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Michael Kay Show Tops NYC Radio In Afternoons

“The winter ratings period extends from Jan. 2 through March 25, meaning most of the book took place before the COVID-19 pandemic forced live sports to shut down March 11.”

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In the first full book since Mike Francesa left WFAN’s afternoon drive for the second time, ESPN New York’s The Michael Kay Show remained number one. The news was first reported by Andrew Marchand of the New York Post.

Not only did Michael Kay, Don La Greca and Peter Rosenberg beat WFAN’s Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts, but the trio finished first overall in the afternoon among men 25-54 according to Nielsen Audio. From 2 – 6pm, Joe & Evan did a 5.7 for their first go-round in afternoon drive. ESPN’s TMKS did a 7.3 in their 3 – 7pm timeslot. It marks the second consecutive book, and third time ever, The Michael Kay Show topped WFAN in afternoon drive when the stream is included for both stations. 

The winter ratings period extends from Jan. 2 through March 25, meaning most of the book took place before the COVID-19 pandemic forced live sports to shut down March 11. Ratings during the spring book will likely see a significant decrease as non-essential workers aren’t commuting during the morning and evening rush hours.

From 10am – 1pm, ESPN’s Humpty, Canty and Rothenberg did a 4.1 and from 1 – 3pm their new duo of Alan Hahn and Bart Scott garnered a 5.3 rating. WFAN’s new midday show with Marc Malusis and Maggie Gray did a 5.1 from 10am – 2pm, topping ESPN by almost a full point. 

In the morning hours, WFAN’s Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti finished first overall with a 6.7, crushing ESPN’s nationally syndicated broadcast of Golic and Wingo which earned a 2.9 rating. While ESPN New York recently added more local programming to their lineup, it remains to be seen if they’ll look to do the same with the 6am – 10am timeslot which leaves a glaring hole in their ratings.

Last year, reports from Bobby Burack and Ryan Glasspiegel, then of The Big Lead, stated Trey Wingo might not be interested in continuing the morning radio show alongside Mike Golic beyond this summer. 

A shakeup of ESPN Radio’s morning show might entice 98.7 to go local, similarly to the way they chose to replace The Stephen A. Smith Show this past January. ESPN New York already has three local shows in their weekday lineup from 10am – 7pm. With three shows, they could format their schedule more traditionally to fill the 6am – 6pm hours and better compete with WFAN’s Boomer and Gio

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Mike Rhyner Leads 97.1 the Freak For Its Debut in Dallas

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

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Ben Torres / Special Contributor Dallas Morning News

The dawn of a new sports radio signal in Dallas has come and who else to be the first voice you hear, but the Old Grey Wolf Mike Rhyner.

97.1 the Eagle stopped their regular programming late Monday morning and began stunting, the technique radio stations use to separate listeners from old programming into new programming. They began by playing songs with the word “freak” in them then went into a continuous loop of “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” by Tom Petty until 3p CT. Then, a voiceover detailing the Eagle’s history transitioned into the voice that Dallas-Forth Worth residents have gotten to know so well, Mike Rhyner.

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

He would go on to relive his final moments at The Ticket in Dallas. He said he was getting his “head around being a Paw Paw” before getting a call from Ben Rogers of the Ben and Skin Show and thus an idea for The Freak began to take shape.

After that, the show’s intro music played and Rhyner welcomed in Mike Sirois and before you knew it, the guys were wondering about a quarterback controversy in Dallas. 97.1 The Freak is off and running.

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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