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WFAN Prevails in New York City’s 2021 Spring Ratings Book

“WFAN was strong across the board among Men 25-54, finishing 3rd overall with a 5.8 share.”

Jason Barrett

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The spring book ratings results are in for New York City, and there are two people who should especially feel good about what was produced. First, Mark Chernoff. The longtime program director for FAN recently exited the station, and in his final book, he can look back fondly and know he went out the way he started, on top.

Secondly is Spike Eskin. The new PD arrives on the scene and takes the reigns of a brand he knows is built to win. With a roster full of performers, and NY sports storylines producing drama and interest on a regular basis, listener interest should remain high going forward.

But as far as the spring book is concerned, WFAN was strong across the board in the Men 25-54 demo. The station finished 3rd overall in weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p) with a 5.8 share (radio and stream combined). 98.7 ESPN NY finished the quarter in 9th with a 3.7 share. Their number always includes their radio and streaming numbers.

In the weekday head to head matchups, Boomer & Gio delivered the best performance for the quarter among any sports talk show. The WFAN morning team produced an impressive 6.9 share to finish 2nd overall in mornings. 98.7 ESPN NY was 9th from 6a-10a with a 3.6 share. The trio of Chris Canty, Rick DiPietro and Dave Rothenberg actually performed well, picking up a 5.1 share to place 5th during the 6a-8a hours. ESPN Radio’s Keyshawn, J-Will and Zubin were in the mid 3’s though which brought down the overall number for the quarter.

Turning to middays, Maggie Gray and Marc Malusis were strong for WFAN as well. They finished 3rd for the quarter, thanks to a 5.3 share. 98.7 ESPN NY’s combo of Mike Greenberg’s two-hour national show, and Bart Scott & Alan Hahn (Hahn missed some shows due to filling in for Zubin in mornings) produced a 3.2 share, good enough for 8th place.

In the competitive and visible battle among afternoon drive heavyweights, WFAN’s team of Craig Carton and Evan Roberts reigned supreme for the spring book. Carton & Roberts finished 3rd overall with a 5.7 share. The Michael Kay Show meanwhile generated a 4.0 share for 98.7 ESPN NY, placing them 7th.

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K&C Masterpiece: Cowboys Could Add 30 Million More Viewers To Super Bowl

“The Cowboys in the Super Bowl against the Chiefs would’ve shattered all viewership ratings.”

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The matchup in this year’s Super Bowl is set, and the game will undoubtedly be the most-viewed program on TV this year. But if the Dallas Cowboys were taking part in the game, it’s safe to say the ratings would be astronomical.

The Cowboys divisional playoff game against San Francisco drew 45.7 million viewers. It was the second-most watched divisional round contest on record.

The NFC championship between San Francisco and Philadelphia drew 47.5 million.

On 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, K&C Masterpiece host Kevin Hageland said had the Cowboys made it to Philly, the viewership would’ve been even better.

“I know the game sucked, but that just shows you, because the Cowboys were like almost 8 million above every other divisional game, this could’ve gotten to 58 (million),” Hageland said.

Kevin added that if Dallas had gone all the way, the audience tuning in would’ve easily eclipsed some of the highest-rated programs of all-time.

“The Cowboys in the Super Bowl against the Chiefs would’ve shattered all viewership ratings,” he said. “Even with the new system and so many people streaming and everything like that.”

Usually the Super Bowl averages around 100 million viewers. Hageland said a Cowboys Super Bowl appearance in this day and age would’ve set the new top ratings mark for years to come.

“My estimation would be you would add approximately an extra 30 million people,” he said.

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Patrick McCarthy To Join Mets Radio Crew

“Patrick, the son of Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy, had been calling games for Philly’s Triple-A team in Lehigh Valley.”

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The New York Mets have called on Patrick McCarthy to join the team’s radio broadcasts this season.

According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, McCarthy will host pregame and postgame coverage on WCBS and fill in for Howie Rose when he takes time off.

Patrick, the son of Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy, had been calling games for Philly’s Triple-A team in Lehigh Valley.

Keith Raad will be added to the booth for Mets games on the radio this season as well.

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Angelo Cataldi Bans Andy Reid’s Voice From WIP Morning Show

“25% of the people who voted in our poll and said they admire and respect Reid more than Sirianni, you 25% have not been paying any attention for years.”

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As Super Bowl LVII approaches, many storylines have emerged. One includes Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid facing off with the team he coached for 14 years, the Philadelphia Eagles. Reid is a beloved figure in NFL circles, but 94WIP morning host Angelo Cataldi couldn’t hold back his disdain for the coaching legend.

On Tuesday morning, Cataldi mentioned he couldn’t believe Reid was so highly regarded in NFL media circles. The longtime host said Reid was never truthful during interviews.

After playing clips that included Reid saying the Eagles “were a good team” and how the Chiefs “would need a good game plan” to grab a victory, Cataldi took issue with the generalities Reid spoke with. When asked what he expected from an NFL head coach, Cataldi compared Reid to current Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni.

“I was expecting something like Nick gives me every time,” Cataldi said. “I hate Reid ’cause he never won me the Super Bowl, I hate Reid that it took him six years to get there, it took Nick two, and I hate Reid because he never bothered to share a damn thing. If you’re out there, with 25% of the people who voted in our poll and said they admire and respect Reid more than Sirianni, you 25% have not been paying any attention for years.”

Cataldi — who admitted “I don’t like the man, and I’ve never liked the man” — said he received more than 300 emails about Reid, noting he didn’t realize he was “widely regarded as the all-time Andy Reid critic” in Philadelphia.

The 94WIP host added listeners will not hear the voice of the “phony, fraud” Reid any longer on his morning show.

“I do not control the other dayparts here. I don’t control the newsroom. I’m done playing anything said by Andy Reid. ‘Cause I learned over 14 years it’s a waste of time.”

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