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Sports Radio 610 Continues To Lead in Houston

Jason Barrett

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The Houston sports radio ratings for the October book were published by the Houston Chronicle and not much has changed since we last looked at the performances of the top three sports stations. Sports Radio 610 KILT continues to lead the way, ESPN Houston 97.5 sits in second, and SportsTalk 790 lingers in third.

However, these latest numbers don’t include 790’s recent addition of Josh Innes in afternoons. A partial performance for his show will be available in the November book. The next book will also offer a partial look at how 610’s midday show performs without Dante Hall who exited the station at the end of October.

To capture how each station’s weekday shows are performing, I’ve separated each brand so you can get a better look. 610 has the four highest rated shows in the market during the week. Interesting enough, Charlie Pallilo finished as 790’s highest rated show this month. He had not led the station for quite some time.

Sports Radio 610:

  • The Triple Threat with Rich Lord, Sean Pendergast & Ted Johnson (2-6 pm) = 4.5
  • MaD Radio with Mike Meltser & Seth Payne (6-10 am) = 4.0
  • Gallant At Night/Houston Texans (7p-11p) = 3.3
  • In The Loop with John Lopez, Cody Stoots & Dante Hall (10a-2p) = 3.0

*** Dante Hall is no longer a part of the midday program

ESPN Huston 97.5:

  • The Blitz with Fred Faour & AJ Hoffman (4p-7p) = 2.7
  • Unfiltered with John Granato & Sean Salisbury (11a-1p) = 2.5
  • Granato & Raheel with Del (9a-11a) = 2.4
  • Joel Blank (1p-4p) = 2.0

Sports Talk 790:

  • Charlie Pallilo (2p-6p) = 2.3
  • The Proper Gentlemen of Sports with Lance Zierlein & Matt Thomas (6a-9a) = 1.8
  • The Bottom Line with Adam Clanton & Sean Jones (11a-2p) = 1.8
  • In The Trenches with Greg Koch & N.D. Kalu (9a-11a) = 1.3

*** Charlie Pallilo has been replaced in afternoons by Josh Innes

In the M-Su 6a-Mid category, the three stations finished as follows:

  • Sports Radio 610 = 3.7 (tied for 9th)
  • ESPN Houston 97.5 = 2.2 (21st)
  • SportsTalk 790 = 1.7 (tied for 24th)

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ESPN Radio 94.1 Sells Station Naming Rights To Priority Automotive Group

“The programming on the station does not change.”

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Max Media has found an interesting new revenue stream in Virginia Beach. ESPN Radio 94.1 has sold its naming rights. The station has rebranded as Priority Auto Sports Radio 94.1.

“This is an important partnership for us,” said Priority Automotive COO Matt Elmer. “At Priority Automotive we think sports ties everyone together, so this is a great opportunity for us to be a voice in the community and partner with the number one voice for sports in Hampton Roads, ESPN 94.1.”

The programming on the station does not change. Listeners in the 757 will still hear the nationally syndicated ESPN Radio lineup except for in afternoon drive when The Tim Donnelly Show is on the air.

“The partnership between ESPN 94.1 and Priority Automotive is a natural evolution for both companies,” President and Market Manager Keith Barton added. “From the many youth organizations to college teams, Priority Automotive Has been dedicated to sports in Hampton Roads for decades. Max Media is incredibly proud to be partnered with such a class organization.”

Priority Automotive owns 17 car dealerships across Virginia.

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SiriusXM Plots Super Bowl LVII Coverage

“SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM.”

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SiriusXM has announced its extensive plans for coverage of Super Bowl LVII and the events leading up to the big game.

A dedicated Super Bowl pop-up channel on SiriusXM Channel 104 will be just one of the avenues SiriusXM plans to cover the event. Amber Theoharis will conduct interviews with players, and personalities making their way through Radio Row throughout the week that will air on the pop-up channel.

Mad Dog Sports Radio will have a large presence on Radio Row, with shows hosted by Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, Adam Schein, Dusty Dvoracek, Danny Kanell, and Steve Torre all airing live on location in Arizona. Former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall will be on hand to host I Am Athlete Tonight from the event, as well.

“With all eyes and ears focused on Phoenix for Super Bowl Week, SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM,” said SiriusXM President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.

“With multiple game broadcasts, several channels in Phoenix covering the latest news and providing expert analysis on the teams, interviews with many of the celebrities in town for the game, and our exclusive concert with Luke Combs, our subscribers will have exceptional access throughout the biggest week on the NFL calendar.”

ESPNU Radio hosts Colt McCoy, Rick Neuheisel, and Max Starks will also be in Arizona on Radio Row, in addition to Dusty and Danny hosting their shows each day from Radio Row.

Fantasy football expert Jeff Mans and SportsGrid Radio host Scott Ferrall will also originate content from Radio Row.

SiriusXM will offer four different game broadcasts of Super Bowl LVII. The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles home broadcasts will each air, as will the national Westwood One call. Additionally, a Spanish-language broadcast will also be provided. Listeners will also be able to hear the halftime show — performed by pop star Rihanna — on Sirius XM Hits 1, The Heat, and Super Bowl LVII Radio.

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BetQL Network Going to Arizona for Super Bowl Week

“Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale.”

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BetQL is headed to Radio Row. Audacy’s sports betting radio network will be in Arizona ahead of Super Bowl LVII. 

Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale. BetQL Daily and You Better You Bet will be live Monday through Friday. BetMGM Tonight will be live Monday through Thursday.

The network’s hosts will stay busy in the desert. BetQL is producing 52 hours of live audio and video content. Hosts are also scheduled to make 25 live appearances across other Audacy radio stations and digital channels.

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