Monday Memo: Start in the Middle

| December 8, 2019

By Holland Cooke
Consultant

 

BLOCK ISLAND, RI — If you are among radio’s remaining newscasters, disregard what follows.  Your job is to make the-very-first-line the-very latest.  By telling the story chronologically, you’re risking listeners thinking “I already know that.”

For DJs, talkers, and commercial copy writers, consider instead…

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November 2019 PPM Analysis:
Sports Talk

| December 6, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES —  The second of our comprehensive four-part series of November 2019 PPM overviews focuses on sports talk.

The following scoreboards are comprised of sports talk facilities that rank in the top 20 (6+) in any of the 48 PPM-markets during the November 2019 sweep, which covered October 10 through November 6.

Ratings information in this exclusive analysis is limited to sports talk properties that subscribe to Nielsen Audio’s audience estimates.

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Friday, December 6, 2019

| December 6, 2019

Weiss Named iHM NYC Market President. Region senior vice president of  sales for iHeartMedia’s New York group, Bernie Weiss, is appointed market president of iHeartMedia New York City. Weiss will continue to report to iHeartMedia market groups division president Scott Hopeck. At the same time in a corresponding move, director of sales Steve DeLusant takes over for Weiss. Hopeck states, “I’m thrilled to promote both Bernie and Steve. It is especially rewarding to find the best candidates for key leadership roles in your own building. They are extremely knowledgeable about our ever-evolving business and have built their personal brands by accelerating the growth of our iconic stations. I’m confident they will continue to elevate our New York operation to even greater heights.” Weiss remarks, “Listeners continue to crave companionship and advertisers continue to demand ROI – broadcast radio delivers on both fronts. iHeartMedia continues to be one of the most innovative media players, offering the best content and programming for hundreds of millions of listeners. I am looking forward to working with the New York team to build on our already strong connection with listeners, advertisers, and in the community.” Weiss joined iHeartMedia New York in 2004 as an account executive for urban contemporary WWPR “Power 105.1” and previously held several radio general sales management positions in Europe. DeLusant was sales manager for several iHM New York City stations and earlier was senior account executive for Emmis Communications, where he specialized in multicultural marketing. Earlier in his career, he was a sales associate for iHeartMedia’s WLTW. In addition to news/talk WOR “The Voice of New York,” iHeartMedia’s New York City cluster consists of market-leading (adult contemporary) WLTW “106.7 Lite FM”; CHR WHTZ “Z-100”; classic rock WAXQ “Q-104.3”; urban contemporary WWPR “Power 105.1”; and rhythmic CHR WKTU.

KABC Resets Its On-Air Lineup. Major changes going into effect January 1 at Cumulus Media Los Angeles news/talk KABC include Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty (“The Armstrong & Getty Show”) slotted in morning drive (6:00 am – 10:00 am). The syndicated duo succeeds locally-originated “The Morning Drive with Jillian Barberie & John Phillips.” Continuing at 10:00 am to 12:00 noon is Larry O’Connor (based from Cumulus Media Washington, DC news/talk WMAL). Aforementioned John Phillips segues solo from morning drive to assume the 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm slot occupied by Dr. Drew Pinsky and Leeann Tweeden (“Dr. Drew Midday Live”). Unchanged is Westwood One’s Ben Shapiro in afternoon drive (3:00 pm – 6:00 pm), but the local 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm “Peter Tilden Show” will give way to Westwood One’s Michael Savage. Thus, displaced by the changes are Jillian Barberie, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Leeann Tweeden, and Peter Tilden. KABC general manager Drew Hayes comments, “KABC has a proud history as one of the first ‘all-talk’ radio stations in the United States. With these great additions to our lineup, KABC will offer our audience even more of the content that they love, featuring outstanding local and nationally recognized talent.” KABC will continue as the flagship for University of Southern California football and basketball. KABC more than doubled (+.4) its 6+ AQH share in three straight upticks (.3 – .4 – .5 – .7, July – August – September – October, Nielsen Audio, 6+) but “790 News-Talk-Evolved” forfeits one-tenth in the November 2019 sweep to .6 (#35 to #38, 6+).

NOW POSTED:  New Installment of “The Michael Harrison Wrap: An Overview of the National Conversation.”   The vibrant one-hour weekend special, “The Michael Harrison Wrap,” that looks back each week at the hottest topics discussed in American talk media per the research of TALKERS magazine, is now posted on the website of its flagship station, iHeartMedia’s WONK-FM, Washington, DC (11/22).  The new episode titled “The Trump Paradox!” looks back at this past week of December 2-6, 2019 and features guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERS;  Victoria Jones, executive director, DC Radio Company; Blanquita Cullum, talk show host, WCGO, Chicago /Smart Talk Network; Brian Kilmeade, talk show host, Fox News Channel / Fox News Radio; Heidi Harris, talk show host, KMZQ, Las Vegas; Sid Rosenberg, talk show host, WABC, New York; William O’ Shaughnessy, CEO, Whitney Global Media. This acclaimed news/talk radio show first airs each week on WONK-FM, Washington, DC on Friday evenings between 6:00-7:00 pm; followed by WRKO, Boston; KSCO, Santa Cruz, CA;  WVOX, Westchester, NY; KBDT, Dallas; KQSP, Minneapolis; KBKW, Aberdeen, WA; the Virginia Talk Radio Network and Pioneer Valley Radio in Springfield, MA. It also appears on the iHeart Radio App.  To listen to this week’s episode (and the program’s complete archives), please click here.  To view the latest TALKERS magazine topic research, please click here.

 

WDAF To Become K.C. Chiefs Flagship in 2020. As part of a multi-year agreement between the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs and Entercom Kansas City, country WDAF “106.5 The Wolf” will become the key station of the 70-station Chiefs Radio Network as of February 16, 2020. Sports talk sibling KCSP “610 Sports Radio” will become the official “broadcast partner” of the Chiefs, with rights to Chiefs programming, including radio broadcast rights to the Chiefs weekly in-season press conference with the club’s head coach (Andy Reid) and a weekly one-on-one interview with the starting quarterback (Patrick Mahomes). In addition, KCSP will broadcast the “Chiefs Kingdom Radio Show” (Monday, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm). Cross-town Cumulus Media classic rock KCFX “101.1 The Fox” has been the team’s flagship since 1990. Entercom regional president/market manager Dave Alpert declares, “We are extremely pleased to enter into this new partnership with the Kansas City Chiefs, one of the NFL’s most well-respected and prestigious organizations. Entercom’s eight-station cluster of music, news and sports talk stations hosted by Kansas City’s leading personalities align with vast digital and podcast opportunities. We will deliver the premium and comprehensive coverage Chiefs Kingdom desires seven days a week, all season long.” Kansas City Chiefs president Mark Donovan comments, “We look forward to partnering with ‘106.5 The Wolf’ and the powerful Entercom family of stations. The ability to bring our game broadcasts and existing weekly radio shows under one roof is a large part of this change, but we are equally excited about creating new content and developing new opportunities for Chiefs fans to engage with their favorite team.” Returning for his 27th season as play-by-play announcer will be Mitch Holthus, who has called a franchise record 426 regular and postseason Kansas City contests.

ESPN Radio Taps Fitz To Succeed Smith. “First and Last” (5:00 am – 6:00 am) host Jason Fitz is selected to replace Stephen A. Smith in ESPN Radio’s 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (ET) slot. The change is effective next month (1/20) and allows Smith to devote more time to his ESPN TV duties. Smith, however, will make a regular weekly appearance on Fitz’s show, “First Take, Your Take with Jason Fitz,” which will be simulcast on ESPNews. Executive vice president/executive editor of production Norby Williamson states, “Sports fans are passionate and they love spirited debate. Jason will be joined daily by a lineup of experts and sports fans who call in to further the debate and deliver their strong opinions.” Fitz, formerly of country group The Band Perry and a regular on ESPN Radio’s “Golic & Wingo,” comments, “I’m excited to host a show aligned with one of the biggest franchises at ESPN that will let me continue to push the ‘First Take’ topics forward and keep building my relationship with ESPN Radio listeners that means so much to me.” Fitz studied classical violin at The Julliard School. 

PPM Analysis: Sports Talk. Based on data from Nielsen Audio’s November 2019 PPM survey period, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents a look at performances in the sports talk format. Roughly half the eligible sports talk panelists improve October 2019 – November 2019 (52%, 6+) while just over one in three falter (37%); the remaining 11% are unchanged from last month. Meanwhile, essentially three of every five qualifying sports talk stations register November 2018 – November 2019 gains (61%, 6+), while one in three (33%) stumble; the remaining 6% are steady from a year ago. The format is #1 in Philadelphia (Entercom’s WIP) and Long Island (Entercom-owned WFAN-FM). See Mike Kinosian’s entire report here.

TALKERS News Notes. One-year Hubbard Broadcasting Seattle vice president/market manager Ann Marie Mulholland has departed the cluster. Director/brand content Scott Mahalick is absorbing those duties on an interim basis. Mulholland previously worked in the market as general manager/director of sales for Crista Ministries contemporary Christian KCMS; general sales manager of Entercom rocker KISW; local sales manager of Sandusky smooth Jazz KWJZ; and she was general sales manager of CBS Radio-owned (now Entercom) Pittsburgh hot AC WBZZ. In addition to KKNW “Alternative Talk 1150 AM,” Hubbard Broadcasting Seattle consists of adult contemporary KRWM “Warm 106.9”; adult standards KIXI “AM 880”; CHR KQMV “MOViN 92.5 – Seattle’s #1 Hit Music Station”; and country KNUC “98.9 The Bull.” ….. After spending the last ten years at Hubbard Broadcasting St. Louis sports talk WXOS “101 ESPN,” program director Chris “Hoss” Neupert departs. Per a Facebook post, he writes, “Well, I’ve written this and deleted it a million times trying to find the most articulate way to say this but as of this week, I am no longer a member of the ‘101 ESPN’ team. Tough to write and see but excited/terrified/anxious/hungry – and a bunch of other emotions – to see the next chapter.” Tommy Mattern, the program director of alternative cluster-mate KPNT “105.7 The Point,” adds WXOS PD duties ….. Radio/Audio nominees for the 2020 Writers Guild awards have been announced. In the “Radio/Audio News Script – Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin, or Breaking Report” category, the nominees are: “CBS News on the Hour with Norah O’Donnell – El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio – Communities in Mourning,” written by James Hutton, CBS News Radio; “Hail and Farewell: Remembering Some Headline Makers,” written by Gail Lee, CBS News Radio; “World News This Week, August 9, 2019,” written by Stephanie Pawlowski and Jim Ryan, ABC News Radio; and “World News This Week, September 13, 2019,” written by Joan B. Harris, ABC News Radio. In the “Radio/Audio News Script – Analysis, Feature, or Commentary” category, the nominees are: “The Enduring Legacy of Jackie Kennedy Onassis,” written by Dianne E. James and Gail Lee, CBS News Radio and “Woodstock: Back to the Garden,” written by Gail Lee, CBS News Radio. Winners will be announced February 1, 2020 in New York City at an event held in the Edison Ballroom.

Comrex Now Shipping ACCESS MultiRack. The rackmount multi-channel IP audio codec from Comrex occupies 1RU and can handle up to five full-duplex IP audio connections simultaneously. ACCESS MultiRack is compatible with all Comrex IP audio codecs, including ACCESS Rackmount; ACCESS Portable 2USB; ACCESS NX Portable; ACCESS NX Rack; BRIC-Link; and BRIC-Link II, as well as the FieldTap smartphone app. Comrex ACCESS MultiRack is Tech3326, AES67 and SMPTE 2110-30-compatible. ACCESS MultiRack includes Comrex CrossLock technology, a proprietary suite of tools that solidify connections over IP networks. By sending two identical streams through two separate networks (redundancy mode), or combining the network bandwidth of multiple networks (bonding mode), CrossLock provides a fail-safe in the event the primary network falters. Each of ACCESS MultiRack’s codec instances can deliver and receive four contact closures, as well as transfer ancillary data to the far-end using the serial data channel. Comrex has designed and manufactured broadcast equipment since its incorporation in 1961.

Cool Job Opportunity. An experienced guest booker/researcher is needed to find/book four to five top-tier guests per week to do telephone/Skype interviews for a top-ranked podcast. This is a work-from-home job with a great potential for advancement. This person will also research other interesting content for the podcast “Something You Should Know,” primarily a self-help, news-you-can-use program. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with experience producing/booking talk radio programs. Resumes should be sent to: info@somethingyoushouldknow.net.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. More than a quarter of a million dollars ($257,268) was raised in Entercom Philadelphia classic-hits oldies outlet WOGL’s 18th annual “98.1 WOGL Loves Our Kids Radiothon” to benefit Children’s Miracle Network at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Entercom Philadelphia senior vice president/market manager David Yadgaroff comments, “We are so grateful for WOGL listeners and community members who donated and also very thankful for the volunteers and on-air personalities who contributed their time and talent to help make this year’s radiothon a huge success.” Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia president/chief executive officer Madeline Bell notes, “The hospital programs funded by radiothon donations make a lasting difference in the lives of our patients and their families. Each year, we look forward to raising awareness of these very important services.” Airing this past Tuesday (12/3) and Wednesday (12/4), WOGL’s radiothon concluded with on-air hosts Marilyn Russell, Glenn Kalina, Bobby Smith, and Nicky G. presenting the check to CHOP ….. The 13th annual “An American Country Christmas with Kix Brooks” features special guests sharing holiday music, favorite traditions, and memories. Among those joining Brooks are Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Brett Eldredge, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban. Stations can air the show from Cumulus Media‘s Westwood One  6:00 am – 12:00 midnight  (Saturday) 12/21 through Christmas Day (Wednesday, 12/25) …..  For the third consecutive year, iHeartMedia San Diego CHR KHTS “Channel 93-3” morning drivers Kramer & Geena teamed up with “A Million Thanks” to send letters to deployed military members. Over 50,000 letters were collected from the San Diego community and are on their way to the troops ….. As part of Beasley Media Group Tampa rhythmic CHR WLLD’s eighth annual toy drive to benefit the Children’s Home Network, “Wild 94.1” program director/morning personality Orlando Davis climbs the toy drive platform today (Friday, 12/6) and will remain there until next Saturday (12/14). Davis will do his morning show from that platform every day next week ….. In its annual “Toys For Tunes” on-air event this past Wednesday (12/4, 6:00 am – 7:00 pm), Hubbard Broadcasting Cincinnati rhythmic hot AC WREW “Mix 94.9” raised over $8,00 for Cincinnati Children’s Child Life Program to ensure that every child staying at the hospital during the holidays receives a new toy. Listener song requests were granted, in exchange for a $20 donation ….. On “Giving Tuesday” (12/3), Mid-West Family Broadcasting Madison (Wisconsin) alternative WRIS “The Resistance Is On 106.7” announced that More Smiles Wisconsin is the recipient of its “Community Awareness Grant” for the coming year. WRIS launched a community awareness grant that will provide a local non-profit with $15,000 in advertising in 2020. Applicants were considered for the grant based on multiple factors including the organization’s history of community service, connection to the community, mission within the community, demonstration of need, population served, and geographic region served. More Smiles Wisconsin is a non-profit that provides access to quality dental care to Medicaid, BadgerCare, and uninsured populations of south central Wisconsin. “The Resistance” hopes to help in their goal of increasing funding and awareness so that they may continue to help a growing number of patients …..  WHHZ “100.5 The Buzz” morning host/music director Kaylan Moody is leaving the Marc Radio Gainesville-Ocala (Florida) alternative outlet in two weeks (12/20). Moody notes, “I am so grateful for all I’ve learned and the opportunities I’ve had, but I am excited to keep growing. I am moving to Nashville to pursue a career in the record label industry. The dream job is radio promotion, but I am excited to take on whatever opportunities may arise to get my foot in the door and to start learning.”

November 2019 PPM Analysis:
The All-News Format

| December 5, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Our comprehensive four-part series of November 2019 ratings recaps commences with a synopsis of all-news stations.

The following scoreboards reflect data from all-news properties that appear in the top 20 (6+) in November 2019, a sweep that covered October 10 – November 6.

Nielsen Audio releases audience estimates for facilities that subscribe to its services. As a result, ratings stats in this exclusive analysis are limited to stations paying that company for its data.

All but three stations listed in this format overview are Entercom-owned properties.

Non-Entercom all-news operations in this report are iHeartMedia’s WBZ-AM, Boston (also listed in Providence); WTOP-FM, Washington, DC (Hubbard Broadcasting); and KOMO, Seattle (Sinclair Broadcast Group).

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

| December 5, 2019

San Francisco 49ers Suspend Ryan For “Dark Skin” Comments. The radio analyst for the San Francisco 49ers Tim Ryan – has been suspended by the NFL team for statements he made earlier this week on Cumulus Media San Francisco flagship KNBR “The Sports Leader.” During his weekly appearance on KNBR’s “Murph & Mac” morning show, Ryan remarked of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, “When you consider his dark skin color with a dark football with a dark uniform, you could not see that [fake]. I mean you literally could not see when he was in and out of the mesh point. If you’re a half-step slow on him, in terms of your vision, forget about it – he’s out of the gate.” A 49ers-issued statement reads, “We are disappointed in Tim Ryan’s comments. We hold Tim to a high standard as a representative of our organization and he must be more thoughtful with his words. Tim has expressed remorse in a public statement and has also done so with us privately. We know Tim as a man of high integrity and are confident he will grow and learn from this experience. We have reached out to the Baltimore Ravens organization to extend our apologies and assure them the matter is not being taken lightly.” Ryan’s statement notes, “I regret my choice of words in trying to describe the conditions of the game. Lamar Jackson is an MVP-caliber player and I respect him greatly. I want to sincerely apologize to him and anyone else I offended.” Ryan, a former University of Southern California and Chicago Bears lineman, will be kept out of the San Francisco radio booth for this Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints.

SB Nation Radio’s “Above It All” Set To Debut Next Month. The weekday three-hour (10:00 am – 1:00 pm) sports talk “Above it All with Candace Cooper and Tiffany Marshall” program will launch in January and succeeds Brian Barrett’s “The Break.” According to SB Nation Radio chief operating officer/program director Craig Larson, “After listening to the demo shows, I was absolutely blown away. I’m proud to be a part of a company that is always at the forefront of diversity and inclusion. This show will be groundbreaking on several levels and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.” Raleigh sportscaster/former University of North Carolina swimmer Cooper remarks, “I am elated to be joining SB Nation Radio and [having] the opportunity to be working with Tiffany. The time is now for strong, female- driven shows; I’m eager to begin this new adventure.” Marshall, who has worked in sports management and marketing, most recently with the NBA’s Houston Rockets, comments, “ Candace and I are thrilled to be able to represent women in the sports radio industry. We are ready to break down barriers.”

PPM Analysis: All-News. Based on data from Nielsen Audio’s November 2019 PPM survey period, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents a look at performances in the all-news format. Two all-news outlets ranked on top (6+) in their respective markets in the November sweep – Entercom Chicago’s WBBM-AM and its San Francisco sibling, KCBS-AM. While 72% of all-news stations improved from October to November (6+), precisely half as many (36%) showed year-to-year (November 2018 – November 2019) gains. See Mike Kinosian’s entire report here.

Frontado Joins KUT as Executive Editor. It is a newly-created position at University of Texas at Austin news/talk KUT and it will be filled next month by Teresa Frontado, who most recently was digital director for Miami news/talk WLRN-FM. KUT general manager and public media executive director Debbie Hiott states, “Teresa is going to be a dynamic leader for the newsroom as we increase our coverage. She is a proven innovator in digital strategy, a tough journalist, and someone who is well-attuned to what it takes to cover a community and state undergoing major growth and demographic change.” Frontado notes, “I am very excited about the opportunity to work with the KUT newsroom to find new ways to inform and engage with communities in central Texas. Through distinctive coverage of the city of Austin, or serving the whole state with Texas Standard, the journalists in this newsroom are committed to inspire dialogue and understanding indispensable for a strong, civil society.” Frontado previously worked for Univision and the Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald.

Fox News Radio Content To Become Available on RADIO.COM. The digital partnership between Fox News Radio and RADIO.COM is an extension of the existing broadcast agreement which includes FNR affiliates on Entercom news/talk stations in St. Louis (KFTK “News Talk 97.1”); Charlotte (WBT); Greenville-Spartanburg (WYRD “Word 106.3”); Wichita (KNSS), and Gainesville (WSKY “News Talk 97.3 – The Sky”). Entercom vice president of business development Corey Podolsky remarks, “Fox News Radio is an essential source of information and entertainment for audiences nationwide and we are pleased to extend our broadcast partnership to our digital platform. RADIO.COM continues to build its library of premium live and on-demand audio news, entertainment, music, and sports content and we are proud to have Fox News Radio included among our roster of industry-leading streaming and on-demand content providers.” The network features five-minute, hourly newscasts, along with one-minute newscasts, business updates, breaking-news coverage, and on-demand original podcasts. Fox News Talk provides weekday programs hosted by Brian Kilmeade and Guy Benson.

TALKERS News Notes. Former associate dean of External Relations at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, Carla Wohl, is appointed senior vice president of development for Southern California Public Radio, which includes Los Angeles news/talk outlet KPCC. Prior to her decade in development at USC, Wohl was assistant dean of External Affairs at the UCLA School of Public Health; a west coast correspondent for ABC News; and was a news reporter for Los Angeles’ KCBS-TV …. General sales manager of iHeartMedia Tampa, Jason Fulmino, transfers to iHeartMedia Kentucky-Indiana as regional vice president of automotive sales. Regional senior vice president of sales for iHeartMedia Kentucky-Indiana Kristy Beebe remarks, “We are so excited to welcome Jason to iHeartMedia Kentucky-Indiana. We trust that a marketing veteran like Jason will eagerly share his years of automotive sales knowledge with those in the Louisville, Indianapolis, Lexington, and Somerset markets.” Fulmino notes that, “iHeartMedia continues to create exciting new assets and tools in automotive radio advertising. I look forward to using these assets with a talented team of professionals to present opportunities for the automotive industry in Kentucky and Indiana.” Twenty-seven (27) news/talk and music-intensive stations comprise iHeartMedia Kentucky-Indiana ….. Effective January 21, Jess Clark will join Louisville Public Media news/talk WFPL as education reporter. WFPL director of news and programming Erica Peterson notes, “Jess is an experienced education reporter and also has first-hand experience with Jefferson County public schools. She has a track record of telling deeply-reported stories about students, teachers, and educational systems. I’m really excited for her to do that work at WFPL.” Clark previously had similar responsibilities at University of New Orleans news/talk WWNO ….. As part of Salem Radio Network’s “Stand with Israel Tour,” SRN host Mike Gallagher (right) is doing his show from Jerusalem. Joining Gallagher all this week are 615 SRN listeners.

Viacom-CBS Merger Is Now Complete. Fourteen years ago, Viacom and CBS Corp. went their separate ways, but they are officially back together. After three years of on-again/off-again talks, the all-stock merger between the companies has been completed, with the result being ViacomCBS Inc. The new company will have more than $28 billion in revenue and 4.3 billion cumulative TV subscribers. The combined company’s stock starts trading today (Thursday, 12/5) on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbols, “VIAC” and VIACA.” Viacom chief executive officer Bob Bakish leads the merged company as president/chief executive officer, while CBS Corp. acting CEO Joe Ianniello is now chairman/CEO of CBS, overseeing all CBS-branded assets. According to Bakish, “This is an historic moment that brings together two iconic companies to form one of the world’s most important content producers and providers. Through the combination of complementary assets, capabilities, and talented teams, ViacomCBS will create and deliver premium content for its own platforms and for others, while providing innovative solutions for advertisers and distributors globally. I am excited about the opportunity we have to serve our audiences, creative and commercial partners, and employees, while generating significant long-term value for our shareholders.” The deal brings Viacom’s Paramount Pictures and cable channels such as MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and BET together with the CBS broadcast network, Showtime, 28 owned and operated television stations, CBS All Access, and Simon & Schuster.

WABC, New York Morning Show Co-host Sid Rosenberg Is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast.   One of the most colorful radio talk show hosts in America, “Heavy Hundred” member Sid Rosenberg, is this week’s guest on the PodcastOne series, “The Michael Harrison Interview.”  Rosenberg is co-host with Bernard McGuirk of “The Bernie & Sid Show” – soon to mark its fourth anniversary in mornings on WABC, New York.  In addition to the daily news/talk show, Rosenberg hosts a weekend sports/talk show on WABC, tapping into his years of experience in that genre.  Harrison and Rosenberg discuss politics, sports, pop culture, and the state of radio as well as the inspirational progress the talk show host continues to make in his winning struggle with addiction issues.  According to Harrison, “Sid is one of the most authentic voices in American media today and living proof that a human being can overcome their demons.  We’re both a couple of Brooklyn boys who speak the Kings English (Kings County, that is).  The section of this podcast that depicts Rosenberg’s New York City street-level view of ‘local’ billionaires Donald Trump and Michael Bloomberg is worth the price of admission alone – must-listening for talk show broadcasters around the country.”  To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here or click on the player box marked “The Michael Harrison Interview” located in the right-hand column of the TALKERS email newsletter and on every page of Talkers.com.

Cool Job Opening. There is an immediate opening for an afternoon drive host at Entercom Charlotte news/talk WBT AM & FM. The station is looking for someone with a media brand with national reach and a passion to have a local impact; an experienced, authentic storyteller on-air and in the digital space. The candidate should be able to deliver news and lifestyle topics with a strong point-of-view, while always entertaining the listener. All candidates should have three years of hosting experience; possess producer and content creation skills; strong organizational, audio editing, writing, and social media proficiency; and, preferably, a college degree. A candidate must be an “all-in” team player with a positive attitude and an excellent work ethic. To apply, click here.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Recently voted one of the world’s eleven best soccer players, 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion U.S. women’s national soccer team midfielder Julie Ertz will be honored as “Remarkable Woman of the Year” at Entercom Philadelphia classic hits-oldies WOGL’s annual luncheon. The station’s morning host, Marilyn Russell, will emcee next Tuesday’s (12/10) 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm event. Ertz, who plays midfield for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), will be honored for her soccer accomplishments, as well as her charitable efforts with the Ertz Family Foundation. She comments, “I am extremely honored and humbled to accept this award on behalf of the 100-plus women in the Philadelphia community who have been featured this year on Marilyn Russell’s ‘Remarkable Woman’ program on WOGL. There are so many amazing women doing remarkable things in our community. [My husband, Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, and I]  are proud to call Philadelphia our community. I have to thank all the volunteers and donors of the Ertz Family Foundation. It is their commitment that makes it possible to make an impact in Philadelphia – we are just getting started here.” Russell notes, “What an honor and privilege it is to showcase truly remarkable women each and every week. From physicians to cancer survivors, to artists, authors, teachers, moms and everyone in-between, each woman has a fascinating story whose contributions to the world invariably moves us. Julie Ertz is the embodiment of a remarkable woman [and] we’re thrilled to celebrate her accomplishments.” ….. Los Angeles city officials honored LBI Media’s Don Cheto yesterday (Wednesday, 12/4) by proclaiming “Don Cheto Day” for his work in supporting the Latino immigrant community. The syndicated “Don Cheto Al Aire” morning show originates from Liberman Broadcasting Los Angeles regional Mexican KBUE “La Que Buena 105.5/94.3.” LBI Media chief executive officer Peter Markham comments, “We are extremely proud to have Don Cheto as an essential member of our LBI Media family. His unique sense of humor and cultural connection to the U.S. Latino population is second to none. His standing as a leading voice in immigration advocacy and his prowess in addressing and bringing attention to pressing issues that affect the Latino community using his multimedia platforms is the essence of LBI Media’s ‘community first’ approach.” Ceto states, “I am honored to receive this recognition from the City of Los Angeles, a city that my family and I call home and where I have been fortunate enough to do what I love. For me, it’s an honor to be the voice of our hard working Latino community and also represent our cultural heritage and pride.” Fourteenth district city councilman Jose Huizar presented Cheto with a proclamation at the Los Angeles city council’s chamber. Huizar celebrated Cheto’s contributions to the city’s Latino immigrant population and his work in providing education and resources through his morning radio show, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary. In addition to his daily radio show, Michoacan, Mexico native Cheto is a celebrity judge on EstrellaTV’s “Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento.” ….. Performances by Sam Hunt, Dustin Lynch, Chris Janson, Blanco Brown, Runaway June, Gone West and Matt Stell highlighted last night’s (Wednesday, 12/4) annual country music concert “Stars and Strings,” which benefitted the American Cancer Society. Entercom New York’s WNSH “Country 94.7” hosted the show at Barclays Center. Entercom senior vice president of programming and music initiatives Michael Martin remarks, “It was amazing to have this level of star power on stage. We are thankful to the artists for an unforgettable evening. There is no better way to get in the holiday spirit than with great music and by supporting American Cancer Society’s mission of helping those affected by cancer.” ….. With the immediate goal of raising money to support families in town to receive care for a sick child, Bonneville Denver adult contemporary KOSI will hold its annual Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver radiothon today (Thursday, 10/5). The station will broadcast from 6:00 am – 6:00 pm from the Ronald McDonald House. Vice president/market manager Bob Call states, “The Ronald McDonald House relieves the worry and stress of where to stay so moms and dads can focus on the best medicine of all – the love and care of their child. I know KOSI listeners will once again step up to support this year’s ‘Light The House’ radiothon.” KOSI program director Jim Lawson notes, “We are very proud to partner again this year and join our incredibly generous listeners to help assist families with housing while they focus on the health of their child.” …..  Six-year iHeartMedia McAllen on-air talent Lauren Campbell exits to start a Rio Grande Valley-based social media consultancy, Top-of-Mind RGV … Earlier this week (Tuesday, 12/3), Cumulus Media Fort Walton Beach (Florida) country outlet WYZB “105.5 Nash FM” afternoon personality Skip Davis lost his fight against cancer. During his time at the station, Davis was program director, midday host, and the cluster’s production director. Per a posting on the station’s Facebook page, “With hearts full of sadness, we have lost a son. Skip Davis passed away in his sleep. He moved on in peace and without any distress. Skip has been a radio presence on the Gulf Coast for decades. We ask that you keep Skip’s wife, his family, and friends in your hearts.”

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

| December 4, 2019

Krantz Media Group Offers Chris Hahn Show in National Syndication. The national launch of “The Chris Hahn Radio Show” is announced by Krantz Media Group Networks.  The former aid to U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer and FOX News contributor has been hosting a weekly program on JVC Media’s WRCN, Long Island “103.9 FM LI News Radio” since 2010.   Hahn says, “I’m excited to be bringing my show to new communities across the nation.  America will be making truly consequential choices in 2020 and I look forward to engaging in a national conversation with my listeners.”  KMG CEO Gary Krantz states, “Chris is intelligent, entertaining, and one of the highest profile commentators in the political media space.  We have been watching and listening to him for some time and the world is now ready for the next big important voice on talk radio.”

‘New Jersey 101.5’ to Hold Town Hall on Cyber Predators. At 7:00 pm on December 11, WKXW, Trenton “New Jersey 101.5” is presenting a special Town Hall broadcast addressing the crisis of online child predators and how New Jersey children and parents are affected.  “New Jersey 101.5” special projects director and morning news anchor Eric Scott leads the news and digital departments at the Townsquare Media station in bringing listeners the most up-to-date information about the ever-changing ways predatory behavior manifests itself on the internet and connected devices.  Station brand manager Anne Gress says, “Sadly, the holidays are an opportune time for cyber child predators.  Our award-winning news department has assembled timely and important strategies to protect kids whether on social media sites, online apps, or video game platforms.  Keeping children safe is a top priority of ‘New Jersey 101.5,’ and this information is must-hear (and must-see on Facebook Live) before buying kids any digital holiday gifts.”  The program’s on-air guest panel is comprised of New Jersey State Police Lt. John Pizzuro, commander of the NJSP’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force; Monmouth County prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni; and Dr. Steven Tobias, director of the Center for Child & Family Development in Morristown.  Under the direction of “New Jersey 101.5” digital managing editor Louis C. Hochman, the Town Hall will be streamed via Facebook Live, with New Jersey State Police Troopers available to answer questions and provide resources for persons in need.  The station’s news department, under the direction of Annette Petriccione, will also air a series of special news segments from investigative reporter David Matthau in the days leading up to the Town Hall broadcast.

Cerulli to Lead Entercom San Diego. Sales and management pro Karyn Cerulli is promoted to SVP and market manager for Entercom’s San Diego station group that includes sports talk KWFN-FM “97.3 The Fan” and five music-formatted outlets.  Cerulli is currently director of sales and will continue in that role.  She takes over for Bob Bolinger, who is leaving the position at the end of the year to pursue new opportunities.  She says “I’m excited to take this next step in my career and would like to thank [COO] Weezie Kramer, [regional president] Jeff [Federman],  and Bob [Bolinger] for the opportunity.  I have great shoes to fill and am looking forward to leading the team to even greater success.”  Cerulli joined Entercom San Diego as director of sales in 2016 after serving in the same position for Cox Media San Diego.

Impeachment Report, 2020 Presidential Race, Trump and Macron at NATO, French Tariffs, U.S.-China Trade Negotiations, North Korea’s ‘Holiday Message,’ and Jeffrey Epstein-Prince Andrew Controversy Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (12/3). The release of the House Intelligence Committee report that accuses President Trump of committing a political crime; the Democrats hoping to challenge President Trump in 2020 and Kamala Harris’ exit from the race; the clash between Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron at the NATO summit; President Trump’s threat to place tariffs on French goods; the ongoing trade negotiations between the U.S. and China; North Korea’s mysterious “Christmas gift” message to the U.S.; and the controversy over the relationship between Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Gen Media Partners Spotlights Power of Independent Local Radio. This advocacy campaign from Gen Media Partners is intended to draw attention to “the power of independent radio to connect national brands with local listeners.”  Gen Media says the campaign was inspired by AMEX’s Small Business Saturday, a program that encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ after Black Friday.  GMP says its station roster is exceptional in the way it parallels the theme and spirit of AMEX’s ‘shop local’ and, this morning, sent an email blast to national and regional advertising agencies across the country spotlighting the influence that independent broadcasters have in their communities.  Gen Media Partners Kevin Garrity says, “Advertising on independent radio gives national advertising brands credibility and acceptance from local consumers.  Many of the stations we represent are run by people who live in the neighborhoods they serve.  These radio stations are the heart of their local communities and hyper-connected to their audiences.  The local radio station is often a community mainstay and voice, and advertisers will always benefit from that association.  Our message is clear, independent local radio works for national brands.”

TALKERS News Notes. New to the iHeartPodcast Network platform this week is “The Baller Alert Show” – a pop culture news and hot gossip show – hosted by Kenny Burns Su Solo and Ferrari Simmons, along with a new iHeartRadio Original tech industry podcast called “First Contact.”  The latter is hosted by former CNN senior tech correspondent Laurie Segall who explores how people and technology are changing what it means to be a human…..ESPN Audio says that after a sold-out debut in Chicago, Ariel Helwani’s “MMA Show Live” podcast will return with a live taping from Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club at The LINQ Promenade in Las Vegas on December 13.  Fans can experience the live taping in which four UFC fighters will go head-to-head in a trivia challenge for the second Helwani Nose Order Trivia belt.  The live podcast taping will be part of ESPN’s onsite coverage of UFC 245: Usman vs. Covington at T-Mobile Arena…..SiriusXM reveals the debut of the new “Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Show” on its Comedy Greats Channel today (12/3) at 9:00 pm ET.  On the weekly show, comedian Gilbert Gottfried and co-host Frank Santopadre talk with actors, directors, musicians, and more about their experiences in Hollywood’s golden era and beyond. The first episode features an interview with comedian Artie Lange.….Pictured below is GCN-syndicated talk show host Dr. Daliah Wachs doing her part and donating blood on Giving Tuesday.  Dr. Daliah says blood banks are asking for help with the blood shortage this winter and it’s an easy way to give for people who don’t have a budget for cash donations this year.

WBT-AM/FM, Charlotte Seeks News Anchor. Charlotte news/talk WBT-AM/FM has an immediate opening for a full-time news anchor.  The Entercom station says, “You’re an engaging, experienced on-air personality.  You’re a great storyteller.  You know how to get to the heart of a story and make it relatable to the listener.  You’re never satisfied with knowing just the “Who?, What?, Where?, and When?” of a story; you always seek to know “Why?”  If this sounds like you, News Talk 1110 & 99.3 WBT/Entercom Charlotte would like to hear from you.  We are seeking a full-time news anchor for our programming team.  Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: Writing and on-air delivery of news reports based on programming clock; editing and preparation of news audio; filing of two to three recorded reports per day to be aired outside the live daypart of the shift; on-air interaction with the talk show host and personnel; and coverage and reporting of breaking news events in real-time.  Interested candidates should visit the Entercom site here.  EOE.

Four Major Radio Talk Show Hosts Set to Participate in Second “Talk Media Forum on US-China Relations.”  Four major radio talk show hosts will participate in the forthcoming second “Talk Media Forum on US-China Relations” set for Washington, DC on Tuesday December 10.  They include (in alphabetical order): John Fredericks of the John Fredericks Radio NetworkSebastian Gorka of the Salem Radio NetworkLarry O’ Connor of WMAL-AM/FM, Washington, DC; and Doug Stephan of Stephan Multimedia and the nationally syndicated “DJV Show.”   For full details, please see the story below.

TALKERS and The Epoch Times to Co-Present a Second “Talk Media Forum on US-China Relations” – Set for Washington, DC on Tuesday, December 10. In response to the positive feedback being received about the recent “Talk Media Forum on US-China Relations” co-presented by TALKERS and The Epoch Times in New York City this past October 1 (see video here), a second installment of the event has been set for Tuesday, December 10 in Washington, DC. According to TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison, who will again moderate the discussion, “The numerous pressing issues that exist under the umbrella of US-China relations promise to be a major component of talk media conversation for years to come and it is important that the talk media industry stay on top of these complex concerns free of the spin and propaganda constantly manufactured by the Communist regime in Beijing.  Our colleagues at The Epoch Times are firmly situated on the leading edge of the Chinese resistance to the Communist grasp on their homeland and serve the culture’s diaspora in the United States and around the world with bold, truthful reporting of the facts.” The Epoch Times was formed in 2000 by Chinese Americans and is now published in multiple languages around the world. The conversation at the Washington, DC forum will again focus on the US-China trade war, the Hong Kong protests, China’s human rights abuses, Huawei and the worldwide battle for 5G dominance, the North Korea nuclear threat, China’s ongoing intellectual property theft, China’s military buildup, and the long term goals and methods of the Chinese Communist Party, plus more. The 90-minute event will feature a panel of three experts on the state of US-Chinese relations including Nan Su of NTDTVJoshua Philipp of The Epoch Times and Dr. Dana Cheng of The Epoch Times, plus four leading talk radio hosts John Fredericks of the John Fredericks Radio NetworkSebastian Gorka of the Salem Radio NetworkLarry O’ Connor of WMAL-AM/FM, Washington, DC; and Doug Stephan of Stephan Multimedia and the nationally syndicated “DJV Show.” The event will take place on Tuesday, December 10 between 9:00 am and 10:30 am at the National Press Club and is free of charge for TALKERS readers. Seating, however, is limited so reservations are necessary. Breakfast snacks and refreshments will be served. To make reservations, please call Barbara Kurland at TALKERS, 413-565-5413.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. In a cooperative effort between Skyview Networks, Meruelo Media, and entertainment mogul Nick Cannon, the “Nick Cannon Radio” show is being developed for afternoon syndication starting January 27, 2020.  “Nick Cannon Weekends” will follow in February 2020.  Skyview Networks president and COO Steve Jones says, “Nick Cannon is one of the most accomplished, creative, and versatile entertainers in America and we are proud to be working with him and the team at Meruelo Media to launch Nick’s new syndicated shows.  Nick is an influencer, whose connection with audiences makes him extremely attractive to advertisers and radio programmers alike.”…..Programming pro Mark Zander is out of his role with Mid-West Family Broadcasting in which he was OM and program director for rock WXRX-FM “104.9 The X” and sports talk WNTA-AM “Sportsfan Radio 1330” in Rockford, Illinois and assistant PD for rock WQLZ, Springfield, Illinois.  Speaking about his budget-related exit, Zander says, “I spent 3.5 years assembling my team and rebuilding the image and reputation of ‘The X’ in the marketplace.  I am extremely proud of what we were able to do with WXRX heading into its 30th year of rocking Rockford.  Thanks to Tom Walker of Mid-West Family for the opportunity to revive this heritage rock station.  It was hard work, but tremendous fun.”…..Air personality Marc Jason exits the morning show at Beasley Media Group’s country WQYK-FM, Tampa where he worked alongside co-host Melanie Mineau, who remains on the show while the station searches for Jason’s replacement.  Jason joined the station almost three years ago, taking over after the August 2016 death of longtime station personality Dave McKay…..Pictured below is Premiere Networks-syndicated personality Delilah (right) with WLIT-FM, Chicago “Lite FM” program director and afternoon drive personality Mick Lee (left) as the station recently broadcast live from the “Friends” Pop-Up Experience at the AT&T Flagship Store on Michigan Ave.  Delilah also joined the entire “Lite FM” staff that night for a ride on the station float for the annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

| December 3, 2019

Round Four of November PPM Ratings Released. The fourth of four rounds of November 2019 PPM ratings data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Austin, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Providence, Norfolk, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Greensboro, Memphis, and Hartford.  Nielsen’s November 2019 survey period covered October 10 – November 6.  Some 6+ ratings gains of note for spoken-word stations during the November survey include: In Raleigh, Capitol Broadcasting’s sports talk WCMC-FM “99.9 The Fan” adds another two-tenths to its recent full-share increase to land at a 3.1 share and the #14 rank in the market; Emmis Communications’ flagship news/talk WIBC-FM, Indianapolis “Indy’s Mobile News 93.1” rises six-tenths to a 6.4 share good for the #5 rank; and Cumulus Media’s WWTN-FM, Nashville adds six-tenths to its recent 6+ uptick for a 4.8 share and the #11 rank in the market.  See all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Takeaways” from these markets here.

Dave Ramsey Launches ‘Borrowed Future’ Podcast Examining the Student Loan Crisis. This new podcast series from Ramsey Solutions is hosted by George Kamel in which bestselling author of Debt Free DegreeAnthony O’Neal – joins him to “explore the lies we believe about college, the soaring cost of tuition, and the predatory nature of the student loan industry.  Listeners will learn how to pay for college without going into debt and find out if college is even the right choice for them.”  Guests on season one of the eight-part “Borrowed Future” podcast include: Mark Cuban, Mike Rowe, Seth Godin, Dave Ramsey, Dr. Meg Meeker, Seth Frotman, and Ramsey Network personalities Ken Coleman, Rachel Cruze, and Chris Hogan.  Apple Podcasts Review says, “This is the first honest approach to the student loan crisis that you will hear.  Not just a commentary or criticism, but real-world solutions to the #1 personal finance challenge in America.”

Key Networks Launches ‘O’Reilly Update – Morning Edition.’ A new, morning drive program featuring Bill O’Reilly is being offered in national syndication by Key Networks.  “The O’Reilly Update – Morning Edition” is a two-minute feature and companion to Key Networks’ 15-minute daily radio program, “The O’Reilly Update,” currently airing on more than 180 stations.   The three-minute program – two minutes of content with two embedded 30-second network spots – officially debuts in January.  Key Networks chief revenue officer Dennis Green says, “‘The O’Reilly Update’ has been a great success in a short amount of time.  We have heard from stations that asked for an opportunity to have O’Reilly’s content available for morning drive and Key Networks delivers with ‘The O’Reilly Update – Morning Edition.’  The best way to start your day is analysis from the best commentator in the business.  I can’t think of a better way to start 2020 than to bring this expansion of ‘The O’Reilly Update’ to the market.”

Crossover Media to Lead Sales Efforts for Bleav Podcast Network. Cross-platform ad sales firm Crossover Media Group Sales is leading the advertising sales for Bleav Podcast Network’s 150-plus podcasts.  The Bleav Podcast Network focuses on sports team content, “uniquely providing team fanbases with former players as hosts in football, basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer.”  In addition to team shows, Bleav creates local and national podcasts with topic experts in multiple categories such as golf, tennis, fitness, gymnastics, family, action sports, racing, film, esports, law, music, self-help, and more.  Bleav says that based on the highly exclusive local and national content experience, its advertisers see a very high awareness, retention, and response rates based on the show host’s live read endorsements.  Crossover Media managing partner Sue Freund says, “We’re excited to be working with Bleav.  This is an ideal partnership as both Crossover Media and Bleav are rapidly growing companies within the podcast market.  Bleav is introducing new podcasts daily to the marketplace and we’re looking forward to giving advertisers the opportunity to partner with their network of fantastic hosts and content.”

Logan Upped to OM at Hubbard Radio West Palm Beach. Programming pro Bruce Logan is promoted to operations manager for Hubbard Radio’s West Palm Beach station group.  Logan has been serving as program director for country WIRK-FM and adult contemporary WEAT “Sunny 107.9.”  In this new role, he’ll add oversight for news/talk WFTL, sports talk WMEN-AM “FOX Sports 640,” hot AC WRMF, and urban contemporary WMBX “X102.3.”  Hubbard Radio West Palm Beach SVP/market manager Elizabeth Hamma says, “We have an exceptional cluster of stations in West Palm Beach and I’m pleased to have an exceptional leader in the OM role.  Bruce has made an immediate impact on our cluster in the short time he has been with us.  I look forward to putting his talent to work on all of our brands.”

KBME, Houston’s Greg Koch to Leave Station to Focus on Health. Former NFL offensive lineman and midday sports talk host Greg Koch told his listeners on Monday (12/2) that he’s leaving his role with KBME at the end of this week to focus on his health.  Koch – who co-hosts the 10:00 am to 12:00 noon show with fellow former NFL player N.D. Kalu – was diagnosed a year ago with Parkinson’s disease, but says he realizes he’s been feeling the effects of the disease for more than 10 years.  The iHeartMedia sports talk station has issued no statement about its plans for the program after this week.  Read the Houston Chronicle account here.

Townsquare Ups Sieks to Regional VP. Sales and management pro Christine Sieks rises to regional vice president for Townsquare Media’s Northeast Region.  For the past two-plus years, she’s been VP for Townsquare New Hampshire.  In her new role, she will continue to directly oversee sales in New Hampshire as well.  Prior to joining Townsquare, Sieks served in senior management with iHeartMedia New Hampshire.  Townsquare SVP Rob Williams says, “Christine Sieks made an immediate impact on our performance and culture when she joined Townsquare in 2016, distinguishing herself among our best local market leaders and strategic thinkers.  I’m thrilled to work more closely with her to help our teams continue to learn, grow, and perform.”

BFoA Commences Year-End Giving Appeal. The Broadcasters Foundation of America is launching its annual year-end appeal today (12/3) in conjunction with the national charitable giving event, Giving Tuesday.  The BFoA’s drive asks for tax-deductible personal donations to the Guardian Fund and corporate contributions to the Angel Initiative.  The Broadcasters Foundation is a 501(c)3 charity, and the only organization dedicated exclusively to providing aid to broadcasters and their families whose lives have been upended by tragic illness, accident, or catastrophe.   The Broadcasters Foundation will award more than $1.3 Million in aid this year. Monthly grants have increased over 75% since 2015, and more than 500 emergency grants have been awarded since 2017. Over the past 19 years, the Broadcasters Foundation has distributed over $11 million to broadcasters in need.  Donations can be made by visiting www.broadcastersfoundation.org/donate.  BFoA chairman Dan Mason says, “These funds make a huge difference in the lives of broadcasters and their families.  Our grant recipients are hard-working broadcasters who have experienced unthinkable tragedy and desperately need and deserve our support.”

Impeachment Proceedings/Republican Report, NATO Summit, 2020 Presidential Race, China Bans U.S. Military from Hong Kong, U.S.-France Tariffs, Jeffrey Epstein Case, and ‘AGT’ Controversy Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (12/2). The impeachment proceedings against President Trump and the Republican-authored report attempting to refute the Democrats’ case against the president; the controversial start to the NATO summit as President Trump calls comments by France’s Emmanuel Macron about the U.S.’ reliability “very insulting”; the Democrats vying to challenge President Trump in 2020; China enacts a ban on U.S. military ship stopovers in Hong Kong because of the U.S.’ pro-democracy act; Trump ramps up tariffs on French goods; the Jeffrey Epstein case returns to the news cycle after BBC interview with Prince Andrew accuser Virginia Giuffre; and the controversy over the exit of judges from “America’s Got Talent” due to allegations of a hostile workplace were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Programming pro Derrick Brown is promoted to vice president of urban programming for iHeartMedia’s Chicago region.  He’d been serving the company as director of urban programming and program director for urban contemporary WVAZ “V103.” He’ll continue to program “V103.”  iHeartMedia Chicago SVP of programming James Howard says, “Derrick’s exemplary record of success with our urban brands puts this promotion into the no-brainer bucket of decisions.  We are beyond fortunate to have him at the helm of the Chicago region’s phenomenal urban brands.”  In this role, Brown will be responsible for overseeing all urban programming and digital operations for “V103,” hip hop WGCI and Gospel WGRB-AM “Inspiration 1390.”…..Programmer Eric White is adding PD duties for alternative WRMR, Wilmington, North Carolina to his current role as program director at Sunrise Broadcasting’s co-owned hot AC WILT.  White, who takes over for Laura Lee, says, “I’m grateful to Valerie Brooks, Sunrise, and Capitol Broadcasting management for this opportunity.  I look forward to digging in and taking on the already solid modern rock brand and growing it to new heights in 2020.”

November PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Four

| December 3, 2019

November 2019 PPM Data – Information for the November 2019 ratings period has been released for Austin, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Providence, Norfolk, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Greensboro, Memphis, and Hartford. Nielsen Audio’s November 2019 survey period covered October 10 – November 6. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM-markets below.

Austin

Spoken-Word Formats – The July 2019 through November 2019 alternating up/down pattern for Sinclair Telecable‘s news/talk KLBJ-AM “News Radio 590”includes +.6 (August); -.5 (September); +.7 (October); and now -.4 in November (4.2 – 4.8 – 4.3 – 5.0 – 4.6, sixth to eighth, 6+). October’s 5.0 is its best 6+-performance in more than six years (5.0, as well, June 2013). This is the seventh time in the last nine sweeps that Entercom’s KJCE “Talk Radio 1370” posts a .3 (.3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3, #26 to #27, 6+).

Nearly doubling (+1.2) its 6+ AQH share via five consecutive spikes (1.3 – 1.6 – 1.9 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5, 6+), Genuine Austin Radio sports talk KTXX “The Horn” repeats at #14. Even though iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted KVET-AM is off one-tenth to .8 (6+), thus snapping at five its consecutive string of up or flat reports that netted one-half share (.4 – .5 – .5 – .7 – .8 – .9, 6+), “1300 AM The Zone” advances from #25 to #24.

On the heels of October’s mammoth +2.0 (7.3 – 9.3, 6+), University of Texas at Austin-owned news/talk KUT relinquishes one-quarter of that increase (8.8, -.5, 6+) but repeats at #1. October’s 9.3 was its highest 6+-performance since March (9.5). Among KUT’s shifts this calendar year include: +1.6 (January); -.6 (February); +.7 (March); -2.0 (April); -1.6 (June); +.9 (July); +1.2 (August); -.6 (September); +2.0 (October); and -.5 (November).

Austin Music Formats – Rebounding from October’s loss of seven-tenths with a November spike of +1.2 (4.5 – 5.7, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR KHFI “96.7 Kiss-FM Austin’s #1 Hit Music Station” vaults from ninth to fourth. “Kiss” was a combined +.6 in August/September (4.6 – 4.8 – 5.2, 6+); October’s 4.5 was its lowest 6+-stat since January’s 4.3. Not only does Crista Ministries contemporary Christian KFMK log its fifth successive gain for an overall +3.0 more than doubling its 6+ AQH share (2.8 – 3.1 – 4.2 – 4.5 – 5.0 – 5.8, 6+), “Spirit 105.9,” jumps from sixth to third. Progressing by eight-tenths as well in November is iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR KPEZ “102.3 The Beat” (4.1, #13 to #11), which had been an overall -1.1 in three drops in a row (4.4 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.3, 6+). A cumulative -2.8 in four consecutive slips (6.4 – 5.9 – 4.6 – 4.0 – 3.6, 6+), Entercom hot AC KAMX pulls the plug by posting a November gain of six-tenths to 4.2 (6+) and enters the top ten (#12 to #9). Immediately prior to the just-concluded negative streak, “Mix 94.7” was a combined +1.1 in May/June (5.3 – 5.8 – 6.4, 6+). In five consecutive up or flat moves (.7 – .8 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.8, 6+), Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KLJA “Amor 107.7” has more than doubled (+1.1) its 6+ AQH-share and advances from #18 to #17. While it repeats at #2 – after six consecutive months at #1 – Sinclair Telecable’s adult hits KBPA “103.5 Bob-FM” is a collective -1.4 via five straight decreases (9.3 – 9.2 – 8.7 – 8.4 – 8.1 – 7.9, 6+). June’s 9.3 was its highest 6+ share since “Holiday” 2018 (also 9.3). Prior to this past April, the last time “Bob” occupied the top spot was December 2018 (8.3, 6+). Off nine-tenths and six-tenths, respectively, are iHeartMedia’s KASE “Austin’s #1 For New Country” (5.1 – 4.2, fourth to ninth, 6+) and Genuine Austin Radio-owned KOKE-FM “Austin’s Country Alternative” (#17 to #21). This (4.2) is the lowest 6+-showing for KASE since “Holiday” 2018’s 3.7; KOKE-FM is a collective -1.5 (or a roughly 58% loss of its 6+ AQH share) in four straight down or flat trends (2.6 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.1, 6+). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s country KVET-FM “98.1 The Austin Texas Original,” which was a combined +2.2 in September/October (3.3 – 5.0 – 5.5, 6+), is off two-tenths to 5.3 (third to fifth, 6+). September’s 5.5 was its best 6+-showing since May, when KVET-FM gained nine-tenths to 5.8 (6+).

Raleigh

Spoken-Word Formats – After being an overall +1.3 in three straight spikes (4.7 – 5.2 -5.4 – 6.0, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WTKK “106.1 Stay Connected” surrenders four-tenths (5.6, seventh to eighth, 6+). In four consecutive reports without an increase, Curtis Media Group news/talk WPTF lost nine-tenths (1.9 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.3 – 1.0, 6+). “News Radio 680” ends the slide with a +.1 to 1.1 (6+) but backslides from #18 to #19.

Within 2.1 – 2.9 range (6+) in each of the past eight sweeps, Capitol Broadcasting sports talk WCMC “99.9 The Fan” picks up two-tenths to 3.1 (6+) and is now a collective +1.0 in three straight bumps (2.1 – 2.5 – 2.9 – 3.1, steady at #14, 6+). September’s increase halted five straight down or flat moves that resulted in a loss of three tenths (2.4 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.1, 6+).

The four most recent shifts by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill news/talk WUNC “91.5 North Carolina Public Radio” are: +1.0 (August); -1.1 (September); +.1 (October); and now -1.0 in November (7.5 – 6.5, third to fourth, 6+). August 2019’s 8.5 was its best 6+-stat since 8.8 in August 2018.

Raleigh Music Formats – Down eight-tenths in September/October (7.0 – 6.3 – 6.2, 6+), Radio One urban contemporary WQOK “K-97.5” erupts with a +1.3 to 7.5, its strongest 6+-stat since February’s 7.8, and leaps from sixth to second. After wiping away August/September’s +.6 (8.2 – 8.4 – 8.8, 6+) with an October -.6 to 8.2 (6+), urban AC cluster-mate WFXC picks up one-tenth (8.3, 6+) and is #1 the third month in a row. “Foxy – Today’s R&B and Classic Soul” spent 12 consecutive survey periods on top; had an August-only stay at #2; and returned to #1 in September. Its August gain of two-tenths ended six straight down or flat sweeps that resulted in an overall -2.8 (11.0 – 9.9 – 9.5 – 9.5 – 9.1 – 8.8 – 8.2, 6+). Seven recent WFXC (6+) fluctuations include: +.9 (November 2018); -1.5 (December); +1.1 (“Holiday” 2018); +1.1 (January 2019); -1.1 (February); -.6 (July); and -.6 (October). January’s +1.1 took WFXC to 11.0, its highest 6+-stat in the PPM-era. In the market’s country tussle, iHeartMedia’s WNCB “B-93.9 #1 For New Country” falters by seven-tenths to 3.4 (flat at #12, 6+), while Curtis Media Group’s WQDR “Today’s Best Country 94.7 QDR” drops one-half share (fourth to seventh), although its internet stream debuts with a .5 (#22, 6+). WNCB suspends three successive improvements that yielded a +1.4 (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.5 – 4.1, 6+); WQDR has lost one full-share as a result of three drops in succession (6.8 – 6.5 – 6.3 – 5.8, 6+). Up a combined nine-tenths in September/October (3.0 – 3.7 – 3.9, 6+), Curtis Media Group classic hits-oldies WKIX “Carolina’s Greatest Hits KIX 102.9” surrenders seven-tenths to 3.2 (steady at #13, 6+). In somewhat the same vein, Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary WRAL “Mix 101.5,” which was +1.6 in September/October, stumbles by one-half share to 7.2 (second to third, 6+). In four consecutive down or flat reports (.8 – .7 – .7 – .6 – .6, 6+), North Carolina Central University-owned WNCU “Jazz Radio 90.7” has lost two-tenths and is unchanged at #21.

Indianapolis

Spoken-Word Formats – A gain of six-tenths to 6.4 (sixth to fifth, 6+) by Emmis news/talk WIBC “Indy’s Mobile News 93.1” nearly eradicates September/October’s -.7 (6.5 – 6.3 – 5.8, 6+). Recent WIBC shifts include: -.9 (December 2018); -.9 (“Holiday” 2018); +.9 (January 2019); +.9 (February); -.8 (March); -1.2 (April); +.9 (June); +.5 (August); -.5 (October); and +.6 (November).

In three bumps in a row (1.7 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9, 6+), Emmis’ WFNI “The Fan – Indy’s Sports Center” nets a +1.2 and advances from #15 to #13. Unchanged at #18, iHeartMedia-owned WNDE “Indy’s Sports Station” has a June 2019 through November 2019 topline of: 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.3 (6+).

The July 2019 through November 2019 alternating up/down pattern by Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting news/talk WFYI is: 4.9 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 5.2 – 4.7 (seventh to eighth, 6+).

Indianapolis Music Formats – The rollercoaster ride continues for Emmis adult contemporary WYXB, which was +.9 in three straight June through September gains (7.4 – 7.8 – 8.0 – 8.3, 6+); then -.9 in October to 7.4 (6+); and is now a robust +1.4 (8.8, steady in the runner-up slot, 6+). This is the best 6+-performance for “B-105.7” since April (8.8, as well).   Cumulus Media’s WFMS “95.5 The Country Station” was a combined -.7 in July/August (7.6 – 7.5 – 6.9, 6+); +.4 (September, 7.3, 6+); -.8 (October, 6.5, 6+); and explodes with a November +1.1 to 7.6 (fifth to third, 6+). October’s 6.5 was its lowest 6+-stat since 6.1 in “Holiday” 2018. It overtakes Emmis-owned WLHK, even though “Country 97.1 Hank” is up one-tenth (7.3 – 7.4, third to fourth, 6+). In October, “Hank” dialed up a +1.3 to demolish August/September’s -1.2 (7.2 – 7.1 – 6.0, 6+). Notwithstanding that it has lost a combined nine-tenths in September/October (11.1 – 10.4 – 10.2, 6+), Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WJJK “Classic Hits 104.5” is #1 the 11th report in a row. WJJK’s 11.1 (July and September) represents the highest 6+-share in the station’s PPM-history, eclipsing April’s 10.2. After spending six straight ratings periods on top, “Classic Hits 104.5” slipped to third in “Holiday” 2018 but returned to #1 this past January. WJJK has had some dramatic fluctuations this year including: +2.9 (January); -.7 (February); -.6 (March); +1.7 (April); +1.4 (July); -1.1 (August); +1.1 (September); and -.7 (October). A combined -1.0 in October/November (3.3 – 3.2 – 2.3, 6+), iHeartMedia alternative WOLT “Alt 103.3” falls from #14 to #16. Co-owned classic rock WFBQ “Q-95 Rocks” (-.8 in November) is in an alternating down/up pattern that commenced in June: 6.7 – 5.9 – 6.4 – 6.3 – 6.9 – 6.1 (fourth to sixth, 6+). An overall -1.8 via five losses in a row (6.2 – 6.0 – 5.8 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 4.4, 6+), Entercom CHR WZPL “99.5 ZPL” carries on in ninth-place. After posting a 3.4 (6+) in June, Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WKLU is unlisted the fifth month in a row.

Milwaukee

Spoken-Word Formats – The combined +1.3 that Good Karma Brands’ news/talk WTMJ “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” racked up in September/October (7.1 – 7.5 – 8.4, 6+) completely vanishes with a November -1.8 to 6.6 (6+). It is the largest (6+) October 2019 – November 2019 decrease (-1.8) by any station in the 12 PPM-markets shown here. Furthermore, after an October-only stay at #1, WTMJ (Packers, Bucks) segues to #5. Immediately prior, WTMJ was -2.3 in three straight losses (9.4 – 8.7 – 7.6 – 7.1, 6+). Anchored in eighth-place, iHeartMedia’s WISN “News/Talk 1130” is up one-half share in three straight bumps (4.6 – 4.7 – 5.0 – 5.1, 6+), directly after a collective -1.1 through three decreases in succession (5.7 – 5.3 – 5.0 – 4.6, 6+).

Among the market’s sports talkers, iHeartMedia’s WRNW “97.3 The Game – Milwaukee’s Sports Talk That Rocks” drops three-tenths (1.6 -1.3, #14 to #16, 6+); Good Karma Brands’ WKTI “94.5 ESPN” and Entercom’s WSSP “Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan” each have identical profiles (.7 – .8, +.1, flat at #20, 6+); and iHeartMedia’s WOKY “The Big 920” drops one-tenth (.7 – .6, #20 to #22, 6+). WSSP has doubled (+.4) its 6+ AQH stat in three straight bumps of one-tenth each (.4 – .5 – .6 – .7 – .8, 6+).

Four consecutive sweeps without a loss by WUWM net a +1.4 (3.0 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.5 – 4.4, 6+) as the University of Wisconsin news/talk station enters the top ten (#13 to #10). Wisconsin Public Radio news/talk WHAD doubles (+.8) its 6+ AQH share in four consecutive up or flat reports (.8 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.4 – 1.6, #17 to #15, 6+).

Milwaukee Music Formats – An increase of seven-tenths by Entercom hot AC WMYX (6.2 – 6.9, fifth to fourth, 6+) takes “99.1 The Mix” to its strongest 6+-stat (6.9) in exactly four years (7.0, November 2015). In three straight upticks (4.1 – 4.4 – 5.0 – 5.5, 6+), Saga Communications’ WHQG “102.9 The Hog Everything That Rocks” nets a +1.4 and climbs from eighth to seventh. Down six-tenths in September/October (5.8 – 5.4 – 5.2, 6+), Milwaukee Radio Alliance adult contemporary WLDB “B-93.3” posts a half-share increase to 5.7 (steady at #6, 6+). Following eight straight sweeps without an increase that resulted in a loss of three-tenths in that February 2019 through October 2019 stretch (.8 – .8 – .6 – .6 – .6 – .6 – .5 – .5 – .5, 6+), Alpha Media’s WIIL “95 WIIL Rock” ends the slide with a +.1 to .6 (#23 to #22, 6+). Despite dropping one-half share in November, after October’s -1.3 (9.6 – 8.3 – 7.8, 6+), WRIT “95.7 Big FM Milwaukee’s Greatest Hits” elevates from second to first. The iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies outlet spent four months in a row at #1 before segueing to #2 in October. This (7.8) is its lowest 6+-figure since December 2018’s 7.7. Having spent 43 consecutive ratings periods at #1, “Big FM” shifted to #2 in October 2018. “Holiday” 2018’s 11.5 is the strongest 6+-stat for any Milwaukee station since WRIT’s 11.6 in “Holiday” 2017. Ten of its recent (6+) moves are: -1.0 (December); +3.8 (“Holiday” 2018); – 1.9 (January 2019); +.6 (February); -.8 (March); +.7 (April); -1.5 (May); +.8 (June); -1.3 (October); and -.5 (November). In a somewhat similar scenario as WRIT, Saga Communications’ WKLH “96.5 Milwaukee’s Hometown Rock” is down or flat the fourth time in a row for a -1.1 (8.4 – 7.8 – 7.8 – 7.6 – 7.3, 6+) yet progresses from third to second. In addition to being an overall -1.5 as a result of five straight reports without an increase (5.5 – 5.4 – 5.0 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.0, 6+), Entercom CHR WXSS “103.7 Kiss-FM” departs the top ten (#10 to #11). In four straight sweeps without an increase (5.4 – 5.4 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.1, 6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WKKV “V-100.7” has dropped three-tenths and slips from sixth to eighth.

Nashville

Spoken-Word Formats – Continuing its positive roll, Cumulus Media news/talk WWTN “Super Talk 99.7” is +1.7 as a result of six successive sweeps without a loss (3.1 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 4.2 – 4.8, 6+) and progresses from #12 to #11. Meanwhile, iHeartMedia news/talk WLAC “Talk Radio 1510” is up one-half share through three consecutive improvements (1.4 – 1.5 – 1.8 – 1.9, unchanged at #17, 6+). This (1.9) is its best 6+-stat in more than four years (2.0, October 2015).

Four straight gains by Cumulus Media-owned sports talk WGFX (Tennessee Titans) resulted in a collective +2.4 (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 4.7 – 5.1, 6+), but “104.5 The Zone” is off one-tenth to 5.0 (eighth to ninth, 6+). Prior to June, the last time WGFX fell below a three-share (6+) was July 2017 (2.7, as well). After having nearly doubled August’s 6+ share in consecutive sweeps (.7 – 1.0 – 1.3, 6+), Cromwell Group-owned/similarly-formatted WPRT “102.5 The Game” (Predators) forfeits two-tenths to 1.1 (#19 to #20, 6+).

Following August/September’s combined +1.8 (5.1 – 6.2 – 6.9, 6+), Nashville Public Radio’s WPLN-FM “NPR News and Classical Music” surrenders -1.5 in October/November (6.9 – 5.9 – 5.4, flat at #6, 6+).

Nashville Music Formats – Tacking on a hearty +.1.1 to October’s +.5 (4.5 – 5.0 – 6.1, 6+), Cumulus Media’s country-formatted WSM-FM “95.5 Nash Icon” vaults from ninth to fourth. Entering the October sweep, “Nash Icon” had lost an overall seven-tenths in four straight negative or neutral trends (5.2 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 4.7 – 4.5, 6+). Down or flat the fourth time in a row for a collective -1.0 (6.2 – 5.6 – 5.4 – 5.2 – 5.2, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WSIX remains in seventh-place. This comes immediately after “The Big 98 – Nashville’s #1 for New Country” was +2.7 in seven consecutive sweeps without a loss (3.5 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 5.0 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 6.2, 6+). WSIX reached the six-share level (July 2019, 6.2, 6+) for the first time since April 2017’s 6.1. As WAY Media contemporary Christian WAYM “WAY-FM” notches an increase of seven-tenths (#18 to #16, 6+), Educational Media Foundation’s similarly-formatted WLVU “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” falters by eight-tenths (#14 to #18). In three straight spikes, WAYM has more than doubled (+1.3) its 6+ AQH share (1.1 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 2.4, 6+). WLVU posted three improvements in a row for a collective +1.5 (2.0 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.5, 6+), but is now a combined -1.7 in October/November (3.5 – 2.6 – 1.8, 6+). Having lost approximately 47% (-2.1) of its 6+-share as a result of four down or flat moves in a row (4.5 – 4.4 – 3.2 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+), Salem Media Group’s similarly formatted WFFH “The Fish” answers with a +.4 to 2.8 (#16 to #14, 6+). The just-concluded negative streak directly follows a collective +1.0 via four straight increases (3.5 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.1 – 4.5, 6+). Nashville Public Radio classical WFCL, which lost three-tenths through six consecutive down or (mostly) flat moves (1.0 – .9 – .7 – .7 – .7 – .7 – .7, 6+), improves by one-half share to 1.2 (6+) and enters the top twenty (#19). This is the fifth straight report without a loss by iHeartMedia CHR WRVW “107.5 The River” for a net gain of nine-tenths (5.3 – 5.3 – 5.5 – 5.7 – 6.2 – 6.2, fourth to third, 6+). An overall +2.1 in three successive spikes (6.8 – 8.0 – 8.1 – 8.9, 6+), Midwest Communications adult hits WCJK “96.3 Jack FM Playing What We Want” relinquishes roughly half that increase (7.8, -1.1, 6+) but repeats at #1. October marked the first time at #1 for Nashville’s version of “Jack” since April, when WCJK logged an 8.4 (6+). Co-owned adult contemporary WJXA “Mix 92.9 – Your Life, Your Music” is an overall -2.3 in four straight negative moves (9.8 – 9.5 – 9.2 – 7.6 – 7.5, 6+) and repeats at #2. Prior to October, “Mix” was on top five months in a row. This particular streak directly follows an overall +1.6 in three successive upticks (8.2 – 9.2 – 9.6 – 9.8, 6+). Eight recent (6+) WJXA fluctuations include: +1.9 (December 2018); +3.2 (“Holiday” 2018); -3.5 (January 2019); -1.3 (February); -.5 (March); -.6 (April); +1.0 (May); and -1.6 (October). WJXA’s “Holiday” 2018’s 14.1 is the highest 6+-share by any Nashville outlet since its 14.4 in “Holiday” 2017. Slipping from fourth to seventh, iHeartMedia’s WNRQ “105.9 The Rock” is an overall -2.6 in four consecutive decreases (7.8 – 7.6 – 6.5 – 6.2 – 5.2, 6+). The last time WNRQ fell below a six-share (6+) was just over two years ago (5.7, October 2017). Down seven-tenths each are its urban contemporary sibling WUBT “101.1 The Beat” (5.8, third to fifth, 6+) and Cumulus Media urban AC WQQK “92-Q” (#10 to #12). In three straight up or flat trends “The Beat” had gained nine-tenths (5.6 – 5.6 – 6.0 – 6.5, 6+). Meanwhile, “92-Q” is now a collective -1.5 in three drops in a row (5.5 – 5.2 – 4.7 – 4.0, 6+), immediately after an overall +1.3 via four successive bumps (4.2 – 4.4 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.5, 6+). In August, “92-Q” reached the five-share level (6+) for the first time since “Holiday” 2018 (5.5, as well). Since returning in print this past July, Middle Tennessee State University alternative WMOT (down six-tenths in November) is trending: .8 – .9 – .8 – 1.0 – .4 (#24, 6+).

Providence

Spoken-Word Formats – A combined -.6 in September/October (3.4 – 2.9 – 2.8, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WPRO-AM “News Talk 630” picks up two-tenths in November to 3.0 (steady at #8, 6+). August’s increase of three-tenths suspended three consecutive down or flat sweeps that accounted for a loss of seven-tenths (3.8 – 3.7 – 3.1 – 3.1, 6+). Following an approximately three-fourths reduction (-1.6) of its 6+-AQH share via eight straight down or flat moves (2.1 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.3 – .9 – .9 – .7 – .5, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned news/talk WHJJ “Providence’s News, Traffic, and Weather” ends the slide with a +.1 to .6 (unchanged at #19, 6+). Cumulus Media’s WPRV “AM 790 Talk & Business” has lost four-tenths as a result of six consecutive down or flat reports (.7 – .5 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3, flat at #20, 6+).

Remaining at #7 is Entercom sports talker WVEI, which continues an alternating down/up pattern that began in February: 4.1- 3.6 – 4.0 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 3.8 – 3.7 (6+). July’s 3.1 is its lowest 6+-stat since March 2018’s 2.8.

Following five consecutive Providence ratings periods without an increase that led to a loss of four-tenths (1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0 – 1.0 – .9 – .9, 6+), iHeartMedia Boston news – talk hybrid WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” doubles (+.9) its 6+ AQH share in October/November (.9 – 1.4 – 1.8 (#13 to #12, 6+).

Steady in ninth-place, WGBH Educational Foundation Boston news/talk WGBH is +1.1 in October/November (1.8 – 2.6 – 2.9, 6+). In six consecutive sweeps without an increase (2.0 – 2.0 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.4, 6+), WELH lost six-tenths but The Wheeler School’s news/talk outlet applies the brakes with a +.2 to 1.6 (flat at #13, 6+).

Providence Music Formats – Nine recent (6+) shifts for iHeartMedia-owned hot AC WSNE “Coast 93.3” include: -1.0 (Holiday” 2018); +.5 (March); +.5 (May); -.7 (June); +1.4 (July); -.5 (August); +.5 (September); -.6

(October); and +.6 in November (5.1 – 5.7, steady at #6, 6+). Prior to June’s loss of seven-tenths, WSNE was a collective +1.2 in three consecutive improvements (3.8 – 4.3 – 4.5 – 5.0, 6+). Notwithstanding that it has lost six-tenths in October/November (9.3 – 9.2 – 8.7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WHJY “94 HJY Providence’s Home of Rock & Roll” is #1 the third month in succession. After occupying the lead position three months in a row, WHJY shifted to the runner-up slot in August; “94 HJY” was +.7 in September. A combined -1.6 in July/August (10.2 – 9.8  – 8.6, 6+), WHJY lost nine-tenths in April, forcing it from the penthouse after three straight months there. The decline halted four consecutive positive or flat moves that netted a +2.0 (8.5 – 9.8 – 9.8 – 9.8 – 10.5, 6+). While it is unchanged in third-place, Hall Broadcasting country WCTK “Cat Country 98.1” is an overall -1.5 in three consecutive down or flat reports (9.3 – 8.3 – 7.8 – 7.8, 6+). Entering the September sweep, “Cat Country 98.1” was a collective +1.7 in three straight spikes (7.6 – 8.5 – 8.6 – 9.3, 6+), with August’s 9.3 (#1, 6+) representing its highest 6+-share since 10.1 in July 2018. Following three successive up or flat moves that resulted in a net gain of three-tenths (1.2 – 1.3 – 1.5 – 1.5, 6+), iHeartMedia Boston rhythmic CHR WJMN “JAM’N 94.5” drops one-tenth to 1.4 (#12 to #14, 6+). Unlisted the fifth month in a row are Red Wolf Broadcasting Spanish tropical WKKB “Latina 100.3,” which posted a 1.2 in June (#16, 6+) and classic hits-oldies sibling WSKP “Good Times … Great Oldies” (.8, #19, June 2019, 6+).

Norfolk

Spoken-Word Formats – As a result of four consecutive up or flat moves, Max Broadcast Group sports talk WVSP “ESPN Radio 94.1” has nearly doubled (+1.0) its 6+-stat (1.2 – 1.4 – 1.8 – 2.2 – 2.2, #12 to #11, 6+).

Norfolk Music Formats – Boasting the largest (6+) October 2019 – November 2019 increase by any station in the 12 PPM-markets shown here is Saga Communications-owned WAFX “106.9 The Fox – Hampton Roads’ Classic Rock” (+1.6, fourth to second, 6+). This (7.3) is the highest 6+-stat since June’s 8.2 for “The Fox,” which is a combined +2.1 in October/November (5.2 – 5.7 – 7.3, 6+). WAFX was -3.0 in three decreases in a row (8.2 – 7.0 – 6.6 – 5.2, 6+). Prior to September’s 5.2, “The Fox” last fell below a six-share (6+) in December 2018 (5.5). Following three setbacks in succession that accounted for a -1.2 (4.0 – 3.4 – 3.1 – 2.8, 6+), Entercom hot AC WPTE “94.9 The Point” erases nearly half the deficit with a +.5 to 3.3 (steady at #9, 6+). After tacking on six-tenths to September’s +2.3 (9.1 – 11.4 – 12.0, 6+), Entercom urban AC WVKL “Smooth R&B from Yesterday & Today” loses three-tenths (11.7, 6+) but is #1 the 11th consecutive month. A combined -2.3 in July/August (11.4 – 10.0 – 9.1, 6+), WVKL last failed to log double-digits (6+) in January 2014 (9.8). “Smooth R&B from Yesterday & Today” had been the market pacesetter 25 successive survey periods before segueing to the runner-up slot in “Holiday” 2018. Its August 2018 15.5 holds the record for highest 6+-performance by any Norfolk station in the PPM-era. A combined +.6 in July/August (4.4 – 4.8 – 5.0, 6+); off one-tenth in September; up two-tenths in October; and now faltering by -.8 in November (5.1 – 4.3, 6+), adult contemporary cluster-mate WWDE “101.3 2WD” slips from fifth to sixth. Conversely, Max Broadcast Group’s similarly-formatted  WVBW “92.9 The Wave” nets a +1.7 via four consecutive reports without a loss (3.4 – 4.2 – 4.8 – 5.1 – 5.1, 6+) and carries on in fifth-place. Trending 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.0 – 2.4 (July through October, 6+), iHeartMedia alternative WNOH “Alt 105.3” sputters by six-tenths to 1.8 (#11 to #12, 6+). Continuing in the runner-up slot, urban contemporary sibling WOWI “103 Jamz” is in an alternating July 2019 through November 2019 up/down pattern (8.0 – 8.3 – 7.5 – 7.8 – 7.3, 6+). A combined -1.9 in October/November (9.1 – 7.5 – 7.2, 6+), immediately after being +3.2 via six consecutive positive or neutral reports (5.9 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 6.8 – 6.8 – 8.9 – 9.1, 6+), Saga Communications’ WNOR “FM 99 Rocks” falls from third to fourth. September’s 9.1 marked the first time in the PPM-era that WNOR appeared in print with a 6+-share reaching the nine-share level (6+). The June 2019 through November 2019 topline for iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic oldies WHBT “92.1 The Beat” is: 1.6 – 1.8 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.8 (#13 to #12, 6+). Having witnessed its 6+ AQH share erode by two-thirds (-.7) through six successive down or flat trends (2.1 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.4, 6+), rhythmic hot AC cluster-mate WMOV “MOViN’ 107.7” slips from #14 to #15.

Jacksonville

Spoken-Word Formats – While it is #1 the fifth month in a row, Cox Media Group news/talk WOKV-FM “104.5 Jacksonville’s News, Weather, and Traffic” falters by another three-tenths on the heels of October’s -1.0  (10.4 – 9.4 – 9.1, 6+).

Four straight gains since June by iHeartMedia sports talk WFXJ “930 The Game – Jacksonville’s Sports Leader” have more than quintupled (+.9) its 6+ AQH (.2 – .5 – .7 – .9 – 1.1, #18 to #17, 6+). August’s +.3 halted nine consecutive sweeps without an increase that accounted for a net loss of 75% (-.6) of its 6+-stat (.8 – .7 – .6 – .6 – .5 – .3 – .3 -.3 – .2 – .2, 6+).

Up eight-tenths in three spikes in succession (2.8 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.6, 6+), public radio news/talk WJCT is unchanged at #11. This directly follows five consecutive down or flat trends that resulted in a loss of nine-tenths (3.7 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.8, 6+).

Jacksonville Music Formats – At the same time that Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WEJZ gains seven-tenths (steady in second-place), Cox Media Group’s similarly-formatted WEZI “Easy 102.9” falters by six-tenths (fifth to seventh). WEJZ is a combined +.7 in October/November (7.4 – 7.4 – 8.1, 6+) and logs its best 6+-stat (8.1) since April (8.3); “Easy” is an overall -1.7 in its third drop in a row (6.9 – 6.1 – 5.8 – 5.2, 6+) with its lowest 6+-showing (5.2) since May (5.1). Without a loss the fourth successive report for a +1.0 (4.6 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 5.4 – 5.6, 6+), iHeartMedia urban AC WSOL “V-101.5” advances from sixth to fifth with its best 6+-stat (5.6) since May’s 5.7. Following three successive downturns for an overall –1.6 (6.6 – 5.9 – 5.6 – 5.0, 6+), urban contemporary sibling WJBT “93.3 The Beat” pulls the plug with a +.3 to 5.3 (eighth to sixth, 6+). Cox Media Group urban AC WOKV-HD2, which was off three-tenths in September/October (1.9 – 1.9 – 1.6, 6+), improves by one-half share to 2.1 (steady at #16, 6+). Repeating in fourth-place, iHeartMedia-owned WQIK “99.1 Jacksonville’s Country” is a collective +1.3 in three straight upticks (5.4 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 6.7, 6+). In four successive up or flat moves, co-owned gospel WKSL-HD3 was +2.2 (2.3 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 4.5 – 4.5, 6+) but it forfeits seven-tenths to 3.8 (ninth to tenth, 6+). Without an increase the fifth consecutive ratings period for a net loss of nine-tenths (3.6 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.7, 6+), cluster-mate WWJK “107.3 Planet Radio – Jacksonville’s Rock Station” dips from #12 to #13. Cox Media Group CHR WAPE “Jacksonville’s #1 Hit Music Station” is an overall -1.4 as a result of four down or flat moves in a row (6.6 – 5.9 – 5.6 – 5.2 – 5.2, 6+) and continues in seventh-place. Co-owned alternative WXXJ “X-10.5” is off one-half share in four sweeps without an increase (2.9 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.4, flat at #14, 6+). Its internet stream, which was negative or neutral the past six reports for a net loss of two-tenths (.3 – .2 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1, 6+), disappears from print.

West Palm Beach

Spoken-Word Formats – Trending 4.0 – 3.8 – 4.0 (August – September – October, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WJNO “1290 The Palm Beaches’ News & Talk” drops three-tenths to 3.7 (fifth to sixth, 6+). Prior to September, WJNO was an overall +2.0 in six successive sweeps without a loss (2.0 – 2.3 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.7 – 4.0, 6+). Co-owned news/talk WZZR “Real Radio 94.3 – Real Talk For The Palm Beaches” adds one-tenth to October’s +.4 (2.0 – 2.4 – 2.5, #10 to #9, 6+). August’s gain of two-tenths curtailed three straight down or flat sweeps that accounted for a loss of four-tenths (2.3 – 2.3 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+). Recapturing one-third of October’s -.9 (1.8 – 2.1, +.3, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WFTL “News Talk 850” progresses from #14 to #13. October’s decrease interrupted four straight gains that netted a +1.0 (1.7 – 2.0 – 2.4 – 2.6 – 2.7, 6+). Slipping from #21 to #22, iHeartMedia Miami news/talk WIOD “610 News Radio” is trending 1.0 – .7 – .8 – .7 (6+).

After doubling (+.3) its 6+ share in three straight sweeps without a loss (.3 – .3 – .4 – .6, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WMEN “Fox Sports 640 AM South Florida” drops one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.6 – .5 – .4, #22 to #24, 6+). A “no-show” 15 sweeps in a row, iHeartMedia-owned sports talk WBZT “1230 The Zone” resurfaced in October with a .1 (6+) and repeats that .1 (6+) in November.

Down eight-tenths in October/November (3.0 – 2.8 – 2.2, 6+), Dade County School Board news/talk WLRN exits the top ten (#9 to #11).

West Palm Beach Music Formats – Each of this Florida market’s top five finishers has an October 2019 – November 2019 shift of at least one-half share. On the positive side, the three most recent shifts by Hubbard Broadcasting’s WIRK “New Country 103.1” are -.5 (September); +.9 (October); and now +1.5 in November (3.6 – 3.1 – 4.0 – 5.5, fifth to fourth, 6+). The last time “New Country “ crossed the five-share threshold (6+) was in August 2018 (5.1). Adult contemporary cluster-mate WEAT-FM “Sunny 107.9” adds a +1.0 to October’s two-tenths (4.4 – 4.6 – 5.6, 6+) and repeats at #3. WEAT was a -2.2 in August/September (6.6 – 5.1 – 4.4, 6+). Prior to September, the last time “Sunny” fell below a five-share (6+) was in October 2018 (4.6). When WEAT gained one-tenth in July, it halted three straight decreases that accounted for an overall -1.7 (8.2 – 7.0 – 6.8 – 6.5, 6+). Even though iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted WOLL remains in the runner-up slot, “Today’s Kool 105.5” is an overall -1.6 (including November’s -1.0) in three drops in a row (7.4 – 6.9 – 6.8 – 5.8, 6+). WOLL was -.8 in July (7.2 – 6.4, 6+) and +1.0 in August to 7.4, the best 6+-showing for “Kool” since July 2016’s 7.5. Notwithstanding that Hubbard Broadcasting-owned urban AC WMBX is up one-half share; is a combined +.8 in October/November (4.2 – 4.5 – 5.0, 6+); and has its best 6+-stat since May (5.0, as well), “102.3 The X” backslides from fourth to fifth. WAY Media contemporary Christian WAYF “WAY-FM” notches its fourth straight up or flat report for a net one-half share increase (1.7 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.2, #12 to #11, 6+). Owing to four spikes in a row, Moody Bible Institute gospel WRMB “89.3 Moody Radio” nearly triples (+1.3) its 6+-figure (.7 – .8 – 1.3 – 1.4 – 2.0, #16 to #15 , 6+). With a .8 (6+), Glades Media regional Mexican WLLY “99.5 La Ley” pops on at #21. After being an overall +1.4 via three straight gains (7.8 – 8.3 – 8.5 – 9.2, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WRMF surrenders six-tenths to 8.6 (6+) but is #1 the 11th time in a row. Directly prior to the just-concluded positive streak, “Variety from the 90s and Now” was -3.4 via four consecutive decreases (11.2 – 9.0 – 8.8 – 8.2 – 7.8, 6+). Whereas 7.8 (July) is WRMF’s lowest 6+-share and first time below an eight-share (6+) since “Holiday” 2016 (7.7), 11.2 (March) is its best 6+-showing since November 2017 (11.2, as well). Flat at #10, iHeartMedia Spanish contemporary WRLX “Mia 92.1” is a cumulative -1.3 through four down or flat sweeps in a row (3.7 – 3.7 – 2.7 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+). Although co-owned urban contemporary WMIB picks up two-tenths to 1.7 (6+), thus snapping at four its consecutive string of down or flat moves that accounted for a loss of seven-tenths (2.2 – 2.0 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.5, 6+), “103.5 The Beat” backslides from #15 to #16.

 Greensboro

 Spoken-Word Formats – The five most recent shifts by iHeartMedia news/talk WPTI “94.5 Your News, Talk, & Sports Station” are +.6 (July); +.5 (August); -1.3 (September); +.6 (October); and now -.5 in November (3.6 – 3.1, tenth to ninth, 6+).

Flat at #15, Curtis Media Group sports talk WSJS “Triad Sports” returns October’s gain of one-tenth (.8 – .9 – .8, 6+).

Up two-tenths (2.1 – 2.3, 6+), Wake Forest University news/talk WFDD “88.5 Public Radio for the Piedmont” is frozen at #13 the 19th consecutive ratings period. After more than tripling (+1.2) its 6+ AQH-share in six consecutive reports without a loss (.5 – .8 – .8 – .8 – 1.0 – 1.7 – 1.7, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill news/talk WUNC falters by one-half share to 1.2 (flat at #14, 6+).

Greensboro Music Formats – A combined +1.2 in October/November (6.3 – 6.4 – 7.5, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMAG jumps from fifth to third. On top in March, June, August, September, October, and November, Entercom adult hits WSMW is an overall +3.1 as a result of four positive or neutral reports in a row (8.8 – 9.5 – 10.9 – 10.9 – 11.9, 6+). Moreover, “98.7 Simon Says We Play Everything” reaches the eleven-share level (11.9) for the first time since February 2018’s 11.4. Among its 2019 (6+) fluctuations are: +.9 (January); -.6 (February); +.9 (March); -1.6 (April); +1.1 (May); +.5 (June); -1.0 (July); +.7 (August); +1.4 (September); and +1.0 (November). Steady at #2, urban AC cluster-mate WQMG “97.1 QMG The Best R&B and Old School” is a combined +2.1 in October/November (8.9 – 10.3 – 11.0, 6+) and has its best 6+-stat (11.0) in exactly one year (11.4, November 2018). Dick Broadcasting CHR WKZL “107.5 KZL The #1 Hit Music Station” roars back from October’s -.9 with a November +.9 (6.0 – 5.1 – 6.0, eighth to sixth, 6+). October’s loss suspended three straight up or flat trends that (fittingly) netted nine-tenths (5.1 – 5.5 – 5.5 – 6.0, 6+). September and November’s 6.0 is its best 6+-stat since January’s 6.3. Its format rival, iHeartMedia-owned WMKS “100.3 Kiss-FM All the Hits,” erodes by -1.3 to 2.7 (6+) and departs the top ten (#9 to #11). “Kiss,” which was +1.1 in September/October (2.9 – 3.1 – 4.0, 6+), reached the four-share level (4.0, October, 6+) for the first time since April (4.6). WKZL has prevailed over WMKS in all 11 head-to-head battles this year; the closest was in April when WKZL beat “Kiss” by six-tenths (5.2 to 4.6, 6+). Five straight spikes by WVBZ “105.7 – Man Up” yielded a +2.3 (2.5 – 3.2 – 3.7 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.8, 6+) but the iHeartMedia-owned rocker is now a combined -2.0 in three consecutive setbacks (4.8 – 4.0 – 3.5 – 2.8, #11 to #10, 6+). In June, WVBZ reached the four-share level (4.1, 6+) for the first time since November 2018’s 4.0. Off one-half share, Curtis Media Group regional Mexican WYMY “La Ley 101.1” is in an August-September-October-November down/up/down pattern (3.1 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 2.4, flat at #12, 6+).  The market’s two country FMs were deadlocked at #6 in October. Both outlets notch November gains yet must settle for backward moves. Specifically, iHeartMedia-owned WTQR “Q-104.1 – #1 for New Country” is up four-tenths to 5.6 (sixth to seventh, 6+) and Entercom’s WPAW “93.1 The Wolf” improves by three-tenths to 5.5 (sixth to eighth, 6+). WTQR was -.7 in October and WPAW was -1.6. Up six-tenths in August, WTQR had a May through September topline of: 5.7 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 5.9 – 5.9 (6+). In three straight sweeps without an increase, “Q-104.1” was a cumulative -1.0 (6.0 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 5.0, 6+), but erased 70% of that deficit in May with a +.7 to 5.7 (6+). In September, “The Wolf” replicated August’s +.8 and posted its best 6+-stat (6.8) since October 2017’s 7.1. August/September’s +1.6 came directly after WPAW was down or flat three reports in a row for an overall loss of one-half share (5.7 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 5.2, 6+). Over the course of the last 19 sweeps (June 2018 through November 2019), WTQR has triumphed over WPAW 11 times (June 2018, July, August, September, October, November, “Holiday” 2018, January 2019, May, July, and November); WPAW has come out on top six times (December 2018, February 2019, March, April, August, and September; and there have been two ties (June 2019 and October 2019).

Memphis

Spoken-Word Formats – Bouncing back from October’s loss of seven-tenths with a November gain of three-tenths (5.2 – 4.5 – 4.8, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WREC “600 AM – Memphis’ News, Traffic, & Weather” progresses from seventh to sixth.

In addition to being an overall +1.2 via three straight bumps (2.3 – 2.6 – 3.0 – 3.5, 6+), Entercom sports talk WMFS “ESPN Sports Radio” advances one ranker (#12 to #11). September’s increase halted seven consecutive down or flat trends that led to a collective -1.7 (4.0 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 2.3, 6+), as well as its lowest 6+-stat (2.3) since July 2018. Co-owned WMC-AM “ESPN 790” is now up or (mostly) flat the 14th consecutive sweep for a net gain of three-tenths (.1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 -.1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .3 – .4 – .4, unchanged at #20, 6+).

Memphis Music Formats – A combined +.9 in October/November (6.2 – 6.4 – 7.1, 6+), iHeartMedia gospel WHAL “Hallelujah 95.7 – Memphis’ Inspiration Station” inches up from fifth to fourth. The market’s two country stations were tied for ninth-place in October; however, that deadlock is broken as Cumulus Media-owned WGKX “Today’s Best Country Kix 106” chalks up a gain of six-tenths (ninth to sixth), while Entercom’s WLFP “94.1 The Wolf” sputters by one-half share (4.2 – 3.7, ninth to tenth, 6+). “Kix 106” nets a +1.4 in its fifth successive sweep without a loss (3.4 – 3.4 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.8, 6+) and posts its best 6+-stat (4.8) since January (5.1). After three consecutive setbacks that accounted for a net loss of eight-tenths (4.3 – 4.2 – 4.0 – 3.5, 6+), “The Wolf” reclaimed seven-tenths in October. Down nine-tenths in September/October (5.3 – 4.9 – 4.4, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WEGR “Rock 102.7” picks up one-tenth to 4.5 (flat at #8, 6+). By gaining four-tenths to 2.3 (unchanged at #13), urban-rhythmic oldies sibling WDIA “1070 The Heart & Soul of Memphis” curtails three straight decreases that resulted in an overall –1.5 (3.4 – 2.6 – 2.4 – 1.9, 6+). Three drops in succession by Entercom hot AC WMC-FM accounted for a collective -1.5 (5.2 – 4.9 – 4.5 – 3.7, 6+) but “FM 100 Today’s Best Mix” pulls the plug with a +.2 to 3.9 (6+) and reenters the top ten (#11 to #9). In October, WMC-FM fell below a four-share (3.7) for the first time since April (3.8). Adult contemporary sibling WKIM “98.9 The Bridge” has more than doubled (+1.0) its 6+-stat in four straight sweeps without a loss (.7 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.7, #15 to #14, 6+). Steady at 10.5 (6+), iHeartMedia’s urban AC KJMS “V-101” is #1 the 13th time in a row. Its October +1.0 wiped away August/September’s -.6 (10.1 – 9.8 – 9.5, 6+). Prior to June’s loss of six-tenths to 9.8 (6+), KJMS reached double-digits (6+) 14 successive ratings periods. “Holiday” 2018’s 12.8 is the highest 6+-share for “V-101” since December 2012 (13.5). A November erosion of -1.2 by Cumulus Media’s WXMX (4.7 – 3.5, 6+) fully erases its September/October +1.2 (3.5 – 3.8 – 4.7, 6+), as “Maximum Rock 98.1 The Max” drifts from the top ten (#6 to #11). While anchored in second-place the sixth sweep in a row, iHeartMedia urban contemporary WHRK “K-97.1” is off a collective -2.1 via three successive decreases (9.4 – 8.4 – 8.1 – 7.3, 6+) and has its softest 6+-stat (7.3) since February (7.2).

Hartford

Spoken-Word Formats – After being up in September by +1.2 (6.2 – 7.4, 6+) and then flat at 7.4 (October, 6+), Entercom news/talk WTIC-AM “News Talk 1080” falters by eight-tenths to 6.6 (third to fourth, 6+). Red Wolf Broadcasting news/talk WDRC-AM “AM 1360 The Talk of Connecticut” repeats October’s .7 (6+) but improves from #14 to #13. This is the 18th survey period in a row that iHeartMedia’s WPOP posts a .1 (6+). Anchored at #16, “News Radio 1410” was a “no-show” in June 2018.

The June 2019 through November 2019 topline for iHeartMedia sports talk WUCS “97.9 ESPN Hartford” is: 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.8 (flat at #12, 6+).

Within 4.2 – 4.7 range (6+) in each of the last eight sweeps (4.7 – 4.4 – 4.2 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 4.5 – 4.2, 6+), Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network news/talk WNPR “Connecticut’s Public Media Source for News & Ideas” continues in ninth-place. University of Massachusetts-owned WFCR “New England Public Radio” has lost more than 60% (-.7) of its 6+ AQH share in October/November (1.1 – .8 – .4, #13 to #14, 6+).

Hartford Music Formats – Albeit down a combined nine-tenths in October/November (10.7 – 10.1 – 9.8, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary WRCH “Lite 100.5” is #1 the 41st consecutive time. Its August/September +1.3 (9.4 – 9.5 – 10.7, 6+) virtually erased June/July’s -1.4 (10.8 – 10.4 – 9.4, 6+). Seven recent (6+) WRCH shifts include: -6.9 (January 2019); +1.0 (February); -1.0 (March); -1.3 (April); +1.0 (May); -1.0 (July); and +1.2 (September). “Holiday” 2018’s +5.6 was to 18.0, the strongest 6+-showing for any Hartford station since WRCH recorded an 18.3 in “Holiday” 2017). This is the fourth time in 2019 that WRCH is not in double-digits (6+). Down seven-tenths in August/September (7.9 – 7.2 – 7.2, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WWYZ picked up one-half share in October; however, “Country 92.5” falters by -1.0 in November (7.2 – 7.7 – 6.7, second to third, 6+). Regressing by -1.0 as well in November is Entercom rhythmic CHR WZMX “Hot 93.7,” which is -1.4 in four straight down or flat sweeps and falls below a six-share (7.1 – 6.7 – 6.7 – 5.7, fifth to sixth). Although it is unchanged in eighth-place, iHeartMedia CHR WKSS “Kiss 95.7 All The Hits” is an overall -1.8 in five straight down or flat reports (6.9 – 6.8 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 5.7 – 5.1, 6+). Despite being without an increase the fifth successive survey period for a collective -1.5 (7.2 – 7.2 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 5.8 – 5.7, 6+), co-owned classic hits-oldies WHCN “105.9 The River” advances from seventh to sixth. Meanwhile, Red Wolf Broadcasting classic hits-oldies WNTY “Kool Radio – Good Times/Great Oldies” is without an increase the fourth sweep in succession for a net loss of two-tenths (.5 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3, flat at #15, 6+). Entercom adult contemporary WMAS-FM, which ranked #12 in July (1.5, 6+), is unlisted the fourth month in a row.

Monday, December 2, 2019

| December 2, 2019

iHeartMedia to Add Second Digital HQ in Nashville. As a complement to its digital operations in New York City, iHeartMedia is selecting Nashville as the location for its second digital headquarters.  It is further expanding its current New York-based digital team, creating new jobs, and “building on iHeartRadio’s continued growth and innovation as the leading audio platform for consumers across the country.”  In addition to being one of the nation’s leading music scenes, Nashville is also seeing rapid growth in the technology sector that is apparent by the growing number of tech startups and major companies creating offices and hubs there.  iHeartRadio president Darren Davis says, “As we continue to invest in our ad tech, products, research, sales and content, and further build on the success of our digital service, this is the right time to expand our digital team – and what better location than Nashville, given that music is at the heart of our business.  Nashville’s technology ecosystem is thriving, and combined with the city’s rich history in music, entrepreneurial spirit and diverse culture, we believe this is the perfect location for us to extend our digital leadership and recruit highly skilled and passionate candidates for our second iHeartRadio Digital headquarters.”  iHeartMedia plans to begin hiring immediately in Nashville for positions in engineering, product development, data science, and more.  All applicants can visit https://jobs.iheart.com/.

Monday Memo: Get An Uber-Earful. As Internet-based innovation is disrupting every legacy industry, taxis are to take-me-somewhere as radio is to inform-me/entertain-me.  In this week’s column, consultant Holland Cooke offers a jiu jitsu move.  Read it here.

Impeachment Proceedings, 2020 Presidential Race, London Bridge Terror Attack, UN Climate Change Report, Thanksgiving Travel/Storms Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend. The impeachment proceedings against President Trump; the Democrats vying to challenge Trump in 2020; the terrorist slaying of two people at the London Bridge; the aftermath of the release of the latest climate change report from the United Nations; and the Thanksgiving holiday and the storms that affected travelers were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Round Three of November PPM Ratings Released. The third of four rounds of November 2019 PPM ratings data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus.  Nielsen’s November 2019 survey period covered October 10 – November 6.  Some 6+ ratings gains of note for spoken-word stations during the November survey include: iHeartMedia’s KFBK-AM/FM, Sacramento adds 0.8 tenths for a 6.7 share and the #3 rank in the market; in Salt Lake City, iHeartMedia’s KNRS-FM posts a whopping 2.0 share increase over October to land at a 5.2 share and the #6 rank; and Entercom’s KMBZ-FM, Kansas City sits at a 6.1 share after three consecutive up or flat surveys and ranks #5 in the market.  See all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Takeaways” from these markets here.

Salem Relaunches KDIZ, Minneapolis as ‘Freedom 1570.’ The Salem Media Group talk station had been airing a health and wellness format since 2016, but now KDIZ-AM becomes a conservative news/talk station as “Freedom 1570” and featuring the following lineup: “America’s First News with Matt Ray” from 5:00 am to 8:00 am; Chris Plante from 8:00 am to 11:00 am; “Like It Matters” with Scott V. Black from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon; Dana Loesch from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm; Ben Shapiro from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm; and Mark Levin from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  The station complements its other Twin Cities conservative news/talker WWTC “The Patriot” that airs the full lineup of Salem Radio Network shows.  Salem Twin Cities general manager Nic Anderson says, “‘Freedom 1570’ has been placed in the Twin Cities for such a time as this to provide overlooked facts and to be a voice of reason in a wayward society.  ‘Ringing liberty and truth’ is not just a tagline as it’s our mission to remind all who engage with us that freedom is our greatest gift.”  Beyond radio, emphasis is also placed on building a community online with its informative website, social media outlets, and upcoming 2020 events with sister-station AM 1280 The Patriot.

O’Reilly’s Trump Interview Clears Almost 200 Stations; ‘Picked Up Extensively’ in News Media. The Key Networks-syndicated Thanksgiving week radio special featuring bestselling author and former cable news personality Bill O’Reilly’s one-on-one interview with President Donald Trump was broadcast across almost 200 radio stations – including 18 of the top 20 markets.  Key Networks says that the interview broke major news and was picked up extensively through media including The New York Times, ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, and CNN, and was covered internationally.  In the interview, O’Reilly spoke with Trump about Ukraine, Joe Biden, impeachment, the upcoming campaign, and attacking the Mexican drug cartels.  Key Networks syndicates O’Reilly’s 15-minute daily radio program, “The O’Reilly Update,” to nearly 200 radio stations across the U.S.  Key says the holiday weekend program is the first in a series of specials and exclusive content to be created especially for affiliates of “The O’Reilly Update” throughout the 2020 election season.

WWJ, Detroit Shuffles On-Air Lineup. Motor City all-news WWJ makes air staff changes as Brooke Allen moves to middays (10:00 am to 2:00 pm) and afternoon drive features Jackie Paige and Jason Scott.  Paige moves to PM drive from middays and Scott moves to the earlier daypart from his current evening news anchor role.  The changes take effect on December 9.  Entercom Detroit SVP and market manager Debbie Kenyon says, “WWJ prides itself in being a reliable and trusted news source and this revamped lineup will allow us to better serve our listeners.  Jackie and Jason’s passion for live and local news reporting will connect with listeners across metro Detroit and all of Michigan, while Brooke’s rapport with her audience will help our midday timeslot reach new heights.”

TALKERS News Notes. A co-host of the nationally syndicated “Free Talk Live” is planning to run for governor of New Hampshire.  The host, who legally changed his name to Nobody, has been interviewed on radio stations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  He recently ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Keene, New Hampshire.  As of this time, Nobody is the only challenger to incumbent Governor Chris Sununu…..South Carolina sports radio pro Ted Byrne was killed in a car accident on Saturday night (11/30) near Charleston, South Carolina.  Byrne worked for Kirkman Broadcasting where he was play-by-play announcer for the Summerville High School Green Wave.  He also produced and hosted numerous sports radio shows…..Salem Radio Network talk host Mike Gallagher kicked off the holiday season by attending the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.  Gallagher braved the chilly temps in New York City and sent TALKERS the shot of himself with the Grinch balloon in the background.  Photo: Salem Radio Network

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Rare 1983 Interview with Dr. Timothy Leary Is Featured on Harrison Podcast. A 36-year-old interview with 1960s counter-culture icon Dr. Timothy Leary – unheard for more than three decades – was uncovered several days ago in the Goodphone Communications archives. It was found on a dust-covered VHS cassette copy of a weekly cable TV talk show hosted by TALKERS founder Michael Harrison in Los Angeles and is, most likely, the only copy of that particular interview in existence. The audio track of that rare and revealing conversation is featured on the award-winning PodcastOne series, “The Michael Harrison Interview.” Harrison and Leary were good friends and colleagues between 1976 and 1985 when they met shortly after the former Harvard professor was released from prison in Southern California. Leary went on to be a regular guest on Harrison’s radio show and a featured columnist in his radio trade publication, Goodphone Weekly, in which he wrote about the future of media. Harrison says, “I’ve done a number of broadcast chats with Timothy Leary during that period but this was one of the most concise and comprehensive. I thought it was lost forever and although I wish the audio quality was better (it is a bit funky), I’m delighted to have recovered this gem and share it with a new generation of broadcasters.” Harrison and Leary talk about marijuana legalization, the impact of computers, genetics, trans-humanism, left-right politics, authoritarianism, robots and artificial intelligence from a “1983 futurism” perspective. To listen to the podcast in its entirety please click here or click on the player box marked “The Michael Harrison Interview” located in the right-hand column of the TALKERS email newsletter and every page of Talkers.com.

Account Executive – Radio and Digital Sales. Salem Media Group in New York is looking for a dynamic individual to join the sales team for “AM970 The Answer” and the legendary WMCA AM570/102.3FM “The Mission, New York’s Christian Talk.” Compensation is commensurate with degree of experience and skills. This is a fabulous career opportunity for the right individual with one of the finest broadcasting companies in America. Ideal candidate has a proven track record of success with radio and digital sales. Interested candidates should call Jerry Crowley’s office at 212-857-9640 and apply online.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. New Orleans country outlet WNOE announces Casey Carter is named program director.  She will also serve as the station’s afternoon drive personality.  Carter comes to New Orleans from iHeartMedia’s country WTQR, Greensboro, North Carolina where she was PD and air personality.  Earlier in her career, Carter served as WNOE’s assistant PD.  iHeartMedia New Orleans SVP of programming Angela Watson Charles says, “I’m thrilled for Casey’s return to New Orleans and WNOE.  We’re very excited to have the combination of Casey’s format expertise and personal passion for the city – welcome back.”…..Alternative WRFF, Philadelphia “Radio 104.5” announces the return of its “Winter Jawn ’20” concert event.  It will take place on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Xfinity Live! in Philadelphia from 12:00 pm to 5 pm.  The free, outdoor show features live performances from AJR, Angels & Airwaves, Local NativesSub Urban, and the winner of Radio 104.5’s local “Opener Contest.”…..Also from Philly, Beasley Media Group’s country WXTU is flipping its station name to “Garth 92.5” in honor of Garth Brook’s “Dive Bar Tour” concert tonight (12/2) at Prospector’s Grille & Saloon in Philadelphia.  92.5 XTU is broadcasting live from the venue and will highlight Brook’s biggest hits all day long.

Monday Memo: Get An Uber-Earful

| December 2, 2019

By Holland Cooke
Consultant

 

BLOCK ISLAND, RI –Taxis are to take-me-somewhere as radio is to inform-me/entertain-me.

Internet-based innovation is disrupting every legacy industry.  Ask an insurance agent or travel agent or stockbroker or bookstore owner, if you can find one.  Or the record labels or TV networks or cable companies.  Or stores.  Again this year, Black Friday happened on smartphones.  Most AM/FM broadcast hours are now automated.

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November PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Three

| November 28, 2019

November 2019 PPM Data – Information for the November 2019 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 November 2019 survey period covered October 10 – November 6. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM-markets below.

Portland

Spoken Word Formats – Four consecutive up or flat moves by KXL “FM News 101 – Stay Connected” net the Alpha Media-owned news/talk station a +1.1 (4.1 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 5.2, fifth to fourth, 6+). Several recent KXL shifts include: -1.0 (March/April); +1.1 (May/June); -.7 (July); and +.6 (August). Stuck on 2.3 (6+) in September and October, iHeartMedia’s KEX “News Radio 1190 – Depend On Us” picks up one-tenth to 2.4 (6+) and continues at #19. In 2019’s ten monthly reports prior to the November sweep, Alpha Media news/talk KUFO logged a 1.0 (6+) five times and a .9 (6+) the other five times. In November, “Freedom 970” improves by three-tenths to 1.3 (6+) and carries on at #23. Salem Media Group’s KPAM “AM 860 The Answer” has a June 2019 through November 2019 topline of: .3 – .3 – .3 -. 3 – .5 – .4 (#26 to #29, 6+).

This marks the fourth time in a row Entercom sports talk KFXX “1080 The Fan” is without a loss for a collective half-share gain (1.1 – 1.1 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.6, flat at #21, 6+). Portland’s “Fan” is tied with Alpha Media’s similarly-programmed KXTG “The Game,” which drops two-tenths to 1.6 (#20 to #21, 6+), thus snapping at three its consecutive string of positive or neutral moves that netted one-half (1.3 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.8, 6+). Up a combined six-tenths in October/November (.3 – .4 – .9, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KPOJ “Sports Radio 620” jumps from #27 to #24.

After being a collective +2.0 via three improvements in succession (6.5 – 7.0 – 7.4 – 8.5, 6+), Oregon Public Broadcasting news/talk KOPB returns 30% of that increase (7.9, -.6, 6+) and segues from first to second. The just-concluded streak immediately followed three downturns in a row that led to a collective -1.4 (7.9 – 7.0 – 6.7 – 6.5, 6+). KOPB has been +1.2 (January); -2.0 (February/March); +.6 (April); -.9 (May); +.5 (August); +1.1 (October); and -.6 (November).

Portland Music Formats – Boasting jumps of nine-tenths each are iHeartMedia cluster-mates KFBW “105.9 The Brew – Portland’s Rock Station” (3.7 – 4.6, eighth to seventh, 6+) and rhythmic CHR KXJM “JAM’N 107.5” (2.9 – 3.8, #15 to a three-way tie at #8, 6+). The last time KFBW (4.6, 6+) reached the four-share level was in April (4.0); KXJM has its best 6+-stat (3.8) since June’s 3.9. “The Brew” and “JAM’N” were each down two-tenths in October. Over and above being a cumulative +1.6 as a result of three upticks in succession (6.9 – 7.1, 8.0 – 8.5, 6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KLTH “106.7 The Eagle” progresses from third to first with its best 6+-showing (8.5) since April’s 8.6. Up six-tenths in September/October (5.1 – 5.1 – 5.7, 6+), Entercom adult hits KYCH “97.1 Charlie We Play Everything” falters by nine-tenths to 4.8 (fourth to fifth, 6+). On top in July, August, and September, before slipping to #2 in October, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW “K-103” is off a combined eight-tenths in October/November (8.2 – 8.2 – 7.4, 6+) and segues to third. Its September +1.1 obliterated July/August’s -.7 (7.8 – 7.4 – 7.1, 6+). Prior to July, “K-103” last held the lead position in “Holiday” 2018 when it recorded a 16.2 (6+). Down seven-tenths in three consecutive reports without an increase (3.7 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.0, 6+), Entercom’s KNRK “94.7 Portland Alternative” halts the skid with a +.1 to 3.1 (6+) and repeats at #14. Drifting from the top ten (#7 to #14), co-owned KGON is an overall -2.8 in four straight setbacks (5.9 – 5.5 – 4.7 – 3.8 – 3.1, 6+). This comes immediately after “92.3 Portland’s Classic Rock” logged three consecutive increases that yielded eight-tenths (5.1 – 5.5 – 5.6 – 5.9, 6+). A collective +1.6 via five successive bumps (1.8 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.4, 6+), Salem Media Group regional Mexican KRYP “93.1 El Rey” surrenders two-tenths to 3.2 (#12 to #13, 6+). October’s tie between the market’s two country outlets is broken in November as Entercom-owned KWJJ “99.5 The Wolf” – The Northwest’s Hottest Country” is up one-tenth (3.7 – 3.8, unchanged at #8), while Alpha Media’s KUPL “98.7 The Bull – #1 For New Country” drops three-tenths and exits the top ten (3.7 – 3.4, #8 to #11, 6+). A combined +1.5 in August/September (3.5 – 3.7 – 5.0, 6+), with September’s 5.0 its strongest (6+) showing since August 2017’s 5.2, “The Wolf” erased September’s +1.3 with an October -1.3 (3.7 – 5.0 – 3.7, 6+). Meanwhile, “The Bull” rebounded from September’s -1.2 with an October +.8 (to 3.7, 6+), thus halting three consecutive setbacks in which it lost roughly half (-2.8) its 6+ AQH share (5.7 – 4.4 – 4.1 – 2.9, 6+). After posting a 1.8 in June (#20, 6+), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KLVP “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” is unlisted the fifth month in succession.

Charlotte

Spoken-Word Formats – Up eight-tenths as a result of three positive spikes in a row (3.3 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.1, 6+), Entercom news/talk WBT (Carolina Panthers) cracks the top ten (#11 to #10).

Co-owned WFNZ “The Fan – Charlotte’s Sports Leader” has a July 2019 through November 2019 topline of: 1.3 – 1.8 – 1.6 – 1.9 – 1.7 (#17 to #18, 6+).

In all 11 of this year’s monthly reports, University Radio Foundation news/talk WFAE has remained in two-share range: 2.7 – 2.9 – 2.3 – 2.8 – 2.3 – 2.1 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 2.7 (#15 to #14, 6+).

Charlotte Music Formats – Roaring back from September/October’s -1.2 (6.8 – 6.1 – 5.6, 6+) with a robust +1.5 to 7.1 (6+), Beasley Media Group-owned WSOC “103.7 Country’s Hottest Hits” jumps from fifth to second. WSOC was up eight-tenths in August after being -1.5 in June/July (7.5 – 6.9 – 6.0, 6+). Prior to segueing to June’s runner-up slot, “103.7 Country’s Hottest Hits” was on top the previous four months. Dropping from fourth to sixth is iHeartMedia’s similarly-programmed WKKT “96.9 The Kat – Charlotte’s #1 for New Country” (5.7 – 5.4, -.3, 6+). In advance of August/September’s -1.1 (6.6 – 6.0 – 5.5, 6+), “The Kat” was a collective +1.3 via five successive positive or neutral moves, (5.3 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.6, 6+). Adding nine-tenths to October’s +.4 (4.9 – 5.3 – 6.2, 6+), Beasley Media Group adult contemporary WKQC “K-104.7 More Music/Better Variety” vaults from sixth to third with its best 6+-stat (6.2) since “Holiday” 2018’s 12.9. Continuing an alternating up/down pattern that began in April (5.1 – 5.5 – 5.4 – 6.8 – 4.9 – 5.3 – 4.7 – 4.9, 6+), Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies WOSF “105.3 R n B” advances from eighth to seventh. While it is #1 the third month in a row, iHeartMedia classic rock WRFX “99.7 The Fox” drops one-tenth to 8.2 (6+), thus halting at four its consecutive string of upticks that produced a collective +2.9 (5.4 – 6.4 – 6.7 – 7.5 – 8.3, 6+). Prior to September, “The Fox” last occupied the top spot in March 2018 (7.3, 6+). Down two-tenths in September/October (1.2 – 1.1 – 1.0, 6+), Radio Training Network contemporary Christian WLFJ “HIS Radio” improves by one-half share to 1.5 (steady at #19, 6+). Conversely, regressing by one-half share are iHeartMedia adult hits WLKO “102.9 The Lake” (5.9, second to fifth, 6+) and CHR cluster-mate WHQC “Hits 96.1” (flat at #10). “The Lake” had been a combined +.7 in September/October (5.7 – 5.9 – 6.4, 6+); “Hits 96.1” has lost nine-tenths in October/November (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.1, 6+). Owing to four consecutive reports without an increase, Entercom hot AC WLNK “107.9 The Link Charlotte’s Best Mix” is an overall -1.5 (4.6 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 3.7 – 3.4 – 3.1, unchanged at #12, 6+). After recording a one-half share increase in June (2.1 – 2.6, #14, 6+), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WRCM “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” is unlisted the fifth month in a row.

San Antonio

Spoken-Word Formats – Having posted four straight sweeps without a loss for an overall +1.4 (4.3 – 5.0 – 5.6 – 5.6 – 5.7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WOAI “News Radio 1200 – San Antonio’s News, Traffic, & Weather” forfeits three-tenths to 5.4 (second to third, 6+). The August 2019 through November 2019 topline for Alpha Media news/talk KTSA is: 1.8 – 1.7 – 2.0 – 1.8 (6+); “Stay Connected” departs the top twenty (#19 to #21).

More than tripling (+.5) its 6+ AQH-share as a result of six successive up or flat moves (.2 – .3 – .3 – .5 – .7 – .7 – .7, 6+), iHeartMedia sports talk KTKR “Ticket 760 – San Antonio’s Sports Station” climbs from #28 to #27. Alpha Media’s similarly-programmed KZDC “ESPN San Antonio” records its third straight report without a loss for a net gain of three-tenths (.2 – .3 – .3 – .5, #33 to #30, 6+).

Progressing from #14 to #13, Texas Public Radio news/talk KSTX is up one-half share in three bumps in succession (3.0 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.5, 6+).

San Antonio Music Formats – After trending 2.7 – 2.9 – 2.5 (August – September – October, 6+), iHeartMedia Spanish contemporary KZEP “Latino Hits 104.5” breaks out a +.7 to 3.2 (#17 to #15, 6+). A combined +.7 in October/November (.9 – 1.0 – 1.6, 6+), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KZAR “Air 1 Worship Now” checks in at #22. Flashing gains of one-half share each are Alpha Media adult hits KJXK “102.7 Jack FM Playing What We Want” (fifth to third) and iHeartMedia CHR KXXM “96.1 Now” (#12 to #10). This is the fifth time in a row San Antonio’s version of “Jack” posts a positive or neutral trend for a cumulative +1.6 (3.8 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 5.4, 6+). Additionally, it’s the first time KJXK reaches the five-share threshold (5.4, 6+) in exactly one year (5.3, November 2018). Within 3.0 – 3.9 range (6+) in each of the previous 14 ratings periods, “Now” is up seven-tenths in October/November (3.3 – 3.5 – 4.0, 6+). Not only is Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM an overall +1.5 as a result of three upticks in a row (6.7 – 7.2 – 7.8 – 8.2, 6+), “101.1 San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” is #1 the ninth consecutive month. September’s increase suspended three drops in succession that accounted for an overall -1.8 (8.5 – 8.2 – 7.1 – 6.7, 6+). Whereas May’s 8.5 is its highest 6+-stat since September 2018’s 8.8, August’s 6.7 (6+) is KONO-FM’s lowest since 6.0 (6+) in “Holiday” 2018. “San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” had been the runner-up five successive times before progressing to #1 in March. After trending 4.7 – 4.8 – 4.6 (August – September – October, 6+), cluster-mate KISS “99.5 Rocks San Antonio” erodes by -1.3 to 3.3 (6+, 6+), plummeting from the top ten (#6 to #14). The last time KISS fell below a four-share (6+) was August 2018 (3.9). Hot AC sibling KSMG was a combined +1.2 in September/October (4.3 – 5.1 – 5.5, 6+) but “Magic 105.3” falters by six-tenths in November to 4.9 (fourth to fifth, 6+). Four successive positive spikes by Univision Radio regional Mexican KROM delivered a collective +1.3 (3.2 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.7 – 4.5, 6+) and “Que Buena 92.9” crossed the four-share mark (4.5) for the first time since “Holiday” 2018 (4.1). In November though, KROM drops two-tenths to 4.3 yet advances from eighth to seventh. Another positive streak comes to an end as Alpha Media CHR KTFM surrenders four-tenths to 4.2 (sixth to eighth, 6+). “Energy 94.1” had been an overall +2.0 through four straight upticks (2.6 – 2.9 – 3.3 – 4.2 – 4.6, 6+). A one-tenth increase to 5.8 (flat at #2, 6+) by Cox Media Group-owned KCYY “Y-100 San Antonio’s New Country Leader” pulls the plug on five straight decreases that accounted for an overall -1.5 (7.2 – 6.9 – 6.4 – 6.2 – 6.1 – 5.7, 6+). Recent shifts for “Y-100” include: -1.1 (“Holiday” 2018); +1.8 (January 2019); +.6 (February); -.6 (March); +.6 (May); and -.5 (July). Its format foe – iHeartMedia’s KAJA “KJ-97 San Antonio’s #1 Country Station” – answers October’s -1.1 (5.4 – 4.3, 6+) with a November boost of three-tenths to 4.6 (ninth to sixth, 6+). Before gaining three-tenths in September, KAJA was -1.1 in three consecutive losses (6.2 – 6.0 – 5.5 – 5.1, 6+). “KJ-97” has been +1.0 (December 2018); -1.0 (“Holiday” 2018); +3.0 (January 2019); –1.9 (March); -.5 (July); and -1.1 (October).

Sacramento

Spoken-Word Formats – Owing to five successive sweeps without a loss, iHeartMedia-owned news/talk KFBK is a collective +1.5 (5.2 – 5.2 – 5.7 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 6.7, 6+) and continues in third-place. This (6.7) is the best 6+-stat for “Sacramento’s News, Weather and Traffic Station” since February’s 7.0. Co-owned KSTE “Talk 650,” however, is -1.0 via three drops in a row (3.3 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.3, flat at #14, 6+).

Following October’s loss of one-tenth (1.0 – .9, 6+), Entercom sports talk KIFM-AM “ESPN Radio 1320” bounces back with a +.4 to 1.3 (6+) and cracks the top twenty (#21 to #19). Five successive sweeps without a loss by Bonneville’s KHTK resulted in an overall gain of three-tenths (.6 – .6 – .7 – .8 – .9 – .9, 6+), but “Sports 1140” drops one-tenth to .8 (#21 to #22, 6+). These two sports talkers were tied in July, August, and October.

Continuing an alternating up/down pattern that began in June, Capital Public Radio news/talk KXJZ logs a November +.9 and advances from fifth to fourth (4.7 – 5.0 – 4.8 – 5.3 – 5.1 – 6.0, 6+). December 2018’s 6.9 is the highest 6+-stat in its PPM-history.

Sacramento Music Formats – Approximately one year ago (mid-November 2018), iHeartMedia transitioned KBEB from country to adult contemporary. The recent rollercoaster ride for “92.5 The Breeze” includes being a combined +.9 in August/September (3.9 – 4.4 – 4.8, 6+); off nine-tenths in October; and now up six-tenths in November (3.9 – 4.5, #12 to #7, 6+). It is now tied with its format rival – Bonneville’s KYMX “Mix 96,” which follows September’s 4.2 (6+) with back-to-back 4.5 showings (eighth to seventh, 6+). In the 13 reports since KBEB’s format switch, “Mix” has prevailed 11 times; “The Breeze” has come on top once (September, 4.8 to 4.2, 6+); and this is the first tie between the AC rivals. Posting one-half share increases are Entercom’s KRXQ “98 Rock” (5.3 – 5.8, fourth to fifth, 6+) and iHeartMedia classic rocker KYRV “93.7 The River” (5.1, seventh to sixth, 6+). After three successive gains generated a +1.1 (5.0 – 5.2 – 6.0 – 6.1, 6+), “98 Rock” regressed by eight-tenths in October. Meanwhile, “The River” pulls the plug on four straight decreases that accounted for a -2.0 (6.6 – 6.3 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 4.6, 6+). Preceding that, KYRV posted four consecutive improvements that yielded a +1.4 (5.2 – 5.3 – 5.5 – 5.7 – 6.6, 6+). Even though it surrenders the two-tenths it acquired in October (7.6 – 7.8 – 7.6, 6+), Entercom-owned KSEG “96.9 The Eagle – Sacramento’s Classic Rock” is #1 the tenth month in a row. Its July 2019 through November 2019 topline is: 7.8 – 7.9 – 7.6 – 7.8 – 7.6 (6+). “The Eagle” held the lead position ten consecutive survey periods before shifting to #2 in December 2018. Its recent fluctuations include: -.8 (“Holiday” 2018); +1.0 (February 2019); -.5 (April); +.9 (May); -.6 (June); and -.5 (July). The three most recent shifts by iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic oldies KHYL “V-101” are -.8 (September); +.5 (October); and -.6 in November (4.5 – 3.9, eighth to tenth, 6+). Also faltering by six-tenths in November are Bonneville hot AC KZZO “Now 100.5 Today’s Best Hits” (3.8, #10 to #12, 6+) and Entercom rhythmic CHR KSFM (3.1, flat at #13). “Now” had been an overall +1.2 in three straight spikes (3.2 – 3.6 – 4.1 – 4.4, 6+) and recorded its highest 6+-figure since May 2018 (4.4, as well); KSFM was a combined +.7 in September/October (3.0 – 3.5 – 3.7, 6+). As a result of six down or flat trends in succession (6.0 – 5.7 – 5.7 – 5.5 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 4.5, 6+), Entercom CHR KUDL is an overall -1.3; “106.5 The End” falls from sixth to a three-way tie at seventh.

Pittsburgh

Spoken-Word Formats –  Up or flat the past three sweeps for a collective increase of nine-tenths (3.2 – 3.2 – 3.6 – 4.1, 6+), Entercom’s KDKA-AM forfeits two-tenths to 3.9 (6+) but repeats at #10.

A combined +1.4 in September/October (5.7 – 6.3 – 7.1, 6+), co-owned sports talk KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan” is off four-tenths to 6.7 (6+) and remains in fourth-place. Similarly-formatted/iHeartMedia-owned WBGG 970 AM – ESPN Pittsburgh” (Steelers) drops two-tenths (.5 – .3, #24 to #25, 6+).

Flat at #11, Essential Public Media news/talk WESA “90.5 Pittsburgh’s NPR Station” follows October’s one-half share loss with a November increase of one-tenth (4.2 – 3.7 – 3.8, 6+).

Pittsburgh Music Formats – A combined -1.0 in September/October (8.8 – 8.2, -.6, 6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWSW erases all but one-tenth of that deficit with a November +.9 to 9.1 (6+) and repeats in the runner-up slot. Immediately prior to the October sweep, “94.5 3WS” spent three successive months at #1. Its -.4 in September interrupted three increases in succession that led to an overall +1.5 (7.7 – 8.5 – 8.9 – 9.2, 6+); August’s 9.2 was its best 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2018 (13.6). Co-owned/similarly-formatted WWSW-HD2 notes its tenth straight sweep without a loss for a net gain of three-tenths (.1 – .1 – .1 -.1 – .1 – .1 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .3 – .4, #24, 6+). Steel City Media hot AC WLTJ has a June 2019 through November 2019 alternating up/down pattern of 3.7 – 3.9 – 3.1 – 3.5 – 2.7 – 2.9 (6+); “Q-92.9” continues at #12. Unlisted in July, August, and September, Forever Media country outlet WOGI reappeared in print with a 1.0 (October, 6+) and “Froggy” gains one-half share to 1.5 (#19 to #16, 6+). Repeating in the top spot is iHeartMedia-owned rocker WDVE (Steelers), which adds one-tenth to October’s +1.1 (9.4 – 9.5, 6+). In advance of the October sweep, WDVE was a collective -1.2 through three negative trends in a row (9.5 – 8.7 – 8.6 – 8.3, 6+). Four straight jumps by alternative sibling WXDX accounted for a +1.9 (3.0 – 3.6 – 3.9 – 4.5 – 4.9, 6+) but “105.9 The X” falters by one-half share in November to 4.4 (seventh to eighth, 6+). Co-owned CHR WKST “96.1 Kiss – Pittsburgh’s #1 Hit Music Station” logged a fluctuation of seven-tenths in each of the last three months: +.7 (August); -.7 (September); and -.7 (October). That comes to a close in November as “Kiss” is down two-tenths (5.2 – 5.0, flat at #5, 6+). August’s 6.6 was the best 6+-showing for “Kiss” since September 2018’s 6.7. Off one-half share (in addition to WXDX) is Entercom-owned WDSY “Pittsburgh’s Country Y-108” (4.7, fifth to sixth), which had been +1.0 in three straight positive or neutral shifts (4.2 – 4.2 – 4.9 – 5.2, 6+). Despite being an overall -1.7 as a result of six negative or neutral moves in a row (6.3 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.0 – 4.8 – 4.6, 6+), Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WSHH “Wish 99.7” advances from eighth to seventh.

Salt Lake City

Spoken-Word Formats – On the heels of October’s mammoth +2.4 (4.0 – 6.4, 6+), Bonneville-owned KSL “News Radio 102.7 FM & 1160 AM” relinquishes seven-tenths to 5.7 (third to fourth, 6+). When KSL gained six-tenths in September (3.4 – 4.0, 6+), it pulled the plug on four consecutive down or flat moves that led to a collective -1.8 (5.2 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.6 – 3.4, 6+); August’s 3.4 is KSL’s lowest 6+ PPM-stat. Taking its turn for registering a colossal increase is iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted KNRS, as “Talk Radio 105.9 – Listen And You’ll Know” crosses the five-share level and vaults into the top ten (3.2 – 5.2, +.2.0, #12 to #6, 6+). October’s increase of four-tenths halted three straight down or flat sweeps that led to a loss of nine-tenths (3.7 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+). Up or flat the sixth survey period in a row for a net gain of two-tenths (.3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .5 – .5, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KKAT “860 AM – Utah’s Big Talker” is anchored at #21.

For the 11th sweep in a row, Broadway Media sports talk KALL “ESPN 700” is unlisted.

Albeit off four-tenths in October/November (2.2 – 2.1 – 1.8, 6+), University of Utah news/talk KUER progresses from #16 to #15.

Salt Lake City Music Formats – By gaining four-tenths to 6.3 (fourth to second, 6+), Bonneville classic hits-oldies KRSP “103.5 The Arrow” applies the brakes to three downward moves in a row that resulted in a -1.7 (7.6 – 7.2 – 6.3 – 5.9, 6+); 5.9 is its lowest 6+-showing since December 2018’s 5.7. KRSP’s July improvement of eight-tenths interrupted May/June’s -1.4 (8.2 – 7.6 – 6.8, 6+), which followed five consecutive increases resulting in an overall +2.5 (5.7 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 7.0 – 7.8 – 8.2, 6+). Before being July’s market leader, “Arrow” had an April-only stay at #1. Tied in eighth place are hot AC rivals Capital Broadcasting’-owned KBZN “Now 97.9 – Today’s Best Music” (4.8 – 4.9, +.1, flat at #8, 6+) and iHeartMedia’s KJMY “My-99.5” (sixth to eighth). Entering the November sweep, “Now” had fluctuations of +.7 (July); -1.1 (August); +1.0 (September); and -1.3 (October). As a result of three drops in a row, KJMY is -1.0 (5.9 – 5.4 – 5.0 – 4.9, 6+). Up one-half share in October/November (6.3 – 6.7 – 6.8, 6+), Bonneville’s KSFI “FM 100.3 – Better Music/Better Work Day” repeats at #1. Immediately prior, “FM 100.3” was -2.0 via four straight negative moves (8.3 – 8.0 – 6.7 – 6.6 – 6.3, 6+). KSFI was on top five months in a row; segued to the runner-up slot in April; and returned to #1 in May and June. “FM 100.3” was the only PPM-market station in “Holiday” 2018 to reach the 20-share level (21.8, 6+). After gaining six-tenths in October (3.4 – 4.0, 6+) and reaching the four-share level (4.0) for the first time since January’s 4.2, Cumulus Media’s similarly-formatted KBEE is -1.0 in November to 3.0 (6+). “B-98.7 Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites” departs the top ten (#10 to #12). Its CHR sibling, KENZ “Power 94.9 – Utah’s New Hit Music,” is off four-tenths to 3.1 (flat at #11, 6+), thus curtailing four upticks in a row that netted a +1.0 (2.5 – 2.7 – 2.8 – 3.2 – 3.5, 6+). KLO Broadcasting’s KSQN “103.1 The Wave – Your Classic Alternative” is without an increase the seventh sweep in a row for a roughly 47% loss (-.8) of its 6+ AQH share (1.7 – 1.5 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1 – .9 – .9, flat at #18, 6+). These Broadway Media stations are unlisted the 11t sweep in a row: adult hits KYMV; alternative KXRK; CHR KUDD; country KEGA; and rhythmic CHR KUUU.

Las Vegas

Spoken-Word Formats – Not only does Entercom-owned KXNT erase October’s loss of one-tenth with a November gain of four-tenths (2.2 – 2.6, 6+), “News Talk Radio 840” rockets from #18 to #12. As a result of three successive sweeps without a decrease (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.3, 6+), Beasley Media Group news/talk KDWN “AM 720 Where Las Vegas Comes to Talk” is up three-tenths and progresses from #24 to #21.

Tied with KDWN is Lotus Communications sports talk KWWN “ESPN Radio 1100,” which more than tripled (+1.0) its 6+ AQH-share (.4 – .5 – .5 -.5 – .8 – 1.3 – 1.4, 6+) in six consecutive positive or neutral reports but drops one-tenth to 1.3 (#22 to #21, 6+). Entercom sports talk KXST “CBS Sports Radio 1140 AM” is up one-tenth in back-to-back sweeps (.3 – .4 – .5, #26, 6+).

Owing to three major drops in succession (4.8 – 4.1 – 3.3 – 2.3, 6+), Nevada Public Radio news/talk KNPR has lost roughly 52% (-2.5) of its 6+ AQH share and craters from the top ten (#8 to #18).

Las Vegas Music Formats – Without an increase the past three reports for an overall -1.7 (4.1 – 2.7 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KYMT “93.1 The Mountain – World Class Rock” roars back with a +1.1 to 3.5 (6+) and enters the top ten (#14 to #8, 6+). Tacking on nine-tenths to October’s +.7 (3.6 – 4.5, 6+), Entercom rhythmic hot AC KXQQ advances from sixth to fifth. Immediately prior to October, “Q-100.5” posted four straight sweeps without an increase that resulted in a -2.1 (5.0 – 3.6 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+). That particular streak directly trailed its cumulative +1.1 in five consecutive up or flat moves (3.9 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 5.0, 6+). In May 2019, KXQQ reached the five-share level (6+) for the first time since May 2018 (5.0, as well). After trending 2.7 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 2.4 (May through October, 6+), Entercom alternative KXTE “X-107.5” busts out a +.8 to 3.2 (#14 to #11, 6+), its best 6+-stat in exactly one year (November 2018, 3.2, as well). Despite being up six-tenths through four successive sweeps without a loss (3.3 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.9, 6+) and posting its highest 6+-stat since June (3.9, as well), Beasley Media Group hot AC KVGS “Star 107.9” backslides from fifth to seventh. Similarly, Faith Communications contemporary Christian KSOS “SOS Radio” has its fifth consecutive positive or neutral report for a +.6 (2.7 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3, 6+) yet moves from eighth to ninth; 3.3 in September, October, and November represents its best 6+ showing since April’s 3.4. An increase of six-tenths (3.5 – 4.1, seventh to sixth) takes Lotus Communications’ KWID “La Buena 101.9” to its highest 6+- stat since June’s 5.1. Co-owned KXPT “97.1 The Point #1 For Classic Rock,” which had been an overall +1.3 through three improvements in a row (4.5 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.8, 6+), falters by four-tenths to 5.4 (6+) but remains in third-place. The combination of iHeartMedia adult contemporary KSNE “Sunny 106.5 – Better Music For A Better Workday” sputtering by six-tenths (8.0 – 7.4, first to second, 6+) and Beasley Media group classic hits-oldies KKLZ “Hits of the ‘80s and More” gaining three-tenths (second to first) results in the two swapping places. Although off nine-tenths in September, “Sunny” had been on top the past four sweeps. September’s loss snapped at three its consecutive string of upticks that yielded a +3.8 (4.8 – 6.0 – 7.6 – 8.6, 6+). Prior to May, it last fell below a five-share (6+) in October 2017 (4.8, as well). “Holiday” 2018’s 12.8 is the highest 6+-share for any Las Vegas station since the 14.0 KSNE logged in “Holiday” 2016. Meanwhile, KKLZ is a collective +1.9 through five consecutive bumps (6.1 – 7.2 – 7.4 – 7.6 – 7.7 – 8.0, 6+) and logs its best 6+-share (8.0) since February’s 8.3. Taking over from KSNE at #1 in February, KKLZ remained on top through June, before giving way to “Sunny.” In five straight down or flat reports, Beasley Media Group’s country-formatted KCYE “102.7 The Coyote” is an overall -1.5 (4.1 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.0 – 2.6 – 2.6, flat at #13, 6+). It is one-tenth ahead of iHeartMedia’s similarly-programmed KWNR “95.5 The Bull – Las Vegas’ New Country Leader” (#11 to #16, 6+), which is a combined -.9 in October/November (3.4 – 2.8 – 2.5, 6+). This is the 11th time in a row that Entravision Communications regional Mexican KQRT and Spanish contemporary sibling KRRN are unlisted.

Orlando

Spoken-Word Formats – Gaining three-tenths (4.4 – 4.7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned news/talk WTKS remains in ninth-place. Before dropping one-tenth in October, “Real Radio 104.1 – We Say What We Want” was a collective +1.0 as a result of three straight improvements (3.5 – 3.8 – 4.1 – 4.5, 6+). Up nine-tenths in September, Cox Media Group news/talk WDBO-FM “News 96.5” is now a combined -1.3 in October/November (5.1 – 4.2 – 3.8, #11 to #12, 6+). Four-tenths behind WDBO-FM is iHeartMedia news/talk WFLF “News Radio Orlando,” which is +.9 in October/November (2.5 – 3.1 – 3.4, #14 to #13, 6+).

Logging its eighth up or flat trend in succession for a net gain of +1.1 (.2 – .3 – .3 – .7 – .7 – .7 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.3, 6+), Cox Media Group sports talk WDBO-AM “ESPN 580 Orlando” carries on at #16. Although flat at 1.1 (6+), iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted WYGM “FM 96.9 The Game – Orlando’s Sports Leader” drops from #16 to #19.

A combined +.9 in September/October (2.5 – 3.3 – 3.4, 6+), Community Communications’ news/talk WMFE “90.7 Public Radio for Central Florida” is off three-tenths in November to 3.1 (#13 to #15, 6+).

Orlando Music Formats – Six recent fluctuations by Cox Media Group-owned WWKA include: -.5 (May); +.6 (June); -.5 (August); +.6 (September); -.9 (October); and now +.9 in November (3.8 – 4.7, 6+). “K-92.3 Orlando’s #1 For New Country” returns to the top ten (#12 to #9); its internet stream is up six-tenths (.2 – .8, #21, 6+). Gaining six-tenths as well are WWKA’s rhythmic CHR sibling WPYO “Power 95.3 Orlando’s New #1 For All The Hits,” which is +1.1 via three straight upticks (3.8 – 3.9 – 4.3, 4.9, tenth to sixth, 6+), and Entercom classic hits-oldies WOCL “105-9 Sunny FM – We Own The ‘80s” (9.1, 6+). Setting the pace the seventh month in a row, WOCL was a combined -2.5 in September/October (11.0 – 9.5 – 8.5, 6+). Immediately in advance of the September sweep, “Sunny” netted a +3.1 through four consecutive bumps (7.9 – 9.0 – 9.4 – 10.8 – 11.0, 6+). July’s 10.8 marked the first time any Orlando station hit double-digits (6+) since “Holiday” 2018 when iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMGF reached 14.3 (6+). After improving by six-tenths in October (4.2 – 4.8, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WJRR “101.1 Orlando’s Rock Station” surrenders nine-tenths to 3.9 (6+) and exits the top ten (#8 to #11). University of Central Florida-owned WUCF “89.9 Jazz & More” notches its sixth positive or neutral report in a row for a collective gain of four-tenths (.7 – .7 – .8 – .8 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1, steady at #19, 6+). After being up one-half share via three straight sweeps without a loss (5.1 – 5.1 – 5.4 – 5.6, 6+), Cox Media Group urban AC WCFB “Star 94.5” forfeits seven-tenths and falls below a five-share (4.9, flat at #6, 6+). Five decreases in a row by iHeartMedia Spanish tropical WRUM have resulted in a collective -2.1 (8.7 – 8.5 – 7.8 – 7.1 – 7.0 – 6.6, 6+) as “Rumba 100.3” repeats in fourth-place. WRUM occupied the runner-up slot three months in a row but fell to third in August. Entravision Communications’ similarly-formatted WNUE is unlisted for the 10th successive report.

Cincinnati

Spoken-Word Formats – On top the past three months, iHeartMedia news/talk WLW (Bengals) is a combined -2.0 in three successive down or flat moves (10.7 – 10.7 – 9.8 – 8.7, 6+) and segues to the runner-up slot. This (8.7) is the lowest 6+-stat for “The Big One” since “Holiday” 2018’s 7.5. Co-owned WKRC “55 KRC The Talk Station” is in an alternating July 2019 through November 2019 up/down pattern (2.7 – 3.2 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 2.8, 6+) and departs the top ten (#10 to #13).

Sports talk cluster-mate WCKY “Cincinnati’s ESPN 1530” more than triples (+1.1) its 6+ AQH share in four straight sweeps without a loss (.5 – .8 – .8 – 1.1 – 1.6, 6+) and continues at #17. The extremely consistent April 2019 through November 2019 topline for co-owned WSAI “Fox Sports 1360” is: .4 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .4 (6+).

This is the third report a row in which Cincinnati Public Radio news/talk WVXU posts a 2.9 (6+), moving from a three-way tie at #12 to a conventional tie at #11.

Cincinnati Music Formats – Not only does Cumulus Media’s WNNF net a +2.0 in three straight upticks and cross the three-share level (1.9 – 2.3 – 2.9 – 3.9, 6+), “Cat Country 94.1” enters the top ten (#12 to #8). Jumping eight-tenths each are Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WKRQ “Q-102 Cincinnati’s Hit Music” (6.7, fifth to fourth) and Grant County Broadcasters’ WNKN “Classic Country” (2.9, #16 to #11, 6+). “Q-102” had been within 5.4 – 5.9 range (6+) in each of the last eight survey periods (5.7 – 5.6 – 5.5 – 5.7 – 5.4 – 5.9 – 5.7 – 5.9, 6+); WNKN was down four-tenths in September/October (2.5 – 2.4 – 2.1, 6+). Despite dropping the one-tenth it picked up in October, Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WGRR “103.5 Cincinnati’s Greatest Hits” advances from second to first and has an August 2019 through November 2019 topline of: 9.1 – 9.3 – 9.4 – 9.3 (6+). Co-owned WFTK “96 Rock,” which was a combined +.7 in September/October (2.2 – 2.7 – 2.9, 6+), forfeits that increase in its entirety (2.2, -.7, #12 to #16, 6+). Still in that Cumulus Media cluster, adult contemporary WRRM “Warm 98.5” falls below a six share and is -2.0 as a result of six successive setbacks (7.5 – 6.9 – 6.8 – 6.5 – 6.4 – 6.0 – 5.5, fourth to fifth, 6+). Radio One urban AC WOSL “100.3 Cinci’s R&B Station” is an overall -1.2 since July (4.0 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.0 – 2.8, #11 to #13, 6+) and has its lowest 6+-stat (2.8) since “Holiday” 2018’s 2.6.

Cleveland

Spoken-Word Formats – Down three-tenths (5.8 – 5.5, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WTAM slips from sixth to eighth. Eight other recent fluctuations for “1100 Cleveland’s News Radio” include: -.6 (March); +.9 (April); -.7 (May); +.5 (June); +.5 (July); +1.1 (August); -.7 (September) and -.7 (October). Unlisted in July, August, and September, Salem Media Group news/talk WHK resurfaced in print with a .9 (#17, 6+) in October; “AM 1420 The Answer – News-Opinion-Insight” repeats that 6+ AQH share (.9) and rank (#17) in November. Simulcasting co-owned news/talk WERE, Radio One’s WZAK-HD3 pops on at #19 (.6, 6+).

As a result of five upticks in a row, Entercom’s WKRK “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” (Browns) is a collective +2.7 (3.0 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 4.4 – 5.3 – 5.7, eighth to seventh, 6+).

Flat at #12, Ideastream-owned news/talk WCPN is up nine-tenths in October/November (2.7 – 3.3 – 3.6, 6+), immediately after September’s -1.3 (4.0 – 2.7, 6+). September’s 2.7 marked the first time WCPN fell below a three-share since “Holiday” 2018’s 2.1.

Cleveland Music Formats – The June 2019 through October 2019 topline of iHeartMedia-owned WGAR is 8.1 – 8.1 – 8.3 – 8.0 – 8.1 (6+), but with a bump of nine-tenths, “99.5 Cleveland’s #1 For New Country” reaches the nine-share level (9.0, third to second, 6+). Not only does co-owned classic hits-oldies WMJI bounce back from October’s loss of four-tenths with an increase twice that magnitude (8.6 – 9.4, +.8, 6+), “Majic 105.7 – Cleveland’s Greatest Hits” is #1 the third month in a row. Prior to shifting to third in August, WMJI was the market leader eight straight sweeps. Recent “Majic” shifts include: +2.8 (“Holiday” 2018); -1.7 (January 2019); +.8 (February); +1.0 (March); -1.0 (April); -.6 (July); -1.0 (August); +.8 (September); and +.8 (October). With a gain of six-tenths, Entercom adult contemporary WDOK “Cleveland’s Star 102” now has a July 2019 through November 2019 topline of 6.6 – 7.2 – 6.6 – 6.6 – 7.2 (fifth to third, 6+). Hot AC sibling WQAL posts its third straight up or flat trend for a collective +.6. “Q-104” reenters the top ten (#11 to #10) with its best 6+-stat (4.4) since “Holiday” 2018’s 4.7. The three latest (6+) fluctuations for cluster-mate WNCX “98.5 Cleveland’s Classic Rock” are -.9 (September); +.8 (October); and -1.2 in November (8.3 – 7.4 – 8.2 – 7.0, second to fourth, 6+). WNCX shared the lead in August with aforementioned WGAR. Prior to August/September’s -1.1 (8.5 – 8.3 – 7.4, 6+), WNCX was a collective +2.1 via five straight improvements (6.4 – 7.0 – 7.6 – 7.3 – 8.4 – 8.5, 6+). Up a combined seven-tenths in September/October (4.3 – 4.9 – 5.0, 6+), Radio One urban contemporary WENZ “Z-107.9” falters by -1.0 in November and exits the top ten (4.0, #10 to #11, 6+). Co-owned urban AC WZAK was +.6 (September); -.5 (October); and now -.7 in November (7.6 – 8.2 – 7.7 – 7.0, flat at #4, 6+). WZAK was -1.1 in July (7.8 – 6.7) and then a combined +1.5 in August/September (6.7 – 7.6 – 8.2, 6+). When WZAK gained three-tenths in June, it halted five successive sweeps without an increase that resulted in a -1.2 (8.7 – 8.5 – 8.5 – 8.5 – 8.2 – 7.5, 6+). Unlisted in July, August, and September, Salem Media Group contemporary Christian WFHM reappeared in October with a 3.0 (6+), but “95.5 The Fish” forfeits eight-tenths to 2.2 (flat at #14, 6+). Following three straight gains for a collective +.7 (.9 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.6, 6+), Ideastream-owned WCLV “Classical 104.9” is off one-tenth to 1.5 (6+) but remains at #15; October’s 1.6 was its best 6+-showing since February’s 2.2. Within 3.1 – 3.9 range the tenth successive time (3.6 – 3.9 – 3.1 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3.9 – 3.8 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.5, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WAKS “96.5 Kiss FM” is unchanged at #13.

Kansas City

Spoken-Word Formats – Notwithstanding that Entercom news/talk KMBZ-FM is a collective +1.6 in three straight up or flat trends and crosses the six-share level (4.5 – 5.4 – 6.1 – 6.1, 6+), “98.1 News-Traffic-Weather” shifts from fourth to fifth. After losing an overall one-half share in four consecutive down or flat reports (2.3 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 1.8 – 1.8, 6+), co-owned KMBZ-AM “Talk 980” halts the slide with a gain of three-tenths to 2.1 (#20 to #18, 6+). Cumulus Media’s KCMO-AM “Talk Radio 710 AM” has a July 2019 through November 2019 topline of: 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.3 (flat at #21, 6+).

For the fourth time in the last five reports, Union Broadcasting’s WHB “Sports Radio 810” notches a fluctuation of four-tenths: 3.2 – 2.8 (July, 6+); 2.8 – 3.2 (August, 6+); 3.2 – 3.6 (September, 6+); and now 4.2 – 3.8 (November, seventh to ninth, 6+). October’s 4.2 was its best 6+-stat since January (5.0). By dropping six-tenths to 2.8 (#12 to #15, 6+), Entercom-owned KCSP “610 Sports Radio” suspends three straight improvements that accounted for a net gain of nine-tenths (2.5 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.4,  6+). This streak directly followed three drops in succession that resulted in a -1.5 (4.0 – 3.9 – 3.3 – 2.5, 6+).

After posting a June 2019 through October 2019 topline of: 4.1 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 4.4 – 4.1 (6+), University of Missouri news/talk KCUR hangs out a +.6 to 4.7 (eighth to sixth, 6+), its best 6+-stat since May (4.7).

Kansas City Music Formats – All three of the market’s major country FMs log October 2019 – November 2019 (6+) fluctuations of at least one full-share. On the plus side, Steel City Media’s KFKF “Country 94.1” balloons by +1.5 and is a combined +1.9 in October/November (4.5 – 4.9 – 6.4, fifth to fourth, 6+). This (6.4) marks the first time any Kansas City country outlet has crossed the six-share level since August 2018 (KFKF, 6.2, 6+). Entercom’s WDAF, which was a combined -1.4 in September/October (4.2 – 3.2 – 2.8, 6+), erases all but four-tenths of that shortfall with a +1.0 to 3.8 (6+). Meanwhile, KFKF cluster-mate KBEQ falters by -1.1 and is now an overall -1.6 in three straight setbacks (5.0 – 4.9 – 4.5, – 3.4, 6+). Whereas “106.5 The Wolf” reenters the top ten (#15 to #9), “Q-104 New Hit Country” drifts from it (#6 to #13). After notching a 4.1 (6+) in three of the last four sweeps (4.1 – 4.3 – 4.1 – 4.1, 6+), Entercom hot AC KZPT “99.7 The Point” dials up a +.6 to 4.7 (eighth to sixth, 6+). A combined +1.2 in September/October (9.3 – 10.3 – 10.5, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KCFX (Chiefs) surrenders half that increase to 9.9 (-.6, 6+). Nonetheless, “101 The Fox – Kansas City’s Classic Rock Station” is #1 the fifth month in a row. An August loss of six-tenths halted four straight gains that yielded a +2.6 (7.3 – 7.7 – 8.4 – 8.6 – 9.9, 6+). In this year’s 11 survey periods, KCFX has been on top eight times (January, February, May, July, August, September, October, and November), while its classic hits-oldies sibling, KCMO-FM “94.9 Kansas City’s Greatest Hits,” has set the pace the other three (March, April, and June). Down two-tenths but remaining in the runner-up slot, KCMO-FM has an August 2019 – November 2019 topline of: 8.6 – 8.2 – 8.8 – 8.6 (6+). From January through June, KCMO-FM was +3.8 through six successive sweeps without a loss (5.4 – 6.6 – 7.7 – 7.9 – 7.9 – 9.2 – 9.2, 6+). Seven of its recent fluctuations include: +1.6 (“Holiday” 2018); -1.3 (January 2019); +1.2 (February); +1.1 (March); +1.3 (June); -.6 (August); and +.6 (October). Still in that Cumulus Media cluster, KCJK “105.1 The X – Kansas City’s Rock Alternative” is off a combined nine-tenths in October/November (2.6 – 2.5 – 1.7, #18 to #20, 6+). The last time KCJK fell below a two-share (6+) was in February (1.9). Entercom’s KQRC “98.9 The Rock” has its fourth decrease in a row for a collective -1.5 and exits the top ten (4.9 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.7 – 3.4, #10 to #13, 6+).

Columbus

Spoken-Word Formats –  A combined +1.4 in September/October (5.0 – 5.6 – 6.4, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WTVN “News Radio 610” relinquishes three-tenths to 6.1 (fourth to fifth, 6+).

Unlisted in July, August, and September, Tegna’s WBNS-FM reappeared in print this time last month. Down one-tenth in November, “Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan” has a topline of 4.0 – 5.7 – 7.0 – 6.9 (second to third, 6+). October’s 7.0 represents its best printed 6+-stat since December 2018’s 7.3. Co-owned/similarly formatted WBNS-AM resurfaced in October as well and repeats October’s 6+ share (.2) and market rank (#19).

Through three straight bumps (4.3 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.2, 6+), Ohio State University news/talk WOSU is up nine-tenths and advances from seventh to sixth.

Columbus Music Formats – After being an overall -1.7 in five straight down or flat moves (8.6 – 7.4 – 7.1 – 6.9 – 6.9 – 6.9, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WNCI “97.9 Columbus’ Hit Music Station” erases roughly half that deficit with a November increase of nine-tenths (7.8, third to second). In addition to picking up eight-tenths in October/November (3.2 – 3.3 – 4.0, 6+), co-owned urban contemporary WZCB “106.7 The Beat” enters the top ten (#11 to #8). By gaining one-tenth to 3.9 (eighth to ninth, 6+), adult hits sibling WODC “93.3 The Bus” applies the brakes to three straight drops that resulted in a collective -1.8 (5.6 – 4.7 – 4.2 – 3.8, 6+). Prior to the June sweep, “The Bus” notched three consecutive up or flat sweeps that yielded a +1.0 (4.1 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 5.1, 6+). WODC has been +3.7 (December 2018/“Holiday” 2018); -4.1 (January 2019); +.9 (May); -.5 (June); +1.0 (July); -.9 (August); and -.5 (September). Progressing by one-half share each are Saga Communications adult contemporary WSNY “Sunny 95” (6.7, sixth to fourth, 6+) and Ohio State University’s WOSA “Classical 101” (1.3, #18 to #17, 6+). Immediately following its +.9 as a result of three successive up or flat trends (6.7 – 6.9 – 6.9 – 7.6, 6+), “Sunny 95” was a combined -1.4 in September/October (7.6 – 6.9 – 6.2, 6+). “Classical 101” was off four-tenths via four consecutive sweeps without an increase (1.2 – 1.1 – .9 – .8 – .8, 6+). Four successive upticks by Radio One gospel WJYD yield nine-tenths (1.1 – 1.4 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 2.0, #15 to #14, 6+) as “Joy 107.1” has its best 6+-showing (2.0) since May (2.0, as well). Shaking off October’s slip of eight-tenths with an improvement of two-tenths (10.7 – 10.9, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WCOL “92.3 Columbus’ #1 For New Country” is #1 the 24th sweep in a row and has been in double-digits (6+) each ratings period since June 2017. WCOL was up a combined seven-tenths in August/September (10.8 – 11.2 – 11.5, 6+), just after its overall -2.2 in three straight declines (13.0 -11.7 – 11.1 – 10.8, 6+). Sample WCOL fluctuations include: -2.1 (“Holiday” 2018); +.8 (January 2019); +.7 (February); +1.2 (April); -1.3 (May); -.6 (June); and -.8 (October). Owing to three successive setbacks, Saga Communications’ WLVQ “Q-FM 96 Iconic Rock” erodes by -2.4 and falls below a five-share (6.9 – 6.7 – 6.3 – 4.5, fifth to seventh, 6+) for the first time since April 2016 (4.5, as well). Off one-half share are co-owned classic hits-oldies WNND “Rewind” (1.9, #13 to #15, 6+) and One Connection Media Group contemporary Christian WCVO “104.9 The River,” which is trending 3.1 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 2.4 (flat at #12, 6+). Up three-tenths in October, “Rewind” was a combined -1.3 in August/September (3.4 – 2.8 – 2.1, 6+), directly following a collective +1.2 through four consecutive increases (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.5 – 3.0 – 3.4, 6+). Down or flat the fourth time in a row for a net loss of three-tenths (1.7 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.4, unchanged at #16, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rock WXZX “105.7 The Brew” has its lowest 6+-stat (1.4) since March (1.2).

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

| November 27, 2019

Round Two of November PPM’s Released. The second of four rounds of November 2019 PPM ratings data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Washington, Boston, Miami, Seattle, Detroit, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis.  The November 2019 rating period covered October 10 – November 6.  Some 6+ ratings gains of note for spoken-word stations during the November survey include: Cumulus Media’s news/talk WMAL-AM/FM, Washington adds 0.6 to its weekly, AQH share for 5.7 and #4 in the market; Entercom’s sports talk WJFK-FM, Washington adds a half share to its October increase for a 4.8 share and the #8 rank; Patriots football is good to Beasley Media Group’s WBZ-FM, Boston “98.5 The Sports Hub” as it adds 2.5 shares over the last three surveys for a 6.2 share and the #3 rank in the market; Entercom’s sports WXYT-FM, Detroit adds 0.8 tenths in November to land at a 5.5 share and #6 in the market; and iHeartMedia’s KFXN, Minneapolis “100.3 K-FAN” tacks a 0.5 share onto its six-month, 3.4 share surge to finish November with a 7.3 share and the #3 rank.  See all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Takeaways” from these markets here.

John Shumway Leaves KDKA-AM to Focus on Television Role. Pittsburgh news pro John Shumway is giving up his role as co-host of the morning drive show on Entercom’s KDKA-AM in order to focus on his reporting position with KDKA-TV, effective today (11/27).  In a memo to staff, Entercom Pittsburgh market manager Michael Spacciapolli says, “We have worked with John to determine it is best for him to relinquish his radio responsibilities and focus his time on his extraordinary work as a general assignment reporter at KDKA-TV.  John has been the cohost of the KDKA Radio morning news for over 15 years – his tireless work ethic and news judgment has been a cornerstone of KDKA Radio mornings.  His integrity is unquestionable. Simply put, John is one the most gifted, well-respected journalists in our city.  I want to personally thank John for his tireless work over the years with us, it has been an honor to work alongside him.”  Larry Richert remains host of the morning program.

Staskiewicz Promoted to Digital PD for Beasley Boston. At Beasley Media Group’s Boston station group, Tim Staskiewicz is promoted to digital program director.  He’d most recently been responsible for managing the digital programming efforts for sports talk WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” and WKLB “Country 102.5” for the past two years.  In his new role, he adds similar duties for urban contemporary WBQT “HOT 96.9,” classic hits WROR, and classic rock WBOS “ROCK 92.9.”  Prior to joining Beasley Media Group, Staskiewicz spent six years as the digital content director for CBS RADIO’s Boston operations.

COMING FRIDAY:  Holiday Weekend Installment of “The Michael Harrison Wrap: An Overview of the National Conversation.”   The Thanksgiving installment of the vibrant, one-hour weekend special, “The Michael Harrison Wrap,” that looks back each week at the hottest topics discussed in American talk media per the research of TALKERS magazine, will be posted Friday afternoon (11/29) on the website of its flagship station, iHeartMedia’s WONK-FM, Washington, DC.  The new episode titled “Thanksgiving Weekend Edition!” will look back at the week of November 25-29, 2019 and feature guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERSBrian Sussman, talk show host, KSFO, San Francisco; Thom Hartmann, talk show host, WYD Media NetworkDoug Stephan, talk show host, Stephan MultimediaBrian Weigand, talk show host, WIQO, Lynchburg, VA; Victoria Jones, executive director, DC Radio Company; and Dr. Renee Kohanski, forensic psychiatrist/medical profession podcaster.  This acclaimed news/talk radio show airs each week on WONK-FM, Washington, DC; WRKO, Boston; KSCO, Santa Cruz, CA; KBDT, Dallas; KQSP, Minneapolis; KBKW, Aberdeen, WA; the Virginia Talk Radio Network and Pioneer Valley Radio in Springfield, MA. It also appears on the iHeart Radio App.  To listen to this weekend’s episode (and the program’s complete archives), please click here.  To view the latest TALKERS magazine topic research, please click here.

Grayson Headed to Full-Time KMBZ-FM, Kansas City Gig? Several radio trades are reporting that longtime St. Louis-based talk radio host Jon Grayson is soon to be co-hosting the midday show with Jayme Monacelli at Entercom’s KMBZ-FM, Kansas City.  Grayson has been handling fill-in duties at the station since he exited CH Holdings’ KTRS, St. Louis a year ago.  Prior to his work with KTRS, he hosted the overnight show at Entercom’s KMOX, St. Louis that was, for a time nationally syndicated as “Overnight America.”  The KMBZ-FM website still lists Mike Wickett as co-host of the 10:00 am to 2:00 pm show.

Impeachment Hearings, 2020 Presidential Election, U.S.-China Trade Talks, Financial Markets Activity, UN Climate Change Report, Storms and Holiday Travel Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (11/26). The testimony in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump; the Democrats vying to challenge President Trump in 2020 and Democrat Michael Bloomberg’s entrance into the race; the on-again trade talks between the U.S. and China; the world’s financial markets react to the U.S.-China talks; the alarming conclusions in the latest UN climate change report; and the storms affecting Thanksgiving holiday travel were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

TALKERS News Notes. Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports that WLS-AM personality Jenniffer Weigel is moving her late night show to the earlier 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm slot, bumping the Westwood One-syndicated Mark Levin show to 9:00 pm to 12:00 midnight.  Weigel started working with the Cumulus Media station earlier this year contributing to the morning drive Mancow show…..The Long Island Nets and Hofstra University’s WRHU “Radio Hofstra University” are expanding their partnership to incorporate television production for the 2019-20 season.  The three-time Marconi Award winning station will continue as the team’s flagship radio station.  This is the first season that WRHU will partner with the Nets to produce the televised broadcasts of all 24 home games.  Students, led by WRHU’s director of operations John Mullen and general manager Bruce Avery, will work and learn as producers, audio engineers, 3-play/replay engineers, and graphics operators and coordinators.  Mark Lukasiewicz, Dean of Hofstra University’s Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, says, “The Long Island Nets have had a very fruitful relationship with Bruce Avery, John Mullen and the students of WRHU.  We look forward to working with Hofstra University on creating a best-in-league television production with our talented in-house production team.”…..In Charlotte, Entercom’s sports talk WFNZ is hosting “WFNZ’s 17th Annual Street Turkeys” – its annual food drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina and Loaves & Fishes.  Today, WFNZ is broadcasting 13 hours of live programming and encouraging listeners to donate turkeys, canned food, monetary donations, and non-perishable items…..Entercom news/talk WCCO, Minneapolis produced its 17th annual Union Gospel Mission Hunger Radiothon on November 18, raising more than $342,000 to benefit Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities.  Since 2003, the station has raised more than $3 million.  Pictured below is WCCO morning personality Dave Lee (right) speaking with a guest resident of the Union Gospel Mission.

Robert F.X. Sillerman Dead at 71. The former radio station owner passed away on Sunday (11/24) after suffering from respiratory illness.  Robert F.X. Sillerman is remembered in the radio business for the several radio companies he built and sold, starting with Sillerman-Morrow Broadcasting with partner “Cousin Brucie” Morrow.  He also built Capstar, partnered with Carl Hirsch’s Legacy Broadcasting, and built SFX Broadcasting, all of which he sold at considerable profits both before and during the era of consolidation.  He created SFX Entertainment after acquiring concert promotion businesses and sold it to then-Clear Channel which ultimately renamed it Live Nation.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. After recently announcing their Las Vegas residency presented by SiriusXM and their 50th anniversary tour, The Doobie Brothers are taking over SiriusXM’s Classic Vinyl channel this Thanksgiving weekend. The band will share insight behind their biggest hits and play music from their own catalogue as well as other artists and friends…..Yesterday morning (11/26), Westwood One’s internationally syndicated “The Ty Bentli Show” hosted a ‘Family Invasion’ with ACM Artist of the Decade Jason Aldean.  The whole morning was spent with Ty, TJ, and Chuck Wicks sharing a behind-the-scenes look at Aldean’s personal and road life as he prepares to spend Thanksgiving at brother-in-law Chuck’s house! Pictured below are (from l-r): Wicks, Aldean, Bentli, and TJ.

November PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Two

| November 27, 2019

November 2019 PPM Data. Information for the November 2019 ratings period has been released for Washington (DC), Boston, Miami, Seattle, Detroit, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. Nielsen Audio’s November 2019 survey period covered October 10 – November 6. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM-markets below.

Washington, DC

Spoken-Word Formats – This proves to be a particularly strong ratings period for several spoken-word facilities in the Nation’s Capital. Included in that group is Cumulus Media news/talk WMAL, which notches a +. 6 to 5.7 (seventh to fourth, 6+), thus pulling the plug on a mini-skid in which it lost two-tenths via three down or flat trends (5.3 – 5.3 – 5.1 – 5.1, 6+). March 2019’s 6.8 represents its best 6+-stat in the PPM-era. After posting a .2 (6+) in August 2018, Radio One’s WOL “News Talk – Where Information Is Power” is unlisted for the 16th sweep in succession.

An overall +1.7 in six straight up or flat moves (3.1 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 4.3 – 4.8, 6+), Entercom sports talk WJFK-FM “106.7 The Fan” continues in eighth-place. The flagship of the 2019 World Series champion Nationals registers the highest 6+-share (4.8) by any D.C. sports talk outlet in the PPM-era, besting the “old” record of 4.3, which WJFK-FM set this time last month. Radio One’s similarly-formatted WTEM “980 The Team,” which gained one-half share in September/October (.6 – .9 – 1.1, 6+), is off one-tenth to 1.0 (#19 to #20, 6+). Cumulus Media sports talk WSBN “ESPN 630 AM The Sports Capitol” adds one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.1 – .2 – .3, #30 to #29, 6+). Up until July 1, WSBN was news/talk WMAL-AM.

Wiping away September/October’s -.6 (8.0 – 7.5 – 7.4, 6+) with a November uptick of seven-tenths to 8.1 (6+),  Hubbard Broadcasting all-news WTOP-FM inches up from third to second. Before gaining one-tenth in August, WTOP-FM was an overall -2.5 in six successive down or flat sweeps (10.4 – 9.8 – 9.7 – 8.7 – 8.7 – 8.2 – 7.9, 6+). It segued to the runner-up slot in July following six straight months at #1. Having nearly tripled (+.7) its 6+ stat through five straight up or flat moves (.4 – .5 – .6 – .6 – .9 – 1.1, 6+), Entercom business news WDCH surrenders six-tenths and departs the top twenty (.5, #19 to #24).

The three most recent fluctuations by American University-owned news/talk WAMU are -.8 (8.2 – 7.4, September, 6+); +.7 (7.4 – 8.1, October, 6+); and +.8 (8.1 – 8.9, September, 6+). “The Mind Is Our Medium” repeats at #1 with its best 6+-stat since March (8.9, as well); it was tied for the top spot in August.

Washington, DC Music Formats – By adding one-half share to October’s increase of three-tenths (2.6 – 2.9 – 3.4, 6+), Entercom classic hits-oldies WIAD completely expunges its cumulative -.8 via three downward trends in a row (3.4 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.6, 6+) as “94.7 The Drive – DC’s Greatest Hits” enters the top ten (#13 to #10). Four straight sweeps without a loss by Atlantic Gateway Communications contemporary Christian WGTS yielded an overall +2.0 (4.2 – 4.3 – 5.1 – 6.2 – 6.2, 6+), but “91.9 Christian Music Radio” forfeits 60% of that growth (5.0, -1.2, , 6+) and drops from fourth to seventh. After being a combined +.8 in September/October (5.3 – 5.6 – 6.1, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WASH sputters by seven-tenths to 5.4 (steady at #5, 6+); October’s 6.1 was its best 6+-showing since “Holiday” 2018’s 10.4. The September-October-November rollercoaster ride for Radio One urban AC WMMJ “Majic” has included a -.8 (8.2 – 7.4, September, 6+); +.6 (7.4 – 8.0, October, 6+); and -.6 (8.0 – 7.4, November, second to third, 6+). When WMMJ added two-tenths in July, it suspended three consecutive dips that resulted in a cumulative loss of seven-tenths (8.2 – 7.8 – 7.7 – 7.5, 6+). In addition to advancing from sixth to fifth, Howard University’s similarly-programmed WHUR adds two-tenths to 5.4 (6+), thus halting five down or flat reports in a row that accounted for a collective -1.3 (6.5 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.2, 6+). Off one-tenth in back-to-back reports (6.5 – 6.4 – 6.3, 6+), WHUR regained that deficit with a May pickup of two-tenths. Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications’ WETA “Classical 90.9,” which gained one-half share in September/October (3.3 – 3.6 – 3.8, 6+), returns that entire sum in November (3.3, -.5, 6+) and exits the top ten (#10 to #12).

Boston

Spoken-Word Formats – Repeating October’s 3.4 (6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WRKO climbs from #12 to #11. Prior to dropping one-half share this time last month, “AM 680 – The Voice of Boston” logged nine successive up or flat trends that netted a +1.8 (2.1 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 3.9, 6+). Co-owned WXKS-AM “Talk 1200” loses roughly 57% (-.4) of its 6+ AQH share via three successive sweeps without an increase (.7 – .4 – .3 – .3, #29 to #30, 6+).

Owing to three upticks in succession, Beasley Media Group-owned WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” (Patriots, Celtics, Bruins) is an overall +2.5 (3.7 – 5.0 – 6.1 – 6.2, fourth to third, 6+) and has its best 6+-stat (6.2) since May’s 7.0. At the same time, Entercom-owned WEEI-FM nets +1.6 via four consecutive sweeps without a loss (3.3 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.4 – 4.9, seventh to sixth, 6+). This (4.9) represents the strongest 6+-showing for the Red Sox flagship in exactly one year (5.7, November 2018).

From March through July, iHeartMedia-owned news-talk hybrid WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” was locked on 5.0 (6+). It picked up one-half share in August but is down seven-tenths in three straight drops (5.5 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 4.8, fifth to seventh, 6+).

Simultaneous with Boston University news/talk WBUR recording a +1.0 (3.5 – 4.5, #11 to #8, 6+), WGBH Educational Foundation news/talk WGBH surrenders six-tenths to 3.1 (#10 to #13, 6+), thus snapping at four its consecutive string of up or flat trends that yielded a +1.5 (2.2 – 2.2 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.7, 6+).

Boston Music Formats – Getting a head-start on its all-Christmas music programming, Entercom adult contemporary WMJX hangs out a +1.1 to 5.8 (sixth to fourth, 6+). In the process, “Magic 106.7 – Today’s Hits/Yesterday’s Favorites” pulls the plug on four setbacks in a row that resulted in a net loss of -2.2 (6.9 – 6.4 – 6.0 – 5.8 – 4.7, 6+). “Magic” was a combined +.8 in May/June (6.1 – 6.2 – 6.9, 6+), with June’s 6.9 its highest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2018’s 14.5. Having been without an increase the past nine survey periods for a net loss of -1.1 or approximately 44% of its 6+ AQH share (2.5 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 1.8 – 1.6 – 1.4, 6+), Entercom CHR WODS “103.3 Amp Radio” applies the brakes with a +.3 to 1.7 (#20 to #19, 6+). The station it is chasing – iHeartMedia’s WXKS-FM “Kiss 108” – drops one-tenth (6.5 – 6.4, 6+) but is in the runner-up slot the sixth straight month. Prior to picking up two-tenths this time last month, “Kiss” was an overall -1.3 in four consecutive negative or neutral moves (7.6 – 7.2 – 6.9 – 6.3 – 6.3, 6+). Stacking six-tenths onto the three-tenths it picked up in October (7.6 – 7.9 – 8.5, 6+), Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies WROR “105.7 – 80s & More” is #1 the eighth month in a row. October’s increase followed WROR’s combined -1.2 in August/September (8.8 – 7.7 – 7.6, 6+). Off a total of two-tenths in September/October (2.7 – 2.7 – 2.5, 6+), Northeast Broadcasting triple A WXRV “92.5 The River – Independent Radio” bounces back with a half-share improvement to 3.0 (#15 to #14, 6+). After gaining eight-tenths in September/October (5.6 – 5.9 – 6.4, 6+) and reaching the six-share level (6+) the third time in the last eight sweeps, iHeartMedia-owned WZLX “100.7 Boston’s Classic Rock” erodes by -1.1 to 5.3 (third to fifth, 6+). It is a somewhat similar scenario for Beasley Media Group rhythmic hot AC WBQT “Hot 96.9.” Immediately following four straight down or flat moves that led to a -1.0 (4.3 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 3.3 – 3.3, 6+), “Hot” was up six-tenths in September/October (3.3 – 3.4 – 3.9, 6+) only to drop six-tenths in November (3.3, #8 to #12, 6+).

Miami

English-Language Spoken-Word Formats – The April 2019 through November 2019 topline for iHeartMedia news/talk WIOD “News Radio 610 – Miami’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” is: 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.7 (#17 to #16, 6+).

Nearly tripling its 6+ AQH share (+.7) via five consecutive upticks (.5 – 6 – .7 – 1.0 – 1.2 – 1.4, 6+), Entercom-owned WQAM “560 The Joe” (Dolphins) continues at #23. Co-owned WAXY “Sports Talk 790 The Ticket” more than doubles its 6+-stat in October/November (.3 – .5 – .7, #29 to #27, 6+).

Albeit off one-tenth (2.3 – 2.2, 6+), Dade County School Board news/talk WLRN remains at #18.

Miami Music Formats – Within 3.0 – 3.9 range (6+) in each of the last 28 sweeps, iHeartMedia-owned WBGG dials up a half-share increase to 4.3 (ninth to eighth), as “Big 105.9 – South Florida’s Classic Rock” reaches the four-share level for the first time since August 2017’s 4.1. This marks the 11th consecutive ratings period at #1 (including a three-way tie for the lead in February) for Cox Media Group-owned adult contemporary WFEZ “Easy 93.1” and its third successive month of notching a 7.0 (6+). In fact, its June 2019 through November 2019 topline is: 7.6 – 7.3 – 7.6 – 7.0 – 7.0 – 7.0 (6+). “Easy” was down eight-tenths in February; up by that same magnitude in March; and notched an improvement of … eight-tenths in June. Entering the “Holiday” 2018 sweep, “Easy 93.1” finished on top seven straight times. Up seven-tenths in September/October (3.5 – 4.0 – 4.2, 6+), iHeartMedia Spanish contemporary WZTU “Tu 94.9 FM” erodes by nine-tenths to 3.3 (6+) and exits the top ten (#8 to #12). Despite picking up one-tenth to 3.6 (6+), suspending eight straight negative or neutral reports that resulted in an overall -1.4 (4.9 – 4.8 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.5 – 3.5, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System-owned Spanish tropical WXDJ “El Zol 106.7” dips from a three-way tie at #10 to #11. Regressing by one-half share each are Entercom classic hits-oldies WMXJ “102.7 The Beach” (unchanged at #5) and Cox Media Group urban contemporary WEDR “99 Jamz” (4.7, sixth to seventh, 6+). “The Beach” is now a combined -.6 in October/November (5.8 – 5.7 – 5.2, 6+). WEDR finishes five successive up or flat reports that netted a +1.1 (4.1 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 5.2, 6+) with October’s 5.2 its best 6+-showing since January (5.2, as well). Without an increase the sixth successive sweep for a net loss of nine-tenths (3.1 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.3 – 2.2, flat at #18, 6+), Entercom’s WKIS “Kiss Country 99.9” records its lowest 6+-stat (2.2) since October 2017’s 2.1. In October, the market’s two CHRs were separated by one-tenth of a share (6+). That margin widens a bit to six-tenths in November as Cox Media Group’s WFLC “Hits 97.3” is up seven-tenths via three bumps in succession (3.0 – 3.1 – 3.5 – 3.7, tenth to ninth, 6+), while iHeartMedia-owned WHYI “Y-100 Miami’s #1 Hit Music Station,” which gained a collective eight-tenths in four straight up or flat trends (2.6 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.4, 6+), surrenders three-tenths (3.1, #13 to #14, 6+).

Seattle

Spoken-Word Formats – Despite being off a total of two-tenths in three successive sweeps without an increase (5.1 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 4.9, 6+), Bonneville-owned KIRO-FM “97.3 Seattle’s News/Seattle’s Talk” moves from a three-way tie at #4 to a conventional tie at #3. At the same time, news/talk cluster-mate KTTH “Conservative Talk Radio” picks up a cumulative three-tenths via three straight positive or neutral moves (1.5 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 1.8, 6+) and carries on at #22. Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned KVI “Talk Radio 570” posts a gain of two-tenths in back-to-back reports (.8 – 1.0 – 1.2, flat at 25, 6+).

Even though Bonneville sports talk KIRO-AM “ESPN 710” (Seahawks) notches consecutive improvements of one-tenth (3.7 – 3.8 – 3.9, 6+), it backslides out of the top ten (#9 to #11). September’s increase of seven-tenths halted four straight down or flat trends that resulted in a collective -1.3 (4.3 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+). Likewise, notwithstanding that iHeartMedia-owned KJR-AM more than triples (+1.2) its 6+ AQH share in four straight up or flat moves (.5 – .8 – 1.3 – 1.7 – 1.7, 6+), “Seattle’s Sports Radio 950” slips from #22 to #23.  

Sinclair Broadcast Group all-news KOMO repeats October’s 3.1 (6+) and advances from #15 to #14; August’s 3.2 was its best 6+-stat since November 2017’s 3.4.

A collective -1.6 via four consecutive decreases (6.1 – 5.6 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 4.5, 6+), Northwest Public Radio news/talk KUOW answers by notching back-to-back spikes of one-half share (4.5 – 5.0 – 5.5 (fourth to second, 6+).

Seattle Music Formats – Stuck on 4.3 (6+) in August and September, Entercom-owned KISW regressed by six-tenths in October only to improve by seven-tenths in November (3.7 – 4.4, 6+); “Rock 99.9” re-enters the top ten (#11 to #8). October’s 3.7 was its lowest 6+-stat since March (3.7, as well). Tied for the lead in September and breaking the deadlock with gusto in October with a +1.4 (6.0 – 7.4, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting CHR KQMV “MOViN’ 92.5 – Seattle’s #1 Hit Music Station” tacks on four-tenths to 7.8 (6+) and is #1 the third month in a row. An overall -1.0 in four successive down or flat trends (7.0 – 6.8 – 6.8 – 6.6 – 6.0, 6+), KQMV ended the slump in June with a gain of one-tenth. “MOViN’” made it to #1 in April, the first time it reached the lead spot since November 2018. Its September penthouse partner, iHeartMedia-owned KZOK “102.5 Seattle’s Classic Rock Station,” erodes by -1.2 in November (6.1 – 4.9, 6+) and continues in second-place. June’s first-place stalemate between these two outlets was settled when KZOK gained nine-tenths in July while KQMV spiraled by eight-tenths. The roles were reversed in August as “MOViN’ 92.5” logged a +1.1 (5.3 – 6.4, third to first, 6+) but “Seattle’s Classic Rock Station” plummeted by -1.0 (7.0 – 6.0, first to second, 6+). As a result of August’s -1.0, KZOK snapped its consecutive string of eight straight spikes that produced a +3.3 (3.7 – 3.9 – 4.4 – 4.5 – 4.8 – 5.6 – 6.0 – 6.1 – 7.0, 6+). Immediately in advance of that particular run, KZOK was -1.6 in four consecutive ratings periods without an increase (5.3 – 5.1 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 3.7, 6+). After being up a collective seven-tenths in three consecutive reports without a decrease (4.3 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 5.0, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting adult contemporary KRWM “Warm 106.9” drops two-tenths to 4.8 (fourth to fifth, 6+). “Warm” was #1 in December and “Holiday” 2018. It leapfrogs Entercom’s similarly-formatted KSWD “94.1 The Sound,” which is a combined -1.1 in October/November (5.5 – 5.2 – 4.4, third to eighth, 6+), directly following its +1.1 in August/September (4.4 – 5.4 – 5.5, 6+). Prior to plummeting by -1.1 in April, KSWD was an overall +1.5 through three consecutive increases (3.7 – 3.8 – 5.1 – 5.2, 6+). “The Sound” and “Warm” were separated by one-tenth in May (4.5 – 4.4, 6+); June (4.5 – 4.4, as well, 6+); and July (4.4 – 4.3, 6+). Entercom’s KNDD “107.7 The End Alternative Seattle” is a cumulative -1.3 via four straight down or flat moves (4.3 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.4 – 3.0, #13 to #15, 6+). Three improvements in a row by Entercom’s KKWF delivered eight-tenths (4.1 – 4.3 – 4.6 – 4.9, 6+) but “100.7 The Wolf – #1 For Country” surrenders three-tenths in November to 4.6 (6+) yet climbs from seventh to sixth. June/July’s combined -.9 (5.0 – 4.5 – 4.1, 6+) neutralized KKWF’s +.9 in May. Prior to April when it regressed by six-tenths, “The Wolf” was a cumulative +1.4 as a result of three straight upticks (3.3- 4.3 – 4.5 – 4.7, 6+). Flat at #12, Hubbard Broadcasting-owned KNUC “New Country 98.9 The Bull” is a combined -1.0 in October/November (4.4 – 3.5 – 3.4, 6+). After more than doubling (+2.2) its 6+ AQH share in eight successive up or flat sweeps (2.1 – 2.1 – 2.4 – 2.8 – 3.3 – 3.5 – 4.0 – 4.2 – 4.3, 6+), “The Bull” surrendered one-tenth in August and gained two-tenths in September.

Detroit

Spoken-Word Formats – Immediately after logging six consecutive reports without an increase that resulted in a -1.7 (3.7 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.1 – 2.6 – 2.0, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WJR “News Talk 760” (Lions) has bounced back with four straight gains netting a +1.1 (2.0 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.9 – 3.1, #17 to #15, 6+).

In a similar situation, Entercom sports talk WXYT-FM was an overall -1.5 through three successive decreases (5.4 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 3.9, 6+) but “97.1 The Ticket” vaporizes that deficit with a collective +1.6 in three bumps in succession (3.9 – 4.3 – 4.7 – 5.5, ninth to sixth, 6+).

Co-owned WWJ “News Radio 950,” however, is an overall -1.5 as a result of three successive setbacks (5.9 – 5.4 – 5.1 – 4.4, fifth to ninth, 6+). WWJ was #1 in March and posted a +1.1 in August.

Flat at #20, Michigan Public Media news/talk WUOM is trending 2.1 – 1.9 – 2.0 (September – October – November, 6+). Prior to September, WUOM last reached the two-share level (6+) in November 2017 (2.1, as well). As a result of four successive modest gains (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.4 – 1.5, 6+), Wayne State University news/talk WDET is up a collective half-share and remains at #21.

Detroit Music Formats – Improving by seven-tenths each are iHeartMedia urban AC WMXD “Mix 92.3” (4.9 – 5.6, sixth to fourth, 6+) and its urban contemporary cluster-mate WJLB “97.9 – Detroit’s Hip-Hop and R&B” (#13 to #9). After trending 5.7 – 5.4 – 5.7 (July-August-September, 6+), “Mix” faltered by eight-tenths in October. Its 4.9 in October marked the first time “Mix” fell below a four-share (6+) since February 2018 (4.6). WJLB is now +1.3 through four straight upticks (3.1 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 4.4, 6+). This directly follows four straight survey periods without an increase that led to a -1.0 (4.1 – 3.9 – 3.3 – 3.1 – 3.1, 6+). Not only is WNIC up six-tenths through three successive modest gains (5.6 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.2, 6+), the iHeartMedia adult contemporary marches from second to first. WNIC lost six-tenths in August (6.2 – 5.6, 6+). After its 6+ AQH share eroded by nearly two-thirds (-11.8) in four successive negative trends (17.9 – 7.1 – 6.6 – 6.2 – 6.1, 6+), WNIC answered with a May increase of four-tenths. Its “Holiday” 2018 17.9 is the largest 6+ AQH share by any Detroit station in the PPM-era. On top in December 2018 and “Holiday” 2018, WNIC more than tripled (+12.2) its 6+-share via four straight increases (5.7 – 6.2 – 6.6 – 12.2 – 17.9, 6+). Dislodged from the top spot after four consecutive months there and segueing to #4 is Beasley Media Group-owned WCSX “94.7 – Detroit’s Classic Rock,” which is -1.5 in October/November (7.1 – 6.5 – 5.6, 6+). Its June/July +.8 (6.4 – 6.5 – 7.2, 6+) followed three successive down or flat months that accounted for a -1.4 (7.8 – 6.5 – 6.4 – 6.4, 6+). In March, WCSX eroded by -1.3, shifting from first to second. Four straight drops by iHeartMedia classic rock WLLZ led to a collective -1.0 (4.3 – 4.1 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.3, 6+), but “106.7 Detroit’s Wheels” ends the slide with a +.1 to 3.4 (flat at #14, 6+); WLLZ debuted in March with a 3.4 (6+). Independent urban contemporary WGPR “Hot 107.5,” which had been trending 3.0 – 2.9 – 3.0 (6+), falters by one-half share to 2.5 (#16 to #18, 6+). Even though Entercom’s WYCD has lost nine-tenths in five consecutive sweeps without an increase (5.3 – 4.8 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.4, 6+), “99.5 Detroit Country Music” advances from #10 to a three-way tie at #9 (with aforementioned WWJ and WJLB). Cumulus Media’s similarly-formatted WDRQ “93.1 Nash FM,” which had been +1.3 through seven consecutive positive or neutral sweeps (1.6 – 1.9 – 2.4 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+), drops one-tenth in back-to-back reports (2.9 – 2.8 – 2.7, #18 to #17, 6+). September’s 2.9 was its best 6+-stat since May 2018’s 3.0. After posting a .8 (6+) in October, Radio One gospel WDMK-HD2 disappears from print.

Phoenix

Spoken-Word Formats – A gain of one-tenth (3.9 – 4.0, 6+) enables Bonneville news/talk KTAR-FM (Arizona Cardinals) to progress from eighth to sixth. Following October’s half-share increase, iHeartMedia’s KFYI  surrenders two-tenths to 2.5 (#15 to #16, 6+). Entering the October sweep, “News Talk 550” had lost nine-tenths via four drops in succession (3.1 – 2.8 – 2.5 – 2.4 – 2.2, 6+).

A combined -1.0 in June/July (3.1 – 2.2 – 2.1, 6+) and then +1.0 via three straight up or flat trends (2.1 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 3.1, Bonneville sports talk KMVP-FM “98.7 Arizona Sports” is off one-tenth to 3.0 (6+) but remains at #13.

In four consecutive reports without a loss, Maricopa County Community College news/talk KJZZ gains one-half share (3.4 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.8 – 3.9, 6+) and climbs from ninth to seventh.

Phoenix Music Formats – Down one full-share as a result of four successive sweeps without an increase (2.6 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.8 – 1.6, 6+), Farmworker Educational Radio regional Mexican KNAI “La Network Campesina” wipes away 70% of that deficit (2.3, +.7, 6+) and re-enters the top twenty (#19). Notching gains of six-tenths each are Entravision Communications’ KVVA “La Suavecita 92.7” (3.0, #18 to #13) and Family Life Communications contemporary Christian KFLR “Family Life Radio” (#23 to #19). KVVA had been trending 2.4 – 2.7 – 2.4 (6+) and has its best 6+-stat (3.0) since February’s 3.1. Before slipping by one-tenth in October, KFLR earned seven-tenths as a result of three consecutive up or flat trends (1.1 – 1.1 – 1.3 – 1.8, 6+). On top the fifth time in a row, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ has an August 2019 through November 2019 topline of: 7.0 – 6.7 – 7.0 – 7.1, 6+). This (7.1) is its best 6+-performance since “Holiday” 2018’s 15.0. September’s decrease suspended five consecutive improvements that netted a +1.7 (5.3 – 5.5 – 5.9 – 6.5 – 6.8 – 7.0, 6+). In four consecutive positive or neutral trends, Entercom rhythmic CHR KALV gained four-tenths (3.9 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 4.2 – 4.3, 6+), but “Live 101.5” regresses by six-tenths to 3.7 (fifth to ninth, 6+). It is tied with iHeartMedia CHR KZZP, which picks up four-tenths (3.7, 6+) and is back in the top ten (#11 to #9). Moreover, “104.7 Kiss-FM” applies the brakes to five straight decreases that accounted for a -2.0 (5.3 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.3, 6+). Prior to August’s 3.7, the last time “Kiss” fell below a four-share (6+) was “Holiday” 2017 (3.0).

Minneapolis

Spoken-Word Formats – Three straight positive or neutral moves netted Entercom-owned WCCO seven-tenths (5.3 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.0, 6+), but the Minnesota Twins flagship erodes in November by -1.8 to 4.2 (6+) as “News Radio 830” fades from the top ten (#5 to #12). Hubbard Broadcasting news/talk KTMY “My Talk 107.1” posts its third consecutive modest increase for a collective gain of one-half share (2.5 – 2.7 – 2.8 – 3.0, #16 to #14, 6+). Dropping from #14 to #15, iHeartMedia’s KTLK “Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130,” which gained six-tenths in August, has an August 2019 through November 2019 topline of: 3.0 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 2.9 (6+).

Despite being an overall +3.4 in seven straight positive or neutral moves (3.9 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.3 – 5.3 – 6.1 – 6.8 – 7.3, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KFXN “Sports Radio 100.3 K-Fan” (Minnesota Vikings) slumps from second to third. After losing two-tenths in four down or flat reports (.8 – .7 – .7 -.6 – .6, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting sports talk KSTP-AM “ESPN 1500” is up three-tenths in three sweeps in a row without a loss (.6 – .7 – .9 – .9, steady at #22, 6+).

After being off one-tenth in consecutive sweeps (6.5 – 6.4 – 6.3, 6+), Minnesota Public Radio news/talk KNOW repeats October’s 6+ AQH share (6.3) and market rank (#4).

Minneapolis Music Formats – Continuing its positive roll, University of Northwestern St. Paul contemporary Christian KTIS-FM “Always Uplifting” crosses the seven-share level (7.4, 6+) and is now an overall +1.9 in three straight upticks (5.5 – 6.0 – 6.5 – 7.4, third to second, 6+). KTIS-FM was up a combined three-tenths in June/July (6.1 – 6.2 – 6.4, 6+) but lost nine-tenths in August. Following three large decreases in a row for an overall -1.8 (7.5 – 7.0 – 6.5 – 5.7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned classic hits-oldies KQQL, which was up nine-tenths in July, improves by two-tenths to 5.9 (sixth to fifth, 6+). Ousted from the penthouse in June by Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC KSTP-FM, “Kool 108” returned the favor in July, but was (again) dislodged by KSTP-FM in August. Before logging a +1.0 in May, KQQL had approximately 54% (-6.8) of its 6+ AQH share vanish through four straight negative or flat trends (12.6 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 5.8, 6+). After losing approximately half (-1.5) its 6+ AQH-share as a result of six consecutive sweeps without an increase (3.1 – 2.9 – 2.7 – 2.5 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 1.6, 6+), Northern Lights Broadcasting rhythmic CHR KZGO “GO-95.3” bounces back with a +.9 in October/November (1.6 – 1.9 – 2.5, unchanged at #18, 6+). Setting the pace the fourth month in succession, (aforementioned) Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC KSTP-FM is up three-tenths has gained four-tenths in October/November (7.2 – 7.5 – 7.6, 6+). “KS-95” held (or shared) the top spot in January, March, April, June, August, September, October, and November. It was +1.9 (January); -.8 (February); +.6 (March); +.5 (April); -.8 (May); and +1.1 (August). Similarly-formatted/iHeartMedia-owned KTCZ “Cities 97.1,” which logged a September 2019 – October 2019 increase of one-half share (4.5 – 5.0, 6+), forfeits seven-tenths to 4.3 (#10 to #11, 6+). Shifts this year for “Cities 97.1” include +1.2 (January) -.5 (February); +.5 (April); +.6 (July); -.9 (August); +5 (October); and -.7 (November). Off seven-tenths in November as well is Entercom country KMNB “102.9 The Wolf” (2.7, #13 to #16, 6+), which had been a combined +.6 in September/October (2.8 – 3.1 – 3.4, 6+). Flat in eighth-place, Cumulus Media rocker KXXR “93-X” is -1.4 through five straight down or flat moves (6.4 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 5.5 – 5.3 – 5.0, 6+).

San Diego

Spoken-Word Formats – While it repeats October’s 5.0 (6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KOGO slips from fifth to sixth. “News Radio 600” was +1.0 via three straight February through May increases; a combined -.5 in June/July; +.5 (August); -.7 (September); and +.7 (October). Tegna news/talk KFMB-AM is off four-tenths via three consecutive down or flat moves (2.5 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.1, #17 to #19, 6+). “AM 760” was an overall -.6 via three slips in succession (2.5 – 2.3 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+), but erased that deficit in August with a +.6 to 2.5 (6+). Following four consecutive San Diego improvements that netted seven-tenths (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.5 – 1.7, 6+), iHeartMedia Los Angeles news/talk KFI “AM 640” forfeits one tenth to 1.6 (6+) and continues at #22.

Down three-tenths in September/October (2.2 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+), Entercom-owned sports talk KWFN “97.3 The Fan” regains two-tenths to 2.1 (#21 to #19, 6+). In five successive reports without a loss (.8 – .8 – .8 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.5, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KLSD “Fox Sports 1360 San Diego’s Sports Station” nearly doubles (+.7) its 6+ AQH share and is anchored at #23.

Not only is San Diego State University-owned news/talk KPBS up a collective four-tenths in four straight reports without a loss (5.9 – 6.0 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 6.3, 6+), it repeats at #1. Before falling to third in July, KPBS was on top the previous six months.

San Diego Music Formats – It has been a rollercoaster ride lately for Univision Radio regional Mexican KLNV “Que Buena 106.5,” which was +1.0 in four consecutive positive or neutral moves (5.0 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.5 – 6.0, 6+); then -1.7 via three consecutive dips (6.0 – 5.8 – 4.4 – 4.3, 6+); and now +.7 in November (5.0, eighth to sixth, 6+). With its best 6+-stat (3.5) since May’s 3.6 (6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary KSSX “JAM’N 95.7” notches its third straight spike for an overall +1.0 (2.5 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.5, #15 to #11, 6+). Conversely, co-owned KIOZ “Rock 105.3” has lost a collective nine-tenths as a result of three dips in succession (3.3 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.4, #16 to #18, 6+). Sliding from seventh to eighth, Entercom’s KSON “103.7 San Diego’s #1 New Country” carries on its alternating down/up pattern that began in June (4.5 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 4.7 – 4.3, 6+). Four decreases in a row by iHeartMedia-owned KGB-FM “101.5 San Diego’s Classic Rock” account for a cumulative -1.1 (4.5 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 3.5 – 3.4, #11 to #12, 6+). When KGB-FM posted a 3.5 (6+) in October, it marked the first time since “Holiday” 2018’s 3.8 that the station had fallen below a four-share.

Tampa

Spoken-Word Formats – Down one-tenth in October, Cox Media Group news/talk WHPT responds with a November uptick of six-tenths (2.7 – 3.3, #17 to #14, 6+). Entering the October sweep, “102.5 The Bone – Real, Raw, Radio” gained one-half share through four consecutive up or flat trends (2.3 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+). Slipping from #13 to #15, iHeartMedia-owned WFLA “970 Tampa Bay’s News Radio” is off a combined six-tenths in October/November (3.8 – 3.6 – 3.2, 6+), immediately after three successive increases netted eight-tenths (3.0 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.8, 6+).

A loss of six-tenths (2.6 – 2.0, #18 to #19, 6+) takes iHeartMedia-owned sports talk WDAE “620 Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” (Buccaneers) to its lowest 6+-showing (2.0) since March’s 1.7.

In three consecutive (modest) spikes, University of South Florida news/talk WUSF is up one-half share (1.7 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.2, 6+) and advances from #20 to #18.

Tampa Music Formats – An overall -1.6 in three drops in a row (6.7 – 6.6 – 5.2 – 5.1, 6+), Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies WRBQ “Q-105” ends the slide with a +.4 to 5.5 (fifth to third, 6+). Adult contemporary boasts a #1/#2 November 2019 finish, with both stations in the Cox Media Group cluster. Recapturing slightly more than one-third of October’s mammoth -2.0 with a +.7 (7.9 – 8.6, 6+), WDUV “Lite Favorites” is #1 the 87th straight time. It’s not the first time that “Lite Favorites” has had a shift of seven-tenths recently. Up seven-tenths in September (9.2 – 9.9, 6+), WDUV faltered by seven-tenths in June. WDUV’s 13.7 in “Holiday” 2018 is the highest 6+-stat by any Tampa station since its 14.9 in “Holiday” 2015. Meanwhile, co-owned fellow AC WWRM “Magic 94.9 Tampa Bay’s Best Music,” which had been +1.3 via three successive positive or neutral moves (4.7 – 5.2 – 6.0 – 6.0, 6+), drops four-tenths to 5.6 (6+) yet progresses from third to second. “Magic” eroded by -1.0 in July to 4.7, its lowest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2017’s 3.9. September and October’s 6.0 is WWRM’s best 6+-showing since April’s 6.2. Improving by one-half share each are co-owned CHR WPOI “Hot 101.5” (4.2- 4.7, tenth to sixth, 6+) and iHeartMedia hot AC WMTX “Mix 100.7” (3.8, #14 to #12, 6+). WPOI’s half-share increase in October curtailed four successive down or flat sweeps that accounted for a loss of eight-tenths (4.5 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.7, 6+). Directly after logging three straight improvements that yielded a +1.4 (4.0 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 5.4, 6+), “Mix” was -2.1 in four successive decreases  (5.4 – 5.0 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.3, 6+). On the heels of being an overall +1.0 through three upticks in succession (5.1 – 5.4 – 6.0 – 6.1, 6+), Cox Media Group’s WXGL surrenders eight-tenths to 5.3 (second to fourth, 6+). Just prior, “107.3 The Eagle – Tampa Bay’s Classic Hits” was a cumulative -2.4 in four straight negative or neutral moves, (7.5 – 6.6 – 6.6 – 5.7 – 5.1, 6+). From February through August, Beasley Media Group rhythmic CHR WLLD was an overall +1.1 via six successive up or flat trends (3.6 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.7, 6+). “Wild 94.1” was off three-tenths in September; up one-half share in October; and now sputters by six-tenths in November (4.9 – 4.3, sixth to ninth, 6+). Co-owned WQYK “99.5 Tampa Bay’s New Country Hits” spirals by -2.2 in four drops in succession (6.6 – 6.3 – 6.1 – 4.9 – 4.4, 6+), tumbling from sixth to eighth. It is overtaken by iHeartMedia’s WFUS “US-103.5 Tampa Bay’s #1 for New Country,” which is up a combined six-tenths in October/November (3.9 – 4.3 – 4.5, ninth to seventh, 6+). October’s improvement interrupted three successive dips that accounted for a cumulative loss of eight-tenths (4.7 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 3.9, 6+), Prior to September 2019 (3.9), the last time WFUS dropped below a four-share (6+) was September 2017 (3.8, 6+).

Denver

Spoken-Word Formats – The ascension of iHeartMedia news/talk KDFD continues as “Freedom 93.7 – Real News, Real Talk” registers its fifth spike in succession for a +2.5 since June (.1 – .2 – .8 – 1.1 – 2.1 – 2.6, 6+) and progresses from #18 to #17. It overtakes news/talk cluster-mate KOA “Colorado’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” (Broncos), which picks up one-tenth to 2.5 (#17 to #18, 6+), thus snapping at four its consecutive string of decreases that accounted for an approximately 54% erosion (-2.6) of its 6+ AQH share (5.2 – 5.0 – 4.0 – 3.0 – 2.4, 6+). Owing to four successive down or flat reports, co-owned KHOW “Talk Radio 630” has lost one-half share (1.5 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0 – 1.0, flat at #23, 6+).

An overall +1.3 through four gains in a row (2.4 – 2.5 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.7, 6+), Bonneville-owned KKFN “Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan” surrenders one-half share to 3.2 (#13 to #14, 6+). KSE Radio Ventures’ KKSE-FM “Attitude Sports Radio 92.5” is off one-half share (1.4 – 1.3 – .9, #22 to #24, 6+), following September’s +1.0. Prior to September (2019), KKSE-FM last reached a one-share (6+) in September 2018 (1.0).

Although down one-tenth (5.4 – 5.3, 6+), Colorado Public Radio news/talk KCFR progresses from third to second. KCFR was -1.6 in June and +.8 in July. In six consecutive reports without an increase, KUNC lost more than 70% (-1.3) of its 6+ AQH-share but the Community Radio for Northern Colorado news/talk outlet is now up three-tenths via three straight sweeps without a loss (.5 – .5 – .7 – .8, flat at #26, 6+).

Denver Music Formats – Not only does Entercom hot AC KALC jump from ninth to fourth, “Alice 105.9” gains eight-tenths in three consecutive sweeps without a loss (4.1 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 4.9, 6+). This is the fifth successive up or flat report for Colorado Public Radio classical-formatted KVOD, which is +1.6 in that stretch (.9 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 2.5, #19 to #18, 6+). Tied at #15 are two stations pulling the plug on fairly similar negative streaks. More specifically, Entercom rhythmic CHR KQKS was an overall -2.0 in six consecutive sweeps without an increase (4.6 – 4.6 – 4.2 – 4.0 – 3.3 – 2.9 – 2.6, 6+), but “KS-107.5” ends the skid with a +.3 to 2.9 (#16 to #15, 6+). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s country-formatted KWBL “106.7 The Bull” was off nine-tenths in three successive dips (3.7 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 2.8, 6+) but picks up one-tenth (2.9, flat at #15, 6+). Immediately prior to this streak, “The Bull” notched a +1.7 in three straight improvements (2.0 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.7, 6+). July’s 3.7 was KWBL’s highest 6+-stat since it switched to country in mid-December 2017. Entercom-owned KQMT is up one-tenth to 4.7 (6+) and continues in sixth-place. Following an August-only stay at #1, “The Mountain” was a combined -1.6 in September/October (6.2 – 5.6 – 4.6, 6+). Its successive string of positive or neutral moves that produced a +1.5 ended at five (4.7 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.6 – 5.6 – 6.2, 6+). August 2019’s 6.2 was the highest 6+-stat for KQMT since 6.6 in August 2018. By gaining one-half share (1.4 – 1.9, 6+), Max Broadcast Group Holdings’ rhythmic hot AC KJHM “Jammin’ 101.5” has its best 6+-stat (1.9) since February’s 2.1 and cracks the top twenty (#20). After back-to-back (September and October) stays at #1, KYGO segues to a tie at #2; the Bonneville-owned country station is a combined -.9 in October/November (6.2 – 6.1 – 5.3, 6+). KYGO occupied the top spot in June and July, as well. KYGO regressed by seven-tenths in May and then posted a +1.0 in June. Taking over the lead position is iHeartMedia’s KRFX “Classic Rock 103.5 The Fox,” which crosses the six-share threshold and is up a collective four-tenths as a result of four successive positive or neutral trends (5.7 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 6.1, second to first, 6+). In addition to KYGO, iHeartMedia alternative KTCL “Channel 93.3” falters by eight-tenths as well (5.2 – 4.4, fourth to eighth).

Baltimore

Spoken-Word Formats – In addition to racking up an overall +1.1 via four jumps in succession (1.8 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 2.9, unchanged at #12, 6+), Hearst Television’s news/talk WBAL “News Radio – Expect More” (Ravens) posts its strongest 6+-stat (2.9) since March 2018’s 3.3. It has a lead of eight-tenths over similarly-formatted independent news/talk WCBM “680 Stimulating Talk – Breaking News,” which was up eight-tenths in September/October (1.4 – 1.7 – 2.2, 6+), but drops one-tenth to 2.1 (flat at #13, 6+). Cumulus Media Washington, DC news/talk WMAL-FM returns October’s +.1 (.1 – .2 – .1, 6+) but stays at #29.

Within 2.2 – 2.8 range (6+) in each of the last eight sweeps, Entercom sports talk WJZ-FM “105.7 The Fan” is flat at 4.3 (6+), slipping from eighth to ninth.

WJZ-FM’s business news sibling WDCH loses more than 60% of its 6+ AQH share (1.3 – .5, -.8, 6+) and plummets from the top twenty (#16 to #27).

In addition to netting +1.2 through four successive increases (2.6 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.8, 6+), Your Public Radio news/talk WYPR “88.1 Your NPR News Station” cracks the top ten (#11 to #10). Down or flat in four straight Baltimore reports that led to a loss of one-half share (1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2 – .8 – .7, 6+), American University-owned news/talk WAMU picks up one-tenth to .8 (#25 to #21, 6+).

Baltimore Music Formats – Five consecutive Baltimore sweeps without a loss by iHeartMedia-owned WBIG “Big 100 – Washington’s Classic Rock Station” have netted one-half share (.7 – .8 – .8 – .9 – 1.1 -1.2, #17 #16, 6+). Answering  October’s loss of eight-tenths with a November uptick of six-tenths (9.1 – 8.3 – 8.9, 6+), Radio One urban AC WWIN-FM “Magic 95.9” is #1 the sixth successive month. A combined +1.8 in June/July (7.3 – 8.1 – 9.1, 6+), “Magic” reached the nine-share level (9.1, 6+, July) for the first time since January’s 9.0. Meanwhile, three setbacks in succession by co-owned urban contemporary WERQ account for a collective -1.5 (8.4 – 7.5 – 7.4 – 6.9, 6+) and “92-Q Jams” has its lowest 6+-showing (6.9) since “Holiday” 2018’s 6.7. Nonetheless, WERQ is in the runner-up slot the sixth time in a row. As a result of posting three consecutive gains, Hearst Television’s WIYY was a collective +1.7 (4.7 – 5.1 – 5.5 – 6.4, 6+) but “98 Rock” falters by one-half share in November to 5.9 (third to fourth, 6+). The July 2019 through October 2019 topline of iHeartMedia CHR WZFT was 3.6 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.7 (6+) but “Z-104.3 Baltimore’s #1 Hit Music Station” drops three-tenths to 3.4 (6+) and departs the top ten (#10 to #11). In the Baltimore report, co-owned Washington, DC adult contemporary WASH is trending 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.1 (July – August – September – October – November, #17 to #18, 6+). Entercom gospel WLIF-HD2 has lost 65% (-1.3) of its 6+ AQH share in four consecutive slips (2.0 – 1.9 – 1.5 – 1.0 – .7, #21 to #23, 6+). This is the 16th sweep in a row that Peter and John Radio Fellowship contemporary Christian WRBS-FM is unlisted; “95.1 Shine FM – Baltimore’s Positive Hits Station” was #13 in August 2018 (2.6, 6+).

St. Louis

Spoken-Word Formats – The truly wild ride continues for Entercom news/talk KMOX. “The Voice of St. Louis” was an overall -2.3 in four successive April through August losses (7.3 – 6.6 – 6.2 – 5.2 – 5.0, 6+); then +2.2 in September/October (5.0 – 6.4 – 7.2, 6+); but is now -2.5 in November (7.2 – 4.7, second to ninth, 6+). Its -2.5 is the largest October 2019 to November 2019 decrease by any station in the 24 PPM-markets released thus far. In four successive sweeps without a loss, co-owned KFTK “FM News Talk 97.1” is a collective +1.3 (2.3 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.6, #17 to #16, 6+).

Not only is Hubbard Broadcasting sports talk WXOS an overall +1.8 as a result of four successive upticks (3.1 – 3.3 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.9, 6+), “101 Sports” rockets into the top ten (#15 to #7).

On the heels of October’s increase of eight-tenths (3.3 – 4.1, 6+), University of Missouri news/talk KWMU drops one-tenth to 4.0 (#13 to #15, 6+).

St. Louis Music Formats – The four most recent shifts by iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KLOU “103.3 St. Louis’ Greatest Hits” are +.9 (August); -.9 (September); +.9 (October); and +.5 in November (5.9 – 6.8 – 5.9 – 6.8 – 7.3, third to second, 6+). This (7.3) is its best 6+-stat since February’s 7.6. In addition to being an overall +1.2 in three successive spikes (8.6 – 9.3 – 9.5 – 9.8, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting-owned KSHE “95 Real Rock Radio” is #1 the seventh consecutive month. In February, KSHE was tied at the top with aforementioned KLOU and took sole possession of first-place the following month. “Real Rock Radio” had to share the lead again in April but that time, it was with Entercom news/talk KMOX. Some of KSHE’s recent shifts include: +2.0 (January 2019); -.5 (February); +1.3 (March); -1.6 (April); +.9 (June); and +.7 (September). Following three consecutive down or flat reports for an overall loss of eight-tenths (5.4 – 5.4 – 5.3 – 4.6, 6+), Entercom hot AC KYKY “Y-98” notches a +.2 to 4.8 (ninth to eighth, 6+). October’s 4.6 was its lowest 6+-stat since February (4.6, as well). Regressing by one-half share each are Hubbard Broadcasting adult hits WARH “106.5 The Arch” (flat at #6) and Gateway Creative Broadcasting contemporary Christian KLJY “99.1 Joy FM” (#8 to #12). WARH has lost a combined six-tenths in October/November (5.6 – 5.5 – 5.0, 6+), while KLJY is down eight-tenths in that comparable period (5.2 – 4.9 – 4.4, 6+). In addition to being off a collective seven-tenths via three consecutive declines (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.3, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KSD “93.7 The Bull – #1 For New Country” departs the top ten (#10 to #13). A combined -1.1 in September/October (6.4 – 5.5 – 5.3), Hubbard Broadcasting’s similarly-formatted WIL “New Country 92.3” is up three-tenths to 5.6 (seventh to fourth, 6+).

November 2019 PPM Ratings

| November 26, 2019

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

| November 26, 2019

Round One of November PPMs Released. The first of four rounds of November 2019 PPM ratings data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: 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 (New Jersey).  The November 2019 rating period covered October 10 – November 6.  Some 6+ ratings gains of note for spoken-word stations during the November survey include: Nexstar Media Group’s WGN-AM, Chicago adds another 0.5 share to its two previous increases for a 4.0 share and a #8 ranking in the market while Cumulus Media’s crosstown WLS-AM is flat at a 2.3 share; Cumulus’ WBAP, Dallas continues its upward trend, posting a 4.4 share good for #5 in the market; iHeartMedia’s KTRH, Houston posts its third consecutive ratings gain with a 4.1 share, keeping it at #11 in the market; Cox Media Group’s Atlanta juggernaut WSB-AM/WSBB-FM is up 3.0 full shares over the past five surveys with November’s 9.3 share keeping it locked at #1 for the fourth straight month; and Entercom’s sports talk WIP-FM, Philadelphia lands at #1 in the market for the third straight month after finishing with an 8.2 share.  See all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Takeaways” from each market here.

Eric Johnson Exits WPEN-FM, Philadelphia.  Programmer Eric Johnson exits Beasley Media Group’s sports talk WPEN-FM, Philadelphia “97.5 FM The Fanatic” after two years with the station.  Numerous Philly news outlets have picked up on the story but there’s little to report beyond Johnson’s own post to his Facebook page that simply says he left the station yesterday (11/25).  Johnson joined “The Fanatic” in 2017 after serving for many years as program director for Townsquare Media’s WKXW, Trenton “New Jersey 101.5.”

Impeachment Testimony, 2020 Presidential Race, SCOTUS Trump Financial Records Ruling, McGahn Ruling, Trump’s Navy Seal Controversy, Hong Kong Election, and German Jewel Heist Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (11/25). The testimony in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump; the Democrats vying for the nomination to challenge President Trump in 2020 and Democrat Michael Bloomberg’s entrance into the race; the Supreme Court sides with Trump on a request to block a subpoena from House Democrats seeking data from the president’s accounting firm; a judge rules former White House counsel Don McGahn must obey a subpoena for his testimony; the controversy over Trump’s order to remove Navy Secretary Richard Spencer over the Eddie Gallagher case; the results of the Hong Kong elections in which pro-democracy candidates won; and the theft of priceless historical jewels from Dresden’s Royal Palace were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

TALKERS News Notes. New York Post sports columnist Andrew Marchand reports that former WFAN, New York personality Chris Carlin appears headed to ESPN’s crosstown WEPN-FM to host the evening show.  Current evening host Alan Hahn is reportedly set to be promoted to middays alongside Bart Scott, who is currently co-hosting middays with Maggie Gray at WFAN.  See Marchand’s column here…..Sports talker Matt Jones – who left his gig hosting the WLAP, Lexington-based “Kentucky Sports Radio” while considering a run for Mitch McConnell’s U.S. Senate seat – announces he’s inked a new, five-year deal with iHeartMedia to return to the show on December 26.  Jones made national news in August when he was let go from his “Hey Kentucky!” TV show on WLEX-TV, Lexington after announcing his plans to publish a political book titled, Mitch, Please!  Earlier this month he was ousted from “Kentucky Sports Radio” after an election rules complaint from the Kentucky Republican Party.  See WLEX-TV’s report here…..iHeartMedia announces chairman and CEO Bob Pittman and president, COO, and CFO Rich Bressler will participate in a question and answer session during the Wells Fargo TMT Summit in Las Vegas on Wednesday, December 4.  Wells Fargo says “senior executives from more than 140 leading public and private technology, media, and telecom companies are already confirmed to attend the third annual” event.

Study Indicates AM/FM Campaigns Can Drive Web Traffic for Retailers.  Data from a study by marketing attribution platform LeadsRx for Westwood One measured the website visitor traffic increases after consumers were exposed to an AM/FM radio campaign by a major jewelry retailer.  WWO says the results offer retailers a way to understand how their advertising performs on a granular level so that plans can be optimized in the future.  Some of the findings include: As a result of the AM/FM radio campaign, the jewelry retailer saw an +11% increase in their site traffic.  The boost was +38% greater than the average for the jewelry category as measured by Analytic Owl’s analysis of 92 AM/FM radio campaigns reported by the Radio Advertising Bureau; throughout the course of the AM/FM radio campaign, the highest rate of conversion occurred in early December.  The greatest share of attributed web sessions (27%) occurred from December 3rd through the 9th, followed by 20% of attributed web sessions taking place the following week; and the jewelry retailer saw spikes in web sessions in the middle of the week and on Sundays.  On Thursdays, ad occurrences comprised 16% of the total impressions of the jewelry retailer’s campaign, while accounting for 19% of the attributed web sessions. On Sundays, 12% of total campaign impressions ran, driving 14% share of the attributed web sessions to the jewelry retailer site.  See more here.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. In St. Louis, Entercom’s hot AC KZPT “99.7 The Point” announces that Shaylee Henning is promoted to midday personality.  Henning takes over for Leigh McNabb, who exited recently to take on the program director role at Saga Communications’ classic hits KIOA, Des Moines.  Henning continues in her role as production assistant for the station group…..At Cox Media Group’s CHR WFLC, Miami “Hits 97.3,” DJ Laz exits the morning drive show.  Cluster director of operations Jill Strada is expected to announce the plans for the station’s morning show in the near future…..Saga Communications classic rock outlet WAQY, Springfield, Massachusetts “Rock 102” is underway with the 25th Annual Mayflower Marathon to collect nonperishable food donations to benefit the region’s Open Pantry Community Services organization.  Morning show team Mike Baxendale and John O’Brien – “Bax & O’Brien” – along with producer Steve Nagle, will be on the radio for 52 hours broadcasting live from the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.  The goal is to fill three 48-foot Mayflower moving van trailers by 10:00 am Wednesday.

November PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round One

| November 26, 2019

November 2019 PPM Data – Information for the November 2019 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 November 2019 survey period covered October 10 – November 6. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM-markets below.

New York City

Spoken-Word Formats –An October increase of three-tenths (1.8 – 2.1, 6+) by iHeartMedia news/talk WOR is followed by November’s one-tenth loss to 2.0 (6+); however, “710 The Voice of New York” repeats at #19. Off a total of three-tenths via four straight down or flat trends (1.3 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.0, 6+), Townsquare Media’s similarly-formatted WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” stays at #22. May’s one-tenth increase halted five straight sweeps without an improvement that resulted in an overall decline of four-tenths. Just as it was in October, news/talk WABC (1.1 – 1.0, -.1, 6+) is tied with WKXW at #22.

Despite dropping one-tenth to 3.7 (6+), Entercom sports talk WFAN (Giants) advances from eighth to seventh. New York City’s “Fan” replaced September’s -.6 with an October +.6 (3.8 – 3.2 – 3.8, 6+). September’s 3.2 was its lowest 6+-showing since March (3.0). A combined +.5 in September/October (1.6 – 1.8 – 2.1, 6+), WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” (Jets) surrenders one-tenth in November to 2.0 (6+) and repeats at #19, where it is tied with WOR (see above).

Stuck on 3.6 (6+) in July and August and then on 3.4 (6+) in September and October, Entercom-owned all-news WINS regains two-tenths and is back at 3.6 (#11 to #9, 6+). Co-owned/similarly-formatted WCBS-AM picks up two-tenths as well, wiping away October’s decrease of a similar magnitude (2.5 – 2.3 – 2.5, #17 to #15, 6+). Prior to August’s improvement of one-tenth, WCBS-AM faltered by a collective full-share via four straight declines (3.4 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.4, 6+).

In five successive reports without a loss (2.1 – 2.1 – 2.3 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation news/talk WNYC-FM is up an overall eight-tenths and is unchanged at #14. Co-owned news/talk WNYC-AM has nearly tripled (+.3) its 6+ AQH share in five consecutive up or flat trends (.2 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .5, #30 to #28, 6+).

New York City Music Formats – A collective -1.0 in three consecutive drops (6.3 – 5.8 – 5.5 – 5.3, 6+), Emmis urban AC WBLS “107.5 #1 for R&B” recaptures half that deficit with a half-share improvement to 5.8 (6+) and carries on in third-place. Down an overall nine-tenths in three successive slips (4.3 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.4, 6+), iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR WKTU not only ends the slide with a +.2 to 3.6 (6+), “103.5 KTU” returns to the top ten (#11 to #9). Stymied at 7.7 (6+) in August and September, adult contemporary sibling WLTW is now off an overall six-tenths in three consecutive down or flat moves (7.7 – 7.7 – 7.4 – 7.1, 6+) but “106.7 Lite FM” is #1 the 29th consecutive ratings period. Before jumping nine-tenths in August, WLTW logged a 6.8 (6+) in May, June, and July. A combined -5.3 in January/February (12.5 – 7.6 – 7.2, 6+), WLTW was +5.8 in December/“Holiday” 2018 (6.7 – 9.1 – 12.5, 6+). Urban contemporary cluster-mate WWPR is a collective -1.1 in three straight sweeps without an increase (4.3 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.2, 6+) as “Power 105.1” drifts from the top ten (#7 to #13) with its lowest 6+-showing since January (3.2, as well). Having been down or flat the past four sweeps for a net decline of four-tenths (2.8 – 2.6 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned WNSH “New York’s Country 94.7” is up one-tenth to 2.5 (flat at #15, 6+). After posting an April 2019 through July 2019 topline of .8 – .6 – .6 – .5 (6+), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WKLV “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” is unlisted for the fourth consecutive month.

Los Angeles

Spoken-Word Formats – Steady in eighth-place, iHeartMedia news/talk KFI is nonetheless an overall -1.2 via five straight sweeps without an increase (4.5 – 4.3 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3.3, 6+). “AM 640” was a combined +.8 in May/June (3.7 – 3.9 – 4.5, 6+). Its internet stream logged a .8 (6+) in May but has been a “no show” ever since. After more than doubling (+.7) its 6+ AQH share in four consecutive up or flat trends (.6 – .8 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.3, 6+), Salem Media Group news/talk KRLA drops three-tenths to 1.0 (#29 to #32, 6+). Down three-tenths in September (1.0 – .7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KEIB “AM 1150 The Patriot” repeats October’s 6+ AQH share (.8) and market rank (#33). Cumulus Media-owned KABC more than doubled (+.4) its 6+ AQH share in three straight bumps (.3 – .4 – .5 – .7, 6+) but “790 News-Talk-Evolved” forfeits one-tenth to .6 (#35 to #38, 6+).

As a result of nearly doubling (+.7) its 6+ AQH share in three successive up or flat moves (.8 – .8 – 1.1 – 1.5, 6+), Disney-owned sports talk KSPN “710 ESPN” (Rams) vaults from #32 to #25. November’s loss of one-half share by iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted KLAC (Chargers) expunges its combined +.5 in September/October (1.3 – 1.4 – 1.8 – 1.3, 6+) as “AM 570 LA Sports” falls from #25 to #31. In June and July, KLAC and KSPN were deadlocked at #27 (1.4, 6+).

Having logged an August 2019 through October 2019 topline of 2.6 – 2.7 – 2.6 (6+), Entercom all-news KNX “1070 News Radio” adds four-tenths to 3.0 – its best 6+-stat since 3.1 in March – and is back in the top ten (#12 to #10). Prior to picking up one-tenth in July, KNX had five straight negative or neutral monthlies accounting for a full-share loss in that January 2019 – June 2019 timeframe (3.7 – 3.6 – 3.1 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.7, 6+).

An overall +.6 in four consecutive reports without a loss (1.8 – 1.9 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 2.4, 6+), Pasadena City College news/talk KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” forfeits three-tenths to 2.1 (6+) and exits the top twenty (#17 to #22).

Los Angeles Music Formats – As a result of seven straight sweeps without a loss (3.0 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 4.0 – 4.1, 6+), Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KLVE “107.5 K-Love” is an overall +1.0 and progresses from fifth to fourth. Prior to October, “K-Love” last reached the four-share level in February 2018 (4.0, as well). The top two finishers in October 2019 are both flat in November 2019. Specifically, Entercom classic hits-oldies KRTH “K-Earth 101” nets nine-tenths in three consecutive up or flat moves (5.0 – 5.6 – 5.9 – 5.9) and stays at #1. When “K-Earth” added six-tenths in September, it applied the brakes to three downward trends in succession that accounted for a collective loss of eight-tenths (5.8 – 5.4 – 5.2 – 5.0, 6+). Prior to October 2019, KRTH last reached the #1 spot in October 2018 (5.0, 6+). The station it succeeded at #1 – iHeartMedia adult contemporary KOST – repeats October’s 6+ AQH share (5.2) and market rank (#2). “Coast 103.5” had been in a 5.8 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.9 pattern (June – July – August – September, 6+), before sputtering by seven-tenths in October. After setting the pace 12 ratings periods in succession, KOST shifted to the runner-up slot in October. Immediately before January when it surrendered a -6.8 to 6.2 (6+), KOST was an overall +8.4 through five improvements in a row (4.6 – 4.7 – 4.9 – 5.1 – 9.0 – 13.0, 6+). A loss of seven-tenths (2.1 – 1.4, 6+) takes Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KKLQ “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” from #22 to #28 with its lowest 6+-stat since May (1.4, as well). In addition to departing the top ten (#9 to #12), Meruelo Media Holdings’ KLOS “95.5 Southern California’s Classic Rock” has its fifth month in a row without an increase for a net loss of one-half share (3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.2 – 2.8, 6+). Conversely, rhythmic CHR cluster-mate KPWR “Power 106,” which was off a collective six-tenths in four straight down or flat moves (3.1 – 3.1 – 2.8 – 2.7 – 2.5, 6+), halts the slide with a +.2 to 2. 7 (#14 to #13, 6+). Separated by one-tenth of a share are iHeartMedia-owned alternative KYSR “Alt 98.7” (2.5 – 2.7, +.2, #14 to #13, 6+) and Entercom’s similarly-formatted KROQ (2.2 – 2.6, +.4, #19 to #15, 6+). Before dropping four-tenths in October, KYSR had gained seven-tenths in four consecutive sweeps without a loss (2.2 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.7 – 2.9, 6+). Similarly, KROQ was +.5 as a result of four successive up or neutral reports (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+) but lost two-tenths in October. Not only is Univision Radio regional Mexican KSCA off a collective four-tenths in four-straight sweeps without an increase (2.6 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.2, 6+), “LA 101.9” exits the top twenty (#19 to #21).

Chicago

Spoken-Word Formats – Owing to its third uptick in succession (2.8 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 4.0, 6+), Nexstar Media Group news/talk WGN “Radio 720” nets a +1.2 (ninth to eighth). WGN was locked on 2.9 (6+) in April and May and then on 3.0 (6+) in June and July. Following October’s improvement of six-tenths (2.1 – 1.7 – 2.3, 6+), Cumulus Media news/talk WLS-AM is unchanged at 2.3 (6+), climbing from #19 to #18.

Having been up an overall half-share in three straight sweeps without a loss (3.8 – 4.1 – 4.3 – 4.3, 6+), Entercom sports talk WSCR “670 The Score” relinquishes nine-tenths in November to 3.4 (6+) and spirals from the top ten (#6 to #13). Notwithstanding it has gained one-half share in three modest bumps (1.4 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 1.9, 6+), Disney/ESPN-owned WMVP “ESPN Chicago 1000” backslides from #21 to #22.

Entercom all-news WBBM-AM (Bears) is part of a three-way scrum at #1 (4.9 – 5.1, +.2, fourth to first, 6+). Its +.1 in October curtailed eight successive down or neutral moves that accounted for an overall -1.4 (6.2 – 6.1 – 5.8 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.8, 6+). WBBM-AM finished on top in January, February, and March.

Progressing from #12 to #11, Chicago Public Media news/talk WBEZ is +1.0 in five successive positive spikes (2.5 – 2.7 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.3 – 3.5, 6+).

Chicago Music Formats – The market’s three major adult contemporary outlets combine to inflate the format’s 6+ share by +1.2. Leading the way is Hubbard Broadcasting’s WSHE “100.3 SHE,” which is a combined +1.2 in October/November (2.9 – 3.4 – 4.1, tenth to seventh, 6+). Before faltering by one-half share in May, WSHE notched an overall increase of eight-tenths via four consecutive positive or flat moves (2.5 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.3, 6+). Up a combined half-share in October/November (4.2 – 4.3 – 4.7, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WLIT “93.9 Lite FM” advances from sixth to fifth and has its strongest 6+-stat (4.7) since January’s 5.0. Also in the AC format, Venture Technologies Group-owned WRME-LP “FM 87.7 – Me TV” is a cumulative +.6 as a result of three jumps in a row (2.9 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.5, 6+) yet falls from a tenth-place tie to eleventh. After logging three gains in succession for a collective increase of six-tenths (2.5 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.1, 6+), WRME-LP returned two-tenths in August. On the other hand, Alpha Media (suburban) adult contemporary WSSR “Star 96.7” forfeits eight-tenths (1.1 – .3, #36, 6+). In addition to WSHE, Univision Radio regional Mexican WOJO “Que Buena 105.1” notches a gain of seven-tenths (3.6, #16 to #10, 6+), thus snapping at four a consecutive string of down or flat moves that accounted for a net loss of three-tenths (3.2 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.9, 6+). After a lengthy hiatus from being listed in print, Crawford Broadcasting urban contemporary WPWX “Power 92” resurfaces with a 1.2 (#26, 6+); co-owned urban AC WSRB “106.3 Chicago’s R&B” has a 1.0 (#29, 6+). Tied with WBBM-AM at #1 (see above) are iHeartMedia urban AC WVAZ “V-103” (5.4 – 5.1, -.3, second to first, 6+) and Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WLS-FM “94.7 Chicago’s Classic Hits” (4.8 – 5.1, +.3, fifth to first, 6+). “V-103” had a September-only stay at #1. October’s loss of three-tenths ended WVAZ’s string of three straight increases that netted a +1.4 (4.3 – 4.9 – 5.0 – 5.7, 6+). In September, “V-103” recorded its best 6+-stat since October 2018 (5.7, as well), which had been the last time WVAZ reached #1. Meanwhile, this (5.1) is the highest 6+-showing for “Chicago’s Classic Hits” in more a year (5.4, September 2018). On the heels of October’s +1.3 (4.2 – 5.5, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WTMX “101.9 The Mix” plummets by -1.1 to 4.4 (6+) and tumbles from first to sixth. “The Mix” exited the top spot in September when it eroded by -1.5 (5.7 – 4.2, 6+). In July, the combination of a three-tenths uptick by WTMX classic rock sibling WDRV “97.1 The Drive” and an equal margin decrease by “The Mix” resulted in the cluster-mates swapping places at first and second. In August, “The Mix” notched a +.5 (5.2 – 5.7, 6+) and proceeded from second to first. WTMX was #1 in April, May, and June before giving way to “The Drive” in July; April’s 5.9 was the highest 6+-stat for “Mix” since November 2017’s 6.3. Window to the World Communications’ WFMT “98.7 – Chicago’s Classical and Folk Music Radio” is without an increase the eighth time in a row and has lost roughly half (-.6) its 6+ AQH share in that March 2019 through November 2019 stretch (1.3 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.0 – .8 – .8 – .8 – .7 – .7, flat at #31, 6+).

San Francisco

Spoken-Word Formats. For the fourth time in the last six ratings periods, KSFO posts a 2.0 (2.0 – 1.7 – 2.0 – 1.7 – 2.0 – 2.0, 6+); the Cumulus Media news/talker moves from #19 to a five-way tie at #14. July 2019’s 1.7 (6+) marked the first time KSFO fell below a two-share since July 2017’s 1.8. Cluster-mate KGO, which recorded a  June 2019 through September 2019 topline of: 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.5 (6+), repeats October’s 1.7 (#23 to #22, 6+). Stuck on .2 (6+) in July and August and then on .3 (6+) in September and October, iHeartMedia-owned KKSF-AM “Real Talk 910 – Think Forward” returns to .2 (#33 to #35, 6+).

Cumulus Media sports talk KNBR-AM “The Sports Leader” (49ers) continues an alternating up/down pattern that began in July (4.1 – 4.4 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 3.9, sixth to seventh, 6+). Entercom’s similarly-formatted KGMZ “95.7 The Game,” which nets a collective half-share via three straight upticks, is included in the aforementioned five-way scrum at #14 (1.5 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 2.0, 6+). KGMZ nearly doubled (+1.5) its 6+-stat in three straight sweeps without a loss, (1.8 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 3.3, 6+) and then had three consecutive declines that accounted for a -1.8 (3.3 – 3.0 – 1.9 – 1.5, 6+).

In a first-place tie in September, KGMZ all-news sibling KCBS-AM (Raiders) doubles October’s increase of six-tenths with a +1.2 (6.4 – 7.0 – 8.2, 6+) and is #1 the third month in a row. Prior to September, KCBS-AM last reached #1 in May.

A combined -1.2 in September/October (7.1 – 6.4 – 5.9, 6+), Northern California Public Broadcasting news/talk KQED roars back with a November +1.4 to 7.3 (6+) and repeats in the runner-up slot. KQED was the first-place finisher in June, July, August, and tied at the top (with KCBS-AM) in September; August’s 7.1 was its best 6+-stat since 7.3 in March. San Francisco Unified School District’s KALW “91.7 Local Public Radio” is without an increase the fourth straight time for an overall -.3 (1.0 – .9 – .7 – .7 – .7, 6+) yet advances from #30 to #28.

San Francisco Music Formats – Up an overall nine-tenths via five successive positive or neutral trends (3.6 – 3.7 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.5 – 4.5, 6+) and having its best 6+-stat (4.5) since 5.0 in March, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KISQ “98.1 The Breeze” is steady in fourth-place. Bonneville’s similarly-formatted KOIT-FM “96.5 “Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites” has lost an overall six-tenths in four successive down or flat trends (4.1 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.5, eighth to ninth, 6+). Logging decreases of six-tenths each are Entercom hot AC KLLC “Alice @ 97.3” (4.4, third to fifth, 6+) and University of Southern California-owned classical KDFC (2.0, #12 to a five-way tie at #14, 6+). “Alice” was off a collective four-tenths via three straight down or flat moves (4.2 – 3.9 – 3.8 – 3.8, 6+), immediately before being a combined +1.2 in September/October (3.8 – 4.7 – 5.0, 6+). KDFC was up one-half share in September/October (2.1 – 2.3 – 2.6, 6+). Having been within 3.0 – 3.9 range (6+) in each of the last 16 sweeps, iHeartMedia urban contemporary KMEL “#1 For Hip-Hop and R&B” gains two-tenths to 4.1 (seventh to sixth, 6+). In six consecutive down or flat trends, Bonneville-owned KUFX “98.5 K-Fox The South Bay’s Classic Rock” has dropped an overall seven-tenths (2.0 – 1.9 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.3, 6+), sliding from #24 to #26. This streak directly follows five straight reports without a loss for a net gain of seven-tenths (1.3 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.9 – 2.0, 6+).

Dallas

Spoken-Word Formats – A combined +.8 in October/November (3.6 – 4.1 – 4.4, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WBAP progresses from sixth to fifth. “News Talk 820” was a collective a +1.8 from “Holiday” 2018 through June 2019 (2.3 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.1, 6+). Through six successive positive or neutral sweeps, co-owned KLIF-AM “570 News & Information” doubles (+.3) its 6+ AQH share (.3 – .3 – .4 – .5 – .5 – .5 – .6, #35 to #34, 6+). Returning October’s one-tenth increase (.4 – .5 – .4, 6+), Salem Media Group-owned KSKY “660 AM The Answer” drops from #35 to #36.

Frozen on 2.4 (6+) in September and October, Entercom’s KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” (Cowboys) surrenders two-tenths to 2.2 (#18 to #20, 6+). Without an increase the seventh report in succession (2.7 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.2, #29 to #26, 6+), Cumulus Media’s KTCK “The Ticket – All Sports All The Time” has lost roughly 55% (-1.5) of its 6+ AQH share. Disney/ESPN’s KESN “103.3 ESPN Dallas” posts its fourth consecutive positive or neutral trend for a collective gain of four-tenths (.7 – .8 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1, #32 to #29, 6+).

The July 2019 through November 2019 topline for Entercom news-talk hybrid KRLD-AM “News Radio 1080” is: 1.8 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.8 (flat at #22, 6+).

This marks the fourth time in a row that North Texas Public Broadcasting news/talk KERA records a 3.2 (#12 to #13, 6+).

Dallas Music Formats – Piling on a whopping +1.3 to October’s increase of four-tenths (3.6 – 4.9, 6+), Cumulus Media’s KSCS “New Country 96.3” leaps from eighth to third, crossing the four-share level (4.9, 6+) for the first time since February’s 4.1. Its October uptick curtailed three straight losses that resulted in a cumulative decrease of six-tenths (3.8 – 3.8 – 3.5 – 3.2, 6+). Co-owned/similarly-formatted KPLX “99.5 The Wolf,” which dropped four-tenths in October, is down one-tenth to 3.9 (seventh to eighth, 6+). “The Wolf” was locked on 3.9 (6+) in July and August, before notching a one-half share improvement in September. In the contemporary Christian arena, a +1.2 by Educational Media Foundation-owned KYDA enables “Air 1 – Worship Now” to cross the three-share level (2.2 – 3.4, 6+) and rocket from #20 to #11. Salem Media Group’s KLTY “94.9 Your Life … Inspired” falters by -1.0 to 5.6 (6+). Not only does KLTY suspend four straight up or flat trends that led to a collective +2.6 (4.0 – 4.1 – 5.5 – 5.5 – 6.6, 6+), it drops to #2 after an October-only stay at #1. KLTY was frozen on 4.2 (6+) in April and May before slipping to 4.0 (6+) in June. Similarly-formatted KAWA “WAY-FM Uplifting-Upbeat-Real,” which was -1.2 (March); a combined +1.2 in April/May (1.1 – 1.6 – 2.3, 6+); -1.4 (June); +.2 (July); -.5 (August); +.4 (September); and -.4 (October), is +.1 in November (.6 – .7, flat at #33, 6+). Even though iHeartMedia CHR KHKS is down a cumulative half-share in three straight sweeps without an increase (6.7 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 6.2, 6+), “106.1 Kiss – Dallas/Fort Worth’s Hit Music” returns to the top spot, after one month at #2. “Kiss” had been the pacesetter ninth months in a row before trading places with KLTY at #2 in October. An August increase of nine-tenths wiped away the collective nine-tenths KHKS lost as a result of three straight negative or neutral moves (6.7 – 6.3 – 5.8 – 5.8, 6+). Its May dip of four-tenths brought to a close four successive up or flat sweeps that netted eight-tenths (5.9 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 6.7, 6+). April’s 6.7 was the best 6+-stat for “Kiss” since May 2018’s 6.9. Co-owned classic rock KZPS “Lone Star 92.5” is off a collective nine-tenths as a result of four successive slips (5.1 – 4.8 – 4.5 – 4.3 – 4.2, fourth to seventh 6+).

Houston                              

Spoken-Word Formats – A collective +.8 in three straight increases (3.3 – 3.4 – 3.9 – 4.1, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KTRH “News Radio 740” is unchanged at #11. This directly follows a net loss of one-half share in four successive negative or neutral reports (3.8 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.3, 6+). For the third month a row, co-owned KPRC “AM 950 – Houston’s More Stimulating Talk Radio” logs a .3 (flat at #29, 6+).

Advancing from #23 to #22, cluster-mate KBME “Sports Talk 790” is a combined +.4 in October/November (1.1 – 1.2 – 1.5, 6+). One-tenth behind is Entercom’s KILT-AM “Sports Radio 610” (Texans), which has gained four-tenths through five consecutive up or flat moves (1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.3 – 1.4, #22 to #23, 6+). Eight straight negative or neutral trends by Gow Communications’ sports talk KFNC led to a net loss of four-tenths (.9 – .9 – .8 – .8 – .8 – .7 – .7 – .5 – .5, 6+) but “ESPN 97.5” is now up one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.5 – .6 – .7, flat at #26, 6+).

A collective +.8 in three straight reports without a loss (2.3 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 3.1, 6+), University of Houston news/talk KUHF advances from #17 to #16.

Houston Music Formats – Erasing October’s loss of six-tenths with a November uptick of seven-tenths (4.7 – 4.1 – 4.8, 6+), Cumulus Media CHR KRBE jumps from ninth to sixth. A September increase of two-tenths by “104.1 – Houston’s #1 Hit Music Station” interrupted five consecutive negative or neutral trends that led to an overall decline of eight-tenths (5.3 – 5.2 – 5.1 – 5.1 – 5.1 – 4.5, 6+). Having dropped an overall half-share in three slips in succession (4.6 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 4.1, 6+), Entercom’s country-formatted KILT-FM “100.3 The Bull” answers with an increase of six-tenths to 4.7 (ninth to seventh, 6+). Before losing two-tenths in March, KILT-FM had been +1.7 via three bumps in a row (3.5 – 3.8 – 4.5 – 5.2, 6+). Two-tenths behind and repeating at #8 is its format rival, Cox Media Group’s KKBQ “The New Country 93-Q,” which is trending 4.8 – 4.7- 4.5 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.5 (June – July – August – September – October – November, 6+). A combined -1.4 in September/October (4.7 – 3.8 – 3.3, 6+), immediately after three straight positive or flat moves that accounted for a +1.7 (3.0 – 3.4 – 4.7 – 4.7, 6+), Entercom hot AC KHMX “Mix 96.5” is up one-half share to 3.8 (#15 to #12, 6+). Five straight positive spikes by Univision Radio regional Mexican KLTN yield a +1.7 (4.9 – 5.0 – 5.1 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 6.6, 6+) as “Que Buena 102.9” progresses from third to second. This (6.6) is its best 6+-showing since March (6.7). Owing to a +.3 to 3.5 (6+), Entercom Spanish contemporary KLOL “Mega 101 FM” pulls the plug on three straight down or flat trends that accounted for a -1.0 (4.2 – 3.9 – 3.2 – 3.2, #16 to #14, 6+). After surrendering four-tenths in October to 6.7 (6+), Radio One urban AC KMJQ “Majic 102.1 The People’s Station” responds with a +.1 to 6.8 (6+) and is #1 the fourth month in a row. Prior to September’s 7.1 (6+), KMJQ – which was a combined +1.3 in August/September (5.8 – 6.2 – 7.1, 6+), last crossed the seven-share threshold (6+) in May 2018 (7.2). An overall +1.3 in three upticks in a row (5.3 – 5.5 – 6.5 – 6.6, 6+), Cox Media Group classic rock KGLK “The Eagle” falters by -1.0 in November to 5.6 (6+) and segues from second to fourth. October 2019’s 6.6 was its highest 6+-stat since September 2017 (6.7). In seven of the last eight survey periods, Entercom adult hits KKHH posted a 6+ AQH share between 5.0 – 5.7 (5.1 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 5.4 – 5.0 – 5.7 – 5.5 – 5.4, 6+). In November, however, “95.7 The Spot” sputters by one-half share to 4.9 (6+) but carries on in fifth-place. Regressing by one-half share as well is Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KOVE “Amor 106.5” (3.1, #14 to #16, 6+), which just finished netting one-half share through four successive positive or neutral moves (3.1 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.6, 6+). This marks the 11th straight sweep that iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA is without an increase (12.1 – 8.6 – 8.5 – 8.2 – 7.5 – 7.3 – 7.1 – 6.6 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.8, 6+). In that timeframe, “Sunny 99.1” has lost roughly 52% (-6.3) of its 6+ AQH share but climbs from fourth to third. KODA was the market leader 16 sweeps in a row before segueing to #2 in August. Immediately in advance of this spiral, “Sunny” was a cumulative +4.9 via three consecutive gains (7.2 – 7.5 – 9.7 – 12.1, 6+). It had been more than two years since KODA slipped below a six-share (June 2017, 5.8, 6+).

Atlanta

Spoken-Word Formats – Winning ways continue for WSB-AM, which not only is #1 the fourth month in a row but the Cox Media Group news/talk outlet is an overall +3.0 as a result of five straight up or flat trends (6.3 – 6.6 – 7.6 – 7.6 – 8.2 – 9.3, 6+). Finishing at #29, #30, and #31, respectively, are Entercom’s WAOK “1380 The Voice of the Community”; Salem Media Group-owned WGKA “AM 920 The Answer”; and iHeartMedia-owned WGST “Talk Radio 640.” WAOK has doubled (+.2) its 6+ stat in five successive reports without a loss (.2 – .2 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .4, flat at #29, 6+). WGKA has an August 2019 through November 2019 topline of: .3 – .2 – .3 – .3 (steady at #30, 6+), while for the 13th time in succession, WGST (.2, +.1, #35 to #31, 6+) notches either a .1 or .2 (6+).

Owing to four successive positive spikes, Entercom sports talk WZGC “92.9 The Game” (Falcons) nets +2.3 (2.8 – 3.4 – 4.3 – 4.6 – 5.1, steady at #7, 6+). Before August’s increase, “The Game” was an overall -1.2 in five straight negative or neutral sweeps (4.0 – 3.7 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.8, 6+). Following seven consecutive monthlies without a loss for a net gain of +1.1 (1.6 – 1.7 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.7, 6+), Dickey Broadcasting’s WCNN is now a combined -.9 in October/November (2.7 – 2.5 – 1.8, #16 to #18, 6+).

Within 3.2 – 3.7 range (6+) the ninth sweep in a row (3.4 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 3.6 – 3.2, 6+), City of Atlanta Board of Education’s WABE drops from #11 to #14. Up two-tenths (.6 – .8, 6+), Georgia State University news/talk WRAS repeats at #26.

Atlanta Music Formats – The rollercoaster ride continues for Cumulus Media-owned CHR WWWQ “Q-100 Atlanta’s New Hits,” which was +.4 (June); -.9 (July/August); +.3 (September); -.7 (October); and now +.7 in November (2.7 – 3.4, #14 to #12, 6+). Its format rival, iHeartMedia’s WWPW “Power 96.1 Atlanta’s #1 Hit Music Station,” is up seven-tenths in October/November (2.9 – 3.1 – 3.6, #13 to #11, 6+). Off three-tenths in September/October (6.2 – 6.2 – 5.9, 6+), Entercom urban contemporary WVEE “V-103 The People’s Station” answers with an increase of six-tenths to 6.5 (6+, equaling what it recorded in May) and remains in the runner-up slot. As Cumulus Media-owned WKHX “Kicks 101.5 – Atlanta’s #1 For Country Hits” notches a +.6 (3.0, #17 to #15, 6+), iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WUBL “94.9 The Bull” falters by one-half share (eighth to ninth, 6+). A combined +.4 in August/September (2.5 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+), “Kicks” was off one-half share in October. August’s increase halted three straight dips that resulted in a net loss of six-tenths (3.1 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5, 6+). Off three-tenths in March, WKHX later faltered by four-tenths in May. “The Bull” had been an overall +.9 via three successive positive spikes (4.0 – 4.1 – 4.5 – 4.9, 6+), but is now a combined -1.1 in October/November (4.9 – 4.3 – 3.8, 6+). Its April 2019 through July 2019 topline was 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 4.1 (6+). When “The Bull” dropped one-tenth in June, it interrupted three straight increases that produced a +.8 (3.3 – 3.5 – 4.0 – 4.1, 6+). While it advances from ninth to eighth, Salem Media Group contemporary Christian WFSH “104.7 The Fish” has its fifth decrease in a row for an approximately 56% erosion (-4.9) of its 6+ AQH share (8.8 – 8.5 – 4.7 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 3.9, 6+). WFSH had been #1 four straight months before shifting to #7 in August. When “The Fish” lost three-tenths in July, it halted at five a consecutive string of bumps that netted an overall +3.9 (4.9 – 5.4 – 5.7 – 7.0 – 7.9 – 8.8, 6+). Down a collective seven-tenths in five straight sweeps without an increase (3.4 – 3.4 – 2.9 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+), Entercom hot AC WSTR “Star 94.1” slips from #14 to #16. Faltering by seven-tenths each are Radio One gospel WPZE “Praise 102.5 Atlanta’s Inspiration Station,” which exits the top ten (#9 to #12) and Clark Atlanta University’s WCLK “Jazz 91.9,” which departs the top twenty (2.1 – 1.4, #19 to #21, 6+). WPZE had been +1.3 via three successive up or flat moves (2.8 – 2.8 – 3.7 – 4.1, 6+). Co-owned urban contemporary WAMJ-HD2, which was an overall +.9 in three improvements in succession (1.1 – 1.2 – 1.5 – 2.0, 6+), falters by four-tenths to 1.6 (flat at #20, 6+).

Philadelphia

Spoken-Word Formats – An October gain of eight-tenths by Entercom’s WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” is followed by November’s one-tenth loss (2.3 – 2.2, #18 to #19, 6+). Even though it is without a decrease the fourth sweep in succession for a +.2 (.7 – .8 – .8 – .9 – .9, 6+), Townsquare Media news/talk WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” backslides from #23 to #25.

Tacking on seven-tenths to October’s increase of nine-tenths (6.6 – 7.5 – 8.2, 6+), Entercom sports talk WIP “Sports Radio 94.1” (Eagles) is #1 the third time in a row and has its best 6+stat (8.2) since February 2018’s 8.7. WIP gained eight-tenths in August. Leaping from #17 to #12, Beasley Media Group-owned WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” is up a collective nine-tenths via five straight reports without a loss (2.1 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 3.0, 6+). The last time “The Fanatic” reached the three-share level (6+) was in March (3.0).      

After eight sweeps in succession without an increase that resulted in an overall -1.6 (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.4, 6+), Entercom’s KYW “News Radio 1060” is up one-half share in October/November (3.4 – 3.5 – 3.9, 6+) and returns to the top ten (#11 to #10).

A cumulative +1.2 In four straight up or neutral reports (2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 3.7, 6+), public radio news/talk WHYY forfeits four-tenths to 3.3 (6+) and exits the top ten (#10 to #11). In October, WHYY reached the three-share level (3.7, 6+) for the first time since February’s 3.0.

Philadelphia Music Formats – A combined +1.0 in October/November (6.5 – 6.6 – 7.5, 6+), Beasley Media Group-owned WMGK “Classic Rock 102.9 MGK” carries on in second-place. Co-owned WMMR “93.3 Everything That Rocks,” which lost an overall four-tenths in five successive sweeps without an increase (6.4 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 6.0 – 6.0, 6+), ends the slide by picking up one-tenth to 6.1 (fifth to fourth, 6+). In its extremely limited PPM ratings history, Mega-Philadelphia LLC-owned/Camden, New Jersey-licensed Spanish tropical WEMG “La Mega 105.7 – Today’s Hottest Hits” has quadrupled its September numbers (.3 – .6 – 1.2, 6+) and checks in at #22. Following its overall +1.1 in three straight positive spikes (5.5 – 5.6 – 6.1 – 6.6, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary WBEB “B-101.1 More Music/More Variety” surrenders the entire increase and one-tenth more (5.4, -1.2, second to sixth, 6+). Although it is a combined -.7 in October/November (4.9 – 4.3 – 4.2, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted WISX “106.1 The Breeze” advances from ninth to eighth. Significant swings continue for its urban contemporary sibling WUSL “Power 99,” which was +.8 in four successive (February through June) up or flat trends (3.7 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.5, 6+); -.6 in July/August (4.5 – 4.0 – 3.9, 6+); +1.1 in September; and now a combined -1.0 in October/November (5.0 – 4.5 – 4.0, eighth to ninth, 6+). September’s 5.0 is its best 6+-performance in more than two years (5.6, July 2017). Up eight-tenths in three straight bumps (2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 3.1, 6+), Entercom’s WTDY “Today’s Hits 96.5 TDY” forfeits two-tenths to 2.9 (#13 to #15, 6+). WTDY was -1.0 in four straight March 2019 through July 2019 decreases (3.3 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 2.4 – 2.3, 6+). University of Pennsylvania triple A WXPN “88.5 Vinyl At Heart,” which was -1.1 in four straight down or flat moves (2.6 – 2.4 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.5, 6+), adds one-tenth to 1.6 (flat at #21, 6+). Immediately prior, it logged six straight sweeps without a loss for a +1.2 (1.4 – 1.4 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 2.6, 6+). Thus far in 2019, WIP was on top in January; its classic hits-oldies sibling WOGL “98.1 – Nobody Plays More 80s” was #1 in February; WBEB was #1 in March; WMGK set the pace in April; WBEB did so in May and June; WMGK returned to #1 in July and August; WIP and WDAS-FM were tied for the lead in September; and WIP has been #1 in October and November.

Long Island

Spoken-Word Formats – An overall -1.0 via three straight down or flat trends (4.7 – 4.5 – 3.7 – 3.7, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” drops from seventh to ninth. Continuing at #26 is news/talk WABC, which was up three tenths in August/September (1.0 – 1.1 – 1.3, 6+); down two-tenths in October; and now up one-tenth in November (1.1 – 1.2, 6+).

Albeit off three-tenths (6.4 – 6.1, 6+), Entercom sports talk WFAN (Giants) repeats at #1; WFAN was +.9 in October (5.5 – 6.4, 6+). Similarly-programmed WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” (Jets) is a collective +.8 in four consecutive sweeps without a loss (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.2 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+) and carries on at #14.

Entercom’s all-news WINS bounces back from October’s -.7 with a November +.1 (3.1 – 3.2, unchanged at #11, 6+). Off three-tenths in July, WINS followed with a +1.1 in August/September (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.8, 6+). Co-owned/similarly-formatted WCBS-AM is a combined -.8 in October/November (3.2 – 2.7 – 2.4, #14 to #17, 6+), immediately after being a collective +.7 in three straight up or flat trends (2.5 – 2.5 – 2.9 – 3.2, 6+).

Following five successive up or flat trends that accounted for a gain of four-tenths (1.3 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.7, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation news/talk WNYC-FM drops two-tenths to 1.5 (flat at #23, 6+).

Long Island Music Formats – A combined -.7 in September/October (4.1 – 3.6 – 3.4, 6+), directly after posting three straight positive or flat moves that yielded six-tenths (3.5 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 4.1, 6+), Connoisseur Media adult contemporary WKJY “98.3 K-JOY Long Island’s Place to Relax” dials up a +.8 to 4.2 (ninth to seventh, 6+). Whereas this (4.2) is its best 6+-showing since March (4.3), October’s 3.4 was its lowest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2018’s 3.2. Meanwhile, classic hits-oldies sibling WBZO, which netted nine-tenths via three upticks in a row  (2.1 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 3.0, 6+) immediately following a collective -1.6 via three straight drops (3.7 – 3.2 – 2.9 – 2.1, 6+), lost one-tenth in October. “Max FM” posts a +.6 in November to 3.5 (#13 to #10, 6+). A collective -1.0 in three straight sweeps without an increase (4.6 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 3.6, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WAXQ “Q-104.3 New York’s Classic Rock” applies the brakes with a +.4 to 4.0 (6+) and remains in eighth-place. The April 2019 through November 2019 topline for Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WPLJ “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” is: 2.2 – 1.9 – 1.5 – .5 – 0.0 – .4 – 1.1 – 1.2 (flat at #26, 6+). When EMF officially closed on its purchase of WPLJ from Cumulus Media on May 31, it transitioned the station from hot AC to contemporary Christian.

Riverside

Spoken-Word Formats – After three months in a row of recording a .1 (August, September, and October, 6+), iHeartMedia news talk KKDD “1290 News Talk IE” is unlisted. KKDD was unlisted in May, June and July, as well.

This is the sixth time in succession that co-owned KPWK “Fox Sports Radio 1350 AM” is without an increase (.2 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1, #23 to #22, 6+) and the 23rd straight sweep that similarly-formatted/Los Angeles Angels-owned (LAA 1, LLC) KLAA “Angels Radio AM 830” does not appear in print.

Up a collective three-tenths in three straight positive or neutral trends (.5 – .8 – .8 – .9, 6+), San Bernardino Community College news/talk KVCR forfeits two-tenths to .7 (#12 to #15, 6+). Pasadena City College news/talk KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” has its fourth straight down or flat report for a net loss of two-tenths (.3 – .3 – .3 – .2 – .1, #20 to #22, 6+).

Riverside Music Formats – Without a decrease the fourth time in succession, Lazer Broadcasting regional Mexican KXRS “La Mejor 105.7 – Mas, Mas Musica” is +1.6 in that stretch (.3 – .3 – .4 – .8 – 1.9, #13 to #11, 6+). In seven straight up or flat reports, co-owned/similarly-formatted KAEH “Radio Lazer” has doubled (+.3) its 6+ AQH share (.3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .5 – .6 – .6, #17 to #16, 6+). Without an increase the past three sweeps for an overall -1.0 (4.4 – 4.1 – 3.4 – 3.4, 6+), iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR KGGI “99.1 Riverside’s Hottest Hit Music” halts the slide with a +.4 to 3.8 (fourth to third, 6+). Having surrendered more than half (-1.9) its 6+-share via seven consecutive decreases (3.7 – 3.4 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.3 – 2.1 – 1.9 – 1.8, 6+), LC Media urban-rhythmic oldies KQIE picks up two-tenths to 2.0 (tenth to ninth, 6+). In advance of this just-concluded streak, “Old School 104.7” chalked up a +1.6 in three successive improvements (2.1 – 2.7 – 3.0 – 3.7, 6+). After trending 7.5 – 7.3 – 7.7 (August – September – October, 6+), Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose” busts out a half-share increase to 8.2 (6+) and marches from second to first. KLYY was +1.3 in July/August (6.2 – 6.7 – 7.5, 6+). Immediately prior to the July report, “Jose” was an overall -4.3 in seven straight declines (10.5 – 8.5 – 8.2 – 8.1 – 7.4 – 7.0 – 6.4 – 6.2, 6+). KLYY had been in the runner-up slot in April, May, June, and July. December 2018’s 10.5 marked the first time any Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario station reached double-figures (6+) since April 2015, when “Jose” recorded a 10.4. Ousted from the top after setting the pace in September and October is Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA (7.9 – 7.3, -.6, first to second, 6+). September/October’s +1.0 (6.9 – 7.7 – 7.9, 6+) follows July/August’s -1.7 (8.6 – 7.6 – 6.9, 6+). KOLA occupied the top spot in April, May, June, and July before segueing to #2 in August. Immediately prior to July/August’s -1.7, KOLA was +1.8 via three successive positive spikes (6.8 – 7.2 – 8.0 – 8.6, 6+). Entercom’s KFRG “New Country K-Frog” is a combined -.8 in October/November (4.5 – 4.4 – 3.7, third to fourth, 6+) and falls below a four-share (6+) for the first time since “Holiday” 2016 (3.7, as well). While All-Pro Broadcasting rhythmic hot AC KHTI “Hot 103.9 The I.E.’s Best Mix” adds one-tenth to .9 (flat at #13, 6+), thus pulling the plug on three drops in a row that accounted for a collective loss of seven-tenths (1.5 – 1.1 – .9 – .8, 6+), co-owned adult contemporary KATY “101.3 The Mix” is an overall -.7 via five straight decreases (1.3 – 1.3 – 1.1 – .8 – .7 – .6, #16, 6+). Educational Media Foundation-owned contemporary Christian KLRD “Air 1 – Worship Now” (1.6, #11, June 2019, 6+) and co-owned/similarly-formatted KKLQ “Positive, Encouraging 100.3” (.7, #15, June 2019, 6+) – are unlisted for the fifth month in a row.

San Jose

Spoken-Word Formats – Despite posting its fourth straight up or flat trend for a collective +1.0 (1.4 – 1.8 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+), KGO backslides from #16 to #18. This comes directly after the Cumulus Media news/talk outlet surrendered more than 50% of its 6+ AQH share (-1.6) in ten straight negative or neutral San Jose sweeps (3.0 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.4, 6+). Co-owned news/talk KSFO repeats October’s 6+ AQH share (.9) and market rank (#26). In August, KSFO gained two-tenths, thus halting three successive declines that accounted for a loss of roughly half (-.7) its 6+-stat (1.5 – 1.3 – 1.2 – .8, 6+).

Locked on 3.6 (6+) in August and September, sports talk sibling KNBR-AM “The Sports Leader” (49ers) is a combined +.9 in October/November (3.6 – 3.8 – 4.5, sixth to fifth, 6+). After dropping six-tenths in August, Entercom’s similarly-formatted KGMZ is +1.6 in three successive upticks (1.0 – 1.1 – 1.8 – 2.6, 6+); “95.7 The Game” leaps into the top twenty (#21 to #14). September’s increase suspended three straight declines that eroded nearly two-thirds (-1.9) of its 6+ AQH share (2.9 – 2.4 – 1.6 – 1.0, 6+).

Entercom all-news KCBS-AM (Raiders) wipes away October’s loss of one-half share with a November bump of seven-tenths (5.7 – 5.2 – 5.9, fourth to third, 6+). KCBS-AM was -1.9 in three straight March through May decreases.

Owing to three consecutive down or flat trends, Northern California Public Broadcasting news/talk KQED lost four-tenths (6.3 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 5.9, 6+) but obliterates that deficit with a +1.0 to 6.9 (6+) and leaps from third to first. The last time KQED reached #1 in the San Jose report was in April (6.9, 6+). After three straight months of logging a 1.0 (6+), San Francisco Unified School District news/talk KALW drops one-tenth to .9 (#24 to #26, 6+).

San Jose Music Formats – Following a July/August loss of six-tenths (2.7 – 2.2 – 2.1, 6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary KMEL “106.1 #1 For Hip-Hop and R&B” answers with three jumps in a row for an overall +1.2 (2.1 – 2.7 – 3.2 – 3.3, 6+) and enters the top ten (#12 to #9). Nearly doubling October’s .9 with a positive spike of eight-tenths to 1.7 (6+), Lazer Broadcasting regional Mexican KXZM “Radio Lazer 93.7” jumps to #22. Progressing six-tenths each are Empire Broadcasting’s KRTY “San Jose Hot Country 95.3” KRTY (4.0, ninth to sixth, 6+) and iHeartMedia adult contemporary KISQ “98.1 The Breeze” (2.9, #17 to #11, 6+). KRTY was a combined -.7 in September/October (4.1 – 3.9 – 3.4, 6+), while “The Breeze” had lost four-tenths in three straight modest decreases (2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.3, 6+). Following six successive months at #1, Alpha Media classic hits-oldies KBAY segues to #2. Furthermore, “94.5 Bay FM – The Bay’s Greatest Hits” has the largest (6+) October 2019 – November 2019 decrease of any station in the 12 PPM-markets highlighted here (8.6 – 6.6, -2.0, 6+). “Bay FM,” which was +1.3 in August, nearly erased April’s -1.5 with a May +1.3 (6.2 – 7.5, 6+), returning to #1 after an April-only stay at #2. Prior to the April sweep, KBAY had been +1.5 via three upticks in a row (6.2 – 6.9 – 7.3 – 7.7, 6+). A collective +1.2 in three straight improvements (2.2 – 2.5 – 2.8 – 3.4, 6+), Entercom hot AC KLLC “Alice @ 97.3” forfeits nine-tenths to 2.5 (6+) and fades from the top ten (#9 to #16). Also in the hot AC format, iHeartMedia’s KIOI surrenders seven-tenths (4.2 – 3.5, fifth to eighth, 6+). “Star 101.3 More Music/More Variety” substituted August/September’s -.5 (3.9 – 3.6 – 3.4, 6+) with an October boost of eight-tenths; October’s 4.2 was its best 6+ San Jose showing since January’s 4.6. Off one-half share each are Univision Radio regional Mexican KSOL “Que Buena” (3.3 – 2.8, #11 to #12, 6+) and iHeartMedia’s KYLD “Wild 94.9 – The Bay’s #1 Hit Music Station” (2.6, #13 to #14, 6+). “Que Buena” has its lowest 6+-stat (2.8) since June’s 2.7; “Wild” had just netted eight-tenths in three straight sweeps without a loss (2.3 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 3.1, 6+). As a result of five consecutive down or flat trends, Univision Radio rhythmic CHR KVVF “Latino Mix 105.7” has lost nine-tenths (2.9 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.1 – 2.0, #18 to #19, 6+); this (2.0) is its weakest 6+-showing since “Holiday” 2018’s 1.8. Unlisted in San Jose the 11th month in a row are Bonneville cluster-mates adult contemporary KOIT-FM “Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites”; CHR KMVQ “Now 99.7”; and urban AC KBLX “102.9 R&B and Old School.”

Middlesex-Somerset-Union

Spoken-Word Formats – In ten consecutive sweeps without an increase (January 2019 through November 2019), Townsquare Media news/talk WKXW has lost roughly 36% (-2.9) of its 6+-share (8.1 – 7.9 – 7.5 – 7.3 – 7.1 – 6.9 – 6.9 – 6.6 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.2, 6+). “New Jersey 101.5,” which had been on top eight sweeps in succession, now repeats at #2. Off six-tenths to 3.0 (6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” interrupts four up or flat trends in a row that led to a +.7 (2.9 – 2.9 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.6, 6+) and spirals from #11 to #16. The August 2019 through November 2019 Middlesex-Somerset-Union topline for news/talk WABC is: 1.2 – .8 – 1.2 – 1.1 (#25 to #24, 6+).

Completely wiping away September’s loss of seven-tenths with an October/November +1.4 (3.7 – 4.8 – 5.1, 6+), Entercom sports talk WFAN-FM (Giants) leaps from seventh to third. Three straight gains by New York’s “Fan” yielded eight-tenths (3.6 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.4, 6+). Similarly-programmed WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” (Jets) is an overall +1.1 via three upticks in succession (1.6 – 1.7 – 2.4 – 2.7, flat at #18, 6+), immediately after being down a collective nine-tenths through three consecutive negative or neutral trends (2.5 – 2.1 – 1.6 – 1.6, 6+).

Flat at #21, Entercom all-news WINS logs a 1.9 (6+) the fourth time in the last five Middlesex reports (1.9 – 2.1 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.9, 6+). Its September loss of two-tenths suspended four consecutive increases that accounted for a one-half share gain (1.6 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.1, 6+). Co-owned/similarly-programmed WCBS-AM, which was a collective -1.1 in four drops in a row (2.5 – 2.1 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.4, 6+), ends the slide with a +.4 to 1.8 (#23 to #22, 6+).

Down one-tenth (1.81.7, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation public radio news/talk WNYC-FM slips from #22 to #23. August’s increase of one-tenth to 2.0 (6+) stopped three consecutive decreases that accounted for a collective loss of six-tenths (2.5 – 2.2 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+).

Middlesex-Somerset-Union Music Formats – Three down or flat trends in a row by Cumulus Media-owned WNSH yielded a -.9 (4.1 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 3.2, 6+) but “New York’s Country 94.7” regains two-thirds of that deficit with a +.6 to 3.8 (#14 to #11, 6+). Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish contemporary WPAT “Amor 93.1” is an overall +1.7 via four straight improvements (2.1 – 2.2 – 2.6 – 3.5 – 3.8, 6+) and advances from #12 to #11 where it is tied with WNSH. Without an increase the past six sweeps for a -1.4 since April (3.7 – 3.6 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.3, 6+), WPAT’s Spanish tropical cluster-mate WSKQ “Mega 97.9” gains two-tenths to 2.5 (6+) and continues at #19. In addition to jumping from eighth to fifth, iHeartMedia New York City CHR WHTZ “Z-100” logs a +.4 to 5.0 (6+), thus applying the brakes to four straight losses that resulted in a -2.0 (6.6 – 5.9 – 5.5 – 5.3 – 4.6, 6+). As a result of five Middlesex boosts in succession, Entercom classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM gained a +2.6 (4.0 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 5.8 – 6.6, 6+). The streak comes to an end in November as “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits” drops two-tenths to 6.4 (6+) but repeats at #1. Continuing to set the pace in New York City (see above), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “106.7 Lite FM” has had a recent seesaw ride in Middlesex. “Lite FM” was off one-half share in August/September (5.1 – 4.9 – 4.6, 6+); posted an October increase of seven-tenths; and now sputters by nine-tenths in November (5.3 – 4.4, third to ninth, 6+). October’s 5.3 was WLTW’s best (6+) Middlesex stat since “Holiday” 2018’s 11.4. While unchanged at #10, Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97” drops one-tenth to 4.2 (6+), thus snapping at six its consecutive string of up or flat moves that yielded a +1.6 (2.7 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 4.3, 6+).

Monday, November 25, 2019

| November 25, 2019

Monday Memo: Podcast Best Practices. Google “podcast tips” and you’ll find plenty, most for newbies (“State your name and the name of your podcast at the beginning”).  Since you’re a pro, this week’s column by consultant Holland Cooke is Advanced Placement stuff.  Read it here.

Impeachment Testimony, 2020 Presidential Race, Hong Kong Elections, Navy Secretary Fired, Mr. Rogers Movie, and AMAs Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend. The week’s impeachment testimony; the Democrats vying to challenge President Trump in 2020 and former Republican-turned-Democrat Michael Bloomberg’s entrance into the race; the Hong Kong elections that saw pro-democracy candidates win in local races; Navy Secretary Richard Spencer forced out of his post over the Edward Gallagher case; the A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood film; and Sunday evening’s American Music Awards were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

WIP, Philadelphia Morning Star Angelo Cataldi Signs Contract Extension. Morning drive sports talk host Angelo Cataldi signs a multiyear contract extension with Entercom’s WIP-FM, Philadelphia.  He’ll continue to lead the “Angelo and the Morning Team” program with co-hosts Al Morganti, Keith Jones, and Rhea Hughes.  The former Philadelphia Inquirer Eagles beat writer began hosting the morning show on WIP in 1990.  He comments, “It’s an honor to continue my time at WIP as I move past my 30-year anniversary at the best sports station in America.  All I can do is express my appreciation to Entercom and to all of my colleagues at WIP.  But most of all I want to thank the listeners who have been so loyal to me and to everyone at the morning show.  I can’t believe I get to do a job I love in the city whose passion for sports is incomparable.  Now let’s win another championship.”

Sam Moser Named Chief Revenue Officer and EVP of National Sales for Newsmax TV.  Former FOX News advertising sales executive Sam R. Moser joins Newsmax TV as chief revenue officer and EVP of national sales.  During his career, Moser has also served with MTV, the Comedy Channel, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, and the Game Show NetworkNewsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy says, “Sam has a stellar reputation for building, developing, and directing highly successful sales teams for major cable networks – both established and start-up.  He’s a consummate sales professional and has amassed an impressive track record of increasing billings significantly from existing advertisers as well as new business development.”  Moser says, “Newsmax has quickly become the most-talked-about cable news network in the United States.  I’m excited to be part of the cream of the crop Chris is assembling and help further accelerate the growth of this exciting, must-watch news outlet.”  Newsmax TV says it has cable agreements with all major MVPD outlets, including DirecTV, Dish, Xfinity, Spectrum, Fios, U-verse, Altice (Optimum and Suddenlink), and Cox, among many others.  The network expects to reach close 80 million MVPD homes in 2020.

TALKERS News Notes. Corpus Christi morning drive personality Jim Lago announces he’s retiring from iHeartMedia’s news/talk KKTX-AM after his December 6 program.  Lago suffered a mild stroke in April but later returned to his show.  He’s been a Corpus Christi air personality for more than 30 years…..In Kansas City, Ron “Show” Hughley exits the midday show at Entercom’s KCSP “610 Sports.”  His former partner Josh Vernier and producer Stephen Serda remain hosting the program that’s been renamed “Mid-Days” on the station’s website…..WHO, Des Moines afternoon drive talk host Simon Conway is doing double duty this week.  In addition to his WHO program (also heard on iHeartMedia’s WMT-AM, Cedar Rapids), he’s sitting in for Joe “Pags” Pagliarulo on his nationally syndicated show today through Wednesday (11/25-27)…..AdLarge Media announces that it has renewed its deal with The Weather Channel Radio Network and will continue serving as radio ad sales rep for TWC.  AdLarge co-founder and co-CEO Gary Schonfeld says, “The Weather Channel television and radio network is a marquee brand trusted by radio stations and advertisers.  With this extended partnership, our team can continue providing AdLarge advertisers with access to listeners of top-rated radio stations across the country.  We are delighted to continue our relationship with the network.”…..WBUR, Boston appoints Margaret Low CEO and general manager.  Low was most recently with The Atlantic where she was the president of AtlanticLIVE.  Prior to serving with The Atlantic, she was SVP of news for NPR and a former senior producer for “All Things Considered.”  During her five years at The Atlantic, Low oversaw the live events division, which produces more than 100 events a year across the country and around the world.

WNDB’s Marc Bernier Interviews Senator Tom Cotton. Pictured above is WNDB, Daytona Beach afternoon drive talk show host Marc Bernier interviewing U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) before a live audience at the Miami BookFair International live on C-SPAN about his book Sacred Duty: A Soldier’s Tour at Arlington National Cemetery (2019, William Morrow).  This is the 15th consecutive year that Bernier’s “BookMarc” radio and TV show has broadcast from the Miami BookFair International.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Programming pro John DeSantis is leaving All Pro Broadcasting’s hot AC KHTI, Riverside-San Bernardino “Hot 103.9” on December 15 after 23 years with the station.  He’s also worked on-air at the station in mornings, afternoons, and evenings.  Station VP and general manager Kimberly Martinez says, “John will forever remain a part of All Pro Broadcasting’s history.  He was a very important part of our X103.9 programming.  When we flipped formats in December 2015 he continued on as our program director.  John has been a dedicated employee and an important part of the All Pro Broadcasting family, we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”…..On Friday, November 15, iHeartMedia’s rock WDVE celebrated its 50th Anniversary with by an alumni party at Cefelo’s – a local Pittsburgh venue.  The party brought together the station’s former sales and support staff, along with top on-air personalities, including Randy Baumann, Val Porter, Michele Michaels, and Russ Rose as well as former air personalities Scott Paulsen, Jimmy Roach, Steve Hansen, Marsy, Terry Caywood, Herschel, Sean McDowell, Eddie Crowe, Kenny Gibbs, Cris Winter, Joe Fenn, and Jesse Scott.  In addition, program director John Moschitta was joined by former program directors from throughout the decades – which included Gene Romano, Dave Lange, Garrett Hart, and special guest attendee Alan Shaw.

Monday Memo: Podcast Best Practices

| November 25, 2019

By Holland Cooke
Consultant

 

BLOCK ISLAND, RI –Google “podcast tips” and you’ll find plenty, most for newbies (“State your name and the name of your podcast at the beginning”).  Since you’re a pro, we’ll skip to Advanced Placement stuff:

Understand how-users-are-using, and package accordingly. 

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Friday, November 22, 2019

| November 22, 2019

Steve Bannon’s ‘War Room: Impeachment’ Airing on Newsmax TV. The one-hour, daily talk program, “War Room: Impeachment,” hosted by former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, is now airing on Newsmax TV at 9:00 am ET.  Bannon’s co-hosts on the program are former Trump campaign senior communications strategist Jason Miller and Raheem Kassam, former chief adviser to Brexit leader Nigel Farage.  They provide up-to-the-second analysis and commentary on the impeachment hearings of President Donald Trump.  Bannon says, “We will deliver information and analysis on the impeachment of President Trump to hard-working Americans as they get on with their busy lives.  The citizens of this country will be the real jury in this case, and it is vital they get the facts.”  The program is also being distributed as a radio program via Salem Radio Network.

NOW POSTED:  New Installment of “The Michael Harrison Wrap: An Overview of the National Conversation.”   The vibrant, one-hour weekend special, “The Michael Harrison Wrap,” that looks back each week at the hottest topics discussed in American talk media per the research of TALKERS magazine, is now posted on the website of its flagship station, iHeartMedia’s WONK-FM, Washington, DC (11/22).  The new episode titled, “Poll Dancing with the Stars!,” looks back at this past week of November 18-22, 2019 and features guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERS; Jeffrey Kuhner, talk show host, WRKO, Boston; Dr. Dana Cheng, senior China news reporter, The Epoch Times; Thom Hartmann, talk show host, WYD Media NetworkRich Zeoli, talk show host, WPHT, Philadelphia; Tony Katz, talk show host, WIBC, Indianapolis; and Victoria Jones, executive director, DC Radio Company. This acclaimed news/talk radio show first airs each week on WONK-FM, Washington, DC on Friday evenings between 6:00-7:00 pm; followed by WRKO, Boston; KSCO, Santa Cruz, CA;  KBDT, Dallas; KQSP, Minneapolis; KBKW, Aberdeen, WA; the Virginia Talk Radio Network and Pioneer Valley Radio in Springfield, MA. It also appears on the iHeartRadio App.  To listen to this week’s episode (and the program’s complete archives), please click here.  To view the latest TALKERS magazine topic research, please click here.

Six Honored at Gracies Leadership Awards Ceremony. At the annual Gracies Leadership Awards luncheon in New York City yesterday (11/21), the Alliance for Women in Media honored six female media leaders.  Honorees included: Cumulus Media president and CEO Mary Berner, Entercom COO Weezie Kramer, Univision chief communications officer Rosemary Mercedes, TV One general manager Michelle Rice, Crown Media Family Networks EVP programming and network publicity Michelle Vicary, and E.W. Scripps VP employment & labor law and chief diversity officer Danyelle WrightKatz Direct president Chickie Bucco was honored with the inaugural AWM Legacy Leadership award.  Elizabeth Smart delivered the keynote address, sharing her captivating story of overcoming the trauma of her nine-month abduction, at the age of fourteen.  Smart said, “I don’t think that you are made by what happens to you.  I think you are made by the choices you make after things happen to you.”  She ended the speech, saying, “As I move forward with my life, I am dedicated to preventing what happened to me from happening to anyone else and continuing to empower women, and girls of all ages, as much as I can.”  Pictured here is Alliance for Women in Media treasurer and The Weiss Agency EVP Heather Cohen (at right) with Mary Berner and (at left) with Weezie Kramer.

The Impeachment Hearings Top News/Talk Story for Week of November 18-22. The week’s testimony at the impeachment inquiry against President Trump was the most-talked-about story on news/talk radio this week, landing atop the Talkers TenTM.  At #2 this week was the 2020 presidential race and Wednesday’s Democratic debate.  Coming in at #3 was the Hong Kong Human Rights Act and U.S.-China trade relations, followed by the Prince AndrewJeffrey Epstein connection at #4.  The Talkers TenTM is a weekly chart of the top stories and people discussed on news/talk radio during the week and is the result of ongoing research from TALKERS magazine. It is published every Friday at Talkers.com.  See this week’s complete chart here.

TALKERS News Notes. WFNI, Indianapolis “The Fan” program director and morning drive co-host Jeff Rickard is recovering after suffering a heart attack last weekend.  Rickard updated listeners via a tweet yesterday, saying, “I’m feeling a little better but have been missing here and on air after suffering a major heart attack last Saturday.  THANKS to all who have reached out and hopefully I’ll be back to work soon.  I’m going to go back to being quiet for a few days.”…..iHeartMedia news/talk WILM-AM, Wilmington, Delaware signs a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers’ NBA G League affiliate the Delaware Blue Coats to air play-by-play of all of the team’s regular season and post season games for the 2019-2020 season.  Blue Coats president Larry Meli says, “We are thrilled to bring Delaware Blue Coats basketball to the Delaware airwaves.  iHeartMedia Wilmington is a terrific partner for our program both in the broadcast sense and also from a community engagement perspective.  We’re proud of the commitment both organizations have to bettering the city of Wilmington.”…..SiriusXM is participating in WhyHunger’s Hungerthon 2019.  The online auction takes place now through Wednesday, December 11.  WhyHunger is a non-profit organization founded by the late Harry Chapin and led by executive director Noreen Springstead.  Hungerthon auction items include a trip to meet and see Billie Eilish in Los Angeles; a trip to meet and see Kenny Chesney in Arlington, Texas; tickets to see all four nights of Phish’s New Year’s Eve shows or their exclusive concert for SiriusXM in Philadelphia on 12/3; tickets to attend SiriusXM’s exclusive event with Billy Joel in Miami on 12/5; signed guitars from Taylor Swift, 5 Seconds of Summer, Alabama ShakesBrittany Howard, and more; autographed items that include a signed Rolling Stone cover from Camila Cabello; framed lyrics of “Too Good at Goodbyes” signed by Sam Smith; a helmet signed by Marshmello; tickets to the 2020 Daytona 500; tickets to the 2020 PGA Championship and much more.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Air personality Jason Howard is named co-host of “The River Morning Show” on iHeartMedia’s hot AC WRVE, Albany “99.5 The River” alongside current WRVE personality Tracy.  Howard – a graduate of SUNY Brockport – joins WRVE from Hurley’s Media in the Cayman Islands where he was OM and morning host.  iHeartMedia Albany SVP of programming Randy McCarten says, “Jason’s experience as an entertaining morning host along with his commitment to community involvement will be a great asset to ‘The River.’  Tracy and Jason have a chemistry that is just a lot of fun to hear every morning.”…..Westwood One appoints Nick Fox country program director for Westwood One’s 24/7 formats.  In this role, Fox will oversee day-to-day operations of delivering 24/7 programming to Westwood One country affiliates.  He’ll manage on-air talent while supervising music databases and support current and potential 24/7 affiliates.  Fox was most recently the program director and midday personality at Cumulus Media’s country WXBM, Pensacola…..Programming pro Nick Cash is named operations manager at Townsquare Media’s Killeen-Temple, Texas station group that includes country KUSJ, hip hop KOOC, urban contemporary KSSM, and classic rock KLTD.  Cash was most recently program director and afternoon host at iHeartMedia’s country KHGE, Fresno “102.7 The Wolf.”

Thursday, November 21, 2019

| November 21, 2019

Bill Leff and Wendy Snyder Out in New WGN, Chicago Program Schedule. Two months after new management ousted station manager Todd Manley from his role at WGN, Chicago and hinted more changes were on the horizon, the Nexstar-owned news/talk outlet announces its new programming lineup and late morning duo Bill Leff and Wendy Snyder are the odd couple out.  After the close of the Tribune-Nexstar deal, Sean Compton became executive vice president and director of news and operations Mary Sandberg Boyle was named interim programming manager.  Yesterday (11/20), Boyle announced the changes via internal email.  Among the changes effective December 2 are: Steve Cochran’s morning show starts an hour earlier, airing from 5:00 am to 9:00 am; John Williams moves from his current 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm slot to 9:00 am to 12:00 noon; Ji Suk Yi takes over hosting the 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm “Wintrust Business Lunch” show; and Anna Davlantes leaves the co-host role on the afternoon drive Roe Conn program to host her own 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm talk show.  Conn remains in afternoons, followed by Justin Kaufmann from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm, followed by Nick Digilio from 11:00 pm to 4:00 am.  WGN will simulcast the “WGN-TV Early Morning News” from 4:00 am to 5:00 am.  Read Chicago media writer Robert Feder’s coverage here.

WPHT, Philadelphia’s Rich Zeoli Interviews President Trump. Pictured above is WPHT, Philadelphia morning drive personality Rich Zeoli interviewing President Trump in the Oval Office as part of Tuesday’s White House Radio Row on the United States Mexico Canada trade deal.  The president also talked about the 2020 election and the impeachment hearings.  Zeoli says, “The president was incredibly gracious with his time and said how much he loves talk radio.”  Photo: Andrea Hanks

John Fredericks Show Interviews VP Mike Pence. At Tuesday’s White House Radio Row on the USMCA treaty, Virginia talk station owner and statewide talk radio personality John Fredericks (right) posed for a photo with Vice President Mike Pence (left) and Fredericks’ wife, Anne (center), who serves as CFO of the John Fredericks Network.

Cumulus Inks ‘The Ticket’ Morning Show ‘The Musers’ to Multiyear Extension. Dallas sports talkers George Dunham, Craig Miller, and Gordon Keith – collectively known as “The Musers” – sign contract extensions to continue hosting the morning drive show on Cumulus Media’s sports talk KCTK-AM/FM, Dallas “The Ticket.”  The Cumulus Dallas-Houston regional vice president Dan Bennett says, “For 25 years, the Morning Musers’ George Dunham, Craig Miller, and Gordon Keith have performed at a market dominant level and we are excited that will continue for many more years in Dallas!”  The Musers comment, “We are very pleased to continue our longstanding relationship with Cumulus and the wonderful leadership of the Dallas/Fort Worth market.  This company has made us feel appreciated and we are extremely thankful for their support of such a special station.  ‘The Ticket’ in Dallas/Fort Worth is our home and the bond that we have with our listeners is something we will cherish for as long as we breathe.”

Salem Covers A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Premiere. Above is Salem Radio Network VP/news & talk programming Tom Tradup (left) interviewing director Marielle Heller (right) at last night’s premiere of the SONY Pictures film, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.  The film stars Tom Hanks as television icon Fred Rogers.  The premiere took place in Pittsburgh where the “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” TV show was produced at WQED-TV.

Skyview Networks Sponsors Panels at MLB Rightsholders Conference. The photo above shows the participants in this year’s MLB Audio Rightsholders Conference in Las Vegas.  More than 20 teams and organizations participated in panels covering technology, audio sales strategies, and the future of emerging non-terrestrial mediums.  Digital content captured the main focus of the conversations as franchises shared strategies for monetizing this evolving platform.  Skyview Networks president and COO Steve Jones says, “Skyview Networks is proud to return as the title sponsor of this conference, which hosts an innovative group of baseball and broadcast executives as they discuss the critical role radio and digital audio play in fan engagement.  We look forward to developing additional technology to serve our partners in this evolving audio space.”  Additional panel topics included maximizing ad sales with an emphasis on innovative features and creating awareness for franchises’ ancillary digital content, especially concerning podcasts.  As the digital listenership rapidly increases, the franchises are hyper-focused on monetizing the platform.

TALKERS News Notes. The NM Political Report says that KIVA-AM/K229CL, Albuquerque owner Eddy Aragon is considering running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Tom Udall, who is not running for re-election.  Aragon – a staunch conservative – hosts the afternoon show on the station branded, “the Rock of Talk.”  He tells NM Political Report this is something he’s only considering at this point. “You have to imagine the tremendous sacrifice that I have to consider.  Being off [the air] during the year Donald Trump is running in 2020, that’s a sacrifice to my radio station.”…..KIDO, Boise morning drive talk host Kevin Miller is pictured below talking to KTVB-TV, Boise news about his annual Miller’s Mission Turkey Drive to help provide the hungry and homeless in Boise with a warm dinner for the holidays.  The goal is to collect 3,000 turkeys for the Boise Rescue Mission Ministries.  Each year Miller dons his turkey suit and broadcasts live from a local Walmart parking lot to collect turkeys and cash donations.

Impeachment Testimony, 2020 Presidential Race/Atlanta Debate, Epstein Case/Prince Andrew Troubles, U.S.-China Trade Talks/Hong Kong Human Rights Act, and Mexicans Sue Walmart Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (11/20). Wednesday’s impeachment hearing with testimony from EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland; the Democrats vying to challenge President Trump in 2020 and Wednesday’s Atlanta debates; the investigation into Jeffrey Epstein’s death and the aftermath of Prince Andrew’s BBC interview; U.S. trade talks with China and the U.S. House’s Hong Kong Human Rights Act; and Mexicans’ suit against Walmart over the mass shooting in El Paso were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Programming pro Robyn Simone exits Cumulus Media’s urban contemporary WLXC, Columbia, South Carolina “Kiss 103.1” where she’d been serving as program director for the past year.  She says, “Working at Cumulus Media in Columbia was a challenge, but I gained a lot of knowledge in my short time there.  As the program director/air talent for ‘Kiss 103.1,’ I’m a stronger and more knowledgeable PD because the experience.  I would like to thank [VP programming operations] John Dimick and VP/urban programming Kenny Smoov for the opportunity and their commitment to set new standards for urban radio.”

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

| November 20, 2019

WIBC, Indianapolis Talk Host Tony Katz Speaks with VP Pence at White House Radio Row. In the photo above taken at yesterday’s White House Radio Row on the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, WIBC-FM, Indianapolis morning host and syndicated late morning personality Tony Katz (right) interviews Vice President Mike Pence (left).  Katz says he was one of just three talk hosts to interview Pence at the daylong event that featured a number of GOP members of Congress and Trump administration officials speaking with the invited group of radio hosts.  Pence’s comments to Katz on the China-Hong Kong tensions made national news, with the VP saying, “The president has made it very clear; it would be very hard to do a deal with China if there is any violence or if that matter is not treated properly and humanely.”

Lori Lewis Launches Social Media Consultancy. Social media and radio pro Lori Lewis announces the launch of her social media consultancy firm, Lori Lewis Media.  She says her firm offers “brands the most affordable way to finally put a social media strategy in play with proven, winning tactics to drive audience and revenue growth.”  Lewis served for three years as vice president of social media for Cumulus Media and Westwood One.  Prior to that, she was director of digital and social strategy at Jacobs Media.  She’s also worked in the radio industry as a programmer and talent.

FOX Sports Radio Reports October Audience Growth. The sports audio network cites October 2019 data for its radio and streaming ratings as well as podcast listens, reporting record audience totals.  FOX Sports Radio – a division of Premiere Networks – says that “The Herd with Colin Cowherd achieved its “single greatest month in average quarter hour audience, growing +31.4% with Adults 25-54 and +36.2% with Men 25-54.”  “Outkick the Coverage with Clay Travis” “had its best AQH month ever in October, increasing +38.3% with Adults 25-54 and +53.5% with Men 25-54.”  Also, FOX Sports says it posted its largest streaming audience in the history of the network with total listening hours increasing +21% year-to-year in October 2019.  The network also set another record for total monthly podcast listens in October, reaching more than 11 million monthly listens.

Entercom Adds Local News Content on Google Assistant. Leveraging the power of its all-news radio stations, Entercom is adding local news audio content to the new “Your News Update,” on the Google Assistant.  Entercom says that through this partnership, local content from stations including 1010 WINS and WCBS 880 in New York, KNX 1010 News Radio in Los Angeles, WBBM Newsradio in Chicago, Newsradio 1080 KRLD in Dallas, WWJ News Radio 950 in Detroit, KYW Newsradio in Philadelphia, KCBS All News in San Francisco and News Radio 1120 KMOX in St. Louis will be featured as part of the “Your News Update” platform.  This follows the stations’ exclusive participation as part of the platform’s beta-testing phase.  “Your News Update” will showcase a mix of short news stories chosen in that moment based on users’ interests, location, history, and preferences, as well as the top news stories from publishers from around the world including Associated Press, FOX News, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter and more.

Vanessa Wojtusiak Named VP of Marketing for iHeartMedia Hartford/New Haven. Marketing pro Vanessa Wojtusiak joins iHeartMedia Hartford/New Haven as vice president of marketing.  The markets include news/talk WPOP-AM, Hartford and WELI, New Haven plus sports talker WUCS-FM, Hartford and WAVZ-AM, New Haven.  Wojtusiak joins iHeartMedia from Nexstar’s WTNH-TV, New Haven where she most recently served as the director of audience development and executive digital producer.  She’s also served as national director of social marketing for iHeartRadio, an online marketing manager for WHTZ, New York “Z100” and the marketing assistant for WXKS-FM, Boston “KISS 108.”  She says, “I am thrilled to be back home where I started my media career 18 years ago.  Radio has been my longstanding passion and a medium that still has a meaningful and powerful presence in local communities.  I can’t wait to keep elevating the iconic local brands alongside a very talented team.”

TALKERS News Notes. The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand is continuing his watch over the sports talk radio scene in New York and reports that current WFAN 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm personality Bart Scott is expected to jump across town to ESPN-owned rival WEPN as co-host of the show in the same time slot.  ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith – currently hosting the ESPN Radio network show in that daypart – is leaving his radio duties with the company for more TV work, leaving that time slot open.  He also says sources indicate current WFAN midday team Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts are odds-on favorites to assume the afternoon drive show on WFAN when Mike Francesa moves to the RADIO.COM platform.  Read his column here…..iHeartRadio launches a new branded podcast in collaboration with T-Mobile for Business, titled “This Time Tomorrow.”  In it, podcast hosts Oz Woloshyn and Karah Preiss look closely at how innovations in 5G connectivity will revolutionize the way people work, socialize, and interact with the world…..Cox Media Group’s news/talk KRMG-AM/FM, Tulsa  launches its 14th annual Stories of Light fundraiser to benefit Make-A-Wish Oklahoma.  The goal is to raise $300,000 during the three-day radiothon.  The KRMG team moves its entire broadcast to LaFortune Park in Tulsa for the radiothon and encourages listeners to stop by with donations.  This event has raised more than $3 million since its inception…..SiriusXM and Amazon announce that SiriusXM’s On Demand library is now available to subscribers with Amazon Alexa and Echo devices, as well as several third-party devices with Alexa built-in.  The move allows subscribers with streaming access to simply ask Alexa to play their favorite SiriusXM shows and compelling content whenever they want it.

Edison Research Unveils ‘Podcast Consumer Tracker’ Report. This new report from Edison Research is what the company calls “the first successful endeavor to present a unified look at audience information at the publisher/network level.”  It says the Podcast Consumer Tracker also contains “competitive intelligence, audience demographics, and sales targeting information for podcast publishers and networks.  It currently has 10 charter subscribers, including NPRPodcastOne, Wondery, ESPN, WarnerMedia, and “other significant publishing and agency partners.”  While the comparative rankings of publisher networks are available only to subscribers, Edison offers some of the findings of its first report: “The Joe Rogan Experience” is the leading podcast in terms of reach amongst weekly podcast consumers; there are significant content consumption differences between iPhone and Android users, rendering ‘Top Podcast’ charts derived exclusively from users of either to be unrepresentative of total listening behavior; and while the study tracks the relative reach of the top podcast networks, 54% of weekly podcast consumers have listened to an unaffiliated, independent podcast in the last week.  Edison Reasearch SVP Tom Webster says, “This is the first study in the podcast space to tackle a universal measure of reach.  There are, of course, various charts of downloads that cover parts of the overall universe, but those either reflect only a portion of the podcast audience, or they only measure publishers that opt-in.  The Podcast Consumer Tracker’s goal is a truly inclusive measure of the comparative penetration of the leading publishers and networks.  In that, we have been highly successful.”

Impeachment Hearings/Ukraine Allegations, 2020 Presidential Race/Atlanta Debate, Epstein Guards Charged, Israel-Syria Skirmish, and Hong Kong University Siege Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (11/19). This week’s impeachment testimony about the allegations of President Trump’s impropriety with regard to Ukraine military aid; the Democrats hoping to challenge President Trump in 2020 and tonight’s debate in Atlanta; the charges being filed against the Manhattan prison guards on duty when Jeffrey Epstein died are charged as the investigation continues; Israel fires at Iranian military targets in Syria; and the Hong Kong University siege were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

The Story of The Fisher House Foundation. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian writes about the birth and growth of the Fisher House Foundation and its harnessing the “power in radio” to raise awareness of the organization’s mission.  As regular TALKERS readers are probably aware, the Fisher House Foundation builds comfort homes where family members of military personnel and veterans can stay while their loved one is in the hospital.  Since its inception, the Fisher House estimates it has saved families $451 million in out-of-pocket costs for housing and transportation.  How the Fisher House Foundation began and how its relationship with radio – especially news/talk radio – is an interesting story.  Read Mike Kinosian’s piece here.

Music Radio News and Career Moves.  In Los Angeles, entertainment, news & traffic reporter Lisa May announces she’s leaving the “Frosty, Heidi & Frank” morning show at Meruelo Media’s classic rock KLOS, effective December 13.  The longtime Los Angeles radio personality is moving to Palm Springs to work in the personal fitness business…..A surprise on Long Island as longtime adult contemporary WALK-FM morning drive personality Mark Daniels exits the station.  Newsday reports the 63-year-old Daniels has been with Connoisseur Media’s WALK since 1985.  Daniels’s on-air partner Jamie Morris is staying on and will be part of the new morning show set to debut in January…..YEA Networks announces that the “Tino Cochino Radio” show is being added to the programming lineup on hip hop KQKS, Denver “KS 1075,” its first Entercom-owned affiliate station.….On Friday (11/22), the iHeartRadio album release party with Coldplay, celebrating the release of Everyday Life takes place.  The hour-long on air special will feature a performance and an exclusive interview hosted by iHeartRadio on-air personality, Harms.  It airs at 8:00 pm local time on iHeartMedia alternative and triple A stations…..BMI announces the appointment of Nexstar Media Group president and CEO Perry Sook to the BMI board of directors, effective January 1, 2020.   Board chair Michael J. Fiorile says, “We’re extremely pleased to welcome Perry Sook to the BMI board of directors.  Perry has achieved incredible success at Nexstar and we know he will be a valuable addition to the board as we continue our mission of protecting the rights of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and advocating for the value of music.”

October 2019 PPM Analysis: News/Talk (Part Two)

| November 19, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES —  Immediately after each month’s four thorough ratings analyses are completed, we try to find a significant nugget to turn into a “Ratings Review Extra.”

The nod this time goes to examining how news/talk outlets fare when their October 2019 (6+) stats are indexed against comparable October 2018 data.

In order to be included in the following summaries, a commercial, English-language news/talk outlet (including online streams, if applicable) had to appear in any of Nielsen Audio’s 48 PPM-markets in both the October 2018 and October 2019 reports.

These October 2019 qualifiers were unlisted in October 2018 and, consequently are not included: WGN, Chicago’s internet stream; KKSF-AM (San Francisco and San Jose reports); KFXR, Dallas; WPGG in the Philadelphia report; WWBA, Tampa; KDFD, Denver; WHK, Cleveland; KMBZ-FM, Kansas City’s internet stream; WLIP (Milwaukee report); WRJN, Milwaukee; and WTMJ, Milwaukee’s internet stream.

Excluded as well is Atlanta’s WYAY, which switched from news/talk to contemporary Christian (WAKL) in May 2019.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

| November 19, 2019

BREAKING NEWS – Masked Intruders Break In and Set fire to Hong Kong Office of The Epoch Times.   Four masked intruders dressed in black (three of which are pictured above in a still from a security camera) set fire to the printing press of the Hong Kong edition of The Epoch Times in the early hours this morning (11/19), marking the fourth attack on the Hong Kong facility of the international news organization since its opening more than a decade ago.  According to a breaking report in The Epoch Times online edition, the manager of the printing press said that the incident took place around 3:40 am HKT at the facility located in the Mong Kok area, as the newly printed newspapers were about to be delivered to the stands.  Moments after staff at the press opened the factory door, however, the men walked into the facility and pointed batons towards the workers, shouting, “All of you don’t move!” Surveillance footage from the printing shop shows two of the men dressed in all black carrying batons, while one of them holds newspapers, and another carries two containers containing a flammable liquid, which he poured onto the factory machines and newspapers.  The other black-clad man then ignited fires with a lighter. The men immediately ran away after the fires started. The whole incident lasted about two minutes. The fire caused the sprinkler system to turn on, and a staff member used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire. The staff then called the police and fire department, who arrived shortly afterward. The Tsuen Wan police bureau has launched an investigation.  Two print machines, four rolls of printing papers, and several stacks of newspapers in the factory suffered damage from the fire. Some papers were also damaged by the water.  In February 2006, thugs broke into the print shop and attempted to smash the presses. In October 2012, the door of the print shop was damaged. In December 2012, seven men carrying multiple tool boxes appeared and began attempting to break through the gate. They fled after police were called.  The Epoch Times has a long history of persecution in which reporters have been arrested and suffered violence at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.  Talk show hosts interested in booking a spokesperson from The Epoch Times to discuss today’s break-in may do so by contacting Victoria Jones at the DC Radio Company by phone 917-865-3991 or email at victoria@dcradiocompany.com

PPM Analysis: News/Talk (Part 2). TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents a second look at the performances of news/talk stations based on data from Nielsen Audio’s October PPM survey.  This report delves into commercial news/talk listening by market, comparing data from October 2018 to October 2019.  A review of the 47 PPM markets (Puerto Rico not included), show news/talk listening (based on weekly, 6+ AQH share) was up in 19 of those markets and down in the other 28 PPM markets.  Markets that saw gains were led by Chicago, San Antonio, West Palm Beach, and Memphis.  Markets losing share were led by Denver, Providence, Seattle, and Milwaukee.  Which markets, as of October 2019, are the biggest news/talk listeners?  The top five are: Milwaukee (13.4 share), Cincinnati (12.9 share), Orlando (12.1 share), Minneapolis (11.9 share), Middlesex (10.8 share).  See Mike Kinosian’s entire report here.

Nick Kayal Exits Nashville’s “102.5 The Game.” Morning drive sports talk personality Nick Kayal exits Cromwell Media’s sports talk WPRT, Nashville “102.5 The Game” in a move that appears to be a cost-saving effort.  The show currently stars Braden Gall and former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Derrick Mason.  Kayal joined the WPRT morning show in 2018 after having previously served with WPEN-FM, Philadelphia “97.5 The Sports Fanatic.”  Gall and Mason discussed Kayal’s departure on today’s program and an appreciative good-bye text from Kayal appears on the morning show’s page on the station website.

TALKERS News Notes. The regionally syndicated “John Fredericks Show” – based at WJFN-FM, Goochland, Virginia – is broadcasting today (11/19) live from the White House.  Fredericks says the show will be “no-holds-barred as we delve into White House and GOP strategy for passing USMCA, prescription drug pricing, vaping restrictions, stopping surprise medical billing, and of course, the impeachment witch hunt.”  Guest will include members of Congress as well as press secretary Stephanie Grisham, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, and Vice President Mike Pence…..Sports talk radio personality Matt Jones – whose “Kentucky Sports Radio” program is based at WLAP-AM, Lexington – announces he will not run for the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Mitch McConnell.  FOX 17 Nashville reports Jones made the announcement on Friday (11/15).  Jones says he intends to publish a book about McConnell titled, Mitch, Please, sometime in the New Year.  After he made that announcement in August, he was fired from his TV show on WLEX-TV, Lexington.  The station says Jones will not return to air there.  Jones briefly was off his radio show after the Kentucky Republican Party filed a complaint about his candidacy being promoted on the radio…..Chicago media maven Robert Feder reports that he hears Rachel Williamson – currently president of Cox Media Group’s multiplatform advertising organization Gamut – is the odds on favorite to take over for Jimmy de Castro as senior vice president and market manager for Entercom’s Chicago operations.  During her career, Williamson has served as director of digital revenue development for Cox Media Group and director of national ad sales for Cumulus Media, among others…..iHeartMedia adds an FM translator to the WVOC-AM, Columbia, South Carolina news/talk brand.  The station can now be heard on W278CY, Columbia at 103.5 FM…..ABC Audio is presenting three special programs for affiliate stations to air during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  For news/talk stations there is “America’s Bounty.”  Hosted by ABC News correspondent Aaron Katersky with reporting by correspondents Alex Stone, Jason Nathanson, Jim Ryan, Michelle Franzen, and more, the program takes listeners to an egg farm in New Hampshire, a five-generation livestock farm in South Dakota, and a hydroponic vegetable farm in New Jersey to report on the people who produce what ends up on America’s table.  The program also visits a vineyard in California’s Santa Maria Valley, where sustainable winemaking is their mission…..Public media firm KQED, San Francisco is creating a dedicated news desk to cover the Bay Area’s housing and affordability crisis.  The desk is comprised of journalists Erika Aguilar, Erin Baldassari, and Molly Solomon.  The team’s goal is to provide ongoing coverage of housing and affordability issues in the Bay Area for multiple KQED platforms.  The formation of KQED’s housing desk has been made possible in part by a generous grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative…..Last Friday (11/15), Eric Goranson, host of “Around The House With Eric G.” and Jeff “JT” Tracy, host of “Barbecue Nation,” – both distributed in syndication by Envision Networks – led the effort to raise funds for the Clark County Veterans Assistance Center via the “Operation Helping Our Heroes” radiothon on KPAM, Portland “AM 860 The Answer.”  The production netted $51,225 for supporting active military, veterans, and their families in obtaining benefits, services, and resources to meet their basic needs.  Below from left to right are: Tracy, retired Portland and KPAM radio legend Bob Miller, and Goranson.

Entercom Presents Live Event Addressing Addiction Hosted by Dr. Drew Pinsky. The two-hour live event titled, “I’m Listening,” takes place Thursday (11/21) before a live audience at the Entercom Baltimore Performance Studio presented by Recovery Centers of America and hosted by radio host, television host, and addiction medicine specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky.  The program airs live on adult contemporary WLIF “Today’s 101.9” and Facebook Live from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Dr. Drew and a panel of expert speakers will discuss substance abuse, suicide prevention, and information on how to get help.  Entercom Baltimore SVP and market manager Tracy Brandys says, “Millions of people are affected by mental illness.  It is our goal to open up the conversation and help end the stigma surrounding mental health.  We are proud to leverage our platform and voices to help provide the appropriate resources and information to those affected and encourage people to talk.”

Impeachment Hearings/Ukraine Allegations, Trump Hospital Visit, A Warning Book Released, Trump West Bank Reversal, 2020 Presidential Race, Hong Kong University Siege, Prince Andrew Interview, Iran Protests, and Fresno Shooting Aftermath Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (11/18). The impeachment testimony scheduled for this week and the allegations of President Trump’s impropriety with regard to Ukraine military aid; controversy over President Trump’s unannounced, weekend visit to the hospital; today’s publication of the book A Warning by Anonymous, purportedly a White House insider; Trump’s reversal of the 1978 U.S. policy declaring West Bank settlements illegal; the Democrats hoping to challenge President Trump in 2020; the siege by Chinese soldiers of the protester-occupied Hong Kong Polytechnic University; the aftermath of Prince Andrew’s BBC interview about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein; the protests in Iran after the government shut off the Internet; and the investigation into the football party shooting in Fresno that left four dead were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. On-air pro Glenn Kalina becomes part of the morning show at Entercom’s classic hits WOGL-FM, Philadelphia alongside incumbent AM drive host Marilyn Russell for the new “Glenn Kalina and Marilyn in the Morning.”  Kalina had been doing weekend and fill-in work for the station.  Kalina has worked on air in the market on WMWX-FM, WIOQ-FM, and the former WLCE-FM…..Actress, model, and radio personality Claudia Jordan exits urban contemporary KRNB-FM, Dallas “Smooth R&B 105.7.”  Air personality Rudy Rush moves from KRNB to Service Broadcasting’s co-owned hip hop KKDA-FM, Dallas “K104” as part of the “DeDe in the Morning” show, led by DeDe McGuire…..ABC Audio presents two music-oriented shows for affiliate stations to air during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  The three-hour country music special, “Every Girl At Christmas,” is hosted by Trisha Yearwood and includes appearances by Chris Young, Darius Rucker, Thomas Rhett, Carly Pearce, Brett Eldredge, Lady Antebellum, Chris Janson, Keith Urban, Dan + Shay, Luke Bryan, and more.  “Rock & Reelz” is a three-hour program hosted by Journey’s Jonathan Cain that takes a look back at some of the greatest rock songs from popular films such as Goodfellas, Easy Rider, Bohemian Rhapsody, and more.  The special features artists including Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Aerosmith, Bob Seger, Pat Benatar, Blondie, and Journey.

Open Houses Honoring Heroes

| November 18, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
TALKERS
Managing Editor

 

LOS ANGELES — Apropos of the holidays, what follows is a truly feel-good story whose roots are traced to a New York real estate developer – but no – not that one.

When Zack Fisher tried to enlist in the Marines during the second World War, he was rejected, owing to a knee injury; consequently, Fisher received a 4-F classification.

As retirement age approached, he helped save the Intrepid from the scrapheap by turning the aircraft carrier that survived five kamikaze attacks and one torpedo strike into a Hudson River-berthed Sea, Air, & Space Museum.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

| November 18, 2019

Talk Host Craig Silverman and KNUS, Denver Have Different Takes on His Departure.  Only this appears to be agreed upon by former Denver chief deputy district attorney Craig Silverman and Salem Media Group’s news/talk KNUS, Denver – he exited during his Saturday program.  Silverman claims he was ousted in the middle of his show after a segment critical of President Trump aired.  But KNUS general manager Brian Taylor tells FOX 31 Denver that he was removed after appearing on a competing station.  Taylor says, “He decided that it was important to work across town and so on Saturday on his program he announced that, and that’s what prompted our decision to take him off the air.  The notion that he was relieved from his program because he criticized President Trump is absolutely untrue.  We’ve never told Mr. Silverman the position to take on his impeachment.”

Monday Memo: What’s really ‘Official?’ With AM/FM broadcasters now competing with SO many audio competitors, the timing couldn’t be worse to blend-into the blah-blah-blah with dated-sounding station imaging.  In this week’s column, consultant Holland Cooke warns against what he calls “the most-abused word” in promo copy.  Read it here.

iHeartMedia Announces $500 Million Private Offering. Via a filing with the Securities Exchange Commission,iHeartMedia, Inc. announces its intent to offer, $500 million aggregate principal amount of Senior Secured Notes due January 2028 in a private offering to qualified institutional buyers.  Proceeds from the notes – guaranteed on a senior secured basis by iHeartCommunications’ direct parent, iHeartMedia Capital I, LLC, and the subsidiaries of iHeartCommunications that guarantee iHeartCommunications’ term loan facility – are intended (together with cash on hand) “to prepay at par a portion of the outstanding borrowings under its term loan facility, to pay accrued and unpaid interest thereon to, but excluding, the date of prepayment, and to pay fees and expenses related to the offering of the Notes and the use of proceeds therefrom.”

Dunlap Maintains Innocence; Has New Attorney. On Friday (11/15), the Times-Picayune’s Ramon Antonio Vargas wrote an updated story on the case of former WWL-AM/FM, New Orleans sports talk host Seth Dunlap, who was fired from the Entercom station on October 31 in the aftermath of in investigation into the September 10 posting of a gay slur on the radio station’s Twitter account.  If you’ve been following this story, you are aware that Entercom, based on its own investigation, believes Dunlap sent the text himself several days after posting to his own Facebook page an open letter to New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees complaining about Brees’ work with Focus on the Family, an organization that is not LGBTQ-friendly.  Dunlap also went public with his own struggles in the radio biz as an openly gay man.  Several days later the anti-gay slur appeared on the WWL Twitter feed.  Entercom turned the investigation over to the New Orleans Police Department and recently, a judge denied the NOPD a warrant for Dunlap’s arrest on extortion charges.  The request for a warrant was based in part on WWL’s statement that Dunlap sought $1.8 million from the station for him to drop his planned lawsuit against it for allowing a hostile workplace.  Dunlap has since changed lawyers.  Megan Kiefer no longer represents him.  Dunlap tells the Times-Picayune that Billy Gibbens is his attorney.  Another new development is that Dunlap says he no longer has the iPhone from which WWL and police believe he accessed the station’s Twitter account.  The NOPD says their investigation is ongoing and Dunlap says he is still considering suing the station.

Jimmy de Castro ‘Retiring’ from Entercom. In a memo to staffers last Friday, Entercom COO Weezie Kramer announced that Jimmy de Castro – senior vice president and market manager for the company’s Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison station groups – is retiring from his position with the company.  He’s expected to leave in mid-December.  Kramer says of de Castro in her memo, “Jimmy was tasked with breathing new energy and positivity into the organization as we embarked on our journey as a new team.  And Jimmy delivered.  His spark, creativity, experience, and business acumen were just what was needed to improve our brands, our culture, our business, and our building in Chicago.”  De Castro tells Chicago media writer Robert Feder that he’ll continue to operate sports marketing and consulting firm After The Whistle LLC and his firm The Content Factory, and through the latter he hopes to get into sports betting and gaming content.

Place Assumes Mornings on New Hampshire’s WNTK-FM.  The Valley News reports that market on-air pro Jason Place is taking over the morning drive show on Sugar River Media’s news/talk WNTK-FM, New London, New Hampshire.  Place takes over the program from former host Keith Hanson.  Hanson – a local Republican committee chairman – exited the station in October after his controversial use of profanity on social media in defense of his decision to bring Jihad Watch author Robert Spencer to the area for a presentation caused a stir.  Though the Valley News says station officials deny his exit had to do with that incident.  Place tells the paper he isn’t hosting the show to espouse a certain political philosophy; he wants to have conversations with listeners.  “What matters is what the listener thinks.  Hopefully, we can get a conversation going, learn something. and have some fun. … God, I just hope I don’t take myself too seriously.”

TALKERS News Notes. St. Louis news/talk KMOX “News Radio 1120” announces it signs a contract extension to continue to serve as the flagship radio station for St. Louis Cardinals games through the 2024 season.  Entercom St. Louis SVP and market manager Becky Domyan says, “We are honored to continue to work with the world class St. Louis Cardinals.  ‘News Radio 1120 KMOX’ and the Cardinals are synonymous institutions here in this great city and we couldn’t be more excited to continue this fantastic partnership.”…..Westwood One Podcast Network announces that “The Dan Bongino Show” adds a once-weekly interview show to its daily lineup.  The new program launched with an interview with President Trump.  During the interview, the president shared thoughts about why he uses social media, the impeachment hearings, the whistleblower’s identity, Ukraine’s new president, looking forward to the new Inspector General report, draining the swamp, tax cuts, the economy, capital gains indexing, Obamacare, and more.  Bongino is a former Secret Service Agent, former NYPD officer, and a New York Times best-selling author…..AdLarge Media announces that Dave Boretti is named its vice president of Midwest sales.  Boretti comes to AdLarge from a similar position with PodcastOne.  Chicago-based Boretti says, “I’ve had conversations with Don for a few years about moving to AdLarge and this came together at the perfect time.  AdLarge is an exciting company with leadership that consistently is ahead of emerging trends in audio.  I look forward to marshalling their assets to help AdLarge’s advertisers achieve their goals.”

Impeachment Testimony/Ukraine Allegations, 2020 Presidential Race, Deadly Fresno Football Party Shooting, Hong Kong Protests, China’s Muslim Detention Docs, Prince Andrew Interview, Iran Protests, Venice Flooding/Climate Change, and Kanye West at Osteen Church Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend. The impeachment testimony against President Trump and the related allegations of impropriety with regard to Ukraine’s military aid money; the Democrats hoping to challenge President Trump in 2020 and Michael Bloomberg’s entrance into the race as a Republican; the shooting at a football watching party in Fresno that took the lives of four; the protests at Hong Kong Polytechnic University; the revelation of Chinese documents indicating detention of Muslims; Prince Andrew’s awkward interview with the BBC regarding his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein; protests in Iran over the doubling of gas prices; the city of Venice suffers its third flood in a week that officials are blaming on climate change; and Kanye West’s appearance at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

2019 Giants of Broadcasting & Electronic Arts Honored. Pictured above are the nine distinguished members of the media industry who were honored Friday (11/15) at the 17th Annual Library of American Broadcasting Foundation’s Giants of Broadcasting & Electronic Arts awards ceremony held at New York City’s famed Gotham Hall.  Clockwise from top left are: CW Television Network president Mark Pedowitz, Urban One CEO Alfred C. Liggins III, Patrick Communications founder and CEO Larry Patrick, CBS Television Stations president Peter Dunn, Advanced Television Systems Committee president emeritus Mark Richer, PBS president & CEO Paula Kerger, journalist Connie Chung, NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, and Premiere Networks president Julie Talbott. Photo: Wendy Moger-Bross

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Albuquerque CHR outlet KKOB-FM re-brands as “93-3 The Q.”  Cumulus Media Albuquerque VP and market manager Jeff Berry comments, “‘93-3 The Q’ is the natural evolution of 93.3, a highly rated radio outlet with compassionate personalities, an enormous fan base, and market-leading, multi-platform content.  ‘93-3 The Q’ brings renewed passion for and connection with the city of Albuquerque and its people. It is a reflection of our commitment to Albuquerque listeners and we couldn’t be more excited to grow and expand the brand when it is healthy and take it to the next level.”…..iHeartMedia Asheville announces the debut of “The Woody & Wilcox Show” on its WKSF-HD3/W266CP “ALT 101.1.”  iHeartMedia Asheville SVP of programming Brian Hall says, “We are pumped to add ‘The Woody and Wilcox Show’ to the lineup.  Woody and Wilcox can’t deliver food to your door, but they will deliver a morning wake-up call that Asheville listeners will love.”

Monday Memo: What’s Really ‘Official?’

| November 18, 2019

By Holland Cooke
Consultant

 

BLOCK ISLAND, RI — Everything you say about your station on-air is intended to:

    • Cause listeners to notice that they’re listening in the first place! Diaries don’t measure what people listen to. “Unaided recall” methodology measures what they remember.  Even if you’re in a PPM market, on-air marketing has to cut through all the mental clutter that crowds a listener’s head during the day.  With so many new-tech audio competitors, brand recall is imperative.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

| November 15, 2019

Phil Zachary Exits DC Market Manager Role with Entercom. A surprise move at Entercom’s Washington, DC station group takes place with Phil Zachary leaving the SVP/market manager role and stepping into a “corporate role” involving “special projects.”  Zachary had been in DC for 20 months.  He moved there from Entercom’s Hartford cluster in May of 2018, five years after joining Entercom Boston from his president/COO post with Curtis Media Group in Raleigh.  Zachary took over for Steve Swenson at Entercom Washington.  The company has not named a successor for the DC market manager position.

Beasley Acquires Houston Outlaws Esports Franchise. The financial details of this deal were not released but Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. says this acquisition of the Overwatch League’s Houston Outlaws esports team enhances the company’s growing esports platform.  Previously, Beasley invested in Team Renegades – an esports organization consisting of five teams, based in Detroit, Michigan – and acquired CheckpointXP, a weekly syndicated esports lifestyle show. Beasley says that the Overwatch League is the first major global professional esports league with city-based teams across Asia, Europe, and North America.  Overwatch was created by globally acclaimed publisher Blizzard Entertainment “whose iconic franchises have helped lay the foundations and push the boundaries of professional esports over the last 15 years.”  The Overwatch League will begin its third season in February of 2020, with each of the league’s teams hosting matches in their home markets.  The Outlaws will remain officially based in Houston, Texas and will continue to represent the Houston, Austin, and San Antonio markets.  Beasley CEO Caroline Beasley says, “The acquisition of the Houston Outlaws significantly expands our growing esports platform.  The Houston Outlaws represent a rare investment opportunity, as there are only 20 Overwatch League teams in the world, and the transaction partners Beasley with Blizzard Entertainment and its parent company, Activision Blizzard, a leading global developer and publisher of interactive entertainment content and services…The acquisition of the Houston Outlaws furthers our revenue and cash flow diversification strategies. We believe the power of our media footprint, including 65 highly-rated radio stations in large- and mid-sized markets, combined with our 24/7 coverage of esports news, will allow us to build the value of the Outlaws franchise through a range of revenue sources, including ticket sales, advertising, sponsorship, licensing, e-commerce, and other partnerships.”

NOW POSTED:  New Installment of “The Michael Harrison Wrap: An Overview of the National Conversation.”   The vibrant, one-hour weekend special, “The Michael Harrison Wrap,” that looks back each week at the hottest topics discussed in American talk media per the research of TALKERS magazine, is now posted on the website of its flagship station, iHeartMedia’s WONK-FM, Washington, DC (11/15).  The new episode titled “The Show Biz Capitol of America!” looks back at this past week of November 11-15, 2019 and features guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERSWayne Allyn Root, talk show host, USA Radio Network/Newsmax TVDr. Daliah Wachs, medical doctor/talk show host, Genesis Communications NetworkLisa Wexler, probate judge, Connecticut/talk show host, WICC, Bridgeport; Jim Bohannon, talk show host, Westwood One;  Dr. Dana Cheng, senior China news reporter, The Epoch TimesVictoria Jones, executive director, DC Radio Company; and Bali Samra, human resources consultant/commentator, Pioneer Valley Radio, Springfield, MA.   This acclaimed news/talk radio show first airs each week on WONK-FM, Washington, DC on Friday evenings between 6:00-7:00 pm; followed by WRKO, Boston; KSCO, Santa Cruz, CA;  KBDT, Dallas; KQSP, Minneapolis; KBKW, Aberdeen, WA; the Virginia Talk Radio Network and Pioneer Valley Radio in Springfield, MA. It also appears on the iHeartRadio App.  To listen to this week’s episode (and the program’s complete archives), please click here.  To view the latest TALKERS magazine topic research, please click here.’

Impeachment Hearings/Ukraine Allegations Top News/Talk Story for Week of November 11-15. The start of impeachment hearings against President Trump and the allegations of misconduct with Ukraine military aid was the most-talked-about story on news/talk radio this week, landing atop the Talkers TenTM.  At #2 this week was the 2020 presidential race, the Trump tax returns court ruling, and the trial of former Trump adviser Roger Stone.  Coming in at #3 was stock market activity and the economy, followed by universal health care proposals at #4.  The Talkers TenTM is a weekly chart of the top stories and people discussed on news/talk radio during the week and is the result of ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.  It is published every Friday at Talkers.com.  See this week’s entire chart here.

Rose Anderson, VP/Executive Director of the New York Festivals Radio Awards Is Guest on Harrison Podcast. New York Festivals, the prestigious, long-running international awards organization spotlighting quality in the fields of advertising, TV & film, and radio opens its acceptance of entries for the 2020 Radio Awards competition and announces information about its exciting new presentation in April. The organization’s vice president and executive director, Rose Anderson, guests on the award-winning PodcastOne series “The Michael Harrison Interview.” Anderson, who brings years of experience as a network TV producer to her role at NYF, joins Harrison in a fascinating conversation about the renaissance of storytelling in the radio field as well as other exciting changes the industry is experiencing in the rapidly evolving digital era. To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here or click on the player box marked “The Michael Harrison Interview” located in the right-hand column of the TALKERS email newsletter and on every page of Talkers.com.

9th Annual KFI, Los Angeles ‘PastaThon’ Scheduled for December 6. For this year’s 9th KFI PastaThon on December 6, iHeartMedia has teamed with Smart & Final stores and Barilla Pasta to raise money as well as donations of pasta and sauce to help feed local children in need.  Funds raised from the event will benefit Caterina’s Club, a charitable organization that helps feed, house and educate children in need in Orange County.  Now through December 6, Smart & Final is offering an opportunity for shoppers to donate to this event by purchasing $10 KFI PastaThon kits, generously donated by Barilla, that include the brand’s pasta and sauce as well as Smart & Final’s signature First Street line of plates, utensils and napkins. Each kit provides 24 meals and those purchasing the kit receive a chance to win a 13-day trip to Italy for two, courtesy of guided vacation company Trafalgar.  On December 6, all KFI AM 640’s on-air personalities – Bill Handel, Jennifer Jones Lee, Gary Hoffmann, Shannon Farren, John Kobylt, Ken Chiampou, and Tim Conway Jr. – will participate in a live, 17-hour broadcast on site at the Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove encouraging listeners to donate money, packaged pasta and jars of pasta sauce.  Last year’s event raised a record $517,000 and 50,000 pounds of pasta and sauce.  Since 2010, KFI listeners have helped raise over $2.3 million and 391,000 pounds of pasta and sauce for Caterina’s Club.  KFI program director Robin Bertolucci says, “This is a whole station and community effort. Everyone supports this wonderful cause from the on-air hosts to the news team, sales, digital, I.T, engineering and promotions. Everyone from every corner of the station is a part of this wonderful cause.  Not only is the KFI PastaThon about feeding children in need, it’s also about ending the cycle of poverty and we are grateful to our incredible listeners who so generously support the good work of [Caterina’s Club founder] Chef Bruno.”

TALKERS News Notes. Four new podcasts are released by PodcastOne.  Viral phenomenon Trisha Paytas expands her brand beyond YouTube with the podcast, “The Dish with Trish”; actress Daniella Monet teams up with her fiancé, Andrew Gardner, to discuss their journey into “adulting” on “Adulting Like A Mother Father”; the Ladygang Network on PodcastOne adds a fashion-forward podcast called “Brad Behavior with Brad Goreski”; and PodcastOne continues to expand its lineup of dramatic and true-crime programming with Reelz’ “Copycat Killers,” based on of the television series detailing murders that imitate Hollywood’s hit blockbuster films…..ESPN Audio says its podcasts set a new record in October (as per Podtrac) with a verified unique audience of 8.1 million.  ESPN says that figure represents an increase of 27% over October 2018.  ESPN vice president, digital strategy and marketing within ESPN Audio Tom Ricks says, “ESPN’s podcast business has certainly been building great momentum which we expect to continue with the recent launch of ‘ESPN Daily.’  We remain very bullish on the podcast space and that ESPN is best suited to capitalize on the format in the sports genre.”.…..Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports that WSCR, Chicago producer Tony Gill is leaving the Entercom sports talk station  to join NBC Sports Chicago in the role of podcast producer.  At WSCR, he’s been producing the Laurence Holmes midday show as well as a number of the station’s podcasts…..Premiere Networks nationally syndicated evening radio host Delilah spoke with actress and Broadway superstar Kristin Chenoweth for her podcast, “Love Someone with Delilah.”  On the podcast the two talk about Chenoweth’s new album, For The Girls, a tribute to the passionate women of music as well as about her passions for creating, singing, and giving back through Kristin Chenoweth Broadway Bootcamps, and her new endeavor – building a creative arts center in her hometown of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

WTOP, Washington Seeks Director of News and Programming. Washington, DC all-news WTOP-FM is seeking a director of news and programming. Hubbard Radio says this person, “leads WTOP, an effective organization of over 100 people consisting of news directors, writers, anchors, reporters, editors, and staff to provide the best available local, national and international news, traffic, weather, sports and money news across all media platforms, including radio, internet and social media while serving as brand manager to maintain the imaging, marketing and overall sound.” Essential job functions for this position include: Overall responsibility for WTOP news gathering, production, news programming and presentation across multiple platforms with the utmost in quality control; provides effective leadership to a diverse workforce covered by a collective bargaining agreement that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; establishes short and long term program format objectives, strategies and plans to achieve maximum listenership of a quality product across multiple platforms; ensures that all programming is in compliance with state and federal laws and FCC Rules and Regulations; liason between company management and union. For more information and to apply, click here.

Cool Talk Radio Sales Opportunity. In New York City, Salem Media Group is seeking an account executive for radio and digital sales. Here’s the ad: Salem Media Group is looking for a dynamic individual to join the sales team for “AM970 The Answer” and the legendary WMCA “AM570/102.3FM The Mission, New York’s Christian Talk.” Compensation is commensurate with degree of experience and skills. This is a fabulous career opportunity for the right individual with one of the finest broadcasting companies in America. Ideal candidate has a proven track record of success with radio and digital sales. Interested candidates should apply online and email cover letter and resumes to Jerry Crowley’s attention.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Atlanta country outlet WKHX rebrands as “Atlanta’s New Country 101.FIVE,” “an innovative radio outlet celebrating the great songs and sounds of Georgia’s homegrown artists.  These stars feed souls and fill hearts, stadiums and concert halls around the world.”  Cumulus Media made the change yesterday (11/14) at 3:00 pm playing “Dirt We Were Raised On” by Macon, Georgia’s Jason Aldean, followed by songs from The Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, Kane Brown, Brantley Gilbert, Thomas Rhett, Sugarland, and Trisha Yearwood.  The station had been branded “Kicks 101.5” since 1981.  “Kincaid and Dallas” are holding down the morning shift and Lucas Phelan hosts afternoon drive…..Programming pro Brian Roberts exits adult contemporary WPEZ, Macon, Georgia “Lite Rock Z93.7” where he was morning host and PD…..After eight years in Kansas City, Brady Goodman is out at Entercom’s cluster there where he was handling imaging and on-air roles at hot AC KZPT “99-7 The Point.”

Thursday, November 14, 2019

| November 14, 2019

Salem Radio Network to Distribute Steve Bannon’s ‘War Room: Impeachment.’ The nightly radio show and podcast produced in cooperation with Virginia-based station owner and network operator John Fredericks is being made available on the Salem Radio Network from 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm ET.  “War Room: Impeachment,” hosted by former Breitbart exec and former Trump adviser Steve Bannon – with co-hosts Raheem Kassam and Jason Miller – is taking over the first hour of the re-feed of “America First” with Sebastian Gorka.

Steve Duemig to Be Honored at Tampa Bay Lightning Game. Late Tampa sports talk radio host Steve Duemig – who passed away back in May after a long battle with brain cancer – will be honored by the Tampa Bay Lightning and Duemig’s longtime radio home, iHeartMedia’s WDAE. The ceremony will take place this Saturday (11/16) as the iHeartMedia Tampa Bay suite will be renamed the “Duemig Den” during the first period intermission.   iHeartMedia Tampa market president Chris Soechtig says, “Steve Duemig was a legendary, one-of-a-kind talent that created a bond with his fan base like few others have.  ‘The Big Dog’ was a true champion for Tampa Bay Sports and is deeply missed by his iHeartMedia family.  We are honored to join the Tampa Bay Lightning to create a permanent tribute at Amalie Arena.”  Duemig worked at WDAE from 1996 through his final show in February of 2018.   He also served as the Lightning’s radio color analyst for two seasons, hosted a weekly show on the FOX Sports Radio network, and co-hosted a program on The Golf Channel.

TALKERS News Notes. Milwaukee progressive talk radio outlet WRRD-AM, Waukesha “Resistance Radio” adds an FM translator to its broadcast.  The 200-watt signal W269DL, Milwaukee is at 101.7 FM.  Station owner and “Devil’s Advocate” program co-host Michael Crute says in a statement, “Our first official act as an FM radio station will be to broadcast history, the impeachment of Donald J. Trump.  This is the completion of my vision since the day Trump was elected.  We’ve created a Wisconsin political talk network to compete with the 81 conservative talk formatted, Trump supportive radio stations across Wisconsin.”  The station’s programming is also heard on Madison signals WTTN-AM, Columbus/W224EG, Madison as “Talk 92.7 Madison.”.…..The Boston Globe reports that Jon Wallach is taking a leave of absence from WBZ-FM, Boston “98.5 The Sports Hub” where he works on the “Toucher & Rich” morning drive show.  Wallach was recently diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma – a tumor behind his right eardrum – that is, fortunately, benign…..There’s rumor of a potential split about to take place at ESPN RadioThe Big Lead reports that Trey Wingo – one half of the “Golic & Wingo” morning drive program on ESPN Radio – wants off the radio show he co-hosts with Mike GolicThe Big Lead says, “Trey Wingo hopes to leave ‘Golic & Wingo’ on ESPN Radio by the time next football season rolls around … It is currently unknown whether or not he will remain with ESPN — he’s been a fixture in Bristol since 1997 — when his deal expires in late 2020 but even if he does it is highly unlikely to be in the capacity of morning drive radio.”…..New York Post columnist Andrew Marchand continues to write about the imminent programming changes at sports talk WFAN with the announced departure of afternoon drive host Mike Francesa from the radio schedule.  Marchand pulls no punches as he scrutinizes the Entercom station.  He says that both Greg GianottiBoomer Esiason’s AM drive partner – and midday personality Bart Scott are both set to be free agents at the end of the year.  Read his take on the state of WFAN here…..Tomorrow (11/15), Eric Goranson, host of Envision Networks’ “Around The House With Eric G,” and Jeff “JT” Tracy, host of Envision Networks’ “Barbecue Nation,” will participate in the live radiothon on Salem Media Group’s news/talk KPAM-AM, Portland “AM 860 The Answer” to raise money for Operation Helping Our Heroes.  Eric G. says, “It is an honor to work with a group like the Clark County Veterans Assistance Center, where 100% of the proceeds go directly to helping the needs of our servicemembers, veterans and their families.”

Impeachment Hearings, Roger Stone Trial, Trump Tax Returns Ruling, 2020 Presidential Race, Dow Hits Record High, Trump-Erdogan Tensions, China Black Death Cases, Hong Kong Violence, College Admissions Scandal, Venice Floods/Climate Change Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (11/13). The impeachment hearings taking place before the House Intelligence Committee; the trial of former Trump adviser Roger Stone on charges of obstruction of Congress, lying to Congress and witness tampering; a U.S. Appeals Court declines to hear President Trump’s appeal of a lower court ruling that Congress has the right to eight years of Trump’s tax records; the Democrats vying to challenge President Trump in 2020 and the addition of former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick into the race; the Dow closes at an all-time high of 27,783.59; President Trump meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Trump’s letter advising Erdogan “not to be a fool”; two reported cases of the plague in China; a former California insurance exec is sentenced in the college admissions scandal; and Venice suffers record flooding after unusual high tide blamed on climate change were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

New York Festivals 2020 Radio Awards Open for Entries; Winners to Be Honored at NAB Show in Las Vegas. The New York Festivals 2020 Radio Awards is now open for entries and, for the first time in the 38-year history of the awards, the NYF’s Radio Awards winners will share the stage and the spotlight with NYF’s TV & Film Awards medal and trophy winners at the inaugural “Storytellers Gala.” Both competitions will be honored on Tuesday, April 21 at the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas. New York Festivals VP and executive director Rose Anderson states, “Stories give us a common language – that’s the way we communicate with each other – and today’s technology provides so many opportunities that weren’t possible or even imaginable in the past. This spring, we will celebrate the men and women from around the world whose innovative work impressed our grand jury panels.” The “Storytellers Gala,” celebrating global content creators from radio, TV & film, and across all platforms, marks the 10th year of NYF’s strategic partnership with NAB Show. The 2020 multi-competition gala will feature award-winning guest presenters from around the globe and will bring a new level of prominence, interest, and recognition for all participants that will continue in the year ahead. The Radio Awards receives entries from radio stations, networks, and independent producers from over 30 countries around the globe. The mission of the competition is to honor the achievements of content creators who make up the global storytelling community. You can see the 2019 Winner’s Showcase here. The deadline to enter the 2020 Radio Awards competition is February 1, 2020. To enter please click here. For additional information visit: Rules and Regulations.

Nielsen: 98% of Small and Medium Market Adults Use Radio. From its just-released Audio Today Medium & Small Market Edition report, Nielsen finds that in small and medium markets, 98% of adults 18+ use radio monthly in these markets; 94% of adults 18-34 do, as well, along with 99% of adults aged 25-to-54.  In the study, Nielsen examines a new, in-depth profile of radio audiences by age, gender, employment, and other factors.  The report details the buying power of these important consumers and reveals how, when and where they consume audio content – including podcast use and smart speaker adoption in smaller markets.  The study finds that the top radio formats in medium and small markets are: country (14.1% share of audience), news/talk (11.8%), pop contemporary hit radio (8.3%), adult contemporary (7.3%) and classic rock (6.2%).

William O’Shaughnessy Publishes New Book, Radio Active. Westchester, New York broadcasting legend William O’Shaughnessy has published his latest book – a compendium of interviews, editorials, and musings – under the title, Radio Active (2019, Whitney Media Publishing).  The president and chief executive of Whitney Global Media says that he’s first and foremost a defender of the First Amendment.  “I’ve been accused, among other unflattering appellations, of being a First Amendment voluptuary.  It’s a moniker I proudly wear…I’ve tried to do my bit on this vital and essential subject.  But I haven’t done nearly enough.  My own meager and sporadic efforts pale in comparison to the valuable, unrelenting work of First Amendment warriors I’ve always admired. I’m not worthy to loosen the strap of their sandals.”  O’Shaughnessy has long served as editorial director of radio stations WVOX-AM and WVIP-FM in New Rochelle.  He says, “At WVOX and WVIP our mantra has always been ‘Where Many Different Voices Are Heard in the Land.’”  TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison describes O’ Shaughnessy’s latest book as “an inspiring hodgepodge of politics, popular culture, and an array of voices representing the best of American diversity as expressed in the media marketplace – just like his radio stations.”  Harrison goes on to say, “Bill is one of the radio industry’s most outspoken and courageous champions of the First Amendment.  Part 1 of this book is totally devoted to his research, analysis, and explanation of the First Amendment and should be required reading for all of today’s practitioners of talk media.”

45th Gracie Awards Announces Call for Entries. The call for entries is open for the 45th Annual Gracie Awards, presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. The Gracie Awards Gala will take place on May 19, 2020, at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, and the Gracie Awards Luncheon takes place on June 24, 2020, in New York City at Cipriani 42nd Street. AWMF executive director Becky Brooks says, “Each year, the Gracie Awards celebrate and honor truly exceptional content by, for, and about women. It is our belief that recognizing expertise, courage, and contributions across television, radio, and interactive/digital media is essential to ensuring continued growth for our industry. As our biggest fundraiser of the year, the Gracies enables the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation to deliver on its promise of furthering the connection, education, and recognition of women in media.” AWMF says that each year, attention is given to evaluating categories, and this year that included adding a category for showrunners in television and creating more avenues for radio hosts/co-hosts by adding categories for Outstanding News Anchor and Weekend Host Personality. Serving again as chairs for the 2020 Gracie Awards are McVay Media Consulting president Mike McVay and AWMF board members Heather Cohen, executive vice president at The Weiss Agency, and Annie Howell, co-founder and managing partner at The Punch Point Group. Vicangelo Bulluck, an Emmy Award-winning veteran in awards production, has produced the Gracie Awards since 2016 and will return to produce the Gracie Awards Gala in 2020. The 2019 Gracie Awards entry eligibility air dates are from January 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019. Early Bird rates for entries end on December 12, 2019, at 11:59 PM Eastern. The deadline for all entries is January 16, 2019, at 11:59 PM Eastern. Entry details including pricing, updated categories can be seen here. See more about the 2019 Gracie Awards, including the media release and past video, here.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Programming and on-air pro Bailey moves from iHeartMedia’s KTCL-FM, Denver “Channel 93.3” to Entercom’s alternative KVIL-FM, Dallas where she’ll be music director and midday personality, effective December 2.  Entercom Dallas regional president and market manager Brian Purdy says, “Jim Fox [vice president of programming] and I are excited to have Bailey bring her nearly 20 years of music programming and on-air experience to ‘ALT 103.7.’  With her extensive knowledge of the alternative format and its audience, Bailey is perfectly suited to serve our listeners.”  Bailey began her radio career in Boston at legendary alternative outlet WFNX…..On-air pro Quincy Harris exits Radio One’s urban AC WRNB, Philadelphia where he’d been handling morning show duties alongside K Foxx.  He’d been with the station for two years.  K Foxx moves to middays while a replacement AM drive show is yet to be announced…..At Curtis Media Group’s Greenville-New Bern, North Carolina hip hop WIKS “101.9 Kiss FM,” Jane Dough is named program director, November 18.  She comes to WIKS from her most recent post as midday personality and music director at Beasley Media Group’s hip hop WZFX, Fayetteville, North Carolina “Foxy 99.”  Dough says, “Although it was hard to say goodbye to my Beasley Media Group family, I’m excited for a new beginning and the chance to grow even more in my career.  The transition to New Bern has been easier than I expected thanks to the wonderful staff and co-workers at Curtis Media Group.”…..Townsquare Media and Compass Media Networks are launching a new, syndicated radio show called “XXL HIGHER LEVEL RADIO,” starring WBLK, Buffalo “Power 93.7” evening personality DJ Wire.  The show’s name is tied to Townsquare’s XXL Magazine, website and app.  The program features exclusive artist interviews, hip-hop news from the XXL news desk, DJ mixes, and a countdown of top hits. The show’s playlist is driven by data from XXL.  Townsquare SVP of digital Jared Willig says, “When Townsquare acquired XXL Magazine in 2014, our mission was to expand the iconic brand via social, video, podcasting, events and more, while maintaining the core print magazine which is so important to the community.  ‘XXL HIGHER LEVEL RADIO’ is the next phase of that strategy, and like the XXL brand itself, we are excited for it to be influential, interactive and digital-forward.”

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

| November 13, 2019

Salem Third Quarter Revenue Down 2.2%. Total revenue for the third quarter of 2019 for Salem Media Group, Inc. was $64.1 million, down 2.2% from the same period in 2018.  It also posted an operating loss of $14.5 million in Q3 compared to operating income of $6.3 million a year ago.  Salem is reporting a net loss of $20 million, or $0.75 net loss per share, “impacted by a $17.5 million loss on the disposition of assets and a $1.9 million impairment of indefinite-lived long-term assets other than goodwill, compared to net income of $1.2 million, or $0.05 net income per diluted share in Q3 of 2018.  Salem breaks its divisions down into three segments: Broadcast, Digital and Publishing.  In the third quarter, net broadcast revenue decreased 2.3% to $47.7 million from $48.8 million.  Same station net broadcast revenue decreased 1.4% to $46.5 million from $47.2 million and same station SOI decreased 11.4% to $10.6 million from $12.0 million.  Digital was also down 12% for Salem to $9.1 million.   However, publishing revenue increased 15.3% to $7.3 million from $6.3 million.  Salem also reports a $17.5 million ($13.0 million, net of tax, or $0.49 per share) net loss on the disposition of assets which includes a $9.9 million estimated pre-tax loss for the pending sale of radio stations WAFS-AM in Atlanta, Georgia, WWDJ-AM in Boston, Massachusetts, WHKZ-AM in Cleveland, Ohio, KEXB-AM (formerly KTNO-AM) in Dallas, Texas, KDMT-AM in Denver, Colorado, KTEK-AM in Houston, Texas, KRDY-AM in San Antonio, Texas and KXFN-AM and WSDZ-AM in St. Louis, Missouri, a $4.7 million pre-tax loss from the sale of radio stations WWMI-AM and WLCC-AM in Tampa, Florida and WZAB-AM and WOCN-AM (formerly WKAT-AM) in Miami, Florida, a $1.6 million pre-tax loss from the sale of radio station WDYZ-AM (formerly WORL-AM) in Orlando, Florida and a $1.3 million pre-tax loss on the exchange of radio station KKOL-AM in Seattle, Washington for KPAM-AM in Portland, Oregon.

DeMann Named Director of Programming for JVC’s Florida Stations. Programming pro Stevie DeMann joins JVC Broadcasting as director of programming for the company’s Florida radio station group that includes talk WDYZ-AM, Orlando and WYGC-FM, Gainesville “Florida Man Radio 660AM/105.5FM” and five music brands.  DeMann was most recently operations manager for Cox Media Group’s Orlando cluster.  DeMann says, “I wanted to find the right situation before getting back into the business.  The team at JVC Florida is the best.  From management to programming, sales and promotions, they are all pros that love working together to create successful local content, events, and promotions.  I am thrilled and thankful to CEO John Caracciolo and EVP Shane Reeve for trusting me to ensure our on-air product is the best.”  Caracciolo comments, “Our company is in rapid-growth mode and we require someone with a significant and successful programming background to show that live and local radio is what listeners and clients want and can be done well.  Stevie’s history and background in Orlando allows JVC such a leg up on the competition in that market.  His experience in big markets like Boston, Orlando, and others will lend a tremendous hand with our already successful team in Gainesville-Ocala.  I am very excited about the future of JVC in Florida and across the country!”

TALKERS News Notes. In Miami, sports radio personality Brian “The Beast” London exits his position with Entercom’s sports talk WAXY-AM, Miami “790 The Ticket” where he was a cast member on the “Tobin & Leroy” morning show and assistant program director for the station…..Today, Lexington, Kentucky news talk WVLK “97.3FM/590 AM” is airing a nine-hour broadcast dedicated to addressing the opioid crisis and how it impacts Central Kentucky and the Commonwealth.  Titled, “Enough: Opioid Awareness Day,” the Cumulus Media station is partnering with Lexington city government, local organizations, and businesses to present the personal stories of addiction and recovery, city and state programs designed to help, the physical and physiological effects that lead to addiction, and alternatives to pain medications…..Envision Networks’ “GeekOut” celebrated the airing of its 500th episode this past weekend.  The daily audio and video vignettes are hosted by Peter Welpton, formerly managing director and resident technology “guru” for longtime, syndicated hosts “Lex and Terry.”  Envision says, “‘GeekOut’ is a daily vignette highlighting everything techies love.  Each episode covers a variety of topics including technology, movies, video games and all things geeky.”…..Lemonada is announcing its third original podcast, “Good Kids: How Not to Raise an A**hole,” is premiering on November 26 with five episodes.   Lemonada co-founders Jessica Cordova Kramer and Stephanie Wittels Wachs say the new series “is a podcast for anyone in the trenches of parenting or anyone with an opinion on parenting (see: everyone).  For 15 minutes each week, a diverse set of parents, teachers, policy makers, and world shapers grab the mic and offer relevant advice, rants, and reflections on child-rearing today. It’s funny, touching, helpful, and exactly what the world needs right now.”  Earlier this year, Lemonada Media partnered with Cumulus Media’s Westwood One to distribute, sell, and build audiences across the Lemonada network…..There’s a new iHeartRadio Original podcast launching titled, “The Women.”  It’s hosted by Rose Reid and features “personal and candid interviews with some of today’s female changemakers – including artists, politicians, amateur kickboxers, mothers, and lovers – who didn’t back down in the face of resistance.”  Episode one features former CIA agent and current New Mexico congressional candidate Valerie Plame.  Plame revisits the year 2003, when she says the Bush administration blew her cover in retaliation for a critical op-ed written by her husband…..PodcastOne announces the debut of the “Adulting Like A Mother Father” podcast in partnership with The Direct Message Network.  New episodes each Tuesday feature actress and entrepreneur Daniella Monet and her fiancé Andrew Gardner navigating parenthood and defining what it truly means to “adult.”

Impeachment Process/Ukraine Affair, 2020 Presidential Race, SCOTUS Hears DACA Arguments, Trump-Erdogan Meeting, Bitter Cold U.S. Weather, Hong Kong Violence, and the NFL’s Kaepernick Workout Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (11/12). The impeachment process against President Trump and allegations against him in the Ukraine affair; the Supreme Court hears arguments about the status of the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals act; the controversy surrounding President Trump’s scheduled meeting today (11/13) with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan; the unseasonably cold weather affecting the U.S. north and east; the violent protests in Hong Kong; and the NFL-organized workout for quarterback Colin Kaepernick were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Westwood One: AM/FM Radio Gets Out the Vote. The latest installment of the Westwood One blog uses Nielsen Scarborough data and Nielsen Media Impact to show that AM/FM radio is a consistently effective tool “for political campaigns needing to cut through the clutter.”  Some of the conclusions drawn include: AM/FM radio has mass reach: according to Nielsen Scarborough data, AM/FM radio reaches 88% of likely voters, more than the Internet (85%), TV (83%), and Facebook (62%). AM/FM radio also has significantly greater reach among likely voters than SiriusXM(18%), Pandora (17%), and Spotify (10%); AM/FM radio reaches Twitter users: with the recent announcement that Twitter will no longer take political ads leading up to the 2020 election, AM/FM radio steps in to fill the void. According to Scarborough, AM/FM radio (88%) outreaches Twitter (18%) among likely voters. Among likely voters, 90% of Twitter users are reached by AM/FM radio. By investing in AM/FM radio, political campaigns get virtually the entire Twitter audience for free; AM/FM radio reaches every key voting segment: 88% of Democrats, Republicans, and swing voters are reached weekly by AM/FM radio; and AM/FM radio makes your TV better: according to an actual U.S. Senate campaign run in Nielsen Media Impact for an October 2018 media buy, a TV-only media plan achieves a 79% reach. Reallocating 20% of the media budget to AM/FM radio boosts reach to 90%, a +14% increase in incremental reach versus just TV alone for the same budget.  Read the blog here.

NPR and Edison Research: Spoken-Word Audio Consumption Up 20% in the Last Five Years. During yesterday’s webinar, NPR and Edison Research revealed data from The Spoken Word Audio Report that examines listener behaviors and preferences related to spoken word audio – podcasts, news, sports, talk radio, and audiobooks – and includes five years of previously unreleased data from Edison Research’s Share of Ear study.  Among the findings of the report are: The share of time spent listening to spoken word audio has increased 20% since 2014, while time spent with music across the same period decreased 5%.  This shift is led by a dramatic increase in spoken-word audio consumption on mobile devices across age groups and increases in spoken word share among those ages 13-34.  Other findings include: 121 million Americans listen to spoken-word audio each day, an increase of 16 million people in the last five years; growth in spoken-word listening has been greatest among young people: those age 13-34 now spend 19% of their audio time with spoken-word audio (up 58% from 2014); mobile technology use is driving growth in spoken-word audio category: 22% of listening to spoken-word audio in 2019 is now on a mobile device, compared to 9% five years ago; and spoken-word audio yields deep connections and involvement from its consumers, with large percentages of consumers reporting they turn to spoken-word audio content for information, inspiration, entertainment, and companionship.  See the study here.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Programming pro Dylan Salisbury is appointed program director for Cumulus Media’s CHR KKMG, Colorado Springs “98.9 MAGIC FM.”  He moves west from the company’s Indianapolis CHR WZPL where he was serving as assistant PD and music director…..Envision Networks’ “Full Metal Jackie Radio” starring Jackie Kajzer adds Beasley Media Group’s rock WRXK-FM, Ft. Myers “96K-Rock” to its affiliate list as the station adds the program to its Saturday night program schedule. Kajzer is the KILPOP 2018 Metal Programmer of the Year and a four-time FMQB “Metal Host of the Year” recipient for her work on “Full Metal Jackie Radio.”…..Another round of on-air staff reductions at an Entercom cluster, this time in Miami as on-air pro Todd Durkin exits the morning show at country WKIS “99.9 Kiss Country,” classic hits WMXJ “102.7 The Beach” midday host Jade Alexander Mia leaves, and adult contemporary WLYF “101.5 LITE-FM” afternoon personality and APD Kimba is out…..In Madison, three on-air personalities are gone from the airwaves at Midwest Communications stations.  Julie Jacobs is gone from the midday gig at adult contemporary WMGN “Magic 98.”  Dave Ogden exits the middays/APD role at country WWQM “Q106,” and Jason Ryan loses his evening host/traffic reporter gig on “Q106.”…..Cumulus Media’s Westwood One offers a four-hour, Thanksgiving country radio special hosted by CMA and ACM award-winning, multi-platinum artist Luke Combs.  Luke and his friends are going to talk food and traditions with a side of gratitude and a lot of music. Guests joining Combs on the show include: Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Old Dominion, and Kelsea Ballerini.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

| November 12, 2019

Cumulus Media Q3 Net Revenue Dips Slightly; Up on Same Station Basis. The third quarter financial report for Cumulus Media Inc. shows net revenue was $280.8 million, a decrease of 0.5% over the same period in 2018.  Adjusted EBITDA decreased 5.5%.  However, on a Same Station basis, net revenue was up 3.9% (excluding political).  Cumulus president and CEO Mary Berner says, “In the third quarter, the Company turned in another strong performance with same station revenue and Adjusted EBITDA growth of 3.9% and 2.2%, respectively, on an ex-political basis.  Our operating plan has continued to deliver industry-leading digital revenue growth and continuing growth in our national and network channels.  We also made great progress in the quarter on our balance sheet as our free cash flow generation allowed us to fund a voluntary debt prepayment of approximately $29 million, which reduced net leverage to 4.5x.  Additionally, we completed a $525 million term loan refinancing that extended our debt maturity and reduced future interest expense.”  Breaking down the company’s report a little bit shows spot revenue for the third quarter of 2019 was $161 million, down 4.4% compared to the same period in 2018.  Network revenue was $78.4 million – up 3.6% over the same period a year ago.  Looking at digital revenue, Cumulus tallied almost $20 million, an increase of more than 48%.

Key Networks Offers O’Reilly Thanksgiving Weekend Special Interview with President Trump.  A one-hour, Thanksgiving week special is being made available to affiliates of Key Networks’ “The O’Reilly Update”, hosted by Bill O’ Reilly.  The program is an exclusive one-on-one interview with President Donald Trump that Key Networks says will provide listeners with insights from the president on the latest issues impacting the country as 2020 quickly approaches.  It comes on the heels of the release of O’Reilly’s new book, The United States of Trump: How the President Really Sees America (2019, Henry Holt and Co.).  O’Reilly’s 15-minute daily radio program, “The O’Reilly Update,” is currently syndicated to nearly 200 radio stations across the U.S.  This special is the first in a series of specials and exclusive content to be created especially for affiliates of “The O’Reilly Update” throughout the 2020 election season.  The program can air beginning Wednesday, November 27 and throughout Thanksgiving weekend.  Key Networks chief revenue officer Dennis Green says, “Key Networks is honored to provide Bill O’Reilly’s one-on-one interview with President Trump to stations around the country.  The affiliates of ‘The O’Reilly Update’ continue to get the best news and commentary for their listeners and access to O’Reilly’s no-spin analysis.  If your station wants to win in 2020, they need to make O’Reilly a part of their lineup!”

TALKERS News Notes. Holiday programming for the Thanksgiving weekend is available from FOX News Radio.  FNR is providing to affiliates two, one-hour specials, available for download on the affiliate website on Friday, November 22.  The shows are: “The Dean’s List Thanksgiving Special” with FOX’s senior meteorologist and Mostly Sunny author Janice Dean, in which she shares stories of ordinary people taking time to be kind spreading sunshine to others; and “The Campaign” with host Bret Baier, in which he discusses the state of the democratic presidential race, highlights the candidates who are making headlines, and debates with a selection of political guests, who will ultimately rise to challenge President Trump for the presidency next November…..Tomorrow (11/13), ABC News Radio begins providing extensive coverage of the impeachment inquiry hearings with live, anchored by correspondent Aaron Katersky in Washington with reporting by multi-platform reporter Ines de La Cuetara at the Capitol.  It will also provide four one-minute Status Reports each hour.  Also, tomorrow ABC News Radio will debut a new feature called “Impeachment in a Minute,” hosted by correspondent Kyra Phillips.  Finally, on Wednesday evening Katersky will anchor an hour-long special at 7:06 pm ET looking back at the first day of public hearings…..Similarly, CBS News Radio is covering the impeachment inquiry hearings.  CBS will provide gavel-to-gavel coverage on Wednesday, beginning at 10:00 am with correspondents Bill Rehkopf, Steve Dorsey, and Steven Portnoy from the Hill.  Also, CBS will provide coverage of the TrumpErdogan presidential news conference beginning at 3:10 pm…..Yesterday (11/11), WABC, New York midday hosts Bernard McGuirk (right) and Sid Rosenberg (left) are pictured below, broadcasting live from 27th Street and 5thAvenue on the route of the Veterans Day Parade in New York City.

SiriusXM’s Karen Hunter Hosts Race Discussion Before Town Hall Audience. Talk show host, journalist, and college professor Karen Hunter recently presented a town hall discussion at SiriusXM’s New York studios before a live audience.  Hunter hosts the 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm show on SiriusXM’s Urban View channel.  The program centered on race in America, including the wealth gap between African Americans and Caucasians, The New York Times’ 1619 Project, a powerful initiative that explores the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery and its ongoing impact on our society.  Pictured above are (from l-r): Hunter, New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, MSNBC Correspondent Trymaine Lee, and OneUnited Bank president Teri Williams. Photo: Maro Hagopian for SiriusXM

Nominees Announced for 2020 iHeartRadio Podcast Awards. The second annual iHeartRadio Podcast Awards will take place at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles on Friday, January 17 at 8:00 pm PT.  The iHeartMedia event will honor the most entertaining and innovative podcasts of 2019 and will span 30 categories, celebrating the incredible talent and wide variety of leaders across the booming podcasting industry.  Podcasts nominated for Best Podcast of the Year include: “The Daily,” “The Joe Rogan Experience,” “Stuff You Should Know,” “My Favorite Murder,” “Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend,” “Revisionist History,” “The Ron Burgundy Podcast,” “The Dropout,” “The Shrink Next Door,” and “The Read.”  See all the nominations in all the categories here.

Impeachment Process/Ukraine Affair, 2020 Presidential Race/Biden on CNN Town Hall, DACA Before SCOTUS, Cold and Snow Hit Northern U.S., and Hong Kong Violence Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (11/11). The impeachment process against President Trump and the investigation into the Ukraine affair; the Democrats vying to challenge President Trump in the 2020 election and Joe Biden’s appearance on CNN’s “Town Hall” on Monday evening; the Supreme Court’s hearing of arguments in the case of the Trump administration’s desire to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals act; the cold and snow affecting much of the northern U.S. this week and the related issue of climate change; and the ongoing violence in Hong Kong were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. The morning drive team of Roula Christie, Ryan Chase, Eric Rowe, and Kevin England – “The Roula and Ryan Show” – at Cumulus Media’s CHR KRBE-FM, Houston inks a multi-year agreement to continue its role there.   Station PD Leslie Whittle comments, “Each day our listeners wake up to laughter, will learn something, and could shed a tear or two, but one thing you can count on is that Roula, Ryan, Eric and Special K are never boring.  They have experienced many personal milestones the past 13 years, which I’ve been proud to witness.  ‘The Roula and Ryan Show’ has also celebrated our beloved city’s accomplishments and milestones and has gotten Houston through some tragedies as well.  I’m honored to be able to work with this great team for another five years!”…..Premiere Networks-syndicated personalities Charlamagne Tha God, Delilah, and Elvis Duran appeared together on the Dr. Oz TV show (pictured at left) on Friday (11/8) to discuss their use of their national platforms to change the conversation surrounding mental health.  The radio hosts shared their personal stories and tips for handling challenging mental health issues, including dealing with social media; finding self-love within, not online; and why it’s important to discuss difficult subjects like depression, anxiety, and suicide…..The Premiere Networks syndicated “Steve Harvey Morning Show” is giving away thousands of turkeys as part of the show’s Annual Turkey Give.  Affiliates of the show will provide 8,000 turkeys to help those less fortunate celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.  Since the Turkey Give was launched in 2009, nearly 80,000 turkeys have been given to those in need.  Harvey recently told his listeners, “We consider it an honor and a privilege to help those who are less fortunate during the holiday season.  On behalf of the entire Steve Harvey Morning Show, Happy Thanksgiving and God bless you all.”…..TALKERS sends condolences to the family and friends of Emmons “Skip” Woolwine, a founding member of the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame, who passed away on November 7 from a heart-related illness.  The TRHoF says, “He was passionate about our group and even though he wasn’t a board member, he continually mentored those of us who are on the board.  He was always willing to help, to lend advice and just offer friendship.”

October 2019 PPM Analysis: News/Talk

| November 11, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES —  Our four-part series of October 2019 overviews wraps up with a comprehensive analysis of (commercial, English-language) news/talk stations.

Included in this wide-ranging overview are all commercial, English-language news/talk outlets (including online streams, if applicable) that appeared in any of Nielsen Audio’s 48 PPM-markets (6+, October 2019).

Thus, there are no ratings restrictions in this particular synopsis.

Unless otherwise noted, information for each station and stream was factored into all of our highlighted charts.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

| November 11, 2019

2019 Radio Hall of Famers Inducted. On Friday evening at Gotham Hall in New York City, nine radio broadcasters were enshrined in the Radio Hall of Fame.  Inductees Jim Rome, Joe Madison, Sean Hollywood Hamilton, Harry Harrison, Kevin Ryder and Gene “Bean” Baxter, John Tesh, Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Ryan Seacrest represented the class of 2019 at the ceremony that included 2018 Radio Hall of Fame inductee Mike Francesa as Master of Ceremonies.  Fellow RHOF inductees Jim Bohannon, Jim Kerr, and Kid Kelly were in attendance along with celebrity introducers actor Christian Slater (for Hollywood Hamilton), actress Connie Selleca (for husband John Tesh), and “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon (for his friend Ryan Seacrest).  Jim Bohannon served as announcer of the event.  TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison and his wife, professor/author Bernadette Duncan, were among the hundreds of industry luminaries, friends and family in attendance.  “It was a truly memorable evening in a dazzling setting that was a heartfelt celebration of radio and the special breed of talented people who have literally been breathing life into it golden age after golden age,” says Harrison. “We salute the dedicated work of Radio Hall of Fame chairman Kraig T. Kitchin, vice chairman Dennis Green, and the entire nominating committee for organizing and presenting such a deeply meaningful event honoring an indisputably deserving Class of 2019.”  Harrison adds, “One of the most noble deeds any organization, platform or individual can perform for an artistic community such as our beloved radio industry – especially as it reaches the extraordinary milestone of its 100th anniversary in a rapidly changing world – is to give credit where credit is due.”  Pictured above are (from l-r): Jim Rome, Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton, Ryan Seacrest, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Joe Madison, Kevin Ryder, Gene “Bean” Baxter, Harry Harrison (seated), and John Tesh.  Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Radio Hall of Fame

From the 2019 Radio Hall of Fame Induction. Above, wheelchair-bound Harry Harrison in the audience watches his children Patti and Patrick make an emotional presentation inducting him into the Radio Hall of Fame.

From the 2019 Radio Hall of Fame Induction. Inductee Joe Madison of SiriusXM Satellite Radio with his old friend, TALKERS magazine publisher Michael Harrison.

Louisiana Judge Denies Felony Arrest Warrant for Former WWL, New Orleans Sports Talk Host Seth Dunlap.  The Times-Picayune reports that last week, a New Orleans Police Department detective investigating the case involving former WWL-AM/FM, New Orleans sports talk host Seth Dunlap was denied a warrant to arrest him on a felony count of extortion.  Regular TALKERS readers who’ve been following this case remember that after the official WWL Twitter account posted a gay slur against the openly homosexual Dunlap on September 10, an Entercom investigation appeared to indicate Dunlap sent the tweet via his phone, although Dunlap’s lawyer says Dunlap did not have access to the account and didn’t have its password.  She also says Dunlap took a lie detector test and passed.  Subsequent talks between Entercom and Dunlap’s legal team reportedly included Dunlap’s request for $1.8 million to settle his charge against the station of allowing a hostile workplace environment.  Entercom turned the case over to the NOPD and the cops got a warrant to search Dunlap’s phone.  In last week’s ruling, Magistrate Commissioner Robert Blackburn said the evidence presented didn’t rise to the level of the definition of felony extortion.  The NOPD says the case is still “active and ongoing.”  Dunlap, through his attorney, has vowed to sue WWL over the hostile workplace matter.

PPM Analysis: News/Talk. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents a look at the performances of radio stations based on data from Nielsen Audio’s October 2019 PPM survey, today focusing on the news/talk format.  Less than 25% of news/talk stations suffered a (weekly 6+ AQH share) ratings drop-off from the September survey to the October survey.  Gainers were led by Bonneville’s KSL-AM/FM, Salt Lake City (+2.4).  Comparing year-over-year numbers, 51% of stations on our panel are down, while just 37% see their ratings go up.  News/talkers up over last year include: Entercom’s WCCO, Minneapolis; iHeartMedia’s WJNO, West Palm Beach; Cumulus Media’s KMBZ-FM, Kansas City; and iHeartMedia’s WREC, Memphis.  See Mike Kinosian’s entire report here.

Monday Memo: That First Call.  As programming cutbacks continue, smart on-air people are involved in advertising sales.  In this week’s column consultant Holland Cooke shares tips for getting – and making the most of – face time with prospects.  Read it here.

Impeachment Proceedings/Ukraine Affair, 2020 Presidential Race, Hong Kong Protests, Veterans Day Holiday, Berlin Wall Falls Anniversary, Looming Bitter Cold Weather, and Australia Bushfires/Climate Change Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend. The impeachment process against President Trump and the testimony about President Trump’s alleged quid pro quo offer to Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky; the Democrats vying to challenge President Trump in 2020; the weekend’s violent protests in Hong Kong; the Veterans Day holiday; the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall; the bitter cold temperatures forecast for parts of the U.S. this week; the devastating bushfires affecting Australia’s eastern coast and the role of climate change in that country’s drought were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

TALKERS News Notes. The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand reports that Stephen A. Smith has inked a new deal with ESPN – a five-year pact that will pay him about $8 million per year.  As TALKERS reported last week, Smith is giving up his midday radio show on the ESPN Radio network at the end of the year.  He’ll continue to appear on the cable channel’s “First Take” and will make more appearances on “SportsCenter” and on NBA coverage…..The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Rob Tornoe writes that Philadelphia sports media personality Rob Ellis is returning to local TV as co-host of a new show on KYW-TV called, “Odds On,” with station sports anchor Pat Gallen.  The sports-betting themed, 30-minute program will air Sundays at 8:30 am.  Ellis will continue to handle fill-in duties for Entercom’s WIP-FM.  He’s been sitting in for the convalescing Big Daddy Graham on the overnight show.  He previously served with NBC Sports Philadelphia for 17 years…..Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports that longtime WVON, Chicago afternoon talk host Cliff Kelley is being honored in “An Amazing Tribute to Cliff Kelley” on Saturday (11/16) at Parkway Ballroom, in Chicago.   Kelley spent 25 years with the Midway Broadcasting urban news/talk station in both the morning and afternoon drive dayparts.  He retired from the station last March.

WRKO, Boston Raises $230,000-plus for Disabled American Veterans. Last Friday (11/8), iHeartMedia Boston news/talk “AM 680 WRKO, The Voice of Boston” raised more than $230,000 to benefit the Disabled American Veterans Department of Massachusetts during the DAV radiothon that took place from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm.  iHeartMedia Boston VP of news/talk Rob Sanchez says, “Since our nation’s inception, our military men and women have sacrificed their own lives for our freedom.  It’s an honor for AM 680 WRKO to have this opportunity to show respect for our veterans with the help of our generous listeners.  And to raise $233,593 this year is incredibly gratifying.”  Pictured above are (from l-r): DAV-AM director of public relations Robert Lynch, WRKO APD Jarred Diglio, DAV-MA adjutant/CEO Dan Stack, and WRKO morning host Jeff Kuhner.

KSCO, Santa Cruz Owner Michael Zwerling is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast.  The long-time owner of news/talk heritage station KSCO, Santa Cruz, CA, Michael Zwerling, is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series, “The Michael Harrison Interview.”  Zwerling, known throughout the radio industry as one of the last of the fiercely independent owner/operators, is described by TALKERS publisher Harrison as “an extremely colorful, quirky, eccentric, and intelligent lover of radio – a refreshing counterpoint to the budget-obsessed, community-indifferent, mega-corporate mentality that has consumed the decision-making processes of much of today’s industry.”  In a free-wheeling conversation between two old friends, MH and MZ discuss the changing nature of Freedom of Speech and challenges facing the First Amendment in the 21st century digital era, plus more.  To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here or click on the player box located in the right-hand column on every page of the TALKERS email newsletter.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. WPXY-FM, Rochester air personality Brianna “Breezy” Sloth is promoted at the Entercom CHR outlet to morning drive co-host alongside morning radio pro Corey James on the “#TeamPXY” show.   Entercom Rochester SVP and market manager Sue Munn comments, “Breezy has an undeniable work ethic and tenacity while delivering her one-of-a-kind, friendly and outgoing personality on the air.  She has a real familiarization with our station, this market and its devoted listeners, and we’re thrilled to have her on board.”  Breezy joined ‘98 PXY’ as an intern for the station’s morning show in 2017. Following her graduation from SUNY Oswego, she assumed various roles for the station, including in promotions and programming as WPXY’s evening show host, morning show fill-in host, and morning and evening drive traffic reporter…..Entercom assigns programming duties for country KMNB, Minneapolis to WUSN, Chicago PD Kenny Jay in the aftermath of the recent departure of KMNB PM drive host and programmer Lucas Phelan.  Jay will continue to work from the company’s Chicago offices…..Programming pro Dylan Salisbury is leaving his APD/music director role at Cumulus Media’s CHR WZPL-FM, Indianapolis for a gig soon-to-be-announced.  Cumulus Indy operations manager J.R. Ammons says in a memo to staff, “During his two years at ZPL, Dylan has proven to be a smart, strategic, passionate programmer and I will miss our music arguments every Monday.  Please join me in congratulating Dylan on this well-deserved promotion; his last day will be next Friday the 15th. Until a permanent replacement is named, Zakk Babb will be filling in on ZPL.”…..Pictured below in New York City on Friday night (11/8) is pop radio icon Ryan Seacrest being inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame  by “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon.

Monday Memo: That First Call

| November 11, 2019

By Holland Cooke
Consultant

 

BLOCK ISLAND, RI — I’m encouraged by response to last week’s column, which included commercial copy Do’s-N-Don’ts from experts, and which I have gathered along the consulting road.  ICYMI: http://www.talkers.com/2019/11/04/monday-memo-do-you-copy/

What encourages me most is that so much of the feedback I’ve gotten on that sales-related material was from on-air people who are involved in advertising sales.  As programming cutbacks continue, NOT-being a cog in the revenue machine seems risky.

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Friday, November 8, 2019

| November 8, 2019

KXL-FM, Portland Talk Host Lars Larson Names Whistleblower on FOX News Channel. KXL-FM, Portland talk radio host Lars Larson – who also hosts a nationally syndicated show via Compass Media Networks – was doing a segment on FOX News Channel’s “Outnumbered Overtime” yesterday (11/7) when he revealed who he believes the whistleblower in the Ukraine affair is.  Larson told KGW-TV, Portland, “I believe all of Washington knows, all of the press corps knows, and the only people in the dark are the American people.  If you’re talking about removing the president, chosen by the American people, you have an obligation of telling them who’s accusing [the president].”  FOX News tells the Hollywood Reporter that it has not confirmed nor independently verified the name of the whistleblower.

Entercom Third Quarter Net Revenue Up 2%. Third quarter 2019 financial data from Entercom Communications is released and the company reports net revenue of $386 million, an increase of 2% over the same period in 2018.  Operating income for the quarter was $79.5 million, compared to $78.7 million in the third quarter of 2018.  For the first three quarters of 2019, net revenue was $1.07 billion, an increase of 2.3% over the same period in 2018.  Entercom chairman, president and CEO David Field comments, “I am pleased to report that Entercom delivered strong organic growth in the third quarter with Adjusted EBITDA up 13% and Adjusted Net Income Per Share up 23%.  Revenues increased 2% (just under 3% ex-political) driven by digital, national, and network.  In October, we announced the launch of DVR-like functionality for live radio on our RADIO.COM app, becoming the first company to offer that important product feature.  This new feature and our recent acquisitions of podcasters Cadence 13 and Pineapple Street Studios highlight the multiple ways we are working to enhance our product line and grow our relationships with our listeners and customers.”

NPR and Edison Research to Unveil Spoken Word Audio Report. The data from the new Spoken Word Audio Report from NPR and Edison Research will be made available via a free webinar on Tuesday (11/12) that you can sign up for here.  The study – derived from a national quantitative survey, one-on-one interviews, and five years of previously-unreleased data from Edison Research’s U.S. Share of Ear study – explores consumer behavior in the spoken word audio category.  It details: How the spoken word audio category has changed in the last five years; how the balance between music and spoken-word content consumption is shifting; the role spoken word audio plays in consumers’ lives today – from where people listen to when people listen; and what people are looking for from spoken-word content on different platforms.  The study concludes that the share of time spent listening to spoken-word audio has increased 20% since 2014.

NOW POSTED:  New Installment of “The Michael Harrison Wrap: An Overview of the National Conversation.”   The vibrant, one-hour weekend special, “The Michael Harrison Wrap,” that looks back each week at the hottest topics discussed in American talk media per the research of TALKERS magazine, is now posted on the website of its flagship station, iHeartMedia’s WONK-FM, Washington, DC (11/8).  The new episode titled “Hearings and Smearings!” looks back at this past week of November 4-8, 2019 and features guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERS; Howie Carr, talk show host, Howie Carr Radio NetworkRenee Kohanski, M.D., forensic psychiatrist/medical podcaster; Holland Cooke, media consultant/talk show host RT AmericaDuke Brooks, talk show host, WGMD-FM, Rehoboth Beach, DE; Daliah Wachs, M.D., medical doctor, talk show host, Genesis Communications NetworkJoshua Philipp, senior investigative reporter, The Epoch TimesVictoria Jones, executive director, DC Radio Company. This acclaimed news/talk radio show airs on WONK-FM on Friday afternoons between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm as well as other stations around the country including KSCO, Santa Cruz, CA; and KBKW, Aberdeen, WA as a special week-in-review and during the weekend on the Virginia Talk Radio Network as well as Pioneer Valley Radio in Springfield, MA and the iHeartRadio App.  To listen to this week’s episode (and the program’s complete archives), please click here.  To view the latest TALKERS magazine topic research, please click here.

National Campaign Launched to Protect Press Freedom.   The nonprofit organizations the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the Committee to Protect Journalists, along with a coalition of 23 media, technology and nonprofit partners, including Barron’s, CBSComcast-NBC UniversalCNNFacebook, Los Angeles Times, McClatchy, The New York TimesNPRReutersScrippsSinclairTwitterThe Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones, and The Washington Post, yesterday (11/7) launched the “Protect Press Freedom” campaign to mobilize the public to stand up for press freedom and actively protect their right to be informed.  Through video, radio, digital, print, and social media assets, the campaign communicates the message: In order to be free, we must be informed.  The creative illustrates the crucial role the free press plays in everyday life by depicting a world in which people are unable to access news about issues that are important to them.  On the campaign website, visitors can learn more about the threats to press freedom, explore key moments for the free press in America’s history, and take a quiz to assess their knowledge.  “Americans across the country rely on diverse news sources to help them make informed choices every day, but many don’t see the threats that are putting that information at risk,” Bruce Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press tells TALKERS. “When one journalist or news source is threatened — whether it’s verbally, physically, or legally — it threatens a fundamental American freedom that’s essential to understanding and participating in our communities.  We’re proud to bring news outlets and organizations together to have a conversation with the public about press freedom and encourage people to stand up for their right to information.”  Attacks on journalists’ safety and the public’s right to know occur with troubling regularity.  According to the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, of which the Reporters Committee and CPJ are partners, there were at least 35 physical attacks on journalists last year, most notably the murder of five people working at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland.  So far in 2019, at least 28 journalists have been denied access to government events that are traditionally open to or attended by the press, leaving members of the public without crucial information about their government’s activities.  Relentless disparagement of the media contributes to an increasingly dangerous climate for journalists. For more information about this please click on the website www.ProtectPressFreedom.org.  To listen to a conversation about the campaign between Bruce Brown and TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison click 

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Miltz Named Director of Marketing and Promotions for Bonneville Denver. Marketing pro Melanie Miltz is named director of marketing and promotions for Bonneville’s Denver station group that includes sports talk KKFN “Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan,” sports KEPN-AM “ESPN Denver,” country KYGO-FM, and adult contemporary KOSI-FM.  She most recently held the same position at Hubbard Radio’s hot AC KSTP-FM, Minneapolis.  Bonneville Denver senior regional vice president and market manager Bob Call states, “We couldn’t be happier to have Mel join Bonneville Denver and take over the leadership of our marketing and promotions department.  Mel is well-recognized and highly respected as a promotions and marketing professional with a high level of branding expertise, attention to detail, and follow-through on both the strategic and tactical elements of marketing.  Mel’s wealth of experience make her the perfect choice for Bonneville Denver.”

TALKERS News Notes. At the end of this year, Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze will shut down its cable television channel.  A story in The Hollywood Reporter says that TheBlaze will focus on its subscription video-on-demand service, its website, and the radio program.  The piece notes that because TheBlaze is largely a digital enterprise and its contracts with cable operators prevent much of the video content presented via cable from being shared online, it makes business sense to focus on the VOD space.  Blaze Media CEO Tyler Cardon tells THR, “Given our record growth this year on our direct-to-consumer SVOD business, podcasts, various web properties and other digital distribution channels, it has become a conflict to continue programming a traditional, legacy cable channel.”…..Entercom announces that its RADIO.COM platform with its collection of premiere sports, entertainment, news, and music audio content is being made available to Samsung’s Bixby scalable intelligence platform.  RADIO.COM will be available in Bixby Marketplace, where Samsung smartphone users in the U.S. can add the capsule to enhance their Bixby experience.   Entercom chief digital officer J.D. Crowley says, “This is an exciting integration with Samsung to bring the RADIO.COM listening experience wherever and however our listeners want it.  With Bixby, we are able to bring RADIO.COM to millions of listeners, making it easier than ever to discover and engage with our premium audio content as part of our listeners’ daily audio habit.”…..ESPN Radio says its October PPM numbers for its daytime sports talk radio shows (men 25-54) are up 7%.  For instance, the morning drive “Golic and Wingo” show saw a monthly increase across platforms of 13% compared to the September 2019 PPM survey and “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz” was up 25% over September on terrestrial radio…..Westwood One Podcast Network’s “Think About This with Shelly Palmer and Ross Martin” hosted Facebook VP global marketing solutions Carolyn Everson to discuss the personal and corporate responsibility of the social media platform.  Responding to a question about why Facebook runs political ads with false claims, Everson stated, “For decades, political advertising has not been monitored.  The FCC has made it very clear by law that broadcasters are not allowed to censor or change political advertising, and we have chosen to follow that, even though we are not required to do so by the FCC – as have all of the other platforms – because we think it’s very dangerous for a tech company, a CEO, or any private or public company to determine what is true and what is false.”…..Cox Media Group’s news/talk KRMG-AM/FM, Tulsa welcomed FOX News Channel and FOX News Radio superstar Brian Kilmeade to town today (11/8) for a listener event and book signing for Kilmeade’s new book, Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed American History (2019, Penguin Publishing).  KRMG director of branding and programming Levi May comments, “KRMG is proud to be able to bring one of our most popular radio and TV hosts to Tulsa for an opportunity to interact with our listeners and give people a chance to see what goes on as part of his live broadcast.”

The Impeachment Process and the Ukraine Affair Tied for Top News/Talk Story of the Week.  The impeachment process against President Trump and the related Ukraine quid pro quo allegations was the top news/talk story for the week of November 4-8, landing atop the Talkers TenTM.  At #2 this week was the Tuesday election results in Virginia and Kentucky and the Democrats vying to challenge President Trump in the 2020 election.  Coming in at #3 was court ruling that President Trump must turn over eight years of tax returns to a Manhattan Grand Jury, followed by U.S.-China trade negotiations and the U.S. economy at #4.  The Talkers TenTM is a weekly chart of the top stories and people discussed on news/talk radio during the week and is the result of ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.  It is published every Friday at Talkers.com.  See this week’s chart here.

PPM Analysis: Country. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents a look at the performances of radio stations based on data from Nielsen Audio’s October 2019 PPM survey, today focusing on country. From the September 2019 survey to the October 2019 survey, about 60% of country stations in PPM markets are down (weekly, 6+ AQH share).  The year-over-year comparison is split a bit more evenly, with 47% of stations seeing an increase and 51% seeing a decrease.  Just two country stations ranked #1 in their respective markets in the October survey – Bonneville’s KYGO, Denver (6.1 share) and iHeartMedia’s WCOL, Columbus (10.7 share).  See Mike Kinosian’s entire report here.

More Music Radio News and Career Moves. At Entercom’s CHR KNOU-FM, St. Louis “Now 96.3,” program director and midday personality Scott Ellis leaves the station to return to Springfield, Missouri with his girlfriend.  Ellis previously worked on air and as PD for CHR KSPW-FM, Springfield.  Assuming his programming duties at KNOU is cluster operations manager Cat Simon…..A round of job cuts at Entercom Seattle include three from the programming department.  Jean Ashley leaves her morning co-host and APD gigs at adult contemporary KSWD “94.1 The Sound.”  Midday personality and rhythmic AC KHTP “HOT 103.7” assistant program director Jamie “Tanch” Tanchykh exits, as does alternative KNDD “107-7 The End” evening personality Cody Whistler.

October 2019 PPM Analysis: Country

| November 8, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Following extensive October 2019 overviews of Major League Baseball flagships and public radio news/talk, we turn our attention to stations in the country format; waiting on deck is our thorough examination of (commercial) news/talk.

Breakouts shown here consist of data from country-formatted properties that rank in the top 20 in any PPM-market (October 2019, 6+).

Over and above that particular ratings caveat, Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services. Thus, ratings stats in this analysis are limited to facilities that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.

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October 2019 PPM Analysis:
Public Radio News/Talk

| November 7, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Public radio news/talk stations take center stage in the second of our four-part series of comprehensive summaries of the October 2019 ratings period.

Breakouts shown here consist of data from public radio news/talk facilities that rank in the top 20 (6+) in any PPM-market during the aforementioned September 12 through October 9-conducted sweep.

Given that Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations subscribing to its services, ratings stats in this analysis are limited to facilities paying that company for its information.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

| November 7, 2019

iHeartMedia Third Quarter Revenue Rises 3%. Revenue for iHeartMedia, Inc. – whose shares became listed on the NASDAQ on July 18 of this year – was $948.3 million, an increase of 3% compared to the same period in 2018.  Digital revenue increased 33.4%.  Looking at the first three quarters of 2019, revenue was $2.66 billion – an increase of 2.8% over the same period in 2018.  The company says, “Our traditional radio business, which is comprised of our Broadcast and Networks revenue streams, is stable and growing.  Broadcast revenue declined by 0.6% on a reported basis and increased 0.4% excluding the impact of political revenue, while Networks grew 9.2% year-over-year driven primarily by growth in our Total Traffic & Weather network.  Networks also grew sequentially by almost 300 basis points over the second quarter. Our growth was also driven by our Digital revenue stream, which grew 33.4%.  Digital revenue growth was primarily driven by growth in podcasting, as well as other digital revenue.  Audio & Media Services declined 14.3% on a reported basis and increased by 0.2% excluding the impact of political revenue.  Political revenue primarily impacts our Broadcast and Audio & Media Services revenue, and therefore these revenue streams tend to show greater variance in non-political years.  Sponsorships increased by 4.4% year-over-year. Importantly, all of our revenue streams grew year-over-year excluding the impact of political revenue, demonstrating the continued momentum in our business.”

Beasley Broadcast Group Reports Q3 Net Income Up 1.5%. Net income for Beasley Broadcast Group’s 2019 third quarter was $66.1 million, an increase of 1.5% over the same period in 2018 and the company says that “reflects increased revenue in the Company’s Philadelphia, Detroit, Boston, Charlotte, Fayetteville, and Wilmington market clusters. Net revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2019 was comparable to net revenue for the same period in 2018 at the Company’s other market clusters.”  For the first nine months of 2019, net income was $189.5 million, an increase of 4.1% over the same nine-month period in 2018.  Station Operating Income increased 12.7% year-over-year in the third quarter of 2019.  The company says the year-over-year increase is primarily attributable to higher revenue in the 2019 third quarter and lower station operating expenses related to $1.7 million of non-recurring bad debt expense that was recorded in the comparable 2018 period, partially offset by higher expenses at recently acquired stations.  Beasley CEO Caroline Beasley states, “Throughout the third quarter, we continued to advance our revenue diversification initiatives and actively manage our local radio broadcasting and digital platforms, while implementing our operating disciplines at recently acquired stations to drive SOI growth and margin expansion.  Record third quarter net revenue of $66.1 million was driven by the strength of our station clusters in four of our top five largest revenue markets, as well as contributions from recent acquisitions and more than offset the approximate $0.9 million of combined political, spectrum and United States Traffic Network traffic revenue recorded in the 2018 third quarter, which did not recur in the 2019 third quarter…Third quarter results also began to reflect financial contributions related to our new and expanding digital development and diversification initiatives. Beasley generated a year-over-year increase in digital revenue of approximately 37%, with digital now accounting for 7.4% of total revenue, compared to 5.4% of total revenue in the prior year period. Going forward, we remain committed to increasing digital share of total revenue as we continue to aggressively roll out our digital transformation strategy across the organization.”

Urban One Third Quarter Net Revenue Basically Flat at $111.1 Million.  While third quarter net revenue was up just 0.3%, Urban One’s broadcast and digital operating income was up 3.2% on $44.8 million, compared to the same period in 2018.  Operating income was approximately $32.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019, compared to approximately $32.1 million for the same period in 2018.  Urban One CEO and president Alfred Liggins III says, “During the third quarter we completed the sale of WDMK to Beasley Broadcasting, as a result of which our cash position improved, and net leverage was reduced. On a same station basis, our third quarter radio revenues were up 4.2%, and I was pleased that we were able to grow the Radio Broadcasting segment Adjusted EBITDA by 6.6%.  Same station core radio revenues, excluding political, are currently pacing down low single digits for the fourth quarter.  Cable Television advertising was robust in the quarter, up 7.8%. While digital revenues decreased by 6.4%, we were able to post significant Adjusted EBITDA growth in that segment as a result of improved cost control.  Overall, we were able to grow Adjusted EBITDA by 5.8% for the quarter, and I believe we are well positioned to achieve our strategic goals for the year, with Adjusted EBITDA in the range of $138-$140 million.”

Nielsen Announces Plans to Split into Two Companies.  Along with its third quarter financial results, Nielsen Holdings Plc is announcing that it will “separate the Global Media and Global Connect businesses through a spin-off of the Global Connect business.”  Global Media is the audience measurement division and Global Connect is the consumer data division.  CEO David Kenny says, “We are pleased with our third quarter results.  Both Media and Connect revenues were ahead of our expectations, reflecting strong execution as well as our focus on driving faster, bolder decisions to enhance value for Nielsen and for our clients.  We also announced today the conclusion of our strategic review and our decision to separate Global Media and Global Connect.  As we look forward, we remain focused on executing on our growth strategies and positioning both businesses to create value for our shareholders.”  The strategic review was led by chairman of the board of directors James Attwood, who says, “Nielsen has two strong and global franchises — Global Media and Global Connect.  Following an extensive review process, which included an in-depth analysis of our businesses, strategies and market opportunities, the Board concluded that separating into two independent, publicly traded companies is the best path to position each business for long term success and maximize value creation.  As independent companies, both Nielsen — the Global Media business — and the new company consisting of Global Connect will enjoy added flexibility and further strengthen their paths toward a new phase of growth, productivity and industry leadership.”

Q3 2019 Flat for Saga Communications. Third quarter net revenue for Saga Communications, Inc. was $31.3 million, basically flat compared to 2018’s Q3 figure of $31.7 million.  Station operating expense increased $171 thousand to $23.6 million and operating income decreased $520 thousand to $4.8 million compared to $5.3 million for the same period in 2018.  Net Income decreased $361 thousand to $3.3 million for the quarter.  On a same-station basis, third quarter net revenue decreased $1.4 million to $30.3 million.  Looking at the first three quarters of 2019, net income was flat with the same period in 2018 at $9.4 million.  Net revenue decreased $610 thousand to $91.3 million.  On a same-station basis for the nine-month period, net revenue decreased $3.8 million to $88.1 million.  Saga reports having $42.3 million in cash on hand as of November 4, 2019.  The company’s total bank debt was $10 million as of the end of the quarter.

PPM Analysis: Public Radio News/Talk. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents a look at the performances of radio stations based on data from Nielsen Audio’s October PPM survey, today focusing on the public radio news/talk format.  More than 60% of public radio news/talk stations were up (weekly 6+ AQH share) compared to the September 2019 survey.  Year-over-year, the results were split about 50/50, with half the stations up and half down. Four high-performing public outlets ranked #1 in their respective markets in October.  They were: WAMU-FM, Washington; KPBS-FM, San Diego; KOPB-FM, Portland; and KUT-FM, Austin.  Perennially top-ranked public outlet KQED, San Francisco ceded the #1 spot to Entercom’s all-news KCBS-AM, San Francisco in October.  See Mike Kinosian’s entire report here.

Sun Broadcast Group to Rep All of Envision Networks’ Products in 2020. This agreement between Sun Broadcast Group and Envision Networks is an expanded sales representation agreement that now includes all Envision Networks shows and services.  Envision Networks CEO and president Danno Wolkoff says, “We started with Sun Broadcast