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The BSM Top 20 Major Market Program Directors of 2018

“Radio executives voted to determine the Top 20 Major Market Sports Radio Program Directors of 2018.”

Jason Barrett

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It’s been a fun four days highlighting the sports format’s top shows and personalities, but we always wrap up week 1 by showcasing sports radio’s top program directors. These are the folks responsible for guiding some of the best stations in America, and working with the elite talent on each brand’s airwaves to maximize their success.

Before you scroll down, there are a few things to be aware of. First, the voting for this series is done by fifty one radio executives from thirty cities and thirteen companies. BSM president Jason Barrett does not vote. He simply assembles the panel and presents their collective opinions.

Secondly, we ask our voters to consider the following criteria below when judging programs. That said, each voter has different preferences, which makes this a subjective process.

  • Strong station ratings in 2018
  • Great reputation and consistency
  • Exceptional track record of managing elite talent
  • Finished 2018 programming a sports radio station
  • Points are given for each spot (EX: 20 for 1st, 1 for 20th)

Our one golden rule is that an individual must finish the year programming in the sports format. If an individual changes companies or markets that doesn’t affect their status. Just as long as they’re active still leading a sports radio brand, they’re up for consideration.

Moving on to the rankings, the format’s top major market programmer for 2018 according to our executive panel was Mike Thomas of 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston. This is Thomas’ 2nd win. He last won the honor in 2016. He and Mark Chernoff have traded places at the top each of the past 4 years.

We congratulate Mike on his well deserved recognition, as well as every other programmer who gained a spot on this year’s list. With that in mind, here are the full results of “BSM’s Top 20 Major Market Program Directors of 2018”!

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Additional Notes:

  • Mike Thomas recorded eighteen (18) first place votes, the most of any PD, en route to a 56 point victory.
  • The closest races saw Spike Eskin nip Jeff Catlin by 2 points for 4th place. Armen Williams did the same to Jimmy Powers to claim 13th. Brian Long was 3 points ahead of Terry Foxx to secure the 18th spot.
  • Dan Zampillo was in 21st place, 8 points behind Mike Salk
  • 22-25 belonged to Rich Moore, Eric Johnson, John Mamola and Len Weiner
  • 33 program directors were eligible for consideration, 9 received at least one (1) 1st place vote

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

“A total of 37 sports stations were eligible for voting consideration in the Major Market Sports Radio Stations category.”

Jason Barrett

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We’ve reached the final day of our 8th annual BSM Top 20 series. The Monday following the Super Bowl has always been reserved for the Top 20 Major Market Sports Radio Stations and as you review this year’s list, please remember that the results are a collective snapshot of how forty-six (46) industry executives view the best in this category. A special thanks to Alex ReynoldsStephanie Eads, and Dylan Barrett for their help 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 37 sports stations were eligible for voting consideration in the Major Market Sports Radio Stations category.

– Voters choose their Top 20 in this category based on a few key factor’s including ratings performance, brand awareness, on-air talent, multiplatform impact, etc.. Keep in mind that voters live in different cities, have different tastes, and value certain qualities more 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 top Major Market Sports Stations. The winner in this category for the fifth straight year and sixth time in seven years is 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston. The Hub finished seventeen points in front of runner up WFAN. BSM congratulates Mary Menna, Rick Radzik and the entire Sports Hub staff on a well deserved honor, as well as every other station that earned a spot on this year’s list.

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

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Additional Notes:

  • 98.5 The Sports Hub earned the most 1st place votes with seven (7). Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket and 94WIP tied for second most first place votes with three (3).
  • Spots 21-25 belonged to Sports Radio 610 in Houston, Sports Radio 950 KJR in Seattle, Seattle Sports 710 in Seattle, AM 570 LA Sports in Los Angeles, and WQAM in Miami.
  • The tightest race saw Denver Sports 104.3 The Fan nip 98.7 ESPN NY by one (1) point.
  • Of the 37 sports stations eligible for voting consideration, seven (7) received at least one (1) first place vote.

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

“A total of 63 sports stations were eligible for voting consideration in the Mid Market Sports Radio Stations category.”

Jason Barrett

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We’ve reached the final day of our 8th annual BSM Top 20 series. The Monday following the Super Bowl has always been reserved for the Top 20 Sports Radio Stations in both Major and Mid Market categories. As you review this year’s list, please remember that the results are a collective snapshot of how forty-six (46) industry executives view the best in this category. A special thanks to Alex ReynoldsStephanie Eads, and Dylan Barrett for their help 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 63 sports stations were eligible for voting consideration in the Mid Market Sports Radio Stations category.

– Voters choose their Top 20 in this category based on a few key factor’s including ratings performance, brand awareness, on-air talent, multiplatform impact, etc.. Keep in mind that voters live in different cities, have different tastes, and value certain qualities more 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 top Mid Market Sports Stations. The winner in this category for the first time is Columbus’ 97.1 The Fan. The Fan received fourteen (14) points more than runner up WGR in Buffalo, and eighteen (1) more than third place finisher 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh. BSM congratulates Todd Markiewicz, Mike Ricordati, Matt Erhard, and the entire 97.1 The Fan staff on their victory, as well as every other station that appeared on this year’s list.

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

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Additional Notes:

  • 97.1 The Fan, WJOX and WGR tied for the most 1st place votes with three (3).
  • Spots 21-25 were occupied by ESPN 1100/100.9 in Las Vegas, Sactown Sports 1140 in Sacramento, 102.5 The Game in Nashville, Sports Radio WNML in Knoxille, and 99.9 The Fan in Raleigh.
  • The tightest race saw 101 ESPN edge 98.1 The Sports Animal WWLS by one (1) point.
  • Of the 63 sports stations eligible for voting consideration, twelve (12) received at least one (1) first place vote.

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Barrett Sports Media’s Top 20 Major Market Sports Radio Program Directors of 2022

“A total of 29 programmers were eligible for voting consideration in the Major Market Sports Radio Program Directors category.”

Jason Barrett

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We’ve reached the end of the first week of our 8th annual BSM Top 20 series. Today we place the spotlight on the Top 20 Major Market Sports Radio Program Directors of 2022. As you review this year’s list, please remember that the results are a collective snapshot of how forty-six (46) industry executives view the best in this category. My thanks to Alex Reynolds, Stephanie Eads, and Dylan Barrett for their help 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 29 programmers were eligible for voting consideration in the Major Market Sports Radio Program Directors category.

– Voters choose their Top 20 in this category based on a few key factor’s including leadership, brand success, ratings, multiplatform impact, etc.. Keep in mind that voters live in different cities, have different tastes, and value certain qualities more 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 Program Directors. Spike Eskin of WFAN is your category winner for 2022. This is Spike’s second category win, and his first since taking over at WFAN. He prevailed by thirty (30) points over runner up Jimmy Powers. BSM congratulates Spike and the WFAN team on earning this year’s top honor, as well as every programmer who gained a spot on this year’s list.

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

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Additional Notes:

  • Rick Radzik received a category best five (5) first place votes. Jimmy Powers was second with four (4).
  • 21-25 belonged to Brian LongLen WeinerAdam Klug, Parker Hillis, and Mike Conti.
  • The closest contest saw Rick Radzik finish ahead of Mitch Rosen by 3 points.
  • Of the 29 programmers eligible for consideration this year, 10 received at least one 1st place vote.

Here is the remaining schedule for the BSM Top 20 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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