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 [email protected].
Sean Bass Gets Texas Rangers’ World Series Box Score Tattooed on His Back
“It’s on the left side below the shoulder blade…about 12-13 inches long.”
Sean Bass, co-host of The Sweet Spot on The Ticket in Dallas, showed off his new tattoo today, which just so happens to be the box score from Game 5 of the 2023 World Series. The tattoo is to commemorate the Texas Rangers winning the World Series, and was something Bass said he would do 14 years ago.
Bass’ co-host David Mino set up the reveal, saying, “This has been the best year of Sean Bass’ life. The Texas Rangers won the World Series, we get to go to [Spring Training], it’s all you’ve been talking about…also, you got a radio show, that’s awesome, big year for you. You said this 14 years ago, in 2010?”
Bass explained, “Sometime around mid-July, I was filling in for Ty doing The Hardline ‘Tickers’…we were talking about how the good the Rangers were. I was feeling very good about where the Rangers were at that moment in time and I said, ‘Listen if they win the World Series, I will get the full game-winning box score tattoed on my back.
“The crew loved the idea, because if you open up a newspaper and read a box score, it’s not what you get on some websites, it’s everything…its runners left on base, time of game, the umpires, all the pitching lines, all the hitting lines, you name it.”
Bass continued, “It didnt happen in ’10, of course we were one strike away twice in 2011 and I would have been very happy to do this then. Then, we go through the desert for over 12 years, of not making the Fall Classic. And then they got it done in five games against Arizona and I was like, ‘Ok, man of my word, I’ve talked about it on the air enough, let’s do this.’ And this week was the right time.”
Bass had a PDF made of the actual box score from the Dallas Morning News and took it to a local tattoo artist. He said four and a half hours after he sat down it was complete.
“That is beautiful,” said Mino as he described the tattoo. “It’s on the left side below the shoulder blade…about 12-13 inches long.”
ESPN 1410 WING-AM in Dayton Adds New Midday Show
Starting on March 25th, Chatterbox Sports’ Off The Bench with founder Trace Fowler will air from Noon to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday on ESPN Dayton.
Dayton’s ESPN 1410 WING-AM is partnering with Chatterbox Sports in a deal which will see the station add a new midday show. Starting on March 25th, Chatterbox Sports’ Off The Bench with founder Trace Fowler will air from Noon to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday on ESPN Dayton. The Kinner & Kev Show, which airs in afternoon drive on the station and is hosted by Justin Kinner and Kev Nash, will now also be broadcast live on Chatterbox YouTube from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
As Fowler and Kinner discussed the upcoming moves, Kinner said, “There’s some opportunity to combine our radio station with your digital platform, you guys are kicking ass…a big opportunity here.”
Fowler laid out how the programming schedule will work, saying, “We are going to go from the 12 to 3 slot in Dayton, for as long as you’ll have us, we will see how long we make it on radio. We will be 10 to 12 [on Chatterbox] every single day and then we will go from noon to 3 on ESPN in Dayton, 1410 WING-AM”
Chatterbox is the outlet where you will also find former Cincinnati Reds announcer Thom Brennaman, who hosts Dialed In with Thom Brennaman.
Danny Parkins: Colin Cowherd was “Making People Upset Again”
“He’s not listening to this show enough, Danny…He’s going way too far to try and make a point.”
Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel of 670 The Score in Chicago responded to a verbal attack thrown at the Chicago media by Colin Cowherd of FOX Sports Radio and FS1. Parkins introduced a clip on the Parkins and Spiegel Show by saying, “Colin Cowherd was talking about Chicago again and he’s making people upset again and it has to do with the Bears.”
The topic was rumors about Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields and whether or not the team will keep him or trade him, as they hold the first pick of the NFL draft which will take place starting April 25. The decision the Bears have to make has been the dominant topic for Chicago sports radio for several weeks.
Cowherd said on his show, “…[Fields] doesn’t win a lot of games and that’s a problem. Don’t listen to the analytic nerds, good quarterbacks win close games. He is a dreadful 4th quarter quarterback, the worst in the league. Chicago media, their opinion of him is just not reality. Everybody else sees it, the Chicago media all season long tried to defend him, elevate him, protect him, promote him. Maybe they’re watching Ohio State film.”
Cowherd then went on to give Fields’ second half statistics and compared him to New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson. “…New York media never defends Zach Wilson,” Cowherd continued. “They call it as they see it, as they should, I respect that. Chicago media: ‘This guy deserves another year.’ He is, in the second half, Zach Wilson. The New York media calls it, the truth. The Chicago media has been protecting him and buying into this ‘ we really like him’ [from the Bears]. Stop it, c’mon.”
“I’m offended by being looped in with whoever he is talking about as propping up Justin Fields and not speaking the truth,” Spiegel said. “He’s not listening to this show enough, Danny…He’s going way too far to try and make a point.”
Parkins replied, “To say that Justin Fields is Zach Wilson so that Chicago media should treat Justin like New York media treats Zach Wilson, I just think it’s crazy…I do think Chicago media is softer than New York media. We are.”
Spiegel interjected, “I think [Cowherd] is inventing a particular branch of the media, which I don’t believe exists anymore.”
Parkins came back with, “The New York media would not treat Justin [Fields] like they have treated Zach Wilson, because Justin has accomplished more than Zach Wilson.”