Category: Ratings Takeaways

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 an alternating down/up pattern that commenced in February (2.1 – 1.7 – 2.0 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 1.7, 6+), Entercom-owned WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” continues at #19. 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+).

June 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Four

| July 12, 2020

June 2020 PPM Data – Information for the June 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 June 2020 survey period covered May 21 – June 17. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from these 12 PPM-markets.

Austin

Spoken-Word Formats – Anchored in third place, Waterloo Media Group-owned KLBJ-AM repeats May’s 5.5 (6+). “News Radio 590” posted four consecutive gains for a +2.8 (3.6 – 4.5 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 6.4, 6+) before surrendering nine-tenths this time last month. When Entercom’s KJCE dropped one-tenth to .2 (May 2020, 6+), it halted at 15 a consecutive string of notching either a .3 (6+) or a .4 (6+). “Talk Radio 1370” regains that one-tenth in June and is back at .3 (flat at #26, 6+).

The March 2020 through June 2020 topline for Genuine Austin Radio sports talk KTXX is: 1.3 – 1.1 – 1.3 – 1.2, 6+); “The Horn” departs the top twenty (#19 to #22). This is the fifth time in the last eight sweeps that iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted KVET-AM “1300 AM The Zone” notches a .5 (.5 – .5 – .6 – .5 – .5 – .6 – .4 – .5, unchanged at #25, 6+).

After being on top the past five survey periods, University of Texas at Austin-owned news/talk KUT is a combined -2.5 in three straight declines (10.3 – 9.8 – 8.5 – 7.8, 6+) and segues to the runner-up slot. 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 – Over and above being up four-tenths in May/June (8.1 – 8.4 – 8.5, 6+), Waterloo Media Group adult hits KBPA “103.5 Bob-FM” marches from second to first. This is its best 6+-stat since January (8.5, as well). Immediately following “Holiday” 2019’s increase of seven-tenths, cluster-mate KGSR was -1.5 in five straight downturns (2.7 – 2.6 – 2.1 – 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.2, 6+). “Star 93.3,” however, ends the slide in June with a gain of four-tenths to 1.6 (#21 to #18, 6+). By picking up three-tenths to 3.7 (ninth to seventh, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned rhythmic CHR KPEZ “102.3 The Beat” halts four straight slips that led to a -1.2 (4.6 – 4.5 – 4.3 – 3.8 – 3.4, 6+). It is a difficult report for the market’s three major country FMs. KPEZ cluster-mates KVET-FM “The Austin Texas Original” (4.9, third to fifth, 6+) and KASE “Austin’s #1 For New Country” (3.0, #7 to #12, 6+) are each off six-tenths, while Genuine Austin Radio’s KOKE-FM “Austin’s Country Alternative” (#17 to #22) sputters by one-half share. KVET-FM 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). In four of the last six survey periods, KASE logged a 3.6 (3.6 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.6, “Holiday” 2019 through May 2020, 6+). A combined +1.0 in March/April (1.2 – 1.3 – 2.2, 6+), KOKE-FM replicates May’s one-half share loss (2.2 – 1.7 – 1.2, 6+). In an alternating January 2020 through June 2020 down/up pattern that includes June’s -.6, Waterloo Media Group’s KROX “101-X Alternative Austin” is: 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.8 – 3.2 – 3.3 – 2.7 (flat at #14, 6+).

Raleigh

Spoken-Word Formats – Four drops in succession by iHeartMedia news/talk WTKK “106.1 Stay Connected” for an overall -1.4 (7.6 – 6.9 – 6.8 – 6.6 – 6.2, fifth to sixth, 6+) directly follow its January/February +2.3 (5.3 – 7.1 – 7.6, 6+). The nine-tenths that Curtis Media Group’s WPTF “News Radio 680” gained in April is purged in May/June (2.7 – 2.2 – 1.8, #15 to #16, 6+).

Unchanged at #17, Capitol Broadcasting sports talk WCMC returns the one-tenth it gained in May (1.1 – 1.2 – 1.1, 6+). Three previous slips by “99.9 The Fan” resulted in a –2.6 (3.7 – 3.0 – 2.2 – 1.1, 6+).  

Even though University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill news/talk WUNC  is up seven-tenths in May/June (6.1 – 6.7 – 6.8), “91.5 North Carolina Public Radio” backslides from a three-way tie at #2 to #4. WUNC was off a full-share in April.

Raleigh Music Formats – Owing to three upticks in succession, Radio One gospel WNNL is a collective +2.0 (5.3 – 6.1 – 6.2 – 7.3, 6+). In addition to reaching the seven-share level (7.3, 6+) for the first time since “Holiday” 2019 (7.0), “The Light 103.9” leaps from sixth to second. Off nine-tenths in April/May, urban contemporary sibling WQOK “K-97.5” picks up one-half share to 5.0 (6+) and continues in ninth-place. A combined -2.7 in March/April (7.5 – 6.6 – 4.8, 6+), Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary WRAL “Mix 101.5 – The Variety That Makes You Feel Good” follows with a +1.7 in May/June (4.8 – 5.5 – 6.5, seventh to fifth, 6+). “Mix” was +2.2 (“Holiday” 2019) and -1.7 (January). Similarly-programmed/iHeartMedia Greensboro-owned WMAG was -2.0 via six consecutive down or flat trends (2.2 – 1.9 – .5 – .5 – .5 – .2 – .2, 6+), but ends the slides with a gain of three-tenths to .5 (#23 to #22, 6+). 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” repeats at #10. Following five consecutive gains that generated a +2.7 (7.2 – 8.7 – 8.9 – 9.2 – 9.7 – 9.9, 6+), Radio One urban AC WFXC falters by -1.0 to 8.9 (6+); however, “Foxy – Today’s R&B and Classic Soul” is #1 the sixth 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. The market’s two country FMs combine for a -1.5. Specifically, iHeartMedia’s WNCB “B-93.9 #1 For New Country” erodes by -1.0 (#12 to #13) and Curtis Media Group-owned WQDR-FM “Today’s Best Country 94.7 QDR” is off one-half share (second to sixth). Without a loss five sweeps in a row for a net gain of +1.3 (2.9 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.6 – 4.2, 6+), “B-93.9” is -1.3 in May/June (4.2 – 3.9 – 2.9, 6+) and has its lowest 6+-stat since last December (2.9, as well). Unlisted in January and then a combined +2.4 in March/April (5.2 – 7.1 – 7.6, 6+), WQDR-FM is -1.4 over the past two reports (7.6 – 6.7 – 6.2, 6+). Through five successive decreases, WQDR-FM was a collective -1.9 (6.8 – 6.5 – 6.3 – 5.8 – 5.2 – 4.9, August through “Holiday” 2019, 6+). Down roughly 48% (-2.5) in eight straight sweeps without an increase (5.2 – 5.1 – 4.4 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.7, 6+), CHR cluster-mate WPLW-FM “Pulse FM” slips from #13 to #14.

Indianapolis

Spoken-Word Formats – On the heels of May’s -1.4 to 8.9 (6+), Emmis news/talk WIBC plummets by -1.5 (7.4, third to fifth, 6+). Its combined May/June -2.9 immediately follows four successive increases that netted a +4.9 (5.4 – 7.6 – 8.0 – 8.8 – 10.3, 6+). “Indy’s Mobile News 93.1” has been +2.2 (January 2020); +.8 (March); +1.5 (April); -1.4 (May); and -1.5 (June).

Having logged an increase of seven-tenths this time last month, sports talk cluster-mate WFNI “The Fan – Indy’s Sports Center” forfeits three-tenths (2.5 – 2.2, #14 to #16, 6+). After gaining two-tenths in back-to-back reports (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.4, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WNDE “Indy’s Sports Station” matches WFNI’s loss of three-tenths (1.4 – 1.1, #16 to #18, 6+).

Three gains in succession by WFYI generated a +1.6 (3.7 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.3 , 6+), but – in three straight subsequent drops – the Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting news/talk station is -1.6 (5.3 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.7, ninth to tenth, 6+).

 Indianapolis Music Formats – After witnessing its 6+-stat get sliced by 75% (-2.1) in April and May (2.8 – 2.0 – .7, 6+), Cumulus Media hot AC WNTR “107.9 The Mix” roars back with a June +1.7 to 2.4 (#19 to #15, 6+). In addition to being +1.2 in May/June, CHR cluster-mate WZPL “99.5 ZPL” cross the five-share level (4.3 – 4.6 – 5.5, eighth to seventh, 6+). Tacking on seven-tenths to May’s +.5 (1.3 – 1.8 – 2.5, 6+), Radio One CHR WNOW “100.9 Radio Now” advances from #15 to #14. Prior to the May sweep, WNOW lost eight-tenths as a result of three straight drops (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.7 – 1.3, 6+). It is a slightly similar situation for Sarkes Tarzian-owned triple A WTTS “92.3 Experience The Music,” which was -1.6 via three consecutive slips (4.7 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.1, 6+), but erases half that deficit with a May/June +.8 (3.1 – 3.3 – 3.9, tenth to ninth, 6+). After a nearly two-year hiatus from being listed in print, Radio One gospel WTLC-AM “The Light” resurfaces with a 1.0 (#19, 6+). Meanwhile co-owned urban AC WTLC-FM sputters by nine-tenths in May/June (6.0 – 5.9 – 5.1, seventh to eighth, 6+) and has its lowest 6+-share since last November (5.1, as well). Also off eight-tenths in June is Emmis adult contemporary WYXB (9.6 – 8.8, 6+), but “B-105.7” repeats at #1. Its four most recent fluctuations are: +.6 (March); -1.2 (April); +1.3 (May); and -.8 (June). WYXB had been on top five reports in succession prior to shifting to fourth in April. “B-105.7” 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+). Its 18.2 (“Holiday” 2019) represents the strongest 6+-performance by any Indianapolis station in the PPM-era. Continuing in fourth-place, co-owned WLHK “Country 97.1 Hank FM” regresses by eight-tenths in May/June (8.3 – 8.2 – 7.5, 6+). Trending 5.8 – 7.1 – 7.0 – 7.4 (6+), Cumulus Media’s WFMS “95.5 The Country Station” inches up from sixth to fifth with its best 6+-stat (7.4) since November’s 7.6. Stuck on 9.1 (6+) in April and May, Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WJJK “Classic Hits 104.5” is off six-tenths to 8.5 (6+) and carries on in the runner-up slot. Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WKLU posted a 3.4 (6+) in June, but Indianapolis’ version of “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” is unlisted the 13th time in a row.

Milwaukee

Spoken-Word Formats – Doubling May’s loss of seven-tenths with a June -1.4 (9.3 – 8.6 – 7.2, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WISN segues from first (where it was in April and May) to second. Prior to May, “News/Talk 1130” had been +5.3 via four straight spikes (4.0 – 4.2 – 5.2 – 5.8 – 9.3, 6+). A combined +1.2 in March/April (5.1 – 5.7 – 6.3, 6+), Good Karma Brands’ WTMJ “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” is down eight-tenths in May/June (6.3 – 6.1 – 5.5, fourth to sixth, 6+). Regaining the one-tenth it lost this time last month (.6 – .5 – .6, 6+), Alpha Media’s WLIP  climbs from #19 to #17. Immediately in advance of the May sweep, “AM 1050 Kenosha’s News & Talk” doubled (+.3) its 6+ AQH share in six straight up or flat sweeps (.3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .5 – .6, 6+).

Four Milwaukee sports talk stations are separated by three-tenths of a share and combine for a 1.8 (June 2020, 6+). Flat are iHeartMedia-owned WRNW “97.3 The Game – Milwaukee’s Sports Talk That Rocks” (.6, #16 to #17, 6+); Good Karma Brands’ WKTI “94.5 ESPN” (.5, unchanged at #19, 6+); and iHeartMedia’s WOKY “The Big 920,” which has its ninth straight sweep without an increase for a net loss of four-tenths (.7 – .6 – .5 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3, unchanged at #22, 6+). Meanwhile, Entercom’s WSSP “Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan” is off one-tenth (.5 – .4, #19 to #21, 6+).

After posting four improvements in a row for a collective +1.0 (4.0 – 4.2 – 4.4 – 4.5 – 5.0, 6+), University of Wisconsin news/talk WUWM is -1.4 in May/June (5.0 – 4.1 – 3.6, flat at #9, 6+). Through three straight down or flat reports, Wisconsin Public Radio news/talk WHAD is off one-half share (1.4 – 1.4 – 1.0 – .9, #14 to #15, 6+).   

Milwaukee Music Formats – One of only three PPM-market stations to post a (6+) May 2020- June 2020 increase of at least a +2.0, iHeartMedia’s WMIL (6.5 – 8.7, +2.2, 6+) storms from third to first. This is the third uptick in a row by “FM 106.1 Milwaukee’s Best Country” for an overall +2.7 (6.0 – 6.1 – 6.5 – 8.7, 6+). The wild ride continues for Milwaukee Radio Alliance adult contemporary WLDB “B-93.3,” which was +6.2 through  three straight boosts (5.2 – 5.7 – 6.8 – 11.4, 6+); 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 +1.0 (5.7, seventh to fifth, June 2020, 6+). Alternative cluster-mate WLUM “FM 102.1 Sounds Different” is up or flat the sixth successive sweep for a +1.1 (3.6 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.6 – 4.7, unchanged at #8, 6+). Jumping from sixth to fourth, iHeartMedia urban contemporary WKKV “V-100.7” is +1.1 via five reports in succession without a loss (4.7 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 5.0 – 5.5 – 5.8, 6+). A combined -1.5 in April/May (4.2 – 3.1 – 2.7, 6+), Entercom CHR WXSS “103.7 Kiss FM Milwaukee’s #1 Hit Music Station” deletes 60% of that shortfall with a June +.9 to 3.6 (tenth to ninth, 6+). Co-owned hot AC WMYX “99.1 The Mix” notched a +1.8 in January (6.1 – 7.9, 6+); was then an overall -3.0 in three straight drops (7.9 – 7.0 – 6.5 – 4.9, 6+); +.9 in May (4.9 – 5.8, 6+); and is now -.5 in June (5.3, fifth to seventh, 6+). WMYX had a January-only stay at #1. With their “Holiday” 2019 (6+) AQH share and market rank information in parentheses, the following Saga Communications stations are unlisted the sixth 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 – After improving by seven-tenths in March/April (4.7 – 5.3 – 5.4, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WWTN “Super Talk 99.7” follows with a -.8 in May/June (5.4 – 5.3 – 4.6, seventh to tenth, 6+). It is a very similar scenario for iHeartMedia’s WLAC “Talk Radio 1510,” which was a combined +.5 in March/April (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.7, 6+), but falters by seven-tenths in May/June (2.7 – 2.4 – 2.0, #14 to #17, 6+).

On the heels of an May increase of eight-tenths, Cumulus Media-owned sports talk WGFX surrenders three-tenths (2.7 – 2.4, #13 to #14, 6+). Prior to May, “104.5 The Zone” was an overall -2.8 via three slips in succession (4.7 – 3.2 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+). Cromwell Group-owned/similarly-formatted WPRT “102.5 The Game” has lost 70% (-.7) of its 6+ AQH share in five straight sweeps without an increase (1.0 – .6 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3, #21 to #22, 6+).

Following four straight drops that resulted in a collective -2.0 (5.7 – 5.5 – 5.0 – 4.0 – 3.7, 6+), Nashville Public Radio’s WPLN-FM halts the skid with a gain of three-tenths (4.0, #12 to #11, 6+). “NPR News and Classical Music” was +1.1 in January (4.6 – 5.7, 6+).

Nashville Music Formats – At this time last month, WNRQ cratered by -1.6 to 5.1 (6+). To say “105.9 The Rock – Nashville’s Classic Rock” bounces back is the height of understatement as it boasts a colossal +2.7 to 7.8 (eighth to third, 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+). WNRQ (+2.7); Pittsburgh rocker WDVE (+2.4); and WMIL “FM 106.1 Milwaukee’s Best Country” (+2.2) are the only PPM-market stations to register (6+) May 2020- June 2020 advances of at least +2.0. All three are iHeartMedia-owned properties. The alternating down/up March 2020 through June 2020 topline (which includes June’s +1.0) for Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WLVU is: 1.8 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 3.2 (#17 to #13, 6+). “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” reaches the three-share level (3.2) for the first time since last September (3.5). Duplicating May’s uptick of eight-tenths (4.0 – 4.8 – 5.6, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WRVW “107.5 The River” pushes up from ninth to seventh. Its March/April -3.1 (7.1 – 6.4 – 4.0, 6+) directly followed January/February’s +1.5 (5.6 – 6.5 – 7.1, 6+). Posting back-to-back modest increases (8.1 – 8.2 – 8.4, 6+), Midwest Communications-owned adult contemporary WJXA “Mix 92.9 – Your Life, Your Music” progresses from second to first. After spending five consecutive sweeps at #1, 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); and -1.6 (April). Substituting May’s +1.2 with June’s -1.2 (7.1 – 8.3 – 7.1, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WSIX has a May-only stay on top and segues to fourth-place. “The Big 98 – Nashville’s #1 For New Country” 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, fifth to eighth, 6+). Co-owned WKDF regains half of May’s -.2 (4.8 – 4.9, +.1, 6+) and repeats at #9. 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+). A collective +1.4 via three up or flat moves in a row (2.7 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 4.1, 6+), Cromwell Group alternative WBUZ “102.9 The Buzz” relinquishes one-half share to 3.6 (#11 to #12, 6+). 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 third 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 a combined -1.4 in May/June (6.1 – 5.6 – 4.7, sixth to seventh, 6+). Despite gaining two-tenths (1.2 – 1.4, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WHJJ backslides from #15 to #16. Down one-tenth in May, “News Radio 920” gained nine-tenths in five straight sweeps without a loss (.4 – .6 – .8 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.3, 6+). Ten consecutive up or flat reports by Cumulus Media’s WPRV yielded four-tenths (.3 – .3 -.3 -.3 -.3 -.3 -.3 – .4 – .4 – .6 – .7, 6+). The streak concludes, however, as “AM 790 Talk & Business” sputters by two-tenths to .5 (6+) and departs the top twenty (#19 to #21).

In five straight sweeps without an increase, Entercom sports talk WVEI is down two full-shares (4.1 – 3.4 – 3.1 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.1, ninth to tenth, 6+).

A combined -.9 in April/May (2.2 – 1.5 – 1.3, 6+), iHeartMedia Boston’s WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” picks up two-tenths to 1.5 (6+) and repeats at #14.

Albeit flat at 2.3 (6+), WGBH Educational Foundation Boston news/talk WGBH progresses from tenth to ninth. Rhode Island Public Radio news/talk WNPN repeats May’s share and rank stats (1.6, #12, 6+). Off one-half share in May, WNPN more than doubled (+1.2) its 6+ AQH share in March/April (.9 – 1.4 – 2.1, 6+). Dropping from #21 to #23, The Wheeler School-owned news/talk WELH “89.3 The Public’s Radio” has posted either a .6 (6+) or .4 (6+) from February 2020 through June 2020 (.6 – .4 – .6 – .4 – .4, 6+).

Providence Music Formats – The five most recent fluctuations by Cumulus Media adult contemporary WWLI “Lite Rock 105” are: -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, fourth to third, June, 6+). With a June increase of seven-tenths, Hall Communications’ WCTK “Cat Country 98.1” continues an alternating up/down sequence and reaches double-digits (7.8 – 8.5 – 7.9 – 9.8 – 9.4 – 10.1, steady at #2). As a result of four straight positive or neutral moves, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWBB “B-101” nets a +1.3 (4.8 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.8 – 6.1, fifth to fourth, 6+). Unlisted the past 12 survey periods, Red Wolf Broadcasting Spanish tropical WKKB “Latina 100.3,” which posted a 1.2 in June 2019 (#16, 6+), reemerges in print with a 3.1 (#8, 6+). Likewise, co-owned classic hits-oldies WSKP resurfaces with a .5 (#21, 6+); “Good Times … Great Oldies” was .8, #19 (June 2019, 6+). Not only is iHeartMedia-owned WHJY “94 HJY Providence’s Home of Rock & Roll” #1 the sixth time in a row, it is up one-half share in May/June (10.2 – 10.6 – 10.7, 6+). Prior to the April ratings period, WHJY was an overall +2.6 through three successive increases (8.0 – 9.4 – 10.2 – 10.6, 6+). Two Providence CHR outlets combine for a -2.5 (6+) with Townsquare Media’s WFHN “Fun 107” absorbing 64% of the blow: Its 6+ AQH share is sliced exactly in half (3.2 – 1.6, -1.6, #8 to #12, 6+). Simultaneously, Cumulus Media’s similarly-formatted WPRO-FM “Today’s Hit Music 92 PRO-FM” is without an increase the fifth successive sweep for a collective -1.4 (7.4 – 7.2 – 7.1 – 7.0 – 6.9 – 6.0, third to fifth, 6+) and has its lowest 6+-stat (6.0) since “Holiday” 2019’s 5.8. Immediately after gaining one-half share, Bryant University’s WJMF “99.5 Classical Radio Boston” surrenders six-tenths (1.0 – 1.5 – .9, #13 to #19, 6+).

Norfolk

Spoken-Word Formats – Off one-half share (1.5 – 1.0, 6+), Max Broadcast Group sports talk WVSP departs the top ten (#10 to #14). By adding two-tenths this time last month, “ESPN Radio 94.1” halted 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 – Posting increases of seven-tenths each are Max Broadcast Group’s country-formatted  WGH-FM “97.3 The Eagle” (fourth to third) and Entercom rhythmic CHR WNVZ “Z-104” (3.6, seventh to fifth, 6+). Previously without an increase three straight survey periods for a -1.0 (4.2 – 4.2 – 3.9 – 3.2, 6+), “The Eagle” replicates May’s +.7 (3.2 – 3.9 – 4.6, 6+). In three drops in succession, “Z-104” was -1.0 (3.9 – 3.7 – 3.2 – 2.9, 6+). In a practically identical profile, hot AC cluster-mate WPTE was -1.0 as well in the same timeframe (3.9 – 3.5 – 3.0 – 2.9, 6+). In June, “94.9 The Point” notches a +.5 to 3.4 (seventh to sixth, 6+). Up six-tenths this time last month (12.6 – 13.2, 6+), Entercom urban AC WVKL erodes by -1.0 to 12.2 (6+). Even so, “Smooth R&B from Yesterday & Today” is #1 the 19th consecutive sweep. WVKL was –1.5 (February); +.7 (March); and -1.0 (April). The 15.5 it posted in August 2018 holds the record for highest 6+-performance by any Norfolk station in the PPM-era. After combining for a +1.5 (6+) in May, the market’s two adult contemporary facilities are -1.7 in June. Specifically, Entercom’s WWDE “101.3 2WD,” which was +.9 in May is -1.1 (4.6, flat at #3), while Max Broadcast Group-owned WVBW “92.9 The Wave” forfeits in its entirely May’s +.6 (3.0 – 3.6 – 3.0, fifth to seventh, 6+). 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+). Meanwhile, “The Wave” surrendered eight-tenths in March/April (3.8 – 3.3 – 3.0, 6+). These three Saga Communications-owned properties are unlisted the fifth 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 – Owing to five consecutive spikes, Cox Media Group news/talk WOKV-FM “104.5 Jacksonville’s News, Weather, and Traffic” netted a +5.3 (8.1 – 8.3 – 9.8 – 10.4 – 11.8 – 13.4, 6+), but it is -3.5 in May/June (13.4 – 10.4 – 9.9, flat at #2, 6+).

Advancing by one-tenth and one ranker is iHeartMedia sports talk WFXJ “930 The Game – Jacksonville’s Sports Leader” (.8 – .9, #19 to #18, 6+). “The Game” was a combined +.6 in March/April (.8 – 1.2 – 1.4, 6+) but surrendered the entire increase in May.

Storming back from back-to-back losses of seven-tenths (3.9 – 3.2 – 2.5, 6+) with a June +1.2 to 3.7 (6+), public radio news/talk WJCT progresses from #13 to #12.

Jacksonville Music Formats – After spiraling by -1.3 in May to 5.7 (6+) Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WJGL “96.9 The Eagle” answers with a +.9 to 6.6 (fifth to third, 6+). “The Eagle” was +1.0 in March/April (6.0 – 6.8 – 7.0, 6+). The market’s (6+) country share swells by +1.4, nearly equally-divided between Renda Broadcasting’s WGNE “99.9 Jacksonville’s Hottest Country” (tenth to seventh) and iHeartMedia-owned WQIK “Jacksonville’s Country 99.1” (seventh to fifth). Over the last two sweeps, WGNE is up nine-tenths (4.0 – 4.1 – 4.9, 6+). Without an increase three reports in succession for a -1.0 (4.6 – 4.6 – 4.2 – 3.6, 6+), WQIK is +1.9 in the matching period (3.6 – 4.9 – 5.5, 6+). At the same time that iHeartMedia CHR WKSL “97.9 Kiss-FM” improves by eight-tenths and cracks the top ten (#11 to #10), its format rival – Cox Media Group-owned WAPE “95.1 Jacksonville’s #1 Hit Music Station” – regresses by that identical margin (5.2 – 4.4, sixth to ninth). This marks the sixth straight sweep without a loss by “Kiss” for a cumulative +1.7 (2.4 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 4.1, 6+). A combined -1.0 in March/April (5.3 – 5.1 – 4.3, 6+), WAPE was up nine-tenths in May. While repeating at #1 and recording double-digits the fifth time in a row/seventh time in the last eight sweeps, Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WEJZ “96.1 The Most Music For Your Workday” is -1.8 in four straight downturns (12.0 – 11.1 – 10.8 – 10.7 – 10.2, 6+). WEJZ held the top spot from December 2019 through February 2020. Its format foe – Cox Media Group’s WEZI “Easy 102.9” – echoes May’s share and market rank (4.9, seventh, 6+). A combined +1.0 in April/May (4.8 – 5.4 – 5.8, 6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WJBT “93.3 The Beat” forfeits eight-tenths to 5.0 (fourth to sixth, 6+). Co-owned/rock-formatted WWJK “107.3 Planet Radio,” which was +1.9 through three straight increases (2.5 – 2.8 – 3.8 – 4.4, 6+), drops three-tenths to 4.1 (ninth to tenth, 6+).

West Palm Beach

Spoken-Word Formats – Dropping from fourth to sixth, iHeartMedia-owned WJNO  is -.8 in May/June (4.7 – 4.6 – 3.9, 6+). Just prior, “1290 The Palm Beaches’ News & Talk” logged 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+), slips three-tenths in May/June (2.2 – 2.0 – 1.9, #11 to #12, 6+). Following six straight reports without an increase 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” bounces back with a half-share May/June increase (.7 – 1.1 – 1.2, #15 to #14, 6+). Stuck on .7 (6+) in April and May, iHeartMedia Miami news/talk WIOD “610 News Radio” is off one-tenth to .6 (6+) and continues at #20.

Hubbard Broadcasting’s WMEN “Fox Sports 640 AM South Florida” forfeits in its entirety the one-half share it gained this time last month and departs the top twenty (.2 – .7 – .2, #20 to #23, 6+).

Up seven-tenths (2.8 – 3.5, 6+), Dade County School Board public radio news/talk WLRN continues in ninth-place. 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 – Boasting May 2020 – June 2020 upticks of +1.2 (6+) each are Hubbard Broadcasting classic hits-oldies WEAT “Sunny 107.9” (5.0 – 6.2, steady at #3, 6+) and iHeartMedia-owned WKGR “98.7 The Palm Beaches’ Rock Station” (unchanged at #4). 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+). WKGR is a combined +1.5 in May/June (4.3 – 4.6 – 5.8, 6+) and scores a five-share (6+) the third time in the last six sweeps. Six straight down or flat reports by Hubbard Broadcasting’s WIRK accounted for an overall -2.8 (5.5 – 4.7 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 3.7 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+), but “New Country 103.1” answers with a May/June +1.2 (2.7 – 2.8 – 3.9, ninth to sixth, 6+). Immediately after recording a hefty +1.3 back in December 2019 (.3 – 1.6, 6+), Glades Media Spanish contemporary WWRF  forfeited the increase in its entirety the very next sweep (.3 – 1.3, “Holiday” 2019, 6+), fading from the top twenty (#13 to #25). Its January 2020 through May 2020 topline was .3 – .4 – .5 – .2 – .4 (6+), but “AM 1380 Radio Fiesta” erupts with a +.8 to 1.2 (#14, 6+). A combined +1.0 in May/June (1.3 – 1.7 – 2.3, #12 to #10, 6+), iHeartMedia Miami CHR WHYI “Y-100” has its best (6+) West Palm Beach stat (2.3) since last September (2.5). Notwithstanding that its colossal May +3.7 is sheared by approximately 50%, Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WRMF “Variety from the 90s and Now” repeats at #1 (10.2 – 8.3, -1.9, 6+). 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). Meanwhile, rhythmic CHR WRMF-HD4 pops on with a .6 (#20, 6+). After nearly doubling (+1.7) its 6+ AQH stat in three straight improvements (1.9 – 2.5 – 2.9 – 3.6, 6+), iHeartMedia Spanish contemporary WRLX “Mia 92.1” is -1.3 in May/June (3.6 – 3.0 – 2.3, eighth to tenth, 6+). Co-owned urban contemporary WRLX-HD2 relinquishes the half-share it gained this time last month and departs the top twenty (.4 – .9 – .4, #17 to #22, 6+). CHR cluster-mate WLDI “WiLD 95.5 The Palm Beaches’ #1 Hit Music Station,” which was  +1.0 in four straight up or flat reports (3.3 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 4.0 – 4.3, 6+), falters by six-tenths to 3.7 (sixth to eighth, 6+). Spanish contemporary sibling WZTU “Tu 94.9” continues an alternating down/up sequence: 1.5 – 1.3 – 1.4 – .9 – 1.8 – 1.3 – 1.4 – .4 – .9 – 1.0 (#17 to #16, 6+). Hubbard Broadcasting rhythmic CHR WMBX-HD2, which logged a .7 (#16, 6+) in April, is unlisted the second month in a row.

Greensboro

Spoken-Word Formats – Off by a combined eight-tenths in May/June (5.6 – 5.0 – 4.8, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WPTI drops from sixth to ninth; “94.5 Your News, Talk, & Sports Station” had been a collective +2.6 via four consecutive gains (3.0 – 3.9 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 5.6, 6+).

While it remains flat at #15, Curtis Media Group sports talk WSJS “Triad Sports” is down one-tenth in May/June (-.5 – .5 -.4, 6+).

Up three-tenths (2.8 – 3.1, 6+), Wake Forest University news/talk WFDD is anchored at #11. The December 2019 through June 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 (steady at #14,  6+).

Greensboro Music Formats – The market’s (6+) country share enjoys a combined +1.8, courtesy of a +1.0 from iHeartMedia’s WTQR “Q-104.1 #1 For New Country (5.5, eighth to sixth, 6+) and a +.8 from Entercom-owned WPAW “93.1 The Wolf – Nobody Plays More New Country” (5.2, ninth to seventh, 6+). “Q-104.1” was down three-tenths in April/May (4.8 – 4.5 – 4.5, 6+), while “The Wolf” dropped nine-tenths in that same stretch (5.3 – 4.8 – 4.4, 6+). Within one-tenth of each other in May, the two country rivals are now separated by three-tenths of a share. Owing to three straight declines, WMAG was -1.4 (8.1 – 7.6 – 7.1 – 6.7, 6+), but the iHeartMedia adult contemporary outlet wipes away all but one-tenth of that shortfall with a June +1.3 to 8.0 (fifth to third, 6+). Four successive spikes awarded 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+). CHR sibling WMKS “100.3 Kiss-FM All The Hits,” which lost eight-tenths in three consecutive down or flat trends (2.8 – 2.6 – 2.0 – 2.0, 6+), answers with a half-share spike to 2.5 (#13 to #12, 6+). For the third time in a row, WQMG “97.1 QMG The Best R&B and Old School” posts an 11.1 (6+) and is #1 the fourth successive sweep. Furthermore, the Entercom urban AC is +1.2 in four successive up or flat trends (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. A combined -1.9 in May/June (8.3 – 8.1 – 6.4, third to fifth, 6+), co-owned rhythmic CHR WJMH “102 Jamz” is below a seven-share (6.4, 6+) for the first time since “Holiday” 2019’s 6.9. All but negating May’s +.7 with a June -.6 (1.8 – 2.5 – 1.9, 6+), Curtis Media Group regional Mexican WYMY slips from #12 to #13. Prior to May, “La Ley 101.1” 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+). Recent (6+) fluctuations by Entercom adult hits WSMW “98.7 Simon Says We Play Everything” include: +1.4 (September 2019); +1.0 (November); -1.2 (December); -2.2 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.9 (January 2020); +1.2 (May); and now -.5 in June (8.8 – 8.3, unchanged at #2, 6+). Entering the May report, “Simon” was a collective -2.8 in three straight drops (10.4 – 8.9 – 8.1 – 7.6, 6+).

Memphis

Spoken-Word Formats – After cratering by -1.5 in May to 5.5 (6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WREC picks up two-tenths to 5.7 (6+) and repeats at #5. Four consecutive increases by “600 AM – Memphis’ News, Traffic, & Weather” netted a +2.6 (4.4 – 4.6 – 5.1 – 5.6 – 7.0, 6+).

The +.6 logged in May by Entercom’s WMFS vanishes completely (2.4 – 1.8, -.6, #12 to 314, 6+). “ESPN Sports Radio” had been -1.6 In three straight drops (3.4 – 3.1 – 2.3 – 1.8, 6+).

Memphis Music Formats – Regaining one-half share from May’s -1.2 (11.1 – 9.9 – 10.4, 6+), Cumulus Media urban-rhythmic oldies WRBO “103.5 The Best Mix of R&B” is #1 the fifth straight time. May’s decrease interrupted three consecutive spikes 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+). Also jumping by one-half share in June is Entercom hot AC WMC-FM, which reenters the top ten (3.9, #11 to #9, 6+). “FM 100 Today’s Best Mix” was off nine-tenths in April/May (4.3 – 3.5 – 3.4, 6+). After more than doubling (+2.2) its 6+ AQH stat via five straight up or flat trends (1.9 – 1.9 – 2.2 – 2.7 – 3.0 – 4.1, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WDIA “1070 The Heart & Soul of Memphis” surrenders half (-1.1) that increase in May/June (4.1 – 3.9 – 3.0, ninth to tenth, 6+). It is tied with cluster-mate WEGR “Rock 103 – Memphis’ Classic Rock,” which is down nine-tenths in May/June (3.9 – 3.6, 30, flat 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+), Cumulus Media’s WXMX forfeits one-half share (6.0, 6+). Nonetheless, “98.1 The Max – Maximum Rock” continues in fourth-place. Three straight spikes by iHeartMedia urban contemporary WHRK yielded a +2.4 (6.8 – 7.3 – 8.1 – 9.2, 6+), but “K-97” sputters by one-tenth to 9.1 (6+) and repeats in the runner-up slot. WHRK was a combined -1.0 in January/February (7.8 – 6.9 – 6.8, 6+). Mid-South Public Communications’ classical WKNO has lost half (-1.0) its 6+ AQH share as a result of four straight sweeps without an increase (2.0 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.0 – 1.0, flat at #17, 6+).

Hartford

Spoken-Word Formats – Anchored at #4, Entercom-owned WTIC-AM “News Talk 1080” records its sixth successive positive or neutral trend for a collective +2.1 (5.7 – 6.1 – 6.2 – 7.2 – 7.6 – 7.8 – 7.8, 6+). Returning the one-tenth it picked up in May (.7 – .8 – .7, 6+), Red Wolf Broadcasting news/talk WDRC-AM remains at #14; “AM 1360 The Talk of Connecticut” was off one-half share in April. In 23 consecutive reports, iHeartMedia’s WPOP recorded either a .1 (6+) or a .2 (6+) – then notched a .7 (April, 6+). “News Radio 1410” posts a .2 (6+) in May and June, repeating at #15.

WPOP’s sports talk cluster-mate, WUCS “97.9 ESPN Hartford,” returns May’s increase of three-tenths and remains at #13 (1.1 – 1.4 – 1.1, 6+).

As a result of four straight down or flat moves, Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network news/talk WNPR is -2.0 and exits the top ten (4.6 – 4.3 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.6, #10 to #11, 6+). “Connecticut’s Public Media Source for News & Ideas” was +1.1 in January/February (3.5 – 4.1 – 4.6, 6+). In five 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, flat at #15, 6+).

Hartford Music Formats – By gaining seven-tenths to 6.7, its best 6+-showing since last October (6.7, as well), Entercom rhythmic CHR WZMX “Hot 93.7” curtails three straight modest decreases that accounted for a net loss of four-tenths (6.4 – 6.3 – 6.1 – 6.0, 6+) and is steady at #5. Co-owned adult contemporary WRCH logs a half-share increase in back-to-back sweeps, (8.9 – 9.4 – 9.9, 6+). Consequently, “Lite 100.5” breaks a first-place tie and assumes sole possession of the lead. 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). May’s co-leader, Red Wolf Broadcasting classic rock WDRC-FM “102.9 The Whale,” dips one-tenth (9.4 – 9.3, 6+) and shifts to #2. 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+). Recording half-share increases in addition to WRCH are iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WHCN “105.9 The River” (6.5, fifth-place tie to sixth, 6+) and its CHR sibling, WKSS “Kiss 95.7 – All The Hits,” (5.9, flat at #7, 6+). “The River” was a combined -1.1 in April/May (7.1 – 6.7 – 6.0, 6+). Prior to logging a +.6 this time last month, “Kiss” posted three consecutive drops that led to a -2.6 (7.4 – 6.1 – 5.9 – 4.8, 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+), Red Wolf Broadcasting Spanish tropical WMRQ-HD2 drops two-tenths to 2.8 (flat at #10, 6+). Echoing May’s #15 ranking, co-owned classic hits-oldies WNTY “Kool Radio – Good Times/Great Oldies” is down or flat the 12th time in succession for a net loss of three-tenths (.5 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .2 – .2 – .2, 6+).

June 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Three

| July 10, 2020

June 2020 PPM Data – Information for the June 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 June 2020 survey period covered May 21 – June 17. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from these 12 PPM-markets.

Portland

Spoken Word Formats – Rebounding from May’s -1.0 with a June increase of four-tenths (7.0 – 6.0 – 6.4, 6+), Alpha Media-owned news/talk KXL “FM News 101 – Stay Connected” continues in third-place. March/April’s +2.1 aided KXL in reaching the seven-share level (4.9 – 6.7 – 7.0, 6+). Following 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+), iHeartMedia’s KEX “News Radio 1190 – Depend On Us” sputters by three-tenths to 3.6 (#11 to #13, 6+). Off four-tenths in April/May (1.4 – 1.2 – 1.0, 6+), Alpha Media news/talk KUFO “Freedom 970” expunges the deficit with a +.4 to 1.4 (#23 to #22, 6+). This marks the eighth time in the last nine sweeps that Salem Media Group’s KPAM “AM 860 The Answer” has posted a .4 (6+): .4 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .5 – .4 – .4, #26 to #27, 6+).

Having netted four-tenths in three consecutive gains (1.5 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 1.9, 6+), Alpha Media sports talk KXTG “The Game” slips three-tenths to 1.6 (flat at #21, 6+). In nine successive reports without an increase, Entercom’s similarly-formatted KFXX “1080 The Fan” has lost roughly 44% (-.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, #22 to #23, 6+). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia-owned KPOJ “Sports Radio 620” has had its 6+ AQH share sliced by roughly 78% via five straight down or flat sweeps (.9 – .7 – .6 – .2 – .2 – .2, flat at #30, 6+).

A combined +1.9 in March/April (8.2 – 9.9 – 10.1, 6+), Oregon Public Broadcasting news/talk KOPB follows with a -1.0 in May/June (10.1 – 9.3 – 9.1, 6+), but is #1 the fourth consecutive time. KOPB and iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW are the only Portland stations to achieve double-digits (6+) in the PPM-era.

Portland Music Formats – Aforementioned iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW “K-103” adds eight-tenths to May’s +.3 (5.6 – 5.9 – 6.7, 6+) and jumps from fourth to second. May’s increase applied the brakes to 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. Alpha Media CHR KBFF “Live 95.5” tacks on seven-tenths to May’s +1.0 (3.0 – 4.0 – 4.7, tenth to sixth, 6+). Analogous with KKCW (see above), KBFF’s May uptick halted three straight downturns that resulted in an overall -1.9 (4.9 – 4.4 – 3.9 – 3.0, 6+). Prior to January’s +.7, “Live 95.5” was off eight-tenths via three drops in a row (5.0 – 4.8 – 4.3 – 4.2, 6+). Co-owned country-formatted KUPL “98.7 The Bull” regains the half-share it squandered in May (3.3 – 2.8 – 3.3, #16 to #15, 6+). Entering the May sweep, “The Bull” was +1.1 via four straight improvements (2.2 – 2.5 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.3, 6+). Tied at #11 are iHeartMedia CHR KKRZ “Z-100 Portland’s #1 Hit Music Station” and Entercom adult hits KYCH “97.1 Charlie – We Play Everything.” KKRZ gains seven-tenths in three straight up or flat moves (3.1 – 3.2 – 3.8 – 3.8, #12 to #11, 6+). Meanwhile, “Charlie” is up four-tenths (3.8, #14 to #11, 6+), thus halting five consecutive slips in which it essentially lost half (-3.3) its 6+ AQH share (6.7 – 5.9 – 4.7 – 4.2 – 3.9 – 3.4, 6+). Following three straight jumps that produced a collective +1.7 (4.4 – 4.7 – 5.5 – 6.1, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KFBW “105.9 The Brew – Portland’s Rock Station” forfeits a full-share to 5.1 (second to fifth, 6+). Off six-tenths and one-half share, respectively, are Salem Media Group contemporary Christian KFIS “104.1 The Fish” (4.4, sixth to seventh, 6+) and All Classical Public Media KQAC “All Classical Portland” (4.0, seventh to tenth, 6+). KFIS netted eight-tenths through three straight boosts (4.2 – 4.5 – 4.6 – 5.0, 6+), while KQAC was +1.5 in April/May (3.0 – 4.3, 4.5, 6+).

Charlotte

Spoken-Word Formats – Having more than doubled (+3.6) its 6+ AQH share via four increases in a row and reaching the seven-share level (3.5 – 4.9 – 5.3 – 5.7 – 7.1, 6+), Entercom-owned WBT “Charlotte’s News Talk” is -1.1 in May/June (7.1 – 6.3 – 6.0, third to fourth, 6+).

While it remains at #18, co-owned WFNZ “The Fan – Charlotte’s Sports Leader” is down or flat the third consecutive time for a net loss of one-half share (1.8 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.3, 6+).

Even though it repeats May’s 3.2 (6+), University Radio Foundation news/talk WFAE nonetheless drops from #12 to #14.

Charlotte Music Formats – Two Charlotte outlets with similar call letters improve their 6+ May 2020 – June 2020 by at least one full-share. Specifically, Beasley Media Group adult contemporary WKQC “K-104.7” is +1.1 (eighth to fourth), while iHeartMedia CHR WHQC “Hits 96.1” is +1.0 (tenth to ninth). Following four straight down or flat reports that led to a -10.4 (14.5 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 6.3 – 4.1, 6+), “K-104.7” is +1.9 in May/June (4.9 – 6.0, 6+); WKQC was #1 in “Holiday” 2019 (14.5, 6+). “Hits 96.1” is +1.3 in May/June (3.4 – 3.7 – 4.7, 6+) and has its strongest 6+-stat (4.7) since last September’s 5.0. Advancing from #16 to #12, Entercom hot AC WLNK “107.9 The Link Charlotte’s Best Mix” is +1.2 in the two most recent reports (2.1 – 2.4 – 3.3, 6+). Up seven-tenths in May/June (5.2 – 5.3 – 5.9, 6+), Beasley Media Group urban AC WBAV “V-101.9” continues in sixth-place. Albeit a combined -2.2 in the last two sweeps (10.2 – 8.4 – 8.0, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rock WRFX “99.7 The Fox” sets the pace the sixth consecutive time. 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+), reaching  double-digits (10.2, 6+). The only other Charlotte station hitting double-digits in the PPM-era is aforementioned 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+). As a result of spikes in succession, Beasley Media Group-owned WSOC was +2.6 (5.5 – 5.7 – 7.5 – 8.1, 6+), but falters by eight-tenths to 7.3 (flat at #2, 6+). “Country’s Hottest Hits” was -1.2 in “Holiday” 2019 and then +1.0 in January 2020. The 2.1-share (6+) advantage it had in May over iHeartMedia-owned/similarly programmed WKKT “96.9 The Kat Charlotte’s #1 For New Country” is reduced to nine-tenths as WKKT is +1.2 through four upticks in a row (5,2 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.4, fifth to third, 6+). A combined +1.2 in April/May (1.4 – 2.5 – 2.6, 6+), Davidson College-owned WDAV “89.9 Classical Public Radio” regresses by seven-tenths to 1.9 (#15 to #16, 6+). Dropping one-half share each are Radio One’s WOSF “105.3 R n B” (5.7, fourth to seventh, 6+) and iHeartMedia adult hits WLKO “102.9 The Lake We Play Anything” (sixth to eighth). The loss suspends three straight spikes by WOSF that yielded a +1.5 (4.7 – 4.8 – 5.2 – 6.2, 6+). As a result of three drops in a row, “The Lake” is -2.5 and falls below a five-share (7.3 – 5.4 – 5.3 – 4.8, 6+).

San Antonio

Spoken-Word Formats – Major fluctuations continue for 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+); and now -.6 (7.1 – 6.5, steady at #2, 6+). Up three-tenths in May/June (1.4 – 1.5 – 1.7, 6+), Alpha Media news/talk KTSA “Stay Connected” advances from #22 to #21.

Deadlocked at #28 this time last month, Alpha Media sports talk KZDC “ESPN San Antonio” and iHeartMedia-owned KTKR “Ticket 760 – San Antonio’s Sports Station” are both down one-tenth (.5 – .4, 6+) and are now tied at #30.

Via four straight decreases, Texas Public Radio news/talk KSTX has lost nine-tenths (3.4 – 3.2 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 2.5, #16 to #17, 6+).

San Antonio Music Formats – Not only is Cox Media Group hot AC KSMG a combined +1.2 in May/June (3.3 – 3.7 – 4.5, 6+), “Magic 105.3 – Today’s Best Music” enters the top ten (#11 to #7) with its best 6+-stat (4.5) since last November’s 4.9. Following three straight drops that accounted for a collective -1.3 (4.7 – 4.5 – 4.0 – 3.4, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR KXXM “96.1 Now San Antonio’s #1 Hit Music Station” answers with a May/June +1.1 (3.4 – 3.9 – 4.5, tenth to seventh, 6+). Progressing by one-half share each are Cox Media Group’s KCYY “Y-100 San Antonio’s New Country Leader” (fifth to third) and Alpha Media adult hits KJXK “102.7 Jack-FM Playing What We Want” (4.9, seventh to fifth, 6+). “Y-100” was a combined -2.0 in March/April (6.6 – 6.3 – 4.6, 6+), but erases 30% of that deficit with a May/June +.6 (4.6 – 4.7 – 5.2, 6+). At this time last month, “Jack” forfeited the seven-tenths it picked up in April (4.4 – 5.1 – 4.4, 6+). Three jumps in a row by Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM yielded a +1.6 (6.8 – 7.3 – 8.2 – 8.4, 6+); however, a whopping -1.5 to 6.9 (6+) curtails that streak. Even so, “101.1 San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” is #1 the sixth consecutive time. It had been the market leader ten ratings periods in a row before segueing to #2 in “Holiday” 2019. KONO-FM was -1.8 (“Holiday” 2019); +.8 (January 2020); and -.7 (February). Off six-tenths each are Univision Radio regional Mexican KROM “Que Buena 92.9” (third to sixth) and Cox Media Group-owned KISS “Rocks San Antonio” (sixth to ninth). KROM was +1.9 in four consecutive up or flat trends (3.7 – 4.4 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 5.6, 6+), but is -.9 in May/June (5.6 – 5.3 – 4.7, 6+). Falling below a four-share (3.9) for the first time since January’s 3.7 (6+), KISS is down nine-tenths in May/June (4.8 – 4.5 – 3.9, 6+). Negating May’s increase of four-tenths with a June loss of one-half share (3.8 – 4.2 – 3.7, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KQXT exits the top ten (#8 to #11). Immediately prior to the May sweep, “Q-101.9” logged four straight decreases for a roughly 64% loss (-6.7) of its 6+ AQH share (10.5 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 4.0 – 3.8, 6+).

Sacramento

Spoken-Word Formats – It has been a genuine rollercoaster ride for iHeartMedia-owned KFBK, which was +2.7 in January; a combined +3.2 in March/April (8.4 – 10.3 – 11.6, 6+); and -2.7 in May/June (11.6 – 9.4 – 8.9, 6+). Nonetheless, “Sacramento’s News, Weather and Traffic Station” is #1 the sixth straight time. April 2020’s 11.6 is its highest 6+-stat in the PPM-era, besting the previous high (10.3) set in March 2020. Cluster-mate KSTE “Talk 650” returns the three-tenths it added in May (1.8 – 2.1 – 1.8 +), but continues at #15. May’s increase curtailed three straight downturns that led to a loss of four-tenths (2.2 – 2.2 – 1.9 – 1.8, 6+).

Down one-half share in May/June (1.1 – .8 – .6, 6+), Entercom sports talk KIFM-AM “ESPN Radio 1320” departs the top twenty (#19 to #22, 6+). Bonneville’s KHTK “Sports 1140” makes an identical May 2020 – June 2020 move (.8 – .6, -.2, #19 to #22, 6+). These two sports talkers were deadlocked last July, August, and October.

Up four-tenths in May/June (4.5 – 4.8 – 4.9, 6+), Capital Public Radio news/talk KXJZ progresses from seventh to sixth.

Sacramento Music Formats – By gaining six-tenths (2.9 – 3.5, 6+), both Bonneville hot AC KZZO “Now 100.5 Today’s Best Hits” and Entercom alternative KKDO “Alt 94.7” advance from #12 to #10. A combined +1.7 in May/June (1.8 – 2.9 – 3.5, 6+), KZZO was a combined +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+). “Alt 94.7” had been -1.3 in April/May (4.2 – 3.9 – 2.9, 6+). Climbing from ninth to eighth, iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic oldies KHYL “V-101” nets +1.4 in three straight spikes (2.6 – 2.9 – 3.5 – 4.0, 6+). This directly follows 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+). Albeit -1.1 in May/June (6.4 – 6.2 – 5.3, 6+), co-owned classic rock KYRV “93.7 The River” continues in fifth-place. Entercom-owned KRXQ “98 Rock,” which was +2.7 through five jumps in a row (4.8 – 5.2 – 5.3 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 7.5, 6+), mirrors “The River” by being -1.1 in May/June (7.5 – 7.2- 6.4, flat at #4, 6+). A loss of one-tenth to 8.8 (6+) by classic rock sibling KSEG interrupts three straight advancements that resulted in a +1.9 (7.0 – 7.3 – 7.6 – 8.9, 6+). Nonetheless, “96.9 The Eagle” remains in the runner-up slot and is now just one-tenth from the lead.

Pittsburgh

Spoken-Word Formats – Down eight-tenths this time last month, Entercom’s KDKA-AM spirals by -1.4 in June (7.3 – 6.5 – 5.1, 6+) but continues in fourth-place. Directly prior, “News Radio 1020” was +4.2 via four straight boosts (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, erodes by -1.8 (6.3 – 4.5, fifth to eighth, 6+). May’s increase interrupted three slips ins a row that led to a collective -2.0 (7.9 – 7.5 – 6.7 – 5.9, 6+).

Despite being down one-half share in May/June (5.6 – 5.4 – 5.1, 6+), Essential Public Media news/talk WESA advances from sixth to fourth; “90.5 Pittsburgh’s NPR Station” was +1.3 in April.

Pittsburgh Music Formats – The only station in any of the 36 PPM-markets we’ve highlighted thus far to chalk up a May 2020 – June 2020 increase of at least two full-shares, WDVE (8.5 – 10.9, +2.4, 6+) is #1 the fourth month in a row. The iHeartMedia rocker had a very consistent “Holiday” 2019 through May 2020 topline of: 8.2 – 8.1 – 8.3 – 8.2 – 8.3 – 8.5 (6+). The last time WDVE reached double-digits (6+) was October 2017 (10.2). A combined -1.6 in March/April (8.7 – 7.4 – 7.1, 6+), co-owned classic hits-oldies WWSW “94.5 3WS” outdoes May’s +1.0 with a June +1.1 (7.1 – 8.1 – 9.2, steady at #2, 6+). This (9.2) is its best 6+-showing since “Holiday” 2019’s 13.6. Still in that iHeartMedia cluster, CHR WKST “96.1 Kiss-FM” is +1.1 in May/June (3.9 – 4.3 – 5.0, eighth to sixth, 6+), directly after being -1.2 in three straight drops (5.1 – 4.9 – 4.6 – 3.9, 6+). By adding two-tenths to 4.5 (unchanged at #8, 6+), Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WSHH “Wish 99.7” pulls the plug on five successive downturns that resulted in a -3.3 (7.6 – 5.1 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.4 – 4.3, 6+). When “Wish” picked up four-tenths in December, it halted six consecutive sweeps without an increase that led to an overall -1.7 (6.3 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.0 – 4.8 – 4.6, 6+). Flat at #11, iHeartMedia alternative WXDX “105.9 The X” is -1.5 as a result of four consecutive slips (5.1 – 4.6 – 4.5, 3.8 – 3.6, 6+). After posting four straight spikes that resulted in a +2.7 (1.9 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 4.3 – 4.6, 6+), co-owned WPGB “Big 104.7 Pittsburgh’s #1 For New Country” is down six-tenths in May/June (4.6 – 4.1 – 4.0, flat at #10, 6+). In “Holiday” 2019, “Big 104.7” faltered by one-half share to 1.9, halting 13 successive survey periods of posting a 6+-stat within 2.3 – 2.9 range. WPGB is six-tenths behind Entercom’s WDSY “Pittsburgh’s Country Y-108,” which is up three-tenths in May/June (4.3 – 4.5 – 6.6, steady at #7, 6+)

Salt Lake City

Spoken-Word Formats –  A combined +3.9 in March/April (4.9 – 6.0 – 8.8, 6+), Bonneville’s KSL is -3.3 in May/June (8.8 – 6.0 – 5.5, fourth to sixth, 6+). “News Radio 102.7 FM & 1160 AM” had an April-only stay at #1.  It is two-tenths ahead of iHeartMedia-owned KNRS “Talk Radio 105.9 – Listen And You’ll Know,” which is -1.0 in May/June (6.3 – 5.4 – 5.3, 6+) and unchanged in seventh-place. Four consecutive sweeps without a loss netted KNRS a +2.2 (4.1 – 5.0 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 6.3, 6+). In addition to having its AQH share reduced by exactly 50% (-.5) in May/June (1.0 – .7 – .5, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KKAT “860 AM – Utah’s Big Talker” departs the top twenty (#19 to #21). KKAT had more than tripled (+.7) its 6+ AQH share through four straight up or flat moves (.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” resurfaces with a .6 (#19, 6+).

Down nine-tenths in April/May (2.9 – 2.4 – 2.0, 6+), University of Utah public radio news/talk KUER picks up three-tenths to 2.3 (steady at #15, 6+). Prior to April, it posted three consecutive gains for a collective +1.2 (1.7 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.9, 6+). In an alternating up/down pattern that commenced in February (.4 – .9 – .3 – .6 – .5, 6+),  Brigham Young University public radio news/talk KUMT continues at #21.

Salt Lake City Music Formats – The market’s largest (6+) progression is turned in by Cumulus Media adult contemporary KBEE (2.2 – 3.6, +1.4, #14 to #11, 6+). In doing so, “B-98.7 Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites” nearly purges its April/May -1.5 (3.7 – 2.2 – 2.2, 6+). Five consecutive setbacks by Bonneville’s similarly-formatted KSFI accounted for a more than 70% (-15.0) loss of its 6+ AQH share (21.1 – 8.5 – 7.6 – 7.3 – 7.0 – 6.1, 6+). “FM 100.3 Better Music/Better Work Day” ends the slide with a +.1 to 6.2 (flat at #3, 6+). Immediately prior, KSFI was a collective +14.8 via four consecutive increases (6.3 – 6.7 – 6.8 – 11.0 – 21.1, 6+). “FM 100.3” spent seven successive sweeps at #1 before shifting to the runner-up slot in April. It is the only PPM-market outlet to reach the 20-share level (6+) and has accomplished that feat in “Holiday” 2019 (21.1, 6+); “Holiday” 2018 (21.8, 6+); “Holiday” 2017 (23.2, 6+); “Holiday” 2016 (20.6, 6+); and “Holiday” 2015 (21.4, 6+). Adding seven-tenths to May’s +.6 (5.3 – 5.9 – 6.6, 6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KODJ “94.1 Salt Lake’s Greatest Hits” jumps from fifth to second with its best 6+-stat (6.6) since last September’s 7.1. Notwithstanding that it is down four-tenths to 7.7 (6+), Bonneville-owned KRSP “103.5 The Arrow – Utah’s Classic Rock” repeats at #1. The loss though suspends three straight positive spikes that yielded a +2.2 (5.9 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 8.1, 6+). In six straight sweeps without a loss, independent KSOP-FM “Z-104 Utah’s #1 Country Station” is a collective +2.0 (3.7 – 4.5 – 4.8 – 5.3 – 5.4 – 5.7 – 5.7, sixth to fifth, 6+). This (5.7) is its highest 6+-stat since last August’s 5.8. Cumulus Media-owned KBER “Utah’s Rock Station,” which was a collective +.7 in three straight reports without a loss (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 3.3, 6+), drops one-tenth to 3.2 (6+) but continues at #13. Unlisted the 19th 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 – In May, both Entercom-owned KXNT “News Talk Radio 840” and Beasley Media Group news/talk KDWN “AM 720 Where Las Vegas Comes to Talk” were down four-tenths. Now, the two rivals are off three-tenths each: KXNT is 2.8 – 2.5 (#14 to #16, 6+), while KDWN is 2.5 – 2.2 (#18 to #19, 6+). KXNT was +1.1 in April, while KDWN had more than doubled (+1.6) its 6+ AQH share in three straight gains (1.3 – 1.7 – 2.1 – 2.9, 6+). They were tied in March (2.1, 6+) and are now separated by three-tenths (6+) the third successive month.

Lotus Communications sports talk KWWN “ESPN Radio 1100” has its 6+ AQH share divided in half (.8 – .4, #26 to #29, 6+).

After being an overall +1.3 through three straight improvements (2.6 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 3.9, 6+), Nevada Public Radio news/talk KNPR slips by two-tenths to 3.7 (6+) but continues in seventh-place.

Las Vegas Music Formats – The combination of Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies outlet KKLZ “96.3 Hits of the 80s and More” dialing up a mammoth +1.5 and iHeartMedia adult contemporary KSNE “Sunny 106.5 – Better Music For A Better Workday” eroding by -1.2 eventuates in KKLZ advancing from second to first and “Sunny” segueing from #1 to #2. KKLZ is a combined +1.7 in May/June (6.2 – 6.4 – 7.9, 6+) and records its strongest 6+-stat (7.9) since last December (8.1). “Sunny” held (or shared) the top spot the past seven survey periods. Its May increase of six-tenths to 7.3 (6+) concluded 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. By logging a June increase of six-tenths to 4.6 (sixth to fourth, 6+), Lotus Communications Spanish adult hits KWID “La Buena 101.9” pulls the plug on four setbacks in succession that resulted in a collective -1.2 (5.2 – 5.0 – 4.5 – 4.3 – 4.0, 6+). In addition to being up six-tenths in May/June and progressing from fifth to third, Faith Communications contemporary Christian KSOS “SOS Radio” reaches the five-share level (4.4 – 4.5 – 5.0, 6+). Faltering by six-tenths each are Beasley Media Group’s  KCYE “102.7 Coyote Country” (4.5, third to fifth, 6+) and Lotus Communications’ KXPT “97.1 The Point #1 For Classic Rock” (4.7 – 4.1, fourth to sixth, 6+). Entering the June sweep, “Coyote Country” more than doubled (+2.7) its 6+ AQH share through five successive boosts (2.4 – 2.8 – 3.3 – 4.1 – 4.6 – 5.1, 6+). This directly follows a -1.7 in seven straight sweeps without an increase (4.1 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.0 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.4, 6+). The wild 2020 continues for “The Point,” which has been: +.2.6 (January/February); -1.6 (March); +.5 (April); -.5 (May); and now -.6 (June). Co-owned KOMP more than doubled (+1.9) its 6+ AQH share in five consecutive upticks (1.7 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 2.3 – 2.9 – 3.6, 6+). The positive streak, however, ends as “92.3 The Rock Station” is off four-tenths and exits the top ten (3.2, #9 to #11, 6+). A combined -2.7 in four straight sweeps without an increase (5.7 – 5.5 – 3.2 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+), Entercom hot AC KMXB “Mix 94.1” falls from #12 to #13. Meanwhile, Beasley Media group’s similarly-formatted KVGS “Star 107.9” is up three-tenths in May/June (3.3 – 3.5 – 3.6, tenth to eighth, 6+).

Orlando

Spoken-Word Formats – A combined +2.3 in March/April (4.4 – 5.1 – 6.7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned news/talk WTKS “Real Radio 104.1 – We Say What We Want” relinquishes all but one-tenth of that windfall with a May/June -2.2 (6.7 – 6.0 – 4.5, fifth to eighth, 6+). In its concluding sweep in the news/talk format, Cox Media Group’s WDBO-FM “News 96.5” repeats May’s 6+ AQH share and market rank (3.8, #11, 6+). The final day of the June monthly was June 17. Less than two weeks later (6/29), WDBO-FM became Spanish contemporary “Exitos 96.5.” Its news/talk programming has shifted to WDBO-AM, where it replaces sports talk. Replicating May’s loss of six-tenths (2.8 – 2.2 – 1.6, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WFLF “News Radio Orlando” falls from #15 to #17.

Once again back-to-back at #21 and #22, respectively, are iHeartMedia-owned WYGM “FM 96.9 The Game – Orlando’s Sports Leader,” which regains May’s loss of one-tenth (.9 – .8 – .9, +.1, 6+), and Cox Media Group’s WDBO-AM “ESPN 580 Orlando,” off eight-tenths in five straight down or flat trends (1.4 – 1.2 – 1.0 – .6 – .6 – .6, 6+). As noted above, WDBO-AM inherited WDBO-FM’s news/talk programming late last month (6/29).

Including its current loss of nine-tenths, 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, #13 to #14, 6+).

Orlando Music Formats – In an extremely volatile Orlando sweep, 12 of the top 14 June 2020 finishers register a (6+) fluctuation of at least one-half share. Topping the list is Entercom classic hits-oldies WOCL, which tacks on a whopping +1.9 to May’s +1.0 (6.4 – 7.4 – 9.3, 6+). Moreover, “105.9 Sunny FM – We Own The ‘80s” marches from second to first. May/June’s +2.9 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, “Sunny” was +1.2 (January) and -.8 (February). It proves to be a May-only stay at #1 for Cox Media Group-owned WMMO “98.9 Orlando’s Classic Hits,” which is -1.5 in May/June (8.0 – 7.5 – 6.5, first to third, 6+). Down three-tenths in March, WMMO logged a +2.1 in April. The comeback continues for iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMGF, which is +2.6 in May/June (3.4 – 4.8 – 6.0, eighth to fifth, 6+). On top in December 2019 (9.4, 6+) and “Holiday” 2019 (15.4, 6+), “Magic 107.7” was then -12.0 through four straight downturns (15.4 – 8.1 – 7.9 – 5.7 – 3.4, 6+). Owing to six  upticks in a row, Cox Media Group country-formatted WWKA is a cumulative +3.6 (2.9 – 3.9 – 4.1 – 5.0 – 5.7 – 5.8 – 6.5, sixth to third, 6+). Half-share gains are logged by iHeartMedia Spanish tropical WRUM “Rumba 100.3” (6.2 – 6.7, fourth to second, 6+); CHR sibling WXXL “XL-106.7” (ninth to seventh); and Entercom-owned WQMP “FM 101.9 Orlando’s New Alternative” (#14 to #13). “Rumba” was without an increase four straight reports for a net loss of -1.6 (7.5 – 6.9 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 5.9, 6+); rebounded with an April +.8; but was -.5 in May. Three straight declines by “XL-106.7” resulted in a -2.0 (6.4 – 5.8 – 4.6 – 4.4, 6+). When WXXL added three-tenths in February, it halted three successive down or flat sweeps that accounted for a -1.4 (7.5 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.1, 6+). In three consecutive up or flat moves, WQMP gains nine-tenths (2.6 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.5, 6+) and has its best 6+-stat since last September (3.5, as well). After being +4.3 in three straight jumps (4.6 – 5.0 – 6.9 – 8.9, 6+), Cox Media Group-owned urban AC WCFB “Star 94.5” plummets by -3.0 in May/June (8.9 – 6.5 – 5.9, third to sixth, 6+). “Star” had an April-only stay at #1. 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” stumbles by six-tenths to 4.5 (seventh to eighth, 6+). Cox Media Group’s WPYO “Power 95.3” was -1.9 (5.3 – 4.9 – 3.4, March/April, 6+); +.7 (3.4 – 4.1, May, 6+); and is now -.5 in June (4.1 – 3.6, #10 to #12, 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 sixth time in a row.

Cincinnati

Spoken-Word Formats – Four straight spikes by iHeartMedia’s WLW generated a hefty +5.8 (7.1 – 8.1 – 8.3 – 10.1 – 12.9, 6+), but the heritage news/talk outlet craters by -3.5 in May/June (12.9 – 10.3 – 9.4, 6+). On top the past three months, WLW segues to the runner-up slot. After posting a May increase of eight-tenths (3.5 – 4.3, 6+), co-owned WKRC  sputters by seven-tenths to 3.6 (eighth to tenth, 6+). Directly prior to April, “55 KRC The Talk Station” was a collective +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 loss of two-tenths, sports talk cluster-mate WCKY “Cincinnati’s ESPN 1530” falls from #21 to #22 (1.1 – .8 -1.0 – .5 – .6 – .4, 6+). Co-owned WSAI is off two-tenths to .1 (#23 to #24, 6+). “Fox Sports 1360” had logged either a .4 (6+) or .3 (6+) in each April 2019 through May 2020 sweep (.4 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3, 6+).

Off a combined four-tenths in April/May (2.2 – 1.9 – 1.8, 6+), Cincinnati Public Radio news/talk WVXU picks up three-tenths to 2.1 (#17 to #16, 6+).

Cincinnati Music Formats – Following three straight decreases that led to a -2.2 (6.2 – 6.1 – 5.7 – 4.0, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WKRQ “Q-102 Cincinnati’s Hit Music” doubles May’s +.6 with a June +1.2 (4.0 – 4.6 – 5.8, sixth to fourth, 6+). Down or flat the past four sweeps for a -2.1 (11.3 – 10.1 – 10.0 – 9.2, 6+), Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WGRR not only roars back with a +.9 to 10.1 (6+), “103.5 Cincinnati’s Greatest Hits” proceeds from second to first. WGRR was on top in January 2020 and February 2020, as well as #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+). Co-owned classic rock WOFX “92.5 The Fox” is +1.2 in three spikes in succession (4.0 – 4.2 – 4.6 – 5.2, sixth to seventh 6+) and crosses the five-share level (5.2) for the first time since last October’s 5.0. Half-share increases are recorded by Hubbard Broadcasting’s WUBE “B-105 Get Your Country On” (7.3 – 7.8, flat at #3, 6+) and Cumulus Media adult contemporary WRRM “Warm 98.5” (unchanged at #5). “B-105” lost eight-tenths in March/April (7.5 – 6.9 – 6.7, 6+) and notched a May gain of six-tenths. Four consecutive declines by “Warm” led to an overall -8.7 (13.1 – 6.2 – 5.5 – 5.1 – 4.4, 6+), but it is +1.3 in May/June (4.4 – 5.2 – 5.7, 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. Down nine-tenths via four straight negative or neutral sweeps (3.8 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WKFS “Kiss 107.1” ends the slide with a +.4 to 3.3 (#14 to #13, 6+). Up a full-share in April/May (1.9 – 2.8 – 2.9, 6+), Cincinnati Public Radio’s WGUC “Classical 90.9” falters by eight-tenths to 2.1 (#14 to #16, 6+). A combined +1.3 in April/May (4.8 – 6.1 – 6.1, 6+), Grant County Broadcasters’ WNKN “Classic Country 105.9 & 106.7” forfeits six-tenths to 5.5 (fourth to sixth, 6+). Without an increase the past six survey periods for a +1.0 (2.1 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.8 – 3.1, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned WFTK “96 Rock” drops four-tenths to 2.7 (#13 to #14, 6+).

Cleveland

Spoken-Word Formats – After being a collective +4.6 through four straight spikes (4.2 – 5.3 – 5.8 – 7.2 – 8.8, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WTAM “1100 Cleveland’s News Radio” is -1.7 in May/June (8.8 – 7.7 – 7.1, fourth to fifth, 6+).

By gaining three-tenths this time last month, Entercom’s WKRK suspended three consecutive decreases that accounted for an approximately 52% (-2.5) loss of its 6+ AQH share (4.9 – 3.6 – 3.2 – 2.4, 6+). In June, “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” regresses by one-half share (2.7 – 2.2, flat at #14, 6+).

Following three consecutive gains that yielded a +2.1 (3.1 – 4.2 – 4.4 – 5.2, 6+), Ideastream-owned public radio news/talk WCPN is -1.9 in three decreases in a row (5.2 – 4.8 – 3.9 – 3.3, 6+) and exits the top ten (#10 to #12).

Cleveland Music Formats – Winning ways genuinely continue for Entercom-owned WNCX “98.5 Cleveland’s Classic Rock,” which is a collective +4.0 via eight straight sweeps without a loss (7.0 – 7.2 – 7.2 – 7.6 – 8.0 – 9.1 – 10.1 – 10.2 -11.0, 6+) and #1 the fourth time in a row, Moreover, WNCX logs its highest 6+-stat (11.0) 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+). Displaying strong gains of +1.0 each are iHeartMedia adult hits WHLK “106.5 The Lake We Play Anything” (steady at #7) and Entercom hot AC WQAL “Q-104” (unchanged at #8). In May/June, “The Lake” is a combined +1.4 (4.4 – 4.8 – 5.8, 6+), while “Q-104” is +1.2 in the same timeframe (4.3 – 5.5 – 5.5, 6+). Gains of nine-tenths are made by Radio One urban AC WZAK (9.0, third to second, 6+) and iHeartMedia-owned WMMS “100.7 Cleveland’s Rock Station” (5.2, steady at #9, 6+). A May 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). WMMS was off three straight reports for a -1.8 (6.1 – 5.7 – 4.9 – 4.3, 6+). Responding to April’s -1.7 with back-to-back gains of seven-tenths (6.8 – 7.5 – 8.2, 6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WMJI progresses from fifth to fourth. “Majic 105.7” was a combined +1.3 in February/March (7.2 – 8.3 – 8.5, 6+). In an alternating down/up sequence which includes June’s +.6, iHeartMedia CHR WAKS “96.5 Kiss-FM Cleveland’s #1 Hit Music Station” is trending: 3.5 – 3.0 – 3.2 – 2.8 – 3.4 (#12 to #11, 6+). The nine most recent shifts by co-owned WGAR “Cleveland’s #1 For New Country” are: +.9 (November); -.7 (December); -1.1 (“Holiday” 2019); +2.3 (January 2020); -.7 (February); -.8 (March); +1.4 (April); +.5 (May); and -1.4 in June (9.9- 8.5, second to third, 6+). WGAR was #1 in January and February. The market’s December and “Holiday” 2019 pacesetter, Entercom adult contemporary WDOK “Cleveland’s Star 102” is off six-tenths in June (6.7 – 6.1, unchanged at #6, 6+). Its May increase of four-tenths suspended four successive setbacks that led to a -5.5 (11.8 – 8.3 – 7.7 – 7.4 – 6.3, 6+). Immediately prior, “Star” had been without a loss four straight sweeps for an overall +5.2 (6.6 – 6.6 – 7.2 – 9.0 – 11.8, 6+).

Kansas City

Spoken-Word Formats – The alternating down/up “Holiday” 2019 through June 2020 pattern for Entercom news/talk KMBZ-FM “98.1 News-Traffic-Weather” is: -.7 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.0 (January 2020); -.3 (February); +.5 (March); -.4 (April); +1.4 (May); and now -1.3 in June (6.8 – 5.5, fourth to seventh, 6+). Co-owned KMBZ-AM bounces back from May’s -1.0 to 2.5 (6+) with a June increase of three-tenths (2.8, #15 to #14, 6+).“Talk 980” nearly doubled (+1.7) its 6+ AQH share in four straight improvements (1.8 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 3.1 – 3.5, 6+). Despite being without an increase the fourth straight time for a net loss of two-tenths (1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2, 6+), Cumulus Media’s KCMO-AM “Talk Radio 710 AM” returns to the top twenty (#21 to #20).

By gaining one-half share in May, Union Broadcasting’s WHB halted three straight decreases that accounted for a collective -2.3 (4.8 – 4.1 – 2.7 – 2.5, 6+); however, “Sports Radio 810” sputters by four-tenths (3.0 – 2.6, #13 to #17, 6+). In five successive slips, Entercom-owned KCSP “610 Sports Radio” has lost two-thirds (-2.0) of its 6+ AQH share and exits the top twenty (3.0 – 2.6 – 1.8 – 1.4 – 1.3 – 1.0, #20 to #21, 6+).

A combined -1.7 in April/May (4.8 – 3.5 – 3.1, 6+), University of Missouri news/talk KCUR picks up one-half share to 3.6 (steady at #11, 6+).

Kansas City Music Formats – Separated by one-tenth of a share (6+) this time last month, Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies and classic rock siblings KCMO-FM “94.9 Kansas City’s Greatest Hits” (7.6 – 8.2, +.6, second to first, 6+) and KCFX “101 The Fox Kansas City’s Classic Rock Station” (7.7 – 8.5, +.5, repeating at #1, 6+) now share the lead. 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. Its recent (6+) fluctuations include: +3.5 (“Holiday” 2019); -2.8 (January 2020); -1.0 (February); -1.7 (April); +.7 (May); and +.6 (June). Even though “The Fox” spiraled by -1.0 (8.7 – 7.7, May 2020, 6+), it advanced to #1. The four latest moves by KCFX are: -1.0 (March); +1.1 (April); -1.0 (May); and +.5 (June). Still in that Cumulus Media cluster, KCJK “105.1 The X – Kansas City’s Rock Alternative” is +2.1 in May/June (1.4 – 2.2 – 3.5, #17 to #12, 6+). 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+). Boasting June 2020 increases of +1.0 are Entercom hot AC KZPT “99.7 The Point” (eighth to fifth) and University of Northwestern St. Paul contemporary Christian KJNW “Life 88.5” (#16 to #13). “The Point” was +.5 in January/February (4.7 – 5.2 – 5.2, 6+); -1.4 in March/April (5.2 – 4.4 – 3.8, 6+); and now +2.2 in May/June (3.8 – 5.0 – 6.0, 6+). “Life 88.5” is +1.4 in May/June (2.0 – 2.4 – 3.4, 6+). After being down three sweeps in a row for a -1.1 (4.1 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.0, 6+), Steel City Media CHR KMXV “Mix 93.3” is +1.2 in May/June (3.0 – 3.4 – 4.2, tenth to ninth, 6+). Five successive sweeps without a loss by cluster-mate KBEQ “Q-104 New Hit Country” generated a collective +1.9 (3.9 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 5.8, 6+), but “Q-104” craters by -1.4 to 4.4 (sixth to eighth, 6+). Elsewhere in the format, KBEQ cluster-mate KFKF “Country 94.1” is -4.1 in May/June (10.4 – 6.5 – 6.3, fifth to fourth, 6+), while Entercom’s WDAF “106.5 The Wolf” continues an alternating up/down pattern that began last November: 3.8 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 5.0 – 4.8 – 5.7 – 4.6 – 5.8 – 5.7, flat at #6, 6+).

Columbus

Spoken-Word Formats – While it remains in the runner-up slot, iHeartMedia news/talk WTVN “News Radio 610” is a combined -3.0 in the last two reports (10.6 – 9.0 – 7.6, 6+). This comes immediately after five successive bumps produced a collective +4.6 (6.0 – 6.1 – 8.0 – 8.6 – 9.4 – 10.6, 6+).  

Up one-tenth in May, Tegna’s WBNS-FM “Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan” falters by seven-tenths (3.6 – 2.9, flat at #8, 6+). 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 and returns in June with a .2 (#16, 6+).

An alternating up/down pattern that Ohio State University public radio news/talk WOSU initiated in January 2020 includes June’s -.5: 4.3 – 4.0 – 4.4 – 4.1 – 4.4 – 3.9 (sixth to fifth, 6+).

Columbus Music Formats – Owing to three straight upticks, iHeartMedia adult hits WODC “93.3 The Bus We Play Anything” yields a +1.7 (4.5 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 6.2, unchanged at #4, 6+) and has its best 6+-stat (6.2) since “Holiday” 2019’s 9.4. Shaking off May’s -1.6 with a June +1.1 (9.5 – 10.6, 6+), co-owned WCOL “92.3 Columbus’ #1 For New Country” sets the pace the seventh time in a row. May’s decrease suspended four consecutive bumps that netted 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 was: -1.1 (December 2019); -2.1 (“Holiday” 2019); +2.1 (January 2020); -1.6 (May 2020); and +1.1 (June). Radio One urban AC WXMG “Magic 95.5 Columbus’ Best R&B,” which was up eight-tenths in April/May (3.7 – 4.4 – 4.5, 6+), surrenders six-tenths to 3.9 (6+) but continues in fifth-place. The yoyo effect continues for iHeartMedia CHR WNCI “97.9 Columbus’ #1 Hit Music Station,” which was +1.2 in January/February (6.1 – 7.2 – 7.3, 6+); -1.8 in March/April (7.3 – 6.7 – 5.5, 6+); +1.1 in May (5.5 – 6.6, 6+) and now -.3 in June (6.6 – 6.3, flat at #3, 6+). Following five straight sweeps without a loss for a net increase of one-half share (.9 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.4, 6+), Ohio State University classical WOSA forfeits three-tenths to 1.1 (flat at #12, 6+). This is the sixth month in a row that the following Saga Communications stations are unlisted: adult contemporary WSNY “Sunny 95,” which had a “Holiday” 2019-only stay at #1; WLVQ “Iconic Rock Q-96 FM”; hot AC WVMX “Mix 107.9”; and classic hits-oldies WNND “Rewind 103.5 & 104.3.”

June 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Two

| July 9, 2020

June 2020 PPM Data. Information for the June 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 June 2020 survey period covered May 21 – June 17. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from these 12 PPM-markets.

Washington, DC

Spoken-Word Formats – Precisely doubling (+5.0) its 6+ AQH share through four straight positive spikes (5.0 – 6.9 – 7.3 – 7.8 – 10.0, 6+), WMAL is now a combined -1.8 in the last two sweeps (10.0 – 9.3 – 8.2, 6+). Nonetheless, the Cumulus Media news/talk station is #1 the third month in a row. In April, WMAL reached double-digits (10.0) for the first time in its PPM-history. For the 24th sweep in succession, Radio One’s WOL “News Talk – Where Information Is Power” is unlisted.

Entercom sports talk WJFK-FM “106.7 The Fan” is in an alternating up/down pattern that began in “Holiday” 2019 and includes June 2020’s loss of eight-tenths (2.1 – 2.6 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 1.9 – 2.1 – 1.3, #16 to #19, 6+). Its 4.8 (November 2019) is the heftiest 6+-share by any D.C. sports talk outlet in the PPM-era. Three straight up or flat moves by Radio One’s similarly-formatted WTEM yielded four-tenths (.7 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1, 6+), but “980 The Team” is off one-tenth to 1.0 (flat at #20, 6+).

Albeit down four-tenths (8.0 – 7.6, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting all-news WTOP-FM repeats in the runner-up slot. Three prior consecutive increases netted a +1.3 (6.9 – 7.4 – 7.8 – 8.2, 6+). Up three-tenths in February/March (.4 – .5 – .7, 6+), Entercom business news WDCH “Bloomberg 99.1 & 105.7” loses two-tenths via three straight down or flat trends (.7 – .6 – .5 – .5, #24 to #25, 6+).

Without an increase the third straight time for an overall -1.9 (8.7 – 8.4 – 7.4 – 6.8, 6+), American University-owned public radio news/talk WAMU falls from third to fifth. “The Mind Is Our Medium” was in a first-place tie with WTOP-FM in February before taking sole possession of the lead in March. Up one-half share in April/May (.4 – .8 – .9, 6+), Pacifica Foundation public radio news/talk WPFW is off three-tenths in June (.6, #22 to #23, 6+).

Washington, DC Music Formats – Adding a +.9 to May’s increase of two-tenths enables Howard University urban AC WHUR to reach the seven-share level (5.9 – 6.1 – 7.0, sixth to fourth, 6+). It is one-tenth behind Radio One’s similarly-formatted WMMJ “Majic – The Real Sound of the DMV,” which nets four-tenths in four successive sweeps without a loss (6.7 – 6.8 – 7.0 – 7.0 – 7.1, fourth to third, 6+). Entercom-owned WIAD “94.7 The Drive” (#13 to #10) and its classic hits-oldies rival, Manning Broadcasting’s WWEG “106.9 The Eagle” (#18 to #16), are up six-tenths and one-half share, respectively. “The Drive” gains eight-tenths in May/June (2.6 – 2.8 – 3.4, 6+), while “The Eagle” is in alternative down/up sequence (.9 – .7 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.9, 6+). A collective +1.8 in three straight up or flat trends (4.5 – 4.7 – 6.3 – 6.3, 6+), Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications’ classical-formatted WETA surrenders a -1.1 to 5.2 (fifth to seventh, 6+). Off four-tenths in March/April (3.2 – 3.0 – 2.8, 6+) and then +.5 in May, Radio One urban contemporary WKYS sputters by seven-tenths in June, drifting from the top ten (2.6, #10 to #15, 6+). In four straight sweeps without a loss, Entercom rhythmic CHR WPGC gained nine-tenths (2.6 – 2.7 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.5, 6+), but “95.5 The DNA of the DMV” is off two-tenths and departs the top ten (3.3, #9 to #11, 6+).

Boston

Spoken-Word Formats – Replicating May’s decrease of one-half share (5.3 – 4.8 – 4.3, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WRKO “AM 680 – The Voice of Boston” slips from sixth to seventh. This directly follows four successive sweeps without a loss that resulted in a +2.5 (2.8 – 3.5 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 5.3, 6+). After nearly doubling (+.5) its 6+ AQH share in April/May (.6 – 1.1 – 1.1, 6+), co-owned WXKS-AM “Talk 1200” drops three-tenths (.8, #22 to #24, 6+).

Continuing an alternating up/down sequence that began in “Holiday” 2019 and includes June’s -.8 (5.5 – 5.8 – 5.4 – 5.8 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 3.9, 6+), Beasley Media Group-owned WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” remains at #8. Following January’s increase of four-tenths, Entercom-owned sports talker WEEI-FM is an overall -1.7 in four consecutive downturns (4.2 – 3.5 – 3.2 – 3.0 – 2.7 – 2.5, #14 to #15, 6+).

Off one-half share in April/May (6.4 – 6.3 – 5.9, 6+), iHeartMedia news-talk WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” erases that shortfall with a June jump of seven-tenths (6.6, fourth to third, 6+).

Albeit flat at 3.3 (6+), WBUR reenters the top ten (#11 to #9). The Boston University public radio news/talk outlet was up eight-tenths in March, but then down four-tenths in April/May (3.7 – 3.5 – 3.3, 6+). Following three straight upticks that resulted in a +1.7 (2.9 – 3.6  – 3.8 – 4.6, 6+), WGBH Educational Foundation public radio news/talk WGBH erodes by -1.4 and trades places with WBUR (3.2, #9 to #11, 6+).

Boston Music Formats – An overall -1.4 in three straight dips (6.2 – 5.6 – 4.9 – 4.8, 6+), Entercom-owned adult contemporary WMJX “Magic 106.7 – Today’s Hits/Yesterday’s Favorites” reverses the tide with a +1.3 to 6.1 (sixth to fifth, 6+). February’s one-half share gain followed January’s -9.5 (15.2 – 5.7 – 6.2, 6+). Setting the pace 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+). Three straight down or flat trends by iHeartMedia-owned country WBWL accounted for a loss of six-tenths (2.4 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 1.8, 6+), but “101.7 The Bull” tacks on a +1.1 to May’s increase of one-tenth (1.8 – 1.9 – 3.0, #17 to #13, 6+). Its format rival – Beasley Media Group’s WKLB – follows May’s +1.7 with a June spike of three-tenths (3.9 – 5.6 – 5.9, 6+), although “Country 102.5” backslides from fifth to sixth. Cumulus Media hot AC WXLO “104.5 XLO,” which was down eight-tenths via three straight decreases (2.1 – 1.8 – 1.5 – 1.3, 6+), pulls the plug with a half-share gain to 1.8 (#20 to #17, 6+). Not only is iHeartMedia’s WZLX +2.5 in four straight improvements (5.2 – 6.3 – 7.5 – 7.6 – 7.7, 6+), “100.7 Boston’s Classic Rock” is #1 the third month in a row. WZLX was -.5 (“Holiday” 2019); +.7 (January 2020); and -.5 (February). Three straight losses by Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies WROR accounted for a -2.2 in (8.3 – 7.0 – 6.6 – 6.1, 6+), but “105.7 – 80s & More” applies the brakes with a +.2 to 6.3 (third to fourth, 6+). A combined -2.3 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (8.5 – 8.1 – 6.2, 6+), WROR held or shared the lead in January, February, and March. Stuck on 2.2 (6+) in April and May, WGBH Educational Foundation’s WCRB “99.5 Classical Radio Boston” sputters by seven-tenths to 1.5 (#15 to #20, 6+). While it continues in the runner-up slot, iHeartMedia CHR WXKS-FM drops three-tenths to 7.2 (6+), thus snapping at five its consecutive string of increases that yielded a collective +1.9 (5.6 – 6.7 – 6.9 – 7.0 – 7.3 – 7.5, 6+). “Kiss 108” had a March-only visit at #1. Its former format rival – Entercom’s WODS “103.3 Amp Radio” – is now adult hits WBGB “Big 103 – Music Unleashed” (1.0 – 1.1 – 1.5, #20, 6+).

Miami

Spoken-Word Formats – Continuing its alternating down/up pattern that began in December 2019 and includes June’s decrease of three-tenths (2.5 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 1.9 – 2.0 – 1.6 – 2.0 – 1.7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WIOD “News Radio 610 Miami’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” falls from #21 to #22.

Finishing at #26 and #27, respectively, are Entercom-owned sports talk siblings WQAM “560 The Joe” (1.0 – .7, -.3, flat at #26, 6+) and WAXY “Sports Talk 790 The Ticket” (.5 – .4, -.1, #28 to #27, 6+). “The Joe” was up three-tenths in April/May (.7 – .8 – 1.0, 6+), while “The Ticket” gained one-tenth in May.

Three straight improvements by WLRN yielded a collective +1.7 (2.0 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.7, 6+), but the Dade County School Board public radio news/talk station is off one-half share in three consecutive drops (3.7 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 3.2, flat at #11, 6+).

Having almost tripled (+1.5) its 6+ AQH share (.9 – 1.1 – 2.4, 6+), Univision Radio Spanish news/talk WAQI “710 AM Radio Mambi” falters by eight-tenths in May/June (2.4 – 2.1 – 1.6, #20 to #23, 6+).

Miami Music Formats – Not only is Cox Media Group urban AC WHQT +2.0 in three straight upticks (6.4 – 6.6 – 7.5 – 8.4, 6+), “Hot 105” repeats at #1. Joining “Hot” with a June gain of nine-tenths is WMIA “93.9 MIA,” which is a combined +1.6 the past two sweeps (1.2 – 1.9 – 2.8, 6+). Rocketing into the top twenty (#22 to #14), the iHeartMedia hot AC is bouncing back from March/April’s -1.0 (2.2 – 1.8 – 1.2, 6+). An overall -2.7 in five consecutive sweeps without an increase (7.5 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.4 – 4.9 – 4.8, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary WLYF “101.5 Lite FM” answers with an increase of seven-tenths to 5.5 (sixth to fifth, 6+). Improving by one-half share each are iHeartMedia CHR WHYI “Y-100 Miami’s #1 Hit Music Station” (#17 to #13) and Entercom alternative WSFS “104.3 The Shark” (1.9, #21, 6+). “Y-100” is up seven-tenths in May/June (2.3 – 2.5 – 3.0, 6+). Meanwhile, “The Shark” had been off eight-tenths as a result of three straight declines (2.2 – 2.1 – 1.8 – 1.4, 6+). Following three gains in a row that resulted in a +.7 (4.2 – 4.3 – 4.6 – 4.9, 6+), Cox Media Group urban contemporary WEDR “99 Jamz” spirals by -1.0 to 3.9 (fifth to seventh, 6+). Regressing by one-half share each are Spanish Broadcasting System-owned siblings WCMQ “Zeta 92.3” (5.7, third to fourth, 6+) and WRMA “Ritmo 95.7” (2.1, #16 to #19, 6+). WCMQ had been +1.6 as a result of five straight spikes (4.6 – 4.7 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.8 – 6.2, 6+). WRMA was a combined -.7 in March/April (2.7 – 2.6 – 2.0, 6+) and +.6 in May. Without an increase the fifth time in a row, Univision Radio Spanish tropical WRTO “Mix 98.3” is -1.4 (3.4 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.0, #18 to #20, 6+).

Seattle

Spoken-Word Formats – A loss of one-tenth to 7.1 (6+) by Bonneville-owned KIRO-FM suspends three straight boosts that led to a collective +2.4 (4.8 – 6.0 – 6.9 – 7.2, 6+). Despite that, “97.3 Seattle’s News/Seattle’s Talk” is #1 the fourth successive sweep. News/talk cluster-mate KTTH repeats its May AQH share and market rank (2.5, #19, 6+). Before dropping three-tenths in May, “Conservative Talk Radio” 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 third straight month.

As of January 2020, Bonneville sports talk KIRO-AM “ESPN 710” is in an alternating down/up pattern that includes June’s loss of seven tenths (3.5 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 1.5, #21 to #23, 6+). Flat at #25, iHeartMedia-owned KJR-AM “Seattle’s Sports Radio 950” forfeits half of May’s four-tenths’ increase (1.0 – .8, -.2, 6+).

After dropping one-half share in April and again in May (5.4 – 4.9 – 4.4, 6+), Sinclair Broadcast Group all-news KOMO regains 20% of that loss (4.6, +.2, flat at #8, 6+).

Off nine-tenths in April/May (5.5 – 5.4 – 4.6, 6+), Northwest Public Radio news/talk KUOW rebounds with a half-share improvement to 5.1 (fifth to fourth, 6+); KUOW was +.7 in March.

Seattle Music Formats – Anchored in the runner-up slot, iHeartMedia-owned KZOK “102.5 Seattle’s Classic Rock Station” is an overall +2.2 via five successive sweeps without a loss (4.5 – 5.1 – 5.1 – 6.1 – 6.6 – 6.7, 6+). Locked on 3.3 (6+) in February and March and then on 3.2 (6+) in April and May, Hubbard Broadcasting country KNUC explodes with a +1.4 as “98.9 The Bull” reaches the four-share level (4.6) for the first time since last September’s 4.4. Furthermore, KNUC cracks the top ten (#14 to #8, 6+). Its format rival – Entercom’s KKWF “100.7 The Wolf” – gains three-tenths to 3.4 (#15 to #13), thus halting 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+). After surrendering seven-tenths in May (4.8 – 4.1, 6+), Classic Radio classical KING answers with a June +1.2. It crosses the five-share level (5.3, 6+) and rockets from tenth to third. KING was a combined +1.7 in March/April (3.1 – 4.2 – 4.8, 6+). Up eight-tenths in May/June (5.4 – 5.8 – 6.2, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting CHR KQMV “MOViN’ 92.5 Seattle’s #1 Hit Music Station” erodes by -1.2 to 5.0 (third to fifth, 6+). After more than doubling (+2.2) its 6+ AQH share in four straight increases (1.9 – 3.0 – 3.2 – 3.7 – 4.1, 6+), Friends of 88.5 FM-owned KNKX “Your Connection To Jazz, Blues, & NPR News” is -1.7 in May/June (4.1 – 3.0 – 2.4, -1.1, #17 to #20, 6+).

Detroit

Spoken-Word Formats – Duplicating May’s loss of seven-tenths (4.8 – 4.1 – 3.4, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WJR fades from the top ten (#9 to #17). Immediately prior, “News Talk 760” was +3.2 though four successive improvements (1.6 – 2.4 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 4.8, 6+).

After gaining four-tenths in March (4.4 – 4.8, 6+), Entercom sports talk WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” is -1.2 in three straight subsequent drops (4.8 – 3.9 – 3.8 – 3.6, #12 to #13, 6+). Its internet stream falters by eight-tenths (1.1 – .3 #23, 6+).

Four successive spikes by co-owned WWJ netted a collective +2.5 (3.9 – 4.3 – 4.8 – 5.8 – 6.4, 6+), but “News Radio 950” is -1.0 in May/June (6.4 – 5.7 – 5.4, second to third, 6+). In April 2020, WWJ hit the six-share mark (6.4, 6+) for the first time since May 2019 (6.2, 6+).

Having more than doubled (+1.6) its 6+ AQH share in five successive increases and reaching the three-share level (1.4 – 1.5 – 1.9 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 3.0, 6+), Wayne State University news/talk WDET surrenders nine-tenths in May/June (3.0 – 2.5 – 2.1, #19 to #20, 6+). Off seven-tenths in April/May (2.3 – 1.7 – 1.6, 6+), Michigan Public Media news/talk WUOM picks up one-tenth to 1.7 (6+) and remains at #21.

Detroit Music Formats – Over and above being a combined +1.5 in May/June (5.2 – 5.4 – 6.7, 6+), Beasley Media Group-owned WCSX “94.7 Detroit’s Classic Rock” marches from third to first with its best 6+-stat (6.7) since last September’s 7.1. WCSX last occupied the top spot in March. After back-to-back months at #1, iHeartMedia urban AC WMXD “Mix 92.3” (6.1 – 5.6, -.6, 6+) segues to the runner-up slot. April’s +1.1 to 6.4, the best 6+-showing for “Mix” since June 2019’s 6.9), drove WMXD from fourth to a first-place deadlock with Entercom’s news-formatted WWJ. An overall -2.0 in four consecutive slips (6.1 – 5.6 – 4.9 – 4.2 – 4.1, 6+), Entercom classic hits-oldies WOMC recaptures 40% of the shortfall with June’s +.8 to 4.9 (ninth to fifth, 6+); Detroit’s Greatest Hits” was +1.4 in January 2020. Co-owned WYCD “99.5 Detroit’s Country” is without a loss the fourth time in a row for a collective +1.3 (3.7 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.4 – 5.0, sixth to fourth, 6+). Meanwhile, Cumulus Media’s WDRQ “Detroit’s New Country 93.1,” which logged three straight gains for a +1.9 (2.0 – 2.6 – 3.0 – 3.9), drops two-tenths to 3.7 (6+) but repeats at #11. After being an overall -1.5 as a result of three decreases in succession (4.3 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 2.8, 6+), WDRQ’s hot AC cluster-mate, WDVD “96.3 Today’s Best Music,” is +1.1 in May/June and reenters the top ten (2.8 – 3.4 – 3.9, #14 to #10, 6+). Dropping six-tenths each are iHeartMedia urban contemporary WJLB “Detroit’s Hip-Hop and R&B” (fifth to ninth) and Detroit Classical And Jazz Educational Radio-owned WRCJ “90.9 Classical Days/Jazzy Nights” (#17 to #19). Both WJLB (4.9 – 4.7 – 4.1, 6+), and WRCJ (3.1 – 2.9 – 2.3, 6+), have lost eight-tenths in May/June.

Phoenix

Spoken-Word Formats – While it remains flat at 4.6 (6+) following May’s -1.5 from 6.1 (6+), Bonneville news/talk KTAR-FM progresses from seventh to sixth. KTAR-FM was a combined +2.3 in March/April (3.8 – 4.6 – 6.1, 6+). In seven up or flat reports in succession, iHeartMedia’s KFYI nearly doubled (+2.3) its 6+ AQH share (2.5 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 4.7 – 4.8, 6+); however, “News Talk 550” has that streak halted with June’s -.7 (4.1, sixth to eighth, 6+).

The January 2020 through June 2020 topline for Bonneville sports talk KMVP-FM alternates from down to up: 2.0 – 1.9 – 2.0 – 1.9 – 2.2 – 1.8 (6+) as “98.7 Arizona Sports” departs the top twenty (#18 to #23).

On the heels of May’s increase of eight-tenths, Maricopa County Community College news/talk KJZZ forfeits one-half share but remains at #10 (4.2 – 3.7, 6+).

Phoenix Music Formats – A combined -1.5 in April/May (8.3 – 7.3 – 6.8, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ eliminates roughly half that shortfall with a +.8 to 7.6 (6+) and is #1 the 13th consecutive report. 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. Matching the AC’s June gain of eight-tenths are its adult hits and hot AC cluster-mates KYOT “95.5 The Mountain – We Play Everything” (third to second) and KMXP “Mix 96.9” (2.0 – 2.8, #19 to #15, 6+). “The Mountain” nets nine-tenths in May/June (5.4 – 5.5 – 6.3, 6+) and has its highest 6+-stat (6.3) since December’s 7.1. At the same time, hot AC “Mix” applies the brakes to four straight declines that led to a -2.2 (4.2 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.4 – 2.0, 6+). Notching increases of one-half share each are Hubbard Broadcasting alternative KDKB “Alt AZ 93.3” (3.0 – 3.5, #15 to #12, 6+) and Sierra Broadcasting’s KNRJ “101.1 The Beat” (#26). KDKB posted a half-share gain in May as well, immediately after being off six-tenths in three successive down or flat trends (3.1 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.5, 6+). “The Beat” is up six-tenths in May/June (.6 – .7 – 1.2, 6+) and reaches the one-share level (1.2, 6+) for the first time since February’s 1.1. After recording three increases in a row accounting for a +1.4 (5.8 – 6.5 – 7.1 – 7.2, 6+), Entercom classic hits-oldies KOOL is -2.1 in three consecutive dips (7.2 – 6.3 – 5.4 – 5.1, flat at #4, 6+). Dropping by six-tenths are Hubbard Broadcasting-owned KUPD “Arizona’s Real Rock” (3.9, flat at #9, 6+) and Chavez Radio Group regional Mexican KNAI “Radio Campesina” (2.6, #13 to #17, 6+). “Arizona’s Real Rock” had been an overall +1.3 through three straight spikes (3.2 – 3.5 – 4.2 – 4.5, 6+). Similarly, KNAI netted a +1.3 as a result of four successive improvements (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 2.8 – 3.2, 6+). Family Life Communications contemporary Christian KFLR “Family Life Radio” has lost roughly 72% (-2.3) of its 6+ AQH share in four decreases in succession (3.2 – 2.8 – 1.9 – 1.3 – .9, #26 to #29, 6+).

Minneapolis

Note: The first day of the June sweep was May 21, four days before the May 25th killing of George Floyd.

Spoken-Word Formats – An overall +2.0 as a result of three straight up or flat trends (3.6 – 4.6 – 5.6 – 5.6, 6+), Entercom-owned WCCO “News Radio 830” drops one-tenth to 5.5 (6+), slipping from seventh to eighth. Flat at #15, iHeartMedia’s KTLK “Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130” is off by one-tenth in back-to-back reports (2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5, 6+). Without an increase the fifth time in a row for a net loss of nine-tenths, Hubbard Broadcasting news/talk KTMY “My Talk 107.1” falls below a two-share (2.8 – 2.8 – 2.7 – 2.4 – 2.3 – 1.9, #16 to #17, 6+).

Immediately after gaining four-tenths in May (5.5 – 5.9, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KFXN “Sports Radio 100.3 K-Fan” forfeits three-tenths to 5.6 (fifth to seventh, 6+). KFXN had a December-only stay at #1. Dropping from #22 to #24, Hubbard Broadcasting sports talk KSTP-AM “ESPN 1500” is down or flat the fifth straight time for a net loss of six-tenths or 75% of its 6+ AQH share (.8 – .7 – .5 – .5 – .5 – .2, 6+).

Even though it answers May’s -1.6 (8.2 – 6.6, 6+) with a June increase of four-tenths to 7.0 (6+), Minnesota Public Radio news/talk KNOW backslides from a second-place tie to third. Entering the May sweep, KNOW logged four successive gains for a collective +2.5 (5.7 – 6.3 – 7.0 – 8.1 – 8.2, 6+).

Minneapolis Music Formats – One-half share separates the Twin Cities’ top three June 2020 finishers. Four recent fluctuations by iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KQQL “Kool 108” include: +.6 (5.4 – 5.8 – 6.0, February/March, 6+); -.6 (6.0 – 5.4, April, 6+); +1.0 (5.4 – 6.4, May, 6+); and now +.9 in June (6.4 – 7.3, fourth to second, 6+). Entercom adult hits KZJK “104.1 Jack-FM Playing What We Want” nets nine-tenths in three consecutive sweeps without a loss (4.9 – 4.9 – 5.1 – 5.8, ninth to sixth, 6+) and has its strongest 6+-showing since last September (5.8, as well). Up one-tenth to 7.5 (6+), Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC KSTP-FM “KS-95” repeats at #1. The increase suspends four straight down or flat sweeps that led to 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 +1.6 in May/June (2.5 – 3.7 – 4.1, #13 to #11, 6+). 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 though, the University of Northwestern St. Paul contemporary Christian outlet picks up one-tenth to 5.5 (6+) and continues in eighth-place. Unchanged at #10, Minnesota Public Radio triple A KCMP “89.3 The Current” precisely doubles (+2.5) its 6+ AQH share via four successive upticks (2.5 – 2.6 – 4.3 – 4.9 – 5.0, 6+). Entercom’s country-formatted KMNB “102.9 The Wolf,” which was +1.0 in April/May (2.4 – 2.5 – 3.4, 6+), surrenders 80% of that windfall with a -.8 to 2.6 (flat at #14, 6+). May 2020’s 3.4 was its best 6+-showing since last October (3.4, as well). Minneapolis Public Schools’ KBEM “Jazz 88 FM,” which was trending 2.1 – 1.8 (April – May, 6+), disappears from print.

San Diego

Spoken-Word Formats – On the heels of recording a -1.4 (6.6 – 5.2, 6+), 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KOGO  repeats May’s 6+ AQH share and market rank (5.2, #5, 6+). Entering the May sweep, “News Radio 600” was a collective +2.8 via three straight uptick (3.8 – 4.5 – 5.5 – 6.6, 6+). A combined +1.3 in March/April (1.9 – 2.4 – 3.2, 6+), iHeartMedia Los Angeles news/talk KFI “AM 640” is off six-tenths in May/June (3.2 – 2.8 – 2.6, #15 to #17, 6+). Newly co-owned news/talk KGB-AM “AM 760” (formerly Tegna’s KFMB-AM) added four-tenths in May but relinquishes one-tenth in June and exits the top twenty (1.9 – 2.3 – 2.2, #19 to #21, 6+).

Flat at 1.3 (6+), Entercom sports talk KWFN “97.3 The Fan” slips from #21 to #22. In five straight down or flat moves, iHeartMedia’s KLSD “Fox Sports 1360 San Diego’s Sports Station” loses eight-tenths (1.5 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0 – .9 – .9 – .7, #23 to #24, 6+).

Of by -1.4 in May (8.5 – 7.1, 6+), San Diego State University-owned news/talk KPBS plummets another -1.6 in June to 5.5 (6+), shifting from first to fourth. Four spikes in succession just prior yielded a +3.7 (4.8 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.9 – 8.5, 6+).

San Diego Music Formats – Taking over for KPBS at #1 (see above) is Entercom classic hits-oldies KXSN “Sunny 98.1 San Diego’s Greatest Hits,” which stacks a +1.4 onto May’s half-share increase (4.9 – 5.4 – 6.8, third to first, 6+). Just earlier, three consecutive dips resulted in a -2.1 (7.0 – 6.5 – 6.0 – 4.9, 6+). KXSN had a January-only stay at #1 and was +1.2 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (5.8 – 6.2 – 7.0, 6+). A combined -2.3 in April/May (7.2 – 5.4 – 4.9, 6+), iHeartMedia hot AC KMYI “Star 94.1” responds with a June +.9 to 5.8 (sixth to second, 6+). On top in February and March, “Star” posted a January 2020 +1.8 and gained one-half share in March. Notching gains of one-half share are Local Media San Diego rhythmic hot AC “Magic 92.5” (eighth to sixth) and iHeartMedia urban contemporary KSSX “Jamn’ 95.7” (#18 to #14). “Magic” is up eight-tenths in May/June (3.8 – 4.1 – 4.6, 6+), while KSSX gains six-tenths in that same timeframe (2.3 – 2.4 – 2.9, 6+). Repeating in tenth-place, Local Media of San Diego CHR XHTZ “Z-90.3 Today’s Hit Music” is up nine-tenths in three consecutive gains (2.8 – 2.8 – 3.5 – 3.7, 6+). Co-owned adult hits KFBG “Big FM 100.7” (formerly Tegna’s KFMB-FM) is off one-tenth to 3.2 (flat at #12, 6+), thus snapping at three its consecutive string of improvements that netted a +1.1 (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.6 – 3.3, 6+). Unlisted in April and May, Imagen Spanish contemporary XLTN “Radio 104.5 Radio Latina” reappears with a 2.6 (#18, 6+). As a result of three successive sweeps without an increase, XLTN was an overall -1.3 (3.5 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.2, #19, 6+). A collective +2.1 via three straight spikes (3.8 – 4.0 – 4.5 – 5.9, 6+), Entercom-owned KSON “San Diego’s #1 New Country” erodes by -1.3 to 4.6 (second to sixth, 6+). After more than doubling (+2.5) its 6+ AQH share in four consecutive increases (2.4 – 2.6 – 3.1 – 3.7 – 4.9, 6+), UniRadio regional Mexican XHTY replicates May’s -1.0 (4.9 – 3.9 – 2.9, 6+) as “Invasora 99.7” drifts from the top ten (#9 to #14). By dropping four-tenths to 2.7 (#14 to #16, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KIOZ “Rock 105.3” halts five straight sweeps without a loss that led to a +1.3 (1.8 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 3.0 – 3.1, 6+).

Tampa

Spoken-Word Formats – A combined +1.6 in March/April (3.0 – 3.9 – 4.6, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WFLA “970 Tampa Bay’s News Radio” stabilizes from May’s -1.2 by repeating May’s AQH share/market rank (3.4, #14, 6+).

Down one-half share in April/May (3.2 – 3.1 – 2.7, 6+), Cox Media Group news/talk WHPT “102.5 The Bone – Real, Raw, Radio” echoes May’s 2.7 (6+) and falls from #16 to #17.

Off six-tenths via three drops in succession (1.9 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.3, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned sports talk WDAE “620 Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” remains at #20.

After logging eight consecutive sweeps without a loss for a cumulative +2.4 (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 -1.1 in three straight dips (4.1 – 3.9 – 3.3 – 3.0, #15 to #16, 6+).

Tampa Music Formats – Having posted a 3.9 (6+) in three of the last four sweeps (3.9 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.9, 6+), Beasley Media Group-owned WQYK “99.5 Tampa Bay’s New Country Hits” breaks out a +.9 to 4.8 (6+) and leaps into the top ten (#11 to #6, 6+). Disappearing from print is its internet stream, which logged a .5 (6+) in April and May. WQYK’s format rival – iHeartMedia-owned WFUS – continues its rollercoaster ride. “US-103.5 Tampa Bay’s #1 for New Country” 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+); and is now +.6 in June (5.7, fourth to third, 6+). It’s a similar significant up/down story for Beasley Media Group Spanish contemporary WYUU “92.5 Maxima,” which was -.5 (March); +.7 (April); -.6 (May); and now +.8 in June (2.4 – 3.2, #17 to #15, 6+). Tampa Bay’s (6+) adult contemporary share grew by +2.0 in May and expands another nine-tenths in June. That increase is virtually equally divided between Cox Media Group cluster-mates WWRM “Magic 94.9” (4.0 – 4.5, +.5, tenth to eighth, 6+) and WDUV “Lite Favorites” (7.8 – 8.2, +.4, 6+). Up one-tenth in March (4.3 – 4.4, 6+), “Magic 94.9” plummeted by -1.2 in April to 3.2 (6+), but was +.8 in May. Co-owned WDUV is #1 an eye-popping 95th time in succession. May’s +1.2 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+). The six most recent shifts by classic hits-oldies sibling 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 May (5.8 – 6.5, May, 6+); and now -1.1 in June (6.5 – 5.4, second to fourth, 6+). The market’s two CHRs combine for a -1.3 as iHeartMedia-owned WFLZ “93.3 FLZ – Tampa Bay’s #1 Hit Music Station” is -.7 (3.6, #7 to #11, 6+) and Cox Media Group-owned WPOI “Hot 101.5 Tampa Bay’s New Hit Music” is -.6 (3.5, #8 to #12, 6+). WFLZ notched a May +1.2 and recorded a four-share (4.3, 6+) for the first time since last October (4.2). WFLZ had been trending 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 3.1 (January 2020 – April 2020, 6+). In four straight sweeps without a loss, “Hot” gained one-half share (3.6 – 3.9 – 3.9 4.0 – 4.1, 6+). In an alternating up/down sequence which includes June’s loss of two-tenths (4.8 – 4.9 – 4.5 – 5.0 – 4.8, 6+), iHeartMedia hot AC WMTX “Mix 100.7” slips from fifth to sixth.

Denver

Spoken-Word Formats – Down four-tenths in back-to-back reports (4.6 – 4.4 – 3.8, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KDFD slips from seventh to tenth. “Freedom 93.7 – Real News, Real Talk” was +1.2 in April (3.4 – 4.6, 6+). News/talk cluster-mate KOA repeats May’s 6+ AQH share/market rank (1.7, #19, 6+). Prior to dropping four-tenths in May, “Colorado’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” was +.7 via three straight gains (1.4 – 1.6 – 1.9 – 2.1, 6+). Down one-half share in April/May (1.6 – 1.4 – 1.1, 6+), co-owned KHOW “Talk Radio 630” picks up one-tenth to 1.2 (#25 to #24, 6+).

Immediately after offsetting 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 eight-tenths (2.3, #14 to #17, 6+). After adding one-tenth in May, KSE Radio Ventures-owned KKSE-FM “Attitude Sports Radio 92.5” drops two-tenths (.6 – .4, #29 to #31, 6+).

On the heels of wild fluctuations, including a +2.6 in March/April (5.2 – 6.3 – 7.8, 6+) and May’s -2.1 (7.8 – 5.7, 6+), Colorado Public Radio news/talk KCFR has a modest +.1 to 5.8 (6+) but downslides from second to third.  Off six-tenths in April and then notching a half-share improvement in May, Community Radio for Northern Colorado news/talk KUNC sputters by two-tenths (.8 – .6 #27 to #29, 6+).

Denver Music Formats – Two-tenths of a share separates Denver’s top three (6+) June 2020 finishers. A combined -.7 in April/May (3.3 – 3.2 – 2.6, 6+), Entravision regional Mexican KXPK “La Tricolor” roars back with a +1.1 in June to 3.7 (#17 to #12, 6+). May’s 2.6 was its lowest 6+-stat since last August (2.6, as well).  Tied with KXPK is Entercom hot AC KALC “Alice 105.9,” which is +1.0 in May/June (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.7, #16 to #12, 6+). Gains of six-tenths are posted by iHeartMedia classic rock KRFX “103.5 The Fox” (5.9, third to second, 6+) and KSE Radio Ventures-owned classic hits-oldies KXKL “Kool 105 Denver’s Greatest Hits” (tenth to sixth). “The Fox” was down seven-tenths in April/May (6.0 – 5.7 – 5.3, 6+). A collective -1.9 in three straight downward sweeps (4.8 – 4.6 – 3.9 – 2.9,  6+), “Kool 105” is +1.7 in May/June (2.9 – 4.0 – 4.6, 6+). Without an increase three survey periods in a row accounting for a -2.0 (4.2 – 3.8 – 3.5 – 2.2, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KPTT “95.7 The Party” erases 65% of that shortfall with a May/June +1.3 (2.2 – 3.0 – 3.5, #15 to #14, 6+). Notwithstanding it is -1.6 in May/June (7.6 – 7.5 – 6.0, 6+), Bonneville country outlet KYGO repeats at #1. Despite being +3.3 through four consecutive positive spikes (4.3 – 5.3 – 5.4 – 6.3 – 7.6, 6+), KYGO shifted from a first-place March deadlock at #1 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. A combined +1.0 in April/May (2.5 – 3.5 – 3.5, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KWBL “106.7 The Bull – Colorado’s New Country” forfeits half that boon (3.0, -.5, 6+) and drops from #12 to #16.

Baltimore

Spoken-Word Formats – Directly after posting 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+), Hearst Television-owned WBAL “News Radio – Expect More” is -1.6 in May/June (6.0 – 4.9 – 4.4, sixth to eighth, 6+). Perhaps not quite as dramatic, independent news/talk WCBM “680 Stimulating Talk – Breaking News” was +1.8 via four straight increases (2.3 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.7 – 4.1, 6+), but is -.8 in May/June (4.1 – 4.0 – 3.3, #10 to #11, 6+). Returning the two-tenths it gained in May (.4 – .6 – .4, 6+), Cumulus Media Washington, DC news/talk WMAL dips from #22 to #28.

A May increase of four-tenths by Entercom sports talk WJZ-FM curtailed three straight declines that led to an overall -2.0 (5.1 – 3.9 – 3.6 – 3.1, 6+); however, “105.7 The Fan” falters by -1.0 in June (2.5, flat at #12, 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+). In June though, “Bloomberg 99.1 & 105.7” drops three-tenths to 1.5 (#15 to #16, 6+).

Three setbacks in succession by Your Public Radio news/talk WYPR “88.1 Your NPR News Station” result in a -1.4 (5.7 – 5.5 – 4.7 – 4.3, seventh to ninth, 6+). This directly follows a +2.8 in three straight gains (2.9 – 4.3 – 4.5 – 5.7, 6+). After doubling its 6+ AQH share through four consecutive sweeps without a loss (.4 – .5 – .5 – .8 – .8, 6+), American University-owned news/talk WAMU has a net loss of one-tenth in May/June (.8 – .7 – .7, #20 to #21, 6+).

Baltimore Music Formats – Trending 6.2 – 5.8 – 6.2 (January – February – March, 6+) and then spiraling by -1.8 in April, WPOC “93.1 Today’s Best Country” notched a May +1.2. The iHeartMedia facility manages to outdo that with a June +1.3 (4.4 – 5.6 – 6.9 fourth to second, 6+). Advancing by eight-tenths each are Hearst Television’s WIYY “98 Rock” (third to fourth) and Entercom adult contemporary WLIF “Today’s 101.9” (5.2, ninth to seventh). In three straight bumps, WIYY is a collective +1.5 (5.0 – 5.2 – 5.7 – 6.5, 6+). Entering the June sweep, WLIF – which had a “Holiday” 2019-only stay at #1 – was -3.1 in three drops in succession (7.5 – 6.3 – 5.3 – 4.4, 6+). WLIF was +10.1 (December/“Holiday” 2019, 6+); -9.5 (January 2020, 6+); +1.0 (February, 6+); -1.2 (March); -1.0 (April); -.9 (May); and now +.8 (June). A combined +.8 in May/June (4.6 – 4.7 – 5.4, seventh to fifth, 6+), iHeartMedia adult hits WQSR “102.7 Jack-FM Playing What We Want” notches its best 6+-stat (5.4) since November’s 5.6. Albeit down nine-tenths to 9.6 (6+), after being +2.6 in April/May (7.9 – 9.3 – 10.5, 6+), Radio One urban AC WWIN-FM is #1 the sixth time in a row. “Magic 95.9” reached double-digits (10.5, May 2020, 6+) for the first time in more than two years (April 2018, 10.3, 6+). WWIN-FM exited the top spot in “Holiday” 2019, after seven successive months there. “Magic” was -.8 (October 2019); -.9 (December); +1.0 (January 2020); -.6 (February); +1.4 (April); +1.2 (May); and now -.9 (June). Baltimore City Community College’s WBJC spirals by -1.0 to 1.6 (#13 to #15, 6+). “Maryland’s Classical Music Station” was stuck on 1.4 (6+) in February and March, and then – after a +1.2 – it was frozen on 2.6 (April and May, 6+). This is the 24th 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 – 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+), Entercom news/talk KMOX “The Voice of St. Louis” stumbles from fifth to tenth. It’s a similar scenario for co-owned KFTK “FM News Talk 97.1,” which recorded four straight spikes for a +3.8 (2.7 – 4.0 – 4.6 – 5.5 – 6.5, 6+), but is -2.4 in May/June (6.5 – 4.9 – 4.1, #7 to #12, 6+).

Four straight decreases by Hubbard Broadcasting’s WXOS resulted in a roughly 52% (-2.4) evaporation of its 6+ AQH share (4.6 – 4.3 – 3.4 – 2.5 – 2.2, 6+), but “101 Sports” ends the slide by picking up two-tenths (2.4,  #18 to #15, 6+).

Five consecutive decreases by University of Missouri news/talk KWMU have resulted in a -2.2 (4.2 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 2.8 – 2.3 – 2.0, #17 to #18, 6+).

St. Louis Music Formats – Owing to three straight down or flat moves, Entercom hot AC KYKY was -2.1 (5.4 – 4.9 – 3.2 – 3.2, 6+); however, “Y-98” hauls out a +1.3 to 4.5 (#14 to #11, 6+). KYKY was up nine-tenths in January/February (4.5 – 5.1 – 5.4, 6+). Off six-tenths in April/May (5.1 – 4.8 – 4.5, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting adult hits WARH “106.5 The Arch” wipes away that deficit with a +.7 to 5.2 (tenth to sixth, 6+), its best 6+-showing since “Holiday” 2019’s 5.5. Even though it remains anchored in the runner-up slot, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KLOU “The Best Variety of the 70s, 80s, and 90s” is +3.2 in six positive or neutral reports in succession (5.5 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 6.6 – 7.2 – 8.2 – 8.7, 6+). Down three-tenths to 13.4 (6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s KSHE is #1 the sixth consecutive time. Prior to the June slip, “95 Real Rock Radio” was +3.1 in April/May (10.6 – 12.9 – 13.7, 6+). KSHE’s 13.7 (May 2020) is its 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, KSHE 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); and +.8 (May). Tied at #7 are country rivals WIL “New Country 92.3” (ninth to seventh) and KSD “93.7 The Bull” (4.8, #11 to #7, 6+). Hubbard Broadcasting’s WIL has lost six-tenths in three straight down or flat reports (5.4 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.8, 6+), while iHeartMedia’s “Bull” lost two-tenths in three consecutive sweeps without an increase (4.6 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 4.4, 6+). This (4.8) is the highest 6+-stat for KSD since August 2019’s 5.0.

June 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round One

| July 8, 2020

June 2020 PPM Data – Information for the June 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 June 2020 survey period covered May 21 – June 17. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from these 12 PPM-markets.

New York City

Spoken-Word Formats – Forfeiting April’s +1.1 in its entirety with a May/June -1.1 (1.9 – 3.0 – 2.4 – 1.9, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” slips from #16 to #19. Up three-tenths in April/May (1.3 – 1.5 – 1.6, 6+), Red Apple Media news/talk WABC surrenders two-tenths in June (1.4, #21 to #22, 6+). Down or flat five straight sweeps for an overall loss of three-tenths (1.1 – 1.0 – .9 – .9 – .9 – .8, 6+), Townsquare Media’s WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” gains one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.8 – .9 – 1.0, #26 to #24, 6+).

Flat at #20, Entercom sports talk WFAN improves by four-tenths in May/June (1.4 – 1.7 – 1.8, 6+), directly after losing 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,” which was up four-tenths in May, sputters by six-tenths (1.6 – 1.0, #21 to #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, including April’s +1.0, netted WINS an overall +2.2 (3.5 – 3.6 – 4.7 – 5.7, 6+); however, the Entercom-owned news outlet is -1.5 in May/June (5.7 – 4.9 – 4.2, fourth to seventh, 6+). In May, it had a 1.8-share (6+) advantage over co-owned WCBS-AM. That lead is cut to eight-tenths though as WCBS-AM regains the three-tenths that vanished in May (3.4 – 3.1 – 3.4, 6+). Moreover, WCBS-AM leaps back into the top ten (#12 to #9).

Four straight increases by WNYC-FM more than doubled (+2.7) its 6+ AQH share (2.4 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 4.0 – 5.1, 6+), but the WNYC Broadcasting Foundation public radio news/talk station is -2.2 in May/June and exits the top ten (5.1 – 3.3 – 2.9, #8 to #13, 6+). Co-owned public radio news/talk WNYC-AM repeats May’s .7 (6+) and proceeds from #28 to #27.

New York City Music Formats – The combination of a +.8 by Entercom classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits” (5.8 – 6.6, second to first, 6+) and a -2.1 by Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WSKQ “Mega 97.9” (8.7 – 6.6, 6+) results in a first-place tie between those two. In May, “New York’s Greatest Hits” posted a half-share increase, thus wiping away roughly half of April’s loss of nine-tenths (6.2 – 5.3 – 5.8, 6+). 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+). Meanwhile, “Mega 97.9” had been an overall +2.8 via three straight increases (5.9 – 6.5 – 7.7 – 8.7, 6+). Albeit tied for the lead, it is #1 the third time in a row. WSKQ was off seven-tenths in January/February (6.6 – 6.0 – 5.9, 6+). This (-2.1) represents the largest (6+) May 2020 – June 2020 decrease by any station in the 12 PPM-markets highlighted here. WSKQ’s internet stream, which registered a .7 (May 2020, 6+), disappears from print. Adding a whopping +1.3 onto May’s increase of one-tenth (3.1 – 3.2 – 4.5, 6+), Univision Radio Spanish contemporary WXNY “X-96.3” jumps from tenth to sixth. Wiping away May’s loss of four-tenths (5.3 – 4.9, 6+) with a June improvement twice that magnitude (5.7, +.8, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rock WAXQ continues in fourth-place. 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+). An overall -1.2 via three straight decreases (4.7 – 4.2 – 3.6 – 3.5, 6+), CHR cluster-mate WHTZ “Z-100” dials up a +.7 to 4.2 (6+) and repeats at #7. Down or flat the past three sweeps for a net loss of nine-tenths (5.4 – 5.4 – 4.7 – 4.5, 6+), Emmis urban AC WBLS “#1 For R&B” erases two-thirds of the deficit with a +.6 to 5.1 (6+) and climbs from sixth to fifth. Three straight sweeps without a loss by Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WPLJ “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” account for a +.7 (.9 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.6, #21, 6+) and its highest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2019 (1.6, as well). Having dropped roughly 57% (-7.6) of its 6+ AQH share in five straight declines (13.3 – 8.0 – 7.3 – 6.7 – 6.1 – 5.7, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW pulls the plug with a +.2 to 5.9 (6+) and remains at #3. Prior to segueing to second in April, “106.7 Lite FM” was #1 34 successive ratings periods and +6.2 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.1 – 9.6 – 13.3, 6+). Tied at #11 are iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR WKTU (3.2 – 3.1, -.1, #10 to #11, 6+) and Emmis’ similarly-formatted WQHT “Hot 97,” which is +.8 in May/June (2.3 – 2.7 – 3.1, #15 to #11, 6+) and has its best 6+-showing (3.1) since “Holiday” 2019 (3.5). WKTU negated April’s one-half share decrease with a May +.6 (3.1 – 2.6 – 3.2, 6+).

Los Angeles

Spoken-Word Formats  – A combined -1.1 in May/June (5.5 – 4.6 – 4.4, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KFI dips from second to fourth. “AM 640” 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+). Flat at 1.5 (6+), Salem Media Group news/talk KRLA nonetheless progresses from #27 to #25. Before sputtering by three-tenths in May, “AM 870 The Answer” was down or flat six sweeps in succession for a net gain of eight-tenths (1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.4 – 1.8, 6+). In four consecutive improvements, Cumulus Media’s KABC almost tripled (+.9) its 6+ AQH share (.5 – .7 – .9 – 1.0 – 1.4, 6+), but “790 News-Talk-Evolved” is off four-tenths in May/June (1.4 – 1.1 – 1.0, #34 to #33, 6+). It is two-tenths ahead of iHeartMedia-owned KEIB “AM 1150 The Patriot,” which wipes away April’s gain of three-tenths with a May/June loss of that margin (.8 – 1.1 – 1.0 – .8, #35 to #36, 6+).

Pushing up from #40 to #38, iHeartMedia’s KLAC “AM 570 LA Sports” gains one-tenth in May/June (.5 – .5 – .6, 6+). Two-tenths behind is Disney-owned/similarly-formatted KSPN “710 ESPN,” which is without an increase the fifth time in a row for a net loss of seven-tenths (1.1 – .9 – .8 – .4 – .4 – .4, #41 to #42, 6+). KLAC and KSPN were each off one-tenth in March; -.4 in April; and unchanged in May.

Down nine-tenths in April/May (3.8 – 3.4 – 2.9, 6+), Entercom all-news KNX roars back with a June +1.0 to 3.9 (6+), rocketing into the top ten (#12 to #6); “1070 News Radio” logged a March improvement of eight-tenths.

Pasadena City College news/talk KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” is off one-half share in May/June (2.0 – 1.7 – 1.5, #24 to #25, 6+).

Los Angeles Music Formats – An overall -9.5 through five straight downturns (13.7 – 6.5 – 5.7 – 5.1 – 4.5 – 4.2, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KOST “Coast 103.5” applies the brakes with a +.9 to 5.1 (6+), sailing from fifth to second. After four straight sweeps 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+). 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 up nine-tenths in May/June (2.2 – 2.4 – 3.1, #16 to #12, 6+). Entercom-owned/similarly-programmed KROQ, which had been down or flat three times in succession for a net -1.1 (2.5 – 2.0 – 1.4 – 1.4, 6+), concludes the slide with a +.3 to 1.7 (#29 to #24, 6+). In addition to repeating at #1, Entercom classic hits-oldies KRTH “K-Earth 101” logs its fourth straight report without a loss for a net gain of one-half share (5.2 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.6 – 5.7, 6+). 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. The March 2020 through May 2020 topline for KFWB “980 La Mera Mera” was: 1.0 – 1.4 – 1.8 (6+); however, the Lotus Communications-owned outlet falters by eight-tenths to 1.0 (#33, 6+). Univision Radio regional Mexican KSCA is down six-tenths in May/June (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.0, #14 to #19, 6+) and has its lowest 6+-stat since December (2.0, as well). A cumulative +1.6 via five straight sweeps without a decrease (2.3 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.4 – 3.9, 6+), Meruelo Media Holdings’ KLOS “95.5 Southern California’s Rock Station” drops three-tenths to 3.6 (sixth to eighth, 6+). Similarly, a loss of three-tenths by Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters-owned KKGO “GO Country 105 FM” (2.9, #11 to #13, 6+) suspends three successive spikes that yielded eight-tenths (2.4 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 3.2, 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 -1.1 in May/June (5.6 – 5.2 – 4.5, third to seventh, 6+). Unchanged at #19, Cumulus Media news/talk WLS-AM “890 AM” is down four-tenths in that same timespan (2.4 – 2.1 – 2.0, 6+).

As a result of six decreases in a row, 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, 6+) and fades from the top twenty (#19 to #24). Meanwhile, Disney/ESPN-owned WMVP “ESPN Chicago 1000” is -1.1 through eight consecutive sweeps without an increase (1.9 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2 – .8, #26 to #27, 6+).

Albeit -1.5 in May/June (8.4 – 7.0 – 6.9, 6+), Entercom all-news WBBM-AM & WCFS-FM is #1 the fifth time in a row. Immediately prior, “News Radio 780 AM & 105.9 FM” was a collective +3.5 through four straight upticks (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 -1.6 in May/June (5.4 – 4.7 – 3.8, seventh to ninth, 6+).

Chicago Music Formats – Progressing by six-tenths each are Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WLS-FM “94.7 Chicago’s Classic Hits” (eighth to fifth); Univision Radio regional Mexican WOJO “Que Buena 105.1” (tenth to ninth); and iHeartMedia CHR WKSC “103.5 Kiss FM – Chicago’s #1 Hit Music Station” (3.3, #12 to #11, 6+). “Chicago’s Classic Hits” had been within 4.0 – 4.8 range (6+) the past seven sweeps and reaches the five-share level (5.2, 6+) for the first time since last November (5.1). “Que Buena” is +1.0 in May/June (2/8 – 3.2 – 3.8, 6+); 3.8 is its strongest 6+-showing since April 2019’s 3.9. In three straight drops, “Kiss” was -1.0 (3.7 – 3.3 – 3.0 – 2.7, 6+). As a result of four consecutive reports with a loss, Venture Technologies Group-owned adult contemporary WRME-LP “Me TV FM 87.7” nets six-tenths (2.4 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 3.0, #14 to #12, 6+). Elsewhere in the AC format, iHeartMedia’s WLIT was -10.0 in four straight decreases (13.7 – 5.5 – 4.8 – 4.3 – 3.7, 6+), but “93.9 Lite FM” rebounds with a May/June +1.8 (3.7 – 5.2 – 5.5, third to fourth, 6+). WLIT was #1 in December 2019, “Holiday” 2019, and January 2020. In five consecutive down or flat reports, Hubbard Broadcasting’s similarly-formatted WSHE “100.3 SHE” is a collective -1.3 (3.6 – 3.3 – 3.1 – 2.6 – 2.3 – 2.3, flat at #17, 6+). Cumulus Media alternative WKQX is within 2.0 – 2.9 territory the eighth successive ratings period (2.9 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.0 – 2.5 – 2.8, #14 to #13, 6+). After more than doubling (+.8) its 6+ AQH share in seven straight sweeps without a loss (.7 – .7 – .8 – .8 – .9 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.5, 6+), Window to the World Communications classical WFMT loses nine-tenths in May/June (1.5 – 1.2 – .6, #26 to #30, 6+).

San Francisco

Spoken-Word Formats. In May, Cumulus Media-owned KSFO picked up one-tenth (1.8 – 1.9, 6+), but departed the top twenty (#19 to #21). Now, “560 – The Bay Area’s Exclusive Hot Talk” returns the one-tenth (1.9 – 1.8, 6+) yet advances from #21 to #20. Co-owned news/talk KGO is down 33% (-.6) via four straight sweeps without an increase (1.8 – 1.8 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.2, #24 to #27, 6+). The November 2019 through June 2020 trending for iHeartMedia-owned KKSF-AM “Real Talk 910 – Think Forward” is: .2 – .2 – .1 – .1 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .1 – .1 (#33 to #35, 6+).

A May increase of two-tenths by Cumulus Media-owned KNBR-AM halted three straight drops that led to a -2.7 (4.8 – 3.5 – 3.0 – 2.1, 6+); however, “The Sports Leader” falters by four-tenths in June (2.3 – 1.9, #14 to #19, 6+). In four straight setbacks, Entercom’s similarly-formatted KGMZ “95.7 The Game” has lost nine-tenths (1.7 – 1.4 – 1.0 – .9 – .8, flat at #28, 6+).

By gaining four-tenths (8.5 – 8.9, 6+), KCBS-AM progresses from second to first. The Entercom all-news operation 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+), before faltering by -1.4 in May.

Nine 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 in April; -1.2 (May); and now -.9 in June (8.7 – 7.8, 6+). Consequently, the California Public Broadcasting news/talk station segues from first to second. Flat at #29, San Francisco Unified School District’s KALW “91.7 Local Public Radio” is off four-tenths in May/June (.9 – .7 – .5, 6+).

San Francisco Music Formats – Advancing from fourth to third, iHeartMedia urban contemporary KMEL “#1 For Hip-Hop and R&B” is +1.2 in May/June (3.5 – 3.9 – 4.7, 6+). An overall +1.5 through five successive upticks (3.7 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.5 – 5.1 – 5.2, 6+), co-owned adult contemporary KISQ “98.1 The Breeze – Relaxing Favorites At Work” relinquishes six-tenths (4.6, third to fourth, 6+). Prior to April 2020, the last time “The Breeze” reached the five-share level was March 2019 (5.0). Notching its sixth straight up or flat trend for a collective +.9 and crossing the three-share level (2.3 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.9 – 3.2, 6+), Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KBRG “Amor 100.3” pushes up from eighth to seventh. Regressing by one-half share each are Bonneville adult contemporary KOIT-FM “Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites” (fourth to sixth) and Spanish Broadcasting System regional Mexican KRZZ “La Raza” (#14 to #20). KOIT-FM is a collective -1.4 through four straight downturns (4.8 – 4.4 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.4, 6+), while KRZZ is down six-tenths in May/June (2.4 – 2.3 -1.8, 6+). After gaining eight-tenths in three straight up or flat moves (2.2 – 2.4 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+), Alpha Media classic hits-oldies KBAY “94.5 Bay FM The Bay’s Greatest Hits” relinquishes 25% of that increase (2.8, -.2, seventh to tenth, 6+). Despite netting seven-tenths via 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” backslides from fourth to fifth.

Dallas

Spoken-Word Formats – The December 2019 through April 2020 topline for Cumulus Media’s WBAP was: 4.1 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 4.1; however, “News Talk 820” is -1.1 in May/June (4.1 – 3.2 – 3.0, #15 to #16, 6+). Advancing from #35 to #34, WBAP cluster-mate KLIF-AM “570 News & Information” is trending .6 – .4 – .4 – .6 (March 2020 through June 2020, 6+). For the third time in a row, Salem Media Group-owned KSKY “660 AM The Answer” logs a .4 (#35 to #36, 6+). KLIF-AM and KSKY were tied at #35 in April and May.

The market’s three sports talk outlets notch modest declines. Specifically, Entercom’s KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” is off one-tenth in consecutive reports (1.7 – 1.6 – 15, #21 to #22, 6+); Cumulus Media’s KTCK “The Ticket – All Sports All The Time” drops two-tenths (1.5 – 1.3, #23 to #26, 6+); and Disney/ESPN’s KESN “103.3 ESPN Dallas” forfeits one-tenth (.8 – .7, #31 to #32, 6+).

Down six-tenths in April/May (1.8 – 1.4 – 1.2, 6+), Entercom news-talk hybrid KRLD-AM “News Radio 1080” picks up one-tenth in June to 1.3 (#28 to #26, 6+).

Flat at #17, North Texas Public Broadcasting news/talk KERA is -.9 in three straight drops (3.4 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.5, 6+).

Dallas Music Formats – An overall +1.5 via three consecutive bumps and crossing the four-share level (2.7 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 4.2, 6+) Univision Radio regional Mexican KLNO “Que Buena 94.1” cracks the top ten (#11 to #8). In an alternating down/up pattern since “Holiday” 2019 including June’s +.7 (3.7 – 3.2 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 4.3 – 3.9 – 4.6, seventh to fifth, 6+), iHeartMedia hot AC KDMX “102.9 More Music/More Variety” has its best 6+-stat since December (4.6, as well). Improving by six-tenths each are Entercom adult hits KJKK “100.3 Jack-FM Playing What We Want” (3.4 – 4.0, #11 to #10, 6+), and First Dallas Media contemporary Christian KCBI “90.0 Encouraging Music/Words of Hope” (1.4, #24, 6+), which was off three-tenths in three straight down or flat reports (1.1 – 1.1 – 1.1 – .8, 6+). Meanwhile, Cumulus Media country-formatted KPLX “99.5 The Wolf” (unchanged at #7) and Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KDXX “Latino Mix” (#19 to #18) both post half-share gains. A collective -1.0 in three straight drops (4.7 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 3.7, 6+), “The Wolf” is up seven-tenths in May/June (3.7 – 3.9 – 4.4, 6+). KPLX lost a combined half-share in October/November (4.4 – 4.0 – 3.9, 6+), but fully defused that deficit with a December increase of one-half share. “Latino Mix” was -.5 in March/April (1.6 – 1.6 – 1.2, 6+); +.5 in May (to 1.7, 6+); and replicates that +.5 in June (2.2, 6+). From January 2020 through June 2020, this market’s #1 and #2 rankers have been held by Salem Media Group contemporary Christian KLTY “Your Life … Inspired” and iHeartMedia CHR KHKS “106.1 Kiss-FM.” The former has been number one each time except May (#2), while the latter has been #2 each sweep other than May (#1). In June, KLTY is up one-tenth (6.0 – 6.1, second to first, 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+). Meanwhile, “Kiss” surrenders seven-tenths to 5.9 (6+) and segues from first to second. A combined -1.0 in March/April (6.3 – 6.0 – 5.3, 6+), KHKS obliterated that shortfall with a May +1.3. Without a loss three times in a row including May’s +1.2 (3.8 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 5.1, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rock KZPS “Lone Star 92.5” loses three-tenths to 4.8 (6+) but repeats in third-place. It’s a similar scenario for Estrella Media-owned KBOC “Luna 98.3,” which netted seven-tenths in three straight up or flat moves (1.3 – 1.3 – 1.5 – 2.0, 6+), but forfeits four-tenths and exits the top twenty (1.6, #18 to #21, 6+).

Houston                              

Spoken-Word Formats – Regaining the three-tenths it lost in May (6.3 – 6.0 – 6.3, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KTRH advances from fifth to fourth; “News Radio 740” was +1.7 in April (4.6 – 6.3, 6+). Co-owned KPRC “AM 950 – Houston’s More Stimulating Talk Radio” adds one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.2 – .3 – .4, flat at #27, 6+).

One-half share separates three Houston sports talk outlets. Entercom’s KILT-AM “Sports Radio 610” loses three-tenths (1.1 – .8, #22 to #24, 6+); iHeartMedia’s KBME “Sports Talk 790” is off one-tenth (.6 to .5, #25 to #26, 6+); and  Gow Communications’ sports talk KFNC “ESPN 97.5” has squandered four-tenths in eight straight sweeps without an increase (.7 -.5 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3, #27 to #28, 6+).

Down nine-tenths in four consecutive decreases (3.7 – 3.4 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.8, 6+), University of Houston news/talk KUHF is flat at #17.

Houston Music Formats – Not only does iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA tack on nine-tenths to May’s +.7 (5.5 – 6.2 – 7.1, 6+), “Sunny 99.1” storms from fourth to first. After four successive sweeps at #1, KODA fell to #2 in March. May’s increase halted four straight setbacks that resulted to 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. Last month’s co-leaders – Cox Media Group classic rock KGLK “The Eagle” (7.0 – .9, -.1, 6+) and Univision Radio regional Mexican KLTN “Que Buena 102.9” (7.0 – 6.7, -.3, 6+) – drop to second and third, respectively. Down three-tenths in February/March (6.1 – 5.9 – 5.8, 6+), “The Eagle” rebounded with an April +1.2 and was flat in May 7.0 (6+). Before slipping to third in June, “Que Buena was #1 three times in a  row. A combined +2.7 in March/April, KLTN crossed the eight-share level (5.7 – 6.7 – 8.4, 6+). It was a collective +1.9 via six straight increases (4.9 – 5.0 – 5.1 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 6.6 – 6.8, 6+); -1.1 (“Holiday” 2019); +.9 (January 2020); and -.9 (February). Adult hits cluster-mate KOVE “Amor 106.5” is +1.2 in three straight bumps (2/4 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.6, #15 to #13, 6+) and has its best 6+-stat since last October (3.6, as well). A combined -1.3 in April/May (4.5 – 3.5 – 3.2, 6+), Cumulus Media CHR KRBE “Houston’s #1 Hit Music Station” answers with a half-share gain to 3.7 (6+) and reenters the top ten (#13 to #10). Tied with KRBE is independent contemporary Christian KSBJ “89.3 – God Listens,” which is -1.1 in May/June (4.8 – 4.6 – 3.7, eighth to tenth, 6+). Up seven-tenths in April/May (5.8 – 6.2 – 6.5, 6+), Radio One urban AC KMJQ “Majic 102.1 The People’s Station” forfeits eight-tenths to 5.7 (third to fifth, 6+). Owing to three straight drops, Entercom Spanish contemporary KLOL “Mega 101 FM” is -1.1 and departs the top ten (4.3 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.2, #10 to #14, 6+).

Atlanta

Spoken-Word Formats – Following May’s -2.8 (13.9 – 11.1, 6+), Cox Media Group news/talk WSB-AM falters by another seven-tenths (10.4, 6+) but is #1 the 12th straight sweep. In four consecutive increases immediately prior, it was +5.9 (8.0 – 10.0 – 11.4 – 12.9 – 13.9, 6+). April’s 13.9 marked the first time in the PPM-era that any Atlanta station reached the 13-share level (6+). Separated by three-tenths of a share are Salem Media Group-owned WGKA “AM 920 The Answer” (1.2 – 1.0 – .7, #24 to #26, 6+); iHeartMedia-owned WGST “Talk Radio 640” (.2 – .4, +.2, #33 to #30, 6+); and Entercom’s WAOK “1380 The Voice of the Community” (.6 – .4 – .4, #29 to v#30, 6+). WGKA and WAOK are down two-tenths in back-to-back reports; WGST had logged a .2 (6+) the last five survey periods and in seven of the last eight sweeps.

A collective -1.3 in five straight reports without an increase (4.6 – 3.9 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3, 6+), Entercom sports talk WZGC “92.9 The Game” exits the top ten (#10 to #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 now down two-tenths (1.4 – 1.2, #20 to #24, 6+).

After spiraling by -1.1 in April, City of Atlanta Board of Education’s WABE picks up one-tenth in May and June (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.4, #16 to #17, 6+). Georgia State University news/talk WRAS is off a collective two-tenths in three straight down or flat trends (.7 – .5 – .5 – .5, #27 to #29, 6+).

Atlanta Music Formats – By dialing up a +1.0 to 1.5 (6+), iHeartMedia Spanish contemporary WBZY pulls the plug on six straight down or flat moves that resulted in a net loss of nine-tenths (1.4 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.1 – .9 – .8 – .5, 6+); “Z-105.7” cracks the top twenty (#19). Posting increases of one-half share each are Salem Media Group contemporary Christian WFSH “104.7 The Fish” (eighth to seventh); iHeartMedia’s country formatted WUBL “94.9 The Bull” (eighth to seventh, as well); and WUBL’s CHR cluster-mate WWPW “Power 96.1 Atlanta’s #1 Hit Music Station” (3.6, #12 to #10, 6+). “Fish” is in an alternating down/up sequence: 4.3 – 3.8 – 4.1 – 3.8 – 4.3 (6+), while “The Bull” is +1.0 in May/June (3.3 – 3.8 – 4.3, 6+) and has its best 6+-stat since last October (4.3, as well). In three straight down or flat trends, “Power” was -1.1 (4.2 – 3.7 – 3.1 – 3.1, 6+). A combined -2.3 in May/June (9.3 – 8.4 – 7.0, 6+), WALR “104.1 Kiss FM – Atlanta’s R&B” shifts from second to third. The Cox Media Group urban AC was +3.8 in March/April (5.5 – 5.9 – 9.3, 6+). Within 6.0 – 6.9 range (6+) the ninth time in a row (6.5 – 6.7 – 6.3 – 6.0 – 6.2 – 6.4 – 6.0 – 6.9 – 6.6, 6+), Entercom urban contemporary WVEE “V-103 The People’s Station” continues in fourth-place. Despite dropping one-tenth to 7.9 (6+), Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WSRV “97.1 The River” progresses from third to second. The loss, however, concludes three straight upticks that yielded a +2.2 (5.8 – 6.4 – 7.4 – 8.0, 6+). After recording six successive reports without a loss for a +1.3 (2.8 – 2.8 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 4.1, 6+), Radio One gospel WPZE “Praise 102.5 Atlanta’s Inspiration Station” slips by one-tenth (4.0, seventh to ninth, 6+). This time last month, JDJ Communications urban contemporary WWSZ debuted with a 2.0 (6+), but “Streetz 94.5” loses three tenths to 1.7 (flat at #18, 6+). After trending .9 – .9 – .9 – 1.0 (6+), iHeartMedia alternative WRDA is unlisted the second time in a row.

Philadelphia

Spoken-Word Formats – Down four-tenths in May, Entercom-owned WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” repeats May’s 6+ AQH share and market rank (1.6, #19, 6+). Without an increase four consecutive sweeps for a net loss of three-tenths (1.1 – 1.0 – 1.0 – .9 – .8, 6+), Townsquare Media news/talk WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” is now up three-tenths in May/June (.8 – 1.0 – 1.1, #24 to #23, 6+).

Following May’s gain of three-tenths to 5.9 (6+), Entercom sports talk WIP erodes by -1.2 to 4.7 (fourth to sixth, 6+). Before falling to third in December, “Sports Radio 94.1” had been #1 three months in a row. Returning the two-tenths it added in May (1.4 – 1.6 – 1.4, 6+), Beasley Media Group-owned WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” exits the top twenty (#19 to #22).

Bouncing back from May’s -1.5 with a June increase of three-tenths (5.8 – 6.1, 6+), Entercom-owned KYW climbs from fifth to fourth; “News Radio 1060” was a combined +2.6 in March/April (4.7 – 6.6 – 7.3, 6+)

Directly following its cumulative +2.1 in three straight gains (3.3 – 4.5 – 4.9 – 5.4, 6+), public radio news/talk WHYY is -1.0 in three straight down or flat moves (5.4 – 4.5 – 4.4 – 4.4, flat at #8, 6+). WHYY was +.7 in December and -.7 in “Holiday” 2019.

Philadelphia Music Formats – As a result of five consecutive downturns, Entercom-owned adult contemporary WBEB plummeted by 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+). Mounting a comeback, “B-101.1 More Music/More Variety” chalks up a +1.3 to 4.3 (6+) and returns to the top ten (#15 to #10). Its negative streak came directly after a December/“Holiday” 2019 +13.2 (5.4 – 8.9 – 18.6, 6+). May 2020 marked the first time in the 30 head-to-head battles between WBEB and iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WISX “106.1 The Breeze,” that “The Breeze” (3.1 – 3.2, +.1, #14 to #11, 6+) emerged victorious. In June, however, WISX drops three-tenths to 2.9 (#11 to #14 , 6+). WBEB’s +1.3 ties Univision Radio New York City Spanish contemporary WXNY “X-96.3” (see above) for largest (6+) May 2020 – June 2020 increase by any station in these 12 PPM-markets. 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” responds with a May/June +1.7 (2.4 – 3.1 – 4.1, #13 to #11, 6+). Conversely, its internet stream, which notched a .6 (May 2020, 6+), disappears from print. Owing to six straight sweeps without a loss, Entercom classic hits-oldies WOGL “Nobody Plays More 80s” is a collective +1.0 (4.6 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 5.2 – 5.6, sixth to fifth, 6+). Three straight decreases by co-owned WTDY resulted in a -1.5 (2.7 – 2.2 – 1.4 – 1.2, 6+), but “Today’s Hits 96.5 TDY” halts the slide with a June gain of four-tenths (1.6, #21 to #19, 6+). Before picking up one-half share in February, WTDY was without an increase four straight reports for a net decline of nine-tenths (3.1 – 2.9 – 2.5 – 2.4 – 2.2, 6+). In three straight bumps, University of Pennsylvania triple A WXPN “88.5 Vinyl At Heart – Rhythms Not Algorithms” crosses the two-share level and nearly doubles (+1.1) its 6+ AQH share (1.3 – 1.4 – 1.7 – 2.4, #18 to #17, 6+). It’s a similar scenario for iHeartMedia alternative WRFF, which posts its third up or flat trend in a row for a +1.5 and traverses the four-share threshold (2.5 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 4.0, 6+); “Alt 104.5” backslides from #10 to #12. In an alternating up/down pattern (6.3 – 9.2 – 8.9 – 9.1, 6+), iHeartMedia urban AC WDAS-FM “Philly’s Best R&B and Throwbacks” is #1 the third time in a row. A collective +2.5 in five straight sweeps without a loss (5.5 – 6.2 – 6.4 – 7.3 – 7.3 – 8.0, 6+), Beasley Media Group’s WMGK “Classic Rock 102.9 MGK” forfeits nearly half that bounty with a -1.2 to 6.8 (6+) but continues in the runner-up slot. 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 that includes June’s -.8: 6.9 – 7.0 – 6.8 – 7.3 – 6.5 (flat at #3, 6+). Up four-tenths in April/May (2.3 – 2.3 – 2.7, 6+), Radio One urban AC WRNB “R&B From the ‘90s to the 2000’s” falters by one-half share to 2.2 (#16 to #18, 6+), its lowest 6+-stat since November (2.2, as well).

Long Island

Spoken-Word Formats – Surpassing May’s -1.0 (6.7 – 5.7, 6+) with a June -1.3 to 4.4 (6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” falls from third to fourth. WOR’s April +2.9 rocketed it from #8 to #1. Red Apple Media news/talk WABC repeats May’s 6+ AQH share and market rank (1.3, #24, 6+).

Three straight drops by WFAN-FM resulted in a -3.0 (5.8 – 4.7 – 4.1 – 2.8, 6+), but the Entercom sports talk station is up one-half share in May/June and returns to the top ten (2.8 – 3.0 – 3.3, #11 to #10, 6+). Similarly-programmed WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” is unlisted in Long Island the sixth month in a row. WEPN was -.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.7 – 2.5 – 2.2, #15, 6+).

A combined +1.8 in March/April (3.5 – 5.2 – 5.3, 6+), Entercom’s all-news WINS is -1.2 in May/June (5.3 – 4.2 – 4.1, fifth to sixth, 6+). Off nine-tenths in May, co-owned/similarly-formatted WCBS-AM repeat’s May’s 2.5 (6+) but slips from #13 to #14.

Off one-half share in three down or flat moves in succession (1.6 – 1.4 – 1.1 – 1.1, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation public radio news/talk WNYC-FM drops from #26 to #27.

Long Island Music Formats – Replicating May’s gain of nine-tenths (2.1 – 3.0 – 3.9, 6+), Connoisseur Media-owned hot AC WALK-FM “97.5 Real Variety” reenters the top ten (#11 to #7). 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. Reaching the two-share level is Entercom-owned WNSH “New York’s Country 94.7,” which is up nine-tenths in three successive sweeps without a loss and cracks the top twenty (1.1 – 1.1 – 1.3 – 2.0, #18, 6+). A combined +1.2 in May/June (1.8 – 2.4 – 3.0, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “106.7 Lite FM” proceeds from #15 to #12. This directly follows an overall -7.9 in four straight Long Island drops (9.7 – 3.2 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 1.8, 6+). As was the case in May, Long Island’s top two finishers are classic rockers. The difference in June though is that iHeartMedia WAXQ “Q-104.3” improves by six-tenths (6.0 – 6.6, second to first, 6+), while Cox Media Group’s WBAB “102.3 Long Island’s Only Classic Rock” erodes by -1.2 (6.2, first to second, 6+). WAXQ’s May decrease of two-tenths terminated five straight positive or neutral trends that yielded a +2.7 (3.5 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 4.2 – 4.4 – 6.2, 6+). WBAB was an overall +2.8 via three straight upticks including May’s +1.2 (4.6 – 4.7 – 6.2 – 7.4, 6+). Up nine-tenths in April/May (2.5 – 2.7 – 3.4, Connoisseur Media classic hits-oldies WBZO “103.1 Max FM” surrenders one-half share to 2.9 (6+) and departs the top ten (#9 to #13, 6+). After being 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+), Entercom classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits” is -2.2 in three drops in succession (7.0 – 6.0 – 4.9 – 4.8, fourth to third, 6+). WCBS-FM occupied the lead position in February and March. Cox Media Group-owned CHR WBLI “Long Island’s #1 For All The Hits” is in alternating up/down pattern that began in November (4.9 – 5.0 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 4.0 – 4.4 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 3.9, sixth to seventh, 6+). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia New York City’s similarly-formatted WHTZ “Z-100” is -1.9 in five straight Long Island sweeps without an increase (5.5 – 5.1 – 4.7 – 3.9 – 3.6 – 3.6, eighth to ninth, 6+).

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 ninth time in a row.

Co-owned KPWK “Fox Sports Radio 1350 AM,” which wasn’t in print in April or May, reappears with a June .1 (#19, 6+). Similarly-formatted/Los Angeles Angels-owned (LAA 1, LLC) KLAA “Angels Radio AM 830” is unlisted the 31st sweep in succession.

Finishing at #14 and #15, respectively, are San Bernardino Community College public radio news/talk KVCR (.4 – .6, +.2, flat at #14, 6+) and Pasadena City College news/talk KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” (flat at .4, #14 to 315, 6+).

Riverside Music Formats – Stuck on 3.0 (6+) in March, April, and May, Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KLVE “107.5 K-Love” erupts with a +1.1 to 4.1 (seventh to fourth, 6+). The four most recent fluctuations by Entercom country outlet KFRG “K-Frog 95.1” are +.5 (March); -.8 (April); +1.9 (May); and +.6 in June (4.8 – 5.3 – 4.5 – 6.4 – 7.0, steady at #2, 6+). Before dropping four-tenths in February, KFRG was a collective +1.5 via three spikes in succession (3.7 – 4.1 – 4.6 – 5.2, 6+). It is one full-share behind Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY, which was +2.6 in April, but -1.6 in May/June (9.6 – 8.7 – 8.0, 6+). Nonetheless, “Jose” is #1 the ninth time in a row. January’s +.9 interrupted December/“Holiday” 2019’s -1.2 (8.2 – 7.9 – 7.0, 6+). A combined -2.0 in May/June (5.7 – 4.9 – 3.7, 6+), Good News Radio contemporary Christian KSGN slips from fourth to fifth. Through five straight positive spikes, “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 nine-tenths each are Estrella Media regional Mexican KRQB “Que Buena 96.1” (3.7, flat at #5, 6+) and Anaheim Broadcasting’s KCAL-FM “96.7 Rockin’ The Empire” (1.8, eighth to tenth, 6+). Immediately prior, KRQB doubled (+2.3) its 6+ AQH share through five successive increases (2.3 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 3.6 – 4.4 – 4.6, 6+). KCAL-FM netted one-half share through three straight spikes (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.6 – 2.7, 6+). Co-owned classic hits-oldies KOLA repeats in third-place and is in an alternating down/up pattern (6.2 – 6.0 – 6.2 – 5.7 – 6.1, February through May, 6+). Also continuing an alternating up/down pattern which includes June’s -.5 (1.3 – 1.7 – 1.1 – 1.3 – 1.0 – 1.8 – 1.3, 6+), Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KRCD “Recuerdo” remains at #11. Down nine-tenths in May/June (4.1 – 3.8 – 3.2, 6+), regional Mexican sibling KSCA slips from sixth to seventh. 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 13th time in a row.

San Jose

Spoken-Word Formats – In addition to being -1.3 in three straight declines (2.9 – 2.3 – 1.9 – 1.6, 6+), Cumulus Media news/talk KGO departs the top twenty (#18 to #21). Down six-tenths in April, co-owned/similarly-formatted KSFO “560 – The Bay Area’s Exclusive Hot Talk” is up three-tenths in May/June (.8 – 1.0 – 1.1, flat at #26, 6+).

After picking up one-tenth in back-to-back reports (2.8 – 2.9 – 3.0, 6+), cluster-mate KNBR erodes by -1.1 (1.9, 6+), fading from #9 to #17; “The Sports Leader” was -1.9 in February/March (4.7 – 3.3 – 2.8, 6+). Without an increase the fifth time in a row 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” exits the top twenty (#18 to #21).

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 -1.3 via three drops in succession (6.9 – 6.4 – 5.8 – 5.6, third to fourth, 6+). KCBS-AM was -.5 (October); +.7 (November); -.8 (December); and -.7 (“Holiday” 2019).

A combined +2.8 in March/April (6.5 – 7.4 – 9.3, 6+), Northern California Public Broadcasting news/talk KQED is -1.6 in May/June (9.3 – 8.4 – 7.7, steady 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 three-tenths in consecutive sweeps (1.7 – 1.4 – 1.1, #21 to #26, 6+).

San Jose Music Formats – Leaping eight-tenths each are Entercom adult contemporary KOIT-FM “96.5 Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites” (4.1 eighth to seventh, 6+) and Univision Radio rhythmic CHR KVVF “Latino Mix,” which cracks the top twenty at #14. As a result of three San Jose drops in succession, including May’s -1.2, KOIT-FM was a collective -1.9 and fell below a four-share (5.2 – 4.8 – 4.5 – 3.3, 6+). In four successive sweeps without an increase, “Latino Mix” lost nine-tenths (2.1 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.6 -1.2, 6+). Gaining seven-tenths each are Bonneville’s KUFX “K-Fox The South Bay’s Classic Rock” (fourth to third) and iHeartMedia urban contemporary KMEL “#1 For Hip-Hop and R&B” (#11 to #9). Owing to seven consecutive sweeps without a loss, “K-Fox” is a collective +2.8 and crosses the six-share level (3.3 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 6.1, 6+). KMEL continues an alternating down/up pattern: 2.9 – 2.4 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 3.3 (6+). Off by -1.0 in four straight down or flat trends (2.4 – 2.3 – 1.8 – 1.4 – 1.4, 6+), Entercom-owned KITS “Alt 105.3 – The Bay Area’s Alternative” regains 60% of the shortfall with a +.6 to 2.0 (#14, 6+). Unlisted the past four months, Univision Radio regional Mexican KSOL pops back with a 3.3 (#9, 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+). Setting the pace the eighth sweep in succession, including April’s tie with public radio news/talk KQED, Alpha Media classic hits-oldies KBAY drops two-tenths (9.6 – 9.4, 6+). “Bay FM – The Bay’s Greatest Hits” was -.5 (February); +.5 (March); and +1.2 in April (8.1 – 7.6 – 8.1 – 9.3, 6+). Faltering by seven-tenths each are Empire Broadcasting-owned KRTY “San Jose Hot Country 95.3” (3.8, sixth to eighth, 6+) and Entercom rhythmic hot AC KRBQ “Q-102.1 The Bay’s Old School” (1.4, 6+). KRTY was locked on 3.8 (6+) in April and May. “Q-102.1” had more than doubled (+1.2) its 6+ AQH share (.9 – 1.0 – 2.1, 6+) but fades from the top twenty (#14 to #25). 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 -1.6 in three drops in a row (3.5 – 2.7 – 2.1 – 1.9, #14 to #17, 6+). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted KIOI “Star 101.3,” which was -2.7 as a result of six consecutive sweeps without an increase (3.9 – 3.5 – 3.2 – 2.6 – 2.0 – 1.4 – 1.2, 6+), ends the slide with a +.4 to 1.6 (#24 to #21, 6+).

Middlesex-Somerset-Union

Spoken-Word Formats – In three straight increases, Townsquare Media news/talk WKXW was +1.6 (5.2 – 6.0 – 6.7 – 6.8, 6+), but “New Jersey 101.5” regresses by three-tenths to 6.5 (flat at #3, 6+). Up one-half share in April/May (1.4 – 1.8 – 1.9, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” drops two-tenths in June (1.7, #18 to #20, 6+). As a result of three straight up or flat trends, Red Apple Media news/talk WABC picks up four-tenths (.5 – .8 – .9 – .9, #24 to #23, 6+).

In three consecutive decreases, Entercom sports talk WFAN-FM is -1.9 (4.2 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 2.3, unchanged at #14, 6+). WFAN-FM was +1.4 (January) and -1.0 (February). Unlisted in Middlesex the past five months, similarly-programmed WEPN reappears with a 1.2 (#22, 6+). In “Holiday” 2019, “98.7 ESPN New York” posted a 2.1 (#19, 6+).

Without a loss four sweeps in a row for a net gain of one-half share (1.9 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+), Entercom all-news WCBS-AM has that increase erased completely with a May/June -.5 (2.4 – 2.1 – 1.9, #16 to #19, 6+). Co-owned/similarly-formatted WINS, which was +1.0 in March/April (1.2 – 1.6 – 2.2, 6+), is -1.3 in May/June (2.2 – 1.4 – .9, #21 to #23, 6+).

By following its May deficit of eight-tenths with a June loss of three-tenths (3.1 – 2.3 – 2.0, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation public radio news/talk WNYC-FM slips from #15 to #17.

Middlesex-Somerset-Union Music Formats – Off seven-tenths via four straight sweeps without an increase (3.5 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+), Entercom-owned WNYL “Alt 92.3 New York’s New Alternative” breaks out a +1.1 to 3.9 (6+) and enters the top ten (#13 to #9). Adult contemporary-formatted/iHeartMedia-owned WLTW was -1.2 in April/May (4.5 – 4.1 – 3.3, 6+), but “Lite FM” dials up a +1.0 to 4.3 (tenth to seventh, 6+). Notching gains of six-tenths each are Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97” (unchanged at #6) and Entercom hot AC WNEW-FM “NEW 102.7” (steady at #7). “Hot” is up seven-tenths in May/June and reaches the five-share level (4.3 – 4.4 – 5.0, 6+); WNEW-FM was -1.0 in April/May (4.7 – 4.5 – 3.7, 6+). Notwithstanding that it is -2.0 in May/June (12.4 – 11.2 – 10.4, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rock WAXQ “Q-104.3” is #1 the sixth sweep in a row. May’s loss suspended four consecutive spikes that yielded a +6.7 (5.6 – 7.0 – 7.4 – 7.7 – 12.4, 6+). Its 12.4 in April tied aforementioned adult contemporary cluster-mate WLTW “Lite FM” for Middlesex-Somerset-Union’s highest 6+-share recorded in the PPM-era. Sputtering eight-tenths as well in June is Entercom classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits,” which is -1.4 in May/June (8.1 – 7.5 – 6.7, flat at #2, 6+). This comes directly after posting an April +1.2. As a result of three straight declines, WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s classical WQXR spiraled by -1.2 (1.4 – .7 – .5 – .2, 6+); rebounded with a May +.9; but is -.5 in June (1.1 – .6, #23 to #27, 6+).

May 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Four

| June 12, 2020

May 2020 PPM Data – Information for the May 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 May 2020 survey period covered April 23 – May 20. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from these 12 PPM-markets.

Austin

Spoken-Word Formats – Owing to four consecutive gains, Waterloo Media Group-owned KLBJ-AM racked up a +2.8 and crossed the six-share level (3.6 – 4.5 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 6.4, 6+); however, “News Radio 590” forfeits roughly one-third of that collective increase (5.5, -.9, 6+) and repeats at #3. Having logged either a .3 (6+) or a .4 (6+) in each of the previous 15 ratings periods, Entercom’s KJCE “Talk Radio 1370” concludes that streak by dropping (one-tenth) from .3 to .2 (flat at #26, 6+).

Regaining the two-tenths it lost in April (1.3 – 1.1 – 1.3, 6+), Genuine Austin Radio sports talk KTXX “The Horn” advances from #21 to #19. Conversely, iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted KVET-AM “1300 AM The Zone” sputters by two-tenths (.6 – .4, flat at #25, 6+).

After hitting double-digits for the first time in its PPM-history – owing to three successive increases that yielded a +2.9 (7.4 – 8.9 – 9.5 – 10.3, 6+) – KUT is a combined -1.8 in April/May (10.3 – 9.8 – 8.5, 6+). Nonetheless, the University of Texas at Austin-owned news/talk facility is #1 the fifth month in a row. Recent (6+) fluctuations include: -2.0 (April 2019); -1.6 (June); +.9 (July); +1.2 (August); +2.0 (October); -1.9 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.5 (January 2020); +.8 (March); and now -1.3 (May).

Austin Music Formats – Stuck on 2.5 (6+) in March and April, Univision Radio regional Mexican KLQB busts out a gain of nine-tenths to 3.4 (#14 to a five-way logjam at #9), as “Que Buena 104.3” reaches the three-share level for the first time since last September (3.1). Format competitor – Waterloo Media Group-owned KLZT “107.1 La Z” – continues an alternating up/down pattern that began last August and includes its current loss of seven-tenths (4.3 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 4.8 – 5.0 – 4.7 – 4.8 – 4.0 – 4.7 – 4.0, fifth to sixth, 6+). Adding eight-tenths to April’s +.1 (4.6 – 4.7 – 5.5, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KVET-FM “The Austin Texas Original” progresses from fifth to third with its best 6+-showing since last October (5.5, as well). Meanwhile, Genuine Austin Radio’s similarly-formatted KOKE-FM “Austin’s Country Alternative,” which was a combined +1.0 in March/April (1.2 – 1.3 – 2.2, 6+), forfeits half that increase (1.7, -.5, #15 to #17, 6+). At the same time that KOKE-FM drops one-half share, co-owned classic hits-oldies KTXX-HD4 improves by that margin (1.2, #21, 6+), thus recapturing the half-share it squandered in three straight down or flat moves (1.2 – 1.1 – 1.1 -.7, 6+). Also part of that aforementioned scrum at #9 is iHeartMedia CHR KHFI “96.7 Kiss-FM,” which adds three-tenths (3.4, #13 to #9, 6+), thus pulling the plug on six straight decreases that accounted for a -2.6 (5.7 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 3.1, 6+). Co-owned rhythmic CHR KPEZ “102.3 The Beat” is a collective -1.2 in four straight slips (4.6 – 4.5 – 4.3 – 3.8 – 3.4, 6+), dropping from seventh to that five-way tie at #9. Following “Holiday” 2019’s increase of seven-tenths (2.0 – 2.7, 6+), Waterloo Media Group’s KGSR “Star 93.3” is a collective -1.5 in five straight setbacks and departs the top twenty (2.7 – 2.6 – 2.1 – 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.2, #18 to #21, 6+).

Raleigh

Spoken-Word Formats – A combined +2.3 in January/February (5.3 – 7.1 – 7.6, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WTKK “106.1 Stay Connected” follows with three drops in succession for an overall -1.0 (7.6 – 6.9 – 6.8 – 6.6, third to fifth, 6+). Directly after logging an April +.9 to 2.7 (6+), Curtis Media Group’s WPTF “News Radio 680” surrenders one-half share (2.2, 6+) but remains at #15.

Three consecutive slips by Capitol Broadcasting sports talk WCMC resulted in a –2.6 (3.7 – 3.0 – 2.2 – 1.1, 6+) but “99.9 The Fan” ends the slump with a +.1 to 1.2 (unchanged at #17, 6+).  

Erasing 60% of April’s -1.0 with a May +.6 (7.1 – 6.1 – 6.7, 6+), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill news/talk WUNC “91.5 North Carolina Public Radio” jumps from fourth to second.

Raleigh Music Formats – An improvement of seven-tenths to 5.5 (ninth to seventh, 6+) by Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary WRAL “Mix 101.5 – The Variety That Makes You Feel Good” neutralizes roughly one-quarter of its combined -2.7 in March/April (7.5 – 6.6 – 4.8, 6+). “Mix” was +2.2 (“Holiday” 2019) and -1.7 (January). As a result of six consecutive down or flat trends, iHeartMedia Greensboro’s similarly-programmed WMAG is -2.0 (2.2 – 1.9 – .5 – .5 – .5 – .2 – .2, flat at #23, 6+). Continuing an alternating up/down pattern that began in “Holiday” 2019 and includes its current increase of six-tenths (5.6 – 5.9 – 5.4 – 6.2 – 6.1 – 6.7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WRDU “100.7 Raleigh’s Classic Rock” proceeds from #4 to a three-way tie at #2. Doubling (+2.1) its 6+ AQH share in six straight positive or neutral reports (2.1 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 4.2 – 4.2, 6+), Educational Information Corporation’s WCPE “The Classical Station” reaches the top ten (#11 to #10). Leading the pack the fifth time in a row, Radio One urban AC WFXC “Foxy – Today’s R&B and Classic Soul” is +2.7 through five consecutive gains (7.2 – 8.7 – 8.9 – 9.2 – 9.7 – 9.9, 6+). After four straight sweeps on top, 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. Unlisted in January and then a combined +2.4 in March/April (5.2 – 7.1 – 7.6, 6+), Curtis Media Group-owned WQDR-FM erodes by nine-tenths to 6.7 (6+). In the runner-up slot in April, “Today’s Best Country 94.7 QDR” is now part of a three-way tie there. Through five successive decreases, WQDR-FM was a collective -1.9 (6.8 – 6.5 – 6.3 – 5.8 – 5.2 – 4.9, August through “Holiday” 2019, 6+). Following five sweeps in a row without a loss for a net gain of +1.3 (2.9 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.6 – 4.2, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WNCB “B-93.9 #1 For New Country” dips three-tenths to 3.9 (#11 to #12, 6+). April’s increase of eight-tenths (4.9 – 5.7, 6+) by Curtis Media Group-owned adult hits WBBB “96.1 BBB Your Life/Your Music” vaporizes completely (5.7 – 4.9, -.8, seventh to eighth, 6+). Immediately prior to the April sweep, WBBB was off one-half share via three losses in a row (5.4 – 5.2 – 5.1 – 4.9, 6+). Flat at #13, CHR sibling WPLW-FM “Pulse FM” is a collective -2.2 in seven straight down or flat trends (5.2 – 5.1 – 4.4 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+).

Indianapolis

Spoken-Word Formats – Four positive spikes in succession by WIBC yielded a whopping (+4.9) – almost doubling its 6+ AQH share – taking the Emmis news/talker to #1 (5.4 – 7.6 – 8.0 – 8.8 – 10.3, 6+). In May, however, “Indy’s Mobile News 93.1” falters by -1.4 to 8.9 (first to third, 6+). So far this calendar year, WIBC has been +2.2 (January 2020); +.8 (March); +1.5 (April 2020); and now -1.4 (May).

Sports talk cluster-mate WFNI was -1.2 as a result of three straight slips (3.0 – 2.8 – 2.7 – 1.8, 6+), but “The Fan – Indy’s Sports Center” halts the skid with a +.7 to 2.5 (#15 to #14, 6+). Gaining two-tenths in back-to-back reports (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.4, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WNDE “Indy’s Sports Station” climbs from #17 to #16.

Three straight gains by WFYI netted a +1.6 (3.7 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.3 , 6+), but the Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting news/talk station is -1.4 in April/May (5.3 – 4.0 – 3.9, flat at #9, 6+).

Indianapolis Music Formats – By obliterating April’s -1.2 with a May +1.3 (9.5 – 8.3 – 9.6, 6+), Emmis adult contemporary WYXB marches from fourth to first. “B-105.7” had been on top five reports in succession prior to shifting to fourth in April. WYXB 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+). Its 18.2 (“Holiday” 2019) represents the strongest 6+-performance by any Indianapolis station in the PPM-era. One-half share increases are displayed by Radio One rhythmic CHR and mainstream CHR cluster-mates WHHH “Hot 96.3” (2.8, unchanged at #13, 6+) and WNOW “100.9 Radio Now” (1.8, #16 to #15, 6+). Five successive slips by “Hot” accounted for a -1.6 (3.9 – 3.7 – 2.7 – 2.5 – 2.4 – 2.3, 6+); WNOW lost eight-tenths as a result of three downturns in a row (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.7 – 1.3, 6+). Three consecutive drops by Sarkes Tarzian-owned triple A WTTS accounted for a -1.6 (4.7 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.1, 6+), but “92.3 Experience The Music” halts the slide with a +.2 to 3.3 (6+) and returns to the top ten (#11 to #10). The three most recent (6+) fluctuations by iHeartMedia-owned WFBQ “Q-95 Rocks” are: +1.4 (March, 7.2 – 8.6, 6+); +1.5 (April, 8.6 – 10.1, 6+); and now -1.9 in May (10.1 – 8.2, second to fourth, 6+). In just two sweeps (April and May), Cumulus Media hot AC WNTR “107.9 The Mix” has had its 6+-stat carved by 75% (2.8 – 2.0 – .7, #14 to #19). Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WKLU posted a 3.4 (6+) in June, but “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” is unlisted the 12th time in a row.

Milwaukee

Spoken-Word Formats – Led by April’s impressive +3.5 to 9.3 (6+), WISN “News/Talk 1130” was +5.3 via four straight upticks (4.0 – 4.2 – 5.2 – 5.8 – 9.3, 6+). In May, the iHeartMedia outlet surrenders seven-tenths to 8.6 (6+) but repeats in first-place. Off eight-tenths in January/February (5.9 – 5.3 – 5.1, 6+) and then a combined +1.2 in March/April (5.1 – 5.7 – 6.3, 6+), Good Karma Brands’ WTMJ “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” drops two-tenths to 6.1 (third to fourth, 6+). Alpha Media’s Kenosha-licensed WLIP doubled (+.3) its 6+ AQH share in six straight up or flat sweeps (.3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .5 – .6, 6+), but drops one-tenth to .5 (#18 to 19, 6+).

Sputtering by one-tenth are iHeartMedia-owned WRNW “97.3 The Game – Milwaukee’s Sports Talk That Rocks” (.7 – .6, flat at #16, 6+) and Good Karma Brands’ WKTI “94.5 ESPN” (.6 – .5, #18 to #19, 6+). Remaining steady are Entercom’s WSSP “Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan” (.5, #20 to #19, 6+) and iHeartMedia’s WOKY “The Big 920,” which has lost four-tenths in eight straight sweeps without an increase (.7 – .6 – .5 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3, #22, 6+).

After posting four gains in succession for a collective +1.0 (4.0 – 4.2 – 4.4 – 4.5 – 5.0, 6+), University of Wisconsin news/talk WUWM falters by nine-tenths to 4.1 (fifth to ninth, 6+). Locked on 1.4 (6+) in March and April, Wisconsin Public Radio news/talk WHAD slips four-tenths to 1.0 (#12 to #14, 6+).   

Milwaukee Music Formats – A May increase of nine-tenths to 5.8 (eighth to fifth, 6+) by Entercom hot AC WMYX “99.1 The Mix” purges 30% of its overall -3.0 from three straight setbacks (7.9 – 7.0 – 6.5 – 4.9, 6+). WMYX had a January-only stay at the top. After posting a spike of seven-tenths in back-to-back sweeps (6.2 – 6.9 – 7.6, 6+), “Mix” faltered by -1.5 in “Holiday” 2019, then notched a +1.8 in January (6.1 – 7.9, 6+). Without a loss the fifth time in a row for a net gain of +1.0 (3.6 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.6, ninth to eighth, 6+), Milwaukee Radio Alliance alternative WLUM “FM 102.1 Sounds Different” reaches the four-share level (4.6, 6+) for the first time since last August (4.0). Conversely, in five straight setbacks, adult contemporary sibling WLDB “B-93.3” has lost nearly 60% (-6.7) of its 6+ AQH share (11.4 – 7.3 – 7.0 – 5.8 – 5.0 – 4.7, fifth to seventh, 6+). Immediately prior, “B-93.3” was a cumulative +6.2 as a result of three bumps in a row (5.2 – 5.7 – 6.8 – 11.4, 6+). Despite being up eight-tenths via four successive up or flat reports (4.7 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 5.0 – 5.5, 6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WKKV “V-100.7” backslides from fifth to sixth. After having more than tripled (+1.8) its 6+ AQH share in March/April (.8 – 1.6 – 2.6, 6+), Magnum Radio’s WVTY “92.1 VTY Country” forfeits half that windfall (1.7 -.9, 6+) but remains at #11. Its December 2019 through February 2020 topline was .9 – .7 – .9 – .8 (6+). With their “Holiday” 2019 (6+) AQH share and market rank information in parentheses, the following Saga Communications stations are unlisted the fifth 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 – Up seven-tenths in March/April (4.7 – 5.3 – 5.4, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WWTN “Super Talk 99.7” slips by one-tenth to 5.3 (sixth to seventh, 6+). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s WLAC “Talk Radio 1510” was a combined +.5 in March/April (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.7, 6+), but drops three-tenths (2.4, #13 to #14, 6+).

Three slips in succession by Cumulus Media-owned sports talk WGFX resulted in an overall -2.8 (4.7 – 3.2 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+). In May, “104.5 The Zone” answers with an increase of eight-tenths to 2.7 (#17 to #13, 6+). While it advances from #22 to #21, Cromwell Group-owned/similarly-formatted WPRT “102.5 The Game” has lost seven-tenths in four straight down or flat moves (1.0 – .6 – .4 – .4 – .3, 6+).

Following January’s +1.1 (4.6 – 5.7, 6+), Nashville Public Radio’s WPLN-FM “NPR News and Classical Music” is a collective -2.0 in four straight declines and exits the top ten (5.7 – 5.5 – 5.0 – 4.0 – 3.7, #10 to #12, 6+).

Nashville Music Formats – Powered by a +1.2, iHeartMedia’s WSIX crosses the eight-share level (8.3, 6+) and leaps from fourth to first. “The Big 98 – Nashville’s #1 For New Country” was off one-tenth in March/April (7.2 – 7.1 – 7.1, 6+). Enjoying a May +1.2 as well is Cumulus Media urban AC WQQK “92-Q,” which has an alternating up/down February 2020 through May 2020 pattern of 4.2 – 4.8 – 4.4 – 5.6 (ninth to fifth, 6+). As a result of three up or flat moves in a row, Cromwell Group alternative WBUZ “102.9 The Buzz” is +1.4 (2.7 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 4.1, #12 to #11, 6+). Cumulus Media’s country-formatted WKDF was a collective +1.7 via three straight jumps (3.3 – 3.5 – 4.2 – 5.0, 6+), but “Nash FM 103.3” sputters by two-tenths to 4.8 (seventh to ninth, 6+). Posting positive spikes of eight-tenths are WKDF cluster-mate WSM-FM “95.5 Nash Icon” (eighth to fifth) and iHeartMedia CHR WRVW “107.5 The River” (4.8, tenth to ninth, 6+). “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, 6+). Directly following January/February’s +1.5 (5.6 – 6.5 – 7.1, 6+), “The River” was -3.1 in March/April (7.1 – 6.4 – 4.0, 6+). An overall +3.0 in four straight gains (6.2 – 6.5 – 7.5 – 8.3 – 9.2, 6+), Midwest Communications-owned adult hits WCJK “96.3 Jack FM – Playing What We Want” plummets by -1.4 to 7.8 (6+). It’s thus an April-only stay at #1 for Nashville’s version of “Jack,” which segues to third-place. Prior to April, WCJK last occupied the top spot in November 2019. After more than doubling (+3.4) its 6+ AQH share in four straight bumps including April’s +2.1 (3.3 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 4.6 -6.7, 6+) iHeartMedia-owned WNRQ “105.9 The Rock – Nashville’s Classic Rock” spirals by -1.6 to 5.1 (fifth to eighth, 6+). Co-owned urban contemporary WUBT 101.1 “The Beat,” which logged five straight improvements for a +2.2 (5.1 – 5.5 – 5.6 – 5.9 – 6.4 – 7.3, 6+), forfeits seven-tenths to 6.6 (third to fourth, 6+). After doubling its 6+-stat in March/April (.4 – .5 – .8, 6+), Nashville Public Radio classical outlet WFCL drops one-half share to .3 (#20 to #21, 6+). Without an increase 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 second month in a row.

Providence

Spoken-Word Formats – Largely on the strength of its +2.3 in April, Cumulus Media-owned WPRO-AM more than doubled (+3.6) its 6+ AQH share in four straight positive or neutral trends (2.5 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 6.1, 6+). In May, however, “News Talk 630” forfeits one-half share (5.6, fifth to sixth, 6+). After gaining nine-tenths in five straight sweeps without a loss (.4 – .6 – .8 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.3, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WHJJ “News Radio 920” slips by one-tenth to 1.2 (#14 to #15, 6+). Owing to ten consecutive  up or flat trends, Cumulus Media’s WPRV “AM 790 Talk & Business” nets four-tenths (.3 – .3 -.3 -.3 -.3 -.3 -.3 – .4 – .4 – .6 – .7, 6+) and repeats at #19.

A cumulative -1.7 in four straight down or flat moves (4.1 – 3.4 – 3.1 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+), Entercom sports talk WVEI nonetheless moves from tenth to ninth.

Following three improvements in a row for a +1.0 (1.2 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 2.2, 6+), iHeartMedia Boston news-talk hybrid WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” is a combined -.9 in April/May (2.2 – 1.5 – 1.3, #13 to #14, 6+).

The nine-tenths that WGBH Educational Foundation Boston news/talk WGBH garnered in three straight up or flat moves (2.3 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 3.2, 6+) vanishes in April/May (3.2 – 3.0 – 2.3, ninth to tenth, 6+). Having more than doubled (+1.2) its 6+ AQH share in March/April (.9 – 1.4 – 2.1, 6+), Rhode Island Public Radio news/talk WNPN relinquishes one-half share (1.6, #11 to #12, 6+). With a February 2020 through May 2020 topline of .6 – .4 – .6 – .4 (6+), The Wheeler School-owned news/talk WELH “89.3 The Public’s Radio” exits the top twenty (#19 to #21)

Providence Music Formats – A cumulative +1.0 in three straight up or flat moves (4.8 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.8, 6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWBB “B-101” climbs from sixth to fifth. Down seven-tenths in March/April (1.7 – 1.4 – 1.0, 6+), Bryant University’s WJMF “99.5 Classical Radio Boston” picks up one-half share to 1.5 (#16 to #13, 6+). On top the fifth time in a row, iHeartMedia-owned WHJY “94 HJY Providence’s Home of Rock & Roll” regains the four-tenths it lost this time last month (10.6, 6+). Prior to the April ratings period, WHJY was an overall +2.6 through three successive increases (8.0 – 9.4 – 10.2 – 10.6, 6+). The market leader four consecutive months, WHJY segued to the runner-up slot in “Holiday” 2019, when it was -1.3. By gaining two-tenths to .9 (flat at #17, 6+), iHeartMedia Boston rhythmic CHR WJMN “JAM’N 94.5” halts three straight declines that resulted in a -1.0 (1.7 – 1.4 – 1.2 – .7, 6+). The four most recent fluctuations by Cumulus Media adult contemporary WWLI “Lite Rock 105” are: -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+) and now -1.8 in May (7.9 – 6.1, third to fourth, 6+). Unlisted the 12th month in a row are Red Wolf Broadcasting Spanish tropical WKKB “Latina 100.3,” which posted a 1.2 in June 2019 (#16, 6+) and classic hits-oldies sibling WSKP “Good Times … Great Oldies” (.8, #19, June 2019, 6+).

Norfolk

Spoken-Word Formats – Without an increase the past seven reports for a net loss of nine-tenths (2.2 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.3, 6+), Max Broadcast Group sports talk WVSP “ESPN Radio 94.1” applies the brakes with a +.2 to 1.5 (#13 to #10, 6+).

Norfolk Music Formats – The market’s two adult contemporary facilities combine for a +1.5 (6+), Specifically, Entercom’s WWDE “101.3 2WD” racks up a +.9 (unchanged at #3), while Max Broadcast Group-owned WVBW “92.9 The Wave” notches a +.6 (3.6, seventh to fifth, 6+). 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” is +1.0 in April/May (4.7 – 4.8 – 5.7, 6+). “The Wave” surrendered eight-tenths in March/April (3.8 – 3.3 – 3.0, 6+). Down or flat the previous three survey periods for a -1.0 (4.2 – 4.2 – 3.9 – 3.2, 6+), WVBW country cluster-mate WGH-FM “97.3 The Eagle” wipes away 70% of the deficit with a +.7 to 3.9 (fifth to fourth, 6+). In addition to being up six-tenths (12.6 – 13.2, 6+), WVKL “Smooth R&B from Yesterday & Today” is #1 the 18th consecutive sweep. The Entercom urban AC was –1.5 (February); +.7 (March); and -1.0 (April). Just prior to February, WVKL was an overall +2.7 in three straight gains (11.7 – 12.7 – 14.1 – 14.4, 6+). Its August 2019 9.1 (6+) marked the first time since January 2014 (9.8) that WVKL failed to log double-digits (6+). The 15.5 it posted in August 2018 holds the record for highest 6+-performance by any Norfolk station in the PPM-era. After stumbling by seven-tenths in April, iHeartMedia rhythmic hot AC WMOV “MOViN’ 107.7” posts a half-share increase (1.0 – 1.5, #14 to #10, 6+). WMOV was up six-tenths in February/March (1.1 – 1.3 – 1.7, 6+). As a result of three consecutive gains, Max Broadcast Group CHR WVHT was +1.6 (2.0 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 3.6, 6+) and crossed the three-share level (3.6) for the first time since July (3.1). “Hot 100 Today’s Hits Now,” however, is down six-tenths in April/May (3.6 – 3.5 – 3.0, fourth to sixth, 6+). Tied in seventh-place with similar stories are Entercom rhythmic CHR and hot AC cluster-mates WNVZ “Z-104 Norfolk Rhythmic Music” and WPTE “94.9 The Point.” In three drops in succession, “Z-104” is -1.0 (3.9 – 3.7 – 3.2 – 2.9, 6+), as is “The Point” (3.9 – 3.5 – 3.0 – 2.9, 6+). These three Saga Communications-owned properties are unlisted the fourth 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 – After recording five consecutive spikes that yielded a +5.3 (8.1 – 8.3 – 9.8 – 10.4 – 11.8 – 13.4, 6+), Cox Media Group news/talk WOKV-FM “104.5 Jacksonville’s News, Weather, and Traffic” slumps by -3.0 to 10.4 (first to second, 6+). Its -3.0 is the largest (6+) April 2020 to May 2020 decrease by any spoken-word station in the 48 PPM-markets.

A combined +.6 in March/April (.8 – 1.2 – 1.4, 6+), iHeartMedia sports talk WFXJ “930 The Game – Jacksonville’s Sports Leader” forfeits the entire increase (.8, -.6, #15 to #19, 6+).

Public radio news/talk WJCT follows March’s half-share improvement (3.4 – 3.9, 6+) with back-to-back losses of seven-tenths (3.9 – 3.2 – 2.5, #11 to #13, 6+).

Jacksonville Music Formats – After being without an increase the past three reports for a -1.0 (4.6 – 4.6 – 4.2 – 3.6, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WQIK “Jacksonville’s Country 99.1” roars back with a +1.3 to 4.9 (tenth to seventh, 6+). A combined -1.0 in March/April (5.3 – 5.1 – 4.3, 6+), Cox Media Group CHR WAPE “95.1 Jacksonville’s #1 Hit Music Station” hangs out a +.9 to 5.2 (seventh to sixth, 6+). While unchanged at #9, iHeartMedia’s rock-formatted WWJK “107.3 Planet Radio” is +1.9 via three straight bumps (2.5 – 2.8 – 3.8 – 4.4, 6+). In addition to recording double-digits the fourth time in a row and sixth time in the last seven sweeps, Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WEJZ “96.1 The Most Music for your Workday” pushes up from second to first. WEJZ, which is -1.3 in three straight dips (12.0 – 11.1 – 10.8 – 10.7, 6+), held the top spot from December 2019 through February 2020. Its format rival – Cox Media Group’s WEZI “Easy 102.9” – regresses by seven-tenths to 4.9 (fifth to seventh, 6+). WEZI’s January 2020 through April 2020 topline was 5.1 – 5.6 – 5.4 – 5.6 (6+). Classic hits-oldies sibling WJGL “96.9 The Eagle,” which was +1.0 in March/April (6.0 – 6.8 – 7.0, 6+), spirals by -1.3 to 5.7 (third to fifth, 6+).

West Palm Beach

Spoken-Word Formats – After notching four consecutive reports without a loss that produced an overall +1.9 (2.8 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 4.7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WJNO “1290 The Palm Beaches’ News & Talk” drops one-tenth to 4.6 (6+) and repeats in fourth-place. A combined +.5 in March/April (1.7 – 2.0 – 2.2, 6+), co-owned news/talk WZZR “Real Radio 94.3 – Real Talk For The Palm Beaches” is off two-tenths to 2.0 (flat at #11, 6+). Hubbard Broadcasting’s WFTL “News Talk 850,” which was -1.4 as a result of six straight down or flat trends (2.1 – 1.4 – 1.1 – 1.1 – .8 – .8 – .7, 6+), is up four-tenths to 1.1 (#16 to #15, 6+).  Although flat at .7 (6+), iHeartMedia Miami news/talk WIOD “610 News Radio” slips from #16 to #20.

Having lost half its 6+ AQH share in three successive down or flat reports (.4 – .3 – .2 – .2, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WMEN “Fox Sports 640 AM South Florida” bounces back with a half-share gain to .7 (.7 (#22 to #20, 6+).

An overall +.9 in four straight up or flat moves (2.0 – 2.5 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+), Dade County School Board public radio news/talk WLRN regresses by one-tenth to 2.8 (6+) but remains in ninth-place. WLRN was +.8 (December) and -1.0 (Holiday” 2019).

West Palm Beach Music Formats – The largest (6+) April 2020 to May 2020 uptick by any station in the 48 PPM-market is registered by WRMF “Variety from the 90s and Now” (6.5 – 10.2, +3.7, third to first, 6+). The Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC roars back from three straight downturns that accounted for a -2.3 (8.8 – 8.7 – 7.7 – 6.5, 6+). WRMF had been on top three straight months before falling to third in April. After spending 12 ratings periods at #1, WRMF slid to #2 in “Holiday” 2019 (-1.5). Trimming April’s -1.0 by 50% with a half-share increase (6.7 – 7.2, 6+). iHeartMedia-owned adult contemporary WOLL remains in the runner-up slot. “Today’s Kool 105.5” had been +3.1 as a result of three consecutive improvements (4.6 – 6.3 – 7.6 – 7.7, 6+), which directly followed five downturns in succession for an overall -2.8 (7.4 – 6.9 – 6.8 – 5.8 – 5.6 – 4.6, 6+). Following six straight sweeps without an increase for an overall -2.8 (5.5 – 4.7 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 3.7 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WIRK “New Country 103.1” applies the brakes with a +.1 to 2.8 (tenth to ninth, 6+). Making identical moves (.4 – .9, +.5, 6+) are iHeartMedia-owned Spanish contemporary WZTU “Tu 94.9” and urban contemporary sibling WRLX-HD2. WZTU continues an alternating down/up sequence: 1.5 – 1.3 – 1.4 – .9 – 1.8 – 1.3 – 1.4 – .4 – .9 (6+). Steady at #6, CHR cluster-mate WLDI “WiLD 95.5 The Palm Beaches’ #1 Hit Music Station” is +1.0 in four successive sweeps without a loss (3.3 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 4.0 – 4.3, 6+). Up three-tenths in February/March (7.4 – 7.6 – 7.7, 6+) and then down one-half share in April (7.7 – 7.2, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting classic hits-oldies WEAT “Sunny 107.9” craters by -2.2 in May to 5.0 (first to third, 6+). WRMF, WOLL, and WEAT were deadlocked at #1 in March; “Sunny” emerged in sole possession of first-place in April. After nearly doubling (+1.7) its 6+ AQH stat in three straight gains (1.9 – 2.5 – 2.9 – 3.6, 6+), iHeartMedia Spanish contemporary WRLX “Mia 92.1” surrenders six-tenths to 3.0 (6+) but carries on in eighth-place. Hubbard Broadcasting rhythmic CHR WMBX-HD2, which logged a .7 (#16, 6+) in April, disappears from print.

Greensboro

Spoken-Word Formats – A collective +2.6 via four consecutive gains (3.0 – 3.9 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 5.6, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WPTI “94.5 Your News, Talk, & Sports Station” forfeits six-tenths to 5.0 (6+) but remains in sixth-place.

Unlisted in January, Curtis Media Group sports talk WSJS “Triad Sports” is trending .7 – .8 – -.5 – .5 (February – March – April – May, flat at #15, 6+).

Down six-tenths in April/May (3.4 – 3.0 – 2.8, 6+), Wake Forest University news/talk WFDD repeats at #11. The “Holiday” 2019 through May 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 (flat at #14,  6+).

Greensboro Music Formats – Three straight drops by Entercom adult hits WSMW led to a -2.8 (10.4 – 8.9 – 8.1 – 7.6, 6+), but “98.7 Simon Says We Play Everything” storms back with a +1.2 to 8.8 (fourth to second, 6+). In November 2019, “Simon” hit the eleven-share level (11.9, 6+) for the first time since February 2018 (11.4). Its recent (6+) fluctuations include: -1.6 (April 2019); +1.1 (May); -1.0 (July); +1.4 (September); +1.0 (November); -1.2 (December); -2.2 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.9 (January 2020); and +1.2 (May). Down or flat the past four reports for a net loss of one-half share (2.3 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 1.8, 6+), Curtis Media Group regional Mexican WYMY “La Ley 101.1” answers with a +.7 to 2.5 (#13 to #12, 6+). An overall -1.6 in three successive downturns (5.7 – 5.5 – 4.8 – 4.1, 6+), Dick Broadcasting CHR WKZL “107.5 KZL The #1 Hit Music Station” wipes away six-tenths of that shortfall (4.7, ninth to seventh, 6+). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WMKS “100.3 Kiss-FM All The Hits” has lost eight-tenths in three consecutive down or flat trends (2.8 – 2.6 – 2.0 – 2.0, #12 to #13, 6+). In addition to being +1.2 in three straight sweeps without a loss (9.9 – 10.5 – 10.8 – 11.1 – 11.1, 6+), Entercom urban AC WQMG “97.1 QMG The Best R&B and Old School” is #1 the third time in a row. 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. A combined +1.1 in March/April (7.2 – 7.7 – 8.3, 6+), Dick Broadcasting’s WKRR “Rock 92” relinquishes eight-tenths to 7.5 (second to fourth, 6+). After improving by seven-tenths in February (7.4 – 8.1, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMAG is -1.4 in three dips in succession (8.1 – 7.6 – 7.1 – 6.7, flat at #5, 6+). Following its “Holiday” 2019-only stay at #1, WMAG plummeted by roughly 54% (-8.8) of its 6+ AQH share (16.2 – 7.4, 6+). Immediately before that, four successive spikes awarded WMAG a +9.9 (6.3 – 6.4 – 7.5 – 10.2 – 16.2, 6+).

Memphis

Spoken-Word Formats – Four consecutive jumps netted WREC a +2.6 and enabled the iHeartMedia news/talker to hit the seven-share threshold (4.4 – 4.6 – 5.1 – 5.6 – 7.0, 6+); however, “600 AM – Memphis’ News, Traffic, & Weather” erodes by -1.5 to 5.5 (fourth to fifth, 6+).

In three straight slips, Entercom’s WMFS was -1.6 (3.4 – 3.1 – 2.3 – 1.8, 6+), but “ESPN Sports Radio” halts the slump with a +.6 to 2.4 (#13 to #12, 6+).

Memphis Music Formats – A combined -1.0 in January/February (7.8 – 6.9 – 6.8, 6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WHRK “K-97” follows with a +2.4 via three straight bumps (6.8 – 7.3 – 8.1 – 9.2, third to second, 6+). By adding one-tenth to 5.3 (seventh to sixth, 6+), co-owned gospel WHAL “Hallelujah 95.7 – Memphis’ Inspiration Station” interrupts three successive drops that accounted for a -3.1 (8.3 – 7.8 – 6.2 – 5.2, 6+). WHAL was off six-tenths in December but +1.8 “Holiday” 2019/January 2020. Recent shifts by Cumulus Media’s WGKX “Today’s Best Country Kix 106” include: -1.7 (December/“Holiday 2019”); +.9 (January); -.5 (February); +.6 (March); -.8 (April); and now +.8 in May (3.3 – 4.3, #11 to #8, 6+). Off three-tenths in March/April (1.0 – .8 – .7, 6+), North Mississippi Group’s WEBL “95.3 The Rebel – Country Legends” improves by one-half share to 1.2 (#19 to #15, 6+), its highest 6+-stat since last November (1.4). Not only does Cumulus Media rock WXMX post its third straight increase for a collective +2.3, “98.1 The Max – Maximum Rock” crosses the six-share threshold (4.2 – 5.5 – 5.7 – 6.5, fifth to fourth, 6+). At the same time that WXMX’s adult contemporary sibling WKIM “98.9 The Bridge” gains eight-tenths (#16 to #14), WKIM’s format competitor – Entercom-owned WRVR “104.5 The River” – falters by that same magnitude (5.4 – 4.6, sixth to seventh, 6+). Up three-tenths in February and down one-half share in March, WKIM is +.9 in April/May (1.2 – 1.3 – 2.1, 6+). Prior to gaining four-tenths in April (5.0 – 5.4, 6+), “The River” was -4.0 as a result of three consecutive dips (9.0 – 6.3 – 5.7 – 5.0, 6+). Notwithstanding that WRBO is #1 the fourth report in a row, “103.5 The Best Mix of R&B” spirals by -1.2 to 9.9 (6+). The decrease suspends three straight increases that produced 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, the Cumulus Media urban-rhythmic oldies outlet was +1.4 in three straight increases (7.1 – 7.3 – 7.9 – 8.5, 6+). As a result of three declines in succession, Mid-South Public Communications’ classical WKNO has lost half (-1.0) its 6+ AQH share (2.0 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.0, #15 to #17, 6+). After more than doubling (+2.2) its 6+ AQH stat by recording five straight reports without a loss (1.9 – 1.9 – 2.2 – 2.7 – 3.0 – 4.1, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WDIA “1070 The Heart & Soul of Memphis” slips two-tenths to 3.9 (eighth to ninth, 6+). The alternating up/down sequence by Shelby County Schools urban AC WQOX “The Voice of SCS” includes May’s half share decrease: 1.3 – 1.0 – 1.5 – 1.1 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.7 – 1.2 (#14 to #15, 6+).

Hartford

Spoken-Word Formats – Posting its fifth consecutive boost for an overall +2.1 (5.7 – 6.1 – 6.2 – 7.2 – 7.6 – 7.8, 6+, Entercom-owned WTIC-AM “News Talk 1080” continues in fourth-place. Off one-half share in April, Red Wolf Broadcasting news/talk WDRC-AM “AM 1360 The Talk of Connecticut” answers with a one-tenth gain (.7 – .8, 6+) and repeats at #14, 6+). After logging either a .1 (6+) or a .2 (6+) in each of the previous 23 survey periods, iHeartMedia’s WPOP erupted in April with a +.5 to .7, but “News Radio 1410” relinquishes that increase in its entirety and returns to .2 (#14 to #15, 6+).

Off eight-tenths in three straight dips (1.9 – 1.8 – 1.6 – 1.1, 6+), WPOP’s sports talk cluster-mate, WUCS “97.9 ESPN Hartford,” halts the skid with a +.3 to 1.4 (6+) and continues at #13.

A combined +1.1 in January/February (3.5 – 4.1 – 4.6, 6+), Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network news/talk WNPR “Connecticut’s Public Media Source for News & Ideas” is -1.6 in three straight down or flat moves (4.6 – 4.3 – 3.0 – 3.0, flat at #10, 6+). As a result of four consecutive reports without an increase, University of Massachusetts-owned WFCR “New England Public Radio” loses half (-.2) is 6+ AQH share (.4 – .3 – .2 – .2 – .2, #16 to #15, 6+).

Hartford Music Formats – It is a bit of an ironic twist that the two stations deadlocked in April’s runner-up slot now share May’s lead position. Specifically, Entercom adult contemporary WRCH “Lite 100.5” and Red Wolf Broadcasting classic rock WDRC-FM “102.9 The Whale” have identical profiles (8.9 – 9.4, +.5, second to first, 6+). A combined -2.1 in March/April (11.0 – 9.9 – 8.9, 6+), “Lite 100.5” segued to the runner-up after 46 straight times at #1. WRCH 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: -1.3 (April 2019); +1.0 (May); -1.0 (July); +1.2 (September); +1.7 (December); +6.9 (“Holiday” 2019); -7.7 (January 2020); -1.1 (March); and -1.0 (April 2020). Off three-tenths in February (6.8 – 6.5, 6+), WDRC-FM “102.9 The Whale” countered with a +2.4 in March/April (6.5 – 7.6 – 8.9, 6+). It was an April-only stay at #1 for iHeartMedia’s WWYZ, which plunges -1.4 (9.8 – 8.4, first to third, 6+). A combined -.5 in February/March (7.9 – 7.5 – 7.4, 6+), “Country 92.5” erupted with a +2.4 in April. This marks the fourth up or flat trend in succession by Red Wolf Broadcasting Spanish tropical WMRQ-HD2, which is +1.4 in that stretch and reaches the three-share level (1.6 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 3.0, #11 to #10, 6+). Three consecutive drops by iHeartMedia CHR WKSS resulted in a -2.6 (7.4 – 6.1 – 5.9 – 4.8, 6+), but “Kiss 95.7 – All The Hits” hangs out a +.6 to 5.4 (6+) and continues in seventh-place. Off six-tenths in March/April (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.5, 6+), New Haven sibling WKCI “KC-101” logs a half-share increase to 2.0 (steady at #12, 6+). Entercom-owned hot AC WTIC-FM “96.5 TIC-FM” continues an alternating up/down pattern that includes May’s +.3 (6.2 – 7.3 – 6.2 – 6.4 – 5.5 – 5.6 – 4.1 – 4.4, steady at #8, 6+). Despite being a combined -1.1 in April/May (7.1 – 6.7 – 6.0, 6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WHCN “105.9 The River” continues in fifth-place. Without an increase the 11th time in succession for a net loss of three-tenths (.5 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .2 – .2, 6+), Red Wolf Broadcasting classic hits-oldies WNTY “Kool Radio – Good Times/Great Oldies” actually advances from #16 to #15.

May 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Three

| June 11, 2020

May 2020 PPM Data – Information for the May 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 May 2020 survey period covered April 23 – May 20. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from these 12 PPM-markets.

Portland

Spoken Word Formats – March/April’s +2.1 enabled Alpha Media-owned news/talk KXL to reach the seven-share level (4.9 – 6.7 – 7.0, 6+); however, “FM News 101 – Stay Connected” falters by -1.0 in May to 6.0 (second to third, 6+). Despite posting a positive or neutral trend the ninth successive report for 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+), iHeartMedia’s KEX “News Radio 1190 – Depend On Us” backslides from #10 to #11. Alpha Media news/talk KUFO “Freedom 970” is off four-tenths in April/May (1.4 – 1.2 – 1.0, #22 to #23, 6+). A model of consistency, Salem Media Group’s KPAM “AM 860 The Answer” has posted a .4 (6+) in seven of the last eight sweeps (.4 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .5 – .4, #25 to #26, 6+).

Carrying on at #21, Alpha Media sports talk KXTG “The Game” notches its third straight modest increase for a net gain of four-tenths (1.5 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 1.9, 6+). In eight successive down or flat moves, Entercom’s similarly-formatted KFXX “1080 The Fan” has lost one-half share (1.6 – 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.1, #23 to #22, 6+). As a result of four successive sweeps without an increase, iHeartMedia-owned KPOJ “Sports Radio 620” has had its 6+ AQH share sliced by roughly 78% (.9 – .7 – .6 – .2 – .2, flat at #30, 6+).

Albeit down eight-tenths to 9.3 (6+), KOPB is #1 the third month in a row. KOPB was a combined +1.9 in March/April (8.2 – 9.9 – 10.1, 6+). The Oregon Public Broadcasting news/talk outlet and iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW are the only Portland stations to achieve double-digits (6+) in the PPM-era.

Portland Music Formats – A collective -1.9 in three straight setbacks (4.9 – 4.4 – 3.9 – 3.0, 6+), Alpha Media CHR KBFF “Live 95.5” answers with a May +1.0 to 4.0 (6+) and zooms back into the top ten (#16 to #10, 6+). Prior to January’s +.7, “Live 95.5” was off eight-tenths via three drops in a row (5.0 – 4.8 – 4.3 – 4.2, 6+). Adding eight-tenths to April’s increase of two-tenths, iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR KXJM “JAM’N 107.5” crosses the four-share level and jumps from #11 to #8 (3.4 – 3.6 – 4.4, 6+). Improving by six-tenths are KFBW “105.9 The Brew – Portland’s Rock Station” (fourth to second) and its iHeartMedia CHR cluster-mate KKRZ “Z-100 Portland’s #1 Hit Music Station” (#14 to #12). Owing to three straight spikes, “The Brew” is +1.7 (4.4 – 4.7 – 5.5 – 6.1, 6+); “Z-100” is up seven-tenths in April/May (3.1 – 3.2 – 3.8, 6+). Meanwhile, Alpha Media’s country-formatted KUPL “98.7 The Bull” (2.8, #13 to #16, 6+) and Entercom adult hits KYCH “97.1 Charlie – We Play Everything” (#8 to #14) each regress by one-half share. Entering the May sweep, “The Bull” was +1.1 via four straight upticks (2.2 – 2.5 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.3, 6+). In five consecutive slips, “Charlie” has lost essentially half (-3.3) its 6+ AQH share (6.7 – 5.9 – 4.7 – 4.2 – 3.9 – 3.4, 6+). By gaining three-tenths to 5.9 (6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW “K-103” pulls the plug on four straight downturns that resulted in an approximately 60% (-8.3) loss of its 6+ AQH share (13.9 – 8.5 – 8.4 – 7.1 – 5.6, 6+). Even so, KKCW backslides from third to fourth. On top four straight sweeps (including sharing the lead in January 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.

Charlotte

Spoken-Word Formats – After more than doubling (+3.6) its 6+ AQH share through four straight increases and reaching the seven-share level (3.5 – 4.9 – 5.3 – 5.7 – 7.1, 6+), Entercom news/talk WBT surrenders eight-tenths to 6.3 (6+) but repeats in third-place.

Flat at 1.7 (6+), co-owned WFNZ “The Fan – Charlotte’s Sports Leader” slips from #17 to #18.

Down four-tenths in April (3.1 – 2.7, 6+), University Radio Foundation news/talk WFAE wipes away the deficit with a May increase of one-half share (3.2, #14 to #12, 6+).

Charlotte Music Formats – Three jumps in succession by Radio One-owned WOSF for a collective +1.5 assist “105.3 R n B” to reach the six-share threshold (4.7 – 4.8 – 5.2 – 6.2, sixth to fourth, 6+). Following four straight sweeps without an increase that accounted for a -10.4 (14.5 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 6.3 – 4.1, 6+), Beasley Media Group adult contemporary WKQC posts an increase of eight-tenths (4.9, ninth to eighth, 6+). “K-104.7” was #1 in “Holiday” 2019 (14.5, 6+). Co-owned WSOC “103.7 Country’s Hottest Hits” is +2.6 through three straight upticks (5.5 – 5.7 – 7.5 – 8.1, 6+) and continues in the runner-up slot. WSOC was -1.2 in “Holiday” 2019 and then +1.0 in January 2020. It is three-tenths behind iHeartMedia classic rock WRFX, which is -1.8 to 8.4 (6+) but #1 the fifth report in a row. Entering the May sweep, “99.7 The Fox” was an overall +3.8 through four successive increases (6.4 – 6.8 – 7.9 – 8.1 – 10.2, 6+), reaching  double-digits (10.2, 6+). The only other Charlotte station hitting double-digits in the PPM-era is aforementioned 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+). After three successive months at #1, WRFX was ousted from the top spot in December.

San Antonio

Spoken-Word Formats – The four most recent shifts by iHeartMedia-owned WOAI “News Radio 1200 – San Antonio’s News, Traffic, & Weather” are: +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+); and now -.8 in May (7.9 – 7.1, steady at #2, 6+). The alternating up/down February 2020 through May 2020 topline for Alpha Media news/talk KTSA “Stay Connected” is: 1.6 – 1.8 – 1.4 – 1.5 (flat at #22, 6+).

Tied at #28 are Alpha Media sports talk KZDC “ESPN San Antonio” (.5 – .7 – .5, #25 to #28, 6+) and iHeartMedia-owned KTKR “Ticket 760 – San Antonio’s Sports Station” (.6 – .4 – .5, #32 to #28, 6+).

As a result of three straight decreases, Texas Public Radio news/talk KSTX has a net loss of eight-tenths (3.4 – 3.2 – 2.9 – 2.6, #15 to #16, 6+).

San Antonio Music Formats – Off three-tenths in March/April (2.9 – 2.7, 2.6, 6+), Univision Radio rhythmic hot AC KVBH “Vibe 107.5” posts an increase twice that magnitude (3.2, +.6, #17 to #12) and reaches a three-share (3.2) for the first time since last August (3.0). Owing to four straight decreases, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KQXT recorded a roughly 64% loss (-6.7) of its 6+ AQH share (10.5 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 4.0 – 3.8, 6+). “Q-101.9” applies the brakes, however, with a May increase of four-tenths (4.2, ninth to eighth, 6+). One-half share improvements are notched by “Q-101.9” CHR sibling KXXM “96.1 Now” (3.9, unchanged at #10, 6+) and Texas Public Radio classical KPAC (#21 to #18). KXXM had been a collective -1.3 through three straight drops (4.7 – 4.5 – 4.0 – 3.4, 6+). KPAC was -1.1 in February/March (2.3 – 2.2 – 1.2, 6+) but is now +1.2 in April/May (1.2 – 1.9 – 2.4, 6+). In addition to being #1 the fifth sweep in succession, Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM “101.1 San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” is +1.6 via three straight boosts (6.8 – 7.3 – 8.2 – 8.4, 6+). The market leader ten ratings periods in a row before segueing to #2 in “Holiday” 2019, KONO-FM was -1.8 (“Holiday” 2019); +.8 (January 2020); and -.7 (February). Three straight drops by iHeartMedia Spanish contemporary KZEP accounted for a -1.8 (3.8 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.0, 6+), but “104.5 Latino Hits” ends the slide with a +.1 to 2.1 (#18 to #20, 6+). Up four-tenths in March (3.7 – 4.1, 6+), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KZLV “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” sputters by -1.5 in April/May and fades from the top ten (4.1 – 3.4 – 2.6, #10 to #16, 6+). Co-owned/similarly-formatted KZAR “Air 1 Worship Now,” which was +1.2 through four straight up or flat moves (.8 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.9 – 2.0, 6+) forfeits two-tenths and departs the top twenty (1.7, #18 to #21, 6+). April’s 2.0 was its best 6+-stat since July 2019 (2.0, as well). Surrendering in full the seven-tenths it picked up in April (4.4 – 5.1 – 4.4, 6+), Alpha Media adult hits KJXK “102.7 Jack-FM Playing What We Want” drops from fourth to seventh. A collective +1.9 in four consecutive up or flat trends (3.7 – 4.4 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 5.6, 6+), Univision Radio regional Mexican KROM “Que Buena 92.9” drops three-tenths to 5.3 (6+) but repeats in third-place. A combined -2.0 in March/April (6.6 – 6.3 – 4.6, 6+), Cox Media Group’s KCYY “Y-100 San Antonio’s New Country Leader” gains one-tenth to 4.7 (seventh to fifth, 6+). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s KAJA “KJ-97 San Antonio’s #1 For New Country,” which had been up or flat the past four sweeps for a net gain of one-half share (3.8 – 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.3, 6+), forfeits one-tenth to 4.2 (flat at #8, 6+).

Sacramento

Spoken-Word Formats – The wild ride continues for iHeartMedia-owned KFBK, which was +2.7 in January and a combined +3.2 in March/April (8.4 – 10.3 – 11.6, 6+), but erodes by -2.2 in May to 9.4 (6+). Nonetheless, “Sacramento’s News, Weather and Traffic Station” is #1 the fifth straight month. April’s 11.6 is its highest 6+-stat in the PPM-era, besting the previous high (10.3) set in March. By adding three-tenths to 2.1 (flat at #15, 6+), cluster-mate KSTE “Talk 650” halts three straight decreases that led to a loss of four-tenths (2.2 – 2.2 – 1.9 – 1.8, 6+).

Trending 1.2 – 1.0 – 1.1 – .8 (6+), Entercom sports talk KIFM-AM “ESPN Radio 1320” returns to the top twenty (#21 to #19, 6+) and is tied with Bonneville’s KHTK “Sports 1140” (1.1 – .7 – .8, #22 to #19, 6+). These two sports talkers were deadlocked last July, August, and October.

In an alternating up/down pattern (4.4 – 4.7 – 4.4 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 4.8, “Holiday” 2019 through May 2020, 6+), Capital Public Radio news/talk KXJZ slips from sixth to seventh.

Sacramento Music Formats – In four straight decreases (12.6 – 6.0 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 3.4, 6+), Bonneville adult contemporary KYMX had its 6+ AQH share carved by approximately 73% (-9.2). Storming back in May with a +1.7 to 5.1 (6+), “Mix 96” leaps from tenth to sixth. That +1.7 ties co-owned Salt Lake City’s KRSP  “103.5 The Arrow – Utah’s Classic Rock” for largest (6+) April 2020 – May 2020 increase by any station in these 12 PPM-markets. On top in “Holiday” 2019, KYMX tripled (+8.4) its 6+ AQH share via four consecutive improvements (4.2 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 6.1 – 12.6, 6+). Its format rival – iHeartMedia’s KBEB “92.5 The Breeze” – which was 2.0 in March/April (4.8 – 3.9 – 2.8, 6+), dials up a half-share improvement to 3.3 (#12 to #11, 6+). “The Breeze” was -.8 (December/“Holiday” 2019) and +1.1 (January/February). Powered by May’s +1.3, Entercom classic rock KSEG “96.9 The Eagle” nearly reaches a nine-share and is a collective +1.9 in three straight spikes (7.0 – 7.3 – 7.6 – 8.9, third to second, 6+). Bonneville hot AC KZZO “Now 100.5 Today’s Best Hits” was a combined +1.1 in January/February (2.6 – 2.8 – 3.7, 6+); -1.9 in March/April (3.7 – 3.2 – 1.8, 6+); and is now +1.1 in May (1.8 – 2.9, #15 to #12, 6+). Entering the January sweep, KZZO was -1.8 in three straight decreases (4.4 – 3.8 – 3.5 – 2.6, 6+). 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+), iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic oldies KHYL “V-101” is up nine-tenths in April/May (2.6 – 2.9 – 3.5, #11 to #9, 6+). The three latest fluctuations by Entercom rhythmic CHR KSFM are -1.0 (4.9 – 4.1 – 3.9, February/March, 6+); +.5 (3.9 – 4.4, April, 6+); and now -1.0 in May (4.4 – 3.4, seventh to tenth, 6+). Its alternative sibling KKDO “Alt 94.7” is -1.3 in April/May and exits the top ten (4.2 – 3.9 – 2.9, #9 to #12). Still in that Entercom cluster, KRXQ “98 Rock,” which was +2.7 through five straight improvements (4.8 – 5.2 – 5.3 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 7.5, 6+), surrenders three-tenths to 7.2 (6+) but carries on in fourth-place.

Pittsburgh

Spoken-Word Formats – Having logged four spikes in succession that yielded a +4.2 (3.1 – 4.0 – 4.3 – 5.6 – 7.3, 6+), Entercom’s KDKA-AM “News Radio 1020” falters by eight-tenths to 6.5 (second to fourth, 6+).

It is two-tenths ahead of co-owned sports talk KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan,” which chalks up a +.4 to 6.3 (steady at #5), thus suspending three drops that accounted for an overall -2.0 (7.9 – 7.5 – 6.7 – 5.9, 6+).

Down two-tenths (5.6 – 5.4, 6+), Essential Public Media news/talk WESA repeats at #6; “90.5 Pittsburgh’s NPR Station” was +1.3 in April.

Pittsburgh Music Formats – Posting a +1.0 to 8.1 (6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWSW advances from third to second; “94.5 3WS” was a combined -1.6 in March/April (8.7 – 7.4 – 7.1, 6+). Four-tenths ahead of WWSW is its rock cluster-mate WDVE, which is #1 the third month in a row. The very consistent “Holiday” 2019 through May 2020 topline for WDVE is 8.2 – 8.1 – 8.3 – 8.2 – 8.3 – 8.5 (6+) and this (8.5) is its strongest 6+-showing since last December (9.7). A collective -1.3 via three successive decreases (8.1 – 7.9 – 7.8 – 6.8, 6+), Steel City Media adult hits WRRK “96.9 Bob-FM” halts the skid with a +.2 to 7.0 (fourth to third, 6+). WQED Multimedia-owned WQED “Classical FM 89.3” was -.5 (1.6 – 1.5 – 1.1, February/March, 6+); +.6 (1.1 – 1.7, April, 6+); and now -.7 in May (1.7 – 1.0, #15 to #18, 6+). Regressing by seven-tenths as well is iHeartMedia alternative WXDX “105.9 The X,” which is -1.3 as a result of three consecutive dips and departs the top ten (5.1 – 4.6 – 4.5, 3.8, #8 to #11, 6+). This (3.8) is the first time “The X” is below a four-share since last August (3.9). After posting four straight spikes that resulted in a +2.7 (1.9 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 4.3 – 4.6, 6+), co-owned WPGB “Big 104.7 Pittsburgh’s #1 For New Country” relinquishes one-half share to 4.1 (seventh to tenth, 6+). In “Holiday” 2019, “Big 104.7” faltered by one-half share to 1.9, halting 13 successive survey periods of posting a 6+-stat within 2.3 – 2.9 range. Three straight increases by WYEP “91.3 Where The Music Matters” yielded eight-tenths (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.2 – 2.7, 6+), but the Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting triple A drops two-tenths to 2.5 (flat at #13, 6+). Tied in eighth-place are iHeartMedia CHR WKST “96.1 Kiss-FM” (4.3, +.4, #11 to #8, 6+) and Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WSHH “Wish 99.7” (ninth to eighth). In three straight drops, “Kiss” was  -1.2 (5.1 – 4.9 – 4.6 – 3.9, 6+). This marks WSHH’s fifth straight setback for a -3.3 (7.6 – 5.1 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.4 – 4.3, 6+). When “Wish” picked up four-tenths in December, it halted six consecutive sweeps without an increase that resulted in an overall -1.7 (6.3 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.0 – 4.8 – 4.6, 6+).

Salt Lake City

Spoken-Word Formats – The rollercoaster ride continues for Bonneville’s KSL, which was a combined +3.9 in March/April (4.9 – 6.0 – 8.8, 6+) but it is now -2.8 to 6.0 (6+). Thus, it’s an April-only stay at #1 for “News Radio 102.7 FM & 1160 AM,” which segues to #4. Entering the January sweep, KSL was a collective -2.4 in three successive decreases (6.4 – 5.7 – 5.6 – 4.0, 6+). Four consecutive up or flat sweeps by iHeartMedia-owned KNRS yielded a +2.2 (4.1 – 5.0 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 6.3, 6+), but “Talk Radio 105.9 – Listen And You’ll Know” relinquishes nine-tenths to 5.4 (fourth to seventh, 6+). Cumulus Media-owned KKAT more than tripled (+.7) its 6+ AQH share through four straight up or flat moves (.3 – .6 – .8 – .8 – 1.0, 6+), but another positive streak ends as “860 AM – Utah’s Big Talker” forfeits three-tenths (.7, #18 to #19, 6+).

After posting three consecutive gains for a collective +1.2 (1.7 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.9, 6+), University of Utah public radio news/talk KUER is down nine-tenths in April/May (2.9 – 2.4 – 2.0, #14 to #15, 6+). Bouncing back from April’s loss of six-tenths (.9 – .3, 6+) with a May increase of three-tenths (.6, 6+), Brigham Young University public radio news/talk KUMT repeats at #21.

Salt Lake City Music Formats – It’s an exceptionally strong sweep for Bonneville-owned KRSP, which advances from third to first and crosses the eight-share threshold. In addition, “103.5 The Arrow – Utah’s Classic Rock” is a collective +2.2 in three straight upticks (5.9 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 8.1, 6+), as May’s +1.7 ties co-owned Sacramento adult contemporary KYMX “Mix” for largest (6+) April 2020 – May 2020 increase by any station in these 12 PPM-markets. Recording a robust May spike as well is iHeartMedia hot AC KJMY “My-99.5” (3.4 – 4.7, +1.3, #11 to #8, 6+). The boost discontinues three straight decreases that resulted in a collective -2.4 (5.8 – 5.5 – 5.0 – 3.4, 6+). An improvement of +1.1 takes Capital Broadcasting hot AC KBZN “Now 97.9 Today’s Best Music” to the six-share level (5.4 – 6.5, fifth to second, 6+) for the first time since last September (6.1). Up six-tenths (5.3 – 5.9, seventh to fifth, 6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KODJ “94.1 Salt Lake’s Greatest Hits” has its best 6+-showing since last November’s 6.2. Even though independent KSOP-FM records its highest 6+-stat (5.7) since last August’s 5.8 and notches its fifth straight bump for a collective +2.0 (3.7 – 4.5 – 4.8 – 5.3 – 5.4 – 5.7, 6+), “Z-104 Utah’s #1 Country Station” backslides from fifth to sixth. A collective +.7 in three straight up or flat moves (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 3.3, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KBER “Utah’s Rock Station” continues at #13. In addition to slipping from second to third, Bonneville adult contemporary KSFI “FM 100.3 Better Music/Better Work Day” has its 6+ AQH share crater by more than 70% (-15.0), resulting from five consecutive downturns (21.1 – 8.5 – 7.6 – 7.3 – 7.0 – 6.1, 6+). Immediately prior, KSFI was a collective +14.8 via four consecutive increases (6.3 – 6.7 – 6.8 – 11.0 – 21.1, 6+). “FM 100.3” spent seven successive sweeps at #1 before shifting to the runner-up slot in April. It is the only PPM-market outlet to reach the 20-share level (6+) and has accomplished that feat in “Holiday” 2019 (21.1, 6+); “Holiday” 2018 (21.8, 6+); “Holiday” 2017 (23.2, 6+); “Holiday” 2016 (20.6, 6+); and “Holiday” 2015 (21.4, 6+). Unlisted the 18th 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 – Dropping four-tenths (each) and thus still separated by just three-tenths are Entercom-owned KXNT “News Talk Radio 840” (3.2 – 2.8, #10 to #14, 6+) and Beasley Media Group news/talk KDWN “AM 720 Where Las Vegas Comes to Talk” (2.5, #12 to #18, 6+). KXNT was +1.1 in April, while KDWN had more than doubled (+1.6) its 6+ AQH share in three straight gains (1.3 – 1.7 – 2.1 – 2.9, 6+).

After losing nine-tenths in seven successive sweeps without an increase (1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – .8 – .5, 6+), Lotus Communications sports talk KWWN “ESPN Radio 1100” halts the slump with a +.3 to  .8 (#27 to #26, 6+).

An overall +1.3 via three straight gains (2.6 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 3.9, 6+), Nevada Public Radio news/talk KNPR climbs from eighth to seventh.

Las Vegas Music Formats – Not only has Lotus Communications’ KOMP more than doubled (+1.9) its 6+ AQH share via five consecutive upticks, “92.3 The Rock Station” cracks the top ten (1.7 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 2.3 – 2.9 – 3.6, #12 to #9, 6+). For the seventh time in a row, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KSNE “Sunny 106.5 – Better Music For A Better Workday” holds (or has shared) the top spot. Moreover, its May increase of six-tenths to 7.3 (6+) snaps at four its consecutive string of decreases that generated a -.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. Notching a May increase of six-tenths as well is Entercom rhythmic hot AC KXQQ “Q-100.5” (3.1, #16 to #11). “Q-100.5” was down seven-tenths in March/April (3.2 – 3.1 – 2.5, 6+). In an alternating up/down pattern which includes May’s gain of four-tenths (2.5 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 2.3 – 2.7, 6+), Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KRGT “Latino Mix 99.3” jumps from #20 to #15. Beasley Media Group’s country-formatted KCYE “102.7 The Coyote” more than doubles (+2.7) its 6+ AQH share via five successive spikes (2.4 – 2.8 – 3.3 – 4.1 – 4.6 – 5.1, fifth to third, 6+). This directly follows a -1.7 in seven straight sweeps without an increase (4.1 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.0 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.4, 6+). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s KYMT “93.1 The Mountain – World Class Rock,” which nearly doubled (+2.2) its 6+ AQH share in three straight up or flat sweeps (2.6 – 2.6 – 3.0 – 4.8, 6+), forfeits nine-tenths to 3.9 (fourth to seventh, 6+). Up two-tenths in March/April (3.3 – 3.3 – 3.5, 6+), Beasley Media Group urban-rhythmic oldies KOAS “Jammin’ 105.7” is -1.5 in April/May (3.5 – 2.7 – 2.0, #14 to #20, 6+). Within 2.3 – 2.8 range (6+) in each of the last five reports (2.8 – 2.6 – 2.4 – 2.3 – 2.4, 6+), Entercom alternative KXTE “X-107.5” regresses by six-tenths, falling below a two-share and off the top twenty (1.8, #19 to #21, 6+). Half-share drops are logged by Lotus Communications’ KXPT “97.1 The Point #1 For Classic Rock” (4.7, third to fourth, 6+) and Entravision regional Mexican KRRN “La Suavecita 92.7” (1.5 – 1.0, #25, 6+).“The Point” was +.2.6 in January/February; spiraled by -1.6 in March; and gained one-half share in April. In addition to being a combined -2.7 in three straight slips, Entercom hot AC KMXB “Mix 94.1” exits the top ten (5.7 – 5.5 – 3.2 – 3.0, #10 to #12, 6+).

Orlando

Spoken-Word Formats – Off seven-tenths to 6.0 (6+), iHeartMedia-owned news/talk WTKS drops from third to fifth; “Real Radio 104.1 – We Say What We Want” was a combined +2.3 in March/April (4.4 – 5.1 – 6.7, 6+). In addition to sputtering by four-tenths, Cox Media Group’s WDBO-FM “News 96.5” departs the top ten (4.2 – 3.8, #9 to #11, 6+). A loss of six-tenths (2.8 – 2.2, 6+) drops iHeartMedia’s WFLF “News Radio Orlando” from #14 to #15.

Repeating at #21 and #22, respectively, are iHeartMedia-owned WYGM “FM 96.9 The Game – Orlando’s Sports Leader” (.9 – .8, -.1, 6+) and Cox Media Group’s WDBO-AM “ESPN 580 Orlando” (flat at .6, 6+).

Including its current gain of four-tenths, 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, #14 to #13, 6+).

Orlando Music Formats – By dialing up a +1.4 to 4.8 (6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMGF makes a dent in the -12.0 it has lost through four straight setbacks (15.4 – 8.1 – 7.9 – 5.7 – 3.4, 6+). “Magic 107.7” returns to the top ten (#11 to #8, 6+). Anchored in seventh-place, co-owned WJRR “101.1 Orlando’s Rock Station” records its fifth straight gain for a collective +2.1 (3.0 – 3.5 – 3.7 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.1, 6+). Following three drops in succession that accounted for a -2.8 (9.2 – 8.4 – 8.2 – 6.4, 6+), Entercom classic hits-oldies WOCL “105.9 Sunny FM – We Own The ‘80s” answers with a +1.0 to 7.4 (fifth to second, 6+). On top in January, February, and March, “Sunny” was -1.1 (December/“Holiday” 2019); +1.2 (January); and -.8 (February). Via five straight improvements, Cox Media Group country-formatted WWKA is an overall +2.9 (2.9 – 3.9 – 4.1 – 5.0 – 5.7 – 5.8, flat at #6, 6+). An increase of seven-tenths to 4.1 (6+) returns co-owned WPYO to the top ten (#11 to #10). “Power 95.3” was a combined -1.9 in March/April (5.3 – 4.9 – 3.4, 6+). Advancing from #20 to #17, University of Central Florida jazz outlet WUCF continues an alternating down/up sequence which includes its current increase of six-tenths (1.1 – 0.9 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.6 – 1.0 – 1.6, 6+). It is an April-only stay at #1 for WCFB “Star 94.5,” which craters by -2.4 to 6.5 (first to third, 6+). The Cox Media Group-owned urban AC was +4.3 in three straight spikes (4.6 – 5.0 – 6.9 – 8.9, 6+), directly after being off a combined six-tenths in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (5.2 – 5.1 – 4.6, 6+). Taking over at #1 is co-owned WMMO “98.9 Orlando’s Classic Hits,” which ironically is down one-half share (8.0 – 7.5, second to first). Down three-tenths in March, WMMO logged a +2.1 in April. Ups/down continue for iHeartMedia Spanish tropical WRUM “Rumba 100.3,” which was without an increase four straight reports for a net loss of -1.6 (7.5 – 6.9 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 5.9, 6+); rebounded with a +.8 in April (5.9 – 6.7, 6+); but forfeits one-half share in May (6.7 – 6.2, third to fourth, 6+). Three straight declines by CHR cluster-mate WXXL “XL-106.7” have resulted in a -2.0 (6.4 – 5.8 – 4.6 – 4.4, eighth to ninth, 6+). When “XL-106.7” added three-tenths in February, it curtailed three sweeps in succession without an increase that accounted for a -1.4 (7.5 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.1, 6+). 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 sixth time in a row.

Cincinnati

Spoken-Word Formats – Albeit on top the third month in a row, WLW plunges -2.6 to 10.3 (6+). The heritage iHeartMedia news/talk outlet was a whopping +5.8 in four straight upticks (7.1 – 8.1 – 8.3 – 10.1 – 12.9, 6+). Co-owned WKRC substitutes April’s loss of three-tenths with a May increase of eight-tenths (3.5 – 4.3, ninth to eighth, 6+). Directly prior to April, “55 KRC The Talk Station” was a collective +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 one-tenth (1.1 – .8 -1.0 – .5 – .6, 6+), sports talk cluster-mate WCKY “Cincinnati’s ESPN 1530” repeats at #21. Co-owned WSAI “Fox Sports 1360” has logged either a .4 (6+) or .3 (6+) in each sweep between April 2019 through May 2020: .4 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3 (#24 to #23, 6+).

Flat at #17, Cincinnati Public Radio news/talk WVXU is off a combined four-tenths in April/May (2.2 – 1.9 – 1.8, 6+).

Cincinnati Music Formats – Down six-tenths in March/April (3.3 – 2.9 – 2.7, 6+), Radio One urban AC WOSL “100.3 Cincy’s R&B Station” more than erases that shortfall with a +.9 and cracks the top ten (#15 to #10) with its best 6+-stat (3.6) since last July’s 4.0. As a result of four consecutive declines, Cumulus Media adult contemporary WRRM was an overall -8.7 (13.1 – 6.2 – 5.5 – 5.1 – 4.4, 6+), but “Warm 98.5” halts the skid with a +.8 to 5.2 (steady at #5, 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. Without a loss the sixth straight time for a +1.0 (2.1 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.8 – 3.1, 6+), co-owned WFTK “96 Rock” carries on at #13. Adding seven-tenths to April’s half-share increase (3.1 – 3.6 – 4.3, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted WEBN “Cincinnati’s Rock Station” continues in eighth-place. Notching gains of six-tenths are Hubbard Broadcasting country and hot AC cluster-mates WUBE “B-105 Get Your Country On” (7.3, unchanged at #3, 6+) and WKRQ “Q-102 Cincinnati’s Hit Music” (4.6, seventh to sixth, 6+). WUBE lost eight-tenths in March/April (7.5 – 6.9 – 6.7, 6+), while “Q-102” was -2.2 in three straight decreases (6.2 – 6.1 – 5.7 – 4.0, 6+). A combined -.4 in March/April (2.6 – 2.4 – 2.2, 6+) Cumulus Media’s WNNF “Cat Country 94.1” wipes away the loss with a half-share improvement to 2.7 (flat at #16, 6+). On top in January and February, classic hits-oldies sibling WGRR “103.5 Cincinnati’s Greatest Hits” is without an increase the fourth successive sweep for a -2.1 (11.3 – 10.1 – 10.0 – 9.2, 6+) and remains at #2. Prior to posting a January +2.8, WGRR lost a collective nine-tenths in three consecutive down or flat moves (9.4 – 9.3 – 8.5 – 8.5, 6+). “Cincinnati’s Greatest Hits” was #1 in eight of 2019’s 13 ratings periods. Off nine-tenths as a result of four straight sweeps without an increase (3.8 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WKFS “Kiss 107.1” falls from #12 to #14. Up or flat the past five survey periods for a net gain of one-half share (.2 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .7, 6+), Educational Community Radio’s multi-formatted WOBO relinquishes one-tenth to .6 (#20 to #21, 6+).

Cleveland

Spoken-Word Formats – An overall +4.6 via four straight gains (4.2 – 5.3 – 5.8 – 7.2 – 8.8, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WTAM “1100 Cleveland’s News Radio” surrenders a -1.1 to 7.7 (third to fourth, 6+).

After having lost approximately 52% (-2.5) of its 6+ AQH share as a result of three consecutive decreases (4.9 – 3.6 – 3.2 – 2.4, 6+), Entercom’s WKRK “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” applies the brakes with a gain of three-tenths to 2.7 (steady at #14, 6+).

Following three gains in a row that netted a +2.1 (3.1 – 4.2 – 4.4 – 5.2, 6+), Ideastream-owned public radio news/talk WCPN is -1.3 in April/May (5.2 – 4.8 – 3.9, eighth to tenth, 6+)

Cleveland Music Formats – An increase of eight-tenths (7.3 – 8.1, fourth to third, 6+) takes Radio One urban AC WZAK to the eight-share level for the first time since last September (8.2). Bouncing back from April’s -1.7 with a +.7 (6.8 – 7.5, 6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WMJI repeats in fifth-place. “Majic 105.7” was a combined +1.3 in February/March (7.2 – 8.3 – 8.5, 6+). Significant ups/downs continue for co-owned WGAR, which is +1.9 in April/May (8.0 – 9.4 – 9.9, unchanged at #2, 6+). On top in January and February, “Cleveland’s #1 For New Country” has been: +.9 (November); -.7 (December); -1.1 (“Holiday” 2019); +2.3 (January 2020); -.7 (February); -.8 (March); +1.4 (April); and +.5 (May). Following four successive downturns that resulted in a -5.5 (11.8 – 8.3 – 7.7 – 7.4 – 6.3, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary WDOK “Cleveland’s Star 102” pulls the plug with a +.4 to 6.7 (steady at #6, 6+). The market pacesetter in December and “Holiday” 2019, “Star” had been without a loss four straight sweeps for an overall +5.2 (6.6 – 6.6 – 7.2 – 9.0 – 11.8, 6+). Not only is co-owned WNCX #1 the third time in a row, “98.5 Cleveland’s Classic Rock” is a collective +3.2 via seven straight sweeps without a loss (7.0 – 7.2 – 7.2 – 7.6 – 8.0 – 9.1 – 10.1 – 10.2, 6+). Furthermore, WNCX logs its highest 6+-stat (10.2) in the PPM-era. Its two previous bests were 10.1 (April 2020, 6+) and 9.1 (March 2020, 6+). Ever since surfacing in print in January, Radio One gospel WENZ-HD2 has a topline of 1.9 – 1.6 – 2.5 – 3.5 – 2.8 (#11 to #12, 6+). Falling from seventh to ninth, iHeartMedia-owned WMMS “100.7 Cleveland’s Rock Station” stumbles the third straight time for a -1.8 (6.1 – 5.7 – 4.9 – 4.3, 6+).

Kansas City

Spoken-Word Formats – Roaring back from April’s loss of four-tenths with a May +1.4 (5.4 – 6.8, 6+), Entercom news/talk KMBZ-FM “98.1 News-Traffic-Weather” progresses from fifth to fourth. Its internet stream, however, is down six-tenths (.8 – .2, #26, 6+). Co-owned KMBZ-AM “Talk 980,” which nearly doubled (+1.7) its 6+ AQH share in four straight improvements (1.8 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 3.1 – 3.5, 6+), is -1.0 to 2.5 (6+) and drifts from the top ten (#10 to #15). Anchored at #21, Cumulus Media’s KCMO-AM “Talk Radio 710 AM” is down or flat the third straight time for a net loss of two-tenths (1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.2, 6+).

A collective -2.3 in three straight decreases (4.8 – 4.1 – 2.7 – 2.5, 6+), Union Broadcasting’s WHB “Sports Radio 810” ends the slump with a half-share bump to 3.0 (#15 to #13). Dropping from #19 to #20, Entercom-owned KCSP “610 Sports Radio” is -1.7 in four successive dips (3.0 – 2.6 – 1.8 – 1.4 – 1.3, 6+).

An overall +1.3 in three straight gains (3.5 – 3.7 – 4.1 – 4.8, 6+), University of Missouri news/talk KCUR is now -1.7 in April/May and exits the top ten (4.8 – 3.5 – 3.1, #10 to #11, 6+).

Kansas City Music Formats – Country is the headline here this sweep, as the market’s three major format players make significant shifts and are now separated by just seven-tenths of a share. Starting at the top, Steel City Media’s KFKF has the dubious distinction of registering the largest (6+) April 2020 – May 2020 decrease of any station in the 36 PPM-markets we’ve analyzed thus far (10.4 – 6.5, -3.9, 6+). “Country 94.1” has an April-only visit at #1 and segues to #5. Entering the May sweep, KFKF was an overall +4.8 via three bumps in a row (5.6 – 5.9 – 8.2 – 10.4, 6+). Tied in sixth-place are its cluster-mate KBEQ “Q-104 New Hit Country” and Entercom’s WDAF “106.5 The Wolf.” Owing to five successive sweeps without a loss, “Q-104” is a collective +1.9 (3.9 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 5.8, steady at #6, 6+). Meanwhile, WDAF had its March +.9 negated with an April -1.1 (4.8 – 5.7 – 4.6, 6+), but “The Wolf” strikes back with a May +1.2 to 5.8 (seventh to sixth, 6+). It’s not typical for a station eroding by -1.0 to advance to #1, but that’s the case with Cumulus Media-owned KCFX  (8.7 – 7.7, -1.0, second to first, 6+), which succeeds KFKF. The three latest moves by “101 The Fox Kansas City’s Classic Rock Station” are -1.0 (March); +1.1 (April); and -1.0 (May). Experiencing wild swings as well is Entercom hot AC KZPT “99.7 The Point,” which was +.5 in January/February (4.7 – 5.2 – 5.2, 6+); -1.4 in March/April (5.2 – 4.4 – 3.8, 6+); and now +1.2 in May (3.8 – 5.0, ninth to eighth, 6+). 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+), Cumulus Media-owned KCJK “105.1 The X – Kansas City’s Rock Alternative” applies the brakes with a +.8 to 2.2 (#19 to #17, 6+). Following four successive setbacks that accounted for a -5.9 (12.8 – 10.0 – 9.0 – 8.6 – 6.9, 6+), Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies KCMO-FM “94.9 Kansas City’s Greatest Hits” posts a +.7 to 7.6 (third to second, 6+). A combined +4.2 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (8.6 – 9.3 – 12.8, 6+), KCMO-FM spent four consecutive sweeps on top before shifting to third in April. Recent (6+) fluctuations for “Kansas City’s Greatest Hits” include: +1.3 (June 2019); +3.5 (“Holiday” 2019); -2.8 (January 2020); -1.0 (February); -1.7 (April); and +.7 (May). Down the past three sweeps for a -1.1 (4.1 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.0, 6+), Steel City Media CHR KMXV “Mix 93.3” ends the skid with a +.4 to 3.4 (6+) and returns to the top ten (#13 to #10). Off one-half share in March/April (6.8 – 6.4 – 6.3, 6+), Carter Broadcast Corporation urban contemporary KPRS “Hot 103 Jamz” dials up a +.6 to 6.9 (fourth to third, 6+), its best 6+-stat since last September (7.0). Entercom alternative KRBZ “96.5 The Buzz” is in an alternating down/up pattern that began in October and includes its current gain of one-tenth (2.2 – 1.9 – 2.2 – 2.0 – 2.5 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 1.8 – 1.9, #17 to #18, 6+). A combined +.9 in March/April (3.2 – 3.4 – 4.1, 6+), co-owned KQRC “98.9 The Rock” forfeits roughly half that increase (3.6, -.5, eighth to ninth, 6+).

Columbus

Spoken-Word Formats – Achieving double-digits via five spikes in a row that led to a collective +4.6 (6.0 – 6.1 – 8.0 – 8.6 – 9.4 – 10.6, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WTVN “News Radio 610” plunges by -1.6 to 9.0 (6+) but remains in the runner-up slot.    

Unchanged at #8, Tegna’s WBNS-FM picks up one-tenth to 3.6 (6+); “Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan” 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, is unlisted in May.

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

Columbus Music Formats – It’s been an up/down affair lately for iHeartMedia CHR WNCI “97.9 Columbus’ #1 Hit Music Station,” which was +1.2 in January/February (6.1 – 7.2 – 7.3, 6+); -1.8 in March/April (7.3 – 6.7 – 5.5, 6+); and now +1.1 in May (6.6, fourth to third, 6+). One-half share improvements are logged by WNCI’s urban contemporary and urban-rhythmic oldies cluster-mates WZCB “106.7 The Beat” (2.9, unchanged at #9, 6+) and WYTS “Throwback 105.3” (steady at #11). In three straight reports without an increase, “The Beat” lost six-tenths (3.0 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.4, 6+); “Throwback 105.3” is a combined +.8 in April/May (1.1 – 1.4 – 1.9, 6+). While it is the market leader the sixth straight time, iHeartMedia-owned WCOL “92.3 Columbus’ #1 For New Country” erodes by -1.6 to 9.5 (6+). The loss curtails four consecutive upticks 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 was -1.3 (May 2019); -1.1 (December); -2.1 (“Holiday” 2019); +2.1 (January 2020); and now -1.6 in May 2020. This is the fifth month in a row that the following Saga Communications stations are unlisted: adult contemporary WSNY “Sunny 95,” which had a “Holiday” 2019-only stay at #1; WLVQ “Iconic Rock Q-96 FM”; hot AC WVMX “Mix 107.9”; and classic hits-oldies WNND “Rewind 103.5 & 104.3.”

May 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Two

| June 10, 2020

May 2020 PPM Data. Information for the May 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 May 2020 survey period covered April 23 – May 20. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from these 12 PPM-markets.

Washington, DC

Spoken-Word Formats – For the fourth successive month, the top three (6+) finishers in the Nation’s Capital are from the spoken-word arena. After doubling (+5.0) its 6+ AQH share through four straight upticks (5.0 – 6.9 – 7.3 – 7.8 – 10.0, 6+), Cumulus Media news/talk WMAL regresses by seven-tenths to 9.3 (6+) but repeats at #1. In April, WMAL reached double-digits (10.0) for the first time in its PPM-history. Its previous highest 6+-share was March’s 7.8. For the 23rd sweep in succession, Radio One’s WOL “News Talk – Where Information Is Power” is unlisted.

Regaining the two-tenths it lost in April (2.1 – 1.9 – 2.1, 6+), Entercom sports talk WJFK-FM “106.7 The Fan” remains at #16. “The Fan” posted six straight positive or neutral moves for an overall +1.7 (3.1 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 4.3 – 4.8, 6+), including the loftiest 6+-share (4.8, November 2019) by any D.C. sports talk outlet in the PPM-era. In three straight up or flat moves, Radio One’s similarly-formatted WTEM “980 The Team” nets four-tenths and returns to the top twenty (.7 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1, #21 to #20, 6+).

In addition to reclaiming three-tenths from April’s one-half share dip (7.7 – 8.0, 6+), WTOP-FM advances from third to second. Three consecutive increases by the Hubbard Broadcasting all-news operation yielded a +1.3 (6.9 – 7.4 – 7.8 – 8.2, 6+). Following six straight months at #1, WTOP-FM segued to #2 last July. Up three-tenths in February/March (.4 – .5 – .7, 6+), Entercom business news WDCH drops one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.7 – .6 – .5, flat at #24, 6+).

A combined -1.3 in April/May (8.7 – 8.4 – 7.4, 6+), American University-owned public radio news/talk WAMU shifts from second to third. “The Mind Is Our Medium” was in a first-place tie with WTOP-FM in February before taking sole possession of the lead in March. WAMU was -2.3 (“Holiday” 2019); +.8 (January 2020); +.5 (February); and +.9 (March). Climbing from #23 to #22, Pacifica Foundation public radio news/talk WPFW is up one-half share in April/May (.4 – .8 – .9, 6+).

Washington, DC Music Formats – A collective -1.3 via three down or flat sweeps in succession (4.0 – 4.0 – 3.7 – 2.7, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WIHT “Hot 99.5” wipes away all but four-tenths of the deficit and reenters the top ten (3.6, +.9, #13 to #8, 6+). Improving by one-half share each are WIHT’s adult contemporary cluster-mate WASH “Variety of the 80s, 90s, & Today” (5.3, steady at #7, 6+); Entercom rhythmic CHR WPGC “95.5 The DNA of the DMV” (tenth to ninth); and Radio One urban contemporary WKYS (3.3, #12 to #10, 6+). WASH had lost roughly 63% (-8.1) of its 6+ AQH share in four straight downturns (12.9 – 6.7 – 6.2 – 5.7 – 4.8, 6+). On top in “Holiday” 2019, WASH was +7.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.4 – 8.1 – 12.9, 6+). WPGC gains nine-tenths in four straight sweeps without a loss (2.6 – 2.7 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.5, 6+); WKYS was off four-tenths in March/April (3.2 – 3.0 – 2.8, 6+). Unchanged in fifth-place, Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications’ classical-formatted WETA is a collective +1.8 in three straight up or flat trends (4.5 – 4.7 – 6.3 – 6.3, 6+). The three latest shifts by Atlantic Gateway Communications contemporary Christian WGTS “91.9 Christian Music Radio” are -3.6 (7.2 – 4.7 – 3.6, February/March, 6+); +.6 (3.6 – 4.2, April, 6+); and now -.9 in May (4.2 – 3.3, eighth to tenth, 6+). Immediately prior, WGTS was an overall +2.2 through three straight gains (5.0 – 5.9 – 6.2 – 7.2, 6+). Following four successive sweeps without a loss that produced a half-share increase (.7 – .7 – .9 – .9 – 1.2, 6+), Signal Above Spanish contemporary WDCN “La Nueva 87.7” sputters by seven-tenths to .5 (#20 to #24, 6+).

Boston

Spoken-Word Formats – Having practically doubled (+2.5) its 6+ AQH share through four successive sweeps without a loss and crossing the five-share level (2.8 – 3.5 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 5.3, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WRKO “AM 680 – The Voice of Boston” forfeits 20% of that increase (4.8, -.5, fifth to sixth, 6+). Up one-half share this time last month, co-owned WXKS-AM “Talk 1200” repeats April’s 6+ AQH share and market rank (1.1, #22, 6+).

Although it is up one-tenth and continues an alternating up/down sequence that began in “Holiday” 2019 (5.5 – 5.8 – 5.4 – 5.8 – 4.6 – 4.7, 6+), Beasley Media Group-owned WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” backslides from seventh to eighth. Following January’s increase of four-tenths, Entercom-owned sports talker WEEI-FM is -1.5 in three straight setbacks (4.2 – 3.5 – 3.2 – 3.0 – 2.7, flat at #14, 6+).

While remaining in fourth-place, WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” is off one-half share in April/May (6.4 – 6.3 – 5.9, 6+). In March 2020, the iHeartMedia news-talk hybrid gained eight-tenths to 6.4 – its best 6+-showing since March 2018 (6.4, as well).

A cumulative +1.7 in three straight bumps (2.9 – 3.6  – 3.8 – 4.6, 6+), WGBH Educational Foundation public radio news/talk WGBH progresses from tenth to ninth. Conversely, Boston University public radio news/talk WBUR, which was up eight-tenths in March, squanders four-tenths in April/May (3.7 – 3.5 – 3.3, flat at #11, 6+).

Boston Music Formats – A combined -.4 in March/April (4.3 – 4.2 – 3.9, 6+), Beasley Media Group-owned WKLB roars back with a May +1.7, enabling “Country 102.5” to cross the five-share mark (5.6, ninth to fifth, 6+). A collective +1.9 in five straight spikes (5.6 – 6.7 – 6.9 – 7.0 – 7.3 – 7.5, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WXKS-FM “Kiss 108” continues in the runner-up slot. “Kiss” had a March-only visit at #1. By gaining one-tenth to 1.9 (#18 to #17, 6+), co-owned country WBWL “101.7 The Bull” snaps three straight down or flat trends that accounted for a loss of six-tenths (2.4 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 1.8, 6+). Over and above being +2.4 via three straight bumps (5.2 – 6.3 – 7.5 – 7.6, 6+), cluster-mate WZLX “100.7 Boston’s Classic Rock” repeats at #1. WZLX had been -.5 (“Holiday” 2019); +.7 (January 2020); and -.5 (February). “Holiday” 2019’s 5.0 was the lowest 6+-stat for “Boston’s Classic Rock” since July 2018 (4.8). Dropping six-tenths in May are Entercom hot AC WWBX “Mix 104.1” (2.8, #12 to #13, 6+) and iHeartMedia urban AC WKAF “97.7 The Beat of Boston” (1.4, #17 to #19, 6+). “Mix” was up three-tenths in March/April (3.1 – 3.2 – 3.4, 6+), while WKAF netted nine-tenths in four consecutive reports without a loss (1.1 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.6 – 2.0, 6+). Following its +2.1 in January/February (6.2 – 8.1 – 8.3, 6+), Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies WROR “105.7 – 80s & More” is -2.2 in three straight subsequent losses (8.3 – 7.0 – 6.6 – 6.1, flat at #3, 6+). A combined -2.3 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (8.5 – 8.1 – 6.2, 6+), WROR held or shared the lead in January, February, and March. It was the market leader nine survey periods in a row, before segueing to second in “Holiday” 2019. Unchanged in sixth-place, Entercom-owned adult contemporary WMJX “Magic 106.7 – Today’s Hits/Yesterday’s Favorites” is an overall -1.4 in three straight drops (6.2 – 5.6 – 4.9 – 4.8, 6+). “Magic” rebounded from January’s -9.5 (15.2 – 5.7, 6+) with a February gain of one-half share. Setting the pace 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+).

Miami

Spoken-Word Formats – Continuing its alternating down/up pattern that began in December 2019 and including May’s increase of four-tenths (2.5 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 1.9 – 2.0 – 1.6 – 2.0, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WIOD “News Radio 610 Miami’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” rises from #22 to #21.

After losing half (-.7) its 6+ AQH share in five straight down or flat moves (1.4 – 1.3 – 1.1 – .9 – .7 – .7, 6+), Entercom-owned WQAM “560 The Joe” is up three-tenths in April/May (.7 – .8 – 1.0, flat at #26, 6+). Co-owned WAXY “Sports Talk 790 The Ticket,” which lost half (-.4) its 6+ AQH share in three straight slips (.8 – .7 – .6 – .4, 6+), ends the slide with a +.1 to .5 (steady at #28, 6+).

Three straight improvements by WLRN yielded a collective +1.7 (2.0 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.7, 6+) but the Dade County School Board public radio news/talk station is off three-tenths in April/May (3.7 – 3.6 – 3.4, 6+) and repeats at #11.

Meanwhile, Union Radio Network of Florida Spanish news/talk WURN “Actualidad 1040” continues an alternating down/up sequence that includes May’s hefty -1.4 (2.1 – 1.9 – 2.1 – 1.7 – 2.2 – 1.9 – 2.4 – 4.1 – 2.7 (#9 to #14, 6+). Having almost tripled (+1.5) its 6+ AQH share in March/April (.9 – 1.1 – 2.4, 6+), Univision Radio Spanish news/talk WAQI “710 AM Radio Mambi” sputters by three-tenths to 2.1 (#16 to #20, 6+).

Miami Music Formats – Jumping from fourth to third, Spanish Broadcasting Systemowned Spanish contemporary WCMQ “Zeta 92.3” is +1.6 as a result of five straight upticks (4.6 – 4.7 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.8 – 6.2, 6+). In addition to being +1.1 in April/May (6.4 – 6.6 – 7.5, 6+), Cox Media Group urban AC WHQT “Hot 105” marches from second to first. It is thus an April-only stay at #1 for Univision Radio’s Spanish contemporary WAMR “Amor 107.5,” which has April’s positive spike of nine-tenths completely negated and segues from first to third (7.1 – 6.2, -.9, 6+). Crossing the seven-share threshold, “Amor” was +1.3 in March/April (5.8 – 6.2 – 7.1, 6+). Erasing 70% of March/April’s -1.0 (2.2 – 1.8 – 1.2, 6+) with a May increase of seven-tenths to 1.9 (6+), iHeartMedia hot AC WMIA “93.9 MIA” pushes up from #24 to #22. It’s a somewhat similar scenario for Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish contemporary WRMA, which was a combined -.7 in March/April (2.7 – 2.6 – 2.0, 6+), but “Ritmo 95.7” expunges six-tenths of that shortfall (2.6, #19 to #16, 6+). Dropping below a five-share (4.2, 6+) for the first time since last December (4.8, 6+), Entercom classic hits-oldies WMXJ “102.7 The Beach” is -1.4 in April/May (5.6 – 5.2 – 4.2, fifth to seventh, 6+). Following five straight reports without a loss that yielded a +1.1 (3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.4, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rock WBGG “Big 105.9” sputters by six-tenths to 3.8 (flat at #8, 6+). In five consecutive sweeps without an increase, Entercom adult contemporary WLYF “101.5 Lite FM” is an overall -2.7 (7.5 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.4 – 4.9 – 4.8, flat at #6, 6+). Down or flat the fourth time in a row, Univision Radio Spanish tropical WRTO “Mix 98.3” is -1.1 (3.4 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.3 – 2.3, #17 to #18, 6+).

Seattle

Spoken-Word Formats – Not only is Bonneville-owned KIRO-FM on top the third month in a row, “97.3 Seattle’s News/Seattle’s Talk” is a collective +2.4 in three straight bumps (4.8 – 6.0 – 6.9 – 7.2, 6+). KIRO-FM was +1.1 in January and -1.2 in February. News/talk cluster-mate KTTH “Conservative Talk Radio,” which was +1.2 via five consecutive up or flat moves (1.6 – 1.8 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.6 – 2.8, 6+), drops three-tenths to 2.5 (#18 to #19, 6+). In March, Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned KVI posted a 1.1 (#22, 6+) but “Talk Radio 570” is unlisted the second straight month.

Down one-half share in April (2.6 – 2.1, 6+), Bonneville sports talk KIRO-AM “ESPN 710” answers with an April +.1 to 2.2 (6+) and repeats at #21. After losing more than two-thirds (-1.3) of its 6+ AQH share in three straight downturns (1.9 – 1.4 – .9 – .6, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KJR-AM “Seattle’s Sports Radio 950” curtails the skid with a +.4 to 1.0 (#26 to #25, 6+).

Three straight gains by KOMO more than doubled (+2.8) its 6+ AQH stat (2.6 – 3.2 – 4.1 – 5.4, 6+), but the Sinclair Broadcast Group all-news facility drops one-half share in back-to-back reports (5.4 – 4.9 – 4.4, seventh to eighth, 6+).

Shifting from fourth to fifth, Northwest Public Radio news/talk KUOW is off nine-tenths in April/May (5.5 – 5.4 – 4.6, 6+). KUOW was -.8 (“Holiday” 2019); -.7 (February); and +.7 (March).

Seattle Music Formats – One-half share improvements are posted by iHeartMedia-owned KZOK “102.5 Seattle’s Classic Rock Station” (unchanged at #2); Entercom’s KISW “99.9 The Rock of Seattle” (4.6, tenth to fifth, 6+); and Crista Ministries contemporary Christian KCMS-FM “Spirit 105.3” (2.8, #19 to #18, 6+). As a result of four successive positive or neutral moves, KZOK is an overall +2.1 (4.5 – 5.1 – 5.1 – 6.1 – 6.6, 6+). KISW had been without an increase the past three sweeps for a net loss of eight-tenths (4.9 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.1, 6+). Meanwhile, “Spirit” regains the half-share it lost in March/April (2.8 – 2.5 – 2.3, 6+). Without an increase the past four reports for a -5.5 (9.2 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 4.9 – 3.7, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting adult contemporary KRWM applies the brakes with a May gain of two-tenths to 3.9 (#12 to #11, 6+). “Warm 106.9” was on top in December 2019 and “Holiday” 2019. Having more than doubled (+2.2) its 6+ AQH share in four straight boosts (1.9 – 3.0 – 3.2 – 3.7 – 4.1, 6+), Friends of 88.5 FM-owned KNKX “Your Connection To Jazz, Blues, & NPR News” has that windfall sliced in half and fades from the top ten (3.0, -1.1, #10 to #17, 6+). A combined +1.7 in March/April (3.1 – 4.2 – 4.8, 6+), Classic Radio classical KING forfeits seven-tenths to 4.1 (eighth to tenth, 6+). Through six straight positive or neutral sweeps, Entercom alternative KNDD reached the five-share level and was an overall +2.0 (3.0 – 3.5 – 3.7 – 4.3 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 5.0, 6+), but “107.7 The End” falters by six-tenths in May to 4.4 (sixth to eighth, 6+).

Detroit

Spoken-Word Formats – An overall +3.2 though four successive spikes including April’s +1.9 (1.6 – 2.4 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 4.8, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WJR “News Talk 760” surrenders seven-tenths to 4.1 (6+) and drifts from fourth to ninth.

Following a March gain of four-tenths (4.4 – 4.8, 6+), Entercom sports talk WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” is -1.0 in April/May and departs the top ten (4.8 – 3.9 – 3.8, #10 to #12,  6+). “The Ticket” was +1.1 in January and -1.7 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.5 – 4.8 – 3.8, 6+).

Four successive improvements by co-owned WWJ resulted in a collective +2.5 (3.9 – 4.3 – 4.8 – 5.8 – 6.4, 6+), but “News Radio 950” forfeits seven-tenths to 5.7 (6+) and segues from a first-place tie to second. In April 2020, WWJ hit the six-share mark (6.4, 6+) for the first time since May 2019 (6.2, 6+).

Having more than doubled (+1.6) its 6+ AQH share in five successive increases and reaching the three-share level (1.4 – 1.5 – 1.9 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 3.0, 6+), Wayne State University news/talk WDET relinquishes one-half share to 2.5 (#16 to #19, 6+). After logging three consecutive increases that produced a +1.0 (1.3 – 1.7 – 2.0 – 2.3, 6+), Michigan Public Media news/talk WUOM is off seven-tenths in April/May (2.3 – 1.7 – 1.6, #22 to #21, 6+).

Detroit Music Formats – The market’s (6+) country share swells by +1.6, nearly equally divided between Cumulus Media’s WDRQ “Detroit’s New Country 93.1” (3.0 – 3.9, +.9, #16 to #11, 6+) and Entercom-owned WYCD “99.5 Detroit’s Country” (3.7 – 4.4, +.7, #12 to #6, 6+). WDRQ posts its third straight gain for a +1.9 (2.0 – 2.6 – 3.0 – 3.9), while WYCD is without a loss the third time in a row (3.7 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.4, 6+). An overall -1.5 via three straight decreases (4.3 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 2.8, 6+), Cumulus Media hot AC WDVD “96.3 Today’s Best Music” halts the slide with a gain of six-tenths (3.4, #18 to #14, 6+). In April, The Motor City’s adult contemporary share deflated by -2.0, but it’s up one-half share in May; in the process, two negative streaks are halted. Four straight drops by iHeartMedia’s WNIC resulted in a -11.0 (14.8 – 6.3 – 5.9 – 4.8 – 3.8, 6+), but “100.3 The Best Variety of the 80s, 90s, & Today” pulls the plug with a +.4 to 4.2 (6+) and returns to the top ten (#11 to #8). WNIC was +9.2 through five successive gains (5.6 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.2 – 9.5 – 14.8, 6+) and its 17.9 in “Holiday” 2018 is the largest 6+ AQH share by any Detroit station in the PPM-era. Meanwhile, Entercom-owned/similarly-formatted WDZH “98.7 The Breeze,” which was an overall -2.3 via four consecutive down or flat reports (4.9 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 3.6 – 2.6, 6+), picks up one-tenth to 2.7 (#19 to #18, 6+). Albeit down three-tenths to 6.1 (6+), iHeartMedia urban AC WMXD repeats at #1. This time last month, “Mix 92.3” notched a +1.1 to 6.4 (6+), propelling it from fourth to a first-place deadlock with Entercom’s news-formatted WWJ (see above). April’s 6.4 was the best 6+-showing for “Mix” since June 2019 (6.9). A combined +1.6 in March/April (3.0 – 3.6 – 4.6, 6+), Radio One’s similarly-formatted WDMK-FM “105.9 Kiss-FM” surrenders half that windfall and fades from the top ten (3.8, -.8, #6 to #12, 6+). Entering the March sweep, “Kiss” was off three-tenths in three down or flat moves in a row (3.3 – 3.3 – 3.1 – 3.0, 6+). Co-owned gospel WDMK-HD2 more than doubled (+1.0) its 6+ AQH share in four straight sweeps without a loss (.8 – .9 – 1.0 – 1.3 – 1.8, 6+), but falters by four-tenths to 1.4 (#21 to #22, 6+). Flat at #9, Entercom classic hits-oldies WOMC is an overall -2.0 in four consecutive slips (6.1 – 5.6 – 4.9 – 4.2 – 4.1, 6+). “Detroit’s Greatest Hits” was +.5 (December); -1.5 (“Holiday” 2019); and +1.4 (January 2020).

Phoenix

Spoken-Word Formats – In seven straight positive or neutral ratings periods, iHeartMedia’s KFYI “News Talk 550” has nearly doubled (+2.3) its 6+ AQH share (2.5 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 4.7 – 4.8, eighth to sixth, 6+). A combined +2.3 in March/April (3.8 – 4.6 – 6.1, 6+), Bonneville news/talk KTAR-FM erodes by -1.5 in May to 4.6 (third to seventh, 6+).

Returning to the top twenty (#21 to #18), Bonneville sports talk KMVP-FM “98.7 Arizona Sports” has a “Holiday” 2019 through May 2020 topline of 2.0 – 2.0 – 1.9 – 2.0 – 1.9 – 2.2 (6+).

After dropping one-tenth in back-to-back reports (3.6 – 3.5 – 3.4, 6+), Maricopa County Community College news/talk KJZZ responds with a May increase of eight-tenths to 4.2 (#11 to #10, 6+).

Phoenix Music Formats – Included in a four-way logjam at #19 are hot AC rivals iHeartMedia-owned KMXP “Mix 96.9” (#17 to #19) and Riviera’s KMVA “Hot” (2.0, #26 to #19, 6+). This is the fourth straight decline for “Mix,” which is -2.2 in that stretch (4.2 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.4 – 2.0, 6+). “Hot” lost more than half (-1.6) its 6+ AQH share in March/April (2.8 – 2.0 – 1.2, 6+), but recaptures the eight-tenths it surrendered  in April. Six-tenths increases are recorded by Hubbard Broadcasting’s KSLX “Classic Rock 100.7” (fourth to second) and Entercom’s KMLE “Country 107.9” (2.7, #18 to #17, 6+). Off one-half share in February/March (5.5 – 5.2 – 5.0, 6+), KSLX is +1.4 in April/May (5.0 – 5.8 – 6.4, 6+). KMLE had a net loss of nine-tenths in three consecutive sweeps without an increase (3.0 – 3.0 – 2.6 – 2.1, 6+). Off six-tenths via three successive down or flat trends (3.1 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.5, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting alternative KDKB “Alt AZ 93.3” logs a half-share gain to 3.0 (#16 to #15, 6+). Continuing in ninth-place, co-owned KUPD “Arizona’s Real Rock” is a cumulative +1.3 through three straight bumps (3.2 – 3.5 – 4.2 – 4.5, 6+). Four successive improvements by Chavez Radio Group regional Mexican KNAI “Radio Campesina” yield a +1.3 (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 2.8 – 3.2, #14 to #13, 6+). Despite being a combined -1.5 in April/May (8.3 – 7.3 – 6.8, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ is #1 the 12th consecutive time. Leading up to 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. Eroding by nine-tenths are Entercom classic hits-oldies KOOL (second to fourth) and Entravision regional Mexican KLNZ “La Tricolor 103.5” (4.6, fifth to seventh, 6+). Following three increases in a row that netted a +1.4 (5.8 – 6.5 – 7.1 – 7.2, 6+), KOOL falters by nine-tenths the second time in a row (7.2 – 6.3 – 5.4, 6+). Crossing the five-share level, KLNZ was +3.7 through four successive increases (1.8 – 2.4 – 3.8 – 4.5 – 5.5, 6+). Similarly-formatted/Univision Radio-owned KHOT “Que Buena 105.9,” which picked up nine-tenths in April (3.3 – 4.2, 6+), surrenders seven-tenths in May and departs the top ten (3.5, #9 to #11, 6+). As it entered the March sweep, KHOT was +1.5 via five straight increases (2.2 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.7, 6+). Having lost roughly 59% (-1.9) of its 6+ AQH share in three straight declines (3.2 – 2.8 – 1.9 – 1.3, 6+), Family Life Communications contemporary Christian KFLR “Family Life Radio” drifts from the top twenty (#19 to #26).

Minneapolis

Note: The final day of the May sweep was May 20, five days before the May 25th killing of George Floyd.

Spoken-Word Formats – Flat at 5.6 (6+), Entercom-owned WCCO nonetheless slides from fifth to seventh. “News Radio 830” was +1.0 in March and April (3.6 – 4.6 – 5.6, 6+). Off one-tenth each are iHeartMedia’s KTLK “Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130” (2.7 – 2.6, #14 to #15, 6+) and Hubbard Broadcasting news/talk KTMY “My Talk 107.1” (2.4 – 2.3, #17 to #16, 6+).

In three consecutive downturns, iHeartMedia’s KFXN was -2.9 (8.4 – 6.8 – 5.9 – 5.5, 6+), but “Sports Radio 100.3 K-Fan” applies the brakes with a +.4 to 5.9 (sixth to fifth, 6+). KFXN had a December-only stay at #1. Flat at #22, Hubbard Broadcasting sports talk KSTP-AM “ESPN 1500” is down or flat the fourth straight time for a net loss of three-tenths, (.8 – .7 – .5 – .5 – .5, 6+).

Following four successive increases that led to a collective +2.5 (5.7 – 6.3 – 7.0 – 8.1 – 8.2, 6+), Minnesota Public Radio news/talk KNOW plummets by -1.6 to 6.6 (first to second, 6+).

Minneapolis Music Formats – A combined -1.3 in March/April (3.8 – 3.4 – 2.5, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned hot AC KTCZ “Cities 97.1” roars back with a +1.2 in May (3.7, #15 to #13, 6+). Prior to March, KTCZ gained two-tenths through three straight up or flat sweeps (3.6 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 3.8, 6+). Meanwhile, Hubbard Broadcasting’s similarly-formatted KSTP-FM “KS-95” is off eight-tenths in four straight sweeps without an increase (8.2 – 8.1 – 7.9 – 7.4 – 7.4, 6+) yet progresses from second to first. Having occupied the lead position in January and February, KSTP-FM dropped 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. It was +1.1 (August 2019); -1.6 (“Holiday’ 2019); +2.4 (January 2020); and -.5 (April). Jumping from seventh to fourth, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KQQL “Kool 108” was +.6 in February/March (5.4 – 5.8 – 6.0, 6+); -.6 in April (6.0 – 5.4, 6+); and now +1.0 in May (5.4 – 6.4, 6+). Adding a +.9 to April’s increase of one-tenth (2.4- 2.5 – 3.4, #15 to #14, 6+), Entercom’s country-formatted KMNB “102.9 The Wolf” has its best 6+-showing since last October (3.4, as well). In three straight spikes, Minnesota Public Radio triple A KCMP “89.3 The Current” essentially doubles (+2.4) its 6+ AQH share (2.5 – 2.6 – 4.3 – 4.9, unchanged at #10, 6+). Improving by one-half share are Cumulus Media rocker KXXR “93-X” (5.9, eighth to fifth, 6+) and iHeartMedia CHR KDWB “The Twin Cities’ #1 Hit Music Station” (4.0, steady at #12, 6+). KDWB had been -1.5 via three straight drops (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 3.5, 6+); “93-X” was down six-tenths in March/April (6.0 – 5.5 – 5.4, 6+). Spiraling by -1.0 are University of Northwestern St. Paul contemporary Christian KTIS-FM “Always Uplifting” (fourth to eighth) and Minnesota Public Radio classical KSJN (2.0, #13 to #18). In three consecutive slips, KTIS-FM is -1.8 (7.2 – 6.5 – 6.4 – 5.4, 6+) and drops below a six-share (5.4) for the first time since last August’s 5.5. KSJN had been without a loss the past five reports for a collective gain of nine-tenths and reached the three-share level (2.1 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 3.0, 6+). Immediately after notching a +.9 to 7.1 (6+), Cumulus Media-owned KQRS “Minnesota’s Classic Rock” falters by one-half share (6.6, 6+) yet advances from third to a second-place tie.

San Diego

Spoken-Word Formats – An overall +2.8 via three straight spikes (3.8 – 4.5 – 5.5 – 6.6, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KOGO “News Radio 600” has that bonanza carved in half (5.2, -1.4, second to fifth, 6+). Its recent (6+) shifts include: -.7 (September); +.7 (October); -.9 (January 2020); +1.1 (April); and -1.4 (May). After logging a +1.3 in March/April (1.9 – 2.4 – 3.2, 6+), iHeartMedia Los Angeles news/talk KFI “AM 640” drops four-tenths to 2.8 (#12 to #15, 6+). Off three-tenths in March/April (2.2 – 2.1 – 1.9, 6+), Local Media of San Diego news/talk KFMB-AM “AM 760” adds four-tenths to 2.3 (6+), yet backslides from a tie at #18 to #19.

By gaining two-tenths to 1.3 (flat at #21, 6+), Entercom-owned sports talk KWFN “97.3 The Fan” suspends three straight slips that accounted for a -1.4 or 56% loss of its 6+ AQH share (2.5 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.1, 6+). Off six-tenths in four straight down or flat moves (1.5 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0 – .9 – .9, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KLSD “Fox Sports 1360 San Diego’s Sports Station” remains at #23.

Four upticks in succession netted KPBS a +3.7 (4.8 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.9 – 8.5, 6+), but that boon is trimmed by -1.4 to 7.1 (6); nonetheless, the San Diego State University-owned news/talk station continues at #1.

San Diego Music Formats – As a result of three straight bumps, Entercom-owned KSON “San Diego’s #1 New Country” is +2.1 and leaps from eighth to second (3.8 – 4.0 – 4.5 – 5.9, 6+). Gains of seven-tenths are logged by Local Media of San Diego CHR, adult hits, and alternative siblings XHTZ “Z-90.3 Today’s Hit Music” (#15 to #10); KFBG “Big FM 100.7” (#16 to #12); and XTRA “91-X” (#18 to #17). “Z-90.3” is up seven-tenths in April/May (2.8 – 2.8 – 3.5, 6+). Formerly KFMB-FM, “Big FM” is +1.1 in three jumps in a row (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.6 – 3.3, 6+). Directly prior to surrendering six-tenths in the April sweep, “91-X” logged three straight up or flat trends for a +1.0 (1.5 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.5, 6+). Three consecutive dips by Entercom classic hits-oldies KXSN resulted in a -2.1 (7.0 – 6.5 – 6.0 – 4.9, 6+) but “Sunny 98.1 San Diego’s Greatest Hits” answers with a half-share increase to 5.4 (fifth to third, 6+). KXSN had a January-only stay at #1 and was +1.2 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (5.8 – 6.2 – 7.0, 6+). Co-owned adult contemporary KYXY, however, plummets by -1.4 and fades from the top ten (4.7 – 3.3, #7 to #12, 6+), slipping below a four share for the first time since last November’s 3.7. Following three drops in a row for a collective -2.0 (5.3 – 4.4 – 4.0 – 3.3, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR KHTS “Channel 93.3” ends the slide with a +.2 to 3.5 (#11 to #10, 6+). Although it backslides from #13 to #14, co-owned KIOZ “Rock 105.3” is without a loss the fifth time in a row for a +1.3 (1.8 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 3.0 – 3.1, 6+). After more than doubling (+2.5) its 6+ AQH share in four consecutive increases (2.4 – 2.6 – 3.1 – 3.7 – 4.9, 6+), UniRadio regional Mexican XHTY “Invasora 99.7” surrenders 40% of that increase (3.9, -1.0, fifth to ninth, 6+). A combined -2.3 in April/May (7.2 – 5.4 – 4.9, 6+), iHeartMedia hot AC KMYI “Star 94.1” drops from fourth to sixth. On top in February and March, “Star” posted a January 2020 +1.8 and gained one-half share in March. As a result of three successive sweeps without an increase, Imagen Spanish contemporary XLTN was an overall -1.3 (3.5 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.2, #19, 6+) but “Radio 104.5 Radio Latina” is unlisted the second month in a row.

Tampa

Spoken-Word Formats – A combined +1.6 in March/April (3.0 – 3.9 – 4.6, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WFLA “970 Tampa Bay’s News Radio” relinquishes 75% of the windfall and fades from the top ten (3.4, -1.2, #5 to #14, 6+). Down one-half share in April/May (3.2 – 3.1 – 2.7, 6+), Cox Media Group news/talk WHPT “102.5 The Bone – Real, Raw, Radio” falls from #15 to #16.

Also off one-half share in April/May is iHeartMedia-owned sports talk WDAE “620 Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” (1.9 – 1.5 – 1.4, #19 to #20, 6+).

Following eight consecutive sweeps without a loss for a collective +2.4 (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 -.8 in April/May (4.1 – 3.9 – 3.3, #10 to #15, 6+).

Tampa Music Formats – Tampa Bay’s adult contemporary (6+) share balloons by +2.0 as Cox Media Group’s WDUV “Lite Favorites” (7.8, 6+) and WWRM “Magic 94.9” (4.0, #14 to #10, 6+) improve by +1.2 and +.8, respectively. After having a co-leader in April, WDUV remains by itself at #1; it’s the 94th time in succession that “Lite Favorites” is the pacesetter. May’s +1.2 suspends four straight downturns that accounted for a -4.6 (11.2 – 9.9 – 9.7 – 9.4 – 6.6, 6+). Conversely, January’s decrease halted three straight improvements that led to a +3.3 (7.9 – 8.6 – 9.8 – 11.2, 6+). Meanwhile, after being up one-tenth in March (4.3 – 4.4, 6+), “Magic 94.9” plummeted by -1.2 in April to 3.2 (6+). The station that managed to catch WDUV in April – Radio Training Network contemporary Christian WCIE “The Joy FM” – regresses by eight-tenths (6.6 – 5.8, first-place tie to third, 6+). A combined -1.1 in February/March (7.2 – 6.9 – 6.1, 6+), WCIE gained one-half share in April. Immediately prior to February, WCIE netted a +2.0 through four successive increases (5.2 – 5.3 – 5.8 – 6.0 – 7.2, 6+). In addition to “Lite Favorites,” iHeartMedia CHR WFLZ “93.3 FLZ – Tampa Bay’s #1 Hit Music Station” notches a May +1.2 (#15 to #7) and records a four-share (4.3, 6+) for the first time since last October (4.2). WFLZ had been trending 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 3.1 (January 2020 – April 2020, 6+). The five 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+); and now +.7 in May (5.8 – 6.5, third to second, 6+). In an alternating up/down sequence which includes May’s +.5 (4.8 – 4.9 – 4.5 – 5.0, 6+), iHeartMedia hot AC WMTX “Mix 100.7” advances from seventh to fifth. Beasley Media Group rhythmic CHR WLLD “Wild 94.1” added one-half share in March (3.6 – 4.1, 6+); forfeited eight-tenths in April (4.1 – 3.3, 6+); and is now up one-half share in May (3.8, steady at #13, 6+). By notching a +.2 in February, WLLD ended four consecutive sweeps without an increase that resulted in a -1.5 (4.9 – 4.3 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 3.4, 6+). Its internet stream adds one-half share as well (.1 – .6, #25, 6+). Spanish contemporary sibling WYUU “92.5 Maxima,” which was off one-half share in March and up seven-tenths in April, drops six-tenths in May (3.0 – 2.4, steady at #17, 6+). It’s a similar up/down pattern for iHeartMedia’s WFUS “US-103.5 Tampa Bay’s #1 for New Country,” which was down seven-tenths in February/March (4.8 – 4.5 – 4.1, 6+); answered with a +1.5 in April (4.1 – 5.6, 6+); and loses one-half share in May to 5.1 (6+) but continues in fourth-place.

Denver

Spoken-Word Formats – On the heels of April’s +1.2 (3.4 – 4.6, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KDFD “Freedom 93.7 – Real News, Real Talk” regresses by four-tenths to 4.2 (sixth to seventh, 6+). KDFD was a combined +1.1 in January/February (2.5 – 3.3 – 3.6, 6+). Up seven-tenths via three straight gains (1.4 – 1.6 – 1.9 – 2.1, 6+), news/talk cluster-mate KOA “Colorado’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” is off four-tenths as well (1.7, #18 to #19, 6+). A combined +.6 in February/March (1.0 – 1.4 – 1.6, 6+), co-owned KHOW “Talk Radio 630” loses one-half share in April/May (1.6 – 1.4 – 1.1, #21 to #25, 6+).

In three straight drops, Bonneville-owned KKFN was -1.0 (3.1 – 2.7 – 2.4 – 2.1, 6+), but “Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan” neutralizes the deficit with a +1.0 to 3.1 (#18 to #14, 6+). Down or flat the past three reports for a net loss of four-tenths (.9 – .9 – .8 – .5, 6+), KSE Radio Ventures-owned KKSE-FM “Attitude Sports Radio 92.5” curtails the skid with a +.1 to .6 (#30 to #29, 6+).

A whopping +2.6 in March/April (5.2 – 6.3 – 7.8, 6+), Colorado Public Radio news/talk KCFR plunges by -2.1 to 5.7 (first to second, 6+). Its recent shifts include: -1.6 (June 2019); +1.0 (December); -1.5 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.1 (March 2020); +1.5 (April); and now -2.1 (May). After sputtering by six-tenths in April, Community Radio for Northern Colorado news/talk KUNC rebounds with a half-share improvement (.3 – .8 #31 to #27, 6+).

Denver Music Formats – Off the past three sweeps for a collective -1.9 (4.8 – 4.6 – 3.9 – 2.9,  6+), KSE Radio Ventures-owned classic hits-oldies KXKL “Kool 105 Denver’s Greatest Hits” ends the slide with emphasis (+1.1) and reenters the top ten (4.0, #13 to #10, 6+). In a comparable case, iHeartMedia’s KPTT was without an increase the past three survey periods resulting in a -2.0 (4.2 – 3.8 – 3.5 – 2.2, 6+), but “95.7 The Party” responds with a +.8 to 3.0 (#17 to #15). Boosting by six-tenths are Bonneville adult contemporary KOSI “Real-Music-Variety” (3.7 – 4.3, ninth to sixth, 6+) and KSE Radio Ventures’ hot AC KIMN “Mix 100.3” (4.2, tenth to seventh, 6+). After gaining two-tenths in March (4.1 – 4.3, 6+), KOSI forfeited six-tenths in April. Directly in advance of dropping one-half share in April to 3.6 (6+), “Mix” had been within 4.0 – 4.4 range (6+) the previous seven sweeps (4.4 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 4.2 – 4.3, 6+). It’s been back-to-back irony for KYGO. In April, despite being +3.3 through four consecutive positive spikes (4.3 – 5.3 – 5.4 – 6.3 – 7.6, 6+), the Bonneville country outlet shifted from a first-place March deadlock at #1 to the runner-up slot. Now in May, even though KYGO is down one-tenth to (7.5), it proceeds from second to first. Down seven-tenths in April/May (3.3 – 3.2 – 2.6, 6+), Entravision regional Mexican KXPK “La Tricolor” falls from #12 to #17 with its lowest 6+-stat since last August (2.6, as well). Through four straight sweeps without a loss, Entercom’s KEZW more than doubled (+1.0) its 6+ AQH share (.6 – .6 – .8 – .9 – 1.6, 6+), but “EZ 1430 Timeless Music” falters by four-tenths to 1.2 (6+) and exits the top twenty (#20 to #23).

Baltimore

Spoken-Word Formats – One of the longest positive streaks is halted as Hearst Television-owned WBAL regresses by -1.1 (4.9, third to sixth, 6+). Entering this sweep, “News Radio – Expect More” logged ten successive upticks since July for an overall +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+). A cumulative +1.8 via four straight increases (2.3 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.7 – 4.1, 6+), independent news/talk WCBM “680 Stimulating Talk – Breaking News” has its string snapped as well (4.0, -.1, flat at #10, 6+). After dropping one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.6 – .5 – .4, 6+), Cumulus Media Washington, DC news/talk WMAL recaptures the loss (.6, +.2, #25 to #22, 6+).

By gaining four-tenths to 3.5 (#11 to #12, 6+), Entercom sports talk WJZ-FM “105.7 The Fan” suspends 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 quadruples (+1.3) its 6+ AQH share (.5 – .6 – .9 – 1.1 – 1.7 – 1.8, #17 to #15, 6+).

Three improvements in succession by Your Public Radio news/talk WYPR resulted in +2.8 (2.9 – 4.3 – 4.5 – 5.7, 6+), but “88.1 Your NPR News Station” is -1.0 in April/May (5.7 – 5.5 – 4.7, fifth to seventh, 6+). After doubling its 6+ AQH share through four consecutive sweeps without a loss (.4 – .5 – .5 – .8 – .8, 6+), American University-owned news/talk WAMU drops one-tenth to .7 (#19 to #20, 6+).

Baltimore Music Formats – Not only is Radio One urban AC WWIN-FM #1 the fifth time in a row, “Magic 95.9” is +2.6 in April/May (7.9 – 9.3 – 10.5, 6+). Furthermore, it reaches double-digits (10.5, 6+) for the first time in more than two years (April 2018, 10.3, 6+). WWIN-FM was dislodged from the top spot in “Holiday” 2019, after seven successive months there. “Magic” was -.8 (October); -.9 (December); +1.0 (January 2020); -.6 (February); +1.4 (April); and now +1.2 (May). Notching a May +1.2 as well is iHeartMedia’s WPOC “93.1 Today’s Best Country” (4.4 – 5.6, ninth to fourth, 6+). Trending 6.2 – 5.8 – 6.2 (January – February – March, 6+), WPOC spiraled by -1.8 in April. Having plummeted by -1.5 in April (4.4 – 2.9, 6+), Entercom’s WWMX “Mix 106.5” erases roughly half the deficit with a May increase of seven-tenths to 3.6 (#12 to #11, 6+). Immediately prior, “Mix” was a collective +1.1 via three straight boosts (3.3 – 3.6 – 4.1 – 4.4, 6+). Up seven-tenths in April/May (5.0 – 5.2 – 5.7, 6+), Hearst Television’s WIYY “98 Rock” leaps from seventh to third. Locked on 1.4 (6+) in February and March and (after a +1.2) on 2.6 (6+) in April and May, Baltimore City Community College’s WBJC “Maryland’s Classical Music Station” repeats at #13. Slipping from sixth to ninth, Entercom adult contemporary WLIF is a collective -3.1 in three drops in succession (7.5 – 6.3 – 5.3 – 4.4, 6+). “Today’s 101.9” had a “Holiday” 2019-only stay at #1. WLIF was +10.1 (December/“Holiday” 2019, 6+); -9.5 (January 2020, 6+); +1.0 (February, 6+); -1.2 (March); -1.0 (April); and -.9 (May). Off three-tenths in March (2.0 – 1.7, 6+) and then +.6 in April (1.7 – 2.3, 6+), University of Maryland’s WEAA “Your Source For Cool Jazz” relinquishes April’s increase in its entirety (2.3 – 1.7, -.6, #14 to #16, 6+). A collective +2.1 via four sweeps in succession without a loss (3.8 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 5.2 – 5.9, 6+), Shamrock Communications classic rock WZBA “100.7 The Bay” dips four-tenths to 5.5 (fourth to fifth, 6+). This is the 23rd 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 – A combined +1.8 in March/April (5.1 – 5.4 – 6.9, 6+), Entercom news/talk KMOX “The Voice of St. Louis” surrenders a -1.0 to 5.9 (third to fifth, 6+). After logging four straight upticks for a +3.8 (2.7 – 4.0 – 4.6 – 5.5 – 6.5, 6+), co-owned KFTK “FM News Talk 97.1” craters by -1.6 to 4.9 (fourth to seventh, 6+).

As a result of four straight decreases (4.6 – 4.3 – 3.4 – 2.5 – 2.2, #17 to #18, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WXOS “101 Sports” has seen its 6+ AQH share vaporize by roughly 52% (-2.4). WXOS was -.9 (December/“Holiday” 2019) and +.6 (January 2020). 2

Four consecutive decreases by University of Missouri news/talk KWMU have resulted in a -1.9 (4.2 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 2.8 – 2.3, #15 to #17, 6+).

St. Louis Music Formats – In a major turnaround, KEZK “The Best Mix of the 80s and Today” dials up a +1.9 to 4.9 (6+) and reenters the top ten (#14 to #7, 6+). The Entercom adult contemporary facility was a cumulative -11.2 (representing a nearly 80% loss of its 6+ AQH share) through four straight downturns (14.2 – 6.1 – 5.7 – 5.3 – 3.0, 6+). Continuing in the runner-up slot, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KLOU “The Best Variety of the 70s, 80s, and 90s” is +2.7 in five consecutive positive or neutral reports and traverses the eight-share level (5.5 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 6.6 – 7.2 – 8.2, 6+). Positives continue for Hubbard Broadcasting’s KSHE “95 Real Rock Radio,” which is #1 the fifth month in succession and +3.1 in April/May (10.6 – 12.9 – 13.7, 6+). Its 13.7 is its strongest-ever performance in the PPM-era, eclipsing the previous record of 12.9 set … this time last month. After eight consecutive months on top, KSHE segued to the runner-up slot in “Holiday” 2019. “Holiday” 2019’s -1.1 interrupted four consecutive improvements that resulted in a +2.2 (8.6 – 9.3 – 9.5 – 9.8 – 10.8, 6+). KSHE was +1.0 (November 2019); -1.1 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.5 (January 2020); +2.3 (April); and +.8 (May). After gaining one-tenth in February/March (1.3 – 1.3 – 1.4, 6+) and surrendering six-tenths in April, iHeartMedia alternative KLLT “Alt 104.9” picks up one-half share in May (.8 – 1.3, #20 to #19, 6+). Without an increase four reports in a row for a -1.1 (5.1 – 4.8 – 4.2 – 4.0 – 4.0, 6+), Radio One-owned urban contemporary WHHL regained seven-tenths in April, but “Hot 104.1” surrenders six-tenths in May (4.7 – 4.1, #10 to #12, 6+). Co-owned urban AC WFUN “95.5 R&B For The Lou,” which was a collective +2.6 in five bumps in a row (3.9 – 4.4 – 5.0 – 5.4 – 5.7 – 6.5, 6+), sputters by two-tenths to 6.3 (flat at #4, 6+). WFUN lost four-tenths in November/December (4.3 – 4.1 – 3.9, 6+). Up nine-tenths in January/February (4.5 – 5.1 – 5.4, 6+), Entercom hot AC KYKY “Y-98” is -2.1 in three straight down or flat moves (5.4 – 4.9 – 3.2 – 3.2, #13 to #14, 6+).

May 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round One

| June 9, 2020

May 2020 PPM Data – Information for the May 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 May 2020 survey period covered April 23 – May 20. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM-markets below.

New York City

Spoken-Word Formats – Forfeiting roughly half of April’s +1.1 (3.0 – 2.4, -.6, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” tumbles from #12 to #16. Despite tacking on one-tenth to April’s improvement of two-tenths (1.3 – 1.5 – 1.6, 6+), Red Apple Media news/talk WABC slips from #20 to #21. Without an increase the past five sweeps for an overall loss of three-tenths (1.1 – 1.0 – .9 – .9 – .9 – .8, 6+), Townsquare Media’s WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” ends the slide with a one-tenth boost to .9 (#27 to #26, 6+).

As a result of three straight decreases, WFAN-FM lost approximately 54% (-1.7) of its 6+ AQH share (3.1 – 2.3 – 1.9 – 1.4, 6+); however, the Entercom sports talker picks up three-tenths to 1.7 (6+) and returns to the top twenty (#21 to #20). Just one-tenth behind WFAN-FM is similarly-formatted WEPN-FM “98.7 ESPN New York,” which is up four-tenths to 1.6 (#22 to #21, 6+). WEPN-FM had surrendered nine-tenths in three straight downturns (2.1 – 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.2, (1.5 – 1.2, 6+).

An overall +2.2 via three successive increases including April’s +1.0 (3.5 – 3.6 – 4.7 – 5.7, 6+), Entercom-owned WINS slips eight-tenths to 4.9 (third to fourth, 6+). Co-owned WCBS-AM, which logged back-to-back gains of one-half share (2.4 – 2.9 – 3.4, 6+), drops three-tenths to 3.1 (6+) and exits the top ten (#9 to #12).

Having more than doubled (+2.7) its 6+ AQH share through four straight increases to reach the five-share level (2.4 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 4.0 – 5.1, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation public radio news/talk WNYC-FM spirals by -1.8 to 3.3 (sixth to eighth, 6+). Co-owned public radio news/talk WNYC-AM, which added one-half share in April to cross the one-share threshold, drops four-tenths (1.1 – .7, #25 to #28, 6+).

New York City Music Formats – Not only is Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WSKQ an overall +2.8 via three straight bumps (5.9 – 6.5 – 7.7 – 8.7, 6+), “Mega 97.9” repeats at #1. WSKQ was off seven-tenths in January/February (6.6 – 6.0 – 5.9, 6+). Co-owned Spanish contemporary WPAT “Amor 93.1” substitutes April’s loss of one-half share (2.8 – 2.3, 6+) with a May improvement of seven-tenths to 3.0 (#16 to #13, 6+). In a very similar situation, iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR WKTU erases April’s one-half share decrease with a +.6 (3.1 – 2.6 – 3.2, 6+) and reenters the top ten (#14 to #10). Meanwhile, Entercom classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits” logs a half-share increase, thus wiping away roughly half of April’s loss of nine-tenths (6.2 – 5.3 – 5.8, fourth to second, 6+). 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+). Radio Vision Cristiana Management Spanish religious WWRV debuts with a .8 (#27, 6+). A collective +1.8 through four straight sweeps without a loss (3.5 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 4.0 – 5.3, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rock WAXQ “Q-104.3” surrenders four-tenths to 4.9 (6+) but continues in fourth-place. Co-owned adult contemporary WLTW has dropped roughly 57% (-7.6) of its 6+ AQH share in five straight declines (13.3 – 8.0 – 7.3 – 6.7 – 6.1 – 5.7, second to third, 6+). Prior to segueing to second in April, “106.7 Lite FM” was #1 for 34 successive ratings periods and +6.2 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.1 – 9.6 – 13.3, 6+). Even though it is a collective -1.2 via three straight decreases (4.7 – 4.2 – 3.6 – 3.5, 6+), CHR cluster-mate WHTZ “Z-100” advances from eighth to seventh.

Los Angeles

Spoken-Word Formats –  From “Holiday” 2019 through April 2020, iHeartMedia news/talk KFI more than doubled (+2.9) its 6+ AQH share and crossed the five-share threshold (2.6 – 3.3 – 3.8 – 4.2 – 5.5,  6+). In May though, “AM 640” forfeits nine-tenths to 4.6 (6+). Moreover, it’s an April-only stay at #1 for KFI, which shifts to #2. April 2020 marked the first time “AM 640” reached #1 since March 2011 (4.9, 6+). Without a loss the past six sweeps for a net gain of eight-tenths (1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.4 – 1.8, 6+), Salem Media Group news/talk KRLA “AM 870 The Answer” returns three-tenths to 1.5 (#23 to #27, 6+). In four successive increases, Cumulus Media’s KABC almost tripled (+.9) its 6+ AQH share (.5 – .7 – .9 – 1.0 – 1.4, 6+), but “790 News-Talk-Evolved” is off three-tenths to 1.1 (#27 to #34, 6+). It is one-tenth ahead of iHeartMedia-owned KEIB “AM 1150 The Patriot,” which follows April’s gain of three-tenths with a May loss of one-tenth (.8 – 1.1 – 1.0, #34 to #35, 6+).

Apparently playing their own game of copycat are iHeartMedia’s KLAC “AM 570 LA Sports” and Disney-owned/similarly-formatted KSPN “710 ESPN.” Both were off one-tenth in March; down four-tenths in April; and now unchanged in May. “AM 570 LA Sports” is: 1.1 – 1.0 – .9 – .5 – .5, flat at #40 (6+), while “710 ESPN” is 1.1 – .9 – .8 – .4 – .4, steady at #41 (6+). The two sports talk rivals were tied at #29 in January.

Following a March improvement of eight-tenths, Entercom all-news KNX “1070 News Radio” is down a combined nine-tenths in April/May (3.8 – 3.4 – 2.9, 6+) and departs the top ten (#8 to #12).

The “Holiday” 2019 through May 2020 topline for Pasadena City College news/talk KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” is: 1.9 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 1.9 – 2.0 – 1.7 (#18 to #24, 6+).

Los Angeles Music Formats – An uptick of four-tenths to 5.6 (6+) propels KRTH from the runner-up slot to #1. “K-Earth 101” held the top spot in March and shifted to second in April. The Entercom classic hits-oldies outlet logged a 5.2 (6+) in four of the last five sweeps (5.2 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.2, 6+). Prior to March, KRTH last occupied the top spot in October and November. Progressing by one-half share each are Meruelo Media Holdings’ KLOS “95.5 Southern California’s Rock Station” (eighth to sixth) and Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters-owned KKGO “GO Country 105 FM” (#12 to #11). KLOS is a cumulative +1.6 via five straight sweeps without a loss (2.3 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.4 – 3.9, 6+), while “GO Country” nets eight-tenths in its third successive jump (2.4 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 3.2, 6+). Up four-tenths in March/April (3.8 – 4.0 – 4.2, 6+), Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KLVE “107.5 K-Love” falters by nine-tenths to 3.3 (fifth to ninth, 6+). Tied with KLVE is KIIS “102.7 Kiss FM.” The iHeartMedia CHR was -1.4 in March/April (4.4 – 3.9 – 3.0, 6+) but adds three-tenths to 3.3 (6+) and returns to the top ten (#11 to #9, 6+). Entercom’s similarly-formatted KAMP “97.1 Amp Radio,” which lost six-tenths via three straight down or flat trends (2.0 – 2.0 – 1.9 – 1.3, 6+), halts the slide with a +.4 to 1.7 (#30 to #24, 6+). A collective -9.5 in five straight setbacks (13.7 – 6.5 – 5.7 – 5.1 – 4.5 – 4.2, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KOST “Coast 103.5” falls from third to fifth. After four straight sweeps at #1, KOST shifted to the runner-up slot in March. “Coast” had been an overall +8.5 via three sweeps in a row without a loss (5.2 – 5.2 – 9.3 – 13.7, 6+). Urban contemporary sibling KRRL “Real 92.3” squandered eight-tenths through three straight slips (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.4 – 1.8, 6+) but posts a gain of four-tenths to 2.2 (6+) and returns to the top twenty (#23 to #18, 6+). Having lost seven-tenths in three straight drops  (2.9 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.2, 6+), alternative cluster-mate KYSR “Alt 98.7” notches a +.2 to 2.4 (#17 to #16, 6+). Entercom-owned/similarly-programmed KROQ is down or flat the third time in succession for a net -1.1 (2.5 – 2.0 – 1.4 – 1.4, #27 to #29, 6+).

Chicago

Spoken-Word Formats – Following four straight increases that accounted for a collective +2.6 (3.0 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.5 – 5.6, 6+), Nexstar Media Group news/talk WGN “Radio 720” forfeits four-tenths to 5.2 (6+) but repeats at #3. Returning the three-tenths it gained in April (2.1 – 2.4 – 2.1, 6+), Cumulus Media news/talk WLS-AM slips from #15 to #19.

Tied with WLS-AM is Entercom sports talk WSCR “670 The Score,” which is an overall -1.4 in five decreases in a row (3.5 – 3.3 – 2.7 – 2.5 – 2.2 – 2.1, #17 to #19, 6+). Meanwhile, Disney/ESPN-owned WMVP “ESPN Chicago 1000” has lost seven-tenths as a result of seven consecutive sweeps without an increase (1.9 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2, #28 to #26, 6+).

Having crossed the eight-share mark as a result of being a collective +3.5 via four straight gains (4.9 – 5.4 – 5.8 – 7.7 – 8.4, 6+), Entercom all-news WBBM-AM regresses by -1.4 to 7.0 (6+) but is #1 the fourth time in a row.

A combined +1.8 in March/April (3.6 – 4.3 – 5.4, 6+), Chicago Public Media news/talk WBEZ surrenders seven-tenths to 4.7 (fourth to seventh, 6+).

Chicago Music Formats – Following three straight sweeps at #1, iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLIT was -10.0 in four straight decreases (13.7 – 5.5 – 4.8 – 4.3 – 3.7, 6+). In May, however, “93.9 Lite FM” answers with a +1.5 to 5.2 (6+) and vaults from ninth to third. In four consecutive setbacks, Hubbard Broadcasting’s similarly-formatted WSHE “100.3 SHE” is a collective -1.3 (3.6 – 3.3 – 3.1 – 2.6 – 2.3, #14 to #17, 6+). Up six-tenths, Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WLS-FM “94.7 Chicago’s Classic Hits” is within 4.0 – 4.8 range (6+) the seventh time in a row (4.8 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 4.3 – 4.0 – 4.6, seventh to eighth, 6+). Jumping one-half share each are Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WTMX “101.9 The Mix” (4.9, flat at #6, 6+) and Cumulus Media alternative WKQX (#20 to #14). “The Mix” was -1.0 in March/April (5.4 – 5.2 – 4.4, 6+). For the seventh successive ratings period, WKQX is within 2.0 – 2.9 territory (2.9 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.0 – 2.5, 6+). While WTMX and WKQX gain one-half share, Univision Radio’s WVIV “Latino Mix 93.5” regresses by that margin (1.5 – 1.0, #28, 6+). Having more than doubled (+.8) its 6+ AQH share in seven straight sweeps without a loss (.7 – .7 – .8 – .8 – .9 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.5, 6+), Window to the World Communications classical WFMT sputters by three-tenths to 1.2 (#23 to #26, 6+).

San Francisco

Spoken-Word Formats. Despite picking up one-tenth (1.8 – 1.9, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KSFO “560 – The Bay Area’s Exclusive Hot Talk” departs the top twenty (#19 to #21). In three straight sweeps without an increase, co-owned news/talk KGO has a net loss of four-tenths (1.8 – 1.8 – 1.5 – 1.4, flat at #24, 6+). The November 2019 through May 2020 trending for iHeartMedia-owned KKSF-AM “Real Talk 910 – Think Forward” is: .2 – .2 – .1 – .1 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .1 (#31 to #33, 6+).

Curtailing three straight drops that led to a -2.7 (4.8 – 3.5 – 3.0 – 2.1, 6+) with a +.2 to 2.3 (6+), Cumulus Media-owned KNBR-AM “The Sports Leader” advances from #16 to #14. After being up one-tenth in consecutive reports (1.5 – 1.6 – 1.7, 6+), Entercom’s similarly-formatted KGMZ “95.7 The Game” has lost eight-tenths in three straight downturns (1.7 – 1.4 – 1.0 – .9, #26 to #28, 6+).

On top the past three reports and an overall +2.2 in four successive up or flat moves (7.7 – 8.4 – 8.7 – 9.9 – 9.9, 6+), Entercom all-news KCBS-AM falters by -1.4 to 8.5 (first-place tie to second, 6+).

Eight 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 in April; and now -1.2 in May (9.9 – 8.7, 6+). Despite the loss, the California Public Broadcasting news/talk breaks the first-place tie with KCBS-AM and has sole possession of the top spot. KQED was San Francisco’s first-place finisher in June, July, August, and tied at the top (with KCBS-AM) in September. San Francisco Unified School District’s KALW “91.7 Local Public Radio” forfeits April’s increase of two-tenths (.7 – .9 – .7, flat at #29, 6+).

San Francisco Music Formats – Unchanged at #3, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KISQ “98.1 The Breeze – Relaxing Favorites At Work” is an overall +1.5 through five successive positive spikes (3.7 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.5 – 5.1 – 5.2, 6+). Prior to April 2020, the last time “The Breeze” reached the five-share level was March 2019 (5.0). Stuck on 1.8 (6+) in January and February and then on 1.6 (6+) in March and April, co-owned KOSF “iHeart 80s @ 103.7” breaks out a half-share increase to 2.1 (#19, 6+), its best 6+-showing since last October’s 2.3. Pushing up from eighth to seventh, Alpha Media classic hits-oldies KBAY “94.5 Bay FM The Bay’s Greatest Hits” gains eight-tenths in three straight up or flat moves (2.2 – 2.4 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+). Without a loss the past four ratings periods for a net improvement of six-tenths (2.4 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 3.0, 6+), University of Southern California-owned classical KDFC returns that increase in its entirety (2.4, -.6, 6+) and falls off the top ten (#8 to #12). Linked with KDFC at #12 is iHeartMedia-owned hot AC KIOI “Star 101.3.” By adding one-tenth to 2.4 (#15 to #12, 6+), “Star” suspends five straight down or flat trends that accounted for an overall -1.3 (3.6 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.3, 6+). Meanwhile, Entercom’s similarly-formatted KLLC “Alice @ 97.3” is a combined -1.4 in April/May (4.2 – 3.3 – 2.8, seventh to ninth, 6+). “Alice” is tied with Bonneville’s KMVQ “99.7 Now – The Bay’s #1 For All The Hits,” which was an overall -1.8 in three straight declines (4.5 – 4.4 – 3.7 – 2.7, 6+). In May, however, KMVQ pulls the plug with a +.1 to 2.8 (tenth to ninth, 6+).

Dallas

Spoken-Word Formats – After logging a very consistent December 2019 through April 2020 topline of 4.1 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 4.1, Cumulus Media’s WBAP “News Talk 820” stumbles by nine-tenths to 3.2 (6+) and fades from the top ten (#6 to #15). Tied at #35 – as they were in April – are WBAP cluster-mate KLIF-AM “570 News & Information” and Salem Media Group-owned KSKY “660 AM The Answer.” KLIF-AM is trending .5 – .5 – .5 – .6 – .4 – .4 (“Holiday” 2019 through May 2020, 6+), while KSKY is .4 – .5 – .4 – .5 – .4 – .4 (6+) in that same stretch.

Off one-tenth (1.7 – 1.6, 6+), Entercom sports talk KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” repeats at #21. Stuck on 1.4 (6+) in March and April, Cumulus Media’s KTCK “The Ticket – All Sports All The Time” adds one-tenth to 1.5 (flat at #23, 6+). Via three straight dips (1.2 – 1.0 – .7 – .6, 6+), Disney/ESPN’s KESN had its 6+ AQH share sliced in half (-.6), but “103.3 ESPN Dallas” is up two-tenths to .8 (#34 to #31, 6+).

Down a combined six-tenths in April/May (1.8 – 1.4 – 1.2, 6+), Entercom news-talk hybrid KRLD-AM “News Radio 1080” slumps from #23 to #28.

After gaining six-tenths in March (2.8 – 3.4, 6+), North Texas Public Broadcasting news/talk KERA is off eight-tenths in April/May (3.4 – 2.8 – 2.6 , flat at #17, 6+).

Dallas Music Formats – A combined -1.0 in March/April (6.3 – 6.0 – 5.3, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR KHKS not only erases that deficit completely with a +1.3 to 6.6 (6+), “106.1 Kiss-FM” marches from the runner-up slot to #1. It supplants Salem Media Group contemporary Christian KLTY “Your Life … Inspired,” which had been on top the past four reports. KLTY is -1.0 in April/May (7.0 – 6.7 – 6.0, 6+) and shifts to #2. 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+). Up or flat the third time in a row including May’s +1.2, iHeartMedia classic rock KZPS “Lone Star 92.5” crosses the five-share mark (3.8 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 5.1, eighth to third, 6+). The three most recent shifts by Entercom classic hits-oldies KLUV “98.7 Nobody Plays More 80s” are +.5 (4.6 – 5.1, March, 6+); -1.0 (5.1 – 4.1, April, 6+); and now +.9 in May (4.1 – 5.0, sixth to fourth, 6+). A collective -1.0 in three straight drops (4.7 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 3.7, 6+), Cumulus Media country-formatted KPLX “99.5 The Wolf” interrupts the slide with a +.2 to 3.9 (6+) and reenters the top ten (#11 to #7). KPLX lost a combined half-share in October/November (4.4 – 4.0 – 3.9, 6+), but fully negated that deficit with a December increase of one-half share. Improving by one-half share each are Estrella Media-owned KBOC “Luna 98.3” (#18) and Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KDXX “Latino Mix” (1.7, #19, 6+). “Luna” nets seven-tenths in three straight up or flat moves (1.3 – 1.3 – 1.5 – 2.0, 6+), while “Latino Mix” regains the one-half share it lost in March/April (1.6 – 1.6 – 1.2, 6+). Meanwhile, regressing by six-tenths each are iHeartMedia adult contemporary KDGE “Star 102.1” (3.8 – 3.2, #9 to #15, 6+) and Estrella Media regional Mexican KZZA “La Ranchera 106.7” (2.0 – 1.4, #18 to #25, 6+). Frozen on 4.7 (6+) in February and March, “Star” surrendered nine-tenths in April. Off three-tenths in February/March (1.5 – 1.3 – 1.2, 6+), “La Ranchera” answered with an April gain of eight-tenths.

Houston                              

Spoken-Word Formats – On the heels of April’s +1.7 (4.6 – 6.3, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KTRH “News Radio 740” drops three-tenths to 6.0 (third to fifth, 6+). Down two-tenths in March/April (.4 – .4 – .2, 6+), co-owned KPRC “AM 950 – Houston’s More Stimulating Talk Radio” adds one-tenth in May (.3, #28 to #27, 6+).

In three straight drops, Entercom’s KILT-AM lost seven-tenths (1.7 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.0, 6+), but “Sports Radio 610” curtails the slide with a +.1 to 1.1 (flat at #22, 6+). Doubling (+.3) its 6+ AQH share in three successive up or flat moves (.3 – .5 – .6 – .6, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KBME “Sports Talk 790” repeats at #25. Unchanged at #27, Gow Communications’ sports talk KFNC “ESPN 97.5” has lost four-tenths in seven straight sweeps without an increase (.7 -.5 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3, 6+).

Off a collective eight-tenths in three consecutive losses (3.7 – 3.4 – 3.1 – 2.9, 6+), University of Houston news/talk KUHF slips from #14 to #17.

Houston Music Formats – Progressing seven-tenths each are iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA “Sunny 99.1” (6.2, fifth to fourth, 6+) and Entercom adult hits KKHH “95.7 The Spot” (5.2, eighth to sixth). After four successive sweeps at #1, KODA fell to #2 in March. May’s increase applies the brakes to four straight downturns that led to an overall -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. In three successive up or flat trends, “The Spot” was +1.2 (4.4 – 5.1 – 5.1 – 5.6, 6+), but eroded by -1.1 in April. Tied at #1 are Univision Radio regional Mexican KLTN “Que Buena 102.9” (7.0, -1.4, #1 the third time in a  row, 6+) and Cox Media Group classic rock KGLK “The Eagle” (flat at 7.0, second to first, 6+). A combined +2.7 in March/April, KLTN crossed the eight-share level (5.7 – 6.7 – 8.4, 6+). “Que Buena 102.9” was a collective +1.9 via six straight increases (4.9 – 5.0 – 5.1 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 6.6 – 6.8, 6+); -1.1 (“Holiday” 2019); +.9 (January 2020); and -.9 (February). Down three-tenths in February/March (6.1 – 5.9 – 5.8, 6+), “The Eagle” rebounded with an April +1.2. Owing to four spikes in a row, iHeartMedia alternative KTBZ was a collective +1.8 and crossed the five-share level (3.5 – 3.8 – 4.1 – 4.3 – 5.3, 6+), but “94.5 The Buzz” drops three-tenths to 5.0 (sixth to seventh, 6+). Gaining three-tenths and two-tenths, respectively, are Cox Media Group’s KKBQ “93-Q Country” (3.6, #12 to #11, 6+) and Entercom country KILT-FM “100.3 The Bull” (3.2 – 3.4, #13 to #12, 6+). KKBQ was -1.3 in March/April (4.6 – 3.9 – 3.3, 6+) and replaced its combined -1.0 in December/ “Holiday” 2019 (4.5 – 3.9 – 3.5, 6+) with a January 2020 +1.1. Up four-tenths in March (3.5 – 3.9, 6+), “The Bull” regressed by seven-tenths in April.

Atlanta

Spoken-Word Formats – In four consecutive hefty increases, WSB-AM was +5.9 (8.0 – 10.0 – 11.4 – 12.9 – 13.9, 6+); however, the Cox Media Group news/talk station forfeits nearly half that bounty (11.1, -2.8, 6+). Even so, WSB-AM is #1 the 11th 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 two-tenths (1.2 – 1.0, 6+), Salem Media Group-owned WGKA “AM 920 The Answer” slips from #20 to #24. Regressing by two-tenths as well is Entercom’s WAOK “1380 The Voice of the Community” (.6 – .4, #27 to #29, 6+). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia-owned WGST “Talk Radio 640” logs a .2 (6+) the fifth time in a row and seventh time in the last eight sweeps (#31 to #33, 6+).

An overall -1.3 in four straight down or flat moves (4.6 – 3.9 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 3.3, 6+), Entercom sports talk WZGC “92.9 The Game” falls from eighth to tenth. By gaining four-tenths to 1.4 (6+), Dickey Broadcasting’s WCNN suspends 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+) and returns to the top twenty (#23 to #20).

After eroding by -1.1 in April, City of Atlanta Board of Education’s WABE picks up one-tenth (2.2 – 2.3, 6+) and repeats at #16. The “Holiday” 2019 through May 2020 topline for Georgia State University news/talk WRAS is: .6 – .7 – .6 – .7 – .5 – .5 (#29 to #27, 6+).

Atlanta Music Formats – This time, it’s Cox Media Group adult contemporary WSB-FM (rather than news/talk sibling WSB-AM) that records a big increase as “B-98.5” hangs out a +1.4 to 4.7 (eighth to fifth, 6+). WSB-FM was -2.1 in March/April (5.4 – 5.1 – 3.3, 6+). Within 6.0 – 6.9 range (6+) the eighth time in a row (6.5 – 6.7 – 6.3 – 6.0 – 6.2 – 6.4 – 6.0 – 6.9, 6+), Entercom urban contemporary WVEE “V-103 The People’s Station” continues in fourth-place. Notching gains of six-tenths are Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WSRV “97.1 The River” (steady at #3) and Cumulus Media CHR WWWQ “Q-99.7” (2.3 – 2.9, #14 to #13, 6+). Three straight sweeps without a loss by “The River” yield a +2.2 (5.8 – 6.4 – 7.4 – 8.0, 6+). With the gain of six-tenths, WWWQ rebounds from April’s -1.1. Following back-to-back modest decreases (3.4 – 3.3 – 3.1, 6+), “Q-99.7” hauled out a +1.1 in January, reaching the four-share level (4.2, 6+) for the first time since June (4.0, 6+). Up one-half share each are iHeartMedia country-formatted WUBL “94.9 The Bull” (3.8, steady at #8, 6+) and Entercom hot AC WSTR “Star 94.1” (2.1, #18 to #17, 6+). “The Bull” lost three-tenths in three straight sweeps without an increase (3.6 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.3, 6+), while “Star” had been a collective -2.7 via four consecutive downturns (4.3 – 2.6 – 2.3 – 2.1 – 1.6, 6+). Unchanged in seventh-place, Radio One gospel WPZE “Praise 102.5 Atlanta’s Inspiration Station” records its sixth straight report without a loss for a +1.3 (2.8 – 2.8 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 4.1, 6+). In three straight down or flat sweeps, co-owned urban contemporary WHTA was off six-tenths (3.7 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 3.1, 6+), but “Hot 107.9” picks up two-tenths to 3.3 (#11 to #10, 6+). A whopping +3.8 in March/April (5.5 – 5.9 – 9.3, 6+), Cox Media Group urban AC WALR “104.1 Kiss FM – Atlanta’s R&B” falters by nine-tenths to 8.4 (6+) but continues in the runner-up slot. At the same time that JDJ Communications urban contemporary WWSZ “Streetz 94.5” debuts with a 2.0 (#18), iHeartMedia alternative WRDA, which was trending .9 – .9 – .9 – 1.0 (6+), disappears from print.

Philadelphia

Spoken-Word Formats – Immediately after scoring an April gain of three-tenths, Entercom-owned WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” forfeits four-tenths (2.0 – 1.6, #18 to #19, 6+). Down or flat the past four sweeps for a net loss of three-tenths (1.1 – 1.0 – 1.0 – .9 – .8, 6+), Townsquare Media news/talk WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” halts the skid with a +.2 to 1.0 (6+) and remains at #24.

Down one-tenth in back-to-back reports (5.8 – 5.7 – 5.6, 6+), WIP “Sports Radio 94.1” answers with a gain of three-tenths to 5.9 (fifth to fourth, 6+). Before falling to third in December, the Entercom sports talk station had been #1 three months in a row. Following three straight slips that accounted for a -1.9 (3.3 – 2.9 – 2.1 – 1.4, 6+), Beasley Media Group-owned WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” adds two-tenths to 1.6 (#20 to #19, 6+).

A combined +2.6 in March/April (4.7 – 6.6 – 7.3, 6+), Entercom-owned KYW “News Radio 1060” craters by -1.5 to 5.8 (second to fifth, 6+).

Directly following its cumulative +2.1 in three straight gains (3.3 – 4.5 – 4.9 – 5.4, 6+), public radio news/talk WHYY is -1.0 in April/May (5.4 – 4.5 – 4.4 (flat at #8, 6+). WHYY was +.7 in December and -.7 in “Holiday” 2019.

Philadelphia Music Formats – Displaying improvements of seven-tenths are Beasley Media Group classic rock and adult hits cluster-mates WMGK “Classic Rock 102.9 MGK” (steady at #2) and WBEN-FM “95.7 BEN-FM” (3.1, #15 to #13, 6+). WMGK is a collective +2.5 in five straight sweeps without a loss (5.5 – 6.2 – 6.4 – 7.3 – 7.3 – 8.0, 6+). “Classic Rock 102.9 MGK” answered “Holiday” 2019’s -2.0 with a January improvement of seven-tenths. “BEN-FM” was -1.9 in March/April (4.3 – 4.1 – 2.4, 6+). Still in that Beasley Media Group cluster, WMMR “93.3 Everything That Rocks” improves by one-half share (fourth to third), as does Entercom classic hits-oldies WOGL “Nobody Plays More 80s” (seventh to sixth). WMMR is in an alternating up/down pattern: 6.9 – 7.0 – 6.8 – 7.3 (6+). In five straight sweeps without a loss, WOGL nets six-tenths (4.6 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 5.2, 6+). Although down three-tenths – following April’s robust +2.9 (6.3 – 9.2 – 8.9, 6+) – iHeartMedia urban AC WDAS-FM “Philly’s Best R&B and Throwbacks” repeats at #1. Entercom’s WTDY “Today’s Hits 96.5 TDY” is -1.5 via three straight decreases (2.7 – 2.2 – 1.4 – -1.2, #20 to #21, 6+). Before picking up one-half share in February, WTDY was without an increase four straight reports for a net decline of nine-tenths (3.1 – 2.9 – 2.5 – 2.4 – 2.2, 6+). Five consecutive setbacks by Entercom-owned adult contemporary WBEB have resulted in a collective –15.6 or roughly 84% loss of its 6+ AQH share (18.6 – 6.1 – 5.1 – 4.8 – 3.4 – 3.0, 6+), as “B-101.1 More Music/More Variety” slumps from #11 to #15. This comes directly following its +13.2 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.4 – 8.9 – 18.6, 6+). Moreover, this marks the first time in the 30 head-to-head battles between WBEB and iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WISX “106.1 The Breeze,” that “The Breeze” (3.1 – 3.2, +.1, #14 to #11, 6+) has emerged victorious.

Long Island

Spoken-Word Formats – April’s +2.9 to 6.7 (6+) propelled iHeartMedia news/talk WOR from eighth to first, but “710 The Voice of New York” is -1.0 in May (5.7, #1 to #3, 6+). Down one-tenth through three straight sweeps without an increase (1.2 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.1, Red Apple Media news/talk WABC halts the skid with a gain of two-tenths to 1.3 (flat at #24, 6+).

Despite picking up two-tenths to 3.0 (6+), thus curtailing three straight drops that resulted in a -3.0 (5.8 – 4.7 – 4.1 – 2.8, 6+), Entercom sports talk WFAN-FM falls from #10 to #11. Its internet stream, which doubled its March .5 to 1.0 (6+), returns that increase in its entirety (.5, #26 to #29, 6+). Similarly-programmed WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” is unlisted in Long Island the fifth month in a row. WEPN was a combined -.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.7 – 2.5 – 2.2, #15, 6+).

A combined +1.8 in March/April (3.5 – 5.2 – 5.3, 6+), Entercom’s all-news WINS erodes by -1.1 (4.2, 6+) but repeats at #5. Co-owned/similarly-formatted WCBS-AM records a decrease of nine-tenths (3.4 – 2.5, 6+) and exits the top ten (#9 to #13).

Off one-half share in March/April (1.6 – 1.4 – 1.1, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation public radio news/talk WNYC-FM slips from #23 to #26.

Long Island Music Formats – It’s a #1/#2 finish for classic rock as Cox Media Group’s WBAB “102.3 Long Island’s Only Classic Rock” is an overall +2.8 via three straight spikes including May’s +1.2 (4.6 – 4.7 – 6.2 – 7.4, second to first, 6+), while iHeartMedia classic rock WAXQ “Q-104.3” drops two-tenths (6.2 – 6.0, 6+) but continues at #2. WAXQ’s May decrease discontinues five straight positive or neutral trends that yielded a +2.7 (3.5 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 4.2 – 4.4 – 6.2, 6+). With a March – April – May Long Island topline of .6 – 1.0 – 2.0 (6+), Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish contemporary WPAT “Amor 93.1” checks in at #16. Boasting gains of nine-tenths are Connoisseur Media-owned hot AC WALK-FM “97.5 Real Variety” (3.0, #14 to #11, 6+) and Emmis urban AC WBLS “107.5 #1 For R&B” (3.1, #12 to #10). As a result of 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. After doubling January’s +.6 with February’s +1.2 (2.6 – 3.2 – 4.6, 6+), WBLS was -2.4 in March/April (4.6 – 3.3 – 2.2, 6+). WALK-FM’s classic hits-oldies sibling, WBZO “103.1 Max FM,” is up nine-tenths in April/May (2.5 – 2.7 – 3.4, #11 to #9, 6+). An overall -7.9 in four straight Long Island drops (9.7 – 3.2 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 1.8, 6+), iHeartMedia New York City adult contemporary WLTW “Lite FM” answers with a +.6 to 2.4 (#18 to #15, 6+). Notching gains of one-half share are Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WSKQ “Mega 97.9” (1.5 – 2.0, #21 to #16, 6+) and Fordham University triple A WFUV “90.7 Music Discovery Starts Here” (.6 – 1.1, #26). WSKQ nearly doubled (+1.1) its 6+ AQH share via three straight spikes (1.3 – 1.4 – 1.8 – 2.4, 6+), but dropped nine-tenths in April. After being 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+), Entercom classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits” is a combined -2.1 in April/May (7.0 – 6.0 – 4.9, flat at #4, 6+). WCBS-FM occupied the lead position in February and March. Cox Media Group-owned CHR WBLI “Long Island’s #1 For All The Hits” is in alternating up/down pattern that began in November (4.9 – 5.0 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 4.0 – 4.4 – 3.8 – 4.0, eighth to sixth, 6+). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia New York City’s similarly-formatted WHTZ “Z-100” is -1.9 in four straight Long Island sweeps without an increase (5.5 – 5.1 – 4.7 – 3.9 – 3.6, seventh to eighth, 6+).

Riverside

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

Without an increase the past 11 survey periods (.2 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1, 6+), co-owned KPWK “Fox Sports Radio 1350 AM” is unlisted the second straight month. Similarly-formatted/Los Angeles Angels-owned (LAA 1, LLC) KLAA “Angels Radio AM 830” does not appear in print the 30th sweep in succession.

A combined +.4 in March/April (1.0 -1.3 – 1.4, 6+), San Bernardino Community College public radio news/talk KVCR plummets by -1.0 to .4 (#11 to #14, 6+). It is tied with Pasadena City College news/talk KPCC “The Voice of Southern California,” which is trending .3 – .3 – .5 – .4, February 2020 – May 2020, #16 to #14 (6+).

Riverside Music Formats – The three most recent fluctuations by Entercom country outlet KFRG are +.5 (March); -.8 (April); and now +1.9 in May as “K-Frog 95.1” crosses the six-share level (4.8 – 5.3 – 4.5 – 6.4, fourth to second, 6+). KFRG was a collective +1.5 via three spikes in succession (3.7 – 4.1 – 4.6 – 5.2, 6+), before dropping four-tenths in February. Doubling (+2.3) its 6+ AQH share through five successive spikes (2.3 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 3.6 – 4.4 – 4.6, 6+), Estrella Media regional Mexican KRQB “Que Buena 96.1” remains at #5. In an alternating up/down pattern that commenced in “Holiday” 2019 (1.3 – 1.7 – 1.1 – 1.3 – 1.0 – 1.8, 6+), Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KRCD “Recuerdo” climbs from #12 to #11. While #1 the eighth time in a row, Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose” surrenders nine-tenths (9.6 – 8.7, 6+). “Jose” demolished its February/March -.9 (7.9 – 7.5 – 7.0, 6+) with an April +2.6. January’s +.9 interrupted December/“Holiday” 2019’s -1.2 (8.2 – 7.9 – 7.0, 6+). Via five straight positive spikes, Good News Radio contemporary Christian KSGN essentially doubled (+2.8) its 6+ AQH share (2.9 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 4.2 – 4.6 – 5.7, 6+), but “Family Friendly 89.7” forfeits eight-tenths to 4.9 (third to fourth, 6+). In an alternating down/up pattern (6.2 – 6.0 – 6.2 – 5.7, February through May, 6+) Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA drops from second to third. 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 12th time in a row.

San Jose

Spoken-Word Formats – After more than doubling (+1.6) its 6+ AQH share through three straight gains (1.3 – 2.0 – 2.6 – 2.9, 6+), Cumulus Media news/talk KGO is -1.0 in April/May (2.9 – 2.3 – 1.9, #13 to #18, 6+). Down six-tenths in April, co-owned/similarly-formatted KSFO “560 – The Bay Area’s Exclusive Hot Talk” recaptures two-tenths (.8 – 1.0, flat at #26, 6+).

Sports talk sibling KNBR “The Sports Leader,” which was -1.9 in February/March (4.7 – 3.3 – 2.8, 6+), picks up one-tenth in back-to-back reports (2.8 – 2.9 – 3.0, tenth to ninth, 6+). Without an increase the fourth time in a row for a net loss of eight-tenths (2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 1.9 – 1.9, 6+), Entercom’s similarly-formatted KGMZ “95.7 The Game” slips from #16 to #18.

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 -1.1 in April/May (6.9 – 6.4 – 5.8, flat at ##3, 6+). KCBS-AM was -.5 (October); +.7 (November); -.8 (December); and -.7 (“Holiday” 2019).

A combined +2.8 in March/April (6.5 – 7.4 – 9.3, 6+), Northern California Public Broadcasting news/talk KQED spirals by nine-tenths to 8.4 (6+), dipping from a first-place tie to second. 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 three-tenths to 1.4 (#18 to #21, 6+).

San Jose Music Formats – Tying Entercom Riverside country outlet KFRG (see above) for largest (6+) April 2020 – May 2020 increase is Alpha Media-owned hot AC KEZR “Mix 106.5 Today’s Best Music” (3.3 – 5.2, +1.9, ninth to fifth, 6+). “Mix” was -2.8 in March/April (6.1 – 5.0 – 3.3, 6+). When KEZR added seven-tenths in February, it curtailed five straight sweeps without an increase that resulted in a net loss of -1.3 (6.7 – 6.1 – 5.8 – 5.8 – 5.5 – 5.4, 6+). Following four straight sweeps without a loss for a +1.2 (2.3 – 2.3 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 3.5, 6+), Entercom’s similarly-formatted KLLC “Alice @ 97.3” is -1.4 in April/May (3.5 – 2.7 – 2.1, #12 to #14, 6+). Elsewhere in the hot AC format, iHeartMedia’s KIOI “Star 101.3” is -2.7 as a result of six consecutive sweeps without an increase (3.9 – 3.5 – 3.2 – 2.6 – 2.0 – 1.4 – 1.2, #21 to #24, 6+). More than doubling (+1.2) its 6+ AQH share since March and traversing the two-share mark (.9 – 1.0 – 2.1, 6+), Entercom rhythmic hot AC KRBQ “Q-102.1 The Bay’s Old School” cracks the top twenty at #14. Through six consecutive sweeps without a loss – including April’s +1.7 Bonneville’s KUFX is a collective +2.1 (3.3 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 5.4 – 5.4, flat at #4, 6+). In April, “K-Fox The South Bay’s Classic Rock” reached the five-share level (5.4, 6+) for the first time since June 2019’s 5.3. On top the seventh report in a row, including April’s tie with public radio news/talk KQED (see above), Alpha Media classic hits-oldies KBAY racks up a +3 to 9.6 (6+). “Bay FM – The Bay’s Greatest Hits” was -.5 (February); +.5 (March); and +1.2 in April (8.1 – 7.6 – 8.1 – 9.3, 6+). It was a combined +1.5 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (6.6 – 7.4 – 8.1, 6+). Owing to three San Jose drops in succession, including May’s -1.2, Entercom adult contemporary KOIT-FM “96.5 Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites” is a collective -1.9 and falls below a four-share (5.2 – 4.8 – 4.5 – 3.3, fifth to eighth, 6+). An overall +2.3 in three straight bumps (2.2 – 2.5 – 3.7 – 4.5, 6+), iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted KISQ “98.1 The Breeze – Relaxing Favorites At Work” is off one-tenth to 4.4 (fifth to seventh, 6+). University of Southern California classical KDFC, which was a combined +1.1 in March/April (2.6 – 2.9 – 3.7, 6+), falters by nine-tenths to 2.8 (eighth to tenth, 6+). A collective -1.4 through three consecutive drops (3.3 – 2.8 – 2.3 – 1.9, #20, 6+), Univision Radio regional Mexican KSOL “Que Buena” is unlisted the fourth month in a row.

Middlesex-Somerset-Union

Spoken-Word Formats – Anchored in third-place, Townsquare Media news/talk WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” is +1.6 in three straight jumps (5.2 – 6.0 – 6.7 – 6.8, 6+). After surrendering two-tenths in March (1.6 – 1.4, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” is up one-half share in April/May (1.4 – 1.8 – 1.9, #20 to #18, 6+). In that same timeframe, Red Apple Media news/talk WABC garners four-tenths (.5 – .8 – .9, flat at #24, 6+).

Up two-tenths in March, Entercom sports talk WFAN-FM is -1.6 in April/May (4.2 – 2.9 – 2.6, #11 to #14, 6+). WFAN-FM was +1.4 (January) and -1.0 (February). Similarly-programmed WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York,” which was off six-tenths in “Holiday” 2019 (2.7 – 2.1, #17 to #19, 6+), is unlisted in Middlesex the fifth consecutive month.

Without a loss the past four sweeps for a net gain of one-half share (1.9 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+), Entercom all-news WCBS-AM drops three-tenths to 2.1 (#15 to #16, 6+). Co-owned/similarly-formatted WINS, which was +1.0 in March/April (1.2 – 1.6 – 2.2, 6+), surrenders 80% of that increase (1.4, -.8, 6+) and departs the top twenty (#16 to #21).

By following its April gain of two-tenths (2.9 – 3.1, 6+) with a May deficit of eight-tenths to 2.3 (6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation public radio news/talk WNYC-FM tumbles from #10 to #15.

Middlesex-Somerset-Union Music Formats – In the Spanish Broadcasting System cluster, Spanish contemporary WPAT “Amor 93.1” dials up a +1.2 (3.2, #18 to #11, 6+), while Spanish tropical sibling WSKQ “La Mega 97.9” advances by +1.1 (3.7, #14 to #7, 6+). As a result of three setbacks in a row, WPAT lost exactly 50% (-2.0) of its 6+ AQH share (4.0 – 3.8 – 3.5 – 2.0, 6+); “La Mega” was off nine-tenths in March/April (3.5 – 3.4 – 2.6, 6+). A combined -1.3 in March/April (5.4 – 4.7 – 4.1, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WHTZ answers with a May +1.0 to 5.1 (seventh to fifth, 6+). “Z-100” was +1.0 in January/February (4.4 – 5.3 – 5.4, 6+). As a result of three straight declines, WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WQXR plummeted by -1.2 (1.4 – .7 – .5 – .2, 6+), but the classical outlet bounces back with a gain of nine-tenths to 1.1 (#23, 6+). Albeit -1.2 to 11.2 (6+), iHeartMedia classic rock WAXQ “Q-104.3” is #1 the fifth report in succession. May’s loss concludes four consecutive upticks that produced a whopping +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. Regressing by eight-tenths are the aforementioned WLTW “Lite FM” (seventh to tenth) and Entercom hot AC WNEW-FM “NEW 102.7” (fifth to seventh). “Lite FM” is -1.2 in April/May (4.5 – 4.1 – 3.3, 6+), while WNEW-FM is -1.0 in that same timeframe (4.7 – 4.5 – 3.7, 6+). Directly after posting an April +1.2 to 8.1 (6+), Entercom classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits” relinquishes half that increase (7.5, -.6, flat at #2, 6+). In three straight sweeps without a loss, WBLS was +1.2 (4.9 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 6.1, 6+), but the Emmis urban AC is down one-tenth to 6.0 (steady at #4, 6+).

April 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Four

| May 15, 2020

April 2020 PPM Data – Information for the April 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 April 2020 survey period covered March 26 – April 22. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM-markets below.

Austin

Spoken-Word Formats – Advancing from fourth to third, Waterloo Media Group-owned KLBJ-AM “News Radio 590” is +2.8 in four consecutive gains and crosses the six-share level (3.6 – 4.5 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 6.4, 6+). In a bit of a statistical oddity, Entercom’s KJCE has logged either a .3 (6+) or a .4 (6+) in each of the past 15 ratings periods. Flat at #26, “Talk Radio 1370” records a .3 (6+) the third time in a row.

Off one-half share in March/April (1.6 – 1.3 – 1.1, 6+), Genuine Austin Radio sports talk KTXX “The Horn” repeats at #21. Similarly-formatted/iHeartMedia-owned KVET-AM “1300 AM The Zone” is up one-tenth in March/April (.5 – .5 – .6, flat at #25, 6+).

Following three successive spikes for a +2.9 and hitting double-digits for the first time in its PPM-history (7.4 – 8.9 – 9.5 – 10.3, 6+), University of Texas at Austin-owned public radio news/talk outlet KUT forfeits one-half share to 9.8 (6+) but is #1 the fourth month in a row. Recent (6+) fluctuations include: -2.0 (April 2019); -1.6 (June); +.9 (July); +1.2 (August); +2.0 (October); -1.9 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.5 (January 2020); +.6 (February); and +.8 (March).

Austin Music Formats – A combined +1.0 in March/April (1.2 – 1.3 – 2.2, 6+), Genuine Austin Radio-owned KOKE-FM “Austin’s Country Alternative” reenters the top twenty (#21 to #15). Sinclair Telecable-owned regional Mexican KLZT “107.1 La Z” continues an alternating up/down pattern that began last August and includes its current increase of seven-tenths (4.3 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 4.8 – 5.0 – 4.7 – 4.8 – 4.0 – 4.7, seventh to fifth, 6+). Up four-tenths in March (3.4 – 3.8, 6+) co-owned KROX “101-X Alternative Austin” is down six-tenths to 3.2 (6+) and exits the top ten (#10 to #11). A March increase of one-tenth to 6.4 (6+) by Entercom-owned adult contemporary KKMJ followed its January/February -5.5 (11.8 – 6.7 – 6.3, 6+). In April, however, “Majic 95.5 Better Music for a Better Workday” falters by -1.2 to 5.2 (third to fourth, 6+). KKMJ was a combined +6.7 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.1 – 6.3 – 11.8, 6+) and had a “Holiday” 2019-only stay at #1. In that sweep, KKMJ became the first Austin station to record double-digits (11.8, 6+) since it did so in “Holiday” 2017 (12.4). Sinclair Telecable’s similarly-formatted KGSR “Star 93.3” follows “Holiday” 2019’s increase of seven-tenths (2.0 – 2.7, 6+) with four downturns in a row for a -1.2 (2.7 – 2.6 – 2.1 – 1.7 – 1.5, #17 to #18, 6+). In addition to being -2.6 in six straight decreases and falling below a four-share (5.7 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 3.1, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR KHFI “96.7 Kiss-FM” departs the top ten (#7 to #13). Co-owned rhythmic CHR KPEZ “102.3 The Beat” has lost eight-tenths in three straight slips (4.6 – 4.5 – 4.3 – 3.8, sixth to seventh, 6+).

Raleigh

Spoken-Word Formats – Despite being down eight-tenths in March/April (7.6 – 6.9 – 6.8, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WTKK “106.1 Stay Connected” progresses from fourth to third. WTKK was a combined +2.3 in January/February (5.3 – 7.1 – 7.6, 6+). After dropping two-tenths in March, Curtis Media Group’s WPTF answers with a +.9 to 2.7 (#16 to #15, 6+). “News Radio 680” was unlisted in January and reappeared in February with a 2.0 (6+).

As a result of three consecutive slips, Capitol Broadcasting sports talk WCMC “99.9 The Fan” is –2.6 and falls under a two-share (3.7 – 3.0 – 2.2 – 1.1, #15 to #17, 6+).

Following three straight spikes that generated a +1.1 (6.0 – 6.6 – 6.8 – 7.1, 6+), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill news/talk WUNC “91.5 North Carolina Public Radio” falters by -1.0 to 6.1 (second to fourth, 6+).

Raleigh Music Formats – Doubling (+2.1) its 6+ AQH share in five straight sweeps without a loss (2.1 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 4.2, 6+), Educational Information Corporation’s WCPE “The Classical Station” climbs from #14 to #11. Displaying increases of eight-tenths each are Radio One gospel WNNL “103.9 The Light” (eighth to fourth) and Curtis Media Group adult hits WBBB “96.1 BBB Your Life/Your Music” (5.7, ninth to seventh, 6+). “The Light” continues an alternating up/down pattern of 6.2 – 7.0 – 5.4 – 5.7 – 5.3 – 6.1 (6+). Entering the April sweep, WBBB was off one-half share in three losses in a row (5.4 – 5.2 – 5.1 – 4.9, 6+). In the country skirmish, Curtis Media Group-owned WQDR-FM. “Today’s Best Country 94.7 QDR” improves by one-half share (unchanged at #2) and iHeartMedia’s WNCB “B-93.9 #1 For New Country” notches an increase of six-tenths (#12 to #11). WQDR-FM follows February’s loss of six-tenths (5.8 – 5.2, 6+) with a combined +2.4 in March/April (5.2 – 7.1 – 7.6, 6+). Unlisted in January, WQDR-FM was previously a collective -1.9 through five successive decreases (6.8 – 6.5 – 6.3 – 5.8 – 5.2 – 4.9, 6+). Meanwhile, WNCB logs its fifth sweep in a row without a loss for a net gain of +1.3 (2.9 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.6 – 4.2, 6+). By posting a +.6 to 4.4 (steady at #10, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WDCG “G-105 Raleigh’s #1 Hit Music Station” pulls the plug on seven consecutive sweeps without an increase that accounted for a -1.6 (5.4 – 5.1 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.5 – 4.4 – 4.2 – 3.8, 6+). In six straight down or flat trends, Curtis Media Group’s similarly-formatted WPLW-FM “Pulse FM” is a collective -2.2 (5.2 – 5.1 – 4.4 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 3.4 – 3.0, flat at #13, 6+). Not only is Radio One urban AC WFXC +2.5 through four consecutive gains (7.2 – 8.7 – 8.9 – 9.2 – 9.7, 6+), “Foxy – Today’s R&B and Classic Soul” is #1 the fourth time in a row. After four straight sweeps on top, WFXC shifted to the runner-up slot in “Holiday” 2019. January 2019’s +1.1 took WFXC to 11.0, its highest 6+-stat in the PPM-era. A combined -2.7 in March/April (7.5 – 6.6 – 4.8, 6+), Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary WRAL “Mix 101.5 – The Variety That Makes You Feel Good” stumbles from fifth to ninth. “Mix” was +2.2 (“Holiday” 2019) and -1.7 (January). As a result of five consecutive down or flat trends, iHeartMedia Greensboro’s similarly-programmed WMAG is -2.0 (2.2 – 1.9 – .5 – .5 – .5 – .2, #22 to #23, 6+). After being +1.1 in three straight bumps (2.6 – 3.5 – 3.6 3.7, 6+), Curtis Media Group classic hits-oldies WKIX “Carolina’s Greatest Hits KIX 102.9” falters by eight-tenths (2.9, #11 to #14, 6+). Prior to gaining four-tenths in March, Radio One urban contemporary WQOK was an overall -2.5 in four straight downturns (7.5 – 6.8 – 6.3 – 5.1 – 5.0, 6+). In April, “K-97.5” sputters by one-half share to 4.9 (seventh to eighth, 6+). Down one-half share as well is iHeartMedia alternative WDCG-HD2 (.9 – .4, #19 to #21, 6+).

Indianapolis

Spoken-Word Formats – Not quite doubling (+4.9) its 6+ AQH share through four straight upticks, Emmis news/talk WIBC “Indy’s Mobile News 93.1” achieves double-digits (6+) and progresses from second to first (5.4 – 7.6 – 8.0 – 8.8 – 10.3, 6+). Its recent (6+) shifts include: -1.2 (April 2019); +.9 (June); -1.3 (“Holiday” 2019); +2.2 (January 2020); +.8 (March); and +1.5 (April 2020).

Its sports talk cluster-mate WFNI “The Fan – Indy’s Sports Center,” however, is -1.2 via three straight slips (3.0 – 2.8 – 2.7 – 1.8, #14 to #15, 6+). Regaining the two-tenths it lost in March (1.2 – 1.0 – 1.2, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WNDE “Indy’s Sports Station” repeats at #17.

Three straight improvements by WFYI led to an overall +1.6 (3.7 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.3 , 6+), but the Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting news/talk station spirals by -1.3 to 4.0 (seventh to ninth, 6+).

Indianapolis Music Formats – The wild ride plays on for Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WJJK “Classic Hits 104.5,” which boasts an April +2.2 (6.9 – 9.1, fifth to third, 6+). Having occupied the top spot 11 sweeps in a row, WJJK dropped to second in December. Its 11.1 (July and September) represents the highest 6+-share in the station’s PPM-history. Among WJJK’s recent (6+) fluctuations are: +1.7 (April 2019); +1.4 (July); -1.1 (August); +1.1 (September); -2.2 (December); -1.4 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.1 (January 2020); -1.0 (March); and +2.2 (April 2020). Bettering March’s +1.4 with an April +1.5, iHeartMedia-owned WFBQ “Q-95 Rocks” reaches the ten-share level (7.2 – 8.6 – 10.1, third to second, 6+). A combined -1.1 in February/March (6.9 – 6.6 – 5.8, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned WFMS “95.5 The Country Station” erases that deficit with a +1.3 to 7.1 (6+) and continues in sixth-place. Off two-tenths in March (7.5 – 7.3, 6+), WFMS’ format rival – Emmis-owned WLHK “Country 97.1 Hank-FM” – dials up a +1.0 to (8.3, 6+) and remains at #4. Radio One urban AC WTLC-FM purges February/March’s half share decrease (5.8 – 5.4 – 5.3, 6+) with a +.7 to 6.0 (steady at #7, 6+). On top the past five reports, Emmis adult contemporary WYXB “B-105.7” segues to fourth (9.5 – 8.3, -1.2, 6+). WYXB was an overall +10.8 through three increases in succession (7.4 – 8.8 – 10.2 – 18.2, 6+), but was then -9.3 in January/February (18.2 – 9.1 – 8.9, 6+). Its 18.2 (“Holiday” 2019) represents the strongest 6+-performance by any Indianapolis station in the PPM-era. Regressing by eight-tenths and seven-tenths, respectively, are Cumulus Media hot AC WNTR “107.9 The Mix” (#10 to #14) and Sarkes Tarzian triple A “WTTS “92.3 Experience The Music” (#10 to #11). In an alternating down/up sequence that began last August, “The Mix” is 3.7 – 2.9 – 3.3 – 2.9 – 3.4 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 2.7 – 2.8 – 2.0 (6+). As a result of three drops in a row, WTTS is -1.6 (4.7 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.1, 6+). Despite being down two-tenths to 4.3 (6+), Entercom CHR WZPL “99.5 ZPL” advances from ninth to eighth. The loss, however, suspends three straight gains that yielded a +1.3 (3.2 – 3.8 – 4.2 – 4.5, 6+). Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WKLU “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” posted a 3.4 (6+) in June but is unlisted the eleventh time in a row.

Milwaukee

Spoken-Word Formats – The news/talk station on top in this Wisconsin market in April 2020 is iHeartMedia’s WISN. “News/Talk 1130” is an astonishing +5.3 via four straight spikes including April’s mammoth +3.5 and crosses the nine-share level (4.0 – 4.2 – 5.2 – 5.8 – 9.3, fourth to first, 6+). Replicating March’s +.6 (5.1 – 5.7 – 6.3, 6+), Good Karma Brands’ WTMJ jumps from sixth to third. “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” was off eight-tenths in January/February (5.9 – 5.3 – 5.1, 6+). In six straight sweeps without a loss, Alpha Media’s Kenosha-licensed WLIP doubles (+.3) its 6+ AQH share (.3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .5 – .6, #20 to 18, 6+).

It’s a mixed-bag for the market’s four sports talkers. On the plus side, iHeartMedia’s WRNW “97.3 The Game – Milwaukee’s Sports Talk That Rocks” is up one-tenth (.6 – .7, #17 to #16, 6+) and Good Karma Brands’ WKTI “94.5 ESPN” is flat at .6 (#17 to #18, 6+). Dropping one-tenth are Entercom’s WSSP “Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan” (.6 – .5, #17 to #20, 6+) and iHeartMedia’s WOKY “The Big 920” (.4 – .3, flat at #22, 6). The latter has lost four-tenths in seven straight sweeps without an increase (.7 – .6 – .5 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .3, 6+).

As a result of four straight gains, University of Wisconsin news/talk WUWM is a collective +1.0 (4.0 – 4.2 – 4.4 – 4.5 – 5.0, eighth to fifth, 6+). Repeating March’s 1.4 (6+), Wisconsin Public Radio news/talk WHAD climbs from #13 to #12.  

Milwaukee Music Formats – In the Magnum Radio cluster, WVTY “92.1 VTY Country” more than triples (+1.8) its 6+ AQH share in March/April (.8 – 1.6 – 2.6, #12 to #11, 6+); however, WMBZ “92.9 Buzz Country” surrenders all but one-tenth of March’s +.8 (2.1 – 1.4, -.7, #11 to #12, 6+). The December 2019 through February 2020 topline for WVTY was .9 – .7 – .9 – .8 (6+). Prior to March, “Buzz Country” hadn’t had an increase the previous four sweeps for a net loss of four-tenths (1.7 – 1.4 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.3, 6+). An overall -3.0 in three straight setbacks (7.9 – 7.0 – 6.5 – 4.9, 6+), Entercom hot AC WMYX “99.1 The Mix” falls from second to eighth. WMYX had a January-only stay at the top. After posting an increase of seven-tenths in back-to-back sweeps (6.2 – 6.9 – 7.6, 6+), it faltered by -1.5 in “Holiday” 2019 before notching a +1.8 in January (6.1 – 7.9, 6+). Co-owned CHR WXSS “103.7 Kiss FM” is in an alternating up/down pattern which includes April’s -1.1: 4.0 – 4.4 – 3.8 – 4.1 – 3.9 – 4.2 – 3.1 (ninth to tenth, 6+). In March, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WRIT “95.7 Big FM Milwaukee’s Greatest Hits” and Milwaukee Radio Alliance adult contemporary WLDB “B-93.3” each plummeted by -1.2. Now in April, both falter by eight-tenths. After spending the past six reports at #1, WRIT segues to #2 (7.7 – 6.9, 6+). Previously, “Big FM” spent four straight months on top before slipping to the runner-up slot in October. “Holiday” 2019’s 11.8 is the strongest 6+-stat for any Milwaukee station since WRIT’s 11.6 in “Holiday” 2017. Its recent (6+) moves include: -1.5 (May 2019); -1.3 (October); +4.0 (“Holiday” 2019); -3.9 (January 2020); +1.0 (February); and -1.2 (March). Meanwhile, in four straight downturns, “B-93.3” has lost roughly 56% (-6.4) of its 6+ AQH share (11.4 – 7.3 – 7.0 – 5.8 – 5.0, fourth to fifth, 6+). “B-93.3” was a cumulative +6.2 as a result of three bumps in a row (5.2 – 5.7 – 6.8 – 11.4, 6+). With their “Holiday” 2019 (6+) AQH share and market rank information in parentheses, the following Saga Communications stations are unlisted the fourth 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 – Repeating in sixth-place, Cumulus Media’s WWTN “Super Talk 99.7” is up seven-tenths in March/April (4.7 – 5.3 – 5.4, 6+). WWTN was -.7 (December/“Holiday” 2019) and then +.7 (January 2020). Up one-half share in March/April (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.7, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WLAC “Talk Radio 1510” progresses from #16 to #13.

Cumulus Media-owned sports talk WGFX “104.5 The Zone” is an overall -2.8 in three drops in succession (4.7 – 3.2 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+). In that same timeframe, Cromwell Group-owned/similarly-formatted WPRT “102.5 The Game” has lost more than half (-.6) its 6+ AQH share (1.0 – .6 – .4 – .4, flat at #22, 6+).

Following January’s +1.1 (4.6 – 5.7, 6+), Nashville Public Radio’s WPLN-FM “NPR News and Classical Music” forfeits -1.7 in three straight slips (5.7 – 5.5 – 5.0 – 4.0, eighth to tenth, 6+).

Nashville Music Formats – Not only is Midwest Communications-owned adult hits WCJK an overall +3.0 in four straight spikes allowing it to cross the nine-share level (6.2 – 6.5 – 7.5 – 8.3 – 9.2, 6+), “96.3 Jack FM – Playing What We Want” advances from second to first. The last time Nashville’s version of “Jack-FM” occupied the top spot was November 2019. Knocked out of the penthouse after five consecutive sweeps there is WCJK’s adult contemporary sibling WJXA “Mix 92.9 – Your Life, Your Music” (9.7 – 8.1, -1.6, first to second, 6+). A combined +8.3 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.5 – 9.7 – 15.8, 6+), WJXA has been: +1.0 (May 2019); -1.6 (October); +2.2 (December); +6.1 (“Holiday” 2019); -5.5 (January 2020); +1.3 (February); -1.9 (March); and -1.6 (April). Winning ways continue for iHeartMedia’s WNRQ “105.9 The Rock,” which more than doubles (+3.4) its 6+-stat via four successive upticks including April’s hefty +2.1 (3.3 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 4.6 – 6.7, tenth to fifth, 6+). Advancing from fourth to third, co-owned urban contemporary WUBT 101.1 “The Beat” posts its fifth straight spike for a collective +2.2 (5.1 – 5.5 – 5.6 – 5.9 – 6.4 – 7.3, 6+). As a result of three straight boosts, Cumulus Media country outlet WKDF “Nash FM 103.3” is +1.7 (3.3 – 3.5 – 4.2 – 5.0, 6+) and reenters the top ten (#11 to #7).  Middle Tennessee State University’s WMOT “Roots Radio 89.5,” which lost three-tenths in three straight down or flat moves (.7 – .6 – .6 – .4, 6+), triples March’s .4 and enters the top twenty (1.2, +.8, #18, 6+). Three straight down or flat moves by Educational Media Foundation’s WLVU resulted in a -1.0 (2.4 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.4, 6+), but “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” is +.9 in March/April (1.4 – 1.8 – 2.3, #18 to #16, 6+). Drifting from fourth to tenth, iHeartMedia CHR WRVW “107.5 The River” is -3.1 in March/April (7.1 – 6.4 – 4.0, 6+), following January/February’s +1.5 (5.6 – 6.5 – 7.1, 6+). Just prior to the December 2019 report, WRVW netted nine-tenths via five straight sweeps without a loss (5.3 – 5.3 – 5.5 – 5.7 – 6.2 – 6.2, 6+), but was then -.6 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.2 – 6.1 – 5.6, 6+). Without an increase the past eight reports for a -1.2 (1.3 – 1.1 – .9 – .7 – .5 – .2 – .1 – .1 – .1, 6+), TBLC Media’s Spanish contemporary WNVL “Activa” disappears from print.

Providence

Spoken-Word Formats – In four straight positive or neutral trends – highlighted by April’s +2.3 – WPRO-AM “News Talk 630” has more than doubled (+3.6) its 6+ AQH share. The Cumulus Media-owned outlet  crosses the six-share level (2.5 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 6.1, 6+) and advances from seventh to fifth. Gaining nine-tenths in five straight sweeps without a loss (.4 – .6 – .8 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.3, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WHJJ “News Radio 920” progresses from #16 to #14. Cumulus Media’s WPRV “AM 790 Talk & Business” is up two-tenths (.4 – .6, #20 to #19, 6+).

Dropping from ninth to tenth, Entercom sports talk WVEI is a cumulative -1.7 in three straight slumps (4.1 – 3.4 – 3.1 – 2.4, 6+).

Following three improvements in a row for a +1.0 (1.2 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 2.2, 6+), iHeartMedia Boston news-talk hybrid WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” surrenders 70% of the windfall (1.5, -.7, #12 to #13, 6+).

After three straight up or flat moves yielded nine-tenths (2.3 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 3.2, 6+), WGBH Educational Foundation Boston news/talk WGBH drops two-tenths to 3.0 (eighth to ninth, 6+). More than doubling (+1.2) its 6+ AQH share in March/April (.9 – 1.4 – 2.1, 6+), Rhode Island Public Radio news/talk WNPN progresses from #13 to #11.

Down three-tenths in February/March (.7 – .6 – .4, 6+), The Wheeler School-owned news/talk WELH “89.3 The Public’s Radio” regains two-tenths to .6 (#20 to #19, 6+).

Providence Music Formats – On the heels of regressing six-tenths in March, Hall Broadcasting’s WCTK roars back with a +1.9 (7.9 – 9.8, third to second, 6+). “Cat Country 98.1” was +2.1 in January/February (6.4 – 7.8 – 8.5, 6+), directly after “Holiday” 2019’s -1.9 (8.3 – 6.4, 6+). Up two-tenths in March (2.1 – 2.3, 6+), Townsquare Media CHR WFHN “Fun 107 The Southcoast’s #1 Hit Music Station” adds a +1.0 to 3.3 (6+) and enters the top ten (#11 to #8). After being an overall +2.6 through three successive increases (8.0 – 9.4 – 10.2 – 10.6, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WHJY drops four-tenths to 10.2 (6+). Nonetheless, “94 HJY Providence’s Home of Rock & Roll” is #1 the fourth time in a row. On top four consecutive months, WHJY segued to the runner-up slot in “Holiday” 2019, when it was -1.3. The three latest shifts by Cumulus Media adult contemporary WWLI “Lite Rock 105” are: -8.3 (16.8 – 8.9 – 8.5, January/February, 6+); +1.3 (8.5 – 9.8, March, 6+); and now -1.9 in April (9.8 – 7.9, second to third, 6+). Sputtering by six-tenths and one-half share, respectively, are WWLI’s rhythmic CHR sibling WWKX “Hot 106” (#10 to #12) and iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WJMN “JAM’N 94.5” (#15 to #17). “Hot” is off eight-tenths in March/April (2.6 – 2.4 – 1.8, 6+), while WJMN is down the third time in a row for a -1.0 (1.7 – 1.4 – 1.2 – .7, 6+). Unlisted the 11th month in a row are Red Wolf Broadcasting Spanish tropical WKKB “Latina 100.3,” which posted a 1.2 in June (#16, 6+) and classic hits-oldies sibling WSKP “Good Times … Great Oldies” (.8, #19, June 2019, 6+).

Norfolk

Spoken-Word Formats – Slipping from #11 to #13, Max Broadcast Group sports talk WVSP “ESPN Radio 94.1” is down or flat the seventh straight time 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 – Expunging February/March’s -1.0 (7.4 – 6.7 – 6.4, 6+) with an April +1.1 to 7.5 (6+), iHeartMedia’s WOWI “103 Jamz” continues in the runner-up slot. More than five full-shares ahead of WOWI is Entercom urban AC WVKL (13.6 – 12.6, -1.0, 6+), which is #1 the 17th consecutive ratings period. “Smooth R&B from Yesterday & Today” was –1.5 in February and +.7 in March. Just prior to February, WVKL was an overall +2.7 in three straight gains (11.7 – 12.7 – 14.1 – 14.4, 6+). Its August 9.1 (6+) marked the first time since January 2014 (9.8) that WVKL failed to log double-digits (6+). The 15.5 it posted in August 2018 holds the record for highest 6+-performance by any Norfolk station in the PPM-era. After losing more than 60% (-7.7) of its 6+ AQH share through three straight downturns (12.4 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.7, 6+), adult contemporary sibling WWDE “101.3 2WD” picks up one-tenth to 4.8 (6+) and continues at #3. Faltering by seven-tenths each are Max Broadcast Group country WGH-FM “97.3 The Eagle” (fourth to fifth) and iHeartMedia rhythmic hot AC WMOV “MOViN’ 107.7” (1.0, #11 to #14, 6+). “The Eagle” is without an increase the third time in a row for a -1.0 (4.2 – 4.2 – 3.9 – 3.2, 6+); WMOV was up six-tenths in February/March (1.1 – 1.3 – 1.7, 6+). Off one-half share each are Entercom rhythmic CHR and hot AC cluster-mates WNVZ “Z-104 Norfolk Rhythmic Music” (fifth to sixth) and WPTE “94.9 The Point” (flat at #7). In March/April, “Z-104” is down seven-tenths (3.9 – 3.7 – 3.2, 6+), while “The Point” has lost nine-tenths in the same stretch (3.9 – 3.5 – 3.0, 6+). In three consecutive increases, Max Broadcast Group CHR WVHT was +1.6 (2.0 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 3.6, 6+) and crossed the three-share level (3.6) for the first time since July (3.1). While down one-tenth in April to 3.5 (6+), “Hot 100 Today’s Hits Now” nonetheless advances from sixth to fourth. These three Saga Communications-owned properties are unlisted the third 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 – A whopping +5.3 through five consecutive upticks (8.1 – 8.3 – 9.8 – 10.4 – 11.8 – 13.4, 6+), Cox Media Group news/talk WOKV-FM “104.5 Jacksonville’s News, Weather, and Traffic” repeats at #1.

A combined +.6 in March/April (.8 – 1.2 – 1.4, 6+), iHeartMedia sports talk WFXJ “930 The Game – Jacksonville’s Sports Leader” advances from #17 to #15. After posting a .3 (6+) in February and March, Cox Media Group sports talk WOKV-AM “690 AM ESPN Jacksonville” is unlisted in April.

Public radio news/talk WJCT follows March’s half-share improvement (3.4 – 3.9, 6+) with a loss of seven-tenths and exits the top ten (3.2, #10 to #11, 6+).

Jacksonville Music Formats – Augmenting its March increase of three-tenths (2.5 – 2.8, 6+) with an April +1.0, iHeartMedia’s rock-formatted WWJK “107.3 Planet Radio” enters the top ten (3.8, #13 to #9, 6+). Co-owned urban contemporary WJBT “93.3 The Beat,” which was -1.3 in March (6.1 – 4.8, 6+), rebounds with a gain of six-tenths (5.4, eighth to sixth, 6+). By picking up one-tenth to 1.3 (#17 to #16, 6+), Cox Media Group-owned WXXJ “X-106.5 Jacksonville’s New Alternative” applies the brakes to nine consecutive down or flat sweeps that accounted for a collective -1.7 (2.9 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.2, 6+). The market’s (6+) country share softens by -2.0 as Renda Broadcasting’s WGNE “99.9 Gator Country” is -1.4 (sixth to eighth) and iHeartMedia-owned WQIK “Jacksonville’s Country 99.1 is -.6 (ninth to tenth). WGNE continues its alternating down/up pattern: 4.0 – 5.5 – 5.0 – 5.4 – 4.0 (6+). Without an increase the third time in a row, WQIK is -1.0 in that period (4.6 – 4.6 – 4.2 – 3.6, 6+). Flat in seventh-place, Cox Media Group CHR WAPE “95.1 Jacksonville’s #1 Hit Music Station” is a combined -1.0 in March/April (5.3 – 5.1 – 4.3, 6+).

West Palm Beach

Spoken-Word Formats – An overall +1.9 in four consecutive reports without a loss (2.8 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 4.7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WJNO “1290 The Palm Beaches’ News & Talk” progresses from fifth to fourth. Following February’s -1.2 (2.9 – 1.7, 6+), co-owned news/talk WZZR “Real Radio 94.3 – Real Talk For The Palm Beaches” is a combined +.5 in March/April (1.7 – 2.0 – 2.2, steady at #11, 6+). Without an increase the sixth time in a row for a one-third loss (-1.4) of its 6+ AQH share (2.1 – 1.4 – 1.1 – 1.1 – .8 – .8 – .7, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WFTL “News Talk 850” nonetheless climbs from #21 to #16. Tied with WFTL in a four-way scrum at #16 is iHeartMedia Miami news/talk WIOD “610 News Radio” (.6 – .7, +.1, #22 to #16, 6+).

The November 2019 through April 2020 topline for Hubbard Broadcasting’s WMEN “Fox Sports 640 AM South Florida” is: .4 – .4 – .3 – .4 – .3 – .2 – .2 (#25 to #22, 6+).

Despite being an overall +.9 in four straight reports without a loss (2.0 – 2.5 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+), Dade County School Board public radio news/talk WLRN backslides from eighth to ninth. WLRN was +.8 (December) and -1.0 (Holiday” 2019).

West Palm Beach Music Formats – The four latest fluctuations by Hubbard Broadcasting urban AC WMBX “X-102.3” are +1.8 (January); -2.3 (February); -1.5 (March); and +.8 in April (5.0 – 6.8 – 4.5 – 3.0 – 3.8, steady at #7, 6+). Nearly doubling (+1.7) its 6+ AQH stat in three straight spikes (1.9 – 2.5 – 2.9 – 3.6, 6+), iHeartMedia Spanish contemporary WRLX “Mia 92.1” continues in eighth-place. Co-owned CHR WLDI “WiLD 95.5 The Palm Beaches’ #1 Hit Music Station” gains eight-tenths in three successive sweeps without a loss and reaches the four-share level (3.3 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 4.0, fifth to sixth, 6+). The three stations deadlocked at #1 in March all experience April erosion. Emerging in sole possession of first-place is Hubbard Broadcasting classic hits-oldies WEAT “Sunny 107.9” (7.7 – 7.2, -.5, 6+). “Sunny” was up three-tenths in February/March (7.4 – 7.6 – 7.7, 6+). It now has a half-share lead over iHeartMedia-owned adult contemporary WOLL (7.7 – 6.7, -1.0, first to second, 6+). Immediately prior, “Today’s Kool 105.5” was +3.1 as a result of three consecutive improvements (4.6 – 6.3 – 7.6 – 7.7, 6+), which directly followed five downturns in succession for an overall -2.8 (7.4 – 6.9 – 6.8 – 5.8 – 5.6 – 4.6, 6+). The third part of that March #1 triangle – Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WRMF “Variety from the 90s and Now” – falters by -1.2 (7.7 – 6.5, 6+) and falls to third. Off -1.0 in March, WRMF had been on top three straight months. WRMF dropped one-tenth in February, following January’s +1.1. After spending 12 ratings periods at #1, WRMF slid to #2 in “Holiday” 2019 (-1.5). It substituted November’s -.6 with December’s +.6  (9.2 – 8.6 – 9.2, 6+). Plummeting by -1.0 each are iHeartMedia classic rock WKGR “Gater 98.7” (4.3, fourth to fifth, 6+) and Spanish contemporary cluster-mate WZTU “Tu 94.9” (#16 to #20). A collective +1.9 in three bumps in a row (3.1 – 3.7 – 3.9 – 5.0, November 2019 through January 2020, 6+), WKGR erased February’s loss of six-tenths with a March +.9 (4.4 – 5.3, 6+). WZTU continues an alternating down/up sequence: 1.5 – 1.3 – 1.4 – .9 – 1.8 – 1.3 – 1.4 – .4 (6+). Remaining at #10, Hubbard-owned WIRK “New Country 103.1” is down or flat the sixth straight sweep for an overall -2.8 (5.5 – 4.7 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 3.7 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+).

Greensboro

Spoken-Word Formats – As a result of four straight bumps, iHeartMedia news/talk WPTI “94.5 Your News, Talk, & Sports Station” is a collective +2.6 (3.0 – 3.9 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 5.6, 6+) and pushes up from seventh to sixth.

Unlisted in January, Curtis Media Group sports talk WSJS “Triad Sports” is trending .7 – .8 – -.5 (February – March – April, flat at #15, 6+).

Off four-tenths to 3.0 (6+), Wake Forest University news/talk WFDD exits the top ten (#10 to #11). It had been an overall +1.3 as a result of three successive increases (2.1 – 3.0 – 3.3 – 3.4, 6+). The “Holiday” 2019 through April 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 (flat at #14,  6+).

Greensboro Music Formats – Off three-tenths in March (3.0 – 2.7, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WVBZ “105.7 Man Up!” answers with an April uptick of eight-tenths to 3.5 (6+) and enters the top ten (#11 to #10). Adding six-tenths to its half-share gain in March (7.2 – 7.7 – 8.3, 6+), Dick Broadcasting’s WKRR “Rock 92” jumps from fourth to second. In addition to being a collective +1.2 in three straight spikes (9.9 – 10.5 – 10.8 – 11.1, 6+), Entercom urban AC WQMG “97.1 QMG The Best R&B and Old School” repeats at #1. 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. An overall -1.6 in three successive setbacks (5.7 – 5.5 – 4.8 – 4.1, 6+), Dick Broadcasting CHR WKZL “107.5 KZL The #1 Hit Music Station” falls from eighth to ninth. Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WMKS “100.3 Kiss-FM All The Hits” has lost eight-tenths in March/April (2.8 – 2.6 – 2.0, unchanged at #12, 6+). Forfeiting one-half share each are Entercom adult hits WSMW “98.7 Simon Says We Play Everything” (second to fourth, 6+); iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMAG (flat at #5, 6+); and Entercom’s country WPAW “93.1 The Wolf” (sixth to seventh, 6+). In three straight drops, “Simon” is -2.8 (10.4 – 8.9 – 8.1 – 7.6, 6+). Its recent (6+) fluctuations include: -1.6 (April 2019); +1.1 (May); -1.0 (July); +1.4 (September); +1.0 (November); -1.2 (December); -2.2 (“Holiday” 2019); and +1.9 (January 2020); In November 2019, “Simon” hit the eleven-share level (11.9, 6+) for the first time since February 2018 (11.4). After improving by seven-tenths in February (7.4 – 8.1, 6+), WMAG is -1.0 in March/April (8.1 – 7.6 – 7.1, 6+). Following its “Holiday” 2019-only stay at #1, WMAG plummeted by roughly 54% (-8.8) of its 6+ AQH share (16.2 – 7.4, 6+). Immediately before that, four successive spikes netted WMAG a +9.9 (6.3 – 6.4 – 7.5 – 10.2 – 16.2, 6+). In an alternating up/down pattern that started in December, “The Wolf” is: 4.9 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 5.3 – 4.8 (6+).

Memphis

Spoken-Word Formats – An overall +2.6 via four consecutive spikes, iHeartMedia news/talk WREC “600 AM – Memphis’ News, Traffic, & Weather” hits the seven-share threshold (4.4 – 4.6 – 5.1 – 5.6 – 7.0, fifth to fourth, 6+).

Repeating at #13, Entercom’s WMFS “ESPN Sports Radio” is -1.6 in three straight slips (3.4 – 3.1 – 2.3 – 1.8, 6+). Locked on .3 (6+) in February and March, co-owned WMC-AM “ESPN 790” drops one-tenth to .2 (#20 to #21, 6+).

Memphis Music Formats – In addition to more than doubling (+2.2) its 6+ AQH stat by notching five straight up or flat moves (1.9 – 1.9 – 2.2 – 2.7 – 3.0 – 4.1, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WDIA “1070 The Heart & Soul of Memphis” cracks the top ten (#11 to #8). A combined +1.3 in March/April (6.8 – 7.3 – 8.1, 6+), WDIA’s urban contemporary sibling – WHRK “K-97” – continues in third-place. “K-97” was -1.0 in January/February (7.8 – 6.9 – 6.8, 6+). In six down or flat reports in a row, urban AC cluster-mate KJMS was -3.0 (10.5 – 10.5 – 9.7 – 9.4 – 9.2 – 8.8 – 8.5, 6+); however, “V-101” pulls the plug with a +.2 to 8.7 (6+) and continues at #2. In February, KJMS exited the top spot after 16 consecutive times there. The alternating up/down sequence by Shelby County Schools urban AC WQOX “The Voice of SCS” includes April’s half share increase: 1.3 – 1.0 – 1.5 – 1.1 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.7 (#15 to #14, 6+). While adult contemporary endured a very harsh April 2020 sweep, both of Memphis’ ACs notch modest increases: Entercom’s WRVR “104.5 The River” gains four-tenths (5.0 – 5.4, seventh to sixth, 6+), while Cumulus Media’s WKIM “98.9 The Bridge” is up one-tenth (1.2 – 1.3, #15 to #16, 6+). “The River” had been -4.0 as a result of three consecutive downturns (9.0 – 6.3 – 5.7 – 5.0, 6+). The Bridge” was up three-tenths in February and down one-half share in March. In addition to being #1 the third month in a row, Cumulus Media urban-rhythmic oldies WRBO is +2.8 in three straight jumps (8.3 – 9.1 – 11.0 – 11.1, 6+). In March, “103.5 The Best Mix of R&B” hit double-digits (11.0) for the first time since November 2018 (10.7). Entering the January sweep, WRBO was +1.4 in three straight increases (7.1 – 7.3 – 7.9 – 8.5, 6+). A cumulative -3.1 as a result of three successive setbacks (8.3 – 7.8 – 6.2 – 5.2, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned gospel WHAL falls from fourth to seventh. “Hallelujah 95.7 – Memphis’ Inspiration Station” was off six-tenths in December and +1.8 “Holiday” 2019/January 2020. Including its current -.8, Entercom hot AC WMC-FM “FM 100 Today’s Best Mix” continues an alternating up/down pattern: 3.9 – 4.8 – 4.5 – 4.9 – 3.8 – 4.3 – 3.5 (eighth to tenth, 6+). In the country battle, Cumulus Media’s WGKX “Today’s Best Country Kix 106” is down eight-tenths (#9 to #11), while Entercom’s WLFP “94.1 The Wolf” loses seven-tenths (2.2, flat at #12, 6+). The last four moves by “Kix 106” are +.9 (January); -.5 (February); +.6 (March); and -.8 in April (4.1 – 3.3, 6+). WGKX was -1.7 in December/“Holiday 2019.” Meanwhile, “The Wolf” gained one-half share in February and was -.6 in March (3.5 – 2.9, 6+).

Hartford

Spoken-Word Formats – Unchanged at #4, Entercom-owned WTIC-AM “News Talk 1080” is a collective  +1.9 through four consecutive increases (5.7 – 6.1 – 6.2 – 7.2 – 7.6, 6+). After doubling its 6+ AQH share in February/March (.6 – .8 – 1.2, 6+), Red Wolf Broadcasting news/talk WDRC-AM “AM 1360 The Talk of Connecticut” forfeits one-half share to .7 (#13 to #14, 6+). It is tied with iHeartMedia’s WPOP  (.2 – .7, +.5, #15 to #14, 6+).“News Radio 1410” logged a .1 (6+) 21 straight times and then posted a .2 (6+) in back-to-back reports.

In three straight slumps, WPOP’s sports talk cluster-mate, WUCS “97.9 ESPN Hartford,” loses eight-tenths (1.9 – 1.8 – 1.6 – 1.1, #12 to #13, 6+).

A combined +1.1 in January/February (3.5 – 4.1 – 4.6, 6+), Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network news/talk WNPR “Connecticut’s Public Media Source for News & Ideas” is -1.6 in March/April (4.6 – 4.3 – 3.0, #9 to #10, 6+). As a result of three straight sweeps without an increase, University of Massachusetts-owned WFCR “New England Public Radio” loses half (-.2) is 6+ AQH share (.4 – .3 – .2 – .2, #15 to #16, 6+).

Hartford Music Formats –  A combined -.5 in February/March (7.9 – 7.5 – 7.4, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WWYZ “Country 92.5” explodes with a +2.4 to 9.8 (6+) and storms from third to first. As a result, it ends at 46  Entercom adult contemporary WRCH’s consecutive string of #1 finishes. A combined -2.1 in March/April (11.0 – 9.9 – 8.9, 6+), “Lite 100.5” segues to the runner-up slot. WRCH 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 of any Hartford station since WRCH’s 18.0 in “Holiday” 2018. Recent (6+) WRCH shifts include: -1.3 (April 2019); +1.0 (May); -1.0 (July); +1.2 (September); +1.7 (December); +6.9 (“Holiday” 2019); -7.7 (January 2020); -1.1 (March); and -1.0 (April 2020). Off three-tenths in February (6.8 – 6.5, 6+), Red Wolf Broadcasting classic rock WDRC-FM “102.9 The Whale” counters with a +2.4 in March/April (6.5 – 7.6 – 8.9, 6+) and is tied with WRCH at #2. Unchanged at #8, Entercom-owned hot AC WTIC-FM “96.5 TIC-FM” continues an alternating up/down pattern that includes April’s -1.5 (6.2 – 7.3 – 6.2 – 6.4 – 5.5 – 5.6 – 4.1, 6+). Three drops in succession by iHeartMedia CHR WKSS “Kiss 95.7 – All The Hits” result in a -2.6 (7.4 – 6.1 – 5.9 – 4.8, flat at #7, 6+). Reaching the market from New Haven, co-owned/similarly-formatted WKCI “KC-101” is off six-tenths in March/April (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.5, #12, 6+). Without an increase the tenth time in succession for a net loss of three-tenths (.5 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .2, 6+), Red Wolf Broadcasting classic hits-oldies WNTY “Kool Radio – Good Times/Great Oldies” drops from #14 to #16.

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