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August 2019 PPM Data. Information for the August 2019 ratings period has been released for Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus. Nielsen Audio’s August 2019 survey period covered July 18 – August 14. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from these nine PPM-markets.

Sacramento

Spoken-Word Formats – A one-half share increase to 5.7 (6+) enables iHeartMedia-owned news/talk KFBK to advance from fifth to fourth. “Sacramento’s News, Weather and Traffic Station” was locked on 5.2 (6+) in June and July. Despite gaining one-tenth to 3.3, its highest 6+-stat since February 2017’s 3.6, co-owned KSTE “Talk 650” backslides from a three-way logjam at #12 to #13.

Tied at #22 with identical (.7 – .8, +.1, 6+) profiles are Bonneville’s KHTK “Sports 1140” and Entercom’s KIFM-AM “ESPN Radio 1320.” KHTK is up or flat the third time in a row for a net gain of two-tenths (.6 – .6 – .7 – .8, 6+).

Following three straight increases for an overall +1.5 (3.5 – 4.5 – 4.7 – 5.0, 6+), Capital Public Radio news/talk KXJZ drops two-tenths to 4.8 (6+) but continues in seventh-place; December 2018’s 6.9 is the highest 6+-stat in its PPM-history. Northern California Public Broadcasting’s KQEI has an October 2018 through August 2019 topline of .6 – .6 – .7 – .6 – .7 – .7 – .6 – .7 – .5 – .7 – .6 – .4 (flat at #25, 6+).

Sacramento Music Formats – Three bumps in succession by Entercom’s KNCI have resulted in a whopping +2.4 (4.8 – 5.6 – 6.0 – 7.2, 6+) as “New Country 105.1” advances from third to second. Moreover, this (7.2) marks the first time any Sacramento country station has reached the seven-share threshold (6+) in more than eight years. KNCI accomplished the feat in June 2011 with a 7.2 (6+). Undoubtedly, some of KNCI’s August 2019 +1.2 can be attributed to the country-to-regional Mexican format change of Entravision Communications’ KNTY. In 16 consecutive survey periods, KNTY notched a 6+-share between 2.0 – 2.5; however, that streak ended in July when KNTY dropped eight-tenths to 1.3 (#16 to #19, 6+). That wasn’t the only thing it “dropped” during the July 2019 sweep: Country “101.9 The Wolf” became regional Mexican La Tricolor and is simulcasting KRCX (1.7 – 1.6, -.1, flat at #18). In August, KNTY is unlisted. As recently as November (2018), Sacramento had three major country players – KNCI, KNTY, and KBEB “92.5 The Bull.” The latter switched to adult contemporary “92.5 The Breeze” in mid-November. It netted a +2.1 in three straight positive spikes (2.4 – 3.1 – 3.7 – 4.5, 6+), in advance of March/April’s -.8 (4.5 – 4.3 – 3.7, 6+). Off two-tenths in June/July (4.1 – 4.1 – 3.9, 6+), KBEB answers in August with a half-share increase to 4.4 (6+) and is unchanged at #10. Without a gain three successive sweeps for a collective -1.6 (6.2 – 5.7 – 4.6 – 4.6, 6+), Entercom’s similarly-formatted KYMX “Mix 96 – Today’s Hits/Yesterday’s Favorites” picked up one-tenth to 4.7 (July, 6+) and repeats that 4.7 (6+) in August. KYMX is in eighth-place the fourth month in a row; June’s 4.6 was the weakest 6+-stat for “Mix” since September 2015’s 4.5. Sibling KRXQ “98 Rock” is +1.0 in July/August (5.0 – 5.2 – 6.0, 6+) and jumps from fifth to third. A collective -1.9 via three straight downturns (5.6 – 5.0 – 4.2 – 3.7, 6+), immediately following April’s +.9, co-owned alternative KKDO “Alt 94.7” erases roughly one-third of that deficit (4.3, +.6, flat at #11, 6+). Still in that Entercom cluster, KSEG “96.9 The Eagle – Sacramento’s Classic Rock,” which faltered -1.1 in June/July (8.9 – 8.3 – 7.8, 6+), gains one tenth to 7.9 (6+) and is #1 the seventh month in a row. “The Eagle” held the lead position ten consecutive survey periods before shifting to #2 in December. Seven of its recent fluctuations include -1.1 (November 2018); -.8 (“Holiday” 2018); +1.0 (February 2019); -.5 (April); +.9 (May); -.6 (June); and -.5 (July). After four consecutive boosts that netted a +1.4 (5.2 – 5.3 – 5.5 – 5.7 – 6.6, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rocker KYRV “93.7 The River” forfeits the entire increase in July/August (6.6 – 6.3 – 5.2, -1.4, 6+) and slumps from second to sixth. An overall +2.0 in four straight up or flat moves (.3 – .3 – .3 – 2.1 – 2.3, 6+), Lotus Communications regional Mexican KVMX-FM La Ranchera” repeats at #15. KVMX-AM, which was trending .9 – 1.1 – 1.4 – 1.7 (6+) for a collective March 2019 through June 2019 gain of eight-tenths, is unlisted for the second month in a row. After checking in with a 1.3 (#20, 6+) in June, Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KLVB is also unlisted in July and August.

Pittsburgh

Spoken-Word Formats – Even though Entercom’s KDKA-AM is without an increase the seventh straight time for a collective -1.9 (5.1 – 4.6 – 4.3 – 4.1 – 3.7 – 3.3 – 3.2 – 3.2, 6+), “News Radio 1020” progresses from #12 to #11.

Co-owned sports talk KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan” (Pirates) is a combined -.6 in July/August (6.3 – 6.1 – 5.7, fourth to fifth, 6+) and has its lowest 6+-share (5.7) since December 2018’s 5.5. The September 2018 through August 2019 topline for iHeartMedia sports talk WBGG 970 AM – ESPN Pittsburgh” (Steelers) is amazingly consistent: 2 – .2 – .2 – .3 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .3 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .2 (steady at #17, 6+).

Up a combined half-share in July/August (3.6 – 3.9 – 4.1, 6+), after June’s loss of six-tenths, Essential Public Media news/talk WESA “90.5 Pittsburgh’s NPR Station” advances from ninth to eighth.

Pittsburgh Music Formats – Locked on 5.9 (6+) in June and July, iHeartMedia CHR WKST improves by seven-tenths to 6.6 (fifth to fourth, 6+). This (6.6) is the best 6+-showing for “96.1 Kiss – Pittsburgh’s #1 Hit Music Station” since September 2018’s 6.7. WQED Multimedia’s WQED “Classical 89.3” gains six-tenths (1.1 – 1.7, 6+) and advances from #16 to #15. In addition to being an overall +1.5 via three jumps in succession (7.7 – 8.5 – 8.9 – 9.2, 6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWSW “94.5 3WS” repeats at #1. This (9.2) is its best 6+-stat since 13.6 in “Holiday” 2018 when “94.5 3WS” was #1 as well. In the Steel City Media cluster, adult hits WRRK “96.9 Bob FM” spirals by -1.0 (unchanged at #3), while co-owned hot AC WLTJ “Q-92.9” sputters by eight-tenths and departs the top ten (#9 to #12). In four straight bumps, WRRK “Bob” was +2.3 (6.9 – 7.4 – 8.0 – 8.2 – 9.2, 6+), but is now -1.8 in July/August (9.2 – 8.4 – 7.4, 6+). In June, “Bob” reached the nine-share level (9.2, 6+) for the first time since December 2017’s 9.0. The loss of eight-tenths by WLTJ “Q-92.9” suspends three straight spikes that resulted in a net gain of nine-tenths (3.0 – 3.1 – 3.7 – 3.9, 6+). An overall -1.2 through four consecutive down or flat reports (5.0 – 5.0 – 4.4 – 4.1 – 3.8, 6+), Entercom’s similarly-formatted WBZZ “Star 100.7” slips from eighth to tenth. Following May’s 6.3 (6+), Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WSHH has logged a 5.2 (6+) in June, July, and August; “Wish 99.7” is steady at #6. Unlisted for the second month in a row are Forever Media’s classic hits-oldies WKPL (1.7, June 2019, 6+); classic country WLYI (1.4, June 2019); country WOGI (.9, June 2019, 6+); country WOGG (.8, June 2019, 6+); and classic hits-oldies WPKL (.7, June 2019, 6+).

Salt Lake City

Spoken-Word Formats – A collective -1.8 via four straight down or flat moves (5.2 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.6 – 3.4, 6+), Bonneville-owned KSL “News Radio 102.7 FM & 1160 AM” slips from ninth to tenth. Furthermore, this (3.4) is its lowest-ever 6+-stat in the PPM-era. Flat at #12, iHeartMedia’s KNRS “Talk Radio 105.9 – Listen And You’ll Know” is off a combined nine-tenths in July/August (3.7 – 3.0 – 2.8, 6+). June’s increase of three-tenths halted three straight down or flat sweeps that resulted in a collective -1.7 (5.1 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 3.4, 6+). Anchored at #21, Cumulus Media-owned KKAT “860 AM – Utah’s Big Talker” has a remarkably consistent January 2019 through August 2019 topline: .3 – .2 – .3 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 (6+).

Surrendering the three-tenths it gained in July (2.1 – 2.4 – 2.1, 6+), University of Utah news/talk KUER drops from #15 to #16.

Salt Lake City Music Formats – The three latest shifts by Cumulus Media’s KHTB “Alt 101.9” are: +.5 (June); -.6 (July); and +1.0 in August (1.8 – 2.8, #16 to #12). Continuing an alternating down/up pattern that started in “Holiday” 2018 (3.7 – 3.5 – 3.9 – 3.8 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 5.3 – 5.0 – 5.9 (6+), iHeartMedia hot AC KJMY “My 99.5” records an August increase of nine-tenths and leaps from seventh to fourth. On the heels of July’s +.7, Capital Broadcasting’s similarly-formatted KBZN “Now 97.9 – Today’s Best Music” erodes by -1.1 in August (6.2 – 5.1, fourth to seventh, 6+). In July, “Now” reached the six-share level (6.2, 6+) for the first time since January’s 6.0, Prior to the May sweep, KBZN had been down or flat three straight times for a net loss of six-tenths (6.0 – 5.6 – 5.4 – 5.4, 6+). Albeit down four-tenths (7.6 – 7.2, 6+), Bonneville-owned classic hits-oldies KRSP “103.5 The Arrow” repeats at #1. Its solid July improvement of eight-tenths interrupted May/June’s -1.4 (8.2 – 7.6 – 6.8, 6+), which followed five consecutive increases resulting in an overall +2.5 (5.7 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 7.0 – 7.8 – 8.2, 6+). Before reaching the lead position in July, “Arrow” had an April-only stay at #1. Its format rival, iHeartMedia-owned KODJ “94.1 Salt Lake’s Greatest Hits,” has lost seven tenths in three straight down or flat moves (7.4 – 7.4 – 7.0 – 6.7, 6+) but continues in the runner-up slot. KODJ netted +2.9 via three straight gains (4.4 – 6.4 – 6.8 – 7.3, 6+); surrendered a -1.1 in April; and was +1.2 in May. Returning all but one-tenth of July’s +.8 (3.4 – 2.7, -.7, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KBER drifts from the top ten (#10 to #15). In July, “Utah’s Rock Station” reached the three-share level (3.4, 6+) for the first time since August 2018’s 3.2. While it repeats at #3, Bonneville adult contemporary KSFI “FM 100.3 – Better Music/Better Work Day” is a collective -1.7 in three setbacks in succession (8.3 – 8.0 – 6.7 – 6.6, 6+). “FM 100.3” was on top five ratings periods in a row; segued to the runner-up slot in April; and returned to #1 in May and June. Three straight increases netted a massive +16.2 (5.6 – 5.7 – 12.7 – 21.8, 6+) for KSFI, the only PPM-market station in “Holiday” 2018 to reach the 20-share level (6+). Cumulus Media’s similarly-formatted KBEE “B-98.7 Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites” is +1.0 in July/August (2.7 – 3.4 – 3.7, tenth to ninth, 6+). This comes immediately after five consecutive negative moves accounted for a -1.5 (4.2 – 3.8 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 2.7, 6+). For the eighth sweep in a row, these six Broadway Media stations are unlisted: adult hits KYMV; alternative KXRK; CHR KUDD; country KEGA; rhythmic CHR KUUU; and sports talk KALL.

Las Vegas

Spoken-Word Formats – Unchanged at #18, Entercom’s KXNT “News Talk Radio 840” is +1.0 in three spikes in a row (1.8 – 2.0 – 2.2 – 2.3, 6+). Following four consecutive sweeps without a loss that led to a +.2 (1.1 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.3, 6+), Beasley Media Group news/talk KDWN “AM 720 Where Las Vegas Comes to Talk” drops three-tenths to 1.0 (#22 to #23); July’s 1.3 was its best 6+-stat since October 2018 (1.3, as well).

There is a very strong similarity in the (6+) June – July – August profiles of Lotus Communications sports talk siblings KWWN “ESPN Radio 1100” (.5 – .5 – .8, #25, 6+) and KRLV “Fox Sports Radio Las Vegas” (.5 – .5 – .5, #27, 6+ ).

A combined -1.3 in June/July (5.8 – 5.2 – 4.5, 6+), Nevada Public Radio’s KNPR posts an August improvement of three-tenths to 4.8 96+) and continues in fourth-place. From “Holiday” 2018 through May 2019, KNPR nearly doubled (+2.8) its 6+ AQH share through five spikes in a row (3.0 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 4.1 – 4.6 – 5.8, 6+).

Las Vegas Music Formats – Three consecutive major upticks by iHeartMedia adult contemporary KSNE yield an impressive +3.8 (4.8 – 6.0 – 7.6 – 8.6, 6+) as “Sunny 106.5 – Better Music For A Better Workday” repeats at #1. KSNE was the market pacesetter from September 2018 through January 2019. Prior to May, “Sunny” last fell below a five-share (6+) in October 2017 (4.8, as well). “Holiday” 2018’s 12.8 is the highest 6+-share for any Las Vegas station since the 14.0 Sunny” logged in “Holiday” 2016. After that “Holiday” 2018 12.8 though, KSNE was -8.0 in five successive negative or neutral trends (12.8 – 7.5 – 6.7 – 6.7 – 5.5 – 4.8, 6+). After more than doubling (+2.1) its 6+ AQH-share in June/July (2.0 – 2.4 – 4.1, 6+), co-owned KYMT “93.1 The Mountain” surrenders two-thirds of that increase (4.1 – 2.7, -1.4, 6+), cratering from #6 to #14. In July, KYMT crossed the four-share level threshold (4.1, 6+) for the first time in the roughly three years under those calls-identity- format. Up until October 2016, it was CHR KPLV “My 93.1 – All The Hits.” While unchanged at #21, Nevada Public Radio classical KCNV is +1.0 in three straight improvements (.7 – .8 – 1.5 – 1.7, 6+). In the five most recent survey periods, Entercom CHR KLUC “98.5 Las Vegas’ #1 Hit Music Station” has been +.8 (April); -.4 (May); +.5 (June); -.6 (July); and -1.0 in August (4.0 – 3.0, seventh to a five-way tie for eighth, 6+). Whereas June 2019’s 4.6 was KLUC’s best 6+-showing since September 2018’s 4.8, August 2019’s 3.0 is its lowest-ever 6+-stat in the PPM-era. July’s boost of six-tenths by iHeartMedia’s country-formatted KWNR curtailed five losses in a row that resulted in a -1.9 (4.9 – 4.0 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 3.0, 6+); however, “95.5 The Bull” erases that July increase with an August loss of equal magnitude (3.6 – 3.0, -.6, 6+) and is part of that five-way logjam at #8. Following June’s +.6, Lotus Communications-owned Spanish adult hits KWID is a combined -2.1 in July/August (5.1 – 3.5 – 3.0, 6+); “La Buena 101.9” is part of that five-way, eighth-place scrum. Three drops in a row by Entercom rhythmic hot AC KXQQ “Q-100.5” result in a -2.1 (5.0 – 3.6 – 3.0 – 2.9, flat at #13, 6+). This immediately follows its cumulative +1.1 in five sweeps in a row without a loss (3.9 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 5.0, 6+). In May 2019, KXQQ reached the five-share level (6+) for the first time since May 2018 (5.0, as well).

Orlando

Spoken-Word Formats – A combined -1.4 in June/July (5.2 – 4.4 – 3.8, 6+), Cox Media Group news/talk WDBO-FM “News 96.5” posts an August spike of four-tenths to 4.2 (6+) and returns to the top ten (#11 to #8). It is one-tenth ahead of iHeartMedia news/talk WTKS, which is +.6 in July/August (3.5 – 3.8 – 4.1, 6+) and – likewise – is back in the top ten (#11 to #9). Prior to this sweep, “Real Radio 104.1 – We Say What We Want” was within 3.1 – 3.9 range (6+) ten reports in a row. News/talk cluster-mate WFLF has a March 2019 through August 2019 topline of 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 2.9 (6+) and carries on at #14.

July’s tie at #19 between iHeartMedia-owned sports talk WYGM “FM 96.9 The Game – Orlando’s Sports Leader” and Cox Media Group’s similarly-formatted WDBO-AM “ESPN 580 Orlando” is broken: WYGM gains two-tenths (.7 – .9, #18, 6+), while WDBO-AM records a .7 (6+) the third time in a row (#20).

While WMFE “90.7 Public Radio for Central Florida” is an overall -1.5 as a result of five consecutive decreases (4.0 – 3.7 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 2.7 – 2.5, 6+), the Community Communications’ news/talk station remains at #15.

Orlando Music Formats – In addition to being +1.3 via three straight sweeps without a loss (7.0 – 7.5 – 7.5 – 8.3, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WXXL “XL-106.7 Orlando’s #1 Hit Music Station” advances from third to second. Co-owned urban contemporary WTKS-HD2, which was a combined -.3 in June/July (1.8 – 1.7 – 1.5, 6+), gains one-half share to 2.0 (steady at #16, 6+). Major winning ways continue for Entercom classic hits-oldies WOCL “105-9 Sunny FM – We Own The ‘80s.” It is #1 the fourth month in a row and is +3.1 as a result of four consecutive spikes (7.9 – 9.0 – 9.4 – 10.8 – 11.0, 6+). July’s 10.8 by “Sunny” marked the first time any Orlando station hit double-digits (6+) since “Holiday” 2018 when iHeartMedia AC WMGF “Magic” reached 14.3 (6+). An April loss of three-tenths interrupted three consecutive WOCL increases that netted a +3.3 (4.9 – 6.9 – 7.9 – 8.2, 6+). While flat at #13, co-owned WQMP “101.9 Orlando’s New Alternative” is +1.2 as a result of six straight sweeps without a loss (2.1 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 3.3, 6+). A decrease of seven-tenths by iHeartMedia Spanish tropical WRUM (8.5 – 7.8, 6+) takes “Rumba 100.3” to its lowest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2018 (7.8, as well). It had occupied the runner-up slot the past three months but slips to third. Entering the August sweep, “Rumba” notched an 8.5 in three of the previous four reports (8.5 – 8.5 – 8.7 – 8.5, 6+). Adult contemporary sibling, WMGF “Magic 107.7,” is -1.0 in four straight sweeps without an increase (5.9 – 5.1 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.9, 6+) and remains in seventh-place. The six most recent shifts by Cox Media Group-owned WWKA “K-92.3 Orlando’s #1 For New Country” are -.4 (March); +.4 (April); -.5 (May); +.6 (June); -.2 (July); and now -.5 in August (4.6 – 4.1, eighth to ninth, 6+). Urban AC sibling WCFB “Star 94.5” is a collective -2.7 in five consecutive down or flat trends (7.8 – 7.6 – 6.3 – 5.2 – 5.1 – 5.1, flat at #6, 6+). Meanwhile, rhythmic CHR cluster-mate WPYO “Power 95.3” is an overall -1.9 owing to four successive drops (5.7 – 5.4 – 4.3 – 3.9 – 3.8, #10 to #12, 6+). In June 2019, “Star” fell below a six-share (5.2, 6+) for the first time since June 2018’s 5.5.

Cincinnati

Spoken-Word Formats – By adding a robust +1.2 to July’s +.1 (9.4 – 9.5 – 10.7, 6), iHeartMedia news/talk WLW “The Big One” marches from second to first. WLW is in double-digits (10.7, 6+) the first time since November 2018’s 10.0 and #1 the first time since January. Co-owned WKRC, which was off nine-tenths as a result of three straight down or flat trends (3.6 – 3.5 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+), ends the slide with a +.5 to 3.2 (#13 to #11, 6+). Prior to June 2019 (2.7), the last time “55 KRC The Talk Station in Cincinnati” fell below a three-share was June 2018 (2.8).

Sports talk cluster-mate WCKY lost more than 50% (-.7) of its 6+ AQH-share in six straight sweeps without an increase (1.2 – 1.0 – .9 – .9 – .8 – .6 – .5, 6+) but “Cincinnati’s ESPN 1530” adds three-tenths to .8 (#22 to #20, 6+). The April 2019 through August 2019 topline for co-owned WSAI “Fox Sports 1360” is .4 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .3 (steady at #23, 6+).

On the heels of July’s increase of three-tenths, Cincinnati Public Radio news/talk WVXU falters by four-tenths (2.8 – 2.4, 6+) and drops from #12 to #14.

Cincinnati Music Formats – Four consecutive positive or neutral reports by Radio One urban contemporary WIZF netted a +.7 (2.7 – 2.7 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.4, 6+); “101.1 The Wiz” was down -.4 in May; bounced back with a June +.7; regressed by -.7 in July; but is +.6 in August (3.0 – 3.6, 6+). As the dust settles, WIZF is back in the top ten (#11 to #9). Logging an August 2019 gain of six-tenths as well is Grant County Broadcasters classic country WNKN (1.9 – 2.5, #16 to #13, 6+); 2.5 is its best 6+-stat since February’s 2.6. Up one-half share,  Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WKRQ “Q-102 Cincinnati’s Hit Music” is within 5.4 – 5.9 range (6+) the sixth straight time (5.7 – 5.6 – 5.5 – 5.7 – 5.4 – 5.9, 6+) and remains at #5. It’s been a wild rollercoaster ride lately for Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WGRR, which was -2.1 in June (11.7 – 9.6, 6+); +1.0 in July; and now -1.5 in August (10.6 – 9.1, 6+). After six sweeps in succession at #1, “103.5 Cincinnati’s Greatest Hits” segues to the runner-up slot. WGRR had registered double-digits (6+) five times in the last six ratings periods. Entering the June report, it was +3.6 in five successive increases (8.1 – 9.6 – 10.2 – 11.1 – 11.3 – 11.7, 6+). After a December-only stay at #1, “Cincinnati’s Greatest Hits” spiraled by -1.8 in “Holiday” 2018 (9.9 – 8.1, 6+) and shifted to third. Eight successive negative or neutral trends by cluster-mate WFTK “96 Rock” have resulted in a cumulative -1.8 (4.0 -3.7 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.6 – 2.2, #14 to #15, 6+). After logging three straight negative trends that accounted for a -2.1 (9.4 – 8.7 – 7.9 – 7.3, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting-owned WUBE “B-105.1 Cincinnati’s Country” responded with a combined +1.5 in May/June (7.3 – 7.5 – 8.8, 6+). WUBE erodes by -2.3 in July/August (8.8 – 7.2 – 6.5, 6+) but stays in third-place. Whereas June’s 8.8 was its best 6+-stat since January’s 9.4, this (6.5) is its lowest since “Holiday” 2017’s 6.3. The four latest moves for Radio One urban AC WOSL “100.3 Cincy’s R&B Station” are: +.7 (3.2 – 3.9, 6+, May); -.8 (3.9 – 3.1, 6+, June); +.9 (3.1 – 4.0, July, 6+); and -.5 in August (4.0 – 3.5, #9 to #10, 6+). July’s 4.0 represents its highest 6+-share in more than five years (4.3, March 2014). In four straight sweeps without an increase (3.8 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.2 – 3.2, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WKFS “Kiss 107.1” has lost six-tenths and exits the top ten (#10 to #11). Cincinnati Public Radio’s WGUC “Classical 90.9,” which tripled (+1.2) its 6+-stat in five straight positive or neutral moves, (.6 – .9 – 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.8, 6+), drops three-tenths to 1.5 (6+) and is flat at #17.

Cleveland

Spoken-Word Formats – In addition to climbing from sixth to fifth, iHeartMedia news/talk WTAM (Indians) vaults (from 6.1) to 7.2, its strongest 6+-stat since October 2017’s 8.5. The six most recent fluctuations for “1100 Cleveland’s News Radio” are: -.6 (March); +.9 (April); -.7 (May); +.5 (June); another +.5 (July); and +1.1 in August.

Upon resurfacing in print this past April, Salem Media Group news/talk WHK logged a .5 (6+) in April, May, and June, finishing at #19. “AM 1420 The Answer – News-Opinion-Insight,” however, is unlisted in July and August.

Flat at #13, Entercom’s WKRK “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” (Browns) is up three-tenths (3.1 – 3.4, 6+).

Stuck on 3.6 (6+) in June and July, Ideastream-owned news/talk outlet WCPN gains four-tenths to 4.0 (6+) and is back in the top ten (#12 to #10).

Cleveland Music Formats – Off by -1.1 in July (7.8 – 6.7), Radio One urban AC WZAK roars back in August with a +.9 to 7.6 (6+) and carries on in fourth-place. When WZAK gained three-tenths in June, it halted five successive sweeps without an increase that resulted in a -1.2 (8.7 – 8.5 – 8.5 – 8.5 – 8.2 – 7.5, 6+). Improving by six-tenths in back-to-back (July and August) sweeps (6.0 – 6.6 – 7.2, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary WDOK “Cleveland’s Star 102” repeats in fifth-place. WDOK rebounds from June’s -1.5, which sent “Star” to 6.0, its weakest 6+-stat since January (6.0, as well). On top the past eight sweeps, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WMJI “Majic 105.7 – Cleveland’s Greatest Hits” falters by -1.0 (9.2 – 8.2, 6+) and segues to third-place. This (8.2) is its lowest 6+-stat since December 2018’s 7.9. Seven recent WMJI shifts include: +2.8 (“Holiday” 2018); -1.7 (January 2019); +.8 (February); +1.0 (March); -1.0 (April); -.6 (July); and -1.0 (August). Albeit down two-tenths to 8.3 (6+), Entercom-owned WNCX is one of the two stations taking over at #1. Prior to August’s -.2, “98.5 Cleveland’s Classic Rock” (#2 in July) was a collective +2.1 via five straight upticks (6.4 – 7.0 – 7.6 – 7.3 – 8.4 – 8.5, 6+). Tied with WNCX at the top is iHeartMedia’s WGAR “99.5 – Cleveland’s #1 For New Country,” which gains a collective nine-tenths in three straight up or flat moves (7.4 – 8.1 – 8.1 – 8.3, third to first, 6+). Moreover, this (8.3) is WGAR’s highest 6+-share in exactly four years (August 2015, 8.8, 6+). Following a July boost of seven-tenths, its adult hits cluster-mate, WHLK “106.5 The Lake,” sputters by one-half share (6.1 – 5.6, sixth to seventh, 6+). July’s 6.1 was its strongest 6+-stat since January (6.1, as well). In an alternating down/up pattern that started in January, Entercom hot AC WQAL is: 3.6 – 3.9 – 3.2 – 3.8 – 3.4 – 4.2 – 3.8 (6+); “Q-104” exits the top ten (#10 to #11). Unchanged at #11, iHeartMedia CHR WAKS “96.5 Kiss FM” is within 3.1 – 3.9 range the seventh successive time (3.6 – 3.9 – 3.1 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3.9 – 3.8, 6+).

Kansas City

Spoken-Word Formats – A combined -1.0 in July/August (5.5 – 4.9 – 4.5, 6+) Entercom news/talk KMBZ-FM “98.1 News-Traffic-Weather” drops from fourth to sixth. KMBZ-FM was -.8 in March/April  (5.6 – 5.4 – 4.8, 6+) and a combined +.7 May/June (4.8 – 5.2 – 5.5, 6+). Co-owned KMBZ-AM repeats July’s (6+) AQH-share (2.2) and market rank (#20). “Talk 980” has a February 2019 through August topline of:  2.2 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 2.1 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.2 (6+). Up one-tenth in June, Cumulus Media’s KCMO-AM “Talk Radio 710 AM” follows with a July/August loss of three-tenths (1.3 – 1.1 – 1.0, #22 to #23, 6+).

Both of the market’s main sports talk players improve by four-tenths: Union Broadcasting’s WHB “Sports Radio 810” actually regains July’s -.4 (3.2 – 2.8 – 3.2, #15 to #13, 6+), while Entercom’s KCSP “610 Sports Radio” (Royals) records a 2.9 (#18 to #15). WHB rose by two-tenths in June to suspend four straight negative or flat trends that led to a -2.0 (5.0 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.1 – 3.0, 6+). Entering the August sweep, KCSP was a collective -1.5 in three drops in succession (4.0 – 3.9 – 3.3 – 2.5, 6+).

Falling from seventh to ninth, University of Missouri news/talk KCUR has a June – July – August topline of 4.1 – 4.3 – 4.2 (6+).

Kansas City Music Formats – Responding to July’s -.6 with an August gain more than twice that magnitude (2.9 – 4.2, +1.3, 6+), University of Northwestern St. Paul contemporary Christian KJNW cracks the top ten (#14 to a four-way tie at #9). In five consecutive (January through June) reports without a loss, “Life 88.5” was an overall +2.0 (1.5 – 1.9 – 2.0 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.5, 6+). Three drops in a row by Steel City Media-owned KBEQ accounted for a -1.8 (5.9 – 5.3 – 4.2 – 4.1, 6+), but “Q-104 New Hit Country” wipes away half that shortfall with a +.9 to 5.0 (6+) and elevates from eighth to fifth. July’s 4.1 was the weakest 6+-stat for “Q-104” since December 2018’s 3.7. An increase of seven-tenths (4.5 – 5.2, sixth to fourth, 6+) takes co-owned KFKF “Country 94.1” to its best 6+-showing (5.3) since September’s 5.3. A cumulative +1.2 via four successive up or flat trends (3.0 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.7 – 4.2, 6+), Entercom’s similarly-formatted WDAF “106.5 The Wolf” is part of that four-way logjam at #9. This is the best 6+-stat for “The Wolf” since “Holiday” 2018 (4.2, as well). Also part of that ninth-place quartet is Steel City Media CHR KMXV “Mix 93.3,” which is a combined +.6 in July/August (3.6 – 3.7 – 4.2, tenth to ninth, 6+). An overall +2.6 in four upticks in succession (7.3 – 7.7 – 8.4 – 8.6 – 9.9, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KCFX (Chiefs) ends the positive streak with a -.6 to 9.3 (6+), but “101 The Fox – Kansas City’s Classic Rock Station” repeats at #1. July’s 9.9 was the highest 6+ showing for KCFX since January’s 10.1. Regressing by six-tenths in addition to “The Fox” are its classic hits-oldies sibling KCMO-FM “94.9 Kansas City’s Greatest Hits” KCMO-FM (8.6, unchanged at #2, 6+) and Entercom’s KQRC “98.9 The Rock” (4.3, fourth to seventh, 6+). KCMO-FM had been +3.8 via six successive sweeps without a loss (5.4 – 6.6 – 7.7 – 7.9 – 7.9 – 9.2 – 9.2, 6+). Six of its recent fluctuations include: +1.6 (“Holiday” 2018); -1.3 (January 2019); +1.2 (February); +1.1 (March); +1.3 (June); and -.6 (August). KQRC “The Rock” was up three-tenths in June/July (4.6 – 4.6 – 4.9, 6+). In the eight survey periods in calendar year 2019, KCFX has been on top five times (January, February, May,  July, and August), while cluster-mate KCMO-FM has been at #1 the other three (March, April, and June).

Columbus

Spoken-Word Formats – Following a July gain of six-tenths to 5.3 (6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WTVN “News Radio 610” surrenders three-tenths to 5.0 (6+) yet advances from sixth to fifth.

Repeating at #7, Ohio State University news/talk WOSU has a consistent January 2019 through August 2019 topline: 4.5 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 4.7 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 4.5 – 4.3.

Columbus Music Formats – Entering the August survey period, Saga Communications hot AC WVMX logged a 2.5 (6+) in three of the six previous sweeps (2.5 – 2.5 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 3.0 – 2.5, 6+). In August though, “Mix 107.9” erupts with a +.8 to 3.3 (6+) and enters the top ten (#13 to #9). This is its highest 6+-stat in exactly one year (3.3, as well in August 2018). Adult contemporary sibling WSNY “Sunny 95” logs its third straight up or flat trend for a net gain of nine-tenths (6.7 – 6.9 – 6.9 – 7.6, #3 to #2, 6+). Still in that Saga cluster, WLVQ “Iconic Rock Q-FM 96” netted +1.9 in three straight “Holiday” 2018 through March 2019 increases (6.8 – 7.2 – 8.1 – 8.7, 6+); was a combined -1.4 in April/May (8.7 – 8.4 – 7.3, 6+); +.3 in June; and eroded by -1.3 in July. In August, WLVQ is +.6 (6.3 – 6.9, 6+) and inches up from fourth to third. An overall -2.2 in three straight declines (13.0 -11.7 – 11.1 – 10.8, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WCOL “92.3 Columbus’ #1 For New Country” pulls the plug with a +.4 to 11.2 (6+) and is #1 the 21st sweep in a row. Moreover, it has been in double-digits (6+) each ratings period since June 2017. Sample WCOL fluctuations include +3.1 (January 2018); -2.1 (“Holiday” 2018); +.8 (January 2019); +.7 (February); +1.2 (April); -1.3 (May); and -.6 (June). In that same context, co-owned adult hits WODC “93.3 The Bus” has been +3.7 (December 2018/“Holiday” 2018); -4.1 (January 2019); +.9 (May); -.5 (June); +1.0 (July); and now -.9 in August (5.6 – 4.7, fifth to sixth, 6+). Prior to the June sweep, WODC notched three consecutive up or flat sweeps that netted a +1.0 (4.1 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 5.1, 6+). July’s 5.6 was its best 6+-stat since 8.7 in “Holiday” 2018. Immediately following May’s +1.4, CHR cluster-mate WNCI “97.9 Columbus’ Hit Music Station” is a combined -1.7 in three declines in succession (8.6 – 7.4 – 7.1 – 6.9, second to third, 6+). Off six-tenths each are its urban contemporary sibling WZCB “106.7 The Beat” (3.7, flat at #8, 6+) and Saga Communications classic hits-oldies WNND “Rewind” (2.8, #10 to #12, 6+). “The Beat” had been +1.7 via six straight positive trends (2.6 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 4.0 – 4.3, 6+). Ending at four is WNND’s consecutive streak of bumps that yielded a collective +1.2 (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.5 – 3.0 – 3.4, 6+). In June, “Rewind” reached the three-share level (6+) for the first time since December 2017’s 3.1.

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