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104.3 The Fan Leads The Way In Denver Fall Ratings

“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.”

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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. 

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The Musers Mock Jim Nantz’s Farewell To Nick Faldo

“I’m telling you, Jim, he made it worse with his funeral director voice,” said co-host George Dunham.

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On Sunday, CBS Golf analyst Nick Faldo called his final tournament with CBS after sixteen years with the network. He was poised in the tower above the 18th green with Jim Nantz as he said his final goodbyes. It was an emotional moment that The Musers on The Ticket in Dallas had to comment on.

In the message, Faldo clearly has an issue getting thru the moment while Nantz tries to comfort his friend and buy him some time to regain his composure. However, The Musers thought it wasn’t helpful at all.

“I’m telling you, Jim, he made it worse with his funeral director voice,” said co-host George Dunham. “It sounded like he was going to say, ‘now, it’s time to send you to your happy place’. When he said that and when Nick said, in tears, ‘I’m ready,’ that made it sound like Jim was putting him to sleep.”

“(Australian accent) Go ahead and smother me, Jim,” Gordon Keith quipped, “go ahead and take that pillow over there and choke me out right now.”

“Nick are you ready for us to unplug the life support machine?” asked Dunham.

“Yeah, kick that thing right out the wall, mate.”

Dunham would later say, “I don’t think that any famous broadcaster has ever signed off in tears, proclaiming ‘I’m ready, I’m ready'”.

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Keyshawn Johnson: ‘I Don’t Like Sunday Night Baseball Putting Mics on Players’

“I’ve got an IFB in my ear and I’m trying to pay attention to the game and I’ve got air traffic control talking to me. There’s no way you can tell me that doesn’t affect you.”

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Most people seem to really like Sunday Night Baseball adding mics to players in the field this season. Fans and critics alike have commended ESPN for giving fans access that they have never had before. But don’t expect Keyshawn Johnson to join that praise chorus anytime soon.

“I don’t like the interaction with broadcast teams talking to players during the game, in the field,” he said on Monday morning’s edition of Keyshawn, JWill and Max.

The ESPN Radio morning man is convinced that eventually, the in-game conversations are going to cause a costly error.

Freddie Coleman, who was filling in for both Jay Williams and Max Kellerman, played a clip from Sunday night’s game for Johnson. In the clip, listeners could hear the Padres’ newly acquired slugger Juan Soto pleading with a ball hit by Cody Bellinger to stay in the park during the team’s 0-4 shutout loss to the Dodgers.

“I don’t like that as a player,” Johnson said. “I know the fans love it.”

He said that when he sees players mic’d up and answering a question during the game, he is constantly worried about how it will affect what happens on the field. He said he felt some empathy for the fielder on the mic once the ball is put into play, because if it comes that fielder’s way and he is distracted, the instant reaction from the crowd will be to question the player’s effort or ability rather than ask if the distraction is worth it.

Coleman pointed out that there is some very famous video of Keyshawn Johnson during his playing career mic’d up on the sidelines. Johnson defended NFL Films, saying that getting live sound of a game is very different than what Major League Baseball is making players do.

“That’s different than interacting with Karl Ravech and company in the booth. I’ve got an IFB in my ear and I’m trying to pay attention to the game and I’ve got air traffic control talking to me. There’s no way you can tell me that doesn’t affect you.”

The closing months of the regular season as playoff races start to take shape are not the ideal times for networks to be having conversations with guys in the middle of the field. That doesn’t mean it is never good content. Keyshawn Johnson said that as a viewer, he would welcome in-game interviews during Spring Training and the All-Star Game. He just has trouble believing players are happy to participate.

“It’s cool. I’m not mad that it’s being done. I just wouldn’t like it as a player,” he said.

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Rob Hipp Named New Voice of North Dakota State

In addition to his role as the play-by-play announcer for Bison football and basketball, Hipp will also serve as the Director of Operations for Bison 1660.

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Rob Hipp is the new “Voice of the Bison”.

The former Sam Houston State play-by-play announcer will serve in the same capacity for North Dakota State. He replaces Jeff Culhane, who left the position for a similar role at Florida State earlier this summer.

In addition to his role as the play-by-play announcer for Bison football and basketball, Hipp will also serve as the Director of Operations for Bison 1660.

“It’s an incredible opportunity and blessing to be here. The word that comes to mind with everything associated with NDSU is excellence,” Hipp said. “Matt Larsen, Coach (Matt) Entz, Coach (David) Richman, the support staff and everyone with Bison Sports Properties led by Josh Hartman made this a transparent and smooth process. I also want to thank Tom Boman with Learfield as well as Nancy Odney and the great people at Radio FM Media. My family and I are proud to be in Fargo!”

“We are thrilled to have Rob join the team at Radio FM Media as the new voice of the Bison, Director of Operations for Bison 1660-92.7, and Sports Director for our group,” said Radio FM COO Nancy Odney. “Rob is a very talented play-by-play announcer and a top sports radio host. His creative energy, new content, and passion for sports and broadcasting is going to be an exciting addition to the team.”

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