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Sports Radio Thrives in Philadelphia’s 2021 Spring Book

“Too many times in sports radio we focus on which station won a quarter, assuming the runner up has problems to fix. That’s not the case here. Both brands performed well.”

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The spring book in Philadelphia produced a lot of positives for the market’s two sports radio brands, WIP and 97.5 The Fanatic. The two stations were both ranked in the Top 5 for the full week (M-SU 6a-Mid) with WIP locking up 2nd place with an impressive 11.6 share. The Fanatic took 4th place with a 6.5 share. All numbers in this piece are for Men 25-54 and include both radio and the stream for each brand.

Among the key weekday shows for WIP, Angelo Cataldi & the WIP Morning Show once again owned bragging rights as the market’s top rated show. The WIP icon produced a massive 13.4 share, earning the program a 2nd place finish between 5:30a-10a. The Fanatic’s John Kincade had reason to feel good too. The Philly native, who returned home at the start of 2021, recorded his second straight Top 3 finish with a 7.4 share between 6a-10a.

In middays, WIP’s Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie popped a 9.4 share, also securing a 2nd place position. The Fanatic’s Anthony Gargano performed well too, coming in 4th with a 7.6 share.

The high profile afternoon battle between Jon Marks and Ike Reese and Mike Missanelli was won this quarter by WIP. Marks and Reese were 2nd, thanks to a strong 10.8 share. Missanelli was only one ranking position behind in 3rd with an 8.4 share, the best share for the quarter on The Fanatic.

Wrapping up at night, the combination of Joe Giglio and Philadelphia Phillies baseball carried WIP to a 1st place finish with a 14.1 share. The Fanatic’s trifecta of the Sixers, Flyers, and Devon Givens grabbed 5th place with a 5.6 share.

For Spike Eskin, this is the way the way you want to end a memorable run as the station’s program director. To leave WIP for WFAN and know that the station you’re leaving behind is in the Top 2 during mornings, middays, and afternoons and #1 at night is outstanding. Those type of performances should make the WIP PD vacancy attractive to industry candidates. Kudos to the talent for a job well done.

On the other hand, The Fanatic should feel great too. Top 3 in both drive times, 4th in middays, 5th at night, and 4th for the full week is an excellent showing. Too many times in sports radio we focus on which station won the quarter, assuming the runner up has problems to fix. That’s not the case here. Aside from the obvious of wanting to get better and beat their competition, 97.5 is performing. The brand can make money with this type of consistency.

Philadelphia has shown for over a decade that it’ll support two strong sports radio stations. That’s what it has right now in WIP and The Fanatic. When shows in each timeslot are combining to grab 17-20 shares with Men 25-54 and snag two ratings positions in the Top 5, it shows how well the format is supported in the city. WIP is in the driver seat, but The Fanatic isn’t far behind. If both brands can keep it going, they’ll have great stories to share with listeners, advertisers and their corporate employers.

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Craig Carton Making Responsible Gambling Content For FanDuel

“He will help shape the company’s responsible gaming policy, play a role in FanDuel building AI that can spot problematic gambling patterns, and host events in which he will help younger bettors understand what an addiction looks like.”

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FanDuel announced yesterday that it has hired its first ever “responsible gaming ambassador”. WFAN’s Craig Carton has agreed to take on the role. He has been open about his gambling addiction and advocated for those that believe they have a problem to seek help on air since returning to New York radio last year.

The content he creates for FanDuel will have a very specific focus. A press release says Carton will promote messages of “advocacy, prevention awareness and content development focused on the importance of wagering within limits”.

Craig Carton was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in a ponzi scheme to defraud investors of money they were told was being invested in tickets for resale. In reality, Carton was using the money to repay some of his gambling debts.

“My story and personal history with gambling has been well documented,” said Carton. “More than ever, I want to use my experience and platform to shine a meaningful spotlight on the issue of problem gambling. It was important to me that I find a real partnership with a company that shared my passion for this issue. It became clear FanDuel shared the same goals and was comfortable working transparently with me for the sole purpose of protecting people.”

FanDuel is planning to utilize Carton in a number of ways. He will help shape the company’s responsible gaming policy, play a role in FanDuel building AI that can spot problematic gambling patterns, and host events in which he will help younger bettors understand what an addiction looks like.

He will also create audio and video for FanDuel’s Play Safe Campaign. FanDuel will help Carton’s WFAN program “Hello, My Name is Craig” find a bigger audience. The show airs on weekends and features Carton discussing his addiction and offering advice to others seeking help.

“We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Craig to place even more emphasis on responsible gaming behaviors,” said Mike Raffensperger, FanDuel Group’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Everyone at FanDuel understands the importance of protecting our customers who are also our family, friends, neighbors and community members. Craig’s powerful personal story will help fuel our mission of making sure no bet placed results in hurting a loved one.”

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Marc Malusis: Stephen A Smith Spouting ‘Complete & Utter BS’

“Listen, I get he’s on ESPN and we’re doing out thing here, but it’s affecting a team we cover on a day-in-day-out basis with the Brooklyn Nets with Kyrie Irving, who is a very polarizing figure in this city.”

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WFAN’s Marc Malusis wants Stephen A. Smith to acknowledge that he either has inside information regarding the Nets or that he completely made up a trade rumor on First Take earlier this week. Smith said on First Take that the Brooklyn Nets would trade Kyrie Irving to Philadelphia if it meant they got Ben Simmons back in return, but the idea has been nixed by Kevin Durant.

Stephen A. Smith accused some in the media of lying about his report. He tried to claim that he what said on First Take was that the Irving for Simmons deal is a trade the Nets could do. That was enough to sett Malusis off.

“This is just complete and utter BS,” he shouted. “I mean, get the boots on!”

Marc Malusis claims that the idea of an Irving for Simmons trade isn’t totally absurd. Having James Harden on the roster would allow Brooklyn to bring in someone that does everything well but shoot. Still, he says Smith framed his stance as something he knows happened and Malusis is adamant it didn’t.

He was even more upset that Smith would say people in the New York media “lied” about what Smith had said. Marc Malusis pointed out that when you are the local media, you have to dive into a rumor like that. It doesn’t just get to be something that was said on ESPN.

“Listen, I get he’s on ESPN and we’re doing out thing here, but it’s affecting a team we cover on a day-in-day-out basis with the Brooklyn Nets with Kyrie Irving, who is a very polarizing figure in this city.”

It sounds like Malusis’s greatest objection is to Smith’s indignation at the idea that someone took his trade rumor seriously.

“Don’t all the sudden start waking back and saying ‘everyone’s spewing lies about what I had to say yesterday’ because you know what? We had to weed through the BS of what you said yesterday.”

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104.5 ESPN’s Matt Moscona Sets Up $100K Donation to Local High School

”It’s been tough on these kids, and this will definitely help us.”

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Guaranty Media and 104.5 ESPN in Baton Rouge recently invited a local Athletic Director from South Lafourche High School Brian Callais to come and promote an upcoming fundraising event host by Central High School on After Further Review with Matt Moscona.

During the phone interview, Callais informed listeners of the impact that Ida had on their school, including major damages to the high school that there are no funds to repair. Additionally, the school’s sports teams will be forced to travel for every game this season as their facilities are not fit to host other schools.

Little did Callais know, Matt Moscona had invited the founder of a Baton-Rouge-based cryptocurrency business called Game Coin to join him in the 104.5 ESPN studio to surprise Callias with a donation of $100,000 dollars to the school.

“This will go a long way,” said Callais after learning of Game Coin’s donation to his program. “Our [senior] student-athletes have not had a normal high school year since their freshman year…Their sophomore year, they were hit with the pandemic, and we’re looking forward to a regular senior year for them. It’s been tough on these kids, and this will definitely help us.”

Gamecoin is one of the few cryptocurrencies that is not totally for profit, as 4% of their 10% transaction fee goes to charitable donations to help youth sports groups.

“Growing up, I didn’t have everything that I thought I should have,” said founder of Game Coin David Mahler on Moscona’s radio program. “I just always wanted to be able to provide for people…and since I’m able to do that now, I added that as a part of Game Coin.”

Mahler also said in the interview that three more similar donations are already arranged and they will be announced within the next two weeks.

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