Briefs: ESPN’s Elle Duncan contract extended; Da Brat honored; B98.5 Tad Lemire’s new baby

Elle Duncan moves to 6 p.m. "SportsCenter" on ESPN in 2021. ESPN

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Elle Duncan moves to 6 p.m. "SportsCenter" on ESPN in 2021. ESPN

July radio ratings included with WSB on top as usual.

Atlanta native Elle Duncan has signed a new multiyear contract at ESPN.

Details of the contract’s length and dollar amount were not revealed.

She joined the sports network in 2016 and now co-anchors the 6 p.m. edition of “SportsCenter” with Kevin Negandhi, a position she moved to in March. She previously anchored the noon edition and early-morning shows.

Duncan also hosts a podcast “First Take, Her Take,” with Kimberley A. Martin and Charly Arnolt and rotates in as a panelist on the ESPN afternoon show “Around the Horn.”

“Elle has been a fantastic team player since joining us and has handled every assignment with professionalism and a great attitude,” said Norby Williamson, an ESPN executive vice president, in a press release.

“For over five years, ESPN has given me the opportunity and space to be myself. And in my experience that is worth holding on to,” said Duncan. “However, there’s no greater test of that belief than me barking on air … so I’m glad we wrapped this up before college football starts. Also, Go Dawgs.”

Duncan started her media career at 790/The Zone and spent several years at V-103 in different time slots, working with both Frank Ski and Ryan Cameron. She also had a run as a traffic and sports reporter at 11Alive before going to the New England Sports Network in 2014.

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Da Brat and her beau Jessica "Judy" Dupart on her reality show "Brat Loves Judy" on WE-TV debuting Aug. 5, 2021. WE-TV

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Da Brat and her beau Jessica "Judy" Dupart on her reality show "Brat Loves Judy" on WE-TV debuting Aug. 5, 2021. WE-TV

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Da Brat and her beau Jessica "Judy" Dupart on her reality show "Brat Loves Judy" on WE-TV debuting Aug. 5, 2021. WE-TV

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Credit: WE-TV

Da Brat and her fiancé Jesseca “Judy” Dupart, who are currently starring in a WE-TV reality show, are being honored this year at the Pure Heat Community Festival Sunday at Piedmont Park.

The free event will feature market and food vendors, live celebrity and local performers, entertainment, educational forums and prize. In partnership with The Vision Community Foundation, a portion of proceeds from the weekend’s festivities are used to benefit homeless LGBTQ+ youth and those impacted by HIV/AIDS.

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Tad Lemire has worked in radio for 30 years. He joins B98.5 on Feb. 1. CREDIT: B98.5

Credit: Rodney Ho

Tad Lemire has worked in radio for 30 years. He joins B98.5 on Feb. 1. CREDIT: B98.5

Credit: Rodney Ho

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Tad Lemire has worked in radio for 30 years. He joins B98.5 on Feb. 1. CREDIT: B98.5

Credit: Rodney Ho

Credit: Rodney Ho

Tad Lemire, morning host at B98.5, recently announced his second child.

“It’s a girl!” he wrote on social media. “We are thrilled to announce the birth of our daughter Sophie Flora Lemire ... Mom & baby are doing great. Her big Brother Sam loves holding her hand.”

Lemire joined B98.5 in 2016 and now works with Drex Rener and Kara Leigh.

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Mark Arum before his induction on the roof of the Strand Theatre in Marietta on October 21, 2017. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

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Mark Arum before his induction on the roof of the Strand Theatre in Marietta on October 21, 2017. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

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Mark Arum before his induction on the roof of the Strand Theatre in Marietta on October 21, 2017. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Credit: Rodney Ho

Credit: Rodney Ho

News/talk WSB at 95.5 and AM 750 remains the top rated station among all listeners in July with an 8.3 share. It has been the consistent No. 1 station for several years now, though for a time its share exceeded 10.

Classic hits 97.1/The River is second at 6.9, followed by R&B Kiss 104.1 with a 6.6. All three stations are owned by Cox Media Group. It also has the fifth place station, pop station B98.5 at 5.0, just behind Entercom’s R&B/hip-hop station V-103.

In the pop station race, behind B985, Q99.7 is at 4.9 (sixth place), Power 96.1 is at 4.0 (eighth place) and Star 94 is at 2.6 (14th place). 94.9/The Bull (10th place), as usual, remains ahead of New Country 101.5 (13th) in the country battle.

Among morning shows, Scott Slade at WSB tops the overall ratings while the Bert Show at Q99.7 nabs the 25-54 crown and Kevin & Taylor at Fish wins among 18 to 34 year olds. Frank Ski, new at Kiss, is now beating his old station V-103 and Big Tigger among all listeners and 25 to 54 year olds but Tigger beats Ski among 18 to 34 year olds.

All the ratings come from Nielsen, covering June 24 through July 21.

Top 20 stations overall based on share

1. WSB 8.3

2. 97.1/The River 6.9

3. Kiss 104.1 6.6

4. V-103 5.1

5. B98.5 5.0

6. Q99.7 4.9

7. 104.7/The Fish 4.7

8. Power 96.1. 4.0

9. Majic 107.5/97.5 3.7

10. (tie) 94.9/The Bull 3.5, Praise 102.5 3.5

12. (tie) 92.9/The Game, New Country 101.5 2.9

14. Star 94 2.6

15. 90.1/WABE 2.5

16. Hot 107.9 2.4

17. Rock 100.5 2.0

18. Jazz 91.9 1.8

19. (tie) Classix 102.9, Love 106.7 1.6

Top 10 stations based on total unique listeners in a given week

1. B98.5 824,700

2. The River 821,000

3. Power 96.1 656,600

4. Q99.7 652,700

5. Kiss 104.1 652,800

6. V-103 613,600

7. Star 94 592,500

8. WSB 573,600

9. Majic 482,000

10. The Bull 444, 100

Top 10 morning shows

1. Scott Slade, WSB 13.6

2. Bert Show, Q99.7 6.2

3. Kevin & Taylor, Fish 6.1

4. Frank Ski, Kiss 5.5

5. Steve Craig, the River 5.2

6. Steve Harvey, Majic 4.9

7. Morning Edition, WABE 4.4

8. Tad & Drex, B98.5 3.6

9. The Morning Culture with Big Tigger, V-103 3.3

10. The Jubal Show, Power 2.9

Top 10 stations, 25-54 demographic

1. WSB 6.9

2. Q99.7 6.8

3. River 6.5

4. V-103 5.5

5. Kiss 5.1

6. B98.5 4.8

7. Fish 4.0

8. Power 3.8

9. (tie) The Game, Majic 3.7

Top 10 morning shows, 25-54

1. Bert Show, Q99.7 9.9

2. Scott Slade, WSB 9.7

3. Morning Edition, WABE 6.1

4. Kevin & Taylor, Fish 4.6

5. Frank Ski, Kiss 4.6

6. Steve Harvey, Majic 4.2

7. Jason & Southside, Rock 100.5 4.0

8. (tie) Steve Craig, the River; Tigger, V-103 3.6

10. John Fricke and Hugh Douglas, the Game 3.5

Top 10, 18-34 year olds overall

1. Q99.7 9.7

2. Fish 6.5

3. V-103 6.2

4. Power 5.9

5. B98.5 4.9

6. (tie) Kiss , The River 4.1

8 (tie) Star, Hot 3.8

10 (tie) the Bull, Streetz 94.5 3.5

Top 10 morning shows, 18-34

1. Kevin & Taylor, Fish 13.5

2. Bert Show, Q99.7 11.4

3. Morning Edition, WABE 5.4

4. Scott Slade, WSB 4.9

5. Tigger, V-103 3.6

6. Kincaid & Dallas, New Country 3.4

7 (tie) Spencer & Kristen, The Bull; Enrique Santos, Z105.7 3.1

9. Tad & Drex, B98.5; Morris Baxter, Jazz 91.9 2.8

CREDIT: Nielsen

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