The BSM Top 20 of 2020 has arrived, and our sixth year of recognizing the best in sports radio was one that none of us will soon forget. Rocked by a pandemic, sports radio’s finest persevered to continue playing an important role in their listeners lives. Whether broadcasting from office desks and kitchen tables apart from one another or behind plexiglass dividers while wearing masks, operations were tested this year. Combine that with the world of sports shutting down in March and offering no new content for months, and it put a huge strain on all involved.
The show’s you see listed below deserve tremendous credit for finding ways to stay mentally sharp, and provide a needed daily distraction for their audiences. Before you jump ahead to see who our panel of 51 industry executives voted for, please join me in thanking Steve Stone Voiceovers for supporting the Top 20 as our exclusive sponsor. Steve is not only a tremendous voice talent but a huge supporter of sports radio. His support for this series makes it possible. I also want to acknowledge my son Dylan Barrett, who handled all of the creative for this year’s series. He spent all of January digging thru personality and brand accounts to find photos, editing them in Photoshop, and the images you’ll soon be sharing on social media or printing off to hang inside your office or studio are a reflection of his hard work.
As it pertains to the voting, here are a few things to keep in mind.
#1 – These results are based on 2020’s performance. 2021 changes have no impact on the voting. Therefore, a show like The Morning Roast on 95.7 The Game, which started late in the year is eligible. A program like The John Kincade Show was not eligible since it didn’t begin broadcasting on 97.5 The Fanatic in mornings until January 2021. Our one rule since starting this series in 2016 is that a show must finish the year on the air and in the timeslot for which it’s being considered. If a show exited the airwaves in December or moved timeslots during the year, that impacts voting consideration.
#2 – Our executive panel consists of program directors and corporate executives from a number of top broadcasting companies including Entercom, iHeart, Cumulus, ESPN Radio, FOX Sports Radio, SiriusXM, Spotify, Hubbard, Good Karma Brands, Emmis, and independently owned and operated radio stations. We involve a large number of groups in order to receive feedback from all parts of the country, as well as to avoid the results heavily favoring one company.
#3 – A total of 67 shows were eligible for voting consideration in the National Sports Radio Shows category.
#4 – The executive panel picked their Top 20 shows based on a few factors; the ear test, originality, ability to entertain, multi-platform excellence, market where impact is created, on-air chemistry, and ratings success. Keep in mind that voters live in different cities, have different tastes, and value certain factors higher than others. This isn’t a perfect science, but it’s the best way we can think of to showcase how sports radio’s braintrust views the best in the format.
That brings us to the rankings for this year’s Major Market Sports Radio Morning Shows. Earning the top honor for the second year in a row is WFAN’s morning show ‘Boomer & Gio‘ featuring Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti. The New York based program captured the most 1st place votes (11) and won a tight race against 98.5 The Sports Hub’s ‘Toucher & Rich’ to claim victory. BSM congratulates Boomer, Gregg, Jerry Recco, Al Dukes, Eddie Scozare, Mark Chernoff, Chris Oliviero and the entire WFAN team on earning this year’s top honor, as well as every other show which earned a spot on this year’s list.
Now, here are the full results of “BSM’s Top 20 Major Market Morning Shows of 2020!”
- Boomer & Gio received the most 1st place votes (11) with eleven (11), Toucher & Rich were second with nine (9).
- Spots 21-25 belonged to Moser, Lombardi & Kane, Joe Rose, The Bench with John Granato & Lance Zierlein, Chuck & Buck and Danny & Gallant.
- The closest calls involved The Sports Junkies finishing two (2) points in front of The Musers, and Ronnie & TKras holding off The Morning Roast by four (4) points.
- Of the 29 shows eligible for consideration this year, seven (7) earned at least one (1) 1st place vote.
Here is the remaining schedule for the BSM Top 20 of 2020.
- Wednesday February 3 = The 2020 Top 20 Major/Mid Market Midday Shows
- Thursday February 4 = The 2020 Top 20 Major/Mid Market Afternoon Shows
- Friday February 5 = The 2020 Top 20 Major/Mid Market Program Directors
- Monday February 8 = The 2020 Top 20 Major/Mid-Market Sports Stations
- Tuesday February 9 = The 2020 Top 20 Original Sports Podcasts