Acceptable registrations in the queue through April 6 at 7:45p ET have now been activated. Enjoy! -M.W.

Terms of Use have been amended effective October 6, 2019. Make sure you are aware of the new rules! Please visit this thread for details: https://www.mibuzzboard.com/phpBB3/view ... 16&t=48619

Local Talent Axed at ESPN 96.1

Discussion pertaining to Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Battle Creek, Big Rapids, and Michiana
User avatar
RandJob
Posts: 15
Joined: Tue Dec 06, 2005 3:59 pm

Local Talent Axed at ESPN 96.1

Post by RandJob » Fri Nov 06, 2020 3:47 pm

As part of the iHeart cuts, the station will be entirely on the ESPN satellite feed.

If Cumulus is smart they'll move The Ticket to one of the FMs (107.3 is probably best) and go after the audience and $$$.


In life when I have decisions to make I always think to myself, What Would Scott Hall Do?

Then I buy a bunch of cheap booze and drink myself to sleep.

User avatar
zackeast
Posts: 28
Joined: Sun Sep 25, 2005 3:46 pm
Location: Work in Benton Harbor / Live in Grand Rapids

Re: Local Talent Axed at ESPN 96.1

Post by zackeast » Fri Nov 06, 2020 5:10 pm

RandJob wrote:
Fri Nov 06, 2020 3:47 pm
If Cumulus is smart they'll move The Ticket to one of the FMs (107.3 is probably best) and go after the audience and $$$.
Dan Patrick > Better than anything ESPN has on right now, with Le Batard being close second. I know that's a hot take, but I'm a poor millennial that likes memes and nonsense.



User avatar
MWmetalhead
Site Admin
Posts: 5284
Joined: Sun Oct 31, 2004 11:23 am

Re: Local Talent Axed at ESPN 96.1

Post by MWmetalhead » Fri Nov 06, 2020 7:01 pm

WBBL's ratings stunk. Why resurrect it? The national ESPN morning show often won in mornings.

The big story is the ouster of Phil Tower, which is a reprehensible decision, in my opinion.


Using Robinhood for online equities and options trades is a terrible idea. USE A LEGITIMATE BROKER-DEALER INSTEAD! (Fidelity, Schwab, TD Ameritrade, Edward Jones, etc.)

User avatar
RandJob
Posts: 15
Joined: Tue Dec 06, 2005 3:59 pm

Re: Local Talent Axed at ESPN 96.1

Post by RandJob » Fri Nov 06, 2020 7:26 pm

MWmetalhead wrote:
Fri Nov 06, 2020 7:01 pm
WBBL's ratings stunk. Why resurrect it? The national ESPN morning show often won in mornings.
I wouldn't resurect BBL, let that brand stay dead. I would move the Ticket's programming.

They would have a 'local' morning show with Matt Shepard's show (which has occasional rotating hosts, but always talking Detroit/Michigan sports). Dan Patrick, Jim Rome, and a local afternoon show with H***. They would also have Lions Football.

Remember, Eric Zane was a terrible fit on that station.

Also, while never a great station in the glamour numbers, ESPN did very well in money demos and actually billed really well from what I've heard. There's more upside with that format than the shit show country and Top 40 products at Cumulus.


In life when I have decisions to make I always think to myself, What Would Scott Hall Do?

Then I buy a bunch of cheap booze and drink myself to sleep.

User avatar
48125er
Posts: 146
Joined: Thu Aug 04, 2011 5:50 pm

Re: Local Talent Axed at ESPN 96.1

Post by 48125er » Sat Nov 07, 2020 12:42 am

WBBL's lineup is just garbage as 96.1 is now if not worse.

Maybe Iheartless could make 96.1 MAX FM again?



ftballfan
Posts: 627
Joined: Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:38 pm

Re: Local Talent Axed at ESPN 96.1

Post by ftballfan » Mon Nov 09, 2020 8:59 am

Will 96.1 flip in the near future?



OneBigFan
Posts: 19
Joined: Sat Feb 25, 2006 10:23 pm

Re: Local Talent Axed at ESPN 96.1

Post by OneBigFan » Tue Nov 10, 2020 11:31 am

Years ago 96.1 brought Balgian back and according to people I knew who worked at the station at the time, Baligian's previous partner "never heard the train coming" when he was told management had decided to make changes to the PM drive slot and he wasn't included.

It appears Jim Costa was caught off guard as well. On a Tuesday he learns his show partner Drew McCarthy was leaving the show and by Friday he's gone.

Mike Valenti does very well in the 2-6 slot on 97.1 but given ratings of both 3-6 GR sports talk shows combined does a local sports talk show have a future in the GR market? The last man standing is on a 1000w station



Trophyhead
Posts: 151
Joined: Mon Dec 06, 2004 6:36 am

Re: Local Talent Axed at ESPN 96.1

Post by Trophyhead » Tue Nov 10, 2020 3:21 pm

The thousand-watter does feed a network, with WXYT-AM its most prominent affiliate, but you are right, the future for this offering is tenuous.

Costa, at last look, still has a Facebook profile picture where he's standing in front of an ESPN 96.1 banner. Drew had announced he was done before that Tuesday, but not long before.



Post Reply Previous topicNext topic