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Mike Golic Still Open To Mike & Mike Reunion

“I’m not in the reflective part of my tenure yet. That will come in time. I’m 57, and I feel like I’m 40, so I feel like I’ve got a lot of time left.”

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An ESPN Radio legend was a guest on CBS Sports Radio on Wednesday night. Zach Gelb welcomed Mike Golic Sr to his night time show and asked a question that even he acknowledged Golic may be tired of – is he open to a reunion with Mike Greenberg?

“I always answer it the same way. When my show ended with Trey and my son, I said I would go back and do a show again with Greeny, if people wanted that I would be open to doing that again,” Golic said. “But again, I can only control me saying that, that I would be willing to do it. I can’t control if it’s not going to happen, who says it’s not going to happen.”

Golic’s wife Christine responded to a fan on Twitter that asked if Golic would consider being a part of Mike Greenberg’s new show on ESPN Radio when Golic & Wingo came to an end over the summer. She responded “It was offered. No takers.” She later clarified that her husband offered, but there was no interest from ESPN.

“I’ve already let it be known that I would be open to it, but it’s not a one-sided thing,” Golic said. “I don’t even mean just Greeny. There’s people above us all at the network that have to decide things like that.”

Gelb asked if Golic was disappointed that he and Greenberg have not been on air together since the end of Mike & Mike. The iconic morning show kicked off the ESPN Radio broadcast day for sixteen years. Golic said that he wouldn’t mind having a conversation with Greeny again.

“It’s one of those things you wouldn’t mind doing, but the way it ended, it just didn’t lend itself to that. I had to move on. When it ended, I had to move on to the next hill with Trey and my son.”

Golic shared plenty of fond memories of his time on ESPN Radio with Gelb. Many of them centered on food. He regaled the CBS Sports Radio audience with tales of donuts being delivered to him at live broadcasts, trying to eat a pound and a half of bacon in an hour, and spending an entire show in New Orleans eating beignets.

One thing he made clear was that while it is fun to look back on some of those moments, by no means does he consider his broadcasting career “over.”

“I’m still in it. I’m not going to retire. I’m still going to keep doing it,” Golic said. “So, just like the good with the bad, I’m not in the reflective part of my tenure yet. That will come in time. I’m 57, and I feel like I’m 40, so I feel like I’ve got a lot of time left.”

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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.

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Streaming Radio

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”

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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”

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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.

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