It’s been a busy time for everyone, but especially in the world of sports media, where things are moving fast and furious. A few items:
98.5 The SportsHub once again topped the radio ratings for the Fall book, demonstrating repeatedly that trolling is king when it comes to gaining and retaining listeners. WEEI however, finished a very strong second, with numbers they hadn’t approached since their heyday of the early-to-mid 2000’s.
The Sports Hub led the market with a 13.6 overall while WEEI was second with a 9.1.
|Mornings||98.5||Toucher and Rich||14.6|
|Mornings||93.7||Dennis and Callahan, With Minihane||13.4|
|Middays||98.5||Zolak and Bertrand||12.3|
|Middays||93.7||Ordway, Merloni and Fauria||8.5|
|Afternoon Drive||98.5||Felger and Mazz||16.9|
|Afternoon Drive||93.7||Dale and Holley, With Thornton||9.6|
|Evenings||98.5||The Adam Jones Show||11.4|
Those are tremendous numbers across the board for both stations. It has to be frustrating for WEEI, especially in morning drive, that they just can’t top Toucher and Rich. It amazes me, as other than the occasional guest – Mike Gorman, Rosevelt Colvin, etc, I rarely listen to 98.5 in the mornings. (or at all, to be honest.)
I’m clearly out of the target audience then, as 98.5’s numbers are just eye-popping across the entire grid above. Amazing. Hats off to them for figuring out what Boston wants to hear.
WEEI made it official on Monday, hiring Tim Neverett as the new play-by-play host for Boston Red Sox radio broadcasts. He’ll work alongside Joe Castiglione after Dave O’Brien moved over the the TV side, taking the place of Don Orsillo.
The announcement came through on the Pittsburgh side as well:
Frank Coonelly's statement on Tim Neverett, who leaves the Pirates to head home to Boston, working for WEEI. pic.twitter.com/vxcNzVEWfU
— Stephen J. Nesbitt (@stephenjnesbitt) December 28, 2015
Also, Chad Finn has a look at Neverett, who hails from Nashua, NH.
Speaking of Chad, I enjoyed his column last week: Here’s the ‘nice’ list in local sports media
So Bill Belichick told his team they wanted to kick off to start OT.
I think Belichick is best coach I've ever seen and best coach of all time. But that decision to kickoff was arrogant as hell.
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) December 27, 2015
This is pretty much the perfect answer to that:
Arrogance isn't kicking off to start OT. Arrogance is thinking you're smarter & know better than the guy with 6 SB rings.
— Displaced Bostonian (@Ironhead334) December 28, 2015
On Peyton Manning, I personally don’t care if he used HGH while recovering from his plethora of neck surgeries. I don’t think it’s a big deal. I am interested in seeing how the media and NFL react to and cover this story. Will there be the same zeal?
Al Jazeera's recorded phone call with Guyer Clinic confirming Charles Sly's 2011 presence therehttps://t.co/3lq7EwP09D
— Al Jazeera America (@ajam) December 29, 2015
In other developments, Al Jazeera is a more credible news outlet than ESPN when it comes to the NFL.