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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.”



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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Jerry Jones On Listening To Sports Radio: ‘I Like Pain’

“I guess I’m one of the few people that can’t stand it and want to see what people are saying.”



Jerry Jones
Dallas Cowboys

No one can accuse Jerry Jones of being shy. The Dallas Cowboys owner is always welcoming of the chance to be in the public eye. That includes making appearances on sports talk radio. Friday he was a guest on K&C Masterpiece on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.

Jones has made headlines on the station before. Some of those headlines have been for getting angry with both K&C in the past and morning men Shan & RJ. On Friday, it was his thoughts on the format itself that made the headlines.

“I guess I’m one of the few people that can’t stand it and want to see what people are saying. Is that human nature or not?” Jerry Jones answered when asked why he listened.

He admits that plenty of people have wondered why he would continue to listen to sports talk shows when the Cowboys are so polarizing.

“I use to have people ask me, ‘why in the world do you listen to talk radio, because they’re wearing your proverbial butt out?’ (And my response was)’I like pain. I just like to hear it. Just put it in me.'”

While the Cowboys came out of Week 1 with a loss, sports talk in Dallas has largely been kind to the Cowboys. The aforementioned Shan & RJ said that Dak Prescott’s performance should be the story of week 1 considering that the Cowboys’ quarterback missed most of last season with a shoulder injury.

Time will tell if Jerry Jones is in for his beloved pain following the Cowboys’ visit to LA to take on the Chargers on Sunday.

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Joy Taylor Creates Scholarship At Barry University

“Taylor graduated from Barry University in 2009.”



Joy Taylor

Barry University is a private, Catholic school in Miami. It also happens to be the alma matter of FOX Sports Radio star Joy Taylor, who announced today that she is giving back to the school and helping some of its current students.

On Friday, Joy Taylor took to Twitter to announce that she had created a scholarship. It will go to students in the school’s department of mass communications.

“It’s my honor to be able to give back to the next generation of journalists and broadcasters,” Taylor wrote. “It’s a personal goal of mine to improve the lack of diversity in my business at every level. Barry gave me that experience. Go Bucs!”

Taylor graduated from Barry University in 2009. She began her career in local radio in Miami shortly after.

She isn’t the only famous alumnus of the school. Barry University awarded Shaquille O’Neal a doctorate of education in 2012. The NBA Hall-of-Famer studied Human Resource Development at the school.

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Mike Golic, Dave Pasch Reunite On Westwood One Next Week

“The pair has the radio call after being on TV together for the first time last season.”



Courtesy: ESPN

Mike Golic Sr. and Dave Pasch are reuniting on the Westwood One airwaves. Rudy Martzke reports that Golic and Pasch are calling next week’s Thursday Night Football clash between the Carolina Panthers and the Houston Texans.

The pair has the radio call after being on TV together for the first time last season. Pasch is the voice of the Arizona Cardinals and calls college football and basketball for ESPN. Golic exited ESPN last year after spending 25 years with the network as a radio host and football analyst.

Martzke had some thoughts on the pairing that he shared with Barrett Media.

“Very popular duo last season,” Martzke said. “Ton of games, unfortunately, were cancelled including an ND [Notre Dame] game. Chemistry, mostly remote, was lighting up Twitter how great they were calling the games.”

Golic has shown the broadcasting chops and personality to mesh into almost any broadcast team. He seemingly found a great partner in Pasch, who often pairs with Bill Walton on ESPN college basketball broadcasts. Although, don’t expect to see Golic eating a cupcake, lit candle and all, on the broadcast next Thursday.

Pasch actually worked Golic’s final event as an ESPN employee during the 2021 Playstation Fiesta Bowl. The crew built Golic a sendoff video and even brought in a cake for the analyst to eat on air.

“25 years ago,” Pasch described. “Mike Golic joined ESPN, did everything from NFL studio analyst to Monday Night Football and of course a long partnership with Mike Greenberg. Mike & Mike went 18 years. You get your son, Mike Golic Jr. now is an excellent broadcaster, both radio and calling games. Mike’s in the Broadcasting Hall of Fame, the National Radio Hall of Fame, the USA Wrestling Hall of Fame as well.”

On Thursday, it’s back to business for Pasch and Golic as they rekindle their burgeoning chemistry on the Westwood One airwaves.

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