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Schlereth & Evans Fuel 104.3 The Fan’s Summer Book Success

“Schlereth & Evans produced nearly 5 points above the station’s overall number.”

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The Denver sports radio ratings for the summer book produced a mixture of highs and lows, but one constant was the performance of Mark Schlereth and Mike Evans. The 104.3 The Fan morning team led the market for the quarter with an impressive 11.3 share, placing them 1st among Men 25-54. The show did lose a point year over year, but a 1st place performance delivering double digit shares is one that The Fan had to feel great about.

Turning to middays, The Fan led its competition with ‘Sandy & Orlando’ delivering a 3.6 to place them 10th, and ‘Stokley & Zach’ finishing 6th with a 4.1. The bigger areas of concern were a 1.7 year over year drop by Sandy and Orlando, and a 2.3 year over year drop by Stokley and Zach. The lack of sports as a result of the pandemic certainly provide a valid reason for a decline. The tougher conversation is the nearly 8 point drop between mornings and the early midday show.

104.3 The Fan had to feel good about the afternoon performance it received from Darren ‘DMac’ McKee and Tyler Polumbus. ‘The Drive‘ came in 2nd for the book with a 6.7 share. That led the local competition and News/Talk station KOA where DMac’s former partner Alfred Williams hosts head to head against his former employer. The Drive did lose 1.6 in share year over year, the result of the pandemic impacting sports radio brands.

Overall, The Fan was the top sports radio brand in the market for the quarter in weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p), finishing 2nd with a 6.5. Last year at this time they were just above an 8 share. However, with its morning show producing nearly 5 points above the station’s number, The Fan is in good shape. The challenge now is getting the rest of the lineup to elevate to a similar position.

In terms of local competition, Altitude Sports Radio 92.5 is still relatively new to the marketplace and has a long way to go, but there were a few positives to recognize.

Starting in mornings, the team of Vic Lombardi, Marc Moser, and Brett Kane doubled their share year over year. They sit further back at a 1.3 but improving during a pandemic minus sports while most in the market decline is something the station likely feels good about.

In afternoons, Nate Kreckman and Andy Lindahl saw similar improvement, raising their overall share year over year by 33%. The show is now up to a 2.1 and in 12th place during the summer book, a climb of 8 spots. That’s a strong gain in just 12 months.

Middays is where Altitude stumbled in the summer book. Josh Dover, Ryan Harris and Scott Hastings suffered the same fate as some of The Fan’s shows, dropping seven tenths of a point year over year. The midday trio did a 1.3, falling to 20th.

For the quarter, Altitude was the lone sports radio brand in the market to grow year over year. Though the progress was light, one tenth of a point improvement in M-F 6a-6p, it beats the alternative.

With the Nuggets and Avalanche advancing to the playoffs and Broncos football creating more interest in the market during the fall, the next quarter should offer more content opportunities for shows and stations to take advantage of.

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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.

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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