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Houston Radio Ratings Down In July
Here’s the July sports radio report from Nielsen Media. Again, it was a slow month for the four sports stations (one of which, KGOW, did not show up in the ratings). KILT (610 AM) remained the weeklong leader over KBME (790 AM) and KFNC (97.5 FM), but only KFNC, thanks perhaps to World Cup broadcasts, was up from June.
KILT’s weeklong share (6 a.m.-midnight) among men 25-54 dropped to 2.6 percent, down six-tenths from June. KBME fell four-tenths of a point to 1.7. KFNC improved by one-tenth to 1.3, and KGOW (1560 AM) did not register.
Both frontrunners continued to slump in morning drive. KBME retook the lead with a 3.0 share, a tenth of a point ahead of KILT. In July, the stations were at 4.5 and 4.1, respectively. KFNC improved by five-tenths of a point.
After a nice midday (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) number in June at 4.6, KILT slumped to 3.3 KBME fell to 2.3 from 3.4 in June. KFNC improved by a half-point to a 1.5 share.
KILT kept its lead in afternoon drive (3-7 p.m.) but dropped to a 3.5 share from 4.2 a month earlier. KFNC fell four-tenths to 1.5, and KBME was down four-tenths to 1.2.
From 7 p.m. to midnight, KILT improved three-tenths to 2.1, KBME dropped six-tenths to 1.2 and KFNC dropped three-tenths to 1.0.
Turning to show-by-show comparisons, KBME’s Greg Koch-N.D. Kalu (9-11 a.m.) program topped the list with a 4.5 share. Mike Meltser-Seth Payne (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) on KILT were second at 3.4, a tenth of a point ahead of KILT’s Rich Lord-Sean Pendergast-Ted Johnson show (2-7 p.m.).
KILT’s Nick Wright-John Lopez (6-10 a.m.) show was fourth with a 2.9 share in its time slot, followed by KILT’s Paul Gallant-Brien Straw (7-11 p.m.) and occasional Texans programming at 1.9.
Rounding out the field were three KBME shows: Adam Clanton-Lance Zierlein (6-9 a.m.) at 2.4, Charlie Pallilo (2-6 p.m.) at 1.8 and Matt Thomas (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) at 1.7. KFNC’s Fred Faour-A.J. Hoffman (4-7 p.m.) and Jerome Solomon-Dave Tepper (noon-2 p.m.) were at 1.6.
For more on this story visit the Houston Chronicle where it was originally published
Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at JBarrett@sportsradiopd.com.
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Phoenix Suns Radio Voice Al McCoy Retiring At Season’s End
“Well I don’t think it’s any big thing because I think everybody knew this was probably going to wrap it up for me obviously.”
Longtime Phoenix Suns radio play-by-play announcer Al McCoy has announced that he will retire at the conclusion of the current NBA season.
The 89-year-old McCoy has been the voice of the Suns for the past 51 years.
After joining the team in 1972, McCoy called games on both television and radio for the franchise until the NBA outlawed the practice in the early 2000s.
He scaled back his schedule in 2010, and called road games from a remote studio in Phoenix during the 2020-2021 season. The club’s road contests are currently broadcast by Jon Bloom.
“Well I don’t think it’s any big thing because I think everybody knew this was probably going to wrap it up for me obviously,” McCoy told KTAR News’ Gaydos & Chad on Friday.
McCoy was honored with the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Media Award in 2007.
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Adam Schein Signs Extension at SiriusXM
“I truly appreciate the platform, power and prestige of hosting Schein On Sports every weekday on Mad Dog Sports Radio.“
SiriusXM Mad Dog Sports Radio Host Adam Schein has inked a four-year extension to remain with the satellite provider.
“I am so incredibly elated and fired up to re-sign another long-term deal with SiriusXM, my radio home for the last 18 years,” said Schein. “I love working with the amazing people at SiriusXM. I truly appreciate the platform, power and prestige of hosting Schein On Sports every weekday on Mad Dog Sports Radio. It’s my passion.
“And I am thrilled to host our rebranded Rise and Scheinpodcast, a show to remind people why they love sports while interviewing the people in sports and entertainment that fascinate me the most and share that excitement and joy.”
Schein joined SiriusXM in 2004 and was the first voice ever heard on SiriusXM NFL Radio. He moved to SiriusXM Mad Dog Sports Radio in 2019.
“Adam is an exceptional talent with a passion for sports that is obvious every time he cracks open the mic,” said Eric Spitz, VP of Sports Programming, SiriusXM. “SiriusXM has been his home since 2004 and it has been a thrill to see his star rise over these last two decades. We’re thrilled to extend our great relationship with Adam, keep him as a mainstay on our Mad Dog Sports Radio channel, and ensure our listeners continue to get his one-of-a-kind brand of sports talk on a daily basis.”
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Doug Gottlieb: I Would Give Up Radio For Coaching Job
“I’ve told people that for the radio element to — for the right thing — I’d give it up. The (podcast), I’m not giving it up.”
Fox Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb recently interviewed for the vacant head coaching job at Wisconsin-Green Bay and detailed the experience on his podcast.
“I got a chance to talk to (Wisconsin-Green Bay AD) Josh Moon several times during the year after they had made their coaching job available and my approach to how I’ve done these things — and this is not the first time I’ve gone down this path, but this was a different path,” Gottlieb said on his All Ball podcast.
“This is a low-major, mid-major job, and there’s no connection there. I’ve told people that for the radio element to — for the right thing — I’d give it up. The (podcast), I’m not giving it up. I love doing it and I think there’s a very smart world where if I’m coaching I can still do this podcast and still do it with basketball people all over the country and the world, and it’s kind of like a cheat code.”
He continued by saying that seeing Shaka Smart be successful at Marquette has motivated him to continue to search for the right fit as a college basketball coach.
“That’s what I want to do. And last year when I was coaching in Israel, that also continued to invigorate me…this is something that I would really like to do. It has to be the right thing. It has to be the right AD who hits the right message.”
He continued by saying that a sticking point of negotiations was he wasn’t willing to give up his nationally syndicated radio program for the job. He was willing to take less money for his assistants pool, but also to continue doing his radio show.
Gottlieb did not get the position with the Phoenix, noting that he was a finalist but was never offered the job. The position ultimately went to Wyoming assistant coach Sundance Wicks. Wicks had previous head coaching experience and had worked with Green Bay athletic director Josh Moon at Division II Northern State. He admitted he wasn’t necessarily “all-in” on the job due to the current ages of his children and whether the timing was right to uproot his family to move to Northeastern Wisconsin.
The Fox Sports Radio host does have coaching experience. He has worked as a coach for the U.S. men’s basketball team at the Maccabiah Games, sometimes referred to as the Jewish Olympics.
Gottlieb’s father — Bob — was the head men’s basketball coach at Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1975-1980, compiling a 97-91 record.