The string of ratings wins continued in 2021 for Denver’s 104.3 The Fan. In the summer book, the market’s top rated brand secured a 2nd place finish in weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p) courtesy of a 5.0 share. That was up from a 4.9, 5th place finish in the spring book. Year over year the station is down from 2nd. All numbers are for Men 25-54.
Turning to the station’s weekday shows, Mark Schlereth and Mike Evans remained the market’s best performing sports talk show. ‘Schlereth and Evans’ registered a 6.4 share in mornings to finish 1st between 6a-9a. They were also 1st in the spring book with a 6.8 and in the winter book with a 7.8. Their only blemish is a drop from the 2020 summer book when they produced a massive 11.3 share. That’s a pretty good problem to have.
In middays, The Fan’s “Orlando and Sandy” placed 7th in their final book together with a 3.8 share from 9a-12p. Orlando Franklin has since left the show to pursue a career in coaching. Sandy Clough has since moved into The Fan’s evening hours to partner with Shawn Drotar.
The second part of middays,“Stokley and Zach”, which features Brandon Stokley and Zach Bye finished 5th with a 4.6 share between the hours of 12p-3p. The midday duo were up from 6th and a 4.1 in 2020.
In afternoons, “The Drive with Tyler Polumbus and DMac” ranked 3rd for the quarter with a 5.1 share. They slid back from 2nd and a 6.7 share in 2020.
Wrapping up in evenings, “Nick and Cecil” which features Nick Ferguson and Cecil Lammey came in 20th from 6p-9p. “The Fan Late Night with Shawn Drotar” finished 14th in its final book with a 2.0 share. Drotar joined forces with Sandy Clough on September 20th. The fall book will provide the first look at how they perform together.
Elsewhere in the market, the home of the Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies, KOA finished the summer book in 23rd in weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p) with a 1.6 share. The station’s sports programs, “Logan and Lewis” ranked 21st with a 0.7 in their final book, “Big Al and Jojo” finished 26th in afternoons with a 1.2, and “Broncos Country Tonight with Ryan Edwards and Benjamin Allbright” (along with Rockies baseball) came in 19th with a 1.9 share. KOA has since moved Logan into afternoon drive alongside Williams. Those changes went into effect on September 20th so the duo’s first quarterly performance will come in the 2021 fall book.
Meanwhile for Altitude Sports Radio, the station finished the summer in 24th in weekday prime with a 1.3 share. The best news for the quarter came in afternoons where the team of Andy Lindahl and Nate Kreckman popped a 2.1 share to finish 19th. Next up was the morning team of Vic Lombardi, Marc Moser and Brett Kane. The trio ranked 25th between 6a-10a with a 1.0 share. Closing things out in middays were Ryan Harris, Scott Hastings and Josh Dover who delivered a 0.7 to rank 30th.
With the Nuggets and Avalanche back in action and the Denver Broncos generating their usual fall interest, a cume lift should come for all three brands in the final book of the year.
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.”