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Football Boosts Houston Ratings

Jason Barrett



Not surprisingly, the arrival of full-tilt football season helped Houston sports radio stations rebound in the monthly ratings reports from Nielsen Audio for the September reporting period (Aug. 14-Sept. 10).

KILT’s (610 AM) weeklong share (6 a.m.-midnight) among men 25-54 improved to 3.9 percent, up from 2.2 percent in August and 2.6 percent in July, reflecting the impact of football season. KBME improved by seven-tenths of a percentage point to 2.0, making up losses from the last couple of months. KFNC (97.5 FM) fell by one-tenth to 1.2, and KGOW (1560 AM) improved by one-tenth to 0.7.

KILT and KBME have been swapping the lead in morning drive (6-10 a.m.), and KBME prevailed in the September book with a 3.8 percent share, up seven-tenths from August, to 3.5 for KILT, which was up by one-tenth. KBME ranked ninth among all stations while KILT was 11th. KFNC had a 1.6 share, down three-tenths, and KGOW was at 0.8, up two-tenths.

KILT once again did well at middays (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) with a 4.8 share among men 25-54, up one-tenth from August, to rank seventh among all stations. KBME was up eight-tenths to 2.6, KFNC was down two-tenths to 1.4 and KGOW was up four-tenths to 1.2.

KILT also cracked the top 10 in afternoon drive (3-7 p.m.), tying for seventh place among all stations with a 5.0 share, up six-tenths of a point. KBME was up by five-tenths to 1.6, KFNC held steady at 1.3 and KGOW was steady at a 0.8 share.

From 7 p.m. to midnight, KILT improved seven-tenths to 3.4, KBME was up by seven-tenths to 1.4 and KFNC was down two-tenths to 0.9. KGOW was at 0.3 and did not chart in August.

Turning to show-by-show comparisons, KBME’s Greg Koch-N.D. Kalu (9-11 a.m.) rebounded from a subpar August book to retake the lead with a 5.1snare, up by 1.6 percentage points form a month ago. KILT’s Rich Lord-Sean Pendergast-Ted Johnson show (2-7 p.m.) improved by a half-point to 4.9, running neck with KILT’s Mike Meltser-Seth Payne (10 a.m.-2 p.m.), which improved by a tenth of a point from August.

KILT’s Nick Wright-John Lopez/Texans Radio block (6-10 a.m.) show held steady with a 3.4 share, two-tenths ahead of Adam Clanton-Lance Zierlein (6-9 a.m.), which improved by five-tenths over August. KILT’s mixture of Texans Radio and Paul Gallant-Brien Straw (7-11 p.m.) had a 3.4 share, up eight-tenths of a point.

Rounding out the field were KBME’s Charlie Pallilo (2-6 p.m.) at 2.1 (up eight-tenths from August), KBME’s Matt Thomas (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) at 1.9 (up four-tenths), KFNC’s Jerome Solomon-Dave Tepper (noon-2 p.m.) show with a 1.4 share, KFNC’s Fred Faour-A.J. Hoffman (4-7 p.m.) at 1.2 and the John Granato-Sean Salisbury show on KGOW (4-7 p.m.) with a 0.5 share.

Elsewhere, KODA (99.1 FM) ranked first among all stations in August among persons 12-plus with a 6.9 weeklong share, followed by KMJQ (102.1 FM) at 6.7 and KKBQ (92.9 FM) at 6.2. KLTN (102.9 FM) led in morning drive at 7.1, KODA in middays at 9.1, KODA in afternoon drive at 6.9 and KMJQ at night at 8.8.

In adults 18-plus, it was KODA in the weeklongs at 7.0, KLTN in morning drive at 7.2, KODA in middays at 9.2, KODA in afternoon drive at 7.0 and KMJQ at night at 9.6.

Leaders in adults 18-49 were KBXX (97.9 FM) at 7.2 for the week, KLTN in morning drive at 8.8, KODA in middays at 7.8, KBXX in afternoon drive at 7.3 and KBXX evenings at 9.6.

Adults 25-54 leaders were KODA for the week at 7.5, KLTN in morning drive at 8.5, KODA in middays at 9.7, KODA in afternoon drive at 7.2 and KMJQ at night at 9.2.

Ending where we started with men 25-54, for comparison purposes with the sports stations, KLTN leads for the week at 7.9 and in morning drive at 11.3, at middays with an 8.8 share and in afternoon drive at 6.8. KBXX leads evenings at 8.3.

Credit to the Houston Chronicle who originally published this article

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Paul Finebaum: ESPN, FOX Have Power To Tank EA Sports College Football Video Game

“Paul Finebaum had high praise for what the video game has meant to college football.”



Paul Finebaum

The power brokers in college football now are the media. In particular, it is ESPN, who is set to take over the SEC’s media rights and FOX, who controls the Big Ten’s media rights. Paul Finebaum said recently on the Dynasty Mode podcast that those relationships give the two networks major control over college football.

Dynasty Mode is a podcast about EA Sports’ popular college football video game series hosted by BSM writers Arky Shea and Demetri Ravanos. Finebaum told the pair that if either ESPN and FOX or the Big Ten and the SEC don’t want to work together, the video game, which will return to store shelves in 2023 after a ten-year absence from the market, could be doomed.

“We’re a year removed from an absolute certainty, that was a 12 school playoff for the CFP, getting shot down for the very same reason,” he said. “So if they can shoot down the most important entity in college sports, I think they can shoot down this.”

Paul Finebaum had high praise for what the video game has meant to college football. He told Shea and Ravanos that he hopes power brokers at schools and networks realize that.

“I think it’s been very important and I don’t know how many people that are in those power five seats think about stuff like that.”

In the early 2000s, Tony Bruno brought a fictionalized version of his radio show to EA Sports’ Madden NFL series. Finebaum said he had not been approached yet by EA to do something similar for the new college football video game.

“I’m really surprised they haven’t because it would be a big money-making operation, at least for me. I don’t know about for them, but I am happy to participate,” Finebaum joked.

He added that the real value to EA Sports would be his audience. They could give the game a level of authenticity that many fans have missed as college football becomes a more corporate entity.

“You can replace me, but you can’t replace the callers. They are the most unique, and I think it takes a lot of work to nurture callers like that. I’m not campaigning for EA because I have people to do that for me,” he said. “Point being, what makes college sports what it is? It’s the fans. It’s not the fat cats that buy the one million or two million dollar suites. It’s not the people sitting with the president. It’s the rank and file that probably never get to campus.”

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Matt Chernoff: WFAN’s Sal Licata ‘Doesn’t Have The Guts’ to Appear On 680 The Fan Again

“He doesn’t have the guts to come on again. After what happened last time? You think he wants that again? Why the hell would he want that?”



Would WFAN’s Sal Licata join Chuck and Chernoff on 680 The Fan in Atlanta again? According to Matt Chernoff, no.

During a May appearance on SNY, Licata declared the National League East race over, saying the New York Mets had wrapped up the division. The Atlanta Braves then proceeded to win 14 consecutive games. The Mets currently hold a seven game lead over the Braves in the division.

After the 14 game winning streak, Chuck and Chernoff had Licata on their show to confront him about the opinion, and things got slightly heated, with Chernoff and Licata eventually yelling at each other, before cooler heads prevailed.

The two hosts rekindled their disdain for one another after the Mets won four of five games against the Braves over the weekend, with the two trading barbs on Twitter. Licata joked Chernoff should hope the New York host doesn’t move to Atlanta to win a ratings battle, and called Chernoff a clown before deleting the tweet. He later tweeted “Funny. No invites from Atlanta sports talk radio today,” accompanied by a should shrug emoji. That caught the attention of Chernoff, who addressed it to open his show Monday.

“He (Licata) won’t come on,” Chernoff said. “He doesn’t have the guts to come on again. After what happened last time? You think he wants that again? Why the hell would he want that? He made a fool of himself and then lied about it to his own fans. There’s a reason he didn’t play the audio on his dumb little show. And next time when he’s an hour late, they have that to play instead. I mean, honestly, if he wants to come on, come on. He has no interest. He does not want this smoke.”


Chernoff has had enough of loud mouth Sal Licata of #wfan #braves #mets

♬ original sound – 680 The Fan

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Sports Gambling Podcast Network To Stage 24-Hour Fantasy Football Draft

“The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed Draft Day 2.0.”



Sports Gambling Podcast

If you’re serious about Fantasy Football, the Sports Gambling Podcast Network is bringing back a tradition you’ll want to pay attention to. 

For the second year in a row, Ryan Kramer will draft 24 different teams over the course of a 24 hour marathon that will be streamed across multiple video platforms. 

“Fortunately, the analytics research is done so I can focus now on news coming out of the camps to sharpen my views and deliver the well-reasoned selections that people need to get an edge in their drafting,” Kramer said in a press release. “It’s a bit of an audacious undertaking, but the growing phenomenon of Fantasy Football deserves this level of commitment and our SGPN audiences always respond.” 

The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed “Draft Day 2.0”. All of the content will originate from the Sports Gambling Podcast Network’s studios in Los Angeles. 

The marathon will also be a fundraiser. The network is using GoFundMe to raise funds for a colleague named Darryl injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this year. A portion of proceeds generated from the sale of Sports Gambling Podcast Network branded apperal will also go to the effort. 

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