The spring numbers are in for Chicago. Similar to the winter book, 670 The Score led the way among local sports radio brands. The station finished 4th overall in weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p) with a 4.7, and 5th 5th overall for the full week (M-SU 6a-12a) with a 4.1. Both sets of numbers represent listening among Men 25-54 and include the station’s radio and streaming numbers. All numbers to follow for The Score throughout this article will include the combined radio and streaming performance with Men 25-54.
Starting with mornings, Mully & Haugh led the station to a 7th place tie with a 3.5. The show was up two rankings and down two tenths of a share from the winter book.
In middays, Dan Bernstein and Leila Rahimi popped the best number for the quarter for The Score. Their 9a-12p program delivered a 6.1 share which elevated them to 3rd place. Their performance improved by one ranking and three tenths from the winter book. The Score’s second midday show, The Laurence Holmes Show, finished 5th with a 4.8. That was up one tenth from the winter but down two rankings.
Shifting to afternoons, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel captured another top 5 finish. The talented tandem produced a 4.9 which was a nine tenths of a point improvement from the winter book. The afternoon show also gained three ranking positions.
Closing things out at night, The Score ranked 5th between 6p-Midnight with a 3.9. Chicago Cubs baseball and Joe Ostrowski contributed to the station’s strong evening performance.
For ESPN 1000, the quarter was a bit more challenging. In weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p) the station was ranked 21st with a 1.7. The full week (M-SU 6a-Mid) produced the same exact share but a lower ranking at 23rd.
In morning drive the story was more frustrating. Between the hours of 5a-9a, which features two hours of ESPN Radio’s Keyshawn, J-Will and Zubin and two hours of David Kaplan and Jonathan Hood, 1000 was tied for 27th with WGN at just under a 1 share.
The 9a-12p timeslot which includes an hour of Kaplan and Hood and two hours of Carmen DeFalco and John Jurkovic, the station finished 21st with a 1.5.
There was one brighter note for the station during the midday hours. From Noon to 2p, Mike Greenberg’s national show ‘Greeny’ ranked 6th with a 4.3 share, just five tenths of a point behind The Score. Greeny’s show was ESPN 1000’s top rated program for the quarter.
Turning to afternoons, Tom Waddle and Marc Silverman were off from where they usually performer. They generated a 1.5 between 2p-6p, placing them 24th for the book. Finishing up at night between the hours of 6p-Mid, the combination of Chicago White Sox baseball and Chris Bleck & Adam Abdalla earned a 2.2 share to rank 23rd.
After losing a little ground last year, The Score has settled back in. The consistency from Parkins, Holmes, Bernstein, Mully and Haugh, combined with the additions of Rahimi and Spiegel to the weekday lineup have helped the station improve. Having Cubs games back is also a big positive.
Meanwhile for 1000, a meter issue appears to be stunting the station’s growth. If a show drops a few tenths of a point or dips during specific times of the year that’s understandable, but the same hosts on 1000’s airwaves all performed in the 2019 spring book prior to the pandemic. Looking back thru a few other market ratings reports since, the station’s shows are usually in the top ten or the teen’s not the twenties. Even the first place White Sox, one of baseball’s best first half stories, didn’t get the ratings credit they deserved.
Regardless, these are the things you deal with in PPM. It’s a peaks and valley’s system. The Score right now is doing everything they have to do to serve their audience. In return, the meters are sticking with them. They deserve a tip of the cap for informing and entertaining their listeners.
For 1000, their team is far too talented to not be closer in the competition. A market like Chicago should have two thriving sports brands, and for most of the past six years, they’ve had that. If anyone can figure out how to get things back on track and make it a fun two horse race again, it’s Mike Thomas. But while he goes hunting for meters, it’s Mitch Rosen who gets to toast his team this quarter for a job well done.
Tony Bruno Relives Favorite Moments With Angelo Cataldi on 94 WIP
“I loved every day. We did stuff that put Sports Radio in Philly on the map and I’m proud of that.”
Tony Bruno has been a staple of the sports radio business for decades. Bruno is from Philadelphia and was teamed up in the early nineties with a duo still dominating the local airwaves there today, Angelo Cataldi and Al Morganti. The three reunited Thursday morning on 94 WIP to remember the glory days of their partnership and friendship.
One of the first moments Cataldi asked Bruno if he remembered was the update he did from a tree outside of their studio and the answer was an emphatic yes.
“Absolutely, it’s one of the highlights of my life – other than interviewing four Presidents and every sports athlete in history – there’s no bigger moment than me climbing up in the tree, which was obstructing our view of William Penn and the city skyline. That’s what I do, I was a man of action. I’m not one of these guys that talks the talk, I climb the tree to do whatever is necessary.”
More frivolity followed when Cataldi harkened back to a segment of ‘Damsels in Distress’ and a time in which Bruno was sent on the street during a snowstorm to help shovel people out of their driveways. Bruno quickly recalled, “Man of the people. I should run for – I should of run for Governor of Pennsylvania or Senate or something.”
Bruno added that his favorite rant (and one that Cataldi loved too) wasn’t about the Cowboys or sports at all. “My favorite was my Infinity Broadcasting rant where I went on one day and even ripped our bosses, all the way up to the top of Infinity Broadcasting.” Cataldi cackled and praised Bruno’s rants more before being interrupted by Bruno saying, “yeah, my only regret is I never really ripped Al (Morganti) the way I should have ripped him. I let him of the hook so many times.”
An insightful moment came at the end of the call when Cataldi asked rhetorically if Bruno ever thought they (Cataldi & Morganti) would still be doing this thirty years later and then asked if Tony ever regretted leaving.
“It was a tough decision, Ang,” Bruno answered. “I was given an ultimatum. When I came to work with you guys, I loved every day. Every day we had fun. We did stuff that put Sports Radio in Philly on the map and I’m proud of that. It wasn’t one of those, ‘oh I got to go; I’m too big for these guys’. I even turned the ESPN job down a couple of times.
“My kids were still younger then, I didn’t want to move. I didn’t have to move. They said just come up here on weekends and that’s how ESPN Radio started. So I was doing weekends and Tom Bigby (Program Director) didn’t like that either, told me it wasn’t going to work. It was a philosophical thing. When he told me, ‘you should go because we are not going to pay you what they’re paying you,’ I said ok.
Cataldi began to sign off with Bruno with genuine thanks: “I got to tell you something Tone, we are indebted to you for the rest of our lives because we both learned so much from you and you are one of the great talents that radio has ever had.”
Dodgers Temporarily Pull Broadcasters Off Road
“If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road.”
When the Los Angeles Dodgers visit the East Coast later this week, the men that call the action on TV and radio will not be with them. The games will instead be broadcast on AM570 LA Sports and SportsNet LA from their respective studios.
“Due to a few members of the Dodgers’ broadcast team having recently tested positive for COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, the Dodgers have decided to not travel their broadcasters to upcoming games in Philadelphia and Washington,” the Dodgers announced in a statement. Similar to the 2020 and 2021 MLB seasons, the games will be broadcast from Los Angeles,” reads a statement on the team’s Twitter account.
No further details are available, so the severity and the number of cases remain unknown.
Last September, both members of the Dodgers’ television play-by-play crew were forced into quarantine. Joe Davis was the first to test positive, followed later that month by Orel Hershiser.
On Wednesday, manager Dave Roberts told the media that the Dodgers’ roster and coaching staff are not effected.
“There’s there’s no symptoms in the clubhouse. I think that as far as the upstairs, as an organization, we’re all just trying to be very cautious. But as far as in the clubhouse, coaches, training staff, nothing like that.”
If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road. 2022 was supposed to be a return to normal for the Dodgers and many other teams after not letting broadcasters travel in 2020 and 2021.
Pat McAfee: ‘No One Will Disrespect Jim Rome On My Show’
“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle.”
Jim Rome is a sports radio icon and Pat McAfee recognizes that.
On The Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday, McAfee was talking to co-host A.J. Hawk about how Rome trended recently on Twitter.
This happened after news of Tom Brady’s FOX Sports deal surfaced, and a list of the top paid sports media personalities was compiled. Rome came in behind Brady at number two making a reported $30 million a year, and many were surprised by that number. McAfee wasn’t.
“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle,” he said. “I have nothing but respect for Jim Rome.”
McAfee gave props to Rome, 57, saying he’s been doing sports talk probably longer than anyone. He’s one of the most widely distributed hosts in the country. Pat said he won’t tolerate anyone talking smack about the Smack-Off King.
“No disrespect will be said on this show of Jim Rome, ever,” he said. “Love that man.”