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Congratulations is in order for KFAN in Minneapolis. The radio station once again flexed its muscles in the March ratings book, finishing 1st with every key weekday show. Chad Abbott and his team have built one of the most dominant sports radio brands in the country.

In San Francisco, KNBR turned in a powerful March book. The radio station was in the Top 3 with 6+, and Top 2 with Adults 25-54. They were also #1 with Men 25-54 in mornings thanks to Murph & Mac who delivered an 8.4 rating.

The battle in the windy city remains tight between ESPN 1000 and 670 The Score. For the month of March, ESPN 1000 led the way in middays (David Kaplan) and afternoons (Waddle and Silvy). The Score however won in mornings (Mully and Hanley). “Waddle and Silvy” turned in the highest performance of any sports talk show in the market, finishing with an impressive Top 10 showing in the 6+ demographic.

Despite undergoing a sea of changes to its weekday lineup, 790 The Ticket in Miami held off WQAM in the March ratings book with Men 25-54. The Ticket produced a 1.0, which was a tenth of a point higher than WQAM who delivered a 0.9. WINZ was a distant third with a 0.2.

98.7 FM ESPN New York’s “Hahn and Humpty” which features Alan Hahn and former Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro are adding a television component to their program. The MSG Network will televise a one-hour highlight show weeknights at 7pm ET starting May 23rd. A replay will air at 10:30pm ET. The show will include the best moments from each day’s radio broadcast.

In Dallas, Gavin Dawson of 105.3 The Fan‘s “G-Bag Nation” is entering new territory. The talented talk show host will debut a brand new show “One Nation“, this Saturday night at 8pm CT on CBS Dallas’ 1080 KRLD. Dawson has offered social commentaries, and unique political perspectives occasionally during his midday show. The venture into news talk allows him to further tap into that passion, while maintaining his presence on the highly rated Fan midday show. He says the focus of the new show will be on bipartisan issues that have a negative impact on the lives of average Americans, and the corruption of the legislative and election process. He expects the show to draw an edge and conservative slant from his position on men’s rights, and the decline of the modern American man and family.

After adding John E. Hoover to their weekday lineup, The Franchise in Tulsa has made moves yet again. The radio station recently secured the local market affiliation for the Kansas City Royals, and pried away the local broadcasting rights to Jenks High School football, the top rated program in the state of Oklahoma. The world champion Royals previously aired on 1550 KYAL, and Jenks played their games for the past twenty years on The Buzz AM 1430.

Longtime Producer Colin Hoggard and 610 The Fan WFNZ in Charlotte have parted ways. Hoggard spent the past eight years working for the radio station after interning on and off for a few years. He’s looking for his next opportunity and can be reached here.

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Bickley & Marotta: Cardinals Coach Kliff Kingsbury Has to Go

As Bickley said on the air Tuesday morning, keeping Kingsbury is harder to justify with the coaches likely to be available.

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The Arizona Cardinals finished a troubling late-season collapse by losing their NFL Wild Card playoff game Monday night to the Los Angeles Rams, 34-11.

As could be expected, the disappointing result is prompting plenty of questions and criticism among Arizona fans and media. Dan Bickley and Vince Marotta, hosts of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s morning show, led the charge Tuesday morning. In their view, it’s time for Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury to go.

Marotta called the playoff loss “a disgusting end to a promising season.” The Cardinals began the 2021 season with seven consecutive victories. By Week 13, they had a 10-2 record. But following its bye week, Arizona imploded, losing four of their final six games. Most troubling among them was a 30-12 loss to the Detroit Lions, who finished with the second-worst record (3-13-1) in the NFL.

Bickley was even more pointed with his criticism in a piece written for the Arizona Sports 98.7 FM website. The longtime columnist and host points out the pattern of late-season collapses in Kingsbury’s tenure with Arizona. In 2019, the Cardinals finished 2-7. The 2020 season ended with a 3-6 slide. Add this season’s 2-4 collapse and the pattern is apparent.

As Bickley said on the air Tuesday morning, keeping Kingsbury is harder to justify with the coaches likely to be available. He singled out Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles as a good fit for the Cardinals, obviously favoring a coach with a different philosophy than Kingsbury.

Yet the Cardinals have shown improvement during Kingsbury’s three seasons, progressing from a 5-10-1 mark to 11-6 this season. That may be good enough for team owner Michael Bidwell and general manager Steve Keim. According to Bickley, it shouldn’t be. Management should be aggressive, rather than content.

You can listen to Bickley & Marotta each morning, Monday through Friday, on the Arizona Sports 98.7 FM website and app. The show is also available via podcast.

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Peyton Manning Swears Into Hot Mic On Manningcast

“Late in the first quarter, Eli tried to throw it to his older brother to breakdown the play that resulted in the Rams’ first score of the night. It didn’t go as planned.”

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Why do people love the Manningcast on ESPN2? It has a lot to do with Peyton and Eli being their authentic selves on screen. The same goes for their guests. That authenticity has included a few NSFW moments this season and we got another during the first ever Monday night playoff game.

Late in the first quarter, Eli tried to throw it to his older brother to breakdown the play that resulted in the Rams’ first score of the night. It didn’t go as planned.

Kudos to Eli for the simple, but truly funny response of “never mind”!

The Manningcast has made a few headlines for these moments this season. Marshawn Lynch swore multiple times during his Week 7 appearance. More famously, Eli shot the camera the double bird in Week 2.

It is a memorable way to close an undeniably successful first season for ESPN2’s alternate coverage of Monday Night Football. Certainly everyone at the network would love to bring the Manningcast back for 2022. Whether or not Omaha Productions can make that happen will likely depend on just how serious rumors of Peyton Manning’s interest in being a part of owning the Denver Broncos are.

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Charles Davis Tells Jim Rome Titans Will Use Him As Motivation

“CBS will send its top team of Jim Nantz and Tony Romo to Kansas City for the Bills and Chiefs. Davis told Rome that is a fact that will not be lost on Titans coach Mike Vrabel.”

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It’s kind of hard not to feel bad for Charles Davis. He was a guest on Monday’s edition of The Jim Rome Show. It was an interview that opened with The Pimp in the Box asking Davis about just how cold he was in Buffalo over the weekend.

Temperatures reached the single digits with wind chill in the negative numbers during the Bills’ blowout of the New England Patriots in the Wild Card round.

Davis said that there was no way not to think about his discomfort. He gave credit to the stage crew in the booth that helped to keep him an Ian Eagle warm.

Later in the interview, Rome asked Charles Davis if the Tennessee Titans were being unfairly overlooked. They are the top seed in the AFC afterall.

Davis said that was very likely. The team is getting both Derek Henry and Julio Jones back in time to face the Bengals in the divisional round.

That is the game assigned to Davis and Eagle. CBS will send its top team of Jim Nantz and Tony Romo to Kansas City for the Bills and Chiefs. Davis told Rome that is a fact that will not be lost on Titans coach Mike Vrabel.

“He’ll use this one. Jim and Tony are going to Kansas City/Buffalo. He’s getting Ian Eagle and myself,” Davis told Rome. “He may not disrespect us, but he’ll let his team know the number one team is not getting the number one broadcast team.”

Teams shouldn’t need extra motivation. Every game in the playoffs is your last if you don’t find a way to win. Charles Davis says that doesn’t mean Vrabel isn’t looking to add a little extra juice to his locker room and he and his partner’s presence may be the perfect catalyst.

“He’ll use that. Coaches use all of that stuff. He’ll use it to the Nth degree.”

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