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Heritage Brands In Minneapolis, Birmingham Continue Success In Summer Ratings

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They’re in mid-markets sitting 1,000 miles apart, but Minneapolis’ KFAN and Birmingham’s WJOX have become heritage sports talk stations in their local cities, and nationally recognized brands for their consistent success.

The summer ratings book was no different for both stations. Although KFAN’s quarterly shares were not provided to BSM, the Minneapolis sports talk station finished first overall among their target audience of men 25-54. Subsequently, each of their weekday shows topped the market, led by a lineup that features The Power Trip from 5:30 – 9a, followed by Vikings play-by-play voice Paul Allen in the 9a – noon hours. KFAN’s afternoon programming includes The Common Man Progrum with Dan Cole from noon – 3p, followed by Dan Barreiro until 7p. 

All four of KFAN’s weekday shows finished first among men 25-54. But equally impressive was KFAN’s stretch beyond their target audience, finishing the summer book in a first-place tie with KXXR in weekday prime (M-F 6a – 7p) among adults 25-54. 

About 1,000 miles southeast of KFAN, Birmingham’s Jox 94.5 also finished first in weekday prime with their target audience men 25-54. In morning drive, The Roundtable with Lance Taylor, Ryan Brown and Jim Dunaway finished second in the market, earning an impressive 11.3 share during the summer book. 

WJOX midday show 3 Man Front hosted by Cole Cubelic, Landrum Roberts and Pat Smith also ranked second with a 10.4 share from 10a – 2p. And in afternoon drive, the Birmingham sports station features southeast staple Paul Finebaum from 2 – 6p, whose show finished the summer book in third place with an 8.2 share.

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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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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.

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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 Reportedly Scores $700K Advance For Nick Saban 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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