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92.9 ESPN Produces Powerful Winter Ratings Book in Memphis

“92.9 ESPN had six of their shows this quarter finish in the Top 5, including three which were ranked 1st overall.”

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If the first quarter is any indication of what’s on the horizon in Memphis, the team at 92.9 ESPN are going to be ecstatic. The winter book results are in, and the performance delivered by Brad Carson’s team can be summed up in one word – dominant. 92.9 ESPN had six of their shows this quarter finish in the Top 5. Three of those programs were ranked 1st overall.

Starting with weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p), 92.9 finished 1st with a massive 12.4 share. The station also ranked 5th with Persons 25-54, an equally impressive feat. All ratings include over the air and streaming numbers with Men 25-54.

Among the weekday shows, ESPN Radio’s ‘Keyshawn, J-Will and Zubin’, which occupies morning drive for the station, ranked 3rd with an 8.7 share. Geoff Calkins followed the morning show and turned in an impressive 15.0 share to finish 1st from 9a-11a. Following Calkins, ‘Jason and John’ took over from 11a-2p, securing 3rd with an 8.0 share.

‘The Giannotto and Jeffrey Show’ were up next, generating a 14.0 share to rank 1st between 2p-4p. Gary Parrish then raised the bar even higher, producing an incredible 16.8 share to finish 1st from 4p-6p. Parrish’s number was best on the station. It was also best in the market among sports talk shows. ‘The Six Show’ then wrapped it all up with a 9.1 share, 3rd place finish from 6p-7p.

In conclusion, 92.9 ESPN kicked ass this quarter. The station had three shows finish first with shares in the 14-17 range. That is insane. Now add a five point year over year lift in weekday prime, and nine point boost in afternoons, and you can understand why the staff might be fired up. Three more of these quarters, and 92.9 will be tough to beat in next year’s BSM Top 20.

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.

Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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