The Herd has been a monster for Fox on a number of different platforms since host Colin Cowherd left ESPN to join the network in 2015. The show saw audience growth in 2019. That resulted in more than 70 million downloads for the year.
Cowherd’s radio audience experienced double digit growth in December. The show, which airs on more than 250 stations across the country saw its average quarter hour audience grow by 43% with adults and 51% with men year-over-year. The show’s TV audience also grew on FS1. Ratings for The Herd were up 21% over the final quarter of 2018. They were also up 18% over all of 2018.
Digitally, Colin Cowherd continues to be one of Fox Sports’s most valuable assets. Videos from his show made 1.7 billion impressions in 2019. The video clips were accessed a variety of ways, including the show’s Twitter handle, the official YouTube channel, and TheHerdNow.com.
Boomer & Gio: HBO Deshaun Watson Story Will Make Things Worse For NFL
“Real Sports is a very reputable TV news sports show and if they’ve got this 20-minute piece on how horrible a person Deshaun Watson is, that’s gonna factor into a lot of these other things.”
The NFL still hasn’t handed down a decision on whether or for how long to suspend Browns’ quarterback Deshaun Watson following 23 accusations of sexual misconduct. That is a problem, according to Boomer & Gio, and the WFAN morning duo thinks that problem is only about to get worse.
On Monday morning, Gregg Giannotti mentioned that HBO is set to air an episode of Real Sports on Tuesday. It will feature an interview with multiple women that have filed civil suits against Watson.
Watson’s lawyers believe that the league will make its decision regarding punishment in the next two months. Giannotti thinks the fallout from the HBO show may force it to act quicker.
“Let’s say it’s a horrible piece against Deshaun Watson,” Gregg Giannotti suggested. “Now that’s gonna be a part of the decision-making process. You know it is, because the NFL from a PR standpoint is always very conscious of those kinds of things. And Real Sports is a very reputable TV news sports show and if they’ve got this 20-minute piece on how horrible a person Deshaun Watson is, that’s gonna factor into a lot of these other things.”
Deshaun Watson sat out all of last year. Boomer Esiason said the fact that it is May and we do not have a decision on discipline only makes sense because of the team involved. He laughed saying that only the Cleveland Browns could guarantee a record amount of money to a player they have no idea will be available.
He agreed with Gio’s assessment. Watson’s lawyers have already acknowledged that they do not expect the Real Sports segment to do their client any favors. Esiason said there will be a whole new group of people waking up on Wednesday questioning league leadership.
“It’s gonna further inflame a fan base maybe, or female fans, against Deshaun Watson. It’s not gonna be good. It’s just not.”
Mark Chernoff Joins 107.1 The Boss in New Jersey
“I’m looking forward to getting back on the radio at 107.1 The Boss, and to being able to live in both the Sports and Rock worlds.”
Mark Chernoff has found a new radio home. The former brand manager of the iconic WFAN is now part of Robby & Rochelle In The Morning on 107.1 The Boss in Monmouth/Ocean, New Jersey.
Chernoff makes his debut on May 31 as the show’s sports anchor. He will also be available to cover swing shifts as needed on the station.
“I’m looking forward to getting back on the radio at 107.1 The Boss, and to being able to live in both the Sports and Rock worlds,” he said. “Many thanks to Robby and Rochelle for inviting me into THEIR world.”
It was the end of June 2021 when Mark Chernoff left WFAN. He spent 28 years there as program director. He also served as the VP of Sports Programming for Audacy. He was succeeded in that role by Spike Eskin, who Audacy brought to New York from its Philadelphia sports talker, 94 WIP.
Prior to CBS Radio being acquired by then-Entercom, Chernoff also served as VP of Sports Programming for that company and played an integral role for its push into FM sports talk in the middle of the first decade of the 21st century.
“Mark is exceptional talent and a brilliant strategic mind I’ve long respected. I’m thrilled to have him join our team of outstanding broadcasters at Press!” said Robby Bridges, who also serves as PD of 107.1 The Boss.
Danny Balis Explains Exit From The Ticket in Dallas
“The room for growth for me up here is not going to open up until all you knuckleheads retire.”
After 22 years, Danny Balis is finished as a producer on 96.7/1310 The Ticket in Dallas.
Balis, 54, told The Dallas Morning News the announcement of his departure “was an unusual situation to actually be able to speak on it on air.”
“I’d rather spend this time focusing on peace of mind, quality of life and maybe open the door for somebody else to take that [producer’s] seat,” he said on The Hardline with hosts Corby Davidson and Bob Sturm.
Balis is a musician and business owner in the Metroplex. That’s where he will shift his attention. He told Davidson and Sturm that there were no opportunities for advancement at the station that would warrant him sticking around.
“The room for growth for me up here is not going to open up until all you knuckleheads retire,” he said. “Then by that time, we’re all the same age.”