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The Ticket Starts 2021 With Dallas Winter Book Victory

“The Ticket finished in front with a 4th place 6.2 share. The Fan was 9th with a 3.9. They added another 0.1 thru their stream for the quarter.”

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The Dallas market is always an interesting one to analyze for sports radio. Led by two great brands, 96.7/1310 The Ticket and 105.3 The Fan, listeners have strong programming options to consider, but getting them to break their habits remains a challenge. Case in point, in the month of March, only 15% of Ticket listeners sampled The Fan, and just 8% of The Fan’s audience flocked to The Ticket. That makes it clear that loyalty exists on both sides.

How that played out in the winter ratings book was better for The Ticket than The Fan. Though both stations were healthy, The Ticket finished in front with a 4th place 6.2 share. The Fan was 9th with a 3.9. They added another 0.1 thru their stream for the quarter.

The Musers were the winners in the morning drive competition. The Ticket’s talented morning team came in 3rd from 5:30a-10a thanks to a 6.3 share. The Fan’s Shan Shariff and RJ Choppy finished 9th with a 4.0 share. They tacked on another 0.2 courtesy of the stream.

Middays (10a-2p) were tighter than mornings, but once again The Ticket won the daypart. Norm Hitzges and Donovan Lewis, and two hours of Dan McDowell and Jake Kemp’s show took 4th with a 5.7 share. The Fan’s ‘K & C Masterpiece’ earned an 8th ranking with a 4.3 share, and another 0.1 on the stream.

The afternoon is where The Ticket enjoyed its best success for the quarter. One-hour of McDowell and Kemp, along with The Hardline featuring Corby Davidson and Bob Sturm delivered a 6.3 share 1st place finish. The Fan’s ‘GBag Nation’ was further back in 12th place with a 3.5 share, gaining another 0.1 on the stream.

A positive for The Fan this quarter was its cume story. The station produced 103,900 in weekday prime compared to The Ticket’s 63,500. The positive for The Ticket was their year to year growth. While The Fan’s numbers remained comparable to their 2020 results, The Ticket saw better than two point gains in weekday prime and morning and afternoon drive. Middays were also up by over a full point.

These two stations have traded places numerous times atop the ratings charts, so I’d expect nothing different going forward. This quarter belongs to The Ticket, thanks to strong consistent performances from their daytime lineup. A job well done by Jeff Catlin’s team. But with Rangers baseball back, and Cowboys season around the corner, expect the race to get tighter, not wider.

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.

Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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