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WDAE, WFNZ See Strong Summer Ratings In Tampa & Charlotte

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The city generally isn’t a hotbed for sports, but Tampa Bay has been on a roll lately. Between Tom Brady kicking off his NFL tenure with the Bucs, the Rays capturing their first playoff series victory in more than a decade and the Lightning winning the Stanley Cup, the Gulf Coast city has plenty to tout right now and it bodes well for their top sports radio brand 95.3 WDAE. 

Specific shares were not available to BSM for the summer book, but the Tampa Bay sports radio station still had some highlights to be proud of. The summer ratings period saw each of WDAE’s weekday shows improve by at least one full share year over year. Beginning with morning drive, Ronnie and TKras jumped more than two shares from 6 – 9a, finishing the book in sixth place among men 25-54. 

From noon – 3p, Pat Donovan and Aaron Jacobson also finished in the top-10, helped by a massive 75% ratings increase year-over-year. In afternoon drive, Ron Diaz and Ian Beckles were also up a full share from 3 – 7p as compared to their 2019 summer performance. With Brady and the Bucs providing plenty of fall excitement, and the Rays playing meaningful October baseball, WDAE hopes to see similar ratings growth in the fall book.

A drive north takes you to Charlotte, where the sports news has been very different. The home of the perennial cellar dwelling Hornets and the Carolina Panthers, who are looking to rebound from a six-win campaign in 2019, is also home to WFNZ. Radio seems to be the only place the city has any good sports news to share.

In the targeted demo of Men 25-54, WFNZ received solid performance from all three of their key weekday shows. The Mac Attack with Chris McClain and Travis Hancock ranked 8th in mornings. Nick Wilson & Josh Parcell and Kyle Bailey who swapped time slots in August helped the station enjoy 7th and 2nd place finishes in middays and afternoons.

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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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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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