January 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Two

| February 20, 2020

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January 2020 PPM Data. Information for the January 2020 ratings period has been released for Washington (DC), Boston, Miami, Seattle, Detroit, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. 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.

Washington, DC

Spoken-Word Formats – Off a combined seven-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.7 – 5.5 – 5.0, 6+), Cumulus Media news/talk WMAL absolutely obliterates that shortfall with a robust +1.9 (6.9, seventh to fifth, 6+). Furthermore, 6.9 represents the best 6+-stat in WMAL’s PPM-history, eclipsing its 6.8 in March 2019. This marks the 19th sweep in succession that Radio One’s WOL “News Talk – Where Information Is Power” is unlisted.

After posting six straight positive or neutral moves for an overall +1.7 (3.1 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 4.3 – 4.8, 6+), including the highest 6+-share (4.8) by any D.C. sports talk outlet in the PPM-era, Entercom sports talk WJFK-FM “106.7 The Fan” was -2.7 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.8 – 2.7 – 2.1, 6+). The flagship of the 2019 World Series champion Nationals bounces back in January though with a +.5 (2.6 #16 to #15, 6+). Through four down or flat moves in a row, Radio One’s similarly-formatted WTEM “980 The Team” is off three-tenths (1.1 – 1.0 – 1.0 – .8 – .8, #19 to #20, 6+). Although flat at .2 (6+), Cumulus Media sports talk WSBN “ESPN 630 AM The Sports Capitol” falls from #26 to #28.

Erasing nearly half of December/“Holiday” 2019’s -1.2 (8.1 – 7.9 – 6.9, 6+) with a January 2020 +.5 to 7.4 (6+), Hubbard Broadcasting all-news WTOP-FM climbs from third to second. It segued to the runner-up slot in July, following six straight months at #1. Entercom business news WDCH drops one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.6 – .5 – .4, #23 to #24, 6+).

Recent shifts by American University-owned news/talk WAMU “The Mind Is Our Medium” include: -.8 (8.2 – 7.4, September, 6+); +.7 (7.4 – 8.1, October, 6+); +.8 (8.1 – 8.9, November, 6+); -2.3 (8.8 – 6.5, “Holiday” 2019); and now +.8 in January 2020 (6.5 – 7.3, fourth to third, 6+). Before dropping to fourth in “Holiday” 2019, WAMU was on top the previous three reports.

Washington, DC Music Formats – As a result of three straight bumps, Atlantic Gateway Communications contemporary Christian WGTS “91.9 Christian Music Radio” is an overall +2.2 and crosses the seven-share threshold (5.0 – 5.9 – 6.2 – 7.2, fifth to fourth, 6+). Wiping away all but one-tenth of its combined December/“Holiday” 2019 loss of six-tenths (2.8 – 2.6 – 2.2, 6+) with a January 2020 +.5 to 2.7 (6+),  iHeartMedia-owned WMZQ “98.7 Today’s Best Country” elevates from #15 to #13. An uptick of one-tenth (7.4 – 7.5, 6+) is sufficient to propel Radio One urban AC WMMJ “Majic” from second to first. From September 2019 through January 2020, “Majic” has been -.8 (8.2 – 7.4, September, 6+); +.6 (7.4 – 8.0, October, 6+); -.6 (8.0 – 7.4, November, 6+); +.2 (7.4 – 7.6, December, 6+); -.2 (7.6 – 7.4, “Holiday” 2019, 6+); and +.1 In January. Even though Howard University’s similarly-formatted WHUR is up eight-tenths in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (5.2 – 5.8 – 6.0, 6+), it backslides from sixth to seventh. When WHUR added two-tenths in November, it suspended five down or flat reports in a row that accounted for a collective -1.3 (6.5 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.2, 6+). It proves to be a “Holiday” 2019-only stay at #1 for iHeartMedia adult contemporary WASH “Variety of the 80s, 90s, & Today” (12.9 – 6.7, -.6.2, 6+), which drifts from first to sixth. Down seven-tenths in November, after being a combined +.8 in September/October (5.3 – 5.6 – 6.1, 6+), WASH answered with a combined +7.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.4 – 8.1 – 12.9, 6+). Down or flat the sixth time in succession for a net loss of -1.1 (3.7 – 3.7 – 3.3 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+), Entercom rhythmic CHR WPGC slips from #13 to #15.

Boston

Spoken-Word Formats – Four consecutive down or flat reports by iHeartMedia news/talk WRKO led to a collective -1.1 (3.9 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.2 – 2.8, 6+); however, “AM 680 – The Voice of Boston” responds with a +.7 to 3.5 (#12 to #10, 6+). The just-concluded negative streak directly followed nine successive positive or neutral trends that yielded a +1.8 (2.1 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 3.9, 6+). Albeit without a loss the fourth report in a row for a net gain of two-tenths (.3 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .5, 6+), co-owned WXKS-AM “Talk 1200” slips from  #27 to #28.

Adding three-tenths to “Holiday” 2019’s +.4 (5.1 – 5.5 – 5.8, 6+), Beasley Media Group-owned WBZ-FM  (Celtics, Bruins) inches up from fifth to fourth; “98.5 The Sports Hub” was -1.1 in December. November’s 6.2 was its best 6+-stat since May (7.0). A combined -1.1 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.9 – 4.6 – 3.8, 6+), Entercom-owned sports talker WEEI-FM ends the mini-skid with a +.4 to 4.2 (6+) and is unchanged at #7. Four consecutive positive or neutral reports by WEEI-FM accounted for a +1.6 (3.3 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.4 – 4.9, 6+). November 2019’s 4.9 represents the strongest 6+-showing for WEEI-FM since its 5.7 in November 2018.

On the heels of “Holiday” 2019’s +1.2 (4.8 – 6.0, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned news-talk hybrid WBZ-AM tacks on two-tenths to 6.2 (6+) and repeats at #3. This (6.2) is the best 6+-showing for “News Radio 1030” since March 2018 (6.4, 6+).

Reducing its December/“Holiday” 2019 -1.8 (4.5 – 3.9 – 2.7, 6+) by one-third with a January 2020 +.6 to 3.3 (6+), Boston University news/talk WBUR climbs from #13 to #12; WBUR was +1.0 in November (3.5 – 4.5, 6+). It is three-tenths ahead of WGBH Educational Foundation news/talk WGBH, which is in alternating up/down pattern that begin in September (3.0 – 3.7 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 2.7 – 3.0, flat at #13, 6+).

Boston Music Formats – Erasing all but four-tenths of its combined -2.3 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (8.5 – 8.1 – 6.2, 6+) with a hearty January 2020 +1.9 to 8.1 (6+), WROR “105.7 – 80s & More” moves back to the top spot. The Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies outlet was the market leader nine survey periods in a row, before segueing to second in “Holiday” 2019. October’s increase of three-tenths followed WROR’s combined -1.2 in August/September (8.8 – 7.7 – 7.6, 6+). Purging “Holiday” 2019’s loss of nine-tenths with a +1.1 (5.6 – 6.7, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WXKS-FM “Kiss 108” jumps from fourth to second. Its August 2019 through December 2019 topline was: 6.3 – 6.3 – 6.5 – 6.4 – 6.5 (6+). Down seven-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.0 – 3.7 – 3.3, 6+), Beasley Media Group’s WKLB “Country 102.5” eradicates that deficit with a +.8 to 4.1 (6+) and is unchanged in eighth-place. Immediately after surrendering one-half share (5.5 – 5.0, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WZLX “100.7 Boston’s Classic Rock” logs an increase of seven-tenths to 5.7 (sixth to fifth, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s 5.0 was the lowest 6+-stat for WZLX since July 2018 (4.8). With a November – December – “Holiday” 2019 topline of 3.0 – 3.1 – 3.0 (6+), Beasley Media Group-owned WBOS “Boston’s Rock 92.9” breaks out a +.6 to 3.6 (tenth to ninth, 6+). Up one-half share (each) are Entercom hot AC WWBX “Mix 104.1 Boston’s Best Variety” (3.4, steady at #11, 6+) and Northeast Broadcasting triple A WXRV “92.5 The River – Boston’s Independent Radio” (3.0, #15 to #13, 6+). “Mix” had been within 3.0 – 3.9 (6+) range ten sweeps in succession, before faltering by six-tenths in “Holiday” 2019 to 2.9 (6+). “The River” posted a 2.5 in three of the last four reports (2.5 – 3.0 – 2.5 – 2.5, 6+). The market’s 6+ adult contemporary share deflates by -10.9. Taking the brunt of the hit is Entercom-owned WMJX “Magic 106.7 – Today’s Hits/Yesterday’s Favorites” (15.2 – 5.7, -9.5, first to fifth, 6+). Entering the January 2020 sweep, “Magic” was a collective +10.5 in three jumps in a row (4.7 – 5.8 – 8.0 – 15.2, 6+). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WSRS “Worcester’s At-Work Station,” which had a November – December – “Holiday” 2019 topline of .6 – 1.2 – 2.0 (6+), spirals by 70% to .6 (-1.4, #18 to #27, 6+). In seven down or flat reports in a row, co-owned urban AC WKAF was a cumulative -1.6 (2.7 – 2.6 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 1.8 – 1.3 – 1.1, 6+) but “97.7 The Beat of Boston” applies the brakes with a +.3 to 1.4 (#23 to #22, 6+).

Miami

Spoken-Word Formats – Up one-tenth, following “Holiday” 2019’s half-share loss, iHeartMedia news/talk WIOD “News Radio 610 Miami’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” nonetheless slips from #17 to #20 (2.5 – 2.0 – 2.1, 6+).

After almost tripling its 6+ AQH share (+.7) through five consecutive increases (.5 – 6 – .7 – 1.0 – 1.2 – 1.4, 6+), Entercom-owned WQAM “560 The Joe” (Florida Panthers) is now off one-half share via three dips in a row (1.4 – 1.3 – 1.1 – .9, #23 to #25, 6+). Co-owned WAXY “Sports Talk 790 The Ticket” (Heat) is up one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.6 – .7 – .8, steady at #27, 6+).

An increase of nine-tenths (2.0 – 2.9, 6+) takes Dade County School Board news/talk WLRN from #17 to a three-way tie at #13.

In the Spanish news/talk arena, Union Radio Network of Florida’s WURN-AM “Actualidad 1040” gains one-half share (1.7 – 2.2, flat at #19, 6+).

Miami Music Formats – Off four-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.6 – 6.2 – 6.2, 6+), Cox Media Group urban AC WHQT “Hot 105” dials up a +1.0 (third to second) and reaches the seven-share level (7.2) for the first time since August’s 7.0. Without an increase the past eight survey periods for a net loss of -1.4 (3.1 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 1.7, 6+), Entercom-owned WKIS “Kiss Country 99.9” pulls the plug with a January 2020 +.9 to 2.6 (#19 to #16, 6+). Nearly negating December/“Holiday” 2019’s loss of six-tenths (6.2 – 6.0 – 5.6, 6+) with a January 2020 +.5 to 6.1 (6+), Univision Radio Spanish contemporary WAMR “Amor 107.5” proceeds from fourth to third. In the market’s CHR tussle, the four-tenths of a share advantage (6+) Cox Media Group’s WFLC “Hits 97.3” held over iHeartMedia-owned WHYI “Y-100 Miami’s #1 Hit Music Station” has flipped to a two-tenths lead (6+) for “Y-100.” Specifically, “Hits” is down eight-tenths in three straight reports without an increase (3.7 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 2.9, #11 to a three-way tie at #13, 6+). “Y-100,” which was off four-tenths via three down or flat moves in a row (3.4 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+), picks up one-tenth to 3.1 (#14 to #12, 6+). Its just-concluded negative streak directly followed four straight positive or neutral trends that netted eight-tenths (2.6 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.4, 6+). Prior to faltering by three-tenths in December, WFLC was up seven-tenths through three bumps in a row (3.0 – 3.1 – 3.5 – 3.7, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s first-place tie between two adult contemporary foes is broken in January 2020. Coming out on top is Cox Media Group’s WFEZ “Easy 93.1,” which posts its fifth straight report without a decrease for a net gain of one-half share (7.0 – 7.0 – 7.0 – 7.5 – 7.5 – 7.5, 6+); “Easy” is #1 the 14th consecutive time. WFEZ was down eight-tenths in February; up by that same magnitude in March; and notched an improvement of eight-tenths in June. Meanwhile, Entercom-owned WLYF “101.5 Lite FM,” which was an overall +2.2 in four successive sweeps without a loss (5.3 – 5.8 – 5.8 – 6.6 – 7.5, 6+), erodes by -1.6 to 5.9 (first-place tie to fourth, 6+). Within 3.1 – 3.7 territory in each of the last seven sweeps (3.2 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.7, 6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WMIB “103.5 The Beat” forfeits eight-tenths to 2.9 (#9 to #13, 6+).

Seattle

Spoken-Word Formats – The September 2019 through “Holiday” 2019 topline for Bonneville-owned KIRO-FM was: 5.0 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 5.0 – 4.9, 6+). In January 2020, “97.3 Seattle’s News/Seattle’s Talk” busts out a +1.1 to 6.0 (6+) and progresses from fifth to second. News/talk cluster-mate KTTH “Conservative Talk Radio” is up one-half share in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (1.6 – 1.8 – 2.1, #22 to #21, 6+). After surrendering one-third (-.4) of its 6+ AQH share in December/“Holiday” 2019 (1.2 – 1.1 – .8, 6+), Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned KVI “Talk Radio 570” answers with a +.6 to 1.4 (unchanged at #25, 6+).

Slipping from #11 to #12, Bonneville sports talk KIRO-AM “ESPN 710” is down or flat the third time in a row for a net loss of four-tenths (3.9 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.5, 6+). Although iHeartMedia-owned KJR-AM gains one-tenth (1.8 – 1.9, 6+), “Seattle’s Sports Radio 950” backslides from #22 to #23. KJR-AM more than quadrupled (+1.6) its 6+ AQH share in five consecutive positive or neutral moves (.5 – .8 – 1.3 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 2.1, 6+) but lost three-tenths in “Holiday” 2019.

In three successive down or flat trends, KOMO forfeited a collective half-share (3.1 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 2.6, 6+) but the Sinclair Broadcast Group all-news operation erases that deficit with a +.6 to 3.2 (#18 to #14), its best 6+-showing since August (3.2, as well).

Answering “Holiday” 2019’s -.8 with an increase of two-tenths (6.1 – 5.3 – 5.5, 6+), Northwest Public Radio news/talk KUOW carries on in third-place. Prior to “Holiday” 2018, KUOW was a cumulative +1.6 through three straight improvements (4.5 – 5.0 – 5.5 – 6.1, 6+).

Seattle Music Formats – Two negative streaks involving country outlets conclude as Entercom’s KKWF “100.7 The Wolf #1 For Country” is up one-tenth to 3.9 (flat at #9, 6+) and Hubbard Broadcasting-owned KNUC “New Country 98.9 The Bull” gains one-tenth as well (2.6, #19 to #18, 6+). “The Wolf “ had been -1.1 via three slips in succession (4.9 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 3.8, 6+). This immediately followed three straight increases that netted eight-tenths (4.1 – 4.3 – 4.6 – 4.9, 6+). “The Bull,” meanwhile, was an overall -1.9 as a result of four drops in a row (4.4 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 2.9 – 2.5, 6+). Immediately after regressing by seven-tenths to 1.9 (“Holiday” 2019, 6+), Friends of 88.5’s KNKX “Your Connection to Jazz, Blues, and NPR News” roars back with a +1.1 to 3.0 (#21 to #17, 6+). Entering the “Holiday” 2019 sweep, KNKX was within 2.1 – 2.7 range (6+) in each of the previous ten survey periods. A cumulative -1.5 in three decreases in succession (4.7 – 4.6 – 3.9 – 3.2, 6+), iHeartMedia adult hits KJAQ “96.5 Jack FM – Playing What We Want” eradicates roughly half that shortfall with a +.7 to 3.9 and reenters the top ten (#13 to #9, 6+). Improving by six-tenths (each) are KJAQ’s classic hits-oldies sibling KJR-FM “95.7 The Jet” (3.8 – 4.4, ninth to seventh, 6+) and Entercom alternative KNDD “107.7 The End” (#11 to #8). “Jet” was +1.0 (November/December (3.8 – 4.1 – 4.8, 6+) but then -1.0 in “Holiday” 2019. As a result of three bumps in succession, “The End” is a collective +1.3 (3.0 – 3.5 – 3.7 – 4.3, 6+). Advancing from seventh to fifth, co-owned KISW “Rock 99.9” is up seven-tenths in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (4.2 – 4.4 – 4.9, 6+). Seattle’s (6+) adult contemporary share withers by -5.8 as Hubbard Broadcasting’s KRWM “Warm 106.9” is -3.9 (9.2 – 5.3, first to fourth, 6+) and Entercom’s KSWD “94.1 The Sound” is -1.9 (5.1 – 3.2, #4 to #14, 6+). “Warm” was a combined +4.4 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.8 – 6.6 – 9.2, 6+). Entering the November survey period, “Warm” was up a collective seven-tenths in three consecutive sweeps without a decrease (4.3 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 5.0, 6+). Meanwhile, “The Sound” was an overall -1.4 via three straight decreases (5.5 – 5.2 – 4.4 – 4.1, 6+) but answered with a +1.0 in “Holiday” 2019. “Warm” and “The Sound” were separated by one-tenth in May (4.5 – 4.4, 6+); June (4.5 – 4.4, as well, 6+); and July (4.4 – 4.3, 6+). Taking over for “Warm” at #1 is its CHR cluster-mate KQMV “MOViN 92.5,” which improves by one-tenth in back-to-back sweeps (6.4 – 6.5 – 6.6, second to first, 6+). A collective +2.0 in three consecutive spikes (2.4 – 2.7 – 3.4 – 4.4, 6+), Sinclair Broadcast Group hot AC KPLZ “Star 101.5 – Today’s Best Mix” forfeits roughly two-thirds of that increase (3.1, -1.3, #7 to #16, 6+).

Detroit

Spoken-Word Formats – A combined -1.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.1 – 2.2 – 1.6, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WJR “News Talk 760” eliminates roughly half that deficit with a +.8 to 2.4 (#19 to #17, 6+).

On the heels of its December/“Holiday” 2019 -1.7 (5.5 – 4.8 – 3.8, 6+), Entercom sports talk WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” (Pistons, Red Wings) hauls out a +1.1 to 4.9 and reenters the top ten (#12 to #7, 6+). “The Ticket” had been a collective +1.6 in three straight upticks (3.9 – 4.3 – 4.7 – 5.5, 6+).

Co-owned WWJ “News Radio 950” follows “Holiday” 2019’s loss of seven-tenths with a January 2020 increase of four-tenths (3.9 – 4.3, 6+) and continues at #11. WWJ was #1 in March and posted a +1.1 in August.

Adding four-tenths to “Holiday” 2019’s +.1 (1.4 – 1.5 – 1.9, 6+), Wayne State University news/talk WDET progresses from #20 to #19. Michigan Public Media news/talk WUOM gains four-tenths as well (1.3 – 1.7, 6+) and returns to the top twenty (#21 to #20).

Detroit Music Formats – The three most recent shifts by Entercom classic hits-oldies WOMC “104.3 Detroit’s Greatest Hits” are +.5 (December); -1.5 (“Holiday” 2019); and now +1.4 in January 2020 (4.7 – 6.1, sixth to second, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s 4.7 was its lowest 6+ performance since “Holiday” 2018’s 4.6. Up three-tenths in November/December (4.8 – 4.8 – 5.1, 6+) and then off one-half share in “Holiday” 2019 to 4.6 (6+), iHeartMedia CHR WKQI “Channel 95.5” erupts with a +1.3 to 5.9 (seventh to third, 6+). In five consecutive sweeps without an increase, Entercom’s WYCD “99.5 Detroit Country Music” lost nine-tenths (5.3 – 4.8 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.4, 6+); picked up one-tenth in December (4.5, 6+); relinquished -1.1 in “Holiday” 2019 (to 3.4, 6+); and is now +1.0 in January 2020 (4.4, #13 to #10, 6+). Bumping up by one-half share (each) are iHeartMedia classic rock WLLZ “106.7 Detroit’s Wheels” (3.0, #17 to #15, 6+) and Detroit Classical & Jazz Educational Radio’s WRCJ “90.9 Classical Days, Jazzy Nights” (#18 to #16, 6+). “Detroit’s Wheels” was a combined -.9 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.4 – 3.3 – 2.5, 6+). WRCJ is +1.1 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (1.8 – 2.4 – 2.9, 6+). It was without an increase three reports in a row for a collective loss of six-tenths (2.7 – 2.5 – 2.1 – 2.1, 6+); picked up one-tenth in November (2.2, 6+); and then lost four-tenths in December (1.8, 6+). While it is #1 the fourth time in a row, WNIC “100.3 The Best Variety of the 80s, 90s, & Today” forfeits -8.5 (14.8 – 6.3, 6+). The iHeartMedia adult contemporary outlet was +9.2 through five successive bumps (5.6 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.2 – 9.5 – 14.8, 6+). In “Holiday” 2018, WNIC logged a 17.9, the largest 6+ AQH share by any Detroit station in the PPM-era. After trending 2.5 – 2.4 – 2.6 (November – December – “Holiday” 2019, 6+), independent urban contemporary WGPR “Hot 107.5” surrenders a -1.1 to 1.5 and exits the top twenty (#16 to #21, 6+).

Phoenix

Spoken-Word Formats – An increase of nine-tenths to 3.9 (6+) enables KTAR-FM to inch up from ninth to eighth; the Bonneville news/talk outlet was -1.0 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.0 – 3.6 – 3.0, 6+). Up six-tenths via three straight sweeps without a loss (2.5 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 3.1, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KFYI “News Talk 550” continues at #12.

A collective -1.1 via four consecutive down or flat moves (3.1 – 3.0 – 2.5 – 2.0 – 2.0, 6+), Bonneville sports talk KMVP-FM “98.7 Arizona Sports” (Suns, Arizona Coyotes) exits the top twenty (#18 to #21).

Following “Holiday” 2019’s loss of one-half share, Maricopa County Community College news/talk KJZZ regains two-tenths (3.5 – 3.7, 6+) but slumps from sixth to ninth.

Phoenix Music Formats – A collective -2.3 via four consecutive drops (5.2 – 4.3 – 3.9 – 3.0 – 2.9, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KNIX “102.5 Today’s Best Country & All-Time Favorites” responds with a +1.5 to 4.4 (tenth to fifth, 6+). Even though Entercom’s similarly-programmed KMLE is up two-tenths (2.8 – 3.0, 6+), “Country 107.9” drops from #12 to #15. KMLE was a combined +.5 in October/November (2.8 – 2.9 – 3.3, 6+), but -.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.3 – 3.0 – 2.8, 6+). Without an increase the last six sweeps for a net loss of -1.5 (4.4 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 3.1 – 2.9, 6+), iHeartMedia hot AC KMXP “Mix 96.9” recoups all but two-tenths of the shortfall (4.2, +1.3, tenth to sixth, 6+). After being a combined -1.0 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.3 – 2.0 – 1.3, 6+), Family Life contemporary Christian KFLR “Family Life Radio” nearly doubles “Holiday” 2019’s 6+-stat (2.5, +1.2 #6+) and zooms into the top twenty (#25 to #17, 6+). The three most recent shifts by Entercom classic hits-oldies KOOL are +.8 (December); -.8 (“Holiday” 2019); and now +.7 in January 2020 (5.8 – 6.5, steady at #2, 6+). Entravision regional Mexican KLNZ “La Tricolor 103.5” continues an alternating up/down pattern that began in September (2.4 – 2.5 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 1.8 – 2.4, #18, 6+). Notching gains of one-half share (each) are Hubbard Broadcasting-owned KUPD “Arizona’s Real Rock” (3.6, eighth to tenth, 6+) and Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KQMR “Latino Mix 100.3” (1.1 – 1.6, #24, 6+). “Arizona’s Real Rock” had been -1.0 in three straight down or flat moves (4.1 – 4.1 – 3.2 – 3.1, 6+). An impressive +12.5 through four spikes in a row (6.7 – 7.0 – 7.1 – 11.0 – 19.2, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ craters by -11.0, the largest (6+) “Holiday 2019 – January 2020 decrease by any station in these 12 PPM-markets. Regardless, KESZ (19.2 – 8.2, 6+) is #1 the eighth time in a row. “Holiday” 2019’s 19.2 was its best 6+-performance since “Holiday” 2018’s 15.0. In three consecutive down or flat reports, Hubbard Broadcasting’s KSLX was an overall -1.3 (6.4 – 6.1 – 6.0 – 5.1, 6+) but “Classic Rock 100.7” ends the slide with a +.4 to 5.5 (flat at #4, 6+).

Minneapolis

Spoken-Word Formats – Down three-tenths in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (4.3 – 4.3 – 4.0, 6+), Entercom-owned WCCO “News Radio 830” (Minnesota Timberwolves) continues in tenth-place. Regaining the one-tenth it squandered in “Holiday” 2019 (2.8 – 2.7 – 2.8, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting news/talk KTMY “My Talk 107.1” remains at #13. Two-tenths behind KTMY is iHeartMedia’s KTLK “Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130,” which has lost a collective half-share in four straight down or flat moves (3.1 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.6, #14 to #15, 6+).

Not only does iHeartMedia’s KFXN (Minnesota Wild) bounce back from “Holiday” 2019’s -1.0 with a +1.6 (6.8 – 8.4, 6+), “Sports Radio 100.3 K-Fan” jumps from third to first. Prior to “Holiday” 2019, KFXN was a cumulative +3.9 in eight positive or neutral trends in succession (3.9 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.3 – 5.3 – 6.1 – 6.8 – 7.3 – 7.8, 6+) and had a December-only stay at #1. Unchanged at #22, Hubbard Broadcasting sports talk KSTP-AM “ESPN 1500” regains the two-tenths it lost in “Holiday” 2019 (.8 – .6 – .8, 6+).

The three most recent fluctuations by Minnesota Public Radio news/talk KNOW are +.5 (December); -1.1 (“Holiday” 2019); and +.6 in January 2020 (5.7 – 6.3, sixth to fourth, 6+).

Minneapolis Music Formats – Over and above progressing from fifth to second (8.2, 6+), KSTP-FM “KS-95” amasses a +2.4, the largest 6+ “Holiday” 2019 – January 2020 increase by any station in the 24 PPM-markets we’ve analyzed thus far. The Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC, a combined -1.8 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.6 – 7.4 – 5.8, 6+), solely held or shared the top spot in January 2019, March, April, June, August, September, October, and November. “KS-95” was +1.9 (January 2019); -.8 (February); +.6 (March); +.5 (April); -.8 (May); +1.1 (August); -1.6 (“Holiday’ 2019); and +2.4 (January 2020). Trending 5.0 – 5.2 – 5.0 (November – December – “Holiday” 2019, 6+), Cumulus Media rocker KXXR “93-X” posts an increase of seven-tenths to 5.7 (seventh to sixth), its best 6+-stat since August (6.1). Off nine-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.3 – 5.0 – 4.4, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR KDWB “The Twin Cities’ #1 Hit Music Station” erases two-thirds of the deficit with a +.6 to 5.0 (ninth to eighth, 6+). Without an increase the past three reports for a net loss of four-tenths (1.6 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.2, 6+), Northern Lights Broadcasting alternative KQGO “GO-96.3” logs a half-share increase to 1.7 (#20 to #19, 6+). It’s a “Holiday” 2019-only stay at #1 for iHeartMedia-owned classic hits-oldies KQQL “Kool 108,” which plummets -6.2 (11.6 – 5.4, first to seventh, 6+). In three straight bumps, KQQL more than doubled (+5.9) its 6+ AQH share (5.7 – 5.9 – 7.0 – 11.6, 6+) and obliterated its overall -1.8 from three decreases in a row (7.5 – 7.0 – 6.5 – 5.7, 6+). Ousted from the top spot in June by (aforementioned) Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC KSTP-FM, “Kool 108” returned the favor in July, but was (again) dislodged by KSTP-FM in August. Immediately following “Holiday” 2019’s +.9 to 8.2, University of Northwestern St. Paul contemporary Christian KTIS-FM “Always Uplifting” surrenders a -1.2 to 7.0 (second to third, 6+). December’s loss of one-tenth interrupted three straight gains that accounted for an overall +1.9 (5.5 – 6.0 – 6.5 – 7.4, 6+). Cumulus Media adult contemporary WGVX “Love 105 FM,” which was up seven-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (1.6 – 1.7 – 2.3, 6+), forfeits six-tenths to 1.7 (6+) and slips from a three-way tie at #17 to #19. As a result of four straight setbacks, Entercom’s KMNB “102.9 The Wolf,” is a collective -1.0 (3.4 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.4, #15 to #16, 6+). After posting an October 2019 through December 2019 topline of 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.5 (6+), Milestone Radio KLCI “Total Country Bob FM” is unlisted for the second straight time.

San Diego

Spoken-Word Formats – Recent fluctuations by iHeartMedia news/talk KOGO “News Radio 600” include: +1.0 via three straight February through May increases; a combined -.5 in June/July; +.5 (August); -.7 (September); +.7 (October); -.6 (December); and now -.9 in January 2020 (4.7 – 3.8, sixth to ninth, 6+). Off eight-tenths in five consecutive negative or neutral moves (2.5 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.1 – 2.0 – 1.7, 6+), Tegna news/talk KFMB-AM “AM 760” applies the brakes with a +.4 to 2.1 (6+) and reenters the top twenty (#21 to #20). Even though iHeartMedia Los Angeles news/talk KFI is up four-tenths via three straight sweeps without a loss (1.6 – 1.7 – 2.0 – 2.0, 6+),“AM 640” falls from #19 to #21.

A collective +.6 in four successive sweeps without a loss (1.9 – 2.1 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.5, 6+), Entercom-owned sports talk KWFN “97.3 The Fan” progresses from #17 to #15. Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s KLSD “Fox Sports 1360 San Diego’s Sports Station” drops two-tenths to 1.3 (flat at #22, 6+), thus halting seven consecutive up or flat reports in which it nearly doubled (+.7) its 6+ AQH share (.8 – .8 – .8 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.5, 6+).

After being -1.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.3 – 6.0 – 4.8, 6+), San Diego State University-owned news/talk KPBS chalks up a +1.1 to 5.9 (fifth to third, 6+). Before falling to third in July, KPBS was on top the previous six months.

San Diego Music Formats – A robust +1.8 allows iHeartMedia hot AC KMYI to reach the six-share level (5.0 – 6.8, third to second, 6+); “Star 94.1” was off four-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.4 – 5.1 – 5.0, 6+). Co-owned CHR KHTS “Channel 93.3 San Diego’s #1 Hit Music Station,” which was -1.0 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.2 – 5.1 – 4.2, 6+), completely expunges that decrease with a January 2020 +1.1 to 5.3 (eighth to fourth, 6+). In addition to being +1.2 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (5.8 – 6.2 – 7.0, 6+), Entercom classic hits-oldies KXSN marches from second to first. “Sunny 98.1 San Diego’s Greatest Hits” supplants adult contemporary cluster-mate KYXY, which held the top spot in December and “Holiday” 2019 but drops from first to seventh (4.5, -6.6, 6+). KYXY was a combined +7.4 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.7 – 6.6 – 11.1, 6+). Down or flat the past four reports for a net loss of nine-tenths (2.4 – 2.0 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.5, 6+), Local Media San Diego-programmed alternative XTRA-FM “91-X” recoups seven-tenths to 2.2 (6+) and cracks the top twenty (#18). By posting a +.5 to 5.0 (seventh to fifth, 6+), another Local Media San Diego-programmed station, urban-rhythmic oldies XHRM “Magic 92.5,” suspends four straight sweeps without an increase that accounted for a -1.0 (5.5 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 5.2 – 4.5, 6+). A collective -1.2 via three straight decreases (4.7 – 4.3 – 3.7 – 3.5, 6+), Entercom’s KSON “New Country 103.7” ends the slide with a +.6 to 4.1 (ninth to eighth, 6+). Without an increase the past five reports for an overall -1.5 (3.3 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 1.8, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KIOZ “Rock 105.3” pulls the plug with a +.4 to 2.2 (#20 to #18, 6+).

Tampa

Spoken-Word Formats – Adding two-tenths to “Holiday” 2019’s +.1 (2.8 – 2.9 – 3.1, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WFLA “970 Tampa Bay’s News Radio” inches up from #14 to #13. It is two-tenths ahead of Cox Media Group news/talk WHPT “102.5 The Bone – Real, Raw, Radio,” which counters “Holiday” 2019’s loss of one-half share with an improvement of three-tenths (3.1 – 2.6 – 2.9, flat at #17, 6+).

In five straight down or flat moves, iHeartMedia-owned sports talk WDAE “620 Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” has lost nine-tenths (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.0 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.7, unchanged at #20, 6+) and has its lowest 6+-showing since March (1.7, as well).

As a result of six consecutive upticks, University of South Florida news/talk WUSF is a collective +1.4 (1.7 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 3.1, #15 to #13, 6+).

Tampa Music Formats – Owing to four bumps in a row, Radio Training Network contemporary Christian WCIE “The Joy FM” is a collective +2.0 (5.2 – 5.3 – 5.8 – 6.0 – 7.2, 6+) and continues in the runner-up slot. Advancing by six-tenths (each) are Cox Media Group adult contemporary WWRM “Magic 94.9 Tampa Bay’s Best Music” (5.8, fifth to third, 6+) and iHeartMedia-owned WFUS “US-103.5 Tampa Bay’s #1 for New Country” (4.2 – 4.8, eighth to sixth, 6+). “Magic” halts four successive negative or neutral moves that accounted for a loss of eight-tenths (6.0 – 6.0 – 5.6 – 5.6 – 5.2, 6+). When “US-103.5” dropped four-tenths in “Holiday” 2019, it interrupted three straight increases that accounted for a net gain of seven-tenths (3.9 – 4.3 – 4.5 – 4.6, 6+). While this marks the 90th straight time that it is #1, Cox Media Group adult contemporary WDUV “Lite Favorites” is -1.3 to 9.9 (6+). The loss halts three spikes in a row that led to a +3.3 (7.9 – 8.6 – 9.8 – 11.2, 6+). WDUV was up seven-tenths in September but -2.0 in October. Its 13.7 in “Holiday” 2018 is the highest 6+-stat by any Tampa station since its 14.9 in “Holiday” 2015. Following a September 2019 through December 2019 topline of 3.9 – 3.3 – 3.8 – 3.7 (6+), iHeartMedia hot AC WMTX exploded in “Holiday” 2019 with a +2.3 to 6.0 (#11 to #2, 6+). In January 2020, however, “Mix 100.7” plummets by -2.4 to 3.6 (second to tenth, 6+). The market’s (6+) CHR share softens by -2.0 as Cox Media Group’s WPOI “Hot 101.5” is -1.4 (3.6, seventh to tenth, 6+) and iHeartMedia-owned WFLZ “93.3 FLZ” is -.6 (3.7 – 3.1, #12 to #13, 6+). “Hot” was +1.3 via four straight upticks (3.7 – 4.2 – 4.7 – 4.8 – 5.0, 6+). Trending 5.3 – 5.8 – 5.7 (November – December – “Holiday” 2019, 6+), Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WXGL “107.3 The Eagle” forfeits seven-tenths to 5.0 (fourth to fifth, 6+). In four consecutive sweeps without an increase, Beasley Media Group rhythmic CHR WLLD “Wild 94.1” is -1.5 (4.9 – 4.3 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 3.4, 6+) but advances from #13 to #12.

Denver

Spoken-Word Formats – A “Holiday” 2019 loss of three-tenths by iHeartMedia news/talk KDFD halted six upticks in a row for a cumulative +2.7 (.1 – .2 – .8 – 1.1 – 2.1 – 2.6 – 2.8, 6+). In January 2020, however, “Freedom 93.7 – Real News, Real Talk” rebounds with a +.8 to 3.3 (#16 to #13, 6+). News/talk cluster-mate KOA “Colorado’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” is without an increase three sweeps in succession for a -1.1 and falls below a two-share (2.5 – 2.5 – 2.1 – 1.4, #18 to #21, 6+). Co-owned KHOW “Talk Radio 630” is down one-tenth in back-to-back reports (1.2 – 1.1 – 1.0, flat at #23, 6+).

Four down or flat sweeps in succession by Bonneville-owned KKFN resulted in an overall -1.2 (3.7 – 3.2 – 2.5 – 2.5, 6+), but “Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan” (Nuggets) wipes away half that shortfall with a +.6 to 3.1 (#16 to #14, 6+). Meanwhile, KSE Radio Ventures’ KKSE-FM (Colorado Avalanche) lost more than half (-.8) its 6+-stat in four consecutive drops, (1.4 – 1.3 – .9 – .7 – .6, 6+) but “Attitude Sports Radio 92.5” posts a +.3 to .9 (#27 to #24, 6+).

In an alternating down/up pattern since August (5.1 – 4.9 – 5.4 – 5.3 – 6.3 – 4.8 – 5.5, 6+), Colorado Public Radio news/talk KCFR marches from third to first. KCFR has been -1.6 (June); +.8 (July); +.5 (October); +1.0 (December); -1.5 (“Holiday” 2019); and now +.7 (January 2020). Off three-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (.8 – .6 – .5, 6+), Community Radio for Northern Colorado news/talk KUNC picks up one-tenth to .6 (#29 to #28, 6+).

Denver Music Formats – A combined -1.2 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.7 – 3.8 – 3.5, 6+), Entercom classic rock KQMT “99.5 The Mountain” erupts with a +1.7 to 5.2 (6+) and rockets from #11 to #4. Logging hefty increases of +1.0 are Bonneville-owned country KYGO (5.3, fourth to third, 6+) and iHeartMedia triple A KBCO “97.3 World Class Rock” (4.9, eighth to fifth, 6+). KYGO was -1.9 through four decreases in a row (6.2 – 6.1 – 5.3 – 5.0 – 4.3, 6+). It occupied the top spot in June, July, September, and October. Down or flat the past four survey periods, KBCO was a cumulative -1.0 (4.9 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 3.9 – 3.9, 6+). Colorado Public Radio classical-formatted KVOD is up or flat the eighth consecutive sweep for an overall +1.7 (.9 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.7, #15 to #16, 6+). Off six-tenths in three straight sweeps without an increase (4.6 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 4.0, 6+), KSE Radio Ventures-owned classic hits-oldies KXKL “Kool 105 – Denver’s Greatest Hits” purges the deficit with a +.8 to 4.8 (eighth to sixth, 6+). After occupying the top spot in December and “Holiday” 2019, Bonneville adult contemporary KOSI “101.1 Real Music Variety” (4.8, -.9.6, 6+) ties KXKL at #6. Entering the January 2020 sweep, KOSI was +10.3 through four successive sweeps without a loss (4.1 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 6.7 – 14.4, 6+).

Baltimore

Spoken-Word Formats – Despite notching its seventh successive uptick and more than doubling (+2.1) its 6+-stat since July (1.8 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.4 – 3.9, 6+), Hearst Television-owned WBAL “News Radio – Expect More” backshifts from ninth to tenth. Independent news/talk WCBM “680 Stimulating Talk – Breaking News” hangs out a +1.0 (2.3 – 3.3, 6+) and climbs from #13 to #12. Cumulus Media Washington, DC news/talk WMAL gains four-tenths through three straight up or flat trends (.1 – .1 – .4 – .5, #25, 6+).

Within 4.2 – 4.9 range (6+) the past ten reports, Entercom sports talk WJZ-FM “105.7 The Fan” improves three-tenths to 5.1 (6+) yet slips from a fifth-place tie to sixth.

Repeating at #24, WJZ-FM’s business news sibling WDCH has a November 2019 through January 2020 topline of: .5 – .7 – .5 – .6 (6+).

Off nine-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.8 – 3.6 – 2.9, 6+), Your Public Radio news/talk WYPR storms back with a +1.4 to 4.3 (6+) and reenters the top ten (#11 to #8). Prior to December, “88.1 Your NPR News Station” was +1.2 via four successive increases (2.6 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.8, 6+). After regressing by one-half share in “Holiday” 2019, American University-owned news/talk WAMU is up one-tenth (.4 – .5, #26 to #25, 6+).

Baltimore Music Formats – A combined -1.9 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.7 – 6.1 – 4.8, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WPOC “93.1 Today’s Best Country” answers with a January 2020 +1.4 to 6.2 (fifth to fourth, 6+). WPOC was up one-half share in October/November (6.2 – 6.4 – 6.7, 6+). In four straight decreases, adult hits cluster-mate WQSR was a collective -2.5 (6.2 – 5.7 – 5.6 – 5.1 – 3.7, 6+), but “102.7 Jack FM Playing What We  Want” applies the brakes with a +1.2 to 4.9 (eighth to seventh, 6+). A collective -1.7 via three drops in a row (3.7 – 3.4 – 2.8 – 2.0, 6+), co-owned CHR WZFT “Z-104.3 Baltimore’s #1 Hit Music Station” is up three-tenths to 2.3 (#14 to #13, 6+). Three slips in a row by Hearst Television’s WIYY resulted in an overall 1.5 (6.4 – 5.9 – 5.6 – 4.9, 6+). Even though “98 Rock” ends the slide with a +1.0 to 5.9 (6+), it shifts from fourth to fifth. Over and above notching a +1.0 (7.7 – 8.7, 6+), WWIN-FM “Magic 95.9” segues from second to first. The Radio One urban AC was dislodged from the top spot in “Holiday” 2019, after seven successive months there. WWIN-FM was -.8 (October); +.6 (November); -.9 (December); and now +1.0 (January 2020). A combined +1.8 in June/July (7.3 – 8.1 – 9.1, 6+), “Magic” reached the nine-share level (9.1, 6+, July) for the first time since January 2019’s 9.0. It is a “Holiday” 2019-only stay at #1 for Entercom adult contemporary WLIF (16.0 – 6.5, -9.5, first to third, 6+). “Today’s 101.9” was locked on 5.9 (6+) in October and November and then was +10.1 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.9 – 7.9 – 16.0, 6+). After sputtering by six-tenths in “Holiday” 2019, Shamrock Communications’ WZBA “100.7 The Bay – Baltimore’s Classic Rock Station” rebounds with a half-share gain (3.8 – 4.3, seventh to eighth, 6+). Without an increase the past four sweeps for a net loss of -1.0 (2.1 – 1.7 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.1, 6+), Baltimore City Community College-owned WBJC “91.5 Maryland’s Classical Music Station” recaptures 60% of the shortfall (1.7, +.6, #17 to #14, 6+). After being an overall +1.8 through three positive or neutral moves in a row (1.1 – 1.1 – 2.5 – 2.9, 6+), iHeartMedia Washington, DC adult contemporary WASH forfeits that increase in its entirety (1.1, -1.8, #11 to #18, 6+). On one hand, Entercom-owned WWMX picks up three-tenths to 3.6 (6+), thus curtailing four straight sweeps without an increase that resulted in a -2.1 (5.4 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 3.3, 6+). Conversely, “Mix 106.5 – Baltimore’s Best Mix” exits the top ten (#10 to #11). This is the 19th sweep in a row that Peter and John Radio Fellowship contemporary Christian WRBS-FM is unlisted; “95.1 Shine FM – Baltimore’s Positive Hits Station” was #13 in August 2018 (2.6, 6+).

St. Louis

Spoken-Word Formats – Adding a +1.0 to “Holiday” 2019’s increase of two-tenths (4.5 – 4.7 – 5.7, 6+), Entercom news/talk KMOX jumps from seventh to fourth. “The Voice of St. Louis” was +2.2 in September/October (5.0 – 6.4 – 7.2, 6+) but then -2.7 in November/December (7.2 – 4.7 – 4.5, 6+). Off nine-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.6 – 3.3 – 2.7, 6+), co-owned KFTK storms back with a +1.3 to 4.0 (#17 to #15, 6+). Immediately prior to December, “FM News Talk 97.1” was an overall +1.3 in four consecutive sweeps without a loss (2.3 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.6, 6+).

Hubbard Broadcasting sports talk WXOS “101 Sports” was a cumulative +1.8 via four straight increases (3.1 – 3.3 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.9, 6+); then -.9 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.9 – 4.3 – 4.0, 6+); and is now +.6 in January 2020 (4.0 – 4.6, #12 to #11, 6+).

Following three consecutive down or flat sweeps that accounted for a net loss of nine-tenths (4.1 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 3.2, 6+), University of Missouri news/talk KWMU purges that deficit with a +1.0 to 4.2 (#15 to #13, 6+).

St. Louis Music Formats – Recent shifts by KSHE “95 Real Rock Radio” include: +2.0 (January 2019); -.5 (February); +1.3 (March); -1.6 (April); +.9 (June); +.7 (September); +1.0 (November); -1.1 (“Holiday” 2019); and now +1.5 in January 2020 (9.7 – 11.2, 6+). The Hubbard Broadcasting-owned facility, which segued to the runner-up slot in “Holiday” 2019 after eight consecutive months on top, is back at #1. Its “Holiday” 2019 -1.1 halted four consecutive improvements that yielded a +2.2 (8.6 – 9.3 – 9.5 – 9.8 – 10.8, 6+). December’s 10.8 marked the first time KSHE hit double-digits in the PPM-era. After a “Holiday” 2019-only visit at #1, Entercom adult contemporary KEZK “102.5 The Best Mix of the 80s & Today” (14.2 – 6.1, -8.1, 6+) drops to third. Its January loss curtails five straight spikes (4.7 – 5.6 – 5.9 – 6.2 – 8.9 – 14.2, 6+) that more than tripled its 6+-stat (+9.5). “Holiday” 2019’s 14.2 is the strongest 6+-showing for KEZK since its 15.6 in “Holiday” 2018. Posting a +1.0 to 6.5 (6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KLOU advances from third to second. “The Best Variety of the 70s, 80s, & 90s” was a combined -1.8 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.3 – 7.0 – 5.5, 6+). As a result of four straight losses, Hubbard Broadcasting’s KPNT was a collective -1.4 (6.0 – 5.6 – 5.4 – 4.8 – 4.6, 6+), but “105.7 The Point – Everything Alternative” erases more than half that deficit with a +.8 to 5.4 (eighth to sixth, 6+). Down four-tenths in November/December (4.3 – 4.1 – 3.9, 6+), Radio One urban AC WFUN “95.5 R&B For The Lou” is a combined +1.1 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (3.9 – 4.4 – 5.0, tenth to eighth, 6+). In addition to WFUN, Entercom hot AC KYKY logs a January 2020 uptick of six-tenths (5.1, ninth to seventh, 6+); “Y-98” had an October 2019 through “Holiday” 2019 topline of 4.6 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 4.5 (6+). Up one-half share (each) are Hubbard-owned WIL “New Country 92.3” (4.8, #11 to #9, 6+) and iHeartMedia’s KSD “93.7 The Bull – #1 For New Country” (4.3, #13 to #12, 6+). WIL was a combined -1.3 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.6 – 4.7 – 4.3, 6+). When “The Bull” gained three-tenths in December, it halted three consecutive declines that led to a loss of seven-tenths (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.3, 6+); however, KSD forfeited eight-tenths in “Holiday” 2019. In three straight down or flat trends, Hubbard Broadcasting adult hits WARH “106.5 The Arch” lost six-tenths  (5.6 – 5.5 – 5.0 – 5.0, 6+); was up one-half share to 5.5 (6+) in “Holiday” 2019; but regresses by seven-tenths in January 2020 (5.5 – 4.8, third to ninth, 6+). A loss of six-tenths (4.8 – 4.2, 6+) sends Radio One urban contemporary WHHL “Hot 104.1” out of the top ten (#6 to #13). Double Helix Corporation-owned/listener-supported KDHX “88.1 Independent Music Plays Here” debuts with a .6 (#20, 6+).

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