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92.9 ESPN Dominates Spring Book in Memphis

“The station delivered its biggest ratings book in station history.”

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If the first two books are any indication of what’s in store for 2021 at Audacy Memphis, market manager Dan Barron and program director Brad Carson have to be ecstatic about what they’re getting out of their sports station, 92.9 ESPN. The station has a reason to celebrate, it just delivered its biggest ratings book in station history.

The spring numbers once again found 92.9 ESPN dominating the market. The sports radio powerhouse finished in 1st for the full week with a 10.4 share among Men 25-54. Another 1st place finish was captured in weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p) thanks to an impressive 11.5 share. To put a cherry on top, 92.9 popped a Top 5 finish with Adults 25-54 too.

Turning to the weekday shows, four of the station’s five local programs finished 1st with Men 25-54. Geoff Calkins won his 9a-11a timeslot with a massive 15.2 share. Jason & John secured a top 3 finish from 11a-2p with an 8.5 share. ‘The Giannotto & Jeffrey Show’ handled their business from 2p-4p delivering a 12.2 share. Gary Parrish did what he consistently does, producing a market best 16.9 share between 4p-6p. ‘The Six Show’ wrapped things up with an 11.5 share from 6p-7p.

What’s even more impressive is 92.9’s June numbers saw even bigger gains. Parrish for instance soared to a 17.4 in that month alone. Calkins was up too at a 15.6. If the station can carry over what it generated in June, the summer book could be another record setting quarter. Truly an outstanding job by all involved with the brand.

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Cumulus Announces 790 The Score in Rhode Island is Officially On The Air

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

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After reporting last week that Kevin McNamara would be the station’s only local host in the programming lineup, 790 The Score in Providence, Rhode Island is officially on the air.

The station, which was last on the air in the market in 2008, has been revived and will serve as the market’s first sports and sports betting station.

“The station features a lineup of expert personalities that deliver unique sports talk and sports betting insights that entertain, inform, and engage,” said Holly Paras, VP and market manager of Cumulus Providence. “We think Providence sports and sports betting fans will love 790 THE SCORE!”

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch some of the top national talent on the airwaves throughout the day and night. This includes hosts like Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

McNamara will host his show Kevin Mac Sports Hour daily from 5-7 p.m.

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Paul Finebaum Will Make $700K Advance Ahead of Nick Saban-Jimbo Fisher Book

Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

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Though there’s still some time before a finished products reaches bookshelves, but ESPN’s Paul Finebaum is reportedly set to get a nice six-figure advance by Penguin Press.

According to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

Back in the spring things came to a head between Alabama’s Nick Saban and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, as the two engaged in a verbal spat in separate press conferences over name, image and likeness.

Saban said Fisher and his staff utilized NIL and “bought every player” in the Aggies’ spring 2022 recruiting class.

Things got so heated and drew so many headlines that SEC commissioner Greg Sankey had to step in and try to get the former colleagues to cool it.

Finebaum is teaming up with Alabama beat reporter John Talty to write the book.

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Sports Gambling Podcast Network To Stage 24-Hour Fantasy Football Draft

“The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed Draft Day 2.0.”

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If you’re serious about Fantasy Football, the Sports Gambling Podcast Network is bringing back a tradition you’ll want to pay attention to. 

For the second year in a row, Ryan Kramer will draft 24 different teams over the course of a 24 hour marathon that will be streamed across multiple video platforms. 

“Fortunately, the analytics research is done so I can focus now on news coming out of the camps to sharpen my views and deliver the well-reasoned selections that people need to get an edge in their drafting,” Kramer said in a press release. “It’s a bit of an audacious undertaking, but the growing phenomenon of Fantasy Football deserves this level of commitment and our SGPN audiences always respond.” 

The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed “Draft Day 2.0”. All of the content will originate from the Sports Gambling Podcast Network’s studios in Los Angeles. 

The marathon will also be a fundraiser. The network is using GoFundMe to raise funds for a colleague named Darryl injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this year. A portion of proceeds generated from the sale of Sports Gambling Podcast Network branded apperal will also go to the effort. 

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