For the fall ratings book, 104.3 The Fan continued to be a constant amongst Denver radio stations, finishing first in weekday prime (M-SU 6a – 7p) with a 7.9 share in the target demo of men 25-54.
The Denver sports station again received a massive performance from Mark Schlereth and Mike Evans in morning drive, finishing first with an 11.7 share. From 6 – 9a, Schlereth and Evans are a consistently dominant duo as the market’s highest rated sports show by a wide margin, outperforming The Fan’s first place finish by nearly 4 points.
In late mornings, Orlando Franklin and Sandy Clough earned a 4.3 share, which saw them finish fourth in the market. It was a solid jump for The Fan’s 9a – noon show, which finished 10th in the summer book. From noon – 3p, Brandon Stokley and Zach Bye were third during the fall book, with a strong 6.5 share, up more than two points from the summer quarter.
In afternoons, The Drive with Tyler Polumbus and DMac enjoyed a first-place finish in the fall ratings period with a 7.9 share. Polumbus and DMac were up by more than a full point from their summer book. Nick Ferguson and Cecil Lammey finished sixth in evenings with a 5 share, and The Fan Late Night with Shawn Drotar edged out a Top-10 performance with a 2.1.
The strong fall quarter for The Fan highlights their commitment to delivering strong Broncos coverage during the football season, despite not owning the team’s broadcast rights.
The Broncos flagship, KOA NewsRadio dropped outside the Top-20 in weekday prime for the fall book, earning a 1.7 share. KOA’s three local sports shows had a down quarter, each finishing outside the Top-20. Logan and Lewis delivered a 1.2 from 9a – noon, Big Al and Jojo were just under a 1 share in afternoon drive, and Broncos Country Tonight with Ryan Edwards & Benjamin Allbright produced a 1.1.
As for the market’s other sports station, the fall book saw Altitude Sports Radio 92.5 FM deliver a 1.5 share in weekday prime, led by the afternoon team of Nate Kreckman & Andy Lindahl who outperformed the radio station with a 2.2 share, helping them finish 19th for the quarter. The Nielsen gods weren’t as kind to the morning and midday teams. Both were down year over year and finished outside of the top 20. Moser, Lombardi and Kane finished just under a 1 share in mornings, and Harris, Hastings and Dover generated a 1.3 in middays.
Though the ratings won’t satisfy program director Dave Tepper, the station was elated with a different set of numbers. Despite the pandemic taking its toll on the sports world and The Fan and KOA having advantages in time served on the air, Altitude continues to make great strides in revenue. The station has consistently appeared in the Top 10 most of the past six months, led by 3rd and 4th place rankings in August and September. Colorado’s decision to allow legalized sports betting has certainly helped that cause, and with the Nuggets and Avalanche back in action, the station is hoping to rebound with a stronger winter performance.
WCCO Brings Back The Sports Huddle
“The Minnesota sports-focused show returns after previously being hosted by the late Sid Hartman and Dave Mona for over 40 years.”
Audacy announced it is bringing The Sports Huddle back to 830 WCCO in Minneapolis, MN. The show returns on Sunday, Oct. 10, and is airing from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m CT on WCCO with hosts Mike Max and Pete Najarian.
The Minnesota sports-focused show returns after previously being hosted by the late Sid Hartman and Dave Mona for over 40 years. The new crew is bringing their flair to the Minnesota sports scene with big-name interviews and listener interaction.
“We’ve been discussing for a while a show that ‘reboots’ the heritage and equity of the old Sports Huddle while exhibiting a new energy and more expansive template for Pete and Mike to talk about all the various topics they’re passionate about,” said Brad Lane, Brand Manager, 830 WCCO. “We’re confident this new edition will help take this legacy brand to the next level while offering a unique and fresh outlook on the most relevant topics each week.”
Max has been with the station since 1998 and currently hosts his weeknight show Sports to the Max. He also contributes to The WCCO Morning News and started his career as an intern at WCCO-TV.
“Pete and I can’t wait to continue bringing what we grew up with to our audience,” said Max. “Sundays on WCCO have always meant entertaining and exclusive content.”
His athletic co-host, Najarian, played football at the University of Minnesota and was inducted into the program’s Hall of Fame in 1992. Najarian ended his career as Minnesota’s second-leading tackler and parlayed that on-field success into an off-field financial career.
“This show will offer listeners a fresh look at sports with straightforward comments and takes,” said Najarian. “We may even mix in some financials when it’s appropriate.”
A new era for The Sports Huddle begins in about two weeks.
FanDuel: Craig Carton Partnership Adds Humanity To Addiction
”We want to grow this industry in a healthy way for the long term.”
Fanduel recently announced that it is partnering with Craig Carton to be their first ever ”responsible gaming ambassador” for the company.
Over the weekend, Carton had the Chief Marketing Officer of Fanduel Mike Raffensperger on his gambling addiction show, Hello My Name is Craig, to speak on their mission with the partnership as well as why it was the perfect partnership for both sides.
”What I have tried to explain to people is that there was a lengthy vetting period on both sides.” said Craig Carton about the partnership. ”Fanduel wanted to know who Craig Carton is, is he full of crap about his struggle with gambling, and ultimately what’s in it for Fanduel.” said Carton.
Raffensperger added that Fanduel wants to keep their consumers safe while using their product.
”We want to grow this industry in a healthy way for the long term,” he said. ”We understand that some people who use our product are going to have trouble using it responsibly, and it can really affect their lives.”
As to why Carton is the right guy for the role in the partnership, Raffensperger added ”I think what we recognize we needed is to add some humanity as to how we get this message across.”
Craig Carton notably has a long past with gambling. He ultimately served just over a year of his 3 year prison sentence for his role in a Ponzi scheme that saw him defrauding investors to pay back his gambling debts.
Craig Carton Making Responsible Gambling Content For FanDuel
“He will help shape the company’s responsible gaming policy, play a role in FanDuel building AI that can spot problematic gambling patterns, and host events in which he will help younger bettors understand what an addiction looks like.”
FanDuel announced yesterday that it has hired its first ever “responsible gaming ambassador”. WFAN’s Craig Carton has agreed to take on the role. He has been open about his gambling addiction and advocated for those that believe they have a problem to seek help on air since returning to New York radio last year.
The content he creates for FanDuel will have a very specific focus. A press release says Carton will promote messages of “advocacy, prevention awareness and content development focused on the importance of wagering within limits”.
Craig Carton was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in a ponzi scheme to defraud investors of money they were told was being invested in tickets for resale. In reality, Carton was using the money to repay some of his gambling debts.
“My story and personal history with gambling has been well documented,” said Carton. “More than ever, I want to use my experience and platform to shine a meaningful spotlight on the issue of problem gambling. It was important to me that I find a real partnership with a company that shared my passion for this issue. It became clear FanDuel shared the same goals and was comfortable working transparently with me for the sole purpose of protecting people.”
FanDuel is planning to utilize Carton in a number of ways. He will help shape the company’s responsible gaming policy, play a role in FanDuel building AI that can spot problematic gambling patterns, and host events in which he will help younger bettors understand what an addiction looks like.
He will also create audio and video for FanDuel’s Play Safe Campaign. FanDuel will help Carton’s WFAN program “Hello, My Name is Craig” find a bigger audience. The show airs on weekends and features Carton discussing his addiction and offering advice to others seeking help.
“We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Craig to place even more emphasis on responsible gaming behaviors,” said Mike Raffensperger, FanDuel Group’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Everyone at FanDuel understands the importance of protecting our customers who are also our family, friends, neighbors and community members. Craig’s powerful personal story will help fuel our mission of making sure no bet placed results in hurting a loved one.”
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