The spring book was kind to Atlanta’s sports radio ratings king 92.9 The Game. station finished in the Top 3 with Men 25-54 in both weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p) and full week (M-SU 6a-Mid). The weekday prime share was an 8.6. The full week produced a 7.5.
Among The Game’s weekday shows, Dukes & Bell recorded the best numbers. The afternoon show, which features Carl Dukes and Mike Bell, delivered a 9.3, strong enough for 3rd place during the hours of 2p-7p ET.
The next highest share came from the midday show. Andy Bunker and Randy McMichael generated an 8.3 during the hours of 10a-2p ET. That performance also earned them a 3rd place finish.
The Game’s morning show had the lowest share among the three weekday programs, however, it snagged the best ranking for the quarter. John Fricke and Hugh Douglas put up a 6.6 share, which was enough to lock up 2nd place during the morning drive hours of 6a-10a ET.
Compared to the winter book, The Game had to be pleased. Mornings gained 2.1 in share and moved up four ranking positions. Middays added 1.6 in share and held on to the same ranking, and afternoons jumped a full two points while also holding steady in the same ranking slot.
Meanwhile for 680 The Fan, the news was also positive. The station tied for 10th in weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p) with a 3.2 share. The Fan was also tied for 12th for the full week (M-SU 6a-Mid) with a 3.1 share.
The Fan’s best showing for the spring book came in middays during the hours of 10a-2p. A 7th place, 3.9 share performance was recorded by a combination of Chris Dimino, Nick Cellini, Hutson Mason, Buck Belue, Brandon ‘Hometown’ Leak and Joe Hamilton. Afternoons produced the second best share for the quarter with a 3.0 securing an 11th place tie during the hours of 2p-7p ET. Those hours featured an hour of Mason and Belue and the drive time team of Chuck Oliver and Matt Chernoff. Mornings had the lowest share at 2.5 but John Michaels and Brian Finneran did deliver an 8th place tie during the hours of 6a-10a.
Though 680 produced some solid stories this quarter, the station has to even more intrigued and focused on future results. The Fan took a bold step last week, announcing a number of changes to its programming lineup. The main headline was the morning show switching to a 5-man crew of Mason, Leak, and Hamilton alongside Michaels and Finneran. ”The Locker Room’ as it’s now called is being counted on to create a bigger sounding morning drive experience, and if those five can find a collective groove to deliver a high quality and well rated show, other stations could look at the model to determine if they should do the same. Rounding out the rest of The Fan’s lineup now are Belue from 10a-11, Cellini and Dimino from 11a-2p, Chernoff & Oliver from 2p-6p and The Audio Funbag with Brian Hoyt and Carlos Medina from 6p-8p ET.
Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at JBarrett@sportsradiopd.com.
Stetson Bennett IV Fires Back at Steak Shapiro Over Parade Criticism
“P.s.: I don’t like you very much mr Steak “and shake” Shapiro.”
Georgia walloped TCU last week to win their second straight national championship, and the Bulldog community came together toward the end of the week to celebrate with a parade.
Quarterback Stetson Bennett IV took part in the parade, but 92.9 The Game host Steak Shapiro wasn’t thrilled with how Bennett acted during the celebration.
Shapiro on Tuesday took a shot at Bennett, who appeared to spend some time fiddling with a cell phone during the parade.
Tuesday night, Bennett responded first with a quote tweet.
Bennett followed that up with a longer statement he posted under his quote tweet explaining the situation.
“I appreciate your concern with my image/intentions/loyalties/obligations (as well as your willingness to reach out to me to confirm them),” Bennett wrote. “You obviously thought quite deeply about some motives I might’ve had.”
Bennett said ultimately he was trying to soak up the moment with his teammates, and he was just trying to make sure the celebratory mood was set with the right music on his phone.
“So to finish it off nice and neat: I was controlling the aux and playing bangers so sed and Chris and I could have a blast on our last ride into Sanford,” he said. “That’s pretty much the gist of it.”
Bennett finished with a little dig of his own at Shapiro.
“P.s.: I don’t like you very much mr Steak “and shake” Shapiro,” he said. “But to be fair, I’m not a fan of your work either.”
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He works full-time as a multimedia specialist at the Virginia State Corporation Commission, while also putting in part-time work for News Radio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond. Additionally, you can find Jordan contributing coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly and ABC 8News. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.
Ryan Edwards Moves to The Sports Zoo on KOA
“Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.”
Ryan Edwards is staying with KOA, but his hours are about to change. The Denver sports radio staple is moving off of Broncos Country Tonight to join Alfred Williams and Dave Logan on The Sports Zoo in afternoon drive.
“I am thrilled to join radio and football legends Dave Logan and Alfred Williams on The KOA Sports Zoo,” Edwards said in a press release. “I look forward to bringing a fans’ perspective to the Denver Broncos and all things Denver sports.”
Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.
He joined iHeart Denver in 2017. He was on Orange & Blue 760 before the company replaced the station with a conservative talk format. He moved to KOA in 2019, where he has worked on Broncos Country Tonight with Benjamin Albright.
Jason Fitz: Keyshawn Johnson Cannot Be Serious With Trevor Lawrence Take
“There is no way Trevor Lawrence is the eighth-best quarterback out of eight left in the playoffs after doing what he did after the first quarter of that last game.”
When he was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2021, Trevor Lawrence was heralded as a once-in-a-lifetime type of prospect. While his career had a bit of a rocky start, he has shown a lot in year two, including leading one of the largest come-from-behind victories in playoff history Saturday night against the Chargers. Jason Fitz cannot believe that isn’t enough to impress Keyshawn Johnson.
The ESPN Radio morning man ranked the eight remaining starting quarterbacks in the NFL playoffs and put Lawrence dead last.
“Trevor Lawrence at eight? I know Keyshawn Johnson is out there in California, but I want to party with Key because obviously, he was doing a little partying before this show, Harry,” Jason Fitz told his partner on Tuesday’s edition of Fitz & Harry. “There is no way Trevor Lawrence is the eighth-best quarterback out of eight left in the playoffs after doing what he did after the first quarter of that last game.”
Fitz noted that during the season people started calling Lawrence “Trevor Tangerines” for the daringness he continued to show even after things looked bad for him and the Jaguars. He said that on Saturday night, he should have been called “Trevor Watermelons”.
Jason Fitz acknowledged that it would be hard to rank anyone ahead of Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Joe Burrow, and Jalen Hurts, which made up Keyshawn Johnson’s top four. But Fitz doesn’t think this is a matter of Lawrence being disrespected for being number eight, behind Brock Purdy, who began the season as the 49ers’ third-string quarterback, instead of number seven.
“Considering the whole body of work and the way that Trevor Lawrence has played since week nine, you wouldn’t have to press hard to put Daniel Jones below Trevor Lawrence.”
He added that Keyshawn Johnson is also being influenced by the uniform Trevor Lawrence wears.
“I think there’s a little element that speaks to the fact that we have a perception on certain organizations. I’m just saying — four interceptions or not — this is the analogy I keep making this week: If Trevor Lawrence had the bounceback game with the star in his helmet as the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, today the conversation would be like ‘Well, you can’t hold him down the whole game’.”