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104.3 The Fan Turns In Stellar Summer Book in Denver

“Mark Schlereth and Mike Evans remained the market’s best performing sports talk show, registering a 6.4 share to finish 1st from 6a-9a.”

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The string of ratings wins continued in 2021 for Denver’s 104.3 The Fan. In the summer book, the market’s top rated brand secured a 2nd place finish in weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p) courtesy of a 5.0 share. That was up from a 4.9, 5th place finish in the spring book. Year over year the station is down from 2nd. All numbers are for Men 25-54.

Turning to the station’s weekday shows, Mark Schlereth and Mike Evans remained the market’s best performing sports talk show. ‘Schlereth and Evans’ registered a 6.4 share in mornings to finish 1st between 6a-9a. They were also 1st in the spring book with a 6.8 and in the winter book with a 7.8. Their only blemish is a drop from the 2020 summer book when they produced a massive 11.3 share. That’s a pretty good problem to have.

In middays, The Fan’s “Orlando and Sandy” placed 7th in their final book together with a 3.8 share from 9a-12p. Orlando Franklin has since left the show to pursue a career in coaching. Sandy Clough has since moved into The Fan’s evening hours to partner with Shawn Drotar.

The second part of middays,“Stokley and Zach”, which features Brandon Stokley and Zach Bye finished 5th with a 4.6 share between the hours of 12p-3p. The midday duo were up from 6th and a 4.1 in 2020.

In afternoons, “The Drive with Tyler Polumbus and DMac” ranked 3rd for the quarter with a 5.1 share. They slid back from 2nd and a 6.7 share in 2020.

Wrapping up in evenings, “Nick and Cecil” which features Nick Ferguson and Cecil Lammey came in 20th from 6p-9p. “The Fan Late Night with Shawn Drotar” finished 14th in its final book with a 2.0 share. Drotar joined forces with Sandy Clough on September 20th. The fall book will provide the first look at how they perform together.

Elsewhere in the market, the home of the Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies, KOA finished the summer book in 23rd in weekday prime (M-F 6a-7p) with a 1.6 share. The station’s sports programs, “Logan and Lewis” ranked 21st with a 0.7 in their final book, “Big Al and Jojo” finished 26th in afternoons with a 1.2, and “Broncos Country Tonight with Ryan Edwards and Benjamin Allbright” (along with Rockies baseball) came in 19th with a 1.9 share. KOA has since moved Logan into afternoon drive alongside Williams. Those changes went into effect on September 20th so the duo’s first quarterly performance will come in the 2021 fall book.

Meanwhile for Altitude Sports Radio, the station finished the summer in 24th in weekday prime with a 1.3 share. The best news for the quarter came in afternoons where the team of Andy Lindahl and Nate Kreckman popped a 2.1 share to finish 19th. Next up was the morning team of Vic Lombardi, Marc Moser and Brett Kane. The trio ranked 25th between 6a-10a with a 1.0 share. Closing things out in middays were Ryan Harris, Scott Hastings and Josh Dover who delivered a 0.7 to rank 30th.

With the Nuggets and Avalanche back in action and the Denver Broncos generating their usual fall interest, a cume lift should come for all three brands in the final book of the year.

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David Feherty Launches Weekly SiriusXM Show

“David’s unique blend of wit and golf wisdom, and his experience from a lifetime in the game, really make him one of a kind.”

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SiriusXM announced today that David Feherty, who has been entertaining golf audiences with his witty perspective on the game for more than two decades, is joining SiriusXM to launch a new weekly show.

Feherty will team up with fellow former pro and SiriusXM host John Maginnes for Feherty and Maginnes. The show will be on Monday evenings on the SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio channel.

They will preview the new show this Wednesday at 5pm. The show officially starts in its new time slot on January 3rd, as the PGA TOUR season picks up steam with the Hawaii tournaments.

“I can’t wait to work with John Maginnes,” said Feherty.  “He is one of my favorite people and SiriusXM will be a really fun platform for us. The over/under on both of us getting canceled is about six weeks!”

The format will include long form interviews with personalities from the world of golf with storytelling to the listeners coming from the golf expertise of Feherty and Maginnes, who both had playing careers on the PGA Tour.

“David’s unique blend of wit and golf wisdom, and his experience from a lifetime in the game, really make him one of a kind,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer. “SiriusXM is the perfect platform for his many great stories and the insightful and revealing conversations he’ll have with his guests.  We are thrilled to pair him up with John and bring together two terrific personalities who will deliver an entertaining, must-listen show for our listeners.”

Feherty spent time following his playing career at CBS and NBC as well as his own show on the Golf Channel.

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Industry Analyst Predicts Crypto Will Surpass Gambling In Sports World

Industry sources believe that crypto could grow into a $100 million dollar industry for sports television within the next year.

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Industry insiders have believed for quite a while that sports betting was the future for sponsorship and advertisement revenue, but it appears that there is a new venture on the rise that is quickly surpassing it.

Crypto.com made a huge statement in purchasing the Staples Center in what will be known as Crypto.com Arena come Christmas Day.

SponsorUnited Founder and President Bob Lynch believes that there is no doubt that Crypto and Blockchain will far exceed sports betting as the premiere revenue money maker for the sports industry over the next decade.

“They’re essentially buying equity,” which would be particularly valuable in an industry that is still widely doubted, Lynch said on Crypto.com’s purchase of the arena. “The Lakers and Clippers have global exposure, media value and mentions that give instant brand legitimacy with top-of-mind awareness through national/global TV exposure,”

Crypto has already started to push its way into major advertisements for key events in the world of sports. Cryptocurrency exchange FTX purchased an ad in this upcoming Super Bowl, and already has the backing of the biggest star in professional football. Tom Brady has an equity stake in the company.

Crypto.com is already the sponsor of FOX‘s college football studio show, Big Noon Kickoff, on top of running ads during broadcasts of the game as well.

Industry sources believe that crypto could grow into a $100 million dollar industry for sports television within the next year. It seems that the possibilities are endless for crypto within the sports landscape. While sports gambling certainly isn’t going away from the public eye, it could be overtaken by crypto in terms of ad spending and sponsorship visibility very soon.

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Colin Cowherd: Lincoln Riley At USC Is Good For Networks

“Colin Cowherd pointed out that when USC is a contender, LA watches.”

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Colin Cowherd is a self-professed college football fan. When the sport is interesting, he talks about it. The sport may never be more interesting than when the coaching carousel is spinning.

On Mondy’s edition of The Herd on FS1 and FOX Sports Radio, Cowherd dove in on USC’s hire of Lincoln Riley. He says that it is good for college football that Riley left Oklahoma for Los Angeles.

“My phone blew up yesterday, not only because people know I’m kind of a USC honk, but network people,” Cowherd said. “They’re like ‘do you understand how big this is for networks?’”.

Colin Cowherd pointed out that when USC is a contender, LA watches. He noted that when USC lost to Texas in the 2006 Rose Bowl, ABC scored a 22.5 rating in the city.

“The networks want USC to be good. You know why? Because New York, DC, and Boston have never watched college football. Chicago does and LA does. So the Big Ten being good is good for college football TV ratings. But LA doesn’t watch college football anymore. They will now.”

As for the hard times USC has fallen on and been stuck in mostly since Pete Carroll bolted for the NFL, Cowherd is not particularly worried. He pointed out that Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State, and Notre Dame were all down before they hired the right coach. Programs at the blue blood level in the sport have a way of bouncing back quickly.

Network executives are hoping Cowherd’s assessment is correct. USC is the only brand on the West Coast capable of resonating on a national level.

The Los Angeles sports landscape has changed though. When USC was a celebrity program under Pete Carroll, the city did not have an NFL team. Now it has two. The Dodgers were not annual contenders in Major League Baseball. The Lakers had stars, but the Clippers didn’t. Now both do.

Does LA love college football enough for the Trojans to turn some heads in the city with the most stars in the sports world?

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