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Share of Ear Survey: Most Radio Listening Still Done Via Broadcast Signal

“Among people 13 and older, 86% preferred to listen to their favorite station via the over-the-air signal.”

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We talk a lot about the changing consumption patterns for our listeners, but according to Edison research, radio is still the most popular way to consume radio. The latest “Share of Ear” study asked respondents how they listen to their favorite radio stations. The terrestrial signal won by a large margin.

Among people 13 and older, 86% of them are still consuming radio via the over-the-air signal. When it comes to adults between 18 and 49, that number drops slightly to 80%. That is clearly still an overwhelming favorite.

More overall listening is done via streaming, with the phone being the most popular option. When it comes to listening to radio content though, only 8% of people 13 and up said it was their top choice.

Computers and smart speakers represented the next two most popular means of listening to the radio. Internet-connected smart televisions showed up at number four. Those devices are becoming an increasingly more popular means of consuming radio content.

“Late last year we reported that for total audio listening, the phone surpassed the radio set for the first time,” a statement from Edison reads. “While it is always risky to predict the future, it seems reasonably safe to bet that the phone will be the primary battle zone for consumers’ time spent listening going forward. As of today, only a relatively small portion of time spent listening to audio on the smartphone goes to ‘radio.’ As radio charts a future that is less dependent on the single-function ‘radio set,’ success on the phone, as well as other internet-enabled devices, is imperative.”

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Larry Krueger Accuses 49ers of Leaking Information to Rich Eisen

“The SF Gate is not buying Krueger’s theory.”

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Very few voices in the Bay Area carry as much weight with sports fans as Larry Krueger. The former KNBR host took to Twitter on Thursday to openly question how Rich Eisen seems to know so much about the team’s quarterback plans.

The quarterback room in San Francisco is crowded and trying to make sense of a preseason depth chart is complicated. Yet somehow, the NFL Network host seems to know exactly how the team plans to handle Trey Lance, Brock Purdy and Sam Darnold.

“If Purdy starts throwing now, and he starts showing up, and he can go in training camp, and they’re looking at him saying, ‘Oh, he looks just like the kid last year,’ and he’s not sitting there with his arm in ice, and he does what he needs to in training camp, and he does what he needs to do in the first preseason game, then he’s your guy,” Eisen said on his Tuesday radio show.

He added that if that happens, the team will begin taking calls about trade offers for Lance. His contract features a team option for a fifth season. Given how little Lance has played through his first two seasons, Eisen said that whether or not to pick up the option is a decision the 49ers are happy to let someone else make.

Larry Krueger does not think this is just Eisen saying what he would do.

The SF Gate is not buying Krueger’s theory. Writer Gabe Fernandez noted that if Eisen did have insider knowledge of the team’s quarterback plans, surely he would be sharing juicer information than just what could be inferred by any football fan.

Larry Krueger was let go last year from KNBR, a station he had worked for for 25 years. He has been busy though. His YouTube show boasts over 10,000 subscribers. He has also hosted shows for KNBR’s crosstown rival 95.7 The Game.

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Q Myers Celebrates Memorial Day With All Military Guest Lineup on Raider Nation Radio

“One of my most satisfying moments is when I get a text or a tweet from a veteran or an active military member that thanks us for recognizing them and how essential and important they are in our local community.”

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Raider Nation Radio is all about giving Las Vegas extensive coverage of its local NFL team. On Friday though, it became about something more. Host and programmer Q Myers used his show to pay tribute to everyone that served the country heading into the Memorial Day weekend.

Friday’s edition of Unnecessary Roughness featured guests with military backgrounds and ties. All of the guests will offer insight and opinions on the Raiders and the NFL, but also share their experience in the military and serving veterans.

Among the guests are three former players. Nate Boyer was a long snapper for the Seattle Seahawks as well as a former Green Beret. He joins Myers at 2:10 PT. Former Raiders quarterback Jay Schroeder was the team’s 2022 Salute to Service nominee for his work with veterans and advocacy for issues affecting them. He will be on at 3:15 PT. Finally, former Raiders running back Napolean McCallum, who played his college football for the US Naval Academy, will be in the studio at 4:30 PT.

Before taking over Lotus’s stations in Las Vegas, Q Myers was in Waco, Texas. It also has a large military community. Myers told BSM that is where he first learned the importance of acknowledging those listeners’ experiences.

“I came to realize how important we were to the Military community and the fact that there are so many people from many different parts of the country and different walks of life in our community. It was always important to take a few moments a segment or two, incorporate guests with military backgrounds or even former athletes that have that military background and acknowledge them and appreciate them,” he said.

Myers says he has been making similar efforts ever since arriving in Las Vegas, which is home to Nellis Air Force Base.

“One of my most satisfying moments is when I get a text or a tweet from a veteran or an active military member that thanks us for recognizing them and how essential and important they are in our local community,” he said. “It’s one of the things I take a lot of pride in and make sure I always reiterate to my staff not to forget.”

In addition to former players, fans and analysts that served in the military will also call in.

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Matt Spiegel: First Take Notes For Chris Russo are ‘Chaotic Scribbling of a Madman’

“When Stephen A is talking, or when Molly is talking, or Orlovsky is talking, he is circling numbers on a piece of paper waiting for his own turn to talk.”

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Earlier this week, Molly Qerim got to do something she says she has wanted to do forever. Chris Russo gave her permission to share a picture of his First Take notes on Twitter.

The only way to describe the notes is to call them pure chaos. The photo elicited all kinds of disbelief as people noticed that most of Mad Dog’s notes are just names, circles and numbers with no context for why they are important. 

“It’s the anxiety-filled, chaotic, chaotic scribbling of a madman,” Matt Spiegel said Thursday on 670 The Score as he and Danny Parkins marveled at the picture.

The Chicago duo theorized these are more likely doodles than notes. Parkins noted that one of the bubbles Russo drew contained the names Molly Qerim and Dan Orlovsky.

“When Stephen A is talking, or when Molly is talking, or Orlovsky is talking, he is circling numbers on a piece of paper waiting for his own turn to talk,” Parkins said. “And if it’s not Stephen A, who he knows, he writes ‘Dan Orlovsky’ down there so he can go ‘DAN! DAN! DAN!.’ He reminds himself what the subject is because he’s not listening to other people.”

Chris Russo spent 19 years working alongside Mike Francesa on WFAN in New York. The two were notorious for talking over each other. 

Spiegel theorized that means there are probably thousands of pages of notes just like the one Qerim tweeted out in Russo’s home. He suggested that Russo publish them.

“I would buy it,” Parkins said. “I’d buy it for $19.95. 100 percent. He could have my $20.”

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