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Seahawks Reveal Broadcast Plans

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The Seattle Seahawks announced today their 2014 broadcast and network information. Play-by-play announcer Curt Menefee joins former Seahawks quarterback Brock Huard for Seahawks preseason telecasts on Q13 FOX. On radio, Steve Raible and Warren Moon will call the action with Jen Mueller as sideline reporter on 710 ESPN and 97.3 FM during the preseason and regular season.

The Seahawks 2014 preseason telecasts will feature limited interruption during the first quarter, giving one exclusive partner the opportunity to carry the advertising rights. The partner will be given five breaks to message in unique ways, including: messages from CEOs, corporate and community prerecorded videos, and interviews with key executives. Boeing and Washington’s Lottery will be featured in two of the games.

TV Talent (preseason)

Menefee begins his sixth season with the Seahawks broadcasting team as the play-by-play announcer for preseason telecasts. Menefee currently hosts FOX’s award-winning NFL pregame show, FOX NFL Sunday. Prior to taking over as full-time host in 2007, he called play-by-play for NFL and NFL Europe League games on FOX Sports and FSN.

Huard returns for his second season as analyst in the Seahawks TV booth. The former University of Washington star and Puyallup High School All-American has been calling college football for ESPN since August 2008, working as a college football analyst for ESPN and ABC’s Saturday games, and is also a studio analyst for the networks. Since 2009, Huard has co-hosted a sports radio morning show on 710 ESPN. After a standout high school career at Puyallup and a record-setting stint at the UW, Huard went on to play six years in the NFL, including four spent with the Seahawks, from 1999-2001 and 2004.

Radio Talent (preseason and regular season)

On 710 ESPN and 97.3 FM is Steve Raible returning for his 33rd season in the radio booth, his 11th as “Voice of the Seahawks” after 22 seasons as the Seahawks analyst. An original member of the Seahawks, Raible played wide receiver from 1976-81 and has missed only four games in the franchise’s history, either as a player or broadcaster after suffering a collapsed lung vs. Oakland in 1981. Following his football career, Raible joined KIRO-TV where he has won five local Emmy Awards including two for “Best Anchor.” He currently anchors KIRO-7 Eyewitness News at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.

Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon returns to the Seahawks radio team for his 11th season after serving as the preseason television analyst for the previous two seasons. After finishing a playing career in which he was nominated to an NFL-record eight straight Pro Bowls (1988-95), adding a ninth overall in 1997, Moon has become one of football’s leading broadcast analysts. He has spent recent years as a Westwood One radio analyst and sideline reporter and also spent time in the booth during Fox Sports Net’s Pac-12 College Game of the Week.

Jen Mueller enters her sixth season as sideline reporter. She is a 14-year sports broadcasting veteran and joined the Seahawks Radio Network in 2009. In addition to her work with the Seahawks, she has been a member of the ROOT Sports broadcast team since 2006.

For more information visit Seahawks.com where this story was originally published

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16.9% of All Sports Radio Listeners Are Streaming

The news comes as Nielsen reported that 11.3% of all radio listenership comes thru a stream, up from 6.9% in May of 2020.

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Streaming Radio

According to Nielsen, sports radio stations are the third-most streamed spoken word format, just behind Talk/Personality and News/Talk/Info. The trend is continuing to show that streaming is on the uptick.

The survey found that in May 2022, 16.9% of sports talk radio’s audience tunes in via the station’s online stream. That news comes as Nielson reported that 11.3% of all radio listenership comes thru a stream, up from 6.9% in May of 2020.

Nielsen notes that in the 45 PPM markets they are grabbing data from and the 4,800+ stations that stream in those markets, just 30% of them are encoded. That encoding allows for Nielsen to accurately measure the streams. They used the listener data from 1,500 stations across the U.S., in their latest report, AM/FM Radio Streaming Growth in PPM Markets

The survey also showed that streaming levels differ widely by radio format. Spoken word formats display strong streaming listenership (Talk/Personality: 31.2%, News/Talk/Info: 19.1%, All Sports: 16.9%). In fact, Nielsen found that 1/3 of all AM/FM streaming in PPM markets is to spoken word formats.

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New Study Finds Listeners to MLB on Radio Are Willing to Spend

More than one third (34%) of the respondents recently purchased clothing/apparel that features their favorite team… 27% have visited a ballpark in the past year. That compares to only 19% of the average MLB fan base has made an apparel purchase to support their team while just 11% have gone to a game in person in that same time span.

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When it comes to advertiser’s attempting to reach an affluent and engaged audience, sports talk radio might have a whale on their hands. Major League Baseball play-by-play features an audience that has money and has no problems spending it.

In a recent MRI-Simmons study, data shows that consumers who listen to MLB broadcasts on the radio are the perfect audience for sports marketers. According to the analysis, done by Katz Radio Group, nearly two thirds (62%) of those surveyed consider themselves “super fans” of baseball. That number is 58% higher than the average.

Radio Listeners to MLB

Those “super fans” are willing to spend to support their team, as well. More than one third (34%) of the respondents recently purchased clothing/apparel that features their favorite team. Those fans are also far more willing to make the trip to see their team. The study found that 27% have visited a ballpark in the past year. That compares to only 19% of the average MLB fan base has made an apparel purchase to support their team while just 11% have gone to a game in person in that same time span.

The news continues getting better for advertisers. Continued analysis reveals that 66% of listeners are currently employed and have a median household income greater than $106,000.

Listeners to MLB games on the radio are also 34% more likely to place a sports bet and 106% more likely to be a participant in fantasy baseball.

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Jeff Dean Signs Off At ESPN Tucson for The Final Time

Dean said on Facebook: “…the years of burning the candle at both ends has taken a dire toll on my health and for the first time in my life, I’m going to put myself and my livelihood first”

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Fans will no longer be able to tune into ESPN Tucson and hear Jeff Dean hosting his show. Friday morning was his last show, according to his Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Jeff Dean Show had been airing from 7-9a MT weekday mornings. Dean took to social media to relay the news and the reason behind him stepping away from the microphone. Dean said on Facebook:

“This morning I signed off from my radio show on ESPN Tucson for the final time. I have been devoting too much of my life and my time to working multiple jobs…the years of burning the candle at both ends has taken a dire toll on my health and for the first time in my life, I’m going to put myself and my livelihood first”

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Dean went on to emphasize that he isn’t stepping away from ESPN Tucson, he’s just taking himself off the air. He also added that “gladly, I will be continuing my position as PA announcer of University of Arizona Football and Men’s basketball.”

Dean would also go onto Twitter to add even further context for his self-removal from the ESPN Tucson airwaves. He added, “It’s not a decision I arrived at hastily, as it’s been a 6 month mental grind to make the ultimate decision that had to be made, and I’m not particularly happy about it, but I have to put my health first, we all do, and make sure we’re around long enough to enjoy life”.

Dean had been ESPN Tucson’s morning host since November 2019.

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