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92.9 The Game Shines In Winter Ratings Book

“95.5 WSB Atlanta’s News Talk enjoyed a clean sweep in mornings, midday and afternoon drive, finishing first in all three timeslots.”

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92.9 The Game in Atlanta enjoyed an impressive quarter to launch their 2020 campaign. The Entercom owned sports radio station finished second overall during the winter book, posting an 8.4 share among Men 25-54 in the M-F 6a-Midnight demo. 

In morning drive, John Fricke and Hugh Douglas finished second for the book with a 7.3. The Game’s midday show with Andy Bunker and Randy McMichael finished fourth, but their 8.5 rating was just 0.3 away from the second spot. The station’s popular afternoon drive show hosted by Carl Dukes and Mike Bell posted a strong 9.0 and were just half a point away from finishing first for the winter book. 

95.5 WSB Atlanta’s News Talk enjoyed a clean sweep for the quarter in mornings, midday and afternoons, finishing first in all three timeslots, totaling a 10.9 in weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p). 92.9 The Game did finish first with their nighttime show hosted by John Chuckery. The 7p-11p host took over the program full-time last summer and finished 1st overall in the winter book with a 9.8. 

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 shutdown March 11. During the quarter’s final two weeks, news/talk saw an increase in listenership as the COVID-19 pandemic became a growing issue in the United States. It will be interesting to see how the virus continues to impact ratings for news talk stations such as WSB during the spring book. 

92.9 The Game’s ratings depict a strong finish for program director Terry Foxx who was unfortunately laid off earlier this month. The layoffs were part of Entercom’s cost cutting efforts as an attempt to combat economic impacts stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Foxx helped launch The Game in 2012, building the station from the ground up to compete with Atlanta’s 680 The Fan. 

680 The Fan does not subscribe to Nielsen ratings, but according to data, the station’s top performing show for the winter book was their afternoon drive duo Chuck and Chernoff. While Atlanta’s top two sports stations feature different business models, their ability to generate money remains more important than Nielsen numbers, especially during an unprecedented shutdown.

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670 The Score Hosts Congratulate Mike Mulligan on Award From Loyola Chicago

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

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670 The Score morning host Mike Mulligan is being awarded the Father Finnegan Memorial Award from Loyola University Chicago this weekend, and some of his colleagues congratulated him on the air Friday morning.

The award is given “in recognition of outstanding humanitarianism and service to youth through athletics”. Mulligan — a 1984 graduate of Loyola University Chicago — will receive the award Saturday during the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony during a game against George Mason.

“Tremendous award,” co-host David Haugh said. “Proud moment for the show. Proud moment for you family.”

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

“That is fantastic,” Laurence Holmes said, while his co-host, Dan Bernstein, continued to say “wow”. “Congratulations. You shouldn’t be embarrassed. You should be proud.”

“I’m being celebrated for being old,” Mully joked.

“That’s not what that award says,” countered Holmes. “It says something completely different.”

The Mully & Haugh host eventually admitted he was appreciative of the award bestowed upon him by his alma mater.

“It’s a good thing. I’m very moved by it. Sister Jean will be there,” Mully said. “She has a book coming out with — I think — Seth Davis.”

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Colin Cowherd: Tony Romo Regressing Because He Loves Golf

“I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

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The performance of CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo has been a hot-button topic in sports media circles, especially after a widely-regarded lackluster performance during the AFC Championship Game. Colin Cowherd believes he knows why Romo has regressed.

During an episode of The Colin Cowherd Podcast, the sports radio host claimed golf is the reason behind Romo’s regression.

“Romo wants to be on the Tour. He literally wants to be on the Tour,” Cowherd said. “And what’s the first thing Aaron Rodgers does in the off-season? He goes and golfs, he loves it. Both, by the way, great golfers, especially Romo. But I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

“Tony wants to be on the PGA Tour — but he likes the paycheck from CBS.”

Cowherd also added he hasn’t hired potential employees in the past if they told him they loved golf during the interview process, saying he has a theory that as men age they “get addicted to golf”.

“They’re on PGATour.com, they’re putting in the backyard, they’re thinking about it at work, they’re scheduling a trip to Scotland and they lose sight of their other job,” Cowherd said.

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ESPN Radio Adds Lakers Games As LeBron James Nears Scoring Record

“As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.”

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The NBA’s all-time scoring record has stood for a long time. Kareem Abdul-Jabar, the current record holder, retired in 1989. LeBron James is on the verge of overtaking him though, and ESPN Radio wants to make sure it is part of history when it happens.

ESPN Radio has added two upcoming Lakers games to its schedule. The network will carry the national feeds of games on February 7 and 9. The first game is against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second is against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Both games will be played in Los Angeles with a 9:30 PM Eastern tip. Marc Kestecher and Vince Carter will be on the call for both games.

As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.

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