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Sports Radio WIP Delivers Dominant Performance in 2021 Winter Ratings Book

“Every single show on WIP produced double digit shares, two programs earned 1st place finishes, and Cataldi despite being 2nd had the best share in the market.”

Jason Barrett

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Covid-19 has presented a ton of challenges in terms of the way we live, the way we consume media, and the way radio stations and their shows operate. Despite chaos caused by a global pandemic, one thing has remained consistent in Philadelphia – sports radio listeners remain loyal to Sports Radio WIP.

In the 2021 Winter Book, Philadelphia’s sports radio ratings king remained on top for the full week (M-SU 6a-Mid) among Men 25-54, producing an 11.7 share (2.1 on the stream), which was enough to secure a 2nd place ranking. 97.5 The Fanatic closed out the quarter for the full week with a respectable 6.6, 3rd place finish. The separation between the two brands was greater among Adults 25-54 and Persons 6+. WIP was 3rd with P25-54 and 4th with 6+. The Fanatic was 9th with P25-54 and 15th with 6+.

Turning our attention to the shows, WIP’s Angelo Cataldi and the WIP Morning Show did what they usually do, lead the entire market. Cataldi’s program delivered a massive 13.3 share (2.9 on the stream), which placed him 2nd with Men 25-54. The show was also 2nd with Adults 25-54 and 3rd with Persons 6+. On the other hand, the first book for 97.5 The Fanatic’s John Kincade was solid. John generated a 6.9, strong enough for 3rd place.

In middays, WIP’s team of Joe DeCamara and John Ritchie also produced double digit shares. The duo recorded a 10.0 (1.7 on the stream) with Men 25-54, strong enough to lock up 2nd place. The Fanatic’s Anthony Gargano produced the same share as Kincade, a 6.7 with Men 25-54, which put him in 5th.

Shifting to afternoons, the team of Jon Marks and Ike Reese gained bragging rights for the quarter by becoming one of two sports radio shows in the market to deliver a 1st place finish. Marks & Reese’s 12.7 share (2.3 on the stream) with Men 25-54 elevated them to the top spot and in front of The Fanatic’s Mike Missanelli, who was strong as well, once again popping the best number on 97.5 with an 8.6, good enough for 3rd place.

Closing things out at night, WIP’s Joe Giglio joined Marks & Reese as the other local sports talk show to gain a 1st place finish for the quarter during his 6p-10p timeslot. Giglio generated an 11.3 share (2.4 on the stream) with Men 25-54, which was 5 points higher than The Fanatic’s 6.3 which helped them secure a 6th place finish.

WIP’s quarter was outstanding and deserves to be celebrated. Every single show produced double digit shares, two programs earned 1st place finishes, and Cataldi despite being ranked 2nd had the best share of any sports talk show in the market. There isn’t much you can do but tip your cap to Spike Eskin and his crew on a job well done. Props to Audacy as a company as well, as they took the steps necessary to make sure WIP’s digital performance was being officially monitored by Nielsen. Based on the early returns, it appears to be a smart business decision.

Although WIP is the king for the quarter, and we’re all competitive and like to highlight who won and lost, I think it’s important to put a few things into perspective. Someone is always going to finish ahead and behind. That’s just how it goes when you measure competitions. But if you’re looking at The Fanatic’s performance and thinking they should turn out the lights, you’re missing the point. People inside their building should remain driven, competitive, and eager to turn the tide, but feeling bad about an overall good quarter makes little sense.

First, if you ran 97.5 and I told you at the start of the year that your brand new morning show was going to line up against the market’s most influential talent (Cataldi) and finish 3rd in its first book, you’d sign up for it immediately. If that same share performance was then carried over to your midday show, that’d be seen as a positive too. Then to cap it off with Missanelli lifting the brand nearly 2 full points in afternoons, those are strong performances. Ranking 3rd, 5th, and 3rd in three prime dayparts is excellent, and money can be made if they perform that way consistently.

In closing, the gap between WIP and The Fanatic is wide right now. A 3-4 point advantage isn’t something a station usually reduces in one or two books. However, given the fragile nature of ratings measurement, anything can happen at anytime, so nothing is guaranteed. That said, WIP is clicking on all cylinders, and they’re in the driver’s seat until further notice. For now, let’s just appreciate that we have two great brands in the format battling in a passionate sports city to create sports radio worth listening to.

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NEW STUDY: 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 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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Jonas Knox: Adrian Wojnarowski’s NBA Draft Reporting Was Desperate Ratings Ploy

“The idea that Woj is going to get duped by Orlando Magic in the draft! The first time he’s ever been duped in his career?”

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Thursday’s NBA Draft is a moment the guys waiting to hear their names called had been waiting for since the day they picked up a basketball. While his draft came decades ago in the NFL, LaVar Arrington could relate to what they were feeling.

“It’s a dream recognized,” he said on Friday’s episode of FOX Sports Radio’s 2 Pros and a Cup of Joe. “You work so hard for so long. So, when you’re sitting there waiting for them to call your name, it’s a surreal moment.”

His partner, Jonas Knox, wasn’t in such a nostalgic or celebratory mood. He had a problem with the information leading up to draft night and just how much the narrative that Auburn’s Jabari Smith would be taken by the Orlando Magic with the first pick was pushed before all the sudden, it wasn’t.

“What a bunch of crap that we are being fed by Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN, the Orlando Magic,” he said. “Whoever’s feeding it is full of crap.”

Wojnarowski tweeted an hour before the Draft that Jabari Smith was still the favorite to be taken, but he was hearing that the Magic weren’t ruling out Duke’s Paolo Banchero. 

When the first pick was announced, it was Paolo Banchero that heard his name called, not Smith. 

“One of three things happened,” Knox said. “Either ESPN is so desperate for ratings and for people to give a crap about the NBA Draft and their sport that they waited until the final hour to pump up some interest, realizing we’ve got a problem here based on some ratings and some reports on some ratings in the NBA Finals, so they waited until an hour before and had Woj drop a ‘Woj Bomb’ that it could not be Jabari Smith, that it could be Banchero who’s gonna go number one overall. It’s either that or Woj is in some kind of cahoots with the Orlando Magic.”

That is a powerful accusation. Knox finds it hard to believe the information got to ESPN’s renowned NBA Insider so late in the process.

“The idea that Woj is going to get duped by Orlando Magic in the draft! The first time he’s ever been duped in his career?”

He didn’t rule out that someone was trying to make money behind the scenes. As late as Thursday afternoon, the Duke Forward was still in plus territory to be the top pick on many sportsbooks’ odds boards. The odds had gone as high as +1600 last week.

“I call BS. I think it’s all shenanigans and I think somebody needs to get called out for it,” Knox concluded. “That pisses me off, man.”

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