Talk about kicking someone when they're down...After news broke last month that barely anyone was watching Nationals' games on MASN, the Washington Post reports that almost nobody is tuning in to the radio broadcasts, either (via Washington Post, 8/26/2008):
The Washington Nationals, last in the National League East and closing fast on a 100-loss season, have attracted the smallest radio following in the major leagues, according to audience research from Arbitron.
How low? So low that even the microscopic numbers reported by the rating service might be too low to be statistically valid.
The team's broadcasts on the station formerly known as WWWT (107.7 FM and 1500 AM) attracted a cumulative weekly audience of about 26,500 from May through July, the most recent period measured by Arbitron.
Ouch. The numbers are breathtakingly low...So let's see, that's approximately 27,000 radios tuned in to WWWT per week. A quick, back of the envelope calculation shows that roughly 25 people are tuning in to each Nationals' game on the radio. Twenty five! (You might want to check our math). But, regardless of how far off our math is, the number is teeny tiny. Even the pathetic Mariners' radio numbers aren't as bad (133,000 cumulative listeners per week)!
Now, this shouldn't be an indictment of Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler. Let the record show that The Nationals Enquirer loves Slowes and Jageler.
(AP Photo/Paul Beaty)