Michael Kay Tops Mike Francesa Again In Autumn Ratings Book
Michael Kay and ESPN Radio 98.7 N.Y. "scored another victory over" WFAN's Mike Francesa in the second of three months in the autumn ratings book, according to Neil Best of NEWSDAY. Kay "finished first overall among all stations" in the N.Y. market among men ages 25-54 from 3:00-6:30pm ET, while Francesa was second. In the prior month, Kay had the edge, so Francesa "narrowed the gap in the period from Oct. 10 to Nov. 6." But for Francesa, it will "require a dramatic rally in the final month -- covering Nov. 7 to Dec. 4 -- to prevent Kay from defeating him for the first time in a full quarterly ratings book." WFAN’s three daytime shows other than Francesa’s "ranked No. 1 overall in the market for the second month of the autumn book, as they did in the first" (NEWSDAY, 11/26).
MUSICAL CHAIRS: In N.Y., Andrew Marchand cites sources as saying that former WFAN afternoon host Chris Carlin is "in advanced talks" with ESPN N.Y. to work evenings, following Kay's show. WFAN's Bart Scott is also expected to leave the station to "co-host a new local show" from 1:00-3:00pm ET on ESPN N.Y. in '20. Sources said that Scott is "expected to be teamed with Alan Hahn," whose promotion from nights will "open up the spot for Carlin." Sources said that Entercom, WFAN’s parent company, "badly wants to center its daytime programming around Scott and spent last week trying to convince him to change his mind." But there is "no evidence yet that Scott has seriously reconsidered the move that will also give him a role on ESPN TV, including 'Get Up.'" Meanwhile, WFAN morning host Gregg Giannotti’s contract is up at the end of the year, but sources said that Entercom has "finally stepped up its offer and guarantees." Giannotti is now "expected to return" (N.Y. POST, 11/26).