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Strong Fall Ratings For JOX 94.5 In Birmingham & 92.9 ESPN In Memphis

Brandon Contes

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The fall ratings book is out for Birmingham’s WJOX and there’s reason to celebrate. Maybe don’t celebrate the way people did in Tuscaloosa Monday night, but a socially distant high five is certainly in order for everyone at JOX 94.5. 

In weekday prime, (M-F 6a – 7p) JOX finished the quarter first overall with an impressive 10.6 share with their target audience of men 25-54. 

Their 6 – 10am show dominated morning drive, as JOX Roundtable with Lance Taylor, Ryan Brown and Jim Dunaway earned a 12.3 share. Not only did they top their summer book by more than a full point, but The Roundtable beat the market’s second-place station by more than four shares in their target demo for the fall. 

WJOX 10am – 2pm show 3 Man Front hosted by Cole Cubelic, Landrum Roberts and Pat Smith also finished first with a 13.3 share which topped the second-place station by more than three points. Enjoying a boost from football season, the impressive 13.3 fall quarter was almost three points better than the midday show’s summer book. 

A few hours northwest of Birmingham, 92.9 ESPN in Memphis also enjoyed a strong fall book. In weekday prime, the Entercom owned sports radio station finished the book third overall with a 7.8 share in their target demo. 

92.9’s top-rated show was Geoff Calkins, who finished first overall from 9 – 11am with an 11.4 share. In addition to its strong fall book, The Geoff Calkins Show finished first for the full year, an impressive feat considering the long break without sports because of COVID-19. 

During the 11am – 2pm block, John Martin and Jason Smith were Top-8 with a 4.9 share for the fall book. 92.9’s Mark Giannotto and Jeffrey Wright were down from their summer book, but still finished Top-5 in the fall with a 7.3 share from 2 – 4pm. 

In afternoon drive, The Gary Parrish Show was second overall in the fall with a 9.6 share. It continued a major upward trend for Parrish, who topped his summer performance by almost three points and more than doubled his spring book. 

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SURVEY: 16.9% of All Sports Radio Listeners Are Streaming

The survey found that in May 2022, 16.9% of sports talk radio’s audience tunes in via the station’s online stream. That news comes as Nielsen reported that 11.3% of all radio listenership comes thru a stream, up from 6.9% in May of 2020.

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According to Nielsen, All Sports radio stations are the third-most streamed spoken word format, just behind Talk/Personality and News/Talk/Info. The trend is continuing to show that streaming is on the uptick.

The survey found that in May 2022, 16.9% of sports talk radio’s audience tunes in via the station’s online stream. That news comes as Nielson reported that 11.3% of all radio listenership comes thru a stream, up from 6.9% in May of 2020.

Nielsen notes that in the 45 PPM markets they are grabbing data from and the 4,800+ stations that stream in those markets, just 30% of them are encoded. That encoding allows for Nielsen to accurately measure the streams. They used the listener data from 1,500 stations across the U.S., in its latest report, AM/FM Radio Streaming Growth in PPM Markets

The survey also showed that streaming levels differ widely by radio format. Spoken word formats display strong streaming listenership (Talk/Personality: 31.2%, News/Talk/Info: 19.1%, All Sports: 16.9%). In fact, Nielsen found that 1/3 of all AM/FM streaming in PPM markets is to spoken word formats.

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New Study Finds Listeners to MLB on Radio Are Willing to Spend

More than one third (34%) of the respondents recently purchased clothing/apparel that features their favorite team… 27% have visited a ballpark in the past year. That compares to only 19% of the average MLB fan base has made an apparel purchase to support their team while just 11% have gone to a game in person in that same time span.

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When it comes to advertiser’s attempting to reach an affluent and engaged audience, sports talk radio might have a whale on their hands. Major League Baseball play-by-play features an audience that has money and has no problems spending it.

In a recent MRI-Simmons study, data shows that consumers who listen to MLB broadcasts on the radio are the perfect audience for sports marketers. According to the analysis, done by Katz Radio Group, nearly two thirds (62%) of those surveyed consider themselves “super fans” of baseball. That number is 58% higher than the average.

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Those “super fans” are willing to spend to support their team, as well. More than one third (34%) of the respondents recently purchased clothing/apparel that features their favorite team. Those fans are also far more willing to make the trip to see their team. The study found that 27% have visited a ballpark in the past year. That compares to only 19% of the average MLB fan base has made an apparel purchase to support their team while just 11% have gone to a game in person in that same time span.

The news continues getting better for advertisers. Continued analysis reveals that 66% of listeners are currently employed and have a median household income greater than $106,000.

Listeners to MLB games on the radio are also 34% more likely to place a sports bet and 106% more likely to be a participant in fantasy baseball.

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Jeff Dean Signs Off At ESPN Tucson for The Final Time

Dean said on Facebook: “…the years of burning the candle at both ends has taken a dire toll on my health and for the first time in my life, I’m going to put myself and my livelihood first”

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Fans will no longer be able to tune into ESPN Tucson and hear Jeff Dean hosting his show. Friday morning was his last show, according to his Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Jeff Dean Show had been airing from 7-9a MT weekday mornings. Dean took to social media to relay the news and the reason behind him stepping away from the microphone. Dean said on Facebook:

“This morning I signed off from my radio show on ESPN Tucson for the final time. I have been devoting too much of my life and my time to working multiple jobs…the years of burning the candle at both ends has taken a dire toll on my health and for the first time in my life, I’m going to put myself and my livelihood first”

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Dean went on to emphasize that he isn’t stepping away from ESPN Tucson, he’s just taking himself off the air. He also added that “gladly, I will be continuing my position as PA announcer of University of Arizona Football and Men’s basketball.”

Dean would also go onto Twitter to add even further context for his self-removal from the ESPN Tucson airwaves. He added, “It’s not a decision I arrived at hastily, as it’s been a 6 month mental grind to make the ultimate decision that had to be made, and I’m not particularly happy about it, but I have to put my health first, we all do, and make sure we’re around long enough to enjoy life”.

Dean had been ESPN Tucson’s morning host since November 2019.

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