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Sports Radio 610 Wins Sports Radio Ratings Battle In Houston

“610 again produced the strongest numbers overall during the quarter, but Sports Talk 790 enjoyed some gains as well.”

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Houston’s Sports Radio 610 continued it’s solid performance in 2020, topping their market competition for the third straight ratings book. While 610 again produced the strongest numbers overall during the summer quarter, Sports Talk 790 enjoyed some gains as well. 

In weekday prime (M-F 6a – 7p), 610 was tied for 19th with a 2.1 share while SportsTalk 790 placed 23rd with a 1.3, both stations were down slightly from the spring book. 97.5 ESPN Houston finished 25th earning below a 1 share. 

610’s morning show featuring Seth Payne and Sean Pendergast saw their ratings dip marginally for the second straight book, finishing 16th with a 2.2 share from 6 – 10a. ESPN Houston and Sports Talk 790 finished 24th and 25th respectively, both earning below a 1 share. ESPN Houston breaks up the 4-hour block by offering a combination of the network’s national morning show and The Bench with John Granato and Lance Zierlein, which begins at 7am. Sports Talk 790’s morning show with Sean Salisbury fills the full 6 – 10a window.

In middays between 10a – 2p, 610’s John Lopez and Landry Locker finished the summer book tied for 15th place with a 2.2 share, down from a 2.6 in the spring, but a jump in ranking by five spots year-over-year. In the same window, ESPN Houston finished tied for 25th, dipping below a 1 share, while offering the last hour of Granato and Zierlein, followed by The Press Box with Charlie Pallilo and Joel Blank with Nick Sharara from 11a – 2p. 

From 10a – 3p, Sports Talk 790 placed 23rd, finishing similarly to their spring book with a 1.2 share. During the five-hour midday block, 790 features a combination of In The Trenches with ND Kalu and The Matt Thomas Show.  

In afternoons, 610’s Clint Stoerner and Ron ‘Show’ Hughley finished 21st with a 2 share from 2 – 6p. It was the lone daypart not won by 610, as Sports Talk 790 edged them out with a 2.2 share. The afternoon schedule on 790 offers the final hour of Matt Thomas, followed by The A-Team w/ Wexler and Clanton from 3 – 6p.. ESPN Houston was a point and a half behind, finishing tied for 25th in the same block, airing Josh Innes from 2 – 4p, followed by The Blitz with Fred Faour and AJ Hoffman from 4 – 7p.

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Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo: I Don’t Do As Much Prep As You Think

“Sometimes the radio show is a lot better when it’s a little more spontaneous and you can craft it in your imagination as the day moves along, instead of having it programmed in front of you.”

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Chris “Mad Dog” Russo would much rather go with the flow for his radio show than try and put everything together ahead of time and hope it comes out well.

Russo was the featured guest on the Golf Digest podcast The Loop, and hosts Christopher Powers, Alex Myers and Steve Hennessey first congratulated Mad Dog on his induction into the Radio Hall of Fame last year. Russo mentioned how he had written a short speech but decided against that after seeing the other inductees run long with their speeches.

Mad Dog was asked about preparing for his SiriusXM sports talk show every day, and he said he really doesn’t put a ton of work into putting a show together.

“On certain days a little more, because on Mondays I do that NFL recap so that takes a little while to put that together at 5 o’clock – probably a couple of hours,” Russo said. “Outside of that not as much as you’d think. I mean obviously I’m gonna follow what’s going on.”

“Sometimes the radio show is a lot better when it’s a little more spontaneous and you can craft it in your imagination as the day moves along, instead of having it programmed in front of you,” he added. “This segment do this, this segment do that. Sometimes when you sort of ad lib it, and you figure it out as you’re moving the program into the second hour and the third hour, it’s a better show.”

Mad Dog talked about how he likes that his radio show is the reverse of when he does First Take on ESPN or High Heat on MLB Network. He likes not having a rundown packed to the gills for his radio show.

“The radio is more of a host’s medium,” he said. “So it’s up to me what we’re going to do.”

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Stetson Bennett IV Fires Back at Steak Shapiro Over Parade Criticism

“P.s.: I don’t like you very much mr Steak “and shake” Shapiro.”

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Georgia walloped TCU last week to win their second straight national championship, and the Bulldog community came together toward the end of the week to celebrate with a parade.

Quarterback Stetson Bennett IV took part in the parade, but 92.9 The Game host Steak Shapiro wasn’t thrilled with how Bennett acted during the celebration.

Shapiro on Tuesday took a shot at Bennett, who appeared to spend some time fiddling with a cell phone during the parade.

Tuesday night, Bennett responded first with a quote tweet.

Bennett followed that up with a longer statement he posted under his quote tweet explaining the situation.

“I appreciate your concern with my image/intentions/loyalties/obligations (as well as your willingness to reach out to me to confirm them),” Bennett wrote. “You obviously thought quite deeply about some motives I might’ve had.”

Bennett said ultimately he was trying to soak up the moment with his teammates, and he was just trying to make sure the celebratory mood was set with the right music on his phone.

“So to finish it off nice and neat: I was controlling the aux and playing bangers so sed and Chris and I could have a blast on our last ride into Sanford,” he said. “That’s pretty much the gist of it.”

Bennett finished with a little dig of his own at Shapiro.

“P.s.: I don’t like you very much mr Steak “and shake” Shapiro,” he said. “But to be fair, I’m not a fan of your work either.”

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Ryan Edwards Moves to The Sports Zoo on KOA

“Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.”

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Ryan Edwards is staying with KOA, but his hours are about to change. The Denver sports radio staple is moving off of Broncos Country Tonight to join Alfred Williams and Dave Logan on The Sports Zoo in afternoon drive.

“I am thrilled to join radio and football legends Dave Logan and Alfred Williams on The KOA Sports Zoo,” Edwards said in a press release. “I look forward to bringing a fans’ perspective to the Denver Broncos and all things Denver sports.”

Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.

He joined iHeart Denver in 2017. He was on Orange & Blue 760 before the company replaced the station with a conservative talk format. He moved to KOA in 2019, where he has worked on Broncos Country Tonight with Benjamin Albright.

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