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Predators Announce Changes

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The Predators will be offering additional television programming on Fox Sports Tennessee to support a minimum of 75 regular-season games this year, up from 70 in 2013-14.

All 82 games will be broadcast on radio on 102.5-FM The Game.

“We’ve really tweaked our broadcast lineup in large part as a result of our increased coverage,” said Chris Parker, Predators executive vice president. “All of the names are very familiar ones — people recognize them, they’ve been associated with our broadcast in many respects since day one — but they have some different roles and responsibilities.”

There will be one new name, Lyndsay Rowley, who will join Predators coverage on Fox Sports as a rink-side reporter.

Rowley has spent time on the sidelines of many sports, from college football to the NBA, and recently worked as the in-house television host for all Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets) home games.

“She comes from a very diverse sports background,” Parker said. “She did some sideline work with the (Columbus) Blue Jackets. She has worked with Fox Sports-affiliated properties over the past several years. She knows hockey, which is critically important.”

Pete Weber will continue in his position as the play-by-play voice of the Predators on Fox Sports broadcasts, joined this year by color commentator Stu Grimson.

Grimson, who has worked for the past six seasons as color commentator on the Predators Radio Network, played 30 games with the Predators during the 2001-02 season and currently serves as president of the Nashville Predators Alumni Association and as president of the Nashville Jr. Predators.

Terry Crisp will continue to be a part of Predators home broadcasts on Fox Sports. He will co-host the pregame and postgame shows with Mark Howard, anchor special features and appear on Predators Snapshot, a look behind-the-scenes at the team.

Howard will continue in his role as anchor, with new co-host Crisp, of the Predators pregame, intermission and postgame reports.

“(Terry) has a job in this organization for as long as he wants,” Parker said. “He’s one of only a handful of guys who’s won a Stanley Cup both as a player and a head coach. So he brings a very unique perspective. He’s loved by the fans, he’s extremely knowledgeable and passionate.”

Willy Daunic, who took over radio play-by-play duties on a temporary basis in the midst of last season, will join the Predators staff full time as the play-by-play voice on the Predators Radio Network and flagship station 102.5-FM.

Daunic has worked in some capacity with the Predators Radio Network since the team’s inception in 1998.

A familiar voice on the topic of Nashville sports, Daunic has had a presence on Nashville sports radio since 1993, including maintaining a place on 102.5’s popular “Sports Night.”

“He took over about a month or six weeks into the season last year,” Parker said. “He did a fantastic job, I think better than any of us could have really thought. Really fell in love with it, enjoyed it immensely.”

Darren McFarland will continue in his position as host of the Predators Radio Network pregame, intermission and postgame shows, a roll he assumed after Daunic took over play-by-play responsibility in October 2013.

Brent Peterson will join Daunic and McFarland on the Predators Radio Network, serving as a color analyst for select games in the 2014-15 season.

Peterson has spent the last 16 years as a member of the Predators hockey operations staff, working behind the bench as a member of the coaching staff from 1998-2011 and most recently as the Preds hockey operations adviser.

In 2007, Peterson founded Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of the devastating effects of Parkinson’s disease and helping fund critical research and educational and support groups.

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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.

Radio Listeners to MLB

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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