“It’s totally not true,” Dave Roberts, ESPN New York GM, told FishbowlNY. “Michael Kay is part of a very talented team of hosts.”
He certainly is, currently, part of a team of hosts. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint, and we’re in this for the long haul,” Roberts said. And the marathon apparently includes the upcoming NFL season.
Today we had three industry insiders contact us. 1 by phone, 2 via email:
A) Bob - Heard similar about Kay. He keeps blaming his poor numbers on ESPN-NY's limited signal, and no longer can use that excuse.
B) He has this football season to get it right and frankly if he doesnt he should be replaced. Before she commented on our suggestion of Sid Rosenberg: "Problem with your boy [Sid] is that ESPN probably won't risk being associated with him, a shame actually."
C) The third person commented on our suggestion to bring Brandon Tierney back: "Tierny would do well if he had a really good partner to keep it light." Like Michelle Beadle...? But that ship may have sailed...Before snickering, "Any decent FM guy based talk show has to be, far and away, #1 in one in the ratings, period."
According to the numbers, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco show is tops at WEPN. It "leaps from 19th to 8th place with a 4.5 rating." When is the last time Mike Francesa considered himself the wink link? Or when did a NYC FM GM state, "cume doubled from a year ago among the people 12+ category." Is that only during 7th grade summer vacation?
No spin Jerry Barmash sums it up well: "As for ESPN, on the surface, it could be deemed a disappointment for the sports station still simulcasting on 1050 AM. The 98.7 frequency with KISS ended with an overall 4.0, while WEPN only managed a 1.8. WFAN increased slightly to a 3.2."
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