April 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Three

| May 14, 2020

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April 2020 PPM Data – Information for the April 2020 ratings period has been released for Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus. Nielsen Audio’s April 2020 survey period covered March 26 – April 22. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM-markets below.

Portland

Spoken Word Formats – On the heels of its March +1.8 (4.9 – 6.7, 6+), Alpha Media-owned news/talk KXL “FM News 101 – Stay Connected” adds three-tenths to reach the seven-share level (7.0, third to second, 6+). Not only is iHeartMedia’s KEX without a loss the eighth straight sweep for an overall +1.5 (2.3 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.8 – 3.2 – 3.8, 6+), “News Radio 1190 – Depend On Us” cracks the top ten (#14 to #10). Alpha Media news/talk KUFO “Freedom 970” forfeits the two-tenths it gained in March (1.2 – 1.4 – 1.2, flat at #22, 6+). Down or flat the past six reports for a net loss of one-tenth (.5 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4, 6+), Salem Media Group’s KPAM “AM 860 The Answer” ends the slide with a +.1 to .5 (#28 to #25, 6+).

Up three-tenths in March/April (1.5 – 1.7 – 1.8, 6+), Alpha Media sports talk KXTG “The Game” remains at #21. In seven successive down or flat moves, Entercom’s similarly-formatted KFXX “1080 The Fan” has lost a collective half-share (1.6 – 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1, flat at #23, 6+). Falling from #26 to #30, iHeartMedia-owned KPOJ “Sports Radio 620” has had its 6+ AQH share sliced by roughly 78% in three drops in succession (.9 – .7 – .6 – .2, 6+).

Tacking on two-tenths to March’s +1.7 (8.2 – 9.9 – 10.1, 6+), Oregon Public Broadcasting public radio news/talk KOPB repeats at #1. Moreover, KOPB and iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW are now the only Portland stations to achieve double-digits (6+) in the PPM-era.

Portland Music Formats – After surrendering six-tenths in March (3.6 – 3.0, 6+), All Classical Public Media’s KQAC “All Classical Portland” posts an increase more than twice that magnitude (4.3, +1.3, 6+), vaulting from #17 to #7. Its February +.9 curtailed 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+). Notching gains of eight-tenths each are iHeartMedia’s KFBW “105.9 The Brew – Portland’s Rock Station” (fifth to fourth) and Mt. Hood Community College-owned KMHD “Jazz Radio 89.1” (#20 to #15). “The Brew” is +1.1 in March/April (4.4 – 4.7 – 5.5, 6+), while KMHD improves by eight-tenths in the same timeframe (2.3 – 2.3 – 3.1, 6+). Up four-tenths in March (3.5 – 3.9, 6+), Alpha Media triple A KINK-FM “Uniquely Portland” craters by -1.7 to 2.2 (6+) and spirals from #9 to #20. Co-owned rhythmic CHR KINK-HD2 regresses by one-half share (.9 – .4, #26, 6+). As a result of four straight setbacks, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW has had its 6+ AQH share vaporized by approximately 60% (-8.3) and shifts from second to third (13.9 – 8.5 – 8.4 – 7.1 – 5.6, 6+). “K-103” was on top four straight sweeps (including sharing the lead in January with public radio news/talk KOPB) before segueing to #2 in March. 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. Entercom’s KNRK “Portland Alternative Music,” which was +.8 in February/March (3.0 – 3.7 – 3.8, 6+), surrenders an April -1.3 to 2.5 (#11 to #19, 6+). In addition to being an overall -1.9 in three straight downturns (4.9 – 4.4 – 3.9 – 3.0, 6+), Alpha Media CHR KBFF “Live 95.5” fades from the top ten (#9 to #16). Prior to January’s +.7, “Live 95.5” was off eight-tenths via three drops in a row (5.0 – 4.8 – 4.3 – 4.2, 6+). Trending 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.4 (January – February – March, 6+), Salem Media Group regional Mexican KRYP “93.1 El Rey” drops six-tenths to 2.8 (#12 to #18, 6+). Falling from seventh to eighth, Entercom adult hits KYCH “97.1 Charlie – We Play Everything” is without an increase the fourth time in a row for a net loss of -2.8 (6.7 – 5.9 – 4.7 – 4.2 – 3.9, 6+).

Charlotte

Spoken-Word Formats – Jumping from fifth to third, Entercom news/talk WBT more than doubles (+3.6) its 6+ AQH share via four bumps in succession and traverses the seven-share level (3.5 – 4.9 – 5.3 – 5.7 – 7.1, 6+).

Co-owned WFNZ “The Fan – Charlotte’s Sports Leader” gained six-tenths in three consecutive sweeps without a loss (1.2 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.8, 6+), but is off one-tenth in April to 1.7 (#16 to #17, 6+).

A cumulative +1.1 through three consecutive improvements (2.0 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 3.1, 6+), University Radio Foundation news/talk WFAE forfeits four-tenths (2.7, #13 to #14, 6+).

Charlotte Music Formats – Not only is iHeartMedia classic rock WRFX #1 the fourth report in succession, “99.7 The Fox” reaches double-digits (6+) by being an overall +3.8 through four successive spikes (6.4 – 6.8 – 7.9 – 8.1 – 10.2, 6+). The only other Charlotte station hitting double-digits in the PPM-era is adult contemporary WKQC, which has done it seven times. Immediately prior, “The Fox” had been -1.9 via three straight downturns (8.3 – 8.2 – 7.3 – 6.4, 6+). After three successive months at #1, WRFX was ousted from the top spot in December. Tacking on a +1.8 to March’s gain of two-tenths (5.5 – 5.7 – 7.5, 6+) Beasley Media Group-owned WSOC “103.7 Country’s Hottest Hits” elevates from fifth to second. WSOC was -1.2 in “Holiday” 2019 and then +1.0 in January 2020. Davidson College classical WDAV, which lost nine-tenths in three straight drops (2.3 – 2.1 – 1.6 – 1.4, 6+), answers with an April +1.1 to 2.5 (#18 to #15, 6+). The three most recent shifts by iHeartMedia alternative WEND “106.5 The End” are +1.1 (February); -1.7 (March); and now +.6 in April (2.6 – 3.2, #14 to #12, 6+). On top in “Holiday” 2019, aforementioned Beasley Media Group adult contemporary WKQC “K-104.7” erodes by -10.4 in four straight sweeps without an increase (14.5 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 6.3 – 4.1, fourth to ninth, 6+). Its internet stream, however, enters the top twenty (.5, #19, 6+). Faltering by -1.9 each are iHeartMedia adult hits WLKO “102.9 The Lake” (5.4, second to fifth, 6+) and Beasley Media Group urban AC WBAV “V-101.9” (5.2, third to sixth, 6+). “The Lake” had been +1.6 via three straight gains (5.7 – 6.7 – 7. 2 – 7.3, 6+), while “V-101.9” was +1.0 through four consecutive sweeps without a loss (6.1 – 6.1 – 6.4 – 6.8 – 7.1, 6+). After trending 4.1 – 4.0 – 4.1 (January – February – March, 6+), WBAV’s CHR cluster-mate, WNKS “Kiss 95.1,” falters by nine-tenths to 3.2 (#10 to #12, 6+).

San Antonio

Spoken-Word Formats – Off one-half share in March (6.3 – 5.8, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WOAI roars back with a massive +2.1 and nearly touches the eight-share level (7.9, third to second, 6+). “News Radio 1200 – San Antonio’s News, Traffic, & Weather” was a combined +1.0 in January/February (5.3 – 5.7 – 6.3, 6+). After being up one-half share through three straight gains (1.3 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.8, 6+), Alpha Media news/talk KTSA “Stay Connected” surrenders four-tenths to 1.4 (#21 to #22, 6+).

An increase of two-tenths (.5 – .7, 6+) enables Alpha Media sports talk KZDC “ESPN San Antonio” to jump from #32 to #25, 6+). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia-owned KTKR “Ticket 760 – San Antonio’s Sports Station” has a loss of that magnitude (.6 – .4, -.2, #29 to #32, 6+).

Down one-half share in March/April (3.4 – 3.2 – 2.9, 6+), Texas Public Radio news/talk KSTX slips from #14 to #15.

San Antonio Music Formats – Adding a nine-tenths increase to March’s +.5 (6.8 – 7.3 – 8.2, 6+), KONO-FM “101.1 San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” is #1 the fourth sweep in succession. The Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies outlet was -1.8 (“Holiday” 2019); +.8 (January 2020); and -.7 (February). KONO-FM was the market leader ten ratings periods in a row before segueing to #2 in “Holiday” 2019. Prior to that sweep, it was a cumulative +1.8 in four consecutive increases (6.7 – 7.2 – 7.8 – 8.2 – 8.5, 6+). The three most recent fluctuations by Alpha Media regional Mexican KSAH “Norteno 104.1” are -.5 (February); +.5 (March); and now +1.2 in April (2.1 – 3.3, #19 to #13, 6+). Entering the February sweep, “Norteno 104.1” had been within 2.0 – 2.6 territory (6+) the previous eight reports. Univision Radio’s similarly-formatted KROM “Que Buena 92.9” posts its fourth consecutive up or flat trend for a collective +1.9 (3.7 – 4.4 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 5.6, fourth to third, 6+). Gaining seven-tenths each are Alpha Media adult hits KJXK “102.7 Jack-FM Playing What We Want” (5.1, seventh to fourth, 6+) and Texas Public Radio classical KPAC (1.9, #24 to #21). In three of the last four sweeps, “Jack-FM” logged a 4.4 (4.4 – 5.1 – 4.4 – 4.4, 6+). KPAC was -1.1 in February/March (2.3 – 2.2 – 1.2, 6+). The 2.2-share lead (6+) that Cox Media Group’s KCYY “Y-100 San Antonio’s New Country Leader” enjoyed in March over iHeartMedia’s KAJA “KJ-97 San Antonio’s #1 For New Country” is down to three-tenths. Specifically, “Y-100” is a combined -2.0 in March/April (6.6 – 6.3 – 4.6, second to seventh), while “KJ-97” is up or flat the fourth time in a row for a net gain of one-half share (3.8 – 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.3, ninth to eighth, 6+). Cox Media Group hot AC KSMG “Magic 105.3,” which was up or flat the past three reports for a +.5 (3.7 – 3.7 – 4.1 – 4.2, 6+), forfeits nine-tenths (3.3, #8 to #13, 6+). Advancing from #20 to #18, Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KZAR “Air 1 Worship Now” is +1.2 via four straight up or flat moves (.8 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.9 – 2.0, #20 to #18, 6+). This is its best 6+-stat since July 2019 (2.0, as well). Up four-tenths in March (3.7 – 4.1, 6+), co-owned/similarly-formatted KZLV “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” regresses by seven-tenths (3.4, ninth to tenth, 6+). It is tied there with iHeartMedia CHR KXXM “96.1 Now,” which is a collective -1.3 through three straight drops (4.7 – 4.5 – 4.0 – 3.4, 6+). Down one-half share each are iHeartMedia Spanish contemporary KZEP “104.5 Latino Hits” (#17 to #18) and Cox Media Group classic country KKYX “Country Legends” (#23). This is KZEP’s third straight drop for a -1.8 (3.8 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.0, 6+); KKYX is in an alternating down/up pattern (1.6 – 1.4 – 1.7 – 1.2, 6+). Despite being -6.7 (a roughly 64% loss) in four straight decreases (10.5 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 4.0 – 3.8, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KQXT “Q-101.9” advances from #11 to #9.

Sacramento

Spoken-Word Formats – A whopping +3.2 in March and April (8.4 – 10.3 – 11.6, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KFBK is #1 the fourth straight month. The 11.6 by “Sacramento’s News, Weather and Traffic Station” is its highest 6+stat in the PPM-era, eclipsing KFBK’s previous high (10.3) set in … March. KFBK logged a +2.7 in January. Despite losing four-tenths in three straight decreases (2.2 – 2.2 – 1.9 – 1.8, 6+), cluster-mate KSTE “Talk 650” advances from #16 to #15.

After forfeiting an overall half-share in three straight declines (1.5 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.0, 6+), Entercom sports talk KIFM-AM “ESPN Radio 1320” picks up one-tenth to 1.1 (#21 to #18, 6+). Bonneville’s KHTK “Sports 1140” is off four-tenths (1.1 – .7, 6+) and departs the top twenty (#19 to #22). These two sports talkers were tied in July, August, and October.

The “Holiday” 2019 through April 2020 topline for Capital Public Radio news/talk KXJZ is: 4.4 – 4.7 – 4.4 – 4.6 – 4.5 (unchanged at #6, 6+). December 2018’s 6.9 is the highest 6+-stat in its PPM-history. Northern California Public Broadcasting news/talk KQEI-FM drops one-half share (.7 – .2, #26, 6+).

Sacramento Music Formats – The three most recent shifts by iHeartMedia classic rock KYRV “93.7 The River” are +.6 (February); -.8 (March); and April’s mammoth +2.1 (4.3 – 6.4, eighth to fifth, 6+). February’s increase halted three straight losses that accounted for a -.6 (5.1 – 4.8 – 4.7 – 4.5, 6+). Following six straight sweeps without an increase for a cumulative -1.9 (4.5 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+), urban-rhythmic oldies sibling KHYL “V-101” pulls the plug with a +.3 to 2.9 (#13 to #11, 6+). Through five straight upticks Entercom-owned KRXQ “98 Rock” is +2.7 (4.8 – 5.2 – 5.3 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 7.5, steady at #4, 6+). A combined -1.0 in February/March (4.9 – 4.1 – 3.9, 6+), rhythmic CHR sibling KSFM erases half that deficit with a half-share gain to 4.4 (tenth to seventh, 6+). The market’s (6+) adult contemporary share falters by -2.6, as Bonneville’s KYMX “Mix 96” is -1.5 (fifth to tenth), while iHeartMedia’s KBEB “92.5 The Breeze” is -1.1 (#10 to #12). In four straight decreases (12.6 – 6.0 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 3.4, 6+), “Mix 96” has had its 6+ AQH share carved by approximately 73% (-9.2). On top in “Holiday” 2019, KYMX tripled (+8.4) its 6+ AQH share via four consecutive improvements (4.2 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 6.1 – 12.6, 6+). Meanwhile, “The Breeze” has been -.8 (December/“Holiday” 2019); +1.1 (January/February); and -2.0 in March/April (4.8 – 3.9 – 2.8, 6+). A combined +1.1 in January/February (2.6 – 2.8 – 3.7, 6+), Bonneville hot AC KZZO “Now 100.5 Today’s Best Hits” is -1.9 in March/April (3.7 – 3.2 – 1.8, -.5, #12 to #15, 6+). Entering the January sweep, KZZO was -1.8 in three straight decreases (4.4 – 3.8 – 3.5 – 2.6, 6+). When Lotus Communications regional Mexican KVMX-FM picked up three-tenths this time last month, it suspended three drops in a row that resulted in an overall -1.4 (2.6 – 2.5 – 1.5 – 1.2, 6+). In April, however, “La Ranchera” forfeits one-half share to 1.0 (#17 to #20, 6+).

Pittsburgh

Spoken-Word Formats – Four successive upticks by Entercom’s KDKA-AM have yielded a +4.2 (3.1 – 4.0 – 4.3 – 5.6 – 7.3, 6+) as “News Radio 1020” leaps from fifth to second.

Conversely, co-owned sports talk KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan” records its third drop in a row for an overall -2.0 (7.9 – 7.5 – 6.7 – 5.9, fourth to fifth, 6+). After logging three straight up or flat trends (.1 – .2 – .2 – .2, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted WBGG 970 AM – ESPN Pittsburgh” returns one-tenth (.1, #20 to #25, 6+).

More than doubling its March increase of six-tenths with a +1.3 (3.7 – 4.3 – 5.6, 6+), Essential Public Media news/talk WESA “90.5 Pittsburgh’s NPR Station” zooms from tenth to sixth.

Pittsburgh Music Formats – Four upticks in a row by iHeartMedia’s WPGB “Big 104.7 Pittsburgh’s #1 For New Country” result in a +2.7 (1.9 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 4.3 – 4.6, tenth to seventh, 6+). In “Holiday” 2019, “Big 104.7” faltered by one-half share to 1.9, halting 13 successive survey periods of posting a 6+-stat within 2.3 – 2.9 range. A combined +1.9 in January/February (3.1 – 4.3 – 5.0, 6+), Entercom-owned/similarly formatted WDSY “Pittsburgh’s Country Y-108” is off seven-tenths in March/April (5.0 – 4.9 – 4.3, sixth to tenth, 6+). Entering the January sweep, “Y-108” was an overall -2.1 in three straight drops (5.2 – 4.7 – 4.1 – 3.1, 6+). Hot AC cluster-mate WBZZ “Star 100.7,” which was a collective -1.7 through four consecutive reports without an increase (4.5 – 3.4 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 2.8, 6+), interrupts the slide with a +.1 to 2.9 (flat at #12, 6+). Purging its combined February/March loss of one-half share (1.6 – 1.5 – 1.1, 6+) with an April gain of six-tenths to 1.7 (6+), WQED Multimedia-owned WQED “Classical FM 89.3” inches up from #16 to #15. Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting triple A WYEP “91.3 Where The Music Matters” nets eight-tenths in three straight increases (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.2 – 2.7, #14 to #13, 6+). Regaining the one-tenth it lost in March, iHeartMedia-owned rocker WDVE repeats at #1. Its “Holiday” 2019 through April 2020 topline is a very consistent 8.2 – 8.1 – 8.3 – 8.2 – 8.3 (6+). Dropping from second to fourth, Steel City Media adult hits WRRK “96.9 Bob-FM” has its third straight drop for a -1.3 (8.1 – 7.9 – 7.8 – 6.8, 6+). Off seven-tenths each are its hot AC cluster-mate WLTJ “Q-92.9” (2.1, #12 to #14, 6+) and iHeartMedia CHR WKST “96.1 Kiss-FM” (#8 to #11). WLTJ was up three-tenths in February/March (2.5 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+). In three straight slips, “Kiss” is -1.2 (5.1 – 4.9 – 4.6 – 3.9, 6+). Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WSHH “Wish 99.7” is -3.2 in four straight downturns (7.6 – 5.1 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.4, 6+), slipping from sixth to ninth. When “Wish” 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+). These Forever Media properties return to print: classic country WLYI (1.6, 6+); classic hits-oldies WKPL (1.1, 6+); country WOGI (1.1, 6+); classic hits-oldies WPKL (1.1, 6+); and country WOGG (.8, 6+).

Salt Lake City

Spoken-Word Formats – In back-to-back sweeps, Bonneville’s KSL “News Radio 102.7 FM & 1160 AM” gains a combined +3.9 (4.9 – 6.0 – 8.8, 6+) and marches from third to first. Entering the January sweep, KSL was a collective -2.4 in three successive decreases (6.4 – 5.7 – 5.6 – 4.0, 6+). Without a loss the fourth consecutive report for a +2.2 (4.1 – 5.0 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 6.3, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KNRS “Talk Radio 105.9 – Listen And You’ll Know” leaps from eighth to fourth. In four successive positive or neutral moves, Cumulus Media-owned KKAT “860 AM – Utah’s Big Talker” has more than tripled (+.7) its 6+ AQH share (.3 – .6 – .8 – .8 – 1.0, #20 to #18, 6+).

After being a collective +1.2 through three consecutive advances (1.7 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.9, 6+), University of Utah public radio news/talk KUER forfeits one-half share to 2.4 (6+) but stays at #14. Having posted five consecutive up or flat sweeps for a net gain of eight-tenths (.1 – .1 – .1 – .2 – .4 – .9, 6+), Brigham Young University public radio news/talk KUMT drops six-tenths (.3, #18 to #21, 6+).

Salt Lake City Music Formats – Independent KSOP-FM records its fourth straight spike for a collective +1.7 (3.7 – 4.5 – 4.8 – 5.3 – 5.4, 6+). “Z-104 Utah’s #1 Country Station” advances from seventh to fifth with its best 6+-stat (5.4) since last August (5.8). Three straight improvements by Cumulus Media’s similarly-programmed KUBL delivered seven-tenths (4.7 – 5.1 – 5.3 – 5.4, 6+); however, “K-Bull 93 FM” returns that increase in its entirety (4.7, -.7, fifth to eighth, 6+). Following seven successive sweeps at #1, Bonneville adult contemporary KSFI “FM 100.3 Better Music/Better Work Day” segues to the runner-up slot. Its 6+ AQH share has plummeted by roughly two-thirds (-14.1) through four setbacks in succession (21.1 – 8.5 – 7.6 – 7.3 – 7.0, 6+). Immediately prior, KSFI was a collective +14.8 via four consecutive increases (6.3 – 6.7 – 6.8 – 11.0 – 21.1, 6+). It is the only PPM-market outlet to reach the 20-share level (6+) and has accomplished that feat in “Holiday” 2019 (21.1, 6+); “Holiday” 2018 (21.8, 6+); “Holiday” 2017 (23.2, 6+); “Holiday” 2016 (20.6, 6+); and “Holiday” 2015 (21.4, 6+). As a result of three straight increases, Cumulus Media’s similarly-formatted KBEE was +1.1 (2.6 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 3.7, 6+), but “B-98.7 – Today’s Hits/Yesterday’s Favorites” spirals by -1.5 to 2.2 (#11 to #15, 6+). Exiting the top ten (#9 to #11), iHeartMedia hot AC KJMY “My-99.5” has its third straight decrease for a collective -2.4 (5.8 – 5.5 – 5.0 – 3.4, 6+). Directly prior, KJMY was -2.2 through five downturns in a row (5.9 – 5.4 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.4 – 3.7, 6+) and rebounded with a January +2.1. A combined -1.2 in March/April (4.3 – 3.6 – 3.1, 6+), Cumulus Media CHR KENZ carries on at #12. “Power 94.9 Utah’s New Hit Music” was +1.5 (December/“Holiday” 2019); -.8 (January 2020); and +.5 (February). Unlisted the 17th sweep in a row are Broadway Media-owned adult hits KYMV; alternative KXRK; CHR KUDD; country KEGA; and rhythmic CHR KUUU.

Las Vegas

Spoken-Word Formats – An April +1.1 (2.1 – 3.2, 6+) propels Entercom-owned KXNT “News Talk Radio 840” from #19 all the way into the top ten (#10). More than doubling (+1.6) its 6+ AQH share in three straight upticks (1.3 – 1.7 – 2.1 – 2.9, 6+), Beasley Media Group news/talk KDWN “AM 720 Where Las Vegas Comes to Talk” jumps from #19 to #12.

Slipping from #26 to #27, Lotus Communications sports talk KWWN “ESPN Radio 1100” has lost nine-tenths in seven successive sweeps without an increase (1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – .8 – .5, 6+).

A combined +.7 in March/April (2.6 – 3.1 – 3.3, 6+), Nevada Public Radio news/talk KNPR enters the top ten (#12 to #8).  

Las Vegas Music Formats – Practically doubling (+2.2) its 6+ AQH share in three straight sweeps without a loss (2.6 – 2.6 – 3.0 – 4.8, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KYMT “93.1 The Mountain – World Class Rock” catapults from #14 into the top five (#4). At the same time, Lotus Communications’ KOMP “92.3 The Rock Station” is an overall +1.2 via four consecutive spikes (1.7 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 2.3 – 2.9, #17 to #12, 6+). Co-owned KXPT “97.1 The Point #1 For Classic Rock” gains one-half share (4.7 – 5.2, fourth to third, 6+), as does Beasley Media Group’s country-formatted KCYE “102.7 The Coyote” (seventh to fifth). “The Point” was +.2.6 in January/February (3.7 – 4.9 – 6.3, 6+) but spiraled by -1.6 in March. As a result of four improvements in a row, “The Coyote” is an overall +2.2 (2.4 – 2.8 – 3.3 – 4.1 – 4.6, 6+). This directly follows a -1.7 in seven straight sweeps without an increase (4.1 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.0 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.4, 6+). February’s tie at #1 between iHeartMedia adult contemporary KSNE “Sunny 106.5 – Better Music For A Better Workday” (7.1 – 7.0, 6+) and Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies KKLZ “Hits of the ‘80s and More” continued in March, but is broken in April. Even though “Sunny” is -.8.6 via four straight drops (15.3 – 8.6 – 7.1 – 7.0 – 6.7, 6+), it takes sole possession of the lead. KSNE has held (or shared) the top spot in each of the past six reports. “Holiday” 2019’s 15.3 is the highest 6+-share by any Las Vegas station in the PPM-era. Meanwhile, KKLZ stumbles by eight-tenths (7.0 – 6.2, 6+) and shifts to #2. Prior to dropping one-tenth in March, KKLZ was a combined +.9 in January/February (6.2 – 6.9 – 7.1, 6+) and had a November-only visit at #1. KKLZ was a collective +2.0 through six consecutive increases (6.1 – 7.2 – 7.4 – 7.6 – 7.7 – 8.0 – 8.1, 6+), before spiraling by -1.7 in “Holiday” 2019. Entercom hot AC KMXB “Mix 94.1” is a combined -2.5 in March/April (5.7 – 5.5 – 3.2, third to tenth, 6+). Fading from the top ten (#9 to #16), co-owned CHR KLUC “98.5 Las Vegas’ #1 Hit Music Station” has been -.5 (February); +.6 (March); and now -1.0 in April (3.4 – 2.9 – 3.5 – 2.5, 6+). Faltering by eight-tenths – in addition to KKLZ – are its urban-rhythmic oldies sibling KOAS “Jammin’ 105.7” (2.7, #10 to #14, 6+) and Kemp Broadcasting rhythmic CHR KVEG “Hot 97.5” (#9 to #14). KOAS was up two-tenths in March/April (3.3 – 3.3 – 3.5, 6+). An overall +1.8 through five successive up or flat moves (2.3 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 3.1 – 3.5 – 4.1, 6+), “Hot” is -1.4 in March/April (4.1 – 3.5 – 2.7, 6+). Dropping six-tenths are Entercom rhythmic hot AC KXQQ “Q-100.5” (#13 to #16) and iHeartMedia urban contemporary KYMT-HD2 (1.5, #20 to #23, 6+). “Q-100.5” is down seven-tenths in March/April (3.2 – 3.1 – 2.5, 6+). In five successive spikes, KYMT-HD2 netted eight-tenths (1.3 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.0 – 2.1, 6+). In an alternating up/down pattern which includes April’s half-share loss (2.5 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 2.3, 6+), Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KRGT “Latino Mix 99.3” falls from #15 to #20.

Orlando

Spoken-Word Formats – Stacking an April +1.6 onto March’s increase of seven-tenths, iHeartMedia-owned news/talk WTKS “Real Radio 104.1 – We Say What We Want” crosses the six-share level (4.4 – 5.1 – 6.7, seventh to third, 6+). Off one-half share in March (4.6 – 4.1, 6+), Cox Media Group’s WDBO-FM “News 96.5” picks up one-tenth to 4.2 (6+) and reenters the top ten (#12 to #9). After dropping six-tenths this time last month (3.3 – 2.7, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WFLF “News Radio Orlando” regains one-tenth (2.8, flat at #14, 6+).

Off two-tenths and four-tenths, respectively, are iHeartMedia-owned WYGM “FM 96.9 The Game – Orlando’s Sports Leader” (1.1 – .9, #20 to #21, 6+) and Cox Media Group’s WDBO-AM “ESPN 580 Orlando” (1.0 – .6, #21 to #22, 6+).

Including its current half-share loss, Community Communications’ news/talk WMFE “90.7 Public Radio for Central Florida” continues an alternating down/up pattern that began in December (3.0 – 2.6 – 3.3 – 3.2 – 3.3 – 2.8, #13 to #14, 6+).

Locked on .3 (6+) in February and March, Star Development Group Spanish news/talk WRSO “Accion 97.9” erupts with a +1.2 to 1.5 (6+) and enters the top twenty (#17).

Orlando Music Formats – Storming back from March’s -.3 (6.2 – 5.9, 6+) with a +2.1 to 8.0 (6+), Cox Media Group-owned WMMO “98.9 Orlando’s Classic Hits” advances from third to second. Not only is urban AC cluster-mate WCFB an eye-popping +4.3 in three straight upticks (4.6 – 5.0 – 6.9 – 8.9, 6+), “Star 94.5” marches from second to first. WCFB was off a combined six-tenths in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (5.2 – 5.1 – 4.6, 6+). On top the past three months, Entercom classic hits-oldies WOCL “105.9 Sunny FM – We Own The ‘80s” posts its third drop in succession for a collective -2.8 (9.2 – 8.4 – 8.2 – 6.4, 6+) and segues to fifth. “Sunny” was #1 seven straight sweeps, before dropping to the runner-up slot in December. It was -1.1 (December/“Holiday” 2019); +1.2 (January); and -.8 (February). Four straight gains by iHeartMedia-owned WJRR have resulted in a +1.8 (3.0 – 3.5 – 3.7 – 4.6 – 4.8, tenth to seventh, 6+) with “101.1 Orlando’s Rock Station” recording its highest 6+-share since last October (4.8, as well). Without an increase the past four reports for a net loss of -1.6 (7.5 – 6.9 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 5.9, 6+), its Spanish tropical sibling, WRUM “Rumba 100.3,” applies the brakes with a +.8 (6.7, fifth to third, 6+). Cox Media Group country-formatted WWKA is an overall +2.8 via four straight spikes (2.9 – 3.9 – 4.1 – 5.0 – 5.7, eighth to sixth, 6+). Co-owned WPYO “Power 95.3,” however, is a combined -1.9 in March/April (5.3 – 4.9 – 3.4, #9 to #11, 6+). Having lost more than three-quarters (-12.0) of its 6+ AQH share in four downturns in a row (15.4 – 8.1 – 7.9 – 5.7 – 3.4, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMGF “Magic 107.7” departs the top ten (#6 to #11). After dropping six-tenths in March, co-owned CHR WXXL “XL-106.7” erodes by twice as much in April (5.8 – 4.6, -1.2, fifth to eighth, 6+). When “XL-106.7” added three-tenths in February, it curtailed three sweeps in succession without an increase that accounted for a -1.4 (7.5 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.1, 6+). Entercom hot AC WOMX “Mix 105.1” follows March’s -.8 with an April -.7 (5.1 – 4.3 – 3.6, 6+) yet proceeds from #11 to #10. Dropping from #16 to #20, University of Central Florida jazz outlet WUCF continues an alternating down/up sequence which includes its current loss of six-tenths (1.1 – 0.9 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.6 – 1.0, 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 fifth time in a row.

Cincinnati

Spoken-Word Formats – In addition to repeating at #1, iHeartMedia news/talk WLW is an astonishing +5.8 in four straight bumps (7.1 – 8.1 – 8.3 – 10.1 – 12.9, 6+). Co-owned WKRC “55 KRC The Talk Station,” which was a collective +1.2 through three successive sweeps without a loss (2.6 – 3.3 – 3.8 – 3.8, 6+), drops three-tenths to 3.5 (6+) but continues at #9.

Up two-tenths in March (.8 -1.0, 6+), sports talk cluster-mate WCKY “Cincinnati’s ESPN 1530” sputters by one-half share (-50%) to .5 (#18 to #21, 6+). Co-owned WSAI “Fox Sports 1360” has logged either a .4 (6+) or .3 (6+) from April 2019 through April 2020: .4 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .3 (#23 to #24, 6+).

Off three-tenths (2.2 – 1.9, 6+), Cincinnati Public Radio news/talk WVXU slips from #16 to #17.

Cincinnati Music Formats – Obliterating its combined February/March -.6 (5.4 – 4.9 – 4.8, 6+) with April’s +1.3 to 6.1 (6+), Grant County Broadcasters’ WNKN “Classic Country 105.9 & 106.7” progresses from sixth to fourth. The three latest trends for Cincinnati Public Radio-owned WGUC “Classical 90.9” are +1.6 (February); -.8 (March); and now +.9 in April (1.9 – 2.8, #17 to #13, 6+). Prior to February, WGUC was within 1.0 – 1.8 range (6+) in each of the previous 11 survey periods. Improving by one-half share each are iHeartMedia rocker WEBN “Cincinnati’s Rock Station” (#11 to #8); Cumulus Media’s similarly-formatted WFTK “96 Rock” (#15 to #13); and Educational Community Radio’s multi-formatted WOBO (#20). WEBN is in an alternating down/up pattern (3.2 – 2.8 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 3.6, 6+). Both WFTK and WOBO are without a loss the fifth straight sweep. WFTK gains seven-tenths in that stretch (2.1 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.8, 6+), while WOBO earns one-half share (.2 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .7, 6+). Dropping from fourth to seventh, Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WKRQ “Q-102 Cincinnati’s Hit Music” is -2.2 in three straight decreases (6.2 – 6.1 – 5.7 – 4.0, 6+). Rhythmic hot AC sibling WREW “Mix 94.9,” which was trending 4.6 – 4.5 – 4.6 (January – February – March, 6+), falters by -1.5 to 3.1 (6+) and exits the top ten (#7 to #11). On top in January and February, Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies sibling WGRR “103.5 Cincinnati’s Greatest Hits” is down or flat the third time in a row for a -1.3 (11.3 – 10.1 – 10.0, 6+) and repeats at #2. Prior to posting a January +2.8, WGRR lost a collective nine-tenths in three consecutive down or flat moves (9.4 – 9.3 – 8.5 – 8.5, 6+). “Cincinnati’s Greatest Hits” was #1 in eight of 2019’s 13 ratings periods. Owing to four consecutive declines, its adult contemporary cluster-mate, WRRM, is an overall -8.7 (13.1 – 6.2 – 5.5 – 5.1 – 4.4, unchanged at #5, 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. Off nine-tenths as a result of three straight slips (3.8 -3.5 – 3.4 – 2.9, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WKFS “Kiss 107.1” departs the top ten (#10 to #12).

Cleveland

Spoken-Word Formats – Jumping from sixth to third, iHeartMedia news/talk WTAM “1100 Cleveland’s News Radio” is a collective +4.6 as a result of four straight spikes (4.2 – 5.3 – 5.8 – 7.2 – 8.8, 6+). Radio One’s WZAK-HD3 debuted in print in November and had a topline of .6 – 1.2 – 1.5 (6+), but it is unlisted the fourth time in a row. 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.

Three setbacks in succession by Entercom’s WKRK “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” have accounted for an approximately 52% loss (-2.5) of its 6+ AQH share (4.9 – 3.6 – 3.2 – 2.4, #11 to #14, 6+).

Despite dropping four-tenths to 4.8 (6+), Ideastream-owned public radio news/talk WCPN progresses from ninth to eighth. April’s decrease halts three gains in succession that yielded a +2.1 (3.1 – 4.2 – 4.4 – 5.2, 6+).

Cleveland Music Formats – The wild ride continues for iHeartMedia-owned WGAR, which posts a +1.4 (8.0 – 9.4, unchanged at #2, 6+). On top in January and February, “Cleveland’s #1 For New Country” has been: +.9 (November); -.7 (December); -1.1 (“Holiday” 2019); +2.3 (January 2020); -.7 (February); -.8 (March); and +1.4 (April). Winning ways roll on for Entercom-owned WNCX “98.5 Cleveland’s Classic Rock,” which repeats at #1. As a result of six straight sweeps without a loss, WNCX is a collective +3.1 (7.0 – 7.2 – 7.2 – 7.6 – 8.0 – 9.1 – 10.1, 6+) and has its highest 6+-stat (10.1) in the PPM-era. Its previous best was 9.1 (6+) set this time last month. In addition to WNCX, Radio One gospel WENZ-HD2 improves by +1.0 in April (#14 to #11). Surfacing in print in January, WENZ-HD2 has a topline of 1.9 – 1.6 – 2.5 – 3.5 (6+). A combined +1.3 in February/March (7.2 – 8.3 – 8.5, 6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WMJI “Majic 105.7” plummets by -1.7 to 6.8 (second to fifth, 6+). Adult hits sibling WHLK “106.5 The Lake – We Play Anything,” which was trending 5.8 – 5.9 – 5.8 (January – February – March, 6+), falters by -1.4 (4.4, seventh to ninth, 6+). Even though co-owned WMMS is -1.2 in March/April, “100.7 Cleveland’s Rock Station” proceeds from eighth to seventh. An overall -5.5 in four successive setbacks (11.8 – 8.3 – 7.7 – 7.4 – 6.3, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary WDOK “Cleveland’s Star 102” falls from fifth to sixth. Leading the pack 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+).

Kansas City

Spoken-Word Formats – Despite returning all but one-tenth of March’s half-share increase (5.8 – 5.4, -.4, 6+), Entercom news/talk KMBZ-FM “98.1 News-Traffic-Weather” remains in fifth-place. Not only has co-owned KMBZ-AM essentially doubled (+1.7) its 6+ AQH share in four straight upticks (1.8 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 3.1 – 3.5, 6+), “Talk 980” enters the top ten (#13 to #10). Repeating at #21, Cumulus Media’s KCMO-AM “Talk Radio 710 AM” is off by one-tenth in back-to-back reports (1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2, 6+).

Down two-tenths and four-tenths, respectively, are Union Broadcasting’s WHB “Sports Radio 810” (#16 to #15) and Entercom-owned KCSP “610 Sports Radio” (flat at #19). Owing to three straight decreases, WHB is a collective -2.3 (4.8 – 4.1 – 2.7 – 2.5, 6+), while KCSP is -1.6 in that same timeframe (3.0 – 2.6 – 1.8 – 1.4, 6+).

An overall +1.3 in three straight gains (3.5 – 3.7 – 4.1 – 4.8, 6+), University of Missouri news/talk KCUR relinquishes the entire windfall (3.5, -1.3, eighth to tenth, 6+).

Kansas City Music Formats – After four consecutive sweeps on top, KCMO-FM “94.9 Kansas City’s Greatest Hits” shifts to third. Four downturns in a row by the Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies outlet have accounted for a -5.9 (12.8 – 10.0 – 9.0 – 8.6 – 6.9, 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 it reached double-digits (6+) since “Holiday” 2017 (10.4). Recent (6+) fluctuations for “Kansas City’s Greatest Hits” include: +1.3 (June 2019); +.7 (December); +3.5 (“Holiday” 2019); -2.8 (January 2020); -1.0 (February); and -1.7 (April). Meanwhile, three positive spikes in succession by Steel City Media’s KFKF account for a massive +4.8 as “Country 94.1” hits double-digits and progresses from second to first (5.6 – 5.9 – 8.2 – 10.4, 6+). Through four up or flat moves in a row, co-owned KBEQ “Q-104 New Hit Country” is a collective +1.4 (3.9 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 5.3 – 5.3, seventh to sixth, 6+). Elsewhere in the country format, Entercom’s WDAF “106.5 The Wolf” has its March +.9 erased with a -1.1 (4.8 – 5.7 – 4.6, sixth to seventh, 6+). Replacing its -1.0 this time last month with an April +1.1 (7.6 – 8.7, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KCFX “101 The Fox Kansas City’s Classic Rock Station” advances from third to second. In three straight sweeps without an increase, Entercom-owned KQRC lost six-tenths (3.8 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.2, 6+), but “98.9 The Rock” is +.9 in March/April (3.2 – 3.4 – 4.1, 6+) and cracks the top ten (#11 to #8). University of Northwestern St. Paul contemporary Christian KJNW “Life 88.5,” which was +1.0 in January/February (2.9 – 3.9 – 3.9, 6+), is -1.9 in March/April (3.9 – 3.3 – 2.0, #12 to #16, 6+). Regressing by six-tenths each are Entercom hot AC KZPT “99.7 The Point” (flat at #9) and Steel City Media CHR KMXV “Mix 93.3” (#10 to #13). Up one-half share in January/February (4.7 – 5.2 – 5.2, 6+), “The Point” is -1.4 in March/April (5.2 – 4.4 – 3.8, 6+), while “Mix” is down the third straight sweep for a -1.1 (4.1 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.0, 6+). Entercom alternative KRBZ “96.5 The Buzz” is in an alternating down/up pattern that began in October and includes its current loss of one-half share (2.2 – 1.9 – 2.2 – 2.0 – 2.5 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 1.8, flat at #17, 6+). Although down or flat the eighth time in a row for an overall -1.2 (2.6 – 2.5 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.4, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KCJK “105.1 The X – Kansas City’s Rock Alternative” advances from #20 to #19.

Columbus

Spoken-Word Formats – Owing to five bumps in a row, iHeartMedia news/talk WTVN is a collective +4.6 and “News Radio 610” achieves double-digits (6.0 – 6.1 – 8.0 – 8.6 – 9.4 – 10.6, steady at #2, 6+).  

A combined -1.7 in March/April (5.2 – 4.8 – 3.5, 6+), Tegna’s WBNS-FM “Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan” slides from fourth to eighth. Co-owned/similarly formatted WBNS-AM, which posted a .2 (6+) six straight sweeps, records a .1 (6+) in back-to-back reports (flat at #16).

With a January 2020 through April 2020 topline of 4.3 – 4.0 – 4.4 – 4.1 (6+), Ohio State University public radio news/talk WOSU carries on in sixth-place.

Columbus Music Formats – Powered by April’s +1.2 (4.5 – 5.7, 6+), iHeartMedia adult hits WODC “93.3 The Bus” cruises from fifth to third. WODC was +.9 (May 2019); +1.0 (July); -.9 (August); +2.0 (December); +3.5 (“Holiday” 2019); -5.2 (January 2020); +1.1 (February); -.8 (March); and +1.2 (April). Radio One urban AC WXMG “Magic 95.5” expunges March’s loss of four-tenths (4.1 – 3.7, 6+) with an April +.7 (4.4, seventh to fifth, 6+). An overall -1.4 as a result of seven straight down or flat reports (3.7 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 2.9 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.3, 6+), co-owned WCKX “Power 107.5” pulls the plug with a +.1 to 2.4 (tenth to ninth, 6+). In addition to being an overall +3.4 as a result of four straight boosts (7.7 – 9.8 -10.2 -10.5 – 11.1, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WCOL “92.3 Columbus’ #1 For New Country” is #1 the fifth straight time. Following 25 consecutive ratings periods on top, WCOL segued to #3 in “Holiday” 2019. WCOL was -1.3 (May 2019); -.8 (October); -1.1 (December); -2.1 (“Holiday” 2019); +2.1 (January 2020); and +.6 (April). After being +1.2 in January/February (6.1 – 7.2 – 7.3, 6+), CHR cluster-mate WNCI “97.9 Columbus’ #1 Hit Music Station” is -1.8 in March/April (7.3 – 6.7 – 5.5, third to fourth, 6+). Three straight increases by Radio One gospel WJYD generated a +.6 (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.6, 6+), but “Joy 107.1” forfeits one-half share to 1.1 (#11 to #13, 6+). This is the fourth month in a row that 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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