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The Fan in Indy & The Fan in Portland Deliver In Summer Book

“JMV produced The Fan’s best numbers in Indy for the quarter, turning in an 8.2 in afternoon drive. Primetime with Isaac and Suke, produced a market best 4.4 share for the quarter in Portland.”

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The summer book in Indianapolis produced good news for market leader 93.5/107.5 The Fan. The news was equally rewarding for Portland’s top sports radio brand 1080 The Fan. Let’s take a closer look at what took place during the summer months in both markets.

Starting in Indy, The Fan finished the quarter in weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p) delivering a 7.2 share. For the full week (M-SU 6a-Mid, The Fan scored a 5.4 share. All numbers are with Men 25-54 unless noted otherwise.

Among the weekday shows, The Drive with JMV produced the station’s biggest numbers for the quarter, turning in an 8.2 in afternoon drive. Next up was the midday show with Dan Dakich, which recorded a 7.6 share. Wrapping things up was The Fan Morning Show generating a 6.8 share, and the station’s airing of ESPN Radio’s ‘Greeny’, which delivered a 6.9 share.

A few other impressive stories in Indy from The Fan included a strong 6.8 share in weekday prime with Persons 25-54, and a 6.0 share with Persons 18-49. The brand’s best show in other categories for the quarter was JMV’s afternoon show which turned in an impressive 7.8 with Persons 25-54, and a 7.0 with Persons 18-49.

Moving to Portland, the shares were lower than Indy, but for 1080 The Fan, the victories over local market competitors 750 The Game and Rip City Radio 620 were enough to make the summer book a positive one. What made it especially gratifying for 1080 was the fact that the brand’s wins were secured without adding its streaming performance. The station doesn’t total line report, making the numbers strictly an Over The Air performance. Considering that 90% of radio listening in the market occurs on the FM dial, and the station is delivering a big audience thru its app and podcast downloads, if those ever do get added to the mix, it could change the conversation in future books.

Nonetheless, we start with the full week (M-SU 6a-Mid) where 1080 snagged a 2.3 share to finish a full point ahead of 750 The Game’s 1.3 share. Rip City was further back at a 0.6. The same story existed in weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p) where 1080 pulled a 2.4, The Game had a 1.4 and Rip City popped a 0.7. All numbers are for Men 25-54, sports radio’s targeted demo.

Looking at the weekday shows, The Game earned a win in mornings (6a-9a) thanks to The Dan Patrick Show. DP has performed well in Portland over the years, and for the summer book, the show picked up a 2.4, tripling 1080 and Rip City which tied with a 0.8. 1080’s morning show is hosted by Dirt & Sprague. Rip City is represented in morning drive by Rip City Mornings with Justin Myers.

During the 12p-3p hours, 1080 won the quarter thanks to the midday team of AJ & Dusty. AJ McCord and Dusty Harrah reeled in a 2.1 share, which placed them three tenths of a point in front of The Game’s John Canzano. Rip City’s airing of the Doug Gottlieb Show was further back at a 0.7.

In afternoon drive, Primetime with Isaac and Suke, featuring Isaac Ropp and Jason Scukanec, won their timeslow by producing a market best 4.4 share for the quarter. 1080’s program was nearly five times stronger than Rip City’s Chad Doing and Travis Demers, and The Game’s airing of CBS Sports Radio’s Zach Gelb Show.

Wrapping things up at night, 1080 finished in front of the competition with a 1.5 share. That performance doubled the production from The Game and Rip City Radio.

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SURVEY: 16.9% of All Sports Radio Listeners Are Streaming

The survey found that in May 2022, 16.9% of sports talk radio’s audience tunes in via the station’s online stream. That news comes as Nielsen reported that 11.3% of all radio listenership comes thru a stream, up from 6.9% in May of 2020.

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According to Nielsen, All Sports radio stations are the third-most streamed spoken word format, just behind Talk/Personality and News/Talk/Info. The trend is continuing to show that streaming is on the uptick.

The survey found that in May 2022, 16.9% of sports talk radio’s audience tunes in via the station’s online stream. That news comes as Nielson reported that 11.3% of all radio listenership comes thru a stream, up from 6.9% in May of 2020.

Nielsen notes that in the 45 PPM markets they are grabbing data from and the 4,800+ stations that stream in those markets, just 30% of them are encoded. That encoding allows for Nielsen to accurately measure the streams. They used the listener data from 1,500 stations across the U.S., in its latest report, AM/FM Radio Streaming Growth in PPM Markets

The survey also showed that streaming levels differ widely by radio format. Spoken word formats display strong streaming listenership (Talk/Personality: 31.2%, News/Talk/Info: 19.1%, All Sports: 16.9%). In fact, Nielsen found that 1/3 of all AM/FM streaming in PPM markets is to spoken word formats.

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New Study Finds Listeners to MLB on Radio Are Willing to Spend

More than one third (34%) of the respondents recently purchased clothing/apparel that features their favorite team… 27% have visited a ballpark in the past year. That compares to only 19% of the average MLB fan base has made an apparel purchase to support their team while just 11% have gone to a game in person in that same time span.

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When it comes to advertiser’s attempting to reach an affluent and engaged audience, sports talk radio might have a whale on their hands. Major League Baseball play-by-play features an audience that has money and has no problems spending it.

In a recent MRI-Simmons study, data shows that consumers who listen to MLB broadcasts on the radio are the perfect audience for sports marketers. According to the analysis, done by Katz Radio Group, nearly two thirds (62%) of those surveyed consider themselves “super fans” of baseball. That number is 58% higher than the average.

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Those “super fans” are willing to spend to support their team, as well. More than one third (34%) of the respondents recently purchased clothing/apparel that features their favorite team. Those fans are also far more willing to make the trip to see their team. The study found that 27% have visited a ballpark in the past year. That compares to only 19% of the average MLB fan base has made an apparel purchase to support their team while just 11% have gone to a game in person in that same time span.

The news continues getting better for advertisers. Continued analysis reveals that 66% of listeners are currently employed and have a median household income greater than $106,000.

Listeners to MLB games on the radio are also 34% more likely to place a sports bet and 106% more likely to be a participant in fantasy baseball.

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Jeff Dean Signs Off At ESPN Tucson for The Final Time

Dean said on Facebook: “…the years of burning the candle at both ends has taken a dire toll on my health and for the first time in my life, I’m going to put myself and my livelihood first”

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Fans will no longer be able to tune into ESPN Tucson and hear Jeff Dean hosting his show. Friday morning was his last show, according to his Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Jeff Dean Show had been airing from 7-9a MT weekday mornings. Dean took to social media to relay the news and the reason behind him stepping away from the microphone. Dean said on Facebook:

“This morning I signed off from my radio show on ESPN Tucson for the final time. I have been devoting too much of my life and my time to working multiple jobs…the years of burning the candle at both ends has taken a dire toll on my health and for the first time in my life, I’m going to put myself and my livelihood first”

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Dean went on to emphasize that he isn’t stepping away from ESPN Tucson, he’s just taking himself off the air. He also added that “gladly, I will be continuing my position as PA announcer of University of Arizona Football and Men’s basketball.”

Dean would also go onto Twitter to add even further context for his self-removal from the ESPN Tucson airwaves. He added, “It’s not a decision I arrived at hastily, as it’s been a 6 month mental grind to make the ultimate decision that had to be made, and I’m not particularly happy about it, but I have to put my health first, we all do, and make sure we’re around long enough to enjoy life”.

Dean had been ESPN Tucson’s morning host since November 2019.

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