February 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Three

| March 20, 2020

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February 2020 PPM Data – Information for the February 2020 ratings period has been released for Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus; a technical glitch has affected the Las Vegas report. 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.

Portland

Spoken Word Formats – Down eight tenths in “Holiday” 2019 and then bouncing back with a January 2020 half-share increase, Alpha Media-owned news/talk KXL “FM News 101 – Stay Connected” drops two-tenths (5.1 – 4.9, fifth to fourth, 6+). Despite logging its sixth straight up or flat trend for a net gain of one-half share (2.3 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.8, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KEX “News Radio 1190 – Depend On Us” backslides from #17 to #18. After gaining four-tenths in January, Alpha Media news/talk KUFO “Freedom 970” sheds three tenths in February (1.5 – 1.2, flat at #22, 6+). Unchanged at #28, Salem Media Group’s KPAM “AM 860 The Answer” is without an increase the fifth time in a row for a net loss of just one-tenth (.5 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4, 6+).

Continuing an alternating up/down pattern that began in September (1.4 – 1.8 – 1.6 – 1.7 – 1.2 – 1.9 – 1.5, 6+), Alpha Media sports talk KXTG “The Game” repeats at #21. Entercom’s similarly-formatted KFXX “1080 The Fan” is down a collective four-tenths in five successive negative or neutral trends (1.6 – 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.3 – 1.2, 6+), yet advances from #23 to #22. Returning January’s increase of two-tenths (7 – .9 – .7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KPOJ “Sports Radio 620” is flat at #24.

Surrendering half of January’s +.6 (8.5 – 8.2, -.3, 6+), Oregon Public Broadcasting news/talk KOPB segues from a first-place tie to the runner-up slot. On top in October, KOPB has been -2.0 (February/March); +.6 (April); -.9 (May); +.5 (August); +1.1 (October); -.6 (November); and +.6 (January 2020).

Portland Music Formats – From different ends of the musical spectrum, iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR KXJM “Jam’n 107.5” (#15 to #10) and All Classical Public Media’s KQAC “All Classical Portland” (#16 to #12) each boast February 2020 increases of nine-tenths. KXJM is +1.0 in January/February (2.7 – 2.8 – 3.7, 6+), while KQAC halts four straight down or flat trends that accounted for a net loss of seven-tenths (3.4 – 3.4 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 2.7, 6+). Improving by seven-tenths are iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KLTH “106.7 The Eagle” (6.1, fourth to third, 6+) and Entercom’s KNRK “94.7 Alternative Portland” (#14 to #10). Immediately prior, KLTH had been an overall -3.1 in three downturns in a row (8.5 – 7.1 – 5.9 – 5.4, 6+). “The Eagle” had a November-only stay at #1. KNRK has been within 3.0 – 3.7 range in each of the last ten survey periods (3.5 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.0 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 3.7, 6+). Off seven-tenths in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (2.9 – 2.3 – 2.2, 6+), hot AC cluster-mate KRSK “105.1 The Buzz” jumps one-half share to 2.7 (#20 to #19, 6+). Albeit down one-tenth (8.5 – 8.4, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW “K-103” is #1 the fourth sweep in succession. It shared the lead in January with public radio news/talk KOPB (see above). A combined +6.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.4 – 9.1 – 13.9, 6+), KKCW regressed by -5.4 in January; 13.9 was its highest 6+-share since “Holiday” 2018’s 16.2. “K-103” was on top in July, August, and September, before slipping to #2 in October. In three straight bumps, Entercom-owned KGON was a combined +1.5 (3.1 – 3.8 – 4.4 – 4.6, 6+), but “92.3 Portland’s Classic Rock” drops two-tenths to 4.4 (6+). Even so, KGON progresses from ninth to sixth. This particular positive streak directly followed four straight decreases that accounted for an overall -2.8 (5.9 – 5.5 – 4.7 – 3.8 – 3.1, 6+). Five recent (6+) shifts for its adult hits sibling 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+); -.8 (January 2020); and now -1.2 in February (5.9 – 4.7, third to fifth, 6+). A combined +2.5 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (2.4 – 3.0 – 4.9, 6+), Salem Media Group contemporary Christian KFIS “104.1 The Fish” surrenders 28% of that increase (4.2, -.7, sixth to ninth, 6+). After logging a January improvement of seven-tenths, Alpha Media CHR KBFF “Live 95.5” regresses by one-half share (4.2 – 4.9 – 4.4, flat at #6, 6+). “Live 95.5” was off eight-tenths via three drops in a row (5.0 – 4.8 – 4.3 – 4.2, 6+).

Charlotte

Spoken-Word Formats – A combined +1.8 in January/February, Entercom news/talk WBT crosses the five-share level and advances from eighth to sixth (3.5 – 4.9 – 5.3, 6+).

Co-owned WFNZ “The Fan – Charlotte’s Sports Leader” repeats January’s 1.4 (6+), but slips from #17 to #18.

Steady at #15, University Radio Foundation news/talk WFAE adds one-tenth to January’s +.6 (2.0 – 2.6 – 2.7, 6+).

Charlotte Music Formats – Not only does iHeartMedia classic rock WRFX stack a +1.1 onto January’s increase of four-tenths (6.4 – 6.8 – 7.9, 6+), “99.7 The Fox” repeats at #1. Directly prior, “The Fox” had been an overall -1.9 via three straight setbacks (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+). Recent (6+) fluctuations for adult hits sibling WLKO “102.9 The Lake” are: +.7 (September/October); -.5 (November); +.8 (December); -1.0 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.0 (January 2020); and now +.5 in February (6.7 – 7.2, unchanged at #2, 6+). Alternative cluster-mate WEND hauls out a February +1.1 as well with “106.5 The End” crossing the four-share level and entering the top ten (3.2 – 4.3, #14 to #10, 6+). A loss of seven-tenths to 4.7 (seventh to eighth, 6+) by Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies WOSF “105.3 RnB” completely erases the overall +.7 it accumulated through four straight up or flat trends (4.7 – 4.9 – 5.0 – 5.4 – 5.4, 6+). Unchanged in ninth-place, Beasley Media Group urban contemporary WPEG “Power 98” is without an increase the third month in a row for a net loss of six-tenths (5.1 – 5.0 – 4.5 – 4.5, 6+). Within 2.0 – 2.3 range (6+) in each of the last five sweeps (2.0 – 2.3 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 2.1, 6+), Davidson College’s WDAV “89.9 Classical Public Radio” falters by one-half share to 1.6 (flat at #16, 6+). Finishing at fifth and seventh, respectively, are Beasley Media Group-owned WSOC “103.7 Country’s Hottest Hits” (5.9 – 5.5, -.4, 6+) and iHeartMedia’s WKKT “96.9 The Kat – Charlotte’s #1 for New Country” (5.5 – 5.2, -.3, 6+). In “Holiday” 2019, WSOC was -1.2, while WKKT was -1.1; both were +1.0 in January. 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). 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+).

 San Antonio

Spoken-Word Formats – Supplementing January’s +.4 with a February increase of six-tenths (5.3 – 5.7 – 6.3, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WOAI “News Radio 1200 – San Antonio’s News, Traffic, & Weather” (Spurs) carries on in third-place. Alpha Media news/talk KTSA “Stay Connected” improves by one-tenth (1.5 – 1.6, 6+) and one ranker (#22 to #21).

Likewise, Alpha Media sports talk KZDC “ESPN San Antonio” gains one-tenth (.5 – .6, 6+) and one ranker  (#29 to #28). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia-owned KTKR “Ticket 760 – San Antonio’s Sports Station” is flat at .5 (6+) and remains at #29.

A combined +.7 in January/February (2.7 – 3.2 – 3.4, 6+) after December/“Holiday” 2019’s -.8 (3.5 – 3.3 – 2.7, 6+), Texas Public Radio news/talk KSTX progresses from #15 to #14.

San Antonio Music Formats – Jumping eight-tenths (each) are Cox Media Group-owned KCYY “Y-100 San Antonio’s New Country Leader” (5.8 – 6.6, steady at #2); co-owned KISS “Rocks San Antonio” (3.7 – 4.5, #11 to #5, 6+); and classic rock cluster-mate KTKX “106.7 The Eagle” (4.1, #13 to #9). Recent (6+) “Y-100” shifts include: +1.8 (January 2019); +.6 (February); -.6 (March); +.6 (May); -.5 (July); -1.0 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.1 (January 2020); and +.8 (February). Without an increase four successive sweeps for an overall -1.6 (4.8 – 4.6 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.2, 6+), KISS ended the slide in January with a half-share increase. “The Eagle” curtails three straight downturns that accounted for a -.9 (4.2 – 4.0 – 3.7 – 3.3, 6+). Down or flat the past four ratings periods for a net loss of -1.8 (5.5 – 4.9 – 4.2 – 3.7 – 3.7, 6+), hot AC sibling KSMG “Magic 105.3” posts a +.4 to 4.1 and reenters the top ten (#11 to #9). In the Univision Radio cluster, rhythmic hot AC KVBH “Vibe 107.5” (#17 to #16) and Spanish contemporary sibling KMYO “Latino Mix 95.1” (#20 to #17) each improve by six-tenths. KVBH is up seven-tenths in January/February (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.9, 6+), while KMYO gains eight-tenths in the same period (1.8 – 2.0 – 2.6, 6+). An overall -1.3 in four straight down or flat reports, (4.6 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 3.3 – 3.3, 6+), Alpha Media CHR KTFM “Energy 94.1” pulls the plug with a +.3 to 3.6 (steady at #13, 6+). The three latest shifts by Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies outlet KONO-FM are -1.8 (“Holiday” 2019); +.8 (January 2020); and -.7 in February (7.5 – 6.8, 6+). Nonetheless, “101.1 San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” repeats at #1. KONO-FM 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+). Having more than doubled (+2.9) its 6+ AQH share in three straight up or flat moves (2.4 – 2.4 – 5.3 – 5.3, 6+), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KZLV “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” spirals by -1.6 to 3.7 (6+) and fades from the top ten (#4 to #12). A combined +1.1 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.8, 6+), iHeartMedia Spanish contemporary KZEP “104.5 Latino Hits” has that increase evaporate with a February -1.2 (2.6, #10 to #17, 6+). The seven-tenths that Alpha Media adult hits KJXK “102.7 Jack-FM Playing What We Want” picked up in January vanishes in its entirety (5.1 – 4.4, -.7, fifth to seventh, 6+). A loss of one-half share sends regional Mexican cluster-mate KSAH below a two-share (1.6, #19 to #20, 6+). “Norteno 104.1” had been within 2.0 – 2.6 territory (6+) in each of the last eight sweeps.

Sacramento

Spoken-Word Formats – On the heels of January’s robust +2.7 to 8.6 (6+), iHeartMedia-owned KFBK sheds two-tenths to 8.4 (6+). At this time last month, “Sacramento’s News, Weather and Traffic Station” was in a first-place tie but it now has sole possession of the lead. Flat at 2.2 (6+), following January’s +.7, co-owned KSTE “Talk 650” slips from #14 to #15.

Despite losing three-tenths in January/February (1.5 – 1.4 – 1.2, 6+), Entercom sports talk KIFM-AM “ESPN Radio 1320” proceeds from #19 to #18. Off one-tenth in January/February (1.1 – 1.1 – 1.0, 6+), Bonneville’s KHTK “Sports 1140” (Kings) repeats January’s market rank (#21). These two sports talkers were tied in July, August, and October.

After picking up three-tenths in January, Capital Public Radio news/talk KXJZ relinquishes all of it (4.4 – 4.7 – 4.4, 6+) and slips from seventh to eighth. December 2018’s 6.9 is the highest 6+-stat in its PPM-history.

Sacramento Music Formats – When KZZO “Now 100.5 Today’s Best Hits” notched an increase of two-tenths in January, it suspended three straight decreases that led to a -1.8 (4.4 – 3.8 – 3.5 – 2.6, 6+). The Bonneville hot AC tacks on nine-tenths to 3.7 (6+) and jumps from #13 to #11. Chalking up a February +.9 as well is Entercom-owned KRXQ “98 Rock” (fifth to fourth), which is +1.4 via three straight upticks (4.8 – 5.2 – 5.3 – 6.2, 6+). Whereas iHeartMedia adult contemporary KBEB “92.5 The Breeze” posts a +.6 (4.2 – 4.8, ninth to seventh, 6+), Bonneville’s similarly-formatted KYMX “Mix 96” falters by -1.0 (fourth to sixth). “The Breeze” has been a combined +.9 (August/September); -.9 (October); +.6 (November); -.8 (December/“Holiday” 2019); and +1.1 (January/February). Through four consecutive spikes, “Mix” 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. While it was #1 in “Holiday” 2019, KYMX is -7.6 in January/February  (12.6 – 6.0 – 5.0, 6+). In the 17 reports since KBEB’s format switch from country to AC in mid-November 2018, “Mix” has prevailed 15 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. In addition to KBEB, its classic rock sibling, KYRV “93.7 The River,” improves by six-tenths (5.1, eighth to fifth, 6+) as well. The increase suspends three straight losses that led to a -.6 (5.1 – 4.8 – 4.7 – 4.5, 6+). In three successive bumps, KSFM was +1.8 and crossed the four-share level (3.1 – 3.2 – 3.8 – 4.9, 6+), but the Entercom-owned rhythmic CHR regresses by eight-tenths to 4.1 (sixth to ninth, 6+). Even though Entravision Spanish adult hits KXSE logs its sixth up or flat report in succession for an overall increase of nine-tenths (1.2 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.5 – 2.0 – 2.1, 6+),“La Suavecita 104.3” slips from #15 to #16. Mirroring iHeartMedia news/talk KFBK’s (6+) January 5.9 – 8.6, +2.7, third to first move (see above), Bonneville-owned KNCI “New Country 105.1” surrenders one-half share to 8.1 (6+) and shifts from a first-place tie to the runner-up slot. 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+). Owing to five sweeps in a row without an increase, iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic oldies KHYL “V-101” is a cumulative -1.7 (4.5 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 2.9 – 2.8, #12 to #13, 6+). After doubling (+1.3) its 6+-stat through three consecutive gains (1.3 – 1.7 – 2.0 – 2.6, 6+), Lotus Communications regional Mexican KVMX-FM “La Ranchera” is now an overall -1.4 in three drops in a row (2.6 – 2.5 – 1.5 – 1.2, flat at #18, 6+).

Pittsburgh

Spoken-Word Formats – Steady in ninth-place, Entercom’s KDKA-AM “News Radio 1020” tacks on three-tenths to January’s +.9 (3.1 – 4.0 – 4.3, 6+).

On the heels of January’s +1.5, co-owned sports talk KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan” forfeits four-tenths (7.9 – 7.5, 6+) but carries on in fourth-place. Similarly-formatted/iHeartMedia-owned WBGG 970 AM – ESPN Pittsburgh” repeats January’s 6+ AQH share and market rank (.2, #20, 6+).

Returning the three-tenths it added in January (3.7 – 4.0 – 3.7, 6+), Essential Public Media news/talk WESA “90.5 Pittsburgh’s NPR Station” dips from ninth to tenth.

Pittsburgh Music Formats – Tacking seven-tenths onto January’s +1.2 (3.1 – 4.3 – 5.0, 6+), Entercom-owned WDSY “Pittsburgh’s Country Y-108” progresses from eighth to sixth. Entering the January sweep, “Y-108” was a combined -2.1 in three straight drops (5.2 – 4.7 – 4.1 – 3.1, 6+). That immediately followed a +1.0 in three up or flat shifts in succession (4.2 – 4.2 – 4.9 – 5.2, 6+). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s WPGB “Big 104.7 Pittsburgh’s #1 For New Country” is a combined +1.2 in January/February (1.9 – 2.7 – 3.1, #12 to #11). “Big 104.7” faltered by one-half share to 1.9 (“Holiday” 2019, 6+), halting 13 successive survey periods of posting a 6+-stat within 2.3 – 2.9 range. Answering January’s -5.4 (13.6 – 8.2, 6+) with a February improvement of one-half share to 8.7 (6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies outlet WWSW “94.5 3WS” is #1 the third time in a row. WWSW 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 on top. A combined 2.6 in January/February (7.6 – 5.1 – 5.0, 6+), Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WSHH drops from fifth to sixth. When “Wish 99.7” 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+). Flat at #11, Entercom hot AC WBZZ “Star 100.7” is a collective  -1.4 via three consecutive down or flat reports (4.5 – 3.4 – 3.1 – 3.1, 6+).

Salt Lake City

Spoken-Word Formats – Adding two-tenths to January’s +.9 (4.1 – 5.0 – 5.2, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KNRS “Talk Radio 105.9 – Listen And You’ll Know” is unchanged at #7. 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. It has a three-tenths advantage over Bonneville’s KSL “News Radio 102.7 FM & 1160 AM” (5.0 – 4.9, -.1, seventh to eighth, 6+). The two were tied in January, when KSL logged a +1.0. Entering the January 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+). Cumulus Media-owned KKAT “860 AM – Utah’s Big Talker” has nearly tripled (+.5) its 6+ AQH share since “Holiday” 2019 (.3 – .6 – .8, flat at #18, 6+).

Up seven-tenths in January/February (1.7 – 2.3 – 2.4, 6+), University of Utah news/talk KUER remains at #15.

Salt Lake City Music Formats – Off eight-tenths this time last month (4.6 – 3.8, 6+), Cumulus Media CHR KENZ recoups one-half share (4.3, +.5, 6+) and continues at #11. “Power 94.9 Utah’s New Hit Music” was a combined +1.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.1 – 4.5 – 4.6, 6+). Jumping one-half share as well in February is Brigham Young University’s KBYU “Classical 89,” which is a combined +.9 in January/February (1.3 – 1.7 – 2.2, flat at #16, 6+). Tied in fourth place are iHeartMedia hot AC KJMY “My-99.5” (5.8 – 5.5, -.3, third to fourth, 6+) and its format rival, Capital Broadcasting’s KBZN “Now 97.9 Today’s Best Music” (5.5, -.1, flat at #4, 6+). KJMY’s January +2.1 demolished its overall -2.2 through five setbacks in a row (5.9 – 5.4 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.4 – 3.7, 6+). KBZN was down eight-tenths in “Holiday” 2019 and +1.4 in January (4.2 – 5.6). Following January’s -12.6 (21.1 – 8.5, 6+), Bonneville adult contemporary KSFI erodes by another nine-tenths to 7.6 (6+), but “FM 100.3 Better Music/Better Work Day” is #1 the sixth successive sweep. Entering the January ratings period, KSFI was a collective +14.8 via four consecutive upticks (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+). Three consecutive down or flat reports by Listeners Community Radio triple A KRCL led to a loss of two-tenths (.7 – .6 – .5 – .5, 6+); however, “90.9 Community Connection – Music Discovery” picks up two-tenths to .7 (unchanged at #19, 6+). After dropping one-half share as a result of four straight sweeps without an increase (.8 – .6 – .6 – .5 – .3, 6+), independent KSOP-AM “1370 – Utah’s Home For Classic Country” ends the slide with a one-tenth gain to .4 (6+) and continues at #21. These Broadway Media stations are unlisted the 15th  sweep in a row: adult hits KYMV; alternative KXRK; CHR KUDD; country KEGA; and rhythmic CHR KUUU.

Orlando

Spoken-Word Formats – Piling on a +.5 to January’s increase of eight-tenths (3.3 – 4.1 – 4.6, 6+), Cox Media Group’s WDBO-FM “News 96.5,” which was -.7 in “Holiday” 2019, progresses from tenth to ninth. WDBO-FM is two-tenths ahead of iHeartMedia-owned news/talk WTKS  (4.6 – 4.4, -.2, seventh to tenth, 6+). “Real Radio 104.1 – We Say What We Want” was -1.1 (“Holiday” 2019) and then +1.2 (January 2020). A combined -1.0 in December/“Holiday” 2019, co-owned WFLF “News Radio Orlando” expunges 90% of that shortfall with a January/February +.9 (2.4 – 3.0 – 3.3, #15 to #13, 6+).

Tied at #18 are Cox Media Group sports talk WDBO-AM “ESPN 580 Orlando and iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted (Magic flagship) WYGM “FM 96.9 The Game – Orlando’s Sports Leader.” WDBO-AM returns the two-tenths it gained in January (1.2 – 1.4 – 1.2, #17 to #18, 6+), while “The Game” is up three-tenths in January/February (.9 – 1.1 – 1.2, #20 to #18, 6+).

On the heels of January’s +.7 (2.6 – 3.3, 6+), Community Communications’ news/talk WMFE “90.7 Public Radio for Central Florida” drops one-tenth to 3.2 (flat at #14, 6+).

Orlando Music Formats – Progressing by eight-tenths (each) are Cox Media Group’s WMMO “98.9 Orlando’s Classic Hits” (5.4 – 6.2, unchanged at #5, 6+) and rhythmic CHR sibling WPYO “Power 95.3 Orlando’s New #1 For All The Hits”  (4.5 – 5.3, ninth to sixth, 6+). In January, WMMO regained the one-half share it squandered in “Holiday” 2019. Meanwhile, “Power” was -1.1 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.9 – 4.3 – 3.8, 6+) and +.7 in January. Major ups/down continue for Entercom classic hits-oldies WOCL “105.9 Sunny FM – We Own The ‘80s,” which – despite being off eight-tenths – repeats at #1 (9.2 – 8.4, 6+). WOCL ballooned by +3.1 through four consecutive (April through August) spikes (7.9 – 9.0 – 9.4 – 10.8 – 11.0, 6+); was -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+); +1.2 (January 2020); and now -.8 (February). Before segueing to the runner-up slot in December, “Sunny” was #1 seven straight sweeps. A loss of one-half share (3.4 – 2.9, #13 to #15, 6+) by cluster-mate WQMP sends “FM 101.9 Orlando’s New Alternative” to its lowest 6+-showing since July (2.9, as well). Continuing in third-place, iHeartMedia Spanish tropical WRUM “Rumba 100.3” is down or flat the third consecutive time for a net loss of -1.0 (7.5 – 6.9 – 6.5 – 6.5, 6+). Conversely, CHR cluster-mate WXXL “XL-106.7,” which was -1.4 via three sweeps in succession without an increase (7.5 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.1, 6+), ends the slide with a +.3 to 6.4 (flat at #4, 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 third time in a row.

Cincinnati

Spoken-Word Formats – Repeating in the runner-up slot, iHeartMedia news/talk WLW is +1.2 in January/February (7.1 – 8.1 – 8.3, 6+), directly following a -3.6 through five straight down or flat moves (10.7 – 10.7 – 9.8 – 8.7 – 7.5 – 7.1, 6+). Three straight drops by co-owned WKRC accounted for a net loss of one-half share (3.1 – 2.8 – 2.7 – 2.6, October through “Holiday” 2019, 6+), but “55 KRC The Talk Station” obliterates that loss with a January/February +1.2 (2.6 – 3.3 – 3.8, tenth to ninth, 6+).

Sports talk cluster-mate WCKY “Cincinnati’s ESPN 1530” has its 6+ AQH share carved in half (-.8) via four straight sweeps without an increase (1.6 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.1 – .8, #17 to #19, 6+). The extremely consistent April 2019 through February 2020 topline for co-owned WSAI “Fox Sports 1360” is: .4 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .4 (steady at #23, 6+).

This is the sixth sweep in a row without an increase for Cincinnati Public Radio news/talk WVXU, which has lost eight-tenths in that timeframe (2.9 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.1, #14 to #17, 6+).

Cincinnati Music Formats – Within 1.0 – 1.8 range (6+) in each of the last 11 survey periods, Cincinnati Public Radio-owned WGUC “Classical 90.9” breaks out a +1.6 to 2.7 (#17 to #14, 6+). Nearly wiping away January’s loss of nine-tenths with a February +.8 (3.2 – 2.3 – 3.1, 6+), Radio One urban contemporary WIZF “101.1 The Wiz” jumps from #15 to #13. Adding six-tenths to January’s +1.9 (5.0 – 6.9 – 7.5, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WUBE “Get Your Country On B-105.1” repeats at #3. WUBE had been an overall -2.3 in three drops in succession (7.3 – 6.9 – 6.0 – 5.0, 6+). A collective -1.9 via five successive sweeps without an increase (4.7 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.2 – 2.8, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WEBN “Cincinnati’s Rock Station” applies the brakes with a +.4 to 3.2 (flat at #12, 6+). After flaunting a January +2.8 to 11.3 (6+), Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies outlet WGRR “103.5 Cincinnati’s Greatest Hits” forfeits nearly half that bounty (10.1, -1.2, 6+) but repeats at #1. Entering the January sweep, WGRR lost a collective nine-tenths in three consecutive down or flat moves (9.4 – 9.3 – 8.5 – 8.5, 6+). It was #1 in eight of 2019’s 13 ratings periods: The exceptions were January, August, September, October, and “Holiday” 2019. The station WGRR replaced at #1 – co-owned adult contemporary WRRM – is a combined -7.6 in January/February (13.1 – 6.2 – 5.5, fourth to fifth, 6+). In “Holiday” 2019, “Warm 98.5” jumped from third to first. It 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. Four consecutive significant upticks by Grant County Broadcasters’ WNKN generated a collective +3.3 (2.1 – 2.9 – 4.1 – 4.7 – 5.4, 6+). “Classic Country” sputters by one-half share to 4.9 (6+) but remains in sixth-place.

Cleveland

Spoken-Word Formats – Recent (6+) fluctuations by iHeartMedia news/talk WTAM “1100 Cleveland’s News Radio” include: -.6 (March); +.9 (April); -.7 (May); +.5 (June); +.5 (July); +1.1 (August); -.7 (September) -.7 (October); -.6 (November); -1.0 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.1 (January 2020); and now +.5 in February (5.3 – 5.8, steady at #8, 6+). 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 the second straight month. After recording a .9 (6+) in four successive 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.

Following January’s increase of two-tenths (4.7 – 4.9, 6+), Entercom sports talk WKRK spirals by -1.3 and exits the top ten (3.6, #9 to #11). “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+).

Not only does WCPN tack on two-tenths to January’s +1.1 (3.1 – 4.2 – 4.4, 6+), the Ideastream-owned public radio news/talk outlet enters the top ten (#11 to #9).

Cleveland Music Formats – Powered by a +1.1 (7.2 – 8.3, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned classic hits-oldies WMJI “Majic 105.7 – Cleveland’s Greatest Hits” zooms from fifth to second. On top three consecutive months, WMJI was dislodged in December. Recent (6+) “Majic” shifts include: +1.0 (March); -1.0 (April); -.6 (July); -1.0 (August); +.8 (September); +.8 (November); -.6 (December); +2.0 (Holiday” 2019); -3.6 (January 2020); and +1.1 (February). One-half share ahead of WMJI is co-owned WGAR “99.5 Cleveland’s #1 For New Country,” which drops seven-tenths (9.5 – 8.8, 6+) but repeats at #1. Its five most recent (6+) shifts are: +.9 (November); -.7 (December); -1.1 (“Holiday” 2019); +2.3 (January 2020); and -.7 (February). A combined -4.1 in January/February (11.8 – 8.3 – 7.7, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary WDOK “Cleveland’s Star 102” falls from second to fourth. On top in December and “Holiday” 2019, “Star” had been without a loss four straight sweeps for an overall +5.2 (6.6 – 6.6 – 7.2 – 9.0 – 11.8, 6+). Flat at #13, Radio One urban contemporary WENZ “Z-107.9” has lost roughly half (-2.4) its 6+ AQH share as a result of five straight decreases (5.0 – 4.0 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+).

Kansas City

Spoken-Word Formats – Returning 30% of January’s +1.0 (5.6 – 5.3, -.3, 6+), Entercom news/talk KMBZ-FM “98.1 News-Traffic-Weather” slips from third to fifth. KMBZ-FM was -1.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.1 – 5.3 – 4.6, 6+). Co-owned KMBZ-AM “Talk 980” adds three-tenths to January’s +.2 (1.8 – 2.0 – 2.3, 6+) and inches up from #19 to #18. While it remains at #20, Cumulus Media’s KCMO-AM “Talk Radio 710 AM” drops two-two-tenths to 1.4 (6+), thus snapping at four its consecutive string of up or flat trends that netted six-tenths (1.0 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.6, 6+).

A combined +1.2 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (3.6 – 3.9 – 4.8, 6+), Union Broadcasting’s WHB “Sports Radio 810” surrenders seven-tenths to 4.1 (eighth to ninth, 6+). Off four-tenths (3.0 – 2.6, 6+), directly after being a combined +.8 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (2.2 – 2.7 – 3.0, 6+), Entercom-owned KCSP “610 Sports Radio” drops from #14 to #15.

In addition to doubling January’s gain of two-tenths (3.7 – 4.1, +.4, 6+), University of Missouri news/talk KCUR enters the top ten (#12 to #9). KCUR was +.6 (November); -.6 (December); and -.6 (“Holiday” 2019).

Kansas City Music Formats – Purging the -1.8 that resulted through three straight negative reports (6.7 – 5.5 – 5.3 – 4.9, 6+) with a February +1.9 (seventh to third), Carter Broadcast Corporation urban contemporary KPRS “Hot 103 Jamz” has its best 6+-stat (6.8) since September’s 7.0. On top the third straight time, Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies KCMO-FM “94.9 Kansas City’s Greatest Hits” is nonetheless -3.8 in January/February (12.8 – 10.0 – 9.0, 6+). KCMO-FM was a combined +4.2 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (8.6 – 9.3 – 12.8, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s 12.8 marked the first time the station reached double-digits (6+) since “Holiday” 2017 (10.4). Recent (6+) fluctuations for “Kansas City’s Greatest Hits” include: +1.2 (February 2019); +1.1 (March); +1.3 (June); -.6 (August); +.6 (October); +.7 (December); +3.5 (“Holiday” 2019); -2.8 (January 2020); and -1.0 (February). As a result of three straight sweeps without an increase, Entercom-owned KQRC “98.9 The Rock” has lost six-tenths (3.8 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.2, #12 to #13, 6+). Co-owned alternative KRBZ “96.5 The Buzz” is in an alternating down/up pattern that began in October (2.2 – 1.9 – 2.2 – 2.0 – 2.5 – 2.2, #16 to #19, 6+). January’s 2.5 was the best 6+-stat for “The Buzz” since its 2.6 in July. Despite being down or flat the sixth time in a row for an overall -1.2 (2.6 – 2.5 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.4, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KCJK “105.1 The X – Kansas City’s Rock Alternative” reenters the top twenty (#21 to #20). The market’s three country players are separated by 1.2 shares (6+). Specifically, Steel City Media’s KFKF “Country 94.1” is up three-tenths, remaining in third place (5.6 – 5.9, 6+); Entercom’s WDAF “106.5 The Wolf” drops two-tenths, slipping from sixth to seventh (5.0 – 4.8, 6+); and like its Steel City Media cluster-mate KFKF, KBEQ “Q-104 New Hit Country” notches a gain of three-tenths (4.4 – 4.7, ninth to eighth, 6+). In January, WDAF improved by eight-tenths and KBEQ posted a half-share increase; KFKF regressed by seven-tenths.

Columbus

Spoken-Word Formats – Repeating in the runner-up slot, iHeartMedia news/talk WTVN “News Radio 610” is an overall +2.6 through three straight upticks (6.0 – 6.1 – 8.0 – 8.6, 6+).

Continuing an alternating down/up pattern that began in October (7.0 – 6.9 – 7.4 – 5.7 – 5.8 – 5.2, 6+), Tegna’s WBNS-FM “Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan” slips from fourth to fifth. Co-owned/similarly formatted WBNS-AM posts a .2 the sixth successive time and continues at #15.

After logging a January +1.4 (2.9 – 4.3, 6+), Ohio State University public radio news/talk WOSU forfeits three-tenths to 4.0 (fifth to seventh, 6+).

Columbus Music Formats – A collective +5.6 in three straight upticks (3.8 – 3.9 – 5.9 – 9.4, 6+), iHeartMedia adult hits WODC surrendered a -5.3 in January. Storming back with a February +1.1 to 5.3 (6+), “93.3 The Bus” rides from sixth to fourth. WODC was -4.1 (January 2019); +.9 (May); -.5 (June); +1.0 (July); -.9 (August); -.5 (September); +2.0 (December); +3.5 (“Holiday” 2019); -5.2 (January 2020); and +1.1 (February). As a result of four consecutive sweeps without a decrease, One Connection Media Group contemporary Christian WCVO “104.9 The River” nets a +1.2 (2.4 – 2.4 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.6, steady at #8, 6+) and has its strongest 6+-showing (3.6) since May (4.3). Up four-tenths (9.8 -10.2, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WCOL “92.3 Columbus’ #1 For New Country” repeats at #1. Following 25 consecutive ratings periods at #1, WCOL segued to #3 in “Holiday” 2019. By logging a 9.8 (6+) in December, WCOL failed to reach double-digits (6+) for the first time since June 2017. Sample (6+) WCOL fluctuations include: +.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). Trending down/up/down (3.3 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 2.5, 6+), urban contemporary sibling WZCB “106.7 The Beat” carries on in ninth-place. Tied at #9 with WZCB is Radio One’s WCKX “Power 107.5,” which is an overall -1.2 through six straight down or flat reports (3.7 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 2.9 – 2.5 – 2.5, 6+). For the second month in a row, the following Saga Communications stations are unlisted: adult contemporary WSNY “Sunny 95,” which had a “Holiday” 2019-only stay at #1; WLVQ “Iconic Rock Q-96 FM”; hot AC WVMX “Mix 107.9”; and classic hits-oldies WNND “Rewind 103.5 & 104.3.”

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