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97.1 The Ticket Dominates Detroit’s Winter Ratings Book

“The Detroit sports station did what they usually do, finishing either 1st or 2nd in each category.”

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Another quarter, another dominant showing by 97.1 The Ticket. In the 2021 winter book, the Detroit sports radio station did what it usually does, finishing either 1st or 2nd in each category.

Starting with the full week (M-SU 6a-Mid), The Ticket finished 1st with Men 25-54 with an 11.4 share. The station was 2nd for the full week with Adults 25-54 with a 7.0 share. In weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p), The Ticket placed 1st with Men 25-54 with a 13.6 share. They popped a 2nd place finish with Adults 25-54 with an 8.6 share.

Moving to the weekday shows, Stoney & Jansen with Heather were 2nd in morning drive with a 13.6 share with Men 25-54. They were 2nd with Adults with a 9.2 share. Middays saw Karsch & Anderson secure a 1st place finish with Men 25-54 with a 13.1, and another top spot victory with Adults 25-54 with an 8.4 share. Wrapping things up in afternoons, Mike Valenti and Rico Beard produced a 15.6 share to finish 1st with Men 25-54. The popular duo were also 1st with Adults 25-54 with a station best 9.4 share.

The Ticket did lose two points with Men 25-54 year to year in weekday prime and the full week. Given their command over the local market though, they can afford it. The ratings above don’t include streaming numbers, which when added to the equation are likely to boost the station even higher. Overall, an outstanding job by Jimmy Powers and his team.

With a strong lineup in place, Tigers baseball back on the air, Lions football just around the corner, and local sports radio competition non-existent, expect The Ticket to continue dominating the market for the foreseeable future.

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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