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The quest to find the new co-hosts of The View is officially in full swing—and Entertainment Tonight has all the exclusive details!

Nine potential hosts were selected to participate in chemistry tests for the new panel of The View, and we’ve got the list of ladies who are in the running to join Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell on the hit ABC series. And it’s already clear that CNN’s Sunny Hostin is one of the obvious front-runners for the new mix.

The chemistry test, which was shot in front of 50 audience members on the set of The Chew in New York on Thursday morning, challenged the ladies to debate alongside Rosie and Whoppi in a wide array of hot-button topics. Although the discussions were rigorous, this helped weed out the opinionated from the meek, and showed who shined best on camera.

The resumes from this select group of women feature a wide range of hosting experiences, from, CNN and ESPN to Bloomberg and even a communications chief for a former President of the United States. Keep reading for the full list of The View‘s top contenders.

Sunny Hostin, CNN: Contributing legal analyst for CNN and Headline News. Prior to CNN, she appeared on The O’Reilly Factor for a weekly segment called “Is It Legal?”.  She is currently the front-runner and has already negotiated with CNN to be able to do both their programming and The View.

October Gonzalez: Married to Tony Gonzalez,  who played in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Atlanta Falcons. She married the football superstar in 2007 and the couple have two children, Malia and River.

Lauren Sanchez, Good Day LAEntertainment journalist and co-host of Good Day LA who was also linked to Tony Gonzalez—the two have a daughter named Nikko. She was previously in the finals to join The View in 1999 but that position was given to Lisa Ling. Sanchez went on to host the first season of So You Think You Can Dance.

Ana Navarro, CNN: Politicial contributor at CNN and CNN en Espanol. Born in Nicaragua, she has worked on several Republican candidates’ campaigns, including John McCain.

S.E. Cupp, CNN: Conservative political commentator and panelist on CNN’s Crossfire. During the screen test, she and Whoopi got in a heated battle over abortion, and both strongly held their ground.

Stephanie Ruhle, Bloomberg: Anchor and managing editor for Bloomberg Television, she also co-hosts Market Makers where she has profiled everyone from hedge fun managers to Al Gore toKanye West.

Jemele Hill, ESPN: Columnist for ESPN.com for 8 years and makes frequent appearances onSportsCenter as well as other ESPN shows. She’s never been one to shy away from controversy and has frequently come under fire for her extreme stances.

Sage Steele, ESPN: Steele is an ESPN anchor who hosts the NBA Countdown on ESPN and ABC. She was also a co-host for SportsCenter.

Nicolle Wallace, MSNBC: Wallace is the best-selling author of Eighteen Acres, a fictional series following the first female president. She also served as the communications chief during George W. Bush‘s presidency, and was a senior adviser for the McCain-Palin campaign.Wallace seemed to snag most of the camera time during Thursday’s chemistry test.

For more visit ET Online where this was originally published

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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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