Last week we asked a series of questions as part of our first Sports Chowdah Local Sports and Media Poll. Questions included “Which is your favorite UMaine sports program?” “Which is your favorite regional professional team?” “Who is your favorite local sports talk radio host?” And more. We had more than 2000 votes cast and we share the results below.
WHICH REGIONAL PROFESSIONAL SPORTS FRANCHISE IS YOUR FAVORITE?
PATRIOTS - 43.5%
RED SOX - 41.1%
BRUINS - 10.1%
CELTICS - 4.8%
REVOLUTION - 0.6%
It's not a surprise that the Pats finished first. But I think it is a little surprising that the Sox were this close behind. The Bruins are riding a wave of popularity following the Stanley Cup Final appearance this spring.
WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE SPORTS PROGRAM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MAINE?
MEN'S HOCKEY - 45.3%
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - 20.9%
FOOTBALL - 18.7%
BASEBALL - 7.2%
MEN'S BASKETBALL - 5%
WOMEN'S HOCKEY - 1.4%
FIELD HOCKEY - 0.7%
SOFTBALL - 0.7%
WOMEN'S SOCCER - 0%
I have said it many times: UMaine hockey fans are the best! 20 years since a title and 7 years since an NCAA tourney appearance, yet they remain very loyal to this once great program.
WHICH REGIONAL PROFESSIONAL SPORTS TEAM IS MOST LIKELY TO WIN AT LEAST ONE CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS?
PATRIOTS - 82.6%
BRUINS - 10.1%
CELTICS - 3.7%
RED SOX - 2.8%
REVOLUTION - 0.9%
WOW! Pats and Bruins are logical choices given recent success. But the Red Sox have so much talent and the highest payroll in baseball! Obviously fans have many concerns with the immediate future of this team.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE REGIONAL TV SPORTS PERSONALITY?
JERRY REMY- RED SOX 38.3%
DENNIS ECKERSLEY- RED SOX - 25.2%
DAVE O'BRIEN- RED SOX - 13%
MIKE GORMAN- CELTICS - 10.4%
JACK EDWARDS- BRUINS - 5.2%
ANDY BRICKLEY- BRUINS - 3.5%
TOM HEINSOHN- CELTICS - 2.6%
DALE ARNOLD- BRUINS - 1.7%
Jerry Remy remains very popular with the Red Sox fans who associate him with this incredible era of World Series titles the Sox have won. He also was here in Bangor last winter.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL SPORTS TALK RADIO PERSONALITY?
DALE DUFF (WEZQ) - 44.4%
RICH KIMBALL (WZON) - 30%
WAYNE HARVEY (WEZQ) - 13.3%
AARON JACKSON (WEZQ) - 6.7%
JIM CHURCHILL(WEZQ) - 3.3%
MARK PAULETTE (WEZQ) - 2.2%
The Duffer has been on local radio in Bangor pretty much since the fall of 1993. He has been in media since the 80's.
Same with runner up Rich Kimball.
Wayne Harvey has only had a radio show for two months or so but has been on WLBZ and WABI TV for years.
In full disclosure I did not include my name on the survey as I don’t currently appear on a local radio show. I hosted the Shootaround with Jeff Solari on WZON from 2004-2010, was a guest and fill in host on Downtown With Rich Kimball from 2012-2014 and co-host of the Drive on WEZQ 92.9 The Ticket from 2014-2018.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE NATIONAL SPORTS TALK RADIO HOST?
DAN PATRICK- 24.1 %
DAN LEBATARD: 10.3%
TREY WINGO- 5.7%
STEPHEN A SMITH- 4.6%
This one is intriguing as the top three most popular radio hosts don’t have shows in the Bangor market. However, their radio shows appear on TV and most likely fans still stream their shows live or listen to podcasts.
WHICH DO YOU FOLLOW MOST CLOSELY?
NEW ENGLAND PROFESSIONAL TEAMS - 64.8%
UNIVERSITY OF MAINE SPORTS - 18.1%
LOCAL MAINE HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS - 9.5%
MY FAVORITE SPORT OR TEAM IS NONE OF THE ABOVE - 7.6%
LOCAL SMALL COLLEGE SPORTS - 0%