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WFAN Prevails in New York City’s 2021 Spring Ratings Book

“WFAN was strong across the board among Men 25-54, finishing 3rd overall with a 5.8 share.”

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The spring book ratings results are in for New York City, and there are two people who should especially feel good about what was produced. First, Mark Chernoff. The longtime program director for FAN recently exited the station, and in his final book, he can look back fondly and know he went out the way he started, on top.

Secondly is Spike Eskin. The new PD arrives on the scene and takes the reigns of a brand he knows is built to win. With a roster full of performers, and NY sports storylines producing drama and interest on a regular basis, listener interest should remain high going forward.

But as far as the spring book is concerned, WFAN was strong across the board in the Men 25-54 demo. The station finished 3rd overall in weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p) with a 5.8 share (radio and stream combined). 98.7 ESPN NY finished the quarter in 9th with a 3.7 share. Their number always includes their radio and streaming numbers.

In the weekday head to head matchups, Boomer & Gio delivered the best performance for the quarter among any sports talk show. The WFAN morning team produced an impressive 6.9 share to finish 2nd overall in mornings. 98.7 ESPN NY was 9th from 6a-10a with a 3.6 share. The trio of Chris Canty, Rick DiPietro and Dave Rothenberg actually performed well, picking up a 5.1 share to place 5th during the 6a-8a hours. ESPN Radio’s Keyshawn, J-Will and Zubin were in the mid 3’s though which brought down the overall number for the quarter.

Turning to middays, Maggie Gray and Marc Malusis were strong for WFAN as well. They finished 3rd for the quarter, thanks to a 5.3 share. 98.7 ESPN NY’s combo of Mike Greenberg’s two-hour national show, and Bart Scott & Alan Hahn (Hahn missed some shows due to filling in for Zubin in mornings) produced a 3.2 share, good enough for 8th place.

In the competitive and visible battle among afternoon drive heavyweights, WFAN’s team of Craig Carton and Evan Roberts reigned supreme for the spring book. Carton & Roberts finished 3rd overall with a 5.7 share. The Michael Kay Show meanwhile generated a 4.0 share for 98.7 ESPN NY, placing them 7th.

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WEEI Producer Begins Campaign To Get Greg Hill into Radio Hall of Fame

“He has been around for a long time in the Boston radio scene and raised a lot of money for charity and done a lot of good things and a lot of good radio.”

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Greg Hill already has a Marconi, but that honor isn’t enough according to one of his producers.

Jackson, who hosts The Greg Hill Show’s after-show podcast, revealed on Monday that he is ready to make the case to the Radio Hall of Fame for the WEEI morning man to be included in next year’s induction ceremony.

He said that Hill treats the Marconi Award he won for Major Market Personality of the Year like it belongs to everyone. Hill credits not just the current cast he works with on WEEI, but partners from his days at active rocker WAAF as well, with helping him take home that award. Jackson wants to see Hill get an honor that is just for him.

“The Radio Hall of Fame would be very much Greg only, and I think he needs that solo recognition. Not for his ego, but for posterity and for his legend because he is legendary,” Jackson said. “He has been around for a long time in the Boston radio scene and raised a lot of money for charity and done a lot of good things and a lot of good radio.”

This year, the Radio Hall of Fame included a trio of WFAN legends in its induction class with found Jeff Smulyan, Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo and Suzyn Waldman all being honored.

Jackson says he is taking it upon himself to make the case for Greg Hill getting in, but he encouraged listeners to find out what they can do and then do it. While he made it clear that Hill deserves the honor, Jackson acknowledged that the recognition would make him feel pretty good too.

“That would be cool because then I would be working for a Radio Hall-of-Famer and in the circle of trust of a Radio Hall-of-Famer perhaps.”

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Jason Barrett Podcast: Jeff Smulyan, Never Ride a Roller Coaster Upside Down

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There would be no sports radio if not for Jeff Smulyan. He takes JB through the triumphs and disappointments of his career and explains why he is sharing so many stories in a new book, Never Ride a Roller Coaster Upside Down. To pick up your copy, click here.

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Zolak & Bertrand: Kirk Herbstreit’s Comments A Wake Up Call For Patriots Fans

“Next time you feel like they shouldn’t be booing them, there’s someone from a national perspective – who has been calling games now in the NFL for at least all of this year – but is very familiar with the league and all the different cities and he’s been in college environments for a decade plus, and said their fans aren’t angry enough.”

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Zolak and Bertrand

Things appeared to come to a head for the New England Patriots and their fans last week as the team fell to the Buffalo Bills 24-10.

Many fans of the Patriots with the loss seem to have accepted the fact that the glory days of the franchise are officially over. Thursday Night Football analyst Kirk Herbstreit even noted that it was off-putting that fans near his broadcast vantage point were fine with the Pats coming out on the losing end.

“I just felt the sense of acceptance of where they are,” Herbstreit said during a Friday appearance on The Pat McAfee Show. “It really shocked me. I’m just so used to the Patriots’ 20 years of excellence, and not just the NFL in all of professional sports. And to see their fan base just like, we suck, whatever, game’s over, like early they were like that.”

On Zolak & Bertrand Monday, co-host Scott Zolak disagreed with Herbstreit’s take.

“I don’t know what you want from a fan base to do after that when the game’s over, and the place starts to dump out,” he said. “The game was well in hand.”

Zolak’s cohort Marc Bertrand felt differently, praising Herbstreit for offering that sort of perspective.

“Next time you feel like they shouldn’t be booing them, there’s someone from a national perspective – who has been calling games now in the NFL for at least all of this year – but is very familiar with the league and all the different cities and he’s been in college environments for a decade plus, and said their fans aren’t angry enough,” Bertrand said. “They let ’em off the hook.”

Bertrand felt like Patriots fans had every right to be pissed off with the product the team put on the field last week and have done so far this season. Especially when people are paying top dollar for admission to games.

“That product doesn’t match those prices last Thursday night,” he said, continuing to agree with what Herbstreit said. “You don’t hear that a lot around here. So I thought it was a nice change up.”

Zolak and Bertrand both seemed to determine that perhaps it was a case of fans being too nice and being willing to accept failure from head coach Bill Belichick and his staff.

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