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Monday, March 23, 2020

| March 23, 2020

Monday Memo: Coronavirus Community.  “When normalcy is upended, it is human nature to take comfort hearing how others are faring” and consultant Holland Cooke reckons that “it’s less misery-loves-company than we’re-all-in-this-together.”  And in this week’s column, he cautions that, right now, stations are making a lasting impression.  Read it here.

The State of the Coronavirus Pandemic, Federal Stimulus Package Debate, Global Stock Selloff, Unemployment Rises/Recession Predictions, Summer Olympics Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend. The status of the coronavirus pandemic; the federal stimulus package being debated in congress; the global stock selloff is predicted to continue; the expectations of high unemployment figures to be reported and a recession is being predicted for the U.S.; and the possibility the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo will be postponed were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Pending Business: Warning, Speed Bumps Ahead. Radio sales pro and president of Lapcom Communications, Steve Lapa, writes in this new TALKERS column Pending Business about how to work in the sales environment brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.  Lapa has tips for planning and prioritizing for sales staffers dealing with limited in-person collaborations, online meetings, minimal studio and talent access, constant price fluctuations, and more.  Read it here.

WABC, New York Adds Bill O’Reilly ‘Morning Edition.’ Conservative commentator and talk show host Bill O’Reilly is joining the daily program lineup at Red Apple Media’s WABC, New York via his Key Networks-syndicated morning drive radio feature, “The O’Reilly Update – Morning Edition.”  O’Reilly’s 15-minute daily radio program, “The O’Reilly Update,” launched in late April 2019 and between the two shows O’Reilly is heard on more than 200 stations.  O’Reilly says, “WABC is the station I listened to as a kid.  It is a legacy radio outlet and I hope I can add to the legacy with honest, no spin daily commentary.”  Key Networks chief revenue officer Dennis Green adds, “Key Networks is so proud to be associated with Bill O’Reilly and ‘The O’Reilly Update.’  The content has been superb and the tremendous response is a testament to Bill and the talent he brings to the airwaves, with a style unmatched in media.  We’re thrilled to welcome the great WABC New York, bringing our affiliate group to over 200 stations in 10 months.”

Salem and Hugh Hewitt Agree to Contract Extension. This new deal between Salem Radio Network and talk host Hugh Hewitt runs through December of 2028.  Hewitt has been a host on SRN since July of 2000.  In April of 2016, he moved from the 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm ET show on the network, to morning drive, taking over for Bill Bennett who had hosted the “Morning in America” show.  Salem says that Hewitt’s national footprint has grown to more than 450 affiliate stations and he’s also seen on a video simulcast on Townhall.com.  Hewitt appears regularly on NBC News programs, including “Meet the Press,” and is a regular contributor to the Washington Post.  Hewitt says, “I look forward to not only this fall’s presidential election but the next two presidential campaigns and all the news in between them as well.  The past 20 years have been two decades of upheaval and crisis, a sudden devastating attack on America, of war and terror and now a pandemic, of hard-fought elections and massive legislative and legal changes.  It’s been a privilege to cover these breaking news events for three hours a day with the extraordinary team and guest list we have assembled and rely upon.”  Salem Media Group CEO Ed Atsinger states.  “Hugh has been a Salem stalwart since 2000.  He’s one of the most respected voices in American media today, and as Salem continues to grow our national and international footprint, Hugh’s program remains a flagship show for the news/talk format which Salem helped pioneer.”

Ratings Takeaways from Final Round of Nielsen’s February PPM SurveyTALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from the fourth and final round of February PPM data from Nielsen Audio. Some positive weekly, 6+ AQH share movement among spoken-word stations includes: iHeartMedia’s WTKK-FM, Raleigh adding a half share to January’s 1.8 share hike to finish February with a 7.6 share and the #2 rank in the market; Emmis Communications’ WIBC-FM, Indianapolis tacks four-tenths on during the February survey to land at an 8.0 share and the #2 rank; and Cox Media Group’s WOKV-FM, Jacksonville piles another six-tenths onto its January share-and-a-half increase to finish the February survey with a 10.4 share and the #2 rank in the market.  See Mike Kinosian’s Ratings Takeaways here.

Beasley and Borrell to Present ‘Crisis Marketing for Local Business’ Seminars. This series of complimentary webinars from Beasley Media Group and Borrell Associations takes place tomorrow and Wednesday (3-24/25) as part of Beasley Media Group’s ongoing ‘We Are All in This Together Community of Caring Initiative.’  It consists of five, 30-minute webinars focused on crisis marketing for local businesses impacted by the current coronavirus situation.  Topics addressed will include: valuable tips for communicating with customers & non-customers, how to craft creative & appropriate marketing messages, and common concerns & opportunities faced by local businesses.  Beasley is making the session “open to any interested businesses, however, it is especially relevant for local companies located within Beasley Media Group markets.”  The webinar will be moderated by Beasley Media Group chief digital officer Todd Handy and vice president of digital sales Dan Frisbie.  Local marketing experts Gordon Borrell, Jim Brown, and Corey Elliott of Borrell Associates “will provide valuable guidance on how local businesses can not only survive but thrive and make a difference in times of crisis.”

TALKERS News Notes. Sports talk WKNR, Cleveland “850 ESPN” program director Matt Fishman tells TALKERS that the station has created a new show to get fans ready for the only major sports event on the calendar – the NFL Draft – taking place on April 23.  Beginning tonight from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, WKNR is presenting “ESPN Cleveland’s Countdown to the Draft” hosted by Tony Grossi…..The South Bend cluster of Federated Media – including news/talk WTRC, Niles, Michigan “Michiana’s News Channel” – is launching “Operation: Restaurant Rescue.”  The stations have produced a digital menu of area restaurants that are offering carryout or delivery options and allows consumers to buy gift cards for some of the establishments…..Racing star Kevin Harvick, driver of the # 4 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing, is resuming his SiriusXM show, “Happy Hours.”  The show airs Wednesday’s at 1:00 pm on the SiriusXMNASCAR Radio channel with Matt Yocum as co-host.  Harvick says, “Matt and I figured it would be good to get back on SiriusXM to talk to the fans and try to entertain folks during this downtime.  Even though we’re not racing, there’s still plenty to talk about, both the things involving our sport as we look ahead to the season, and also what’s happening in our daily lives away from the track.  I hope we can take your mind off other things and maybe make you laugh a little bit along the way.”

iHeartMedia Stations to Play National Anthem.  At 12:00 noon ET today, all iHeartMedia radio stations will play a version of the National Anthem.  The company says, “In these challenging times, we want to take a moment of solidarity to celebrate our collective strength as a nation and recognize the heroic efforts of so many workers on the frontline – including our doctors, nurses, health care professionals, caregivers, and other critical responders who are working night and day to get us through this. Today, iHeartMedia will honor the resilience of Americans by encouraging the masses to unite through the healing power of music as our 850+ radio stations and formats across the country air a version of the National Anthem.  We want to send our heartfelt thoughts, concern and support to any family who may need it as we face these tough times together as a country.”

Music Radio News and Career Moves. The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announce that “The 55th ACM Awards” will take place on Wednesday, September 16 – in a city and venue yet to be announced – and will air on CBS TelevisionKeith Urban will serve as host and the lineup of performers will also be announced at a later date…..iHeartMedia’s rock WJRR, Orlando announces that its Earthday Birthday Number 27 Music Festival set for April 18 at the Central Florida Fairgrounds will be postponed to September 5 at the same venue…..In response to the coronavirus pandemic, iHeartMedia Charlotte is launching “Carolina Cares,” an initiative to help the local community by highlighting local organizations and services necessary during times of crisis.  Across all its stations’ websites, iHeartMedia Charlotte is promoting various local organizations offering services to individuals as well as businesses that are operating on limited hours and restaurants that are offering delivery, pickup or gift cards during this pandemic.  Local organizations highlighted will include Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, American Red Cross and Classroom Central, with more to be added on a need basis…..Entravision Communications announces “El Show del Mandril” – starring Ricardo Sanchez – is the new morning drive show on Regional Mexican KDLD, Santa Monica “Viva 103.1 FM.”

Friday, March 20, 2020

| March 20, 2020

The Infinite Dial 2020: First Wal-Mart, Now Radio. The 23rd annual Edison Research survey of who’s-listening-to-what-and-how was conducted JUST before the coronavirus pandemic interrupted habitual listening; so year-to-year data about AM/FM and streaming and podcast consumption and social media use is instructive.  And, summarizing the presentation for TALKERS magazine, consultant Holland Cooke spots a major competitive threat in the New Normal.  Read his analysis here.

America at War and Defense Production Act Top News/Talk Story for Week of March 16-20. America’s war against the COVID-19 pandemic and President Trump’s invoking the Defense Production Act to lead the nation in the fight was the most-talked-about story on news/talk radio this week, landing atop the Talkers TenTM. At #2 this week was the state of the world’s financial markets and the economy. Coming in at #3 was the health of the American public, followed by the psychological and emotional impact of the pandemic at #4. The Talkers TenTM is a weekly chart of the top stories and people discussed on news/talk radio during the week and is the result of ongoing research from TALKERS magazine. It is published every Friday at Talkers.com. See this week’s entire chart here.

 

 

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 on the website of its flagship station, WONK-FM, Washington, DC.  The new episode titled “National Head Trip!” looks back at this past week of March 16-20, 2020 and features guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERSTodd Feinburg, talk show host, WTIC, Hartford; Dr. Renee Kohanski, forensic psychiatrist, Psychcast MDEdge; Bill Brady, owner/talk show host, KFNX, Phoenix; Todd Starnes, talk show host, the Todd Starnes Show; Heidi Harris, talk show host, KMZQ, Las Vegas; Dom Giordano, talk show host WPHT, Philadelphia; and Victoria Jones, executive director, DC Radio Company. This acclaimed news/talk radio show airs each week on 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; 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.

Michael Brown to Host Special Show on KOA, Denver. The first edition of “The Situation with Michael Brown” aired last night on iHeartMedia’s news/talk KOA, Denver.  Now, in addition to his usual 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm show on sister talker KHOW, Brown is doing the special edition show – currently focused exclusively on the coronavirus pandemic and outbreak of the COVID-19 infection – from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on KOA.  iHeartMedia Denver region president Brenda Eggers says, “Michael is a tremendous host.  And, as the former director of FEMA and Undersecretary of Homeland Security, he is uniquely qualified to host this new show focused solely on coronavirus.  His insights, prowess with breaking news and friendly, affable style are a perfect fit during these unique times.”   Brown is also presenting his insights on his website, TheSituation.io.

Round Four of February PPM Data Released. The fourth and final round of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s February 2020 PPM survey has been released for 12 markets, including: Austin, Raleigh-Durham, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Providence, Norfolk, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Greensboro, Memphis, and Hartford. You can see all the weekly, 6+ AQH share data from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, TALKERS managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from the third round of markets.  Some of the positive moves for spoken-word stations include: Entercom’s news/talk WBT-AM/FM, Charlotte puts up four-tenths in February for a 5.3 share and the #6 rank in the market; iHeartMedia’s news/talk WOAI, San Antonio tacks on six-tenths to finish the month at a 6.3 share and the #3 rank; adding a half-share onto January’s eight-tenths is Cox Media Group’s news/talk WDBO-FM, Orlando for a 4.6 share and the #9 rank; and iHeartMedia’s WTVN, Columbus had its third straight uptick finishing the February survey with an 8.6 share and the #2 rank in the market.  See Mike Kinosian’s Ratings Takeaways here.

Cumulus Names Frank Lopez-Balboa EVP and CFO. Taking over the chief financial officer role from John Abbot, who announced in January he would be leaving his post after four years, is former Univsion Communications EVP and CFO Frank Lopez-Balboa.  Cumulus Media appoints Lopez-Balboa to the executive vice president and chief financial officer position, effective Monday (3/23).  Cumulus president and CEO Mary Berner states, “We are pleased to welcome Frank as our new chief financial officer.  A widely respected executive, he is an ideal fit with Cumulus.  Frank comes to us with a deep understanding of our industry, significant expertise in corporate finance and strategy, and an impressive record of running a major, multi-location finance organization.  I am confident, especially in these challenging times, that Frank will make a significant contribution to our progress against our financial goals and key strategic initiatives to continue creating value for our shareholders.”  Prior to his time with Univision, Lopez-Balboa worked in investment banking with Goldman Sachs.

FOX Sports Radio Announces Digital Audience Gains. Despite no professional or college sports being played during the week, FOX Sports Radio reports experiencing digital audience gains.  FSR says that on Wednesday, March 18, its podcast listens increased by +28%, compared to the previous Wednesday (3/11), when there was a full slate of games.  It also says it had record traffic at FOXSportsRadio.com on March 17.  Via a press release, Scott Shapiro, vice president of sports programming for Premiere Networks and Don Martin, SVP of sports programming for Premiere Networks, say, “We’re proud to be here for our audience live, 24/7, with intelligent sports talk and entertainment from a wide variety of personalities.  With so few outlets offering live sports content, FOX Sports Radio provides listeners with companionship around the clock.  Our hosts’ familiar voices connect with the audience on sports topics and beyond, providing a meaningful escape when they need it most.”

TALKERS News Notes. For air this weekend, CBS News Radio is presenting “The CBS News Special Report: The Coronavirus Welcome to the New Normal.”  The program is hosted by CBS correspondent Allison Keyes (and delivered via ftp). CBS News Radio vice president and general manager Craig Swagler says, “Whether you test positive or negative or never get tested, the coronavirus affects everyone.  Everywhere.  Every age group.  Every political party.  Every religion. Every income.  We’re proud to bring this important information to listeners everywhere.”…..Beasley Media Group’s sports talk WBZ-FM, Boston “98.5 The Sports Hub” is airing rebroadcasts of former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s best games, beginning Sunday (3/22).  The “Brady’s Best” broadcasts will begin with the Patriots’ AFC Championship overtime thriller against the Kansas City Chiefs.  That game will be followed by Brady and the Pats’ miraculous 24-0 comeback win against Peyton Manning and the Broncos at Gillette Stadium in 2013.  “Brady’s Best,” as well as other classic games by the Patriots, Bruins and Celtics, are planned to air on ‘98.5 The Sports Hub’ in the coming days and weeks…..The National Radio Talent System announces that all of the Radio Talent Institutes scheduled for this summer have been postponed from 2020 to 2021.  Scheduled Institutes include: Beasley Radio Talent Institute at Emerson College, Boston; Confer Radio Talent Institute at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania; GAB Radio Talent Institute at University of Georgia; Hubbard Radio Talent Institute at Northern Arizona University; KBA WKU Radio Talent Institute at Western Kentucky University; Kellar Radio Talent Institute at Appalachian State University; MBA Radio Talent Institute at Northwest Missouri State University; and TAB Radio Talent Institute at University of Tennessee.  National Radio Talent System president Dan Vallie says, “We thank all of our forward-thinking partners for their vision and partnership in this noble effort, now needed more than ever, of discovering and preparing young talent to help insure we thrive into the future in our dynamic and changing industry.  We all agree that it is with regret, but also great concern for the health of all involved that we are postponing all the Institutes scheduled for this summer. We have already begun the planning for 2021.”…..SiriusXM and Pandora are debuting a new, weekly podcast called, “Seth Rudetsky’s Back to School,” in which Rudetsky interviews celebrities about their high school experiences – and how those experiences continue to shape them.  Listeners can hear how Vanessa Williams accidentally planted marijuana in her mother’s greenhouse, about the accident that almost killed Allison Janney when she was seventeen, and Tina Fey’s real-life influences for “Mean Girls.”

 

 

News Radio Opportunities. Amazing But True! Saga Communications is hiring on-air news people all across our company. Our mission statement is to serve and report within every local market. Go to our website at www.sagacom.com and look at all 27 of our markets. Then pick one that interests you so we can talk. Once you do that email me at blawrence@sagacom.com. Saga is an EOE.

News Opportunities with FOX News Radio. There are a number of open news positions with FOX News. They are: Radio News Anchor, FOX News Headlines 24/7 – This is a full-time radio anchor position as an air talent for News Headlines 24/7 Sirius XM Channel 115. In this position you will work under tight deadlines and deliver top notch newscasts. You have a passion for breaking news and the flexibility to work on a day’s notice. Please be sure to include a link or MP3 file of your demo reel/ air check to be considered for this role. Apply here; Overnight Freelance Anchor, FOX News Radio – This is a freelance position open at the company’s Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, DC bureaus. Please be sure to include a link or MP3 file of your demo reel/ air check to be considered for this role. Apply here; Producer/News Editor – This is a Friday through Tuesday position supervising the staff for FNR’s network radio news operation, Fox News Headlines 24/7 (Channel 115 on SiriusXM Radio). In this post you’ll work with news anchors to craft the content and structure of a 24/7 news operation. See more and apply here; and Freelance Producer/News Editor – This position is in New York City in which you are editorial leader, working with news anchors to craft the content and structure of a 24/7 news operation. See more and apply here.

KLIN, Lincoln Has Rare News Anchor Opening. NRG Media news/talker KLIN, Lincoln, Nebraska has a rare opening for a news anchor/reporter. NRG says: “This is your chance to be part of an amazing team in Nebraska’s Capital City and the Radio Home of the Nebraska Cornhuskers! At KLIN, the local news drives our talk, and does it in a fun and entertaining environment. If you are energetic, love radio, are passionate about local news, know how to enterprise, can connect with the community, are able to create compelling & award-winning content, we want to talk with you! You will share the mic with a talented group of professionals who all love radio and each of its digital platforms.” See more about this position and apply here. NRG Media is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Beginning Monday (3/23), SiriusXM will broadcast Garth Brooks’ weekly Facebook Live show, “Inside Studio G” on its “The Garth Channel” at 7:00 pm ET.  SiriusXM says Monday’s “By Request” edition of the show “will continue to provide its weekly dose of social media engagement but will include a live acoustic performance aimed towards providing a sense of community during this time of uncertain change in people’s everyday life and social distancing.”  Brooks says, “Music is just one of those things that is more fun when you have people to dance with you.  Since we are all being asked to be apart, this seems to be a cool way to come together, and when you think about it, coming together no matter who you are or where you are from is what ‘The Garth Channel’ on SiriusXM is all about.”…..YEA Networks’ “The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show” is joining the lineup at Radio One’s WNOW, Indianapolis “RadioNOW 100.9.”  The show stars co-hosts Kellie Rasberry, J-Si Chavez, and Big Al Mack, along with recently announced correspondent Jenna Owens.  The show was recently added to Radio One’s Houston CHR KROI-FM.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

| March 19, 2020

WGN, Chicago Parts Company with Evening Personality Justin Kaufmann.  As reported by Chicago media writer Robert Feder, evening talk host Justin Kaufmann leaves Nexstar Media Group’s WGN-AM after the company elected not to renew his contract.  Kaufmann joined WGN in 2015 after spending 21 years as a show producer at Chicago Public Media’s WBEZ-FM.  Feder says his sources expect Ji Suk Yi to move from her position as host of the “Wintrust Business Lunch” noontime program to host of the evening show.  Since Nexstar took over operation of the station from Tribune Media, on-air changes have included the exit of morning host Steve Cochran – replaced by Bob Sirott – and midday duo Bill Leff and Wendy Snyder – whose former daypart was filled with a combination of the move of John Williams’ show to late mornings and Anna Davlantes leaving the Roe Conn afternoon drive show to host her own early afternoon program.

WNIR-FM, Akron Host Jim Isabella Out with Coronavirus. According to a report at CantonRep.com, WNIR, Akron evening talk show host Jim Isabella is off the air after contracting COVID-19.  Isabella tells the news organization he had flu-like symptoms last week and was hospitalized for pneumonia.  It was there he was tested for coronavirus and two days later learned the test was positive. He’s quoted saying, “Obey what the people are telling you.  I don’t know where the hell I got it.  You have to be smart… this is not a drill.”  Isabella says he has a cough and a rattle in his chest that makes it hard to talk for very long.

The Coronavirus Pandemic, Financial Markets Activity/Recession Fears, Coronavirus Relief Package, and Democratic Primary/Presidential Race, Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (3/18).  The status of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S and across the globe; the world’s financial markets endure another sell-off on Wednesday and economists express fear of a global recession as a result of the coronavirus; the coronavirus relief package and potential stimulus packages being considered by the Trump administration; and Joe Biden’s growing lead over Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary race were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Round Three of Nielsen’s February PPM’s Posted. The third of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s February 2020 PPM survey is released for 12 markets, including: Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus.  The February PPM survey covered January 30 through February 26.  You can see all the weekly, 6+ AQH share numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian posts his Ratings Takeaways from the second round.  Positive movement from these markets include: Cumulus Media’s WMAL-FM, Washington adds four-tenths to finish the ratings period at a 7.3 share and the #3 rank in the market; Hubbard Radio’s WTOP, Washington also added four tenths to wrap the month at a 7.8 share and tied for the #1 rank; Entercom’s all-news WWJ, Detroit tacks a half share onto January’s four-tenths to finish the February survey at a 4.8 share and the #6 rank; iHeartMedia’s conservative talk KDFD, Denver “Freedom 93.7” adds another three-tenths, posting a 3.6 share and the #13 rank; and Hearst’s WBAL, Baltimore puts another half share on top of seven consecutive ratings gains for a 4.4 share and the #8 rank in the market.  See all of Mike Kinosian’s Takeaways here.

New York Festivals Radio Awards Announces 2020 Finalists. The 2020 New York Festivals Radio Awards International Grand Jury has selected the finalists in this year’s competition.  All finalists move on to the medal round of judging.  New York Festivals Radio Awards will announce the 2020 award winners on Tuesday, April 21.  The Grand Jury selected the finalists based on the following criteria: production values, organization, presentation of information, creativity, and use of the medium. New York Festivals says prominent broadcasters that took the lead include: RTÉ Ireland, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CBS News Radio, and Radio New Zealand. You can see the complete list of finalists here. Meanwhile, other U.S. broadcasters of note to make the medal round include: in the Podcast category – “30 for 30 Podcasts: Season 6,” ESPN Films, “Amy Schumer Presents: 3 Girls, 1 Keith” Spotify; “Dolly Parton’s America,” OSM Audio/ WNYC Studios; and “Sleepwalkers,” iHeartMedia.  In the Breaking News, Feature and Investigative categories: “75th Anniversary of D-Day,” Westwood One; “Protests Grip Hong Kong,” Bloomberg LP; “CBS World News Roundup” and “Notre Dame,” CBS News Radio.

TALKERS News Notes. The New Jersey Broadcasters Association announces it is canceling this year’s Annual Conference & Gala, originally scheduled for June 16 and 17 in Atlantic City.  President and CEO Paul Rotella says, “That’s not something we wanted to do, because we enjoy that event and we were very much looking forward to it.  Like you, we treasure the opportunity to shine a spotlight on our magnificent industry, especially this year when we were going to celebrate the century of service provided by broadcasters.  But our number-one priority at this time is health and safety, and the CDC’s guidelines make clear that gatherings over 50 people should be avoided for at least the next eight weeks, and of course that makes our planning futile. (It was going to be great too!) But, the show will go on my friends, if not this year, then next year.”…..John FredericksDisruptor Media LLC buys WNTW-AM, Chester, Virginia and translator W224EB, Chester at 92.7 FM in the Richmond market from Nancy A. Epperson’s Delmarva Educational Association for $240,000.  This pair will become part of the John Fredericks Radio Network based at his WJFN-FM, Goochland, Virginia…..Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois-based Big Radio is creating an online directory connecting consumers with the innovative ways that local businesses are continuing to serve them during the COVID-19 emergency.  The directory provides information on local restaurants, retailers, and other businesses that are offering services while still complying with the health emergency directives.  Listings are updated on a regular basis and are being provided free of charge to businesses in the Big Radio family of stations coverage area.  Big Radio co-owner Ben Thompson says, “Local businesses are the biggest supporters of our community and we wanted to find a way to help them publicize changes in their operations so that community residents could lend a hand by continuing to shop local.”  Big Radio is the business brand of Scott and Ben Thompson who own 10 stations and other businesses throughout Wisconsin and Illinois.

KMZQ, Las Vegas Morning Host Heidi Harris Is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast.  Although every corner of the nation and world have been hit hard by the coronavirus, Las Vegas has been particularly impacted due to the preponderance of hospitality and travel-oriented industries that make the market tick.  KMZQ, Las Vegas morning host Heidi Harris is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series, “The Michael Harrison Interview.”  Harris, a 22-year veteran of Las Vegas broadcasting, and Harrison take a conversational deep dive into the coronavirus-era machinations of the “gig economy” as well as state of the convention, travel, hospitality, and gambling industries in a fascinating, fast-paced program with lots of takeaways.  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 of every page on Talkers.com.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. In the New York market Mediaco Holdings appoints Jonathan Bates vice president of brand partnerships for hip hop WQHT “Hot 97” and urban contemporary WBLS.  Bates has been serving as executive vice president for The Shadow League, a “website dedicated to presenting journalistically sound sports coverage through the lens of culture.”  Mediaco SVP of revenue Victor Giacomelli says, “Jonathan is an exceptional digital sales and marketing leader whose 20 years of digital experience will enable us to accelerate opportunities for clients to benefit from the wide array of authentic ‘Hot 97’ digital content opportunities.  Jonathan is expected to recruit a team of multicultural digital marketing specialists to partner with clients on a variety of ‘Hot 97’ digital and social opportunities.”…..iHeartMedia’s WXKS-FM, Boston “Kiss 108” is presenting a Billie Eilish experience this evening to offer fans who would have attended Eilish’s canceled concert in town tonight (3/19).  At 7:30 pm, the station will play Eilish’s music, interview clips, and listeners sharing their Billie thoughts and stories.  Station PD Dylan Sprague states, “Since her show at the Garden has been postponed, it’s the best way for fans to join together in our love for Billie Eilish.  If we were at the show, we’d be all singing these songs together.  Why not belt ‘em out at home?”

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

| March 11, 2020

WABC PD David LaBrozzi Added to Bold “Super Panel” Designed to Address Existential Industry Question at TALKERS Convention. The TALKERS editorial board is pleased to announce the addition of WABC, New York/Red Apple Media, Inc. director of programming, content & branding David LaBrozzi to what is being described as a “bold super panel” to tackle the existential industry question, “Can Radio Be Saved and, If So, How?” at the forthcoming TALKERS Convention in New York on Friday June 5. TALKERS VP/executive editor Kevin Casey says, “This 90-minute session will feature an extraordinary lineup of seven individuals reflecting a wide perspective on the past, present and potential future of radio’s role in society.” In addition to LaBrozzi, the panel consists of (in alphabetical order): MediaVision CEO, Lee Abrams; RAB president and CEO, Erica Farber; Radio Hall of Fame chairman and Soundmind LLC partner, Kraig Kitchin; SiriusXM Satellite Radio host, Joe Madison; and former CBS Radio/Entercom executive VP of programming, Chris Oliviero. One more panelist will be named shortly along with an introducer. Michael Harrison will serve as moderator. For more information about the forthcoming TALKERS Convention see story below.

Sean Hannity to Head All Star Lineup of Speakers at 23rd Annual TALKERS Convention Set for NYC on Friday June 5. In what has become an annual tradition, Premiere Networks and FOX News Channel superstar Sean Hannity will reprise his role as one of the key speakers at the forthcoming TALKERS Convention. He will also again host the morning networking event, “Breakfast with Hannity.” Hannity will engage in the popular presentation, “A Fireside Chat with Sean Hannity” hosted by Michael Harrison.” VP/executive editor Kevin Casey states, “This year’s 23rd annual convention is a celebration of TALKERS magazine’s 30th anniversary and we are pleased to report that we’ve lined up an extraordinary roster of about 60 speakers and a powerful agenda to make it a truly meaningful life changing and career enhancing event for each and every one of our attendees. Details about the agenda and sponsorship opportunities will continue to be posted here on Talkers.com daily. This year the event is titled, Talkers 2020: The Rise of the Media Station, and takes place at the ultra-modern Helen Mills Event Space and Theater located in the colorful Chelsea district of Manhattan. Speakers are being recruited from all aspects of the spoken-word media industry — including talent, programmers, managers and owners and the agenda focuses on talk radio and its role in the rapidly accelerating digital age including fundamental changes in the platforms upon which it is carried and distributed. Full registration, including all functions, meals, and refreshments, costs $329 per person. Attendance is only open to members of the media industry and communications students and an advance sellout is expected. Non-refundable registrations can only be obtained via telephone with credit card. To register or obtain sponsorship information, call Barbara Kurland at 413-565-5413. To make reservations at the “official” hotel of the event, the Hilton New York Fashion District (located across the street from the venue) and receive a discount (while rooms last) please click here.

Unique Trophy: Red Apple Launch Party for WABC at NYC Opening of ‘Cats.’  The 77WABC launch party to celebrate the much-anticipated closing on the former Cumulus Media-owned station by John Catsimatidis’ Red Apple Media took place Monday evening (3/9) at the legendary outlet’s studio in New York City.  During the packed event that included 77WABC air personalities and executives as well as representatives from the ad buying community, Catsimatidis was welcomed into radio industry ownership with the presentation of the “Beacon” – a recently replaced 77WABC tower obstruction light.  During a brief speech, Catsimatidis reassuringly told the gathering, “We only buy companies, we do not sell them.  We are here to stay!”  Pictured above are (from l-r): John Catsimatidis Jr., John Catsimatidis, the “Beacon,” Red Apple Media/77WABC president Chad Lopez, and Margo Catsimatidis. Photo: Jillian Nelson

iHeartMedia Issues Coronavirus Memo to Staff. Company CEO Bob Pittman and COO Rich Bressler sent a memo to the entire iHeartMedia staff regarding the coronavirus epidemic.  Here’s what it said: Team, at iHeart, our two most important priorities are serving the communities across America in which we live and work and protecting the health and safety of our employees. iHeart reaches nine out of 10 Americans – more than any other media company — and our reach comes with the responsibility to be a voice for information, context and trusted companionship.  Like you and like our listeners nationwide, we see increasing daily media coverage about the coronavirus (COVID-19), and as a company we want to make sure we do the right thing.  In addition to the work we do around the specific health risk, as media industry leaders we are also concerned that anxiety and excessive worry over the virus can have its own negative impact.  We also know that some of you and your family members are feeling this anxiety personally.  The latest information suggests that coronavirus can be very serious if you’re older or sick, just as the flu can.  But, like the flu, its effects seem to be relatively mild for the majority of people who catch it, with the exception of older people, those with respiratory ailments or those with compromised immune systems.  To put the coronavirus into some perspective, the country did not experience the same anxiety-fueled reaction around diseases like measles, Zika, SARS, West Nile, Ebola or Bird Flu, to name a few examples, and health professionals say those were all likely more dangerous than the coronavirus although maybe not as widespread.  For your own personal health and the health of those around you, if you’re sick, please stay home and don’t expose yourself to others; that’s the same request we have if you have the flu or a bad cold or any other contagious disease – plus wash your hands often and follow CDC recommendations about disease prevention and guidelines about when to stay at home after travel to any “hot spot” countries or contact with anyone who has a confirmed case of coronavirus.  Right now, the potential for panic is an additional concern we need to address.  We know that for people to remain calm they need information on a continuing basis about what’s going on.  We also need to make sure we disseminate accurate and timely information to help the health professionals manage this outbreak, and to that end we will also be airing daily coronavirus updates on our stations to help supply that necessary information to our communities.  At iHeart, we will continue to operate with our usual business practices, and we will adjust them as needed.  Because we want to make our workplaces as safe as possible, we ask that you quickly contact HR4U@iheartmedia.com or (855) 722-4748 if you or anyone in your offices has contracted, or come into direct contact with, coronavirus and we will deal with each situation individually and appropriately.  As a company we adapt and react quickly, and in this situation, that’s never been more critical.  Our focus is on serving our communities, our listeners and our employees, and we are dedicated to using our assets for the public good in every single community we serve.  As leaders in our communities and in media we have a responsibility to help put the coronavirus in perspective by disseminating information and context for our listeners, and we feel this will have the additional benefit of calming anxiety and the ill effects on society that could result from that.  We’re monitoring the situation closely, and as we learn more, we’ll keep you informed.  Thanks for your strong commitment to serving our communities, our listeners and our partners at a time when they need us more than ever.

Tom Gresham’s ‘Gun Talk’ Celebrates 25 Years in Syndication. The nationally syndicated weekly program “Gun Talk,” hosted by Tom Gresham, is celebrating its 25th year on the air.  Gresham says of his guns and shooting sports program, “‘Gun Talk’ radio is perhaps more important today than when it started 25 years ago.  Whether it’s helping the first-time gun buyer sort out what she needs to buy or exposing politicians who claim to be supporters of the Second Amendment while putting restrictions on this right, there’s plenty to talk about.  Responsible gun ownership is strong, and I’m glad to be part of the movement.”  “Gun Talk” airs live each Sunday from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm ET.  In addition to his radio show, Gresham has created and hosted “Personal Defense TV” and “Gun Talk TV” and has written magazine articles and books about firearms safety and training.

PPM Analysis: Ratings ‘Extra.’ TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents this “extra” look at radio station performances based on data from Nielsen Audio’s January 2020 PPM survey.  Which stations gained the most weekly, 6+ AQH share compared to the Holiday 2019 survey and which stations lost the most shares?  See it all here.

The Coronavirus Epidemic, the Democratic Primary, Financial Markets React to the Coronavirus, Putin Power Grab Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (3/10). The status of the COVID-19 epidemic and the debate over the best policies to contain it; Tuesday’s primary elections and Joe Biden’s lead in the Democratic primary race; the world’s financial markets’ reactions to the coronavirus epidemic; and Vladimir Putin’s move to secure his role as leader of Russia through 2036 were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

TALKERS News Notes. The “Jalen & Jacoby” podcast from ESPN Audio, starring Jalen Rose and David Jacoby, is planning another live recording of the program at the historic Gramercy Theatre in New York City on Tuesday, April 21.  ESPN says the “Jalen & Jacoby” podcast first began as a passion project for the guys under ESPN’s Grantland banner.  As the podcast developed into a hit in the summer of 2011, it grew to include a YouTube show, then to a national ESPN radio show.  From the radio show, “Jalen & Jacoby” grew – yet again – into a late-night TV show before landing in the afternoon on ESPN2 and, where it airs currently at 4:00 pm ET on ESPN.…..The University of Washington athletics department and exclusive multimedia rightsholder Huskies Sports Properties, announces today a new, five-year broadcast agreement with iHeartMedia sports talk KJR-AM, Seattle to run through the 2024-2025 athletic season.  The deal means KJR will provide comprehensive coverage for all Huskies sports including men’s basketball, women’s basketball and football game broadcasts.  Promotional support will happen on KJR-AM and sister stations classic hits KJR-FM, adult hits KJAQ-FM “96.5 JACK-FM,” and sports talk KFNQ-AM…..The “Joy on Paper” radio show hosted by Patzi Gil and dedicated to the world of books, celebrates its 5th anniversary on March 17.  Last year, on the program’s fourth anniversary, Gil’s guests were the writing couple Andrew Grant and Tasha Alexander, both popular authors.  This year they’ll return with breaking news that Andrew Grant is now two writers in one – the talented author of the Paul McGarth series will join his brother Lee Grant (a.k.a. Lee Child) to carry on the Jack Reacher series.  Gil says, “I don’t know how I will introduce him now.  But, whether he is Andrew Grant or Andrew Child, he is a fabulous writer and I am proud that he and Tasha will be joining me.  Tasha is the New York Times best-selling author of the ‘Lady Emily’ mystery series.”

Emmis Communications Announces Non-Broadcasting Acquisition. The acquisition of Lencore Acoustics Corporation – a Long Island-based business in the sound masking industry – gives Emmis Communications Corporation a foothold in a non-broadcasting business.  According to the press release, “Sound masking technology introduces barely perceptible background sound into a space to make environments more comfortable, ensure speech privacy, and increase workplace productivity.”  It adds that Lenore does business in nearly every U.S. state, and Europe (London).  Lencore’s 33 employees become Emmis staffers immediately.  Emmis chairman and CEO Jeff Smulyan says, “Today’s announcement is the product of a long process, looking for the right place to infuse the Emmis hallmarks of sales and marketing excellence.  Emmis’ experience in building best-in-class operations, coupled with its unique people-first culture is the perfect fit to complement the talented Lencore team, and will give them the resources and support necessary to grow the business.  We believe that the continued move toward open-concept offices makes effective sound masking solutions more and more important.  We’re excited about where this business can go.”

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Multimedia pro Joey Fortman is named morning drive personality and digital media specialist for Bonneville’s adult contemporary KOIT, San Francisco.  In addition to her past experience as a radio personality, Fortman is the founder of “Reality Moms,” a multimedia digital influencer agency.  Bonneville Bay Area director of programming operations Brian Figula says, “Joey Fortman is a very unique talent who excels at both on-air and digital content creation.  She is the perfect fit to connect our listeners to our advertisers and sell their products on-air and via our fast-growing digital channels.”…..The husband-and-wife duo of Robby Bridges and Rochelle Gagnon are joining MacDonald Garber Broadcasting’s CHR WKHQ, Traverse City, Michigan to host the morning show. Additionally, Bridges will serve as station program director and Gagnon will take on promotions director duties.  The duo recently served at iHeartMedia’s WDVD, Detroit.  Bridges says, “We’d like to thank Trish and Peter Garber, Diane Hansell and Gary Berkowitz for this awesome opportunity to join their team to create big, fun, live and local radio in one of America’s premiere vacation cities.”…..Central Florida Educational Foundation promotes Dean O’Neal to vice president of operations in which he’ll oversee the organization’s seven Christian radio stations.  O’Neal was most recently program director for non-commercial Christian contemporary WPOZ-FM, Orlando “Z88.3.”  As the same time, Therese Romano is named PD for WPOZ.

Monday, February 24, 2020

| February 24, 2020

Monday Memo: Legal Advice. Just several decades ago, attorneys didn’t even advertise.  Back to the future: They’re all over billboards and TV.  Yet, as consultant Holland Cooke explains in this week’s column: “No medium showcases legal services better than talk radio.”  Read it here.

Presidential Race/Nevada Caucuses, Coronavirus Epidemic, China Productivity/Financial Markets Activity, Trump in India, and Weinstein Trial Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend. The Democrats battling to take on President Trump in November and Bernie Sanders’ victory in Saturday’s Nevada Caucuses; the status of Covid-19 and concerns about a pandemic; the effect of the coronavirus epidemic on Chinese productivity and its effect on the world’s financial markets; President Trump teases trade with India during visit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi; and the jury deliberates in the sexual assault trial of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend.

Round Four of January PPM’s 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 2020 survey period covered January 2 – 29.  Some of the news/talk radio stations that chalked up positive weekly, 6+ AQH share ratings during the January survey include: Sinclair Telecable’s KLBJ-AM, Austin which added nine-tenths to land at a 4.5 share and the #8 rank in the market; iHeartMedia’s WTKK-FM, Raleigh posts a whopping 1.8 share increase over the Holiday 2019 survey to finish January with a 7.1 share and the #3 rank; Emmis Communications’ WIBC-FM, Indianapolis rockets up 2.2 shares to finish January with a 7.6 share and the #3 rank; Cumulus Media’s WWTN-FM, Nashville adds seven-tenths to end January with a 4.8 share and the #8 rank; and Cumulus’ WPRO-AM/WEAN-FM, Providence tacks 1.3 shares onto its Holiday 2019 number to finish the January survey with a 3.7 share and the #8 rank in the market.  You can see all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, TALKERS managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways here

KLIN, Lincoln’s Jane Monnich Wraps 45-Year Radio News Career. News radio pro Jane Monnich retired from NRG Media’s KLIN, Lincoln, Nebraska on February 20 after a 45-year run with the station.  Monnich was news anchor for the KLIN morning show and on last Thursday’s program, the on-air celebration included visits from past and current co-workers, plus proclamations from Lincoln Mayor Lerion Gaylor Baird and Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts.  KLIN program director Bob Shomper says, “Jane’s career started in 1975, and over the following 45 years she covered 8 different governors, 10 mayors, 13 congressmen, 11 senators, dozens of city councilmen, and 100s of state legislators.  It is estimated that Jane wrote over 500,000 news stories and anchored over 105,000 newscasts.”  She’s pictured here holding the mayoral proclamation making February 20, 2020 “Jane Monnich Day” in Lincoln. The station is searching for Monnich’s replacement.  NRG Media has more about the position here.

TALKERS News Notes. WOR, New York morning drive news anchor Joe Bartlett announced on the “Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning” show that he’s retiring on April 10 after 34 years working full time with the station.  Bartlett told listeners, “I’ve reached the point where my free time is more important than my life at work.”  He said he and his wife plan to retire to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina…..On Super Tuesday (March 3), ABC News Radio will present live coverage anchored by correspondents Aaron Katersky and Karen Travers.  Coverage will feature reporting by radio correspondents Alex Stone in California, Jim Ryan in Texas, Ryan Burrow in Colorado, Mark Remillard in North Carolina; Andy Field in Washington; multi-platform reporter Ines de La Cuetara in Virginia; and analysis from radio correspondent Brian Clark at the ABC News Decision Desk.  ABC News Radio will also provide one-minute Status Reports at least twice an hour throughout the evening.  A special edition of ABC News’ daily news podcast “Start Here,” hosted by Brad Mielke, will post on Wednesday morning.  It will feature analysis of the results and interviews from ABC News reporters across the electoral map…..Edison Research is launching its first Top Ten Podcast ranker, as part of its Podcast Consumer Tracker product.  Edison says the ranker depicts the top 10 podcasts in America by reach among weekly podcast consumers as the “only comprehensive and all-inclusive study” of the reach of podcast networks and shows in America.  The first ranker indicates news and true crime are top podcast categories as seven of the top 10 fit those categories.  They are (in order 1to 10): “The Joe Rogan Experience,” “This American Life,” “The Daily,” “My Favorite Murder,” “Crime Junkie,” “Stuff You Should Know,” “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” “Serial,” “Pod Save America,” and “Radiolab.”  Edison says the Podcast Consumer Tracker data is based upon 4,053 online interviews (in English and Spanish) with weekly podcast consumers, ages 18 and older. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish…..SiriusXM is carrying the live broadcast of the “Celebration of Life for Kobe & Gianna Bryant” from the Staples Center in Los Angeles today (2/24) on its SiriusXM NBA Radio channel.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. St. Louis hot AC KYKY “Y98” makes some air staff changes and relaunches its morning show as “The Wake Up with Jen & Tim,” hosted by Jen Myers and Tim Convy, with contributions from Kevin Berghoff and Lance Hildebrand.  The Entercom station promotes Julie Tristan to host of the midday show and station host Paul Cook continues hosting afternoon drive.  Entercom St. Louis SVP and market manager Becky Domyan says, “From day one, Jen, Tim, Kevin, and Lance have impressed me with their energy, passion and desire to learn and win, and they have elevated our morning show in a short time.  I’m equally excited about the addition of Julie Tristan to our weekday programming.  She has an amazing track record of success in the market.  She is an unstoppable talent, and her charitable contributions to the community have been tremendous as well.”  Tristan is an Emmy-nominated multimedia St. Louis journalist.  She also currently serves as a producer and announcer for “Spotlight STL” on Nexstar Media Group’s KPLR-TV…..iHeartMedia’s Chicago country outlet WEBG-FM “Big 9.5.” presented a countdown of “The Top 1,000 Country Songs of All Time” and posted the list on its website.  The list was created by the station’s “blue ribbon panel of country experts” who considered factors such as: songwriting, artist contribution to country music history, historical and popular cultural significance of a song, sales and/or streaming data, radio airplay, and peak chart position.  What was #1?  “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

| February 20, 2020

Key Networks to Launch Jesse Kelly Show in National Syndication. Syndicator Key Networks says Jesse Kelly is a “fresh voice in conservative talk.”  The U.S. Marine veteran, former congressional candidate, and conservative radio and television host will launch his new, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon ET talk radio show on April 6.  Key Networks says network advertising is included within the show, with no additional barter units for stations to run.  Currently, Kelly hosts a two-hour version of “The Jesse Kelly Show” on KPRC, Houston as well as the “I’m Right” program on The First TV, a news and talk channel on Pluto TV.  Kelly was deployed to Iraq as an infantry Marine during the Second Persian Gulf War and received an honorable discharge after four years.  In 2010, he ran for congress and was narrowly defeated by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The race initially ended in a vote recount.  After his congressional run, Kelly continued to be a major voice among conservatives, using his large social media following as a platform to continue many of the conversations started on the campaign trail.  He says, “I love talk radio and I’m beyond humbled that Key Networks realizes that I’m a generational talent.  While my background might be more blue collar than other radio hosts, I’m confident my huge ego will help make up for my lack of education.  I’m excited to bring something new to stations nationwide.”  iHeartMedia Houston region president Eddie Martiny comments, “Listeners won’t be able to see that Jesse Kelly stands 6 foot 8, but his towering humor and intellect will absolutely captivate the listening audience.  Jesse is an Iraq War veteran who will win the hearts and minds of listeners with the wit of a stand-up comic.  He’s been featured on most major TV networks, especially FOX News with Tucker Carlson who says, ‘Jesse cracks me up.’  Jesse is a fresh voice of a rational conservative for a new generation.  My listening audience and advertising community in Houston embraced Jesse immediately.  Informative, entertaining, but most importantly, unique!”

Kevin Battle Joins KDKA-AM, Pittsburgh’s Morning Show. Radio programmer, host, and journalist Kevin Battle is joining “The KDKA Radio Morning News with Larry Richert” as co-host, effective March 9.  Entercom Pittsburgh SVP and market manager Michael Spacciapolli says, “As we celebrate the centennial of KDKA Radio, the world’s first radio station, we were focused on adding a host that can reflect the energy and pulse of where Pittsburgh is in 2020 and beyond.  Kevin Battle is the perfect person to join Larry Richert on the KDKA morning show and tell the story of our great city.”  During his career, Battle has served as program director and air personality for Entercom’s sports talk WJZ-FM, Baltimore “105.7 The Fan,” been director of marketing and promotions and on-air personality for rock WDVE-FM, and was a member of the inaugural staff of “FOX News Headlines 24/7.”  The Pittsburgh native comments, “There have been three morning hosts at KDKA Radio in my lifetime – Jack Bogut, John Cigna, and Larry Richert, and I am thrilled I get to work with one of them.  Larry is part of the fabric of Pittsburgh.  I have been a fan of KDKA for a long time and fondly remember listening with my family each morning.  I cannot wait to help our listeners start their day off well-informed.”

FCC Permanently Dismisses License Renewal Applications for Four St. Louis Signals. An administrative law judge has ruled that the applications for license renewal for four radio stations owned by Entertainment Media Trust are “dismissed without prejudice due to the applicant’s failure to prosecute.”  Judge Jane Hinckley Halprin states in the ruling that Trustee Dennis J. Watkins’ failure to respond to a January 24 Order that was a final attempt to get information from EMT was the last straw in a series of non-compliances on the part of Watkins.  The stations in question are: KFTK-AM (formerly WQQX-AM), East St. Louis, Illinois; WQQW-AM, Highland, Illinois; KZQZ-AM, St. Louis; and KQQZ-AM, DeSoto, Missouri.  The case goes way back to 2012 when Mark A. Kern filed a petition to deny the license renewals, alleging that talk host and convicted felon Robert Romanik actually controlled the stations, in violation of FCC regulations.  Romanik’s Insane Broadcasting Co. operates the stations under an LMA, but is not allowed to own stations.  The ruling notes that the Media Bureau investigated the allegations and “found evidence that it concluded supports the claim that Mr. Romanik exercises defacto control over the stations.  The Media Bureau also adduced evidence suggesting that Mr. Romanik, who hosts a weekday talk show on one of the stations, has held himself out as the stations’ owner and is personally involved in station business.”  Romanik hosts a show on KQQZ-AM and positions himself as a local raconteur, calling himself “The Grim Reaper of Radio.”  Read the judge’s ruling here.

New Afternoon Show Among Lineup Changes at Sports Talk ‘105.7 The Fan’ in Baltimore. With WJZ-FM “105.7 The Fan” afternoon drive personality Scott Garceau named the new play-by-play broadcaster and pre-game and post-game host for Baltimore Orioles broadcasts on cable’s MASN-TV, he leaves his daily talk show duties at the Entercom sports station.  His co-host Jeremy Conn moves to evening show duties and host of “Orioles Baseball Tonight.”  Beginning March 9, the new afternoon drive show is “Inside Access” with co-hosts Jason La Canfora and Ken Weinman.  La Canfora is a RADIO.COM Sports and CBS Sports insider.  Weinman is a longtime WJZ-FM air personality.   Entercom Baltimore SVP and market manager Tracy Brandys says, “This revamped programming schedule will allow us to continue providing around-the-clock content for Baltimore’s biggest sports fans.  Adding Jason and Ken to our already successful lineup is a big win for our market.  We are also excited about Scott and Jeremy’s new roles.  All are an integral part of the success of ‘105.7 The Fan.’”

Presidential Race/Las Vegas Debate, Stone Sentencing/Barr Criticism, Coronavirus Pandemic/Deadly Flu Season, Germany Mass Shooting, and Grenell to Lead Intelligence Agencies Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (2/19). The Democrats battling to take on President Trump in November and last night’s debate in Las Vegas; the controversy surrounding the sentencing recommendation for former Trump adviser Roger Stone and the related criticism of Attorney General William Barr’s leading of the Justice Department; the status of the Covid-19 pandemic and the deadly influenza season in the U.S.; the slaying of nine people in the German city of Hanau by a reported right-wing extremist; and President Trump’s naming Ambassador Richard Grenell acting director of national intelligence were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Round Two of January PPMs Released. The second of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s January 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. Nielsen’s January 2020 survey period covered January 2 – 29.  Rebounding from the challenging Holiday 2019 survey, a number of spoken-word stations performed well – weekly, 6+ AQH share – in January.  Cumulus Media’s news/talk WMAL-FM, Washington rises 1.9 shares from the Holiday survey to post a 6.9 share and climbs to the #5 rank in the market. Hubbard Radio’s all-news WTOP-FM adds five-tenths to finish January with a 7.4 share and the #2 rank.  In Boston, iHeartMedia’s news/talk WRKO tacks on seven-tenths to finish the survey with a 3.5 share, while sister all-news WBZ-AM adds two-tenths for a 6.2 share and the #3 rank in the market.  Bonneville’s KIRO-FM, Seattle breaks out with 1.1 share increase to finish the month with a 6.0 share and the #2 rank. iHeartMedia’s news/talk KDFD-AM, Denver adds eight-tenths to finish the January survey with a 3.3 share, its best since it flipped from sports talk in July of 2019.  You can see all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways here.

TALKERS News Notes. Las Vegas-based, USA Radio-syndicated talk show host Wayne Allyn Root tells TALKERS magazine his Newsmax TV show, “The Wayne Allyn Root Show: Raw & Unfiltered” is moving to a new air time – 10:00 pm ET – effective March 3.  Root says, “It’s a great honor to be part of Newsmax TV’s primetime lineup.  When I first began hosting my show in June 2017 on Newsmax TV it reached 15 million homes.  Then 30 million. Then 50 million. Then 60 million. Now just under 80 million.  And Cox cable added Newsmax TV a few weeks ago – so now my television show reaches the entire Las Vegas area, my hometown!  Kudos to Chris Ruddy, CEO of Newsmax, for building America’s fastest growing cable news network.”…..SiriusXM announces its MLB Network Radio channel presents its annual MLB Spring Training tour beginning Saturday (2/22) and running through March 13.  MLB Network Radio’s experts and insiders will visit all 30 MLB team camps to give fans an in-depth preview of every ball club.  It will consist of 30, two-hour shows, each focused on a single MLB team.  SiriusXM’s hosts – many of whom are former general managers or players – will be on location at each spring training ballpark to interview managers, players and executives, and share an insider’s view of each club as it prepares for the 2020 season…..iHeartMedia announces that it has partnered with Flatiron Books on a book imprint based on iHeartRadio’s popular curiosity podcasts.  The imprint, named “Stuff You Should Read: An iHeartBook,” launches with STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW: An Incomplete Compendium of Mostly Interesting Things, to recognize “Stuff You Should Know” – one of the first podcasts to reach one billion downloads.  iHeartMedia says it believes that this is the first line of podcast-based books between a major book publisher and leading podcast network.

Pop Music Historian and Curator Barry Scott of “The Lost 45s” Is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast.  One of the true legends of oldies radio, Barry Scott, is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series, “The Michael Harrison Interview.”  Scott is the host of the long-running, Boston-based music radio show, “The Lost 45s,” which has been on the radio since 1981 and in national syndication since 1993.  The premise of the show is that top 40 radio of the golden era (1960s – 1990s) missed a tremendous number of valid hit records that deserved airplay due to faulty research, closed-mindedness and a lazy, follow-the-leader mentality.  (“It’s not on the list suggested by our consultant.”)  Many of these songs have gone on to be completely forgotten within music radio culture.  Harrison states, “I had the pleasure of programming Barry’s flagship station in Boston back in the 80s and was amazed at the loyal following this weekend show generated – even within the context of a classic rock format.  Barry’s excellent curation and fascinating storytelling created tremendous interest in songs that were either obscure or considered unprogrammable within standard format categories. In today’s music radio desert, where pop music history is largely ignored or generally forgotten, this show is a priceless beacon of the culture that originally illuminated music radio.”  To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here or click on the player box located in the right-hand column on every page of Talkers.com.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. At Detroit rock outlet WRIF, Beasley Media Group promotes Jade Springart to assistant program director and midday host.  She has served with WRIF for the past 12 years, most recently as music director and weekend personality. Springart says, “This is an amazing opportunity for me to continue working and winning with a brand that I have grown up with.  It has been a privilege to learn from some of the best in the industry.  I’m very grateful for the support of everyone in the Beasley Media Group family and am excited to be able to continue 101 WRIF’s legacy in the active rock format here in the Motor City.”…..Air personality J.R. joins Beasley Media Group’s country WQYK, Tampa Bay to host “Tampa Bay’s Morning Krewe with J.R. and Melanie,” effective March 2. He’ll join station air personality Melanie Mineau for the 6:00 am to 10:00 am program.  He was most recently co-host of the “J.R. & Beth Show” on Cox Media Group’s country KCYY, San Antonio “Y100.”  He also currently serves as the host of United Station Radio Networks’ syndicated “Twenty Country Countdown.”  J.R. says, “This is a very exciting time for me.  To be able to build a show under the direction of [operations manager] Travis Daily and alongside a talented co-host like Melanie Mineau is the opportunity I have been looking for.  We are going to have a lot of fun in an amazing city!  I am very grateful to Travis and the Beasley family for this opportunity and can’t wait to create live, local, and unique radio for the Tampa area.”…..Entercom stations and staffers are honored with three Academy of Country Music (ACM) Radio Awards.  KILT-FM, Houston “100.3 The Bull” (KILT-FM) was named Major Market Station of the Year and WUSY-FM, Chattanooga “U.S. 101” was named Medium Market Station of the Year – the 8th time the station has received this honor.  WYCD, Detroit’s afternoon drive show “Rob and Holly” program was given the Major Market Personality of the Year honor.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

| February 5, 2020

Trump Honors Rush Limbaugh with Presidential Medal of Freedom.  During Tuesday evening’s State of the Union Address, President Trump surprised Premiere Networks nationally syndicated superstar Rush Limbaugh by announcing him as the recipient of the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  This came the day after Limbaugh announced to his radio audience that he’s battling advanced lung cancer and would be missing some time on his radio show for treatment.  First Lady Melania Trump placed the medal around Limbaugh’s neck.  The president said, “Here tonight is a special man, someone beloved by millions of Americans who just received a stage 4 advanced cancer diagnosis.  This is not good news, but what is good news is that he is the greatest fighter and winner that you will ever meet.  Rush Limbaugh, thank you for your decades of tireless devotion to our country.  And, Rush, in recognition of all that you have done for our nation, the millions of people a day that you speak to and that you inspire, and all of the incredible work that you have done for charity, I am proud to announce tonight that you will be receiving our country’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”

Buck Sexton to Host Evening Show on WOR, New York. Nationally syndicated talk host – and former CIA officer and NYPD counter-terrorism expert – Buck Sexton is joining the “710 WOR, The Voice of New York” program schedule as host of a new, local show airing from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, beginning February 10.  He hosts a daily Premiere Networks program that feeds live from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Sexton says, “I’m thrilled at this opportunity to speak to my fellow New Yorkers in drive time on the airwaves of the legendary WOR.  I grew up in this city and worked to defend it as part of NYPD Intelligence.  I love this town, it’s my true home – and that’s the passion and experience I’ll bring on air every night to WOR.”  Sexton also appears frequently on FOX News Channel and other outlets as a political commentator and national security analyst.  Pictured above are (from l-r): WOR APD Scott Lakefield, Sexton, and WOR PD Tom Cuddy.

PPM Analysis: News/Talk. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents a look at the performances of radio stations based on data from Nielsen Audio’s Holiday 2019 PPM survey, today focusing on the commercial news/talk format.  This survey period, when listening shifts to Christmas music for so many people, is always tough for news/talk and this year was no different.  About 60% of news/talk stations in PPM markets saw their weekly 6+ AQH share go down from the December 2019 survey to the Holiday survey.  However, iHeartMedia’s KTRH, Houston led the 16% pack that went up with a five-tenths increase for a 4.6 share.  Comparing Holiday 2018 to Holiday 2019, 46% of news/talk stations in PPM markets were up, with iHeartMedia’s WREC, Memphis up 1.8 shares for a 4.4 share and both KTRH, Houston and WOAI, San Antonio up 1.7 shares for a 4.6 share and 5.3 share, respectively.  Cox Media Group’s WSB-AM/WSBB-FM, Atlanta was the lone news/talk station ranking #1 in its market during the Holiday 2019 survey.  See all the data here.

RAB and Borrell: Radio Breaks $1 Billion Digital Ad Threshold. According to the latest research released by the Radio Advertising Bureau and Borrell Associates, the radio industry’s digital ad revenue passed the $1 billion mark in 2019 and now accounts for 10% of total advertising revenue.  The report indicates local radio stations grew revenue by 25% in 2019 and are forecast to see growth of 29% this year and that digital revenue is now growing faster for the radio industry than it is for any other media segment that is also selling digital advertising.  RAB president and CEO Erica Farber says, “As radio continues to gain renewed interest by advertisers and the media buying community, they are recognizing radio’s assets beyond broadcast.  This report underscores the importance of being a well-trained and knowledgeable radio professional and the RAB continues to deliver the digital training and professional development required for radio sellers to best serve their clients.”  The annual report showed that the average station made $299,213 in digital revenue in 2019, and the average market cluster made $1.3 million.  The average revenue for the top five performers ranged from $664,651 for top performing clusters in the smallest of markets to $17.1 million in the largest. The findings are a part of the RAB and Borrell’s 8th annual report, “Digital Sales Skyrocket, Hitting $1 Billion.”  It is being released today to RAB members.  It analyzes online ad revenue from 3,488 radio stations, as well as survey responses from 1,006 local radio buyers and a survey of 208 radio managers.

SiriusXM Pro Forma Q4 Revenue Up 6%. That figure is for SiriusXM Holdings Inc – the company that includes SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Pandora Media.  The company also provides figures from the fourth quarter of 2019 and 2019 full-year data in its filing.  Fourth quarter revenue was $2.1 billion – up 38% from Q4 2018.  2019 full-year revenue was $7.8 billion, an increase of 35% over 2018.  Revenue was boosted by the acquisition of Pandora Media on February 1, 2019.  The Company’s net income declined 3% to $243 million in the fourth quarter, while full-year net income totaled $914 million, down from $1.2 billion in 2018 due to higher acquisition, refinancing, and depreciation and amortization expenses in 2019.  On a pro forma basis, fourth quarter revenue grew 6% from $1.9 billion and full-year revenue climbed 8% from $7.3 billion in the prior year periods.  Pro forma figures assume the Pandora acquisition closed on January 1, 2018.  SiriusXM CEO Jim Meyer states, “I am so proud of SiriusXM’s milestone performance last year.  Not only did we achieve our 10th consecutive year of one million-plus self-pay net additions, but we successfully completed the acquisition of Pandora Media and drove each business to record-high financial performance.  Looking forward to 2020, we’re excited about a new decade of opportunity before us and confident in reiterating our guidance for the year.”

TALKERS News Notes.  Correspondent and teen influencer for Radio Disney Sammy Jaye – is the star of the new iHeartMedia podcast titled, “Let’s Be Real with Sammy Jaye.”  iHeartMedia says the podcast addresses “a range of topics from mental health, political activism and the pressures of social media to lighter topics like friendships, dating and pop culture.”  It’ll feature interviews with celebs including Meghan Trainor, Kesha, FINNEAS, Julia Michaels, Liza Koshy, activist Nadya Okamoto, and many more…..Cadence13 unveils a new podcast available on the RADIO.COM platform starring Dell and Sonya Curry, parents of NBA star Steph Curry.  The show is titled, “Raising Fame: Sports Edition,” and features “the raw and unfiltered stories, unique perspectives, and personal memories from those who raised icons” in the sports sphere…..The Piscataquis Observer reports that Dale Duff exits Townsquare Media’s sports talk WEBQ-FM, Bangor, Maine “The Ticket” where he was brand manager to return to his hometown of Houlton, Maine and Northern Maine Media’s WHOU-FM.  Duff will work on the company’s WHOU.live video streaming service headlining its sports coverage…..Earlier today (2/5), listeners tuning in to Westwood One’s “First Light” morning program heard program host Michael Toscano (pictured below) interview astronaut Christina Koch from the International Space Station.  The interview was recorded yesterday (2/4) while Koch was in orbit, just 48 hours before she returns to earth after 328 days in space.  Koch talked about her 139 million miles of orbit, her six spacewalks that took her outside the orbiting laboratory for more than 42 hours, and the experiments she was involved with.

Impeachment Trial, Iowa Caucus Snafu, State of the Union, Coronavirus, Financial Markets Activity, and Oscars Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (2/4). The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump; the technical problems dogging the Iowa Democratic Caucuses; Tuesday evening’s State of the Union Address by President Trump; concerns about a global pandemic of the coronavirus; the financial markets activity in response to the coronavirus; and this Sunday evening’s Academy Awards were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Twin Cities radio star Tom Barnard signs a multi-year contract extension with Cumulus Media to continue hosting mornings on KQRS, Minneapolis where he’s been a fixture since 1986.  In 2017, Barnard was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame and in 2018 entered the Pavek Museum, honoring Minnesota broadcasters.  Barnard says, “I’m so grateful to the listeners and advertisers for supporting the ‘KQ Morning Show’ for the past 34 years.  Thanks to them, all my years as a morning host will be spent at the legendary KQRS. Thanks to Shelly for the support system she provides me.  I’m so honored to continue to do what I love in my hometown.  I can’t ask for anything more.”…..Entercom announces the addition of AJ Gibson to the morning show for CHANNEL Q on RADIO.COM’s LGBTQ+ Talk Radio Network.  Gibson will join co-host Mikalah Gordon on “The Morning Beat” airing weekdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm ET, effective immediately.  Entercom regional president Jeff Federman says, “AJ is a talented on-air personality with a great work ethic and commitment to excellence.  We’re excited to welcome him to ‘The Morning Beat’ alongside Mikalah.  AJ is a fixture on Hollywood red carpets and top-selling author who inspires audiences with his story and perspective on a myriad of topics.  We’re looking forward to waking up with him on CHANNEL Q.”…..Portland, Maine salsa maker Kelly Towle is joining morning host Blake Hayes on Saga Communications’ hot AC WMGX, Portland “Coast 93.1” after winning the auditions to take over for co-host Eva Matteson, who is leaving morning radio after 15 years on the WMGX AM show.  Towle works marketing and selling for her Plucked Fresh Foods company and sings in a local funk band…..WHTS-FM, Grand Rapids “105.3 HOT FM” morning program “The Gray and Green Show” – starring Rachael Gray and Jackie Green – is honored by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters with two MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards in the Commercial & Network Radio category: Best Morning Show Broadcast Personality or Team and Best Feature/Use of Medium.  MAB’s Broadcast Excellence Awards will be presented on March 4, 2020, at the conclusion of the Great Lakes Media Show at the Lansing Center in Lansing.

Monday, February 3, 2020

| February 3, 2020

Rush Limbaugh Announces That He Has Been Diagnosed with Advanced Lung Cancer – News Shocks Industry

Premiere Networks superstar Rush Limbaugh ended his 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm ET program today with the shocking news that he has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.

He made the following statement:

“This day has been one of the most difficult days in recent memory, for me, because I’ve known this moment was coming,” Limbaugh said. “I’m sure that you all know by now that I really don’t like talking about myself and I don’t like making things about me… one thing that I know, that has happened over the 31-plus years of this program is that there has been an incredible bond that had developed between all of you and me.

“So, I have to tell you something today that I wish I didn’t have to tell you. It’s a struggle for me because I had to inform my staff earlier today.

“I can’t help but feel that I’m letting everybody down. The upshot is that I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.

“I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer… diagnosis confirmed by two medical institutions on January 20th after first discovering something not right on January 12th.

“I thought about not telling anybody, it is what it is. You know me, I’m the mayor of Realville. This has happened and my intention is to come here every day I can, and do this program as normally and competently and expertly as I do each and every day because that is the source of my greatest satisfaction professionally, personally.

“I told the staff today that I have a deeply personal relationship with God that I do not proselytize about, but I do, and I have been working that relationship tremendously.

“I am, at the moment, experiencing zero symptoms.

“I hope I will be talking about this as little as necessary in the coming days, but we’ve got a great bunch of doctors, a great team assembled, we’re at full speed ahead on this. It’s just now a matter of implementing what we are going to be told later this week.”

Limbaugh indicated that he “hopes” to be back on Thursday further stating, “If not, it’ll be as soon as I can. Every day I’m not here I’ll be thinking of you and missing you.”

TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison has released the following statement: “Anything I have to say about Rush’s importance to the radio industry as well as the national conversation has been said countless times before.  He is cumulatively the most influential individual in the modern era of talk media and any change in his role will have enormous impact.  We pray for his swift and complete recovery.”

Monday Memo: Cue ‘Centerfield.’ Consultant Holland Cooke describes the morning after the Super Bowl as “like the morning after the Iowa Caucus in Des Moines or the morning after the New Hampshire Primary in Manchester: sagebrush and tumbleweed.  The crowd has moved on.”  And he outlines opportunities for exploiting what he calls “the best radio sport.”  Read it here.

‘Bill and Wendy’ Podcast to Debut On WLSAM.com. Chicago media personalities Bill Leff and Wendy Snyder – most recently hosting a midday show at crosstown WGN-AM – are signing on with Cumulus Media to host a podcast on WLSAM.com, effective today. Cumulus says, “Since their early days at the legendary WLUP-FM “The LOOP” in the 1990s, Wendy and Bill have also been heard hosting weekday programming on Chicago radio powerhouses WKQX and WGN-AM 720. As a team, they have amassed thousands upon thousands of on-air hours conducting celebrity interviews, providing a laugh, and discussing the topics that are most important to their audiences and themselves. Once considered to be our generation’s ‘slightly edgier Donnie and Marie,’ Bill Leff and Wendy Snyder proudly bring you their version of a world gone mad! (Or at least, slightly ticked off.)”

Juandolyn Stokes Named New Midday Host at WAOK-AM, Atlanta. At Entercom’s urban news/talk outlet WAOK-AM, Atlanta, Juandolyn Stokes is named the new midday show host. Stokes is the founding pastor of Deeper Life In Christ Ministries in Conyers, Georgia and will host “On Point with Juandolyn Stokes” daily from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, effective immediately. Entercom Atlanta SVP and market manager Rick Caffey says, “Juandolyn Stokes is a leader in our community and embodies the WAOK mission, which serves as an informative, empowering, engaging and entertaining voice of Atlanta. It is our goal to provide our city with everything they need to navigate their world and I believe the addition of Juandolyn, as well as our new weekday lineup, will benefit our audience on all platforms.” Stokes’ show followed “The Rashad Richey Morning Show” and leads into Reach Media’s syndicated “Keepin’ It Real with Rev. Al Sharpton.” “Too Much Truth with Derrick Boazman” airs in afternoon drive on the station.

Columbia Sports Talker Teddy Heffner Moves to iHeartMedia’s WCOS-AM. Longtime Columbia sports radio personality Teddy Heffner – who was losing his daily sports talk show on Glory Communications’ WGCV, Columbia, South Carolina because of its pending format change – will continue talking sports in Columbia on iHeartMedia’s WCOS-AM “FOX Sports 1400.”  Heffner served with iHeartMedia for almost 20 years before exiting in 2014.  iHeartMedia SVP of programming LJ Smith says, “We are looking forward to having Teddy back on ‘FOX Sports 1400.’  His knowledge of sports and the connection he has with his listeners is really unique to Columbia radio.  And now people can listen to him no matter where they live or travel, on the iHeartRadio App.

SCBA’s Callahan Joins Saga Communications. Media sales pro Thom Callahan is leaving the Southern California Broadcasters Association to join Saga Communications as director of business development.  Callahan has been serving as president of the SCBA and current SCBA chairman Miles Sexton will serve as interim president while the group seeks a permanent replacement.  Callahan says, “I am proud of the value we have created for Southern California radio and will miss so many of the great radio members we have.  However, the opportunity to work with CEO Ed Christian and the great Saga team was just too compelling.  I wish the SCBA great success moving forward.”

PPM Analysis: NBA Flagships. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents a look at the performances of radio stations based on data from Nielsen Audio’s Holiday 2019 PPM survey, today focusing on stations that serve as flagship stations for NBA play-by-play.  This report shows comparisons of station performances from the December 2019 survey to the Holiday 2019 survey, from December 2018 to December 2019, market rankings, and more. See it all here.

TALKERS News Notes. St. Louis media personality Martin Kilcoyne is back with CH Holdings’ news/talk KTRS, St. Louis after exiting crosstown sports talk KFNS-AM two weeks ago.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Dan Caesar reports, that Kilcoyne – whose main gig is as sports director for KTVI-TV, St. Louis – begins a new position with KTRS after having hosted a regular, daily show there in the past.  Kilcoyne tells Caesar, “I’ll be basically a correspondent, a contributor.  I think it will be a lot of fun to be on different shows, have a chance to kind of appear in a columnist role.  I can talk about sports news of the day but kind of venture off into life stories, too, and have a little bit of fun.  I had a good run there and I think the audience is somewhat familiar with me and I’m familiar with the station.  So, I think it’s a good fit.  It’s a really professional operation, which has gotten me excited.”…..Bonneville’s news/talk KTTH, Seattle is hosting a GOP Gubernatorial Forum on Friday, February 28 at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma.  Station afternoon drive host Jason Rantz is moderating the free event.  He says, “This won’t be a boring debate of canned answers to fit in :30 second slots.  This will be an in-depth look at the issues that matter to voters most.  Candidates will be challenged, the pace will be quick, and solutions to Washington’s biggest problems will be demanded of all the Republican candidates.”…..The Forum of Fargo reports that Dom Izzo’s “Hot Mic” show heard on Forum Communications’ WDAY-AM, Fargo from 9:00 am to 11:00 am daily, is now being simulcast on television on WDAY-Xtra.  Izzo launched his radio show in September of 2019 after stepping back from his nightly sportscasts.  He says, “This was something they talked to me about right away when they initially approached me about moving off the set.  This was the thing I was most excited about was the chance to do something different that hadn’t been done before in this market.”…..Cumulus Media’s classic rock and Kansas City Chiefs flagship KCFX-FM “101 The Fox” aired a special re-broadcast of the 1969 Super Bowl IV win featuring Bill Grigsby, and all of the original game day content with no commercials.   That re-broadcast led right into the “101 The Fox” pre-game show live from Super Bowl LIV in Miami….FOX News Radio is presenting live national network coverage from Des Moines today for the Iowa Caucus beginning at 7:00 pm ET with a FOX News Podcast special, “The Campaign with Bret Baier,” followed by live coverage of the results anchored by FNR’s national correspondent Jared Halpern, FNR political analyst Josh Kraushaar, and FNR reporters Tonya J. Powers and Jessica Rosenthal. Additionally, the nationally syndicated “Guy Benson Show” is broadcasting live from Des Moines from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm ET as is the nationally syndicated “Brian Kilmeade Show” from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon ET…..Entercom sports talker WZGC-FM, Atlanta “92.9 The Game and the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks announce a new, multiyear contract extension of their broadcast partnership.  The extension includes the broadcast of all 82 Hawks regular season and all postseason games as well as 30-minute pre- and post-game shows.  As part of the agreement, sister stations urban contemporary WVEE-FM “V-103” and WSTR-FM “Star 94.1” will provide additional promotional support.

Impeachment Trial, Wuhan Coronavirus, Financial Markets Activity, Presidential Race, Brexit, and Super Bowl LIV Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend. The Senate’s vote not to hear witnesses in the Donald Trump Impeachment Trial; concerns about a coronavirus pandemic; the effects the Wuhan coronavirus is having on the world’s financial markets; Monday’s Iowa caucuses and the Democrats battling for the nomination to face Donald Trump in November; the U.K. officially exits the European Union; and the Kansas City Chiefs’ victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Dance-formatted WPTY, Long Island “Party 105.3” names “Steve and Leeana” co-hosts of the morning show.  JVC Media says, “Steve and Leeana have been a part of Long Island radio mornings for decades and now they will be part of mornings on ‘Party 105!’”  The company says, “While many radio stations around the dial have been consolidating, cutting staff, bringing in national shows from other markets, and terminating jobs, JVC is doing the opposite and going back to what made radio great – live, local, and home grown.”  JVC Media president John Caracciolo says, “This is live, local and hometown radio the way it is supposed to be, we’re not phoning it in.  To say you are live and local isn’t enough; the radio personalities have to be involved in the community, involved in local charities and events and become ambassadors for the radio station.  There is no better team to do this than Steve and Leeana.”…..Radio One Buffalo, LLC owner and operator Buddy Shula announces that former WGRF-FM, Buffalo overnight and evening personality Cindy Chan is joining the station’s personality lineup.  Shula says, “While other companies are firing great on-air talent here in Buffalo and all over the country, making radio just a jukebox, WECK-AM/FM continues to appreciate what live DJs bring to our radio culture and community and we continue to hire.  As a kid I grew up in Buffalo listening to Cindy Chan.  I loved her conversational on-air approach and her unique style of communicating, plus she really knows her music, and relates it so well to listeners.”  Cindy Chan will begin with her “Dance, Sing and Boogie-Woogie” show on Sundays from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Friday, January 31, 2020

| January 31, 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 on the website of its flagship station, WONK-FM, Washington, DC.  The new episode titled, “Can I Get a Witness?” looks back at this past week of January 27-31, 2020 and features guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERSChris Stigall, talk show host, WNTP, Philadelphia “AM 990 The Answer”; Howard Monroe, talk show host/owner WKKX/WVLY, Wheeling, WV; Victoria Jones, executive director, DC Radio Company; Joshua Philipp, senior investigative reporter, The Epoch TimesPamela Garber, counselor and therapist, New York City; and Bali Samra, human resources consultant/commentator, Pioneer Valley Radio, Springfield, MA.  This acclaimed news/talk radio show airs each week on WONK-FM, Washington, DC on Friday evenings between 6:00-7:00 pm ET.  It also airs throughout the weekend on WRKO, Boston; KSCO, Santa Cruz, CA;  KFNX, Phoenix; WVOX, Westchester, NY; KBDT, Dallas; KQSP, Minneapolis; KBKW, Aberdeen, WA; the Virginia Talk Radio Network and Pioneer Valley Radio in Springfield, MA as well as appearing on the iHeartRadio App.  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.

iHeartMedia Re-Brands Sports WTSO, Madison; Cancels Two Local Shows. In Madison, Wisconsin, iHeartMedia makes changes to sports talker WTSO-AM, re-branding the station from its current “The Big 1070” to “1070 The Game,” and altering the daily lineup.  Effective Monday (2/3), “The Crossover with Ted Davis & Dan Needles” and “Drew & K.B.” are gone from the lineup.  Longtime Wisconsin sports media personality Mike Heller moves from mornings to afternoon drive (without current morning co-host Dolphin), and Steve Czaban takes over the 6:00 am to 9:00 am daypart.  Czaban also hosts the afternoon drive show on Radio One’s WTEM, Washington, DC “The Team.”  In middays, “The Dan Patrick Show” airs from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, followed by FOX Sports Radio’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm.  iHeartMedia Madison market president Drew Lautner says, “Wisconsin has a strong and diverse sports fan base.  We believe we have assembled the best of the best to deliver news, commentary, differing opinions, on-field insight and an occasional laugh to our loyal listeners.”

Townsquare Media Begins Operating Duluth Sports Talk Station. Ahead of its intended purchase of WWAX-FM, Duluth, Townsquare Media enters into a time brokerage agreement with owner Twin Ports Radio and will move the sports format to its own WEBC-AM.  It will also move its classic rock format from translator W293CT to WWAX-FM as “Sasquatch 92-1.”  the changes are expected to take place the week of February 17.  WWAX “92.1 The Fan” airs content from iHeartMedia’s The Fan Radio Network” emanating from KFXN, Minneapolis.  Townsquare has acquired the Duluth-Superior radio broadcast rights for the Minnesota Vikings for the next four seasons.  Townsquare Media Duluth market president and chief revenue officer Mary Niemeyer says, “All of these programming moves greatly improve the experience for our local listeners and the marketing solutions we can provide for our local advertising partners, enhancing our position as a premiere local media company in the Northland.  We are thrilled to bring ‘The Fan’ back home to WEBC along with the Minnesota Vikings, while providing our rabid ‘Sasquatch’ audience extended reach on 92.1 FM.”

Report: Changes on Tap for Sports Talk KFNS-AM, St. Louis. According to Dan Caesar’s story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, KFNS-AM, St. Louis co-owner Randy Markel has reached an agreement to sell a 50% interest in the station to local attorney Mark Goldenberg and Archford Capital Strategies CEO Jim Maher.  The story indicates that lineup changes are a possibility as the newly constituted ownership group considers the station’s future.  Markel tells the paper that afternoon host – longtime St. Louis talk radio figure – Frank O. Pinion currently hosts the afternoon drive show but his general interest show is not as sports intensive as the new ownership may desire.  Other St. Louis sports talk personalities mentioned as possible additions to the station include Kevin Slaten, Brian McKenna, and Jeff Gordon.

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 Holiday 2019 PPM survey, today focusing on the all-news format.  Not surprisingly, 87% of all-news stations saw their weekly 6+ AQH share decline from the December survey to the Holiday survey.  Sixty percent of all-news stations lost weekly 6+ AQH share from Holiday 2018 to Holiday 2019.  Entercom’s KCBS-AM, San Francisco was the highest ranked all-news station during the Holiday PPM survey, ranking #2 in the market.  See Mike Kinosian’s entire report here.

Impeachment Trial Top News/Talk Story for Week of January 27-31. The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump was the most-talked-about story on news/talk radio this week, landing atop the Talkers TenTM.  At #2 this week was the status of the Wuhan coronavirus, tied with U.S.-China Relations and the economy.  Coming in at #3 was the Democrats battling to challenge President Trump in November, followed by the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant 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.

Kal Rudman Shutters FMQB. After almost 52 years in business, founder and publisher Kal Rudman is shutting down the radio industry tip sheet Friday Morning Quarterback, better known as FMQB.  Rudman has sold the assets of the publication to Deane Media Solutions.  In a statement, Rudman says, “I am retiring from the music industry, but not the radio business.  For a long time, I have focused much of my philanthropic efforts in the medical world, and now I am merging that with radio.  For over 50 years, I have been the specialist in predicting countless hits for numerous artists, and I’ve received unique recognition by the music industry as not only a tastemaker but a star maker.  However, times have changed drastically, along with the industry, and it was time for me to move on to my original passion, medicine.”

More Music Radio News and Career Moves. At Waterloo Media’s classic rock KLBJ-FM, Austin shifts the “Dudley & Bob with Matt” show from morning drive to afternoon drive, effective Monday (2/3).  Station program director and PM drive host LA Lloyd moves to mornings.  Waterloo SVP and market manager Scott Gillmore states, “Austinites listen to the radio in their cars.  Afternoon traffic is worse and afternoon commutes are longer.  Now, the drive home just got way more fun with ‘Dudley & Bob with Matt’ – and the boys get to sleep in for the first time in decades, too.  Everybody’s talking in the mornings.  But now there’s a true Austin pro playing great classic rock and getting you to work in a great mood.  LA Lloyd on 93.7 KLBJ-FM.”…..iHeartMedia launches a classic hits station on translator W265CV, Madison, Wisconsin as “U-100.9, Madison’s Super ‘60s and ‘70s Station, effective tomorrow (2/1).  iHeartMedia Madison market president Drew Lautner says, “I’m extremely excited to be part of this new station launch.  Madison missed having a station that is dedicated to airing top ‘60s and ‘70s music – so we’re excited to step up and give listeners what they want with the new ‘U-100.9.’”…..NRG Media flips KPTY-AM/K297BS from CHR to country as “107.3 HANK FM – Playing the Legends of Country.”  NRG Media operations manager Jeff Winfield says, “Country music is about great stories.  In addition to playing classic county on ‘HANK’ we will go behind the music and share those stories with our listeners.  We’ll have features like ‘HANK’s Music Vault,’ ‘Stories Made the Music,’ ‘HANK Artist Spotlight’ and ‘Rewind County.’”

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

| January 28, 2020

Talk Radio Plays Role in Build-Up to Jersey Shore Trump Rally. Local talk radio has been front and center during the two days leading up to President Trump’s rally tonight (1/28) in Wildwood, New Jersey.  Pictured above is WNTP, Philadelphia “AM 990 The Answer” morning drive personality Chris Stigall – who broadcast his Tuesday morning show from Wildwood – posing for a selfie with some members of the large crowd gathered near the convention center hoping to get tickets to attend tonight’s event.  WPGG, Atlantic City morning drive host Harry Hurley hosted Lara Trump – wife of Eric Trump – on Monday’s program to talk about the president’s rally and the intense demand for tickets.  Hurley also had the opportunity to interview “Duke” – the man with the unique designation of being the first person in line at the convention center to get a ticket.  Hear that interview here.  WPHT, Philadelphia late morning talk host Dom Giordano says, “Due to Wildwood being a small resort town, this became Trumpstock.  This became a town taken over by Trump supporters.  On air, there was a feeling that this was a once-in-a-lifetime event that resulted in huge crowds in Wildwood.”

Senator Sherrod Brown Seeks Answers About iHeartMedia Layoffs. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) penned a letter to iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman last week asking for information about the recent “employee dislocation.”  In the letter, Brown tells Pittman – after pointing to Pittman’s $9 million bonus in 2017 and $9.3 million incentive bonus in 2018 – “It is difficult enough to understand the decision to continue the hollowing out of local media outlets by laying off disc jockeys in smaller communities.  But it is particularly difficult to make sense of this decision given that it came after a significant increase in the company’s executive compensation over the last few years.”  Pittman is not bound by law to answer Brown’s questions, but TALKERS suspects he’ll do Brown the courtesy of a reply of some sort.  Here are the four questions he’d like answered by February 14:  1) How many workers were affected by iHeartMedia’s recent layoff announcement?  Of those workers, how many are in Ohio?  2) The company is reportedly giving severance to the affected workers.  Please provide details about the severance provided, including whether it includes severance pay and if so, how much and whether it includes health care benefits, and if so for how long.  3) Is the company giving affected workers priority consideration in the hiring process for any currently open positions in the company?  Is the company going to give affected workers priority consideration in the hiring process for any positions that become open in the future?  If so, for how long will affected workers be given hiring preference?  4) Is the company offering or paying for any training affected workers might seek to help them find new employment? If so, please provide details about the training offered or paid for, including the type of training, the length of time a worker can pursue such training, and, in the case of training paid for by iHeartMedia, the amount the company will pay for the worker to obtain such training.

FCC Close to Dismissing Renewal Applications for Entertainment Media Trust’s St. Louis Market Stations. An FCC administrative law judge is giving Entertainment Media Trust’s Dennis J. Watkins, trustee, until February 18 to comply with a request for information and an order to show cause why the applications for license renewal for four AM stations and an FM translator construction permit should not be dismissed for failure to prosecute.  In an Order to Show Cause, Judge Jane Hinckley Halprin outlines the numerous failures to comply with FCC requests on the part of Trustee Watkins – including not showing up for a December 5, 2019 prehearing conference.  This comes almost eight years after petitioner Mark Kern challenged the license renewals of KFTK-AM, East St. Louis; WQQW, Highland, Illinois; KZQZ, St. Louis; and KQQZ, DeSoto, Missouri alleging that Robert Romanik – a convicted felon – is illegally controlling the stations.  Kern alleges that Romanik – who operates the stations d/b/a Insane Broadcasting Company – helped fund the Trust’s acquisition of the stations although he’s not part of any FCC applications.  Romanik hosts a daily show on KQQZ from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.  The website says of his show, “‘The Grim Reaper of Radio’ is not politically correct or politically incorrect, he’s politically insane!!”

Round Four of Holiday PPMs Released. The fourth and final round of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s Holiday 2019 PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including: Austin, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Providence, Norfolk, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Greensboro, Memphis, and Hartford.  The survey period was December 5 through January 1.  Perhaps on the strength of the Green Bay Packers playoff run and the performance of the first-place Milwaukee Bucks, flagship WTMJ – owned by Good Karma Brands – adds two-tenths to its 6+ weekly AQH share for a 5.9 share and the #4 rank.  Cox Media Group’s news/talk WOKV-FM, Jacksonville halts a three-survey slide with a two-tenths increase to finish the Holiday survey at an 8.3 share and the #2 rank.  See all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways here.

Impeachment/Bolton Manuscript, Presidential Race, Pompeo-NPR Spat, Coronavirus, Kobe Bryant Death, SCOTUS Immigration Ruling, and Grammy Awards/Race Relations Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (1/27). The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump and the manuscript penned by former national security adviser John Bolton; the Democrats vying to challenge President Trump in November; Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s anger with NPR over Ukraine line of questioning; concerns over the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus; the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and eight others in a helicopter crash; the Supreme Court overrules a lower court’s stay on the Trump Administration’s “public charge” rule for low income immigrants; and Sunday’s Grammy Awards and allegations of bias against black artists 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. On-air pro Jayn is promoted to the role of music supervisor for Entercom’s hot AC KLLC “Alice @ 97.3” and alternative KITS “ALT 105.3.”  She continues as afternoon drive personality and APD for KLLC.  Entercom San Francisco SVP and market manager Greg Nemitz says, “Besides being the musical muse behind ‘Alice’ for the past 16 years, Jayn has been an integral part of the ‘ALT 105.3’ music team alongside APD and music director Aaron Axelsen.  Jayn and Aaron together are an unstoppable force and will continue to make these two stations leaders in this market.”  Jayn joined “Alice @ 97.3” in 2004 as assistant program director and music director.  She expanded her role to midday host in 2006 before transitioning to afternoon drive in 2014…..Cumulus Media’s Westwood One announces six new affiliate stations for the nationally syndicated urban AC show “Rick and Sasha.”  They include: WGNU-AM/FM, St. Louis; WMXU-FM, Columbus/Starkville, Mississippi; WKZJ-FM, Columbus, Georgia; KVMA-FM, Shreveport; WQVE-FM, Albany, Georgia; and WBXB-FM, Edenton, North Carolina…..On-air pro Kathy Vogel is moving from Rubber City Radio’s classic rock WONE-FM, Akron where she hosted middays to the company’s new adult contemporary WNWV, Cleveland “107.3 JenY FM” as morning drive personality…..Air personality Tim Burger announces via a Facebook post that he’s exited SummitMedia’s country KFDI-FM, Wichita after three years as part of the morning show.  He says, “I am so grateful I was able to be part of a heritage radio station that the people in Wichita have turned to for over 50 years.”…..In the Scranton/Wilkes Barre market, Mark Hoover is promoted to program director for Shamrock Communications’ classic rock WEZX “Rock 107.”  Hoover has been serving as afternoon host and promotions coordinator.  He’ll continue to handle the afternoon shift and manage the promotions department.

Monday, January 27, 2020

| January 27, 2020

Monday Memo: Format Solution?  Ever get a song stuck in your head?  Consultant Holland Cooke shares one that stuck in his 40 years ago.  And when you click-to-listen in this week’s column, HC thinks you could hear an opportunity. Check it out here.

Impeachment/Bolton Manuscript, Presidential Race, Coronavirus Concerns, U.S.-Iran Tensions/Rocket Attack on Baghdad Embassy, the Grammy Awards, and Kobe Bryant Death Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend. The impeachment trial of President Trump and the related manuscript by former Trump national security adviser John Bolton in which he suggests there was a quid pro quo; the Democrats vying to challenge President Trump in November; the Wuhan coronavirus and concerns about a global epidemic; the tensions between the U.S. and Iran and the rocket attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad; Sunday night’s Grammy Awards ceremony; and the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

New Sports Talk Station ‘The Gambler’ Launches in Akron-Cleveland. This new gambling-centric sports talk outlet on WARF-AM, Akron launched by iHeartMedia Cleveland airs a mix of traditional sports talk shows and wagering-focused programs.  iHeartMedia says, “‘FOX Sports 1350 AM, The Gambler’ will focus on sports talk with a concentration on gambling, including top-of-the-hour wagering updates from the VSiN (Vegas Stats and Information Network) and will feature programming from the BetR Network, including ‘My Guys in the Desert,’ hosted by American sportscaster, Brent Musberger.  The station will also broadcast a mix of programming offering betting guides, handicapping, and betting strategies as well as signature programming from FOX Sports Radio, including ‘The Herd with Colin Cowherd’ and ‘FOX NFL Kickoff Simulcast,’ as well as ‘The Red Zone’ and ‘The Lombardi Line,’ hosted by former Cleveland Browns general manager Mike Lombardi.”

Karyn Cerulli Succeeds Bob Bolinger at Entercom San Diego. The Times of San Diego has the story from the market’s Entercom cluster.  Director of sales Karyn Cerulli is promoted to SVP and market manager for the station group as Bob Bolinger is leaving the role he’s held with the cluster since 2015.  Bolinger tells the paper he’s not retiring.  “The last four and a half years I have spent with Entercom have been among the most rewarding of my career.  I am very proud and grateful for what this amazing Entercom San Diego team has accomplished and wish them and Karyn only the very best.”  Bolinger joined Entercom from CBS RADIO.  He’d been with the San Diego stations since 2009.

iHeartMedia Names News Executives. In Pennsylvania, iHeartMedia announces that Brit Goldstein is named area president for iHeartMedia Pennsylvania.   At the same time, Nick Mickley is the new market president of iHeartMedia Harrisburg, Reading, and Lancaster; and Dave Hovel is named area SVP of programming for iHeartMedia Pennsylvania.  In this new position, Goldstein is responsible for creating new business and revenue opportunities, overseeing all programming, business and sales teams for iHeartMedia Pennsylvania, Delaware and the Eastern Shore stations.  He reports to division president Shosh Abromovich.  In his new role, Hovel oversees all on-air content as well as music and digital programming operations for the Salisbury, Wilmington, Allentown, Harrisburg, Erie, Reading, Lancaster, and Williamsport markets.

New Lineup at KIRO-FM, Seattle; ‘Tom & Curley’ Move to PM Drive.  It was a year ago that the “Candy, Mike & Todd” show – co-hosted by Candy Harper, Mike Lewis, and Todd Herman – took over for the “Ron & Don” – featuring Ron Upshaw and Don O’Neill – in afternoon drive on Bonneville International’s KIRO-FM, Seattle.  Now, that show is gone and the late morning “Tom & Curley” program hosted by Tom Tangney and John Curley moves to afternoon drive, effective Wednesday (1/29).  While both Candy Harper and Todd Herman exit the station, Mike Lewis partners with the station’s Aaron Mason to host the new 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm program.  The new late morning show (9:00 am to 12:00 noon) features award-winning Seattle journalist Ursula Reutin and the station’s Gee Scott, who moves from the evening daypart.  Regarding the afternoon drive change, KIRO-FM program director Bryan Buckalew says, “Tom and John are at the top of their game.  They have a unique ability to tackle the news from both sides of the issue, which consistently connects with listeners.”

Tim Weisberg New Host of Art Bell’s ‘Midnight in the Desert.’ Beginning tonight (1/27), radio pro Tim Weisberg takes over the hosting duties on the late-night radio show, “Midnight in the Desert,” the last program created by the late Art Bell.  Weisberg has been filling in on the program since 2018.  He currently serves as digital managing editor for Townsquare Media’s New Bedford, Massachusetts stations.  He’s also hosted the paranormal radio program/podcast “Spooky Southcoast” for 14 years – a project he’ll continue in addition to his new duties.  Weisberg has served as a writer/researcher/producer on paranormal television programs such as “Ghost Stalkers,” “Ghost Asylum,” and “Haunted Towns.”  He has also been featured in front of the camera on programs such as “Ghost Adventures,” “My Ghost Story,” “MonsterQuest,” “Most Haunted Towns,” and will be featured in two upcoming television series in 2020.  He is also the author of two books on the paranormal and is an award-winning sportswriter covering the New England Patriots and previously covering the Boston Celtics.  “Midnight in the Desert” was started by Art Bell in 2015.  The title of the program comes from a song written specifically for Bell by country music superstar Crystal Gayle.  Bell and subsequent hosts have continued to use the song, with Gayle’s blessing, as the program’s closing theme, something Weisberg said will continue.  “Although nobody will ever replace Art Bell, we at MITD think it’s important to honor his memory as the one who started it at all, especially this program.  While the best way we can pay tribute is to just continue to discuss these topics in a long-form, objective style, keeping the name and the theme song is just a small touch to make sure Art is never far from our thoughts.”

Round Three of Holiday PPMs Released. The third of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s Holiday 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 was December 5 through January 1.  Spoken-word radio always faces a challenge during the calendar month of December due to holiday-related lifestyle changes and Christmas music listening.  In this batch of markets, the most positive news comes out of Kansas City where, thanks to the success of the Super Bowl bound Chiefs, sports talk radio enjoyed increased listening.  Union Broadcasting’s WHB got a three-tenths bounce to finish with a weekly 6+ AHQ share of 3.9 – good for the #9 ranking.  Entercom’s KCSP adds a half share to land at 2.7 and the #15 ranking in the market.  See all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways here.

TALKERS News Notes. Journalist Don Steinberg wrote a piece – published Saturday (1/25) – for Philadelphia Magazine that’s a deep-dive into Philly-based Entercom.  Interviewed for the piece are CEO David Field, Philadelphia SVP and market manager David Yadgaroff, and others.  The story addresses the company’s struggling stock price, its efforts to establish a leading position in the digital audio entertainment realm, and former employees’ gripes about management style, among others.  Read it here…..WHO, Des Moines afternoon drive talk host Simon Conway is being asked by the U.S. State Department – via its Foreign Press Centers – to host a telephone briefing for foreign journalists to explain the Iowa Caucuses.  The briefing is non-partisan.  Conway says, “It’s a great honor to be asked.  The point is to make sure that journalists around the world understand the process and report it accurately.”…..Sports media personalities Mark Titus and Tate Frazier are joining FOX Sports and Cumulus Media’s Westwood One for the new “Titus and Tate” podcast, available in visual formats on FOXSports.com, the FOX Sports app and social media platforms.  The audio version from Westwood One is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and more.  Westwood One is the exclusive audio distribution and ad sales representation partner of the “Titus & Tate” podcast..…Barstool Radio on SiriusXM is broadcasting live from Miami Beach today through Friday, ahead of Super Bowl LIV.  Barstool’s biggest personalities, including Dave Portnoy, Dan ‘Big Cat’ Katz, Kevin ‘KFC’ Clancy, PFT Commenter, Kayce Smith, Willie Colon and others – will host their shows live from Tequila Chicas in the heart of South Beach…..The Mayo Clinic Radio team unveils the new “Mayo Clinic Q&A” podcast.  It features Mayo Clinic physicians, researchers, and care teams sharing knowledge about topics including cancer, heart health, scientific advances, artificial intelligence, and wellness.  Mayo Clinic Radio co-hosts Thomas Shives, M.D., and Tracy McCray anchor the new podcast.  Mayo Clinic Radio says, “While the weekly, hour-long ‘Mayo Clinic Radio’ program will continue to deliver easy-to-understand answers on more than 250 outlets across the U.S., each episode of the ‘Mayo Clinic Q&A’ podcast will highlight one subject.”  Dr. Shives adds, “With the resources of Mayo Clinic and thousands of physicians and medical experts supporting us, this tool is one more way to educate busy consumers on how to stay healthy and also help them learn more about serious or complex health topics.”…..iHeartMedia Denver announces that Mike Rice is the new play-by-play announcer for the Colorado Rockies baseball on flagship KOA, Denver.  Rice has been with KOA since 2002, serving in a number of sports roles, including studio host for the Denver Broncos, fill-in play-by-play announcer for the Colorado Rockies, and anchoring morning sportscasts.  He also serves as sports director for KOA, a position he will retain.  Rice joins Jack Corrigan, who is entering his 18th season as a play-by-play announcer for the Rockies.  In addition to play-by-play duties, Rice will host “Rockies All Access,” airing every Saturday on KOA…..Entercom sports talk outlet KRLD-FM, Dallas and the MLB’s Texas Rangers extend their broadcast deal to have the station continue to serve as the team’s radio flagship for the Texas Rangers Radio Network and the team’s English language radio play-by-play broadcasts…..The nationally syndicated “Motley Fool Money” show with host Chris Hill adds new stations KIFG-AM and KIFG-FM in Iowa City and WPVC-LPFM, in Charlottesville, Virginia to its roster of affiliates.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. In Chicago, Premiere Networks announces today that “The Sweat Hotel” – starring Keith Sweat – will move from the overnight daypart to the evening slot on iHeartMedia’s urban contemporary WVAZ “V103.”…..Dallas rock outlet KEGL “97.1 The Eagle” unveils the lineup for BFD 2020, taking place Sunday, May 24 at Dos Equis Pavilion.  Featured acts will be: Disturbed, Chevelle, The Pretty Reckless, Dirty Honey, The HU, Puddle of Mudd, Badflower, and Dinosaur Pile-UpiHeartMedia regional SVP of programming Patrick Davis says, “‘The Eagle’ is delivering yet another stellar lineup to kick off the summer concert season with BFD 2020.  Fans of ‘97.1 The Eagle’ always expect a great lineup and this year’s will not disappoint them.”

Friday, January 24, 2020

| January 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 on the website of its flagship station, WONK-FM, Washington, DC.  The new episode titled, “New Boogie Virus in the Closet of Our Fears!” looks back at this past week of January 20-24, 2020 and features guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERS;  Howie Carr, talk show host, Howie Carr Radio Network; Michael Riedel, talk show host, WOR, New York; Victoria Jones, executive director, DC Radio Company; Dana Cheng, senior reporter China news, The Epoch Times; and Ryan Wrecker, talk show host, KMOX, St Louis.  This acclaimed news/talk radio show airs each week on WONK-FM, Washington, DC on Friday evenings between 6:00-7:00 pm.  It also airs throughout the weekend on WRKO, Boston; KSCO, Santa Cruz, CA;  KFNX, Phoenix; WVOX, Westchester, NY; KBDT, Dallas; KQSP, Minneapolis; KBKW, Aberdeen, WA; the Virginia Talk Radio Network and Pioneer Valley Radio in Springfield, MA as well as appearing on the iHeartRadio App.  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.

Lynda Lopez Returns to WCBS-AM, New York. After leaving Entercom’s all-news WCBS-AM, New York in 2016, news pro Lynda Lopez is back with the station handling the midday news anchor position as well as serving as a special projects reporter.  The Emmy Award-winning journalist was most recently a television and radio news anchor for ABC News and previously was an anchor and reporter for WCBS-TV, WNYW-TV and WWOR-TV in New York.  She has also served as a contributor for Latina Magazine, Glamour, and Glam Belleza Latina.  She was a news anchor and special correspondent for WCBS-AM from 2009 through 2016.  Lopez succeeds recently retired WCBS news anchor Pat Farnack.  Entercom New York regional president and market manager Susan Larkin says, “I’m happy to welcome Lynda back to our exceptional on-air WCBS 880 team.  I am confident her breadth of experience and her skillset engaging audiences, as well as her established presence in this market, will enable her to thrive in this role and successfully keep New Yorkers informed daily.”

Round Two of Holiday PPMs Released. The second of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s Holiday 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 period was December 5 through January 1.  As noted yesterday, the calendar month of December can be challenging for spoken-word stations as Christmas music becomes a popular choice for radio listeners and holiday activities break up typical listening patterns.  That said, Beasley Media Group’s WBZ-FM, Boston “98.5 The Sports Hub” tacked four-tenths on to its December survey weekly 6+ AQH share for a 5.5 share and the #5 rank in the market.  iHeartMedia’s all-news WBZ-AM gains 1.2 shares to finish the survey at a 6.0 share and the #3 rank in the Boston market.  And in San Diego, iHeartMedia’s news/talk KOGO adds three-tenths to finish the Holiday survey at a 4.7 share.  See all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways here.

New York Festivals Radio Awards Debuts Storytellers Gala at NAB Show. On April 21 at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, New York Festivals Radio Awards kicks off its inaugural Storytellers Gala in celebration of the 10th year of NYF’s strategic partnership with the annual NAB Show.  New York Festivals says that with the digital audio arena encompassing music-streaming, podcasts, online, and satellite radio, radio has come a very long way since the first radio broadcast of election coverage by KDKA on November 2, 1920.  In honor of this momentous invention, New York Festivals Radio Awards will celebrate 100 years of radio while bringing together global storytellers from both the radio and TV & film industry on the same stage.  Radio storytelling begins with a distinctive voice and ends with a captivating narrative that engages listeners on a broad range of topics.  New York Festivals Radio Awards’ robust roster of categories celebrates the innovative storytelling from content creators from 40 countries around the world. From Live Shows to Entertainment Specials, Sports to Talk Radio, Music Shows to News, Serialized Storytelling to Podcasts and Audiobooks, powerful storytelling today succeeds in engaging listeners and illustrating that the voice of the storyteller is loud, clear and very much alive in radio.  TALKERS magazine publisher and NYF Radio Awards Advisory Board member Michael Harrison says, “The NYF is right in sync with the most important movement taking place in media today – a revival of enthusiasm for the art of storytelling. Storytelling has been the foundation of oral communications from the dawn of language to the present-day explosion in technology.  The idea of outstanding storytellers from around the planet gathering in Las Vegas to celebrate this most evolved element of human connectivity is deeply gratifying to those of us who love the spoken word and remain in awe of its power.”  The deadline to enter the 2020 Radio Awards competition is February 1, 2020. To enter please visit: here.  For additional information visit: Rules and Regulations.

TALKERS News Notes. Virginia-based conservative talk media personality John Fredericks is the focal point in a Washington Post piece about the Trump administration and news/talk radio.  In the story by Sarah Ellison titled, “Trumpworld Has Converted the Nation’s Regional Talk Radio Hosts Into a Loyal Army,” she writes, “Pouring attention on regional talk radio hosts is a classic Trumpworld move: giving relatively unknown characters proximity to the White House has paid off with a disproportionate amount of attention and praise lavished on the president and his agenda.” Read the piece here at Fredericks’ TrumpNationNews.com…..The National Sports Media Association has named WTOP-FM, Washington senior sports director and long-time Wizards radio play-by-by broadcaster Dave Johnson “D.C. Sportscaster of the Year.”  WTOP director of news and programming Julia Ziegler says, “Dave is one of the hardest working guys I have ever met.  We are so thrilled and excited to see Dave honored for the amazing work he has done throughout his career.  Dave is an incredible journalist and amazing person to work alongside each day.”  This season marks Johnson’s 23rd as the voice of the team on the Washington Wizards Radio Network…..The Consumer Technology Association – owner and producer of the annual CES – came under fire from some quarters for bringing Ivanka Trump in to serve as a keynote speaker for the CES 2020 earlier this month.  CTA president and CEO Gary Shapiro defends the organization’s move – and has some choice words for its “totally uninformed” critics – on the Westwood One Podcast Network’s “Think About This with Shelly Palmer and Ross Martin.”

Impeachment Top News/Talk Story for Week of January 20-24.  The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump was the most-talked-about story on news/talk radio this week, landing atop the Talkers TenTM.  At #2 this week was the Democrats vying to challenge President Trump in November.  Coming in at #3 was the Wuhan coronavirus and U.S.-China relations, followed by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and the subject of climate change at #4.  The Talkers TenTM is a weekly chart of the top stories and people discussed on news/talk radio during the week and is the result of ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.  It is published every Friday at Talkers.com. See this week’s entire chart here.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Two morning shows have been dismissed at Entercom’s San Diego station group.  AJ Machado and Sara Perry are gone from classic hits KXSN “Sunny 98.1” after a little less than two years there.  They had previously served with adult contemporary KYXY “96 Soft Rock” in the market.  Also exiting the cluster are Dana DiDonato and Jayson Prim from alternative KBZT “Alt 94.9.”  They came to San Diego from Cox Media Group’s CHR WBLI, Long Island, replacing the “Cantore & Woods” show.  There has been no announcement from the company on its plans for the morning dayparts on the two stations…..In Denver, Entercom names Chuck Sullivan the SVP and market manager for the cluster that includes four music brands – classic rock KQMT “99.5 The Mountain,” CHR KALC “Alice 105.9,” nostalgia KEZW-AM “Timeless Music,” and hip hop KQKS “KS 107.5” — as well as comedy KQKS-HD2…..SuiteRadio’s 24/7 hot AC format “The Planet” – syndicated by Envision Networks – adds new affiliate station WKSO-FM, Natchez, Louisiana to is roster of stations.  The Planet’s on-air lineup features personalities Maria Todd, Atom Smasher, and Mark Carrillo. Core artists include: Adele, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson, Rihanna, and Coldplay.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

| January 2, 2020

WFAN, New York Officially Announces New Lineup. On New Year’s Eve, Entercom announced the new lineup for sports talk WFAN, New York “The Fan” that takes effect on Monday, January 6.  As had been reported in numerous New York media outlets, the station goes from four to three daytime shows with Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts moving from late mornings to the 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm slot, replacing Mike Francesa.  He will host the 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm “Mike’s On” program as well as “host special programs, remote broadcasts, and contribute to other shows on WFAN.”  Maggie Gray remains with the station in midday, reunited with longtime WFAN personality Marc “Moose” Malusis for the 10:00 am to 2:00 pm “Moose and Maggie” show.  Prior to her joining WFAN in 2018 with co-hosts Bart Scott and Chris Carlin, she served with CBS Sports Radio co-hosting a Saturday morning show with Malusis.   Malusis currently serves as the host of “Football Sunday” on WFAN with former New York Giants player David Diehl.  The rest of the lineup remains the same, with “Boomer and Gio” in AM drive, Steve Sommers in evenings and John Jastremski in overnights.  Entercom New York SVP of programming Mark Chernoff says, “This is quite an impressive lineup of talent on WFAN as we remain the one and only place to talk New York sports all day, every day.  Combined with our play-by-play of New York Yankees baseball, New York Giants football, Brooklyn Nets basketball and New Jersey Devils hockey, as well as our slate of National Football League games, we look forward to expanding our position as the flagship station for New York sports fans.”

KABC, Los Angeles Adds Two Evening Shows to New Lineup. Los Angeles news/talk outlet KABC adds two one-hour programs to its evening lineup, effective today (1/2).  Former Secret Service Agent and NYPD officer and New York Times best-selling author Dan Bongino hosts his eponymous 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm show and Andrew Klavan brings his “distinctive brand of political satire, cultural commentary, interviews and more” to the 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm hour.  Both Bongino and Klavan host podcasts of the same name on the Westwood One Podcast NetworkCumulus Media’s KABC recently announced its daily lineup consisting of “Armstrong & Getty” in AM drive, Washington-based Larry O’Connor from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, John Phillips from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm, Ben Shapiro from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm and “The Savage Nation” with Michael Savage from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  KABC general manager Drew Hayes says, “We are thrilled to add Dan Bongino and Andrew Klavan to our built-for-election year lineup.  Both Dan and Andrew have strong, thoughtful opinions and huge followings that will make nights on KABC a real destination for common sense listeners in 2020 and beyond.”

Ratings Takeaways from December PPM Survey. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Ratings Takeaways” from Nielsen Audio’s December 2019 PPM survey that covered November 7 to December 4, 2019.  Some positive 6+ weekly AQH share ratings movement for spoken-word stations during the survey includes: Hearst’s news/talk WBAL-AM, Baltimore adds three-tenths to its five-survey uptick to finish at a 3.2 share and the #11 rank in the market; Entercom’s crosstown sports talker WJZ-FM, Baltimore rises six-tenths to a 4.9 share and #8 in the market; Alpha Media’s KXL-FM, Portland adds two-tenths to its fifth survey without a loss to stand at 5.4 share and the #4 rank in the market; and Emmis Communications’ WIBC-FM, Indianapolis adds three-tenths to finish with a 6.7 share and the #4 rank in the market.  See all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here and check out all of Mike Kinosian’s “Takeaways” from the December survey here.

A TRIBUTE TO DON IMUS Presented on This Week’s Harrison Podcast. This week’s installment of the award-winning PodcastOne series “The Michael Harrison Interview” presents an uninterrupted reposting of a remarkably candid 2016 conversation between TALKERS founder Michael Harrison and the legendary talk media personality Don Imus who passed away this past Friday (12/27/19) at the age of 79. It was an illuminating conversation in which Imus candidly discussed the highlights as well as lowlights of his colorful life and career – including his rehabilitation from drugs and alcohol; his regret over the Rutgers incident and the lessons he learned from it; his opinion of Al Sharpton and certain radio management figures who played key roles in his career; his ability to generate radio ad revenue that dramatically exceeded ratings expectations; his deep love for his wife Deidre and the significant role she played in his life; his tremendous work in supporting kids with cancer; the handful of radio guests he found most interesting; his view (back then during the primaries) of the 2016 presidential race and for whom he intended to vote … plus a whole lot more. To listen to the entire podcast, please click here or click on the player box marked “The Michael Harrison Interview” located in the right-hand column of the TALKERS email newsletter and on every page of Talkers.com.

Tegna to Sell KFMB-AM and FM to Local Media San Diego. Television company Tegna is entering into a deal to sell its two San Diego radio stations – news/talk KFMB-AM and adult hits KFMB-FM – to Local Media San Diego for $5 million.  Tegna acquired the radio stations with its $325 million purchase of KFMB-TV from Midwest Television in February of last year.  Interestingly, a proviso of the pact with LMSD is that Tegna is keeping the KFMB-AM and FM call letters and the stations will have 30 days to wind down use of the call letters and a year to cease using the calls in relation to sales deals with agencies or local advertisers.  Local Media San Diego operates three Tijuana, Mexico signals in the San Diego market: CHR XHITZ, alternative rock XETRA, and rhythmic AC XHRM.  In February of last year, executives Norm McKee, Gregg Wolfson, and Steve McNeely led a management buyout of Local Media San Diego.

Donald Trump Impeachment, Attacks on U.S. Embassy in Iraq, 2020 Presidential Race, New Year/2019 Retrospectives, Hanukkah Attack, Texas Church Shooting, and North Korea Nuclear Ambitions Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (1/1). The articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump; the attacks on the U.S. embassy in Iraq and President Trump’s blaming Iran; the Democrats hoping to challenge President Trump in November; retrospectives of 2019 and the “teens” decade; five are wounded at a Hanukkah celebration in New York; the Sunday shooting at a Texas church that claimed the lives of two parishioners; and North Korea’s nuclear ambitions were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

iHeartMedia Extends Deal with Alfred ‘Big Al’ Williams. Denver radio personality Alfred “Big Al” Williams and iHeartMedia sign a new, five-year deal for the former to serve as an air talent for news/talk KOA “850 AM & 94.1 FM.” Williams joined KOA in September of 2019 after a long career alongside Darren McKee on Bonneville’s crosstown sports talker KKFN “104.3 The Fan.”  iHeartMedia Denver president Tim Hagar comments, “Big Al has set the standard for afternoon drive radio.  This long-term renewal is a testament to Al’s impact and importance to iHeartMedia, KOA, our partners and his legion of fans throughout Colorado.  Not only is he a tremendous talent and a great man, but he is the type of guy who you want on your team no matter what you are doing and we are so glad he’s a part of our team.”

Paige Rockwell Named VP of Sales at iHeartMedia Binghamton.  Sales pro Paige Rockwell is named vice president of sales for iHeartMedia’s Binghamton, New York stations.  She was most recently director of digital strategy at Townsquare Media’s Utica cluster.  iHeartMedia area president Robert Morgan states, “I am thrilled to have Paige lead our sales organization in Binghamton.  I know she will bring her passion, tireless energy, creativity, and leadership talents to help us further grow our business and expand upon our partnerships.”

TALKERS News Notes. After a two-year absence, CBS News Radio is back providing news programming for Hubbard Radio’s all-news WTOP-FM, Washington.  The station had been using ABC Radio News since 2018.  WTOP director of news and programming Julia Ziegler says, “WTOP’s mission is to deliver news that matters to the people in our community, 24/7/365. It’s a mission we take very seriously.  Our partnership with CBS News and the talented journalists who work there helps us accomplish this goal.  We are thrilled to be working once again with the CBS team.”…..The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that evening host Jay Kanzler exits CH Holdings’ KTRS, St. Louis after more than two years as a full time host.  Kanzler is also a full-time practicing attorney.  He tells the Post-Dispatch, “I managed to do it for a couple of years, but it was just a tough schedule to keep.”…..Entercom names Alex Gold (right) and Cody Tapp (left) the new co-hosts of the midday show on KCSP-AM, Kansas City “610 Sports Radio.”  The “Cody & Gold” show takes over for the former “Show and Vern” program with Ron “Show” Hughley and Josh Vernier.  Hughley exited the station while Vernier moves to Royals insider and host of Royals pre- and post-game shows for the station…..Mary Zatina is named general manager of Wayne State University’s WDET, Detroit.  Zatina served as assistant GM for business and development for the station from 1985-88.  She says, “It’s been a while since I worked at WDET, but I have maintained my strong belief in the station’s mission and the critical role it plays to serve metro Detroiters.  I’ve never stopped listening to and supporting WDET.  I am excited to be coming home and am looking forward to working with this dedicated and dynamic team of professionals.”

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Programming pro Isaac “Brooks” Wenzel is named music director and afternoon drive host for country WFMS, Indianapolis.  Cumulus Media brings Wenzel to Indy from its Madison operations where he was midday host on country WMAD-FM and promotions director for the six-station group.  Wenzel says, “I feel extremely fortunate to have this opportunity to join a station with such long-lasting success in an amazing city like WFMS in Indianapolis.  Thanks to Cumulus for giving me this incredible opportunity.”…..iHeartMedia announces former hot AC WMYI-FM, Greenville, South Carolina becomes adult hits “102.5 The Lake.”  Station PD and region SVP of programming A.J. says, “‘102.5 The Lake’ is going to bring listeners a variety of music from a diverse group of artists.  The philosophy of our programming is that we’ll play anything and you never know what you’ll hear next.”…..Westwood One’s “The BOB & TOM Show” moves from Townsquare Media’s rock WGBF to crosstown The Original Company’s classic hits WJPS-FM in the Evansville, Indiana market…..Flood Communications West closes on the purchase of adult contemporary KSID-FM and country KSID-AM, Sidney, Nebraska.  The company paid $300,000 to seller Dead-Short BroadcastingJason James of Patrick Communications was the exclusive broker…..Condolences to the family and friends of former country KVOO, TULSA morning drive host Andy Oatman, who passed away on December 30 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.  Oatman retired from KVOO in 2008.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

| December 24, 2019

Radio-TV Talk Show Host and Former Congressman J.D. Hayworth Is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast.  Former Congressman J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series “The Michael Harrison Interview.”  Hayworth has had a fascinating career in both broadcasting and politics.  In his early career, even prior to attending and graduating from North Carolina State University he held jobs while still a teenager as a music radio disc jockey and sports reporter which he continued through his school years.  After graduation he moved to Arizona as a TV sports anchor and then transitioned from broadcasting to politics.  Between 1995 and 2007, he served as a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Arizona’s 5th and 6th Congressional districts.  After that he became a full-time conservative radio talk show host on KFYI in Phoenix.  He left KFYI in 2010 to unsuccessfully mount a primary campaign against John McCain (who had recently been defeated by Barack Obama in the presidential election of 2008) for the Republican nomination for Arizona’s U.S. Senate seat held at that time by the popular war hero.  After that, he became a news anchor and host during the developmental days of Newsmax TV – a position he held for four years.  Today he’s heard by news/talk radio listeners on major stations around the country as one of the format’s most popular fill-in hosts.  Harrison and Hayworth take a deep dive into the workings of Congress, look back at changes in radio and its regulations over the years, and discuss the most talked about news topics, stories and issues of 2019.  To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here or click the player box marked “The Michael Harrison Interview” located in the right-hand column on every page of Talkers.com.

Round One of December PPMs Released. The first of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s December 2019 PPM survey has been released for 12 markets, including: 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 (New Jersey).  Nielsen Audio’s December 2019 survey period covered November 7 through December 4.  Some positive 6+ ratings movements of note for spoken-word stations include: Cumulus Media news/talk KSFO adds to its recent positive trends with a +0.3 for a 2.3 share; four straight positive or neutral moves by iHeartMedia’s news/talk KTRH (4.1 share) have “News Radio 740” ranked at #8 in the market; and Cox Media Group’s news/talk WSB-AM/WSBB-FM, Atlanta remains #1 in the market for the fifth straight month, despite dropping two tenths (9.3 – 9.1).  You can see all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Ratings Takeaways” on all the markets here.

‘Ratings Takeaways’ to Be Posted Over Holiday Break.  Although the TALKERS magazine offices are closed from December 25 to January 2, managing editor Mike Kinosian will post his “Ratings Takeaways” from Nielsen Audio’s December PPM survey as usual.  Nielsen will release the next three rounds of ratings data on December 26, 27, and 30, respectively.  See Kinosian’s “Ratings Takeaways” here.

Ziegler Named Director of News and Programming at WTOP, Washington. News media pro Julia Ziegler is promoted by Hubbard Radio Washington to director of news and programming for all-news WTOP-FM.  She has served with the station for 17 years, most recently as digital news director.  Ziegler assumes the position vacated by Mike McMearty who’d been with WTOP for 27 years.  During her time with WTOP, Ziegler has served as a member of Hubbard’s Inaugural NextGen program, an internal program designed to foster and grow leaders within the organization.  WTOP SVP and general manager Joel Oxley says, “During her time here Julia has truly excelled in every position she has held.  As the pioneer of many incredible projects, she has led our team with commitment, excellence and passion.  I look forward to seeing what the future holds and am incredibly excited to have her in this position.”  Ziegler comments, “I am excited and honored to lead the incredible journalists who work tirelessly in the WTOP newsroom 24/7/365.  This team is made up of some of the most hardworking and dedicated people I have ever met, and they drive me to be my best every day.  WTOP is a special place with special people.  I knew that from the second I stepped foot in the door as an intern in 2002.  I look forward to all of the great things this team will continue to accomplish in the years ahead.”

TALKERS News Notes.  Former California Governor Jerry Brown is launching a limited-run podcast via public media organization KQED in San Francisco.   The program is called “The Political Mind of Jerry Brown” and was produced from more than 40 hours of interviews with Brown by KQED senior editor for politics and government Scott Shafer in cooperation with UC Berkeley’s Oral History Center.  Shafer says, “This is a deep dive into the life and career of someone who has had a profound impact on California over the course of 50 years.  Our conversations reveal a reflective side of Jerry Brown – how he plotted his rise in politics, how he both leveraged his father’s name and distanced himself from Pat Brown’s approach to politics and what he learned from the mistakes he made along the way.”  The show will debut as an over the air broadcast on KQED…..The Sacramento Bee reports that Springer Financial Advisors owner Keith Springer – who hosts the weekend “Smart Money” show on iHeartMedia’s KFBK, Sacramento – has been charged by the Securities Exchange Commission with defrauding clients.  The story indicates the SEC’s allegations include Springer receiving millions of dollars in undisclosed compensation for recommending investments without disclosing a conflict of interest.  The SEC also alleges that Springer deceived prospective clients by saying he’d been chosen to do the KFBK radio show because of his expertise and did not reveal he brokers the time.

High Rollers.  TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison (right) and media consultant/RT America host Holland Cooke (left) enjoyed their annual Christmas lunch yesterday (12/23), while checking out the lavish new MGM Springfield in Springfield, Mass.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. In Washington, DC, on-air pro Jackie Paige is named midday personality and music director for Radio One’s hip hop WKYS-FM.  She comes to DC from her most recent role with the company’s hip hop WCDX-FM, Richmond “iPower 92.1/104.1” where she was also midday jock and music director.  Radio VP of programming Kashon Powell says, “We are extremely excited to welcome Jackie Paige to the Radio One DC programming staff.  She possesses a positive attitude and work ethic that simply can’t be taught.  She’s an ideal fit for Radio One DC and we are excited to have her join the team.”

December PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round One

| December 24, 2019

December 2019 PPM Data – Information for the December 2019 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 December 2019 survey period covered November 7 – December 4. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM markets below.

New York City

Spoken-Word Formats – In addition to being down a combined four-tenths in November/December (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.7, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” departs the top twenty (#19 to #21). Owing to an increase of three-tenths (1.0 – 1.3, #22, 6+), news/talk WABC overtakes Townsquare Media’s similarly-formatted WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” (1.1, +.1, #23, 6+). WABC and WKXW were tied at #22 in October and November. Prior to December, “New Jersey 101.5” had been off three-tenths via four straight down or flat trends (1.3 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.0, 6+).

A decrease of seven-tenths (3.7 – 3.0, 6+) takes Entercom sports talk WFAN-FM (Giants, Brooklyn Nets) to its lowest 6+-stat since March (3.0, as well); New York City’s “Fan” exits the top ten (#7 to #11). WFAN-FM replaced September’s -.6 with an October +.6 (3.8 – 3.2 – 3.8, 6+). A combined -.3 in November/December (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.8, 6+), WEPN-FM “98.7 ESPN New York” (Jets, Knicks, Rangers) drops from #19 to #20.

Without a loss the past four reports for a net gain of four-tenths (3.2 – 3.2 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.6, 6+), Entercom-owned all-news WINS regresses by one-tenth to 3.5 (6+) yet climbs from ninth to eighth. Despite gaining one-tenth to 2.6, its best 6+-showing since May (2.6, as well), co-owned/similarly-formatted WCBS-AM backslides from #15 to #16. Prior to August’s improvement of one-tenth, WCBS-AM faltered by a collective full-share via four straight declines (3.4 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.4, 6+).

In six successive reports without a loss (2.1 – 2.1 – 2.3 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 3.2, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation news/talk WNYC-FM is an overall +1.1 and jumps from #14 to #11. Co-owned news/talk WNYC-AM has nearly tripled (+.3) its 6+ AQH share via six consecutive up or flat trends (.2 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .5 – .5, #28 to #30, 6+).

New York City Music Formats – Reflected in this sweep are results by certain stations employing the all-Christmas music programming strategy. Included in that group is iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “106.7 Lite FM,” which is +2.5 to 9.6 (6+) and #1 the 30th ratings period in succession. The increase halts three consecutive down or flat moves that resulted in an overall loss of six-tenths (7.7 – 7.7 – 7.4 – 7.1, 6+). WLTW betters by one-half share its 6+-stat from one year ago (9.1, 6+, December 2018). Not only does Entercom hot AC WNEW-FM enter the top ten (#11 to #6), “NEW 102.7” posts a December increase of seven-tenths and crosses the four-share threshold (3.4 – 4.1, 6+). Its classic hits-oldies sibling WCBS-FM “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits,” however, erodes by one full-share to 4.9 (second to fourth, 6+). “New York’s Greatest Hits” had been within 5.4 – 5.9 range (6+) in each of the last ten reports and was an overall +.2 via four straight up or flat moves (5.7 – 5.7 – 5.7 – 5.8 – 5.9, 6+). Albeit a collective -1.1 in four successive sweeps without an increase (4.3 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.2 – 3.2, 6+) and logging its lowest 6+-showing since January (3.2, as well), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WWPR “Power 105.1” progresses from #13 to #11. Slipping from fourth to fifth, co-owned CHR WHTZ “Z-100 – New York’s #1 Hit Music Station” has lost an overall half-share in four successive dips (5.3 – 5.2 – 5.1 – 5.0 – 4.8, 6+). Also in that iHM cluster, classic rock WAXQ “Q-104.3” is down a collective half-share (as well) via three down or flat moves in a row (4.3 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.8, sixth to seventh, 6+).

Los Angeles

Spoken-Word Formats – An overall -1.6 through six successive down or flat sweeps (4.5 – 4.3 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 2.9, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KFI “AM 640” slips from eighth to tenth. KFI was a combined +.8 in May/June (3.7 – 3.9 – 4.5, 6+). Its internet stream logged a .8 (6+) in May but has been a “no show” ever since. Separated by four-tenths are Salem Media Group news/talk KRLA “AM 870 The Answer,” which repeats November’s 6+ share (1.0) and market rank (#32); iHeartMedia-owned KEIB “AM 1150 The Patriot” (.8 – .6, -.2, #33 to #35, 6+); and Cumulus Media’s KABC “790 News-Talk-Evolved” (flat at .6, #38 to #35, 6+).

Back-to-back at #30 and #31, respectively, are Disney-owned sports talk (Rams, Lakers) KSPN “710 ESPN” (1.2, -.3, #25 to #30) and iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted KLAC (Chargers, Clippers) “AM 570 LA Sports” (1.3 – 1.1, -.2, flat at #31, 6+). KSPN nearly doubled (+.7) its 6+ AQH share in three successive up or flat moves (.8 – .8 – 1.1 – 1.5, 6+). KLAC’s November loss of one-half share purged its combined September/October +.5 (1.3 – 1.4 – 1.8 – 1.3, 6+). In June and July, KLAC and KSPN were deadlocked at #27 (1.4, 6+).

Immediately after notching a November 3.0 – its best 6+-stat since 3.1 in March – Entercom all-news KNX “1070 News Radio” relinquishes two-tenths to 2.8 (6+) and departs the top ten (#10 to #12, 6+). Its August 2019 through October 2019 topline was: 2.6 – 2.7 – 2.6 (6+).

Down three-tenths in November, Pasadena City College news/talk KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” regains two-tenths (2.1 – 2.3, 6+) and returns to the top twenty (#22 to #17).

 Los Angeles Music Formats – Playing all-Christmas music for the 19th holiday season in a row, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KOST “Coast 103.5” hangs out a whopping +4.1 (5.2 – 9.3, 6+) and marches from second to first. Its 9.3 is a three-tenths improvement over December 2018’s 9.0 (6+). “Coast” had been in a 5.8 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.9 pattern (June – July – August – September, 6+), before sputtering by seven-tenths in October. After setting the pace 12 ratings periods in succession, KOST shifted to the runner-up slot in October. Having occupied the top spot in October and November, KRTH “K-Earth 101” (5.9 – 5.8, -.1, 6+) segues to the runner-up slot. Three consecutive up or flat moves by “K-Earth” yielded nine-tenths (5.0 – 5.6 – 5.9 – 5.9). When the Entercom classic hits-oldies outlet added six-tenths in September, it curtailed three downward trends in succession that accounted for a collective loss of eight-tenths (5.8 – 5.4 – 5.2 – 5.0, 6+). Prior to October 2019, KRTH last reached the #1 spot in October 2018 (5.0, 6+). Following seven straight sweeps without a loss for an overall +1.1 (3.0 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 4.0 – 4.1, 6+), Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KLVE “107.5 K-Love” surrenders six-tenths to 3.5 (fourth to sixth, 6+). In advance of the October report, “K-Love” last reached the four-share level in February 2018 (4.0, as well). Not only does it drop from #12 to #13, Meruelo Media Holdings’ KLOS “95.5 Southern California’s Classic Rock” is without an increase the sixth month in a row for a net loss of seven-tenths (3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.2 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+). Off a collective six-tenths in five consecutive down or flat sweeps (2.6 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.0, 6+), Univision Radio regional Mexican KSCA “LA 101.9” shifts from #21 to #22. Tied at #14 are iHeartMedia-owned alternative KYSR “Alt 98.7” (2.7 – 2.4, -.3, #13 to #14, 6+) and Entercom’s similarly-formatted KROQ (2.6 – 2.4, -.2, #15 to #14, 6+). Before dropping four-tenths in October, KYSR had gained seven-tenths in four consecutive sweeps without a loss (2.2 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.7 – 2.9, 6+). Similarly, KROQ was +.5 as a result of four successive up or neutral reports (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+) but lost two-tenths in October. KYSR and KROQ were up two-tenths and four-tenths, respectively, in November.

Chicago

Spoken-Word Formats – Three spikes in a row by Nexstar Media Group news/talk WGN resulted in a +1.2 (2.8 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 4.0, 6+), but “Radio 720” forfeits one-half share to 3.5 (6+) yet progresses from eighth to seventh. WGN was locked on 2.9 (6+) in April and May and then on 3.0 (6+) in June and July. For the third month in succession, Cumulus Media news/talk WLS-AM posts a 2.3 (6+) and remains at #18.

A combined -1.2 in November/December (4.3 – 3.4 – 3.1, 6+), Entercom sports talk WSCR “670 The Score” (Bulls) slips from #13 to #14. “The Score” had been up an overall half-share in three straight sweeps without a decrease (3.8 – 4.1 – 4.3 – 4.3, 6+). Three bumps in a row by Disney/ESPN-owned WMVP accounted for a +.5 (1.4 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 1.9, 6+), but “ESPN Chicago 1000” surrenders three-tenths to 1.6 (#22 to #23, 6+).

Down one-tenth (5.1 – 5.0, 6+), Entercom all-news WBBM-AM (Bears) falls from a three-way deadlock at #1 to #3. Its October increase of one-tenth curtailed eight successive down or neutral moves that accounted for an overall -1.4 (6.2 – 6.1 – 5.8 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.8, 6+).

Not only is WBEZ +1.0 in six successive sweeps without a loss (2.5 – 2.7 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.3 – 3.5 – 3.5, 6+), the Chicago Public Media news/talk outlet leaps into the top ten (#11 to #7).

Chicago Music Formats – More than doubling November’s 6+-stat, iHeartMedia’s WLIT  zooms from fifth to first. Moreover, “93.9 Lite FM” is a collective +5.3 via three straight bumps (4.2 – 4.3 – 4.7 – 9.5, 6+) and exceeds December 2018’s 8.4 showing by +1.1. Its +4.8 is the largest (6+) November 2019 – December 2019 uptick by any station in the 12 PPM-markets shown here. Conversely, Hubbard Broadcasting adult contemporary WSHE “100.3 SHE,” which was a combined +1.2 in October/November (2.9 – 3.4 – 4.1, 6+), sputters by seven-tenths to 3.4 (seventh to tenth, 6+). Before faltering by one-half share in May, WSHE notched an overall increase of eight-tenths via four consecutive positive or flat moves (2.5 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.3, 6+). Also in the AC format, Venture Technologies Group-owned WRME-LP “FM 87.7 – Me TV,” which gained a collective six-tenths as a result of three upticks in a row (2.9 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.5, 6+), loses two-tenths to 3.3 (#11 to #12, 6+). After logging three gains in succession for a collective increase of six-tenths (2.5 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.1, 6+), WRME-LP returned two-tenths in August. WSHE is tied at #10 with its hot AC sibling, WTMX “101.9 The Mix,” which is now a combined -2.1 in November/December (5.5 – 4.4 – 3.4, sixth to tenth, 6+). This directly follows October’s +1.3 (4.2 – 5.5, 6+). “The Mix” exited the top spot in September when it eroded by -1.5 (5.7 – 4.2, 6+). In July, the combination of a three-tenths uptick by WTMX classic rock sibling WDRV “97.1 The Drive” and an equal margin decrease by “The Mix” resulted in the cluster-mates swapping places at first and second. In August, “The Mix” notched a +.5 (5.2 – 5.7, 6+) and proceeded from second to first. WTMX was #1 in April, May, and June before giving way to “The Drive” in July; April’s 5.9 was the highest 6+-stat for “Mix” since November 2017’s 6.3. Tied with WBBM-AM at #1 in November (see above), iHeartMedia urban AC WVAZ “V-103” regains the three-tenths it lost this time last month (5.4 – 5.1 – 5.4, 6+) but segues to second-place, while Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WLS-FM “94.7 Chicago’s Classic Hits” returns November’s +.3 (4.8 – 5.1 – 4.8, 6+) and slides from that three-way tie at #1 to #4. “V-103” had a September-only stay at #1. October’s loss of three-tenths ended WVAZ’s string of three straight increases that netted a +1.4 (4.3 – 4.9 – 5.0 – 5.7, 6+). In September, “V-103” recorded its best 6+-stat since October 2018 (5.7, as well), which had been the last time WVAZ reached #1. Meanwhile, November’s 5.1 was the highest 6+-showing for “Chicago’s Classic Hits” in more than a year (5.4, September 2018). After being down or flat the past eight reports and losing roughly half (-.6) its 6+ AQH share in that March 2019 through November 2019 stretch (1.3 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.0 – .8 – .8 – .8 – .7 – .7, Window to the World Communications’ WFMT “98.7 – Chicago’s Classical and Folk Music Radio” ends the slide with a +.1 to .8 (#31 to #30, 6+).

San Francisco

Spoken-Word Formats. As a result of three straight up or flat trends, Cumulus Media news/talk KSFO nets six-tenths (1.7 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 2.3, 6+) and is unchanged at #14. July 2019’s 1.7 (6+) marked the first time KSFO fell below a two-share since July 2017’s 1.8. Flat at #22, cluster-mate KGO has a June 2019 through December 2019 topline of: 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.5 (6+). Stuck on .2 (6+) in July and August and then on .3 (6+) in September and October, iHeartMedia-owned KKSF-AM “Real Talk 910 – Think Forward” is locked on .2 (#35 to #33, 6+) in November and December.

Down three-tenths in November/December (4.0 – 3.9 – 3.7, 6+), Cumulus Media sports talk KNBR-AM “The Sports Leader” (49ers) continues in seventh-place. After netting a collective half-share via three straight upticks (1.5 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 2.0, 6+), Entercom’s similarly-formatted KGMZ “95.7 The Game” (Golden State Warriors) has that increase wiped away in its entirety (1.5, -.5, 6+) and fades from the top twenty (#14 to #22). KGMZ nearly doubled (+1.5) its 6+-stat in three straight sweeps without a loss, (1.8 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 3.3, 6+) and then had three consecutive declines that accounted for a -1.8 (3.3 – 3.0 – 1.9 – 1.5, 6+).

Albeit down four-tenths to 7.8 (6+), KGMZ all-news sibling KCBS-AM (Raiders) is #1 the fourth month in a row. Prior to September, KCBS-AM – which was +1.8 in October/November (6.4 – 7.0 – 8.2, 6+) – last reached #1 in May.

Remaining in the runner-up slot, California Public Broadcasting news/talk KQED obliterates September/October’s -1.2 (7.1 – 6.4 – 5.9, 6+) with a November/December +1.6 (5.9 – 7.3 – 7.5, 6+). KQED was San Francisco’s first-place finisher in June, July, August, and tied at the top (with KCBS-AM) in September. This (7.5) is its best 6+-stat since 8.0 in January. Without an increase the past four sweeps for an overall -.3 (1.0 – .9 – .7 – .7 – .7, 6+), San Francisco Unified School District’s KALW “91.7 Local Public Radio” ends the slide with a +.1 to .8 (flat at #28, 6+).

San Francisco Music Formats – Following six consecutive down or flat trends that accounted for an overall decrease of seven-tenths (2.0 – 1.9 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.3, 6+), Bonneville-owned KUFX “98.5 K-Fox The South Bay’s Classic Rock” applies the brakes with a +.1 to 1.4 (flat at #26, 6+). This just-concluded streak directly trailed five straight reports without a loss for a net gain of seven-tenths (1.3 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.9 – 2.0, 6+). Having lost an overall six-tenths in four successive down or flat trends (4.1 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.5, 6+), adult contemporary sibling KOIT-FM busts out a +1.3 to 4.8 (6+) and zooms from ninth to third. This time last year, “96.5 “Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites” logged a 6.4 (December 2018, 6+). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted KISQ “98.1 The Breeze,” which was up an overall nine-tenths via five successive positive or neutral trends (3.6 – 3.7 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.5 – 4.5, 6+) and had its best 6+-stat (4.5) since 5.0 in March, surrenders one-tenth to 4.4 (flat at #4, 6+). Contrasted to KOIT-FM’s +1.3 in December, Cumulus Media classic rocker KSAN “107.7 The Bone” is -1.3 to 3.5 (third to tenth, 6+). “The Bone” had been trending 4.8 – 4.4 – 4.8 (September – October – November, 6+). Within 3.0 – 3.9 range (6+) 16 sweeps in succession, KMEL “#1 For Hip-Hop and R&B” gained two-tenths in November to 4.1. The iHeartMedia urban contemporary nets eight tenths in three successive up or flat trends (3.3 – 3.9 – 4.1 – 4.1, steady at #6, 6+). Up eight-tenths via three bumps in a row (3.0 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.8, 6+), Bonneville CHR KMVQ “99.7 Now – The Bay’s #1 For All The Hits” falters by two-tenths to 3.6 (6+) but stays in eighth-place. Alpha Media classic hits-oldies KBAY “94.5 Bay FM – The Bay’s Greatest Hits” has lost one-half share as a result of four straight down or flat moves (2.5 – 2.4 – 2.3 – 2.0 – 2.0, #14 to #18, 6+).

Dallas

Spoken-Word Formats – Up eight-tenths in October/November (3.6 – 4.1 – 4.4, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WBAP falters by three-tenths in November to 4.1 (fifth to ninth, 6+). “News Talk 820” was a collective a +1.8 from “Holiday” 2018 through June 2019 (2.3 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.1, 6+). In seven successive up or flat sweeps, co-owned KLIF-AM “570 News & Information” doubles (+.3) its 6+ AQH share (.3 – .3 – .4 – .5 – .5 – .5 – .6 – .6, steady at #34, 6+). Salem Media Group-owned KSKY “660 AM The Answer” is off one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.5 – .4 – .3, #36 to #37, 6+).

The July 2019 through December 2019 topline for Entercom’s KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” (Cowboys) is: 2.3 – 2.1 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 2.3 (#20 to #18, 6+).

Negative or neutral the ninth report in succession (2.7 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2, flat at #26, 6+), Cumulus Media’s KTCK “The Ticket – All Sports All The Time” (Stars) has lost roughly 55% (-1.5) of its 6+ AQH share. Meanwhile, Disney/ESPN’s KESN “103.3 ESPN Dallas” (Mavericks) posts its fifth consecutive up or flat trend for a collective gain of four-tenths (.7 – .8 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.1, #29 to #28, 6+).

Flat at #22, Entercom news-talk hybrid KRLD-AM “News Radio 1080” has a July 2019 through December 2019 topline of: 1.8 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 1.7 (6+).

Following four straight months of logging a 3.2 (6+), North Texas Public Broadcasting news/talk KERA slips two-tenths to 3.0 (6+) but remains at #13.

Dallas Music Formats – This marks the fourth uptick in a row for iHeartMedia adult contemporary KDGE, which is a collective +2.3 in that stretch (2.7 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 3.8 – 5.0, 6+). “Star 102.1” vaults from ninth to third and is basically even with December 2018’s 5.1 (6+). Off seven-tenths in October/November (3.3 – 2.9 – 2.6, 6+), Entercom regional Mexican KMVK “La Grande 107.5” answers with a December increase of nine-tenths to 3.5 (#16 to #10, 6+), reaching the three-share level (3.5) for the first time since May’s 3.0. Cumulus Media-owned, country-formatted KPLX “99.5 The Wolf,” which lost a combined half-share in October/November (4.4 – 4.0 – 3.9, 6+), fully erases that deficit with a +.5 to 4.4 (eighth to seventh, 6+). “The Wolf” was locked on 3.9 (6+) in July and August, before notching a one-half share improvement in September. Cluster-mate KSCS “New Country 96.3,” which was a combined +1.7 in October/November (3.2 – 3.6 – 4.9, 6+), drops two-tenths to 4.7 (third to fourth, 6+). In November, KSCS crossed the four-share level (4.9, 6+) for the first time since February’s 4.1. Its October gain halted three straight losses that resulted in a cumulative decrease of six-tenths (3.8 – 3.8 – 3.5 – 3.2, 6+). Off a collective nine-tenths via four successive downturns (5.1 – 4.8 – 4.5 – 4.3 – 4.2, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned classic rock KZPS “Lone Star 92.5” ends the slide with a +.1 to 4.3 (6+) but drops from seventh to eighth. Down a cumulative full-share in four straight negative or neutral sweeps (6.7 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 6.2 – 5.7, 6+), CHR cluster-mate KHKS “106.1 Kiss – Dallas/Fort Worth’s Hit Music” nonetheless repeats at #1. “Kiss” had been the market leader nine months in a row before slipping to second in October. An August increase of nine-tenths wiped away the collective nine-tenths KHKS lost as a result of three straight negative or neutral moves (6.7 – 6.3 – 5.8 – 5.8, 6+). Its May dip of four-tenths brought to a close four successive up or flat sweeps that netted eight-tenths (5.9 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 6.7, 6+). April’s 6.7 was the best 6+-stat for “Kiss” since May 2018’s 6.9. Immediately after Educational Media Foundation-owned contemporary Christian KYDA dialed up a November +1.2 (2.2 – 3.4, 6+), “Air 1 – Worship Now” surrenders that increase in its entirety (2.2, -1.2, #11 to #20, 6+). Stuck on 3.1 (6+) in September, October, and November, Entercom adult hits KJKK “100.3 Jack-FM Playing What We Want” sputters by eight-tenths to 2.3 (#14 to #18, 6+).

Houston                              

Spoken-Word Formats – Four straight positive or neutral moves by iHeartMedia news/talk KTRH have generated a gain of eight-tenths (3.3 – 3.4 – 3.9 – 4.1 – 4.1, 6+) as “News Radio 740” moves into the top ten (#11 to #8). This directly follows a net loss of one-half share in four successive down or flat reports (3.8 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.3, 6+). After logging a .3 (6+) in each of the past three monthlies, co-owned KPRC “AM 950 – Houston’s More Stimulating Talk Radio” picks up one-tenth to .4 (#29 to #28, 6+).

As a result of six consecutive up or flat moves, Entercom’s KILT-AM “Sports Radio 610” (Texans) has gained six-tenths (1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.3 – 1.4 – 1.6, #23 to #22, 6+). A combined +.4 in October/November (1.1 – 1.2 – 1.5, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KBME “Sports Talk 790” (Rockets) erodes by nine-tenths to .6 (#22 to #25, 6+). Up one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.5 – .6 – .7, 6+), Gow Communications’ sports talk KFNC “ESPN 97.5” is back to a .5 (flat at #26, 6+).

An overall +.8 in four straight reports without a loss (2.3 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.1, 6+), University of Houston news/talk KUHF advances from #16 to #15.

Houston Music Formats – Pulling the plug on 11 straight sweeps without an increase, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA “Sunny 99.1” hauls out a +2.0 to 7.8 (6+) and marches from third to first. This time last year, “Sunny” recorded a 9.7 (December 2018, 6+). In the just-concluded negative streak, KODA lost roughly 52% (-6.3) of its 6+ AQH share (12.1 – 8.6 – 8.5 – 8.2 – 7.5 – 7.3 – 7.1 – 6.6 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.8, 6+). KODA was the market leader 16 sweeps in a row before segueing to #2 in August. It had been more than two years since KODA slipped below a six-share (June 2017, 5.8, 6+). Up three-tenths (6.8 – 7.1, 6+), Radio One urban AC KMJQ “Majic 102.1 The People’s Station” nonetheless downshifts to #2, after four straight months at #1. Prior to September’s 7.1 (6+), KMJQ – which was a combined +1.3 in August/September (5.8 – 6.2 – 7.1, 6+), last crossed the seven-share threshold (6+) in May 2018 (7.2). Ups/downs continue for Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group classic rock KGLK “The Eagle,” which was an overall +1.3 in three spikes in succession (5.3 – 5.5 – 6.5 – 6.6, 6+); -1.0 in November to 5.6 (6+); and now +.5 in December to 6.1 (flat at #4, 6+). October 2019’s 6.6 was its highest 6+-stat since September 2017 (6.7). Despite logging its sixth straight uptick for a collective +1.9 (4.9 – 5.0 – 5.1 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 6.6 – 6.8, 6+), Univision Radio regional Mexican KLTN “Que Buena 102.9” backslides from second to third. This (6.8) is its best 6+-showing since January (7.0). Sputtering by six-tenths each are Entercom’s country-formatted KILT-FM “100.3 The Bull” (4.7 – 4.1, seventh to eighth, 6+) and its format rival, Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group’s KKBQ “The New Country 93-Q” (3.9, #8 to #12, 6+). Having dropped an overall half-share in three slips in succession (4.6 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 4.1, 6+), “The Bull” responded in November with an increase of six-tenths. Before losing two-tenths in March, KILT-FM had been +1.7 via three improvements in a row (3.5 – 3.8 – 4.5 – 5.2, 6+). KKBQ’s June 2019 through November 2019 topline was: 4.8 – 4.7- 4.5 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.5 (6+). Stuck on 4.5 (6+) in October and November, iHeartMedia alternative KTBZ “94.5 The Buzz” surrenders one-half share to 4.0 (eighth to tenth, 6+).

Atlanta

Spoken-Word Formats – Following five straight up or flat trends that yielded an overall +3.0 (6.3 – 6.6 – 7.6 – 7.6 – 8.2 – 9.3, 6+), Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group news/talk WSB-AM returns two-tenths to 9.1 (6+) but is #1 the fifth month in a row. Separated by one-tenth of a share are Entercom’s WAOK “1380 The Voice of the Community” (.4 – .3, -.1, flat at #29, 6+); Salem Media Group-owned WGKA “AM 920 The Answer” (steady at .3, #30 to #29, 6+); and iHeartMedia-owned WGST “Talk Radio 640” (flat at .2, unchanged at #31, 6+). WAOK had doubled (+.2) its 6+ stat in five successive reports without a loss (.2 – .2 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .4, 6+).

Entercom sports talk WZGC “92.9 The Game” (Falcons), which was +2.3 via four successive upticks (2.8 – 3.4 – 4.3 – 4.6 – 5.1, 6+), drops two-tenths to 4.9 (steady at #7, 6+). Before August’s increase, “The Game” was an overall -1.2 in five straight negative or neutral sweeps (4.0 – 3.7 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.8, 6+). Following seven consecutive monthlies without a loss 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 -1.0 in three drops in a row (2.7 – 2.5 – 1.8 – 1.7, #18 to #20, 6+).

Within 3.2 – 3.7 range (6+) the tenth sweep in a row (3.4 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 3.6 – 3.2 – 3.6, 6+), City of Atlanta Board of Education’s WABE advances from #14 to #11. Georgia State University news/talk WRAS repeats November’s 6+ AQH share and market rank (.8, #26).

Atlanta Music Formats – Following five decreases in a row for an approximately 56% erosion (-4.9) of its 6+ AQH share (8.8 – 8.5 – 4.7 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 3.9, 6+), Salem Media Group contemporary Christian WFSH “104.7 The Fish” applies the brakes with a +.9 to 4.8 (6+) and carries on in eighth-place. WFSH had been #1 four straight months before shifting to #7 in August. When “The Fish” lost three-tenths in July, it halted at five a consecutive string of bumps that netted an overall +3.9 (4.9 – 5.4 – 5.7 – 7.0 – 7.9 – 8.8, 6+). Dropping six-tenths each are Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WSRV “97.1 The River” (unchanged at #5) and Radio One gospel WPZE “Praise 102.5 Atlanta’s Inspiration Station” (#12 to #15). “The River” is -1.3 in three drops in a row (6.5 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.2, 6+). Ironically, WPZE had been +1.3 via three successive up or flat moves (2.8 – 2.8 – 3.7 – 4.1, 6+) but – continuing the theme – is now a combined -1.3 in November/December (4.1 – 3.4 – 2.8, 6+). Within 2.1 – 2.8 range (6+) in each of the last 14 ratings periods, Cumulus Media’s WNNX “100.5 Atlanta’s Rock Station” falters by one-half share to 1.8 (#17 to #18, 6+). Co-owned CHR WWWQ “Q-100 Atlanta’s New Hits” continues an alternating down/up pattern that began in July (3.6 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 2.7 – 3.4 – 3.3, #12 to #13, 6+). Its format rival, iHeartMedia’s WWPW “Power 96.1 Atlanta’s #1 Hit Music Station,” is a cumulative +1.1 in three straight spikes (2.9 – 3.1 – 3.6 – 4.0, 6+) and enters the top ten (#11 to #9). Down a full-share in six straight sweeps without an increase (3.4 – 3.4 – 2.9 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.4, 6+), Entercom hot AC WSTR “Star 94.1” continues at #16. The eight-tenths of a share lead that iHeartMedia’s country-formatted WUBL “94.9 The Bull” had over Cumulus Media-owned WKHX “Kicks 101.5 – Atlanta’s #1 For Country Hits” is sliced in half as “The Bull” is a collective -1.2 in three successive slips (4.9 – 4.3 – 3.8 – 3.7, ninth to tenth, 6+), while “Kicks” adds three-tenths to November’s increase of six-tenths (2.4 – 3.0 – 3.3, #15 to #13, 6+). A combined +.4 in August/September (2.5 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+), “Kicks” was off one-half share in October. August’s increase halted three straight dips that resulted in a net loss of six-tenths (3.1 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5, 6+). The April 2019 through July 2019 topline for “The Bull” was 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 4.1 (6+).

Philadelphia

Spoken-Word Formats – It is a repeat of November’s 6+ AQH share and market rank for Entercom-owned WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” (2.2, #19, 6+). Without a decrease the fifth sweep in succession for a +.3 (.7 – .8 – .8 – .9 – .9 – 1.0, 6+), Townsquare Media news/talk WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” advances from #25 to #24.

A combined +1.6 in October/November (6.6 – 7.5 – 8.2, 6+), Entercom sports talk WIP “Sports Radio 94.1” (Eagles) forfeits all but one-tenth of that increase (6.7, -1.5, 6+) and drops from first – where it had been the past three months – to third. November’s 8.2 was its best 6+-stat since February 2018’s 8.7. WIP gained eight-tenths in August. Even though it’s up a collective nine-tenths via six straight reports without a loss (2.1 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+), Beasley Media Group-owned WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” (76ers, Flyers) downshifts from #12 to #14. Prior to November, the last time “The Fanatic” reached the three-share level (6+) was in March (3.0, as well).      

After eight sweeps in succession without an increase that resulted in an overall -1.6 (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.4, 6+), Entercom’s KYW “News Radio 1060” is up one-half share as a result of three consecutive up or flat moves (3.4 – 3.5 – 3.9 – 3.9, 6+) and repeats at #10.

Having forfeited four-tenths in November, public radio news/talk WHYY rebounds with a +.7 (3.3 – 4.0, 6+) and is back in the top ten (#11 to #8). Entering the November sweep, WHYY was a cumulative +1.2 In four straight up or neutral reports (2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 3.7, 6+).

Philadelphia Music Formats – The rollercoaster ride continues for Entercom adult contemporary WBEB. Specifically, “B-101.1 More Music/More Variety” was +1.1 in three straight upticks (5.5 – 5.6 – 6.1 – 6.6, 6+); -1.2 in November (6.6 – 5.4, 6+); and is now a whopping +3.5 to 8.9 (6+), rocketing from sixth to first. WBEB logged a 10.4 (6+) in December 2018. In its last three survey periods, iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted WISX “106.1 The Breeze” has lost a total of nine-tenths (4.9 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 4.0, 6+) and carries on in eighth-place. Conversely, Beasley Media Group-owned WMGK “Classic Rock 102.9 MGK” is a combined +1.0 in the last three reports (6.5 – 6.6 – 7.5 – 7.5, 6+) and remains in the runner-up slot. A one-half share boost (3.0 – 3.5, steady at #12, 6+) takes Beasley Media Group adult hits WBEN-FM “95.7 Ben FM – Playing Anything We Feel Like” to its best 6+-showing (3.5) since June 2016’s 3.7. Entercom classic hits-oldies WOGL “Nobody Plays More 80s” is a combined -1.1 in October/November (5.8 – 5.6 – 4.7, fifth to sixth, 6+). The last time WOGL fell below a five-share (6+) was just over four years ago (October 2015, 4.6, 6+). Thus far in 2019, Entercom sports talk WIP was on top in January; WOGL was #1 in February; WBEB led the way in March; WMGK set the pace in April; WBEB did so in May and June; WMGK returned to #1 in July and August; WIP and iHeartMedia urban AC WDAS-FM were tied for the lead in September; WIP was #1 in October and November; and WBEB is back on top in December. Mega-Philadelphia LLC-owned/Camden, New Jersey-licensed Spanish tropical WEMG “La Mega 105.7 – Today’s Hottest Hits” has more than quadrupled its September numbers (.3 – .6 – 1.2 – 1.3, 6+) and repeats at #22. Faltering by eight-tenths each are Beasley Media Group-owned WMMR “93.3 Everything That Rocks” (6.1 – 5.3, fourth to fifth, 6+) and Entercom-owned WXTU “Philly’s Country Station 92.5 XTU,” which is a collective -1.5 in three drops in succession (5.7 – 5.1 – 5.0 – 4.2, flat at #7, 6+). Before picking up one-tenth in November, WMMR had lost an overall four-tenths in five successive sweeps without an increase (6.4 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 6.0 – 6.0, 6+). Significant swings continue for iHeartMedia urban contemporary WUSL “Power 99,” which was +.8 in four successive (February through June) up or flat trends (3.7 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.5, 6+); -.6 in July/August (4.5 – 4.0 – 3.9, 6+); +1.1 in September; and now a combined -1.4 in the last three sweeps (5.0 – 4.5 – 4.0 – 3.6, #9 to #11, 6+). September’s 5.0 was its best 6+-performance in more than two years (5.6, July 2017).

Long Island

Spoken-Word Formats – An overall -1.4 through four straight down or flat trends (4.7 – 4.5 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.3, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” exits the top ten (#9 to #11). In an alternating up/down pattern, news/talk WABC was down two-tenths in October; up one-tenth in November; and is now down one-tenth in December (1.1 – 1.3 – 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.1, #26 to #27, 6+).

In addition to being a combined -1.6 in November/December (6.4 – 6.1 – 4.8, 6+), Entercom sports talk WFAN-FM (Giants, Brooklyn Nets) drops from first to fourth. Similarly-programmed WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” (Jets, Knicks, Rangers), which was a collective +.8 in four consecutive sweeps without a loss (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.2 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+), falters by two-tenths to 2.5 (#14 to #15, 6+).

Entercom’s all-news WINS answers October’s -.7 with a November/December +.5 (3.1 – 3.2 – 3.6, 6+) and enters the top ten (#11 to #9). Off three-tenths in July, WINS followed with a +1.1 in August/September (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.8, 6+). A combined -.8 in October/November (3.2 – 2.7 – 2.4, 6+), co-owned/similarly-formatted WCBS-AM gains two-tenths (2.6, #17 to #14, 6+).

Up one-tenth (1.5 – 1.6, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation news/talk WNYC-FM is flat at #23.

Long Island Music Formats – Not only does iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW more than double November’s stat (3.2 – 6.7, +3.5, 6+), “106.7 Lite FM” catapults from a three-way tie at #11 all the way to #1. Last year at this time, WLTW notched a 6.3 (December 2018, 6+). Six-tenths behind “Lite FM” is Connoisseur Media hot AC WALK-FM “97.5 Real Variety,” which is a collective +2.3 via three successive upticks (3.8 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 6.1, third to second, 6+). This is the best 6+-stat for WALK-FM since “Holiday” 2018’s 10.5. Meanwhile, classic hits-oldies sibling WBZO “Max FM” forfeits in full the six-tenths it earned in November (2.9 – 3.5 – 2.9, 6+) and exits the top ten (#10 to #12). “Max FM” netted nine-tenths through three bumps in succession (2.1 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 3.0, 6+), immediately following a collective -1.6 via three straight drops (3.7 – 3.2 – 2.9 – 2.1, 6+). When iHeartMedia’s WAXQ gained four-tenths in November, it halted three straight sweeps without an increase that resulted in a collective -1.0 (4.6 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 3.6, 6+). In November, however, “Q-104.3 New York’s Classic Rock” surrenders one-half share to 3.5 (eighth to tenth, 6+). The April 2019 through November 2019 topline for Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WPLJ “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” is: 2.2 – 1.9 – 1.5 – .5 – 0.0 – .4 – 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.2 (#26 to #25, 6+). When EMF officially closed on its purchase of WPLJ from Cumulus Media on May 31, it transitioned the station from hot AC to contemporary Christian.

Riverside

Spoken-Word Formats – After recording a .1 (6+) in August, September, and October, iHeartMedia news talk KKDD “1290 News Talk IE” is a “no-show” for the second month in a row. KKDD was unlisted in May, June and July, as well.

Co-owned KPWK “Fox Sports Radio 1350 AM” is without an increase the seventh time in succession (.2 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1, #22 to #21, 6+). Similarly-formatted/Los Angeles Angels-owned (LAA 1, LLC) KLAA “Angels Radio AM 830” does not appear in print the 24th straight sweep.

Repeating November’s .7 (6+), San Bernardino Community College news/talk KVCR inches up from #15 to #14. In addition to gaining one-tenth to .2 (6+), thus halting four straight down or flat reports that accounted for a net loss of two-tenths (.3 – .3 – .3 – .2 – .1, 6+), Pasadena City College news/talk KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” re-enters the top twenty (#22 to #20).

Riverside Music Formats – Following November’s half-share increase, Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose” regresses by three-tenths (8.2 – 7.9, 6+) but repeats at #1. KLYY was +1.3 in July/August (6.2 – 6.7 – 7.5, 6+). Immediately prior to the July report, “Jose” was an overall -4.3 in seven straight declines (10.5 – 8.5 – 8.2 – 8.1 – 7.4 – 7.0 – 6.4 – 6.2, 6+); KLYY had been in the runner-up slot in April, May, June, and July. 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. Dislodged from the top spot in November, after setting the pace in September and October, Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA is a combined -1.6 in November/December (7.9 – 7.3 – 6.3, 6+) and continues in the runner-up slot. September/October’s +1.0 (6.9 – 7.7 – 7.9, 6+) followed July/August’s -1.7 (8.6 – 7.6 – 6.9, 6+). KOLA was the market leader in April, May, June, and July before segueing to #2 in August. Immediately prior to July/August’s -1.7, KOLA was +1.8 via three successive positive spikes (6.8 – 7.2 – 8.0 – 8.6, 6+). Following four straight positive or neutral moves that netted a +1.6 (.3 – .3 – .4 – .8 – 1.9, 6+), Lazer Broadcasting regional Mexican KXRS “La Mejor 105.7 – Mas, Mas Musica” erodes by -1.4 to .5 (#11 to #16, 6+). In seven straight sweeps without a loss, co-owned/similarly-formatted KAEH doubled (+.3) its 6+ AQH share (.3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .5 – .6 – .6, 6+) but “Radio Lazer” is down one-tenth to .5 (6+) and ties KXRS at #16. By picking up two-tenths in November to 2.0 (6+), LC Media urban-rhythmic oldies KQIE pulled the plug on seven consecutive decreases that accounted for a loss of more than half (-1.9) its 6+-share (3.7 – 3.4 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.3 – 2.1 – 1.9 – 1.8, 6+). In December though, “Old School 104.7” forfeits one-half share to 1.5 (ninth to tenth, 6+). As a result of five straight decreases, All-Pro Broadcasting adult contemporary KATY lost seven-tenths (1.3 – 1.3 – 1.1 – .8 – .7 – .6, 6+) but “101.3 The Mix” curtails the slide with an improvement of two-tenths to .8 (#16 to #13, 6+). 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 for the sixth month in a row.

San Jose

Spoken-Word Formats – After being a collective +1.0 via four straight up or flat trends (1.4 – 1.8 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+), Cumulus Media news/talk KGO loses one-tenth to 2.3 (6+) yet moves from #18 to a four-way scrum at #15. The just-concluded positive streak came directly after KGO surrendered more than 50% of its 6+ AQH share (-1.6) in ten straight negative or neutral San Jose sweeps (3.0 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.4, 6+). Co-owned news/talk KSFO posts its third successive up or flat trend for a net gain of two-tenths (.8 – .9 – .9 – 1.0, #26 to #25, 6+). In August, KSFO gained two-tenths, thus halting three successive declines that accounted for a loss of roughly half (-.7) its 6+-stat (1.5 – 1.3 – 1.2 – .8, 6+).

Up nine-tenths in October/November (3.6 – 3.8 – 4.5, 6+), sports talk sibling KNBR-AM “The Sports Leader” (49ers) surrenders six-tenths to 3.9 (fifth to seventh, 6+). Off three-tenths to 2.3 (6+), Entercom’s similarly-formatted KGMZ “95.7 The Game” (Golden State Warriors) is part of that aforementioned four-four tie at #15. “The Game” had been +1.6 in three successive spikes (1.0 – 1.1 – 1.8 – 2.6, 6+). September’s increase suspended three straight declines that eroded nearly two-thirds (-1.9) of its 6+ AQH share (2.9 – 2.4 – 1.6 – 1.0, 6+).

Immediately following a November boost of seven-tenths (5.2 – 5.9, 6+), Entercom all-news KCBS-AM (Raiders) forfeits eight-tenths to 5.1 (third to fourth, 6+).

It is a November-only stay at #1 for Northern California Public Broadcasting news/talk KQED, which follows November’s +1.0 with a December decrease of four-tenths (6.9 – 6.5, first to second, 6+). Prior to November, KQED last reached #1 in the San Jose report in April (6.9, 6+). San Francisco Unified School District news/talk KALW has lost roughly half (-.6) its 6+-share via five down or flat trends in a row (1.3 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – .9 – .7, #26 to #27, 6+).

San Jose Music Formats – Locked on 3.8 (6+) in October and November, Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KBRG “Amor 100.3” hauls out a +.7 to 4.5 (seventh to fifth, 6+). After having lost seven-tenths in September/October (4.1 – 3.9 – 3.4, 6+), Empire Broadcasting’s KRTY “San Jose Hot Country 95.3” bounces back with a +1.1 in November/December (3.4 – 4.0 – 4.5, 6+) and ties KBRG at #5. Albeit flat at 6.6 (6+), Alpha Media classic hits-oldies KBAY nonetheless progresses from second to first. Following six successive months at #1, “94.5 Bay FM – The Bay’s Greatest Hits” segued to #2 in November when it eroded by -2.0 (8.6 – 6.6, 6+). “Bay FM,” which was +1.3 in August, nearly erased April’s -1.5 with a May +1.3 (6.2 – 7.5, 6+), returning to #1 after an April-only stay at #2. An overall +1.2 owing to three spikes in succession (2.1 – 2.7 – 3.2 – 3.3, 6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary KMEL “106.1 #1 For Hip-Hop and R&B” surrenders half that increase (2.7, -.6, 6+) and departs the top ten (#9 to #11). Univision Radio regional Mexican KSOL “Que Buena” regresses by one-half share in back-to-back sweeps (3.3 – 2.8 – 2.3, #12 to #15, 6+) and has its lowest 6+-stat in exactly one year (2.3, as well, December 2018). Rhythmic CHR cluster-mate KVVF “Latino Mix 105.7” is an overall -1.2  through six consecutive down or flat trends (2.9 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.1 – 2.0 – 1.7, 6+) and departs the top twenty (#19 to #22). Unlisted in San Jose the 12th month in a row are Bonneville cluster-mates adult contemporary KOIT-FM “Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites”; CHR KMVQ “Now 99.7”; and urban AC KBLX “102.9 R&B and Old School.”

Middlesex-Somerset-Union

Spoken-Word Formats – There’s good news and bad news for Townsquare Media news/talk WKXW. On the plus side, “New Jersey 101.5” adds four-tenths to 5.6 (6+), thus applying the brakes to ten consecutive sweeps without an increase that resulted in a roughly 36% loss (-2.9) of its 6+-share (8.1 – 7.9 – 7.5 – 7.3 – 7.1 – 6.9 – 6.9 – 6.6 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.2, 6+). At the same time, however, WKXW slips from second to fourth. Immediately following four up or flat trends in a row that netted seven-tenths (2.9 – 2.9 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.6, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” is a combined -1.6 in November/December (3.6 – 3.0 – 2.0, 6+) and drifts from the top twenty (#16 to #21). The August 2019 through December 2019 Middlesex-Somerset-Union topline for news/talk WABC is: 1.2 – .8 – 1.2 – 1.1 – .9 (#24 to #25, 6+).

Major ups/downs continue for Entercom sports talk WFAN-FM (Giants, Brooklyn Nets), which was -.7 (September); +1.4 (October/November); and now -1.0 in December (5.1 – 4.1, third to eighth, 6+). Similarly-programmed WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” (Jets, Knicks, Rangers) is an overall +1.1 via four consecutive sweeps without a loss (1.6 – 1.7 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 2.7, #18 to #17, 6+), immediately after being down a collective nine-tenths through three consecutive negative or neutral trends (2.5 – 2.1 – 1.6 – 1.6, 6+).

Posting a gain of four-tenths in back-to-back reports (1.4 – 1.8 – 2.2, 6+), Entercom all-news WCBS-AM re-enters the top twenty (#22 to #20). Prior to November, WCBS-AM was a collective -1.1 in four drops in a row (2.5 – 2.1 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.4, 6+). Co-owned/similarly-programmed WINS has lost three-tenths in four straight down or flat trends (2.1 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.8, #21 to #23, 6+). Its September loss of two-tenths suspended four consecutive increases that accounted for a one-half share gain (1.6 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.1, 6+).

Up two-tenths (1.7 – 1.9, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation public radio news/talk WNYC-FM advances from #23 to #22.

Middlesex-Somerset-Union Music FormatsNew York City’s pacesetter the 30th ratings period in succession  (see above), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “106.7 Lite FM” has had a wild ride in Middlesex. “Lite FM” was -.5 (August/September); +.7 (October); -.9 (November); and is +2.5 in December (4.4 – 6.9, ninth to second, 6+). Its 6.9 (6+) is four-tenths better than the 6.5 (6+) recorded in December 2018. Meanwhile, Beasley Media Group’s similarly-formatted WMGQ “Magic 98.3 – Today’s Hits/Yesterday’s Favorites” is a collective -1.5 in four consecutive down or flat trends (5.3 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 3.8, eighth to ninth, 6+). Steady in third-place, iHeartMedia-owned classic rock WAXQ “Q-104.3” is up eight-tenths in November/December (5.0 – 5.1 – 5.8, 6+). Not only is Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish contemporary WPAT an overall +1.7 via five straight up or flat moves (2.1 – 2.2 – 2.6 – 3.5 – 3.8 – 3.8, 6+), “Amor 93.1” enters the top ten (#11 to #9). When Entercom classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM dropped two-tenths in November, it suspended five Middlesex spikes in a row that netted a +2.6 (4.0 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 5.8 – 6.6, 6+). In December, “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits” chalks up an increase of six-tenths (6.4 – 7.0, 6+) and is #1 the third successive sweep. In addition to eroding by -1.0 (4.2 – 3.2, 6+), Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97” exits the top ten (#10 to #13). November’s one-tenth decrease interrupted six consecutive up or flat moves that yielded a +1.6 (2.7 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 4.3, 6+). Substituting November’s +.6 with a December -.6 (3.2 – 3.8 – 3.2, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned WNSH “New York’s Country 94.7” slips from #11 to #13. Off a cumulative eight-tenths the last three reports (3.1 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.3, 6+), iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR WKTU “103.5 KTU” drops from #17 to #18. After logging a .6 (6+) in October and November, Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WARW “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” disappears from print.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

| December 18, 2019

Cox Enterprises’ Deal with Apollo Global Management Closes. According to Jessica Saundersreport in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Cox Enterprises’ sale of its radio, TV, Ohio print brands, and affiliated businesses to an Apollo Global Management-controlled company has closed.  The new company goes by an old name – Cox Media Group – and Cox Enterprises maintains a minority stake in the new firm.  The company is led by president and CEO Kim Guthrie and Bill Hendrich is EVP of radio.  CMG now consists of 13 television stations in 10 markets; 54 radio stations in 10 markets; three Ohio newspapers, the CoxReps TV sales division; digital ad and OTT products and services segment Gamut; and the Northwest Broadcasting 20 TV station group.

Wilson Re-Ups with Entercom’s ‘Ticket’ in Miami. South Florida sports talk host Amber Wilson signs a multiyear contract extension to continue co-hosting the midday show on Entercom’s WAXY, Miami “AM 790 The Ticket.”  Wilson co-hosts the 10:00 am to 2:00 pm “Zaslow & Amber” show with Jonathan Zaslow.  She joined the station in 2016 after serving with CBS Television in Miami and SNY in New York.  She says, “I’m very fortunate to have a job that I enjoy doing every single day and I’m thrilled to be continuing my career at Entercom.  It is an honor that [program director] Len Weiner and [SVP/market manager] Keriann Worley continue to trust me to entertain South Florida with sports talk.”

Matthew Jarecki Named PM Drive Host at ‘FOX Sports 910’ in Phoenix. At iHeartMedia’s Phoenix sports talker KGME-AM “FOX Sports 910,” Matthew Jarecki is named host of the 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm show.  Jarecki comes to KGME from his most recent position with Northern Arizona University’s KLJX-LP, Flagstaff.  He also handled play-by-play and color analyst work for Lumberjacks athletics.  KGME program director Aaron Trimmer says, “Matthew is a future superstar in the sport talk world.  His perspective and unique commentary on sports make him the perfect fit to lead afternoon drive on ‘FOX Sports 910.’  We are thrilled to have him join our lineup.”  KGME briefly hired Dan Sileo to host afternoons, but he lasted just a week in the role in early September after the Phoenix Coyotes hockey club objected to Sileo’s hiring based on some of his controversial social media posts.  KGME is the flagship for Coyotes play-by-play.

Nielsen: News/Talk Top 6+ Format in PPM Markets This Year. The data from Nielsen Audio’s year-end tally of the most-listened-to formats in radio in its PPM markets shows news/talk is #1 in the 6+ demographic (9.5% weekly AQH share).  In the 25-54 demo, news/talk ranked #4 (6.7%), behind only AC (7.7%), CHR (7.6%), and country (6.8%).  However, there is an asterisk of sorts associated with these figures as Nielsen includes non-commercial, public radio news/talk in its definition of the format.  Public news/talk skews younger than commercial news/talk.  Sports talk ranked #9 in the 6+ demo and #8 in the 25-54 demo.  Nielsen used an average of data from the January through November PPM surveys.

Magnum to Acquire Three Wisconsin Signals from NRG Media. The deal between Wisconsin’s Magnum Communications and Iowa-based NRG Media will transfer news/talk WFAW-AM and adult contemporary WSJC-FM in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, along with classic hits WKCH, Whitewater, Wisconsin to Magnum.  NRG president and CEO Mary Quass says, “We have been fortunate to have worked with the great people at the stations in Fort Atkinson for many years.  The dedicated broadcasters at the stations will continue to provide the Fort Atkinson community with great local radio and know they will contribute to the success of Magnum Communications going forward.”  Magnum chief Dave Magnum adds, “I’m a sentimental person so two aspects of these acquisitions really struck me.  First, my maternal grandmother grew up on a Fort Atkinson farm.  My Mom and her remaining siblings get together at Lake Ripley each summer in her honor.  Second, we’re again getting to work with NRG.  Back in the 90s, my late wife Lynn had the chance to speak with Mary Quass several times at conventions.  She considered Mary a role model.  In 2007, five years after Lynn passed, I acquired three stations from NRG.  That transaction went as smooth as silk.  We look forward to the same outcome with the acquisitions of WFAW, WSJY and WKCH.”  KALIL & CO., INC. is the exclusive broker for this transaction.

KSCO, Santa Cruz Initiates Its Own ‘Person of the Year.’ On the heels of the controversy over youthful Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg being named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year,” Michael Zwerling-owned news/talk KSCO, Santa Cruz is creating its own “Person of the Year” award and naming President Donald Trump for the past four years.  Zwerling says, “I empathize with the president’s frustration of not being named Time magazine’s person of the year.  After all, the designation does not necessarily indicate an endorsement of its recipient’s policies – just acknowledgement that they have made the biggest impact on the news. Clearly, Donald Trump has been the most influential person in the news since 2016.  And that has not stopped.”  See all four “Person of the Year” covers here.

Impeachment, IG FBI Report Aftermath, 2020 Presidential Race, U.S.-China Trade Negotiations, Financial Markets Activity, Fiat Chrysler-Peugeot Merger Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (12/17). The impeachment against President Donald Trump; the aftermath of the inspector general’s report on the FBI’s use of the secret FISA court; the Democrats vying to challenge President Trump in 2020; the trade negotiations between the U.S. and China; the record high Dow and activity in the world’s financial markets; and the merger of Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot to make the third largest auto firm were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

TALKERS News Notes. Appearing on fubosportsnetwork.com’s “Call It A Night” program with host Julie Stewart-Binks, WFAN, New York and Radio.com sports talk personality Mike Francesa says he’ll delve into politics during his daily, one-hour Radio.com show.  Asked why, Francesa said, “There’s not a show, there’s no political coverage anywhere that is unbiased.  It’s all biased.  It’s either left or right.  It is so significantly left or right.  Give me a network, I’ll tell you – FOX is right, MSNBC is left.  Everybody has a bias. Everybody is one or the other, most on the left, there are some rights.  There’s nothing down the middle.” Francesa’s Radio.com show will stream from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm ET prior to his half-hour WFAN program airing at 6:00 pm ET…..Talk radio pro Phil Valentine and his son Campbell Valentine are celebrating the fact that their podcast “The PodGOATs” has been named one of the Top 10 History Podcasts for 2019 by Podbean – a global podcast hosting site.  “The PodGOATs” is produced by Comworld Media.  Phil Valentine says, “I’m in shock, to be honest with you.  Campbell and I have worked really hard this year on this podcast.  We bill it as ‘The History of Everything,’ which is a lofty goal.  We’re closing in on episode 100 and we have over 360,000 downloads, so we’re getting’ there.”  Comworld Media will launch two more Phil Valentine podcasts in 2020…..Westwood One adds “Esports 30 with Kevin Knocke” to its Westwood One Podcast Network.  The show is an original podcast covering esports news and in-depth interviews with industry personalities, celebrities, athletes, influencers, and enthusiasts. Knocke says, “Esports is now big enough that it can’t rely on the sunshine and rainbows perspective that it’s the ‘next big thing’ so we need to understand how to develop a sustainable infrastructure for the long term.  I’ll be inviting on guests with a broad viewpoint of the industry as a whole as well as game-specific experts who are willing to take an honest look at their game and reflect on improvements needed.”…..Longtime New York City radio news pro Pat Farnack retires from Entercom’s WCBS-AM “Newsradio 880.”  Farnack also served with KYW-AM and KYW-TV in Philadelphia as well as WWDB-FM, Philly during her career.  She joined WCBS-AM in December 2000.  The WCBS website notes that Farnack also “spent time at WNBC in New York delivering news in the days of Don Imus and Howard Stern and even did a several-month stint as traffic reporter in the flying ‘N’ copter.”…..iHeartMedia and NostalgiaCon, LLC are working together to produce the NostalgiaCon Miami ‘80s pop culture convention on April 25-26 at the MANA Convention Center in Miami’s Wynwood arts district.  iHeartMedia’s participation includes sponsorship collaborations for branded activations, VIP fan experiences, contests, giveaways, and grassroots promotions…..Pictured below are actors Jamie Foxx (left) and Michael B. Jordan (center) with SiriusXM Urban View host Mike Muse (right) chatting before a live audience at SiriusXM studios in New York.  Foxx and Jordan visited on a promotion tour for their new film, Just Mercy, hitting theaters on Christmas Day.  Photo: Cindy Ord/ Getty Images for SiriusXM.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Programmer and air personality Adam “Kash” Kashner moves from Cumulus Media’s Indianapolis cluster where he was APD at country WFMS-FM to Pensacola where he’s the new program director for country radio station WXBM-FM “NASH 102.7 FM.”  At the same time, Cumulus adds APD stripes to current WXBM afternoon host Matt Fisher.  Cumulus Pensacola VP and market manager Gary Mertins says, “Kash is such an up-and-coming programming talent within Cumulus and we’re so proud to have him join us in Pensacola.  He’s really done some great things and proven himself in Indianapolis.  WXBM is a heritage country station and we know that we’ve found the right person in Kash to lead it to further greatness.”…..Air personality Amanda Valentine is leaving her radio gig at Hubbard Broadcasting’s country WUBE, Cincinnati “B105” to work full time on her fitness career.  Valentine was co-host of the afternoon show with Jesse Tack, who continues the show solo.  Valentine noted on her Facebook page: “Health and fitness is a huge passion of mine.  After going through a significant weight loss journey myself, helping others on their own journeys fills my heart in ways I can’t even describe.  So, I’ve made the decision to follow my heart and devote my time and energy into helping as many people as possible discover just how life changing a healthy lifestyle can be.”…..Milwaukee non-commercial triple A WYMS-FM “88Nine” bestowed honors on the winners of its 2019 Radio Milwaukee Music Awards last Saturday (12/14).  Winners of the awards covered a wide swath of musical genres.  WYMS-FM’s 12th annual music awards were based on 6,278 votes online by area music fans and selections of ‘88Nine’ music staff and local music writers.  Station program director Jordan Lee says, “This year’s awards reflect the strong avant-garde sound that is developing here in Milwaukee.  It’s really hard to put the music of Klassik, SistaStrings, or Browns Crew in a genre box.  These new sounds are defining the sound of our city in an exciting and inspiring way.”

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

| December 17, 2019

PPM Analysis: Sports Talk (Part 2). TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents a second look at the performances of sports talk stations in Nielsen Audio’s PPM markets during the November 2019 survey.  This report ranks sports talk listening by market and details the increases and decreases in 6+ ratings by market.  Which PPM markets registered the most sports talk listening during the November survey?  The top three are all East Coast markets: Philadelphia (11.2 share), Boston (11.1 share), and Long Island (9.3 share).  See how the rest of the markets stack up here.

NYPost: Benigno and Roberts for WFAN, New York Afternoons. Sportswriter Andrew Marchand says in his December 16 New York Post column that the new, permanent program schedule for Entercom’s sports talk WFAN, New York “The Fan” will indeed be Evan Roberts and Joe Benigno in afternoon drive (2:00 pm to 6:00 pm) and Maggie Gray and Mark Malusis in the midday slot (10:00 am to 2:00 pm).  It’s already public knowledge that current WFAN midday personality Bart Scott is heading across town to work at ESPN and its radio outlet WEPN-FM “ESPN New York.”  These changes come after Mike Francesa’s transition from afternoons to a daily 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm show.

Programmer Buzz Knight Leaving Beasley for Consultancy Venture. Programming pro Buzz Knight is leaving his post with Beasley Media Group as executive vice president of strategy and innovation to launch his consultancy, Buzz Knight Media.  Beasley says, “In his new role, Knight will continue to advise Beasley Media Group’s various brands on multiple projects and initiatives as well as focus on enhancing brand health for other media companies, with an eye on maximizing audience and revenue.”  Knight says, “I’m very grateful to Caroline Beasley, Bruce Beasley, Brian Beasley, and Justin Chase for providing me with the incredible opportunity to join the company three years ago.  The great teams in the markets continue to perform at the highest level and I’m very proud to be able to continue to be associated with them. Special thanks to Caroline for providing me with the privilege of extending my relationship with Beasley Media Group as I fulfill a lifelong dream of launching my own consultancy firm.”

WABC, New York Raises $200,000-plus for Children’s Hospital. Pictured above at the recent “Radiothon for the Kids” broadcast from TALKRADIO 77 WABC are (from l-r): WABC program director Dave LaBrozzi, talk host Curtis Sliwa, Joshua Berg, and talk host Juliet Huddy.  During the radiothon broadcast live from Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York on Friday (12/13), a total of $205,213 was raised for the Children’s Miracle Network hospital.

TALKERS News Notes. The final round judging panel for the 29th Annual Radio Mercury Awards is announced.  The Radio Mercury Awards are governed by the Radio Creative Fund and produced by the RAB.  The RAB says the panel of top-level agency creative leaders represents radio’s top advertising categories, including automotive, communications, financial services, OTC, packaged goods, quick-serve restaurants, retail and spirits.  Robin Fitzgerald, chief creative officer at BBDO Atlanta is 2020 chief judge.  On the panel are: Justine Armour, chief creative officer, Grey NY; Nathalie Brown, executive creative director, VMLY&R New York; Gary Du Toit, VP creative director, BBDO New York; Kevin Jones, creative director, Wieden & Kennedy Portland; John Matejczyk, chief creative officer and co-founder, M/H VCCP San Francisco; Andrés Ordóñez, chief creative officer, FCB Chicago; Alejandro Ortiz, vice president and creative director, Casanova//McCann; and Sherman Winfield, vice president and creative director, Fitzco//McCann…..There are a number of end-of-year programs being made available to affiliates from ABC Audio, including four longform programs featuring top news stories, interviews and major events from the past year and eight short-form series looking at the year in politics, entertainment, health, sports and more.  The longform shows include: “Playback 2019” in which ABC News correspondents Cheri Preston and Aaron Katersky look at the biggest stories of the year; the three-hour “2019: The Year in Review” told through highlights of ABC News Radio’s live breaking news coverage; a special, decade-end edition of “Perspective,” ABC News Radio’s weekly newsmagazine exploring the biggest stories of the 2010s; and “World News This Year” – a special edition of the “World News This Week” program…..SiriusXM announces year-end and decade specialty programming across its music, talk, and entertainment channels.  SiriusXM chief entertainment anchor Jess Cagle will host “Top 100 Interviews of 2019” – a limited-run channel that will launch on Thursday, December 19 and run through Tuesday, December 31.  “Top 100 Interviews of 2019” will feature interviews by SiriusXM hosts including Andy Cohen, Jenny McCarthy, Hoda Kotb, Jess Cagle, Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo, and more…..iHeartRadio is introducing iHeartRadio Family in time for the holiday season, now available on RokuAndroid TV (set to launch later this year) and Facebook Portal’s latest device, Portal TV, with support for new Portal tablets coming this January.  iHeartRadio says, “Some of the cool features included are customized parental controls, artist radio – with the family-friendly versions of their favorite artist songs, animations like a disco ball and a ‘slime drip’ to complement certain audio experiences, and now a variety of fun kid-friendly podcasts to listen to and more.  In addition, iHeartRadio Family fans who use Amazon Fire TV will also be able to enjoy an upgraded experience with the addition of podcasts that are kid-friendly added to the platform.”

JVC Media’s Long Island News/Talk Station Vandalized with Anti-Trump Graffiti. Pictured above is the remote studio for JVC Media’s news/talk WRCN, Riverhead, Long Island “LI NEWS RADIO 103.9,” located at the Long Island MacArthur Airport.  In the inset is an image of the anti-Trump graffiti that staffers found on large stickers affixed to the glass windows of the studio.  JVC uses the studio for live shows during the day and it is not occupied overnight.  JVC Media president and CEO John Caracciolo says, “It is unfortunate that someone took out their expression of anger against our president on our broadcast studio.  We pride ourselves on fair and balanced news reporting.  I understand people are angry, but maybe next time the culprit can call in to our afternoon show and express his or her feelings in a more civilized way.”  Long Island MacArthur Airport police are investigating the incident and are reviewing the many video cameras in and around the radio broadcast center. TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison discussed the incident with John Caracciolo.  To listen, click here.

Impeachment, Ukraine Controversy, 2020 Presidential Race, FBI Report Aftermath, Boeing 737 Production Halt, and Record Dow Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (12/16). The House’s impeachment against President Trump; Trump attorney Rudy Guiliani’s explanation about why Marie Yovanovich was removed as Ambassador to Ukraine; the Democrats vying to challenge President Trump in 2020; the aftermath of the inspector general’s report critical of the FBI’s surveillance operations; Boeing’s decision to suspend production on the 737 Max; and Monday’s record-setting Dow were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Second in the Series of Talk Media Forums on US-China Relations Now Posted!   The second installment of the Talk Media Forums on US-China Relations co-presented by TALKERS and The Epoch Times Tuesday morning (12/10) at the National Press Club in Washington, DC is now posted here on Talkers.com as well as other online platforms.  The conversation again focused on the US-China trade war, the Hong Kong protests, China’s human rights abuses, Huawei and the worldwide battle for 5G dominance, the North Korea nuclear threat, China’s ongoing intellectual property theft, and the long term goals and methods of the Chinese Communist Party, plus more. The 90-minute event featured a panel of three experts on the state of US-Chinese relations including Nan Su of NTDTV, and Joshua Philipp and Dr. Dana Cheng of The Epoch Times, plus four leading talk radio hosts – John Fredericks of the John Fredericks Radio NetworkDr. Sebastian Gorka of the Salem Radio NetworkLarry O’ Connor of WMAL, Washington, DC; and Doug Stephan of Stephan Multimedia. According to TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison, who again moderated the discussion, “The numerous pressing issues that exist under the umbrella of US-China relations promise to be a major component of talk media conversation for years to come and it is important that its practitioners stay on top of these complex concerns free of the spin and propaganda constantly manufactured by the Communist regime in Beijing.  Our colleagues at The Epoch Times are firmly situated on the leading edge of the Chinese resistance to the Communist grasp on their homeland and serve the culture’s diaspora in the United States and around the world with bold, truthful reporting of the facts.” The Epoch Times was formed in 2000 by Chinese Americans and is now published in multiple languages around the world.  To view the video in its entirety, please click here. Photo: Samira Bouaou/Epic Times

Music Radio News and Career Moves. At Entercom’s country KMLE, Phoenix “Country 107.9,” Gunner Jackson and Cheyenne Davis (pictured below) are named hosts of the new “Gunner & Cheyenne” morning show, effective tomorrow (12/18).  They join KMLE from KDBL-FM, Yakima, Washington.  Entercom Phoenix SVP and market manager Dave Pugh says, “We are excited to introduce our audience to Gunner and Cheyenne.  Together, they will bring a ton of energy and positivity to the show and are the perfect hosts to help our listeners begin their mornings.”  The duo were recently honored with a 2019 Yakima Herald-Republic Readers’ Choice Award for Best Radio Personality…..iHeartMedia announces Trevor Morini joins the Raleigh station group as senior vice president of programming, effective January 21.  Morini will also serve as program director for CHR WDCG-FM “G105.”  He’s been serving the company as program director for KHFI “96.7 KISS FM” and alternative KASE-HD/W248CU “ALT 97.5” in Austin…..On-air pro Jeanne Ashley exits Entercom’s adult contemporary KSWD, Seattle “94.1 The Sound” where she was assistant program director and morning drive co-host with John Fisher.  Ashley posts on her LinkedIn account, “Thanks to budget cuts, I’m taking time to take stock while I take the long way from Seattle back to NJ.”…..Caldwell Media’s KERL, Caldwell, Arkansas flips from classic rock to adult hits using Envision Networks’ and Kroeger Media’s BOB FM format…..Spanish-language media company MLC Media is assuming management of XHLNC-FM, Tijuana, Mexico and is launching “Mas Flo” on the San Diego signal tomorrow (12/18).  The company says,”‘Mas Flo’ will feature a blend of the hottest and latest Spanish urban music from the top Latin artists in the industry.  The music genres will include reggaeton, trap, tropical, and urban from artists like: J Balvin, Maluma, Nicky Jam, Rosalia, Bad Bunny, and more…..ABC Audio is making the music special, “2019 Rewind: The Biggest Country Hits of the Year” – hosted by country star Morgan Wallen – available to affiliate stations for year-end programming.  The special rounds up all of the year’s hottest songs and includes interviews with Dan + Shay, Eric Church, Runaway June, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris, Old Dominion and more.

Monday, December 9, 2019

| December 9, 2019

Monday Memo: Start in the Middle?  If you’re a radio newscaster, consultant Holland Cooke warns that “this week’s column is like a solar eclipse.  Look away!”  But for DJs, hosts, and commercial copy writers, he has a curious suggestion.  Read it here.

More Than $500,000 Raised in WMAL Fisher House Radiothon. Commenting on Cumulus Media Washington DC’s just-concluded two-day radiothon for the Fisher House, WMAL PD/Cumulus Media vice president of news/talk, Bill Hess, remarks, “Wow, listeners once again have come through with their support for the wonderful work of the Fisher House Foundation, donating $523,866 to this year’s radiothon. I say ‘thank-you’ from the bottom of our hearts. The Fisher House is recognized as one of the premiere nonprofits working to support quality-of-life for our military and their families. Ever since its inception (30 years ago next month), it has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $451 million in out-of-pocket costs for lodging and transportation; more than 32,000 families were served in 2018. Over the past 17 years, WMAL listeners have donated more than $7 million to the Fisher House Foundation. Pictured left to right are Hess, WMAL on-air talents Larry O’Connor, Chris Plante, and Vince Coglianese, and Fisher House president Dave Coker.

Cumulus Media Transfers Howell To Little Rock. Inbound from Oklahoma City where he was an on-air talent at Cumulus Media sports talk WWLS “98.1 The Sports Animal” and executive producer of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s radio broadcasts, Toby Howell arrives as program director at co-owned Little Rock news/talk KARN-FM “News Radio 102.9,” sports talk KARN-AM “920 The Sports Animal,” and the Arkansas News Network. He will also program religious KAAY. Cumulus Media Little Rock market manager Keith Liesman remarks, “We are very happy to get a guy like Toby with his radio background and look forward to watching him grow [our brands] across the Little Rock community.” Howell notes, “I’m very lucky to be able to work with the Cumulus Media group in Little Rock. To be in the news format at a time like this with 2020 on the horizon is very exciting.” He replaces Peter Thiele who exited roughly nine months ago.

Hubbard Radio Talent Institute Coming To Northern Arizona University. Along with support from the Arizona Broadcasters Association, the Hubbard Radio Talent Institute is set to launch next summer (July 13 – 22) at Northern Arizona University. Hubbard Radio chief executive officer Ginny Morris comments, “All of us at Hubbard are proud to partner with Dan Vallie and the Arizona Association of Broadcasters on bringing this proven program to Northern Arizona University. The program is a great asset for the industry and a wonderful and expansive experience for the students that participate.” Vallie founded the National Radio Talent System in 2013 so radio stations can recruit young talent from their own region or nationally. Arizona Broadcasters Association President/CEO Chris Kline states, “There’s nothing more important to the future of broadcasting than helping to build the next generation of media leaders. The Hubbard Radio Talent Institute is exactly what we need in Arizona to ensure that new ideas continue to flood into the radio industry from young broadcasters. We couldn’t be more excited to support this program, to meet the participants, and to build new relationships.” NAU Media Innovation Center director Brian Rackham remarks, “We are delighted to be part of this prestigious opportunity for our students. There are jobs out there waiting for our graduates and the Hubbard Talent Institute is a great pipeline to the industry. We look forward to partnering with a great radio group like Hubbard, and the experts at the National Radio Talent System.” Sessions during the ten-day talent institute include on-air, production, news, sports, social media, podcasting, promotions, videography, sales, engineering, and includes the RAB’s radio marketing professional course. Applications are being accepted from college students/young talent from all universities in the region. Final application deadline is March 6, 2020; only 25 students will be accepted.

TALKERS News Notes. After an 11-year run on WTOP-FM “Washington’s Top News,” Chris Core will retire from the Hubbard Broadcasting DC all-news operation one week from Friday (12/20) following his “Core Values” commentary. He previously spent approximately 25 years at cross-town news/talk WMAL as a newscaster and sports anchor ….. This week, former Arizona congressman and Newsmax anchor JD Hayworth is doing his first live and local Phoenix news/talk show in approximately ten years. Guest-hosting today (Monday, 12/9) through Wednesday (12/11) for Seth Leibsohn in afternoon drive (3:00 pm – 6:00 pm) on Salem Media Group-owned KKNT “AM 960 The Patriot,” Hayworth was Mike Huckabee’s “designated guest-host” and has filled in for Michael Savage, Mark Levin, Mike Gallagher, and Laura Ingraham ….. Tomorrow’s (Tuesday, 12/10, 6:00 am – 7:00 pm) 12th annual Toy Field presented by Cumulus Media Nashville and Planet Fitness will benefit The Salvation Army’s “Forgotten Angels” program. Toys collected at Nissan Stadium will help fulfill the dreams of many “forgotten children” this holiday season. The Salvation Army will reach nearly 8,500 “angels” – less fortunate children and elderly. According to Salvation Army Nashville area commander Ethan Frizzell, “Thousands of toys have been donated throughout the years and we hope to see the same enthusiasm this year. We would not be able to provide for all these children, without the support of Cumulus Media and our community.” In addition to news/talk WWTN “Super Talk 99.7 WTN” and sports talk WGFX “104.5 The Zone,” Cumulus Media Nashville consists of country outlets WSM-FM “Nash Icon 95.5,” and  WKDF “103.3 Nash FM,” and urban AC WQQK “92-Q.” ….. According to The Des Moines Register, former Des Moines sports talk host Marty Tirrell (KBGG, KXLQ, KXNO) has pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud in federal court. Indicted this past February, Tirrell accepted a plea deal Friday (12/6) and faces a maximum of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced at a hearing April 7; nine other counts were dismissed. He was charged of scamming victims out of $1.5 million in a sports ticket reselling scheme …. The Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters is accepting entries for its annual “Excellence in Broadcasting Awards” competition, which recognizes outstanding performance among radio and television stations. All entries must be submitted electronically – the deadline is January 6 (2020). Winners will be showcased during the “Excellence in Broadcasting Awards” luncheon March 30 at The Hotel Hershey. Meanwhile, the Colorado Broadcasters Association is inviting radio and television stations in that state to compete in over 50 categories; entry deadline is (Friday) January 10 (2020). The “Awards of Excellence” celebration will take place (Friday) April 17th in downtown Denver at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

iHM Charleston Fundraiser Brings in Over $176,000. The 12th annual iHeartMedia Charleston “Cares for Kids” radiothon raised over $176,000 to benefit Medical University of South Carolina Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital. According to iHeartMedia Charleston area president Alene Grevey, “We’ve anticipated broadcasting from the brand new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital for 12 years. Seeing this labor of love come to fruition thanks to the generosity of iHeartMedia Charleston’s listeners and advertisers is so inspiring.” This year’s two-day, fundraising “Cares for Kids” broadcast was held last Thursday (12/5) and Friday (12/6) from 6:00 am – 7:00 pm. The event featured iHeartMedia Charleston on-air talents Ric Rush, Brian Cleary, Kelly Golden, and Gary Goldman, as well as WCSC-TV personalities Justin Biegel, and Kaitlin Stansell. The radiothon featured more than 40 stories from MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital patients and their families. In addition to WSCC “94.3 The Lowcountry’s News Station,” iHeartMedia Charleston is comprised of adult contemporary WXLY-FM “Y-102.5 Better Music For A Better Workday,” and WEZL “103.5 Charleston’s #1 Station for New Country.”

PPM Analysis: Urban Contemporary. The music-intensive format in the spotlight this month is urban contemporary. Based on data from Nielsen Audio’s November 2019 PPM survey period, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian notes that approximately half the stations on his urban contemporary panel improve (49%) October 2019 – November 2019 (6+). Meanwhile, a virtually identical 51% of urban contemporary panelists show November 2018 – November 2019 growth. Five urban contemporary stations ranked second (6+) in November 2019; the typical format finish was #11.41 (6+). See Mike Kinosian’s entire report here.

Beasley Media Group Holiday Soiree Features Lady Antebellum. As part of the company’s third annual “Holiday Soiree” client party last Thursday (12/5) in New York City, Beasley Media Group welcomed performances by Lady Antebellum; Joe King and Issac Slade from The Fray; and actor/musician David Duchovny. Beasley Media Group chief executive officer Caroline Beasley, president Bruce Beasley, and chief operating officer/executive vice president Brian Beasley thanked guests for their ongoing support. Shown from left to right are Big Machine Label Group senior vice president of promotion Mathew Largis; Dave Haywood (Lady Antebellum); Beasley Media Group national country brand manager/country WKLB, Boston program director David Corey; Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum); Beasley Media Group executive vice president of programming Justin Chase; and Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum).

 More Music Radio News and Career Moves. Twenty-six year WMGK “Classic Rock 102.9” midday personality Debbi Calton officially retired from the Beasley Media Group Philadelphia outlet last Friday (12/6). Prior to joining WMGK in 1993, Calton spent 10 years at cross-town rocker WYSP ….. Per The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, morning host Courtney Landrum and evening talent Jill Devine have departed Entercom St. Louis hot AC KYKY “Y-98.” A member of the station’s morning show the past 20 years, Landrum was promoted to top billing (“Courtney & Company”) two years ago when Guy Phillips left the station after a 38-year run. Jen Myers, Kevin Berghoff, Lance Hildebrand, and Tim Convy remain at the retitled “Y-98 Morning Show.” Devine joined “Y-98” eight years ago. She previously worked in the market for CHR KSLZ “Z-107.7”; country KSD-FM “93.7 The Bull”; and hot AC WVRV “101.1 The River” ….. In celebration of their 20th year in radio syndication, “Big D & Bubba” were treated to a surprise party last Friday (12/6) at Silverfish Media’s Nashville studios where company president Patrick Thomas recalls that, “On December 6, 1999, The Big D & Bubba Morning Show first aired in Amarillo [Texas]. That marked the beginning of syndication for the show, which was based at WYNK, Baton Rouge. Syndicated mornings in the country format was widely known to be an impossible task.” According to Patrick, it is the country’s longest-running syndicated morning show and has more than 75 affiliates. Helping to note the occasion in person were Compass Media Network chief executive officer Peter Kosann, and fellow syndicated country talents Lorraine Crook & Charlie Chase (“Crook & Chase), Evan Paul, and Amber Atnip ….. Wrapping up last week’s (12/2 through 12/6) “Stuff-A-Bus” toy drive to benefit the Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” program, iHeartMedia Pittsburgh CHR WKST “96.1 Kiss FM” collected 70 school buses worth of new unwrapped toys. Senior vice president of programming David Edgar notes, “[This] is one of our biggest events throughout the year. The overwhelming response from ‘Kiss’ listeners and the Pittsburgh community will help many children have a great holiday this year.” ….. Through the Smiley morning show’s 23rd annual, 36-hour “Make-A-Wish Request-A-Thon,” Cumulus Media Indianapolis CHR WZPL “99.5 ZPL – Indy’s Number One Hit Music Station” raised $839,638 for central Indiana children with life-threatening illnesses. Listeners called in last Thursday (12/5) and Friday (12/6) to request their favorite songs in exchange for a Make-A-Wish Foundation donation. Throughout the broadcast, WZPL shared inspiring wish stories from local Make-A-Wish kids and their families. Cumulus Media Indianapolis vice president/market manager Chuck Fredrick comments, “What a great way to head into the holiday season helping so many kids’ wishes come true in our community.” Operations manager JR Ammons adds that, “Thanks to the generosity of listeners and sponsors, we were able to surpass last year’s record total of $736,298. As a result, Make-A-Wish will be able to grant 83 wishes for kids here in central Indiana with life-threatening illnesses.” Over the course of the last 23 years, WZPL has helped raise more than $7.5 million for Make-A-Wish ….. Rosemont, Illinois’ Allstate Arena was the site of this past Saturday’s (12/7) 20th annual “B-96 Pepsi Jingle Bash” presented by Entercom Chicago CHR WBBM-FM. Katy Perry headlined the event. Entercom Chicago senior vice president and market manager Jimmy de Castro comments, “The ‘B-96 Jingle Bash’ has been a must-see holiday event in Chicago for two decades and has become a highly anticipated night of pop music and a beloved holiday tradition.” ….. Concluding today (Monday, 12/9) is iHeartMedia Atlanta CHR WWPW’s fourth annual “House of Toys,” a six-day “Power 96.1” fundraising event to help collect toys for the “Toys For Tots” program. Morning drive personality PK notes, “We want to be sure every child has the best holiday they can. We are thrilled to team up with our listeners once again and help underprivileged children receive the joy of a new gift this holiday season.” WWPW’s fundraiser is presented by Delta Community Credit Union ….. Filling the midday spot at Adams Radio Group Fort Wayne, Indiana’s country WBTU “US-93.3” is Erica Gray, who most recently had the same responsibilities in Gainesville (Florida) at Gillen Broadcasting CHR WYKS “Kiss 105.3.” ….. The inaugural “Not So Silent Night” benefit concert featuring local artists will be held this Friday (12/13) at Panama City, Florida’s Salty Hobo. Proceeds from the event – sponsored by iHeartMedia Panama City’s WDIZ “96 Rock” – will benefit the Toys for Tots Program. Program director Paco notes, “We look forward to an evening filled with music and holiday giving.”

Friday, December 6, 2019

| December 6, 2019

Weiss Named iHM NYC Market President. Region senior vice president of  sales for iHeartMedia’s New York group, Bernie Weiss, is appointed market president of iHeartMedia New York City. Weiss will continue to report to iHeartMedia market groups division president Scott Hopeck. At the same time in a corresponding move, director of sales Steve DeLusant takes over for Weiss. Hopeck states, “I’m thrilled to promote both Bernie and Steve. It is especially rewarding to find the best candidates for key leadership roles in your own building. They are extremely knowledgeable about our ever-evolving business and have built their personal brands by accelerating the growth of our iconic stations. I’m confident they will continue to elevate our New York operation to even greater heights.” Weiss remarks, “Listeners continue to crave companionship and advertisers continue to demand ROI – broadcast radio delivers on both fronts. iHeartMedia continues to be one of the most innovative media players, offering the best content and programming for hundreds of millions of listeners. I am looking forward to working with the New York team to build on our already strong connection with listeners, advertisers, and in the community.” Weiss joined iHeartMedia New York in 2004 as an account executive for urban contemporary WWPR “Power 105.1” and previously held several radio general sales management positions in Europe. DeLusant was sales manager for several iHM New York City stations and earlier was senior account executive for Emmis Communications, where he specialized in multicultural marketing. Earlier in his career, he was a sales associate for iHeartMedia’s WLTW. In addition to news/talk WOR “The Voice of New York,” iHeartMedia’s New York City cluster consists of market-leading (adult contemporary) WLTW “106.7 Lite FM”; CHR WHTZ “Z-100”; classic rock WAXQ “Q-104.3”; urban contemporary WWPR “Power 105.1”; and rhythmic CHR WKTU.

KABC Resets Its On-Air Lineup. Major changes going into effect January 1 at Cumulus Media Los Angeles news/talk KABC include Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty (“The Armstrong & Getty Show”) slotted in morning drive (6:00 am – 10:00 am). The syndicated duo succeeds locally-originated “The Morning Drive with Jillian Barberie & John Phillips.” Continuing at 10:00 am to 12:00 noon is Larry O’Connor (based from Cumulus Media Washington, DC news/talk WMAL). Aforementioned John Phillips segues solo from morning drive to assume the 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm slot occupied by Dr. Drew Pinsky and Leeann Tweeden (“Dr. Drew Midday Live”). Unchanged is Westwood One’s Ben Shapiro in afternoon drive (3:00 pm – 6:00 pm), but the local 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm “Peter Tilden Show” will give way to Westwood One’s Michael Savage. Thus, displaced by the changes are Jillian Barberie, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Leeann Tweeden, and Peter Tilden. KABC general manager Drew Hayes comments, “KABC has a proud history as one of the first ‘all-talk’ radio stations in the United States. With these great additions to our lineup, KABC will offer our audience even more of the content that they love, featuring outstanding local and nationally recognized talent.” KABC will continue as the flagship for University of Southern California football and basketball. KABC more than doubled (+.4) its 6+ AQH share in three straight upticks (.3 – .4 – .5 – .7, July – August – September – October, Nielsen Audio, 6+) but “790 News-Talk-Evolved” forfeits one-tenth in the November 2019 sweep to .6 (#35 to #38, 6+).

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 on the website of its flagship station, iHeartMedia’s WONK-FM, Washington, DC (11/22).  The new episode titled “The Trump Paradox!” looks back at this past week of December 2-6, 2019 and features guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERS;  Victoria Jones, executive director, DC Radio Company; Blanquita Cullum, talk show host, WCGO, Chicago /Smart Talk Network; Brian Kilmeade, talk show host, Fox News Channel / Fox News Radio; Heidi Harris, talk show host, KMZQ, Las Vegas; Sid Rosenberg, talk show host, WABC, New York; William O’ Shaughnessy, CEO, Whitney Global Media. This acclaimed news/talk radio show first airs each week on WONK-FM, Washington, DC on Friday evenings between 6:00-7:00 pm; followed by WRKO, Boston; KSCO, Santa Cruz, CA;  WVOX, Westchester, NY; KBDT, Dallas; KQSP, Minneapolis; KBKW, Aberdeen, WA; the Virginia Talk Radio Network and Pioneer Valley Radio in Springfield, MA. It also appears on the iHeart Radio App.  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.

WDAF To Become K.C. Chiefs Flagship in 2020. As part of a multi-year agreement between the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs and Entercom Kansas City, country WDAF “106.5 The Wolf” will become the key station of the 70-station Chiefs Radio Network as of February 16, 2020. Sports talk sibling KCSP “610 Sports Radio” will become the official “broadcast partner” of the Chiefs, with rights to Chiefs programming, including radio broadcast rights to the Chiefs weekly in-season press conference with the club’s head coach (Andy Reid) and a weekly one-on-one interview with the starting quarterback (Patrick Mahomes). In addition, KCSP will broadcast the “Chiefs Kingdom Radio Show” (Monday, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm). Cross-town Cumulus Media classic rock KCFX “101.1 The Fox” has been the team’s flagship since 1990. Entercom regional president/market manager Dave Alpert declares, “We are extremely pleased to enter into this new partnership with the Kansas City Chiefs, one of the NFL’s most well-respected and prestigious organizations. Entercom’s eight-station cluster of music, news and sports talk stations hosted by Kansas City’s leading personalities align with vast digital and podcast opportunities. We will deliver the premium and comprehensive coverage Chiefs Kingdom desires seven days a week, all season long.” Kansas City Chiefs president Mark Donovan comments, “We look forward to partnering with ‘106.5 The Wolf’ and the powerful Entercom family of stations. The ability to bring our game broadcasts and existing weekly radio shows under one roof is a large part of this change, but we are equally excited about creating new content and developing new opportunities for Chiefs fans to engage with their favorite team.” Returning for his 27th season as play-by-play announcer will be Mitch Holthus, who has called a franchise record 426 regular and postseason Kansas City contests.

ESPN Radio Taps Fitz To Succeed Smith. “First and Last” (5:00 am – 6:00 am) host Jason Fitz is selected to replace Stephen A. Smith in ESPN Radio’s 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (ET) slot. The change is effective next month (1/20) and allows Smith to devote more time to his ESPN TV duties. Smith, however, will make a regular weekly appearance on Fitz’s show, “First Take, Your Take with Jason Fitz,” which will be simulcast on ESPNews. Executive vice president/executive editor of production Norby Williamson states, “Sports fans are passionate and they love spirited debate. Jason will be joined daily by a lineup of experts and sports fans who call in to further the debate and deliver their strong opinions.” Fitz, formerly of country group The Band Perry and a regular on ESPN Radio’s “Golic & Wingo,” comments, “I’m excited to host a show aligned with one of the biggest franchises at ESPN that will let me continue to push the ‘First Take’ topics forward and keep building my relationship with ESPN Radio listeners that means so much to me.” Fitz studied classical violin at The Julliard School. 

PPM Analysis: Sports Talk. Based on data from Nielsen Audio’s November 2019 PPM survey period, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents a look at performances in the sports talk format. Roughly half the eligible sports talk panelists improve October 2019 – November 2019 (52%, 6+) while just over one in three falter (37%); the remaining 11% are unchanged from last month. Meanwhile, essentially three of every five qualifying sports talk stations register November 2018 – November 2019 gains (61%, 6+), while one in three (33%) stumble; the remaining 6% are steady from a year ago. The format is #1 in Philadelphia (Entercom’s WIP) and Long Island (Entercom-owned WFAN-FM). See Mike Kinosian’s entire report here.

TALKERS News Notes. One-year Hubbard Broadcasting Seattle vice president/market manager Ann Marie Mulholland has departed the cluster. Director/brand content Scott Mahalick is absorbing those duties on an interim basis. Mulholland previously worked in the market as general manager/director of sales for Crista Ministries contemporary Christian KCMS; general sales manager of Entercom rocker KISW; local sales manager of Sandusky smooth Jazz KWJZ; and she was general sales manager of CBS Radio-owned (now Entercom) Pittsburgh hot AC WBZZ. In addition to KKNW “Alternative Talk 1150 AM,” Hubbard Broadcasting Seattle consists of adult contemporary KRWM “Warm 106.9”; adult standards KIXI “AM 880”; CHR KQMV “MOViN 92.5 – Seattle’s #1 Hit Music Station”; and country KNUC “98.9 The Bull.” ….. After spending the last ten years at Hubbard Broadcasting St. Louis sports talk WXOS “101 ESPN,” program director Chris “Hoss” Neupert departs. Per a Facebook post, he writes, “Well, I’ve written this and deleted it a million times trying to find the most articulate way to say this but as of this week, I am no longer a member of the ‘101 ESPN’ team. Tough to write and see but excited/terrified/anxious/hungry – and a bunch of other emotions – to see the next chapter.” Tommy Mattern, the program director of alternative cluster-mate KPNT “105.7 The Point,” adds WXOS PD duties ….. Radio/Audio nominees for the 2020 Writers Guild awards have been announced. In the “Radio/Audio News Script – Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin, or Breaking Report” category, the nominees are: “CBS News on the Hour with Norah O’Donnell – El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio – Communities in Mourning,” written by James Hutton, CBS News Radio; “Hail and Farewell: Remembering Some Headline Makers,” written by Gail Lee, CBS News Radio; “World News This Week, August 9, 2019,” written by Stephanie Pawlowski and Jim Ryan, ABC News Radio; and “World News This Week, September 13, 2019,” written by Joan B. Harris, ABC News Radio. In the “Radio/Audio News Script – Analysis, Feature, or Commentary” category, the nominees are: “The Enduring Legacy of Jackie Kennedy Onassis,” written by Dianne E. James and Gail Lee, CBS News Radio and “Woodstock: Back to the Garden,” written by Gail Lee, CBS News Radio. Winners will be announced February 1, 2020 in New York City at an event held in the Edison Ballroom.

Comrex Now Shipping ACCESS MultiRack. The rackmount multi-channel IP audio codec from Comrex occupies 1RU and can handle up to five full-duplex IP audio connections simultaneously. ACCESS MultiRack is compatible with all Comrex IP audio codecs, including ACCESS Rackmount; ACCESS Portable 2USB; ACCESS NX Portable; ACCESS NX Rack; BRIC-Link; and BRIC-Link II, as well as the FieldTap smartphone app. Comrex ACCESS MultiRack is Tech3326, AES67 and SMPTE 2110-30-compatible. ACCESS MultiRack includes Comrex CrossLock technology, a proprietary suite of tools that solidify connections over IP networks. By sending two identical streams through two separate networks (redundancy mode), or combining the network bandwidth of multiple networks (bonding mode), CrossLock provides a fail-safe in the event the primary network falters. Each of ACCESS MultiRack’s codec instances can deliver and receive four contact closures, as well as transfer ancillary data to the far-end using the serial data channel. Comrex has designed and manufactured broadcast equipment since its incorporation in 1961.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. More than a quarter of a million dollars ($257,268) was raised in Entercom Philadelphia classic-hits oldies outlet WOGL’s 18th annual “98.1 WOGL Loves Our Kids Radiothon” to benefit Children’s Miracle Network at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Entercom Philadelphia senior vice president/market manager David Yadgaroff comments, “We are so grateful for WOGL listeners and community members who donated and also very thankful for the volunteers and on-air personalities who contributed their time and talent to help make this year’s radiothon a huge success.” Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia president/chief executive officer Madeline Bell notes, “The hospital programs funded by radiothon donations make a lasting difference in the lives of our patients and their families. Each year, we look forward to raising awareness of these very important services.” Airing this past Tuesday (12/3) and Wednesday (12/4), WOGL’s radiothon concluded with on-air hosts Marilyn Russell, Glenn Kalina, Bobby Smith, and Nicky G. presenting the check to CHOP ….. The 13th annual “An American Country Christmas with Kix Brooks” features special guests sharing holiday music, favorite traditions, and memories. Among those joining Brooks are Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Brett Eldredge, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban. Stations can air the show from Cumulus Media‘s Westwood One  6:00 am – 12:00 midnight  (Saturday) 12/21 through Christmas Day (Wednesday, 12/25) …..  For the third consecutive year, iHeartMedia San Diego CHR KHTS “Channel 93-3” morning drivers Kramer & Geena teamed up with “A Million Thanks” to send letters to deployed military members. Over 50,000 letters were collected from the San Diego community and are on their way to the troops ….. As part of Beasley Media Group Tampa rhythmic CHR WLLD’s eighth annual toy drive to benefit the Children’s Home Network, “Wild 94.1” program director/morning personality Orlando Davis climbs the toy drive platform today (Friday, 12/6) and will remain there until next Saturday (12/14). Davis will do his morning show from that platform every day next week ….. In its annual “Toys For Tunes” on-air event this past Wednesday (12/4, 6:00 am – 7:00 pm), Hubbard Broadcasting Cincinnati rhythmic hot AC WREW “Mix 94.9” raised over $8,00 for Cincinnati Children’s Child Life Program to ensure that every child staying at the hospital during the holidays receives a new toy. Listener song requests were granted, in exchange for a $20 donation ….. On “Giving Tuesday” (12/3), Mid-West Family Broadcasting Madison (Wisconsin) alternative WRIS “The Resistance Is On 106.7” announced that More Smiles Wisconsin is the recipient of its “Community Awareness Grant” for the coming year. WRIS launched a community awareness grant that will provide a local non-profit with $15,000 in advertising in 2020. Applicants were considered for the grant based on multiple factors including the organization’s history of community service, connection to the community, mission within the community, demonstration of need, population served, and geographic region served. More Smiles Wisconsin is a non-profit that provides access to quality dental care to Medicaid, BadgerCare, and uninsured populations of south central Wisconsin. “The Resistance” hopes to help in their goal of increasing funding and awareness so that they may continue to help a growing number of patients …..  WHHZ “100.5 The Buzz” morning host/music director Kaylan Moody is leaving the Marc Radio Gainesville-Ocala (Florida) alternative outlet in two weeks (12/20). Moody notes, “I am so grateful for all I’ve learned and the opportunities I’ve had, but I am excited to keep growing. I am moving to Nashville to pursue a career in the record label industry. The dream job is radio promotion, but I am excited to take on whatever opportunities may arise to get my foot in the door and to start learning.”

Thursday, December 5, 2019

| December 5, 2019

San Francisco 49ers Suspend Ryan For “Dark Skin” Comments. The radio analyst for the San Francisco 49ers Tim Ryan – has been suspended by the NFL team for statements he made earlier this week on Cumulus Media San Francisco flagship KNBR “The Sports Leader.” During his weekly appearance on KNBR’s “Murph & Mac” morning show, Ryan remarked of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, “When you consider his dark skin color with a dark football with a dark uniform, you could not see that [fake]. I mean you literally could not see when he was in and out of the mesh point. If you’re a half-step slow on him, in terms of your vision, forget about it – he’s out of the gate.” A 49ers-issued statement reads, “We are disappointed in Tim Ryan’s comments. We hold Tim to a high standard as a representative of our organization and he must be more thoughtful with his words. Tim has expressed remorse in a public statement and has also done so with us privately. We know Tim as a man of high integrity and are confident he will grow and learn from this experience. We have reached out to the Baltimore Ravens organization to extend our apologies and assure them the matter is not being taken lightly.” Ryan’s statement notes, “I regret my choice of words in trying to describe the conditions of the game. Lamar Jackson is an MVP-caliber player and I respect him greatly. I want to sincerely apologize to him and anyone else I offended.” Ryan, a former University of Southern California and Chicago Bears lineman, will be kept out of the San Francisco radio booth for this Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints.

SB Nation Radio’s “Above It All” Set To Debut Next Month. The weekday three-hour (10:00 am – 1:00 pm) sports talk “Above it All with Candace Cooper and Tiffany Marshall” program will launch in January and succeeds Brian Barrett’s “The Break.” According to SB Nation Radio chief operating officer/program director Craig Larson, “After listening to the demo shows, I was absolutely blown away. I’m proud to be a part of a company that is always at the forefront of diversity and inclusion. This show will be groundbreaking on several levels and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.” Raleigh sportscaster/former University of North Carolina swimmer Cooper remarks, “I am elated to be joining SB Nation Radio and [having] the opportunity to be working with Tiffany. The time is now for strong, female- driven shows; I’m eager to begin this new adventure.” Marshall, who has worked in sports management and marketing, most recently with the NBA’s Houston Rockets, comments, “ Candace and I are thrilled to be able to represent women in the sports radio industry. We are ready to break down barriers.”

PPM Analysis: All-News. Based on data from Nielsen Audio’s November 2019 PPM survey period, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents a look at performances in the all-news format. Two all-news outlets ranked on top (6+) in their respective markets in the November sweep – Entercom Chicago’s WBBM-AM and its San Francisco sibling, KCBS-AM. While 72% of all-news stations improved from October to November (6+), precisely half as many (36%) showed year-to-year (November 2018 – November 2019) gains. See Mike Kinosian’s entire report here.

Frontado Joins KUT as Executive Editor. It is a newly-created position at University of Texas at Austin news/talk KUT and it will be filled next month by Teresa Frontado, who most recently was digital director for Miami news/talk WLRN-FM. KUT general manager and public media executive director Debbie Hiott states, “Teresa is going to be a dynamic leader for the newsroom as we increase our coverage. She is a proven innovator in digital strategy, a tough journalist, and someone who is well-attuned to what it takes to cover a community and state undergoing major growth and demographic change.” Frontado notes, “I am very excited about the opportunity to work with the KUT newsroom to find new ways to inform and engage with communities in central Texas. Through distinctive coverage of the city of Austin, or serving the whole state with Texas Standard, the journalists in this newsroom are committed to inspire dialogue and understanding indispensable for a strong, civil society.” Frontado previously worked for Univision and the Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald.

Fox News Radio Content To Become Available on RADIO.COM. The digital partnership between Fox News Radio and RADIO.COM is an extension of the existing broadcast agreement which includes FNR affiliates on Entercom news/talk stations in St. Louis (KFTK “News Talk 97.1”); Charlotte (WBT); Greenville-Spartanburg (WYRD “Word 106.3”); Wichita (KNSS), and Gainesville (WSKY “News Talk 97.3 – The Sky”). Entercom vice president of business development Corey Podolsky remarks, “Fox News Radio is an essential source of information and entertainment for audiences nationwide and we are pleased to extend our broadcast partnership to our digital platform. RADIO.COM continues to build its library of premium live and on-demand audio news, entertainment, music, and sports content and we are proud to have Fox News Radio included among our roster of industry-leading streaming and on-demand content providers.” The network features five-minute, hourly newscasts, along with one-minute newscasts, business updates, breaking-news coverage, and on-demand original podcasts. Fox News Talk provides weekday programs hosted by Brian Kilmeade and Guy Benson.

TALKERS News Notes. Former associate dean of External Relations at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, Carla Wohl, is appointed senior vice president of development for Southern California Public Radio, which includes Los Angeles news/talk outlet KPCC. Prior to her decade in development at USC, Wohl was assistant dean of External Affairs at the UCLA School of Public Health; a west coast correspondent for ABC News; and was a news reporter for Los Angeles’ KCBS-TV …. General sales manager of iHeartMedia Tampa, Jason Fulmino, transfers to iHeartMedia Kentucky-Indiana as regional vice president of automotive sales. Regional senior vice president of sales for iHeartMedia Kentucky-Indiana Kristy Beebe remarks, “We are so excited to welcome Jason to iHeartMedia Kentucky-Indiana. We trust that a marketing veteran like Jason will eagerly share his years of automotive sales knowledge with those in the Louisville, Indianapolis, Lexington, and Somerset markets.” Fulmino notes that, “iHeartMedia continues to create exciting new assets and tools in automotive radio advertising. I look forward to using these assets with a talented team of professionals to present opportunities for the automotive industry in Kentucky and Indiana.” Twenty-seven (27) news/talk and music-intensive stations comprise iHeartMedia Kentucky-Indiana ….. Effective January 21, Jess Clark will join Louisville Public Media news/talk WFPL as education reporter. WFPL director of news and programming Erica Peterson notes, “Jess is an experienced education reporter and also has first-hand experience with Jefferson County public schools. She has a track record of telling deeply-reported stories about students, teachers, and educational systems. I’m really excited for her to do that work at WFPL.” Clark previously had similar responsibilities at University of New Orleans news/talk WWNO ….. As part of Salem Radio Network’s “Stand with Israel Tour,” SRN host Mike Gallagher (right) is doing his show from Jerusalem. Joining Gallagher all this week are 615 SRN listeners.

Viacom-CBS Merger Is Now Complete. Fourteen years ago, Viacom and CBS Corp. went their separate ways, but they are officially back together. After three years of on-again/off-again talks, the all-stock merger between the companies has been completed, with the result being ViacomCBS Inc. The new company will have more than $28 billion in revenue and 4.3 billion cumulative TV subscribers. The combined company’s stock starts trading today (Thursday, 12/5) on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbols, “VIAC” and VIACA.” Viacom chief executive officer Bob Bakish leads the merged company as president/chief executive officer, while CBS Corp. acting CEO Joe Ianniello is now chairman/CEO of CBS, overseeing all CBS-branded assets. According to Bakish, “This is an historic moment that brings together two iconic companies to form one of the world’s most important content producers and providers. Through the combination of complementary assets, capabilities, and talented teams, ViacomCBS will create and deliver premium content for its own platforms and for others, while providing innovative solutions for advertisers and distributors globally. I am excited about the opportunity we have to serve our audiences, creative and commercial partners, and employees, while generating significant long-term value for our shareholders.” The deal brings Viacom’s Paramount Pictures and cable channels such as MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and BET together with the CBS broadcast network, Showtime, 28 owned and operated television stations, CBS All Access, and Simon & Schuster.

WABC, New York Morning Show Co-host Sid Rosenberg Is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast.   One of the most colorful radio talk show hosts in America, “Heavy Hundred” member Sid Rosenberg, is this week’s guest on the PodcastOne series, “The Michael Harrison Interview.”  Rosenberg is co-host with Bernard McGuirk of “The Bernie & Sid Show” – soon to mark its fourth anniversary in mornings on WABC, New York.  In addition to the daily news/talk show, Rosenberg hosts a weekend sports/talk show on WABC, tapping into his years of experience in that genre.  Harrison and Rosenberg discuss politics, sports, pop culture, and the state of radio as well as the inspirational progress the talk show host continues to make in his winning struggle with addiction issues.  According to Harrison, “Sid is one of the most authentic voices in American media today and living proof that a human being can overcome their demons.  We’re both a couple of Brooklyn boys who speak the Kings English (Kings County, that is).  The section of this podcast that depicts Rosenberg’s New York City street-level view of ‘local’ billionaires Donald Trump and Michael Bloomberg is worth the price of admission alone – must-listening for talk show broadcasters around the country.”  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 of the TALKERS email newsletter and on every page of Talkers.com.

Cool Job Opening. There is an immediate opening for an afternoon drive host at Entercom Charlotte news/talk WBT AM & FM. The station is looking for someone with a media brand with national reach and a passion to have a local impact; an experienced, authentic storyteller on-air and in the digital space. The candidate should be able to deliver news and lifestyle topics with a strong point-of-view, while always entertaining the listener. All candidates should have three years of hosting experience; possess producer and content creation skills; strong organizational, audio editing, writing, and social media proficiency; and, preferably, a college degree. A candidate must be an “all-in” team player with a positive attitude and an excellent work ethic. To apply, click here.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Recently voted one of the world’s eleven best soccer players, 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion U.S. women’s national soccer team midfielder Julie Ertz will be honored as “Remarkable Woman of the Year” at Entercom Philadelphia classic hits-oldies WOGL’s annual luncheon. The station’s morning host, Marilyn Russell, will emcee next Tuesday’s (12/10) 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm event. Ertz, who plays midfield for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), will be honored for her soccer accomplishments, as well as her charitable efforts with the Ertz Family Foundation. She comments, “I am extremely honored and humbled to accept this award on behalf of the 100-plus women in the Philadelphia community who have been featured this year on Marilyn Russell’s ‘Remarkable Woman’ program on WOGL. There are so many amazing women doing remarkable things in our community. [My husband, Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, and I]  are proud to call Philadelphia our community. I have to thank all the volunteers and donors of the Ertz Family Foundation. It is their commitment that makes it possible to make an impact in Philadelphia – we are just getting started here.” Russell notes, “What an honor and privilege it is to showcase truly remarkable women each and every week. From physicians to cancer survivors, to artists, authors, teachers, moms and everyone in-between, each woman has a fascinating story whose contributions to the world invariably moves us. Julie Ertz is the embodiment of a remarkable woman [and] we’re thrilled to celebrate her accomplishments.” ….. Los Angeles city officials honored LBI Media’s Don Cheto yesterday (Wednesday, 12/4) by proclaiming “Don Cheto Day” for his work in supporting the Latino immigrant community. The syndicated “Don Cheto Al Aire” morning show originates from Liberman Broadcasting Los Angeles regional Mexican KBUE “La Que Buena 105.5/94.3.” LBI Media chief executive officer Peter Markham comments, “We are extremely proud to have Don Cheto as an essential member of our LBI Media family. His unique sense of humor and cultural connection to the U.S. Latino population is second to none. His standing as a leading voice in immigration advocacy and his prowess in addressing and bringing attention to pressing issues that affect the Latino community using his multimedia platforms is the essence of LBI Media’s ‘community first’ approach.” Ceto states, “I am honored to receive this recognition from the City of Los Angeles, a city that my family and I call home and where I have been fortunate enough to do what I love. For me, it’s an honor to be the voice of our hard working Latino community and also represent our cultural heritage and pride.” Fourteenth district city councilman Jose Huizar presented Cheto with a proclamation at the Los Angeles city council’s chamber. Huizar celebrated Cheto’s contributions to the city’s Latino immigrant population and his work in providing education and resources through his morning radio show, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary. In addition to his daily radio show, Michoacan, Mexico native Cheto is a celebrity judge on EstrellaTV’s “Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento.” ….. Performances by Sam Hunt, Dustin Lynch, Chris Janson, Blanco Brown, Runaway June, Gone West and Matt Stell highlighted last night’s (Wednesday, 12/4) annual country music concert “Stars and Strings,” which benefitted the American Cancer Society. Entercom New York’s WNSH “Country 94.7” hosted the show at Barclays Center. Entercom senior vice president of programming and music initiatives Michael Martin remarks, “It was amazing to have this level of star power on stage. We are thankful to the artists for an unforgettable evening. There is no better way to get in the holiday spirit than with great music and by supporting American Cancer Society’s mission of helping those affected by cancer.” ….. With the immediate goal of raising money to support families in town to receive care for a sick child, Bonneville Denver adult contemporary KOSI will hold its annual Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver radiothon today (Thursday, 10/5). The station will broadcast from 6:00 am – 6:00 pm from the Ronald McDonald House. Vice president/market manager Bob Call states, “The Ronald McDonald House relieves the worry and stress of where to stay so moms and dads can focus on the best medicine of all – the love and care of their child. I know KOSI listeners will once again step up to support this year’s ‘Light The House’ radiothon.” KOSI program director Jim Lawson notes, “We are very proud to partner again this year and join our incredibly generous listeners to help assist families with housing while they focus on the health of their child.” …..  Six-year iHeartMedia McAllen on-air talent Lauren Campbell exits to start a Rio Grande Valley-based social media consultancy, Top-of-Mind RGV … Earlier this week (Tuesday, 12/3), Cumulus Media Fort Walton Beach (Florida) country outlet WYZB “105.5 Nash FM” afternoon personality Skip Davis lost his fight against cancer. During his time at the station, Davis was program director, midday host, and the cluster’s production director. Per a posting on the station’s Facebook page, “With hearts full of sadness, we have lost a son. Skip Davis passed away in his sleep. He moved on in peace and without any distress. Skip has been a radio presence on the Gulf Coast for decades. We ask that you keep Skip’s wife, his family, and friends in your hearts.”

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

| December 3, 2019

Round Four of November PPM Ratings Released. The fourth of four rounds of November 2019 PPM ratings data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Austin, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Providence, Norfolk, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Greensboro, Memphis, and Hartford.  Nielsen’s November 2019 survey period covered October 10 – November 6.  Some 6+ ratings gains of note for spoken-word stations during the November survey include: In Raleigh, Capitol Broadcasting’s sports talk WCMC-FM “99.9 The Fan” adds another two-tenths to its recent full-share increase to land at a 3.1 share and the #14 rank in the market; Emmis Communications’ flagship news/talk WIBC-FM, Indianapolis “Indy’s Mobile News 93.1” rises six-tenths to a 6.4 share good for the #5 rank; and Cumulus Media’s WWTN-FM, Nashville adds six-tenths to its recent 6+ uptick for a 4.8 share and the #11 rank in the market.  See all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Takeaways” from these markets here.

Dave Ramsey Launches ‘Borrowed Future’ Podcast Examining the Student Loan Crisis. This new podcast series from Ramsey Solutions is hosted by George Kamel in which bestselling author of Debt Free DegreeAnthony O’Neal – joins him to “explore the lies we believe about college, the soaring cost of tuition, and the predatory nature of the student loan industry.  Listeners will learn how to pay for college without going into debt and find out if college is even the right choice for them.”  Guests on season one of the eight-part “Borrowed Future” podcast include: Mark Cuban, Mike Rowe, Seth Godin, Dave Ramsey, Dr. Meg Meeker, Seth Frotman, and Ramsey Network personalities Ken Coleman, Rachel Cruze, and Chris Hogan.  Apple Podcasts Review says, “This is the first honest approach to the student loan crisis that you will hear.  Not just a commentary or criticism, but real-world solutions to the #1 personal finance challenge in America.”

Key Networks Launches ‘O’Reilly Update – Morning Edition.’ A new, morning drive program featuring Bill O’Reilly is being offered in national syndication by Key Networks.  “The O’Reilly Update – Morning Edition” is a two-minute feature and companion to Key Networks’ 15-minute daily radio program, “The O’Reilly Update,” currently airing on more than 180 stations.   The three-minute program – two minutes of content with two embedded 30-second network spots – officially debuts in January.  Key Networks chief revenue officer Dennis Green says, “‘The O’Reilly Update’ has been a great success in a short amount of time.  We have heard from stations that asked for an opportunity to have O’Reilly’s content available for morning drive and Key Networks delivers with ‘The O’Reilly Update – Morning Edition.’  The best way to start your day is analysis from the best commentator in the business.  I can’t think of a better way to start 2020 than to bring this expansion of ‘The O’Reilly Update’ to the market.”

Crossover Media to Lead Sales Efforts for Bleav Podcast Network. Cross-platform ad sales firm Crossover Media Group Sales is leading the advertising sales for Bleav Podcast Network’s 150-plus podcasts.  The Bleav Podcast Network focuses on sports team content, “uniquely providing team fanbases with former players as hosts in football, basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer.”  In addition to team shows, Bleav creates local and national podcasts with topic experts in multiple categories such as golf, tennis, fitness, gymnastics, family, action sports, racing, film, esports, law, music, self-help, and more.  Bleav says that based on the highly exclusive local and national content experience, its advertisers see a very high awareness, retention, and response rates based on the show host’s live read endorsements.  Crossover Media managing partner Sue Freund says, “We’re excited to be working with Bleav.  This is an ideal partnership as both Crossover Media and Bleav are rapidly growing companies within the podcast market.  Bleav is introducing new podcasts daily to the marketplace and we’re looking forward to giving advertisers the opportunity to partner with their network of fantastic hosts and content.”

Logan Upped to OM at Hubbard Radio West Palm Beach. Programming pro Bruce Logan is promoted to operations manager for Hubbard Radio’s West Palm Beach station group.  Logan has been serving as program director for country WIRK-FM and adult contemporary WEAT “Sunny 107.9.”  In this new role, he’ll add oversight for news/talk WFTL, sports talk WMEN-AM “FOX Sports 640,” hot AC WRMF, and urban contemporary WMBX “X102.3.”  Hubbard Radio West Palm Beach SVP/market manager Elizabeth Hamma says, “We have an exceptional cluster of stations in West Palm Beach and I’m pleased to have an exceptional leader in the OM role.  Bruce has made an immediate impact on our cluster in the short time he has been with us.  I look forward to putting his talent to work on all of our brands.”

KBME, Houston’s Greg Koch to Leave Station to Focus on Health. Former NFL offensive lineman and midday sports talk host Greg Koch told his listeners on Monday (12/2) that he’s leaving his role with KBME at the end of this week to focus on his health.  Koch – who co-hosts the 10:00 am to 12:00 noon show with fellow former NFL player N.D. Kalu – was diagnosed a year ago with Parkinson’s disease, but says he realizes he’s been feeling the effects of the disease for more than 10 years.  The iHeartMedia sports talk station has issued no statement about its plans for the program after this week.  Read the Houston Chronicle account here.

Townsquare Ups Sieks to Regional VP. Sales and management pro Christine Sieks rises to regional vice president for Townsquare Media’s Northeast Region.  For the past two-plus years, she’s been VP for Townsquare New Hampshire.  In her new role, she will continue to directly oversee sales in New Hampshire as well.  Prior to joining Townsquare, Sieks served in senior management with iHeartMedia New Hampshire.  Townsquare SVP Rob Williams says, “Christine Sieks made an immediate impact on our performance and culture when she joined Townsquare in 2016, distinguishing herself among our best local market leaders and strategic thinkers.  I’m thrilled to work more closely with her to help our teams continue to learn, grow, and perform.”

BFoA Commences Year-End Giving Appeal. The Broadcasters Foundation of America is launching its annual year-end appeal today (12/3) in conjunction with the national charitable giving event, Giving Tuesday.  The BFoA’s drive asks for tax-deductible personal donations to the Guardian Fund and corporate contributions to the Angel Initiative.  The Broadcasters Foundation is a 501(c)3 charity, and the only organization dedicated exclusively to providing aid to broadcasters and their families whose lives have been upended by tragic illness, accident, or catastrophe.   The Broadcasters Foundation will award more than $1.3 Million in aid this year. Monthly grants have increased over 75% since 2015, and more than 500 emergency grants have been awarded since 2017. Over the past 19 years, the Broadcasters Foundation has distributed over $11 million to broadcasters in need.  Donations can be made by visiting www.broadcastersfoundation.org/donate.  BFoA chairman Dan Mason says, “These funds make a huge difference in the lives of broadcasters and their families.  Our grant recipients are hard-working broadcasters who have experienced unthinkable tragedy and desperately need and deserve our support.”

Impeachment Proceedings/Republican Report, NATO Summit, 2020 Presidential Race, China Bans U.S. Military from Hong Kong, U.S.-France Tariffs, Jeffrey Epstein Case, and ‘AGT’ Controversy Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (12/2). The impeachment proceedings against President Trump and the Republican-authored report attempting to refute the Democrats’ case against the president; the controversial start to the NATO summit as President Trump calls comments by France’s Emmanuel Macron about the U.S.’ reliability “very insulting”; the Democrats vying to challenge President Trump in 2020; China enacts a ban on U.S. military ship stopovers in Hong Kong because of the U.S.’ pro-democracy act; Trump ramps up tariffs on French goods; the Jeffrey Epstein case returns to the news cycle after BBC interview with Prince Andrew accuser Virginia Giuffre; and the controversy over the exit of judges from “America’s Got Talent” due to allegations of a hostile workplace 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. Programming pro Derrick Brown is promoted to vice president of urban programming for iHeartMedia’s Chicago region.  He’d been serving the company as director of urban programming and program director for urban contemporary WVAZ “V103.” He’ll continue to program “V103.”  iHeartMedia Chicago SVP of programming James Howard says, “Derrick’s exemplary record of success with our urban brands puts this promotion into the no-brainer bucket of decisions.  We are beyond fortunate to have him at the helm of the Chicago region’s phenomenal urban brands.”  In this role, Brown will be responsible for overseeing all urban programming and digital operations for “V103,” hip hop WGCI and Gospel WGRB-AM “Inspiration 1390.”…..Programmer Eric White is adding PD duties for alternative WRMR, Wilmington, North Carolina to his current role as program director at Sunrise Broadcasting’s co-owned hot AC WILT.  White, who takes over for Laura Lee, says, “I’m grateful to Valerie Brooks, Sunrise, and Capitol Broadcasting management for this opportunity.  I look forward to digging in and taking on the already solid modern rock brand and growing it to new heights in 2020.”

November PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Four

| December 3, 2019

November 2019 PPM Data – Information for the November 2019 ratings period has been released for Austin, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Providence, Norfolk, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Greensboro, Memphis, and Hartford. Nielsen Audio’s November 2019 survey period covered October 10 – November 6. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM-markets below.

Austin

Spoken-Word Formats – The July 2019 through November 2019 alternating up/down pattern for Sinclair Telecable‘s news/talk KLBJ-AM “News Radio 590”includes +.6 (August); -.5 (September); +.7 (October); and now -.4 in November (4.2 – 4.8 – 4.3 – 5.0 – 4.6, sixth to eighth, 6+). October’s 5.0 is its best 6+-performance in more than six years (5.0, as well, June 2013). This is the seventh time in the last nine sweeps that Entercom’s KJCE “Talk Radio 1370” posts a .3 (.3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3, #26 to #27, 6+).

Nearly doubling (+1.2) its 6+ AQH share via five consecutive spikes (1.3 – 1.6 – 1.9 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5, 6+), Genuine Austin Radio sports talk KTXX “The Horn” repeats at #14. Even though iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted KVET-AM is off one-tenth to .8 (6+), thus snapping at five its consecutive string of up or flat reports that netted one-half share (.4 – .5 – .5 – .7 – .8 – .9, 6+), “1300 AM The Zone” advances from #25 to #24.

On the heels of October’s mammoth +2.0 (7.3 – 9.3, 6+), University of Texas at Austin-owned news/talk KUT relinquishes one-quarter of that increase (8.8, -.5, 6+) but repeats at #1. October’s 9.3 was its highest 6+-performance since March (9.5). Among KUT’s shifts this calendar year include: +1.6 (January); -.6 (February); +.7 (March); -2.0 (April); -1.6 (June); +.9 (July); +1.2 (August); -.6 (September); +2.0 (October); and -.5 (November).

Austin Music Formats – Rebounding from October’s loss of seven-tenths with a November spike of +1.2 (4.5 – 5.7, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR KHFI “96.7 Kiss-FM Austin’s #1 Hit Music Station” vaults from ninth to fourth. “Kiss” was a combined +.6 in August/September (4.6 – 4.8 – 5.2, 6+); October’s 4.5 was its lowest 6+-stat since January’s 4.3. Not only does Crista Ministries contemporary Christian KFMK log its fifth successive gain for an overall +3.0 more than doubling its 6+ AQH share (2.8 – 3.1 – 4.2 – 4.5 – 5.0 – 5.8, 6+), “Spirit 105.9,” jumps from sixth to third. Progressing by eight-tenths as well in November is iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR KPEZ “102.3 The Beat” (4.1, #13 to #11), which had been an overall -1.1 in three drops in a row (4.4 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.3, 6+). A cumulative -2.8 in four consecutive slips (6.4 – 5.9 – 4.6 – 4.0 – 3.6, 6+), Entercom hot AC KAMX pulls the plug by posting a November gain of six-tenths to 4.2 (6+) and enters the top ten (#12 to #9). Immediately prior to the just-concluded negative streak, “Mix 94.7” was a combined +1.1 in May/June (5.3 – 5.8 – 6.4, 6+). In five consecutive up or flat moves (.7 – .8 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.8, 6+), Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KLJA “Amor 107.7” has more than doubled (+1.1) its 6+ AQH-share and advances from #18 to #17. While it repeats at #2 – after six consecutive months at #1 – Sinclair Telecable’s adult hits KBPA “103.5 Bob-FM” is a collective -1.4 via five straight decreases (9.3 – 9.2 – 8.7 – 8.4 – 8.1 – 7.9, 6+). June’s 9.3 was its highest 6+ share since “Holiday” 2018 (also 9.3). Prior to this past April, the last time “Bob” occupied the top spot was December 2018 (8.3, 6+). Off nine-tenths and six-tenths, respectively, are iHeartMedia’s KASE “Austin’s #1 For New Country” (5.1 – 4.2, fourth to ninth, 6+) and Genuine Austin Radio-owned KOKE-FM “Austin’s Country Alternative” (#17 to #21). This (4.2) is the lowest 6+-showing for KASE since “Holiday” 2018’s 3.7; KOKE-FM is a collective -1.5 (or a roughly 58% loss of its 6+ AQH share) in four straight down or flat trends (2.6 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.1, 6+). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s country KVET-FM “98.1 The Austin Texas Original,” which was a combined +2.2 in September/October (3.3 – 5.0 – 5.5, 6+), is off two-tenths to 5.3 (third to fifth, 6+). September’s 5.5 was its best 6+-showing since May, when KVET-FM gained nine-tenths to 5.8 (6+).

Raleigh

Spoken-Word Formats – After being an overall +1.3 in three straight spikes (4.7 – 5.2 -5.4 – 6.0, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WTKK “106.1 Stay Connected” surrenders four-tenths (5.6, seventh to eighth, 6+). In four consecutive reports without an increase, Curtis Media Group news/talk WPTF lost nine-tenths (1.9 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.3 – 1.0, 6+). “News Radio 680” ends the slide with a +.1 to 1.1 (6+) but backslides from #18 to #19.

Within 2.1 – 2.9 range (6+) in each of the past eight sweeps, Capitol Broadcasting sports talk WCMC “99.9 The Fan” picks up two-tenths to 3.1 (6+) and is now a collective +1.0 in three straight bumps (2.1 – 2.5 – 2.9 – 3.1, steady at #14, 6+). September’s increase halted five straight down or flat moves that resulted in a loss of three tenths (2.4 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.1, 6+).

The four most recent shifts by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill news/talk WUNC “91.5 North Carolina Public Radio” are: +1.0 (August); -1.1 (September); +.1 (October); and now -1.0 in November (7.5 – 6.5, third to fourth, 6+). August 2019’s 8.5 was its best 6+-stat since 8.8 in August 2018.

Raleigh Music Formats – Down eight-tenths in September/October (7.0 – 6.3 – 6.2, 6+), Radio One urban contemporary WQOK “K-97.5” erupts with a +1.3 to 7.5, its strongest 6+-stat since February’s 7.8, and leaps from sixth to second. After wiping away August/September’s +.6 (8.2 – 8.4 – 8.8, 6+) with an October -.6 to 8.2 (6+), urban AC cluster-mate WFXC picks up one-tenth (8.3, 6+) and is #1 the third month in a row. “Foxy – Today’s R&B and Classic Soul” spent 12 consecutive survey periods on top; had an August-only stay at #2; and returned to #1 in September. Its August gain of two-tenths ended six straight down or flat sweeps that resulted in an overall -2.8 (11.0 – 9.9 – 9.5 – 9.5 – 9.1 – 8.8 – 8.2, 6+). Seven recent WFXC (6+) fluctuations include: +.9 (November 2018); -1.5 (December); +1.1 (“Holiday” 2018); +1.1 (January 2019); -1.1 (February); -.6 (July); and -.6 (October). January’s +1.1 took WFXC to 11.0, its highest 6+-stat in the PPM-era. In the market’s country tussle, iHeartMedia’s WNCB “B-93.9 #1 For New Country” falters by seven-tenths to 3.4 (flat at #12, 6+), while Curtis Media Group’s WQDR “Today’s Best Country 94.7 QDR” drops one-half share (fourth to seventh), although its internet stream debuts with a .5 (#22, 6+). WNCB suspends three successive improvements that yielded a +1.4 (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.5 – 4.1, 6+); WQDR has lost one full-share as a result of three drops in succession (6.8 – 6.5 – 6.3 – 5.8, 6+). Up a combined nine-tenths in September/October (3.0 – 3.7 – 3.9, 6+), Curtis Media Group classic hits-oldies WKIX “Carolina’s Greatest Hits KIX 102.9” surrenders seven-tenths to 3.2 (steady at #13, 6+). In somewhat the same vein, Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary WRAL “Mix 101.5,” which was +1.6 in September/October, stumbles by one-half share to 7.2 (second to third, 6+). In four consecutive down or flat reports (.8 – .7 – .7 – .6 – .6, 6+), North Carolina Central University-owned WNCU “Jazz Radio 90.7” has lost two-tenths and is unchanged at #21.

Indianapolis

Spoken-Word Formats – A gain of six-tenths to 6.4 (sixth to fifth, 6+) by Emmis news/talk WIBC “Indy’s Mobile News 93.1” nearly eradicates September/October’s -.7 (6.5 – 6.3 – 5.8, 6+). Recent WIBC shifts include: -.9 (December 2018); -.9 (“Holiday” 2018); +.9 (January 2019); +.9 (February); -.8 (March); -1.2 (April); +.9 (June); +.5 (August); -.5 (October); and +.6 (November).

In three bumps in a row (1.7 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9, 6+), Emmis’ WFNI “The Fan – Indy’s Sports Center” nets a +1.2 and advances from #15 to #13. Unchanged at #18, iHeartMedia-owned WNDE “Indy’s Sports Station” has a June 2019 through November 2019 topline of: 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.3 (6+).

The July 2019 through November 2019 alternating up/down pattern by Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting news/talk WFYI is: 4.9 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 5.2 – 4.7 (seventh to eighth, 6+).

Indianapolis Music Formats – The rollercoaster ride continues for Emmis adult contemporary WYXB, which was +.9 in three straight June through September gains (7.4 – 7.8 – 8.0 – 8.3, 6+); then -.9 in October to 7.4 (6+); and is now a robust +1.4 (8.8, steady in the runner-up slot, 6+). This is the best 6+-performance for “B-105.7” since April (8.8, as well).   Cumulus Media’s WFMS “95.5 The Country Station” was a combined -.7 in July/August (7.6 – 7.5 – 6.9, 6+); +.4 (September, 7.3, 6+); -.8 (October, 6.5, 6+); and explodes with a November +1.1 to 7.6 (fifth to third, 6+). October’s 6.5 was its lowest 6+-stat since 6.1 in “Holiday” 2018. It overtakes Emmis-owned WLHK, even though “Country 97.1 Hank” is up one-tenth (7.3 – 7.4, third to fourth, 6+). In October, “Hank” dialed up a +1.3 to demolish August/September’s -1.2 (7.2 – 7.1 – 6.0, 6+). Notwithstanding that it has lost a combined nine-tenths in September/October (11.1 – 10.4 – 10.2, 6+), Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WJJK “Classic Hits 104.5” is #1 the 11th report in a row. WJJK’s 11.1 (July and September) represents the highest 6+-share in the station’s PPM-history, eclipsing April’s 10.2. After spending six straight ratings periods on top, “Classic Hits 104.5” slipped to third in “Holiday” 2018 but returned to #1 this past January. WJJK has had some dramatic fluctuations this year including: +2.9 (January); -.7 (February); -.6 (March); +1.7 (April); +1.4 (July); -1.1 (August); +1.1 (September); and -.7 (October). A combined -1.0 in October/November (3.3 – 3.2 – 2.3, 6+), iHeartMedia alternative WOLT “Alt 103.3” falls from #14 to #16. Co-owned classic rock WFBQ “Q-95 Rocks” (-.8 in November) is in an alternating down/up pattern that commenced in June: 6.7 – 5.9 – 6.4 – 6.3 – 6.9 – 6.1 (fourth to sixth, 6+). An overall -1.8 via five losses in a row (6.2 – 6.0 – 5.8 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 4.4, 6+), Entercom CHR WZPL “99.5 ZPL” carries on in ninth-place. After posting a 3.4 (6+) in June, Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WKLU is unlisted the fifth month in a row.

Milwaukee

Spoken-Word Formats – The combined +1.3 that Good Karma Brands’ news/talk WTMJ “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” racked up in September/October (7.1 – 7.5 – 8.4, 6+) completely vanishes with a November -1.8 to 6.6 (6+). It is the largest (6+) October 2019 – November 2019 decrease (-1.8) by any station in the 12 PPM-markets shown here. Furthermore, after an October-only stay at #1, WTMJ (Packers, Bucks) segues to #5. Immediately prior, WTMJ was -2.3 in three straight losses (9.4 – 8.7 – 7.6 – 7.1, 6+). Anchored in eighth-place, iHeartMedia’s WISN “News/Talk 1130” is up one-half share in three straight bumps (4.6 – 4.7 – 5.0 – 5.1, 6+), directly after a collective -1.1 through three decreases in succession (5.7 – 5.3 – 5.0 – 4.6, 6+).

Among the market’s sports talkers, iHeartMedia’s WRNW “97.3 The Game – Milwaukee’s Sports Talk That Rocks” drops three-tenths (1.6 -1.3, #14 to #16, 6+); Good Karma Brands’ WKTI “94.5 ESPN” and Entercom’s WSSP “Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan” each have identical profiles (.7 – .8, +.1, flat at #20, 6+); and iHeartMedia’s WOKY “The Big 920” drops one-tenth (.7 – .6, #20 to #22, 6+). WSSP has doubled (+.4) its 6+ AQH stat in three straight bumps of one-tenth each (.4 – .5 – .6 – .7 – .8, 6+).

Four consecutive sweeps without a loss by WUWM net a +1.4 (3.0 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.5 – 4.4, 6+) as the University of Wisconsin news/talk station enters the top ten (#13 to #10). Wisconsin Public Radio news/talk WHAD doubles (+.8) its 6+ AQH share in four consecutive up or flat reports (.8 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.4 – 1.6, #17 to #15, 6+).

Milwaukee Music Formats – An increase of seven-tenths by Entercom hot AC WMYX (6.2 – 6.9, fifth to fourth, 6+) takes “99.1 The Mix” to its strongest 6+-stat (6.9) in exactly four years (7.0, November 2015). In three straight upticks (4.1 – 4.4 – 5.0 – 5.5, 6+), Saga Communications’ WHQG “102.9 The Hog Everything That Rocks” nets a +1.4 and climbs from eighth to seventh. Down six-tenths in September/October (5.8 – 5.4 – 5.2, 6+), Milwaukee Radio Alliance adult contemporary WLDB “B-93.3” posts a half-share increase to 5.7 (steady at #6, 6+). Following eight straight sweeps without an increase that resulted in a loss of three-tenths in that February 2019 through October 2019 stretch (.8 – .8 – .6 – .6 – .6 – .6 – .5 – .5 – .5, 6+), Alpha Media’s WIIL “95 WIIL Rock” ends the slide with a +.1 to .6 (#23 to #22, 6+). Despite dropping one-half share in November, after October’s -1.3 (9.6 – 8.3 – 7.8, 6+), WRIT “95.7 Big FM Milwaukee’s Greatest Hits” elevates from second to first. The iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies outlet spent four months in a row at #1 before segueing to #2 in October. This (7.8) is its lowest 6+-figure since December 2018’s 7.7. Having spent 43 consecutive ratings periods at #1, “Big FM” shifted to #2 in October 2018. “Holiday” 2018’s 11.5 is the strongest 6+-stat for any Milwaukee station since WRIT’s 11.6 in “Holiday” 2017. Ten of its recent (6+) moves are: -1.0 (December); +3.8 (“Holiday” 2018); – 1.9 (January 2019); +.6 (February); -.8 (March); +.7 (April); -1.5 (May); +.8 (June); -1.3 (October); and -.5 (November). In a somewhat similar scenario as WRIT, Saga Communications’ WKLH “96.5 Milwaukee’s Hometown Rock” is down or flat the fourth time in a row for a -1.1 (8.4 – 7.8 – 7.8 – 7.6 – 7.3, 6+) yet progresses from third to second. In addition to being an overall -1.5 as a result of five straight reports without an increase (5.5 – 5.4 – 5.0 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.0, 6+), Entercom CHR WXSS “103.7 Kiss-FM” departs the top ten (#10 to #11). In four straight sweeps without an increase (5.4 – 5.4 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.1, 6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WKKV “V-100.7” has dropped three-tenths and slips from sixth to eighth.

Nashville

Spoken-Word Formats – Continuing its positive roll, Cumulus Media news/talk WWTN “Super Talk 99.7” is +1.7 as a result of six successive sweeps without a loss (3.1 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 4.2 – 4.8, 6+) and progresses from #12 to #11. Meanwhile, iHeartMedia news/talk WLAC “Talk Radio 1510” is up one-half share through three consecutive improvements (1.4 – 1.5 – 1.8 – 1.9, unchanged at #17, 6+). This (1.9) is its best 6+-stat in more than four years (2.0, October 2015).

Four straight gains by Cumulus Media-owned sports talk WGFX (Tennessee Titans) resulted in a collective +2.4 (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 4.7 – 5.1, 6+), but “104.5 The Zone” is off one-tenth to 5.0 (eighth to ninth, 6+). Prior to June, the last time WGFX fell below a three-share (6+) was July 2017 (2.7, as well). After having nearly doubled August’s 6+ share in consecutive sweeps (.7 – 1.0 – 1.3, 6+), Cromwell Group-owned/similarly-formatted WPRT “102.5 The Game” (Predators) forfeits two-tenths to 1.1 (#19 to #20, 6+).

Following August/September’s combined +1.8 (5.1 – 6.2 – 6.9, 6+), Nashville Public Radio’s WPLN-FM “NPR News and Classical Music” surrenders -1.5 in October/November (6.9 – 5.9 – 5.4, flat at #6, 6+).

Nashville Music Formats – Tacking on a hearty +.1.1 to October’s +.5 (4.5 – 5.0 – 6.1, 6+), Cumulus Media’s country-formatted WSM-FM “95.5 Nash Icon” vaults from ninth to fourth. Entering the October sweep, “Nash Icon” had lost an overall seven-tenths in four straight negative or neutral trends (5.2 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 4.7 – 4.5, 6+). Down or flat the fourth time in a row for a collective -1.0 (6.2 – 5.6 – 5.4 – 5.2 – 5.2, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WSIX remains in seventh-place. This comes immediately after “The Big 98 – Nashville’s #1 for New Country” was +2.7 in seven consecutive sweeps without a loss (3.5 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 5.0 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 6.2, 6+). WSIX reached the six-share level (July 2019, 6.2, 6+) for the first time since April 2017’s 6.1. As WAY Media contemporary Christian WAYM “WAY-FM” notches an increase of seven-tenths (#18 to #16, 6+), Educational Media Foundation’s similarly-formatted WLVU “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” falters by eight-tenths (#14 to #18). In three straight spikes, WAYM has more than doubled (+1.3) its 6+ AQH share (1.1 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 2.4, 6+). WLVU posted three improvements in a row for a collective +1.5 (2.0 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.5, 6+), but is now a combined -1.7 in October/November (3.5 – 2.6 – 1.8, 6+). Having lost approximately 47% (-2.1) of its 6+-share as a result of four down or flat moves in a row (4.5 – 4.4 – 3.2 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+), Salem Media Group’s similarly formatted WFFH “The Fish” answers with a +.4 to 2.8 (#16 to #14, 6+). The just-concluded negative streak directly follows a collective +1.0 via four straight increases (3.5 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.1 – 4.5, 6+). Nashville Public Radio classical WFCL, which lost three-tenths through six consecutive down or (mostly) flat moves (1.0 – .9 – .7 – .7 – .7 – .7 – .7, 6+), improves by one-half share to 1.2 (6+) and enters the top twenty (#19). This is the fifth straight report without a loss by iHeartMedia CHR WRVW “107.5 The River” for a net gain of nine-tenths (5.3 – 5.3 – 5.5 – 5.7 – 6.2 – 6.2, fourth to third, 6+). An overall +2.1 in three successive spikes (6.8 – 8.0 – 8.1 – 8.9, 6+), Midwest Communications adult hits WCJK “96.3 Jack FM Playing What We Want” relinquishes roughly half that increase (7.8, -1.1, 6+) but repeats at #1. October marked the first time at #1 for Nashville’s version of “Jack” since April, when WCJK logged an 8.4 (6+). Co-owned adult contemporary WJXA “Mix 92.9 – Your Life, Your Music” is an overall -2.3 in four straight negative moves (9.8 – 9.5 – 9.2 – 7.6 – 7.5, 6+) and repeats at #2. Prior to October, “Mix” was on top five months in a row. This particular streak directly follows an overall +1.6 in three successive upticks (8.2 – 9.2 – 9.6 – 9.8, 6+). Eight recent (6+) WJXA fluctuations include: +1.9 (December 2018); +3.2 (“Holiday” 2018); -3.5 (January 2019); -1.3 (February); -.5 (March); -.6 (April); +1.0 (May); and -1.6 (October). WJXA’s “Holiday” 2018’s 14.1 is the highest 6+-share by any Nashville outlet since its 14.4 in “Holiday” 2017. Slipping from fourth to seventh, iHeartMedia’s WNRQ “105.9 The Rock” is an overall -2.6 in four consecutive decreases (7.8 – 7.6 – 6.5 – 6.2 – 5.2, 6+). The last time WNRQ fell below a six-share (6+) was just over two years ago (5.7, October 2017). Down seven-tenths each are its urban contemporary sibling WUBT “101.1 The Beat” (5.8, third to fifth, 6+) and Cumulus Media urban AC WQQK “92-Q” (#10 to #12). In three straight up or flat trends “The Beat” had gained nine-tenths (5.6 – 5.6 – 6.0 – 6.5, 6+). Meanwhile, “92-Q” is now a collective -1.5 in three drops in a row (5.5 – 5.2 – 4.7 – 4.0, 6+), immediately after an overall +1.3 via four successive bumps (4.2 – 4.4 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.5, 6+). In August, “92-Q” reached the five-share level (6+) for the first time since “Holiday” 2018 (5.5, as well). Since returning in print this past July, Middle Tennessee State University alternative WMOT (down six-tenths in November) is trending: .8 – .9 – .8 – 1.0 – .4 (#24, 6+).

Providence

Spoken-Word Formats – A combined -.6 in September/October (3.4 – 2.9 – 2.8, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WPRO-AM “News Talk 630” picks up two-tenths in November to 3.0 (steady at #8, 6+). August’s increase of three-tenths suspended three consecutive down or flat sweeps that accounted for a loss of seven-tenths (3.8 – 3.7 – 3.1 – 3.1, 6+). Following an approximately three-fourths reduction (-1.6) of its 6+-AQH share via eight straight down or flat moves (2.1 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.3 – .9 – .9 – .7 – .5, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned news/talk WHJJ “Providence’s News, Traffic, and Weather” ends the slide with a +.1 to .6 (unchanged at #19, 6+). Cumulus Media’s WPRV “AM 790 Talk & Business” has lost four-tenths as a result of six consecutive down or flat reports (.7 – .5 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3, flat at #20, 6+).

Remaining at #7 is Entercom sports talker WVEI, which continues an alternating down/up pattern that began in February: 4.1- 3.6 – 4.0 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 3.8 – 3.7 (6+). July’s 3.1 is its lowest 6+-stat since March 2018’s 2.8.

Following five consecutive Providence ratings periods without an increase that led to a loss of four-tenths (1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0 – 1.0 – .9 – .9, 6+), iHeartMedia Boston news – talk hybrid WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” doubles (+.9) its 6+ AQH share in October/November (.9 – 1.4 – 1.8 (#13 to #12, 6+).

Steady in ninth-place, WGBH Educational Foundation Boston news/talk WGBH is +1.1 in October/November (1.8 – 2.6 – 2.9, 6+). In six consecutive sweeps without an increase (2.0 – 2.0 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.4, 6+), WELH lost six-tenths but The Wheeler School’s news/talk outlet applies the brakes with a +.2 to 1.6 (flat at #13, 6+).

Providence Music Formats – Nine recent (6+) shifts for iHeartMedia-owned hot AC WSNE “Coast 93.3” include: -1.0 (Holiday” 2018); +.5 (March); +.5 (May); -.7 (June); +1.4 (July); -.5 (August); +.5 (September); -.6

(October); and +.6 in November (5.1 – 5.7, steady at #6, 6+). Prior to June’s loss of seven-tenths, WSNE was a collective +1.2 in three consecutive improvements (3.8 – 4.3 – 4.5 – 5.0, 6+). Notwithstanding that it has lost six-tenths in October/November (9.3 – 9.2 – 8.7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WHJY “94 HJY Providence’s Home of Rock & Roll” is #1 the third month in succession. After occupying the lead position three months in a row, WHJY shifted to the runner-up slot in August; “94 HJY” was +.7 in September. A combined -1.6 in July/August (10.2 – 9.8  – 8.6, 6+), WHJY lost nine-tenths in April, forcing it from the penthouse after three straight months there. The decline halted four consecutive positive or flat moves that netted a +2.0 (8.5 – 9.8 – 9.8 – 9.8 – 10.5, 6+). While it is unchanged in third-place, Hall Broadcasting country WCTK “Cat Country 98.1” is an overall -1.5 in three consecutive down or flat reports (9.3 – 8.3 – 7.8 – 7.8, 6+). Entering the September sweep, “Cat Country 98.1” was a collective +1.7 in three straight spikes (7.6 – 8.5 – 8.6 – 9.3, 6+), with August’s 9.3 (#1, 6+) representing its highest 6+-share since 10.1 in July 2018. Following three successive up or flat moves that resulted in a net gain of three-tenths (1.2 – 1.3 – 1.5 – 1.5, 6+), iHeartMedia Boston rhythmic CHR WJMN “JAM’N 94.5” drops one-tenth to 1.4 (#12 to #14, 6+). Unlisted the fifth month in a row are Red Wolf Broadcasting Spanish tropical WKKB “Latina 100.3,” which posted a 1.2 in June (#16, 6+) and classic hits-oldies sibling WSKP “Good Times … Great Oldies” (.8, #19, June 2019, 6+).

Norfolk

Spoken-Word Formats – As a result of four consecutive up or flat moves, Max Broadcast Group sports talk WVSP “ESPN Radio 94.1” has nearly doubled (+1.0) its 6+-stat (1.2 – 1.4 – 1.8 – 2.2 – 2.2, #12 to #11, 6+).

Norfolk Music Formats – Boasting the largest (6+) October 2019 – November 2019 increase by any station in the 12 PPM-markets shown here is Saga Communications-owned WAFX “106.9 The Fox – Hampton Roads’ Classic Rock” (+1.6, fourth to second, 6+). This (7.3) is the highest 6+-stat since June’s 8.2 for “The Fox,” which is a combined +2.1 in October/November (5.2 – 5.7 – 7.3, 6+). WAFX was -3.0 in three decreases in a row (8.2 – 7.0 – 6.6 – 5.2, 6+). Prior to September’s 5.2, “The Fox” last fell below a six-share (6+) in December 2018 (5.5). Following three setbacks in succession that accounted for a -1.2 (4.0 – 3.4 – 3.1 – 2.8, 6+), Entercom hot AC WPTE “94.9 The Point” erases nearly half the deficit with a +.5 to 3.3 (steady at #9, 6+). After tacking on six-tenths to September’s +2.3 (9.1 – 11.4 – 12.0, 6+), Entercom urban AC WVKL “Smooth R&B from Yesterday & Today” loses three-tenths (11.7, 6+) but is #1 the 11th consecutive month. A combined -2.3 in July/August (11.4 – 10.0 – 9.1, 6+), WVKL last failed to log double-digits (6+) in January 2014 (9.8). “Smooth R&B from Yesterday & Today” had been the market pacesetter 25 successive survey periods before segueing to the runner-up slot in “Holiday” 2018. Its August 2018 15.5 holds the record for highest 6+-performance by any Norfolk station in the PPM-era. A combined +.6 in July/August (4.4 – 4.8 – 5.0, 6+); off one-tenth in September; up two-tenths in October; and now faltering by -.8 in November (5.1 – 4.3, 6+), adult contemporary cluster-mate WWDE “101.3 2WD” slips from fifth to sixth. Conversely, Max Broadcast Group’s similarly-formatted  WVBW “92.9 The Wave” nets a +1.7 via four consecutive reports without a loss (3.4 – 4.2 – 4.8 – 5.1 – 5.1, 6+) and carries on in fifth-place. Trending 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.0 – 2.4 (July through October, 6+), iHeartMedia alternative WNOH “Alt 105.3” sputters by six-tenths to 1.8 (#11 to #12, 6+). Continuing in the runner-up slot, urban contemporary sibling WOWI “103 Jamz” is in an alternating July 2019 through November 2019 up/down pattern (8.0 – 8.3 – 7.5 – 7.8 – 7.3, 6+). A combined -1.9 in October/November (9.1 – 7.5 – 7.2, 6+), immediately after being +3.2 via six consecutive positive or neutral reports (5.9 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 6.8 – 6.8 – 8.9 – 9.1, 6+), Saga Communications’ WNOR “FM 99 Rocks” falls from third to fourth. September’s 9.1 marked the first time in the PPM-era that WNOR appeared in print with a 6+-share reaching the nine-share level (6+). The June 2019 through November 2019 topline for iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic oldies WHBT “92.1 The Beat” is: 1.6 – 1.8 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.8 (#13 to #12, 6+). Having witnessed its 6+ AQH share erode by two-thirds (-.7) through six successive down or flat trends (2.1 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.4, 6+), rhythmic hot AC cluster-mate WMOV “MOViN’ 107.7” slips from #14 to #15.

Jacksonville

Spoken-Word Formats – While it is #1 the fifth month in a row, Cox Media Group news/talk WOKV-FM “104.5 Jacksonville’s News, Weather, and Traffic” falters by another three-tenths on the heels of October’s -1.0  (10.4 – 9.4 – 9.1, 6+).

Four straight gains since June by iHeartMedia sports talk WFXJ “930 The Game – Jacksonville’s Sports Leader” have more than quintupled (+.9) its 6+ AQH (.2 – .5 – .7 – .9 – 1.1, #18 to #17, 6+). August’s +.3 halted nine consecutive sweeps without an increase that accounted for a net loss of 75% (-.6) of its 6+-stat (.8 – .7 – .6 – .6 – .5 – .3 – .3 -.3 – .2 – .2, 6+).

Up eight-tenths in three spikes in succession (2.8 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.6, 6+), public radio news/talk WJCT is unchanged at #11. This directly follows five consecutive down or flat trends that resulted in a loss of nine-tenths (3.7 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.8, 6+).

Jacksonville Music Formats – At the same time that Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WEJZ gains seven-tenths (steady in second-place), Cox Media Group’s similarly-formatted WEZI “Easy 102.9” falters by six-tenths (fifth to seventh). WEJZ is a combined +.7 in October/November (7.4 – 7.4 – 8.1, 6+) and logs its best 6+-stat (8.1) since April (8.3); “Easy” is an overall -1.7 in its third drop in a row (6.9 – 6.1 – 5.8 – 5.2, 6+) with its lowest 6+-showing (5.2) since May (5.1). Without a loss the fourth successive report for a +1.0 (4.6 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 5.4 – 5.6, 6+), iHeartMedia urban AC WSOL “V-101.5” advances from sixth to fifth with its best 6+-stat (5.6) since May’s 5.7. Following three successive downturns for an overall –1.6 (6.6 – 5.9 – 5.6 – 5.0, 6+), urban contemporary sibling WJBT “93.3 The Beat” pulls the plug with a +.3 to 5.3 (eighth to sixth, 6+). Cox Media Group urban AC WOKV-HD2, which was off three-tenths in September/October (1.9 – 1.9 – 1.6, 6+), improves by one-half share to 2.1 (steady at #16, 6+). Repeating in fourth-place, iHeartMedia-owned WQIK “99.1 Jacksonville’s Country” is a collective +1.3 in three straight upticks (5.4 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 6.7, 6+). In four successive up or flat moves, co-owned gospel WKSL-HD3 was +2.2 (2.3 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 4.5 – 4.5, 6+) but it forfeits seven-tenths to 3.8 (ninth to tenth, 6+). Without an increase the fifth consecutive ratings period for a net loss of nine-tenths (3.6 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.7, 6+), cluster-mate WWJK “107.3 Planet Radio – Jacksonville’s Rock Station” dips from #12 to #13. Cox Media Group CHR WAPE “Jacksonville’s #1 Hit Music Station” is an overall -1.4 as a result of four down or flat moves in a row (6.6 – 5.9 – 5.6 – 5.2 – 5.2, 6+) and continues in seventh-place. Co-owned alternative WXXJ “X-10.5” is off one-half share in four sweeps without an increase (2.9 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.4, flat at #14, 6+). Its internet stream, which was negative or neutral the past six reports for a net loss of two-tenths (.3 – .2 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1, 6+), disappears from print.

West Palm Beach

Spoken-Word Formats – Trending 4.0 – 3.8 – 4.0 (August – September – October, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WJNO “1290 The Palm Beaches’ News & Talk” drops three-tenths to 3.7 (fifth to sixth, 6+). Prior to September, WJNO was an overall +2.0 in six successive sweeps without a loss (2.0 – 2.3 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.7 – 4.0, 6+). Co-owned news/talk WZZR “Real Radio 94.3 – Real Talk For The Palm Beaches” adds one-tenth to October’s +.4 (2.0 – 2.4 – 2.5, #10 to #9, 6+). August’s gain of two-tenths curtailed three straight down or flat sweeps that accounted for a loss of four-tenths (2.3 – 2.3 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+). Recapturing one-third of October’s -.9 (1.8 – 2.1, +.3, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WFTL “News Talk 850” progresses from #14 to #13. October’s decrease interrupted four straight gains that netted a +1.0 (1.7 – 2.0 – 2.4 – 2.6 – 2.7, 6+). Slipping from #21 to #22, iHeartMedia Miami news/talk WIOD “610 News Radio” is trending 1.0 – .7 – .8 – .7 (6+).

After doubling (+.3) its 6+ share in three straight sweeps without a loss (.3 – .3 – .4 – .6, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WMEN “Fox Sports 640 AM South Florida” drops one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.6 – .5 – .4, #22 to #24, 6+). A “no-show” 15 sweeps in a row, iHeartMedia-owned sports talk WBZT “1230 The Zone” resurfaced in October with a .1 (6+) and repeats that .1 (6+) in November.

Down eight-tenths in October/November (3.0 – 2.8 – 2.2, 6+), Dade County School Board news/talk WLRN exits the top ten (#9 to #11).

West Palm Beach Music Formats – Each of this Florida market’s top five finishers has an October 2019 – November 2019 shift of at least one-half share. On the positive side, the three most recent shifts by Hubbard Broadcasting’s WIRK “New Country 103.1” are -.5 (September); +.9 (October); and now +1.5 in November (3.6 – 3.1 – 4.0 – 5.5, fifth to fourth, 6+). The last time “New Country “ crossed the five-share threshold (6+) was in August 2018 (5.1). Adult contemporary cluster-mate WEAT-FM “Sunny 107.9” adds a +1.0 to October’s two-tenths (4.4 – 4.6 – 5.6, 6+) and repeats at #3. WEAT was a -2.2 in August/September (6.6 – 5.1 – 4.4, 6+). Prior to September, the last time “Sunny” fell below a five-share (6+) was in October 2018 (4.6). When WEAT gained one-tenth in July, it halted three straight decreases that accounted for an overall -1.7 (8.2 – 7.0 – 6.8 – 6.5, 6+). Even though iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted WOLL remains in the runner-up slot, “Today’s Kool 105.5” is an overall -1.6 (including November’s -1.0) in three drops in a row (7.4 – 6.9 – 6.8 – 5.8, 6+). WOLL was -.8 in July (7.2 – 6.4, 6+) and +1.0 in August to 7.4, the best 6+-showing for “Kool” since July 2016’s 7.5. Notwithstanding that Hubbard Broadcasting-owned urban AC WMBX is up one-half share; is a combined +.8 in October/November (4.2 – 4.5 – 5.0, 6+); and has its best 6+-stat since May (5.0, as well), “102.3 The X” backslides from fourth to fifth. WAY Media contemporary Christian WAYF “WAY-FM” notches its fourth straight up or flat report for a net one-half share increase (1.7 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.2, #12 to #11, 6+). Owing to four spikes in a row, Moody Bible Institute gospel WRMB “89.3 Moody Radio” nearly triples (+1.3) its 6+-figure (.7 – .8 – 1.3 – 1.4 – 2.0, #16 to #15 , 6+). With a .8 (6+), Glades Media regional Mexican WLLY “99.5 La Ley” pops on at #21. After being an overall +1.4 via three straight gains (7.8 – 8.3 – 8.5 – 9.2, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WRMF surrenders six-tenths to 8.6 (6+) but is #1 the 11th time in a row. Directly prior to the just-concluded positive streak, “Variety from the 90s and Now” was -3.4 via four consecutive decreases (11.2 – 9.0 – 8.8 – 8.2 – 7.8, 6+). Whereas 7.8 (July) is WRMF’s lowest 6+-share and first time below an eight-share (6+) since “Holiday” 2016 (7.7), 11.2 (March) is its best 6+-showing since November 2017 (11.2, as well). Flat at #10, iHeartMedia Spanish contemporary WRLX “Mia 92.1” is a cumulative -1.3 through four down or flat sweeps in a row (3.7 – 3.7 – 2.7 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+). Although co-owned urban contemporary WMIB picks up two-tenths to 1.7 (6+), thus snapping at four its consecutive string of down or flat moves that accounted for a loss of seven-tenths (2.2 – 2.0 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.5, 6+), “103.5 The Beat” backslides from #15 to #16.

 Greensboro

 Spoken-Word Formats – The five most recent shifts by iHeartMedia news/talk WPTI “94.5 Your News, Talk, & Sports Station” are +.6 (July); +.5 (August); -1.3 (September); +.6 (October); and now -.5 in November (3.6 – 3.1, tenth to ninth, 6+).

Flat at #15, Curtis Media Group sports talk WSJS “Triad Sports” returns October’s gain of one-tenth (.8 – .9 – .8, 6+).

Up two-tenths (2.1 – 2.3, 6+), Wake Forest University news/talk WFDD “88.5 Public Radio for the Piedmont” is frozen at #13 the 19th consecutive ratings period. After more than tripling (+1.2) its 6+ AQH-share in six consecutive reports without a loss (.5 – .8 – .8 – .8 – 1.0 – 1.7 – 1.7, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill news/talk WUNC falters by one-half share to 1.2 (flat at #14, 6+).

Greensboro Music Formats – A combined +1.2 in October/November (6.3 – 6.4 – 7.5, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMAG jumps from fifth to third. On top in March, June, August, September, October, and November, Entercom adult hits WSMW is an overall +3.1 as a result of four positive or neutral reports in a row (8.8 – 9.5 – 10.9 – 10.9 – 11.9, 6+). Moreover, “98.7 Simon Says We Play Everything” reaches the eleven-share level (11.9) for the first time since February 2018’s 11.4. Among its 2019 (6+) fluctuations are: +.9 (January); -.6 (February); +.9 (March); -1.6 (April); +1.1 (May); +.5 (June); -1.0 (July); +.7 (August); +1.4 (September); and +1.0 (November). Steady at #2, urban AC cluster-mate WQMG “97.1 QMG The Best R&B and Old School” is a combined +2.1 in October/November (8.9 – 10.3 – 11.0, 6+) and has its best 6+-stat (11.0) in exactly one year (11.4, November 2018). Dick Broadcasting CHR WKZL “107.5 KZL The #1 Hit Music Station” roars back from October’s -.9 with a November +.9 (6.0 – 5.1 – 6.0, eighth to sixth, 6+). October’s loss suspended three straight up or flat trends that (fittingly) netted nine-tenths (5.1 – 5.5 – 5.5 – 6.0, 6+). September and November’s 6.0 is its best 6+-stat since January’s 6.3. Its format rival, iHeartMedia-owned WMKS “100.3 Kiss-FM All the Hits,” erodes by -1.3 to 2.7 (6+) and departs the top ten (#9 to #11). “Kiss,” which was +1.1 in September/October (2.9 – 3.1 – 4.0, 6+), reached the four-share level (4.0, October, 6+) for the first time since April (4.6). WKZL has prevailed over WMKS in all 11 head-to-head battles this year; the closest was in April when WKZL beat “Kiss” by six-tenths (5.2 to 4.6, 6+). Five straight spikes by WVBZ “105.7 – Man Up” yielded a +2.3 (2.5 – 3.2 – 3.7 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.8, 6+) but the iHeartMedia-owned rocker is now a combined -2.0 in three consecutive setbacks (4.8 – 4.0 – 3.5 – 2.8, #11 to #10, 6+). In June, WVBZ reached the four-share level (4.1, 6+) for the first time since November 2018’s 4.0. Off one-half share, Curtis Media Group regional Mexican WYMY “La Ley 101.1” is in an August-September-October-November down/up/down pattern (3.1 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 2.4, flat at #12, 6+).  The market’s two country FMs were deadlocked at #6 in October. Both outlets notch November gains yet must settle for backward moves. Specifically, iHeartMedia-owned WTQR “Q-104.1 – #1 for New Country” is up four-tenths to 5.6 (sixth to seventh, 6+) and Entercom’s WPAW “93.1 The Wolf” improves by three-tenths to 5.5 (sixth to eighth, 6+). WTQR was -.7 in October and WPAW was -1.6. Up six-tenths in August, WTQR had a May through September topline of: 5.7 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 5.9 – 5.9 (6+). In three straight sweeps without an increase, “Q-104.1” was a cumulative -1.0 (6.0 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 5.0, 6+), but erased 70% of that deficit in May with a +.7 to 5.7 (6+). In September, “The Wolf” replicated August’s +.8 and posted its best 6+-stat (6.8) since October 2017’s 7.1. August/September’s +1.6 came directly after WPAW was down or flat three reports in a row for an overall loss of one-half share (5.7 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 5.2, 6+). Over the course of the last 19 sweeps (June 2018 through November 2019), WTQR has triumphed over WPAW 11 times (June 2018, July, August, September, October, November, “Holiday” 2018, January 2019, May, July, and November); WPAW has come out on top six times (December 2018, February 2019, March, April, August, and September; and there have been two ties (June 2019 and October 2019).

Memphis

Spoken-Word Formats – Bouncing back from October’s loss of seven-tenths with a November gain of three-tenths (5.2 – 4.5 – 4.8, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WREC “600 AM – Memphis’ News, Traffic, & Weather” progresses from seventh to sixth.

In addition to being an overall +1.2 via three straight bumps (2.3 – 2.6 – 3.0 – 3.5, 6+), Entercom sports talk WMFS “ESPN Sports Radio” advances one ranker (#12 to #11). September’s increase halted seven consecutive down or flat trends that led to a collective -1.7 (4.0 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 2.3, 6+), as well as its lowest 6+-stat (2.3) since July 2018. Co-owned WMC-AM “ESPN 790” is now up or (mostly) flat the 14th consecutive sweep for a net gain of three-tenths (.1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 -.1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .3 – .4 – .4, unchanged at #20, 6+).

Memphis Music Formats – A combined +.9 in October/November (6.2 – 6.4 – 7.1, 6+), iHeartMedia gospel WHAL “Hallelujah 95.7 – Memphis’ Inspiration Station” inches up from fifth to fourth. The market’s two country stations were tied for ninth-place in October; however, that deadlock is broken as Cumulus Media-owned WGKX “Today’s Best Country Kix 106” chalks up a gain of six-tenths (ninth to sixth), while Entercom’s WLFP “94.1 The Wolf” sputters by one-half share (4.2 – 3.7, ninth to tenth, 6+). “Kix 106” nets a +1.4 in its fifth successive sweep without a loss (3.4 – 3.4 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.8, 6+) and posts its best 6+-stat (4.8) since January (5.1). After three consecutive setbacks that accounted for a net loss of eight-tenths (4.3 – 4.2 – 4.0 – 3.5, 6+), “The Wolf” reclaimed seven-tenths in October. Down nine-tenths in September/October (5.3 – 4.9 – 4.4, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WEGR “Rock 102.7” picks up one-tenth to 4.5 (flat at #8, 6+). By gaining four-tenths to 2.3 (unchanged at #13), urban-rhythmic oldies sibling WDIA “1070 The Heart & Soul of Memphis” curtails three straight decreases that resulted in an overall –1.5 (3.4 – 2.6 – 2.4 – 1.9, 6+). Three drops in succession by Entercom hot AC WMC-FM accounted for a collective -1.5 (5.2 – 4.9 – 4.5 – 3.7, 6+) but “FM 100 Today’s Best Mix” pulls the plug with a +.2 to 3.9 (6+) and reenters the top ten (#11 to #9). In October, WMC-FM fell below a four-share (3.7) for the first time since April (3.8). Adult contemporary sibling WKIM “98.9 The Bridge” has more than doubled (+1.0) its 6+-stat in four straight sweeps without a loss (.7 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.7, #15 to #14, 6+). Steady at 10.5 (6+), iHeartMedia’s urban AC KJMS “V-101” is #1 the 13th time in a row. Its October +1.0 wiped away August/September’s -.6 (10.1 – 9.8 – 9.5, 6+). Prior to June’s loss of six-tenths to 9.8 (6+), KJMS reached double-digits (6+) 14 successive ratings periods. “Holiday” 2018’s 12.8 is the highest 6+-share for “V-101” since December 2012 (13.5). A November erosion of -1.2 by Cumulus Media’s WXMX (4.7 – 3.5, 6+) fully erases its September/October +1.2 (3.5 – 3.8 – 4.7, 6+), as “Maximum Rock 98.1 The Max” drifts from the top ten (#6 to #11). While anchored in second-place the sixth sweep in a row, iHeartMedia urban contemporary WHRK “K-97.1” is off a collective -2.1 via three successive decreases (9.4 – 8.4 – 8.1 – 7.3, 6+) and has its softest 6+-stat (7.3) since February (7.2).

Hartford

Spoken-Word Formats – After being up in September by +1.2 (6.2 – 7.4, 6+) and then flat at 7.4 (October, 6+), Entercom news/talk WTIC-AM “News Talk 1080” falters by eight-tenths to 6.6 (third to fourth, 6+). Red Wolf Broadcasting news/talk WDRC-AM “AM 1360 The Talk of Connecticut” repeats October’s .7 (6+) but improves from #14 to #13. This is the 18th survey period in a row that iHeartMedia’s WPOP posts a .1 (6+). Anchored at #16, “News Radio 1410” was a “no-show” in June 2018.

The June 2019 through November 2019 topline for iHeartMedia sports talk WUCS “97.9 ESPN Hartford” is: 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.8 (flat at #12, 6+).

Within 4.2 – 4.7 range (6+) in each of the last eight sweeps (4.7 – 4.4 – 4.2 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 4.5 – 4.2, 6+), Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network news/talk WNPR “Connecticut’s Public Media Source for News & Ideas” continues in ninth-place. University of Massachusetts-owned WFCR “New England Public Radio” has lost more than 60% (-.7) of its 6+ AQH share in October/November (1.1 – .8 – .4, #13 to #14, 6+).

Hartford Music Formats – Albeit down a combined nine-tenths in October/November (10.7 – 10.1 – 9.8, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary WRCH “Lite 100.5” is #1 the 41st consecutive time. Its August/September +1.3 (9.4 – 9.5 – 10.7, 6+) virtually erased June/July’s -1.4 (10.8 – 10.4 – 9.4, 6+). Seven recent (6+) WRCH shifts include: -6.9 (January 2019); +1.0 (February); -1.0 (March); -1.3 (April); +1.0 (May); -1.0 (July); and +1.2 (September). “Holiday” 2018’s +5.6 was to 18.0, the strongest 6+-showing for any Hartford station since WRCH recorded an 18.3 in “Holiday” 2017). This is the fourth time in 2019 that WRCH is not in double-digits (6+). Down seven-tenths in August/September (7.9 – 7.2 – 7.2, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WWYZ picked up one-half share in October; however, “Country 92.5” falters by -1.0 in November (7.2 – 7.7 – 6.7, second to third, 6+). Regressing by -1.0 as well in November is Entercom rhythmic CHR WZMX “Hot 93.7,” which is -1.4 in four straight down or flat sweeps and falls below a six-share (7.1 – 6.7 – 6.7 – 5.7, fifth to sixth). Although it is unchanged in eighth-place, iHeartMedia CHR WKSS “Kiss 95.7 All The Hits” is an overall -1.8 in five straight down or flat reports (6.9 – 6.8 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 5.7 – 5.1, 6+). Despite being without an increase the fifth successive survey period for a collective -1.5 (7.2 – 7.2 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 5.8 – 5.7, 6+), co-owned classic hits-oldies WHCN “105.9 The River” advances from seventh to sixth. Meanwhile, Red Wolf Broadcasting classic hits-oldies WNTY “Kool Radio – Good Times/Great Oldies” is without an increase the fourth sweep in succession for a net loss of two-tenths (.5 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3, flat at #15, 6+). Entercom adult contemporary WMAS-FM, which ranked #12 in July (1.5, 6+), is unlisted the fourth month in a row.

Monday, December 2, 2019

| December 2, 2019

iHeartMedia to Add Second Digital HQ in Nashville. As a complement to its digital operations in New York City, iHeartMedia is selecting Nashville as the location for its second digital headquarters.  It is further expanding its current New York-based digital team, creating new jobs, and “building on iHeartRadio’s continued growth and innovation as the leading audio platform for consumers across the country.”  In addition to being one of the nation’s leading music scenes, Nashville is also seeing rapid growth in the technology sector that is apparent by the growing number of tech startups and major companies creating offices and hubs there.  iHeartRadio president Darren Davis says, “As we continue to invest in our ad tech, products, research, sales and content, and further build on the success of our digital service, this is the right time to expand our digital team – and what better location than Nashville, given that music is at the heart of our business.  Nashville’s technology ecosystem is thriving, and combined with the city’s rich history in music, entrepreneurial spirit and diverse culture, we believe this is the perfect location for us to extend our digital leadership and recruit highly skilled and passionate candidates for our second iHeartRadio Digital headquarters.”  iHeartMedia plans to begin hiring immediately in Nashville for positions in engineering, product development, data science, and more.  All applicants can visit https://jobs.iheart.com/.

Monday Memo: Get An Uber-Earful. As Internet-based innovation is disrupting every legacy industry, taxis are to take-me-somewhere as radio is to inform-me/entertain-me.  In this week’s column, consultant Holland Cooke offers a jiu jitsu move.  Read it here.

Impeachment Proceedings, 2020 Presidential Race, London Bridge Terror Attack, UN Climate Change Report, Thanksgiving Travel/Storms Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend. The impeachment proceedings against President Trump; the Democrats vying to challenge Trump in 2020; the terrorist slaying of two people at the London Bridge; the aftermath of the release of the latest climate change report from the United Nations; and the Thanksgiving holiday and the storms that affected travelers were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Round Three of November PPM Ratings Released. The third of four rounds of November 2019 PPM ratings data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus.  Nielsen’s November 2019 survey period covered October 10 – November 6.  Some 6+ ratings gains of note for spoken-word stations during the November survey include: iHeartMedia’s KFBK-AM/FM, Sacramento adds 0.8 tenths for a 6.7 share and the #3 rank in the market; in Salt Lake City, iHeartMedia’s KNRS-FM posts a whopping 2.0 share increase over October to land at a 5.2 share and the #6 rank; and Entercom’s KMBZ-FM, Kansas City sits at a 6.1 share after three consecutive up or flat surveys and ranks #5 in the market.  See all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Takeaways” from these markets here.

Salem Relaunches KDIZ, Minneapolis as ‘Freedom 1570.’ The Salem Media Group talk station had been airing a health and wellness format since 2016, but now KDIZ-AM becomes a conservative news/talk station as “Freedom 1570” and featuring the following lineup: “America’s First News with Matt Ray” from 5:00 am to 8:00 am; Chris Plante from 8:00 am to 11:00 am; “Like It Matters” with Scott V. Black from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon; Dana Loesch from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm; Ben Shapiro from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm; and Mark Levin from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  The station complements its other Twin Cities conservative news/talker WWTC “The Patriot” that airs the full lineup of Salem Radio Network shows.  Salem Twin Cities general manager Nic Anderson says, “‘Freedom 1570’ has been placed in the Twin Cities for such a time as this to provide overlooked facts and to be a voice of reason in a wayward society.  ‘Ringing liberty and truth’ is not just a tagline as it’s our mission to remind all who engage with us that freedom is our greatest gift.”  Beyond radio, emphasis is also placed on building a community online with its informative website, social media outlets, and upcoming 2020 events with sister-station AM 1280 The Patriot.

O’Reilly’s Trump Interview Clears Almost 200 Stations; ‘Picked Up Extensively’ in News Media. The Key Networks-syndicated Thanksgiving week radio special featuring bestselling author and former cable news personality Bill O’Reilly’s one-on-one interview with President Donald Trump was broadcast across almost 200 radio stations – including 18 of the top 20 markets.  Key Networks says that the interview broke major news and was picked up extensively through media including The New York Times, ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, and CNN, and was covered internationally.  In the interview, O’Reilly spoke with Trump about Ukraine, Joe Biden, impeachment, the upcoming campaign, and attacking the Mexican drug cartels.  Key Networks syndicates O’Reilly’s 15-minute daily radio program, “The O’Reilly Update,” to nearly 200 radio stations across the U.S.  Key says the holiday weekend program is the first in a series of specials and exclusive content to be created especially for affiliates of “The O’Reilly Update” throughout the 2020 election season.

WWJ, Detroit Shuffles On-Air Lineup. Motor City all-news WWJ makes air staff changes as Brooke Allen moves to middays (10:00 am to 2:00 pm) and afternoon drive features Jackie Paige and Jason Scott.  Paige moves to PM drive from middays and Scott moves to the earlier daypart from his current evening news anchor role.  The changes take effect on December 9.  Entercom Detroit SVP and market manager Debbie Kenyon says, “WWJ prides itself in being a reliable and trusted news source and this revamped lineup will allow us to better serve our listeners.  Jackie and Jason’s passion for live and local news reporting will connect with listeners across metro Detroit and all of Michigan, while Brooke’s rapport with her audience will help our midday timeslot reach new heights.”

TALKERS News Notes. A co-host of the nationally syndicated “Free Talk Live” is planning to run for governor of New Hampshire.  The host, who legally changed his name to Nobody, has been interviewed on radio stations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  He recently ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Keene, New Hampshire.  As of this time, Nobody is the only challenger to incumbent Governor Chris Sununu…..South Carolina sports radio pro Ted Byrne was killed in a car accident on Saturday night (11/30) near Charleston, South Carolina.  Byrne worked for Kirkman Broadcasting where he was play-by-play announcer for the Summerville High School Green Wave.  He also produced and hosted numerous sports radio shows…..Salem Radio Network talk host Mike Gallagher kicked off the holiday season by attending the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.  Gallagher braved the chilly temps in New York City and sent TALKERS the shot of himself with the Grinch balloon in the background.  Photo: Salem Radio Network

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Rare 1983 Interview with Dr. Timothy Leary Is Featured on Harrison Podcast. A 36-year-old interview with 1960s counter-culture icon Dr. Timothy Leary – unheard for more than three decades – was uncovered several days ago in the Goodphone Communications archives. It was found on a dust-covered VHS cassette copy of a weekly cable TV talk show hosted by TALKERS founder Michael Harrison in Los Angeles and is, most likely, the only copy of that particular interview in existence. The audio track of that rare and revealing conversation is featured on the award-winning PodcastOne series, “The Michael Harrison Interview.” Harrison and Leary were good friends and colleagues between 1976 and 1985 when they met shortly after the former Harvard professor was released from prison in Southern California. Leary went on to be a regular guest on Harrison’s radio show and a featured columnist in his radio trade publication, Goodphone Weekly, in which he wrote about the future of media. Harrison says, “I’ve done a number of broadcast chats with Timothy Leary during that period but this was one of the most concise and comprehensive. I thought it was lost forever and although I wish the audio quality was better (it is a bit funky), I’m delighted to have recovered this gem and share it with a new generation of broadcasters.” Harrison and Leary talk about marijuana legalization, the impact of computers, genetics, trans-humanism, left-right politics, authoritarianism, robots and artificial intelligence from a “1983 futurism” perspective. 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 of the TALKERS email newsletter and every page of Talkers.com.

Account Executive – Radio and Digital Sales. Salem Media Group in New York is looking for a dynamic individual to join the sales team for “AM970 The Answer” and the legendary WMCA AM570/102.3FM “The Mission, New York’s Christian Talk.” Compensation is commensurate with degree of experience and skills. This is a fabulous career opportunity for the right individual with one of the finest broadcasting companies in America. Ideal candidate has a proven track record of success with radio and digital sales. Interested candidates should call Jerry Crowley’s office at 212-857-9640 and apply online.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. New Orleans country outlet WNOE announces Casey Carter is named program director.  She will also serve as the station’s afternoon drive personality.  Carter comes to New Orleans from iHeartMedia’s country WTQR, Greensboro, North Carolina where she was PD and air personality.  Earlier in her career, Carter served as WNOE’s assistant PD.  iHeartMedia New Orleans SVP of programming Angela Watson Charles says, “I’m thrilled for Casey’s return to New Orleans and WNOE.  We’re very excited to have the combination of Casey’s format expertise and personal passion for the city – welcome back.”…..Alternative WRFF, Philadelphia “Radio 104.5” announces the return of its “Winter Jawn ’20” concert event.  It will take place on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Xfinity Live! in Philadelphia from 12:00 pm to 5 pm.  The free, outdoor show features live performances from AJR, Angels & Airwaves, Local NativesSub Urban, and the winner of Radio 104.5’s local “Opener Contest.”…..Also from Philly, Beasley Media Group’s country WXTU is flipping its station name to “Garth 92.5” in honor of Garth Brook’s “Dive Bar Tour” concert tonight (12/2) at Prospector’s Grille & Saloon in Philadelphia.  92.5 XTU is broadcasting live from the venue and will highlight Brook’s biggest hits all day long.

November PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Three

| November 28, 2019

November 2019 PPM Data – Information for the November 2019 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 November 2019 survey period covered October 10 – November 6. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM-markets below.

Portland

Spoken Word Formats – Four consecutive up or flat moves by KXL “FM News 101 – Stay Connected” net the Alpha Media-owned news/talk station a +1.1 (4.1 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 5.2, fifth to fourth, 6+). Several recent KXL shifts include: -1.0 (March/April); +1.1 (May/June); -.7 (July); and +.6 (August). Stuck on 2.3 (6+) in September and October, iHeartMedia’s KEX “News Radio 1190 – Depend On Us” picks up one-tenth to 2.4 (6+) and continues at #19. In 2019’s ten monthly reports prior to the November sweep, Alpha Media news/talk KUFO logged a 1.0 (6+) five times and a .9 (6+) the other five times. In November, “Freedom 970” improves by three-tenths to 1.3 (6+) and carries on at #23. Salem Media Group’s KPAM “AM 860 The Answer” has a June 2019 through November 2019 topline of: .3 – .3 – .3 -. 3 – .5 – .4 (#26 to #29, 6+).

This marks the fourth time in a row Entercom sports talk KFXX “1080 The Fan” is without a loss for a collective half-share gain (1.1 – 1.1 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.6, flat at #21, 6+). Portland’s “Fan” is tied with Alpha Media’s similarly-programmed KXTG “The Game,” which drops two-tenths to 1.6 (#20 to #21, 6+), thus snapping at three its consecutive string of positive or neutral moves that netted one-half (1.3 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.8, 6+). Up a combined six-tenths in October/November (.3 – .4 – .9, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KPOJ “Sports Radio 620” jumps from #27 to #24.

After being a collective +2.0 via three improvements in succession (6.5 – 7.0 – 7.4 – 8.5, 6+), Oregon Public Broadcasting news/talk KOPB returns 30% of that increase (7.9, -.6, 6+) and segues from first to second. The just-concluded streak immediately followed three downturns in a row that led to a collective -1.4 (7.9 – 7.0 – 6.7 – 6.5, 6+). KOPB has been +1.2 (January); -2.0 (February/March); +.6 (April); -.9 (May); +.5 (August); +1.1 (October); and -.6 (November).

Portland Music Formats – Boasting jumps of nine-tenths each are iHeartMedia cluster-mates KFBW “105.9 The Brew – Portland’s Rock Station” (3.7 – 4.6, eighth to seventh, 6+) and rhythmic CHR KXJM “JAM’N 107.5” (2.9 – 3.8, #15 to a three-way tie at #8, 6+). The last time KFBW (4.6, 6+) reached the four-share level was in April (4.0); KXJM has its best 6+-stat (3.8) since June’s 3.9. “The Brew” and “JAM’N” were each down two-tenths in October. Over and above being a cumulative +1.6 as a result of three upticks in succession (6.9 – 7.1, 8.0 – 8.5, 6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KLTH “106.7 The Eagle” progresses from third to first with its best 6+-showing (8.5) since April’s 8.6. Up six-tenths in September/October (5.1 – 5.1 – 5.7, 6+), Entercom adult hits KYCH “97.1 Charlie We Play Everything” falters by nine-tenths to 4.8 (fourth to fifth, 6+). On top in July, August, and September, before slipping to #2 in October, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW “K-103” is off a combined eight-tenths in October/November (8.2 – 8.2 – 7.4, 6+) and segues to third. Its September +1.1 obliterated July/August’s -.7 (7.8 – 7.4 – 7.1, 6+). Prior to July, “K-103” last held the lead position in “Holiday” 2018 when it recorded a 16.2 (6+). Down seven-tenths in three consecutive reports without an increase (3.7 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.0, 6+), Entercom’s KNRK “94.7 Portland Alternative” halts the skid with a +.1 to 3.1 (6+) and repeats at #14. Drifting from the top ten (#7 to #14), co-owned KGON is an overall -2.8 in four straight setbacks (5.9 – 5.5 – 4.7 – 3.8 – 3.1, 6+). This comes immediately after “92.3 Portland’s Classic Rock” logged three consecutive increases that yielded eight-tenths (5.1 – 5.5 – 5.6 – 5.9, 6+). A collective +1.6 via five successive bumps (1.8 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.4, 6+), Salem Media Group regional Mexican KRYP “93.1 El Rey” surrenders two-tenths to 3.2 (#12 to #13, 6+). October’s tie between the market’s two country outlets is broken in November as Entercom-owned KWJJ “99.5 The Wolf” – The Northwest’s Hottest Country” is up one-tenth (3.7 – 3.8, unchanged at #8), while Alpha Media’s KUPL “98.7 The Bull – #1 For New Country” drops three-tenths and exits the top ten (3.7 – 3.4, #8 to #11, 6+). A combined +1.5 in August/September (3.5 – 3.7 – 5.0, 6+), with September’s 5.0 its strongest (6+) showing since August 2017’s 5.2, “The Wolf” erased September’s +1.3 with an October -1.3 (3.7 – 5.0 – 3.7, 6+). Meanwhile, “The Bull” rebounded from September’s -1.2 with an October +.8 (to 3.7, 6+), thus halting three consecutive setbacks in which it lost roughly half (-2.8) its 6+ AQH share (5.7 – 4.4 – 4.1 – 2.9, 6+). After posting a 1.8 in June (#20, 6+), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KLVP “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” is unlisted the fifth month in succession.

Charlotte

Spoken-Word Formats – Up eight-tenths as a result of three positive spikes in a row (3.3 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.1, 6+), Entercom news/talk WBT (Carolina Panthers) cracks the top ten (#11 to #10).

Co-owned WFNZ “The Fan – Charlotte’s Sports Leader” has a July 2019 through November 2019 topline of: 1.3 – 1.8 – 1.6 – 1.9 – 1.7 (#17 to #18, 6+).

In all 11 of this year’s monthly reports, University Radio Foundation news/talk WFAE has remained in two-share range: 2.7 – 2.9 – 2.3 – 2.8 – 2.3 – 2.1 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 2.7 (#15 to #14, 6+).

Charlotte Music Formats – Roaring back from September/October’s -1.2 (6.8 – 6.1 – 5.6, 6+) with a robust +1.5 to 7.1 (6+), Beasley Media Group-owned WSOC “103.7 Country’s Hottest Hits” jumps from fifth to second. WSOC was up eight-tenths in August after being -1.5 in June/July (7.5 – 6.9 – 6.0, 6+). Prior to segueing to June’s runner-up slot, “103.7 Country’s Hottest Hits” was on top the previous four months. Dropping from fourth to sixth is iHeartMedia’s similarly-programmed WKKT “96.9 The Kat – Charlotte’s #1 for New Country” (5.7 – 5.4, -.3, 6+). In advance of August/September’s -1.1 (6.6 – 6.0 – 5.5, 6+), “The Kat” was a collective +1.3 via five successive positive or neutral moves, (5.3 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.6, 6+). Adding nine-tenths to October’s +.4 (4.9 – 5.3 – 6.2, 6+), Beasley Media Group adult contemporary WKQC “K-104.7 More Music/Better Variety” vaults from sixth to third with its best 6+-stat (6.2) since “Holiday” 2018’s 12.9. Continuing an alternating up/down pattern that began in April (5.1 – 5.5 – 5.4 – 6.8 – 4.9 – 5.3 – 4.7 – 4.9, 6+), Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies WOSF “105.3 R n B” advances from eighth to seventh. While it is #1 the third month in a row, iHeartMedia classic rock WRFX “99.7 The Fox” drops one-tenth to 8.2 (6+), thus halting at four its consecutive string of upticks that produced a collective +2.9 (5.4 – 6.4 – 6.7 – 7.5 – 8.3, 6+). Prior to September, “The Fox” last occupied the top spot in March 2018 (7.3, 6+). Down two-tenths in September/October (1.2 – 1.1 – 1.0, 6+), Radio Training Network contemporary Christian WLFJ “HIS Radio” improves by one-half share to 1.5 (steady at #19, 6+). Conversely, regressing by one-half share are iHeartMedia adult hits WLKO “102.9 The Lake” (5.9, second to fifth, 6+) and CHR cluster-mate WHQC “Hits 96.1” (flat at #10). “The Lake” had been a combined +.7 in September/October (5.7 – 5.9 – 6.4, 6+); “Hits 96.1” has lost nine-tenths in October/November (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.1, 6+). Owing to four consecutive reports without an increase, Entercom hot AC WLNK “107.9 The Link Charlotte’s Best Mix” is an overall -1.5 (4.6 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 3.7 – 3.4 – 3.1, unchanged at #12, 6+). After recording a one-half share increase in June (2.1 – 2.6, #14, 6+), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WRCM “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” is unlisted the fifth month in a row.

San Antonio

Spoken-Word Formats – Having posted four straight sweeps without a loss for an overall +1.4 (4.3 – 5.0 – 5.6 – 5.6 – 5.7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WOAI “News Radio 1200 – San Antonio’s News, Traffic, & Weather” forfeits three-tenths to 5.4 (second to third, 6+). The August 2019 through November 2019 topline for Alpha Media news/talk KTSA is: 1.8 – 1.7 – 2.0 – 1.8 (6+); “Stay Connected” departs the top twenty (#19 to #21).

More than tripling (+.5) its 6+ AQH-share as a result of six successive up or flat moves (.2 – .3 – .3 – .5 – .7 – .7 – .7, 6+), iHeartMedia sports talk KTKR “Ticket 760 – San Antonio’s Sports Station” climbs from #28 to #27. Alpha Media’s similarly-programmed KZDC “ESPN San Antonio” records its third straight report without a loss for a net gain of three-tenths (.2 – .3 – .3 – .5, #33 to #30, 6+).

Progressing from #14 to #13, Texas Public Radio news/talk KSTX is up one-half share in three bumps in succession (3.0 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.5, 6+).

San Antonio Music Formats – After trending 2.7 – 2.9 – 2.5 (August – September – October, 6+), iHeartMedia Spanish contemporary KZEP “Latino Hits 104.5” breaks out a +.7 to 3.2 (#17 to #15, 6+). A combined +.7 in October/November (.9 – 1.0 – 1.6, 6+), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KZAR “Air 1 Worship Now” checks in at #22. Flashing gains of one-half share each are Alpha Media adult hits KJXK “102.7 Jack FM Playing What We Want” (fifth to third) and iHeartMedia CHR KXXM “96.1 Now” (#12 to #10). This is the fifth time in a row San Antonio’s version of “Jack” posts a positive or neutral trend for a cumulative +1.6 (3.8 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 5.4, 6+). Additionally, it’s the first time KJXK reaches the five-share threshold (5.4, 6+) in exactly one year (5.3, November 2018). Within 3.0 – 3.9 range (6+) in each of the previous 14 ratings periods, “Now” is up seven-tenths in October/November (3.3 – 3.5 – 4.0, 6+). Not only is Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM an overall +1.5 as a result of three upticks in a row (6.7 – 7.2 – 7.8 – 8.2, 6+), “101.1 San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” is #1 the ninth consecutive month. September’s increase suspended three drops in succession that accounted for an overall -1.8 (8.5 – 8.2 – 7.1 – 6.7, 6+). Whereas May’s 8.5 is its highest 6+-stat since September 2018’s 8.8, August’s 6.7 (6+) is KONO-FM’s lowest since 6.0 (6+) in “Holiday” 2018. “San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” had been the runner-up five successive times before progressing to #1 in March. After trending 4.7 – 4.8 – 4.6 (August – September – October, 6+), cluster-mate KISS “99.5 Rocks San Antonio” erodes by -1.3 to 3.3 (6+, 6+), plummeting from the top ten (#6 to #14). The last time KISS fell below a four-share (6+) was August 2018 (3.9). Hot AC sibling KSMG was a combined +1.2 in September/October (4.3 – 5.1 – 5.5, 6+) but “Magic 105.3” falters by six-tenths in November to 4.9 (fourth to fifth, 6+). Four successive positive spikes by Univision Radio regional Mexican KROM delivered a collective +1.3 (3.2 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.7 – 4.5, 6+) and “Que Buena 92.9” crossed the four-share mark (4.5) for the first time since “Holiday” 2018 (4.1). In November though, KROM drops two-tenths to 4.3 yet advances from eighth to seventh. Another positive streak comes to an end as Alpha Media CHR KTFM surrenders four-tenths to 4.2 (sixth to eighth, 6+). “Energy 94.1” had been an overall +2.0 through four straight upticks (2.6 – 2.9 – 3.3 – 4.2 – 4.6, 6+). A one-tenth increase to 5.8 (flat at #2, 6+) by Cox Media Group-owned KCYY “Y-100 San Antonio’s New Country Leader” pulls the plug on five straight decreases that accounted for an overall -1.5 (7.2 – 6.9 – 6.4 – 6.2 – 6.1 – 5.7, 6+). Recent shifts for “Y-100” include: -1.1 (“Holiday” 2018); +1.8 (January 2019); +.6 (February); -.6 (March); +.6 (May); and -.5 (July). Its format foe – iHeartMedia’s KAJA “KJ-97 San Antonio’s #1 Country Station” – answers October’s -1.1 (5.4 – 4.3, 6+) with a November boost of three-tenths to 4.6 (ninth to sixth, 6+). Before gaining three-tenths in September, KAJA was -1.1 in three consecutive losses (6.2 – 6.0 – 5.5 – 5.1, 6+). “KJ-97” has been +1.0 (December 2018); -1.0 (“Holiday” 2018); +3.0 (January 2019); –1.9 (March); -.5 (July); and -1.1 (October).

Sacramento

Spoken-Word Formats – Owing to five successive sweeps without a loss, iHeartMedia-owned news/talk KFBK is a collective +1.5 (5.2 – 5.2 – 5.7 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 6.7, 6+) and continues in third-place. This (6.7) is the best 6+-stat for “Sacramento’s News, Weather and Traffic Station” since February’s 7.0. Co-owned KSTE “Talk 650,” however, is -1.0 via three drops in a row (3.3 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.3, flat at #14, 6+).

Following October’s loss of one-tenth (1.0 – .9, 6+), Entercom sports talk KIFM-AM “ESPN Radio 1320” bounces back with a +.4 to 1.3 (6+) and cracks the top twenty (#21 to #19). Five successive sweeps without a loss by Bonneville’s KHTK resulted in an overall gain of three-tenths (.6 – .6 – .7 – .8 – .9 – .9, 6+), but “Sports 1140” drops one-tenth to .8 (#21 to #22, 6+). These two sports talkers were tied in July, August, and October.

Continuing an alternating up/down pattern that began in June, Capital Public Radio news/talk KXJZ logs a November +.9 and advances from fifth to fourth (4.7 – 5.0 – 4.8 – 5.3 – 5.1 – 6.0, 6+). December 2018’s 6.9 is the highest 6+-stat in its PPM-history.

Sacramento Music Formats – Approximately one year ago (mid-November 2018), iHeartMedia transitioned KBEB from country to adult contemporary. The recent rollercoaster ride for “92.5 The Breeze” includes being a combined +.9 in August/September (3.9 – 4.4 – 4.8, 6+); off nine-tenths in October; and now up six-tenths in November (3.9 – 4.5, #12 to #7, 6+). It is now tied with its format rival – Bonneville’s KYMX “Mix 96,” which follows September’s 4.2 (6+) with back-to-back 4.5 showings (eighth to seventh, 6+). In the 13 reports since KBEB’s format switch, “Mix” has prevailed 11 times; “The Breeze” has come on top once (September, 4.8 to 4.2, 6+); and this is the first tie between the AC rivals. Posting one-half share increases are Entercom’s KRXQ “98 Rock” (5.3 – 5.8, fourth to fifth, 6+) and iHeartMedia classic rocker KYRV “93.7 The River” (5.1, seventh to sixth, 6+). After three successive gains generated a +1.1 (5.0 – 5.2 – 6.0 – 6.1, 6+), “98 Rock” regressed by eight-tenths in October. Meanwhile, “The River” pulls the plug on four straight decreases that accounted for a -2.0 (6.6 – 6.3 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 4.6, 6+). Preceding that, KYRV posted four consecutive improvements that yielded a +1.4 (5.2 – 5.3 – 5.5 – 5.7 – 6.6, 6+). Even though it surrenders the two-tenths it acquired in October (7.6 – 7.8 – 7.6, 6+), Entercom-owned KSEG “96.9 The Eagle – Sacramento’s Classic Rock” is #1 the tenth month in a row. Its July 2019 through November 2019 topline is: 7.8 – 7.9 – 7.6 – 7.8 – 7.6 (6+). “The Eagle” held the lead position ten consecutive survey periods before shifting to #2 in December 2018. Its recent fluctuations include: -.8 (“Holiday” 2018); +1.0 (February 2019); -.5 (April); +.9 (May); -.6 (June); and -.5 (July). The three most recent shifts by iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic oldies KHYL “V-101” are -.8 (September); +.5 (October); and -.6 in November (4.5 – 3.9, eighth to tenth, 6+). Also faltering by six-tenths in November are Bonneville hot AC KZZO “Now 100.5 Today’s Best Hits” (3.8, #10 to #12, 6+) and Entercom rhythmic CHR KSFM (3.1, flat at #13). “Now” had been an overall +1.2 in three straight spikes (3.2 – 3.6 – 4.1 – 4.4, 6+) and recorded its highest 6+-figure since May 2018 (4.4, as well); KSFM was a combined +.7 in September/October (3.0 – 3.5 – 3.7, 6+). As a result of six down or flat trends in succession (6.0 – 5.7 – 5.7 – 5.5 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 4.5, 6+), Entercom CHR KUDL is an overall -1.3; “106.5 The End” falls from sixth to a three-way tie at seventh.

Pittsburgh

Spoken-Word Formats –  Up or flat the past three sweeps for a collective increase of nine-tenths (3.2 – 3.2 – 3.6 – 4.1, 6+), Entercom’s KDKA-AM forfeits two-tenths to 3.9 (6+) but repeats at #10.

A combined +1.4 in September/October (5.7 – 6.3 – 7.1, 6+), co-owned sports talk KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan” is off four-tenths to 6.7 (6+) and remains in fourth-place. Similarly-formatted/iHeartMedia-owned WBGG 970 AM – ESPN Pittsburgh” (Steelers) drops two-tenths (.5 – .3, #24 to #25, 6+).

Flat at #11, Essential Public Media news/talk WESA “90.5 Pittsburgh’s NPR Station” follows October’s one-half share loss with a November increase of one-tenth (4.2 – 3.7 – 3.8, 6+).

Pittsburgh Music Formats – A combined -1.0 in September/October (8.8 – 8.2, -.6, 6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWSW erases all but one-tenth of that deficit with a November +.9 to 9.1 (6+) and repeats in the runner-up slot. Immediately prior to the October sweep, “94.5 3WS” spent three successive months at #1. Its -.4 in September interrupted three increases in succession that led to an overall +1.5 (7.7 – 8.5 – 8.9 – 9.2, 6+); August’s 9.2 was its best 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2018 (13.6). Co-owned/similarly-formatted WWSW-HD2 notes its tenth straight sweep without a loss for a net gain of three-tenths (.1 – .1 – .1 -.1 – .1 – .1 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .3 – .4, #24, 6+). Steel City Media hot AC WLTJ has a June 2019 through November 2019 alternating up/down pattern of 3.7 – 3.9 – 3.1 – 3.5 – 2.7 – 2.9 (6+); “Q-92.9” continues at #12. Unlisted in July, August, and September, Forever Media country outlet WOGI reappeared in print with a 1.0 (October, 6+) and “Froggy” gains one-half share to 1.5 (#19 to #16, 6+). Repeating in the top spot is iHeartMedia-owned rocker WDVE (Steelers), which adds one-tenth to October’s +1.1 (9.4 – 9.5, 6+). In advance of the October sweep, WDVE was a collective -1.2 through three negative trends in a row (9.5 – 8.7 – 8.6 – 8.3, 6+). Four straight jumps by alternative sibling WXDX accounted for a +1.9 (3.0 – 3.6 – 3.9 – 4.5 – 4.9, 6+) but “105.9 The X” falters by one-half share in November to 4.4 (seventh to eighth, 6+). Co-owned CHR WKST “96.1 Kiss – Pittsburgh’s #1 Hit Music Station” logged a fluctuation of seven-tenths in each of the last three months: +.7 (August); -.7 (September); and -.7 (October). That comes to a close in November as “Kiss” is down two-tenths (5.2 – 5.0, flat at #5, 6+). August’s 6.6 was the best 6+-showing for “Kiss” since September 2018’s 6.7. Off one-half share (in addition to WXDX) is Entercom-owned WDSY “Pittsburgh’s Country Y-108” (4.7, fifth to sixth), which had been +1.0 in three straight positive or neutral shifts (4.2 – 4.2 – 4.9 – 5.2, 6+). Despite being an overall -1.7 as a result of six negative or neutral moves in a row (6.3 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.0 – 4.8 – 4.6, 6+), Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WSHH “Wish 99.7” advances from eighth to seventh.

Salt Lake City

Spoken-Word Formats – On the heels of October’s mammoth +2.4 (4.0 – 6.4, 6+), Bonneville-owned KSL “News Radio 102.7 FM & 1160 AM” relinquishes seven-tenths to 5.7 (third to fourth, 6+). When KSL gained six-tenths in September (3.4 – 4.0, 6+), it pulled the plug on four consecutive down or flat moves that led to a collective -1.8 (5.2 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.6 – 3.4, 6+); August’s 3.4 is KSL’s lowest 6+ PPM-stat. Taking its turn for registering a colossal increase is iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted KNRS, as “Talk Radio 105.9 – Listen And You’ll Know” crosses the five-share level and vaults into the top ten (3.2 – 5.2, +.2.0, #12 to #6, 6+). October’s increase of four-tenths halted three straight down or flat sweeps that led to a loss of nine-tenths (3.7 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+). Up or flat the sixth survey period in a row for a net gain of two-tenths (.3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .5 – .5, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KKAT “860 AM – Utah’s Big Talker” is anchored at #21.

For the 11th sweep in a row, Broadway Media sports talk KALL “ESPN 700” is unlisted.

Albeit off four-tenths in October/November (2.2 – 2.1 – 1.8, 6+), University of Utah news/talk KUER progresses from #16 to #15.

Salt Lake City Music Formats – By gaining four-tenths to 6.3 (fourth to second, 6+), Bonneville classic hits-oldies KRSP “103.5 The Arrow” applies the brakes to three downward moves in a row that resulted in a -1.7 (7.6 – 7.2 – 6.3 – 5.9, 6+); 5.9 is its lowest 6+-showing since December 2018’s 5.7. KRSP’s July improvement of eight-tenths interrupted May/June’s -1.4 (8.2 – 7.6 – 6.8, 6+), which followed five consecutive increases resulting in an overall +2.5 (5.7 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 7.0 – 7.8 – 8.2, 6+). Before being July’s market leader, “Arrow” had an April-only stay at #1. Tied in eighth place are hot AC rivals Capital Broadcasting’-owned KBZN “Now 97.9 – Today’s Best Music” (4.8 – 4.9, +.1, flat at #8, 6+) and iHeartMedia’s KJMY “My-99.5” (sixth to eighth). Entering the November sweep, “Now” had fluctuations of +.7 (July); -1.1 (August); +1.0 (September); and -1.3 (October). As a result of three drops in a row, KJMY is -1.0 (5.9 – 5.4 – 5.0 – 4.9, 6+). Up one-half share in October/November (6.3 – 6.7 – 6.8, 6+), Bonneville’s KSFI “FM 100.3 – Better Music/Better Work Day” repeats at #1. Immediately prior, “FM 100.3” was -2.0 via four straight negative moves (8.3 – 8.0 – 6.7 – 6.6 – 6.3, 6+). KSFI was on top five months in a row; segued to the runner-up slot in April; and returned to #1 in May and June. “FM 100.3” was the only PPM-market station in “Holiday” 2018 to reach the 20-share level (21.8, 6+). After gaining six-tenths in October (3.4 – 4.0, 6+) and reaching the four-share level (4.0) for the first time since January’s 4.2, Cumulus Media’s similarly-formatted KBEE is -1.0 in November to 3.0 (6+). “B-98.7 Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites” departs the top ten (#10 to #12). Its CHR sibling, KENZ “Power 94.9 – Utah’s New Hit Music,” is off four-tenths to 3.1 (flat at #11, 6+), thus curtailing four upticks in a row that netted a +1.0 (2.5 – 2.7 – 2.8 – 3.2 – 3.5, 6+). KLO Broadcasting’s KSQN “103.1 The Wave – Your Classic Alternative” is without an increase the seventh sweep in a row for a roughly 47% loss (-.8) of its 6+ AQH share (1.7 – 1.5 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1 – .9 – .9, flat at #18, 6+). These Broadway Media stations are unlisted the 11t sweep in a row: adult hits KYMV; alternative KXRK; CHR KUDD; country KEGA; and rhythmic CHR KUUU.

Las Vegas

Spoken-Word Formats – Not only does Entercom-owned KXNT erase October’s loss of one-tenth with a November gain of four-tenths (2.2 – 2.6, 6+), “News Talk Radio 840” rockets from #18 to #12. As a result of three successive sweeps without a decrease (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.3, 6+), Beasley Media Group news/talk KDWN “AM 720 Where Las Vegas Comes to Talk” is up three-tenths and progresses from #24 to #21.

Tied with KDWN is Lotus Communications sports talk KWWN “ESPN Radio 1100,” which more than tripled (+1.0) its 6+ AQH-share (.4 – .5 – .5 -.5 – .8 – 1.3 – 1.4, 6+) in six consecutive positive or neutral reports but drops one-tenth to 1.3 (#22 to #21, 6+). Entercom sports talk KXST “CBS Sports Radio 1140 AM” is up one-tenth in back-to-back sweeps (.3 – .4 – .5, #26, 6+).

Owing to three major drops in succession (4.8 – 4.1 – 3.3 – 2.3, 6+), Nevada Public Radio news/talk KNPR has lost roughly 52% (-2.5) of its 6+ AQH share and craters from the top ten (#8 to #18).

Las Vegas Music Formats – Without an increase the past three reports for an overall -1.7 (4.1 – 2.7 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KYMT “93.1 The Mountain – World Class Rock” roars back with a +1.1 to 3.5 (6+) and enters the top ten (#14 to #8, 6+). Tacking on nine-tenths to October’s +.7 (3.6 – 4.5, 6+), Entercom rhythmic hot AC KXQQ advances from sixth to fifth. Immediately prior to October, “Q-100.5” posted four straight sweeps without an increase that resulted in a -2.1 (5.0 – 3.6 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+). That particular streak directly trailed its cumulative +1.1 in five consecutive up or flat moves (3.9 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 5.0, 6+). In May 2019, KXQQ reached the five-share level (6+) for the first time since May 2018 (5.0, as well). After trending 2.7 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 2.4 (May through October, 6+), Entercom alternative KXTE “X-107.5” busts out a +.8 to 3.2 (#14 to #11, 6+), its best 6+-stat in exactly one year (November 2018, 3.2, as well). Despite being up six-tenths through four successive sweeps without a loss (3.3 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.9, 6+) and posting its highest 6+-stat since June (3.9, as well), Beasley Media Group hot AC KVGS “Star 107.9” backslides from fifth to seventh. Similarly, Faith Communications contemporary Christian KSOS “SOS Radio” has its fifth consecutive positive or neutral report for a +.6 (2.7 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3, 6+) yet moves from eighth to ninth; 3.3 in September, October, and November represents its best 6+ showing since April’s 3.4. An increase of six-tenths (3.5 – 4.1, seventh to sixth) takes Lotus Communications’ KWID “La Buena 101.9” to its highest 6+- stat since June’s 5.1. Co-owned KXPT “97.1 The Point #1 For Classic Rock,” which had been an overall +1.3 through three improvements in a row (4.5 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.8, 6+), falters by four-tenths to 5.4 (6+) but remains in third-place. The combination of iHeartMedia adult contemporary KSNE “Sunny 106.5 – Better Music For A Better Workday” sputtering by six-tenths (8.0 – 7.4, first to second, 6+) and Beasley Media group classic hits-oldies KKLZ “Hits of the ‘80s and More” gaining three-tenths (second to first) results in the two swapping places. Although off nine-tenths in September, “Sunny” had been on top the past four sweeps. September’s loss snapped at three its consecutive string of upticks that yielded a +3.8 (4.8 – 6.0 – 7.6 – 8.6, 6+). Prior to May, it last fell below a five-share (6+) in October 2017 (4.8, as well). “Holiday” 2018’s 12.8 is the highest 6+-share for any Las Vegas station since the 14.0 KSNE logged in “Holiday” 2016. Meanwhile, KKLZ is a collective +1.9 through five consecutive bumps (6.1 – 7.2 – 7.4 – 7.6 – 7.7 – 8.0, 6+) and logs its best 6+-share (8.0) since February’s 8.3. Taking over from KSNE at #1 in February, KKLZ remained on top through June, before giving way to “Sunny.” In five straight down or flat reports, Beasley Media Group’s country-formatted KCYE “102.7 The Coyote” is an overall -1.5 (4.1 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.0 – 2.6 – 2.6, flat at #13, 6+). It is one-tenth ahead of iHeartMedia’s similarly-programmed KWNR “95.5 The Bull – Las Vegas’ New Country Leader” (#11 to #16, 6+), which is a combined -.9 in October/November (3.4 – 2.8 – 2.5, 6+). This is the 11th time in a row that Entravision Communications regional Mexican KQRT and Spanish contemporary sibling KRRN are unlisted.

Orlando

Spoken-Word Formats – Gaining three-tenths (4.4 – 4.7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned news/talk WTKS remains in ninth-place. Before dropping one-tenth in October, “Real Radio 104.1 – We Say What We Want” was a collective +1.0 as a result of three straight improvements (3.5 – 3.8 – 4.1 – 4.5, 6+). Up nine-tenths in September, Cox Media Group news/talk WDBO-FM “News 96.5” is now a combined -1.3 in October/November (5.1 – 4.2 – 3.8, #11 to #12, 6+). Four-tenths behind WDBO-FM is iHeartMedia news/talk WFLF “News Radio Orlando,” which is +.9 in October/November (2.5 – 3.1 – 3.4, #14 to #13, 6+).

Logging its eighth up or flat trend in succession for a net gain of +1.1 (.2 – .3 – .3 – .7 – .7 – .7 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.3, 6+), Cox Media Group sports talk WDBO-AM “ESPN 580 Orlando” carries on at #16. Although flat at 1.1 (6+), iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted WYGM “FM 96.9 The Game – Orlando’s Sports Leader” drops from #16 to #19.

A combined +.9 in September/October (2.5 – 3.3 – 3.4, 6+), Community Communications’ news/talk WMFE “90.7 Public Radio for Central Florida” is off three-tenths in November to 3.1 (#13 to #15, 6+).

Orlando Music Formats – Six recent fluctuations by Cox Media Group-owned WWKA include: -.5 (May); +.6 (June); -.5 (August); +.6 (September); -.9 (October); and now +.9 in November (3.8 – 4.7, 6+). “K-92.3 Orlando’s #1 For New Country” returns to the top ten (#12 to #9); its internet stream is up six-tenths (.2 – .8, #21, 6+). Gaining six-tenths as well are WWKA’s rhythmic CHR sibling WPYO “Power 95.3 Orlando’s New #1 For All The Hits,” which is +1.1 via three straight upticks (3.8 – 3.9 – 4.3, 4.9, tenth to sixth, 6+), and Entercom classic hits-oldies WOCL “105-9 Sunny FM – We Own The ‘80s” (9.1, 6+). Setting the pace the seventh month in a row, WOCL was a combined -2.5 in September/October (11.0 – 9.5 – 8.5, 6+). Immediately in advance of the September sweep, “Sunny” netted a +3.1 through four consecutive bumps (7.9 – 9.0 – 9.4 – 10.8 – 11.0, 6+). July’s 10.8 marked the first time any Orlando station hit double-digits (6+) since “Holiday” 2018 when iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMGF reached 14.3 (6+). After improving by six-tenths in October (4.2 – 4.8, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WJRR “101.1 Orlando’s Rock Station” surrenders nine-tenths to 3.9 (6+) and exits the top ten (#8 to #11). University of Central Florida-owned WUCF “89.9 Jazz & More” notches its sixth positive or neutral report in a row for a collective gain of four-tenths (.7 – .7 – .8 – .8 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1, steady at #19, 6+). After being up one-half share via three straight sweeps without a loss (5.1 – 5.1 – 5.4 – 5.6, 6+), Cox Media Group urban AC WCFB “Star 94.5” forfeits seven-tenths and falls below a five-share (4.9, flat at #6, 6+). Five decreases in a row by iHeartMedia Spanish tropical WRUM have resulted in a collective -2.1 (8.7 – 8.5 – 7.8 – 7.1 – 7.0 – 6.6, 6+) as “Rumba 100.3” repeats in fourth-place. WRUM occupied the runner-up slot three months in a row but fell to third in August. Entravision Communications’ similarly-formatted WNUE is unlisted for the 10th successive report.

Cincinnati

Spoken-Word Formats – On top the past three months, iHeartMedia news/talk WLW (Bengals) is a combined -2.0 in three successive down or flat moves (10.7 – 10.7 – 9.8 – 8.7, 6+) and segues to the runner-up slot. This (8.7) is the lowest 6+-stat for “The Big One” since “Holiday” 2018’s 7.5. Co-owned WKRC “55 KRC The Talk Station” is in an alternating July 2019 through November 2019 up/down pattern (2.7 – 3.2 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 2.8, 6+) and departs the top ten (#10 to #13).

Sports talk cluster-mate WCKY “Cincinnati’s ESPN 1530” more than triples (+1.1) its 6+ AQH share in four straight sweeps without a loss (.5 – .8 – .8 – 1.1 – 1.6, 6+) and continues at #17. The extremely consistent April 2019 through November 2019 topline for co-owned WSAI “Fox Sports 1360” is: .4 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .4 (6+).

This is the third report a row in which Cincinnati Public Radio news/talk WVXU posts a 2.9 (6+), moving from a three-way tie at #12 to a conventional tie at #11.

Cincinnati Music Formats – Not only does Cumulus Media’s WNNF net a +2.0 in three straight upticks and cross the three-share level (1.9 – 2.3 – 2.9 – 3.9, 6+), “Cat Country 94.1” enters the top ten (#12 to #8). Jumping eight-tenths each are Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WKRQ “Q-102 Cincinnati’s Hit Music” (6.7, fifth to fourth) and Grant County Broadcasters’ WNKN “Classic Country” (2.9, #16 to #11, 6+). “Q-102” had been within 5.4 – 5.9 range (6+) in each of the last eight survey periods (5.7 – 5.6 – 5.5 – 5.7 – 5.4 – 5.9 – 5.7 – 5.9, 6+); WNKN was down four-tenths in September/October (2.5 – 2.4 – 2.1, 6+). Despite dropping the one-tenth it picked up in October, Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WGRR “103.5 Cincinnati’s Greatest Hits” advances from second to first and has an August 2019 through November 2019 topline of: 9.1 – 9.3 – 9.4 – 9.3 (6+). Co-owned WFTK “96 Rock,” which was a combined +.7 in September/October (2.2 – 2.7 – 2.9, 6+), forfeits that increase in its entirety (2.2, -.7, #12 to #16, 6+). Still in that Cumulus Media cluster, adult contemporary WRRM “Warm 98.5” falls below a six share and is -2.0 as a result of six successive setbacks (7.5 – 6.9 – 6.8 – 6.5 – 6.4 – 6.0 – 5.5, fourth to fifth, 6+). Radio One urban AC WOSL “100.3 Cinci’s R&B Station” is an overall -1.2 since July (4.0 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.0 – 2.8, #11 to #13, 6+) and has its lowest 6+-stat (2.8) since “Holiday” 2018’s 2.6.

Cleveland

Spoken-Word Formats – Down three-tenths (5.8 – 5.5, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WTAM slips from sixth to eighth. Eight other recent fluctuations for “1100 Cleveland’s News Radio” include: -.6 (March); +.9 (April); -.7 (May); +.5 (June); +.5 (July); +1.1 (August); -.7 (September) and -.7 (October). Unlisted in July, August, and September, Salem Media Group news/talk WHK resurfaced in print with a .9 (#17, 6+) in October; “AM 1420 The Answer – News-Opinion-Insight” repeats that 6+ AQH share (.9) and rank (#17) in November. Simulcasting co-owned news/talk WERE, Radio One’s WZAK-HD3 pops on at #19 (.6, 6+).

As a result of five upticks in a row, Entercom’s WKRK “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” (Browns) is a collective +2.7 (3.0 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 4.4 – 5.3 – 5.7, eighth to seventh, 6+).

Flat at #12, Ideastream-owned news/talk WCPN is up nine-tenths in October/November (2.7 – 3.3 – 3.6, 6+), immediately after September’s -1.3 (4.0 – 2.7, 6+). September’s 2.7 marked the first time WCPN fell below a three-share since “Holiday” 2018’s 2.1.

Cleveland Music Formats – The June 2019 through October 2019 topline of iHeartMedia-owned WGAR is 8.1 – 8.1 – 8.3 – 8.0 – 8.1 (6+), but with a bump of nine-tenths, “99.5 Cleveland’s #1 For New Country” reaches the nine-share level (9.0, third to second, 6+). Not only does co-owned classic hits-oldies WMJI bounce back from October’s loss of four-tenths with an increase twice that magnitude (8.6 – 9.4, +.8, 6+), “Majic 105.7 – Cleveland’s Greatest Hits” is #1 the third month in a row. Prior to shifting to third in August, WMJI was the market leader eight straight sweeps. Recent “Majic” shifts include: +2.8 (“Holiday” 2018); -1.7 (January 2019); +.8 (February); +1.0 (March); -1.0 (April); -.6 (July); -1.0 (August); +.8 (September); and +.8 (October). With a gain of six-tenths, Entercom adult contemporary WDOK “Cleveland’s Star 102” now has a July 2019 through November 2019 topline of 6.6 – 7.2 – 6.6 – 6.6 – 7.2 (fifth to third, 6+). Hot AC sibling WQAL posts its third straight up or flat trend for a collective +.6. “Q-104” reenters the top ten (#11 to #10) with its best 6+-stat (4.4) since “Holiday” 2018’s 4.7. The three latest (6+) fluctuations for cluster-mate WNCX “98.5 Cleveland’s Classic Rock” are -.9 (September); +.8 (October); and -1.2 in November (8.3 – 7.4 – 8.2 – 7.0, second to fourth, 6+). WNCX shared the lead in August with aforementioned WGAR. Prior to August/September’s -1.1 (8.5 – 8.3 – 7.4, 6+), WNCX was a collective +2.1 via five straight improvements (6.4 – 7.0 – 7.6 – 7.3 – 8.4 – 8.5, 6+). Up a combined seven-tenths in September/October (4.3 – 4.9 – 5.0, 6+), Radio One urban contemporary WENZ “Z-107.9” falters by -1.0 in November and exits the top ten (4.0, #10 to #11, 6+). Co-owned urban AC WZAK was +.6 (September); -.5 (October); and now -.7 in November (7.6 – 8.2 – 7.7 – 7.0, flat at #4, 6+). WZAK was -1.1 in July (7.8 – 6.7) and then a combined +1.5 in August/September (6.7 – 7.6 – 8.2, 6+). When WZAK gained three-tenths in June, it halted five successive sweeps without an increase that resulted in a -1.2 (8.7 – 8.5 – 8.5 – 8.5 – 8.2 – 7.5, 6+). Unlisted in July, August, and September, Salem Media Group contemporary Christian WFHM reappeared in October with a 3.0 (6+), but “95.5 The Fish” forfeits eight-tenths to 2.2 (flat at #14, 6+). Following three straight gains for a collective +.7 (.9 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.6, 6+), Ideastream-owned WCLV “Classical 104.9” is off one-tenth to 1.5 (6+) but remains at #15; October’s 1.6 was its best 6+-showing since February’s 2.2. Within 3.1 – 3.9 range the tenth successive time (3.6 – 3.9 – 3.1 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3.9 – 3.8 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.5, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WAKS “96.5 Kiss FM” is unchanged at #13.

Kansas City

Spoken-Word Formats – Notwithstanding that Entercom news/talk KMBZ-FM is a collective +1.6 in three straight up or flat trends and crosses the six-share level (4.5 – 5.4 – 6.1 – 6.1, 6+), “98.1 News-Traffic-Weather” shifts from fourth to fifth. After losing an overall one-half share in four consecutive down or flat reports (2.3 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 1.8 – 1.8, 6+), co-owned KMBZ-AM “Talk 980” halts the slide with a gain of three-tenths to 2.1 (#20 to #18, 6+). Cumulus Media’s KCMO-AM “Talk Radio 710 AM” has a July 2019 through November 2019 topline of: 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.3 (flat at #21, 6+).

For the fourth time in the last five reports, Union Broadcasting’s WHB “Sports Radio 810” notches a fluctuation of four-tenths: 3.2 – 2.8 (July, 6+); 2.8 – 3.2 (August, 6+); 3.2 – 3.6 (September, 6+); and now 4.2 – 3.8 (November, seventh to ninth, 6+). October’s 4.2 was its best 6+-stat since January (5.0). By dropping six-tenths to 2.8 (#12 to #15, 6+), Entercom-owned KCSP “610 Sports Radio” suspends three straight improvements that accounted for a net gain of nine-tenths (2.5 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.4,  6+). This streak directly followed three drops in succession that resulted in a -1.5 (4.0 – 3.9 – 3.3 – 2.5, 6+).

After posting a June 2019 through October 2019 topline of: 4.1 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 4.4 – 4.1 (6+), University of Missouri news/talk KCUR hangs out a +.6 to 4.7 (eighth to sixth, 6+), its best 6+-stat since May (4.7).

Kansas City Music Formats – All three of the market’s major country FMs log October 2019 – November 2019 (6+) fluctuations of at least one full-share. On the plus side, Steel City Media’s KFKF “Country 94.1” balloons by +1.5 and is a combined +1.9 in October/November (4.5 – 4.9 – 6.4, fifth to fourth, 6+). This (6.4) marks the first time any Kansas City country outlet has crossed the six-share level since August 2018 (KFKF, 6.2, 6+). Entercom’s WDAF, which was a combined -1.4 in September/October (4.2 – 3.2 – 2.8, 6+), erases all but four-tenths of that shortfall with a +1.0 to 3.8 (6+). Meanwhile, KFKF cluster-mate KBEQ falters by -1.1 and is now an overall -1.6 in three straight setbacks (5.0 – 4.9 – 4.5, – 3.4, 6+). Whereas “106.5 The Wolf” reenters the top ten (#15 to #9), “Q-104 New Hit Country” drifts from it (#6 to #13). After notching a 4.1 (6+) in three of the last four sweeps (4.1 – 4.3 – 4.1 – 4.1, 6+), Entercom hot AC KZPT “99.7 The Point” dials up a +.6 to 4.7 (eighth to sixth, 6+). A combined +1.2 in September/October (9.3 – 10.3 – 10.5, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KCFX (Chiefs) surrenders half that increase to 9.9 (-.6, 6+). Nonetheless, “101 The Fox – Kansas City’s Classic Rock Station” is #1 the fifth month in a row. An August loss of six-tenths halted four straight gains that yielded a +2.6 (7.3 – 7.7 – 8.4 – 8.6 – 9.9, 6+). In this year’s 11 survey periods, KCFX has been on top eight times (January, February, May, July, August, September, October, and November), while its classic hits-oldies sibling, KCMO-FM “94.9 Kansas City’s Greatest Hits,” has set the pace the other three (March, April, and June). Down two-tenths but remaining in the runner-up slot, KCMO-FM has an August 2019 – November 2019 topline of: 8.6 – 8.2 – 8.8 – 8.6 (6+). From January through June, KCMO-FM was +3.8 through six successive sweeps without a loss (5.4 – 6.6 – 7.7 – 7.9 – 7.9 – 9.2 – 9.2, 6+). Seven of its recent fluctuations include: +1.6 (“Holiday” 2018); -1.3 (January 2019); +1.2 (February); +1.1 (March); +1.3 (June); -.6 (August); and +.6 (October). Still in that Cumulus Media cluster, KCJK “105.1 The X – Kansas City’s Rock Alternative” is off a combined nine-tenths in October/November (2.6 – 2.5 – 1.7, #18 to #20, 6+). The last time KCJK fell below a two-share (6+) was in February (1.9). Entercom’s KQRC “98.9 The Rock” has its fourth decrease in a row for a collective -1.5 and exits the top ten (4.9 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.7 – 3.4, #10 to #13, 6+).

Columbus

Spoken-Word Formats –  A combined +1.4 in September/October (5.0 – 5.6 – 6.4, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WTVN “News Radio 610” relinquishes three-tenths to 6.1 (fourth to fifth, 6+).

Unlisted in July, August, and September, Tegna’s WBNS-FM reappeared in print this time last month. Down one-tenth in November, “Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan” has a topline of 4.0 – 5.7 – 7.0 – 6.9 (second to third, 6+). October’s 7.0 represents its best printed 6+-stat since December 2018’s 7.3. Co-owned/similarly formatted WBNS-AM resurfaced in October as well and repeats October’s 6+ share (.2) and market rank (#19).

Through three straight bumps (4.3 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.2, 6+), Ohio State University news/talk WOSU is up nine-tenths and advances from seventh to sixth.

Columbus Music Formats – After being an overall -1.7 in five straight down or flat moves (8.6 – 7.4 – 7.1 – 6.9 – 6.9 – 6.9, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WNCI “97.9 Columbus’ Hit Music Station” erases roughly half that deficit with a November increase of nine-tenths (7.8, third to second). In addition to picking up eight-tenths in October/November (3.2 – 3.3 – 4.0, 6+), co-owned urban contemporary WZCB “106.7 The Beat” enters the top ten (#11 to #8). By gaining one-tenth to 3.9 (eighth to ninth, 6+), adult hits sibling WODC “93.3 The Bus” applies the brakes to three straight drops that resulted in a collective -1.8 (5.6 – 4.7 – 4.2 – 3.8, 6+). Prior to the June sweep, “The Bus” notched three consecutive up or flat sweeps that yielded a +1.0 (4.1 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 5.1, 6+). WODC has been +3.7 (December 2018/“Holiday” 2018); -4.1 (January 2019); +.9 (May); -.5 (June); +1.0 (July); -.9 (August); and -.5 (September). Progressing by one-half share each are Saga Communications adult contemporary WSNY “Sunny 95” (6.7, sixth to fourth, 6+) and Ohio State University’s WOSA “Classical 101” (1.3, #18 to #17, 6+). Immediately following its +.9 as a result of three successive up or flat trends (6.7 – 6.9 – 6.9 – 7.6, 6+), “Sunny 95” was a combined -1.4 in September/October (7.6 – 6.9 – 6.2, 6+). “Classical 101” was off four-tenths via four consecutive sweeps without an increase (1.2 – 1.1 – .9 – .8 – .8, 6+). Four successive upticks by Radio One gospel WJYD yield nine-tenths (1.1 – 1.4 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 2.0, #15 to #14, 6+) as “Joy 107.1” has its best 6+-showing (2.0) since May (2.0, as well). Shaking off October’s slip of eight-tenths with an improvement of two-tenths (10.7 – 10.9, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WCOL “92.3 Columbus’ #1 For New Country” is #1 the 24th sweep in a row and has been in double-digits (6+) each ratings period since June 2017. WCOL was up a combined seven-tenths in August/September (10.8 – 11.2 – 11.5, 6+), just after its overall -2.2 in three straight declines (13.0 -11.7 – 11.1 – 10.8, 6+). Sample WCOL fluctuations include: -2.1 (“Holiday” 2018); +.8 (January 2019); +.7 (February); +1.2 (April); -1.3 (May); -.6 (June); and -.8 (October). Owing to three successive setbacks, Saga Communications’ WLVQ “Q-FM 96 Iconic Rock” erodes by -2.4 and falls below a five-share (6.9 – 6.7 – 6.3 – 4.5, fifth to seventh, 6+) for the first time since April 2016 (4.5, as well). Off one-half share are co-owned classic hits-oldies WNND “Rewind” (1.9, #13 to #15, 6+) and One Connection Media Group contemporary Christian WCVO “104.9 The River,” which is trending 3.1 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 2.4 (flat at #12, 6+). Up three-tenths in October, “Rewind” was a combined -1.3 in August/September (3.4 – 2.8 – 2.1, 6+), directly following a collective +1.2 through four consecutive increases (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.5 – 3.0 – 3.4, 6+). Down or flat the fourth time in a row for a net loss of three-tenths (1.7 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.4, unchanged at #16, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rock WXZX “105.7 The Brew” has its lowest 6+-stat (1.4) since March (1.2).

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

| November 27, 2019

Round Two of November PPM’s Released. The second of four rounds of November 2019 PPM ratings data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Washington, Boston, Miami, Seattle, Detroit, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis.  The November 2019 rating period covered October 10 – November 6.  Some 6+ ratings gains of note for spoken-word stations during the November survey include: Cumulus Media’s news/talk WMAL-AM/FM, Washington adds 0.6 to its weekly, AQH share for 5.7 and #4 in the market; Entercom’s sports talk WJFK-FM, Washington adds a half share to its October increase for a 4.8 share and the #8 rank; Patriots football is good to Beasley Media Group’s WBZ-FM, Boston “98.5 The Sports Hub” as it adds 2.5 shares over the last three surveys for a 6.2 share and the #3 rank in the market; Entercom’s sports WXYT-FM, Detroit adds 0.8 tenths in November to land at a 5.5 share and #6 in the market; and iHeartMedia’s KFXN, Minneapolis “100.3 K-FAN” tacks a 0.5 share onto its six-month, 3.4 share surge to finish November with a 7.3 share and the #3 rank.  See all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Takeaways” from these markets here.

John Shumway Leaves KDKA-AM to Focus on Television Role. Pittsburgh news pro John Shumway is giving up his role as co-host of the morning drive show on Entercom’s KDKA-AM in order to focus on his reporting position with KDKA-TV, effective today (11/27).  In a memo to staff, Entercom Pittsburgh market manager Michael Spacciapolli says, “We have worked with John to determine it is best for him to relinquish his radio responsibilities and focus his time on his extraordinary work as a general assignment reporter at KDKA-TV.  John has been the cohost of the KDKA Radio morning news for over 15 years – his tireless work ethic and news judgment has been a cornerstone of KDKA Radio mornings.  His integrity is unquestionable. Simply put, John is one the most gifted, well-respected journalists in our city.  I want to personally thank John for his tireless work over the years with us, it has been an honor to work alongside him.”  Larry Richert remains host of the morning program.

Staskiewicz Promoted to Digital PD for Beasley Boston. At Beasley Media Group’s Boston station group, Tim Staskiewicz is promoted to digital program director.  He’d most recently been responsible for managing the digital programming efforts for sports talk WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” and WKLB “Country 102.5” for the past two years.  In his new role, he adds similar duties for urban contemporary WBQT “HOT 96.9,” classic hits WROR, and classic rock WBOS “ROCK 92.9.”  Prior to joining Beasley Media Group, Staskiewicz spent six years as the digital content director for CBS RADIO’s Boston operations.

COMING FRIDAY:  Holiday Weekend Installment of “The Michael Harrison Wrap: An Overview of the National Conversation.”   The Thanksgiving 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, will be posted Friday afternoon (11/29) on the website of its flagship station, iHeartMedia’s WONK-FM, Washington, DC.  The new episode titled “Thanksgiving Weekend Edition!” will look back at the week of November 25-29, 2019 and feature guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERSBrian Sussman, talk show host, KSFO, San Francisco; Thom Hartmann, talk show host, WYD Media NetworkDoug Stephan, talk show host, Stephan MultimediaBrian Weigand, talk show host, WIQO, Lynchburg, VA; Victoria Jones, executive director, DC Radio Company; and Dr. Renee Kohanski, forensic psychiatrist/medical profession podcaster.  This acclaimed news/talk radio show airs each week on WONK-FM, Washington, DC; WRKO, Boston; KSCO, Santa Cruz, CA; KBDT, Dallas; KQSP, Minneapolis; KBKW, Aberdeen, WA; the Virginia Talk Radio Network and Pioneer Valley Radio in Springfield, MA. It also appears on the iHeart Radio App.  To listen to this weekend’s episode (and the program’s complete archives), please click here.  To view the latest TALKERS magazine topic research, please click here.

Grayson Headed to Full-Time KMBZ-FM, Kansas City Gig? Several radio trades are reporting that longtime St. Louis-based talk radio host Jon Grayson is soon to be co-hosting the midday show with Jayme Monacelli at Entercom’s KMBZ-FM, Kansas City.  Grayson has been handling fill-in duties at the station since he exited CH Holdings’ KTRS, St. Louis a year ago.  Prior to his work with KTRS, he hosted the overnight show at Entercom’s KMOX, St. Louis that was, for a time nationally syndicated as “Overnight America.”  The KMBZ-FM website still lists Mike Wickett as co-host of the 10:00 am to 2:00 pm show.

Impeachment Hearings, 2020 Presidential Election, U.S.-China Trade Talks, Financial Markets Activity, UN Climate Change Report, Storms and Holiday Travel Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (11/26). The testimony in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump; the Democrats vying to challenge President Trump in 2020 and Democrat Michael Bloomberg’s entrance into the race; the on-again trade talks between the U.S. and China; the world’s financial markets react to the U.S.-China talks; the alarming conclusions in the latest UN climate change report; and the storms affecting Thanksgiving holiday travel were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

TALKERS News Notes. Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports that WLS-AM personality Jenniffer Weigel is moving her late night show to the earlier 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm slot, bumping the Westwood One-syndicated Mark Levin show to 9:00 pm to 12:00 midnight.  Weigel started working with the Cumulus Media station earlier this year contributing to the morning drive Mancow show…..The Long Island Nets and Hofstra University’s WRHU “Radio Hofstra University” are expanding their partnership to incorporate television production for the 2019-20 season.  The three-time Marconi Award winning station will continue as the team’s flagship radio station.  This is the first season that WRHU will partner with the Nets to produce the televised broadcasts of all 24 home games.  Students, led by WRHU’s director of operations John Mullen and general manager Bruce Avery, will work and learn as producers, audio engineers, 3-play/replay engineers, and graphics operators and coordinators.  Mark Lukasiewicz, Dean of Hofstra University’s Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, says, “The Long Island Nets have had a very fruitful relationship with Bruce Avery, John Mullen and the students of WRHU.  We look forward to working with Hofstra University on creating a best-in-league television production with our talented in-house production team.”…..In Charlotte, Entercom’s sports talk WFNZ is hosting “WFNZ’s 17th Annual Street Turkeys” – its annual food drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina and Loaves & Fishes.  Today, WFNZ is broadcasting 13 hours of live programming and encouraging listeners to donate turkeys, canned food, monetary donations, and non-perishable items…..Entercom news/talk WCCO, Minneapolis produced its 17th annual Union Gospel Mission Hunger Radiothon on November 18, raising more than $342,000 to benefit Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities.  Since 2003, the station has raised more than $3 million.  Pictured below is WCCO morning personality Dave Lee (right) speaking with a guest resident of the Union Gospel Mission.

Robert F.X. Sillerman Dead at 71. The former radio station owner passed away on Sunday (11/24) after suffering from respiratory illness.  Robert F.X. Sillerman is remembered in the radio business for the several radio companies he built and sold, starting with Sillerman-Morrow Broadcasting with partner “Cousin Brucie” Morrow.  He also built Capstar, partnered with Carl Hirsch’s Legacy Broadcasting, and built SFX Broadcasting, all of which he sold at considerable profits both before and during the era of consolidation.  He created SFX Entertainment after acquiring concert promotion businesses and sold it to then-Clear Channel which ultimately renamed it Live Nation.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. After recently announcing their Las Vegas residency presented by SiriusXM and their 50th anniversary tour, The Doobie Brothers are taking over SiriusXM’s Classic Vinyl channel this Thanksgiving weekend. The band will share insight behind their biggest hits and play music from their own catalogue as well as other artists and friends…..Yesterday morning (11/26), Westwood One’s internationally syndicated “The Ty Bentli Show” hosted a ‘Family Invasion’ with ACM Artist of the Decade Jason Aldean.  The whole morning was spent with Ty, TJ, and Chuck Wicks sharing a behind-the-scenes look at Aldean’s personal and road life as he prepares to spend Thanksgiving at brother-in-law Chuck’s house! Pictured below are (from l-r): Wicks, Aldean, Bentli, and TJ.

November PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Two

| November 27, 2019

November 2019 PPM Data. Information for the November 2019 ratings period has been released for Washington (DC), Boston, Miami, Seattle, Detroit, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. Nielsen Audio’s November 2019 survey period covered October 10 – November 6. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM-markets below.

Washington, DC

Spoken-Word Formats – This proves to be a particularly strong ratings period for several spoken-word facilities in the Nation’s Capital. Included in that group is Cumulus Media news/talk WMAL, which notches a +. 6 to 5.7 (seventh to fourth, 6+), thus pulling the plug on a mini-skid in which it lost two-tenths via three down or flat trends (5.3 – 5.3 – 5.1 – 5.1, 6+). March 2019’s 6.8 represents its best 6+-stat in the PPM-era. After posting a .2 (6+) in August 2018, Radio One’s WOL “News Talk – Where Information Is Power” is unlisted for the 16th sweep in succession.

An overall +1.7 in six straight up or flat moves (3.1 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 4.3 – 4.8, 6+), Entercom sports talk WJFK-FM “106.7 The Fan” continues in eighth-place. The flagship of the 2019 World Series champion Nationals registers the highest 6+-share (4.8) by any D.C. sports talk outlet in the PPM-era, besting the “old” record of 4.3, which WJFK-FM set this time last month. Radio One’s similarly-formatted WTEM “980 The Team,” which gained one-half share in September/October (.6 – .9 – 1.1, 6+), is off one-tenth to 1.0 (#19 to #20, 6+). Cumulus Media sports talk WSBN “ESPN 630 AM The Sports Capitol” adds one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.1 – .2 – .3, #30 to #29, 6+). Up until July 1, WSBN was news/talk WMAL-AM.

Wiping away September/October’s -.6 (8.0 – 7.5 – 7.4, 6+) with a November uptick of seven-tenths to 8.1 (6+),  Hubbard Broadcasting all-news WTOP-FM inches up from third to second. Before gaining one-tenth in August, WTOP-FM was an overall -2.5 in six successive down or flat sweeps (10.4 – 9.8 – 9.7 – 8.7 – 8.7 – 8.2 – 7.9, 6+). It segued to the runner-up slot in July following six straight months at #1. Having nearly tripled (+.7) its 6+ stat through five straight up or flat moves (.4 – .5 – .6 – .6 – .9 – 1.1, 6+), Entercom business news WDCH surrenders six-tenths and departs the top twenty (.5, #19 to #24).

The three most recent fluctuations by American University-owned news/talk WAMU are -.8 (8.2 – 7.4, September, 6+); +.7 (7.4 – 8.1, October, 6+); and +.8 (8.1 – 8.9, September, 6+). “The Mind Is Our Medium” repeats at #1 with its best 6+-stat since March (8.9, as well); it was tied for the top spot in August.

Washington, DC Music Formats – By adding one-half share to October’s increase of three-tenths (2.6 – 2.9 – 3.4, 6+), Entercom classic hits-oldies WIAD completely expunges its cumulative -.8 via three downward trends in a row (3.4 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.6, 6+) as “94.7 The Drive – DC’s Greatest Hits” enters the top ten (#13 to #10). Four straight sweeps without a loss by Atlantic Gateway Communications contemporary Christian WGTS yielded an overall +2.0 (4.2 – 4.3 – 5.1 – 6.2 – 6.2, 6+), but “91.9 Christian Music Radio” forfeits 60% of that growth (5.0, -1.2, , 6+) and drops from fourth to seventh. After being a combined +.8 in September/October (5.3 – 5.6 – 6.1, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WASH sputters by seven-tenths to 5.4 (steady at #5, 6+); October’s 6.1 was its best 6+-showing since “Holiday” 2018’s 10.4. The September-October-November rollercoaster ride for Radio One urban AC WMMJ “Majic” has included a -.8 (8.2 – 7.4, September, 6+); +.6 (7.4 – 8.0, October, 6+); and -.6 (8.0 – 7.4, November, second to third, 6+). When WMMJ added two-tenths in July, it suspended three consecutive dips that resulted in a cumulative loss of seven-tenths (8.2 – 7.8 – 7.7 – 7.5, 6+). In addition to advancing from sixth to fifth, Howard University’s similarly-programmed WHUR adds two-tenths to 5.4 (6+), thus halting five down or flat reports in a row that accounted for a collective -1.3 (6.5 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.2, 6+). Off one-tenth in back-to-back reports (6.5 – 6.4 – 6.3, 6+), WHUR regained that deficit with a May pickup of two-tenths. Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications’ WETA “Classical 90.9,” which gained one-half share in September/October (3.3 – 3.6 – 3.8, 6+), returns that entire sum in November (3.3, -.5, 6+) and exits the top ten (#10 to #12).

Boston

Spoken-Word Formats – Repeating October’s 3.4 (6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WRKO climbs from #12 to #11. Prior to dropping one-half share this time last month, “AM 680 – The Voice of Boston” logged nine successive up or flat trends that netted a +1.8 (2.1 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 3.9, 6+). Co-owned WXKS-AM “Talk 1200” loses roughly 57% (-.4) of its 6+ AQH share via three successive sweeps without an increase (.7 – .4 – .3 – .3, #29 to #30, 6+).

Owing to three upticks in succession, Beasley Media Group-owned WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” (Patriots, Celtics, Bruins) is an overall +2.5 (3.7 – 5.0 – 6.1 – 6.2, fourth to third, 6+) and has its best 6+-stat (6.2) since May’s 7.0. At the same time, Entercom-owned WEEI-FM nets +1.6 via four consecutive sweeps without a loss (3.3 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.4 – 4.9, seventh to sixth, 6+). This (4.9) represents the strongest 6+-showing for the Red Sox flagship in exactly one year (5.7, November 2018).

From March through July, iHeartMedia-owned news-talk hybrid WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” was locked on 5.0 (6+). It picked up one-half share in August but is down seven-tenths in three straight drops (5.5 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 4.8, fifth to seventh, 6+).

Simultaneous with Boston University news/talk WBUR recording a +1.0 (3.5 – 4.5, #11 to #8, 6+), WGBH Educational Foundation news/talk WGBH surrenders six-tenths to 3.1 (#10 to #13, 6+), thus snapping at four its consecutive string of up or flat trends that yielded a +1.5 (2.2 – 2.2 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.7, 6+).

Boston Music Formats – Getting a head-start on its all-Christmas music programming, Entercom adult contemporary WMJX hangs out a +1.1 to 5.8 (sixth to fourth, 6+). In the process, “Magic 106.7 – Today’s Hits/Yesterday’s Favorites” pulls the plug on four setbacks in a row that resulted in a net loss of -2.2 (6.9 – 6.4 – 6.0 – 5.8 – 4.7, 6+). “Magic” was a combined +.8 in May/June (6.1 – 6.2 – 6.9, 6+), with June’s 6.9 its highest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2018’s 14.5. Having been without an increase the past nine survey periods for a net loss of -1.1 or approximately 44% of its 6+ AQH share (2.5 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 1.8 – 1.6 – 1.4, 6+), Entercom CHR WODS “103.3 Amp Radio” applies the brakes with a +.3 to 1.7 (#20 to #19, 6+). The station it is chasing – iHeartMedia’s WXKS-FM “Kiss 108” – drops one-tenth (6.5 – 6.4, 6+) but is in the runner-up slot the sixth straight month. Prior to picking up two-tenths this time last month, “Kiss” was an overall -1.3 in four consecutive negative or neutral moves (7.6 – 7.2 – 6.9 – 6.3 – 6.3, 6+). Stacking six-tenths onto the three-tenths it picked up in October (7.6 – 7.9 – 8.5, 6+), Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies WROR “105.7 – 80s & More” is #1 the eighth month in a row. October’s increase followed WROR’s combined -1.2 in August/September (8.8 – 7.7 – 7.6, 6+). Off a total of two-tenths in September/October (2.7 – 2.7 – 2.5, 6+), Northeast Broadcasting triple A WXRV “92.5 The River – Independent Radio” bounces back with a half-share improvement to 3.0 (#15 to #14, 6+). After gaining eight-tenths in September/October (5.6 – 5.9 – 6.4, 6+) and reaching the six-share level (6+) the third time in the last eight sweeps, iHeartMedia-owned WZLX “100.7 Boston’s Classic Rock” erodes by -1.1 to 5.3 (third to fifth, 6+). It is a somewhat similar scenario for Beasley Media Group rhythmic hot AC WBQT “Hot 96.9.” Immediately following four straight down or flat moves that led to a -1.0 (4.3 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 3.3 – 3.3, 6+), “Hot” was up six-tenths in September/October (3.3 – 3.4 – 3.9, 6+) only to drop six-tenths in November (3.3, #8 to #12, 6+).

Miami

English-Language Spoken-Word Formats – The April 2019 through November 2019 topline for iHeartMedia news/talk WIOD “News Radio 610 – Miami’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” is: 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.7 (#17 to #16, 6+).

Nearly tripling its 6+ AQH share (+.7) via five consecutive upticks (.5 – 6 – .7 – 1.0 – 1.2 – 1.4, 6+), Entercom-owned WQAM “560 The Joe” (Dolphins) continues at #23. Co-owned WAXY “Sports Talk 790 The Ticket” more than doubles its 6+-stat in October/November (.3 – .5 – .7, #29 to #27, 6+).

Albeit off one-tenth (2.3 – 2.2, 6+), Dade County School Board news/talk WLRN remains at #18.

Miami Music Formats – Within 3.0 – 3.9 range (6+) in each of the last 28 sweeps, iHeartMedia-owned WBGG dials up a half-share increase to 4.3 (ninth to eighth), as “Big 105.9 – South Florida’s Classic Rock” reaches the four-share level for the first time since August 2017’s 4.1. This marks the 11th consecutive ratings period at #1 (including a three-way tie for the lead in February) for Cox Media Group-owned adult contemporary WFEZ “Easy 93.1” and its third successive month of notching a 7.0 (6+). In fact, its June 2019 through November 2019 topline is: 7.6 – 7.3 – 7.6 – 7.0 – 7.0 – 7.0 (6+). “Easy” was down eight-tenths in February; up by that same magnitude in March; and notched an improvement of … eight-tenths in June. Entering the “Holiday” 2018 sweep, “Easy 93.1” finished on top seven straight times. Up seven-tenths in September/October (3.5 – 4.0 – 4.2, 6+), iHeartMedia Spanish contemporary WZTU “Tu 94.9 FM” erodes by nine-tenths to 3.3 (6+) and exits the top ten (#8 to #12). Despite picking up one-tenth to 3.6 (6+), suspending eight straight negative or neutral reports that resulted in an overall -1.4 (4.9 – 4.8 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.5 – 3.5, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System-owned Spanish tropical WXDJ “El Zol 106.7” dips from a three-way tie at #10 to #11. Regressing by one-half share each are Entercom classic hits-oldies WMXJ “102.7 The Beach” (unchanged at #5) and Cox Media Group urban contemporary WEDR “99 Jamz” (4.7, sixth to seventh, 6+). “The Beach” is now a combined -.6 in October/November (5.8 – 5.7 – 5.2, 6+). WEDR finishes five successive up or flat reports that netted a +1.1 (4.1 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 5.2, 6+) with October’s 5.2 its best 6+-showing since January (5.2, as well). Without an increase the sixth successive sweep for a net loss of nine-tenths (3.1 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.3 – 2.2, flat at #18, 6+), Entercom’s WKIS “Kiss Country 99.9” records its lowest 6+-stat (2.2) since October 2017’s 2.1. In October, the market’s two CHRs were separated by one-tenth of a share (6+). That margin widens a bit to six-tenths in November as Cox Media Group’s WFLC “Hits 97.3” is up seven-tenths via three bumps in succession (3.0 – 3.1 – 3.5 – 3.7, tenth to ninth, 6+), while iHeartMedia-owned WHYI “Y-100 Miami’s #1 Hit Music Station,” which gained a collective eight-tenths in four straight up or flat trends (2.6 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.4, 6+), surrenders three-tenths (3.1, #13 to #14, 6+).

Seattle

Spoken-Word Formats – Despite being off a total of two-tenths in three successive sweeps without an increase (5.1 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 4.9, 6+), Bonneville-owned KIRO-FM “97.3 Seattle’s News/Seattle’s Talk” moves from a three-way tie at #4 to a conventional tie at #3. At the same time, news/talk cluster-mate KTTH “Conservative Talk Radio” picks up a cumulative three-tenths via three straight positive or neutral moves (1.5 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 1.8, 6+) and carries on at #22. Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned KVI “Talk Radio 570” posts a gain of two-tenths in back-to-back reports (.8 – 1.0 – 1.2, flat at 25, 6+).

Even though Bonneville sports talk KIRO-AM “ESPN 710” (Seahawks) notches consecutive improvements of one-tenth (3.7 – 3.8 – 3.9, 6+), it backslides out of the top ten (#9 to #11). September’s increase of seven-tenths halted four straight down or flat trends that resulted in a collective -1.3 (4.3 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+). Likewise, notwithstanding that iHeartMedia-owned KJR-AM more than triples (+1.2) its 6+ AQH share in four straight up or flat moves (.5 – .8 – 1.3 – 1.7 – 1.7, 6+), “Seattle’s Sports Radio 950” slips from #22 to #23.  

Sinclair Broadcast Group all-news KOMO repeats October’s 3.1 (6+) and advances from #15 to #14; August’s 3.2 was its best 6+-stat since November 2017’s 3.4.

A collective -1.6 via four consecutive decreases (6.1 – 5.6 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 4.5, 6+), Northwest Public Radio news/talk KUOW answers by notching back-to-back spikes of one-half share (4.5 – 5.0 – 5.5 (fourth to second, 6+).

Seattle Music Formats – Stuck on 4.3 (6+) in August and September, Entercom-owned KISW regressed by six-tenths in October only to improve by seven-tenths in November (3.7 – 4.4, 6+); “Rock 99.9” re-enters the top ten (#11 to #8). October’s 3.7 was its lowest 6+-stat since March (3.7, as well). Tied for the lead in September and breaking the deadlock with gusto in October with a +1.4 (6.0 – 7.4, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting CHR KQMV “MOViN’ 92.5 – Seattle’s #1 Hit Music Station” tacks on four-tenths to 7.8 (6+) and is #1 the third month in a row. An overall -1.0 in four successive down or flat trends (7.0 – 6.8 – 6.8 – 6.6 – 6.0, 6+), KQMV ended the slump in June with a gain of one-tenth. “MOViN’” made it to #1 in April, the first time it reached the lead spot since November 2018. Its September penthouse partner, iHeartMedia-owned KZOK “102.5 Seattle’s Classic Rock Station,” erodes by -1.2 in November (6.1 – 4.9, 6+) and continues in second-place. June’s first-place stalemate between these two outlets was settled when KZOK gained nine-tenths in July while KQMV spiraled by eight-tenths. The roles were reversed in August as “MOViN’ 92.5” logged a +1.1 (5.3 – 6.4, third to first, 6+) but “Seattle’s Classic Rock Station” plummeted by -1.0 (7.0 – 6.0, first to second, 6+). As a result of August’s -1.0, KZOK snapped its consecutive string of eight straight spikes that produced a +3.3 (3.7 – 3.9 – 4.4 – 4.5 – 4.8 – 5.6 – 6.0 – 6.1 – 7.0, 6+). Immediately in advance of that particular run, KZOK was -1.6 in four consecutive ratings periods without an increase (5.3 – 5.1 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 3.7, 6+). After being up a collective seven-tenths in three consecutive reports without a decrease (4.3 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 5.0, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting adult contemporary KRWM “Warm 106.9” drops two-tenths to 4.8 (fourth to fifth, 6+). “Warm” was #1 in December and “Holiday” 2018. It leapfrogs Entercom’s similarly-formatted KSWD “94.1 The Sound,” which is a combined -1.1 in October/November (5.5 – 5.2 – 4.4, third to eighth, 6+), directly following its +1.1 in August/September (4.4 – 5.4 – 5.5, 6+). Prior to plummeting by -1.1 in April, KSWD was an overall +1.5 through three consecutive increases (3.7 – 3.8 – 5.1 – 5.2, 6+). “The Sound” and “Warm” were separated by one-tenth in May (4.5 – 4.4, 6+); June (4.5 – 4.4, as well, 6+); and July (4.4 – 4.3, 6+). Entercom’s KNDD “107.7 The End Alternative Seattle” is a cumulative -1.3 via four straight down or flat moves (4.3 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.4 – 3.0, #13 to #15, 6+). Three improvements in a row by Entercom’s KKWF delivered eight-tenths (4.1 – 4.3 – 4.6 – 4.9, 6+) but “100.7 The Wolf – #1 For Country” surrenders three-tenths in November to 4.6 (6+) yet climbs from seventh to sixth. June/July’s combined -.9 (5.0 – 4.5 – 4.1, 6+) neutralized KKWF’s +.9 in May. Prior to April when it regressed by six-tenths, “The Wolf” was a cumulative +1.4 as a result of three straight upticks (3.3- 4.3 – 4.5 – 4.7, 6+). Flat at #12, Hubbard Broadcasting-owned KNUC “New Country 98.9 The Bull” is a combined -1.0 in October/November (4.4 – 3.5 – 3.4, 6+). After more than doubling (+2.2) its 6+ AQH share in eight successive up or flat sweeps (2.1 – 2.1 – 2.4 – 2.8 – 3.3 – 3.5 – 4.0 – 4.2 – 4.3, 6+), “The Bull” surrendered one-tenth in August and gained two-tenths in September.

Detroit

Spoken-Word Formats – Immediately after logging six consecutive reports without an increase that resulted in a -1.7 (3.7 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.1 – 2.6 – 2.0, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WJR “News Talk 760” (Lions) has bounced back with four straight gains netting a +1.1 (2.0 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.9 – 3.1, #17 to #15, 6+).

In a similar situation, Entercom sports talk WXYT-FM was an overall -1.5 through three successive decreases (5.4 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 3.9, 6+) but “97.1 The Ticket” vaporizes that deficit with a collective +1.6 in three bumps in succession (3.9 – 4.3 – 4.7 – 5.5, ninth to sixth, 6+).

Co-owned WWJ “News Radio 950,” however, is an overall -1.5 as a result of three successive setbacks (5.9 – 5.4 – 5.1 – 4.4, fifth to ninth, 6+). WWJ was #1 in March and posted a +1.1 in August.

Flat at #20, Michigan Public Media news/talk WUOM is trending 2.1 – 1.9 – 2.0 (September – October – November, 6+). Prior to September, WUOM last reached the two-share level (6+) in November 2017 (2.1, as well). As a result of four successive modest gains (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.4 – 1.5, 6+), Wayne State University news/talk WDET is up a collective half-share and remains at #21.

Detroit Music Formats – Improving by seven-tenths each are iHeartMedia urban AC WMXD “Mix 92.3” (4.9 – 5.6, sixth to fourth, 6+) and its urban contemporary cluster-mate WJLB “97.9 – Detroit’s Hip-Hop and R&B” (#13 to #9). After trending 5.7 – 5.4 – 5.7 (July-August-September, 6+), “Mix” faltered by eight-tenths in October. Its 4.9 in October marked the first time “Mix” fell below a four-share (6+) since February 2018 (4.6). WJLB is now +1.3 through four straight upticks (3.1 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 4.4, 6+). This directly follows four straight survey periods without an increase that led to a -1.0 (4.1 – 3.9 – 3.3 – 3.1 – 3.1, 6+). Not only is WNIC up six-tenths through three successive modest gains (5.6 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.2, 6+), the iHeartMedia adult contemporary marches from second to first. WNIC lost six-tenths in August (6.2 – 5.6, 6+). After its 6+ AQH share eroded by nearly two-thirds (-11.8) in four successive negative trends (17.9 – 7.1 – 6.6 – 6.2 – 6.1, 6+), WNIC answered with a May increase of four-tenths. Its “Holiday” 2018 17.9 is the largest 6+ AQH share by any Detroit station in the PPM-era. On top in December 2018 and “Holiday” 2018, WNIC more than tripled (+12.2) its 6+-share via four straight increases (5.7 – 6.2 – 6.6 – 12.2 – 17.9, 6+). Dislodged from the top spot after four consecutive months there and segueing to #4 is Beasley Media Group-owned WCSX “94.7 – Detroit’s Classic Rock,” which is -1.5 in October/November (7.1 – 6.5 – 5.6, 6+). Its June/July +.8 (6.4 – 6.5 – 7.2, 6+) followed three successive down or flat months that accounted for a -1.4 (7.8 – 6.5 – 6.4 – 6.4, 6+). In March, WCSX eroded by -1.3, shifting from first to second. Four straight drops by iHeartMedia classic rock WLLZ led to a collective -1.0 (4.3 – 4.1 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.3, 6+), but “106.7 Detroit’s Wheels” ends the slide with a +.1 to 3.4 (flat at #14, 6+); WLLZ debuted in March with a 3.4 (6+). Independent urban contemporary WGPR “Hot 107.5,” which had been trending 3.0 – 2.9 – 3.0 (6+), falters by one-half share to 2.5 (#16 to #18, 6+). Even though Entercom’s WYCD has lost nine-tenths in five consecutive sweeps without an increase (5.3 – 4.8 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.4, 6+), “99.5 Detroit Country Music” advances from #10 to a three-way tie at #9 (with aforementioned WWJ and WJLB). Cumulus Media’s similarly-formatted WDRQ “93.1 Nash FM,” which had been +1.3 through seven consecutive positive or neutral sweeps (1.6 – 1.9 – 2.4 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+), drops one-tenth in back-to-back reports (2.9 – 2.8 – 2.7, #18 to #17, 6+). September’s 2.9 was its best 6+-stat since May 2018’s 3.0. After posting a .8 (6+) in October, Radio One gospel WDMK-HD2 disappears from print.

Phoenix

Spoken-Word Formats – A gain of one-tenth (3.9 – 4.0, 6+) enables Bonneville news/talk KTAR-FM (Arizona Cardinals) to progress from eighth to sixth. Following October’s half-share increase, iHeartMedia’s KFYI  surrenders two-tenths to 2.5 (#15 to #16, 6+). Entering the October sweep, “News Talk 550” had lost nine-tenths via four drops in succession (3.1 – 2.8 – 2.5 – 2.4 – 2.2, 6+).

A combined -1.0 in June/July (3.1 – 2.2 – 2.1, 6+) and then +1.0 via three straight up or flat trends (2.1 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 3.1, Bonneville sports talk KMVP-FM “98.7 Arizona Sports” is off one-tenth to 3.0 (6+) but remains at #13.

In four consecutive reports without a loss, Maricopa County Community College news/talk KJZZ gains one-half share (3.4 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.8 – 3.9, 6+) and climbs from ninth to seventh.

Phoenix Music Formats – Down one full-share as a result of four successive sweeps without an increase (2.6 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.8 – 1.6, 6+), Farmworker Educational Radio regional Mexican KNAI “La Network Campesina” wipes away 70% of that deficit (2.3, +.7, 6+) and re-enters the top twenty (#19). Notching gains of six-tenths each are Entravision Communications’ KVVA “La Suavecita 92.7” (3.0, #18 to #13) and Family Life Communications contemporary Christian KFLR “Family Life Radio” (#23 to #19). KVVA had been trending 2.4 – 2.7 – 2.4 (6+) and has its best 6+-stat (3.0) since February’s 3.1. Before slipping by one-tenth in October, KFLR earned seven-tenths as a result of three consecutive up or flat trends (1.1 – 1.1 – 1.3 – 1.8, 6+). On top the fifth time in a row, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ has an August 2019 through November 2019 topline of: 7.0 – 6.7 – 7.0 – 7.1, 6+). This (7.1) is its best 6+-performance since “Holiday” 2018’s 15.0. September’s decrease suspended five consecutive improvements that netted a +1.7 (5.3 – 5.5 – 5.9 – 6.5 – 6.8 – 7.0, 6+). In four consecutive positive or neutral trends, Entercom rhythmic CHR KALV gained four-tenths (3.9 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 4.2 – 4.3, 6+), but “Live 101.5” regresses by six-tenths to 3.7 (fifth to ninth, 6+). It is tied with iHeartMedia CHR KZZP, which picks up four-tenths (3.7, 6+) and is back in the top ten (#11 to #9). Moreover, “104.7 Kiss-FM” applies the brakes to five straight decreases that accounted for a -2.0 (5.3 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.3, 6+). Prior to August’s 3.7, the last time “Kiss” fell below a four-share (6+) was “Holiday” 2017 (3.0).

Minneapolis

Spoken-Word Formats – Three straight positive or neutral moves netted Entercom-owned WCCO seven-tenths (5.3 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.0, 6+), but the Minnesota Twins flagship erodes in November by -1.8 to 4.2 (6+) as “News Radio 830” fades from the top ten (#5 to #12). Hubbard Broadcasting news/talk KTMY “My Talk 107.1” posts its third consecutive modest increase for a collective gain of one-half share (2.5 – 2.7 – 2.8 – 3.0, #16 to #14, 6+). Dropping from #14 to #15, iHeartMedia’s KTLK “Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130,” which gained six-tenths in August, has an August 2019 through November 2019 topline of: 3.0 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 2.9 (6+).

Despite being an overall +3.4 in seven straight positive or neutral moves (3.9 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.3 – 5.3 – 6.1 – 6.8 – 7.3, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KFXN “Sports Radio 100.3 K-Fan” (Minnesota Vikings) slumps from second to third. After losing two-tenths in four down or flat reports (.8 – .7 – .7 -.6 – .6, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting sports talk KSTP-AM “ESPN 1500” is up three-tenths in three sweeps in a row without a loss (.6 – .7 – .9 – .9, steady at #22, 6+).

After being off one-tenth in consecutive sweeps (6.5 – 6.4 – 6.3, 6+), Minnesota Public Radio news/talk KNOW repeats October’s 6+ AQH share (6.3) and market rank (#4).

Minneapolis Music Formats – Continuing its positive roll, University of Northwestern St. Paul contemporary Christian KTIS-FM “Always Uplifting” crosses the seven-share level (7.4, 6+) and is now an overall +1.9 in three straight upticks (5.5 – 6.0 – 6.5 – 7.4, third to second, 6+). KTIS-FM was up a combined three-tenths in June/July (6.1 – 6.2 – 6.4, 6+) but lost nine-tenths in August. Following three large decreases in a row for an overall -1.8 (7.5 – 7.0 – 6.5 – 5.7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned classic hits-oldies KQQL, which was up nine-tenths in July, improves by two-tenths to 5.9 (sixth to fifth, 6+). Ousted from the penthouse in June by Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC KSTP-FM, “Kool 108” returned the favor in July, but was (again) dislodged by KSTP-FM in August. Before logging a +1.0 in May, KQQL had approximately 54% (-6.8) of its 6+ AQH share vanish through four straight negative or flat trends (12.6 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 5.8, 6+). After losing approximately half (-1.5) its 6+ AQH-share as a result of six consecutive sweeps without an increase (3.1 – 2.9 – 2.7 – 2.5 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 1.6, 6+), Northern Lights Broadcasting rhythmic CHR KZGO “GO-95.3” bounces back with a +.9 in October/November (1.6 – 1.9 – 2.5, unchanged at #18, 6+). Setting the pace the fourth month in succession, (aforementioned) Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC KSTP-FM is up three-tenths has gained four-tenths in October/November (7.2 – 7.5 – 7.6, 6+). “KS-95” held (or shared) the top spot in January, March, April, June, August, September, October, and November. It was +1.9 (January); -.8 (February); +.6 (March); +.5 (April); -.8 (May); and +1.1 (August). Similarly-formatted/iHeartMedia-owned KTCZ “Cities 97.1,” which logged a September 2019 – October 2019 increase of one-half share (4.5 – 5.0, 6+), forfeits seven-tenths to 4.3 (#10 to #11, 6+). Shifts this year for “Cities 97.1” include +1.2 (January) -.5 (February); +.5 (April); +.6 (July); -.9 (August); +5 (October); and -.7 (November). Off seven-tenths in November as well is Entercom country KMNB “102.9 The Wolf” (2.7, #13 to #16, 6+), which had been a combined +.6 in September/October (2.8 – 3.1 – 3.4, 6+). Flat in eighth-place, Cumulus Media rocker KXXR “93-X” is -1.4 through five straight down or flat moves (6.4 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 5.5 – 5.3 – 5.0, 6+).

San Diego

Spoken-Word Formats – While it repeats October’s 5.0 (6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KOGO slips from fifth to sixth. “News Radio 600” was +1.0 via three straight February through May increases; a combined -.5 in June/July; +.5 (August); -.7 (September); and +.7 (October). Tegna news/talk KFMB-AM is off four-tenths via three consecutive down or flat moves (2.5 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.1, #17 to #19, 6+). “AM 760” was an overall -.6 via three slips in succession (2.5 – 2.3 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+), but erased that deficit in August with a +.6 to 2.5 (6+). Following four consecutive San Diego improvements that netted seven-tenths (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.5 – 1.7, 6+), iHeartMedia Los Angeles news/talk KFI “AM 640” forfeits one tenth to 1.6 (6+) and continues at #22.

Down three-tenths in September/October (2.2 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+), Entercom-owned sports talk KWFN “97.3 The Fan” regains two-tenths to 2.1 (#21 to #19, 6+). In five successive reports without a loss (.8 – .8 – .8 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.5, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KLSD “Fox Sports 1360 San Diego’s Sports Station” nearly doubles (+.7) its 6+ AQH share and is anchored at #23.

Not only is San Diego State University-owned news/talk KPBS up a collective four-tenths in four straight reports without a loss (5.9 – 6.0 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 6.3, 6+), it repeats at #1. Before falling to third in July, KPBS was on top the previous six months.

San Diego Music Formats – It has been a rollercoaster ride lately for Univision Radio regional Mexican KLNV “Que Buena 106.5,” which was +1.0 in four consecutive positive or neutral moves (5.0 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.5 – 6.0, 6+); then -1.7 via three consecutive dips (6.0 – 5.8 – 4.4 – 4.3, 6+); and now +.7 in November (5.0, eighth to sixth, 6+). With its best 6+-stat (3.5) since May’s 3.6 (6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary KSSX “JAM’N 95.7” notches its third straight spike for an overall +1.0 (2.5 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.5, #15 to #11, 6+). Conversely, co-owned KIOZ “Rock 105.3” has lost a collective nine-tenths as a result of three dips in succession (3.3 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.4, #16 to #18, 6+). Sliding from seventh to eighth, Entercom’s KSON “103.7 San Diego’s #1 New Country” carries on its alternating down/up pattern that began in June (4.5 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 4.7 – 4.3, 6+). Four decreases in a row by iHeartMedia-owned KGB-FM “101.5 San Diego’s Classic Rock” account for a cumulative -1.1 (4.5 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 3.5 – 3.4, #11 to #12, 6+). When KGB-FM posted a 3.5 (6+) in October, it marked the first time since “Holiday” 2018’s 3.8 that the station had fallen below a four-share.

Tampa

Spoken-Word Formats – Down one-tenth in October, Cox Media Group news/talk WHPT responds with a November uptick of six-tenths (2.7 – 3.3, #17 to #14, 6+). Entering the October sweep, “102.5 The Bone – Real, Raw, Radio” gained one-half share through four consecutive up or flat trends (2.3 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+). Slipping from #13 to #15, iHeartMedia-owned WFLA “970 Tampa Bay’s News Radio” is off a combined six-tenths in October/November (3.8 – 3.6 – 3.2, 6+), immediately after three successive increases netted eight-tenths (3.0 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.8, 6+).

A loss of six-tenths (2.6 – 2.0, #18 to #19, 6+) takes iHeartMedia-owned sports talk WDAE “620 Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” (Buccaneers) to its lowest 6+-showing (2.0) since March’s 1.7.

In three consecutive (modest) spikes, University of South Florida news/talk WUSF is up one-half share (1.7 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.2, 6+) and advances from #20 to #18.

Tampa Music Formats – An overall -1.6 in three drops in a row (6.7 – 6.6 – 5.2 – 5.1, 6+), Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies WRBQ “Q-105” ends the slide with a +.4 to 5.5 (fifth to third, 6+). Adult contemporary boasts a #1/#2 November 2019 finish, with both stations in the Cox Media Group cluster. Recapturing slightly more than one-third of October’s mammoth -2.0 with a +.7 (7.9 – 8.6, 6+), WDUV “Lite Favorites” is #1 the 87th straight time. It’s not the first time that “Lite Favorites” has had a shift of seven-tenths recently. Up seven-tenths in September (9.2 – 9.9, 6+), WDUV faltered by seven-tenths in June. WDUV’s 13.7 in “Holiday” 2018 is the highest 6+-stat by any Tampa station since its 14.9 in “Holiday” 2015. Meanwhile, co-owned fellow AC WWRM “Magic 94.9 Tampa Bay’s Best Music,” which had been +1.3 via three successive positive or neutral moves (4.7 – 5.2 – 6.0 – 6.0, 6+), drops four-tenths to 5.6 (6+) yet progresses from third to second. “Magic” eroded by -1.0 in July to 4.7, its lowest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2017’s 3.9. September and October’s 6.0 is WWRM’s best 6+-showing since April’s 6.2. Improving by one-half share each are co-owned CHR WPOI “Hot 101.5” (4.2- 4.7, tenth to sixth, 6+) and iHeartMedia hot AC WMTX “Mix 100.7” (3.8, #14 to #12, 6+). WPOI’s half-share increase in October curtailed four successive down or flat sweeps that accounted for a loss of eight-tenths (4.5 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.7, 6+). Directly after logging three straight improvements that yielded a +1.4 (4.0 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 5.4, 6+), “Mix” was -2.1 in four successive decreases  (5.4 – 5.0 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.3, 6+). On the heels of being an overall +1.0 through three upticks in succession (5.1 – 5.4 – 6.0 – 6.1, 6+), Cox Media Group’s WXGL surrenders eight-tenths to 5.3 (second to fourth, 6+). Just prior, “107.3 The Eagle – Tampa Bay’s Classic Hits” was a cumulative -2.4 in four straight negative or neutral moves, (7.5 – 6.6 – 6.6 – 5.7 – 5.1, 6+). From February through August, Beasley Media Group rhythmic CHR WLLD was an overall +1.1 via six successive up or flat trends (3.6 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.7, 6+). “Wild 94.1” was off three-tenths in September; up one-half share in October; and now sputters by six-tenths in November (4.9 – 4.3, sixth to ninth, 6+). Co-owned WQYK “99.5 Tampa Bay’s New Country Hits” spirals by -2.2 in four drops in succession (6.6 – 6.3 – 6.1 – 4.9 – 4.4, 6+), tumbling from sixth to eighth. It is overtaken by iHeartMedia’s WFUS “US-103.5 Tampa Bay’s #1 for New Country,” which is up a combined six-tenths in October/November (3.9 – 4.3 – 4.5, ninth to seventh, 6+). October’s improvement interrupted three successive dips that accounted for a cumulative loss of eight-tenths (4.7 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 3.9, 6+), Prior to September 2019 (3.9), the last time WFUS dropped below a four-share (6+) was September 2017 (3.8, 6+).

Denver

Spoken-Word Formats – The ascension of iHeartMedia news/talk KDFD continues as “Freedom 93.7 – Real News, Real Talk” registers its fifth spike in succession for a +2.5 since June (.1 – .2 – .8 – 1.1 – 2.1 – 2.6, 6+) and progresses from #18 to #17. It overtakes news/talk cluster-mate KOA “Colorado’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” (Broncos), which picks up one-tenth to 2.5 (#17 to #18, 6+), thus snapping at four its consecutive string of decreases that accounted for an approximately 54% erosion (-2.6) of its 6+ AQH share (5.2 – 5.0 – 4.0 – 3.0 – 2.4, 6+). Owing to four successive down or flat reports, co-owned KHOW “Talk Radio 630” has lost one-half share (1.5 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0 – 1.0, flat at #23, 6+).

An overall +1.3 through four gains in a row (2.4 – 2.5 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.7, 6+), Bonneville-owned KKFN “Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan” surrenders one-half share to 3.2 (#13 to #14, 6+). KSE Radio Ventures’ KKSE-FM “Attitude Sports Radio 92.5” is off one-half share (1.4 – 1.3 – .9, #22 to #24, 6+), following September’s +1.0. Prior to September (2019), KKSE-FM last reached a one-share (6+) in September 2018 (1.0).

Although down one-tenth (5.4 – 5.3, 6+), Colorado Public Radio news/talk KCFR progresses from third to second. KCFR was -1.6 in June and +.8 in July. In six consecutive reports without an increase, KUNC lost more than 70% (-1.3) of its 6+ AQH-share but the Community Radio for Northern Colorado news/talk outlet is now up three-tenths via three straight sweeps without a loss (.5 – .5 – .7 – .8, flat at #26, 6+).

Denver Music Formats – Not only does Entercom hot AC KALC jump from ninth to fourth, “Alice 105.9” gains eight-tenths in three consecutive sweeps without a loss (4.1 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 4.9, 6+). This is the fifth successive up or flat report for Colorado Public Radio classical-formatted KVOD, which is +1.6 in that stretch (.9 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 2.5, #19 to #18, 6+). Tied at #15 are two stations pulling the plug on fairly similar negative streaks. More specifically, Entercom rhythmic CHR KQKS was an overall -2.0 in six consecutive sweeps without an increase (4.6 – 4.6 – 4.2 – 4.0 – 3.3 – 2.9 – 2.6, 6+), but “KS-107.5” ends the skid with a +.3 to 2.9 (#16 to #15, 6+). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s country-formatted KWBL “106.7 The Bull” was off nine-tenths in three successive dips (3.7 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 2.8, 6+) but picks up one-tenth (2.9, flat at #15, 6+). Immediately prior to this streak, “The Bull” notched a +1.7 in three straight improvements (2.0 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.7, 6+). July’s 3.7 was KWBL’s highest 6+-stat since it switched to country in mid-December 2017. Entercom-owned KQMT is up one-tenth to 4.7 (6+) and continues in sixth-place. Following an August-only stay at #1, “The Mountain” was a combined -1.6 in September/October (6.2 – 5.6 – 4.6, 6+). Its successive string of positive or neutral moves that produced a +1.5 ended at five (4.7 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.6 – 5.6 – 6.2, 6+). August 2019’s 6.2 was the highest 6+-stat for KQMT since 6.6 in August 2018. By gaining one-half share (1.4 – 1.9, 6+), Max Broadcast Group Holdings’ rhythmic hot AC KJHM “Jammin’ 101.5” has its best 6+-stat (1.9) since February’s 2.1 and cracks the top twenty (#20). After back-to-back (September and October) stays at #1, KYGO segues to a tie at #2; the Bonneville-owned country station is a combined -.9 in October/November (6.2 – 6.1 – 5.3, 6+). KYGO occupied the top spot in June and July, as well. KYGO regressed by seven-tenths in May and then posted a +1.0 in June. Taking over the lead position is iHeartMedia’s KRFX “Classic Rock 103.5 The Fox,” which crosses the six-share threshold and is up a collective four-tenths as a result of four successive positive or neutral trends (5.7 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 6.1, second to first, 6+). In addition to KYGO, iHeartMedia alternative KTCL “Channel 93.3” falters by eight-tenths as well (5.2 – 4.4, fourth to eighth).

Baltimore

Spoken-Word Formats – In addition to racking up an overall +1.1 via four jumps in succession (1.8 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 2.9, unchanged at #12, 6+), Hearst Television’s news/talk WBAL “News Radio – Expect More” (Ravens) posts its strongest 6+-stat (2.9) since March 2018’s 3.3. It has a lead of eight-tenths over similarly-formatted independent news/talk WCBM “680 Stimulating Talk – Breaking News,” which was up eight-tenths in September/October (1.4 – 1.7 – 2.2, 6+), but drops one-tenth to 2.1 (flat at #13, 6+). Cumulus Media Washington, DC news/talk WMAL-FM returns October’s +.1 (.1 – .2 – .1, 6+) but stays at #29.

Within 2.2 – 2.8 range (6+) in each of the last eight sweeps, Entercom sports talk WJZ-FM “105.7 The Fan” is flat at 4.3 (6+), slipping from eighth to ninth.

WJZ-FM’s business news sibling WDCH loses more than 60% of its 6+ AQH share (1.3 – .5, -.8, 6+) and plummets from the top twenty (#16 to #27).

In addition to netting +1.2 through four successive increases (2.6 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.8, 6+), Your Public Radio news/talk WYPR “88.1 Your NPR News Station” cracks the top ten (#11 to #10). Down or flat in four straight Baltimore reports that led to a loss of one-half share (1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2 – .8 – .7, 6+), American University-owned news/talk WAMU picks up one-tenth to .8 (#25 to #21, 6+).

Baltimore Music Formats – Five consecutive Baltimore sweeps without a loss by iHeartMedia-owned WBIG “Big 100 – Washington’s Classic Rock Station” have netted one-half share (.7 – .8 – .8 – .9 – 1.1 -1.2, #17 #16, 6+). Answering  October’s loss of eight-tenths with a November uptick of six-tenths (9.1 – 8.3 – 8.9, 6+), Radio One urban AC WWIN-FM “Magic 95.9” is #1 the sixth successive month. A combined +1.8 in June/July (7.3 – 8.1 – 9.1, 6+), “Magic” reached the nine-share level (9.1, 6+, July) for the first time since January’s 9.0. Meanwhile, three setbacks in succession by co-owned urban contemporary WERQ account for a collective -1.5 (8.4 – 7.5 – 7.4 – 6.9, 6+) and “92-Q Jams” has its lowest 6+-showing (6.9) since “Holiday” 2018’s 6.7. Nonetheless, WERQ is in the runner-up slot the sixth time in a row. As a result of posting three consecutive gains, Hearst Television’s WIYY was a collective +1.7 (4.7 – 5.1 – 5.5 – 6.4, 6+) but “98 Rock” falters by one-half share in November to 5.9 (third to fourth, 6+). The July 2019 through October 2019 topline of iHeartMedia CHR WZFT was 3.6 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.7 (6+) but “Z-104.3 Baltimore’s #1 Hit Music Station” drops three-tenths to 3.4 (6+) and departs the top ten (#10 to #11). In the Baltimore report, co-owned Washington, DC adult contemporary WASH is trending 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.1 (July – August – September – October – November, #17 to #18, 6+). Entercom gospel WLIF-HD2 has lost 65% (-1.3) of its 6+ AQH share in four consecutive slips (2.0 – 1.9 – 1.5 – 1.0 – .7, #21 to #23, 6+). This is the 16th sweep in a row that Peter and John Radio Fellowship contemporary Christian WRBS-FM is unlisted; “95.1 Shine FM – Baltimore’s Positive Hits Station” was #13 in August 2018 (2.6, 6+).

St. Louis

Spoken-Word Formats – The truly wild ride continues for Entercom news/talk KMOX. “The Voice of St. Louis” was an overall -2.3 in four successive April through August losses (7.3 – 6.6 – 6.2 – 5.2 – 5.0, 6+); then +2.2 in September/October (5.0 – 6.4 – 7.2, 6+); but is now -2.5 in November (7.2 – 4.7, second to ninth, 6+). Its -2.5 is the largest October 2019 to November 2019 decrease by any station in the 24 PPM-markets released thus far. In four successive sweeps without a loss, co-owned KFTK “FM News Talk 97.1” is a collective +1.3 (2.3 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.6, #17 to #16, 6+).

Not only is Hubbard Broadcasting sports talk WXOS an overall +1.8 as a result of four successive upticks (3.1 – 3.3 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.9, 6+), “101 Sports” rockets into the top ten (#15 to #7).

On the heels of October’s increase of eight-tenths (3.3 – 4.1, 6+), University of Missouri news/talk KWMU drops one-tenth to 4.0 (#13 to #15, 6+).

St. Louis Music Formats – The four most recent shifts by iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KLOU “103.3 St. Louis’ Greatest Hits” are +.9 (August); -.9 (September); +.9 (October); and +.5 in November (5.9 – 6.8 – 5.9 – 6.8 – 7.3, third to second, 6+). This (7.3) is its best 6+-stat since February’s 7.6. In addition to being an overall +1.2 in three successive spikes (8.6 – 9.3 – 9.5 – 9.8, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting-owned KSHE “95 Real Rock Radio” is #1 the seventh consecutive month. In February, KSHE was tied at the top with aforementioned KLOU and took sole possession of first-place the following month. “Real Rock Radio” had to share the lead again in April but that time, it was with Entercom new