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104.3 The Fan Leads The Way In Denver Fall Ratings

“The strong fall quarter for The Fan highlights their commitment to delivering strong Broncos coverage during the football season, despite not owning the team’s broadcast rights.”

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For the fall ratings book, 104.3 The Fan continued to be a constant amongst Denver radio stations, finishing first in weekday prime (M-SU 6a – 7p) with a 7.9 share in the target demo of men 25-54. 

The Denver sports station again received a massive performance from Mark Schlereth and Mike Evans in morning drive, finishing first with an 11.7 share. From 6 – 9a, Schlereth and Evans are a consistently dominant duo as the market’s highest rated sports show by a wide margin, outperforming The Fan’s first place finish by nearly 4 points. 

In late mornings, Orlando Franklin and Sandy Clough earned a 4.3 share, which saw them finish fourth in the market. It was a solid jump for The Fan’s 9a – noon show, which finished 10th in the summer book. From noon – 3p, Brandon Stokley and Zach Bye were third during the fall book, with a strong 6.5 share, up more than two points from the summer quarter. 

In afternoons, The Drive with Tyler Polumbus and DMac enjoyed a first-place finish in the fall ratings period with a 7.9 share. Polumbus and DMac were up by more than a full point from their summer book. Nick Ferguson and Cecil Lammey finished sixth in evenings with a 5 share, and The Fan Late Night with Shawn Drotar edged out a Top-10 performance with a 2.1.

The strong fall quarter for The Fan highlights their commitment to delivering strong Broncos coverage during the football season, despite not owning the team’s broadcast rights. 

The Broncos flagship, KOA NewsRadio dropped outside the Top-20 in weekday prime for the fall book, earning a 1.7 share. KOA’s three local sports shows had a down quarter, each finishing outside the Top-20. Logan and Lewis delivered a 1.2 from 9a – noon, Big Al and Jojo were just under a 1 share in afternoon drive, and Broncos Country Tonight with Ryan Edwards & Benjamin Allbright produced a 1.1.

As for the market’s other sports station, the fall book saw Altitude Sports Radio 92.5 FM deliver a 1.5 share in weekday prime, led by the afternoon team of Nate Kreckman & Andy Lindahl who outperformed the radio station with a 2.2 share, helping them finish 19th for the quarter. The Nielsen gods weren’t as kind to the morning and midday teams. Both were down year over year and finished outside of the top 20. Moser, Lombardi and Kane finished just under a 1 share in mornings, and Harris, Hastings and Dover generated a 1.3 in middays. 

Though the ratings won’t satisfy program director Dave Tepper, the station was elated with a different set of numbers. Despite the pandemic taking its toll on the sports world and The Fan and KOA having advantages in time served on the air, Altitude continues to make great strides in revenue. The station has consistently appeared in the Top 10 most of the past six months, led by 3rd and 4th place rankings in August and September. Colorado’s decision to allow legalized sports betting has certainly helped that cause, and with the Nuggets and Avalanche back in action, the station is hoping to rebound with a stronger winter performance. 

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NHL All-Star Game Airing Exclusively on SiriusXM After Contract Extension

The game — held on Saturday, February 4th — will feature Steve Kouleas and Gord Stellick in the booth. Scott Laughlin will work as the broadcast’s rinkside reporter.

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SiriusXM and the NHL have reached an extension that will see the satellite service continue to carry every league contest. The new multi-year deal will run through the 2028-2029 season.

Part of the deal includes the NHL All-Star Game airing exclusively on SiriusXM. The game had previously been distributed by Westwood One before Sports USA Media took over the rights in 2021.

The game — held on Saturday, February 4th — will feature Steve Kouleas and Gord Stellick in the booth. Scott Laughlin will work as the broadcast’s rinkside reporter. All three are regulars on NHL Network Radio. Stellick and Laughlin serve as hosts of NHL Morning Skate, while Kouleas hosts the station’s afternoon show, The Power Play.

NHL Network Radio will also provide live coverage of the league’s All-Star Media Day on Thursday, February 2nd and the NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Friday, February 3rd.

The deal includes SiriusXM continuing to produce and distribute SiriusXM NHL Network Radio on the platform for the duration of the contract.

“Hockey fans are among the most passionate sports fans, and our long-term relationship with the NHL enables us to deliver those fans across North America comprehensive access to the league, offering them live broadcasts of every game and the only 24/7 NHL channel in audio,” said SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.

“Live sports, coupled with great, in-depth sports talk, is one of the key elements of our programming and we are very pleased to be extending our content agreement with the NHL for many more years.”

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Peter Rosenberg: Gio’s Rant ‘Gimmick Infringement’ of Don La Greca

The comment from Rosenberg comes after Giannotti was critical of he and La Greca last week. Giannotti claimed the pair were “bootlicking” Michael Kay.

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The war of words between WFAN’s Boomer & Gio and 98.7 ESPN New York’s The Michael Kay Show continued Monday, with a quip from Peter Rosenberg about a rant from Gregg Giannotti.

Giannotti, a Vikings fan, was discussing his viewing situation during Monday morning’s show as the franchise played the New York Giants. His wife, two daughters, mother, mother-in-law, and best friend joined him to watch the Super Wild Card game, and the WFAN host detailed that the situation grew more tense with each passing moment due to comments made by those in attendance.

Giannotti eventually admitted to yelling at his friend, and jokingly shouted “Not the time, Louise!” after his mother-in-law commented about how good the Giants had gotten during a Saquon Barkley touchdown run.

The rant didn’t go unnoticed by Rosenberg, however, and he replied to Giannotti’s video clip of the segment by saying “Fake Don Lagrecca (sic) much? This is called gimmick infringement”.

The comment from Rosenberg comes after Giannotti was critical of he and La Greca last week. Giannotti claimed the pair were “bootlicking” Michael Kay after walking back comments he made about getting a producer at the station fired by calling them “performance art”.

While criticising Kay, Giannotti could not identify Rosenberg, only calling him “whatever his face”.

“He’s gonna retire. It doesn’t matter whether you kiss his ass or not, it’s not gonna be the difference in you getting that job when he leaves,” Giannotti said of La Greca and Rosenberg. “Just stop it. Just stop kissing his ass.”

Rosenberg responded to the disapproval from Giannotti last week by tweeting “My favorite part of the trash talk from the guy on the fan is ‘pick on someone your own size Michael Kay… pick on me’…LOL who are you?!!!!”

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Jim Rome: Sad Paul Allen Is The Saddest Thing Ever

“Never mind letting yourselves down, never mind letting your employer down, never mind letting your fans down, you let the great P.A. down.”

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One of Super Wild Card Weekend’s biggest upsets came in the Giants/Vikings game on Sunday afternoon, and Vikings radio voice Paul Allen obviously wasn’t thrilled about the final offensive play.

Jim Rome picked up on that listening to Allen’s call of Kirk Cousins finding T.J. Hockenson short of the line to gain, ending Minnesota’s season.

Rome said he hurt for Allen, who like many followers of the Vikings were shocked to see the second seed in the NFC playoffs bounced the first weekend.

“On the one hand sad P.A. is the saddest thing ever. I hate that so much,” Rome said Monday. “But he turns into pissed P.A. too. I mean that is a brutal way to lose. And what’s sadder than sad P.A.?”

Allen went viral halfway through the 2022-23 season, with his calls of a wild game against the Buffalo Bills on November 13. Allen went through a complete roller coaster of emotions as Buffalo fought to win 33-30 in overtime.

Rome added that he thought disappointing Allen was the worst of all for the NFC North champs.

“Never mind letting yourselves down, never mind letting your employer down, never mind letting your fans down, you let the great P.A. down,” he said.

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