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670 The Score Wins Summer Book, ESPN 1000 Makes Progress

“Parkins and Spiegel held one advantage for the book over other shows, they finished #1 in afternoons among non-Hispanic stations.”

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Sports radio listening was alive and well in Chicago for the summer book. 670 The Score turned in the stronger numbers for the quarter among local brands, but ESPN 1000 also gained ground, giving both sides positive momentum entering the fall.

Starting with The Score, the station won the quarter, delivering a 4.1 to rank 5th in the M-SU 6a-Mid category. The Score also produced a 4.8 to place 4th M-F 6a-7p. Those numbers and all used throughout this article are for the coveted Men 25-54 demo and include the combined shares of over the air radio listening and streaming.

Among The Score’s weekday shows, middays were where the brand enjoyed its highest shares. Dan Bernstein and Leila Rahimi popped a 5.9 share M-F 9a-12p to rank 3rd. Laurence Holmes was next best with a 5.3 from Noon to 2p to finish 4th. Bernstein and Rahimi were slightly down two tenths from the spring book. Holmes picked up five tenths during the quarter.

In the drive times, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel popped a 4.7 during their M-F 2p-6p slot to rank 4th. Parkins and Spiegel did hold one advantage for the book over other shows though, they finished #1 in afternoon drive among non-Hispanic stations (the top 3 rated stations during Chicago’s 2p-6p timeslot were Mexican Regional and Spanish Contemporary brands). Rounding things out in morning drive, Mike Mulligan and David Haugh reeled in a 4.6 to finish 6th. Mully and Haugh recorded the best quarter to quarter gain though on the station, adding 1.1 points. Parkins and Spiegel were slightly down by two tenths,

For ESPN 1000, the news was much better in the summer than it was in the spring. The station received a 2.7 M-SU 6a-Mid to finish 18th for the book. Among all stations M-F 6a-7p, ESPN 1000 finished tied for 14th with a 2.9. Both numbers were up over a share from the spring book. Good progress.

Looking at the weekday shows, 1000 elevated its morning performance from the spring, delivering a 2.1 share between 5a-9a to earn a tie for 16th. That was up over a share from the prior book. The 5a-9a hours represent two hours of Max-Keyshawn-Jay Willams and two hours of David Kaplan and Jonathan Hood.

In middays, the combination of one hour of Kaplan and Hood and two hours of Carmen DeFalco and John Jurkovic, lifted 1000 to an 11th place 3.2 share finish M-F from 9a-12p. That performance represented a gain of ten ranked positions and a 1.7 share increase. Very strong. Mike Greenberg’s national show, which airs on ESPN 1000 M-F 12p-2p remained the station’s best performer for the quarter, securing a 4.4 share to finish in 7th. Greeny was 6th last book with a 4.3 share, showing the program has been consistently well received in the windy city.

Wrapping things up, 1000’s afternoon team of Waddle & Silvy, featuring Marc Silverman and Tom Waddle, helped the brand snag a 14th place finish with a 2.8 share M-F 2p-6p. That was a 1.3 share increase and ten position jump from the spring book, another positive boost for the station.

At night is where ESPN 1000 enjoyed a head to head win against The Score. The combo of Chicago White Sox baseball and Chris Bleck & Adam Abdalla carried 1000 to a tie for 13th with a 3.2. The Score’s airing of Chicago Cubs baseball and evening talk shows produced a 3.0 to finish 16th.

It’s worth pointing out that 1000 had a rough July but saw a big turnaround in the August monthly. The station went from 0.2 5a-7a, 1.2 7a-10a, 1.7 10a-12p, 2.3 12p-2p, and 1.4 2p-6p in the July monthly to an 0.8, 2.6, 3.7, 5.3 and 3.6 in August. If that activity carries forward to the fall book, especially with the White Sox in the playoffs, the station has a chance to make the race tighter.

That said tightening and winning are two different things, and right now The Score is rolling. The station has won all three books in 2021, has good consistency throughout the lineup, and is positioned well to remain strong in the fall.

Congrats goes out to Mitch Rosen and The Score team on winning the book, and to Mike Thomas and the ESPN 1000 team on making significant progress in the summer book. Chicago listeners have two top notch sports radio brands vying for their attention, and it’s nice to see each side with positive stories to tell heading into the fall book.

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Jim Moore Joins Jason Puckett On 950 KJR

“Moore announced the move on his Facebook page on Monday.”

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Tuesday is going to be a big one for KJR. The iHeartMedia station will carry the first ever regular season game for the Seattle Kraken. It is also adding a new name to its own roster as Jim Moore joins the midday show after a year on the sports radio sidelines in Seattle.

Moore was part of layoffs at Bonneville in November. He had spent nearly a decade in afternoon drive on ESPN 710 Seattle. Now, he joins Jason Puckett in middays on 950 KJR. Moore announced the move on his Facebook page on Monday.

Puckett made an announcement of his own on Monday with an awkwardly shot video of himself and Moore at Newcastle Golf Club. The duo promised to deliver “golf, gambling advice, Coors Lights, Coug Talk, and fun”.

Last month, Jim Moore spoke out about more changes at his former station. In a column for the Tacoma News Tribune, he described his relationship with Mike Salk, former program director and recently reinstated morning drive host, as tense.

It will be interesting to see just how much the first show sets the tone for Puckett and Moore’s partnership going forward. Certainly the first day is always its own thing, but a show on the day that the city’s brand new NHL franchise plays its first ever game may also have a unique feel to it.

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Moose and Maggie: Troy Aikman Is ‘Tough To Take’

“Usually Troy is pretty balanced. He was laying it on pretty thick,” Maggie Gray said on Monday’s edition of WFAN’s Moose & Maggie.

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The Dallas Cowboys cruised to a Week 5 victory on Sunday. America’s team demolished the Giants thanks to three passing touchdowns from Dak Prescott and 110 yards on the ground from Zeke Elliott. There was no denying that the Cowboys were the better team, but two WFAN hosts thought Troy Aikman went a little overboard in the FOX broadcast booth.

“Usually Troy is pretty balanced. He was laying it on pretty thick,” Maggie Gray said on Monday’s edition of WFAN’s Moose & Maggie.

She said that Aikman’s praise of Dak Prescott was “over the top” and thought it was unnecessary for the former Cowboys QB to say that the Giants “aren’t even in the Cowboys’ league.”

Troy Aikman may not be entirely wrong. With both rosters fully healthy, the Cowboys are clearly a more talented team. But the Giants got pretty beat up on Sunday, losing quarterback Daniel Jones to a concussion and running back Saquon Barkley to an ankle injury.

“They were good against a team that should have waived a white flag halfway through the fourth quarter if they could have,” Gray added.

Her partner, Marc Malusis is generally a fan of Troy Aikman. He agreed though that things were a little much on Sunday.

“I like Aikman doing a game, but it’s a little tough to take with the Cowboys,” Malusis added. “He’s excited! The Cowboys are back!”

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Pat McAfee, Baltimore Restaurant Bet Crab Cakes On Monday Night Football

“There is plenty of crab and bragging rights on the line in Baltimore tonight.”

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Pat McAfee isn’t shy about rooting for the Indianapolis Colts. They are the only team he ever suited up for in the NFL after trading for his draft rights in 2009. So, naturally, McAfee put his money where his mouth is on tonight’s game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Colts.

McAfee and Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, a popular Maryland restaurant, made a pretty hefty wager on who would win the battle. The Colts limp in at 1-3 and are fighting for their playoff lives.

“I have a bet with them tonight,” McAfee said on his show. “If the Colts win, which is gonna happen, alright, for the sake of this bet. This is going to happen this team’s bonded. Alright, I saw them boarding the team plane via the Colts social media. They all look like they are upbeat and happy, and confident. 

“If the Colts win, Jimmy will donate $1000 in crab cakes to Indianapolis first responders. If the Ravens win, I have to purchase $1,000 worth of crab cakes for our listeners.”

There is plenty of crab and bragging rights on the line in Baltimore tonight.

Jimmy’s Seafood is well-known for being a die-hard supporter of Maryland-based sports teams. McAfee made sure to note that all of the food is shippable and will taste like it just came off of the boat in Baltimore Harbor, all while upping the ante live on the air.

“They do ship nationwide, and it tastes just as good as if you were in Baltimore,” McAfee confirmed. “I say let’s make it $5,000, alright? $5,000 for each, I assume he agrees, so that’s what’s on the line tonight. $5,000 worth of crab cakes for listeners, $5,000 worth of crab cakes for first responders. Let’s assume everybody is going to end up with crab cakes somehow.”

The Mannings are still a few weeks from returning to Monday Night Football, but McAfee just gave his audience plenty of shellfish reasons to tune in for the action.

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