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McCabe Joins Darren & Daunic On The Game

“he Game’s new midday show personality has been heard regularly on The Chase McCabe Show, Saturdays from 9 – 11am and the Chasing Checkers NASCAR podcast.”

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Beginning July 30th, the midday show on Nashville’s ESPN 102.5 The Game will get a new look with Chase McCabe joining Darren McFarland and Willy Daunic as their new co-host each day from 10am – 2pm.

“It’s really hard to put into words how excited I am to finally live out my dream of being a full time on-air host.  The best part is I get to do it at ESPN 102.5 the Game.  This place gave me my start and is home,” McCabe said in the station’s press release. “It is also an absolute thrill to be able to join up once again with Darren and Willy.  They have been there through everything with me and I am so excited to add to an already awesome show.  I cannot wait to get started.”

McCabe began working with Cromwell Media Group’s 102.5 The Game in 2012, filling the role of Assistant Program Director, Executive Producer and weekend host for the radio station.  McCabe joins longtime Nashville radio fixtures, Darren McFarland and Willy Daunic who have partnered in the midday on 102.5 since 2016.

Three years ago, Daunic joined McFarland and former NFL wide-receiver Derrick Mason as the third co-host for The Game’s midday show.  Mason has since moved to morning drive for the ESPN affiliate and the midday show will go back to having three voices with the addition of McCabe.

“Through his years of being an executive producer on our staff, as well as Assistant Program Director, Chase has built up a great reputation in this market and has earned the opportunity to work every day in the hosting chair moving forward,” program director, Ryan Porth said.  “We look forward to having Chase make our lineup deeper and better.”

The Game’s new midday show personality has been heard regularly on The Chase McCabe Show, Saturdays from 9 – 11am and the Chasing Checkers NASCAR podcast.  In addition to making his weekday lineup debut for The Game, McCabe will also co-host Chase and TD with ESPN NFL Nation Tennessee Titans reporter Turron Davenport.  The Titans focused show will air most Friday nights from 6 – 8pm beginning August 2nd.

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.

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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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