Category: Ratings Takeaways

October 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Two

| October 28, 2020

October 2020 PPM Data. Information for the October 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 October 2020 survey period covered September 10 – October 7.

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

Noteworthy: The NFL season started September 10 – the first day of the October 2020 sweep.

WASHINGTON, DC

News/Talk

  • This time last month, Cumulus Media’s WMAL picked up one-tenth (7.9 – 8.0, 6+) yet slipped from second to third. Now, even though WMAL returns September’s +.1 (8.0 – 7.9, 6+), it nonetheless advances from third to a second-place tie. WMAL was on top four consecutive sweeps (April through July), before faltering by one-half share in August. April’s 0 marked the first time in WMAL’s PPM-history that it reached double-digits (6+).
  • For the 28th sweep in succession, Radio One’s WOL “News Talk – Where Information Is Power” is unlisted.

Sports Talk

  • After being a combined +1.1 in July/August (1.3 – 1.6 – 2.4, 6+), Entercom-owned WJFK-FM “106.7 The Fan” (Nationals) drops eight-tenths in September/October (2.4 – 2.1 – 1.6, #16 to #17, 6+). Its 4.8 (November 2019) is the highest 6+-stat by any D.C. sports talk outlet in the PPM-era.
  • For the fourth time in the last six reports, WJFK-FM’s internet stream logs a .3 (.2 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .3 – .3, May 2020 through October 2020, #27 to #28, 6+).
  • Up four-tenths via three up or flat moves in a row (.7 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1, 6+) but then down four-tenths through four successive sweeps without an increase (1.1 – 1.0 – 1.0 – .8 – .7, Radio One’s WTEM “980 The Team” (Washington Football Team) ends the slide with a half-share increase to 1.2 and enters the top twenty (#22 to #20, 6+).
  • Following five straight reports of posting a .1 (6+), Cumulus Media’s WSBN “630 AM The Sports Capitol” (Washington Football Team) gains one-tenth to .2 (#31 to #30, 6+).

 News

  • In addition to recording its third straight uptick for an impressive +2.6 (7.7 – 8.5 – 9.5 – 10.3, 6+) and setting the pace the third month in a row, Hubbard Broadcasting’s WTOP-FM & WTLP-FM boasts its best 6+ stat (10.3) since January 2019 (10.4). Prior to taking the lead in August, “Washington’s Top News” spent three consecutive months occupying the runner-up slot.
  • Regaining the three-tenths it dropped this time last month (.7 – .4 – .7, 6+), Entercom business news WDCH “Bloomberg1 & 105.7” advances from #26 to #22.
  • Unlisted in August and September, WDCH’s internet stream reappears with a .1 (#31, 6+).
  • For the second month in a row, Black Information Network affiliates WUST and WMZQ-HD2 do not appear in print.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Answering September’s loss of nine-tenths with an October gain of one-half share (6.4 – 6.9, 6+), American University-owned WAMU repeats in fourth-place. “The Mind Is Our Medium” was +.6 in August. Entering the August sweep, WAMU was an overall -2.1 via four straight down or flat trends (8.7 – 8.4 – 7.4 – 6.8 – 6.6, 6+). It was in a first-place tie with Hubbard Broadcasting’s WTOP-FM in February and took sole possession of the lead in March.

BOSTON

 News/Talk

  • Bettering September’s +1.0 with an October +1.1, iHeartMedia-owned WRKO zooms from eighth to fifth and reaches the six-share threshold (3.9 – 4.9 – 6.0, 6+). Four setbacks in a row by “AM 680 – The Voice of Boston” immediately prior led to a -1.4 (5.3 – 4.8 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.9, 6+).
  • After losing a total of seven-tenths in four straight declines (1.1 – .8 – .6 – .5 – .4, 6+), co-owned WXKS-AM “Talk 1200” halts the skid with a one-tenth gain to .5 (flat at #26, 6+). WXKS-AM nearly doubled (+.5) its 6+ AQH share in April/May (.6 – 1.1 – 1.1, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • In addition to logging its fourth straight uptick for an overall +2.9 (3.9 – 4.1 – 4.9 – 5.4 – 6.8, sixth to fourth 6+), Beasley Media Group-owned WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” (Celtics, Bruins, Patriots) has its highest 6+-stat (6.8) since May 2019 (7.0).
  • Up a modest three-tenths via four consecutive sweeps without a loss (2.5 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.8, 6+), Entercom’s WEEI-FM (Red Sox) nonetheless backslides from #12 to a tie at #13. Before gaining one-tenth in July, WEEI-FM was an overall -1.7 in four consecutive downturns (4.2 – 3.5 – 3.2 – 3.0 – 2.7 – 2.5, 6+).
  • Conversely, WEEI-FM’s internet stream is down or flat the fourth time in a row for a net loss of one-tenth (.2 – .2 – .2 – .1 – .1, #32 to #31, 6+).
  • Providence sibling WVEI notches a .1 (6+) the fifth consecutive report and is tied with WEEI-FM’s internet stream at #31.
  • This is the fifth month in a row that co-owned WEEI-AM is unlisted.

News

  • Within 6.1 – 6.7 range in six of the last seven reports (6.4 – 6.3 – 5.9 – 6.6 – 6.7 – 6.6 – 6.1, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WBZ-AM erupts with a +1.1 to cross the seven-share level (7.2, 6+). Moreover, “News Radio 1030” marches from fifth to a first-place tie. WBZ-AM was off one-half share in April/May (6.4 – 6.3 – 5.9, 6+).
  • Having posted a .1 (6+) four straight months, Beasley Media Group business news WRCA “Bloomberg Boston” added one-tenth this time last month to .2 (6+), but regresses to .1 (flat at #31, 6+).
  • This is the second month in a row that Black Information Network affiliate WJMN-HD2 does not appear in print.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • While it is up three-tenths through three straight up or flat moves (3.2 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.5, 6+), Boston University’s WBUR remains at #9.
  • By posting a +1.0 to 3.3 (6+), WGBH Educational Foundation-owned WGBH pulls the plug on four decreases in succession that resulted in a -2.3 (4.6 – 3.2 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.3, 6+) and vaults from #16 to #11. The just-concluded negative streak followed three straight improvements that netted a +1.7 (2.9 – 3.6 – 3.8 – 4.6, 6+), 6+).
  • Co-owned WCAI is unlisted the fifth time in a row.

MIAMI

News/Talk

  • Without a loss the fourth consecutive month for a net gain of nine-tenths (7 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 2.1 – 2.6, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WIOD “News Radio 610 Miami’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” leaps from #20 to #16.

Sports Talk

  • Entercom-owned WQAM “560 The Joe” (Panthers, Dolphins) nets four-tenths in three straight up or flat reports (.6 – .7 – .7 – 1.0, #26 to #25, 6+). WQAM last reached a one-share in May (1.0, as well).
  • While flat at #30, iHeartMedia’s WINZ “940 AM Miami’s Sports Station” (Marlins) is up two-tenths in three straight up or flat trends (.1 – .1 – .2 – .3, 6+).
  • Disappearing from print is Entercom’s WAXY “Sports Talk 790 The Ticket” (Heat), which doubled August’s .2 (6+) to .4 (#29 to #27, 6+) this time last month. The Los Angeles Lakers clinched the NBA title (10/11) by besting the Heat in a series that went six games.
  • This is the fifth month in a row that co-owned WKIS-HD2 does not appear in print.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • A combined +.6 in August/September (3.1 – 3.3 – 3.7, 6+), Dade County School Board’s WLRN forfeits eight-tenths to 2.9 (6+) and exits the top ten (#8 to #11). WLRN previously lost an overall six-tenths in four consecutive slips (3.7 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 3.2 – 3.1, 6+).

SEATTLE

News/Talk

  • Without an increase the past four sweeps for a net loss of eight-tenths (7.2 – 7.1 – 7.1 – 7.1 – 6.4, 6+), Bonneville-owned KIRO-FM (Seahawks) erases 75% of that shortfall with a +.6 to 7.0 (6+) and advances from second to first. “Seattle’s News/Seattle’s Talk” was on top six successive sweeps before segueing to the runner-up slot this time last month. .
  • Not only does cluster-mate KTTH continue an alternating down/up sequence that includes October’s robust +1.1 enabling it to cross the three-share level (2.5 – 2.4 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 3.6, June 2020 through October 2020, 6+), “Conservative Talk Radio” catapults into the top ten (#16 to #10). Entering the September sweep, KTTH was anchored at #19 the previous four
  • Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned KVI “Talk Radio 570” ceased subscribing to Nielsen’s PPM after the March 2020 survey in which it posted a 1.1 (#22, 6+).

 Sports Talk

  • Rebounding from a loss of three-tenths this time last month with an October improvement of seven-tenths (2.2 – 2.9, 6+), Bonneville’s KIRO-AM (Mariners, Seahawks) advances from #20 to #17. “ESPN 710” was a combined +1.0 in July/August (1.5 – 1.6 – 2.5, 6+).
  • Adding one-half share to September’s increase of two-tenths (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KJR-AM “Seattle’s Sports Radio 950” repeats at #24.
  • This the 11th time in a row that co-owned KFNQ “1090 AM” hasn’t logged an increase for a net loss of three-tenths (.5 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .2, #29, 6+).

News

  • Sinclair Broadcast Group’s KOMO repeats September’s average quarter hour share and market rank (5.0, #5, 6+). It dropped one-half share in April and again in May (5.4 – 4.9 – 4.4, 6+); gained one-half share in June/July (4.4 – 4.6 – 4.9, 6+); forfeited one-half share in August (4.9 – 4.4, 6+); and posted a September +.6.
  • After logging a .1 (6+) in June, iHeartMedia-owned/Black Information Network affiliate KHHO is unlisted the fourth month in a row.
  • Hubbard Broadcasting business news KKNW does not appear in print the fifth consecutive report.

 Public Radio News/Talk

  • Duplicating September’s increase of one-half share (5.3 – 5.8 – 6.3, 6+), Northwest Public Radio’s KUOW bumps up from fourth to third. The last time it reached the six-share level was December 2019 (6.1). KUOW was off nine-tenths in April/May (5.5 – 5.4 – 4.6, 6+) and gained eight-tenths in June/July (4.6 – 5.1 – 5.4, 6+).
  • Following four straight months of logging a .1 (6+), Washington State University-owned KSWS is unlisted the second time in a row.

DETROIT

 News/Talk

  • Three consecutive positive spikes by Cumulus Media’s WJR (Lions) account for a +1.3 (3.4 – 3.6 – 3.8 – 4.7, 6+) as “News Talk 760” cracks the top ten (#12 to #9). This (4.7) is its best 6+-showing since April’s 4.8. WJR was +3.2 through four successive improvements (1.6 – 2.4 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 4.8, 6+), but then a collective -1.4 via three straight sweeps without an increase (4.8 – 4.1 – 3.4 – 3.4, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Entercom-owned WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” (Tigers, Pistons, Red Wings) was +1.7 in July/August (3.6 – 4.1 – 5.3, 6+); -.6 (5.3 – 4.7, September, 6+); and now +.5 in October (4.7 – 5.2, seventh to fourth, 6+). Its half-share July gain curtailed three straight drops that accounted for a -1.2 (4.8 – 3.9 – 3.8 – 3.6, 6+).
  • Up four-tenths (.1 – .5, 6+), WXYT-FM’s internet stream climbs from #26 to #23.
  • Cluster-mate WXYT-AM is trending: .1 – .2 – .1 – .1 – .2 – .2 (May 2020 through October 2020, #23 to #24, 6+).

 News

  • With an October increase of three-tenths to 4.8 (6+), co-owned WWJ “News Radio 950” erases 30% of August/September’s -1.0 (5.5 – 5.3 – 4.5, 6+) to progress from tenth to eighth. WWJ previously was a collective +2.5 through four successive bumps (3.9 – 4.3 – 4.8 – 5.8 – 6.4, 6+).
  • From May through August, WDFN recorded a .2 (6+), but the iHeartMedia outlet/Black Information Network affiliate is unlisted in September and October.

 Public Radio News/Talk

  • Despite dropping one-tenth (3.0 – 2.9, 6+), Wayne State University-owned WDET advances from #18 to #16. Its September +1.0 expunged a collective -1.0 from four straight down or flat reports (3.0 – 2.5 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.0, 6+).
  • Without a loss the past four months for a modest net increase of one-tenth (1.6 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7, 6+), Michigan Public Media’s WUOM drops two-tenths to 1.5 (6+) but continues at #21. WUOM was off seven-tenths in April/May (2.3 – 1.7 – 1.6, 6+).

PHOENIX

News/Talk

  • Stacking a robust +1.4 onto September’s gain of one-tenth, iHeartMedia’s KFYI “News Talk 550” jumps from sixth to third and nearly reaches a six-share (4.3 – 4.4 – 5.8, 6+). Immediately prior to June’s -.7, KFYI practically doubled (+2.3) its 6+ AQH share in seven up or flat reports in succession (2.5 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 4.7 – 4.8, 6+).
  • Bonneville’s KTAR-FM (Arizona Cardinals) falters by one-half share in back-to-back reports (4.8 – 4.3 – 3.8, seventh to eighth, 6+). Entering the September sweep, KTAR-FM netted two-tenths via three straight up or flat moves (4.6 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 4.8, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Off six-tenths in June/July (2.2 – 1.8 – 1.6, 6+), Bonneville-owned KMVP-FM “98.7 Arizona Sports” (Arizona Diamondbacks) roars back with three straight spikes for a collective +1.3 (1.6 – 2.0 – 2.4 – 2.9, #20 to #15, 6+).
  • Co-owned KTAR-AM is trending: .1 – .2 – .1 – .3 (#32 to #31, 6+).
  • For the sixth consecutive time, iHeartMedia’s KGME “Fox Sports 910” (Coyotes) records a .2 (#31 to #32, 6+),
  • Likewise, Hubbard Broadcasting’s KDUS “Sports AM 1060” logs a .1 the sixth month in a row (#32 to #33, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Bouncing back from a September loss of nine-tenths with a one-tenth gain (3.9 – 3.0 – 3.1, 6+), Maricopa County Community College-owned KJZZ moves from #15 to #13. In eight of nine previous survey periods, KJZZ notched a 6+ AQH share between 3.4 – 3.8 (3.5 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 4.2 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 3.9, 6+).

MINNEAPOLIS

News/Talk

  • A combined +1.2 in August/September (4.3 – 4.6 – 5.5, 6+), Entercom-owned WCCO (Twins, Timberwolves) relinquishes 25% of that increase (5.2, -.3, sixth to eighth, 6+). “News Radio 830” was -1.3 in June/July (5.6 – 5.5 – 4.3, 6+) and an overall +2.0 as a result of three straight up or flat trends (3.6 – 4.6 – 5.6 – 5.6, 6+).
  • Four consecutive sweeps without a loss by iHeartMedia’s KTLK result in a net gain of nine-tenths (2.5 – 2.6 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.4, #14 to #13, 6+). Entering the August report, “Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130” recorded a fluctuation of one-tenth four times in a row (2.6 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.6, 6+) and then notched a +.4 to 3.0 (6+).
  • While remaining flat at #16, Hubbard Broadcasting’s KTMY “My Talk 107.1” is down six-tenths in September/October (2.3 – 2.1 – 1.7, 6+), directly after gaining a collective four-tenths in July/August (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.3, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • To say iHeartMedia’s KFXN (Wild, Vikings) has stormed back from September’s modest loss of three-tenths would be quite the understatement. “Sports Radio 100.3 K-Fan” registers the largest (6+) September 2020 – October 2020 increase of any station from these 12 PPM markets (5.3 – 8.2, +2.9, 6+) and leaps from #7 all the way to #1. This is the first time “K-Fan” has been on top since January. Following a May increase of four-tenths (5.5 – 5.9, 6+), KFXN forfeited nine-tenths in June/July (5.9 – 5.6 – 5.0, 6+).
  • Having doubled (+.2) its 6+ AQH share through three straight up or flat trends (.2 – .3 – .3 – .4, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s KSTP-AM is off one-tenth to .3 (#24 to #29, 6+).

News

  • Unlisted in August, iHeartMedia-owned/Black Information Network affiliate KQQL-HD2 resurfaced in September with a .1 (#27, 6+) but does not appear in the October report.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Minnesota Public Radio’s KNOW regains the one-tenth it lost this time last month and repeats in the runner-up slot. KNOW has a June 2020 through October 2020 topline of: 7.0 – 7.0 – 7.2 – 7.1 – 7.2 (6+).

SAN DIEGO

News/Talk

  • By gaining four-tenths to 4.8 (fifth to fourth, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KOGO “News Radio 600” applies the brakes to five consecutive down or flat trends that accounted for a net loss of -2.2 (6.6 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.5 – 4.4 – 4.4, 6+). Entering the May sweep, KOGO was a collective +2.8 via three straight bumps (3.8 – 4.5 – 5.5 – 6.6, 6+).
  • Co-owned KGB-AM (formerly Tegna’s KFMB-AM) repeats September’s 6+ AQH share and market rank (2.2, #18, 6+). This is the third time in the last five sweeps “AM 760” has notched a 2.2 (2.2 – 2.6 – 2.0 – 2.2 – 2.2, 6+).
  • Los Angeles sibling KFI “AM 640,” which was off four-tenths this time last month, recaptures one-tenth (2.0 – 2.1, 6+) and one ranker (#20 to #19).

Sports Talk

  • An overall +1.8 through five consecutive reports without a loss (1.1 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 2.6 – 2.9, 6+), Entercom’s KWFN “97.3 The Fan” (Padres) falters by two-tenths to 2.7 (6+), but repeats at #14.
  • This marks the fourth consecutive time that iHeartMedia-owned KLSD (Chargers) has a fluctuation of one-tenth (.7 – .8 – .9 – .8 – .9, flat at #24, 6+). “Fox Sports 1360 San Diego’s Sports Station” had lost eight-tenths in five straight sweeps without an increase (1.5 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0 – .9 – .9 – .7, 6+).

News

  • Co-owned Black Information Network affiliate KSSX-HD2 is unlisted the third successive sweep.

 Public Radio News/Talk

  • Recent fluctuations by KPBS include: -1.4 (8.5 – 7.1, May, 6+); -1.6 (7.1 – 5.5, June, 6+); +.8 (5.5 – 6.3, July, 6+); and now +1.3 in October (6.1 – 7.4, 6+), enabling the San Diego State University-owned facility to leap from third to first. KPBS was tied for the top spot in July and held sole possession of the lead in August.      

TAMPA

News/Talk

  • Winning ways continue for Cox Media Group-owned WHPT as five consecutive ratings periods without a loss yield “102.5 The Bone – Real, Raw, Radio” a +2.4 (2.7 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 4.6 – 5.1, steady at #5, 6+).
  • Unlisted the second month in a row is WHPT’s internet stream, which was a combined +1.6 in July/August (.8 – 1.5 – 2.4, #19, 6+).
  • Despite being down two-tenths (3.5 – 3.3, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WFLA (Tampa Bay Lightning) inches up from #14 to #13. Prior to gaining six-tenths this time last month, “970 Tampa Bay’s News Radio” was down or flat the previous four sweeps for an overall -1.7 (4.6 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.2 – 2.9, 6+). During this particular ratings period, The Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars four games to two to win the Stanley Cup (9/28).
  • After adding one-tenth this time last month (.1 – .2, 6+), co-owned WHNZ “1250 Tampa Bay’s Impact Radio” repeats September’s .2 (#30 to #29, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Steady at #19, iHeartMedia-owned WDAE (Rays) is up four-tenths (1.8 – 2.2, 6+). This year’s World Series concluded last night (10/27), when the Dodgers beat the Rays in game six, 3 – 1. Prior to gaining six-tenths in August, “620 Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” sputtered by seven-tenths through four drops in a row (1.9 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2, 6+).

News

  • As a result of five straight up or flat reports, Beasley Media Group business news WHFS has gained two-tenths (.1 – .1 – .1 – .3 – .3 – .3, #27 to #28, 6+).
  • This is the third time in succession that iHeartMedia-owned/Black Information Network affiliate WBTP-HD2 is unlisted.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Following a September gain of eight-tenths (2.9 – 3.7, 6+), University of South Florida-owned WUSF forfeits one-half share to 3.2 (#12 to #15, 6+). In advance of the September report, WUSF was down or flat the previous five months for a -1.2 (4.1 – 3.9 – 3.3 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.9, 6+). Leading up to that, it was an overall +2.4 in eight consecutive sweeps without a loss (1.7 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 4.1, 6+).
  • WUSF’s internet stream has lost half (-.2) its 6+ AQH share in three straight down or flat moves (4 – .3 – .3 – .2, #27 to #29, 6+).

DENVER

News/Talk

  • Dropping from eighth to tenth, iHeartMedia’s KDFD is off one-half share in September/October (4.3 – 4.2 – 3.8, 6+). “Freedom 93.7 – Real News, Real Talk” improved by one-half share in July/August (3.8 – 4.0 – 4.3, 6+).
  • Cluster-mate KOA “Colorado’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” (Broncos, Colorado Rockies) reclaims the two-tenths it squandered this time last month (2.1 – 1.9 – 2.1, 6+) and repeats at #19.
  • Not only is co-owned KHOW up seven-tenths in five successive sweeps without a loss (1.1 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.6 – 1.8, 6+), “Talk Radio 630” enters the top twenty (#21 to #20).

Sports Talk

  • Practically doubling (+1.7) its 6+ AQH share via three straight upticks (1.8 – 2.0 – 2.4 – 3.5, 6+), Bonneville-owned KKFN (Nuggets) elevates from #17 to #11. “Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan” was -1.3 in June/July (3.1 – 2.3 – 1.8, 6+).
  • Up one-half share in August/September (.3 – .5 – .8, 6+), KSE Radio Ventures-owned KKSE-FM “Attitude Sports Radio 92.5” (Colorado Avalanche) surrenders two-tenths to .6 (flat at #29, 6+).
  • Despite logging its fourth straight up or flat move for a modest gain of two-tenths (.1 – .1 – .1 – .2 – .3, 6+), Bonneville’s KEPN-AM “ESPN Denver 1600 AM” backslides from #31 to #32.
  • This is the fifth consecutive time that KSE Radio Ventures’ KKSE-AM records a .1 (#33 to #34, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Adding two-tenths to September’s +1.2 (5.5 – 6.7 – 6.9, 6+), Colorado Public Radio’s KCFR repeats at #1. KCFR was +2.6 in March/April (5.2 – 6.3 – 7.8, 6+); -2.1 in May (7.8 – 5.7, 6+); and down three-tenths in July/August (5.8 – 5.6 – 5.5, 6+).
  • Three straight reports without a loss by Community Radio for Northern Colorado’s KUNC yielded four-tenths (.6 – .6 – .8 – 1.0, 6+), but KUNC is off one-tenth in October to .9 (flat at #26, 6+).

BALTIMORE

News/Talk

  • Not only is independent WCBM an overall +2.6 via four consecutive positive spikes (3.3 – 3.9 – 4.4 – 5.2 – 5.9, 6+), “680 Stimulating Talk – Breaking News” jumps from sixth to third. WCBM was +1.8 via four straight increases (2.3 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.7 – 4.1, 6+), but then -.8 in May/June (4.1 – 4.0 – 3.3, 6+).
  • Repeating September’s 4.3 (6+), Hearst Television-owned WBAL “News Radio – Expect More” nonetheless climbs from ninth to eighth. Its August increase of three-tenths interrupted three drops in a row that led to an overall -1.9 (6.0 – 4.9 – 4.4 – 4.1, 6+). That streak directly followed ten successive upticks that produced a +4.2 (1.8 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.4 – 3.9 – 4.4 – 5.1 – 6.0, 6+).
  • Cumulus Media Washington, DC’s WMAL more than doubles (+.5) its 6+ AQH share in four successive up or flat moves (.4 – .4 – .6 – .7 – .9, #23 to #21, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Despite regressing by four-tenths to 3.5 (6+), Entercom sports talk WJZ-FM (Orioles) reenters the top ten (#11 to #10). Baltimore’s version of “The Fan” spiraled by -1.0 in June, but was then +1.4 in three straight sweeps without a loss (2.5 – 2.8 – 3.9 – 3.9, 6+).
  • Unlisted in August and September, co-owned WJZ-AM resurfaces with a .1 (#32, 6+).

 News

  • Business news sibling WDCH lost exactly half (-.9) its 6+ AQH share through four straight decreases (1.8 – 1.5 – 1.2 – 1.0 – .9, 6+); however, “Bloomberg1 & 105.7” suspends the skid with a gain of two-tenths to 1.1 (#20 to #18). The just-ended negative streak followed five consecutive increases that accounted for a +1.3 (.5 – .6 – .9 – 1.1 – 1.7 – 1.8, 6+).
  • M-10 Broadcasting-owned/Black Information Network affiliate WQLL “BIN 1370” doubled July’s .5 to 1.0 (August 2020, 6+); forfeited three-tenths in September (1.0 – .7, #18 to #23, 6+); and is now unlisted in October.

 Public Radio News/Talk

  • Including October’s loss of one-tenth, Your Public Radio’s WYPR “88.1 Your NPR News Station” continues an alternating down/up pattern (4.3 – 4.5 – 4.1 – 4.4 – 4.3, flat at #8, 6+).
  • Albeit off four-tenths in three straight down or flat moves (1.0 – .9 – .6 – .6, 6+), American University-owned WAMU improves from #27 to #25.

ST. LOUIS

 News/Talk

  •  Down three-tenths this time last month (5.2 – 4.9, 6+), Entercom’s KFTK rebounds with an October increase twice that magnitude (5.5, +.6, eighth to fifth, 6+). “FM News Talk 97.1” was a combined +1.1 in July/August (4.1 – 4.5 – 5.2, 6+).
  • Three consecutive upticks by co-owned KMOX (Cardinals) accounted for a +2.0 (4.7 – 5.0 – 5.4 – 6.7, 6+), but “The Voice of St. Louis” relinquishes 75% of that windfall with a -1.5 to 5.2 (third to seventh, 6+). September’s 6.7 marked the first time KMOX reached a six-share (6+) since April (6.9). Directly after a +1.8 in March/April (5.1 – 5.4 – 6.9, 6+), KMOX was -2.2 in May/June (6.9 – 5.9 – 4.7, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Hubbard Broadcasting’s WXOS “101 Sports” sputters by three-tenths in September/October (2.4 – 2.2 – 2.1, #17 to #19, 6+). By picking up two-tenths in June, WXOS stymied four straight losses that accounted for a roughly 52% (-2.4) vaporization of its 6+ AQH share (4.6 – 4.3 – 3.4 – 2.5 – 2.2, 6+).

 News

  • This is the third month in a row that iHeartMedia-owned/Black Information Network affiliate KATZ-HD2 is u

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Up one-half share in September/October (2.1 – 2.3 – 2.6, 6+), University of Missouri-owned KWMU progresses from #16 to #15.

October 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round One

| October 27, 2020

October 2020 PPM Data – Information for the October 2020 ratings period has been released for New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union.

Nielsen Audio’s October 2020 survey period covered September 10 – October 7.

The NFL’s first regular season game was (Thursday) September 10, the first day of the October 2020 sweep. Fourteen (14) more contests were played (Sunday) September 13, followed by two Monday night affairs (9/14).

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

NEW YORK CITY

News/Talk

  • A collective +1.0 via three straight upticks (1.8 – 1.9 – 2.3 – 2.8, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WOR progresses from #17 to #13. Following April’s +1.1 to 3.0 (6+), “710 The Voice of New York” was an overall -1.2 in three straight drops (3.0 – 2.4 – 1.9 – 1.8, 6+).
  • Following four successive sweeps of posting a 1.4 (6+), Red Apple Media-owned WABC improves one-tenth to 1.5 (1.4 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.5, 6+) and repeats at #21.
  • In each sweep from March 2020 through October 2020, Townsquare Media’s WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” has posted a fluctuation of exactly one-tenth (.9 – .8 – .9 – 1.0 – .9 – .8 – .9 – .8, #24 to #25, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Erasing September’s loss of one-tenth with an October increase of four-tenths (2.3 – 2.2 – 2.6, 6+), Entercom-owned WFAN (Yankees, Brooklyn Nets, Giants) zooms from #20 to #15. WFAN gained four-tenths in May/June (1.4 – 1.7 – 1.8, 6+), before forfeiting one-tenth in July.
  • In five straight up or flat trends, its internet stream has more than doubled (+.4) its 6+ AQH share (.3 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .7, #31 to #27, 6+).
  • Up one-half share in September/October (.9 – 1.0 – 1.4, 6+), WEPN-FM “98.7 ESPN New York” advances from #23 to #22. Immediately prior, the flagship of the Knicks and Jets was off a collective seven-tenths in three straight reports without an increase (1.6 – 1.0 – .9 – .9, 6+).

 News

  • On the heels of forfeiting three-tenths in September, Entercom-owned WINS surrenders another eight-tenths (4.3 – 4.0 – 3.2, 6+) and exits the top ten (#8 to #11). Its August gain of one-half share ended three consecutive declines that resulted in a -1.9 (5.7 – 4.9 – 4.2 – 3.8, 6+).
  • While flat at 2.7 (6+), co-owned WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” (Mets) slips from #13 to #14.
  • This is the third time in a row that Bloomberg Communications business news WBBR “Bloomberg 1130 AM” posts a .3 (#37 to #35, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Continuing an alternating down/up sequence that began in June and includes October’s +.8 (2.9 – 2.8 – 3.3 – 2.9 – 3.7, 6+) WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WNYC-FM vaults from #12 to #7. Three consecutive decreases led to a -2.3 (5.1 – 3.3 – 2.9 – 2.8, 6+).
  • In four straight down or flat survey periods, co-owned WNYC-AM dropped roughly half (-.6) its 6+ AQH share (1.1 – .7 – .7 .6 – .5, 6+); however, it’s now +.7 in September/October (.5 – .7 – 1.2 , #26 to #24, 6+).

LOS ANGELES

News/Talk

  • Adding one-half share to September’s increase of one-tenth (3.9 – 4.0 – 4.5, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KFI jumps from fifth to third. “AM 640” more than doubled (+2.9) its 6+ AQH share from “Holiday” 2019 through April 2020; crossed the five-share threshold; and had an April-only stay at #1 (2.6 – 3.3 – 3.8 – 4.2 – 5.5, 6+). April 2020 marked the first time KFI reached #1 since March 2011 (4.9, 6+).
  • Following September’s gain of three-tenths, which halted four straight down or flat reports that resulted in a net loss of six-tenths (1.8 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.2, 6+), Salem Media Group’s KRLA “AM 870 The Answer” falters by one-half share (1.5 – 1.0, #26 to #31, 6+).
  • Up three-tenths in August/September (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.3, 6+), directly after three down or flat sweeps in succession that accounted for a net loss of four-tenths (1.4 – 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.0, 6+), Cumulus Media’s KABC “790 News-Talk-Evolved” squanders one-tenth in October (1.2, flat at #28, 6+).
  • The March 2020 through October 2020 topline for iHeartMedia-owned KEIB “AM 1150 The Patriot” is: .8 – 1.1 – 1.0 – .8 – .9 – .9 – .7 – .9 (#37 to #34, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Nearly tripling (+.9) its 6+ AQH share in six successive positive or neutral trends (.5 – .5 – .6 – .6 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.4, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KLAC “AM 570 LA Sports” (Dodgers, Clippers, Chargers) bumps up from #31 to #26. The Dodgers have a three games to two lead over the Rays in the 2020 World Series.
  • Meanwhile, Disney-owned KSPN “710 ESPN” (Angels, Lakers, Rams) doubles its 6+ AQH share in September/October (.4 – .5 – .8, #40 to #37, 6+). The Lakers clinched the NBA title (10/11) by besting the Miami Heat in a series that went six games. KSPN had been without an increase seven times in a row for a net decrease of seven-tenths (1.1 – .9 – .8 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4, 6+).

News

  • Despite being down an overall -1.0 via four consecutive decreases (3.9 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 2.9, 6+), Entercom’s KNX “1070 News Radio” reenters the top ten (#11 to #9). KNX gained eight-tenths in March; was down nine-tenths in April/May (3.8 – 3.4 – 2.9, 6+); and +1.0 in June.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • After trending: 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 1.6 (May – June – July – August, 6+), Pasadena City College-owned KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” is a combined +1.1 in September/October (1.6 – 2.1 – 2.7, 6+) and rockets from #19 to #13.

CHICAGO

News/Talk

  • Unchanged at #11, Nexstar Media Group-owned WGN “Radio 720” (White Sox and Blackhawks) is down six-tenths in September/October (3.6 – 3.1 – 3.0, 6+). Its August +.3 to 3.6 (6+) suspended three slips in a row that resulted in a -2.3 (5.6 – 5.2 – 4.5 – 3.3, 6+).
  • In addition to being up three-tenths in September/October (1.9 – 2.1 – 2.2, 6+), WLS-AM “890 AM” reenters the top twenty (#22 to #19). The Cumulus Media-owned outlet had been down one-half share in four straight reports without an increase (2.4 – 2.1 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+).
  • Newsweb Corp’s Willow Springs, Illinois-licensed WCPT “Progressive Talk 820 AM” debuted in print in August and is trending .3 – 1.3 – 1.6 (#25 to #24, 6+).
  • For the third time in a row, Alpha Media cluster-mates (suburban Joliet) WJOL “1340 We’ve Got ‘Em Talking” and Kenosha, Wisconsin-licensed WLIP “AM 1050” each post a .1 (6+) but drop from #40 to #43.

Sports Talk

  • After more than doubling (+1.7) its 6+ AQH share in back-to-back sweeps (1.5 – 2.5 – 3.2, 6+), Entercom’s WSCR “670 The Score” is flat at 3.2 (6+) and backslides from ninth to tenth. The flagship of the Cubs and Bulls was an overall -2.0 as a result of seven successive reports without an increase (3.5 – 3.3 – 2.7 – 2.5 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 1.5 – 1.5, 6+).
  • Having posted a 1.2 (6+) four times in a row (February through May), Disney/ESPN-owned WMVP “ESPN Chicago 1000” loses two-tenths in three straight down or flat moves (1.0 – 1.0 – .9 – .8, #27 to #28, 6+).

News

  • Answering September’s decline of nine-tenths (7.3 – 6.4, 6+) with a half-share increase to 6.9 (6+), Entercom-owned WBBM-AM & WCFS-FM “News Radio 780 AM & 105.9 FM” repeats in the runner-up slot. The Bears’ flagship was #1 seven survey periods in succession, but was -1.5 in May/June (8.4 – 7.0 – 6.9, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • In August, Chicago Public Media’s WBEZ improved by two-tenths to 3.4 (6+) yet departed the top ten (#10 to #11). This time last month, it returned the two-tenths (3.4 – 3.2, 6+), but reentered the top ten (#11 to #9). Now, WBEZ advances by a significant six-tenths (3.2 – 3.8, 6+) yet repeats in ninth-place.

SAN FRANCISCO

News/Talk

  • Although it is down or flat the fifth straight time for a net loss of two-tenths (1.9 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7, 6+). Cumulus Media-owned KSFO “560 – The Bay Area’s Exclusive Hot Talk” pushes up from #21 to #20.
  • It is tied there with co-owned KGO, which is up a cumulative seven-tenths in three straight positive spikes (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.7, 6+) and cracks the top twenty (#24 to #20). KGO had been without an increase five consecutive reports for an approximately 44% loss (-.8) of its 6+ AQH share (1.8 – 1.8 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.0, 6+).

 Sports Talk

  • As a result of four successive upticks (1.9 – 2.5 – 3.6 – 4.0 – 4.9, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KNBR “The Sports Leader” (Giants, 49ers) is a collective +3.0 and jumps from sixth to third.
  • In four of the last five survey periods, Entercom’s KGMZ (Golden State Warriors) logged a .9 (.9 – .8 – .9 – .9 – .9, 6+), but “95.7 The Game” improves by two-tenths to 1.1 (#27 to #25, 6+). Four straight downturns resulted in KGMZ losing nine-tenths (1.7 – 1.4 – 1.0 – .9 – .8, 6+).
  • Following three straight months of notching a .1 (6+), the internet stream of KGMZ improves to .3 (#34 to #31, 6+).
  • Unlisted in June and July, Cumulus Media-owned KTCT resurfaced in August with a .1 (6+); repeated it in September; and adds two-tenths in October (.1 – .1 – .3, #34 to #31, 6+).

News

  • On the heels of a half-share increase this time last month to 8.0 (6+), KCBS-AM & KFRC surrenders four-tenths to 7.6 (6+). The Entercom combo was #1 in June, July, and September, and second in August and now in October. Prior to faltering by -1.4 in May, KCBS-AM & KFRC had been on top three successive sweeps and was an overall +2.2 in four consecutive up or flat moves (7.7 – 8.4 – 8.7 – 9.9 – 9.9, 6+).
  • Owing to three straight improvements, iHeartMedia business news/Oakland A’s flagship KNEW nets six-tenths (.1 – .3 – .4 – .7, #30 to #29, 6+).
  • Having posted a .1 (6+) the past five reports, iHeartMedia-owned/Black Information Network affiliate KKSF-AM is unlisted in October.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • The combination of California Public Broadcasting’s KQED gaining four-tenths (8.0 – 8.4, 6+) and KCBS-AM regressing by four-tenths (8.0 – 7.6, 6+) results in KQED assuming sole position of first-place. Immediately in advance of August’s +.4 to 7.8 (6+), KQED was -2.5 via three drops in succession (9.9 – 8.7 – 7.8 – 7.4, 6+). Recent (6+) fluctuations for KQED include: +1.6 (November/December); -1.2 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.2 (January 2020); -.9 (February); +1.5 (March); +1.8 (April); -1.2 (May); and -.9 (June).
  • San Francisco Unified School District’s KALW “91.7 Local Public Radio” is trending: .5 – .5 – .6 – .4 – .3, June – July – August – September – October, #30 to #31, 6+).

DALLAS

News/Talk

  • Netting six-tenths in September/October (2.7 – 3.1 – 3.3, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WBAP pushes up from #13 to #12. “News Talk 820” had been a collective -1.4 via four consecutive declines (4.1 – 3.2 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.7, 6+).
  • Cluster-mate KLIF-AM “570 News & Information” has a March 2020 through October 2020 topline of: .6 – .4 – .4 – .6 – .5 – .5 – .6 – .5 (#36 to #34, 6+).
  • One-tenth behind KLIF-AM is Salem Media Group-owned KSKY “660 AM The Answer,” which notches a .4 the sixth time in the last seven reports (.4 – .4 – .4 – .5 – .4 – .4 – .4, #37 to #36, 6+).
  • The May 2020 through October 2020 trending for iHeartMedia’s KFXR is: .1 – .0 – .1 – .0 – .0 – .0 (6+); “Talk Radio 1190 AM” finished at #38 in July.

Sports Talk

  • Not only does Cumulus Media’s KTCK (Stars) haul out a whopping +2.1 (1.4 – 3.5, 6+), “The Ticket – All Sports All The Time” catapults from #25 all the way to #11. The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Stars four games to two to win the Stanley Cup (9/28). KTCK was frozen on 1.3 (6+) in June and July and was then stuck on 1.4 (6+) in August and September.
  • For the last three sweeps, Entercom-owned KRLD-FM (Rangers, Cowboys) recorded a fluctuation of two-tenths (1.5 – 1.7 – 1.9 – 1.7, 6+); however, “105.3 The Fan” halts the trend with a +.6 to 2.3 (6+) and is back in the top twenty (#22 to #18).
  • The March 2020 through October 2020 topline for Disney/ESPN’s KESN “103.3 ESPN Dallas” (Mavericks) is: .7 – .6 – .8 – .7 – .7 – .9 – .8 – .9 (#34 to #32, 6+).
  • In four straight down or flat trends, KRLD-FM’s internet stream lost a total of two-tenths (.3 – .3 – .3 – .2 – .1, 6+), but it gains three-tenths to .4 (#40 to #36, 6+).
  • After logging a .7 (#35, 6+) this time last month, KTCK’s internet stream is unlisted in October.

News

  • Stuck on 1.3 (6+) in August and September, Entercom-owned KRLD-AM “News Radio 1080” adds one-tenth to 1.4 (#28 to #25, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Flat at #16, North Texas Public Broadcasting’s KERA is down two-tenths in back-to-back reports (2.9 – 2.7 – 2.5, 6+). It was a combined +.4 in July/August (2.5 – 2.8 – 2.9, 6+).

 HOUSTON

News/Talk

  • Not only does iHeartMedia’s KTRH triple September’s gain of three-tenths with an October +.9 (5.6 – 6.5, 6+), “News Radio 740” leaps from fifth to second. KTRH was +1.7 in April and -1.0 in July/August (6.3 – 5.6 – 5.3, 6+).
  • Co-owned KPRC “AM 950 – Houston’s More Stimulating Talk Radio” has an April 2020 through October 2020 topline of: .2 – .3 – .4 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .3 (#27 to #28, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • A collective +.4 through three straight up or flat trends in a row (.9 – .9 – 1.0 – 1.3, 6+), Entercom’s KILT-AM “Sports Radio 610” (Texans) progresses from #23 to #22.
  • Meanwhile, in four consecutive sweeps without a loss, iHeartMedia-owned KBME “Sports Talk 790” (Astros, Rockets) nets three-tenths (.5 – .5 – .7 – .7 – .8, #25 to #24, 6+). The Astros were beaten by the Rays in the American League Championship Series.
  • Although unchanged at #27, Gow Communications’ KFNC “ESPN 97.5” hasn’t had a loss in the last eight reports and is up two-tenths in that stretch (.3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .5, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Albeit down one-tenth (2.9 – 2.8, 6+), the University of Houston’s KUHF proceeds from #16 to #15. KUHF was up three-tenths in August/September (2.6 – 2.7 – 2.9, 6+).
  • The May 2020 through October 2020 topline for Pacifica Foundation’s KPFT is: .0 – .0 – .1 – .0 – .1 – .2 (#29 to #32, 6+).

ATLANTA

News/Talk

  • Setting the pace the 16th time in a row, Cox Media Group-owned WSB-AM & WSBB-FM “Atlanta’s News & Talk” is up nine-tenths in September/October (10.1 – 10.6 – 11.0, 6+). April’s 9 marked the first time in the PPM-era that any Atlanta station reached the 13-share level (6+).
  • This is the third time in succession that Salem Media Group’s WGKA “AM 920 The Answer” logs a .8 (#26 to #25, 6+).
  • Entercom’s WAOK “1380 The Voice of the Community” drops one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.4 – .3 – .2, #31 to #34, 6+).

 Sports Talk

  • Notwithstanding that it is flat at 3.1 (6+), Entercom’s WZGC “92.9 The Game” (Hawks, Falcons) reenters the top ten (#12 to #10). In six straight reports without an increase, WZGC was an overall -1.5 (4.6 – 3.9 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.1, 6+).
  • In an alternating up/down pattern that includes October’s strong +.9 (1.0 – 2.0 – 1.7 – 2.6, 6+), Dickey Broadcasting-owned WCNN “680 The Fan” (Braves) rockets from #20 to #13. The Braves were beaten by the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series.

News

  • A no-show in September, iHeartMedia-owned/Black Information Network affiliate WBIN (formerly WGST “Talk Radio 640”) reappears with a .1 (#35, 6+). WBIN had a .2 (July, 6+) and a .1 (August, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Three bumps in a row by City of Atlanta Board of Education’s WABE account for a +.8 (2.2 – 2.4 – 2.6 – 3.0, #16 to #11, 6+).
  • Conversely, as a result of three straight sweeps without an increase, Georgia State University’s WRAS is down two-tenths (.6 – .5 – .5 – .4, #29 to #31, 6+).
  • Unlisted in June and July, WABE-HD3 resurfaced with a .1 in August (#34, 6+) but is a no-show in September and October.

PHILADELPHIA

News/Talk

  • Up eight-tenths in September/October (1.4 – 1.7 – 2.2, 6+), Entercom-owned WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” elevates from #20 to #17.
  •  A loss of two-tenths to 1.2 (#23 to #22, 6+) by Townsquare Media’s WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” interrupts five up or flat moves in a row that accounted for a net gain of six-tenths (.8 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.4 – 1.4, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride lately for Entercom-owned WIP “Sports Radio 94.1.” The flagship of the Phillies and Eagles has been -1.6 (5.9 – 4.7 – 4.3, June/July, 6+); +.6 (4.3 – 4.9, August, 6+); -.2 (4.9 – 4.7, September); and now an impressive +1.1 in October (4.7 – 5.8, seventh to fourth, 6+).
  • The alternating down/up (March 2020 through October 2020) pattern for Beasley Media Group-owned WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” (76ers, Flyers) includes October’s loss of three-tenths: 2.1 – 1.4 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.6 – 1.3 – 1.8 – 1.5 (flat at #20, 6+).

News

  • Slipping from fourth to sixth, Entercom-owned KYW “News Radio 1060” is -1.5 in September/October (6.1 – 5.9 – 4.6, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Up a total of seven-tenths through three reports in a row without a loss (4.4 – 4.8 – 5.1 – 5.1, 6+), WHYY repeats in fifth-place. In four consecutive down or flat sweeps, WHYY was -1.0 (5.4 – 4.5 – 4.4 – 4.4 – 4.4, 6+).

 NASSAU-SUFFOLK (LONG ISLAND)

News/Talk

  • The alternating down/up pattern for iHeartMedia’s WOR includes October’s increase of six-tenths (3.9 – 4.2 – 3.8 – 4.4, steady at #7, 6+). Three prior slips in succession accounted for a -2.8 (6.7 – 5.7 – 4.4 – 3.9, 6+). April’s +2.9 rocketed “710 The Voice of New York” from eighth to first.
  • Without a loss six consecutive reports for a net increase of three-tenths (1.1 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.4 – 1.4, 6+), Red Apple Media-owned WABC is unlisted the second month in a row.

Sports Talk

  • Purging September’s decrease of four-tenths with an October +.7 (3.5 – 4.2, 6+), Entercom-owned WFAN climbs from ninth to eighth.
  • Although unchanged at #25, WFAN’s internet stream gains four-tenths (.8 – 1.2, 6+).
  • This marks the tenth month in a row that WEPN-FM “98.7 ESPN New York” is unlisted in Long Island. WEPN-FM was -.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.7 – 2.5 – 2.2, #15, 6+).

News

  • On the heels of September’s loss of eight-tenths, Entercom’s WINS falters by another half-share (4.3 – 3.5 – 3.0, 6+) and departs the top ten (#9 to #13). Prior to August’s increase of four-tenths, WINS was -1.4 via three straight drops (5.3 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 3.9, 6+).
  • Catching WINS in Nassau-Suffolk is its cluster-mate WCBS-AM (2.8 – 3.0, +.2, #15 to #13, 6+). Off one-tenth this time last month, the Mets flagship was up four-tenths in July/August (2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • After August’s increase of six-tenths, WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WNYC-FM falters by two-tenths in consecutive reports (1.7 – 1.5 – 1.3, #23 to #24, 6+). WNYC-FM lost one-half share in four down or flat moves in a row (1.6 – 1.4 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.1, 6+).
  • The May 2020 through October 2020 topline for co-owned WNYC-AM is: .1 – .1 – .2 – .2 – .1 – .1 (#36 to #33, 6+).
  • Tied with WNYC-AM is Sacred Heart University’s WSUF, which posted a .1 (6+) three sweeps in succession; gained one-tenth in August; lost it in September; and repeats the .1 in October (.1 – .1 – .1 – .2 – .1 – .1, #36 to #33, 6+).

RIVERSIDE-SAN BERNARDINO-ONTARIO

Sports Talk

  • This is the fifth time in succession that iHeartMedia-owned KPWK logs a .1 (#18 to #17, 6+). “Fox Sports Radio 1350 AM” was unlisted in April and May.
  • Los Angeles Angels-owned (LAA 1, LLC) KLAA “Angels Radio AM 830” is unlisted the 35th sweep in succession.

 News

  • For the fourth consecutive sweep, iHeartMedia-owned/Black Information Network affiliate KFOO does not appear in print. KFOO posted a .3 (6+) in June.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Up three-tenths in three straight reports without a loss (.5 – .5 – .8 – .8, 6+), San Bernardino Community College’s KVCR inches up from #14 to #13.
  • In an alternating up/down sequence that includes October’s loss of two-tenths (.4 – .6 – .5 – .9 – .7, 6+), Pasadena City College-owned KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” dips from #13 to #14.

SAN JOSE

 News/Talk

  • Three straight bumps by Cumulus Media’s KGO account for a gain of six-tenths (1.6 – 1.8 – 2.1 – 2.2, steady at #14, 6+). KGO had been an overall -1.3 in four successive slips (2.9 – 2.3 – 1.9 – 1.6 – 1.6, 6+).
  • Returning the three-tenths it picked up this time last month (1.1 – 1.4 – 1.1, 6+), co-owned KSFO “560 – The Bay Area’s Exclusive Hot Talk” falls from #24 to #26.

Sports Talk

  • After more than doubling (+2.1) its 6+ AQH share in three straight upticks (1.9 – 2.4 – 3.7 – 4.1, 6+), cluster-mate KNBR forfeits one-third of that increase (3.4, -.7, 6+) but carries on in ninth-place; “The Sports Leader” eroded by -1.1 in June.
  • Down one-half share via three modest drops (1.9 – 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.4, 6+), Entercom’s KGMZ “95.7 The Game” slips from #22 to #23.

 News

  • Immediately after posting a September +1.2 to 5.3 (6+), Entercom-owned KCBS-AM dips one-tenth to 5.2 (6+) yet progresses from fifth to third. KCBS-AM had been a collective -2.8 via five drops in a row (6.9 – 6.4 – 5.8 – 5.6 – 4.7 – 4.1, 6+), directly after three straight gains yielded a +2.5 (4.4 – 5.0 – 5.7 – 6.9, 6+). KCBS-AM has been -.8 (December 2019); -.7 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.2 (March); -.9 (July); -.6 (August); and +1.2 (September).
  • On the heels of doubling (+.3) August’s .3 to .6 (6+), iHeartMedia business news/Oakland A’s flagship KNEW-AM returns two-tenths to .4 (flat at #28, 6+).
  • The May 2020 through October 2020 topline for iHeartMedia-owned/Black Information Network affiliate KKSF-AM is: .2 – .0 – .1 – .0 – .0 – .0 (6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Over and above taking sole possession of first-place, Northern California Public Broadcasting‘s KQED  is a whopping +4.3 in three straight positive spikes (6.6 – 6.9 – 7.7 – 10.9, 6+) with October’s massive +3.2 the largest (6+) September 2020 – October 2020 gain by any station in these 12 PPM Furthermore, it is the first time KQED has reached double-digits (6+) in the PPM-era and only the fourth time it’s been done in the San Jose report. Only Entercom adult contemporary KOIT-FM’s 11.6 (“Holiday” 2019, 6+) is higher than KQED’s 10.9.
  • Off nine-tenths to .2 (#30, 6+) this time last month, San Francisco Unified School District’s KALW “91.7 Local Public Radio” is unlisted in October.

MIDDLESEX-SOMERSET-UNION

News/Talk

  • Having gained nine-tenths in August/September (5.7 – 5.8 – 6.6, 6+), Townsquare Media’s WKXW forfeits roughly half that increase (6.1, -.5, second to third, 6+). “New Jersey 101.5” was a combined -1.1 in June/July (6.8 – 6.5 – 5.7, 6+). Three straight previous increases delivered WKXW a collective +1.6 (5.2 – 6.0 – 6.7 – 6.8, 6+).
  • Even though it’s up a combined nine-tenths in September/October (1.7 – 2.2 – 2.6, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WOR “710 The Voice of New York” backslides from a four-way tie at #15 to #17.
  • For the second month in a row, Red Apple Media’s WABC is unlisted in the Middlesex report. WABC was off two-tenths in August (.9 – .7, 6+), following four consecutive up or flat trends that accounted for a net gain of four-tenths (.5 – .8 – .9 – .9 – .9, 6+).
  • Beasley Media Group’s WCTC “Talk Radio 1450 The Voice of Central Jersey,” which notched a July .1 (#30, 6+), does not appear for the third report in succession.

 Sports Talk

  • Down three-tenths this time last month, Entercom-owned WFAN posts an October increase three times that magnitude (2.2 – 3.1, +.9, #15 to #13, 6+). WFAN picked up one-tenth in both July and August (2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5, 6+), with July’s increase suspending three consecutive decreases that resulted in a -1.9 (4.2 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 2.3, 6+).
  • After being unlisted in Middlesex five months in a row before reappearing in June with a 1.2 (6+), WEPN-FM “98.7 ESPN New York” nets one-half share in three straight improvements (.9 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.4, #22 to #21, 6+).
  • The internet stream of WFAN, which vanished from print in August and September, pops back with a .1 (#31, 6+).

News

  • Entercom-owned WCBS-AM gains one-tenth and one ranker (1.9 – 2.0, #19 to #18, 6+). The Mets flagship was off one-half share in May/June (2.4 – 2.1 – 1.9, 6+); up a half-share in July/August (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.4, 6+); and down one-half share in September (2.4 – 1.9, 6+).
  • Following an August gain of six-tenths, co-owned WINS relinquishes one-half share in September/October (1.4 – 1.1 – .9, #22 to #23, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Roaring back from September’s dip of two-tenths with a robust +1.3 (2.2 – 3.5, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WNYC-FM leaps into the top ten (#15 to #10). Entering the August survey period, WNYC-FM had been without an increase three sweeps in succession for a net loss of -1.1 (3.1 – 2.3 – 2.0 – 2.0, 6+).
  • Unlisted the past four reports, co-owned WNYC-AM reappears with a .4 (#28, 6+).

September 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Four

| October 3, 2020

September 2020 PPM Data – Information for the September 2020 ratings period has been released for Austin, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Providence, Norfolk, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Greensboro, Memphis, and Hartford. Nielsen Audio’s September 2020 survey period covered August 13 – September 9.

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

AUSTIN

News/Talk

  • Instantly after regressing in August by seven-tenths to 5.0 (6+), Waterloo Media Group-owned KLBJ-AM “News Radio 590” responds with a half-share September pickup to 5.5 (6+) and elevates from fourth to third.
  • Over the course of the last eight sweeps (February 2020 through September 2020), Entercom’s KJCE “Talk Radio 1370” has logged either a .3 or a .2 (6+): .3 – .3 – .3 – .2 – .3 – .2 – .2 – .3 (#27 to #25).

Sports Talk

  • While unchanged at #24, Genuine Austin Radio’s KTXX “The Horn” has roughly half its 6+ AQH share eroded (-.7) through four successive decreases, including three straight drops of two-tenths (1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0 – .8 – .6, 6+).
  • Despite losing a total of two-tenths in three consecutive down or flat moves (.5 – .4 – .3 – .3, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KVET-AM “1300 AM The Zone” advances from #26 to #25.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Not only does University of Texas at Austin-owned KUT tack on a whopping +1.9 to August’s +.9, it marches from second to first. Entering the August sweep, KUT was an overall -3.0 in four straight downturns (10.3 – 9.8 – 8.5 – 7.8 – 7.3, 6+). It was the market leader five times in a row before segueing to the runner-up slot in June. Recent (6+) fluctuations include: +2.0 (October 2019); -1.9 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.5 (January 2020); +.8 (March); -1.3 (May); -.7 (June); +.9 (August); and +1.9 (September).

RALEIGH

News/Talk

  • Up three-tenths (6.7 – 7.0, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WTKK “106.1 Stay Connected” is ensconced in third-place. Its July gain of six-tenths suspended four consecutive decreases that resulted in an overall -1.4 (7.6 – 6.9 – 6.8 – 6.6 – 6.2, 6+).
  • When Curtis Media Group’s WPTF improved by three-tenths to 1.8 (6+) this time last month, it halted three straight drops that accounted for a collective -1.2 (2.7 – 2.2 – 1.8 – 1.5, 6+). In September though, “News Radio 680” drops one-tenth to 1.7 (#16 to #18, 6+).

 Sports Talk

  • Having logged a 1.1 (6+) in three of four sweeps (1.1 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.1, April – May – June – July, 6+), Capitol Broadcasting’s WCMC “99.9 The Fan” (Carolina Hurricanes) is a combined +1.4 in August/September (1.1 – 1.3 – 2.5, #18 to #14, 6+).
  • Co-owned WDNC “620 The Ticket” is trending: .2 – .2 – .2 – .1 – .3 (#25 to #23, 6+).
  • Unlisted in June, cluster-mate WCMC-HD2 resurfaced with a .2 (July, 6+); it has a .1 (6+) in August and September (#25 to #26).

 Public Radio News/Talk

  • Registering its fifth straight positive spike for a collective +2.0 (6.1 – 6.7 – 6.8 – 7.1 – 7.6 – 8.1, 6+), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s WUNC “91.5 North Carolina Public Radio” is steady in the runner-up slot. This (8.1) is the first time WUNC reaches the eight-share level since August 2019’s5.
  • Stuck on .3 (6+) in June and July, co-owned WRQM is locked on .1 (6+) in August and September (#25 to #26).

INDIANAPOLIS

News/Talk

  • In addition to being an overall +1.7 via three bumps in a row (7.4 – 7.5 – 8.0 – 9.1, 6+), Emmis-owned WIBC rises from third to second.  “Indy’s Mobile News 93.1” has is its best 6+-showing (9.1) since April (10.3). WIBC was -2.9 in May/June (10.3 – 8.9 – 7.4, 6+), directly after notching four straight increases for a +4.9 (5.4 – 7.6 – 8.0 – 8.8 – 10.3, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Following three drops in a row in which it lost six-tenths (2.5 – 2.2 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+), cluster-mate WFNI “The Fan – Indy’s Sports Center” (Pacers) picks up one-tenth to 2.0 (6+) and remains at #15.
  • Up one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.7 – .8 – .9, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WNDE carries on at #19. In June/July, “Indy’s Sports Station” had its 6+ AQH share sliced by 50% (1.4 – 1.1 – .7, 6+).
  • Unlisted the fourth sweep in a row is Emmis’ WIBC-HD3, which logged a .1 (6+) in May.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Three gains in a row netted Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting’s WFYI a +1.6 (3.7 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.3, 6+); however, six consecutive setbacks account for an overall -1.9 (5.3 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 3.4, flat at #11, 6+).

MILWAUKEE

News/Talk

  • September’s +1.6 (8.6 – 10.2, 6+) by iHeartMedia’s WISN nearly matches its +1.8 this time last month as “News/Talk 1130” repeats at #1. Furthermore, this (10.2) marks the first time in its PPM-history that WISN has recorded double-digits (6+). WISN was on top in April and May, as well. Entering the August ratings period, “News/Talk 1130” was a collective -2.4 as a result of three declines in succession (9.3 – 8.6 – 7.2 – 6.8, 6+).
  • After being down or flat three times in a row for a net loss of eight-tenths (6.3 – 6.1 – 5.5 – 5.5, 6+), Good Karma Brands’ WTMJ (Brewers and Bucks) is a combined +1.7 in August/September (5.5 – 6.7 – 7.2, fifth to fourth, 6+). “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” was +1.2 in March/April (5.1 – 5.7 – 6.3, 6+).
  • Following back-to-back postings of .3 (6+), WTMJ’s internet stream is unlisted the third month in a row.
  • Alpha Media-owned WLIP had a repetitive March 2020 through July 2020 topline of: .5 – .6 – .5 – .6 – .5 (#18, 6+), but “AM 1050 Kenosha’s News & Talk” is a no-show the second consecutive sweep.

Sports Talk

  • Four Milwaukee sports talk outlets are found in September 2020’s top twenty, including iHeartMedia-owned WRNW “97.3 The Game – Milwaukee’s Sports Talk That Rocks,” which has a March 2020 through September 2020 topline of: 6 – .7 – .6 – .6 -.6 – .6 – .7 (#17 to #16, 6+).
  • Repeating August’s .6 (6+) and up two-tenths in August/September (.4 – .6 – .6, 6+), Good Karma Brands’ WKTI “94.5 ESPN” nonetheless slips from #17 to #18.
  • Albeit flat at .4 (6+), iHeartMedia’s WOKY “The Big 920” enters the top twenty (#21 to #20). It’s increase of two-tenths this time last month suspended ten straight sweeps without an increase that led to a net loss of one-half share (.7 – .6 – .5 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .2, 6+).
  • Off one-tenth (.5 – .4, 6+), Entercom’s WSSP “Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan” echoes August’s #20 ranking.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Flat at #10, University of Wisconsin-owned WUWM is down one-half share in August/September (3.9 – 3.5 – 3.4, 6+).
  • As a result of three bumps in a row, Wisconsin Public Radio’s WHAD nets one-half share (.9 – 1.0 – 1.3 – 1.4, #12 to #13, 6+), completely erasing that exact deficit in three straight down or flat reports (1.4 – 1.4 – 1.0 – .9, 6+).
  • WHAD’s internet stream regresses by two-tenths (.3 – .1, #23 to #25, 6+).

NASHVILLE

News/Talk

  • A combined +1.1 in July/August (4.6 – 4.8 – 5.7, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned WWTN forfeits one-tenth to 5.6 (6+) and falls from fifth to seventh. Following March/April’s +.7 (4.7 – 5.3 – 5.4, 6+), “Super Talk 99.7” was -.8 in May/June (5.4 – 5.3 – 4.6, 6+).
  • On the heels of August’s +.5 to 2.2 (6+), iHeartMedia’s WLAC sputters by one-tenth and one ranker (2.1, #16 to #17, 6+). “Talk Radio 1510” was a combined +.5 in March/April (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.7, 6+), but then -1.0 in three downturns in succession (2.7 – 2.4 – 2.0 – 1.7, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Albeit off three-tenths to 2.9 (6+), Cumulus Media’s WGFX advances from #14 to #12; “104.5 The Zone” was up eight-tenths in July/August (2.4 – 2.9 – 3.2, 6+).
  • Down two-tenths (.6 – .4, 6+), Cromwell Group-owned WPRT slips from #21 to #22. An August gain of three-tenths by “102.5 The Game” (Predators) suspended six straight down or flat sweeps that resulted in a 70% loss (-.7) of its 6+ AQH share (1.0 – .6 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3, 6+).
  • Despite being without an increase the fourth time in a row for a loss of one-tenth (2 – .2 – .2 – .1 – .1, 6+), co-owned WBUZ-HD3 climbs from #24 to #23.

News

  • Contemporary Christian-turned-Black Information Network affiliate/iHeartMedia-owned WNRQ-HD2 logs a .1 (6+) in back-to-back reports (#24 to #23).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • In addition to being up one-half share in August/September (3.8 – 4.2 – 4.3, 6+), Nashville Public Radio’s WPLN-FM “NPR News and Classical Music” enters the top ten (#11 to #10).

PROVIDENCE

News/Talk

  • Dipping from sixth to seventh, Cumulus Media-owned WPRO-AM is a collective -2.1 in five consecutive downturns (6.1 – 5.6 – 4.7 – 4.4 – 4.2 – 4.0, 6+). Immediately prior, “News Talk 630” more than doubled (+3.6) its 6+ AQH share in four straight positive or neutral trends (2.5 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 6.1, 6+).
  • Up one-half share in August/September (1.2 – 1.3 – 1.7, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WHJJ climbs from #14 to #13. This is the best 6+-performance by “News Radio 920” since April 2019 (1.7, as well).
  • Trending .5 – .4 – .6 (July – August – September, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WPRV “AM 790 Talk & Business” cracks the top twenty (#22 to #20).

 Sports Talk

  • Immediately after dialing up a half-share increase to 2.5 (6+), Entercom’s WVEI surrenders 60% of that windfall (2.2, -.3, eighth to ninth, 6+). “Sports Radio 103.7” basically lost half its 6+ AQH share (-2.1) in six straight down or flat survey periods (1 – 3.4 – 3.1 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.1 – 2.0, 6+).

News-Talk

  • The April 2020 through September 2020 topline for iHeartMedia Boston’s WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” is: 1.5 – 1.3 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.3 – 1.3 (#14 to #15, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Following four straight sweeps without an increase for a net loss of -1.3 (3.2 – 3.0 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 1.9, 6+), WGBH Educational Foundation Boston’s WGBH is up a combined seven-tenths in August/September (1.9 – 2.5 – 2.6, 6+) and repeats at #8.
  • Even though Rhode Island Public Radio’s WNPN follows August’s +.5 with a loss of one-tenth (2.1 – 2.0, 6+), it progresses into the top ten (#11 to #10). WNPN had been off one-half share in three straight sweeps without an increase (2.1 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.6 , 6+).
  • The Wheeler School-owned WELH “89.3 The Public’s Radio” has lost a total of one-tenth via four straight down of flat trends (.4 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3, 6+) yet proceeds from #23 to #22.

NORFOLK

Sports Talk

  • Following July/August’s +.5 (1.0 – 1.3 – 1.5, 6+), Max Broadcast Group’s WVSP regresses by one-tenth to 1.4 (6+) but repeats at #11. May’s increase of two tenths curtailed seven straight down or flat reports that accounted for a net loss of nine-tenths (2.2 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.3, 6+); however, “ESPN Radio 94.1” then lost one-half share in June.

News

  • Down one-tenth in August/September (.7 – .6 – .6, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned/Black Information Network affiliate WNOH remains at #14. Prior to flipping from alternative to news, WNOH was in a rotating down/up pattern that included July’s -.8: 1.8 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.5 – .7 (6+).

JACKSONVILLE

News/Talk

  • On the heels of August’s +.9 to 10.4 (6+), Cox Media Group’s WOKV-FM surrenders two-tenths to 10.2 (6+) but continues at #2. Just prior to the August report, “104.5 Jacksonville’s News, Weather, and Traffic” was an overall -3.9 via three drops in a row (13.4 – 10.4 – 9.9 – 9.5, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • The repetitive June 2020 through September 2020 topline for iHeartMedia-owned WFXJ is: .9 – .6 – .9 – .6 (6+), as “930 The Game – Jacksonville’s Sports Leader” departs the top twenty (#18 to #21). “The Game” was a combined +.6 in March/April (.8 – 1.2 – 1.4, 6+) but surrendered that entire increase in May.
  • Returning the two-tenths it picked up this time last month (.1 – .3 – .1, 6+), Cox Media Group’s WOKV-AM “ESPN Jacksonville 690 AM” slips from #22 to #24.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Bouncing back from August’s loss of four-tenths with a September increase twice that magnitude (3.6 – 4.4, +.8, 6+), WJCT returns to the top ten (#12 to #8). Just after logging back-to-back losses of seven-tenths (3.9 – 3.2 – 2.5, 6+), WJCT was a combined +1.5 in June/July (2.5 – 3.7 – 4.0, 6+).

WEST PALM BEACH

News/Talk

  • Four consecutive down or flat reports by iHeartMedia-owned WJNO accounted for a net decrease of -1.1 (4.7 – 4.6 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.6, 6+), but “1290 The Palm Beaches’ News & Talk” ends the slide by adding three-tenths (3.9, steady at #7, 6+). WJNO netted an overall +1.9 via four consecutive reports without a decrease (2.8 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 4.7, 6+).
  • Despite gaining one-tenth in back-to-back reports (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.1, 6+), co-owned WZZR exits the top ten (#10 to #12). August’s increase by “Real Radio 94.3” suspended three consecutive down or flat sweeps that produced a net loss of three-tenths (2.2 – 2.0 – 1.9 – 1.9, 6+).
  • As a result of four straight sweeps without a loss, Hubbard Broadcasting’s WFTL “News Talk 850” has more than doubled (+.9) its 6+ AQH share (.7 – 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.6 – 1.6, steady at #14, 6+).
  • This is the fifth straight down or flat trend for iHeartMedia Miami’s WIOD “610 News Radio” which has lost three-tenths in that April 2020 through September 2020 stretch (.7 – .7 – .6 – .6 – .6 – .4, #21 to #22, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • For the fifth time in the last six sweeps (and fourth time in a row), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WMEN “Fox Sports 640 AM South Florida” logs a .2 (.2 – .7 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .2, flat at #24, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Off three-tenths in July/August (3.5 – 3.4 – 3.2, 6+), Dade County School Board’s WLRN erases that shortfall (3.5, +.3, 6+) and continues in eighth-place. Prior to May’s loss of one-tenth, WLRN was an overall +.9 in four straight up or flat reports (2.0 – 2.5 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+).
  • Unlisted in June and July, WLRN-HD2 resurfaced in August with a .2 (6+) and repeats that AQH share and #24 ranking.

GREENSBORO

News/Talk

  • Adding two-tenths to August’s +.8 (4.2 – 5.0 – 5.2, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WPTI “94.5 Your News, Talk, & Sports Station” continues at #7. A collective +2.6 via four consecutive gains (3.0 – 3.9 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 5.6, 6+), WPTI then followed with three straight drops that accounted for a -1.4 (5.6 – 5.0 – 4.8 – 4.2, 6+).

 Sports Talk

  • Nearly doubling (+.3) its 6+ AQH share in three straight reports without a loss (.4 – .6 – .6 – .7, 6+), Curtis Media Group-owned WSJS “Triad Sports” is steady at #15.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • In addition to being +1.3 through four successive spikes, Wake Forest University news/talk WFDD crosses the four-share level (2.8 – 3.1 – 3.6 – 3.9 – 4.1, unchanged at #10, 6+).
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s WUNC repeats August’s AQH share and market rank (1.7, #13, 6+); 1.7 is its best 6+-stat since March (1.7, as well).

MEMPHIS

News/Talk

  • An overall -1.4 in three consecutive drops (5.5 – 5.4 – 4.5 – 4.1, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WREC “600 AM – Memphis’ News, Traffic, & Weather” falls from eighth to ninth. In May, WREC plummeted by -1.5.

Sports Talk

  • Following July/August’s net increase of seven-tenths (1.8 – 2.0 – 2.5, 6+), Entercom’s WMFS “ESPN Sports Radio” relinquishes one-half share to 2.0 (#13 to #14, 6+). August’s 2.5 was its best 6+-stat since February (3.1).
  • After recording a .3 (6+) four times in a row and five times in the last six sweeps (.3 – .6 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3, 6+), WMFS’ internet stream dials up a gain of four-tenths to .7 (#18 to #17, 6+).
  • Entercom-owned WMC-AM “680 AM ESPN Sports Radio,” which notched a .2 (6+) four times in the last five survey periods (.2 – .3 – .2 – .2 – .2, 6+), is up one-tenth to .3 (flat at #19, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • After logging a 1.5 (6+) three times in the last six sweeps and a 1.0 (6+) the other three reports (1.5 – 1.5 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.5, 6+), Mid-South Public Communications Foundation-owned WKNO “91.1 NPR For The Mid-South” erupts with a +1.1 (#15 to #12, 6+). Furthermore, WKNO crosses the two-share level (2.6, 6+) for the first time since February’s 2.0.   

HARTFORD

News/Talk

  • A combined +1.2 in August/September (6.1- 6.9 – 7.3, 6+), Entercom-owned WTIC-AM elevates from a three-way tie at #3 to the runner-up slot. “News Talk 1080” was +2.1 via six successive up or flat moves (5.7 – 6.1 – 6.2 – 7.2 – 7.6 – 7.8 – 7.8, 6+) but was then -1.7 in July.
  • Regaining the three-tenths it lost in August (1.3 – 1.0 – 1.3, 6+), Red Wolf Broadcasting’s WDRC-AM “AM 1360 The Talk of Connecticut” progresses from #14 to #13.
  • Notching a gain of one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.2 – .3 – .4, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WPOP “News Radio 1410” continues at #16.

Sports Talk

  • Down one-half share in June/July (1.4 – 1.1 – .9, 6+) and then up one-tenth this time last month, co-owned WUCS “97.9 ESPN Hartford” forfeits one-half share to .7 (#13 to #15, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Four successive reports without an increase resulted in a -2.0 (4.6 – 4.3 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.6, 6+); however, Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network-owned WNPR “Connecticut’s Public Media Source for News & Ideas” is now an overall +1.0 via three straight upticks (2.6 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.6, tenth to ninth, 6+).
  • Returning August’s improvement of one-tenth (.2 – .3 – .2, 6+), University of Massachusetts-owned WFCR “New England Public Radio” falls from #16 to #17. Prior to August, WFCR lost half (-.2) its 6+ AQH share through six consecutive down or flat sweeps (.4 – .3 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .2, 6+).

September 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Three

| October 2, 2020

September 2020 PPM Data – Information for the September 2020 ratings period has been released for Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus. Nielsen Audio’s September 2020 survey period covered August 13 – September 9.

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

Please Note: Given that the NFL season started September 10 – one day after the September 2020 sweep ended – there are no NFL flagship designations.

PORTLAND

News/Talk

  • After dropping six-tenths this time last month (6.5 – 5.9, 6+), Alpha Media-owned KXL notches a one-tenth gain (6.0, fourth to third, 6+). August’s 5.9 was the lowest 6+-stat for KXL since February (4.9). “FM News 101 – Stay Connected” was up one-half share in June/July (6.0 – 6.4 – 6.5, 6+).
  • Leaping from #17 to #13, iHeartMedia’s KEX “News Radio 1190 – Depend On Us” erases roughly 36% of August’s -1.1 (3.8 – 2.7, 6+) with a September improvement of four-tenths to 3.1 (6+). Its June drop of three-tenths followed nine straight up or flat moves that yielded a +1.6 (2.3 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.8 – 3.2 – 3.8 – 3.9, 6+).
  • In three straight sweeps without an increase, Alpha Media’s KUFO “Freedom 970” has lost four-tenths (1.4 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.0, #21 to #22, 6+).
  • Unchanged at #25, Salem Media Group’s KPAM nets two-tenths via four successive up or flat reports (.4 – .4 – .5 – .6 – .6, 6+). When “AM 860 The Answer” logged a .6 (6+) this time last month, it snapped at eleven a consecutive string of recording either a .4 (6+) or .5 (6+).

Sports Talk

  • Three down or flat moves in a row by Alpha Media’s KXTG accounted for a -1.1 (1.9 – 1.6 – .8 – .8, 6+), but “The Game” halts the slide with a +.3 to 1.1 (#23 to #21, 6+). KXTG had scored a collective four-tenths in three consecutive gains (1.5 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 1.9, 6+).
  • In four of the last five survey periods, Entercom-owned KFXX notched a 1.1 (1.1 – 1.1 – .9 – 1.1 – 1.1, 6+). In September though, “1080 The Fan” is off one-tenth to 1.0 (flat at #22, 6+).
  • Tripling (+.4) its 6+ AQH share in five straight reports without a loss (.2 – .2 – .2 – .3 – .5 – .6, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KPOJ “Sports Radio 620” (Trailblazers) advances from #28 to #25.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Albeit #1 the sixth time in a row, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s KOPB is an overall -1.7 via five consecutive down or flat trends (10.1 – 9.3 – 9.1 – 8.8 – 8.4 – 8.4, 6+). KOPB was a combined +1.9 in March/April (8.2 – 9.9 – 10.1, 6+).
  • The May 2020 through September 2020 topline for its internet stream is: .9 – .7 – .6 – .8 – .6 (#23 to #25, 6+).

  CHARLOTTE

 News/Talk

  • A cumulative -1.2 through four down or flat sweeps in succession (7.1 – 6.3 – 6.0 – 5.9 – 5.9, 6+), Entercom-owned WBT applies the brakes with a gain of one-tenth to 6.0 (fifth to fourth, 6+). Immediately prior, “Charlotte’s News Talk” had more than doubled (+3.6) its 6+ AQH share through four increases in a row (3.5 – 4.9 – 5.3 – 5.7 – 7.1, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Without an increase four straight months for a net loss of seven-tenths (1.8 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.3 – 1.1, 6+), co-owned WFNZ “The Fan – Charlotte’s Sports Leader” (Hornets) is up seven-tenths in August/September (1.1 – 1.2 – 1.8, unchanged at #17, 6+).
  • A no-show in July, following a .1 (6+) in May and June, Beasley Media Group’s WBCN reappeared in August with a .1 (#21, 6+). “Fox Sports Charlotte” repeats those 6+ AQH share and market rank stats.

 News

  • The January 2020 through July 2020 topline for iHeartMedia’s WRFX-HD2 was: .2 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .1 – .2 – .1 (6+). As was the case this time last month, the Black Information Network affiliate is unlisted in September.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Despite bouncing back from August’s half-share loss with a September spike of three-tenths (3.4 – 2.9 – 3.2, 6+), University Radio Foundation’s WFAE backslides from #13 to #14. Three straight sweeps without a loss yielded WFAE seven-tenths (2.7 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.4, 6+).
  • In July, WFAE HD-3 logged a .1 (6+), but it is unlisted in August and September.
  • The April 2020 through September 2020 topline for South Carolina Educational TV’s WNSC is: .3 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .3 (steady at #20, 6+).
  • This is the fourth time in the last five sweeps that co-owned WRJA “South Carolina Public Radio” is unlisted (.0 – .0 – .1 – .0 – .0, 6+).

SAN ANTONIO

News/Talk

  • Up one-tenth (6.0 – 6.1, steady at #2, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned/Spurs flagship WOAI “News Radio 1200 – San Antonio’s News, Traffic, & Weather” is now just two-tenths from the lead. Its recent fluctuations include: +1.0 (5.3 – 5.7 – 6.3, January/February, 6+); -.5 (6.3 – 5.8, March, 6+); +2.1 (5.8 – 7.9, April, 6+); -.8 (7.9 – 7.1, May, 6+); -.6 (7.1 – 6.5, June, 6+); -1.0 (6.5 – 5.5, July, 6+); and +.5 (5.5 – 6.0, August, 6+).
  • By dropping two-tenths to 1.9 (6+), Alpha Media’s KTSA suspends four successive up or flat trends that netted seven-tenths (1.4 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 2.1 – 2.1, 6+). Moreover, “Stay Connected” exits the top twenty (#20 to #21).

Sports Talk

  • For the fourth time in the last six survey periods, iHeartMedia-owned KTKR “Ticket 760 – San Antonio’s Sports Station” logs a .4 (.4 – .5 – .4 – .6 – .4 – .4, flat at #29, 6+).
  • Off three-tenths this time last month (.5 – .2, 6+), Alpha Media’s KZDC “ESPN San Antonio” gains one-tenth to .3 (#32 to #30, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • After being within 2.5 – 2.9 range (6+) in five successive reports (9 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.8 – 2.7, 6+), Texas Public Radio’s KSTX dials up a +.6 to 3.3 (#17 to #15, 6+).

 SACRAMENTO

 News Talk

  • Back-to-back pickups of one-tenth (7.9 – 8.0 – 8.1, 6+) are sufficient to push iHeartMedia-owned KFBK from second to first. August’s increase halted three successive declines that totaled a -3.7 (11.6 – 9.4 – 8.9 – 7.9, 6+). Immediately prior to slipping to third-place in July, “Sacramento’s News, Weather and Traffic Station” spent six straight sweeps at #1. April 2020’s 6 is its highest 6+-stat in the PPM-era, besting the previous high (10.3) set in March 2020.
  • Off nine-tenths in August/September (3.0 – 2.5 – 2.1, 6+), cluster-mate KSTE slips from #14 to #15. “Talk 650” hauled out a +1.2 in July. Prior to July’s 3.0 (6+), KSTE last reached the three-share level in September 2019 (3.0, as well).

Sports Talk

  • Bonneville-owned KHTK “Sports 1140” (Kings), which was off three-tenths in June/July (.8 – .6 – .5, 6+), repeats August’s .6 (#21 to #20, 6+).
  • Dropping from #21 to #23, Entercom’s KIFM-AM “ESPN Radio 1320” has lost roughly half (-.6) its 6+ AQH share via five straight down or flat trends (1.1 – .8 – .6 – .6 – .6 – .5, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • While flat at 4.4 (6+), following an August decrease of six-tenths, Capital Public Radio’s KXJZ progresses from seventh to sixth. Three earlier modest improvements accounted for a half-share increase (4.5 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.0, 6+).
  • Up three-tenths in August/September (.2 – .4 – .5 (6+), KQED, Inc.’s KQEI moves from #25 to #23.
  • Co-owned KQED pops on with a .1 (#28, 6+). Ironically, KQED is tied for first in both San Francisco (8.0, 6+) and San Jose (7.7, 6+).
  • Unlisted in May, June, and July, California State University-Sacramento’s KUOP repeats August’s .1 (flat at #28, 6+).

 PITTSBURGH

 News/Talk

  • Continuing an alternating down/up sequence that includes September’s increase of one-tenth (6.5 – 5.1 – 5.4 – 5.0 – 5.1, 6+), Entercom-owned KDKA-AM “News Radio 1020” remains in fifth-place. KDKA-AM was a combined -2.2 in May/June (7.3 – 6.5 – 5.1, 6+), immediately after being +4.2 via four straight improvements (3.1 – 4.0 – 4.3 – 5.6 – 7.3, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Directly following a whopping +1.3 this time last month to 5.7 (6+), co-owned KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan” surrenders four-tenths to 5.3 (6+) but carries on at #4. The flagship of the Pirates was -1.9 in June/July (6.3 – 4.5 – 4.4, 6+). Its May increase of four-tenths interrupted three straight decreases that resulted in a -2.0 (7.9 – 7.5 – 6.7 – 5.9, 6+).
  • The “Holiday” 2020 through September 2020 topline for iHeartMedia-owned WBGG “ESPN Pittsburgh” is: .1 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .2 (#20 to #19, 6+).

 Public Radio News/Talk

  • Similar to KDKA-AM, Essential Public Media’s WESA “90.5 Pittsburgh’s NPR Station” is in a rotating down/up pattern which includes a September increase of four-tenths (5.4 – 5.1 – 5.4 – 4.7 – 5.1, sixth to fifth, 6+).

SALT LAKE CITY

News/Talk

  • Not only is iHeartMedia-owned KNRS a collective +2.0 through three successive upticks (5.3 – 5.8 – 6.1 – 7.3, 6+), “Talk Radio 105.9 – Listen And You’ll Know” vaults from fifth to second – just two-tenths from the lead. Immediately after logging four consecutive sweeps without a loss for a +2.2 (4.1 – 5.0 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 6.3, 6+), KNRS was -1.0 in May/June (6.3 – 5.4 – 5.3, 6+).
  • Down four straight months for an overall -3.7 (8.8 – 6.0 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 5.1, 6+), Bonneville’s KSL “News Radio 102.7 FM & 1160 AM” answers with a September spike of +1.0 to 6.1 (seventh to fifth, 6+). A combined +3.9 in March/April (4.9 – 6.0 – 8.8, 6+), KSL had an April-only stay at #1.
  • Another negative streak concludes as Cumulus Media-owned KKAT is up two-tenths to .7 (6+), suspending four down or flat trends in a row in which its 6+ AQH share was compacted by exactly 50% (1.0 – .7 – .5 – .5 – .5, #23, 6+). Nonetheless, “860 AM – Utah’s Big Talker” backslides from #23 to #27.

Sports Talk

  • Ever since resurfacing in print this past June – after an approximately three-year hiatus – Larry H. Miller Communications Corporation’s KZNS-FM “The Zone Sports Network 97.5” has a topline of .4 – .3 – .6 – .9 (unchanged at #22, 6+).
  • In the matching four-sweep period (and under the same scenario), co-owned KZNS-AM “The Zone Sports Network 1280 AM” (Utah Jazz) is trending .6 – .6 – .8 – .8 (#18 to #25, 6+).
  • The internet stream of KZNS-FM repeats August’s .2 (#32, 6+).
  • With a .5 (6+), Broadway Media’s KALL “ESPN 700” finishes at #29.
  • Co-owned/Provo-licensed KOVO “ESPN 960 Sports” debuts with a .1 (#33, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • By nearly doubling (+2.1) its 6+ AQH share (2.3 – 4.4, 6+), University of Utah’s KUER rockets into the top ten (#15 to #9). KUER was down nine-tenths in April/May (2.9 – 2.4 – 2.0, 6+).
  • Despite being up three-tenths as a result of three consecutive up or flat moves (.5 – .5 – .7 – .8, 6+), Brigham Young University’s KUMT exits the top twenty (#19 to #25).
  • Co-owned KBYU-HD2 and its internet stream post a .1 (#33, 6+).
  • Meanwhile, Wasatch Public Media’s KCPW notches its fourth straight .1 (#33, 6+).

LAS VEGAS

News Talk

  • A combined +1.0 in August/September (2.4 – 3.0 – 3.4, 6+) lifts Entercom-owned KXNT “News Talk Radio 840” from #13 to #11.
  • This marks the third time in succession that Beasley Media Group’s KDWN “AM 720 Where Las Vegas Comes to Talk” notches an increase of one-tenth (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5, #18 to #16, 6+ ).
  • The June 2020 through September 2020 trending for Kemp Broadcasting’s KMZQ “AM 670 The Right Talk for Vegas” is: .5 – .5 – .7 – .6 (#25 to #27, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Following August’s increase of three-tenths to .7 (6+), Lotus Communications’ KWWN drops two-tenths (.5, #25 to #29, 6+). “ESPN Radio 1100” had its AQH share split in half (.8 – .4 – .4, May – June – July, 6+).
  • After three straight reports with a .1 (6+), co-owned KKGK “Fox Sports 98.9 FM & 1340 AM” logs a .2 (.1 – .1 – .1 – .2 (#32, 6+).
  • Elsewhere in the Lotus cluster, KRLV “Raider Nation 920” gained one-tenth this time last month (.1 – .2, #31, 6+) but is unlisted in September.
  • Meanwhile, Entercom’s KXST “CBS Sports Radio 1140 AM,” which lost one-tenth in August (.2 – .1, #33, 6+) also disappears from print.

 Public Radio News/Talk

  • Despite being -1.4 in four consecutive down or flat trends (3.9 – 3.7 – 2.9 – 2.5 – 2.5, 6+), Nevada Public Radio’s KNPR progresses from #17 to #16. This negative streak immediately follows three straight improvements that accounted for a +1.3 (2.6 – 3.1 – 3 – 3.9, 6+).

ORLANDO

News Talk

  • Up four-tenths this time last month (4.1 – 4.5, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WTKS has half that increase scrubbed with a -.2 to 4.3 (unchanged at #8, 6+). “Real Radio 104.1 – We Say What We Want” had been a collective -2.6 in three successive downturns (6.7 – 6.0 – 4.5 – 4.1, 6+).
  • Completely expunging August’s -1.0 (2.4 – 1.4, 6+) with a robust +1.2 to 2.6 (6+), Cox Media Group’s WDBO-AM returns to the top twenty (#22 to #15). Back on June 29, WDBO-FM “News 96.5” became Spanish contemporary WOEX “Exitos 5.” Its news/talk programming shifted to WDBO-AM, where “Orlando’s News Talk” replaces sports talk “ESPN 580 Orlando.” Its AM signal is simulcast on FM translator W297BB (107.3 FM).
  • Off one-tenth (2.1 – 2.0, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WFLF slips from #15 to #17. This time last month, “News Radio Orlando” broke out a +.6.

Sports Talk

  • Following gains of three-tenths in back-to-back reports (.9 – 1.2 – 1.5, 6+), WFLF sibling WYGM “FM 96.9 The Game – Orlando’s Sports Leader” (Magic) regresses by two-tenths to 1.3 (flat at #20, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Three bumps in a row by Community Communications’ WMFE “90.7 Public Radio for Central Florida” produce a net gain of nine-tenths (2.3 – 2.4 – 3.1 – 3.2, steady at #13, 6+).  

CINCINNATI

News/Talk

  • On the heels of flaunting a +2.3 (9.2 – 11.5, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WLW relinquishes over half that windfall (10.2, -1.3, 6+) and segues from first to second. Entering the August report, the flagship of the Reds had been down three times in a row for a collective -3.7 (12.9 – 10.3 – 9.4 – 9.2, 6+).
  • Co-owned WKRC “55 KRC The Talk Station” nets nine-tenths in three upticks in a row (3.6 – 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.5, 6+) and progresses from ninth to sixth. WKRC was +.8 (May) and -.7 (June).

 Sports Talk

  • Cluster-mate WCKY “Cincinnati’s ESPN 1530,” which more than doubled (+.5) its 6+ AQH share in July/August (.4 – .7 – .9, 6+), forfeits three-tenths to .6 (flat at #20, 6+).
  • After posting a .1 (6+) the past three sweeps, co-owned WSAI “Fox Sports 1360” adds one-tenth to .2 (6+) and remains at #24.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • In addition to more than doubling (+1.9) its 6+ AQH share through four successive upticks (1.8 – 2.1 – 2.4 – 3.1 – 3.7, 6+), Cincinnati Public Radio’s WVXU “Connecting You To A World of Ideas” enters the top ten (#11 to #10).

CLEVELAND

 News/Talk

  • On the heels of an impressive +2.0 this time last month (6.6 – 8.6, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WTAM “1100 Cleveland’s News Radio” (Indians and Cavaliers) adds one-tenth to 8.7 (6+) and repeats in the runner-up slot. August’s increase curtailed three setbacks in succession that accounted for a -2.2 (8.8 – 7.7 – 7.1 – 6.6, 6+).      

 Sports Talk

  • This is the third time in the last four sweeps that Entercom’s WKRK “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” records a 2.2 (2.2 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 2.2, #13 to #14, 6+). In May, WKRK gained three-tenths to interrupt three consecutive decreases that accounted for an approximately 52% loss (-2.5) of its 6+ AQH share (4.9 – 3.6 – 3.2 – 2.4, 6+).

News

  • In its then-alternative format, iHeartMedia’s WMMS-HD2 had a January 2020 through July 2020 topline of: .9 – 1.1 – 1.1 – .9 – 1.1 – .9 – .5 (6+). The now Black Information Network affiliate is unlisted the second month in a row.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Including a September bump of one-tenth pushing it into the top ten (#11 to #10), Ideastream-owned WCPN is in alternating up/down pattern: 3.3 – 3.8 – 3.5 – 3.6 (6+). WCPN logged three successive gains that netted a +2.1 (3.1 – 4.2 – 4.4 – 5.2, 6+), but then recorded three decreases in a row resulting in a -1.9 (5.2 – 4.8 – 3.9 – 3.3, 6+).

KANSAS CITY

News/Talk

  • The five most recent fluctuations for Entercom’s KMBZ-FM “98.1 News-Traffic-Weather” are: +1.4 (5.4 – 6.8, May, 6+); -1.3 (6.8 – 5.5, June); -1.2 (5.5 – 4.3, July); +.7 (4.3 – 5.0, August); and -.5 (5.0 – 4.5, September, sixth to ninth, 6+).
  • Its internet stream regains the one-tenth it dropped this time last month (.3 – .2 – 3, #27 to #26, 6+).
  • Co-owned KMBZ-AM “Talk 980” has a May 2020 through September 2020 topline of: 2.5 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.5 – 2.7 (#16 to #15, 6+).
  • Despite dropping one-tenth to 1.1 (6+), Cumulus Media’s KCMO-AM “Talk Radio 710 AM” advances from #22 to #21. Its one-tenth increase this time last month curtailed five straight down or flat reports that resulted in a net loss of three-tenths (1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1, 6+).

 Sports Talk

  •  Locked on 2.9 (6+) in July and August, Union Broadcasting’s WHB “Sports Radio 810” surrenders one-half share to 2.4 (#14 to #16, 6+).
  • WHB’s internet stream is trending .3 – .5 – .4 (#24, 6+).
  • A combined +1.5 in July/August (1.0 – 1.1 – 2.5, 6+), Entercom-owned KCSP is off four-tenths to 2.1 (6+) as the Royals’ key station dips from #16 to #18. Prior to July, “610 Sports Radio” lost two-thirds (-2.0) of its 6+ AQH share in five successive slips (3.0 – 2.6 – 1.8 – 1.4 – 1.3 – 1.0, 6+).
  • With a .1 (6+), KCSP’s internet stream debuts at #28.
  • Union Broadcasting’s KCTE “ESPN Kansas City,” which surfaced with a .1 (6+) this time last month, is unlisted in September.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Extremely consistent the last three sweeps (4.5 – 4.3 – 4.4, July – August – September, 6+), University of Missouri-owned KCUR carries on at #10. KCUR was +1.4 in June/July (3.1 – 3.6 – 4.5, 6+).

 COLUMBUS

News/Talk

  • In addition to be anchored in the runner-up slot, iHeartMedia’s WTVN logs its third straight bump for a collective +1.2 (7.6 – 8.1 – 8.7 – 8.8, 6+). “News Radio 610” was a collective +4.6 as a result of five successive increases (6.0 – 6.1 – 8.0 – 8.6 – 9.4 – 10.6, 6+), but then plummeted by -3.0 in May/June (10.6 – 9.0 – 7.6, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Notwithstanding that it drops two-tenths (4.6 – 4.4, 6+), Tegna’s WBNS-FM “Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan” (Blue Jackets) inches up from sixth to fifth. Its recent shifts include: -.7 (3.6 – 2.9, June, 6+); +.7 (2.9 – 3.6, July, 6+); and +1.0 (3.6 – 4.6, August, 6+).
  • Co-owned WBNS-AM repeats August’s 6+ AQH share and market rank (.2, #16). WBNS-AM was unlisted in May; returned with a .2 (6+) in June and July; and dropped one-tenth in August.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Three positive spikes in succession by Ohio State University’s WOSU account for a collective +1.3 (9 – 4.1 – 4.8 – 5.2, fifth to fourth, 6+).

September 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Two

| October 1, 2020

September 2020 PPM Data. Information for the September 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 September 2020 survey period covered August 13 – September 9.

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

Please Note: Given that the NFL season started September 10 – one day after the September 2020 sweep ended – there are no NFL flagship designations.

WASHINGTON, DC

News/Talk

  • Despite picking up one-tenth (7.9 – 8.0, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WMAL shifts from second to third. WMAL set the pace four successive months (April through July), before faltering by one-half share in August. Just prior to the May sweep, WMAL doubled (+5.0) its 6+ AQH share through four straight positive spikes (5.0 – 6.9 – 7.3 – 7.8 – 10.0, 6+). April’s 10.0 marked the first time in WMAL’s PPM-history that it reached double-digits (6+).
  • For the 27th sweep in succession, Radio One’s WOL “News Talk – Where Information Is Power” is unlisted.

Sports Talk

  • A combined +1.1 in July/August (1.3 – 1.6 – 2.4, 6+), Entercom-owned WJFK-FM “106.7 The Fan” (Washington Nationals) sputters by three-tenths to 2.1 (6+) but repeats at #16. Its 4.8 (November 2019) is the loftiest 6+-stat by any D.C. sports talk outlet in the PPM-era.
  • WJFK-FM’s internet stream is trending: .2 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .3 (May 2020 through September 2020, flat at #27, 6+).
  • Through four successive sweeps without an increase, Radio One’s WTEM “980 The Team” has lost four-tenths (1.1 – 1.0 – 1.0 – .8 – .7, #21 to #22, 6+). “The Team” previously gained four-tenths via three up or flat moves in a row (.7 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1, 6+).
  • This is the fifth successive report in which Cumulus Media’s WSBN “630 AM The Sports Capitol” has logged a .1 (flat at #31, 6+).

 News

  • Not only does Hubbard Broadcasting’s WTOP-FM & WTLP-FM stack a +1.0 onto August’s +.8 (7.7 – 8.5 – 9.5, 6+), “Washington’s Top News” repeats at #1. Prior to taking the lead in August, WTOP-FM & WTLP-FM spent three consecutive months occupying the runner-up slot. This (9.5) is the first time the combo has reached the nine-share level (6+) since March 2019 (9.7).
  • Locked on .5 (6+) in May and June and then on .7 (6+) in July and August, Entercom business news WDCH “Bloomberg1 & 105.7” drops to .4 (#22 to #26, 6+).
  • Following a .2 (6+) in June and July, the internet stream of WDCH is unlisted the second month in a row.
  • Similarly, Black Information Network affiliates WUST and WMZQ-HD2 do not appear in print this month.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • On the heels of August’s +.6 to 7.3 (6+), American University-owned WAMU falters by nine-tenths (6.4, third to fourth, 6+). Entering the August sweep, “The Mind Is Our Medium” was an overall -2.1 via four straight down or flat trends (8.7 – 8.4 – 7.4 – 6.8 – 6.6, 6+). In a first-place tie with Hubbard Broadcasting’s WTOP-FM in February, WAMU took sole possession of the lead in March.
  • Pacifica Foundation’s WPFW is trending: .9 – .6 – .5 – .6 – .5 (May – June – July – August – September, #25 to #24, 6+).

BOSTON

 News/Talk

  • Four setbacks in a row by iHeartMedia-owned WRKO led to a -1.4 (5.3 – 4.8 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.9, 6+), but “AM 680 – The Voice of Boston” responds with a robust +1.0 to 4.9 (6+) and continues in eighth-place. Just prior, four successive sweeps without a loss garnered a +2.5 (2.8 – 3.5 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 5.3, 6+).
  • Co-owned WXKS-AM has lost seven-tenths in four straight declines (1.1 – .8 – .6 – .5 – .4, 6+). “Talk 1200” had nearly doubled (+.5) its 6+ AQH share in April/May (.6 – 1.1 – 1.1, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • The flagship of the Celtics and Bruins Beasley Media Group-owned WBZ-FM records its third straight spike for a collective +1.5 (3.9 – 4.1 – 4.9 – 5.4, 6+) as “98.5 The Sports Hub” climbs from seventh to sixth. This (5.4) is WBZ-FM’s best 6+-stat since March (5.8).
  • Unchanged at #12, Entercom’s WEEI-FM (Boston Red Sox) logs a 2.6 (6+) the third ratings period in succession. Before gaining one-tenth in July, WEEI-FM was an overall -1.7 in four consecutive downturns (4.2 – 3.5 – 3.2 – 3.0 – 2.7 – 2.5, 6+).
  • After notching a .2 (6+) the past three sweeps, WEEI-FM’s internet stream drops one-tenth to .1 (#30 to #32, 6+).
  • This is the fourth month in a row that co-owned WEEI-AM is unlisted.
  • Providence sibling WVEI logs a .1 (6+) the fourth consecutive report and is tied with WEEI-FM’s internet stream at #32.

News

  • For the sixth time in the last seven reports – including September’s loss of one-half share – iHeartMedia’s WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” notches a 6+-share within 6.1 – 6.7 range (6.4 – 6.3 – 5.9 – 6.6 – 6.7 – 6.6 – 6.1, third to fifth, 6+). WBZ-AM was off one-half share in April/May (6.4 – 6.3 – 5.9, 6+).
  • After posting a .1 (6+) the past four months, Beasley Media Group business news WRCA “Bloomberg Boston” adds one-tenth to .2 (#33 to #31, 6+).
  • As was the case this time last month, Black Information Network affiliate WJMN-HD2 does not appear in print (September 2020).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Albeit flat at 3.4 (6+), Boston University’s WBUR climbs from tenth to ninth. In four straight down or flat trends, WBUR lost a collective half-share (3.7 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.2, 6+).
  • Four decreases in succession by WGBH Educational Foundation-owned WGBH have accounted for a -2.3 (4.6 – 3.2 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.3, #12 to #16, 6+). This follows three straight improvements that netted a +1.7 (2.9 – 3.6 – 3.8 – 4.6, 6+), 6+).
  • Co-owned WCAI is unlisted the fourth time in a row.

MIAMI

News/Talk

  • Without a loss the third time in a row for a net gain of four-tenths (7 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 2.1, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WIOD “News Radio 610 Miami’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” reenters the top twenty (#21 to #20).

Sports Talk

  • Entercom-owned WQAM “560 The Joe” repeats August’s 6+ AQH share and market rank (.7, #26, 6+). July 2020’s .6 was its lowest 6+-stat since July 2019 (.6, as well).
  • Co-owned WAXY “Sports Talk 790 The Ticket” (Heat), which was without an increase three straight months for a net loss of three-tenths (.5 – .4 -.2 – .2, 6+), doubles August’s .2 to .4 (#29 to #27, 6+).
  • Locked on .1 (6+) in July and August, iHeartMedia’s WINZ “940 AM Miami’s Sports Station” (Marlins) improves to .2 (#31 to #30, 6+).
  • Meanwhile, Entercom-owned WKIS-HD2 does not appear in print the fourth month in a row.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Not only does Dade County School Board’s WLRN add four-tenths to August’s increase of two-tenths (3.1 – 3.3 – 3.7, 6+), it enters the top ten (#11 to #8). WLRN had lost an overall six-tenths in four consecutive slips (3.7 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 3.2 – 3.1, 6+).

SEATTLE

News/Talk

  • Following six successive sweeps at #1, Bonneville-owned KIRO-FM segues to the runner-up slot. Furthermore, “97.3 Seattle’s News/Seattle’s Talk” is down or flat the fourth report in succession for a net loss of eight-tenths (7.2 – 7.1 – 7.1 – 7.1 – 6.4, 6+). This directly follows a collective +2.4 via three straight bumps (4.8 – 6.0 – 6.9 – 7.2, 6+).
  • In an alternating down/up sequence that includes September’s gain of one-tenth (2.5 – 2.4 – 2.6 – 2.5 (June – July – August – September, 6+), cluster-mate KTTH advances to #16. “Conservative Talk Radio” had been anchored at #19 the past four Before dropping three-tenths in May, KTTH was +1.2 via five consecutive up or flat moves (1.6 – 1.8 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.6 – 2.8, 6+).
  •  This is the sixth straight month that Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned KVI is unlisted. In March, “Talk Radio 570” posted a 1.1 (#22, 6+).

 Sports Talk

  • Despite dropping three-tenths to 2.2 (6+), Bonneville’s KIRO-AM (Mariners) advances from #21 to #20. “ESPN 710” was a combined +1.0 in July/August (1.5 – 1.6 – 2.5, 6+).
  • Up two-tenths to 1.2 (6+), iHeartMedia-owned KJR-AM is steady at #24. “Seattle’s Sports Radio 950” had logged a 1.0 (6+) in three of the last four reports (1.0 – .8 – 1.0 – 1.0, 6+).
  • Stuck on .3 (6+) in May and June, co-owned KFNQ “1090 AM” is now locked on .2 (6+) the third consecutive month (flat at #30).

 News

  • Sinclair Broadcast Group’s KOMO dropped one-half share in April and again in May (5.4 – 4.9 – 4.4, 6+); gained one-half share in June/July (4.4 – 4.6 – 4.9, 6+); forfeited one-half share in August (4.9 – 4.4, 6+); and rebounds with a September +.6 (5.0, seventh to fifth, 6+).
  • After logging a .1 (6+) in June, iHeartMedia-owned/Black Information Network affiliate KHHO is unlisted the third month in a row.
  • Meanwhile, this is the fourth consecutive report that Hubbard Broadcasting business news KKNW does not appear in print.

 Public Radio News/Talk

  • After slipping one-tenth in August (5.4 – 5.3, 6+), Northwest Public Radio’s KUOW answers with a September improvement of one-half share (5.8, fifth to fourth, 6+). Off nine-tenths in April/May (5.5 – 5.4 – 4.6, 6+), KUOW gained eight-tenths in June/July (4.6 – 5.1 – 5.4, 6+).
  • Following four straight months of logging a .1 (6+), Washington State University-owned KSWS is unlisted in September.

DETROIT

 News/Talk

  •  Progressing from #14 to #12, Cumulus Media’s WJR picks up tenths in back-to-back reports (3.4 – 3.6 – 3.8, 6+). “News Talk 760” was +3.2 through four successive improvements (1.6 – 2.4 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 4.8, 6+) and then a collective -1.4 via three straight sweeps without an increase (4.8 – 4.1 – 3.4 – 3.4, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Surrendering six-tenths from July/August’s +1.7 (3.6 – 4.1 – 5.3, 6+), Entercom-owned WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” (Tigers, Pistons, Red Wings) falls from third to seventh (4.7, 6+). Its half-share July gain suspended three straight drops that accounted for a -1.2 (4.8 – 3.9 – 3.8 – 3.6, 6+).
  • Off three-tenths (.4 – .1, 6+), WXYT-FM’s internet stream slumps from #23 to #26.
  • Cluster-mate WXYT-AM is trending: .1 – .2 – .1 – .1 – .2 (May 2020 through September 2020, #25 to #23, 6+).

 News

  • A combined -1.0 in August/September (5.5 – 5.3 – 4.5, 6+), co-owned WWJ “News Radio 950” drifts from third to tenth. WWJ previously was a collective +2.5 through four successive positive spikes (3.9 – 4.3 – 4.8 – 5.8 – 6.4, 6+). This (4.5) is its lowest 6+-stat since January (4.3).
  • In each of the last four survey periods, WDFN recorded a .2 (6+), but the iHeartMedia outlet/Black Information Network affiliate is unlisted in September.

 Public Radio News/Talk

  • Down or flat the past four times for a net loss of -1.0 (3.0 – 2.5 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.0, 6+), Wayne State University-owned WDET obliterates the entire shortfall with a +1.0 to 3.0 (#20 to #18, 6+). In five successive increases, WDET more than doubled (+1.6) its 6+ AQH share (1.4 – 1.5 – 1.9 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 3.0, 6+).
  • Up or (mostly) flat the fourth straight time for a net increase of one-tenth (1.6 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7, 6+), Michigan Public Media’s WUOM carries on at #21. WUOM was off seven-tenths in April/May (2.3 – 1.7 – 1.6, 6+).

PHOENIX

 News/Talk

  • Regaining the one-tenth it lost this time last month (4.4 – 4.3 – 4.4, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KFYI “News Talk 550” advances from seventh to sixth. Immediately prior to June’s -.7, KFYI nearly doubled (+2.3) its 6+ AQH share in seven up or flat reports in succession (2.5 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 4.7 – 4.8, 6+).
  • Three straight up or flat moves by Bonneville’s KTAR-FM yielded two-tenths (4.6 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 4.8, 6+), but the streak concludes with a one-half share loss to 4.3 (fifth to seventh, 6+). KTAR-FM was a combined +2.3 in March/April (3.8 – 4.6 – 6.1, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • In addition to gaining four-tenths in back-to-back sweeps (1.6 – 2.0 – 2.4, 6+), Bonneville-owned KMVP-FM “98.7 Arizona Sports” cracks the top twenty (#21 to #20, 6+). The flagship of the Arizona Diamondbacks was a combined -.6 in June/July (2.2 – 1.8 – 1.6, 6+).
  • This is the fifth consecutive time that iHeartMedia’s KGME “Fox Sports 910” (Coyotes) records a .2 (flat at #31, 6+), and fifth month in a row that Hubbard Broadcasting’s KDUS “Sports AM 1060” logs a .1 (#33 to #32, 6+).
  •  KDUS is tied with Bonneville’s KTAR-AM, which is trending .1 – .2 – .1 (#31 to #32, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • A loss of nine-tenths to 3.0 (6+) has Maricopa County Community College-owned KJZZ fading from the top ten (#10 to #15). In eight of the previous nine survey periods, KJZZ notched a 6+ AQH share between 3.4 – 3.8 (3.5 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 4.2 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 3.9, 6+).

MINNEAPOLIS

News/Talk

  • Piling a robust nine-tenths onto August’s +.3 (4.3 – 4.6 – 5.5, 6+), Entercom-owned WCCO “News Radio 830” leaps from tenth to sixth. The key station of the Twins and Timberwolves was a combined -1.3 in June/July (5.6 – 5.5 – 4.3, 6+) and an overall +2.0 as a result of three straight up or flat trends (3.6 – 4.6 – 5.6 – 5.6, 6+).
  • It is a repeat of (6+) August stats for iHeartMedia’s KTLK (3.0, #14, 6+). Entering the August report, “Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130” recorded a fluctuation of one-tenth four sweeps in a row (2.6 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.6, 6+) and then notched a +.4 to 3.0 (6+).
  • Immediately after gaining a collective four-tenths in July/August (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.3, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s KTMY “My Talk 107.1” is off two-tenths to 2.1 (6+) and is unchanged at #16.

Sports Talk

  • Forfeiting half of its August increase of six-tenths (5.6 – 5.3, -.3, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KFXN remains in seventh-place. “Sports Radio 100.3 K-Fan” surrendered nine-tenths in June/July (5.9 – 5.6 – 5.0, 6+), following a May increase of four-tenths (5.5 – 5.9, 6+).
  • Via three straight up or flat trends, Hubbard Broadcasting’s KSTP-AM doubles (+.2) its 6+ AQH share (.2 – .3 – .3 – .4, 6+) and remains at #24. Entering the July sweep, “ESPN 1500” had been without an increase the previous five survey periods for a net loss of six-tenths or 75% of its 6+ AQH share (.8 – .7 – .5 – .5 – .5 – .2, 6+).

News

  • In July, iHeartMedia’s KQQL-HD2 notched a .2 (#25, 6+); was unlisted in August; but the Black Information Network affiliate resurfaces in September with a .1 (#27, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Three straight up or flat moves by Minnesota Public Radio’s KNOW yielded six-tenths (6.6 – 7.0 – 7.0 – 7.2, 6+), but it dips one-tenth to 7.1 (flat at #2, 6+). KNOW was -1.6 in May (8.2 – 6.6, 6+).

SAN DIEGO

News/Talk

  • Albeit down or flat the fifth month in a row for a net loss of -2.2 (6.6 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.5 – 4.4 – 4.4, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KOGO “News Radio 600” proceeds from seventh to fifth. Entering the May sweep, KOGO was a collective +2.8 via three straight bumps (3.8 – 4.5 – 5.5 – 6.6, 6+).
  • An improvement of two-tenths is sufficient for co-owned KGB-AM (formerly Tegna’s KFMB-AM) to jump back onto the top twenty (#22 to #18, 6+). “AM 760” continues its alternating down/up sequence (2.1 – 1.9 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.6 – 2.0 – 2.2, 6+).
  • Down four-tenths (2.4 – 2.0, 6+), Los Angeles sibling KFI falls from #17 to #20. Prior to gaining two-tenths this time last month, “AM 640” was -1.0 in three successive San Diego drops (3.2 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.2, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Winning ways continue for Entercom’s KWFN “97.3 The Fan” (Padres), which is a collective +1.8 through five consecutive reports without a loss (1.1 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 2.6 – 2.9, 6+) and advances from #16 to #14.
  • This is the third time in a row that iHeartMedia-owned KLSD has a fluctuation of one-tenth (.7 – .8 – .9 – .8, flat at #24, 6+). “Fox Sports 1360 San Diego’s Sports Station” had lost eight-tenths in five straight sweeps without an increase (1.5 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0 – .9 – .9 – .7, 6+).

News

  • Co-owned Black Information Network affiliate KSSX-HD2 is unlisted the second time in a row.

 Public Radio News/Talk

  • Tied for the top spot in July and in sole possession of the lead in August, San Diego State University-owned KPBS sputters by three-tenths to 6.1 (6+) and shifts to third-place. Its recent moves include: -1.4 (8.5 – 7.1, May, 6+); -1.6 (7.1 – 5.5, June, 6+); and +.8 (5.5 – 6.3, July, 6+). Just prior, four increases in a row yielded a +3.7 (4.8 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.9 – 8.5, 6+).     

TAMPA

News/Talk

  • There seems to be no stopping Cox Media Group-owned WHPT, which nets a +1.9 in four consecutive up or flat trends (2.7 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 4.6, 6+); “102.5 The Bone – Real, Raw, Radio” rockets into the top five (#14 to #5).
  • Meanwhile, its internet stream – which was a combined +1.6 in July/August (.8 – 1.5 – 2.4, #19, 6+) – is unlisted in September.
  • Without an increase the past four sweeps for an overall -1.7 (4.6 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.2 – 2.9, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WFLA “970 Tampa Bay’s News Radio” answers with a gain of six-tenths to 3.5 (#17 to #14, 6+).
  • Co-owned WHNZ “1250 Tampa Bay’s Impact Radio,” which was down three-tenths in July/August (.4 – .2 – .1, 6+), adds one-tenth to .2 (#33 to #30, 6+).

 Sports Talk

  • Staying even at 1.8 (6+), after August’s +.6, iHeartMedia-owned WDAE “620 Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” progresses from #20 to #19. The Rays’ flagship had faltered by seven-tenths through four drops in a row (1.9 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2, 6+).

News

  • In four straight reports without a loss, Beasley Media Group business news WHFS has gained two-tenths (.1 – .1 – .1 – .3 – .3, #26 to #27, 6+).
  • For the second report in a row, iHeartMedia-owned/Black Information Network affiliate WBTP-HD2 is unlisted.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Down or flat the past five reports for a -1.2 (4.1 – 3.9 – 3.3 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.9, 6+), University of South Florida-owned WUSF erases two-thirds of that deficit with a +.8 to 3.7 (6+), leaping from #17 to #12. WUSF was an overall +2.4 in eight consecutive sweeps without a loss (1.7 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 4.1, 6+).
  • The May 2020 through September 2020 topline for its internet stream is: .4 – .3 – .4 – .3 – .3 (#26 to #27, 6+).

DENVER

 News/Talk

  • Down one-tenth to 4.2 (6+), iHeartMedia’s KDFD stays put at #8. “Freedom 93.7 – Real News, Real Talk” gained one-half share in July/August (3.8 – 4.0 – 4.3, 6+).
  • Following an August increase of four-tenths (1.7 – 2.1, 6+), cluster-mate KOA “Colorado’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” (Rockies) forfeits two-tenths (1.9, #18 to #19, 6+).
  • Co-owned KHOW “Talk Radio 630” notches its fourth straight positive or neutral move and is up one-half share in that stretch (1.1 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.6, #22 to #21, 6+).

 Sports Talk

  • After dropping by -1.3 in June/July (3.1 – 2.3 – 1.8, 6+), Bonneville-owned KKFN “Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan” (Nuggets) rebounds with a combined +.6 in August/September (1.8 – 2.0 – 2.4, #20 to #17, 6+).
  • Adding three-tenths to August’s increase of two-tenths (.3 – .5 – .8, 6+), KSE Radio Ventures-owned KKSE-FM climbs from #30 to #29. “Attitude Sports Radio 92.5” lost half (-.3) its 6+ AQH share in June/July (.6 – .4 – .3, 6+).
  • Bonneville’s KEPN-AM “ESPN Denver 1600 AM,” which logged a .1 (6+) the past three sweeps, gains one-tenth to .2 (#32 to #31, 6+).
  • For the fourth time in a row, KSE Radio Ventures’ KKSE-AM records a .1 (#32 to #33, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Roaring back from July/August’s -.3 (5.8 – 5.6 – 5.5, 6+) with a whopping +1.2 to 6.7 (6+), Colorado Public Radio’s KCFR marches from second to first. KCFR was +2.6 in March/April (5.2 – 6.3 – 7.8, 6+) but then -2.1 in May (7.8 – 5.7, 6+).
  • Progressing from #28 to #26, Community Radio for Northern Colorado’s KUNC nets four-tenths in three straight reports without a loss (.6 – .6 – .8 – 1.0, 6+).

BALTIMORE

News/Talk

  • Independent WCBM “680 Stimulating Talk – Breaking News” logs its third straight bump for a collective +1.9 (3.3 – 3.9 – 4.4 – 5.2, seventh to sixth, 6+). WCBM was +1.8 via four straight increases (2.3 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.7 – 4.1, 6+), but then -.8 in May/June (4.1 – 4.0 – 3.3, 6+).
  • Off one-tenth (4.4 – 4.3, 6+), Hearst Television-owned WBAL “News Radio – Expect More” falls from seventh to ninth. Its August increase of three-tenths suspended three drops in a row that led to an overall -1.9 (6.0 – 4.9 – 4.4 – 4.1, 6+). That streak directly followed ten successive upticks that produced a +4.2 (1.8 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.4 – 3.9 – 4.4 – 5.1 – 6.0, 6+).
  • In three up or flat moves in succession, Cumulus Media Washington, DC’s WMAL nets three-tenths (.4 – .4 – .6 – .7, #27 to #23, 6+).

 Sports Talk

  • After eroding by -1.0 in June, Entercom sports talk WJZ-FM “105.7 The Fan” (Orioles) is +1.4 in three straight sweeps without a loss (2.5 – 2.8 – 3.9 – 3.9, steady at #11, 6+). May’s increase of four-tenths halted three consecutive declines that led to an overall -2.0 (5.1 – 3.9 – 3.6 – 3.1, 6+).
  • Following three successive .1 showings (6+), co-owned WJZ-AM is unlisted the second month in a row.

 News

  • As a result of four straight decreases (1.8 – 1.5 – 1.2 – 1.0 – .9, 6+), business news sibling WDCH “Bloomberg1 & 105.7” has lost exactly half (-.9) its 6+ AQH share and slips from #18 to #20. This follows five consecutive increases that accounted for a +1.3 (.5 – .6 – .9 – 1.1 – 1.7 – 1.8, 6+).
  • On the heels of doubling July’s .5 to 1.0 (August 2020, 6+), M-10 Broadcasting-owned/Black Information Network affiliate WQLL “BIN 1370” relinquishes three-tenths and departs the top twenty (.7, #18 to #23, 6+).

 Public Radio News/Talk

  • Including September’s gain of three-tenths, Your Public Radio’s WYPR “88.1 Your NPR News Station” continues an alternating down/up pattern (4.3 – 4.5 – 4.1 – 4.4, ninth to eighth, 6+).
  • Off four-tenths in August/September (1.0 – .9 – .6, 6+), American University-owned WAMU fades from #21 to #27.

ST. LOUIS

News/Talk

  • Not only is Entercom’s KMOX a whopping +2.0 in three spikes in succession (4.7 – 5.0 – 5.4 – 6.7, 6+), the Cardinals flagship advances from fifth to third. This (6.7) is the first time “The Voice of St. Louis” reaches a six-share (6+) since April’s 6.9. KMOX was -2.2 in May/June (6.9 – 5.9 – 4.7, 6+), directly after a +1.8 in March/April (5.1 – 5.4 – 6.9, 6+).
  • Co-owned KFTK, which was a combined +1.1 in July/August (4.1 – 4.5 – 5.2, 6+), regresses by three-tenths to 4.9 (seventh to eighth, 6+). Following four straight gains that netted a +3.8 (2.7 – 4.0 – 4.6 – 5.5 – 6.5, 6+), “FM News Talk 97.1” was -2.4 in May/June (6.5 – 4.9 – 4.1, 6+).

 Sports Talk

  • The alternating up/down pattern by Hubbard Broadcasting’s WXOS “101 Sports” includes September’s loss of two-tenths (2.2 – 2.4 – 1.9 – 2.4 – 2.2, #16 to #17, 6+). By picking up two-tenths in June, WXOS interrupted four straight losses that accounted for a roughly 52% (-2.4) evaporation of its 6+ AQH share (4.6 – 4.3 – 3.4 – 2.5 – 2.2, 6+).

 News

  • Black Information Network affiliate/iHeartMedia-owned KATZ-HD2 is unlisted the second month in a row.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • In addition to regaining the two-tenths it lost this time last month, University of Missouri-owned KWMU continues its alternating down/up sequence (2.3 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 2.1 – 2.3, #17 to #16, 6+).

September 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round One

| September 30, 2020

September 2020 PPM Data – Information for the September 2020 ratings period has been released for New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union.

Nielsen Audio’s September 2020 survey period covered August 13 – September 9.

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

NEW YORK CITY

News/Talk

  • Jumping from #20 to #17, iHeartMedia’s WOR is up one-half share in August/September (1.8 – 1.9 – 2.3, 6+). Following April’s +1.1 to 3.0 (6+), “710 The Voice of New York” was an overall -1.2 in three straight drops (3.0 – 2.4 – 1.9 – 1.8, 6+).
  • This is the fourth sweep in a row that Red Apple Media-owned WABC logs a 1.4 (1.6 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.4, #22 to #21, 6+).
  • In each sweep from March 2020 through September 2020, Townsquare Media’s WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” has posted a fluctuation of exactly one-tenth (.9 – .8 – .9 – 1.0 – .9 – .8 – .9, #25 to #24, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • On the heels of August’s improvement of six-tenths to 3 – its best 6+-stat since February (2.3, as well) – Entercom-owned/Yankees flagship WFAN drops one-tenth to 2.2 (#17 to #20). WFAN gained four-tenths in May/June (1.4 – 1.7 – 1.8, 6+), before forfeiting one-tenth in July. Its internet stream, which logged a .3 three reports in a row, repeats August’s .4 (#32 to #31, 6+).
  • Down a collective seven-tenths in three straight sweeps without an increase (1.6 – 1.0 – .9 – .9, 6+), WEPN-FM “98.7 ESPN New York” halts the skid with a +.1 to 1.0 (#24 to #23, 6+). Entering the May sweep, WEPN-FM dropped nine-tenths in three consecutive losses (2.1 – 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.2, (1.5 – 1.2, 6+).

News

  • When Entercom-owned WINS this time last month notched a half-share gain to 4.3 (6+), it ended three consecutive declines that resulted in a -1.9 (5.7 – 4.9 – 4.2 – 3.8, 6+). In September though, WINS forfeits three-tenths (4.0, seventh to eighth, 6+).
  • Including September’s loss of four-tenths, co-owned/New York Mets key station WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” has an alternating up/down sequence of: 2.9 – 3.4 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 2.7, #11 to #13, 6+).
  • Bloomberg Communications business news WBBR “Bloomberg 1130 AM” repeats August’s .3 (6+), but slips from #36 to #37.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • A September decline of four-tenths after an August uptick of one-half share (2.8 – 3.3 – 2.9) sends WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WNYC-FM out of the top ten (#8 to #12). Three consecutive drops led to a -2.3 (5.1 – 3.3 – 2.9 – 2.8, 6+).
  • In four straight down or flat trends, co-owned WNYC-AM dropped roughly half (-.6) its 6+ AQH share (1.1 – .7 – .7 .6 – .5, 6+), but it pulls the plug with a +.2 to .7 (#29 to #26, 6+).

LOS ANGELES

News/Talk

  • Bouncing back from August’s decrease of eight-tenths with September’s +.1 (3.9 – 4.0, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KFI stays put in fifth-place. “AM 640” more than doubled (+2.9) its 6+ AQH share from “Holiday” 2019 through April 2020; crossed the five-share threshold; and had an April-only stay at #1 (2.6 – 3.3 – 3.8 – 4.2 – 5.5, 6+). April 2020 marked the first time KFI reached #1 since March 2011 (4.9, 6+).
  • Off six-tenths in four straight down or flat reports (1.8 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.2, 6+), Salem Media Group’s KRLA “AM 870 The Answer” applies the brakes with a +.3 to 1.5 (#28 to #26, 6+).
  • Following three down or flat sweeps in succession that accounted for a loss of four-tenths (1.4 – 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.0, 6+), Cumulus Media’s KABC “790 News-Talk-Evolved” is up three-tenths in August/September (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.3, flat at #28, 6+). As a result of four consecutive improvements, KABC had almost tripled (+.9) its 6+ AQH share (.5 – .7 – .9 – 1.0 – 1.4, 6+).
  • The March 2020 through September 2020 topline for iHeartMedia-owned KEIB “AM 1150 The Patriot” is: .8 – 1.1 – 1.0 – .8 – .9 – .9 – .7 (#36 to #37, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Despite more than doubling (+.7) its 6+ AQH share in five straight up or flat moves (.5 – .5 – .6 – .6 – 1.2 – 1.2, 6+), the flagship of the Los Angeles Dodgers, iHeartMedia’s KLAC “AM 570 LA Sports,” backslides from #28 to #31.
  • Without an increase seven times in a row for a net decrease of seven-tenths (1.1 – .9 – .8 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4, 6+), Disney-owned KSPN “710 ESPN” (Angels) ends the slump by picking up one-tenth to .5 (#41 to #40, 6+).

News

  • In addition to being down a collective nine-tenths in three straight drops (3.9 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 3.0, 6+), Entercom’s KNX “1070 News Radio” exits the top ten (#10 to #11). KNX gained eight-tenths in March; was down nine-tenths in April/May (3.8 – 3.4 – 2.9, 6+); and +1.0 in June.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • A September uptick of one-half share to 2.1 (6+) enables KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” to leap from #25 to #19. The Pasadena City College-owned facility had been trending: 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 1.6 (6+).

CHICAGO

News/Talk

  • Immediately after notching a +.3 to 3.6 (6+), thus curtailing three slips in a row that resulted in a -2.3 (5.6 – 5.2 – 4.5 – 3.3, 6+), Nexstar Media Group-owned WGN surrenders one-half share to 3.1 (6+); the White Sox flagship departs the top ten (#9 to #11). “Radio 720” previously posted four straight increases that netted a +2.6 (3.0 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.5 – 5.6, 6+).
  • Down one-half share in four straight reports without an increase (2.4 – 2.1 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned WLS-AM “890 AM” ends the skid with a gain of two-tenths to 2.1 (steady at #22, 6+).
  • In terms of strongest month-to-month improvement, Newsweb Corp’s Willow Springs, Illinois-licensed WCPT makes the biggest noise here with a +1.0 to 1.3 (6+) and rockets from #34 to #25. “Progressive Talk 820 AM” debuted in print this time last month with a .3 (6+).
  • Just as they were in August, Alpha Media cluster-mates (suburban Joliet) WJOL “1340 We’ve Got ‘Em Talking” and Kenosha, Wisconsin-licensed WLIP “AM 1050” are tied at #40, as each repeats last month’s .1 (6+).

 Sports Talk

  • In back-to-back sweeps, Entercom’s WSCR “670 The Score” more than doubles (+1.7) its 6+ AQH share (1.5 – 2.5 – 3.2, 6+), catapulting from #17 to #9. The Cubs’ flagship was an overall -2.0 as a result of seven successive reports without an increase (3.5 – 3.3 – 2.7 – 2.5 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 1.5 – 1.5, 6+).
  • Having posted a 1.2 four times in a row (February through May, 6+), Disney/ESPN-owned WMVP “ESPN Chicago 1000” has followed with a .8 – .1.0 – 1.0 – .9 (#26 to #27, 6+).

News

  • After setting the pace the past seven survey periods, Entercom-owned WBBM-AM & WCFS-FM falters by nine-tenths (7.3 – 6.4, 6+) and segues to the runner-up slot. Immediately prior to being -1.5 in May/June (8.4 – 7.0 – 6.9, 6+), “News Radio 780 AM & 105.9 FM” was a collective +3.5 through four straight gains (4.9 – 5.4 – 5.8 – 7.7 – 8.4, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • It’s been a strange scenario the past two months for Chicago Public Media outlet WBEZ. In August, it improved by two-tenths to 3.4 (6+) yet departed the top ten (#10 to #11). It now returns the two-tenths (3.4 – 3.2, 6+), but reenters the top ten (#11 to #9).

SAN FRANCISCO

News/Talk

  • While unchanged at #21, Cumulus Media-owned KSFO “560 – The Bay Area’s Exclusive Hot Talk” is without an increase the fourth straight time for a net loss of two-tenths (1.9 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7, 6+).
  • Following five consecutive sweeps without an increase accounting for an approximately 44% loss (-.8) of its 6+ AQH share (1.8 – 1.8 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.0, 6+) co-owned KGO is up four-tenths in August/September (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.4, #25 to #24, 6+).

 Sports Talk

  • After faltering by four-tenths in June (2.3 – 1.9, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KNBR “The Sports Leader” (Giants) answers by more than doubling (+2.1) its 6+ AQH via three straight spikes (1.9 – 2.5 – 3.6 – 4.0, steady at #6, 6+).
  • For the fourth time in the last five survey periods, Entercom’s KGMZ “95.7 The Game” logs a .9 (.9 – .8 – .9 – .9 – .9, #28 to #27, 6+). In four straight downturns, KGMZ lost nine-tenths (1.7 – 1.4 – 1.0 – .9 – .8, 6+). Its internet stream records a .1 the third time in succession (#35 to #34, 6+).
  • Unlisted in June and July, Cumulus Media-owned KTCT resurfaced with a .1 (6+) in August and repeats it in September (#35 to #34, 6+).   

News

  • A combined -1.4 in July/August (8.9 – 8.3 – 7.5, 6+), KCBS-AM & KFRC rebounds with a half-share increase to 8.0 (6+) and shifts from second to a first-place tie. The Entercom combo was #1 in June and July. Prior to faltering by -1.4 in May, KCBS-AM & KFRC had been on top three successive sweeps and was an overall +2.2 in four consecutive up or flat moves (7.7 – 8.4 – 8.7 – 9.9 – 9.9, 6+).
  • Up three-tenths in August/September (.1 – .3 – .4, 6+), iHeartMedia business news/Oakland A’s flagship KNEW remains at #30.
  • Having logged a .2 (6+) in February, March, and April, iHeartMedia-owned KKSF-AM posts a .1 (6+) the fifth time in a row (#35 to #34, 6+). On June 30th, KKSF-AM became an inaugural affiliate of the Black Information Network.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Up two-tenths (7.8 – 8.0, 6+), California Public Broadcasting’s KQED ties KCBS-AM at #1. Immediately in advance of August’s +.4 to 7.8 (6+), KQED was -2.5 via three drops in succession (9.9 – 8.7 – 7.8 – 7.4, 6+). Recent (6+) fluctuations for KQED include: +1.6 (November/December); -1.2 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.2 (January 2020); -.9 (February); +1.5 (March); +1.8 (April); -1.2 (May); and -.9 (June).
  • Dropping from #29 to #30, San Francisco Unified School District’s KALW “91.7 Local Public Radio” is trending: .5 – .5 – .6 – .4 (June – July – August – September, 6+).

DALLAS

News/Talk

  • Four consecutive declines by Cumulus Media’s WBAP accounted for a collective -1.4 (4.1 – 3.2 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.7, 6+); however, “News Talk 820” counters with a September gain of four-tenths to 3.1 (#17 to #13, 6+).
  • From March 2020 through September 2020, cluster-mate KLIF-AM “570 News & Information” is trending: .6 – .4 – .4 – .6 – .5 – .5 – .6 (#35 to #36, 6+).
  • Meanwhile, Salem Media Group-owned KSKY “660 AM The Answer” logs a .4 the fifth time in the last six reports (.4 – .4 – .4 – .5 – .4 – .4, #36 to #37, 6+).
  • The May 2020 through September 2020 trending for iHeartMedia’s KFXR is: .1 – .0 – .1 – .0 – .0 (6+); “Talk Radio 1190 AM” finished at #38 in July.

Sports Talk

  • This is the third sweep in succession that Entercom-owned/Texas Rangers flagship KRLD-FM has a fluctuation of two-tenths (1.5 – 1.7 – 1.9 – 1.7, 6+), as “105.3 The Fan” departs the top twenty (#20 to #22). Its internet stream has lost a total of two-tenths in four straight down or flat trends (.3 – .3 – .3 – .2 – .1, #38 to #40, 6+).
  • Stuck on 1.3 (6+) in June and July, Cumulus Media’s KTCK “The Ticket – All Sports All The Time” is locked on 1.4 (6+) in August and September (#23 to #25, 6+). Down one-tenth (.8 – .7, 6+), its internet stream drops from #34 to #35.
  • The March 2020 through September 2020 topline for Disney/ESPN’s KESN “103.3 ESPN Dallas” is: .7 – .6 – .8 – .7 – .7 – .9 – .8 (#30 to #34, 6+).

News

  • Notwithstanding that it repeats August’s 1.3 (6+), Entercom-owned KRLD-AM slips from #26 to #28. “News Radio 1080” was up three-tenths in June/July (1.2 – 1.3 – 1.5, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • A combined +.4 in July/August (2.5 – 2.8 – 2.9, 6+), North Texas Public Broadcasting’s KERA returns half that increase (2.7, -.2, #14 to #16, 6+).

 HOUSTON

News/Talk

  • Purging 30% of July/August’s -1.0 (6.3 – 5.6 – 5.3, 6+) with a September +.3 to 5.6 (6+), iHeartMedia’s KTRH continues in fifth-place. “News Radio 740” was +1.7 in April.
  • Co-owned KPRC “AM 950 – Houston’s More Stimulating Talk Radio,” which had a one-tenth fluctuation in each of the past four sweeps (.2 – .3 – .4 – .3 – .4, 6+), repeats August’s .4 (flat at #27, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Stymied at .9 (6+) in July and August, Entercom’s KILT-AM “Sports Radio 610” picks up one-tenth to 1.0 (flat at #23, 6+).
  • Advancing from #26 to #25 is iHeartMedia-owned KBME “Sports Talk 790.” The Houston Astros flagship is trending: .6 – .6 – .5 – .5 – .7 – .7 (April 2020 through September 2020, 6+).
  • Continuing the theme of repetitive AQH shares, Gow Communications’ KFNC “ESPN5” has posted either a .3 (6+) or .4 (6+) going back to “Holiday” 2019: .4 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .4, flat at #27, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk

  • In five consecutive decreases, KUHF was an overall -1.1 (3.7 – 3.4 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+), but the University of Houston outlet is up a combined three-tenths in August/September (2.6 – 2.7 – 2.9, #17 to #16, 6+).
  • The May 2020 through September 2020 topline for Pacifica Foundation’s KPFT is: .0 – .0 – .1 – .0 – .1 (#29, 6+).

ATLANTA

News/Talk

  • Not only is Cox Media Group-owned WSB-AM & WSBB-FM the market leader the 15th time in a row, “Atlanta’s News & Talk” regains the half-share it forfeited this time last month (10.6 – 10.1 – 10.6, 6+). April’s 9 marked the first time in the PPM-era that any Atlanta station reached the 13-share level (6+).
  • Despite repeating August’s .8 (6+), Salem Media Group’s WGKA “AM 920 The Answer” slips from #24 to #26.
  • Entercom’s WAOK “1380 The Voice of the Community” is in a repetitive .4 – .3 – .4 – .3 pattern (June 2020 through September 2020, #30 to #31, 6+).

 Sports Talk

  • In addition to returning the four-tenths it picked up this time last month (3.1 – 3.5 – 3.1, 6+), Entercom’s WZGC “92.9 The Game” exits the top ten (#10 to #12). In six straight reports without an increase, WZGC was an overall -1.5 (4.6 – 3.9 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.1, 6+).
  • On the heels of a +1.0 to 2.0 (6+), Dickey Broadcasting-owned WCNN “680 The Fan” falters by three-tenths to 1.7 (#18 to #20, 6+). The Atlanta Braves flagship had been down two-tenths in back-to-back reports (1.4 – 1.2 – 1.0, 6+).

News

  • Reaching a .4 (6+) in June, iHeartMedia-owned WBIN (formerly WGST “Talk Radio 640”) has followed with a .2 (July, 6+); .1 (August, 6+); and is a no-show in September. WBIN became a Black Information Network affiliate in late-June.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • This is the third time in succession that City of Atlanta Board of Education’s WABE notches a fluctuation of two-tenths (2.4 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.6, #15 to #16, 6+).
  • Unlisted in June and July, similarly-formatted WABE-HD3 surfaced with a .1 in August (#34, 6+) but is a no-show in September.
  • Unchanged at #29, Georgia State University’s WRAS notches a .5 (6+) the fifth time in the last seven reports (.7 – .5 – .5 – .5 – .6 – .5 – .5, 6+).

PHILADELPHIA

News/Talk

  • Even though it recaptures the three-tenths it squandered this time last month (1.7 – 1.4 – 1.7, 6+), Entercom-owned WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” continues at #21.
  •  Up or flat the fifth time in a row for a net gain of six-tenths (.8 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.4 – 1.4, 6+), Townsquare Media’s WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” nonetheless backslides from #21 to #23.

Sports Talk

  • Having bounced back from June/July’s combined -1.6 (5.9 – 4.7 – 4.3, 6+) with September’s +.6 to 4.9 (6+), Entercom-owned/Philadelphia Phillies flagship WIP “Sports Radio 94.1” drops two-tenths (4.7, sixth to seventh, 6+).
  • The alternating down/up (March 2020 through September 2020) pattern for Beasley Media Group-owned WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” includes September’s half-share gain: 2.1 – 1.4 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.6 – 1.3 – 1.8 (#23 to #20, 6+).

 News

  • Similar to WPEN-FM, Entercom-owned KYW “News Radio 1060” has been evenly rotating up and down trends since March and includes September’s loss of two-tenths (6.6 – 7.3 – 5.8 – 6.1 – 5.7 – 6.1 – 5.9, flat at #4, 6+).

 Public Radio News/Talk

  • Tacking on three-tenths to August’s +.4 (4.4 – 4.8 – 5.1, 6+), WHYY progresses from seventh to fifth. In four consecutive reports without an increase, WHYY was -1.0 (5.4 – 4.5 – 4.4 – 4.4 – 4.4, 6+).

 NASSAU-SUFFOLK (LONG ISLAND)

News/Talk

  • No sooner does iHeartMedia’s WOR pick up three-tenths, it surrenders four-tenths (3.9 – 4.2 – 3.8, fifth to seventh, 6+). Three just prior slumps in succession accounted for a -2.8 (6.7 – 5.7 – 4.4 – 3.9, 6+). April’s +2.9 rocketed “710 The Voice of New York” from eighth to first.
  • Without a loss the past six reports for a net increase of three-tenths (1.1 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.4 – 1.4, 6+), Red Apple Media-owned WABC is unlisted in September.

Sports Talk

  • Wiping away half of August’s +.8 with a September decline of four-tenths (3.1 – 3.9 – 3.5, 6+), Entercom-owned/Yankees key station WFAN slips from seventh to ninth. Its internet stream has lost three-tenths in August/September (1.1 – .9 – .8, #26 to #25, 6+).
  • This is the ninth month in a row that WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” is unlisted in Long Island. WEPN was -.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.7 – 2.5 – 2.2, #15, 6+).

News

  • Owing to a loss of eight-tenths (4.3 – 3.5, 6+), Entercom’s WINS slumps from fourth to ninth. Prior to August’s increase of four-tenths, WINS was -1.4 via three straight drops, (5.3 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 3.9, 6+).
  • Up four-tenths in July/August (2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9, 6+), co-owned/New York Mets flagship WCBS-AM regresses by one-tenth to 2.8 (#13 to #15, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Following an August gain of six-tenths to 1.7 (6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WNYC-FM stumbles by two-tenths to 1.5 (#22 to #23, 6+). WNYC-FM lost one-half share in four down or flat moves in a row (1.6 – 1.4 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.1, 6+).
  • Co-owned WNYC-AM is trending: .1 – .1 – .2 – .2 – .1  (May 2020 through September 2020, #33 to #36, 6+) .
  • Having logged a .1 (6+) three sweeps in succession, Sacred Heart University’s WSUF gained one-tenth this time last month only to forfeit it in September (.2 – .1, #33 to #36, 6+).

RIVERSIDE-SAN BERNARDINO-ONTARIO

News/Talk

  • Unlisted the 12th time in succession, iHeartMedia’s KKDD “1290 News Talk IE” posted a .1 (6+) last August, September, and October.

Sports Talk

  • Co-owned KPWK “Fox Sports Radio 1350 AM,” which wasn’t in print in April or May, notches a .1 (6+) the fourth time in a row (#17 to #18, 6+).
  • Los Angeles Angels-owned (LAA 1, LLC) KLAA “Angels Radio AM 830” is unlisted the 34th sweep in succession.

 News

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

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Off one-tenth this time last month to .5 (6+), Pasadena City College-owned KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” nearly doubles it with an increase of four-tenths (.9, #14 to #13, 6+).
  • One-tenth behind KPCC is San Bernardino Community College’s KVCR, which picks up three-tenths to .8 (flat at #14, 6+).

 SAN JOSE

 News/Talk

  • Up a combined half-share in August/September (1.6 – 1.8 – 2.1, 6+), Cumulus Media’s KGO elevates from #17 to #14. It had been an overall -1.3 in four successive slips (2.9 – 2.3 – 1.9 – 1.6 – 1.6, 6+).
  • After dropping one-tenth this time last month, co-owned KSFO “560 – The Bay Area’s Exclusive Hot Talk” answers with an increase of three-tenths (1.1 – 1.4, #25 to #24, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Although remaining in ninth-place, cluster-mate KNBR “The Sports Leader” has more than doubled (+2.1) its 6+ AQH share in three straight positive spikes (1.9 – 2.4 – 3.7 – 4.1, 6+); the San Francisco Giants flagship spiraled by -1.1 in June.
  • Not only is Entercom’s KGMZ off four-tenths in August/September (1.9 – 1.6 – 1.5, 6+), “95.7 The Game” exits the top twenty (five-way tie at #19 to #22).

 News

  • A collective -2.8 via five drops in a row (6.9 – 6.4 – 5.8 – 5.6 – 4.7 – 4.1, 6+), Entercom-owned KCBS-AM roars back with a +1.2 to 5.3 (seventh to fifth, 6+). This directly follows three straight gains that yielded a +2.5 (4.4 – 5.0 – 5.7 – 6.9, 6+). KCBS-AM has been +.7 (November 2019); -.8 (December); -.7 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.2 (March); -.9 (July); -.6 (August); and +1.2 (September).
  • Doubling (+.3) August’s .3 to .6 (6+), iHeartMedia business news/Oakland A’s flagship KNEW-AM climbs from #29 to #28.
  • KKSF-AM was one of 15 iHeartMedia stations to become inaugural affiliates of the Black Information Network. Finishing at #30 in July, KKSF-AM’s May 2020 through September 2020 topline is: .2 – .0 – .1 – .0 – .0 (6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Three setbacks in succession by KQED led to a -2.7 (9.3 – 8.4 – 7.7 – 6.6, 6+), but the Northern California Public Broadcasting facility posts an August/September +1.1 (6.6 – 6.9 – 7.7, 6+) and advances from second to a first-place tie. KQED was a combined +2.8 in March/April (6.5 – 7.4 – 9.3, 6+) and had a November-only stay at #1.
  • A one-tenth increase by San Francisco Unified School District’s KLAW (to 1.1, 6+) this time last month halted three consecutive slips that led to a collective loss of seven-tenths (1.7 – 1.4 – 1.1 – 1.0, 6+); however; KALW sputters by nine-tenths to .2 (#25 to #30, 6+).

MIDDLESEX-SOMERSET-UNION

News/Talk

  • A combined -1.1 in June/July (6.8 – 6.5 – 5.7, 6+), Townsquare Media’s WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” gains nine-tenths in August/September (5.7 – 5.8 – 6.6, 6+) and progresses from third to second. Three straight previous increases delivered WKXW a collective +1.6 (5.2 – 6.0 – 6.7 – 6.8, 6+).
  • In an alternating up/down sequence that includes September’s half-share uptick (1.8 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 2.2, April 2020 through September 2020, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WOR “710 The Voice of New York” leaps from #20 to a four-way tie at #15.
  • Off two-tenths this time last month (.9 – .7, 6+), following four consecutive up or flat trends that accounted for a net gain of four-tenths (.5 – .8 – .9 – .9 – .9, 6+), Red Apple Media’s WABC is unlisted in September.
  • Beasley Media Group’s WCTC “Talk Radio 1450 The Voice of Central Jersey,” which notched a July .1 (#30, 6+), isn’t listed in back-to-back reports.

 Sports Talk

  • Picking up one-tenth in both July and August (2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5, 6+), Entercom-owned/Yankees key station WFAN relinquishes three-tenths to 2.2 (6+) and is part of that four-way scrum at #15. Its July increase interrupted three consecutive decreases that resulted in a -1.9 (4.2 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 2.3, 6+). Finishing at #30 in July with a .1 (6+), its internet stream has vanished from print in August and September.
  • Advancing from #24 to #22, WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” posts a one-tenth gain in consecutive survey periods (.9 – 1.0 – 1.1, 6+). WEPN was unlisted in Middlesex five months in a row, before reappearing in June with a 1.2 (6+).

News

  • Entercom-owned/New York Mets flagship WCBS-AM was off one-half share in May/June (2.4 – 2.1 – 1.9, 6+); up a half-share in July/August (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.4, 6+); and now surrenders one-half share in September (2.4 – 1.9, #16 to #19, 6+).
  • Immediately after logging an August +.6 to 1.4 (6+), co-owned WINS falters by three-tenths to 1.1 (#21 to #22, 6+). Through three consecutive drops, WINS was -1.4 (2.2 – 1.4 – .9 – .8, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Albeit that it returns half of August’s +.4 (2.4 – 2.2, -.2, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WNYC-FM progresses from #16 to that four-way logjam at #15. WNYC-FM had been without an increase three sweeps in succession for a net loss of -1.1 (3.1 – 2.3 – 2.0 – 2.0, 6+).
  • After notching a .2 (6+) in May, co-owned WNYC-AM is unlisted the fourth time in a row.

August 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Four

| September 4, 2020

August 2020 PPM Data – Information for the August 2020 ratings period has been released for Austin, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Providence, Norfolk, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Greensboro, Memphis, and Hartford. Nielsen Audio’s August 2020 survey period covered July 16 – August 12.

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

AUSTIN

News/Talk

  • After picking up two-tenths to 5.7 (6+) this time last month, Waterloo Media Group-owned KLBJ-AM surrenders seven-tenths to 5.0 (third to fourth, 6+). “News Radio 590” was stuck on 5.5 (6+) in May and June.
  • The February 2020 through August 2020 topline for Entercom’s KJCE “Talk Radio 1370” is: .3 – .3 – .3 – .2 – .3 – .2 – .2 (#26 to #27, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Off one-half share via three decreases in succession (1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0 – .8, 6+), Genuine Austin Radio’s KTXX “The Horn” slips from #22 to #24.
  • Losing one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.5 – .4 – .3, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KVET-AM “1300 AM The Zone” falls from #25 to #26.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • An overall -3.0 in four straight downturns (10.3 – 9.8 – 8.5 – 7.8 – 7.3, 6+), University of Texas at Austin-owned KUT purges 30% of that loss with a +.9 to 8.2 (6+). KUT set the pace five sweeps in a row before segueing to the runner-up slot in June (where it remains in July and August). Three successive increases yielded a +2.9, enabling KUT to hit double-digits for the first time in its PPM-history (7.4 – 8.9 – 9.5 – 3, 6+). Recent (6+) fluctuations include: +1.2 (August 2019); +2.0 (October); -1.9 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.5 (January 2020); +.8 (March); -1.3 (May); -.7 (June); and +.9 (August 2020).

RALEIGH

News/Talk

  • Although down one-tenth (6.8 – 6.7, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WTKK “106.1 Stay Connected” repeats in third-place. Its +.6 this time last month curtailed four consecutive decreases that resulted in an overall -1.4 (7.6 – 6.9 – 6.8 – 6.6 – 6.2, 6+).
  • A collective -1.2 in three straight drops (2.7 – 2.2 – 1.8 – 1.5, 6+), Curtis Media Group’s WPTF ends the slide with an improvement of three-tenths to 1.8 (6+); “News Radio 680” continues at #16.

 Sports Talk

  • Having logged a 1.1 (6+) three times in the last four sweeps (1.1 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.1, 6+), Capitol Broadcasting’s WCMC “99.9 The Fan” (Carolina Hurricanes) adds two-tenths to 1.3 (6+), yet backslides from  #17 to #18. Co-owned WCMC-HD2 has a May 2020 through August 2020 topline of: .2 – .0 – .2 – .1 (#25, 6+).
  • In that same timeframe, co-owned WDNC “620 The Ticket” is trending .2 – .2 – .2 – .1 (#25, 6+).

 Public Radio News/Talk

  • Posting its fourth straight gain for a collective +1.5 (6.1 – 6.7 – 6.8 – 7.1 – 7.6, 6+), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s WUNC “91.5 North Carolina Public Radio” is steady in the runner-up slot.
  • Co-owned WRQM has a May 2020 through August 2020 topline of: .2 – .3 – .3 – .1 (#25, 6+).

INDIANAPOLIS

News/Talk

  • Adding one-half share to July’s increase of one-tenth (7.4 – 7.5 – 8.0, 6+), Emmis-owned WIBC “Indy’s Mobile News 93.1” progresses from fourth to third. WIBC was -2.9 in May/June (10.3 – 8.9 – 7.4, 6+), directly after notching four straight increases for a +4.9 (5.4 – 7.6 – 8.0 – 8.8 – 10.3, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Cluster-mate WFNI (Pacers) has lost six-tenths owing to three drops in a row (2.5 – 2.2 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+), but “The Fan – Indy’s Sports Center” remains at #15.
  • After having its 6+ AQH share sliced by 50% (-.7) in June/July (1.4 – 1.1 – .7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WNDE “Indy’s Sports Station” gains one-tenth in August to .8 (flat at #19, 6+).
  • Unlisted the third sweep in a row is Emmis’ WIBC-HD3, which logged a .1 (6+) in May.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Four consecutive downturns by WFYI have accounted for a -1.7 (5.3 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.5, 6+), as the Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting facility exits the top ten (#9 to #11). This follows three gains in a row that netted a +1.6 (3.7 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.3 , 6+).

MILWAUKEE

News/Talk

  • A collective -2.4 as a result of three declines in succession (9.3 – 8.6 – 7.2 – 6.8, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WISN not only roars back with a +1.8 to 8.6 (6+), “News/Talk 1130” leaps from fourth to first. WISN was on top in April and May, as well. The just-concluded negative streak immediately followed four straight upticks that accounted for a +5.3 (4.0 – 4.2 – 5.2 – 5.8 – 9.3, 6+).
  • In a somewhat similar vein, Good Karma Brands’ WTMJ “Wisconsin’s Radio Station,” which was without an increase three times in a row for a net loss of eight-tenths (6.3 – 6.1 – 5.5 – 5.5, 6+), erases that deficit with a +1.2 to 6.7 (unchanged at #5, 6+). The flagship of the Brewers and Bucks was a combined +1.2 in March/April (5.1 – 5.7 – 6.3, 6+). Following back-to-back postings of .3 (6+), WTMJ’s internet stream has disappeared from print the second month in a row.
  • Alpha Media-owned WLIP had a repetitive March 2020 through July 2020 topline of: .5 – .6 – .5 – .6 – .5 (#18, 6+), but “AM 1050 Kenosha’s News & Talk” is unlisted in August.

Sports Talk

  • Three of Milwaukee’s four sports talkers improve by two-tenths in August, including Good Karma Brands’ WKTI “94.5 ESPN” (.4 – .6, 6+), which advances from #20 to #17.
  • WKTI is now tied with iHeartMedia-owned WRNW “97.3 The Game – Milwaukee’s Sports Talk That Rocks,” which posts a .6 (6+) the fifth time in the last six reports: (.6 – .7 – .6 – .6 -.6 – .6, flat at #17, 6+).
  • By gaining two-tenths (.3 – .5, 6+), Entercom’s WSSP “Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan” cracks the top twenty (#21 to #20).
  • After ten straight sweeps without an increase for a net loss of one-half share (.7 – .6 – .5 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .2, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WOKY “The Big 920” pulls the plug with a +.2 to .4 (#23 to #21, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Trending 6 – 3.9 – 3.5 (June – July – August, 6+), University of Wisconsin-owned WUWM slips from ninth to tenth.
  • Off one-half share through three straight down or flat reports (1.4 – 1.4 – 1.0 – .9, 6+), Wisconsin Public Radio‘s WHAD is now a combined +.4 in July/August (.9 – 1.0 – 1.3, #16 to #12, 6+). Stuck on .2 (6+) the past three months, WHAD’s internet stream improves to .3 (#23, 6+).   

NASHVILLE

News/Talk

  • Piling on a +.9 to July’s gain of two-tenths (4.6 – 4.8 – 5.7, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned WWTN jumps from ninth to fifth. “Super Talk 99.7” was -.8 in May/June (5.4 – 5.3 – 4.6, 6+), following March/April’s +.7 (4.7 – 5.3 – 5.4, 6+).
  • In three downturns in succession, iHeartMedia’s WLAC was -1.0 (2.7 – 2.4 – 2.0 – 1.7, 6+); however, “Talk Radio 1510” wipes away precisely half that shortfall with a +.5 to 2.2 (#17 to #16, 6+). WLAC was a combined +.5 in March/April (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.7, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Despite being up eight-tenths in July/August (2.4 – 2.9 – 3.2, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WGFX “104.5 The Zone” backslides from #13 to #14.
  • Without an increase the past six sweeps for a 70% loss (-.7) of its 6+ AQH share (1.0 – .6 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3, 6+), Cromwell Group-owned WPRT “102.5 The Game” (Predators) applies the brakes with a +.3 to .6 (#23 to #21, 6+).
  • May 2020 through August 2020, co-owned WBUZ-HD3 is trending: .2 – .2 – .2 – .1 (#24, 6+).

News

  • Locked on .2 (6+) in June and July while in its contemporary Christian format, iHeartMedia’s WNRQ-HD2 has since flipped to the Black Information Network and posts a .1 in August (#24, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Continuing an alternating up/down sequence that began in April and includes August’s positive spike of four-tenths (4.0 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 4.2, 6+), Nashville Public Radio’s WPLN-FM “NPR News and Classical Music” remains at #11.

PROVIDENCE

News/Talk

  • Notwithstanding that it is an overall -1.9 in four drops in succession (6.1 – 5.6 – 4.7 – 4.4 – 4.2, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned WPRO-AM advances from seventh to sixth. “News Talk 630” had more than doubled (+3.6) its 6+ AQH share in four straight up or flat trends (2.5 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 6.1, 6+).
  • Up one-tenth (1.2 – 1.3, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WHJJ “News Radio 920” progresses from #16 to #14.
  • Conversely, Cumulus Media’s WPRV “AM 790 Talk & Business” drops one-tenth (.5 – .4, 6+) and repeats at #22.

 Sports Talk

  • After essentially losing half its 6+ AQH share (-2.1) in six straight down or flat survey periods (1 – 3.4 – 3.1 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.1 – 2.0, 6+), Entercom’s WVEI “Sports Radio 103.7” (Red Sox affiliate of co-owned flagship WEEI-FM) dials up a half-share increase to 2.5 (ninth to eighth, 6+).

News-Talk

  • Frozen on 1.5 (6+) in June and July, iHeartMedia Boston’s WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” drops two-tenths to 1.3 (6+) and is unchanged at #14.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Following four straight sweeps without an increase for a net loss of -1.3 (3.2 – 3.0 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 1.9, 6+), WGBH Educational Foundation Boston’s WGBH wipes away roughly half that shortfall with a +.6 to 2.5 and enters the top ten (#11 to #8, 6+).
  • Down one-half share in three straight negative or neutral moves (2.1 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.6 , 6+), Rhode Island Public Radio’s WNPN purges the deficit with a +.5 (2.1, #12 to #11, 6+).
  • Flat at #23, The Wheeler School-owned WELH “89.3 The Public’s Radio” has a March 2020 through August 2020 topline of: .4 – .6 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3 (6+).

NORFOLK

Sports Talk

  • After sputtering by one-half share in June, Max Broadcast Group’s WVSP “ESPN Radio 94.1” expunges the loss with a July/August +.5 (1.0 – 1.3 – 1.5, #12 to #11, 6+). May’s increase of two tenths interrupted seven straight down or flat reports that accounted for a net loss of nine-tenths (2.2 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.3, 6+).

News

  • An alternating down/up pattern by iHeartMedia alternative WNOH included July’s -.8, which took “Alt 105.3” below a one-share: 1.8 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.5 – .7 (6+). Now part of iHeartMedia’s Black Information Network, WNOH recorded a .6 in the August report (#14, 6+).

JACKSONVILLE

News/Talk

  • An overall -3.9 via three drops in a row (13.4 – 10.4 – 9.9 – 9.5, 6+), Cox Media Group’s WOKV-FM ends the skid with an August +.9 to 10.4 (6+) and remains in the runner-up slot. Immediately prior, “104.5 Jacksonville’s News, Weather, and Traffic” netted a +5.3 in five consecutive increases (8.1 – 8.3 – 9.8 – 10.4 – 11.8 – 13.4, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Recapturing the three-tenths it squandered this time last month (.9 – .6 – .9, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WFXJ “930 The Game – Jacksonville’s Sports Leader” climbs from #19 to #18. “The Game” was a combined +.6 in March/April (.8 – 1.2 – 1.4, 6+) but surrendered that entire increase in May.
  • Up two-tenths (.1 – .3, 6+), Cox Media Group’s WOKV-AM “ESPN Jacksonville 690 AM” checks in at #22.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • A combined +1.5 in June/July (2.5 – 3.7 – 4.0, 6+), WJCT forfeits four-tenths to 3.6 (6+) and departs the top ten (#10 to #12). WJCT previously posted back-to-back losses of seven-tenths (3.9 – 3.2 – 2.5, 6+).

WEST PALM BEACH

News/Talk

  • Without an increase the fourth time in a row for a net forfeiture of -1.1 (4.7 – 4.6 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.6, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WJNO “1290 The Palm Beaches’ News & Talk” repeats in seventh-place. Four consecutive up or flat reports generated an overall +1.9 (8 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 4.7, 6+).
  • By gaining one-tenth to 2.0 (6+), co-owned WZZR not only returns to the top ten (#12 to #10), “Real Radio 94.3” halts three consecutive down or flat sweeps that produced a net decrease of three-tenths (2.2 – 2.0 – 1.9 – 1.9, 6+).
  • More than doubling (+.9) its 6+ AQH share in four straight improvements (.7 – 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.6, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WFTL “News Talk 850” inches up from #15 to #14.
  • Locked on .7 (6+) in April and May, iHeartMedia Miami’s WIOD is stuck on .6 (6+) the third time in a row; “610 News Radio” exits the top twenty (#19 to #21).

 Sports Talk

  •  For the fourth time in the last five reports, Hubbard Broadcasting’s WMEN “Fox Sports 640 AM South Florida” logs a .2 (.2 – .7 – .2 – .2 – .2, flat at #24, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Flat at #8, Dade County School Board’s WLRN is down three-tenths in July/August (3.5 – 3.4 – 3.2, 6+). Prior to May’s loss of one-tenth, WLRN was an overall +.9 in four straight up or flat reports (2.0 – 2.5 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+).
  • Unlisted in June and July, WLRN-HD2 resurfaces with a .2 (#24, 6+).

GREENSBORO

News/Talk

  • Following three straight drops that accounted for a -1.4 (5.6 – 5.0 – 4.8 – 4.2, 6+), WPTI “94.5 Your News, Talk, & Sports Station” erases more than half that shortfall with a +.8 to 5.0 (ninth to seventh, 6+). The iHeartMedia outlet had been a collective +2.6 via four consecutive gains (3.0 – 3.9 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 5.6, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • The April 2020 through August 2020 topline for Curtis Media Group-owned WSJS “Triad Sports” is: .5 – .5 -.4 – .6 – .6, unchanged at #15, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • In addition to being +1.1 through three straight bumps (2.8 – 3.1 – 3.6 – 3.9, 6+), Wake Forest University news/talk WFDD cracks the top ten (#11 to #10).
  • The alternating (May 2020 through August 2020) down/up sequence by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s WUNC includes August’s increase of three-tenths: 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.7 (steady at #13, 6+).

MEMPHIS

News/Talk

  • A combined -1.0 in July/August (5.5 – 5.4 – 4.5, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WREC “600 AM – Memphis’ News, Traffic, & Weather” slips from seventh to eighth. WREC spiraled by -1.5 in May.

Sports Talk

  • Up seven-tenths in July/August (1.8 – 2.0 – 2.5, steady at #13, 6+), Entercom’s WMFS “ESPN Sports Radio” has its best 6+-stat (2.5) since February’s 3.1. For the fourth time in a row and fifth time in the last six sweeps, its internet stream logs a .3 (.3 – .6 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3, #18, 6+).
  • Likewise, Entercom-owned WMC-AM “680 AM ESPN Sports Radio” records a .2 (6+) the fourth time in the last five survey periods (.2 – .3 – .2 – .2 – .2, #21 to #19, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Continuing that theme, Mid-South Public Communications Foundation-owned WKNO “91.1 NPR For The Mid-South” has notched a 1.5 (6+) three times in the last six sweeps and a 1.0 (6+) the other three reports (1.5 – 1.5 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.5, #16 to #15, 6+).

HARTFORD

News/Talk

  • Storming back from July’s -1.7 with an August increase of eight-tenths (6.1- 6.9, 6+), Entercom-owned WTIC-AM vaults from #7 to a three-way tie at #3. Entering the July sweep, “News Talk 1080” was +2.1 via six successive up or flat moves (5.7 – 6.1 – 6.2 – 7.2 – 7.6 – 7.8 – 7.8, 6+).
  • Surrendering half of the six-tenths it gained this time last month (1.3 – 1.0, -.3, 6+), Red Wolf Broadcasting’s WDRC-AM “AM 1360 The Talk of Connecticut” drops from #13 to #14.
  • Despite improving by one-tenth (.2 – .3, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WPOP backslides from #15 to #16. “News Radio 1410” had posted a .2 (6+) in each of the past three survey periods.

Sports Talk

  • Co-owned WUCS “97.9 ESPN Hartford,” which was down one-half share in June/July (1.4 – 1.1 – .9, 6+), picks up one-tenth and one ranker (1.2, #14 to #13, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • A combined +.4 in July/August (2.6 – 2.9 – 3.0, 6+), Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network-owned WNPR “Connecticut’s Public Media Source for News & Ideas” is steady in tenth-place. Four successive reports without an increase had resulted in a -2.0 (4.6 – 4.3 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.6, 6+).
  • Having lost half (-.2) its 6+ AQH share as a result of six consecutive sweeps without an increase (.4 – .3 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .2, 6+), University of Massachusetts-owned WFCR “New England Public Radio” curtails the skid with a one-tenth bump to .3 (6+) but drops from #15 to #16.

August 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Three

| September 3, 2020

August 2020 PPM Data – Information for the August 2020 ratings period has been released for Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus. Nielsen Audio’s August 2020 survey period covered July 16 – August 12.

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

PORTLAND

News/Talk

  • An August loss of six-tenths to 5.9 (6+) by Alpha Media-owned KXL expunges its June/July +.5 (6.0 – 6.4 – 6.5, 6+) as “FM News 101 – Stay Connected” slips from third to fourth. This (5.9) is KXL’s lowest 6+-stat since February’s 4.9.
  • Following a July gain of two-tenths to 3.8 (6+), iHeartMedia’s KEX “News Radio 1190 – Depend On Us” plummets by -1.1 to 2.7 (#12 to #17, 6+). Its June drop of three-tenths followed nine straight up or flat moves that generated an overall +1.6 (2.3 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.8 – 3.2 – 3.8 – 3.9, 6+).
  • Locked on 1.4 (6+) in June and July, Alpha Media’s KUFO “Freedom 970” sputters by two-tenths to 1.2 (6+) but repeats at #21.
  • After logging either a .4 (6+) or .5 (6+) in each of the last eleven survey periods, Salem Media Group’s KPAM breaks the streak with a .6 (6+). Moreover, in three reports in a row without a loss, “AM 860 The Answer” nets two-tenths (.4 – .4 – .5 – .6, #27 to #25, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • For the fourth time in the last five survey periods, Entercom-owned KFXX “1080 The Fan” notches a 1.1 (1.1 – 1.1 – .9 – 1.1 – 1.1, flat at #22, 6+).
  • Directly after scoring four-tenths in three consecutive gains (1.5 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 1.9, 6+), Alpha Media’s KXTG “The Game” is -1.1 in three down or flat moves in a row (1.9 – 1.6 – .8 – .8, unchanged at #23, 6+).
  • Advancing from #30 to #28, iHeartMedia-owned KPOJ “Sports Radio 620” (Trailblazers) notches its fourth straight report without a loss for a net increase of three-tenths (.2 – .2 – .2 – .3 – .5, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Despite posting a fourth consecutive decrease for an overall -1.7 (10.1 – 9.3 – 9.1 – 8.8 – 8.4, 6+), Oregon Public Broadcasting’s KOPB is #1 the fifth time in a row. KOPB was a combined +1.9 in March/April (8.2 – 9.9 – 10.1, 6+). The May 2020 through August 2020 topline for its internet stream is: .9 – .7 – .6 – .8 (#24 to #23, 6+).

 CHARLOTTE

 News/Talk

 Down or flat the fourth time in a row for a -1.2 (7.1 – 6.3 – 6.0 – 5.9 – 5.9, 6+), Entercom-owned WBT slips from third to fifth. Just prior, “Charlotte’s News Talk” had more than doubled (+3.6) its 6+ AQH share through four increases in a row (3.5 – 4.9 – 5.3 – 5.7 – 7.1, 6+).   Sports Talk

  • After being down or flat the past four months for a net loss of seven-tenths (1.8 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.3 – 1.1, 6+), co-owned WFNZ “The Fan – Charlotte’s Sports Leader” (Hornets) ends the slide with an improvement of one-tenth (1.2, #18 to #17).
  • A no-show in July, following a .1 (6+) in May and June, Beasley Media Group’s WBCN “Fox Sports Charlotte” reappears with a .1 (#21, 6+).

News

  • The very consistent January 2020 through July 2020 topline for iHeartMedia’s WRFX-HD2 was: .2 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .1 – .2 – .1 (6+). As of June 29, it flipped from contemporary Christian to iHeartMedia’s Black Information Network and is unlisted in August 2020.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Following three straight sweeps without a loss that yielded seven-tenths (2.7 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.4, 6+), University Radio Foundation news/talk WFAE surrenders one-half share to 2.9 (#11 to #13, 6+).
  • This is the third time in the last four sweeps that South Carolina Educational TV’s WRJA “South Carolina Public Radio” is unlisted (.0 – .0 – .1 – .0, 6+).

 SAN ANTONIO

News/Talk

  • The seven most recent fluctuations by iHeartMedia-owned/Spurs flagship WOAI “News Radio 1200 – San Antonio’s News, Traffic, & Weather” are: +1.0 (5.3 – 5.7 – 6.3, January/February, 6+); -.5 (6.3 – 5.8, March, 6+); +2.1 (5.8 – 7.9, April, 6+); -.8 (7.9 – 7.1, May, 6+); -.6 (7.1 – 6.5, June, 6+); -1.0 (6.5 – 5.5, July, 6+); and now +.5 in August (5.5 – 6.0, steady at #2, 6+).
  • Remaining at #20, Alpha Media news/talk KTSA “Stay Connected” has its fourth successive up or flat trend for a +.7 (1.4 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 2.1 – 2.1, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Returning the two-tenths it picked up this time last month (.4 – .6 – .4, #27, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KTKR “Ticket 760 – San Antonio’s Sports Station” drops from #27 to #29.
  • Meanwhile, Alpha Media’s KZDC “ESPN San Antonio” is off three-tenths (.5 – .2, #29 to #32, 6+).
  • KTKR and KZDC were deadlocked at #28 in May and at #30 in June.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Within 2.5 – 2.9 range (6+) in each of the last five sweeps (9 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.8 – 2.7, 6+), Texas Public Radio’s KSTX drops from #16 to #17.

 SACRAMENTO

 News Talk

  • By gaining one-tenth to 8.0 (third to second, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KFBK applies the brakes to three successive declines that totaled a -3.7 (11.6 – 9.4 – 8.9 – 7.9, 6+). Immediately before shifting to #3 this time last month, “Sacramento’s News, Weather and Traffic Station” spent six straight sweeps at #1. KFBK was +2.7 in January and a combined +3.2 in March/April (8.4 – 10.3 – 11.6, 6+). April 2020’s 6 is its highest 6+-stat in the PPM-era, besting the previous high (10.3) set in March 2020.
  • After exploding with a +1.2 to 3.0 (6+) this time last month, cluster-mate KSTE “Talk 650” forfeits one-half share to 2.5 (#13 to #14, 6+). Prior to July’s 3.0 (6+), KSTE last reached the three-share level in September 2019 (3.0, as well).

Sports Talk

  • As a result of four straight reports without an increase, Entercom’s KIFM-AM “ESPN Radio 1320” has lost nearly half (-.5) its 6+ AQH share (1.1 – .8 – .6 – .6 – .6, 6+) but repeats at #21.
  • Off three-tenths in June/July (.8 – .6 – .5, 6+), Bonneville-owned KHTK “Sports 1140” (Kings) adds one-tenth to .6 (6+) and catches KIFM at #21.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Three modest increases by KXJZ accounted for a half-share increase (4.5 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.0, 6+); however, the Capital Public Radio facility falters by six-tenths to 4.4 (sixth to seventh, 6+).
  • Doubling July’s .2 to .4 (6+), KQED, Inc.’s KQEI checks in at #25.
  • Unlisted the past three sweeps, California State University-Sacramento’s KUOP logs a .1 (#28, 6+).

PITTSBURGH 

News/Talk

  • Erasing July’s gain of three-tenths with August’s dip of four-tenths (5.1 – 5.4 – 5.0, 6+), Entercom-owned KDKA-AM “News Radio 1020” shifts from fourth to fifth. KDKA-AM was a combined -2.2 in May/June (7.3 – 6.5 – 5.1, 6+), immediately after being +4.2 via four straight upticks (3.1 – 4.0 – 4.3 – 5.6 – 7.3, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • On the heels of June/July’s -1.9 (6.3 – 4.5 – 4.4, 6+), co-owned KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan” (Pirates) dials up a +1.3 to 5.7 (ninth to fourth, 6+). A May increase of four-tenths interrupted three straight decreases that resulted in a -2.0 (7.9 – 7.5 – 6.7 – 5.9, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • After trending 5.4 – 5.1 – 5.4 (May – June – July, 6+), Essential Public Media’s WESA “90.5 Pittsburgh’s NPR Station” falters by seven-tenths to 4.7 (fourth to sixth, 6+).

SALT LAKE CITY

News/Talk

  • Stacking three-tenths onto July’s half-share increase (5.3 – 5.8 – 6.1, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KNRS “Talk Radio 105.9 – Listen And You’ll Know” continues in fifth-place. KNRS was -1.0 in May/June (6.3 – 5.4 – 5.3, 6+), directly after posting four consecutive sweeps without a loss for a +2.2 (4.1 – 5.0 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 6.3, 6+).
  • Even though Bonneville’s KSL is down the fourth straight month for an overall -3.7 (8.8 – 6.0 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 5.1, 6+), “News Radio 102.7 FM & 1160 AM” progresses from eighth to seventh. A combined +3.9 in March/April (4.9 – 6.0 – 8.8, 6+), KSL had an April-only stay at #1.
  • Owing to four negative or neutral trends in a row, Cumulus Media-owned KKAT has its 6+ AQH share reduced by exactly 50% (1.0 – .7 – .5 – .5 – .5, 6+). Conversely, “860 AM – Utah’s Big Talker” more than tripled (+.7) its 6+ AQH share through four straight sweeps without a loss (.3 – .6 – .8 – .8 – 1.0, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Ever since resurfacing in print this past June – after an approximately three-year hiatus – Larry H. Miller Communications Corporation’s KZNS-AM “The Zone Sports Network 1280 AM” (Utah Jazz) is trending .6 – .6 – .8 (#19 to #18, 6+).
  • In the matching three-sweep period (and under the same scenario), co-owned KZNS-FM “The Zone Sports Network 97.5” has a topline of .4 – .3 – .6 (#22, 6+). KZNS-FM’s internet stream pops on with a .2 (#24, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Continuing an alternating down/up sequence that includes August’s +.1 (2.4 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.3, 6+), University of Utah’s KUER continues at #15. KUER was down nine-tenths in April/May (2.9 – 2.4 – 2.0, 6+).
  • Stuck on .5 (6+) in June and July, Brigham Young University-owned KUMT picks up two-tenths to .7 (#21 to #19, 6+).
  • For the third time in the last four sweeps, Brigham Young University’s KBYU-HD2 posts a .1 (.1 – .0 – .1 – .1, #26, 6+).
  • Meanwhile, Wasatch Public Media’s KCPW notches its third straight .1 (#26, 6+).

LAS VEGAS

News Talk

  • An increase of six-tenths (2.4 – 3.0, 6+) enables Entercom-owned KXNT “News Talk Radio 840” to leap from #18 to #13.
  • Up one-tenth in back-to-back reports (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.4, 6+ ), Beasley Media Group’s KDWN “AM 720 Where Las Vegas Comes to Talk” progresses from #20 to #18.
  • Locked on .5 (6+) in June and July, Kemp Broadcasting’s KMZQ “AM 670 The Right Talk for Vegas” adds two-tenths to .7 (#27 to #25, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • After having its AQH share split in half (.8 – .4 – .4, 6+), Lotus Communications’ KWWN “ESPN Radio 1100” gains three-tenths to .7 (#29 to #25, 6+).
  • Cluster-mate KRLV “Raider Nation 920” gains one-tenth (.1 – .2, #31, 6+).
  • At the same time, Entercom’s KXST “CBS Sports Radio 1140 AM” is down one-tenth (.2 – .1, 6+) and checks in at #33.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Immediately following three straight improvements that accounted for a +1.3 (2.6 – 3.1 – 3 – 3.9, 6+), Nevada Public Radio’s KNPR is -1.4 in three drops in succession (3.9 – 3.7 – 2.9 – 2.5, #13 to #17, 6+).

ORLANDO

News Talk

  • A collective -2.6 in three successive setbacks (6.7 – 6.0 – 4.5 – 4.1, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WTKS “Real Radio 104.1 – We Say What We Want” ends the slide with a +.4 to 4.5 (steady at #8, 6+). WTKS was +2.3 in March/April (4.4 – 5.1 – 6.7, 6+).
  • After being off three times in succession for a -1.3 (8 – 2.2 – 1.6 – 1.5, 6+), co-owned WFLF “News Radio Orlando” dials up a +.6 to 2.1 (#17 to #15, 6+).
  • Approximately 11 days into the July survey period (6/29), Cox Media Group’s WDBO-FM “News 96.5” became Spanish contemporary WOEX “Exitos 5.” Its news/talk programming shifted to WDBO-AM, where “Orlando’s News Talk” replaces sports talk “ESPN 580 Orlando.” In the August sweep, WDBO-AM slumps from 2.4 (6+) to 1.4 (#22, 6+). Its AM signal is simulcast on FM translator W297BB (107.3 FM).

 Sports Talk

  • After trending .9 – .8 – .9 (6+), iHeartMedia-owned WYGM “FM 96.9 The Game – Orlando’s Sports Leader” (Magic) gains three-tenths in back-to-back reports (.9 – 1.2 – 1.5, flat at #20, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Tacking on seven-tenths to July’s +.1 (2.3 – 2.4 – 3.1, 6+), Community Communications’ WMFE “90.7 Public Radio for Central Florida” continues at #13.

CINCINNATI

News/Talk

  • Boasting the largest (6+) July 2020 – August 2020 increase (+2.3) by any station in the 36 PPM-markets highlighted thus far, iHeartMedia’s WLW (9.2 – 11.5, 6+) marches from second to first. The flagship of the Reds had been down three times in a row for a collective -3.7 (12.9 – 10.3 – 9.4 – 9.2, 6+). This directly follows four straight gains that netted a +5.8 (7.1 – 8.1 – 8.3 – 10.1 – 12.9, 6+).
  • Despite adding one-tenth to July’s +.4 (3.6 – 4.0 – 4.1, 6+), co-owned WKRC “55 KRC The Talk Station” backslides from eighth to ninth. WKRC was +.8 (May) and -.7 (June).

Sports Talk

  • More than doubling (+.5) its 6+ AQH share in July/August (.4 – .7 – .9, 6+), cluster-mate WCKY “Cincinnati’s ESPN 1530” cracks the top twenty (#21 to #20).
  • Unchanged at #24, co-owned WSAI “Fox Sports 1360” logs a .1 (6+) the third time in a row.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • A cumulative +1.3 via three straight bumps (1.8 – 2.1 – 2.4 – 3.1, 6+), Cincinnati Public Radio’s WVXU “Connecting You To A World of Ideas” leaps from #16 to #11.

 CLEVELAND

 News/Talk

  • Not only does iHeartMedia-owned WTAM (Indians and Cavaliers) vault from fifth to second, “1100 Cleveland’s News Radio” erupts with a whopping +2.0 to 8.6 (6+). The increase halts three downturns in a row that led to a -2.2 (8.8 – 7.7 – 7.1 – 6.6, 6+). The just-concluded negative streak followed a collective +4.6 through four straight spikes (4.2 – 5.3 – 5.8 – 7.2 – 8.8, 6+).

 Sports Talk

  • Off six-tenths in June/July (2.7 – 2.2 – 2.1, 6+), Entercom’s WKRK “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” picks up one-tenth and one ranker (2.2, #14 to #13, 6+). In May, WKRK gained three-tenths to suspend three consecutive decreases that accounted for an approximately 52% loss (-2.5) of its 6+ AQH share (4.9 – 3.6 – 3.2 – 2.4, 6+).

News

  • The January 2020 through July 2020 topline for iHeartMedia alternative WMMS-HD2 was: .9 – 1.1 – 1.1 – .9 – 1.1 – .9 – .5 (6+). Now an affiliate of The Black Information Network, WMMS-HD2 is unlisted in August.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Following a July increase of one-half share to 3.8 (6+), Ideastream-owned WCPN sputters by three-tenths to 3.5 (flat at #11, 6+). WCPN posted three consecutive gains that netted a +2.1 (3.1 – 4.2 – 4.4 – 5.2, 6+), but then recorded three decreases in a row resulting in a -1.9 (5.2 – 4.8 – 3.9 – 3.3, 6+).

KANSAS CITY

News/Talk

  • Bouncing back from June/July’s -2.5 (6.8 – 5.5 – 4.3, 6+) with an August +.7 to 5.0 (6+), Entercom’s KMBZ-FM “98.1 News-Traffic-Weather” jumps from tenth to sixth. KMBZ-FM logged a +1.4 in May (5.4 – 6.8, 6+). Off one-tenth (.3 – .2, 6+), its internet stream slips from #25 to #27.
  • Steady at #16, co-owned KMBZ-AM “Talk 980” has a May 2020 through August 2020 topline of: 2.5 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.5 (6+).
  • By gaining one-tenth to 1.2 (6+), Cumulus Media’s KCMO-AM pulls the plug on five straight down or flat reports that resulted in a net loss of three-tenths (1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1, 6+). Nonetheless, “Talk Radio 710 AM” backslides from #20 to #22.

Sports Talk

  • Union Broadcasting’s WHB “Sports Radio 810” echoes July’s AQH share and market rank (2.9, #14, 6+).
  • After losing two-thirds (-2.0) of its 6+ AQH share in five successive slips (3.0 – 2.6 – 1.8 – 1.4 – 1.3 – 1.0, 6+), Entercom-owned KCSP “610 Sports Radio” (Royals) is a combined +1.5 in July/August (1.0 – 1.1 – 2.5, #20 to #16, 6+).
  • Popping on with a .1 (#28, 6+) is Union Broadcasting’s KCTE “ESPN Kansas City.”

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Off two-tenths (4.5 – 4.3, 6+), University of Missouri-owned KCUR slips from ninth to tenth. KCUR was +1.4 in June/July (3.1 – 3.6 – 4.5, 6+) and -1.7 in April/May (4.8 – 3.5 – 3.1, 6+).

COLUMBUS

News/Talk

  • After eroding by -3.0 in May/June (10.6 – 9.0 – 7.6, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WTVN responds with a +1.1 in July/August (7.6 – 8.1 – 8.7, 6+) and carries on in the runner-up slot. Immediately prior, “News Radio 610” was a collective +4.6 as a result of five successive increases (6.0 – 6.1 – 8.0 – 8.6 – 9.4 – 10.6, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • The three most recent moves by Tegna’s WBNS-FM “Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan” are: -.7 (June); +.7 (July); and now +1.0 in August (3.6 – 2.9 – 3.6 – 4.6, eighth to sixth, 6+). WBNS-FM (Blue Jackets) was -1.7 in March/April (5.2 – 4.8 – 3.5, 6+).
  • Unlisted in May, co-owned WBNS-AM returned with a .2 (6+) in June and July, but drops one-tenth in August to .1 (flat at #16, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Up a combined nine-tenths in July/August (9 – 4.1 – 4.8, 6+), Ohio State University’s WOSU inches up from sixth to fifth.

August 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Two

| September 2, 2020

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

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

WASHINGTON, DC

News/Talk

  • Setting the pace the past four months, Cumulus Media’s WMAL falters by one-half share (8.4 – 7.9, 6+) and segues to the runner-up slot. Just prior to the May sweep, WMAL doubled (+5.0) its 6+ AQH share through four straight positive spikes (5.0 – 6.9 – 7.3 – 7.8 – 10.0, 6+). April’s 0 marked the first time in WMAL’s PPM-history that it reached double-digits.
  • For the 26th sweep in succession, Radio One’s WOL “News Talk – Where Information Is Power” is unlisted.

Sports Talk

  • Tacking a +.8 onto July 2020’s increase of three-tenths (1.3 – 1.6 – 2.4, 6+), Entercom-owned WJFK-FM “106.7 The Fan” (Washington Nationals) advances from #17 to #16. Its 4.8 (November 2019) is the heftiest 6+-share by any D.C. sports talk outlet in the PPM-era. WJFK-FM’s internet stream is trending: .2 – .3 – .3 – .4 (May 2020 through August 2020, #28 to #27, 6+).
  • Through three straight down or flat trends, Radio One’s WTEM “980 The Team” has lost three-tenths and exits the top twenty (1.1 – 1.0 – 1.0 – .8, #20 to #21, 6+). “The Team” previously gained four-tenths via three up or flat moves in a row (.7 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1, 6+).
  • This is the fourth successive month that Cumulus Media’s WSBN “630 AM The Sports Capitol” has logged a .1 (flat at #31, 6+).

News

  • Following three consecutive months of occupying the runner-up slot, Hubbard Broadcasting’s WTOP-FM & WTLP-FM posts an uptick of eight-tenths (7.7 – 8.5, 6+) as “Washington’s Top News” takes over at #1.
  • Frozen on .5 (6+) in May and June, Entercom business news WDCH “Bloomberg1 & 105.7” is now locked on .7 (July and August, #21 to #22, 6+). After notching a .2 (6+) in June and July, its internet stream is unlisted in August.
  • Similarly, Black Information Network affiliates WUST and WMZQ-HD2 do not appear in print this month.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • An overall -2.1 via four straight down or flat trends (8.7 – 8.4 – 7.4 – 6.8 – 6.6, 6+), American University-owned WAMU applies the brakes with a +.6 to 7.3 (fifth to third, 6+). “The Mind Is Our Medium” was in a first-place tie with Hubbard Broadcasting’s WTOP-FM in February before taking sole possession of the lead in March.
  • Flat at #25, Pacifica Foundation’s WPFW is trending: .9 – .6 – .5 – .6 (May – June – July – August, 6+).

 

BOSTON

News/Talk

  • Following four successive sweeps without a loss that garnered a +2.5 (2.8 – 3.5 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 5.3, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WRKO “AM 680 – The Voice of Boston” is -1.4 via four slips in succession (5.3 – 4.8 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.9, seventh to eighth, 6+).
  • Having nearly doubled (+.5) its 6+ AQH share in April/May (.6 – 1.1 – 1.1, 6+), co-owned WXKS-AM “Talk 1200” sputters by a collective six-tenths in three straight declines (1.1 – .8 – .6 – .5, flat at #27, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Adding a +.8 to July’s increase of two-tenths (3.9 – 4.1 – 4.9, 6+), Beasley Media Group-owned WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” (Celtics and Bruins) climbs from eighth to seventh. This (4.9) is WBZ-FM’s best 6+-stat since March (5.8).
  • Although it repeats July’s 2.6 (6+), Entercom’s WEEI-FM jumps from #15 to #12. Before gaining one-tenth this time last month, the Boston Red Sox flagship was an overall -1.7 in four consecutive downturns (4.2 – 3.5 – 3.2 – 3.0 – 2.7 – 2.5, 6+). WEEI-FM’s internet stream notches a .2 (6+) the third time in a row (#31 to #30).
  • This is the third month in a row that co-owned WEEI-AM is unlisted.
  • Meanwhile, Providence sibling WVEI logs a .1 (6+) the third consecutive report and is unchanged at #33.

News – Talk

  • Despite losing the one-tenth it accrued this time last month (6.6 – 6.7 – 6.6, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WBZ-AM climbs from fourth to third. “News Radio 1030” was off one-half share in April/May (6.4 – 6.3 – 5.9, 6+).
  • This marks the fourth successive time that Beasley Media Group business news WRCA “Bloomberg Boston” logs a .1 (flat at #33, 6+).
  • Black Information Network affiliate WJMN-HD2 does not appear in Boston’s August 2020 report.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • In four straight down or flat trends, Boston University’s WBUR lost a collective half-share (3.7 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.2, 6+), but picks up two-tenths to 3.4 (steady at #10, 6+).
  • Following three improvements in a row that yielded a +1.7 (2.9 – 3.6 – 3.8 – 4.6, 6+), WGBH Educational Foundation-owned WGBH is -2.0 in three drops in succession (4.6 – 3.2 – 2.8 – 2.6, unchanged at #12, 6+).
  • For the third time in a row co-owned WCAI is unlisted.

 

MIAMI

News/Talk

  • Locked on 1.7 (6+) in June and July, iHeartMedia-owned WIOD “News Radio 610 Miami’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” adds one-tenth to 1.8 (6+) and repeats at #21.

Sports Talk

  • Off four-tenths in June/July (1.0 – .7 – .6, 6+), Entercom-owned WQAM “560 The Joe” is up one-tenth to .7 (flat at #26, 6+). July 2020’s .6 was its lowest 6+-stat in exactly one year (.6, as well, July 2019).
  • Albeit without an increase the third straight month for a net loss of three-tenths (.5 – .4 -.2 – .2, 6+), co-owned WAXY “Sports Talk 790 The Ticket” (Heat) improves from #30 to #29.
  • Repeating July’s .1 (6+), iHeartMedia’s WINZ “940 AM Miami’s Sports Station” (Marlins) inches up from #32 to #31.
  • Meanwhile, Entercom-owned WKIS-HD2 does not appear in print the third month in a row.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • After losing six-tenths in four consecutive slips (3.7 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 3.2 – 3.1, 6+), Dade County School Board’s WLRN answers with a +.2 to 3.3 (#13 to #11, 6+).

 

SEATTLE

News/Talk

  •  Notwithstanding that it hasn’t recorded an increase the last three reports, Bonneville-owned KIRO-FM is only off one-tenth in that stretch (7.2 – 7.1 – 7.1 – 7.1, 6+). Moreover, “97.3 Seattle’s News/Seattle’s Talk” is #1 the sixth successive sweep. This directly follows a collective +2.4 via three straight boosts (4.8 – 6.0 – 6.9 – 7.2, 6+).
  • Anchored at #19 the fourth month in a row, cluster-mate KTTH “Conservative Talk Radio” is trending: 2.5 – 2.4 – 2.6 (June – July – August, 6+). Before dropping three-tenths in May, KTTH was +1.2 via five consecutive up or flat moves (1.6 – 1.8 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.6 – 2.8, 6+).
  • In March, Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned KVI posted a 1.1 (#22, 6+), but “Talk Radio 570” is unlisted the fifth straight month.

Sports Talk

  • A combined +1.0 in July/August (1.5 – 1.6 – 2.5, 6+), Bonneville’s KIRO-AM “ESPN 710” (Mariners) progresses from #23 to #21.
  • This is the third time in the last four reports that iHeartMedia-owned KJR-AM “Seattle’s Sports Radio 950” has posted a 1.0 (1.0 – .8 – 1.0 – 1.0, steady at #24, 6+).
  • Co-owned KFNQ “1090 AM” was stuck on .3 (6+) in May and June and is now locked on .2 (6+) in July and August (#29 to #30, 6+).

News

  • Having gained one-half share in June/July (4.4 – 4.6 – 4.9, 6+), KOMO forfeits one-half share to 4.4 (sixth to seventh, 6+). The Sinclair Broadcast Group facility dropped one-half share in April and again in May (5.4 – 4.9 – 4.4, 6+).
  • After logging a .1 (6+) in June, iHeartMedia-owned/Black Information Network affiliate KHHO is unlisted the second month in a row.
  •  Meanwhile, this is the third consecutive report that Hubbard Broadcasting business news KKNW does not appear in print.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Up a combined eight-tenths in June/July (4.6 – 5.1 – 5.4, 6+), Northwest Public Radio’s KUOW slips by one-tenth in AQH share and one ranker (5.3, fourth to fifth, 6+). KUOW was down nine-tenths in April/May (5.5 – 5.4 – 4.6, 6+).
  • Flat at #32, Washington State University-owned KSWS posts a .1 (6+) the fourth sweep in succession.

 

DETROIT

News/Talk

  • In three straight sweeps without an increase, Cumulus Media’s WJR was a collective -1.4 (4.8 – 4.1 – 3.4 – 3.4, 6+); however, “News Talk 760” regains two-tenths to 3.6 (#16 to #14, 6+). Just prior, WJR was +3.2 through four successive improvements (1.6 – 2.4 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 4.8, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • A combined +1.7 in July/August (3.6 – 4.1 – 5.3, 6+), Entercom-owned WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” (Tigers, Pistons, Red Wings) catapults from #12 all the way to #3. Its half-share gain this time last month halted three straight drops that accounted for a -1.2 (4.8 – 3.9 – 3.8 – 3.6, 6+). WXYT-FM’s internet stream gains one-tenth (.3 – .3 – .4, 6+) and is flat at #23.
  • Unchanged at #25, cluster-mate WXYT-AM is trending: .1 – .2 – .1 – .1 (May 2020 through August 2020, 6+).

News

  • In a down/up/down sequence (5.7 – 5.4 – 5.5 – 5.3, May – June – July – August, 6+), WWJ “News Radio 950” is tied in third-place with co-owned sports talk WXYT-FM. WWJ previously was a collective +2.5 through four successive positive spikes (3.9 – 4.3 – 4.8 – 5.8 – 6.4, 6+).
  • WDFN posts a .2 (#24, 6+) the fourth time in a row. The iHeartMedia outlet joined the Black Information Network on June 29.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Having more than doubled (+1.6) its 6+ AQH share in five successive increases (1.4 – 1.5 – 1.9 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 3.0, 6+), Wayne State University-owned WDET is down or flat the fourth time in a row for a net loss of -1.0 (3.0 – 2.5 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.0, flat at #20, 6+).
  • Off seven-tenths in April/May (2.3 – 1.7 – 1.6, 6+), Michigan Public Media’s WUOM is up a total of one-tenth in its third straight report without a loss and remains at #21 (1.6 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7, 6+).

 

PHOENIX

News/Talk

  • This is the third straight up or flat move by Bonneville’s KTAR-FM for a net gain of two-tenths (4.6 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 4.8, unchanged at #5, 6+). KTAR-FM was a combined +2.3 in March/April (3.8 – 4.6 – 6.1, 6+).
  • Off one-tenth is iHeartMedia’s KFYI “News Talk 550” (4.4 – 4.3, 6+), which slips from sixth to seventh. Immediately prior to June’s -.7, KFYI nearly doubled (+2.3) its 6+ AQH share in seven up or flat reports in succession (2.5 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 4.7 – 4.8, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • A combined -.6 in June/July (2.2 – 1.8 – 1.6, 6+), Bonneville-owned KMVP-FM “98.7 Arizona Sports” (Diamondbacks) gains four-tenths to 2.0 (#23 to #21, 6+).
  • For the fourth time in a row, iHeartMedia’s KGME “Fox Sports 910” (Coyotes) records a .2 (flat at #31, 6+).
  • KGME is tied with Bonneville’s KTAR-AM, which is up one-tenth (.1 – .2, #32 to #31, 6+).
  • This is the fourth consecutive month that Hubbard Broadcasting’s KDUS “Sports AM 1060” has logged a .1 (#32 to #33, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • In eight of the last nine survey periods, KJZZ has posted a 6+ AQH share between 3.4 – 3.8 (3.5 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 4.2 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 3.9, 6+); the Maricopa County Community College-owned outlet carries on in tenth-place.

 

MINNEAPOLIS

News/Talk

  • A combined -1.3 in June/July (5.6 – 5.5 – 4.3, 6+), Entercom-owned WCCO “News Radio 830” recaptures three-tenths to 4.6 (6+) and is back in the top ten (#11 to #10). The key station of the Twins and Timberwolves had been an overall +2.0 as a result of three straight up or flat trends (3.6 – 4.6 – 5.6 – 5.6, 6+).
  • Following four sweeps in a row of recording a fluctuation of one-tenth (2.6 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.6, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KTLK “Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130” improves by four-tenths to 3.0 (#15 to #14, 6+).
  • Up four-tenths in July/August (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.3, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s KTMY is flat at #16. Immediately prior, “My Talk 107.1” suspended five straight down or flat moves that accounted for a net loss of nine-tenths (2.8 – 2.8 – 2.7 – 2.4 – 2.3 – 1.9, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Having surrendered nine-tenths in June/July (5.9 – 5.6 – 5.0, 6+), following a May increase of four-tenths (5.5 – 5.9, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KFXN gains six-tenths to 5.6 (eighth to seventh, 6+). “Sports Radio 100.3 K-Fan” had a December-only stay at #1.
  • Hubbard Broadcasting’s KSTP-AM repeats July’s AQH share and market rank (.3, #24, 6+). Entering the July sweep, “ESPN 1500” had been without an increase the previous five times for a net loss of six-tenths or 75% of its 6+ AQH share (.8 – .7 – .5 – .5 – .5 – .2, 6+).

News

  • On June 29, iHeartMedia’s KQQL-HD2 joined the Black Information Network. In July, it notched a .2 (#25, 6+) but is unlisted in August.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Netting six-tenths in three straight up or flat moves (6.6 – 7.0 – 7.0 – 7.2, 6+), Minnesota Public Radio’s KNOW progresses from third to second. KNOW was -1.6 in May (8.2 – 6.6, 6+).

 

SAN DIEGO

News/Talk

  • Falling from sixth to seventh, iHeartMedia news/talk KOGO “News Radio 600” is without an increase the fourth month in a row for a net loss of -2.2 (6.6 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.5 – 4.4, 6+). Entering the May sweep, KOGO was a collective +2.8 via three straight spikes (3.8 – 4.5 – 5.5 – 6.6, 6+).
  • In three successive San Diego drops, Los Angeles sibling KFI was -1.0 (3.2 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.2, 6+), but “AM 640” erases 20% of the deficit with a +.2 to 2.4 (#21 to #17, 6+). KFI was a combined +1.3 in March/April (1.9 – 2.4 – 3.2, 6+).
  • Co-owned KGB-AM (formerly Tegna’s KFMB-AM) is in an alternating down/up sequence that includes August’s -.6 (2.1 – 1.9 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.6 – 2.0, 6+); “AM 760” fades from the top twenty (#16 to #22).

Sports Talk

  • In addition to doubling July’s 1.3 (+1.3) and being without a loss the fourth time in succession for a net gain of +1.5 (1.1 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 2.6, 6+), Entercom’s KWFN “97.3 The Fan” (Padres) zooms from #21 to #16.
  • After losing eight-tenths in five straight sweeps without an increase (1.5 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0 – .9 – .9 – .7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KLSD “Fox Sports 1360 San Diego’s Sports Station” is up one-tenth in consecutive reports (.7 – .8 – .9, #23 to #24, 6+).

News

  •  Co-owned Black Information Network affiliate KSSX-HD2 is unlisted in August.

 Public Radio News/Talk

  • In a first-place tie this time last month, San Diego State University-owned KPBS breaks the deadlock by picking up one-tenth (6.3 – 6.4, 6+) and has sole possession of the top spot. Its three previous fluctuations were: -1.4 (8.5 – 7.1, May, 6+); -1.6 (7.1 – 5.5, June, 6+); and +.8 (5.5 – 6.3, July, 6+). Four increases in a row just prior netted a +3.7 (4.8 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.9 – 8.5, 6+).  

 

TAMPA

News/Talk

  • Up one-half share via three consecutive positive or neutral moves (2.7 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.2, 6+), Cox Media Group-owned WHPT “102.5 The Bone – Real, Raw, Radio” progresses from #16 to #14. WHPT’s internet stream is a combined +1.6 in July/August (.8 – 1.5 – 2.4, #20 to #19, 6+).
  • A collective -1.7 in four straight down or flat sweeps (4.6 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.2 – 2.9, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WFLA “970 Tampa Bay’s News Radio” slips from #15 to #17.
  • Co-owned WHNZ “1250 Tampa Bay’s Impact Radio” is down three-tenths in July/August (.4 – .2 – .1, #31 to #33, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • After faltering by seven-tenths through four drops in a row (1.9 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WDAE “620 Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” (Rays) purges all but one-tenth of the shortfall (1.8, +.6, #22 to #20, 6+).

News

  • Locked on .1 (6+) the past three sweeps, Beasley Media Group business news WHFS gains two-tenths to .3 (#28 to #26, 6+).
  • Unlisted in August is iHeartMedia-owned Black Information Network affiliate WBTP-HD2.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • An overall +2.4 in eight consecutive sweeps without a loss (1.7 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 4.1, 6+), University of South Florida-owned WUSF is now down or flat the fifth straight report for a -1.2 (4.1 – 3.9 – 3.3 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.9, flat at #17, 6+). The May 2020 through August 2020 topline for its internet stream is: .4 – .3 – .4 – .3 (flat at #26, 6+).

 

DENVER

News/Talk

  • Adding three-tenths to July’s +.2 (3.8 – 4.0 – 4.3, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KDFD advances from ninth to eighth. “Freedom 93.7 – Real News, Real Talk” was down four-tenths in May and again in June (4.6 – 4.4 – 3.8, 6+).
  • Off four-tenths in three straight reports without an increase (2.1 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7, 6+), cluster-mate KOA “Colorado’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” (Rockies) completely eliminates that shortfall with a +.4 (2.1, #20 to #18, 6+).
  • Owing to three straight up or flat trends, co-owned KHOW “Talk Radio 630” nets two-tenths (1.1 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.3, 6+) and progresses from #23 to #22.

Sports Talk

  • Despite picking up two-tenths to 2.0 (6+), Bonneville-owned KKFN (Nuggets) backslides from #18 to #20. “Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan” was -1.3 in June/July (3.1 – 2.3 – 1.8, 6+).
  • Having lost half (-.3) its 6+ AQH share in June/July (.6 – .4 – .3, 6+), KSE Radio Ventures-owned KKSE-FM “Attitude Sports Radio 92.5” bounces back with a +.2 to .5 (#31 to #30, 6+).
  • Co-owned KKSE-AM and Bonneville’s KEPN-AM “ESPN Denver 1600 AM” each post a .1 (6+) the third sweep in succession, as both advance from #33 to #32.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Notwithstanding it sputters by three-tenths in July/August (5.8 – 5.6 – 5.5, 6+), Colorado Public Radio’s KCFR progresses from third to second. KCFR was +2.6 in March/April (5.2 – 6.3 – 7.8, 6+) but then -2.1 in May (7.8 – 5.7, 6+).
  • Trending .8 – .6 – .6 – .8 (6+), Community Radio for Northern Colorado’s KUNC continues at #28.

 

BALTIMORE

News/Talk

  • By gaining three-tenths to 4.4 (ninth to seventh, 6+), Hearst Television-owned WBAL “News Radio – Expect More” interrupts three slips in a row that accounted for an overall -1.9 (6.0 – 4.9 – 4.4 – 4.1, 6+). The just-concluded negative streak directly followed ten successive bumps for a collective +4.2 (1.8 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.4 – 3.9 – 4.4 – 5.1 – 6.0, 6+).
  • Stacking a half-share increase onto July’s +.6, independent news/talk WCBM “680 Stimulating Talk – Breaking News” catches WBAL at #7 (3.3 – 3.9 – 4.4, tenth to seventh, 6+). WCBM was +1.8 via four straight increases (2.3 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.7 – 4.1, 6+), but then -.8 in May/June (4.1 – 4.0 – 3.3, 6+).
  • The April 2020 through August 2020 topline for Cumulus Media Washington, DC’s WMAL is: .4 – .6 – .4 – .4 – .6 (#28 to #27, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Having plummeted by -1.0 in June, Entercom sports talk WJZ-FM “105.7 The Fan” (Orioles) roars back with a +1.4 in July/August (2.5 – 2.8 – 3.9, #12 to #11, 6+). May’s increase of four-tenths halted three straight declines that led to an overall -2.0 (5.1 – 3.9 – 3.6 – 3.1, 6+).
  • Following three straight .1 showings (6+), co-owned WJZ-AM disappears from print.

 News

  • Through five consecutive increases, business news sibling WDCH nearly quadrupled (+1.3) its 6+ AQH share (.5 – .6 – .9 – 1.1 – 1.7 – 1.8, 6+); however, “Bloomberg1 & 105.7” is an overall -.8 in three straight drops (1.8 – 1.5 – 1.2 – 1.0, flat at #18, 6+).
  • Doubling July’s .5 to 1.0 (6+), M-10 Broadcasting-owned/Black Information Network affiliate WQLL “BIN 1370” cracks the top twenty (#18).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • This time last month, Your Public Radio’s WYPR picked up two-tenths (4.3 – 4.5, 6+), but “88.1 Your NPR News Station” surrenders twice as much (4.1, -.4, seventh to ninth, 6+).
  • Departing the top twenty (#20 to #21), American University-owned WAMU has an April 2020 through August 2020 topline of: .8 – .7 – .7 – 1.0 – .9 (6+).

ST. LOUIS

News/Talk

  • A combined +.7 in July/August (4.7 – 5.0 – 5.4, 6+), Entercom’s KMOX “The Voice of St. Louis” (Cardinals) jumps from ninth to fifth. KMOX was -2.2 in May/June (6.9 – 5.9 – 4.7, 6+), directly after a +1.8 in March/April (5.1 – 5.4 – 6.9, 6+).
  • Co-owned KFTK adds seven-tenths to July’s +.4 (4.1 – 4.5 – 5.2, 6+) and zooms from #12 to #7. Following four straight spikes that yielded a +3.8 (2.7 – 4.0 – 4.6 – 5.5 – 6.5, 6+), “FM News Talk 97.1” was -2.4 in May/June (6.5 – 4.9 – 4.1, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Substituting July’s half-share loss with August’s half-share increase (2.4 – 1.9 – 2.4, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WXOS advances from #18 to #16. By picking up two-tenths in June, “101 Sports” suspended four straight decreases that accounted for a roughly 52% (-2.4) evaporation of its 6+ AQH share (4.6 – 4.3 – 3.4 – 2.5 – 2.2, 6+).

News

  • Unlisted in August is iHeartMedia-owned Black Information Network affiliate KATZ-HD2

Public Radio News/Talk

  • After a July gain of three-tenths (2.0 – 2.3, 6+), University of Missouri-owned KWMU forfeits two-tenths to 2.1 (#16 to #17, 6+).

August 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round One

| September 1, 2020

August 2020 PPM Data – Information for the August 2020 ratings period has been released for New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Long Island (Nassau-Suffolk), Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union. Nielsen Audio’s August 2020 survey period covered July 16 – August 12.

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

NEW YORK CITY

News/Talk

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

 

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

 

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

Sports Talk

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

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

News

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

 

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

 

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

Public Radio News/Talk

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

 

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

LOS ANGELES

News/Talk

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Sports Talk

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

 

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

News

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

Public Radio News/Talk

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

CHICAGO

News/Talk

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Sports Talk

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

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

News

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

Public Radio News/Talk

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

SAN FRANCISCO

News/Talk

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

 

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

Sports Talk

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

 

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

 

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

News

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

 

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

 

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

Public Radio News/Talk

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

 

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

DALLAS

News/Talk

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Sports Talk

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

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

 

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

News

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

Public Radio News/Talk

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

 HOUSTON

News/Talk

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

 

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

Sports Talk

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

 

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

 

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

Public Radio News/Talk

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

 

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

ATLANTA

News/Talk

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

 

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

 

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

Sports Talk

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

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

News

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

Public Radio News/Talk

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

 

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

 

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

PHILADELPHIA

News/Talk

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

 

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

Sports Talk

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

 

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

News

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

Public Radio News/Talk

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

LONG ISLAND (NASSAU-SUFFOLK)

News/Talk

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

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

Sports Talk

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

 

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

News

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

 

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

Public Radio News/Talk

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

 

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

 

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

RIVERSIDE-SAN BERNARDINO-ONTARIO

News/Talk

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

Sports Talk

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

 

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

News

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

Public Radio News/Talk

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

 

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

 SAN JOSE

News/Talk

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

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

Sports Talk

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

 

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

News

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

 

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

 

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

Public Radio News/Talk

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

 

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

MIDDLESEX-SOMERSET-UNION

News/Talk

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Sports Talk

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

 

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

News

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

 

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

Public Radio News/Talk

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

 

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