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Larry Anderson Reduces Phillies Radio Commitment To Just 40 Games

“Larry Anderson made it clear that he is healthy and that this was not a decision he was pushed into.”

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Few voices are as associated with Philadelphia Phillies baseball these days as Larry Anderson. The color commentator on the team’s radio call rolled back his schedule to include only home games beginning in 2018. He announced Thursday that he is ready to roll back again.

Anderson will just call the weekend series played at Citizens Bank Park in 2022. He told Marks & Reese that it works out 40 games.

“I’ll put it this way,” he told the WIP afternoon duo. “If anybody’s watched the news the last couple of years, who knows what’s gonna happen in this crazy world? I don’t know how much time I had left.”

Larry Anderson made it clear that he is healthy and that this was not a decision he was pushed into. He is looking for more free time and intends to spend longer stretches in Florida and with family across the country.

He noted that it was not an easy decision. One thing he worried about was the timing of the announcement. He says he told team brass that he didn’t want anything to take away from the optimism in the front office for 2022.

“A lot of heartbreak, a lot of emotion went into this. And so, it’s not anything I took lightly,” he said. “The Phillies have been very understanding and very, I don’t know what the word is, maybe helpful in getting me to this point and being very accomodating in what I wanted to do. The biggest thing is I didn’t want people to think the Phillies forced me out of this and that I didn’t have a choice. That is not the case at all.”

In 1998, Larry Anderson joined the broadcast team in Philadelphia. He spent six of his seventeen Major League seasons on the Phillies’ roster. He started out doing both TV and radio before moving exclusively to the radio broadcast in 2007. He worked two seasons with Hall of Famer Harry Kalas before Scott Franzke took over as the team’s radio voice.

The Phillies announced the addition of four analysts to its radio crew earlier this year. The 142 games that do not feature Larry Anderson will be split between Michael Bourn, Chad Durbin, Erik Kratz and Kevin Stocker.

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16.9% of All Sports Radio Listeners Are Streaming

The news comes as Nielsen reported that 11.3% of all radio listenership comes thru a stream, up from 6.9% in May of 2020.

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According to Nielsen, sports radio stations are the third-most streamed spoken word format, just behind Talk/Personality and News/Talk/Info. The trend is continuing to show that streaming is on the uptick.

The survey found that in May 2022, 16.9% of sports talk radio’s audience tunes in via the station’s online stream. That news comes as Nielson reported that 11.3% of all radio listenership comes thru a stream, up from 6.9% in May of 2020.

Nielsen notes that in the 45 PPM markets they are grabbing data from and the 4,800+ stations that stream in those markets, just 30% of them are encoded. That encoding allows for Nielsen to accurately measure the streams. They used the listener data from 1,500 stations across the U.S., in their latest report, AM/FM Radio Streaming Growth in PPM Markets

The survey also showed that streaming levels differ widely by radio format. Spoken word formats display strong streaming listenership (Talk/Personality: 31.2%, News/Talk/Info: 19.1%, All Sports: 16.9%). In fact, Nielsen found that 1/3 of all AM/FM streaming in PPM markets is to spoken word formats.

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New Study Finds Listeners to MLB on Radio Are Willing to Spend

More than one third (34%) of the respondents recently purchased clothing/apparel that features their favorite team… 27% have visited a ballpark in the past year. That compares to only 19% of the average MLB fan base has made an apparel purchase to support their team while just 11% have gone to a game in person in that same time span.

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When it comes to advertiser’s attempting to reach an affluent and engaged audience, sports talk radio might have a whale on their hands. Major League Baseball play-by-play features an audience that has money and has no problems spending it.

In a recent MRI-Simmons study, data shows that consumers who listen to MLB broadcasts on the radio are the perfect audience for sports marketers. According to the analysis, done by Katz Radio Group, nearly two thirds (62%) of those surveyed consider themselves “super fans” of baseball. That number is 58% higher than the average.

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Those “super fans” are willing to spend to support their team, as well. More than one third (34%) of the respondents recently purchased clothing/apparel that features their favorite team. Those fans are also far more willing to make the trip to see their team. The study found that 27% have visited a ballpark in the past year. That compares to only 19% of the average MLB fan base has made an apparel purchase to support their team while just 11% have gone to a game in person in that same time span.

The news continues getting better for advertisers. Continued analysis reveals that 66% of listeners are currently employed and have a median household income greater than $106,000.

Listeners to MLB games on the radio are also 34% more likely to place a sports bet and 106% more likely to be a participant in fantasy baseball.

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Jeff Dean Signs Off At ESPN Tucson for The Final Time

Dean said on Facebook: “…the years of burning the candle at both ends has taken a dire toll on my health and for the first time in my life, I’m going to put myself and my livelihood first”

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Fans will no longer be able to tune into ESPN Tucson and hear Jeff Dean hosting his show. Friday morning was his last show, according to his Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Jeff Dean Show had been airing from 7-9a MT weekday mornings. Dean took to social media to relay the news and the reason behind him stepping away from the microphone. Dean said on Facebook:

“This morning I signed off from my radio show on ESPN Tucson for the final time. I have been devoting too much of my life and my time to working multiple jobs…the years of burning the candle at both ends has taken a dire toll on my health and for the first time in my life, I’m going to put myself and my livelihood first”

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Dean went on to emphasize that he isn’t stepping away from ESPN Tucson, he’s just taking himself off the air. He also added that “gladly, I will be continuing my position as PA announcer of University of Arizona Football and Men’s basketball.”

Dean would also go onto Twitter to add even further context for his self-removal from the ESPN Tucson airwaves. He added, “It’s not a decision I arrived at hastily, as it’s been a 6 month mental grind to make the ultimate decision that had to be made, and I’m not particularly happy about it, but I have to put my health first, we all do, and make sure we’re around long enough to enjoy life”.

Dean had been ESPN Tucson’s morning host since November 2019.

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