March 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round One

| April 16, 2020

March 2020 PPM Data – Information for the March 2020 ratings period has been released for New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Long Island (Nassau-Suffolk), Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union. Nielsen Audio’s March 2020 survey period covered February 27 – March 25. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM-markets below.

New York City

Spoken-Word Formats – Despite being off one-tenth to 1.9 (6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR advances from #20 to a tie at #19; “710 The Voice of New York” had been up three-tenths via three straight up or flat trends (1.7 – 1.7 – 1.9 – 2.0, 6+). Locked on 1.4 (6+) in January and February – its best 6+-showing since 1.5 in February 2019Red Apple Media’s WABC slips to 1.3 (6+) and is anchored at #22. Without an increase the fourth time in succession for an overall loss of two-tenths (1.1 – 1.0 – .9 – .9 – .9, 6+), Townsquare Media’s WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” slips from #23 to #24.

A combined -1.2 in February/March (3.1 – 2.3 – 1.9, 6+), WFAN-FM drops from #17 to a tie at #19 with WOR (see above). The Entercom sports talk station gained one-half share in January to halt three consecutive decreases that led to a collective -1.2 (3.8 – 3.7 – 3.0 – 2.6, 6+). Similarly, WEPN-FM “98.7 ESPN New York” improved by six-tenths in January to curtail three straight drops that accounted for a loss of six-tenths (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.8 – 1.5, 6+), but has lost another six-tenths in February/March (2.1 – 1.7 – 1.5, flat at #21, 6+).

Entercom-owned all-news WINS adds a +1.1 to February’s one-tenth increase (3.5 – 3.6 – 4.7, 6+) and leaps from ninth to fifth. Co-owned/similarly-formatted WCBS-AM, which was off two-tenths via three successive sweeps without an increase (2.6 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+), ends the slide with a half-share boost to 2.9 (#15 to #13, 6+). In March 2019, WINS posted a 3.7 (6+) and WCBS-AM was 3.4 (6+).

Not only is WNYC-FM +1.6 via three straight bumps to reach the four-share level (2.4 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 4.0, 6+), the WNYC Broadcasting Foundation public radio news/talk station cracks the top ten (#12 to #7). After recording a .5 (6+) four times in the last five sweeps (.5 – .5 – .4 – .5 – .5, 6+), co-owned public radio news/talk WNYC-AM logs a .6 (6+), yet backslides from #27 to #29.

New York City Music Formats – The top three NYC outlets are separated by one-half share in March 2020. Off seven-tenths in January/February (6.6 – 6.0 – 5.9, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WSKQ “Mega 97.9” erases all but one-tenth of that deficit with a +.6 to 6.5 (6+) and continues in the runner-up slot. In three consecutive upticks, Entercom classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits” is an overall +1.9 (4.3 – 5.0 – 5.7 – 6.2, 6+) and carries on in third-place. WCBS-FM was a collective -1.6 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.9 – 4.9 – 4.3, 6+). In addition to “New York’s Greatest Hits,” Univision Radio’s WQBU “Que Buena 92.7” improves by one-half share in March (.4 – .9, #24, 6+). Notwithstanding that has dropped roughly half (-6.6) its 6+ AQH share in three setbacks in a row (13.3 – 8.0 – 7.3 – 6.7, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “106.7 Lite FM” is #1 the 34th ratings period in a row. “Lite FM” was +6.2 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.1 – 9.6 – 13.3, 6+). A March -1.2 (4.3 – 3.1, 6+) sends rhythmic CHR cluster-mate WKTU out of the top ten (#6 to #11). Off one-half share are CHR and urban contemporary siblings WHTZ “Z-100” (4.7 – 4.2, fifth to sixth, 6+) and WWPR “Power 105” (3.5 – 3.0, #10 to #12, 6+). As a result of seven straight spikes, Univision Radio Spanish contemporary WXNY more than doubled (+2.1) its 6+ AQH share (2.0 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.5 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 4.1, 6+), but “X.96.3” regresses by one-tenth to 4.0 (flat at #7, 6+).

Los Angeles

Spoken-Word Formats –  This is the third increase in succession by iHeartMedia news/talk KFI for a collective +1.6 (2.6 – 3.3 – 3.8 – 4.2,  6+) as “AM 640” jumps from seventh to fifth. The last time KFI reached the four-share level was July 2019 (4.3, 6+). As a result of five consecutive sweeps without a loss,  Salem Media Group news/talk KRLA gains four-tenths (1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.4, 6+); “AM 870 The Answer” climbs from #29 to #27. In three successive boosts, Cumulus Media’s KABC “790 News-Talk-Evolved” has gained one-half share (.5 – .7 – .9 – 1.0, 6+) to move from #35 to #31. Following three up or flat reports in succession for a net improvement of four-tenths (.6 – .6 – .9 – 1.0, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KEIB “AM 1150 The Patriot” forfeits two-tenths (.8, #32 to #37, 6+).

Off one-tenth each are iHeartMedia’s KLAC “AM 570 LA Sports” (1.1 – 1.0 – .9, #32 – #36, 6+) and Disney-owned/similarly-formatted KSPN “710 ESPN” (1.1 – .9 – .8, #35 to #37, 6+). The two sports talk rivals were tied at #29 in January.

Frozen on 3.0 (6+) in January and February, Entercom all-news KNX “1070 News Radio” busts out a +.8 to 3.8 (tenth to eighth, 6+). This time last year, KNX logged a 3.1 (March 2019, 6+).

A loss of two-tenths (2.1 – 1.9, 6+) results in Pasadena City College news/talk KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” exiting the top twenty (#20 to #22).

Los Angeles Music Formats – After posting a December 2019 through February 2020 topline of 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 1.6 (6+), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KKLQ improves by one-half share to 2.1 (6+). Moreover, Los Angeles’ version of “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” enters the top twenty (#23 to #20). Albeit that it is trending 5.2 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 5.2 (6+), Entercom classic hits-oldies KRTH  marches from second to first. “K-Earth 101” last occupied the top spot in October and November. Prior to January, KRTH lost seven-tenths in three straight sweeps without an increase (5.9 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.2, 6+). Three successive dips by smooth AC cluster-mate KTWV resulted in a net loss of six-tenths (4.5 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 3.9, 6+), but “94.7 The Wave” is +1.0 as a result of three consecutive gains (3.9 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 4.9, steady at #3, 6+). Following four successive sweeps setting the pace, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KOST segues to the runner-up slot. Now one-tenth behind KRTH, “Coast 103.5” is a collective -8.6 in three straight setbacks (13.7 – 6.5 – 5.7 – 5.1, 6+). KOST had been an overall +8.5 via three sweeps in a row without a loss (5.2 – 5.2 – 9.3 – 13.7, 6+). Spanish Broadcasting System regional Mexican KLAX “97.9 La Raza,” which gained nine-tenths through three bumps in a row (3.2 – 3.6 – 3.8 – 4.1, 6+), relinquishes eight-tenths (3.3, sixth to tenth, 6+). Up eight-tenths in January/February (3.6 – 4.1 – 4.4, 6+), after being off three-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.9 – 3.7 – 3.6, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR KIIS “102.7 Kiss FM” falters by one-half share in March to 3.9 (fifth to seventh, 6+). Entercom’s similarly-formatted KAMP “97.1 Amp Radio” has a “Holiday” 2019 through March 2020 topline of 1.9 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 1.9 (flat at #22, 6+). Having trended 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.5 (December 2019 through February 2020, 6+), co-owned alternative  KROQ sputters by one-half share to 2.0 (6+) and drifts from the top twenty (#14 to #21). Similarly-programmed/iHeartMedia-owned KYSR “Alt 98.7” is off four-tenths in February/March (2.9 – 2.6 – 2.5, 6+) but remains at #12.

Chicago

Spoken-Word Formats – Owing to three straight bumps, Nexstar Media Group news/talk WGN “Radio 720” is an overall +1.5 (3.0 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.5, 6+) and jumps from seventh to fifth. After logging a 2.3 (6+) the last six times in succession, Cumulus Media news/talk WLS-AM drops two-tenths to 2.1 (6+) and exits the top twenty (#19 to #21).

Slipping from #14 to #15, Entercom sports talk WSCR “670 The Score” is -1.0 in three drops in a row (3.5 – 3.3 – 2.7 – 2.5, 6+). Meanwhile, Disney/ESPN-owned WMVP “ESPN Chicago 1000” has lost seven-tenths as a result of five consecutive sweeps without an increase (1.9 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.2, #27 to #26, 6+).

Not only does WBBM-AM share top honors for largest (6+) February 2020 – March 2020 increase by any station in the 12 PPM-markets noted here (+1.9), the Entercom all-news operation repeats at #1. Moreover, WBBM-AM is a collective +2.8 via three straight upticks and crosses the seven-share level (4.9 – 5.4 – 5.8 – 7.7, 6+). At this time last year, WBBM-AM posted a 5.8 (March 2019, 6+).

In an alternating down/up pattern since December and including a March gain of seven-tenths (3.5 – 3.1 – 3.9 – 3.6 – 4.3, 6+), Chicago Public Media news/talk WBEZ zooms from ninth to sixth.

Chicago Music Formats – A one-half share improvement enables Entercom triple A WXRT “Chicago’s Finest Rock 93 XRT” to log a 3.8 (6+) the fourth time in the last seven sweeps (3.8 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 3.8, tenth to ninth, 6+). By picking up one-tenth to 4.3 (flat at #6, 6+), Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WLS-FM “94.7 Chicago’s Classic Hits” curtails four-straight down or flat sweeps that resulted in a net loss of nine-tenths (5.1 – 4.8 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 4.2, 6+). Off six-tenths (1.9 – 1.3, 6+), Univision Radio’s WVIV “Latino Mix 93.5” checks in at #24. Following three straight sweeps at #1, iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLIT “93.9 Lite FM” has lost more than two-thirds (-9.4) of its 6+ AQH share in three straight decreases (13.7 – 5.5 – 4.8 – 4.3, fifth to sixth, 6+). Elsewhere in the format, Hubbard Broadcasting’s WSHE “100.3 SHE” sputters by one-half share in February/March (3.6 – 3.3 – 3.1, 6+) and departs the top ten (#10 to #11). WSHE improved by six-tenths in January. WSHE was a combined -.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.5 – 3.3 – 3.0, 6+). Meanwhile, Venture Technologies Group-owned/similarly-formatted WRME-LP “Me TV 87.7,” which was -1.1 in February (3.5 – 2.4, 6+), repeats that 2.4 (6+) but elevates from #18 to #16. WRME-LP was up one-half share in January.

San Francisco

Spoken-Word Formats. February’s tie between Cumulus Media news/talk cluster-mates KSFO and KGO is broken: KSFO is up two-tenths (1.8 – 2.0, flat at #19, 6+), while KGO is flat at 1.8 (6+). The latter slips from #19 to #20. While unchanged at .2 (6+), iHeartMedia-owned KKSF-AM “Real Talk 910 – Think Forward” progresses from #34 to #32.

A combined -1.8 in February/March (4.8 – 3.5 – 3.0, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KNBR-AM slips from eighth to ninth; “The Sports Leader” was +1.1 in January. After being up one-tenth in consecutive reports (1.5 – 1.6 – 1.7, 6+), Entercoms similarly-formatted KGMZ “95.7 The Game” surrenders three-tenths to 1.4 (flat at #23, 6+).

Over and above repeating at #1, Entercom all-news KCBS-AM is a combined +2.2 in three straight upticks and nearly reaches double-digits (7.7 – 8.4 – 8.7 – 9.9, 6+). KCBS-AM was on top from September through December. In March 2019, it posted a 6.4 (6+).

Six recent fluctuations for California Public Broadcasting news/talk KQED include: September/October’s -1.2 (7.1 – 6.4 – 5.9, 6+); November/December’s +1.6 (5.9 – 7.3 – 7.5, 6+); “Holiday” 2019’s -1.2; January 2020’s +1.2; February’s -.9; and March’s +1.5 (6.6 – 8.1, flat at #2, 6+). KQED was San Francisco’s first-place finisher in June, July, August, and tied at the top (with KCBS-AM) in September. San Francisco Unified School District’s KALW “91.7 Local Public Radio” is down three-tenths in February/March (1.0 – .8 – .7, flat at #29, 6+).

San Francisco Music Formats – Advancing from fourth to third, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KISQ “98.1 The Breeze – Relaxing Favorites At Work” is up an overall eight-tenths via three straight spikes (3.7 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.5, 6+). It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for rhythmic CHR cluster-mate KYLD, which was down one-half share in three consecutive sweeps without an increase (3.1 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 2.6, 6+); wiped away the deficit completely with a half-share February increase to 3.1 (6+); and now loses eight-tenths to 2.3 (6+). “WiLD 94.9 The Bay’s #1 Hit Music Station” exits the top ten (#10 to #14). Meanwhile, Bonneville’s similarly-programmed KMVQ “99.7 Now The Bay’s #1 For All The Hits” falters by eight-tenths in February/March (4.5 – 4.4 – 3.7, fourth to seventh, 6+). Entercom-owned KITS “Alt 105.3 The Bay Area’s Alternative” is a combined -.8 in February/March (2.2 – 2.0 – 1.4, 6+) and fades from the top twenty (#18 – #23). The internet stream of hot AC KLLC “Alice @ 97.3,” which posted a .6 (6+) in January and a .5 (6+) in February, is unlisted in March.

Dallas

Spoken-Word Formats – Down one-tenth (4.0 – 3.9, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WBAP “News Talk 820” continues in eighth-place. The August 2019 through March 2020 topline for co-owned KLIF-AM “570 News & Information” is: .5 – .5 – .5 – .6 – .6 – .5 – .5 – .5 – .6 (flat at #34, 6+). One-tenth behind KLIF-AM with a .5 (unchanged at #35, 6+) is Salem Media Group-owned KSKY “660 AM The Answer,” which had logged a .4 (6+) five times in the previous eight survey periods (.4 – .4 – .5 – .4 – .3 – .4 – .5 – .4, 6+).

In three straight drops, Entercom sports talk KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” is a collective -1.1 (2.5 – 2.2 – 1.9 – 1.4, 6+) and exits the top twenty (#19 to #22). It is now tied with Cumulus Media’s KTCK “The Ticket – All Sports All The Time,” which is off two-tenths (1.6 – 1.4, #21 to #22, 6+). Following seven consecutive up or flat trends that yielded one-half share (.7 – .8 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.2, 6+), Disney/ESPN’s KESN “103.3 ESPN Dallas” forfeits one-half share in February/March (1.2 – 1.0 – .7, #32 to #33, 6+).

Entercom news-talk hybrid KRLD-AM “News Radio 1080” has a July 2019 through March 2020 topline of: 1.8 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.8 (#21 to #19, 6+).

Following seven down or flat reports in succession for a net decline of four-tenths (3.2 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+), North Texas Public Broadcasting news/talk KERA ends the slide with a gain of six-tenths to 3.4 (#14 to #11, 6+).

Dallas Music Formats – Within 4.0 – 4.6 range (6+) the past 15 sweeps, Entercom classic hits-oldies KLUV “98.7 Nobody Plays More 80s” logs a one-half share gain to 5.1 (fifth to third, 6+). On top the third month in a row, Salem Media Group contemporary Christian KLTY “Your Life … Inspired” has an alternating up/down sequence of: 6.9 – 7.3 – 6.9 – 7.0 (6+). KLTY was +1.6 in “Holiday” 2019 (5.3 – 6.9,6+) and a combined -1.3 in November/December (6.6 – 5.6 – 5.3, 6+). At the same time that Entercom regional Mexican KMVK “La Grande 107.5” picks up one-half share (3.2, #15 to #13), Univision Radio’s similarly-formatted KLNO “Que Buena 94.1” regresses by six-tenths (#11 to #15). KMVK had been off eight-tenths in three straight drops (3.5 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.7, 6+); ironically, KLNO is now a combined -.8 in February/March (3.5 – 3.3 – 2.7, 6+). After trending 2.5 – 2.4 – 2.5 (“Holiday” 2019 – January 2020 – February, 6+), Entercom alternative KVIL “Alt 103.7” forfeits one-half share to 2.0 (#17 to #18, 6+). Separated by four-tenths of a share are Cumulus Media’s KSCS “New Country 96.3” (5.2 – 4.9, -.3, third to fourth, 6+) and co-owned/similarly-formatted KPLX “99.5 The Wolf,” which is off one-tenth in back-to-back reports (4.7 – 4.6 – 4.5, fifth to sixth, 6+). These two cluster-mates gained eight-tenths (each) in January. “New Country” was off one-half share in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.9 – 4.7 – 4.4, 6+). “The Wolf” lost a combined half-share in October/November (4.4 – 4.0 – 3.9, 6+), but fully erased that deficit with a December increase of one-half share.

Houston                              

Spoken-Word Formats – An overall +2.4 as a result of seven consecutive positive or neutral moves (3.3 – 3.4 – 3.9 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.6 – 5.4 – 5.7, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KTRH “News Radio 740” forfeits roughly that increase (4.6, -1.1, fourth to seventh, 6+). The September 2019 through March 2020 topline for co-owned KPRC “AM 950 – Houston’s More Stimulating Talk Radio” is: .3 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .4 (#26 to #27, 6+).

Anchored at #22, Entercom’s KILT-AM “Sports Radio 610” is down one-half share in February/March (1.7 – 1.2 – 1.2, 6+). An overall -1.2 (or -80%) the last four sweeps (1.5 – .6 – .4 – .4 – .3, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KBME “Sports Talk 790” halts the slide with a +.2 to .5 (#27 to #26, 6+). Meanwhile, Gow Communications’ sports talk KFNC “ESPN 97.5” has lost four-tenths in five straight down or flat moves (.7 -.5 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3, #27 to #28, 6+). KBME and KFNC were tied in “Holiday” 2019, January 2020, and February.

Off three-tenths (3.7 – 3.4, 6+), University of Houston news/talk KUHF, which was +1.0 in January,  slides from #11 to #14.

Houston Music Formats – The wild run continues for Univision Radio regional Mexican KLTN, which was a collective +1.9 via six straight increases (4.9 – 5.0 – 5.1 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 6.6 – 6.8, 6+); -1.1 (“Holiday” 2019); +.9 (January 2020); -.9 (February); and now +1.0 in March (5.7 – 6.7, 6+). Moreover, “Que Buena 102.9” leaps from fourth to first. December’s 6.8 was its best 6+-showing since January 2019 (7.0). Dislodged from the top spot after four successive sweeps there and falling to second is iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA, which is an overall -5.4 in three straight setbacks (11.6 – 7.0 – 6.7 – 6.2, 6+). “Sunny 99.1” was +.5.8 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.8 – 7.8 – 11.6, 6+) and the market leader 16 sweeps in a row before segueing to #2 in August. In addition to being a cumulative +1.2 via four straight spikes (3.1 – 3.2 – 3.3 – 3.7 – 4.3, 6+), Entercom Spanish contemporary KLOL “Mega 101” cracks the top ten (#11 to #9). In an extremely similar scenario, co-owned adult hits KKHH “95.7 The Spot” is +1.2 in three successive up or flat trends (4.4 – 5.1 – 5.1 – 5.6, seventh to fifth, 6+). Sputtering by seven-tenths each are independent contemporary Christian KSBJ “89.3 God Listens” (5.4 – 4.7, flat at #6, 6+) and Cox Media Group’s KKBQ “93-Q Country” (4.6 – 3.9, #8 to #11, 6+). KSBJ had posted three successive gains for a +2.1 and crossed the five-share threshold (3.3 – 3.9 – 4.1 – 5.4, 6+). KKBQ substituted its combined December/”Holiday” 2019 -1.0 (4.5 – 3.9 – 3.5, 6+) with a January 2020 +1.1. It is now tied with Entercom’s similarly-formatted KILT-FM “100.3 The Bull” (3.9, +.4, #15 to #11, 6+), which was off a combined seven-tenths in January/February (4.2 – 4.2 – 3.5, 6+).

Atlanta

Spoken-Word Formats – Over and above being #1 the ninth straight sweep in the headquartered market of the Center For Disease Control & Prevention, Cox Media Group news/talk WSB-AM is an eye-popping +4.9 in three consecutive hefty gains (8.0 – 10.0 – 11.4 – 12.9, 6+). Moreover, this (12.9) represents the first time in the PPM-era that any Atlanta station has reached the 12-share level (6+). Even though it repeats  February’s .6 (6+), Salem Media Group-owned WGKA “AM 920 The Answer” falls from #25 to #28. Entercom’s WAOK “1380 The Voice of the Community” is flat at .3 (#29 to #30, 6+), one-tenth ahead of iHeartMedia-owned WGST “Talk Radio 640” (unchanged at .2, #31 to #32, 6+).

A combined -1.2 in February/March (4.6 – 3.9 – 3.4, 6+), Entercom sports talk WZGC “92.9 The Game” exits the top ten (#10 to #12). Following seven consecutive up or flat months for a net gain of +1.1 (1.6 – 1.7 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.7, 6+), Dickey Broadcasting’s WCNN is now a combined -1.7 through seven sweeps in succession without an increase (2.7 – 2.5 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0 – 1.0, flat at #23, 6+).

Repeating February’s 3.3 (6+), City of Atlanta Board of Education’s WABE nonetheless slips from #13 to #14. The October 2019 through March 2020 topline for Georgia State University news/talk WRAS is: .6 – .8 – .8 – .6 – .7 – .6 – .7 (#25 to #27, 6+).

Atlanta Music Formats – Notching increases of six-tenths each are Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WSRV “97.1 The River” (third to second) and Radio One gospel WPZE “Praise 102.5 Atlanta’s Inspiration Station” (#14 to #7). “The River” is in alternating down/up pattern (5.2 – 5.1 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 6.4, 6+) and reaches the six-share level (6.4) for the first time since September’s 6.5. “Praise” logs its fourth straight up or flat trend for a +1.0 (2.8 – 2.8 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.8, 6+) and has its best 6+-showing (3.8) since October (4.1). In the contemporary Christian arena, Educational Media Foundation-owned WAKL “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” is up nine-tenths (#17), but Salem Media Group’s WFSH “104.7 The Fish” is off one-half share (flat at #7) and Radio Training Network’s WVFJ “The Joy FM” surrenders seven-tenths (#16 to #18). WAKL is trending: 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.9 (6+), while “The Fish” is an overall -2.9 via three drops in succession (6.7 – 4.5 – 4.3, 3.8, 6+). WVFJ is in an alternating up/down pattern (1.9 – 2.8 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 1.7, 6+). A combined -1.0 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.9 – 5.7 – 4.9, 6+), Radio One urban AC WAMJ sliced that deficit by 60% in January with a +.6. “Majic 107.5 & 97.5,” however, is off seven-tenths in February/March (5.5 – 5.4 – 4.8, fifth to sixth, 6+). The market’s (6+) CHR share deflates by -1.4 as Cumulus Media’s WWWQ “Q-99.7” erodes by nine-tenths (4.3 – 3.4, #7 to #12, 6+), while iHeartMedia’s similarly-programmed WWPW “Power 96.1 Atlanta’s #1 Hit Music Station” surrenders one-half share (4.2 – 3.7, flat at #9, 6+). Following back-to-back modest decreases (3.4 – 3.3 – 3.1, 6+), “Q-99.7” hauled out a +1.1 in January, reaching the four-share level (4.2) for the first time since June (4.0). Entering the “Holiday” 2019 sweep, “Power” was a cumulative +1.1 in three straight advances (2.9 – 3.1 – 3.6 – 4.0, 6+).

Philadelphia

Spoken-Word Formats – After being up seven-tenths in January, Entercom-owned WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” forfeits six-tenths in February/March  (2.3 – 2.1 – 1.7, 6+), slipping from #19 to #20. Without an increase the third straight time for a net loss of two-tenths (1.1 – 1.0 – 1.0 – .9, 6+), Townsquare Media news/talk WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” remains at #24.

Entercom sports talk WIP is down one-tenth (5.8 – 5.7, 6+) and one ranker (fourth to fifth). “Sports Radio 94.1” was +1.6 (October/November; -1.5 (December); +1.1 (“Holiday” 2019/January 2020); and -2.0 in February. Before falling to third in December, WIP had been #1 three months in a row. Beasley Media Group-owned WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” is a combined -1.2 in February/March (3.3 – 2.9 – 2.1, 6+) and slumps from #15 to #19. A “Holiday” 2019 decrease of one-tenth interrupted six straight up or flat reports that yielded nine-tenths (2.1 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+).

Answering February’s -.1 with a robust +1.9 (4.8 – 4.7 – 6.6, 6+), Entercom-owned KYW rockets from eighth to third. “News Radio 1060” shares top honors with Chicago news sibling WBBM-AM (see above) for largest (6+) February 2020 – March 2020 increase by any station in the 12 PPM-markets noted here (+1.9).

A cumulative +2.1 in three straight upticks (3.3 – 4.5 – 4.9 – 5.4, 6+), public radio news/talk WHYY progresses from seventh to sixth. WHYY was +.7 in December and -.7 in “Holiday” 2019.

Philadelphia Music Formats – Beasley Media Group’s WMGK is on a roll: “Classic Rock 102.9 MGK” is a collective +1.8 in three straight bumps (5.5 – 6.2 – 6.4 – 7.3, 6+) and advances from second to first.  WMGK answered “Holiday” 2019’s -2.0 with a January improvement of seven-tenths. “Classic Rock 102.9 MGK” had been +1.0 in three straight up or flat moves (6.5 – 6.6 – 7.5 – 7.5, 6+). It succeeds co-owned WMMR “93.3 Everything That Rocks” (6.9 – 7.0, +.1, first to second, 6+), which had a February-only stay at #1. After dropping eight-tenths in December, WMMR faltered by seven-tenths in “Holiday” 2019 (6.1 – 5.3 – 4.6, 6+). It was a different story though in January 2020 as it notched a +1.8. By gaining one-tenth to 4.7 (ninth to eighth, 6+), Entercom classic hits-oldies WOGL “Nobody Plays More 80s” pulls the plug on five consecutive negative or neutral moves that accounted for an overall -1.2 (5.8 – 5.6 – 4.7 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.6, 6+). After trending 2.0 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 (December 2019 – February 2020, 6+), Temple University’s WRTI “Your Classical and Jazz Source” picks up seven-tenths to 2.5 (6+) and enters the top twenty (#15). In an alternating up/down pattern since November (2.8 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 3.3 – 2.7 – 2.9, 6+), Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies WPPZ “107.9 Philly’s Classic R n B” pushes up from #16 to #14. A combined +1.1 in January/February (2.2 – 3.1 – 3.3, 6+), iHeartMedia alternative WRFF “Radio 104.5” falters by eight-tenths to 2.5 (#14 to #15, 6+). Without an increase four straight reports for a net loss of nine-tenths (3.1 – 2.9 – 2.5 – 2.4 – 2.2, 6+), Entercom’s WTDY “Today’s Hits 96.5 TDY” picked up one-half share in February, but returns it completely in March (2.2 – 2.7 – 2.2, #16 to #18). Co-owned adult contemporary WBEB “B-101.1 More Music/More Variety” is a collective –13.8 as a result of three consecutive setbacks (18.6 – 6.1 – 5.1 – 4.8, fifth to seventh, 6+). This comes directly following its “Holiday” 2019 +9.7 (8.9 – 18.6, 6+). “B-101.1 More Music/More Variety” was +1.1 in three straight increases (5.5 – 5.6 – 6.1 – 6.6, 6+); -1.2 in November (6.6 – 5.4, 6+); and +3.5 in December.

Long Island

Spoken-Word Formats – Off four-tenths in back-to-back reports (4.6 – 4.2, 3.8, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR falls from sixth to eighth; “710 The Voice of New York” was +1.5 in January. The August 2019 through March 2020 topline for Red Apple Media news/talk WABC is: 1.1 – 1.3 – 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.1 (flat at #24 6+).

A combined +1.0 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (4.8 – 4.9 – 5.8, 6+), Entercom sports talk WFAN-FM is now -1.7 in February/March (5.8 – 4.7 – 4.1, third to seventh, 6+). Similarly-programmed WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” is unlisted in Long Island the third month in a row. WEPN was off a combined half share in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.7 – 2.5 – 2.2, #15, 6+).

Roaring back from February’s loss of one-tenth with a March +1.7 (3.6 – 3.5 – 5.2, 6+), Entercom’s all-news WINS catapults from #11 all the way to #2. WINS was .7 (October); +.5 (November/December); -.6 (“Holiday” 2019); and +.6 (January 2020). Co-owned/similarly-formatted WCBS-AM, which was off three-tenths in January/February (2.8 – 2.7 – 2.5, 6+), answers with an increase of nine-tenths to 3.4 (6+) and enters the top ten (#15 to #10, 6+).

While it is steady at #21, WNYC Broadcasting Foundation public radio news/talk WNYC-FM picks up one-tenth (1.5 – 1.6, 6+).

Long Island Music Formats – Winning ways continue for Entercom classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM, which is a collective +1.0 via seven straight Long Island sweeps without a loss (4.0 – 4.0 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 5.2 – 6.0 – 7.0, 6+). Furthermore, “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits” repeats at #1. As a result of three straight upticks, Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WSKQ “Mega 97.9” has nearly doubled (+1.1) its 6+ AQH share (1.3 – 1.4 – 1.8 – 2.4, #19 to #15, 6+). In four straight positive or neutral trends, iHeartMedia classic rock WAXQ “Q-104.3” nets nine-tenths (3.5 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 4.2 – 4.4, sixth to fifth, 6+). Cox Media Group CHR WBLI “Long Island’s #1 For All The Hits” is in alternating up/down pattern that began in November (4.9 – 5.0 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 4.0 – 4.4, eighth to fifth, 6+). WNYC Broadcasting Foundation-owned classical WQXR posts a one-half share increase (.9 – 1.4, 6+) and checks in at #23. After doubling January’s +.6 with a February +1.2 (2.6 – 3.2 – 4.6, 6+), Emmis urban AC WBLS “107.5 #1 For R&B” spirals by -1.3 to 3.3 (6+) and drifts from #4 to #11. A combined +1.0 in January/February (2.0 – 2.3 – 3.0, 6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WWPR “Power 105” erases that increase completely with a -1.0 to 2.0 (#12 to #18, 6+). Stuck on 3.7 (6+) in January and February, Connoisseur Media adult contemporary WKJY “K-Joy 98.3 Long Island’s Place To Relax” surrenders one-half share to 3.2 (6+) and exits the top ten (#10 to #12). In three drops in succession, co-owned hot AC WALK-FM “97.5 Real Variety” has lost roughly 65% (-6.7) of its 6+ AQH share (10.3 – 4.4 – 3.8 – 3.6, flat at #9, 6+). WALK-FM had a “Holiday” 2019-only stay at #1. Entering the January sweep, it was a collective +6.5 through four successive bumps (3.8 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 6.1 – 10.3, 6+), with 10.3 its best 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2018’s 10.5.

Riverside

Spoken-Word Formats – After notching a .1 (6+) in August, September, and October, iHeartMedia news talk KKDD “1290 News Talk IE” is unlisted the sixth time in a row. Likewise, KKDD did not appear in print in May, June, and July.

Anchored at #20, co-owned KPWK “Fox Sports Radio 1350 AM” is without an increase the 11th time in succession (.2 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1, 6+). Similarly-formatted/Los Angeles Angels-owned (LAA 1, LLC) KLAA “Angels Radio AM 830” does not appear in print the 28th straight sweep.

Up three-tenths (1.0 -1.3, 6+), San Bernardino Community College public radio news/talk KVCR carries on at #12. Pasadena City College news/talk KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” repeats February’s .3 (6+) and #17 ranker.

Riverside Music Formats – Notching gains of one-half share each are KFRG “K-Frog 95.1” (4.8 – 5.3, steady in third-place, 6+) and All-Pro Broadcasting-owned KHTI “Hot 103.9 The I.E.’s Best Mix” (1.4, #14 to #11, 6+). “K-Frog” was a collective +1.5 via three bumps in a row (3.7 – 4.1 – 4.6 – 5.2, 6+), before dropping four-tenths in February. The Entercom country outlet reached the five-share level in January (5.2, 6+) for the first time since July (5.1). “Hot 103.9” had been trending .9 – .8 – .9 (“Holiday” 2019 – January 2020 – February, 6+). Even though it wipes away January’s +.9 (7.0 – 7.9, 6+) in its entirety with a February/March -.9 (7.9 – 7.5 – 7.0, 6+), Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose” is #1 the sixth time in a row. January’s increase interrupted December/“Holiday” 2019’s -1.2 (8.2 – 7.9 – 7.0, 6+). KLYY was up one-half share in November. December 2018’s 10.5 marked the first time any Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario station reached double-figures (6+) since April 2015, when “Jose” recorded a 10.4. Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KLVE “107.5 K-LOVE,” which was +1.4 in January/February (2.2 – 2.8 – 3.6, 6+), forfeits six-tenths to 3.0 (fifth to seventh, 6+). KLVE was locked on 3.1 (6+) in November and December, and faltered by nine-tenths in “Holiday” 2019. Educational Media Foundation-owned contemporary Christian KLRD “Air 1 – Worship Now” (1.6, #11, June 2019, 6+) and co-owned/similarly-formatted KKLQ “Positive, Encouraging 100.3” (.7, #15, June 2019, 6+) – are unlisted the tenth time in a row.

San Jose

Spoken-Word Formats – As a result of three straight upticks, Cumulus Media news/talk KGO has more than doubled (+1.6) its 6+ AQH share (1.3 – 2.0 – 2.6 – 2.9, 6+) and progresses from a five-way deadlock at #12 to #11. Despite gaining one-tenth (1.3 – 1.4, 6+), co-owned/similarly-formatted KSFO backslides from #22 to #24.

Sports talk sibling KNBR was down a combined -.7 in December/“Holiday” 2019; +.9 in January; and now -1.9 in February/March (4.7 – 3.3 – 2.8, 6+). “The Sports Leader” drifts out of the top ten (#8 to #13). In back-to-back reports, Entercom’s similarly-formatted KGMZ “95.7 The Game” drops one-tenth (2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5, #12 to #14, 6+).

Entercom all-news KCBS-AM is a whopping +2.5 via three significant gains (4.4 – 5.0 – 5.7 – 6.9, fourth to third, 6+). KCBS-AM was -.5 (October); +.7 (November); -.8 (December); and -.7 (“Holiday” 2019). At this time last year, it logged a 6.7 (March 2019, 6+).

Steady in second-place, Northern California Public Broadcasting news/talk KQED follows February’s loss of four-tenths (6.9 – 6.5, 6+) with a +.9 to 7.4 (6+). A combined -1.2 in December/“Holiday 2019 (6.9 – 6.5 – 5.7, 6+), KQED was +1.0 in November (5.9 – 6.9, 6+) and had a November-only stay at #1. The December 2019 through March 2020 topline for San Francisco Unified School District news/talk KALW is: .7 – .8 – .7 – .8 – 1.1 (#27 to #25, 6+).

San Jose Music Formats – Not only is iHeartMedia adult contemporary KISQ a combined +1.5 in February/March (2.2 – 2.5 – 3.7, 6+), “98.1 The Breeze – Relaxing Favorites At Work” rockets from #17 all the way to #7. Three noteworthy March 2020 moves are made in the hot AC arena. Specifically, Entercom’s KLLC “Alice @ 97.3” posts a gain of nine-tenths (#12 to #9), while Alpha Media-owned KEZR “Mix 106.5 Today’s Best Music” erodes by -1.1 (6.1 – 5.0, third to fourth, 6+) and iHeartMedia’s KIOI “Star 101.3” forfeits six-tenths (#12 to #18). “Alice” is without a loss the fourth straight time for a +1.2 (2.3 – 2.3 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 3.5, 6+). When “Mix” added seven-tenths in February, it applied the brakes to five straight sweeps without an increase that resulted in a net loss of -1.3 (6.7 – 6.1 – 5.8 – 5.8 – 5.5 – 5.4, 6+). In contrast to “Alice,” KIOI is -1.9 as a result of four consecutive down or flat trends (3.9 – 3.5 – 3.2 – 2.6 – 2.0, 6+). More than doubling (+1.0) its 6+ AQH share via three successive sweeps without a loss (.9 – .9 – 1.1 – 1.9, 6+), Lazer Broadcasting regional Mexican KXZM enters the top twenty at #19. Recapturing the half-share it squandered in February (8.1 – 7.6 – 8.1, 6+), Alpha Media classic hits-oldies KBAY “94.5 Bay FM – The Bay’s Greatest Hits” is #1 the fifth time in a row. KBAY was a combined +1.5 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (6.6 – 7.4 – 8.1, 6+). Following six successive months on top, it segued to #2 in November when it plummeted by -2.0 (8.6 – 6.6, 6+). Ever since resurfacing in print in December, Entercom CHR KMVQ was trending 4.4 – 4.0 – 4.5 – 4.4 (December 2019 through February 2020, 6+). In March though, “99.7 Now The Bay’s #1 For All The Hits” falters by -1.1 to 3.3 (sixth to tenth, 6+). A combined +.9 in January/February (2.3 – 2.8 – 3.2, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KYLD “WiLD 94.9 The Bay’s #1 Hit Music Station” surrenders seven-tenths in March to 2.5 (#10 to #14, 6+). Three straight spikes by Cumulus Media classic rock KSAN resulted in a collective +1.2 (1.5 – 1.8 – 2.1 – 2.7, 6+), but “107.7 The Bone” is now -1.1 in February/March (2.7 – 2.2 – 1.6, #19 to #21, 6+). Regressing by one-half share each are iHeartMedia urban contemporary KMEL (#11 to #16) and Entercom alternative KITS “Alt 105.3” (#18 to #20). KMEL is off one-half share in February/March (2.9 – 2.9 – 2.4, 6+), while KITS falters by six-tenths in the comparable period (2.4 – 2.3 – 1.8, 6+). Univision Radio regional Mexican KSOL “Que Buena,” which was a collective -1.4 through three drops in a row (3.3 – 2.8 – 2.3 – 1.9, #20, 6+), is unlisted the third month in a row.

Middlesex-Somerset-Union

Spoken-Word Formats – Continuing an alternating down/up pattern that started in October and includes March’s +.8 (5.9 – 5.2 – 5.6 – 5.3 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 6.0, 6+), Townsquare Media news/talk WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” advances from fifth to third. After gaining one-tenth in February (1.5 – 1.6, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” surrenders two-tenths (1.4, #20 to #21, 6+). Red Apple Media news/talk WABC loses roughly half (-.6) its 6+ AQH share in February/March (1.1 – .8 – .5, 6+) and is flat at #23.

Following February’s -1.0 February (5.0 – 4.0, 6+), Entercom sports talk WFAN-FM rebounds with a gain of two-tenths to 4.2 (steady at #10, 6+). WFAN-FM was -.7 (September); +1.4 (October/November); -1.5 (December/“Holiday” 2019); and +1.4 (January 2020). Off six-tenths in “Holiday” 2019 (2.7 – 2.1, #17 to #19, 6+), after being an overall +1.1 via four consecutive sweeps without a loss (1.6 – 1.7 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+), similarly-programmed WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” is unlisted the third consecutive month.

Up three-tenths and four-tenths, respectively, are Entercom all-news siblings WCBS-AM (2.1 – 2.4, #19 to #18, 6+) and WINS (1.2 – 1.6, #22 to #20, 6+).

Following a February loss of one-tenth (2.4 – 2.3, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation public radio news/talk WNYC-FM answers with a March increase of six-tenths (2.9, #17 to #15, 6+).

Middlesex-Somerset-Union Music Formats – In four straight sweeps without a loss, Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97” is an overall +1.5 (3.2 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.7, tenth to fifth, 6+). The three latest fluctuations by Entercom hot AC WNEW-FM “NEW 102.7” are +.6 (January); -.5 (February); and +.6 in March (4.0 – 4.6 – 4.1 – 4.7, ninth to fifth, 6+). Entering the January sweep, WNEW-FM was an overall -1.0 in three straight down or flat trends (5.0 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 4.0, 6+). In addition to being a collective +2.1 in three consecutive upticks (5.6 – 7.0 – 7.4 – 7.7, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rock WAXQ “Q-104.3” is #1 the third report in succession. Following three positive or neutral sweeps in succession that netted a +1.0 (3.3 – 3.3 – 3.9 – 4.3, 6+), Pillar of Fire contemporary Christian WAWZ “Star 99.1” plummets by -1.7 to 2.6 (6+) and fades from the top ten (#8 to #17). A combined +1.0 in January/February (4.4 – 5.3 – 5.4, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WHTZ “Z-100” surrenders 70% of that increase (4.7, -.7, third to fifth, 6+). Beasley Media Group adult contemporary WMGQ “Magic 98.3” and iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WLTW “Lite FM” make identical moves (4.4 – 4.5, +.1, sixth to eighth, 6+).

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