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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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Michael Irvin Tells Parkins & Spiegel How He Learned What Guacamole Was

“Irvin prefaced the story by saying that he has loved avocados since he was a kid.”

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NFL Network analyst and First Take fighter Michael Irvin was the guest of Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel on Tuesday. 670 The Score’s afternoon hosts asked The Playmaker what his favorite fruit was. It led to a story from Irvin about a recruiting trip that ended in a Mexican restaurant.

Irvin prefaced the story by saying that he has loved avocados since he was a kid. His mother used to clean houses and one of her clients would often send her home with a few avocados. That is how he was first exposed to them.

Fast forward to Michael Irvin’s high school years when he was being recruited to play college football. He was taken to a Mexican restaurant where he saw guacamole.

Irvin told Parkins & Spiegel that he told the waiter “whatever you do, do not put that green, it looks like bird doo doo, on my plate. I can’t even take it. I can’t even stand looking at it.”

Later in the meal, he saw the same waiter walk by with avocado and he asked if he could have some. The waiter said that Michael Irvin had said earlier that he didn’t want it.

“I didn’t say that,” Irvin said. “I said I don’t want that bird doo doo.”

He says that is when one of the people he was dining with spoke up and said “Michael, the bird doo doo is avocado.”

“We asked you for you’re favorite fruit and you had a fruit story. That is why you are one of one,” Danny Parkins responded. “You are Michael Irvin and you are the best man.”

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Bobby Valentine Tells Boomer & Gio Donald Trump Photo Sunk Him

“Valentine ran as an unaffiliated candidate and fell to Democratic State Rep. Caroline Simmons in the Stamford mayoral race.”

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Former MLB manager and ESPN baseball analyst Bobby Valentine joined WFAN’s Boomer and Gio this week to discuss his mayoral campaign in Stamford, Connecticut. 

Valentine ran as an unaffiliated candidate and fell to Democratic State Rep. Caroline Simmons in the race. He claims that a decades-old picture with him and former President Donald Trump sunk his chances.

“We had a photo taken together in 2000 for the World Series and so the last day of the campaign all around the neighborhoods, a picture of Donald and Bobby with the quote ‘only poor people and dumb people pay taxes,’” Valentine told Boomer and Gio about the photo that circulated around the town on Election Day.

“That really helped with the minority vote in my town,” Valentine said sarcastically.

It wasn’t all bad news for Valentine, who was enamored with the campaign-building process, among other things.

“Built it [the campaign] from scratch, which was a wonderful experience” Valentine explained. “Figuring out how to get volunteers together, and money together, and office, and headquarters together. We actually ran a six-month—perfectly clean—campaign. Not one negative word mentioned the entire time. Got 14,000 votes, more than any non-Democrat ever got in our city, and almost won that thing.

“I’m glad that I was the candidate, and I’m also glad that I’m not the mayor because it’s really a tough job. I got four years of my life back when the votes came in.”

Valentine worked at ESPN for a few years in the early part of the 2010s before re-entering the managing circuit with the Boston Red Sox. He famously managed the Mets to one of their two World Series appearances this century in 2000.

“It’s a little bit of the seven-year itch,” Valentine said when asked why he’s always looking for the next obstacle. “I did seven years in Texas; seven years in New York; seven years in Japan; seven months in Boston. Then I did seven years at Sacred Heart. So, yeah, it’s all about the sevens.”

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Tony Rizzo To Baker Mayfield Critics: I Hope You’re Happy

“850 ESPN Cleveland host Tony Rizzo laid it all out on the table during The Really Big Show.”

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield hasn’t looked like much of a franchise star so far in 2021, and it has all the attention of sports radio in The Land. 

850 ESPN Cleveland host Tony Rizzo laid it all out on the table during The Really Big Show.

“You happy?” Rizzo said to his co-host, Aaron Goldhammer. “Are you Baker [Mayfield] haters? Are you guys happy? Baker looks bad, and you wanna jump down his throat. I’M A BROWNS FAN! I’M A BROWNS FAN. IT’S LIKE YOU’RE ROOTING AGAINST OUR QUARTERBACK!”

Mayfield has struggled with shoulder and knee injuries throughout this season and ranks 25th out of 33 qualified quarterbacks in ESPN’s QBR metric (42.9 out of 100).

“You want him to fail,” Rizzo continued. “To prove what? You were right? Do you realize what happens if this kid isn’t the right guy? WE’RE GONNA SUCK, AGAIN. You don’t find quarterbacks. It took you 20 years to find a guy to win 11 games. Now you don’t think he can take you the rest of the way? Are you happy?”

The Browns went on the road this past weekend and the New England Patriots stomped them 45-7. The loss meant Cleveland still hasn’t won in Foxboro since 1992, when, ironically, now Patriots head coach Bill Belichick held the same role with Cleveland.

“I hope you’re all happy,” Rizzo declared. “I hope you’re happy; so you can draft some quarterback in the 30s and try and pray…Don’t you understand? If Baker fails it’s back to the drawing board for my franchise.

“We know that everything has to be right for Baker to win. Sobering stuff for me. This year has been sobering; however, he’s got a bad shoulder, he’s got a broken bone. Now he’s got a bum knee and bum foot. He’s getting beat up. Maybe he can’t play the position.”

Watch the full clip from ESPN Cleveland above.

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