Tag: "2020"

Pending Business: This Year in Review

| January 4, 2021

By Steve Lapa
Lapcom Communications Corp
President

 

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Remember getting on an airplane before TSA security measures? As we move to the 20th anniversary of 9/11, we are accustomed to the changes in our daily lives that horrific experience created. The same will hold true as we persevere through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Technology, a changed business landscape, and income reboots will dictate a smarter, more flexible seller, marketer, and manager.

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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+).

Friday, August 7, 2020

| August 7, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Presidential Race, Politics and the Vote-By-Mail Debate Top News/Talk Stories for Week of August 3-7. The November presidential election, politics, and the controversy over President Trump’s allegation that voting by mail encourages voter fraud were the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio this week, landing atop the Talkers TenTM. Tied at #2 this week was the interview with President Trump by Axios reporter Jonathan Swan and Deutsch Bank being subpoenaed by the New York Attorney General in a Trump Organization investigation. Coming in at #3 was the debate over opening schools, followed by health care, medications and the mask debate at #4. The Talkers TenTM is a weekly chart of the top stories and people discussed on news/talk radio during the week and is the result of ongoing research from TALKERS magazine. It is published every Friday at Talkers.com. See this week’s entire chart here.

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

Thursday, August 6, 2020

| August 6, 2020

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

Round Three of July PPMs Released. The third of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s July 2020 PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus. Nielsen’s July 2020 survey period covered June 18 – July 15. You can see all the 6+ data from subscribing stations here. Meanwhile, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways for this group of markets. In Portland, Alpha Media’s news/talk KXL-FM tacks on one-tenth to finish the July survey with a 6.5 share good for the #3 rank in the market. Entercom’s news/talk WBT-AM/FM, Charlotte dips one-tenth to a 5.9 share but rises one spot to the #3 rank. Despite losing a full share and finishing with a 5.5 share, iHeartMedia’s news/talk WOAI, San Antonio remains ranked #2 in the market. In Pittsburgh, Entercom’s news/talk KDKA-AM adds three-tenths and wraps the survey with a 5.4 share good for the #4 rank. iHeartMedia’s KNRS-FM, Salt Lake City jumps by half a share to claim the #5 rank with a 5.8 share. See Mike Kinosian’s complete report here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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