The Denver sports radio ratings for the summer book produced a mixture of highs and lows, but one constant was the performance of Mark Schlereth and Mike Evans. The 104.3 The Fan morning team led the market for the quarter with an impressive 11.3 share, placing them 1st among Men 25-54. The show did lose a point year over year, but a 1st place performance delivering double digit shares is one that The Fan had to feel great about.
Turning to middays, The Fan led its competition with ‘Sandy & Orlando’ delivering a 3.6 to place them 10th, and ‘Stokley & Zach’ finishing 6th with a 4.1. The bigger areas of concern were a 1.7 year over year drop by Sandy and Orlando, and a 2.3 year over year drop by Stokley and Zach. The lack of sports as a result of the pandemic certainly provide a valid reason for a decline. The tougher conversation is the nearly 8 point drop between mornings and the early midday show.
104.3 The Fan had to feel good about the afternoon performance it received from Darren ‘DMac’ McKee and Tyler Polumbus. ‘The Drive‘ came in 2nd for the book with a 6.7 share. That led the local competition and News/Talk station KOA where DMac’s former partner Alfred Williams hosts head to head against his former employer. The Drive did lose 1.6 in share year over year, the result of the pandemic impacting sports radio brands.
Overall, The Fan was the top sports radio brand in the market for the quarter in weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p), finishing 2nd with a 6.5. Last year at this time they were just above an 8 share. However, with its morning show producing nearly 5 points above the station’s number, The Fan is in good shape. The challenge now is getting the rest of the lineup to elevate to a similar position.
In terms of local competition, Altitude Sports Radio 92.5 is still relatively new to the marketplace and has a long way to go, but there were a few positives to recognize.
Starting in mornings, the team of Vic Lombardi, Marc Moser, and Brett Kane doubled their share year over year. They sit further back at a 1.3 but improving during a pandemic minus sports while most in the market decline is something the station likely feels good about.
In afternoons, Nate Kreckman and Andy Lindahl saw similar improvement, raising their overall share year over year by 33%. The show is now up to a 2.1 and in 12th place during the summer book, a climb of 8 spots. That’s a strong gain in just 12 months.
Middays is where Altitude stumbled in the summer book. Josh Dover, Ryan Harris and Scott Hastings suffered the same fate as some of The Fan’s shows, dropping seven tenths of a point year over year. The midday trio did a 1.3, falling to 20th.
For the quarter, Altitude was the lone sports radio brand in the market to grow year over year. Though the progress was light, one tenth of a point improvement in M-F 6a-6p, it beats the alternative.
With the Nuggets and Avalanche advancing to the playoffs and Broncos football creating more interest in the market during the fall, the next quarter should offer more content opportunities for shows and stations to take advantage of.
SURVEY: 16.9% of All Sports Radio Listeners Are Streaming
The survey found that in May 2022, 16.9% of sports talk radio’s audience tunes in via the station’s online stream. That news comes as Nielsen reported that 11.3% of all radio listenership comes thru a stream, up from 6.9% in May of 2020.
According to Nielsen, All Sports radio stations are the third-most streamed spoken word format, just behind Talk/Personality and News/Talk/Info. The trend is continuing to show that streaming is on the uptick.
The survey found that in May 2022, 16.9% of sports talk radio’s audience tunes in via the station’s online stream. That news comes as Nielson reported that 11.3% of all radio listenership comes thru a stream, up from 6.9% in May of 2020.
Nielsen notes that in the 45 PPM markets they are grabbing data from and the 4,800+ stations that stream in those markets, just 30% of them are encoded. That encoding allows for Nielsen to accurately measure the streams. They used the listener data from 1,500 stations across the U.S., in its latest report, AM/FM Radio Streaming Growth in PPM Markets.
The survey also showed that streaming levels differ widely by radio format. Spoken word formats display strong streaming listenership (Talk/Personality: 31.2%, News/Talk/Info: 19.1%, All Sports: 16.9%). In fact, Nielsen found that 1/3 of all AM/FM streaming in PPM markets is to spoken word formats.
New Study Finds Listeners to MLB on Radio Are Willing to Spend
More than one third (34%) of the respondents recently purchased clothing/apparel that features their favorite team… 27% have visited a ballpark in the past year. That compares to only 19% of the average MLB fan base has made an apparel purchase to support their team while just 11% have gone to a game in person in that same time span.
When it comes to advertiser’s attempting to reach an affluent and engaged audience, sports talk radio might have a whale on their hands. Major League Baseball play-by-play features an audience that has money and has no problems spending it.
In a recent MRI-Simmons study, data shows that consumers who listen to MLB broadcasts on the radio are the perfect audience for sports marketers. According to the analysis, done by Katz Radio Group, nearly two thirds (62%) of those surveyed consider themselves “super fans” of baseball. That number is 58% higher than the average.
Those “super fans” are willing to spend to support their team, as well. More than one third (34%) of the respondents recently purchased clothing/apparel that features their favorite team. Those fans are also far more willing to make the trip to see their team. The study found that 27% have visited a ballpark in the past year. That compares to only 19% of the average MLB fan base has made an apparel purchase to support their team while just 11% have gone to a game in person in that same time span.
The news continues getting better for advertisers. Continued analysis reveals that 66% of listeners are currently employed and have a median household income greater than $106,000.
Listeners to MLB games on the radio are also 34% more likely to place a sports bet and 106% more likely to be a participant in fantasy baseball.
Jeff Dean Signs Off At ESPN Tucson for The Final Time
Dean said on Facebook: “…the years of burning the candle at both ends has taken a dire toll on my health and for the first time in my life, I’m going to put myself and my livelihood first”
Fans will no longer be able to tune into ESPN Tucson and hear Jeff Dean hosting his show. Friday morning was his last show, according to his Facebook and Twitter pages.
The Jeff Dean Show had been airing from 7-9a MT weekday mornings. Dean took to social media to relay the news and the reason behind him stepping away from the microphone. Dean said on Facebook:
“This morning I signed off from my radio show on ESPN Tucson for the final time. I have been devoting too much of my life and my time to working multiple jobs…the years of burning the candle at both ends has taken a dire toll on my health and for the first time in my life, I’m going to put myself and my livelihood first”
Dean went on to emphasize that he isn’t stepping away from ESPN Tucson, he’s just taking himself off the air. He also added that “gladly, I will be continuing my position as PA announcer of University of Arizona Football and Men’s basketball.”
Dean would also go onto Twitter to add even further context for his self-removal from the ESPN Tucson airwaves. He added, “It’s not a decision I arrived at hastily, as it’s been a 6 month mental grind to make the ultimate decision that had to be made, and I’m not particularly happy about it, but I have to put my health first, we all do, and make sure we’re around long enough to enjoy life”.
Dean had been ESPN Tucson’s morning host since November 2019.