January 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Four

| February 22, 2020

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January 2020 PPM Data – Information for the January 2020 ratings period has been released for Austin, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Providence, Norfolk, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Greensboro, Memphis, and Hartford. 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.

Austin

Spoken-Word Formats – An increase of nine-tenths to 4.5 (6+) elevates Sinclair Telecable-owned KLBJ-AM from ninth to eighth and pulls the plug on three straight decreases that led to a collective -1.4 (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 3.6, 6+). October’s 5.0 was the best 6+-performance for “News Radio 590” in more than six years (5.0, as well, June 2013). Entercom’s KJCE is without a loss the fifth time in a row for a net gain of one-tenth (.3 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .4, 6+); “Talk Radio 1370” is anchored at #26.

Repeating at #16, Genuine Austin Radio sports talk KTXX “The Horn” follows “Holiday” 2019’s -.8 with a one-tenth improvement (2.1 – 2.2, 6+). Off four-tenths via three straight sweeps without an increase (.9 – .8 – .5 – .5, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted KVET-AM “1300 AM The Zone” picks up one-tenth to .6 (6+) and is unchanged at #25.

In “Holiday” 2019, KUT shifted to #2, following three sweeps in a row at #1. Powered by a +1.5 (7.4 – 8.9, 6+), the University of Texas at Austin-owned news/talk outlet is back in the top spot. Recent KUT fluctuations include: +1.6 (January 2019); +.7 (March); -2.0 (April); -1.6 (June); +.9 (July); +1.2 (August); +2.0 (October); -.5 (November); +.5 (December); -1.9 (“Holiday” 2019); and +1.5 (January 2020).

Austin Music Formats – Owing to seven downturns in a row, Sinclair Telecable adult hits KBPA was a collective -2.1 (9.3 – 9.2 – 8.7 – 8.4 – 8.1 – 7.9 – 7.8 – 7.2, 6+). In January 2020, “103.5 Bob-FM” rebounds with a +1.3 to 8.5 (third to second, 6+). KBPA spent six consecutive sweeps at #1 and was in the runner-up slot three reports in a row before slipping to third in “Holiday” 2019. An overall -1.2 in three drops in a row (5.5 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 4.2, 6+), iHeartMedia’s country-formatted KVET-FM carves away half that shortfall with a +.6 to 4.8 (seventh to fifth, 6+). Immediately prior to the just-concluded negative streak, “98.1 The Austin Texas Original” was a combined +2.2 in September/October (3.3 – 5.0 – 5.5, 6+), with September’s 5.5 its best 6+-showing since May (5.8, 6+). Despite picking up one-tenth (3.6 – 3.7, 6+), co-owned/similarly-programmed KASE exits the top ten (#9 to #11). “Austin’s #1 For New Country” was -.9 (November); +.9 (December); and -1.5 (“Holiday” 2019). Elsewhere in the format, Genuine Austin Radio-owned KOKE-FM “Austin’s Country Alternative” records its third consecutive up or flat trend for a net gain of two-tenths (1.1 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.3, flat at #20, 6+). In addition to KVET-FM, Sinclair Telecable triple A KGSR-HD2 notches a six-tenth increase (1.2, #21, 6+). KGSR-HD2 had lost 50% of its 6+-stat in three declines in a row (1.2 – .8 – .7 – .6, 6+). In an alternating up/down pattern that began in September (3.7 – 4.1 – 3.9 – 4.0 – 3.5 – 4.0, 6+), co-owned KLBJ-FM “93.7 The Rock of Austin” returns to the top ten (#12 to #10). A combined +6.7 in December “Holiday” 2019 (5.1 – 6.3 – 11.8, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary KKMJ falters by -5.1 to 6.7 (6+). After a “Holiday” 2019-only visit to #1, “Majic 95.5 Better Music for a Better Workday” segues to third-place. In “Holiday” 2019, KKMJ became the first Austin station to record double-digits (11.8, 6+) since it did so in “Holiday” 2017 (12.4). Repeating at #14, Sinclair Telecable’s similarly-formatted KGSR “Star 93.3” follows “Holiday” 2019’s increase of seven-tenths with a one-tenth dip (2.7 – 2.6, 6+). Without a loss the past three sweeps for a net gain of one-half share (2.1 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.6, 6+), Univision Radio regional Mexican KLQB “Que Buena 104.3” is off one-tenth to 2.5 (flat at #15, 6+).

Raleigh

Spoken-Word Formats – Dismissing “Holiday” 2019’s loss of four-tenths with a January 2020 +1.8 (5.3 – 7.1, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WTKK “106.1 Stay Connected” progresses from eighth to third. A combined +.3 in November/December (1.0 – 1.1 – 1.3, 6+), Curtis Media Group news/talk WPTF “News Radio 680” dropped one-tenth in “Holiday” 2019 to 1.2 (#19, 6+) but is unlisted in January 2020.

Vaporizing December/“Holiday” 2019’s loss of four-tenths (3.1 – 2.8 – 2.7, 6+) with a +1.0 to 3.7 (6+), Capitol Broadcasting sports talk WCMC “99.9 The Fan” cracks the top ten (#13 to #9).

Including January 2020’s positive spike of six-tenths, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill news/talk WUNC “91.5 North Carolina Public Radio” continues an alternating down/up pattern that commenced in February 2019: 7.5 – 7.3 – 7.4 – 7.0 – 7.8 – 7.5 – 8.5 – 7.4 – 7.5 – 6.5 – 6.8 – 6.0 – 6.6 (fifth to fourth, 6+).

Raleigh Music Formats – Following four straight sweeps at #1, WFXC shifted to the runner-up slot in “Holiday” 2019; however, with a January 2020 +1.5 (7.2 – 8.7, 6+),“Foxy – Today’s R&B and Classic Soul” is back on top. The Radio One urban AC spent 12 consecutive survey periods at #1; had an August-only stay at #2; and returned to #1 in September. Its August gain of two-tenths ended six straight down or flat sweeps that resulted in an overall -2.8 (11.0 – 9.9 – 9.5 – 9.5 – 9.1 – 8.8 – 8.2, 6+). Recent WFXC (6+) fluctuations include: +1.1 (January 2019); -1.1 (February); -.6 (July); -.6 (October); -1.5 (“Holiday” 2019); and +1.5 (January 2020).  January 2019’s +1.1 took WFXC to 11.0, its highest 6+-stat in the PPM-era. Nudged out of the ratings penthouse is Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary WRAL “Mix 101.5 – The Variety That Makes You Feel Good” (7.4, -1.7, first to second, 6+). A combined -.8 in November/December (7.7 – 7.2 – 6.9, 6+), “Mix” posted a “Holiday” 2019 +2.2 to 9.1, its best 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2018 (9.6). Reaching the market from Greensboro, iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WMAG was an overall +1.8 via three straight up or flat trends (.4 – .4 – .4 – 2.2, 6+) but is now a combined -1.7 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (2.2 – 1.9 – .5, #16 to #14, 6+). In four straight positive spikes, Radio One gospel WNNL netted a +2.5 (4.5 – 5.2 – 5.5 – 6.2 – 7.0, 6+), but “The Light 103.9” forfeits nearly two-thirds of that increase (5.4, -1.6, third to sixth, 6+). The four latest (6+) fluctuations for urban contemporary cluster-mate WQOK “K-97.5” are: +1.3 (November); -.7 (December); -.5 (“Holiday” 2019); and -1.2 in January 2020 (6.3 – 5.1, fourth to seventh, 6+). November’s 7.5 was its strongest 6+-stat since February (7.8). Having more than quadrupled (+.7) its 6+-figure in six successive reports without a loss (.2 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .4 – .9, 6+), Curtis Media Group hot AC WPLW-AM “Star 92.9 – The Triangle’s Best Variety” returns that increase in its entirety (.2, -.7, #22 to #17, 6+). CHR sibling WPLW-FM “Pulse FM,” a combined -.8 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.2 – 5.1 – 4.4, #11, 6+), is unlisted in the January 2020 report. The same (unlisted) status applies to co-owned WQDR “Today’s Best Country 94.7 QDR,” which was a collective -1.9 through five successive decreases (6.8 – 6.5 – 6.3 – 5.8 – 5.2 – 4.9, ninth, 6+). In addition to (aforementioned) WPTF; WPLW-FM; and WQDR, four other Curtis Media Group stations are unlisted in this report. They are: adult hits WBBB “96.1 BBB Your Life/Your Music” (5.4, #7, “Holiday” 2019, 6+); classic hits-oldies WKIX “KIX 102.9 Carolina’s Greatest Hits” (2.6, #14, “Holiday” 2019, 6+); regional Mexican WYMY “La Ley 101.1” (1.5, #18, “Holiday” 2019, 6+); and classic hits-oldies WPTK “Just Right Radio” (1.1, #20, “Holiday” 2019, 6+).

Indianapolis

Spoken-Word Formats – Exchanging “Holiday” 2019’s -1.3 (6.7 – 5.4, 6+) with a robust January 2020 +2.2 to 7.6 (6+), Emmis news/talk WIBC jumps from fifth to third. Recent (6+) shifts for “Indy’s Mobile News 93.1” include: +.9 (January 2019); +.9 (February); -.8 (March); -1.2 (April); +.9 (June); +.5 (August); -.5 (October); +.6 (November); -1.3 (“Holiday” 2019); and +2.2 (January 2020).

Up two-tenths (2.8 – 3.0, 6+), Emmis’ WFNI “The Fan – Indy’s Sports Center” advances from #14 to #13.

Three consecutive (August through November) increases netted a +1.2 (1.7 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9, 6+); WFNI was then locked on 2.8 (6+) in December and “Holiday” 2019. Anchored at #18, iHeartMedia-owned WNDE “Indy’s Sports Station” has a June 2019 through January 2020 topline of: 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.3 – .9 – 1.0 – 1.2 (6+).

Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting news/talk WFYI’s July 2019 through January 2020’s alternating up/down pattern (including its current +.9) is: 4.9 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 5.2 – 4.7 – 4.8 – 3.7 – 4.6 (flat at #9, 6+).

Indianapolis Music Formats – Four straight setbacks by Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WJJK accounted for a -4.5 (11.1 – 10.4 – 10.2 – 8.0 – 6.6, 6+), but “Classic Hits 104.5” answers with a January 2020 +1.1 to 7.7 (third to second, 6+). After 11 sweeps in a row at #1, WJJK dropped to second in December. Its 11.1 (July and September) represents the highest 6+-share in the station’s PPM-history, eclipsing April’s 10.2. Among WJJK’s recent hefty (6+) fluctuations are: +2.9 (January 2019); -.7 (February); -.6 (March); +1.7 (April); +1.4 (July); -1.1 (August); +1.1 (September); -.7 (October); -2.2 (December); -1.4 (“Holiday” 2019); and +1.1 (January 2020). A combined -2.0 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.4 – 6.2 – 5.4, 6+), Emmis-owned WLHK “Country 97.1 Hank” slices that deficit in half with a +1.0 to 6.4 (fifth to sixth, 6+). “Hank” was up one-tenth in November, after its October +1.3 basically defused August/September’s -1.2 (7.2 – 7.1 – 6.0, 6+). Improving by nine-tenths (each) are iHeartMedia-owned WFBQ “Q-95 Rocks” (third to fourth) and Sarkes Tarzian triple A WTTS “92.3 Experience The Music” (4.7, steady at #8, 6+). In an alternating down/up pattern that commenced in June, “Q-95” is: 6.7 – 5.9 – 6.4 – 6.3 – 6.9 – 6.1 – 7.1 – 6.6 – 7.5 (6+). Immediately prior to losing one-tenth in “Holiday” 2019, WTTS was +1.2 in four successive up or flat trends (2.7 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.9, 6+). After having its 6+ AQH share plummet by roughly 48% (-3.0) as a result of seven successive decreases (6.2 – 6.0 – 5.8 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 4.4 – 4.2 – 3.2, 6+), Entercom CHR WZPL “99.5 ZPL” pulls the plug with a +.6 to 3.8 (#11 to #10, 6+). Improving by six-tenths as well is Radio One urban AC WTLC-FM (steady at #7), which has an alternating August 2019 through January 2020 down/up pattern of: 4.5 – 4.4 – 5.2 – 5.1 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 5.8 (6+). A cumulative +10.8 via three increases in succession (7.4 – 8.8 – 10.2 – 18.2, 6+), Emmis adult contemporary WYXB “B-105.7” plummets by precisely 50% (9.1, -9.1, 6+) but is #1 the third successive sweep. Its “Holiday” 2019 18.2 represents the largest 6+-performance by any Indianapolis station in the PPM-era. A -1.0 by Radio One rhythmic CHR WHHH sends “Hot 96.3” below a three-share (3.7 – 2.7, 6+) and out of the top ten (#9 to #14). After posting a 3.4 (6+) in June, Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WKLU is unlisted the eighth time in a row.

Milwaukee

Spoken-Word Formats – Down six-tenths (5.9 – 5.3, 6+), Good Karma Brands’ news/talk WTMJ (Packers, Bucks) slips from fourth to fifth. Immediately prior to “Holiday” 2019’s increase of two-tenths, “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” was -2.7 in November/December (8.4 – 6.6 – 5.7, 6+). A combined -1.1 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.1 – 4.8 – 4.0, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WISN “News/Talk 1130” notches a +.2 to 4.2 (ninth to seventh, 6+).

The market’s four major sports talkers are separated by six-tenths of a share. Tied at #14 are Good Karma Brands’ WKTI “94.5 ESPN” (.8 – 1.0, +.2, #20 to #14, 6+) and iHeartMedia’s WRNW “97.3 The Game – Milwaukee’s Sports Talk That Rocks” (.9 – 1.0, +.1, #18 to #14, 6+). Trailing WKTI and WRNW by just one-tenth is Entercom’s WSSP “Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan” (flat at .9, #18 to #16, 6+). Meanwhile, one-half share behind WSSP is iHeartMedia’s WOKY “The Big 920,” which has lost three-tenths via four straight down or flat trends (.7 – .6 – .5 – .4 – .4, #23 to #21, 6+).

On the heels of “Holiday” 2019’s loss of eight-tenths, University of Wisconsin news/talk WUWM gains two-tenths (4.0 – 4.2, ninth to seventh, 6+). Wisconsin Public Radio news/talk WHAD wipes away December/“Holiday” 2019’s combined -.5 (1.6 – 1.3 – 1.1, 6+) with a January 2020 +.5 to 1.6 (#17 to #12, 6+).

Milwaukee Music Formats – The combination of iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WRIT “95.7 Big FM Milwaukee’s Greatest Hits” eroding by -3.9 (11.8 – 7.9, #1 the fourth time in a row ) and Entercom hot AC WMYX “99.1 The Mix” logging a +1.8 (6.1 – 7.9, third to first, 6+) results in the two sharing the lead. WRIT spent four straight months at #1 before segueing to the runner-up slot in October. “Holiday” 2019’s 11.8 is the strongest 6+-stat for any Milwaukee station since WRIT’s 11.6 in “Holiday” 2017. Recent (6+) moves by WRIT include: +3.8 (“Holiday” 2018); – 1.9 (January 2019); +.6 (February); -.8 (March); +.7 (April); -1.5 (May); +.8 (June); -1.3 (October); -.5 (November); +4.0 (“Holiday” 2019); and -3.9 (January 2020). After posting an increase of seven-tenths in back-to-back sweeps (6.2 – 6.9 – 7.6, 6+), “The Mix” faltered by -1.5 in “Holiday” 2019. Prior to December (7.6), the last time WMYX reached the seven-share level was in November 2015 (7.0, 6+). In three setbacks in a row, iHeartMedia-owned WMIL was a collective -2.1 (7.2 – 7.0 – 6.5 – 5.1, 6+) but “FM 106.1 Milwaukee’s Best Country” halts the slide with a +1.1 to 6.2 (sixth to fourth, 6+). A cumulative +6.2 as a result of three bumps in a row (5.2  – 5.7 – 6.8 – 11.4, 6+), Milwaukee Radio Alliance adult contemporary WLDB “B-93.3” surrenders a -4.1 to 7.3 (second to third, 6+). In “Holiday” 2019, “B-93.3” reached double-digits (11.4, 6+) for the first time since “Holiday” 2018 (10.3). Off eight-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.5 – 5.4 – 4.7, seventh to eighth, 6+), Saga Communications’ WHQG “102.9 The Hog Everything That Rocks” is unlisted in January 2020. The same (unlisted) status applies to co-owned WKLH “96.5 Milwaukee’s Hometown Rock,” which was down or flat six times in a row for a -2.8 (8.4 – 7.8 – 7.8 – 7.6 – 7.3 – 7.0 – 5.6, third to fifth, 6+) and urban AC cluster-mate WJMR “Jammin’ 98.3,” which lost eight-tenths via three consecutive down or flat moves (4.0 – 4.0 – 3.7 – 3.2, #12 to #13, 6+).

Nashville

Spoken-Word Formats – A January 2020 increase of seven-tenths by Cumulus Media’s WWTN fully eradicates December/“Holiday” 2019’s -.7 (4.8 – 4.7 – 4.1 – 4.8 , tenth to eighth, 6+). Entering the December sweep, “Super Talk 99.7” was +1.7 in six up or flat sweeps in a row (3.1 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 4.2 – 4.8, 6+). Flat at #17, iHeartMedia’s WLAC “Talk Radio 1510,” which forfeited four-tenths in “Holiday” 2019, regains three-tenths (2.0 – 2.3, 6+). In December, WLAC reached the two-share level (2.4) for the first time in more than four years (2.0, October 2015).

An overall -1.1 in three straight down or flat moves (5.1 – 5.0 – 4.1 – 4.0, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned sports talk WGFX “104.5 The Zone” bounces back with a +.7 to 4.7 (6+) and reenters the top ten (#11 to #9). Prior to this just-concluded streak, “The Zone” netted a +2.4 in four straight upticks (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 4.7 – 5.1, 6+). By gaining two-tenths to 1.0 (steady at #19, 6+), Cromwell Group-owned/similarly-formatted WPRT “102.5 The Game” (Predators) halts three consecutive sweeps without an increase that accounted for an overall loss of one-half share (1.3 – 1.1 – 1.1 – .8, 6+).

Recent shifts by Nashville Public Radio’s WPLN-FM “NPR News and Classical Music” include: August/September’s +1.8 (5.1 – 6.2 – 6.9, 6+); October/November’s -1.5 (6.9 – 5.9 – 5.4, 6+); December’s +.4 (5.4 – 5.8, 6+); “Holiday” 2019’s -1.2; and +1.1 in January 2020 (4.6 – 5.7, eighth to fifth, 6+).

Nashville Music Formats – Down or flat six times in a row for a collective -1.5 (6.2 – 5.6 – 5.4 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.9 – 4.7, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WSIX obliterates that shortfall with a +1.7 (6.4, sixth to fourth, 6+). Immediately prior, “The Big 98 – Nashville’s #1 for New Country” had been +2.7 in seven consecutive up or flat sweeps (3.5 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 5.0 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 6.2, 6+). Conversely, Cumulus Media’s similarly-formatted WKDF is a collective -1.6 in three straight drops (4.9 – 4.8 – 4.4 – 3.3, 6+); “Nash FM 103.3” exits the top ten (#9 to #13). Also in the format, co-owned WSM-FM “95.5 Nash Icon” answers “Holiday” 2019’s dip of eight-tenths with a January 2020 bump of three-tenths (4.7 – 5.0, 6+) but slips from sixth to seventh. WSM-FM was +1.6 in October/November (4.5 – 5.0 – 6.1, 6+) and -.6 in December. In the contemporary Christian format, WAY Media’s WAYM continues on a roll: “WAY-FM” nearly quadruples (+3.1) its 6+ AQH share in six straight positive or neutral sweeps (1.1 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 2.4 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 4.2, #15 to #11, 6+). Salem Media Group’s similarly-programmed WFFH “94 FM The Fish,” a collective +1.6 in four straight sweeps without a loss (2.4 – 2.4 – 2.8 – 3.3 – 4.0, 6+), forfeits half that increase (3.2, -.8, #11 to #14, 6+). Directly prior, WFFH lost approximately 47% (-2.1) of its 6+-share as a result of four down or flat moves in a row (4.5 – 4.4 – 3.2 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+). Meanwhile, Educational Media Foundation’s WLVU is down one-half share in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (2.4 – 1.9 – 1.9, flat at #18, 6+). “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” was +1.5 in three June through September improvements (2.0 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.5, 6+); -1.7 in October/November (3.5 – 2.6 – 1.8, 6+); and +.6 in December (1.8 – 2.4, 6+). Off a combined six-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.2 – 6.1 – 5.6, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WRVW posts a January 2020 increase of nine-tenths to 6.5 (third to second, 6+). Immediately in advance of the December report, “107.5 The River” gained nine-tenths via five straight sweeps without a loss (5.3 – 5.3 – 5.5 – 5.7 – 6.2 – 6.2, 6+). After each regressed by eight-tenths in “Holiday” 2019, iHeartMedia’s WNRQ “105.9 The Rock” recaptures one-half share (3.3 – 3.8, #14 to #12, 6+), while Cromwell alternative WBUZ “102.9 The Buzz” falters by another eight-tenths (4.4 – 4.6 – 2.8, #13 to #16, 6+). In six consecutive decreases, WNRQ was a cumulative -4.5 (7.8 – 7.6 – 6.5 – 6.2 – 5.2 – 4.1 – 3.3, 6+). The “Holiday” 2019 loss by WBUZ suspended three consecutive improvements that netted a +2.0 (2.4 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 4.4, 6+). While Midwest Communications adult contemporary WJXA is the market leader the third time in a row, “Mix 92.9 – Your Life, Your Music” stumbles by -5.5 to 10.3 (6+). A combined +8.3 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.5 – 9.7 – 15.8, 6+), WJXA has been: +3.2 (“Holiday” 2018); -3.5 (January 2019); -1.3 (February); +1.0 (May); -1.6 (October); +2.2 (December); +6.1 (“Holiday” 2019); and -5.5 (January 2020). After logging three drops in a row for an overall -2.7 (8.9 – 7.8 – 6.6 – 6.2, 6+), co-owned WCJK “96.3 Jack FM – Playing What We Want” ends the slide with a +.3 to 6.5 (unchanged at #2, 6+). Owing to three successive bumps, Nashville’s version of “Jack” was +2.1 (6.8 – 8.0 – 8.1 – 8.9, 6+). October 2019 marked WCJK’s first time at #1 since April, when it logged an 8.4 (6+). The four most recent shifts by Cumulus Media urban AC WQQK “92-Q” are: -.7 (November); +.6 (December); +.5 (“Holiday” 2019); and -.7 in January 2020 (5.1 – 4.4, fifth to tenth, 6+). Prior to the December sweep, “92-Q” was a collective -1.5 in three decreases in succession (5.5 – 5.2 – 4.7 – 4.0, 6+). That immediately followed an overall +1.3 via four successive gains (4.2 – 4.4 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.5, 6+).

Providence

Spoken-Word Formats – Dismissing December/“Holiday” 2019’s combined loss of one-half share (3.0 – 2.7 – 2.5, 6+) with a January 2020 +1.2 to 3.7 (6+), Cumulus Media-owned WPRO-AM “News Talk 630” continues at #8. Even though iHeartMedia news/talk WHJJ adds two-tenths in back-to-back reports (4. – .6 – .8, 6+),“Providence’s News, Traffic, and Weather” backslides from #16 to #18. November’s one-tenth increase halted eight straight down or flat moves that accounted for an approximately 75% reduction (-1.6) of its 6+-AQH share (2.1 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.3 – .9 – .9 – .7 – .5, 6+). Cumulus Media’s WPRV “AM 790 Talk & Business” has lost a collective four-tenths in nine consecutive down or flat reports and exits the top twenty (.7 – .5 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3, #19 to #21, 6+).

Advancing from seventh to sixth, Entercom sports talker WVEI continues an alternating down/up pattern that began in February: 4.1- 3.6 – 4.0 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 4.1 – 3.8 – 4.1 (6+). July’s 3.1 is its lowest 6+-stat since March 2018’s 2.8.

Down one-half share in December/“Holiday” 2019 (1.8 – 1.5 – 1.2, 6+), iHeartMedia Boston news-talk hybrid WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” improves by three-tenths to 1.5 (#14 to #13, 6+).

A combined -.6 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.9 – 2.8 – 2.3, 6+), WGBH Educational Foundation Boston news/talk WGBH erases all but one-tenth of that deficit (2.8, +.5, steady at #9, 6+). Notwithstanding that The Wheeler School-owned news/talk WELH more than doubles (+.4) its “Holiday” 2019 AQH share (.3 – .7, 6+), “89.3 The Public’s Radio” slips from #19 to #20; WELH was -1.3 in December.

Providence Music Formats – In four consecutive down or flat trends, Cumulus Media-owned CHR WPRO-FM was an overall -1.2 (7.0 – 7.0 – 6.8 – 6.2 – 5.8, 6+); however, “Today’s Hit Music PRO FM” purges that shortfall with a +1.6 to 7.4 (6+) and continues in fourth-place. Down eight-tenths in “Holiday” 2019 (2.7 – 1.9, 6+, Townsquare Media’s similarly-programmed WFHN “Fun 107 The Southcoast’s #1 Hit Music Station” responds with a January 2020 gain of seven-tenths (2.6, unchanged at #10, 6+). In December, “Fun 107” posted a +.8 to 2.7, its strongest 6+-stat since February’s 3.7. By gaining one-tenth to 5.8 (flat at #5, 6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWBB “B-101” curtails three sweeps in a row without an increase that resulted in an overall -1.9 (7.6 – 7.4 – 6.6 – 5.7, 6+). Anchored at #3, Hall Broadcasting’s WCTK “Cat Country 98.1” dusts itself off from “Holiday” 2019’s -1.9 (8.3 – 6.4, 6+) with a January 2020 +1.4 (7.8, 6+). Entering the September sweep, WCTK was a collective +1.7 in three straight improvements (7.6 – 8.5 – 8.6 – 9.3, 6+). August’s 9.3 (#1, 6+) was its highest 6+-share since 10.1 in July 2018. In addition to “Cat Country,” iHeartMedia-owned WHJY dials up a January 2020 +1.4 (8.0 – 9.4, 6+). This follows “Holiday” 2019’s -1.3 and enables “94 HJY Providence’s Home of Rock & Roll” to advance from second to first. After four months in succession at #1, WHJY segued to the runner-up slot in “Holiday” 2019. A December gain of six-tenths wiped away October/November’s loss of equal magnitude (9.3 – 9.2 – 8.7, 6+). Exiting the top spot is Cumulus Media adult contemporary WWLI “Lite Rock 105” (16.8 – 8.9, -7.9, first to second, 6+), which was tied for the lead (with WHJY) in December and had sole possession of #1 in “Holiday” 2019. In three straight upticks, WWLI nearly doubled (+8.3) its 6+-stat (8.5 – 8.6 – 9.3 – 16.8, 6+). Unlisted the eighth month in a row are Red Wolf Broadcasting Spanish tropical WKKB “Latina 100.3,” which posted a 1.2 in June (#16, 6+) and classic hits-oldies sibling WSKP “Good Times … Great Oldies” (.8, #19, June 2019, 6+).

Norfolk

Spoken-Word Formats – This is the fourth sweep in a row Max Broadcast Group sports talk WVSP is without an increase for a net loss of three-tenths (2.2 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 1.9, 6+); even so, “ESPN Radio 94.1” advances from #11 to #10.

Norfolk Music Formats – Basically neutralizing December/“Holiday” 2019’s -1.4 (4.3 – 3.5 – 2.9, 6+) with a January 2020 +1.3 to 4.2 (6+), Max Broadcast Group’s WGH-FM “New Country 97.3 The Eagle” soars from tenth to fourth. Off three-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.3 – 3.3 – 3.0, 6+), Entercom hot AC WPTE “94.9 The Point” notches a +.6 to 3.6 (ninth to fifth), its best 6+-stat (3.6) since this past July (4.0). Continuing an alternating up/down pattern that began in July (8.0 – 8.3 – 7.5 – 7.8 – 7.3 – 7.4 – 6.9 – 7.4, 6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WOWI “103 Jamz” climbs from third to second. Not only is WVKL a cumulative +2.7 in three bumps in a row (11.7 – 12.7 – 14.1 – 14.4, 6+), “Smooth R&B from Yesterday & Today” is #1 the 14th consecutive ratings period. The Entercom urban AC had been the market pacesetter 25 successive times before shifting to the runner-up slot in “Holiday” 2018. When WVKL recorded a 9.1 (6+) in August, it was the first time since January 2014 (9.8) that the station failed to log double-digits (6+). Its August 2018 15.5 holds the record for highest 6+-performance by any Norfolk station in the PPM-era. Co-owned adult contemporary WWDE “101.3 2WD,” which was +8.1 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.3 – 6.9 – 12.4, 6+), spirals by -7.2 to 5.2 (second to third, 6+). Although it is a collective -1.5 via three drops in a row (5.1 – 4.6 – 3.7 – 3.6, 6+), Max Broadcast Group’s similarly-formatted WVBW “92.9 The Wave” advances from seventh to fifth. Co-owned WVHT “Hot 100 – Today’s Hits Now,” which was off six-tenths in three straight sweeps without an increase (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.0, 6+), suspends the streak with a +.4 to 2.4 and zooms from #13 to #8. On a rollercoaster ride, iHeartMedia rhythmic hot AC WMOV “MOViN’ 107.7” lost two-thirds loss (-.7) of its 6+-stat in six successive trends without an increase (2.1 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.4, 6+); was then +1.7 in December/“Holiday” (1.4 – 1.9 – 3.1, 6+); and now plummets by -2.0 to 1.1 (6+) and departs the top ten (#8 to #13, 6+). Off seven-tenths in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (3.9 – 3.8 – 3.2, 6+), Entercom rhythmic CHR WNVZ “Z-104” slips from sixth to seventh. Despite having its consecutive string of up or flat trends that netted a half-share end at five (1.6 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 2.1 – 2.1, 6+), iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic oldies WHBT “92.1 The Beat” (2.0, -.1, 6+) climbs from #11 to #9. Immediately after logging a +1.6 in November, Saga Communications’ WAFX “106.9 The Fox – Hampton Roads’ Classic Rock” regressed by -1.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.3 – 6.7 – 5.8, flat at #4, 6+). November’s 7.3 represents the highest 6+-stat since June (8.2) for “The Fox,” which was a combined +2.1 in October/November (5.2 – 5.7 – 7.3, 6+). Co-owned WNOR “FM 99 Rocks” lost basically half (-4.5) its 6+ AQH share via four consecutive downturns (9.1 – 7.5 – 7.2 – 5.4 – 4.6, 6+) and was unchanged at #5. Directly before that streak, WNOR was +3.2 via six consecutive up or flat trends (5.9 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 6.8 – 6.8 – 8.9 – 9.1, 6+). September’s 9.1 (6+) marked the first time in its PPM-history that WNOR appeared in print with a 6+-share reaching the nine-share level (6+). WAFX, WNOR, and adult standards sibling WJOI “Joy FM – Great Songs/Great Memories” (.2, #17, “Holiday” 2019, 6+) are all unlisted in January 2020.

Jacksonville

Spoken-Word Formats – Tacking on a January 2020 +1.5 to “Holiday” 2019’s increase of two-tenths (8.1 – 8.3 – 9.8, 6+), Cox Media Group news/talk WOKV-FM “104.5 Jacksonville’s News, Weather, and Traffic” progresses from second to a first-place tie. WOKV-FM had been the market leader from July through November.

Down one-tenth in back-to-back reports (1.1 – 1.0  – .9, 6+), iHeartMedia sports talk WFXJ “930 The Game – Jacksonville’s Sports Leader” improves by three-tenths to 1.2 (6+) and continues at #18. Without a loss the fourth time in a row for a net gain of one-tenth (.3 – .4 – .4 -.4 – .4, 6+), Cox Media Group sports talk WOKV-AM “690 AM ESPN Jacksonville” drops from #19 to #20.

After surrendering seven-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.6 – 3.5 – 2.9, 6+), public radio news/talk WJCT answers with a January 2020 gain of eight-tenths (3.7, #12 to #10, 6+).

Jacksonville Music Formats – Very similar to news/talk WOKV-FM (see above), Renda Broadcasting’s WGNE adds a +1.5 to “Holiday” 2019’s spike of three-tenths (3.7 – 4.0 – 5.5, 6+) as “99.9 Gator Country” moves from eighth to sixth. WGNE had been within 4.1 – 4.7 range (6+) five survey periods in succession (4.3 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 4.1 – 4.5, 6+) before faltering in December by eight-tenths to 3.7, its lowest 6+-stat since June (3.5). On the heels of “Holiday” 2019’s massive -3.0, iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted WQIK “99.1 Jacksonville’s Country” dials up a +.6 (4.0 – 4.6, 6+) and repeats at #8. Owing to four successive improvements, WQIK was a collective +1.6 (5.4 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 6.7 – 7.0, 6+). Even though it replaces December/“Holiday” 2019’s combined loss of one-half share (5.3 – 5.2 – 4.8, 6+) with a +1.3 and has its best 6+-showing (6.1) since July (6.6), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WJBT “93.3 The Beat” remains in fifth-place. “Holiday” 2019’s 14.3-share advantage (6+) Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WEJZ held over Cox Media Group’s similarly-formatted WEZI “Easy 102.9” shrinks to 4.7 (6+) as WEJZ is -8.6 (18.4 – 9.8, first to a first-place tie with news/talk WOKV-FM, see above, 6+), while WEZI is +1.0 (4.1 – 5.1 – unchanged at #7, 6+). In four consecutive up or flat moves, WEJZ was a +11.0 (7.4 – 7.4 – 8.1 – 10.8 – 18.4, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s 18.4 was the highest 6+-showing by any Jacksonville station in four years (WEJZ, 19.7, “Holiday” 2015, 6+). WEZI’s January 2020 increase suspends five successive decreases that resulted in an overall -2.8 (6.9 – 6.1 – 5.8 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 4.1, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s 4.1 was the lowest 6+-figure for “Easy” since “Holiday” 2018 (4.0). An increase of nine-tenths enables iHeartMedia urban AC WSOL “V-101.5” to cross the six-share level (5.4 – 6.3, steady in fourth-place, 6+). Continuing an alternating up/down pattern that began in March (4.0 – 4.4 – 4.2 – 5.2 – 3.8 – 4.1 – 2.7 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 2.4 – 2.9, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WKSL “97.9 Kiss FM” continues at #13. Its format rival – Cox Media Group’s WAPE “Jacksonville’s #1 Hit Music Station” – is an overall -2.1 as a result of seven successive sweeps without an increase (6.6 – 5.9 – 5.6 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 4.5 – 4.5, sixth to ninth, 6+). Dropping one-half share (each) are WAPE’s classic hits-oldies sibling WJGL “Eagle 96.9” (7.8 – 7.3, flat at #3, 6+) and co-owned WXXJ “X-106.5 – Jacksonville’s New Alternative” (#15 to #16). “The Eagle” bounced back from December’s -.5  with a “Holiday” 2019 +1.1. Three successive improvements delivered WJGL a net gain of seven-tenths (6.5 – 6.7 – 6.8 – 7.2, 6+). WXXJ is a collective -1.3 via seven straight setbacks (2.9 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 1.6, 6+).

West Palm Beach

Spoken-Word Formats – An overall -1.2 in three straight drops (4.0 – 3.7 – 2.9 – 2.8, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WJNO “1290 The Palm Beaches’ News & Talk” ends the skid with a +.4 to 3.2 (flat at #8, 6+). Prior to September, WJNO was +2.0 in six successive sweeps without a loss (2.0 – 2.3 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.7 – 4.0, 6+). It holds a three-tenths advantage over co-owned news/talk WZZR, which erases “Holiday” 2019’s loss of three tenths with a half-share improvement (2.4 – 2.9, 6+); “Real Radio 94.3 – Real Talk For The Palm Beaches” repeats at #9. Without an increase the third sweep in a row for a -1.0 (2.1 – 1.4 – 1.1 – 1.1, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WFTL “News Talk 850” nonetheless climbs from #17 to #16. October’s decrease of nine-tenths interrupted four straight gains that accounted for a +1.0 (1.7 – 2.0 – 2.4 – 2.6 – 2.7, 6+). This is the fifth time in the last six West Palm Beach reports that iHeartMedia Miami news/talk WIOD posts a .7 (.7 – .8 – .7 – .7 – .7 – .7, 6+); “610 News Radio” reenters the top twenty (#22 to #19).

Down or flat four sweeps in a row for a net loss of half (-.3) its 6+ AQH share (.6 – .5 – .4 – .4 – .3, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WMEN “Fox Sports 640 AM South Florida” picks up one-tenth (.4, #25 to #22, 6+).

The four most recent shifts by Dade County School Board news/talk WLRN are: -.8 (3.0 – 2.8 – 2.2, October/November, 6+); +.8 (2.2 – 3.0, December, 6+); -1.0 (3.0 – 2.0, “Holiday” 2019, 6+) and now +.5 (2.0 – 2.5, steady at #10, January 2020, 6+).

West Palm Beach Music Formats – After trending 5.0 – 4.8 – 5.0 (November – December – “Holiday” 2019, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting urban AC WMBX “X-102.3” explodes with a +1.8 (6.8, 6+) and remains at #3. In five downturns in succession, iHeartMedia-owned adult contemporary WOLL was an overall -2.8 (7.4 – 6.9 – 6.8 – 5.8 – 5.6 – 4.6, 6+), but “Today’s Kool 105.5” eliminates more than half that deficit with a January 2020 +1.7 (6.3, 6+) and continues in fourth-place. WOLL was -.8 in July (7.2 – 6.4, 6+) and +1.0 in August to 7.4, its best 6+-showing since July 2016 (7.5). Co-owned classic rock WKGR “Gater 98.7” is a collective +1.9 via three upticks in a row and reaches the five-share level (3.1 – 3.7 – 3.9 – 5.0, sixth to fifth, 6+). In addition to WKGR, Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WRMF logs a January 2020 +1.1 (7.7 – 8.8, 6+). “Variety from the 90s and Now,” which was -1.5 in “Holiday” 2019, returns to #1. After spending 12 ratings periods on top, WRMF slid to #2 in “Holiday” 2019 with its lowest 6+-share since “Holiday” 2016 (7.7, as well). It substituted November’s -.6 with December’s +.6  (9.2 – 8.6 – 9.2, 6+). Prior to November, WRMF was an overall +1.4 as a result of three straight gains (7.8 – 8.3 – 8.5 – 9.2, 6+). Exiting the ratings penthouse after a “Holiday” 2019-only visit there is WRMF adult contemporary cluster-mate WEAT-FM “Sunny 107.9” (12.5 – 7.4, -5.1, first to second, 6+). As a result of four straight increases, WEAT-FM was +8.1 (4.4 – 4.6 – 5.6 – 6.3 – 12.5, 6+), reaching double-digits (12.5, 6+) for the first time since “Holiday” 2018 (10.7). “Sunny” was a -2.2 in August/September (6.6 – 5.1 – 4.4, 6+). In “Holiday” 2019, a half-share decrease took iHeartMedia Spanish contemporary WZTU below a one-share (1.4 – .9, 6+) but “Tu 94.9 FM – Joven Como Tu” doubles that .9 (“Holiday” 2019, 6+) to 1.8 (#19 to #13, 6+). Tied with WZTU is Moody Bible Institute’s WRMB “Moody Radio,” which was off eight-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.0 – 1.5 – 1.2, 6+) but recaptures six-tenths (1.8, #15 to #13, 6+). Up nine-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.0 – 3.2 – 3.9, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned CHR WLDI “Wild 95.5 The Palm Beaches’ #1 Hit Music Station” regresses by six-tenths (3.3, sixth to seventh, 6+).

Greensboro

Spoken-Word Formats – In three down or flat reports in a row, iHeartMedia news/talk WPTI lost six-tenths (3.6 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.0, 6+), but “94.5 Your News, Talk, & Sports Station” bounces back with a January 2020 +.9 (3.9, 6+) and continues at #9.

Curtis Media Group sports talk WSJS regressed by one-tenth in three consecutive reports, (.9 – .8 – .7 – .6, #15, 6+); “Triad Sports” is unlisted in January 2020.

After posting an October – November – December – “Holiday” 2019 topline of 2.1 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.1 (6+), Wake Forest University news/talk WFDD erupts with a +.9 (3.0, #13 to #10, 6+). Prior to December, “88.5 Public Radio for the Piedmont” occupied the #13 spot 19 ratings periods in succession. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill news/talk WUNC regains the one-tenth it lost in “Holiday” 2019 (1.5 – 1.4 – 1.5, #14 to #13, 6+).

Greensboro Music Formats – The three most recent (6+) fluctuations for Dick Broadcasting’s WKRR “Rock 92” are: +.5 (6.6 – 7.1, December); -1.3 (7.1 – 5.8, “Holiday” 2019); and now +1.5 in January 2020 (5.8 – 7.3, fifth to fourth, 6+). Logging double-digits four times in a row (10.9 – 10.9 – 11.9 – 10.7, September 2019 through December 2019, 6+), WSMW “98.7 Simon Says We Play Everything” slipped to 8.5 (6+) in “Holiday” 2019. Not only is the Entercom adult hits outlet back in double-digits (10.4, 6+), it marches from third to first. “Simon” had been an overall +3.1 as a result of four up or flat sweeps in a row (8.8 – 9.5 – 10.9 – 10.9 – 11.9, 6+), hitting the eleven-share level (11.9) for the first time since February 2018 (11.4). Its recent (6+) fluctuations include: +.9 (January 2019); -.6 (February); +.9 (March); -1.6 (April); +1.1 (May); +.5 (June); -1.0 (July); +.7 (August); +1.4 (September); +1.0 (November); -1.2 (December); -2.2 (“Holiday” 2019); and +.9 (January 2020). It is a “Holiday” 2019-only stay at #1 for iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMAG, which plummets by more than 50% (16.2 – 7.4, -8.8, first to third). Four successive spikes netted WMAG a +9.9 (6.3 – 6.4 – 7.5 – 10.2 – 16.2, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s 16.2 was the best 6+-showing for WMAG since “Holiday” 2018 (16.5). A combined +1.1 in November/December (5.1 – 6.0 – 6.2, 6+), Dick Broadcasting-owned CHR WKZL was -1.2 in “Holiday” 2019, but “107.5 KZL The #1 Hit Music Station” answers with a January 2020 +.7 (5.0 – 5.7, steady at #6, 6+). In December, Entercom’s country-formatted WPAW “93.1 The Wolf” and iHeartMedia-owned WTQR “Q-104.1 – #1 for New Country” were down six-tenths. The two country rivals mirror each other in January 2020 with increases of six-tenths. “The Wolf” is 4.9 – 5.5 (flat at #7, 6+), while “Q-104.1,” which was -1.0 in “Holiday” 2019, is 4.0 – 4.6 (steady at #8, 6+). Over the course of the last 22 sweeps (June 2018 through January 2020), WTQR has triumphed over WPAW 12 times (June 2018, July, August, September, October, November, “Holiday” 2018, January 2019, May, July, November, and December); WPAW has come out on top on eight occasions (December 2018, February 2019, March, April, August, September, “Holiday” 2019 and January 2020; and there have been two ties (June 2019 and October 2019). Owing to six successive negative or neutral trends, iHeartMedia-owned rocker WVBZ “105.7 – Man Up” is an overall -2.5 (4.8 – 4.0 – 3.5 – 2.8 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.3, #11 to #12, 6+). This directly follows five straight improvements that accounted for a +2.3 (2.5 – 3.2 – 3.7 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.8, 6+). In addition to aforementioned Curtis Media Group sports talk WSJS (see above), regional Mexican cluster-mate WYMY “La Ley 101.1” (2.3, #12, “Holiday” 2019, 6+) is unlisted in January 2020.

Memphis

Spoken-Word Formats – Off four-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.8 – 4.8 – 4.4, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WREC “600 AM – Memphis’ News, Traffic, & Weather” regains two-tenths to 4.6 (unchanged at #7, 6+).

Entercom sports talk WMFS “ESPN Sports Radio” follows “Holiday” 2019’s loss of six-tenths with a half-share bump (2.9 – 3.4, 6+) and enters the top ten (#12 to #10). Co-owned WMC-AM “ESPN 790” is down two-tenths (.3 – .1, flat at #20, 6+).

Memphis Music Formats – Off six-tenths in December, iHeartMedia-owned gospel WHAL “Hallelujah 95.7 – Memphis’ Inspiration Station” storms back with a combined +1.8 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 and crosses the eight-share level (6.5 – 7.0 – 8.3, fifth to second, 6+). In three straight spikes, Cumulus Media urban-rhythmic oldies WRBO was +1.4 (7.1 – 7.3 – 7.9 – 8.5, 6+) and had its best 6+-stat (8.5) since May (8.7). In January 2020, “103.5 The Best Mix of R&B” drops two-tenths (8.3, 6+) but moves from third to a second-place tie (with WHAL). WRBO’s country cluster-mate, WGKX, which was -1.7 in December/“Holiday 2019” (4.8 – 4.4 – 3.1, 6+), erases roughly half that deficit (4.0, +.9, tenth to ninth, 6+). Directly prior, “Today’s Best Country Kix 106” gained +1.4 in five successive sweeps without a loss (3.4 – 3.4 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.8, 6+) and notched its best 6+-stat (4.8) since January 2019’s 5.1. In four straight negative or neutral sweeps, Entercom’s similarly-formatted WLFP “94.1 The Wolf” is -1.2 (4.2 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.0 – 3.0, #11 to #12, 6+). “Kix” and “The Wolf” were tied for ninth-place in October. Albeit -1.3 in four down or flat reports in succession (10.5 – 10.5 – 9.7 – 9.4 – 9.2, 6+), iHeartMedia urban AC KJMS “V-101” is #1 the 16th time in a row. Its October +1.0 more than neutralized August/September’s -.6 (10.1 – 9.8 – 9.5, 6+). The market’s (6+) adult contemporary share improved by +3.3 in “Holiday” 2019, but deflates by -4.2 (January 2020). In four consecutive sweeps without a loss, Entercom AC WRVR was +2.5 (6.5 – 6.7 – 6.9 – 7.2 – 9.0, 6+), but “104.5 The River” surrenders -2.7 (6.3, second to fifth, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s 9.0 was the best 6+-stat for “The River” since “Holiday” 2018 (11.3). Meanwhile, Cumulus Media’s similarly-programmed WKIM “98.9 The Bridge,” which more than doubled December’s 1.4 (6+) with a +1.5 to 2.9 (6+), forfeits that entire increase (2.9 – 1.4, -1.5, #12 to #15, 6+). Before dropping three-tenths in December, WKIM posted four consecutive up or flat reports for a +1.0 (.7 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.7, 6+). Up one-half share in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.3 – 7.5 – 7.8, 6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WHRK “K-97.1” sputters by nine-tenths and falls below a seven-share (6.9, flat at #4, 6+). Co-owned WEGR “Rock 102.7” is -1.3 in three successive slips (4.5 – 4.3 – 3.7 – 3.2, 6+) and departs the top ten (#9 to #11).

Hartford

Spoken-Word Formats – While Entercom news/talk WTIC-AM’s January 2020 +.4 to 6.1 (6+) pulls the plug on four successive down or flat sweeps that accounted for a -1.7 (7.4 – 7.4 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 5.7, 6+),“News Talk 1080” slips from fifth to sixth. Without a loss four times in a row for a net gain of three-tenths (.4 – .7 – .7 – .7 – .7, 6+), Red Wolf Broadcasting news/talk WDRC-AM “AM 1360 The Talk of Connecticut” is down one-tenth (.6, 6+) but continues at #13. For the 21st time in a row, iHeartMedia’s WPOP “News Radio 1410” records a .1 (#16 to #17, 6+).

WPOP’s sports talk cluster-mate, WUCS “97.9 ESPN Hartford” (flat at #11) has a June 2019 through January 2020 topline of: 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.9 (6+).

Regaining 60% of “Holiday” 2019’s -1.0 (3.5 – 4.1, +.6, 6+), Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network news/talk WNPR “Connecticut’s Public Media Source for News & Ideas” carries on in ninth-place. As a result of four consecutive down or flat trends, University of Massachusetts-owned WFCR lost more than 70% (-.8) of its 6+ AQH share (1.1 – .8 – .4 – .4 – .3, 6+), but “New England Public Radio” halts the skid with a +.1 (.4, unchanged at #14, 6+).

Hartford Music Formats – There’s another major shift by iHeartMedia-owned WWYZ, which vaults from seventh to second. “Country 92.5” was -.7 (7.9 – 7.2 – 7.2, August/September, 6+); +.5 (7.2 – 7.7, October, 6+); -1.0  (7.7 – 6.7, November 6+); +.5 (6.7 – 7.2, December, 6+); -1.8 in “Holiday” 2019; and now a whopping +2.5 in January 2020 (5.4, 7.9, 6+). By posting an equally impressive +1.9, CHR cluster-mate WKSS “Kiss 95.7 All The Hits” crosses the seven-share threshold (5.5 – 7.4, sixth to third, 6+). An overall -1.4 in three drops in succession (7.2 – 7.0 – 6.4 – 5.8, 6+), Red Wolf Broadcasting-owned WDRC-FM “102.9 The Whale – Connecticut’s Classic Rock” answers with a +1.0 (6.8, 6+) and remains at #4. After being a combined +8.6 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (9.8 – 11.5 – 18.4, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary WRCH erodes by -7.7 to 10.7 (6+) but “Lite 100.5” is #1 the 44th consecutive time. “Holiday” 2019’s 18.4 is the best 6+-showing of any Hartford station since WRCH’s 18.0 in “Holiday” 2018. Ten of its recent (6+) shifts include: -6.9 (January 2019); +1.0 (February); -1.0 (March); -1.3 (April); +1.0 (May); -1.0 (July); +1.2 (September); +1.7 (December); +6.9 (“Holiday” 2019); and -7.7 (January 2020). Red Wolf Broadcasting Spanish tropical WMRQ-HD2 is down or flat the fourth time in a row for an overall loss of eight-tenths (2.4 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 1.7 – 1.6, #11 to #12, 6+). Dropping from #14 to #15, classic hits-oldies sibling WNTY “Kool Radio – Good Times/Great Oldies” is without an increase the seventh time in succession for a net loss of two-tenths (.5 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3, 6+).

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