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92.9 The Game Remains Atop The Atlanta Sports Radio Ratings Race

“92.9 The Game maintained its position as Atlanta’s destination for sports talk, finishing 3rd overall with Men 25-54.”

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The Atlanta winter ratings book has been released, and once again 92.9 The Game sits atop the sports radio leaderboard. The Game maintained its position as the market destination for sports talk, finishing 3rd overall with Men 25-54 with a 6.0 share. The Game was 2nd last year at this time.

Among the station’s weekday shows, the afternoon team of Carl Dukes and Mike Bell produced the best performance. The popular duo generated a 7.3 share, good enough for 3rd place. Also in 3rd were the midday team of Andy Bunker and Randy McMichael. They recorded a 6.7 share during their timeslot. The Game’s morning show with John Fricke and Hugh Douglas was lower at a 4.5 share. They finished in 6th place. All numbers are among Men 25-54.

Across town, 680 The Fan experienced some growth after shaking things up last year. The Fan received a 4.3 share from its midday slot to place 7th. Middays features a combination of Brandon ‘Hometown’ Leak and Joe Hamilton, Nick Cellini and Chris Dimino, and Buck Belue and Hutson Matson. The afternoon team of Chuck Oliver and Matt Chernoff were also healthy with a 3.4 share, good enough for an 8th place tie. Mornings were lighter at a 2.5 share,which put The Front Row with John Michaels and Brian Finneran in 11th. Sandra Golden who was previously part of the morning show was with Michaels and Finneran for part of the book. She left the show on February 19th.

Year over year, The Game did experience a little bit of a dip. That said, most brands would sign up for three Top 3 finishes in a winter book. News/Talk station WSB maintained its lead over the entire market, occupying the top slot for full week, mornings, middays, and afternoons. They did the same thing at this time last year. One thing’s for certain, whether it’s news/talk or sports/talk, Atlanta listeners have an appetite for spoken word programming.

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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