August 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round One

| September 1, 2020

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August 2020 PPM Data – Information for the August 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 August 2020 survey period covered July 16 – August 12.

Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” for spoken-word formats from these 12 PPM-markets.

NEW YORK CITY

News/Talk

  • An overall -1.2 in three straight drops (3.0 – 2.4 – 1.9 – 1.8, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WOR halts the slide with a +.1 to 1.9 (6+). Even so, “710 The Voice of New York” backslides from #19 to #20. The just-concluded negative streak immediately followed April’s +1.1 to 3.0 (6+).

 

  • For the third sweep in a row, Red Apple Media-owned WABC logs a 1.4 (1.6 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.4 , #21 to #22, 6+).

 

  • After gaining one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.8 – .9 – 1.0, 6+), Townsquare Media’s WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” falters by one-tenth in consecutive sweeps (1.0 – .9 – .8, #23 to #25, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • With an uptick of six-tenths (1.7 – 2.3, 6+), Entercom-owned/Yankees flagship WFAN advances from #20 to #17 and has its best 6+-stat since February (2.3, as well). WFAN improved by four-tenths in May/June (1.4 – 1.7 – 1.8, 6+), before forfeiting one-tenth in July. Its internet stream, which logged a .3 (6+) the past three reports, is up one-tenth to .4 (#33 to #2, 6+).

  • In three straight sweeps without an increase, WEPN-FM “98.7 ESPN New York” is down seven-tenths (1.6 – 1.0 – .9 – .9, flat at #24, 6+). Entering the May sweep, WEPN-FM dropped nine-tenths in three consecutive downturns (2.1 – 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.2, (1.5 – 1.2, 6+).

News

  • By notching a half-share gain to 4.3 (flat at #7, 6+), Entercom-owned WINS halts three consecutive declines that resulted in a -1.9 (5.7 – 4.9 – 4.2 – 3.8, 6+). Just prior, three successive WINS increases yielded a +2.2 (3.5 – 3.6 – 4.7 – 5.7, 6+).

 

  • Recapturing half the six-tenths it lost in July (2.8 – 3.1, +.3, 6+), co-owned/New York Mets key station WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” pushes up from #14 to #11.

 

  • Bloomberg Communications business news WBBR “Bloomberg 1130 AM” is up one-tenth to .3 (#39 to #36, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Three consecutive drops by WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WNYC-FM led to a -2.3 (5.1 – 3.3 – 2.9 – 2.8, 6+). Not only does WNYC-FM curtail the slide with an August +.5 to 3.3 (6+), it cracks the top ten (#14 to #8).

 

  • In four straight down or flat trends, co-owned WNYC-AM has dropped roughly half (-.6) its 6+ AQH share (1.1 – .7 – .7 .6 – .5, #27 to #29, 6+).

LOS ANGELES

News/Talk

  • After gaining three-tenths in July (4.4 – 4.7, 6+), KFI surrenders eight-tenths to 3.9 (second to fifth, 6+). “AM 640” was a combined -1.1 in May/June (5.5 – 4.6 – 4.4, 6+). The iHeartMedia facility more than doubled (+2.9) its 6+ AQH share from “Holiday” 2019 through April 2020; crossed the five-share threshold; and had an April-only stay at #1 (2.6 – 3.3 – 3.8 – 4.2 – 5.5, 6+). April 2020 marked the first time KFI reached #1 since March 2011 (4.9, 6+).

 

  • Although off six-tenths in four straight down or flat reports (1.8 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.2, 6+), Salem Media Group news/talk KRLA “AM 870 The Answer” repeats at #28.

 

  • Tying KRLA is Cumulus Media’s KABC “790 News-Talk-Evolved” (1.2, +.2, #32 to #28, 6+). Its August gain of two-tenths ends three sweeps in succession that accounted for a loss of four-tenths (1.4 – 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.0, 6+). KABC had almost tripled (+.9) its 6+ AQH share as a result of four consecutive improvements (.5 – .7 – .9 – 1.0 – 1.4, 6+).

 

  • The March 2020 through August 2020 topline for iHeartMedia-owned KEIB “AM 1150 The Patriot” is: .8 – 1.1 – 1.0 – .8 – .9 – .9 (#35 to #36, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • More than doubling (+.7) its 6+ AQH share in four-straight up or flat moves (.5 – .5 – .6 – .6 – 1.2, 6+), the flagship of the Los Angeles Dodgers, iHeartMedia’s KLAC “AM 570 LA Sports,” catapults from #38 to #28.

 

  • Meanwhile, Disney-owned KSPN “710 ESPN” (Angels) is without an increase the seventh time in a row for a net decrease of seven-tenths (1.1 – .9 – .8 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4, flat at #41, 6+).

News

  • Despite being down a combined eight-tenths in July/August (3.9 – 3.2 – 3.1, 6+), Entercom’s KNX “1070 News Radio” returns to the top ten (#12 to #10). KNX was +1.0 in June; down nine-tenths in April/May (3.8 – 3.4 – 2.9, 6+); and up eight-tenths in March.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Dropping from #23 to #25, Pasadena City College news/talk KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” has a May 2020 through August 2020 topline of: 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 1.6 (6+).

CHICAGO

News/Talk

  • Three slips in a row by Nexstar Media Group-owned WGN resulted in a -2.3 (5.6 – 5.2 – 4.5 – 3.3, 6+), but “Radio 720” applies the brakes with a +.3 to 3.6 (unchanged at #9, 6+). The Chicago White Sox key station previously posted four straight increases that netted a +2.6 (3.0 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.5 – 5.6, 6+).

 

  • Slipping from #21 to #22, Cumulus Media-owned WLS-AM “890 AM” is down one-half share in four straight reports without an increase (2.4 – 2.1 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+).

 

  • Newsweb Corp’s Willow Springs, Illinois-licensed WCPT “Progressive Talk 820 AM” debuts in print with a .3 (#34, 6+).

 

  • In the Alpha Media cluster, suburban Joliet’s WJOL “1340 We’ve Got ‘Em Talking” is off one-tenth (.2 – .1, #37 to #40, 6+), while co-owned/Kenosha, Wisconsin-licensed WLIP “AM 1050” adds one-tenth (.0 – .1, 6+) and ties WJOL at #40.

Sports Talk

  • As a result of seven successive reports without an increase, Entercom sports talk WSCR “670 The Score” was an overall -2.0 (3.5 – 3.3 – 2.7 – 2.5 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 1.5 – 1.5, 6+), but the Cubs’ flagship erases half the deficit with a +1.0 to 2.5 (6+) and reenters the top twenty (#23 to #17).

  • Flat at 1.0 (6+), Disney/ESPN-owned WMVP “ESPN Chicago 1000” nonetheless advances from #27 to #26. Its July gain of two-tenths ended eight consecutive down or flat sweeps that resulted in a -1.1 (1.9 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2 – .8, 6+).

News

  • On top the seventh time in a row, Entercom-owned WBBM-AM & WCFS-FM adds three-tenths to July’s +.1 (6.9 – 7.0 – 7.3, 6+). Immediately prior to being -1.5 in May/June (8.4 – 7.0 – 6.9, 6+), “News Radio 780 AM & 105.9 FM” was a collective +3.5 through four straight gains (4.9 – 5.4 – 5.8 – 7.7 – 8.4, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Even though WBEZ improves by two-tenths to 3.4 (6+), thus suspending three straight down reports that yielded a -2.2 (5.4 – 4.7 – 3.8 – 3.2, 6+), the Chicago Public Media outlet departs the top ten (#10 to #11).

SAN FRANCISCO

News/Talk

  • After notching a month-to-month fluctuation of one-tenth the past three reports (1.8 – 1.9 – 1.8 – 1.7, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KSFO “560 – The Bay Area’s Exclusive Hot Talk” repeats July’s 1.7 (#20 to #21, 6+).

 

  • Following five straight sweeps without an increase accounting for an approximately 44% loss (-.8) of its 6+ AQH share (1.8 – 1.8 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.0, 6+) co-owned KGO pulls the plug with a +.2 to 1.2 (#27 to #25, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • After faltering by four-tenths in June (2.3 – 1.9, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KNBR-AM “The Sports Leader” answers with a July/August +1.7 (1.9 – 2.5 – 3.6, 6+), as the key station of the San Francisco Giants vaults from #15 to #6.

 

  • In four straight downturns, Entercom’s KGMZ lost nine-tenths (1.7 – 1.4 – 1.0 – .9 – .8, 6+), but ended the slide this time last month with a +.1 to .9 (6+). In August, “95.7 The Game” repeats July’s AQH share and market rank (.9, #28, 6+); its internet stream is flat at .1 (#34 to #35, 6+).

 

  • Unlisted in June and July, Cumulus Media-owned KTCT resurfaces with a .1 (#35, 6+).

News

  • In addition to being a combined -1.1 in July/August (8.9 – 8.3 – 7.8, 6+), Entercom’s KCBS-AM segues from first (where it was in June and July) to second. Before faltering by -1.4 in May, KCBS-AM had been on top three successive sweeps and was an overall +2.2 in four consecutive up or flat moves (7.7 – 8.4 – 8.7 – 9.9 – 9.9, 6+).

 

  • Up two-tenths (.1 – .3, 6+), iHeartMedia business news/new Oakland A’s flagship KNEW checks in at #30.

 

  • Slightly more than two weeks into the July ratings period (6/30), co-owned KKSF was one of 15 iHeartMedia stations to become inaugural affiliates of the Black Information Network. KKSF is flat at .1 (#34 to #35, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Via three drops in succession, KQED was -2.5 (9.9 – 8.7 – 7.8 – 7.4, 6+). In addition to ending the slide with a +.4 to 7.8 (6+), the California Public Broadcasting outlet progresses from second to first. Recent (6+) fluctuations for KQED include: -1.2 (September/October); +1.6 (November/December); -1.2 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.2 (January 2020); -.9 (February); +1.5 (March); +1.8 (April); -1.2 (May); and -.9 (June).

 

  • After being without an increase the past three reports for a net loss of four-tenths (.9 – .7 – .5 – .5, 6+), San Francisco Unified School District’s KALW “91.7 Local Public Radio” picks up one-tenth to .6 (unchanged at #29, 6+).

DALLAS

News/Talk

  • A collective -1.4 through four consecutive declines (4.1 – 3.2 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.7, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WBAP “News Talk 820” falls from #15 to #17.

 

  • Cluster-mate KLIF-AM “570 News & Information” is trending .6 – .4 – .4 – .6 – .5 – .5 (March 2020 through August 2020, 6+) and remains at #35.

 

  • For the fourth time in the last five reports, Salem Media Group-owned KSKY “660 AM The Answer” logs a .4 (.4 – .4 – .4 – .5 – .4, #35 to #36, 6+).

 

  • The May 2020 through August 2020 trending for iHeartMedia’s KFXR is: .1 – .0 – .1 – .0 (6+); “Talk Radio 1190 AM” finished at #38 in July.

Sports Talk

  • Having lost one-tenth in consecutive reports (1.7 – 1.6 – 15, 6+), Entercom sports talk/Texas Rangers flagship KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” has now picked up two-tenths in back-to-back sweeps (1.5 – 1.7 – 1.9, #21 to #20, 6+). Its internet stream, which posted a .3 (6+) the past three months, slips to .2 (#37 to #38, 6+).

  • Up one-tenth (1.3 – 1.4, 6+), Cumulus Media’s KTCK “The Ticket – All Sports All The Time” jumps from #26 to #23. Despite gaining two-tenths (.6 – .8, 6+), its internet stream backslides from #33 to #34.

 

  • Having recorded a .7 (6+) three times in the last five sweeps (.7 – .6 – .8 – .7 – .7, 6+), Disney/ESPN’s KESN “103.3 ESPN Dallas” improves by two-tenths to .9 (#31 to #30, 6+).

News

  • Up three-tenths in June/July (1.2 – 1.3 – 1.5, 6+), after being a combined -.6 in April/May (1.8 – 1.4 – 1.2, 6+), Entercom-owned KRLD-AM “News Radio 1080” falters by two-tenths in August to 1.3 (#24 to #26, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • In three straight drops, KERA lost nine-tenths (3.4 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.5, 6+), but the North Texas Public Broadcasting outlet is up four-tenths in July/August (2.5 – 2.8 – 2.9, #16 to #14, 6+).

 HOUSTON

News/Talk

  • After regaining the three-tenths it lost in May (6.3 – 6.0 – 6.3, April – May – June, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KTRH “News Radio 740” is a combined -1.0 in July/August (6.3 – 5.6 – 5.3, 6+) yet improves from sixth to fifth. KTRH was +1.7 in April.

 

  • For the fourth time in a row, co-owned KPRC “AM 950 – Houston’s More Stimulating Talk Radio” has a fluctuation of one-tenth (.2 – .3 – .4 – .3 – .4, flat at #27, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Repeating July’s AQH share and market rank is Entercom’s KILT-AM “Sports Radio 610” (.9, #23, 6+).

 

  • Stuck on .5 (6+) in June and July, iHeartMedia-owned/Houston Astros flagship KBME “Sports Talk 790” posts a +.2 to .7 (flat at #26, 6+).

 

  • Following nine straight sweeps without an increase for a net loss of four-tenths (.7 -.5 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3, 6+), Gow Communications’ KFNC “ESPN5” picks up one-tenth to .4 (6+) and continues at #27.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • In five consecutive decreases, KUHF was an overall -1.1 (3.7 – 3.4 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+), but the University of Houston outlet halts the skid with a +.1 to 2.7 (#18 to #17, 6+).

 

  • The May 2020 through August 2020 topline for Pacifica Foundation’s KPFT is: .0 – .0 – .1 – .0 (6+); KPFT ranked #31 in July.

ATLANTA

News/Talk

  • Although down one-half share (10.6 – 10.1, 6+), Cox Media Group-owned WSB-AM & WSBB-FM “Atlanta’s News & Talk” sets the pace the 14th straight sweep. April’s 9 marked the first time in the PPM-era that any Atlanta station reached the 13-share level (6+).

 

  • Off one-tenth (.9 – .8, 6+), Salem Media Group’s WGKA “AM 920 The Answer” slips from #26 to #24.

 

  • By picking up one-tenth to .4 (flat at #30, 6+), Entercom’s WAOK “1380 The Voice of the Community” snaps at three a consecutive string of down or flat reports in which it lost half (-.3) its 6+ AQH share (.6 – .4 – .4 – .3, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • After being an overall -1.5 in six straight reports without an increase (4.6 – 3.9 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.1, 6+), Entercom sports talk WZGC not only curtails the slide with a +.4 to 3.5 (6+), “92.9 The Game” reenters the top ten (#11 to #10).

  • Down two-tenths in back-to-back reports (1.4 – 1.2 – 1.0, 6+), Dickey Broadcasting-owned/Atlanta Braves flagship WCNN “680 The Fan” roars back with a +1.0 to 2.0 (6+) and zooms from #25 to #18.

News

  • One of 15 iHeartMedia-owned stations to become the first affiliates of the Black Information Network, WBIN (formerly WGST “Talk Radio 640”) drops from .2 to .1 (#32 to #34, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • After forfeiting two-tenths in July, City of Atlanta Board of Education’s WABE regains that loss (2.4 – 2.2 – 2.4, 6+) and progresses from #17 to #15.

 

  • Unlisted in June and July, similarly-formatted WABE-HD3 surfaces with a .1 (#34, 6+).

 

  • This is the fourth time in the last six reports that Georgia State University’s WRAS logs a .5 (.7 – .5 – .5 – .5 – .6 – .5, #28 to #29, 6+).

PHILADELPHIA

News/Talk

  • Down three-tenths (1.7 – 1.4, 6+), Entercom-owned WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” departs the top twenty (#19 to #21).

 

  • Catching WPHT is Townsquare Media’s WKXW “New Jersey 101.5,” which is without a loss the fourth time in a row for a net gain of six-tenths (.8 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.4, #23 to #21, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • A combined -1.6 in June/July (5.9 – 4.7 – 4.3, 6+), Entercom-owned/Philadelphia Phillies flagship WIP “Sports Radio 94.1” bounces back with a +.6 to 4.9 (tenth to sixth).

 

  • The alternating down/up (March 2020 through August 2020) pattern for Beasley Media Group-owned WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” includes August’s loss of three-tenths: 2.1 – 1.4 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.6 – 1.3 (#21 to #23, 6+).

News

  • Recapturing the four-tenths it squandered this time last month (6.1 – 5.7 – 6.1, 6+), Entercom-owned KYW “News Radio 1060” climbs from fifth to fourth. KYW rebounded from May’s -1.5 with a June increase of three-tenths (5.8 – 6.1, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • In four consecutive reports without an increase, WHYY was -1.0 (5.4 – 4.5 – 4.4 – 4.4 – 4.4, 6+), but it curtails the skid with a +.4 to 4.8 (ninth to seventh, 6+).

LONG ISLAND (NASSAU-SUFFOLK)

News/Talk

  • Following three slumps in succession that accounted for a -2.8 (6.7 – 5.7 – 4.4 – 3.9, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WOR picks up three-tenths to 4.2 (seventh to fifth, 6+). April’s +2.9 rocketed “710 The Voice of New York” from eighth to first.

  • This is the sixth time in a row Red Apple Media news/talk WABC is without a loss for a net increase of three-tenths (1.1 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.4 – 1.4, flat at #24, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • An increase of eight-tenths (3.1 – 3.9, 6+) returns Entercom-owned/Yankees key station WFAN back to the top ten (#12 to #7). Its internet stream, however, is off two-tenths (1.1 – .9, #25 to #26, 6+).

 

  • WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” is unlisted in Long Island the eighth month in a row. WEPN was -.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.7 – 2.5 – 2.2, #15, 6+).

News

  • As a result of three straight drops, Entercom’s WINS was -1.4 (5.3 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 3.9, 6+), but WINS responds with a +.4 to 4.3 (seventh to fourth, 6+). The negative streak directly followed a combined +1.8 in March/April (3.5 – 5.2 – 5.3, 6+).

 

  • Stuck on 2.5 (6+) in May and June, after being off nine-tenths in May, co-owned/New York Mets flagship WCBS-AM is up four-tenths in July/August (2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9, #14 to #13, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Off one-half share in four down or flat moves in a row (1.6 – 1.4 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.1, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WNYC-FM erases that entire shortfall with an August gain of six-tenths to 1.7 (#25 to #22, 6+).

 

  • Unchanged at #33, co-owned WNYC-AM is trending: .1 – .1 – .2 – .2 (May 2020 through August 2020, 6+).

 

  • After logging a .1 (6+) the past three sweeps, Sacred Heart University’s WSUF gains one-tenth to .2 (6+) and ties WNYC-AM (#36 to #33).

RIVERSIDE-SAN BERNARDINO-ONTARIO

News/Talk

  • This is the 11th time in succession that iHeartMedia news talk KKDD is unlisted; “1290 News Talk IE” logged a .1 (6+) last August, September, and October.

Sports Talk

  • Co-owned KPWK “Fox Sports Radio 1350 AM,” which wasn’t in print in April or May, posts a .1 (6+) the third time in a row (flat at #17, 6+).

 

  • Los Angeles Angels-owned (LAA 1, LLC) KLAA “Angels Radio AM 830” is unlisted the 33rd sweep in succession.

News

  • KFOO is one of 15 iHeartMedia-owned stations to become Black Information Network’s first affiliates. KFOO recorded a .3 (6+) in June, but hasn’t appeared in the July or August reports.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Locked on .4 (6+) in May and June, Pasadena City College-owned KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” gained two-tenths to .6 this time last month, but is off one-tenth to .5 (#13 to #14, 6+).

 

  • Albeit flat, San Bernardino Community College’s KVCR catches KPCC (.5, #15 to #14, 6+).

 SAN JOSE

News/Talk

  • Owing to four successive slips, Cumulus Media’s KGO was an overall -1.3 (2.9 – 2.3 – 1.9 – 1.6 – 1.6, 6+); however, an August increase of two-tenths to 1.8 (6+) is sufficient for KGO to reenter the top twenty (#24 to #17).

  • In three straight modest gains, co-owned KSFO netted four-tenths (.8 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.2, 6+), but “560 – The Bay Area’s Exclusive Hot Talk” drops one-tenth to 1.1 (#26 to #25, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Tacking on a +1.3 to July’s +.5 (1.9 – 2.4 – 3.7, 6+), cluster-mate/San Francisco Giants flagship KNBR “The Sports Leader” leaps into the top ten (#13 to #9). KNBR spiraled by -1.1 in June.

 

  • By adding three-tenths this time last month, Entercom’s KGMZ found itself in a five-way scrum at #17. Now, “95.7 The Game” surrenders that three-tenths (1.6 – 1.9 – 1.6, 6+) and is in a five-way logjam at #19.

News

  • Through five drops in a row, Entercom-owned KCBS-AM is a collective -2.8 (6.9 – 6.4 – 5.8 – 5.6 – 4.7 – 4.1, fifth to seventh, 6+). This directly follows three straight gains that yielded a +2.5 (4.4 – 5.0 – 5.7 – 6.9, 6+). KCBS-AM has been -.5 (October); +.7 (November); -.8 (December); -.7 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.2 (March); -.9 (July); and -.6 (August).

 

  • Up two-tenths (.1 – .3, 6+), iHeartMedia business news/Oakland A’s flagship KNEW-AM progresses from #30 to #29.

 

  • KKSF was one of 15 iHeartMedia stations to become inaugural affiliates of the Black Information Network. Finishing at #30 in July, KKSF’s May 2020 through August 2020 topline is: .2 – .0 – .1 – .0 (6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Three straight downturns by KQED led to a -2.7 (9.3 – 8.4 – 7.7 – 6.6, 6+), but the Northern California Public Broadcasting facility posts a gain of three-tenths to 6.9 (steady at #2, 6+). KQED was a combined +2.8 in March/April (6.5 – 7.4 – 9.3, 6+) and had a November-only stay at #1.

 

  • Down a collective seven-tenths via three consecutive slips (1.7 – 1.4 – 1.1 – 1.0, 6+), San Francisco Unified School District news/talk KALW halts the slide with a +.1 to 1.1 (#27 to #25, 6+).

MIDDLESEX-SOMERSET-UNION

News/Talk

  • A combined -1.1 in June/July (6.8 – 6.5 – 5.7, 6+), Townsquare Media’s WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” gains one-tenth to 5.8 (6+) and continues in third-place. Just prior, three straight increases delivered WKXW a collective +1.6 (5.2 – 6.0 – 6.7 – 6.8, 6+).

 

  • In an alternating up/down sequence that includes August’s loss of one-tenth (1.8 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 1.7, April 2020 through August 2020, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WOR “710 The Voice of New York” repeats at #20.

 

  • Four consecutive up or flat trends garnered WABC four-tenths (.5 – .8 – .9 – .9 – .9, 6+), but the Red Apple Media station is off two-tenths to .7 (#23 to #26, 6+).

 

  • Beasley Media Group’s WCTC “Talk Radio 1450 The Voice of Central Jersey,” which notched a July .1 (#30, 6+), disappears from print.

Sports Talk

  • Picking up one-tenth in back-to-back sweeps (2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5, 6+), Entercom-owned/Yankees key station repeats at #15. Its July increase interrupted three consecutive decreases that resulted in a -1.9 (4.2 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 2.3, 6+). Finishing at #30 in July with a .1 (6+), its internet stream vanishes from print in August.

 

  • Unlisted in Middlesex five months in a row, WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” reappeared in June with a 1.2 (6+). It dropped three-tenths to .9 (6+) in July, but picks up one-tenth in August (1.0, #22 to #24, 6+).

News

  • Off one-half share in May/June (2.4 – 2.1 – 1.9, 6+), Entercom-owned/New York Mets flagship WCBS-AM is up a combined half-share in July/August (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.4, #17 to #16, 6+).

 

  • Through three consecutive drops, co-owned WINS was -1.4 (2.2 – 1.4 – .9 – .8, 6+), but WINS wipes away nearly half that shortfall with a +.6 to 1.4 (#25 to #21, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Down of flat the past three sweeps for a net loss of -1.1 (3.1 – 2.3 – 2.0 – 2.0, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WNYC-FM improves by four-tenths to 2.4 (#17 to #16, 6+).

 

  • Co-owned WNYC-AM is unlisted the third time in a row, after notching a .2 (6+) in May.

Category: Ratings Takeaways

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