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92.9 ESPN In Memphis, 105.7 The Fan In Baltimore Deliver Big Summer Numbers

“92.9 ESPN remained dominant for the quarter in Memphis, finishing 1st in both weekday prime (13.2) and the full week (10.7).”

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The summer ratings books in Baltimore and Memphis gave each market’s leading sports radio station a reason to celebrate. Audacy’s owned and operated brands 92.9 ESPN in Memphis, and 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore both enjoyed stellar growth. Congratulations goes out to the on-air and management teams in both cities.

We’ll start in Memphis, where 92.9 ESPN remained dominant for the quarter. The station came in 1st in weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p) with a 13.2 share. Another 1st place finish was earned for the full week (M-SU 6a-Mid) thanks to a 10.7 share. All numbers in this article are with Men 25-54 unless noted otherwise.

Turning to the individual shows, the top performance this quarter came from the Geoff Calkins Show. Geoff produced a 17.8 during his mid-morning timeslot to finish 1st overall. Calkins performance over the past year has him ranked 1st overall with a 14.9 share. Outstanding.

Next up was the Gary Parrish Show. Parrish crushed once again in afternoons, finishing 1st with a 17.6 share, just two tenths behind Calkins for the station’s best performance. Parrish does gain bragging rights over Calkins when sizing up the full year. He has a station best 15.0 share, also making him 1st overall.

Coming in third was the mid-afternoon team of Giannotto and Jeffrey. Mark Giannotto and Jeffrey Wright finished 1st in their timeslot with a 13.7 share for the quarter. They’re also 1st overall for the year with an 11.8 share.

The fourth best show finish came from Jason and John. John Martin and Jason Smith delivered an 8.8 share to secure 1st place during their midday slot. For the full year they’re sitting in 3rd with a 7.8 share.

Not to be forgotten, ‘The Six’, the station’s hourly recap program from 6p-7p which is part of the overall weekday prime schedule came in 2nd with a 12.6. ESPN Radio’s Keyshawn, JWill and Max, which airs 5a-9a on the station, generated a 2nd place 10. share during the prime hours of 6a-9a. For the full year, the ESPN Radio trio are 3rd with a 7.7 share.

Moving northeast to Baltimore, the news was once again positive for 105.7 The Fan. The market’s leading sports radio station turned in a strong summer book, pulling in an 8.2 share in weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p) to finish 3rd.

The station enjoyed a big performance at night from Baltimore Orioles baseball and Sports with Coleman. The Fan’s 11.1 share placed the brand 1st overall in the category.

Moving to mornings, the ‘Big Bad Morning Show’ with Rob Long, Ed Norris and Jeremy Conn took 1st overall with a massive 12.5 share. The show was strong in other demos too, popping a 16.1 with Men 18-34, and a massive 20.5 with Men 25-34.

In middays, ‘Vinny and Haynie’, which features Bob Haynie and Vinny Cerrato, secured a 4th place finish with a 4.9 share. Fourth place was also where the afternoon show ‘Inside Access with Jason LaCanfora and Ken Weinman’ finish. They produced a 6.0 share during the hours of 2p-6p.

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.

Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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