Listed below are just a few remaining ideas on the autumn Nielsen Audio rankings

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For many sports activities radio stations, the largest on-air change in its historical past could be a trigger for concern. However not for The Sports activities Hub.

Even because it undergoes change, The Sports activities Hub stays about as safe as a radio station could be.

A couple of lingering ideas on the autumn Nielsen Audio rankings, which, as common, have been missing for suspense or competitors . . .

· Since launching in August 2009, 98.5 The Sports activities Hub has maintained unusual stability in its every day lineup. Amongst major daytime hosts, the one main adjustments in additional than 14 years have been when Andy Gresh changed Gary Tanguay as Scott Zolak’s noon co-host in April 2010, and when Marc Bertrand took over for Gresh in February 2015.

There have been just a few adjustments with its night programming. Damon Amendolara’s departure for a nationwide CBS Radio gig in December 2012 led to a decade-long run for Adam Jones within the nighttime spot earlier than he left for a day drive position at WEEI final January. He was changed by Joe Murray, a longtime part-timer on the station.

To take a look at the steadiness via the prism of the competitors: 4 of The Sports activities Hub’s six authentic hosts — Fred Toucher, Zolak, Michael Felger, and Tony Massarotti — stay in the identical roles. WEEI’s daytime hosts when The Sports activities Hub launched have been John Dennis, Gerry Callahan, Dale Arnold, Michael Holley, and Glenn Ordway.

Ordway was the final amongst them to work on the station, retiring in August 2021, and his tenure wasn’t linear. He had been fired in February 2013, solely to return 2½ years later.

4 of The Sports activities Hub’s six authentic hosts nonetheless stay with their similar roles with the station, together with Michael Felger.

That transactions recap isn’t solely a reminder of how a lot has modified in Boston sports activities radio since The Sports activities Hub’s launch, but additionally affirmation that the station has by no means needed to navigate a change of the magnitude of “Toucher and Wealthy” co-host Wealthy Shertenlieb’s abrupt departure in November from its extremely rated morning program.

The assumption right here, particularly after parsing the autumn rankings, is that the station is positioned to deal with it with out a lot, if any, turbulence. Rob “Hardy” Poole, who will be part of Toucher as co-host of the eponymous morning present starting Jan. 4, is a well-recognized and likable persona whose sarcastic humor and manufacturing expertise ought to permit him to mesh nicely with Toucher, his longtime good friend.

WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Present” attracts sturdy rankings in morning drive, ending second with a ten.2 share within the males’s 25-54 demographic within the fall rankings. It’s by far WEEI’s top-rated program.

However even with the “Toucher and Wealthy” tumult during the last a number of months, as off-air rigidity between Toucher and Shertenlieb led to the breakup of their profitable partnership, The Sports activities Hub program maintained the strongest rankings in its daypart, ending with a 17.1 share, a major distance forward of its WEEI counterpart.

WEEI isn’t going to have a greater alternative to achieve actual floor within the mornings than it had over the previous few months. It did nicely sufficient, nevertheless it wasn’t near overcoming a present enduring turmoil.

For many sports activities radio stations, the largest on-air change in its historical past could be a trigger for concern. For The Sports activities Hub, it’s an opportunity to pair hosts with complementary skills who make sense as a tandem. Even because it undergoes change, The Sports activities Hub stays about as safe as a radio station could be.

· Each morning exhibits noticed slight dips within the closing month of the autumn rankings ebook, which coated Sept. 14-Dec. 6. Toucher and the post-Shertenlieb assortment of co-hosts drew a 14.4 share within the closing month. Hill’s present bought an 8.5, nonetheless good for second place. Don’t suppose there’s a lot to learn into that, although the Patriots’ shedding season and listeners taking day without work round Thanksgiving have been possible elements.

· The rankings dropoff from Hill’s present to different WEEI programming is staggering. Noon present “Gresh and Fauria” tied for sixth with a 3.8 share, and the viewers dropped additional for the afternoon drive “Jones and Mego” present, which was tied for twelfth with a 2.8 share. The struggles of the noon present shock me. Gresh and Christian Fauria don’t do Agitation Radio and truly appear to have a great time speaking about sports activities rationally. However afternoon drive? I’ve by no means understood placing Jones, a pale Felger imitator in a world that by no means requested for such a factor, in that slot. The earlier present with Meghan Ottolini, Lou Merloni, and Fauria was simply beginning to click on when it was damaged up.

· The Sports activities Hub completed first in all 4 dayparts — morning drive, middays, afternoon drive, and evenings. That’s the fourth straight fall ebook wherein each weekday and weeknight Sports activities Hub present has tied or been alone within the No. 1 spot.


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