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St. Louis and Denver Sports Radio Winter Ratings News

“Winter sports radio ratings from St. Louis and Denver.”

Brandon Contes

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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.

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami, according to sources.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website. An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now. He was tweeting during his show’s scheduled time, with this being his most recent one which also referenced the show which appeared to still be on the air at the time.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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