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670 The Score Wins Chicago Winter Ratings Book

“670 The Score bounced back to win the 2021 winter ratings book in Chicago.”

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A tight race one year ago, has become a little more comfortable for 670 The Score. The Chicago sports station won the 2021 winter book, leading in both weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p) and full week (M-SU 6a-Mid). 670 produced a 4.6 (stream included) to place 5th in prime. Full week was slightly lower at a 4.2, but their ranking was better, tied for 4th.

Among The Score’s daytime shows, which includes their streaming number, Mully & Haugh tied for 9th in mornings with a 3.7 share. Dan Bernstein and Leila Rahimi started strong in middays with a 4th place 5.8 share. Laurence Holmes followed them with an impressive 5.7 share, 3rd place finish. In afternoons, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel came in 8th with a 4.0 share. Spiegel though didn’t officially join the show until February 8th so the first month of the book includes Parkins working with different hosts. Finishing at night, The Score produced a 4.1, good enough for a tie for 5th.

On the flipside, ESPN 1000 finished the full week with a 1.7 share, and weekday prime with a 1.9 share. That placed them 22nd for the full week, and 19th in prime. That was a lower than usual finish for the brand.

Among ESPN 1000’s weekday shows, ESPN Radio’s ‘Keyshawn, J-Will and Zubin’, which airs on 1000 between 5a-7a finished 11th with a 3.2 share. David Kaplan and Jonathan Hood grabbed a 14th place finish with a 2.2 share between 7a-10a. Carmen and Jurko were 20th from 10a-12p with a 1.6 share. Mike Greenberg’s national show, ‘Greeny’, came in 11th from Noon to 2 with a 3.2 share. Waddle & Silvy were surprisingly low in afternoons, registering a 24th place finish and 1.5 share. Wrapping up at night, ESPN 1000 produced a 1.1, placing them 25th in the 7p-12a timeslot.

Overall, The Score has to feel great about the quarter. The station won each daypart among local sports radio competitors, and though listening levels aren’t where they were a few years ago, there’s plenty to build on. Middays were a big strength this book, proving the Bernstein-Rahimi pairing and Laurence Holmes are a hit with local listeners. The area where improvement can be made is in the drive times. With Spiegel now alongside Parkins permanently, and Cubs games about to deliver more cume at night and later in the day, that should help.

For 1000, this is an odd book. Both ESPN Radio national shows delivered the best numbers for the station this quarter which was abnormal. Waddle and Silvy are also usually in the thick of a race, not in 24th place. With Silvy back in studio, the Sox debuting on the station, and a more than capable air staff still in place, look for 1000 to be much more competitive in future months.

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Michael Irvin: ‘Shan & RJ Start National Conversations’

“Y’all stir the pot a lot on the national scene. Every time I’m out there I gotta hear ‘Jerry said on Shan and RJ 105.3’.”

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Michael Irvin makes regular appearances on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. He is one of the many stars associated with the Dallas Cowboys that make time to talk to the hosts on the team’s flagship station. On Thursday morning, The Playmaker joined Shan & RJ and told them to be careful with the words they choose.

Irvin came on following a discussion of Mike McCarthy’s final conversation with the media for the season. During the segment, one of the host’s said it was the Cowboys’ coach’s “final conversation.” Irvin said that statement needed some clarity.

“You should have added ‘of this year’,” he said. “Because the national guys, they’ll pick it up and run with that.”

It isn’t just a matter of what was said. Michael Irvin says that the national media will pay attention to who said it was McCarthy’s final conversation with the media and jump to conclusions.

“Y’all stir the pot a lot on the national scene. Every time I’m out there I gotta hear ‘Jerry said on Shan and RJ 105.3’.”

The hosts laughed as Irvin made the declaration. Maybe they enjoyed the characterization. Maybe they knew he was telling the truth.

Plenty of national headlines have been generated by appearances from Jerry and Stephen Jones on the station. Although, to be fair to Shan & RJ, K&C Masterpiece has been at the center of plenty of those conversations too.

That didn’t stop Michael Irvin distilling Shan & RJ’s role in the national media conversation about the Cowboys to a simple sentence: “Y’all starting mess out here.”

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Jeff Rickard Out At WEEI

“In the memo, new Audacy Boston market manager Mike Thomas says that the station will be naming a new brand manager in the future.”

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Jeff Rickard’s tenure in Boston did not last long. Chad Finn of the Boston Globe tweeted yesterday that the WEEI brand manager has left Audacy and intends to return to Indianapolis.

Rickard was announced as the new brand manager of the legendary Boston sports talker in August. He left his role as morning show host and PD at The Fan in Indianapolis at that time.

In the memo, new Audacy Boston market manager Mike Thomas says that the station will be naming a new brand manager in the future.

In the meantime, Ken Laird has been promoted to operations manager for the station. Laird announced yesterday that this means he is leaving the Greg Hill Show, which will be on the lookout for a new producer.

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David Ortiz On WEEI: Everyone Knows Dan Shaughnessy’s An A-Hole

“He didn’t seem to take the slight personally. He also didn’t seem to think it mattered.”

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Mark Sardella

You don’t have to guess how David Ortíz feels about Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy. He is more than happy to tell you if you ask.

On Wednesday, the Hall of Fame candidate was a guest on WEEI and afternoon host Lou Merloni asked. He wanted to know how Ortíz felt about Shaughnessy saying he would never vote for the Red Sox slugger to be enshrined in Cooperstown.

“You know that Dan Shaughnessy has been an asshole to everybody,” Big Papí responded.

He didn’t seem to take the slight personally. He also didn’t seem to think it mattered.

“What can I do? Dan’s not gonna stop anything. He’s just one guy that didn’t vote for you, and there’s nothing you can do about it. But I mean, this is a guy who likes giving a hard time to everyone, so you’ve got to love him that way.”

For the record, according to BBHOFTracker.com, Ortíz has received more votes than anyone else on the ballots of the writers that have made their votes public. Time will tell if that holds up and he meets the 75% threshold for induction.

Dan Shaughnessy released his Hall of Fame ballot last week along with the rest of the Boston Globe staff. He only voted for Jeff Kent. He was the only one not to vote for Big Papí

David Ortíz will find out next week if he is in. He is one of four players with the numbers that make one think it makes sense for him to be in the Hall of Fame, but a cloud of doubt over him because of his past use of performance enhancing drugs.

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