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Radio Ink Names Mike Francesa Sports Radio’s Top Host

Jason Barrett

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In the December issue of Radio Ink Magazine, the editors at Radio Ink have named their top thirty five shows in sports radio for 2016. Taking top honors was New York sports radio icon Mike Francesa. The WFAN talk show host has announced that 2017 will be his final year behind the mic after patrolling the New York city sports radio airwaves for the past thirty years.

Rounding out the top 5 were Boomer and Carton, Toucher and Rich, Felger and Massarotti, and Valenti and Foster. All five shows are under the CBS Radio umbrella. CBS had 7 shows finish in the top 10, 10 inside the top 20, and a total of 11 which led all broadcast companies. The next closest was Cumulus who had 7 shows make the list.

Here is the entire order of the top 35.

1. Mike Francesa – WFAN
2. Boomer & Carton – WFAN
3. Toucher & Rich – 98.5 The Sports Hub
4. Angelo Cataldi – WIP
5. (Tied) Valenti & Foster – 97.1 The Ticket and Felger & Massarotti – 98.5 The Sports Hub
6. The Musers – Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket
7. Waddle & Silvy – ESPN 1000
8. Mully & Hanley – 670 The Score
9. Murph & Mac – KNBR
10. The Sports Junkies – 106.7 The Fan
11. Gary & Larry – KNBR
12. Mike Missanelli – 97.5 The Fanatic
13. Tolbert & Lund – KNBR
14. Michael Kay – 98.7 ESPN NY
15. Boers & Bernstein – 670 The Score
16. Mitch Levy – KJR
17. Kirk & Callahan – WEEI
18. The Hardline – Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket
19. Dukes & Bell – 92.9 The Game
20. Zolak & Bertrand – 98.5 The Sports Hub
21. Dan Sileo – Mighty 1090
22. Brock & Salk – 710 ESPN
23. Joe & Evan – WFAN
24. Chuck & Chernoff – 680 The Fan
25. Dave “Softy” Mahler – KJR
26. Bernie Miklasz – 101 ESPN
27. Adam & Joe – 99.9 The Fan
28. Sharp & Benning – 1620 The Zone
29. Schopp & The Bulldog – WGR
30. Scott & BR – Mighty 1090
31. John Canzano – 750 The Game
32. Matt Moscona – 104.5 ESPN
33. Heath Cline – 107.5 The Game
34. Nick Bahe – 1620 The Zone
35. Darin Pritchett – WSBT

The magazine also included a few stories on the Dan Le Batard show, Barrett Sports Media, and a special programmer’s panel featuring Lee Hammer of KNBR, Jeff Catlin of Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket, Mike Thomas of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Joe Zarbano of WEEI, Adam Delevitt of ESPN 1000 and Terry Foxx of 92.9 The Game.

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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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Streaming Radio

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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