book, finishing in sixth place with a 4.8 share. They pick up another 0.2 in streaming. The Ticket’s over-the-air number was tied for 14th with a 2.6, down half a point from the spring. Their stream though for the second straight book topped their terrestrial listening with a 3.1 share. The midday timeslot is occupied on The Fan by K&C Masterpiece from 10am – 2pm, and GBag Nation from 2p-3p. The Ticket during those hours features Norm & Donovan from 10a to noon, and BaD Radio with Dan McDowell and Jake Kemp from noon to 3pm.
In afternoons, GBag Nation led by Gavin Dawson, which actually airs from 2 – 7p, earned a top-10 finish and a 3.8 share for The Fan. They picked up another 0.1 on their stream. For The Ticket, The Hardline with Corby Davidson and Bob Sturm finished 12th with a 3.5 share from 3 – 7p but gained an additional 2.6 share from their streaming number.
The top-rated radio brand in the market from 3 – 7p is rock station 97.1 The Eagle which earned an 8 share during the summer book. From 2 – 5p, The Eagle features Ben Rogers and Jeff “Skin” Wade, former sports radio hosts on 105.3 The Fan and ESPN 103.3. During their three hours on-air together, Ben and Skin were first in the market among Men 25-54.
For The Fan and The Ticket, there will be new audience available in the fall book in terms of the local sports radio listener. During the summer book, ESPN 103.3 earned a 2.1 share in weekday prime, but Cumulus, who also owns The Ticket, chose to release control of their ESPN affiliate to Disney as of October 7th. Disney has since cut local weekday programming on the station in favor of their national ESPN Radio lineup.
*** This article has been modified to correct an error from earlier which accidentally left out The Fan’s streaming number with Men 25-54. We apologize for the mistake.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
Paul Finebaum: ESPN, FOX Have Power To Tank EA Sports College Football Video Game
“Paul Finebaum had high praise for what the video game has meant to college football.”
The power brokers in college football now are the media. In particular, it is ESPN, who is set to take over the SEC’s media rights and FOX, who controls the Big Ten’s media rights. Paul Finebaum said recently on the Dynasty Mode podcast that those relationships give the two networks major control over college football.
Dynasty Mode is a podcast about EA Sports’ popular college football video game series hosted by BSM writers Arky Shea and Demetri Ravanos. Finebaum told the pair that if either ESPN and FOX or the Big Ten and the SEC don’t want to work together, the video game, which will return to store shelves in 2023 after a ten-year absence from the market, could be doomed.
“We’re a year removed from an absolute certainty, that was a 12 school playoff for the CFP, getting shot down for the very same reason,” he said. “So if they can shoot down the most important entity in college sports, I think they can shoot down this.”
Paul Finebaum had high praise for what the video game has meant to college football. He told Shea and Ravanos that he hopes power brokers at schools and networks realize that.
“I think it’s been very important and I don’t know how many people that are in those power five seats think about stuff like that.”
In the early 2000s, Tony Bruno brought a fictionalized version of his radio show to EA Sports’ Madden NFL series. Finebaum said he had not been approached yet by EA to do something similar for the new college football video game.
“I’m really surprised they haven’t because it would be a big money-making operation, at least for me. I don’t know about for them, but I am happy to participate,” Finebaum joked.
He added that the real value to EA Sports would be his audience. They could give the game a level of authenticity that many fans have missed as college football becomes a more corporate entity.
“You can replace me, but you can’t replace the callers. They are the most unique, and I think it takes a lot of work to nurture callers like that. I’m not campaigning for EA because I have people to do that for me,” he said. “Point being, what makes college sports what it is? It’s the fans. It’s not the fat cats that buy the one million or two million dollar suites. It’s not the people sitting with the president. It’s the rank and file that probably never get to campus.”
Matt Chernoff: WFAN’s Sal Licata ‘Doesn’t Have The Guts’ to Appear On 680 The Fan Again
“He doesn’t have the guts to come on again. After what happened last time? You think he wants that again? Why the hell would he want that?”
Would WFAN’s Sal Licata join Chuck and Chernoff on 680 The Fan in Atlanta again? According to Matt Chernoff, no.
During a May appearance on SNY, Licata declared the National League East race over, saying the New York Mets had wrapped up the division. The Atlanta Braves then proceeded to win 14 consecutive games. The Mets currently hold a seven game lead over the Braves in the division.
After the 14 game winning streak, Chuck and Chernoff had Licata on their show to confront him about the opinion, and things got slightly heated, with Chernoff and Licata eventually yelling at each other, before cooler heads prevailed.
The two hosts rekindled their disdain for one another after the Mets won four of five games against the Braves over the weekend, with the two trading barbs on Twitter. Licata joked Chernoff should hope the New York host doesn’t move to Atlanta to win a ratings battle, and called Chernoff a clown before deleting the tweet. He later tweeted “Funny. No invites from Atlanta sports talk radio today,” accompanied by a should shrug emoji. That caught the attention of Chernoff, who addressed it to open his show Monday.
“He (Licata) won’t come on,” Chernoff said. “He doesn’t have the guts to come on again. After what happened last time? You think he wants that again? Why the hell would he want that? He made a fool of himself and then lied about it to his own fans. There’s a reason he didn’t play the audio on his dumb little show. And next time when he’s an hour late, they have that to play instead. I mean, honestly, if he wants to come on, come on. He has no interest. He does not want this smoke.”
790 The Score Debuts In Providence
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.
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.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett News Media. He also works for ABC8 News and Newsradio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond, Virginia. His prior experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly and iHeartradio Richmond. He can be reached by email at Jordan.E.Bondurant@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.