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2 Live Stews lose syndication deal with Sporting News Network

Doug and Ryan Stewart. CREDIT: 790/The Zone

Doug and Ryan Stewart. CREDIT: 790/The Zone

The 2 Live Stews has lost its syndication deal with Sporting News Network as of July 1 but will remain on 790/The Zone from 1 to 4 p.m. weekdays.

“It allows them to be more involved with the local teams,” said their agent Norm Schrutt, trying to make the best of it. He also represents several other local personalities including 680/The Fan’s John Kincade and Dave FM’s Mara Davis.

Doug and Ryan Stewart started their syndication deal in early 2008 and amassed as many as 35 radio stations across the country. But Sporting News has been going through ownership changes and cost cuts. The Stews lost some affiliates, and a new contract didn’t pan out.

Sporting News replaced the Stews with a single talk-show host, which is certainly less costly.

“There are two Stews instead of one,” said Ryan. “They are a very good company but our time was up. There’s no love lost. Everything is good.”

Focusing exclusively on their metro Atlanta “dogs and poodles,” as their fans are dubbed, and “being live and local again should be fun,” he added.

As the brothers focused on national sports to accommodate syndication the past three years, ratings for the Stews on the Zone slipped a bit, but the station as a whole has had ratings problems. Nonetheless, the Stews remain the strongest show on the Zone and the station’s performance has steadied in recent months.

The Stews’ TV deal with ESPN-TV, where they appear four times a month to provide commentary, remains in place.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

72 comments Add your comment

Mike

June 24th, 2011
12:53 pm

Ahhh, I’m sure this will be a short comment section.

Sage of Bluesland

June 24th, 2011
1:54 pm

…So much for the “high-tide lifting all boats” nonsense that Steak’s partner said a long time ago in the AJC…I stopped listening to that station as a result, as it’s a show not intended for me….as well as the incomparable arrogance displayed during the morning-clowns show….well, and then there is the verbal-death shows with the likes of Hans, Beau, et. al.

(But, I also refuse to listen to the lying fraud Kincade, Perry, and the other clowns….Thank goodness for iPod, is all I can say….)

Reality

June 24th, 2011
2:08 pm

Wow, this is just shocking I tell you….

It’s humorous to read their spin on them being dumped though…

Mr. Smarty Pants by Gum

June 24th, 2011
2:16 pm

You mean there is not a national market for Racist Sports Radio? Wow, I really thought that would play well everywhere. The only conclusion here is that the rest of the country is Racist. And if you disagree, you are also a racist, racist !!!1

cowboys67

June 24th, 2011
2:46 pm

This probably is better for them the show has not been the same since it went national focus was all over the place. They still will get the top notch guest that 680cant touch and get them to talk about relevant things instead of the scripted lines most athletes give.

Al

June 24th, 2011
2:47 pm

There isn’t anything racist about the 2 Live Stews radio show. There is definitely something RACIAL about it, but that’s because they are black men who draw on their experiences as black men when talking about sports. They stand out because their perspective is unique, but I have never heard them say anything that would be remotely considered racist in the 10yrs that I’ve been listening to them. Congrats on the move. I prefer it when the focus is on local Atlanta sports teams anyway.

ljlkj

June 24th, 2011
2:51 pm

I didn’t realize they got higher ratings than Pollack & Bell. I prefer Chuck & Chernoff during mid-days, but then I’m back to 790 on the way home.

jd

June 24th, 2011
3:25 pm

I agree, positive spin on being dumped..no I don’t think they are one bit racist, but they do try way too hard to be cool, once they started barking, I never listened again. 680 has so much more class anyway, except for David Pollack

The Gentleman Masher

June 24th, 2011
3:51 pm

I don’t see why anyone ever cared about them being syndicated on Sporting News Radio anyway…it’s a distant 3rd to ESPN and FoxSports Radio as a national network. I couldn’t name one other host on SNR.

Just curious to see if 790 keeps the same timeslots…they were forced to juggle by The Stews moving to the 1pm to 4pm Timeslot. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Stews go 12-3 now, and Pollack and Bell be 3-7…

JK

June 24th, 2011
4:24 pm

I stopped listening when it seemed the arguments were forced/faked to help bring up the “drama” of the show. It seemed like they argued about everything just to make it entertaining.

Dan

June 24th, 2011
5:07 pm

Maybe 790 will dump Sporting News Radio and bring back Fox Sports

Moving Bell to afternoons was to accommodate the Stews syndication slot – hopefully 790 does not give the Stews late afternoon back, which is when I am listening to radio during the afternoon drive – cannot stand that show

Donald Finley

June 24th, 2011
5:23 pm

Let the morning show go and put the stews on steak suck!

Donald Finley

June 24th, 2011
5:40 pm

john kincade and steak are racist 680 suck and Buck Balue is the worse along with Perry get them all off the air, along with Orilley, limbaugh, Hannity!

wally maher

June 24th, 2011
7:15 pm

is this why Matt Edgar quit as well at 790? he was gray trainin the stews for quite some time. Whats worse, the stews or buck/kincade?

tommy

June 24th, 2011
8:37 pm

i hope they got new cars

Jussacracka

June 24th, 2011
9:13 pm

“but I have never heard them say anything that would be remotely considered racist in the 10yrs that I’ve been listening to them.” Wow, is there better proof that the racial problems will never be solved. Almost anyone white who listens to them couldn’t help but come away with the conclusion that much of the Stews act has race crammed into everything. A white host that did what they did would be fired. But it’s always ok when the other side does it and many black listeners love it. Double standard. Don’t deny it, it’s a fact. They play to it because many black listeners want to hear it and embrace it. Just don’t expect me to listen.

Nothing but the Truth

June 25th, 2011
1:45 am

Wonder if 790 will keep them now. It is now a prime time to cut them loose. They ran every white listener away (potential buyers of products), know nothing about anything outside of NFL football, and are grammatically challenged. Shouldn’t a broadcaster speak decent English?

They popped up on the scene without paying any dues-where did they come from anyway???

The sad thing is their black listeners, who are their bread and butter, did not demand more from them and were/ are entertained by sophomoric. Potty-mouthed and juvenile behavior. Not saying that those elements aren’t a part of a big show, but you have to be knowledgeable about something. They read everything off of a sheet of paper seemingly and can’t even do that well. LAZY! The couldn’t tell you a thing about the Braves.

I work with a lot of African-American guys who are much more knowledgeable about sports than these two and some of them have be open about not listening to the Stew-pids anymore because their act is old. White guys like sports talk too! All they do is divide when sports is supposed to bring us together.

They pander to race which is so tiring considering the President of the United States of America is African-American. You would think they would speak more intelligently and thoughtfully and not use low-brow comedy and language to entertain on a national stage. They think they are more humorous than they really are and are an embarrassment not only to their race but to everyone in Atlanta.

Their time on ESPN is probably numbered too now that they are just two local loud-mouths again.

Screaming, barking, cursing, being lazy regularly…in the hometown of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. no-less. What a disgrace. I’m sure their dumb fans will say “Well, at least they got “Dat Money so it’s all good dawg”-and before you call me a racist, that IS HOW THEY TALK EVERYDAY.

-“There are two Stews instead of one,” said Ryan.-sounds like they were trying for a big payday and crapped out trying to double the price to me.

Terrible terrible radio and an insult to the human ear, Sporting News just got an upgrade and I don’t even know what the new guy in the Stews’ old spot sounds like.

prose

June 25th, 2011
7:12 am

The Stews paid their dues for years doing night time talk on 790, then got moved up to earlier evenings when the ratings came in and eventually were getting the ratings to move to daytime. I am a white guy and I dig the Stews, but did not care for the national focus. I agree with them that this will be better, maybe not for their walllets but better for the show. The show is good entertainment if you can get over your own hang ups. Definitely more entertaining than anything 680 has(btw, have you noticed how almost every 680 personality has been a 790 cast off -Buck, Kincaide, Chuck, Chernoff, Chris Rude, etc.- guess that shows where the real talent comes from in this sports talk market)).

Bama G

June 25th, 2011
8:02 am

Hey Nothing But The Truth, must everything in all media be told thru the eyes of white guys? Can there be no break form the sameness of things?

tim

June 25th, 2011
8:52 am

How many times in a minute can they say the word “man”.

Hey man how you doin man whats up man just chillin man what you callin for man their show is about two idiots and listeners with nothin to do man.

Wildgator

June 25th, 2011
9:30 am

If you don’t like the show, don’t listen. No need for all the racist talk. I think going back local will be better, because when the went national, they played way too many commericals.

Kimmer rules

June 25th, 2011
10:44 am

Spin…spin..spin… what the AJC does best. The truth is they were FIRED by Sporting News radio. Nice reporting Mr. Ho.

Steak is a blow hard

June 25th, 2011
12:13 pm

Maybe 790 will pit them against the Rude Awakening in the morning. I’ll take them over that blow hard Steak.

Tell The Truth

June 25th, 2011
1:02 pm

I wish them the best in all their future exploits. They’ve come a long way and are doing a great job. To tell the truth, I preferred the local flavor Stews to the Sporting News radio themed program.

Keepin it 100

June 25th, 2011
4:38 pm

The Stews are self-made. They practiced in their basement using carrot sticks for mics until they had enough game to ask Steak for an audition. They impressed Steak enough to get a shot during the wee hours of the night. Like 2 am to 4am. They slam dunked that and their audience blossomed. And blossomed. They’re time slots got better as their audience grew. Then came syndication and TV. They are the cash cow at 790. It’s an “only in America” success story. They are what they are. They do what they do. And they do it unabashedly and unashamedly. You can’t knock their hustle because they got where they are by being innovative. They saw a niche and they grabbed it.

The Answer

June 25th, 2011
4:40 pm

Stop with the racist talk. Its way off base. Saying the Stews are too black is like saying Mike Bell it too white. Either you like the show or you dont! Their act wore me out. somewhat. Too much arguing! Pollack/Bell sports talk is the best one all day no matter the station!!!

WaeEagle 0904

June 25th, 2011
5:19 pm

I do not like the show but you have to agree the Stews fill a niche and have made a good living by being very different from all of the other shows. The forced arguments between the two of them are silly and hard to stomach. I do hope they continue to have some success and earn good $$$.

Ted Sheckler

June 25th, 2011
11:41 pm

The Stews are horrible. It is a fact, that you will get dumber if you listen to them for more than 2 minutes. Keep barking Stews, you are terrible. I’m embarrassed for you both.

790 Listener

June 26th, 2011
12:50 pm

I think the Stews going back to local talk will help bring back their audience. I know once it went national I quit listening. Hopefully, like someone mentioned earlier, 790 moves them to the 12-3 slot so they can go head to head with Chuck and Chernoff and Pollack and Bell can go head to head with Buck and Kincaid – 3-7. Even missing that one hour, P&B are beating B&K and right now are the Zone’s best show hands down. The Zone has a good talker in Hans Heiser also and really need to get him a show somewhere or put him on with Nick and Chris. And btw….those latter two by themselves do seem to make Mayhem a much better listen than when Steak is around. I guess being a fan of the original Bottom Line makes slants my view a little.

STEPHEN

June 26th, 2011
2:39 pm

Show is awful anyways. 790 is a joke. Even if I wanted to listen I can’t due to the signal being the weakest on the other side of the dial.

MattMD

June 26th, 2011
8:10 pm

It seems that once football season ends all they talk about is the NBA.

I can’t say the Stews are racist but they occasionally bring a racial element into issues were it isn’t obvious. Yes, a person can dislike Vick because they think is a POS.

Ted

June 27th, 2011
9:28 am

It just goes to show that if you do a show by taking as many calls as possible it isn’t masking the fact that there’s no preparation.

RealTalk

June 27th, 2011
9:31 am

Long time Listener of Both Radio Stations in Atlanta. Both are good and Mayheam in the morning is the funniest and best of all Talk. Get off of Steak too. He is a real talent and great promoter of our city. Chris and Nick are also hillarious.The Stews used to be better before they went national. They fill a niche and are funny sometimes, would rather liseten to Rush. Quit with the Hate everyone! This city is Still to busy to hate. Bea Bock and Bell are the Best! Hands down. Period.

Chocolate Doll

June 27th, 2011
10:18 am

@ Al…..very well said!

Nothing but the Truth

June 27th, 2011
10:42 am

It’s not hate. It’s just sad and two guys who have no class. Those guys had an incredible platform and a huge stage and they chose to NOT be prepared, give inaccurate information, and use language that you can’t allow your children to listen to on the public airwaves.

Mike Tirico is a Black man and does a WONDERFUL show. He is prepared, well versed on his subjects, funny and conducts great interviews. His race has nothing to do with his talent and professionalism.

Tirico is does not call women garden tools or referring to his own people as “ninjas” for a substitute for another awful and terrible word- LIKE THE STEWS! Disgraceful! And they think it’s funny.

These guys are a joke and an embarrassment to this city!

790 should let Lil’ Wayne or Jeezy host a show with Jamal “ let’s do a line in the bathroom” Anderson. No class at all on that station or from the Stews.

Sports Guy

June 27th, 2011
10:53 am

These guys are horrible.

Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda

June 27th, 2011
11:44 am

Hey man. We like the way these guys talk man. They sound cool man. It reminds me of all the Dead shows man.

Later man.

DonnieM

June 27th, 2011
11:49 am

The Stews are one of the worst radio shows ever. Ryan is a complete obnoxious moron. Doug is boring. Their Crown Royal commercials are awful as well makes me not want to drink Crown Royal so they can lose money and fire those two from doing ads.

In a perfect world, Steak Shapiro would be gone from radio. His time has passed. Go to a new city you arrogant jerk. Perry that moralist would be gone from 680. The Stews would be gone and Buck Beleu would be canned. If anybody listened to that train wreck of a show called the Buck Show last week you would agree. He spent a whole segment talking about what his producer J-Chad had eaten for lunch. Buck you are a retard and the only reason you have a job is because you won a national championship at Georgia. If David Greene had won a national championship with Georgia, you know he would have a job and Buck would be doing Statesboro,Georgia radio.

JD

June 27th, 2011
12:53 pm

I sure hope they have been saving there “APPLES”….

left, right...who cares?

June 27th, 2011
12:55 pm

…and they are not handsome, either!!! so there…

?

June 27th, 2011
2:01 pm

What does ninja mean?

WAR EAGLE

June 27th, 2011
2:03 pm

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

radiofan

June 27th, 2011
2:30 pm

I was never really a big fan of the Stews show because it had a national focus. I get enough national sports talk on ESPN and ESPN Radio all day. I’m listening to 680 or 790 because I want to hear about Atlanta teams (which, if you notice, never get mentioned on ESPN or any of the national networks).

I’m going to give them a shot, but I doubt they’ll bump Chuck and Chernoff out of my midday routine. I prefer Mayhem for the morning commute because I don’t think that the 680 crew really focuses on sports in the AM. I also prefer Pollack and Bell for the afternoon drive, since I’m scared Buck and Kincade will cause me to fall asleep and crash into the median on 85.

radiofan

June 27th, 2011
2:31 pm

@Rodney What ever happened to the Young Guns on 790? They were finally sounding really good and now I cant find them… did they get replaced by that clown John Michaels?

Edgar

June 27th, 2011
3:07 pm

What ever happened to Barnhart and Durham?
That’s the problem with 790. They always have a big back slapping, self congradulation kick off….then never explain the programming to the listener.

Nice fan appreciation fellas.

G

June 27th, 2011
3:09 pm

Hope they can get Shaggy back and start up the skits again. Lil Jorge’ and Chronicles of a Baller were classics. The Big Show and the Source Brothers were hilarious.

The Stews actually bring (or used to) a lot of what we [African Americans] consider as barber shop talk to the mainstream. Either you support them or don’t. The FACT is that they are the most successful show on sport talk radio. They STILL have the deal with ESPN intact.

All the racist accusations are way off base. That sounds like simple envy to me, or you simply haven’t taken the time to understand things that may go over your head. Anyway, I wish many more years of success to the Stews, and…….

I’M GONE!!!!

RealTalk

June 27th, 2011
3:25 pm

Love the Mayheam Guys on Saturday Too. Can’t Miss Real Atlanta Sports. All you Carpet Bagger Haters go Home. Steak and the Boys at 790 rock.

Ted

June 27th, 2011
3:51 pm

The show is horrible.

All they do is yell and talk about HipHop music. How many times a minute can someone bark at the microphone and yell “shawty”

I like 790, but this is the one show they have I completely stopped listening to. Please take them off the air.

Ted

June 27th, 2011
3:59 pm

If I had to build a schedule out of what we have available between the two Atlanta sports stations:

Mayhem in the AM – minus Steak, Chris and Nick only
Chuck & Chernoff
Barnhart & Durham
Pollack & Bell

Most of 680s program is terrible, except for Chuck & Chernoff

frank

June 27th, 2011
4:37 pm

What a joke of a show. I have never seen a show target one specific demographic at the expense of alienating every other group of listener (whites, women, mature people, people with money) as much as this show does on any form of media ever.