Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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Cumulus Media’s Second Quarter Net Revenue Up 1.2%.  The upshot from the Q2 financial report from Cumulus Media is that on the radio station side net revenue was basically flat at $208.6 million (-0.7%), while the network side – Westwood One – was $81.2 million (+6.1%).  Cumulus president and CEO Mary Berner says, “Our second quarter results provide further evidence of the success of our turnaround strategies as we posted a year-over-year increase in adjusted EBITDA for the first time in over three years despite what continues to be a tough market environment.”  For the first six months of 2017 the radio division was down 1.1% and Westwood One was up 1.8%.  During yesterday’s investor conference call, Berner stated that the third quarter is pacing down or basically flat, ex political.  She reported positive stations ratings growth in PPM markets.  “We maintained our ratings share outperformance in PPM markets through the quarter even though we are now lapping some considerable share growth in Q2 2016.  Nonetheless, we were up again this quarter and Q2 2017 marks seven straight quarters of PPM ratings share growth which we converted to revenue share growth of 3% in PPM markets in Q2.  On the diary side, after two consecutive quarters of share growth, we gave back ratings share in the spring 2017 books for our four-book markets, driven by some fairly isolated challenges. Six markets out of 27 drove the entirety of the decline with two markets representing nearly half of the impact and, of course, we are very focused on righting the ship in those situations.”

New TV Gig for Laura Ingraham?  That’s what Matt Drudge is hinting at in a tweet yesterday (8/14).  The Hill reports the tweet — “FALL PREVIEW: Laura Ingraham’s prime time to shine! After years in the trenches, much deserved.” – and notes that Drudge has credibility in this area having broken the stories of Bill O’Reilly’s departure from Fox News Channel and the death of former FNC chief Roger Ailes.  Now, the speculation includes theories that Ingraham will get a prime time show on Fox News Channel, but there are differing thoughts on at what time the show would air and what current shows would move to accommodate the Ingraham program.  Stay tuned!

Rinker to Lead Cumulus Pensacola.  Media management pro Jackie Rinker is joining Cumulus Media as vice president and market manager for the company’s Pensacola station group that includes: news/talk WCOA-AM, urban contemporary WRRX “Magic 106.1,” country WXBM “NASH FM 102.7,” classic hits WJTQ “Jet 100.7,” and adult contemporary WMEZ.  She comes to Cumulus from her most recent position as market president for iHeartMedia’s Panama City and Tallahassee, Florida clusters.  Cumulus RVP Pete DeSimone comments, “Jackie is a great addition to our management team.  We have very talented people in Pensacola and I’m confident Jackie’s leadership will help develop each to help the market reach its full potential.”

It’s Official: Westwood One to Syndicate Sunday Evening Sabo Show.  Several weeks ago, TALKERS magazine reported that media consultant Walter Sabo – under the stage name Walter Sterling – is joining Westwood One for national syndication of his WPHT, Philadelphia-based talk radio program titled, “Sterling on Sunday.”  Now, WW1 officially announces the deal.  The program airs live from 10:00 pm to 1:00 am and presents “a mix of lifestyle, entertainment, and social conversation.”  Stations already signed on to carry the program include: WLS-AM, Chicago; WMAL-AM/FM, Washington DC; KDKA-AM, Pittsburgh; and KMOX, St. Louis.  Sabo says in a press release, “What two best friends talk about is not trivial, it’s a very big deal. That’s why ‘Sterling on Sundays’ transitions the listener into the week with conversation about troubles at work, celebrity gossip, and why the engine light never goes out.  The audience is highly engaged and very diverse – from young parents who only have alone time later in the day, to medical professionals on their way to work and other shift workers and late-nighters.”  In addition to the Sunday night program, Westwood One represents Sterling’s podcast, “Old Dad,” that “reveals the secret powers of the oldest Dad in three different public schools.”  See TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian’s recent profile piece on Walter Sabo here.

TALKERS News Notes.  Emmy Award-winning legal correspondent Amy Dash begins serving as a legal analyst contributor to CBS Sports Radio and WFAN, New York.  CBS RADIO says that Dash will be a featured guest across the shows on CBS Sports Radio as well as “The Fan” to “offer her expert legal opinion and analysis of news stories at the intersection of sports and the law.”…..CBS RADIO Dallas-Fort Worth SVP and market manager Brian Purdy was recently honored with the Texas Association of Broadcasters’ “Broadcaster of the Year” award.  In accepting the award, Purdy said, “Every day is a terrific adventure working with our outstanding team, who responsibly inform, entertain, serve and protect Texans throughout the state.  I wish they all could be standing up here with me right now.”…..Digital audio service TuneIn is offering its users the opportunity to listen to a free, live audiocast from the Houston Texans and New England Patriots joint practice at Texans training camp today and tomorrow from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Fans will be able to get coverage and expert analysis from Texans Radio, Patriots.com Radio and TuneIn’s “NFL No Huddle” broadcast teams, as well as special guest interviews.

Christopher Borelli Named Manager of New Business Development at Urban One.  Sales pro Christopher Borelli joins Urban One and syndication division Reach Media to serve as manager, new business development.  He was most recently a GSM with Emmis Communications.  Urban One says Borelli will help develop “incremental business growth in its radio assets, ranging from local (Urban One) and syndicated (Reach Media) radio, to its robust radio digital products (R1 Digital).”

Charlottesville Aftermath, Confederate Monuments Battle, CEOs Quit Trump Council, U.S.-North Korea Tensions, Iran Sanctions, Taylor Swift Case, MLB Action, and NFL Pre-season Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (8/14).  The aftermath of Saturday’s deadly clash between white supremacists and protestors in Charlottesville and criticism of President Trump’s response; protestors bring down a Confederate monument in Durham, North Carolina in response to the Charlottesville violence; three CEOs quit President Trump’s American Manufacturing Council after the president’s response to the Charlottesville violence; the saber-rattling between North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and President Trump; Iran threatens to violate nuclear deal if more sanctions are imposed on it; a jury finds DJ groped Taylor Swift; Major League Baseball action; and NFL pre-season activities were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

 

 

Music Radio News and Career Moves. In Chicago, media writer Robert Feder reports that Kathy Hart – who’s been missing without explanation from the Eric & Kathy show on Hubbard Radio’s hot AC WTMX since April – has changed agents and is now represented by attorney Steve Mandell.  It’s unclear if this change is part of an effort to resolve issues causing her absence from the highly rated morning show…..Alpha Media Portland’s CHR KBFF “Live 95.5” names Amanda “ICE” Habrowski assistant program director for the station.  She currently serves as music director and midday personality, duties she will maintain. Alpha Media VP of programming Phil Becker says, “Over the last three years, ICE has been a vital part of our success and I’m thrilled to be able to offer her this opportunity.”…..Beasley Media Group’s classic hits KKLZ, Las Vegas morning personalities Mike & Carla recently collected more than 1,200 cases of bottled water to benefit the Salvation Army of Las Vegas.  The station says that what began as a simple idea by the morning duo of putting the word out via the airwaves that the Salvation Army was in dire need of bottled water turned into a massive bottled water collection to benefit the non-profit.  Individuals who dropped off a case of water received a family four-pack of tickets to attend the station’s “Raider’s Pre-season Viewing Party” at the Thomas & Mack Center…..Westwood One and Billboard announce that the former’s nationally syndicated country radio program “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks” will begin using the latter’s country airplay chart upon which to base the week’s top songs for the program, effective the weekend of September 9-10.  Westwood One notes that this is a return to the show’s roots as Billboard served as the chart source for the program for more than 35 years, beginning with the program’s inception in 1973.

 

 

July PPM Takeaways. Below are TALKERS magazine editor Mike Kinosian‘s “Twelve Takeaways” based on the July PPM ratings information released by Nielsen Audio last week.  The 12 markets addressed today are: Washington, Boston, Miami, Detroit, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Denver, Tampa, Baltimore, and St. Louis. Nielsen’s July 2017 survey period covered June 22 – July 19.  You can view all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.

TWELVE TAKEAWAYS

1) Washington, D.C. – It is quite a momentous ratings period for WHUR, which not only is up or flat for the fifth consecutive time for a cumulative +2.4 (5.7- 6.0 – 7.0 – 7.5 – 7.5 – 8.1, 6+), the Howard University-owned urban AC crosses the eight-share level (6+) for the first time in its PPM history. Moreover, WHUR is in third-place for the seventh time in a row and has a 2.1-share advantage (6+) over Radio One’s similarly-programmed WMMJ “Majic 102.3,” up in back-to-back sweeps for a +.7 (5.3 – 5.7 – 6.0, steady at #4, 6+). A combined -2.3 as the result of five consecutive negative sweeps (6.1 – 5.9 – 5.4 – 4.7 – 4.3 – 3.8, 6+), WMMJ bounced back with three straight increases for a collective +1.6 (3.8 – 4.4 – 4.9 – 5.4, 6+), but that streak concluded in March. After posting five straight sweeps without a decrease that netted a +1.5 (3.9 – 4.5 – 4.9 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.4, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WBIG stumbled by six-tenths in June; however, “Big 100 – Washington’s Classic Rock Station” recaptures all of it in July (4.8 – 5.4, 6+), inching up from sixth to fifth. Improving by one-half share (1.1 – 1.6, 6+), CBS Radio tropical WLZL has its highest 6+-share since the “Holiday” 2016 report’s 1.9 and “El Zol 107.9” continues at #19. Inching up from eighth to sixth, Columbia Union College contemporary Christian WGTS “91.9 Christian Music Radio” has its fifth straight up or flat trend that has generated a +1.9 (2.9 – 3.2 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.5 – 4.8, 6+). The market leader for the seventh consecutive time is American University-owned WAMU, which adds one-tenth from June (9.3 – 9.4, 6+). A combined -1.5 in back-to-back sweeps (11.5 – 11.0 – 10.0, February – March – April, 6+), WAMU rebounded in May with a +.7 to 10.7 (6+), but “The Mind Is Our Medium” forfeited exactly twice that increase in June with a -1.4. February 2017’s 11.5 matches the highest 6+-share in its PPM-history, first reached in December 2016. While it holds down the runner-up slot in each of the seven successive sweeps that WAMU has finished first, Hubbard all-news operation WTOP is off for the fourth consecutive time for a collective -1.7 (9.9 – 9.1 – 8.8 – 8.7 – 8.2, 6+) and has its softest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2015’s 7.5. A loss of eight-tenths (4.9 – 4.1, 6+) takes iHeartMedia adult contemporary WASH (fifth to eighth) to the lowest 6+-showing in its PPM-history. The market’s (6+) hot AC share declines by one full-share as both Cumulus Media’s WRQX “Mix 107.3” (3.4 – 2.9, #13 to #14, 6+) and CBS Radio-owned WIAD “94.7 Fresh FM” (3.1 – 2.6, #15 to #17, 6+) are off by one-half share. Stuck on 2.8 (6+) in February, March, and April, “Mix” was a combined +.6 in May and June; 3.4 in June represented the highest 6+-share for “Mix” since it returned to hot AC (from CHR) in mid-November 2013. Having doubled its 6+-stat since February with four straight up or flat trends (1.5 – 2.2 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+), CBS Radio sports/talk WJFK-FM “106.7 The Fan” is off three-tenths to 2.7 (6+) but the Washington Nationals’ flagship moves from #17 to #16.

2) Boston – Owing to a gain of seven-tenths (4.9 – 5.6, 6+), CBS Radio-owned WZLX “Classic Rock 100.7” advances from sixth to fourth. In addition to adding six-tenths to June’s +.7, iHeartMedia CHR WXKS-FM enjoys its fifth successive increase netting a cumulative +1.9 (5.6 – 5.7 – 6.1 – 6.2 – 6.9 – 7.5, 6+); “Kiss 108 – Boston’s #1 Hit Music Station” marches from third to second. Slipping from #13 to #14, WXKS-FM’s direct competitor – CBS Radio’s WODS “Amp 103.3” – is without an increase for the third straight time (3.1 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+), immediately after posting four successive positive monthlies which netted four-tenths (2.7 – 2.7 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.1, 6+). Breaking into the top twenty (#21 to #19), Northeast Broadcasting Company triple A WXRV “92.5 The River – Boston’s Independent Radio” hasn’t had a decrease in the last four sweeps (1.4 – 1.6 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 1.8, 6+) for a +.4. Rebounding from June’s -.6, Beasley Media Group-owned classic hits-oldies WROR “Boston’s Classic Hits” picks up four-tenths (7.3 – 7.4, 6+) and is on top for the seventh time in a row. The market leader for 11 successive monthlies before being dislodged in December, WROR was +1.1 in December; -1.4 in “Holiday” 2016; +1.6 in January; +.8 in March; -.8 in April; and -.6 in June. On the heels of adding seven-tenths in June to notch its best 6+-stat since last November’s 3.2, WGBH Educational Foundation classical WCRB spirals by one full-share (2.1 – 2.8 – 1.8, 6+), drifting from #14 to #19. Having bounced back from May’s -.1 with a June gain of three-tenths, Entercom owned/Boston Red Sox flagship WEEI-FM drops seven-tenths in July (5.0 – 4.3, 6+) and returns to #7 from #5. While remaining at #10, its sports talk rival – CBS Radio’s WBZ-FM “The Sports Hub” – is without an increase for the sixth straight time for a combined loss of -2.5 (5.8 – 5.4 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 3.5 – 3.3, 6+). In four successive dips (5.8 – 5.7 – 5.6 – 5.1 – 5.0, 6+), news-talk sibling WBZ-AM is off by eight-tenths and slips from fourth to fifth. Following a massive +1.1 (to 7.0, 6+) in June, Beasley Media Group adult contemporary WMJX “Magic 106.7 – Today’s Hits, Yesterday’s Favorites” returns roughly half of that increase (7.0 – 6.4, -.6, 6+), backsliding from second to third. The 7.0 (6+) “Magic” displayed in June ended a repetitive trending pattern of 5.6 – 5.9 – 5.6 – 5.9 (6+) and was its strongest 6+-share since 13.4 in “Holiday” 2016. Flat at #18, Entercom urban AC WKAF “97.7 – Boston’s #1 For R&B” drops three-tenths to 2.0 (6+), thus ending at five its consecutive string of up or flat trends that netted a +1.4 (.9 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 2.0 – 2.3, 6+).

3) Miami – Within 3.7 – 4.0 range (6+) since the “Holiday” 2016 report, iHeartMedia-owned WBGG faltered by six-tenths in June to 3.2 (6+), but “Big 105.9 – South Florida’s Classic Rock” regains all but one-tenth of that loss (3.7, +.5, 6+) and climbs from #12 to #11. The 3.2 in June was the lowest 6+-share for “Big” since May 2016 (3.2 as well). In addition to “Big,” Entercom classic hits-oldies WMXJ gains one-half share as well as it tacks onto June’s +.4 (3.7 – 4.1 – 4.6), with “102.7 The Beach – More Music, More Fun” inching up from eighth to seventh. Without an increase between November 2016 and June 2017 (1.4 – 1.4 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.1 – .9 – .9, 6+), Fenix Broadcasting Spanish news/talk WWFE “670 AM – La Ponderosa” adds one-tenth to 1.0 and moves from #26 to #24. Having erased April’s one-half share loss with a +.7 in May to advance from second to first (7.2 – 6.7 – 7.4, 6+), Cox Media Group urban AC WHQT added three-tenths in June only to drop four-tenths in July (7.7 – 7.3, 6+). Nonetheless, “Hot 105” is #1 for the third straight time; 7.7 was the station’s strongest 6+-stat since last July’s 8.0. Down or flat in six straight sweeps for a combined -1.9 (8.2 – 8.0 – 7.2 – 7.1 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.3, 6+), “Hot” notched a one-half share gain in “Holiday” 2016 but was off by seven-tenths in January. Having posted a 7.0 (6+) or higher in five of the last six ratings periods, Univision Radio Spanish contemporary WAMR sputters by six tenths (7.2 – 6.6, 6+), but “Amor 107.5” occupies the runner-up slot for the third successive time. Simultaneously, Spanish Broadcasting System’s similarly-formatted WRMA “Ritmo 95.7 – Cubatón y Más” has lost one full-share via four straight down or flat trends (3.9 – 3.3 – 3.2 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+), yet actually improves from #16 to #15. As Cox Media Group mainstream CHR WFLC “Hits 97.3” loses two-tenths in each of the last three sweeps (4.7 – 4.5 – 4.3 – 4.1, 6+) dropping from seventh to eighth, iHeartMedia-owned WHYI “Y-100 Miami’s #1 Hit Music Station” (steady at 4.1 and unchanged at #8) catches its format rival. “Y-100” wiped out May’s -.4 with a +.4 in June. May’s -.4 halted at four WHYI’s successive string of up or flat trends that netted an overall gain of one-half share (3.6 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 4.1, 6+), while April’s 4.7 was the strongest 6+-performance for “Hits 97.3” since 4.9 last September. Meanwhile in the market’s adult contemporary tussle, Entercom’s WLYF “Lite FM” is off a collective seven-tenths in four straight downward trends (5.9 – 5.7 – 5.6 – 5.2, 6+) but stays at #4, while Cox Media Group-owned WFEZ “Easy 93” – up a combined full-share in back-to-back sweeps (5.8 – 6.6 – 6.8, April – May – June, 6+) – remains at #3, despite losing three tenths in July to 6.5 (6+).

4) Detroit – The Motor City is the only PPM-market among the 12 listed here that has two stations making (6+) June 2017 – July 2017 gains of at least one full-share and it proves historic for one of them. Without an increase in three straight survey periods for a -.7 (5.5 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 4.8, 6+), WCSX responded in June with a one-half share increase. Now, “94.7 – Detroit’s Classic Rock Station” not only piles on an additional +1.1 (5.3 – 6.4, 6+), the Beasley Media Group-owned property vaults from #7 to #1 – the first time reaching the penthouse in its PPM-history. Locked on 3.6 in three of the last five survey periods (3.6 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 3.6 – 3.6, 6+), Cumulus Media hot AC WDVD “96.3 Today’s Best Music and More” breaks out a full-share increase to 4.6 (6+) and enters the top ten (#13 to #10) with its best 6+-showing in exactly one year (4.6, as well, 6+, July 2016). In the runner-up slot (up from #3 in June) is CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WOMC, which posts its third straight gain for a collective +.8 (5.4 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.2, 6+). Actually, “Detroit’s Greatest Hits” is tied for second-place with iHeartMedia adult contemporary WNIC “100.3 The ‘80s ‘til Now,” which – like WOMC – posts its third straight gain but with a full-share improvement in that timeframe (5.2 – 5.8 – 5.9 – 6.2, 6+) and moves up from fourth in June. Cracking the top ten (#11 to #10), WNIC’s urban contemporary cluster-mate WJLB “FM 98 Detroit’s Hip-Hop and R&B” also registers its third consecutive gain for a collective +.6 (3.5 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 4.1, 6+). The station WCSX displaced at #1 – iHeartMedia urban AC WMXD – was a combined +2.4 in May and June (4.0 – 5.5 – 6.4, 6+); however, “Mix 92.3 Detroit’s R&B and Throwbacks” relinquishes exactly half that gain (5.2, -1.2, 6+) to tumble from first to sixth. It is tied there with CBS Radio all-news WWJ, off for the fourth straight time for a combined loss of more than two full-shares (7.4 – 6.5 – 6.3 – 5.6 – 5.2, 6+). Owing to a decrease of seven-tenths (6.2 – 5.5, 6+), co-owned WYCD “99.5 Detroit’s Country” falls from second to fourth. Unchanged at #5, sports talk cluster-mate WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” is off one full-share via three straight downward moves (6.3 – 6.1 – 5.7 – 5.3, 6+). At #22, Wayne State University news/talk WDET is without an increase for the sixth successive sweep for a cumulative loss of six-tenths (1.5 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.1 – .9 -.9, 6+).

5) Seattle – The rollercoaster ride continues for Hubbard adult contemporary KRWM “Warm 106.9,” which was +.5 in May; -.6 in June; and +.9 in July (5.1 – 5.6 – 5.0 – 5.9, 6+), leaping from fourth to second. May’s +.5 stymied four successive sweeps without an increase that nearly sliced KRWM’s 6+-share in half since the “Holiday” report (10.9 – 5.6 – 5.3 – 5.1 – 5.1, 6+). It is now just one-tenth behind CHR sibling KQMV “MOViN 92.5 – All the Hits,” which plummets by -1.2 (7.4 – 6.2, 6+); nevertheless, KQMV is #1 for the seventh consecutive time. This is the softest 6+-showing for “MOViN 92.5” since last August (5.7). Following three straight gains that accounted for a +1.0 (6.8 – 7.1 – 7.2 – 7.8, 6+), KQMV returned 90% of that increase in April (6.9, -.9, 6+) and bounced back in May with a +.5. Entering the “Holiday” 2016 ratings period, “MOViN 92.5” was on top for 12 straight sweeps but gave way to “Warm 106.9” before regaining the lead in January. Knocked off the top twenty in June, Entercom-owned KKWF “100.7 Seattle’s Fresh Country The Wolf” gains six-tenths (2.1 – 2.7, 6+) and returns in a three-way tie at #18; July’s 2.7 is its highest 6+-share since last December’s 2.8. Advancing from eighth to sixth is its format rival, CBS Radio’s KMPS “Seattle Country Music Radio” (4.5 – 4.9, +.4, 6+). Gaining one-half share (1.3 – 1.8, 6+), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KLSW “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” checks in at #22. Off by eight-tenths, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KJR-FM “95.7 The Jet” matches its 5.0 (6+) in April and drops from a second-place tie in June to fourth. Co-owned sports talk KJR-AM “Seattle Sports Radio 950” (#31) has its 6+-share sliced by more than 50% via four straight decreases (1.2 – 1.0 – 1.0 – .7 – .5, 6+). A +.8 in four consecutive up or flat trends (2.4 – 2.5 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.2, 6+), format foe – Bonneville’s KIRO-AM “710 AM ESPN Seattle” – is down one-tenth yet moves from #15 to #14. Without a decrease in each of the last six sweeps and nearly doubling its 6+-share in that period (2.6 – 3.0 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.9, 6+), public KNKX “Your Connection to Jazz, Blues and NPR News” is off by four-tenths to 4.5 (6+), dipping from fifth to eighth. Stuck on 2.1 (6+) in March and April and then on 1.9 (6+) in May and June, Sinclair Broadcast Group news/talk KVI falters by three-tenths in July to 1.6 (#23, 6+). Off one-tenth to 3.6 (6+), Entercom’s KNDD ends at four its consecutive streak of up or flat trends that netted one-half share (3.2 – 3.2 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.7, 6+), as “Alternative Seattle – 107.7 The End” departs the top ten (#10 to #12).

6) Phoenix – With a 6+ January 2017 through May 2017 trend of 4.1 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 4.8 – 4.7, KOOL is a combined +1.7 in June and July (5.3 – 6.4, 6+). As a result, the CBS Radio classic hits-oldies facility jumps from fourth to second and reaches the six-share level (6+) for the first time since May 2016’s 6.0. The give and take yoyo effect carries on for Hubbard-owned KUPD, which has been +.5 in March (as part of three straight gains netting a +1.3, 4.0 – 4.4 – 4.8 – 5.3, 6+); -.5 in April; +.8 in May; -.6 in June; and is now +.6 in July (4.8 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 5.6 – 5.0 – 5.6, 6+). After the dust settles, “Arizona’s Real Rock” is up eight-tenths in that stretch and advances from fifth in June to a fourth-place tie. Putting an end to a 4.2 – 4.0 – 4.2 (6+) line, iHeartMedia adult hits KYOT “95.5 The Mountain – We Play Everything” (steady at #6) progresses by six-tenths as well to 4.8, its highest 6+-share in exactly one year (5.0, 6+, July 2016). In a similar vein, a gain of one-half share by CHR sibling KZZP (3.9 – 4.4, eighth to seventh, 6+) takes “104.7 Kiss FM The #1 Hit Music Station in Phoenix” to its strongest 6+-performance since June 2016’s 4.6. The winning streak continues for Hubbard-owned KDKB, which is a cumulative +1.5 in eight straight up or flat trends (2.3 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 3.0 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 3.7 – 3.8, 6+); “Alt 93.3 Arizona’s Alternative” inches up from tenth to ninth. Even though it is a collective +1.4 via four straight progressive or flat trends (4.2 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.9 – 5.6 – 5.6, 6+), iHeartMedia hot AC KMXP “Mix 96.9 – Today’s Best Music Mix” reverts to #4 from #3; 5.6 is its highest 6+-share since June 2014’s 5.8. In five straight (modest) increases, Maricopa County Community College classical KBAQ “K-Bach” is up one full-share (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.2, 6+) and elevates from #13 to #11. Down a combined one-half share in June and July (7.3 – 7.0 – 6.8, 6+), Hubbard’s KSLX “Classic Rock 100.7” is nonetheless #1 for the third straight time. Dipping four-tenths in April (6.5 – 6.1, 6+), KSLX shifted from a one-month stay at #1 to #2. By hanging out a +1.2 in May (6.1 – 7.3, 6+), it returned to the top spot. This marks the fifth straight decrease for Bonneville news/talk KTAR-FM (eighth to tenth) for a collective -1.2 (4.8 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 4.2 – 3.9 – 3.6, +).  Without a loss in each of the past five ratings periods for a +1.2 (1.8 – 1.8 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.8 – 3.0, 6+), Entravision regional Mexican KLNZ “La Tricolor 103.5” slips by two-tenths to 2.8 (#14 to #15, 6+).

7) Minneapolis – It’s a mixed bag for hot AC in July 2017 as Hubbard-owned KSTP-FM “KS-95 Today’s Variety” gains one full-share, while iHeartMedia’s KTCZ “Cities 97” (flat at #12) falters by one-half share. Without an increase the past five sweeps for a -1.1 (7.7 – 7.6 – 7.3 – 6.7 – 6.6 – 6.6, 6+), KSTP-FM not only recaptures all but one-tenth of that cumulative loss (7.6, +1.0, 6+), “KS-95 Today’s Variety” advances from second to first. In January, “KS-95” posted a +1.3, curtailing a lengthy dry spell in which the hot AC hadn’t had an increase since February 2016 (10.2 – 9.8 – 9.8 – 9.8 – 9.1 – 9.1 – 8.9 – 7.7 – 7.6 – 7.1 – 7.1 – 6.4, 6+). In those 11 straight sweeps of being either down or flat, “KS-95” was a combined -3.8. A cumulative -1.2 in December and “Holiday” 2016 (5.2 – 4.6 – 4.0, 6+), “Cities 97” was +1.3 in January, but followed it with four consecutive negative trends that produced a -1.4 (5.3 – 4.8 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.9, 6+) until adding four-tenths in June. Frozen on 6.8 (6+) in April and May, iHeartMedia CHR KDWB dials up back-to-back increases totaling seven-tenths (6.8 – 7.4 – 7.5, 6+) but – after finishing at #1 the past three ratings periods – “The Twin Cities’ #1 Hit Music Station” segues to #2. Notwithstanding that classic hits-oldies cluster-mate KQQL cobbles together five successive up or flat trends in which it is +1.4 (5.4 – 5.8 – 5.8 – 6.4 – 6.6 –  6.8, 6+), “Kool 108 – Minnesota’s Greatest Hits” must settle for moving from a second-place tie to third. Back in the top ten (#11 to #9) after halting three straight downward sequences (6.2 – 5.8 – 5.0 – 4.6, 6+), sports talk sibling KFXN “100.3 KFAN – The Sports Leader” regains three-tenths of that cumulative -1.6 (4.9, 6+). After regressing by one-half share in June, University of Northwestern St. Paul contemporary Christian KTIS-FM “Twin Cities’ Christian Radio” bounces back with a gain of seven-tenths (4.8 – 5.5, 6+) to climb from ninth to seventh; 5.5 is its highest 6+-stat since February’s 5.6. Conversely, a decrease of nine-tenths by KNOW (sixth to tenth) takes the American Public Media Group news/talk outlet to 4.7, its softest 6+-stat since the “Holiday” 2016 report’s 4.6. Regressing by seven-tenths each are Cumulus Media-owned KQRS “Minnesota’s Classic Rock” (6.3 – 5.6, fourth to sixth, 6+) and CBS Radio’s KMNB “Buz’n” @ 102.9” which curtails at three a string of consecutive gains that yielded a +1.1 (3.7 – 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.8, 6+) and falls out of the top ten (#9 to #11).

8) San Diego – By adding seven-tenths to June’s one-half share increase (4.8 – 5.3 – 6.0, 6+), iHeartMedia hot AC KMYI “Star 94.1 – San Diego’s Best Music Variety” progresses from fourth to first. Moreover, this is the strongest 6+-stat for “Star” since last August when it reached 6.3 and first time hitting #1 since last October. Slipping from #1 to #2 is Entercom adult contemporary KXSN “Sunny 98.1 – Better Music for a Better Workday,” which is off by four-tenths (6.2 – 5.8, 6+). In May, “Sunny” surrendered April’s +.7 in its entirety, causing KXSN to exit the top spot, a position it held for the first time since December. A June spike of +.9 though returned “Sunny” from second to first, with 6.2 its most potent 6+-share since last May’s 6.6. Prior to April, “Sunny” had been within 5.1 – 5.9 range (6+) the previous 11 sweeps. After posting three increases in a row netting eight-tenths (4.9 – 5.1 – 5.2 – 5.7, 6+), co-owned KSON “New Country” drops three-tenths to 5.4 (6+) and slides from second to fourth. A combined -1.2 in three successive decreases (5.4 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 4.2, 6+), iHeartMedia mainstream CHR KHTS “Channel 93.3 – San Diego’s #1 Hit Music Station” adds fourth-tenths to 4.6 (6+) and inches up from eighth to seventh. Owing to a +.3 to 1.8 (6+), Entercom-owned KBZT “94.9 San Diego’s Alternative” (#22 to #21) pulls the plug on five straight ratings periods without an increase that accounted for a -1.2 (2.7 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.5, 6+). Down for the third successive month for a collective -1.4 (4.8 – 4.2 – 3.8 – 3.4, 6+), CBS Radio adult contemporary-turned-hot AC KYXY exits the top ten (#10 to #11). One-tenth behind KYXY at 3.3 (6+, flat at #12) is iHeartMedia-owned KSSX “San Diego’s Hip-Hop and R&B Radio Station” which hasn’t had a decrease in the past four sweeps and is up one-half share in that stretch (2.8 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.3, 6+). When Univision Radio regional Mexican KLNV “Que Buena 106.5” notched a gain of one-half share in June, it ended three straight down or flat trends that yielded a loss of seven-tenths (4.7 – 4.7 – 4.3 – 4.0, 6+), but “Que Buena 106.5” surrenders seven-tenths in July (4.5 – 3.8, 6+) to tumble from sixth to ninth. As the result of five straight up or flat trends (1.8 – 1.8 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 3.0 – 3.1, 6+), Media Sports de Mexico classic hits-oldies XPRS-FM was +1.3, but “Max 105.7 – San Diego’s Throwback Station” hands back approximately half that gain with a -.6 to 2.5 (#13 to #16, 6+).

9) Denver – Having regressed by one-half share in June, Colorado Public Radio’s KCFR makes up nearly twice that much (4.0 – 4.9, +.9, 6+), zooming from tenth to sixth with its strongest 6+-stat in nearly a year (4.9, as well, 6+, August 2016). Within 4.1 – 4.7 range (6+) in each of the past eight survey periods, iHeartMedia classic rock KRFX “103.5 The Fox” breaks out a +.7 to 5.2 to progress from eighth to fifth; 5.2 matches its 6+-share in August 2016. Applying the brakes to three straight downward moves that accounted for a loss of six-tenths (4.4 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 3.8, 6+) co-owned CHR KPTT recoups it all with a +.6 to 4.4 (6+) as “95.7 The Party – Denver’s #1 Hit Music Station” returns to the top ten (#12 to #10). Registering its eighth successive increase netting a collective +2.6 (3.4 – 3.6 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.7 – 5.2 – 5.5 – 5.7 – 6.0, 6+) triple A cluster-mate KBCO “World Class Rock” carries on at #3 and has its best 6+-showing since 6.1 in September 2015. Improving by one-half share each are Entercom classic rock KQMT “99.5 The Mountain” (5.9 – 6.4, unchanged at #2, 6+) and Bonneville adult contemporary KOSI “101 – Real, Music, Variety” (5.0 – 5.5, steady at #4, 6+). By recapturing the seven-tenths it lost in back-to-back declines since February (6.2 – 5.9 – 5.5, 6+), “The Mountain” progressed from third to first in May; KOSI snaps at three a successive streak of decreases that resulted in a loss of nine-tenths (5.9 – 5.8 – 5.4 – 5.0, 6+). One-tenth of a share ahead of “The Mountain” is KYGO, which repeats at #1, although it is down one-tenth to 6.5 (6+). The Bonneville country outlet rebounded from May’s -.4 with a +.6 in June (6.4 – 6.0 – 6.6, 6+). After three straight months at #1, KYGO slipped to #2 in May. There’s a tie at #12 between the market’s two hot ACs: KSE Radio Ventures’ KIMN “Mix 100 – Today’s Best Mix” is off by four-tenths (#9 in June, 6+) and is caught by Entercom’s KALC “Alice 105.9” (3.8 – 3.9, +.1, 6+), which is unchanged at #12. From “Holiday” 2016 through July 2017, “Mix” has had an alternating up/down 6+-pattern: 3.9 – 3.7 – 4.4 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 4.3 – 3.9 and it is right where it was when the sequence began. Huge fluctuations are seemingly commonplace at Bonneville’s KKFN “Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan” as its eight most recent shifts are -.5 (“Holiday” 2016); +1.1 (January 2017); -.7 (February); +.6 (March); -.5 (April); +.5 (May); -.7 (June); and now -.9 in July (3.2 – 2.3, #16 to #18, 6+). A loss of six-tenths in November halted four successive up or flat trends which netted two full-shares (2.9 – 2.9 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 4.9, 6+). By way of context, this past October’s 4.9 represents the most potent 6+ showing for KKFN under PPM methodology. Within 3.0 – 3.8 range for the 20th successive survey period (3.6 – 3.1, -.5, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KBPI “Rocks the Rockies” remains at #14. Without an increase for the sixth straight time for a collective loss of over two full-shares (7.1 – 6.1 – 5.5 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 4.7 – 4.7, 6+), co-owned KTCL “Modern Rock – Channel 93-3” drifts from sixth to eighth.

10) Tampa – Without an increase the last four rating periods – including being stuck on 3.8 (6+) in April, May and June – (4.5 – 4.3 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.8, 6+), Radio Training Network contemporary Christian WCIE not only trots out an increase of one full-share to 4.8 (6+), “The Joy FM” rockets from #12 all the way to #4. This is the highest 6+-share for “Joy FM” since the “Holiday” 2016 report’s 5.1. Displaying its strongest 6+-share since “Holiday” 2016’s 5.4, iHeartMedia urban contemporary WBTP “95.7 The Beat Tampa Bay’s Hip-Hop and R&B” is up or flat for the third straight time (4.9 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 5.3, 6+) for a +.4, elevating from fourth to third. Flat at 7.1 (6+) after June’s -1.0, Cox Media Group classic hits oldies WXGL is in the runner-up slot for the ninth straight time. Following five consecutive positive trends for a cumulative full-share increase (5.5 – 5.6 – 6.0 – 6.1 – 6.2 – 6.5, 6+), “The Eagle” was down by one-tenth in “Holiday” 2016. Format rival – Beasley Media Group’s WRBQ “Q-105” slips from seventh to ninth and is a collective -1.5 via four consecutive negative trends (5.6 – 5.4 – 4.9 – 4.4 – 4.1, 6+). Recapturing the one-half share that it lost in June (1.4 – .9 -1.4, 6+), adult contemporary sibling WPBB “B-98.7 Today’s Hits – Yesterday’s Favorites” enters the top twenty (#22 to #20). Elsewhere in the adult contemporary arena, Cox Media Group’s WDUV adds four-tenths to register its most potent 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2016’s 12.7. In addition to finishing at #1 for the 58th successive ratings period, “Lite Favorites” is a collective +1.8 via four successive uptrends (8.7 – 8.9 – 9.5 – 10.1 – 10.5, 6+). Conversely, its adult contemporary sibling – WWRM “My Magic 94.9 Tampa Bay’s Best Music” (drifting from third to sixth) – ends its 5.7 – 6.0 – 5.7 (6+) trending by sputtering -1.1 to 4.6, its weakest 6+-showing since 4.6 in September 2015. Eroding by six-tenths each are its CHR sibling WPOI “Hot 101.5 – All The Hits,” down for the third straight time for a collective -1.2 (4.7 – 4.3 – 4.1 – 3.5, #9 to #12, 6+), and Beasley Media Group Spanish contemporary WYUU “92.5 Maxima,” off for the third successive sweep as well for a cumulative -1.3 (4.1 – 3.7 – 3.4 – 2.8, #13 to #17, 6+). With a 6+-trend of 4.7 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 4.6, sibling WXTB “98 Rock – Tampa Bay’s Rock Station” backslides from fifth to sixth. Unchanged at #14, iHeartMedia hot AC WMTX “Mix 100.7” is without an increase for the fourth month in a row and has been stuck on 3.3 (6+) in May, June, and July (4.0 – 3.8 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3, 6+) For the fifth time in the last six sweeps, The Diocese of St. Petersburg-owned contemporary Christian WBVM posts a 1.0  as “90.5 My Spirit FM” departs the top twenty (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0, #20 to #21, 6+).

11) Baltimore –The May – June – July up/down/up sequence at iHeartMedia adult hits WQSR consists of an impressive +1.2 in May; -.5 in June; and now a +.9 in July (4.4 – 5.6 – 5.1 – 6.0, 6+) with “102.7 Jack FM Playing What We Want for Baltimore” climbing from sixth to fifth; 6.0 is the best 6+-performance for “Jack” since 6.1 in March 2015. Powered by a +.7 (3.0 – 3.7), Shamrock Communications’ WZBA “100.7 The Bay – Baltimore’s Classic Rock Station” cracks the top ten (#12 to a three-way tie at #9) and has its highest 6+-share in exactly one year (4.0, 6+, July 2016). Without an increase in each of the last four ratings periods for a collective loss of (just) four-tenths (5.6 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 5.2 – 5.2, 6+), Hearst Television’s WIYY “98 Rock” picks up one-half share to 5.7 (6+) yet must backslide from fifth to sixth. Each of Baltimore’s top four July 2017 finishers are down from June 2016 (6+), including Radio One urban contemporary WERQ, which forfeits its +.7 in June (8.0 – 8.7 – 8.0, 6+); even so, it is #1 for the third straight month. Having finished second for four consecutive ratings periods, “Q-92 Jams” shifted to third in April. With a gain of one-half share in May though (7.5 – 8.0, 6+) it caught co-owned urban AC WWIN “Magic 95.9” at #1. The tie was broken in June as “Q-92 Jams” gained seven-tenths to 8.7 (6+). Despite losing six-tenths in July (8.4 – 7.8, 6+), “Magic” carries on at #2. A +.4 in June by “Magic” curtailed at four its consecutive string of downward trends that accounted for a loss of nine-tenths (8.9 – 8.8 – 8.6 – 8.3 – 8.0, 6+). Prior to June, it had been on top the previous five straight monthlies. Remaining at #3, and #4, respectively, iHeartMedia-owned WPOC “93.1 Baltimore’s #1 for New Country” is down or flat for the third consecutive month for a -.6 (8.0 – 7.7 – 7.7 – 7.4, 6+), while CBS Radio adult contemporary WLIF “Today’s 101.9” returns the two-tenths it picked up in June (6.4 – 6.6 – 6.4, 6+). Sputtering by seven-tenths in back-to-back months (5.4 – 4.7 – 4.0, 6+), co-owned sports/talk and Baltimore Orioles flagship WJZ-FM “105.7 The Fan” remains in eighth-place. Flat at #15, American University’s WAMU “The Mind Is Our Medium” is off by one-half share in Baltimore (1.6 – 1.1, 6+).

12) St. Louis – Following four down or flat trends that produced a loss of eight-tenths (7.0 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 6.2, 6+), Radio One urban AC WFUN “95.5 R&B + Old School for The Lou” picks up three-tenths to 6.5 (6+), climbing from fifth to fourth. The eight-tenths advantage iHeartMedia CHR KSLZ “Z-107.7 – St. Louis’ #1 Hit Music Station” held in June over Emmis Communications’ similarly-formatted KNOU “Now 96.3” is down to one-tenth as “Z-107.7” falters by six-tenths to 3.7 (6+, #9 to #13), while “Now” adds one-tenth (3.5 – 3.6, unchanged at #14, 6+). In three of its last four sweeps, “Z-107.7” had notched a 4.3 (4.3 – 4.3 – 4.5 – 4.3, 6+). A one-tenth improvement by co-owned KLLT “Alt 104.9 – St. Louis’ Alternative Rock” to 1.3 (flat at #18, 6+) ends at five a consecutive string of down or flat trends that resulted in a one-half share decline (1.7 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.2, 6+). Up three-tenths to 8.5 (6+), classic hits-oldies sibling KLOU repeats at #1. After three successive sweeps as the market’s pacesetter, KLOU assumed the runner-up slot in April. A combined +1.3 in October and November (6.4 – 6.9 – 7.7, 6+), it floundered by -1.6 in December; bounced back with a +3.8 in “Holiday” 2016; but was -2.8 in January. Before October’s +.5, KLOU had been down or flat the previous four sweeps for a net loss of one full-share (7.4 – 7.4 – 6.7 – 6.5 – 6.4, 6+). A decrease of seven-tenths by KPNT not only forces the Emmis property from the top ten (#8 to #11), “105.7 The Point Everything Alternative” drops to 4.0, its lowest 6+-share since “Holiday” 2014’s 3.8. Regressing by one-half share each are co-owned KSHE (7.9 – 7.4, second to third, 6+) and Hubbard’s WIL-FM “St. Louis’ Country Music Radio” (fourth to fifth, 6+). A June increase of +1.2 propelled KSHE from 6.7 to 7.9, its strongest 6+-stat since last November’s 8.6. The one-half share loss halts at four WIL-FM’s consecutive string of increases that netted eight-tenths (5.7 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.1 – 6.5, 6+). Regaining the two-tenths it lost in June (4.2 – 4.0 – 4.2, 6+), its direct competitor, iHeartMedia’s KSD-FM “The Bull – #1 For New Country,” charges into the top ten (#12 to #9). While it remains in seventh-place, CBS Radio hot AC KYKY “Y-98” is without an increase for the sixth month in a row for a collective -1.4 (6.2 – 5.9 – 5.7 – 5.4 – 5.1 – 5.0 – 4.8, 6+). Segueing from #14 to #15, Emmis news/talk KFTK registers its fourth successive (slight) downward trend for a collective loss of six-tenths (4.0 – 3.9 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 3.4, 6+). Unlisted for the eighth consecutive month are Gateway Creative Broadcasting-owned contemporary Christian KLJY “99.1 Joy! FM” (4.5, #9, “Holiday” 2016, 6+) and co-owned, similarly-formatted KLJY-HD2 (.2, #20, “Holiday” 2016, 6+).

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