Category: Ratings Takeaways

January 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Two

| February 20, 2020

January 2020 PPM Data. Information for the January 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 January 2020 survey period covered January 2 – 29. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM-markets below.

Washington, DC

Spoken-Word Formats – Off a combined seven-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.7 – 5.5 – 5.0, 6+), Cumulus Media news/talk WMAL absolutely obliterates that shortfall with a robust +1.9 (6.9, seventh to fifth, 6+). Furthermore, 6.9 represents the best 6+-stat in WMAL’s PPM-history, eclipsing its 6.8 in March 2019. This marks the 19th sweep in succession that Radio One’s WOL “News Talk – Where Information Is Power” is unlisted.

After posting 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 highest 6+-share (4.8) by any D.C. sports talk outlet in the PPM-era, Entercom sports talk WJFK-FM “106.7 The Fan” was -2.7 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.8 – 2.7 – 2.1, 6+). The flagship of the 2019 World Series champion Nationals bounces back in January though with a +.5 (2.6 #16 to #15, 6+). Through four down or flat moves in a row, Radio One’s similarly-formatted WTEM “980 The Team” is off three-tenths (1.1 – 1.0 – 1.0 – .8 – .8, #19 to #20, 6+). Although flat at .2 (6+), Cumulus Media sports talk WSBN “ESPN 630 AM The Sports Capitol” falls from #26 to #28.

Erasing nearly half of December/“Holiday” 2019’s -1.2 (8.1 – 7.9 – 6.9, 6+) with a January 2020 +.5 to 7.4 (6+), Hubbard Broadcasting all-news WTOP-FM climbs from third to second. It segued to the runner-up slot in July, following six straight months at #1. Entercom business news WDCH drops one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.6 – .5 – .4, #23 to #24, 6+).

Recent shifts by American University-owned news/talk WAMU “The Mind Is Our Medium” include: -.8 (8.2 – 7.4, September, 6+); +.7 (7.4 – 8.1, October, 6+); +.8 (8.1 – 8.9, November, 6+); -2.3 (8.8 – 6.5, “Holiday” 2019); and now +.8 in January 2020 (6.5 – 7.3, fourth to third, 6+). Before dropping to fourth in “Holiday” 2019, WAMU was on top the previous three reports.

Washington, DC Music Formats – As a result of three straight bumps, Atlantic Gateway Communications contemporary Christian WGTS “91.9 Christian Music Radio” is an overall +2.2 and crosses the seven-share threshold (5.0 – 5.9 – 6.2 – 7.2, fifth to fourth, 6+). Wiping away all but one-tenth of its combined December/“Holiday” 2019 loss of six-tenths (2.8 – 2.6 – 2.2, 6+) with a January 2020 +.5 to 2.7 (6+),  iHeartMedia-owned WMZQ “98.7 Today’s Best Country” elevates from #15 to #13. An uptick of one-tenth (7.4 – 7.5, 6+) is sufficient to propel Radio One urban AC WMMJ “Majic” from second to first. From September 2019 through January 2020, “Majic” has been -.8 (8.2 – 7.4, September, 6+); +.6 (7.4 – 8.0, October, 6+); -.6 (8.0 – 7.4, November, 6+); +.2 (7.4 – 7.6, December, 6+); -.2 (7.6 – 7.4, “Holiday” 2019, 6+); and +.1 In January. Even though Howard University’s similarly-formatted WHUR is up eight-tenths in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (5.2 – 5.8 – 6.0, 6+), it backslides from sixth to seventh. When WHUR added two-tenths in November, it suspended five down or flat reports in a row that accounted for a collective -1.3 (6.5 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.2, 6+). It proves to be a “Holiday” 2019-only stay at #1 for iHeartMedia adult contemporary WASH “Variety of the 80s, 90s, & Today” (12.9 – 6.7, -.6.2, 6+), which drifts from first to sixth. Down seven-tenths in November, after being a combined +.8 in September/October (5.3 – 5.6 – 6.1, 6+), WASH answered with a combined +7.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.4 – 8.1 – 12.9, 6+). Down or flat the sixth time in succession for a net loss of -1.1 (3.7 – 3.7 – 3.3 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+), Entercom rhythmic CHR WPGC slips from #13 to #15.

Boston

Spoken-Word Formats – Four consecutive down or flat reports by iHeartMedia news/talk WRKO led to a collective -1.1 (3.9 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.2 – 2.8, 6+); however, “AM 680 – The Voice of Boston” responds with a +.7 to 3.5 (#12 to #10, 6+). The just-concluded negative streak directly followed nine successive positive or neutral trends that yielded a +1.8 (2.1 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 3.9, 6+). Albeit without a loss the fourth report in a row for a net gain of two-tenths (.3 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .5, 6+), co-owned WXKS-AM “Talk 1200” slips from  #27 to #28.

Adding three-tenths to “Holiday” 2019’s +.4 (5.1 – 5.5 – 5.8, 6+), Beasley Media Group-owned WBZ-FM  (Celtics, Bruins) inches up from fifth to fourth; “98.5 The Sports Hub” was -1.1 in December. November’s 6.2 was its best 6+-stat since May (7.0). A combined -1.1 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.9 – 4.6 – 3.8, 6+), Entercom-owned sports talker WEEI-FM ends the mini-skid with a +.4 to 4.2 (6+) and is unchanged at #7. Four consecutive positive or neutral reports by WEEI-FM accounted for a +1.6 (3.3 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.4 – 4.9, 6+). November 2019’s 4.9 represents the strongest 6+-showing for WEEI-FM since its 5.7 in November 2018.

On the heels of “Holiday” 2019’s +1.2 (4.8 – 6.0, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned news-talk hybrid WBZ-AM tacks on two-tenths to 6.2 (6+) and repeats at #3. This (6.2) is the best 6+-showing for “News Radio 1030” since March 2018 (6.4, 6+).

Reducing its December/“Holiday” 2019 -1.8 (4.5 – 3.9 – 2.7, 6+) by one-third with a January 2020 +.6 to 3.3 (6+), Boston University news/talk WBUR climbs from #13 to #12; WBUR was +1.0 in November (3.5 – 4.5, 6+). It is three-tenths ahead of WGBH Educational Foundation news/talk WGBH, which is in alternating up/down pattern that begin in September (3.0 – 3.7 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 2.7 – 3.0, flat at #13, 6+).

Boston Music Formats – Erasing all but four-tenths of its combined -2.3 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (8.5 – 8.1 – 6.2, 6+) with a hearty January 2020 +1.9 to 8.1 (6+), WROR “105.7 – 80s & More” moves back to the top spot. The Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies outlet was the market leader nine survey periods in a row, before segueing to second in “Holiday” 2019. October’s increase of three-tenths followed WROR’s combined -1.2 in August/September (8.8 – 7.7 – 7.6, 6+). Purging “Holiday” 2019’s loss of nine-tenths with a +1.1 (5.6 – 6.7, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WXKS-FM “Kiss 108” jumps from fourth to second. Its August 2019 through December 2019 topline was: 6.3 – 6.3 – 6.5 – 6.4 – 6.5 (6+). Down seven-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.0 – 3.7 – 3.3, 6+), Beasley Media Group’s WKLB “Country 102.5” eradicates that deficit with a +.8 to 4.1 (6+) and is unchanged in eighth-place. Immediately after surrendering one-half share (5.5 – 5.0, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WZLX “100.7 Boston’s Classic Rock” logs an increase of seven-tenths to 5.7 (sixth to fifth, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s 5.0 was the lowest 6+-stat for WZLX since July 2018 (4.8). With a November – December – “Holiday” 2019 topline of 3.0 – 3.1 – 3.0 (6+), Beasley Media Group-owned WBOS “Boston’s Rock 92.9” breaks out a +.6 to 3.6 (tenth to ninth, 6+). Up one-half share (each) are Entercom hot AC WWBX “Mix 104.1 Boston’s Best Variety” (3.4, steady at #11, 6+) and Northeast Broadcasting triple A WXRV “92.5 The River – Boston’s Independent Radio” (3.0, #15 to #13, 6+). “Mix” had been within 3.0 – 3.9 (6+) range ten sweeps in succession, before faltering by six-tenths in “Holiday” 2019 to 2.9 (6+). “The River” posted a 2.5 in three of the last four reports (2.5 – 3.0 – 2.5 – 2.5, 6+). The market’s 6+ adult contemporary share deflates by -10.9. Taking the brunt of the hit is Entercom-owned WMJX “Magic 106.7 – Today’s Hits/Yesterday’s Favorites” (15.2 – 5.7, -9.5, first to fifth, 6+). Entering the January 2020 sweep, “Magic” was a collective +10.5 in three jumps in a row (4.7 – 5.8 – 8.0 – 15.2, 6+). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WSRS “Worcester’s At-Work Station,” which had a November – December – “Holiday” 2019 topline of .6 – 1.2 – 2.0 (6+), spirals by 70% to .6 (-1.4, #18 to #27, 6+). In seven down or flat reports in a row, co-owned urban AC WKAF was a cumulative -1.6 (2.7 – 2.6 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 1.8 – 1.3 – 1.1, 6+) but “97.7 The Beat of Boston” applies the brakes with a +.3 to 1.4 (#23 to #22, 6+).

Miami

Spoken-Word Formats – Up one-tenth, following “Holiday” 2019’s half-share loss, iHeartMedia news/talk WIOD “News Radio 610 Miami’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” nonetheless slips from #17 to #20 (2.5 – 2.0 – 2.1, 6+).

After almost tripling its 6+ AQH share (+.7) through five consecutive increases (.5 – 6 – .7 – 1.0 – 1.2 – 1.4, 6+), Entercom-owned WQAM “560 The Joe” (Florida Panthers) is now off one-half share via three dips in a row (1.4 – 1.3 – 1.1 – .9, #23 to #25, 6+). Co-owned WAXY “Sports Talk 790 The Ticket” (Heat) is up one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.6 – .7 – .8, steady at #27, 6+).

An increase of nine-tenths (2.0 – 2.9, 6+) takes Dade County School Board news/talk WLRN from #17 to a three-way tie at #13.

In the Spanish news/talk arena, Union Radio Network of Florida’s WURN-AM “Actualidad 1040” gains one-half share (1.7 – 2.2, flat at #19, 6+).

Miami Music Formats – Off four-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.6 – 6.2 – 6.2, 6+), Cox Media Group urban AC WHQT “Hot 105” dials up a +1.0 (third to second) and reaches the seven-share level (7.2) for the first time since August’s 7.0. Without an increase the past eight survey periods for a net loss of -1.4 (3.1 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 1.7, 6+), Entercom-owned WKIS “Kiss Country 99.9” pulls the plug with a January 2020 +.9 to 2.6 (#19 to #16, 6+). Nearly negating December/“Holiday” 2019’s loss of six-tenths (6.2 – 6.0 – 5.6, 6+) with a January 2020 +.5 to 6.1 (6+), Univision Radio Spanish contemporary WAMR “Amor 107.5” proceeds from fourth to third. In the market’s CHR tussle, the four-tenths of a share advantage (6+) Cox Media Group’s WFLC “Hits 97.3” held over iHeartMedia-owned WHYI “Y-100 Miami’s #1 Hit Music Station” has flipped to a two-tenths lead (6+) for “Y-100.” Specifically, “Hits” is down eight-tenths in three straight reports without an increase (3.7 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 2.9, #11 to a three-way tie at #13, 6+). “Y-100,” which was off four-tenths via three down or flat moves in a row (3.4 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+), picks up one-tenth to 3.1 (#14 to #12, 6+). Its just-concluded negative streak directly followed four straight positive or neutral trends that netted eight-tenths (2.6 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.4, 6+). Prior to faltering by three-tenths in December, WFLC was up seven-tenths through three bumps in a row (3.0 – 3.1 – 3.5 – 3.7, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s first-place tie between two adult contemporary foes is broken in January 2020. Coming out on top is Cox Media Group’s WFEZ “Easy 93.1,” which posts its fifth straight report without a decrease for a net gain of one-half share (7.0 – 7.0 – 7.0 – 7.5 – 7.5 – 7.5, 6+); “Easy” is #1 the 14th consecutive time. WFEZ was down eight-tenths in February; up by that same magnitude in March; and notched an improvement of eight-tenths in June. Meanwhile, Entercom-owned WLYF “101.5 Lite FM,” which was an overall +2.2 in four successive sweeps without a loss (5.3 – 5.8 – 5.8 – 6.6 – 7.5, 6+), erodes by -1.6 to 5.9 (first-place tie to fourth, 6+). Within 3.1 – 3.7 territory in each of the last seven sweeps (3.2 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.7, 6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WMIB “103.5 The Beat” forfeits eight-tenths to 2.9 (#9 to #13, 6+).

Seattle

Spoken-Word Formats – The September 2019 through “Holiday” 2019 topline for Bonneville-owned KIRO-FM was: 5.0 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 5.0 – 4.9, 6+). In January 2010, “97.3 Seattle’s News/Seattle’s Talk” busts out a +1.1 to 6.0 (6+) and progresses from fifth to second. News/talk cluster-mate KTTH “Conservative Talk Radio” is up one-half share in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (1.6 – 1.8 – 2.1, #22 to #21, 6+). After surrendering one-third (-.4) of its 6+ AQH share in December/“Holiday” 2019 (1.2 – 1.1 – .8, 6+), Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned KVI “Talk Radio 570” answers with a +.6 to 1.4 (unchanged at #25, 6+).

Slipping from #11 to #12, Bonneville sports talk KIRO-AM “ESPN 710” is down or flat the third time in a row for a net loss of four-tenths (3.9 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.5, 6+). Although iHeartMedia-owned KJR-AM gains one-tenth (1.8 – 1.9, 6+), “Seattle’s Sports Radio 950” backslides from #22 to #23. KJR-AM more than quadrupled (+1.6) its 6+ AQH share in five consecutive positive or neutral moves (.5 – .8 – 1.3 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 2.1, 6+) but lost three-tenths in “Holiday” 2019.

In three successive down or flat trends, KOMO forfeited a collective half-share (3.1 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 2.6, 6+) but the Sinclair Broadcast Group all-news operation erases that deficit with a +.6 to 3.2 (#18 to #14), its best 6+-showing since August (3.2, as well).

Answering “Holiday” 2019’s -.8 with an increase of two-tenths (6.1 – 5.3 – 5.5, 6+), Northwest Public Radio news/talk KUOW carries on in third-place. Prior to “Holiday” 2018, KUOW was a cumulative +1.6 through three straight improvements (4.5 – 5.0 – 5.5 – 6.1, 6+).

Seattle Music Formats – Two negative streaks involving country outlets conclude as Entercom’s KKWF “100.7 The Wolf #1 For Country” is up one-tenth to 3.9 (flat at #9, 6+) and Hubbard Broadcasting-owned KNUC “New Country 98.9 The Bull” gains one-tenth as well (2.6, #19 to #18, 6+). “The Wolf “ had been -1.1 via three slips in succession (4.9 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 3.8, 6+). This immediately followed three straight increases that netted eight-tenths (4.1 – 4.3 – 4.6 – 4.9, 6+). “The Bull,” meanwhile, was an overall -1.9 as a result of four drops in a row (4.4 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 2.9 – 2.5, 6+). Immediately after regressing by seven-tenths to 1.9 (“Holiday” 2019, 6+), Friends of 88.5’s KNKX “Your Connection to Jazz, Blues, and NPR News” roars back with a +1.1 to 3.0 (#21 to #17, 6+). Entering the “Holiday” 2019 sweep, KNKX was within 2.1 – 2.7 range (6+) in each of the previous ten survey periods. A cumulative -1.5 in three decreases in succession (4.7 – 4.6 – 3.9 – 3.2, 6+), iHeartMedia adult hits KJAQ “96.5 Jack FM – Playing What We Want” eradicates roughly half that shortfall with a +.7 to 3.9 and reenters the top ten (#13 to #9, 6+). Improving by six-tenths (each) are KJAQ’s classic hits-oldies sibling KJR-FM “95.7 The Jet” (3.8 – 4.4, ninth to seventh, 6+) and Entercom alternative KNDD “107.7 The End” (#11 to #8). “Jet” was +1.0 (November/December (3.8 – 4.1 – 4.8, 6+) but then -1.0 in “Holiday” 2019. As a result of three bumps in succession, “The End” is a collective +1.3 (3.0 – 3.5 – 3.7 – 4.3, 6+). Advancing from seventh to fifth, co-owned KISW “Rock 99.9” is up seven-tenths in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (4.2 – 4.4 – 4.9, 6+). Seattle’s (6+) adult contemporary share withers by -5.8 as Hubbard Broadcasting’s KRWM “Warm 106.9” is -3.9 (9.2 – 5.3, first to fourth, 6+) and Entercom’s KSWD “94.1 The Sound” is -1.9 (5.1 – 3.2, #4 to #14, 6+). “Warm” was a combined +4.4 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.8 – 6.6 – 9.2, 6+). Entering the November survey period, “Warm” was up a collective seven-tenths in three consecutive sweeps without a decrease (4.3 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 5.0, 6+). Meanwhile, “The Sound” was an overall -1.4 via three straight decreases (5.5 – 5.2 – 4.4 – 4.1, 6+) but answered with a +1.0 in “Holiday” 2019. “Warm” and “The Sound” were separated by one-tenth in May (4.5 – 4.4, 6+); June (4.5 – 4.4, as well, 6+); and July (4.4 – 4.3, 6+). Taking over for “Warm” at #1 is its CHR cluster-mate KQMV “MOViN 92.5,” which improves by one-tenth in back-to-back sweeps (6.4 – 6.5 – 6.6, second to first, 6+). A collective +2.0 in three consecutive spikes (2.4 – 2.7 – 3.4 – 4.4, 6+), Sinclair Broadcast Group hot AC KPLZ “Star 101.5 – Today’s Best Mix” forfeits roughly two-thirds of that increase (3.1, -1.3, #7 to #16, 6+).

Detroit

Spoken-Word Formats – A combined -1.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.1 – 2.2 – 1.6, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WJR “News Talk 760” eliminates roughly half that deficit with a +.8 to 2.4 (#19 to #17, 6+).

On the heels of its December/“Holiday” 2019 -1.7 (5.5 – 4.8 – 3.8, 6+), Entercom sports talk WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” (Pistons, Red Wings) hauls out a +1.1 to 4.9 and reenters the top ten (#12 to #7, 6+). “The Ticket” had been a collective +1.6 in three straight upticks (3.9 – 4.3 – 4.7 – 5.5, 6+).

Co-owned WWJ “News Radio 950” follows “Holiday” 2019’s loss of seven-tenths with a January 2020 increase of four-tenths (3.9 – 4.3, 6+) and continues at #11. WWJ was #1 in March and posted a +1.1 in August.

Adding four-tenths to “Holiday” 2019’s +.1 (1.4 – 1.5 – 1.9, 6+), Wayne State University news/talk WDET progresses from #20 to #19. Michigan Public Media news/talk WUOM gains four-tenths as well (1.3 – 1.7, 6+) and returns to the top twenty (#21 to #20).

Detroit Music Formats – The three most recent shifts by Entercom classic hits-oldies WOMC “104.3 Detroit’s Greatest Hits” are +.5 (December); -1.5 (“Holiday” 2019); and now +1.4 in January 2020 (4.7 – 6.1, sixth to second, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s 4.7 was its lowest 6+ performance since “Holiday” 2018’s 4.6. Up three-tenths in November/December (4.8 – 4.8 – 5.1, 6+) and then off one-half share in “Holiday” 2019 to 4.6 (6+), iHeartMedia CHR WKQI “Channel 95.5” erupts with a +1.3 to 5.9 (seventh to third, 6+). In five consecutive sweeps without an increase, Entercom’s WYCD “99.5 Detroit Country Music” lost nine-tenths (5.3 – 4.8 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.4, 6+); picked up one-tenth in December (4.5, 6+); relinquished -1.1 in “Holiday” 2019 (to 3.4, 6+); and is now +1.0 in January 2020 (4.4, #13 to #10, 6+). Bumping up by one-half share (each) are iHeartMedia classic rock WLLZ “106.7 Detroit’s Wheels” (3.0, #17 to #15, 6+) and Detroit Classical & Jazz Educational Radio’s WRCJ “90.9 Classical Days, Jazzy Nights” (#18 to #16, 6+). “Detroit’s Wheels” was a combined -.9 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.4 – 3.3 – 2.5, 6+). WRCJ is +1.1 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (1.8 – 2.4 – 2.9, 6+). It was without an increase three reports in a row for a collective loss of six-tenths (2.7 – 2.5 – 2.1 – 2.1, 6+); picked up one-tenth in November (2.2, 6+); and then lost four-tenths in December (1.8, 6+). While it is #1 the fourth time in a row, WNIC “100.3 The Best Variety of the 80s, 90s, & Today” forfeits -8.5 (14.8 – 6.3, 6+). The iHeartMedia adult contemporary outlet was +9.2 through five successive bumps (5.6 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.2 – 9.5 – 14.8, 6+). In “Holiday” 2018, WNIC logged a 17.9, the largest 6+ AQH share by any Detroit station in the PPM-era. After trending 2.5 – 2.4 – 2.6 (November – December – “Holiday” 2019, 6+), independent urban contemporary WGPR “Hot 107.5” surrenders a -1.1 to 1.5 and exits the top twenty (#16 to #21, 6+).

Phoenix

Spoken-Word Formats – An increase of nine-tenths to 3.9 (6+) enables KTAR-FM to inch up from ninth to eighth; the Bonneville news/talk outlet was -1.0 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.0 – 3.6 – 3.0, 6+). Up six-tenths via three straight sweeps without a loss (2.5 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 3.1, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KFYI “News Talk 550” continues at #12.

A collective -1.1 via four consecutive down or flat moves (3.1 – 3.0 – 2.5 – 2.0 – 2.0, 6+), Bonneville sports talk KMVP-FM “98.7 Arizona Sports” (Suns, Arizona Coyotes) exits the top twenty (#18 to #21).

Following “Holiday” 2019’s loss of one-half share, Maricopa County Community College news/talk KJZZ regains two-tenths (3.5 – 3.7, 6+) but slumps from sixth to ninth.

Phoenix Music Formats – A collective -2.3 via four consecutive drops (5.2 – 4.3 – 3.9 – 3.0 – 2.9, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KNIX “102.5 Today’s Best Country & All-Time Favorites” responds with a +1.5 to 4.4 (tenth to fifth, 6+). Even though Entercom’s similarly-programmed KMLE is up two-tenths (2.8 – 3.0, 6+), “Country 107.9” drops from #12 to #15. KMLE was a combined +.5 in October/November (2.8 – 2.9 – 3.3, 6+), but -.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.3 – 3.0 – 2.8, 6+). Without an increase the last six sweeps for a net loss of -1.5 (4.4 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 3.1 – 2.9, 6+), iHeartMedia hot AC KMXP “Mix 96.9” recoups all but two-tenths of the shortfall (4.2, +1.3, tenth to sixth, 6+). After being a combined -1.0 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.3 – 2.0 – 1.3, 6+), Family Life contemporary Christian KFLR “Family Life Radio” nearly doubles “Holiday” 2019’s 6+-stat (2.5, +1.2 #6+) and zooms into the top twenty (#25 to #17, 6+). The three most recent shifts by Entercom classic hits-oldies KOOL are +.8 (December); -.8 (“Holiday” 2019); and now +.7 in January 2020 (5.8 – 6.5, steady at #2, 6+). Entravision regional Mexican KLNZ “La Tricolor 103.5” continues an alternating up/down pattern that began in September (2.4 – 2.5 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 1.8 – 2.4, #18, 6+). Notching gains of one-half share (each) are Hubbard Broadcasting-owned KUPD “Arizona’s Real Rock” (3.6, eighth to tenth, 6+) and Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KQMR “Latino Mix 100.3” (1.1 – 1.6, #24, 6+). “Arizona’s Real Rock” had been -1.0 in three straight down or flat moves (4.1 – 4.1 – 3.2 – 3.1, 6+). An impressive +12.5 through four spikes in a row (6.7 – 7.0 – 7.1 – 11.0 – 19.2, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ craters by -11.0, the largest (6+) “Holiday 2019 – January 2020 decrease by any station in these 12 PPM-markets. Regardless, KESZ (19.2 – 8.2, 6+) is #1 the eighth time in a row. “Holiday” 2019’s 19.2 was its best 6+-performance since “Holiday” 2018’s 15.0. In three consecutive down or flat reports, Hubbard Broadcasting’s KSLX was an overall -1.3 (6.4 – 6.1 – 6.0 – 5.1, 6+) but “Classic Rock 100.7” ends the slide with a +.4 to 5.5 (flat at #4, 6+).

Minneapolis

Spoken-Word Formats – Down three-tenths in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (4.3 – 4.3 – 4.0, 6+), Entercom-owned WCCO “News Radio 830” (Minnesota Timberwolves) continues in tenth-place. Regaining the one-tenth it squandered in “Holiday” 2019 (2.8 – 2.7 – 2.8, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting news/talk KTMY “My Talk 107.1” remains at #13. Two-tenths behind KTMY is iHeartMedia’s KTLK “Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130,” which has lost a collective half-share in four straight down or flat moves (3.1 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.6, #14 to #15, 6+).

Not only does iHeartMedia’s KFXN (Minnesota Wild) bounce back from “Holiday” 2019’s -1.0 with a +1.6 (6.8 – 8.4, 6+), “Sports Radio 100.3 K-Fan” jumps from third to first. Prior to “Holiday” 2019, KFXN was a cumulative +3.9 in eight positive or neutral trends in succession (3.9 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.3 – 5.3 – 6.1 – 6.8 – 7.3 – 7.8, 6+) and had a December-only stay at #1. Unchanged at #22, Hubbard Broadcasting sports talk KSTP-AM “ESPN 1500” regains the two-tenths it lost in “Holiday” 2019 (.8 – .6 – .8, 6+).

The three most recent fluctuations by Minnesota Public Radio news/talk KNOW are +.5 (December); -1.1 (“Holiday” 2019); and +.6 in January 2020 (5.7 – 6.3, sixth to fourth, 6+).

Minneapolis Music Formats – Over and above progressing from fifth to second (8.2, 6+), KSTP-FM “KS-95” amasses a +2.4, the largest 6+ “Holiday” 2019 – January 2020 increase by any station in the 24 PPM-markets we’ve analyzed thus far. The Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC, a combined -1.8 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.6 – 7.4 – 5.8, 6+), solely held or shared the top spot in January 2019, March, April, June, August, September, October, and November. “KS-95” was +1.9 (January 2019); -.8 (February); +.6 (March); +.5 (April); -.8 (May); +1.1 (August); -1.6 (“Holiday’ 2019); and +2.4 (January 2020). Trending 5.0 – 5.2 – 5.0 (November – December – “Holiday” 2019, 6+), Cumulus Media rocker KXXR “93-X” posts an increase of seven-tenths to 5.7 (seventh to sixth), its best 6+-stat since August (6.1). Off nine-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.3 – 5.0 – 4.4, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR KDWB “The Twin Cities’ #1 Hit Music Station” erases two-thirds of the deficit with a +.6 to 5.0 (ninth to eighth, 6+). Without an increase the past three reports for a net loss of four-tenths (1.6 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.2, 6+), Northern Lights Broadcasting alternative KQGO “GO-96.3” logs a half-share increase to 1.7 (#20 to #19, 6+). It’s a “Holiday” 2019-only stay at #1 for iHeartMedia-owned classic hits-oldies KQQL “Kool 108,” which plummets -6.2 (11.6 – 5.4, first to seventh, 6+). In three straight bumps, KQQL more than doubled (+5.9) its 6+ AQH share (5.7 – 5.9 – 7.0 – 11.6, 6+) and obliterated its overall -1.8 from three decreases in a row (7.5 – 7.0 – 6.5 – 5.7, 6+). Ousted from the top spot in June by (aforementioned) Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC KSTP-FM, “Kool 108” returned the favor in July, but was (again) dislodged by KSTP-FM in August. Immediately following “Holiday” 2019’s +.9 to 8.2, University of Northwestern St. Paul contemporary Christian KTIS-FM “Always Uplifting” surrenders a -1.2 to 7.0 (second to third, 6+). December’s loss of one-tenth interrupted three straight gains that accounted for an overall +1.9 (5.5 – 6.0 – 6.5 – 7.4, 6+). Cumulus Media adult contemporary WGVX “Love 105 FM,” which was up seven-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (1.6 – 1.7 – 2.3, 6+), forfeits six-tenths to 1.7 (6+) and slips from a three-way tie at #17 to #19. As a result of four straight setbacks, Entercom’s KMNB “102.9 The Wolf,” is a collective -1.0 (3.4 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.4, #15 to #16, 6+). After posting an October 2019 through December 2019 topline of 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.5 (6+), Milestone Radio KLCI “Total Country Bob FM” is unlisted for the second straight time.

San Diego

Spoken-Word Formats – Recent fluctuations by iHeartMedia news/talk KOGO “News Radio 600” include: +1.0 via three straight February through May increases; a combined -.5 in June/July; +.5 (August); -.7 (September); +.7 (October); -.6 (December); and now -.9 in January 2020 (4.7 – 3.8, sixth to ninth, 6+). Off eight-tenths in five consecutive negative or neutral moves (2.5 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.1 – 2.0 – 1.7, 6+), Tegna news/talk KFMB-AM “AM 760” applies the brakes with a +.4 to 2.1 (6+) and reenters the top twenty (#21 to #20). Even though iHeartMedia Los Angeles news/talk KFI is up four-tenths via three straight sweeps without a loss (1.6 – 1.7 – 2.0 – 2.0, 6+),“AM 640” falls from #19 to #21.

A collective +.6 in four successive sweeps without a loss (1.9 – 2.1 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.5, 6+), Entercom-owned sports talk KWFN “97.3 The Fan” progresses from #17 to #15. Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s KLSD “Fox Sports 1360 San Diego’s Sports Station” drops two-tenths to 1.3 (flat at #22, 6+), thus halting seven consecutive up or flat reports in which it nearly doubled (+.7) its 6+ AQH share (.8 – .8 – .8 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.5, 6+).

After being -1.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.3 – 6.0 – 4.8, 6+), San Diego State University-owned news/talk KPBS chalks up a +1.1 to 5.9 (fifth to third, 6+). Before falling to third in July, KPBS was on top the previous six months.

San Diego Music Formats – A robust +1.8 allows iHeartMedia hot AC KMYI to reach the six-share level (5.0 – 6.8, third to second, 6+); “Star 94.1” was off four-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.4 – 5.1 – 5.0, 6+). Co-owned CHR KHTS “Channel 93.3 San Diego’s #1 Hit Music Station,” which was -1.0 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.2 – 5.1 – 4.2, 6+), completely expunges that decrease with a January 2020 +1.1 to 5.3 (eighth to fourth, 6+). In addition to being +1.2 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (5.8 – 6.2 – 7.0, 6+), Entercom classic hits-oldies KXSN marches from second to first. “Sunny 98.1 San Diego’s Greatest Hits” supplants adult contemporary cluster-mate KYXY, which held the top spot in December and “Holiday” 2019 but drops from first to seventh (4.5, -6.6, 6+). KYXY was a combined +7.4 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.7 – 6.6 – 11.1, 6+). Down or flat the past four reports for a net loss of nine-tenths (2.4 – 2.0 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.5, 6+), Local Media San Diego-programmed alternative XTRA-FM “91-X” recoups seven-tenths to 2.2 (6+) and cracks the top twenty (#18). By posting a +.5 to 5.0 (seventh to fifth, 6+), another Local Media San Diego-programmed station, urban-rhythmic oldies XHRM “Magic 92.5,” suspends four straight sweeps without an increase that accounted for a -1.0 (5.5 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 5.2 – 4.5, 6+). A collective -1.2 via three straight decreases (4.7 – 4.3 – 3.7 – 3.5, 6+), Entercom’s KSON “New Country 103.7” ends the slide with a +.6 to 4.1 (ninth to eighth, 6+). Without an increase the past five reports for an overall -1.5 (3.3 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 1.8, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KIOZ “Rock 105.3” pulls the plug with a +.4 to 2.2 (#20 to #18, 6+).

Tampa

Spoken-Word Formats – Adding two-tenths to “Holiday” 2019’s +.1 (2.8 – 2.9 – 3.1, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WFLA “970 Tampa Bay’s News Radio” inches up from #14 to #13. It is two-tenths ahead of Cox Media Group news/talk WHPT “102.5 The Bone – Real, Raw, Radio,” which counters “Holiday” 2019’s loss of one-half share with an improvement of three-tenths (3.1 – 2.6 – 2.9, flat at #17, 6+).

In five straight down or flat moves, iHeartMedia-owned sports talk WDAE “620 Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” has lost nine-tenths (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.0 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.7, unchanged at #20, 6+) and has its lowest 6+-showing since March (1.7, as well).

As a result of six consecutive upticks, University of South Florida news/talk WUSF is a collective +1.4 (1.7 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 3.1, #15 to #13, 6+).

Tampa Music Formats – Owing to four bumps in a row, Radio Training Network contemporary Christian WCIE “The Joy FM” is a collective +2.0 (5.2 – 5.3 – 5.8 – 6.0 – 7.2, 6+) and continues in the runner-up slot. Advancing by six-tenths (each) are Cox Media Group adult contemporary WWRM “Magic 94.9 Tampa Bay’s Best Music” (5.8, fifth to third, 6+) and iHeartMedia-owned WFUS “US-103.5 Tampa Bay’s #1 for New Country” (4.2 – 4.8, eighth to sixth, 6+). “Magic” halts four successive negative or neutral moves that accounted for a loss of eight-tenths (6.0 – 6.0 – 5.6 – 5.6 – 5.2, 6+). When “US-103.5” dropped four-tenths in “Holiday” 2019, it interrupted three straight increases that accounted for a net gain of seven-tenths (3.9 – 4.3 – 4.5 – 4.6, 6+). While this marks the 90th straight time that it is #1, Cox Media Group adult contemporary WDUV “Lite Favorites” is -1.3 to 9.9 (6+). The loss halts three spikes in a row that led to a +3.3 (7.9 – 8.6 – 9.8 – 11.2, 6+). WDUV was up seven-tenths in September but -2.0 in October. Its 13.7 in “Holiday” 2018 is the highest 6+-stat by any Tampa station since its 14.9 in “Holiday” 2015. Following a September 2019 through December 2019 topline of 3.9 – 3.3 – 3.8 – 3.7 (6+), iHeartMedia hot AC WMTX exploded in “Holiday” 2019 with a +2.3 to 6.0 (#11 to #2, 6+). In January 2020, however, “Mix 100.7” plummets by -2.4 to 3.6 (second to tenth, 6+). The market’s (6+) CHR share softens by -2.0 as Cox Media Group’s WPOI “Hot 101.5” is -1.4 (3.6, seventh to tenth, 6+) and iHeartMedia-owned WFLZ “93.3 FLZ” is -.6 (3.7 – 3.1, #12 to #13, 6+). “Hot” was +1.3 via four straight upticks (3.7 – 4.2 – 4.7 – 4.8 – 5.0, 6+). Trending 5.3 – 5.8 – 5.7 (November – December – “Holiday” 2019, 6+), Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WXGL “107.3 The Eagle” forfeits seven-tenths to 5.0 (fourth to fifth, 6+). In four consecutive sweeps without an increase, Beasley Media Group rhythmic CHR WLLD “Wild 94.1” is -1.5 (4.9 – 4.3 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 3.4, 6+) but advances from #13 to #12.

Denver

Spoken-Word Formats – A “Holiday” 2019 loss of three-tenths by iHeartMedia news/talk KDFD halted six upticks in a row for a cumulative +2.7 (.1 – .2 – .8 – 1.1 – 2.1 – 2.6 – 2.8, 6+). In January 2020, however, “Freedom 93.7 – Real News, Real Talk” rebounds with a +.8 to 3.3 (#16 to #13, 6+). News/talk cluster-mate KOA “Colorado’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” is without an increase three sweeps in succession for a -1.1 and falls below a two-share (2.5 – 2.5 – 2.1 – 1.4, #18 to #21, 6+). Co-owned KHOW “Talk Radio 630” is down one-tenth in back-to-back reports (1.2 – 1.1 – 1.0, flat at #23, 6+).

Four down or flat sweeps in succession by Bonneville-owned KKFN resulted in an overall -1.2 (3.7 – 3.2 – 2.5 – 2.5, 6+), but “Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan” (Nuggets) wipes away half that shortfall with a +.6 to 3.1 (#16 to #14, 6+). Meanwhile, KSE Radio Ventures’ KKSE-FM (Colorado Avalanche) lost more than half (-.8) its 6+-stat in four consecutive drops, (1.4 – 1.3 – .9 – .7 – .6, 6+) but “Attitude Sports Radio 92.5” posts a +.3 to .9 (#27 to #24, 6+).

In an alternating down/up pattern since August (5.1 – 4.9 – 5.4 – 5.3 – 6.3 – 4.8 – 5.5, 6+), Colorado Public Radio news/talk KCFR marches from third to first. KCFR has been -1.6 (June); +.8 (July); +.5 (October); +1.0 (December); -1.5 (“Holiday” 2019); and now +.7 (January 2020). Off three-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (.8 – .6 – .5, 6+), Community Radio for Northern Colorado news/talk KUNC picks up one-tenth to .6 (#29 to #28, 6+).

Denver Music Formats – A combined -1.2 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.7 – 3.8 – 3.5, 6+), Entercom classic rock KQMT “99.5 The Mountain” erupts with a +1.7 to 5.2 (6+) and rockets from #11 to #4. Logging hefty increases of +1.0 are Bonneville-owned country KYGO (5.3, fourth to third, 6+) and iHeartMedia triple A KBCO “97.3 World Class Rock” (4.9, eighth to fifth, 6+). KYGO was -1.9 through four decreases in a row (6.2 – 6.1 – 5.3 – 5.0 – 4.3, 6+). It occupied the top spot in June, July, September, and October. Down or flat the past four survey periods, KBCO was a cumulative -1.0 (4.9 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 3.9 – 3.9, 6+). Colorado Public Radio classical-formatted KVOD is up or flat the eighth consecutive sweep for an overall +1.7 (.9 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.7, #15 to #16, 6+). Off six-tenths in three straight sweeps without an increase (4.6 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 4.0, 6+), KSE Radio Ventures-owned classic hits-oldies KXKL “Kool 105 – Denver’s Greatest Hits” purges the deficit with a +.8 to 4.8 (eighth to sixth, 6+). After occupying the top spot in December and “Holiday” 2019, Bonneville adult contemporary KOSI “101.1 Real Music Variety” (4.8, -.9.6, 6+) ties KXKL at #6. Entering the January 2020 sweep, KOSI was +10.3 through four successive sweeps without a loss (4.1 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 6.7 – 14.4, 6+).

Baltimore

Spoken-Word Formats – Despite notching its seventh successive uptick and more than doubling (+2.1) its 6+-stat since July (1.8 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.4 – 3.9, 6+), Hearst Television-owned WBAL “News Radio – Expect More” backshifts from ninth to tenth. Independent news/talk WCBM “680 Stimulating Talk – Breaking News” hangs out a +1.0 (2.3 – 3.3, 6+) and climbs from #13 to #12. Cumulus Media Washington, DC news/talk WMAL gains four-tenths through three straight up or flat trends (.1 – .1 – .4 – .5, #25, 6+).

Within 4.2 – 4.9 range (6+) the past ten reports, Entercom sports talk WJZ-FM “105.7 The Fan” improves three-tenths to 5.1 (6+) yet slips from a fifth-place tie to sixth.

Repeating at #24, WJZ-FM’s business news sibling WDCH has a November 2019 through January 2020 topline of: .5 – .7 – .5 – .6 (6+).

Off nine-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.8 – 3.6 – 2.9, 6+), Your Public Radio news/talk WYPR storms back with a +1.4 to 4.3 (6+) and reenters the top ten (#11 to #8). Prior to December, “88.1 Your NPR News Station” was +1.2 via four successive increases (2.6 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.8, 6+). After regressing by one-half share in “Holiday” 2019, American University-owned news/talk WAMU is up one-tenth (.4 – .5, #26 to #25, 6+).

Baltimore Music Formats – A combined -1.9 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.7 – 6.1 – 4.8, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WPOC “93.1 Today’s Best Country” answers with a January 2020 +1.4 to 6.2 (fifth to fourth, 6+). WPOC was up one-half share in October/November (6.2 – 6.4 – 6.7, 6+). In four straight decreases, adult hits cluster-mate WQSR was a collective -2.5 (6.2 – 5.7 – 5.6 – 5.1 – 3.7, 6+), but “102.7 Jack FM Playing What We  Want” applies the brakes with a +1.2 to 4.9 (eighth to seventh, 6+). A collective -1.7 via three drops in a row (3.7 – 3.4 – 2.8 – 2.0, 6+), co-owned CHR WZFT “Z-104.3 Baltimore’s #1 Hit Music Station” is up three-tenths to 2.3 (#14 to #13, 6+). Three slips in a row by Hearst Television’s WIYY resulted in an overall 1.5 (6.4 – 5.9 – 5.6 – 4.9, 6+). Even though “98 Rock” ends the slide with a +1.0 to 5.9 (6+), it shifts from fourth to fifth. Over and above notching a +1.0 (7.7 – 8.7, 6+), WWIN-FM “Magic 95.9” segues from second to first. The Radio One urban AC was dislodged from the top spot in “Holiday” 2019, after seven successive months there. WWIN-FM was -.8 (October); +.6 (November); -.9 (December); and now +1.0 (January 2020). A combined +1.8 in June/July (7.3 – 8.1 – 9.1, 6+), “Magic” reached the nine-share level (9.1, 6+, July) for the first time since January 2019’s 9.0. It is a “Holiday” 2019-only stay at #1 for Entercom adult contemporary WLIF (16.0 – 6.5, -9.5, first to third, 6+). “Today’s 101.9” was locked on 5.9 (6+) in October and November and then was +10.1 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.9 – 7.9 – 16.0, 6+). After sputtering by six-tenths in “Holiday” 2019, Shamrock Communications’ WZBA “100.7 The Bay – Baltimore’s Classic Rock Station” rebounds with a half-share gain (3.8 – 4.3, seventh to eighth, 6+). Without an increase the past four sweeps for a net loss of -1.0 (2.1 – 1.7 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.1, 6+), Baltimore City Community College-owned WBJC “91.5 Maryland’s Classical Music Station” recaptures 60% of the shortfall (1.7, +.6, #17 to #14, 6+). After being an overall +1.8 through three positive or neutral moves in a row (1.1 – 1.1 – 2.5 – 2.9, 6+), iHeartMedia Washington, DC adult contemporary WASH forfeits that increase in its entirety (1.1, -1.8, #11 to #18, 6+). On one hand, Entercom-owned WWMX picks up three-tenths to 3.6 (6+), thus curtailing four straight sweeps without an increase that resulted in a -2.1 (5.4 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 3.3, 6+). Conversely, “Mix 106.5 – Baltimore’s Best Mix” exits the top ten (#10 to #11). This is the 19th sweep in a row that Peter and John Radio Fellowship contemporary Christian WRBS-FM is unlisted; “95.1 Shine FM – Baltimore’s Positive Hits Station” was #13 in August 2018 (2.6, 6+).

St. Louis

Spoken-Word Formats – Adding a +1.0 to “Holiday” 2019’s increase of two-tenths (4.5 – 4.7 – 5.7, 6+), Entercom news/talk KMOX jumps from seventh to fourth. “The Voice of St. Louis” was +2.2 in September/October (5.0 – 6.4 – 7.2, 6+) but then -2.7 in November/December (7.2 – 4.7 – 4.5, 6+). Off nine-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.6 – 3.3 – 2.7, 6+), co-owned KFTK storms back with a +1.3 to 4.0 (#17 to #15, 6+). Immediately prior to December, “FM News Talk 97.1” was an overall +1.3 in four consecutive sweeps without a loss (2.3 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.6, 6+).

Hubbard Broadcasting sports talk WXOS “101 Sports” was a cumulative +1.8 via four straight increases (3.1 – 3.3 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.9, 6+); then -.9 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.9 – 4.3 – 4.0, 6+); and is now +.6 in January 2020 (4.0 – 4.6, #12 to #11, 6+).

Following three consecutive down or flat sweeps that accounted for a net loss of nine-tenths (4.1 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 3.2, 6+), University of Missouri news/talk KWMU purges that deficit with a +1.0 to 4.2 (#15 to #13, 6+).

St. Louis Music Formats – Recent shifts by KSHE “95 Real Rock Radio” include: +2.0 (January 2019); -.5 (February); +1.3 (March); -1.6 (April); +.9 (June); +.7 (September); +1.0 (November); -1.1 (“Holiday” 2019); and now +1.5 in January 2020 (9.7 – 11.2, 6+). The Hubbard Broadcasting-owned facility, which segued to the runner-up slot in “Holiday” 2019 after eight consecutive months on top, is back at #1. Its “Holiday” 2019 -1.1 halted four consecutive improvements that yielded a +2.2 (8.6 – 9.3 – 9.5 – 9.8 – 10.8, 6+). December’s 10.8 marked the first time KSHE hit double-digits in the PPM-era. After a “Holiday” 2019-only visit at #1, Entercom adult contemporary KEZK “102.5 The Best Mix of the 80s & Today” (14.2 – 6.1, -8.1, 6+) drops to third. Its January loss curtails five straight spikes (4.7 – 5.6 – 5.9 – 6.2 – 8.9 – 14.2, 6+) that more than tripled its 6+-stat (+9.5). “Holiday” 2019’s 14.2 is the strongest 6+-showing for KEZK since its 15.6 in “Holiday” 2018. Posting a +1.0 to 6.5 (6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KLOU advances from third to second. “The Best Variety of the 70s, 80s, & 90s” was a combined -1.8 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.3 – 7.0 – 5.5, 6+). As a result of four straight losses, Hubbard Broadcasting’s KPNT was a collective -1.4 (6.0 – 5.6 – 5.4 – 4.8 – 4.6, 6+), but “105.7 The Point – Everything Alternative” erases more than half that deficit with a +.8 to 5.4 (eighth to sixth, 6+). Down four-tenths in November/December (4.3 – 4.1 – 3.9, 6+), Radio One urban AC WFUN “95.5 R&B For The Lou” is a combined +1.1 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (3.9 – 4.4 – 5.0, tenth to eighth, 6+). In addition to WFUN, Entercom hot AC KYKY logs a January 2020 uptick of six-tenths (5.1, ninth to seventh, 6+); “Y-98” had an October 2019 through “Holiday” 2019 topline of 4.6 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 4.5 (6+). Up one-half share (each) are Hubbard-owned WIL “New Country 92.3” (4.8, #11 to #9, 6+) and iHeartMedia’s KSD “93.7 The Bull – #1 For New Country” (4.3, #13 to #12, 6+). WIL was a combined -1.3 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.6 – 4.7 – 4.3, 6+). When “The Bull” gained three-tenths in December, it halted three consecutive declines that led to a loss of seven-tenths (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.3, 6+); however, KSD forfeited eight-tenths in “Holiday” 2019. In three straight down or flat trends, Hubbard Broadcasting adult hits WARH “106.5 The Arch” lost six-tenths  (5.6 – 5.5 – 5.0 – 5.0, 6+); was up one-half share to 5.5 (6+) in “Holiday” 2019; but regresses by seven-tenths in January 2020 (5.5 – 4.8, third to ninth, 6+). A loss of six-tenths (4.8 – 4.2, 6+) sends Radio One urban contemporary WHHL “Hot 104.1” out of the top ten (#6 to #13). Double Helix Corporation-owned/listener-supported KDHX “88.1 Independent Music Plays Here” debuts with a .6 (#20, 6+).

January 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round One

| February 19, 2020

January 2020 PPM Data – Information for the January 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 January 2020 survey period covered January 2 – 29. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM-markets below.

New York City

Spoken-Word Formats – Off an overall four-tenths in three straight sweeps without an increase (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.7 – 1.7, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR ends the slide with a +.2 to 1.9 (6+); however, “710 The Voice of New York” departs the top twenty (#19 to #21). Cumulus Media-owned WABC gains three-tenths to 1.4 (#23 to #22, 6+), its best 6+-showing in nearly a year (1.5, February 2019, 6+). Falling below a one-share is Townsquare Media’s WKXW “New Jersey 101.5,” which is down one-tenth in back-to-back sweeps (1.1 – 1.0 – .9, flat at #24, 6+). Prior to December, “New Jersey 101.5” had been off three-tenths via four straight negative or neutral trends (1.3 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.0, 6+). WABC and WKXW were tied at #22 in October and November.

A collective -1.2 in three consecutive decreases (3.8 – 3.7 – 3.0 – 2.6, 6+), Entercom sports talk WFAN-FM (Brooklyn Nets) erases nearly half the deficit with a +.5 to 3.1 (#14 to #12, 6+). Similarly, WEPN-FM “98.7 ESPN New York” (Knicks, Rangers) – which was off an overall half-share via three straight drops (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.8 – 1.5, 6+) – answers with a gain of six-tenths (2.1, #22 to #19, 6+).

Having been a combined -.6 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.6 – 3.5 – 3.0, 6+), Entercom-owned all-news WINS posts a January increase of one-half share to 3.5 (6+) and reenters the top ten (#12 to #10). Co-owned/similarly-formatted WCBS-AM is down a combined two-tenths in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (2.6 – 2.4 – 2.4, three-way tie at #15 to #16, 6+); December’s 2.6 was its best 6+-showing since May 2019 (2.6, as well).

While it remains at #15, WNYC Broadcasting Foundation news/talk WNYC-FM flips its “Holiday” 2019 loss of eight-tenths into a January 2020 improvement of one-half share (2.4 – 2.9, 6+). Co-owned news/talk WNYC-AM regains the one-tenth it lost in “Holiday” 2019 (.5 – .4 – .5, flat at #29, 6+).

New York City Music Formats –  A collective -1.6 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.9 – 4.9 – 4.3, 6+), after being an overall +.2 via four straight up or flat moves (5.7 – 5.7 – 5.7 – 5.8 – 5.9, 6+), Entercom classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits” notches a +.7 (5.0, fifth to third, 6+). By gaining four-tenths to 3.9 (eighth to sixth, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rock WAXQ “Q-104.3” suspends four negative or neutral moves in a row that accounted for a loss of eight-tenths (4.3 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.8 – 3.5, 6+). Improving by one-half share (each) are WNYC Broadcasting Foundation-owned WQXR “New York’s Classical Music Radio Station” (2.1, #20 to #19, 6+) and Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WARW “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” (.4 – .9, #24, 6+). WQXR erases its collective -.5 in four straight down or flat sweeps (2.1 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.6, 6+). A combined +6.2 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.1 – 9.6 – 13.3, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW falters by -5.3 to 8.0 (6+), but “106.7 Lite FM” is #1 the 32nd ratings period in a row. December’s increase halted three consecutive down or flat moves that resulted in an overall loss of six-tenths (7.7 – 7.7 – 7.4 – 7.1, 6+). In five successive dips, CHR sibling WHTZ lost an overall nine-tenths (5.3 – 5.2 – 5.1 – 5.0 – 4.8 – 4.4, 6+). “Z-100 – New York’s #1 Hit Music Station” pulls the plug with a +.3 to 4.7 (6+) yet backslides from fourth to fifth. Three straight up or flat moves by Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WSKQ resulted in a +1.9 (4.7 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 6.6, 6+); “Mega 97.9 – Numero Uno on the Planet” surrenders six-tenths (6.0, 6+) but continues in second-place. A loss of one-half share (3.5 – 3.0, 6+) sends Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT tumbling from the top ten (#8 to #14). Nonetheless, “Hot 97” is within three-share range (6+) for the 21st sweep in succession. Urban AC cluster-mate WBLS “#1 for R&B” has lost eight-tenths in three straight down or flat moves (5.8 – 5.8 – 5.0 – 5.0, flat at #3, 6+).

Los Angeles

Spoken-Word Formats –  An overall -1.9 through seven successive down or flat sweeps (4.5 – 4.3 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 2.9 – 2.6, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KFI “AM 640” bounces back with a +.7 to 3.3 (6+) and continues in ninth-place. Without an increase the past three reports for a net loss of three-tenths (1.3 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0, 6+), Salem Media Group news/talk KRLA “AM 870 The Answer” gains one-tenth to 1.1 (#30 to #29, 6+). Up three-tenths and two-tenths, respectively, are iHeartMedia-owned KEIB “AM 1150 The Patriot” (.6 – .9, #35 to #33, 6+) and Cumulus Media’s KABC “790 News-Talk-Evolved” (.7, #38 to #36, 6+). The latter had been down or flat the past three ratings periods for a loss of two-tenths (.7 – .6 – .6 – .5, 6+).

Tied at #29 are iHeartMedia’s KLAC “AM 570 LA Sports” (1.0 – 1.1, +.1, #30 to #29, 6+) and Disney-owned/similarly-formatted KSPN “710 ESPN” (.9 – 1.1, +.2, #32 to #29, 6+). KLAC (Clippers) had surrendered eight-tenths in three consecutive drops (1.8 – 1.3 – 1.1 – 1.0, 6+). Its November loss of one-half share erased its combined September/October +.5 (1.3 – 1.4 – 1.8 – 1.3, 6+). KSPN (Lakers) lost 40% (-.9) of its 6+ AQH share in December/”Holiday” 2019 (1.5 – 1.2 – .9, #30 to #32, 6+). In June and July, KLAC and KSPN were deadlocked at #27 (1.4, 6+).

Off two-tenths in consecutive sweeps (3.0 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+), Entercom all-news KNX recaptures the combined loss of four-tenths with a January 2020 +.4 to 3.0 (6+) yet “1070 News Radio” downslides from ninth to tenth.

Continuing an alternating up/down pattern that began in September (2.0 – 2.4 – 2.1 – 2.3 – 1.9 – 2.1, 6+), Pasadena City College news/talk KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” repeats at #20.

 Los Angeles Music Formats – Notching gains of eight-tenths (each) are Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KLVE “107.5 K-LOVE” (4.1, seventh to fifth, 6+) and Entercom adult hits KCBS-FM “93.1 Jack FM Playing What We Want” (3.9, eighth to seventh, 6+). KLVE wipes away its combined -.8 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.1 – 3.5 – 3.3, 6+). Los Angeles’ version of “Jack” hadn’t had an increase the past five sweeps for a net loss of -1.0 (4.1 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 3.1, 6+). In three successive dips, smooth AC cluster-mate KTWV surrendered six-tenths (4.5 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 3.9, 6+), but “94.7 The Wave” answers with a +.7 to 4.6 (6+) and continues in fourth-place. Without an increase the past seven months for a net loss of -1.0 (3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.2 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.3, 6+), Meruelo Media Holdings’ KLOS “95.5 Southern California’s Classic Rock” ends the skid with a +.6 to 2.9 (#17 to #11, 6+). Improving by six-tenths as well is iHeartMedia urban contemporary KRRL (2.6, #19 to #13, 6+). “Real 92.3” was off a combined six-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.6 – 2.2 – 2.0, 6+). Three iHeartMedia siblings improve by one-half share (each): hot AC KBIG “104.3 My FM” (4.8, flat at #3, 6+); CHR KIIS “102.7 Kiss FM” (4.1, steady at #5, 6+); and alternative KYSR “Alt 98.7” (2.9, #13 to #11, 6+). In five straight sweeps without an increase, “My FM” was a collective -1.0 (5.3 – 5.3 – 4.9 – 4.6 – 4.3 – 4.3, 6+). “Kiss” was down three-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.9 – 3.7 – 3.6, 6+), while “Alt 98.7” was off a combined three-tenths in that same timeframe (2.7 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+). A collective +8.5 via three straight sweeps without a loss (5.2 – 5.2 – 9.3 – 13.7, 6+), co-owned adult contemporary KOST regresses by -7.2 to 6.5 (6+); however, “Coast 103.5” is #1 the third month in a row. After setting the pace 12 ratings periods in succession, KOST shifted to the runner-up slot in October. “Coast” had been in a 5.8 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.9 pattern (June – July – August – September, 6+), before sputtering by seven-tenths in October. A collective -.7 in three straight sweeps without an increase (5.9 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.2, 6+), Entercom classic hits-oldies KRTH picks up one-tenth to 5.3 (6+) and carries on in the runner-up slot. “K-Earth 101” occupied the top spot in October and November. Three consecutive up or flat moves by KRTH yielded nine-tenths (5.0 – 5.6 – 5.9 – 5.9). When “K-Earth” added six-tenths in September, it curtailed three downward trends in succession that accounted for a collective loss of eight-tenths (5.8 – 5.4 – 5.2 – 5.0, 6+). Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KRCD continues an alternating down/up pattern that commenced last August (2.7 – 2.3 – 3.2 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 2.4 – 2.5, #13 to #14, 6+); 2.4 in  “Holiday” 2019 was the lowest 6+-stat for “Recuerdo” since February (2.4, as well).

Chicago

Spoken-Word Formats – Following back-to-back losses of one-half share (4.0 – 3.5 – 3.0, 6+), Nexstar Media Group news/talk WGN “Radio 720” answers with a January 2020 increase of eight-tenths and returns to the top ten (3.8, #11 to #8, 6+). Locked on 2.3 (6+) the fifth time in succession, Cumulus Media news/talk WLS-AM advances from #19 to #18.

Although down just two-tenths (3.5 – 3.3, 6+), Entercom sports talk WSCR “670 The Score” (Bulls) slumps from #6 to #13. WSCR was a combined -1.2 in November/December (4.3 – 3.4 – 3.1, 6+). In three straight down or flat moves, Disney/ESPN-owned WMVP “ESPN Chicago 1000” has lost a collective half-share (1.9 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.4, #24 to #25, 6+).

After being down one-tenth in back-to-back reports (5.1 – 5.0 – 4.9, 6+), Entercom all-news WBBM-AM responds with a half-share increase to 5.4 (third to second, 6+). Its October gain of one-tenth halted eight successive negative or neutral moves that accounted for an overall -1.4 (6.2 – 6.1 – 5.8 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.8, 6+).

Off four-tenths in “Holiday” 2019, Chicago Public Media news/talk WBEZ posts a January 2020 increase twice that magnitude (3.1 – 3.9, +.8, eighth to seventh, 6+).

Chicago Music Formats – The top four January 2020 finishers in the “Windy City” are separated by three-tenths of a share (6+). A cumulative -2.2 in three consecutive setbacks (5.5 – 4.4 – 3.4 – 3.3, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WTMX “101.9 The Mix” roars back with a +1.6 to 4.9 (seventh to fifth, 6+). The just-concluded negative streak directly followed October’s +1.3 (4.2 – 5.5, 6+). “The Mix” exited the top spot in September when it eroded by -1.5 (5.7 – 4.2, 6+). In August, WTMX notched a +.5 (5.2 – 5.7, 6+) and proceeded from second to first. WTMX was #1 in April, May, and June; April’s 5.9 was the highest 6+-stat for “Mix” since November 2017’s 6.3. Off a combined six-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.2 – 1.9 – 1.6, 6+), Entercom-owned WUSN “US-99 Chicago’s Hottest Country” chalks up a +1.0 and leaps into the top twenty (2.6, #16, 6+). An increase of eight-tenths to 3.6 (6+) enables iHeartMedia CHR WKSC to vault from #15 to #9; “103.5 Kiss FM” was down four-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.2 – 3.2 – 2.8, 6+). Without an increase the past six sweeps for an overall loss of eight-tenths (5.4 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 4.7 – 4.6, 6+), Hubbard classic rocker WDRV “97.1 The Drive” applies the brakes with a January 2020 uptick of seven-tenths (5.3, fourth to third, 6+). Improving by six-tenths and one-half share, respectively, are WDRV adult contemporary sibling WSHE “100.3 SHE” (3.6, #11 to #9, 6+) and Venture Technologies Group-owned/similarly-formatted WRME-LP “Me TV 87.7” (3.5, unchanged at #11, 6+). WSHE was a combined -.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.5 – 3.3 – 3.0, 6+), while WRME-LP was -1.1 (4.1 – 3.4 – 3.0, 6+). Having more than tripled (+9.5) its 6+-stat via four straight spikes (4.2 – 4.3 – 4.7 – 9.5 – 13.7, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLIT “93.9 Lite FM” erodes by -8.2 to 5.5 but is #1 the third time in a row. Co-owned urban AC WVAZ “V-103,” which was up six-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.1 – 5.4 – 5.7, 6+), forfeits one-half share to 5.2 (6+) and shifts from second to fourth. In six successive down or flat trends, Cumulus Media alternative WKQX is a collective -1.2 (3.4 – 3.4 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.4 – 2.2, #18 to #19, 6+).

San Francisco

Spoken-Word Formats. Following three straight up or flat trends that yielded six-tenths (1.7 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 2.3, 6+), Cumulus Media news/talk KSFO repeats “Holiday” 2019’s 2.2 (#14 to #15, 6+). July 2019’s 1.7 (6+) marked the first time KSFO fell below a two-share since July 2017’s 1.8. Cluster-mate KGO, which lost one-half share in three straight reports without an increase (1.7 – 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.2, 6+), adds three-tenths to 1.5 (#27 to #25, 6+). Stuck on .2 (6+) in July and August; on .3 (6+) in September and October; and on .2 (6+) in November and December, iHeartMedia-owned KKSF-AM “Real Talk 910 – Think Forward” repeats “Holiday” 2019’s .1 (flat at #36, 6+).

Down a total of three-tenths via three negative or neutral trends in succession (4.0 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.7, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KNBR-AM “The Sports Leader” roars back with a +1.1 to 4.8 (seventh to third, 6+). Although up one-tenth (1.5 – 1.6, 6+), Entercom’s similarly-formatted KGMZ “95.7 The Game” (Golden State Warriors) slips from #22 to #23.

Not only does KCBS-AM replace December/“Holiday” 2019’s combined loss of one-half share (8.2 – 7.8 – 7.7 (6+) with a January 2020 gain of seven-tenths (8.4, 6+), the Entercom all-news operation marches from second to first. KCBS-AM was #1 from September through December.

Four recent fluctuations for California Public Broadcasting news/talk KQED include September/October’s -1.2 (7.1 – 6.4 – 5.9, 6+); November/December’s +1.6 (5.9 – 7.3 – 7.5, 6+); “Holiday” 2019’s -1.2; and January 2020’s +1.2 (6.3 – 7.5, third to second, 6+). 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” posts its fifth successive sweep without a loss for an overall +.3 (.7 – .7 – .7 – .8 – .8 – 1.0, #28 to #27, 6+).

San Francisco Music Formats – In three straight dips, Entercom hot AC KLLC was -1.0 (5.0 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 4.0, 6+), but “Alice @ 97.3” bounces back with a +.7 to 4.7 (6+) and is steady in fourth-place. Improving by seven-tenths as well in January 2020 (to 4.5, unchanged at #5, 6+) is Bonneville CHR KMVQ “99.7 Now – The Bay’s #1 For All The Hits,” which had been trending 3.6 – 3.8 – 3.6 – 3.8 (6+). The rollercoaster ride continues for KISQ “98.1 The Breeze.” The iHeartMedia adult contemporary outlet was an overall +.9 via five successive positive or flat moves (3.6 – 3.7 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.5 – 4.5, 6+) before surrendering eight-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.5 – 4.4 – 3.7, 6+) and now regains six-tenths to 4.3 (seventh to sixth, 6+). November’s 4.5 was the best 6+ stat for “The Breeze” since March (5.0). Meanwhile, Bonneville’s similarly-formatted KOIT-FM “96.5 Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites” falters by -6.6 (10.7 – 4.1, 6+), slumping from first to seventh. KOIT-FM was off a collective six-tenths in four successive negative or neutral trends (4.1 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.5, 6+), before notching a combined +7.2 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.5 – 4.8 – 10.7, 6+).

 Dallas

Spoken-Word Formats – Three straight down or flat moves in succession by Cumulus Media’s WBAP result in a loss of six-tenths (4.4 – 4.1 – 3.8 – 3.8, 6+); “News Talk 820” was +.8 in October/November (3.6 – 4.1 – 4.4, 6+). Tied at #34 are co-owned KLIF-AM “570 News & Information” (flat at .5, steady at #34, 6+) and Salem Media Group-owned KSKY “660 AM The Answer” (.4 – .5, +.1, #35 to #34, 6+).

Returning in full the three-tenths it picked up in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.5 – 2.2, 6+), Entercom sports talk KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” drops from #17 to #19. In addition to pulling the plug on ten down or flat reports in succession that accounted for a roughly 59% (-1.6) of its 6+ AQH share (2.7 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1, 6+), Cumulus Media’s KTCK “The Ticket – All Sports All The Time” (1.5, +.4, 6+), progresses from #27 to #23. While Disney/ESPN’s KESN (Mavericks) notches its seventh consecutive up or flat trend for a collective gain of one-half share (.7 – .8 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.2, 6+), “103.3 ESPN Dallas” backslides from #27 to #29.

Entercom news-talk hybrid KRLD-AM “News Radio 1080” has a July 2019 through January 2020 topline of: 1.8 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.7 (#21 to #20, 6+).

After being off  two-tenths in back-to-back reports (3.2 – 3.0 – 2.8, 6+), North Texas Public Broadcasting news/talk KERA is flat at 2.8 (#14 to #15, 6+).

Dallas Music Formats – On the heels of faltering by one-half share (4.4 – 3.9, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned country outlet KPLX “99.5 The Wolf” rebounds with a January 2020 uptick of eight-tenths to 4.7 (sixth to fourth, 6+). KPLX lost a combined half-share in October/November (4.4 – 4.0 – 3.9, 6+) but fully erased that deficit with a December +.5. “The Wolf” was locked on 3.9 (6+) in July and August, before notching a one-half share improvement in September. Ironically, co-owned/similarly-formatted KSCS “New Country 96.3” posts a +.8 as well (5.2, fourth to third, 6+). “New Country” was off one-half share in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.9 – 4.7 – 4.4, 6+). Picking up one-half share (each) are Univision Radio regional Mexican KLNO “Que Buena 94.1” (3.5, #12 to #10, 6+) and Cumulus Media CHR KLIF-FM “Hot 93.3” (1.7, #20, 6+). “Que Buena” lost six-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.6 – 3.3 – 3.0, 6+); “Hot” was trending 1.2 – 1.0 – 1.2 (November – December – “Holiday” 2019, 6+). In addition to advancing from third to second, iHeartMedia CHR KHKS “106.1 Kiss – Dallas/Fort Worth’s Hit Music” is up two-tenths to 5.9 (6+), thus curtailing five straight negative or neutral sweeps that accounted for a cumulative full-share loss (6.7 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 6.2 – 5.7 – 5.7, 6+). “Kiss” had been the market leader nine months in a row before slipping to second in October. An August increase of nine-tenths wiped away the collective nine-tenths KHKS lost as a result of three straight negative or neutral moves (6.7 – 6.3 – 5.8 – 5.8, 6+). Five upticks in a row by adult contemporary cluster-mate KDGE led to a collective +7.6 (2.7 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 3.8 – 5.0 – 10.3, 6+), but “Star 102.1” surrenders a -5.9 to 4.4 (6+) and slips from first to fifth. “Holiday” 2019’s 10.3 was the best 6+-showing for “Star” since “Holiday” 2018’s 7.1. Taking over for KDGE at #1 is Salem Media Group contemporary Christian KLTY “Your Life … Inspired,” which tacks on four-tenths to “Holiday” 2019’s +1.6 (6.9 – 7.3, second to first, 6+). KLTY was a combined -1.3 in November/December (6.6 – 5.6 – 5.3, 6+). Slipping by one-half share (each) are iHeartMedia hot AC KDMX “Now 102.9 – More Music/More Variety” (#8 to #12, 6+) and Service Broadcasting urban AC KRNB “Smooth R&B 105.7” (2.3, #14 to #18, 6+). KDMX was up seven-tenths in three straight boosts (3.9 – 4.3 – 4.5 – 4.6, 6+), but is now a combined -1.4 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (4.6 – 3.7 – 3.2, 6+). In three straight spikes, KRNB gained six-tenths (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.8, 6+). Entercom classic hits-oldies KLUV “98.7 Nobody Plays More 80s” is within 4.0 – 4.6 range (6+) the 14th sweep in succession (4.0 – 4.4, +.4, steady at #5, 6+).

 Houston                             

Spoken-Word Formats – There’s yet more good news for iHeartMedia news/talk KTRH “News Radio 740,” which is an overall +2.1 via six straight positive or neutral moves (3.3 – 3.4 – 3.9 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.6 – 5.4, sixth to fifth, 6+). Unchanged at #28, co-owned KPRC “AM 950 – Houston’s More Stimulating Talk Radio” posts a .3 (6+) the fifth time in the last six survey periods (.3 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .3 – .3, 6+).

After forfeiting one-tenth to 1.5 (6+) in “Holiday” 2019, Entercom’s KILT-AM “Sports Radio 610” regains two-tenths to 1.7 (flat at #22, 6+). It’s déjà vu for iHeartMedia’s KBME “Sports Talk 790” (Rockets) and Gow Communications’ sports talk KFNC “ESPN 97.5”: They are tied at #26 with a .4 (6+) – exactly as they were in “Holiday” 2019. KBME is an overall -1.1 the last three sweeps (1.5 – .6 – .4 – .4, 6+), while KFNC has lost three-tenths in three straight down or flat moves (.7 -.5 – .4 – .4, 6+).

Off four-tenths to 2.7 (6+) in “Holiday” 2019, University of Houston news/talk KUHF bounces back with a +1.0 to 3.7 (#18 to #12, 6+).

Houston Music Formats – Replacing its combined -1.0 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.5 – 3.9 – 3.5, 6+) with a January 2020 +1.1 (4.6, 6+), Cox Media Group’s KKBQ “93-Q Country” enters the top ten (#11 to #7). The wild ride continues for Univision Radio regional Mexican KLTN “Que Buena 102.9,” which 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 in “Holiday” 2019; and now +.9 in January 2020 (5.7 – 6.6, third to second,  6+). December’s 6.8 was its best 6+-showing since January 2019 (7.0). Five straight drops by Entercom adult hits KKHH accounted for a -1.3 (5.7 – 5.5 – 5.4 – 4.9 – 4.5 – 4.4, 6+), but “95.7 The Spot” responds with a +.7 to 5.1 (seventh to sixth, 6+). Regaining the half-share it squandered in “Holiday” 2019 (6.1 – 5.6 – 6.1, 6+), Cox Media Group classic rock KGLK “The Eagle” progresses from fourth to third. “The Eagle” was an overall +1.3 via three improvements in a row (5.3 – 5.5 – 6.5 – 6.6, 6+); was -1.0 in November; +.5 in December; -.5 in “Holiday” 2019; and +.5 in January 2020. October’s 6.6 was its highest 6+-stat since September 2017 (6.7). Notwithstanding it is -4.6 (11.6 – 7.0, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA “Sunny 99.1” is #1 the third sweep in succession. KODA was a combined +.5.8 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.8 – 7.8 – 11.6, 6+). Prior to December, “Sunny” lost roughly 52% (-6.3) of its 6+ AQH share in 11 straight sweeps without an increase (12.1 – 8.6 – 8.5 – 8.2 – 7.5 – 7.3 – 7.1 – 6.6 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.8, 6+). KODA was the market leader 16 sweeps in a row before segueing to #2 in August. Radio One rhythmic CHR KBXX “97.9 The Box,” which picked up one-tenth in back-to-back reports (4.2 – 4.3 – 4.4, 6+), surrenders nine-tenths to 3.5 (6+) and fades from the top ten (#7 to #14). Urban AC cluster-mate KMJQ “Majic 102.1 The People’s Station” is a combined -1.6 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (7.1 – 6.1 – 5.5, 6+) and shifts from second to fourth. Prior to slipping to #2 in December, KMJQ spent four straight months on top. “Majic,” which was a combined +1.3 in August/September (5.8 – 6.2 – 7.1, 6+), crossed the seven-share threshold (6+) in May 2018 (7.2) and then again in September (7.1, 6+). Directly following “Holiday” 2019’s increase of seven-tenths (2.2 – 2.9, 6+), Liberman Broadcasting regional Mexican KQQK El Norte 107.9” forfeits one-half share to 2.4 (#16 to #19, 6+); “Holiday” 2019’s 2.9 was its best 6+-stat since March (3.3). Down one-half share in back-to-back sweeps (4.5 – 4.0 – 3.5, 6+), iHeartMedia alternative KTBZ “94.5 The Buzz” ends the mini-slide with a +.3 to 3.8 (flat at #11, 6+).

Atlanta

Spoken-Word Formats – A combined -1.3 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (9.3 – 9.1 – 8.0, 6+), following five straight sweeps without a loss for a collective +3.0 (6.3 – 6.6 – 7.6 – 7.6 – 8.2 – 9.3, 6+), WSB-AM busts out a +2.0 to 10.0 (6+). The Cox Media Group news/talk station is #1 the seventh month in a row and it’s the first time any Atlanta station has reached double-digits since WSB-AM recorded a 10.2 (6+) in January 2018. Furthermore, WSB-AM’s +2.0 represents the largest (6+) “Holiday” 2019 – January 2020 increase in any of these 12 PPM-markets. After posting a .3 (6+) four times in a row, Salem Media Group-owned WGKA “AM 920 The Answer” improves by one-half share to .8 (#29 to #26, 6+). Tied at #31 are iHeartMedia-owned WGST “Talk Radio 640” (.3 – .2, -.1 #29 to #31, 6+) and Entercom’s WAOK “1380 The Voice of the Community,” which has lost a total of two-tenths in five straight sweeps without an increase (.4 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .2 – .2, flat at #31, 6+).

Entercom sports talk WZGC “92.9 The Game” continues an alternating up/down pattern that began in October (4.6 – 5.1 – 4.9 – 5.0 – 4.6, 6+) and is unchanged at #7. Following seven consecutive up or flat months for a net gain of +1.1 (1.6 – 1.7 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.7, 6+), Dickey Broadcasting’s WCNN is now a combined -1.5 through five losses in a row (2.7 – 2.5 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.3 – 1.2, #22 to #21, 6+).

On the heels of “Holiday” 2019’s -.8 to 2.8 (6+), City of Atlanta Board of Education’s WABE picks up one-tenth (2.9, 6+) and repeats at #14. The October 2019 through January 2020 topline for Georgia State University news/talk WRAS is: .6 – .8 – .8 – .6 – .7 (#26 to #27, 6+).

Atlanta Music Formats – Following back-to-back modest decreases (3.4 – 3.3 – 3.1, 6+), Cumulus Media CHR WWWQ erupts with a +1.1 to 4.2 (6+) and enters the top ten (#12 to #9). It is the first time “Q-99.7” reaches the four-share level (4.2) since June (4.0). Moreover, it overtakes iHeartMedia’s similarly-programmed WWPW “Power 96.1 Atlanta’s #1 Hit Music Station,” which regains the two-tenths it lost in “Holiday” 2019 (4.0 – 3.8 – 4.0, flat at #10, 6+). Entering the “Holiday” 2019 sweep, “Power” was a cumulative +1.1 in three straight advances (2.9 – 3.1 – 3.6 – 4.0, 6+). Four drops in a row by Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WSRV led to a -1.4 (6.5 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.2 – 5.1, 6+); however, “97.1 The River” halts the slide with an increase of eight-tenths to 5.9 (sixth to third, 6+). A combined -1.0 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.9 – 5.7 – 4.9, 6+), Radio One urban AC WAMJ “Majic 107.5 & 97.5” slices that deficit by 60% (5.5, +.6, eighth to fifth, 6+). In three straight sweeps without an increase, gospel sibling WPZE was an overall -1.3 (4.1 – 3.4 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+) but “Praise 102.5 Atlanta’s Inspiration Station” applies the brakes with an uptick of four-tenths to 3.2 (#14 to #13, 6+). WPZE had been +1.3 via three successive up or flat moves (2.8 – 2.8 – 3.7 – 4.1, 6+). Eliminating all but one-tenth of “Holiday” 2019’s loss of six-tenths, iHeartMedia’s WUBL “94.9 The Bull” continues at #12 (3.6, +.5, 6+). The half-share increase curtails four successive slips that resulted in an overall -1.8 (4.9 – 4.3 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.1, 6+). The April 2019 through July 2019 topline for “The Bull” was 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 4.1 (6+). Flat at 2.8 (6+), after being off one-half share in “Holiday” 2019, Cumulus Media-owned WKHX “Kicks 101.5 – Atlanta’s #1 For Country Hits” drops from #14 to #15. In December, WKHX added three-tenths to November’s increase of six-tenths (2.4 – 3.0 – 3.3, 6+). A combined +2.8 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.9 – 4.8 – 6.7, 6+), Salem Media Group contemporary Christian WFSH “104.7 The Fish” relinquishes a -2.2 to 4.5 (second to eighth, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s 6.7 was its strongest 6+-stat since July (8.5). Entering the December sweep, “The Fish” lost approximately 56% of its 6+ AQH share (-4.9) via five decreases in a row (8.8 – 8.5 – 4.7 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 3.9, 6+). WFSH had been #1 four straight months before shifting to #7 in August. Radio Training Network’s similarly-formatted WVFJ “The Joy FM,” which improved by nine-tenths in “Holiday” 2019, forfeits one-half share (2.8 – 2.3, #14 to #17, 6+). WVFJ logged 11 straight sweeps between 1.4 – 1.9 (6+), before reaching the two-share level in “Holiday” 2019 (2.8, 6+). The last time WVFJ extended to a two-share was January 2019 (2.0, 6+). Directly following its impressive +1.9 to 4.3 (6+), Entercom hot AC WSTR “Star 94.1” spirals by -1.7 to 2.6 (6+) and fades from the top ten (#9 to #16). Its “Holiday” 2019 increase suspended six straight down or flat sweeps that resulted in a -1.0 (3.4 – 3.4 – 2.9 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.4, 6+). Within 5.2 – 5.8 range (6+) from September through “Holiday” 2019 (5.8 – 5.7 – 5.6 – 5.2 – 5.4, 6+), Cox Media Group adult contemporary WSB-FM “B-98.5” regresses by one-half share to 4.9 (fifth to sixth, 6+).

Philadelphia

Spoken-Word Formats – In three successive down or flat trends, Entercom-owned WPHT lost seven-tenths and fell below a two-share (2.3 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 1.6, 6+). In January 2020, “Talk Radio 1210” erases that shortfall completely with a +.7 to 2.3 (#20 to #18, 6+). Townsquare Media news/talk WKXW gained four-tenths via six consecutive sweeps without a loss (.7 – .8 – .8 – .9 – .9 – 1.0 – 1.1, 6+), but “New Jersey 101.5” drops one-tenth to 1.0 (#22 to  #23, 6+).

Entercom sports talk WIP was +1.6 in October/November (6.6 – 7.5 – 8.2, 6+); -1.5 in December (8.2 – 6.7, 6+); and now +1.1 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (6.7 – 7.3 – 7.8, 6+). Moreover, “Sports Radio 94.1” progresses from second to first. Before falling to third in December, WIP had been #1 three months in a row. November’s 8.2 was its best 6+-stat since February 2018’s 8.7. When Beasley Media Group-owned WPEN-FM (76ers, Flyers) dropped one-tenth to 2.9 (6+) in “Holiday” 2019, it interrupted six reports in a row without a loss for a  collective gain of nine-tenths (2.1 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+). In January 2020, “97.5 The Fanatic” is up three-tenths to 3.3 (#13 to #12, 6+).    

It’s been a wild ride lately for Entercom’s KYW “News Radio 1060,” which was an overall -1.6 in eight sweeps in succession without an increase (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.4, 6+); +.5 as a result of three consecutive up or flat moves (3.4 – 3.5 – 3.9 – 3.9, 6+); -.5 to 3.4 (6+) in “Holiday” 2019; and now +1.4 in January 2020 (4.8, ninth to seventh, 6+).

The three most recent fluctuations by public radio news/talk WHYY are +.7 (3.3 – 4.0, December, 6+); -.7 (4.0 – 3.3, “Holiday” 2019, 6+); and +1.2 (3.3 – 4.5, January 2020, tenth to ninth, 6+). Entering the November sweep, WHYY was a cumulative +1.2 in four straight positive or neutral reports (2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 3.7, 6+).

Philadelphia Music Formats – After dropping eight-tenths in December, Beasley Media Group-owned WMMR faltered by another seven-tenths in “Holiday” 2019 (6.1 – 5.3 – 4.6, 6+). It’s a different story though in January 2020 as “93.3 Everything That Rocks” roars back with a +1.8 to 6.4 (fifth to third, 6+). Before picking up one-tenth in November, WMMR had lost an overall four-tenths in five successive sweeps without an increase (6.4 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 6.0 – 6.0, 6+). A collective -2.1 in four decreases in a row (5.7 – 5.1 – 5.0 – 4.2 – 3.6, 6+), Entercom-owned WXTU “Philly’s Country Station 92.5 XTU” makes up two-thirds of the deficit with a +1.4 to 5.0 (eighth to sixth, 6+). Recording increases of +1.1 (each) are iHeartMedia urban AC WDAS-FM “Philly’s Best R&B and Throwbacks” (6.6, third to second, 6+) and Beasley Media Group adult hits WBEN-FM “95.7 Ben FM – Playing Anything We Feel Like” (3.1, #18 to #14). WDAS-FM had been a cumulative -1.1 in four straight losses (6.6 – 6.4 – 6.3 – 6.0 – 5.5, 6+). “Ben” improved in December by one-half share, but was -1.5 in “Holiday” 2019. December’s 3.5 was its best 6+-showing since June 2016’s 3.7. Shaking off “Holiday” 2019’s loss of eight-tenths with a January 2020 spike of nine-tenths (3.0 – 2.2 – 3.1, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WRFF “Radio 104.5 Philadelphia’s Alternative Rock” advances from #17 to #14. Co-owned adult contemporary WISX “106.1 The Breeze,” which was a collective -1.9 in four straight down or flat reports (4.9 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 4.0 – 3.0, 6+), posts a +.8 to 3.8 (6+) and reenters the top ten (#11 to #10). Even though it answers “Holiday” 2019’s -2.0 with an uptick of seven-tenths (5.5 – 6.2, 6+), Beasley Media Group’s WMGK moves from a third-place tie to fourth. “Classic Rock 102.9 MGK” had been +1.0 in three straight up or flat moves (6.5 – 6.6 – 7.5 – 7.5, 6+). Down a combined six-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.0 – 2.9 – 2.4, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WIOQ “Q-102 Philly’s #1 Hit Music Station” bounces back with a one-half share gain to 2.9 (6+) but backslides from a tie at #15 to #16. Suffering the largest (6+) “Holiday” 2019 – January 2020 erosion of any station in these 12 PPM-markets is Entercom adult contemporary WBEB “B-101.1 More Music/More Variety” (18.6 – 6.1, –12.5, first to fifth, 6+). This comes immediately after its “Holiday” 2019 +9.7 (8.9 – 18.6, 6+). “B-101.1 More Music/More Variety” was +1.1 in three straight increases (5.5 – 5.6 – 6.1 – 6.6, 6+); -1.2 in November (6.6 – 5.4, 6+); and +3.5 in December. Classic hits-oldies sibling WOGL “Nobody Plays More 80s” is an overall -1.2 in four consecutive down or flat moves (5.8 – 5.6 – 4.7 – 4.6 – 4.6, fifth to eighth, 6+).

Long Island

Spoken-Word Formats – A cumulative -1.6 through five straight down or flat trends (4.7 – 4.5 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.3 – 3.1, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” roars back with a +1.5 to 4.6 (ninth to sixth, 6+). The August 2019 through January 2020 topline for Cumulus Media news/talk WABC is: 1.1 – 1.3 – 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.2 (#27 to #24, 6+).

Over and above being a combined +1.0 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (4.8 – 4.9 – 5.8, 6+), Entercom sports talk WFAN-FM jumps from third to first. The Brooklyn Nets flagship was a combined -1.6 in November/December (6.4 – 6.1 – 4.8, 6+). Similarly-programmed WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” (Knicks, Rangers), which was off a combined half share in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.7 – 2.5 – 2.2, flat at #15, 6+), is unlisted in Long Island’s January 2020 report.

Entercom’s all-news WINS was -.7 (October); +.5 (November/December); -.6 in “Holiday” 2019; and now +.6 in January 2020 (3.0 – 3.6, tenth to ninth, 6+). WINS was +1.1 in August/September (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.8, 6+). Co-owned/similarly-formatted WCBS-AM, which gained two-tenths in consecutive sweeps (2.4 – 2.6 – 2.8, 6+), dips one-tenth to 2.7 (#11 to #14, 6+). WCBS-AM was a combined -.8 in October/November (3.2 – 2.7 – 2.4, 6+).

Up a total of four-tenths in the last three sweeps (1.5 – 1.6 – 1.7 – 1.9, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation news/talk WNYC-FM progresses from #22 to #20.

Long Island Music Formats – After trending 4.4 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.3 (October – November – December – “Holiday” 2019, 6+), Cox Media Group-owned WBAB “Long Island’s Only Classic Rock” hauls out a +1.2 to 5.5 (fifth to second, 6+). It is tied in the runner-up slot with iHeartMedia CHR WHTZ “Z-100 New York’s #1 Hit Music Station,” which posts an identical profile: 4.3 – 5.5 +1.2, fifth to second, 6+). “Z-100” was off nine-tenths in “Holiday” 2019. A combined -1.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.2 – 3.9 – 2.7, 6+), Connoisseur Media adult contemporary WKJY “98.3 Long Island’s Place To Relax” erases two-thirds of that shortfall with a +1.0 to 3.7 (6+) and returns to the top ten (#12 to #8). Entercom classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits” is a collective +1.2 via five straight sweeps without a loss (4.0 – 4.0 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 5.2, fifth to fourth, 6+). Substituting its -.6 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.2 – 2.9 – 2.6, 6+) with January 2020’s +.6 (3.2, 6+), Emmis urban AC WBLS “107.5 #1 For R&B” moves from #14 to a three-way tie at #11. Making gains of one-half share (each) are Connoisseur Media classic hits-oldies WBZO “103.1 Max FM” (3.2, #12 to #11, 6+) and Entercom hot AC WNEW-FM “NEW 102.7” (2.3, #21 to #15, 6+). “Max” lost a combined eight-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.5 – 2.9 – 2.7, 6+); WNEW-FM was off seven-tenths in three straight declines (2.5 – 2.2 – 2.0 – 1.8, 6+). It is a “Holiday” 2019-only stay at #1 for WALK-FM “97.5 Real Variety” (10.3 – 4.4, -5.9, 6+), which slides from first to seventh. Entering this sweep, the Connoisseur Media hot AC was a collective +6.5 through four successive spikes (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 more than tripling November’s stat for a combined +6.5 (3.2 – 6.7 – 9.7, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “106.7 Lite FM” craters by -6.5 to 3.2 (6+), spiraling from #2 to #11.

Riverside

Spoken-Word Formats – After notching a .1 (6+) in August, September, and October, iHeartMedia news talk KKDD “1290 News Talk IE” is unlisted the fourth time in a row. Likewise, KKDD did not appear in print in May, June, and July.

Co-owned KPWK “Fox Sports Radio 1350 AM” is without an increase the ninth time in succession (.2 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1, #21 to #20, 6+). Similarly-formatted/Los Angeles Angels-owned (LAA 1, LLC) KLAA “Angels Radio AM 830” does not appear in print the 26th straight sweep.

As a result of three straight up or flat trends (.7 – .7 – .8 – 1.2, 6+), San Bernardino Community College news/talk KVCR is up one-half share and progresses from #13 to #12. Pasadena City College news/talk KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” improves by four-tenths (.1 – .5, 6+) and reenters the top twenty (#21 to #17).

Riverside Music Formats – In addition to setting the pace the fourth ratings period in a row, Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose” racks up a +.9 to 7.9 (6+), thus halting a combined -1.2 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (8.2 – 7.9 – 7.0, 6+). KLYY was up one-half share in November and +1.3 in July/August (6.2 – 6.7 – 7.5, 6+). December 2018’s 10.5 marked the first time any Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario station reached double-figures (6+) since April 2015, when “Jose” recorded a 10.4. Continuing an alternating up/down pattern that began in September (2.7 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 2.3 – 3.1, 6+), Estrella Media regional Mexican KRQB “Que Buena 96.1” advances from seventh to sixth with its best 6+-stat since May (3.1, as well). Logging gains of six-tenths (each) are Entercom country KFRG “K-Frog 95.1” (steady at #3) and Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KLVE “107.5 K-LOVE” (2.2 – 2.8, eighth to seventh, 6+). “K-Frog” is a collective +1.5 via three upticks in a row (3.7 – 4.1 – 4.6 – 5.2, 6+) and reaches the five-share level (5.2, 6+) for the first time since July (5.1). KLVE was locked on 3.1 (6+) in November and December, and faltered by nine-tenths in “Holiday” 2019. By gaining one-tenth to 6.4 (flat at #2, 6+), Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA halts three straight down or flat reports that led to a cumulative -1.6 (7.9 – 7.3 – 6.3 – 6.3, 6+). KOLA was dislodged from the top spot in November, after setting the pace in September and October. September/October’s +1.0 (6.9 – 7.7 – 7.9, 6+) followed July/August’s -1.7 (8.6 – 7.6 – 6.9, 6+). KOLA was the market leader in April, May, June, and July before segueing to #2 in August. Falling from sixth to eighth, iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR KGGI “99.1 Riverside’s Hottest Hit Music” is a cumulative -1.2 as a result of three straight setbacks (3.9 – 3.6 – 2.9 – 2.7, 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 eighth time in a row.

San Jose

Spoken-Word Formats – A combined -1.1 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.4 – 2.3 – 1.3, 6+), Cumulus Media news/talk KGO improves by seven-tenths to 2.0 (6+) and reenters the top twenty (#22 to #20). Co-owned/similarly-formatted KSFO is up four-tenths (.9 – 1.3, #25 to #22, 6+) and has its best 6+-stat since May (1.3, as well).

Down a combined seven-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.5 – 3.9 – 3.8, 6+), sports talk sibling KNBR “The Sports Leader” rebounds with a +.9 to 4.7 (steady at #6, 6+). Entercom’s similarly-formatted KGMZ “95.7 The Game” (Golden State Warriors) picks up two-tenths in back-to-back reports (2.3 – 2.5 – 2.7, 6+), but backslides from #12 to a three-way tie at #13.

The five most recent San Jose fluctuations for Entercom all-news KCBS-AM are -.5 (October); +.7 (November); -.8 (December); -.7 (“Holiday” 2019); and +.6 in January 2020 (5.7 – 5.2 – 5.9 – 5.1 – 4.4 – 5.0, fourth to fifth, 6+).

With a January 2020 +1.2 to 6.9 (steady at #2, 6+), Northern California Public Broadcasting news/talk KQED eradicates December/“Holiday” 2019’s combined -1.2 (6.9 – 6.5 – 5.7, 6+). KQED, which was +1.0 in November (5.9 – 6.9, 6+) had a November-only stay at #1. Prior to November, KQED last reached #1 in the San Jose report in April (6.9, 6+). San Francisco Unified School District news/talk KALW returns the one-tenth it gained in “Holiday” 2019 (.7 – .8 – .7, #27 to #28, 6+).

San Jose Music Formats – Not only does Alpha Media classic hits-oldies KBAY add seven-tenths to “Holiday” 2019’s +.8 (6.6 – 7.4 – 8.1, 6+), “94.5 Bay FM – The Bay’s Greatest Hits” is #1 the third time in a row. Following six successive months on top, KBAY segued to #2 in November when it plummeted by -2.0 (8.6 – 6.6, 6+). “Bay FM” was +1.3 in August and nearly erased April’s -1.5 with a May +1.3 (6.2 – 7.5, 6+). As a result of three straight upticks, Cumulus Media classic rock KSAN “107.7 The Bone” is a collective +1.2 (1.5 – 1.8 – 2.1 – 2.7, #18 to #13, 6+). Notching gains of one-half share (each) are Bonneville CHR KMVQ “Now 99.7” (4.0 – 4.5, seventh, 6+) and iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR KYLD “WiLD 94.9” (2.3 – 2.8, #14 to #12, 6+). “Now” had been unlisted the past 13 reports; KYLD was off eight-tenths via three successive down or flat moves (3.1 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.3, 6+). In addition to KMVQ, co-owned adult contemporary KOIT-FM “Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites” (11.6 – 5.4, -6.5, #4, 6+) and urban AC KBLX “102.9 R&B and Old School” (1.1, #26, 6+) reappear after vanishing from print in January 2019. A combined +.6 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.5, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System regional Mexican KRZZ “93.3 La Raza” falters by twice that margin (1.3, -1.2, 6+) and fades from the top twenty (#12 to #22). Meanwhile, Univision Radio’s similarly-programmed KSOL “Que Buena,” which was a collective -1.4 through three drops in a row (3.3 – 2.8 – 2.3 – 1.9, #20, 6+), is unlisted.

Middlesex-Somerset-Union

Spoken-Word Formats – Continuing an alternating down/up pattern that commenced in October (5.9 – 5.2 – 5.6 – 5.3 – 5.5, 6+), Townsquare Media news/talk WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” jumps from fifth to third. Entering the December sweep, WKXW had lost roughly 36% (-2.9) of its 6+-share in ten consecutive sweeps without an increase (8.1 – 7.9 – 7.5 – 7.3 – 7.1 – 6.9 – 6.9 – 6.6 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.2, 6+). While iHeartMedia news/talk WOR remains at #21, “710 The Voice of New York” is an overall -2.1 in four straight decreases (3.6 – 3.0 – 2.0 – 1.7 – 1.5, 6+). This directly follows four up or flat trends in succession that netted seven-tenths (2.9 – 2.9 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.6, 6+). After losing one-third (-.4) of its 6+ AQH share via three successive declines (1.2 – 1.1 – .9 – .8, 6+), Cumulus Media news/talk WABC ends the slide with a +.3 to 1.1 (#25 to #23, 6+).

Major ups/downs continue for Entercom sports talk WFAN-FM (Brooklyn Nets), which was -.7 (September); +1.4 (October/November); -1.5 (December/“Holiday” 2019); and now +1.4 in January 2020 (3.6 – 5.0, tenth to fifth, 6+). Off six-tenths in “Holiday” 2019 (2.7 – 2.1, #17 to #19, 6+), after being an overall +1.1 via four consecutive sweeps without a loss (1.6 – 1.7 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+), similarly-programmed WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” (Knicks, Rangers) is unlisted in January 2020.

Following “Holiday” 2019’s loss of three-tenths, Entercom all-news WCBS-AM gains two-tenths (1.9 – 2.1, #20 to #19, 6+). By picking up two-tenths to 1.7 (#23 to #20, 6+), co-owned/similarly-programmed WINS curtails five straight negative or neutral trends that accounted for a net loss of six-tenths (2.1 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.8 – 1.5, 6+).

Up seven-tenths (1.7 – 2.4, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation public radio news/talk WNYC-FM advances from #21 to #18.

Middlesex-Somerset-Union Music Formats – Over and above chalking up a +1.4 (5.6 – 7.0, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rock WAXQ “Q-104.3” jumps from second to first. It succeeds co-owned adult contemporary WLTW “106.7 Lite FM” (11.1 – 4.4, -6.7, first to eighth, 6+). WLTW was -.5 (August/September); +.7 (October); -.9 (November); a combined +6.7 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.4 – 6.9 – 11.1, 6+); and -6.7 (January 2020). “Lite FM” had its best 6+-stat (11.1, “Holiday” 2019) in this New Jersey market since “Holiday” 2018’s 11.4. Also in the iHeartMedia cluster, CHR WHTZ logs a +.9 to 5.3 (seventh to fourth, 6+); “Z-100” was down a combined six-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.0 – 4.8 – 4.4, 6+). Adding six-tenths (each) are Entercom hot AC WNEW-FM “NEW 102.7” (4.6, eighth to seventh, 6+); Pillar of Fire contemporary Christian WAWZ “Star 99.1” (3.9, #13 to #11, 6+); and WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WQXR “New York’s Classical Music Radio Station” (.8 – 1.4, #22, 6+). WNEW-FM was an overall -1.0 in three straight down or flat trends (5.0 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 4.0, 6+), while “Star” was off two-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.5 – 3.3 – 3.3, 6+). Up one-half share are Entercom classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits” (5.6 – 6.1, steady at #2, 6+) and Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish contemporary WPAT “Amor 93.1” (3.5 – 4.0, #11 to #10, 6+). The three latest Middlesex trends for WCBS-FM are +.6 (December); -1.4 (“Holiday” 2019); and +.5 (January 2020). After three successive months at #1, WCBS-FM shifted to #2 in “Holiday” 2019. “New York’s Greatest Hits” dropped two-tenths in November, thus interrupting five Middlesex gains in a row that yielded a +2.6 (4.0 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 5.8 – 6.6, 6+). When “Amor 93.1” faltered by three-tenths in “Holiday” 2019, it suspended five straight up or flat moves that generated a +1.7 (2.1 – 2.2 – 2.6 – 3.5 – 3.8 – 3.8, 6+). Significant shifts continue for Beasley Media Group adult contemporary WMGQ “Magic 98.3 – Today’s Hits/Yesterday’s Favorites,” which was an overall -1.5 in four consecutive down or flat trends (5.3 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 3.8, 6+); +1.7 in “Holiday” 2019; and now -1.3 in January 2020 (5.5 – 4.2, fourth to ninth, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s 5.5 was the strongest 6+- stat for “Magic” since it logged a 5.8 in “Holiday” 2018. After being a collective +1.1 via three straight spikes (2.3 – 2.5 – 2.8 – 3.4, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WSKQ “Mega 97.9 – Numero Uno on the Planet” forfeits seven-tenths to 2.7 (#12 to #15, 6+); “Holiday” 2019’s 3.4 was its best 6+-showing since May (3.6).

“Holiday” 2019 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Four

| January 28, 2020

“Holiday” 2019 PPM Data – Information for the “Holiday” 2019 ratings period has been released for Austin, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Providence, Norfolk, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Greensboro, Memphis, and Hartford. Nielsen Audio’s “Holiday” 2019 survey period covered December 5 (2019) – January 1 (2020). Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM-markets below.

Austin

Spoken-Word Formats – Despite being a collective -1.4 in three straight setbacks (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 3.6, 6+), Sinclair Telecable-owned KLBJ-AM “News Radio 590” continues in ninth-place. October’s 5.0 was its best 6+-performance in more than six years (5.0, as well, June 2013). Repeating at #26, Entercom’s KJCE “Talk Radio 1370” is without a loss the fourth time in a row with a net gain of one-tenth (.3 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .4, 6+).

After more than doubling (+1.6) its 6+ AQH share through six consecutive bumps (1.3 – 1.6 – 1.9 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.9, 6+), Genuine Austin Radio sports talk KTXX “The Horn” relinquishes exactly half that increase (2.1, -.8, #14 to #16, 6+). In three straight down or flat moves, iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted KVET-AM “1300 AM The Zone” is down a total of four-tenths (.9 – .8 – .5 – .5, flat at #25, 6+).

On top the past three months, University of Texas at Austin-owned news/talk KUT (9.3 – 7.4, 6+) segues to second. KUT’s shifts in 2019 include: +1.6 (January); -.6 (February); +.7 (March); -2.0 (April); -.1 (May); -1.6 (June); +.9 (July); +1.2 (August); -.6 (September); +2.0 (October); -.5 (November); +.5 (December); and -1.9 (“Holiday” 2019).

Austin Music Formats – Tacking on a “Holiday” 2019 +5.5 to December’s +1.2 (5.1 – 6.3 – 11.8, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary KKMJ “Majic 95.5 Better Music for a Better Workday” jumps from third to first. Down four-tenths in October/November (5.5 – 5.1 – 5.1, 6+), KKMJ becomes the first Austin station to record double-digits (11.8, 6+) since it did so in “Holiday” 2017 (12.4). Up seven-tenths and matching August’s 2.7 (2.0 – 2.7, 6+), Sinclair Telecable’s similarly-formatted KGSR “Star 93.3” advances from #17 to #14. Improving by one-half share (each) are iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR KPEZ “102.3 The Beat” (#13 to #7) and Univision Radio regional Mexican KLQB “Que Buena 104.3” (steady at #15). “The Beat” has its best 6+-stat (4.2) since July (4.4), while “Que Buena” is without a loss the third time in a row (2.1 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.6, 6+). KVET-FM “98.1 The Austin Texas Original” is an overall -1.2 in three drops in a row (5.5 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 4.2, fifth to seventh, 6+). The iHeartMedia country station was a combined +2.2 in September/October (3.3 – 5.0 – 5.5, 6+), with September’s 5.5 its best 6+-showing since May, when KVET-FM reached 5.8 (6+). The three most recent shifts by co-owned/similarly-programmed KASE “Austin’s #1 For New Country” are -.9 (November); +.9 (December); and -1.5 in “Holiday” 2019 (5.1 – 4.2 – 5.1 – sixth to ninth, 3.6, 6+). Having more than doubled (+3.0) its 6+ AQH share via five successive gains (2.8 – 3.1 – 4.2 – 4.5 – 5.0 – 5.8, 6+), Crista Ministries contemporary Christian KFMK “Spirit 105.9” drops eight-tenths in December/“Holiday 2019 (5.8 – 5.7 – 5.0, 6+) and repeats at #4. Owing to seven setbacks in succession, Sinclair Telecable adult hits KBPA “103.5 Bob-FM” is a collective -2.1 (9.3 – 9.2 – 8.7 – 8.4 – 8.1 – 7.9 – 7.8 – 7.2, 6+). “Bob” spent six consecutive sweeps at #1; was in the runner-up slot the last three months; and now, slips to third-place. In an alternating up/down pattern that began in September (3.7 – 4.1 – 3.9 – 4.0 – 3.5, 6+), co-owned KLBJ-FM “93.7 The Rock of Austin” exits the top ten (#10 to #12). As a result of six consecutive positive or neutral trends, Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KLJA tripled (+1.4) its 6+ AQH-share (.7 – .8 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 2.1, 6+); however, “Amor 107.7” surrenders four-tenths to 1.7 (#15 to #17, 6+).

Raleigh

Spoken-Word Formats – Off four-tenths (5.7 – 5.3, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WTKK “106.1 Stay Connected” slips from sixth to eighth. A combined +.3 in November/December (1.0 – 1.1 – 1.3, 6+), Curtis Media Group news/talk WPTF “News Radio 680” drops one-tenth in “Holiday” 2019 to 1.2 (6+) and remains at #19.

A collective +1.0 in three straight improvements (2.1 – 2.5 – 2.9 – 3.1, 6+), Capitol Broadcasting sports talk WCMC “99.9 The Fan” relinquishes 40% (-.4) of that increase in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.1 – 2.8 – 2.7, 6+) yet climbs from #14 to #13.

Including “Holiday” 2019’s loss of eight-tenths, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill news/talk WUNC “91.5 North Carolina Public Radio” continues an alternating down/up pattern that commenced in February: 7.5 – 7.3 – 7.4 – 7.0 – 7.8 – 7.5 – 8.5 – 7.4 – 7.5 – 6.5 – 6.8 – 6.0 (third to fifth, 6+).

Raleigh Music Formats – Having squandered eight-tenths in November/December (7.7 – 7.2 – 6.9, 6+), Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary WRAL answers with a “Holiday” 2019 +2.2 to 9.1, its best 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2018 (9.6). Moreover, “Mix 101.5 – The Variety That Makes You Feel Good” progresses from second to first. On top the past four sweeps, Radio One urban AC WFXC (7.2, 6+) segues to the runner-up slot. Up one-half share in November/December (8.2 – 8.3 – 8.7, 6+), “Foxy – Today’s R&B and Classic Soul” spent 12 consecutive survey periods at #1; had an August-only stay at #2; and returned to #1 in September. Its August gain of two-tenths ended six straight down or flat sweeps that resulted in an overall -2.8 (11.0 – 9.9 – 9.5 – 9.5 – 9.1 – 8.8 – 8.2, 6+). Recent WFXC (6+) fluctuations include: +1.1 (“Holiday” 2018); +1.1 (January 2019); -1.1 (February); -.6 (July); -.6 (October); and -1.5 (“Holiday” 2019). January’s +1.1 took WFXC to 11.0, its highest 6+-stat in the PPM-era. Winning ways continue for Radio One gospel WNNL “The Light 103.9,” which is a collective +2.5 in four straight bumps and reaches the seven-share mark (4.5 – 5.2 – 5.5 – 6.2 – 7.0, fifth to third, 6+). Notching gains of one-half share (each) are iHeartMedia’s WRDU “Classic Rock 100.7” (5.6, ninth to sixth, 6+) and Curtis Media Group WYMY “La Ley 101.1 FM” (1.0 – 1.5, 6+). WRDU is bouncing back from December’s loss of nine-tenths to 5.1, its lowest 6+-stat since July 2018’s 4.7. Meanwhile, WYMY returns to the top twenty (#21 to #18) with its best 6+-stat (1.5) since July (1.6). As WYMY hot AC sibling WPLW-AM “Star 92.9 – The Triangles Best Variety” notches a +.5 (#22), CHR sibling WPLW-FM “Pulse FM” regresses by seven-tenths and departs the top ten (#9 to #11). This marks the sixth successive report without a loss for “Star,” which more than quadruples (+.7) its 6+-figure in that timeframe (.2 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .4 – .9, 6+); “Pulse FM” is a combined -.8 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.2 – 5.1 – 4.4, 6+). The three latest fluctuations for Radio One urban contemporary WQOK “K-97.5” are: +1.3 (November); -.7 (December); and -.5 in “Holiday” 2019 (6.8 – 6.3, third to fourth, 6+). November’s 7.5 was its strongest 6+-stat since February (7.8). Through five successive downturns, Curtis Media Group’s WQDR “Today’s Best Country 94.7 QDR” is a collective -1.9 (6.8 – 6.5 – 6.3 – 5.8 – 5.2 – 4.9, eighth to ninth, 6+). By gaining one-tenth to 5.4 (unchanged at #7, 6+), its adult hits sibling, WBBB “96.1 BBB Your Life – Your Music,” curtails three straight decreases that accounted for an overall -1.5 (6.8 – 6.3 – 5.9 – 5.3, 6+). December’s 5.3 was WBBB’s lowest 6+-stat since March (5.0).

Indianapolis

Spoken-Word Formats – The rollercoaster ride continues for Emmis news/talk WIBC “Indy’s Mobile News 93.1,” which has been: -.9 (“Holiday” 2018); +.9 (January 2019); +.9 (February); -.8 (March); -1.2 (April); +.9 (June); +.5 (August); -.5 (October); +.6 (November); and now -1.3 in “Holiday” 2019 (6.7 – 5.4, fourth to fifth, 6+).

Three consecutive increases by Emmis’ WFNI yielded a +1.2 (1.7 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9, 6+). In “Holiday” 2019, “The Fan – Indy’s Sports Center” repeats December’s 6+ AQH share and market rank (2.8, #14, 6+). Unchanged at #18, iHeartMedia-owned WNDE “Indy’s Sports Station” has a June 2019 through “Holiday” 2019 topline of: 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.3 – .9 – 1.0 (6+).

The July 2019 through “Holiday” 2019 2019 alternating up/down pattern by Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting news/talk WFYI (including “Holiday” 2019’s -1.1) is: 4.9 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 5.2 – 4.7 – 4.8 – 3.7 (eighth to ninth, 6+).

Indianapolis Music Formats – Three mega-increases in succession deliver Emmis adult contemporary WYXB a cumulative +10.8 (7.4 – 8.8 – 10.2 – 18.2, 6+) as “B-105.7” repeats at #1. Over and above that, WYXB now boasts the largest 6+-performance (18.2) by any Indianapolis station in the PPM-era. “B-105.7” was +.9 in three straight June through September gains (7.4 – 7.8 – 8.0 – 8.3, 6+) and then -.9 in October. The station WYXB dislodged from the top spot after 11 months in a row there – Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WJJK “Classic Hits 104.5” – is -4.5 via four straight downturns (11.1 – 10.4 – 10.2 – 8.0 – 6.6, second to third, 6+). WJJK’s 11.1 (July and September) represents the highest 6+-share in the station’s PPM-history, eclipsing April’s 10.2. Among WJJK’s dramatic 2019 fluctuations are: +2.9 (January); -.7 (February); -.6 (March); +1.7 (April); +1.4 (July); -1.1 (August); +1.1 (September); -.7 (October); -2.2 (December).; and -1.4 (“Holiday” 2019). As a result of seven successive decreases, Entercom CHR WZPL has its 6+ AQH share eroded by roughly 48% (-3.0) as “99.5 ZPL” exits the top ten (6.2 – 6.0 – 5.8 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 4.4 – 4.2 – 3.2, #9 to #11, 6+). On the heels of December’s -1.2, Emmis-owned WLHK “Country 97.1 Hank” forfeits another eight-tenths (7.4 – 6.2 – 5.4, 6+) yet advances from sixth to a fifth-place tie. “Hank” was up one-tenth in November, after its October +1.3 neutralized August/September’s -1.2 (7.2 – 7.1 – 6.0, 6+). Dropping one-half share (each) are iHeartMedia-owned WFBQ “Q-95 Rocks” (flat at #3) and Cumulus Media hot AC WNTR “107.9 The Mix” (3.4 – 2.9, flat at #13, 6+). In an alternating down/up pattern that commenced in June and includes December’s +1.0 and “Holiday” 2019’s -.5, “Q-95” is: 6.7 – 5.9 – 6.4 – 6.3 – 6.9 – 6.1 – 7.1 – 6.6 (6+). “The Mix,” which was trending 2.9 – 3.3 – 2.9 (September – October – November, 6+), logged a +.5 in December. A +1.2 in four successive up or flat trends (2.7 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.9, 6+), Sarkes Tarzian triple A WTTS is off one-tenth to 3.8, 6+); nonetheless, “92.3 Experience The Music” proceeds from a tenth-place tie to eighth. After posting a 3.4 (6+) in June, Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WKLU is unlisted the seventh time in a row.

Milwaukee

Spoken-Word Formats – Off a whopping -2.7 in November/December (8.4 – 6.6 – 5.7, 6+), Good Karma Brands’ news/talk WTMJ (Packers, Bucks) answers with a “Holiday” 2019 increase of two-tenths (5.9, sixth to fourth, 6+). “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” was a combined +1.3 in September/October (7.1 – 7.5 – 8.4, 6+) and had an October-only stay at #1. In three straight increases, iHeartMedia’s WISN gained one-half share (4.6 – 4.7 – 5.0 – 5.1, 6+), but “News/Talk 1130” falters by -1.1 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.1 – 4.8 – 4.0, flat at #9, 6+).

Tied at #18 are iHeartMedia’s WRNW “97.3 The Game – Milwaukee’s Sports Talk That Rocks” (1.4 – .9, #15 to #18) and Entercom’s WSSP “Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan” (.7 – .9, +.2, #22 to #18, 6+). “The Game” and “The Fan” are one-tenth ahead of Good Karma Brands’ WKTI “94.5 ESPN” (.9 – .8, -.1, #19 to #20, 6+). Even though iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WOKY is down a total of three-tenths in three straight decreases (.7 – .6 – .5 – .4, 6+), “The Big 920” moves from #24 to #23.

Following five up or flat sweeps in a row that netted a +1.8 (3.0 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.5 – 4.4 – 4.8, 6+), University of Wisconsin news/talk WUWM surrenders eight-tenths to 4.0 (flat at #9, 6+). Wisconsin Public Radio news/talk WHAD, which doubled (+.8) its 6+ AQH share in four consecutive up or flat reports (.8 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.4 – 1.6, 6+), is -.5 in December/“Holiday 2019” (1.6 – 1.3 – 1.1, #18 to #17, 6+).

Milwaukee Music Formats – Owing to three upticks in succession, Milwaukee Radio Alliance adult contemporary WLDB is a cumulative +6.2 (5.2  – 5.7 – 6.8 – 11.4, 6+). Down six-tenths in September/October (5.8 – 5.4 – 5.2, 6+), “B-93.3” cracks double-digits (11.4) for the first time since “Holiday” 2018 (10.3). Three consecutive down or flat moves by WRIT “95.7 Big FM Milwaukee’s Greatest Hits” accounted for a -1.8 (9.6 – 8.3 – 7.8 – 7.8, 6+). The iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies outlet, however, roars back in “Holiday” 2019 with a +4.0 to 11.8 (6+) and is #1 the third time in a row. WRIT spent four straight months in the lead before segueing 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. Recent (6+) moves by WRIT include: +3.8 (“Holiday” 2018); – 1.9 (January 2019); +.6 (February); -.8 (March); +.7 (April); -1.5 (May); +.8 (June); -1.3 (October); -.5 (November); and +4.0 (“Holiday” 2019). After notching an increase of seven-tenths in back-to-back sweeps (6.2 – 6.9 – 7.6, 6+), Entercom hot AC WMYX “99.1 The Mix” spirals by -1.5 (6.1, second to third, 6+). Prior to December (7.6), the last time “Mix” reached the seven-share level was in November 2015 (7.0, 6+). Eroding by -1.4 (each) are Saga Communications’ WKLH “96.5 Milwaukee’s Hometown Rock” (third to fifth) and iHeartMedia-owned WMIL “FM 106.1 Milwaukee’s Best Country” (fifth to sixth). WKLH is down or flat the sixth time in a row for a -2.8 (8.4 – 7.8 – 7.8 – 7.6 – 7.3 – 7.0 – 5.6, 6+); WMIL is -2.1 in three downturns in succession (7.2 – 7.0 – 6.5 – 5.1, 6+). As a result of three straight increases, Saga Communications’ WHQG was an overall +1.4 (4.1 – 4.4 – 5.0 – 5.5, 6+), but “102.9 The Hog Everything That Rocks” is a combined -.8 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.5 – 5.4 – 4.7, seventh to eighth, 6+). When Entercom CHR WXSS posted a +.4 in December, it interrupted five straight reports without an increase (5.5 – 5.4 – 5.0 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.0, 6+). In “Holiday” 2019, however, “103.7 Kiss-FM” falters by six-tenths to 3.8 (flat at #11, 6+). Saga Communications urban AC WJMR “Jammin’ 98.3” has lost eight-tenths via three down or flat moves in a row (4.0 – 4.0 – 3.7 – 3.2, #12 to #13, 6+). After nearly tripling (+1.2) its 6-stat in four straight sweeps without a loss (.7 – .9 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.9, 6+), Milwaukee Radio Alliance classic hits-oldies WZTI “Fonz FM – Milwaukee’s Pop, Soul, & Rock ‘N Roll” drops one-tenth (1.8, flat at #14, 6+).

Nashville

Spoken-Word Formats – Down seven-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.8 – 4.7 – 4.1, 6+), directly after its +1.7 in six up or flat sweeps in a row (3.1 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 4.2 – 4.8, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WWTN “Super Talk 99.7” slips from ninth to tenth. Four consecutive improvements by iHeartMedia news/talk WLAC netted +1.0 (1.4 – 1.5 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.4, 6+); however, “Talk Radio 1510” forfeits four-tenths to 2.0 (#16 to #17, 6+). In December, WLAC reached the two-share level (2.4) for the first time in more than four years (2.0, October 2015).

Despite being an overall -1.1 in three straight down or flat moves (5.1 – 5.0 – 4.1 – 4.0, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned sports talk WGFX “104.5 The Zone” (Tennessee Titans) advances from #12 to #11. Prior to this streak, “The Zone” netted a +2.4 in four straight upticks (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 4.7 – 5.1, 6+). Cromwell Group-owned/similarly-formatted WPRT “102.5 The Game” (Predators) is down an overall one-half share in three consecutive sweeps without an increase (1.3 – 1.1 – 1.1 – .8, #20 to #19, 6+).

Recent shifts by Nashville Public Radio’s WPLN-FM “NPR News and Classical Music” include: August/September’s +1.8 (5.1 – 6.2 – 6.9, 6+); October/November’s -1.5 (6.9 – 5.9 – 5.4, 6+); December’s +.4 (5.4 – 5.8, 6+); and -1.2 in “Holiday” 2019 (5.8 – 4.6, fourth to eighth, 6+).

Nashville Music Formats – Stacking a +6.1 onto December’s +2.2 (7.5 – 9.7 – 15.8, 6+) Midwest Communications adult contemporary WJXA “Mix 92.9 – Your Life, Your Music” repeats at #1. This time last year, WJXA posted a 14.1 (“Holiday” 2018, 6+). Recent (6+) fluctuations by “Mix” include: +3.2 (“Holiday” 2018); -3.5 (January 2019); -1.3 (February); -.5 (March); -.6 (April); +1.0 (May); -1.6 (October); +2.2 (December); and +6.1 (“Holiday” 2019). Repeating at #2, co-owned WCJK “96.3 Jack FM – Playing What We Want” is -2.7 in three drops in a row (8.9 – 7.8 – 6.6 – 6.2, 6+). This immediately follows its overall +2.1 in three successive spikes (6.8 – 8.0 – 8.1 – 8.9, 6+). October marked WCJK’s first time at #1 since April, when it logged an 8.4 (6+). A collective +1.6 in four straight sweeps without a loss (2.4 – 2.4 – 2.8 – 3.3 – 4.0, 6+), Salem Media Group’s WFFH “The Fish” jumps from #14 to #11. “94 FM The Fish” previously lost approximately 47% (-2.1) of its 6+-share as a result of four down or flat moves in a row (4.5 – 4.4 – 3.2 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+). Educational Media Foundation’s similarly-formatted WLVU “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” was a  collective +1.5 in three June through September improvements (2.0 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.5, 6+); a combined -1.7 in October/November (3.5 – 2.6 – 1.8, 6+); +.6 in December (1.8 – 2.4, 6+); and now -.5 in “Holiday” 2019 (2.4 – 1.9, #16 to #18, 6+). In five straight sweeps without a loss, WAY Media contemporary Christian WAYM “WAY-FM” is an overall +1.8 (1.1 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 2.4 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+) and is flat at #15. In the market’s CHR tussle, Midwest Communications’ WNFN “106.7 Nashville’s New Hit Music” gains six-tenths (2.1 – 2.7, #18 to #16, 6+), while iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WRVW “107.5 The River” drops one-half share (6.1 – 5.6, flat at #3, 6+). WNFN is bouncing back from December’s loss of one-half share. After five straight reports without a loss for a net gain of nine-tenths (5.3 – 5.3 – 5.5 – 5.7 – 6.2 – 6.2, 6+), “The River” dropped one-tenth in December. The three most recent shifts by Cumulus Media urban AC WQQK “92-Q” are -.7 (November); +.6 (December); and +.5 in “Holiday” 2019 (4.6 – 5.1, tenth to fifth, 6+). Prior to the December sweep, “92-Q” was a collective -1.5 in three decreases  in succession (5.5 – 5.2 – 4.7 – 4.0, 6+). That immediately followed an overall +1.3 via four successive gains (4.2 – 4.4 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.5, 6+). Faltering by eight-tenths (each) are Cumulus Media’s country-formatted WSM-FM “95.5 Nash Icon” (5.5 – 4.7, fifth to sixth, 6+); Cromwell alternative WBUZ “102.9 The Buzz” (3.6, #11 to #13, 6+); and iHeartMedia’s WNRQ “105.9 The Rock” (#12 to #14). WSM-FM was +1.6 in October/November (4.5 – 5.0 – 6.1, 6+) and -.6 in December. Entering the October sweep, “Nash Icon” had lost an overall seven-tenths in four straight negative or neutral trends (5.2 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 4.7 – 4.5, 6+). WBUZ had been an overall +2.0 in three consecutive improvements (2.4 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 4.4, 6+). In six consecutive decreases, WNRQ is a cumulative -4.5 (7.8 – 7.6 – 6.5 – 6.2 – 5.2 – 4.1 – 3.3, 6+). Tied with WSM-FM is iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WSIX “The Big 98 – Nashville’s #1 for New Country,” which is down or flat the sixth time in a row for a collective -1.5 (6.2 – 5.6 – 5.4 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.9 – 4.7, seventh to sixth, 6+). This comes immediately after WSIX was +2.7 in seven consecutive up or flat sweeps (3.5 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 5.0 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 6.2, 6+). Nashville Public Radio classical-formatted WFCL, which gained one-half share in six successive sweeps without a loss (.7 – .7 – .7 – .7 -.7 – 1.2 – 1.2, 6+), forfeits six-tenths to .6 (#19 to #22, 6+).

Providence

Spoken-Word Formats – Albeit down a combined half-share in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.0 – 2.7 – 2.5, 6+),  Cumulus Mediaowned WPRO-AM “News Talk 630” progresses from ninth to eighth. Regaining the two-tenths it lost in December (.6 – .4 – .6, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WHJJ “Providence’s News, Traffic, and Weather” pushes up from #18 to #16. November’s one-tenth increase halted eight straight down or flat moves that accounted for an approximately 75% reduction (-1.6) of its 6+-AQH share (2.1 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.3 – .9 – .9 – .7 – .5, 6+). As a result of eight down or flat reports in succession, Cumulus Media’s WPRV “AM 790 Talk & Business” has lost four-tenths (.7 – .5 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3, flat at #19, 6+).

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

Having doubled (+.9) its 6+ AQH share in October/November (.9 – 1.4 – 1.8, 6+), iHeartMedia Boston news – talk hybrid WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” surrenders one-half share in December/“Holiday” 2019 (1.8 – 1.5 – 1.2, flat at #14, 6+).

WGBH Educational Foundation Boston news/talk WGBH is a combined -.6 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.9 – 2.8 – 2.3, eighth to ninth, 6+). Following December’s -1.3, The Wheeler School’s news/talk outlet WELH repeats December’s 6+ AQH share and market rank (.3, #19, 6+). November’s gain of two-tenths suspended six consecutive sweeps without an increase that accounted for a loss of six-tenths (2.0 – 2.0 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.4, 6+).

Providence Music Formats – December’s tie at #1 is broken with emphasis by Cumulus Media adult contemporary WWLI “Lite Rock 105,” which hauls out a +7.5 and has nearly doubled (+8.3) its 6+-stat in three bumps in a row (8.5 – 8.6 – 9.3 – 16.8, 6+). Its 16.8 (6+) is six-tenths better than “Holiday” 2018’s 16.2 (6+). After four months in succession at #1, iHeartMedia-owned WHJY “94 HJY Providence’s Home of Rock & Roll” (9.3 – 8.0, -1.3, 6+) segues to the runner-up slot. WHJY wiped away October/November’s loss of six-tenths (9.3 – 9.2 – 8.7, 6+) with a December gain of equal magnitude. Having occupied the lead position three months in a row, WHJY shifted to the runner-up slot in August; “94 HJY” was +.7 in September. Even though Hall Broadcasting-owned WCTK plummets by -1.9 (8.3 – 6.4, 6+), “Cat Country 98.1” continues in third-place. Entering the September sweep, WCTK was a collective +1.7 in three straight improvements (7.6 – 8.5 – 8.6 – 9.3, 6+). August’s 9.3 (#1, 6+) represented its highest 6+-share since 10.1 in July 2018. “Cat Country” then posted three consecutive down or flat reports that led to an overall -1.5 (9.3 – 8.3 – 7.8 – 7.8, 6+) and gained one-half share in December. Unchanged in fifth-place, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWBB “B-101” is an overall -1.9 in three sweeps in a row without an increase (7.6 – 7.4 – 6.6 – 5.7, 6+). Regressing by eight-tenths and seven-tenths, respectively, are Townsquare Media CHR WFHN “Fun 107 The Southcoast’s #1 Hit Music Station” (1.9, ninth to tenth, 6+) and iHeartMedia Boston’s similarly-programmed WXKS-FM “Kiss 108” (1.7 – 1.0, #12 to #16, 6+). Off three-tenths in October/November (2.2 – 2.1 – 1.9, 6+), “Fun 107” was up eight-tenths in December to 2.7, its strongest 6+-stat since February’s 3.7. “Kiss 108” gained a total of four-tenths in November/December (1.3 – 1.3 – 1.7, 6+). Also in the CHR arena, Cumulus Media-owned WPRO-FM “Today’s Hit Music PRO FM” is -1.2 in four consecutive down or flat trends (7.0 – 7.0 – 6.8 – 6.2 – 5.8, 6+) yet advances from fifth to fourth. Unlisted the seventh 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 – After almost doubling (+1.0) its 6+-stat in five consecutive up or flat moves (1.2 – 1.4 – 1.8 – 2.2 – 2.2, 6+), Max Broadcast Group sports talk WVSP “ESPN Radio 94.1” surrenders one-tenth to 2.1 (6+) but continues at #11.

Norfolk Music Formats – Reinforcing December’s +2.6 with a “Holiday” 2019 +5.5 (5.1 – 4.3 – 6.9 – 12.4, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary WWDE “101.3 2WD” jumps from third to second with its best 6+-stat (12.4) since “Holiday” 2018’s 13.6. Max Broadcast Group’s similarly-formatted WVBW “92.9 The Wave,” which posted four straight up or flat sweeps for a +1.7 (3.4 – 4.2 – 4.8 – 5.1 – 5.1, 6+), is a combined -1.4 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.1 – 4.6 – 3.7, sixth to seventh, 6+). In addition to being #1 the 13th time in a row, Entercom urban AC WVKL “Smooth R&B from Yesterday & Today” is a combined +2.4 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (11.7 – 12.7 – 14.1, 6+). “Smooth R&B from Yesterday & Today” had been the market pacesetter 25 successive survey periods before shifting to the runner-up slot in “Holiday” 2018. When WVKL recorded a 9.1 (6+) in August, it was the first time since January 2014 (9.8) that the station failed to log double-digits (6+). Its August 2018 15.5 holds the record for highest 6+-performance by any Norfolk station in the PPM-era. Following six successive trends without an increase that resulted in a two-thirds loss (-.7) of its 6+-stat (2.1 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.4, 6+), iHeartMedia rhythmic hot AC WMOV “MOViN’ 107.7” is +1.7 in December/“Holiday” (1.4 – 1.9 – 3.1, 6+) and enters the top ten (#13 to #8). Without a loss the fifth straight time for a net gain of one-half share (1.6 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 2.1 – 2.1, 6+), urban-rhythmic oldies cluster-mate WHBT “92.1 The Beat” climbs from #12 to #11. Immediately after logging a +1.6 in November, Saga Communications’ WAFX “106.9 The Fox – Hampton Roads’ Classic Rock” regresses by -1.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.3 – 6.7 – 5.8, flat at #4, 6+). November’s 7.3 represents the highest 6+-stat since June’s 8.2 for “The Fox,” which was a combined +2.1 in October/November (5.2 – 5.7 – 7.3, 6+). Prior to September’s 5.2, WAFX last fell below a six-share (6+) in December 2018 (5.5). There’s another major shift for co-owned WNOR. While unchanged at #5, “FM 99 Rocks” has lost basically half (-4.5) its 6+ AQH share via four consecutive downturns (9.1 – 7.5 – 7.2 – 5.4 – 4.6, 6+). Directly before this streak, WNOR was +3.2 via six consecutive up or flat trends (5.9 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 6.8 – 6.8 – 8.9 – 9.1, 6+). September’s 9.1 (6+) marked the first time in its PPM-history that WNOR appeared in print with a 6+-share reaching the nine-share level (6+). Max Broadcast Group’s WGH-FM “New Country 97.3 The Eagle” is a combined -1.4 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.3 – 3.5 – 2.9 (eighth to tenth, 6+). Locked on 2.6 (6+) in October, November, and December, co-owned WVHT “Hot 100 – Today’s Hits Now” dips six-tenths to 2.0 (#10 to #13, 6+). Continuing an alternating up/down pattern that began in July 2019 (8.0 – 8.3 – 7.5 – 7.8 – 7.3 – 7.4 – 6.9, 6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WOWI “103 Jamz” drops from second to third.

 Jacksonville

 Spoken-Word Formats – By adding two-tenths to 8.3 (steady at #2, 6+), Cox Media Group news/talk WOKV-FM “104.5 Jacksonville’s News, Weather, and Traffic” pulls the plug on three straight downturns that accounted for a -2.3 (10.4 – 9.4 – 9.1 – 8.1, 6+). Prior to December, WOKV-FM had been the market leader the previous five months.  

Off one-tenth in back-to-back reports (1.1 – 1.0  – .9, 6+), iHeartMedia sports talk WFXJ “930 The Game – Jacksonville’s Sports Leader” repeats at #18. “The Game” more than quintupled (+.9) its 6+ AQH through four straight gains (.2 – .5 – .7 – .9 – 1.1, 6+).

Three improvements in a row by WJCT led to a net gain of eight-tenths (2.8 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.6, 6+) but the public radio news/talk outlet forfeits seven-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.6 – 3.5 – 2.9, #11 to #12, 6+).

Jacksonville Music Formats –  A whopping +11.0 in four consecutive positive or neutral trends (7.4 – 7.4 – 8.1 – 10.8 – 18.4, 6+), WEJZ repeats at #1. Moreover, the Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary outlet logs the highest 6+-showing (18.4) by any Jacksonville station in exactly four years (WEJZ, 19.7, “Holiday” 2015, 6+). Its format rival – Cox Media Group’s WEZI “Easy 102.9” – is an overall -2.8 in five successive setbacks (6.9 – 6.1 – 5.8 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 4.1, 6+) and carries on in seventh-place. This (4.1) is its lowest 6+-figure since “Holiday” 2018 (4.0). Rebounding from December’s loss of one-half share with a “Holiday” 2019 +1.1 (6.7 – 7.8, 6+), WEZI’s classic hits-oldies sibling, WJGL “Eagle 96.9,” moves from fourth to third. Three improvements in a row delivered WJGL a net gain of seven-tenths (6.5 – 6.7 – 6.8 – 7.2, 6+). As a result of four successive upticks, iHeartMedia-owned WQIK was a collective +1.6 (5.4 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 6.7 – 7.0, 6+). In “Holiday” 2019, however, “99.1 Jacksonville’s Country” craters by -3.0 to 4.0 (third to eighth, 6+). WQIK’s -3.0 is the largest (6+) December 2019 – “Holiday” 2019 decrease by any station in the 48 PPM-markets. Catching “Jacksonville’s Country” is Renda Broadcasting’s similarly-formatted WGNE “99.9 Gator Country” (3.7 – 4.0, +.3, ninth to eighth, 6+). WGNE had been within 4.1 – 4.7 range (6+) five survey periods in succession (4.3 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 4.1 – 4.5, 6+) before sputtering in December by eight-tenths to 3.7, its lowest 6+-stat since June’s 3.5. Having lost a total of nine-tenths in six consecutive down or flat ratings periods (3.6 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WWJK “107.3 Planet Radio – Jacksonville’s Rock Station” ends the slide with a +.3 to 3.0 (#13 to #11, 6+). As of this past March, CHR sibling WKSL “97.9 Kiss FM” has been in an alternating up/down pattern: 4.0 – 4.4 – 4.2 – 5.2 – 3.8 – 4.1 – 2.7 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 2.4 (#12 to #13, 6+). Despite being an overall -2.1 via six negative or neutral moves in a row (6.6 – 5.9 – 5.6 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 4.5, 6+), WKSL’s format rival – Cox Media Group’s WAPE “Jacksonville’s #1 Hit Music Station” – advances from seventh to sixth. Co-owned alternative WXXJ “X-10.5” is off eight-tenths in six straight downturns (2.9 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 2.1, #14 to #15, 6+).

West Palm Beach

Spoken-Word Formats – Even though iHeartMedia-owned WJNO is an overall -1.2 in three straight drops (4.0 – 3.7 – 2.9 – 2.8, 6+), “1290 The Palm Beaches’ News & Talk” pushes up from ninth to eighth. Prior to September, WJNO was an overall +2.0 in six successive sweeps without a loss (2.0 – 2.3 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.7 – 4.0, 6+). After gaining seven-tenths through three consecutive improvements (2.0 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.7, 6+), co-owned news/talk WZZR “Real Radio 94.3 – Real Talk For The Palm Beaches” forfeits three-tenths to 2.4 (6+) but elevates from tenth to ninth. Hubbard Broadcasting’s WFTL “News Talk 850” is -1.0 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.1 – 1.4 – 1.1, 6+) and repeats at #17. October’s decrease of nine-tenths interrupted four straight gains that accounted for a +1.0 (1.7 – 2.0 – 2.4 – 2.6 – 2.7, 6+). Logging a .7 (6+) the fourth time in the last five West Palm Beach reports (.7 – .8 – .7 – .7 – .7, 6+), iHeartMedia Miami news/talk WIOD “610 News Radio” progresses from #23 to #22.

Without an increase the fourth sweep in a row for a net loss of half (-.3) its 6+ AQH share (.6 – .5 – .4 – .4 – .3, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WMEN “Fox Sports 640 AM South Florida” falls from #24 to #25.

Dade County School Board news/talk WLRN was -.8 (3.0 – 2.8 – 2.2, October/November, 6+); +.8 (2.2 – 3.0, December, 6+); and now -1.0 (3.0 – 2.0, “Holiday” 2019, #8 to #10, 6+).

West Palm Beach Music Formats – Owing to four straight increases, Hubbard Broadcasting adult contemporary WEAT-FM is +8.1 (4.4 – 4.6 – 5.6 – 6.3 – 12.5, 6+) and marches from second to first. “Sunny 107.9” reaches double-digits (12.5, 6+) for the first time since “Holiday” 2018 (10.7). WEAT-FM was a -2.2 in August/September (6.6 – 5.1 – 4.4, 6+). Prior to September, the last time “Sunny” fell below a five-share (6+) was in October 2018 (4.6). After spending the last 12 ratings periods at #1, hot AC cluster-mate WRMF “Variety from the 90s and Now” (9.2 – 7.7, -1.5, 6+) slides to #2 with its lowest 6+-share since “Holiday” 2016 (7.7, as well). WRMF substituted November’s -.6 with December’s +.6  (9.2 – 8.6 – 9.2, 6+). Prior to November, WRMF was an overall +1.4 as a result of three straight gains (7.8 – 8.3 – 8.5 – 9.2, 6+). At the same time that WEAT-FM posts four consecutive gains, iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted WOLL “Today’s Kool 105.5” is an overall -2.8 in five setbacks in a row (7.4 – 6.9 – 6.8 – 5.8 – 5.6 – 4.6, 6+), slipping from third to fourth. WOLL was -.8 in July (7.2 – 6.4, 6+) and +1.0 in August to 7.4, its best 6+-showing since July 2016 (7.5). A combined +.9 in November/December (3.0 – 3.2 – 3.9, 6+), co-owned CHR WLDI “Wild 95.5 The Palm Beaches’ #1 Hit Music Station” jumps from seventh to sixth. After losing roughly 57% of its 6+-share (-2.1) as a result of five straight sweeps without an increase (3.7 – 3.7 – 2.7 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 1.6, 6+), Spanish contemporary sibling WRLX “Mia 92.1” halts the slide with a +.4 to 2.0 (6+) and reenters the top ten (#13 to #10). Still in that iHM cluster, a half-share decrease takes Spanish contemporary WZTU “Tu 94.9 FM – Joven Como Tu” below a one-share (1.4 – .9, #17 to #19, 6+). Immediately after scoring a +1.3 (.3 – 1.6, 6+), Glades Media Spanish contemporary WWRF “AM 1380 Radio Fiesta” forfeits the increase in its entirety (.3 – 1.3, 6+) and fades from the top twenty (#13 to #25).

Greensboro

Spoken-Word Formats – Off six-tenths in three down or flat reports in a row (3.6 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.0, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WPTI “94.5 Your News, Talk, & Sports Station” continues in ninth-place.

This is the third consecutive time that Curtis Media Group sports talk WSJS “Triad Sports” regresses by one-tenth (.9 – .8 – .7 – .6, flat at #15, 6+).

Trending 2.1 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.1 (October – November – December – “Holiday” 2019, 6+), Wake Forest University news/talk WFDD slips from #12 to #13. Prior to December, “88.5 Public Radio for the Piedmont” occupied the #13 spot 19 ratings periods in succession. Down one-tenth (1.5 – 1.4, 6+) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill news/talk WUNC is steady at #14.

Greensboro Music Formats – Four bumps in a row for a cumulative +9.9 (6.3 – 6.4 – 7.5 – 10.2 – 16.2, 6+) propel iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMAG from third to first. This (16.2) is the best 6+-showing for WMAG since “Holiday” 2018 (16.5). It’s a December-only stay at #1 for Entercom urban AC WQMG “97.1 QMG The Best R&B and Old School” (10.9 – 10.1, -.8, first to second, 6+). WQMG was a combined +2.1 in October/November (8.9 – 10.3 – 11.0, 6+) and had its best 6+-stat (11.0, November 2019) since November 2018 (11.4). On the heels of December’s -1.2 to 10.7 (6+), adult hits sibling WSMW “98.7 Simon Says We Play Everything” further plummets by -2.2 to 8.5 (second to third, 6+). “Simon” had been an overall +3.1 as a result of four up or flat sweeps in a row (8.8 – 9.5 – 10.9 – 10.9 – 11.9, 6+), hitting the eleven-share level (11.9) for the first time since February 2018 (11.4). Among its 2019 (6+) fluctuations are: +.9 (January); -.6 (February); +.9 (March); -1.6 (April); +1.1 (May); +.5 (June); -1.0 (July); +.7 (August); +1.4 (September); +1.0 (November); -1.2 (December); and -2.2 (“Holiday” 2019). Up one-half share in December (6.6 – 7.1, 6+), Dick Broadcasting’s WKRR “Rock 92” follows with a “Holiday” 2019 decrease of -1.3 (5.8, fourth to fifth, 6+). Co-owned CHR WKZL “107.5 KZL The #1 Hit Music Station,” a combined +1.1 in November/December (5.1 – 6.0 – 6.2, 6+), surrenders a -1.2 to 5.0 (unchanged at #6, 6+). Swapping places are Entercom’s country-formatted WPAW “93.1 The Wolf” (flat at 4.9, eighth to seventh, 6+) and iHeartMedia-owned WTQR “Q-104.1 – #1 for New Country” (5.0 – 4.0, -1.0, seventh to eighth, 6+). Both of the country rivals were down six-tenths in December. “Q-104.1” was up four-tenths in November, while “The Wolf” improved by three-tenths; WTQR was -.7 in October and WPAW was -1.6. Over the course of the last 21 sweeps (June 2018 through “Holiday” 2019), WTQR has triumphed over WPAW 12 times (June 2018, July, August, September, October, November, “Holiday” 2018, January 2019, May, July, November, and December); WPAW has come out on top seven times (December 2018, February 2019, March, April, August, September, and “Holiday” 2019; and there have been two ties (June 2019 and October 2019). The 6+-share of iHeartMedia-owned rocker WVBZ “105.7 – Man Up” is sliced in half (-2.4) via five successive negative or neutral trends (4.8 – 4.0 – 3.5 – 2.8 – 2.4 – 2.4, unchanged at #11, 6+). This directly follows five straight improvements that accounted for a +2.3 (2.5 – 3.2 – 3.7 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.8, 6+).

Memphis

Spoken-Word Formats – Stuck on 4.8 (6+) in November and December, iHeartMedia news/talk WREC drops four-tenths in “Holiday” 2019 (4.8 – 4.8 – 4.4, 6+); “600 AM – Memphis’ News, Traffic, & Weather” moves from a sixth-place tie to seventh.

Following four successive sweeps without a loss for an overall +1.2 (2.3 – 2.6 – 3.0 – 3.5 – 3.5, 6+), Entercom sports talk WMFS “ESPN Sports Radio” forfeits half that increase (2.9, -.6, 6+) and remains at #12. September’s increase halted seven consecutive down or flat trends that led to a collective -1.7 (4.0 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 2.3, 6+). Co-owned WMC-AM repeats December’s 6+ AQH share and market rank (.3, #20, 6+). Entering the December sweep, “ESPN 790” had been up or flat 14 straight sweeps for a net gain of three-tenths (.1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 -.1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .3 – .4 – .4, 6+).

Memphis Music Formats – The market’s (6+) adult contemporary share improves by +3.3 in “Holiday” 2019. Leading the way is Entercom’s WRVR “104.5 The River,” which is actually +2.5 in four consecutive sweeps without a loss (6.5 – 6.7 – 6.9 – 7.2 – 9.0, 6+) and progresses from fourth to second. This (9.0) is the best 6+-stat for “The River” since “Holiday” 2018 (11.3). Meanwhile, Cumulus Media’s similarly-programmed WKIM “98.9 The Bridge” more than doubles December’s 1.4 (6+) with a +1.5 to 2.9 (#14 to #12, 6+), its strongest 6+-showing in one year (5.1, “Holiday” 2018). Prior to dropping three-tenths in December, WKIM posted four consecutive up or flat reports for a +1.0 (.7 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.7, 6+). Notwithstanding that it is +1.4 in three bumps in a row (7.1 – 7.3 – 7.9 – 8.5, 6+) and has its best 6+-stat (8.5) since May (8.7), Cumulus Media urban-rhythmic oldies WRBO “103.5 The Best Mix of R&B” backshifts from the runner-up slot to third. Improving by one-half share (each) are iHeartMedia-owned gospel WHAL “Hallelujah 95.7 – Memphis’ Inspiration Station” (6.5 – 7.0, unchanged at #5, 6+) and Shelby County Schools-owned urban AC WQOX “88.5 The Voice of SCS” (1.5, #17 to #15, 6+). After gaining nine-tenths in October/November (6.2 – 6.4 – 7.1, 6+), WHAL regressed by six-tenths in December. WQOX had been down a collective four-tenths in three straight down or flat reports (1.4 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.0, 6+). Even though iHeartMedia urban AC KJMS is a collective -1.1 in three straight sweeps without an increase (10.5 – 10.5 – 9.7 – 9.4, 6+), “V-101” is #1 the 15th time in a row. Its October +1.0 eliminated August/September’s -.6 (10.1 – 9.8 – 9.5, 6+). Prior to June’s loss of six-tenths to 9.8 (6+), KJMS reached double-digits (6+) 14 successive ratings periods. After netting a +1.4 in five successive sweeps without a loss and notching its best 6+-stat (4.8) since January’s 5.1 (3.4 – 3.4 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.8, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned WGKX “Today’s Best Country Kix 106” is -1.7 in December/“Holiday 2019” (4.8 – 4.4 – 3.1, eighth to tenth, 6+). Owing to three consecutive dips, Entercom’s similarly-formatted WLFP “94.1 The Wolf” was -.8 (4.3 – 4.2 – 4.0 – 3.5, June – July – August – September, 6+); +.7 (October); but is a combined -1.2 in three straight decreases (4.2 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.0, flat at #11, 6+). “Kix” and “The Wolf” were tied for ninth-place in October. Meanwhile, unlisted since January 2016, North Mississippi Media Group’s WEBL resurfaced in print this past August. Coldwell, Mississippi-licensed “Country Legends 95.3 The Rebel” has lost half (-.7) its 6+ AQH share in December/“Holiday” 2019 (1.4 – .9 -.7, #18 to #19, 6+). While unchanged in ninth-place, iHeartMedia’s WEGR “Rock 102.7” is -.8 in December/“Holiday” 2019 and falls below a four-share (4.5 – 4.3 – 3.7, 6+).

Hartford

Spoken-Word Formats – Notwithstanding that it is -1.7 in four successive down or flat sweeps (7.4 – 7.4 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 5.7, 6+), Entercom news/talk WTIC-AM “News Talk 1080” progresses from sixth to fifth. Red Wolf Broadcasting news/talk WDRC-AM “AM 1360 The Talk of Connecticut” is without a loss the fourth time in a row for a net gain of three-tenths (.4 – .7 – .7 – .7 – .7, 6+) and continues at #13. This marks the 20th survey period in a row that iHeartMedia’s WPOP records a .1 (6+) – “News Radio 1410” carries on at #16.

WPOP’s sports talk cluster-mate, WUCS “97.9 ESPN Hartford,” has a June through “Holiday” 2019 topline of: 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 1.7 (6+) and advances from #12 to #11.

After being within 4.2 – 4.7 range (6+) in each of the last nine survey periods (4.7 – 4.4 – 4.2 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 4.5 – 4.2 – 4.5, 6+), Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network news/talk WNPR “Connecticut’s Public Media Source for News & Ideas” erodes by -1.0 to 3.5 (6+) but repeats at #9. University of Massachusetts-owned WFCR “New England Public Radio” has lost more than 70% (-.8) of its 6+ AQH share as a result of four consecutive down or flat trends (1.1 – .8 – .4 – .4 – .3, 6+) and is unchanged at #14.

Hartford Music Formats – Setting the pace the 43rd consecutive time, Entercom adult contemporary WRCH is a combined +8.6 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (9.8 – 11.5 – 18.4, 6+) and has the best 6+-showing of any Hartford station (18.4) since WRCH’s 18.0 in “Holiday” 2018. WRCH recorded an 18.3 in “Holiday” 2017. “Lite 100.5” was off nine-tenths in October/November (10.7 – 10.1 – 9.8, 6+). Nine of its recent (6+) shifts include: -6.9 (January); +1.0 (February); -1.0 (March); -1.3 (April); +1.0 (May); -1.0 (July); +1.2 (September); +1.7 (December); and +6.9 (“Holiday” 2019). The wild ride continues for iHeartMedia-owned WWYZ “Country 92.5,” which was -.7 (7.9 – 7.2 – 7.2, August/September, 6+); +.5 (7.2 – 7.7, October, 6+); -1.0  (7.7 – 6.7, November 6+); +.5 (6.7 – 7.2, December, 6+); and now -1.8 in “Holiday” 2019 to 5.4 (third to seventh, 6+). A collective +1.2 in three straight up or flat moves (6.1 – 6.2 – 6.2 – 7.3, 6+), Entercom hot AC WTIC-FM “96.5 TIC-FM” forfeits a -1.1 to 6.2 (6+) but stays at #2. December’s 7.3 was its best 6+-stat since May (7.7). Rhythmic CHR sibling WZMX falters by seven-tenths (5.8 – 5.1, seventh to eighth, 6+). When “Hot 93.7” picked up one-tenth in December, it suspended four straight down or flat sweeps that accounted for a -1.4 (7.1 – 6.7 – 6.7 – 5.7, 6+). Repeating in fourth-place, Red Wolf Broadcasting-owned WDRC-FM “102.9 The Whale – Connecticut’s Classic Rock” is an overall -1.4 in three drops in succession (7.2 – 7.0 – 6.4 – 5.8, 6+). Its alternative and Spanish tropical cluster-mates WMRQ-FM “Radio 104.1” (flat at #10) and WMRQ-HD2 (unchanged at #11) are down eight-tenths and one-half share, respectively. “Radio 104.1” is -1.1 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.0 – 3.7 – 2.9, 6+), while WMRQ-HD2 is without an increase the third time in a row for an overall -.7 (2.4 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 1.7, 6+). Still in that Red Wolf Broadcasting cluster, classic hits-oldies WNTY “Kool Radio – Good Times/Great Oldies” is down or flat the sixth successive time for a net loss of two-tenths (.5 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3, 6+) but advances from #15 to #14.

“Holiday” 2019 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Three

| January 25, 2020

“Holiday” 2019 PPM Data – Information for the “Holiday” 2019 ratings period has been released for Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus. Nielsen Audio’s “Holiday” 2019” survey period covered December 5 (2019) – January 1 (2020). Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM-markets below.

Portland

Spoken Word Formats – Following five consecutive sweeps without a loss that yielded an overall +1.3 (4.1 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 5.2 – 5.4, 6+), Alpha Media-owned news/talk KXL “FM News 101 – Stay Connected” relinquishes eight-tenths to 4.6 (fourth to fifth, 6+). Several recent KXL shifts include: -1.0 (March/April); +1.1 (May/June); -.7 (July); +.6 (August); and -.8 (“Holiday” 2019). Progressing from #18 to #17, iHeartMedia’s KEX “News Radio 1190 – Depend On Us” posts its fourth straight up or flat trend for a net gain of two-tenths (2.3 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.5, 6+). Stuck on 1.3 (6+) in November and December, Alpha Media news/talk KUFO “Freedom 970” drops two-tenths to 1.1 (flat at #23, 6+). The June 2019 through “Holiday” 2019 topline for Salem Media Group’s KPAM “AM 860 The Answer” is: .3 – .3 – .3 -. 3 – .5 – .4 – .4 – .4 (#29 to #27, 6+).

When Entercom sports talk KFXX “1080 The Fan” dropped one-tenth in December to 1.5 (6+), it suspended four straight up or flat months that produced a collective half-share gain (1.1 – 1.1 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.6, 6+). “The Fan” repeats December’s 1.5 (6+) but advances from #22 to #21. Continuing an alternating up/down pattern that began in September (1.4 – 1.8 – 1.6 – 1.7 – 1.2, 6+), Alpha Media sports talk KXTG “The Game” slides from #21 to #22. Having nearly quadrupled (+.8) its 6+-stat in three improvements in succession (.3 – .4 – .9 – 1.1, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KPOJ “Sports Radio 620” (Trailblazers) returns half that increase (.7, -.4, #24 to #25, 6+).

Oregon Public Broadcasting news/talk KOPB substitutes December’s increase of four-tenths with “Holiday” 2019’s loss of the equal magnitude (7.9 – 8.3 – 7.9, 6+) and carries on in the runner-up slot. KOPB, which had an October-only stay at #1, has been +1.2 (January); -2.0 (February/March); +.6 (April); -.9 (May); +.5 (August); +1.1 (October); and -.6 (November).

Portland Music Formats – After losing eight-tenths in October/November (8.2 – 8.2 – 7.4, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW “K-103,” answers with a combined December “Holiday” 2019 +6.5 (7.4 – 9.1 – 13.9, 6+) and repeats at #1. This (13.9) is its highest 6+-share since “Holiday” 2018’s 16.2. KKCW was on top in July, August, and September, before slipping to #2 in October. Its September +1.1 dispelled July/August’s -.7 (7.8 – 7.4 – 7.1, 6+). A combined -1.1 in November/December (5.7 – 4.8 – 4.6, 6+), Entercom adult hits KYCH “97.1 Charlie We Play Everything” hauls out a “Holiday” 2019 +2.1 to 6.7 (fifth to third, 6+). “Charlie” was up six-tenths in September/October (5.1 – 5.1 – 5.7, 6+). Improving by six-tenths (each) are KYCH cluster-mate KGON “92.3 Portland’s Classic Rock” (tenth to sixth) and Salem Media Group contemporary Christian KFIS “104.1 The Fish” (3.0, #19 to #12, 6+). KGON is a combined +1.3 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.1 – 3.8 – 4.4, 6+), directly after being an overall -2.8 in four straight decreases (5.9 – 5.5 – 4.7 – 3.8 – 3.1, 6+). KFIS had been trending 2.5 – 2.8 – 2.4 (October – November – December, 6+). Its regional Mexican cluster-mate, KRYP “93.1 El Rey,” picks up one-half share (3.1, #17 to #11, 6+). “El Rey” was down eight-tenths in November/December (3.4 – 3.2 – 2.6, 6+). Up one-half share in November/December (3.6 – 3.8 – 4.1, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR KKRZ “Z-100” spirals by -1.3 to 2.8 (6+) and fades from the top ten (#8 to #14). On the heels of December’s -1.4 (8.5 – 7.1, 6+), classic hits-oldies sibling KLTH “106.7 The Eagle” further falters by -1.2 (5.9 third to fourth, 6+). Entering the December ratings period, “The Eagle” – which had a November-only stay at #1 – was an overall +1.6 via three upticks in a row (6.9 – 7.1, 8.0 – 8.5, 6+); 8.5 was its best 6+-showing since April’s 8.6. The recent rollercoaster ride for Alpha Media triple A KINK “Uniquely Portland” includes six straight down or flat moves accounting for a -1.7 (4.5 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.1 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+), directly followed by a +.8 (December), and now a -1.0 in “Holiday” 2019 (3.6 – 2.6, #11 to #16, 6+). The market’s (6+) country share shrinks by -1.5 as Alpha Media’s KUPL “98.7 The Bull – #1 For New Country” sputters by eight-tenths (#15 to #19) and Entercom-owned KWJJ “99.5 The Wolf” – The Northwest’s Hottest Country” drops seven-tenths (3.2, ninth to tenth, 6+). “The Bull” is an overall -1.5 in its third straight decrease (3.7 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 2.2, 6+); “The Wolf” was up two-tenths in November/December (3.7 – 3.8 – 3.9, 6+). KUPL rebounded from September’s -1.2 with an October +.8 (to 3.7, 6+), thus halting three consecutive setbacks in which it lost roughly half (-2.8) its 6+ AQH share (5.7 – 4.4 – 4.1 – 2.9, 6+). A combined +1.5 in August/September (3.5 – 3.7 – 5.0, 6+), with September’s 5.0 its strongest (6+) showing since August 2017’s 5.2, KWJJ erased September’s +1.3 with an October -1.3 (3.7 – 5.0 – 3.7, 6+). Off one-half share, Entercom hot AC KRSK “105.1 The Buzz Today’s Best Mix” is trending 2.8 – 2.5 – 2.9 – 2.3 (October – November – December – “Holiday” 2019, #16 to #18, 6+).

Charlotte

Spoken-Word Formats – After gaining eight-tenths via four successive up or flat trends (3.3 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.1, 6+), Entercom news/talk WBT (Carolina Panthers) forfeits 75% of that increase (3.5, -.6, 6+) but remains in ninth-place.

Co-owned WFNZ “The Fan – Charlotte’s Sports Leader” has lost a total of seven-tenths in three straight drops (1.9 – 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.2, unchanged at #18, 6+).

Albeit down six-tenths (2.6 – 2.0, #14 to #17, 6+), University Radio Foundation news/talk WFAE has remained within 2.1 – 2.9 range (6+) in all 13 monthly reports for calendar year 2019.

Charlotte Music Formats – Through four straight upticks (4.9 – 5.3 – 6.2 – 8.6 – 14.5, 6+), Beasley Media Group adult contemporary WKQC is a cumulative +9.6; “K-104.7 More Music/Better Variety” repeats at #1. This time last year, “K-104.7” posted a 12.9 (“Holiday” 2018, 6+). Similar to what happened in Portland (see above), Charlotte’s two country outlets are negatively impacted by the extremely strong “Holiday” 2019 showing of an adult contemporary outlet (WKQC) that played all-Christmas music. Specifically in Charlotte, Beasley Media Group-owned WSOC “103.7 Country’s Hottest Hits” is -1.2 (fourth to seventh) and iHeartMedia’s WKKT “96.9 The Kat – Charlotte’s #1 for New Country” is -1.1 (4.5, sixth to eighth, 6+). Wild swings are not uncommon lately for WSOC, which was -1.5 in June/July (7.5 – 6.9 – 6.0, 6+); +.8 (August); -1.2 in September/October (6.8 – 6.1 – 5.6, 6+); +1.5 (November); -1.0 (December) and now -1.2 in “Holiday” 2019 (6.1 – 4.9, 6+). Prior to segueing to June’s runner-up slot, “103.7 Country’s Hottest Hits” was on top the previous four months. Meanwhile, as it entered the “Holiday” 2019 sweep, WKKT was trending 5.5 – 5.7 – 5.4 – 5.6 (6+). In advance of August/September’s -1.1 (6.6 – 6.0 – 5.5, 6+), “The Kat” was a collective +1.3 via five successive positive or neutral moves (5.3 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.6, 6+). Immediately following December’s +.8, adult hits cluster-mate WLKO “102.9 The Lake” spirals by -1.0 (6.7 – 5.7, third to fourth, 6+). WLKO was a combined +.7 in September/October (5.7 – 5.9 – 6.4, 6+) but then -.5 in November. Still in that iHeartMedia cluster, classic rock WRFX “99.7 The Fox” is an overall -1.9 via three straight setbacks (8.3 – 8.2 – 7.3 – 6.4, 6+) but repeats at #2. “The Fox” was ousted from the top spot in December, after three successive months there. November’s decrease halted four consecutive improvements that accounted for a +2.9 (5.4 – 6.4 – 6.7 – 7.5 – 8.3, 6+). Prior to September, WRFX last reached #1 in March 2018 (7.3, 6+). This is the fourth consecutive sweep without an increase for Beasley Media Group CHR WNKS “Kiss 95.1,” which is -1.8 in that stretch and falls below a four-share (5.1 – 4.7 – 4.4 – 4.1 – 3.3, #9 to #12, 6+). Despite being a collective -1.5 through four straight decreases (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.1 – 3.7 – 3.5, 6+), iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WHQC “Hits 96.1” reenters the top ten (#11 to #9). In three successive up or flat trends, alternative sibling WEND gained seven-tenths (2.7 – 2.7 – 2.9 – 3.4, 6+) but “106.5 The End” surrenders one-half share to 2.9 (#12 to #13, 6+).

San Antonio

Spoken-Word Formats – Even though iHeartMedia-owned WOAI  (Spurs) is off a total of four-tenths in three straight sweeps without an increase (5.7 – 5.4 – 5.3 – 5.3, 6+), “News Radio 1200 – San Antonio’s News, Traffic, & Weather” progresses from fourth to third. Immediately prior, WOAI was an overall +1.4 in four successive up or flat moves (4.3 – 5.0 – 5.6 – 5.6 – 5.7, 6+). In addition to being down seven-tenths in three consecutive slips (2.0 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.3, 6+), Alpha Media news/talk KTSA “Stay Connected” exits the top twenty (#20 to #22).

Without a loss the fifth straight report and tripling (+.4) its 6+ AQH share in that timeframe (.2 – .3 – .3 – .5 – .5 – .6, 6+), Alpha Media sports talk KZDC “ESPN San Antonio” checks in at #28. Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s similarly-programmed KTKR “Ticket 760 – San Antonio’s Sports Station” is down or flat the fourth time in a row for a net loss of three-tenths (.7 – .7 – .7 – .6 – .4, #31, 6+).

Texas Public Radio news/talk KSTX, which was up one-half share in three improvements in a row (3.0 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.5, 6+), is now off a total of eight-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.5 – 3.3 – 2.7, #13 to #16, 6+).

San Antonio Music Formats – Stacking a “Holiday” 2019 +4.0 onto November/December’s +3.0 (3.5 – 3.6 – 6.5 – 10.5, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KQXT “Q-101.9” pushes up from second to first. This (10.5) is its best 6+-showing since “Holiday” 2018’s 14.9. Down or flat the past four reports for a collective -1.0 (3.4 – 3.4 – 2.7 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KZLV “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” erupts with a +2.9 to 5.3 (6+) and catapults from #17 all the way to #3. Conversely, co-owned/similarly-formatted KZAR “Air 1 – Worship Now” was up seven-tenths in October/November (.9 – 1.0 – 1.6, 6+), but loses 50% (-.8) of its 6+ AQH share in December/“Holiday” 2019 (1.6 – 1.4 – .8, #26, 6+). Off one-tenth in November/December (1.5 – 1.5 – 1.4, 6+), Texas Public Radio’s classical KPAC answers with a gain of six-tenths to 2.0 (6+) and enters the top twenty at #18. Setting the pace the past ten ratings periods, Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM “101.1 San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” plummets by -1.8 (8.5 – 6.7, 6+) and segues to second-place. Furthermore, the loss curtails four consecutive upticks, fully erasing the cumulative +1.8 (6.7 – 7.2 – 7.8 – 8.2 – 8.5, 6+). In a further irony, September’s increase interrupted three decreases in succession that accounted for an overall -1.8 (8.5 – 8.2 – 7.1 – 6.7, 6+). “San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” had been the runner-up five successive times before progressing to #1 in March. This is yet another market (see Portland and Charlotte above) where two country stations are squeezed by an adult contemporary station (KQXT) that played wall-to-wall Christmas music in the “Holiday” sweep. In this particular Texas metro, Cox Media Group-owned KCYY “Y-100 San Antonio’s New Country Leader” spirals by -1.0 (5.7 – 4.7, third to fifth, 6+), while iHeartMedia’s KAJA “KJ-97 San Antonio’s #1 Country Station” sputters by six-tenths (4.4 – 3.8, fifth to seventh, 6+). “Y-100” was off one-tenth in December and “KJ-97” lost two-tenths. KCYY’s one-tenth increase in November suspended five straight decreases that accounted for an overall -1.5 (7.2 – 6.9 – 6.4 – 6.2 – 6.1 – 5.7, 6+). Recent shifts for “Y-100” include: +1.8 (January 2019); +.6 (February); -.6 (March); +.6 (May); -.5 (July); and -1.0 (“Holiday” 2019). “KJ-97” answered October’s -1.1 with a November gain of three-tenths. Before September’s +.3, KAJA was -1.1 in three consecutive losses (6.2 – 6.0 – 5.5 – 5.1, 6+). “KJ-97” has been -1.0 (“Holiday” 2018); +3.0 (January 2019); –1.9 (March); -.5 (July); -1.1 (October); and -.6 (“Holiday” 2019). In three straight down or flat reports, Alpha Media CHR KTFM is an overall -1.3 (4.6 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 3.3, 6+); “Energy 94.1” leaves the top ten (#8 to #13). Dropping one-half share (each) are Univision Radio rhythmic CHR KBBT “98.5 The Beat”  (4.3 – 3.8, sixth to seventh, 6+); regional Mexican cluster-mate KROM “Que Buena 92.9” (eighth to ninth); and Cox Media Group hot AC KSMG “Magic 105.3” (eighth to ninth, as well). “The Beat” was up six-tenths in December. “Que Buena” has lost eight-tenths as a result of three consecutive setbacks (4.5 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.7, 6+), while “Magic” is -1.8 in three straight drops (5.5 – 4.9 – 4.2 – 3.7, 6+).

Sacramento

Spoken-Word Formats – Following five successive sweeps without a loss that netted a +1.5 (5.2 – 5.2 – 5.7 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 6.7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned news/talk KFBK is down eight-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.7 – 6.2 – 5.9, 6+) but carries on in third-place. November’s 6.7 was the best 6+-stat for “Sacramento’s News, Weather and Traffic Station” since February (7.0). In five downturns in succession, co-owned KSTE “Talk 650” is an overall -1.8 (3.3 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.3 – 1.7 – 1.5, #16 to #17, 6+).

Advancing from #20 to #17, Entercom sports talk KIFM-AM “ESPN Radio 1320” continues an alternating up/down pattern that commenced in August (.8 – 1.0 – .9 – 1.3 – 1.1 – 1.5, 6+). Bonneville’s KHTK “Sports 1140” (Kings) is up three-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (.8 – .9 – 1.1, flat at #21, 6+). These two sports talkers were tied in July, August, and October.

Up nine-tenths in November (5.1 – 6.0, 6+), Capital Public Radio news/talk KXJZ is now a combined -1.6 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.0 – 5.6 – 4.4, fifth to seventh, 6+). December 2018’s 6.9 is the highest 6+-stat in its PPM-history.

Sacramento Music Formats – Not only does Bonneville adult contemporary KYMX exactly triple (+8.4) its 6+ AQH share through four consecutive spikes (4.2 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 6.1 – 12.6, 6+), “Mix 96” progresses from fourth to first. This (12.6) is its largest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2018’s 13.8. Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted KBEB “92.5 The Breeze” has been a combined +.9 (August/September); -.9 (October); +.6 (November); and -.8 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.5 – 4.3 – 3.7, ninth to tenth, 6+). In the 15 reports since KBEB’s format switch from country to AC in mid-November 2018, “Mix” has prevailed 13 times; “The Breeze” has come on top once (September, 4.8 to 4.2, 6+); and the two AC rivals were tied in November 2019. Having faltered by an overall -1.5 in three straight decreases (4.7 – 4.3 – 3.9 – 3.2, 6+), Entercom alternative KKDO halts the skid with a +.8 to 4.0 (6+); “Alt 94.7” reenters the top ten (#12 to #8). Co-owned rhythmic CHR KSFM is up seven-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.1 – 3.2 – 3.8, 6+) and cracks the top ten (#12 to #9) with its best 6+-stat since August 2018 (3.8, as well). Entravision’s similarly-formatted KHHM “Hot Hits Fuego 103.5,” which was a collective +1.0 through four straight sweeps without a loss (1.7 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 2.7, 6+), forfeits four-tenths to 2.3 (#14 to #15, 6+). It is a December-only stay at #1 for Bonneville-owned KNCI, as “New Country 105.1” plummets by -1.5 to 5.9 (6+) and segues from first to third. Entering the “Holiday” 2019 sweep, KNCI was up or flat three times in a row for a net gain of one-half share (6.9 – 7.3 – 7.4 – 7.4, 6+). When Entercom-owned CHR KUDL picked up three-tenths in December, it interrupted six consecutive sweeps without an increase that led to an overall -1.5 (6.0 – 5.7 – 5.7 – 5.5 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 4.5, 6+). In “Holiday” 2019, however, “106.5 The End” erodes by -1.2 (4.8 – 3.6, 6+) and exits the top ten (#6 to #11). Departing the top ten as well is Bonneville hot AC KZZO “Now 100.5 Today’s Best Hits,” which is -1.8 as a result of three straight dips (4.4 – 3.8 – 3.5 – 2.6, #10 to #13, 6+). Recent fluctuations for Entercom’s KSEG “96.9 The Eagle – Sacramento’s Classic Rock” include: +1.0 (February); -.5 (April); +.9 (May); -.6 (June); -.5 (July); and -.8 in “Holiday” 2019 (7.3 – 6.5, flat at #2, 6+). In December, KSEG shifted from first to second. “The Eagle” had been on top the previous ten months. Its July 2019 through November 2019 topline was: 7.8 – 7.9 – 7.6 – 7.8 – 7.6 (6+). After doubling (+1.3) its 6+-stat through three consecutive bumps (1.3 – 1.7 – 2.0 – 2.6, 6+), Lotus Communications regional Mexican KVMX-FM “La Ranchera” slips by one-tenth to 2.5 (6+) but advances from #15 to #14.

Pittsburgh

Spoken-Word Formats –  Despite eroding by -1.0 in “Holiday” 2019 (4.1 – 3.1, 6+), Entercom’s KDKA-AM “News Radio 1020” carries on in tenth-place.

Co-owned sports talk KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan,” which was +1.4 in September/October (5.7 – 6.3 – 7.1, 6+), surrenders half that increase (-.7) via three straight drops (7.1 – 6.7 – 6.6 – 6.4, fourth to fifth, 6+). Similarly-formatted/iHeartMedia-owned WBGG 970 AM – ESPN Pittsburgh” (Steelers) is off three-tenths (.4 – .1, 6+) but advances from #23 to #20.

Similarly, Essential Public Media news/talk WESA “90.5 Pittsburgh’s NPR Station,” up a combined half-share November/December (3.7 – 3.8 – 4.2, 6+), returns that bounty in its entirety (3.7, -.5, 6+) but progresses from ninth to eighth.

Pittsburgh Music Formats – In the runner-slot the past three months, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWSW hauls out a +5.0 (8.6 – 13.0, 6+) and proceeds to #1. This (13.0) is the first time “94.5 3WS” is in double-digits since its 13.6 (6+) in “Holiday” 2018. WWSW was -.5 (December); +.9 (November); and a combined -1.0 (September/October). Immediately prior to the October sweep, “3WS” spent three successive months at #1. Its September loss of four-tenths halted three increases in succession that led to an overall +1.5 (7.7 – 8.5 – 8.9 – 9.2, 6+). On top the past three months and +1.4 in three successive spikes (8.3 – 9.4 – 9.5 – 9.7, 6+), co-owned rocker WDVE (Steelers) craters by -1.5 (8.2, first to second, 6+). Prior to the October ratings period, WDVE was a collective -1.2 through three consecutive negative trends (9.5 – 8.7 – 8.6 – 8.3, 6+). When WSHH picked up four-tenths in December, it pulled the plug on 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+). In “Holiday” 2019, “Wish 99.7” tacks on a +2.6 (5.0 – 7.6, 6+) and inches up from fifth to fourth. In “Holiday” 2018, the Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary outlet notched a 9.9 (6+). After being up seven-tenths through four straight positive or neutral trends (3.8 – 4.2 – 4.4 – 4.4 – 4.5, 6+), Entercom hot AC WBZZ “Star 100.7” sputters by -1.1 to 3.4 (eighth to ninth, 6+). Steel City Media’s similarly-formatted WLTJ “Q-92.9,” which gained a combined nine-tenths in November/December (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.6, 6+), spirals by -1.0 to 2.6 (flat at #12, 6+). December’s 3.6 was its best 6+-stat since July (3.9). The market’s (6+) country share shrinks by -1.5 in “Holiday” 2019. Entercom-owned WDSY “Pittsburgh’s Country Y-108” is a combined -2.1 in three straight setbacks (5.2 – 4.7 – 4.1 – 3.1, flat at #10, 6+). This immediately follows its +1.0 in three positive or neutral shifts in succession (4.2 – 4.2 – 4.9 – 5.2, 6+). Within 2.3 – 2.9 range (6+) the past 13 survey periods, iHeartMedia’s WPGB “Big 104.7 Pittsburgh’s #1 For New Country” falters by one-half share to 1.9 (#13 to #14, 6+). Faltering by eight-tenths and six-tenths, respectively, are WPGB’s alternative and CHR cluster-mates, WXDX “105.9 The X” (4.9 – 4.1, flat at #7, 6+) and WKST “96.1 Kiss – Pittsburgh’s #1 Hit Music Station” (fifth to sixth). Prior to “Holiday” 2019’s -.8, “The X” (Penguins) was -.7 (November) and +.7 (December). “Kiss” is without an increase the fifth consecutive sweep for a net loss of -2.2 and falls below a five-share (6.6 – 5.9 – 5.2 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 4.4, 6+). Unlisted in “Holiday” 2019 are these Forever Media outlets: classic hits-oldies WKPL (1.5, #15, December 2019, 6+); country WOGI (1.3, #16, December 2019, 6+); classic country WLYI (1.2, #17, December 2019, 6+); country WOGG (.6, #21, December 2019, 6+); and classic hits-oldies WPKL (.6, #21, December 2019, 6+). They were unlisted as well in July, August, and September, reappearing in print in October, November and December.

Salt Lake City

Spoken-Word Formats – On the heels of November’s +2.0 (3.2 – 5.2, 6+) and then December’s -1.0 to 4.2 (6+), iHeartMedia-owned news/talk KNRS “Talk Radio 105.9 – Listen And You’ll Know” basically levels out to a 4.1 (-.1, 6+) yet vaults from #11 to #6. October’s increase of four-tenths halted three straight down or flat sweeps that led to a loss of nine-tenths (3.7 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+). Now trailing KNRS (by one-tenth) is Bonneville-owned KSL “News Radio 102.7 FM & 1160 AM,” which is a collective -2.4 in three successful setbacks (6.4 – 5.7 – 5.6 – 4.0, 6+) and tumbles from second to eighth. KSL was +2.4 in October (4.0 – 6.4, 6+). When KSL gained six-tenths in September (3.4 – 4.0, 6+), it suspended four consecutive down or flat moves that led to a collective -1.8 (5.2 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.6 – 3.4, 6+); August’s 3.4 is KSL’s lowest-ever 6+ PPM-stat. Down or flat the third time in a row for a net loss of two-tenths (.5 – .5 – .4 – .3, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KKAT “860 AM – Utah’s Big Talker” continues at #21.

This is the 13th sweep in a row that Broadway Media sports talk KALL “ESPN 700” is unlisted.

After gaining two-tenths in December, University of Utah news/talk KUER forfeits three-tenths (2.0 – 1.7, unchanged at #15, 6+).

Salt Lake City Music Formats – Making the biggest news is Bonneville adult contemporary KSFI, which is #1 the fourth time in a row. Furthermore, “FM 100.3 – Better Music/Better Work Day” registers its fourth uptick in succession for an eye-popping +14.8 (6.3 – 6.7 – 6.8 – 11.0 – 21.1, 6+) and is the first PPM-market station thus far to reach the 20-share level (21.1, 6+) in “Holiday” 2019. Also noteworthy is that KSFI was the only PPM-market outlet to accomplish that feat in “Holiday” 2018 (21.8, 6+). “FM 100.3” was on top five consecutive months; segued to the runner-up slot in April; and returned to #1 in May and June. On the other hand, Cumulus Media’s similarly-formatted KBEE “B-98.7 Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites” is -1.4 in three straight slips (4.0 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+) but advances from #14 to #13. KBEE gained six-tenths in October, reaching the four-share level (4.0) for the first time since January’s 4.2. Having lost roughly 45% (-3.2) of its 6+ AQH share in four consecutive decreases (7.1 – 6.5 – 6.2 – 5.2 – 3.9, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned classic hits-oldies KODJ “94.1 Salt Lake’s Greatest Hits” slumps from third to ninth. Independent KSOP-FM “Z-104 Utah’s #1 Country Station” is a combined -1.3 in December/“Holiday” 2019 and falls below a four-share (5.0 – 4.8 – 3.7, eighth to tenth, 6+). Although it regresses by eight-tenths in back-to-back reports and falls below a five-share (5.7 – 4.9 – 4.1, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR KZHT “97.1 ZHT Salt Lake’s #1 Hit Music Station” repeats in sixth-place. Also sputtering by eight-tenths in “Holiday” 2019 is Capital Broadcasting hot AC KBZN “Now 97.9 Today’s Best Music” (4.2, fourth to fifth, 6+), which was up one-tenth in November and December (4.8 – 4.9 – 5.0, 6+). Notwithstanding that iHeartMedia hot AC KJMY is an overall -2.2 as a result of five downturns in a row (5.9 – 5.4 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.4 – 3.7, 6+), “My-99.5” remains at #10. A combined -1.1 in October/November (3.9 – 3.0 – 2.8, 6+) and then +.9 in December (to 3.7, 6+), co-owned KAAZ “Rock 106.7” surrenders six-tenths in “Holiday” 2019 (3.1, flat at #12, 6+). Without an increase the ninth sweep in a row for a roughly 47% loss (-.8) of its 6+ AQH share (1.7 – 1.5 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1 – .9 – .9 – .9 – .9, 6+), Capital Broadcasting’s KSQN “103.1 The Wave – Your Classic Alternative” is anchored at #18. These Broadway Media stations are unlisted the 13th  sweep in a row: adult hits KYMV; alternative KXRK; CHR KUDD; country KEGA; and rhythmic CHR KUUU.

Las Vegas

Spoken-Word Formats – Despite dropping a total of three-tenths in December/“Holiday 2019” (2.6 – 2.4 – 2.3, 6+), Entercom-owned KXNT “News Talk Radio 840” progresses from #18 to #17. Four successive sweeps without a decrease by Beasley Media Group news/talk KDWN resulted in a gain of one-half share (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.5, 6+), but “AM 720 Where Las Vegas Comes to Talk” forfeits four-tenths to 1.1 (#22 to #23, 6+).

In six consecutive up or flat trends, Lotus Communications sports talk KWWN more than tripled (+1.0) its 6+ AQH-share (.4 – .5 – .5 -.5 – .8 – 1.3 – 1.4, 6+), but “ESPN Radio 1100” is now off a collective four-tenths in three (modest) slips in a row (1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0, flat at #24, 6+). In a three-way tie at #26 are KWWN siblings KRLV “Fox Sports Radio Las Vegas” (.4 – .4 – .3, 6+) and KBAD “920 AM The Game” (.4 – .3 – .3, 6+), and Entercom sports talk KXST “CBS Sports Radio 1140 AM” (.5 – .4, – .3, 6+).

Three major drops in a row by KNPR accounted for a roughly 52% loss (-2.5) of its 6+ AQH share (4.8 – 4.1 – 3.3 – 2.3, 6+). The Nevada Public Radio news/talk outlet regained six-tenths in December and repeats December’s 2.9 in “Holiday” 2019 (#11 to a four-way tie at #10, 6+).

Las Vegas Music Formats – More than doubling its November stat in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.5 – 8.7 – 15.8, +8.3, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KSNE repeats at #1. “Sunny 106.5 – Better Music For A Better Workday” exceeds its “Holiday” 2018 showing by three full-shares (15.8 versus 12.8, 6+). Furthermore, this (15.8) is the highest 6+-share by any Las Vegas station in the PPM-era. September’s loss of nine-tenths snapped at three its consecutive string of upticks that yielded a +3.8 (4.8 – 6.0 – 7.6 – 8.6, 6+). Prior to May, “Sunny” last fell below a five-share (6+) in October 2017 (4.8, as well). In four straight sweeps without a loss, Beasley Media group urban-rhythmic oldies KOAS “Jammin’ 105.7” is a collective +1.3 (2.6 – 3.2 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.9, eighth to sixth, 6+) and has its best 6+-showing (3.9) since March (4.0). In addition to improving by eight-tenths via three successive up or flat moves (2.3 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 3.1, 6+), Kemp Broadcasting rhythmic CHR KVEG enters the top ten (#12 to #9). In each of the last 11 survey periods, “Hot 97.5” logged a 6+share between 2.2 – 2.8. Chavez Radio Group regional Mexican KYLI “96.7 La Campesina” doubles (+.8) November’s .8 to 1.6 (6+) and checks in at #21. This time last month, KXPT “97.1 The Point #1 For Classic Rock” had the dubious distinction of recording the largest (6+) November 2019 – December 2019 decrease (-2.8) by any station in the 48 PPM-markets. The Lotus Communications-owned outlet is -2.3 in “Holiday” 2019 and has collapsed by a combined -5.5 in four straight erosions (5.8 – 5.4 – 2.6 – .3, 6+), sinking from #12 to #26. In the 36 PPM-markets we’ve highlighted thus far, no station has a greater December 2019 – “Holiday” 2019 decrease than KXPT and Washington, DC public radio news/talk WAMU (both -2.3, 6+). Ironically, immediately in advance of this negative streak, “The Point” was an overall +1.3 through three improvements in a row (4.5 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.8, 6+). A collective +2.0 through six consecutive increases (6.1 – 7.2 – 7.4 – 7.6 – 7.7 – 8.0 – 8.1, 6+), Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies KKLZ “Hits of the ‘80s and More” forfeits 85% of that increase (8.1 – 6.4, -1.7, 6+) but continues at #2. December’s 8.1 was its best 6+-share since February (8.3). KKLZ had a November-only stay at #1 before being ousted by KSNE. Previously, KKLZ took over from KSNE at #1 in February, remaining on top through June, but (again) gave way to “Sunny.” The +1.5 (6+) advantage that Entercom-owned hot AC KMXB “Mix 94.1” held in December over Beasley Media Group’s similarly-formatted KVGS “Star 107.9” is sliced to four-tenths. “Mix” falters by -1.3 (5.9 – 4.6, third to fourth, 6+), while “Star” drops two-tenths to 4.2 (flat at #5, 6+). KMXB was up seven-tenths in December with 5.9 its best 6+-stat since May’s 6.5. By dropping two-tenths, KVGS interrupts five successive sweeps without a loss that yielded a +1.1 (3.3 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.4, 6+). Entercom rhythmic hot AC KXQQ is -1.6 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.5 – 3.8 – 2.9, sixth to tenth, 6+). “Q-100.5” was +1.6 in October/November (2.9 – 3.6 – 4.5, 6+), directly after four straight sweeps without an increase that accounted for a -2.1 (5.0 – 3.6 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+). In the market’s country skirmish, Beasley Media Group’s KCYE “102.7 The Coyote” is an overall -1.6 in seven straight sweeps without an increase (4.1 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.0 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.5, #12 to #15, 6+), while iHeartMedia-owned KWNR “95.5 The Bull – Las Vegas’ New Country Leader” is a collective -1.5 in four drops in a row (3.4 – 2.8 – 2.5 – 2.2 – 1.9, #19 to #18, 6+).

Orlando

Spoken-Word Formats – Down two-tenths in December and now -1.1 in “Holiday” 2019 (4.5 – 3.4, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned news/talk WTKS “Real Radio 104.1 – We Say What We Want” slips from eighth to ninth. It is one-tenth ahead of Cox Media Group’s WDBO-FM, which falters by seven-tenths (4.0 – 3.3, 6+), yet reenters the top ten (#11 to #10). “News 96.5” was a combined -1.3 in October/November and then up two-tenths in December. WTKS’ cluster-mate, WFLF “News Radio Orlando,” is -1.0 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.4 – 3.0 – 2.4, #13 to #15, 6+), directly after gaining nine-tenths in October/November (2.5 – 3.1 – 3.4, 6+).

Cox Media Group sports talk WDBO-AM “ESPN 580 Orlando” repeats December’s 6+ AQH share and market rank (1.2, #17). In three straight down or flat moves, iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted WYGM “FM 96.9 The Game – Orlando’s Sports Leader” (Magic) has lost two-tenths (1.1 – 1.1 – 1.0 – .9, 6+), yet advances from #20 to #18.

Off eight-tenths in three decreases in succession (3.4 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 2.6, 6+), Community Communications’ news/talk WMFE slips from #13 to #14; “90.7 Public Radio for Central Florida” was +.9 in September/October (2.5 – 3.3 – 3.4, 6+).

Orlando Music Formats – Adding a +6.0 to December’s +2.3 (7.1, 9.4 – 15.4, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMGF “Magic 107.7” repeats at #1 and outdistances the 14.3 (6+) it logged in “Holiday” 2018. In fact, this (15.4) is the highest 6+-stat by any Orlando station since WMGF’s 15.9 in “Holiday” 2017. In addition to plummeting from 4.2 – 2.9 (6+), Cox Media Group-owned WWKA “K-92.3 Orlando’s #1 For New Country” exits the top ten (#10 to #13). Eight recent “K-92” fluctuations include: -.5 (May); +.6 (June); -.5 (August); +.6 (September); -.9 (October); +.9 (November); -.5 (December); and now -1.3 in “Holiday” 2019. JVC Media’s similarly-formatted 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 in “Holiday” 2019. Major ups/down continue for Entercom classic hits-oldies WOCL “105.9 Sunny FM – We Own The ‘80s.” WOCL netted a +3.1 through four consecutive (April through August) upticks (7.9 – 9.0 – 9.4 – 10.8 – 11.0, 6+); was a combined -2.5 in September/October (11.0 – 9.5 – 8.5, 6+); +.6 (November); and -1.1 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (9.1 – 9.0 – 8.0, unchanged at #2). Before segueing to the runner-up slot in December, “Sunny” was #1 seven straight sweeps. Hot AC sibling WOMX “Mix 105.1” is a combined -1.8 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.1 – 5.2 – 4.3, sixth to seventh, 6+). When iHeartMedia Spanish tropical WRUM gained nine-tenths in December, it curtailed five decreases in a row that led to an overall -2.1 (8.7 – 8.5 – 7.8 – 7.1 – 7.0 – 6.6, 6+). In “Holiday” 2019, however, “Rumba 100.3” regresses by six-tenths (7.5 – 6.9, flat at #3, 6+). Entravision Communications’ similarly-formatted WNUE is unlisted the 12th successive report. Off one-half share (each) are Cox Media Group cluster-mates WMMO “98.9 Orlando’s Classic Hits” (fifth to sixth) and rhythmic CHR WPYO “Power 95.3 Orlando’s New #1 For All The Hits” (ninth to eighth). WMMO is in an alternating down/up pattern that commenced in August (6.0 – 5.2 – 5.3 – 4.9 – 5.4 – 4.9, 6+), while “Power” is -1.1 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.9 – 4.3 – 3.8, 6+). After gaining four-tenths in seven up or flat trends in succession (.7 – .7 – .8 – .8 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.1, 6+), University of Central Florida-owned WUCF “89.9 Jazz & More” drops two-tenths to .9 (6+) but repeats at #18.

Cincinnati

Spoken-Word Formats – Owing to five setbacks in succession, iHeartMedia news/talk WLW (Bengals) is a combined -3.6 (10.7 – 10.7 – 9.8 – 8.7 – 7.5 – 7.1, 6+) and slips from second to third. WLW was on top in August, September, and October. Despite being off one-half share via three straight drops (3.1 – 2.8 – 2.7 – 2.6, 6+), co-owned WKRC “55 KRC The Talk Station” progresses from #14 to #13.

Having more than tripled (+1.1) its 6+ AQH share in four straight sweeps without a loss (.5 – .8 – .8 – 1.1 – 1.6, 6+), sports talk cluster-mate WCKY “Cincinnati’s ESPN 1530” forfeits one-half share in December/“Holiday” 2019 (1.6 – 1.2 – 1.1, 6+) and remains at #17. The extremely consistent April 2019 through “Holiday” 2019 topline for co-owned WSAI “Fox Sports 1360” is: .4 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3 (flat at #23, 6+).

After posting a 2.9 (6+) in each of the past four ratings periods, Cincinnati Public Radio news/talk WVXU sputters one-half share to 2.4 (#12 to #14, 6+).

Cincinnati Music Formats – Over and above adding a +.6.2 to December’s +1.4 (5.5 – 6.9 – 13.1, 6+), Cumulus Media adult contemporary WRRM jumps from third to first with its highest 6+-stat (13.1) since “Holiday” 2018’s 14.6. Immediately prior to the December sweep, “Warm 98.5” was an overall -2.0 in six consecutive decreases (7.5 – 6.9 – 6.8 – 6.5 – 6.4 – 6.0 – 5.5, 6+). Ousted from the top spot is classic hits-oldies sibling WGRR “103.5 Cincinnati’s Greatest Hits,” which has lost nine-tenths in three consecutive down or flat moves (9.4 – 9.3 – 8.5 – 8.5, first to second, 6+). WGRR was #1 in eight of 2019’s 13 ratings periods: The exceptions were January, August, September, October, and “Holiday” 2019. In three consecutive upticks, Grant County Broadcasters’ WNKN “Classic Country” has more than doubled (+2.6) its 6+ AQH share (2.1 – 2.9 – 4.1 – 4.7, 6+) and advances from eighth to sixth. In addition to being up six-tenths through three straight positive or neutral trends, iHeartMedia urban contemporary WEBN-HD3 crosses the one-share threshold (.5 – .5 – .6 – 1.1, 6+, #20 to #17, 6+). Meanwhile, WEBN-FM “Cincinnati’s Rock Station” is a collective -1.5 as a result of four successive sweeps without an increase (4.7 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.2, ninth to tenth, 6+). Despite being an overall -2.3 in three setbacks in succession and falling below a six-share (7.3 – 6.9 – 6.0 – 5.0, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WUBE “Get Your Country On B-105.1” repeats in fourth-place. Faltering by eight-tenths (each) are WUBE’s hot AC and rhythmic hot AC cluster-mates WKRQ “Q-102 Cincinnati’s Hit Music” (fifth to fourth) and WREW “Mix 94.9” (sixth to eighth, 6+), as well as WUBE’s format rival, Cumulus Media’s WNNF “Cat Country 94.1” (#14 to #16). After recording a +.8 in November, “Q-102” is an overall –1.7 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.7 – 5.8 – 5.0, 6+). Within 4.0 – 4.9 range (6+) in each of the past 16 sweeps, “Mix” is -1.0 in December/“Holiday” 2019 and falls below a four-share (4.7 – 4.5 – 3.7, 6+). A collective +2.0 in three straight spikes (1.9 – 2.3 – 2.9 – 3.9, 6+), “Cat Country,” has that increase completely wiped away with a December/“Holiday” 2019 -2.0 (2.7 – 1.9, 6+).

Cleveland

Spoken-Word Formats – An overall -3.0 in five setbacks in a row (7.2 – 6.5 – 5.8 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 4.2, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WTAM “1100 Cleveland’s News Radio” drops from eighth to ninth. Recent WTAM fluctuations include: -.6 (March); +.9 (April); -.7 (May); +.5 (June); +.5 (July); +1.1 (August); -.7 (September) -.7 (October); -.6 (November); and -1.0 (“Holiday” 2019). Ever since debuting in November, Radio One’s WZAK-HD3, has a topline of .6 – 1.2 – 1.5 (flat at #16, 6+). WZAK-HD3 simulcasts co-owned WERE “News Talk 1490 The People’s Station.” Unlisted in July, August, and September, Salem Media Group news/talk WHK “AM 1420 The Answer, News-Opinion-Insight” resurfaced in print in October and records a .9 (6+) the fourth time in a row (unchanged at #18, 6+).

Having more than doubled (+3.1) its 6+ AQH share via six successive upticks (3.0 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 4.4 – 5.3 – 5.7 – 6.1, 6+), Entercom’s WKRK “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” (Browns) slumps by -1.4 to 4.7 (sixth to seventh, 6+).

Three successive positive or neutral flat moves netted WCPN nine-tenths (2.7 – 3.3 – 3.6 – 3.6, 6+), but the Ideastream-owned news/talk station surrenders one-half share to 3.1 (#11 to #13, 6+); WCPN was -1.3 in September (4.0 – 2.7, 6+).

Cleveland Music Formats – Entercom adult contemporary WDOK “Cleveland’s Star 102” is without a loss the fourth straight sweep for an overall +5.2 (6.6 – 6.6 – 7.2 – 9.0 – 11.8, 6+) and repeats at #1. One year ago, WDOK notched a 10.3 (“Holiday” 2018, 6+). It has a one-share lead (6+) over iHeartMedia-owned WMJI (8.8 – 10.8, 6+), which repeats in the runner-up slot. After three consecutive months on top, “Majic 105.7 – Cleveland’s Greatest Hits” was dislodged in December by WDOK. The market leader eight straight sweeps, WMJI shifted to  third in August. Recent “Majic” shifts include: +2.8 (“Holiday” 2018); -1.7 (January 2019); +.8 (February); +1.0 (March); -1.0 (April); -.6 (July); -1.0 (August); +.8 (September); +.8 (November); -.6 (December); and +2.0 (Holiday” 2019). Off one-tenth in consecutive reports (1.6 – 1.5 – 1.4, 6+), Ideastream’s WCLV “Classical 104.9” erupts with a +.9 to 2.3 (6+) and continues at (#15). Unlisted July through September and then -1.0 October – November – December (3.0 – 2.2 – 2.0, 6+), Salem Media Group contemporary Christian WFHM “95.5 The Fish” gains seven-tenths to 2.7 (unchanged at #14, 6+). The three most recent shifts by iHeartMedia-owned WGAR “99.5 Cleveland’s #1 For New Country” are +.9 (November); -.7 (December); and -1.1 in “Holiday” 2019 (8.3 – 7.2, flat at #3, 6+). WGAR’s June 2019 through October 2019 topline was: 8.1 – 8.1 – 8.3 – 8.0 – 8.1 (6+). Spiraling by eight-tenths (each) are Radio One urban AC WZAK-FM (7.5 – 6.7, fourth to fifth, 6+) and Entercom hot AC WQAL “Q-104” (3.8, flat at #10, 6+). WZAK-FM has been -1.1 (July); +1.5 (August/September); -1.2 (October/November); +.5 (December); and -.5 (“Holiday” 2019). WQAL’s -.8 halts four consecutive up or flat trends that netted eight-tenths (3.8 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.4 – 4.6, 6+). Within 3.1 – 3.9 range the 12th successive time (3.6 – 3.9 – 3.1 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3.9 – 3.8 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 3.2 – 3.2, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WAKS “96.5 Kiss FM” advances from #13 to #12.

Kansas City

Spoken-Word Formats – Directly following three straight up or flat trends that yielded a +1.6 (4.5 – 5.4 – 6.1 – 6.1, 6+), Entercom news/talk KMBZ-FM “98.1 News-Traffic-Weather” is -1.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.1 – 5.3 – 4.6, fifth to seventh, 6+). Co-owned KMBZ-AM “Talk 980” is down three-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.8, flat at #19, 6+). Cumulus Media’s KCMO-AM “Talk Radio 710 AM” has a July 2019 through “Holiday” 2019 topline of: 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.3 (6+) and is anchored at #21.

An increase of three-tenths (3.6 – 3.9, 6+) lifts Union Broadcasting’s WHB back into the top ten (#12 to #9); “Sports Radio 810” was down six-tenths in November/December (4.2 – 3.8 – 3.6, 6+). After faltering by six-tenths in November and December (3.4 – 2.8 – 2.2, 6+), Entercom-owned KCSP “610 Sports Radio” bounces back with a “Holiday” 2019 increase of one-half share (2.7, #17 to #15, 6+). November’s decline stopped three straight improvements that netted nine-tenths (2.5 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.4, 6+).

This is the third straight report that University of Missouri news/talk KCUR has a shift of six-tenths: +.6 (4.1 – 4.7, November, 6+); -.6 (4.7 – 4.1, December, 6+); and -.6 (4.1 – 3.5, “Holiday” 2019, #9 to #12, 6+).

Kansas City Music Formats – Entrenched in the runner-up slot the past six months, Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies KCMO-FM “94.9 Kansas City’s Greatest Hits” is a combined +4.2 in December/“Holiday” 2019 and jumps to #1 (8.6 – 9.3 – 12.8, 6+). This (12.8) is the first time KCMO-FM has reached double-digits (6+) since “Holiday” 2017 (10.4). From January through June, “Kansas City’s Greatest Hits” was +3.8 through six successive sweeps without a loss (5.4 – 6.6 – 7.7 – 7.9 – 7.9 – 9.2 – 9.2, 6+). Nine of the station’s recent fluctuations include: +1.6 (“Holiday” 2018); -1.3 (January 2019); +1.2 (February); +1.1 (March); +1.3 (June); -.6 (August); +.6 (October); +.7 (December); and +3.5 (“Holiday” 2019). Supplanted at #1 is co-owned KCFX “101 The Fox – Kansas City’s Classic Rock Station” (Chiefs), which had been the pacesetter the past six sweeps. KCFX returns December’s increase of three-tenths (9.9 – 10.3 – 9.9, 6+) and trades place with KCMO-FM. “The Fox” was a combined +1.2 in September/October (9.3 – 10.3 – 10.5, 6+). In 2019’s 13 survey periods, KCFX ended up on top nine times (January, February, May, July, August, September, October, November, and December), while KCMO-FM was #1 the other four (March, April, June, and “Holiday” 2019). Answering December’s loss of seven-tenths with a “Holiday” 2019 +1.9 (3.1 – 5.0, 6+), Steel City Media adult contemporary KCKC “KC-102.1 Today’s Best Variety” zooms from #14 to #5 with its best 6+-stat (5.0) since “Holiday” 2018 (7.0). “KC-102.1” was up nine-tenths in October/November (2.9 – 3.4 – 3.8, 6+). Co-owned KFKF “Country 94.1,” which sputtered by seven-tenths in December, bounces back with a gain of six-tenths (5.7 – 6.3, 6+) and repeats at #3. Largely on the strength of November’s +1.5, “Country 94.1” was +1.9 in October/November (4.5 – 4.9 – 6.4, 6+). Elsewhere in the country format, KFKF cluster-mate KBEQ “Q-104 New Hit Country,” which logged a +1.3 in December, forfeits eight-tenths (4.7 – 3.9, seventh to ninth, 6+); Entercom’s WDAF “106.5 The Wolf” – up one-half share in December – is down one-tenth (4.3 – 4.2, unchanged at #8, 6+). Entering the December sweep, “Q-104” was an overall -1.6 in three straight downturns (5.0 – 4.9 – 4.5, – 3.4, 6+). “The Wolf,” meanwhile, posted a +1.0 in November and was a combined -1.4 in September/October (4.2 – 3.2 – 2.8, 6+). Up a total of four-tenths in November/December (3.2 – 3.5 – 3.6, 6+), University of Northwestern St. Paul contemporary Christian KJNW “Life 88.5” stumbles by seven-tenths to 2.9 (#12 to #14, 6+). Continuing an alternating down/up pattern that began in August (2.5 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 2.3, 6+), Cumulus Media CHR KCHZ “95.7 The Vibe – All The Hits” falls from #15 to #17. The three most recent shifts by Entercom hot AC KZPT are: +.6 (4.1 – 4.7, November, 6+); +.5 (4.7 – 5.2, December, 6+); and -.5 in “Holiday” 2019 (5.2 – 4.7, flat at #6). In December, “99.7 The Point” reached the five-share level (5.2, 6+) for the first time in more than two years (5.1, November 2017). Without an increase the fourth time in a row, Cumulus Media-owned KCJK “105.1 The X – Kansas City’s Rock Alternative” is a collective -1.0 (2.6 – 2.5 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.6, flat at #20, 6+). Prior to November, the last time KCJK fell below a two-share (6+) was in February (1.9).

Columbus

Spoken-Word Formats – By regaining one-tenth of November/December’s -.4 (6.4 – 6.1 – 6.0 – 6.1, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WTVN “News Radio 610” advances from fifth to fourth.

A -1.7 sends Tegna’s WBNS-FM “Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan” from second to seventh. Its alternating down/up pattern is: 7.0 – 6.9 – 7.4 – 5.7 (October – November – December – “Holiday” 2019). Co-owned/similarly formatted WBNS-AM logs a .2 (6+) the fourth time in a row and falls from #19 to #20.

After being up nine-tenths through three straight gains (4.3 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.2, 6+), Ohio State University news/talk WOSU is a combined -2.3 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.2 – 4.6 – 2.9, eighth to ninth, 6+).

Columbus Music Formats – Jumping from sixth to second, iHeartMedia adult hits WODC “93.3 The Bus” is a collective +5.6 in three straight bumps (3.8 – 3.9 – 5.9 – 9.4, 6+). This directly trails three downturns in a row that accounted for a -1.8 (5.6 – 4.7 – 4.2 – 3.8, 6+). WODC has been -4.1 (January 2019); +.9 (May); -.5 (June); +1.0 (July); -.9 (August); -.5 (September); +2.0 (December); and +3.5 (“Holiday” 2019). Immediately on the heels of being a combined -1.4 in September/October (7.6 – 6.9 – 6.2, 6+), Saga Communications adult contemporary WSNY roars back with an overall +3.5 in three successive up or flat trends (6.2 – 6.7 – 7.2 – 9.7, 6+); “Sunny 95” marches from third to first. This is the best 6+-stat for WSNY since “Holiday” 2018 (9.7, as well). On top the past 25 ratings periods, iHeartMedia-owned WCOL “92.3 Columbus’ #1 For New Country,” a combined -3.2 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (10.9 – 9.8 – 7.7, 6+), segues to #3. By logging a 9.8 in December, WCOL failed to reach double-digits (6+) for the first time since June 2017. Sample WCOL fluctuations include: -2.1 (“Holiday” 2018); +.8 (January 2019); +.7 (February); +1.2 (April); -1.3 (May); -.6 (June); -.8 (October); -1.1 (December); and -2.1 (“Holiday” 2019). Faltering by one-half share (each) are WCOL’s urban contemporary sibling WZCB “106.7 The Beat” (2.8, flat at #11, 6+); Radio One’s WCKX “Power 107.5” (tenth to ninth); and WCKX gospel sibling WJYD “Joy 107.1” (1.0, #15 to #17, 6+). “The Beat” was up eight-tenths in October/November and down seven-tenths in December. In four straight sweeps without an increase, “Power” has lost eight-tenths (3.7 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 2.9, 6+). “Joy” gained nine-tenths in four successive increases (1.1 – 1.4 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 2.0, 6+) but then regressed by one-half share in December to 1.5 (#14 to #15, 6+). Down or flat the sixth straight time for a net loss of one-half share (1.7 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.2, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rock WXZX has its lowest 6+-stat since March (1.2, as well); “105.7 The Brew” continues at #16.

“Holiday” 2019 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Two

| January 24, 2020

“Holiday” 2019 PPM Data. Information for the “Holiday” 2019 ratings period has been released for Washington (DC), Boston, Miami, Seattle, Detroit, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. Nielsen Audio’s “Holiday” 2019 survey period covered December 5 (2019) – January 1 (2020). Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM-markets below.

Washington, DC

Spoken-Word Formats – Stalled at 5.1 (6+) in September and October before posting a November increase of six-tenths, Cumulus Media news/talk WMAL is off a combined seven-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.7 – 5.5 – 5.0, sixth to seventh, 6+). March 2019’s 6.8 represents the best 6+-stat in its PPM-history. For the 18th sweep in succession, Radio One’s WOL “News Talk – Where Information Is Power” is unlisted.

Following 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+), Entercom sports talk WJFK-FM “106.7 The Fan” is a combined -2.7 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.8 – 2.7 – 2.1, #15 to #16, 6+). In November, the flagship of the 2019 World Series champion Nationals registered the highest 6+-share (4.8) by any D.C. sports talk outlet in the PPM-era. Radio One’s similarly-formatted WTEM “980 The Team,” which gained one-half share in September/October (.6 – .9 – 1.1, 6+), is off three-tenths through three down or flat moves in a row (1.1 – 1.0 – 1.0 – .8, flat at #19, 6+). Cumulus Media sports talk WSBN “ESPN 630 AM The Sports Capitol” repeats December’s 6+ AQH share and market rank (.2, #26, 6+).

Although a combined -1.2 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (8.1 – 7.9 – 6.9, 6+), after November’s increase of seven-tenths, Hubbard Broadcasting all-news WTOP-FM continues in third-place. It segued to the runner-up slot in July, following six straight months at #1. Entercom business news WDCH drops one-tenth (.6 – .5, flat at #23, 6+).

On top the past three months, American University-owned news/talk WAMU “The Mind Is Our Medium” follows December’s one-tenth dip with a -2.3 (8.9 – 8.8 – 6.5, 6+) and segues to fourth. WAMU’s -2.3 is the largest (6+) December 2019 – “Holiday” 2019 decrease in the 24 PPM-markets we’ve highlighted thus far. Recent WAMU shifts include: -.8 (8.2 – 7.4, September, 6+); +.7 (7.4 – 8.1, October, 6+); +.8 (8.1 – 8.9, November, 6+); and -2.3 (“Holiday” 2019).

Washington, DC Music Formats – Having surrendered seven-tenths in November, WASH “Variety of the 80s, 90s, & Today” roars back with a combined +7.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.4 – 8.1 – 12.9, 6+) as the iHeartMedia adult contemporary station marches from second to first. WASH logged a 10.4 (6+) this time last year (“Holiday” 2018) and was a combined +.8 in September/October (5.3 – 5.6 – 6.1, 6+). Not only does Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association-owned WETA purge its combined November/December loss of eight-tenths (3.8 – 3.3 – 3.0, 6+) with a “Holiday” 2019 boost of +1.3, “Classical 90.9” crosses the four-share threshold (4.3, 6+) and cracks the top ten (#12 to #8). After trending 5.2 – 5.4 – 5.2 (October – November – December, 6+), Howard University urban AC WHUR picks up six-tenths to 5.8 (seventh to sixth, 6+). When WHUR added two-tenths in November, it suspended five down or flat reports in a row that accounted for a collective -1.3 (6.5 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.2, 6+). Its format rival, Radio One’s WMMJ “Majic,” drops two-tenths, yet progresses from fourth to second. On a September 2019 through “Holiday” 2019 seesaw, “Majic” has been -.8 (8.2 – 7.4, September, 6+); +.6 (7.4 – 8.0, October, 6+); -.6 (8.0 – 7.4, November, 6+); +.2 (7.4 – 7.6, December, 6+); and -.2 (7.6 – 7.4, “Holiday” 2019, 6+). When WMMJ added two-tenths in July, it suspended three consecutive dips that resulted in a cumulative loss of seven-tenths (8.2 – 7.8 – 7.7 – 7.5, 6+). Notwithstanding it is without an increase the fifth time in succession for a net loss of nine-tenths (3.7 – 3.7 – 3.3 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+), Entercom rhythmic CHR WPGC climbs from #14 to #13.

Boston

Spoken-Word Formats – Although unchanged at #12, iHeartMedia news/talk WRKO “AM 680 – The Voice of Boston” is a collective -1.1 as a result of four consecutive down or flat reports (3.9 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.2 – 2.8, 6+). This directly follows nine successive positive or neutral trends that yielded a +1.8 (2.1 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 3.9, 6+). Co-owned WXKS-AM “Talk 1200” repeats December’s 6+ AQH share and market rank (.4, #27, 6+).

Rebounding from December’s -1.1 with a “Holiday” 2019 increase of four-tenths (5.1 – 5.5, 6+), Beasley Media Group-owned WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” (Patriots, Celtics, Bruins) carries on in fifth-place. “The Sports Hub” had been an overall +2.5 in three spikes in succession (3.7 – 5.0 – 6.1 – 6.2, 6+). November’s 6.2 was its best 6+-stat since May (7.0). Meanwhile, four consecutive positive or neutral reports by WEEI-FM accounted for a +1.6 (3.3 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.4 – 4.9, 6+); however, the Entercom-owned sports talker is a combined -1.1 in December “Holiday” 2019 (4.9 – 4.6 – 3.8, flat at #7, 6+). November 2019’s 4.9 represents the strongest 6+-showing for WEEI-FM since its 5.7 in November 2018.

Having lost an overall seven-tenths through four straight down or flat sweeps (5.5 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 4.8, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned news-talk hybrid WBZ-AM eradicates that deficit with a +1.2 to 6.0 (sixth to third, 6+). This (6.0) is the first time “News Radio 1030” reaches the six-share level (6+) in nearly two years (6.4, March 2018, 6+).

After November’s +1.0 (3.5 – 4.5, 6+), Boston University news/talk WBUR is a combined -1.8 in December/ “Holiday” 2019 (4.5 – 3.9 – 2.7, 6+) and drifts from the top ten (#8 to #13). Down six-tenths in November and then up two-tenths in December, WGBH Educational Foundation news/talk WGBH falters by six-tenths (3.3 – 2.7, 6+) and is tied with WBUR at #13. WGBH’s November decrease snapped at four its consecutive string of up or flat trends that yielded a +1.5 (2.2 – 2.2 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.7, 6+).

Boston Music Formats – As a result of three robust upticks in succession, Entercom adult contemporary WMJX “Magic 106.7 – Today’s Hits/Yesterday’s Favorites” is a collective +10.5 (4.7 – 5.8 – 8.0 – 15.2, 6+) and progresses from second to first. Its 15.2 (“Holiday” 2019, 6+) is seven-tenths higher than “Holiday” 2018’s 14.5 (6+). Entering the November ratings period, “Magic” had a net loss of -2.2 via four decreases in a row (6.9 – 6.4 – 6.0 – 5.8 – 4.7, 6+). WMJX was a combined +.8 in May/June (6.1 – 6.2 – 6.9, 6+). The market’s (6+) adult contemporary share gets a further boost of eight-tenths from iHeartMedia’s WSRS, which not only is trending .6 – 1.2 – 2.0 (6+), “Worcester’s At-Work Station” is propelled into the top twenty (#23 to #18). In Boston’s “Holiday” 2018 report, WSRS logged a 1.5 (6+). Setting the pace the past nine survey periods, Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies WROR “105.7 – 80s & More” spirals by a combined -2.3 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (8.5 – 8.1 – 6.2, 6+), segueing from first to second. October’s increase of three-tenths followed WROR’s combined -1.2 in August/September (8.8 – 7.7 – 7.6, 6+). The August 2019 through December 2019 topline for iHeartMedia CHR WXKS-FM was: 6.3 – 6.3 – 6.5 – 6.4 – 6.5 (6+), but “Kiss 108” falters by nine-tenths to 5.6 (third to fourth, 6+). Within 3.0 – 3.9 (6+) range in each of the past ten sweeps, Entercom hot AC WWBX “Mix 104.1 Boston’s Best Variety” stumbles by six-tenths to 2.9 (6+) and departs the top ten (#10 to #11). Forfeiting one-half share (each) are iHeartMedia’s WZLX “100.7 Boston’s Classic Rock” (5.5 – 5.0, fourth to sixth, 6+) and co-owned WBWL “101.7 The Bull – New Hit Country” (2,1, #11 to #16). This (5.0) is the lowest 6+-stat for WZLX since July 2018’s 4.8; “The Bull” was up a combined six-tenths in November/December (2.0 – 2.1 – 2.6, 6+). As a result of seven down or flat reports in a row, iHeartMedia urban AC WKAF “97.7 The Beat of Boston” is a cumulative -1.6 (2.7 – 2.6 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 1.8 – 1.3 – 1.1, #21 to #23, 6+).

Miami

English-Language Spoken-Word Formats – In the past nine survey periods (April through December), iHeartMedia news/talk WIOD logged a 6+-stat no higher than 2.7 and no lower than 2.5. “News Radio 610 – Miami’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station,” however, sputters by one-half share in “Holiday” 2019 (2.5 – 2.0, #16 to #17, 6+).

Having nearly tripled its 6+ AQH share (+.7) through five consecutive increases (.5 – 6 – .7 – 1.0 – 1.2 – 1.4, 6+), Entercom-owned WQAM “560 The Joe” (Dolphins, Florida Panthers) is now off three-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (1.4 – 1.3 – 1.1, 6+) but remains at #23. Co-owned WAXY “Sports Talk 790 The Ticket” (Heat), which more than doubled its 6+-stat in October/November (.3 – .5 – .7, 6+), regains the one-tenth it lost in December (.6 – .7, #29 to #27, 6+).

Off three-tenths (2.3 – 2.0, 6+), Dade County School Board news/talk WLRN repeats at #17.

Miami Music Formats – There is a first-place “Holiday” 2019 tie and it involves two adult contemporary rivals. Specifically, Cox Media Group’s WFEZ “Easy 93.1” logs its fourth straight positive or neutral report for a net gain of one-half share (7.0 – 7.0 – 7.0 – 7.5 – 7.5, 6+) and is #1 the 13th consecutive time. “Easy” was down eight-tenths in February; up by that same magnitude in March; and notched an improvement of … eight-tenths in June. Catching it at the top is Entercom-owned WLYF “101.5 Lite FM,” which is an overall +2.2 in four successive sweeps without a loss (5.3 – 5.8 – 5.8 – 6.6 – 7.5, second to a first-place tie, 6+). In “Holiday” 2018, WFEZ notched a 7.1 (6+); WLYF a 7.3 (6+). Owing to three straight decreases, Entercom classic hits-oldies WMXJ was a collective -1.0 (5.8 – 5.7 – 5.2 – 4.8, 6+), but “102.7 The Beach” erases 80% of that deficit with a +.8 to 5.6 (fifth to fourth, 6+). Flat at #19, co-owned WKIS “Kiss Country 99.9” is without an increase the eighth successive month for a net loss of -1.4 and falls below a two-share (3.1 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 1.7, 6+). The market’s two mainstream CHR outlets are again separated by four-tenths as Cox Media Group’s WFLC “Hits 97.3” is flat at 3.4 but leaves the top ten (#10 to #11, 6+), while iHeartMedia-owned WHYI “Y-100 Miami’s #1 Hit Music Station” repeats December’s 3.0 (6+), dropping from #13 to #14. Prior to faltering by three-tenths in December, WFLC “Hits 97.3” was up seven-tenths through three spikes in a row (3.0 – 3.1 – 3.5 – 3.7, 6+). Meanwhile, “Y-100” has lost a total of four-tenths via three straight reports without an increase (3.4 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+). This is directly after gaining eight-tenths in four straight up or flat trends (2.6 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.4, 6+).

Seattle

Spoken-Word Formats – Over the course of the last nine survey periods (May through “Holiday” 2019), Bonneville-owned KIRO-FM “97.3 Seattle’s News/Seattle’s Talk” has logged a 4.9 (6+) four times and a 5.0 (6+) three times (4.9 – 4.6 – 4.9 – 5.1 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 5.0 – 4.9, fourth to fifth, 6+). News/talk cluster-mate KTTH “Conservative Talk Radio” recaptures the two-tenths it lost in December (1.8 – 1.6 – 1.8, #23 to #22, 6+). Although it has surrendered one-third (-.4) of its 6+ AQH share in December/“Holiday” 2019 (1.2 – 1.1 – .8, 6+), Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned KVI “Talk Radio 570” remains at #25.

Bonneville sports talk KIRO-AM “ESPN 710” (Seahawks) repeats December’s 6+ AQH hour share and rank (3.7, #11, 6+). September’s increase of seven-tenths halted four straight down or flat trends that resulted in a collective -1.3 (4.3 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+). Having more than quadrupled (+1.6) its 6+ AQH share in five consecutive positive or neutral moves (.5 – .8 – 1.3 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 2.1, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KJR-AM “Seattle’s Sports Radio 950” falters by three-tenths to 1.8 (flat at #22, 6+).

Off a collective half-share in three successive down or flat trends (3.1 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 2.6, 6+), Sinclair Broadcast Group all-news KOMO falls from #14 to #18; August’s 3.2 was its best 6+-stat since November 2017’s 3.4.

A cumulative +1.6 through three straight improvements (4.5 – 5.0 – 5.5 – 6.1, 6+), Northwest Public Radio news/talk KUOW relinquishes half that increase (5.3, -.8, flat at #3, 6+). Immediately prior, it had been -1.6 through four consecutive decreases (6.1 – 5.6 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 4.5, 6+).

Seattle Music Formats – It isn’t quite the #1/#2 format finish as in Miami (see above) but Seattle adult contemporary facilities rank first and fourth this sweep. Repeating at #1 is Hubbard Broadcasting’s KRWM, which is a combined +4.4 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.8 – 6.6 – 9.2, 6+). This time last year, “Warm 106.9” recorded an 11.2 (“Holiday” 2018, 6+). Entering the November survey period, “Warm” was up a collective seven-tenths in three consecutive sweeps without a decrease (4.3 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 5.0, 6+). Meanwhile, Entercom’s similarly-formatted KSWD was a combined -1.4 via three straight decreases (5.5 – 5.2 – 4.4 – 4.1, 6+) but “94.1 The Sound” answers with a +1.0 to 5.1 (ninth to fourth, 6+). “The Sound” and “Warm” were separated by one-tenth in May (4.5 – 4.4, 6+); June (4.5 – 4.4, as well, 6+); and July (4.4 – 4.3, 6+). Progressing by +1.0 in “Holiday” 2019 is Sinclair Broadcast Group hot AC KPLZ “Star 101.5 – Today’s Best Mix,” which is a collective +2.0 in three consecutive bumps (2.4 – 2.7 – 3.4 – 4.4, 6+) and zooms into the top ten (#13 to #7). As was the case with “Star,” iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KJR-FM logged a December increase of seven-tenths and was +1.0 in November/December (3.8 – 4.1 – 4.8, 6+); however, “95.7 The Jet” spirals by -1.0 in “Holiday” 2019 to 3.8 (sixth to ninth, 6+). Off a cumulative -1.5 in three decreases in succession (4.7 – 4.6 – 3.9 – 3.2, 6+), iHeartMedia adult hits KJAQ “96.5 Jack FM – Playing What We Want” exits the top ten (#10 to #13). Entercom’s KKWF “100.7 The Wolf #1 For Country” is -1.1 via three slips in succession (4.9 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 3.8, seventh to ninth, 6+). This immediately follows three straight increases that netted eight-tenths (4.1 – 4.3 – 4.6 – 4.9, 6+). At the same time, Hubbard Broadcasting-owned KNUC “New Country 98.9 The Bull” is an overall -1.9 as a result of four drops in a row (4.4 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 2.9 – 2.5, #16 to #19, 6+). After more than doubling (+2.2) its 6+ AQH share in eight successive up or flat sweeps (2.1 – 2.1 – 2.4 – 2.8 – 3.3 – 3.5 – 4.0 – 4.2 – 4.3, 6+), “The Bull” surrendered one-tenth in August and gained two-tenths in September. Within 2.1 – 2.7 range (6+) in each of the last ten survey periods, Friends of 88.5’s KNKX sputters by seven-tenths to 1.9 (6+). “Your Connection to Jazz, Blues, and NPR News” departs the top twenty (#18 to #21).

Detroit

Spoken-Word Formats – Four improvements in a row by Cumulus Media’s WJR (Lions) accounted for a +1.1 (2.0 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.9 – 3.1, 6+) but “News Talk 760” is now a combined -1.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 and falls below a two-share (3.1 – 2.2 – 1.6, #18 to #19, 6+).

In a somewhat similar scenario, Entercom sports talk WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” (Pistons, Red Wings) was a collective +1.6 in three straight upticks (3.9 – 4.3 – 4.7 – 5.5, 6+) but is -1.7 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.5 4.8 – 3.8 (#7 to #12, 6+). “The Ticket” had been an overall -1.5 through three successive decreases (5.4 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 3.9, 6+).

A December increase of two-tenths by co-owned WWJ halted three successive downturns that resulted in an overall -1.5 (5.9 – 5.4 – 5.1 – 4.4, 6+); however, “News Radio 950” relinquishes seven-tenths in “Holiday” 2019 (4.6 – 3.9, 6+). Furthermore, WWJ – which was #1 in March and posted a +1.1 in August – exits the top ten (#8 to #11).

Regaining the one-tenth it lost in December (1.5 – 1.4 – 1.5, 6+), Wayne State University news/talk WDET advances from #22 to #20. In addition to being off one-half share in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.0 – 1.6 – 1.3, 6+), Michigan Public Media news/talk WUOM falls from the top twenty (#20 to #21).

Detroit Music Formats – Mirroring what has happened in Seattle (see above), adult contemporary facilities in Detroit occupy the #1 and #4 positions. On top the third month in a row, iHeartMedia adult contemporary WNIC “100.3 The Best Variety of the 80s, 90s, & Today” is a stunning +9.2 through five successive upticks (5.6 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.2 – 9.5 – 14.8, 6+). By way of comparison, in “Holiday” 2018, WNIC displayed a 17.9, the largest 6+ AQH share by any Detroit station in the PPM-era. On top in December 2018 and “Holiday” 2018, WNIC more than tripled (+12.2) its 6+-share via four straight increases (5.7 – 6.2 – 6.6 – 12.2 – 17.9, 6+). A combined -1.1 in November/December (4.2 – 4.0 – 3.1, 6+), Entercom-owned/similarly formatted WDZH “98.7 The Breeze” obliterates that deficit with a “Holiday” 2019 +1.8 to 4.9 (6+), rocketing 11 rankers from from #15 to #4. This (4.9) is the strongest 6+-stat for “The Breeze” since it switched from CHR (“Amp Radio 98.7”) in mid-November 2018. Down or flat three reports in a row for a collective loss of six-tenths (2.7 – 2.5 – 2.1 – 2.1, 6+), Detroit Classical and Jazz Educational Radio, LLC’s WRCJ “90.9 Classical Days/Jazzy Nights” then picked up one-tenth in November (2.2, 6+); lost four-tenths in December (1.8, 6+); and now gains six-tenths (2.4, #19 to #18, 6+). After improving by one-half share in December, Entercom classic hits-oldies WOMC “104.3 Detroit’s Greatest Hits,” plummets by a margin three times that magnitude (6.2 – 4.7, -1.5, second to sixth, 6+) and has its lowest 6+ performance (4.7) since “Holiday” 2018’s 4.6. Having logged a 5.8 (6+) in October, November, and December, Beasley Media Group rock WRIF “101 Rocks Detroit” spirals by -1.0 to 4.8 (third to fifth, 6+). In five consecutive sweeps without an increase, Entercom’s WYCD “99.5 Detroit Country Music” lost a cumulative nine-tenths (5.3 – 4.8 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.4, 6+); picked up one-tenth in December (4.5, 6+); and now erodes by -1.1 in “Holiday” 2019 (3.4, #9 to #13, 6+). In the iHeartMedia cluster, classic rock WLLZ “106.7 Detroit’s Wheels” regresses by eight-tenths (#13 to #17), while CHR WKQI “Channel 95.5” drops one-half share (4.6, sixth to seventh, 6+). “Wheels” is a combined -.9 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.4 – 3.3 – 2.5, 6+); “Channel 95.5” was up three-tenths in November/December (4.8 – 4.8 – 5.1, 6+).

Phoenix

Spoken-Word Formats – Off six-tenths in “Holiday” 2019 after December’s loss of four-tenths (4.0 – 3.6 – 3.0, 6+), Bonneville news/talk KTAR-FM (Arizona Cardinals) drops from seventh to ninth. Repeating December’s 2.8 (6+), iHeartMedia’s KFYI “News Talk 550” progresses from #14 to #12.

A collective -1.1 via three slips in succession (3.1 – 3.0 – 2.5 – 2.0, 6+), Bonneville sports talk KMVP-FM “98.7 Arizona Sports” (Suns, Arizona Coyotes) shifts from #17 to #18. KMVP-FM was a combined -1.0 in June/July (3.1 – 2.2 – 2.1, 6+) and then +1.0 via three straight up or flat trends (2.1 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 3.1, 6+). Meanwhile, co-owned KTAR-AM repeats December’s 6+ AQH share and market rank (.3, #30, 6+).

Up six-tenths through five consecutive reports without a loss (3.4 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.0, 6+), Maricopa County Community College news/talk KJZZ surrenders one-half share to 3.5 (fifth to sixth, 6+).

Phoenix Music Formats – In the driver’s seat the seventh time in a row, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ is a whopping +12.5 through four upticks in succession (6.7 – 7.0 – 7.1 – 11.0 – 19.2, 6+) and boasts the highest 6+-stat (19.2) of any station in the 24 PPM-markets highlighted thus far. This is its best 6+-performance since “Holiday” 2018’s 15.0. September’s decrease suspended five consecutive improvements that netted a +1.7 (5.3 – 5.5 – 5.9 – 6.5 – 6.8 – 7.0, 6+). Up nine-tenths as a result of four successive sweeps without a loss (6.2 – 6.3 – 6.6 – 6.9 – 7.1, 6+), iHeartMedia adult hits KYOT “95.5 The Mountain” craters by -1.5 to 5.6 (second to third), its lowest 6+-figure since May (5.4). Flat at #4, Hubbard’s KSLX “Classic Rock 100.7” is -1.3 in three consecutive negative or neutral reports (6.4 – 6.1 – 6.0 – 5.1, 6+) and is below a six-share (5.1) for the first time since March (5.3). Immediately after KOOL improves by eight-tenths (5.8 – 6.6, 6+), the Entercom classic hits-oldies station surrenders the increase in its entirety (5.8, -.8, 6+) yet climbs from third to second. Despite being -1.0 in three straight negative or neutral moves (4.1 – 4.1 – 3.2 – 3.1, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting-owned KUPD “Arizona’s Real Rock” advances from ninth to eighth. Family Life contemporary Christian KFLR “Family Life Radio” is a combined -1.0 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.3 – 2.0 – 1.3, #25, 6+). Somewhat similarly, iHeartMedia’s KNIX “102.5 Today’s Best Country & All-Time Favorites” is a collective -2.3 via four consecutive drops (5.2 – 4.3 – 3.9 – 3.0 – 2.9, 6+) yet reenters the top ten (#12 to #10). KNIX is one-tenth ahead of  Entercom’s similarly-programmed KMLE “Country 107.9,” which was a combined +.5 in October/November (2.8 – 2.9 – 3.3, 6+), but -.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.3 – 3.0 – 2.8, flat at #12, 6+).

Minneapolis

Spoken-Word Formats – WCCO “News Radio 830” repeats December’s AQH share and market rank (4.3, #10, 6+). November’s -1.8 curtailed three straight up or flat moves that yielded seven-tenths for the Entercom-owned flagship of the Minnesota Timberwolves (5.3 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.0, 6+). Three consecutive increases yielded one-half share for Hubbard Broadcasting news/talk KTMY (2.5 – 2.7 – 2.8 – 3.0, 6+); however, “My Talk 107.1” is off three-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.0 – 2.8 – 2.7, #14 to #13, 6+). KTMY is one-tenth ahead of iHeartMedia’s KTLK “Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130,” which gained six-tenths in August but is off one-half share in three straight down or flat moves (3.1 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 2.6, #15 to #14, 6+).

A cumulative +3.9 in eight positive or neutral trends in succession (3.9 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.3 – 5.3 – 6.1 – 6.8 – 7.3 – 7.8, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KFXN (Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Wild) is -1.0 to 6.8 (6+). After a December-only stay at #1, “Sports Radio 100.3 K-Fan” falls to #3. Unchanged at #22, Hubbard Broadcasting sports talk KSTP-AM “ESPN 1500” is off 33% (-.3) in December/“Holiday” 2019 (.9 – .8 – .6, 6+).

Following December’s increase of one-half share to 6.8 (6+), Minnesota Public Radio news/talk KNOW erodes by -1.1 to 5.7 (fifth to sixth, 6+).

Minneapolis Music Formats – By more than doubling (+5.9) its 6+ AQH share in three straight bumps (5.7 – 5.9 – 7.0 – 11.6, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned classic hits-oldies KQQL not only demolishes its overall -1.8 from three decreases in a row (7.5 – 7.0 – 6.5 – 5.7, 6+),“Kool 108” zooms from fourth to first. This time last year, KQQL logged a 12.6 (“Holiday” 2018, 6+). Ousted from the penthouse in June by Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC KSTP-FM, “Kool 108” returned the favor in July, but was (again) dislodged by KSTP-FM in August. Prior to posting a +1.0 in May, KQQL had approximately 54% (-6.8) of its 6+ AQH share vanish through four straight negative or flat trends (12.6 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 5.8, 6+). When KTIS-FM “Always Uplifting” slipped by one-tenth (to 7.3, 6+), in December, it interrupted three straight gains that accounted for an overall +1.9 (5.5 – 6.0 – 6.5 – 7.4, 6+). The University of Northwestern St. Paul contemporary Christian outlet bounces back with a +.9 to 8.2 (third to second, 6+), three full-shares higher than “Holiday” 2018’s 5.2. Up seven-tenths in December/ “Holiday” 2019 (1.6 – 1.7 – 2.3, 6+), Cumulus Media adult contemporary WGVX “Love 105 FM” advances from #19 to a three-way tie at #17. A combined -1.8 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.6 – 7.4 – 5.8, 6+), previously-mentioned KSTP-FM “KS-95” falls from second to fifth. The Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC solely held or shared the top spot in January, March, April, June, August, September, October, and November. KSTP-FM was +1.9 (January); -.8 (February); +.6 (March); +.5 (April); -.8 (May); +1.1 (August); and now -1.6 (“Holiday’ 2019). Regressing by six-tenths (each) are iHeartMedia CHR KDWB “The Twin Cities’ #1 Hit Music Station” (eighth to ninth); co-owned KEEY “K-102 Minnesota’s Country Station” (#11 to #12); and Minnesota Public Radio triple A KCMP “The Current – Great Music Lives Here” (2.3, #13 to #17, 6+). KDWB is off nine-tenths in December/ “Holiday” 2019 (5.3 – 5.0 – 4.4, 6+); “K-102” is -1.3 in the same timeframe (4.4 – 3.7 – 3.1, 6+); and “The Current” was up four-tenths in November/December (2.5 – 2.7 – 2.9, 6+). In three drops in succession, KEEY’s format competitor, Entercom’s KMNB “102.9 The Wolf,” has lost nine-tenths (3.4 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5, 6+) and is flat at #15. After posting an October 2019 through December 2019 topline of 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.5 (6+), Milestone Radio‘s KLCI “Total Country Bob FM” is unlisted in “Holiday” 2019.

San Diego

Spoken-Word Formats – Slicing in half December’s loss of six-tenths with a “Holiday” 2019 increase of three-tenths (4.4 – 4.7, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KOGO “News Radio 600” progresses from eighth to sixth. Recent KOGO fluctuations include: +1.0 via three straight February through May increases; a combined -.5 in June/July; +.5 (August); -.7 (September); +.7 (October); and -.6 (December). A spike of three-tenths (1.7 – 2.0, 6+) is sufficient to propel iHeartMedia Los Angeles news/talk KFI “AM 640” into San Diego’s top twenty (#22 to #19). Conversely, a dip of three-tenths forces Tegna news/talk KFMB-AM from the top twenty (#20 to #21). “AM 760” is off eight-tenths in five consecutive negative or neutral moves (2.5 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.1 – 2.0 – 1.7, 6+).

Up a collective four-tenths in three successive sweeps without a loss (1.9 – 2.1 – 2.3 – 2.3, 6+), Entercom-owned sports talk KWFN “97.3 The Fan” advances from #19 to #17. In seven consecutive up or flat reports, iHeartMedia’s KLSD “Fox Sports 1360 San Diego’s Sports Station” has nearly doubled (+.7) its 6+ AQH share (.8 – .8 – .8 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.5, steady at #22, 6+).

Following four straight reports without a loss that netted four-tenths (5.9 – 6.0 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 6.3, 6+), San Diego State University-owned news/talk KPBS is now a combined -1.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.3 – 6.0 – 4.8, second to fifth, 6+). Before falling to third in July, KPBS was on top the previous six months.

San Diego Music Formats – Tacking on a +4.5 to December’s +2.9 (3.7 – 6.6 – 11.1, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary KYXY repeats at #1. One year ago, KYXY posted an 8.4 (“Holiday” 2018, 6+). A combined -1.0 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.2 – 5.1 – 4.2, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR KHTS “Channel 93.3 San Diego’s #1 Hit Music Station” drops from fifth to eighth. Uniradio regional Mexican XHTY “Invasora 99.7” relinquishes eight-tenths from November/December’s +1.1 (2.1 – 2.5 – 3.2, 6+) and slips from #12 to #15 (2.4, 6+). December 2019’s 3.2 was its best 6+-stat since December 2018’s 3.4. This is the fourth straight sweep without an increase for Local Media San Diego-programmed urban-rhythmic oldies XHRM “Magic 92.5,” which is -1.0 in that stretch (5.5 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 5.2 – 4.5, fourth to seventh, 6+). Without an increase the fifth sweep in succession for an overall -1.5 (3.3 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 1.8, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KIOZ “Rock 105.3” slides from #16 to #20. Co-owned KGB-FM “101.5 San Diego’s Classic Rock,” which was a collective -1.5 in five straight setbacks (4.5 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.0, 6+), ends the slide with a +.4 to 3.4 (#13 to #11). When KGB-FM posted a 3.5 (6+) in October, it marked the first time since “Holiday” 2018’s 3.8 that the station had fallen below a four-share.

Tampa

Spoken-Word Formats – Three decreases in a row by iHeartMedia-owned WFLA resulted in a -1.0 (3.8 – 3.6 – 3.2 – 2.8, 6+), but “970 Tampa Bay’s News Radio” halts the slide with a one-tenth improvement to 2.9 (#16 to #14, 6+). Cox Media Group news/talk WHPT “102.5 The Bone – Real, Raw, Radio” falters by one-half share (3.1 – 2.6, #14 to #17, 6+). Entering the October sweep, WHPT gained one-half share through four consecutive up or flat trends (2.3 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+).

Flat at #20, iHeartMedia-owned sports talk WDAE “620 Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” (Buccaneers) has lost nine-tenths in four straight down or flat moves (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.0 – 1.9 – 1.7, 6+) and has its lowest 6+-showing since March (1.7, as well).

As a result of five consecutive positive spikes, University of South Florida news/talk WUSF is a collective +1.0 (1.7 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.7, #18 to #15, 6+).

Tampa Music Formats – In addition to being +3.3 via three upticks in succession (7.9 – 8.6 – 9.8 – 11.2, 6+), Cox Media Group adult contemporary WDUV “Lite Favorites” is #1 the 89th straight time. WDUV was up seven-tenths in September but -2.0 in October. WDUV’s 13.7 in “Holiday” 2018 is the highest 6+-stat by any Tampa station since its 14.9 in “Holiday” 2015. A +2.3 by iHeartMedia hot AC WMTX enables “Mix 100.7” to reach the six-share level (6.0, 6+) and to rocket from #11 to #2. The September 2019 through December 2019 topline for “Mix” was: 3.9 – 3.3 – 3.8 – 3.7 (6+). Tied with WMTX in the runner-up slot is Radio Training Network contemporary Christian WCIE “The Joy FM,” which is up a combined eight-tenths in three upticks in succession (5.2 – 5.3 – 5.8 – 6.0, 6+). An overall +1.1 via six consecutive up or flat trends through August (3.6 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.7, 6+), Beasley Media Group rhythmic CHR WLLD “Wild 94.1” has since been -.3 (September); +.5 (October); and -1.5 in three decreases in a row (4.9 – 4.3 – 3.6 – 3.4, #12 to #13, 6+). In December, Beasley Media Group-owned WQYK “99.5 Tampa Bay’s New Country Hits” and iHeartMedia’s WFUS “US-103.5 Tampa Bay’s #1 for New Country” were tied in seventh-place. The two format rivals are deadlocked again in “Holiday” 2019 as each loses four-tenths (4.6 – 4.2, 6+) as they fall to eighth. WQYK was up two-tenths in December. WFUS’ “Holiday” 2019 loss curtails three straight increases that accounted for a net gain of seven-tenths (3.9 – 4.3 – 4.5 – 4.6, 6+). Its October improvement interrupted three straight slips that resulted in a cumulative loss of eight-tenths (4.7 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 3.9, 6+).

Denver

Spoken-Word Formats – After recording six spikes in a row for a +2.7 (.1 – .2 – .8 – 1.1 – 2.1 – 2.6 – 2.8, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KDFD “Freedom 93.7 – Real News, Real Talk” surrenders three-tenths to 2.5 (#15 to #16, 6+). Locked on 2.5 (6+) in November and December, news/talk cluster-mate KOA “Colorado’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” (Broncos) falters by four-tenths to 2.1 (#17 to #18, 6+). Its November gain of one-tenth ended at four a consecutive string of decreases that accounted for an approximately 54% erosion (-2.6) of its 6+ AQH share (5.2 – 5.0 – 4.0 – 3.0 – 2.4, 6+). Anchored at #23, co-owned KHOW “Talk Radio 630” follows December’s increase of two-tenths with a one-tenth loss (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.1, 6+).

A collective -1.2 in three down or flat sweeps in a row (3.7 – 3.2 – 2.5 – 2.5, 6+), Bonneville-owned KKFN “Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan” (Nuggets) nonetheless climbs from #17 to #16. This streak directly follows its overall +1.3 through four successive gains (2.4 – 2.5 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.7, 6+). As a result of four consecutive drops,  KSE Radio Ventures’ KKSE-FM (Colorado Avalanche) has lost more than half (-.8) its 6+-stat (1.4 – 1.3 – .9 – .7 – .6, #26 to #27, 6+); “Attitude Sports Radio 92.5” was +1.0 in September.

In an alternating down/up pattern since August (5.1 – 4.9 – 5.4 – 5.3 – 6.3 – 4.8, 6+), Colorado Public Radio news/talk KCFR segues from second to third. KCFR has been -1.6 (June); +.8 (July); +.5 (October); +1.0 (December); and now -1.5 (“Holiday” 2019). After being up three-tenths in three straight sweeps without a loss (.5 – .5 – .7 – .8, 6+), Community Radio for Northern Colorado news/talk KUNC is off three-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (.8 – .6 – .5, flat at #29, 6+).

Denver Music Formats – Four successive sweeps without a loss by Bonneville adult contemporary KOSI net a whopping +10.3 (4.1 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 6.7 – 14.4, 6+), as “101.1 Real Music Variety” repeats at #1. In “Holiday” 2018, KOSI logged a 12.8 (6+). Entering the September ratings period, KOSI lost a collective half-share in five down or flat months in a row (4.6 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 4.1 – 4.1, 6+). Without a decrease the seventh consecutive sweep for an overall +1.7 (.9 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.6, 6+), Colorado Public Radio classical-formatted KVOD proceeds from #16 to #15. After gaining eight-tenths in three consecutive sweeps without a loss (4.1 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 4.9, 6+), Entercom hot AC KALC “Alice 105.9” is a combined -1.4 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.9 – 4.5 – 3.5, 6+) and drifts from the top ten (#6 to #11). Four successive up or flat trends by iHeartMedia’s KRFX generated a collective four-tenths (5.7 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 6.1, 6+); however, “Classic Rock 103.5 The Fox” is a combined -1.1 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.1 – 5.9 – 5.0, 6+). Even so, KRFX – which had a November-only stay at #1 – advances from third to second. Bonneville-owned country KYGO is -1.9 through four decreases in a row (6.2 – 6.1 – 5.3 – 5.0 – 4.3, flat at #4, 6+). KYGO occupied the top spot in June, July, September, and October. Regressing by six-tenths, iHeartMedia alternative KTCL “Channel 93.3” (4.6 – 4.0, 6+) remains in fifth-place. Despite being off six-tenths in three straight sweeps without an increase (4.6 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 4.0, 6+), KSE Radio Ventures-owned classic hits-oldies KXKL “Kool 105 – Denver’s Greatest Hits” progresses from sixth to fifth.

Baltimore

Spoken-Word Formats – Winning ways continue for Hearst Television-owned WBAL “News Radio – Expect More,” which not only is an overall +1.6 in six consecutive positive spikes (1.8 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.4, 6+), the Ravens flagship cracks the top ten (#11 to #9). This is its strongest 6+-stat since September 2017 (3.4, as well). Even though independent news/talk WCBM drops one-tenth (2.4 – 2.3, 6+) “680 Stimulating Talk – Breaking News” advances from #14 to #13.

After posting three straight up or flat reports for a net gain of seven-tenths (4.2 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 4.9, 6+), Entercom sports talk WJZ-FM “105.7 The Fan” drops one-tenth to 4.8 (6+) but actually bumps up from eighth to fifth. It is the tenth straight time WJZ-FM is within 4.2 – 4.9 range (6+).

WJZ-FM’s business news sibling WDCH returns the two-tenths it picked up in December (.5 – .7 – .5, #23 to #24, 6+).

Following four successive increases that yielded a +1.2 (2.6 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.8, 6+), Your Public Radio news/talk WYPR “88.1 Your NPR News Station” is off nine-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.8 – 3.6 – 2.9, 6+) and leaves the top ten (#10 to #11). By picking up one-tenth in November and December (.7 – .8 – .9, 6+), WAMU suspended four straight down or flat Baltimore sweeps that resulted in a one-half share loss (1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2 – .8 – .7, 6+). The American University-owned news/talk station though regresses by one-half share to .4 (#21 to #26, 6+).

Baltimore Music Formats – Locked on 5.9 (6+) in October and November, WLIF is an astonishing +10.1 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.9 – 7.9 – 16.0, 6+) as “Today’s 101.9” marches from second to first. This (16.0) is the first time the Entercom adult contemporary property has reached double-digits (6+) since “Holiday” 2018 (15.2). Dislodged from the top spot after seven successive months there is Radio One urban AC WWIN-FM (8.0 – 7.7, -.3, first to second). “Magic 95.9” was -.8 (October); +.6 (November); and -.9 in December. A combined +1.8 in June/July (7.3 – 8.1 – 9.1, 6+), WWIN-FM reached the nine-share level (9.1, 6+, July) for the first time since January’s 9.0. An overall -2.3 via four straight decreases (8.4 – 7.5 – 7.4 – 6.9 – 6.1, 6+), its urban contemporary cluster-mate, WERQ “92-Q Jams,” answers with a “Holiday” 2019 +1.0 to 7.1 (steady at #3, 6+).  After being in the runner-up slot six months in a row, WERQ slipped to third in December. As a result of four straight sweeps without an increase, Entercom-owned WWMX “Mix 106.5 – Baltimore’s Best Mix” is -2.1 and falls below a four-share (5.4 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 3.3, sixth to tenth, 6+). Dropping from seventh to eighth, iHeartMedia adult hits WQSR “102.7 Jack FM Playing What We  Want” has its fourth setback in succession for a collective -2.5 (6.2 – 5.7 – 5.6 – 5.1 – 3.7, 6+). Up one-half share in October/November (6.2 – 6.4 – 6.7, 6+), co-owned WPOC “93.1 Today’s Best Country” is a combined -1.9 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.7 – 6.1 – 4.8, third to fifth, 6+). CHR sibling WZFT “Z-104.3 Baltimore’s #1 Hit Music Station” logs its third drop in a row for a collective -1.7 (3.7 – 3.4 – 2.8 – 2.0, #12 to #14, 6+). Still in that iHeartMedia cluster, alternative WWDC “DC-101,” which was up four-tenths in November/December (1.7 – 1.8 – 2.1, 6+), forfeits one-half share to 1.6 (flat at #15, 6+). Owing to three slips in a row, Hearst Television’s WIYY “98 Rock” is a cumulative -1.5 (6.4 – 5.9 – 5.6 – 4.9, fifth to fourth, 6+). Stuck on 3.8 (6+) in November and December, Shamrock Communications’ WZBA “100.7 The Bay – Baltimore’s Classic Rock Station” sputters by six-tenths to 3.8 (6+) yet proceeds from ninth to seventh. This is the 18th sweep in a row that Peter and John Radio Fellowship contemporary Christian WRBS-FM is unlisted; “95.1 Shine FM – Baltimore’s Positive Hits Station” was #13 in August 2018 (2.6, 6+).

St. Louis

Spoken-Word Formats – A combined -2.7 in November/December (7.2 – 4.7 – 4.5, 6+), Entercom news/talk KMOX picks up two-tenths in “Holiday” 2019 to 4.7 (6+) and reenters the top ten (#11 to #7). “The Voice of St. Louis” was +2.2 in September/October (5.0 – 6.4 – 7.2, 6+). Co-owned KFTK “FM News Talk 97.1,” which was an overall +1.3 in four consecutive sweeps without a loss (2.3 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.6, 6+), is now off nine-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.6 – 3.3 – 2.7, flat at #17, 6+).

As a result of four straight increases (3.1 – 3.3 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.9, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting sports talk WXOS was a cumulative +1.8, but “101 Sports” forfeits half that increase (-.9) in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.9 – 4.3 – 4.0, -.6, 6+) and repeats at #12.

Without an increase the third time in a row for a net loss of nine-tenths (4.1 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 3.2, 6+), University of Missouri news/talk KWMU slips from #13 to #15.

St. Louis Music Formats – Owing to five bumps in a row (4.7 – 5.6 – 5.9 – 6.2 – 8.9 – 14.2, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary KEZK “102.5 The Best Mix of the 80s & Today” more than triples its 6+-stat (+9.5) and marches from second to first. This (14.2) is the strongest 6+-showing for KEZK since its 15.6 in “Holiday” 2018. Two positive streaks by Hubbard Broadcasting-owned KSHE come to an end: “95 Real Rock Radio” segues to the runner-up slot after eight consecutive months on top and is -1.1 (to 9.7, 6+), suspending four consecutive upticks that accounted for an overall +2.2 (8.6 – 9.3 – 9.5 – 9.8 – 10.8, 6+). December’s 10.8 marked the first time KSHE hit double-digits in the PPM-era. In February, KSHE was tied at the top with iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KLOU and took sole possession of first-place the following month. “Real Rock Radio” had to share the lead again in April; that time, it was with Entercom news/talk KMOX. Recent KSHE shifts include: +2.0 (January 2019); -.5 (February); +1.3 (March); -1.6 (April); +.9 (June); +.7 (September); +1.0 (November); and -1.1 (“Holiday” 2019). Posting “Holiday” 2019 improvements of one-half share (each) are Hubbard Broadcasting adult hits WARH “106.5 The Arch” (5.5, fifth to third, 6+) and Radio One urban AC WFUN “95.5 R&B For The Lou” (4.4, #14 to #10, 6+). “The Arch” concludes three straight down or flat trends that resulted in a net loss of six-tenths (5.6 – 5.5 – 5.0 – 5.0, 6+); WFUN was down four-tenths in November/December (4.3 – 4.1 – 3.9, 6+). Flat at #3, iHeartMedia’s aforementioned classic hits-oldies KLOU “The Best Variety of the 70s, 80s, & 90s” is a combined -1.8 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.3 – 7.0 – 5.5, 6+). When co-owned KSD gained three-tenths in December, it halted three consecutive declines that led to a loss of seven-tenths (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.3, 6+). In “Holiday” 2019, however, “93.7 The Bull – #1 For New Country” forfeits eight-tenths (4.6 – 3.8, 6+) and departs the top ten (#10 to #13). Although it repeats in eighth-place, Hubbard Broadcasting’s KPNT “105.7 The Point – Everything Alternative” is -1.4 via four straight setbacks (6.0 – 5.6 – 5.4 – 4.8 – 4.6, 6+).

“Holiday” 2019 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round One

| January 23, 2020

“Holiday” 2019 PPM Data – Information for the “Holiday” 2019 ratings period has been released for New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Long Island (Nassau-Suffolk), Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union. Nielsen Audio’s “Holiday” 2019 survey period covered December 5 (2019) – January 1 (2020). Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM-markets below.

New York City

Spoken-Word Formats – Despite being down an overall four-tenths in three straight sweeps without an increase (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.7 – 1.7, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” reenters the top twenty (#21 to #19). With an October through “Holiday” 2019 topline of 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.3 – 1.1 (6+), Cumulus Media-owned WABC slips from #22 to #23, one-tenth ahead of Townsquare Media’s WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” (1.1 – 1.0, -.1, #23 to #24, 6+). Prior to December, “New Jersey 101.5” had been off three-tenths via four straight down or flat trends (1.3 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.0, 6+). WABC and WKXW were tied at #22 in October and November.

Dropping from #11 to #14, Entercom sports talk WFAN-FM (Giants, Brooklyn Nets) is a collective -1.2 in three consecutive slumps (3.8 – 3.7 – 3.0 – 2.6, 6+). WFAN-FM replaced September’s -.6 with an October +.6 (3.8 – 3.2 – 3.8, 6+). Not only is WEPN-FM off an overall half-share via three straight decreases (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.8 – 1.5, 6+), “98.7 ESPN New York” (Jets, Knicks, Rangers) departs the top twenty (#20 to #22).

Up or flat four reports in a row for a net gain of four-tenths (3.2 – 3.2 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.6, 6+), Entercom-owned all-news WINS is now a combined -.6 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.6 – 3.5 – 3.0, 6+), drifting from #8 to #12. Co-owned/similarly-formatted WCBS-AM forfeits two-tenths (2.6 – 2.4, 6+) yet advances from #16 to a three-way tie at #15; December’s 2.6 was its best 6+-showing since May (2.6, as well).

After being an overall +1.1 in six successive reports without a loss (2.1 – 2.1 – 2.3 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 3.2, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation news/talk WNYC-FM surrenders eight-tenths to 2.4 (#11 to the aforementioned three-way scrum at #15, 6+). Having nearly tripled (+.3) its 6+ AQH share in six consecutive up or flat trends (.2 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .5 – .5, 6+), co-owned news/talk WNYC-AM drops one-tenth to .4 (6+) but proceeds from #30 to a four-way tie at #29.

New York City Music Formats – A collective +6.2 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.1 – 9.6 – 13.3, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “106.7 Lite FM” is #1 the 31st ratings period in succession. “Lite FM” outdistances its “Holiday” 2018 showing by eight-tenths (13.3 versus 12.5, 6+). December’s increase curtailed three consecutive down or flat moves that resulted in an overall loss of six-tenths (7.7 – 7.7 – 7.4 – 7.1, 6+). In addition to being a collective +1.9 in three straight up or flat moves (4.7 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 6.6, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WSKQ “Mega 97.9 – Numero Uno on the Planet” crosses the six-share threshold (6.6, 6+) and advances from third to second. Tacking on one-half share to December’s +.2 (.9 – 1.1 – 1.6, 6+), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WPLJ “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” enters the top twenty (#20) with its best 6+-stat (1.6) since May – its last sweep as a Cumulus Media-owned hot AC. A collective -1.1 in four successive sweeps without an increase (4.3 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.2 – 3.2, 6+) and logging its lowest 6+-showing since January (3.2, as well), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WWPR “Power 105.1” ends the slide with a +.1 to 3.3 (#11 to #10, 6+). Co-owned CHR WHTZ “Z-100 – New York’s #1 Hit Music Station” has lost an overall nine-tenths in five successive dips (5.3 – 5.2 – 5.1 – 5.0 – 4.8 – 4.4, 6+) yet bumps up from fifth to fourth. Locked on 5.8 (6+) in November and December, Emmis urban AC WBLS “#1 for R&B” falters by eight-tenths to 5.0 (6+) and segues from second to third. In the Entercom cluster, classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits” sputters by six-tenths (fourth to fifth) and hot AC sibling WNEW-FM “NEW 102.7” is off one-half share (4.1 – 3.6, flat at #6, 6+). WCBS-FM is a collective -1.6 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.9 – 4.9 – 4.3, 6+) after being an overall +.2 via four straight up or flat moves (5.7 – 5.7 – 5.7 – 5.8 – 5.9, 6+). WNEW-FM posted a December increase of seven-tenths. As a result of four negative or neutral moves in a row, iHeartMedia classic rock WAXQ “Q-104.3” is down a collective eight-tenths (4.3 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.8 – 3.5, 6+) and slips from seventh to eighth.

Los Angeles

Spoken-Word Formats – Despite being an overall -1.9 through seven successive down or flat sweeps (4.5 – 4.3 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 2.9 – 2.6, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KFI “AM 640” progresses from tenth to ninth. KFI was a combined +.8 in May/June (3.7 – 3.9 – 4.5, 6+). There is virtually no movement among Salem Media Group news/talk KRLA “AM 870 The Answer” (1.0 the third month in a row, #32 to #30, 6+); iHeartMedia-owned KEIB “AM 1150 The Patriot” (repeating December’s .6 after October and November’s .8, flat at #35, 6+); and Cumulus Media’s KABC “790 News-Talk-Evolved” down or flat the third time in a row for a loss of two-tenths (.7 – .6 – .6 – .5, #35 to #38, 6+).

Even though iHeartMedia’s KLAC (Chargers, Clippers) has surrendered eight-tenths in three consecutive drops (1.8 – 1.3 – 1.1 – 1.0, 6+) “AM 570 LA Sports” advances from #31 to #30. KLAC’s November loss of one-half share erased its combined September/October +.5 (1.3 – 1.4 – 1.8 – 1.3, 6+). Disney-owned/similarly-formatted KSPN “710 ESPN” (Rams, Lakers) has lost 40% (-.9) of its 6+ AQH share in December/”Holiday” 2019 (1.5 – 1.2 – .9, #30 to #32, 6+). KSPN nearly doubled (+.7) its 6+ stat in three successive up or flat moves (.8 – .8 – 1.1 – 1.5, 6+). In June and July, KLAC and KSPN were deadlocked at #27 (1.4, 6+).

Following November’s 3.0 – its best 6+-stat since 3.1 in March – Entercom all-news KNX “1070 News Radio” relinquishes two-tenths in consecutive sweeps (3.0 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+) yet progresses from #12 to a three-way deadlock at #9. Its August 2019 through October 2019 topline was: 2.6 – 2.7 – 2.6 (6+).

Continuing an alternating up/down pattern (2.0 – 2.4 – 2.1 – 2.3 – 1.9, September through “Holiday” 2019, 6+), Pasadena City College news/talk KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” falls from #17 to #20.

Los Angeles Music Formats – A collective +8.5 via three straight sweeps without a loss (5.2 – 5.2 – 9.3 – 13.7, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KOST repeats at #1. This marked the 19th holiday season in a row that “Coast 103.5” played all-Christmas music. A year ago at this time, KOST logged a 13.0 (“Holiday” 2018, 6+). After setting the pace 12 ratings periods in succession, KOST shifted to the runner-up slot in October. “Coast” had been in a 5.8 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.9 pattern (June – July – August – September, 6+), before sputtering by seven-tenths in October. Also in the all-Christmas music mode during the “Holiday” 2019 sweep was Mt. Wilson FM Broadcasters’ KKGO “GO Country 105 FM,” which gains four-tenths (2.1 – 2.5, #20 to #12, 6+). Entercom classic hits-oldies KRTH is off a collective seven-tenths in three straight sweeps without an increase (5.9 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.2, 6+). Having occupied the top spot in October and November, “K-Earth 101” repeats in the runner-up slot. Three consecutive up or flat moves by KRTH yielded nine-tenths (5.0 – 5.6 – 5.9 – 5.9). When “K-Earth” added six-tenths in September, it curtailed three downward trends in succession that accounted for a collective loss of eight-tenths (5.8 – 5.4 – 5.2 – 5.0, 6+). Prior to October 2019, KRTH last reached the #1 spot in October 2018 (5.0, 6+). Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KRCD continues an alternating down/up pattern (2.7 – 2.3 – 3.2 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 2.4, 6+). “Recuerdo” departs the top ten (#9 to #13) with its lowest 6+-stat since February (2.4, as well). A loss of one-half share by KAMP takes “97.1 Amp Radio” below a two-share (2.4 – 1.9, 6+) as the Entercom CHR fades from #14 to #20. Its format rival – iHeartMedia’s KIIS “102.7 Kiss FM” – is down three-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.9 – 3.7 – 3.6, 6+) and continues in fifth-place. Without an increase the seventh month in a row for a net loss of -1.0 (3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.2 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.3, 6+), Meruelo Media Holdings’ KLOS “95.5 Southern California’s Classic Rock” drops from #13 to #17. It is tied with Univision Radio regional Mexican KSCA, which had been off a collective six-tenths in five consecutive down or flat sweeps (2.6 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.0, 6+); however, “LA 101.9” pulls the plug with a +.3 to 2.3 (#22 to #17, 6+).

Chicago

Spoken-Word Formats – This is the second time in a row that Nexstar Media Group news/talk WGN surrenders one-half share (4.0 – 3.5 – 3.0, 6+) as “Radio 720” departs the top ten (#7 to #11). Just prior, WGN logged three spikes in a row that resulted in a +1.2 (2.8 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 4.0, 6+). Cumulus Media news/talk WLS-AM notches a 2.3 (6+) the fourth month in succession, but drops from #18 to #19.

An increase of four-tenths to 3.5 (6+) is enough to propel Entercom sports talk WSCR (Bulls) from #14 all the way to #6; “670 The Score” was a combined -1.2 in November/December (4.3 – 3.4 – 3.1, 6+). The one-half share that Disney/ESPN-owned WMVP gained via three bumps in a row (1.4 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 1.9, 6+) evaporates as “ESPN Chicago 1000” is a combined -.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (1.9 – 1.6 – 1.4, #23 to #24, 6+).

Down one-tenth in back-to-back reports (5.1 – 5.0 – 4.9, 6+), Entercom all-news WBBM-AM (Bears) repeats in third-place. Its October increase of one-tenth halted eight successive down or neutral moves that accounted for an overall -1.4 (6.2 – 6.1 – 5.8 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.8, 6+).

Following six successive sweeps without a loss that led to a +1.0 (2.5 – 2.7 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.3 – 3.5 – 3.5, 6+), Chicago Public Media news/talk WBEZ forfeits 40% of that increase (3.1, -.4, seventh to eighth, 6+).

Chicago Music Formats – More than tripling (+9.5) its 6+-stat via four straight upticks (4.2 – 4.3 – 4.7 – 9.5 – 13.7, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLIT repeats at #1. Its 13.7 (“Holiday” 2019, 6+) is four-tenths higher than “Holiday” 2018’s 13.3 (6+). After logging a 3.8 (6+) in October, November, and December, Entercom triple A WXRT “93 XRT Chicago’s Finest Rock” sputters by seven-tenths to 3.1 (sixth to eighth), its lowest 6+-figure since March (3.1, as well). Displaying losses of one-half share (each) are Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WLS-FM “94.7 Chicago’s Classic Hits” (fourth to fifth) and alternative cluster-mate WKQX (#15 to #18). In December, WLS-FM, which was in a three-way November tie at #1, returned November’s +.3 (4.8 – 5.1 – 4.8, 6+). November’s 5.1 was the highest 6+-showing for “Chicago’s Classic Hits” in more than a year (5.4, September 2018). WKQX is a collective -1.0 in five successive down or flat trends (3.4 – 3.4 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.4, 6+). Notwithstanding that Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WTMX is a cumulative -2.2 in three consecutive setbacks (5.5 – 4.4 – 3.4 – 3.3, 6+), “101.9 The Mix” actually elevates from tenth to seventh. This streak directly follows October’s +1.3 (4.2 – 5.5, 6+). “The Mix” exited the top spot in September when it eroded by -1.5 (5.7 – 4.2, 6+). In July, the combination of a three-tenths gain by WTMX classic rock sibling WDRV “97.1 The Drive” and an equal margin decrease by “The Mix” resulted in the cluster-mates swapping places at first and second. In August, “The Mix” notched a +.5 (5.2 – 5.7, 6+) and proceeded from second to first. WTMX was #1 in April, May, and June before giving way to “The Drive” in July; April’s 5.9 was the highest 6+-stat for “Mix” since November 2017’s 6.3.

San Francisco

Spoken-Word Formats. Three straight up or flat trends by KSFO yielded six-tenths (1.7 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 2.3, 6+) but the Cumulus Media news/talk outlet drops one-tenth to 2.2 (unchanged at #14, 6+). July 2019’s 1.7 (6+) marked the first time KSFO fell below a two-share since July 2017’s 1.8. Cluster-mate KGO has lost one-half share in three straight reports without an increase (1.7 – 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.2, #22 to #27, 6+). Stuck on .2 (6+) in July and August; on .3 (6+) in September and October; and on .2 (6+) in November and December, iHeartMedia-owned KKSF-AM “Real Talk 910 – Think Forward” slips to .1 (#33 to #36, 6+).

Down three-tenths via three negative or neutral trends in succession (4.0 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.7, 6+), Cumulus Media sports talk KNBR-AM “The Sports Leader” (49ers) continues in seventh-place. Entercom’s similarly-formatted KGMZ “95.7 The Game” (Golden State Warriors) repeats December’s 6+ AQH share (1.5) and market rank (#22). After posting a collective half-share gain via three straight spikes (1.5 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 2.0, 6+), “The Game” had that increase wiped away in its entirety in December (1.5, -.5, 6+).

In addition to being down one-half share in December/“Holiday” 2019 (8.2 – 7.8 – 7.7 (6+), Entercom all-news KCBS-AM (Raiders) – which was #1 the past four months – segues to #2. Prior to September, KCBS-AM last reached #1 in May.

Three recent fluctuations for California Public Broadcasting news/talk KQED include September/October’s -1.2 (7.1 – 6.4 – 5.9, 6+); November/December’s +1.6 (5.9 – 7.3 – 7.5, 6+); and now “Holiday” 2019’s -1.2 (6.3, second to third, 6+). KQED was San Francisco’s first-place finisher in June, July, August, and tied at the top (with KCBS-AM) in September. December’s 7.5 was its best 6+-stat since 8.0 in January. San Francisco Unified School District’s KALW “91.7 Local Public Radio” repeat’s December’s 6+ AQH share and market rank (.8, #28, 6+).

San Francisco Music Formats – Off a collective six-tenths in four successive negative or neutral trends (4.1 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.5, 6+), Bonneville adult contemporary KOIT-FM answers with a combined +7.2 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.5 – 4.8 – 10.7, 6+). Moreover, “96.5 “Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites” marches from third to first, precisely mirroring “Holiday” 2018’s 10.7 (6+). At the same time, iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted KISQ “98.1 The Breeze” surrenders eight-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.5 – 4.4 – 3.7, fourth to seventh, 6+). “The Breeze” was up an overall nine-tenths via five successive positive or flat moves (3.6 – 3.7 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.5 – 4.5, 6+) and had its best 6+-stat (4.5) since 5.0 in March. Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KBRG “Amor 100.3” drops one-half share (2.8 – 2.3, 6+), dipping from #12 to #13. As a result of four straight down or flat moves, Alpha Media classic hits-oldies KBAY lost one-half share (2.5 – 2.4 – 2.3 – 2.0 – 2.0, 6+) but “94.5 Bay FM – The Bay’s Greatest Hits” halts the slide with an increase of one-tenth to 2.1 (#18 to #15, 6+). After three successive up or flat trends by KMEL “#1 For Hip-Hop and R&B” delivered eight tenths (3.3 – 3.9 – 4.1 – 4.1, 6+), the iHeartMedia urban contemporary facility is off three-tenths to 3.8 (sixth to fifth, 6+).

Dallas

Spoken-Word Formats – The +.8 Cumulus Media’s WBAP racked up in in October/November (3.6 – 4.1 – 4.4, 6+) vanishes with a December/“Holiday” 2019 decrease of six-tenths (4.4 – 4.1 – 3.8, 6+); however, “News Talk 820” advances from ninth to seventh. Co-owned KLIF-AM doubled (+.3) its 6+ AQH share in seven successive up or flat sweeps, (.3 – .3 – .4 – .5 – .5 – .5 – .6 – .6, 6+) but “570 News & Information” forfeits one-tenth to .5 (steady at #34, 6+). Off one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.5 – .4 – .3, 6+), Salem Media Group-owned KSKY “660 AM The Answer” regains one-tenth to .4 (#37 to #35, 6+).

Up a total of three-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.5, 6+), Entercom’s KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” (Cowboys) inches up from #18 to #17. This marks the tenth down or flat report in succession for Cumulus Media’s KTCK “The Ticket – All Sports All The Time” (2.7 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1, #26 to #27, 6+). The flagship of the Stars has lost roughly 59% (-1.6) of its 6+ AQH share. It is now tied at #27 with Disney/ESPN’s KESN “103.3 ESPN Dallas” (Mavericks), which notches its sixth consecutive positive or neutral trend for a collective gain of four-tenths (.7 – .8 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.1, #28 to #27, 6+).

Entercom news-talk hybrid KRLD-AM “News Radio 1080” has a July 2019 through “Holiday” 2019 topline of: 1.8 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.5 (#22 to #21, 6+).

Following four straight months of logging a 3.2 (6+), North Texas Public Broadcasting news/talk KERA is off  two-tenths in back-to-back reports (3.2 – 3.0 – 2.8, #13 to #14, 6+).

Dallas Music Formats – Over and above posting its fifth spike in a row for a collective +7.6 (2.7 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 3.8 – 5.0 – 10.3, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KDGE “Star 102.1” cracks double-digits (10.3, 6+) and jumps from third to first. This (10.3) is the best 6+-showing for “Star” since “Holiday” 2018’s 7.1. In five straight negative or neutral sweeps (6.7 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 6.2 – 5.7 – 5.7, 6+), CHR cluster-mate KHKS “106.1 Kiss – Dallas/Fort Worth’s Hit Music” is down a cumulative full-share and shifts from first to third. “Kiss” had been the market leader nine months in a row before slipping to second in October. An August increase of nine-tenths wiped away the collective nine-tenths KHKS lost as a result of three straight negative or neutral moves (6.7 – 6.3 – 5.8 – 5.8, 6+). Its May dip of four-tenths brought to a close four successive up or flat sweeps that netted eight-tenths (5.9 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 6.7, 6+). A combined -1.3 in November/December (6.6 – 5.6 – 5.3, 6+), Salem Media Group contemporary Christian KLTY “Your Life … Inspired” roars back with a “Holiday” 2019 +1.6 to 6.9 (6+) and is steady in the runner-up slot. Conversely, Educational Media Foundation-owned/similarly-formatted KYDA “Air 1 – Worship Now” is a combined -2.0 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.4 – 2.2 – 1.4, #20 to #22, 6+), immediately after its November +1.2 (2.2 – 3.4, 6+). The seven-tenths that iHeartMedia hot AC KDMX “Now 102.9 – More Music/More Variety” accumulated in three straight bumps (3.9 – 4.3 – 4.5 – 4.6, 6+) is wiped away with a “Holiday” 2019 loss of nine-tenths to 3.7 (fifth to eighth, 6+). Classic rock sibling KZPS “Lone Star 92.5,” which was off a collective nine-tenths via four successive downturns (5.1 – 4.8 – 4.5 – 4.3 – 4.2, 6+) before December’s +.1 to 4.3 (6+), forfeits seven-tenths to 3.6 (eighth to ninth, 6+). Although down six-tenths to 4.0 (flat at #5, 6+), Entercom classic hits-oldies KLUV “98.7 Nobody Plays More 80s” is within 4.0 – 4.6 range (6+) the 13th sweep in succession. Faltering by one-half share (each) are Cumulus Media-owned/country-formatted KPLX “99.5 The Wolf” (4.4 – 3.9, seventh to sixth, 6+); Entercom regional Mexican KMVK “La Grande 107.5” (3.5 – 3.0, #10 to #12, 6+); and North Texas Public Broadcasting triple A KKXT “91.7 Independent Music radio for North Texas” (1.3 – .8, #30, 6+). KPLX lost a combined half-share in October/November (4.4 – 4.0 – 3.9, 6+) but fully erased that deficit with a December +.5. “The Wolf” was locked on 3.9 (6+) in July and August, before notching a one-half share improvement in September. Off seven-tenths in October/November (3.3 – 2.9 – 2.6, 6+), KMVK answered with a December increase of nine-tenths, reaching the three-share level (3.5) for the first time since May’s 3.0.

Houston                              

Spoken-Word Formats – Winning ways continue for iHeartMedia news/talk KTRH “News Radio 740,” which is an overall +1.3 via five straight positive or neutral moves (3.3 – 3.4 – 3.9 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.6, eighth to sixth, 6+). This directly follows a net loss of one-half share in four successive down or flat reports (3.8 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.3, 6+). For the fourth time in the last five survey periods, co-owned KPRC “AM 950 – Houston’s More Stimulating Talk Radio” posts a .3 (flat at #28, 6+).

After gaining six-tenths in six consecutive up or flat moves (1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.3 – 1.4 – 1.6, 6+), Entercom’s KILT-AM “Sports Radio 610” (Texans) forfeits one-tenth to 1.5 (flat at #22, 6+). Tied at #26 are iHeartMedia’s KBME “Sports Talk 790” (Rockets) and Gow Communications’ sports talk KFNC “ESPN 97.5.” KBME is a combined -1.1 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (1.5 – .6 – .4, #25 to #26, 6+), while KFNC is trending .5 – .6 – .7 -.5 – .4 (flat at #26, 6+).

Four straight reports without a loss netted KUHF an overall eight-tenths (2.3 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.1, 6+), but the  University of Houston news/talk station loses four-tenths to 2.7 (#15 to #18, 6+).

Houston Music Formats – Stacking a +3.8 onto December’s +2.0 (5.8 – 7.8 – 11.6, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA “Sunny 99.1” repeats at #1. Prior to December, KODA lost roughly 52% (-6.3) of its 6+ AQH share in 11 straight sweeps without an increase (12.1 – 8.6 – 8.5 – 8.2 – 7.5 – 7.3 – 7.1 – 6.6 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.8, 6+). This time last year, “Sunny” recorded a 12.1 (“Holiday” 2018, 6+). KODA was the market leader 16 sweeps in a row before segueing to #2 in August. An increase of seven-tenths (2.2 – 2.9, #19 to #16, 6+) takes Liberman Broadcasting regional Mexican KQQK “El Norte 107.9” to its best 6+-stat (2.9) since March (3.3). After eight consecutive negative or neutral reports that resulted in a -1.6 (4.9 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 4.5 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 3.7 – 3.4 – 3.3, 6+), contemporary Christian KSBJ “89.3 God Listens” breaks out a +.6 to 3.9 (6+) and reenters the top ten (#14 to #10. A collective +1.9 via six straight spikes (4.9 – 5.0 – 5.1 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 6.6 – 6.8, 6+), Univision Radio regional Mexican KLTN “Que Buena 102.9” forfeits a -1.1 to 5.7 (unchanged at #3, 6+). December’s 6.8 was its best 6+-showing since January (7.0). While repeating in the runner-up slot, Radio One urban AC KMJQ erodes by -1.0 (7.1 – 6.1, 6+). Prior to slipping to #2 in December, “Majic 102.1 The People’s Station” spent four straight months on top. KMJQ, which was a combined +1.3 in August/September (5.8 – 6.2 – 7.1, 6+), crossed the seven-share threshold (6+) in May 2018 (7.2) and then again in September (7.1, 6+). Five Houston stations falter by one-half share in “Holiday” 2019: Cox Media Group classic rock KGLK “The Eagle” (6.1 – 5.6, flat at #4, 6+); Entercom hot AC KHMX “Mix 96.5” (3.5, #10 to #11); iHeartMedia alternative KTBZ “94.5 The Buzz” (4.0 – 3.5, #10 to #11, 6+); urban contemporary cluster-mate KQBT “93.7 The Beat” (3.2, #13 to #14, 6+); and Cox Media Group classic country KTHT “Country Legends 97.1” (1.6, #20 to #21, 6+). “The Eagle” was an overall +1.3 via three upticks in a row (5.3 – 5.5 – 6.5 – 6.6, 6+); -1.0 in November; +.5 in December; and now -.5 in “Holiday” 2019. October’s 6.6 was its highest 6+-stat since September 2017 (6.7). “Mix” was a combined +.7 in November/December (3.3 – 3.8 – 4.0, 6+). Stuck on 4.5 (6+) in October and November, “The Buzz” has now lost one-half share in back-to-back sweeps. “The Beat” had been trending 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.7 (6+), while “Country Legends” is below a two-share (1.6, 6+) for the first time since June (1.9).

Atlanta

Spoken-Word Formats – Following five straight sweeps without a loss for a collective +3.0 (6.3 – 6.6 – 7.6 – 7.6 – 8.2 – 9.3, 6+), Cox Media Group news/talk WSB-AM is now a combined -1.3 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (9.3 – 9.1 – 8.0, 6+). Nevertheless, WSB-AM is #1 the sixth month in a row. Tied at #29 are Salem Media Group-owned WGKA “AM 920 The Answer,” which logs a .3 (6+) the fourth time in a row (flat at #29) and iHeartMedia-owned WGST “Talk Radio 640” (.2 – .3, +.1 #31 to #29, 6+). One-tenth behind WGKA and WGST is Entercom’s WAOK “1380 The Voice of the Community,” which is trending .4 – .3 – .2, (#29 to #31, 6+).

Having dropped two-tenths in December, Entercom sports talk WZGC “92.9 The Game” (Falcons) regains one-tenth (4.9 – 5.0, 6+) and is unchanged at #7. “The Game” had been +2.3 via four successive increases (2.8 – 3.4 – 4.3 – 4.6 – 5.1, 6+). Following seven consecutive up or flat months for a net gain of +1.1 (1.6 – 1.7 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.7, 6+), Dickey Broadcasting’s WCNN is now a combined -1.4 through four losses in a row (2.7 – 2.5 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.3, 6+) and exits the top twenty (#20 to #22).

Within 3.2 – 3.7 range (6+) the past ten sweeps (3.4 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 3.6 – 3.2 – 3.6, 6+), City of Atlanta Board of Education’s WABE spirals by eight-tenths to 2.8 (#11 to #14, 6+). The October 2019 through “Holiday” 2019 topline for Georgia State University news/talk WRAS is: .6 – .8 – .8 – .6 (flat at #26, 6+).

Atlanta Music Formats – A combined +2.8 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.9 – 4.8 – 6.7, 6+), Salem Media Group contemporary Christian WFSH “104.7 The Fish” leaps from eighth to second with its strongest 6+-stat (6.7) since July (8.5). Entering the December sweep, “The Fish” lost approximately 56% of its 6+ AQH share (-4.9) via five decreases in a row (8.8 – 8.5 – 4.7 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 3.9, 6+). WFSH had been #1 four straight months before shifting to #7 in August. When “The Fish” lost three-tenths in July, it halted at five a consecutive string of bumps that netted an overall +3.9 (4.9 – 5.4 – 5.7 – 7.0 – 7.9 – 8.8, 6+). Radio Training Network’s similarly-formatted WVFJ improves by nine-tenths. After eleven straight sweeps between 1.4 – 1.9 (6+), “The Joy FM” cracks the two-share level (1.9 – 2.8, #17 to a four-way tie at #14, 6+). The last time WVFJ reached a two-share was January 2019 (2.0, 6+). In addition to WFSH, Entercom hot AC WSTR “Star 94.1” notches a +1.9 (to 4.3, #16 to #9, 6+), thus pulling the plug on six straight sweeps without an increase that resulted in a -1.0 (3.4 – 3.4 – 2.9 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.4, 6+). Dropping from fourth to eighth, Radio One urban AC WAMJ “Majic 107.5 & 97.5” is a combined -1.0 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.9 – 5.7 – 4.9, 6+). The market’s (6+) country share shrinks by -1.1 as iHeartMedia’s WUBL “94.9 The Bull” is -.6 (#10 to #12), while Cumulus Media-owned WKHX “Kicks 101.5 – Atlanta’s #1 For Country Hits” is off one-half share (2.8, #13 to #14). WUBL is now an overall -1.8 in four successive slips (4.9 – 4.3 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.1, 6+). The April 2019 through July 2019 topline for “The Bull” was 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 4.1 (6+). In December, WKHX added three-tenths to November’s increase of six-tenths (2.4 – 3.0 – 3.3, 6+). A combined +.4 in August/September (2.5 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+), “Kicks” was off one-half share in October. August’s increase halted three straight dips that resulted in a net loss of six-tenths (3.1 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5, 6+). Owing to four drops in a row, Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WSRV “97.1 The River” is -1.4 (6.5 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.2 – 5.1, fifth to sixth, 6+). Despite being -1.3 in three straight sweeps without an increase (4.1 – 3.4 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+), Radio One gospel WPZE “Praise 102.5 Atlanta’s Inspiration Station” advances from #15 to #14. WPZE had been +1.3 via three successive up or flat moves (2.8 – 2.8 – 3.7 – 4.1, 6+). A cumulative +1.1 in three straight advances (2.9 – 3.1 – 3.6 – 4.0, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WWPW “Power 96.1 Atlanta’s #1 Hit Music Station” is off two-tenths to 3.8 (ninth to tenth, 6+).

Philadelphia

Spoken-Word Formats – Down an overall seven-tenths in three successive down or flat trends, Entercomowned WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” falls below a two-share (2.3 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 1.6, #19 to #20, 6+). Without a loss the sixth time in a row for a net gain of four-tenths (.7 – .8 – .8 – .9 – .9 – 1.0 – 1.1, 6+), Townsquare Media news/talk WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” progresses from #24 to #22.

The rollercoaster ride continues for Entercom sports talk WIP “Sports Radio 94.1” (Eagles), which was +1.6 in October/November (6.6 – 7.5 – 8.2, 6+); -1.5 in December (8.2 – 6.7, 6+); and now +.6 in “Holiday” 2019 (6.7 – 7.3, third to second, 6+). Before falling to third in December, WIP had been #1 three months in a row. November’s 8.2 was its best 6+-stat since February 2018’s 8.7. Without a loss the past six reports for a  collective gain of nine-tenths (2.1 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+), Beasley Media Group-owned WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” (76ers, Flyers) drops one-tenth to 2.9 (#14 to #13, 6+). Prior to November, the last time “The Fanatic” reached the three-share level (6+) was in March (3.0, as well).   

Up one-half share as a result of three consecutive up or flat moves (3.4 – 3.5 – 3.9 – 3.9, 6+), Entercom’s KYW “News Radio 1060” erases that increase in its entirety with a “Holiday” 2019 -.5 to 3.4 (6+) yet progresses from tenth to ninth. Prior to the just-concluded streak, KYW was an overall -1.6 in eight sweeps in succession without an increase (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.4, 6+).

Substituting December’s +.7 (3.3 – 4.0, 6+) with “Holiday” 2019’s -.7 (4.0 – 3.3, 6+), public radio news/talk WHYY slips from eighth to tenth. Entering the November sweep, WHYY was a cumulative +1.2 in four straight positive or neutral reports (2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 3.7, 6+).

Philadelphia Music Formats – Flaunting a +9.7 (8.9 – 18.6, 6+), the loftiest (6+) December 2019 – “Holiday” 2019 increase by any station in the 12 PPM-markets highlighted here, Entercom adult contemporary WBEB repeats at #1. Furthermore, 18.6 is the largest 6+ AQH share by any station in these 12 PPM-markets. This time last year, WBEB posted a 16.6 (“Holiday” 2018, 6+). “B-101.1 More Music/More Variety” was +1.1 in three straight increases (5.5 – 5.6 – 6.1 – 6.6, 6+); -1.2 in November (6.6 – 5.4, 6+); and +3.5 in December. On the other hand, Beasley Media Group’s WMGK records the most significant (6+) December 2019 – “Holiday” 2019 erosion by any station in these 12 PPM markets (5.5, -2.0, second to third, 6+). “Classic Rock 102.9 MGK” had been a combined +1.0 in the last three reports (6.5 – 6.6 – 7.5 – 7.5, 6+). Co-owned adult hits WBEN-FM “95.7 Ben FM – Playing Anything We Feel Like,” which improved in December by one-half share, craters by three times that margin (3.5 – 2.0, -1.5, #12 to #18, 6+). December’s 3.5 was its best 6+-showing since June 2016’s 3.7. Not only is WBEB’s format rival, iHeartMedia-owned WISX, a collective -1.9 in four straight down or flat reports (4.9 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 4.0 – 3.0, 6+), “106.1 The Breeze” departs the top ten (#8 to #11). Off eight-tenths (each) are iHeartMedia-owned WRFF “Radio 104.5 Philadelphia’s Alternative Rock” (3.0 – 2.2, #14 to #17, 6+) and University of Pennsylvania triple A WXPN “88.5 Vinyl At Heart” (1.8 – 1.0, #23, 6+). After dropping eight-tenths in December, Beasley Media Group-owned WMMR “93.3 Everything That Rocks” falters by another seven-tenths (6.1 – 5.3 – 4.6, flat at #5, 6+). Before picking up one-tenth in November, WMMR had lost an overall four-tenths in five successive sweeps without an increase (6.4 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 6.0 – 6.0, 6+). As was the case with WMMR, Entercom-owned WXTU “Philly’s Country Station 92.5 XTU” sputtered by eight-tenths in December and is now a collective -2.1 in four successive decreases (5.7 – 5.1 – 5.0 – 4.2 – 3.6, seventh to eighth, 6+). Down one-half share (each) are iHeartMedia urban AC WDAS-FM “Philly’s Best R&B and Throwbacks” (fourth to third) and its CHR cluster-mate WIOQ “Q-102 Philly’s #1 Hit Music Station” (#16 to #15). WDAS-FM is a cumulative -1.1 in four straight setbacks (6.6 – 6.4 – 6.3 – 6.0 – 5.5, 6+), while “Q-102” is down a combined six-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.0 – 2.9 – 2.4, 6+). Entercom classic hits-oldies WOGL “Nobody Plays More 80s” is a cumulative -1.2 in three consecutive dips (5.8 – 5.6 – 4.7 – 4.6, sixth to fifth, 6+). An overall -1.4 in the last three sweeps (5.0 – 4.5 – 4.0 – 3.6, 6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WUSL applies the brakes with a gain of one-tenth to 3.7 (6+) and reenters the top ten (#11 to #7). “Power 99” was +.8 in four successive (February through June) up or flat trends (3.7 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.5, 6+); -.6 in July/August (4.5 – 4.0 – 3.9, 6+); and +1.1 in September, with September’s 5.0 its best 6+-performance in more than two years (5.6, July 2017).

Long Island

Spoken-Word Formats – Despite being an overall -1.6 through five straight down or flat trends (4.7 – 4.5 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.3 – 3.1, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” reenters the top ten (#11 to #9). The August 2019 through “Holiday” 2019 topline for Cumulus Media news/talk WABC is: 1.1 – 1.3 – 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.0, flat at #27, 6+).

A combined -1.6 in November/December (6.4 – 6.1 – 4.8, 6+), Entercom sports talk WFAN-FM (Giants, Brooklyn Nets) picks up one-tenth to 4.9 (fifth to third, 6+). Similarly-programmed WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” (Jets, Knicks, Rangers), which was a collective +.8 in four consecutive sweeps without a loss (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.2 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+), is off a combined half share in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.7 – 2.5 – 2.2, flat at #15, 6+).

Entercom’s all-news WINS was -.7 (October); +.5 (November/December); and now -.6 in “Holiday” 2019 (3.6 – 3.0, ninth to tenth, 6+). Off three-tenths in July, WINS followed with a +1.1 in August/September (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.8, 6+). A combined -.8 in October/November (3.2 – 2.7 – 2.4, 6+), co-owned/similarly-formatted WCBS-AM gains two-tenths in consecutive sweeps (2.4 – 2.6 – 2.8, #14 to #11, 6+).

Up one-tenth in both December and “Holiday” 2019 (1.5 – 1.6 – 1.7, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation news/talk WNYC-FM progresses from #23 to #22.

Long Island Music Formats – Not only is Connoisseur Media hot AC WALK-FM a collective +6.5 through four successive spikes (3.8 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 6.1 – 10.3, 6+),“97.5 Real Variety” marches from second to first. This (10.3) is the best 6+-stat for WALK-FM since “Holiday” 2018’s 10.5. Notwithstanding that it has more than tripled  November’s stat for a combined +6.5 (3.2 – 6.7 – 9.7, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “106.7 Lite FM” backshifts from first to second. Last year at this time, WLTW notched a 9.2 (“Holiday” 2018, 6+). Connoisseur Media’s similarly-formatted WKJY is a combined -1.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 and falls below a three-share (4.2 – 3.9 – 2.7, 6+), as “98.3 Long Island’s Place To Relax” exits the top ten (#8 to #12). Advancing from sixth to fifth, Cox Media Group-owned WBAB “Long Island’s Only Classic Rock” is trending 4.4 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.3 (October – November – December – “Holiday” 2019, 6+). It is tied with Entercom classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits,” which is up three-tenths in four straight sweeps without a loss (4.0 – 4.0 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 4.3, seventh to fifth, 6+). Off nine-tenths is iHeartMedia CHR WHTZ “Z-100 New York’s #1 Hit Music Station” (5.2 – 4.3, third to fifth, 6+). The April 2019 through “Holiday” 2019 Long Island topline for Educational Media Foundation’s WPLJ “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” is: 2.2 – 1.9 – 1.5 – .5 – 0.0 – .4 – 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1 (flat at #25, 6+). When EMF officially closed on its purchase of WPLJ from Cumulus Media on May 31, it transitioned the station from hot AC to contemporary Christian.

 Riverside

Spoken-Word Formats – After recording a .1 (6+) in August, September, and October, iHeartMedia news talk KKDD “1290 News Talk IE” is unlisted the third month in a row. Likewise, KKDD did not appear in print in May, June, and July.

Flat at #21, co-owned KPWK “Fox Sports Radio 1350 AM” is without an increase the eighth time in succession (.2 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1, 6+). Similarly-formatted/Los Angeles Angels-owned (LAA 1, LLC) KLAA “Angels Radio AM 830” does not appear in print the 25th straight sweep.

Locked on .7 (6+) in November and December, San Bernardino Community College news/talk KVCR is up one-tenth to .8 (6+) and climbs from #14 to #13. Returning the one-tenth it gained in December (.1 – .2 – .1, 6+), Pasadena City College news/talk KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” leaves the top twenty (#20 to #21).

Riverside Music Formats – Off one-half share in three successive down or flat reports (3.4 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.9, 6+), Good News Radio contemporary Christian KSGN “Family Friendly 89.7” wipes away the deficit with a +.9 to 3.8 (seventh to fourth), its best 6+-performance since March (3.8, as well). Meanwhile, 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 seventh month in a row. Up a combined nine-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.7 – 4.1 – 4.6, 6+), Entercom country KFRG “K-Frog 95.1” carries on in third-place with its highest 6+-stat (4.6) since July (5.1). On top the third month in a row, Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose” is nonetheless a combined -1.2 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (8.2 – 7.9 – 7.0, 6+). KLYY was up one-half share in November and +1.3 in July/August (6.2 – 6.7 – 7.5, 6+). Immediately prior to the July report, “Jose” was an overall -4.3 in seven straight declines (10.5 – 8.5 – 8.2 – 8.1 – 7.4 – 7.0 – 6.4 – 6.2, 6+); KLYY had occupied the runner-up slot in April, May, June, and July. December 2018’s 10.5 marked the first time any Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario station reached double-figures (6+) since April 2015, when “Jose” recorded a 10.4. Steady in the runner-up slot, Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA is a cumulative -1.6 in three straight down or flat reports (7.9 – 7.3 – 6.3 – 6.3, 6+). KOLA was dislodged from the top spot in November, after setting the pace in September and October. September/October’s +1.0 (6.9 – 7.7 – 7.9, 6+) followed July/August’s -1.7 (8.6 – 7.6 – 6.9, 6+). KOLA was the market leader in April, May, June, and July before segueing to #2 in August. Immediately prior to July/August’s -1.7, KOLA was +1.8 via three successive positive spikes (6.8 – 7.2 – 8.0 – 8.6, 6+). Stuck on 3.1 (6+) in November and December, Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KLVE “107.5 K-LOVE” erodes by nine-tenths and falls below a three-share (2.2, sixth to eighth, 6+). Off nine-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.9 – 3.6 – 2.9, 6+), iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR KGGI “99.1 Riverside’s Hottest Hit Music” segues from fourth to sixth.

San Jose

Spoken-Word Formats – Not only is KGO a combined -1.1 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.4 – 2.3 – 1.3, 6+), the Cumulus Media news/talker exits the top twenty (four-way tie at #15 to #22). KGO had been a collective +1.0 via four straight positive or neutral trends (1.4 – 1.8 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+). After posting three successive sweeps without a decrease for a net gain of two-tenths (.8 – .9 – .9 – 1.0, 6+), co-owned news/talk KSFO drops one-tenth to .9 (6+) but remains at #25. In August, KSFO gained two-tenths, thus halting three consecutive declines that accounted for a loss of roughly half (-.7) its 6+-stat (1.5 – 1.3 – 1.2 – .8, 6+).

Although down seven-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.5 – 3.9 – 3.8, 6+), sports talk sibling KNBR-AM (49ers) advances from seventh to sixth. “The Sports Leader” gained nine-tenths in October/November (3.6 – 3.8 – 4.5, 6+). Entercom’s similarly-formatted KGMZ “95.7 The Game” (Golden State Warriors) picks up two-tenths (2.3 – 2.5, 6+), bumping up from the aforementioned four-four tie at #15 to #12. September’s increase suspended three straight declines that eroded nearly two-thirds (-1.9) of its 6+ AQH share (2.9 – 2.4 – 1.6 – 1.0, 6+).

On the heels of December’s loss of eight-tenths, KCBS-AM (Raiders) surrenders another seven-tenths (5.9 – 5.1 – 4.4, 6+) but remains in fourth-place. The Entercom all-news station was up seven-tenths in November.

Following November’s +1.0 (5.9 – 6.9, 6+), Northern California Public Broadcasting news/talk KQED is a combined -1.2 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.9 – 6.5 – 5.7, flat at #2, 6+). KQED had a November-only stay at #1. Prior to November, KQED last reached #1 in the San Jose report in April (6.9, 6+). Having lost roughly half (-.6) its 6+-share through five down or flat trends in a row (1.3 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – .9 – .7, 6+), San Francisco Unified School District news/talk KALW halts the slide with a gain of one-tenth to .8 (unchanged at #27, 6+).

San Jose Music Formats – Flat in December, Alpha Media classic hits-oldies KBAY improves by eight-tenths in “Holiday” 2019 (6.6 – 7.4, 6+) and repeats at #1. Following six successive months on top, “94.5 Bay FM – The Bay’s Greatest Hits” segued to #2 in November when it plummeted by -2.0 (8.6 – 6.6, 6+). KBAY was +1.3 in August and nearly erased April’s -1.5 with a May +1.3 (6.2 – 7.5, 6+). It returned to #1 after an April-only stay at #2. A combined +.6 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.5, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System regional Mexican KRZZ “93.3 La Raza” leaps from #19 to #12. Conversely, Lazer Broadcasting’s similarly-formatted KXZM “93.7 Radio Lazer,” which was a collective +1.0 in three straight up or flat moves (.7 – .9 – 1.7 – 1.7, 6+), forfeits eight-tenths to .9 (#22 to #25, 6+). Immediately after posting a December increase of seven-tenths, Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KBRG surrenders all of it (4.5 – 3.8, -.7, fifth to sixth, 6+). “Amor 100.3” was frozen on 3.8 (6+) in October and November. Regional Mexican cluster-mate KSOL “Que Buena” is a collective -1.4 through three drops in a row and falls below a two-share (3.3 – 2.8 – 2.3 – 1.9, #15 to #20, 6+). On the other hand, rhythmic CHR sibling KVVF “Latino Mix 105.7,” which was an overall -1.2  through six consecutive down or flat trends (2.9 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.1 – 2.0 – 1.7, 6+), pulls the plug with a gain of three-tenths to 2.0 (6+) and reenters the top twenty (#22 to #19). Bonneville cluster-mates (adult contemporary) KOIT-FM “Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites”; CHR KMVQ “Now 99.7”; and urban AC KBLX “102.9 R&B and Old School” are unlisted in San Jose the 13th month in a row.

Middlesex-Somerset-Union

Spoken-Word Formats – Immediately after adding four-tenths in December, Townsquare Media news/talk WKXW drops three-tenths (5.6 – 5.3, 6+) and shifts from fourth to fifth. Entering the December sweep, “New Jersey 101.5” had lost roughly 36% (-2.9) of its 6+-share in ten consecutive sweeps without an increase (8.1 – 7.9 – 7.5 – 7.3 – 7.1 – 6.9 – 6.9 – 6.6 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.2, 6+). While remaining at #21, iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” is an overall -1.9 in three straight decreases (3.6 – 3.0 – 2.0 – 1.7, 6+). This directly follows four up or flat trends in a row that netted seven-tenths (2.9 – 2.9 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.6, 6+). As a result of three successive declines, Cumulus Media news/talk WABC has lost one-third (-.4) of its 6+ AQH share (1.2 – 1.1 – .9 – .8, unchanged at #25, 6+).

Major ups/downs continue for Entercom sports talk WFAN-FM (Giants, Brooklyn Nets), which was -.7 (September); +1.4 (October/November); and now -1.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.1 – 4.1 – 3.6, eighth to tenth, 6+). Similarly-programmed WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” (Jets, Knicks, Rangers), which was an overall +1.1 via four consecutive sweeps without a loss (1.6 – 1.7 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+), falters by six-tenths to 2.1 (#17 to #19, 6+). Just prior, WEPN had been down a collective nine-tenths through three consecutive negative or neutral trends (2.5 – 2.1 – 1.6 – 1.6, 6+).

Following gains of four-tenths in back-to-back reports (1.4 – 1.8 – 2.2, 6+), Entercom all-news WCBS-AM surrenders three-tenths to 1.9 (6+) and repeats at #20. In five straight negative or neutral trends, co-owned/similarly-programmed WINS has lost six-tenths (2.1 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.8 – 1.5, flat at #23, 6+).

Despite returning the two-tenths it gained in December (1.7 – 1.9 – 1.7, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation public radio news/talk WNYC-FM progresses from #22 to #21.

Middlesex-Somerset-Union Music Formats – Marching from second to first, iHeartMedia New York City adult contemporary WLTW “106.7 Lite FM” is a combined +6.7 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.4 – 6.9 – 11.1, 6+) and has its best 6+-stat (11.1) in this New Jersey market since “Holiday” 2018’s 11.4. On top the 31st ratings period in succession in NYC (see above), “Lite FM” was -.5 (August/September); +.7 (October); and -.9 (November) in Middlesex. A collective -1.5 in four consecutive down or flat trends (5.3 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 3.8, 6+), Beasley Media Group’s similarly-formatted WMGQ “Magic 98.3 – Today’s Hits/Yesterday’s Favorites” roars back with a +1.7 to 5.5 (ninth to fourth, 6+). This (5.5) is the strongest 6+- stat for “Magic” since it logged a 5.8 in “Holiday” 2018. In addition to jumping from #16 to #12, Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WSKQ “Mega 97.9 – Numero Uno on the Planet” is a cumulative +1.1 via three straight upticks (2.3 – 2.5 – 2.8 – 3.4, 6+) and has its best 6+-showing (3.4) since May (3.6). Cutting in half December’s -1.0 (4.2 – 3.2, 6+) with a “Holiday” 2019 +.5 to 3.7 (6+), Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97” reenters the top ten (#13 to #9). November’s one-tenth decrease interrupted six consecutive up or flat moves that yielded a +1.6 (2.7 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 4.3, 6+). Having lost a collective eight-tenths over the last three sweeps (3.1 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.3, 6+), iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR WKTU “103.5 KTU” applies the brakes with a gain of two-tenths to 2.5 (#18 to #17, 6+). On the heels of its December increase of six-tenths (6.4 – 7.0, 6+), Entercom classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM erodes by -1.4 to 5.6 (6+). After three successive months at #1, “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits” segues to #2. When WCBS-FM dropped two-tenths in November, it interrupted five Middlesex gains in a row that yielded a +2.6 (4.0 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 5.8 – 6.6, 6+). Hot AC sibling WNEW-FM “NEW 102.7” is an overall -1.0 in three straight down or flat trends (5.0 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 4.0, fifth to eighth, 6+). The three latest fluctuations for Cumulus Media-owned WNSH “New York’s Country 94.7” are +.6 (November); -.6 (December); and -.6 in “Holiday” 2019 (3.2 – 3.8 – 3.2 – 2.6, #13 to #16, 6+). An overall +1.7 via five straight up or flat moves (2.1 – 2.2 – 2.6 – 3.5 – 3.8 – 3.8, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish contemporary WPAT “Amor 93.1” is off three-tenths to 3.5 (6+) and exits the top ten (#9 to #11).

December PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Four

| December 31, 2019

December 2019 PPM Data – Information for the December 2019 ratings period has been released for Austin, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Providence, Norfolk, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Greensboro, Memphis, and Hartford. Nielsen Audio’s December 2019 survey period covered November 7 – December 4. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM-markets below.

Austin

Spoken-Word Formats – Off a combined half-share in November/December (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.5, 6+), Emmis Austin Radio Broadcasting Company news/talk KLBJ-AM “News Radio 590” slips from eighth to ninth. October’s 5.0 is its best 6+-performance in more than six years (5.0, as well, June 2013). Advancing from #27 to #26, Entercom’s KJCE “Talk Radio 1370” has posted a .3 (6+) seven times in the last ten sweeps and a .4 (6+) the other three (.3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .4, 6+).

The hot streak continues for Genuine Austin Radio sports talk KTXX “The Horn,” which has more than doubled (+1.6) its 6+ AQH share through six consecutive upticks (1.3 – 1.6 – 1.9 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.9, unchanged at #14, 6+). Similarly-formatted/iHeartMedia-owned KVET-AM “1300 AM The Zone” has lost four-tenths in November/December (.9 – .8 – .5, #24 to #25, 6+).

In addition to regaining the half-share it surrendered in November (9.3 – 8.8 – 9.3, 6+), University of Texas at Austin-owned news/talk KUT (+2.0 in October) is #1 the third month in a row. KUT’s shifts in 2019 include: +1.6 (January); -.6 (February); +.7 (to 9.5, 6+, March); -2.0 (April); -1.6 (June); +.9 (July); +1.2 (August); -.6 (September); +2.0 (October); -.5 (November); and +.5 (December).

Austin Music Formats – Down four-tenths in October/November (5.5 – 5.1 – 5.1, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary KKMJ “Majic 95.5 Better Music for a Better Workday answers with a December +1.2 to 6.3 (sixth to third), its best 6+-stat since July (6.3, as well). By way of comparison, “Majic” notched a 7.4 (6+) in December 2018. Fully recapturing the nine-tenths it squandered in November (5.1 – 4.2 – 5.1, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KASE “Austin’s #1 For New Country” jumps from ninth to sixth. November’s 4.2 was the lowest 6+-showing for KASE since “Holiday” 2018’s 3.7. One-tenth ahead of KASE and steady in fifth-place is co-owned/similarly-formatted KVET-FM. A combined +2.2 in September/October (3.3 – 5.0 – 5.5, 6+), “98.1 The Austin Texas Original” is down three-tenths in November/December (5.5 – 5.3 – 5.2, 6+). September’s 5.5 was its best 6+-showing since May, when KVET-FM gained nine-tenths to 5.8 (6+). The market’s other country FM, Genuine Austin Radio-owned KOKE-FM, was a collective -1.5 (or a roughly 58% loss of its 6+ AQH share) in four straight down or flat trends (2.6 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.1, 6+). With a December increase of one-tenth to 1.2 (6+), “Austin’s Country Alternative” ends the slide and re-enters the top twenty (#21 to #20). In six consecutive positive or neutral trends, Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KLJA “Amor 107.7” has tripled (+1.4) its 6+ AQH-share (.7 – .8 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 2.1, 6+) and advances from #17 to #15. The three most recent shifts by iHeartMedia CHR KHFI are: -.7 (October); +1.2 (November); and now -1.1 in December (5.2 – 4.5 – 5.7 – 4.6, 6+) as “96.7 Kiss-FM Austin’s #1 Hit Music Station” slips from fourth to eighth. “Kiss” was a combined +.6 in August/September (4.6 – 4.8 – 5.2, 6+); October’s 4.5 was its lowest 6+-stat since January’s 4.3. Emmis Austin Radio Broadcasting Company adult hits KBPA “103.5 Bob-FM” is a collective -1.5 via six straight decreases (9.3 – 9.2 – 8.7 – 8.4 – 8.1 – 7.9 – 7.8, 6+). After six consecutive months at #1, “Bob” is in the runner-up slot the third time in a row. This is its lowest 6+-showing for “Bob” since October 2018 (7.8, as well); June’s 9.3 was its best 6+ stat since “Holiday” 2018 (also 9.3). Following five successive gains for an overall +3.0, more than doubling its 6+ AQH share (2.8 – 3.1 – 4.2 – 4.5 – 5.0 – 5.8, 6+), Crista Ministries contemporary Christian KFMK “Spirit 105.9” drops one-tenth to 5.7 (third to fourth, 6+).

Raleigh

Spoken-Word Formats – A gain of one-tenth (5.6 – 5.7, 6+) is sufficient to boost iHeartMedia news/talk WTKK “106.1 Stay Connected” from eighth to sixth. Curtis Media Group news/talk WPTF “News Radio 680” is up three-tenths in November/December (1.0 – 1.1 – 1.3, 6+) and repeats at #19.

A collective +1.0 in three straight spikes (2.1 – 2.5 – 2.9 – 3.1, 6+), Capitol Broadcasting sports talk WCMC “99.9 The Fan” drops three-tenths to 2.8 (flat at #14, 6+). September’s increase halted five straight down or flat moves that resulted in a loss of three tenths (2.4 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.1, 6+).

Continuing an alternating down/up pattern that commenced in February, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill news/talk WUNC “91.5 North Carolina Public Radio” (steady in third-place) has a topline of: 7.5 – 7.3 – 7.4 – 7.0 – 7.8 – 7.5 – 8.5 – 7.4 – 7.5 – 6.5 – 6.8 (6+). August 2019’s 8.5 was its best 6+-stat since 8.8 in August 2018.

Raleigh Music Formats – Reaching the market from Greensboro, iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMAG “99.5 The Best Variety of the 80s, 90s, & Today” erupts with a +1.8 to 2.2 (6+), cracking Raleigh’s top twenty (#15). Immediately prior to Raleigh’s December sweep, WMAG had lost two-tenths in four straight down or flat moves (.6 – .6 – .4 – .4 – .4, 6+). Improving by seven-tenths each are Radio One gospel WNNL “The Light 103.9” (ninth to fifth) and Radio Network Training contemporary Christian WRTP “His Radio” (#19 to #17). “The Light” is a collective +1.7 in three straight gains and crosses the six-share level (4.5 – 5.2 – 5.5 – 6.2, 6+). Meanwhile, “His Radio” has doubled (+.9) its 6+-stat in November/December (.9 – 1.1 – 1.8, 6+), posting its best 6+-stat (1.8) since March (1.9). In addition to being up one-half share in November/December (8.2 – 8.3 – 8.7, 6+), Radio One urban AC WFXC is #1 the fourth month in a row. “Foxy – Today’s R&B and Classic Soul” spent 12 consecutive survey periods on top; had an August-only stay at #2; and returned to #1 in September. Its August gain of two-tenths ended six straight down or flat sweeps that resulted in an overall -2.8 (11.0 – 9.9 – 9.5 – 9.5 – 9.1 – 8.8 – 8.2, 6+). Recent WFXC (6+) fluctuations include: +1.1 (“Holiday” 2018); +1.1 (January 2019); -1.1 (February); -.6 (July); and -.6 (October). January’s +1.1 took WFXC to 11.0, its highest 6+-stat in the PPM-era. The market’s (6+) country share deflates by -1.1 as Curtis Media Group’s WQDR “Today’s Best Country 94.7 QDR” falters by six-tenths (seventh to eighth) and iHeartMedia’s WNCB “B-93.9 #1 For New Country” loses one-half share (3.4 – 2.9, flat at #12, 6+). As a result of four successive setbacks, WQDR is a collective -1.6 (6.8 – 6.5 – 6.3 – 5.8 – 5.2, 6+). When WNCB sputtered by seven-tenths in November, it halted three successive improvements that yielded a +1.4 (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.5 – 4.1, 6+). A loss of nine-tenths by WNCB cluster-mate WRDU (6.0 – 5.1, 6+) sends “Classic Rock 100.7” from fifth to ninth with its lowest 6+-stat (5.1) since July 2018’s 4.7. On the heels of November’s +1.3 to 7.5, its strongest 6+-stat since February’s 7.8, Radio One urban contemporary WQOK “K-97.5” forfeits seven-tenths to 6.8 (second to third, 6+). Curtis Media Group adult hits WBBB  has its third decrease in a row for an overall -1.5 (6.8 – 6.3 – 5.9 – 5.3, sixth to seventh, 6+) and “96.1 BBB Your Life – Your Music” logs its softest 6+-stat (5.3) since March (5.0). Despite gaining two-tenths to .8 (6+), thus snapping four consecutive down or flat reports that led to a loss of two-tenths (.8 – .7 – .7 – .6 – .6, 6+), North Carolina Central University-owned WNCU “Jazz Radio 90.7” downshifts from #21 to #22.

Indianapolis

Spoken-Word Formats – Replacing September/October’s -.7 (6.5 – 6.3 – 5.8, 6+) with a November/December +.9 (5.8 – 6.4 – 6.7, 6+), Emmis news/talk WIBC “Indy’s Mobile News 93.1” jumps from fifth to fourth. Recent WIBC shifts include: -.9 (“Holiday” 2018); +.9 (January 2019); +.9 (February); -.8 (March); -1.2 (April); +.9 (June); +.5 (August); -.5 (October); and +.6 (November).

Following three consecutive increases that yielded a +1.2 (1.7 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9, 6+), Emmis’ WFNI “The Fan – Indy’s Sports Center” loses one-tenth (2.8, 6+) and one ranker (#13 to #14). Flat at #18, iHeartMedia-owned WNDE “Indy’s Sports Station” has a June 2019 through December 2019 topline of: 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.3 – .9 (6+).

The July 2019 through December 2019 alternating up/down pattern by Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting news/talk WFYI is: 4.9 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 5.2 – 4.7 – 4.8 (flat at #8, 6+).

Indianapolis Music Formats – Not only does Emmis adult contemporary WYXB replicate November’s +1.4 (7.4 – 8.8 – 10.2, 6+), “B-105.7” progresses from second to first. WYXB was +.9 in three straight June through September gains (7.4 – 7.8 – 8.0 – 8.3, 6+) and then -.9 in October. This (10.2) is the first time “B-105.7” has reached double-digits (6+) since “Holiday” 2018’s 16.4. Knocked out of the top spot after 11 months in a row there and segueing to #2 is Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WJJK “Classic Hits 104.5,” which is -3.1 via three straight setbacks  (11.1 – 10.4 – 10.2 – 8.0, 6+). WJJK’s 11.1 (July and September) represents the highest 6+-share in the station’s PPM-history, eclipsing April’s 10.2. Six straight ratings periods on top, “Classic Hits 104.5” slipped to third in “Holiday” 2018 but returned to #1 in January. Among WJJK’s dramatic 2019 fluctuations are: +2.9 (January); -.7 (February); -.6 (March); +1.7 (April); +1.4 (July); -1.1 (August); +1.1 (September); -.7 (October); and -2.2 (December). Up one full-share in December, iHeartMedia-owned classic rock WFBQ “Q-95 Rocks” is in an alternating down/up pattern that commenced in June: 6.7 – 5.9 – 6.4 – 6.3 – 6.9 – 6.1 – 7.1 (sixth to third, 6+). Jumping six-tenths each are Sarkes Tarzian triple A WTTS “92.3 Experience The Music” (#11 to #10) and Cumulus Media-owned WNDX “X-93.9 Indy’s Rock Station” (unchanged at #12). WTTS nets a +1.2 in four successive up or flat trends (2.7 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.9, 6+). December’s 3.6 by WNDX is three times greater than its 1.2 (6+) in April when it was CHR WYRG. Hot AC cluster-mate WNTR “107.9 The Mix,” which had been trending 2.9 – 3.3 – 2.9 (September – October – November, 6+), records a half-share increase to 3.4 (6+) and continues at #13. The market’s (6+) country share takes a -2.2 hit, nearly equally divided between Emmis-owned WLHK “Country 97.1 Hank” (7.4 – 6.2, -1.2, fourth to sixth, 6+) and Cumulus Media’s WFMS “95.5 The Country Station” (7.6 – 6.6, -1.0, third to fifth, 6+). “Hank” was up one-tenth in November, after its October +1.3 vaporized August/September’s -1.2 (7.2 – 7.1 – 6.0, 6+). WFMS erupted with a +1.1 in November, following October’s -.8 to 6.5, its lowest 6+-stat since 6.1 in “Holiday” 2018. Anchored in ninth-place, Entercom CHR WZPL “99.5 ZPL” is a cumulative -2.0 as a result of six successive decreases (6.2 – 6.0 – 5.8 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 4.4 – 4.2, 6+). After posting a 3.4 (6+) in June, Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WKLU is unlisted the sixth month in a row.

Milwaukee

Spoken-Word Formats – A November -1.8 by Good Karma Brands’ news/talk WTMJ (Packers, Bucks) is followed by a December decrease half that magnitude (6.6 – 5.7, -.9, 6+), as “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” slips from fifth to sixth. WTMJ was a combined +1.3 in September/October (7.1 – 7.5 – 8.4, 6+) and had an October-only stay at #1. In three straight spikes, iHeartMedia’s WISN gained one-half share (4.6 – 4.7 – 5.0 – 5.1, 6+), but “News/Talk 1130” falters by three-tenths in December to 4.8 (eighth to ninth, 6+).

One-tenth is the dominant theme for four Milwaukee sports talk stations. Down three-tenths in November, iHeartMedia’s WRNW “97.3 The Game – Milwaukee’s Sports Talk That Rocks” is up one-tenth (1.3 – 1.4, #16 to #15, 6+). Good Karma Brands’ WKTI “94.5 ESPN” posts a one-tenth increase the second straight month (.7 – .8 – .9, 6+) and advances from #20 to #19. Meanwhile, Entercom’s WSSP “Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan” returns November’s one-tenth gain (.8 – .7, -.1, 6+) and exits the top twenty (#20 to #22). In back-to-back sweeps, iHeartMedia’s WOKY “The Big 920” is down by one-tenth (.7 – .6 – .5, #22 to #24, 6+). WSSP doubled (+.4) its 6+ AQH stat in successive spikes of … one-tenth each (.4 – .5 – .6 – .7 – .8, 6+).

Five positive or neutral sweeps in succession by WUWM yield a +1.8 (3.0 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.5 – 4.4 – 4.8, 6+) as the University of Wisconsin news/talk station progresses from tenth to ninth. Following four consecutive up or flat reports in which Wisconsin Public Radio news/talk WHAD doubled (+.8) its 6+ AQH share (.8 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.4 – 1.6, 6+), it surrenders three-tenths to 1.3 (#15 to #18, 6+).

Milwaukee Music Formats – Down six-tenths in September/October (5.8 – 5.4 – 5.2, 6+), Milwaukee Radio Alliance adult contemporary WLDB roars back with a November/December +1.6 (5.2  – 5.7 – 6.8, sixth to fourth, 6+). “B-93.3” crosses the six-share level (6.8) for the first time since February’s 6.4. Entercom hot AC WMYX “99.1 The Mix” racks up an increase of seven-tenths in back-to-back sweeps (6.2 – 6.9 – 7.6, fourth to second, 6+). The last time “Mix” (7.6) reached the seven-share level was in November 2015 (7.0, 6+). In addition to WMYX, Milwaukee Radio Alliance classic hits-oldies WZTI “Fonz FM – Milwaukee’s Pop, Soul, & Rock ‘N Roll” improves by seven-tenths (#18 to #14) and has nearly tripled (+1.2) its 6-stat in four straight sweeps without a loss (.7 – .9 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.9, 6+). An overall -1.5 as a result of five straight reports without an increase (5.5 – 5.4 – 5.0 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.0, 6+), Entercom CHR WXSS “103.7 Kiss-FM” pulls the plug with a +.4 to 4.4 (unchanged at #11, 6+). By gaining two-tenths to 5.3 (steady in eighth-place, 6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WKKV “V-100.7” halts four straight sweeps without an increase that resulted in a net loss of three-tenths (5.4 – 5.4 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.1, 6+). Notwithstanding that it’s -1.8 via three consecutive down or flat moves (9.6 – 8.3 – 7.8 – 7.8, 6+), classic hits-oldies sibling WRIT “95.7 Big FM Milwaukee’s Greatest Hits” repeats at #1. WRIT spent four months in a row in the lead before segueing to the runner-up slot in October. Whereas “Holiday” 2018’s 11.5 is the strongest 6+-stat for any Milwaukee station since WRIT’s 11.6 in “Holiday” 2017, this (7.8) is its lowest 6+-figure since December 2018’s 7.7. Having spent 43 consecutive ratings periods at #1, “Big FM” shifted to #2 in October 2018. Recent (6+) moves include: +3.8 (“Holiday” 2018); – 1.9 (January 2019); +.6 (February); -.8 (March); +.7 (April); -1.5 (May); +.8 (June); -1.3 (October); and -.5 (November). A combined -.7 in November/December (7.2 – 7.0 – 6.5, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WMIL “FM 106.1 Milwaukee’s Best Country” dips from third to fifth with its lowest 6+-stat (6.5) since June (5.9). In three straight spikes, Saga Communications’ WHQG recorded an overall +1.4 (4.1 – 4.4 – 5.0 – 5.5, 6+), but “102.9 The Hog Everything That Rocks” drops one-tenth to 5.4 (flat at #7, 6+). Co-owned WKLH “96.5 Milwaukee’s Hometown Rock” is down or flat the fifth time in a row for a -1.4 (8.4 – 7.8 – 7.8 – 7.6 – 7.3 – 7.0, second to third, 6+).

Nashville

Spoken-Word Formats – Without a loss the past six sweeps for a +1.7 (3.1 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 4.2 – 4.8, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WWTN “Super Talk 99.7” falters by one-tenth to 4.7 (6+) – but – manages to crack the top ten (#11 to #9). As a result of four consecutive improvements, iHeartMedia news/talk WLAC “Talk Radio 1510” is +1.0 (1.4 – 1.5 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.4, #17 to #16, 6+) and reaches the two-share level (2.4) for the first time in more than four years (2.0, October 2015).

Four straight spikes by Cumulus Media-owned sports talk WGFX (Tennessee Titans) netted a +2.4 (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 4.7 – 5.1, 6+), but “104.5 The Zone” is a combined -1.0 in November/December (5.1 – 5.0 – 4.1, 6+) and departs the top ten (#9 to #12). Cromwell Group-owned/similarly-formatted WPRT “102.5 The Game” (Predators) repeats November’s 6+ AQH share and market rank (1.1, #20).

Off a combined -1.5 in October/November (6.9 – 5.9 – 5.4, 6+), following August/September’s +1.8 (5.1 – 6.2 – 6.9, 6+), Nashville Public Radio’s WPLN-FM “NPR News and Classical Music” regains four-tenths to 5.8 (sixth to fourth, 6+).

Nashville Music Formats – The three-tenths (6+) advantage Midwest Communications adult hits WCJK “96.3 Jack FM Playing What We Want” held over adult contemporary cluster-mate WJXA “Mix 92.9 – Your Life, Your Music” in November flips to a 3.1-share lead for WJXA. An overall -2.3 in four straight negative moves (9.8 – 9.5 – 9.2 – 7.6 – 7.5, 6+), “Mix” expunges all but one-tenth of that shortfall with a +2.2 to 9.7 (second to first, 6+). Prior to October, “Mix” was on top five months in a row. Its just-concluded negative streak directly followed an overall +1.6 in three successive bumps (8.2 – 9.2 – 9.6 – 9.8, 6+). Eight recent (6+) WJXA fluctuations include: +3.2 (“Holiday” 2018); -3.5 (January 2019); -1.3 (February); -.5 (March); -.6 (April); +1.0 (May); -1.6 (October); and +2.2 (December). WJXA’s 14.1 (“Holiday” 2018) is the highest 6+-share by any Nashville outlet since its 14.4 in “Holiday” 2017. Meanwhile, Nashville’s version of “Jack” is -2.3 in November/December (8.9 – 7.8 – 6.6, first to second, 6+). This immediately trails its overall +2.1 in three successive upticks (6.8 – 8.0 – 8.1 – 8.9, 6+). October marked WCJK’s first time at #1 since April, when it logged an 8.4 (6+). Advancing from #13 to #11, Cromwell alternative WBUZ “102.9 The Buzz” crosses the four-share mark and is an overall +2.0 in three consecutive improvements (2.4 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 4.4, 6+). Substituting November’s loss of seven-tenths with December’s increase of six-tenths (4.6, 6+), Cumulus Media urban AC WQQK “92-Q” re-enters the top ten (#12 to #10). Prior to the December sweep, “92-Q” was a collective -1.5 in three decreases  in succession (5.5 – 5.2 – 4.7 – 4.0, 6+). That immediately followed an overall +1.3 via four successive gains (4.2 – 4.4 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.5, 6+). The contemporary Christian arena has noteworthy December 2019 growth as Educational Media Foundation’s WLVU “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” is up six-tenths (2.4, #18 to #16), while both Salem Media Group’s WFFH “The Fish” (flat at #14) and WAY Media’s WAYM “WAY-FM” (#16 to #15) expand by one-half share. After posting three improvements in a row for a collective +1.5 (2.0 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.5, 6+), WLVU was a combined -1.7 in October/November (3.5 – 2.6 – 1.8, 6+). Having lost approximately 47% (-2.1) of its 6+-share as a result of four down or flat moves in a row (4.5 – 4.4 – 3.2 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+), WFFH is up nine-tenths in November/December (2.8 – 3.3, 6+). The just-concluded negative streak directly follows a collective +1.0 via four straight increases (3.5 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.1 – 4.5, 6+). Owing to four straight bumps, WAYM is an overall +1.8 (1.1 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 2.4 – 2.9, 6+). In five consecutive decreases, iHeartMedia’s WNRQ “105.9 The Rock” is a cumulative -3.7 (7.8 – 7.6 – 6.5 – 6.2 – 5.2 – 4.1, 6+) and fades from the top ten (#7 to #12). Prior to November, WNRQ last fell below a six-share (6+) just over two years ago (5.7, October 2017). Down seven-tenths in November and December (6.5 – 5.8 – 5.1, 6+), urban contemporary sibling WUBT “101.1 The Beat” slips from fifth to sixth. In three straight up or flat trends “The Beat” had gained nine-tenths (5.6 – 5.6 – 6.0 – 6.5, 6+). On the heels of October/November’s +1.6 (4.5 – 5.0 – 6.1, 6+), Cumulus Media’s country-formatted WSM-FM “95.5 Nash Icon” relinquishes six-tenths to 5.5 (fourth to fifth, 6+). Entering the October sweep, “Nash Icon” had lost an overall seven-tenths in four straight negative or neutral trends (5.2 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 4.7 – 4.5, 6+). Without an increase the fifth time in a row for a collective -1.3 (6.2 – 5.6 – 5.4 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.9, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WSIX “The Big 98 – Nashville’s #1 for New Country” remains in seventh-place. This comes immediately after WSIX was +2.7 in seven consecutive up or flat sweeps (3.5 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 5.0 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 6.2, 6+). Off one-half share (2.6 – 2.1, 6+), Midwest Communications CHR WNFN “106.7 Nashville’s New Hit Music” dips from #15 to #18. After five straight reports without a loss for a net gain of nine-tenths (5.3 – 5.3 – 5.5 – 5.7 – 6.2 – 6.2, 6+), iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WRVW “107.5 The River” drops one-tenth to 6.1 (6+) but remains in third-place.

Providence

Spoken-Word Formats – Up two-tenths in November to 3.0 (6+), after September/October’s loss of six-tenths (3.4 – 2.9 – 2.8, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned WPRO-AM “News Talk 630” forfeits three-tenths to 2.7 (eighth to ninth, 6+). A November increase of one-tenth by iHeartMedia news/talk WHJJ halted eight straight down or flat moves that accounted for an approximately 75% reduction (-1.6) of its 6+-AQH share (2.1 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.3 – .9 – .9 – .7 – .5, 6+); however, “Providence’s News, Traffic, and Weather” falters by one-tenth to .4 (#18, 6+). As a result of seven consecutive down or flat reports, Cumulus Media’s WPRV “AM 790 Talk & Business” has lost four-tenths (.7 – .5 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3, #20 to #19, 6+).

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

Having doubled (+.9) its 6+ AQH share in October/November (.9 – 1.4 – 1.8, 6+), iHeartMedia Boston news – talk hybrid WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” sputters by three-tenths in December to 1.5 (#12 to #14, 6+).

Even though WGBH Educational Foundation Boston news/talk WGBH drops one-tenth (2.9 – 2.8, 6+), it progresses from ninth to eighth. A November gain of two-tenths by The Wheeler School’s news/talk outlet WELH suspended six consecutive sweeps without an increase that accounted for a loss of six-tenths (2.0 – 2.0 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.4, 6+). In December though, WELH erodes by -1.3 to .3 (#13 to #19, 6+).

Providence Music Formats – Off three-tenths in October/November (2.2 – 2.1 – 1.9, 6+), Townsquare Media CHR WFHN responds with a +.8 to 2.7, its strongest 6+-stat since February’s 3.7; “Fun 107 The Southcoast’s #1 Hit Music Station” enters the top ten (#11 to #9). There’s a tie for the top spot between iHeartMedia-owned WHJY “94 HJY Providence’s Home of Rock & Roll” (8.7 – 9.3, +.6, #1 the fourth month in succession, 6+) and Cumulus Media adult contemporary WWLI “Lite Rock 105” (8.6 – 9.3, +.7, second to first, 6+). WHJY bounces back from October/November’s loss of six-tenths (9.3 – 9.2 – 8.7, 6+). After occupying the lead position three months in a row, WHJY shifted to the runner-up slot in August; “94 HJY” was +.7 in September. “Lite Rock” is up eight-tenths in November/December (8.5 – 8.6 – 9.3, 6+) and has its best 6+-showing since May (9.3, as well). By gaining one-half share to 8.3 (flat at #3, 6+), Hall Broadcasting-owned WCTK “Cat Country 98.1” applies the brakes to three consecutive down or flat reports that led to an overall -1.5 (9.3 – 8.3 – 7.8 – 7.8, 6+). Entering the September sweep, “Cat Country 98.1” was a collective +1.7 in three straight improvements (7.6 – 8.5 – 8.6 – 9.3, 6+), with August’s 9.3 (#1, 6+) representing its highest 6+-share since 10.1 in July 2018. Ten recent (6+) shifts for iHeartMedia-owned hot AC WSNE “Coast 93.3” include: -1.0 (Holiday” 2018); +.5 (March); +.5 (May); -.7 (June); +1.4 (July); -.5 (August); +.5 (September); -.6 (October); +.6 (November); and -1.5 in December (5.7 – 4.2, flat at #6, 6+). Prior to June’s loss of seven-tenths, WSNE was a collective +1.2 in three consecutive improvements (3.8 – 4.3 – 4.5 – 5.0, 6+). Regressing by eight-tenths and six-tenths, respectively, are WSNE’s classic hits-oldies sibling WWBB “B-101” (flat at #5) and Cumulus Media CHR WPRO-FM “Today’s Hit Music PRO FM” (unchanged at #5). “B-101” is -1.0 in November/December with its lowest 6+-stat (6.6) since 6.0 in March. WPRO-FM has lost eight-tenths in three consecutive down or flat trends (7.0 – 7.0 – 6.8 – 6.2, 6+). Unlisted the sixth 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 – Nearly doubling (+1.0) its 6+-stat via five consecutive positive or neutral moves (1.2 – 1.4 – 1.8 – 2.2 – 2.2, 6+), Max Broadcast Group sports talk WVSP “ESPN Radio 94.1” repeats at #11.

Norfolk Music Formats – Roaring back from November’s -.8 with a December +2.6 (5.1 – 4.3 – 6.9, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary WWDE “101.3 2WD” advances from sixth to third with its best 6+-stat (6.9) since “Holiday” 2018’s 13.6. Max Broadcast Group’s similarly-formatted  WVBW “92.9 The Wave,” which logged four consecutive reports without a loss for a +1.7 (3.4 – 4.2 – 4.8 – 5.1 – 5.1, 6+), surrenders one-half share to 4.6 (fifth to sixth, 6+). Not only is Entercom urban AC WVKL #1 the 12th consecutive month, “Smooth R&B from Yesterday & Today” notches a December +1.0 (11.7 – 12.7, 6+). When WVKL recorded a 9.1 (6+) in August, it was the first time since January 2014 (9.8) that the station failed to log double-digits (6+). “Smooth R&B from Yesterday & Today” had been the market pacesetter 25 successive survey periods before segueing to the runner-up slot in “Holiday” 2018. Its August 2018 15.5 holds the record for highest 6+-performance by any Norfolk station in the PPM-era. Six successive down or flat trends by iHeartMedia rhythmic hot AC WMOV resulted in a two-thirds loss (-.7) of its 6+-stat (2.1 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.4, 6+); however, “MOViN’ 107.7” posts a December increase of one-half share to 1.9 (6+) and climbs from #15 to #13. Without a loss the fourth time in succession for a net gain of one-half share (1.6 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 2.1, 6+), urban-rhythmic oldies sibling WHBT “92.1 The Beat” carries on at #12. To say it’s been a wild ride lately for Saga Communications’ WNOR “FM 99 Rocks” would be quite an understatement. Its +3.2 via six consecutive positive or neutral reports (5.9 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 6.8 – 6.8 – 8.9 – 9.1, 6+) totally evaporates owing to three consecutive setbacks totaling a -3.7 ( (9.1 – 7.5 – 7.2 – 5.4, fourth to fifth, 6+). September’s 9.1 (6+) marked the first time in the PPM-era that WNOR appeared in print with a 6+-share reaching the nine-share level (6+). On the heels of November’s robust +1.6, co-owned WAFX “106.9 The Fox – Hampton Roads’ Classic Rock” forfeits six-tenths (7.3 – 6.7, second to fourth, 6+). November’s 7.3 represents the highest 6+-stat since June’s 8.2 for “The Fox,” which was a combined +2.1 in October/November (5.2 – 5.7 – 7.3, 6+). Prior to September’s 5.2, WAFX last fell below a six-share (6+) in December 2018 (5.5). The alternating up/down pattern that began in June by Max Broadcast Group’s WGH-FM “New Country 97.3 The Eagle” includes: 4.5 – 4.7 – 4.1 – 5.0 – 4.2 – 4.3 – 3.5 (sixth to eighth, 6+). Similarly, iHeartMedia urban contemporary WOWI is in an alternating July 2019 through December 2019 up/down pattern (8.0 – 8.3 – 7.5 – 7.8 – 7.3 – 7.4, 6+) with “103 Jamz” continuing in the runner-up slot.

Jacksonville

Spoken-Word Formats – In addition to being -2.3 as a result of three straight setbacks (10.4 – 9.4 – 9.1 – 8.1, 6+) Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group news/talk WOKV-FM segues from first to second; “104.5 Jacksonville’s News, Weather, and Traffic” had been the market leader the past five months.  

After more than quintupling (+.9) its 6+ AQH through four straight gains (.2 – .5 – .7 – .9 – 1.1, 6+), iHeartMedia sports talk WFXJ “930 The Game – Jacksonville’s Sports Leader” stumbles by one-tenth to 1.0 (#17 to #18, 6+).

Public radio news/talk WJCT forfeits one-tenth to 3.5 (6+), thus snapping three improvements in a row that accounted for a net gain of eight-tenths (2.8 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.6, unchanged at #11, 6+).

Jacksonville Music Formats – Over and above being a collective +3.4 in three consecutive positive or neutral trends (7.4 – 7.4 – 8.1 – 10.8, 6+), Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WEJZ marches from second to first, outpointing December 2018’s 10.7 (6+) by one-tenth. Conversely, Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group’s similarly-formatted WEZI “Easy 102.9” is an overall -2.1 in four successive decreases (6.9 – 6.1 – 5.8 – 5.2 – 4.8, 6+) and remains in seventh-place. This (4.8) is its lowest 6+-stat since March (4.5). Within 4.1 – 4.7 range (6+) the past five survey periods (4.3 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 4.1 – 4.5, 6+), Renda Broadcasting’s WGNE “99.9 Gator Country” falters by eight-tenths to 3.7, its lowest 6+-stat since June’s 3.5, and continues at #9. Meanwhile, similarly-formatted/iHeartMedia-owned WQIK “99.1 Jacksonville’s Country” is a collective +1.6 in four straight positive spikes (5.4 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 6.7 – 7.0, fourth to third, 6+). Three improvements in a row by Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WJGL delivered a net gain of seven-tenths (6.5 – 6.7 – 6.8 – 7.2, 6+), but “Eagle 96.9” surrenders one-half share in December to 6.7 (third to fourth). Anchored in seventh-place, CHR sibling WAPE “Jacksonville’s #1 Hit Music Station” is an overall -1.8 as a result of five down or flat moves in a row (6.6 – 5.9 – 5.6 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.8, 6+). Also in five straight downturns, co-owned alternative WXXJ “X-10.5” is off seven-tenths (2.9 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.4 – 2.2, unchanged at #14, 6+). After being without a loss the past four reports for a +1.0 (4.6 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 5.4 – 5.6, 6+), iHeartMedia urban AC WSOL “V-101.5” drops one-tenth to 5.5 (flat at #5, 6+). November’s 5.6 was its best 6+-stat since May’s 5.7. Down or flat the sixth consecutive ratings period for a net loss of nine-tenths (3.6 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+), cluster-mate WWJK “107.3 Planet Radio – Jacksonville’s Rock Station” repeats at #13.

West Palm Beach

Spoken-Word Formats – A combined -1.1 in November/December (4.0 – 3.7 – 2.9, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WJNO “1290 The Palm Beaches’ News & Talk” drops from sixth to ninth. Prior to September, WJNO was an overall +2.0 in six successive sweeps without a loss (2.0 – 2.3 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.7 – 4.0, 6+). Despite netting seven-tenths via three spikes in a row (2.0 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.7, 6+), co-owned news/talk WZZR “Real Radio 94.3 – Real Talk For The Palm Beaches” downshifts from ninth to tenth. Off seven-tenths (2.1 – 1.4, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WFTL “News Talk 850,” slides from #13 to #17. October’s decrease of nine-tenths interrupted four straight gains that accounted for a +1.0 (1.7 – 2.0 – 2.4 – 2.6 – 2.7, 6+). Logging a .7 (6+) the third time in the last four reports (.7 – .8 – .7 – .7, 6+), iHeartMedia Miami news/talk WIOD “610 News Radio” drops from #22 to #23.

After squandering one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.6 – .5 – .4, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WMEN “Fox Sports 640 AM South Florida” repeats November’s AQH share and market rank (.4, #24, 6+). A “no-show” 15 sweeps in a row, iHeartMedia-owned sports talk WBZT “1230 The Zone” resurfaced in October and, for the third time in succession, records a .1 (#25, 6+).

Fully erasing October/November’s -.8 (3.0 – 2.8 – 2.2, 6+) with December’s +.8 to 3.0 (6+), Dade County School Board news/talk WLRN re-enters the top ten (#11 to #8).

West Palm Beach Music Formats – A robust +1.3 (.3 – 1.6, 6+) enables Glades Media’s Spanish contemporary WWRF “AM 1380 Radio Fiesta” to rocket onto the top twenty at #13. Advancing from third to second with its best 6+-showing (6.3) since July’s 6.6, Hubbard Broadcasting adult contemporary WEAT-FM is +1.9 via its third straight increase (4.4 – 4.6 – 5.6 – 6.3, 6+). “Sunny 107.9” was a -2.2 in August/September (6.6 – 5.1 – 4.4, 6+). Prior to September, the last time WEAT fell below a five-share (6+) was in October 2018 (4.6). An overall -1.8 in four downturns in succession (7.4 – 6.9 – 6.8 – 5.8 – 5.6, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted WOLL “Today’s Kool 105.5” slips from second to third. WOLL was -.8 in July (7.2 – 6.4, 6+) and +1.0 in August to 7.4, its best 6+-showing since July 2016 (7.5). Shaking off November’s loss of six-tenths with a December improvement of the same magnitude (9.2 – 8.6 – 9.2, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WRMF is #1 the 12th time in a row. Prior to November, “Variety from the 90s and Now” was an overall +1.4 as a result of three straight gains (7.8 – 8.3 – 8.5 – 9.2, 6+). Whereas 7.8 (July) is WRMF’s lowest 6+-share and first time below an eight-share (6+) since “Holiday” 2016 (7.7), 11.2 (March) is its best 6+-showing since November 2017 (11.2, as well). Down three-tenths in October/November (3.4 – 3.2 – 3.1, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rock WKGR “98.7 The Gater” dials up a +.6 to 3.7 (seventh to sixth, 6+). Sputtering by eight-tenths each are Hubbard Broadcasting’s WIRK “New Country 103.1” (fourth to fifth) and iHeartMedia Spanish contemporary WRLX “Mia 92.1” (#10 to #13). WIRK’s four most recent fluctuations are -.5 (September); +.9 (October); +1.5 in November; and -.8 in December (3.6 – 3.1 – 4.0 – 5.5 – 4.7, 6+). Prior to November’s 5.5, “New Country” last crossed the five-share threshold (6+) in August 2018 (5.1). Meanwhile, “Mia” is an overall -2.1 as a result of five sweeps in succession without an increase – a roughly 57% loss of its 6+-share (3.7 – 3.7 – 2.7 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 1.6, 6+). After nearly tripling (+1.3) its 6+-stat with four straight gains (.7 – .8 – 1.3 – 1.4 – 2.0, 6+), Moody Bible Institute gospel WRMB “89.3 Moody Radio” falters by one-half share to 1.5 (flat at #15, 6+). While unchanged at #11, WAY Media contemporary Christian WAYF “WAY-FM” is off three-tenths to 1.9 (6+), thus halting four consecutive up or flat reports that yielded one-half share (1.7 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.2, 6+).

Greensboro

Spoken-Word Formats – After posting a +.5 (August); -1.3 (September); +.6 (October); and -.5 (November), iHeartMedia news/talk WPTI “94.5 Your News, Talk, & Sports Station” repeats November’s AQH share and market rank (3.1, ninth, 6+).

In back-to-back sweeps, Curtis Media Group sports talk WSJS “Triad Sports” is off by one-tenth (.9 – .8 – .7, flat at #15, 6+).

Locked at #13 the past 19 ratings periods, Wake Forest University news/talk WFDD “88.5 Public Radio for the Piedmont” repeats November’s 2.3 (6+) but moves to #12. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill news/talk WUNC answers November’s loss of one-half share with a December gain of three-tenths (1.2 – 1.5, 6+) and is steady at #14.

Greensboro Music Formats – Carrying on in third-place, iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMAG is an overall +3.9 via three upticks in a row (6.3 – 6.4 – 7.5 – 10.2, 6+) and reaches double-digits (10.2, 6+) for the first time since “Holiday” 2018 (16.5). An increase of one-half share enables Dick Broadcasting classic rock WKRR “Rock 92” to cross the seven-share level (6.6 – 7.1, fifth to fourth, 6+). Despite dropping one-tenth to 10.9 (6+), Entercom urban AC WQMG “97.1 QMG The Best R&B and Old School” progresses from second to first. WQMG was a combined +2.1 in October/November (8.9 – 10.3 – 11.0, 6+) and had its best 6+-stat (11.0, November 2019) since November 2018 (11.4). On top the past four months, adult hits sibling WSMW “98.7 Simon Says We Play Everything” erodes by -1.2 to 10.7 (6+) and trades place with WQMG. “Simon” had been an overall +3.1 as a result of four up or flat sweeps in a row (8.8 – 9.5 – 10.9 – 10.9 – 11.9, 6+), hitting the eleven-share level (11.9) for the first time since February 2018’s 11.4. Among its 2019 (6+) fluctuations are: +.9 (January); -.6 (February); +.9 (March); -1.6 (April); +1.1 (May); +.5 (June); -1.0 (July); +.7 (August); +1.4 (September); +1.0 (November); and -1.2 (December). Faltering by six-tenths each and remaining at #7 and #8, respectively, are iHeartMedia-owned WTQR “Q-104.1 – #1 for New Country” (5.6 – 5.0, 6+) and Entercom’s similarly-programmed WPAW “93.1 The Wolf” (5.5 – 4.9, 6+). In November, “Q-104.1” was up four-tenths, while “The Wolf” improved by three-tenths; WTQR was -.7 in October and WPAW was -1.6. Over the course of the last 20 sweeps (June 2018 through December 2019), WTQR has triumphed over WPAW 12 times (June 2018, July, August, September, October, November, “Holiday” 2018, January 2019, May, July, November, and December); WPAW has come out on top six times (December 2018, February 2019, March, April, August, and September; and there have been two ties (June 2019 and October 2019). Four setbacks in a row have carved the 6+-share of iHeartMedia-owned rocker WVBZ precisely in half (4.8 – 4.0 – 3.5 – 2.8 – 2.4, 6+) as “105.7 – Man Up” exits the top ten (#10 to #11). This directly follows five straight upticks that netted a +2.3 (2.5 – 3.2 – 3.7 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.8, 6+).

Memphis

Spoken-Word Formats – In addition to echoing November’s 4.8 (6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WREC “600 AM – Memphis’ News, Traffic, & Weather” continues in eighth-place.

Even though it is an overall +1.2 through four successive sweeps without a loss (2.3 – 2.6 – 3.0 – 3.5 – 3.5, 6+), Entercom sports talk WMFS “ESPN Sports Radio” backshifts from #11 to #12. September’s increase halted seven consecutive down or flat trends that led to a collective -1.7 (4.0 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 2.3, 6+). Up or flat the past 14 sweeps for a net gain of three-tenths (.1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 -.1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .3 – .4 – .4, 6+), co-owned WMC-AM “ESPN 790” drops one-tenth to .3 (flat at #20, 6+).

Memphis Music Formats – Tacking on nine-tenths to November’s increase of two-tenths (3.7 – 3.9 – 4.8, 6+), Entercom hot AC WMC-FM  progresses from ninth to sixth. Entering the November sweep, “FM 100 Today’s Best Mix” was a collective -1.5 in three drops in succession (5.2 – 4.9 – 4.5 – 3.7, 6+). WMC-FM fell below a four-share (3.7, October, 6+) for the first time since April’s 3.8 (6+). Carrying on in the runner-up slot, Cumulus Media urban-rhythmic oldies WRBO “103.5 The Best Mix of R&B” is up eight-tenths in November/December (7.1 – 7.3 – 7.9, 6+) and has its best 6+-stat (7.9) since May (8.7). Stuck on 10.5 (6+) in October and November, iHeartMedia urban AC KJMS regresses by eight-tenths to 9.7 (6+) but “V-101” is #1 the 14th time in a row. Its October +1.0 eradicated August/September’s -.6 (10.1 – 9.8 – 9.5, 6+). Prior to June’s loss of six-tenths to 9.8 (6+), KJMS reached double-digits (6+) 14 successive ratings periods. “Holiday” 2018’s 12.8 is the highest 6+-share for “V-101” since December 2012 (13.5). It’s a mixed bag for co-owned WHRK. On the plus side, the urban contemporary outlet gains two-tenths to 7.5 (6+), thus suspending three successive decreases that led to a collective -2.1 (9.4 – 8.4 – 8.1 – 7.3, 6+). At the same time though, “K-97.1” – which was anchored in second-place the past six sweeps – segues to third. Gospel cluster-mate WHAL “Hallelujah 95.7 – Memphis’ Inspiration Station,” which gained nine-tenths in October/November (6.2 – 6.4 – 7.1, 6+), surrenders six-tenths to 6.5 (fourth to fifth, 6+). Unlisted since January 2016, North Mississippi Media Group’s WUBL resurfaced in print this past August. Off one-half share (1.4 – .9, 6+), Coldwell, Mississippi-licensed “Country Legends 95.3 The Rebel” slips from #15 to #18. Four straight sweeps without a loss aided Cumulus Media adult contemporary WKIM to more than double (+1.0) its 6+-stat (.7 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.7, 6+), but “98.9 The Bridge” forfeits three-tenths to 1.4 (steady at #14, 6+). Following five successive sweeps without a loss that yielded a +1.4 and delivering its best 6+-stat (4.8) since January’s 5.1 (3.4 – 3.4 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.8, 6+), co-owned WGKX “Today’s Best Country Kix 106” stumbles by four-tenths to 4.4 (sixth to eighth, 6+). As a result of three consecutive losses, Entercom’s similarly-formatted WLFP “94.1 The Wolf” lost eight-tenths (4.3 – 4.2 – 4.0 – 3.5, 6+); recaptured seven-tenths in October; but is off a combined six-tenths in November/December (4.2 – 3.7 – 3.6, #10 to #11, 6+). “Kix” and “The Wolf” were tied for ninth-place in October.

Hartford

Spoken-Word Formats – On the heels of November’s loss of eight-tenths, Entercom news/talk WTIC-AM “News Talk 1080” sputters by another three-tenths (6.6 – 6.3, fourth to sixth, 6+). Mirroring November’s #13 finish, Red Wolf Broadcasting news/talk WDRC-AM “AM 1360 The Talk of Connecticut” posts a .7 (6+) the third month in succession. Anchored at #16, iHeartMedia’s WPOP “News Radio 1410” records a .1 (6+) the 19th survey period in a row.

WPOP’s sports talk cluster-mate, WUCS “97.9 ESPN Hartford,” has a June 2019 through December 2019 topline of: 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 1.9 (6+) and continues at #12.

Within 4.2 – 4.7 range (6+) in each of the last nine survey periods (4.7 – 4.4 – 4.2 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 4.5 – 4.2 – 4.5, 6+), Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network news/talk WNPR “Connecticut’s Public Media Source for News & Ideas” carries on in ninth-place. In three straight down or flat trends, University of Massachusetts-owned WFCR “New England Public Radio” has lost more than 60% (-.7) of its 6+ AQH share (1.1 – .8 – .4 – .4, 6+) and is unchanged at #14.

Hartford Music Formats – Down a combined nine-tenths in October/November (10.7 – 10.1 – 9.8, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary WRCH “Lite 100.5” roars back with a +1.7 to 11.5 (6+) and is #1 the 42nd consecutive time. Its August/September +1.3 (9.4 – 9.5 – 10.7, 6+) nearly negated June/July’s -1.4 (10.8 – 10.4 – 9.4, 6+). Eight recent (6+) WRCH shifts include: -6.9 (January); +1.0 (February); -1.0 (March); -1.3 (April); +1.0 (May); -1.0 (July); +1.2 (September); and +1.7 (December). “Holiday” 2018’s +5.6 was to 18.0, the strongest 6+-showing for any Hartford station since WRCH recorded an 18.3 in “Holiday” 2017. November’s 9.5 marked the fourth time in 2019 that WRCH was not in double-digits (6+). In its third up or flat move in a row, hot AC cluster-mate WTIC-FM “96.5 TIC-FM” is a collective +1.3 (6.1 – 6.2 – 6.2 – 7.3, 6+) and jumps from fifth to second with its best 6+-stat (7.3) since May (7.7). Despite picking up one-tenth to 5.8 (6+), thus halting four straight down or flat sweeps that accounted for a -1.4 (7.1 – 6.7 – 6.7 – 5.7, 6+), rhythmic CHR sibling WZMX “Hot 93.7” downshifts from sixth to seventh. Notching gains of seven-tenths each are iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WHCN “105.9 The River” (6.4, sixth to fourth, 6+) and its CHR cluster-mate WKSS “Kiss 95.7 All The Hits” (5.8, eighth to seventh, 6+). “The River” had been without an increase the past five survey periods for a collective -1.5 (7.2 – 7.2 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 5.8 – 5.7, 6+). Likewise, “Kiss” was an overall -1.8 in five straight down or flat reports (6.9 – 6.8 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 5.7 – 5.1, 6+). The recent rollercoaster ride for co-owned WWYZ “Country 92.5” includes August/September’s -.7 (7.9 – 7.2 – 7.2, 6+); October’s +.5 (7.7, 6+); November’s -1.0 (6.7, 6+); and December’s +.5 to 7.2 (steady at #3, 6+). Off eight-tenths in November/December (7.2 – 7.0 – 6.4, 6+), Red Wolf Broadcasting-owned WDRC-FM “102.9 The Whale – Connecticut’s Classic Rock” drops from second to fourth. Classic hits-oldies sibling WNTY “Kool Radio – Good Times/Great Oldies” is without an increase the fifth time in a row for a net loss of two-tenths (.5 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3, unchanged at #15, 6+). Entercom adult contemporary WMAS-FM, which ranked #12 in July (1.5, 6+), is unlisted the fifth consecutive month.

December PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Three

| December 28, 2019

December 2019 PPM Data – Information for the December 2019 ratings period has been released for Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus. Nielsen Audio’s December 2019 survey period covered November 7 – December 4. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM-markets below.

Portland

Spoken Word Formats – Unchanged in fourth-place, Alpha Media-owned news/talk KXL “FM News 101 – Stay Connected” is an overall +1.3 via five consecutive sweeps without a loss (4.1 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 5.2 – 5.4, 6+). Several recent KXL shifts include: -1.0 (March/April); +1.1 (May/June); -.7 (July); and +.6 (August). Up two-tenths as a result of three positive or neutral moves in a row (2.3 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KEX “News Radio 1190 – Depend On Us” climbs from #19 to #18. Alpha Media news/talk KUFO repeats November’s 6+ AQH share and market rank (1.3, #23). Thus far in 2019, “Freedom 970” has logged a 1.0 (6+) five times; a .9 (6+) five times; and a 1.3 (6+) twice. Salem Media Group’s KPAM “AM 860 The Answer” has a June 2019 through December 2019 topline of: .3 – .3 – .3 -. 3 – .5 – .4 – .4 (flat at #29, 6+).

Off two-tenths in November, Alpha Media sports talk KXTG “The Game” makes up half the deficit with a +.1 (1.6 – 1.7, 6+) and continues at #21. Without a loss the past four months for a collective half-share gain (1.1 – 1.1 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.6, 6+), Entercom’s similarly-programmed KFXX “1080 The Fan” forfeits one-tenth to 1.5 (#21 to #22, 6+). Unchanged at #24, iHeartMedia-owned KPOJ “Sports Radio 620” (Trailblazers) has nearly quadrupled (+.8) its 6+-stat in three spikes in a row (.3 – .4 – .9 – 1.1, 6+).

Bouncing back from November’s loss of six-tenths with a December increase of four-tenths (7.9 – 8.3, 6+), Oregon Public Broadcasting news/talk KOPB repeats at #2, after an October-only stay at #1. KOPB has been +1.2 (January); -2.0 (February/March); +.6 (April); -.9 (May); +.5 (August); +1.1 (October); and -.6 (November).

Portland Music Formats – Down a combined eight-tenths in October/November (8.2 – 8.2 – 7.4, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW roars back with a +1.7 to 9.1 (6+), leaping from third to first. “K-103,” which recorded an 11.4 (6+) in December 2018, was on top in July, August, and September, before slipping to #2 in October. Its September +1.1 vaporized July/August’s -.7 (7.8 – 7.4 – 7.1, 6+). In November, classic hits-oldies sibling KLTH made an identical third to first move but “106.7 The Eagle” erodes by -1.4 (8.5 – 7.1, 6+) and is back in third-place. Entering the December ratings period, “The Eagle” was a cumulative +1.6 as a result of three positive spikes in succession (6.9 – 7.1, 8.0 – 8.5, 6+); 8.5 was its best 6+-showing since April’s 8.6. Negative or neutral trends by KINK “Uniquely Portland” the last six sweeps accounted for a -1.7 (4.5 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.1 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+) but the Alpha Media triple A hangs out a December increase of eight-tenths to 3.6 (#16 to #11, 6+). An overall -2.8 in four straight decreases (5.9 – 5.5 – 4.7 – 3.8 – 3.1, 6+), immediately after logging three consecutive increases that yielded eight-tenths (5.1 – 5.5 – 5.6 – 5.9, 6+), Entercom-owned KGON “92.3 Portland’s Classic Rock” improves by seven-tenths and re-enters the top ten (3.8, #14 to #10, 6+). On the heels of November’s +.9 (2.9 – 3.8, 6+), iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR KXJM “JAM’N 107.5” forfeits seven-tenths to 3.1 (6+) and drifts from the top ten (#8 to #13). November’s 3.8 was its best 6+-stat since June’s 3.9. After being a collective +1.6 through five successive increases (1.8 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.4, 6+), Salem Media Group regional Mexican KRYP “93.1 El Rey” is now down eight-tenths in November/December (3.4 – 3.2 – 2.6, #13 to #17, 6+). Off seven-tenths in November/December (5.0 – 4.8 – 4.3, 6+), Alpha Media CHR KBFF “Live 95.5” slips from fifth to sixth. Entercom adult hits KYCH “97.1 Charlie We Play Everything,” which was +.6 in September/October (5.1 – 5.1 – 5.7, 6+), is now a combined -1.1 in November/December (5.7 – 4.8 – 4.6, flat at #5, 6+). After posting a 1.8 in June (#20, 6+), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KLVP “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” is unlisted the sixth month in a row.

Charlotte

Spoken-Word Formats – Pushing up from tenth to ninth, Entercom-owned WBT “Charlotte’s News Talk” (Carolina Panthers) is without a loss the fourth straight time for a net gain of eight-tenths (3.3 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.1, 6+).

Co-owned WFNZ “The Fan – Charlotte’s Sports Leader” has a July 2019 through December 2019 topline of: 1.3 – 1.8 – 1.6 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.5 (unchanged at #18, 6+).

In all 12 monthly reports this year, University Radio Foundation news/talk WFAE (steady at #14) has remained within 2.1 – 2.9 range and has been in an alternating down/up pattern since May: 2.3 – 2.1 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 2.7 – 2.6 (6+).

Charlotte Music Formats – Not only is Beasley Media Group adult contemporary WKQC a collective +3.7 as a result of three bumps in a row (4.9 – 5.3 – 6.2 – 8.6, 6+), “K-104.7 More Music/Better Variety” jumps from third to first with its best 6+-stat (8.6) since “Holiday” 2018’s 12.9. In December 2018, WKQC logged an 8.0 (6+). Dislodged from the top spot after three successive months there is iHeartMedia classic rock WRFX “99.7 The Fox,” which is a combined -1.0 in November/December (8.3 – 8.2 – 7.3, first to second, 6+). Its November decrease curtailed four consecutive bumps that produced a collective +2.9 (5.4 – 6.4 – 6.7 – 7.5 – 8.3, 6+). Prior to September, “The Fox” last occupied Charlotte’s ratings penthouse in March 2018 (7.3, 6+). A combined +.7 in September/October (5.7 – 5.9 – 6.4, 6+), adult hits cluster-mate WLKO “102.9 The Lake” was -.5 in November to 5.9 (6+) and is now +.8 (6.7, fifth to third, 6+). Advancing from #13 to #12, alternative sibling WEND “106.5 The End” gains seven-tenths in three successive up or flat trends (2.7 – 2.7 – 2.9 – 3.4, 6+). This is its best 6+-stat since May (3.4, as well). While anchored at #12, Entercom hot AC WLNK “107.9 The Link Charlotte’s Best Mix” picks up three-tenths to 3.4 (6+), thus applying the brakes to four consecutive down or flat reports that accounted for an overall -1.5 (4.6 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 3.7 – 3.4 – 3.1, 6+). Beasley Media Group-owned WSOC “103.7 Country’s Hottest Hits” was -1.2 in September/October (6.8 – 6.1 – 5.6, 6+); +1.5 (November); and now -1.0 in December (7.1 – 6.1, second to fourth, 6+). WSOC was up eight-tenths in August after being -1.5 in June/July (7.5 – 6.9 – 6.0, 6+). Prior to segueing to June’s runner-up slot, “103.7 Country’s Hottest Hits” was on top the previous four months. One-half share behind WSOC is iHeartMedia’s similarly-programmed WKKT “96.9 The Kat – Charlotte’s #1 for New Country,” which is trending 5.5 – 5.7 – 5.4 – 5.6 (6+) and repeats at #6. In advance of August/September’s -1.1 (6.6 – 6.0 – 5.5, 6+), “The Kat” was a collective +1.3 via five successive positive or neutral moves (5.3 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.6, 6+). After improving by one-half share in November, Radio Training Network contemporary Christian WLFJ “HIS Radio” relinquishes six-tenths in December (1.5 – .9, 6+) but continues at #19. In addition to being a collective -1.3 via three drops in a row (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.1 – 3.7, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WHQC “Hits 96.1” exits the top ten (#10 to #11). After recording a one-half share increase in June (2.1 – 2.6, #14, 6+), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WRCM “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” is unlisted the sixth month in a row.

San Antonio

Spoken-Word Formats – Following four straight sweeps without a loss for an overall +1.4 (4.3 – 5.0 – 5.6 – 5.6 – 5.7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WOAI “News Radio 1200 – San Antonio’s News, Traffic, & Weather” drops four-tenths in November/December (5.7 – 5.4 – 5.3, third to fourth, 6+). The August 2019 through December 2019 topline for Alpha Media news/talk KTSA “Stay Connected” is: 1.8 – 1.7 – 2.0 – 1.8 – 1.7 (#21 to #20, 6+).

Finishing at #29 and #32, respectively, are iHeartMedia sports talk KTKR “Ticket 760 – San Antonio’s Sports Station” (.7 – .6, -.1, #27 to #29, 6+) and Alpha Media’s similarly-programmed KZDC “ESPN San Antonio,” which records its fourth straight report without a loss for a net gain of three-tenths (.2 – .3 – .3 – .5 – .5, #30 to #29, 6+).

Texas Public Radio news/talk KSTX, which was up one-half share in three improvements in a row (3.0 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.5, 6+), drops two-tenths to 3.3 (flat at #13, 6+).

San Antonio Music Formats – After trending 3.6 – 3.5 – 3.6 (September – October – November, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KQXT erupts with a +2.9 to 6.5 (6+) and rockets from #12 to #2; “Q-101.9” notched a 9.5 (6+) in December 2018. Turning around October/November’s -.5 (4.2 – 4.1 – 3.7, 6+) with a December spike of six-tenths, Univision Radio rhythmic CHR KBBT “98.5 The Beat” cracks the top ten (4.3, #11 to #6). In addition to being #1 the tenth consecutive time, Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM “101.1 San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” is a cumulative +1.8 as a result of four consecutive bumps (6.7 – 7.2 – 7.8 – 8.2 – 8.5, 6+). September’s increase interrupted three decreases in succession that accounted for an overall -1.8 (8.5 – 8.2 – 7.1 – 6.7, 6+). This is its highest 6+-stat since May (8.5, as well); August’s 6.7 (6+) is KONO-FM’s lowest since 6.0 (6+) in “Holiday” 2018. “San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” had been the runner-up five successive times before progressing to #1 in March. Following five up or flat trends that generated a collective +1.6 (3.8 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 5.4, 6+), Alpha Media adult hits KJXK “102.7 Jack FM Playing What We Want” returns all but one-half share of that increase (4.3, -1.1, third to sixth, 6+). November 2019 marked the first time San Antonio’s “Jack” reached the five-share threshold (5.4, 6+) since its 5.3 in November 2018. A combined +1.2 in September/October (4.3 – 5.1 – 5.5, 6+), Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group hot AC KSMG “Magic 105.3” is -1.3 in November/December (5.5 – 4.9 – 4.2, fifth to eighth, 6+). Co-owned classic country KKYX “Country Legends” falters by six-tenths (2.1 – 1.5, 6+) and departs the top twenty (#19 to #21) with its lowest 6+ stat since June 2018 (1.5, as well). On the heels of breaking out a November gain of seven-tenths, iHeartMedia Spanish contemporary KZEP “Latino Hits 104.5” surrenders one-half share (3.2 – 2.7, flat at #15, 6+). Finishing at #3 and #5, respectively, are Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group-owned KCYY “Y-100 San Antonio’s New Country Leader” (5.8 – 5.7, -.1, second to third, 6+) and iHeartMedia’s KAJA “KJ-97 San Antonio’s #1 Country Station” (4.6 – 4.4, -.2, sixth to fifth, 6+). KCYY’s one-tenth spike in November halted five straight decreases that accounted for an overall -1.5 (7.2 – 6.9 – 6.4 – 6.2 – 6.1 – 5.7, 6+). Recent shifts for “Y-100” include: +1.8 (January 2019); +.6 (February); -.6 (March); +.6 (May); and -.5 (July). “KJ-97” answered October’s -1.1 with a November gain of three-tenths. Before September’s +.3, KAJA was -1.1 in three consecutive losses (6.2 – 6.0 – 5.5 – 5.1, 6+). “KJ-97” has been -1.0 (“Holiday” 2018); +3.0 (January 2019); –1.9 (March); -.5 (July); and -1.1 (October).

Sacramento

Spoken-Word Formats – A collective +1.5 via five successive sweeps without a loss (5.2 – 5.2 – 5.7 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 6.7, 6+), iHeartMediaowned news/talk KFBK surrenders one-third of that increase (6.2, -.5, 6+) but continues in third-place. November’s 6.7 was the best 6+-stat for “Sacramento’s News, Weather and Traffic Station” since February (7.0). Co-owned KSTE “Talk 650” is -1.6 as a result of four downturns in a row and drops below a two-share (3.3 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.3 – 1.7, #14 to #16, 6+).

Continuing an alternating up/down pattern that commenced in August (.8 – 1.0 – .9 – 1.3 – 1.1, 6+), Entercom sports talk KIFM-AM “ESPN Radio 1320” slips from #19 to #20. Bonneville’s KHTK “Sports 1140” has an August 2019 through December 2019 topline of: 8 – .9 – .9 – .8 – .9 (#22 to #21, 6+). These two sports talkers were tied in July, August, and October.

Capital Public Radio news/talk KXJZ continues an alternating up/down pattern that began in June: 4.7 – 5.0 – 4.8 – 5.3 – 5.1 – 6.0 – 5.6 (fourth to fifth, 6+). December 2018’s 6.9 is the highest 6+-stat in its PPM-history.

Sacramento Music Formats – In addition to advancing from seventh to fourth, Bonneville adult contemporary KYMX “Mix 96” nets a +1.9 through three consecutive sweeps without a loss (4.2 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 6.1, 6+). By way of comparison, “Mix” notched an 8.8 (6+) in December 2018. Its format rival (as of mid-November 2018), iHeartMedia’s KBEB “92.5 The Breeze,” has been a combined +.9 (August/September); -.9 (October); +.6 (November); and now -.2 in December (4.5 – 4.3, seventh to ninth, 6+). In the 14 reports since KBEB’s format switch from country to AC, “Mix” has prevailed 12 times; “The Breeze” has come on top once (September, 4.8 to 4.2, 6+); and the two AC rivals were tied in November 2019. Doubling (+1.3) its 6+-stat via three spikes in succession (1.3 – 1.7 – 2.0 – 2.6, 6+), Lotus Communications regional Mexican KVMX-FM “La Ranchera” advances from #16 to #15. A collective +1.0 as a result of four straight up or flat trends (1.7 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 2.7, 6+), Entravision rhythmic CHR KHHM “Hot Hits Fuego 103.5” pushes up from #15 to #14. The combination of Bonneville-owned KNCI “New Country 105.1” remaining flat and Entercom’s KSEG “96.9 The Eagle – Sacramento’s Classic Rock” dropping three-tenths to 7.3 (6+) results in KNCI progressing from second to first and KSEG segueing from first to second. “New Country” is without a loss the third time in a row for a net gain of one-half share (6.9 – 7.3 – 7.4 – 7.4, 6+). “The Eagle” had been on top the past ten months. Its July 2019 through November 2019 topline was: 7.8 – 7.9 – 7.6 – 7.8 – 7.6 (6+). “The Eagle” held the lead position ten consecutive survey periods before shifting to #2 in December 2018. Its recent fluctuations include: +1.0 (February); -.5 (April); +.9 (May); -.6 (June); and -.5 (July). After logging a one-half share increase in November, Entercom’s KRXQ “98 Rock” erodes by twice that margin (5.8 – 4.8, -1.0, fifth to sixth, 6+). After three successive gains generated a +1.1 (5.0 – 5.2 – 6.0 – 6.1, 6+), “98 Rock” regressed by eight-tenths in October. It is tied with co-owned CHR KUDL “106.5 The End,” which picks up three-tenths to 4.8 (seventh to sixth, 6+), thus halting six down or flat trends in succession that led to an overall -1.5 (6.0 – 5.7 – 5.7 – 5.5 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 4.5, 6+). Still in that Entercom cluster, alternative KKDO “Alt 94.7” falters by an overall -1.5 in three straight drops (4.7 – 4.3 – 3.9 – 3.2, 6+) and departs the top ten (#10 to #12).

Pittsburgh

Spoken-Word Formats –  Regaining the two-tenths it lost in November (4.1 – 3.9 – 4.1, 6+), Entercom’s KDKA-AM “News Radio 1020” is anchored in tenth-place.

After being +1.4 in September/October (5.7 – 6.3 – 7.1, 6+), co-owned sports talk KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan” is off a combined half-share in November/December (7.1 – 6.7 – 6.6, flat at #4, 6+). A gain of one-tenth (.3 – .4, 6+) takes similarly-formatted/iHeartMedia-owned WBGG 970 AM – ESPN Pittsburgh” (Steelers) from #25 to #23.

In addition to adding four-tenths to November’s +.1 (3.7 – 3.8 – 4.2, 6+), Essential Public Media news/talk WESA “90.5 Pittsburgh’s NPR Station” enters the top ten (#11 to #9).

Pittsburgh Music Formats – Up a combined nine-tenths in November/December (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.6, 6+), Steel City Media hot AC WLTJ “Q-92.9” continues at #12 with its best 6+-stat (3.6) since July’s 3.9. Substituting November’s loss of one-half share with a December gain of the same magnitude (4.9 – 4.4 – 4.9, 6+), iHeartMedia alternative WXDX “105.9 The X” (Penguins) advances from eighth to seventh. On top the third month in a row, co-owned rocker WDVE (Steelers) nets a +1.4 in three successive bumps (8.3 – 9.4 – 9.5 – 9.7, 6+). In advance of the October sweep, WDVE was a collective -1.2 through three consecutive negative trends (9.5 – 8.7 – 8.6 – 8.3, 6+). Directly following its +1.0 in three straight positive or neutral shifts (4.2 – 4.2 – 4.9 – 5.2, 6+), Entercom-owned WDSY “Pittsburgh’s Country Y-108” is a combined -1.1 in November/December (5.2 – 4.7 – 4.1, sixth to tenth, 6+). On the heels of November’s +.9 to 9.1 (6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWSW “94.5 3WS” surrenders one-half share (8.6, 6+) but occupies the runner-slot the third month in a row. WWSW was a combined -1.0 in September/October (8.8 – 8.2, -.6, 6+). Immediately prior to the October sweep, “3WS” spent three successive months at #1. Its September loss of four-tenths halted three increases in succession that led to an overall +1.5 (7.7 – 8.5 – 8.9 – 9.2, 6+); August’s 9.2 was its best 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2018 (13.6). After ten straight sweeps without a loss for a net gain of three-tenths (.1 – .1 – .1 -.1 – .1 – .1 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .3 – .4, 6+), co-owned/similarly-formatted WWSW-HD2 drops one-tenth to .3 (#24 to #25, 6+). While unchanged in fifth-place, co-owned CHR WKST “96.1 Kiss – Pittsburgh’s #1 Hit Music Station” is without an increase the fourth consecutive sweep for a net loss of -1.6 (6.6 – 5.9 – 5.2 – 5.0 – 5.0, 6+). August’s 6.6 was the best 6+-showing for “Kiss” since September 2018’s 6.7. It is tied with Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WSHH “Wish 99.7,” which adds four-tenths (5.0, seventh to fifth, 6+) thus halting six negative or neutral moves in a row that accounted for 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 – Despite being a combined -.8 in November/December (6.4 – 5.7 – 5.6, 6+), Bonneville-owned KSL “News Radio 102.7 FM & 1160 AM” progresses from fourth to second; KSL was +2.4 in October (4.0 – 6.4, 6+). When KSL gained six-tenths in September (3.4 – 4.0, 6+), it suspended four consecutive down or flat moves that led to a collective -1.8 (5.2 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.6 – 3.4, 6+); August’s 3.4 is KSL’s lowest 6+ PPM-stat. Immediately after hauling out November’s +2.0 (3.2 – 5.2, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted KNRS “Talk Radio 105.9 – Listen And You’ll Know” relinquishes half that hefty gain (4.2, -1.0, 6+) and exits the top ten (#6 to #11). October’s increase of four-tenths halted three straight down or flat sweeps that led to a loss of nine-tenths (3.7 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+). While Cumulus Media-owned KKAT carries on at #21, “860 AM – Utah’s Big Talker” is off one-tenth to .4 (6+) and concludes six sweeps without a loss that yielded two-tenths (.3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .5 – .5, 6+).

This is the 12th sweep in a row that Broadway Media sports talk KALL “ESPN 700” is unlisted.

A combined -.4 in October/November (2.2 – 2.1 – 1.8, 6+), University of Utah news/talk KUER gains two-tenths to 2.0 (flat at #15, 6+).

Salt Lake City Music Formats – Logging its third bump in a row for a collective +4.7 (6.3 – 6.7 – 6.8 – 11.0, 6+), Bonneville’s KSFI “FM 100.3 – Better Music/Better Work Day” is #1 the third time in a row. Immediately prior, “FM 100.3” was -2.0 via four straight negative moves (8.3 – 8.0 – 6.7 – 6.6 – 6.3, 6+). KSFI was on top five consecutive months; segued to the runner-up slot in April; and returned to #1 in May and June. “FM 100.3” was the only PPM-market station in “Holiday” 2018 to reach the 20-share level (21.8, 6+). One year ago, KSFI recorded a 12.7 (December 2018, 6+). After gaining six-tenths in October (3.4 – 4.0, 6+) and reaching the four-share level (4.0) for the first time since January’s 4.2, Cumulus Media’s similarly-formatted KBEE “B-98.7 Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites” is -1.2 in November/December (4.0 – 3.0 – 2.8, #12 to #14, 6+). When CHR sibling KENZ lost four-tenths in November, it stymied four spikes in succession that generated a +1.0 (2.5 – 2.7 – 2.8 – 3.2 – 3.5, 6+). “Power 94.9 – Utah’s New Hit Music” roars back with a December +1.4 (3.1 – 4.5, 6+) and re-enters the top ten (#11 to #9). Recording boosts of nine-tenths each are iHeartMedia’s KAAZ “Rock 106.7” (3.7, #13 to #12) and co-owned adult contemporary KJMY-HD2 (.2 – 1.1, 6+), which cracks the top twenty at #17. “Rock 106.7” was a combined -1.1 in October/November (3.9 – 3.0 – 2.8, 6+). Ups/downs continue for Bonneville classic hits-oldies KRSP “103.5 The Arrow,” which erodes by -1.3 in December (6.3 – 5.0, second to fourth, 6+). By gaining four-tenths in November, “Arrow” concluded three downward moves in a row that resulted in a -1.7 (7.6 – 7.2 – 6.3 – 5.9, 6+). On top in April, July, and August, KRSP’s July improvement of eight-tenths interrupted May/June’s -1.4 (8.2 – 7.6 – 6.8, 6+), which followed five consecutive increases resulting in an overall +2.5 (5.7 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 7.0 – 7.8 – 8.2, 6+). While it remains flat in third-place, iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted KODJ “94.1 Salt Lake’s Greatest Hits” sputters by a collective -1.9 in three successive setbacks (7.1 – 6.5 – 6.2 – 5.2, 6+). A loss of eight-tenths sends iHeartMedia CHR KZHT “97.1 ZHT Salt Lake’s #1 Hit Music Station” from fourth to sixth and below a five-share (5.7 – 4.9, 6+). While co-owned adult contemporary KJMY-HD2 notches a +.9 (see above), hot AC KJMY-FM “My-99.5” is an overall -1.5 as a result of four downturns in succession (5.9 – 5.4 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.4, eighth to tenth, 6+). Unchanged at #18, KLO Broadcasting’s KSQN “103.1 The Wave – Your Classic Alternative” is down or flat the eighth sweep in a row for a roughly 47% loss (-.8) of its 6+ AQH share (1.7 – 1.5 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1 – .9 – .9 – .9, 6+). These Broadway Media stations are unlisted the 12th  sweep in a row: adult hits KYMV; alternative KXRK; CHR KUDD; country KEGA; and rhythmic CHR KUUU. Meanwhile, Cumulus Media alternative KHTB is now simulcasting KENZ (see above); in November, KHTB notched a 1.8 (#15, 6+).

Las Vegas

Spoken-Word Formats – In an alternating down/up pattern (2.3 – 2.2 – 2.6 – 2.4, September – October – November – December, 6+), Entercom-owned KXNT “News Talk Radio 840” slides from #12 to #18. Even though Beasley Media Group‘s KDWN “The Talk of Las Vegas” is up one half-share as a result of four successive sweeps without a decrease (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.5, 6+), “AM 720 Where Las Vegas Comes to Talk” downshifts from #21 to #22.

In six consecutive up or flat trends, Lotus Communications sports talk KWWN more than tripled (+1.0) its 6+ AQH-share (.4 – .5 – .5 -.5 – .8 – 1.3 – 1.4, 6+), but “ESPN Radio 1100” is now off one-tenth in back-to-back reports (1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2, #21 to #24, 6+). Tied at #27 are KWWN sibling/Golden Knights flagship KRLV “Fox Sports Radio Las Vegas” (flat at .4, 6+) and Entercom sports talk KXST “CBS Sports Radio 1140 AM” (.5 – .4, -.1, #26 to #27, 6+).

After having lost roughly 52% (-2.5) of its 6+ AQH share via three major drops in a row (4.8 – 4.1 – 3.3 – 2.3, 6+), Nevada Public Radio news/talk KNPR answers with a November gain of six-tenths to 2.9 (6+), zooming from #18 to #11.

Las Vegas Music Formats – Bouncing back from November’s loss of six-tenths with an increase twice that margin (7.5 – 8.7, +1.2, 6+), KSNE “Sunny 106.5 – Better Music For A Better Workday” advances from second to first. In December 2018, the iHeartMedia adult contemporary outlet posted a 9.1 (6+). September’s loss of nine-tenths snapped at three its consecutive string of upticks that yielded a +3.8 (4.8 – 6.0 – 7.6 – 8.6, 6+). Prior to May, “Sunny” last fell below a five-share (6+) in October 2017 (4.8, as well). “Holiday” 2018’s 12.8 is the highest 6+-share for any Las Vegas station since the 14.0 KSNE logged in “Holiday” 2016. Despite posting a spike of one-tenth (8.0 – 8.1, 6+), Beasley Media group classic hits-oldies KKLZ “Hits of the ‘80s and More” segues to the runner-up slot after a November-only visit at #1. Nonetheless, KKLZ is a collective +2.0 through six consecutive increases (6.1 – 7.2 – 7.4 – 7.6 – 7.7 – 8.0 – 8.1, 6+) and has its best 6+-share (8.1) since February’s 8.3. Taking over from KSNE at #1 in February, KKLZ remained on top through June, before giving way (again) to “Sunny.” The market’s (6+) hot AC share gets a +1.2 jolt, nearly equally divided between Entercom-owned KMXB “Mix 94.1” (5.2 – 5.9, +.7, fourth to third, 6+) and Beasley Media Group’s KVGS “Star 107.9” (+.6, seventh to fifth). “Mix” notches its best 6+-stat (5.9) since May’s 6.5, while “Star” is +1.1 through five successive sweeps without a loss (3.3 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.4, 6+). Tacking on a December +1.1 to November’s +.6 (3.5 – 4.1 – 5.2, 6+), Lotus Communications’ KWID “La Buena 101.9” jumps from sixth to fourth; its current 5.2 (6+) eclipses June’s 5.1 (6+). Rocketing back into the top ten (#12 to #6), Entercom’s KLUC “98.5 Las Vegas’ #1 Hit Music Station” is a combined +1.0 in November/December (2.8 – 3.1 – 3.8, 6+). Up six-tenths to 2.5, its best 6+-stat since July’s 2.6, Univision Radio regional Mexican KISF “Zona Mx 103.5” progresses from #20 to #16. An overall +1.3 through three improvements in a row (4.5 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.8, 6+), Lotus Communications-owned KXPT “97.1 The Point #1 For Classic Rock” craters by a combined -3.2 (or roughly 55%) in November/December (5.8 – 5.4 – 2.6, 6+), spiraling from #3 to #12. Its December -2.8 is the greatest (6+) November 2019 – December 2019 decrease by any station in the 36 PPM-markets released thus far. Meanwhile, the wild ride continues for iHeartMedia’s KYMT “93.1 The Mountain – World Class Rock,” which was an overall -1.7 via three straight down or flat (August through October) reports (4.1 – 2.7 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+); +1.1 (November); and now -.9 in December (3.5 – 2.6, #8 to #12, 6+). It’s a fairly similar scenario for Entercom rhythmic hot AC KXQQ “Q-100.5,” which was a cumulative +1.1 in five consecutive up or flat moves (3.9 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 5.0, 6+); then -2.1 via four straight sweeps without an increase (5.0 – 3.6 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+); followed by a +1.6 in October/November (2.9 – 3.6 – 4.5, 6+); and now -.7 in December (3.8, fifth to sixth, 6+). In May 2019, KXQQ reached the five-share level (6+) for the first time since May 2018 (5.0, as well). Within 2.1 – 2.7 range (6+) in each of the last 15 ratings periods, Lotus Communications’ KOMP “92.3 The Rock Station” is off one-half share to 1.9 (#17 to #20, 6+). Following five consecutive up or flat reports for a net gain of six-tenths (2.7 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3, 6+), Faith Communications contemporary Christian KSOS “SOS Radio” drops two-tenths to 3.1 (ninth to tenth, 6+). In six straight sweeps without an increase, Beasley Media Group’s country-formatted KCYE “102.7 The Coyote” is an overall -1.5 (4.1 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.0 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.6, 6+) but advances from #13 to #12. Similarly-programmed/iHeartMedia-owned KWNR “95.5 The Bull – Las Vegas’ New Country Leader” is a collective -1.2 in three drops in a row (3.4 – 2.8 – 2.5 – 2.2, #16 to #19, 6+). This is the 11th consecutive time that Entravision Communications regional Mexican KQRT and Spanish contemporary sibling KRRN are unlisted.

Orlando

Spoken-Word Formats – Despite dropping two-tenths (4.7 – 4.5, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned news/talk WTKS “Real Radio 104.1 – We Say What We Want” progresses from ninth to eighth. A combined -1.3 in October/November (5.1 – 4.2 – 3.8, 6+), Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group’s WDBO-FM “News 96.5” recaptures two-tenths to 4.0 (#12 to #11, 6+). Flat at #13, iHeartMedia-owned WFLF “News Radio Orlando,” which gained nine-tenths in October/November (2.5 – 3.1 – 3.4, 6+), is off four-tenths to 3.0 (6+).

Following eight successive up or flat trends for a net gain of +1.1 (.2 – .3 – .3 – .7 – .7 – .7 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.3, 6+), Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group sports talk WDBO-AM “ESPN 580 Orlando” surrenders one-tenth to 1.2 (#16 to #17, 6+). Down one-tenth as well is iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted Magic flagship WYGM “FM 96.9 The Game – Orlando’s Sports Leader” (1.1 – 1.0, #19 to #20, 6+).

Despite being down four-tenths in November/December (3.4 – 3.1 – 3.0, 6+), following a +.9 in September/October (2.5 – 3.3 – 3.4, 6+), Community Communications’ news/talk WMFE “90.7 Public Radio for Central Florida” advances from #15 to #13.

Orlando Music Formats – Over and above notching a +2.3 (7.1, 9.4, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMGF “Magic 107.7” storms from third to first. This (9.4) is the highest 6+-stat for “Magic” since its 14.3 in “Holiday” 2018, the last time it occupied the top spot. Setting the pace the past seven months, Entercom classic hits-oldies WOCL “105-9 Sunny FM – We Own The ‘80s” (9.1 – 9.0, -.1, 6+) segues to #2. Prior to November’s increase of six-tenths, WOCL was a combined -2.5 in September/October (11.0 – 9.5 – 8.5, 6+). Immediately in advance of the September sweep, “Sunny” netted a +3.1 through four consecutive bumps (7.9 – 9.0 – 9.4 – 10.8 – 11.0, 6+). An overall -2.1 via five decreases in a row (8.7 – 8.5 – 7.8 – 7.1 – 7.0 – 6.6, 6+), WMGF’s Spanish tropical cluster-mate, WRUM “Rumba 100.3,” pulls the plug with a December gain of nine-tenths to 7.5 (fourth to third, 6+). WRUM held the runner-up slot three months in a row but fell to third in August. Entravision Communications’ similarly-formatted WNUE is unlisted for the 11th successive report. In an alternating down/up pattern that commenced in August (6.0 – 5.2 – 5.3 – 4.9 – 5.4, 6+), Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group’s WMMO “98.9 Orlando’s Classic Hits” inches up from sixth to fifth. Netting four-tenths in seven up or flat trends in succession (.7 – .7 – .8 – .8 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.1, 6+), University of Central Florida-owned WUCF “89.9 Jazz & More” climbs from #19 to #18. December’s -1.1 to 6.4 (second to fourth, 6+) by iHeartMedia CHR WXXL “XL-106.7 Orlando’s #1 Hit Music Station” vaporizes its October/November improvement of eight-tenths (6.7 – 7.3 – 7.5, 6+). Entercom hot AC WOMX “Mix 105.1” continues an alternating down/up pattern that surfaced in June: 6.5 – 7.1 – 6.7 – 6.8 – 5.9 – 6.1 – 5.2 (fifth to sixth, 6+). Three straight bumps by Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group rhythmic CHR WPYO delivered a +1.1 (3.8 – 3.9 – 4.3, 4.9, 6+) but “Power 95.3 Orlando’s New #1 For All The Hits” forfeits six-tenths to 4.3 (sixth to ninth, 6+). Faltering by six-tenths as well is iHeartMedia’s WJRR “101.1 Orlando’s Rock Station” (3.9 – 3.3, #11 to #12, 6+). Off one-half share each are Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group-owned WWKA “K-92.3 Orlando’s #1 For New Country” (4.7 – 4.2, ninth to tenth, 6+) and its internet stream (.8 – .3, #21 to #23, 6+). Seven recent WWKA fluctuations include: -.5 (May); +.6 (June); -.5 (August); +.6 (September); -.9 (October); +.9 (November); and -.5 (December). Its internet stream was up six-tenths in November.

Cincinnati

Spoken-Word Formats – Notwithstanding that it repeats in the runner-up slot after three straight months at #1, iHeartMedia news/talk WLW (Bengals) is a combined -3.2 in four successive sweeps without an increase (10.7 – 10.7 – 9.8 – 8.7 – 7.5, 6+). This is the lowest 6+-stat for “The Big One” since “Holiday” 2018 (7.5, as well). Co-owned WKRC “55 KRC The Talk Station” has lost four-tenths in November/December (3.1 – 2.8 – 2.7, #13 to #14, 6+).

After more than tripling (+1.1) its 6+ AQH share in four straight up or flat moves (.5 – .8 – .8 – 1.1 – 1.6, 6+), sports talk cluster-mate WCKY “Cincinnati’s ESPN 1530” surrenders four-tenths to 1.2 (6+) and remains at #17. The extremely consistent April 2019 through December 2019 topline for co-owned WSAI “Fox Sports 1360” is: .4 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .3 (#23, 6+).

This is the fourth report a row in which Cincinnati Public Radio news/talk WVXU posts a 2.9 (#11 to #12, 6+).

Cincinnati Music Formats – Owing to six successive downturns, Cumulus Media adult contemporary WRRM was an overall -2.0 and fell below a six share (7.5 – 6.9 – 6.8 – 6.5 – 6.4 – 6.0 – 5.5, 6+); however, “Warm 98.5” erases 70% of that deficit with a December +1.4 to 6.9 (fifth to third, 6+). This time last year, “Warm” logged an 8.3 (6+, December 2018). Down four-tenths in September/October (2.5 – 2.4 – 2.1, 6+), Grant County Broadcasters’ WNKN not only answers with a November/December +2.0, “Classic Country” reaches the four-share threshold and cracks the top ten (2.1 – 2.9 – 4.1, #11 to #8, 6+). Adding seven-tenths to November’s +.1 (2.7 – 2.8 – 3.5, 6+), Radio One urban contemporary WIZF “101.1 The Wiz” jumps from #13 to #11. An overall -1.2 via four straight down or flat moves (4.0 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.0 – 2.8, 6+), urban AC cluster-mate WOSL “100.3 Cinci’s R&B Station” ends the slide with a December gain of two-tenths to 3.0 (#13 to #12, 6+). Off nine-tenths in November/December (9.4 – 9.3 – 8.5, 6+), Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WGRR nonetheless repeats at #1. The only four months this year “103.5 Cincinnati’s Greatest Hits” hasn’t been #1 were January, August, September, and October. Meanwhile, co-owned WNNF “Cat Country 94.1,” which was a collective +2.0 in three straight upticks and crossed the three-share level (1.9 – 2.3 – 2.9 – 3.9, 6+), surrenders 60% of that windfall (2.7, -1.2, 6+) and drifts from the top ten (#8 to #14). Eroding by nine-tenths each are its format rival Hubbard Broadcasting’s WUBE “Get Your Country On B-105.1” (third to fourth) and WUBE’s hot AC cluster-mate WKRQ “Q-102 Cincinnati’s Hit Music” (5.8, fourth to fifth, 6+). “B-105.1” is a combined -1.3 in November/December (7.3 – 6.9 – 6.0, 6+) and has its lowest 6+-stat (6.0) in nearly three years (5.3, “Holiday” 2016). Within 5.4 – 5.9 range (6+) in eight straight survey periods (5.7 – 5.6 – 5.5 – 5.7 – 5.4 – 5.9 – 5.7 – 5.9, 6+), “Q-102” recorded a +.8 in November to 6.7 (6+).

Cleveland

Spoken-Word Formats – Without an increase the fourth straight time for a collective -2.0 (7.2 – 6.5 – 5.8 – 5.5 – 5.2, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WTAM “1100 Cleveland’s News Radio” is flat at #8. Its recent fluctuations include: -.6 (March); +.9 (April); -.7 (May); +.5 (June); +.5 (July); +1.1 (August); -.7 (September) -.7 (October); and -.6 (November). Simulcasting Radio One’s WERE “News Talk 1490 The People’s Station,” cluster-mate WZAK-HD3 popped on in November with a .6 (6+) and doubles that in December to 1.2 (+.6, #19 to #16, 6+). Unlisted in July, August, and September, Salem Media Group news/talk WHK “AM 1420 The Answer, News-Opinion-Insight” resurfaced in print in October and logs a .9 (6+) the third time in a row (#17 to #18, 6+).

In addition to progressing from seventh to sixth, Entercom’s WKRK “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” (Browns) has more than doubled (+3.1) its 6+ AQH share via six successive spikes (3.0 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 4.4 – 5.3 – 5.7 – 6.1, 6+).

Immediately after September’s -1.3 (4.0 – 2.7, 6+), Ideastream-owned news/talk WCPN gains a cumulative nine-tenths in three successive up or flat moves (2.7 – 3.3 – 3.6 – 3.6, #12 to #11, 6+).

Cleveland Music Formats – Not only does Entercom adult contemporary WDOK triple November’s gain of six-tenths with a December +1.8 (7.2 – 9.0, 6+), “Cleveland’s Star 102” marches from third to first. By way of comparison, “Star” posted an 8.2 (6+) in December 2018. Dislodged from the top spot after three consecutive months there is iHeartMedia-owned WMJI “Majic 105.7 – Cleveland’s Greatest Hits” (9.4 – 8.8, first to second, 6+). Prior to shifting to third in August, WMJI was the market leader eight straight sweeps. Recent “Majic” shifts include: +2.8 (“Holiday” 2018); -1.7 (January 2019); +.8 (February); +1.0 (March); -1.0 (April); -.6 (July); -1.0 (August); +.8 (September); +.8 (November); and -.6 (December). Four positive or neutral trends in succession by Entercom hot AC WQAL “Q-104” yield eight-tenths (3.8 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.4 – 4.6, steady at #10, 6+). This (4.6) is its best 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2018’s 4.7. Radio One urban AC WZAK-FM is up one-half share and is unchanged at #4). WZAK-FM has been -1.1 (July); +1.5 (August/September); -1.2 (October/November); and now +.5 (7.0 – 7.5, 6+). Directly following November’s uptick of nine-tenths, iHeartMedia-owned WGAR “99.5 Cleveland’s #1 For New Country” forfeits seven-tenths (9.0 – 8.3, second to third, 6+). WGAR’s June 2019 through October 2019 topline was: 8.1 – 8.1 – 8.3 – 8.0 – 8.1 (6+). Carrying on at #13, CHR sibling WAKS “96.5 Kiss FM” is within 3.1 – 3.9 range the 11th successive time (3.6 – 3.9 – 3.1 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3.9 – 3.8 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 3.2, 6+).

Kansas City

Spoken-Word Formats – A collective +1.6 in three straight up or flat trends (4.5 – 5.4 – 6.1 – 6.1, 6+), Entercom news/talk KMBZ-FM “98.1 News-Traffic-Weather” surrenders half that increase (5.3, -.8, 6+) but continues in fifth-place. Following November’s gain of three-tenths, which halted four consecutive down or flat reports that led to a -.5 (2.3 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 1.8 – 1.8, 6+), co-owned KMBZ-AM “Talk 980” drops one-tenth (2.1 – 2.0, #18 to #19, 6+). Flat at #21, Cumulus Media’s KCMO-AM “Talk Radio 710 AM” has a July 2019 through December 2019 topline of: 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.3 – 1.3 (6+).

In addition to slumping by six-tenths in November/December (4.2 – 3.8 – 3.6, 6+), Union Broadcasting’s WHB “Sports Radio 810” departs the top ten (#9 to #12). October’s 4.2 was its best 6+-stat since January (5.0). Meanwhile, Entercom-owned KCSP “610 Sports Radio” duplicates November’s loss of six-tenths (3.4 – 2.8 – 2.2, #15 to #17, 6+). The November decline halted three straight improvements that netted nine-tenths (2.5 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.4,  6+). That streak directly followed three drops in succession that resulted in a -1.5 (4.0 – 3.9 – 3.3 – 2.5, 6+).

Off by six-tenths as well is University of Missouri news/talk KCUR, which completely erases November’s +.6 (4.1 – 4.7 – 4.1, sixth to ninth, 6+). In November, 4.7 KCUR had its best 6+-stat since May (4.7, as well).

Kansas City Music Formats –It’s a mixed bag for the market’s three country FMs. Specifically, Steel City Media’s KBEQ “Q-104 New Hit Country” registers a +1.3 (4.7, #13 to #7, 6+) and Entercom’s WDAF “106.5 The Wolf” improves by one half share (3.8 – 4.3, ninth to eighth, 6+); however, Steel City Media’s KFKF “Country 94.1” regresses by seven-tenths (5.7, fourth to third, 6+). “Q-104” had been an overall -1.6 in three straight downturns (5.0 – 4.9 – 4.5, – 3.4, 6+), while “The Wolf” – a combined -1.4 in September/October (4.2 – 3.2 – 2.8, 6+) – logged a +1.0 in November. Powered by November’s +1.5, “Country 94.1” was +1.9 in October/November (4.5 – 4.9 – 6.4, 6+). Its November 6.4 (6+) marked the first time any Kansas City country outlet crossed the six-share level since KFKF did so in August 2018 (6.2, 6+). Having reached the nine-share level (6+) in June and July (9.2 each time), Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies KCMO-FM does so again in December (8.6 – 9.3, 6+); “94.9 Kansas City’s Greatest Hits” is anchored in the runner-up slot the sixth straight month. From January through June, KCMO-FM was +3.8 through six successive sweeps without a loss (5.4 – 6.6 – 7.7 – 7.9 – 7.9 – 9.2 – 9.2, 6+). Eight recent KCMO-FM fluctuations include: +1.6 (“Holiday” 2018); -1.3 (January 2019); +1.2 (February); +1.1 (March); +1.3 (June); -.6 (August); +.6 (October); and +.7 (December). Following four decreases in a row for a collective -1.5 (4.9 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.7 – 3.4, 6+), Entercom’s KQRC “98.9 The Rock” ends the slide with an increase of four-tenths to 3.8 (6+) and re-enters the top ten (#13 to #10). Tacking on one-half share to November’s increase of six-tenths (4.1 – 4.7 – 5.2, flat at #6, 6+), hot AC sibling KZPT “99.7 The Point” reaches the five-share level (5.2, 6+) for the first time in more than two years (5.1, November 2017). Answering November’s -.6 with a December +.3 (9.9 – 10.3, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KCFX “101 The Fox – Kansas City’s Classic Rock Station” (Chiefs) is #1 the six month in a row. KCFX was a combined +1.2 in September/October (9.3 – 10.3 – 10.5, 6+). An August loss of six-tenths curtailed four straight gains that netted a +2.6 (7.3 – 7.7 – 8.4 – 8.6 – 9.9, 6+). In this year’s 12 survey periods, “The Fox” has been on top nine times (January, February, May, July, August, September, October, November, and December), while aforementioned classic hits-oldies sibling, KCMO-FM, has set the pace the other three (March, April, and June). Eroding by -1.2 (6.7 – 5.5, 6+), Carter Broadcast Group urban contemporary KPRS “Hot 103 Jamz” slips from third to fourth and is below a six-share (5.5, 6+) for the first time since “Holiday” 2018’s 5.8. Up nine-tenths in October/November (2.9 – 3.4 – 3.8, 6+), Steel City Media adult contemporary KCKC “KC-102.1 Today’s Best Variety” slumps by seven-tenths to 3.1 (6+) and departs the top ten (#9 to #14). Unchanged at #20, Cumulus Media-owned KCJK “105.1 The X – Kansas City’s Rock Alternative” is a collective -1.0 in three straight drops (2.6 – 2.5 – 1.7 – 1.6, #18 to #20, 6+). Prior to November, the last time KCJK fell below a two-share (6+) was in February (1.9).

Columbus

Spoken-Word Formats –  Off a combined four-tenths in November/December (6.4 – 6.1 – 6.0, 6+), directly after September/October’s +1.4 (5.0 – 5.6 – 6.4, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WTVN “News Radio 610” repeats in fifth-place.

The five most recent trends for Tegna’s WBNS-FM “Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan” are: 4.0 – 5.7 – 7.0 – 6.9 – 7.4 (third to second, 6+). Co-owned/similarly formatted WBNS-AM logs a .2 (6+) the third time in a row and remains at #19.

Up nine-tenths through three straight gains (4.3 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.2, 6+), Ohio State University news/talk WOSU relinquishes two-thirds of that increase (4.6, -.6, sixth to eighth, 6+).

Columbus Music Formats – Three downturns in succession by iHeartMedia adult hits WODC led to a collective -1.8 (5.6 – 4.7 – 4.2 – 3.8, 6+) but “93.3 The Bus” bounces back with a +2.1 in November/December (3.8 – 3.9 – 5.9, ninth to sixth, 6+). Prior to the June sweep, “The Bus” notched three consecutive up or flat sweeps that yielded a +1.0 (4.1 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 5.1, 6+). WODC has been -4.1 (January 2019); +.9 (May); -.5 (June); +1.0 (July); -.9 (August); -.5 (September) and +2.0 (December). Improving by six-tenths each are Radio One urban AC WXMG “Magic 95.5” (4.0, #11 to #9, 6+), which lost three-tenths in October/November (3.7 – 3.5 – 3.4, 6+), and Saga Communications hot AC WVMX “Mix 107.9,” a combined +.9 in November/December (1.9 – 2.2 – 2.8, #13 to #12, 6+). Duplicating November’s increase of one-half share (6.2 – 6.7 – 7.2, 6+), Saga Communications adult contemporary WSNY “Sunny 95” advances from fourth to third. Immediately following its +.9 as a result of three successive up or flat trends (6.7 – 6.9 – 6.9 – 7.6, 6+), “Sunny 95” was a combined -1.4 in September/October (7.6 – 6.9 – 6.2, 6+). Off a cumulative -2.4 in three successive downturns (6.9 – 6.7 – 6.3 – 4.5, 6+) and falling below a five-share for the first time since April 2016 (4.5, as well), co-owned WLVQ “Q-FM 96 Iconic Rock” applies the brakes with a +.4 to 4.9 (flat at #7, 6+). On one hand, iHeartMedia-owned WCOL  is #1 the 25th sweep in a row but “92.3 Columbus’ #1 For New Country” spirals by -1.1 (10.9 – 9.8, 6+) and fails to reach double-digits (6+) for the first time since June 2017. WCOL was up a combined seven-tenths in August/September (10.8 – 11.2 – 11.5, 6+), just after its overall -2.2 in three straight declines (13.0 -11.7 – 11.1 – 10.8, 6+). Sample WCOL fluctuations include: -2.1 (“Holiday” 2018); +.8 (January 2019); +.7 (February); +1.2 (April); -1.3 (May); -.6 (June); -.8 (October); and -1.1 (December). On the heels of November’s +.9, co-owned CHR WNCI erodes by -1.5 (7.8 – 6.3, 6+), segueing from second to fourth. Entering the November sweep, “97.9 Columbus’ Hit Music Station” was an overall -1.7 in five straight down or flat moves (8.6 – 7.4 – 7.1 – 6.9 – 6.9 – 6.9, 6+). After being +.8 in October/November (3.2 – 3.3 – 4.0, 6+), co-owned urban contemporary WZCB “106.7 The Beat” forfeits seven-tenths to 3.3 (6+) and exits the top ten (#8 to #11). Radio One gospel WJYD netted nine-tenths in four successive increases (1.1 – 1.4 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 2.0, 6+) and had its strongest 6+-showing since May (2.0, as well) but “Joy 107.1” falters in December by one-half share to 1.5 (#14 to #15, 6+). Without an increase the fifth time in succession for a net loss of three-tenths and repeating at #16 (1.7 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.4, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rock WXZX “105.7 The Brew” has its lowest 6+-stat (1.4) since March (1.2).

December PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Two

| December 27, 2019

December 2019 PPM Data. Information for the December 2019 ratings period has been released for Washington (DC), Boston, Miami, Seattle, Detroit, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. Nielsen Audio’s December 2019 survey period covered November 7 – December 4. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM-markets below.

Washington, DC

Spoken-Word Formats – Locked on 5.1 (6+) in September and October before notching a November gain of six-tenths, Cumulus Media news/talk WMAL drops two-tenths (5.7 – 5.5, fourth to sixth, 6+). March 2019’s 6.8 represents its best 6+-stat in the PPM-era. For the 17th sweep in succession, Radio One’s WOL “News Talk – Where Information Is Power” is unlisted.

After logging six straight up or flat moves for an overall +1.7 (3.1 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 4.3 – 4.8, 6+), Entercom sports talk WJFK-FM “106.7 The Fan” erodes by -2.1 to 2.7 (6+) and fades from the top ten (#8 to #15). This -2.1 is the largest (6+) November 2019 – December decrease by any station in the 24 PPM-markets whose data has been released thus far. Conversely, the flagship of the 2019 World Series champion Nationals registered the highest 6+-share (4.8, November 2019) by any D.C. sports talk outlet in the PPM-era. Radio One’s similarly-formatted WTEM “980 The Team,” which gained one-half share in September/October (.6 – .9 – 1.1, 6+), repeats November’s 1.0 (#20 to #19, 6+). Even though Cumulus Media sports talk WSBN drops one-tenth (.3 – .2, 6+), “ESPN 630 AM The Sports Capitol” elevates from #29 to #26.

Down two-tenths (8.1 – 7.9, 6+) after November’s spike of seven-tenths, Hubbard Broadcasting all-news WTOP-FM downshifts from second to third. Before gaining one-tenth in August, WTOP-FM was an overall -2.5 in six successive down or flat sweeps (10.4 – 9.8 – 9.7 – 8.7 – 8.7 – 8.2 – 7.9, 6+). It segued to the runner-up slot in July following six straight months at #1. Entercom business news WDCH answers November’s loss of six-tenths with a December improvement of one-tenth (.5 – .6, #24 to #23, 6+).

Notwithstanding a one-tenth dip (8.9 – 8.8, 6+), American University-owned news/talk WAMU “The Mind Is Our Medium” is #1 the third time in a row. Its previous three fluctuations were -.8 (8.2 – 7.4, September, 6+); +.7 (7.4 – 8.1, October, 6+); and +.8 (8.1 – 8.9, November, 6+); November’s 8.9 was its best 6+-stat since March (8.9, as well).

Washington, DC Music Formats – A December uptick of +2.7 (5.4 – 8.1, 6+) enables iHeartMedia adult contemporary WASH “Variety of the 80s, 90s, & Today” to jump from fifth to second. WASH posted a 7.3 (6+) this time last year (December 2018). A combined +.8 in September/October (5.3 – 5.6 – 6.1, 6+), WASH forfeited seven-tenths in November. Erasing 75% of November’s -1.2 with a December +.9 (5.0 – 5.9, 6+), Atlantic Gateway Communications contemporary Christian WGTS jumps from seventh to fifth. Entering the November sweep, “91.9 Christian Music Radio” was an overall +2.0 in four straight up or flat moves (4.2 – 4.3 – 5.1 – 6.2 – 6.2, 6+). At the same time that Radio One urban AC WMMJ “Majic” gains two-tenths (7.4 – 7.6 third to fourth, 6+), Howard University’s similarly-programmed WHUR drops two-tenths (5.4 – 5.2, fifth to seventh, 6+). On a September-October-November rollercoaster ride, “Majic” was -.8 (8.2 – 7.4, September, 6+); +.6 (7.4 – 8.0, October, 6+); and -.6 (8.0 – 7.4, November, 6+). When WMMJ added two-tenths in July, it suspended three consecutive dips that resulted in a cumulative loss of seven-tenths (8.2 – 7.8 – 7.7 – 7.5, 6+). Meanwhile, WHUR added two-tenths in November to curtail five down or flat reports in a row that accounted for a collective -1.3 (6.5 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.2, 6+). Off one-tenth in back-to-back reports (6.5 – 6.4 – 6.3, 6+), WHUR regained that deficit with a May pickup of … two-tenths. While it is flat at #14, Entercom rhythmic CHR WPGC is down a cumulative nine-tenths in four straight down or flat trends and falls below a three-share (3.7 – 3.7 – 3.3 – 3.0 – 2.8, 6+).

Boston

Spoken-Word Formats – Following nine successive up or flat trends that netted a +1.8 (2.1 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 3.9, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WRKO “AM 680 – The Voice of Boston” has now lost seven-tenths in three consecutive reports without an increase (3.9 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.2, #11 to #12, 6+). Co-owned WXKS-AM “Talk 1200,” which faltered by roughly 57% (-.4) of its 6+ AQH share via three successive sweeps without an improvement (.7 – .4 – .3 – .3, 6+), ends the slide with a +.1 to .4 (#30 to #27, 6+).

An overall +2.5 in three bumps in a row (3.7 – 5.0 – 6.1 – 6.2, 6+), Beasley Media Group-owned WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” (Patriots, Celtics, Bruins) relinquishes 44% of that increase in December (5.1, -1.1, third to fifth, 6+). November’s 6.2 was its best 6+-stat since May (7.0). Four consecutive sweeps without a loss by Entercom-owned WEEI-FM netted a +1.6 (3.3 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.4 – 4.9, 6+) but the Red Sox flagship surrenders three-tenths to 4.6 (sixth to seventh, 6+). November 2019’s 4.9 represents the strongest 6+-showing for WEEI-FM since its 5.7 in November 2018)

Albeit down an overall seven-tenths through four straight negative or neutral reports (5.5 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 4.8, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned news-talk hybrid WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” climbs from seventh to sixth.

On the heels of November’s +1.0 (3.5 – 4.5, 6+), Boston University news/talk WBUR sputters by six-tenths to 3.9 (6+) and repeats in eighth-place. Bouncing back from a November loss of six-tenths with a December gain of two-tenths (3.1 – 3.3, 6+), WGBH Educational Foundation news/talk WGBH progresses from #13 to #11. Its November decrease snapped at four its consecutive string of up or flat trends that yielded a +1.5 (2.2 – 2.2 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.7, 6+).

Boston Music Formats – By doubling November’s +1.1 with a December +2.2 (4.7 – 5.8 – 8.0, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary WMJX “Magic 106.7 – Today’s Hits/Yesterday’s Favorites” jumps from fourth to second. Its 8.0 (December 2019, 6+) compares to 8.9 (6+) in December 2018. Entering the November ratings period, “Magic” had a net loss of -2.2 via four decreases in a row (6.9 – 6.4 – 6.0 – 5.8 – 4.7, 6+). “Magic” was a combined +.8 in May/June (6.1 – 6.2 – 6.9, 6+). Pinging “Beantown” from Worcester (roughly 40 miles to the west), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WSRS doubles (+.6) November’s .6 to 1.2 (6+). “Worcester’s At-Work Station” checks in at #23 with its best 6+ Boston stat (1.2) since “Holiday” 2018’s 1.5. Up a combined six-tenths in November/December (2.0 – 2.1 – 2.6, 6+), co-owned WBWL “101.7 The Bull – New Hit Country” zooms from #16 to #11. Despite being off four-tenths (8.5 – 8.1, 6+), Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies WROR “105.7 – 80s & More” is #1 the ninth month in a row. October’s increase of three-tenths followed WROR’s combined -1.2 in August/September (8.8 – 7.7 – 7.6, 6+). Surrendering in full November’s half-share improvement (2.5 – 3.0 – 2.5, 6+), Northeast Broadcasting triple A WXRV “92.5 The River – Independent Radio” slips from #14 to #16. Off by one-half share as well is iHeartMedia urban AC WKAF, which has now lost more than 50% (-1.4) of its 6+-share via six negative or neutral reports in succession (2.7 – 2.6 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 1.8 – 1.3, 6+); “97.7 The Beat of Boston” exits the top twenty (#18 to #21). The August 2019 through December 2019 topline for CHR sibling WXKS-FM is: 6.3 – 6.3 – 6.5 – 6.4 – 6.5 (6+). “Kiss 108,” which had been in the runner-up slot the past six months, segues to third. With a +.3 in November (1.4 – 1.7, 6+), Entercom-owned/similarly-formatted WODS pulled the plug on nine survey periods in a row without an increase that led to a net loss of -1.1 or approximately 44% of its 6+ AQH share (2.5 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 1.8 – 1.6 – 1.4, 6+). In December, however, “103.3 Amp Radio” forfeits one-tenth to 1.6 (#19 to #20, 6+).

Miami

English-Language Spoken-Word Formats – A true model of consistency, iHeartMedia news/talk WIOD “News Radio 610 – Miami’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” has an April 2019 through December 2019 topline of: 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 2.5 (unchanged at #16, 6+).

After nearly tripling its 6+ AQH share (+.7) through five consecutive increases (.5 – 6 – .7 – 1.0 – 1.2 – 1.4, 6+), Entercom-owned WQAM “560 The Joe” (Dolphins, Florida Panthers) drops one-tenth to 1.3 (6+) but continues at #23. It’s a fairly similar scenario for co-owned WAXY “Sports Talk 790 The Ticket” (Heat), which more than doubled its 6+-stat in October/November (.3 – .5 – .7, 6+) but forfeits one-tenth to .6 (#27 to #29, 6+).

Recapturing the one-tenth it lost in November (2.3 – 2.2 – 2.3, 6+), Dade County School Board news/talk WLRN inches up from #18 to #17.

Miami Music Formats – The market’s (6+) adult contemporary share balloons by +1.3 as Entercom-owned WLYF “101.5 Lite FM” is up eight-tenths and Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group’s WFEZ “Easy 93.1” improves by one-half share. As a result of three up or flat moves in a row, “Lite FM” is an overall +1.3  (5.3 – 5.8 – 5.8 – 6.6, fourth to second, 6+) and has its best 6+-showing since February (6.6, as well). Stuck on 7.0 (6+) in September, October, and November, “Easy” now sits at 7.5 (6+) and is #1 the 12th consecutive ratings period. “Easy” was down eight-tenths in February; up by that same magnitude in March; and notched an improvement of … eight-tenths in June. In addition to WLYF, Spanish Broadcasting System-owned Spanish tropical WXDJ logs a December 2019 gain of eight-tenths and cracks the top ten (3.6 – 4.4, #11 to #8, 6+). By notching a November improvement of one-tenth, “El Zol 106.7” interrupted eight straight negative or neutral reports that resulted in an overall -1.4 (4.9 – 4.8 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.5 – 3.5, 6+). Following November’s half-share increase, iHeartMedia-owned WBGG “Big 105.9 – South Florida’s Classic Rock” falters by -1.0 (4.3 – 3.3, 6+) and departs the top ten (#8 to #11). Prior to November, WBGG had been within 3.0 – 3.9 range (6+) in each of the previous 28 sweeps; it reached the four-share level (4.3, 6+) for the first time since August 2017’s 4.1 (6+). In three straight drops, Entercom classic hits-oldies WMXJ “102.7 The Beach” is a collective -1.0 (5.8 – 5.7 – 5.2 – 4.8, 6+) and is unchanged at #5. Without an increase the seventh successive month for a net loss of -1.0 (3.1 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.1, #18 to #19, 6+), co-owned WKIS “Kiss Country 99.9” records its lowest 6+-stat since October 2017 (2.1, as well). Up seven-tenths via three upticks in a row (3.0 – 3.1 – 3.5 – 3.7, 6+), Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group CHR WFLC “Hits 97.3” falters by three-tenths in November to 3.4 (ninth to tenth, 6+). WFLC has a four-tenths advantage over iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted WHYI “Y-100 Miami’s #1 Hit Music Station,” a combined -.4 in November/December (3.4 – 3.1 – 3.0, #14 to #13, 6+), directly after netting eight-tenths in four straight up or flat trends (2.6 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.4, 6+).

Seattle

Spoken-Word Formats – When Bonneville-owned KIRO-FM dropped one-tenth in November (5.0 – 4.9, 6+), it managed to advance from fourth to third. Now that it regains that one-tenth (4.9 – 5.0, 6+), “97.3 Seattle’s News/Seattle’s Talk” backshifts from third to fourth. On the plus side, December’s increase suspends three successive sweeps without an increase that accounted for a net loss of two-tenths (5.1 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 4.9, 6+). News/talk cluster-mate KTTH “Conservative Talk Radio,” which picked up three-tenths in three straight up or flat moves (1.5 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 1.8, 6+), surrenders two-tenths to 1.6 (#22 to #23, 6+). Having posted a gain of two-tenths in back-to-back reports (.8 – 1.0 – 1.2, 6+), Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned KVI “Talk Radio 570” is off one-tenth to 1.1 (6+) but stays at #25.

Albeit down two-tenths (3.9 – 3.7, 6+), Bonneville sports talk KIRO-AM “ESPN 710” (Seahawks) repeats at #11.

September’s increase of seven-tenths halted four straight down or flat trends that resulted in a collective -1.3 (4.3 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+). More than quadrupling (+1.6) its 6+ AQH share in five straight up or flat moves (.5 – .8 – 1.3 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 2.1, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KJR-AM “Seattle’s Sports Radio 950” advances from #23 to #22.

Locked on 3.1 (6+) in October and November, Sinclair Broadcast Group all-news KOMO dips one-tenth to 3.0 (flat at #14, 6+); August’s 3.2 was its best 6+-stat since November 2017’s 3.4.

Even though KUOW nets a +1.6 via three straight upticks (4.5 – 5.0 – 5.5 – 6.1, 6+) – completely expunging its collective -1.6 through four consecutive decreases (6.1 – 5.6 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 4.5, 6+) – the Northwest Public Radio news/talk outlet downshifts from second to third.

Seattle Music Formats – Not only does Hubbard Broadcasting adult contemporary KRWM replace November’s loss of two-tenths with a December improvement nine-times that magnitude (4.8 – 6.6, +1.8, 6+), “Warm 106.9” vaults from fifth to first. By way of comparison, KRWM logged an 8.8 in December 2018 (6+). Entering the November report, “Warm” was up a collective seven-tenths in three consecutive reports without a decrease (4.3 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 5.0, 6+). As a result of three setbacks in a row, Entercom’s similarly-formatted KSWD “94.1 The Sound” is a combined -1.4 (5.5 – 5.2 – 4.4 – 4.1, eighth to ninth, 6+). This directly follows its +1.1 in August/September (4.4 – 5.4 – 5.5, 6+). “The Sound” and “Warm” were separated by one-tenth in May (4.5 – 4.4, 6+); June (4.5 – 4.4, as well, 6+); and July (4.4 – 4.3, 6+). After three successive months at #1, Hubbard Broadcasting CHR KQMV “MOViN’ 92.5 – Seattle’s #1 Hit Music Station” (7.8 – 6.4, -1.4, 6+) segues to second-place. An overall -1.0 in four down or flat trends in a row (7.0 – 6.8 – 6.8 – 6.6 – 6.0, 6+), KQMV ended the slump in June with a gain of one-tenth. “MOViN’” made it to #1 in April, the first time it reached the lead spot since November 2018. Recording positive spikes of seven-tenths each are iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KJR-FM “95.7 The Jet” (tenth to sixth) and Sinclair Broadcast Group hot AC KPLZ “Star 101.5 – Today’s Best Mix” (#17 to #13). “The Jet” (3.8 – 4.1 – 4.8, 6+) and “Star” (2.4 – 2.7 – 3.4, 6+) are both +1.0 in November/December. Following four straight down or flat moves that accounted for a cumulative -1.3 (4.3 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.4 – 3.0, 6+), Entercom’s KNDD “107.7 The End Alternative Seattle” chalks up a half-share increase to 3.5 (#15 to #12, 6+). Off eight-tenths in November/December (4.7 – 4.6 – 3.9, 6+), iHeartMedia adult hits KJAQ “96.5 Jack FM – Playing What We Want” falls below a four-share (sixth to tenth, 3.9, 6+) for the first time since May’s 3.7. Hubbard Broadcasting-owned KNUC “New Country 98.9 The Bull” is an overall -1.5 in three drops in a row (4.4 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 2.9, #12 to #16, 6+). After more than doubling (+2.2) its 6+ AQH share in eight successive up or flat sweeps (2.1 – 2.1 – 2.4 – 2.8 – 3.3 – 3.5 – 4.0 – 4.2 – 4.3, 6+), “The Bull” surrendered one-tenth in August and gained two-tenths in September. Its format foe – Entercom’s KKWF “100.7 The Wolf #1 For Country” –  is down one-half share in November/December (4.9 – 4.6 – 4.4, sixth to seventh, 6+), immediately after three straight increases yielded eight-tenths (4.1 – 4.3 – 4.6 – 4.9, 6+).

Detroit

Spoken-Word Formats – Four straight gains by Cumulus Media’s WJR (Lions) led to a +1.1 (2.0 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.9 – 3.1, 6+) but “News Talk 760” falters by nine-tenths to 2.2 (#15 to #18, 6+). The just-concluded positive streak trailed six consecutive reports without an increase that resulted in a -1.7 (3.7 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.1 – 2.6 – 2.0, 6+).

In an analogous course of events, Entercom sports talk WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” (Pistons, Red Wings) was a collective +1.6 in three straight upticks (3.9 – 4.3 – 4.7 – 5.5, 6+) but falters by seven-tenths to 4.8 (sixth to seventh, 6+). “The Ticket” had been an overall -1.5 through three successive decreases (5.4 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 3.9, 6+).

Three successive downturns by co-owned WWJ resulted in an overall -1.5 (5.9 – 5.4 – 5.1 – 4.4, 6+) but “News Radio 950” ends the slide with a December increase of two-tenths to 4.6 (ninth to eighth, 6+). WWJ was #1 in March and posted a +1.1 in August.

Anchored at #20, Michigan Public Media news/talk WUOM has a June 2019 through December 2019 topline of: 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 2.1 – 1.9 – 2.0 – 1.6 (6+). Prior to September, WUOM last reached the two-share level (6+) in November 2017 (2.1, as well). Up a collective half-share as a result of four successive modest gains (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.4 – 1.5, 6+), Wayne State University news/talk WDET forfeits one-tenth to 1.4 (#21 to #22, 6+).

Detroit Music Formats – Winning ways continue for iHeartMedia adult contemporary WNIC “100.3 The Best Variety of the 80s, 90s, & Today,” which is +3.9 through four successive spikes (5.6 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.2 – 9.5, 6+) and repeats at #1. At this time last year, WNIC flashed a 12.2 (December 2018, 6+). Its “Holiday” 2018 17.9 is the largest 6+ AQH share by any Detroit station in the PPM-era. On top in December 2018 and “Holiday” 2018, WNIC more than tripled (+12.2) its 6+-share via four straight increases (5.7 – 6.2 – 6.6 – 12.2 – 17.9, 6+). On the other hand, Entercom-owned/similarly formatted WDZH “98.7 The Breeze” is a combined -1.1 in November/December (4.2 – 4.0 – 3.1, #13 to #15, 6+) and has its softest 6+-stat (3.1) since January’s 2.9. Trending 5.9 – 5.7 – 5.8 – 5.7 (August 2019 through November 2019, 6+), its classic hits-oldies sibling, WOMC “104.3 Detroit’s Greatest Hits,” improves by one-half share to 6.2 (third to second, 6+), its best 6+-performance since November 2018’s 7.0. Making modest November 2019 – December 2019 increases are cluster-mate WYCD “99.5 Detroit Country Music” (4.5, +.1, repeating at #9, 6+) and Cumulus Media’s similarly-formatted WDRQ “93.1 Nash FM” (2.9, +.2, #17 to #16, 6+). WYCD had lost nine-tenths in five consecutive sweeps without an increase (5.3 – 4.8 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.4, 6+); WDRQ dropped one-tenth in back-to-back reports (2.9 – 2.8 – 2.7, 6+), directly after posting seven consecutive up or flat trends for an overall +1.3 (1.6 – 1.9 – 2.4 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+). Not only does iHeartMedia urban contemporary WJLB falter by four-tenths to 4.0 (6+), thus halting four straight bumps that resulted in a +1.3 (3.1 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 4.4, 6+), “97.9 – Detroit’s Hip-Hop and R&B” departs the top ten (#9 to #12). The just-concluded streak immediately trailed four straight survey periods without an increase that led to a -1.0 (4.1 – 3.9 – 3.3 – 3.1 – 3.1, 6+). Radio One gospel WDMK-HD2 posted a .8 (6+) in October; disappeared from print in November; and resurfaces in December with a 1.1 (#22, 6+).

Phoenix

Spoken-Word Formats – Off four-tenths (4.0 – 3.6, 6+), Bonneville news/talk KTAR-FM (Arizona Cardinals) slips from sixth to seventh. From May through September, iHeartMedia’s KFYI was a collective -.9 (3.1 – 2.8 – 2.5 – 2.4 – 2.2, 6+). “News Talk 550” was then +.5 (October); -.2 (November); and now +.3 in November (2.5 – 2.8, #16 to #14, 6+).

A combined -1.0 in June/July (3.1 – 2.2 – 2.1, 6+) and then +1.0 via three straight up or flat trends (2.1 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 3.1, 6+), Bonneville sports talk KMVP-FM “98.7 Arizona Sports” (Suns, Arizona Coyotes) drops six-tenths in November/December (3.1 – 3.0 – 2.5, #13 to #17, 6+). Meanwhile, co-owned KTAR-AM returns the three-tenths it picked up in November (.3 – .6 – .3, #30, 6+).

This is the fifth consecutive report without a loss for Maricopa County Community College news/talk KJZZ, which is up six-tenths in that stretch (3.4 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.0, 6+) and climbs from seventh to fifth.

Phoenix Music Formats – Tacking on a whopping +3.9 to November’s +.1 (7.0 – 7.1 – 11.0, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ is #1 the sixth time in a row. This (11.0) is its best 6+-performance since “Holiday” 2018’s 15.0; KESZ notched a 9.7 (6+) in December 2018. September’s decrease suspended five consecutive improvements that netted a +1.7 (5.3 – 5.5 – 5.9 – 6.5 – 6.8 – 7.0, 6+). An increase of eight-tenths by Entercom classic hits-oldies KOOL (5.8 – 6.6, fourth to third, 6+) precisely doubles what it logged in December 2018 (3.3, 6+). Stuck on 4.1 (6+) in October and November, Hubbard Broadcasting-owned KUPD “Arizona’s Real Rock” falters by nine-tenths to 3.2 (6+) and drops from fifth to ninth. Sputtering by nine-tenths as well is iHeartMedia’s KNIX “102.5 Today’s Best Country & All-Time Favorites,” which has plummeted by -2.2 in three setbacks in succession (5.2 – 4.3 – 3.9 – 3.0, 6+), and departs the top ten (#7 to #12). It is tied with Entercom’s similarly-programmed KMLE “Country 107.9” (3.0, -.3, flat at #12, 6+), which was a combined +.5 in October/November (2.8 – 2.9 – 3.3, 6+). Frozen on 1.7 (6+) in October and November Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KQMR “Latino Mix 100.3” relinquishes one-half share to 1.2 (#27, 6+).

Minneapolis

Spoken-Word Formats – A bump of one-tenth (4.2 – 4.3, 6+) is sufficient to propel Entercom-owned WCCO “News Radio 830” (Minnesota Timberwolves) back into the top ten (#12 to #10). November’s -1.8 curtailed three straight up or flat moves that yielded seven-tenths (5.3 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.0, 6+). Three consecutive gains provided Hubbard Broadcasting news/talk KTMY with a collective +.5 (2.5 – 2.7 – 2.8 – 3.0, 6+) but “My Talk 107.1” relinquishes 40% of that increase (2.8, -.2, flat at #14, 6+). Repeating at #15, iHeartMedia’s KTLK “Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130,” which gained six-tenths in August, is off one-half share in November/December (3.1 – 2.9 – 2.6, 6+).

Over and above being a cumulative +3.9 in eight straight positive or neutral moves (3.9 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.3 – 5.3 – 6.1 – 6.8 – 7.3 – 7.8, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KFXN “Sports Radio 100.3 K-Fan” (Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Wild) marches from third to first. While steady at #22, Hubbard Broadcasting sports talk KSTP-AM “ESPN 1500” drops one-tenth to .8 (6+), thus suspending three sweeps in a row without a loss that yielded three-tenths (.6 – .7 – .9 – .9, 6+).

Off two-tenths in three straight sweeps without an increase (6.5 – 6.4 – 6.3 – 6.3, 6+), Minnesota Public Radio news/talk KNOW busts out a +.5 to 6.8 (6+) yet backshifts from fourth to fifth.

Minneapolis Music Formats – A November/December +1.3 by iHeartMedia-owned classic hits-oldies KQQL “Kool 108” (5.7 – 5.9 – 7.0, fifth to fourth, 6+) wipes away all but one-half share of its overall -1.8 from three decreases in a row (7.5 – 7.0 – 6.5 – 5.7, 6+). Before logging a +1.0 in May, KQQL had approximately 54% (-6.8) of its 6+ AQH share vanish through four straight negative or flat trends (12.6 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 5.8, 6+). Ousted from the penthouse in June by Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC KSTP-FM, “Kool 108” returned the favor in July, but was (again) dislodged by KSTP-FM in August. Cumulus Media-owned KQRS “Minnesota’s Classic Rock” is a combined +.8 in November/December (5.4 – 5.6 – 6.2, unchanged at #6, 6+) and reaches the six-share level (6.2, 6+) for the first time since May (6.8). Via five straight down or flat moves, rock cluster-mate KXXR was a collective -1.4 (6.4 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 5.5 – 5.3 – 5.0, 6+) but “93-X” pulls the plug with a +.2 to 5.2 (eighth to seventh, 6+). Holding or sharing the top spot in January, March, April, June, August, September, October, and November, (aforementioned) Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC KSTP-FM “KS-95” is down two-tenths (7.6 – 7.4, 6+) and segues to #2. KSTP-FM was +1.9 (January); -.8 (February); +.6 (March); +.5 (April); -.8 (May); and +1.1 (August). Similarly-formatted/iHeartMedia-owned KTCZ “Cities 97.1,” which logged a September 2019 – October 2019 increase of one-half share (4.5 – 5.0, 6+), falters by seven-tenths in back-to-back sweeps (5.0 – 4.3 – 3.6, #11 to #12, 6+). Shifts this year for “Cities 97.1” include +1.2 (January) -.5 (February); +.5 (April); +.6 (July); -.9 (August); +5 (October); -.7 (November); and -.7 (December). In four straight positive or neutral moves, Minnesota Public Radio’s KSJN was a collective +1.1 (2.4 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.5, 6+) but “Classical MPR” craters by -1.4 to 2.1 (#13 to #18). A loss of seven-tenths (4.4 – 3.7, 6+) sends iHeartMedia-owned KEEY “K-102 Minnesota’s Country Station” off the top ten (#10 to #11) and below a four-share (3.7, 6+). Its format competitor, Entercom’s KMNB “102.9 The Wolf,” was up six-tenths in September/October (2.8 – 3.1 – 3.4, 6+) but is off eight-tenths in November/December (3.4 – 2.7 – 2.6, #16 to #15, 6+). An overall +1.9 in three straight upticks (5.5 – 6.0 – 6.5 – 7.4, 6+), University of Northwestern St. Paul contemporary Christian KTIS-FM “Always Uplifting” slips by one-tenth to 7.3 (second to third, 6+). KTIS-FM was up a combined three-tenths in June/July (6.1 – 6.2 – 6.4, 6+) but lost nine-tenths in August.

San Diego

Spoken-Word Formats – Having posted a 5.0 (6+) in three of the last four sweeps (5.0 – 4.3 – 5.0 – 5.0, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KOGO “News Radio 600” slumps six-tenths to 4.4 (sixth to eighth, 6+). Some recent KOGO fluctuations include: +1.0 via three straight February through May increases; a combined -.5 in June/July; +.5 (August); -.7 (September); +.7 (October); and -.6 (December). Tegna news/talk KFMB-AM is off one-half share via four consecutive down or flat moves (2.5 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.1 – 2.0, #19 to #20, 6+). “AM 760” was an overall -.6 via three slips in succession (2.5 – 2.3 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+), but erased that deficit in August with a +.6 to 2.5 (6+). Recapturing the one-tenth it lost in November (1.7 – 1.6 – 1.7, 6+), iHeartMedia Los Angeles news/talk KFI “AM 640” continues at #22.

Up two-tenths in back-to-back reports (1.9 – 2.1 – 2.3, 6+), Entercom-owned sports talk KWFN “97.3 The Fan” carries on at #19. In six successive reports without a loss, iHeartMedia’s KLSD “Fox Sports 1360 San Diego’s Sports Station” nearly doubles (+.7) its 6+ AQH share (.8 – .8 – .8 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.5 – 1.5, #23 to #22, 6+).

A collective +.4 in four straight reports without a loss (5.9 – 6.0 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 6.3, 6+), San Diego State University-owned news/talk KPBS forfeits three-tenths to 6.0 (6+) and segues from first to second. Before falling to third in July, KPBS was on top the previous six months.

San Diego Music Formats – Not only does KYXY log a +2.9 (3.7 – 6.6, 6+), the Entercom adult contemporary outlet catapults from tenth all the way to first. This time last year, KYXY logged a 5.8 (December 2018, 6+). A combined +1.1 in November/December (2.1 – 2.5 – 3.2, 6+), Uniradio regional Mexican XHTY “Invasora 99.7” jumps from #17 to #12 with its best 6+-stat (3.2) in exactly one year (3.4, December 2018). Faltering by eight-tenths each are Local Media of San Diego-programmed CHR XHTZ “Z-90.3 Today’s Hit Music” (4.1 – 3.3, ninth to tenth, 6+) and Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KLQV “Amor 102.9” (3.2 – 2.4, #13 to #16, 6+), which has its lowest 6+-showing (2.4) since April’s 2.0. Off by six-tenths each are Entercom’s KSON “103.7 San Diego’s #1 New Country” (4.3 – 3.7, eighth to ninth, 6+) and iHeartMedia urban contemporary KSSX “JAM’N 95.7” (2.9, #11 to #14, 6+). The latter had been an overall +1.0 via three straight increases (2.5 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.5, 6+). A collective -1.5 in five downturns in succession (4.5 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.0, 6+), co-owned KGB-FM “101.5 San Diego’s Classic Rock” slips from #12 to #13. When KGB-FM posted a 3.5 (6+) in October, it marked the first time since “Holiday” 2018’s 3.8 that the station had fallen below a four-share. Also in that iHeartMedia cluster, even though KIOZ has lost nine-tenths through four down or flat trends in a row (3.3 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+), “Rock 105.3” progresses from #18 to #16. The wild ride continues for Univision Radio regional Mexican KLNV “Que Buena 106.5,” which was +1.0 in four consecutive up or flat moves (5.0 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.5 – 6.0, 6+); -1.7 via three consecutive dips (6.0 – 5.8 – 4.4 – 4.3, 6+); +.7 in November; and now -.3 in December (5.0 – 4.7, sixth to seventh, 6+).

Tampa

Spoken-Word Formats – In an alternating September 2019 through December 2019 down/up pattern (2.8 – 2.7 – 3.3 – 3.1, 6+), Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group news/talk WHPT repeats at #14. Entering the October sweep, “102.5 The Bone – Real, Raw, Radio” gained one-half share through four consecutive up or flat trends (2.3 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+). Off -1.0 in three setbacks in a row (3.8 – 3.6 – 3.2 – 2.8, 6+), immediately after three successive increases netted eight-tenths (3.0 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.8, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WFLA “970 Tampa Bay’s News Radio” slips from #15 to #16.

Owing to three drops in a row, iHeartMedia-owned sports talk WDAE “620 Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” (Buccaneers) has lost an overall seven-tenths (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+) and falls from #19 to #20 with its lowest 6+-showing (1.9) since 1.7 in March.

Up eight-tenths as a result of three consecutive bumps (1.7 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.2 – 2.5, 6+), University of South Florida news/talk WUSF repeats at #18.

Tampa Music Formats – In addition to adding a +1.2 to November’s +.7 (7.9 – 8.6 – 9.8, 6+), Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group adult contemporary WDUV “Lite Favorites” is #1 the 88th straight time and virtually purges October’s -2.0. WDUV was up seven-tenths in September (9.2 – 9.9, 6+) and faltered by seven-tenths in June. WDUV’s 13.7 in “Holiday” 2018 is the highest 6+-stat by any Tampa station since its 14.9 in “Holiday” 2015; “Lite Favorites” was 10.8 (6+) in December 2018. Flashing identical November 2019 – December 2019 (5.3 – 5.8, +.5, fourth to second, 6+) profiles are WDUV cluster-mate WXGL “107.3 The Eagle – Tampa Bay’s Classic Hits” and Radio Training Network contemporary Christian WCIE “The Joy FM.” It has been a seesaw lately for “The Eagle,” which was an overall +1.0 through three improvements in a row (5.1 – 5.4 – 6.0 – 6.1, 6+); -.8 in November; and now +.5 in December. Just prior, “The Eagle” was a cumulative -2.4 in four straight negative or neutral moves, (7.5 – 6.6 – 6.6 – 5.7 – 5.1, 6+). Meanwhile, “The Joy FM” is up a combined six-tenths in November/December (5.2 – 5.3 – 5.8, 6+). An overall +1.1 via six successive up or flat trends through August (3.6 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.7, 6+), Beasley Media Group rhythmic CHR WLLD “Wild 94.1” has since been -.3 (September); +.5 (October); -.6 (November); and -.7 in December (4.3 – 3.6, #9 to #12, 6+). Tied in seventh-place are WLLD cluster-mate WQYK “99.5 Tampa Bay’s New Country Hits” (4.6, +.2, eighth to seventh, 6+) and iHeartMedia’s WFUS “US-103.5 Tampa Bay’s #1 for New Country” (flat at #7). By gaining two-tenths, WQYK applies the brakes to four drops in succession that accounted for a -2.2 (6.6 – 6.3 – 6.1 – 4.9 – 4.4, 6+). Meanwhile, “US-103.5 “ is up seven-tenths in three straight bumps (3.9 – 4.3 – 4.5 – 4.6, 6+). October’s improvement interrupted three straight slips that resulted in a cumulative loss of eight-tenths (4.7 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 3.9, 6+), Prior to September 2019 (3.9), the last time WFUS dropped below a four-share (6+) was September 2017 (3.8, 6+).

Denver

Spoken-Word Formats – Ever since debuting in June, iHeartMedia news/talk KDFD has posted six upticks in a row for a +2.7 (.1 – .2 – .8 – 1.1 – 2.1 – 2.6 – 2.8, 6+); “Freedom 93.7 – Real News, Real Talk” pushes up from #17 to #15. News/talk cluster-mate KOA “Colorado’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” (Broncos) repeats November’s 2.5 (#18 to #17, 6+). Its November gain of one-tenth ended at four a consecutive string of decreases that accounted for an approximately 54% erosion (-2.6) of its 6+ AQH share (5.2 – 5.0 – 4.0 – 3.0 – 2.4, 6+). Co-owned KHOW lost one-half share via four successive down or flat reports (1.5 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0 – 1.0, 6+) but “Talk Radio 630” ends the slide with an improvement of two-tenths to 1.2 (flat at #23, 6+).

An overall +1.3 through four gains in a row (2.4 – 2.5 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.7, 6+), Bonneville-owned KKFN “Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan” (Nuggets) is now a combined -1.2 in November/December (3.7 – 3.2 – 2.5, #14 to #17, 6+). In three drops in a row, KSE Radio Ventures’ KKSE-FM (Colorado Avalanche) has lost exactly half (-.7) its 6+-stat (1.4 – 1.3 – .9 – .7, #24 to #26, 6+); “Attitude Sports Radio 92.5” was +1.0 in September.

In an alternating down/up pattern since August (5.1 – 4.9 – 5.4 – 5.3 – 6.3, 6+), Colorado Public Radio news/talk KCFR repeats in the runner-up slot with its best 6+-stat (6.3) since April’s 6.5. KCFR has been -1.6 (June); +.8 (July); +.5 (October); and now +1.0 (December). After being up three-tenths in three straight sweeps without a loss (.5 – .5 – .7 – .8, 6+), Community Radio for Northern Colorado news/talk KUNC drops two-tenths to .6 (#26 to #29, 6+).

Denver Music Formats – Following five successive down or flat reports that resulted in a collective loss of one-half share (4.6 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 4.1 – 4.1, 6+), Bonneville adult contemporary KOSI roars back with a combined +2.6 in November/December (4.1 – 4.2 – 6.7, 6+), rocketing from ninth to first. In December 2018, “101.1 Real Music Variety” posted a 7.6 (6+). It is a November-only stay at #1 for iHeartMedia’s KRFX  (5.9, -.2, first to third, 6+). Furthermore, “Classic Rock 103.5 The Fox” concludes four successive up or flat trends that generated a collective four-tenths (5.7 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 6.1, 6+). This is the sixth successive report without a decrease for Colorado Public Radio classical-formatted KVOD, which has nearly tripled (+1.7) its 6+-stat in that stretch (.9 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 2.5 – 2.6, #18 to #16, 6+). Faltering by nine-tenths each are iHeartMedia triple A KBCO “97.3 World Class Rock” (3.9, fifth to ninth, 6+) and Entercom-owned classic rock KQMT “The Mountain” (4.7 – 3.8, sixth to tenth, 6+). “World Class Rock had been trending 4.8 – 4.9 – 4.8 – 4.8 (6+). After reaching #1 in August, “The Mountain” was a combined -1.6 in September/October (6.2 – 5.6 – 4.6, 6+). Its successive string of positive or neutral moves that produced a +1.5 ended at five (4.7 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.6 – 5.6 – 6.2, 6+). August 2019’s 6.2 was the highest 6+-stat for KQMT since 6.6 in August 2018. Off nine-tenths in three successive dips (3.7 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 2.8, 6+), iHeartMedia’s country-formatted KWBL picked up one-tenth in November, but “106.7 The Bull” squanders one-half share in December (2.9 – 2.4, #15 to #19, 6+). July’s 3.7 was KWBL’s highest 6+-stat since it switched to country in mid-December 2017. Bonneville’s similarly-programmed KYGO is a combined -1.2 in three straight setbacks (6.2 – 6.1 – 5.3 – 5.0, second to fourth, 6+). KYGO occupied the top spot in June, July, September, and October. After gaining eight-tenths in three consecutive sweeps without a loss (4.1 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 4.9, 6+), Entercom hot AC KALC “Alice 105.9” forfeits four-tenths to 4.5 (fourth to sixth, 6+).

Baltimore

Spoken-Word Formats – Owing to five consecutive upticks, Hearst Television’s news/talk WBAL (Ravens) is an overall +1.4 (1.8 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 2.9 – 3.2, #12 to #11, 6+). Furthermore, “News Radio – Expect More” posts its strongest 6+-stat (3.2) since March 2018’s 3.3. Despite being up three-tenths (2.1 – 2.4, 6+), similarly-formatted independent news/talk WCBM “680 Stimulating Talk – Breaking News” downshifts from #13 to #14.

Within 4.2 – 4.9 range (6+) in each of the last nine ratings periods, Entercom sports talk WJZ-FM is up a collective seven-tenths in three straight positive or neutral reports (4.2 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 4.9, ninth to eighth, 6+); “105.7 The Fan” has its best 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2018 (4.9, as well).

WJZ-FM’s business news sibling WDCH, which lost more than 60% of its 6+ AQH share in November (1.3 – .5, -.8, 6+), regains two-tenths to .7 (#27 to #23, 6+).

After netting +1.2 through four successive increases (2.6 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.8, 6+), Your Public Radio news/talk WYPR “88.1 Your NPR News Station” is off two-tenths to 3.6 (flat at #10, 6+). Down or flat in four straight Baltimore reports that led to a loss of one-half share (1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2 – .8 – .7, 6+), American University-owned news/talk WAMU picks up one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.7 – .8 – .9, steady at #21, 6+).

Baltimore Music Formats – The market’s (6+) adult contemporary swells by +3.4 as Entercom’s WLIF “Today’s 101.9” hangs out a +2.0 (7.9, fourth to second, 6+) and iHeartMedia Washington, DC’s WASH is +1.4 (2.5, #18 to #13, 6+). Stuck on 5.9 (6+) in October and November, WLIF posted a 10.1 (6+) in December 2018. Prior to December’s 2.5 (6+), WASH had been trending 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.1 (July – August – September – October – November, 6+) in the Baltimore report; it notched a 2.1 (6+) in December 2018. The three most recent fluctuations by Radio One urban AC WWIN-FM are -.8 (October); +.6 (November); and -.9 in December (8.9 – 8.0, 6+); “Magic 95.9” is #1 the seventh successive month. A combined +1.8 in June/July (7.3 – 8.1 – 9.1, 6+), “Magic” reached the nine-share level (9.1, 6+, July) for the first time since January’s 9.0. In four drops in a row, co-owned urban contemporary WERQ is a collective -2.3 (8.4 – 7.5 – 7.4 – 6.9 – 6.1, 6+). After being in the runner-up slot the last six months, “92-Q Jams” slips to third. Entercom gospel WLIF-HD2 lost 65% (-1.3) of its 6+ AQH share in four consecutive slips (2.0 – 1.9 – 1.5 – 1.0 – .7, 6+) but concludes the slide with a +.1 to .8 (#23 to #22, 6+). Dropping six-tenths each are iHeartMedia’s WPOC “93.1 Today’s Best Country” (6.1, unchanged at #3, 6+) and CHR cluster-mate WZFT “Z-104.3 Baltimore’s #1 Hit Music Station” (#11 to #12). WPOC had been up one-half share in October/November (6.2 – 6.4 – 6.7, 6+), while “Z104.3” is off nine-tenths in November/December (3.7 – 3.4 – 2.8, 6+). Slipping from sixth to seventh, adult hits sibling WQSR “102.7 Jack FM Playing What We  Want” has its third decrease in succession for a collective -1.1 (6.2 – 5.7 – 5.6 – 5.1, 6+). Following five consecutive Baltimore sweeps without a loss for a net gain of one-half share (.7 – .8 – .8 – .9 – 1.1 -1.2, 6+), co-owned WBIG “Big 100 – Washington’s Classic Rock Station” forfeits two-tenths to 1.0 (#16 to #18, 6+). This is the 17th sweep in a row that Peter and John Radio Fellowship contemporary Christian WRBS-FM is unlisted; “95.1 Shine FM – Baltimore’s Positive Hits Station” was #13 in August 2018 (2.6, 6+).

 St. Louis

Spoken-Word Formats – Not only is Entercom news/talk KMOX a combined -2.7 in November/December (7.2 – 4.7 – 4.5, 6+), “The Voice of St. Louis” exits the top ten (#9 to #11). KMOX was an overall -2.3 in four successive April through August losses (7.3 – 6.6 – 6.2 – 5.2 – 5.0, 6+) and then +2.2 in September/October (5.0 – 6.4 – 7.2, 6+). Co-owned KFTK “FM News Talk 97.1,” which was a collective +1.3 in four consecutive sweeps without a loss (2.3 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.6, 6+), surrenders three-tenths to 3.3 (#16 to #17, 6+).

As a result of four straight spikes (3.1 – 3.3 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.9, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting sports talk WXOS was a cumulative +1.8, but “101 Sports” relinquishes one-third of that increase (4.3, -.6, 6+) and drifts from the top ten (#7 to #12).

University of Missouri news/talk KWMU repeats November’s 4.0 (6+) and progresses from #15 to #13.

St. Louis Music Formats – Entercom adult contemporary KEZK “102.5 The Best Mix of the 80s & Today” is a whopping +4.2 via four upticks in a row (4.7 – 5.6 – 5.9 – 6.2 – 8.9, 6+) and pushes up from third to second. In December 2018, KEZK notched a 9.8 (6+). Over and above being an overall +2.2 in four consecutive bumps (8.6 – 9.3 – 9.5 – 9.8 – 10.8, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting-owned KSHE “95 Real Rock Radio” is #1 the eighth consecutive month and hits double-digits (10.8, 6+) for the first time in the PPM-era. In February, KSHE was tied at the top with iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KLOU and took sole possession of first-place the following month. “Real Rock Radio” had to share the lead again in April but that time, it was with Entercom news/talk KMOX. Some of KSHE’s recent shifts include: +2.0 (January 2019); -.5 (February); +1.3 (March); -1.6 (April); +.9 (June); +.7 (September); and +1.0 (November). A combined +1.0 in November/December (4.1 – 4.5 – 5.1, 6+), Radio One urban contemporary WHHL “Hot 104.1” vaults from tenth to fourth and reaches the five-share level (5.1, 6+) for the first time since May 2017’s 5.0. Regaining the one-half share it lost in November (4.9 – 4.4 – 4.9, 6+) Gateway Creative Broadcasting contemporary Christian KLJY “99.1 Joy FM” re-enters the top ten (#12 to #6). Down nine-tenths (5.6 – 4.7, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WIL “New Country 92.3” falls from fourth to ninth. The +1.3 (6+) advantage it held in November over iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted KSD “93.7 The Bull – #1 For New Country” is reduced to one-tenth as KSD gains three-tenths to 4.6 (#13 to #10, 6+). With the increase, “The Bull” pulls the plug on three consecutive declines that led to a loss of seven-tenths (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.3, 6+). Up four-tenths in October/November (4.1 – 4.4. – 4.5, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR KSLZ “Z-107.7 St. Louis’ #1 Hit Music Station” falters by eight-tenths to 3.7 (6+) and fades from the top ten (#10 to #15). In three straight dips, Hubbard Broadcasting’s KPNT “105.7 The Point – Everything Alternative” erodes by -1.2 and falls below a five-share (6.0 – 5.6 – 5.4 – 4.8, fifth to eighth, 6+). Even though co-owned adult hits WARH is without an increase the past three sweeps for a net loss of six-tenths (5.6 – 5.5 – 5.0 – 5.0, 6+), “106.5 The Arch” advances from sixth to fifth.

December PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round One

| December 24, 2019

December 2019 PPM Data – Information for the December 2019 ratings period has been released for New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Long Island (Nassau-Suffolk), Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union. Nielsen Audio’s December 2019 survey period covered November 7 – December 4. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM markets below.

New York City

Spoken-Word Formats – In addition to being down a combined four-tenths in November/December (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.7, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” departs the top twenty (#19 to #21). Owing to an increase of three-tenths (1.0 – 1.3, #22, 6+), news/talk WABC overtakes Townsquare Media’s similarly-formatted WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” (1.1, +.1, #23, 6+). WABC and WKXW were tied at #22 in October and November. Prior to December, “New Jersey 101.5” had been off three-tenths via four straight down or flat trends (1.3 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.0, 6+).

A decrease of seven-tenths (3.7 – 3.0, 6+) takes Entercom sports talk WFAN-FM (Giants, Brooklyn Nets) to its lowest 6+-stat since March (3.0, as well); New York City’s “Fan” exits the top ten (#7 to #11). WFAN-FM replaced September’s -.6 with an October +.6 (3.8 – 3.2 – 3.8, 6+). A combined -.3 in November/December (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.8, 6+), WEPN-FM “98.7 ESPN New York” (Jets, Knicks, Rangers) drops from #19 to #20.

Without a loss the past four reports for a net gain of four-tenths (3.2 – 3.2 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.6, 6+), Entercom-owned all-news WINS regresses by one-tenth to 3.5 (6+) yet climbs from ninth to eighth. Despite gaining one-tenth to 2.6, its best 6+-showing since May (2.6, as well), co-owned/similarly-formatted WCBS-AM backslides from #15 to #16. Prior to August’s improvement of one-tenth, WCBS-AM faltered by a collective full-share via four straight declines (3.4 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.4, 6+).

In six successive reports without a loss (2.1 – 2.1 – 2.3 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 3.2, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation news/talk WNYC-FM is an overall +1.1 and jumps from #14 to #11. Co-owned news/talk WNYC-AM has nearly tripled (+.3) its 6+ AQH share via six consecutive up or flat trends (.2 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .5 – .5, #28 to #30, 6+).

New York City Music Formats – Reflected in this sweep are results by certain stations employing the all-Christmas music programming strategy. Included in that group is iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “106.7 Lite FM,” which is +2.5 to 9.6 (6+) and #1 the 30th ratings period in succession. The increase halts three consecutive down or flat moves that resulted in an overall loss of six-tenths (7.7 – 7.7 – 7.4 – 7.1, 6+). WLTW betters by one-half share its 6+-stat from one year ago (9.1, 6+, December 2018). Not only does Entercom hot AC WNEW-FM enter the top ten (#11 to #6), “NEW 102.7” posts a December increase of seven-tenths and crosses the four-share threshold (3.4 – 4.1, 6+). Its classic hits-oldies sibling WCBS-FM “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits,” however, erodes by one full-share to 4.9 (second to fourth, 6+). “New York’s Greatest Hits” had been within 5.4 – 5.9 range (6+) in each of the last ten reports and was an overall +.2 via four straight up or flat moves (5.7 – 5.7 – 5.7 – 5.8 – 5.9, 6+). Albeit a collective -1.1 in four successive sweeps without an increase (4.3 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.2 – 3.2, 6+) and logging its lowest 6+-showing since January (3.2, as well), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WWPR “Power 105.1” progresses from #13 to #11. Slipping from fourth to fifth, co-owned CHR WHTZ “Z-100 – New York’s #1 Hit Music Station” has lost an overall half-share in four successive dips (5.3 – 5.2 – 5.1 – 5.0 – 4.8, 6+). Also in that iHM cluster, classic rock WAXQ “Q-104.3” is down a collective half-share (as well) via three down or flat moves in a row (4.3 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.8, sixth to seventh, 6+).

Los Angeles

Spoken-Word Formats – An overall -1.6 through six successive down or flat sweeps (4.5 – 4.3 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 2.9, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KFI “AM 640” slips from eighth to tenth. KFI was a combined +.8 in May/June (3.7 – 3.9 – 4.5, 6+). Its internet stream logged a .8 (6+) in May but has been a “no show” ever since. Separated by four-tenths are Salem Media Group news/talk KRLA “AM 870 The Answer,” which repeats November’s 6+ share (1.0) and market rank (#32); iHeartMedia-owned KEIB “AM 1150 The Patriot” (.8 – .6, -.2, #33 to #35, 6+); and Cumulus Media’s KABC “790 News-Talk-Evolved” (flat at .6, #38 to #35, 6+).

Back-to-back at #30 and #31, respectively, are Disney-owned sports talk (Rams, Lakers) KSPN “710 ESPN” (1.2, -.3, #25 to #30) and iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted KLAC (Chargers, Clippers) “AM 570 LA Sports” (1.3 – 1.1, -.2, flat at #31, 6+). KSPN nearly doubled (+.7) its 6+ AQH share in three successive up or flat moves (.8 – .8 – 1.1 – 1.5, 6+). KLAC’s November loss of one-half share purged its combined September/October +.5 (1.3 – 1.4 – 1.8 – 1.3, 6+). In June and July, KLAC and KSPN were deadlocked at #27 (1.4, 6+).

Immediately after notching a November 3.0 – its best 6+-stat since 3.1 in March – Entercom all-news KNX “1070 News Radio” relinquishes two-tenths to 2.8 (6+) and departs the top ten (#10 to #12, 6+). Its August 2019 through October 2019 topline was: 2.6 – 2.7 – 2.6 (6+).

Down three-tenths in November, Pasadena City College news/talk KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” regains two-tenths (2.1 – 2.3, 6+) and returns to the top twenty (#22 to #17).

 Los Angeles Music Formats – Playing all-Christmas music for the 19th holiday season in a row, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KOST “Coast 103.5” hangs out a whopping +4.1 (5.2 – 9.3, 6+) and marches from second to first. Its 9.3 is a three-tenths improvement over December 2018’s 9.0 (6+). “Coast” had been in a 5.8 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.9 pattern (June – July – August – September, 6+), before sputtering by seven-tenths in October. After setting the pace 12 ratings periods in succession, KOST shifted to the runner-up slot in October. Having occupied the top spot in October and November, KRTH “K-Earth 101” (5.9 – 5.8, -.1, 6+) segues to the runner-up slot. Three consecutive up or flat moves by “K-Earth” yielded nine-tenths (5.0 – 5.6 – 5.9 – 5.9). When the Entercom classic hits-oldies outlet added six-tenths in September, it curtailed three downward trends in succession that accounted for a collective loss of eight-tenths (5.8 – 5.4 – 5.2 – 5.0, 6+). Prior to October 2019, KRTH last reached the #1 spot in October 2018 (5.0, 6+). Following seven straight sweeps without a loss for an overall +1.1 (3.0 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 4.0 – 4.1, 6+), Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KLVE “107.5 K-Love” surrenders six-tenths to 3.5 (fourth to sixth, 6+). In advance of the October report, “K-Love” last reached the four-share level in February 2018 (4.0, as well). Not only does it drop from #12 to #13, Meruelo Media Holdings’ KLOS “95.5 Southern California’s Classic Rock” is without an increase the sixth month in a row for a net loss of seven-tenths (3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.2 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+). Off a collective six-tenths in five consecutive down or flat sweeps (2.6 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.0, 6+), Univision Radio regional Mexican KSCA “LA 101.9” shifts from #21 to #22. Tied at #14 are iHeartMedia-owned alternative KYSR “Alt 98.7” (2.7 – 2.4, -.3, #13 to #14, 6+) and Entercom’s similarly-formatted KROQ (2.6 – 2.4, -.2, #15 to #14, 6+). Before dropping four-tenths in October, KYSR had gained seven-tenths in four consecutive sweeps without a loss (2.2 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.7 – 2.9, 6+). Similarly, KROQ was +.5 as a result of four successive up or neutral reports (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+) but lost two-tenths in October. KYSR and KROQ were up two-tenths and four-tenths, respectively, in November.

Chicago

Spoken-Word Formats – Three spikes in a row by Nexstar Media Group news/talk WGN resulted in a +1.2 (2.8 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 4.0, 6+), but “Radio 720” forfeits one-half share to 3.5 (6+) yet progresses from eighth to seventh. WGN was locked on 2.9 (6+) in April and May and then on 3.0 (6+) in June and July. For the third month in succession, Cumulus Media news/talk WLS-AM posts a 2.3 (6+) and remains at #18.

A combined -1.2 in November/December (4.3 – 3.4 – 3.1, 6+), Entercom sports talk WSCR “670 The Score” (Bulls) slips from #13 to #14. “The Score” had been up an overall half-share in three straight sweeps without a decrease (3.8 – 4.1 – 4.3 – 4.3, 6+). Three bumps in a row by Disney/ESPN-owned WMVP accounted for a +.5 (1.4 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 1.9, 6+), but “ESPN Chicago 1000” surrenders three-tenths to 1.6 (#22 to #23, 6+).

Down one-tenth (5.1 – 5.0, 6+), Entercom all-news WBBM-AM (Bears) falls from a three-way deadlock at #1 to #3. Its October increase of one-tenth curtailed eight successive down or neutral moves that accounted for an overall -1.4 (6.2 – 6.1 – 5.8 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.8, 6+).

Not only is WBEZ +1.0 in six successive sweeps without a loss (2.5 – 2.7 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.3 – 3.5 – 3.5, 6+), the Chicago Public Media news/talk outlet leaps into the top ten (#11 to #7).

Chicago Music Formats – More than doubling November’s 6+-stat, iHeartMedia’s WLIT  zooms from fifth to first. Moreover, “93.9 Lite FM” is a collective +5.3 via three straight bumps (4.2 – 4.3 – 4.7 – 9.5, 6+) and exceeds December 2018’s 8.4 showing by +1.1. Its +4.8 is the largest (6+) November 2019 – December 2019 uptick by any station in the 12 PPM-markets shown here. Conversely, Hubbard Broadcasting adult contemporary WSHE “100.3 SHE,” which was a combined +1.2 in October/November (2.9 – 3.4 – 4.1, 6+), sputters by seven-tenths to 3.4 (seventh to tenth, 6+). Before faltering by one-half share in May, WSHE notched an overall increase of eight-tenths via four consecutive positive or flat moves (2.5 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.3, 6+). Also in the AC format, Venture Technologies Group-owned WRME-LP “FM 87.7 – Me TV,” which gained a collective six-tenths as a result of three upticks in a row (2.9 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.5, 6+), loses two-tenths to 3.3 (#11 to #12, 6+). After logging three gains in succession for a collective increase of six-tenths (2.5 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.1, 6+), WRME-LP returned two-tenths in August. WSHE is tied at #10 with its hot AC sibling, WTMX “101.9 The Mix,” which is now a combined -2.1 in November/December (5.5 – 4.4 – 3.4, sixth to tenth, 6+). This directly follows October’s +1.3 (4.2 – 5.5, 6+). “The Mix” exited the top spot in September when it eroded by -1.5 (5.7 – 4.2, 6+). In July, the combination of a three-tenths uptick by WTMX classic rock sibling WDRV “97.1 The Drive” and an equal margin decrease by “The Mix” resulted in the cluster-mates swapping places at first and second. In August, “The Mix” notched a +.5 (5.2 – 5.7, 6+) and proceeded from second to first. WTMX was #1 in April, May, and June before giving way to “The Drive” in July; April’s 5.9 was the highest 6+-stat for “Mix” since November 2017’s 6.3. Tied with WBBM-AM at #1 in November (see above), iHeartMedia urban AC WVAZ “V-103” regains the three-tenths it lost this time last month (5.4 – 5.1 – 5.4, 6+) but segues to second-place, while Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WLS-FM “94.7 Chicago’s Classic Hits” returns November’s +.3 (4.8 – 5.1 – 4.8, 6+) and slides from that three-way tie at #1 to #4. “V-103” had a September-only stay at #1. October’s loss of three-tenths ended WVAZ’s string of three straight increases that netted a +1.4 (4.3 – 4.9 – 5.0 – 5.7, 6+). In September, “V-103” recorded its best 6+-stat since October 2018 (5.7, as well), which had been the last time WVAZ reached #1. Meanwhile, November’s 5.1 was the highest 6+-showing for “Chicago’s Classic Hits” in more than a year (5.4, September 2018). After being down or flat the past eight reports and losing roughly half (-.6) its 6+ AQH share in that March 2019 through November 2019 stretch (1.3 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.0 – .8 – .8 – .8 – .7 – .7, Window to the World Communications’ WFMT “98.7 – Chicago’s Classical and Folk Music Radio” ends the slide with a +.1 to .8 (#31 to #30, 6+).

San Francisco

Spoken-Word Formats. As a result of three straight up or flat trends, Cumulus Media news/talk KSFO nets six-tenths (1.7 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 2.3, 6+) and is unchanged at #14. July 2019’s 1.7 (6+) marked the first time KSFO fell below a two-share since July 2017’s 1.8. Flat at #22, cluster-mate KGO has a June 2019 through December 2019 topline of: 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.5 (6+). Stuck on .2 (6+) in July and August and then on .3 (6+) in September and October, iHeartMedia-owned KKSF-AM “Real Talk 910 – Think Forward” is locked on .2 (#35 to #33, 6+) in November and December.

Down three-tenths in November/December (4.0 – 3.9 – 3.7, 6+), Cumulus Media sports talk KNBR-AM “The Sports Leader” (49ers) continues in seventh-place. After netting a collective half-share via three straight upticks (1.5 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 2.0, 6+), Entercom’s similarly-formatted KGMZ “95.7 The Game” (Golden State Warriors) has that increase wiped away in its entirety (1.5, -.5, 6+) and fades from the top twenty (#14 to #22). KGMZ nearly doubled (+1.5) its 6+-stat in three straight sweeps without a loss, (1.8 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 3.3, 6+) and then had three consecutive declines that accounted for a -1.8 (3.3 – 3.0 – 1.9 – 1.5, 6+).

Albeit down four-tenths to 7.8 (6+), KGMZ all-news sibling KCBS-AM (Raiders) is #1 the fourth month in a row. Prior to September, KCBS-AM – which was +1.8 in October/November (6.4 – 7.0 – 8.2, 6+) – last reached #1 in May.

Remaining in the runner-up slot, California Public Broadcasting news/talk KQED obliterates September/October’s -1.2 (7.1 – 6.4 – 5.9, 6+) with a November/December +1.6 (5.9 – 7.3 – 7.5, 6+). KQED was San Francisco’s first-place finisher in June, July, August, and tied at the top (with KCBS-AM) in September. This (7.5) is its best 6+-stat since 8.0 in January. Without an increase the past four sweeps for an overall -.3 (1.0 – .9 – .7 – .7 – .7, 6+), San Francisco Unified School District’s KALW “91.7 Local Public Radio” ends the slide with a +.1 to .8 (flat at #28, 6+).

San Francisco Music Formats – Following six consecutive down or flat trends that accounted for an overall decrease of seven-tenths (2.0 – 1.9 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.3, 6+), Bonneville-owned KUFX “98.5 K-Fox The South Bay’s Classic Rock” applies the brakes with a +.1 to 1.4 (flat at #26, 6+). This just-concluded streak directly trailed five straight reports without a loss for a net gain of seven-tenths (1.3 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.9 – 2.0, 6+). Having lost an overall six-tenths in four successive down or flat trends (4.1 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.5, 6+), adult contemporary sibling KOIT-FM busts out a +1.3 to 4.8 (6+) and zooms from ninth to third. This time last year, “96.5 “Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites” logged a 6.4 (December 2018, 6+). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted KISQ “98.1 The Breeze,” which was up an overall nine-tenths via five successive positive or neutral trends (3.6 – 3.7 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.5 – 4.5, 6+) and had its best 6+-stat (4.5) since 5.0 in March, surrenders one-tenth to 4.4 (flat at #4, 6+). Contrasted to KOIT-FM’s +1.3 in December, Cumulus Media classic rocker KSAN “107.7 The Bone” is -1.3 to 3.5 (third to tenth, 6+). “The Bone” had been trending 4.8 – 4.4 – 4.8 (September – October – November, 6+). Within 3.0 – 3.9 range (6+) 16 sweeps in succession, KMEL “#1 For Hip-Hop and R&B” gained two-tenths in November to 4.1. The iHeartMedia urban contemporary nets eight tenths in three successive up or flat trends (3.3 – 3.9 – 4.1 – 4.1, steady at #6, 6+). Up eight-tenths via three bumps in a row (3.0 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.8, 6+), Bonneville CHR KMVQ “99.7 Now – The Bay’s #1 For All The Hits” falters by two-tenths to 3.6 (6+) but stays in eighth-place. Alpha Media classic hits-oldies KBAY “94.5 Bay FM – The Bay’s Greatest Hits” has lost one-half share as a result of four straight down or flat moves (2.5 – 2.4 – 2.3 – 2.0 – 2.0, #14 to #18, 6+).

Dallas

Spoken-Word Formats – Up eight-tenths in October/November (3.6 – 4.1 – 4.4, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WBAP falters by three-tenths in November to 4.1 (fifth to ninth, 6+). “News Talk 820” was a collective a +1.8 from “Holiday” 2018 through June 2019 (2.3 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.1, 6+). In seven successive up or flat sweeps, co-owned KLIF-AM “570 News & Information” doubles (+.3) its 6+ AQH share (.3 – .3 – .4 – .5 – .5 – .5 – .6 – .6, steady at #34, 6+). Salem Media Group-owned KSKY “660 AM The Answer” is off one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.5 – .4 – .3, #36 to #37, 6+).

The July 2019 through December 2019 topline for Entercom’s KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” (Cowboys) is: 2.3 – 2.1 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 2.3 (#20 to #18, 6+).

Negative or neutral the ninth report in succession (2.7 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2, flat at #26, 6+), Cumulus Media’s KTCK “The Ticket – All Sports All The Time” (Stars) has lost roughly 55% (-1.5) of its 6+ AQH share. Meanwhile, Disney/ESPN’s KESN “103.3 ESPN Dallas” (Mavericks) posts its fifth consecutive up or flat trend for a collective gain of four-tenths (.7 – .8 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.1, #29 to #28, 6+).

Flat at #22, Entercom news-talk hybrid KRLD-AM “News Radio 1080” has a July 2019 through December 2019 topline of: 1.8 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 1.7 (6+).

Following four straight months of logging a 3.2 (6+), North Texas Public Broadcasting news/talk KERA slips two-tenths to 3.0 (6+) but remains at #13.

Dallas Music Formats – This marks the fourth uptick in a row for iHeartMedia adult contemporary KDGE, which is a collective +2.3 in that stretch (2.7 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 3.8 – 5.0, 6+). “Star 102.1” vaults from ninth to third and is basically even with December 2018’s 5.1 (6+). Off seven-tenths in October/November (3.3 – 2.9 – 2.6, 6+), Entercom regional Mexican KMVK “La Grande 107.5” answers with a December increase of nine-tenths to 3.5 (#16 to #10, 6+), reaching the three-share level (3.5) for the first time since May’s 3.0. Cumulus Media-owned, country-formatted KPLX “99.5 The Wolf,” which lost a combined half-share in October/November (4.4 – 4.0 – 3.9, 6+), fully erases that deficit with a +.5 to 4.4 (eighth to seventh, 6+). “The Wolf” was locked on 3.9 (6+) in July and August, before notching a one-half share improvement in September. Cluster-mate KSCS “New Country 96.3,” which was a combined +1.7 in October/November (3.2 – 3.6 – 4.9, 6+), drops two-tenths to 4.7 (third to fourth, 6+). In November, KSCS crossed the four-share level (4.9, 6+) for the first time since February’s 4.1. Its October gain halted three straight losses that resulted in a cumulative decrease of six-tenths (3.8 – 3.8 – 3.5 – 3.2, 6+). Off a collective nine-tenths via four successive downturns (5.1 – 4.8 – 4.5 – 4.3 – 4.2, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned classic rock KZPS “Lone Star 92.5” ends the slide with a +.1 to 4.3 (6+) but drops from seventh to eighth. Down a cumulative full-share in four straight negative or neutral sweeps (6.7 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 6.2 – 5.7, 6+), CHR cluster-mate KHKS “106.1 Kiss – Dallas/Fort Worth’s Hit Music” nonetheless repeats at #1. “Kiss” had been the market leader nine months in a row before slipping to second in October. An August increase of nine-tenths wiped away the collective nine-tenths KHKS lost as a result of three straight negative or neutral moves (6.7 – 6.3 – 5.8 – 5.8, 6+). Its May dip of four-tenths brought to a close four successive up or flat sweeps that netted eight-tenths (5.9 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 6.7, 6+). April’s 6.7 was the best 6+-stat for “Kiss” since May 2018’s 6.9. Immediately after Educational Media Foundation-owned contemporary Christian KYDA dialed up a November +1.2 (2.2 – 3.4, 6+), “Air 1 – Worship Now” surrenders that increase in its entirety (2.2, -1.2, #11 to #20, 6+). Stuck on 3.1 (6+) in September, October, and November, Entercom adult hits KJKK “100.3 Jack-FM Playing What We Want” sputters by eight-tenths to 2.3 (#14 to #18, 6+).

Houston                              

Spoken-Word Formats – Four straight positive or neutral moves by iHeartMedia news/talk KTRH have generated a gain of eight-tenths (3.3 – 3.4 – 3.9 – 4.1 – 4.1, 6+) as “News Radio 740” moves into the top ten (#11 to #8). This directly follows a net loss of one-half share in four successive down or flat reports (3.8 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.3, 6+). After logging a .3 (6+) in each of the past three monthlies, co-owned KPRC “AM 950 – Houston’s More Stimulating Talk Radio” picks up one-tenth to .4 (#29 to #28, 6+).

As a result of six consecutive up or flat moves, Entercom’s KILT-AM “Sports Radio 610” (Texans) has gained six-tenths (1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.3 – 1.4 – 1.6, #23 to #22, 6+). A combined +.4 in October/November (1.1 – 1.2 – 1.5, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KBME “Sports Talk 790” (Rockets) erodes by nine-tenths to .6 (#22 to #25, 6+). Up one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.5 – .6 – .7, 6+), Gow Communications’ sports talk KFNC “ESPN 97.5” is back to a .5 (flat at #26, 6+).

An overall +.8 in four straight reports without a loss (2.3 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.1, 6+), University of Houston news/talk KUHF advances from #16 to #15.

Houston Music Formats – Pulling the plug on 11 straight sweeps without an increase, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA “Sunny 99.1” hauls out a +2.0 to 7.8 (6+) and marches from third to first. This time last year, “Sunny” recorded a 9.7 (December 2018, 6+). In the just-concluded negative streak, KODA lost roughly 52% (-6.3) of its 6+ AQH share (12.1 – 8.6 – 8.5 – 8.2 – 7.5 – 7.3 – 7.1 – 6.6 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.8, 6+). KODA was the market leader 16 sweeps in a row before segueing to #2 in August. It had been more than two years since KODA slipped below a six-share (June 2017, 5.8, 6+). Up three-tenths (6.8 – 7.1, 6+), Radio One urban AC KMJQ “Majic 102.1 The People’s Station” nonetheless downshifts to #2, after four straight months at #1. Prior to September’s 7.1 (6+), KMJQ – which was a combined +1.3 in August/September (5.8 – 6.2 – 7.1, 6+), last crossed the seven-share threshold (6+) in May 2018 (7.2). Ups/downs continue for Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group classic rock KGLK “The Eagle,” which was an overall +1.3 in three spikes in succession (5.3 – 5.5 – 6.5 – 6.6, 6+); -1.0 in November to 5.6 (6+); and now +.5 in December to 6.1 (flat at #4, 6+). October 2019’s 6.6 was its highest 6+-stat since September 2017 (6.7). Despite logging its sixth straight uptick for a collective +1.9 (4.9 – 5.0 – 5.1 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 6.6 – 6.8, 6+), Univision Radio regional Mexican KLTN “Que Buena 102.9” backslides from second to third. This (6.8) is its best 6+-showing since January (7.0). Sputtering by six-tenths each are Entercom’s country-formatted KILT-FM “100.3 The Bull” (4.7 – 4.1, seventh to eighth, 6+) and its format rival, Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group’s KKBQ “The New Country 93-Q” (3.9, #8 to #12, 6+). Having dropped an overall half-share in three slips in succession (4.6 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 4.1, 6+), “The Bull” responded in November with an increase of six-tenths. Before losing two-tenths in March, KILT-FM had been +1.7 via three improvements in a row (3.5 – 3.8 – 4.5 – 5.2, 6+). KKBQ’s June 2019 through November 2019 topline was: 4.8 – 4.7- 4.5 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.5 (6+). Stuck on 4.5 (6+) in October and November, iHeartMedia alternative KTBZ “94.5 The Buzz” surrenders one-half share to 4.0 (eighth to tenth, 6+).

Atlanta

Spoken-Word Formats – Following five straight up or flat trends that yielded an overall +3.0 (6.3 – 6.6 – 7.6 – 7.6 – 8.2 – 9.3, 6+), Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group news/talk WSB-AM returns two-tenths to 9.1 (6+) but is #1 the fifth month in a row. Separated by one-tenth of a share are Entercom’s WAOK “1380 The Voice of the Community” (.4 – .3, -.1, flat at #29, 6+); Salem Media Group-owned WGKA “AM 920 The Answer” (steady at .3, #30 to #29, 6+); and iHeartMedia-owned WGST “Talk Radio 640” (flat at .2, unchanged at #31, 6+). WAOK had doubled (+.2) its 6+ stat in five successive reports without a loss (.2 – .2 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .4, 6+).

Entercom sports talk WZGC “92.9 The Game” (Falcons), which was +2.3 via four successive upticks (2.8 – 3.4 – 4.3 – 4.6 – 5.1, 6+), drops two-tenths to 4.9 (steady at #7, 6+). Before August’s increase, “The Game” was an overall -1.2 in five straight negative or neutral sweeps (4.0 – 3.7 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.8, 6+). Following seven consecutive monthlies without a loss for a net gain of +1.1 (1.6 – 1.7 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.7, 6+), Dickey Broadcasting’s WCNN is now a combined -1.0 in three drops in a row (2.7 – 2.5 – 1.8 – 1.7, #18 to #20, 6+).

Within 3.2 – 3.7 range (6+) the tenth sweep in a row (3.4 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 3.6 – 3.2 – 3.6, 6+), City of Atlanta Board of Education’s WABE advances from #14 to #11. Georgia State University news/talk WRAS repeats November’s 6+ AQH share and market rank (.8, #26).

Atlanta Music Formats – Following five decreases in a row for an approximately 56% erosion (-4.9) of its 6+ AQH share (8.8 – 8.5 – 4.7 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 3.9, 6+), Salem Media Group contemporary Christian WFSH “104.7 The Fish” applies the brakes with a +.9 to 4.8 (6+) and carries on in eighth-place. WFSH had been #1 four straight months before shifting to #7 in August. When “The Fish” lost three-tenths in July, it halted at five a consecutive string of bumps that netted an overall +3.9 (4.9 – 5.4 – 5.7 – 7.0 – 7.9 – 8.8, 6+). Dropping six-tenths each are Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WSRV “97.1 The River” (unchanged at #5) and Radio One gospel WPZE “Praise 102.5 Atlanta’s Inspiration Station” (#12 to #15). “The River” is -1.3 in three drops in a row (6.5 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.2, 6+). Ironically, WPZE had been +1.3 via three successive up or flat moves (2.8 – 2.8 – 3.7 – 4.1, 6+) but – continuing the theme – is now a combined -1.3 in November/December (4.1 – 3.4 – 2.8, 6+). Within 2.1 – 2.8 range (6+) in each of the last 14 ratings periods, Cumulus Media’s WNNX “100.5 Atlanta’s Rock Station” falters by one-half share to 1.8 (#17 to #18, 6+). Co-owned CHR WWWQ “Q-100 Atlanta’s New Hits” continues an alternating down/up pattern that began in July (3.6 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 2.7 – 3.4 – 3.3, #12 to #13, 6+). Its format rival, iHeartMedia’s WWPW “Power 96.1 Atlanta’s #1 Hit Music Station,” is a cumulative +1.1 in three straight spikes (2.9 – 3.1 – 3.6 – 4.0, 6+) and enters the top ten (#11 to #9). Down a full-share in six straight sweeps without an increase (3.4 – 3.4 – 2.9 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.4, 6+), Entercom hot AC WSTR “Star 94.1” continues at #16. The eight-tenths of a share lead that iHeartMedia’s country-formatted WUBL “94.9 The Bull” had over Cumulus Media-owned WKHX “Kicks 101.5 – Atlanta’s #1 For Country Hits” is sliced in half as “The Bull” is a collective -1.2 in three successive slips (4.9 – 4.3 – 3.8 – 3.7, ninth to tenth, 6+), while “Kicks” adds three-tenths to November’s increase of six-tenths (2.4 – 3.0 – 3.3, #15 to #13, 6+). A combined +.4 in August/September (2.5 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+), “Kicks” was off one-half share in October. August’s increase halted three straight dips that resulted in a net loss of six-tenths (3.1 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5, 6+). The April 2019 through July 2019 topline for “The Bull” was 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 4.1 (6+).

Philadelphia

Spoken-Word Formats – It is a repeat of November’s 6+ AQH share and market rank for Entercom-owned WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” (2.2, #19, 6+). Without a decrease the fifth sweep in succession for a +.3 (.7 – .8 – .8 – .9 – .9 – 1.0, 6+), Townsquare Media news/talk WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” advances from #25 to #24.

A combined +1.6 in October/November (6.6 – 7.5 – 8.2, 6+), Entercom sports talk WIP “Sports Radio 94.1” (Eagles) forfeits all but one-tenth of that increase (6.7, -1.5, 6+) and drops from first – where it had been the past three months – to third. November’s 8.2 was its best 6+-stat since February 2018’s 8.7. WIP gained eight-tenths in August. Even though it’s up a collective nine-tenths via six straight reports without a loss (2.1 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+), Beasley Media Group-owned WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” (76ers, Flyers) downshifts from #12 to #14. Prior to November, the last time “The Fanatic” reached the three-share level (6+) was in March (3.0, as well).      

After eight sweeps in succession without an increase that resulted in an overall -1.6 (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.4, 6+), Entercom’s KYW “News Radio 1060” is up one-half share as a result of three consecutive up or flat moves (3.4 – 3.5 – 3.9 – 3.9, 6+) and repeats at #10.

Having forfeited four-tenths in November, public radio news/talk WHYY rebounds with a +.7 (3.3 – 4.0, 6+) and is back in the top ten (#11 to #8). Entering the November sweep, WHYY was a cumulative +1.2 In four straight up or neutral reports (2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 3.7, 6+).

Philadelphia Music Formats – The rollercoaster ride continues for Entercom adult contemporary WBEB. Specifically, “B-101.1 More Music/More Variety” was +1.1 in three straight upticks (5.5 – 5.6 – 6.1 – 6.6, 6+); -1.2 in November (6.6 – 5.4, 6+); and is now a whopping +3.5 to 8.9 (6+), rocketing from sixth to first. WBEB logged a 10.4 (6+) in December 2018. In its last three survey periods, iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted WISX “106.1 The Breeze” has lost a total of nine-tenths (4.9 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 4.0, 6+) and carries on in eighth-place. Conversely, Beasley Media Group-owned WMGK “Classic Rock 102.9 MGK” is a combined +1.0 in the last three reports (6.5 – 6.6 – 7.5 – 7.5, 6+) and remains in the runner-up slot. A one-half share boost (3.0 – 3.5, steady at #12, 6+) takes Beasley Media Group adult hits WBEN-FM “95.7 Ben FM – Playing Anything We Feel Like” to its best 6+-showing (3.5) since June 2016’s 3.7. Entercom classic hits-oldies WOGL “Nobody Plays More 80s” is a combined -1.1 in October/November (5.8 – 5.6 – 4.7, fifth to sixth, 6+). The last time WOGL fell below a five-share (6+) was just over four years ago (October 2015, 4.6, 6+). Thus far in 2019, Entercom sports talk WIP was on top in January; WOGL was #1 in February; WBEB led the way in March; WMGK set the pace in April; WBEB did so in May and June; WMGK returned to #1 in July and August; WIP and iHeartMedia urban AC WDAS-FM were tied for the lead in September; WIP was #1 in October and November; and WBEB is back on top in December. Mega-Philadelphia LLC-owned/Camden, New Jersey-licensed Spanish tropical WEMG “La Mega 105.7 – Today’s Hottest Hits” has more than quadrupled its September numbers (.3 – .6 – 1.2 – 1.3, 6+) and repeats at #22. Faltering by eight-tenths each are Beasley Media Group-owned WMMR “93.3 Everything That Rocks” (6.1 – 5.3, fourth to fifth, 6+) and Entercom-owned WXTU “Philly’s Country Station 92.5 XTU,” which is a collective -1.5 in three drops in succession (5.7 – 5.1 – 5.0 – 4.2, flat at #7, 6+). Before picking up one-tenth in November, WMMR had lost an overall four-tenths in five successive sweeps without an increase (6.4 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 6.0 – 6.0, 6+). Significant swings continue for iHeartMedia urban contemporary WUSL “Power 99,” which was +.8 in four successive (February through June) up or flat trends (3.7 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.5, 6+); -.6 in July/August (4.5 – 4.0 – 3.9, 6+); +1.1 in September; and now a combined -1.4 in the last three sweeps (5.0 – 4.5 – 4.0 – 3.6, #9 to #11, 6+). September’s 5.0 was its best 6+-performance in more than two years (5.6, July 2017).

Long Island

Spoken-Word Formats – An overall -1.4 through four straight down or flat trends (4.7 – 4.5 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.3, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” exits the top ten (#9 to #11). In an alternating up/down pattern, news/talk WABC was down two-tenths in October; up one-tenth in November; and is now down one-tenth in December (1.1 – 1.3 – 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.1, #26 to #27, 6+).

In addition to being a combined -1.6 in November/December (6.4 – 6.1 – 4.8, 6+), Entercom sports talk WFAN-FM (Giants, Brooklyn Nets) drops from first to fourth. Similarly-programmed WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” (Jets, Knicks, Rangers), which was a collective +.8 in four consecutive sweeps without a loss (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.2 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+), falters by two-tenths to 2.5 (#14 to #15, 6+).

Entercom’s all-news WINS answers October’s -.7 with a November/December +.5 (3.1 – 3.2 – 3.6, 6+) and enters the top ten (#11 to #9). Off three-tenths in July, WINS followed with a +1.1 in August/September (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.8, 6+). A combined -.8 in October/November (3.2 – 2.7 – 2.4, 6+), co-owned/similarly-formatted WCBS-AM gains two-tenths (2.6, #17 to #14, 6+).

Up one-tenth (1.5 – 1.6, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation news/talk WNYC-FM is flat at #23.

Long Island Music Formats – Not only does iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW more than double November’s stat (3.2 – 6.7, +3.5, 6+), “106.7 Lite FM” catapults from a three-way tie at #11 all the way to #1. Last year at this time, WLTW notched a 6.3 (December 2018, 6+). Six-tenths behind “Lite FM” is Connoisseur Media hot AC WALK-FM “97.5 Real Variety,” which is a collective +2.3 via three successive upticks (3.8 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 6.1, third to second, 6+). This is the best 6+-stat for WALK-FM since “Holiday” 2018’s 10.5. Meanwhile, classic hits-oldies sibling WBZO “Max FM” forfeits in full the six-tenths it earned in November (2.9 – 3.5 – 2.9, 6+) and exits the top ten (#10 to #12). “Max FM” netted nine-tenths through three bumps in succession (2.1 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 3.0, 6+), immediately following a collective -1.6 via three straight drops (3.7 – 3.2 – 2.9 – 2.1, 6+). When iHeartMedia’s WAXQ gained four-tenths in November, it halted three straight sweeps without an increase that resulted in a collective -1.0 (4.6 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 3.6, 6+). In November, however, “Q-104.3 New York’s Classic Rock” surrenders one-half share to 3.5 (eighth to tenth, 6+). The April 2019 through November 2019 topline for Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WPLJ “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” is: 2.2 – 1.9 – 1.5 – .5 – 0.0 – .4 – 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.2 (#26 to #25, 6+). When EMF officially closed on its purchase of WPLJ from Cumulus Media on May 31, it transitioned the station from hot AC to contemporary Christian.

Riverside

Spoken-Word Formats – After recording a .1 (6+) in August, September, and October, iHeartMedia news talk KKDD “1290 News Talk IE” is a “no-show” for the second month in a row. KKDD was unlisted in May, June and July, as well.

Co-owned KPWK “Fox Sports Radio 1350 AM” is without an increase the seventh time in succession (.2 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1, #22 to #21, 6+). Similarly-formatted/Los Angeles Angels-owned (LAA 1, LLC) KLAA “Angels Radio AM 830” does not appear in print the 24th straight sweep.

Repeating November’s .7 (6+), San Bernardino Community College news/talk KVCR inches up from #15 to #14. In addition to gaining one-tenth to .2 (6+), thus halting four straight down or flat reports that accounted for a net loss of two-tenths (.3 – .3 – .3 – .2 – .1, 6+), Pasadena City College news/talk KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” re-enters the top twenty (#22 to #20).

Riverside Music Formats – Following November’s half-share increase, Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose” regresses by three-tenths (8.2 – 7.9, 6+) but repeats at #1. KLYY was +1.3 in July/August (6.2 – 6.7 – 7.5, 6+). Immediately prior to the July report, “Jose” was an overall -4.3 in seven straight declines (10.5 – 8.5 – 8.2 – 8.1 – 7.4 – 7.0 – 6.4 – 6.2, 6+); KLYY had been in the runner-up slot in April, May, June, and July. December 2018’s 10.5 marked the first time any Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario station reached double-figures (6+) since April 2015, when “Jose” recorded a 10.4. Dislodged from the top spot in November, after setting the pace in September and October, Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA is a combined -1.6 in November/December (7.9 – 7.3 – 6.3, 6+) and continues in the runner-up slot. September/October’s +1.0 (6.9 – 7.7 – 7.9, 6+) followed July/August’s -1.7 (8.6 – 7.6 – 6.9, 6+). KOLA was the market leader in April, May, June, and July before segueing to #2 in August. Immediately prior to July/August’s -1.7, KOLA was +1.8 via three successive positive spikes (6.8 – 7.2 – 8.0 – 8.6, 6+). Following four straight positive or neutral moves that netted a +1.6 (.3 – .3 – .4 – .8 – 1.9, 6+), Lazer Broadcasting regional Mexican KXRS “La Mejor 105.7 – Mas, Mas Musica” erodes by -1.4 to .5 (#11 to #16, 6+). In seven straight sweeps without a loss, co-owned/similarly-formatted KAEH doubled (+.3) its 6+ AQH share (.3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .5 – .6 – .6, 6+) but “Radio Lazer” is down one-tenth to .5 (6+) and ties KXRS at #16. By picking up two-tenths in November to 2.0 (6+), LC Media urban-rhythmic oldies KQIE pulled the plug on seven consecutive decreases that accounted for a loss of more than half (-1.9) its 6+-share (3.7 – 3.4 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.3 – 2.1 – 1.9 – 1.8, 6+). In December though, “Old School 104.7” forfeits one-half share to 1.5 (ninth to tenth, 6+). As a result of five straight decreases, All-Pro Broadcasting adult contemporary KATY lost seven-tenths (1.3 – 1.3 – 1.1 – .8 – .7 – .6, 6+) but “101.3 The Mix” curtails the slide with an improvement of two-tenths to .8 (#16 to #13, 6+). Educational Media Foundation-owned contemporary Christian KLRD “Air 1 – Worship Now” (1.6, #11, June 2019, 6+) and co-owned/similarly-formatted KKLQ “Positive, Encouraging 100.3” (.7, #15, June 2019, 6+) – are unlisted for the sixth month in a row.

San Jose

Spoken-Word Formats – After being a collective +1.0 via four straight up or flat trends (1.4 – 1.8 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+), Cumulus Media news/talk KGO loses one-tenth to 2.3 (6+) yet moves from #18 to a four-way scrum at #15. The just-concluded positive streak came directly after KGO surrendered more than 50% of its 6+ AQH share (-1.6) in ten straight negative or neutral San Jose sweeps (3.0 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.4, 6+). Co-owned news/talk KSFO posts its third successive up or flat trend for a net gain of two-tenths (.8 – .9 – .9 – 1.0, #26 to #25, 6+). In August, KSFO gained two-tenths, thus halting three successive declines that accounted for a loss of roughly half (-.7) its 6+-stat (1.5 – 1.3 – 1.2 – .8, 6+).

Up nine-tenths in October/November (3.6 – 3.8 – 4.5, 6+), sports talk sibling KNBR-AM “The Sports Leader” (49ers) surrenders six-tenths to 3.9 (fifth to seventh, 6+). Off three-tenths to 2.3 (6+), Entercom’s similarly-formatted KGMZ “95.7 The Game” (Golden State Warriors) is part of that aforementioned four-four tie at #15. “The Game” had been +1.6 in three successive spikes (1.0 – 1.1 – 1.8 – 2.6, 6+). September’s increase suspended three straight declines that eroded nearly two-thirds (-1.9) of its 6+ AQH share (2.9 – 2.4 – 1.6 – 1.0, 6+).

Immediately following a November boost of seven-tenths (5.2 – 5.9, 6+), Entercom all-news KCBS-AM (Raiders) forfeits eight-tenths to 5.1 (third to fourth, 6+).

It is a November-only stay at #1 for Northern California Public Broadcasting news/talk KQED, which follows November’s +1.0 with a December decrease of four-tenths (6.9 – 6.5, first to second, 6+). Prior to November, KQED last reached #1 in the San Jose report in April (6.9, 6+). San Francisco Unified School District news/talk KALW has lost roughly half (-.6) its 6+-share via five down or flat trends in a row (1.3 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – .9 – .7, #26 to #27, 6+).

San Jose Music Formats – Locked on 3.8 (6+) in October and November, Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KBRG “Amor 100.3” hauls out a +.7 to 4.5 (seventh to fifth, 6+). After having lost seven-tenths in September/October (4.1 – 3.9 – 3.4, 6+), Empire Broadcasting’s KRTY “San Jose Hot Country 95.3” bounces back with a +1.1 in November/December (3.4 – 4.0 – 4.5, 6+) and ties KBRG at #5. Albeit flat at 6.6 (6+), Alpha Media classic hits-oldies KBAY nonetheless progresses from second to first. Following six successive months at #1, “94.5 Bay FM – The Bay’s Greatest Hits” segued to #2 in November when it eroded by -2.0 (8.6 – 6.6, 6+). “Bay FM,” which was +1.3 in August, nearly erased April’s -1.5 with a May +1.3 (6.2 – 7.5, 6+), returning to #1 after an April-only stay at #2. An overall +1.2 owing to three spikes in succession (2.1 – 2.7 – 3.2 – 3.3, 6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary KMEL “106.1 #1 For Hip-Hop and R&B” surrenders half that increase (2.7, -.6, 6+) and departs the top ten (#9 to #11). Univision Radio regional Mexican KSOL “Que Buena” regresses by one-half share in back-to-back sweeps (3.3 – 2.8 – 2.3, #12 to #15, 6+) and has its lowest 6+-stat in exactly one year (2.3, as well, December 2018). Rhythmic CHR cluster-mate KVVF “Latino Mix 105.7” is an overall -1.2  through six consecutive down or flat trends (2.9 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.1 – 2.0 – 1.7, 6+) and departs the top twenty (#19 to #22). Unlisted in San Jose the 12th month in a row are Bonneville cluster-mates adult contemporary KOIT-FM “Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites”; CHR KMVQ “Now 99.7”; and urban AC KBLX “102.9 R&B and Old School.”

Middlesex-Somerset-Union

Spoken-Word Formats – There’s good news and bad news for Townsquare Media news/talk WKXW. On the plus side, “New Jersey 101.5” adds four-tenths to 5.6 (6+), thus applying the brakes to ten consecutive sweeps without an increase that resulted in a roughly 36% loss (-2.9) of its 6+-share (8.1 – 7.9 – 7.5 – 7.3 – 7.1 – 6.9 – 6.9 – 6.6 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.2, 6+). At the same time, however, WKXW slips from second to fourth. Immediately following four up or flat trends in a row that netted seven-tenths (2.9 – 2.9 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.6, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” is a combined -1.6 in November/December (3.6 – 3.0 – 2.0, 6+) and drifts from the top twenty (#16 to #21). The August 2019 through December 2019 Middlesex-Somerset-Union topline for news/talk WABC is: 1.2 – .8 – 1.2 – 1.1 – .9 (#24 to #25, 6+).

Major ups/downs continue for Entercom sports talk WFAN-FM (Giants, Brooklyn Nets), which was -.7 (September); +1.4 (October/November); and now -1.0 in December (5.1 – 4.1, third to eighth, 6+). Similarly-programmed WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” (Jets, Knicks, Rangers) is an overall +1.1 via four consecutive sweeps without a loss (1.6 – 1.7 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 2.7, #18 to #17, 6+), immediately after being down a collective nine-tenths through three consecutive negative or neutral trends (2.5 – 2.1 – 1.6 – 1.6, 6+).

Posting a gain of four-tenths in back-to-back reports (1.4 – 1.8 – 2.2, 6+), Entercom all-news WCBS-AM re-enters the top twenty (#22 to #20). Prior to November, WCBS-AM was a collective -1.1 in four drops in a row (2.5 – 2.1 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.4, 6+). Co-owned/similarly-programmed WINS has lost three-tenths in four straight down or flat trends (2.1 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.8, #21 to #23, 6+). Its September loss of two-tenths suspended four consecutive increases that accounted for a one-half share gain (1.6 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.1, 6+).

Up two-tenths (1.7 – 1.9, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation public radio news/talk WNYC-FM advances from #23 to #22.

Middlesex-Somerset-Union Music FormatsNew York City’s pacesetter the 30th ratings period in succession  (see above), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “106.7 Lite FM” has had a wild ride in Middlesex. “Lite FM” was -.5 (August/September); +.7 (October); -.9 (November); and is +2.5 in December (4.4 – 6.9, ninth to second, 6+). Its 6.9 (6+) is four-tenths better than the 6.5 (6+) recorded in December 2018. Meanwhile, Beasley Media Group’s similarly-formatted WMGQ “Magic 98.3 – Today’s Hits/Yesterday’s Favorites” is a collective -1.5 in four consecutive down or flat trends (5.3 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 3.8, eighth to ninth, 6+). Steady in third-place, iHeartMedia-owned classic rock WAXQ “Q-104.3” is up eight-tenths in November/December (5.0 – 5.1 – 5.8, 6+). Not only is Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish contemporary WPAT an overall +1.7 via five straight up or flat moves (2.1 – 2.2 – 2.6 – 3.5 – 3.8 – 3.8, 6+), “Amor 93.1” enters the top ten (#11 to #9). When Entercom classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM dropped two-tenths in November, it suspended five Middlesex spikes in a row that netted a +2.6 (4.0 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 5.8 – 6.6, 6+). In December, “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits” chalks up an increase of six-tenths (6.4 – 7.0, 6+) and is #1 the third successive sweep. In addition to eroding by -1.0 (4.2 – 3.2, 6+), Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97” exits the top ten (#10 to #13). November’s one-tenth decrease interrupted six consecutive up or flat moves that yielded a +1.6 (2.7 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 4.3, 6+). Substituting November’s +.6 with a December -.6 (3.2 – 3.8 – 3.2, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned WNSH “New York’s Country 94.7” slips from #11 to #13. Off a cumulative eight-tenths the last three reports (3.1 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.3, 6+), iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR WKTU “103.5 KTU” drops from #17 to #18. After logging a .6 (6+) in October and November, Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WARW “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” disappears from print.

November PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Four

| December 3, 2019

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

Austin

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

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

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

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

Raleigh

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

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

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

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

Indianapolis

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

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

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

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

Milwaukee

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

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

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

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

Nashville

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

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

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

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

Providence

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

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

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

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

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

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

Norfolk

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

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

Jacksonville

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

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

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

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

West Palm Beach

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

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

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

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

 Greensboro

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

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

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

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

Memphis

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

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

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

Hartford

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

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

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

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

November PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Three

| November 28, 2019

November 2019 PPM Data – Information for the November 2019 ratings period has been released for Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus. Nielsen Audio’s November 2019 survey period covered October 10 – November 6. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM-markets below.

Portland

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

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

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

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

Charlotte

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

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

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

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

San Antonio

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

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

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

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

Sacramento

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

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

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

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

Pittsburgh

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

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

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

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

Salt Lake City

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

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

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

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

Las Vegas

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

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

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

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

Orlando

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

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

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

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

Cincinnati

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

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

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

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

Cleveland

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

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

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

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

Kansas City

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

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

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

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

Columbus

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

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

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

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

November PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Two

| November 27, 2019

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

Washington, DC

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

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

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

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

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

Boston

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

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

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

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

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

Miami

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

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

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

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

Seattle

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

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

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

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

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

Detroit

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

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

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

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

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

Phoenix

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

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

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

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

Minneapolis

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

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

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

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

San Diego

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

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

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

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

Tampa

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

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

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

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

Denver

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

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

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

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

Baltimore

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

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

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

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

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

St. Louis

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

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

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

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

November PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round One

| November 26, 2019

November 2019 PPM Data – Information for the November 2019 ratings period has been released for New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Long Island (Nassau-Suffolk), Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union. Nielsen Audio’s November 2019 survey period covered October 10 – November 6. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM-markets below.

New York City

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

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

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

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

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

Los Angeles

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

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

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

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

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

Chicago

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

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

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

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

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

San Francisco

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

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

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

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

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

Dallas

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

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

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

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

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

Houston                              

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

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

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

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

Atlanta

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

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

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

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

Philadelphia

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

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

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

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

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

Long Island

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

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

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

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

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

Riverside

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

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

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

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

San Jose

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

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

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

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

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

Middlesex-Somerset-Union

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

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

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

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

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

October PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Four

| November 1, 2019

October 2019 PPM Data – Information for the October 2019 ratings period has been released for Austin, Raleigh, Indianapolis,