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WDAE in Tampa, 93.5/107.5 The Fan in Indianapolis Excel in Winter Ratings Book

“It’s easy to see why entering the format to challenge the sports radio kings of Indianapolis and Tampa isn’t on any other company’s to do list.”

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Indianapolis and Tampa are two cities where its understood that competition for the sports radio listener’s ear is minimal. WDAE runs the roost in Tampa. 93.5/107.5 The Fan occupies the leadership position in Indy. Neither is close to being challenged for their spot atop the sports radio mountain in their respective markets.

That brings us to the quarterly ratings. In the winter book, both stations did what they had to do to position themselves for repeated success in 2021.

Starting with WDAE, the station finished the first quarter in 7th place with Men 25-54. Compared to last year’s results, WDAE gained nearly two full points and eight ranking positions.

Looking at the station’s weekday shows, Ronnie & TKras finished 6th in morning drive, Pat & Aaron were 7th during the midday, and Ian Beckles and Jay Recher secured 4th place in afternoons. The Dan Patrick Show, which is also part of the daily lineup, was 5th during its timeslot.

Meanwhile in Indy, 93.5/107.5 The Fan finished 4th for the quarter in weekday prime. That wasn’t far off from their winter book performance last year.

Bragging rights for the top rated sports talk show in the market this quarter belonged to John Michael Vincent. ‘The Ride with JMV’ was 1st overall in afternoon drive, up from 2nd a year earlier. Equally strong for The Fan was Dan Dakich who came in 3rd during his midday timeslot, also up from last year’s 4th place finish. Wrapping up in mornings, Jeff Rickard & ‘Big’ Joe Staysniak grabbed 4th place for the book, down one position from 2020.

The talent and play by play partnerships offered by each of these brands puts them in position to consistently succeed. Given their track records, it’s easy to see why challenging Tampa and Indy’s sports radio kings in the format isn’t on any other company’s to do list.

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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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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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