VSiN is making moves to strengthen its programming department. The Las Vegas based sports betting network has announced the addition of Jon Goulet as its first ever program director.
Goulet arrives in sin city following a five and a half year run as Colin Cowherd’s executive producer at FOX Sports Radio. The stint at FOX was Goulet’s second with Cowherd. The two men also worked together for two years at ESPN Radio in Bristol, CT.
In addition to working with one of the best national talk show hosts at both ESPN Radio and FOX Sports Radio, Goulet has also learned the business on the local level. He enjoyed two years in San Francisco as the executive producer for 95.7 The Game, working with with Damon Bruce, Ric Bucher, Chris Townsend and Aubrey Huff. Prior to moving into sports radio, he worked for rock station WCCC in Hartford, CT. His father Michael Picozzi worked there too, and has spent nearly 50 years in the industry as a Host and Program Director.
“Jon Goulet is one of the most respected names in radio and we’re thrilled to benefit from his industry experience and relationships as we continue to grow our audio capabilities,” said Brian Musburger, founder and Chairman at VSiN. “As the leader in the sports betting audio space, adding Jon will allow us to strengthen our flourishing podcast network and both improve and expand our offerings for broadcast radio.”
Goulet, who will report to VSiN COO Bill Adee, will be counted on to manage the network’s rapidly growing slate of sports betting podcasts and help the network build out its broadcast radio footprint. VSiN exited SiriusXM in December, forming a relationship with iHeartradio. That partnership is off to a fast start with the sports betting network generating strong listening thru podcast consumption. The next area of focus for VSiN is to increase the exposure for its personalities and programs on terrestrial radio. Interested stations can learn more about affiliate opportunities by clicking here.
“To be given the opportunity to join Brian, Bill and the VSIN management team is a great honor,” said Goulet. “VSIN has quickly established itself as the premier sports betting brand by delivering entertaining and informative content on a deeper level than anything I’ve ever heard. I’m excited to work with this talented group, make the product stronger, and help radio operators discover how we can help them grow their business.”
Along with the announcement of Goulet becoming the sports betting network’s first programmer, VSiN also announced that Brian Rogers will receive a promotion. Rogers has been elevated to the role of EVP of Production. In his new role, Rogers will oversee the growth of VSiN’s video programming. He will manage both production and distribution.
Arizona Sports 98.7 Delivers Top 10 Finish in Phoenix Winter Book
“The Phoenix sports radio leader closed the quarter in 8th place among Men 25-54 in weekday prime.”
The winter book results are in for Phoenix, and once again Bonneville’s Arizona Sports 98.7 FM delivered.
The Phoenix sports radio leader closed the quarter in 8th place among Men 25-54 in weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p). The other sports radio brands in the market, ESPN Phoenix 620, FOX Sports 910, 1580 The Fanatic, and KDUS Sports AM 1060 were further behind for the quarter.
Among 98.7’s local shows, Burns and Gambo produced the best performance for the quarter. The popular afternoon duo generated a 4.4 share, placing them 6th in their timeslot. Having worked together for a decade, Dave and John continue to thrive with no signs of slowing down.
Next best was Bickley and Marotta, the station’s midday show. Dan and Vince were just one tenth lower than afternoons with a 4.3 share. That earned them a 9th place finish in their daypart.
Finishing up in mornings, Doug & Wolf had a setback for the quarter. They turned in a 14th place finish with a 3.0 share. Doug Franz and Ron Wolfley have enjoyed fifteen strong years in mornings, becoming one of the most popular shows in Phoenix. Just two years ago they were 4th. I’d expect them to regain their footing and perform stronger in the spring, summer and fall books.
1010XL/92.5 FM Introduces ‘Alumni Week’
“Jacksonville’s 1010XL/92.5 FM is reflecting on 15 years of history by returning to its roots, producing a special ‘Alumni Week’.”
Jacksonville’s sports radio leader, 1010XL/92.5 FM is reflecting on 15 years of history by returning to its roots. Starting Monday May 10th, the station will produce a special ‘Alumni Week‘, showcasing popular hosts of the past, re-teaming hosts who previously worked together, and re-airing old audio, infamous moments, and classic characters who helped the brand become what it is today.
Frank Frangie, the station’s afternoon drive host, and Rick Ballou will reunite in afternoon drive for the entire week. The duo handled afternoons for more than seven years together beginning in 2009. They will be joined periodically throughout the week by Jessica Blaylock. The current Miami Marlins reporter was a mainstay on the show for most of Frangie and Ballou’s run as partners.
Mike Dempsey, host of Jaguars Today, will reconnect all week with his former cohost, former Jags’ linebacker Tom McManus. Guests on the show will include Jeff Lageman, David Garrard, John Oehser and Mike DiRocco.
Helmets and Heels, the station’s groundbreaking weekly show featuring all female hosts, will air every night during the week from 6-8 p.m. Current hosts Lauren Brooks and Donna Murphy, who have been on the show since its inception, will be joined by show regular Taylor Doll. Joining the trio will be former cast members Blaylock, Blythe Brumleve, Amanda Borges and others.
The station’s popular morning show, The Drill, will have interview segments with former co-hosts Jordan DeArmon, Mackenzie Thirkill, and Tony Boselli, along with a few surprises. Hays Carlyon, who is curently one third of the afternoon show, will spend the week on XL Prime Time with Joe Cowart, Matt Hayes and Leon Searcy. XLPT will welcome Chadd Scott, Terry Norvelle, Scott Manze and more. Last but not least, Frangie and Ballou will reconnect with Joe Block, Ryan O’Halloran, Borges, former program director Jason Dixon, and others.
It’ll be a fun week revisiting some of the best times in Jacksonville sports radio history with the market’s undisputed sports talk leader, 1010XL/92.5 FM.
Radio Only Gets 2.2% Of Sports Gambling Ad Money
“Whether or not the percentage of advertising dollars will increase for radio, the amount certainly will over time.”
Sportico recently revealed that FanDuel outspends all of its competitors when it comes to sportsbooks advertising on local television. Nielsen ad-spend data shows that the company made up for 38% of the industry’s TV advertising dollars in the first quarter of 2021.
The study also showed where and how the sports betting industry is spending its ad dollars. More than 78 percent of the industry’s money went to spot advertising at local stations. Another 3.7 percent went to national TV buys, bringing the total sportsbooks spend on TV advertising to well over $160 million in Q1.
Radio is cashing in. It just isn’t cashing in the way TV or digital is.
According to Nielsen, just 2.2% of gambling ad money is spent in radio. That trails even traditional outdoor advertising. Nielsen estimates that radio took in $4.3 million during the first quarter.
Whether or not the percentage of advertising dollars will increase for radio, the amount certainly will over time. Sports radio in particular has inventory, live reads, and segment sponsorships that will be very attractive to advertisers as sports gambling legalization spreads across more states.
Forget getting more money than TV. Sportico suggests that radio should be optimistic for TV and excited to ride its coattails. Anthony Crupi suggests that by 2024, local spot television advertising could generate $590 million from sportsbooks. That is on top of the more than 1300 percent growth the category has seen in the last two years. That growth in TV likely means similar growth for other platforms as well.
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