February 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Two

| March 19, 2020

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February 2020 PPM Data. Information for the February 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 February 2020 survey period covered January 30 – February 26. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM-markets below.

Washington, DC

Spoken-Word Formats – Spoken-word claims the market’s top three February 2020 finishers, which includes Cumulus Media news/talk outlet WMAL. On the heels of January’s +1.9, WMAL adds four-tenths (6.9 – 7.3, fifth to third, 6+) with 7.3 representing the best 6+-stat in its PPM-history, eclipsing 6.9 in … January 2020. This marks the 20th sweep in succession that Radio One’s WOL “News Talk – Where Information Is Power” is unlisted.

After bouncing back from December/“Holiday” 2019’s -2.7 (4.8 – 2.7 – 2.1, 6+) with January’s +.5, Entercom sports talk WJFK-FM “106.7 The Fan” relinquishes that increase in its entirety (2.6 – 2.0, -.6, #15 to #17, 6+). “The Fan” posted 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. Radio One’s similarly-formatted WTEM “980 The Team” has lost four-tenths via five sweeps in succession without an increase (1.1 – 1.0 – 1.0 – .8 – .8 – .7, #20 to #21, 6+).

Adding four-tenths to January’s +.5 (6.9 – 7.4 – 7.8, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WTOP-FM pushes from second to a first-place tie. The all-news operation segued to the runner-up slot in July, following six straight months at #1. For the fourth time in a row, Entercom business news WDCH posts a move of one-tenth (.5 – .6 – .5 – .4 – .5, #24 to #23, 6+).

Six 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); +.8 (6.5 – 7.3, January 2020); and now +.5 (7.3 – 7.8, third to a first-place tie with WTOP-FM). Before dropping to fourth in “Holiday” 2019, WAMU was on top the previous three reports.

Washington, DC Music Formats – Off six-tenths as a result of three setbacks in a row (3.3 – 3.1 – 2.8 – 2.7, 6+), Radio One urban contemporary WKYS posts a half-share increase to 3.2 (6+) and continues at #13. After a January 2020-only visit to the top spot, co-owned urban AC WMMJ “Majic” sputters by eight-tenths (7.5 – 6.7, 6+) and segues from first to fourth. From September 2019 through February 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+); +.1 (7.4 – 7.5, January); and -.8 (February). Despite surrendering two-tenths (6.0 – 5.8, 6+), Howard University’s similarly-formatted WHUR advances from seventh to sixth. WHUR was up eight-tenths in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (5.2 – 5.8 – 6.0, 6+). By picking up one-tenth to 2.7 (flat at #15), Entercom rhythmic CHR WPGC curtails six straight sweeps without an increase that led to a net loss of -1.1 (3.7 – 3.7 – 3.3 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+). An overall +2.2 through three straight upticks (5.0 – 5.9 – 6.2 – 7.2, 6+), Atlantic Gateway Communications contemporary Christian WGTS “91.9 Christian Music Radio” forfeits the entire increase and three-tenths more (4.7, -2.5, fourth to seventh, 6+). Notwithstanding it has lost nearly half (-6.7) its 6+ AQH share in January/February (12.9 – 6.7 – 6.2, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WASH “Variety of the 80s, 90s, & Today” climbs from sixth to fifth. Down seven-tenths in November, WASH answered with a combined +7.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.4 – 8.1 – 12.9, 6+) and was #1 in “Holiday” 2019.

Boston

Spoken-Word Formats – Tacking on three-tenths to January’s +.7 (2.8 – 3.5 – 3.8, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WRKO “AM 680 – The Voice of Boston” progresses from tenth to eighth. This directly follows four consecutive down or flat reports that accounted for a collective -1.1 (3.9 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.2 – 2.8, 6+). Co-owned WXKS-AM “Talk 1200” more than doubles (+.4) its 6+ AQH in five straight reports without a loss (.3 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .5 – .7, #28 to #26, 6+).

Up seven-tenths in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (5.1 – 5.5 – 5.8, 6+), Beasley Media Group-owned WBZ-FM (Celtics, Bruins) sheds four-tenths to 5.4 (fourth to fifth, 6+); “98.5 The Sports Hub” was -1.1 in December. After posting a January increase of four-tenths, Entercom-owned sports talker WEEI-FM falters by seven-tenths (4.2 – 3.5, seventh to tenth, 6+). WEEI-FM was a combined -1.1 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.9 – 4.6 – 3.8, 6+). Four consecutive positive or neutral reports accounted for a +1.6 (3.3 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.4 – 4.9, 6+).

Following “Holiday” 2019/January 2020’s +1.4 (4.8 – 6.0 – 6.2, 6+), iHeartMedia’s news-talk hybrid WBZ-AM relinquishes six-tenths (5.6, third to fourth, 6+). January’s 6.2 was the best 6+-showing for “News Radio 1030” since March 2018 (6.4, 6+).

Tied at #12 are Boston University news/talk WBUR (3.3 – 2.9, -.4, flat at #12, 6+) and WGBH Educational Foundation news/talk WGBH (#13 to #12, 6+). WBUR cut its December/“Holiday” 2019 -1.8 (4.5 – 3.9 – 2.7, 6+) by one-third with a January 2020 +.6. WGBH is in alternating up/down pattern that begin in September (3.0 – 3.7 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 2.7 – 3.0 – 2.9, 6+).

Boston Music Formats – After an approximately 50-year run as a rocker, Entercom’s WAAF transitioned to contemporary Christian WKVB February 22 under new owners Educational Media Foundation. “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” has doubled (+.8) its 6+ AQH share through three straight spikes (.8 – .8 – 1.1 – 1.6, #21, 6+). Bouncing back from January’s -9.5 (15.2 – 5.7, 6+) with a February gain of one-half share to 6.2 (6+) Entercom-owned WMJX “Magic 106.7 – Today’s Hits/Yesterday’s Favorites” advances from fifth to third. Entering the January 2020 sweep, “Magic” – #1 in “Holiday” 2019 – was a collective +10.5 in three jumps in a row (4.7 – 5.8 – 8.0 – 15.2, 6+). Adding two-tenths to January’s +1.9 (6.2 – 8.1 – 8.3, 6+), Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies outlet WROR repeats at #1. WROR was the market leader nine survey periods in a row, before segueing to second in “Holiday” 2019; “105.7 – 80s & More” was a combined -2.3 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (8.5 – 8.1 – 6.2, 6+). Off one-half share (each) are iHeartMedia’s WZLX “100.7 Boston’s Classic Rock” (5.7 – 5.2, fifth to sixth) and Hall Communications’ WCTK “Cat Country 98.1” (1.0, #21 to #24, 6+). Directly following a one-half share loss (5.5 – 5.0, 6+), WZLX posted a +.7 in January. “Holiday” 2019’s 5.0 was the lowest 6+-stat for WZLX since July 2018 (4.8). “Cat Country” was locked on 1.5 (6+) in “Holiday” 2019 and January 2020.

Miami

Spoken-Word Formats – As part of a December 2019 through February 2020 down/up pattern (2.5 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 1.9, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WIOD “News Radio 610 Miami’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” repeats at #20.

Owing to four dips a row, Entercom-owned WQAM “560 The Joe” (Florida Panthers) has lost half (-.7) its 6+ AQH share (1.4 – 1.3 – 1.1 – .9 – .7, #25 to #28, 6+). It is tied with co-owned WAXY “Sports Talk 790 The Ticket” (Heat), which records a one-tenth fluctuation the fourth successive sweep (.7 – .6 – .7 – .8 – .7, #27 to #28, 6+).

Unchanged at #13, Dade County School Board news/talk WLRN adds three-tenths to January’s +.9 (2.0 – 2.9 – 3.2, 6+).

Miami Music Formats – Not only does WHYI “Y-100 Miami’s #1 Hit Music Station” tack on seven-tenths to January’s +.1 (3.0 – 3.1 – 3.8, 6+), the iHeartMedia-owned CHR enters the top ten (#12 to #9). Immediately prior to January, “Y-100” was off four-tenths via three down or flat moves in a row (3.4 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+). By picking up four-tenths to 3.3 (#13 to #12, 6+), Cox Media Group’s similarly-formatted WFLC “Hits 97.3” applies the brakes to three straight down or flat reports that resulted in a loss of eight-tenths (3.7 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 2.9, 6+). With a November 2019 through January 2020 topline of 1.6 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.6 (6+), Entercom alternative WSFS “104.3 The Shark” breaks out a +.6, crossing the two-share level (2.2, 6+) and cracking the top twenty (#19). Logging improvements of one-half share (each) are iHeartMedia classic rock and Spanish contemporary cluster-mates WBGG “Big 105.9” (3.8, tenth to ninth, 6+) and WZTU “Tu 94.9” (steady at #11). “Big” was -1.0 in three straight sweeps without an increase (4.3 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3, 6+). Meanwhile, WZTU is in an alternating up/down pattern (3.3 – 3.5 – 3.2 – 3.7, 6+). Following five straight reports without a decrease for a net gain of one-half share (7.0 – 7.0 – 7.0 – 7.5 – 7.5 – 7.5, 6+), Cox Media Group adult contemporary WFEZ forfeits two-tenths to 7.3 (6+) but “Easy 93.1” is #1 the 15th consecutive time. WFEZ was -.8 (February 2019) and +.8 in both March and June. Up eight-tenths in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (4.8 – 5.6 – 5.6, 6+), Entercom classic hits-oldies WMXJ “102.7 The Beach” surrenders six-tenths to 5.0 (6+) and continues in fifth-place. A combined -.9 in January/February (5.1 – 4.7 – 4.2, 6+), Cox Media Group urban contemporary WEDR “99 Jamz” slips from sixth to eighth with its lowest 6+-stat (4.2) since July’s 4.1.

Seattle

Spoken-Word Formats – No sooner does Bonneville-owned KIRO-FM dial up a January +1.1 than “97.3 Seattle’s News/Seattle’s Talk” relinquishes all of that increase plus one-tenth more (6.0 – 4.8, -1.2, second to fourth, 6+). In three straight up or flat moves, news/talk cluster-mate KTTH “Conservative Talk Radio” gains one-half share (1.6 – 1.8 – 2.1 – 2.1, 6+) but slips from #21 to #22. After posting a January increase of six-tenths, Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned KVI “Talk Radio 570” returns half of it (1.4 – 1.1, -.3, unchanged at #25, 6+).

Without an increase the fourth time in a row for a net loss of -1.4 (3.9 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.5 – 2.5, 6+), Bonneville sports talk KIRO-AM “ESPN 710” drifts from #12 to #20. After gaining one-tenth in January, iHeartMedia-owned KJR-AM “Seattle’s Sports Radio 950” surrenders one-half share (1.9 – 1.4, #23 to #24, 6+).

Adding nine-tenths to January’s +.6, Sinclair Broadcast Group all-news KOMO crosses the four-share level and cracks the top ten (2.6 – 3.2 – 4.1, #14 to #9, 6+).

Northwest Public Radio news/talk KUOW was -.8 (“Holiday” 2019); +.2 (January); and now -.7 in February (6.1 – 5.3 – 5.5 – 4.8, third to fourth, 6+). Prior to “Holiday” 2019, KUOW was a cumulative +1.6 through three straight improvements (4.5 – 5.0 – 5.5 – 6.1, 6+).

Seattle Music Formats – Roaring back from January’s -1.9 (5.1 – 3.2, 6+) with a February +1.3 to 4.5 (6+), Entercom adult contemporary KSWD “94.1 The Sound” rockets from #14 to #7. In advance of “Holiday” 2019’s +1.0, “The Sound” was an overall -1.4 via three straight decreases (5.5 – 5.2 – 4.4 – 4.1, 6+). Although flat at 5.3 (6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s similarly-formatted KRWM nonetheless elevates from fourth to second. A combined +4.4 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.8 – 6.6 – 9.2, 6+), “Warm 106.9” was -3.9 in January. AC rivals KRWM (#1 in December and “Holiday” 2019) and KSWD 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+). Hubbard Broadcasting-owned KNUC “New Country 98.9 The Bull” tacks on seven-tenths to January’s +.1 (2.5 – 2.6 – 3.3 , #18 to #13, 6+). Entering the January sweep, “The Bull” 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+). Off one-half share in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (5.0 – 4.7 – 4.5, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KZOK “102.5 Seattle’s Classic Rock Station” vanishes that deficit with a +.6 to 5.1 (sixth to third, 6+). As a result of four upticks in a row, Entercom alternative KNDD “107.7 The End” is a collective +1.5 (3.0 – 3.5 – 3.7 – 4.3 – 4.5, eighth to seventh, 6+). Having improved by one-tenth in back-to-back sweeps (6.4 – 6.5 – 6.6, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting CHR KQMV drops one-tenth to 6.5 (6+) but “MOViN 92.5” repeats at #1. Up six-tenths in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (3.0 – 3.2 – 3.6, 6+), Entercom rhythmic hot AC KHTP “Hot 103.7” forfeits one-half share to 3.1 (#11 to #16, 6+).

Detroit

Spoken-Word Formats – Adding four-tenths to January’s +.8 (1.6 – 2.4 – 2.8, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WJR progresses from #17 to #16. “News Talk 760” was a combined -1.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.1 – 2.2 – 1.6, 6+).

Immediately after hauling out a January +1.1 to 4.9 (6+), Entercom sports talk WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” (Pistons, Red Wings) relinquishes nearly half that increase (4.4, -.5, seventh to ninth, 6+). “The Ticket” was -1.7 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.5 – 4.8 – 3.8, 6+).

Co-owned WWJ “News Radio 950” follows “Holiday” 2019’s loss of seven-tenths with a January/February +.9 (3.9 – 4.3 – 4.8, 6+) and reenters the top ten (#11 to #6).

Inching up from #19 to #18, Wayne State University news/talk WDET nets seven-tenths in three straight bumps (1.4 – 1.5 – 1.9 – 2.1, 6+). A combined +.7 in January/February (1.3 – 1.7 – 2.0, 6+), Michigan Public Media news/talk WUOM repeats at #20.

Detroit Music Formats – Over and above tacking on six-tenths to January’s +1.3 (4.6 – 5.9 – 6.5, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WKQI storms from third to first. “Channel 95.5” was up three-tenths in November/December (4.8 – 4.8 – 5.1, 6+) and then off one-half share in “Holiday” 2019. Exiting the top spot after four straight sweeps there is WKQI’s adult contemporary sibling WNIC “100.3 The Best Variety of the 80s, 90s, & Today,” which is -8.9 in January/February (14.8 – 6.3 – 5.9, first to third, 6+). WNIC was +9.2 through five successive bumps (5.6 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.2 – 9.5 – 14.8, 6+). Its 17.9 in “Holiday” 2018 is the largest 6+ AQH share by any Detroit station in the PPM-era. Independent urban contemporary WGPR “Hot 107.5,” which surrendered a -1.1 to 1.5 (6+) in January, answers with a February improvement of six-tenths (2.1, #21 to #18, 6+). The three latest shifts by Entercom’s WYCD “99.5 Detroit Country Music” are: -1.1 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.0 (January 2020); and now -.7 in February (4.4 – 3.7, #10 to #13, 6+). In that same vein, co-owned classic hits-oldies WOMC “104.3 Detroit’s Greatest Hits” has been +.5 (December); -1.5 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.4 (January 2020); and now -.5 in February (6.1 – 5.6, second to fourth, 6+).

Phoenix

Spoken-Word Formats – Although down one-tenth, following January’s increase of nine-tenths, Bonneville news/talk KTAR-FM (3.9 – 3.8, 6+) progresses from eighth to seventh. KTAR-FM was -1.0 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.0 – 3.6 – 3.0, 6+). In four straight sweeps without a loss, iHeartMedia’s KFYI nets six-tenths (2.5 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.1, 6+) but “News Talk 550” slips from #12 to #14.

Conversely, Bonneville sports talk KMVP-FM “98.7 Arizona Sports” (Suns, Arizona Coyotes) is an overall -1.2 via five consecutive negative or neutral moves (3.1 – 3.0 – 2.5 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 1.9, #21 to #22, 6+).

In an alternating up/down pattern since November (3.9 – 4.0 – 3.5 – 3.7 – 3.6, 6+), Maricopa County Community College news/talk KJZZ drops from ninth to tenth.

Phoenix Music Formats – Not only does Entravision regional Mexican KLNZ more than double (+2.0) its 6+ AQH share in January/February and cross the three-share level for the first time since May’s 3.3 (1.8 – 2.4 – 3.8, 6+), “La Tricolor 103.5” catapults from #18 into the top ten (#7). Stacking seven-tenths onto January’s +1.2 (1.3 – 2.5 – 3.2, #6+), Family Life contemporary Christian KFLR leaps from #17 to #12. “Family Life Radio” was a combined -1.0 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.3 – 2.0 – 1.3, 6+). The four most recent shifts by Entercom classic hits-oldies KOOL are +.8 (December); -.8 (“Holiday” 2019);  +.7 (January 2020); and now +.6 in February (6.5 – 7.1, steady at #2, 6+). Expanding by six-tenths as well and cracking the top ten is Univision Radio regional Mexican KHOT “Que Buena 105.9” (#12 to #9, 6+), which is a cumulative +1.5 in five straight spikes (2.2 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.7, 6+). A combined +.7 in January/February (3.8 – 4.0 – 4.5, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR KZZP “104.7 Kiss-FM” jumps from seventh to fifth. Despite being off three-tenths following January’s -11.0 (19.2 – 8.2 – 7.9, 6+), adult contemporary cluster-mate KESZ sets the pace the ninth consecutive sweep. Leading up to January, KESZ was +12.5 through four bumps in succession (6.7 – 7.0 – 7.1 – 11.0 – 19.2, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s 19.2 was its best 6+-performance since “Holiday” 2018’s 15.0. The wild ride continues for hot AC sibling KMXP. “Mix 96.9” was -1.5 through six straight down or flat sweeps (4.4 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 3.1 – 2.9, 6+); +1.3 in January; but now -1.2 in February (4.2 – 3.0, #6 to #16, 6+). Still in that iHeartMedia cluster, adult hits KYOT “95.5 The Mountain” forfeits one-half share (5.7 – 5.2, 6+) but carries on in third-place.

Minneapolis

Spoken-Word Formats – In addition to being down a collective seven-tenths in three straight sweeps without an increase (4.3 – 4.3 – 4.0 – 3.6, 6+), Entercom-owned WCCO “News Radio 830” (Minnesota Timberwolves) departs the top ten (#10 to #11). Tied at #13 are Hubbard Broadcasting news/talk KTMY “My Talk 107.1” and iHeartMedia’s KTLK “Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130.” KTMY is trending 2.8 – 2.7 – 2.8 – 2.8 (flat at #13, 6+), while KTLK picks up two-tenths (2.8, #15 to #13, 6+), thus suspending four straight down or flat moves that resulted in the loss of a collective half-share (3.1 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.6, 6+).

Falling from first to fourth, iHeartMedia’s KFXN “Sports Radio 100.3 K-Fan” (Minnesota Wild) has been: -1.0 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.6 (January 2020); and -1.6 in February (8.4 – 6.8, 6+). 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. Hubbard Broadcasting sports talk KSTP-AM “ESPN 1500” has a December 2019 through February 2020 topline of .8 – .6 – .8 – .7 (#22 to #24, 6+).

The four most recent fluctuations by Minnesota Public Radio news/talk KNOW are: +.5 (December); -1.1 (“Holiday” 2019); +.6 (January 2020); and +.7 in February (6.3 – 7.0, fourth to third, 6+).

Minneapolis Music Formats – Notwithstanding that it drops one-tenth (8.2 – 8.1, 6+) after January’s mammoth +2.4, Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC KSTP-FM repeats at #1. A combined -1.8 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.6 – 7.4 – 5.8, 6+), “KS-95” solely held or shared the top spot in January 2019, March, April, June, August, September, October, and November. It 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). Its format rival – iHeartMedia-owned KTCZ “Cities 97.1” – is without a loss the third straight sweep for a net gain of two-tenths (3.6 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 3.8, 6+) and reenters the top ten (#11 to #10). By notching a +.3 to 2.7 (#16 to #15, 6+), Entercom’s KMNB “102.9 The Wolf” pulls the plug on four straight downturns that accounted for a collective -1.0 (3.4 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.4, 6+). Similarly-formatted/iHeartMedia-owned KEEY “K-102” gains one-half share in January/February (3.1 – 3.5 – 3.6, 6+) and climbs from #12 to #11. Entercom adult hits KZJK “104.1 Jack FM” is in an alternating down/up pattern: 4.9 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 4.6 – 5.0 (ninth to eighth, 6+). Steady at #16, Minnesota Public radio classical KSJN notches its third bump in a row for a collective gain of four-tenths (2.1 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5, 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 the third report in succession.

San Diego

Spoken-Word Formats – Recent shifts by iHeartMedia news/talk KOGO “News Radio 600” include: +.5 (August); -.7 (September); +.7 (October); -.6 (December); -.9 (January 2020); and now +.7 in February (3.8 – 4.5, ninth to seventh, 6+). Up one-half share in January/February (1.7 – 2.1 – 2.2, 6+), Tegna news/talk KFMB-AM “AM 760” climbs from #20 to #18. In three straight sweeps without a loss, iHeartMedia Los Angeles news/talk KFI netted four-tenths (1.6 – 1.7 – 2.0 – 2.0, 6+), but “AM 640” surrenders two-tenths to 1.9 (flat at #21, 6+).

Following four successive sweeps without a loss that yielded six-tenths (1.9 – 2.1 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.5, 6+), Entercom-owned sports talk KWFN “97.3 The Fan” erodes by nine-tenths to 1.6 (6+) and fades from the top twenty (#15 to #22). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s KLSD “Fox Sports 1360 San Diego’s Sports Station” drops three-tenths in January/February (1.5 – 1.3 – 1.2, #22 to #23, 6+).

Steady in third-place, KPBS follows January’s +1.1 by adding another one-tenth (4.8 – 5.9 – 6.0, 6+). The San Diego State University-owned news/talk facility was -1.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.3 – 6.0 – 4.8, 6+).

San Diego Music Formats – A bump of +1.0 (4.8 – 5.8, sixth to fourth, 6+) powers Univision Radio regional Mexican KLNV “Que Buena 106.5” to its best 6+-showing since August (5.8, as well). Logging increases of one-half share (each) and improving by two rankers are Entercom alternative KBZT “Alt 94.9” (#13 to #11) and UniRadio regional Mexican XHTY “Invasora 99.7” (#14 to #12). Possessing extremely similar profiles, KBZT nets nine-tenths in January/February (2.4 – 2.8 – 3.3, 6+), while XHTY is up seven-tenths in the same timeframe (2.4 – 2.6 – 3.1, 6+). Entercom classic hits-oldies KXSN, +1.2 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (5.8 – 6.2 – 7.0, 6+), surrenders one-half share to 6.5 (6+). It’s a January-only stay at #1 for “Sunny 98.1 San Diego’s Greatest Hits,” which segues to the runner-up slot. Albeit down one-tenth (6.8 – 6.7, 6+), iHeartMedia hot AC KMYI “Star 94.1” takes over at #1. Off four-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.4 – 5.1 – 5.0, 6+), KMYI posted a January 2020 +1.8. Co-owned CHR KHTS “Channel 93.3 San Diego’s #1 Hit Music Station” was -1.0 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.2 – 5.1 – 4.2, 6+); +1.1 (January 2020); and now -.9 in February (5.3 – 4.4, fourth to eighth, 6+).

Tampa

Spoken-Word Formats – Up three-tenths in back-to-back reports (2.6 – 2.9 – 3.2, 6+), Cox Media Group news/talk WHPT “102.5 The Bone – Real, Raw, Radio” jumps from #17 to #13. The December 2019 through February 2020 topline for iHeartMedia-owned WFLA “970 Tampa Bay’s News Radio” is: 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 3.0 (#13 to #16, 6+).    

Flat at #20, iHeartMedia-owned sports talk WDAE “620 Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” is -1.0 as a result of six straight negative or neutral moves (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.0 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.6, 6+).

Conversely, University of South Florida news/talk WUSF is a collective +1.4 via seven consecutive sweeps without a loss (1.7 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.1, #13 to #15, 6+).

Tampa Music Formats – The last three ratings periods have been especially volatile for WMTX. Following a September through December topline of 3.9 – 3.3 – 3.8 – 3.7 (6+), “Mix 100.7” erupted with a “Holiday” 2019 +2.3 to 6.0 (#11 to #2, 6+), only to crater by -2.4 in January 2020 to 3.6 (second to tenth, 6+). The iHeartMedia hot AC dusts itself off in February with a +1.2 (4.8, tenth to fourth, 6+). Purging January’s loss of seven-tenths with a February uptick of nine-tenths (5.0 – 5.9, 6+), Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WXGL “107.3 The Eagle” glides from fifth to third. Its November – December – “Holiday” 2019 topline was 5.3 – 5.8 – 5.7 (6+). Notwithstanding it is -1.5 in January/February (11.2 – 9.9 – 9.7, 6+), co-owned adult contemporary WDUV “Lite Favorites” is #1 the 91st time in succession. January’s decrease suspended three straight improvements 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. WDUV’s 13.7 in “Holiday” 2018 is the highest 6+-stat by any Tampa station since its 14.9 in “Holiday” 2015. When co-owned/similarly-programmed WWRM “Magic 94.9 Tampa Bay’s Best Music” notched a January gain of six-tenths, it applied the brakes to four successive down or flat trends that led to a loss of eight-tenths (6.0 – 6.0 – 5.6 – 5.6 – 5.2, 6+). In February though, “Magic” plummets by -1.5 (5.8 – 4.3, third to seventh, 6+). Anchored in the runner-up slot, Radio Training Network contemporary Christian WCIE “The Joy FM” falters by three-tenths to 6.9 (6+), thus curtailing four successive jumps that netted a +2.0 (5.2 – 5.3 – 5.8 – 6.0 – 7.2, 6+). By contrast, Beasley Media Group rhythmic CHR WLLD “Wild 94.1” picks up two-tenths to 3.6 (flat at #12, 6+), which ends four consecutive sweeps without an increase that resulted in a -1.5 (4.9 – 4.3 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 3.4, 6+). A loss of one-half share (3.0 – 2.5, #16 to #18, 6+) takes classic rock cluster-mate WPBB “98.7 The Shark” to its lowest 6+-stat (2.5) since September (2.4).

Denver

Spoken-Word Formats – Enhancing January’s +.8 with a February boost of three-tenths (2.5 – 3.3 – 3.6, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KDFD “Freedom 93.7 – Real News, Real Talk” repeats at #13. Its “Holiday” 2019 loss of three-tenths suspended six increases in succession that yielded a +2.7 (.1 – .2 – .8 – 1.1 – 2.1 – 2.6 – 2.8, 6+). Separated by two-tenths are KDFD news/talk cluster-mates KOA “Colorado’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” (1.6, +.2, #21 to #22, 6+) and KHOW “Talk Radio 630” (1.4, +.4, flat at #23, 6+). KOA had been without an increase the past three sweeps for a -1.1 (2.5 – 2.5 – 2.1 – 1.4, 6+); “Talk Radio 630” was down one-tenth in back-to-back reports (1.2 – 1.1 – 1.0, 6+).

Following January’s +.6 to 3.1 (6+), Bonneville-owned KKFN “Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan” (Nuggets) surrenders four-tenths to 2.7 (#14 to #15, 6+). Prior to January, “The Fan” was an overall -1.2 via four negative or neutral sweeps in succession (3.7 – 3.2 – 2.5 – 2.5, 6+). Flat at .9 (6+), KKSE-FM “Attitude Sports Radio 92.5” (Colorado Avalanche) slips from #24 to #25. The KSE Radio Ventures station lost more than half (-.8) its 6+-stat in four consecutive drops, (1.4 – 1.3 – .9 – .7 – .6, 6+).

In an alternating down/up pattern since August (5.1 – 4.9 – 5.4 – 5.3 – 6.3 – 4.8 – 5.5 – 5.2, 6+), Colorado Public Radio news/talk KCFR segues from first to third. KCFR has been -1.6 (June); +.8 (July); +.5 (October); +1.0 (December); -1.5 (“Holiday” 2019); and +.7 (January 2020). Up a combined three-tenths in January/February (.5 – .6 – .8, 6+), Community Radio for Northern Colorado news/talk KUNC progresses from #28 to #26.

Denver Music Formats – With a December 2019 through February 2020 topline of 2.9 – 3.0 – 2.7 – 3.7 (6+), Entercom rhythmic CHR KQKS “KS-107.5” has its best (6+) performance (3.7, #16 to #12, 6+) since July’s 4.0. Off eight-tenths in three straight negative or neutral trends (1.9 – 1.9 – 1.5 – 1.1, 6+), Max Media rhythmic hot AC KJHM “Jammin’ 101.5” ends the slide with a one-half share increase to 1.6 (#21, 6+). Not only is iHeartMedia classic rock KRFX up seven-tenths in January/February (5.0 – 5.4 – 5.7, 6+), “103.5 The Fox” advances from second to first. Faltering by seven-tenths (each) are Bonneville adult contemporary KOSI “101.1 Real Music Variety” (4.8 – 4.1, sixth to eighth, 6+) and Entercom hot AC KALC “Alice 105.9” (#11 to #14). KOSI was +10.3 through four successive sweeps without a loss (4.1 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 6.7 – 14.4, 6+), but spiraled by -9.6 in January. It occupied the top spot in December and “Holiday” 2019. “Alice” is in an alternating down/up pattern (4.5 – 3.5 – 3.9 – 3.2, 6+). In eight consecutive positive or neutral sweeps, KVOD tripled (+1.8) its 6+ AQH share (.9 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.7, 6+) but the Colorado Public Radio classical-formatted outlet drops three tenths to 2.4 (#16 to #18, 6+).

Baltimore

Spoken-Word Formats – Winning ways continue for Hearst Television-owned WBAL “News Radio – Expect More,” which is an overall +2.6 via eight successive positive spikes since July (1.8 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.4 – 3.9 – 4.4, tenth to eighth, 6+). After logging a January +1.0 (2.3 – 3.3, 6+), independent news/talk WCBM “680 Stimulating Talk – Breaking News” adds one-tenth (3.4, steady at #12, 6+). Through four straight up or flat trends, Cumulus Media Washington, DC news/talk WMAL gains four-tenths (.1 – .1 – .4 – .5 – .5, unchanged at #25, 6+).

In addition to slumping by -1.2 (5.1 – 3.9, 6+), Entercom sports talk WJZ-FM “105.7 The Fan” exits the top ten (#6 to #11).

WJZ-FM’s business news sibling WDCH is up four-tenths in January/February and cracks the top twenty (.5 – .6 – .9, #24 to #19, 6+).

Adding two-tenths to January’s +1.4 (2.9 – 4.3 – 4.5, 6+), Your Public Radio news/talk WYPR “88.1 Your NPR News Station” progresses from eighth to seventh. WYPR was off nine-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.8 – 3.6 – 2.9, 6+). American University-owned news/talk WAMU repeats January’s 6+ AQH share and market rank (.5, #25, 6+).

Baltimore Music Formats – After cratering by -9.5 in January (16.0 – 6.5, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary WLIF “Today’s 101.9” answers with a February +1.0 to 7.5 (6+) and advances from third to second. Stuck on 5.9 (6+) in October and November, WLIF was +10.1 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.9 – 7.9 – 16.0, 6+) and had a “Holiday” 2019-only stay at #1. “Today’s 101.9” leapfrogs Radio One urban contemporary WERQ “92-Q Jams,” whose alternating down/up pattern includes February’s +.6 (6.9 – 6.1 – 7.1 – 6.8 – 7.4, second to third, 6+). Improving by one-half (each) in February are Entercom-owned WWMX “Mix 106.5 – Baltimore’s Best Mix” (3.6 – 4.1, #11 to #10, 6+); Morgan State University jazz outlet WEAA (#16 to #14); and iHeartMedia’s WBIG “Big 100” (1.4, #19 to #16, 6+);  When “Mix” picked up three-tenths in January, it interrupted four straight sweeps without an increase that resulted in a -2.1 (5.4 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 3.3, 6+). WEAA is a combined +.7 in January/February and reaches a two-share (1.3 – 1.5 – 2.0, 6+); WBIG had lost three-tenths in three straight sweeps without an increase (1.2 – 1.0 – 1.0 – .9, 6+). Even though Radio One urban AC WWIN-FM surrenders 60% of January’s +1.0 (8.7 – 8.1, -.6, 6+), “Magic 95.9” repeats at #1. WWIN-FM was dislodged from the top spot in “Holiday” 2019, after seven successive months there. “Magic” was -.8 (October); +.6 (November); -.9 (December); +1.0 (January 2020); and -.6 (February). This is the 20th 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 – A combined +1.2 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (4.5 – 4.7 – 5.7, 6+), Entercom news/talk KMOX “The Voice of St. Louis” sputters by six-tenths to 5.1 (fourth to eighth, 6+). KMOX was -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 “FM News Talk 97.1” is +1.9 in January/February (2.7 – 4.0 – 4.6, #15 to #11, 6+). Immediately prior to December, KFTK was an overall +1.3 in four consecutive sweeps without a loss (2.3 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.6, 6+).

WXOS “101 Sports” returns half of January’s +.6 (4.6 – 4.3, -.3, #11 to #13, 6+). The Hubbard Broadcasting sports talker was -.9 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.9 – 4.3 – 4.0, 6+) and +.6 in January 2020 (4.0 – 4.6, 6+).

Following January’s +1.0 to 4.2 (6+), University of Missouri news/talk KWMU forfeits 80% of that increase (3.4, -.8, #13 to #15, 6+).

St. Louis Music Formats – Albeit off four-tenths (11.2 – 10.8, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting-owned KSHE “95 Real Rock Radio” repeats at #1. KSHE segued to the runner-up slot in “Holiday” 2019, after eight consecutive months on top. 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. Sample (6+) KSHE shifts include: +2.0 (January 2019); +1.3 (March); -1.6 (April); +.9 (June); +.7 (September); +1.0 (November); -1.1 (“Holiday” 2019); and +1.5 (January 2020). After posting a January +1.0 to 6.5 (6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KLOU repeats that 6.5 (6+) and continues in the runner-up slot. “The Best Variety of the 70s, 80s, & 90s” was a combined -1.8 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.3 – 7.0 – 5.5, 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 +1.5 in three straight upticks (3.9 – 4.4 – 5.0 – 5.4, eighth to fifth, 6+). The market’s two major country competitors are separated by one-tenth of a share as Hubbard-owned WIL “New Country 92.3” is down one-tenth (4.8 – 4.7, flat at #9, 6+), while iHeartMedia’s KSD “93.7 The Bull – #1 For New Country” adds three-tenths (4.3 – 4.6, #12 to #11, 6+). WIL and KSD were each up one-half share in January. 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.

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