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Francesa Blasts WFAN Management Over EP’s Absence

“Francesa began his first show back from Memorial Day Weekend by lambasting his radio station for being cheap and questioning their paternity leave policy.”

Brandon Contes

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Every day, WFAN associate producer, Chris McMonigle runs the board for their early afternoon show, Carlin, Maggie and Bart from 1 – 3pm before doing the same for Mike Francesa from 3 – 7pm, and every day it’s a non-issue.  

Tuesday morning, McMonigle and his wife welcomed their second child into the world, causing the FAN producer to understandably miss work.  Without McMonigle, Francesa was put in the “utterly ridiculous” position of needing to share a part-time board-op with the show before him. Francesa began his first show back from Memorial Day Weekend by lambasting his radio station for being cheap and questioning their paternity leave policy.

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“Maybe they can schedule the right guys to come in and do the show at the right time, maybe the program director can do that,” Francesa said after having to start his show late because the board-op was running from one studio to the other.  “It’s the biggest show in the country, you can’t pay someone to do the board by himself? Separately?  How ridiculous is this?”

Francesa congratulated McMonigle and his wife on-air, although he still calls his engineer ‘McGonicle,’ even after working together for more than a half decade.  Still, Francesa wondered how long he’ll have to tolerate working with a substitute board-operator.  

“These new rules, you get a lot of time off, I don’t know when you’ll see [McMonigle] again, I have no idea,” said Francesa, who has in the past complained about paternity leave.  In 2014, Francesa and WFAN morning show host, Boomer Esiason were independently critical of Mets second baseman at the time, Daniel Murphy for missing two games because of the birth of his son.  Both hosts stood by their opinions and drew the ire of social media that largely defended Murphy.

“The female deserves all the time she wants,” Francesa made sure to note on Tuesday.  “She should get six months, I’m all for that, but the male gets a lot of time off too.”  

Francesa will soon have the opportunity to revisit the discussion, but for maternity leave as opposed to paternity leave.  The show that he shares Chris McMonigle with, CMB will be without Maggie Gray for a period of time as she and her husband are expecting their first child later this summer.

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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