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SportsRadio 94WIP Finishes First in Philadelphia Fall Ratings Book

“SportsRadio 94WIP completed a first-place finish with a 14.1 full-week share in the fall book.”

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Sports in Philadelphia during the fall usually produces high interest. That was once again the case last quarter as both local sports radio stations experienced gains across several dayparts according to Nielsen Audio results. SportsRadio 94WIP finished on top in weekday prime (M-F, 6a-7p) with a 14.2 share among Men 25-54. That represents the second-largest accumulation for the brand over the last four ratings books.

The new 94WIP Morning Show with Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie completed its third full book since taking over for Angelo Cataldi. The WIP legend retired in mid-February of last year. DeCamara and Ritchie garnered an outstanding 19.4 share for the quarter, the duo’s largest in the daypart thus far. That included a 10.4 radio number and 9.0 streaming number. The combined number helped the program finish first in its timeslot ahead of longtime morning show Preston & Steve on rock station WMMR-FM. A massive 9.4-share increase by the morning show from the summer book yielded the largest improvement at the station. Additionally, it beat Cataldi’s 15.5-share he attained during his final fall book last year, which also ranked him first.

The midday program, which features Hugh Douglas and Joe Giglio, amassed a 9.8 share in the fall book. That placed the show in third-place for the quarter. Douglas and Giglio were up from a 6.3 share in the summer book. Their share was down however from a 12.3 last fall when DeCamara and Ritchie ranked first in the timeslot.

SportsRadio 94WIP’s afternoon program which was anchored by Ike Reese and Jon Marks, earned a 12.8 share in the fall ratings book. That placed the show first for the quarter. Marks and Reese’s shares were split with 12.1 of it coming from over the air, and 0.7 being attained over their stream. The show gained 2.6 share points from the summer book. Year-over-year was the only setback as the program was 4.1 shares higher in the fall of 2022.

The Philadelphia Phillies advancing to the National League Championship Series helped SportsRadio 94WIP record a 17.3 share at night. Listenership was strong on the team’s radio home with a 15.7 share over the air and 1.6 share on the stream.

For Beasley Media Group’s 97.5 The Fanatic there were some positive signs as well. The morning show hosted by John Kincade featuring Bob Cooney and Pat Egan finished with a 3.3 share. That represented seven-tenths of a share point improvement from the summer book. Kincade’s program was relatively flat year-over-year, down one-tenth of a point. Overall, the show ranked 10th in the market for the fall book.

After the sudden exit of Anthony Gargano, which led to a lawsuit from his employer pertaining to a breach of contract, the midday slot has been occupied by Andrew Salciunas, his former producer. The program recorded a 2.8 share, up from a 2.2 share in the summer book. Year-over-year though, the program slipped from a fifth-place tie (4.4) to a 12th-place tie.

The best rating of the quarter for The Fanatic belonged to The Best Show Ever. Tyrone Johnson, Ricky Botallico and Jenn Scordo produced a 4.0 share for the fall book to finish ninth. That was eight-tenths of a share point better than their summer book performance. They were also seven tenths of a point better year-over-year.

Evenings on 97.5 The Fanatic resulted in a 2.6 share for the quarter. The station ranked 15th in the market during evening hours.

For the full-week (M-SU, 6a-12p) 97.5 The Fanatic delivered a 2.9 share to finish tied for 13th. Year-over-year was slightly down from a 2.9, which placed the station ninth in the fall of 2022. SportsRadio 94WIP completed a first-place finish for the full week with a 14.1 share. The station was 1.5 shares lower however from its fall book in 2022.

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KFC on WFAN: What Makes Barstool Sports Successful is the “Reality TV Aspect”

“Anybody that has success in entertainment and sports…I think there is going to be that desire to see behind the curtain and we just kind of opened the curtain willingly.”

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Kevin Clancy, better known as ‘KFC’ from Barstool Sports, filled in for Boomer Esiason on WFAN this morning with Gregg Giannatti. The two hosts discussed the feuding going on between members of the 1990’s Chicago Bulls as some players, most notably Scottie Pippen, are disputing some of what was said in The Last Dance back in 2020.

They compared the situation to some of what they face at their offices, noting they spend a lot of time with their co-workers, who aren’t members of their family or in most cases their best friends and drama can sometimes ensue. “Barstool has taken that office drama to a level that no one else has achieved,” Giannotti said to KFC. “When we do stuff like that here [at WFAN], it’s very rarely serious. The drama that you guys have, it’s real and it’s out there and that’s got to be a really difficult thing to deal with if you’re not prepared for it.”

“We usually refer to it as “being in the mud,” Clancy responded. “And there’s only certain people that can really live in the mud…It’s part of what made Barstool successful, is that reality TV aspect of it in that it is kind of like a team, and there is internal drama like clubhouse drama, locker room drama and the way we usually handle that is let’s do it out there and on the air.”

KFC talked about being a fan of WFAN and seeing it from the outside looking in. He said as a listener you could sense who was not a fan of certain people. He used the example of the feuds which would take place between Mike Francesa and Craig Carton and then the subsequent feuds Giannotti found himself in with “The Pope” when he took over for Carton.

“Anybody that has success in entertainment and sports…I think there is going to be that desire to see behind the curtain and we just kind of opened the curtain willingly,” KFC said about Barstool Sports. “We will probably fight each other more than anything, but then when there’s an outside problem, we close ranks and we are like, let’s handle business.”

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Gow Media Parts Ways With Sports Map Radio Program Director Craig Larson

“With Larson exiting, Gow Media will make another change, tapping into its partnership with VSiN to satisfy its Sports Map Radio affiliate stations.”

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It’s been a tough week in Houston for Gow Media. First, the company made cuts to ESPN 97.5, parting ways with the midday team of Joshua Beard, Michael Connor and Andrew Carlson. Then yesterday, the company informed longtime network program director Craig Larson that he too was unfortunately a budget cut casualty.

Larson had been with Gow Media since the company acquired the Sporting News Radio network in 2010. He started with Sporting News Radio as a producer in Illinois, moving next to Los Angeles to take on programming duties for the network before relocating to Houston to lead the outlet following David Gow’s acquisition of the brand.

During the fourteen years that Larson managed the network, it’s gone through a few changes. Gow elected to change the identity from Sporting News Radio to Yahoo Sports Radio in 2011. That was followed by rebrands to SB Nation Radio and its current name, Sports Map Radio.

With Larson exiting, Gow Media will tap into its partnership with VSiN to satisfy its Sports Map Radio affiliate stations. The two groups have already been working together. This just gives the sports betting network an even bigger push. It also helps Gow stand out better in a crowded national sports radio marketplace.

As for Larson, this is his first trip to free agency in nearly a quarter century. When reached by BSM, he acknowledged that his time with the company had come to an end. He added, ‘It was an amazing 14 years in Houston. I’m proud of the work we put in, and there’s no better person in the world to work for than David Gow.’

Those interested in chatting with Larson about future possibilities can reach him at [email protected].

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Eli Gold Out as Voice of Alabama Football; Ends 35-Year Run

“I will not be returning. The university chose to not bring me back. I have not retired!”

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The Tuscaloosa News has reported longtime University of Alabama radio play-by-play voice Eli Gold will not be returning next season. Gold, who has been in the position for 35 years, told Birmingham FOX 6 Reporter Jonathan Hardison, “I will not be returning. The university chose to not bring me back. I have not retired!”

The report says Chris Stewart, who has been calling Alabama basketball for the Crimson Tide Sports Network, will take over the football broadcasts.

“Eli has been an invaluable member of our broadcast team,” Jim Carabin, Vice President and General Manager of the Crimson Tide Sports Network said in a statement. “We are grateful for his years of service and wish him all the best in this next chapter. CTSN is fortunate to have someone as part of our existing broadcast team in Chris to step up and seamlessly transition into this role.”

Gold missed the 2022 season for health reasons, otherwise he has been calling Crimson Tide games each season since 1988. Gold, 70, had been diagnosed with cancer just over one year ago but called home games in 2023. Stewart filled in for Gold both in 2022 and 2023.

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