Sports radio in St. Louis and Denver was alive and well during the first quarter of 2020. The market leaders in both cities, 101 ESPN in St. Louis and 104.3 The Fan in Denver turned in stellar performances but so too did Denver’s second sports radio brand Altitude Sports Radio 92.5.
Starting with St. Louis, according to Nielsen Audio, 101 ESPN registered a 4.9 in weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p) with men 25-54. That placed St. Louis’ leading sports station 9th overall. In mornings (6a-10a), the combination of 1-hour of Golic & Wingo and the Bernie Miklasz Show produced a 5.3 share to finish 4th in the market.
Turning to middays, 101 ESPN placed 9th with a 4.5 between the hours of 10a-3p. Those hours feature Anthony Stalter and Jamie Rivers from 10a-2p and 1-hour of the station’s afternoon show The Fast Lane. Rounding things out in PM drive between the hours of 3p-7p is the aforementioned Fast Lane with Randy Karraker, Brad Thompson, and Chris Rongey. The popular St. Louis trio and 1-hour of either St. Louis Blues pregame or ESPN Radio programming delivered the best performance on the station for the quarter, ranking 4th with a strong 7.5 share.
One additional note worth sharing was 101’s performance in evenings. The station generated an impressive 11.1 share from 7p-midnight, depicting a strong performance from their newly acquired St. Louis Blues broadcasts. 101 ESPN and the Blues agreed to a broadcast partnership last year and it has already started to pay dividends. The city’s other sports radio station, 590 The Fan KFNS didn’t record a rating in the winter book.
In Denver, the news was great for 104.3 The Fan. The Denver sports station received a massive performance from Mark Schlereth and Mike Evans, who finished 1st by a wide margin in the target demo of men 25-54. The popular duo produced an incredible 12.9, more than double the share of the market’s 2nd ranked station. It was one of the best performances in the entire sports format this quarter.
Also turning in a strong quarter was the station’s revamped afternoon show featuring Darren ‘DMac’ McKee, Tyler Polumbus and Nick Ferguson. ‘The Drive’ delivered an 8.0, giving 104.3 The Fan a 1st place finish in both mornings and afternoons. The Fan’s midday shows featuring Sandy Clough and Orlando Franklin, and Brandon Stokley and Zach Bye ranked 3rd with mid 6 shares.
The winter book also provided positive news for Denver’s Altitude Sports Radio 92.5 as the two-year old sports station saw tremendous growth in all of its key dayparts. In mornings, Marc Moser, Vic Lombardi and Brett Kane quadrupled their share year-over-year, rising from 0.6 and 24th in 2019 to 2.3 and 13th in 2020. In middays, the trio of Harris, Hastings and Dover also enjoyed a spike, soaring from 0.7 and 24th in 2019 to 2.9 and 14th in 2020.
Altitude’s best performance in the winter book came from their afternoon show with Nate Kreckman and Andy Lindahl. Nate and Andy grew their share nearly seven times higher than 2019 climbing from 0.5 and 24th in 2019 to 3.4 and 10th in 2020. Altitude also saw their weekday (M-F 6a-6p) performance jump from .6 in 2019 to 2.9 in 2020.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
Angelo Cataldi Bans Andy Reid’s Voice From WIP Morning Show
“25% of the people who voted in our poll and said they admire and respect Reid more than Sirianni, you 25% have not been paying any attention for years.”
As Super Bowl LVII approaches, many storylines have emerged. One includes Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid facing off with the team he coached for 14 years, the Philadelphia Eagles. Reid is a beloved figure in NFL circles, but 94WIP morning host Angelo Cataldi couldn’t hold back his disdain for the coaching legend.
On Tuesday morning, Cataldi mentioned he couldn’t believe Reid was so highly regarded in NFL media circles. The longtime host said Reid was never truthful during interviews.
After playing clips that included Reid saying the Eagles “were a good team” and how the Chiefs “would need a good game plan” to grab a victory, Cataldi took issue with the generalities Reid spoke with. When asked what he expected from an NFL head coach, Cataldi compared Reid to current Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni.
“I was expecting something like Nick gives me every time,” Cataldi said. “I hate Reid ’cause he never won me the Super Bowl, I hate Reid that it took him six years to get there, it took Nick two, and I hate Reid because he never bothered to share a damn thing. If you’re out there, with 25% of the people who voted in our poll and said they admire and respect Reid more than Sirianni, you 25% have not been paying any attention for years.”
Cataldi — who admitted “I don’t like the man, and I’ve never liked the man” — said he received more than 300 emails about Reid, noting he didn’t realize he was “widely regarded as the all-time Andy Reid critic” in Philadelphia.
The 94WIP host added listeners will not hear the voice of the “phony, fraud” Reid any longer on his morning show.
“I do not control the other dayparts here. I don’t control the newsroom. I’m done playing anything said by Andy Reid. ‘Cause I learned over 14 years it’s a waste of time.”
Seth Payne: Ross Tucker is Stealing My Takes Without Attribution
“He is the manager that takes your ideas and then sends them up one level without any attribution whatsoever.”
Seth Payne cannot say he wasn’t warned. When Ross Tucker joined Payne and Pendergast on Sports Radio 610 in Houston earlier this week, the seven-year NFL veteran told Payne that his take was so good that he would be stealing it.
“You know what, Seth, that is a great point that I am going to use the rest of the week in all my media stuff,” Tucker said when Payne suggested that the Philadelphia Eagles “earned” an injury to the San Francisco 49ers’ quarterbacks by taking advantage of poor blocking schemes that included using tight ends to block NFL sack leader Hasson Reddick.
A listener named Burch tweeted evidence to Seth Payne of Ross Tucker following through on his promise.
“If the rest of you out there can be more like Burch and let us know when people are stealing our good takes, they can have our bad takes,” Payne’s morning show partner Sean Pendergast said on Tuesday morning.
The duo then played the audio, which they said appeared to come from an unidentified CBS show. In it, Tucker says that the Eagles “earned those injuries” and used tight ends being assigned to block Reddick as his justification for the take.
“I think it’s pretty obvious what kind of a boss Ross Tucker is, like what kind of a manager,” Payne said. “He is the manager that takes your ideas and then sends them up one level without any attribution whatsoever.”
Ross Tucker is no shortage of platforms to spread the take around. He is on multiple Audacy sports talk stations during the football season. He also makes regular appearances with Dan Patrick and SiriusXM as well as hosting his own podcast.
“This is what you get from these Princeton types,” Payne said of being ripped off. “This is how they get where they are in the world.”
Mully & Haugh: Mike Florio Had Perfect Response About NFL Games Being Fixed
There were questionable calls — both made and not — that played into the eventual outcome of the AFC Championship Game. Cynics have pointed to the officiating in the game’s final quarter as proof that NFL games are fixed. On 670 The Score, Mully & Haugh praised Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio for his response to those accusations.
“I always assume it’s incompetence and not corruption,” Florio said when asked about whether or not the league purposely got the matchup it desired. “The NFL does not rig its games. I will say that loudly, and I will say that clearly. Sometimes I will add ‘because I don’t think the NFL would be sufficiently competent to rig its games if it wanted to. That’s why I think they don’t even try.”
Florio then added that being lied to all the time doesn’t mean you’re being lied to all the time, adding that the NFL does need to be proactive against games being fixed, rigged, or altered after the expansion of legalized gambling.
Later in the program, Mulligan and Haugh returned to the discussion about whether or not a conspiracy was at play when Mulligan levied his praise for the Pro Football Talk founder.
“I thought Mike Florio handled that very well,” Mike Mulligan said. “They’re too incompetent to have a conspiracy. It’s true!”
When asked about whether the NFL would actually want to alter the outcome to pit the Chiefs against the Eagles, Haugh said it’s just not realistic.
“That’s a leap you can’t make. It’s not logical. It’s logical to think the referees stink and their incompetent,” David Haugh said. “They have proof of that. To me, it’s a bridge too far to say they wanted a certain team to win because it makes a better matchup or its better for the league. That, to me, makes no sense and is based on no fact at all.”