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Radio Ink Names Mike Francesa Sports Radio’s Top Host

Jason Barrett

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In the December issue of Radio Ink Magazine, the editors at Radio Ink have named their top thirty five shows in sports radio for 2016. Taking top honors was New York sports radio icon Mike Francesa. The WFAN talk show host has announced that 2017 will be his final year behind the mic after patrolling the New York city sports radio airwaves for the past thirty years.

Rounding out the top 5 were Boomer and Carton, Toucher and Rich, Felger and Massarotti, and Valenti and Foster. All five shows are under the CBS Radio umbrella. CBS had 7 shows finish in the top 10, 10 inside the top 20, and a total of 11 which led all broadcast companies. The next closest was Cumulus who had 7 shows make the list.

Here is the entire order of the top 35.

1. Mike Francesa – WFAN
2. Boomer & Carton – WFAN
3. Toucher & Rich – 98.5 The Sports Hub
4. Angelo Cataldi – WIP
5. (Tied) Valenti & Foster – 97.1 The Ticket and Felger & Massarotti – 98.5 The Sports Hub
6. The Musers – Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket
7. Waddle & Silvy – ESPN 1000
8. Mully & Hanley – 670 The Score
9. Murph & Mac – KNBR
10. The Sports Junkies – 106.7 The Fan
11. Gary & Larry – KNBR
12. Mike Missanelli – 97.5 The Fanatic
13. Tolbert & Lund – KNBR
14. Michael Kay – 98.7 ESPN NY
15. Boers & Bernstein – 670 The Score
16. Mitch Levy – KJR
17. Kirk & Callahan – WEEI
18. The Hardline – Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket
19. Dukes & Bell – 92.9 The Game
20. Zolak & Bertrand – 98.5 The Sports Hub
21. Dan Sileo – Mighty 1090
22. Brock & Salk – 710 ESPN
23. Joe & Evan – WFAN
24. Chuck & Chernoff – 680 The Fan
25. Dave “Softy” Mahler – KJR
26. Bernie Miklasz – 101 ESPN
27. Adam & Joe – 99.9 The Fan
28. Sharp & Benning – 1620 The Zone
29. Schopp & The Bulldog – WGR
30. Scott & BR – Mighty 1090
31. John Canzano – 750 The Game
32. Matt Moscona – 104.5 ESPN
33. Heath Cline – 107.5 The Game
34. Nick Bahe – 1620 The Zone
35. Darin Pritchett – WSBT

The magazine also included a few stories on the Dan Le Batard show, Barrett Sports Media, and a special programmer’s panel featuring Lee Hammer of KNBR, Jeff Catlin of Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket, Mike Thomas of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Joe Zarbano of WEEI, Adam Delevitt of ESPN 1000 and Terry Foxx of 92.9 The Game.

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Kayla Anderson Added to 104.5 The Zone Morning Show

Anderson will begin hosting Wednesday morning. She has previously worked as a sports anchor, reporter, and digital contributor to WKRN-TV in Nashville.

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Kayla Anderson has been added to the 104.5 The Zone morning show, newly titled Ramon, Kayla, and Will, joining Ramon Foster and Will Boling on the Nashville station.

Anderson will begin hosting Wednesday morning. She has previously worked as a sports anchor, reporter, and digital contributor on WKRN-TV in Nashville. A graduate of Washington State University, she has also worked at television stations in Spokane, Missoula, Tucson, and Columbus in addition to her time in Nashville.

Anderson said on Twitter she is “so excited to join this group!”

Boling had been the interim host of the morning show after the August departure of Jason Martin.

Ramon, Kayla, and Will will be heard from 6:00 AM-10:00 AM each weekday morning.

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Derek Wolfe Joining 104.3 The Fan as ‘The Drive’ Co-Host

I am so insanely pumped to talk with you every afternoon on The Fan. We had a special connection when I was playing for the Broncos that’s only going to grow stronger every day on The Drive.”

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Former NFL defensive lineman Derek Wolfe is joining 104.3 The Fan in Denver as co-host with Darren “DMac” Mckee on The Drive With Derek Wolfe and DMac.

Wolfe announced his retirement from the NFL earlier this year after signing a one-day contract to retire with the Denver Broncos. He was the franchise’s top pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, spending eight seasons with the team, including a win in Super Bowl 50.

“To the listeners in Denver, ‘The Fan Wolfe-pack,’ I am so insanely pumped to talk with you every afternoon on The Fan. We had a special connection when I was playing for the Broncos that’s only going to grow stronger every day on The Drive,” said Wolfe. “DMac and I are going to fight sometimes, maybe we’ll fight a lot of the time, but we’ll always be working together to entertain you. I’ve always kept it 100 with you, and that’s not going to change one bit.” 

“Derek is one of the most popular players in Broncos history, with the iconic image of his sack celebration in Super Bowl 50 forever etched in Denver sports lore,” said 104.3 The Fan program director Raj Sharan. “What’s so exciting about adding Derek is his connection with the audience goes far beyond his production on the field. He’s never been afraid to mince words and is unapologetically authentic. Those characteristics drew Denver sports fans to fall in love with Derek, and we’re thrilled to help Derek build on that relationship everyday as he entertains his ‘Fan Wolfe-pack!’” 

Wolfe enters a role previously occupied by former Bronco Tyler Polumbus, who departed the station in September. The Drive with Derek Wolfe and DMac will be heard weekday afternoons from 2:00 PM-6:00 PM.

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Chick Hearn Headlines Radio Hall of Fame Legends Inductees

Amongst other accolades, he is credited with broadcast 3,338 consecutive Lakers game from November 21, 1965 to December 16, 2001.

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The Museum of Broadcast Communications announced today the selection of 10 new Legends inductees into the Radio Hall of Fame for 2022. This distinction honors those in the industry who have contributed greatly to it and have since passed away.

Chick Hearn, the longtime voice of the Los Angeles Lakers, will be amongst those inducted in Chicago next month. Hearn was the voice of the Lakers for 41 years (1961-2002). Amongst other accolades, he is credited with broadcast 3,338 consecutive Lakers game from November 21, 1965 to December 16, 2001.  

The full list of those to be inducted as part of the Legends class are:

  • MrDoug Banks– Nationally syndicated on-air personality;
  • MrJames Brown– Legendary singer, to be inducted as a radio station owner of WJBE Knoxville, TN;
  • MrBob Coburn– Host of the syndicated Rockline show;
  • Mr. Chick Hearn– Play-by-play announcer/voice of the Los Angeles Lakers;
  • MsBernice Judis– Owner and General Manager, WNEW-AM, 1930’s–1950’s;
  • MrSid Mark– Host of syndicated program, Sounds of Sinatra show for 60+ years;
  • Mr. Bobby O’Jay– On-air personality, WDIA-AM/Memphis;
  • MrPervis Spann– On-air personality, WVON-AM/Chicago;
  • Mr. James Thompson– Group W Broadcasting President and President of the Broadcasters Foundation;
  • Ms. Rosalie Trombley– Music Director of CKLW-AM/Detroit in the 1960’s–1970’s.

“The Radio Hall of Fame is dedicated to recognizing the individuals who have made the greatest impact on our 100+ year old industry,” Kraig T. Kitchin, Co-Chairman, Radio Hall of Fame said. “I’m thrilled to see the Nominating Committee confirm the induction of these 10 individuals who each made such an impact on our industry in their time.”    

The Radio Hall of Fame will recognize its 2022 class of inductees, including the class announced in July, during a ceremony on Tuesday, November 1st.

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