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ESPN Radio Revamps Weekends

Jason Barrett

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ESPN Radio is unveiling a revamped national weekend lineup, featuring varied voices and fresh perspectives from around the country, throughout the month of January. Eight new shows are being added, including the two-hour espnW Presents: Spain & Prim on ESPN Radio, co-hosted by espnW’s and ESPN Chicago 1000 Radio’s Sarah Spain and ESPN anchor and analyst Prim Siripipat, premiering on Saturday, Jan. 24, at noon ET.

Additional shows debuting in the new lineup are: Marty & McGee, Dave Rothenberg Show, Dickerson & Hood, Robin Lundberg, Coachman & Bretos, Ian Fitzsimmons and NBA Lockdown: Insiders. The ESPN Audio weekend schedule is headlined by hosts from across the country including Baltimore, Bristol, Conn., Charlotte, N.C., Dallas and New York.

Marty & McGee is hosted from Charlotte by ESPN bureau reporter Marty Smith and ESPN The Magazine senior writer Ryan McGee and is broadcast Saturdays from 2 – 4 p.m. The show began as a NASCAR- and motorsports-centric podcast that has expanded into a full two-hour program covering all sports.

The NBA Lockdown programs – the pregame NBA Lockdown and postgame NBA Lockdown: Insiders – showcase some of ESPN’s leading NBA reporters and analysts and offers in-depth coverage of the games of the day. NBA Lockdown returns, hosted by NBA reporter Israel Gutierrez.  ESPN basketball analyst Kara Lawson joins the show this year, bringing the perspective of a former WNBA All-Star. Insiders is an extension of Lockdown and will feature ESPN Insider and Cleveland reporter Brian Windhorst, Dallas-based analyst Marc Stein and Phoenix-based analyst Amin Elhassan.

“ESPN Radio has long featured unparalleled weekday talk and must-listen-to event coverage,” said Mo Davenport, senior vice president, ESPN Radio. “Our new weekend lineup expands our impressive array of content, with many engaging, new national voices that will soon be household names.”

Dave Roberts, vice president, network audio content, added, “This lineup gives ESPN Radio listeners access to shows based throughout the country, all hosted by passionate sports fans who will draw upon their experiences and backgrounds to provide entertaining programming.  The roster is also indicative of the popularity of digital audio content, with shows like Marty & McGee and NBA Lockdown: Insiders moving to network radio after podcast success.”

espnW Presents: Spain & Prim is a collaboration between espnW and ESPN Radio featuring a distinct perspective on sports that only espnW can provide. Spain — with her deep sports knowledge that comes from growing up, playing and reporting in one of the country’s biggest sports towns – and Siripipat, whose background as a reporter and elite athlete helps frame her take, examine the top stories in the sports world with a “Prim and Not-so-Proper” view.

The show will weave in espnW’s writers and contributors and include a “That’s What She Said” segment, based on Spain’s column for espnW.com, as well as the show-ending “P.S.” segment in which each host will give her thoughts on three timely topics.  ESPN.com senior writer and espnW contributor Ramona Shelburne will also join the debut.

Spain & Prim is yet another extension of espnW’s increasingly successful cross-platform expansion, and one we began fostering with ESPN Radio last year with our first show focused on domestic violence and the NFL’s reaction,” said Alison Overholt, espnW editor-in-chief. “Sarah and Prim will be an engaging and knowledgeable pair that, like espnW, won’t be afraid to push the envelope every now and then.”

Shows:

  • Dari & Mel (existing show) – an NFL- and college football-centric show, hosted by SEC Network anchor Dari Nowkhah (Charlotte-based) and ESPN NFL expert analyst Mel Kiper Jr. (Baltimore-based);
  • espnW Presents: Spain & Prim on ESPN Radio (launching January 24) – hosted by espnW columnist Sarah Spain and ESPN anchor and analyst Prim Siripipat, the show is a collaboration between espnW and ESPN Radio featuring a distinct perspective on sports that only espnW can provide;
  • Marty & McGee (launched January 10) – previously a podcast, a sports talk show infused with humor and storytelling, hosted by ESPN bureau reporter Marty Smith and ESPN The Magazine senior writer Ryan McGee. The show is broadcast out of Charlotte, N.C.;
  • Dave Rothenberg Show (launching January 24) – hosted by longtime New York radio personality Dave Rothenberg, the show incorporates listener reactions to the latest sports headlines;
  • Dickerson & Hood (launched January 10) hosted by ESPN Chicago voices Jeff Dickerson and Jonathan Hood, the show brings together listener interactions and previews and reaction to the day’s sporting events;
  • Robin Lundberg (launched January 3) – ESPN New York’s Robin Lundberg shares his perspective on the biggest stories in the sports world;
  • The Ian O’Connor Show (existing show)– hosted by ESPNNewYork.com columnist Ian O’Connor with reaction to the day’s top stories and a look ahead to the week’s biggest games;
  • Lupica (existing show) — Mike Lupica (New York and Bristol) offers his insight and expertise on everything from the Yankees to Mets, Knicks to Rangers, Jets to Giants and everything in between;
  • NBA Lockdown (launches January 25) — covers all of the latest NBA news with ESPN’s team of experts, hosted by reporter Israel Gutierrez (Miami-based) and basketball analyst Kara Lawson (Bristol-based);
  • Coachman & Bretos (launches February 15)– an opinionated, high-energy talk show hosted by ESPN studio hosts Jonathan Coachman and Max Bretos, based in Bristol;
  • Ian Fitzsimmons (launched January 11) – hosted by ESPN Radio sideline reporter Ian Fitzsimmons (Dallas-based) featuring his takes on the news of the day;
  • NBA Lockdown: Insiders (launches January 25) – an extension of NBA Lockdown showcasing ESPN reporters and analysts Marc Stein (Dallas-based), Brian Windhorst (Cleveland-based) and Amin Elhassan (Phoenix-based);
  • V Show with Bob Valvano (existing show) – longtime ESPN Radio host Bob Valvano (Louisville-based) discusses the hottest topics in basketball.

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SURVEY: 16.9% of All Sports Radio Listeners Are Streaming

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 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, All 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 its 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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