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Heritage Brands In Minneapolis, Birmingham Continue Success In Summer Ratings

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They’re in mid-markets sitting 1,000 miles apart, but Minneapolis’ KFAN and Birmingham’s WJOX have become heritage sports talk stations in their local cities, and nationally recognized brands for their consistent success.

The summer ratings book was no different for both stations. Although KFAN’s quarterly shares were not provided to BSM, the Minneapolis sports talk station finished first overall among their target audience of men 25-54. Subsequently, each of their weekday shows topped the market, led by a lineup that features The Power Trip from 5:30 – 9a, followed by Vikings play-by-play voice Paul Allen in the 9a – noon hours. KFAN’s afternoon programming includes The Common Man Progrum with Dan Cole from noon – 3p, followed by Dan Barreiro until 7p. 

All four of KFAN’s weekday shows finished first among men 25-54. But equally impressive was KFAN’s stretch beyond their target audience, finishing the summer book in a first-place tie with KXXR in weekday prime (M-F 6a – 7p) among adults 25-54. 

About 1,000 miles southeast of KFAN, Birmingham’s Jox 94.5 also finished first in weekday prime with their target audience men 25-54. In morning drive, The Roundtable with Lance Taylor, Ryan Brown and Jim Dunaway finished second in the market, earning an impressive 11.3 share during the summer book. 

WJOX midday show 3 Man Front hosted by Cole Cubelic, Landrum Roberts and Pat Smith also ranked second with a 10.4 share from 10a – 2p. And in afternoon drive, the Birmingham sports station features southeast staple Paul Finebaum from 2 – 6p, whose show finished the summer book in third place with an 8.2 share.

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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Angelo Cataldi Thinks Cris Collinsworth Is A ‘Bozo’

“He goes ‘I think Cris is usually smart in and his analysis is good but…” Hughes said before Cataldi interrupted by shouting “No he’s not! No he’s not!”, he reiterated. “He’s not smart!”

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Some analysis made by Sunday Night Football commentator Cris Collinsworth caught the attention of 94 WIP morning host Angelo Cataldi that sent him over the edge Monday morning.

“Joe Banner ripped Cris Collinsworth last night over something he said about Andy Reid in the game last night,” Rhea Hughes said as she detailed Banner’s criticism. “He goes ‘I worked for Andy Reid for 14 years. Cris Collinsworth just said if there’s anything Andy Reid loves to do it’s pound the football.”

“Oh that’s a total lie! Cris Collinsworth is a bozo!”, Cataldi shouted.

Reid faced heavy criticism at the end of his tenure as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles for his reluctance to run the football. The team routinely finished in the bottom half of the league in rushing yards per game during Reid’s 14 seasons at the helm of the franchise.

“He goes ‘I think Cris is usually smart in and his analysis is good but…” Hughes said before Cataldi interrupted by shouting “No he’s not! No he’s not!”, he reiterated. “He’s not smart!”

“NBC needs to learn he does no work anymore,” Hughes added of Collinsworth.

“Nothing! Stop it! Stop it all of you! Stop it now!”, Cataldi concluded.

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