In a abrupt announcement, ESPN and Jared Max have ended their association. We don’t know much about Max leaving ESPN New York 98.7 FM/WEPN, but it can be inferred from his statement that this wasn’t choice.
“I am sorry that Maxed Out will not continue on ESPN New York. I treasure the experiences I had working with and learning from such good men and women — broadcasters, producers and interns,” Max says.
Robin Lundberg was added as co-host of Max’s Maxed Out from 4 to 6 a.m. Max also provided local updates during the national Mike and Mike show. Max left the company as of Wednesday. Reportedly, Lundberg will host the show solo for the foreseeable future.
“My ESPN experience elevated and prepared me for the next exciting chapter in my career in a way which I could not have foreseen,” Max adds. “In the past two and a half years at ESPN, I achieved seismic growth — professionally and personally.”
In March 2011, after 11 years as WCBS 880 morning sports anchor he joined ESPN Radio in New York. Just two months later, Max took to the airwaves and sent shockwaves through the industry when he told his ESPN listeners that he was gay.
If the familiar is boring, then WLTW/LITE-FM is the most boring station. Of course, WLTW is also the most popular, winning the overall (6+) Arbitron ratings for July. WLTW did see a slight drop from June (6.8 to 6.6), but its nearest competitor WCBS-FM also made an about-face. The classic hits station took a .4 nosedive for the month, after closing within a tenth of a point behind the Clear Channel juggernaut.
WBLS held third place with a 6.0 (down .2 from June).
No change for Z100/WHTZ. Fresh off celebrating its 30th anniversary last Friday, it maintained a 5.5.
It’s familiar territory for WLTW-FM. The Clear Channel top-rated station kept its streak alive winning the overall Arbitron PPM ratings for June. LITE-FM slipped .2 to 6.8.
The bigger story is WCBS-FM, creeping ever so close to WLTW. It was a huge month for the Classic Hits favorite with a .6 jump to 6.7, its best showing of the year, and just .1 behind the perennial numero uno.
WBLS continues its dominance at number three, adding .3 for June to 6.2.
WHTZ/Z100 fell .4 to 5.5. There’s a gap until sister station WAXQ arrives in fifth place at 4.5, a slight drop from May. WKTU had a slight improvement to 4.4.
WINS is the news ratings champ with a 4.3, although a .2 setback.
WFAN, maintaining its dual station properties (66 AM and 101.9 FM), gained .2 to 3.0. For those who think WEPN/ESPN 98.7 FM is half as good as the FAN, the ratings would indicate that. ESPN slipped .1 to a 1.5 in the overall litmus test of listeners.
Of note, WNSH, now featuring America’s Morning Show from Nashville, got a .2 boost to 2.1. Also in the Cumulus stable, WPLJ slipped to a 3.1, while WABC took a slight tumble to 2.7.