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KNBR Remains Ahead In San Francisco Winter Book

“Despite working with lower shares, the local competition between KNBR and 95.7 The Game remained healthy.”

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Sports radio listening in the Bay Area wasn’t as hot as it’s been previously. But that’s what winter books can do to you sometimes. Despite working with lower shares, the local competition between KNBR and 95.7 The Game remained healthy. Though positives existed on both sides, it was KNBR this quarter who emerged on top.

For the full week (M-SU 6a-Mid), The Sports Leader registered a 3.4, 9th place finish. That put them .9 ahead of their 14th ranked competitor. In weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p), KNBR increased its share to 3.9, placing them 7th. The Game was 13th with a 3.0. All numbers represent listening among Men 25-54.

Among the weekday shows, Murph and Mac nearly doubled up The Morning Roast with Bonta Hill, Joe Shasky and Kate Scott. M&M were 6th with a 4.7. The Roast meanwhile finished 13th with a 2.4. To be fair to The Game’s morning team, this was only their first full book together. They teamed for part of the fall book too, but not for the full quarter.

In middays, Greg Papa and John Lund remained on top for KNBR. The popular combo produced a 3.9 share to secure a 7th place finish. 95.7 The Game’s trio of Matt Steinmetz, Dan Dibley and Daryle ‘The Guru’ Johnson were 11th with a 3.1, only .8 away.

Shifting to afternoons, KNBR’s Tom Tolbert, Larry Krueger and Rod Brooks won a tight race against The Game’s Damon Bruce, Ray Ratto and Matt Kolsky. The Tolbert led program delivered a 3.6, 9th place finish. Bruce’s show on the other hand generated a 3.3, putting them just 1 spot back in 10th.

In the final category, evenings produced a dead heat between the two stations. KNBR and 95.7 The Game each delivered a 2.0 share which resulted in a tie for 13th.

The good news for KNBR, they recorded a bunch of head to head victories this quarter. The bad news, their shares and rankings were down year to year. That was the same story for The Game. 95.7 won’t ever be satisfied finishing second, but they did produce a few close calls. With baseball season back, the 49ers drafting 3rd overall, and the Warriors battling for the NBA playoffs, shares should rise in the Bay in the spring book.

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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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