KHTK 1140 morning host Carmichael Dave was back on-air Monday, for the first time since his longtime colleague, friend and mentor Grant Napear departed the radio station and the Sacramento Kings.
‘Carmichael’ Dave Weiglein initially refrained from commenting on the controversial exit, but expressed gratitude in KHTK’s parent company Bonneville International, for trusting him to address what happened last week with Napear.
The now former TV voice of the Kings and local afternoon host on KHTK was put on administrative leave, and soon resigned from both jobs following an insensitive tweet last week. Former Kings center DeMarcus Cousins tweeted Napear, asking for his take on Black Lives Matter. Napear responded with, “ALL LIVES MATTER…EVERY SINGLE ONE!!!” It’s a response that Napear quickly apologized for, claiming ignorance for not knowing “all lives matter” can demean the BLM movement.
Weiglein even put blame on himself, apologizing “for not taking more time to talk about the words and phrases that matter, along with the actions behind them because those of us that were close to Grant, we all share the blame. It’s what we need more of – accountability.”
This was not the first time Napear and the former Kings center had an issue with each other, which seemingly made this even more difficult for Dave to witness, as a big fan of Cousins, the player and person. The KHTK morning host called himself a dreamer, hoping one day Cousins and Napear will mend their relationship.
Carmichael Dave highlighted knowing Napear for 20 years, having idolized him growing up as a Kings fan in Sacramento. Still, he noted there are more significant problems in the world right now than his friend and mentor losing two broadcasting jobs, calling this “small and irrelevant in the grand scheme of things.”
“We have to understand the phrase Black Lives Matter is so important. It is so vital,” Weiglein said Monday on KHTK. “I hope we’re waking up as a society, saying that ignorance is no longer excusable and what may have been acceptable in the past is no longer the case. Saying Black Lives Matter doesn’t mean you don’t care about other life, it means you’re aware there is a systemic issue happening. That you’re aware and ready to help effect change.”
Weiglein closed the segment and his Monday radio show by playing Emmanuel Acho’s first episode of Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.
SURVEY: 16.9% of All Sports Radio Listeners Are Streaming
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 Nielsen reported that 11.3% of all radio listenership comes thru a stream, up from 6.9% in May of 2020.
According to Nielsen, All 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 its 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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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”
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.