ESPN Radio has developed a footprint in New York over the course of the past fifteen years, one which has seen the radio station add the play by play rights for the New York Jets, New York Knicks, and New York Rangers, and a television simulcast of its afternoon program “The Michael Kay Show”. The station also recently added a television highlights show of its midday program “Hahn and Humpty” which features Alan Hahn and former Islanders goaltender Rick DPietro.
During its history, a number of talented high profile personalities have called ESPN New York home. Notable personalities such as Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman, Mike Missanelli, Brian Kenny, Brandon Tierney, Jody MacDonald, Mike Lupica, and Ryan Ruocco have worked for the brand, so a lack of talent has never been the issue.
However, despite a ton of talent, none of the moves have propelled the radio station past New York’s ratings leader WFAN.
The recent Winter book was released, and according to the New York Daily News, in the key demographic of Men 25-54, the Fan cruised to victory in all key dayparts.
In mornings (6a-10a), “Boomer and Carton” were 2nd in the market with a 6.5. ESPN New York’s “Mike and Mike” placed 15th with a 2.7.
In middays (10a-1p), WFAN’s “Benigno & Roberts” delivered a 7 share to finish 2nd. ESPN New York’s combo of “The Dan Le Batard Show” (10a-12p) and “Hahn & Humpty” (12p-1p) produced a 2.1 share and came in 15th.
In afternoons on WFAN (1p-6:30p) Mike Francesa recorded a 6.9 and was in 2nd place, while ESPN New York’s combo of “Hahn & Humpty” (1p-3p) and “The Michael Kay Show” (3p-6:30p) generated a 3.6 to place 10th.
If you dive deeper into afternoons, and look at the traditional daypart (3p-7p), Francesa was 2nd with a 6.2, and Michael Kay had a 4.2 which put him in 8th. Kay’s performance was easily the best on the radio station once again.
Right now WFAN continues to lead by employing a live and local strategy. The radio station also is the home for the New York Yankees, New York Giants, Brooklyn Nets, and New Jersey Devils. They also are carrying some New York Islanders playoff games.
ESPN New York meanwhile pays the price for its national offerings. When they feature a high profile talent like Kay, they provide strong local competition. The challenge going forward is to find a way to provide more of it.
Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at JBarrett@sportsradiopd.com.
Brent Dougherty Signs New Deal At 104.5 The Zone
“I am so excited to have the opportunity to commit long term, again, to continue to help make 104.5 The Zone the best radio station in the country.”
Things are going very well for 104.5 The Zone. The Cumulus station is coming off of a strong Fall ratings book, and now it has secured the future of its signature show Brent Dougherty has a new deal that will keep the 3HL host on the station for the foreseeable future.
“I am blessed to be able to work with the most talented people in radio, both on and off the air,” Dougherty told BSM. “I am so excited to have the opportunity to commit long term, again, to continue to help make 104.5 The Zone the best radio station in the country.”
Brent Dougherty has been part of The Zone since 2008. He was well-known to Nashville sports fans long before that, having previously served as the Sports Director at 1510 WLAC.
Dougherty announced his new deal last week on Twitter. On Monday, he told Barrett Sports Media that re-signing was a no-brainer, given his teammates.
“I’m so fortunate to be able to work with Dawn Davenport, Ron Slay, and Joe Hunk on a day-to-day basis. We know that there is always room to grow. We’ve worked hard to get where we are and will continue to do that every day. Win every day – always and always.”
While all of the teams currently in Nashville were already there when 3HL launched in 2010, Dougherty knows the landscape is so much different now with a population boom and the changing options for sports media. He says that he is optimistic that both the show and 104.5 The Zone will play a prominent role in shaping sports fans’ conversations in Middle Tennessee for years to come.
“We as a radio station have tried to grow with Nashville hand-in-hand. 104.5 The Zone is the voice of Nashville sports. It was that way when I came to work at this radio station in 2008. We are blessed to have such loyal and passionate listeners and are so thankful for their participation and their desire to take ownership over what we do.”
David Schultz Out At 105.5 WNSP
“I had a blast covering the Jaguars, Tide & Tigers, Saints, and high school sports and then sharing my opinions.”
WNSP is looking for a new afternoon show. A source tells Barrett Sports Media that David Schultz has been let go.
Schultz served as the Program Director as well as the host of The Game Plan in afternoon drive. Michael Brauner has been his co-host since last April.
David Schultz came to Mobile in August of 2019, replacing Creg Stephenson and Randy Kennedy, who is now heard on crosstown rival Sports Talk 99.5. Before coming to Alabama, Schultz hosted mornings on 103.7 The Game in Lafayette, Louisiana. He is also a former contributor to WQAM in Miami.
“To the listeners of WNSP, it has been my honor and pleasure driving you home from work since August of 2019,” he wrote on Twitter. “I had a blast covering the Jaguars, Tide & Tigers, Saints, and high school sports and then sharing my opinions. I appreciated your patience as it took this ‘yankee’ a bit to get used to his surroundings. Thank you very much for bringing me into your homes, cars, and phones.”
The station’s permanent afternoon plans are far from solidified. BSM has learned that Mark Heim — who currently hosts The Opening Kickoff on the station — will cover the shift in the interim.
Audacy, New York Mets Announce Addition of Keith Raad, Pat McCarthy
“The Mets are excited to have Keith and Pat join WCBS 880 as part of the Mets broadcast.”
Raad joins the crew after spending last season announcing games for the Brooklyn Cyclones, the Mets single-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League. He has also been the voice of Wagner University football and women’s basketball since 2017.
McCarthy — the son of Philadelphia Phillies television voice Tom McCarthy — has served as the voice of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the AAA-affiliate of the Phillies. He has filled in on Phillies broadcasts during the past two seasons, in addition to working as a football, and men’s/women’s basketball announcer for Princeton and St. Joseph’s Universities.
“The Mets are excited to have Keith and Pat join WCBS 880 as part of the Mets broadcast,” said Andy Goldberg, Executive Vice President, and Chief Marketing Officer, New York Mets. “Having Keith called up from Brooklyn, and being a local New Yorker to keep it in the family is what the Mets are all about.”
Raad will serve as the play-by-play and color commentator on the club’s broadcasts, while McCarthy will host the pregame and postgame shows, and step into the play-by-play role held by Howie Rose during select broadcasts.
“As we round the bases towards Spring Training, we’re proud to officially welcome Keith Raad and Pat McCarthy to our popular coverage of Mets baseball alongside Mets Hall of Famer Howie Rose,” said Chris Oliviero, Market President, Audacy New York. “Once again, the Mets offseason has created anticipation and optimism for the 2023 Amazins’ and we’re looking forward to being the audio home for every moment on-air and digitally.”