July 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Three

| August 6, 2020

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July 2020 PPM Data – Information for the July 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 July 2020 survey period covered June 18 – July 15. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from these 12 PPM-markets.

Portland

Spoken Word Formats – Carving May’s -1.0 in half with a June/July +.5 (6.0 – 6.4 – 6.5, 6+), Alpha Media-owned news/talk KXL “FM News 101 – Stay Connected” continues in third-place. In the iHeartMedia cluster, KEX “News Radio 1190 – Depend On Us” posts a July gain of two-tenths to 3.8 (#13 to #12, 6+). Its June drop of three-tenths followed nine straight up or flat moves that generated an overall +1.6 (2.3 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.8 – 3.2 – 3.8 – 3.9, 6+). Albeit flat at 1.4 (6+), Alpha Media news/talk KUFO progresses from #22 to #21. “Freedom 970” was off four-tenths in April/May (1.4 – 1.2 – 1.0, 6+), but purged the shortfall in June with a +.4. Flat at #27, Salem Media Group’s KPAM “AM 860 The Answer” has logged either a .4 (6+) or .5 (6+) in each of the last eleven (11) survey periods: .5 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .5 – .4 – .4 – .5, 6+).

Without an increase the past nine reports for a roughly 44% drop (-.7) of its 6+ AQH share (1.6 – 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.1 – .9, 6+), Entercom sports talk KFXX “1080 The Fan” applies the brakes with a +.2 to 1.1 (#23 to #22, 6+). Directly after netting four-tenths in three consecutive gains (1.5 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 1.9, 6+), Alpha Media’s similarly-formatted KXTG “The Game” is -1.1 in June/July (1.9 – 1.6 – .8, #21 to #23, 6+). Although it remains at #30, iHeartMedia-owned KPOJ “Sports Radio 620” picks up one-tenth to .3 (6+), thus snapping at five a consecutive string of down or flat sweeps that resulted in a roughly 78% loss of its 6+ AQH share (.9 – .7 – .6 – .2 – .2 – .2, 6+).

Notwithstanding that it records a drop the third month in succession for a collective -1.3 (10.1 – 9.3 – 9.1 – 8.8, 6+), Oregon Public Broadcasting news/talk KOPB is #1 the fourth time in a row. KOPB and iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW are the only Portland stations to achieve double-digits (6+) in the PPM-era; KOPB was a combined +1.9 in March/April (8.2 – 9.9 – 10.1, 6+).

Portland Music Formats – As a result of notching a +.9, iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR KXJM not only continues its alternating up/down sequence but “JAM’N 107.5” reaches a five-share (3.6 – 4.4 – 4.1 – 5.0, eighth to fifth, 6+). Repeating in the runner-up slot is its aforementioned adult contemporary cluster-mate, KKCW “K-103,” which is +1.5 via three straight upticks (5.6 – 5.9 – 6.7 – 7.1, 6+). May’s increase pulled the plug on four straight setbacks that led to an approximately 60% (-8.3) loss of its 6+ AQH share (13.9 – 8.5 – 8.4 – 7.1 – 5.6, 6+). Setting the pace four sweeps in succession (including sharing January’s lead with public radio news/talk KOPB), “K-103” segued 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. In four straight up or flat moves, CHR sibling KKRZ “Z-100 Portland’s #1 Hit Music Station” nets eight-tenths and remains at #11 (3.1 – 3.2 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.9, 6+). When Entercom adult hits KYCH gained four-tenths this time last month, it suspended five consecutive slips in which it basically lost half (-3.3) its 6+ AQH share (6.7 – 5.9 – 4.7 – 4.2 – 3.9 – 3.4, 6+). In July, “97.1 Charlie – We Play Everything” adds six-tenths (3.8 – 4.4, 6+) and zooms into the top ten (#11 to #7). In three consecutive reports without a loss, Alpha Media triple A KINK “101.9 Independent Portland” gains eight-tenths (2.2 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 3.0, 6+) and elevates from #20 to a four-way scrum at #15. A combined +1.5 in April/May (3.0 – 4.3, 4.5, 6+), All Classical Public Media KQAC is -1.5 in June/July (4.5 – 4.0 – 3.0, 6+). Ranking #10 in June, “All Classical Portland” joins KINK as part of the four-way logjam at #15. Mount Hood Community College jazz outlet KMHD continues an alternating up/down pattern that includes July’s -.8: 2.3 – 3.1 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 2.2 (#16 to #20, 6+).

Charlotte

Spoken-Word Formats – Despite being -1.2 in three slips in succession (7.1 – 6.3 – 6.0 – 5.9, 6+), Entercom-owned WBT progresses from fourth to third. “Charlotte’s News Talk” had more than doubled (+3.6) its 6+ AQH share through four increases in a row (3.5 – 4.9 – 5.3 – 5.7 – 7.1, 6+).

Co-owned WFNZ “The Fan – Charlotte’s Sports Leader” is without an increase the fourth consecutive time for a net loss of seven-tenths (1.8 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.3 – 1.1, flat at #18, 6+).

The very consistent January 2020 through July 2020 topline for iHeartMedia contemporary Christian WRFX-HD2 is: .2 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .1 – .2 – .1 (6+). As of June 29, it joined iHeartMedia’s Black News Network.

Up seven-tenths in three straight sweeps without a loss (2.7 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.4, 6+), University Radio Foundation news/talk WFAE advances from #14 to #11.

Charlotte Music Formats – The wild ride continues for Beasley Media Group-owned WSOC “Country’s Hottest Hits,” which was -1.2 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.0 (January 2020); +2.6 via three consecutive February through May increases (5.5 – 5.7 – 7.5 – 8.1, 6+); -.8 (8.1 – 7.3, June, 6+); and now a whopping +1.5 (7.3 – 8.8, July, 6+). Furthermore, WSOC storms from second to first. “Country’s Hottest Hits” last occupied the top spot in May 2019. At this time last month, WSOC had a nine-tenths advantage over iHeartMedia-owned/similarly programmed WKKT, but it widens considerably (to 3.4) as “96.9 The Kat Charlotte’s #1 For New Country” spirals by -1.0 to 5.4 (third to seventh, 6+). “The Kat” had been +1.2 through four spikes in succession (5,2 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.4, 6+). Segueing to the runner-up slot after setting the pace the past six sweeps is iHeartMedia classic rock WRFX “99.7 The Fox,” which is an overall -3.5 in three straight downturns (10.2 – 8.4 – 8.0 – 6.7, 6+). Entering the May sweep, WRFX was a collective +3.8 via four successive increases (6.4 – 6.8 – 7.9 – 8.1 – 10.2, 6+) and reached double-digits (10.2, 6+). The only other Charlotte station hitting double-digits in the PPM-era is Beasley Media Group adult contemporary WKQC, which has done it seven times. Immediately prior, “The Fox” had been -1.9 via three straight drops (8.3 – 8.2 – 7.3 – 6.4, 6+). Pushing up from #12 to #11, Entercom hot AC WLNK “107.9 The Link Charlotte’s Best Mix” is a cumulative +1.3 in three bumps in a row (2.1 – 2.4 – 3.3 – 3.4, 6+). By picking up one-tenth to 4.9 (flat at #8, 6+), iHeartMedia adult hits WLKO “102.9 The Lake We Play Anything” halts three successive drops that accounted for a -2.5 (7.3 – 5.4 – 5.3 – 4.8, 6+). The market’s (6+) CHR share shrinks by -1.5 as iHeartMedia-owned WHQC “Hits 96.1” is -.8 (3.9, ninth to tenth, 6+) and Beasley Media Group’s WNKS “Kiss 95.1” is -.7 (2.8, #11 to #15, 6+). “Hits 96.1” was +1.3 in May/June (3.4 – 3.7 – 4.7, 6+) and had its strongest 6+-stat (4.7) since last September’s 5.0. “Kiss” was up three tenths in May/June (3.2 – 3.2 – 3.5, 6+).

San Antonio

Spoken-Word Formats – The market’s top six July 2020 finishers are separated by six-tenths of a share. Included in that group is iHeartMedia-owned WOAI “News Radio 1200 – San Antonio’s News, Traffic, & Weather,” which has been: +1.0 (5.3 – 5.7 – 6.3, January/February, 6+); -.5 (6.3 – 5.8, March, 6+); +2.1 (5.8 – 7.9, April, 6+); -.8 (7.9 – 7.1, May, 6+); -.6 (7.1 – 6.5, June); and now -1.0 (6.5 – 5.5, flat at #2, 6+). While WOAI is a collective -2.4 the last three reports (7.9 – 5.5, 6+), Alpha Media news/talk KTSA “Stay Connected” notches three modest advances in the same timeframe for a +.7 (1.4 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 2.1, #21 to #20, 6+).

Alpha Media sports talk KZDC “ESPN San Antonio” and iHeartMedia-owned KTKR “Ticket 760 – San Antonio’s Sports Station” are finally separated. The two were deadlocked at #28 in May and at #30 in June, but KTKR gains two-tenths (.4 – .6, #27, 6+), while KZDC is up one-tenth (.4 – .5, #29, 6+).

After losing nine-tenths in four straight decreases (3.4 – 3.2 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 2.5, 6+), Texas Public Radio news/talk KSTX ends the slide with a +.3 to 2.8 (#17 to #16, 6+).

San Antonio Music Formats – Improving by eight-tenths each are Univision Radio regional Mexican KROM “Que Buena 92.9” (5.5, sixth to second, 6+) and Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KZLV “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” (#15 to #11). Prior to being -.9 in May/June (5.6 – 5.3 – 4.7, 6+), “Que Buena” was +1.9 in four consecutive up or flat trends (3.7 – 4.4 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 5.6, 6+). Matching February’s 3.7, KZLV is +1.1 in June/July (2.6 – 2.9 – 3.7, 6+). Albeit that it follows June’s -1.5 with a July -1.1 (8.4 – 6.9 – 5.8, 6+), Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM “101.1 San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” is #1 the seventh consecutive time. Directly prior, KONO-FM netted a +1.6 through three jumps in a row (6.8 – 7.3 – 8.2 – 8.4, 6+). “San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” had been the market leader ten successive ratings periods before segueing to #2 in “Holiday” 2019. KONO-FM was -1.8 (“Holiday” 2019); +.8 (January 2020); and -.7 (February). Even though Cox Media Group’s KCYY logs its third straight spike for a collective increase of seven-tenths (4.6 – 4.7 – 5.2 – 5.3, 6+), “Y-100 San Antonio’s New Country Leader” downslides from third to fourth. “Y-100” was a combined -2.0 in March/April (6.6 – 6.3 – 4.6, 6+). For the third time in the last five survey periods, Univision Radio rhythmic CHR KBBT “98.5 The Beat” records a 2.8 (2.8 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.3 – 2.8, #13 to #16, 6+).

Sacramento

Spoken-Word Formats – In three straight hefty declines, iHeartMedia-owned KFBK is an overall -3.7 (11.6 – 9.4 – 8.9 – 7.9, 6+) and – after six straight times at #1 – “Sacramento’s News, Weather and Traffic Station” shifts to #3. KFBK was +2.7 in January and a combined +3.2 in March/April (8.4 – 10.3 – 11.6, 6+). April 2020’s 11.6 is its highest 6+-stat in the PPM-era, besting the previous high (10.3) set in March 2020. After returning the three-tenths it added in May (1.8 – 2.1 – 1.8, 6+), cluster-mate KSTE “Talk 650” erupts with a +1.2 to 3.0 (#15 to #13, 6+). The last time KSTE reached the three-share level was September 2019 (3.0, as well). May’s increase suspended three straight downturns that led to a loss of four-tenths (2.2 – 2.2 – 1.9 – 1.8, 6+).

Despite losing nearly half (-.5) its 6+ AQH share in three straight reports without an increase (1.1 – .8 – .6 – .6, 6+), Entercom sports talk KIFM-AM “ESPN Radio 1320” progresses from #22 to #21. Bonneville’s similarly-formatted KHTK “Sports 1140” is off three-tenths in June/July (.8 – .6 – .5, -.2, #22 to #23, 6+). These two sports talkers were deadlocked last July, August, and October.

As a result of three modest increases, Capital Public Radio news/talk KXJZ nets one-half share (4.5 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.0, 6+) and repeats in sixth-place.

Sacramento Music Formats – A combined -1.3 in May/June (4.4 – 3.4 – 3.1, 6+), Entercom rhythmic CHR KSFM wipes away approximately half the deficit with a +.7 to 3.8 (6+) and enters the top ten (#13 to #9).

Bonneville hot AC KZZO “Now 100.5 Today’s Best Hits” replicates June’s +.6 and is an overall +2.3 in three straight jumps (1.8 – 2.9 – 3.5 – 4.1, tenth to seventh, 6+). KZZO was +1.1 in January/February (2.6 – 2.8 – 3.7, 6+) and -1.9 in March/April (3.7 – 3.2 – 1.8, 6+). In an alternating down/up pattern that includes July’s +.5, co-owned KNCI “New Country 105.1” is trending: 7.9 – 7.7 – 7.8 – 7.7 – 8.2 (third to second, 6+). It is two-tenths from the lead now held by Entercom classic rock KSEG “96.9 The Eagle” (8.8 – 8.4, -.4, second to first, 6+). A one-tenth June loss terminated three straight advancements that resulted in a +1.9 (7.0 – 7.3 – 7.6 – 8.9, 6+). Co-owned CHR KUDL “106.5 The End” craters by -1.3 and drifts from the top ten (#9 to #14) as it continues an alternating down/up sequence of 4.4 – 3.6 – 3.8 – 2.5 (6+). A combined -1.2 in June/July (5.1 – 4.9 – 3.9, 6+), Bonneville adult contemporary KYMX slips from sixth to eighth. “Mix 96” set the pace in “Holiday” 2019 (12.6, 6+). Faltering by six-tenths each are Entercom-owned KRXQ “98 Rock” (flat at #4) and iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic oldies KHYL “V-101” (eighth to tenth). KRXQ is -1.7 in three straight drops (7.5 – 7.2 – 6.4 – 5.8, 6+), immediately after being +2.7 through five jumps in a row (4.8 – 5.2 – 5.3 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 7.5, 6+). Three consecutive increases by “V-101” yielded a +1.4 (2.6 – 2.9 – 3.5 – 4.0, 6+), directly following six straight down or flat reports for an overall -1.9 (4.5 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+).

Pittsburgh

Spoken-Word Formats – A combined -2.2 in May/June (7.3 – 6.5 – 5.1, 6+), KDKA-AM “News Radio 1020” improves by three-tenths to 5.4 (6+) and is anchored in fourth-place. The Entercom-owned heritage outlet was previously +4.2 via four straight spikes (3.1 – 4.0 – 4.3 – 5.6 – 7.3, 6+).

Co-owned sports talk KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan,” which gained four-tenths in May, is -1.9 in June/July (6.3 – 4.5 – 4.4, eighth to ninth, 6+). May’s increase interrupted three straight slips that resulted in a -2.0 (7.9 – 7.5 – 6.7 – 5.9, 6+).

Precisely mirroring KDKA-AM (see above), Essential Public Media news/talk WESA “90.5 Pittsburgh’s NPR Station” logs a July 5.1 – 5.4 (6+) and continues at #4.

Pittsburgh Music Formats – It’s unrealistic to think iHeartMedia rocker WDVE would approach (let alone top) June’s gigantic +2.4 (8.5 – 10.9, 6+). Instead, it settles for a modest decline of four-tenths to 10.5 (6+) and is #1 the fifth month in a row. Prior to June (10.9), the last time WDVE reached double-digits (6+) was October 2017 (10.2). WDVE’s very consistent “Holiday” 2019 through May 2020 topline was: 8.2 – 8.1 – 8.3 – 8.2 – 8.3 – 8.5 (6+). In addition to being steady in the runner-up slot, classic hits-oldies sibling WWSW “94.5 3WS” nets a +2.4 via three successive gains (7.1 – 8.1 – 9.2 – 9.5, 6+). This (9.5) is its best 6+-showing since “Holiday” 2019’s 13.6. WWSW was a combined -1.6 in March/April (8.7 – 7.4 – 7.1, 6+). Co-owned CHR WKST “96.1 Kiss-FM” is +1.1 in three sweeps in a row without a loss (3.9 – 4.3 – 5.0 – 5.0, flat at #6, 6+), directly after being -1.2 in three straight drops (5.1 – 4.9 – 4.6 – 3.9, 6+). Alternative cluster-mate WXDX “105.9 The X,” which was -1.5 as a result of four consecutive slips (5.1 – 4.6 – 4.5, 3.8 – 3.6, 6+), ends the slide with a +.3 to 3.9 (6+) and reenters the top ten (#11 to #10). A loss of nine-tenths takes Steel City Media adult hits WRRK below a seven-share (7.1 – 6.2, 6+) for the first time since February 2019 (6.9), but “96.9 Bob FM” remains in third-place. After posting four straight spikes that resulted in a +2.7 (1.9 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 4.3 – 4.6, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WPGB “Big 104.7 Pittsburgh’s #1 For New Country” is -1.2 in three straight drops (4.6 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 3.4, 6+) and exits the top ten (#10 to #12). 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. Conversely, Entercom-owned WDSY is up a total of one-half share in these last three sweeps (4.3 – 4.5 – 4.6 – 4.8, 6+). “Pittsburgh’s Country Y-108” is unchanged in seventh-place. Once again unlisted are Forever Media classic country WLYI; classic hits-oldies WPKL; classic hits-oldies WKPL; country WOGG; and country WOGI. These five Forever Media stations were unlisted “Holiday” 2019 through March 2020 and reappeared April 2020 through June 2020.

Salt Lake City

Spoken-Word Formats – Reducing May/June’s -1.0 (6.3 – 5.4 – 5.3, 6+) by exactly 50% with a half-share increase to 5.8 (6+), iHeartMedia-owned KNRS “Talk Radio 105.9 – Listen And You’ll Know” jumps from seventh to fifth. Four consecutive sweeps without a loss garnered KNRS a +2.2 (4.1 – 5.0 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 6.3, 6+). It leapfrogs Bonneville’s KSL “News Radio 102.7 FM & 1160 AM,” which is down the third time in a row for a collective -3.6 (8.8 – 6.0 – 5.5 – 5.2, sixth to eighth, 6+). A combined +3.9 in March/April (4.9 – 6.0 – 8.8, 6+), KSL had an April-only stay at #1. Repeating at #21, Cumulus Media-owned KKAT “860 AM – Utah’s Big Talker” has its 6+ AQH share reduced by exactly 50% (-.5) as a result of three down or flat moves in a row (1.0 – .7 – .5 – .5, 6+). KKAT had more than tripled (+.7) its 6+ AQH share through four straight sweeps without a loss (.3 – .6 – .8 – .8 – 1.0, 6+).

After an approximately three-year hiatus from appearing in print, Larry H. Miller Communications Corporation sports talk KZNS “The Zone” resurfaced in June with a .6 (#19, 6+) and repeats those stats in July.

After picking up three-tenths in June (2.0 – 2.3, 6+), University of Utah public radio news/talk KUER slips one-tenth to 2.2 (6+) but continues at #15. KUER was down nine-tenths in April/May (2.9 – 2.4 – 2.0, 6+). Brigham Young University public radio news/talk KUMT replicates June’s AQH share and market rank (.5, #21, 6+).

Salt Lake City Music Formats – Classic hits-oldies outlets occupied Salt Lake City’s top two spots in June. That’s the case in July as well, but the stations swap places. Over and above being a collective +1.9 in three straight spikes (5.3 – 5.9 – 6.6 – 7.2, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KODJ “94.1 Salt Lake’s Greatest Hits” marches from second to first. This (7.2) represents its strongest 6+-stat in over a year (7.4, June 2019). Meanwhile, a combined -1.5 in June/July (8.1 – 7.7 – 6.6, 6+), Bonneville’s KRSP “103.5 The Arrow” segues from first to second. June’s loss interrupted three straight improvements that accounted for a +2.2 (5.9 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 8.1, 6+). The alternating down/up pattern by Cumulus Media CHR KENZ “Power Utah’s New Hit Music” includes July’s increase of eight-tenths: 3.6 – 3.1 – 3.5 – 3.2 – 4.0 (#13 to #11, 6+). Its country cluster-mate, KUBL “K-Bull 93 FM,” logs its third straight sweep without a loss for a net gain of nine-tenths (4.7 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 5.6, eighth to sixth, 6+). A collective +2.0 in six straight sweeps without a loss (3.7 – 4.5 – 4.8 – 5.3 – 5.4 – 5.7 – 5.7, 6+), independent KSOP-FM “Z-104 Utah’s #1 Country Station” forfeits two-tenths to 5.5 (fifth to seventh, 6+). June’s 5.7 was its highest 6+-stat since last August’s 5.8. Off three-tenths in May/June (3.9 – 3.9 – 3.6, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KAAZ notches a +.6 to 4.2 (6+), enabling “Rock 106.7” to reenter the top ten (#11 to #9). Hot AC cluster-mate KJMY “My-99.5” is a combined -1.6 in June/July (4.7 – 4.3 – 3.1, 6+) and exits the top ten (#10 to #14). CHR sibling KZHT “Salt Lake’s #1 Hit Music Station” continues an alternating up/down sequence that’s within 4.2 – 4.7 range (6+) each time and includes July’s half-share decrease: 4.6 – 4.2 – 4.6 – 4.3 – 4.7 – 4.2 (flat at #9, 6+). Unlisted the 20th 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 – Tied in March (2.1, 6+), then separated by three-tenths of a share (6+) the next three months, Entercom-owned KXNT “News Talk Radio 840” and Beasley Media Group news/talk KDWN “AM 720 Where Las Vegas Comes to Talk” are within one-tenth of each other. Since the March report, KXNT is trending 3.2 – 2.8 – 2.5 – 2.4 (#16 to #18, 6+), while KDWN is 2.9 – 2.5 – 2.2 – 2.3 (#19 to #20, 6+).

Unchanged at #29, Lotus Communications sports talk KWWN “ESPN Radio 1100” has its AQH share split in half (.8 – .4 – .4, 6+).

Having been an overall +1.3 through three straight improvements (2.6 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 3.9, 6+), Nevada Public Radio news/talk KNPR is -1.0 in June/July (3.9 – 3.7 – 2.9, 6+) and fades from the top ten (#7 to #13).

Las Vegas Music Formats – Stuck on 1.8 (6+) in May and June, Entercom alternative KXTE “X-107.5” erupts with a +.8 to 2.6, its strongest 6+-showing since January (2.6, as well) and cracks the top twenty (#21 to #16). Posting July 2020 gains of six-tenths each are iHeartMedia adult contemporary KSNE “Sunny 106.5 – Better Music For A Better Workday” (6.1 – 6.7, steady at #2, 6+) and Lotus Communications’ KXPT “97.1 The Point #1 For Classic Rock” (sixth to third). “Sunny” erases half of June’s -1.2, a decline responsible for dropping “Sunny” from #1 to #2. Immediately prior to June, KSNE held (or shared) the top spot seven successive survey periods. Its May increase of six-tenths to 7.3 (6+) curtailed at four a consecutive string of decreases that resulted in an overall -.8.6 (15.3 – 8.6 – 7.1 – 7.0 – 6.7, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s 15.3 is the highest 6+-share by any Las Vegas station in the PPM-era. The rollercoaster ride continues for “The Point,” which has been: +.2.6 (January/February); -1.6 (March); +.5 (April); -.5 (May); -.6 (June); and +.6 (July). While it is off two-tenths after June’s robust +1.5 (6.4 – 7.9 – 7.7, 6+), Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies outlet KKLZ “96.3 Hits of the 80s and More” repeats at #1. KKLZ was a combined +1.7 in May/June (6.2 – 6.4 – 7.9, 6+) and recorded its strongest 6+-stat (7.9) since last December (8.1). Up six-tenths in May/June (4.4 – 4.5 – 5.0, 6+), Faith Communications contemporary Christian KSOS “SOS Radio” surrenders eight-tenths to 4.2 (third to fourth, 6+). Faltering by seven-tenths each are Lotus Communications Spanish adult hits KWID “La Buena 101.9” (4.6 – 3.9, fourth to sixth, 6+) and co-owned KOMP “92.3 The Rock Station” (3.2 – 2.5, #11 to #17, 6+). By recording a June increase of six-tenths, “La Buena” applied the brakes to four consecutive downturns that resulted in a -1.2 (5.2 – 5.0 – 4.5 – 4.3 – 4.0, 6+). Conversely, when KOMP lost four-tenths this time last month, it suspended five straight spikes that more than doubled (+1.9) its 6+ AQH share (1.7 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 2.3 – 2.9 – 3.6, 6+). Finishing at eighth and ninth, respectively, are Beasley Media Group hot AC KVGS “Star 107.9” (3.5, -.1, flat at #8, 6+) and Entercom’s similarly-formatted KMXB “Mix 94.1” (3.4, +.4, #13 to #9, 6+). Star was up three-tenths in May/June (3.3 – 3.5 – 3.6, 6+), while “Mix” halts at four its consecutive string of down or flat reports that accounted for a -2.7 (5.7 – 5.5 – 3.2 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+).

Orlando

Spoken-Word Formats – Flat at #8, iHeartMedia-owned news/talk WTKS is a collective -2.6 in three drops in a row (6.7 – 6.0 – 4.5 – 4.1, 6+); “Real Radio 104.1 – We Say What We Want” was +2.3 in March/April (4.4 – 5.1 – 6.7, 6+). Approximately 11 days into the July survey period (6/29), Cox Media Group’s WDBO-FM “News 96.5” became Spanish contemporary WOEX “Exitos 96.5.” Its news/talk programming shifted to WDBO-AM, where “Orlando’s News Talk” replaces sports talk “ESPN 580 Orlando,” which had lost eight-tenths in five straight down or flat trends (1.4 – 1.2 – 1.0 – .6 – .6 – .6, 6+). WDBO-AM’s signal is simulcast on FM translator W297BB (107.3 FM). While it is off the third time in succession for a -1.3 (2.8 – 2.2 – 1.6 – 1.5, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WFLF “News Radio Orlando” continues at #17.

After trending .9 – .8 – .9 (6+), iHeartMedia-owned WYGM “FM 96.9 The Game – Orlando’s Sports Leader” gains three-tenths to 1.2 (#20, 6+).

Including its current increase of one-tenth, 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 – 3.2 – 2.3 – 2.4, #14 to #13, 6+).

Orlando Music Formats – Rarely does a station’s internet stream post a +1.0, but such is the case with Cox Media Group’s country-formatted WWKA (1.2 – 2.2, #20 to #16, 6+). The previous (6+) high for WWKA’s internet stream was 1.6 this past January. The FM signal itself garnered a cumulative +3.6 via six consecutive spikes (2.9 – 3.9 – 4.1 – 5.0 – 5.7 – 5.8 – 6.5, 6+), but “K-92.3 Orlando’s #1 For New Country” slips one-tenth to 6.4 (third to fourth, 6+). Ever since reappearing in print in January, Entravision’s WNUE “Salsa 98.1” has tripled (+1.6) its 6+ AQH share via six successive upticks and elevates from #15 to #13 (.8 – 1.1 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.9 – 2.1 – 2.4, 6+). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia-owned WRUM “Rumba 100.3” (steady at #2) is up six-tenths in June/July (6.2 – 6.7 – 6.8), logging its best 6+-showing (6.8) since “Holiday” 2019’s 6.9. Winning ways continue for Entercom classic hits-oldies WOCL, which is +3.7 in three significant bumps in a row and hits double-digits (6.4 – 7.4 – 9.3 – 10.1, 6+). In addition, “105.9 Sunny FM – We Own The ‘80s” repeats at #1. This current positive streak directly follows three drops in a row that accounted for a -2.8 (9.2 – 8.4 – 8.2 – 6.4, 6+). On top in January, February, and March, WOCL was +1.2 (January) and -.8 (February). In four consecutive reports without a loss, co-owned WQMP “FM 101.9 Orlando’s New Alternative” gains nine-tenths (2.6 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.5 – 3.5, #13 to #11, 6+) and has its best 6+-stat since last September (3.5, as well). Cox Media Group-owned urban AC WCFB “Star 94.5” was +4.3 in three straight jumps (4.6 – 5.0 – 6.9 – 8.9, 6+); -3.0 in May/June (8.9 – 6.5 – 5.9, 6+); and is now +.5 in July (5.9 – 6.4, sixth to fourth, 6+). “Star” had an April-only stay at #1. Not only does a whopping -1.4 send Entercom hot AC WOMX below a three-share (4.2 – 2.8, 6+), “Mix 105.1” exits the top ten (#10 to #12). After logging a collective +2.1 in five straight gains (3.0 – 3.5 – 3.7 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.1, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WJRR “101.1 Orlando’s Rock Station” regresses by six-tenths in back-to-back reports (5.1 – 4.5 – 3.9, eighth to ninth, 6+). Dropping six-tenths as well is University of Central Florida’s WUCF (1.3, #16 to #19, 6+); “89.9 Jazz & More” was up nine-tenths in May/June (1.0 – 1.6 – 1.9, 6+). Despite being +2.6 in three straight sweeps without a loss (3.4 – 4.8 – 6.0 – 6.0, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMGF “Magic 107.7” backslides from fifth to sixth. On top in December 2019 (9.4, 6+) and “Holiday” 2019 (15.4, 6+), WMGF was then -12.0 through four straight downturns (15.4 – 8.1 – 7.9 – 5.7 – 3.4, 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 seventh time in a row.

Cincinnati

Spoken-Word Formats – While it repeats in the runner-up slot, iHeartMedia’s heritage news/talk WLW is down the third time in a row for a collective -3.7 (12.9 – 10.3 – 9.4 – 9.2, 6+). This directly follows four straight gains that netted a +5.8 (7.1 – 8.1 – 8.3 – 10.1 – 12.9, 6+). Co-owned WKRC “55 KRC The Talk Station” was +.8 (May); -.7 (June); and is now +.4 (3.6 – 4.0, tenth to eighth, July, 6+). Directly prior to April, WKRC was +1.2 through three successive sweeps without a loss (2.6 – 3.3 – 3.8 – 3.8, 6+).

Continuing an alternating down/up sequence which includes its current increase of three-tenths, sports talk cluster-mate WCKY “Cincinnati’s ESPN 1530” climbs from #22 to #21 (1.1 – .8 -1.0 – .5 – .6 – .4 – .7, 6+). Co-owned WSAI “Fox Sports 1360” repeats June’s AQH share and market rank (.1, #24, 6+).

A combined +.6 in June/July (1.8 – 2.1 – 2.4, 6+), Cincinnati Public Radio news/talk WVXU continues at #16.

Cincinnati Music Formats – After being without an increase four sweeps in succession for a -2.1 (11.3 – 10.1 – 10.0 – 9.2, 6+), Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WGRR stacks a July +1.0 onto June’s +.9 (9.2 – 10.1 – 11.1, 6+); “103.5 Cincinnati’s Greatest Hits” repeats at #1. WGRR was on top in January 2020 and February 2020, as well as reaching #1 in eight of 2019’s 13 ratings periods. Prior to posting a January +2.8, “Cincinnati’s Greatest Hits” lost a collective nine-tenths in three consecutive down or flat moves (9.4 – 9.3 – 8.5 – 8.5, 6+). Adult contemporary cluster-mate WRRM “Warm 98.5” is an overall +2.0 in three straight upticks (4.4 – 5.2 – 5.7 – 6.4, fifth to fourth, 6+). Four consecutive declines by “Warm” led to an overall -8.7 (13.1 – 6.2 – 5.5 – 5.1 – 4.4, 6+). In “Holiday” 2019, WRRM 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. After doubling May’s +.6 with a June +1.2 (4.0 – 4.6 – 5.8, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WKRQ “Q-102 Cincinnati’s Hit Music” erodes by -1.0 to 4.8 (fourth to seventh, 6+). Its May/June +1.8 followed three straight decreases that led to a -2.2 (6.2 – 6.1 – 5.7 – 4.0, 6+). On the heels of its half-share June increase (7.3 – 7.8, 6+), co-owned WUBE “B-105 Get Your Country On” forfeits seven-tenths to 7.1 (6+) but remains in third-place. “B-105” lost eight-tenths in March/April (7.5 – 6.9 – 6.7, 6+) and notched a May gain of six-tenths. Up a full-share in April/May (1.9 – 2.8 – 2.9, 6+), Cincinnati Public Radio’s WGUC “Classical 90.9” falters by -1.4 in June/July (2.9 – 2.1 – 1.5, #16 to #17, 6+). When iHeartMedia CHR WKFS notched a June increase of four-tenths, it curtailed four straight sweeps without an increase that resulted in a -.9 (3.8 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+). In July, however, “Kiss 107.1” forfeits one-half share (3.3 – 2.8, #13 to #14, 6+). In three consecutive increases, Cumulus Media-owned classic rock WOFX was +1.2 (4.0 – 4.2 – 4.6 – 5.2, 6+), but “92.5 The Fox” slips two-tenths to 5.0 (seventh to sixth, 6+). In June, it crossed the five-share level (5.2) for the first time since last October’s 5.0.

Cleveland

Spoken-Word Formats – Although remaining in fifth-place, iHeartMedia news/talk WTAM “1100 Cleveland’s News Radio” sputters the third time in a row for a -2.2 (8.8 – 7.7 – 7.1 – 6.6,  6+). This follows a collective +4.6 through four straight spikes (4.2 – 5.3 – 5.8 – 7.2 – 8.8, 6+).

Off six-tenths in June/July (2.7 – 2.2 – 2.1, 6+), Entercom’s WKRK remains at #14. In May, “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” gained three-tenths to halt three consecutive decreases that accounted for an approximately 52% loss (-2.5) of its 6+ AQH share (4.9 – 3.6 – 3.2 – 2.4, 6+).

Three decreases in a row by Ideastream-owned public radio news/talk WCPN resulted in a -1.9 (5.2 – 4.8 – 3.9 – 3.3, 6+), but it answers with a July increase of one-half share to 3.8 (#12 to #11, 6+). Prior to the just concluded negative streak, WCPN logged three consecutive gains that netted a +2.1 (3.1 – 4.2 – 4.4 – 5.2, 6+).

Cleveland Music Formats – Responding to April’s -1.7 with three successive spikes that deliver a +1.7 (6.8 – 7.5 – 8.2 – 8.5, 6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WMJI progresses from fourth to second. “Majic 105.7” was a combined +1.3 in February/March (7.2 – 8.3 – 8.5, 6+). By duplicating June’s +.6 (2.8 – 3.4 – 4.0, 6+), CHR cluster-mate WAKS “96.5 Kiss-FM Cleveland’s #1 Hit Music Station” enters the top ten (#11 to #10, 6+). Albeit unchanged at #7, co-owned adult hits WHLK “106.5 The Lake We Play Anything” is a combined +1.9 in three straight gains (4.4 – 4.8 – 5.8 – 6.3, 6+). Steady in eighth-place, Entercom hot AC WQAL “Q-104” is without a loss the third straight time for a +1.4 (4.3 – 5.5 – 5.5 – 5.7, 6+). Following eight straight sweeps without a loss that generated a +4.0 (7.0 – 7.2 – 7.2 – 7.6 – 8.0 – 9.1 – 10.1 – 10.2 -11.0, 6+), co-owned WNCX “98.5 Cleveland’s Classic Rock” drops two-tenths to 10.8 (6+) but is #1 the fifth time in a row. June’s 11.0 is its highest 6+-stat in the PPM-era. Its three previous bests (all in a row) were 10.2 (May 2020, 6+); 10.1 (April 2020, 6+) and 9.1 (March 2020, 6+). Immediately after gaining nine-tenths, Radio One urban AC WZAK plummets -1.3 (9.0 – 7.7, second to fourth, 6+). May’s increase of eight-tenths took WZAK to the eight-share level (7.3 – 8.1, 6+) for the first time since last September (8.2).

Kansas City

Spoken-Word Formats – After having logged a +1.4 in May (5.4 – 6.8, 6+), Entercom news/talk KMBZ-FM “98.1 News-Traffic-Weather” is -2.5 in June/July (6.8 – 5.5 – 4.3, seventh to tenth, 6+). Co-owned KMBZ-AM, which was -1.0 in May, repeats June’s 2.8 (6+); “Talk 980” slips from #14 to #16. Flat at #20, Cumulus Media’s KCMO-AM “Talk Radio 710 AM” is down or flat the fifth straight time for a net loss of three-tenths (1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1, 6+).

Down four-tenths this time last month (3.0 – 2.6, 6+), Union Broadcasting’s WHB “Sports Radio 810” recaptures three-tenths to 2.9 (#17 to #14, 6+). After losing two-thirds (-2.0) of its 6+ AQH share in five successive slips (3.0 – 2.6 – 1.8 – 1.4 – 1.3 – 1.0, 6+), Entercom-owned KCSP “610 Sports Radio” ends the slide with a one-tenth pickup to 1.1 (#21 to #20, 6+).

With June/July’s +1.4 (3.1 – 3.6 – 4.5, #11 to #9, 6+), University of Missouri news/talk KCUR nearly negates April/May’s -1.7 (4.8 – 3.5 – 3.1, 6+).

Kansas City Music Formats – The largest (6+) June 2020 – July 2020 increase (+1.7) by any station in these 12 PPM-markets is turned in by Steel City Media CHR KMXV, which nearly doubles (+2.9) its 6+ AQH share in three straight upticks (3.0 – 3.4 – 4.2 – 5.9, ninth to fourth, 6+). “Mix 93.3” is bouncing back after being down three sweeps in a row for a -1.1 (4.1 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.0, 6+). Displaying increases of eight-tenths each are KMXV cluster-mate KFKF “Country 94.1” (7.1, fourth to third, 6+) and University of Northwestern St. Paul contemporary Christian KJNW “Life 88.5” (4.2, #13 to #11). In May/June, “Country 94.1” was -4.1 (10.4 – 6.5 – 6.3, 6+), while “Life 88.5” was +1.4 in that same period (2.0 – 2.4 – 3.4, 6+). Entercom’s country-formatted WDAF “106.5 The Wolf” continues an alternating up/down pattern that began last November and includes July’s +.2: 3.8 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 5.0 – 4.8 – 5.7 – 4.6 – 5.8 – 5.7 – 5.9 (sixth to fourth, 6+). The tie at #1 between Cumulus Media classic rock and classic hits-oldies siblings is broken: KCFX “101 The Fox Kansas City’s Classic Rock Station” gains two-tenths (8.2 – 8.4, 6+) to take sole possession of the lead, while KCMO-FM “94.9 Kansas City’s Greatest Hits” regresses by nine-tenths (8.2 – 7.3, 6+) and shifts to the runner-up slot. Even though “The Fox” spiraled by -1.0 (8.7 – 7.7, May 2020, 6+), it advanced to #1. KCFX was -1.0 (March); +1.1 (April); -1.0 (May); and +.5 (June). Following four successive downturns that resulted in a -5.9 (12.8 – 10.0 – 9.0 – 8.6 – 6.9, 6+), KCMO-FM notched +.7 in May. A combined +4.2 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (8.6 – 9.3 – 12.8, 6+), “Kansas City’s Greatest Hits” spent four consecutive sweeps on top before shifting to third in April. Recent (6+) KCMO-FM fluctuations include: +3.5 (“Holiday” 2019); -2.8 (January 2020); -1.0 (February); -1.7 (April); +.7 (May); +.6 (June); and -.9 (July). Cluster-mate KCJK “105.1 The X – Kansas City’s Rock Alternative,” which was +2.1 in May/June (1.4 – 2.2 – 3.5, 6+), surrenders approximately half that windfall (2.4, -1.1,#12 to #17). This directly follows an overall -1.2 as a result of eight straight sweeps without an increase, (2.6 – 2.5 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.4, 6+). In an alternating down/up pattern that includes July’s -.8, Entercom-owned KQRC is: 3.4 – 4.1 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 2.9 (6+), as “98.9 The Rock” falls below a three-share and exits the top ten (#10 to #14). A combined -1.0 in June/July (6.9 – 6.5 – 5.9, third to fourth, 6+), Carter Broadcast Group urban contemporary KPRS “Hot 103 Jamz” has its lowest 6+-stat (5.9) since January (4.9).

Columbus

Spoken-Word Formats – After logging a -3.0 in May/June (10.6 – 9.0 – 7.6, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WTVN answers with a half-share July spike to 8.1 (6+) and carries on in the runner-up slot. “News Radio 610” immediately prior was a collective +4.6 as a result of five successive increases (6.0 – 6.1 – 8.0 – 8.6 – 9.4 – 10.6, 6+).  

Substituting June’s -.7 with a July +.7 (3.6 – 2.9 – 3.6, 6+), Tegna’s WBNS-FM “Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan” remains in eighth-place. WBNS-FM was -1.7 in March/April (5.2 – 4.8 – 3.5, 6+). Co-owned/similarly formatted WBNS-AM, which recorded a .1 (6+) in back-to-back reports; was unlisted in May; returned in June with a .2; and now replicates that .2 and #16 finish (6+).

An alternating up/down pattern that Ohio State University public radio news/talk WOSU initiated in January 2020 includes July’s increase of two-tenths: 4.3 – 4.0 – 4.4 – 4.1 – 4.4 – 3.9 – 4.1 (fifth to sixth, 6+).

Columbus Music Formats – After posting an April – May – June topline of 3.7 – 3.9 – 3.7 (6+), One Connection Media Group contemporary Christian WCVO “104.9 The River Uplifting & Encouraging” breaks out a +.7 and crosses the four-share level (4.4, seventh to fifth, 6+). Ups/downs continue for iHeartMedia CHR WNCI “97.9 Columbus’ #1 Hit Music Station,” which was +1.2 (6.1 – 7.2 – 7.3, January/February, 6+); -1.8 (7.3 – 6.7 – 5.5, March/April, 6+); +1.1 (5.5 – 6.6, May 6+); -.3 (6.6 – 6.3, June, 6+); and is +.4 (6.3 – 6.7, flat at #3, July, 6+). On top the eighth time in a row, co-owned WCOL “92.3 Columbus’ #1 For New Country” follows June’s +1.1 with a -.8 (9.5 – 10.6 – 9.8, 6+). A May decrease halted four consecutive improvements that yielded a +3.4 (7.7 – 9.8 -10.2 -10.5 – 11.1, 6+). Following 25 consecutive ratings periods on top, WCOL segued to #3 in “Holiday” 2019. WCOL has been: -1.1 (December 2019); -2.1 (“Holiday” 2019); +2.1 (January 2020); -1.6 (May 2020); +1.1 (June); and -.8 (July). Forfeiting six-tenths each are WCOL’s adult hits and urban-rhythmic oldies siblings WODC “93.3 The Bus We Play Anything” (5.6, flat at #4, 6+) and WYTS “Throwback 105.3” (flat at #11). Owing to three straight spikes, “The Bus” netted a +1.7 (4.5 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 6.2, 6+) and had its best 6+-stat (6.2) since “Holiday” 2019’s 9.4. WYTS is down seven-tenths in June/July (1.9 – 1.8 – 1.2, 6+). This is the seventh month in a row that these four 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.”

Category: Ratings Takeaways

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