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Clay Travis Named First Recipient of The Tony Bruno Award

“FOX Sports Radio’s morning host to be recognized for his unique, unfiltered, and unafraid approach to national sports radio.”

Jason Barrett

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Over the past three decades, Tony Bruno occupied prime real estate on three national sports radio networks. From ESPN Radio to FOX Sports Radio to Sporting News Radio, Bruno made his mark on the national stage by providing a mixture of sports and guy talk, and delivering razor sharp opinions and unfiltered commentaries. It was his unique, unafraid, and unfiltered approach which helped him strike a chord with sports radio audiences, and earn a special place among members of the sports radio community.

Bruno’s impact on the business convinced Barrett Sports Media to create an annual award in his honor. The company revealed in September “The Tony Bruno Award” would be introduced at the 2019 BSM Summit at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on February 21-22, 2019. To celebrate the occasion, Bruno will be in attendance for the BSM Summit to thank members of the sports format for their continued support.

Presented to the individual who currently hosts on the national stage and exemplifies an ability to cut thru by displaying a unique, unafraid, and unfiltered approach, there were numerous options to choose from. But there can only be one winner, and this year’s recipient of The Tony Bruno Award is none other than FOX Sports Radio morning host and Outkick The Coverage creator Clay Travis. 

Since bursting on to the national stage in September 2016, Travis has provided a jolt to FOX Sports Radio’s morning timeslot. His show has grown to 300 affiliates due in part to his take no prisoners approach. He’s shown an ability to create a stir on social media by taking on controversial subjects and high profile brands and personalities, in addition to authoring the book ‘Republicans Buy Sneakers Too‘. Showing a propensity to expand his brand, Clay also joined the cast of FOX Sports 1’s sports betting show ‘Lock It In‘, and his Outkick The Show podcast remains one of the top performers on the iTunes charts.

“When you think of national personalities who are cutting thru by delivering a unique, unfiltered, and unafraid presentation, few fit the description better than Clay Travis,” said Barrett Sports Media President Jason Barrett. “Considering how Tony Bruno distinguished himself from others during his career by embracing similar traits, it’s a pleasure to pass the baton to Clay who not only epitomizes the award, but is leading the charge to keep national sports radio interesting and entertaining.”

Upon learning he had been selected to receive the award, Travis offered his appreciation: “I’m honored to win this award because since I started writing online in 2004 I’ve tried to embrace four key tenets in my work: be smart, be original, be funny, and be authentic. When you combine all four of those attributes I think you point towards one overarching theme — being fearless.”

“The reason why our radio show has worked is because it’s fearless in an era when many are fearful,” continued Travis. “I think audiences respond favorably, whether they agree or disagree, to someone who is saying what he believes every day for three hours on the air. So I’m excited to accept this award on behalf of our Outkick crew and Fox Sports Radio, whose leaders Don Martin and Scott Shapiro have embraced fearlessness more than anyone else in national sports radio. I think that’s a big reason why we’re winning.”

Bruno was ecstatic as well when told who had been chosen as the first recipient of the award: “Clay Travis is one of the few national voices who is unafraid to shoot straight from the hip with facts and opinions many dislike – especially in this charged world where even sports are intertwined with politics. In a climate where talent is overly controlled by management, Clay’s freedom, smarts and rise in our medium is testament to what I feel is “doing it right”.”

Due to a previously planned family vacation Travis will not be in attendance at the BSM Summit. However, accommodations are being made for him to address the room of attendees, and collect his new hardware.

A limited amount of tickets are still available for the 2019 BSM Summit on February 21-22, 2019 at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. Only media industry professionals are permitted to attend this event. For further details visit https://bsmsummit.com.

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Barrett Sports Media’s Top 20 Major Market Sports Radio Morning Shows of 2022

“A total of 31 shows were eligible for voting consideration in the Major Market Sports Radio Morning Shows category.”

Jason Barrett

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The 8th annual BSM Top 20 series continues with a look at the Top 20 Major Market Sports Radio Morning Shows of 2022. As you review this year’s selections, please remember that the results represent the collective opinions of forty six (46) industry executives. I’d like to thank Alex Reynolds, Stephanie Eads, and Dylan Barrett for helping with the Top 20 process, and Steve Kamer Voiceovers for being our exclusive sponsor for this year’s Top 20 series. Steve’s voice is heard across the nation on many top shows, stations, and networks, and if you’re not familiar with his work, take a second to learn what makes him stellar at his craft by clicking here.

As it pertains to the voting, here are a few key things to be aware of.

– These results are based on 2022’s performance. 2023 changes have no effect on the voting.

– Our executive panel consists of forty six (46) program directors and corporate executives from a number of top broadcasting companies including Audacy, iHeart, Cumulus, Beasley, Hubbard, Good Karma Brands, ESPN Radio, FOX Sports Radio, SiriusXM, Spotify, and independently owned and operated radio stations. We involve a large number of people in this process in order to include feedback from all parts of the country, as well as to prevent the results from heavily favoring one company.

 A total of 31 shows were eligible for voting consideration in the Major Market Sports Radio Morning Shows category.

– Voters choose their Top 20 based on a myriad of factors including the ear test, originality, ability to entertain, multi-platform impact, on-air chemistry, and ratings success. Keep in mind that voters live in different cities, have different tastes, and value certain factors higher than others. This isn’t a perfect science, but it’s the best system we’ve been able to come up with to showcase how sports radio’s brain trust view the best in the format.

And that brings us to the rankings for this year’s Major Market Sports Radio Morning Shows. For the first time ever, the award goes to Angelo Cataldi & The Morning Team. Angelo is retiring from WIP next week, and the voters are sending him out on top. The longtime Philadelphia morning man was involved in a tight race for the top spot, and ended up holding off Toucher & Rich by twelve points to score the victory. BSM congratulates Angelo, Al, Rhea, PD Rod Lakin, and the entire morning team on their well deserved recognition, as well as every other show that earned a spot on this year’s list.

Now, here are the full results of “BSM’s Top 20 Major Market Sports Radio Morning Shows of 2022!”

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Additional Notes:

  • Toucher & Rich and Boomer & Gio tied for the most first place votes with seven (7). Angelo Cataldi & The Morning Team were one behind with six (6).
  • 21-25 was occupied by Joe Rose, John & HughSean Salisbury, The Locker Room, and Pat & Aaron.
  • The closest contest saw Moser, Lombardi & Kane hold off Joe Rose by 1 point to claim 20th place.
  • Of the 31 shows eligible for consideration this year, 7 received at least one 1st place vote.

Here is the remaining schedule for the BSM Top 20 of 2022.

  • Wednesday February 8 = The Top 20 Major/Mid Market Sports Radio Midday Shows of 2022
  • Thursday February 9 = The Top 20 Major/Mid Market Sports Radio Afternoon Shows of 2022
  • Friday February 10 = The Top 20 Major/Mid Market Sports Radio Program Directors of 2022
  • Monday February 13 = The Top 20 Major/Mid Market Sports Radio Stations of 2022

To view prior years of BSM’s Top 20 results, click here.

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Barrett Sports Media’s Top 20 Mid Market Sports Radio Morning Shows of 2022

“A total of 47 shows were eligible for voting consideration in the Mid Market Sports Radio Morning Shows category.”

Jason Barrett

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The 8th annual BSM Top 20 series continues with a look at the Top 20 Mid Market Sports Radio Morning Shows of 2022. As you review this year’s selections, please remember that the results represent the collective opinions of forty six (46) industry executives. I’d like to thank Alex Reynolds, Stephanie Eads, and Dylan Barrett for helping with the Top 20 process, and Steve Kamer Voiceovers for being our exclusive sponsor for this year’s Top 20 series. Steve’s voice is heard across the nation on many top shows, stations, and networks, and if you’re not familiar with his work, take a second to learn what makes him stellar at his craft by clicking here.

As it pertains to the voting, here are a few key things to be aware of.

– These results are based on 2022’s performance. 2023 changes have no effect on the voting.

– Our executive panel consists of forty six (46) program directors and corporate executives from a number of top broadcasting companies including Audacy, iHeart, Cumulus, Beasley, Hubbard, Good Karma Brands, ESPN Radio, FOX Sports Radio, SiriusXM, Spotify, and independently owned and operated radio stations. We involve a large number of people in this process in order to include feedback from all parts of the country, as well as to prevent the results from heavily favoring one company.

 A total of 47 shows were eligible for voting consideration in the Mid Market Sports Radio Morning Shows category.

– Voters choose their Top 20 based on a myriad of factors including the ear test, originality, ability to entertain, multi-platform impact, on-air chemistry, and ratings success. Keep in mind that voters live in different cities, have different tastes, and value certain factors higher than others. This isn’t a perfect science, but it’s the best system we’ve been able to come up with to showcase how sports radio’s brain trust view the best in the format.

And that brings us to the rankings for this year’s Mid Market Sports Radio Morning Shows. We have a new #1. Congratulations is in order for WJOX’s McElroy & Cubelic featuring Greg McElroy and Cole Cubelic. The JOX morning team defeated last year’s winners Ken Carman & Anthony Lima by thirty (30) points to earn this year’s top prize. BSM congratulates Cole, Greg, PD Ryan Haney and the entire WJOX morning team on the well deserved recognition, as well as every other show that appeared on this year’s list.

Now, here are the full results of “BSM’s Top 20 Mid Market Sports Radio Morning Shows of 2022!”

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Additional Notes:

  • Cole & Cubelic and Ken Carman & Anthony Lima tied with a category best four (4) first place votes. 
  • Spots 21-25 were occupied by R&R In The Morning, DJ & PKThe Starting Lineup w/ Tyler & WillThe Deener Show, and Bucky & Erin.
  • The closest contest saw The Drill slip by Robby & Rexrode by 1 point.
  • Of the 47 shows eligible for consideration this year, 13 received at least one 1st place vote.

Here is the remaining schedule for the BSM Top 20 of 2022.

  • Wednesday February 8 = The Top 20 Major/Mid Market Sports Radio Midday Shows of 2022
  • Thursday February 9 = The Top 20 Major/Mid Market Sports Radio Afternoon Shows of 2022
  • Friday February 10 = The Top 20 Major/Mid Market Sports Radio Program Directors of 2022
  • Monday February 13 = The Top 20 Major/Mid Market Sports Radio Stations of 2022

To view prior years of BSM’s Top 20 results, click here

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Barrett Sports Media’s Top 20 National Sports Radio Shows of 2022

“A total of 101 shows were eligible for voting consideration in the National Sports Radio Shows category.”

Jason Barrett

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The 8th annual BSM Top 20 series kicks off with a look at the Top 20 National Sports Radio Shows of 2022. These shows have the largest reach in America, and are distributed by the largest networks in the industry, airing across hundreds of radio stations, as well as on various digital and television outlets.

As you review this year’s selections, please remember that the results represent the collective opinions of forty six (46) industry executives. I’d like to thank Alex Reynolds, Stephanie Eads, and Dylan Barrett for helping with the Top 20 process, and Steve Kamer Voiceovers for being our exclusive sponsor for this year’s Top 20 series. Steve’s voice is heard across the nation on many top shows, stations, and networks, and if you’re not familiar with his work, take a second to learn what makes him stellar at his craft by clicking here.

As it pertains to the voting, here are a few key things to be aware of.

– These results are based on 2022’s performance. 2023 changes have no effect on the voting.

– Our executive panel consists of forty six (46) program directors and corporate executives from a number of top broadcasting companies including Audacy, iHeart, Cumulus, Beasley, Hubbard, Good Karma Brands, ESPN Radio, FOX Sports Radio, SiriusXM, Spotify, and independently owned and operated radio stations. We involve a large number of people in this process in order to include feedback from all parts of the country, as well as to prevent the results from heavily favoring one company.

 A total of 101 shows were eligible for voting consideration in the National Sports Radio Shows category.

– Voters choose their Top 20 based on a myriad of factors including the ear test, originality, ability to entertain, multi-platform impact, on-air chemistry, and ratings success. Keep in mind that voters live in different cities, have different tastes, and value certain factors higher than others. This isn’t a perfect science, but it’s the best system we’ve been able to come up with to showcase how sports radio’s brain trust view the best in the format.

And that brings us to the rankings for this year’s National Sports Radio Shows. For only the 2nd time in 8 years, we have someone at the top other than Colin Cowherd. The winner this year for best National Sports Talk Show of 2022 is The Pat McAfee Show. It was a close race, which saw Cowherd earn more first place votes, eighteen (18) to McAfee’s twelve (12), but Pat scored more total votes including seven more votes in the 2-5 range, allowing him to prevail by seventeen points. McAfee’s show is now consumed through podcasts, YouTube, and social media but 2022 did include eight months of distribution on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio. We congratulate Pat, AJ, and the entire crew on earning this year’s top honor, as well as every other show which appeared on this year’s list.

Now, here are the full results of “BSM’s Top 20 National Sports Radio Shows of 2022!”

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Additional Notes:

  • The Herd w/ Colin Cowherd earned a category best eighteen (18) first place votes. The Pat McAfee Show was second with twelve (12).
  • 21-25 was occupied by Outkick 3602 Pros & a Cup of Joe, The Zach Gelb Show, Spain & Fitz, and Bart & Hahn.
  • The closest contest saw You Better You Bet edge Ben Maller by 4 points.
  • Of the 101 shows eligible for consideration this year, 9 received at least one 1st place vote.

Here is the remaining schedule for the BSM Top 20 of 2022.

  • Tuesday February 7 = The Top 20 Major/Mid Market Sports Radio Morning Shows of 2022
  • Wednesday February 8 = The Top 20 Major/Mid Market Sports Radio Midday Shows of 2022
  • Thursday February 9 = The Top 20 Major/Mid Market Sports Radio Afternoon Shows of 2022
  • Friday February 10 = The Top 20 Major/Mid Market Sports Radio Program Directors of 2022
  • Monday February 13 = The Top 20 Major/Mid Market Sports Radio Stations of 2022

To view prior years of BSM’s Top 20 results, click here.

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