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WDAE, 92.9 ESPN, 107.5/1070 The Fan Find Positives in Spring Book
With COVID-19 forcing a sports hiatus, radio brands were dealt unique challenges in the spring book, leading to mixed ratings around the country. Even without sports, a few markets were able to generate some positive numbers.
Without sports and having fewer daily commuters during drive time hours, ratings for 92.9 ESPN in Memphis were down less than a point overall and even saw some of their weekday shows increase for the spring book.
In weekday prime (M-F 6a – 7p) for their target demo of men 25-54, 92.9 equaled their winter performance, tied for fourth place. With the stream included, their weekday prime share was down from a 7 to a 6.1. Their simulcast of Golic and Wingo produced a Top-10 finish with a 4 share, but 92.9’s mid-morning and early afternoon hours are where the station really shined during the spring quarter.
From 9a – 11a, The Geoff Calkins Show finished second overall with the stream, earning an impressive 10.4 share, a more than 2-point jump from the winter book and year-over-year. During the 11am – 2pm block, John Martin and Jason Smith were Top-8 with a 5.6 share, down from their second-place finish year-over-year. Like Calkins, Mark Giannotto and Jeffrey Wright also saw their numbers increase without sports, earning an 8.6 share, tied for third place.
In afternoon drive, The Gary Parrish Show was down during his 4 – 7p block, but still finished in the Top-10 with a 4.3 share.
Indianapolis’ 107.5/1070 The Fan declined from the winter book, but delivered Top-10 performances across the board even without the support of sports in the spring. In weekday prime, The Fan finished seventh, with a 5.7 share. Their morning show with Jeff Rickard and Joe Staysniak dipped from third during the winter, to fifth in the spring book earning a 6.8 share.
From noon – 3p, the Fan’s midday show hosted by Dan Dakich finished the quarter eighth with a 5.4 share, down about two points from the winter. In afternoon drive The Ride with JMV (John Michael Vincent) dropped more than three points from the winter book, but still increased year-over-year, finishing ninth with a 5.4 share.
Tampa Bay’s 95.3 WDAE enjoyed some strong performances during the spring book while sports stories were thin. WDAE placed eighth in weekday prime, up 31% year-over-year for their target demo. Tom Brady signed with the Buccaneers late in the winter quarter, but the impact still likely boosted the market’s sports interest during the spring book.
With less people commuting during the drive time shows, WDAE’s midday hours saw the strongest growth. Their simulcast of The Dan Patrick Show finished fifth, a huge jump from their 21st place performance last year. Locally, from noon – 3p, The Pat and Aaron Show were Top-8, a significant improvement from their mid-teens showing last year.
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.
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Phoenix Suns Radio Voice Al McCoy Retiring At Season’s End
“Well I don’t think it’s any big thing because I think everybody knew this was probably going to wrap it up for me obviously.”
Longtime Phoenix Suns radio play-by-play announcer Al McCoy has announced that he will retire at the conclusion of the current NBA season.
The 89-year-old McCoy has been the voice of the Suns for the past 51 years.
After joining the team in 1972, McCoy called games on both television and radio for the franchise until the NBA outlawed the practice in the early 2000s.
He scaled back his schedule in 2010, and called road games from a remote studio in Phoenix during the 2020-2021 season. The club’s road contests are currently broadcast by Jon Bloom.
“Well I don’t think it’s any big thing because I think everybody knew this was probably going to wrap it up for me obviously,” McCoy told KTAR News’ Gaydos & Chad on Friday.
McCoy was honored with the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Media Award in 2007.
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Adam Schein Signs Extension at SiriusXM
“I truly appreciate the platform, power and prestige of hosting Schein On Sports every weekday on Mad Dog Sports Radio.“
SiriusXM Mad Dog Sports Radio Host Adam Schein has inked a four-year extension to remain with the satellite provider.
“I am so incredibly elated and fired up to re-sign another long-term deal with SiriusXM, my radio home for the last 18 years,” said Schein. “I love working with the amazing people at SiriusXM. I truly appreciate the platform, power and prestige of hosting Schein On Sports every weekday on Mad Dog Sports Radio. It’s my passion.
“And I am thrilled to host our rebranded Rise and Scheinpodcast, a show to remind people why they love sports while interviewing the people in sports and entertainment that fascinate me the most and share that excitement and joy.”
Schein joined SiriusXM in 2004 and was the first voice ever heard on SiriusXM NFL Radio. He moved to SiriusXM Mad Dog Sports Radio in 2019.
“Adam is an exceptional talent with a passion for sports that is obvious every time he cracks open the mic,” said Eric Spitz, VP of Sports Programming, SiriusXM. “SiriusXM has been his home since 2004 and it has been a thrill to see his star rise over these last two decades. We’re thrilled to extend our great relationship with Adam, keep him as a mainstay on our Mad Dog Sports Radio channel, and ensure our listeners continue to get his one-of-a-kind brand of sports talk on a daily basis.”
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Doug Gottlieb: I Would Give Up Radio For Coaching Job
“I’ve told people that for the radio element to — for the right thing — I’d give it up. The (podcast), I’m not giving it up.”
Fox Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb recently interviewed for the vacant head coaching job at Wisconsin-Green Bay and detailed the experience on his podcast.
“I got a chance to talk to (Wisconsin-Green Bay AD) Josh Moon several times during the year after they had made their coaching job available and my approach to how I’ve done these things — and this is not the first time I’ve gone down this path, but this was a different path,” Gottlieb said on his All Ball podcast.
“This is a low-major, mid-major job, and there’s no connection there. I’ve told people that for the radio element to — for the right thing — I’d give it up. The (podcast), I’m not giving it up. I love doing it and I think there’s a very smart world where if I’m coaching I can still do this podcast and still do it with basketball people all over the country and the world, and it’s kind of like a cheat code.”
He continued by saying that seeing Shaka Smart be successful at Marquette has motivated him to continue to search for the right fit as a college basketball coach.
“That’s what I want to do. And last year when I was coaching in Israel, that also continued to invigorate me…this is something that I would really like to do. It has to be the right thing. It has to be the right AD who hits the right message.”
He continued by saying that a sticking point of negotiations was he wasn’t willing to give up his nationally syndicated radio program for the job. He was willing to take less money for his assistants pool, but also to continue doing his radio show.
Gottlieb did not get the position with the Phoenix, noting that he was a finalist but was never offered the job. The position ultimately went to Wyoming assistant coach Sundance Wicks. Wicks had previous head coaching experience and had worked with Green Bay athletic director Josh Moon at Division II Northern State. He admitted he wasn’t necessarily “all-in” on the job due to the current ages of his children and whether the timing was right to uproot his family to move to Northeastern Wisconsin.
The Fox Sports Radio host does have coaching experience. He has worked as a coach for the U.S. men’s basketball team at the Maccabiah Games, sometimes referred to as the Jewish Olympics.
Gottlieb’s father — Bob — was the head men’s basketball coach at Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1975-1980, compiling a 97-91 record.