95.7 FM The Game

March ratings and some notes on Byrnes, Bruce, Barnett

knbr 680 vs 95.7 the game

The ratings for all three stations crept up — slightly — in both Bay Area markets according to the Nielsen data.

San Francisco

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KNBR-AM 4.7 786,500 3.1 504,900 3.8 605,900 Cumulus
KGMZ-FM 1.2 257,600 0.9 206,900 1.1 217,900 Entercom
KTCT-AM 0.8 271,400 0.4 139,800 0.6 194,300 Cumulus

 

San Jose

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KNBR-AM 3.6 177,300 2.5 119,300 2.6 136,900 Cumulus
KGMZ-FM 0.8 44,900 0.6 37,500 0.7 35,900 Entercom
KTCT-AM 0.6 64,500 0.5 37,700 0.4 39,500 Cumulus

 

Radio ramblings

— The true test will be what we see in April, the first month not just for the baseball season but also for 95.7’s new lineup.

— Damon Bruce made inroads with the A’s crowd last week with his lengthy interview with Oakland mayor Jean Quan. I didn’t catch a lot of the interview, but what I heard was pretty interesting and Bruce received compliments from @newballpark and Mark Purdy, among others.

— Ted Ramey has been in Bruce’s spot on 1050 for several weeks, which means the amount of Sharks talk on Bay Area radio has probably more than tripled compared to previous levels.

— I’m hearing the plan is for Eric Byrnes to start hosting with Tom Tolbert on a semi-frequent basis (it is baseball season, after all), but there are still some contract issues to iron out.

— Someone in the industry who I trust recently told me that Guy Haberman is a rising media star, to the point where he could be the region’s next Greg Papa.

— The 49ers have been pushing “Teddy Football” as Ted Robinson’s new nickname for a while. “Teddy Tennis” would probably be more accurate, but ever since KNBR fired Ralph Barbieri the local stations haven’t served up much tennis talk.

— I haven’t heard many people give their opinions on Troy Clardy, who’s been handling A’s pre/post for The Game. From what I hear, he knows the Athletics inside and out and is a very careful enunciator.

— Jim Barnett update: according to Sean Deveney of the Sporting News, the Warriors are “still looking for a new full-time, long-term analyst, but Barnett will do some home television games and some radio alongside Tim Roye next season.”

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AJ_Strong
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BASportsGuy Just an FYI… your Nielsen link doesn’t work unless you have an account. You might want to use http://ratings.radio-online.com/cgi-bin/rol.exe/arb009 instead.

Beaver
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Before it’s too late, would somebody please unplug the iron they are using on Eric Byrnes’ contract issues?

Pulgas de Brent Burns
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Haberman a rising star? I assume that’s because people are falling asleep with their radio on and it shows up as good ratings.

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Not sure why my earlier tweet got deleted, but I just wanted to send BASportsGuy a FYI. The Nielsen link requires a log in. You may want to use http://ratings.radio-online.com/cgi-bin/rol.exe/arb009 instead.

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BASG is the real KNBR LOL, that’s a funny column.
Yeah Bruce is kissing up to Oakland now, looks like he learned from his knbr days, not to bite the hand that gives you your check on the team’s affilliate radio station.
The only negotiating with Byrnes should be – how much does HE OWN KNBR for already taking too much money in the past.  Byrnes should repeat his retirement from radio, like he did from baseball – and ride away on his bicycle.
Haberman a new Papa?  What, sleazy jokes, given mid-day over a bad phone to radio connection?

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The problem with replacing Barnett is finding someone who can tolerate Fitz, and isn’t Brooks.
Maybe have Tim Roye take over the TV broadcast and simulcast to the radio.  Let Tolbert sit in for however many games he wants.

Tom J
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How does someone for no perceptible talent have”contract issues”? Didn’t Byrnes steal enough money from the D-backs and Mariners?

Otis Byrd III
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As far as Damon goes, yeah, he’s talking more A’s even though he did have some passion for the A’s when he was on KNBR. It seemed like he wanted to talk more A’s at the time, but he couldn’t really. He now has more of an opportunity to talk A’s now that he’s on their station. His interview with Jean Quan last week was good from Damon’s end, but she didn’t provide much info, and you could tell she was frustrated with his questions. She was terrible. Just listening to her, there’s no hope for the A’s and the Raiders getting… Read more »
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As far as Ted Ramey goes, yes, it looks like he is Damon’s replacement on 1050. Ted seems like a good guy and can be funny at times, but I’m sorry to say that his show is kind of boring. I listen to Lund and Greg Papa now from Noon-3 for the most part. It will be interesting to see how long 1050 sticks with Ted at the Noon-3 timeslot. This is good for Ted that he’s getting his shot to host a show on KNBR, but who knows how long this will last. It really does feel like this will be just… Read more »
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Sounds like the Warriors are trying to get Jon Barry. If Barnett is still going to work some home games that means they are signing a guy who works on national tv/radio broadcast and the Warriors would have a fill in person when Barry is on the road. Plus he and Fitz get along

Otis Byrd III
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As far as Barnett goes, I think we all knew it was going to be hard for the Warriors to replace him. That’s great that he will at least be calling some games next season! The guy is still sharp at calling games, and you really do learn a lot about the game of basketball, listening to him. Even Krukow the other day said he learns a lot listening to Barnett.
The most obvious choice is Tom, but it sounds like he doesn’t want to commit to calling Warrior games full-time.

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Tom J How can there be contract issues?   If Byrnes does not like the $ being offered, then work somewhere else.  There are plenty of talented sports people who would love that job

Slam
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paperback writer Byrnes riding his bicycle out of the Mariners clubhouse is one of the great bizarre moments in sports.

Slam
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paperback writer Left to his own devices he would just talk about Indiana hoops, so I’m glad he’s forced to talk Oakland teams

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Is anyone listening to the 95.7 The Game morning show?  It is absolutely painful and Townsend, Huff and Bucher are complete…COMPLETE garbage.  The show is not entertaining whatsoever and they all seem like they don’t really want to be there.  The A’s games may increase their ratings but that is it.  I predict in a few months or maybe at the end of the year…Townsend will be out of a job and have nowhere to go…Huff will just be fine as I am sure he has plenty of money…Bucher will maintain Warrior job.

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– 95.7 will have higher ratings due to the A’s. I imagine a 1.3 at best. Any listeners who came on board for Bruce should be averaged out by those who left because of Rise Guys. – Damon Bruce has largely done the same show from 1050. If you liked him on 1050, you’ll like him on The Game. However, you can detect the 95.7 influence (i.e., less interaction with callers, more focus on NFL topics.)  – Ted Ramey could be considered a little bland by some, but no nonsense by others. While Ramey doesn’t bring the humor that Bruce… Read more »
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– Does KNBR care about it’s 1050 property at all?  Ever since Gary’s Minor League comment when it came to the station, that’s pretty much what it’s become, with Ted Ramey (Who is a little boring) and the national guys.  I still think the Tom Tolbert Simulcast should end and KNBR is stupid for having it continue, and if you really wanted to make 1050 all national, than do it all national, and put on Doug Gottleib and then JT the Brick.   – As for Damon, yeah his show is pretty much the same but I’m glad he did… Read more »
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Jonathan Ruiz If you think about it, aren’t a lot of morning shows painful/complete garbage? LOL…. I think for me, the last real morning show that I liked was when Tony Bruno was on FOX Sports Radio in the mornings and KNBR 1050 aired his morning show with Andrew Siciliano. It’s too bad that show went off the air. It was entertaining and him and Andrew Siciliano had a good back and forth, and had decent sports discussions without it getting too crazy. That was during the period in the early to mid-2000’s when KNBR 680 was airing that terrible John London Not Just… Read more »
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Jonathan Ruiz On the other hand, yeah, it will be interesting to see how long this show lasts. It’s almost like, you feel that it won’t last long, but who else would 95.7 go with in the morning if this show doesn’t last? They would probably have no choice but to bring The Rise Guys back if this morning show doesn’t last. But yeah, we’ll see how this goes. I don’t think Townsend would be out of a job. If this morning show doesn’t last, it wouldn’t surprise me if they moved him back to nights. That’s where he thrived… Read more »
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DGDG commercials are making a very strong bid to take the championship belt away from Kars4Kids.

Otis Byrd III
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Dang,  Huff really does live in San Diego. He just mentioned how he has to go on a plane after his show is over….. So I guess he does stay in San Diego on weekends

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Sunset Boy  Kars4Kids now has like 5 variations of the same commercial so I doubt that will happen.  The DGDG stuff does suck though, just like every other commercial on radio.  BTW, don’t you have to be really strong to flip houses?  That must be backbreaking.

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Sunset Boy Yeah, the DGDG.com commercials are getting as annoying as the Kars4Kids commercials.
I really wonder how much both of these companinies are paying KNBR and 95.7 to play the commercials for both of these companies ad nauseum. Is it thousands, maybe even millions?!?

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Listened a bit to the Larry and Kate Show this week — with Gary on vacation it was actually quite good.

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GregMolumby Sunset Boy  Hank Schulman had a really scathing series of Tweets about K4K about a week or so ago; evidently they’ve been in some trouble with BBB over the money not going where it’s supposed to be going.

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GregMolumby  I think the simulcast started because of Giants baseball and Warriors basketball continuously pre-empting the latter part of Tolbert’s show (back then Ralph and Tom) and the KNBR bean-counters wanted to get their money’s worth. I admit that Ted’s growing on me as a host; give him a couple of months. Totally different style than Bruce of course; more in a Rod Woodson sort of mode, very laid back.

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justme21 GregMolumby Sunset Boy haha. Oh, no wonder why. That’s my answer right there I guess. LOL.
You seriously hear the Kars4Kids commercials on both stations at least 10 or more times a day.

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Otis Byrd III Jonathan Ruiz  Morning shows are odd creatures — you’re mostly playing to a short-attention span audience, as people are getting ready for work, getting the kids out the door, then catching what little they can of the show in the car on the highway so you’ve also got the need for traffic/weather info on a regular basis, so there’s really no room for any sort of long-form interviews or discussions.

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Otis Byrd III  I think the main issue is finding someone for the road games — I think Tom wants to stay close to home. Then again, so does Barnett.

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@T Tom J  Could be the contract issues are on KNBR’s side — maybe they want a guarantee of a certain number of days/weeks that he won’t be doing double-duty with MLB Network. They could be getting tired of having to cater to his other job in scheduling. Got to admit it’s hard to build a brand when you don’t know who the co-host is going to be.

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Otis Byrd III justme21 GregMolumby Sunset Boy  Wish I’d saved those Tweets so I could post the links — I’ve never seen him that pissed about anything, not even Giants related.

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justme21 Yeah, Gary’s show is much better without Gary. Larry and Kate sound more relaxed and relieved when Gary’s not there. I’m not sure if/how much Gary weighs them down, but it must be tough to work with Gary at times. Even Damon said he didn’t want to work with Gary before he was paired up with Gary.

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justme21 haha. Yeah, probably so. I don’t blame them if they don’t really want to travel to road venues like Cleveland, Milwaukee, Indiana, Minnesota, Oklahoma City, Charlotte, Detroit/Auburn Hills.
I wonder if the Warriors will have Barnett travel for just the West Coast road games  next year like to Sacramento (even though road games against the Kings in Sacramento are starting to become Warriors home games!), L.A., Portland, Phoenix, Denver maybe, somewhat similar to how the Dodgers do with Vin Scully.

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Otis Byrd III  I listened to a little of the morning show. I think Huff mentioned that he’s looking to move back to the bay area.

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justme21 GregMolumby They’re a somewhat controversial organization. I think Kars 4 Kids doesn’t make it very clear in their ads about where the money is actually going — apparently its a religious foundation, or something. But since everyone’s ears start bleeding every time they hear the commercial, its not like you could actually listen to what they’re saying anyway.

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Jonathan Ruiz  If this horrible morning show gets better ratings than the Rise Guys, I may have to quit listening to sports talk radio. RG wasn’t a perfect show, but it was pretty solid and was worlds better than the awfulness that is BTH.

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Sunset Boy Oh ok, I see. Thanks man!…. No wonder why he sometimes sounds tired. He’s traveling to San Diego and back every weekend

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justme21  Totally.  That was awesome when they did the “yes” joke the 58th time that morning.

Otis Byrd III
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Slam paperback writer haha. I think Damon would still talk Bay Area sports, but yeah, he probably would mix in some Indiana basketball as well as Cubs baseball and Chicago Bears football.

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Sunset Boy  I am not making any broader judgments or stereotypes about any group or people, other than the particular few who run this used car scam…..but they are run by jewish “charities” who have long been known to be shady at best.   When I was working at a service company a few years ago, we did some expensive installation work for a company very similar to Kars-for-Kids, and in fact I would guess they were the same and/or linked to the group we all know.  They would not pay a single dime for the work and forced us to… Read more »
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justme21 GregMolumby  Yeah the Simulcast did start because of Giants baseball, but that was with Ralph and Tom.  Now that Ralph is not there, there really is no reason to continue doing it.  

As for Ted Ramey, I actually do continue to listen to his show, but it’s so weird how he just calls it “The Show”.  If he is a mainstay, he might have to change the title.  Who would have though he, of all the hosts on KNBR, would get his own show.  I thought Kate Scott would have been in the front of the line.

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I feel kind of bad for putting Byrnes on blast because he is good on MLB network, he just sucks on the radio because he’s so hyper and scattered. If KNBR wants a baseball presence when Ratto isn’t on, they could see what Mark Kriedler’s doing.

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GregMolumby That’s what I was saying regarding Ted Ramey. If it’s his show, put a name on it. Maybe the Noon-3 situation on 1050 might still be yet to be determined.
About Kate, yeah, you would think they would’ve given her a shot in the Noon-3 timeslot on 1050, but I wonder if KNBR has bigger plans for Kate eventually. Also, the Murph and Mac show and the Gary and Larry show wouldn’t be the same without Kate. She adds something to both shows, especially the Gary and Larry show.

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BASG, you are officially a joke for posting Haberman as a rising media star and the next Papa.  Yes, I listen to Haberman because I actually do want to like the guy out of compassion and kindness, but he is boooring., as many of the comments already state below.

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Troy Clardy is a real pro.

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Gary and Papa are tired. Gary doesn’t remember what it’s like to buy a ticket with his own money. Papa talks way too much about ladies way, way too young for him and drinking in hotel bars.

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justme21 Larry and Kate’s 3 hours of “How about them Giants” was a great break from the other 21 hours a day of KNBR’s “How about them Giants” programming.  I already knew Kate has nothing original to offer, but what has happened to Larry?  Gary can’t get back soon enough!

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That would be nice to have Byrnes back on KNBR. I preferred him in his solo spot at night after Giants games, but now I’ve gotten used to Ray. Used to not like Ray, but now I think he’s the best KNBR’s got, outside of Marty Lurie for baseball. Tolbert…I’m tired of him. He needs to bring more substance to his time slot. I feel like I’m wasting time listening to his show. No redeeming value. The only problem with him and Bynes together is that they tend to go the Tolbert disgusto direction times two, rather than do something… Read more »
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Buck4itt I agree, they both are tired. Gary doesn’t really like sports, and he spends most of his show pretty much making fun of other media members, and talking about people in the entertainment industry and stars. If it was up to Gary, I’m sure he would talk very little sports. Also, Gary’s not up on newer aspects of sports nowadays. I think Larry and Kate still have to keep him up to speed at times. As far as Greg Papa, yeah, sometimes you find out more than you want to know about his drinking exploits on the road. I’m convinced that he might… Read more »
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