Monthly Archives: March 2008

Phillies Primer for Opening Day

In case you haven’t heard, today is Opening Day for the Phillies. Here’s your television primer:

Noon – Sports Day – Comcast SportsNet

1 p.m. – Meet the Phillies – Comcast SportsNet

2 p.m. – Phillies Clubhouse – Comcast SportsNet

2:30 p.m. – Phillies Pregame Live – Comcast SportsNet

3 p.m. – Phillies vs. Nationals – CBS3

Comcast SportsNet will broadcast 103 regular season games this season.  Mitch Williams will be the primary “Phillies Post Game Live” analyst.  John Marzano and Dave Gallagher will also analyze some games.

Last year, the Phillies garnered their highest ratings in their 11 years on CSN, with a 5.5 rating, an average of around 163,000 viewers.

Local Television Field of 64 Results

CHANNEL 3

(1) Jessica Savitch over (8) Tom Snyder
(2) Vince Leonard over (7) Al Meltzer
(11) Larry Mendte over (3) Mort Crim
(13) Diane Allen over (5) Dick Sheeran

CHANNEL 6
(1) Jim Gardner over (8) Rick Williams
(2) Jim O’Brien over(7) Cecily Tynan
(3) Lisa Thomas Laury over (6) Don Tollefson
(4) Dave Roberts over (12) Gary Papa

CHANNEL 10

(1) John Facenda over (8) Cherie Bank
(15) Bill Baldini over (7) Sheela Allen Stephens
(6) Renee Chenault Fattah over (14) Vai Sikahema
(5) Larry Mendte over (13) Jane Robelot

CHANNEL 29
(1) Jill Chernekoff over (8) Dr. Brian McDonough
(2) Lee McCarthy over (10) Gerald Kolpan
(14) Mike Jerrick over (6) Dorothy Krysiuk
(12) Dawn Stensland over (4) Don Tollefson

NEXT MATCHUPS:

CHANNEL 3
(1) Jessica Savitch
(13) Diane Allen

(2) Vince Leonard
(11) Larry Mendte

CHANNEL 6
(1) Jim Gardner
(4) Dave Roberts

(2) Jim O’Brien
(3) Lisa Thomas Laury

CHANNEL 10
(1) John Facenda
(5) Larry Mendte

(15) Bill Baldini
(6) Renee Chenault Fattah

CHANNEL 29
(1) Jill Chernekoff
(12) Dawn Stensland

(2) Lee McCarthy
(14) Mike Jerrick

Send your votes to lauranachman@verizon.net or fill out the comment box. Voting ends Wednesday.

CBS Cutbacks Affecting CBS3

CBS, which laid off employees at television stations in other markets such as Miami and Chicago, got around to Philadelphia today, as 11 positions in sales, news, and other departments were eliminated.  Some employees are being offered early retirement.

CBS Radio eliminated a dozen jobs at the Philadelphia CBS stations including KYW 1060-AM last month.

There are around 325 full-time employees at CBS3 and CW57.

A CBS3 spokesperson said that the station does not comment on personnel matters.

This comes a day after Fox29 let go of four positions.

Industry sources say that NBC10 offered buyout packages to employees a few months ago.  

Macnow Back to Mid-Days

Glen Macnow announced on the air today that he will be returning to mid-days and Ike Reese will take over his night-time slot on WIP.

Macnow, who has spent most of his 14 years at WIP in the mid-day slot, was moved to evenings a few years ago.

He’ll replace Steve Martorano, who left the station this week.

As we reported earlier, the other current mid-day host Anthony Gargano, will co-host with afternoon drive host Howard Eskin Tuesday through Friday of next week.

Hillary and Ben

Here’s Hillary Clinton’s interview with BEN 95.7-FM’s Dave Cruise and Marilyn Russell.

Radio Ratings – More Detail

Here’s an even more in-depth chart of the Philadelphia ratings for February, courtesy of Radio Info.

Philadelphia-METRO

Time Period: Mo-Su 6A-12A
Survey: FEBRUARY 2008
Target: P 6+
AVG Daily Population : 4,759,900
AVG Daily Intab : 1763
Percent of Population (Daily) : 100
Ranking Outlet
Estimate
HOLIDAY 2007
JANUARY 2008
FEBRUARY 2008
1
WBEB-FM
AVG WK Cume
2,481,400
1,839,500
1,851,700
Adult Contemporary
2
KYW-AM
AVG WK Cume
1,159,300
1,255,000
1,273,000
All News
3
WOGL-FM
AVG WK Cume
1,114,600
1,200,800
1,248,300
Classic Hits
4
WMGK-FM
AVG WK Cume
952,400
963,100
1,043,700
Classic Rock
5
WIOQ-FM
AVG WK Cume
1,058,800
982,600
988,800
Pop Contemporary Hit Radio
6
WBEN-FM
AVG WK Cume
877,900
931,000
938,300
Adult Hits
7
WISX-FM
AVG WK Cume
849,200
898,900
937,100
Rhythmic AC
8
WRDW-FM
AVG WK Cume
976,900
904,400
919,700
Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio
9
WMMR-FM
AVG WK Cume
824,600
840,700
881,200
Album Oriented Rock
10
WRFF-FM
AVG WK Cume
787,400
768,600
830,900
Alternative
11
WXTU-FM
AVG WK Cume
740,000
753,700
774,100
Country
12
WUSL-FM
AVG WK Cume
632,900
722,600
750,300
Urban Contemporary
13
WDAS-FM
AVG WK Cume
777,100
702,300
721,800
Urban Adult Contemporary
14
WYSP-FM
AVG WK Cume
880,600
614,000
636,800
Active Rock
15
WPHI-FM
AVG WK Cume
633,700
576,400
611,400
Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio
16
WRNB-FM
AVG WK Cume
459,700
459,500
514,100
Urban Adult Contemporary
17
WIP-AM
AVG WK Cume
545,000
500,200
479,000
All Sports
18
WJJZ-FM
AVG WK Cume
392,000
453,600
438,500
New AC (NAC)/Smooth Jazz
19
WPHT-AM
AVG WK Cume
367,400
399,700
433,100
Talk/Personality
20
WHYY-FM
AVG WK Cume
359,800
382,700
432,300
News Talk Information
21
WPST-FM
AVG WK Cume
472,500
452,000
421,100
Hot Adult Contemporary
22
WPPZ-FM
AVG WK Cume
401,300
345,000
372,200
Contemporary Inspirational
23
WJBR-FM
AVG WK Cume
411,800
335,400
298,500
Adult Contemporary
24
WXPN-FM
AVG WK Cume
312,000
314,000
283,800
Album Adult Alternative
25
WSTW-FM
AVG WK Cume
314,200
284,700
280,300
Pop Contemporary Hit Radio
26
WRTI-FM
AVG WK Cume
247,000
240,800
256,800
Classical
27
WKXW-FM
AVG WK Cume
275,100
202,100
242,500
Talk/Personality
28
WPEN-AM
AVG WK Cume
168,700
180,700
137,400
All Sports
29
WLEV-FM
AVG WK Cume
156,100
147,300
127,100
Adult Contemporary
30
WFKB-FM
AVG WK Cume
79,300
107,300
117,300
Classic Hits
31
WNTP-AM
AVG WK Cume
90,700
112,400
115,700
News Talk Information
32
WSJO-FM
AVG WK Cume
119,800
101,900
104,900
Hot Adult Contemporary
33
WEMG-AM
AVG WK Cume
81,200
102,200
83,900
Spanish Tropical
34
WBYO-FM
AVG WK Cume
~~
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82,600
Contemporary Christian
35
WUBA-AM
AVG WK Cume
37,100
67,500
69,600
Spanish Tropical
36
WFIL-AM
AVG WK Cume
70,400
73,000
66,500
Religious
37
WCTO-FM
AVG WK Cume
58,700
43,300
48,200
Country
38
WHAT-AM
AVG WK Cume
37,700
44,000
44,000
Adult Standards/MOR
39
WURD-AM
AVG WK Cume
33,900
33,400
36,500
News Talk Information
40
WODE-FM
AVG WK Cume
31,500
39,200
32,200
Classic Hits
41
WFAN-AM
AVG WK Cume
67,900
64,000
30,400
All Sports
42
WAWZ-FM
AVG WK Cume
33,700
31,400
28,400
Contemporary Christian
43
WFPG-FM
AVG WK Cume
36,600
~~
28,200
Adult Contemporary
44
WTTM-AM
AVG WK Cume
~~
30,800
25,000
World Ethnic
~~
WAYV-FM
AVG WK Cume
~~
~~
~~
Hot Adult Contemporary
~~
WDBK-FM
AVG WK Cume
~~
~~
~~
Alternative
~~
WEEU-AM
AVG WK Cume
~~
~~
~~
News Talk Information
~~
WKMK-FM
AVG WK Cume
~~
~~
~~
Country
~~
WOR-AM
AVG WK Cume
~~
~~
~~
News Talk Information
~~
WPHY-AM
AVG WK Cume
~~
~~
~~
All Sports
~~
WXKW-FM
AVG WK Cume
~~
~~
~~
Talk/Personality
Analysis Total
AVG WK Cume
4,532,200
4,493,000
4,504,800
Market Total
AVG WK Cume
4,533,500
4,496,300
4,509,400

WIP Speculation

Contrary to published reports, sports industry sources are saying that it is not a given that Glen Macnow will join Anthony Gargano on the WIP mid-day show to replace Steve Martorano, whose last day was Tuesday.
Sources say that WIP is considering a few different scenarios, including bringing in a personality from outside the station for a weekday slot.
Next week, the station will team Gargano with Howard Eskin for afternoon drive beginning Tuesday (on Monday WIP will air the Phillies’ season opener).
Gargano and Eskin will compete against former WIP host Mike Missanelli who debuts on ESPN 950 on Tuesday.  Another former WIP host, Jody McDonald moves to the 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. slot on ESPN 950.
Job opportunities at WIP are rare as the weekday lineup has basically been Angelo Cataldi, Rhea Hughes, Al Morganti, Glen Macnow, Mike Missanelli, Steve Fredericks, Jody McDonald, Anthony Gargano, and Howard Eskin in various configurations through the years.

Latest Philly Radio Ratings

Here are the latest Philadelphia radio ratings for ages 6 and over for February, courtesy of Radio and Records.  The first number is January’s “Cume,” accumulated audience and the second number is February’s “Cume.”

1.  WBEB 101.1-FM - adult contemporary (1,839,00 – 1, 851, 700)
2.  KYW 1060-AM- CBS Radio – news radio (1,255,00 – 1,273,000) 

3.  WOGL 98.1-FM - CBS Radio – classic hits (1,200,800-1,248,300)
4.  WMGK 102.9-FM  - Greater Media – classic rock (963,100-1,043,700)
5.  WIOQ 102.1-FM - Clear Channel – CHR/top 40 (982,600-988,800)
6.  WBEN 95.7-FM - Greater Media – adult hits (931,000-938,300)
7.  WISX 106.1-FM – Clear Channel – rhythmic AC (898,900-937,100)
8.  WRDW 96.5-FM - Beasley – rhythmic (904,400-919,700)
9.  WMMR 93.3-FM – Greater Media – active rock (840,700-881,200)
10. WRFF 104.5-FM – Clear Channel – alternative (768,600-830,900)
11. WXTU 92.5-FM – Beasley – country (753,700-774,100)
12. WUSL 98.9-FM - Clear Channel – urban (722,600-750,300)
13. WDAS 105.3-FM - Clear Channel – urban AC (702,300-721,800)
14. WYSP 94.1-FM – CBS Radio – rock (614,000-636,800)
15. WPHI – Radio One – urban (576,400-611,400)
16. WRNB 107.9-FM - Radio One – urban AC (459,500-514,100)
17. WIP 610-AM – CBS Radio – sports (500,200-479,000)
18. WJJZ  97.5-FM – Greater Media – smooth jazz (453,600-438,500)
19. WPHT 1210-AM - CBS Radio – talk (399,700-433,100)

Four Fired at Fox29

Industry sources say that in a restructuring of the newsroom, four news writers were let go at Fox29 this week.  

A station insider said that Fox is looking for future hires who can “multi-task.” 

Apology To Rob Jennings

Dear Rob Jennings,

I apologize for omitting you from my “Local Television Field of 64.”  That was a terrible oversight. I had you on my list, but somehow forgot to include you on my post. You probably would’ve been my number five seed for Channel 6.

Sincerely,

Laura