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KNBR Remains Ahead In San Francisco Winter Book

“Despite working with lower shares, the local competition between KNBR and 95.7 The Game remained healthy.”

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Sports radio listening in the Bay Area wasn’t as hot as it’s been previously. But that’s what winter books can do to you sometimes. Despite working with lower shares, the local competition between KNBR and 95.7 The Game remained healthy. Though positives existed on both sides, it was KNBR this quarter who emerged on top.

For the full week (M-SU 6a-Mid), The Sports Leader registered a 3.4, 9th place finish. That put them .9 ahead of their 14th ranked competitor. In weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p), KNBR increased its share to 3.9, placing them 7th. The Game was 13th with a 3.0. All numbers represent listening among Men 25-54.

Among the weekday shows, Murph and Mac nearly doubled up The Morning Roast with Bonta Hill, Joe Shasky and Kate Scott. M&M were 6th with a 4.7. The Roast meanwhile finished 13th with a 2.4. To be fair to The Game’s morning team, this was only their first full book together. They teamed for part of the fall book too, but not for the full quarter.

In middays, Greg Papa and John Lund remained on top for KNBR. The popular combo produced a 3.9 share to secure a 7th place finish. 95.7 The Game’s trio of Matt Steinmetz, Dan Dibley and Daryle ‘The Guru’ Johnson were 11th with a 3.1, only .8 away.

Shifting to afternoons, KNBR’s Tom Tolbert, Larry Krueger and Rod Brooks won a tight race against The Game’s Damon Bruce, Ray Ratto and Matt Kolsky. The Tolbert led program delivered a 3.6, 9th place finish. Bruce’s show on the other hand generated a 3.3, putting them just 1 spot back in 10th.

In the final category, evenings produced a dead heat between the two stations. KNBR and 95.7 The Game each delivered a 2.0 share which resulted in a tie for 13th.

The good news for KNBR, they recorded a bunch of head to head victories this quarter. The bad news, their shares and rankings were down year to year. That was the same story for The Game. 95.7 won’t ever be satisfied finishing second, but they did produce a few close calls. With baseball season back, the 49ers drafting 3rd overall, and the Warriors battling for the NBA playoffs, shares should rise in the Bay in the spring book.

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Big Cat, Tom Waddle Mock Marc Silverman’s Love For Jay Cutler

“He texted him the minute he landed!” Waddle said.

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It’s summer, and of course that means it’s vacation season.

ESPN 1000 host Marc Silverman is among those taking time this summer to vacation. Silvy was spending this week in Nashville celebrating his 10-year wedding anniversary.

But Barstool Big Cat, making his regular weekly appearance on the show with Silverman’s co-host Tom Waddle and Pat Boyle, couldn’t help but joke Silvy.

“It’s no surprise that Silvy is on vacation,” Big Cat said. “The guy lives for vacation. Does he even work?”

The trio kept the bit going, adding that Silverman prioritized getting in touch with Jay Cutler over spending time with his wife celebrating their anniversary.

“He texted him the minute he landed!” Waddle said.

“He probably was like, hey Ally why don’t you go do something, I’m gonna meet up with Jay,” Big Cat added. “He picked Nashville for a reason! He wanted to be closer to Jay.”

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Rich Eisen Scolds Patriots Media For Questions To Bill Belichick

“It makes no sense to ask him that question to begin with,” he said. “And what do you think his answer is going to be?”

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Training camp is only getting started, but it appears folks in the New England Patriots media corps are in mid-season form.

In his daily training camp press conference, Pats head coach Bill Belichick took questions from reporters inquiring about his knowledge of former quarterback Tom Brady being tampered with by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross.

In typical Belichick fashion, his response to those questions was “We’re just focused on training camp.”

Rich Eisen took issue with the way the reporters asked Belichick about the situation.

“I know it’s a tough job. I know being on the beat is not easy,” he said. “But you cannot ask this man yes or no questions, certainly when you’re asking him about potentially explosive, controversial items like this one.”

Eisen just thought it was a silly line of questioning to begin with, because it’s not like Belichick would be honest.

“It makes no sense to ask him that question to begin with,” he said. “And what do you think his answer is going to be?”

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Vancouver Canucks Still Don’t Have a Radio Partner

The team and Sportsnet 650 in Vancouver were talking about a renewal of their rights deal earlier this year, but talks have stalled out.

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With a little more than a month before the start of preseason games in the NHL, the Vancouver Canucks are currently without a radio home.

A report for The Province in Canada indicates the team and Sportsnet 650 in Vancouver were talking about a renewal of their rights deal earlier this year, but talks have stalled out.

There’s a possibility the two sides could come to an agreement in the coming weeks, but should that not happen before the start of the 2022-23 season, the team could opt to stream game audio online.

The Canucks wouldn’t be the first team or the only team to exercise that option. Currently the L.A. Kings and the San Jose Sharks are streaming games online.

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