Tag: "Nielsen Audio"

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

| March 3, 2021

January PPM Data – Most Significant Shifts. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian wraps his Ratings Takeaways from Nielsen Audio’s January 2021 PPM survey, noting, “January sweeps are notorious for producing massive fluctuations, as radio listening habits quickly shakeout following the cessation of wall-to-wall Christmas music by any market station (or stations). Muddying the waters in Nielsen Audio’s January 2021 ratings period (January 7 – February 3) was the continuation of a global pandemic; a uniquely-contested presidential election; and the aftermath of the January 6 domestic terrorism attack on the U.S. Capitol. In radio – and life – very few things lately have been transpiring ‘as usual.’” See his tally of the stations making the most significant ratings shifts here.

WDAY-AM, Fargo to Launch New Local Late Morning Show. The program, “The Coffee Club,” will be hosted by Paul Bougie (right) and Janae White (left) and will air from 8:30 am to 11:00 am on news/talk WDAY-AM/K226CL, effective March 22. WDAY is owned by Forum Communications but is being operated by Flag Family Media – owner of WZFG, Fargo “AM 1100 The Flag” and KTGO, Tioga, North Dakota “AM 1090 The Flag.” The new show will fill the slot that’s been occupied by a simulcast of the WZFG-based “What’s On Your Mind?” show hosted by Flag Family Media principal Scott Hennen and Todd Mitchell.

‘104.5 The Zone’ Nashville Names Buck Reising Midday Host. Sports journalist Buck Reising joins Cumulus Media’s sports talk WGFX-FM, Nashville “104.5 The Zone” as host of the 10:00 am to 1:00 pm show, effective today (3/3). Reising – a frequent guest on “The Zone” – is a journalist with A to Z Sports and also hosts the podcasts “615 Sessions” and “A to Z Sports Primetime.” In addition to the new weekday show, Reising will be adding original podcasts, and will continue hosting the aforementioned podcasts, with more collaboration between WGFX and A to Z Sports likely. WGFX program director Paul Mason says, “Buck Reising is everything you want in a talent in 2021. He has demonstrated with A to Z Sports an unmatched ability to connect with a diverse audience in the digital space. I look forward to that continuing, along with Buck’s new role on The Zone’s on-air lineup, making him the ultimate dual threat in Nashville sports!” Reising says, “I’m incredibly excited to start this new opportunity with ‘104.5 The Zone.’ I don’t love anything the way I love this city and the people in it. The content will be different, diverse, and occupy every possible media space.”

ASU and Former Student Radio Station Manager Settle ‘Free Speech’ Case. According to a report at AZCentral, Arizona State University and student Rae’Lee Klein have reached a settlement in her First Amendment suit against the Arizona Board of Regents, ASU, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and school interim dean Kristin Gilger. Klein was suspended from her position as manager of the student-run radio station Blaze Radio after a fellow student complained about a tweet Klein sent in the aftermath of the Jacob Blake shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August that read: “Always more to the story, folks. Please read this article to get the background of Jacob Blake’s warrant. You’ll be quite disgusted.” The radio board voted to remove her from her manager position but offered her other job alternatives. Klein sued for $500,000 was eventually settled for $7,040. Klein, who is still a student at the school, tells AZCentral she’s happy the parties have come to agreement. Attorney David Bodney, who represented the school, says the case was not about Klein’s First Amendment rights. “We never attempted to restrict her speech. Indeed, she spoke freely throughout this controversy. Rather, it was her conduct after the tweet, which demonstrated her inability to lead the station, that ultimately led to her removal.”

TALKERS News Notes. The Total Traffic & Weather Network extends its partnership with road-facing camera network Vizzion to give TTWN broadcast partners access to Vizzion’s nationwide aggregated traffic camera network, including imagery and live-feeds, for use in traffic and weather reports. Under this extended partnership, Vizzion’s camera feeds will also continue to be available as part of TTWN’s traffic presentation systems providing broadcasters with visual confirmation of traffic information and adding color to on-air traffic reports…..Veteran film producer Jonathan Glickman’s Glickmania Media and iHeartMedia, announce a joint venture that will include a two-year podcast co-production deal, focusing on a slate of original music-driven podcasts across many genres. As part of the deal, Glickmania and iHeartMedia will aim to release a minimum of two new podcasts per year together. The collaboration will kick off with this summer’s “Unsung” series, which will be created in partnership with Story Pirates, creators of the number one podcast for kids. Additional co-produced titles will include the horror-musical “Diane’s Inferno” starring Maya Hawke and Yungblud, written and directed by Lisa Duva with original music overseen by executive producer Zach Dawes; “Lost You On The Dance Floor,” a murder mystery set against the rise and fall of the disco phenomenon, penned by renowned music journalist Matt Diehl; and from Jonathan Ezra and Robbie Roth comes the musical drama/journalism series, “Ballad Of An Outlaw,” which considers would-be Reagan assassin John Hinckley Jr.’s integration back into society…..SiriusXM announces that “The Bonfire,” co-hosted by comedians Big Jay Oakerson and Dan Soder returns to the Faction Talk channel weeknights from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm ET. SiriusXM will also produce “The Bonfire” podcast.

COVID-19 Stats & Vaccines, Texas and Mississippi End Mandates, Stimulus Bill Debate, Cuomo Sexual Harassment Allegations, SCOTUS Voting Rights Case, Tanden Nomination Pulled, Dr. Seuss Books Retired, and Biden Sanctions Russia Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (3/2). The falling number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., concerns about variants, and the rollout of vaccines; the governors of Texas and Mississippi end mask mandates and occupancy restrictions; the debate in the Senate over the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill; the allegations of sexual harassment against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo; the Supreme Court’s hearing of arguments over Arizona’s voting rights case; the White House withdraws the nomination of Neera Tanden for budget director; Dr. Seuss Enterprises agrees to cease publishing six books that contain racist imagery; and the Biden administration puts sanctions on Russia over the poisoning of Alexei Navalny were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

January 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways

| March 3, 2021

January 2021’s Most Significant Shifts. January sweeps are notorious for producing massive fluctuations, as radio listening habits quickly shakeout following the cessation of wall-to-wall Christmas music by any market station (or stations).

Muddying the waters in Nielsen Audio’s January 2021 ratings period (January 7 – February 3) was the continuation of a global pandemic; a uniquely-contested presidential election; and the aftermath of the January 6 domestic terrorism attack on the U.S. Capitol.

In radio – and life – very few things lately have been transpiring “as usual.”

One thing though did follow a traditional script: Stations programming all-holiday hits (the overwhelming majority of which are adult contemporary) tended to relinquish nearly all – and in some cases, even more – of the gains they racked up in “Holiday” 2020.

Nabbing honors for loftiest (6+) “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 increase is American University-owned public radio news/talk WAMU, which spiked by +5.1 in Washington, DC (8.3 – 13.4, second to first, 6+).

Noted below are all facilities displaying upticks of at least one full-share (“Holiday” 2020 – January 2021, 6+), as well as those outlets plunging by that same margin in the identical survey period.

Gains of At Least +1.0 (“Holiday” 2020 – January 2021, 6+)

Spoken-Word Formats

News/Talk

WSB-AM, Atlanta +2.8; WISN, Milwaukee +2.8; KFBK, Sacramento +2.4; WTKS, Orlando +2.2; KTRH, Houston +2.0; KNRS, Salt Lake City +1.9; WBT, Charlotte +1.6; WTKK, Raleigh +1.6; KLBJ-AM, Austin +1.5; WWTN, Nashville +1.5; KFYI, Phoenix +1.4; KXL, Portland +1.4; WMAL, Washington, DC +1.3; WIBC, Indianapolis +1.3; WTVN, Columbus +1.2; WNIS, Norfolk +1.2; KTAR-FM, Phoenix +1.1; WJNO, West Palm Beach +1.1; WREC, Memphis +1.1; and WTIC-AM, Hartford +1.0

 

News

WTOP-FM & WTLP, Washington, DC +1.8; news – talk WBZ-AM, Boston +1.7; KCBS-AM & KFRC, San Jose +1.2; KOMO AM & KOMO-FM, Seattle +1.1; and KYW, Philadelphia +1.0

 

Sports Talk

WXOS, St. Louis +1.6; KDKA-FM, Pittsburgh +1.3; WXYT-FM, Detroit +1.1; KTCK, Dallas +1.0; and WEEI-FM, Boston +1.0

 

Public Radio News/Talk

WAMU, Washington, DC +5.1; KUT, Austin +3.0; WBEZ, Chicago +2.4; KQED, San Jose +2.4; KOPB, Portland +2.3; KQED, San Francisco +1.9; WJCT, Jacksonville +1.9; WFAE, Charlotte +1.8; WHYY, Philadelphia +1.7; WBUR, Boston +1.6; WOSU, Columbus +1.6; WPLN-FM, Nashville +1.6; WFYI, Indianapolis +1.5; KSTX, San Antonio +1.4; KXJZ, Sacramento +1.4; WMFE, Orlando +1.4; WUNC, Raleigh +1.4; WPLN-HD3 Stream, Nashville +1.4; WNPR, Hartford +1.4; KUHF, Houston +1.3; WFDD, Greensboro +1.3; KNOW, Minneapolis +1.2; WGBH, Boston +1.1; WLRN, Miami +1.1; WNYC-FM, Long Island +1.1; WYPR, Baltimore +1.0; KUER, Salt Lake City +1.0; and WCPN, Cleveland +1.0

 

Music Formats (Arranged Alphabetically)

 

Adult Contemporary

KBEB, Sacramento +1.7; WISX, Philadelphia +1.2; and WVBW, Norfolk +1.1

 

Adult Hits

WNOB, Norfolk +1.9; WARH, St. Louis +1.0; and WLKO, Charlotte +1.0

 

Alternative

KPNT, St. Louis +1.9; KTCL, Denver +1.4; and WWDC, Washington, DC +1.3

 

CHR

WNCI, Columbus +1.6; WFLZ, Tampa +1.5; and KHTS, San Diego +1.0

 

Classic Hits-Oldies

WOCL, Orlando +2.2; WROR, Boston +1.9; WOMC, Detroit +1.4; WHCN, Hartford +1.4; WIAD, Washington, DC +1.3; KKLZ, Las Vegas +1.3; WGRR, Cincinnati +1.3; KJR-FM, Seattle +1.0; KOAI, Phoenix +1.0; and KXSN, San Diego +1.0

 

Classic Rock

KGLK, Houston +1.8; WNRQ, Nashville +1.6; KTKX, San Antonio +1.2; WMMO, Orlando +1.2; WFBQ, Indianapolis +1.1; and KZOK, Seattle +1.0

 

Contemporary Christian

WCIE, Tampa +1.0

 

Country

WCOL, Columbus +2.2; WFMS, Indianapolis +2.0; KCYY, San Antonio +1.9; WUBE, Cincinnati +1.7; WPAW, Greensboro +1.6; WGH-FM, Norfolk +1.5; WKKT, Charlotte +1.4; WQIK, Jacksonville +1.4; KSCS, Dallas +1.2; KUPL, Portland +1.1; WNNF, Cincinnati +1.1; WGAR, Cleveland +1.1; KUBL, Salt Lake City +1.0; and KSOP-FM, Salt Lake City +1.0

 

Gospel

WHAL, Memphis +2.2

 

Hot AC

KMXB, Las Vegas +1.7; WQAL, Cleveland +1.5; KSTP-FM, Minneapolis +1.3; and KALC, Denver +1.2

 

Regional Mexican

KLNV, San Diego +1.3

 

Rhythmic CHR

KXJM, Portland +1.1 and WZMX, Hartford +1.0

 

Rhythmic Hot AC

WREW, Cincinnati +2.3

 

Rock

WHJY, Providence +1.7; KSHE, St. Louis +1.4; KRXQ, Sacramento +1.3; WDHA, Middlesex +1.1; and KCAL-FM, Riverside +1.0

 

Spanish Adult Hits

KWID, Las Vegas +2.2 and KBRG, San Jose +1.0

 

Triple A

WTTS, Indianapolis +1.1

 

Urban AC

WQMG, Greensboro +1.8 and WHUR, Baltimore +1.2

 

Urban Contemporary

WUBT, Nashville +1.0

 

Losses Of At Least -1.0 (“Holiday” 2020 – January 2021, 6+)

 

Adult Contemporary

KSFI, Salt Lake City -11.5; WNIC, Detroit -11.1; WMJX, Boston -9.9; KESZ, Phoenix -9.4; KEZK, St. Louis -9.4; WLIT, Chicago -9.2; WASH, Washington, DC -9.2; WMGF, Orlando -9.1; WKQC, Charlotte -8.3; KOST, Los Angeles -8.2; KOSI, Denver -8.0; WJXA, Nashville -8.0; WWLI, Providence -8.0; KYMX, Sacramento -7.9; KOIT-FM, San Jose -7.8; WBEB, Philadelphia -7.5; KQXT, San Antonio -7.3; WMAG, Greensboro -7.2; WWDE, Norfolk -7.0; KKCW, Portland -6.9; KOIT-FM, San Francisco -6.6; WLTW, Middlesex -6.5; WLTW, New York -6.3; WRRM, Cincinnati -6.2; KSNE, Las Vegas -6.1; WLIF, Baltimore -5.9; KYXY, San Diego -5.8; WEJZ, Jacksonville -5.7; KOST, Riverside -5.6; KDGE, Dallas -4.8; WYXB, Indianapolis -4.7; KODA, Houston -4.6; KCKC, Kansas City -4.3; WLTW, Long Island -4.2; WSHH, Pittsburgh -4.2; WDOK, Cleveland -4.1; WLDB, Milwaukee -4.1; WRVR, Memphis -3.5; WRCH, Hartford -3.4; KKMJ, Austin -3.3; KRWM, Seattle -2.4; WLYF, Miami -2.3; WASH, Baltimore -2.1; WMGQ, Middlesex -1.7; WRAL, Raleigh -1.5; WDUV, Tampa -1.3; and WMAG, Raleigh -1.3

 

Adult Hits

WODC, Columbus -6.2; KBPA, Austin -2.1; KYCH, Portland -1.0; and KJXK, San Antonio -1.0

 

CHR

WWPW, Atlanta -1.1 and XHTZ, San Diego -1.0

 

Classic Hits-Oldies

KQQL, Minneapolis -6.0; WWSW, Pittsburgh -3.2; WEAT, West Palm Beach -2.2; KCMO-FM, Kansas City -2.0; WMJI, Cleveland -1.6; and WRIT, Milwaukee -1.6

 

Classic Rock

WKRR, Greensboro -1.2 and WBGG, West Palm Beach -1.0

 

Contemporary Christian

WFSH, Atlanta -1.8; KFIS, Portland -1.5; WGTS, Washington, DC -1.2; and KCMS-FM, Seattle -1.0

 

Hot AC

WMTX, Tampa -4.1; WALK-FM, Long Island -3.5; KPLZ, Seattle -1.9; KZZO, Sacramento -1.3; and WPLW-AM, Raleigh -1.2

 

Regional Mexican

KSAH, San Antonio -1.6 and KLNZ, Phoenix -1.5

 

Rhythmic Hot AC

WMOV, Norfolk -2.2

 

Urban AC

KJMS, Memphis -1.8; WALR, Atlanta -1.3; WVAZ, Chicago -1.2; WBAV, Charlotte -1.2; and WFXC, Raleigh -1.1

 

Email managing editor Mike Kinosian at Mike.Kinosian@gmail.com.

Monday, March 1, 2021

| March 1, 2021

Monday Memo: On the Air, In the Air. Repetition is a powerful radio tactic. As billion-plus-dollar lawsuits and corporate censorship edicts throttle toxic talk post-January 6, consultant Holland Cooke asks, “Should it take that?” In this week’s column, he cautions that credibility is on thin ice. Read it here.

Pending Business: Stop Fighting, Start Selling. Sales and marketing pro Steve Lapa, president of Lapcom Communications Corp, writes in today’s column that the natural reaction from sellers who face objections is to fight. “Your overwhelming instinct is to defend the pitch as designed and sidestep the objections. The poise and discipline you’ve practiced when physically face-to-face with your advertiser is lost in the current fast-moving, rapid-response world of email and text. You push your point instead of ‘listening’ to the voice behind the words in the email, text, or other digital reply.” Read Lapa’s six steps for overcoming this urge here.

Round Four of January PPM Ratings Survey Released. The fourth and final round of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s January PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including: Austin, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Providence, Norfolk, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Greensboro, Memphis, and Hartford. Nielsen’s January 2021 survey covered January 7 – February 3. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets. In Austin, Waterloo Media’s news/talk KLBJ-AM rises 1.5 shares to finish with a 5.7 share and the #4 rank in the market. iHeartMedia’s news/talk WTKK-FM, Raleigh jumps from #5 to #3 after tacking on 1.6 shares for a 7.0 share finish. In Indianapolis, Emmis Communications’ news/talk WIBC-FM jumps to #1 after adding 1.3 shares to finish the survey with an 8.9 share. And in Milwaukee, iHeartMedia’s WISN-AM takes over the #1 rank after adding 2.8 shares for an 11.0 share, while Good Karma Brands’ crosstown news/talk WTMJ-AM rises a half share to a 6.5 share good for the #3 rank. See Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways report for this group of markets here.

John Fredericks Expands Radio Network into Atlanta. In a Local Marketing Agreement deal with WMLB-AM, Avondale Estates, Georgia owner Delmarva Educational Association, the Richmond, Virginia-based John Fredericks Radio Network begins programming the station and launches a conservative talk format. Talk host and CEO John Fredericks says, “News/talk radio is the last bastion of free and unencumbered speech in America. It’s our final frontier of free speech, and it’s a community devoid of the cancel culture now stifling and squashing free and open discussion in our country. We are honored to bring our fresh and dynamic brand of news/talk radio and cutting-edge commentary to our Atlanta metro listeners.” In conjunction with the launch of the format, John Fredericks Radio Network announces the launch of the daily “Doug Collins Show” hosted by the former Georgia Congressman. It will air from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm on WMLB-AM. Fredericks adds, “We are very excited to have Doug as part of our radio syndicated network and I believe his show will become immediate must-listen radio not only in Georgia but nationally. Doug has always had his finger on the pulse of America.” Collins’ show will also air live on Fredericks-owned stations in WJFN-AM/W224EB, Chester, Virginia and WJFN-FM, Goochland, Virginia.

Entercom Makes Lineup Changes at Portland’s ‘1080 The Fan’; Brings AJ McCord Aboard as Midday Co-Host. Portland sports talk outlet KFXX-AM, Portland, “1080 The Fan” announces the addition of KOIN-TV sportscaster AJ McCord to the 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm show alongside Dusty Harrah for the “AJ and Dusty” show. Harrah moves from morning drive as the midday “Dirt and Sprague” show with Andy “Dirt” Johnson and Brandon Sprague shifts to morning drive. FOX Sports Radio’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” continues in the 9:00 am to 12:00 pm slot and “Primetime with Isaac and Suke” featuring Isaac Ropp and Jason Scukanec continues in the 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm daypart. Entercom Portland SVP and market manager Kim Martinez says, “I’m so excited about this enhanced lineup. With Dirt and Sprague making the well-deserved move to mornings and the addition of AJ McCord in middays, ‘1080 The Fan’ will continue to provide the best content and entertainment for our listeners, and results for our advertisers.”

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Morning Radio Host Russ Martin Dead at 60. Dallas morning drive personality Russ Martin – host of the “Russ Martin Show” on iHeartMedia’s classic rock KEGL-FM, Dallas “97.1 The Eagle” – was found unresponsive at his home in Frisco, Texas early Saturday morning after a friend performed a wellness check. Authorities say the cause of death has not been determined but say that at this point, there is no foul play suspected. Martin was a longtime North Texas radio personality. He hosted an eponymous show on then-CBS Radio’s “Free FM” hot talk format on then KLLI-FM prior to its flip to sports talk as KRLD-FM “The Fan” in 2008. He joined KEGL in 2010.

Key Networks Launches ‘Bloomberg Business of Sports’ on 100 SportsMap Radio Affiliates. The radio show “Bloomberg Business of Sports,” hosted by Michael Barr, is debuting today on 100 SportsMap Radio affiliate stations across the country. Key Networks is syndicating the program that “takes listeners inside the business end of the sports world and explains what it means to fans and their pocketbooks. The show follows the money in the world of sports and the decisions that power the multi-billion-dollar industry. From media and technology to finance and real estate, leagues and teams across the globe have matured into far more than just back-page entertainment. The show reports on sports trades, salaries, endorsements, contracts, collective bargaining and more – all from an insider’s perspective and explains the money behind the final score.” Key Networks chief revenue officer Dennis Green says, “In today’s world, sports and business align more than ever. There is no brand better equipped than Bloomberg to report on the news and events that impact the business side of sports. We are delighted to bring this content to the SportsMap network and their affiliates around the country.”

iHeartMedia Launches ‘FOX Sports 1230 The Gambler’ in Toledo. WCWA-AM, Toledo is now “FOX Sports 1230 The Gambler.” Station owner iHeartMedia announces the programming lineup will consist of content from FOX Sports Radio and VSiN (Vegas Stats and Information Network). The company says the lineup will offer listeners betting guides, handicapping and strategies plus signature programming from FOX Sports Radio, including “The Dan Patrick Show” and “The Herd with Colin Cowherd,” as well as highly respected Toledo sportscaster Anthony Bellino on weekday mornings. iHeartMedia Ohio and West Virginia SVP of programming Scott Sands says, “‘FOX Sports 1230 The Gambler’ is the future of sports radio. We are thrilled to bring this hot new format to Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan, assisting our growing audience in navigating the ever-growing world of sports wagering.”

Trump at CPAC, COVID-19 Stats & Vaccines, Biden’s Stimulus Bill/Minimum Wage Issue, Cuomo Allegations, Virginia Legalizes Pot, Myanmar Protests, and Golden Globe Awards Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend. Former President Donald Trump speaks at the final day of the CPAC in Orlando; the falling number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine is approved, and concerns about variants; President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package passes the House and the battle over the $15/hour minimum wage proposal; the allegations of sexual harassment against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and increasing calls for his resignation; Virginia becomes the 16th state to legalize marijuana; more violent protests break out in Myanmar; and Sunday night’s virtual Golden Globe Awards were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

January 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Four

| February 28, 2021

January 2021 PPM Data – Information for the January 2021 survey period has been released for Austin; Raleigh; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Nashville; Providence; Norfolk; Jacksonville; West Palm Beach; Greensboro; Memphis; and Hartford.

Nielsen Audio’s January 2021 sweep covered January 7 – February 3.

In addition to providing “Takeaways” for spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top twenty, managing editor Mike Kinosian notes each particular city’s #1 station (6+), as well as greatest (6+) gains and losses.

All comparisons noted are “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 (6+).

 

AUSTIN

 

News/Talk: KLBJ-AM (4.2 – 5.7, +1.5, fifth to fourth, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: KTXX (1.9 – 2.2, +.3, #16 to #17, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: KUT (8.5 – 11.5, +3.0, third to first, 6+)

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KUT (8.5 – 11.5, +3.0, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk KUT (+3.0)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KKMJ (-3.3)

 

RALEIGH

 

News/Talk: WTKK (5.4 – 7.0, +1.6, fifth to third, 6+) and WPTF (flat at 2.5, #13 to #14, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WCMC-FM (1.8 – 2.0, +.2, unchanged at #17, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WUNC (9.9 – 11.3, +1.4, repeating at #1, 6+)

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk WUNC (9.9 – 11.3, +1.4, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: news/talk WTKK (+1.6)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WRAL (-1.5)

 

INDIANAPOLIS

 

News/Talk: WIBC (7.6 – 8.9, +1.3, second to first, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WFNI (3.4 – 4.0,+.6, #13 to #9, 6+) and WNDE (.8 – .7, -.1, #19 to #20, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WFYI (4.0 – 5.5, +1.5, ninth to seventh, 6+)

Number One 6+: news/talk WIBC (7.6 – 8.9, +1.3, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: country WFMS (+2.0)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WYXB (-4.7)

 

MILWAUKEE

 

News/Talk: WISN (8.2 – 11.0, +2.8, third to first, 6+) and WTMJ (6.0 – 6.5, +.5, fourth to third, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WRNW (1.2 – 1.5, +.3, #12 to #13, 6+); WKTI (.8 – .9, +.1, #16 to #17, 6+); and WSCR (debuts with a .6, #20, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WUWM (3.6 – 3.4, -.2, seventh to ninth, 6+) and WHAD (1.0 – .7, -.3, #14 to #19, 6+)

Number One 6+: news/talk WISN (8.2 – 11.0, +2.8, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: news talk WISN (+2.8)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WLDB (-4.1)

 

NASHVILLE

 

News/Talk: WWTN (5.3 – 6.8, +1.5, steady at #4, 6+) and WLAC (1.9 – 2.4, +.5, #18 to #16, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WGFX (5.3 – 4.6, -.7, fourth to ninth, 6+) and WPRT (1.0 – 1.1, +.1, flat at #20, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WPLN-FM (4.9 – 6.5, +1.6, seventh to fifth, 6+) and WPLN-HD3 Stream (.1 – 1.5, +1.4, #18, 6+)

Number One 6+: adult hits WCJK (8.0 – 8.6, +.6, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk WPLN (+1.6) and classic rock WNRQ (+1.6)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WJXA (-8.0)

 

PROVIDENCE

 

News/Talk: WPRO-AM (5.4 – 6.1, +.7, steady at #4, 6+)

News – Talk: WBZ-AM (1.4 – 1.6, +.2, #13 to #14, 6+)

Sports Talk: WBZ-FM (3.8 – 3.6, -.2, seventh, 6+) and WVEI (2.4 – 2.8, +.4, ninth to tenth, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WGBH (2.7 – 3.5, +.8, unchanged at #8, 6+) and WNPN (1.7 – 2.5, +.8, steady at #11, 6+)

Number One 6+: rock WHJY (8.7 – 10.4, +1.7, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: rock WHJY (+1.7)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WWLI (-8.0)

 

NORFOLK

 

News/Talk: WNIS (2.9 – 4.1, +1.2, sixth, 6+)

News: WNOH (flat at 1.2, #12 to #17, 6+) and business news WGH-AM (.3 – .5, +.2, #15 to #19, 6+)

Sports Talk: WVSP (1.1 – 1.3, +.2, #13 to #15, 6+) and WTAR (debuts with a .2, #20, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: urban AC WVKL (12.8 – 13.7, +.9, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: adult hits WNOB (+1.9)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WWDE (-7.0)

 

JACKSONVILLE

 

News/Talk: WOKV-FM (8.4 – 9.2, +.8, steady at #2, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: WJCT (4.3 – 6.2, +1.9, seventh to fourth, 6+)

Number One 6+: adult contemporary WEJZ (15.1 – 9.4, -5.7, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk WJCT (+1.9)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WEJZ (-5.7)

 

WEST PALM BEACH

 

News/Talk: WJNO (2.4 – 3.5, +1.1, ninth to seventh, 6+) and WFTL (1.6 – 1.9, +.3, #15 to #16, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: WLRN (4.0 – 4.8, +.8, unchanged at #5, 6+)

Number One 6+: hot AC WRMF (flat at 8.7, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: news/talk WJNO (+1.1)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WEAT (-2.2)

 

GREENSBORO

 

News/Talk: WPTI (4.4 – 4.7, +.3, seventh to ninth, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WSJS (.6 – .4, -.2, #15 to #19, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WFDD (3.0 – 4.3, +1.3, steady at #10, 6+) and WUNC (even at 1.9, #12 to #13, 6+)

Number One 6+: urban AC WQMG (8.8 – 10.6, +1.8, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: urban AC WQMG (+1.8)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WMAG (-7.2)

 

MEMPHIS

 

News/Talk: WREC (2.5 – 3.6, +1.1, #12 to #8, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WMFS (2.9 – 3.1, +.2, ninth to tenth, 6+); WMFS Stream (.3 – .5, +.2, steady at #18, 6+); and WMC-AM (flat at .3, #18 to #19 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WKNO (2.3 – 2.6, +.3, #13 to #12, 6+); WKNO-HD2 Stream (flat at .2, steady at #20, 6+)

Number One 6+: urban-rhythmic oldies WRBO (11.0 – 11.8, +.8, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: gospel WHAL (+2.2)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WRVR (-3.5)

 

HARTFORD

 

News/Talk: WTIC-AM (5.8 – 6.8, +1.0, fourth to third, 6+); WDRC-AM (.8 – 1.2, +.4, #15 to #14, 6+); and WPOP (flat at .2, #15 to #17, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WUCS (1.3 – .6, -.7, #13 to #16, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WNPR (5.4 – 6.8, +1.4, sixth to third, 6+) and WFCR (flat at .2, #15 to #17, 6+)

Number One 6+: adult contemporary WRCH (17.5 – 14.1, -3.4, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk news/talk WNPR (+1.4) and classic hits-oldies WHCN (+1.4)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WRCH (-3.4)

 

Email managing editor Mike Kinosian at Mike.Kinosian@gmail.com 

Friday, February 26, 2021

| February 26, 2021

NOW POSTED:  This Weekend’s Installment of “The Michael Harrison Wrap: An Overview of the National Conversation.” The latest installment of the vibrant, one-hour weekend special, “The Michael Harrison Wrap,” that looks back each week at the hottest topics discussed in American talk media per the research of TALKERS magazine, is now posted. This new episode titled, “Feeding an Environment of Fear,” looks back at this past week of February 22-26, 2021. The program features guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERS magazine; Gary Sutton, talk show host, WSBA, York, PA; Dr. Daliah Wachs, talk show host, Genesis Communications Network / medical physician; Dr. Renee Kohanski, podcaster, Clinical Correlation, Medscape‘s MDEdge Psychcast / forensic psychiatrist; Rush Limbaugh, late talk radio icon; and Richard Neer, talk show host, WFAN, New York. The 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 WTIC, Hartford; KSCO, Santa Cruz, CA; KDFD (“Freedom 93.7”), Denver; KFNX, Phoenix; WVLY, Wheeling, WV; WTRW-FM, Scranton/Wilkes Barre, PA; WVOX, Westchester, NY; KBDT, Dallas; KQSP, Minneapolis; KBKW, Aberdeen, WA; WGDJ, Albany, NY;  WJFN-FM, Richmond, VA; WZFG, Fargo; KTGO, Tioga, ND; KWAM, Memphis; K-NEWS, San Luis Obispo; WGMD, Rehoboth Beach, MD; WCHM, Clarkesville, GA;  WPHM, Port Huron, MI; KSYL, Alexandria, LA; KTOE, Mankato, MN; WCED (“Connect FM”), DuBois, PA; K-NEWS 101.3, Owensboro, KY; WWTK, Sebring, FL; WIZM-AM/FM, La Crosse, WI; WMVA, Martinsville, VA; the Virginia Talk Radio NetworkCRN Digital Talk Radio Network; the iHeart Podcast NetworkPioneer Valley Radio, Springfield, MA; Podcast Radio, UK and many more.  To listen to this week’s episode, please click 

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iHeartMedia 2020 Q4 Revenue Down 8.8%; Full Year Revenue Declines 20%. Reporting its financial data for the fourth quarter and for the full year of 2020, iHeartMedia fares a little better than its two major competitors (based on the number of radio stations owned) Cumulus Media and Entercom Communications. Fourth quarter revenue was $935.5 million, a decline of 8.8% from the same period in 2019. For the full year, revenue was $2.9 billion, down 20% from the full year 2019. Although the company reports net income of $2.9 million in Q4 2020, that’s down 95% from the $62.1 million net income reported in Q4 of 2019. For the full year 2020, iHeartMedia reports a net loss of $1.9 billion. It reported net income of $11.2 billion in 2019. iHeartMedia says that strong sequential improvement is continuing since the height of the pandemic in the spring of 2020. It also reports that digital revenue increased 26% year-over-year, including a 91% increase in podcasting revenue. Company chairman and CEO Bob Pittman says, “We are pleased that the company continues its steady recovery from the COVID-19 downturn – and it’s particularly rewarding to see the impressive performance from our areas of strategic investment, like podcasting, SmartAudio, digital, and Ad Tech. In addition, with our new reportable segments, we will be able to provide additional insights into both our largest segment and our fastest-growing segment, and help highlight the key metrics and impressive performance of each.” iHeartMedia COO and CFO Rich Bressler adds, “Our swift response to the COVID pandemic and our diligent management of expenses throughout the year enabled us to successfully achieve approximately $250 million of savings in 2020. This cost management enhanced our operating leverage and helped us to achieve adjusted EBITDA of $265 million in the fourth quarter, which was an improvement of 64% over the third quarter. The continued sequential improvement of our revenue, adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow over the past three quarters has us well positioned for continued recovery into 2021, and our commitment to make the majority of the $200 million of COVID-19 related savings permanent will further enhance the company’s operating leverage as revenue recovers.”

iHeartMedia Unveils New Business Operating Structure. Saying that this new structure reflects the “increasing size and importance” of its digital businesses, iHeartMedia announces that its two divisions – the Digital Audio Group and the Multiplatform Group – will publicly report their financial data separately and will have dedicated management. The iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group includes the iHeartRadio digital service and its podcasting business while the iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group includes its broadcast radio assets. The company says that as of the fourth quarter of 2020, the Digital Audio Group encompassed almost 20% of the company’s consolidated revenue and 23% of its earnings, and during that quarter grew revenue by 53% year-over-year and Adjusted EBITDA by 74% year-over-year. The company expects the Digital Audio Group will continue to grow as an increasing proportion of its business in the future. It adds that separate reporting of these two operating segments will provide “improved visibility into the underlying performances, results and margin profiles of these distinct audio-driven businesses.” Here’s how it breaks down: The iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group includes the podcasting business; the iHeartRadio digital service; the company’s digital sites, newsletters, digital services and programs; and its digital advertising technology companies, including Jelli, RadioJarUnified and Voxnest, and will also include the recently-announced Triton Digital upon completion of the acquisition. Leading the division will be Conal Byrne as CEO and Darren Davis as COO, with Carter Brokaw serving as the president of digital revenue and Jessica Jerrick as EVP of digital distribution and platform partnerships. Meanwhile, iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group – representing almost 75% of the company’s revenue – includes the 860-plus radio stations in 160 markets; the company’s live and virtual events business; and its national sales organization (which will use iHeartMedia’s full array of products, from broadcast radio and events to its SmartAudio suite of data targeting and attribution products, which allows informed digital-like planning against targeted audiences with the benefit of broadcast scale and impact, as well as using all of the products from the iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group). Premiere Networks, which includes the Total Traffic and Weather Network; and BIN: Black Information Network, will also join this group. Leading the iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group will be Greg Ashlock as CEO and Tim Castelli as chief revenue officer.  Julie Talbott joins this group as president of Premiere Networks; Hartley Adkins becomes president of the Markets Group; Jeff Howard remains president of national sales and Tony Coles as president of BIN: Black Information Network. Bob Pittman says, “These new reportable segments will enable us to strengthen the mission and tighten the focus of both the iHeart Digital Audio Group and the iHeart Multiplatform Group, while accelerating our ability to deliver industry-leading products and services to our listeners and advertising partners across all of our platforms. Creating these two business reportable segments will allow us to provide the investment community with increased visibility into the financial results of each segment – enabling them to better appreciate the strong growth and success of our digital businesses, including our industry-leading podcast business, as well as the continued strength of our broadcast radio and marquee events businesses.”

Entercom Announces New Programming Leadership Structure. This enhancement of Entercom’s programming leadership structure for its central programming team leaves Pat Paxton in his current position as chief programming officer. He says, “This enhanced leadership team will supplement our premium content offering throughout our portfolio and ensure we have the premier collection of personalities engaging deeply with our audiences nationwide. It will also allow us to best integrate the innovation of new products and content so we are continuously growing the impact and reach of our offering and super serving our 170 million listeners each month.” In this new structure EVP of programming Jeff Sottolano continues to manage Entercom’s sports, all-news, and news/talk brands. He is also being charged with growing Entercom’s content insights and analytics capabilities and overseeing its network and syndicated content development. Dave Richards joins the central programming leadership team as senior vice president of programming, rising from his SVP of programming of KISW, Seattle for the last 19 years and having developed programs like “The Men’s Room” and concepts like KISW’s annual “Live Day.” In his new role, Richards will be responsible for original content ideation, talent development, and coaching. He’ll spearhead Entercom’s efforts to support its expanding business portfolio, which includes RADIO.COM, Cadence13, and Pineapple Street Studios, through the generation of cross-platform content. Michael Martin continues to serve as SVP of programming and music initiatives and oversees Entercom’s relationships with artists, management, and record labels and lead its efforts to collaborate with the artist community on event, digital, and social opportunities. The company also announces the following members of its executive committee, who will collaborate to develop and oversee programming strategy across the company: Pat Paxton; Jeff Sottolano; Michael Martin; Dave Richards; Pam Russo, SVP and general manager, RADIO.COM; Bill Smee, VP of news; Matt Volk, VP of sports; Nikki Nite, VP of programming and brand manager, Entercom Austin; and Reggie Rouse, urban format captain, Entercom, and brand manager, Entercom Atlanta.

Round Three of January 2021 PPM Data Released. The third of four rounds of ratings information from Nielsen Audio’s 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 January 2021 survey covered January 7 – February 3. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this round of markets. Alpha Media’s news/talk KXL-FM, Portland jumps from the #6 rank to #3 on the strength of 1.4 share increase that helped it finish the January survey with a 6.2 share. Urban One’s news/talk WBT-AM/FM, Charlotte tacks on 1.6 shares for a 6.6 share finish and a jump from #5 to #3. iHeartMedia’s news/talk KFBK, Sacramento regains the #1 rank after adding 2.4 share to wrap the survey with a 10.2 share. In Salt Lake City, iHeartMedia’s news/talk KNRS-FM also claims the #1 rank after adding 1.9 shares to post a 7.9 share. See Mike Kinosian’s complete report for this round or markets (as well as his Takeaways from the first two rounds) here.

TALKERS News Notes. As reported by Chicago media writer Robert Feder, WGN-AM, Chicago is honoring the memory of former morning drive host Bob Collins, who would have been 79 on Sunday (2/28). Collins died in a small plane collision in 2000. On today’s Bob Sirott morning show, staffers WGN toasted Collins this morning (2/26) at 7:48 and, according to tradition, poured from the bottle of Jack Daniel’s found in Collins’s office. Also on the air with Sirott today were retired WGN morning host Spike O’Dell (who succeeded Collins) and retired agribusiness reporter Orion Samuelson.…..The nationally syndicated “Dan Bongino Show” hits the 100 affiliate station mark a year after its launch. Cumulus Media’s Westwood One says that – in addition to being heard on stations like KABC-AM, Los Angeles; KSFO-AM, San Francisco; and KSEV-AM, Houston – from the November election through February 22, the Dan Bongino Show podcast “boasted more than 51 million downloads on Apple, Spotify and other major platforms, rising 27% during that period.” Bongino says, “Growing up a fan of conservative talk radio makes this moment extra special for me. To be able to reach people across the country with a strong pro-liberty, pro-freedom message is the honor of a lifetime. Special thanks as well to the affiliates partnering with us in this venture.”…..A new sports radio imaging service called Game Plan is being offered to stations from SPLAT! and is syndicated by Sun Broadcast Group. SPLAT! says GAME PLAN is “a new kind of sports radio imaging service, designed specifically to sharpen the competitive edge of local stations, while simultaneously complementing the power of network sports brands. With GAME PLAN, a local station’s imaging sounds just as bold and powerful as their network imaging, maybe even better.”…..Entercom and Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates announce a multiyear radio broadcast contract extension for sports talk KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan” to continue to serve as the Pirates’ flagship radio station. Under the terms of the new deal, all Pirates weekday afternoon games will air on “93.7 The Fan” and sister news/talk KDKA-AM/W261AX.

COVID-19 Stats, Vaccines and Variants Top News/Talk Story for Week of February 22-26, 2021. The falling number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., the rollout of vaccines and the concern about variants creating another wave of cases combined as the most-talked-about story on news/talk radio this week and landing atop the Talkers TenTM. At #2 this week was the state of the U.S. economy tied with the education crisis. Following at #3 was the confirmation hearings for Joe Biden’s nominees for attorney general, interior secretary, and White House budget office, tied with Donald Trump’s planned speech at CPAC on Sunday. 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.

January 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Three

| February 26, 2021

January 2021 PPM Data – Information for the January 2021 ratings period has been released for Portland; Charlotte; San Antonio; Sacramento; Pittsburgh; Salt Lake City; Las Vegas; Orlando; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Kansas City; and Columbus.

Nielsen Audio’s January 2021 sweep covered January 7 – February 3.

In addition to providing “Takeaways” for spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top twenty, managing editor Mike Kinosian notes each particular city’s #1 station (6+), as well as the most significant (6+) improvement and erosion.

All comparisons noted are “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 (6+).

 

PORTLAND

 

News/Talk: KXL (4.8 – 6.2, +1.4, sixth to third, 6+) and KEX (3.8 – 3.6, -.2, #9 to #12, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: KOPB (9.7 – 12.0, +2.3, second to first, 6+)

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KOPB (9.7 – 12.0, +2.3, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk KOPB (+2.3)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KKCW (-6.9)

 

CHARLOTTE

 

News/Talk: WBT (5.0 – 6.6, +1.6, fifth to third, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WFNZ (flat at 1.1, steady at #18, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WFAE (3.3 – 5.1, +1.8, tenth to sixth, 6+)

Number One 6+ (Tie): adult contemporary WKQC (15.6 – 7.3, -8.3, 6+) and country WSOC (6.4 – 7.3, +.9, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk WFAE (+1.8)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WKQC (-8.3)

 

SAN ANTONIO

 

News/Talk: WOAI (6.8 – 7.0, +.2, third to second, 6+) and KTSA (1.7 – 2.0, +.3, #19 to #17, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: KSTX (3.0 – 4.4, +1.4, #12 to #8, 6+)

Number One 6+: classic hits-oldies KONO-FM (7.4 – 7.8, +.4, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: country KCYY (+1.9)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KQXT (-7.3)

 

SACRAMENTO

 

News/Talk: KFBK (7.8 – 10.2, +2.4, second to first, 6+) and KSTE (1.5 – 2.2, +.7, #14 to #13, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: KXJZ (5.0 – 6.4, +1.4, fifth to second, 6+) and KQEI (.8 – .9, +.1, #21 to #19, 6+)

Number One 6+: news/talk KFBK (7.8 – 10.2, +2.4, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: news/talk KFBK (+2.4)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KYMX (-7.9)

 

PITTSBURGH

 

News/Talk: KDKA-AM (5.3 – 5.6, +.3, sixth to fifth, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: KDKA-FM (6.6 – 7.9, +1.3, fifth to fourth, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WESA (3.7 – 4.4, +.7, unchanged at #9, 6+)

Number One 6+: classic hits-oldies WWSW (13.3 – 10.1, -3.2, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: sports talk KDKA-FM (+1.3)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WSHH (-4.2)

 

SALT LAKE CITY

 

News/Talk: KNRS (6.0 – 7.9, +1.9, third to first, 6+) and KSL (6.1 – 7.0, +.9, steady at #2, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: KUER (5.4 – 6.4, +1.0, fifth to fourth, 6+)

Number One 6+: news/talk KNRS (6.0 – 7.9, +1.9, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: news/talk KNRS (+1.9)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KSFI (-11.5)

 

LAS VEGAS

 

News/Talk: KXNT (2.7 – 2.9, +.2, flat at #11, 6+) and KDWN (even at 2.0, #17 to #19, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: KNPR (3.3 – 3.1, -.2, tenth to eighth, 6+)

Number One 6+: adult contemporary KSNE (14.2 – 8.1, -6.1, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: Spanish adult hits KWID (+2.2)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KSNE (-6.1)

 

ORLANDO

 

News/Talk: WTKS (3.9 – 6.1, +2.2, seventh to fourth, 6+); WDBO (2.7 – 3.2, +.5, #12 to #11, 6+); and WFLF (1.6 – 1.9, +.3, flat at #18, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WYGM (1.8 – 1.9, +.1, #16 to #18, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WMFE (3.5 – 4.9, +1.4, eighth to seventh, 6+)

Number One 6+: classic hits-oldies WOCL (8.4 – 10.6, +2.2, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase (Tie): news/talk WTKS (+2.2) and classic hits-oldies WOCL (+2.2)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WMGF (-9.1)

 

CINCINNATI

 

News/Talk: WLW (7.4 – 7.9, +.5, third to second, 6+) and WKRC (5.4 – 5.8, +.4, fourth to sixth, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WCKY (.9 – .8, -.1, flat at #20, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WVXU (3.2 – 3.9, +.7, tenth to ninth, 6+)

Number One 6+: classic hits-oldies WGRR (7.8 – 9.1, +1.3, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: rhythmic hot AC WREW (+2.3)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WRRM (-6.2)

 

CLEVELAND

 

News/Talk: WTAM (5.8 – 6.0, +.2, seventh to sixth, 6+) and WNIR (debuts with a .1, #20, 6+)

News: WMMS-HD2 (even at .1, #17 to #20, 6+)

Sports Talk: WKRK (3.9 – 4.3, +.4, #9 to #11, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WCPN (3.3 – 4.3, +1.0, steady at #10, 6+) and WKSU (flat at .6, #19, 6+)

Number One 6+: classic hits-oldies WMJI (11.6 – 10.0, -1.6, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: hot AC WQAL (+1.5)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WDOK (-4.1)

 

KANSAS CITY

 

News/Talk: KMBZ-FM (4.8 – 5.1, +.3, seventh to sixth, 6+) and KMBZ-AM (1.7 – 1.5, -.2, #21 to #20, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WHB (2.5 – 3.0, +.5, #15 to #14, 6+) and KCSP (1.8 – 2.1, +.3, #18 to #19, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: KCUR (5.2 – 6.1, +.9, sixth to third, 6+)

Number One 6+: classic hits-oldies KCMO-FM (10.4 – 8.4, -2.0, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk KCUR (+.9)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KCKC (-4.3)

 

COLUMBUS

 

News/Talk: WTVN (7.3 – 8.5, +1.2, second to fourth, 6+) and WHIO Stream (debuts with a .4, #15, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WBNS-FM (5.6 – 6.0, +.4, sixth to fifth, 6+) and WBNS-AM (.1 – .2, +.1, #16 to #17, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WOSU (7.0 – 8.6, +1.6, third to first, 6+)

Number One 6+ (Tie): public radio news/talk WOSU (7.0 – 8.6, +1.6, 6+); CHR WNCI (7.0 – 8.6, +1.6, 6+); and country WCOL (6.4 – 8.6, +2.2, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: country WCOL (+2.2)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult hits WODC (-6.2)

 

Up next: January 2021 overviews for Austin; Raleigh; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Nashville; Providence; Norfolk; Jacksonville; West Palm Beach; Greensboro; Memphis; and Hartford. Email managing editor Mike Kinosian at Mike.Kinosian@gmail.com.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

| February 24, 2021

Entercom Q4 Revenue Down 25.7%; Full Year 2020 Declines 33.6%. The third major radio company to present 2020 fourth quarter and full year financial data is Entercom (Beasley and Cumulus have already posted their financial results and iHeartMedia is scheduled to do the same tomorrow). The company reveals 2020 Q4 net revenue was $319.5 million, down 25.7% from the same period in 2019, and 2020 full-year net revenue was $1.06 billion, a decline of 33.6% from 2019. Entercom notes that since the depths of the pandemic revenue dip in the second quarter of 2020, business is trending up. Its 2020 Q4 revenue was up 19% from Q3. Entercom president and CEO David Field says, “I am pleased to report that Entercom continued to drive strong sequential operating improvement with revenues up 19% and EBITDA more than doubling vs. the third quarter. Digital, podcasting, sports betting and network radio all posted strong double-digit growth over prior year and we are continuing to drive innovation across these businesses to enhance future growth potential. While the pandemic continues to hobble a large number of our advertisers, particularly locally, we are optimistic about a strong recovery in our local ad sales later this year driven by vaccinations, fiscal stimulus and pent-up consumer demand in heavily impacted categories.” Entercom breaks down its revenue by segments and some of the noteworthy data in this report includes that spot (local and national) revenue was down 27.7% from Q4 2019 to Q4 2020; year-over-year spot revenue was down 42.9%. On the positive side, digital revenue (including podcasting) rose 20.5% from Q4 2019 to Q4 2020 and was up 26% year-over-year. Looking at radio revenue by format, while Entercom’s music formats took the biggest hit in 2020 – revenue was down 44% — sports talk revenue declined by 39.3% and news/talk was off by 21.7% during the year.

Round One of Nielsen Audio’s January 2021 PPM Data Released. The first of four rounds of PPM ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s January 2021 survey has 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). Nielsen’s January 2021 survey covered January 7 – February 3. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this round. In New York, Entercom’s all-news stations both saw their weekly, 6+ AQH shares increase – WINS added four-tenths to finish with a 4.0 share and the #8 rank and WCBS-AM added two-tenths for a 2.9 share and the #12 rank. iHeartMedia’s news/talk KFI, Los Angeles tacked on three-tenths for a 5.0 share and remains ranked #3. In Chicago, Entercom’s all-news WBBM-AM/WCFS-FM added half a share to re-claim the #1 rank with a 7.3 share. Across town, Nexstar Media’s news/talk WGN-AM added four-tenths for a 4.1 share and the #7 rank. See Mike Kinosian’s complete report here

Talk Programmer Bob Shomper to Retire in April. Longtime news/talk programmer Bob Shomper announces he’ll retire from the radio business on April 2. Shomper is currently program director at NRG Media’s KLIN, Lincoln, Nebraska. During his career he’s served at some of America’s great news/talk stations, including: WCCO-AM, Minneapolis; KTAR-FM, Phoenix; WLS-AM, Chicago; WGN-AM, Chicago; WBAP-AM, Fort Worth/Dallas; and more. Shomper tells TALKERS magazine that his decision to retire is entirely his own and he’s grateful to be doing so on his own terms.

Robbie Stevens Posts Powerful Commentary to TalkersRadio About Honoring Truth in Media Discussions About Politics.  Noted record producer Robbie Stevens, one of TalkersRadio’s roster of “out-of-the-box” talk talents has posted a powerful new commentary yesterday (2/23) titled, “My Mistake(s),” that takes a candid look at a problem radio talk show hosts wrestle with all the time – staying true to core principles, maintaining a healthy sense of skepticism, and being honest about mistakes when making them. Stevens, who was the first talent signed for TalkersRadio – a service of TALKERS magazine – when it launched in the fall of 2013, has agreed to perform as a commentator on the platform for a “limited engagement” that will run through June of 2021. The Bronx-based New York City native is well-known in the music industry for his years of innovative studio work with a wide variety of high-profile artists, most recently on behalf of the estate and fans of the late John Lennon, for which he has achieved critical acclaim for his “raw” remix of the legendary artist’s Imagine album. He also most recently executive produced 13 Billboard #1 Dance Chart singles in a row, for Yoko Ono’s innovative ensemble Ono. He also recently produced (with Yoko Ono) the “John Lennon Anthology,” a four-CD set of unreleased material that was Rolling Stone magazine’s boxed set of the year. During his colorful career, he’s played on, mixed, or produced records by Herbie Hancock, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and other high-profile musicians going back decades. During this time, Stevens has developed an alternative career as a talk radio host and commentator heard occasionally via on-air and online outlets provided by heritage NYC stations WOR and WNYM (in addition to TalkersRadio). Commenting on Stevens’ latest posting, TALKERS general manager of broadcast operations (and former WOR PD) David Bernstein says, “Robbie is raw, fresh, and as real as the urban streets that gave rise to his gritty philosophy and we always get strong response to his work on our exciting platform. This new installment of his show is a grand slam home run because it strikes at the very core of our deepest personal conflicts in arriving at and sticking with our truths as talk radio hosts operating in a swirling ocean of changing information.” To listen to Robbie Stevens’ new series of commentaries on TalkersRadio, please click here. TalkersRadio is an “experimental” talk radio platform launched in 2013 to provide the industry with a “workout space” and “showcase for new talk programming concepts.” Since its launch it has been a temporary home to a number of spoken-word talents – both high-profile and obscure – who’ve used it to work and showcase concepts that have gone on to achieve terrestrial radio exposure and even national syndication. In addition to Stevens, current TalkersRadio hosts include Claire CarterMeg McDonald, and UK sensation, Graham Mack. At the time of his passing, Alan Colmes was working on a series concept called “Healed Planet” heard on TalkersRadio which offered a glimpse into the late FOX News Radio and FOX News Channel star’s metaphysical interests. Files of that fledgling show remain archived on TalkersRadio as a tribute to Colmes. For more information about TalkersRadio, call Barbara Kurland at 413-565-5413.

Cool Operations Manager Opportunity. Locally owned southern-based radio group seeking a full-time Operations Manager with strong technical and digital skills. The ideal candidate MUST have experience operating OP-X and managing satellite operations for syndicated programs. Applicant must have at least 5 years of experience. Proven experience in managing social media branding, digital marketing, and video production. Proficient in digital automation systems, digital audio editing and production is a must. EEO. Send resumes to dalton@starnesmediagroup.com

TALKERS News Notes. A new channel from Newsmax TV officially launches on VIZIO SmartCast, the award-winning Smart TV platform available to millions of viewers. Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy states, “Launching on VIZIO SmartCast allows our viewers to simply plug in their new televisions and play Newsmax TV. Newsmax is experiencing exponential growth and provides a much-needed perspective on the issues that many VIZIO viewers care about.”…..A new partnership between iHeartMedia and independent UK podcast company Novel will result in the debut of 11 original podcast series over the next three years. The relationship begins with the release of two podcast series, “The Assault on America” and “Deliver Us From Ervil.” “The Assault on America” tells the inside story of the insurrection at the Capitol by working with open-source investigative journalists Bellingcat. “Deliver Us From Ervil” is an investigative true-crime series in which a groundbreaking team of journalists enters a lawless town on the border of Mexico run by a secretive religious sect living in exile and outside the jurisdiction of the U.S. government since 1924…..Content creation company Mean Ole Lion Media adds three new lifestyle-based podcasts to its portfolio. The podcasts are: “Conversations with Dr. Ian Smith,” all about people and discovering their back-story; “Business First with Sonia Alleyne,” that shines a light on brilliant and successful business people in a variety of industries; and “The History of Being Black” with host Eunice Elliott.

COVID-19 Stats & Vaccines, Capitol Riot Public Testimony, Biden Cabinet Nominees, Biden Migrant Policy, Trump Tax Returns, Rochester Protests, Russian Sanctions, China’s Hong Kong Loyalty Oath, and Tiger Woods Car Crash Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (2/23). The falling number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., the concerns about variants, and the rollout of vaccines; the testimony before the U.S. Senate about the January 6 Capitol insurrection; the confirmation hearings for Joe Biden’s Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland, embattled White House budget office nominee Neera Tanden, and Interior Secretary nominee Deb Haaland; the Biden administration’s continued use of Trump policy turning away migrants at the Mexican border; the SCOTUS’ ruling Donald Trump must turn his tax data over to New York AG Cyrus Vance Jr.; the protests in Rochester, New York over the decision not to prosecute police in the death of Daniel Prude; the Biden Administration’s sanctions on Russia for the SolarWinds hack and the Navalny poisoning; China’s instituting loyalty oaths for Hong Kong politicians; and Tiger Woods is hurt in one-car accident in California were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

January 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part One

| February 24, 2021

January 2021 PPM Data – Information for the January 2021 ratings period has been released for New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; San Francisco; Dallas; Houston; Atlanta; Philadelphia; Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island); Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario; San Jose; and Middlesex-Somerset-Union.

Nielsen Audio’s January 2021 sweep covered January 7 – February 3.

In addition to providing “Takeaways” for spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top twenty, managing editor Mike Kinosian notes each particular city’s #1 station (6+), as well as loftiest (6+) upticks and drop-offs.

All comparisons noted are “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 (6+).

NEW YORK

News/Talk: WOR (2.4 – 2.5, +.1, flat at #16, 6+)

News: WINS (3.6 – 4.0, +.4, seventh to eighth, 6+); WCBS-AM (2.7 – 2.9, +.2, steady at #12, 6+)

Sports Talk: WFAN (2.2 – 2.8, +.6, #18 to #14, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC-FM (4.1 – 4.9, +.8, unchanged at #5, 6+)

Number One 6+: adult contemporary WLTW (12.8 – 6.5, -6.3, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM (+.9); Spanish contemporary WPAT-FM (+.9); and Spanish contemporary WXNY (+.9)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WLTW (-6.3)

 

LOS ANGELES

News/Talk: KFI (4.7 – 5.0, +.3, steady at #3, 6+)

News: KNX (3.2 – 3.3, +.1, flat at #10, 6+)

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: KPCC (2.7 – 3.6, +.9, #11 to #6, 6+)

Number One 6+: adult contemporary KOST (13.9 – 5.7, -8.2, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk: KPCC (+.9)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KOST (-8.2)

 

CHICAGO

News/Talk: WGN (3.7 – 4.1, +.4, steady at #7, 6+); WLS-AM (1.7 – 1.9, +.2, unchanged at #18, 6+)

News: WBBM-AM & WCFS (6.8 – 7.3, +.5, third to first, 6+)

Sports Talk: WSCR (2.0 – 2.3, +.3, #16 to #13, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WBEZ (4.3 – 6.7, +2.4, fourth to third, 6+)

Number One 6+: news WBBM-AM & WCFS (6.8 – 7.3, +.5, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk WBEZ (+2.4)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WLIT (-9.2)

 

SAN FRANCISCO

News/Talk: KGO (1.6 – 2.0, +.4, #20 to #16, 6+)

News: KCBS-AM & KFRC (8.1 – 8.5, +.4, third to second, 6+)

Sports Talk: KNBR (3.4 – 3.5, +.1, fifth to sixth, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: KQED (9.0 – 10.9, +1.9, second to first, 6+)

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KQED (9.0 – 10.9, +1.9, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk KQED (+1.9)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KOIT-FM (-6.6)

 

DALLAS

News/Talk: WBAP (3.6 – 4.0, +.4, ninth to tenth, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: KTCK (2.6 – 3.6, +1.0, #16 to #11, 6+); KRLD-FM (2.4 – 1.8, -.6, #17 to #20, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: KERA (3.0 – 3.4, +.4, #14 to #13, 6+)

Number One 6+: contemporary Christian KLTY (7.0 – 6.1, -.9, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: country KSCS (+1.2)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KDGE (-4.8)

 

HOUSTON

News/Talk: KTRH (5.5 – 7.5, +2.0, fourth to first, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: KUHF (1.4 – 2.7, +1.3, #21 to #16, 6+)

Number One 6+: news/talk: KTRH (5.5 – 7.5, +2.0, 6+); adult contemporary KODA (12.1 – 7.5, -4.6, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: news/talk KTRH (+2.0)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KODA (-4.6)

 

ATLANTA

News/Talk: WSB-AM (9.0 – 11.8, +2.8, repeating at #1, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WZGC (4.1 – 3.8, -.3, steady at #8, 6+); WCNN (flat at 1.6, #21 to #18, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: news/talk WSB-AM (9.0 – 11.8, +2.8, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: news/talk WSB-AM (+2.8)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: contemporary Christian WFSH (-1.8)

 

PHILADELPHIA

News/Talk: WPHT (1.8 – 2.2, +.4, #19 to #18, 6+); WKXW (2.0 – 1.8, -.2, #17 to #19, 6+)

News: KYW (5.4 – 6.4, +1.0, fifth to second, 6+)

Sports Talk: WIP (5.9 – 6.1, +.2, fourth to fifth, 6+); WPEN-FM (2.0 – 2.6, +.6, #17 to #15, 6+); WIP Stream unlisted in “Holiday” 2020, 1.6, debuts at #20, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WHYY (4.6 – 6.3, +1.7, seventh to third, 6+)

Number One 6+: urban AC WDAS-FM (8.4 – 8.6, +.2, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk WHYY (+1.7)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WBEB (-7.5)

 

LONG ISLAND

News/Talk: WOR (4.4 – 4.1, -.3, sixth to seventh, 6+)

News: WCBS-AM (2.9 – 3.2, +.3, #12 to #11, 6+); WINS (2.6 – 3.1, +.5, #13 to #12, 6+)

Sports Talk: WFAN (4.1 – 4.3, +.2, ninth to fourth, 6+); WFAN Stream (1.1 – 1.9, +.8, #23 to #19, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC-FM (2.0 – 3.1, +1.1, #18 to #12, 6+)

Number One 6+: classic rock WAXQ (4.7 – 5.1, +.4, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk WNYC-FM (+1.1)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WLTW (-4.2)

 

RIVERSIDE

News/Talk: KFI (4.6 – 5.2, +.6, second, 6+)

News: KNX (unlisted in “Holiday” 2020, 1.3, debuts at #20, 6+)

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Spanish adult hits KLYY (6.0 – 6.9, +.9, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: rock KCAL-FM (+1.0)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KOST (-5.6)

 

SAN JOSE

News/Talk: KGO (2.0 – 2.5, +.5, #12 to #11, 6+)

News: KCBS-AM & KFRC (5.6 – 6.8, +1.2, fourth to second, 6+)

Sports Talk: KNBR (2.3 – 2.5, +.2, #10 to #11, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: KQED (10.4 – 12.8, +2.4, second to first, 6+)

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KQED (10.4 – 12.8, +2.4, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk KQED (+2.4)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KOIT-FM (-7.8)

 

MIDDLESEX

News/Talk: WKXW (4.3 – 5.0, +.7, eighth to fifth, 6+)

News: WCBS-AM (2.4 – 2.7, +.3, steady at #14, 6+)

Sports Talk: WFAN (2.0 – 2.7, +.7, #18 to #14, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC-FM (3.2 – 4.1, +.9, #11 to #6, 6+)

Number One 6+: classic rock WAXQ (8.3 – 8.9, +.6, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk: WNYC-FM (+.9); Spanish contemporary WPAT-FM (+.9)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WLTW (-6.5)

Up next: January 2021 overviews for: Washington, DC; Boston; Miami; Seattle; Detroit; Phoenix; Minneapolis; San Diego; Tampa; Denver; Baltimore; and St. Louis. Email managing editor Mike Kinosian at mike.kinosian@gmail.com.    

Friday, February 5, 2021

| February 5, 2021

NOW POSTED:  This Weekend’s Installment of “The Michael Harrison Wrap: An Overview of the National Conversation.” The latest installment of the vibrant, one-hour weekend special, “The Michael Harrison Wrap,” that looks back each week at the hottest topics discussed in American talk media per the research of TALKERS magazine, is now posted. This new episode titled, “Freedom of Screech,” looks back at this past week of February 1-5, 2021. The program features guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERS magazine; Dr. Daliah Wachs, talk show host, Genesis Communications NetworkJoyce Kaufman, talk show host, WFTL, Fort Lauderdale/Miami/West Palm Beach; Victoria Jones, executive director, DC Radio CompanySteve Weisman, professor of law, Bentley University, Boston / founder Scamicide.com; and Richard Neer, talk show host, WFAN, New York. The 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 WTIC, Hartford; KSCO, Santa Cruz, CA; KDFD (“Freedom 93.7”), Denver; KFNX, Phoenix; WVLY, Wheeling, WV; WTRW-FM, Scranton/Wilkes Barre, PA; WVOX, Westchester, NY; KBDT, Dallas; KQSP, Minneapolis; KBKW, Aberdeen, WA; WGDJ, Albany, NY;  WJFN-FM, Richmond, VA; WZFG, Fargo; KTGO, Tioga, ND; KWAM, Memphis; K-NEWS, San Luis Obispo; WCHM, Clarkesville, GA;  WPHM, Port Huron, MI; KSYL, Alexandria, LA; KTOE, Mankato, MN; WCED (“Connect FM”), DuBois, PA; K-NEWS 101.3, Owensboro, KY; WWTK, Sebring, FL; WIZM-AM/FM, La Crosse, WI; WMVA, Martinsville, VA; the Virginia Talk Radio NetworkCRN Digital Talk Radio NetworkPioneer Valley Radio, Springfield, MA; Podcast Radio, UK and many more.  To listen to this week’s episode, please click 

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. 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.

Rudy Giuliani Says WABC Radio Disclaimer ‘Rather Insulting.’ Former New York City mayor and recent Donald Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani lashed out at Red Apple Media’s WABC, New York after the station aired a disclaimer at the end of a commercial break during Giuliani’s one-hour afternoon radio show on the station. On the heels of the announcement by voting systems firm Smartmatic that it is suing FOX News, some of its hosts, former Trump attorney Sidney Powell, and Giuliani for defamation for $2.7 billion, WABC added the disclaimer to his program that stated, “The views, assumptions and opinions expressed by former U.S. attorney, former attorney to the president of the United States, and New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, his guests and callers on his program are strictly their own, and do not necessarily represent the opinions, beliefs or policies of WABC Radio, its owner Red Apple Group, its other hosts or its advertisers.” Giuliani expressed his surprise at the disclaimer stating on the air, “I would have thought they would have told me about that before just doing what they just did. Rather insulting. And gives you a sense of how far this free speech thing has gone. And how they frighten everybody. I mean, we’re in America, we’re not in East Germany… They’ve got to warn you about me? I’m going to have to give that a lot of consideration. I also think putting it on without telling me ― not the right thing to do. Not the right thing to do at all.”

Holiday PPM Ratings Highs & Lows. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian today reports on Nielsen Audio’s Holiday 2020 PPM ratings and says, “Virtually nothing in any facet of life was ‘normal’ in the just-concluded calendar year, so it wouldn’t have been a monumental shock if Nielsen Audio’s Holiday 2020 numbers strayed from past scripts. Pandemic-caused modified radio listening habits, combined with a completely out-of-the-norm presidential campaign/election/aftermath, accounted for some strange wobbles compared to past Holiday survey periods. Read his complete report here.

Donald Trump Resigns from SAG-AFTRA. As requested by the union after a Disciplinary Committee meeting, Donald Trump has resigned from SAG-AFTRA. However, the former president did not go quietly into the night. He wrote, in part, “Your organization has done little for its members, and nothing for me – besides collecting dues and promoting dangerous un-American policies and ideas – as evident by your massive unemployment rates and lawsuits from celebrated actors, who even recorded a video asking, ‘Why isn’t the union fighting for me?’ These, however, are policy failures. Your disciplinary failures are even more egregious. I no longer wish to be associated with your union. As such, this letter is to inform you of my immediate resignation from SAG-AFTRA. You have done nothing for me.” You can read the entire text of his resignation here. For its part, the union responded, “Thank you.”

TALKERS News Notes. In the Twin Cities, Entercom and the Minnesota Timberwolves announce an extension to their broadcast partnership agreement that keeps WCCO-AM as the flagship station for Timberwolves basketball. The station has served as the radio home of the team since 2011. Entercom Minneapolis SVP and market manager Shannon Knoepke says, “This season we are excited to not only expand our distribution, but also try new content platforms that utilize our incredible talent and give fans an insider’s view into the Timberwolves. The Timberwolves are an organization that’s forward-thinking and innovative, and it’s a perfect partner for 830 WCCO and the unparalleled signal coverage we provide to the Upper Midwest.”…..iHeartMedia is partnering with Paris Hilton to produce a slate of iHeartRadio Original Podcasts as well as a series of PodPosts, what the company calls “a new format that merges social media into voice, and podcasting into a social environment.” The new series will launch February 22 with the “This is Paris” podcast hosted by Hilton herself, “which puts her own creative spin on the podcast format — releasing a blend of both playful, emotional and authentic scripted, scheduled episodes as well as spontaneous, shorter ‘social’ audio episodes each week between segments. This unique audio format will entertain audiences with content that includes candid interviews with influential and inspiring guests around the globe, discussing topics such as beauty, wellness, fashion, pop culture, travel, entrepreneurship, relationships and more.”…..Entercom’s C13Originals announces season three of the Gangster Capitalism documentary podcast franchise: Jerry Falwell Jr. The company says that “Gangster Capitalism, Season 3: Jerry Falwell Jr. and Liberty University” will chart the rise and fall of Jerry Falwell Jr., and the damage left in his wake at Liberty University. The series will launch in the spring and the investigative docuseries will feature more than 30 exclusive interviews from current and former students, staff, faculty, administration, and insiders, as well as authors, historians, journalists, and theologians, some going on the record for the first time to reveal new stories and information that is explosive and revealing…..WNYC Studios and The Atlantic introduce, “The Experiment: Stories From an Unfinished Country,” a weekly podcast that will “give listeners the context they need to understand our country right now.” In each episode, host Julia Longoria is joined by The Atlantic’s writers and editors to “explore America’s promise through riveting, surprising, and even surreal stories that uncover powerful and sometimes invisible forces of history.”

Trump Impeachment, Capitol Insurrection Investigation, and GOP Cheney and Greene Issues Tie for Top News/Talk Story This Week. The looming impeachment trial of Donald Trump, the investigation into the Capitol insurrection, and the GOP’s dealing with attacks on Senator Liz Cheney and the conspiracy theories of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene tied as the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio for the week of February 1-5, landing atop the Talkers TenTM. At #2 this week was the COVID-19 stats, rollout of vaccines and concern about variants. Coming in at #3 was a tie between the economy, the Biden-GOP stimulus negotiations, and the financial markets activity. At #4 was race relations tied with police reform and the Morgan Wallen racial slur case. #5 was the cable TV ratings war tied with social media censorship and the cancel culture. Following at #6 was climate change tied with immigration reform. At #7 was U.S. relations with China and Russia tied with the Myanmar coup. #8 was the recall effort against California Governor Gavin Newsom, followed by the FBI agents slain while investigating a child porn case. Finally, at #10 was the countdown to Super Bowl LV. 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.

“Holiday” 2020 Highs & Lows

| February 5, 2021

“Holiday” 2020 Highs & Lows

Virtually nothing in any facet of life was “normal” in the just-concluded calendar year, so it wouldn’t have been a monumental shock if Nielsen Audio‘s “Holiday” 2020 numbers strayed from past scripts.

Pandemic-caused modified radio listening habits, combined with a completely out-of-the-norm presidential campaign/election/aftermath, accounted for some strange wobbles compared to past “holiday” survey periods.

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