Friday, August 7, 2020

| August 7, 2020

NOW POSTED:  This Weekend’s Installment of “The Michael Harrison Wrap: An Overview of the National Conversation.”   The latest 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, is now posted on the website of its flagship station, WONK-FM in Washington, DC.  This new episode titled “Each Passing Tik of the Clok!” looks back at this past week of August 3-7, 2020.  The program features guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERSMike Gallagher, talk show host, Salem Radio NetworkPat McCrory, talk show host, WBT, Charlotte / former Governor of North Carolina; Howard Monroe, talk show host / station owner, WVLY, Wheeling, WV; Levi Browde, executive director, Falun Dafa Information Center; and Victoria Jones, executive director, DC Radio Company. This acclaimed news/talk radio show airs each week on its flagship, WONK-FM, Washington, DC, Friday evenings at 6:00 pm ET. It also airs throughout the weekend on WRKO, Boston; WTIC, Hartford; KSCO, Santa Cruz, CA; KDFD (“Freedom 93.7”), Denver; KFNX, Phoenix; WVLY, Wheeling, WV; WTRW-FM, Scranton/Wilkes Barre, PA; WVOX, Westchester, NY; KBDT, Dallas; KQSP, Minneapolis; KBKW, Aberdeen, WA; WGDJ, Albany, NY;  WJFN-FM, Richmond, VA; WZFG, Fargo; KTGO, Tioga, ND; KWAM, Memphis; K-NEWS, San Luis Obispo; WCHM, Clarkesville, GA;  WPHM, Port Huron, MI; KSYL, Alexandria, LA; KTOE, Mankato, MN; WCED (“Connect FM”), DuBois, PA; the Virginia Talk Radio NetworkPioneer Valley Radio in Springfield, MA; Podcast Radio, UK and many more.  To listen to this week ’s episode, please click here. To view the latest TALKERS magazine topic research, please click here.  “The Michael Harrison Wrap” is now available in syndication via Talk Media Network to stations across America on a market exclusive basis. For affiliation information, please click here or call 616-884-8616.

Salem Media Group Q2 Revenue Down 18.3%. Reporting its financial data for the second quarter of 2020, Salem Media Group says revenue for the quarter was $52.9 million, a decrease of 18.3% compared to the same period in 2019. Operating expenses decreased 9% during the quarter to $53.8 million from $59.1 million. After posting operating income of $5.6 million in Q2 of 2019, Salem reports an operating loss of $0.9 million. Breaking down the report by segment, net broadcast revenue decreased 19.6% to $39.5 million from $49.1 million; Station Operating Income (“SOI”) decreased 43.9% to $6.4 million from $11.4 million; and Same Station net broadcast revenue decreased 17.4% to $38.7 million from $46.9 million; and Same Station SOI decreased 43.9% to $6.5 million from $11.6 million. Salem’s digital media revenue decreased 5.2% to $9.4 million from $10.0 million; and digital media operating income decreased 22.6% to $1.8 million from $2.3 million. Publishing revenue was down 29.8% to $4 million from $5.6 million; and publishing operating loss increased to $1.6 million from $0.1 million.

Entercom’s Q2 2020 Revenue Decreases 54%. The second quarter 2020 financial report from Entercom reveals net revenue was $175.9 million, a decrease of 54% from the $380.7 million reported in Q2 of 2019. Spot revenue declined 65% on a year-over-year basis while digital revenue rose 19%. Entercom reports that reflecting its cost management initiatives implemented to address the pandemic and lower levels of advertising spending, station expenses for the quarter declined 32% to $188.9 million, compared to $277.9 million in the second quarter of 2019 while corporate expenses for the quarter declined 45% to $8.4 million, compared to $15.2 million in the second quarter of 2019. The company reported operating income of $64.8 million in Q2 of 2019, but this year reported an operating loss of $45.3 million (that included a non-cash impairment charge of $4.2 million). Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was a loss of $20 million, compared to income of $87.6 million in the second quarter of 2019. Entercom president and CEO David J. Field says, “While Entercom generated significant revenue and EBITDA growth prior to the pandemic, second quarter results reflect the impact of the national economic challenges that quickly emerged as many advertisers closed businesses and significantly reduced their ad spend. Given our national leadership position in sports, second quarter top-line results were also significantly impacted by the cancellation of virtually all scheduled sporting events during the quarter. Excluding the impact of cancelled sports play-by-play, second quarter revenues declined 47%. However, after bottoming out in April, we have achieved significant sequential improvement every month through the summer with third quarter business on books already 30% greater than where the second quarter finished. The pandemic challenges accelerated our on-going transformation initiatives with a heightened focus on enhancing our business model, accelerating our growth opportunities, more fully integrating our powerful product offerings, and improving our service to both listeners and customers. In this regard, we implemented a range of company-wide initiatives, which lowered second quarter total cash operating expense by approximately $97 million, which exceeded our budget. In addition, we secured our strong liquidity position through an amendment to our credit facility and ended the second quarter with $208 million of cash, up from $189 million at the end of March. Looking ahead, as the country’s #1 creator of original, premium audio content with robust data, analytics and attribution capabilities, scaled audience reach and a leadership position in virtually every segment of the dynamic and growing audio market, including broadcasting, podcasting, digital, events, network, sports and news, Entercom is strategically well-positioned for future growth and performance. Improving revenue trends combined with enhancements to our business model and active management of our balance sheet will enable Entercom to emerge as an even stronger company and build meaningful shareholder value. I want to thank our team for their resilience, dedication, and exceptional work as they have gone above and beyond to serve our listeners, advertisers and communities under the most challenging of circumstances over the past several months.”

Round Four of July PPMs Released. The fourth and final round of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s July 2020 PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including: Austin, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Providence, Norfolk, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Greensboro, Memphis, and Hartford. Nielsen’s July 2020 survey period covered June 18 – July 15. You can see all the 6+ data from subscribing stations here. Meanwhile, TALKERS managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets. In Austin, Waterloo Media Group’s news/talk KLBJ-AM tacks on two-tenths for a 5.7 share and the #3 rank in the market. iHeartMedia’s news/talk WTKK-FM, Raleigh rises from the #6 rank to #3 after adding six-tenths and finishing the survey with a 6.8 share. Emmis Communications’ news/talk WIBC-FM, Indianapolis inches up one-tenth to a 7.5 share, good for the #4 rank. In Milwaukee, Good Karma Brands’ news/talk WTMJ holds steady at a 5.5 share but rises one spot to the #5 rank while iHeartMedia’s news/talk WISN dips four-tenths to a 6.8 share and the #4 rank. Cumulus Media’s WWTN-FM, Nashville adds two-tenths to wrap the survey with a 4.8 share good for the #9 rank. In Jacksonville, Cox Media Group’s WOKV-FM continues in the #2 rank after dipping four-tenths and finishing with a 9.5 share. See Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways report here.

NAB’s Gordon Smith Averted Stroke. The report of NAB CEO Gordon Smith’s stroke yesterday (8/6) was premature, according to Smith himself. He issued a public statement that clarifies the original press release from the NAB and thanks people for the outpouring of support he’s received. He says, “Your prayers and kind words have meant the world to me and my family. I am delighted to tell you that after a very extensive MRI last night it was discovered that I did have a blood clot, but thanks to the quick medical intervention I received, an actual stroke was averted.”

Cumulus Media Announces New Employment Agreement with Exec Suzanne Grimes. A new employment agreement between Cumulus Media and Suzanne Grimes has been filed with the SEC. Grimes will continue to serve as executive vice president of corporate marketing for Cumulus and president of Westwood One. The pact runs through December 2022 and includes provisions for automatic one-year extensions. Grimes’ base salary is $650,000 and she’s eligible for performance-based bonuses.

Shaffer Adds APD Duties at ‘104.5 The Zone’ in Nashville. WGFX-FM, Nashville
“104.5 The Zone” morning show producer Jonathan Shaffer adds assistant program director duties to his responsibilities. Cumulus Media says the 14-year Nashville radio pro will continue in his role as morning show producer for the sports talk station. Station PD Paul Mason says, “Jonathan has demonstrated that he is ready for this challenge. He’s earned this opportunity and I look forward to working with him as we move forward toward reaching our goals at ‘104.5 The Zone.’” Shaffer comments, “I am proud and honored to be part of such a talented, committed team at ‘104.5 The Zone’. I am very excited about this opportunity and am looking forward to contributing to The Zone’s continued success.”

iHeartMedia Names Tias Schuster SVP of Programming for West New York. Programming pro Tias Schuster moves from iHeartMedia’s Norfolk, Virginia operations where he was SVP of programming and PD for two of its music brands, to West New York to serve as SVP of programming for Rochester, Syracuse and Binghamton. In this new role, Schuster will oversee more than 19 stations in the Rochester, Syracuse, and Binghamton markets. He’ll report to iHeartMedia West New York president Robert Morgan. Schuster says, “It is great to be back with my iHeartRadio family in Upstate New York. I’m honored to work alongside the legendary personalities and management in these markets! I want to give a special thanks to iHeartMedia for the opportunity.”

WIP, Philadelphia’s Howard Eskin ‘Walks to Tampa’ for Charity. Philadelphia sports media figure Howard Eskin is almost three-quarters of the way to Tampa (figuratively speaking) as he continues his PDQ Signature Systems-sponsored, two-month charitable effort. “Howard Walks to Tampa” has the “SportsRadio 94WIP” air personality walking the virtual 1,103-mile distance between the Philadelphia Eagles’ home base of Lincoln Financial Field and Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, the location of Super Bowl LV, to raise money for fighting local hunger and animal welfare. Money raised from Eskin’s daily walks, which will run through September 13 prior to the start of the Eagles 2020 season, will benefit Philabundance, Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, and the Brandywine Valley SPCA, a nationally recognized leader in progressive and lifesaving initiatives in animal welfare. Eskin says, “It’s been a tough time in our country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Without any games or practices to attend, I needed an escape. So, I started walking. It’s been great for my physical and mental health and raising money for two great charities like Philabundance and Brandywine Valley SPCA makes it even better.” To date, Eskin has walked 736 miles with only 367 miles to go before September 13 and has raised more than $10,000 for Philabundance and Brandywine Valley SPCA.

TALKERS News Notes. There’s a documentary about the rise and fall of former WFAN, New York sports talk personality Craig Carton set to be released on October 7 from HBO Sports and StreetSmartVideo titled, “Wild Card: The Downfall of a Radio Loudmouth.” According to a story in the Rockland/Westchester Journal, the film will include Carton talking about his story in his own words. Carton was released early from his three-and-a-half-year prison sentence for fraud in June and is finishing his sentence in home confinement. HBO Sports VP Peter Nelson says, “Craig Carton’s radio persona gained him a public following, while his private struggles lost him everything one casino run at a time. Many knew Carton, but never knew his secrets, as we learn from Carton himself in this documentary about success, self-destruction, lies and blackjack.”…..According to a report in Dmagazine, a documentary film about the life and career of Dallas sports talk radio legend Mike Rhyner is being produced. Dallas media pro Crystal Vasquez – who met the now-retired KTCK-AM/FM, Dallas personality while filling in as a traffic reporter on Rhyner’s “The Hardline” program – is heading up the documentary project. Vasquez tells Dmagazine, “It’s not a documentary on ‘The Ticket.’ That’s his identity to a certain extent, but it’s a story about Mike’s life.”…..The “Bubba the Love Sponge” program adds a new affiliate station in 1TV.Com Inc.’s classic rock KBSZ-AM/K247CF, Apache Junction, Arizona “97.3 The Rattler.”…..Entercom’s all-news 1010 WINS, New York is inviting listeners to a wedding on Sunday! The station reports, “Ashley Isaacs, who works at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and her fiancé Israel Reches (both pictured at left) will reunite for the first time in months at their own wedding after spending time apart due to the pandemic and Reches’ health. As Isaacs was working to save patients with COVID-19 this past spring, Reches was battling stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma, forcing the couple to separate. With Reches in remission just in time for the big day, the two are set to marry on Sunday, August 9 in a small backyard ceremony, and 1010 WINS listeners are ‘invited’ to the festivities. The station will be onsite the day of the wedding, airing audio of the ceremony on air and streaming it in its entirety via Facebook Live.”

WWJ News Radio 950 in Detroit Starts ‘Breaking Down the Barriers’ Initiative. Detroit all-news WWJ “News Radio 950” unveils its two-part community programming initiative called “Breaking Down the Barriers” dedicated to celebrating the diversity of the city and its surrounding suburbs. The initiative includes two segments, “Voices of the Community” and “Black Business Minute,” both beginning August 10. “Voices of the Community” is hosted by WWJ traffic operations manager Lloyd Jackson and will profile community leaders, activists, and residents who are making a difference in their neighborhoods and throughout Detroit. “Black Business Minute” is hosted by WWJ city beat reporter Vickie Thomas and highlights local businesses in which Black business owners will discuss their companies, including the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and how they are contributing to the success of Detroit. It will air five times daily each weekday. Entercom Detroit SVP and market manager Debbie Kenyon says, “The diverse citizens of Detroit are an integral part of the fabric of this great city and we’re proud to use our platform to champion their stories. There are countless cases of business owners and leaders helping residents get through this crisis, and we look forward to employing this series as another way to shine the spotlight on them.”

95.5 WSB ‘Care-a-Thon’ Raises $1.5 Million for Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. This year’s 95.5 WSB Care-a-Thon two-day radio event was the 20th annual produced by the Cox Media Group news/talk station and helped raise more than $1.5 million for research and programs at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. This year, due to COVID-19, Scott Slade, Clark Howard, Eric Von Haessler, Mark Arum, Erick Erickson, Brian Kilmeade and many other local radio personalities participated in the 95.5 WSB Care-a-Thon by interviewing patients and their families virtually via video and phone calls. The team encouraged listeners to donate and purchase one-of-a-kind experiences throughout the special radio broadcast. WSB director of branding and programming Drew Anderssen says, “Our entire team is so thankful for the phenomenal support we have received from our loyal listeners who continue to give to the Care-a-Thon, and all of our community service efforts at 95.5 WSB, year after year. This year’s fundraiser is one we’ll never forget because of the incredible financial strain coronavirus presented to our community of donors. I’m tremendously proud of the teams at 95.5 WSB and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for their work adapting this year’s effort to become ‘virtual’ as a result of the pandemic.”

The Presidential Race, Politics and the Vote-By-Mail Debate Top News/Talk Stories for Week of August 3-7. The November presidential election, politics, and the controversy over President Trump’s allegation that voting by mail encourages voter fraud were the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio this week, landing atop the Talkers TenTM. Tied at #2 this week was the interview with President Trump by Axios reporter Jonathan Swan and Deutsch Bank being subpoenaed by the New York Attorney General in a Trump Organization investigation. Coming in at #3 was the debate over opening schools, followed by health care, medications and the mask debate 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.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Beasley Media Group announces the cancellation of WKML-FM, Fayetteville, North Carolina’s 2020 Stars & Guitars concert. Beasley VP/GM Kent Dunn says, “Thank you to our amazing sponsor and fans throughout the years for supporting Stars & Guitars event. These are unprecedented times. The safety of our community, staff, and country artists is our number one priority. As a result, we have made the decision to cancel this year’s event. We’ll be back bigger and better than ever in 2021!” To help fill in the gap, WKML-FM has hosted a series of special Stars & Guitars at Home social media concert experiences with some of the top artists in country music on the station’s website as well as entertained listeners with the station’s special Superstar Mini Concert series.

July 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Four

| August 7, 2020

July 2020 PPM Data – Information for the July 2020 ratings period has been released for Austin, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Providence, Norfolk, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Greensboro, Memphis, and Hartford. Nielsen Audio’s July 2020 survey period covered June 18 – July 15. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from these 12 PPM-markets.

Austin

Spoken-Word Formats – Stuck on 5.5 (6+) in May and June, Waterloo Media Group-owned KLBJ-AM “News Radio 590” picks up two-tenths to 5.7 (6+) and continues in third-place. Prior to forfeiting nine-tenths in May, KLBJ-AM posted four consecutive gains for a +2.8 (3.6 – 4.5 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 6.4, 6+). Flat at #26, Entercom’s KJCE “Talk Radio 1370” has a February 2020 through July 2020 topline of: .3 – .3 – .3 – .2 – .3 – .2 (6+).

Off a combined three-tenths in June/July (1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0, 6+), Genuine Austin Radio sports talk KTXX “The Horn” repeats at #22. The alternating March through July up/down sequence for iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted KVET-AM “1300 AM The Zone” is 5 – .6 – .4 – .5 – .4 (unchanged at #25, 6+).

On top five survey periods in succession before segueing to the runner-up slot in June (where it remains in July), University of Texas at Austin-owned news/talk KUT is an overall -3.0 in four straight declines (10.3 – 9.8 – 8.5 – 7.8 – 7.3, 6+). Three successive increases yielded a +2.9, enabling KUT to hit double-digits for the first time in its PPM-history (7.4 – 8.9 – 9.5 – 10.3, 6+). Recent (6+) fluctuations include: -1.6 (June 2019); +.9 (July); +1.2 (August); +2.0 (October); -1.9 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.5 (January 2020); +.8 (March); -1.3 (May); and -.7 (June 2020).

Austin Music Formats – Not only is Waterloo Media Group adult hits KBPA a collective +1.1 via three straight bumps (8.1 – 8.4 – 8.5 – 9.2, 6+), “103.5 Bob-FM” repeats at #1 with its best 6+-stat since July 2019 (9.2, as well). Also notching a July 2020 increase of seven-tenths is Entercom adult contemporary KKMJ (5.7, fourth to third). “Majic 95.5 Better Music For A Better Workday” had been -1.4 as a result of three consecutive down or flat moves (6.4 – 5.2 – 5.0 – 5.0, 6+). In an alternating January 2020 through July 2020 down/up pattern that includes July’s increase of three-tenths, Waterloo Media Group’s KROX “101-X Alternative Austin” is: 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.8 – 3.2 – 3.3 – 2.7 – 3.0 (#14 to #12, 6+). Replicating June’s decline of six-tenths (5.5 – 4.9 – 4.3, 6+), iHeartMedia’s country-formatted KVET-FM remains in fifth-place. “The Austin Texas Original” was up nine-tenths in April/May (4.6 – 4.7 – 5.5, 6+) and had its best 6+-showing since last October (5.5, as well). Elsewhere in the country format, KVET-FM sibling KASE, which was off six-tenths in May/June (3.6 – 3.6 – 3.0, 6+), gains four-tenths to 3.4 (6+) and reenters the top ten (#12 to #10). In the six sweeps between “Holiday” 2019 and May 2020, “Austin’s #1 For New Country” logged a 3.6 (6+) four times (3.6 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.6, 6+). Genuine Austin Radio-owned KOKE-FM “Austin’s Country Alternative” has lost more than half (-1.2) its 6+ AQH share in three drops in succession (2.2 – 1.7 – 1.2 – 1.0, flat at #22, 6+). KOKE-FM was a combined +1.0 in March/April (1.2 – 1.3 – 2.2, 6+). Two Waterloo Media Group HD-2 channels regress by one-half share: Spanish contemporary KLZT-HD2 (1.2, #17 to #21, 6+) and triple A KGSR-HD2 (1.0, #20 to #22, 6+). KLZT-HD2 gained three tenths in three straight up or flat trends (1.4 – 1.4 – 1.5 – 1.7, 6+), while KGSR-HD2 garnered four-tenths in May/June (1.1 – 1.1 – 1.5, 6+).

Raleigh

Spoken-Word Formats – By notching a July spike of six-tenths to 6.8 (sixth to third, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WTKK “106.1 Stay Connected” snaps at four its consecutive string of decreases that resulted in an overall -1.4 (7.6 – 6.9 – 6.8 – 6.6 – 6.2, 6+). A collective -1.2 in three straight drops (2.7 – 2.2 – 1.8 – 1.5, 6+), Curtis Media Group’s WPTF “News Radio 680” is flat at #16.

Four-tenths behind WPTF and unchanged at #17 is Capitol Broadcasting sports talk WCMC “99.9 The Fan,” which logs a 1.1 (6+) the third time in the last four sweeps (1.1 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.1,  6+).   

Progressing from fourth to second, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill news/talk WUNC “91.5 North Carolina Public Radio” notches its third straight gain for a collective +1.0 (6.1 – 6.7 – 6.8 – 7.1, 6+).

Raleigh Music Formats – Tacking on a hefty +1.2 to June’s increase of two-tenths (4.9 – 5.1 – 6.3, 6+), Curtis Media Group adult hits WBBB “96.1 BBB Your Life/Your Music” jumps from eighth to fourth with its best 6+-stat since last October (6.3, as well). In eight straight sweeps without an increase, CHR cluster-mate WPLW-FM lost roughly 48% (-2.5) of its 6+ AQH share (5.2 – 5.1 – 4.4 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.7, 6+). In July though, “Pulse FM” applies the brakes with a +.8 to 3.5 (#14 to #11, 6+). Following five consecutive gains that netted a +2.7 (7.2 – 8.7 – 8.9 – 9.2 – 9.7 – 9.9, 6+), Radio One urban AC WFXC is -1.1 in June/July (9.9 – 8.9 – 8.8, 6+). Nonetheless, “Foxy – Today’s R&B and Classic Soul” is #1 the seventh time in a row. On top four successive sweeps, WFXC shifted to the runner-up slot in “Holiday” 2019. January 2019’s +1.1 took “Foxy” to 11.0, its highest 6+-stat in the PPM-era. Up eight-tenths in May/June (6.1 – 6.7 – 6.9, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WRDU “100.7 Raleigh’s Classic Rock” erodes by -1.1 to 5.8 (third to seventh, 6+). A collective +2.0 via three positive spikes in a row (5.3 – 6.1 – 6.2 – 7.3, 6+), Radio One gospel WNNL “The Light 103.9” forfeits exactly half that windfall (6.3, -1.0, second to fourth, 6+). In June, WNNL reached the seven-share level (7.3, 6+) for the first time since “Holiday” 2019 (7.0, 6+). After more than doubling (+2.4) its 6+ AQH share in seven consecutive up or flat moves (2.1 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 4.5, 6+), Educational Information Corporation’s WCPE “The Classical Station” relinquishes one-third of that increase (3.7, -.8, 6+) and exits the top ten (#10 to #11). Faltering by seven-tenths are Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary WRAL “Mix 101.5 – The Variety That Makes You Feel Good” (5.8, fifth to seventh, 6+) and Radio One urban contemporary WQOK “K-97.5” (4.3, flat at #9, 6+). A combined -2.7 in March/April (7.5 – 6.6 – 4.8, 6+), “Mix” followed with a +1.7 in May/June (4.8 – 5.5 – 6.5, 6+). “Mix” was +2.2 (“Holiday” 2019) and -1.7 (January). Off nine-tenths in April/May, “K-97.5” picked up one-half share in June.

Indianapolis

Spoken-Word Formats – Stabilizing after May/June’s -2.9 (10.3 – 8.9 – 7.4, 6+), Emmis news/talk WIBC “Indy’s Mobile News 93.1” picks up one-tenth and one ranker (7.4 – to 7.5, fifth to fourth, 6+). WIBC previously logged four straight increases for a +4.9 (5.4 – 7.6 – 8.0 – 8.8 – 10.3, 6+).

Albeit off one-half share in June/July (2.5 – 2.2 – 2.0, 6+), sports talk cluster-mate WFNI “The Fan – Indy’s Sports Center” progresses from #16 to #15. After gaining two-tenths in back-to-back reports (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.4, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WNDE “Indy’s Sports Station” has its 6+ AQH share sliced by 50% (-.7) in June/July (1.4 – 1.1 – .7, #18 to #19, 6+).

Three straight gains by Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting news/talk WFYI yielded a +1.6 (3.7 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.3 , 6+); however, in four straight drops, it is -1.7 (5.3 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.6, tenth to ninth, 6+).

Indianapolis Music Formats – Tied for boasting the largest (6+) June 2020 – July 2020 increase (+1.9) by any station in these 12 PPM-markets is Emmis adult contemporary WYXB “B-105.7” (8.8 – 10.7, 6+). In addition to roaring back from June’s loss of eight-tenths WYXB is #1 the third time in a row. Its five most recent fluctuations are: +.6 (March); -1.2 (April); +1.3 (May); -.8 (June); and +1.9 (July). “B-105.7” had been on top five reports in succession prior to shifting to fourth in April. It was an overall +10.8 through three consecutive increases (7.4 – 8.8 – 10.2 – 18.2, 6+), but was then -9.3 in January/February (18.2 – 9.1 – 8.9, 6+). WYXB’s 18.2 (“Holiday” 2019) represents the strongest 6+-performance by any Indianapolis station in the PPM-era. Gaining eight-tenths each are Radio One urban AC WTLC-FM (5.9, eighth to seventh, 6+) and Cumulus Media hot AC WNTR “107.9 The Mix” (#15 to #10). WTLC-FM was down nine-tenths in May/June (6.0 – 5.9 – 5.1, 6+) and had its lowest 6+-share since last November (5.1, as well). Having had its 6+-stat carved by 75% (-2.1) in April/May (2.8 – 2.0 – .7, 6+), “The Mix” more than quadruples (+2.5) its 6+ AQH share in June/July (.7 – 2.4 – 3.2, 6+). Plummeting by a whopping -1.1 are iHeartMedia-owned WFBQ “Q-95 Indy’s Classic Rock” (third to fifth) and Emmis’ WLHK “Country 97.1 Hank FM” (fourth to sixth). WFBQ erodes by -3.2 in three consecutive dips (10.1 – 8.2 – 8.0 – 6.9, 6+) and has its lowest 6+-stat (6.9) since “Holiday” 2019’s 6.6. As a result of three drops in succession, “Hank” is -1.9 (8.3 – 8.2 – 7.5 – 6.4, 6+). A combined +.8 in May/June (3.1 – 3.3 – 3.9, 6+), Sarkes Tarzian-owned triple A WTTS “92.3 Experience The Music” relinquishes seven-tenths to 3.2 (ninth to tenth, 6+). Immediately prior to the May sweep, WTTS was -1.6 via three consecutive slips (4.7 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.1, 6+). In the market’s CHR tussle, Cumulus Media’s WZPL “99.5 ZPL” forfeits six-tenths (4.9, seventh to eighth, 6+), while Radio One’s similarly-formatted WNOW “100.9 Radio Now” is off one-half share (#14 to #15). WZPL was +1.2 in May/June (4.3 – 4.6 – 5.5, 6+), as was WNOW (1.3 – 1.8 – 2.5, 6+). Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WKLU posted a 3.4 (6+) in June 2019, but Indianapolis’ version of “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” is unlisted the 14th time in a row.

Milwaukee

Spoken-Word Formats – Directly after logging four straight spikes that accounted for a +5.3 (4.0 – 4.2 – 5.2 – 5.8 – 9.3, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WISN “News/Talk 1130” is a collective -2.4 in three straight declines (9.3 – 8.6 – 7.2 – 6.8, second to fourth, 6+). WISN was on top in April and May. Despite being without an increase the third time in a row for a net loss of eight-tenths (6.3 – 6.1 – 5.5 – 5.5, 6+), Good Karma Brands’ WTMJ “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” progresses from sixth to fifth. WTMJ was a combined +1.2 in March/April (5.1 – 5.7 – 6.3, 6+). The repetitive March 2020 through July 2020 topline for Alpha Media-owned WLIP “AM 1050 Kenosha’s News & Talk” is: .5 – .6 – .5 – .6 – .5 (#17 to #18, 6+).  

Once again, four Milwaukee sports talk stations are separated by three-tenths of a share; in July, they combine for a 1.5 (6+). The only one in the quartet not losing ground is iHeartMedia-owned WRNW “97.3 The Game – Milwaukee’s Sports Talk That Rocks” (flat at .6 and remaining at #17, 6+). Down one-tenth each are Good Karma Brands’ WKTI “94.5 ESPN” (.5 – .4, #19 to #20, 6+); Entercom’s WSSP “Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan” (.4 3 .4, flat at #21, 6+); and iHeartMedia’s WOKY “The Big 920,” which has its tenth straight sweep without an increase for a net loss of one-half share (.7 – .6 – .5 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .2, #22 to #23, 6+).

A combined -1.4 in May/June (5.0 – 4.1 – 3.6, 6+), University of Wisconsin news/talk WUWM picks up three-tenths to 3.9 (flat at #9, 6+). Off one-half share through three straight down or flat reports (1.4 – 1.4 – 1.0 – .9, 6+), Wisconsin Public Radio news/talk WHAD halts the skid with a +.1 to 1.0 (#15 to #16, 6+).    

Milwaukee Music Formats – Milwaukee’s top three July 2020 finishers are separated by seven-tenths of a share. One member of that trio is WLDB “B-93.3.” The Milwaukee Radio Alliance adult contemporary outlet was +6.2 through three straight boosts (5.2 – 5.7 – 6.8 – 11.4, 6+); then lost nearly 60% (-6.7) of its 6+ AQH share in five consecutive downturns (11.4 – 7.3 – 7.0 – 5.8 – 5.0 – 4.7, 6+); and is now +2.5 in June/July (4.7 – 5.7 – 7.2, fifth to second, 6+). This (7.2) is its highest 6+-stat since January’s 7.3. Alternative sibling WLUM “FM 102.1 Sounds Different” logs its seventh successive positive or neutral sweep for a +1.7 and crosses the five-share level (3.6 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 5.3, eighth to seventh, 6+). Highlighted by June’s mammoth +2.2, iHeartMedia-owned WMIL was an overall +2.7 in three spikes in a row (6.0 – 6.1 – 6.5 – 8.7, 6+). In July, “FM 106.1 Milwaukee’s Best Country” falters by nine-tenths to 7.8 (6+) but repeats at #1. Co-owned urban contemporary WKKV “V-100.7,” which was +1.1 via five reports in succession without a loss (4.7 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 5.0 – 5.5 – 5.8, 6+), stumbles by four-tenths to 5.4 (fourth to sixth, 6+). With their “Holiday” 2019 (6+) AQH share and market rank information in parentheses, the following Saga Communications stations are unlisted the seventh month in a row: WKLH “96.5 Milwaukee’s Hometown Rock” (5.6, fifth, 6+); WHQG “102.9 The Hog Everything That Rocks” (4.7, eighth, 6+); urban AC WJMR “Jammin’ 98.3” (3.2, #13, 6+); and rhythmic CHR WNRG “Energy 106.9” (1.5, #15, 6+).

Nashville

Spoken-Word Formats – Bouncing back from May/June’s -.8 (5.4 – 5.3 – 4.6, 6+) with a July gain of two-tenths to 4.8 (6+), Cumulus Media’s WWTN progresses from tenth to ninth. “Super Talk 99.7” was up seven-tenths in March/April (4.7 – 5.3 – 5.4, 6+). Unchanged at #17, iHeartMedia’s WLAC “Talk Radio 1510” was a combined +.5 in March/April (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.7, 6+), but is -1.0 in three downturns in succession (2.7 – 2.4 – 2.0 – 1.7, 6+).

Off three tenths in June – following May’s increase of eight-tenths – Cumulus Media-owned sports talk WGFX “104.5 The Zone” regains one-half share (2.4 – 2.9, #14 to #13, 6+). As a result of six straight sweeps without an increase, Cromwell Group-owned/similarly-formatted WPRT “102.5 The Game” has lost 70% (-.7) of its 6+ AQH share (1.0 – .6 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3, #22 to #23, 6+).

After gaining three-tenths in June (3.7 – 4.0, 6+), Nashville Public Radio’s WPLN-FM “NPR News and Classical Music” is off two-tenths to 3.8 (6+) but remains at #11.

Nashville Music Formats – Not only is Midwest Communications-owned adult contemporary WJXA a collective +1.3 in three straight increases (8.1 – 8.2 – 8.4 – 9.4, 6+), “Mix 92.9 – Your Life, Your Music” repeats at #1. After spending five consecutive sweeps on top, WJXA shifted to #2 in April. “Mix” has been: -1.6 (October 2019); +2.2 (December); +6.1 (“Holiday” 2019); -5.5 (January 2020); +1.3 (February); -1.9 (March); -1.6 (April); and +1.0 (July). Nearly quintupling (+1.1) its 6+ AQH share in June/July (.3 – 5. – 1.4, 6+), Nashville Public Radio’s classical-formatted WFCL “91 Classical” cracks the top twenty (#21 to #18), hitting double-digits (1.4) for the first time since January’s 1.0. By gaining six-tenths to 2.9 (#15 to #13, 6+), Salem Media Group contemporary Christian WFFH “The Fish” pulls the plug on six successive negative or neutral reports that resulted in a -1.7 (4.0 – 3.2 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.4 – 2.3, 6+). After scoring back-to-back gains of eight-tenths (4.0 – 4.8 – 5.6, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WRVW “107.5 The River” sputters by two-tenths to 5.4 (seventh to eighth, 6+). Meanwhile, similarly-programmed WRVW-HD2 debuts in print with a .6 (#21, 6+). The three latest (highly volatile) fluctuations by iHeartMedia-owned WNRQ “105.9 The Rock – Nashville’s Classic Rock” are: -1.6 (May); +2.7 (June); and -1.5 (7.8 – 6.3, third to fifth, July, 6+). Entering the May ratings period, “The Rock” more than doubled (+3.4) its 6+ AQH share in four straight spikes, including April’s +2.1 (3.3 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 4.6 -6.7, 6+). Continuing the theme of three most recent trends, co-owned WSIX has been: +1.2 (7.1 – 8.3, May, 6+); -1.2 (8.3 – 7.1, June, 6+); and -.7 (7.1 – 6.4, fourth to third, July, 6+). “The Big 98 – Nashville’s #1 For New Country” had a May-only stay on top and was off one-tenth in March/April (7.2 – 7.1 – 7.1, 6+). Elsewhere in the country format, Cumulus Media’s WSM-FM “95.5 Nash Icon” continues its alternating down/up pattern that commenced in December 2019 (5.5 – 4.7 – 5.0 – 4.7 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 5.6 – 5.2 – 5.5, eighth to sixth, 6+). Slipping from ninth to tenth, co-owned WKDF “Nash FM 103.3” records a March 2020 through July 2020 topline of: 4.2 – 5.0 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 4.6 (6+). Prior to May, “Nash FM 103.3” was a collective +1.7 through three straight increases (3.3 – 3.5 – 4.2 – 5.0, 6+). Meanwhile, the alternating down/up pattern in that same (March through July) timeframe for Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WLVU includes July’s loss of fourth-tenths: 1.8 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 3.2 – 2.8 (#13 to #15, 6+). In June, “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” reached the three-share level (3.2) for the first time since last September (3.5). Down or flat eight reports in a row for a -1.2 (1.3 – 1.1 – .9 – .7 – .5 – .2 – .1 – .1 – .1, 6+), TBLC Media’s Spanish contemporary WNVL “Activa” is unlisted the fourth month in a row.

Providence

Spoken-Word Formats – After more than doubling (+3.6) its 6+ AQH share in four straight up or flat trends (2.5 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 6.1, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned WPRO-AM “News Talk 630” is an overall -1.7 in three drops in succession (6.1 – 5.6 – 4.7 – 4.4, flat at #7, 6+).

Even though it returns the two-tenths it gained this time last month (1.2 – 1.4 – 1.2, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WHJJ “News Radio 920” continues at #16. Flat at .5 (6+), Cumulus Media’s WPRV “AM 790 Talk & Business” drops from #21 to #22. This immediately follows ten consecutive up or flat reports that netted four-tenths (.3 – .3 -.3 -.3 -.3 -.3 -.3 – .4 – .4 – .6 – .7, 6+).

In six straight down or flat survey periods, Entercom sports talk WVEI has essentially lost half (-2.1) its 6+ AQH share (4.1 – 3.4 – 3.1 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.1 – 2.0, 6+) yet advances from tenth to ninth.

A combined -.9 in April/May (2.2 – 1.5 – 1.3, 6+), iHeartMedia Boston’s WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” repeats June’s AQH and market rank (1.5, #14, 6+).

Without an increase the fourth time in a row for a net loss of -1.3 (3.2 – 3.0 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 1.9, 6+), WGBH Educational Foundation Boston news/talk WGBH departs the top ten (#9 to #11). Flat at #12, Rhode Island Public Radio news/talk WNPN is down one-half share in three straight negative or neutral moves (2.1 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.6 , #12, 6+). After posting either a .6 (6+) or .4 (6+) February 2020 through June 2020 (.6 – .4 – .6 – .4 – .4, 6+), The Wheeler School-owned news/talk WELH “89.3 The Public’s Radio” slips to .3 (flat at #23, 6+).

Providence Music Formats – Over and above adding eight-tenths to June’s +.7 (9.4 – 10.1 – 10.9, 6+), Hall Communications’ WCTK “Cat Country 98.1” marches from second to first. Ousted from the top spot after six straight months at #1 is iHeartMedia-owned WHJY “94 HJY Providence’s Home of Rock & Roll” (10.6, -.1, 6+), which trades places with WCTK. WHJY was up one-half share in May/June (10.2 – 10.6 – 10.7, 6+). Prior to the April ratings period, it was an overall +2.6 through three successive increases (8.0 – 9.4 – 10.2 – 10.6, 6+). Without an increase five successive sweeps for a collective -1.4 (7.4 – 7.2 – 7.1 – 7.0 – 6.9 – 6.0, 6+), Cumulus Media CHR WPRO-FM “Today’s Hit Music 92 PRO-FM” applies the brakes with a half share gain to 6.5 (fifth to fourth, 6+). June’s 6.0 was its lowest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2019’s 5.8. After netting a +1.3 as a result of four straight positive or neutral moves (4.8 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.8 – 6.1, 6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWBB “B-101” surrenders nine-tenths to 5.2 (fourth to fifth, 6+). Unchanged in third-place, Cumulus Media adult contemporary WWLI is +1.2 in June/July (6.1 – 7.0 – 7.3, 6+). “Lite Rock 105” was -8.3 (16.8 – 8.9 – 8.5, January/February, 6+); +1.3 (8.5 – 9.8, March, 6+); -1.9 (9.8 – 7.9, April, 6+) -1.8 (7.9 – 6.1, May, 6+); and +.9 (6.1 – 7.0, June, 6+).

Norfolk

Spoken-Word Formats – Bouncing back from June’s half share loss with a July gain of three-tenths (1.5 – 1.0 – 1.3, 6+), Max Broadcast Group sports talk WVSP “ESPN Radio 94.1” climbs from #14 to #12. May’s increase of two tenths suspended seven straight down or flat reports that accounted for a net loss of nine-tenths (2.2 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.3, 6+).

Norfolk Music Formats – Negating June’s -1.0 with a +1.1 (13.2 – 12.2 – 13.3, 6+), Entercom urban AC WVKL “Smooth R&B from Yesterday & Today” makes it 20 consecutive times at #1. WVKL was –1.5 (February); +.7 (March); -1.0 (April); +.6 (May); -1.0 (June); and +1.1 (July). August 2018’s 15.5 holds the record for highest 6+-performance by any Norfolk station in the PPM-era. The alternating down/up pattern of iHeartMedia alternative WNOH (#12 to #14) includes July’s -.8, which took “Alt 105.3” below a one-share: 1.8 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.5 – .7 (6+). It is now part of iHeartMedia’s Black Information Network. Off one-half share each are Entercom adult contemporary WWDE “101.3 2WD” (4.6 – 4.1, third to fourth, 6+) and WNVZ “Z-104” (3.6 – 3.1, fifth to seventh). WWDE was +.9 in May and -1.1 in June. After losing more than 60% (-7.7) of its 6+ AQH share through three straight setbacks (12.4 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.7, 6+), “2WD” was +1.0 in April/May (4.7 – 4.8 – 5.7, 6+). “Z-104” posted an increase of seven-tenths in June. Prior to that, it was -1.0 in three successive drops (3.9 – 3.7 – 3.2 – 2.9, 6+). These three Saga Communications-owned properties are unlisted the sixth month in a row: WAFX “106.9 The Fox – Hampton Roads’ Classic Rock”; WNOR “FM 99 Rocks”; and adult standards WJOI “Joy FM – Great Songs/Great Memories.” WAFX was -1.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.3 – 6.7 – 5.8, #4, 6+); WNOR lost basically half (-4.5) its 6+ AQH share via four consecutive downturns (9.1 – 7.5 – 7.2 – 5.4 – 4.6, 6+), finishing fifth in “Holiday” 2019; and WJOI logged a .2 in “Holiday” 2019 (#17, 6+).

Jacksonville

Spoken-Word Formats – Three drops in a row by Cox Media Group news/talk WOKV-FM account for an overall -3.9 (13.4 – 10.4 – 9.9 – 9.5, 6+), but “104.5 Jacksonville’s News, Weather, and Traffic” remains in the runner-up slot. Immediately prior, it garnered a +5.3 in five consecutive increases (8.1 – 8.3 – 9.8 – 10.4 – 11.8 – 13.4, 6+).

Off three-tenths (.9 – .6, 6+), iHeartMedia sports talk WFXJ “930 The Game – Jacksonville’s Sports Leader” slips from #18 to #19. “The Game” was a combined +.6 in March/April (.8 – 1.2 – 1.4, 6+) but surrendered the entire increase in May.

Erasing back-to-back losses of seven-tenths (3.9 – 3.2 – 2.5, 6+) with a June/July +1.5 (2.5 – 3.7 – 4.0, 6+), public radio news/talk WJCT reenters the top ten (#12 to #10).

Jacksonville Music Formats – Owing to four straight setbacks, WEJZ “96.1 The Most Music For Your Workday” was -1.8 (12.0 – 11.1 – 10.8 – 10.7 – 10.2, 6+), but the Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary outlet pulls the plug with a +1.4 to 11.6 (6+) and is #1 the third time in a row. In addition, WEJZ notches double-digits the sixth consecutive sweep and eighth time in the last nine reports. WEJZ held the top spot from December 2019 through February 2020. Meanwhile, Cox Media Group’s similarly-formatted WEZI is down or flat the third time in a row for a -1.3 (5.6 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 4.3, seventh to eighth, 6+). “Easy 102.9” has its lowest 6+-stat (4.3) since “Holiday” 2019’s 4.1. As a result of three positive trends in a row, Renda Broadcasting’s WGNE “99.9 Jacksonville’s Hottest Country” is +2.0 (4.0 – 4.1 – 4.9 – 6.0, seventh to fifth, 6+). Conversely, iHeartMedia-owned WQIK “Jacksonville’s Country 99.1” falters by a full-share to 4.5 (fifth to seventh). WQIK was +1.9 in May/June (3.6 – 4.9 – 5.5, 6+), directly after being down or flat three reports in succession for a -1.0 (4.6 – 4.6 – 4.2 – 3.6, 6+). After logging a 6.3 (6+) in four of the last six survey periods (6.3 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 6.1, 6+), iHeartMedia urban AC WSOL “V-101.5” improves by one-half share to 6.6 (6+) and continues in fourth-place. Good Tidings Trust’s religious teaching WAYR “WAY Radio Jacksonville” pops on with a .6 (#19, 6+). In six straight sweeps without a loss, iHeartMedia CHR WKSL was a cumulative +1.7 (2.4 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 4.1, 6+), but “97.9 Kiss-FM” surrenders roughly half that windfall with a -.8 to 3.3 (6+) and exits the top ten (#10 to #12).

West Palm Beach

Spoken-Word Formats – Down or flat the third time in a row for a net loss of eight-tenths (4.7 – 4.6 – 3.9 – 3.9, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WJNO “1290 The Palm Beaches’ News & Talk” drops from sixth to seventh. It previously posted four consecutive up or flat reports that generated an overall +1.9 (2.8 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 4.7, 6+). Co-owned news/talk WZZR “Real Radio 94.3 – Real Talk For The Palm Beaches,” which was up one-half share in March/April (1.7 – 2.0 – 2.2, 6+), regresses by three-tenths in three consecutive sweeps without an increase (2.2 – 2.0 – 1.9 – 1.9, flat at #12, 6+). Following six straight negative or neutral trends that resulted in a -1.4 (2.1 – 1.4 – 1.1 – 1.1 – .8 – .8 – .7, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WFTL “News Talk 850” answers with three straight improvements netting six-tenths (.7 – 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.3, #14 to #15, 6+). Locked on .7 (6+) in April and May, iHeartMedia Miami news/talk WIOD “610 News Radio” is now stuck on .6 (6+) in June/July (#20 to #19, 6+).

Hubbard Broadcasting’s WMEN “Fox Sports 640 AM South Florida” logs a .2 (6+) the third time in the last four reports (.2 – .7 – .2 – .2, #23 to #24, 6+).

Despite dropping one-tenth (3.5 – 3.4, 6+), Dade County School Board public radio news/talk WLRN advances from ninth to eighth. Prior to May’s loss of one-tenth, WLRN was an overall +.9 in four straight up or flat reports (2.0 – 2.5 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+).

West Palm Beach Music Formats – On a roll, Hubbard Broadcasting urban AC WMBX “X-102.3” is a collective +2.8 (which includes July’s +1.4) as a result of four straight spikes (3.0 – 3.8 – 4.1 – 4.4 – 5.8, fifth to third, 6+). This (5.8) is its best 6+-stat since January’s 6.8. After faltering by six-tenths in June, iHeartMedia CHR WLDI “WiLD 95.5 The Palm Beaches’ #1 Hit Music Station” answers with a +1.0 (3.7 – 4.7, eighth to sixth, 6+). Prior to June’s decrease, WLDI was +1.0 in four straight up or flat reports (3.3 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 4.0 – 4.3, 6+). Adult contemporary cluster-mate WOLL “Today’s KOOL 105.5” remains in the runner-up slot and continues an alternating up/down pattern that includes July’s +.6: 7.6 – 7.7 – 6.7 – 7.2 – 6.9 – 7.5 (6+). Unlisted in April, May, and June, WAY Media contemporary Christian WAYF “WAY-FM” reappears with a 2.6 (#10, 6+). After logging a May +3.7 and a June -1.9, Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WRMF “Variety from the 90s and Now” is up a modest three-tenths (8.3 – 8.6, 6+) and #1 the third straight time. Entering the May sweep, WRMF was -2.3 via three straight setbacks (8.8 – 8.7 – 7.7 – 6.5, 6+). It had been on top three months in a row before falling to third in April. After spending 12 ratings periods at #1, WRMF slid to #2 in “Holiday” 2019 (-1.5). A combined +1.2 in May/June (2.7 – 2.8 – 3.9, 6+), co-owned WIRK relinquishes 75% of that increase (3.0, -.9, sixth to ninth, 6+). Prior to May, “New Country 103.1” was an overall -2.8 in six straight down or flat reports (5.5 – 4.7 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 3.7 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+). On the heels of June’s +1.2 (5.0 – 6.2, 6+), classic hits-oldies sibling WEAT “Sunny 107.9” sputters by eight-tenths to 5.4 (third to fourth, 6+). Part of a three-way March tie at #1, WEAT emerged in sole possession of the lead, but eroded by -2.2 in May. “Sunny” was up three-tenths in February/March (7.4 – 7.6 – 7.7, 6+) and then off one-half share (7.7 – 7.2, April, 6+). Dropping six-tenths each are iHeartMedia Miami CHR WHYI “Y-100” (1.7, #10 to #13) and Glades Media Spanish contemporary WWRF “AM 1380 Radio Fiesta” (1.2 – .6, #14 to #19, 6+). “Y-100” was a combined +1.0 in May/June (1.3 – 1.7 – 2.3, and had its best West Palm Beach showing (2.3, 6+) since last September (2.5, 6+). Before notching a +.8 in June, WWRF had a January 2020 through May 2020 topline of: .3 – .4 – .5 – .2 – .4 (6+). “AM 1380 Radio Fiesta” logged a +1.3 in December 2019 (.3 – 1.6, 6+), but forfeited the increase in its entirety the very next sweep (.3 – 1.3, “Holiday” 2019, 6+). A combined +1.5 in May/June (4.3 – 4.6 – 5.8, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WKGR “98.7 The Palm Beaches’ Rock Station” forfeits one-third of that increase (5.3, -.5, fourth to fifth, 6+).

 Greensboro

 Spoken-Word Formats – An overall -1.4 via three straight drops (5.6 – 5.0 – 4.8 – 4.2, 6+), WPTI “94.5 Your News, Talk, & Sports Station” continues in ninth-place. The iHeartMedia news/talker had been a collective +2.6 via four consecutive gains (3.0 – 3.9 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 5.6, 6+).

Down one-tenth in May/June (-.5 – .5 -.4, 6+), Curtis Media Group sports talk WSJS “Triad Sports” gains two-tenths in July to .6 (flat at #15, 6+).

Adding one-half share to June’s +.3 (2.8 – 3.1 – 3.6, 6+), Wake Forest University news/talk WFDD carries on at #11. The December 2019 through July 2020 topline for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill public radio news/talk WUNC is: 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.5 – 1.4 (#14 to #13,  6+).

Greensboro Music Formats – Sharing top honors with Emmis Indianapolis adult contemporary WYXB (see above) for registering the largest (6+) June 2020 – July 2020 increase (+1.9) by any station in these 12 PPM-markets, Entercom adult hits WSMW “98.7 Simon Says We Play Everything” (8.3 – 10.2, 6+) continues in the runner-up slot. Entering the May report, “Simon” was a collective -2.8 in three straight drops (10.4 – 8.9 – 8.1 – 7.6, 6+). Its recent (6+) fluctuations include: +1.4 (September 2019); +1.0 (November); -1.2 (December); -2.2 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.9 (January 2020); +1.2 (May); and +1.9 (July). Tacking on eight-tenths to June’s +1.3 (6.7 – 8.0 – 8.8, 6+), WMAG remains in third-place. In three straight declines, the iHeartMedia adult contemporary outlet was -1.4 (8.1 – 7.6 – 7.1 – 6.7, 6+). Four successive spikes delivered WMAG a +9.9 and a “Holiday” 2019-only stay at #1 (6.3 – 6.4 – 7.5 – 10.2 – 16.2, 6+). In January though, WMAG had its 6+ AQH share plummet by roughly 54% (16.2 – 7.4, 6+). After posting an 11.1 (6+) three times in a row, Entercom urban AC WQMG “97.1 QMG The Best R&B and Old School” slips two-tenths to 10.9 (6+), but is #1 the fifth successive sweep. The July slip suspended four consecutive up or flat trends that yielded a +1.2 (9.9 – 10.5 – 10.8 – 11.1 – 11.1 – 11.1, 6+), This directly follows three consecutive losses that resulted in a -1.1 (11.0 – 10.9 – 10.1 – 9.9, 6+). In 2019, WQMG was #1 in January, February, April, May, July, and December. The three most recent fluctuations by Curtis Media Group regional Mexican WYMY “La Ley 101.1” are: +.7 (1.8 – 2.5, May, 6+); -.6 (2.5 – 1.9, June, 6+); and -.9 (1.9 – 1.0, July, #13 to #14, 6+). Prior to May, WYMY had been without an increase four reports in a row for a net loss of one-half share (2.3 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 1.8, 6+). Including July’s loss of eight-tenths, Dick Broadcasting classic rock WKRR “Rock 92” is -1.7 in three straight decreases (8.3 – 7.5 – 7.4 – 6.6, flat at #4, 6+).

Memphis

Spoken-Word Formats – Off one-tenth (5.5 – 5.4, 6+), WREC “600 AM – Memphis’ News, Traffic, & Weather” slips from fifth to seventh. The iHeartMedia news/talker plummeted by -1.5 in May.

The March 2020 through July 2020 alternating up/down pattern for Entercom’s WMFS “ESPN Sports Radio” is: 2.3 – 1.8 – 2.4 – 1.8 – 2.0 (#14 to #13, 6+).

Memphis Music Formats – Improving by +1.0 and +.5, respectively, are Entercom’s WLFP “94.1 The Wolf” (steady at #12) and Cumulus Media-owned/similarly (country)-formatted WGKX “Kix 106 Today’s Best Country” (unchanged at #8). In the last three sweeps, “The Wolf” is +1.0 (2.2 – 2.2- 2.2 – 3.2, 6+), while “Kix 106” is +1.4 in the same period (3.3 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.7, 6+). Neither station was down in that stretch. Notching July 2020 increases of seven-tenths are: Cumulus Media’s WXMX “98.1 The Max – Maximum Rock” (6.0 – 6.7, steady at #4, 6+); adult contemporary sibling WRVR “104.5 The River” (seventh to sixth); and iHeartMedia’s WDIA “1070 The Heart & Soul of Memphis” (3.7, unchanged at #10, 6+). After crossing the six-share threshold by notching three straight increases for a collective +2.3 (4.2 – 5.5 – 5.7 – 6.5, 6+), “Max” relinquished one-half share in June. “The River” is +1.1 in June/July (4.6 – 5.0 – 5.7, 6+) and has its best 6+-showing since February (5.7, as well). Having more than doubled (+2.2) its 6+ AQH stat through five straight up or flat trends (1.9 – 1.9 – 2.2 – 2.7 – 3.0 – 4.1, 6+), WDIA forfeited half (-1.1) that increase in May/June (4.1 – 3.9 – 3.0, 6+). Up one-half share are WDIA’s gospel and classic rock cluster-mates WHAL “Hallelujah 95.7 – Memphis’ Inspiration Station” (steady at #5) and WEGR “Rock 103 – Memphis’ Classic Rock” (3.7, #10 to #11, 6+). In three bumps in succession, WHAL is +1.0 (5.2 – 5.3 – 5.7 – 6.2, 6+); WEGR was down nine-tenths in May/June (3.9 – 3.6 – 3.0 6+). Up eight-tenths in June/July (9.9 – 10.4 – 10.7, 6+), Cumulus Media urban-rhythmic oldies WRBO “103.5 The Best Mix of R&B” is #1 the fifth straight time. May’s -1.2 interrupted three consecutive improvements that generated a +2.8 (8.3 – 9.1 – 11.0 – 11.1, 6+) and enabled WRBO to hit double-digits (11.0) for the first time since November 2018 (10.7). Entering the January sweep, it was +1.4 in three improvements in succession (7.1 – 7.3 – 7.9 – 8.5, 6+). Three straight gains by iHeartMedia urban contemporary WHRK netted a +2.4 (6.8 – 7.3 – 8.1 – 9.2, 6+), but “K-97” is -1.8 in June/July (9.2 – 9.1 – 7.4, second to third, 6+). WHRK was a combined -1.0 in January/February (7.8 – 6.9 – 6.8, 6+). While it remains in the runner-up slot, urban AC cluster-mate KJMS  spirals by –1.1 to 8.0 (6+). In three straight sweeps without a loss “V-101” was up six-tenths (8.5 – 8.7 – 9.1 – 9.1, 6+). As a result of five straight survey periods without an increase, Mid-South Public Communications’ classical WKNO has lost half (-1.0) its 6+ AQH share (2.0 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0, #17 to #16, 6+).

Hartford

Spoken-Word Formats – Following six successive up or flat moves that yielded a +2.1 (5.7 – 6.1 – 6.2 – 7.2 – 7.6 – 7.8 – 7.8, 6+), Entercom-owned WTIC-AM “News Talk 1080” craters by -1.7 to 6.1 (fourth to seventh, 6+). Having trended .7 – .8 – .7 (April – May – June, 6+), Red Wolf Broadcasting news/talk WDRC-AM “AM 1360 The Talk of Connecticut” dials up a gain of six-tenths to 1.3 (#14 to #13, 6+). Remaining at #15, iHeartMedia’s WPOP “News Radio 1410” logs a .2 (6+) the third time in a row. In 23 consecutive reports, WPOP recorded either a .1 (6+) or a .2 (6+) – then notched a .7 (April, 6+).

WPOP’s sports talk cluster-mate, WUCS “97.9 ESPN Hartford,” is down one-half share in June/July (1.4 – 1.1 – .9, #13 to #14, 6+).

Four successive reports without an increase by Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network news/talk WNPR “Connecticut’s Public Media Source for News & Ideas” resulted in a -2.0 (4.6 – 4.3 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.6, 6+); however, WNPR ends the slide with a gain of three-tenths to 2.9 (#11 to #10, 6+). Owing to six consecutive down or flat trends, University of Massachusetts-owned WFCR “New England Public Radio” has lost half (-.2) its 6+ AQH share (.4 – .3 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .2, flat at #15, 6+).

Hartford Music Formats – Stacking nine-tenths onto June’s improvement of seven-tenths, Entercom rhythmic CHR WZMX “Hot 93.7” crosses the seven-share level and inches up from fifth to fourth (6.0 – 6.7 – 7.6, 6+). June’s spike curtailed three straight modest dips that accounted for a net loss of four-tenths (6.4 – 6.3 – 6.1 – 6.0, 6+). Adult contemporary cluster-mate WRCH “Lite 100.5” is +1.8 via three straight upticks (8.9 – 9.4 – 9.9 – 10.7, 6+) and is #1 the third time in a row. A combined -2.1 in March/April (11.0 – 9.9 – 8.9, 6+), WRCH segued to the runner-up slot after 46 straight times at #1. “Lite 100.5” was a combined +8.6 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (9.8 – 11.5 – 18.4, 6+) and -7.7 in January; 18.4 is the best 6+-showing by any Hartford station since WRCH’s 18.0 in “Holiday” 2018. Recent (6+) WRCH shifts include: +1.7 (December); +6.9 (“Holiday” 2019); -7.7 (January 2020); -1.1 (March); -1.0 (April 2020); and +.5 (June). It shared the lead in May with Red Wolf Broadcasting classic rock WDRC-FM, which is -1.3 in June/July (9.4 – 9.3 – 8.1, 6+); “102.9 The Whale” repeats in the runner-up slot. Off three-tenths in February (6.8 – 6.5, 6+), WDRC-FM countered with a +2.4 in March/April (6.5 – 7.6 – 8.9, 6+). Following four reports in a row without a loss for a collective +1.4 (1.6 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 3.0, 6+), Spanish tropical sibling WMRQ-HD2 is -1.0 in June/July (3.0 – 2.8 – 2.0, #10 to #12, 6+). Down or flat the third time in a row for an overall -1.9 (9.8 – 8.4 – 8.4 – 7.9, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WWYZ “Country 92.5” continues in third-place. Red Wolf Broadcasting classic hits-oldies WNTY “Kool Radio – Good Times/Great Oldies” is without an increase the 13th time in succession for a net loss of three-tenths (.5 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .2, 6+) and carries on at #15.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

| August 6, 2020

iHeartMedia Second Quarter Revenue Declines 47%. In line with the other broadcast companies that have reported Q2 2020 data so far, iHeartMedia’s revenue of $488 million represents a 47% decrease compared to the same period in 2019. Breaking it down into segments, iHM reports that broadcast revenue declined 57% ($561 million to $244 million), networks revenue was down 38% ($156 million to $96 million), digital revenue increased 2% ($91 million to $93 million – led by a 103% increase in podcasting revenue), sponsorship and events declined 65% ($42 million to $15 million), and audio & media services dropped 33% ($59 million to $39 million). iHeartMedia is reporting an operating loss of $159 million in Q2 of 2020 compared to an operating income of $182 million in the second quarter of 2019. Chairman and CEO Bob Pittman says, “The challenges that we have faced due to COVID-19 were unprecedented and had a severe, negative impact on our revenue in the second quarter. Despite those financial challenges, we retained our strong relationship with the consumer as the #1 audio company in America and the #1 media company in America by reach. As the advertising marketplace is recovering, we are working hard to ensure that we have the products and services to fully capitalize on the opportunity while proactively taking steps to fortify our balance sheet and our liquidity. Finally, I want to thank our employees for their commitment and creativity under such difficult and challenging circumstances.” Company president, CFO and COO Rich Bressler adds, “In response to COVID-driven market weakness, we acted rapidly and decisively to further streamline our cost structure and capital-spending programs, while continuing to implement pre-COVID cost savings programs through our modernization initiatives. These actions played an important role in minimizing the negative impact on our free cash flow results against the backdrop of the significant revenue declines we saw in the second quarter. We believe that these actions, in combination with our proactive capital structure management provides the company with sufficient liquidity to operate effectively even in an extended period of economic weakness.”

Round Three of July PPMs Released. The third of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s July 2020 PPM survey 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 July 2020 survey period covered June 18 – July 15. You can see all the 6+ data from subscribing stations here. Meanwhile, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways for this group of markets. In Portland, Alpha Media’s news/talk KXL-FM tacks on one-tenth to finish the July survey with a 6.5 share good for the #3 rank in the market. Entercom’s news/talk WBT-AM/FM, Charlotte dips one-tenth to a 5.9 share but rises one spot to the #3 rank. Despite losing a full share and finishing with a 5.5 share, iHeartMedia’s news/talk WOAI, San Antonio remains ranked #2 in the market. In Pittsburgh, Entercom’s news/talk KDKA-AM adds three-tenths and wraps the survey with a 5.4 share good for the #4 rank. iHeartMedia’s KNRS-FM, Salt Lake City jumps by half a share to claim the #5 rank with a 5.8 share. See Mike Kinosian’s complete report here.

Multiply Your Podcast Subscribers Without Buying Clicks.  Noted media consultant, TV talk show host, and TALKERS contributing columnist, Holland Cooke has written an informative new E-book titled, Multiply Your Podcast Subscribers without Buying Clicks (Talkers Books, 2020) that is now available to TALKERS readers. Cooke states,“With Spotify paying Joe Rogan a reported $100 million to distribute his podcast, The New York Times pronounced the former ‘Fear Factor’ host and MMA commentator ‘the new Mainstream Media.’ This is a whack-on-the-side-of-the-head to broadcasters, who marginalize podcasters as a shadow medium, or ‘the future.’ At these prices, the future is now.” Cooke advises radio broadcasters to step up their efforts in making podcasting an effectively monetized part of their expanding communications platform stating, “There are an estimated 260 million smartphones in the USA. With that many of us walking around with a device that can broadcast live video, instantly, worldwide – and with nearly a quarter billion of us on Facebook and nearly 50 million active Twitter users in the USA – We The People are now, measurably, ‘the Mainstream Media.’”  Cooke says one of the keys to broadcasters succeeding, where such a large percentage of the 850,000 active podcasters out there fail, is in their ability to promote TSL (time spent listening). In this new E-book, Cooke details the strategy to prompt listeners to share podcasts with friends by employing the fundamentals that are second nature to broadcasters, but often lacking in podcasts. To purchase Multiply Your Podcast Subscribers without Buying Clicks (Talkers Books, 2020) for $9.00 or get more information, please click here.

Giuliani Suggests Salem’s Hewitt and Elder Serve as Debate Moderators. On behalf of the Trump-Pence 2020 campaign, Trump attorney Rudolph Giuliani submitted a list of potential presidential debate moderators to the Commission on Presidential Debates that includes Salem Radio Network nationally syndicated hosts Larry Elder and Hugh Hewitt. The list of moderators the campaign would find acceptable also includes David Muir of ABC News and Norah O’Donnell of CBS News. Salem Media Group SVP spoken word programming Phil Boyce says, “We are so proud to see Hugh Hewitt and Larry Elder mentioned as possible moderators of a presidential debate. Frankly all of our SRN national hosts are capable of doing this, and these two especially are. We hope they get the nod.” Hewitt served as co-moderator of four 2016 Republican Primary debates co-produced by CNN and the Salem Radio Network.

TALKERS News Notes. Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports on some news from Nexstar’s WGN-AM, saying that the station is not talking with market legend Garry Meier about replacing Roe Conn in afternoon drive when his contract ends this year as previously reported. His sources say serious talks with Meier never got off the ground. In other WGN news, Feder says that if John Records Landecker’s fill-in stint for morning host Bob Sirott goes well next week, Landecker may be in line for the permanent evening show position…..Cadence13 – a part of Entercom’s podcast network – is partnering with NBA star Kevin Durant and entrepreneur Rich Kleiman’s Thirty Five Ventures to create The Boardroom Podcast Network. The network will launch with two podcasts. In “The Boardroom: Out Of Office,” Kleiman hosts and digs deep into guests’ career trajectories, the ins and outs of entrepreneurship, and the stories they’ve gathered along the way. In September, Durant launches the monthly podcast “The Etc’s with Kevin Durant.” He says, “I’m really excited to be launching both of these podcasts and this partnership with Cadence13. We’re really invested in making both of these pods different than anything else out there, and I’m personally looking forward to having in-depth conversations about some of my favorite topics.”

NAB’s Gordon Smith Suffers Stroke. A statement from the National Association of Broadcasters reveals that its president and CEO Gordon Smith suffered a stroke and was admitted to the hospital. The statement adds, “He is responding well to treatment, is stable and alert, and is resting comfortably. His prognosis is good, and he is expected to make a full recovery.”

COVID-19 Statistics & Projections, Presidential Race, Portland Protests, TikTok Deal/U.S.-China Relations, Beirut Explosion, and Pro Sports Leagues’ Struggles Among Top News/Talk Story Yesterday (8/5). The rising number of COVID-19 cases in numerous states and projections for future cases; the November presidential election and President Trump’s statements about the validity of mail-in ballots; the controversial BLM protests in Portland; the deal to allow Microsoft to acquire TikTok and the tenuous U.S.-China relations; the investigation into the ammonium nitrate-caused explosion that rocked Beirut; and pro sports leagues struggle with positive COVID-19 cases were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Venerable Multimedia Personality Shadoe Stevens Is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast.  Los Angeles-based radio and TV personality Shadoe Stevens is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series, “The Michael Harrison Interview.”  Stevens is an extraordinarily talented and creative individual who has succeeded to one degree or another in just about every phase of performance media in a career that has spanned five decades. He remains on the leading edge with the debut of a 12-part podcast series titled, “MentalRadio,” that pulls out the stops on imaginative writing, complex production, and audio theatrics. During the course of his career, Stevens has served as program director and/or air talent at legendary radio stations including LA’s KROQ and KMET. He was the first successor to Casey Kasem as the voice of “American Top 40” which he hosted for seven years. He’s been a television announcer and personality on such shows as “Hollywood Squares” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” He was also producer, writer, and talent on hundreds of successful radio and television commercial campaigns – highlighted by his celebrated creation and performance of the outrageous character, Fred Rated, for the Federated Group home appliance chain. As an actor, he appeared on such TV programs as “Baywatch,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Dave’s World,” “Max Monroe: Loose Cannon,” and he performed in the movie “TRAXX,” plus more. Harrison and Stevens recount their days in Los Angeles radio (both served as PD of KMET), the intricacies of Stevens’ colorful career, and the unlimited potential of modern podcasting as a platform for 21st century audio theater. Radio and media freaks will really enjoy this interview! 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 on every page of Talkers.com.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Seattle radio and music business legend Pat O’Day died on Tuesday (8/4) at age 85. As a DJ, O’Day was arguably the most popular air personality in the market in the mid-1960s when he was the afternoon jock on KJR-AM. He eventually became PD of the station, then general manager in 1968. O’Day ran a lucrative teen dance events business. He was also a concert promoter, founding the firm Concerts West. O’Day also eventually became a station owner. Read more about his colorful career here…..Rochester classic rock WAIO-FM “Radio 95.1” announces its new afternoon drive show is “The Big Show,” hosted by Earl David Reed, Megan Carter, and Pat McMahon. Reed is a nationally recognized stand-up comedian. Carter most recently served as the afternoon host on iHeartMedia’s sister CHR “KISS 106.7.” McMahon has been with iHM Rochester for six years. Program director Joe Bonadonna says, “Earl, Megan and Pat clicked from the minute we put them together. They are the three friends you want with you when you’re getting a garbage plate, grabbing a Genny Light or spending the day at Seabreeze.”…..Entercom promotes Emily Ward to general sales manager for the Chattanooga station group that includes CHR WKXJ-FM “103.7 Kiss FM,” adult hits WLND-FM “98.1 The Lake,” WRXR “Rock 105,” country WUSY “U.S. 101,” and country WUSY-HD2 “Real 961.” Ward has been serving the cluster as local sales manager and digital sales manager.

July 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Three

| August 6, 2020

July 2020 PPM Data – Information for the July 2020 ratings period has been released for Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus. Nielsen Audio’s July 2020 survey period covered June 18 – July 15. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from these 12 PPM-markets.

Portland

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

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

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

Portland Music Formats – As a result of notching a +.9, iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR KXJM not only continues its alternating up/down sequence but “JAM’N 107.5” reaches a five-share (3.6 – 4.4 – 4.1 – 5.0, eighth to fifth, 6+). Repeating in the runner-up slot is its aforementioned adult contemporary cluster-mate, KKCW “K-103,” which is +1.5 via three straight upticks (5.6 – 5.9 – 6.7 – 7.1, 6+). May’s increase pulled the plug on four straight setbacks that led to an approximately 60% (-8.3) loss of its 6+ AQH share (13.9 – 8.5 – 8.4 – 7.1 – 5.6, 6+). Setting the pace four sweeps in succession (including sharing January’s lead with public radio news/talk KOPB), “K-103” segued to #2 in March. A combined +6.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.4 – 9.1 – 13.9, 6+), KKCW regressed by -5.4 in January; 13.9 was its highest 6+-share since “Holiday” 2018’s 16.2. In four straight up or flat moves, CHR sibling KKRZ “Z-100 Portland’s #1 Hit Music Station” nets eight-tenths and remains at #11 (3.1 – 3.2 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.9, 6+). When Entercom adult hits KYCH gained four-tenths this time last month, it suspended five consecutive slips in which it basically lost half (-3.3) its 6+ AQH share (6.7 – 5.9 – 4.7 – 4.2 – 3.9 – 3.4, 6+). In July, “97.1 Charlie – We Play Everything” adds six-tenths (3.8 – 4.4, 6+) and zooms into the top ten (#11 to #7). In three consecutive reports without a loss, Alpha Media triple A KINK “101.9 Independent Portland” gains eight-tenths (2.2 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 3.0, 6+) and elevates from #20 to a four-way scrum at #15. A combined +1.5 in April/May (3.0 – 4.3, 4.5, 6+), All Classical Public Media KQAC is -1.5 in June/July (4.5 – 4.0 – 3.0, 6+). Ranking #10 in June, “All Classical Portland” joins KINK as part of the four-way logjam at #15. Mount Hood Community College jazz outlet KMHD continues an alternating up/down pattern that includes July’s -.8: 2.3 – 3.1 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 2.2 (#16 to #20, 6+).

Charlotte

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

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

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

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

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

San Antonio

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

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

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

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

Sacramento

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

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

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

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

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

Pittsburgh

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

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

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

Pittsburgh Music Formats – It’s unrealistic to think iHeartMedia rocker WDVE would approach (let alone top) June’s gigantic +2.4 (8.5 – 10.9, 6+). Instead, it settles for a modest decline of four-tenths to 10.5 (6+) and is #1 the fifth month in a row. Prior to June (10.9), the last time WDVE reached double-digits (6+) was October 2017 (10.2). WDVE’s very consistent “Holiday” 2019 through May 2020 topline was: 8.2 – 8.1 – 8.3 – 8.2 – 8.3 – 8.5 (6+). In addition to being steady in the runner-up slot, classic hits-oldies sibling WWSW “94.5 3WS” nets a +2.4 via three successive gains (7.1 – 8.1 – 9.2 – 9.5, 6+). This (9.5) is its best 6+-showing since “Holiday” 2019’s 13.6. WWSW was a combined -1.6 in March/April (8.7 – 7.4 – 7.1, 6+). Co-owned CHR WKST “96.1 Kiss-FM” is +1.1 in three sweeps in a row without a loss (3.9 – 4.3 – 5.0 – 5.0, flat at #6, 6+), directly after being -1.2 in three straight drops (5.1 – 4.9 – 4.6 – 3.9, 6+). Alternative cluster-mate WXDX “105.9 The X,” which was -1.5 as a result of four consecutive slips (5.1 – 4.6 – 4.5, 3.8 – 3.6, 6+), ends the slide with a +.3 to 3.9 (6+) and reenters the top ten (#11 to #10). A loss of nine-tenths takes Steel City Media adult hits WRRK below a seven-share (7.1 – 6.2, 6+) for the first time since February 2019 (6.9), but “96.9 Bob FM” remains in third-place. After posting four straight spikes that resulted in a +2.7 (1.9 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 4.3 – 4.6, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WPGB “Big 104.7 Pittsburgh’s #1 For New Country” is -1.2 in three straight drops (4.6 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 3.4, 6+) and exits the top ten (#10 to #12). In “Holiday” 2019, “Big 104.7” faltered by one-half share to 1.9, halting 13 successive survey periods of posting a 6+-stat within 2.3 – 2.9 range. Conversely, Entercom-owned WDSY is up a total of one-half share in these last three sweeps (4.3 – 4.5 – 4.6 – 4.8, 6+). “Pittsburgh’s Country Y-108” is unchanged in seventh-place. Once again unlisted are Forever Media classic country WLYI; classic hits-oldies WPKL; classic hits-oldies WKPL; country WOGG; and country WOGI. These five Forever Media stations were unlisted “Holiday” 2019 through March 2020 and reappeared April 2020 through June 2020.

Salt Lake City

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

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

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

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

Las Vegas

Spoken-Word Formats – Tied in March (2.1, 6+), then separated by three-tenths of a share (6+) the next three months, Entercom-owned KXNT “News Talk Radio 840” and Beasley Media Group news/talk KDWN “AM 720 Where Las Vegas Comes to Talk” are within one-tenth of each other. Since the March report, KXNT is trending 3.2 – 2.8 – 2.5 – 2.4 (#16 to #18, 6+), while KDWN is 2.9 – 2.5 – 2.2 – 2.3 (#19 to #20, 6+).

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

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

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

Orlando

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

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

Including its current increase of one-tenth, Community Communications’ news/talk WMFE “90.7 Public Radio for Central Florida” continues an alternating down/up pattern that began in December (3.0 – 2.6 – 3.3 – 3.2 – 3.3 – 2.8 – 3.2 – 2.3 – 2.4, #14 to #13, 6+).

Orlando Music Formats – Rarely does a station’s internet stream post a +1.0, but such is the case with Cox Media Group’s country-formatted WWKA (1.2 – 2.2, #20 to #16, 6+). The previous (6+) high for WWKA’s internet stream was 1.6 this past January. The FM signal itself garnered a cumulative +3.6 via six consecutive spikes (2.9 – 3.9 – 4.1 – 5.0 – 5.7 – 5.8 – 6.5, 6+), but “K-92.3 Orlando’s #1 For New Country” slips one-tenth to 6.4 (third to fourth, 6+). Winning ways continue for Entercom classic hits-oldies WOCL, which is +3.7 in three significant bumps in a row and hits double-digits (6.4 – 7.4 – 9.3 – 10.1, 6+). In addition, “105.9 Sunny FM – We Own The ‘80s” repeats at #1. This current positive streak directly follows three drops in a row that accounted for a -2.8 (9.2 – 8.4 – 8.2 – 6.4, 6+). On top in January, February, and March, WOCL was +1.2 (January) and -.8 (February). In four consecutive reports without a loss, co-owned WQMP “FM 101.9 Orlando’s New Alternative” gains nine-tenths (2.6 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.5 – 3.5, #13 to #11, 6+) and has its best 6+-stat since last September (3.5, as well). Cox Media Group-owned urban AC WCFB “Star 94.5” was +4.3 in three straight jumps (4.6 – 5.0 – 6.9 – 8.9, 6+); -3.0 in May/June (8.9 – 6.5 – 5.9, 6+); and is now +.5 in July (5.9 – 6.4, sixth to fourth, 6+). “Star” had an April-only stay at #1. Not only does a whopping -1.4 send Entercom hot AC WOMX below a three-share (4.2 – 2.8, 6+), “Mix 105.1” exits the top ten (#10 to #12). After logging a collective +2.1 in five straight gains (3.0 – 3.5 – 3.7 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.1, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WJRR “101.1 Orlando’s Rock Station” regresses by six-tenths in back-to-back reports (5.1 – 4.5 – 3.9, eighth to ninth, 6+). Dropping six-tenths as well is University of Central Florida’s WUCF (1.3, #16 to #19, 6+); “89.9 Jazz & More” was up nine-tenths in May/June (1.0 – 1.6 – 1.9, 6+). Despite being +2.6 in three straight sweeps without a loss (3.4 – 4.8 – 6.0 – 6.0, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMGF “Magic 107.7” backslides from fifth to sixth. On top in December 2019 (9.4, 6+) and “Holiday” 2019 (15.4, 6+), WMGF was then -12.0 through four straight downturns (15.4 – 8.1 – 7.9 – 5.7 – 3.4, 6+). JVC Media’s WOTW “103.1 The Wolf – New Country + All Time Favorites,” which was trending 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.3 (October – November – December, 6+), is unlisted the seventh time in a row.

Cincinnati

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

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

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

Cincinnati Music Formats – After being without an increase four sweeps in succession for a -2.1 (11.3 – 10.1 – 10.0 – 9.2, 6+), Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WGRR stacks a July +1.0 onto June’s +.9 (9.2 – 10.1 – 11.1, 6+); “103.5 Cincinnati’s Greatest Hits” repeats at #1. WGRR was on top in January 2020 and February 2020, as well as reaching #1 in eight of 2019’s 13 ratings periods. Prior to posting a January +2.8, “Cincinnati’s Greatest Hits” lost a collective nine-tenths in three consecutive down or flat moves (9.4 – 9.3 – 8.5 – 8.5, 6+). Adult contemporary cluster-mate WRRM “Warm 98.5” is an overall +2.0 in three straight upticks (4.4 – 5.2 – 5.7 – 6.4, fifth to fourth, 6+). Four consecutive declines by “Warm” led to an overall -8.7 (13.1 – 6.2 – 5.5 – 5.1 – 4.4, 6+). In “Holiday” 2019, WRRM jumped from third to first. It was a combined +7.6 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.5 – 6.9 – 13.1, 6+), with 13.1 its highest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2018’s 14.6. After doubling May’s +.6 with a June +1.2 (4.0 – 4.6 – 5.8, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WKRQ “Q-102 Cincinnati’s Hit Music” erodes by -1.0 to 4.8 (fourth to seventh, 6+). Its May/June +1.8 followed three straight decreases that led to a -2.2 (6.2 – 6.1 – 5.7 – 4.0, 6+). On the heels of its half-share June increase (7.3 – 7.8, 6+), co-owned WUBE “B-105 Get Your Country On” forfeits seven-tenths to 7.1 (6+) but remains in third-place. “B-105” lost eight-tenths in March/April (7.5 – 6.9 – 6.7, 6+) and notched a May gain of six-tenths. Up a full-share in April/May (1.9 – 2.8 – 2.9, 6+), Cincinnati Public Radio’s WGUC “Classical 90.9” falters by -1.4 in June/July (2.9 – 2.1 – 1.5, #16 to #17, 6+). When iHeartMedia CHR WKFS notched a June increase of four-tenths, it curtailed four straight sweeps without an increase that resulted in a -.9 (3.8 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+). In July, however, “Kiss 107.1” forfeits one-half share (3.3 – 2.8, #13 to #14, 6+). In three consecutive increases, Cumulus Media-owned classic rock WOFX was +1.2 (4.0 – 4.2 – 4.6 – 5.2, 6+), but “92.5 The Fox” slips two-tenths to 5.0 (seventh to sixth, 6+). In June, it crossed the five-share level (5.2) for the first time since last October’s 5.0.

Cleveland

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

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

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

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

Kansas City

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

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

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

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

Columbus

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

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

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

Columbus Music Formats – After posting an April – May – June topline of 3.7 – 3.9 – 3.7 (6+), One Connection Media Group contemporary Christian WCVO “104.9 The River Uplifting & Encouraging” breaks out a +.7 and crosses the four-share level (4.4, seventh to fifth, 6+). Ups/downs continue for iHeartMedia CHR WNCI “97.9 Columbus’ #1 Hit Music Station,” which was +1.2 (6.1 – 7.2 – 7.3, January/February, 6+); -1.8 (7.3 – 6.7 – 5.5, March/April, 6+); +1.1 (5.5 – 6.6, May 6+); -.3 (6.6 – 6.3, June, 6+); and is +.4 (6.3 – 6.7, flat at #3, July, 6+). On top the eighth time in a row, co-owned WCOL “92.3 Columbus’ #1 For New Country” follows June’s +1.1 with a -.8 (9.5 – 10.6 – 9.8, 6+). A May decrease halted four consecutive improvements that yielded a +3.4 (7.7 – 9.8 -10.2 -10.5 – 11.1, 6+). Following 25 consecutive ratings periods on top, WCOL segued to #3 in “Holiday” 2019. WCOL has been: -1.1 (December 2019); -2.1 (“Holiday” 2019); +2.1 (January 2020); -1.6 (May 2020); +1.1 (June); and -.8 (July). Forfeiting six-tenths each are WCOL’s adult hits and urban-rhythmic oldies siblings WODC “93.3 The Bus We Play Anything” (5.6, flat at #4, 6+) and WYTS “Throwback 105.3” (flat at #11). Owing to three straight spikes, “The Bus” netted a +1.7 (4.5 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 6.2, 6+) and had its best 6+-stat (6.2) since “Holiday” 2019’s 9.4. WYTS is down seven-tenths in June/July (1.9 – 1.8 – 1.2, 6+). This is the seventh month in a row that these four Saga Communications stations are unlisted: adult contemporary WSNY “Sunny 95,” which had a “Holiday” 2019-only stay at #1; WLVQ “Iconic Rock Q-96 FM”; hot AC WVMX “Mix 107.9”; and classic hits-oldies WNND “Rewind 103.5 & 104.3.”

Wednesday, July 5, 2020

| August 5, 2020

Entercom Names VP of News; 10 Promoted to Executive Posts. In a memo to staff from Entercom president and CEO David Field, he announces that news pro Bill Smee is named to the newly created position, vice president of news. Smee has served with CNN, NBC News, and Slate during his career. Field says Smee “will spearhead our work to enhance and expand our news brands, building on their unparalleled position in our communities and adding new products and capabilities across our broadcast, digital, podcast, and smart speaker platforms. We are very excited about the future of our news and news/talk brands and the robust opportunities that lie ahead.” Field also announced the following promotion of 10 staffers to the following positions: Chris Ebbott, vice president, programming; Chad Fitzsimmons, senior vice president, promotions & experiences; Rose Isard, vice president, senior counsel; John Kennedy, senior vice president, engineering; Jennifer Morales, vice president, corporate communications & PR; Nancy Muir-Gaire, vice president, facilities management; Johnny Palumbo, vice president, senior counsel; Reggie Rouse, vice president, programming; Jeff Sottolano, executive vice president, programming; and Stephanie Taylor, vice president, benefits, compliance and talent acquisition.

David Field Positive About Entercom’s Future. In the same memo referenced above, David Field says he’s optimistic about the future for Entercom even though he says the road will “be bumpy and the continuing toll on our society tragic.” He says that since the nation’s economy bottomed out in April, things are improving. “Since then, our revenues have shown strong and steady improvement with each successive month getting progressively better. While there is still a long way to go, momentum is building as sports return. RADIO.COM remains the country’s fastest growing digital platform, our podcasting business continues to expand and thrive, and we are reactivating customers who shut down in the spring. In addition, advertising rates are rebounding as clients return and inventory tightens across all media during this intense political season. We are counting on our sales teams to be at their very best in the weeks ahead to help drive a speedy recovery.”

Saga Communications Q2 Revenue Down 47.6%. Reporting its second quarter 2020 financial data, Saga Communications’ net operating revenue for the period was $16.9 million, a decrease of 47.6% compared to the same period in 2019. During Q2 of 2019, the company reported net income of $4.7 million. In Q2 of this year, Saga is reporting a net loss of $4.9 million. Saga says, “Saga Communications, Inc. reported today that second quarter revenue and related net income (loss) was materially impacted by disruptions to businesses and service providers activities from closures and restrictive measures imposed by governmental authorities attributable to COVID-19 in the markets in which the company operates, and the nation as a whole. The inability for businesses and service providers to operate normally negatively impacted all broadcast and other media advertising. Initial industry estimates for radio broadcast revenue predicted a decrease in gross revenue of more than 50% for the month of April. This held true for the company as well. The company, however, did show monthly revenue improvements for each subsequent month, as the company concentrated on new revenue strategies and enhanced engagement with its existing and new advertisers. This trend has continued through Q2 and further revenue improvement has been noted in the beginning of Q3. From the company’s low point in April when its gross revenue was down 55% compared to the prior period, its revenue has continued to build.  The company’s July revenue was down 29% over the prior period. These amounts represent gross cash revenue. Trade and barter revenue are not included in these gross revenue numbers, because it only represents approximately 2% of the company’s revenue each month. From the start of Q2 to the end of the first month of Q3 there was a reduction in the decline in revenue by approximately 50%.”

Round Two of July PPMs Released. The second round of ratings information from Nielsen Audio’s July 2020 PPM has been released for 12 markets including: Washington, Boston, Miami, Seattle, Detroit, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. Nielsen’s July 2020 survey period covered June 18 – July 15. You can see all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways for this group of markets. Cumulus Media’s news/talk WMAL-FM, Washington adds two-tenths to finish with an 8.4 share and is #1 for the fourth straight survey. Hubbard Radio’s all-news WTOP-FM, Washington tacks on one-tenth for a 7.7 share and the #2 rank. Bonneville’s news/talk KIRO-FM, Seattle is flat with a 7.1 share and continues at #1 for the fifth survey in a row. iHeartMedia’s KFYI, Phoenix adds three-tenths for a 4.4 share finish good for #6 in the market. Entercom’s KMOX, St. Louis picks up three-tenths, good for a 5.0 share and the #9 rank in the market. See Mike Kinosian’s complete report here.

Steve Borneman Named COO for JAM Media Solutions. Radio executive Steve Borneman joins JAM Media Solutions as chief operating officer. JAM owns and operates two music outlets and a digital publication in Muscatine, Iowa and news/talk WZPR “News/Talk 92.3,” three music outlets and the digital platform OBXToday on the Outer Banks in North Carolina.  Borneman, who most recently was COO of Pamal Broadcasting, will be based in North Carolina. JAM Media Solutions CEO Jonathan Mason says, “I am excited to work with Steve again. We worked together at 77 WABC in New York. Steve is one of the best operators in radio and an amazing human being! JAM Media Solutions is excited to welcome him to the family and we look forward to winning with him!” Prior to joining Pamal, Borneman served as president and general manager at Cumulus Media New York.

TALKERS News Notes. Radio pro Sammy Simpson tweets that he’s been hired as the new brand/content manager for Capitol Broadcasting Company’s Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina stations that include adult contemporary WRAL-FM, a trio of sports talk outlets – WCMC-FM, “The Buzz,” and WDNC – and “95.7 FM That Station.” He starts on September 8. In June, the company eliminated the sports content director post held by Dennis Glasgow…..Public news/talk outlet WAMU-FM, Washington is in turmoil over allegations of sexual harassment at the American University-owned property. It all came to a head after the WAMU-owned publication DCist ran a story by Rachel Kurzius that details allegations of harassment and improper behavior by former WAMU reporter Martin Di Caro. The Washingtonian reports that at an all-staff meeting, numerous employees were asking for station general manager J.J. Yore to resign, something he says he will not do at this time. Former WAMU chief content officer Andi McDaniel left the station last month to join Chicago Public Media’s WBEZ-FM, Chicago as president and CEO, effective in September. The DCist piece indicates she was well aware of Di Caro’s behavior, having signed off on a “Level III Final Written Warning for Serious Misconduct” given to Di Caro after “almost two years” of complaints.….Cox Media Group’s news/talk KRMG-AM/FM, Tulsa is joining the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network and will air all games when the season begins. Cox Tulsa market VP Cathy Gunther says, “We know that Green Country football fans are eager for more ways to listen to their favorite teams and we are glad to add the Chiefs Radio Network to our programming. This has been a while in the making and we are very proud of what is about to hit the airwaves at KRMG.”…..Public media WGBH firm announces it has hired two journalists for its growing newsroom. Carrie Saldo joins WGBH as a reporter covering Worcester County and will be based in WGBH’s recently announced Worcester news bureau. Former Boston Globereporter Megan Woolhouse reports on education for the WGBH news K-12 education desk.

Former Radio Exec Norm Schrutt Dies at 87. Former former Capital Cities/ABC executive Norm Schrutt died in Atlanta Tuesday (8/4) at age 87. Salem Radio Network V.P. of News/Talk Tom Tradup tells TALKERS magazine he worked for Schrutt while serving as president and GM of WLS-AM, Chicago in the early 1990s. He says that in recent years, Schrutt led a talent agency in Atlanta representing broadcasters. “Norm was a larger-than-life personality in his own right, with a sarcastic, wry sense of humor. Once when his daughter was about to give birth to his first grandson, I asked him if he wanted to be called Grandpa or PaPa or some other nickname. He replied, “I’d like the kid to call me Mr. Schrutt.”

COVID-19 Statistics & Projections, Presidential Race/Tuesday Primaries, Trump Axios Interview, Portland Protests, TikTok Deal/U.S.-China Relations, Beirut Explosion, Tropical Storm Isaias, and Pro Sports Leagues’ Struggles Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (8/4). The rising number of COVID-19 cases in numerous U.S. states and projections for future cases; the November presidential election, the debate over vote-by-mail, and the results of Tuesday’s primary elections; the criticism of President Trump’s interview with Axios; the BLM protests taking place in Portland; the deal for Microsoft to acquire Chinese app TikTok and U.S.-Chinese relations; the explosion that rocked Beirut; the damage along the East Coast from Tropical Storm Isaias; and the positive COVID-19 cases affecting pro sports leagues 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. Non-commercial triple A WXPN, Philadelphia is airing a special series of broadcasts all next week, beginning on August 10. “Woodstock Week: Back to the Garden Again” will feature all 33 music sets from the 1969 Woodstock music festival. In August 2019, WXPN exclusively replayed every moment from the four-day Woodstock festival in commemoration of its 50th anniversary. Listeners from across the globe tuned in and WXPN’s special broadcast was picked as a “Who Won the Week?” winner on MSNBC. WXPN associate GM for programming Bruce Warren says, “Our four-day broadcast last year was a unique, one-time opportunity to bring the entire Woodstock festival to WXPN listeners in celebration of its 50th anniversary. This year, we’re looking forward to hearing the full music sets performed by all 33 Woodstock artists – from Joan Baez to Johnny Winter – that will really highlight what the music meant at that special point in music history.”

July 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Two

| August 5, 2020

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

Washington, DC

Spoken-Word Formats –  A combined -1.8 in May/June (10.0 – 9.3 – 8.2, 6+), Cumulus Media news/talk WMAL picks up two-tenths to 8.4 (6+) and is #1 the fourth month in a row. Just prior to the May sweep, WMAL doubled (+5.0) its 6+ AQH share through four straight positive spikes (5.0 – 6.9 – 7.3 – 7.8 – 10.0, 6+). April’s 10.0 marked the first time in WMAL’s PPM-history that it reached double-digits. For the 25th sweep in succession, Radio One’s WOL “News Talk – Where Information Is Power” is unlisted.

In an alternating up/down pattern that began in “Holiday” 2019 and includes July 2020’s increase of three-tenths, Entercom sports talk WJFK-FM “106.7 The Fan” is: 2.1 – 2.6 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 1.9 – 2.1 – 1.3 – 1.6 (#19 to #17, 6+). Its 4.8 (November 2019) is the heftiest 6+-share by any D.C. sports talk outlet in the PPM-era. Radio One’s similarly-formatted WTEM “980 The Team” repeats June’s AQH share and market rank (1.0, #20, 6+). WTEM previously gained four-tenths via three straight up or flat moves (.7 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1, 6+).

Up one-tenth (7.6 – 7.7, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting all-news WTOP-FM occupies the runner-up slot the third month in succession. Having logged three straight down or flat trends (.7 – .6 – .5 – .5, 6+), Entercom business news WDCH “Bloomberg 99.1 & 105.7” regains the two-tenths it lost and is back at .7 (#25 to #21, 6+).

Without an increase the fourth straight time for an overall -2.1 (8.7 – 8.4 – 7.4 – 6.8 – 6.6, 6+), American University-owned public radio news/talk WAMU repeats in fifth-place. “The Mind Is Our Medium” was in a first-place tie with Hubbard Broadcasting all-news WTOP-FM in February before taking sole possession of the lead in March. After gaining one-half share in April/May (.4 – .8 – .9, 6+), Pacifica Foundation public radio news/talk WPFW is off four-tenths in June/July (.9 – .6 – .5, #23 to #25, 6+).

Washington, DC Music Formats – In addition to marching from fourth to a second-place tie, Howard University urban AC WHUR is a collective +1.8 via three straight upticks (5.9 – 6.1 – 7.0 – 7.7, 6+). It overtakes Radio One’s similarly-formatted WMMJ “Majic – The Real Sound of the DMV,” which – despite notching its fifth successive sweep without a loss for a net gain of four-tenths (6.7 – 6.8 – 7.0 – 7.0 – 7.1 – 7.1, 6+) – slips from third to fourth. Doubling June’s increase of three-tenths with a July +.6 (2.8 – 3.1 – 3.7, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rocker WBIG-FM “BIG 100” enters the top ten (#12 to #9) with its best 6+-stat (3.7) since February’s 3.8. While unchanged at #6, adult contemporary cluster-mate WASH “Variety of the 80s, 90s, & Today” posts its third spike in succession for an overall +.8 (4.8 – 5.3 – 5.5 – 5.6, 6+). Likewise, CHR sibling WIHT “Hot 99.5 DC’s #1 Hit Music Station” is +1.2 via three consecutive bumps and continues in eighth-place (2.7 – 3.6 – 3.8 – 3.9, 6+). The trend in that iHM cluster continues as alternative WWDC “DC-101” is up six-tenths in three advances in a row (3.1 – 3.3 – 3.6 – 3.7, unchanged at #9, 6+). Immediately after being a collective +1.8 in three straight reports without a loss (4.5 – 4.7 – 6.3 – 6.3, 6+), Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications’ classical-formatted WETA surrenders a -2.3 in June/July (6.3 – 5.2 – 4.0, 6+) yet continues in seventh-place. Up one-half share this time last month, Manning Broadcasting classic hits-oldies WWEG “106.9 The Eagle” continues its alternating down/up sequence (.9 – .7 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.9 – 1.8, flat at #16, 6+).

Boston

Spoken-Word Formats – Following four successive sweeps without a loss that yielded a +2.5 (2.8 – 3.5 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 5.3, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WRKO “AM 680 – The Voice of Boston” is -1.1 via three straight slips (5.3 – 4.8 – 4.3 – 4.2, flat at #7, 6+). After nearly doubling (+.5) its 6+ AQH share in April/May (.6 – 1.1 – 1.1, 6+), co-owned WXKS-AM “Talk 1200” returns that increase in its entirety in June/July (1.1 – .8 – .6, #24 to #27, 6+).

Continuing an alternating up/down sequence that began in “Holiday” 2019 and includes July’s +.2 (5.5 – 5.8 – 5.4 – 5.8 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 3.9 – 4.1, 6+), Beasley Media Group-owned WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” carries on in eighth-place. In four consecutive downturns, WEEI-FM was an overall -1.7 (4.2 – 3.5 – 3.2 – 3.0 – 2.7 – 2.5, 6+), but the Entercom-owned sports talker applies the brakes with an increase of one-tenth to 2.6 (steady at #15, 6+).

Despite gaining a combined eight-tenths in June/July (5.9 – 6.6 – 6.7, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WBZ-AM backslides from third to fourth. “News Radio 1030” was off one-half share in April/May (6.4 – 6.3 – 5.9, 6+).

Dropping from ninth to tenth, Boston University public radio news/talk outlet WBUR has lost a collective half-share via four straight down or flat trends (3.7 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.2, 6+). Following three improvements in a row that netted a +1.7 (2.9 – 3.6  – 3.8 – 4.6, 6+), WGBH Educational Foundation public radio news/talk WGBH spirals by -1.8 in June/July (4.6 – 3.2 – 2.8, #11 to #12, 6+).

Boston Music Formats – An overall -1.4 in three straight setbacks (6.2 – 5.6 – 4.9 – 4.8, 6+), Entercom-owned adult contemporary WMJX “Magic 106.7 – Today’s Hits/Yesterday’s Favorites” obliterates that shortfall with a June/July +2.1 (4.8 – 6.1 – 6.9, fifth to third, 6+). February’s one-half share gain followed January’s -9.5 (15.2 – 5.7 – 6.2, 6+). Boston’s market leader in “Holiday” 2019, WMJX entered the January 2020 sweep a collective +10.5 through three bumps in succession (4.7 – 5.8 – 8.0 – 15.2, 6+). In four straight jumps, WZLX was +2.5 (5.2 – 6.3 – 7.5 – 7.6 – 7.7, 6+), but the string is suspended as “100.7 Boston’s Classic Rock” is off three-tenths to 7.4 (6+). Nonetheless, the iHeartMedia-owned facility is #1 the fourth month in a row. WZLX was -.5 (“Holiday” 2019); +.7 (January 2020); and -.5 (February). Beasley Media Group-owned/similarly-formatted WBOS “Boston’s Rock 92.9” is down the third straight time for a -1.0 and departs the top ten (4.0 – 3.6 – 3.3 – 3.0, #9 to #11, 6+) with its lowest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2019 (3.0, as well). Formerly CHR WODS “103.3 Amp Radio,” Entercom adult hits WBGB “Big 103 – Music Unleashed” logs its third uptick in succession for a net gain of eight-tenths (1.0 – 1.1 – 1.5 – 1.8, #20 to #19, 6+). The market’s (6+) country share deflates by -1.2, nearly equally divided between WZLX cluster-mate WBWL “101.7 The Bull” (2.3, -.7, #13 to #16, 6+) and Beasley Media Group’s WKLB “Country 102.5” (5.4, -.5, flat at #6, 6+). Three straight down or flat trends by “The Bull” accounted for a loss of six-tenths (2.4 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 1.8, 6+), but WBWL was +1.2 in May/June (1.8 – 1.9 – 3.0, 6+). WKLB followed May’s +1.7 with a June increase of three-tenths (3.9 – 5.6 – 5.9, 6+). Meanwhile, reaching “Beantown” from Providence, Hall Communications’ similarly-formatted WCTK “Cat Country 98.1” notches its third modest advance in a row for a cumulative +.4 (.6 – .7 – .8 – 1.0, #24, 6+). A loss of one-half share (1.6 – 1.1, 6+) takes Emerson College’s WERS “88.9 Discover & Rediscover Your Music” to its lowest 6+-stat since January (1.1, as well) and off the top twenty (#19 to #22).

Miami

Spoken-Word Formats – Albeit flat at 1.7 (6+), iHeartMedia-owned WIOD “News Radio 610 Miami’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” climbs from #22 to #21.

Entercom-owned sports talk WQAM “560 The Joe” is off four-tenths in June/July (1.0 – .7 – .6, flat at #26, 6+) and has its lowest 6+-stat in exactly one year (.6, as well, July 2019). Down three-tenths in June/July (.5 – .4 -.2, 6+), co-owned WAXY “Sports Talk 790 The Ticket” falls from #27 to #30.

Three straight gains by WLRN netted a +1.7 (2.0 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.7, 6+), but the Dade County School Board public radio news/talk station is off a total of six-tenths in four consecutive slips (3.7 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 3.2 – 3.1, #11 to #13, 6+).

A combined -1.4 in May/June (4.1 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+), Union Radio Network of Florida Spanish news/talk WURN-AM “Actualidad 1040 AM” logs a half-share increase to 3.2 (#15 to #12, 6+).

Miami Music Formats – Not only is iHeartMedia CHR WHYI an overall +1.3 via three straight spikes (2.3 – 2.5 – 3.0 – 3.6, 6+), “Y-100 Miami’s #1 Hit Music Station” enters the top ten (#13 to #9). Cox Media Group’s similarly-formatted WFLC “Hits 97.3 Miami’s New Hit Music” is down four-tenths in June/July (3.0 – 2.7 – 2.6, #15 to #17, 6+). Remaining at second and fifth, respectively, are adult contemporary rivals Cox Media Group’s WFEZ “Easy 93.1” and Entercom-owned WLYF “101.5 Lite FM.” WFEZ is up six-tenths as a result of three gains in succession (6.4 – 6.5 – 6.8 – 7.0, 6+), while “Lite” is in an April through July up/down pattern (4.9 – 4.8 – 5.5 – 5.1, 6+). As a result of three consecutive improvements, WHQT was +2.0 (6.4 – 6.6 – 7.5 – 8.4, 6+), but the streak is snapped as “Hot 105” surrenders 25% of that increase with a -.5 to 7.9 (6+). Nonetheless, the Cox Media Group urban AC is #1 the third month in a row. Following five down or flat reports in succession for a -1.4 (3.4 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.0, 6+), Univision Radio Spanish tropical WRTO “Mix 98.3” halts the skid with a +.3 to 2.3 (#20 to #19, 6+). Even though it more than doubles (+1.7) its 6+ AQH share in three straight bumps (1.2 – 1.9 – 2.8 – 2.9, 6+), iHeartMedia hot AC WMIA backslides from #14 to #15; “93.9 MIA” was -1.0 in March/April (2.2 – 1.8 – 1.2, 6+). Continuing an alternating up/down pattern that includes July’s -.9, classic rock cluster-mate WBGG “Big 105.9” is trending: 3.9 – 4.4 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 3.0 (6+) and fades from the top ten (#7 to #14).

Seattle

Spoken-Word Formats – Following a collective +2.4 via three straight boosts (4.8 – 6.0 – 6.9 – 7.2, 6+), Bonneville-owned KIRO-FM levels off with a combined loss of one-tenth in June/July (7.2 – 7.1 – 7.1, 6+); “97.3 Seattle’s News/Seattle’s Talk” is #1 the fifth successive sweep. Down one-tenth (2.5 – 2.4, 6+), news/talk cluster-mate KTTH “Conservative Talk Radio” is #19 the third month in a row. Before dropping three-tenths in May, KTTH was +1.2 via five consecutive up or flat moves (1.6 – 1.8 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.6 – 2.8, 6+). In March, Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned KVI posted a 1.1 (#22, 6+), but “Talk Radio 570” is unlisted the fourth straight month.

As of January 2020, Bonneville sports talk KIRO-AM “ESPN 710” is in an alternating down/up pattern that includes July’s one-tenth increase (3.5 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 1.5 – 1.6, flat at #23, 6+). Regaining the two-tenths it squandered in June (1.0 – .8 – 1.0, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KJR-AM “Seattle’s Sports Radio 950”  advances from #25 to #24.

Jumping from eighth to sixth, Sinclair Broadcast Group all-news KOMO nets one-half share in June/July (4.4 – 4.6 – 4.9, 6+), directly after dropping one-half share in April and again in May (5.4 – 4.9 – 4.4, 6+).

Off nine-tenths in April/May (5.5 – 5.4 – 4.6, 6+), Northwest Public Radio news/talk KUOW erases all but one-tenth of that deficit in June/July and continues in fourth-place (4.6 – 5.1 – 5.4, 6+); KUOW was +.7 in March.

Seattle Music Formats – The March 2020 through June 2020 topline for iHeartMedia CHR KBKS was: 1.8 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.8 (6+), but “Jubal 106.1” erupts in July with a +1.2 to 3.0 (6+) and rockets back into the top twenty (#14). By dialing up an increase of seven-tenths to 5.5 (sixth to third, 6+), classic hits-oldies sibling KJR-FM “95.7 The Jet” negates its May/June loss of six-tenths (5.4 – 5.1 – 4.8, 6+). Not only does Hubbard Broadcasting adult contemporary KRWM rack up its third straight gain for a net increase of six-tenths (3.7 – 3.9 – 4.1 – 4.3, 6+), “Warm 106.9” reenters the top ten (#12 to #9). Meanwhile, Entercom-owned/similarly-formatted KSWD “94.1 The Sound” is off one-half share in June/July (4.5 – 4.4 – 4.0, 6+) and remains at #11. In four of the last five survey periods, KISW has posted a 4.6 (4.6 – 4.6 – 4.1 – 4.6 – 4.6, 6+), but the Entercom rocker adds six-tenths and crosses the five-share level (5.2, eighth to fifth, 6+). The alternating down/up pattern of iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR KUBE “Seattle’s #1 For Hip-Hop” includes July’s +.5: 2.6 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 1.8 – 2.3 (#20, 6+). At the same time that Entercom’s country-programmed KKWF “100.7 The Wolf” progresses by one-half share (3.4 – 3.9, #13 to #12), its format foe – Hubbard Broadcasting-owned KNUC “98.9 The Bull” – craters by -1.7 (4.6 – 2.9, #8 to #15). When “The Wolf” gained three-tenths in June, it curtailed four straight down or flat trends that resulted in a net loss of eight-tenths (3.9 – 3.9 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.1, 6+). Stuck on 3.3 (6+) in February and March and then on 3.2 (6+) in April and May, “The Bull” hung out a +1.4 in June. The five most recent fluctuations by Classic Radio classical KING are: +1.1 (3.1 – 4.2, March, 6+); +.6 (4.2 – 4.8, April, 6+); -.7 (4.8 – 4.1, May, 6+); +1.2 (4.1 – 5.3, June, 6+); and -.9 (5.3 – 4.4, July, third to eighth, 6+). Dropping one-half share each are Entercom alternative KNDD “107.7 The End” (sixth to ninth) and Friends of KEXP-owned KEXP “90.3 Where The Music Matters” (#17 to #21). “The End” continues its alternating up/down sequence (4.5 – 5.0 – 4.4 – 4.8 – 4.3, 6+). After nearly tripling (+1.7) its 6+ AQH share in three straight spikes (1.0 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.7, 6+), KEXP drops to 2.2 (6+). A collective +2.2 as a result of five successive sweeps without a loss (4.5 – 5.1 – 5.1 – 6.1 – 6.6 – 6.7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KZOK “102.5 Seattle’s Classic Rock Station” is down four-tenths to 6.3 (6+), but continues in the runner-up slot.

Detroit

Spoken-Word Formats – Though four successive improvements, Cumulus Media’s WJR was +3.2 (1.6 – 2.4 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 4.8, 6+). “News Talk 760,” however, follows with a -1.4 in three straight sweeps without an increase (4.8 – 4.1 – 3.4 – 3.4, #17 to #16, 6+).

By gaining one-half share to 4.1 (#13 to #12, 6+), Entercom sports talk WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” pulls the plug on three straight drops that accounted for a -1.2 (4.8 – 3.9 – 3.8 – 3.6, 6+).

Co-owned WWJ, which was -1.0 in May/June (6.4 – 5.7 – 5.4, 6+), picks up one-tenth to 5.5 (steady at #3, 6+). “News Radio 950” previously was a collective +2.5 through four successive bumps (3.9 – 4.3 – 4.8 – 5.8 – 6.4, 6+).

WDFN posts a .2 (6+) the third time in a row. As of June 29, the iHeartMedia outlet joined the Black News Network.

Having more than doubled (+1.6) its 6+ AQH share in five successive increases (1.4 – 1.5 – 1.9 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 3.0, 6+), Wayne State University news/talk WDET is down or flat the third time in a row for a net loss of nine-tenths (3.0 – 2.5 – 2.1 – 2.1, #20 to #19, 6+). Off seven-tenths in April/May (2.3 – 1.7 – 1.6, 6+), Michigan Public Media news/talk WUOM is up one-tenth in June/July (1.6 – 1.7 – 1.7, 6+) and remains at #21.

Detroit Music Formats – In addition to jumping from fourth to second, Entercom-owned WYCD “99.5 Detroit’s Country” is without a loss the fifth time in a row for a collective +2.3 and reaches the six-share level (3.7 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.4 – 5.0 – 6.0, 6+). Despite recapturing the two-tenths it lost this time last month (3.9 – 3.7 – 3.9, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WDRQ “Detroit’s New Country 93.1” backslides from #11 to #13. After being an overall -1.5 as a result of three consecutive downturns (4.3 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 2.8, 6+), hot AC sibling WDVD “96.3 Today’s Best Music” is +1.5 in three straight advances (2.8 – 3.4 – 3.9 – 4.3, tenth to ninth, 6+). Not only does Beasley Media Group-owned WCSX repeat at #1, “94.7 Detroit’s Classic Rock” is a combined +2.1 in three straight spikes (5.2 – 5.4 – 6.7 – 7.3, 6+). WCSX reaches the seven-share threshold (7.3) for the first time since last September’s 7.1. “Detroit’s Classic Rock” was #1 in March, as well. Even though iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted WLLZ posts its fifth report in a row without a loss for a net gain of eight-tenths (2.9 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.6 – 3.7, 6+), “106.7 Detroit’s Wheels” backslides from a tie at #13 to #14. A combined -1.0 in May/June (4.6 – 3.8 – 3.6, 6+), Radio One urban AC WDMK “105.9 Kiss-FM” purges 60% of that deficit with an increase of six-tenths to 4.2 (6+) and cracks the top ten (#13 to #10). Similarly-formatted/iHeartMedia-owned WMXD “Mix 92.3” is -1.1 through three successive setbacks (6.4 – 6.1 – 5.5 – 5.3, second to fifth, 6+). Three straight up or flat trends by CHR cluster-mate WKQI “Channel 95.5 Detroit’s #1 Hit Music Station” account for a net gain of eight-tenths (4.6 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 5.4, fifth to fourth, 6+). Still in that iHM cluster, adult contemporary WNIC “The Best Variety of the 80s, 90s, & Today” gains nine-tenths in three successive upticks (3.8 – 4.2 – 4.3 – 4.7, eighth to seventh, 6+). Without a loss the third report in a row as well (for a collective +.3) is Entercom-owned similarly-formatted WDZH “98.7 The Breeze” (2.6 – 2.7 – 2.9 – 2.9, steady at #17, 6+).

Phoenix

Spoken-Word Formats – Locked on 4.6 (6+) in May and June, Bonneville news/talk KTAR-FM adds one-tenth to 4.7 (sixth to fifth, 6+). KTAR-FM was a combined +2.3 in March/April (3.8 – 4.6 – 6.1, 6+). Three-tenths behind KTAR-FM is iHeartMedia’s KFYI “News Talk 550,” which bounces back from June’s -.7 with an increase of three tenths (4.1 – 4.4, eighth to sixth, 6+). Immediately prior to June, KFYI nearly doubled (+2.3) its 6+ AQH share in seven up or flat reports in succession (2.5 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 4.7 – 4.8, 6+).

Flat at #23, Bonneville sports talk KMVP-FM “98.7 Arizona Sports” is off six-tenths in June/July (2.2 – 1.8 – 1.6, 6+).

In seven of the last eight survey periods, Maricopa County Community College news/talk KJZZ has logged a 6+ AQH share between 3.4 – 3.8 (3.5 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 4.2 – 3.7 – 3.8, flat at #10, 6+).

Phoenix Music Formats – In three consecutive dips, KOOL was -2.1 (7.2 – 6.3 – 5.4 – 5.1, 6+) but halts the slide with a +.3 to 5.4 (flat at #4, 6+). Immediately prior, the Entercom classic hits-oldies outlet recorded three increases in a row accounting for a +1.4 (5.8 – 6.5 – 7.1 – 7.2, 6+). A combined +.9 in June/July (2.0 – 2.1 – 2.9, 6+), Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KOMR “Amor 106.3” progresses from #19 to #16. Conversely, its cluster-mate with similar calls – KQMR “Latino Mix 100.3” – falters by one-half share (1.8 – 1.3, #25, 6+). In a similar vein, Riviera hot AC KMVA “Hot” gains one-half share (#19 to #18), while Entravision Spanish adult hits KVVA “La Suavecita” sputters by the same margin (#15 to #20). Over the course of the last three sweeps, “Hot” is +1.4 (1.2 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 2.6, 6+), while ““La Suavecita” is -.7 in the same timeframe (3.0 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.3, 6+).  Having lost roughly 72% (-2.3) of its 6+ AQH share in four decreases in succession (3.2 – 2.8 – 1.9 – 1.3 – .9, 6+), Family Life Communications contemporary Christian KFLR “Family Life Radio” pulls the plug with a +.1 to 1.0 (#29 to #27, 6+). While it is #1 the 14th consecutive report, KESZ is off one-half share, immediately following June’s increase of eight-tenths (6.8 – 7.6 – 7.1, 6+). The iHeartMedia adult contemporary outlet was a combined -1.5 in April/May (8.3 – 7.3 – 6.8, 6+). Entering the January ratings period, KESZ was +12.5 through four straight gains (6.7 – 7.0 – 7.1 – 11.0 – 19.2, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s 19.2 was its best 6+-performance since “Holiday” 2018’s 15.0. Regressing by six-tenths each are cluster-mate KYOT “95.5 The Mountain – We Play Everything” (second to third) and Entravision regional Mexican KLNZ “La Tricolor 103.5” (fifth to ninth). “The Mountain” was up nine-tenths in May/June (5.4 – 5.5 – 6.3, 6+) and had its highest 6+-stat (6.3) since December’s 7.1. Immediately after more than tripling (+3.7) its 6+ AQH share (1.8 – 2.4 – 3.8 – 4.5 – 5.5, 6+), KLNZ is now in an alternating up/down pattern (5.5 – 4.6, 4.8 – 4.2, 6+).

Minneapolis

Spoken-Word Formats – In addition to being a combined -1.3 in June/July (5.6 – 5.5 – 4.3, 6+), Entercom-owned WCCO “News Radio 830” departs the top ten (#8 to #11). WCCO had been an overall +2.0 as a result of three straight up or flat trends (3.6 – 4.6 – 5.6 – 5.6, 6+). This marks the fourth sweep in a row that iHeartMedia’s KTLK “Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130” has a fluctuation of one-tenth: 2.6 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.6 (steady at #15, 6+). By gaining one-tenth to 2.0 (#17 to #16, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting news/talk KTMY “My Talk 107.1” suspends five straight down or flat moves that accounted for a net loss of nine-tenths (2.8 – 2.8 – 2.7 – 2.4 – 2.3 – 1.9, 6+).

Following a May increase of four-tenths (5.5 – 5.9, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KFXN “Sports Radio 100.3 K-Fan” surrenders nine-tenths in June/July (5.9 – 5.6 – 5.0, seventh to eighth, 6+). KFXN had a December-only stay at #1. Flat at #24, Hubbard Broadcasting sports talk KSTP-AM gains one-tenth to .3 (6+); “ESPN 1500” had been without an increase the past five times for a net loss of six-tenths or 75% of its 6+ AQH share (.8 – .7 – .5 – .5 – .5 – .2, 6+).

As of June 29, iHeartMedia’s KQQL-HD2 (.2, #25, July 2020, 6+) joined the Black News Network.

Minnesota Public Radio news/talk KNOW replicates June’s AQH share and rank (7.0, #3, 6+). KNOW was -1.6 in May (8.2 – 6.6, 6+) and then up four-tenths in June.

Minneapolis Music Formats – Three consecutive slips by KTIS-FM “Always Uplifting” resulted in a -1.8 (7.2 – 6.5 – 6.4 – 5.4, 6+), dropping it below a six-share (5.4) for the first time since last August’s 5.5. In June/July though, the University of Northwestern St. Paul contemporary Christian outlet is up eight-tenths (5.4 – 5.5 – 6.2, eighth to sixth, 6+). Adding six-tenths to June’s one-tenth increase (7.4 – 7.5 – 8.1, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC KSTP-FM “KS-95” is #1 the third straight time. June’s gain interrupted four consecutive down or flat sweeps that resulted in a -.8 (8.2 – 8.1 – 7.9 – 7.4 – 7.4, 6+). On top in January and February, KSTP-FM segued to the runner-up slot in March. A combined -1.8 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.6 – 7.4 – 5.8, 6+), KSTP-FM solely held or shared the top spot in January 2019, March, April, June, August, September, October, and November. A combined -1.3 in March/April (3.8 – 3.4 – 2.5, 6+), iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted KTCZ “Cities 97.1” answers with a collective +1.8 in three straight advances (2.5 – 3.7 – 4.1 – 4.3, unchanged at #11, 6+). In an alternating up/down pattern that includes July’s +.5, co-owned KEEY “K-102 Minnesota’s Country Station” reenters the top ten: 4.0 – 4.3 – 4.1 – 4.6 (#11 to #10, 6+). Even though Entercom adult hits KZJK is +1.0 in four consecutive sweeps without a loss (4.9 – 4.9 – 5.1 – 5.8 – 5.9, 6+), “104.1 Jack-FM Playing What We Want” backslides from sixth to seventh. Conversely, Minnesota Public Radio triple A KCMP “89.3 The Current,” which doubled (+2.5) its 6+ AQH share via four successive spikes (2.5 – 2.6 – 4.3 – 4.9 – 5.0, 6+), forfeits one-tenth to 4.9 (6+), yet climbs from tenth to ninth. Minneapolis Public Schools’ KBEM “Jazz 88 FM,” which was trending 2.1 – 1.8 (April – May, 6+), disappeared from print in June but resurfaces with a 1.6 (#18, 6+). This time last month, Milestone Radio’s KLCI notched a 1.5 (#19, 6+), but “Total Country Bob-FM” disappears from print. KLCI was unlisted in December, “Holiday” 2019, and January 2020, as well.

San Diego

Spoken-Word Formats – Dropping from fifth to sixth, iHeartMedia news/talk KOGO “News Radio 600” is without an increase the third month in a row for a net loss of -2.1 (6.6 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.5, 6+). Entering the May sweep, KOGO was a collective +2.8 via three straight spikes (3.8 – 4.5 – 5.5 – 6.6, 6+). Off one-tenth in June, news/talk sibling KGB-AM “AM 760” (formerly Tegna’s KFMB-AM) answers with a +.4 to 2.6 (6+) and returns to the top twenty (#21 to #16, 6+). A combined +1.3 in March/April (1.9 – 2.4 – 3.2, 6+), iHeartMedia Los Angeles news/talk KFI “AM 640” is -1.0 in three straight San Diego drops (3.2 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.2, #17 to #20, 6+).

Entercom sports talk KWFN “97.3 The Fan” is up or flat the third time in succession for a net gain of two-tenths (1.1 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.3, #22 to #21, 6+). After losing eight-tenths in five straight sweeps without an increase (1.5 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0 – .9 – .9 – .7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KLSD “Fox Sports 1360 San Diego’s Sports Station” logs a +.1 to .8 (#24 to #23, 6+).  

The three latest fluctuations by San Diego State University-owned news/talk KPBS are: -1.4 (8.5 – 7.1, May, 6+); -1.6 (7.1 – 5.5, June, 6+); and +.8 (5.5 – 6.3, June, fourth to a first-place tie, 6+). Four increases in a row just prior netted a +3.7 (4.8 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.9 – 8.5, 6+).

San Diego Music Formats – Adding six-tenths onto June’s increase of one-tenth enables Entercom adult contemporary KYXY to reenter the top ten (3.3 – 3.4 – 4.0, #11 to #9, 6+). A combined +1.9 in May/June (4.9 – 5.4 – 6.8, 6+), classic hits-oldies sibling KXSN “Sunny 98.1 San Diego’s Greatest Hits” forfeits one-half share to 6.3 (6+), tying it for first with KPBS (see above). “Sunny” succeeded KPBS at #1 this time last month. Three consecutive dips by KXSN resulted in a -2.1 (7.0 – 6.5 – 6.0 – 4.9, 6+). “Sunny” had a January-only stay at #1 and was +1.2 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (5.8 – 6.2 – 7.0, 6+). Dropping six-tenths each are iHeartMedia hot AC KMYI “Star 94.1” (5.8 – 5.2, second to fourth, 6+) and Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KLQV “Amor 102.9” (#13 to #19). A combined -2.3 in April/May (7.2 – 5.4 – 4.9, 6+), “Star” bounced back with a +.9 in June. On top in February and March, “Star” posted a January 2020 +1.8 and gained one-half share in March. The alternating up/down sequence for “Amor” is: 2.5 – 2.9 – 2.7 – 3.0 – 2.4 (6+). After gaining nine-tenths in three consecutive gains (2.8 – 2.8 – 3.5 – 3.7, 6+), Local Media of San Diego CHR XHTZ “Z-90.3 Today’s Hit Music” falters by four-tenths to 3.3 (6+) and exits the top ten (#10 to #11).

Tampa

Spoken-Word Formats – An overall -1.4 in three straight sweeps without an increase (4.6 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.2, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WFLA “970 Tampa Bay’s News Radio” slips from #14 to #15. It is one-tenth ahead of Cox Media Group news/talk WHPT “102.5 The Bone – Real, Raw, Radio,” which is trending: 3.1 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 3.1 (#17 to #16, 6+). WHPT’s internet stream improves by seven-tenths and enters the top twenty (.8 – 1.5, #20, 6+).

Down seven-tenths through four drops in a row (1.9 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned sports talk WDAE “620 Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” departs the top twenty (#20 to #22).

After being a cumulative +2.4 in eight consecutive sweeps without a loss (1.7 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 4.1, 6+), University of South Florida public radio news/talk WUSF is now down or flat the fourth straight report for a -1.1 (4.1 – 3.9 – 3.3 – 3.0 – 3.0, #16 to #17, 6+).

Tampa Music Formats – Simultaneous with the half-share gain by Beasley Media Group-owned WQYK “99.5 Tampa Bay’s New Country Hits” (4.8 – 5.3, sixth to fifth, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WFUS “US-103.5 Tampa Bay’s #1 for New Country” falters by nine-tenths (third to sixth). Having posted a 3.9 (6+) in three of the previous four sweeps (3.9 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.9, 6+), WQYK broke out a +.9 in June. WFUS was -.7 (4.8 – 4.5 – 4.1, February/March, 6+); +1.5 (4.1 – 5.6, April, 6+); -.5 (5.6 – 5.1, May, 6+); +.6 (5.1 – 5.7, June, 6+); and now -.9 (5.7 – 4.8, July, 6+). Also on a rollercoaster ride is Beasley Media Group Spanish contemporary WYUU “92.5 Maxima,” which has been: -.5 (March); +.7 (April); -.6 (May); +.8 (June); and now +.7 in July (3.2 – 3.9, #15 to #10, 6+). Continuing the theme, the seven most recent shifts by Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WXGL “107.3 The Eagle” are: -.7 (5.7 – 5.0, January, 6+); +.9 (5.0 – 5.9, February, 6+); -.7 (5.9 – 5.2, March, 6+); +.6 (5.2 – 5.8, April, 6+); +.7 (5.8 – 6.5, May, 6+); -1.1 (6.5 – 5.4, June, 6+); and now +.6 (5.4 – 6.0, July, fourth to second, 6+). In three straight gains, Beasley Media Group’s similarly-formatted WRBQ “Q-105” nets nine-tenths (4.6 – 4.7 – 5.0 – 5.5, fifth to fourth, 6+) and has its best 6+-stat since last November (5.5, as well). Cox Media Group-owned adult contemporary WDUV (8.2 – 7.9, -.3, 6+) is #1 an astounding 96th time in succession. “Lite Favorites” was up four-tenths in June; its +1.2 in May halted four straight downturns that accounted for a -4.6 (11.2 – 9.9 – 9.7 – 9.4 – 6.6, 6+). Conversely, January’s decrease concluded three straight improvements that led to a +3.3 (7.9 – 8.6 – 9.8 – 11.2, 6+). Off one-half share each are WDUV’s adult contemporary sibling WWRM “Magic 94.9” (4.0, eighth to ninth, 6+) and iHeartMedia hot AC WMTX “Mix 100.7” (sixth to eighth). “Magic” plummeted by -1.2 in April; was +.8 in May; and surrenders the half-share it garnered in June. “Mix” has lost seven-tenths in June/July (5.0 – 4.8 – 4.3, 6+). At the same time that Cox Media Group-owned CHR WPOI “Hot 101.5 Tampa Bay’s New Hit Music” gains two-tenths (3.5 – 3.7, flat at #12, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-programmed WFLZ “93.3 FLZ – Tampa Bay’s #1 Hit Music Station” drops two-tenths (3.6 – 3.4, #11 to #14, 6+). This time last month, the two rivals were -.6 and -.7, respectively. In four straight sweeps without a loss, “Hot” gained one-half share (3.6 – 3.9 – 3.9 4.0 – 4.1, 6+). WFLZ notched a May +1.2 and recorded a four-share (4.3, 6+) for the first time since last October (4.2).

Denver

Spoken-Word Formats – Down four-tenths in May and again in June (4.6 – 4.4 – 3.8, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KDFD “Freedom 93.7 – Real News, Real Talk” picks up two-tenths to 4.0 (6+), climbing from tenth to ninth. KDFD was +1.2 in April (3.4 – 4.6, 6+). In three straight reports without an increase, news/talk cluster-mate KOA “Colorado’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” is off four-tenths (2.1 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7, #19 to #20, 6+). Albeit flat following June’s one-tenth increase (1.1 – 1.2 – 1.2, 6+), co-owned KHOW “Talk Radio 630” progresses from #24 to #23.

Immediately after equalizing the -1.0 from three straight drops (3.1 – 2.7 – 2.4 – 2.1, 6+) with a May +1.0 to 3.1 (6+), Bonneville-owned KKFN “Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan” regresses by -1.3 in June/July (3.1 – 2.3 – 1.8, #17 to #18, 6+). Up one-tenth in May, KSE Radio Ventures-owned KKSE-FM “Attitude Sports Radio 92.5” has lost half (-.3) its 6+ AQH share in June/July (.6 – .4 – .3, flat at #31, 6+).

Down two-tenths in July (5.8 – 5.6, 6+), Colorado Public Radio news/talk KCFR nonetheless repeats at #3. KCFR was +2.6 in March/April (5.2 – 6.3 – 7.8, 6+) and -2.1 in May (7.8 – 5.7, 6+). Even though it’s flat at .6 (6+), Community Radio for Northern Colorado news/talk KUNC advances from #29 to #28.

Denver Music Formats – Dialing up positive spikes of nine-tenths each are Entercom classic rock KQMT “99.5 The Mountain Denver Adult Rock” (fourth to second) and KSE Radio Ventures-owned classic hits-oldies KXKL “Kool 105 Denver’s Greatest Hits” (sixth to fourth). Prolonging its alternating down/pattern, “The Mountain” is: 3.8 – 3.5 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 5.8 (6+). A collective -1.9 in three straight downward sweeps (4.8 – 4.6 – 3.9 – 2.9,  6+), “Kool 105” is now +2.6 in three straight upticks (2.9 – 4.0 – 4.6 – 5.5, 6+). This (5.5) is the first time “Kool” has reached the five-share level since August 2019 (5.6). A combined -1.6 in May/June (7.6 – 7.5 – 6.0, 6+), Bonneville country outlet KYGO slices that deficit nearly in half with a +.7 to 6.7 and is #1 the third time in a row. Despite being +3.3 through four consecutive improvements (4.3 – 5.3 – 5.4 – 6.3 – 7.6, 6+), KYGO shifted from a first-place March deadlock to April’s runner-up slot. That bit of irony was corrected in May: KYGO was down one-tenth but proceeded from second to first. Three straight up or flat trends netted KBCO “97.3 World Class Rock” a +1.3 (3.6 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.9, 6+), but the iHeartMedia triple A erodes by -1.2 to 3.7 (6+) and drifts from the top five (#4 to #12). It is below a four-share (3.7, 6+) for the first time since “Holiday” 2019 (3.9). Faltering by six-tenths each are Entercom hot AC KALC “Alice 105.9” (3.1, #12 to #14, 6+) and iHeartMedia’s KPTT “95.7 The Party” (2.9, #14 to #15, 6+). “Alice” was +1.0 in May/June (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.7, 6+). “The Party” was +1.3 in the same timeframe (2.2 – 3.0 – 3.5, 6+), directly after three survey periods in a row  without an increase that led to a -2.0 (4.2 – 3.8 – 3.5 – 2.2, 6+).

Baltimore

Spoken-Word Formats – Owing to three slips in succession, Hearst Television-owned WBAL “News Radio – Expect More” is an overall -1.9 (6.0 – 4.9 – 4.4 – 4.1, eighth to ninth, 6+). This directly follows ten successive boosts for a collective +4.2 (1.8 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.4 – 3.9 – 4.4 – 5.1 – 6.0, 6+). Independent news/talk WCBM “680 Stimulating Talk – Breaking News” was -.8 in May/June (4.1 – 4.0 – 3.3, 6+), but expunges 75% of that shortfall with a +.6 to 3.9 (#11 to #10, 6+). Prior to May, WCBM was +1.8 via four straight increases (2.3 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.7 – 4.1, 6+). Cumulus Media Washington, DC news/talk WMAL repeats June’s AQH share and market rank (.4, #28, 6+).

After spiraling by -1.0 in June, Entercom sports talk WJZ-FM “105.7 The Fan” regains 30% of the shortfall (2.5 – 2.8, +.3, flat at #12, 6+). May’s increase of four-tenths interrupted three straight declines that led to an overall -2.0 (5.1 – 3.9 – 3.6 – 3.1, 6+).

Through five consecutive increases, WJZ-FM’s business news sibling WDCH nearly quadrupled (+1.3) its 6+ AQH share (.5 – .6 – .9 – 1.1 – 1.7 – 1.8, 6+); however, “Bloomberg 99.1 & 105.7” is -.6 in June/July (1.8 – 1.5 – 1.2, #16 to #18, 6+).

Following three consecutive losses that accounted for a -1.4 (5.7 – 5.5 – 4.7 – 4.3, 6+), Your Public Radio news/talk WYPR “88.1 Your NPR News Station” picks up two-tenths to 4.5 (ninth to seventh, 6+). American University-owned news/talk WAMU had a net loss of one-tenth in May/June (.8 – .7 – .7, 6+) but posts a July gain of four-tenths to 1.0 (#21 to #20, 6+).

Baltimore Music Formats – Roaring back from June’s -1.0 with a July +.7 (1.6 – 2.3, 6+), Baltimore City Community College-owned WBJC “Maryland’s Classical Music Station” pushes up from #15 to #14. WBJC was frozen on 1.4 (6+) in February and March, and then, after a +1.2, was locked on 2.6 (April and May, 6+). Notwithstanding that it is -1.1 in June/July (10.5 – 9.6 – 9.4, 6+) after being +2.6 in April/May (7.9 – 9.3 – 10.5, 6+), Radio One urban AC WWIN-FM “Magic 95.9” is #1 the seventh time in a row. In May, WWIN-FM reached double-digits (10.5, 6+) for the first time in more than two years (April 2018, 10.3, 6+). “Magic” exited the top spot in “Holiday” 2019, after seven successive months there. It was -.8 (October 2019); -.9 (December); +1.0 (January 2020); -.6 (February); +1.4 (April); +1.2 (May); and -.9 (June). As a result of three drops in succession, Shamrock Communications’ WZBA “100.7 The Bay Baltimore’s Classic Rock Station” is -1.7 (5.9 – 5.5 – 5.4 – 4.2, fifth to eighth, 6+) and has its lowest 6+-stat (4.2) since “Holiday” 2019’s 3.8. In three straight positive spikes, Hearst Television’s WIYY was a collective +1.5 (5.0 – 5.2 – 5.7 – 6.5, 6+). In July, “98 Rock” erodes by -1.1 to 5.4 (6+) yet progresses from fourth to third. For the past four months, the #1 and #2 finishers have been Radio One urban AC WWIN-FM “Magic 95.9” and co-owned urban contemporary WERQ “92-Q Jams.” That familiar scenario is suspended in July as “92-Q Jams” spirals by -1.0 to 5.9 (6+) and shifts from the runner-up slot to third-place. WERQ had been trending 6.9 – 6.8 – 6.9 (6+). Taking its place is iHeartMedia-owned WPOC “93.1 Today’s Best Country” (6.8, -.1,6+), which shared the #2 position with WERQ in June. WPOC was -1.8 (April); +1.2 (May); and +1.3 (June). This is the 25th sweep in succession 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 – An increase of three-tenths to 5.0 (6+) enables Entercom news/talk KMOX “The Voice of St. Louis” to progress from tenth to ninth. KMOX was a combined -2.2 in May/June (6.9 – 5.9 – 4.7, 6+), directly after a +1.8 in March/April (5.1 – 5.4 – 6.9, 6+). Co-owned KFTK “FM News Talk 97.1,” which was -2.4 in May/June (6.5 – 4.9 – 4.1, 6+) following four straight upticks that delivered a +3.8 (2.7 – 4.0 – 4.6 – 5.5 – 6.5, 6+), is up four-tenths to 4.5 (flat at #12, 6+).

By picking up two-tenths in June, Hubbard Broadcasting’s WXOS pulled the plug on four straight decreases that accounted for a roughly 52% (-2.4) vaporization of its 6+ AQH share (4.6 – 4.3 – 3.4 – 2.5 – 2.2, 6+). In July, however, “101 Sports” falters by one-half share (2.4 – 1.9, #15 to #18, 6+).

A collective -2.2 via five consecutive decreases (4.2 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 2.8 – 2.3 – 2.0, 6+), University of Missouri news/talk KWMU ends the slide with a +.3 to 2.3 (#18 to #16, 6+).

St. Louis Music Formats – Owing to seven successive sweeps without a loss, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KLOU “The Best Variety of the 70s, 80s, and 90s” is +3.5 (5.5 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 6.6 – 7.2 – 8.2 – 8.7 – 9.0, 6+) and remains entrenched in the runner-up slot. In back-to-back reports, Hubbard Broadcasting adult hits WARH “106.5 The Arch” posts an increase of seven-tenths (4.5 – 5.2 – 5.9, 6+) and leaps from sixth to third. WARH was off six-tenths in April/May (5.1 – 4.8 – 4.5, 6+). KEZK “The Best Mix of the 80s & Today” continues an alternating down/up pattern that includes July’s +.5 and takes the Entercom adult contemporary outlet where it was in March (5.3 – 3.0 – 4.9 – 4.8 – 5.3, unchanged at #7, 6+). Albeit -2.0 in June/July (13.7 – 13.4 – 11.7, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s KSHE “95 Real Rock Radio” is #1 the seventh consecutive time. Prior to June’s decrease, KSHE was +3.1 in April/May (10.6 – 12.9 – 13.7, 6+). Its 13.7 (May 2020) is the station’s strongest-ever performance in the PPM-era, eclipsing the previous record of 12.9 set the previous month (April 2020). After eight consecutive months on top, “Real Rock Radio” segued to the runner-up slot in “Holiday” 2019. KSHE was +1.0 (November 2019); -1.1 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.5 (January 2020); +2.3 (April); +.8 (May); and -1.4 (July). Eroding by eight-tenths each are Radio One urban AC and urban contemporary cluster-mates WFUN “95.5 R&B For The Lou” (fourth to sixth) and KHHL “Hot 104.1” (#12 to #14). Over the course of the last three survey periods, WFUN is a collective -1.1 (6.5 – 6.3 – 6.2 – 5.4, 6+), while “Hot” is an overall -1.4 in that same stretch (4.7 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 3.3, 6+). The tie between the market’s two country foes is broken as WIL “New Country 92.3” gains four-tenths (4.8 – 5.2, seventh to eighth, 6+), while iHeartMedia’s KSD “93.7 The Bull” drops one-tenth (4.8 – 4.7, seventh to tenth, 6+). WIL had lost six-tenths in three straight down or flat reports (5.4 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.8, 6+). Prior to picking up four-tenths in June, “Bull” dropped two-tenths in three consecutive sweeps without an increase (4.6 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 4.4, 6+).

July 2020 PPM Ratings

| August 4, 2020

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

| August 4, 2020

Beasley Reports Q2 Net Revenue Down 53.7%. The second major radio group to report its second quarter 2020 financial numbers (Urban One reported last week) is Beasley Broadcast Group and the company says that net revenue was $30.4 million – a decrease of 53.7% from the same period in 2019. It reports an operating loss of $17.6 million, compared to Q2 2019’s operating income of $10.7 million, and a net loss of $18.2 million, compared to Q2 2019’s net income of $4.3 million. Beasley CEO Caroline Beasley states, “While Beasley had a strong start to the year, a sharp decline in commercial advertising occurred in the second quarter with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Beasley’s financial results for the three-month period ended June 30, 2020 reflect the economic pressures we experienced across our business as local and national advertisers adapted their media plans to meet the unique challenges of the pandemic. While we saw sequential month-over-month improvement in our commercial advertising revenue performance from April to May, and from May to June, our total net revenues for the second quarter decreased nearly 54%, which is in line with reported overall industry levels. To address the reduction in traditional advertising revenue that has occurred as a result of the pandemic, during the second quarter, we quickly implemented several changes across the company, including reducing operating expenses and corporate overhead and realigning our company-wide cost structure to preserve cash. As a result, Beasley’s second quarter total operating expenses declined by 12.7%, and year-to-date, we have taken approximately $26 million out of our cost structure. In addition to these actions, as part of our response, we have taken proactive steps to accelerate our digital transformation initiatives and revenue diversification strategies, and to become a leaner and more efficient organization, with the goal of growing our market leadership position across our stations, our digital operations, and our esports interests.  We believe these steps will allow us to emerge from the pandemic as a stronger company. In addition, during the second quarter, Beasley entered into an agreement to amend the financial covenants and other provisions under our credit agreement to support our liquidity and capital structure as we manage the business through the pandemic.”

Round One of July PPM Ratings Released. The first of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s July 2020 PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey). Nielsen’s July 2020 survey period covered June 18 – July 15. You can see all the 6+ data from subscribing stations here. Also, today TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways for this group of markets. Both of Entercom’s New York all-news outlets lose ground. WINS dips four-tenths to a 3.8 share and the #7 rank in the market and WCBS-AM is off six-tenths and finishes ranked #14. In Los Angeles, iHeartMedia’s news/talk KFI gains three-tenths to finish the July 2020 survey with a 4.7 share and the #2 rank. Entercom’s Chicago all-news WBBM-AM/WCFS-FM adds one-tenth for a 7.0 share and finishes at #1 for the sixth straight survey. Across town, Nexstar’s WGN-AM drops eight-tenths to a 3.3 share and ranks #9 in the market. Cox Media Group’s WSB-AM/WSBB-FM, Atlanta adds two-tenths for a 10.6 share and takes the #1 rank for the 13th straight survey. See Mike Kinosian’s complete report here.

Former KNBR, San Francisco Host Ralph Barbieri Dies at 74. Bay Area sports talk radio legend Ralph Barbieri died on Monday (8/3) at age 74 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. The San Jose Mercury News reports his passing at his home in Novato, California. Barbieri – dubbed “The Razor” for his raspy voice – worked with Tom Tolbert in afternoons as “The Razor and Mr. T” for 15 of the 28 years he served with KNBR, San Francisco. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2005 and kept it to himself until 2011. He was let go by Cumulus Media in 2012 and sued the company complaining that he was fired because of his age and his health condition. The suit was later settled confidentially.

COVID-19 Statistics & Projections/Mask Debate, Stimulus Package, Presidential Race/Primary Elections, BLM/Portland Protests, Microsoft-TikTok Deal, Manhattan DA’s Trump Investigation, Isaias/Apple Fire, and Pro Sports Leagues Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (8/3). The rising number of positive COVID-19 cases in numerous U.S. states, projections for future cases, and the ongoing debate over wearing masks in public; the status of the GOP-crafted stimulus bill; the November presidential election and today’s primary races in five states; the Black Lives Matter movement and the ongoing clashes in Portland; the battle over the app TikTok and the potential sale to Microsoft; the Manhattan DA’s investigation into the Trump Organization; Tropical Storm Isaias makes landfall and Southern California’s Apple Fire; and U.S. pro sports leagues navigate positive COVID-19 tests from players and coaches were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

TALKERS News Notes. The New York Post reports that ESPN’s NYC O&O WEPN-FM’s new program schedule will include the first three hours of the ESPN Radio morning drive show “Keyshawn, Jay and Zubin” starring Keyshawn Johnson, Jay Williams, and Zubin Mehenti. The local show hosted by Rick DiPietro, Chris Canty, and Dave Rothenberg moves to the 9:00 am to 11:00 am slot, followed by the local Bart Scott and Alan Hahn show from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. WEPN will air the second hour of Mike Greenberg’s network show, “Greeny,” from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm and the first hour of the network’s Max Kellerman show from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The Michael Kay show remains from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Chris Carlin continues hosting the evening show…..FOX Sports Radio is launching a new iHeartRadio original daily podcast called, “Straight Fire with Jason McIntyre” on the iHeartPodcast Network. The podcast features FSR weekend host and FS1 contributor Jason McIntyre “providing bold opinions on the biggest stories in sports, including the day’s major sports betting topics.” McIntyre says, “I’m beyond thrilled to have this podcast opportunity. I can’t wait to bring my unique enthusiasm and passion to the platform at a time when America’s appetite for sports is at an all-time high.”…..Cox Media Group’s WOKV-AM, Jacksonville “ESPN 690” – via rightsholder Learfield IMG College – solidifies its place as the official Jacksonville station for Florida State University sports play-by-play. The new deal means “ESPN 690” will broadcast live all football and men’s basketball games for the upcoming 2020-21 athletics season…..Entercom’s Cadence13 unveils an exclusive podcast partnership with veteran NBA star JJ Redick and his new podcast company ThreeFourTwo Productions that will launch his new show, “The Old Man & the Three,” from the NBA bubble in Orlando. The weekly show is being co-hosted by writer and producer Tommy Alter…..Talk host Tom Donahue announces that his program is now a weekly show and is being aired on new affiliate WFYL, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania…..iHeartMedia is working with FlynnPictureCo., Psychopia Pictures, and UpperRoom Productions to produce the original, 10-part sci-fi podcast “There Be Monsters” that will be available on the iHeartPodcast Network. The podcast stars John Boyega and Darren Criss. Boyega plays Jack Locke, the mysterious hero with a vendetta who infiltrates a Silicon Valley body-hacking startup run by an enigmatic CEO Max Fuller, played by Criss, whose highly secretive creations promise to enhance human biology in incredible ways – but every drug has a side effect…..SiriusXM announces it is airing comprehensive play-by-play and talk coverage of the 2020 PGA Championship, taking place August 6-9 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. It will be golf’s first major championship played in 2020 due to schedule adjustments made necessary by the COVID-19 pandemic and SiriusXM will bring listeners inside the ropes with a team of broadcasters calling the action both from remote studio locations and on site at TPC Harding Park.

Entercom Partners with Vewd to Expand Smart TV Footprint. The digital platform RADIO.COM is expanding in the smart TV sphere as Entercom enters into a relationship with smart TV OTT software provider Vewd. Entercom says that as part of the partnership, “tens of millions of smart televisions, including Sony, Philips and Hisense, will have access to RADIO.COM, the exclusive digital home for all Entercom content across its leading portfolio of over 230 stations, along with hundreds of affiliate stations, thousands of top podcasts, live and on-demand video, and premium content across local and national news, entertainment, music and sports in markets all across the U.S.” Entercom VP of corporate business development David Rosenbloom says, “Connected televisions and smart home devices are the fastest growing segment of RADIO.COM’s rapidly growing audience, with significant demand from both consumers and advertisers. By partnering with Vewd, who powers tens of millions of leading-brand smart televisions, users now have our robust library right at their fingertips.”

Music Radio News and Career Moves. In Los Angeles, Entercom’s six-station cluster has begun the fundraising campaign called “RADIO.COM’s Feed Our Families,” in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District. The month-long, text-to-donate fundraiser benefits local students and families in need. Entercom regional president Jeff Federman says, “Schools are a primary source of meals not only for many students but for their family members as well. We’re delighted to partner with Los Angeles Unified School District to amplify our stations’ collective voice so no child or family member in Southern California goes hungry during these unstable times. We look forward to actively promoting the organization’s selfless efforts over the next month and using our platforms to serve our communities.”…..Atlantic Gateway Communications’ Christian contemporary WGTS-FM, Washington, DC held its popular Summer Concert Series at Tysons Corner Center virtually this year since rule wouldn’t allow listeners to congregate in the outdoor plaza venue. The WGTS team shot part of the concert in advance at the plaza at the mall. Part of the concert came from Matthew West’s “Story House” and the rest of the concert was hosted from the WGTS video studio. WGTS music director and webmaster Rob Conway says, “This was something we’ve never done before, so it made us a little nervous.  Thankfully all of the technical details came together and it turned into a great listener experience.”…..Premiere Networks announces today that “CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan” is joining American Forces Network (AFN) and will air from 12:00 midnight to 5:00 am.

July 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round One

| August 4, 2020

July 2020 PPM Data – Information for the July 2020 ratings period has been released for New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Long Island (Nassau-Suffolk), Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union. Nielsen Audio’s July 2020 survey period covered June 18 – July 15. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from these 12 PPM-markets.

New York City

Spoken-Word Formats – Immediately following April’s +1.1 to 3.0 (6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” is a collective -1.2 in three straight drops (3.0 – 2.4 – 1.9 – 1.8, 6+) and repeats at #19. Although flat at 1.4 (6+), Red Apple Media news/talk WABC climbs from #22 to a tie at #21. After gaining one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.8 – .9 – 1.0, 6+), Townsquare Media’s WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” falters by one-tenth to .9 (#24 to #23, 6+).

Anchored at #20, WFAN – which improved by four-tenths in May/June (1.4 – 1.7 – 1.8, 6+) – forfeits one-tenth to 1.7 (6+). The Entercom sports talker had lost approximately 54% (-1.7) of its 6+ AQH share via three straight decreases (3.1 – 2.3 – 1.9 – 1.4, 6+). Similarly-formatted WEPN-FM “98.7 ESPN New York” is off seven-tenths in June/July (1.6 – 1.0 – .9, flat at #24, 6+). Entering the May sweep, WEPN-FM dropped nine-tenths in three straight downturns (2.1 – 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.2, (1.5 – 1.2, 6+).

Three successive increases by WINS yielded a +2.2 (3.5 – 3.6 – 4.7 – 5.7, 6+), but the Entercom-owned news operation is -1.9 in three successive declines (5.7 – 4.9 – 4.2 – 3.8, flat at #7, 6+). In June, co-owned/similarly-formatted WCBS-AM regained the three-tenths that vanished in May (3.4 – 3.1 – 3.4, 6+); however, WCBS-AM surrenders six-tenths to 2.8 (6+) and tumbles from the top ten (#9 to #14).

Tied with WCBS-AM at #14 is WNYC Broadcasting Foundation public radio news/talk station WNYC-FM, which is -2.3 via three consecutive drops (5.1 – 3.3 – 2.9 – 2.8, #13 to #14, 6+). In three straight down or flat trends, co-owned public radio news/talk WNYC-AM has dropped roughly half (-.5) its 6+ AQH share (1.1 – .7 – .7 .6, 6+) and is unchanged at #27.

New York City Music Formats – Roaring back from June’s -2.1 with July’s +1.3 (8.7 – 6.6 – 7.9, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WSKQ is #1 the fourth time in a row. Entering the June sweep, “Mega 97.9” had been an overall +2.8 via three straight increases (5.9 – 6.5 – 7.7 – 8.7, 6+). WSKQ was off seven-tenths in January/February (6.6 – 6.0 – 5.9, 6+). This time last month, “Mega 97.9” was deadlocked for the lead with Entercom classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM, but “New York’s Greatest Hits” drops four-tenths (6.6 – 6.2, 6+) and segues to second-place. WCBS-FM was +1.3 in May/June (5.3 – 5.8 – 6.6, 6+), thus wiping away April’s loss of nine-tenths. In three consecutive gains, WCBS-FM was an overall +1.9 (4.3 – 5.0 – 5.7 – 6.2, 6+), directly after its -1.6 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.9 – 4.9 – 4.3, 6+). Down or flat the last three survey periods for a net loss of -1.1, Entercom hot AC WNEW-FM “NEW 102.7” slices away roughly half that shortfall with a +.6 to 3.0 (#16 to #12, 6+). In an alternating down/up sequence that includes July’s +.5 (2.8 – 2.3 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 3.3, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish contemporary WPAT-FM “Amor 93.1” cracks the top ten (#15 to #10). Meanwhile, Univision Radio’s similarly-formatted WXNY “X-96.3,” which was +1.4 in May/June (3.1 – 3.2 – 4.5, 6+), plummets by -1.0 to 3.5 (sixth to eighth, 6+). On the heels of June’s improvement of eight-tenths, iHeartMedia classic rock WAXQ regresses by one-half share (5.7 – 5.2, 6+) but carries on at #4. Immediately prior to May, “Q-104.3” was a collective +1.8 through four straight sweeps without a loss (3.5 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 4.0 – 5.3, 6+). Following three straight up or flat reports that generated a +.7 (.9 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.6, 6+), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WPLJ “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” forfeits two-tenths to 1.4 (flat at #21, 6+). June’s 1.6 was its highest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2019 (1.6, as well).

Los Angeles

Spoken-Word Formats  – In addition to gaining three-tenths (4.4 – 4.7, 6), KFI progresses from fourth to second. “AM 640” was a combined -1.1 in May/June (5.5 – 4.6 – 4.4, 6+). The iHeartMedia news/talk property more than doubled (+2.9) its 6+ AQH share from “Holiday” 2019 through April 2020; crossed the five-share threshold; and had an April-only stay at #1 (2.6 – 3.3 – 3.8 – 4.2 – 5.5,  6+). April 2020 marked the first time KFI reached #1 since March 2011 (4.9, 6+). Off four-tenths in three straight down or flat reports (1.8 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.4, 6+), Salem Media Group news/talk KRLA “AM 870 The Answer” falls from #25 to #28. Cumulus Media’s KABC almost tripled (+.9) its 6+ AQH share as a result of four consecutive improvements (.5 – .7 – .9 – 1.0 – 1.4, 6+), but “790 News-Talk-Evolved” is off four-tenths via three sweeps in succession without an increase (1.4 – 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.0, #33 to #32, 6+). KABC is one-tenth ahead of iHeartMedia-owned KEIB “AM 1150 The Patriot,” which has a March 2020 through July 2020 topline of: .8 – 1.1 – 1.0 – .8 – .9 (#36 to #35, 6+).

Steady at #38, iHeartMedia’s KLAC “AM 570 LA Sports” gains a collective one-tenth in three straight sweeps without a loss (.5 – .5 – .6 – .6, 6+). Disney-owned/similarly-formatted KSPN “710 ESPN” is without an increase the sixth time in a row for a net decrease of seven-tenths (1.1 – .9 – .8 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4, #42 to #41, 6+). In addition to both being flat in July, KLAC and KSPN were each off one-tenth in March; -.4 in April; and unchanged in May.

Surrendering 70% of June’s +1.0 (3.9 – 3.2, -.7, 6+), Entercom’s KNX “1070 News Radio” departs the top ten (#6 to #12). Following a March improvement of eight-tenths, KNX was down nine-tenths in April/May (3.8 – 3.4 – 2.9, 6+).

Regaining the two-tenths it lost in June (1.7 – 1.5 – 1.7, 6+), Pasadena City College news/talk KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” advances from #25 to #23.

Los Angeles Music Formats – By gaining one-half share to 4.6 (fifth to third, 6+), Entercom smooth AC KTWV “94.7 The Wave” pulls the plug on three slips in succession that accounted for a net loss of eight-tenths (4.9 – 4.5 – 4.3 – 4.1, 6+). Over and above posting its fifth straight report without a loss for a net gain of nine-tenths (5.2 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.6 – 5.7 – 6.1, 6+), classic hits-oldies sibling KRTH “K-Earth 101” is #1 the third consecutive month. KRTH held the top spot in March and shifted to second in April. Prior to March, “K-Earth” last occupied the #1 position in October and November. Off by one-half share each are iHeartMedia adult contemporary and hot AC cluster-mates KOST “Coast 103.5” (4.6, second to third, 6+) and KBIG “104.3 My-FM – More Music/More Variety” (4.4, third to fifth, 6+). Prior to logging a +.9 this time last month to 5.1 (6+), “Coast” was an overall -9.5 through five straight setbacks (13.7 – 6.5 – 5.7 – 5.1 – 4.5 – 4.2, 6+). After four sweeps in a row at #1, KOST shifted to the runner-up slot in March. “Coast” had been a collective +8.5 via three consecutive positive or neutral sweeps (5.2 – 5.2 – 9.3 – 13.7, 6+). “My-FM” was up eight-tenths in May/June (4.1 – 4.5 – 4.9, 6+), with June’s 4.9 its highest 6+-showing since last October (4.9, as well). After losing seven-tenths in three straight drops (2.9 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.2, 6+), alternative cluster-mate KYSR “Alt 98.7” is +1.1 via three bumps in succession (2.2 – 2.4 – 3.1 – 3.3, #12 to #11, 6+).

Chicago

Spoken-Word Formats – Following four straight increases that resulted in an overall +2.6 (3.0 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.5 – 5.6, 6+), Nexstar Media Group news/talk WGN “Radio 720” is -2.3 owing to three slips in a row (5.6 – 5.2 – 4.5 – 3.3, seventh to ninth, 6+). Cumulus Media news/talk WLS-AM “890 AM” is down four-tenths in that same timespan and exits the top twenty (2.4 – 2.1 – 2.0 – 2.0, #19 to #21, 6+).

As a result of seven successive reports without an increase, Entercom sports talk WSCR “670 The Score” is an overall -2.0 (3.5 – 3.3 – 2.7 – 2.5 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 1.5 – 1.5, #24 to #23, 6+). By gaining two-tenths to 1.0 (flat at #27, 6+), Disney/ESPN-owned WMVP “ESPN Chicago 1000” applies the brakes to eight consecutive down or flat sweeps that resulted in a -1.1 (1.9 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2 – .8, 6+).

Up one-tenth (6.9 – 7.0, 6+), Entercom all-news WBBM-AM & WCFS-FM is on top the sixth time in a row. Immediately prior to being -1.5 in May/June (8.4 – 7.0 – 6.9, 6+), “News Radio 780 AM & 105.9 FM” was a collective +3.5 through four straight gains (4.9 – 5.4 – 5.8 – 7.7 – 8.4, 6+).

A combined +1.8 in March/April (3.6 – 4.3 – 5.4, 6+), Chicago Public Media news/talk WBEZ is down the third straight report for a -2.2 (5.4 – 4.7 – 3.8 – 3.2, ninth to tenth,  6+).

Chicago Music Formats – Off eight-tenths in three straight down or flat moves (2.8 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.0, 6+), Entercom CHR WBBM-FM “B-96 Chicago” ends the slide with +.7 to 2.7 (#19 to a four-way tie at #14, 6+). Co-owned triple A WXRT “93 XRT Chicago’s Finest Rock” continues to be on a roll with its seventh straight report without a loss for a collective +1.4 (3.1 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 4.5, eighth to seventh, 6+). Separated by six-tenths are Entercom-owned WUSN “US-99 Chicago’s Hottest Country,” up six-tenths in three straight gains (2.1 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.7, #15 – #14, 6+), and iHeartMedia’s WEBG “Big 95.5 Chicago’s New Country,” which nets nine-tenths in four consecutive reports without a loss (1.2 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 2.1, #22 – #20, 6+). Tied at #14 are two ACs that have their dissimilar streaks broken. As a result of four consecutive reports with a loss, Venture Technologies Group-owned WRME-LP netted six-tenths (2.4 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 3.0, 6+), but “Me TV FM 87.7” forfeits half that windfall (2.7, -.3, #12 to #14, 6+). Conversely, in five consecutive down or flat reports, WSHE “100.3 SHE” was a collective -1.3 (3.6 – 3.3 – 3.1 – 2.6 – 2.3 – 2.3, 6+); however, the Hubbard Broadcasting adult contemporary outlet curtails the skid with a +.4 to 2.7 (#17 to #14, 6+). Cumulus Media alternative WKQX is within 2.0 – 2.9 territory the ninth successive ratings period and nets nine-tenths in three straight gains (2.0 – 2.5 – 2.8 – 2.9, #13 to #12, 6+). A combined +1.0 in May/June (2.8 – 3.2 – 3.8, 6+), Univision Radio regional Mexican WOJO “Que Buena 105.1” returns 70% of the boon with a -.7 and exits the top ten (3.1, #9 to #11, 6+). June’s 3.8 was the strongest 6+-showing for “Que Buena” since April 2019’s 3.9. A June increase of six-tenths enabled Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WLS-FM to reach the five-share level (5.2, 6+) for the first time since last November (5.1); however, “94.7 Chicago’s Classic Hits” falters by six-tenths to 4.6 (fifth to sixth, 6+). Regressing by one-half share each are iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLIT “93.9 Lite FM” (5.0, fourth to fifth, 6+) and Spanish Broadcasting System regional Mexican WLEY “La Ley 107.9” (#15 to #21). WLIT was -10.0 in four straight decreases (13.7 – 5.5 – 4.8 – 4.3 – 3.7, 6+), but rebounded with a May/June +1.8 (3.7 – 5.2 – 5.5, 6+). “Lite FM” was #1 in December 2019, “Holiday” 2019, and January 2020. “La Ley” is a collective -1.1 as a result of three straight dips (3.1 – 2.8 – 2.5 – 2.0, 6+); 2.0 is its lowest 6+-stat since 1.9 in January.

San Francisco

Spoken-Word Formats. For the third time in a row, Cumulus Media-owned KSFO “560 – The Bay Area’s Exclusive Hot Talk” has a month-to-month fluctuation of one-tenth (1.8 – 1.9 – 1.8 – 1.7, flat at #20, 6+). Co-owned news/talk KGO is down approximately 44% (-.8) via five straight sweeps without an increase (1.8 – 1.8 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.0, flat at #27, 6+). The November 2019 through July 2020 trending for iHeartMedia-owned KKSF-AM “Real Talk 910 – Think Forward” is: .2 – .2 – .1 – .1 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .1 – .1 – .1, #35 to #34, 6+). Slightly more than two weeks into the July ratings period (6/30), KKSF was one of 15 iHeartMedia stations to become inaugural affiliates of the Black Information Network.

After faltering by four-tenths in June (2.3 – 1.9, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KNBR-AM “The Sports Leader” answers with a July gain of six-tenths (2.5, #19 to #15, 6+). In four straight downturns, Entercom’s similarly-formatted KGMZ lost nine-tenths (1.7 – 1.4 – 1.0 – .9 – .8, 6+), but “95.7 The Game” ends the slide with a +.1 to .9 (flat at #28, 6+).

Despite dropping six-tenths (8.9 – 8.3, 6+), Entercom all-news KCBS-AM repeats at #1. Before faltering by -1.4 in May, KCBS-AM had been on top three successive sweeps and was an overall +2.2 in four successive up or flat moves (7.7 – 8.4 – 8.7 – 9.9 – 9.9, 6+).

Albeit flat at #2, California Public Broadcasting news/talk KQED is -2.5 via three drops in succession (9.9 – 8.7 – 7.8 – 7.4, 6+). Recent (6+) fluctuations for KQED include: -1.2 (September/October); +1.6 (November/December); -1.2 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.2 (January 2020); -.9 (February); +1.5 (March); +1.8 (April); -1.2 (May); and -.9 (June). Unchanged at #29, San Francisco Unified School District’s KALW “91.7 Local Public Radio” is without an increase the third time in a row for a net loss of four-tenths (.9 – .7 – .5 – .5, 6+).

San Francisco Music Formats – After notching a March 2020 through June 2020 topline of 2.1 – 2.0 – 2.2 – 2.0 (6+), Bonneville urban AC KBLX “R&B And Old School” erupts with a +1.0 to reach the three-share level and the top ten (3.0, #17 to #10, 6+). A collective -1.4 through four straight downturns (4.8 – 4.4 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.4, 6+), adult contemporary sibling KOIT-FM “Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites” pulls the plug with a gain of three-tenths to 3.7 (6+) and is steady in sixth-place. Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KBRG “Amor 100.3” records its seventh straight up or flat trend for an overall +1.4 (2.3 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.7, seventh to sixth, 6+). On the other hand, co-owned regional Mexican KSOL “Que Buena” is in an alternating up/down pattern that includes July’s loss of one-half share (2.3 – 2.6 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.0, #12 to #19, 6+). Spanish Broadcasting System’s similarly-formatted KRZZ “La Raza” is down eight-tenths in three slips in succession and departs the top twenty (2.4 – 2.3 -1.8 – 1.6, #20 to #21, 6+). After netting seven-tenths through five straight up or flat reports (3.2 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.9 – 3.9, 6+), Cumulus Media classic rock KSAN “107.7 The Bone” surrenders one-tenth t0 3.8 (6+), but carries on in fifth-place.

Dallas

Spoken-Word Formats – Despite being an overall -1.2 via three consecutive declines (4.1 – 3.2 – 3.0 – 2.9, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WBAP “News Talk 820” progresses from #16 to #15.

Remaining at #35, cluster-mate KLIF-AM “570 News & Information” is trending .6 – .4 – .4 – .6 – .5 (March 2020 through July 2020, 6+). It is tied with Salem Media Group-owned KSKY “660 AM The Answer,” which had logged a .4 in each of the past three sweeps (.4 – .4 – .4 – .5, #36 to #35, 6+). KLIF-AM and KSKY were tied at #35 in April and May, as well.

Having lost one-tenth in consecutive reports (1.7 – 1.6 – 15, 6+), Entercom sports talk KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” picks up two-tenths to 1.7 (#22 to #21, 6+). Cumulus Media’s KTCK “The Ticket – All Sports All The Time” repeats June’s 6+ AQH share (1.3) and market rank (#26). Meanwhile, Disney/ESPN’s KESN “103.3 ESPN Dallas” records a .7 the third time in the last five sweeps (.7 – .6 – .8 – .7 – .7, #32 to #31, 6+).

A combined -.6 in April/May (1.8 – 1.4 – 1.2, 6+), Entercom-owned KRLD-AM “News Radio 1080” is up three-tenths in June/July (1.2 – 1.3 – 1.5, #26 to #24, 6+).

In three straight drops, North Texas Public Broadcasting news/talk KERA lost nine-tenths (3.4 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.5, 6+), but halts the slide with an increase of three-tenths to 2.8 (#17 to #16, 6+).

Dallas Music Formats – Displaying improvements of six-tenths each are Cumulus Media-owned KSCS “New Country 96.3” (sixth to third); iHeartMedia rocker KEGL “97.1 The Eagle” (4.1, #11 to #7, 6+); and Estrella Media regional Mexican KZZA “106.7 La Ranchera” (#19 to #18). “New Country” is up seven-tenths in June/July (4.4 – 4.5 – 5.1, 6+) and has its best 6+-stat (5.1) since February’s 5.2. “The Eagle” lost two-tenths in May/June (3.7 – 3.7 – 3.5, 6+), while “La Ranchera” is a combined +.9 in June/July (1.4 – 1.7 – 2.3, 6+). At the same time those three “Big D” outlets gain six-tenths, four others regress by six tenths. That quartet includes: Salem Media Group contemporary Christian KLTY “Your Life … Inspired” (6.1 – 5.6, -.5, first to second, 6+); First Dallas Media’s similarly-formatted KCBI “90.0 Encouraging Music/Words of Hope” (#24 to #30); iHeartMedia classic rock KZPS “Lone Star 92.5” (third to sixth); and Univision Radio regional Mexican KLNO “Que Buena 94.1” (3.7, eighth to tenth, 6+). KLTY was up one-tenth in June (6.0 – 6.1, 6+), directly after being -1.0 in April/May (7.0 – 6.7 – 6.0, 6+). Following its combined -1.3 in November/December (6.6 – 5.6 – 5.3, 6+), KLTY was +1.6 in “Holiday” 2019 (5.3 – 6.9, 6+). Immediately prior to gaining six-tenths in June, KCBI was off three-tenths in three straight down or flat reports (1.1 – 1.1 – 1.1 – .8, 6+). After being without a loss three times in a row for a +1.3 (3.8 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 5.1, 6+), “Lone Star 92.5” is -.8 in June/July (5.1 – 4.8 – 4.3, 6+). “Que Buena” was an overall +1.5 via three consecutive boosts (2.7 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 4.2, 6+). KLTY and iHeartMedia CHR KHKS “106.1 Kiss-FM” have occupied the #1 and #2 spots from January 2020 through June 2020. “Kiss” has been #2 each sweep other than May and now in July (#1). After surrendering seven-tenths in June, “Kiss” regains three-tenths (5.9 – 6.2, 6+) and segues from second to first. A combined -1.0 in March/April (6.3 – 6.0 – 5.3, 6+), KHKS negated that deficit with a May +1.3. In an alternating down/up pattern since “Holiday” 2019 (3.7 – 3.2 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 4.3 – 3.9 – 4.6 – 4.4, 6+), hot AC cluster-mate KDMX “102.9 More Music/More Variety” repeats in fifth-place.

Houston                              

Spoken-Word Formats – After recapturing the three-tenths it lost in May (6.3 – 6.0 – 6.3, April – May – June, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KTRH “News Radio 740” falters by seven-tenths to 5.6 (fourth to sixth, 6+); KTRH was +1.7 in April. Co-owned KPRC “AM 950 – Houston’s More Stimulating Talk Radio” has a fluctuation of one-tenth the third time in a row (.2 – .3 – .4 – .3, flat at #27, 6+).

There’s not much movement among Houston’s three sports talk outlets as Entercom’s KILT-AM “Sports Radio 610” gains one-tenth (.8 – .9, #24 to #23, 6+); iHeartMedia’s KBME “Sports Talk 790” is flat at .5 (unchanged at #26, 6+), as is Gow Communications’ sports talk KFNC “ESPN 97.5,” which has lost four-tenths in nine straight sweeps without an increase (.7 -.5 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3, #28 to #27, 6+).

In five consecutive decreases, University of Houston news/talk KUHF is an overall -1.1 (3.7 – 3.4 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 2.6, #17 to #18, 6+).

Houston Music Formats – In an alternating up/down sequence that includes July’s whopping +1.1 enabling it to reach the six-share level (5.1 – 5.6 – 4.5 – 5.2 – 4.9 – 6.0, 6+), Entercom adult hits KKHH “95.7 The Spot” jumps from seventh to fourth. Not only is Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KOVE +1.8 in four straight upticks, “Amor 106.5” enters the top ten (#13 to #8), crossing the four-share threshold (2.4 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.6 – 4.2, 6+). Radio One CHR KROI “Radio Now 92.1” more than doubles (+.7) its 6+ AQH share in three straight bumps (.5 – .6 – .7 – 1.2, #22, 6+) and has its best 6+-showing since January (1.2, as well). Up seven-tenths in April/May (5.8 – 6.2 – 6.5, 6+), urban AC sibling KMJQ “Majic 102.1 The People’s Station” is a combined -1.4 in June/July (6.5 – 5.7 – 5.1, fifth to seventh, 6+). Over and above being +1.6 in three straight sweeps without a loss (5.5 – 6.2 – 7.1 – 7.1, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA “Sunny 99.1” repeats at #1. After four successive sweeps on top, KODA fell to the runner-up slot in March. May’s increase halted four straight setbacks that resulted in a collective -6.1 (11.6 – 7.0 – 6.7 – 6.2 – 5.5, 6+). “Sunny 99.1” was +.5.8 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.8 – 7.8 – 11.6, 6+) and the market leader 16 sweeps in a row before segueing to #2 in August. Down six-tenths in June/July (7.0 – 6.9 – 6.4, 6+), Cox Media Group classic rock KGLK “The Eagle” slips from second to third. “The Eagle” was +1.2 In April and shared the top spot in May. As a result of four successive sweeps without an increase, Entercom Spanish contemporary KLOL “Mega 101 FM” is -1.1 (4.3 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.2 – 3.2, flat at #14, 6+).

Atlanta

Spoken-Word Formats – Following its combined May/June -3.5 (13.9 – 11.1 – 10.4, 6+), Cox Media Group-owned WSB-AM & WSBB-FM “Atlanta’s News & Talk” chalks up a gain of two-tenths to 10.6 (6+) and is #1 the 13th straight sweep. April’s 13.9 marked the first time in the PPM-era that any Atlanta station reached the 13-share level (6+). Off one-half share in May/June (1.2 – 1.0 – .7, 6+), Salem Media Group’s WGKA “AM 920 The Answer” regains two-tenths to .9 (#26 to #24, 6+). It has a six-tenths advantage over Entercom’s WAOK “1380 The Voice of the Community,” which has lost half (-.3) its 6+ AQH share in three straight reports without an increase (.6 – .4 – .4 – .3, flat at #30, 6+). Approximately two weeks into the July ratings period (6/30), WGST was one of 15 iHeartMedia-owned stations to become the first affiliates of the Black Information Network. In its final sweep as “Talk Radio 640,” WGST was off two-tenths (.4 – .2, #32, 6+).

An overall -1.5 in six straight reports without an increase (4.6 – 3.9 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.1, 6+), Entercom sports talk WZGC “92.9 The Game” repeats at #11. May’s increase of four-tenths by Dickey Broadcasting-owned WCNN interrupted eight sweeps in succession without an increase that led to a -1.7 (2.7 – 2.5 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0, 6+); however “680 The Fan” is down two-tenths in back-to-back reports (1.4 – 1.2 – 1.0, #24 to #25, 6+).

After picking up one-tenth in May and June (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.4, 6+), City of Atlanta Board of Education’s WABE forfeits two-tenths and is back to 2.2 (flat at #17, 6+). Off a collective two-tenths in three straight down or flat trends (.7 – .5 – .5 – .5, 6+), Georgia State University news/talk WRAS picks up one-tenth to .6 (#29 to #28, 6+).

Atlanta Music Formats – An increase of one-half share lifts Clark Atlanta University’s WCLK “Jazz 91.9” to 1.9, its best 6+-performance since last October’s 2.1, and onto the top twenty (#18). On the heels of posting a half-share increase this time last month, iHeartMedia CHR WWPW “Power 96.1 Atlanta’s #1 Hit Music Station” erodes by eight-tenths (3.6 – 2.8, 6+) and exits the top ten (#10 to #13). In three straight down or flat trends, “Power” was -1.1 (4.2 – 3.7 – 3.1 – 3.1, 6+). Regressing by six-tenths each are Salem Media Group contemporary Christian WFSH “104.7 The Fish” (seventh to ninth) and Cumulus Media’s WKHX “New Country 101.5” (2.4, #13 to #15, 6+). “Fish” is in an alternating down/up sequence: 4.3 – 3.8 – 4.1 – 3.8 – 4.3 – 3.7 (6+). “New Country” gained seven-tenths in May/June (2.3 – 2.7 – 3.0, 6+). Its format rival – iHeartMedia’s WUBL “94.9 The Bull” – is +1.1 in three straight bumps (3.3 – 3.8 – 4.3 – 4.4, flat at #7, 6+). While it repeats in third-place, Cox Media Group urban AC WALR “104.1 Kiss FM – Atlanta’s R&B” is -2.4 through three successive slumps (9.3 – 8.4 – 7.0 – 6.9, 6+); WALR was +3.8 in March/April (5.5 – 5.9 – 9.3, 6+). Within 6.0 – 6.9 range (6+) the tenth time in a row (6.5 – 6.7 – 6.3 – 6.0 – 6.2 – 6.4 – 6.0 – 6.9 – 6.6 – 6.3, 6+), Entercom urban contemporary WVEE “V-103 The People’s Station” continues in fourth-place. After trending .9 – .9 – .9 – 1.0 (6+), iHeartMedia alternative WRDA is unlisted the third time in a row.

Philadelphia

Spoken-Word Formats – Continuing at #19, Entercom-owned WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” has a March 2020 through July 2020 topline of: 1.7 – 2.0 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.7 (6+). Townsquare Media news/talk WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” is up or flat the third time in a row for a net gain of three-tenths (.8 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.1, flat at #23, 6+).

A combined -1.6 in June/July (5.9 – 4.7 – 4.3, 6+), Entercom sports talk WIP slips from sixth to tenth. Before falling to third in December, “Sports Radio 94.1” had been #1 three months in a row. The April 2020 through July 2020 topline for Beasley Media Group-owned WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” is: 1.4 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.6 (#22 to #21, 6+).

Having rebounded from May’s -1.5 with a June increase of three-tenths (5.8 – 6.1, 6+), Entercom-owned KYW sputters by four-tenths to 5.7 (fourth to fifth, 6+). “News Radio 1060” was a combined +2.6 in March/April (4.7 – 6.6 – 7.3, 6+).

Directly following its overall +2.1 in three straight improvements (3.3 – 4.5 – 4.9 – 5.4, 6+), public radio news/talk WHYY is -1.0 in four consecutive reports without an increase (5.4 – 4.5 – 4.4 – 4.4 – 4.4, eighth to ninth, 6+). WHYY was +.7 in December and -.7 in “Holiday” 2019.

Philadelphia Music Formats – Stacking a massive +2.0 onto June’s impressive +1.3 (3.0 – 4.3 – 6.3, 6+), Entercom-owned adult contemporary WBEB “B-101.1 More Music/More Variety” rockets from tenth to third. Five consecutive setbacks by WBEB led to a collective –15.6 or a roughly 84% loss of its 6+ AQH share (18.6 – 6.1 – 5.1 – 4.8 – 3.4 – 3.0, 6+). Its negative streak came directly after a December/“Holiday” 2019 +13.2 (5.4 – 8.9 – 18.6, 6+). As a result of three straight bumps, iHeartMedia CHR WIOQ “Q-102 Philly’s #1 Hit Music Station” is a cumulative +1.2 (2.1 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 3.3, #15 to #13, 6+). In an alternating up/down pattern which includes returning June’s increase of two-tenths (6.3 – 9.2 – 8.9 – 9.1 – 8.9, 6+), urban AC sibling WDAS-FM “Philly’s Best R&B and Throwbacks” is #1 the fourth report in succession. Six straight sweeps without a loss by Entercom classic hits-oldies WOGL yielded a collective +1.0 (4.6 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 5.2 – 5.6, 6+), but “Nobody Plays More 80s” spirals by -1.1 to 4.5 (fifth to seventh, 6+). A combined -1.9 in March/April (4.3 – 4.1 – 2.4, 6+), Beasley Media Group adult hits WBEN-FM “95.7 BEN-FM” is +1.7 through three straight up or flat moves (2.4 – 3.1 – 4.1 – 4.1, #11 to #12, 6+). Following five sweeps in succession without a loss that yielded a collective +2.5 (5.5 – 6.2 – 6.4 – 7.3 – 7.3 – 8.0, 6+), cluster-mate WMGK “Classic Rock 102.9 MGK” is -1.9 in June/July (8.0 – 6.8 – 6.1, second to fourth, 6+). WMGK answered “Holiday” 2019’s -2.0 with a January improvement of seven-tenths. Co-owned WMMR “93.3 Everything That Rocks” is in an alternating up/down pattern: 6.9 – 7.0 – 6.8 – 7.3 – 6.5 – 6.7 (third to second, 6+). Up eight-tenths through four straight positive or neutral moves (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.5, 6+), Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies WPPZ “Classix 107.9 Philly’s Classic R&B” returns 75% of the windfall (2.9, -.6, #13 to #14, 6+). Temple University’s WRTI “90.1 Your Classical and Jazz Source” is -1.2 via three consecutive slips (3.4 – 3.1 – 2.7 – 2.2, #15 to #17, 6+). Asa result of three straight advances, University of Pennsylvania triple A WXPN crossed the two-share level and nearly doubled (+1.1) its 6+ AQH share (1.3 – 1.4 – 1.7 – 2.4, 6+), but “88.5 Vinyl At Heart – Rhythms Not Algorithms” sputters by three-tenths to 2.1 (flat at #18, 6+). In addition to re-entering the top ten (#12 to #10), iHeartMedia alternative WRFF “Alt 104.5” nets a collective +1.8 through four up or flat trends in a row (2.5 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 4.0 – 4.3, 6+).

Long Island

Spoken-Word Formats – Three slumps in succession by iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” have resulted in a -2.8 (6.7 – 5.7 – 4.4 – 3.9, fourth to seventh, 6+). WOR’s April +2.9 rocketed it from #8 to #1. This is the fifth time in a row Red Apple Media news/talk WABC records a positive or neutral trend for a net increase of three-tenths (1.1 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.4, flat at #24, 6+).

Up one-half share in May/June (2.8 – 3.0 – 3.3, 6+), Entercom sports talk WFAN-FM drops two-tenths to 3.1 (6+) and exits the top ten (#10 to #12). Similarly-programmed WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” is unlisted in Long Island the seventh month in a row. WEPN was -.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.7 – 2.5 – 2.2, #15, 6+).

Via three straight drops, Entercom’s all-news WINS is -1.4 (5.3 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 3.9, sixth to seventh, 6+), directly following a combined +1.8 in March/April (3.5 – 5.2 – 5.3, 6+). Stuck on 2.5 (6+) in May and June, after being off nine-tenths in May, co-owned/similarly-formatted WCBS-AM gains one-tenth to 2.6 (flat at #14, 6+).

Albeit off one-half share in four down or flat moves in succession (1.6 – 1.4 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.1, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation public radio news/talk WNYC-FM advances from #27 to #25.

Long Island Music Formats – In five straight Long Island sweeps without an increase, iHeartMedia New York City CHR WHTZ was -1.9 (5.5 – 5.1 – 4.7 – 3.9 – 3.6 – 3.6, 6+), but “Z-100” responds with a July +1.0 to 4.6 (ninth to fourth, 6+). Similarly, three drops in succession by Entercom classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM resulted in a -2.2 (7.0 – 6.0 – 4.9 – 4.8, 6+); however, “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits” erases nine-tenths of the deficit (5.7, third to second, 6+). Immediately prior, WCBS-FM was an overall +3.0 via seven straight Long Island sweeps without a loss (4.0 – 4.0 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 5.2 – 6.0 – 7.0, 6+) and occupied the lead position in February and March. Co-owned alternative WNYL “Alt 92.3” posts its third straight up or flat sweep for a +1.0 (1.6 – 1.6 – 1.9 – 2.6, #20 to #14, 6+). Cox Media Group-owned CHR WBLI “Long Island’s #1 For All The Hits” is in alternating up/down pattern that began in November and includes July 2020’s +.6 (4.9 – 5.0 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 4.0 – 4.4 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 4.5, seventh to fifth, 6+). On the heels of improving by six-tenths (6.0 – 6.6, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rock WAXQ “Q-104.3” plummets by -1.6 to 5.0 (first to third, 6+). WAXQ’s May decrease of two-tenths terminated five straight up or flat moves that netted a +2.7 (3.5 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 4.2 – 4.4 – 6.2, 6+). Despite being down three-tenths (6.2 – 5.9, 6+), Cox Media Group’s WBAB “102.3 Long Island’s Only Classic Rock” takes over at #1 from its classic rock rival WAXQ. This time last month, WBAB spiraled by -1.2, shifting from first to second. WBAB was an overall +2.8 via three straight spikes, including May’s +1.2 (4.6 – 4.7 – 6.2 – 7.4, 6+). Steady in seventh-place, Connoisseur Media-owned hot AC WALK-FM “97.5 Real Variety” has nearly doubled (+1.8) its 6+ AQH share in three straight reports without a loss (2.1 – 3.0 – 3.9 – 3.9, 6+). Via four successive drops, WALK-FM lost roughly 80% (-8.2) of its 6+ AQH share (10.3 – 4.4 – 3.8 – 3.6 – 2.1, 6+). It had a “Holiday” 2019-only stay at #1. Entering the January sweep, WALK-FM was a collective +6.5 through four successive improvements (3.8 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 6.1 – 10.3, 6+), with 10.3 its best 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2018’s 10.5. Ever since resurfacing in print in February, WNYC Broadcasting Foundation classical-formatted WQXR “New York’s Classical Music Radio Station” is trending: .9 – 1.4 – 1.8 – 1.4 – 1.2 – .4 (#28, 6+). Up nine-tenths in three successive sweeps without a loss (1.1 – 1.1 – 1.3 – 2.0, 6+), Entercom-owned WNSH “New York’s Country 94.7” surrenders three-tenths to 1.7 (6+) and exits the top twenty (#18 to #21).

Riverside

Spoken-Word Formats – After posting a .1 (6+) last August, September, and October, iHeartMedia news talk KKDD “1290 News Talk IE” is unlisted the tenth time in a row.

Co-owned KPWK “Fox Sports Radio 1350 AM,” which wasn’t in print in April or May, repeats June’s .1 (#19 to #17, 6+). Similarly-formatted/Los Angeles Angels-owned (LAA 1, LLC) KLAA “Angels Radio AM 830” is unlisted the 32nd sweep in succession.

Approximately two weeks into the July ratings period (6/30), KFOO was one of 15 iHeartMedia-owned stations to become Black Information Network’s first affiliates. KFOO recorded a .3 (6+) in June, but does not appear in the July report.

Frozen on .4 (6+) in May and June, Pasadena City College news/talk KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” gains two-tenths to .6 (#15 to #13, 6+). In an alternating up/down sequence since March (1.3 – 1.4 – .4 – .6 – .5, 6+), San Bernardino Community College public radio news/talk KVCR slips from #14 to #15.

Riverside Music Formats – Down nine-tenths in May/June (4.1 – 3.8 – 3.2, 6+), Univision Radio regional Mexican KSCA erases all but one-tenth of the shortfall with a +.8 to 4.0 (seventh to fifth, 6+). A combined -1.6 in May/June (9.6 – 8.7 – 8.0, 6+), Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY picks up three-tenths to 8.3 (6+) and is #1 the tenth time in a row; “Jose” was +2.6 in April. January’s +.9 interrupted December/“Holiday” 2019’s -1.2 (8.2 – 7.9 – 7.0, 6+). Three successive downturns by Good News Radio contemporary Christian KSGN have resulted in an approximately 56% loss (-3.2) of its 6+ AQH share (5.7 – 4.9 – 3.7 – 2.5, fifth to eighth, 6+). Through five straight improvements, “Family Friendly 89.7” essentially doubled (+2.8) its 6+ AQH share (2.9 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 4.2 – 4.6 – 5.7, 6+). Forfeiting six-tenths each are Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA (steady at #3) and Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KRCD “Recuerdo” (#11 to #12). KOLA is in an alternating down/up pattern (6.2 – 6.0 – 6.2 – 5.7 – 6.1 – 5.5, February through July, 6+); “Recuerdo” is -1.1 in June/July (1.8 – 1.3 – .7, 6+). The five most recent fluctuations by Entercom country outlet KFRG “K-Frog 95.1” are +.5 (March); -.8 (April); +1.9 (May); +.6 (June); and now -.5 in July (4.8 – 5.3 – 4.5 – 6.4 – 7.0 – 6.5, flat at #2, 6+). Before dropping four-tenths in February, KFRG was a collective +1.5 via three increases in a row (3.7 – 4.1 – 4.6 – 5.2, 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 the 14th consecutive time.

San Jose

Spoken-Word Formats – As a result of four successive slips, Cumulus Media news/talk KGO is a collective -1.3 (2.9 – 2.3 – 1.9 – 1.6 – 1.6, #21 to #24, 6+). Off six-tenths in April, co-owned/similarly-formatted KSFO “560 – The Bay Area’s Exclusive Hot Talk” nets four-tenths in three straight modest gains (.8 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.2, flat at #26, 6+).

Sports talk cluster-mate KNBR, which spiraled by -1.1 this time last month, wipes away nearly half that loss with a +.5 (1.9 – 2.4, #17 to #13, 6+); “The Sports Leader” was -1.9 in February/March (4.7 – 3.3 – 2.8, 6+). Down or flat the past five reports for a collective -1.1 (2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.6, 6+), Entercom’s similarly-formatted KGMZ “95.7 The Game” applies the brakes with a +.3 to 1.9 (6+) and is in a five-way scrum at #19.

In three straight gains, KCBS-AM was a collective +2.5 (4.4 – 5.0 – 5.7 – 6.9, 6+), but the Entercom all-news operation is now -2.2 via four drops in succession (6.9 – 6.4 – 5.8 – 5.6 – 4.7, fourth to fifth, 6+). KCBS-AM has been -.5 (October); +.7 (November); -.8 (December); -.7 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.2 (March); and -.9 (July 2020).

A combined +2.8 in March/April (6.5 – 7.4 – 9.3, 6+), Northern California Public Broadcasting news/talk KQED is -2.7 in three straight downturns (9.3 – 8.4 – 7.7 – 6.6, unchanged at #2, 6+). KQED was -1.2 in December/“Holiday 2019 (6.9 – 6.5 – 5.7, 6+) and had a November-only stay at #1. Following three straight advances in which it more than doubled (+1.0) its 6+ AQH share (.7 – .8 – 1.1 – 1.7, 6+), San Francisco Unified School District news/talk KALW drops a collective seven-tenths via three consecutive slips (1.7 – 1.4 – 1.1 – 1.0, #26 to #27, 6+).

San Jose Music Formats – In an alternating down/up sequence that includes July’s robust +1.0 (fifth to third), Alpha Media hot AC KEZR “Mix 106.5 Today’s Best Music” is: 5.0 – 3.3 – 5.2 – 5.0 – 6.0 (6+). In a slightly shorter rotating pattern, iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR KYLD is trending 1.7 – 2.1 – 2.0 – 2.8 (6+). On the strength of July’s +.8, “WiLD 94.9 The Bay’s #1 Hit Music Station” cracks the top ten (#14 to #9). Continuing the alternating pattern theme which in this case includes July’s +.7, Entercom CHR KMVQ “99.7 Now The Bay’s #1 For All The Hits” is 3.3 – 1.9 – 2.1 – 1.9 – 2.6 (6+) and leaps into the top ten (#17 to #10). As a result of six consecutive sweeps without an increase, iHeartMedia-owned hot AC KIOI was -2.7 (3.9 – 3.5 – 3.2 – 2.6 – 2.0 – 1.4 – 1.2, 6+), but “Star 101.3” is a combined +.9 in June/July (1.2 – 1.6 – 2.1 (#21 to #15, 6+). Notwithstanding it is off one-half share in June/July (9.6 – 9.4 – 9.1, 6+), Alpha Media classic hits-oldies KBAY “Bay FM – The Bay’s Greatest Hits” is the market leader the ninth sweep in succession. KBAY was -.5 (February); +.5 (March); and +1.2 in April (8.1 – 7.6 – 8.1 – 9.3, 6+). Returning to the theme of alternating down/up sequences, iHeartMedia urban contemporary KMEL “#1 For Hip-Hop and R&B” drops nine-tenths and is trending: 2.9 – 2.4 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 3.3 – 2.4 (#9 to #13, 6+). Unlisted four straight months, Univision Radio regional Mexican KSOL resurfaced in June with a 3.3 (6+), but surrenders eight-tenths in July to 2.5 (#9 to #11, 6+). Immediately before disappearing, “Que Buena” was a collective -1.4 through three consecutive drops (3.3 – 2.8 – 2.3 – 1.9, #20, 6+). Faltering by six-tenths each are iHeartMedia adult contemporary KISQ “98.1 The Breeze” (sixth to seventh) and Lazer Broadcasting regional Mexican KXZM “Radio Lazer” (1.3, #17 to #25, 6+). In three straight down or flat trends, “The Breeze” has lost seven-tenths (4.5 – 4.4 – 4.4 – 3.8, 6+); “Radio Lazer” was up one-half share in May/June (1.4 – 1.7 – 1.9, 6+). In seven consecutive sweeps without a loss, Bonneville’s KUFX was a collective +2.8 and crossed the six-share level (3.3 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 6.1, 6+). “K-Fox The South Bay’s Classic Rock,” however, drops one-tenth to 6.0 (6) and is unchanged at #3. Following four straight sweeps without a loss for a +1.2 (2.3 – 2.3 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 3.5, 6+), Entercom hot AC KLLC “Alice @ 97.3” is -1.7 in four consecutive drops (3.5 – 2.7 – 2.1 – 1.9 – 1.8, #17 to #22, 6+).

Middlesex-Somerset-Union

Spoken-Word Formats – Three straight increases delivered Townsquare Media news/talk WKXW a collective +1.6 (5.2 – 6.0 – 6.7 – 6.8, 6+), but “New Jersey 101.5” is -1.1 in June/July (6.8 – 6.5 – 5.7 (unchanged at #3, 6+). Regaining half of the two-tenths it dropped in June (1.9 – 1.7 – 1.8, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” repeats at #20, 6+). As a result of four consecutive positive or neutral moves, Red Apple Media news/talk WABC picks up four-tenths (.5 – .8 – .9 – .9 – .9, steady at #23, 6+).

Despite picking up one-tenth to 2.4 (6+), thus suspending three consecutive decreases that resulted in a -1.9 (4.2 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 2.3, 6+), Entercom sports talk WFAN slumps from #14 to #15. WFAN was +1.4 (January) and -1.0 (February). Unlisted in Middlesex five months in a row, similarly-programmed WEPN reappeared in June with a 1.2 (6+) and drops three-tenths to .9 (flat at #22, 6+).

Off one-half share in May/June (2.4 – 2.1 – 1.9, 6+), Entercom New York City all-news WCBS-AM regains one-tenth to 2.0 (#19 to #17, 6+). Co-owned/similarly-formatted WINS, which was +1.0 in March/April (1.2 – 1.6 – 2.2, 6+), is -1.4 through three consecutive drops (2.2 – 1.4 – .9 – .8, #23 to #25, 6+).

WNYC Broadcasting Foundation public radio news/talk WNYC-FM repeats June’s AQH share (2.0, 6+) and market rank (#17).

Middlesex-Somerset-Union Music Formats – With a colossal +2.3 (3.4 – 5.7, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WSKQ is responsible for the largest (6+) June 2020 – July 2020 increase by any station in these 12 PPM-markets. Furthermore, “Mega 97.9” catapults from #11 to #3. Spanish contemporary sibling WPAT-FM adds nine-tenths and is in an alternating down/up pattern: 3.5 – 2.0 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 4.0 (#12 to #10, 6+). “Amor 93.1” has its best 6+ Middlesex stat since January (4.0, as well). Even though it is off the third time in succession for a collective -2.3 (12.4 – 11.2 – 10.4 – 10.1, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rock WAXQ “Q-104.3” leads the field the seventh sweep in a row. May’s loss interrupted four consecutive increases that accounted for a +6.7 (5.6 – 7.0 – 7.4 – 7.7 – 12.4, 6+). Its 12.4 in April tied adult contemporary cluster-mate WLTW “Lite FM” for Middlesex-Somerset-Union’s highest 6+-share recorded in the PPM-era. After trending 6.1 – 6.0 – 6.1 (April – May – June, 6+), Emmis urban AC WBLS “#1 For R&B” stumbles by eight-tenths to 5.3 (fourth to fifth, 6+). Rhythmic CHR cluster-mate WQHT “Hot 97,” which gained six-tenths this time last month and was up seven-tenths in May/June, surrenders seven-tenths (5.0 – 4.3, sixth to eighth, 6+). A combined +1.2 in May/June (4.1 – 5.1 – 5.3, 6+), iHeartMedia New York City CHR WHTZ “Z-100” relinquishes half that windfall with a -.6 to 4.3 (fifth to sixth, 6+). Promptly after breaking out a +1.1 to 3.9 (6+), Entercom-owned WNYL forfeits roughly half that increase (3.4, -.5, 6+) and departs the top ten (#9 to #11). Entering the June sweep, “Alt 92.3 New York’s New Alternative” was off seven-tenths via four straight sweeps without an increase (3.5 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+).

Convention Coverage Unlike Any in History

| August 3, 2020

By Tom Tradup
Salem Radio Network
V.P. News/Talk Programming

 

DALLAS — R.I.P. American political conventions. You had a good run, but now you’re toast.

2020 has presented talk radio with many challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic — which has personally impacted many in our industry including the amazing infection-through-recovery story of John McConnell. We’ve also been asked to cover nationwide riots — oops, I mean “peaceful protests”— following the senseless killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, the contraction of the radio industry including layoffs and pay cuts, and operating day to day with masks and social distancing.

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