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Waldman, Rome Nominated For Radio Hall Of Fame

“Fan voting begins on July 15. Inductees will be announced August 5 and they’ll be honored this Fall at the 31st Annual Induction Ceremony.”

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Suzyn Waldman and Jim Rome have both been nominated for induction in the Radio Hall of Fame. Rome’s fate will be decided by the Hall’s panel. Waldman’s inclusion is up to fans.

Waldman was the first voice ever heard on WFAN. She has been part of the New York sports scene for years, currently serving as the color commentator on New York Yankees radio broadcasts. Waldman is just the third woman in history to serve as a team’s full time color commentator.

Jim Rome got his start in radio while still in college at UC Santa Barbara. Since 1996 The Jim Rome Show has been syndicated across the country. Rome currently is in integral part of the CBS Sports family. His show is simulcast everyday starting at noon Eastern on the CBS Sports Network and CBS Sports Radio.

The show, which is heard on over 200 stations across the country, has inspired fierce loyalty amongst listeners, or “clones” as they are called on the show. Rome has released an album featuring some of the show’s most iconic moments, made multiple live tour stops, and has been featured in several movies and TV Shows.

“Each year we have the privilege of coming together to acknowledge those who have tremendously impacted our industry and the audiences they serve,” Radio Hall of Fame Chairman Kraig Kitchin said in a press release. “We’re all proud to present our 2019 nominees.”

Fan voting begins on July 15. Inductees will be announced August 5 and they’ll be honored this Fall at the 31st Annual Induction Ceremony. A full list of nominees is below.

Longstanding Local/Regional (20 years or more)

  • Bob Rivers, Seattle 
  • Charles Laquidara, Boston
  • Harry Harrison, New York
  • Jack Harris, Tampa Bay

Active Local/Regional (10 years or more)

  • Angie Martinez, New York
  • Kevin and Bean (Kevin Ryder, Gene “Bean” Baxter), Los Angeles
  • Preston and Steve (Preston Elliot, Steve Morrison), Philadelphia
  • Sarah and Vinnie (Sarah Clark, Vinnie Hasson), San Francisco

Longstanding Network/Syndication (20 years or more)

  • Jim Rome, The Jim Rome Show
  • Robert Siegel, All Things Considered
  • Sid Mark, The Sounds of Sinatra
  • Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me!

Active Network/Syndication (10 years or more)

  • George Noory, Coast to Coast AM
  • Glenn Beck, The Glenn Beck Program
  • John Tesh, Intelligence for your Life
  • Kim Komando, The Kim Komando Show

Nominees to be voted on by listeners/Radio Hall OF fame Nominating Committee:

Music Format On-Air Personality

  • Hollywood Hamilton
  • Lon Helton
  • Mark & Brian Show (Mark Thompson, Brian Phelps)
  • Ryan Seacrest

Spoken Word On-Air Personality

  • Joe Madison
  • Scott Slade
  • Stephanie Miller
  • Suzyn Waldman

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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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