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Maggie Gray: #MeToo is About People Like James Dolan

Brandon Contes

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In the most powerful rant of Maggie Gray’s young tenure at WFAN, the co-host of Carlin Maggie and Bart crushed Knicks owner James Dolan for his new song I Should’ve Known.

Most sports fans around the country know James Dolan as owner of the Knicks and Rangers, but they might not be aware he’s the lead singer of his band, JD and the Straight Shot.  Dolan also had a close friendship with disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein, even serving on the board of directors for the Weinstein Company.

In I Should’ve Known, Dolan shares his guilt for not doing anything to prevent Weinstein from committing acts which lead to numerous allegations of sexual harassment.  “We believed and didn’t see, through the lies he told us all, that led him to his endless fall, I should’ve known,” says one line of the song.  WFAN host Maggie Gray, however, wasn’t buying Dolan’s sentiment and responded with raw emotion.

“I can’t believe James Dolan thinks that we’re this stupid,” Gray said during Thursday’s edition of CMB.  “I can’t believe it took 11 years…11 years, is that how long it’s been since the Anucha Browne Sanders case?  Excuse me?!  Somebody who can’t even understand or admit what happened in his own building now has some b.s. song about he should have known about Harvey Weinstein?

“How about what the hell was going on in your own building?  How about a sexual harassment case that you had to settle for $11.6 million against The Garden…Give me a break, James Dolan. You are just such a hypocrite.”

In 2007 former Madison Square Garden executive, Anucha Browne Sanders, filed a lawsuit which alleged sexual harassment by Isiah Thomas, the team president at the time.  The lawsuit was later settled out of court for $11.6 million.

“You are a vile piece of trash,” continued Gray.  “You let Isiah Thomas call this woman the b-word so many times she sued your a**, and she won!  And then what did you do?  In 2015, you brought Isiah Thomas back into the building to run the Liberty of the WNBA. You are a human embodiment of an online troll.  People on Twitter couldn’t even come up with something that stupid”

“What do you think this whole #MeToo movement is?!  It’s about people like you!” said Gray as she continued her public deprecation of Dolan.

“I might never get back into The Garden, even with a press pass, after this, and I don’t give a crap. I’d rather not step into that building that’s owned by this hypocrite and this disgusting, disgusting human. Yeah, you should have known.  You did know.”

James Dolan was named in a civil-suit against Weinstein which claims the Madison Square Garden CEO was aware of the film producer’s behavior.

Carlin, Maggie and Bart air weekdays on WFAN from 1-3PM, the full segment of Gray’s comments toward Dolan can be heard here.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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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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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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