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Strong Fall Ratings For JOX 94.5 In Birmingham & 92.9 ESPN In Memphis

Brandon Contes

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The fall ratings book is out for Birmingham’s WJOX and there’s reason to celebrate. Maybe don’t celebrate the way people did in Tuscaloosa Monday night, but a socially distant high five is certainly in order for everyone at JOX 94.5. 

In weekday prime, (M-F 6a – 7p) JOX finished the quarter first overall with an impressive 10.6 share with their target audience of men 25-54. 

Their 6 – 10am show dominated morning drive, as JOX Roundtable with Lance Taylor, Ryan Brown and Jim Dunaway earned a 12.3 share. Not only did they top their summer book by more than a full point, but The Roundtable beat the market’s second-place station by more than four shares in their target demo for the fall. 

WJOX 10am – 2pm show 3 Man Front hosted by Cole Cubelic, Landrum Roberts and Pat Smith also finished first with a 13.3 share which topped the second-place station by more than three points. Enjoying a boost from football season, the impressive 13.3 fall quarter was almost three points better than the midday show’s summer book. 

A few hours northwest of Birmingham, 92.9 ESPN in Memphis also enjoyed a strong fall book. In weekday prime, the Entercom owned sports radio station finished the book third overall with a 7.8 share in their target demo. 

92.9’s top-rated show was Geoff Calkins, who finished first overall from 9 – 11am with an 11.4 share. In addition to its strong fall book, The Geoff Calkins Show finished first for the full year, an impressive feat considering the long break without sports because of COVID-19. 

During the 11am – 2pm block, John Martin and Jason Smith were Top-8 with a 4.9 share for the fall book. 92.9’s Mark Giannotto and Jeffrey Wright were down from their summer book, but still finished Top-5 in the fall with a 7.3 share from 2 – 4pm. 

In afternoon drive, The Gary Parrish Show was second overall in the fall with a 9.6 share. It continued a major upward trend for Parrish, who topped his summer performance by almost three points and more than doubled his spring book. 

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K&C Masterpiece: Cowboys Could Add 30 Million More Viewers To Super Bowl

“The Cowboys in the Super Bowl against the Chiefs would’ve shattered all viewership ratings.”

Jordan Bondurant

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The matchup in this year’s Super Bowl is set, and the game will undoubtedly be the most-viewed program on TV this year. But if the Dallas Cowboys were taking part in the game, it’s safe to say the ratings would be astronomical.

The Cowboys divisional playoff game against San Francisco drew 45.7 million viewers. It was the second-most watched divisional round contest on record.

The NFC championship between San Francisco and Philadelphia drew 47.5 million.

On 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, K&C Masterpiece host Kevin Hageland said had the Cowboys made it to Philly, the viewership would’ve been even better.

“I know the game sucked, but that just shows you, because the Cowboys were like almost 8 million above every other divisional game, this could’ve gotten to 58 (million),” Hageland said.

Kevin added that if Dallas had gone all the way, the audience tuning in would’ve easily eclipsed some of the highest-rated programs of all-time.

“The Cowboys in the Super Bowl against the Chiefs would’ve shattered all viewership ratings,” he said. “Even with the new system and so many people streaming and everything like that.”

Usually the Super Bowl averages around 100 million viewers. Hageland said a Cowboys Super Bowl appearance in this day and age would’ve set the new top ratings mark for years to come.

“My estimation would be you would add approximately an extra 30 million people,” he said.

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Patrick McCarthy To Join Mets Radio Crew

“Patrick, the son of Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy, had been calling games for Philly’s Triple-A team in Lehigh Valley.”

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The New York Mets have called on Patrick McCarthy to join the team’s radio broadcasts this season.

According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, McCarthy will host pregame and postgame coverage on WCBS and fill in for Howie Rose when he takes time off.

Patrick, the son of Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy, had been calling games for Philly’s Triple-A team in Lehigh Valley.

Keith Raad will be added to the booth for Mets games on the radio this season as well.

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Angelo Cataldi Bans Andy Reid’s Voice From WIP Morning Show

“25% of the people who voted in our poll and said they admire and respect Reid more than Sirianni, you 25% have not been paying any attention for years.”

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As Super Bowl LVII approaches, many storylines have emerged. One includes Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid facing off with the team he coached for 14 years, the Philadelphia Eagles. Reid is a beloved figure in NFL circles, but 94WIP morning host Angelo Cataldi couldn’t hold back his disdain for the coaching legend.

On Tuesday morning, Cataldi mentioned he couldn’t believe Reid was so highly regarded in NFL media circles. The longtime host said Reid was never truthful during interviews.

After playing clips that included Reid saying the Eagles “were a good team” and how the Chiefs “would need a good game plan” to grab a victory, Cataldi took issue with the generalities Reid spoke with. When asked what he expected from an NFL head coach, Cataldi compared Reid to current Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni.

“I was expecting something like Nick gives me every time,” Cataldi said. “I hate Reid ’cause he never won me the Super Bowl, I hate Reid that it took him six years to get there, it took Nick two, and I hate Reid because he never bothered to share a damn thing. If you’re out there, with 25% of the people who voted in our poll and said they admire and respect Reid more than Sirianni, you 25% have not been paying any attention for years.”

Cataldi — who admitted “I don’t like the man, and I’ve never liked the man” — said he received more than 300 emails about Reid, noting he didn’t realize he was “widely regarded as the all-time Andy Reid critic” in Philadelphia.

The 94WIP host added listeners will not hear the voice of the “phony, fraud” Reid any longer on his morning show.

“I do not control the other dayparts here. I don’t control the newsroom. I’m done playing anything said by Andy Reid. ‘Cause I learned over 14 years it’s a waste of time.”

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