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El Paso Radio Host Exchanges Words with Coach Tim Floyd

Jason Barrett

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UTEP Head Basketball Coach Tim Floyd is not a fan of El Paso sports radio host Steve Kaplowitz. That became clear on Tuesday when Floyd spoke to reporters during his normal press conference.

After Kaplowitz asked his first question, Floyd responded by calling the radio host “uninformed” and “irresponsible”, and then handed out copies of a 17-page document containing data that showed UTEP’s high transfer rate during his tenure was comparable to the regular trends nationally in college basketball. Kaplowitz had been critical of UTEP’s struggles to retain players in recent years.

The situation could have ended there, but Kaplowitz elected to respond, further annoying Floyd by mentioning that he had tried numerous times to reach out to the UTEP coach for comment, but never received a response.

That led to Floyd adding “I don’t respond to journalists that throw things against the wall to see what sticks. I’ve been around a lot of great journalists in Chicago, New Orleans, and Los Angeles, and in my opinion, you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about, so I don’t respond to that. People who know not, and do not know that they know not, are fools and you shun them. That’s what I’ve done with you.”

The verbal war reached its peak when Floyd told Kaplowitz he regretted going on his radio show 10 times as a favor to former UTEP coach Don Haskins. Another testy exchange soon followed.

Kaplowitz: That’s wrong and you’re classless for saying that in front of the media.

Floyd: I’m dead-ass right.

Kaplowitz: No, you’re not.

Floyd: Your show is fiction.

Kaplowitz: How about the pulse of El Paso? How about all the fans, all the season ticket holders that are upset, that they’ve been upset with the lack of results over the last six years, and they’re tired of not going to the postseason. They’re tired of not going to the NCAA Tournament. How about that?

Floyd: We were in the NIT a year ago.

Kaplowitz: Yeah that really means a lot to El Paso right now.

Floyd: Is that right?

Kaplowitz: Yeah.

Floyd: Well, we lost four starters, we didn’t quite get there this year.

Kaplowitz: So every year it’s gonna be the same thing, coach? Every year? Is that how it’s going to be?

Floyd: If you’re upset about us not winning games and you want me fired because of not winning games, that’s your prerogative.

 

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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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