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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

| July 14, 2020

Roland Martin Joins iHeartMedia’s Black Information Network. Journalist Roland Martin is becoming part of iHeartMedia’s BIN – Black Information Network – programming initiative as a commentator. His podcast “#RolandMartinUnfiltered” is also being made available on the iHeartPodcast Network. BIN: Black Information Network is iHeartMedia’s recently launched “24/7 comprehensive national audio news service dedicated to providing an objective, accurate, and trusted source of continual news coverage with a Black voice and perspective.” In his role with BIN, Martin will exclusively curate custom commentary segments for BIN to be broadcast daily throughout the network’s 24-hour news feed. His commentary will be available on more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices, as well as on local AM/FM broadcast radio stations in numerous U.S. cities. Director of news operations Tanita Myers says, “When we launched BIN: Black Information Network, we knew how extremely important it was to provide a forum for trusted voices within the Black community and there’s perhaps no one more trusted and reliable in Black media today than Roland Martin. He has built a legacy that has paved the way for other Black journalists and continues to use his platform to bring a much needed perspective on topics that matter to both Black Americans and the nation in general.” Martin comments, “I am excited to provide daily commentaries to BIN. We are living in a time where we need more coverage about the issues facing African Americans. In addition, I am really thrilled to partner with the iHeartPodcast Network to distribute and market the ‘#RolandMartinUnfiltered’ audio podcast. We have seen tremendous growth with the daily video show, and we can’t wait to do the same with the audio podcast.”

TALKERS Magazine to Publish 2020 Heavy Hundred on Thursday (7/16). This Thursday (7/16), the editors of TALKERS magazine will publish the 2020 edition of the 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America – what has become known over the years as the Heavy Hundred. This year’s Heavy Hundred is compiled by the editors of TALKERS magazine using such factors as: ratings, revenue, courage, effort, impact, longevity, potential, recognition, service, talent, and uniqueness. We acknowledge that it is as much art as science and that the results are arguable. The editors would like to acknowledge that the publication of this year’s list was delayed by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the radio industry. However, it’s also important to note that it is times like these that talk radio personalities have the opportunity to become an even more important part of their listeners’ lives by delivering the information they need and providing the opportunity to hear debate about and take part in discussions concerning the events affecting their lives. Those who do that well are usually rewarded with success. We look forward to Thursday’s publication of the 2020 Heavy Hundred in which we salute those hosts our editors believe are serving their listeners and advertisers in ways that put them among the “most important.”

Edison: COVID-19 Affects Morning Show Listening. According to data from Edison Research’s Share of Ear study, U.S. radio listeners 13 and older began their morning listening 75 minutes later that before the coronavirus pandemic hit the country. Edison says that “pre-COVID-19, the point in the day when 50% of those in the U.S. age 13+ recorded their first entry of their audio day was around 7:15 am. During Q2 fielding of Share of Ear, it was not until 8:30 am that half of respondents had recorded any audio usage.” Edison Research director Laura Ivey says, “This finding challenges our thinking about how those in the U.S. listen to audio during traditional drive times. With many people staying at home or working from home during Q2, they did not engage with audio as early as they did pre-COVID. This data shows that if Americans continue current work patterns, audio strategies may need to be adjusted.”

Westwood One: Direct-To-Consumer Retail Sales Continues to Surge. The data comes from the second annual Direct-To-Consumer Media Attribution and Awareness study in which Westwood One with LeadsRx and MARU Matchbox is seeking to understand the marketing effectiveness of direct-to-consumer firms and the state of their brand equity. Noting that even before the coronavirus pandemic, e-commerce was surging (e-commerce represented 11.8% of total U.S. retail sales up from 6.9% in the first quarter of 2015) the study sought to examine direct-to-consumer (DTC) brands who sell online and the marketing practices that lead to success. Cumulus Media|Westwood One chief insights officer Pierre Bouvard says, “Direct-to-consumer brands are entering their second act now, seeking to grow through market penetration and attract the masses via TV and AM/FM radio. This study validates the brand-building sales effect of broadcast media as TV and radio drive seven times the search and site traffic lift of Google and Facebook.” Another finding from the study is that AM/FM radio is a catalyst for increased effectiveness of Google and Facebook ads during the pandemic. During 2019, Facebook and Google ads saw a 15% increase in performance due to AM/FM radio advertising. During the pandemic in Q2 2020 radio’s impact on Google/Facebook performance surged to 20%. See more here.

IAB: COVID-19 Cuts Projected U.S. Podcast Revenue in Half. The U.S. Podcast Advertising Revenue Study from IAB includes results from 2019, projections for 2020 and beyond, and a detailed industry analysis. The key revenue takeaway is that IAB had projected podcast revenue to rise 29.6% in 2020, but after the coronavirus pandemic struck, that figure has been revised to an increase of 14.7%. The positive news is that projections indicate the third and fourth quarters of 2020 should improve. That said, U.S. podcast revenue is nearing the $1 billion mark. Looking back, the study finds the total market year-over-year revenue estimate increased 48% to $708.1 million in 2019, from FY 2018’s total market estimate of $479.1 million. Another finding relevant to news and news/talk radio pros is that the calculation of 2019 podcast advertising revenues based on genre indicates that news podcasts grabbed 22% of the podcast revenue, leading the pack (comedy was in second place with 17% of the podcast revenue). See more here.

TALKERS News Notes. In Boston, Beasley Media Group is teaming up with RCN Business to award a total of $200,000 in marketing support to assist the Small Business Association Grant Program. The companies say they have created a customized program designed to help local businesses get back up and running, without having to worry about marketing budgets. The program is offering designated small businesses the opportunity to be considered for a $10,000 media schedule to use on one of five Beasley Media Boston radio stations – including sports talk WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub.”. A total of 20 small businesses will be selected to receive a grant to help advertise…..Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports that conservative talk host Joe Walsh’s new program on suburban WCGO-AM, Evanston and the affiliated GAB Radio Network is moving from a delay broadcast slot to the live 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm time slot. Walsh, a former U.S. Representative from Chicago and a former WIND-AM talk host, has been back on the radio for about seven weeks. WCGO general manager Chuck Duncan says, “I think this will probably come as welcome news for his Chicago listeners as they can now interact with him live versus having to listen via stream in order to participate. His call volume has been off the charts, with major activity from New York, Philly, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dallas and Miami, and his streaming audio numbers are the highest we’ve ever seen from any show on the station — averaging about 2,700 unique instances a day.”…..FOX Sports Radio is touting its success on digital platforms in the absence of live sports. Premiere Networks says June 2020 was FSR’s second-best month ever in terms of podcast listens. “Year over year, the network’s total podcast audience grew 88%, bringing the monthly total to more than 16.5 million for the FOX Sports Radio Podcast Network. On the streaming front, FSR’s audience grew 70% from April 2020 to May 2020. The following month, May 2020 to June 2020, FSR’s streaming audience grew an additional 13%.  Year over year, FSR’s streaming was up 55%, marking the network’s second-best streaming month of all time.”

Radio Pros Paul Vandenburgh and Mimi Griswold Among 2020 Inductees in NY Broadcasters Hall of Fame. The board of directors of the New York State Broadcasters Association announces the Hall of Fame Class of 2020.  This year’s class includes WGDJ-AM, Albany owner, general manager, and talk host Paul Vandenburgh; Galaxy Media Partners VP of programming Mimi Griswold; WNBC-TV, New York anchor David Ushery; and WVVH-TV, Hamptons owners Greg and Ernie Schimizzi.  NYSBA president David Donovan says, “The Class of 2020 represents the best in the broadcasting profession. While the inductees represent a cross section of broadcasters from across the state, they share one key characteristic. They have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to serve their local communities. We are honored to have them join the ranks of the legendary broadcasters from New York.”

COVID-19 Statistics & Projections, Trump vs Fauci, Schools Opening Debate/Foreign Students Lawsuit, Presidential Race, Portland Unrest, U.S.-China Tensions, Washington Redskins Name Change Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (7/13). The soaring number of new COVID-19 cases in numerous U.S. states and projections for future cases; President Trump’s divergence from Dr. Tony Fauci on the seriousness of the pandemic; the debate over opening U.S. schools in the fall and 18 attorneys general sue the White House over the foreign students ban; the November presidential election; the protests and clashes with police in Portland, Oregon; the U.S. challenges China’s claim to territory in the South China Sea; and the NFL’s Washington Redskins agree to change the name of the team were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. In Providence, Hall Communications announces that it is elevating afternoon drive host and production director Kevin Palana to program director for country WCTK-FM “Cat Country 98.1.” Palana is taking over for company VP of programming Bob Walker who is moving south to lead programming at the company’s Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida operations. In this role, Palana will also program classic hits WNBH, New Bedford, Massachusetts “BIG 101.3.” Palana says, “I want to thank Tom, Bob, and everyone at Hall for this opportunity. I grew up in this market and there is no place I’d rather live. I look forward to working directly with Courtney Kelley and Brian Mulhern of ‘Cat Country’ mornings and the entire staff in Providence and New Bedford.”…..Townsquare Media’s hot AC KCIX, Boise “MIX 106” brings Angie Morales into the morning drive show alongside John Moug for the “Moug & Angie Mornings” program. Moug says, “Townsquare Media has given us this incredible opportunity to connect with the Treasure Valley in a real way. We’re here to have a ton of fun, laugh until we’re light-headed, but also not hide from the real-world issues that we’re all facing on a daily basis. Plus, the fact that I get to do this show with one of the funniest people I’ve ever met takes the cake!”…..iHeartMedia Boston’s WXKS-FM “Kiss 108” and the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents are launching “Kiss 108’s Chromebooks For Kids” – a fundraising campaign to purchase Chromebooks for local students to use at home and in the classroom. Now through Labor Day weekend, “Kiss 108” is encouraging listeners to make a donation and support students in the community.

Monday, June 1, 2020

| June 1, 2020

Talk Radio Faces Challenges After Weekend of Urban Strife Across America. The staffs at news and talk radio stations that are in touch with their communities were pulling extra duty over the weekend as protests over the death of George Floyd in cities across the country exploded into violent and destructive events. TALKERS magazine is in contact with programmers and air personalities whose stations have been covering the events, in some cases adding round-the-clock live programming to keep listeners informed. The violent protests come as the nation attempts to safely emerge from a months-long lockdown intended to fight the coronavirus pandemic, complicating an already difficult time in America and around the globe. Talk stations face the challenge of broadcasting to listeners who are living in a time that some observers have noted is like the Great Depression, the nationalist/fascist movements that preceded World War II, and the race riots of the 1960s all rolled into one. As this day progresses, TALKERS will present comments and thoughts about how they’re handling their broadcasting duties during this unique time in human history. We asked broadcasters to tell us how their station or talent are approaching this time of intense unrest. WABC, New York PD Dave LaBrozzi tells TALKERS that the outbreak of violence is the kind of situation that illustrates why it is so important for great news/talk stations to maintain live and local air talent with strong ties to the community and the trust of its citizens. He says, “When you have the founder of the Guardian Angels, Curtis Sliwa, on the streets every day and hosting a three hour midday talk show and you have the former mayor, Rudy Giuliani, on the air every day from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm you get insight and information that no other New York station can provide.” LaBrozzi adds that it is important to book guests of that same caliber stating, “Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik and former police detective Bo Dietl share their wisdom and insight along with other high profile experts to keep listeners informed  and safe all day long.” Salem Media Group and Salem Radio Network SVP spoken word format Phil Boyce offered the following to his talent: “As you know, the situation in many of our cities is volatile, thanks primarily due to outside agitators. We all looked at the video of the death of George Floyd and were disturbed. We all know that does not represent how most police officers respond. Here are a few pointers about how we can handle this difficult situation: 1) Be very careful what you say about this. Most of our listeners respect the rule of law and want to support law and order candidates. If you know of a candidate who is sympathizing with the anarchists,  point that out. But be careful how we do it. 2) We can be a calming influence in each of our communities. Let the public know that we hear the pain and hurt they are expressing, but further violence is not the way to express it. Let them know that we all should support the efforts of law enforcement to protect our communities, and also deal with this tragic situation. 3) Think through all of your comments and positions. This is not a time to ‘shoot from the lip.’ Be respectful of the other side, while at the same time being forceful in condemning acts of violence that threaten to tear apart our communities.” At Entercom’s all-news WBBM-AM/WFCS-FM, Chicago, brand manager and news director Ron Gleason says, “Because WBBM is all-news around the clock on a daily basis, our staff is ready at any time for major breaking news. But the magnitude of what’s happening, especially on the coattails of the Covid-19 pandemic, means extraordinary times lead to extraordinary measures.  We’ve not only staffed up on reporters, we’ve also increased the role of traffic which is used to watching the streets on a minute-by-minute basis. When something requires non-stop coverage, that’s what we do.  And while we have reporters live from multiple locations, we stress the importance of safety first.  We have had protesters verbally confront a reporter, and we’ve had police redirect reporters, but I’m happy to say everyone is safe. The toughest part of coverage was getting our anchors and behind-the-scenes producers and editors access to our facility, as the city has shut off the main arteries into the downtown area. Eventually we figured out the work-arounds, and nobody listening would know of any issue – except of course, we’re reporting all the closures.” WPHT, Philadelphia midday host Dom Giordano tells TALKERS, “The way I’m handling the crisis on the air is to be covering it in the field and bringing that sound back to my show, allowing more callers on than usual to be able to vent, and highlighting people who are volunteering to clean up attacked stores, or are banding together to peacefully protect stores from looting.”

TALKERS EXCLUSIVE:  Michael Harrison Talks with SirusXM Satellite Radio ‘Urban View’ Channel Morning Host Joe Madison.  TALKERS founder Michael Harrison engaged in a conversation recorded yesterday afternoon (5/31) with Joe Madison of SiriusXM Satellite Radio, the highest-ranking African American radio talk show host on the publication’s Heavy Hundred list, about the race relations crisis in America. Madison says he suspects President Trump is prepping the country to invoke martial law if the violence continues.  He also thinks the violence is being perpetrated by destructive provocateurs and not the peaceful demonstrators. He believes the violence would be curtailed “if the other three officers involved in the killing of George Floyd were arrested tonight.” To listen to an excerpt of the conversation, please click here The complete interview will be posted tomorrow in the podcast, “The Michael Harrison Interview.”

TALKERS EXCLUSIVE:  WPG, Atlantic City Morning Host Harry Hurley Pulls All-Nighter Dispatching Police, Interviewing Officials, and Taking Calls.  Often referred to as the “Morning Mayor of Atlantic City,” talk show host Harry Hurley proved that he is indeed a community leader by demonstrating exactly to what heights radio can rise in the midst of a community crisis.  Listen to him tell his story to Michael Harrison in a conversation recorded shortly after he completed his program and extended stint this morning (6/1) by clicking here.

Monday Memo: June?  So Soon?  Early March seems forever-ago, yet like yesterday. Life under quarantine has blurred the listener routines we need to be part of. In this week’s column, consultant Holland Cooke offers plain talk about radio’s challenges pre-, during, and post-pandemic. And why you want to play a song from 1967 on Wednesday. Read it here.

Protests Across America, Trump vs Antifa, COVID-19 Statistics & Projections and Presidential Race Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend. The violent protests over the police killing of George Floyd that erupted over the weekend in numerous cities across the country; President Trump’s declaration that the Antifa movement will be classified as a terrorist organization; the tally of COVID-19 cases, death toll, and projections for future cases; and the November presidential election were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Pending Business: Yogi Got It. Sales and marketing consultant Steve Lapa, president of Lapcom Communications, writes in today’s column that radio sellers used to promising retailers that their ad campaign would “pack the place,” need to come up with a new goal. What is that goal? “What’s new, different, and important today is your new page in the game plan. ‘New’ can be your best marketing friend as you re-focus on the marketing messaging.” Read his column here.

Joe Walsh Back in Talk Radio on GAB Network and WCGO, Chicago. According to a press release from GAB Radio Network, Joe Walsh – former Illinois congressman and former WIND-AM talk show host – is geting back in the talk radio biz after leaving to challenge President Trump for the Republican nomination. Walsh famously left his position with Salem Media Group’s WIND-AM and the Salem Radio Network last summer saying he’s “done with talk radio.” Now, Walsh will host a live 11:00 am to 1:00 pm ET show in national syndication via GAB Radio Network. His program will air delayed on WCGO, Chicago from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, local time. Walsh says, “I’m excited to be back on the radio. This country is too divided. We need to get folks out of their corners and listening to each other. That’s what I’ve always done with radio, and I think there’s a hunger for an honest voice out there.” WCGO and GAB Radio Network general manager Chuck Duncan says he feels “Joe’s passion and patriotism come at a critical time in our nation’s history, and it’s important for all perspectives on America’s direction be made available to every city in every state. We are honored to present this important forum to Joe at an essential time and look forward to having Joe’s voice heard throughout Chicago on WCGO as well as making ‘The Joe Walsh Show’ available to every concerned station’s lineup through our GAB Radio Network.”

TALKERS News Notes. WIND-AM, Chicago morning news anchor and co-host Amy Jacobson and employer Salem Media Group are suing Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker for banning Jacobson from his then-daily coronavirus pandemic press briefings after Jacobson spoke at a rally protesting Pritzker’s lockdown order. The governor’s office says Jacobson represents a talk show with a “particular point of view” and as a result she forfeits her status as a “reporter.” Jacobson and Salem argue that the governor’s ban violates Jacobson’s First Amendment rights. Salem and Jacobson are asking the court to take action to immediately allow her back into the briefings…..Former KSL-AM/FM, Salt Lake City talk show host Jay Mcfarland is featured in a piece in the Daily Herald as he runs for a seat in Congress. Mcfarland exited KSL last July and is one of four Republicans in the race for the U.S. Rep. seat in Utah’s 4th Congressional District. Mcfarland says he is positioning himself as someone who can bridge the gulf that separates Republicans and Democrats in Congress…..In another politics-meets-talk-radio story, Minnesota Public Radio reports that former Minneapolis (and nationally syndicated) talk host Jason Lewis secured the Republican nomination to run against U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) in November. Lewis served as a U.S. Rep. for Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District for one term before losing his re-election bid to Democrat Angie Craig in the fall of 2018.…..During times when major news events cause sports talk radio broadcasters to address those issues, they can face criticism from those who tell them to “stick to sports.” Obviously, this is one of those times. Mile High Sports president and CEO Nate Lundy penned an insightful piece that directly confronts that dictate. (Mile High Sports operates KDCO-AM/K248CI in Denver.) In the piece he writes, “I personally do not have any patience for the ‘stick to sports’ crowd. I will never, under any circumstances, tell our team of writers, hosts and staff to do so. Our opinions are not substandard simply because of our job description. And we believe the same about each of you. We may not agree with your opinion about the Rockies, but we support your right to think and share it.”…..Denver is not the only place where sports talk hosts are talking about social and political issues with no apologies. In Buffalo, Jeremy White of the “Howard & Jeremy” show on Entercom’s WGR “550 SportsRadio” told listeners, “I do totally understand someone that says like, ‘I come to you guys to get away from what’s going on.’ But then of course there are going to be times when that is not possible. And today what’s going on in Minneapolis, this is not possible to do, to stay away from all this stuff… There’s just so much that’s built into this. Like, ‘this is a sports station.’ That’s right. We’re also humans on this station. I care about people. I care about a lot of people. What else matters today in the world, right now? The idea that like, ‘Oh it’s just a difference of opinion.’ It’s not anymore. It’s about humanity. It’s not about opinions anymore.”…..A new podcast from Cumulus Media’s Westwood One and spoken media specialty agency Oxford Road is being unveiled called “The Bongino Brief,” hosted by former Secret Service Agent, former NYPD officer and New York Times best-selling author Dan Bongino. WWO says “The Bongino Brief” launches today and is available through smart speakers. Westwood One says it and Oxford Road are partnering to lead the development of personality-driven flash briefing programs in the smart speaker marketplace by offering flash briefings from one of the top podcasters in the world. This marks the next form of short-format streaming media, as personalities and not just news come to the format…..The WRKO, Boston-based “The Financial Exchange with Barry Armstrong, Chuck Zodda and Mike Armstrong” adds a new affiliate station as Townsquare Media’s WBEC-AM, Pittsfield, Massachusetts puts the show in its lineup for the 10:00 am to 12:00 noon slot. The show is heard on 15 stations across New England.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. In honor of Black Music Month, iHeartMedia announces it will celebrate with exclusive audio vignettes from some of today’s top urban artists. The company says the celebration will “honor the incredible achievements of Black musicians and their influential contribution to the world of music.” Beginning today (6/1), iHeartMedia will air special audio messages from artists including H.E.R, Flipp Dinero, and Russ and more as they celebrate the impact and  achievements of Black musicians who have influenced their lives such as Beyonce, Dr. Dre, Jay Z, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Lauryn Hill, Ludacris, Michael Jackson, Notorious B.I.G., Prince, Tupac, and many more. iHeartMedia EVP of urban/hip hop programming strategy Doc Wynter says, “With community and personal connection being more important now than ever before, we’re honored to be able to celebrate the significant impact that Black music has had on all of us. We’re thrilled to be able to bring our listeners’ favorite artists together to support one another with inspiring messages from artists like H.E.R. who will pay tribute to the legendary Lauryn Hill, and Russ who will celebrate the important contributions that his fellow Atlanta native, Ludacris has made on Black Music.”…..Radio One launches its “We Are One: Feeding the Community Campaign.” It says it is partnering with the music community to feed hundreds of families as many are feeling the significant financial strain as a result of these tough economic times. Radio One’s 53 stations will come together across its 15 markets to feed families in their localities by giving away meals provided by local minority-owned restaurants.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

| September 4, 2019

Michael Brown Returns to KHOW, Denver in Middays. Former Under Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Brown is back on the radio in Denver on iHeartMedia’s news/talk KHOW hosting the 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm show.  Brown got his start in talk radio on KHOW 13 years ago and had recently moved to the company’s sister news/talk KOA for evenings. Last spring, the cluster began retooling its talk and sports programming and bumped Brown’s show off KOA for a sports program.  Brown tells TALKERS magazine that iHeartMedia Denver president Tim Hager “has made some bold moves of late, creating ‘Freedom 93.7’ to host Premiere Networks’ syndicated programming and creating a significant sports and news presence on KOA.”  Brown says he’s excited to be back on the air after his brief hiatus.  “I’ve always loved radio and I’m grateful to iHeartMedia for their confidence in me to return me to my roots in talk radio.”  He continues to produce his personal podcast, “Michael Brown Unplugged,” that can be found on the iHeartRadio App and iTunes.

‘101 ESPN’ St. Louis Drops Kevin Wheeler from Program Schedule. There’s no official word from Hubbard Radio, but St. Louis sports talk personality Kevin Wheeler announced via social media that WXOS-FM let him go. He posted on Facebook: “Last Thursday was my last day at 101 ESPN in STL. It was not my choice and there really wasn’t much of an explanation given, which isn’t unusual in our stupid business, but I have a pretty good idea of what it was.  Ratings were good, advertisers were happy and I’m probably as low-maintenance as a radio guy can be so… yeah.”  There’s speculation that Hubbard will not bring in another host but will expand other shows to cover the three hours.

Envision Networks and GAB Radio Unveil Daily Smart Talk Radio Network Lineup. The Smart Talk Radio Network – a cooperative effort from Envision Networks and the GAB Radio Network – unveils its weekday program lineup.  This comes several weeks after the new network’s weekend programming was announced.  As a result, the Smart Talk Radio Network offers seven days of original programming covering business, finances, sports, home improvement, food, pets, and autos. Weekday shows include: “Small Business Advocate,” “Straight Talk Money,” “Wanna Bet?!,” “The Hard Question with Blanquita Cullum,” “Jared Dillian Financial Show,” “The Sports Circus,” “The Wolfman Jack Radio Show,” and “Today’s Comedy.”  GAB CEO Chuck Duncan states, “The idea of Smart Talk Radio Network was born from the notion of good, healthy, intelligent conversation and information sharing.  Smart Talk Radio Network presents a forum for discussion, info and entertainment covering myriad life topics to create a very complete arena of fun, healthy, interesting and entertaining radio.”

Pat McAfee Inks Podcast and Radio Deal with Westwood One.  Former Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee and Cumulus Media’s Westwood One sign a deal that brings the “The Pat McAfee Show 2.0” podcast to the Westwood One Podcast Network, starting September 9.  McAfee (pictured here at center with his crew) is also beginning a new, daily radio show via Westwood One that will air live from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon ET.  That program will be video simulcast on sports streaming platform DAZN.  McAfee’s popular podcast has garnered him more than 2 million social media followers and helped him sell out his recent stand-up comedy tour.  McAfee says, “Some of my earliest and fondest memories are with my dad in the car listening to WDVE in the morning in Pittsburgh.  I believe that’s when my affinity for talk radio truly began…When I was drafted to the Indianapolis Colts, I knew I had arrived in Peyton Manning’s city but also the city of a staple of morning talk radio, ‘The Bob and Tom Show.’  They invited me to come on one morning, let me do my thing, and it was love at first opportunity.  I knew that no matter where my life would go, talk radio was going to be a passion for me.  It’s a special intimate bond between the host(s) and listener that is impossible to duplicate in other avenues of entertainment.  I am so incredibly grateful to Westwood One for affording me the opportunity to experience a lifelong dream.”

TALKERS News Notes. Detroit sports talk station WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” is launching its own special edition beer in partnership with Ellison Brewing and Spirits.  The Entercom station says “97.1 The Ticket American Lager” and “97.1 The Ticket DDH Hazy Pale Ale” beers will be available on tap and in limited edition cans throughout Michigan, beginning September 9.  Entercom Detroit SVP and market manager Debbie Kenyon says, “‘97.1 The Ticket’ is thrilled to launch its very own lager and pale ale.  It’s been a fun venture working with Ellison, a veteran owned and operated business from East Lansing.  Like ‘97.1 The Ticket,’ Ellison is committed to excellence both in its quality and community relationships.  We think our listeners, over 21 years of age, will enjoy these new creations.”…..SiriusXM Radio and FOX News Media announce they’ve signed a new, long-term agreement for the satellite broadcasters to continue to carry FOX News Channel, FOX Business Network, and FOX News Headlines 24/7.  As part of the new deal, FOX News On-Demand Audio will be distributed via SiriusXM’s On-Demand platform and on Pandora as podcasts.  FOX News president and executive editor Jay Wallace says, “SiriusXM has been a valuable partner to FOX News Media and we are excited to extend our relationship beyond streaming, providing on-demand access of our powerful primetime lineup to millions of listeners across the country.”…..A new podcast from FOX Sports Radio overnight personality Ben Maller is launching on the iHeartPodcast Network titled, “The Fifth Hour with Ben Maller.”  The weekly program debuts this Friday (9/6) and will focus heavily on football and betting topics.  The popular “Benny vs. Penny” football betting feature from the weeknight program will now be exclusive to the podcast.  Maller says, “Hosting a radio show four hours a night, Monday through Friday, still isn’t enough time to cover all the sports topics that listeners want to hear, so I’m excited to add this ‘fifth hour’ that we’ve been promising for years – and this time, it’s not a joke!  I’m looking forward to diving deeper into the stories that our audience wants to hear.  It’s going to be a lot of fun.”…..Today (9/4) marks the debut of the all-new “The Adam Schein Podcast,” a new, weekly podcast hosted by SiriusXM personality Adam Schein.  Throughout the NFL season, Schein will have conversations – with football as the theme – with various celebrities and athletes.  On the debut episode Schein talks with former New York Mets captain David Wright about fantasy football.  The program is available on SiriusXM On Demand and on Pandora…..Radio and TV personality Andy Cohen is bringing SiriusXM’s Radio Andy Theater to Los Angeles to perform live with a celebrity cast that will include: Kristen Johnston, Vanessa Bayer, Molly Shannon, Amy Phillips, Bridget Everett, Emily Spivey, and more.  They will re-create an iconic episode of the ‘Real Housewives’ as a radio play.  This special, live edition of SiriusXM’s Radio Andy Theater narrated by Andy Cohen, in front of an audience of SiriusXM subscribers, will feature a live reading from this season’s “Real Housewives of New York” (episode “Life Is Not a Cabaret”).

Hurricane Dorian, 2020 Presidential Race, U.S.-China Trade War, Brexit Chaos, Walmart’s New Guns Policy, and California Boat Fire Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (9/3). The status of Hurricane Dorian and the devastation it caused in the Bahamas; the Democrats hoping to challenge President Trump in 2020; the battle of tariffs between the U.S. and China; the political chaos in Great Britain over Boris Johnson’s Brexit strategy; Walmart’s decision to stop selling handgun ammo; and the California dive boat fire that killed 34 people were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Urban programming pro Jay Hicks joins Entercom to serve as program director for hip hop WPGC, Washington, effective September 16. He was most recently with Townsquare Media as brand manager for urban contemporary WBLK and adult hits WBUF.  Entercom Washington SVP and market manager Phil Zachary comments, “From the beginning, we were seeking a creative visionary with an appreciation for WPGC’s rich history in the D.C. market.  Jay pays respect to the station’s past while clearly comprehending the present competitive landscape in one of America’s most spirited urban radio battles.  He’s ideally suited to lead our veteran air staff.”…..In Philadelphia, radio pro Charlie Maxx is the new evening personality at Beasley Media Group’s country WXTU.  Maxx, who has worked at numerous Philadelphia outlets during her career in addition to serving with stations in Washington, Baltimore, and Wilmington, Delaware, most recently was on the prep+ affiliate relations team at ReelWorld and handled weekend shows on WXTU.   Beasley national country brand manager David Corey states, “Charlie really impressed me from the moment I met her last year.  I am so happy that the on-air lineup is now complete on XTU.  What a great way to round it out!”…..Beasley Boston country station WKLB “Country 102.5 FM” adds Jonathan Wier (left) to the morning drive show alongside Ayla Brown (right) and moves Jackson Blue from AM drive to the afternoon drive daypart.  Wier was most recently the evening personality at Entercom’s news/talk KMBZ-FM, Kansas City.  Beasley Boston VP of programming Cadillac Jack comments, “Jonathan is the perfect addition to our team of world class talent.  We’re excited to welcome him to Beasley Boston and look forward to many successful years together!”…..Programming pro Mike Kennedy joins Entercom’s Kansas City cluster as program director and operations manager for country WDAF “106.5 The Wolf” and hot AC KZPT “99.7 The Point.”   Entercom Kansas City regional president and market manager Dave Alpert says, “It’s fantastic to welcome a seasoned, celebrated and successful programmer like Mike Kennedy to the Entercom Kansas City team.  Mike is a natural winner and we are looking forward to him leading ‘The Wolf’ and ‘The Point’ to new levels of success.”…..iHeartMedia’s  Milwaukee hip hop outlet WKKV “V100.7” announces that Bailey Coleman extends her broadcast agreement as midday host through 2022.  She will also serve as urban program director for the company’s Western Great Lakes Region.  iHeartMedia Milwaukee SVP of programming Kerry Wolfe states, “We are extremely fortunate and over-the-moon excited to have the talented Bailey Coleman as part of the iHeartMedia team in Milwaukee.  She is one of the most respected leaders in urban and hip hop radio and I look forward to working alongside Bailey for many years to come.”

August 2019 PPM Data – Information for the August 2019 ratings period has been released for New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Long Island (Nassau-Suffolk). Nielsen Audio’s August 2019 survey period covered July 18 – August 14. See all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here. Meanwhile, managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from these nine PPM markets.

New York City

Spoken-Word Formats – Down or flat five straight survey periods for a collective loss of three-tenths (1.8 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.5, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” gains one-half share in July/August (1.5 – 1.6 – 2.0, #20 to #18). Unchanged at #22, Townsquare Media’s similarly-formatted WKXW has a very consistent March 2019 through August 2019 topline of: 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.2 (6+). May’s one-tenth increase halted five straight down or flat sweeps that resulted in an overall loss of four-tenths. “New Jersey 101.5” is now tied with news/talk WABC, which is up three-tenths in July/August (.9 – 1.0 – 1.2, #23 to #22, 6+), following four successive decreases accounting for a loss of six-tenths (1.5 – 1.3 -1.2 – 1.0 – .9, 6+).

Despite adding two-tenths (3.6 – 3.8, 6+), Entercom sports talk WFAN (Yankees, Giants) backslides from eighth to ninth. Repeating July’s 1.6 (6+), WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” (Jets) drops out of the top twenty (#20 to #21). This (1.6) is its weakest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2018’s 1.4.

Even though WINS has lost seven-tenths in three consecutive negative or neutral trends (3.9 – 3.5 – 3.2 – 3.2, 6+), the Entercom all-news outlet advances from #13 to #11. Co-owned/similarly-formatted WCBS-AM (Mets), which faltered by a collective full-share via four straight declines (3.4 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.4, 6+), ends the slide with a one-tenth pickup to 2.5 (#15 to #14, 6+).

Off a collective eight-tenths in three successive reports without an increase (2.9 – 2.4 – 2.1 – 2.1, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation news/talk WNYC-FM gains two-tenths to 2.3 (#18 to #16, 6+). The February 2019 through August 2019 topline for co-owned news/talk WNYC-AM is .4 – .3 – .4 – .3 – .2 – .3 – .3 (#35 to #34, 6+).

New York City Music Formats – After posting a 6.8 (6+) three months in succession, iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “106.7 Lite FM” busts out a +.9 to 7.7 (6+) and is #1 the 26th consecutive ratings period. August’s 7.7 (6+) matches what was recorded in March when “Lite FM” logged a one-half share increase; WLTW  surrendered seven-tenths in April. A combined -5.3 in January/February (12.5 – 7.6 – 7.2, 6+), “Lite FM” was +5.8 in December/“Holiday” 2018 (6.7 – 9.1 – 12.5, 6+). The one-half share (6+) advantage it held over Emmis urban AC WBLS in July widens to 1.9 (6+) as WBLS sputters from 6.3 – 5.8 (-.5, flat at #2, 6+) and is below a six-share (5.8, 6+) for the first time since “Holiday” 2018’s 5.6. An uptick of seven-tenths (3.6 – 4.3, 6+) enables iHeartMedia urban contemporary WWPR “Power 105.1” to jump from eighth to sixth with its strongest 6+-stat in nearly two years (4.3, as well, September 2017). In five straight sweeps without an increase, Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97” has lost seven-tenths (3.8 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 3.1, flat at #12, 6+). It is tied with Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish contemporary WPAT-FM “Amor 93.1,” which had notched four successive up or neutral moves for an overall gain of six-tenths (2.9 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.4 – 3.5, 6+), but drops four-tenths to 3.1 (#11 to #12, 6+). Between February 2019 – July 2019, Spanish tropical sibling WSKQ  recorded a 5.0 (6+) three times and a 5.3 (6+) the other three times (5.3 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 5.0, 6+) but “La Mega 97.9” is off two-tenths in August to 4.8 (unchanged at #5, 6+). While Entercom hot AC WNEW-FM is up a combined six-tenths in three consecutive positive or neutral sweeps (3.0 – 3.3 – 3.6 – 3.6, 6+), “NEW 102.7” backslides from eighth to tenth. It is the end of an era in New York City ratings books as the WPLJ calls disappear from print. In back-to-back (June 2019 and July 2019) losses totaling a massive -2.7, WPLJ virtually wiped away its May AQH-stat (3.1 – 1.5 – .4, 6+), plummeting from the top twenty (#20 to #31). In August, WPLJ is unlisted. Coinciding with its sale from Cumulus Media to Educational Media Foundation, WPLJ flipped from hot AC to contemporary Christian “K-Love Classics.” The legendary contemporary music outlet went out on a very positive note leading up to the format flip though, as it posted five straight New York City gains for a cumulative +1.1 (2.0 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 3.1, “Holiday” 2018 through May 2019, 6+).

Los Angeles

Spoken-Word Formats – A combined +.8 in May/June (3.7 – 3.9 – 4.5, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KFI “AM 640” falters by six-tenths in July/August (4.5 – 4.3 – 3.9, 6+), slipping from fifth to sixth. In July/August, Salem Media Group news/talk KRLA has nearly doubled June’s .6 (.8 – 1.1, 6+) and “AM 870 The Answer” jumps from #34 to #29. It is one-tenth ahead of iHeartMedia-owned KEIB, which repeats July’s 6+ share (1.0) and market rank (#32). “AM 1150 The Patriot” was off an overall one-tenth in three straight down or flat sweeps (9 – .8 – .8 – .8, 6+) before adding two-tenths in May to 1.0 (6+). Having lost half (-.3) its 6+ AQH-share in three straight setbacks (.6 – .5 – .4 – .3, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KABC “790 News-Talk-Evolved” pulls the plug with a one-tenth gain to .4 (#42 to #40, 6+).

In June and July, iHeartMedia sports talk KLAC “AM 570 LA Sports” (Dodgers, Chargers) and Disney-owned KSPN “710 ESPN” (Angels, Rams) were deadlocked at #27 (1.4, 6+). The tie is broken in August though as KLAC – which is trending 1.3 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.3 (6+) – falls to #28 and KSPN erodes by six-tenths to .8 (6+), spiraling to #36.

Up one-tenth in July, Entercom all-news KNX “1070 News Radio” forfeits two-tenths (2.8 – 2.6, #13 to #14, 6+). Prior to July’s +.1, KNX had five straight negative or neutral monthlies accounting for a full-share loss in that January 2019 – June 2019 timeframe (3.7 – 3.6 – 3.1 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.7, 6+).

In back-to-back sweeps, Pasadena City College news/talk KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” adds one-tenth (1.8 – 1.9 – 2.0, #23 to #21, 6+).

Los Angeles Music Formats – Elevating from fourth to second, iHeartMedia hot AC KBIG “104.3 My-FM” records its fourth straight up or flat trend for an overall +1.2 (4.1 – 4.5 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 5.3, 6+) and has its best 6+-showing (5.3) in nearly a year (5.5, September 2018). One-half share ahead of KBIG is its adult contemporary sibling KOST “Coast 103.5” (5.9 – 5.8, -.1, 6+), which is #1 the 11th straight time. After its “Holiday” 2018 13.0 (6+), “Coast” has followed with 6.2 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 6.3 – 6.6 – 5.8 – 5.9 – 5.8 (6+). Prior to January when it surrendered a -6.8 to 6.2 (6+), KOST was an overall +8.4 through five improvements in a row (4.6 – 4.7 – 4.9 – 5.1 – 9.0 – 13.0, 6+). In four consecutive sweeps without an increase (2.4 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.2, 6+), co-owned KYSR lost two-tenths. In August, however, “Alt 98.7 – LA’s New Alternative” answers with a positive spike of one-half share to 2.7 (6+) and vaults from #19 to #12. “Alt 98.7” has a three-tenths lead over format rival, Entercom-owned KROQ (2.0 – 2.4, +.4, 6+), which returns to the top twenty (#21 to #18). KROQ’s June gain of one-tenth ended four consecutive negative or neutral sweeps that resulted in a collective half-share deficit (2.4 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.3 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+). Anchored at #8, Cumulus Media-to-Meruelo Media Holdings KLOS “95.5 Southern California’s Classic Rock” posts its eighth straight up or flat trend for a net gain of nine-tenths (2.4 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3, 6+). Both of the market’s principal CHRs are unchanged from July. In the case of iHeartMedia’s KIIS, it repeats its (6+) rank (#7); “102.7 Kiss FM” has lost eight-tenths in six consecutive negative or neutral sweeps (4.4 – 4.3 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.6, 6+). Prior to June, the last time “Kiss” was under a four-share (6+) was in “Holiday” 2018 (3.5). Meanwhile, Entercom-owned/similarly-formatted KAMP “97.1 Amp Radio” is within 2.0 – 2.9 territory the 27th time in a row (flat at 2.3, #17 to #19, 6+).

Chicago

Spoken-Word Formats – Stuck on 2.9 (6+) in April and May and then on 3.0 (6+) in June and July, Tribune Media news/talk WGN (White Sox) drops to 2.8 (#13 to #16, 6+). After doubling (+1.1) its 6+ AQH share in seven consecutive reports without a loss (1.1 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 2.1 – 2.2, 6+), Cumulus Media news/talk WLS-AM surrenders one-tenth to 2.1 (6+) but continues at #20.

Off a combined four-tenths in June/July (4.2 – 3.9 – 3.8, 6+), Entercom sports talk WSCR “670 The Score” (Cubs) wipes away 75% of the deficit with a +.3 to 4.1 (seventh to sixth, 6+). Trending 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.5 – 1.4 (May – June – July – August, 6+), Disney/ESPN-owned WMVP “ESPN Chicago 1000” slips from #24 to #25.

Unchanged at #4, Entercom news outlet WBBM-AM (Bears) is an overall -1.4 via seven successive down or neutral moves (6.2 – 6.1 – 5.8 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.8, 6+). WBBM-AM finished on top in January, February, and March.

In three consecutive sweeps without an increase (3.4 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.5, 6+), Chicago Public Media news/talk WBEZ was off a collective nine-tenths, but is now +.3 in July/August (2.5 – 2.7 – 2.8, #19 to #16, 6+).

Chicago Music Formats – The top of the leader board game of musical chairs between Hubbard Broadcasting siblings continues. In July, the combination of a three-tenths uptick by classic rock WDRV “97.1 The Drive” and an equal margin decrease by WTMX “101.9 The Mix” resulted in the cluster-mates swapping places. Now, “The Mix” balloons by one-half share (5.2 – 5.7, second to first, 6+), while “The Drive” holds steady at 5.4 (6+), backsliding from first to second. “The Mix,” which was #1 in April, May, and June before giving way to “The Drive” in July, has a January 2019 through August 2019 topline of 5.4 – 5.5 – 5.4 – 5.9 – 5.6 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 5.7 (6+); April’s 5.9 was its highest 6+-stat since November 2017’s 6.3. In addition to WTMX, iHeartMedia CHR WKSC “103.5 Kiss FM – Chicago’s #1 Hit Music Station” is up one-half share as well (3.8, ninth to seventh, 6+). The increase ends a mini-June/July slide that accounted for a loss of three-tenths (3.6 – 3.5 – 3.3, 6+). Not only is Cumulus Media’s WKQX a collective +.8 in five successive sweeps without a loss (2.6 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.4, 6+), “The New Home For Alternative” cracks the top ten (#13 to #10). Up a combined half-share in June/July (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.5, 6+), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WCKL forfeits the entire increase (1.0, -.5, #27, 6+). July’s 1.5 was the best 6+-stat for Chicago’s version of “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” since February (1.5, as well). It’s mostly good news for Chicago’s three leading adult contemporary properties. On the positive side, iHeartMedia’s WLIT “93.9 Lite FM” is without a loss the fifth time in a row for a collective gain of six-tenths (3.9 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 4.2 – 4.3 – 4.5, steady at #5, 6+) and Hubbard Broadcasting’s WSHE “100.3 SHE” zooms from #16 to #11 (2.8 – 3.1, +.3, 6+). “Lite FM” was a combined +10.1 in December/“Holiday” 2018 (3.2 – 8.4 – 13.3, 6+). Before faltering by one-half share in May, WSHE notched an overall increase of eight-tenths via four consecutive positive or flat moves (2.5 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.3, 6+). On the flipside, Venture Technologies Group-owned WRME-LP “FM 87.7 – Me TV,” which logged three upticks in succession for a collective increase of six-tenths (2.5 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.1, 6+), returns two-tenths to 2.9 (#11 to #14, 6+). June’s 3.0 marked the first time WRME-LP reached the three-share level (6+) since November 2018’s 3.3. The market’s two main country outlets are separated by one full-share as Entercom-owned WUSN “US-99 Chicago’s Hottest Country” is down two-tenths (2.8 – 2.6, #16 to #18, 6+), while iHeartMedia-owned WEBG “Big 95.5 Chicago’s New Country” notches a 1.6 (6+) the third time in a row (unchanged at #23, 6+). Before dropping two-tenths in June, WEBG had been up or flat the previous seven sweeps for an overall gain of four-tenths (1.4 – 1.4 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.7 – 1.8, 6+).

San Francisco

Spoken-Word Formats. As part of four successive sweeps without an increase that accounted for a loss of six-tenths (2.3 – 2.3 – 2.1 – 2.0 – 1.7, 6+), Cumulus Media news/talk KSFO fell below a two-share (1.7, 6+) for the first time since July 2017’s 1.8. KSFO rebounds in August though with a +.3 to 2.0 (#24 to #21, 6+). After dropping one-tenth in back-to-back sweeps (1.7 – 1.6 -1.5, 6+), cluster-mate KGO gains one-tenth in August to 1.6 (#25 to #24, 6+). At the same time, iHeartMedia-owned KKSF-AM “Real Talk 910 – Think Forward” repeats July’s 6+ AQH share (.2) and market rank (#35).

San Francisco’s top three (6+) August 2019 finishers are spoken-word stations, including Cumulus Media sports talk KNBR (Giants, 49ers), which is +1.1 in three straight up or flat sweeps (3.3 – 3.3 – 4.1 – 4.4, steady at #3, 6+). “The Sports Leader” was up one full-share in April. Entercom’s similarly-formatted KGMZ “95.7 The Game,” however, sputters by -1.8 via three consecutive declines (3.3 – 3.0 – 1.9 – 1.5, 6+) and spirals from #21 to #26. KGMZ nearly doubled (+1.5) its 6+-stat in three straight sweeps without a loss, (1.8 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 3.3, 6+).

Off a combined half-share in June/July (6.6 – 6.2 – 6.1, 6+), KCBS-AM (Raiders) improves by four-tenths to 6.5 (6+) and continues at #2; the Entercom all-news station was #1 in May.

In three bumps in a row (6.3 – 6.6 – 6.9 – 7.1, 6+), Northern California Public Broadcasting news/talk KQED gains an overall eight-tenths and is #1 the third time in a row with its best 6+-stat (7.1) since 7.3 in March. KQED had been on top four sweeps in a row, but faltered by one-half share in back-to-back sweeps (7.3 – 6.8 – 6.3, 6+), segueing to #2 in May. Flat at #28, San Francisco Unified School District’s KALW “91.7 Local Public Radio” is trending -1.0 – .9 – .8 – 1.0 – .9 (April – May – June – July – August, 6+).

San Francisco Music Formats – As a result of four successive down or flat trends, iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR KYLD lost eight-tenths (4.1 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.3, 6+), but “Wild 94.9 – The Bay’s #1 Hit Music Station” answers with an August gain of seven-tenths to 4.0 (ninth to fifth, 6+). A combined -1.3 in June/July (4.0 – 3.3 – 2.7, 6+), Cumulus Media classic rocker KSAN “107.7 The Bone” is up four-tenths to 3.1 (6+) and reenters the top ten (#12 to #10). Before dropping two-tenths in April, “The Bone” was +1.1 in three successive improvements (2.6 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 3.7, 6+). Faltering by one-half share each are Bonneville CHR KMVQ “99.7 Now – The Bay’s #1 For All The Hits” (3.5 – 3.0, 6+) and Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KBRG “Amor 100.3” (3.1 – 2.6, #11 to #12, 6+). In addition to departing the top ten (#8 to #11), “Now” has its lowest 6+-showing since January (3.0, as well). Although slipping from seventh to eighth, iHeartMedia urban contemporary KMEL “#1 For Hip-Hop and R&B” is within 3.0 – 3.9 range the 14th time in a row (3.7 – 3.6 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.0 – 3.5 – 3.0 – 3.3 – 3.2 – 3.7 – 3.0 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 3.4, 6+). April 2019’s 3.7 represents its best 6+-stat since October 2018’s 3.9. Following five straight up or flat trends that netted seven-tenths (1.3 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.9 – 2.0, 6+), Bonneville’s KUFX “98.5 K-Fox The South Bay’s Classic Rock” has lost two-tenths in three consecutive down or flat trends (2.0 – 1.9 – 1.8 – 1.8, unchanged at #22, 6+).

Dallas

Spoken-Word Formats – Bouncing back from July’s -.6 with an improvement of four-tenths to 3.9 (6+), Cumulus Media’s WBAP leaps from tenth to sixth. Entering the July sweep, “News Talk 820” had been without a loss six successive survey periods for a +1.8 (2.3 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.1, 6+). Three straight sweeps without a loss by Cumulus Media’s KLIF-AM result in a gain of two-tenths (.3 – .3 – .4 – .5, 6+) as “570 News & Information” continues at #36. It pulls ahead of Salem Media Group-owned KSKY “660 AM The Answer,” which drops two-tenths (.6 – .4, #34 to #37, 6+).

Unchanged at #20, Entercom’s KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” (Rangers, Cowboys) slips two-tenths (2.3 – 2.1, 6+), after a June/July +.8 (1.5 – 1.8 – 2.3, 6+). Locked on 2.7 (6+) in March, April, and May, Cumulus Media’s KTCK “The Ticket – All Sports All The Time” is stuck on 1.7 (6+) in June, July, and August (#24 to #25). This is the fourth time in a row that Disney/ESPN’s KESN “103.3 ESPN Dallas” has a month-to-month fluctuation of one-tenth (.8 – .9, 6+); (.9 – .8, 6+); (.8 – .7, 6+); and (.7 – .8, #32 to #31, 6+).        

Having lost a total of seven-tenths via three straight declines (2.5 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 1.8, 6+), Entercom news-talk hybrid KRLD-AM “News Radio 1080” is up one-tenth to 1.9 (6+) and repeats at #23.

Four straight negative or neutral moves by KERA resulted in a collective -1.0 (3.9 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 3.3 – 2.9, 6+), but the North Texas Public Broadcasting news/talk outlet ends the slide with a +.3 to 3.2 (#14 to #11, 6+).

Dallas Music Formats – The nine-tenths that iHeartMedia CHR KHKS “106.1 Kiss – Dallas/Fort Worth’s Hit Music” squandered as a result of three straight negative or neutral moves (6.7 – 6.3 – 5.8 – 5.8, 6+) is wiped away with an August increase of that magnitude (5.8 – 6.7, +.9, 6+). “Kiss” is #1 the eighth month in a row. Its May dip of four-tenths brought to a close four successive up or flat sweeps that netted eight-tenths (5.9 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 6.7, 6+). April’s 6.7 was KHKS’ best 6+-stat since May 2018’s 6.9. On top 12 straight times, “Kiss” shifted to #3 in “Holiday” 2018. Down two-tenths in July (1.6 – 1.4, 6+), Liberman Broadcasting regional Mexican KNOR “La Raza 93.7” responds with a half-share increase to 1.9 (#23, 6+). Three consecutive gains by Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KYDA resulted in an overall +1.2 (1.9 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 3.1, 6+), but “Air 1 – Worship Now” surrenders more than half that increase (2.4, -.7, #13 to #18, 6+). The wild ride continues for WAY Media’s similarly-formatted KAWA “WAY-FM Uplifting-Upbeat-Real,” which was -1.2 in March; a combined +1.2 in April/May (1.1 – 1.6 – 2.3, 6+); -1.4 in June; +.2 in July; and now -.5 in August (1.1 – .6, #30 to #32, 6+). The station KYDA and KAWA are chasing – Salem Media Group contemporary Christian KLTY “94.9 Your Life … Inspired” – follows July’s +1.1 with an August increase of four-tenths to 5.5 (6+) and continues in the runner-up slot. KLTY was stymied on 4.2 (6+) in April and May before slipping to 4.0 (6+) in June. Off one full-share in July/August (3.7 – 3.3 – 2.7, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KDGE slips from #11 to #15. “Star 102.1” is below a three-share (2.7, 6+) for the first time since June 2018’s 2.9.

Houston

Spoken-Word Formats – Without an increase the fourth time in succession for a net loss of one-half share (3.8 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.3, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KTRH repeats at #15. “News Radio 740” was -.7 in December 2018 (4.3 – 3.6, 6+); -.7 in “Holiday” 2018 (3.6 – 2.9, 6+); and +.7 in January 2019 (2.9 – 3.6, 6+). In five straight sweeps without an increase, co-owned KPRC “AM 950 – Houston’s More Stimulating Talk Radio” has lost half (-.2) of its 6+ AQH-share (.4 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .2, #28 to #31, 6+).

When sports talk sibling KBME (Astros) lost one-tenth in July, it curtailed four straight positive or neutral trends in which “Sports Talk 790” more than doubled (+.7) its 6+-stat (.5 – .6 – 1.0 – 1.2 – 1.2, 6+). KBME is up three-tenths to 1.4 (6+) and sticks at #22. “Sports Talk 790” has a four-tenths advantage over Entercom’s KILT-AM “Sports Radio 610” (Texans), which has an April 2019 through August 2019 topline of: 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 (#24, 6+). Down two-tenths (.7 – .5, 6+), Gow Communications’ sports talk KFNC “ESPN 97.5” dips from #25 to #26.

Surrendering one-tenth in back-to-back survey periods (2.5 – 2.4 – 2.3, 6+), University of Houston news/talk KUHF carries on at #19.

Houston Music Formats – For the fifth time in the last six reports, Entercom adult hits KKHH “95.7 The Spot” posts a 6+ AQH share between 5.0 – 5.7 (5.1 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 5.4 – 5.0 – 5.7, 6+), progressing from fifth to third. Airing a variety of musical genres including jazz and blues, Texas Southern University’s KTSU “90.9 Your Community Station” posted a .8 (6+) in May; .5 (6+) in June; disappeared from print in July; and resurfaces in August with a .6 (#25, 6+). Over and above reaching the six-share level (6+) for the first time since February’s 6.1, Radio One urban AC KMJQ “Majic 102.1 The People’s Station” escalates from second to first. Supplanted from the top spot after 16 sweeps in a row there is iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA “Sunny 99.1.” Not only does “Sunny” slip from first to second, it has lost roughly 51% (-6.2) of its 6+ AQH share in eight straight declines (12.1 – 8.6 – 8.5 – 8.2 – 7.5 – 7.3 – 7.1 – 6.6 – 5.9, 6+). Immediately in advance of this spiral, “Sunny” was a cumulative +4.9 via three consecutive gains (7.2 – 7.5 – 9.7 – 12.1, 6+). It had been more than two years since KODA slipped below a six-share (June 2017, 5.8, 6+). Faltering by seven-tenths as well in August 2019 is urban contemporary cluster-mate KQBT “93.7 The Beat,” which is off an overall eight-tenths in four straight reports without an increase (4.4 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 3.6, #12 to #14, 6+). In five successive down or flat reports, Liberman Broadcasting’s KQQK lost eight-tenths (3.4 – 3.3 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.7 – 2.6, 6+) but “El Norte 107.9” stops the slide with a gain of two-tenths to 2.8 (6+) and stays at #18. Owing to five consecutive negative or neutral trends, Cumulus Media CHR KRBE “104.1 – Houston’s #1 Hit Music Station” has lost an overall eight-tenths (5.3 – 5.2 – 5.1 – 5.1 – 5.1 – 4.5, 6+) and drifts from fourth to eighth. The market’s two main country FMs are separated by two-tenths of a share (6+) and finish at eighth and tenth. Specifically, Cox Media Group’s KKBQ “The New Country 93-Q” is trending 4.8 – 47- 4.5 (6+) and stays at #8, while Entercom’s similarly-formatted KILT-FM “100.3 The Bull,” which added two-tenths in July, relinquishes three-tenths in August (4.6 – 4.3, flat at #10, 6+). Before losing two-tenths in March, “The Bull” had been +1.7 via three bumps in a row (3.5 – 3.8 – 4.5 – 5.2, 6+).

Atlanta

Spoken-Word Formats – July/August’s +1.3 (6.3 – 6.6 – 7.6, 6+) amassed by WSB-AM more than offsets its -.8 in three straight sweeps without an increase (7.1 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 6.3, 6+). Moreover, the Cox Media Group news/talk station progresses from second to first. Following three straight months at #1, WSB-AM slipped to the runner-up slot in April. Down or flat the past three reports for a 50% loss (-.2) of its 6+ AQH share (.4 – .3 – .2 – .2, 6+), Entercom’s WAOK “1380 The Voice of the Community” picks up one-tenth to .3 (6+) but backslides from #28 to #29. It is tied with Salem Media Group-owned WGKA “AM 920 The Answer” (.1 – .3, .2, #32 to #29, 6+). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia-owned WGST “Talk Radio 640” has lost three-tenths via twelve straight down or flat trends (.4 – .3 – .3 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1, #32 to #33, 6+).

An overall -1.2 in five straight negative or neutral sweeps (4.0 – 3.7 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.8, 6+), Entercom sports talk WZGC “92.9 The Game” (Falcons) cuts the shortfall in half with a gain of six-tenths to 3.4 (#14 to #11, 6+). In six consecutive monthlies without a loss, Dickey Broadcasting’s WCNN (Braves) is up a cumulative nine-tenths (1.6 – 1.7 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.5, 6+), as “Sports Radio The Fan” carries on at #17.

Even though City of Atlanta Board of Education news/talk WABE returns July’s gain of one-tenth (3.4 – 3.5 – 3.4, 6+), it inches up from #12 to #11. Georgia State University news/talk WRAS repeats July’s (6+) AQH share (.6) and market rank (#25).

Atlanta Music Formats – Not only is Cox Media Group adult contemporary WSB-FM a cumulative +1.3 in three straight upticks (4.7 – 5.2 – 5.4 – 6.0, seventh to sixth, 6+), “B-98.5” reaches the six-share level (6.0, 6+) for the first time in more than four years (May 2015, 6.1, 6+). Up six-tenths as well in August 2019 is Clark Atlanta University-owned WCLK “91.9 Atlanta’s Jazz Station – Classic, Cool, Contemporary” (1.4 – 2.0, 6+), which reaches the top twenty (#19). Both of Atlanta’s country FMs post gains of four-tenths: iHeartMedia’s WUBL “94.9 The Bull” (4.5, #8 the third month in a row, 6+) and Cumulus Media’s WKHX “Kicks 101.5 – Atlanta’s #1 For Country Hits” (2.9, #16 to #14, 6+). The April 2019 through July 2019 topline for “The Bull” was 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 4.1 (6+). When “The Bull” dropped one-tenth in June, it interrupted three straight increases that produced a +.8 (3.3 – 3.5 – 4.0 – 4.1, 6+). The increase by “Kicks’ suspends three straight dips that accounted for a net loss of six-tenths (3.1 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5, 6+). Off three-tenths in March, “Kicks” later faltered by four-tenths in May. On top the past four months, Salem Media Group contemporary Christian WFSH “104.7 The Fish” craters by -3.8 (8.5 – 4.7, 6+) and fades to seventh. The -3.8 is the largest (6+) July 2019 – August 2019 decrease by any station in the nine PPM-markets highlighted here. When “The Fish” lost three-tenths in July, it halted at five its consecutive string of bumps that netted an overall +3.9 (4.9 – 5.4 – 5.7 – 7.0 – 7.9 – 8.8, 6+). A collective -1.6 through five consecutive negative or neutral moves (5.2 – 4.6 – 4.2 – 3.9 – 3.6 – 3.6, 6+), Radio One urban contemporary WHTA “Hot 107.9” halts the skid with a +.1 to 3.7 (6+) and carries on at #10. After faltering by two-tenths in July (3.9 – 3.7, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WWPW “Power 96.1 Atlanta’s #1 Hit Music Station” regains one-tenth to 3.8 (6+) and continues at #9. Frozen on 3.4 (6+) in “Holiday” 2018 and January 2019 before dropping to 3.0 (6+) in February, “Power” gained seven-tenths in March; was down one-tenth in April; and dialed up a +.6 in May. Sputtering by one-half share each are WWPW’s format rival – Cumulus Media-owned WWWQ “Q-100 Atlanta’s New Hits” (3.1, #10 to #13, 6+) – and Entercom hot AC WSTR “Star 94.1” (#13 to #14, 6+). In July, “Q-100” returned the four-tenths it gained the previous sweep; it logged a +.7 in January; relinquished six-tenths in February; and had a February 2019 through May 2019 topline of 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.6 (6+). In the last five reports, “Star” has posted a 2.9 (6+) three times and 3.4 (6+) the other two (2.9 – 2.9 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 2.9, 6+).

Philadelphia

Spoken-Word Formats – Down a combined half-share in June/July (2.2 – 1.8 – 1.7, 6+), Entercom’s WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” adds one-tenth to 1.8 (6+) and reenters the top twenty (#21 to #20); July’s 1.7 was its weakest 6+-showing since June 2018 (1.7, as well). In five consecutive decreases, Townsquare Media news/talk WKXW lost roughly half (-.8) its 6+ AQH-share (1.5 – 1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0 – .7, 6+) but “New Jersey 101.5” is up one-tenth to .8 (6+) and continues at #25.

Locked on 5.9 (6+) in June and July after losing seven-tenths in May, Entercom sports talk WIP “Sports Radio 94.1” (Phillies, Eagles) erupts with a +.8 to 6.7 and jumps from fourth to second. While it repeats July’s 2.3 (6+), Beasley Media Group-owned WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” slips from #17 to #18; June’s 2.1 was its lowest 6+-stat since September 2018’s 1.8.

Anchored at #10, Entercom’s KYW “News Radio 1060” hasn’t shown an increase seven sweeps in succession and is an overall -1.3 in that timeframe (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.7, 6+).

Public news/talk WHYY is up three-tenths (2.6 – 2.9, 6+) and advances from #14 to a four-way tie at #12.

Philadelphia Music Formats – In back-to-back sweeps, iHeartMedia urban AC WDAS-FM  improves by a half-share (5.3 – 5.8 – 6.3, fifth to third, 6+). Prior to July, “Philly’s Best R&B and Throwbacks” lost eight-tenths since March via three consecutive negative or neutral moves (6.1 – 6.1 – 5.9 – 5.3, 6+). A collective -1.0 as a result of four straight losses (3.3 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 2.4 – 2.3, 6+), Entercom-owned WTDY “Today’s Hits 96.5 TDY” pulls the plug with a +.1 to 2.4 (#17 to #16, 6+). After nearly quadrupling (+2.2) its 6+ AQH share in nine straight sweeps without a loss (.8 – .9 – .9 – 1.0 – 1.3 – 1.7 – 2.0 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 3.0, 6+), Radio One-owned WPPZ “107.9 – Philly’s Classic R&B” lost one-tenth in July but rebounds with a +.4 (2.9 – 3.3, #12 to #11, 6+). WPPZ transitioned from gospel in mid-December 2018. Frozen on 6.6 (6+) in May and June, WMGK gained four-tenths in July, enabling it to proceed from second to first. While off one-tenth in August to 6.9 (6+), the Beasley Media Group classic rocker repeats at #1; July’s 7.0 was its highest 6+-stat since February 2018’s 7.1. The yoyo effect continues for Entercom classic hits-oldies WOGL “98.1 – Nobody Plays More 80s,” which was a combined +2.1 in January/February (5.0 – 6.3 – 7.1, 6+); -1.2 via four straight April through June down or flat sweeps (7.1 – 6.8 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 5.9, 6+); +.8 in July; and now -1.0 in August (6.7 – 5.7, second to fifth, 6+). Entercom-owned sports talk WIP was on top in January; WOGL in February; adult contemporary sibling WBEB in March; WMGK set the pace in April; WBEB did so in May and June; and WMGK is #1 in July and August. Following six straight sweeps without a loss that yielded a +1.2 (1.4 – 1.4 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 2.6, 6+), University of Pennsylvania triple A WXPN “88.5 Vinyl At Heart” is -.8 in July/August (2.6 – 2.4 – 1.8, #16 to #20, 6+). Four successive up or flat trends by iHeartMedia urban contemporary WUSL netted eight-tenths (3.7 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.5, 6+), but “Power 99” surrenders six-tenths in July/August (4.5 – 4.0 – 3.9, 6+) and continues in ninth-place.

Long Island

Spoken-Word Formats – In addition to logging the largest (6+) July 2019 to August 2019 increase of any station in the nine PPM-markets shown here (+1.5), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR extends to five its consecutive string of bumps that have netted a +2.5 (2.2 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 4.7, 6+), as “710 The Voice of New York” rockets from #11 in Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island) all the way to #4. In four consecutive decreases, news/talk WABC lost one-half share (1.5 – 1.4 – 1.3 – 1.1 – 1.0, 6+) but stops the slide with a +.1 to 1.1 (#25 to #26, 6+).

In six straight up or flat reports, Entercom sports talk WFAN (Yankees, Giants) is +1.3 (4.3 – 4.4 – 5.1 – 5.3 – 5.5 – 5.5 – 5.6, 6+) and is #1 the fifth month in a row. This is its highest 6+-share in Long Island since October 2018 (5.6, as well). Off a combined four-tenths in June/July (2.3 – 2.2 – 1.9, 6+), similarly-programmed WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” picks up one-tenth (2.0, #19 to #18, 6+).

Tied at #12 are Entercom all-news siblings WINS (2.9, +.2, #13 to #12, 6+) and WCBS-AM (2.9, +.4, #15 to #12, 6+). WINS was stuck on 3.0 (6+) in May and June and then dropped three-tenths in July. Entering the August sweep, WCBS-AM was -1.3 via three straight down or flat trends (3.8 – 2.9 – 2.5 – 2.5, 6+).

After losing eight-tenths through six successive sweeps without an increase (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.3, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation news/talk WNYC-FM gains two-tenths to 1.5 (6+) yet backslides from #24 to #25.

Long Island Music Formats – Without a decrease in each of the last five sweeps for a net gain of one-half share (4.5 – 4.5 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.0, 6+), iHeartMedia New York City CHR WHTZ “Z-100” advances from fourth to third. Entercom New York City classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits,” which was -1.0 via three consecutive decreases (5.1 – 5.1 – 4.4 – 4.1, 6+), ends the slide with a gain of two-tenths to 4.3 (seventh to sixth, 6+). Three straight drops by Connoisseur Media-owned classic hits-oldies WBZO accounted for a collective -1.6 (3.7 – 3.2 – 2.9 – 2.1, 6+), but “103.1 Max FM” is +.6 in July/August (2.1 – 2.6 – 2.7, #14 to #15, 6+). Spanish contemporary Christian WNYG “Radio Cantico Nueva” records an August increase of nine-tenths (1.5 – 2.4, 6+) and cracks the top twenty at #17. Five consecutive up or flat reports by Entercom alternative WNYL “Alt 92.3” account for a +1.1 (1.6 – 1.7 – 1.9 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.7, #16 to #15, 6+). Cox Media Group-owned classic rock WBAB, which was +1.1 in three straight positive or neutral sweeps (4.0 – 4.1 – 5.1 – 5.1, 6+), forfeits all but one-tenth of that bounty (4.1, -1.0, 6+) and tumbles from third to eighth. A collective +1.1 through three straight Long Island reports without a loss (3.5 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 4.6, 6+), iHeartMedia New York City classic rock WAXQ “Q-104.3” surrenders four-tenths to 4.2 (fifth to seventh, 6+). Prior to July, the last time “Q-104.3” reached the four-share threshold in Long Island was in January (4.0). After three Long Island declines in a row resulting in a loss of more than 75% (-1.7) of its 6+ AQH-share in that April 2019 through July 2019 stretch (2.2 – 1.9 – 1.5 – .5, 6+), WPLJ vanishes from print. The sale of the legendary hot AC from Cumulus Media to Educational Media Foundation closed on May 31 and EMF immediately switched WPLJ to contemporary Christian “Positive & Encouraging K-Love.”

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

| August 21, 2019

PPM Analysis: All-News. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents a look at the performances of radio stations based on data from Nielsen Audio’s July 2019 PPM survey, today focusing on the all-news format.  The summer months can be a down time for all-news stations and that appears to have been the case during the July survey as 62% of all-news stations saw their weekly, 6+ AQH share dip.  In fact, only Entercom’s KNX, Los Angeles was the only station to go up, albeit only by a tenth of a share.  The rest of the stations on our panel remained flat.  Comparing July of 2018 to this year, half the stations on our panel were up – led by Entercom’s KCBS-AM, San Francisco (+0.6) and WDCH, Baltimore “Bloomberg Radio 99.1” (+0.6) – and the other half were down, with Hubbard Radio’s WTOP, Washington down 1.4 shares.  In July there were no all-news stations that ranked #1 in their respective markets.  However, KCBS-AM, San Francisco and WTOP, Washington both ranked #2.  See Mike Kinosian’s entire report here.

WSB, Atlanta Rebrands Simultaneous with Transmitter Move. Atlanta news/talker WSB-AM/WSBB-FM announces the move of its 95.5 FM transmitter and antenna from Flowery Branch to East Atlanta and the change of its official name and positioning statement to “95.5 WSB Atlanta’s News & Talk.” Cox Media Group says, “The move brings a stronger signal and better sound quality to residents in counties on the south, west and northwest side of metro Atlanta, including Henry, Paulding, Cobb, Bartow, Coweta, Cherokee and Douglas.”  WSB director of branding and programming Pete Spriggs says, “With the new tower location, at least one million more people in Atlanta will now be able to listen to 95.5 WSB without static, loud and clear, both at home and at work.  Office buildings in downtown and midtown Atlanta, Buckhead, Cumberland, and Perimeter will now be able to listen to 95.5 on an FM radio and hear our news and talk with a strong signal.”  The station will still be heard on the 750AM frequency as well.

Envision and GAB Partner to Distribute ‘Smart Talk Radio’ Format. The WCGO-AM, Chicago-based Smart Talk Radio format promises “no political talk.” Envision Networks and the GAB Radio Network are partnering to distribute the new 24/7 talk format to stations nationwide.  The “information and entertainment” format launched its weekend programming lineup last weekend (8/17-18) with a bevy of shows focusing on food, home improvement, pet, and travel shows.  It plans to announce its weekday lineup soon.  Envision Networks president and CEO Danno Wolkoff says, “Time to get back to programming that we all can enjoy listening to on the radio.  The debut of our weekend lineup really gets the network rolling and we’re excited to debut three new weekday daypart programs that will cover sports talk and betting, financial advice and planning, and lifestyle talk.”

Entercom’s News/Talk WYRD-FM and ‘ESPN Upstate’ Win SCBA Awards. The Entercom Greenville, South Carolina cluster took home a number of STAR Awards and Awards of Merit from the South Carolina Broadcasters Association. WYRD-FM “106.3 WORD” morning drive talk show host Tara Servatius won best Radio Morning Show Personality and Best News/Talk Show.  WYRD-FM’s Vince Coakley program won an Award of Merit for Radio Show of the Year. Sports talk WYRD-AM’s “Straight Up with Sturg” show was honored with an Award of Merit for Best Sports Show.

TALKERS News Notes. Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports that Chicago sports media personality Mike North is now a media consultant and spokesperson for VegasScoresAndOdds.com. In this capacity, North will host a sports-betting show on the platform on Mondays and Wednesdays.  North says in a statement, “I’ve immersed myself into the sports handicapping business, like I did the radio talk show industry when I made the transition from hot dog stand owner to nationally recognized media figure.”  Aldo Gandia – who is North’s partner on the Bears Barroom Radio Network – will also co-host and produce the betting shows…..ESPN Audio announces that its “30 for 30 Podcasts,” with The Undefeated, debuts all five episodes from its new season of audio documentaries.  “The Sterling Affairs” examines the life of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.  It chronicles his rags to riches rise, his ultimate downfall, and how it all impacted the NBA. The series is hosted by ESPN senior writer Ramona Shelburne…..Paragon Media Strategies brings audio imaging producer Zach Gilltrap aboard to provide his services to Paragon clients. The company says, “Gilltrap has provided sound design creative services to radio stations, networks, studios and including Paragon clients for 20-plus years.  He will provide audio imaging production to select Paragon clients while continuing full time as the in-house producer at Colorado Public Radio, operator of Denver’s news/talk KCFR-FM, classical KVOD-FM, music discovery indie 102.3 and a statewide network of owned-and-affiliated stations.”…..WFDF, Detroit “910AM Superstation” adds ESPN Radio’s “Stephen A. Smith Show” to its lineup in the 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm slot, effective September 9.  Station CEO Kevin Adell says, “We continue to evolve and provide exciting opportunities to our listening audience in the market.”

Trump Greenland Flap, 2020 Presidential Race, Financial Markets Activity/Economic Concerns, Epstein Suicide Aftermath, U.S.-China Trade War/Hong Kong Protests, Israel vs Tlaib/Omar, Iran Tanker Case, and Gun Legislation Issues Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (8/20). The controversy over President Trump’s question about buying Greenland; the Democrats vying to challenge President Trump in 2020; the world’s financial markets activity and concerns about a U.S. recession; the aftermath of the suicide of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein; the trade war between the U.S. and China and the related protests in Hong Kong; Israel’s decision to ban U.S. Reps Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from visiting Israel; the status of an Iranian oil tanker the U.S. wants to prevent from reaching Syria; and the state of possible gun legislation in the wake of recent mass shootings were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Music Radio News and Career Moves.  KDGS-FM, Wichita “Power 93.5” program director and morning drive personality Greg “The Hitman” Williams is inducted into The Kansas African American Museum Hall of Fame.  He’ll be honored with the Broadcast Journalism Trailblazer Award by TKAAM at the organization’s annual Trailblazers Gala on October 5 in Wichita.  Entercom Wichita SVP and market manager Jackie Wise says, “We are thrilled to see Greg recognized for his significant contributions to radio and to the community.  We’re very proud to have him as part of the Entercom Wichita team.”…..iHeartMedia’s Dallas classic rock KEGL “97.1 The Eagle” announces that the lineup for its “Freakers’ Ball” live event on October 25 at Dos Equis Pavilion will include: Marilyn Manson, Bush, Bad Wolves, Filter, 10 Years, and Blacktop Mojo.  Station PD Don Davis says, “Who better to headline this huge annual event than Marilyn Manson.  Our ‘Eagle’ rockaholics have come to expect the best when it comes to our annual ‘Freakers’ Ball’ lineup and we always strive to deliver.”…..Entercom’s 4th annual “Riptide Music Festival powered by Ford” is taking place November 23 and 24 on Fort Lauderdale Beach at 1100 Seabreeze Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.  The two-day festival will feature more than 20 musical performers including: The Killers, The 1975, The Revivalists, Silversun Pickups, and Judah & The Lion, among others.  The event is being hosted by the company’s alternative WSFS-FM, Fort Lauderdale “104.3 The Shark.”…..iHeartMedia San Antonio announces that Victor “Tito” Caballero is named program director for KZEP-FM, San Antonio “104.5 Latino Hits.” Caballero has been the station’s creative director and afternoon drive host since December 2018.   He says, “I couldn’t be more excited to program a station in my hometown that plays a music format that I love.  To have the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the most talented programmers in the world is humbling to say the least.”

Monday, February 20, 2012

| February 20, 2012

RAB:  Radio Revenue Up 1% in 2011.  Data from Miller, Kaplan, Arase & Company and the Radio Advertising Bureau reports revenue for the radio industry was up 1% in 2011 compared to the year prior.  The majority of radio’s revenue comes from spot sales and that category was down 4% in the fourth quarter of 2011 but down just 1% for the entire year.  Increases in other revenue categories helped boost radio’s total revenue for 2011.  For the year, network revenue was up 3%; digital was up 15%; and off-air revenue rose 7%.

Cumulus Media Group Countersues Birmingham Sports Talk Host Paul Finebaum.  The latest in the legal battle between Birmingham-based regional sports talk giant Paul Finebaum and Cumulus Media Group is a suit by Cumulus suing Finebaum alleging he violated his contract by negotiating with another broadcaster while under contract.  According to the Birmingham Business Journal, the suit alleges Finebaum also shared confidential information about Citadel (which has since merged with Cumulus) as part of the negotiations to move his sports talk show away from Citadel.  Finebaum brought the first suit to court charging the company with coercing him into signing an amendment to his contract that was less favorable under threat of dropping his show and its regional distribution if he didn’t sign.  Finebaum also alleges Citadel’s bankruptcy filing – which occurred after he signed the original contract – violated the terms of that deal.  The cases are being moved from federal court to Jefferson County Circuit Court by request of Cumulus.

WPHT, Philadelphia’s Dom Giordano Hosts Live Broadcast and Luncheon to Salute Local Troops.  Dubbed “Salute Our Troops” and taking place at the Radisson Philadelphia Northeast Hotel today from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, the live broadcast hosted by CBS Radio’s WPHT, Philadelphia and talk host Dom Giordano will welcome home and honor American servicemen and women from the Delaware Valley who served bravely in Iraq and Afghanistan.  CBS News war correspondent Jim Axelrod will be Giordano’s special guest for the event.  The program will include a celebration of the 71st anniversary of the USO, which has provided morale and recreational services to members of the US Military since 1941.  Members of the 131st Transportation Company, the 111 Fighter Wing, the 104th Cavalry Squadron and the 111th Infantry will all be in attendance.

WGY, Albany Celebrates 90 Years On Air.  Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s WGY-AM/FM, Albany is marking its 90th year serving the region today (2/20).  Vice president and regional market manager Kristen Delaney says, “WGY’s family tree includes more than just the decades of respected staff who have walked these local hallways and entertained the community with their songs and stories.  Our family branches out to generations of listeners who have grown up with us, who continue to discover us daily, and depend on us for their news, weather and entertainment.”  WGY notes that the station first signed on February 20, 1922, as program director Kolin Hager stepped up to the microphone and announced, “This is station WGY.  W, the first letter in wireless; G, the first letter in General Electric; Y, the last letter in Schenectady.”

NFL Great Fran Tarkenton Debuts Talk Show on Sirius XM.  Former NFL quarterback and respected business entrepreneur Fran Tarkenton begins a live, weekly call-in talk show on Sirius XM’s SiriusXM Stars Too channel this evening from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  The satcaster states Tarkenton’s show “will tackle a wide range of topics, interview notable guests from the worlds of politics, business, sports and entertainment and take calls from listeners nationwide.”  Tarkenton says, “I’m a longtime advocate of entrepreneurship and creative thinking, and I’m a huge fan of talk radio, so this opportunity is a big thrill for me.  I’m looking forward to connecting with SiriusXM listeners around the country about everything happening in the world of politics, business and sports, the fascinating convergence in these areas and more.”

Financial Talk Host Ray Lucia Joins Gab Radio Network.  The daily, nationally syndicated financial talk show that Ray Lucia hosts has been with Business TalkRadio Network for the past 12 years.  Beginning March 5, Lucia’s program will be syndicated by Vero Beach, Florida-based Gab Radio Network.  GAB president Ron Crider says, “I have been working in the radio industry for over half a century and our new affiliation with Ray is one of the more exciting times in my long career – we are truly pleased to welcome Ray Lucia to our network.”  GAB describes Lucia stating, “Lucia’s charismatic style and years of experience as one of the nation’s leading experts in financial, tax, investing, and retirement planning make him one of the hottest media personalities on the scene today…In addition to his popular daily radio show, Lucia is a best-selling author, much sought after public speaker, and TV personality who is regularly featured on television networks such as Fox News Channel, Fox Business, CNBC, ‘The Today Show,’ and Bloomberg.”  Lucia’s program airs live from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm.

WTOP-FM, Washington VP Joel Oxley Celebrates 20 Years with Station.  The senior vice president and general manager of Hubbard Radio’s WTOP-FM, Washington joined the all-news giant 20 years ago as an account executive.  He is credited with helping develop WTOP into one of the top news stations in the country.  Pictured here is VP of news and programming Jim Farley (l) presenting Joel Oxley (r) with a certificate of achievement in the studios of the news operation.

 

“Watchdog on Wall Street” Chris Markowski Writes for TheStreet.com.  Financial talk host Chris Markowski, whose weekly talk show is syndicated via Talk Radio Network, adds columnist duties at the digital newsletter TheStreet.com.  In a release, Markowski states he’ll “have a weekly post on this leading internet publication that focuses on politics and things that directly impact our economy.”  His most recent post addresses the $25 billion agreement between the nation’s five largest mortgage services to address mortgage loan servicing and foreclosure abuses.

Enid Goldstein in for KKSF, San Francisco’s Gene Burns.  Talk show pro Enid Goldstein is sitting in for KKSF, San Francisco PM drive talk host Gene Burns today (2/20).

Correction:  On February 17, TALKERS reported that Christine Craft was a co-host with Stacy Taylor on KGO, San Francisco and that the two were let go by the station.  That was incorrect.  Ms. Craft is not affiliated with Taylor, is a solo fill-in talk host for KGO and remains employed with the station in that role.  TALKERS regrets the error.

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