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WFAN, 98.7 ESPN NY Suffer Spring Book Ratings Hit Due to Pandemic

“Meanwhile, the recently released from prison Craig Carton looms with the ability to spark WFAN’s lineup. But the quickest change that will hopefully give both stations a ratings boost will be the return of sports.”

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The effects of a global pandemic on sports radio were on display after Nielsen numbers were provided for New York’s spring ratings book. As expected, WFAN and 98.7 ESPN New York experienced significant audience declines. The spring ratings period from March 26 through June 17 felt like the longest quarter in recent memory, with professional leagues on hiatus and stay-at-home orders enforced, curtailing industries everywhere. Without games to discuss and with less people traveling to and from work each day, sports radio suffered. 

For their target demo of men 25-54, the strongest performers were WFAN’s morning duo of Boomer and Gio and ESPN’s afternoon show with Michael Kay, Don La Greca and Peter Rosenberg. As first reported by Newsday’s Neil Best, ESPN finished fourth overall from 2 – 6pm earning a 5 share, while WFAN’s afternoon drive pairing of Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts were tenth with a 3.6. 

During the hours of 3 – 6pm, when The Michael Kay Show competes directly with Benigno and Roberts, TMKS finished fourth with a 5.2 and WFAN did a 3.2, good for 13th in the demo. It was a historically low ranking for WFAN’s afternoon show in what is widely considered to be some of the most prime real estate in sports radio. To compare, TMKS was first overall with a strong 7.3 in the winter book, while Benigno and Roberts were still significantly behind with a 5.7. Benigno and Roberts traditionally dominated in middays before making the move to replace Mike Francesa earlier this year. 

WFAN’s midday show with Marc Malusis and Maggie Gray finished eighth with a 3.4 share, a dip of almost two points compared to their winter rating of 5.1. Competing with Moose and Maggie from 10am – 2pm, ESPN was tenth with a 3.1. ESPN New York features Humpty, Canty and Rothenberg from 10am – 1pm, followed by Bart Scott and Alan Hahn from 1 – 3pm.

WFAN’s usually strong performing morning show with Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti finished fourth overall, with a 5.5 from 6 – 10am. ESPN New York struggled to compete in morning drive as their nationally syndicated broadcast of Golic and Wingo was 20th with a 1.4.  

ESPN Radio’s national lineup recently announced a revamped schedule, including a morning show featuring Keyshawn Johnson, Jay Williams and Zubin Mehenti. While ESPN New York will inherently receive a new morning show beginning Aug. 17, they also could look to fill the void with local programming. 

The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand previously mentioned evening host Chris Carlin as a candidate to move into morning drive for ESPN New York. Meanwhile, the recently released from prison Craig Carton looms with the ability to spark WFAN’s lineup. But the quickest change that will hopefully give both stations a ratings boost will be the return of sports.

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Paul McCaffrey on a ‘Murph and Mac’ Reunion: ‘You Just Might Get That at Some Point’

“If you’re hoping for a Murph and Mac reunion down the road, just know that I’m hoping for that as well.”

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Exactly six months after being let go by KNBR in San Francisco, Paul McCaffrey talked about his exit from the station and a bit about his future with SFGate Sports Editor Alex Simon. McCaffery was a part of the Murph and Mac show with Brian Murphy and had been since 2005.

The end came on November 29 last year and McCaffery told Simon he was asked to meet with management, separate from Murphy. McCaffrey was out, Murphy was still in. Others, including nighttime host and former MLB outfielder F.P. Santangelo were also let go in a round of layoffs.

McCaffrey said since that time he has been paying a lot of attention to former radio hosts such as Damon Bruce and Larry Krueger have done since leaving the medium. He told Simon YouTube is of particular interest to him and that he has visited Bruce’s studio.

“You don’t need the 50,000-watt station, not in 2024,” Simon quoted McCaffrey as saying.

Simon’s article says McCaffrey has something in the works he hopes to announce in a few months and that there would be familiar names involved. Asked specifically about Murphy, McCaffrey told Simon, “If you’re hoping for a Murph and Mac reunion down the road, just know that I’m hoping for that as well. And you just might get that at some point. I’ll just kind of leave it there.”

Simon spoke with Brian Murphy as well, who said he is enjoying working at KNBR with current partner Markus Boucher but that he “would never rule out — never rule out — being anywhere with Paulie Mac anytime.”

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New England Patriots, Beasley Media Group Agree to Multiyear Broadcast Extension

“We are honored to continue broadcasting the games to our fans for at least the next decade!”

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The New England Patriots and Beasley Media Group have announced a multiyear broadcast extension that will retain 98.5 The Sports Hub as the official flagship station of the team. The Patriots will be broadcast on the outlet through the 2033 season, continuing the partnership between both entities since the launch of 98.5 The Sports Hub in 2009. Fans can also listen to games utilizing the 98.5 The Sports Hub website or app.

“Patriots fans throughout New England have come to rely on the sound quality, reach and overall coverage that 98.5 The Sports Hub has delivered since they launched 15 years ago,” Murray Kohl, vice president of corporate sponsorship sales for the New England Patriots, said in a statement. “Bob Socci and Scott Zolak are perfectly paired to deliver all the action to Patriots fans throughout the region. We are happy to extend this partnership for another 10 years and hope it will continue for decades to come.”

“The Patriots are a religion in New England,” Mary Menna, vice president and market manager for Beasley Media Group Boston, said in a statement. “We are honored to continue broadcasting the games to our fans for at least the next decade! The Kraft family, the Patriots staff and the entire team are such amazing partners.”

Patriots gameday broadcasts will begin three hours prior to kickoff with Patriots Preview, primarily hosted by Jim Murray and also including Marc Bertrand during select weeks. Chris Gasper, Boston Globe columnist and co-host of Gasper & Murray on Saturdays, will also make a return for his 10th season as the pregame co-host. The Patriots postgame show will air for three hours following every game broadcast as well.

“The Patriots have been a cornerstone of our programming since we launched the Sports Hub,” Rick Radzik, program director of 98.5 The Sports Hub, said in a statement. “As the team enters this new era, I’m thrilled that 98.5 The Sports Hub will be the home of the game broadcasts for the next decade, while also continuing to provide an outlet for Pats fans to talk football year-round.”

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Mark Giannotto Leaving 92.9 ESPN and Memphis

“Mark has been terrific on 92.9 FM ESPN starting as a guest some 6 years ago and then joining us as a host for the Giannotto & Jeffrey Show 5 years ago.”

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Mark Giannotto, one half of Giannotto and Jeffrey on 92.9 ESPN in Memphis and lead columnist for the Memphis Commercial Appeal is leaving the area and moving closer to family in Chicago. Giannotto’s last day on the air will be this Friday, May 31.

In a staff email Barrett Sports Media obtained, Audacy Memphis Sports Brand Manager/Operations Brad Carson said, “While I’m super happy for Mark personally, obviously we’ll miss him here at 92.9 professionally. Mark has been terrific on 92.9 FM ESPN starting as a guest some 6 years ago and then joining us as a host for the “Giannotto & Jeffrey Show” 5 years ago. Immediately the daypart grew to that dayparts biggest numbers and Jeffrey and Mark demonstrated a new standard for mid-afternoon sports radio for us. Jeffrey and Mark both have been integral to our brand and I want to recognize them BOTH.”

As for what is next in the daypart, co-host Jeffrey Wright will continue on with a new show, Jeffrey Wright & Company, featuring Wright with various personalities.

“This gives us an opportunity to try some different things and reset using Jeffrey’s leadership,” Carson said in the email. “I want to personally thank Jeffrey for his unrelenting work ethic, can do attitude for our brand, and ease. Jeffrey gets it done in all aspects for us and has done so selflessly since he started here producing Geoff [Calkins’] show daily and running his own show 8 years ago.”

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