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105.3 The Fan, Sports Radio 1310/96.7 The Ticket In Tight Ratings Battle

“The terrestrial race between The Fan and The Ticket was tight, but if digital listening is added to the conversation, The Ticket wins the quarter.”

Brandon Contes

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Certainly impacted by the lack of sports, terrestrial listening was down for Dallas-Fort Worth area sports radio stations during the spring book. Nonetheless, 105.3 The Fan and 96.7/1310 The Ticket remained engaged in a tight competitive ratings race.

According to Nielsen Audio, both 105.3 The Fan and Sports Radio 1310/96.7 The Ticket finished in a ninth-place tie with a 3.5 share in weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p) for their target audience of Men 25-54. ESPN 103.3 was further back with a 1.4. The Ticket also posted strong streaming numbers for all of their weekday programs, but those shares are separate from the terrestrial radio share.

Digital listening continues to grow, and remains a bone of contention among programmers. The total number should just include over the air and digital listening, but Nielsen has kept terrestrial numbers separate for influencing ad sales and determining bonuses. Measuring digital listening has been less than perfect in a number of markets, and though some companies combine the total numbers and bonus their talent on their combined performance, it makes it tough to report the ratings that way when the company in charge of the data (Nielsen) recommends keeping the two separate.

In mornings, The Fan’s duo of Shan Shariff and RJ Choppy edged The Ticket’s iconic morning show by a tenth of a point if you solely look at the terrestrial numbers. Shan and RJ finished tied for ninth in over the air listening with a 3.1, while The Musers were one spot back, earning a 3 share. However, The Ticket enjoyed strong digital success, and if you add their 2.2 streaming performance to the conversation, they win the head to head matchup.

From 10a – 3p, The Fan was down about a point from the winter, but still finished tied for eighth with a 4.2 share, while The Ticket was tied for 13th with a 3.1 using the terrestrial radio data. Once again though, if you add The Ticket’s stream, which actually topped their terrestrial listening with a 3.9 share, it catapults their midday programming past The Fan. The Fan’s midday numbers are delivered by K&C Masterpiece who host 10am – 2pm and the first hour of The Fan’s afternoon drive show (GBag Nation) which runs from 2p – 3p. For The Ticket, Norm & Donovan air from 10a to noon, followed by BaD Radio with Dan McDowell and Jake Kemp from noon to 3pm. 

In afternoons, The Hardline with Corby Davidson and Bob Sturm finished ninth with a 4.1 from 3 – 7p, which was similar to their winter number. If you add The Hardline’s additional 3.4 share achieved thru streaming, the number is even more impressive, and gives them a stranglehold on the head to head battle.

The Fan on the other hand did a 2.8 terrestrially in the same block, although their afternoon drive show, Gavin Dawson’s GBag Nation starts an hour earlier, airing from 2p – 7p. GBag Nation dropped from a 4.8 share in the winter, clearly a sign of the pandemic impacting listening on their show and the rest of the market’s sports radio programs.

Not to be forgotten, rock station 97.1 The Eagle topped the market with a 9.1 share from 3p – 7p. The reason that’s significant is because two of those hours feature The Fan’s former afternoon drive duo, Ben Rogers and Jeff “Skin” Wade who host ‘Ben & Skin’ from 2p – 5p on the DFW rock station. During their three hours on-air together, Ben and Skin are tops in the market among Men 25-54.

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K&C Masterpiece: Cowboys Could Add 30 Million More Viewers To Super Bowl

“The Cowboys in the Super Bowl against the Chiefs would’ve shattered all viewership ratings.”

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The matchup in this year’s Super Bowl is set, and the game will undoubtedly be the most-viewed program on TV this year. But if the Dallas Cowboys were taking part in the game, it’s safe to say the ratings would be astronomical.

The Cowboys divisional playoff game against San Francisco drew 45.7 million viewers. It was the second-most watched divisional round contest on record.

The NFC championship between San Francisco and Philadelphia drew 47.5 million.

On 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, K&C Masterpiece host Kevin Hageland said had the Cowboys made it to Philly, the viewership would’ve been even better.

“I know the game sucked, but that just shows you, because the Cowboys were like almost 8 million above every other divisional game, this could’ve gotten to 58 (million),” Hageland said.

Kevin added that if Dallas had gone all the way, the audience tuning in would’ve easily eclipsed some of the highest-rated programs of all-time.

“The Cowboys in the Super Bowl against the Chiefs would’ve shattered all viewership ratings,” he said. “Even with the new system and so many people streaming and everything like that.”

Usually the Super Bowl averages around 100 million viewers. Hageland said a Cowboys Super Bowl appearance in this day and age would’ve set the new top ratings mark for years to come.

“My estimation would be you would add approximately an extra 30 million people,” he said.

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Patrick McCarthy To Join Mets Radio Crew

“Patrick, the son of Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy, had been calling games for Philly’s Triple-A team in Lehigh Valley.”

Jordan Bondurant

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The New York Mets have called on Patrick McCarthy to join the team’s radio broadcasts this season.

According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, McCarthy will host pregame and postgame coverage on WCBS and fill in for Howie Rose when he takes time off.

Patrick, the son of Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy, had been calling games for Philly’s Triple-A team in Lehigh Valley.

Keith Raad will be added to the booth for Mets games on the radio this season as well.

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Angelo Cataldi Bans Andy Reid’s Voice From WIP Morning Show

“25% of the people who voted in our poll and said they admire and respect Reid more than Sirianni, you 25% have not been paying any attention for years.”

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As Super Bowl LVII approaches, many storylines have emerged. One includes Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid facing off with the team he coached for 14 years, the Philadelphia Eagles. Reid is a beloved figure in NFL circles, but 94WIP morning host Angelo Cataldi couldn’t hold back his disdain for the coaching legend.

On Tuesday morning, Cataldi mentioned he couldn’t believe Reid was so highly regarded in NFL media circles. The longtime host said Reid was never truthful during interviews.

After playing clips that included Reid saying the Eagles “were a good team” and how the Chiefs “would need a good game plan” to grab a victory, Cataldi took issue with the generalities Reid spoke with. When asked what he expected from an NFL head coach, Cataldi compared Reid to current Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni.

“I was expecting something like Nick gives me every time,” Cataldi said. “I hate Reid ’cause he never won me the Super Bowl, I hate Reid that it took him six years to get there, it took Nick two, and I hate Reid because he never bothered to share a damn thing. If you’re out there, with 25% of the people who voted in our poll and said they admire and respect Reid more than Sirianni, you 25% have not been paying any attention for years.”

Cataldi — who admitted “I don’t like the man, and I’ve never liked the man” — said he received more than 300 emails about Reid, noting he didn’t realize he was “widely regarded as the all-time Andy Reid critic” in Philadelphia.

The 94WIP host added listeners will not hear the voice of the “phony, fraud” Reid any longer on his morning show.

“I do not control the other dayparts here. I don’t control the newsroom. I’m done playing anything said by Andy Reid. ‘Cause I learned over 14 years it’s a waste of time.”

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