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Sports Radio Shines In 2021 Marconi Nominations

The awards are announced on Oct. 13 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Russ Heltman

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Courtesy: National Association of Broadcasters

The 2021 National Association of Broadcasters announced nominees for the Marconi Awards as the industry eagerly prepares for the event on Oct. 13 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Attendees registering for the radio show in Sin City attend the Marconi Reception immediately after Wednesday’s “Putting Podcasting to Work for Local Revenue and Marketing” session. Sports radio has a litany of names and stations on the list of nominees this year.

Starting in the “Legendary Manager of the Year” category, Joe Bell represents the Beasley Media Group. Philadelphia’s 97.5 The Fanatic resides under his umbrella and is fresh off a strong showing in the spring ratings book.

The Musers on 96.7/1310 The Ticket in Dallas, Texas, are collecting nominations like paperweights at this point, as the whole group is up for “Major Market Personality of the Year.” George Dunham, Craig Miller, and Gordon Keith have been entertaining listeners for more than 20 years during morning drive on the Ticket. The trio is on the air from 5:30a-10a CT and have now added their sixth Marconi Award nomination.

Only one sports station made the cut as nominee for “Major Market Station of the Year”. That station is 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston, MA. The legendary sports radio brand has recently been on a tear in the Boston ratings.

Three podcasts with ties to the sports format or local/national sports brands made the cut for “Best Radio Podcast of the Year,” including, Garage Logic, from Hubbard Radio in Minneapolis, Purple Daily, from SKOR North in Minneapolis, and Outkick the Coverage with Clay Travis, from Premiere Radio Networks.

Last but certainly not least, there were five nominees for “Sports Station of the Year”. Cracking the list this year included, 92.9 ESPN in Memphis, TN, 1460 KXNO in Des Moines, IA, Sports Radio WIP in Philadelphia, PA, 96.7/1310 The Ticket in Dallas, TX, and 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit, MI.

The awards were established in 1989 and named after Nobel Prize winner and inventor Guglielmo Marconi.

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Jonathan Peterlin Takes Over Night Show On 92.3 The Fan

“”Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.””

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92.3 The Fan in Cleveland now has a permanent host for its nightly show in Jonathan Peterlin.

Peterlin wrote in a post for the Audacy station’s website on Tuesday that his show will be called Overtime with Jonathan Peterlin and will air each night starting at 7 p.m.

“This is a dream job,” he said. “Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.”

Peterlin had been the afternoon update anchor at 92.3 The Fan since 2016, even hosting on weekends and on a fill-in basis. Prior to that, he spent three years in a similar role at Yahoo Sports Radio.

He wrote that listeners in Cleveland will not need an introduction or reintroduction to who he is.

“You know me and I know you,” he said. “We’ve spent the past nearly 7 years getting to know each other on a daily basis…We were there for each other. Along the way I hope that I’ve earned your trust. Through the good times and the bad, the ups and the downs.”

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Layoffs Hit Pro Football Focus

“The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.”

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Pro Football Focus has laid off 16 employees, according to a report from Front Office Sports.

The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.

The company, which Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth owns a majority, still employs just over 200 people.

NFL reporter Doug Kyed was among the layoffs. Kyed had been at PFF since July 2021.

Additionally, 11 interns were also let go.

While PFF remains popular and profitable from a football analytics perspective, there had been a shift since the Silver Lake investment into attracting more sports betting and fantasy football customers. The FOS report indicated a chunk of the $50 million funding was used to develop an iPhone app.

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Laurence Holmes: Tim Jenkins Twitter Beef With Mike North Proves The Score Has Gotten Smarter

“Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

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Former NFL quarterback Tim Jenkins had an interesting back and forth on Twitter with former 670 The Score host Mike North over Bears quarterback Justin Fields. Jenkins broke down a piece of film from Chicago’s game against Green Bay on Sunday, saying he didn’t agree with the notion that Fields doesn’t go through his progressions and is more of a runner.

North disagreed, saying wide receiver Dante Pettis was wide open on that particular play, and that Fields missed him.

Jenkins responded, saying North’s take was “not intellectually honest.”

In his weekly appearance on Bernstein & Holmes on The Score, Jenkins talked about the exchange not knowing North’s connection to the station.

“There’s a radio guy up there, Mike North, he was real mad,” Jenkins said. “And I tried to handle it gently because like listen, the first thing in his bio was he was born in 1952. And if my grand-pappy is on Twitter roasting somebody, I hope to handle them gently. And I tried to.”

Host Laurence Holmes said it was truly a meta moment for their show and the station. He talked about how having access to a guy like Jenkins is a sign the station, like many others have done across the country, have grown with the game.

“It speaks to the evolution of this radio station,” Holmes said. “Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

The discussion turned to the evolution of the quarterback position in the NFL, and Holmes noted that there are some who just don’t recognize that the game has changed and called for a quarterback to be able to throw accurately but pick up yards and keep plays going with their legs.

“I’m here for the nuance, but people continue to ignore what is a trend,” Holmes said. “And I don’t mean that as a pejorative. The trend in the NFL is dual-threat quarterbacks. Look up and down the rosters.”

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