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ESPN Radio Announces Ratings Gains In Fall Book

“The biggest increase was The Will Cain Show, which jumped 18 percent across all platforms.”

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ESPN Radio announced significant year-over-year audience growth for their national network of weekday shows during the fall ratings period.

According to Nielsen, ESPN Radio enjoyed an 8 percent increase terrestrially in the male 25-54 demo, during their 6am – 6pm ET shows as compared to 2018.

The biggest increase was The Will Cain Show, which jumped 18 percent across all platforms. Cain was helped in part due to his show being added to ESPN Radio in Los Angeles, taking over their midday timeslot as of Sept. 3.

Golic and Wingo enjoyed a 5 percent year-over-year increase for the fall ratings period, finishing the book exceptionally strong with 13 percent growth for the month of December. ESPN also announced a significant listenership increase for The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz on SiriusXM. Le Batard was up 13 percent on the satellite platform and 10 percent terrestrially for the month of December.

Rounding out the successful ratings period for ESPN Radio’s weekday lineup was The Stephen A. Smith Show, which increased 2 percent on all platforms and 16 percent terrestrially when compared to 2018. The 1-3pm ET show also finished the year up 22 percent year-over-year in December.

ESPN Radio is set to undergo changes this month as Stephen A. steps away from his daily radio show to focus on his other contributions to the Worldwide Leader. But even without Stephen A. hosting the show, he’ll still play a prominent role on the new radio program.

 ESPN Radio’s new 1-3pm ET show First Take Your Take is set to debut Jan. 20, featuring highlights from the network’s First Take TV show. First Take Your Take on ESPN Radio will be hosted by Jason Fitz, who will introduce the replay segments, reacting to them with guests and listeners. 

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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670 The Score Hosts Congratulate Mike Mulligan on Award From Loyola Chicago

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

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670 The Score morning host Mike Mulligan is being awarded the Father Finnegan Memorial Award from Loyola University Chicago this weekend, and some of his colleagues congratulated him on the air Friday morning.

The award is given “in recognition of outstanding humanitarianism and service to youth through athletics”. Mulligan — a 1984 graduate of Loyola University Chicago — will receive the award Saturday during the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony during a game against George Mason.

“Tremendous award,” co-host David Haugh said. “Proud moment for the show. Proud moment for you family.”

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

“That is fantastic,” Laurence Holmes said, while his co-host, Dan Bernstein, continued to say “wow”. “Congratulations. You shouldn’t be embarrassed. You should be proud.”

“I’m being celebrated for being old,” Mully joked.

“That’s not what that award says,” countered Holmes. “It says something completely different.”

The Mully & Haugh host eventually admitted he was appreciative of the award bestowed upon him by his alma mater.

“It’s a good thing. I’m very moved by it. Sister Jean will be there,” Mully said. “She has a book coming out with — I think — Seth Davis.”

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Colin Cowherd: Tony Romo Regressing Because He Loves Golf

“I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

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The performance of CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo has been a hot-button topic in sports media circles, especially after a widely-regarded lackluster performance during the AFC Championship Game. Colin Cowherd believes he knows why Romo has regressed.

During an episode of The Colin Cowherd Podcast, the sports radio host claimed golf is the reason behind Romo’s regression.

“Romo wants to be on the Tour. He literally wants to be on the Tour,” Cowherd said. “And what’s the first thing Aaron Rodgers does in the off-season? He goes and golfs, he loves it. Both, by the way, great golfers, especially Romo. But I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

“Tony wants to be on the PGA Tour — but he likes the paycheck from CBS.”

Cowherd also added he hasn’t hired potential employees in the past if they told him they loved golf during the interview process, saying he has a theory that as men age they “get addicted to golf”.

“They’re on PGATour.com, they’re putting in the backyard, they’re thinking about it at work, they’re scheduling a trip to Scotland and they lose sight of their other job,” Cowherd said.

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ESPN Radio Adds Lakers Games As LeBron James Nears Scoring Record

“As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.”

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The NBA’s all-time scoring record has stood for a long time. Kareem Abdul-Jabar, the current record holder, retired in 1989. LeBron James is on the verge of overtaking him though, and ESPN Radio wants to make sure it is part of history when it happens.

ESPN Radio has added two upcoming Lakers games to its schedule. The network will carry the national feeds of games on February 7 and 9. The first game is against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second is against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Both games will be played in Los Angeles with a 9:30 PM Eastern tip. Marc Kestecher and Vince Carter will be on the call for both games.

As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.

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