January 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round One

| February 19, 2020

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January 2020 PPM Data – Information for the January 2020 ratings period has been released for New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Long Island (Nassau-Suffolk), Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union. Nielsen Audio’s January 2020 survey period covered January 2 – 29. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM-markets below.

New York City

Spoken-Word Formats – Off an overall four-tenths in three straight sweeps without an increase (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.7 – 1.7, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR ends the slide with a +.2 to 1.9 (6+); however, “710 The Voice of New York” departs the top twenty (#19 to #21). Cumulus Media-owned WABC gains three-tenths to 1.4 (#23 to #22, 6+), its best 6+-showing in nearly a year (1.5, February 2019, 6+). Falling below a one-share is Townsquare Media’s WKXW “New Jersey 101.5,” which is down one-tenth in back-to-back sweeps (1.1 – 1.0 – .9, flat at #24, 6+). Prior to December, “New Jersey 101.5” had been off three-tenths via four straight negative or neutral trends (1.3 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.0, 6+). WABC and WKXW were tied at #22 in October and November.

A collective -1.2 in three consecutive decreases (3.8 – 3.7 – 3.0 – 2.6, 6+), Entercom sports talk WFAN-FM (Brooklyn Nets) erases nearly half the deficit with a +.5 to 3.1 (#14 to #12, 6+). Similarly, WEPN-FM “98.7 ESPN New York” (Knicks, Rangers) – which was off an overall half-share via three straight drops (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.8 – 1.5, 6+) – answers with a gain of six-tenths (2.1, #22 to #19, 6+).

Having been a combined -.6 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.6 – 3.5 – 3.0, 6+), Entercom-owned all-news WINS posts a January increase of one-half share to 3.5 (6+) and reenters the top ten (#12 to #10). Co-owned/similarly-formatted WCBS-AM is down a combined two-tenths in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (2.6 – 2.4 – 2.4, three-way tie at #15 to #16, 6+); December’s 2.6 was its best 6+-showing since May 2019 (2.6, as well).

While it remains at #15, WNYC Broadcasting Foundation news/talk WNYC-FM flips its “Holiday” 2019 loss of eight-tenths into a January 2020 improvement of one-half share (2.4 – 2.9, 6+). Co-owned news/talk WNYC-AM regains the one-tenth it lost in “Holiday” 2019 (.5 – .4 – .5, flat at #29, 6+).

New York City Music Formats –  A collective -1.6 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.9 – 4.9 – 4.3, 6+), after being an overall +.2 via four straight up or flat moves (5.7 – 5.7 – 5.7 – 5.8 – 5.9, 6+), Entercom classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits” notches a +.7 (5.0, fifth to third, 6+). By gaining four-tenths to 3.9 (eighth to sixth, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rock WAXQ “Q-104.3” suspends four negative or neutral moves in a row that accounted for a loss of eight-tenths (4.3 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.8 – 3.5, 6+). Improving by one-half share (each) are WNYC Broadcasting Foundation-owned WQXR “New York’s Classical Music Radio Station” (2.1, #20 to #19, 6+) and Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WARW “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” (.4 – .9, #24, 6+). WQXR erases its collective -.5 in four straight down or flat sweeps (2.1 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.6, 6+). A combined +6.2 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.1 – 9.6 – 13.3, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW falters by -5.3 to 8.0 (6+), but “106.7 Lite FM” is #1 the 32nd ratings period in a row. December’s increase halted three consecutive down or flat moves that resulted in an overall loss of six-tenths (7.7 – 7.7 – 7.4 – 7.1, 6+). In five successive dips, CHR sibling WHTZ lost an overall nine-tenths (5.3 – 5.2 – 5.1 – 5.0 – 4.8 – 4.4, 6+). “Z-100 – New York’s #1 Hit Music Station” pulls the plug with a +.3 to 4.7 (6+) yet backslides from fourth to fifth. Three straight up or flat moves by Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WSKQ resulted in a +1.9 (4.7 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 6.6, 6+); “Mega 97.9 – Numero Uno on the Planet” surrenders six-tenths (6.0, 6+) but continues in second-place. A loss of one-half share (3.5 – 3.0, 6+) sends Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT tumbling from the top ten (#8 to #14). Nonetheless, “Hot 97” is within three-share range (6+) for the 21st sweep in succession. Urban AC cluster-mate WBLS “#1 for R&B” has lost eight-tenths in three straight down or flat moves (5.8 – 5.8 – 5.0 – 5.0, flat at #3, 6+).

Los Angeles

Spoken-Word Formats –  An overall -1.9 through seven successive down or flat sweeps (4.5 – 4.3 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 2.9 – 2.6, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KFI “AM 640” bounces back with a +.7 to 3.3 (6+) and continues in ninth-place. Without an increase the past three reports for a net loss of three-tenths (1.3 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0, 6+), Salem Media Group news/talk KRLA “AM 870 The Answer” gains one-tenth to 1.1 (#30 to #29, 6+). Up three-tenths and two-tenths, respectively, are iHeartMedia-owned KEIB “AM 1150 The Patriot” (.6 – .9, #35 to #33, 6+) and Cumulus Media’s KABC “790 News-Talk-Evolved” (.7, #38 to #36, 6+). The latter had been down or flat the past three ratings periods for a loss of two-tenths (.7 – .6 – .6 – .5, 6+).

Tied at #29 are iHeartMedia’s KLAC “AM 570 LA Sports” (1.0 – 1.1, +.1, #30 to #29, 6+) and Disney-owned/similarly-formatted KSPN “710 ESPN” (.9 – 1.1, +.2, #32 to #29, 6+). KLAC (Clippers) had surrendered eight-tenths in three consecutive drops (1.8 – 1.3 – 1.1 – 1.0, 6+). Its November loss of one-half share erased its combined September/October +.5 (1.3 – 1.4 – 1.8 – 1.3, 6+). KSPN (Lakers) lost 40% (-.9) of its 6+ AQH share in December/”Holiday” 2019 (1.5 – 1.2 – .9, #30 to #32, 6+). In June and July, KLAC and KSPN were deadlocked at #27 (1.4, 6+).

Off two-tenths in consecutive sweeps (3.0 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+), Entercom all-news KNX recaptures the combined loss of four-tenths with a January 2020 +.4 to 3.0 (6+) yet “1070 News Radio” downslides from ninth to tenth.

Continuing an alternating up/down pattern that began in September (2.0 – 2.4 – 2.1 – 2.3 – 1.9 – 2.1, 6+), Pasadena City College news/talk KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” repeats at #20.

 Los Angeles Music Formats – Notching gains of eight-tenths (each) are Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KLVE “107.5 K-LOVE” (4.1, seventh to fifth, 6+) and Entercom adult hits KCBS-FM “93.1 Jack FM Playing What We Want” (3.9, eighth to seventh, 6+). KLVE wipes away its combined -.8 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.1 – 3.5 – 3.3, 6+). Los Angeles’ version of “Jack” hadn’t had an increase the past five sweeps for a net loss of -1.0 (4.1 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 3.1, 6+). In three successive dips, smooth AC cluster-mate KTWV surrendered six-tenths (4.5 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 3.9, 6+), but “94.7 The Wave” answers with a +.7 to 4.6 (6+) and continues in fourth-place. Without an increase the past seven months for a net loss of -1.0 (3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.2 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.3, 6+), Meruelo Media Holdings’ KLOS “95.5 Southern California’s Classic Rock” ends the skid with a +.6 to 2.9 (#17 to #11, 6+). Improving by six-tenths as well is iHeartMedia urban contemporary KRRL (2.6, #19 to #13, 6+). “Real 92.3” was off a combined six-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.6 – 2.2 – 2.0, 6+). Three iHeartMedia siblings improve by one-half share (each): hot AC KBIG “104.3 My FM” (4.8, flat at #3, 6+); CHR KIIS “102.7 Kiss FM” (4.1, steady at #5, 6+); and alternative KYSR “Alt 98.7” (2.9, #13 to #11, 6+). In five straight sweeps without an increase, “My FM” was a collective -1.0 (5.3 – 5.3 – 4.9 – 4.6 – 4.3 – 4.3, 6+). “Kiss” was down three-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.9 – 3.7 – 3.6, 6+), while “Alt 98.7” was off a combined three-tenths in that same timeframe (2.7 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+). A collective +8.5 via three straight sweeps without a loss (5.2 – 5.2 – 9.3 – 13.7, 6+), co-owned adult contemporary KOST regresses by -7.2 to 6.5 (6+); however, “Coast 103.5” is #1 the third month in a row. After setting the pace 12 ratings periods in succession, KOST shifted to the runner-up slot in October. “Coast” had been in a 5.8 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.9 pattern (June – July – August – September, 6+), before sputtering by seven-tenths in October. A collective -.7 in three straight sweeps without an increase (5.9 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.2, 6+), Entercom classic hits-oldies KRTH picks up one-tenth to 5.3 (6+) and carries on in the runner-up slot. “K-Earth 101” occupied the top spot in October and November. Three consecutive up or flat moves by KRTH yielded nine-tenths (5.0 – 5.6 – 5.9 – 5.9). When “K-Earth” added six-tenths in September, it curtailed three downward trends in succession that accounted for a collective loss of eight-tenths (5.8 – 5.4 – 5.2 – 5.0, 6+). Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KRCD continues an alternating down/up pattern that commenced last August (2.7 – 2.3 – 3.2 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 2.4 – 2.5, #13 to #14, 6+); 2.4 in  “Holiday” 2019 was the lowest 6+-stat for “Recuerdo” since February (2.4, as well).

Chicago

Spoken-Word Formats – Following back-to-back losses of one-half share (4.0 – 3.5 – 3.0, 6+), Nexstar Media Group news/talk WGN “Radio 720” answers with a January 2020 increase of eight-tenths and returns to the top ten (3.8, #11 to #8, 6+). Locked on 2.3 (6+) the fifth time in succession, Cumulus Media news/talk WLS-AM advances from #19 to #18.

Although down just two-tenths (3.5 – 3.3, 6+), Entercom sports talk WSCR “670 The Score” (Bulls) slumps from #6 to #13. WSCR was a combined -1.2 in November/December (4.3 – 3.4 – 3.1, 6+). In three straight down or flat moves, Disney/ESPN-owned WMVP “ESPN Chicago 1000” has lost a collective half-share (1.9 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.4, #24 to #25, 6+).

After being down one-tenth in back-to-back reports (5.1 – 5.0 – 4.9, 6+), Entercom all-news WBBM-AM responds with a half-share increase to 5.4 (third to second, 6+). Its October gain of one-tenth halted eight successive negative or neutral moves that accounted for an overall -1.4 (6.2 – 6.1 – 5.8 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.8, 6+).

Off four-tenths in “Holiday” 2019, Chicago Public Media news/talk WBEZ posts a January 2020 increase twice that magnitude (3.1 – 3.9, +.8, eighth to seventh, 6+).

Chicago Music Formats – The top four January 2020 finishers in the “Windy City” are separated by three-tenths of a share (6+). A cumulative -2.2 in three consecutive setbacks (5.5 – 4.4 – 3.4 – 3.3, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WTMX “101.9 The Mix” roars back with a +1.6 to 4.9 (seventh to fifth, 6+). The just-concluded negative streak directly followed October’s +1.3 (4.2 – 5.5, 6+). “The Mix” exited the top spot in September when it eroded by -1.5 (5.7 – 4.2, 6+). In August, WTMX notched a +.5 (5.2 – 5.7, 6+) and proceeded from second to first. WTMX was #1 in April, May, and June; April’s 5.9 was the highest 6+-stat for “Mix” since November 2017’s 6.3. Off a combined six-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.2 – 1.9 – 1.6, 6+), Entercom-owned WUSN “US-99 Chicago’s Hottest Country” chalks up a +1.0 and leaps into the top twenty (2.6, #16, 6+). An increase of eight-tenths to 3.6 (6+) enables iHeartMedia CHR WKSC to vault from #15 to #9; “103.5 Kiss FM” was down four-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.2 – 3.2 – 2.8, 6+). Without an increase the past six sweeps for an overall loss of eight-tenths (5.4 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 4.7 – 4.6, 6+), Hubbard classic rocker WDRV “97.1 The Drive” applies the brakes with a January 2020 uptick of seven-tenths (5.3, fourth to third, 6+). Improving by six-tenths and one-half share, respectively, are WDRV adult contemporary sibling WSHE “100.3 SHE” (3.6, #11 to #9, 6+) and Venture Technologies Group-owned/similarly-formatted WRME-LP “Me TV 87.7” (3.5, unchanged at #11, 6+). WSHE was a combined -.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.5 – 3.3 – 3.0, 6+), while WRME-LP was -1.1 (4.1 – 3.4 – 3.0, 6+). Having more than tripled (+9.5) its 6+-stat via four straight spikes (4.2 – 4.3 – 4.7 – 9.5 – 13.7, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLIT “93.9 Lite FM” erodes by -8.2 to 5.5 but is #1 the third time in a row. Co-owned urban AC WVAZ “V-103,” which was up six-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.1 – 5.4 – 5.7, 6+), forfeits one-half share to 5.2 (6+) and shifts from second to fourth. In six successive down or flat trends, Cumulus Media alternative WKQX is a collective -1.2 (3.4 – 3.4 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.4 – 2.2, #18 to #19, 6+).

San Francisco

Spoken-Word Formats. Following three straight up or flat trends that yielded six-tenths (1.7 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 2.3, 6+), Cumulus Media news/talk KSFO repeats “Holiday” 2019’s 2.2 (#14 to #15, 6+). July 2019’s 1.7 (6+) marked the first time KSFO fell below a two-share since July 2017’s 1.8. Cluster-mate KGO, which lost one-half share in three straight reports without an increase (1.7 – 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.2, 6+), adds three-tenths to 1.5 (#27 to #25, 6+). Stuck on .2 (6+) in July and August; on .3 (6+) in September and October; and on .2 (6+) in November and December, iHeartMedia-owned KKSF-AM “Real Talk 910 – Think Forward” repeats “Holiday” 2019’s .1 (flat at #36, 6+).

Down a total of three-tenths via three negative or neutral trends in succession (4.0 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.7, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KNBR-AM “The Sports Leader” roars back with a +1.1 to 4.8 (seventh to third, 6+). Although up one-tenth (1.5 – 1.6, 6+), Entercom’s similarly-formatted KGMZ “95.7 The Game” (Golden State Warriors) slips from #22 to #23.

Not only does KCBS-AM replace December/“Holiday” 2019’s combined loss of one-half share (8.2 – 7.8 – 7.7 (6+) with a January 2020 gain of seven-tenths (8.4, 6+), the Entercom all-news operation marches from second to first. KCBS-AM was #1 from September through December.

Four recent fluctuations for California Public Broadcasting news/talk KQED include September/October’s -1.2 (7.1 – 6.4 – 5.9, 6+); November/December’s +1.6 (5.9 – 7.3 – 7.5, 6+); “Holiday” 2019’s -1.2; and January 2020’s +1.2 (6.3 – 7.5, third to second, 6+). KQED was San Francisco’s first-place finisher in June, July, August, and tied at the top (with KCBS-AM) in September. San Francisco Unified School District’s KALW “91.7 Local Public Radio” posts its fifth successive sweep without a loss for an overall +.3 (.7 – .7 – .7 – .8 – .8 – 1.0, #28 to #27, 6+).

San Francisco Music Formats – In three straight dips, Entercom hot AC KLLC was -1.0 (5.0 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 4.0, 6+), but “Alice @ 97.3” bounces back with a +.7 to 4.7 (6+) and is steady in fourth-place. Improving by seven-tenths as well in January 2020 (to 4.5, unchanged at #5, 6+) is Bonneville CHR KMVQ “99.7 Now – The Bay’s #1 For All The Hits,” which had been trending 3.6 – 3.8 – 3.6 – 3.8 (6+). The rollercoaster ride continues for KISQ “98.1 The Breeze.” The iHeartMedia adult contemporary outlet was an overall +.9 via five successive positive or flat moves (3.6 – 3.7 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.5 – 4.5, 6+) before surrendering eight-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.5 – 4.4 – 3.7, 6+) and now regains six-tenths to 4.3 (seventh to sixth, 6+). November’s 4.5 was the best 6+ stat for “The Breeze” since March (5.0). Meanwhile, Bonneville’s similarly-formatted KOIT-FM “96.5 Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites” falters by -6.6 (10.7 – 4.1, 6+), slumping from first to seventh. KOIT-FM was off a collective six-tenths in four successive negative or neutral trends (4.1 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.5, 6+), before notching a combined +7.2 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.5 – 4.8 – 10.7, 6+).

 Dallas

Spoken-Word Formats – Three straight down or flat moves in succession by Cumulus Media’s WBAP result in a loss of six-tenths (4.4 – 4.1 – 3.8 – 3.8, 6+); “News Talk 820” was +.8 in October/November (3.6 – 4.1 – 4.4, 6+). Tied at #34 are co-owned KLIF-AM “570 News & Information” (flat at .5, steady at #34, 6+) and Salem Media Group-owned KSKY “660 AM The Answer” (.4 – .5, +.1, #35 to #34, 6+).

Returning in full the three-tenths it picked up in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.5 – 2.2, 6+), Entercom sports talk KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” drops from #17 to #19. In addition to pulling the plug on ten down or flat reports in succession that accounted for a roughly 59% (-1.6) of its 6+ AQH share (2.7 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1, 6+), Cumulus Media’s KTCK “The Ticket – All Sports All The Time” (1.5, +.4, 6+), progresses from #27 to #23. While Disney/ESPN’s KESN (Mavericks) notches its seventh consecutive up or flat trend for a collective gain of one-half share (.7 – .8 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.2, 6+), “103.3 ESPN Dallas” backslides from #27 to #29.

Entercom news-talk hybrid KRLD-AM “News Radio 1080” has a July 2019 through January 2020 topline of: 1.8 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.7 (#21 to #20, 6+).

After being off  two-tenths in back-to-back reports (3.2 – 3.0 – 2.8, 6+), North Texas Public Broadcasting news/talk KERA is flat at 2.8 (#14 to #15, 6+).

Dallas Music Formats – On the heels of faltering by one-half share (4.4 – 3.9, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned country outlet KPLX “99.5 The Wolf” rebounds with a January 2020 uptick of eight-tenths to 4.7 (sixth to fourth, 6+). KPLX lost a combined half-share in October/November (4.4 – 4.0 – 3.9, 6+) but fully erased that deficit with a December +.5. “The Wolf” was locked on 3.9 (6+) in July and August, before notching a one-half share improvement in September. Ironically, co-owned/similarly-formatted KSCS “New Country 96.3” posts a +.8 as well (5.2, fourth to third, 6+). “New Country” was off one-half share in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.9 – 4.7 – 4.4, 6+). Picking up one-half share (each) are Univision Radio regional Mexican KLNO “Que Buena 94.1” (3.5, #12 to #10, 6+) and Cumulus Media CHR KLIF-FM “Hot 93.3” (1.7, #20, 6+). “Que Buena” lost six-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.6 – 3.3 – 3.0, 6+); “Hot” was trending 1.2 – 1.0 – 1.2 (November – December – “Holiday” 2019, 6+). In addition to advancing from third to second, iHeartMedia CHR KHKS “106.1 Kiss – Dallas/Fort Worth’s Hit Music” is up two-tenths to 5.9 (6+), thus curtailing five straight negative or neutral sweeps that accounted for a cumulative full-share loss (6.7 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 6.2 – 5.7 – 5.7, 6+). “Kiss” had been the market leader nine months in a row before slipping to second in October. An August increase of nine-tenths wiped away the collective nine-tenths KHKS lost as a result of three straight negative or neutral moves (6.7 – 6.3 – 5.8 – 5.8, 6+). Five upticks in a row by adult contemporary cluster-mate KDGE led to a collective +7.6 (2.7 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 3.8 – 5.0 – 10.3, 6+), but “Star 102.1” surrenders a -5.9 to 4.4 (6+) and slips from first to fifth. “Holiday” 2019’s 10.3 was the best 6+-showing for “Star” since “Holiday” 2018’s 7.1. Taking over for KDGE at #1 is Salem Media Group contemporary Christian KLTY “Your Life … Inspired,” which tacks on four-tenths to “Holiday” 2019’s +1.6 (6.9 – 7.3, second to first, 6+). KLTY was a combined -1.3 in November/December (6.6 – 5.6 – 5.3, 6+). Slipping by one-half share (each) are iHeartMedia hot AC KDMX “Now 102.9 – More Music/More Variety” (#8 to #12, 6+) and Service Broadcasting urban AC KRNB “Smooth R&B 105.7” (2.3, #14 to #18, 6+). KDMX was up seven-tenths in three straight boosts (3.9 – 4.3 – 4.5 – 4.6, 6+), but is now a combined -1.4 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (4.6 – 3.7 – 3.2, 6+). In three straight spikes, KRNB gained six-tenths (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.8, 6+). Entercom classic hits-oldies KLUV “98.7 Nobody Plays More 80s” is within 4.0 – 4.6 range (6+) the 14th sweep in succession (4.0 – 4.4, +.4, steady at #5, 6+).

 Houston                             

Spoken-Word Formats – There’s yet more good news for iHeartMedia news/talk KTRH “News Radio 740,” which is an overall +2.1 via six straight positive or neutral moves (3.3 – 3.4 – 3.9 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.6 – 5.4, sixth to fifth, 6+). Unchanged at #28, co-owned KPRC “AM 950 – Houston’s More Stimulating Talk Radio” posts a .3 (6+) the fifth time in the last six survey periods (.3 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .3 – .3, 6+).

After forfeiting one-tenth to 1.5 (6+) in “Holiday” 2019, Entercom’s KILT-AM “Sports Radio 610” regains two-tenths to 1.7 (flat at #22, 6+). It’s déjà vu for iHeartMedia’s KBME “Sports Talk 790” (Rockets) and Gow Communications’ sports talk KFNC “ESPN 97.5”: They are tied at #26 with a .4 (6+) – exactly as they were in “Holiday” 2019. KBME is an overall -1.1 the last three sweeps (1.5 – .6 – .4 – .4, 6+), while KFNC has lost three-tenths in three straight down or flat moves (.7 -.5 – .4 – .4, 6+).

Off four-tenths to 2.7 (6+) in “Holiday” 2019, University of Houston news/talk KUHF bounces back with a +1.0 to 3.7 (#18 to #12, 6+).

Houston Music Formats – Replacing its combined -1.0 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.5 – 3.9 – 3.5, 6+) with a January 2020 +1.1 (4.6, 6+), Cox Media Group’s KKBQ “93-Q Country” enters the top ten (#11 to #7). The wild ride continues for Univision Radio regional Mexican KLTN “Que Buena 102.9,” which was a collective +1.9 via six straight increases (4.9 – 5.0 – 5.1 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 6.6 – 6.8, 6+); -1.1 in “Holiday” 2019; and now +.9 in January 2020 (5.7 – 6.6, third to second,  6+). December’s 6.8 was its best 6+-showing since January 2019 (7.0). Five straight drops by Entercom adult hits KKHH accounted for a -1.3 (5.7 – 5.5 – 5.4 – 4.9 – 4.5 – 4.4, 6+), but “95.7 The Spot” responds with a +.7 to 5.1 (seventh to sixth, 6+). Regaining the half-share it squandered in “Holiday” 2019 (6.1 – 5.6 – 6.1, 6+), Cox Media Group classic rock KGLK “The Eagle” progresses from fourth to third. “The Eagle” was an overall +1.3 via three improvements in a row (5.3 – 5.5 – 6.5 – 6.6, 6+); was -1.0 in November; +.5 in December; -.5 in “Holiday” 2019; and +.5 in January 2020. October’s 6.6 was its highest 6+-stat since September 2017 (6.7). Notwithstanding it is -4.6 (11.6 – 7.0, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA “Sunny 99.1” is #1 the third sweep in succession. KODA was a combined +.5.8 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.8 – 7.8 – 11.6, 6+). Prior to December, “Sunny” lost roughly 52% (-6.3) of its 6+ AQH share in 11 straight sweeps without an increase (12.1 – 8.6 – 8.5 – 8.2 – 7.5 – 7.3 – 7.1 – 6.6 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.8, 6+). KODA was the market leader 16 sweeps in a row before segueing to #2 in August. Radio One rhythmic CHR KBXX “97.9 The Box,” which picked up one-tenth in back-to-back reports (4.2 – 4.3 – 4.4, 6+), surrenders nine-tenths to 3.5 (6+) and fades from the top ten (#7 to #14). Urban AC cluster-mate KMJQ “Majic 102.1 The People’s Station” is a combined -1.6 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (7.1 – 6.1 – 5.5, 6+) and shifts from second to fourth. Prior to slipping to #2 in December, KMJQ spent four straight months on top. “Majic,” which was a combined +1.3 in August/September (5.8 – 6.2 – 7.1, 6+), crossed the seven-share threshold (6+) in May 2018 (7.2) and then again in September (7.1, 6+). Directly following “Holiday” 2019’s increase of seven-tenths (2.2 – 2.9, 6+), Liberman Broadcasting regional Mexican KQQK El Norte 107.9” forfeits one-half share to 2.4 (#16 to #19, 6+); “Holiday” 2019’s 2.9 was its best 6+-stat since March (3.3). Down one-half share in back-to-back sweeps (4.5 – 4.0 – 3.5, 6+), iHeartMedia alternative KTBZ “94.5 The Buzz” ends the mini-slide with a +.3 to 3.8 (flat at #11, 6+).

Atlanta

Spoken-Word Formats – A combined -1.3 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (9.3 – 9.1 – 8.0, 6+), following five straight sweeps without a loss for a collective +3.0 (6.3 – 6.6 – 7.6 – 7.6 – 8.2 – 9.3, 6+), WSB-AM busts out a +2.0 to 10.0 (6+). The Cox Media Group news/talk station is #1 the seventh month in a row and it’s the first time any Atlanta station has reached double-digits since WSB-AM recorded a 10.2 (6+) in January 2018. Furthermore, WSB-AM’s +2.0 represents the largest (6+) “Holiday” 2019 – January 2020 increase in any of these 12 PPM-markets. After posting a .3 (6+) four times in a row, Salem Media Group-owned WGKA “AM 920 The Answer” improves by one-half share to .8 (#29 to #26, 6+). Tied at #31 are iHeartMedia-owned WGST “Talk Radio 640” (.3 – .2, -.1 #29 to #31, 6+) and Entercom’s WAOK “1380 The Voice of the Community,” which has lost a total of two-tenths in five straight sweeps without an increase (.4 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .2 – .2, flat at #31, 6+).

Entercom sports talk WZGC “92.9 The Game” continues an alternating up/down pattern that began in October (4.6 – 5.1 – 4.9 – 5.0 – 4.6, 6+) and is unchanged at #7. Following seven consecutive up or flat months for a net gain of +1.1 (1.6 – 1.7 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.7, 6+), Dickey Broadcasting’s WCNN is now a combined -1.5 through five losses in a row (2.7 – 2.5 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.3 – 1.2, #22 to #21, 6+).

On the heels of “Holiday” 2019’s -.8 to 2.8 (6+), City of Atlanta Board of Education’s WABE picks up one-tenth (2.9, 6+) and repeats at #14. The October 2019 through January 2020 topline for Georgia State University news/talk WRAS is: .6 – .8 – .8 – .6 – .7 (#26 to #27, 6+).

Atlanta Music Formats – Following back-to-back modest decreases (3.4 – 3.3 – 3.1, 6+), Cumulus Media CHR WWWQ erupts with a +1.1 to 4.2 (6+) and enters the top ten (#12 to #9). It is the first time “Q-99.7” reaches the four-share level (4.2) since June (4.0). Moreover, it overtakes iHeartMedia’s similarly-programmed WWPW “Power 96.1 Atlanta’s #1 Hit Music Station,” which regains the two-tenths it lost in “Holiday” 2019 (4.0 – 3.8 – 4.0, flat at #10, 6+). Entering the “Holiday” 2019 sweep, “Power” was a cumulative +1.1 in three straight advances (2.9 – 3.1 – 3.6 – 4.0, 6+). Four drops in a row by Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WSRV led to a -1.4 (6.5 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.2 – 5.1, 6+); however, “97.1 The River” halts the slide with an increase of eight-tenths to 5.9 (sixth to third, 6+). A combined -1.0 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.9 – 5.7 – 4.9, 6+), Radio One urban AC WAMJ “Majic 107.5 & 97.5” slices that deficit by 60% (5.5, +.6, eighth to fifth, 6+). In three straight sweeps without an increase, gospel sibling WPZE was an overall -1.3 (4.1 – 3.4 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+) but “Praise 102.5 Atlanta’s Inspiration Station” applies the brakes with an uptick of four-tenths to 3.2 (#14 to #13, 6+). WPZE had been +1.3 via three successive up or flat moves (2.8 – 2.8 – 3.7 – 4.1, 6+). Eliminating all but one-tenth of “Holiday” 2019’s loss of six-tenths, iHeartMedia’s WUBL “94.9 The Bull” continues at #12 (3.6, +.5, 6+). The half-share increase curtails four successive slips that resulted in an overall -1.8 (4.9 – 4.3 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.1, 6+). The April 2019 through July 2019 topline for “The Bull” was 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 4.1 (6+). Flat at 2.8 (6+), after being off one-half share in “Holiday” 2019, Cumulus Media-owned WKHX “Kicks 101.5 – Atlanta’s #1 For Country Hits” drops from #14 to #15. In December, WKHX added three-tenths to November’s increase of six-tenths (2.4 – 3.0 – 3.3, 6+). A combined +2.8 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.9 – 4.8 – 6.7, 6+), Salem Media Group contemporary Christian WFSH “104.7 The Fish” relinquishes a -2.2 to 4.5 (second to eighth, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s 6.7 was its strongest 6+-stat since July (8.5). Entering the December sweep, “The Fish” lost approximately 56% of its 6+ AQH share (-4.9) via five decreases in a row (8.8 – 8.5 – 4.7 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 3.9, 6+). WFSH had been #1 four straight months before shifting to #7 in August. Radio Training Network’s similarly-formatted WVFJ “The Joy FM,” which improved by nine-tenths in “Holiday” 2019, forfeits one-half share (2.8 – 2.3, #14 to #17, 6+). WVFJ logged 11 straight sweeps between 1.4 – 1.9 (6+), before reaching the two-share level in “Holiday” 2019 (2.8, 6+). The last time WVFJ extended to a two-share was January 2019 (2.0, 6+). Directly following its impressive +1.9 to 4.3 (6+), Entercom hot AC WSTR “Star 94.1” spirals by -1.7 to 2.6 (6+) and fades from the top ten (#9 to #16). Its “Holiday” 2019 increase suspended six straight down or flat sweeps that resulted in a -1.0 (3.4 – 3.4 – 2.9 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.4, 6+). Within 5.2 – 5.8 range (6+) from September through “Holiday” 2019 (5.8 – 5.7 – 5.6 – 5.2 – 5.4, 6+), Cox Media Group adult contemporary WSB-FM “B-98.5” regresses by one-half share to 4.9 (fifth to sixth, 6+).

Philadelphia

Spoken-Word Formats – In three successive down or flat trends, Entercom-owned WPHT lost seven-tenths and fell below a two-share (2.3 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 1.6, 6+). In January 2020, “Talk Radio 1210” erases that shortfall completely with a +.7 to 2.3 (#20 to #18, 6+). Townsquare Media news/talk WKXW gained four-tenths via six consecutive sweeps without a loss (.7 – .8 – .8 – .9 – .9 – 1.0 – 1.1, 6+), but “New Jersey 101.5” drops one-tenth to 1.0 (#22 to  #23, 6+).

Entercom sports talk WIP was +1.6 in October/November (6.6 – 7.5 – 8.2, 6+); -1.5 in December (8.2 – 6.7, 6+); and now +1.1 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (6.7 – 7.3 – 7.8, 6+). Moreover, “Sports Radio 94.1” progresses from second to first. Before falling to third in December, WIP had been #1 three months in a row. November’s 8.2 was its best 6+-stat since February 2018’s 8.7. When Beasley Media Group-owned WPEN-FM (76ers, Flyers) dropped one-tenth to 2.9 (6+) in “Holiday” 2019, it interrupted six reports in a row without a loss for a  collective gain of nine-tenths (2.1 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+). In January 2020, “97.5 The Fanatic” is up three-tenths to 3.3 (#13 to #12, 6+).    

It’s been a wild ride lately for Entercom’s KYW “News Radio 1060,” which was an overall -1.6 in eight sweeps in succession without an increase (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.4, 6+); +.5 as a result of three consecutive up or flat moves (3.4 – 3.5 – 3.9 – 3.9, 6+); -.5 to 3.4 (6+) in “Holiday” 2019; and now +1.4 in January 2020 (4.8, ninth to seventh, 6+).

The three most recent fluctuations by public radio news/talk WHYY are +.7 (3.3 – 4.0, December, 6+); -.7 (4.0 – 3.3, “Holiday” 2019, 6+); and +1.2 (3.3 – 4.5, January 2020, tenth to ninth, 6+). Entering the November sweep, WHYY was a cumulative +1.2 in four straight positive or neutral reports (2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 3.7, 6+).

Philadelphia Music Formats – After dropping eight-tenths in December, Beasley Media Group-owned WMMR faltered by another seven-tenths in “Holiday” 2019 (6.1 – 5.3 – 4.6, 6+). It’s a different story though in January 2020 as “93.3 Everything That Rocks” roars back with a +1.8 to 6.4 (fifth to third, 6+). Before picking up one-tenth in November, WMMR had lost an overall four-tenths in five successive sweeps without an increase (6.4 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 6.0 – 6.0, 6+). A collective -2.1 in four decreases in a row (5.7 – 5.1 – 5.0 – 4.2 – 3.6, 6+), Entercom-owned WXTU “Philly’s Country Station 92.5 XTU” makes up two-thirds of the deficit with a +1.4 to 5.0 (eighth to sixth, 6+). Recording increases of +1.1 (each) are iHeartMedia urban AC WDAS-FM “Philly’s Best R&B and Throwbacks” (6.6, third to second, 6+) and Beasley Media Group adult hits WBEN-FM “95.7 Ben FM – Playing Anything We Feel Like” (3.1, #18 to #14). WDAS-FM had been a cumulative -1.1 in four straight losses (6.6 – 6.4 – 6.3 – 6.0 – 5.5, 6+). “Ben” improved in December by one-half share, but was -1.5 in “Holiday” 2019. December’s 3.5 was its best 6+-showing since June 2016’s 3.7. Shaking off “Holiday” 2019’s loss of eight-tenths with a January 2020 spike of nine-tenths (3.0 – 2.2 – 3.1, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WRFF “Radio 104.5 Philadelphia’s Alternative Rock” advances from #17 to #14. Co-owned adult contemporary WISX “106.1 The Breeze,” which was a collective -1.9 in four straight down or flat reports (4.9 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 4.0 – 3.0, 6+), posts a +.8 to 3.8 (6+) and reenters the top ten (#11 to #10). Even though it answers “Holiday” 2019’s -2.0 with an uptick of seven-tenths (5.5 – 6.2, 6+), Beasley Media Group’s WMGK moves from a third-place tie to fourth. “Classic Rock 102.9 MGK” had been +1.0 in three straight up or flat moves (6.5 – 6.6 – 7.5 – 7.5, 6+). Down a combined six-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.0 – 2.9 – 2.4, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WIOQ “Q-102 Philly’s #1 Hit Music Station” bounces back with a one-half share gain to 2.9 (6+) but backslides from a tie at #15 to #16. Suffering the largest (6+) “Holiday” 2019 – January 2020 erosion of any station in these 12 PPM-markets is Entercom adult contemporary WBEB “B-101.1 More Music/More Variety” (18.6 – 6.1, –12.5, first to fifth, 6+). This comes immediately after its “Holiday” 2019 +9.7 (8.9 – 18.6, 6+). “B-101.1 More Music/More Variety” was +1.1 in three straight increases (5.5 – 5.6 – 6.1 – 6.6, 6+); -1.2 in November (6.6 – 5.4, 6+); and +3.5 in December. Classic hits-oldies sibling WOGL “Nobody Plays More 80s” is an overall -1.2 in four consecutive down or flat moves (5.8 – 5.6 – 4.7 – 4.6 – 4.6, fifth to eighth, 6+).

Long Island

Spoken-Word Formats – A cumulative -1.6 through five straight down or flat trends (4.7 – 4.5 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.3 – 3.1, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” roars back with a +1.5 to 4.6 (ninth to sixth, 6+). The August 2019 through January 2020 topline for Cumulus Media news/talk WABC is: 1.1 – 1.3 – 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.2 (#27 to #24, 6+).

Over and above being a combined +1.0 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (4.8 – 4.9 – 5.8, 6+), Entercom sports talk WFAN-FM jumps from third to first. The Brooklyn Nets flagship was a combined -1.6 in November/December (6.4 – 6.1 – 4.8, 6+). Similarly-programmed WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” (Knicks, Rangers), which was off a combined half share in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.7 – 2.5 – 2.2, flat at #15, 6+), is unlisted in Long Island’s January 2020 report.

Entercom’s all-news WINS was -.7 (October); +.5 (November/December); -.6 in “Holiday” 2019; and now +.6 in January 2020 (3.0 – 3.6, tenth to ninth, 6+). WINS was +1.1 in August/September (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.8, 6+). Co-owned/similarly-formatted WCBS-AM, which gained two-tenths in consecutive sweeps (2.4 – 2.6 – 2.8, 6+), dips one-tenth to 2.7 (#11 to #14, 6+). WCBS-AM was a combined -.8 in October/November (3.2 – 2.7 – 2.4, 6+).

Up a total of four-tenths in the last three sweeps (1.5 – 1.6 – 1.7 – 1.9, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation news/talk WNYC-FM progresses from #22 to #20.

Long Island Music Formats – After trending 4.4 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.3 (October – November – December – “Holiday” 2019, 6+), Cox Media Group-owned WBAB “Long Island’s Only Classic Rock” hauls out a +1.2 to 5.5 (fifth to second, 6+). It is tied in the runner-up slot with iHeartMedia CHR WHTZ “Z-100 New York’s #1 Hit Music Station,” which posts an identical profile: 4.3 – 5.5 +1.2, fifth to second, 6+). “Z-100” was off nine-tenths in “Holiday” 2019. A combined -1.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.2 – 3.9 – 2.7, 6+), Connoisseur Media adult contemporary WKJY “98.3 Long Island’s Place To Relax” erases two-thirds of that shortfall with a +1.0 to 3.7 (6+) and returns to the top ten (#12 to #8). Entercom classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits” is a collective +1.2 via five straight sweeps without a loss (4.0 – 4.0 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 5.2, fifth to fourth, 6+). Substituting its -.6 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.2 – 2.9 – 2.6, 6+) with January 2020’s +.6 (3.2, 6+), Emmis urban AC WBLS “107.5 #1 For R&B” moves from #14 to a three-way tie at #11. Making gains of one-half share (each) are Connoisseur Media classic hits-oldies WBZO “103.1 Max FM” (3.2, #12 to #11, 6+) and Entercom hot AC WNEW-FM “NEW 102.7” (2.3, #21 to #15, 6+). “Max” lost a combined eight-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.5 – 2.9 – 2.7, 6+); WNEW-FM was off seven-tenths in three straight declines (2.5 – 2.2 – 2.0 – 1.8, 6+). It is a “Holiday” 2019-only stay at #1 for WALK-FM “97.5 Real Variety” (10.3 – 4.4, -5.9, 6+), which slides from first to seventh. Entering this sweep, the Connoisseur Media hot AC was a collective +6.5 through four successive spikes (3.8 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 6.1 – 10.3, 6+) with 10.3 its best 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2018’s 10.5. After more than tripling November’s stat for a combined +6.5 (3.2 – 6.7 – 9.7, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “106.7 Lite FM” craters by -6.5 to 3.2 (6+), spiraling from #2 to #11.

Riverside

Spoken-Word Formats – After notching a .1 (6+) in August, September, and October, iHeartMedia news talk KKDD “1290 News Talk IE” is unlisted the fourth time in a row. Likewise, KKDD did not appear in print in May, June, and July.

Co-owned KPWK “Fox Sports Radio 1350 AM” is without an increase the ninth time in succession (.2 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1, #21 to #20, 6+). Similarly-formatted/Los Angeles Angels-owned (LAA 1, LLC) KLAA “Angels Radio AM 830” does not appear in print the 26th straight sweep.

As a result of three straight up or flat trends (.7 – .7 – .8 – 1.2, 6+), San Bernardino Community College news/talk KVCR is up one-half share and progresses from #13 to #12. Pasadena City College news/talk KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” improves by four-tenths (.1 – .5, 6+) and reenters the top twenty (#21 to #17).

Riverside Music Formats – In addition to setting the pace the fourth ratings period in a row, Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose” racks up a +.9 to 7.9 (6+), thus halting a combined -1.2 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (8.2 – 7.9 – 7.0, 6+). KLYY was up one-half share in November and +1.3 in July/August (6.2 – 6.7 – 7.5, 6+). December 2018’s 10.5 marked the first time any Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario station reached double-figures (6+) since April 2015, when “Jose” recorded a 10.4. Continuing an alternating up/down pattern that began in September (2.7 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 2.3 – 3.1, 6+), Estrella Media regional Mexican KRQB “Que Buena 96.1” advances from seventh to sixth with its best 6+-stat since May (3.1, as well). Logging gains of six-tenths (each) are Entercom country KFRG “K-Frog 95.1” (steady at #3) and Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KLVE “107.5 K-LOVE” (2.2 – 2.8, eighth to seventh, 6+). “K-Frog” is a collective +1.5 via three upticks in a row (3.7 – 4.1 – 4.6 – 5.2, 6+) and reaches the five-share level (5.2, 6+) for the first time since July (5.1). KLVE was locked on 3.1 (6+) in November and December, and faltered by nine-tenths in “Holiday” 2019. By gaining one-tenth to 6.4 (flat at #2, 6+), Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA halts three straight down or flat reports that led to a cumulative -1.6 (7.9 – 7.3 – 6.3 – 6.3, 6+). KOLA was dislodged from the top spot in November, after setting the pace in September and October. September/October’s +1.0 (6.9 – 7.7 – 7.9, 6+) followed July/August’s -1.7 (8.6 – 7.6 – 6.9, 6+). KOLA was the market leader in April, May, June, and July before segueing to #2 in August. Falling from sixth to eighth, iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR KGGI “99.1 Riverside’s Hottest Hit Music” is a cumulative -1.2 as a result of three straight setbacks (3.9 – 3.6 – 2.9 – 2.7, 6+). Educational Media Foundation-owned contemporary Christian KLRD “Air 1 – Worship Now” (1.6, #11, June 2019, 6+) and co-owned/similarly-formatted KKLQ “Positive, Encouraging 100.3” (.7, #15, June 2019, 6+) – are unlisted the eighth time in a row.

San Jose

Spoken-Word Formats – A combined -1.1 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.4 – 2.3 – 1.3, 6+), Cumulus Media news/talk KGO improves by seven-tenths to 2.0 (6+) and reenters the top twenty (#22 to #20). Co-owned/similarly-formatted KSFO is up four-tenths (.9 – 1.3, #25 to #22, 6+) and has its best 6+-stat since May (1.3, as well).

Down a combined seven-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.5 – 3.9 – 3.8, 6+), sports talk sibling KNBR “The Sports Leader” rebounds with a +.9 to 4.7 (steady at #6, 6+). Entercom’s similarly-formatted KGMZ “95.7 The Game” (Golden State Warriors) picks up two-tenths in back-to-back reports (2.3 – 2.5 – 2.7, 6+), but backslides from #12 to a three-way tie at #13.

The five most recent San Jose fluctuations for Entercom all-news KCBS-AM are -.5 (October); +.7 (November); -.8 (December); -.7 (“Holiday” 2019); and +.6 in January 2020 (5.7 – 5.2 – 5.9 – 5.1 – 4.4 – 5.0, fourth to fifth, 6+).

With a January 2020 +1.2 to 6.9 (steady at #2, 6+), Northern California Public Broadcasting news/talk KQED eradicates December/“Holiday” 2019’s combined -1.2 (6.9 – 6.5 – 5.7, 6+). KQED, which was +1.0 in November (5.9 – 6.9, 6+) had a November-only stay at #1. Prior to November, KQED last reached #1 in the San Jose report in April (6.9, 6+). San Francisco Unified School District news/talk KALW returns the one-tenth it gained in “Holiday” 2019 (.7 – .8 – .7, #27 to #28, 6+).

San Jose Music Formats – Not only does Alpha Media classic hits-oldies KBAY add seven-tenths to “Holiday” 2019’s +.8 (6.6 – 7.4 – 8.1, 6+), “94.5 Bay FM – The Bay’s Greatest Hits” is #1 the third time in a row. Following six successive months on top, KBAY segued to #2 in November when it plummeted by -2.0 (8.6 – 6.6, 6+). “Bay FM” was +1.3 in August and nearly erased April’s -1.5 with a May +1.3 (6.2 – 7.5, 6+). As a result of three straight upticks, Cumulus Media classic rock KSAN “107.7 The Bone” is a collective +1.2 (1.5 – 1.8 – 2.1 – 2.7, #18 to #13, 6+). Notching gains of one-half share (each) are Bonneville CHR KMVQ “Now 99.7” (4.0 – 4.5, seventh, 6+) and iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR KYLD “WiLD 94.9” (2.3 – 2.8, #14 to #12, 6+). “Now” had been unlisted the past 13 reports; KYLD was off eight-tenths via three successive down or flat moves (3.1 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.3, 6+). In addition to KMVQ, co-owned adult contemporary KOIT-FM “Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites” (11.6 – 5.4, -6.5, #4, 6+) and urban AC KBLX “102.9 R&B and Old School” (1.1, #26, 6+) reappear after vanishing from print in January 2019. A combined +.6 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.5, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System regional Mexican KRZZ “93.3 La Raza” falters by twice that margin (1.3, -1.2, 6+) and fades from the top twenty (#12 to #22). Meanwhile, Univision Radio’s similarly-programmed KSOL “Que Buena,” which was a collective -1.4 through three drops in a row (3.3 – 2.8 – 2.3 – 1.9, #20, 6+), is unlisted.

Middlesex-Somerset-Union

Spoken-Word Formats – Continuing an alternating down/up pattern that commenced in October (5.9 – 5.2 – 5.6 – 5.3 – 5.5, 6+), Townsquare Media news/talk WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” jumps from fifth to third. Entering the December sweep, WKXW had lost roughly 36% (-2.9) of its 6+-share in ten consecutive sweeps without an increase (8.1 – 7.9 – 7.5 – 7.3 – 7.1 – 6.9 – 6.9 – 6.6 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.2, 6+). While iHeartMedia news/talk WOR remains at #21, “710 The Voice of New York” is an overall -2.1 in four straight decreases (3.6 – 3.0 – 2.0 – 1.7 – 1.5, 6+). This directly follows four up or flat trends in succession that netted seven-tenths (2.9 – 2.9 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.6, 6+). After losing one-third (-.4) of its 6+ AQH share via three successive declines (1.2 – 1.1 – .9 – .8, 6+), Cumulus Media news/talk WABC ends the slide with a +.3 to 1.1 (#25 to #23, 6+).

Major ups/downs continue for Entercom sports talk WFAN-FM (Brooklyn Nets), which was -.7 (September); +1.4 (October/November); -1.5 (December/“Holiday” 2019); and now +1.4 in January 2020 (3.6 – 5.0, tenth to fifth, 6+). Off six-tenths in “Holiday” 2019 (2.7 – 2.1, #17 to #19, 6+), after being an overall +1.1 via four consecutive sweeps without a loss (1.6 – 1.7 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+), similarly-programmed WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” (Knicks, Rangers) is unlisted in January 2020.

Following “Holiday” 2019’s loss of three-tenths, Entercom all-news WCBS-AM gains two-tenths (1.9 – 2.1, #20 to #19, 6+). By picking up two-tenths to 1.7 (#23 to #20, 6+), co-owned/similarly-programmed WINS curtails five straight negative or neutral trends that accounted for a net loss of six-tenths (2.1 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.8 – 1.5, 6+).

Up seven-tenths (1.7 – 2.4, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation public radio news/talk WNYC-FM advances from #21 to #18.

Middlesex-Somerset-Union Music Formats – Over and above chalking up a +1.4 (5.6 – 7.0, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rock WAXQ “Q-104.3” jumps from second to first. It succeeds co-owned adult contemporary WLTW “106.7 Lite FM” (11.1 – 4.4, -6.7, first to eighth, 6+). WLTW was -.5 (August/September); +.7 (October); -.9 (November); a combined +6.7 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.4 – 6.9 – 11.1, 6+); and -6.7 (January 2020). “Lite FM” had its best 6+-stat (11.1, “Holiday” 2019) in this New Jersey market since “Holiday” 2018’s 11.4. Also in the iHeartMedia cluster, CHR WHTZ logs a +.9 to 5.3 (seventh to fourth, 6+); “Z-100” was down a combined six-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.0 – 4.8 – 4.4, 6+). Adding six-tenths (each) are Entercom hot AC WNEW-FM “NEW 102.7” (4.6, eighth to seventh, 6+); Pillar of Fire contemporary Christian WAWZ “Star 99.1” (3.9, #13 to #11, 6+); and WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WQXR “New York’s Classical Music Radio Station” (.8 – 1.4, #22, 6+). WNEW-FM was an overall -1.0 in three straight down or flat trends (5.0 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 4.0, 6+), while “Star” was off two-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.5 – 3.3 – 3.3, 6+). Up one-half share are Entercom classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits” (5.6 – 6.1, steady at #2, 6+) and Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish contemporary WPAT “Amor 93.1” (3.5 – 4.0, #11 to #10, 6+). The three latest Middlesex trends for WCBS-FM are +.6 (December); -1.4 (“Holiday” 2019); and +.5 (January 2020). After three successive months at #1, WCBS-FM shifted to #2 in “Holiday” 2019. “New York’s Greatest Hits” dropped two-tenths in November, thus interrupting five Middlesex gains in a row that yielded a +2.6 (4.0 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 5.8 – 6.6, 6+). When “Amor 93.1” faltered by three-tenths in “Holiday” 2019, it suspended five straight up or flat moves that generated a +1.7 (2.1 – 2.2 – 2.6 – 3.5 – 3.8 – 3.8, 6+). Significant shifts continue for Beasley Media Group adult contemporary WMGQ “Magic 98.3 – Today’s Hits/Yesterday’s Favorites,” which was an overall -1.5 in four consecutive down or flat trends (5.3 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 3.8, 6+); +1.7 in “Holiday” 2019; and now -1.3 in January 2020 (5.5 – 4.2, fourth to ninth, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s 5.5 was the strongest 6+- stat for “Magic” since it logged a 5.8 in “Holiday” 2018. After being a collective +1.1 via three straight spikes (2.3 – 2.5 – 2.8 – 3.4, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WSKQ “Mega 97.9 – Numero Uno on the Planet” forfeits seven-tenths to 2.7 (#12 to #15, 6+); “Holiday” 2019’s 3.4 was its best 6+-showing since May (3.6).

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