January 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Three

| February 21, 2020

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January 2020 PPM Data – Information for the January 2020 ratings period has been released for Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus. 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.

Portland

Spoken Word Formats – Several recent shifts for Alpha Media-owned news/talk KXL “FM News 101 – Stay Connected” include: -1.0 (March/April); +1.1 (May/June); -.7 (July); +.6 (August); -.8 (“Holiday” 2019) and now +.5 in January 2020 (4.6 – 5.1, flat at #5, 6+). Repeating at #17, iHeartMedia’s KEX “News Radio 1190 – Depend On Us” posts its fifth straight up or flat trend for a net gain of two-tenths (2.3 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.5, 6+). Off two-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (1.3 – 1.3 – 1.1, 6+), Alpha Media news/talk KUFO “Freedom 970” gains four-tenths to 1.5 (#23 to #22, 6+). Salem Media Group’s KPAM “AM 860 The Answer” is without an increase the fourth time in a row for a net loss of one-tenth (.5 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4, #27 to #28, 6+).

Continuing an alternating up/down pattern that began in September (1.4 – 1.8 – 1.6 – 1.7 – 1.2 – 1.9, 6+), Alpha Media sports talk KXTG “The Game” progresses from #22 to #21. Entercom sports talk KFXX “1080 The Fan” has lost three-tenths in four successive down or flat reports (1.6 – 1.6 – 1. 5 – 1.5 – 1.3, #21 to #23, 6+). Recapturing half the four-tenths it lost in “Holiday” 2019 (.7 – .9, +.2, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KPOJ “Sports Radio 620” (Trailblazers) climbs from #25 to #24.

In addition to gaining six-tenths (7.9 – 8.5, 6+), Oregon Public Broadcasting news/talk KOPB proceeds from the runner-up slot to a first-place tie. KOPB, which had an October-only stay at #1, has been +1.2 (January 2019); -2.0 (February/March); +.6 (April); -.9 (May); +.5 (August); +1.1 (October); -.6 (November); and +.6 (January 2020).

Portland Music Formats – A combined +6.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.4 – 9.1 – 13.9, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW falters by -5.4 to 8.5 (6+). Nonetheless, “K-103” is #1 the third time in a row, but shares the honor with public radio news/talk KOPB (see above). Holiday” 2019’s 13.9 was the highest 6+-share for KKCW since “Holiday” 2018’s 16.2. “K-103” was on top in July, August, and September, before slipping to #2 in October. After trending 2.5 – 2.8 – 2.4 (October – November – December, 6+), Salem Media Group contemporary Christian KFIS “104.1 The Fish” erupts with a combined +2.5 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (2.4 – 3.0 – 4.9, 6+) and zooms into the top ten (#12 to #6). KINK “Uniquely Portland” has had six straight down or flat moves accounting for a -1.7 (4.5 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.1 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+). That has been directly followed by a +.8 (December); -1.0 (“Holiday” 2019); and now +1.1 in January 2020, taking the Alpha Media triple A into the top ten (2.6 – 3.7, #16 to #10, 6+). Logging improvements of seven-tenths (each) are KINK’s CHR sibling KBFF “Live 95.5” (4.9, seventh to sixth, 6+) and iHeartMedia-owned KFBW “105.9 The Brew Portland’s Rock Station” (4.8, flat at #8, 6+). “Live 95.5” was off eight-tenths via three drops in a row (5.0 – 4.8 – 4.3 – 4.2, 6+), while “The Brew” lost one-half share in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.6 – 4.2 – 4.1, 6+). An overall -1.5 in three straight decreases (3.7 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 2.2, 6+), Alpha Media’s KUPL “98.7 The Bull – #1 For New Country” applies the brakes with a +.3 to 2.5 (#19 to #17, 6+). KUPL rebounded from September’s -1.2 with an October +.8 (to 3.7, 6+), thus halting three consecutive setbacks in which it lost roughly half (-2.8) its 6+ AQH share (5.7 – 4.4 – 4.1 – 2.9, 6+). Four recent shifts for Entercom adult hits KYCH “97.1 Charlie We Play Everything” include: +.6 (5.1 – 5.1 – 5.7, September/October 6+); -1.1 (5.7 – 4.8 – 4.6, November/December 6+); +2.1 (4.6 – 6.7, “Holiday” 2019, 6+); and now -.8 (6.7 – 5.9, unchanged at #3, January 2020, 6+). While flat at #4, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KLTH “106.7 The Eagle” is an overall -3.1 in three setbacks in succession (8.5 – 7.1 – 5.9 – 5.4, 6+). Entering the December ratings period, “The Eagle” – which had a November-only stay at #1 – was an overall +1.6 via three upticks in a row (6.9 – 7.1, 8.0 – 8.5, 6+); 8.5 was its best 6+-showing since April’s 8.6. Notwithstanding it is a combined +1.5 in three straight upticks (3.1 – 3.8 – 4.4 – 4.6, 6+), Entercom-owned KGON “92.3 Portland’s Classic Rock” slips from sixth to ninth. This particular positive streak directly follows four straight decreases that accounted for an overall -2.8 (5.9 – 5.5 – 4.7 – 3.8 – 3.1, 6+).

Charlotte

Spoken-Word Formats – Roaring back from “Holiday” 2019’s loss of six-tenths with a January 2020 +1.4 (3.5 – 4.9, 6+), Entercom news/talk WBT progresses from ninth to eighth.

In three straight drops, co-owned WFNZ lost a total of seven-tenths (1.9 – 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.2, 6+), but “The Fan – Charlotte’s Sports Leader” adds two-tenths to 1.4 (#18 to #17, 6+).

Erasing “Holiday” 2019’s -.6 in its entirety (2.0 – 2.6, +.6, 6+), University Radio Foundation news/talk WFAE pushes up from #17 to #15.

Charlotte Music Formats – Without an increase the past five survey periods for a collective dip of nine-tenths (3.3 – 2.8 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.4, 6+), Radio One gospel WPZS “Praise 100.9 Charlotte’s Inspiration Station” dials up a +1.2 to 3.6 (#14 to #12, 6+). The market’s two country outlets continue to closely mirror each other. In “Holiday” 2019, Beasley Media Group-owned WSOC “103.7 Country’s Hottest Hits” was -1.2, while iHeartMedia’s WKKT “96.9 The Kat – Charlotte’s #1 for New Country” was -1.1. Now in January 2020, WSOC is +1.0 (4.9 – 5.9, seventh to fifth, 6+) and “The Kat” is +1.0 as well (4.5 – 5.5, eighth to sixth, 6+, 6+). WSOC has been -1.5 (June/July); +.8 (August); -1.2 (September/October); +1.5 (November); -1.0 (December) -1.2 (“Holiday” 2019); and +1.0 (January 2020). Prior to segueing to June’s runner-up slot, “103.7 Country’s Hottest Hits” was on top the previous four months. Meanwhile, as WKKT entered the “Holiday” 2019 sweep, it was trending 5.5 – 5.7 – 5.4 – 5.6 (6+). In advance of August/September’s -1.1 (6.6 – 6.0 – 5.5, 6+), “The Kat” was a collective +1.3 via five successive positive or neutral moves (5.3 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.6, 6+). Recent (6+) fluctuations for WKKT’s adult hits cluster-mate WLKO “102.9 The Lake” are: +.7 (September/October); -.5 (November); +.8 (December); -1.0 (“Holiday” 2019); and +1.0 in January 2020 (5.7 – 6.7, fourth to second, 6+). In Charlotte’s CHR battle, Beasley Media Group CHR WNKS “Kiss 95.1” is up eight-tenths while iHeartMedia’s WHQC “Hits 96.1” improves by six-tenths. In addition to being tied at #10 (4.1, 6+), “Kiss” and “Hits 96.1” suspend very similar negative streaks. WNKS was -1.8 in four consecutive setbacks (5.1 – 4.7 – 4.4 – 4.1 – 3.3, 6+), while WHQC was a collective -1.5 through four straight decreases (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.1 – 3.7 – 3.5, 6+). By gaining four-tenths to 6.8 (6+), WHQC’s classic rock cluster-mate, WRFX “99.7 The Fox,” marches from second to first. “The Fox” had been an overall -1.9 via three straight downturns (8.3 – 8.2 – 7.3 – 6.4, 6+). WRFX was ousted from the top spot in December, after three successive months there. November’s decrease halted four consecutive improvements that accounted for a +2.9 (5.4 – 6.4 – 6.7 – 7.5 – 8.3, 6+). Prior to September, WRFX last reached #1 in March 2018 (7.3, 6+). On top in December and “Holiday” 2019, Beasley Media Group adult contemporary WKQC “K-104.7 More Music/Better Variety” plummets -8.0 (14.5 – 6.5, 6+) and segues to third. January’s loss halts four straight spikes that culminated in a collective +9.6 (4.9 – 5.3 – 6.2 – 8.6 – 14.5, 6+). Co-owned urban contemporary WPEG “Power 98” is down six-tenths in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (5.1 – 5.0 – 4.5, sixth to ninth, 6+). Radio One’s similarly-formatted WQNC “92.7 The Block,” which had a November – December – “Holiday” 2019 topline of 2.0 – 2.3 – 2.2 (6+), falters by eight-tenths to 1.4 (#16 to #17).

San Antonio

Spoken-Word Formats – In three straight sweeps without an increase, iHeartMedia-owned WOAI (Spurs) lost four-tenths (5.7 – 5.4 – 5.3 – 5.3, 6+), but “News Radio 1200 – San Antonio’s News, Traffic, & Weather” regains that margin in its entirety (5.7, +.4, 6+) and repeats at #3. Down seven-tenths in three consecutive slips (2.0 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.3, 6+), Alpha Media news/talk KTSA “Stay Connected” ends the slide with a +.2 to 1.5 (flat at #22).

Tied at #29 are Alpha Media sports talk KZDC “ESPN San Antonio” (.5, -.1, #28 to #29, 6+) and iHeartMedia-owned KTKR “Ticket 760 – San Antonio’s Sports Station” (.4, +.1, #31 to #29, 6+). KZDC had been up or flat the past five reports and tripled (+.4) its 6+ AQH share in that timeframe (.2 – .3 – .3 – .5 – .5 – .6, 6+). Conversely, KTKR was without an increase four sweeps in succession for a net loss of three-tenths (.7 – .7 – .7 – .6 – .4, 6+).

Down eight-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.5 – 3.3 – 2.7, 6+), Texas Public Radio news/talk KSTX recaptures one-half share (3.2, #16 to #15, 6+).

San Antonio Music Formats – After eroding by -1.0 in “Holiday” 2019 (5.7 – 4.7, 6+), Cox Media Group-owned KCYY “Y-100 San Antonio’s New Country Leader” eradicates that loss with a January 2020 +1.1 to 5.8 (fifth to second, 6+). Recent “Y-100” shifts include: +1.8 (January 2019); +.6 (February); -.6 (March); +.6 (May); -.5 (July); -1.0 (“Holiday” 2019); and +1.1 (January 2020). Off three-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.0 – 3.9 – 3.7, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR KXXM “96.1 Now” busts out a +1.0 to 4.7 (ninth to seventh, 6+). Spanish contemporary sibling KZEP “104.5 Latino Hits” is a combined +1.1 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.8, 6+) and cracks the top ten (#15 to #10, 6+). Answering “Holiday” 2019’s -1.8 (8.5 – 6.7, 6+) with a January 2020 gain of eight-tenths to 7.5 (6+), KONO-FM “101.1 San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” moves up from second to first. The Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies outlet was the market leader ten ratings periods in a row before segueing to #2 in “Holiday” 2019. Prior to that sweep, KONO-FM was a cumulative +1.8 in four consecutive spikes (6.7 – 7.2 – 7.8 – 8.2 – 8.5, 6+). September’s increase interrupted three decreases in succession that accounted for an overall -1.8 (8.5 – 8.2 – 7.1 – 6.7, 6+). Exiting the lead position after a “Holiday” 2019-only visit is iHeartMedia adult contemporary KQXT “Q-101.9” (10.5 – 5.0, -5.5, first to sixth, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s 10.5 was its best 6+-showing since “Holiday” 2018’s 14.9. In three successive bumps, “Q-101.9” racked up a +7.0 (3.5 – 3.6 – 6.5 – 10.5, 6+). Improving by seven-tenths (each) are Alpha Media adult hits KJXK “102.7 Jack-FM Playing What We Want” (sixth to fifth) and Univision Radio regional Mexican KROM “Que Buena 92.9” (4.4, ninth to eighth, 6+). San Antonio’s version of “Jack” is up eight-tenths in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (4.3 – 4.4 – 5.1, 6+), while KROM halts three consecutive down or flat trends that led to a -.8 (4.5 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.7, 6+). Without an increase the past four sweeps for an overall -1.6 (4.8 – 4.6 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.2, 6+), Cox Media Group-owned KISS “Rocks San Antonio” posts a half-share increase to 3.7 (#14 to #11, 6+). Following December’s increase of six-tenths, Univision Radio rhythmic CHR KBBT “98.5 The Beat” is a combined -1.2 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (4.3 – 3.8 – 3.1, 6+) and drifts from the top ten (#7 to #16). Repeating at #13, Alpha Media CHR KTFM “Energy 94.1” is an overall -1.3 in four straight down or flat reports, (4.6 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 3.3 – 3.3, 6+). Similarly, Cox Media Group hot AC KSMG is without an increase the fourth time in a row for a cumulative -1.8 (5.5 – 4.9 – 4.2 – 3.7 – 3.7, 6+); “Magic 105.3” departs the top ten (#9 to #11).

Sacramento

Spoken-Word Formats – To say that KFBK roars back from December/“Holiday” 2019’s loss of eight-tenths (6.7 – 6.2 – 5.9, 6+) would be quite the understatement as “Sacramento’s News, Weather and Traffic Station” dials up a monstrous +2.7 to 8.6 (6+). That colossal increase takes KFBK from third to a first-place tie. Prior to December, the iHeartMedia-owned news/talk outlet netted a +1.5 in five successive sweeps without a loss (5.2 – 5.2 – 5.7 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 6.7, 6+). Co-owned KSTE was an overall -1.8 as a result of five setbacks in succession (3.3 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.3 – 1.7 – 1.5, 6+), but “Talk 650” applies the brakes with a +.7 to 2.2 (#17 to #14, 6+).

Entercom sports talk KIFM-AM continues an alternating up/down pattern that commenced in August (.8 – 1.0 – .9 – 1.3 – 1.1 – 1.5 – 1.4, #17 to #19, 6+). “ESPN Radio 1320” is three-tenths ahead of Bonneville’s KHTK “Sports 1140” (Kings), which repeats “Holiday” 2019’s 6+ AQH share (1.1) and market rank (#21). These two sports talkers were tied in July, August, and October.

A combined -1.6 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.0 – 5.6 – 4.4, 6+), Capital Public Radio news/talk KXJZ picks up three-tenths to 4.7 (6+) and repeats at #7. December 2018’s 6.9 is the highest 6+-stat in its PPM-history.

Sacramento Music Formats – In a truly amazing irony, Bonneville-owned KNCI “New Country 105.1” makes an identical humongous 5.9 – 8.6, +2.7, third to first (6+) move as news/talk KFBK (see above). KNCI had a December-only stay at #1, as it plummeted by -1.5 in “Holiday” 2019. Entering the “Holiday” 2019 sweep, “New Country 105.1” was up or flat three times in a row for a net gain of one-half share (6.9 – 7.3 – 7.4 – 7.4, 6+). Dislodged from the top spot is KNCI’s adult contemporary cluster-mate KYMX “Mix 96” (12.6 – 6.0, -6.6, first to fourth, 6+). Through four consecutive bumps, KYMX tripled (+8.4) its 6+ AQH share (4.2 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 6.1 – 12.6, 6+), with 12.6 representing its largest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2018’s 13.8. Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted KBEB “92.5 The Breeze” has been a combined +.9 (August/September); -.9 (October); +.6 (November); -.8 (December/“Holiday” 2019); and now +.5 in January 2020 (3.7 – 4.2, tenth to ninth, 6+). In the 16 reports since KBEB’s format switch from country to AC in mid-November 2018, “Mix” has prevailed 14 times; “The Breeze” has come on top once (September, 4.8 to 4.2, 6+); and the two AC rivals were tied in November 2019. Leaping from ninth to sixth, Entercom-owned rhythmic CHR KSFM is +1.8 via three successive spikes and crosses the four-share level (3.1 – 3.2 – 3.8 – 4.9, 6+). Recent fluctuations for co-owned KSEG “96.9 The Eagle – Sacramento’s Classic Rock” include: +1.0 (February); -.5 (April); +.9 (May); -.6 (June); -.5 (July); -.8 (“Holiday” 2019); and now +.8 in January 2020 (6.5 – 7.3, second to third, 6+). In December, KSEG shifted from first to second. “The Eagle” had been on top the previous ten months. Three straight dips by Bonneville hot AC KZZO accounted for a -1.8 (4.4 – 3.8 – 3.5 – 2.6, 6+) but “Now 100.5 Today’s Best Hits” halts the skid with a +.2 to 2.8 (steady at #13, 6+). This marks the fifth up or flat report in succession by Entravision Spanish adult hits KXSE “La Suavecita 104.3” for an overall increase of eight-tenths (1.2 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.5 – 2.0, #17 to #15, 6+). After doubling (+1.3) its 6+-stat through three consecutive improvements (1.3 – 1.7 – 2.0 – 2.6, 6+), Lotus Communications regional Mexican KVMX-FM “La Ranchera” is a combined -1.1 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (2.6 – 2.5 – 1.5, #14 to #18, 6+). Off six-tenths (each) are Entercom alternative KKDO “Alt 94.7” (4.0 – 3.4, #8 to #11, 6+) and iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic oldies KHYL “V-101” (flat at #12). An overall -1.5 in three straight decreases (4.7 – 4.3 – 3.9 – 3.2, 6+), KKDO posted a +.8 in “Holiday” 2019. KHYL is a cumulative -1.6 as a result of its fourth sweep in a row without an increase (4.5 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 2.9, 6+).

Pittsburgh

Spoken-Word Formats – Erasing all but one-tenth of “Holiday” 2019’s -1.0 with a January 2020 +.9 (3.1 – 4.0, 6+), Entercom’s KDKA-AM “News Radio 1020” progresses from tenth to a ninth-place tie.

In three straight drops, co-owned sports talk KDKA-FM forfeited seven-tenths (7.1 – 6.7 – 6.6 – 6.4, 6+), but “93.7 The Fan” storms back with a January 2020 increase more than twice that margin (7.9, +1.5, fifth to fourth, 6+). Similarly-formatted/iHeartMedia-owned WBGG 970 AM – ESPN Pittsburgh” picks up one-tenth (.1 – .2, flat at #20, 6+).

Despite adding three-tenths following “Holiday” 2019’s loss of one-half share (4.2 – 3.7 – 4.0, 6+), Essential Public Media news/talk WESA “90.5 Pittsburgh’s NPR Station” slips from eighth to ninth.

Pittsburgh Music Formats – The market’s two main country players combine for a +2.0 (6+) in January 2020, following their -1.5 in “Holiday” 2019. Specifically, Entercom-owned WDSY “Pittsburgh’s Country Y-108” logs a +1.2 (4.3, tenth to eighth), while iHeartMedia’s WPGB “Big 104.7 Pittsburgh’s #1 For New Country” improves by +.8 (1.9 – 2.7, #14 to #12). “Y-108” had been a combined -2.1 in three straight drops (5.2 – 4.7 – 4.1 – 3.1, 6+). That immediately followed its +1.0 in three up or flat shifts in succession (4.2 – 4.2 – 4.9 – 5.2, 6+). In “Holiday” 2019, “Big 104.7” faltered by one-half share to 1.9, halting 13 successive survey periods of posting a 6+-stat within 2.3 – 2.9 range. Up seven-tenths (each) are WPGB’s alternative and CHR cluster-mates, WXDX “105.9 The X” (4.1 – 4.8, steady at #7, 6+) and WKST “96.1 Kiss – Pittsburgh’s #1 Hit Music Station” (5.1, sixth to fifth, 6+). “The X” (Penguins) was down eight-tenths in “Holiday” 2019; “Kiss” regressed by six-tenths in that sweep. Prior to “Holiday” 2019’s -.8, “The X” was -.7 (November) and then +.7 (December). “Kiss” had been without an increase the past five reports for a net loss of -2.2 (6.6 – 5.9 – 5.2 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 4.4, 6+). Despite its January 2020 -5.4 (13.6 – 8.2, 6+), WWSW “94.5 3WS” repeats at #1. The iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies outlet occupied the runner-slot three months in succession before proceeding to #1 (with a +5.0) in “Holiday” 2019. Immediately prior to the October sweep, “3WS” spent three successive months at #1. Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WSHH “Wish 99.7” falters by -2.5 (7.6 – 5.1, 6+) and drops from fourth to fifth. When WSHH picked up four-tenths in December, it halted six consecutive sweeps without an increase that resulted in an overall -1.7 (6.3 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.0 – 4.8 – 4.6, 6+).

 Salt Lake City

Spoken-Word Formats – Tied in seventh-place are iHeartMedia-owned KNRS “Talk Radio 105.9 – Listen And You’ll Know” (4.1 – 5.0, +.9, sixth to seventh, 6+) and Bonneville’s KSL “News Radio 102.7 FM & 1160 AM” (4.0 – 5.0, +1.0, eighth to seventh, 6+). KNRS was +2.0 (3.2 – 5.2, November, 6+); -1.0 to 4.2 (6+) in December; and -.1 to 4.1 (6+) in “Holiday” 2019. Entering the January 2020 sweep, KSL was a collective -2.4 in three successive decreases (6.4 – 5.7 – 5.6 – 4.0, 6+). KSL was +2.4 in October (4.0 – 6.4, 6+). Doubling “Holiday” 2019’s .3 to .6 (6+), Cumulus Media-owned KKAT “860 AM – Utah’s Big Talker” enters the top twenty (#21 to #18) and halts three down or flat trends that resulted in a net loss of two-tenths (.5 – .5 – .4 – .3, 6+).

Continuing an alternating down/up pattern that commenced in October (2.1 – 1.8 – 2.0 – 1.7 – 2.3 (6+), University of Utah news/talk KUER carries on at #15.

Salt Lake City Music Formats – All at once with a robust +2.1 to 5.8 (6+), iHeartMedia hot AC KJMY-FM basically obliterates its overall -2.2 through five setbacks in a row (5.9 – 5.4 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.4 – 3.7, 6+); “My-99.5” zooms from tenth to third. Debuting in print this past September, co-owned adult contemporary KJMY-HD2 was a collective +1.0 in four straight sweeps without a loss (.2 – .2 – .2 – 1.1 – 1.2, 6+) but falters by eight-tenths to .4 (#17 to #20, 6+). After having lost roughly 45% (-3.2) of its 6+ AQH share in four consecutive decreases (7.1 – 6.5 – 6.2 – 5.2 – 3.9, 6+), classic hits-oldies sibling KODJ “94.1 Salt Lake’s Greatest Hits” purges exactly half that deficit (5.5, +1.6, ninth to fifth, 6+). Bonneville’s similarly-formatted KRSP “103.5 The Arrow,” which was a combined -1.3 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.3 – 5.0 – 5.0, 6+), records a +1.0 to 6.0 (6+) and continues in second-place. Shaking off “Holiday” 2019’s loss of eight-tenths, Capital Broadcasting hot AC KBZN logs a +1.4 (4.2 – 5.6, fifth to fourth, 6+). “Now 97.9 Today’s Best Music” was up one-tenth in November and December (4.8 – 4.9 – 5.0, 6+). By gaining two-tenths to 1.1 (#18 to #17, 6+), co-owned KSQN “103.1 The Wave – Your Classic Alternative” pulls the plug on nine sweeps in a row without an increase for a roughly 47% loss (-.8) of its 6+ AQH share (1.7 – 1.5 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1 – .9 – .9 – .9 – .9, 6+). A combined -1.3 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.0 – 4.8 – 3.7, 6+), independent KSOP-FM “Z-104 Utah’s #1 Country Station” rebounds with a +.8 to 4.5 (steady at #10, 6+). Recent shifts for iHeartMedia’s KAAZ “Rock 106.7” include: -1.1 (October/November); +.9 (December); -.6 (“Holiday” 2019); and now +.7 in January 2020 (3.1 – 3.8, #12 to #11, 6+). Gaining one-half share (each) are iHeartMedia CHR KZHT “97.1 ZHT Salt Lake’s #1 Hit Music Station” (4.6, sixth to ninth, 6+) and Cumulus Media adult contemporary KBEE “B-98.7 Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites” (3.1, flat at #13, 6+). KZHT had faltered by eight-tenths in back-to-back reports (5.7 – 4.9 – 4.1, 6+). KBEE was -1.4 in three straight slips (4.0 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+). Its format rival – Bonneville’s KSFI “FM 100.3 Better Music/Better Work Day” – craters by -12.6 (21.1 – 8.5, 6+) but is #1 the fifth time in a row. Immediately prior to this sweep, KSFI was a collective +14.8 via four spikes in succession (6.3 – 6.7 – 6.8 – 11.0 – 21.1, 6+) and was the only PPM-market station to reach the 20-share level (21.1, 6+) in “Holiday” 2019. Moreover, KSFI was the only PPM-market outlet to accomplish that feat in “Holiday” 2018 (21.8, 6+); “Holiday” 2017 (23.2, 6+); “Holiday” 2016 (20.6, 6+); and “Holiday” 2015 (21.4, 6+). A combined +1.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.1 – 4.5 – 4.6, 6+), Cumulus Media CHR KENZ “Power 94.9 Utah’s New Hit Music” surrenders eight-tenths to 3.8 (6+) and fades from the top ten (#4 to #11). These Broadway Media stations are unlisted the 14th  sweep in a row: adult hits KYMV; alternative KXRK; CHR KUDD; country KEGA; and rhythmic CHR KUUU.

Las Vegas

Spoken-Word Formats – Repeating at #17, Entercom-owned KXNT “News Talk Radio 840” is up two-tenths to 2.5 (6+), following December/“Holiday” 2019’s combined loss of three-tenths (2.6 – 2.4 – 2.3, 6+). After relinquishing four-tenths in “Holiday” 2019, Beasley Media Group news/talk KDWN “AM 720 Where Las Vegas Comes to Talk” regains two-tenths (1.3, #23 to #24, 6+).

Off a collective four-tenths in four successive sweeps without an increase (1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0 – 1.0, 6+), Lotus Communications sports talk KWWN “ESPN Radio 1100” drops from #24 to #27.

Tied at #29 are KWWN siblings KRLV “Fox Sports Radio Las Vegas” (.4 – .4 – .3 – .3, 6+) and KBAD “920 AM The Game” (.4 – .3 – .3 – .3, 6+), as well as Entercom sports talk KXST “CBS Sports Radio 1140 AM” (.5 – .4, – .3 – .3, 6+). KRLV, KBAD, and KXST were deadlocked at #26 in “Holiday” 2019.

Falling from a four-way tie at #10 to #12, Nevada Public Radio news/talk KNPR logs a 2.9 (6+) the third time in a row. This directly follows three drops in a row that accounted for a roughly 52% loss (-2.5) of its 6+ AQH share (4.8 – 4.1 – 3.3 – 2.3, 6+).

Las Vegas Music Formats – There’s very good news for Lotus Communications-owned KXPT. After being a combined -5.5 in four straight erosions (5.8 – 5.4 – 2.6 – .3, 6+), “97.1 The Point #1 For Classic Rock” wipes away roughly half that shortfall with a hefty January 2020 +2.7 to 3.0 (6+) and rockets from #26 all the way to #10. Immediately in advance of the just-concluded negative streak, “The Point” was an overall +1.3 through three improvements in a row (4.5 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.8, 6+). The three most recent trends for Entercom-owned hot AC KMXB “Mix 94.1” are +.7 (December); -1.3 (“Holiday” 2019); and +.8 in January 2020 (4.6 – 5.4, fourth to third, 6+). December’s 5.9 was its best 6+-stat since May (6.5). Improving by seven-tenths (each) are Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies KKLZ “Hits of the ‘80s and More” (6.4 – 7.1, unchanged at #2, 6+) and Entravision regional Mexican KRRN “La Suavecita 92.7” (.6 – 1.3, #24, 6+). KKLZ was a collective +2.0 through six consecutive increases (6.1 – 7.2 – 7.4 – 7.6 – 7.7 – 8.0 – 8.1, 6+), before spiraling by -1.7 in “Holiday” 2019. December’s 8.1 was its best 6+-share since February (8.3). KKLZ had a November-only visit at #1. Lotus Communications Spanish adult hits KWID “La Buena 101.9” (4.8 – 5.3, third to fourth, 6+) and University of Nevada’s KUNV “91.5 Jazz & More” (1.4 – 1.9, #22, 6+) each improve by one-half share. Kemp Broadcasting rhythmic CHR KVEG is an overall +1.2 via four successive up or flat moves (2.3 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 3.1 – 3.5, 6+) and jumps from ninth to sixth. Notwithstanding it is #1 the third time in a row, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KSNE “Sunny 106.5 – Better Music For A Better Workday” forfeits -7.1 (15.8 – 8.7, 6+). “Sunny” more than doubled its November stat in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.5 – 8.7 – 15.8, +8.3, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s 15.8 is the highest 6+-share by any Las Vegas station in the PPM-era. A collective +1.3 in four straight sweeps without a loss (2.6 – 3.2 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.9, 6+), Beasley Media group urban-rhythmic oldies KOAS “Jammin’ 105.7” surrenders one-half share to 3.4 (sixth to seventh, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s 3.9 was its best 6+-showing since March (4.0). Negative streaks involving the market’s two country stations conclude as Beasley Media Group’s KCYE “102.7 The Coyote” is up four-tenths (2.9, #15 to #12, 6+), while iHeartMedia-owned KWNR “95.5 The Bull – Las Vegas’ New Country Leader” gains three-tenths (2.2, 6+) but backslides from #18 to #20. “The Coyote” was an overall -1.6 in seven straight sweeps without an increase (4.1 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.0 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.5, 6+); “The Bull was a collective -1.5 in four drops in a row (3.4 – 2.8 – 2.5 – 2.2 – 1.9, 6+).

Orlando

Spoken-Word Formats – Shaking off “Holiday” 2019’s -1.1 (4.5 – 3.4, 6+) with a January 2020 +1.2 to 4.6 (6+), iHeartMedia-owned news/talk WTKS “Real Radio 104.1 – We Say What We Want” progresses from ninth to seventh. One-half share behind is Cox Media Group’s WDBO-FM “News 96.5,” which substitutes “Holiday’s -.7 with a January 2020 +.8 (3.3 – 4.1, steady at #10, 6+). A combined -1.0 in December/“Holiday” 2019, iHeartMedia’s WFLF “News Radio Orlando” removes 60% of that deficit (2.4 – 3.0, +.6, unchanged at #15, 6+).

Gaining two-tenths (each) are Cox Media Group sports talk WDBO-AM “ESPN 580 Orlando” (1.2 – 1.4, steady at #17, 6+) and iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted (Magic flagship) WYGM “FM 96.9 The Game – Orlando’s Sports Leader” (.9 – 1.1, #18 to #20, 6+).

Following three decreases in succession that led to a loss of eight-tenths (3.4 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 2.6, 6+), Community Communications’ news/talk WMFE “90.7 Public Radio for Central Florida” recaptures seven-tenths to 3.3 (6+) and remains at #14.

Orlando Music Formats – The wild ride continues for Entercom classic hits-oldies WOCL “105.9 Sunny FM – We Own The ‘80s,” which advances from second to first (8.0 – 9.2, 6+). WOCL netted a +3.1 through four consecutive (April through August) spikes (7.9 – 9.0 – 9.4 – 10.8 – 11.0, 6+); was a combined -2.5 in September/October (11.0 – 9.5 – 8.5, 6+); +.6 (November); -1.1 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (9.1 – 9.0 – 8.0, 6+); and now +1.2 in January 2020. Before segueing to the runner-up slot in December, “Sunny” was #1 seven straight sweeps. Exiting the top spot after residing there in December and “Holiday” 2019 is iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMGF “Magic 107.7” (15.4 – 8.1, -7.3, first to second, 6+). It was a combined +8.3 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.1, 9.4 – 15.4, 6+). WMGF’s “Holiday” 2019 15.4 was the highest 6+-stat by any Orlando station since its 15.9 in “Holiday” 2017. Nine recent fluctuations by Cox Media Group-owned WWKA “K-92.3 Orlando’s #1 For New Country” include: -.5 (May); +.6 (June); -.5 (August); +.6 (September); -.9 (October); +.9 (November); -.5 (December); -1.3 (“Holiday” 2019); and now +1.0 in January 2020 (2.9 – 3.9, #13 to #11, 6+). Its internet stream posts a +1.0 (.6 – 1.6, 6+) and cracks the top twenty (#16). A combined -1.8 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.1 – 5.2 – 4.3, 6+), Entercom hot AC WOMX “Mix 105.1” improves by eight-tenths to 5.1 (seventh to sixth, 6+). Jumping one-half share and seven-tenths, respectively, are Cox Media Group cluster-mates WMMO “98.9 Orlando’s Classic Hits” (sixth to fifth) and rhythmic CHR WPYO “Power 95.3 Orlando’s New #1 For All The Hits” (4.5, eighth to ninth, 6+). WMMO recaptures “Holiday” 2019’s -.5 and is in an alternating down/up pattern that commenced in August (6.0 – 5.2 – 5.3 – 4.9 – 5.4 – 4.9 – 5.4, 6+). Meanwhile, “Power” was -1.1 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.9 – 4.3 – 3.8, 6+). Up one-half share in addition to WMMO are iHeartMedia’s WJRR “101.1 Orlando’s Rock Station” (3.5, flat at #12, 6+) and University of Central Florida-owned WUCF “89.9 Jazz & More” WUCF (.9 – 1.4, #18 to #17, 6+). In three straight drops, WJRR was -1.8 (4.8 – 3.9 – 3.3 – 3.0, 6+), with 3.0 (“Holiday” 2019) its lowest 6+-stat since April (2.6). After gaining four-tenths in seven up or flat trends in succession (.7 – .7 – .8 – .8 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.1, 6+), WUCF dropped two-tenths in “Holiday” 2019. Off a combined six-tenths in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (5.2 – 5.1 – 4.6, 6+), Cox Media Group urban AC WCFB “Star 94.5” falls from fifth to seventh. Unlisted the past 12 reports, Entravision Communications’ Spanish tropical WNUE “98.1 Salsa y Mas” reappears in print with a .8 (#21, 6+). JVC Media’s WOTW “103.1 The Wolf – New Country + All Time Favorites,” which was trending 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.3 (October – November – December, 6+), is unlisted the second time in a row.

Cincinnati

Spoken-Word Formats – A combined -3.6 through five straight down or flat moves (10.7 – 10.7 – 9.8 – 8.7 – 7.5 – 7.1, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WLW applies the brakes with a +1.0 to 8.1 (third to second, 6+). WLW was on top in August, September, and October. By gaining seven-tenths to 3.3 (6+), co-owned WKRC curtails three straight drops that accounted for a net loss of one-half share (3.1 – 2.8 – 2.7 – 2.6, 6+); “55 KRC The Talk Station” enters the top ten (#13 to #10).

Sports talk cluster-mate WCKY “Cincinnati’s ESPN 1530” surrenders one-half share in three straight sweeps without an increase (1.6 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.1, 6+) and remains at #17. The extremely consistent April 2019 through January 2020 topline for co-owned WSAI “Fox Sports 1360” is: .4 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 (flat at #23, 6+).

Cincinnati Public Radio news/talk WVXU repeats “Holiday” 2019’s 6+ AQH share (2.4) and market rank (#14).

Cincinnati Music Formats – After losing a collective nine-tenths in three consecutive down or flat moves (9.4 – 9.3 – 8.5 – 8.5, 6+), WGRR “103.5 Cincinnati’s Greatest Hits” storms back with a January 2020 increase more than three times that magnitude (11.3, +2.8, 6+). The Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies outlet shifts from second to first. WGRR was #1 in eight of 2019’s 13 ratings periods: The exceptions were January, August, September, October, and “Holiday” 2019. “Cincinnati’s Greatest Hits” is in double-digits (11.3, 6+) for the first time since July (10.6). WGRR takes over at #1 from co-owned adult contemporary WRRM “Warm 98.5” (13.1 – 6.2, -6.9, first to fourth, 6+), which jumped from third to first in “Holiday” 2019. “Warm 98” was a combined +7.6 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.5 – 6.9 – 13.1, 6+) with 13.1 its highest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2018’s 14.6. An overall -2.3 in three downturns in a row and falling below a six-share (7.3 – 6.9 – 6.0 – 5.0, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WUBE “Get Your Country On B-105.1” purges all but four-tenths of that shortfall (6.9, +1.9, fourth to third, 6+). WUBE’s hot AC sibling, WKRQ “Q-102 Cincinnati’s Hit Music,” recorded a +.8 in November; was an overall –1.7 in December/“Holiday” 2019; and bounces back with a +1.2 in January 2020 (5.0 – 6.2, steady at #4, 6+). Entering the “Holiday” 2019 ratings period, co-owned rhythmic hot AC WREW “Mix 94.9” had been within 4.0 – 4.9 range (6+) 16 sweeps in succession but, with a loss of eight-tenths, dropped below a four-share (4.5 – 3.7, 6+). In January 2020, “Mix” answers with a +.9 to 4.6 (eighth to seventh, 6+). Winning ways continue for Grant County Broadcasters’ WNKN “Classic Country,” which is a collective +3.3 via four consecutive spikes (2.1 – 2.9 – 4.1 – 4.7 – 5.4, steady at #6, 6+). A combined -2.0 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.9 – 2.7 – 1.9, 6+), directly following a collective +2.0 in three straight upticks (1.9 – 2.3 – 2.9 – 3.9, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WNNF “Cat Country 94.1” is up six-tenths (2.5, #16 to #13, 6+). Off eight-tenths in three straight dips (.1 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.3, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WKFS “Kiss 107.1” ends the skid with a half-share bump to 3.8 (ninth to eighth, 6+). A loss of nine-tenths (3.2 – 2.3, 6+) sends Radio One urban contemporary WIZF “101.1 The Wiz” out of the top ten (#10 to #15). In three straight positive or neutral trends, iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WEBN-HD3 gained six-tenths (.5 – .5 – .6 – 1.1, 6+) but it drops four-tenths in January 2020 to .7 (#17 to #22). Meanwhile, WEBN-FM is a collective -1.9 as a result of five successive sweeps without an increase (4.7 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.2 – 2.8, 6+) as “Cincinnati’s Rock Station” departs the top ten (#10 to #12).

Cleveland

Spoken-Word Formats – Owing to five straight downturns, iHeartMedia news/talk WTAM was an overall -3.0 (7.2 – 6.5 – 5.8 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 4.2, 6+). In January 2020, “1100 Cleveland’s News Radio” bounces back with a +1.1 to 5.3 (ninth to eighth, 6+). Recent WTAM fluctuations include: -.6 (March); +.9 (April); -.7 (May); +.5 (June); +.5 (July); +1.1 (August); -.7 (September) -.7 (October); -.6 (November); -1.0 (“Holiday” 2019); and +1.1 (January 2020). Radio One’s WZAK-HD3 debuted in print in November and had a topline of .6 – 1.2 – 1.5 (6+); WZAK-HD3 is unlisted in January 2020. Co-owned WENZ-HD2 debuts in print at #14 (1.9, 6+). After recording a .9 (6+) the past four sweeps, Salem Media Group news/talk WHK “AM 1420 The Answer, News-Opinion-Insight” is unlisted as well. WHK was unlisted in July, August, and September, resurfacing in print in October.

Even though WKRK gains two-tenths (4.7 – 4.9, 6+), the Entercom sports talk outlet slips from seventh to ninth. “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” was -1.4 in “Holiday” 2019, after more than doubling (+3.1) its 6+ AQH share via six successive increases (3.0 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 4.4 – 5.3 – 5.7 – 6.1, 6+).

Having forfeited one-half share in “Holiday” 2019, Ideastream-owned news/talk WCPN posts a +1.1 (3.1 – 4.2, #13 to #11, 6+).

Cleveland Music Formats – The four most recent shifts by iHeartMedia-owned WGAR are +.9 (November); -.7 (December); -1.1 (“Holiday” 2019); and a massive +2.3 in January 2020 that takes “99.5 Cleveland’s #1 For New Country” from third to first (7.2 – 9.5, 6+). WGAR’s June 2019 through October 2019 topline was: 8.1 – 8.1 – 8.3 – 8.0 – 8.1 (6+). On top in December and “Holiday” 2019, Entercom adult contemporary WDOK (11.8 – 8.3, -3.5, 6+) segues to second. “Cleveland’s Star 102” had been without a loss four straight sweeps for an overall +5.2 (6.6 – 6.6 – 7.2 – 9.0 – 11.8, 6+). WDOK notched a 10.3 (6+) in “Holiday” 2018. In four straight modest dips, iHeartMedia-owned WMMS lost six-tenths (5.3 – 5.2 – 5.1 – 5.0 – 4.7, 6+), but “100.7 Cleveland’s Rock Station” erupts with a +1.1 to 5.8 (seventh to sixth, 6+). WZAK-FM is up six-tenths (7.3, fifth to fourth, 6+). The Radio One urban AC has been -1.1 (July); +1.5 (August/September); -1.2 (October/November); +.5 (December); -.5 (“Holiday” 2019); and +.6 (January 2020). When Entercom hot AC WQAL lost eight-tenths in “Holiday” 2019, it suspended four consecutive up or flat trends that yielded eight-tenths (3.8 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.4 – 4.6, 6+). In January 2020, “Q-104” regains one-half share (3.8 – 4.3, flat at #10, 6+). After occupying the runner-up slot in December and “Holiday” 2019, iHeartMedia-owned WMJI “Majic 105.7 – Cleveland’s Greatest Hits” (10.8 – 7.2, -3.6, 6+) falls to fifth. At #1 three consecutive months, WMJI was dislodged in December by (aforementioned) WDOK. Recent “Majic” shifts include: -1.7 (January 2019); +.8 (February); +1.0 (March); -1.0 (April); -.6 (July); -1.0 (August); +.8 (September); +.8 (November); -.6 (December); +2.0 (Holiday” 2019); and -3.6 (January 2020). In four straight downturns, Radio One urban contemporary WENZ “Z-107.9” falters by an overall -2.2 and slips below a three-share (5.0 – 4.0 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 2.8, #11 to #13, 6+). On the heels of “Holiday” 2019’s +.9 to 2.3 (6+), Ideastream’s WCLV “Classical 104.9” surrenders six-tenths (1.7, 6+) but continues at #15.

Kansas City

Spoken-Word Formats – A January 2020 +1.0 to 5.6 (6+) enables KMBZ-FM “98.1 News-Traffic-Weather” to leap from seventh to third. The Entercom news/talker was -1.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.1 – 5.3 – 4.6, 6+), directly after three straight up or flat trends netted +1.6 (4.5 – 5.4 – 6.1 – 6.1, 6+). Down three-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.8, 6+), co-owned KMBZ-AM “Talk 980” is +.2 to 2.0 (flat at #19, 6+). Without a loss the fourth time in a row for a net gain of six-tenths (1.0 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.6, 6+),  Cumulus Media’s KCMO-AM “Talk Radio 710 AM” progresses from #21 to #20.

Off a combined six-tenths in November/December (4.2 – 3.8 – 3.6, 6+), Union Broadcasting’s WHB “Sports Radio 810” adds nine-tenths to “Holiday” 2019’s +.3 (3.6 – 3.9 – 4.8, ninth to eighth, 6+). After faltering by six-tenths in November and December (3.4 – 2.8 – 2.2, 6+), Entercom-owned KCSP “610 Sports Radio” is up a combined eight-tenths in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (2.2 – 2.7 – 3.0, #15 to #14, 6+). November’s decline interrupted three straight spikes that yielded nine-tenths (2.5 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.4, 6+).

University of Missouri news/talk KCUR improves by two-tenths to 3.7 and continues at #12. Its three previous shifts were +.6 (4.1 – 4.7, 6+, November); -.6 (4.7 – 4.1, 6+, December); and -.6 (4.1 – 3.5, 6+, “Holiday” 2019).

Kansas City Music Formats – Following “Holiday” 2019’s loss of seven-tenths to 2.9 (6+), University of Northwestern St. Paul contemporary Christian KJNW “Life 88.5” answers with a +1.0 (3.9, #14 to #11, 6+). The January 2020 sweep is a mixed bag for Kansas City’s three country players. Entercom’s WDAF “106.5 The Wolf” gains eight-tenths (4.2 – 5.0, eighth to sixth, 6+) and Steel City Media’s KBEQ “Q-104 New Hit Country” notches a half-share increase to 4.4 (unchanged at #9, 6+), but KBEQ cluster-mate KFKF “Country 94.1” falters by seven-tenths (5.6, flat at #3, 6+). Down one-tenth in “Holiday” 2019 following December’s +.5, “The Wolf” posted a +1.0 in November and was a combined -1.4 in September/October (4.2 – 3.2 – 2.8, 6+). “Q-104” logged a +1.3 in December and surrendered eight-tenths in “Holiday” 2019 (4.7 – 3.9, 6+). Entering the December sweep, KBEQ was an overall -1.6 in three straight drops (5.0 – 4.9 – 4.5, – 3.4, 6+). Meanwhile, “Country 94.1” was +1.9 in October/November (4.5 – 4.9 – 6.4, 6+); -.7 in December (6.4 – 5.7, 6+); and +.6 in “Holiday” 2019 (5.7 – 6.3, 6+). With a September 2019 through “Holiday” 2019 topline of 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.5 (6+), Steel City Media CHR KMXV “Mix 93.3” logs a +.6 to 4.1 (#12 to #10, 6+). Up one-half share (each) are Entercom hot AC KZPT “99.7 The Point” (4.7 – 5.2, sixth to fifth, 6+) and alternative cluster-mate KRBZ “96.5 The Buzz” (2.0 – 2.5, #18 to #16). The four most recent shifts by “The Point” are: +.6 (November); +.5 (December); -.5 (“Holiday” 2019); and +.5 (January 2020). In an alternating down/up pattern that began in October (2.2 – 1.9 – 2.2 – 2.0 – 2.5, 6+), “The Buzz” has its best 6+-stat (2.5) since July (2.6). A combined +4.2 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (8.6 – 9.3 – 12.8, 6+), KCMO-FM “94.9 Kansas City’s Greatest Hits” stumbles by -2.8 to 10.0 (6+) but repeats at #1. The Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies outlet was in the runner-up slot six reports in a row before advancing to #1 in “Holiday” 2019. KCMO-FM’s 12.8 in “Holiday” 2019 marked the first time it reached double-digits (6+) since “Holiday” 2017 (10.4). Ten recent KCMO-FM fluctuations include: +1.6 (“Holiday” 2018); -1.3 (January 2019); +1.2 (February); +1.1 (March); +1.3 (June); -.6 (August); +.6 (October); +.7 (December); +3.5 (“Holiday” 2019; and -2.8 (January 2020). Co-owned KCFX “101 The Fox – Kansas City’s Classic Rock Station” (Chiefs) sputters by -1.4 (9.9 – 8.5, 6+) but repeats in the runner-up slot. In 2019’s 13 survey periods, KCFX ended up on top nine times (January, February, May, July, August, September, October, November, and December), while KCMO-FM was #1 the other four (March, April, June, and “Holiday” 2019). Down seven-tenths in December in advance of “Holiday” 2019’s +1.9 (3.1 – 5.0, 6+), Steel City Media adult contemporary KCKC “KC-102.1 Today’s Best Variety” forfeits a -2.2 to 2.8 (6+) and plummets from #5 to #15. “Holiday” 2019’s 5.0 was its best 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2018 (7.0). Continuing an alternating down/up pattern that began in August (2.5 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 2.3 – 2.4, 6+), Cumulus Media CHR KCHZ “95.7 The Vibe – All The Hits” falls from #17 to #18. Departing the top twenty (#20 to #21), co-owned KCJK “105.1 The X – Kansas City’s Rock Alternative” is down or flat the fifth time in succession for a collective -1.2 (2.6 – 2.5 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.4, 6+).

Columbus

Spoken-Word Formats – Stacking a +1.9 onto “Holiday” 2019’s one-tenth increase (6.0 – 6.1 – 8.0, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WTVN “News Radio 610” jumps from fourth to second.

Continuing an alternating down/up pattern that began in October (7.0 – 6.9 – 7.4 – 5.7 – 5.8, 6+), Tegna’s WBNS-FM “Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan” vaults from seventh to fourth. For the fifth successive time, co-owned/similarly formatted WBNS-AM posts a .2 (#20 to #15, 6+).

A combined -2.3 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.2 – 4.6 – 2.9, 6+), Ohio State University news/talk WOSU bounces back with a +1.4 (4.3, ninth to fifth, 6+).

Columbus Music Formats – Following 25 consecutive ratings periods at #1, WCOL “92.3 Columbus’ #1 For New Country” segued to #3 in “Holiday” 2019. Powered by a January 2020 +2.1 (7.7 – 9.8, 6+), the iHeartMedia-owned station returns to the top spot. By logging a 9.8 in December, WCOL failed to reach double-digits (6+) for the first time since June 2017. Sample WCOL fluctuations include: -2.1 (“Holiday” 2018); +.8 (January 2019); +.7 (February); +1.2 (April); -1.3 (May); -.6 (June); -.8 (October); -1.1 (December); -2.1 (“Holiday” 2019); and +2.1 (January 2020). Ousted from the top spot after a “Holiday” 2019-only visit there is Saga Communications adult contemporary WSNY “Sunny 95,” which is unlisted in January 2020. WSNY was an overall +3.5 in three successive up or flat trends (6.2 – 6.7 – 7.2 – 9.7, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s 9.7 was the best 6+-stat for “Sunny” since “Holiday” 2018 (9.7, as well). In addition to WSNY, co-owned WLVQ “Iconic Rock Q-96 FM” (5.0, #7, 6+, “Holiday” 2019); hot AC WVMX “Mix 107.9” (2.7, #13, 6+, “Holiday” 2019); and classic hits-oldies WNND “Rewind 103.5 & 104.3” (1.9, #14, 6+, “Holiday” 2019) are unlisted in this report. Dropping from second to sixth is iHeartMedia adult hits WODC “93.3 The Bus” (9.4 – 4.2, – 5.2, 6+). WODC had been a collective +5.6 in three straight upticks (3.8 – 3.9 – 5.9 – 9.4, 6+), directly after three downturns in a row that accounted for a -1.8 (5.6 – 4.7 – 4.2 – 3.8, 6+). It was -4.1 (January 2019); +.9 (May); -.5 (June); +1.0 (July); -.9 (August); -.5 (September); +2.0 (December); +3.5 (“Holiday” 2019); and -5.2 (January 2020). CHR cluster-mate WNCI “97.9 Columbus’ Hit Music Station,” a combined -1.7 in December/“Holiday” 2019, storms back with a +1.1 to 7.2 (fourth to third, 6+). After being without an increase the past six reports for a net loss of one-half share (1.7 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.2, 6+), classic rock sibling WXZX “105.7 The Brew” applies the brakes with a +.3 to 1.5 (#16 to #11, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s 1.2 was its lowest 6+-stat since March (1.2, as well). Owing to five straight negative or neutral sweeps, Radio One’s WCKX “Power 107.5” is an overall -1.2 (3.7 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 2.9 – 2.5, ninth to tenth, 6+).

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