Donald Trump isn’t the only one making waves in the nation’s capital. Sports radio station 106.7 The Fan is as well.
In the 2017 winter ratings book, The Fan led the market’s sports brands by coming up strong across all demos. Among Men 25-54, The Fan’s share helped them earn a tie for 6th M-SU 6a-Mid. In the weekday prime hours, M-F 6a-7p, The Fan’s share earned them a 5th place finish. By comparison, ESPN 980 finished 15th M-F 6a-7p and M-SU 6a-Mid.
For the weekday shows, I’ve listed their rankings for the quarter. Keep in mind, the two stations feature their key weekday shows during different time slots which requires analyzing them differently.
One additional item to point out, ESPN 980 simulcasts their programming on 92.7 WWXT-FM and 94.3 WWXX-FM. These rankings below are based on their performance on WTEM-AM. When the listening from those other stations is added to the conversation it may slightly increase 980’s ranking.
That said, their simulcast will soon come to an end. 980’s ownership group Red Zebra Broadcasting recently agreed to sell WWXT to Radio One. WWXX is also expected to be sold to Radio One in the near future according to sources.
STATION ———— SHOWS ———— TIMESLOT ———— RANK
106.7 The Fan —– Sports Junkies —— 6A-10A ——— tied for 4th
106.7 The Fan —– Grant & Danny —— 10A-2P ————– 4th
106.7 The Fan —– Chad Dukes ———- 2P-6P ———– tied for 6th
ESPN 980 ———– Al Galdi —————— 5A-7A ————— 18th
ESPN 980 ——— Cooley & Kevin ——— 7A-11A ————– 15th
ESPN 980 ——— Bram Weinstein ——– 11A-1P ————– 13th
ESPN 980 — Inside The Locker Room —- 1P-4P ————- 16th
ESPN 980 ——— Steve Czaban ————- 4P-7P ————– 14th
With two shows in the top 4 and another on the doorstep of the top 5, it was a strong quarter for The Fan. With the Nationals back in action, the NFL Draft on the horizon, and the Wizards and Capitals in the playoffs, the appetite for sports in D.C. should remain strong when the spring book is released.
Good luck to both brands as they strive to increase their standing in the local marketplace.
Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at [email protected].
KNBR’s Brian Murphy Speaks for First Time After Paul McCaffrey Laid Off
“Paulie Mac is my guy, will forever be my guy. The best thing I could ever wish anyone is that you get to work with someone as loyal, energetic, funny, consistent as the guy his Jersey buddies call ‘Smack’.”
Earlier this week, KNBR underwent a round of layoffs, affecting a pair of programs on the Bay Area sports station, including the departure of longtime morning host Paul McCaffrey. His longtime partner — Brian Murphy — has taken to X to share his thoughts.
In a thread to X, Murphy shared his admiration for McCaffrey, whom he hosted Murph and Mac with for 18 years.
“Paulie Mac is my guy, will forever be my guy. The best thing I could ever wish anyone is that you get to work with someone as loyal, energetic, funny, consistent as the guy his Jersey buddies call ‘Smack’,” wrote Murphy. “So much love.”
He then shared that everything listeners and fans of the program have shared on social media has been read by the duo, and thanked them for the outpouring of love and support.
Finally, Murphy addressed his future. Fill-in host Dieter Kurtenbach shared on Thursday he did not have a definitive answer about Murphy’s future with the Cumulus-owned station.
However, Brian Murphy has shared he will return to the airwaves on Monday morning.
“I’ll be back Monday morning on KNBR with our guy Markus (Waterboy) Boucher,” Murphy wrote. “Come on. It’s Niners-Eagles. Wouldn’t miss it. As Paulie Mac’s board itself would say: The show goes on.”
Mike Mulligan: Sports Radio is More Difficult Than Other Formats Think
He shared that he has worked with people on morning shows that he has seen come to a station fully hungover who play music and proceed to sit on the couch.
On Friday morning’s edition of Mully & Haugh on 670 The Score in Chicago, co-host Mike Mulligan outlined the difference with music radio that hosts are not continuously talking to the audience, instead taking mic breaks and then interspersing commentary with different songs.
Filling in for David Haugh on Friday’s edition of the program was Gabe Ramirez, who used to work in the format with B96 as the host of its morning show. Mulligan’s assertion about the differences between the two formats resulted in a conversation about the differences between the grenres, with Ramirez explaining the difficulties that music radio hosts face on the air.
“The music station’s still creating content,” Ramirez said. “You get to have a guest – since I am going to defend my music stations – you get to have a guest and toss them a softball question and listen to them rant for five minutes.”
Mulligan disagreed with this perspective, conveying that he does not feel their program provides guests with easy questions. Additionally, he shared that he has worked with people on morning shows that he has seen come to a station fully hungover who play music and proceed to sit on the couch.
“As a former sportswriter, we sit around and we talk about sports,” Mulligan said. “We talk about the sports we cover and we talk about other sports.”
“You have to talk about Justin Fields seven days in a row,” Ramirez replied. “As a morning show for music, you have to come up with new content every day.”
Rather than taking umbrage towards the response, Mike Mulligan explained that the key to effectively performing his job is being able to discuss important stories of the day even when they are not the headlines. Furthermore, he expounded on the commitment that it takes to watch the amount of sporting events and to be properly informed on the action so he is able to take the air.
“That I will agree with,” Ramirez said. “I’ve told people this – they ask me, ‘What’s the biggest difference?’ The prep, without question, is way more difficult in sports radio because everyone that’s listening to you already knows the answers and you have to be equally if not more informed in all of those things.”
Minnesota Twins Set to Tab Cory Provus as New TV Voice, Kris Atteberry as Lead Radio Announcer
Provus has been the radio voice of the Minnesota Twins since 2012.
After Dick Bremer exited the Minnesota Twins TV booth in October, the search began for his replacement. The MLB franchise didn’t have to look far, though.
Twins radio voice Cory Provus is reportedly set to become the new TV play-by-play broadcaster for the club, according to a report from Dan Hayes of The Athletic.
Provus has been the radio voice of the Minnesota Twins since 2012. Many immediately tabbed him as the club’s replacement for Bremer, who retired after 40 seasons as the lead television voice of the American League club. Before joining the team in 2012, Provus worked for the Milwaukee Brewers as the number two broadcaster after spending two seasons as the radio pregame host for the Chicago Cubs.
Meanwhile, Kris Atteberry has been signaled as the person set to replace Provus inside the franchise’s radio booth. He has served as the pregame and postgame host for the Minnesota Twins Radio Network since 2007. Atteberry joined the club after spending five years calling games for the then-Independent St. Paul Saints from 2002-2006.
While the television and radio broadcast crews appear set, questions remain about where the team will televise its games in 2024. The club’s contract with Bally Sports North has reportedly expired, and it has yet to sign an agreement with the bankruptcy-laden RSN, or with a local over-the-air television station.