This holiday season, the folks at Sportsradio 94.1 WIP have a lot to be thankful for.
According to numbers obtained by Philly.com, morning host Angelo Cataldi and afternoon host Josh Innes increased their ratings leads in the November period, helping lift the station to second place overall in the market (6 a.m. – 12 a.m.) with a 7.9 share. All numbers are in the coveted men 25-54 demographic.
ESPN 97.5 The Fanatic came in tied for third overall in the market with a 6.0 share.
Cataldi, who had seen his lead narrow over Fanatic morning host Anthony Gargano in recent months, exploded with a 9.2 share, a 16 percent increase from the October ratings period, finishing second in the market for his 6-10 a.m. time slot. Gargano ended up in third place with a 7.4 share, a small increase his October performance.
During the midday time slot, WIP’s combo of Michael Barkann and Ike Reese continued its dominance over The Fanatic’s Rob Ellis and Harry Mayes, but its ratings slid by 8.3 percent down to a 7.7 share for November for its 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. timeslot. That dropped the duo down from second place in the market to fourth place (due in part to WBEB’s jump to second place, thanks to the station’s annual switch to Christmas music).
Still, Ellis and Mayes were only able to hold on to the 4.0 share they earned last month, good enough for just eighth place in the market.
In the most vocal and bitter ratings battle, WIP’s Josh Innes and co-hosts Hollis Thomas and Spike Eskin ended up in first place in the market with an 8.7 share during their 2-6 p.m. time slot, beating WMMR and topping The Fanatic’s Mike Missanelli for the ninth straight month. Missanelli duplicated his October performance with an 8.1 share, good enough for a tie for second place.
To read the rest of the article which includes additional ratings information visit Philly.com where it was originally published
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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”
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.