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March 2020 PPM Analysis:
The All-News Format

| April 24, 2020

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — An overview of all-news stations initiates our extensive four-part series of ratings summaries for March 2020, a truly noteworthy ratings sweep (February 27 – March 25).

“Noteworthy” because this marks our first real opportunity to witness how the coronavirus conversation impacted radio listening.

What happened in terms of the all-news format is rather monumental, as every station meeting our ratings criteria of a top-20 March 2020 finish logs a 6+ improvement versus February2020.

Moreover, nearly half do so by a magnitude of at least one full-share.

Ironically though, as strong as the March 2020 results are for all-news, one of every three of our panelists (33%) was either down (22%) or flat (11%) from this time last year (March 2019, 6+).

Entercom owns all but three stations listed in this format analysis.

Non-Entercom all-news operations in this report are iHeartMedia’s WBZ-AM, Boston (also listed in Providence); Hubbard Broadcasting Washington, DC’s WTOP-FM; and Sinclair Broadcast Group Seattle’s KOMO.

Ratings stats in this exclusive analysis are limited to stations paying Nielsen Audio for its data.

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The Nitty Gritty of Online Radio Listening

| April 23, 2020

By Phil Valentine
Talk Show Host
WWTN-FM

 

NASHVILLE — The talk radio world has been holding its collective breath as March numbers come in. I had to talk several colleagues off the ledge who thought ratings were going to take a nose dive. After all, they said, nobody’s in their cars. They’re all at home. Drive time, especially, is going to take a beating, I was told.

I had to explain that ratings come from the universe of people who are listening to the radio, not the population at large. Even if that universe is smaller, talk radio’s numbers should be higher, not lower. If you’re listening to the radio these days, odds are you’re listening for information and perspective. That’s where talk radio shines.

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Monday Memo: V, L, W

| April 13, 2020

By Holland Cooke
Consultant

 

BLOCK ISLAND, RI — This week, RIGHT NOW, radio can make a difference, by flexing “frequency.”  The pandemic numbers are different in different places, and constantly changing as coronavirus hot spots light up.  But what’s happening is easily observable.

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February 2020 PPM Analysis: Extra

| April 7, 2020

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES —  Given that “coronavirus” and “COVID-19” thoroughly dominate virtually every one of today’s conversations, it’s worth remembering that – as shocking as it is – the nation as a whole has been familiar with those terms for only the last few months.

Stations in all formats are stepping up coverage of what has become a pandemic; however, spoken-word outlets are naturally leading the way.

Thus, for (at least) the next several months, our “Extra” coverage of each PPM sweep will detail month-to-month shifts among news/talk; all-news; public radio news/talk; and sports talk stations. Regarding the latter, with the cancellation/postponement of NBA, NHL, and MLB games (as well as signature sports events such as March Madness, Kentucky Derby, etc.), it will be interesting to see what fluctuations (if any) occur in sports talk.

These “Extra” overviews will supplement our detailed analyses via individual format scoreboards, which will be posted as usual.

We are beginning with the February 2020 ratings period (January 30 – February 26).

For timeline/context purposes only (and not in any way meant as a political commentary), the President – at a February 28 South Carolina rally –  referred to what was becoming accelerated mention of coronavirus (if not COVID-19 itself) as a “hoax.” That was two days after the final day of the February sweep. As a result, “coronavirus” was certainly in mainstream discussions at that time and could have influenced radio listening.

News/talk and all-news stations (including business news) appearing with at least a .1 (6+) in the February 2020 sweep are noted below, while the threshold for inclusion by public radio news/talk and sports talk stations is a top 20 ranking (6+).

Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations subscribing to its services. As a result, ratings stats in this analysis are limited to facilities paying that company for its information.

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February 2020 PPM Analysis: News/Talk

| March 30, 2020

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — A wide-ranging news/talk analysis concludes our four-part series of February 2020 overviews.

Included in this thorough synopsis are all commercial, English-language news/talk outlets (including online streams, if applicable) that appeared in any of Nielsen Audio’s 48 PPM-markets during the February 2020 ratings period (January 30 – February 26).

Unless otherwise noted, information for each station and stream was factored into all of our highlighted charts.

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Monday Memo: Coronavirus Community

| March 23, 2020

By Holland Cooke
Consultant

 

BLOCK ISLAND, RI — One hundred New Englanders died during The Great Blizzard of ’78.  Those of us who survived all have stories, many sad, others amusing, even wistful.  And, yes, nine months later, there was a baby boom.  We who covered that week are feeling déjà vu as the coronavirus pandemic story unfolds.

Whassup?

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Monday Memo: Coronavirus, Mental Health Crisis

| March 16, 2020

By Holland Cooke
Consultant

WASHINGTON, DC — Schools and colleges are shutting down, games-not-canceled are played in empty arenas, some store shelves are bare, and people are walking around wearing surgical masks.  St. Patrick’s Day parades were canceled in Ireland! Ireland!

While we fear a deadly respiratory disease for which there is no vaccine, Coronavirus is also a MENTAL health threat.

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PPM Analysis: January 2020 Ratings “Extra”

| March 11, 2020

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES —  This time last month, we recapped wild positive and negative “Holiday” 2019 fluctuations triggered largely by stations that transitioned to all-Christmas music from (roughly) mid-November to December 25.

Turnaround is fair play, so – while perhaps not as precipitous as what we’ve seen on Wall Street the past two weeks or so – here’s a summary of dramatic shifts as soon as the holiday tunes went on hiatus.

The following breakouts reflect PPM-market stations that either improved their 6+-stat by at least one full-share or regressed by that margin or greater in the January 2020 sweep (January 2 – 29).

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Talk Radio Rises to Coronavirus Challenge

| March 9, 2020

By Michael Harrison
TALKERS
Publisher

 

JUPITER, Fla. — This past weekend seems to have marked a tipping point in America regarding public anxiety over COVID-19, still commonly referred to as the coronavirus.  Fears and near-panic have infiltrated the beleaguered heath care systems of our communities, the stock market, and a number of inter-connected industries and public events.  Add to that, discourse about the problem in our politically oriented media have included the “weaponization” of issues per the troubling practice of each side tending to seek victory at the expense of truth.

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January 2020 PPM Analysis:
Rhythmic CHR

| March 3, 2020

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Having already posted January 2020 overviews of all-news (last Friday, 2/28) and sports talk (yesterday, 3/2), we turn our attention to a music-intensive format; this month, it’s rhythmic CHR.

Likewise with those two aforementioned spoken-word formats, our rhythmic CHR analysis is comprised of data from facilities that rank in the top 20 in any of the 48 PPM-markets (6+, January 2020).

Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for facilities that subscribe to its services. Owing to that reason, ratings stats in this exclusive rhythmic CHR breakdown are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.

The company’s January 2020 ratings period covered January 2 – 29.

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