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670 The Score Wins Chicago Winter Ratings Book

“670 The Score bounced back to win the 2021 winter ratings book in Chicago.”

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A tight race one year ago, has become a little more comfortable for 670 The Score. The Chicago sports station won the 2021 winter book, leading in both weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p) and full week (M-SU 6a-Mid). 670 produced a 4.6 (stream included) to place 5th in prime. Full week was slightly lower at a 4.2, but their ranking was better, tied for 4th.

Among The Score’s daytime shows, which includes their streaming number, Mully & Haugh tied for 9th in mornings with a 3.7 share. Dan Bernstein and Leila Rahimi started strong in middays with a 4th place 5.8 share. Laurence Holmes followed them with an impressive 5.7 share, 3rd place finish. In afternoons, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel came in 8th with a 4.0 share. Spiegel though didn’t officially join the show until February 8th so the first month of the book includes Parkins working with different hosts. Finishing at night, The Score produced a 4.1, good enough for a tie for 5th.

On the flipside, ESPN 1000 finished the full week with a 1.7 share, and weekday prime with a 1.9 share. That placed them 22nd for the full week, and 19th in prime. That was a lower than usual finish for the brand.

Among ESPN 1000’s weekday shows, ESPN Radio’s ‘Keyshawn, J-Will and Zubin’, which airs on 1000 between 5a-7a finished 11th with a 3.2 share. David Kaplan and Jonathan Hood grabbed a 14th place finish with a 2.2 share between 7a-10a. Carmen and Jurko were 20th from 10a-12p with a 1.6 share. Mike Greenberg’s national show, ‘Greeny’, came in 11th from Noon to 2 with a 3.2 share. Waddle & Silvy were surprisingly low in afternoons, registering a 24th place finish and 1.5 share. Wrapping up at night, ESPN 1000 produced a 1.1, placing them 25th in the 7p-12a timeslot.

Overall, The Score has to feel great about the quarter. The station won each daypart among local sports radio competitors, and though listening levels aren’t where they were a few years ago, there’s plenty to build on. Middays were a big strength this book, proving the Bernstein-Rahimi pairing and Laurence Holmes are a hit with local listeners. The area where improvement can be made is in the drive times. With Spiegel now alongside Parkins permanently, and Cubs games about to deliver more cume at night and later in the day, that should help.

For 1000, this is an odd book. Both ESPN Radio national shows delivered the best numbers for the station this quarter which was abnormal. Waddle and Silvy are also usually in the thick of a race, not in 24th place. With Silvy back in studio, the Sox debuting on the station, and a more than capable air staff still in place, look for 1000 to be much more competitive in future months.

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College.  The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job

“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

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Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.

“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.

“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.

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Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’

“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

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Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.

“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”

“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”

When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.

“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.

The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.

Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”

Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”

Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.

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