With COVID-19 forcing a sports hiatus, radio brands were dealt unique challenges in the spring book, leading to mixed ratings around the country. Even without sports, a few markets were able to generate some positive numbers.
Without sports and having fewer daily commuters during drive time hours, ratings for 92.9 ESPN in Memphis were down less than a point overall and even saw some of their weekday shows increase for the spring book.
In weekday prime (M-F 6a – 7p) for their target demo of men 25-54, 92.9 equaled their winter performance, tied for fourth place. With the stream included, their weekday prime share was down from a 7 to a 6.1. Their simulcast of Golic and Wingo produced a Top-10 finish with a 4 share, but 92.9’s mid-morning and early afternoon hours are where the station really shined during the spring quarter.
From 9a – 11a, The Geoff Calkins Show finished second overall with the stream, earning an impressive 10.4 share, a more than 2-point jump from the winter book and year-over-year. During the 11am – 2pm block, John Martin and Jason Smith were Top-8 with a 5.6 share, down from their second-place finish year-over-year. Like Calkins, Mark Giannotto and Jeffrey Wright also saw their numbers increase without sports, earning an 8.6 share, tied for third place.
In afternoon drive, The Gary Parrish Show was down during his 4 – 7p block, but still finished in the Top-10 with a 4.3 share.
Indianapolis’ 107.5/1070 The Fan declined from the winter book, but delivered Top-10 performances across the board even without the support of sports in the spring. In weekday prime, The Fan finished seventh, with a 5.7 share. Their morning show with Jeff Rickard and Joe Staysniak dipped from third during the winter, to fifth in the spring book earning a 6.8 share.
From noon – 3p, the Fan’s midday show hosted by Dan Dakich finished the quarter eighth with a 5.4 share, down about two points from the winter. In afternoon drive The Ride with JMV (John Michael Vincent) dropped more than three points from the winter book, but still increased year-over-year, finishing ninth with a 5.4 share.
Tampa Bay’s 95.3 WDAE enjoyed some strong performances during the spring book while sports stories were thin. WDAE placed eighth in weekday prime, up 31% year-over-year for their target demo. Tom Brady signed with the Buccaneers late in the winter quarter, but the impact still likely boosted the market’s sports interest during the spring book.
With less people commuting during the drive time shows, WDAE’s midday hours saw the strongest growth. Their simulcast of The Dan Patrick Show finished fifth, a huge jump from their 21st place performance last year. Locally, from noon – 3p, The Pat and Aaron Show were Top-8, a significant improvement from their mid-teens showing last year.
Industry Analyst Predicts Crypto Will Surpass Gambling In Sports World
Industry sources believe that crypto could grow into a $100 million dollar industry for sports television within the next year.
Industry insiders have believed for quite a while that sports betting was the future for sponsorship and advertisement revenue, but it appears that there is a new venture on the rise that is quickly surpassing it.
Crypto.com made a huge statement in purchasing the Staples Center in what will be known as Crypto.com Arena come Christmas Day.
SponsorUnited Founder and President Bob Lynch believes that there is no doubt that Crypto and Blockchain will far exceed sports betting as the premiere revenue money maker for the sports industry over the next decade.
“They’re essentially buying equity,” which would be particularly valuable in an industry that is still widely doubted, Lynch said on Crypto.com’s purchase of the arena. “The Lakers and Clippers have global exposure, media value and mentions that give instant brand legitimacy with top-of-mind awareness through national/global TV exposure,”
Crypto has already started to push its way into major advertisements for key events in the world of sports. Cryptocurrency exchange FTX purchased an ad in this upcoming Super Bowl, and already has the backing of the biggest star in professional football. Tom Brady has an equity stake in the company.
Industry sources believe that crypto could grow into a $100 million dollar industry for sports television within the next year. It seems that the possibilities are endless for crypto within the sports landscape. While sports gambling certainly isn’t going away from the public eye, it could be overtaken by crypto in terms of ad spending and sponsorship visibility very soon.
Colin Cowherd: Lincoln Riley At USC Is Good For Networks
“Colin Cowherd pointed out that when USC is a contender, LA watches.”
Colin Cowherd is a self-professed college football fan. When the sport is interesting, he talks about it. The sport may never be more interesting than when the coaching carousel is spinning.
On Mondy’s edition of The Herd on FS1 and FOX Sports Radio, Cowherd dove in on USC’s hire of Lincoln Riley. He says that it is good for college football that Riley left Oklahoma for Los Angeles.
“My phone blew up yesterday, not only because people know I’m kind of a USC honk, but network people,” Cowherd said. “They’re like ‘do you understand how big this is for networks?’”.
Colin Cowherd pointed out that when USC is a contender, LA watches. He noted that when USC lost to Texas in the 2006 Rose Bowl, ABC scored a 22.5 rating in the city.
“The networks want USC to be good. You know why? Because New York, DC, and Boston have never watched college football. Chicago does and LA does. So the Big Ten being good is good for college football TV ratings. But LA doesn’t watch college football anymore. They will now.”
As for the hard times USC has fallen on and been stuck in mostly since Pete Carroll bolted for the NFL, Cowherd is not particularly worried. He pointed out that Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State, and Notre Dame were all down before they hired the right coach. Programs at the blue blood level in the sport have a way of bouncing back quickly.
Network executives are hoping Cowherd’s assessment is correct. USC is the only brand on the West Coast capable of resonating on a national level.
The Los Angeles sports landscape has changed though. When USC was a celebrity program under Pete Carroll, the city did not have an NFL team. Now it has two. The Dodgers were not annual contenders in Major League Baseball. The Lakers had stars, but the Clippers didn’t. Now both do.
Does LA love college football enough for the Trojans to turn some heads in the city with the most stars in the sports world?
Pat McAfee’s Wife Shares Couple’s Pregnancy Struggles
“Saying that now the couple is no longer able to conceive naturally, Samantha went on to tell her followers that she and Pat will be pursuing in vitro fertilization when they are ready.”
As hard as it can be as a celebrity, or as the spouse of a celebrity or popular media figure, to keep your personal life private and out of the limelight, sometimes it can be uplifting to put your personal struggles out there for all to see.
Enter Samantha McAfee, the wife of popular sports radio host Pat McAfee. Samantha took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to share a heartbreaking update on the couple’s journey to conceiving a child.
“On Tuesday, I had what we thought was a ‘normal’ miscarriage, it was painful and miserable,” Samantha wrote in part. “However, Saturday morning I woke up in extreme pain so Patrick took me to the ER. They found that I had internal bleeding again due to the pregnancy being in my (fallopian) tube and it had burst. I needed emergency surgery to remove my remaining tube.”
Samantha shared that this was not the first time she had experienced complications in the beginning weeks of a pregnancy. She said she had her right fallopian tube removed in 2020 due to an ectopic pregnancy, a pregnancy where a fertilized egg implants and grows outside the main cavity of the uterus.
Saying that now the couple is no longer able to conceive naturally, Samantha went on to tell her followers that she and Pat will be pursuing in vitro fertilization when they are ready.
Additionally, McAfee noted that the point of her sharing the update was to give others who may be going through similar difficulties hope, but to also shed a light on the reality of fertility issues and emphasize that she will have a child someday.
“I KNOW I WILL BE A MOTHER somehow some way, I know Patrick and I will be the best parents we can be whenever the universe thinks it’s the right time,” she said.
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