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Michael Kay Feels More Pressure Against Craig Carton Than Mike Francesa

“I think the shelf life for a radio host, there should be a limit to it because I think the key audience you want to get is 25-54 and I am already past that key audience and I hope that I don’t look like the old guy on the lawn.”

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Sometimes, the days for New York Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay can be long, particularly when he is calling Yankees games and hosting The Michael Kay Show on 98.7 ESPN Radio in New York with Don La Greca and Peter Rosenberg. 

This week, Kay was a guest on the New York, New York with John Jastremski podcast and he talked about how much work that he puts into the other sports after he gets home from broadcasting a Yankees game.

“It is overwhelming at times. I DVR a lot of games and I don’t watch the whole thing, I’m going to be honest. I read stuff when I get home and if it turned in the 4th quarter, I’ll fast forward to that. I feel like I should not go in not knowing it. The only thing that I hand off is hockey. Don is a genius at hockey and I just don’t know it. The other stuff, I want to stay on top of everything.

“As I get older, to be honest, I don’t know if I could keep up the pace. Most days, I get to the stadium at 1:15 and I get out at like 11:15, pull into the house at 12:15 AM. I have a six-year-old and an eight-year-old and it wears you out a little bit.”

That response led Jastremski to ask the question as to which of the two jobs Kay could see himself doing longer between being the voice of the Yankees and hosting afternoon drive in New York.

“I’ve thought about this a lot,” Kay said. “I think the shelf life for a radio host, there should be a limit to it because I think the key audience you want to get is 25-54 and I am already past that key audience and I hope that I don’t look like the old guy on the lawn.

“That’s partially why we have Peter [Rosenbrerg] there because he’s not the old guy in the lawn. I don’t ever want to get bored with it and not have the energy that I have. When I see that happening, that’s when I’ll say that’s probably it.” 

Before Carton and Roberts began on WFAN, the ratings battle for afternoons in New York would be between Kay and Mike Francesa. Kay loved competing with Francesa because he was the underdog trying to take down a sports radio icon. 

Now, there is an expectation level that The Michael Kay Show has built and for Kay, there is pressure to try to stay number one.

“I don’t want to lose to Craig. He’s a guy who came back and I had the lead and Mike was retired and you figure you would have a couple of years where you could relax a little. With Craig, you aren’t going to be able to relax. He’s really good at this. I think there’s more pressure now because I was the one that was in first. I feel more pressure now than I did trying to chase Mike.” 

While Kay still feels the pressure of trying to be the top show in New York, the show still has a good mix of getting the perspective of the older fan while not excluding him from the target audience and that is important as well. 

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Jonathan Peterlin Takes Over Night Show On 92.3 The Fan

“”Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.””

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92.3 The Fan in Cleveland now has a permanent host for its nightly show in Jonathan Peterlin.

Peterlin wrote in a post for the Audacy station’s website on Tuesday that his show will be called Overtime with Jonathan Peterlin and will air each night starting at 7 p.m.

“This is a dream job,” he said. “Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.”

Peterlin had been the afternoon update anchor at 92.3 The Fan since 2016, even hosting on weekends and on a fill-in basis. Prior to that, he spent three years in a similar role at Yahoo Sports Radio.

He wrote that listeners in Cleveland will not need an introduction or reintroduction to who he is.

“You know me and I know you,” he said. “We’ve spent the past nearly 7 years getting to know each other on a daily basis…We were there for each other. Along the way I hope that I’ve earned your trust. Through the good times and the bad, the ups and the downs.”

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Layoffs Hit Pro Football Focus

“The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.”

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Pro Football Focus has laid off 16 employees, according to a report from Front Office Sports.

The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.

The company, which Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth owns a majority, still employs just over 200 people.

NFL reporter Doug Kyed was among the layoffs. Kyed had been at PFF since July 2021.

Additionally, 11 interns were also let go.

While PFF remains popular and profitable from a football analytics perspective, there had been a shift since the Silver Lake investment into attracting more sports betting and fantasy football customers. The FOS report indicated a chunk of the $50 million funding was used to develop an iPhone app.

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Laurence Holmes: Tim Jenkins Twitter Beef With Mike North Proves The Score Has Gotten Smarter

“Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

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Former NFL quarterback Tim Jenkins had an interesting back and forth on Twitter with former 670 The Score host Mike North over Bears quarterback Justin Fields. Jenkins broke down a piece of film from Chicago’s game against Green Bay on Sunday, saying he didn’t agree with the notion that Fields doesn’t go through his progressions and is more of a runner.

North disagreed, saying wide receiver Dante Pettis was wide open on that particular play, and that Fields missed him.

Jenkins responded, saying North’s take was “not intellectually honest.”

In his weekly appearance on Bernstein & Holmes on The Score, Jenkins talked about the exchange not knowing North’s connection to the station.

“There’s a radio guy up there, Mike North, he was real mad,” Jenkins said. “And I tried to handle it gently because like listen, the first thing in his bio was he was born in 1952. And if my grand-pappy is on Twitter roasting somebody, I hope to handle them gently. And I tried to.”

Host Laurence Holmes said it was truly a meta moment for their show and the station. He talked about how having access to a guy like Jenkins is a sign the station, like many others have done across the country, have grown with the game.

“It speaks to the evolution of this radio station,” Holmes said. “Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

The discussion turned to the evolution of the quarterback position in the NFL, and Holmes noted that there are some who just don’t recognize that the game has changed and called for a quarterback to be able to throw accurately but pick up yards and keep plays going with their legs.

“I’m here for the nuance, but people continue to ignore what is a trend,” Holmes said. “And I don’t mean that as a pejorative. The trend in the NFL is dual-threat quarterbacks. Look up and down the rosters.”

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