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Will WFAN Turn To Chris Christie After Mike Francesa?

Jason Barrett

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Mike Francesa’s pending departure from WFAN is one of the biggest stories of 2017. Who replaces him is certain to be one of the biggest of 2018. And if there’s any smoke to the fire, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie could be on the short list of candidates according to a report.

Christie is expected to leave the Governor’s office at the end of 2017. That’s right in line with Francesa’s exit from The Fan. He’s already made appearances on the radio station as a fill-in host, and has a good rapport with Boomer and Carton, WFAN’s morning show, something that can’t be said about Francesa.

When asked about the possibility of Christie, WFAN program director Mark Chernoff said “I would certainly at least want to consider him. If he’s interested and we’re interested, it’s worth pursuing.”

In his limited appearances behind the microphone, Christie has shown an ability to present himself in authoritative fashion while possessing good knowledge and not being afraid to mix it up with callers. Many of those qualities are appealing when it pertains to hosting a sports talk show.

Another advantage for The Fan, should they desire to add Christie to their lineup, is that the New Jersey Governor has acknowledged he has little desire to move to Washington, D.C. and would prefer to land a private sector job which would allow him to have fun, make money, and enjoy more time with his family. Hosting a sports radio program in the nation’s #1 media market would check all of those boxes.

Although he won’t come cheap, the expectation is that he won’t cost as much as Francesa, who according to reports earns more than four million dollars per year. Christie receives a salary of one hundred seventy five thousand dollars per year as Governor, and when combined with his wife’s wages and other outside the office income opportunities, generates a collective income of close to one million dollars per year.

Francesa has publicly backed WFAN midday hosts Joe Beningo and Evan Roberts succeeding him, but says he has little influence over the final decision. One thing that appears to be certain is that the future afternoon show won’t run five and a half hours in length.

“I can’t say that the next person or team doing the show will do five-and-a-half hours,” added Chernoff.

Since he began hosting shows on the station, Christie’s appearances have been popular with listeners according to Chernoff. The polarizing politician has drawn mainstream media attention whenever he’s appeared on the air, including recently when he talked about having meatloaf for lunch in the White House, and labeling Philadelphians as “angry, awful people”. He also declared Citizen’s Bank Ballpark as a place that wasn’t safe for civilized people.

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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.

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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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