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610 Sports Radio Releases Exclusive Tyreek Hill Audio

“In April, KCTV5 released clips of the audio, but it was not until July 9th that the full recording was made public.”

Brandon Contes

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In what is historically one the year’s slowest weeks for sports talk radio, Kansas City’s 610 Sports released audio of the full 11-minute conversation between Chief’s wide-receiver Tyreek Hill and his fiancé, Crystal Espinal.  Set in Dubai International Airport, the audio-recording provided additional context of Hill and Espinal’s physical handling of their son.

The conversation which was recorded without Hill’s knowledge, was reportedly already heard by the Chiefs and the NFL and had been in the hands of 610 Sports since June 7th.  In April, KCTV5 released clips of the audio, but it was not until July 9th that the full recording was made public.  

Post-NBA’s wave of free agency, pre-NFL training camp and with Major League Baseball in the middle of their All-Star break, 610 Sports was able to create a more meaningful radio discussion by releasing the 11-minute long piece of audio.  According to the radio station and afternoon drive co-host Carrington Harrison, timing, however, had nothing to do with why they played the recording.  610 Sports held back on releasing the audio for a month to complete their due diligence and make sure they could play the it publicly.  

https://twitter.com/cdotharrison/status/1148673408923779073

The full 11-minute conversation between Hill and Espinal was played during 610’s afternoon show The Drive.  According to The Drive’sco-host, Carrington Harrison, the audio was played without alteration except for “bleeping” out names of individuals and expletives.  

Hill: You ruined my life and you lied on me in 2014, bro, and if you want to rewind that night we can rewind that night too, [expletive]. You was in my house. And did I pick you up and slam you? Hell no, I picked you up and put you out my door and after that you left. And on my son you did that, bro. And then then you get in the courtroom you want to sit up there and cry on the stand. ‘He hit me, he hit me.’ Man, come on bro.

Espinal: Then where did the bruises come from, Tyreek?

Hill: Did I hit you? 

Espinal: Where did the bruises come from?

Hill: Did I hit you, though?

Espinal: I’m asking you where did the bruises come from.

Hill: Did I hit you? Tell me the truth in my eyes right now. Look at me.

Espinal: We’re not thinking about that. Right now the issue is [our son].

Hill: We’re gonna handle both of these issues right now while it’s on my chest cause [I’m] still hurt over that bro.

On June 26th, Hill met with the NFL for eight-hours.  Still awaiting word on their talented wide-receiver’s status for the season, the Chiefs are currently planning for Hill to participate in training camp.

At first, Harrison said the 11-minute audio would not be podcasted, but 610 Sports did end up posting the full conversation between Hill and Espinal on their website.

https://610sports.radio.com/media/audio-channel/drive-full-tyreek-hill-recording

Carrington Harrison and Sean Levine host The Drive on 610 Sports every weekday from 2 – 6pm.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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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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