After a ratings dip of more than a full point in the spring book, the Bay Area’s KNBR 104.5/680 enjoyed a strong rebound during the summer months. 95.7 The Game did not fare as well, with their numbers remaining mostly steady.
COVID-19 has made it difficult to compare year-over-year numbers, but despite impacts of the global pandemic on the sports schedule for the first month of the book, KNBR finished top-five for all dayparts.
In weekday prime (M-F 6a – 7p), KNBR ranked second overall for their target demo of Men 25 – 54, with a 5.3 share, 1.5 points ahead of their spring book. Their sports radio competitor, 95.7 The Game finished the summer ratings period with a 2.4 share. For the full week, (M-SU 6a – Midnight) KNBR finished fifth with a 4.7 rating, while The Game produced a 2.1 share, according to Nielsen Audio data.
KNBR’s morning show featuring Brian Murphy and Paul McCaffrey regained more than what they lost in the spring book, jumping almost two full points with a 6.1 share for the summer. The Game’s morning show which began the book as Joe, Lo & Dibs did a 2.0 in the 6a – 10a timeslot. But they experienced significant change midway through the ratings period as morning show quarterback Joe Fortenbaugh departed the station for a new role with ESPN.
In middays, KNBR’s Greg Papa and John Lund went from 12th to second, earning an impressive 5.3 share for the summer book. The Game’s Bonta, Steiny & Guru stayed the same, finishing with a 2.1 for the second straight ratings period.
KNBR again finished strong in afternoons with Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks turning in a 4.8 share. The Game’s Damon, Ratto & Kolsky garnered a 3.0, which was up a tick from their spring performance.
In evenings, KNBR’s Mark Willard helped to more than double the station’s spring performance, jumping from 2.4 to a 5 share for the summer book. The MLB season starting in late July also provided a boost, with KNBR serving as the San Francisco Giants flagship radio station. From 6p – 10p, The Game’s weeknight duo of Ryan Covay and Joe Shasky earned a 2.9 share, up by half a point from their spring book.
Ratings for the fall book should be interesting, with an unprecedentedly jam-packed sports season and a retooled lineup for The Game. Although one month of the fall ratings period has already passed, The Game just announced changes to their weekday lineup that will begin Oct. 12.
Doug Gottlieb On Praise For Pat Beverly: ‘What a Joke!’
“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport.”
Pat Beverley of the Minnesota Timberwolves may have used his appearances this week on ESPN to set up a potential career in media, but some just simply weren’t impressed.
You can count Doug Gottlieb among them. Gottlieb said Wednesday that Beverley’s takes on Suns guard Chris Paul and words for Matt Barnes regarding James Harden’s contract didn’t do him any favors for the future.
“Pat Beverley, if you’re going to die on a hill, James Harden’s hill is not the one to die on,” Gottlieb said. “In a week in which you have a chance to carve out a potential career for yourself which is as good, or greater than your NBA career. What a joke!”
Gottlieb added that Beverley also lost people completely “acting like the arrogant NBA athlete that so many assume that NBA athletes are.”
“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport,” he said. “Congratulations, hell of a week and you’re only in day two.”
While Beverley may not have Gottlieb singing his praises as an analyst, the T-Wolves journeyman did get the attention of Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy. Portnoy said if Beverley wanted to do a podcast for the company, he would give him a blank check and hire him no questions asked.
Mick Hubert to Retire After 33 Years As Voice Of Florida Gators
“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew.”
After more than three decades and more than 2,500 games called in Gainesville, Mick Hubert is retiring as the voice of the Florida Gators.
Hubert, 68, will call it a career after the Florida baseball team concludes its regular season this weekend.
Hubert, who’s called numerous Gators national championships across multiple sports in his tenure, said he had been thinking about retiring but finally had peace about it to make the decision.
“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew,” he said. “I had been considering this for a little while. I just had to do some praying about it and enjoy every game.”
The longtime broadcaster is a 2019 inductee into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame.
Hubert said he poured his heart and soul into broadcasts and that hopefully fans recognized that.
“I hope they heard the enthusiasm, and the credibility is important to me,” he said. “You need to be factual and credible, but you need to be enthusiastic. That’s what I always felt. I always wanted to take my audience on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. I also wanted to give them enough information so they could paint that picture in their mind.”
Reporter Tells Kevin & Query About NBA Draft Lottery Security Measures
“By the time you’re watching the production on ESPN for the lottery, we already know.”
The NBA Draft is coming up towards the end of June, and the top half of the draft order was set this week in the NBA Draft Lottery.
The lottery adds a level of excitement to the mix because you never know if the team with the best odds for the number one pick will actually get it.
But it’s a whole process that actually unfolds well before it airs on ESPN. Pacers reporter Scott Agness of Fieldhouse Files told Kevin Bowen and Jake Query on 107.5 The Fan in Indianapolis what it was like to have access to the lottery.
“By the time you’re watching the production on ESPN for the lottery, we already know,” he said. “It’s already happened. But we’re locked down, sequestered in a room, a ballroom, can’t leave.”
What was even more interesting to Agness was the fact that even people representing lottery teams were under an embargo until the results aired on TV.
“We had all that good info, but the person that won the lottery for instance couldn’t call and celebrate with their people,” Agness said. “None of us in the room could tweet it out because none of us had our devices.”
Agness added that the league had contingency plans in case the lottery drum failed, if the same team had its ping pong ball drawn, and just about every other scenario you could think of. He said he was very impressed with how the NBA did things.
“It was kind of cool to see how well-run everything was in the end,” he said.