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ESPN 1000, The Score In Tight Winter Ratings Race

“According to Nielsen Audio, both stations tied for tenth place with a 3.3 share in weekday prime (M-F 6a – 7p). Year-over-year it represented a decline for The Score and a slight uptick for ESPN 1000.”

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Chicago’s sports radio listenership might not have been spectacular last quarter, but the winter ratings book proved to be a tight race for Chi-Town’s 670 The Score and ESPN 1000. 

According to Nielsen Audio, both stations tied for tenth place with a 3.3 share in weekday prime (M-F 6a – 7p). Year-over-year it represented a decline for The Score and a slight uptick for ESPN 1000. The Score won the full week with a 3.1, good for a 14th place tie, but ESPN 1000 was not far behind. In his first full book as market manager for Mike Thomas, Good Karma’s ESPN 1000 finished with a 2.8 share. 

In morning drive, The Score’s Mully and Haugh finished tied for seventh with a 4.5, down from 2019’s 7.7 during the winter book. ESPN 1000’s simulcast of the nationally syndicated Golic and Wingo saw a ratings increase from a year ago, earning a 3.8 share. 

From 9a – noon, ESPN 1000’s David Kaplan led The Score by more than a full point. Kap & Company did a 3.5 share, while the final book for Dan Bernstein and Connor McKnight as a duo produced a 2.4 rating. McKnight was unfortunately laid off earlier this month, as part of cost cutting efforts from Entercom to combat economic impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Bernstein has continued the midday show as a solo host. 

The noon – 2p timeslot again went to ESPN 1000 as Carmen & Jurko finished 12th with a 3.2 share, but Laurence Holmes wasn’t far behind, earning 2.9 rating for The Score.

Rounding out the weekday lineup, The Score topped ESPN 1000 in another close race for afternoon drive. From 2p – 6p The Score’s Dan McNeil and Danny Parkins finished tied for eighth with a 3.4 rating, while ESPN 1000’s popular duo of Tom Waddle and Marc Silverman garnered a 3.2. It was a decline of about a point for both shows year-over-year. 

Both stations have lineups filled with entertaining and versatile hosts that can create good content even without a full slate of live sports. It will be interesting to see how the two brands are able to keep the audience’s attention in the spring book, considering the pandemic-forced sports stoppage.

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Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”

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The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.

“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”

Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.

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Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP

WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

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94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.

A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.

He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.

The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.

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Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open

“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.

In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”

The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.

“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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