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92.9 The Game Leads Atlanta Summer Book, 680 The Fan Gains Ground

“The Game’s afternoon team of Carl Dukes and Mike Bell delivered the station’s best performance for the quarter. Dukes and Bell finished tied for 2nd in PM drive with an impressive 8.5 share.”

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Atlanta’s summer ratings book provided good news for both 92.9 The Game and 680 The Fan, the market’s two sports radio brands. Each improved their year to year performance, thanks to a mixture of quality talk shows and increased enthusiasm for the market’s local sports teams.

Starting with 92.9 The Game, the station finished the quarter 3rd for the full week (M-SU 6a-Mid) with a 7.5 share. The two stations ranked ahead were 97.1 The River, and news/talk station WSB.

Among the weekday shows, The Game enjoyed a 2nd place tie in mornings thanks to the team of John Fricke and Hugh Douglas. The duo popped a 5.6, placing them in a dead heat with Q99. WSB finished 1st.

In middays, Andy Bunker and Randy McMichael delivered a 3rd place finish, producing a 7.8 share. The two stations ahead of the show were WSB (1) and 97.1 The River (2).

The Game’s afternoon team of Carl Dukes and Mike Bell delivered the station’s best performance for the quarter. Dukes and Bell finished tied for 2nd with The River in PM drive with an impressive 8.5 share. WSB was 1st overall during the hours of 2p-7p.

For 680 The Fan, this was also an excellent book. The station made lineup changes on July 19th, so the book isn’t a full three month snapshot of what the new crew produced. It also takes time for local listeners to develop routines with new program. That said, the first look included a number of positives, which had to please the folks up top.

Starting in middays, the folks up top had to feel good about the performance turned in by Nick Cellini and Chris Dimino. The longtime on-air partners finished the quarter tied for 5th during the hours of 11a-2p with a 3.2 share. Buck Belue, who also hosts in the midday window from 10a-11a, grabbed a 2.3 share during his one-hour show to finish tied for 11th.

In the drive times, Chuck and Chernoff recorded a 5th place tie in afternoons with a 3.4 share. Their 5th place tie matched Cellini and Dimino for the station’s best performance for the book. In mornings, ‘The Locker Room’ which features John Michaels, Brian Finneran, Hutson Mason, Joe Hamilton, and Brandon Leak finished 15th with a 2.2 share.

The one area where 680 gained a victory over The Game was at night. A strong season and playoff push from the Atlanta Braves had much to do with that. The Fan ranked 3rd at night with an 8.0 share. The Game was just one spot behind in 4th with a 5.7 share.

The Fan’s August & September monthlies showed increases across the entire 6a-8p lineup. If that holds true during the upcoming months, the station could close the year by gaining more ground during the fall and heading into 2022 with nice momentum.

The Game on the other hand will add cume from the Atlanta Falcons, and massive interest in the Atlanta Hawks due to the franchise advancing last year to the Eastern Conference Finals. That should set the station up well for another strong 4th quarter.

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Joy Taylor Says Aaron Rodgers Is More Likeable After Pardon My Take Appearance

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said.

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On Monday, the Pardon My Take podcast dropped their latest episode which featured an interview with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Big Cat, one of the show’s co-hosts, is a Chicago Bears fan and has spent a lot of time not liking Rodgers publicly.

Colin Cowherd saw one of the many clips that the show shared and brought up how much he thought that Rodgers took ribbing from Big Cat and the podcast in stride. That’s when Joy Taylor offered that the interview could help Rodgers in the long run.

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said. “When you can show that you don’t take yourself that seriously, all of the animosity that people have towards you just kind of starts to wither away.”

She added that the disarming quality helps if people don’t perceive Rodgers as thinking he has all the answers.

“When people feel like they are projecting ‘I know more than you’ and ‘I’ve got it all figured out’ energy, people are like: ‘you got to be the smartest guy on the room all time time? You’re not.’

This is so likeable,” Taylor said. “It’s really funny.”

Cowherd agreed and even said he is probably going to go listen to it after the show.

“Aaron is genuinely laughing as they make fun of him and that is an incredibly endearing quality.”

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WNSR Debuts ‘Power Hour’ with Sami Kincaid

Nashville’s WNSR debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

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Power Hour with Sami Kincaid

Nashville has a brand new voice to listen to on WNSR and her name is Sami Kincaid. On Saturday, the station debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

The debut show featured Associated Press writer Teresa Walker, Vanderbilt women’s basketball guard Jordyn Cambridge and North Georgia assistant softball coach Alea White. The show is focused on women that are operating inside sports.

The show airs Saturdays from 9-10a CT.

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Toucher and Rich: Dennis Eckersley’s Retirement a “Huge Loss”

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

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On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that he was going to retire from the Boston Red Sox television booth at the end of this season. The current NESN analyst is leaving after twenty years on the air with the team.

The news broke during Toucher and Rich on 98.5 the Sports Hub and it gave show co-host Rich Shertenlieb a chance to mention the news and praise the departing personality.

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

The show spent the rest of the segment talking about what Eckersley offered that made him so unique. That’s when Matt McCarthy, fill-in for Fred Toucher, said that Eckersley was exactly what you wanted in an analyst.

“You want someone that’s going to give you an opinion,” McCarthy said. “Eck gave you an opinion. He’ll be missed.”

McCarthy also pointed out that this is the latest major shakeup that has happened to the television broadcast in recent years.

“There’s no doubt this is a blow,” McCarthy added. “This is a tremendous loss to that Red Sox broadcast to which has taken a lot of hits over the years with the loss of Jerry Remy, the decision to move on from Don Orsillo and now Dennis Eckersley retiring… they are going to have to find an entertainer in there. Matt McCarthy

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