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With No Games Being Played, Local Sports Fans are Still Craving Sports Coverage

I wrote a blog a few weeks back about how amazed I was that Sports Chowdah readership was at an all-time high without sports actually being played.

Turns out New England sports fans are more rabid than ever during this pandemic. 98.5 The Sports Hub just had a perhaps record setting spring ratings period in Boston. According to Chad Finn of the Boston Globe, The Sports Hub owns the city in the coveted male 25-54 demographic.

Felger and Mazz airs from 2-6pm. It could be the most listened to sports show in the country. They were #1 and rolled up an 18.9 share in April and a 19.2 in May. “Holy cow” is the quote from Chad. Overall the station finished #1 as did basically every show they have. They get it.

Locally we'll see how 92.9FM The Ticket in Bangor fared. They are certainly not aided by the floundering ESPN radio network. ESPN Radio just dumped Mike Golic and canceled the Wingo and Golic show. They also shook up their whole lineup in an effort to stop the ratings bloodshed.

According to reports, “Golic & Wingo” is being replaced by “Keyshawn, Jay and Zubin,” with former New York Jets receiver Keyshawn Johnson, former NBA guard Jay Williams and “SportsCenter” host Zubin Mehenti.

ESPN also announced that Dan Le Batard’s popular show is being trimmed from three to two hours.

They will roll out three new afternoon shows: “The Mike Greenberg Show,” “The Max Kellerman Show,” and “Chiney and Golic Jr.,” with Chiney Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks and Golic’s son, Mike Golic Jr. All new shows will premiere Aug. 17.

With the exception of Le Batard, none of those are going to resonate in eastern and central Maine. We'll share some info soon.

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