95.7 FM The Game

Who’s your favorite host on 95.7 FM “The Game”?

They started out as 95.7 FM Sports Radio, with hosts including Scott Jackson and Tim Montemayor. Now the station is known as 95.7 FM “The Game,” and it seems like they’re making adjustments to their lineup all the time.

KNBR is still crushing their FM competition in the Arbitron ratings, although I’ve been told by several 95.7 employees how those numbers don’t take into account the same demographics that advertisers base their buying decisions on. According to those who are privy to the totally secret, can’t-tell-bloggers-or-we’ll-get-in-trouble numbers, “The Game” is making inroads among the all-important 25-54 male demo (all-important in a sports talk radio sense). Based on the comments I’ve seen on this site, there are several of you out there who’ve either given “The Game” a try or listen to the FM station a majority of the time.

Just like how we started this week’s contest by asking you to tell us your favorite KNBR host in the comments, I’m going to ask you do to do the same on the competing sports talk station.

Today’s question: Who’s your favorite host on 95.7 FM “The Game”?

Here are all the possible choices I could think of after Mychael Urban announced his departure from 95.7 last week.

  • Dan Dibley (“The Rise Guys”)
  • Whitey Gleason (“The Rise Guys”)
  • Mark Kreidler (“The Rise Guys”)
  • Matt Steinmetz (“The Pulse”)
  • Chris Townsend (“The Pulse”)
  • John Lund (“The Wheelhouse”)
  • Greg Papa (“The Wheelhouse”)
  • Brandon Tierney (“The Drive”)
  • Ric Bucher (“The Drive”)
  • Brodie Brazil (Fill-in host, Sharks “Insider”)
  • Roxy Bernstein (Fill-in host)
  • John Dickinson (Fill-in host)
  • Rick Tittle (Fill-in host)
  • The Guru (“Lucky Break” contest winner)

If I forgot someone who just happens to be your favorite, let us know in the comments.

You can comment as many times as you like on each post, but each post you comment on will count as one entry (no matter how many times you comment), so the maximum number of entries will be four (one for each contest post this week). Two winners will be chosen to receive a Pizza Party for 10 from Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria, with the winners announced on Friday.

Since program director Jason Barrett is known to be fond of listener surveys, so you know everyone over there will be paying attention to your responses. I have an idea who’s going to win, but then again some of the KNBR responses surprised me.

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57 comments
B man
B man

The Short Story: 1. Papa 2. Townsend 3. Bucher The Long Story: Lund with Papa is entertaining as I feel like a fly on the wall listening in on solid sports conversation. As a consequence, I feel like they don't care about the listeners. The nice thing about Townsend is that I feel like I'm included into the sports conversation as he has the uncanny ability of firing me up for A's baseball. At first I liked Tierney, but by the end of his gig here I began to despise the man. I respect Ric Bucher and I'm glad he signed because I can tell he's well educated and puts thought into his responses. I used to hate the Rise Guys with "krydz me a river" but they've definitely grown on me.

DB3
DB3

I've given this a lot of thought (probably too much thought) but here's my answer. The Rise Guys have GREAT chemistry and work really well together as a team. Dibley is hilarious and very quick witted. But Whitey is truly a great ringmaster when it comes to that show. He's the glue that ties it all together. When he's not there, it is very noticeable. ...However, Greg Papa brings so many great aspects you want to hear on the radio. He's entertaining, he's informative, very well connected, doesn't take the whole thing too seriously, yet can be passionate. So: 1.a.01 Greg Papa 1.a.02 Whitey Gleason 1.a.03 Dan Dibley 1.b Kridler. (Maybe I have commitment problems).

BD
BD

I download only the podcasts that REALLY interest me from "The Game" but I can't say there's any one in particular that really stands out for me from any of their hosts.

TierneySucks
TierneySucks

Ric Bucher and then Brodie Brazil as a closed second. Too bad that Tierney just annoys me so much that I have to listen to music during the commute. " Very Interesting"; " That is interesting" is all Tierney can say after a interview.

olo
olo

Chris Townsend is the best host, and Rick Tittle and Roxy Bernstein are the best fill in hosts. I'm starting to like Ric Bucher, he gives good insights. My favorite show is the Drive.

Jones
Jones

Wow, I'd say BT is good and I like Roxy the best. Lots of knbr interns here bashing the GAME, so sad to see.

FarEastBay
FarEastBay

I actually like the combo of Lund and Papa.. Individually I like neither of those guys. Gun to my head to pick one... Probably Mr. Brazil

Otis Byrd III
Otis Byrd III

Dibley is a funny guy, but he was also better on KNBR, when he was on Gary's show. Him and Gary would have good banter back and forth, and whenever Dibley used to sit in during the Bruno segment, that segment was even more entertaining. He's ok on the Rise Guys, but in general, it's kind of hard to taken him seriously. It seems like whenever you see Dibley on TV, whether it's on Chronicle Live or he's on the sidelines for a San Jose Earthquakes game, he's always looks like he's going to laugh at himself. LOL. I don't think he really takes himself that seriously.

JZ
JZ

Steve Czaban. Blows any local radio host out of the water. Only guy who has the balls to say exactly what he's thinking and won't apologize for it.

Paperback Writer
Paperback Writer

I only flip over, if driving, if I am listening to sports radio and a commercial comes on KNBR. Then I'm switching the game off because it's whole programming is as bad as the Fitz-Brooks Show and d Bruce. Respect to Chris Townshend. WORST - Dibber , what a whiny, boring and uninformed-boring host. the fact that he gets so many thumbs up here and positive mentions makes me question, where in a society, are we going? LOL. Really, hey now?

Jake
Jake

Kreids and Papa

Juan
Juan

Chris Townsend!!

Otis Byrd III
Otis Byrd III

I'm going to have to go with Chris Townsend as well. Bucher would be a close 2nd for me. Everyone else is meh, I guess. I used to like the Guru, but I agree with everyone else's criticisms of him, the more I listened to him. I don't know why he screams so much when he does shows. He can still make his point without raising his voice. Townsend probably is the best host on 95.7 right now, and I agree that he can talk any sport. Plus, he's passionate. I liked Townsend when he was on KNBR. It's kind of a shame he's not there anymore, even though he was let go a long time ago. Imagine if Townsend was on KNBR alongside Damon or Krueger or Ray Woodson perhaps. That would be a pretty good show. This might sound like I dislike the guy but, my complaint about him is pretty much the same complaint that the commenter "Billy Martin" has about him. He's too into the A's to where it ruins his credibility when he talks about them, even though he knows that team from top to bottom. It's almost like, if you have a question about the A's, just listen to Townsend. Yes, Townsend does work for them, but he does sound like he hates he Giants, even though he normally has good insights on the Giants as well. I remember a caller called into his "A's talk" postgame show after one of the A's ALDS games this year, and the caller said something along the lines of the A's song should be "Don't Stop Believin", and Townsend said that's what they do across the bay, and he sounded like a bitter A's fan and he sounded like the A's shouldn't be associated with something the Giants did. Sometimes when Townsend talks about the A's, he comes across as more of a fan and is more emotionally invested in the A's than any of the other teams in the Bay Area, even though yes, he covers the team. I'm not sure if Townsend really hates the Giants, but he's invested with the A's. He even has said that his grandfather managed the team, so that probably explains a lot of the affinity that he has for the A's, even though he grew up a Padres fan. But yeah, Townsend is good, even though it's kind of tough listening to him when he talks about the A's because he's so invested in them that he comes across like an A's homer, and sounds like a bitter/jealous A's fan when he talks about/somewhat bashes the Giants. With that being said, Townsend does a great job talking about all the other teams in the Bay Area, and yes, he does a great job talking about the A's, even though his A's talk can be a bit much. Bucher has been pretty good actually. Yeah, it's still weird to hear him talk about sports other than basketball, but he knows what he's talking about regarding the Niners, Giants, Raiders, A's, and of course, the Warriors. Being on The Drive will probably help him branch out a little more and maybe he won't be known as just a basketball guy. He helps carry the Tierney and Bucher show, and he makes Tierney look bad in his arguments, just like Eric Davis did. But yeah, Bucher has been pretty good. But yeah, Townsend is my favorite host on 95.7, despite my complaint about him covering the A's, with Bucher being a close 2nd.

kris
kris

Chris Townsend

TommyJ
TommyJ

If I vote for John Lund, do I get a flaming turd pie, since that's what he does to the show.? I love Steve Czaben (The Czabe) on early morning. Great takes, funny (not tired) pop culture references and he kills those two clowns on the four letter network. Being that he's national, I'll vote for Tittle since "Turd" Lund has made Papa less listenable and Tittle's fav teams are mine as well. Give him a perm spot!

Sunset Boy
Sunset Boy

Townsend Honorable mention: Bucher Papa/lund combo

bryan
bryan

chris townsend

Danny
Danny

Grep Papa and Ric Bucher are my 2 favorites

John Sports
John Sports

All except Lund are pretty good, but I would have to go with Rick Tittle.

billy martin
billy martin

Brandon Tierney only beacuse the other hosts are awful. Townsend is too busy blowing the A's that he lacks credibility. You can tell the guy hates the Giants and does all he can to kiss the behind of the few A's fans that listen. The Rise guys are okay. Lund is awful by himself or with anyone not named Papa. Rick Tittle is in the same category as Townsend and the only reason A's fans like him is because he talks A's. Ric Bucher needs to stick to NBA talk only because he doesnt know anything about the other sports.

The Sports Leader
The Sports Leader

Although he has his detractors, I will give my two cents to Chris Townsend. And not to be forgotten, a hardy nod to Greg Papa. Covers the NFL well.

B.A. Rich
B.A. Rich

Dan Dibbley is my favorite John Lund is the worst

Chris
Chris

The Rise Guys collectively keep me entertained, they work so well balancing each other out that I couldn't pick one out of the group. Lund is fun to listen to, but Papa gets a little tired by Wednesday afternoon. I liked the rotating co-hosts better. The Pulse guys and Bucher, meh. Faceless radio guys trying to pretend they have personality. They've listened to too much ESPN radio BT is awesome, he has the rare ability to talk at length without tons of filler. A lesson the KNBR guys should learn, you can listen to a 20 minute segment, tune away and come back an hour later and they're still going over and over and over the subject.

Dell
Dell

Brandon Tierney followed by Chris Townsend.

Stan
Stan

My favorite President? OBAMA!

Chris
Chris

Whitey is easily the best on the game. In fact the whole morning show is miles ahead of the KNBR morning show. Murph and Mac are really bad.

Stan
Stan

Papa is no.1 Dan Dibley is likeable..BUT,he learned his KNBR lessons well. He couldn't be more meek with interviews..that's a real demerit. No point in listening..Dan is either softball or very,very quiet-hunting rabbits. Eh,I kid. It scares me how much in common I have with a guy named "Whitey"..no details-just take my word for it. Kreidler..When they play that questions for Kreidler song? I'm sure serial killers everywhere are aroused..its weird. Catchy though! Tierney is alright..he got too excited over Tebow for my taste..marry your daughter? That's nuts!. And his Beane 180.his Oakland Coloseum 180...his half bashing of A's fans..not good. Lund is one Papa from unemployment. He and Urbs were friends alright..and YOU were the third wheel. Townsend...really can give Papa a run..and had those two been paired THAT, would have been a powerhouse show. more later...

Patrick
Patrick

There is a whole lotta bad on The Game now. I like The Rise Guys more now than I used to, so I will say Dan Dibley.

Stan
Stan

I noticed..when is THEGAME going to be exposed for canned hosts? A couple of times now..the "tape" broke..and it appears that Papa does part of his show when he's available..and its played back later. But THEGAME never says parts of their talk shows are pre taped..or one very long delay.

AJ
AJ

Brodie Brazil, without question, even though he is only a fill-in. Whether he's been paired with Lund or Papa or whoever, he always keeps the show on track and is the best interviewer there. If the choice is among the regulars, I would say Townsend, but that's based on his previous evening show, before Steinmetz started weighing him down. He's the only regular that will or CAN talk MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA, NCAA or even Sabercats or Quakes without missing a beat.

dubs49ersgiants
dubs49ersgiants

Chris Townsend is the best host on 'The Game' and should be the 12-3 slot instead of Lund. Have Lund and Steinmetz on the 10-noon slot and Towny and Papa on 12-3. I think that would sway some of Damon Bruce's listeners to jump over.

Slam
Slam

The DIBBER !

Amy
Amy

Dan Dibley!

AJ
AJ

Jones - What is it you like about BT? Is it his stutter? Is it his interrupting to guests? Is it his talking over co-hosts? Is it is cutting off callers? Is it his rehashed "insight"? Or is it his constant repetition of content? I would like to hear from someone who actually likes this guy try to persuade my opinion, yet no one ever steps up for the guy. I enjoy Damon Bruce because he will have some pretty funny and original takes on sports and he covers a lot of topics without repeating himself or relying on gimmicky segments every 20 minutes. Bottom line... when I listen to Damon Bruce, he will bring up a take I hadn't considered and usually make me laugh while doing it. When I tried listening to BT, I never heard anything original.

Fitz's Future Unemployment Check
Fitz's Future Unemployment Check

Okay, Jason Barrett. KNBR interns are too busy shining Gary's shoes and reminding Fitz how smart he is. They've never heard of this internetz thing at KNBR.

InquisitaB
InquisitaB

I'm sorry folks. I just have no love for The Game whatsoever. Frankly they're all pretty annoying with that East Coast transplant Tierney leading the charge. The whole thing the station has going has small man complex written all over it. The closest thing to a listenable show is maybe The Rise Guys but even that I can't take more than a few minutes of. I have to take strange pride in the fact that I finally made a comment that reached stan-like levels of unpopularity. How you been by the way, stan?

AJ
AJ

"you can listen to a 20 minute segment, tune away and come back an hour later and they’re still going over and over and over the subject." Actually, that describes most of the Game's programming... especially BT. Take a read on the comments in most of the radio wars posts and you will see that the constant repetition on 95.7's is generally the biggest complaint.

Stan
Stan

HA!..yeah tell me I don't TRULY represent the majority of the bay area..and not the repub -sports crowd.. Maybe-my point will be worked to the bone -again-when it goes pink and shaded and "hidden due to low repub rating"...!