Tag: "March 2020"

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

| May 6, 2020

Chris Oliviero Returns to Entercom as SVP/Market Manager for New York. It’s been almost two years since Chris Oliviero left his EVP of programming role with Entercom. On June 1, he returns to the company’s New York offices as senior vice president and market manager for the station group that includes all-news WINS-AM and WCBS-AM, sports talk WFAN-AM/FM, and alternative WNYL “ALT 92.3,” classic hits WCBS-FM, and country WNSH-FM. He assumes the role previously held by Susan Larkin, who was promoted to company chief operating officer. Larkin says, “Chris is an exceptional leader with proven success developing talent, growing many of our leading brands, and building a thriving culture. We’re thrilled to welcome him back to take the helm of his hometown where his energy, passion and drive will help further raise the bar of excellence in the top media market in the country.” Oliviero originally transitioned to Entercom as the company acquired the CBS RADIO properties.  He worked for CBS for 22 years and was a senior manager for CBS for years. He comments, “Radio in New York is an incredibly special place, so to have the chance to return to a collection of the most iconic and influential brands on the dial is humbling. Our stations are in many ways the soundtrack of the city. I am confident that along with all my Entercom New York colleagues we will add to this legacy. I can’t wait to reconnect with so many old friends and of course meet new ones as well.”

Sandhill Media to Launch New Talk Station in Idaho Falls; Neal Larson and Julie Mason Recruited for Mornings. There’s no exact launch date set for the new format but Sandhill Media Group says it will move its CHR format off KAOX-FM, Idaho Falls and install the new “Newstalk 107.9 FM” format with market morning duo Neal Larson and Julie Mason as hosts of the AM drive show. Larson and Mason left their positions with Rich Broadcasting’s crosstown news/talk KID last month.  The station plans to air Westwood One’s Mark Levin program as well as other national programs.  Neal Larson is also serving as program director for the station.  He says, “We’re thrilled at the opportunity to not just continue doing what we love to do, but also join the great and talented team at Sandhill and build something from the ground up. It is a unique opportunity at a truly unique time in our community, state, and country. We can’t wait to unveil to the whole region what we’re putting together.”  Mason adds, “While being part of a brand-new station is an incredible opportunity, what we really love is what happens after – building a community of informed and loyal listeners on one side, and also watching that audience create huge value for our advertisers on the other.”  Station OM Will Kezele, says, “We have a fantastic core of music stations here at Sandhill, but the one piece we’ve been missing is a news/talk station. This is our moment to fill that void and create something that will be a valuable part of east Idaho for many years to come.” Sandhill will move the CHR format to KAOX-HD2/K286BU at 105.1 FM.

Kim Guthrie to Leave Cox Media Group President and CEO Post. This change comes as a surprise to industry watchers and one has to wonder what caused Cox Media Group president and CEO Kim Guthrie to decide to “move on from the organization after a 22-plus year career with the company.” In a press release, CMG says executive chairman Steve Pruett will serve as interim CEO until a permanent CEO is named. He says, “On behalf of the board of directors, we would like to thank Kim for her decades of service to Cox Media Group and her leadership during the company’s transition to new ownership. She has been instrumental in positioning CMG for future success as an industry-leading media company.” Guthrie, who will work with Pruett on an orderly transition, comments, “We have built a strong foundation for future growth, including an exceptional senior management team, a successful carveout from Cox Enterprises, and deep, long-term relationships with our communities, customers and partners. I have full confidence in this great team at CMG and I look forward to watching CMG’s future achievements.”

Saga Communications Reports Q1 Financials; Net Revenue Dips 6.5%. The first broadcasting company to report its first quarter 2020 financial data is Saga Communications, Inc and its report comes with a huge caveat – this report doesn’t reflect the hit the company has taken from April 1 to now.  Saga states net income increased to $1.7 million from $1.4 million in the first quarter of 2019, an increase of 20.3%.  However, net revenue was $26.1 million for the quarter, a decrease of 6.5% from Q1 2019 in which net revenue was $27.8 million. Free cash flow was $1.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 compared to $2.6 million for the same period last year.   Saga reports having $47 million in cash on hand as of May 4, 2020. It says in its report, “The COVID-19 global pandemic continues to spread, and state and local ‘shelter-in-place’ orders in the states where we operate have impacted and restricted various aspects of our business. Our operations are functioning, subject to regulated restrictions and safety constraints we have enacted in order to protect our employees and customers. As a result of the current challenging economic conditions, our reported results for the three months ended March 31, 2020 are not reflective of current market conditions. The company’s advertising revenue has declined significantly as a result of the pandemic and these unfavorable trends have continued into May and June. While we cannot reasonably estimate the length or severity of this pandemic, an extended economic slowdown in the U.S. could materially impact our consolidated financial position, consolidated results of operations, and consolidated cash flows in fiscal 2020 or beyond.”

PPM Analysis: Extra. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the “Extra” edition of his monthly study of Nielsen Audio’s 6+ ratings data from the March 2020 PPM survey. He says this “Extra” coverage of each PPM sweep in the foreseeable future will uniquely detail month-to-month shifts among news/talk; all-news; public radio news/talk; and sports talk stations. Among this month’s data is: A ranking of the strongest spoken-word markets among the 48 PPM markets – #1 is Washington, DC, followed by Boston at #2 and San Francisco at #3; a ranking of the markets that most improved over the February 2020 PPM survey – Portland saw a 4.0 share gain from month to month, with Seattle close behind with a 3.8 share improvement; a ranking of the stations that achieved the highest increase from February to March – Entercom’s WBBM-AM/WCFS-FM, Chicago is the winner here; as well as a look at the stations losing the most ground, month to month (hint: sports talk).  See the entire report here.

Entercom All-News Stations Honored with Awards. Two of Entercom’s all-news stations were recently honored for programming quality.  KCBS-AM/KFRC-FM, San Francisco garnered 10 2019 Associated Press Television and Radio Association Awards – eight first place awards and two second-place awards. KCBS won first place for Outstanding News Operation, Best Evening Newscast, and Best Spot News Coverage, among others. Meanwhile, the company’s WINS, New York took home three 2020 Excellence in Broadcasting Awards first-place honors from the New York State Broadcasters Association.  “1010 WINS” won for Outstanding Spot News, Outstanding Newscast, and Outstanding Use of Digital Platforms.

COVID-19 Statistics and Projections, Rush to Re-Open, Scrutiny of China’s COVID-19 Response, Presidential Race/Joe Biden Allegations, and Financial Markets Activity Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (5/5). The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and the death toll plus the projections of future cases; the debate over ‘lives vs livelihood’ as states begin to re-open their economies; the accusations that China tried to hide the coronavirus outbreak; the presidential race and Tara Reade’s allegation of sexual assault against Joe Biden; and activity among the world’s financial markets were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

TALKERS News Notes. Nobody covers the New York City sports radio scene more colorfully than the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand, and in today’s column he speculates about the possible return of former WFAN-AM/FM morning personality Craig Carton now that radio executive Chris Oliviero is returning to Entercom as SVP and market manager of its New York stations. Of course, Carton is currently serving a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence after being convicted of fraud in a concert tickets Ponzi-scheme. Marchand notes that Oliviero and WFAN program director Mark Chernoff put together the team of Boomer Esiason and Carton back in 2007…..ABC News’ “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir interviewed President Trump in Phoenix on Tuesday as the president was in the city visiting a plant that makes face masks. Muir is featured on ABC Audio’s “Start Here” podcast with host Brad Mielke speaking about his interview with the president…..Entercom launches a daily “I’m Listening” capsule. The 60-second public service announcements, an extension of the company’s annual, yearlong “I’m Listening” mental health awareness initiative, features the voices and thoughts of artists, celebrities, media hosts, and mental health specialists. The daily capsules will feature singer and songwriter Halsey; former American Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps; singer, rapper, songwriter and flutist Lizzo; singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Allessia Cara; rock band Blink-182; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and former Nirvana member Krist Novoselic, and more to help listeners navigate the complexities of this global health pandemic…..Three new iHeartRadio Original Podcasts launch today. “Fierce,” co-produced by Tribeca Studios, is hosted by Jo Piazza and explores the stories of extraordinary women who never made it into history books; “Flashback: History’s Unintended Consequences” in conjunction with OZY Media, is hosted by OZY’s Sean Braswell who explores disastrous turning points, dangerous ideas, crazy coincidences, unsung heroes, and forgotten villains in history; and “The Trend Reporter,” hosted by four-time Emmy award-winning TV personality and journalist Mara Schiavocampo, is a weekly show that will help listeners figure out which wellness, beauty, style, and fitness trends are actually worth trying…..Cumulus Media’s Westwood One Podcast Network welcomes two shows to its platform: “The Stacking Benjamins Show,” with host Joe Saul-Sehy and co-host Josh Bannerman teaching listeners about personal finance through headlines, guest experts, and plenty of humor. The hour-long, magazine-style show drops each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; and the spin-off program “Money with Friends” with Joe Saul-Sehy and Bobbi Rebell who are joined each season with a rotating cast of thought leaders providing fresh perspectives and unique insights to the personal finance news and issues discussed on the podcast.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. In Jacksonville, iHeartMedia launches a regional Mexican format branded “El Patrón 97.3” on translator W247CF (fed by WKSL-HD2). The translator had been fed by sports talk WFXJ-AM. Jacksonville iHeartLatino GSM Jorge Lopez says, “I am grateful to be part of a company that sees Hispanic growth in Jacksonville, by adding another radio station and Hispanic brand to our market. With this launch, we confirm our commitment to the community and our solid growth in the communications industry in North Florida, covering 100% of the Hispanic market with our ‘Rumba’ brand and now with ‘El Patrón.’”…..SiriusXM launches the “Mandatory Metallica” channel through the month of May featuring the band’s biggest songs, rarities, and concert recordings from throughout its history. The channel is embarking on a 30-date “virtual Metallica tour,” which will air a daily concert from the band on tour around the globe, including the band’s exclusive SiriusXM concert from 2013 at the Apollo Theater in New York City and their 2016 concert at New York City’s Webster Hall.

Friday, April 24, 2020

| April 24, 2020

NOW POSTED:  New Installment of “The Michael Harrison Wrap: An Overview of the National Conversation.”   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.  The new episode titled, “Between a Rock and a Hard Place!” looks back at this past week of April 20-24, 2020 and features guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERSDr. Renee Kohanski, forensic psychiatrist / contributor, “Psychcast-MDedge” podcast;  Glenn Beck, talk show host, Premiere NetworksMichael Riedel, talk show host, WOR, New York; and Bob Flaherty, talk show host, WHMP-AM, Northampton, MA. 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; KSCO, Santa Cruz, CA; KDFD, Denver “Freedom 93.7”; KFNX, Phoenix; WVLY, Wheeling, WV; WVOX, Westchester, NY; KBDT, Dallas; KQSP, Minneapolis; KBKW, Aberdeen, WA; WGDJ, Albany, NY;  WJFN-FM, Richmond, VA; WZFG, Fargo; KTGO, Tioga, ND; WPHM, Port Huron, MI; KSYL-AM, Alexandria, LA; the Virginia Talk Radio Network and Pioneer Valley Radio in Springfield, MA.  To listen to this week’s episode (and the program’s complete archives), 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.

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 March 2020 PPM survey, today focusing on the all-news format.  For those following how all-news and news/talk stations have fared since the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S., it won’t be a surprise that every all-news station in the U.S. saw its weekly, 6+ AQH share go up from the February survey. Comparing the March 2020 and February 2020 surveys, Entercom’s WBBM-AM/WCFS-FM, Chicago and KYW, Philadelphia led the gainers with each rising 1.9 shares.  Taking a look at year-over-year data, 67% of all-news stations were up, 22% were down, and 11% remained steady.  While Entercom’s KCBS-AM, San Francisco was the leader here (+3.5 for a 9.9 share and the #1 rank in the market), Sinclair Broadcast Group’s KOMO-AM/FM, Seattle’s 2.3 share increase pushed it from the #15 rank in 2019 to the #3 rank this year.  Despite the ratings jumps, just two all-news outlets ranked #1 in their respective markets in March – WBBM-AM/WCFS-FM, Chicago and KCBS-AM, San Francisco.  See Mike Kinosian’s entire report here.

Michael Banks to Lead Connoisseur’s Frederick, Maryland Duo. It’s a return to the general manager position at news/talk WFMD-AM and country WFRE in Frederick, Maryland for Michael Banks.  He led the duo under iHeartMedia’s Aloha Trust that was created to divest of stations it couldn’t own due to ownership cap regulations. Now, Connoisseur Media puts Banks back in the GM chair.  Connoisseur Media CEO Jeff Warshaw states, “Mike has been the general sales manager of our Long Island operation.  He was a crucial part of our success and today we are excited to promote him into this important position.”  Banks comments, “I’m excited to get back to Frederick.  This is a perfect fit for my family and me.  I look forward to working with a world-class staff and once again becoming a leader in the community.”

RAB’s ‘Business Unusual’ Series Continues on April 29. The RAB announces the next element in its “Business Unusual” initiative – a live video series titled, “Open for Business.”  The RAB says it will bring together broadcasters and advertisers “to discuss proven programs they are leveraging on radio’s platforms during COVID-19.  Each live presentation will feature several broadcasters and/or advertisers sharing success stories in their local markets including marketing promotions, community service programs, and ideas they have executed to drive revenue success for their stations and results for local businesses.”  RAB president and CEO Erica Farber will moderate the event.  Wednesday (4/29, 12:00 noon CT) will be the first live presentation featuring: Darrell Calton, chief executive officer, ILIAD Media Management, LLC; Erik Hellum, chief operations officer, local media, Townsquare Media; Beth Neuhoff, president and CEO, Neuhoff Media; Ron Stone, president and CEO, Adams Radio Group.

Former Affiliate Sales Reps Sue Cumulus Media and Westwood One. In a suit filed in federal court in New Jersey, Michael J. Capozzoli and Lee Napier allege that TM Studios parent Westwood One and company executives Kirk Stirland and William G. Clancy unlawfully discriminated against them based on their age.  Capozzoli was an affiliate relations rep for TM Studios and Napier was a regional manager for affiliate sales.  The allegations state that beginning in 2016, Stirland stated to Capozzoli his desire to “reinvent TM Studios to attract a younger demographic by hiring younger employees in the sales division.  Stirland became obsessed with hiring young sales employees who he perceived to be ‘hip’ and compared Defendants’ sales employees with those of a competitor (Reel World) that employed younger individuals.”  The complaint goes on to allege the two were treated differently with respect to their compensation despite meeting or exceeding sales goals.  They were both terminated in November 2018.  They are seeking back pay, compensatory damages and more.

The Economy and Lives vs Livelihood Top News/Talk Story for Week of April 20-24. The precarious state of the U.S. economy and the question of saving lives versus preserving the livelihoods of American workers was the most-talked-about story on news/talk radio this week, landing atop the Talkers TenTM. At #2 this week was the encroachment on civil liberties tied with the federal government’s relief packages.  Coming in at #3 was the presidential race and politics, followed by the state of the country’s health care system 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 complete chart here.

TALKERS News Notes. The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand reports on the spat between WFAN, New York’s Mike Francesa and Twitter user Funhouse that uses the handle @BackAftaThis to critique Francesa.  For years @BackAftaThis has posted audio and video of Francesa, but recently Francesa and Entercom warned @BackAftaThis about its policy regarding use of its content that largely forbids it.  Marchand reports that “Francesa reversed course in a tweet Thursday saying it is now going to be OK.”  However, @BackAftaThis tells Marchand, “I have absolutely no plans to resume posting Mike’s clips.  He let me out of jail and I’m not going back willingly unless I’m compensated handsomely for it.”…..iHeartMedia announces that it will present its first quarter 2020 financial report on May 7.  It will also hold an investors conference call on that day.  iHeartMedia is the first media company heavy with radio assets scheduled to announce financial figures from the quarter that ended with the first few weeks of the coronavirus pandemic.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. In San Antonio, Cox Media Group names Joe Pesh the new co-host of the morning show on country KCYY “Y100,” effective May 6.  Pesh will work alongside current AM co-host Beth Chandler.  He was most recently morning personality on Radio One’s CHR WNOW, Indianapolis.  Cox Media Group San Antonio operations manager Jeff Garrison says, “We are very excited to have Joe join the team here in San Antonio!  We can’t wait to see his talent in action – just one minute speaking with Joe, and you know he is committed to his work, passionate about his audiences, and dedicated to doing his very best every day.”…..Alpha Media’s country KUPL, Portland “98.7 The Bull” adds the Premiere Networks-syndicated “Bobby Bones Show” for morning drive.  The program replaces the “Tony, Jake & Jenn” show.  Both Tony Russell and Jake Byron exited the station earlier this month and Jenn Hays moved to host of the midday show.  Bobby Bones says, “I love Portland. I love the people of Portland. Every time I’m in PDX I beg to be put on the air there.  And finally, I get that chance.”…..In West Palm Beach, iHeartMedia unveils a classic hip hop and R&B format on translator W277CX.  The previous country format heard on the signal was fed by WRLX-HD2.  The new station is branded “Throwback 93.3 FM” and features core artists including: Usher, 50 Cent, Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, Eminem, 2Pac and more.  Air personalities include: “The Bushman Show,” Roxy Romeo, Lady Ray, and others…..Educational Media Foundation names Jim Houser to the newly created position of chief content officer.  The Christian music pro will oversee content for the “K-LOVE” and “Air1” radio networks, which currently broadcast on more than 1,000 signals nationwide.  Additionally, Houser will further develop EMF’s streaming strategy, oversee the upcoming podcast platform, all marketing strategy, and the integration of EMF’s digital assets with its programming initiatives…..Local Media San Diego received approval for the new call letters for KFMB-FM.  The adult hits outlet branded “100.7 BIG FM” now carries the calls KFBG-FM.  LMSD acquired the station from Tegna and part of the deal was giving up the KFMB calls that remain associated with Tegna’s KFMB-TV.  LMSD spun KFMB-AM to iHeartMedia in a deal that has not closed yet and that station will also have to change its calls…..Condolences to the family and friends of Southern California disc jockey and voice over pro Jerry Bishop, who passed away on April 21.  Using the stage name Bill Bishop, he worked at KCBQ, San Diego in 1963, moved to Los Angeles in 1965 and worked at such stations as KLAC, KFI, KKDJ, KIIS and KGIL.  He moved into voice-over work and became known for his work on the syndicated “Judge Judy” show.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

| April 21, 2020

KID-AM, Idaho Falls Morning Hosts Resign Over COVID-19 Coverage Conflict with Station Owner. The morning drive duo of Neal Larson and Julie Mason resigned from their positions with Rich Broadcasting’s news/talk KID-AM, Idaho Falls yesterday (4/20) after deciding a directive from station owner Richard Mecham about their coverage of the coronavirus pandemic went against their principles.  The East Idaho News reports that at the heart of the disagreement was the duo’s disagreement with Idaho Governor Brad Little’s “stay at home” order.  While Larson and Mason tell the paper they didn’t suggest anyone to break the law, Mason says she told listeners they should “follow your heart and figure what’s right for you and your family because COVID-19 is really situational.”  Mecham tells the paper, “I was trying to understand why you would fly in the face of the governor’s order when so many other stations are doing things to support your clients and listeners.  This is the first time I’ve ever had a conversation with them about what they do and don’t cover.  I’ve always trusted Neal.  I’ve always supported them.  I’ve never critiqued the show, and I’ve always had their back.”

Entercom Adopts Limited Duration Shareholders Rights Plan.  The board of directors of Entercom Communications has voted to adopt a shareholder rights plan – also known as the “poison pill” – to prevent a takeover of the company without consent of the board.  The company explains the move in a press release, “The Board adopted the Plan at this time due to the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on equity market valuations which has led to substantial volatility in the trading of the Company’s stock and a dislocation in Entercom’s share price.  The Plan is similar to those adopted by other publicly held companies and is intended to promote the fair and equal treatment of all shareholders and ensure that the Board remains in the best position to uphold its fiduciary duties to the Company and its shareholders.  The Plan is designed to allow shareholders to realize the long-term value of their investment by guarding against opportunistic efforts to capitalize on recent macroeconomic conditions, including open market accumulations and other strategies, aimed at gaining control of the Company without paying all shareholders a full control premium for their shares.  The Plan provides for the issuance of one preferred stock purchase right for each share of Class A Common Stock and each share of Class B Common Stock held by shareholders of record on May 5, 2020, exercisable for Series A Preferred Stock and Series B Preferred Stock, respectively. Generally, the rights will become exercisable or exchangeable only if a person or group (with the exception of certain existing holders in certain circumstances) acquires 10% or more of the Company’s outstanding Class A Common Stock, or 15% in the case of certain passive investors (including shares synthetically owned pursuant to derivative positions or deemed owned due to specified actions in concert) or announces a tender offer and the consummation of that offer would result in ownership above such percentage-levels.  If the rights become exercisable, the rights will entitle its holder to purchase one one-thousandth of a share of the newly-created Series A and Series B Preferred Stock, as applicable, which, in each case, at the Board’s election, may be converted into shares of Class A and Class B Common Stock, respectively, of the Company.”  The Plan has a one-year duration, expiring April 20, 2021.

Cox Media Group: Local Media Outperforms During Pandemic. According to a study conducted by Cox Media Group, consumers are turning to local radio for information, entertainment, and companionship more than any other media source during the coronavirus pandemic.  The multi-market, online in a wide variety of demographics – ranging from 18 to 54 – and yielded more than 11,000 responses.  CMG says that the study found that one-third of participants are listening to radio more since the coronavirus outbreak.  Since the outbreak, 94% of participants indicated that they have tuned into local radio more than any other streaming service for music, talk, and information, demonstrating that as radio continues to evolve, ‘local’ ranks as one of the most important differentiators.  CMG Radio VP, audience and content Tim Clarke says, “Audience engagement is very strong by any metric you look at.  Listeners depend on our radio brands more than ever for a mix of news, entertainment and a friendly and familiar voice to keep them going during this uncertain time.  They are captive and immersed in our content on all platforms and our top personalities continue to deliver.”

Members of Congress Send President Trump Letter Requesting Aid for Local Media. The letter dated Monday (4/20) is written by Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Bill Flores (R-TX), Marc Veasey (D-TX), and Fred Upton (R-MI) and is signed by more than 240 Members of Congress.  It expresses the notion that people rely on local newspapers, TV, and radio for information and that those entities can’t survive without advertising.  The letter requests the following specific action: “We believe that Executive Branch agencies have a powerful opportunity to support local media and promote public awareness by directing that federal spending on advertising be prioritized for local media outlets.  Specifically, we encourage federal agencies to put into action today already funded campaigns to achieve certain public objectives as well as potential promotions of the economic stimulus programs provided for by the CARES Act and other recent legislation. We urge you to: 1) Direct your Cabinet secretaries to review any resources intended to be used for advertising campaigns and have them expedite such activities with local media outlets; 2) Direct federal agency advertising dollars for existing and new federal programs where community outreach is needed for spending with local media, including those serving minority and rural communities; and 3) Incentivize a portion of stimulus funds provided to businesses for their recovery efforts for advertising on local media.”

Round Four of March PPMs Released. The fourth and final round of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s March 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 Audio’s March 2020 survey period covered February 27 through March 25.  The intense coronavirus news consumption since the pandemic was declared in mid-March has driven listening to all-news and news/talk radio stations.  Some of those seeing increased weekly, 6+ AQH shares during the March survey include: Emmis Communications’ news/talk WIBC-FM, Indianapolis “Indy’s Mobile News 93.1” adds eight-tenths to finish with an 8.8 share and the #2 rank in the market; in Milwaukee, iHeartMedia  news/talk WISN tacks on six-tenths for a 5.8 share and the #5 rank while Good Karma Brands’ WTMJ also rises six-tenths for a 5.7 share and the #6 rank; Cumulus Media’s WWTN-FM, Nashville “Super Talk 99.7” is up six-tenths to a 5.3 share and the #6 rank; Cox Media Group’s WOKV-FM, Jacksonville rises 1.4 shares for an 11.8 finish and the #1 rank; and Entercom’s WTIC-AM, Hartford shoots up a full share to wrap March with a 7.2 share and the #4 rank in the market.  You can see all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from all 48 PPM markets here.

TALKERS News Notes. Milwaukee sports talk outlet WAUK-AM is airing content from SiriusXM’s Doctor Radio channel instead of the ESPN Radio content it usually airs now and for the foreseeable future.  Good Karma Brands vice president and Milwaukee manager Steve Wexler states, “We can’t wait for live sports to resume and for the threat of the coronavirus to subside, but in the meantime, we believe the health and well-being of our community is the top priority, as well as delivering relevant information to our audience.”…..No medium does parody songs better than radio and one such example addressing the coronavirus pandemic comes from Bob Flaherty, morning drive personality at Saga Communications’ WHMP-AM, Northampton, Massachusetts.  Taking on the topic of “herd immunity,” the Flaherty Singers twist a Johnny Cash classic into a parody for our times.  Check it out here…..Cox Media Group’s Tampa Radio stations – including talk WPHT-FM “102.5 The Bone” and its four music brand sisters – raised close to $268,000 for the Metropolitan Ministries via its “Feed It Forward: A Virtual Food Drive” that took place last Thursday (4/16).  The donations will assist families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic…..Beasley Media Group Philadelphia stations, including sports talk WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” and its four music-formatted sisters have officially unveiled a line of ‘Philly Stands Together” merchandise to benefit the “PHL COVID-19 FUND.”  The PHL COVID-19 FUND is a joint venture between Philadelphia Foundation and The United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey designed to benefit organizations throughout Philadelphia and surrounding counties in PA and New Jersey to serve the region’s most vulnerable neighbors and to ensure critical resources remain accessible for those with the greatest need…..SiriusXM is presenting coverage of the 2020 NFL Draft that begins on Thursday (4/23).  The SiriusXM NFL Radio channel will carry the live announcements of every selection by every team.  The broadcast will feature Pro Football Hall of Fame member and legendary player personnel executive Gil Brandt; former NFL scout, coach and front-office executive Pat Kirwan; former veteran NFL quarterback Jim Miller; and lead host Jason Horowitz.  Former college coach Rick Neuheisel will join the broadcast team for the Friday and Saturday draft rounds.  All hosts will be broadcasting from their home studios.

COVID-19 Statistics and Projections, Trump vs Governors, ‘Stay at Home’ Protests, Relief Funds Controversy, Oil Prices Crash, GA TN and SC Plan Reopening, Kim Jong Un Status, and Tom Brady Cited in Tampa Park Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (4/20). The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. and the death toll, plus the projections for future cases and fatalities; the battle between President Trump and the governors of several states over authority to issue directives and the states’ needs for medical assistance; the protests against “stay at home” directives; the controversy over reports that large corporations are receiving relief funds designated for small businesses; the price of oil continues to crater in the absence of demand; Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina’s plans for re-opening immediately; questions about the health status of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un; and Tom Brady is cited for working out in a closed park in Tampa 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. After exiting iHeartMedia’s KWBL, Denver “106.7 The Bull” for a new opportunity, we learn that Brian “B Dub” Washington is taking on afternoon drive show host duties at Hubbard Radio’s KNUC, Seattle “98.9 The Bull.”  He says, “I’m beyond excited to get my family back home to the Northwest and join the team at ’98.9 The Bull’ and Hubbard Seattle.  Can’t wait to make some great radio with Fitz, Wingnut, and the rest of the crew at ‘The Bull,’ as well as work with Scott Mahalick again!  Amazing things to come!”…..Changes take place at Saga Communications’ country WCVL-FM, Charlottesville, Virginia as morning drive host Adam Rondeau and program director and PM drive personality Bryan Shine exit.  Operations manager Les Sinclair takes over station programming duties…..After being off the air since March 31 due to a case of COVID-19, iHeartMedia alternative KTBZ, Houston “94.5 The Buzz” evening jock Karah Leigh returns to the air.

Monday, April 20, 2020

| April 20, 2020

Monday Memo: The Trump Show. There’s lots of buzz about that New York Times report that the president told the coronavirus task force “he wanted to start a White House talk radio show.”  To which Rush Limbaugh invited him to guest host.  In this week’s column, consultant Holland Cooke asks “What if…?”  Read it here.

COVID-19 Statistics and Projections, the Re-Open the Country Debate/Stay Home Protests, Trump vs Governors, U.S.-China Relations, Deadly Nova Scotia Shooting, Financial Markets Activity/Oil Prices Crash, and Celebrities with Coronavirus Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend. The tally of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and the death toll as well as the projections for future cases and deaths; the debate over “re-opening” the country and the organized protests against “stay home” directives; President Trump’s war of words with some of the country’s governors over the breadth of his powers; the pressure on the Chinese Communist Party as calls for an investigation into the coronavirus’ origins mount; a lone shooter posing as a police officer kills 16 people in Nova Scotia; the world’s financial markets’ reactions to the coronavirus pandemic and the glut of oil; and global celebrities with COVID-19 were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Pending Business: Time Is of the Essence. Sales and marketing consultant Steve Lapa, president of Lapcom Communications, writes in today’s column about adjusting to the new dynamic of deadlines and timeliness.  “Adjusting to working from home, with limited access to the people and resources you rely on is a daily climb.  More than likely you are now participating in (multiple) online meetings that eat the clock.  Still, you are paid on performance and need to keep the dynamics of the sales process moving forward in a timely fashion.  Like it or not, for today, you need to own this new dynamic.”  Read his column here.

SmartTalk Radio Network Distributing ‘The Hard Question.’ The daily talk radio program “The Hard Question” with host Blanquita Cullum is now being made available to stations across the country via the SmartTalk Radio Network.  Cullum says, “‘The Hard Question’ is all about trying to help the audience to be empowered, to be able to hear a deeper level of a conversation on an issue that may impact them and change their life.”  The network says, “With decades of experience in broadcasting and government service, Cullum knows the decision makers and her guest list routinely includes the names you hear in the headlines: governors, senators, ambassadors, foreign heads of state, as well as regular citizens.”  SmartTalk Radio Network general manager Chuck Duncan says, “Occasionally in network radio, a diamond emerges from the clutter of ho-hum.  Blanquita Cullum is a woman of worldly experiences and a deep participant of the inside rail, allowing her to ask and offer sensible solutions to the hard questions.  With unique clarity and above-the-fold guests, BQ covers the critical issues with a compassion, intellect, and understanding that evidences her emergence onto the national scene. She’s got a voice that must be heard.”

KXL, Portland’s Steve Leader Retires. Longtime morning news anchor Steve Leader retired from his role with Alpha Media’s KXL-FM, Portland on Friday (4/17).  Leader had been a news anchor on KXL for 34 years.  His KXL news colleague Pat Boyle posted photos and a tribute to Leader on Facebook, writing: “Legendary news guy Steve Leader’s last day! Thanks Steve for keeping Portlanders informed for more than 30 years.  You are a huge talent and will be greatly missed.  Enjoy your retirement; you deserve it.”

Round Three of March PPMs Released.  The third of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s March 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.  The survey period covered February 27 – March 25.  You can see all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  The intense coronavirus news consumption since the pandemic was declared in mid-March has driven listening to all-news and news/talk radio stations.  Some of those seeing increased weekly 6+ , AQH share increases include: Alpha Media’s KXL-FM, Portland which added 1.8 shares in March to finish with a 6.7 share and a leap to the #3 rank in the market; iHeartMedia’s KFBK, Sacramento rises 1.9 shares from February to March for a 10.3 share and its third straight month at #1; Entercom’s news/talk KDKA-AM, Pittsburgh climbs 1.3 shares to finish with a 5.6 share and the #5 rank in the Steel City; Bonneville’s KSL-AM/FM, Salt Lake City rises to the #3 rank by adding 1.1 shares to end the survey with a 6.0 share; and iHeartMedia’s WLW-AM, Cincinnati tacks 1.8 shares onto its February 8.3 share to finish March with a 10.1 share and the #1 rank in the market.  You can see all of TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian’s Ratings Takeaways here.

‘New Jersey 101.5’ Presents Next Coronavirus Town Hall. This Thursday (4/23), Townsquare Media’s news/talk WKXW-FM, Trenton “New Jersey 101.5” is presenting the next in its series of coronavirus Town Hall broadcasts.  The station’s senior political director Eric Scott leads the news and digital departments in highlighting the sacrifices being made by the front-line workers dealing with this health crisis.  He says, “Nurses, EMTs, and police officers are among the many frontline workers who are putting their own health at risk during this crisis.  We will both highlight their stories and offer them the resources they need to deal with the overwhelming stresses of their jobs.”  This edition’s on-air expert panel will feature: Debbie White, president, Health Professionals and Allied Employees; Pat Colligan, president, New Jersey Police Benevolent Association; Barbara Platt, president, New Jersey EMS Council; and first-responder crisis councilor Michael Bizzarro, PhD, LCSW, BCD.

Legislators Seek Paycheck Protection for Local Journalists and Broadcasters. A bi-partisan effort to assist local journalists and broadcasters suffering with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic is being spearheaded by U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), John Kennedy (R-LA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and John Boozman (R-AR).  They sent a letter to senate leadership urging them to ensure any future legislation make thousands of local newspapers, TV, and radio stations around the country eligible for small business assistance under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  In the letter, the senators called for waiving the Small Business Administration’s affiliation rule to allow local media outlets to access funding, pointing to the critical role these outlets play in keeping communities healthy and informed.  The senators say in their statement, “Ensuring that local news outlets remain viable at this critical time is not only a matter of fairness but is essential to public health.  Local newspapers, radio, and television stations provide important local content that keeps their communities informed.  People rely on local newspapers and broadcasters to cover school and business closures, to widely communicate public health guidance, and to combat life-threatening misinformation.”  National Association of Broadcasters president and CEO Gordon Smith comments on the move, “NAB is grateful to Senators Cantwell, Kennedy, Klobuchar and Boozman for their leadership in supporting expanded access to Small Business Administration loans for local radio and television stations under the Payroll Protection Program.  America’s broadcasters are providing trusted and credible lifesaving coverage to keep citizens safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, yet local stations are suffering advertising losses of historic proportion that will undermine this critically important service.  We urge congressional leaders to support this proposal to provide immediate SBA loan eligibility to more local radio and TV stations.”

TALKERS News Notes. WHO, Des Moines afternoon drive personality Simon Conway signs a new deal with the iHeartMedia news/talk station that runs through 2022, with an additional one year option.  Conway’s program is also heard on the company’s WMT, Cedar Rapids and WOC, Davenport, Iowa.  Conway says, “WHO Radio was and remains the gold standard for local talk radio in America.  I’m delighted to have signed this contract and look forward to many more years broadcasting on these heritage stations.”…..Indianapolis-based news/talk personality Tony Katz, who hosts “The Morning News” on Emmis’ WIBC-FM as well as his own syndicated late morning show, is putting his flagship station together with local businesses and sponsors to feed first responders across Central Indiana.  He says, “‘Hoosiers Helping Heroes’ does weekly deliveries of meals, snacks, and drinks to local hospitals.  It’s our way of saying, ‘thank you.’  And businesses across the area have been great to work with.  They want to help.  People want to help.  We’re getting calls from restaurants all over the area.  All types of businesses and individuals are asking if they can be a part of it.”…..NPR president and CEO John Lansing tells company staffers in a memo that the organization is preparing to cut costs due to a budget shortfall of between $35 million and $40 million due to the coronavirus pandemic.  He says, “We do not have any position eliminations on the table now, and it is our goal to avoid them as much as is reasonably possible.  However, I don’t have a crystal ball so I can’t guarantee anything other than that is my intent.”…..JVC Media is airing the “Florida Man Radio”-based Shannon Burke afternoon drive program on its Long Island news/talk outlet WRCN “103.9 LI News Radio”  JVC Media’s EVP for Florida Shane Reeve says, “Now more than ever, our community needs to come together and stay at home to keep their families and loved ones safe.  With that being said, as humans we have the need to socialize and feel like we are still part of the society that we love.  The ‘Florida Man Friday Happy Hour with Shannon Burke’ is that bit of relief and laughter you need to keep some sense of normalcy in your life.”…..The nationally syndicated “America Tonight” with Kate Delaney adds two new affiliate stations as Seehafer Broadcasting’s WFHR-AM, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin and Rck 1 Group’s WVLY, Wheeling, West Virginia add the show to their program lineups.

Wheeler Morris Named Hubbard Seattle VP/Market Manager. In Seattle, Hubbard Radio names Wheeler Morris vice president and market manager for the five-station cluster.  Scott Mahalick, who’s been serving as interim market manager, is named operations manager for the Seattle station group.  Morris has been serving the company as manager of corporate podcasting strategy.  Wheeler says, “I’m excited to join the great team at Hubbard Radio Seattle and to help continue the success that the strong brands have built over the years.  I’m especially excited to have an experienced and accomplished partner like Scott Mahalick to lead content and brands. He’s the right person to lead operations.”  Mahalick comments, “It brings joy to my heart that we will have the good fortune of Wheeler at the helm of Hubbard Radio Seattle.  Our team deserves a dedicated full-time manager focused on our success. I’ve had the advantage of getting to know and work with Wheeler this past year in his capacity as the head of our podcasting efforts. I can tell you he is a people person with great charm, empathy, wicked smart, driven and innovative as they come.  Bring it Wheeler!”

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Country radio personality Shawn Parr is launching a new, daily syndicated program via Key Networks titled, “Shawn Parr’s Across the Country” on June 1.  Key Networks says the four-hour, localized country music entertainment program features Parr’s trademark warmth, wit and love for country music, and is available for stations Monday-Friday via FTP delivery.  The show is customized to air anywhere in a station’s lineup between 6:00 am and 12:00 midnight.  Key Networks adds, “Known as ‘The Ambassador of Country Music,’ Shawn Parr is one of country radio’s brightest and most familiar voices.  With nearly 30 years in country radio, including 10 years as a nationally syndicated on-air host, Parr takes country fans front row-center to country’s biggest stars and hottest music.”  Parr says, “My entire career has always been about the country listeners and they will lead the way with this show as well!  Teaming up with Key Networks is like a dream come true.  Together we have worked so hard to get this show on the air and trust me when I say I am fired up and can’t wait for you to feel the energy ‘Across The Country!’”…..Air personality Corey Dillon exits Hubbard Radio’s country KNUC, Seattle “98.9 The Bull” after a two-year stint.  Dillon says via Facebook, “There are no hard feelings on my end.  It’s business, and I understand that.  I have learned so much over the past two years here at ‘The Bull’ and feel more confident in my craft than ever.”…..Cumulus Media names Paul Williams director of programming for Westwood One Nashville.  In this role, Williams will oversee the marketing, content, and operations for Westwood One’s nationally syndicated country programming.  Williams was most recently vice president of marketing & artist development for Reviver Entertainment Group in Nashville…..iHeartMedia Atlanta announces the Spanish hits format is moving from WBZY at 105.3 FM to WRDA at 105.7 FM.  iHeartMedia SVP of programming Meg Stevens says, “This is a tremendous opportunity to move the signal where more of the Hispanic audience can enjoy the music, information and the top-rated ‘Tu Mañana Con Enrique Santos’ show.”

Friday, April 17, 2020

| April 17, 2020

NOW POSTED:  New Installment of “The Michael Harrison Wrap: An Overview of the National Conversation.”   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.  The new episode titled, “WHO – Do You Trust?” looks back at this past week of April 13-17, 2020 and features guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERSSimon Conway, talk show host, WHO, Des Moines / WOC, Davenport / WMT, Cedar Rapids;  April Ryan, Washington, DC correspondent, American Urban Radio Networks / political analyst, CNNMcGraw Milhaven, talk show host, KTRS, St. Louis; and John McConnell, senior vice president, Workhouse Media.  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; KSCO, Santa Cruz, CA; KDFD (“Freedom 93.7”), Denver; KFNX, Phoenix; WVLY, Wheeling, WV; WVOX, Westchester, NY; KBDT, Dallas; KQSP, Minneapolis; KBKW, Aberdeen, WA; WGDJ, Albany, NY;  WJFN-FM, Richmond, VA; WZFG, Fargo; KTGO, Tioga, ND; WPHM, Port Huron, MI; the Virginia Talk Radio Network and Pioneer Valley Radio in Springfield, MA.  To listen to this week’s episode (and the program’s complete archives), 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.

TALKERS EXCLUSIVE:  Audio Interview with John McConnell.  As reported in TALKERS (4/3), former ABC Radio SVP of programming and current EVP of talent and content for management agency Workhouse MediaJohn McConnell, narrowly escaped the clutches of COVID-19 thanks to the controversial drug Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) – a med used to combat malaria, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis.  After being admitted to Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital in Vero Beach, Florida in very bad shape with pneumonia, McConnell and his wife made out their wills and, after a time, had even said goodbye to each other, expecting the worst.  Staff were preparing to put him on a ventilator and McConnell had heard about the poor recovery rates for ventilated patients.  However, Premiere Networks superstar Sean Hannity intervened by arranging with Dr. Mehmet Oz to connect with McConnell’s doctor in Florida and arrange for Plaquenil therapy.  Soon thereafter, McConnell began to feel better and recover.  He says he’s feeling better every day and his main concern is to not get exposed again.  Don’t miss an exclusive TALKERS interview conducted between Michael Harrison and John McConnell discussing the details of his experience. To listen to the entire conversation, please click 

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Round Two of March PPMs Released.  The second of four rounds of ratings from Nielsen Audio’s March 2020 PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including: Washington, Boston, Miami, Seattle, Detroit, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis.  The survey covered February 27 through March 25.  You can see all the weekly, 6+ AQH share numbers from subscribing stations here.  Positive movement among spoken-word stations included: Cumulus Media’s WMAL-FM, Washington – up five-tenths from February to finish with a 7.8 share and the #3 rank in the market; Hubbard Radio’s all-news WTOP-FM, Washington added four-tenths for an 8.2 share and the #2 rank; iHeartMedia’s all-news WBZ-AM, Boston tacked on eight-tenths to wrap March with a 6.4 share and the #3 rank; Bonneville’s KIRO-FM, Seattle jumped 1.2 shares in March, finishing with a 6.0 share and taking over the #1 rank in the market; Sinclair Broadcast Group’s all-news KOMO-AM/FM, Seattle climbs to the #3 rank after adding 1.3 shares to finish with a 5.4 share; and Entercom’s all-news WWJ-AM, Detroit tacks on a full share to end March with a 5.8 share and the #3 rank in the market.  You can see all of TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian’s Ratings Takeaways from the first two rounds of this survey here.

Jerry Schemmel Joins Talent Lineup at Denver’s ‘The Fan.’ Former Colorado Rockies radio play-by-play personality Jerry Schemmel – who exited that role earlier this year as part of the “employee dislocation” that took place at iHeartMedia (the Rockies radio rights holder) – is joining Bonneville’s sports talk KKFN, Denver “Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan.”  Schemmel will make appearances on the station’s sports talk programs.  ‘The Fan’ will also air his “Amazing Americans” program on Sunday mornings, effective April 26.  Schemmel will contribute to the station’s website and social media platforms, as well.  KKFN program director Raj Sharan says, “There is no more respected figure in Denver media than Jerry Schemmel.  He’s a man of the highest integrity and professionalism.  Jerry has served as the soundtrack of so many great Denver sports moments.  It’s only fitting that in the year of our 25th anniversary, we welcome back one of the legendary voices in the history of our radio station.”  Prior to his booth work for the Rockies, Schemmel was a radio and TV play-by-play man for the Denver Nuggets.

WGN-AM, Chicago Brings Paul Harvey’s ‘The Rest of the Story’ Back. The voice of legendary broadcaster Paul Harvey is returning to the airwaves in Chicago on Nexstar Media’s WGN-AM for a limited time, beginning April 27. The late newscaster’s daily feature – “The Rest of the Story” – will be aired on the station’s morning drive show starring host Bob Sirott.  WGN Radio and WGN America EVP Sean Compton says, “Paul Harvey’s radio adventure made him one of the most influential personalities in history.  It’s an honor for WGN Radio to re-introduce his amazing body of work to those of us who miss him and to a younger generation which didn’t have the privilege of growing up with him.”  WGN notes that Bob Sirott and Paul Harvey crossed paths in 1986 when Sirott interviewed him for a profile that aired on the CBS news magazine program, “West 57th.”

Proud Papa Zeoli. Pictured above is WPHT, Philadelphia morning drive host Rich Zeoli in the hospital with his wife, Brigid, and their newborn daughter Reagan Eileen (6 lbs.-4.4 oz. and 19”).  Reagan Eileen came into the world at 10:24 on Thursday morning.

COVID-19 Statistics and Projections Top News/Talk Story for Week of April 13-17. The national tally of confirmed coronavirus cases, estimates of actual cases, the death toll and projections about future cases were the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio this week, collectively landing atop the Talkers TenTM.  At #2 this week was the shuttered U.S. economy and the CARES Act.  Coming in at #3 was the state of the health care system in the country’s hot spots, followed by the presidential race and politics at #4.  The Talkers TenTM is a weekly chart of the top stories and people discussed on news/talk radio this week and is the result of ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.  It is published every Friday at Talkers.com.  See this this week’s complete chart here.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. On-air pro Mollie Kendrick joins Entercom’s CHR KUDL, Sacramento “106.5 The End” as its new afternoon drive host.  Kendrick says, “I’m honored to be joining a team of such talented people at ‘106.5 The End’ who are as dedicated to the craft as I am.  I’m excited to connect with listeners in the afternoon as Sacramento’s new BFF and to work with [brand manager] Rayne, [operations manager] Vince Richards and the whole Entercom Sacramento team.”  She was most recently morning show host at iHeartMedia’s hot AC KTCZ, Minneapolis “Cities 97.1.”…..Hubbard Radio’s adult hits WARH, St. Louis “106.5 The Arch” names Courtney Landrum the new morning host, leading “The Courtney Show” that also features Brandon “Brando” Luttman and Chris Convy.  She was most recently morning host at Entercom’s crosstown hot AC KYKY “Y-98.”  WARH brand/content manager Marty Linck said in a release. “She also has great chemistry with Brando and Chris, so it will be fun to hear them add to the overall ‘Arch’ experience.”  Landrum and crew take over for Stacey Boyer and Jonah Griss-Bush, who exited last month…..The nationally syndicated “Dana Cortez Show” is presenting virtual job fairs via Facebook Live.  She and co-hosts DJ Automatic and Anthony A are facilitating the fairs daily.  The show says it has had success, recently connecting an employer with 20 construction workers he hired and put to work immediately.  Cortez says, “Our listeners are our family and during this time when we all are experiencing change, uncertainty and even loss of income, we need to bring the family together to help any way we can.  There is so much out of our control right now but using our platform to connect people to opportunities is something we can do and are dedicated to continuing.”

Thursday, April 16, 2020

| April 16, 2020

Round One of March PPM Data Released.  The first of four rounds of data from Nielsen Audio’s March 2020 PPM survey have been released for 12 markets including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey).  The March survey covered February 27 through March 25. You can see all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his Ratings Takeaways from this batch of markets.  The Covid-19 crisis began hitting the U.S. halfway through this survey – around March 13 – and the big gainers were the all-news stations.  In New York, Entercom’s all-news stations WCBS-AM and WINS-AM were both up (weekly, 6+ AQH share) from the February survey – +0.5 and +1.1, respectively.  iHeartMedia’s KFI, Los Angeles rose 0.4 shares for a 4.2 share and the #5 rank in the market.  Nexstar Media’s news/talk WGN-AM, Chicago increased six-tenths for a 4.5 share and the #5 rank, while Entercom’s all-news WBBM-AM/WCFS-FM, Chicago spikes 1.9 shares – the biggest February to March jump in this group of 12 markets – to finish March with a 7.7 share and the #1 rank in Chicago.  Entercom’s all-news KCBS-AM, San Francisco is up 1.2 shares for a 9.9 share and the #1 rank.  Cox Media Group’s news/talk WSB-AM/WSBB-FM, Atlanta tacks on another 1.5 shares to finish March with a 12.9 share and its ninth straight #1 finish.  Entercom’s KYW-AM, Philadelphia added 1.9 shares for a 6.6 share and a leap from #8 to #3.  See Mike Kinosian’s Ratings Takeaways here.

KGO, San Francisco Brings John Rothmann Back for Evenings. Back in 2011, talk show host John Rothmann was let go from Cumulus Media’s news/talk KGO, San Francisco along with a number of other local air talent.  Now, nine years later Rothmann is back on the air holding down the 6:00 pm to 9:00 program (5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Saturdays).  Rothmann is featured in a story in The Jewish News of Northern California and he tells the paper that being on the air during this pandemic comes at a time that people want to connect. “There is a huge hunger for KGO as a community forum, and I’m helping fill that role, and people are responding.  My board is loaded from the time I come in until the time I head home.”  He adds, “People crave contact with others, and because we no longer have the physical contact, talk radio is the most intimate, immediate medium, and KGO is the only live, local talk show.”

WABC Launches New Weekend Show. Dubbed, “The Right vs The Left,” the Sunday afternoon show on Red Apple Media’s WABC, New York “TALKRADIO 77 WABC” “pits a WABC air personality on the right vs. well-known political commentators and activists on the left to offer listeners opposing sides of a range of current issues.”  This Sunday (4/19), WABC morning co-host Sid Rosenberg takes on left-leaning actor Michael Rapaport at 4:00 pm and WABC midday co-host Curtis Sliwa spars with “The Aggressive Progressive” Christopher Hahn at 5:00 pm.  WABC program director Dave LaBrozzi says, “At WABC, our goal is to present both sides of the story so that our listeners can get to the truth of every issue.  This special program does that in an entertaining joust between two strong, knowledgeable, opinionated-yet-open-minded personalities.  The result is engaging talk radio that pulls in the audience and keeps them there.”  The station says the program debuted last weekend with morning show co-host Bernard McGuirk going against Hahn and overwhelming response from listeners spurred it to set up the second and third matches, with the possibility of more right vs. left battles in the coming weeks.

President Trump Wanted to Host Daily Talk Radio Show; But Didn’t Want to Affect Rush Limbaugh’s Program. According to a piece in The New York Times, President Trump was eager to launch a daily, two-hour talk radio show in which he would take calls from Americans – without a call screener – to talk about the coronavirus pandemic.  However, he balked because he didn’t want to compete with conservative media icon and supporter Rush Limbaugh.  He would have wanted to do the program in afternoon, the time when Limbaugh’s Premiere Networks show airs live.

Coronavirus Statistics and Projections, WHO Funding, Trump vs Governors, Health Care System, China Under Scrutiny, and the November Election Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (4/15). The official tally of U.S. coronavirus cases and deaths and projections of future cases; the controversy over President Trump’s order to suspend funding to the World Health Organization for its deference to China; the question of the president’s power versus that of the states’ governors; the state of health care and the health of medical personnel in the cities where hospitals are being overwhelmed by Covid-19 patients; questions about China’s truthfulness about its handling of the outbreak in Wuhan; and how the November elections will be handled in the U.S. were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

KTRS, St. Louis Longtime Morning Host and PD McGraw Milhaven Is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast.  The morning host and program director of independently owned and operated KTRS, AM 550 in St. Louis, McGraw Milhaven, is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series, “The Michael Harrison Interview.”  Harrison and Milhaven, a perennial member of the TALKERS Heavy Hundred, discuss what it’s like broadcasting from home during Covid-19 and President Trump’s handling of the crisis as well as the state of political news/talk radio in a timely conversation of interest to industry pros and listeners alike.  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. A special, four-week tribute series hosted by Ryan Seacrest and streamed LIVE on iHeartRadio’s YouTube channel and broadcast across more than 90 iHeartMedia stations debuts this Friday.  It’s called, “iHeartRadio’s First Responder Fridays with FirstNet, Built with AT&T,” and is designed to honor first responders and medical professionals on the front lines during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Seacrest is asking listeners on air on iHeartRadio stations across the country, online and through social media to share stories of how their lives have been positively impacted by police, fire, EMS and hospital workers by using #iHeartFirstResponders on social media and calling 1-833-3FRIDAY.  In honor and support of these first responders and medical professionals, AT&T is committing $5.5 million to provide much needed support in the form of nourishing meals through World Central Kitchen, Feeding America, Salvation Army, and Team Rubicon…..RCN Boston and iHeartMedia are partnering to honor local community heroes of the coronavirus pandemic.  The partnership was developed to show appreciation during these uncertain times to the people who are working tirelessly to keep the community safe and comfortable. These heroes include medical professionals, first responders, delivery service workers, cleaning staff, cooks, teachers, stock clerks and others.  RCN and iHeartMedia Boston are asking for nominations of individuals or organizations who are going above and beyond during these unprecedented times. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, April 24.  Ten heroes will be selected to receive a $250 gift card to continue their amazing work for which they are being recognized…..On-air pro Bryan “B-Dub” Washington announces via Facebook that he’s leaving his afternoon personality and APD/MD roles at iHeartMedia’s country KWBL, Denver “106.7 The Bull.”  He writes, “The last two years have been absolutely amazing.  I’ve had some of the coolest experiences of my entire life here, and it’s so hard to say goodbye, but the time has come.  I’ll have more to tell you, soon.  It was by choice, and when I am able to, I’ll explain why.”…..The company’s cost-saving policy forces midday air personality Jodee Woods out of Midwest Communications’ country KVOX-FM, Fargo…..Condolences to the family and friends of All Pro Broadcasting owner Willie D. Davis, who passed away yesterday (4/15) at age 85 after a long illness.  In addition to his career as a broadcaster and businessman, Davis was a Pro Football Hall of Famer who was a key defensive player on the 1960s-era Green Bay Packers.  He won five NFL championships (including two Super Bowls) as a member of the team before retiring from the game in 1969.  All Pro Broadcasting owns hot AC KHTI and adult contemporary KATY-FM in the Riverside-San Bernardino market.  Davis also formed Milwaukee Radio Alliance LLC with Bill Lynett in 1996.  It owns adult contemporary WLDB-FM, alternative WLUM-FM, and oldies WZTI-AM.

March 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round One

| April 16, 2020

March 2020 PPM Data – Information for the March 2020 ratings period has been released for New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Long Island (Nassau-Suffolk), Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union. Nielsen Audio’s March 2020 survey period covered February 27 – March 25. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM-markets below.

New York City

Spoken-Word Formats – Despite being off one-tenth to 1.9 (6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR advances from #20 to a tie at #19; “710 The Voice of New York” had been up three-tenths via three straight up or flat trends (1.7 – 1.7 – 1.9 – 2.0, 6+). Locked on 1.4 (6+) in January and February – its best 6+-showing since 1.5 in February 2019Red Apple Media’s WABC slips to 1.3 (6+) and is anchored at #22. Without an increase the fourth time in succession for an overall loss of two-tenths (1.1 – 1.0 – .9 – .9 – .9, 6+), Townsquare Media’s WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” slips from #23 to #24.

A combined -1.2 in February/March (3.1 – 2.3 – 1.9, 6+), WFAN-FM drops from #17 to a tie at #19 with WOR (see above). The Entercom sports talk station gained one-half share in January to halt three consecutive decreases that led to a collective -1.2 (3.8 – 3.7 – 3.0 – 2.6, 6+). Similarly, WEPN-FM “98.7 ESPN New York” improved by six-tenths in January to curtail three straight drops that accounted for a loss of six-tenths (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.8 – 1.5, 6+), but has lost another six-tenths in February/March (2.1 – 1.7 – 1.5, flat at #21, 6+).

Entercom-owned all-news WINS adds a +1.1 to February’s one-tenth increase (3.5 – 3.6 – 4.7, 6+) and leaps from ninth to fifth. Co-owned/similarly-formatted WCBS-AM, which was off two-tenths via three successive sweeps without an increase (2.6 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+), ends the slide with a half-share boost to 2.9 (#15 to #13, 6+). In March 2019, WINS posted a 3.7 (6+) and WCBS-AM was 3.4 (6+).

Not only is WNYC-FM +1.6 via three straight bumps to reach the four-share level (2.4 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 4.0, 6+), the WNYC Broadcasting Foundation public radio news/talk station cracks the top ten (#12 to #7). After recording a .5 (6+) four times in the last five sweeps (.5 – .5 – .4 – .5 – .5, 6+), co-owned public radio news/talk WNYC-AM logs a .6 (6+), yet backslides from #27 to #29.

New York City Music Formats – The top three NYC outlets are separated by one-half share in March 2020. Off seven-tenths in January/February (6.6 – 6.0 – 5.9, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WSKQ “Mega 97.9” erases all but one-tenth of that deficit with a +.6 to 6.5 (6+) and continues in the runner-up slot. In three consecutive upticks, Entercom classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits” is an overall +1.9 (4.3 – 5.0 – 5.7 – 6.2, 6+) and carries on in third-place. WCBS-FM was a collective -1.6 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.9 – 4.9 – 4.3, 6+). In addition to “New York’s Greatest Hits,” Univision Radio’s WQBU “Que Buena 92.7” improves by one-half share in March (.4 – .9, #24, 6+). Notwithstanding that has dropped roughly half (-6.6) its 6+ AQH share in three setbacks in a row (13.3 – 8.0 – 7.3 – 6.7, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “106.7 Lite FM” is #1 the 34th ratings period in a row. “Lite FM” was +6.2 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.1 – 9.6 – 13.3, 6+). A March -1.2 (4.3 – 3.1, 6+) sends rhythmic CHR cluster-mate WKTU out of the top ten (#6 to #11). Off one-half share are CHR and urban contemporary siblings WHTZ “Z-100” (4.7 – 4.2, fifth to sixth, 6+) and WWPR “Power 105” (3.5 – 3.0, #10 to #12, 6+). As a result of seven straight spikes, Univision Radio Spanish contemporary WXNY more than doubled (+2.1) its 6+ AQH share (2.0 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.5 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 4.1, 6+), but “X.96.3” regresses by one-tenth to 4.0 (flat at #7, 6+).

Los Angeles

Spoken-Word Formats –  This is the third increase in succession by iHeartMedia news/talk KFI for a collective +1.6 (2.6 – 3.3 – 3.8 – 4.2,  6+) as “AM 640” jumps from seventh to fifth. The last time KFI reached the four-share level was July 2019 (4.3, 6+). As a result of five consecutive sweeps without a loss,  Salem Media Group news/talk KRLA gains four-tenths (1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.4, 6+); “AM 870 The Answer” climbs from #29 to #27. In three successive boosts, Cumulus Media’s KABC “790 News-Talk-Evolved” has gained one-half share (.5 – .7 – .9 – 1.0, 6+) to move from #35 to #31. Following three up or flat reports in succession for a net improvement of four-tenths (.6 – .6 – .9 – 1.0, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KEIB “AM 1150 The Patriot” forfeits two-tenths (.8, #32 to #37, 6+).

Off one-tenth each are iHeartMedia’s KLAC “AM 570 LA Sports” (1.1 – 1.0 – .9, #32 – #36, 6+) and Disney-owned/similarly-formatted KSPN “710 ESPN” (1.1 – .9 – .8, #35 to #37, 6+). The two sports talk rivals were tied at #29 in January.

Frozen on 3.0 (6+) in January and February, Entercom all-news KNX “1070 News Radio” busts out a +.8 to 3.8 (tenth to eighth, 6+). This time last year, KNX logged a 3.1 (March 2019, 6+).

A loss of two-tenths (2.1 – 1.9, 6+) results in Pasadena City College news/talk KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” exiting the top twenty (#20 to #22).

Los Angeles Music Formats – After posting a December 2019 through February 2020 topline of 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 1.6 (6+), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KKLQ improves by one-half share to 2.1 (6+). Moreover, Los Angeles’ version of “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” enters the top twenty (#23 to #20). Albeit that it is trending 5.2 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 5.2 (6+), Entercom classic hits-oldies KRTH  marches from second to first. “K-Earth 101” last occupied the top spot in October and November. Prior to January, KRTH lost seven-tenths in three straight sweeps without an increase (5.9 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.2, 6+). Three successive dips by smooth AC cluster-mate KTWV resulted in a net loss of six-tenths (4.5 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 3.9, 6+), but “94.7 The Wave” is +1.0 as a result of three consecutive gains (3.9 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 4.9, steady at #3, 6+). Following four successive sweeps setting the pace, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KOST segues to the runner-up slot. Now one-tenth behind KRTH, “Coast 103.5” is a collective -8.6 in three straight setbacks (13.7 – 6.5 – 5.7 – 5.1, 6+). KOST had been an overall +8.5 via three sweeps in a row without a loss (5.2 – 5.2 – 9.3 – 13.7, 6+). Spanish Broadcasting System regional Mexican KLAX “97.9 La Raza,” which gained nine-tenths through three bumps in a row (3.2 – 3.6 – 3.8 – 4.1, 6+), relinquishes eight-tenths (3.3, sixth to tenth, 6+). Up eight-tenths in January/February (3.6 – 4.1 – 4.4, 6+), after being off three-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.9 – 3.7 – 3.6, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR KIIS “102.7 Kiss FM” falters by one-half share in March to 3.9 (fifth to seventh, 6+). Entercom’s similarly-formatted KAMP “97.1 Amp Radio” has a “Holiday” 2019 through March 2020 topline of 1.9 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 1.9 (flat at #22, 6+). Having trended 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.5 (December 2019 through February 2020, 6+), co-owned alternative  KROQ sputters by one-half share to 2.0 (6+) and drifts from the top twenty (#14 to #21). Similarly-programmed/iHeartMedia-owned KYSR “Alt 98.7” is off four-tenths in February/March (2.9 – 2.6 – 2.5, 6+) but remains at #12.

Chicago

Spoken-Word Formats – Owing to three straight bumps, Nexstar Media Group news/talk WGN “Radio 720” is an overall +1.5 (3.0 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.5, 6+) and jumps from seventh to fifth. After logging a 2.3 (6+) the last six times in succession, Cumulus Media news/talk WLS-AM drops two-tenths to 2.1 (6+) and exits the top twenty (#19 to #21).

Slipping from #14 to #15, Entercom sports talk WSCR “670 The Score” is -1.0 in three drops in a row (3.5 – 3.3 – 2.7 – 2.5, 6+). Meanwhile, Disney/ESPN-owned WMVP “ESPN Chicago 1000” has lost seven-tenths as a result of five consecutive sweeps without an increase (1.9 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.2, #27 to #26, 6+).

Not only does WBBM-AM share top honors for largest (6+) February 2020 – March 2020 increase by any station in the 12 PPM-markets noted here (+1.9), the Entercom all-news operation repeats at #1. Moreover, WBBM-AM is a collective +2.8 via three straight upticks and crosses the seven-share level (4.9 – 5.4 – 5.8 – 7.7, 6+). At this time last year, WBBM-AM posted a 5.8 (March 2019, 6+).

In an alternating down/up pattern since December and including a March gain of seven-tenths (3.5 – 3.1 – 3.9 – 3.6 – 4.3, 6+), Chicago Public Media news/talk WBEZ zooms from ninth to sixth.

Chicago Music Formats – A one-half share improvement enables Entercom triple A WXRT “Chicago’s Finest Rock 93 XRT” to log a 3.8 (6+) the fourth time in the last seven sweeps (3.8 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 3.8, tenth to ninth, 6+). By picking up one-tenth to 4.3 (flat at #6, 6+), Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WLS-FM “94.7 Chicago’s Classic Hits” curtails four-straight down or flat sweeps that resulted in a net loss of nine-tenths (5.1 – 4.8 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 4.2, 6+). Off six-tenths (1.9 – 1.3, 6+), Univision Radio’s WVIV “Latino Mix 93.5” checks in at #24. Following three straight sweeps at #1, iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLIT “93.9 Lite FM” has lost more than two-thirds (-9.4) of its 6+ AQH share in three straight decreases (13.7 – 5.5 – 4.8 – 4.3, fifth to sixth, 6+). Elsewhere in the format, Hubbard Broadcasting’s WSHE “100.3 SHE” sputters by one-half share in February/March (3.6 – 3.3 – 3.1, 6+) and departs the top ten (#10 to #11). WSHE improved by six-tenths in January. WSHE was a combined -.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.5 – 3.3 – 3.0, 6+). Meanwhile, Venture Technologies Group-owned/similarly-formatted WRME-LP “Me TV 87.7,” which was -1.1 in February (3.5 – 2.4, 6+), repeats that 2.4 (6+) but elevates from #18 to #16. WRME-LP was up one-half share in January.

San Francisco

Spoken-Word Formats. February’s tie between Cumulus Media news/talk cluster-mates KSFO and KGO is broken: KSFO is up two-tenths (1.8 – 2.0, flat at #19, 6+), while KGO is flat at 1.8 (6+). The latter slips from #19 to #20. While unchanged at .2 (6+), iHeartMedia-owned KKSF-AM “Real Talk 910 – Think Forward” progresses from #34 to #32.

A combined -1.8 in February/March (4.8 – 3.5 – 3.0, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KNBR-AM slips from eighth to ninth; “The Sports Leader” was +1.1 in January. After being up one-tenth in consecutive reports (1.5 – 1.6 – 1.7, 6+), Entercoms similarly-formatted KGMZ “95.7 The Game” surrenders three-tenths to 1.4 (flat at #23, 6+).

Over and above repeating at #1, Entercom all-news KCBS-AM is a combined +2.2 in three straight upticks and nearly reaches double-digits (7.7 – 8.4 – 8.7 – 9.9, 6+). KCBS-AM was on top from September through December. In March 2019, it posted a 6.4 (6+).

Six recent fluctuations for California Public Broadcasting news/talk KQED include: September/October’s -1.2 (7.1 – 6.4 – 5.9, 6+); November/December’s +1.6 (5.9 – 7.3 – 7.5, 6+); “Holiday” 2019’s -1.2; January 2020’s +1.2; February’s -.9; and March’s +1.5 (6.6 – 8.1, flat at #2, 6+). KQED was San Francisco’s first-place finisher in June, July, August, and tied at the top (with KCBS-AM) in September. San Francisco Unified School District’s KALW “91.7 Local Public Radio” is down three-tenths in February/March (1.0 – .8 – .7, flat at #29, 6+).

San Francisco Music Formats – Advancing from fourth to third, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KISQ “98.1 The Breeze – Relaxing Favorites At Work” is up an overall eight-tenths via three straight spikes (3.7 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.5, 6+). It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for rhythmic CHR cluster-mate KYLD, which was down one-half share in three consecutive sweeps without an increase (3.1 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 2.6, 6+); wiped away the deficit completely with a half-share February increase to 3.1 (6+); and now loses eight-tenths to 2.3 (6+). “WiLD 94.9 The Bay’s #1 Hit Music Station” exits the top ten (#10 to #14). Meanwhile, Bonneville’s similarly-programmed KMVQ “99.7 Now The Bay’s #1 For All The Hits” falters by eight-tenths in February/March (4.5 – 4.4 – 3.7, fourth to seventh, 6+). Entercom-owned KITS “Alt 105.3 The Bay Area’s Alternative” is a combined -.8 in February/March (2.2 – 2.0 – 1.4, 6+) and fades from the top twenty (#18 – #23). The internet stream of hot AC KLLC “Alice @ 97.3,” which posted a .6 (6+) in January and a .5 (6+) in February, is unlisted in March.

Dallas

Spoken-Word Formats – Down one-tenth (4.0 – 3.9, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WBAP “News Talk 820” continues in eighth-place. The August 2019 through March 2020 topline for co-owned KLIF-AM “570 News & Information” is: .5 – .5 – .5 – .6 – .6 – .5 – .5 – .5 – .6 (flat at #34, 6+). One-tenth behind KLIF-AM with a .5 (unchanged at #35, 6+) is Salem Media Group-owned KSKY “660 AM The Answer,” which had logged a .4 (6+) five times in the previous eight survey periods (.4 – .4 – .5 – .4 – .3 – .4 – .5 – .4, 6+).

In three straight drops, Entercom sports talk KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” is a collective -1.1 (2.5 – 2.2 – 1.9 – 1.4, 6+) and exits the top twenty (#19 to #22). It is now tied with Cumulus Media’s KTCK “The Ticket – All Sports All The Time,” which is off two-tenths (1.6 – 1.4, #21 to #22, 6+). Following seven consecutive up or flat trends that yielded one-half share (.7 – .8 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.2, 6+), Disney/ESPN’s KESN “103.3 ESPN Dallas” forfeits one-half share in February/March (1.2 – 1.0 – .7, #32 to #33, 6+).

Entercom news-talk hybrid KRLD-AM “News Radio 1080” has a July 2019 through March 2020 topline of: 1.8 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.8 (#21 to #19, 6+).

Following seven down or flat reports in succession for a net decline of four-tenths (3.2 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+), North Texas Public Broadcasting news/talk KERA ends the slide with a gain of six-tenths to 3.4 (#14 to #11, 6+).

Dallas Music Formats – Within 4.0 – 4.6 range (6+) the past 15 sweeps, Entercom classic hits-oldies KLUV “98.7 Nobody Plays More 80s” logs a one-half share gain to 5.1 (fifth to third, 6+). On top the third month in a row, Salem Media Group contemporary Christian KLTY “Your Life … Inspired” has an alternating up/down sequence of: 6.9 – 7.3 – 6.9 – 7.0 (6+). KLTY was +1.6 in “Holiday” 2019 (5.3 – 6.9,6+) and a combined -1.3 in November/December (6.6 – 5.6 – 5.3, 6+). At the same time that Entercom regional Mexican KMVK “La Grande 107.5” picks up one-half share (3.2, #15 to #13), Univision Radio’s similarly-formatted KLNO “Que Buena 94.1” regresses by six-tenths (#11 to #15). KMVK had been off eight-tenths in three straight drops (3.5 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.7, 6+); ironically, KLNO is now a combined -.8 in February/March (3.5 – 3.3 – 2.7, 6+). After trending 2.5 – 2.4 – 2.5 (“Holiday” 2019 – January 2020 – February, 6+), Entercom alternative KVIL “Alt 103.7” forfeits one-half share to 2.0 (#17 to #18, 6+). Separated by four-tenths of a share are Cumulus Media’s KSCS “New Country 96.3” (5.2 – 4.9, -.3, third to fourth, 6+) and co-owned/similarly-formatted KPLX “99.5 The Wolf,” which is off one-tenth in back-to-back reports (4.7 – 4.6 – 4.5, fifth to sixth, 6+). These two cluster-mates gained eight-tenths (each) in January. “New Country” was off one-half share in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.9 – 4.7 – 4.4, 6+). “The Wolf” lost a combined half-share in October/November (4.4 – 4.0 – 3.9, 6+), but fully erased that deficit with a December increase of one-half share.

Houston                              

Spoken-Word Formats – An overall +2.4 as a result of seven consecutive positive or neutral moves (3.3 – 3.4 – 3.9 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.6 – 5.4 – 5.7, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KTRH “News Radio 740” forfeits roughly that increase (4.6, -1.1, fourth to seventh, 6+). The September 2019 through March 2020 topline for co-owned KPRC “AM 950 – Houston’s More Stimulating Talk Radio” is: .3 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .4 (#26 to #27, 6+).

Anchored at #22, Entercom’s KILT-AM “Sports Radio 610” is down one-half share in February/March (1.7 – 1.2 – 1.2, 6+). An overall -1.2 (or -80%) the last four sweeps (1.5 – .6 – .4 – .4 – .3, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KBME “Sports Talk 790” halts the slide with a +.2 to .5 (#27 to #26, 6+). Meanwhile, Gow Communications’ sports talk KFNC “ESPN 97.5” has lost four-tenths in five straight down or flat moves (.7 -.5 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3, #27 to #28, 6+). KBME and KFNC were tied in “Holiday” 2019, January 2020, and February.

Off three-tenths (3.7 – 3.4, 6+), University of Houston news/talk KUHF, which was +1.0 in January,  slides from #11 to #14.

Houston Music Formats – The wild run continues for Univision Radio regional Mexican KLTN, which was a collective +1.9 via six straight increases (4.9 – 5.0 – 5.1 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 6.6 – 6.8, 6+); -1.1 (“Holiday” 2019); +.9 (January 2020); -.9 (February); and now +1.0 in March (5.7 – 6.7, 6+). Moreover, “Que Buena 102.9” leaps from fourth to first. December’s 6.8 was its best 6+-showing since January 2019 (7.0). Dislodged from the top spot after four successive sweeps there and falling to second is iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA, which is an overall -5.4 in three straight setbacks (11.6 – 7.0 – 6.7 – 6.2, 6+). “Sunny 99.1” was +.5.8 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.8 – 7.8 – 11.6, 6+) and the market leader 16 sweeps in a row before segueing to #2 in August. In addition to being a cumulative +1.2 via four straight spikes (3.1 – 3.2 – 3.3 – 3.7 – 4.3, 6+), Entercom Spanish contemporary KLOL “Mega 101” cracks the top ten (#11 to #9). In an extremely similar scenario, co-owned adult hits KKHH “95.7 The Spot” is +1.2 in three successive up or flat trends (4.4 – 5.1 – 5.1 – 5.6, seventh to fifth, 6+). Sputtering by seven-tenths each are independent contemporary Christian KSBJ “89.3 God Listens” (5.4 – 4.7, flat at #6, 6+) and Cox Media Group’s KKBQ “93-Q Country” (4.6 – 3.9, #8 to #11, 6+). KSBJ had posted three successive gains for a +2.1 and crossed the five-share threshold (3.3 – 3.9 – 4.1 – 5.4, 6+). KKBQ substituted its combined December/”Holiday” 2019 -1.0 (4.5 – 3.9 – 3.5, 6+) with a January 2020 +1.1. It is now tied with Entercom’s similarly-formatted KILT-FM “100.3 The Bull” (3.9, +.4, #15 to #11, 6+), which was off a combined seven-tenths in January/February (4.2 – 4.2 – 3.5, 6+).

Atlanta

Spoken-Word Formats – Over and above being #1 the ninth straight sweep in the headquartered market of the Center For Disease Control & Prevention, Cox Media Group news/talk WSB-AM is an eye-popping +4.9 in three consecutive hefty gains (8.0 – 10.0 – 11.4 – 12.9, 6+). Moreover, this (12.9) represents the first time in the PPM-era that any Atlanta station has reached the 12-share level (6+). Even though it repeats  February’s .6 (6+), Salem Media Group-owned WGKA “AM 920 The Answer” falls from #25 to #28. Entercom’s WAOK “1380 The Voice of the Community” is flat at .3 (#29 to #30, 6+), one-tenth ahead of iHeartMedia-owned WGST “Talk Radio 640” (unchanged at .2, #31 to #32, 6+).

A combined -1.2 in February/March (4.6 – 3.9 – 3.4, 6+), Entercom sports talk WZGC “92.9 The Game” exits the top ten (#10 to #12). Following seven consecutive up or flat months for a net gain of +1.1 (1.6 – 1.7 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.7, 6+), Dickey Broadcasting’s WCNN is now a combined -1.7 through seven sweeps in succession without an increase (2.7 – 2.5 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0 – 1.0, flat at #23, 6+).

Repeating February’s 3.3 (6+), City of Atlanta Board of Education’s WABE nonetheless slips from #13 to #14. The October 2019 through March 2020 topline for Georgia State University news/talk WRAS is: .6 – .8 – .8 – .6 – .7 – .6 – .7 (#25 to #27, 6+).

Atlanta Music Formats – Notching increases of six-tenths each are Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WSRV “97.1 The River” (third to second) and Radio One gospel WPZE “Praise 102.5 Atlanta’s Inspiration Station” (#14 to #7). “The River” is in alternating down/up pattern (5.2 – 5.1 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 6.4, 6+) and reaches the six-share level (6.4) for the first time since September’s 6.5. “Praise” logs its fourth straight up or flat trend for a +1.0 (2.8 – 2.8 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.8, 6+) and has its best 6+-showing (3.8) since October (4.1). In the contemporary Christian arena, Educational Media Foundation-owned WAKL “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” is up nine-tenths (#17), but Salem Media Group’s WFSH “104.7 The Fish” is off one-half share (flat at #7) and Radio Training Network’s WVFJ “The Joy FM” surrenders seven-tenths (#16 to #18). WAKL is trending: 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.9 (6+), while “The Fish” is an overall -2.9 via three drops in succession (6.7 – 4.5 – 4.3, 3.8, 6+). WVFJ is in an alternating up/down pattern (1.9 – 2.8 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 1.7, 6+). A combined -1.0 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.9 – 5.7 – 4.9, 6+), Radio One urban AC WAMJ sliced that deficit by 60% in January with a +.6. “Majic 107.5 & 97.5,” however, is off seven-tenths in February/March (5.5 – 5.4 – 4.8, fifth to sixth, 6+). The market’s (6+) CHR share deflates by -1.4 as Cumulus Media’s WWWQ “Q-99.7” erodes by nine-tenths (4.3 – 3.4, #7 to #12, 6+), while iHeartMedia’s similarly-programmed WWPW “Power 96.1 Atlanta’s #1 Hit Music Station” surrenders one-half share (4.2 – 3.7, flat at #9, 6+). Following back-to-back modest decreases (3.4 – 3.3 – 3.1, 6+), “Q-99.7” hauled out a +1.1 in January, reaching the four-share level (4.2) for the first time since June (4.0). Entering the “Holiday” 2019 sweep, “Power” was a cumulative +1.1 in three straight advances (2.9 – 3.1 – 3.6 – 4.0, 6+).

Philadelphia

Spoken-Word Formats – After being up seven-tenths in January, Entercom-owned WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” forfeits six-tenths in February/March  (2.3 – 2.1 – 1.7, 6+), slipping from #19 to #20. Without an increase the third straight time for a net loss of two-tenths (1.1 – 1.0 – 1.0 – .9, 6+), Townsquare Media news/talk WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” remains at #24.

Entercom sports talk WIP is down one-tenth (5.8 – 5.7, 6+) and one ranker (fourth to fifth). “Sports Radio 94.1” was +1.6 (October/November; -1.5 (December); +1.1 (“Holiday” 2019/January 2020); and -2.0 in February. Before falling to third in December, WIP had been #1 three months in a row. Beasley Media Group-owned WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” is a combined -1.2 in February/March (3.3 – 2.9 – 2.1, 6+) and slumps from #15 to #19. A “Holiday” 2019 decrease of one-tenth interrupted six straight up or flat reports that yielded nine-tenths (2.1 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+).

Answering February’s -.1 with a robust +1.9 (4.8 – 4.7 – 6.6, 6+), Entercom-owned KYW rockets from eighth to third. “News Radio 1060” shares top honors with Chicago news sibling WBBM-AM (see above) for largest (6+) February 2020 – March 2020 increase by any station in the 12 PPM-markets noted here (+1.9).

A cumulative +2.1 in three straight upticks (3.3 – 4.5 – 4.9 – 5.4, 6+), public radio news/talk WHYY progresses from seventh to sixth. WHYY was +.7 in December and -.7 in “Holiday” 2019.

Philadelphia Music Formats – Beasley Media Group’s WMGK is on a roll: “Classic Rock 102.9 MGK” is a collective +1.8 in three straight bumps (5.5 – 6.2 – 6.4 – 7.3, 6+) and advances from second to first.  WMGK answered “Holiday” 2019’s -2.0 with a January improvement of seven-tenths. “Classic Rock 102.9 MGK” had been +1.0 in three straight up or flat moves (6.5 – 6.6 – 7.5 – 7.5, 6+). It succeeds co-owned WMMR “93.3 Everything That Rocks” (6.9 – 7.0, +.1, first to second, 6+), which had a February-only stay at #1. After dropping eight-tenths in December, WMMR faltered by seven-tenths in “Holiday” 2019 (6.1 – 5.3 – 4.6, 6+). It was a different story though in January 2020 as it notched a +1.8. By gaining one-tenth to 4.7 (ninth to eighth, 6+), Entercom classic hits-oldies WOGL “Nobody Plays More 80s” pulls the plug on five consecutive negative or neutral moves that accounted for an overall -1.2 (5.8 – 5.6 – 4.7 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.6, 6+). After trending 2.0 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 (December 2019 – February 2020, 6+), Temple University’s WRTI “Your Classical and Jazz Source” picks up seven-tenths to 2.5 (6+) and enters the top twenty (#15). In an alternating up/down pattern since November (2.8 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 3.3 – 2.7 – 2.9, 6+), Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies WPPZ “107.9 Philly’s Classic R n B” pushes up from #16 to #14. A combined +1.1 in January/February (2.2 – 3.1 – 3.3, 6+), iHeartMedia alternative WRFF “Radio 104.5” falters by eight-tenths to 2.5 (#14 to #15, 6+). Without an increase four straight reports for a net loss of nine-tenths (3.1 – 2.9 – 2.5 – 2.4 – 2.2, 6+), Entercom’s WTDY “Today’s Hits 96.5 TDY” picked up one-half share in February, but returns it completely in March (2.2 – 2.7 – 2.2, #16 to #18). Co-owned adult contemporary WBEB “B-101.1 More Music/More Variety” is a collective –13.8 as a result of three consecutive setbacks (18.6 – 6.1 – 5.1 – 4.8, fifth to seventh, 6+). This comes directly following its “Holiday” 2019 +9.7 (8.9 – 18.6, 6+). “B-101.1 More Music/More Variety” was +1.1 in three straight increases (5.5 – 5.6 – 6.1 – 6.6, 6+); -1.2 in November (6.6 – 5.4, 6+); and +3.5 in December.

Long Island

Spoken-Word Formats – Off four-tenths in back-to-back reports (4.6 – 4.2, 3.8, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR falls from sixth to eighth; “710 The Voice of New York” was +1.5 in January. The August 2019 through March 2020 topline for Red Apple Media news/talk WABC is: 1.1 – 1.3 – 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.1 (flat at #24 6+).

A combined +1.0 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (4.8 – 4.9 – 5.8, 6+), Entercom sports talk WFAN-FM is now -1.7 in February/March (5.8 – 4.7 – 4.1, third to seventh, 6+). Similarly-programmed WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” is unlisted in Long Island the third month in a row. WEPN was off a combined half share in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.7 – 2.5 – 2.2, #15, 6+).

Roaring back from February’s loss of one-tenth with a March +1.7 (3.6 – 3.5 – 5.2, 6+), Entercom’s all-news WINS catapults from #11 all the way to #2. WINS was .7 (October); +.5 (November/December); -.6 (“Holiday” 2019); and +.6 (January 2020). Co-owned/similarly-formatted WCBS-AM, which was off three-tenths in January/February (2.8 – 2.7 – 2.5, 6+), answers with an increase of nine-tenths to 3.4 (6+) and enters the top ten (#15 to #10, 6+).

While it is steady at #21, WNYC Broadcasting Foundation public radio news/talk WNYC-FM picks up one-tenth (1.5 – 1.6, 6+).

Long Island Music Formats – Winning ways continue for Entercom classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM, which is a collective +1.0 via seven straight Long Island sweeps without a loss (4.0 – 4.0 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 5.2 – 6.0 – 7.0, 6+). Furthermore, “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits” repeats at #1. As a result of three straight upticks, Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WSKQ “Mega 97.9” has nearly doubled (+1.1) its 6+ AQH share (1.3 – 1.4 – 1.8 – 2.4, #19 to #15, 6+). In four straight positive or neutral trends, iHeartMedia classic rock WAXQ “Q-104.3” nets nine-tenths (3.5 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 4.2 – 4.4, sixth to fifth, 6+). Cox Media Group CHR WBLI “Long Island’s #1 For All The Hits” is in alternating up/down pattern that began in November (4.9 – 5.0 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 4.0 – 4.4, eighth to fifth, 6+). WNYC Broadcasting Foundation-owned classical WQXR posts a one-half share increase (.9 – 1.4, 6+) and checks in at #23. After doubling January’s +.6 with a February +1.2 (2.6 – 3.2 – 4.6, 6+), Emmis urban AC WBLS “107.5 #1 For R&B” spirals by -1.3 to 3.3 (6+) and drifts from #4 to #11. A combined +1.0 in January/February (2.0 – 2.3 – 3.0, 6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WWPR “Power 105” erases that increase completely with a -1.0 to 2.0 (#12 to #18, 6+). Stuck on 3.7 (6+) in January and February, Connoisseur Media adult contemporary WKJY “K-Joy 98.3 Long Island’s Place To Relax” surrenders one-half share to 3.2 (6+) and exits the top ten (#10 to #12). In three drops in succession, co-owned hot AC WALK-FM “97.5 Real Variety” has lost roughly 65% (-6.7) of its 6+ AQH share (10.3 – 4.4 – 3.8 – 3.6, flat at #9, 6+). WALK-FM had a “Holiday” 2019-only stay at #1. Entering the January sweep, it was a collective +6.5 through four successive bumps (3.8 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 6.1 – 10.3, 6+), with 10.3 its best 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2018’s 10.5.

Riverside

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

Anchored at #20, co-owned KPWK “Fox Sports Radio 1350 AM” is without an increase the 11th time in succession (.2 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1, 6+). Similarly-formatted/Los Angeles Angels-owned (LAA 1, LLC) KLAA “Angels Radio AM 830” does not appear in print the 28th straight sweep.

Up three-tenths (1.0 -1.3, 6+), San Bernardino Community College public radio news/talk KVCR carries on at #12. Pasadena City College news/talk KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” repeats February’s .3 (6+) and #17 ranker.

Riverside Music Formats – Notching gains of one-half share each are KFRG “K-Frog 95.1” (4.8 – 5.3, steady in third-place, 6+) and All-Pro Broadcasting-owned KHTI “Hot 103.9 The I.E.’s Best Mix” (1.4, #14 to #11, 6+). “K-Frog” was a collective +1.5 via three bumps in a row (3.7 – 4.1 – 4.6 – 5.2, 6+), before dropping four-tenths in February. The Entercom country outlet reached the five-share level in January (5.2, 6+) for the first time since July (5.1). “Hot 103.9” had been trending .9 – .8 – .9 (“Holiday” 2019 – January 2020 – February, 6+). Even though it wipes away January’s +.9 (7.0 – 7.9, 6+) in its entirety with a February/March -.9 (7.9 – 7.5 – 7.0, 6+), Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose” is #1 the sixth time in a row. January’s increase interrupted December/“Holiday” 2019’s -1.2 (8.2 – 7.9 – 7.0, 6+). KLYY was up one-half share in November. December 2018’s 10.5 marked the first time any Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario station reached double-figures (6+) since April 2015, when “Jose” recorded a 10.4. Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KLVE “107.5 K-LOVE,” which was +1.4 in January/February (2.2 – 2.8 – 3.6, 6+), forfeits six-tenths to 3.0 (fifth to seventh, 6+). KLVE was locked on 3.1 (6+) in November and December, and faltered by nine-tenths in “Holiday” 2019. Educational Media Foundation-owned contemporary Christian KLRD “Air 1 – Worship Now” (1.6, #11, June 2019, 6+) and co-owned/similarly-formatted KKLQ “Positive, Encouraging 100.3” (.7, #15, June 2019, 6+) – are unlisted the tenth time in a row.

San Jose

Spoken-Word Formats – As a result of three straight upticks, Cumulus Media news/talk KGO has more than doubled (+1.6) its 6+ AQH share (1.3 – 2.0 – 2.6 – 2.9, 6+) and progresses from a five-way deadlock at #12 to #11. Despite gaining one-tenth (1.3 – 1.4, 6+), co-owned/similarly-formatted KSFO backslides from #22 to #24.

Sports talk sibling KNBR was down a combined -.7 in December/“Holiday” 2019; +.9 in January; and now -1.9 in February/March (4.7 – 3.3 – 2.8, 6+). “The Sports Leader” drifts out of the top ten (#8 to #13). In back-to-back reports, Entercom’s similarly-formatted KGMZ “95.7 The Game” drops one-tenth (2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5, #12 to #14, 6+).

Entercom all-news KCBS-AM is a whopping +2.5 via three significant gains (4.4 – 5.0 – 5.7 – 6.9, fourth to third, 6+). KCBS-AM was -.5 (October); +.7 (November); -.8 (December); and -.7 (“Holiday” 2019). At this time last year, it logged a 6.7 (March 2019, 6+).

Steady in second-place, Northern California Public Broadcasting news/talk KQED follows February’s loss of four-tenths (6.9 – 6.5, 6+) with a +.9 to 7.4 (6+). A combined -1.2 in December/“Holiday 2019 (6.9 – 6.5 – 5.7, 6+), KQED was +1.0 in November (5.9 – 6.9, 6+) and had a November-only stay at #1. The December 2019 through March 2020 topline for San Francisco Unified School District news/talk KALW is: .7 – .8 – .7 – .8 – 1.1 (#27 to #25, 6+).

San Jose Music Formats – Not only is iHeartMedia adult contemporary KISQ a combined +1.5 in February/March (2.2 – 2.5 – 3.7, 6+), “98.1 The Breeze – Relaxing Favorites At Work” rockets from #17 all the way to #7. Three noteworthy March 2020 moves are made in the hot AC arena. Specifically, Entercom’s KLLC “Alice @ 97.3” posts a gain of nine-tenths (#12 to #9), while Alpha Media-owned KEZR “Mix 106.5 Today’s Best Music” erodes by -1.1 (6.1 – 5.0, third to fourth, 6+) and iHeartMedia’s KIOI “Star 101.3” forfeits six-tenths (#12 to #18). “Alice” is without a loss the fourth straight time for a +1.2 (2.3 – 2.3 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 3.5, 6+). When “Mix” added seven-tenths in February, it applied the brakes to five straight sweeps without an increase that resulted in a net loss of -1.3 (6.7 – 6.1 – 5.8 – 5.8 – 5.5 – 5.4, 6+). In contrast to “Alice,” KIOI is -1.9 as a result of four consecutive down or flat trends (3.9 – 3.5 – 3.2 – 2.6 – 2.0, 6+). More than doubling (+1.0) its 6+ AQH share via three successive sweeps without a loss (.9 – .9 – 1.1 – 1.9, 6+), Lazer Broadcasting regional Mexican KXZM enters the top twenty at #19. Recapturing the half-share it squandered in February (8.1 – 7.6 – 8.1, 6+), Alpha Media classic hits-oldies KBAY “94.5 Bay FM – The Bay’s Greatest Hits” is #1 the fifth time in a row. KBAY was a combined +1.5 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (6.6 – 7.4 – 8.1, 6+). Following six successive months on top, it segued to #2 in November when it plummeted by -2.0 (8.6 – 6.6, 6+). Ever since resurfacing in print in December, Entercom CHR KMVQ was trending 4.4 – 4.0 – 4.5 – 4.4 (December 2019 through February 2020, 6+). In March though, “99.7 Now The Bay’s #1 For All The Hits” falters by -1.1 to 3.3 (sixth to tenth, 6+). A combined +.9 in January/February (2.3 – 2.8 – 3.2, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KYLD “WiLD 94.9 The Bay’s #1 Hit Music Station” surrenders seven-tenths in March to 2.5 (#10 to #14, 6+). Three straight spikes by Cumulus Media classic rock KSAN resulted in a collective +1.2 (1.5 – 1.8 – 2.1 – 2.7, 6+), but “107.7 The Bone” is now -1.1 in February/March (2.7 – 2.2 – 1.6, #19 to #21, 6+). Regressing by one-half share each are iHeartMedia urban contemporary KMEL (#11 to #16) and Entercom alternative KITS “Alt 105.3” (#18 to #20). KMEL is off one-half share in February/March (2.9 – 2.9 – 2.4, 6+), while KITS falters by six-tenths in the comparable period (2.4 – 2.3 – 1.8, 6+). Univision Radio regional Mexican KSOL “Que Buena,” which was a collective -1.4 through three drops in a row (3.3 – 2.8 – 2.3 – 1.9, #20, 6+), is unlisted the third month in a row.

Middlesex-Somerset-Union

Spoken-Word Formats – Continuing an alternating down/up pattern that started in October and includes March’s +.8 (5.9 – 5.2 – 5.6 – 5.3 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 6.0, 6+), Townsquare Media news/talk WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” advances from fifth to third. After gaining one-tenth in February (1.5 – 1.6, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” surrenders two-tenths (1.4, #20 to #21, 6+). Red Apple Media news/talk WABC loses roughly half (-.6) its 6+ AQH share in February/March (1.1 – .8 – .5, 6+) and is flat at #23.

Following February’s -1.0 February (5.0 – 4.0, 6+), Entercom sports talk WFAN-FM rebounds with a gain of two-tenths to 4.2 (steady at #10, 6+). WFAN-FM was -.7 (September); +1.4 (October/November); -1.5 (December/“Holiday” 2019); and +1.4 (January 2020). Off six-tenths in “Holiday” 2019 (2.7 – 2.1, #17 to #19, 6+), after being an overall +1.1 via four consecutive sweeps without a loss (1.6 – 1.7 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+), similarly-programmed WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” is unlisted the third consecutive month.

Up three-tenths and four-tenths, respectively, are Entercom all-news siblings WCBS-AM (2.1 – 2.4, #19 to #18, 6+) and WINS (1.2 – 1.6, #22 to #20, 6+).

Following a February loss of one-tenth (2.4 – 2.3, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation public radio news/talk WNYC-FM answers with a March increase of six-tenths (2.9, #17 to #15, 6+).

Middlesex-Somerset-Union Music Formats – In four straight sweeps without a loss, Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97” is an overall +1.5 (3.2 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.7, tenth to fifth, 6+). The three latest fluctuations by Entercom hot AC WNEW-FM “NEW 102.7” are +.6 (January); -.5 (February); and +.6 in March (4.0 – 4.6 – 4.1 – 4.7, ninth to fifth, 6+). Entering the January sweep, WNEW-FM was an overall -1.0 in three straight down or flat trends (5.0 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 4.0, 6+). In addition to being a collective +2.1 in three consecutive upticks (5.6 – 7.0 – 7.4 – 7.7, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rock WAXQ “Q-104.3” is #1 the third report in succession. Following three positive or neutral sweeps in succession that netted a +1.0 (3.3 – 3.3 – 3.9 – 4.3, 6+), Pillar of Fire contemporary Christian WAWZ “Star 99.1” plummets by -1.7 to 2.6 (6+) and fades from the top ten (#8 to #17). A combined +1.0 in January/February (4.4 – 5.3 – 5.4, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WHTZ “Z-100” surrenders 70% of that increase (4.7, -.7, third to fifth, 6+). Beasley Media Group adult contemporary WMGQ “Magic 98.3” and iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WLTW “Lite FM” make identical moves (4.4 – 4.5, +.1, sixth to eighth, 6+).

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