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KNBR Remains Ahead In San Francisco Winter Book

“Despite working with lower shares, the local competition between KNBR and 95.7 The Game remained healthy.”

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Sports radio listening in the Bay Area wasn’t as hot as it’s been previously. But that’s what winter books can do to you sometimes. Despite working with lower shares, the local competition between KNBR and 95.7 The Game remained healthy. Though positives existed on both sides, it was KNBR this quarter who emerged on top.

For the full week (M-SU 6a-Mid), The Sports Leader registered a 3.4, 9th place finish. That put them .9 ahead of their 14th ranked competitor. In weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p), KNBR increased its share to 3.9, placing them 7th. The Game was 13th with a 3.0. All numbers represent listening among Men 25-54.

Among the weekday shows, Murph and Mac nearly doubled up The Morning Roast with Bonta Hill, Joe Shasky and Kate Scott. M&M were 6th with a 4.7. The Roast meanwhile finished 13th with a 2.4. To be fair to The Game’s morning team, this was only their first full book together. They teamed for part of the fall book too, but not for the full quarter.

In middays, Greg Papa and John Lund remained on top for KNBR. The popular combo produced a 3.9 share to secure a 7th place finish. 95.7 The Game’s trio of Matt Steinmetz, Dan Dibley and Daryle ‘The Guru’ Johnson were 11th with a 3.1, only .8 away.

Shifting to afternoons, KNBR’s Tom Tolbert, Larry Krueger and Rod Brooks won a tight race against The Game’s Damon Bruce, Ray Ratto and Matt Kolsky. The Tolbert led program delivered a 3.6, 9th place finish. Bruce’s show on the other hand generated a 3.3, putting them just 1 spot back in 10th.

In the final category, evenings produced a dead heat between the two stations. KNBR and 95.7 The Game each delivered a 2.0 share which resulted in a tie for 13th.

The good news for KNBR, they recorded a bunch of head to head victories this quarter. The bad news, their shares and rankings were down year to year. That was the same story for The Game. 95.7 won’t ever be satisfied finishing second, but they did produce a few close calls. With baseball season back, the 49ers drafting 3rd overall, and the Warriors battling for the NBA playoffs, shares should rise in the Bay in the spring book.

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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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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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Tim Kurkjian: There Is No Right Way To Vote For The Hall Of Fame

“If I just said, look I’m not voting for anyone that has a connection to PEDs, that would be easier.”

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The results of the Baseball Hall of Fame vote will be revealed next week, and ESPN MLB writer Tim Kurkjian has been on the fence about a lot of the players on the ballot.

Speaking Wednesday with Tim McKernan of 101 ESPN in St. Louis, Kurkjian said having the opportunity to elect some of baseball’s greatest players to the Hall of Fame is not lost on him. But the task of choosing players with ties to performance-enhancing drugs has been hard.

“It’s the greatest privilege I have,” he said of being a voter. “I love it, but it’s really, really difficult. I don’t think there are any right answers anymore.”

Kurkjian himself will be honored at the induction ceremony, and will be enshrined in the media wing as the winner of the Baseball Writers Association of America Career Excellence Award.

In the lead-up to the results of the voting, ESPN’s Outside the Lines is presenting a series on the Hall of Fame cases for five controversial candidates: Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz, Curt Schilling, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.

McKernan asked Tim Kurkjian what his voting process was, and if he considers voting for players on a case-by-case basis. Kurkjian said that was indeed the case given how each player’s ties to banned substances is different, and that in his mind, doing it that way is the most balanced way of voting.

“If I just said, look I’m not voting for anyone that has a connection to PEDs, that would be easier,” he said. “But I do care, and I’m kind of trapped in the middle as I so often am.”

Some of the other voters have a more hard-lined stance. Guys like Bonds, A-Rod, Mark McGwire and others will never get a particular writer’s vote simply because they admitted to using PEDs. But Kurkjian said that’s not how he does it.

He also said others should model how he votes.

“I’m not suggesting it’s the right way, because I’m not sure there is a right way,” he said. “I just don’t think I’m wrong in what I’m doing. I’m doing the best I can, and it is a very difficult assignment these days.”

ESPN’s series will conclude on Wednesday with reaction to the results of the hall of fame vote. Tim Kurkjian will be a part of the series.

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