Tag: "TALKERS"

Monday Memo: Don’t List To-Do

| December 16, 2019

By Holland Cooke
Consultant

 

BLOCK ISLAND, RI — Talkers: DON’T begin your show with a list of what-you’re-planning-to-talk-about today.

  • The listeners local advertisers want to reach most are busy people, high-TSL in-car users.  Every time they stop that car, they take money out of their pockets.  Got that picture?
  • These folks have their own To-Do lists, and theirs are probably longer than yours.  You get to sit still for 3 or 4 hours. So it’s your job to keep-up-with them, not vice-versa.  Everything we do needs to be as helpful, useful, and listener-centric as possible; and succinctly offered.

Logical enough, right?  Yet, too typically, hosts I hear in my travels sound like they think listeners are sitting remarkably still, taking notes on graph paper.  The show, or the hour, begins with a list of all-the-things-I’ll-be-getting-to over the next several hours.

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November 2019 PPM Analysis:
News/Talk

| December 10, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Our four-part series of November 2019 overviews concludes with a comprehensive analysis of news/talk stations.

Included in this thorough overview are all commercial, English-language news/talk outlets (including online streams, if applicable) that appeared in any of Nielsen Audio’s 48 PPM-markets (6+, November 2019).

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

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November 2019 PPM Analysis:
Urban Contemporary

| December 9, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Having already posted November 2019 PPM overviews of all-news (last Thursday, 12/5) and sports talk (last Friday, 12/6), we turn our attention to a music-intensive format; this month, it’s urban contemporary.

Our four-part series will conclude with a thorough look at news/talk.

Meanwhile though, the following urban contemporary scoreboards are comprised of stations that rank in the top 20 in any of the 48 PPM-markets (6+, November 2019).

Given that Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services, ratings information in this exclusive analysis are limited to properties that pay that company for its data.

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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.”

November 2019 PPM Analysis:
Sports Talk

| December 6, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES —  The second of our comprehensive four-part series of November 2019 PPM overviews focuses on sports talk.

The following scoreboards are comprised of sports talk facilities that rank in the top 20 (6+) in any of the 48 PPM-markets during the November 2019 sweep, which covered October 10 through November 6.

Ratings information in this exclusive analysis is limited to sports talk properties that subscribe to Nielsen Audio’s audience estimates.

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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.”

November 2019 PPM Analysis:
The All-News Format

| December 5, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Our comprehensive four-part series of November 2019 ratings recaps commences with a synopsis of all-news stations.

The following scoreboards reflect data from all-news properties that appear in the top 20 (6+) in November 2019, a sweep that covered October 10 – November 6.

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

All but three stations listed in this format overview are Entercom-owned properties.

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

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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.”

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.

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 2019 PPM Ratings

| November 26, 2019

November PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round One

| November 26, 2019

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

New York City

Spoken-Word Formats –An October increase of three-tenths (1.8 – 2.1, 6+) by iHeartMedia news/talk WOR is followed by November’s one-tenth loss to 2.0 (6+); however, “710 The Voice of New York” repeats at #19. Off a total of three-tenths via four straight down or flat trends (1.3 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.0, 6+), Townsquare Media’s similarly-formatted WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” stays at #22. May’s one-tenth increase halted five straight sweeps without an improvement that resulted in an overall decline of four-tenths. Just as it was in October, news/talk WABC (1.1 – 1.0, -.1, 6+) is tied with WKXW at #22.

Despite dropping one-tenth to 3.7 (6+), Entercom sports talk WFAN (Giants) advances from eighth to seventh. New York City’s “Fan” replaced September’s -.6 with an October +.6 (3.8 – 3.2 – 3.8, 6+). September’s 3.2 was its lowest 6+-showing since March (3.0). A combined +.5 in September/October (1.6 – 1.8 – 2.1, 6+), WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” (Jets) surrenders one-tenth in November to 2.0 (6+) and repeats at #19, where it is tied with WOR (see above).

Stuck on 3.6 (6+) in July and August and then on 3.4 (6+) in September and October, Entercom-owned all-news WINS regains two-tenths and is back at 3.6 (#11 to #9, 6+). Co-owned/similarly-formatted WCBS-AM picks up two-tenths as well, wiping away October’s decrease of a similar magnitude (2.5 – 2.3 – 2.5, #17 to #15, 6+). 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 five successive reports without a loss (2.1 – 2.1 – 2.3 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation news/talk WNYC-FM is up an overall eight-tenths and is unchanged at #14. Co-owned news/talk WNYC-AM has nearly tripled (+.3) its 6+ AQH share in five consecutive up or flat trends (.2 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .5, #30 to #28, 6+).

New York City Music Formats – A collective -1.0 in three consecutive drops (6.3 – 5.8 – 5.5 – 5.3, 6+), Emmis urban AC WBLS “107.5 #1 for R&B” recaptures half that deficit with a half-share improvement to 5.8 (6+) and carries on in third-place. Down an overall nine-tenths in three successive slips (4.3 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.4, 6+), iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR WKTU not only ends the slide with a +.2 to 3.6 (6+), “103.5 KTU” returns to the top ten (#11 to #9). Stymied at 7.7 (6+) in August and September, adult contemporary sibling WLTW is now off an overall six-tenths in three consecutive down or flat moves (7.7 – 7.7 – 7.4 – 7.1, 6+) but “106.7 Lite FM” is #1 the 29th consecutive ratings period. Before jumping nine-tenths in August, WLTW logged a 6.8 (6+) in May, June, and July. A combined -5.3 in January/February (12.5 – 7.6 – 7.2, 6+), WLTW was +5.8 in December/“Holiday” 2018 (6.7 – 9.1 – 12.5, 6+). Urban contemporary cluster-mate WWPR is a collective -1.1 in three straight sweeps without an increase (4.3 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.2, 6+) as “Power 105.1” drifts from the top ten (#7 to #13) with its lowest 6+-showing since January (3.2, as well). Having been down or flat the past four sweeps for a net decline of four-tenths (2.8 – 2.6 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned WNSH “New York’s Country 94.7” is up one-tenth to 2.5 (flat at #15, 6+). After posting an April 2019 through July 2019 topline of .8 – .6 – .6 – .5 (6+), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WKLV “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” is unlisted for the fourth consecutive month.

Los Angeles

Spoken-Word Formats – Steady in eighth-place, iHeartMedia news/talk KFI is nonetheless an overall -1.2 via five straight sweeps without an increase (4.5 – 4.3 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3.3, 6+). “AM 640” 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. After more than doubling (+.7) its 6+ AQH share in four consecutive up or flat trends (.6 – .8 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.3, 6+), Salem Media Group news/talk KRLA drops three-tenths to 1.0 (#29 to #32, 6+). Down three-tenths in September (1.0 – .7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KEIB “AM 1150 The Patriot” repeats October’s 6+ AQH share (.8) and market rank (#33). Cumulus Media-owned KABC more than doubled (+.4) its 6+ AQH share in three straight bumps (.3 – .4 – .5 – .7, 6+) but “790 News-Talk-Evolved” forfeits one-tenth to .6 (#35 to #38, 6+).

As a result of nearly doubling (+.7) its 6+ AQH share in three successive up or flat moves (.8 – .8 – 1.1 – 1.5, 6+), Disney-owned sports talk KSPN “710 ESPN” (Rams) vaults from #32 to #25. November’s loss of one-half share by iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted KLAC (Chargers) expunges its combined +.5 in September/October (1.3 – 1.4 – 1.8 – 1.3, 6+) as “AM 570 LA Sports” falls from #25 to #31. In June and July, KLAC and KSPN were deadlocked at #27 (1.4, 6+).

Having logged an August 2019 through October 2019 topline of 2.6 – 2.7 – 2.6 (6+), Entercom all-news KNX “1070 News Radio” adds four-tenths to 3.0 – its best 6+-stat since 3.1 in March – and is back in the top ten (#12 to #10). Prior to picking up one-tenth in July, KNX had five straight negative or neutral monthlies accounting for a full-share loss in that January 2019 – June 2019 timeframe (3.7 – 3.6 – 3.1 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.7, 6+).

An overall +.6 in four consecutive reports without a loss (1.8 – 1.9 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 2.4, 6+), Pasadena City College news/talk KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” forfeits three-tenths to 2.1 (6+) and exits the top twenty (#17 to #22).

Los Angeles Music Formats – As a result of seven straight sweeps without a loss (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” is an overall +1.0 and progresses from fifth to fourth. Prior to October, “K-Love” last reached the four-share level in February 2018 (4.0, as well). The top two finishers in October 2019 are both flat in November 2019. Specifically, Entercom classic hits-oldies KRTH “K-Earth 101” nets nine-tenths in three consecutive up or flat moves (5.0 – 5.6 – 5.9 – 5.9) and stays at #1. When “K-Earth” added six-tenths in September, it applied the brakes to 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+). The station it succeeded at #1 – iHeartMedia adult contemporary KOST – repeats October’s 6+ AQH share (5.2) and market rank (#2). “Coast 103.5” 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. Immediately before January when it surrendered a -6.8 to 6.2 (6+), KOST was an overall +8.4 through five improvements in a row (4.6 – 4.7 – 4.9 – 5.1 – 9.0 – 13.0, 6+). A loss of seven-tenths (2.1 – 1.4, 6+) takes Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KKLQ “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” from #22 to #28 with its lowest 6+-stat since May (1.4, as well). In addition to departing the top ten (#9 to #12), Meruelo Media Holdings’ KLOS “95.5 Southern California’s Classic Rock” has its fifth month in a row without an increase for a net loss of one-half share (3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.2 – 2.8, 6+). Conversely, rhythmic CHR cluster-mate KPWR “Power 106,” which was off a collective six-tenths in four straight down or flat moves (3.1 – 3.1 – 2.8 – 2.7 – 2.5, 6+), halts the slide with a +.2 to 2. 7 (#14 to #13, 6+). Separated by one-tenth of a share are iHeartMedia-owned alternative KYSR “Alt 98.7” (2.5 – 2.7, +.2, #14 to #13, 6+) and Entercom’s similarly-formatted KROQ (2.2 – 2.6, +.4, #19 to #15, 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. Not only is Univision Radio regional Mexican KSCA off a collective four-tenths in four-straight sweeps without an increase (2.6 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.2, 6+), “LA 101.9” exits the top twenty (#19 to #21).

Chicago

Spoken-Word Formats – Owing to its third uptick in succession (2.8 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 4.0, 6+), Nexstar Media Group news/talk WGN “Radio 720” nets a +1.2 (ninth to eighth). WGN was locked on 2.9 (6+) in April and May and then on 3.0 (6+) in June and July. Following October’s improvement of six-tenths (2.1 – 1.7 – 2.3, 6+), Cumulus Media news/talk WLS-AM is unchanged at 2.3 (6+), climbing from #19 to #18.

Having been up an overall half-share in three straight sweeps without a loss (3.8 – 4.1 – 4.3 – 4.3, 6+), Entercom sports talk WSCR “670 The Score” relinquishes nine-tenths in November to 3.4 (6+) and spirals from the top ten (#6 to #13). Notwithstanding it has gained one-half share in three modest bumps (1.4 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 1.9, 6+), Disney/ESPN-owned WMVP “ESPN Chicago 1000” backslides from #21 to #22.

Entercom all-news WBBM-AM (Bears) is part of a three-way scrum at #1 (4.9 – 5.1, +.2, fourth to first, 6+). Its +.1 in October 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+). WBBM-AM finished on top in January, February, and March.

Progressing from #12 to #11, Chicago Public Media news/talk WBEZ is +1.0 in five successive positive spikes (2.5 – 2.7 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.3 – 3.5, 6+).

Chicago Music Formats – The market’s three major adult contemporary outlets combine to inflate the format’s 6+ share by +1.2. Leading the way is Hubbard Broadcasting’s WSHE “100.3 SHE,” which is a combined +1.2 in October/November (2.9 – 3.4 – 4.1, tenth to seventh, 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+). Up a combined half-share in October/November (4.2 – 4.3 – 4.7, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WLIT “93.9 Lite FM” advances from sixth to fifth and has its strongest 6+-stat (4.7) since January’s 5.0. Also in the AC format, Venture Technologies Group-owned WRME-LP “FM 87.7 – Me TV” is a cumulative +.6 as a result of three jumps in a row (2.9 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.5, 6+) yet falls from a tenth-place tie to eleventh. 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. On the other hand, Alpha Media (suburban) adult contemporary WSSR “Star 96.7” forfeits eight-tenths (1.1 – .3, #36, 6+). In addition to WSHE, Univision Radio regional Mexican WOJO “Que Buena 105.1” notches a gain of seven-tenths (3.6, #16 to #10, 6+), thus snapping at four a consecutive string of down or flat moves that accounted for a net loss of three-tenths (3.2 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.9, 6+). After a lengthy hiatus from being listed in print, Crawford Broadcasting urban contemporary WPWX “Power 92” resurfaces with a 1.2 (#26, 6+); co-owned urban AC WSRB “106.3 Chicago’s R&B” has a 1.0 (#29, 6+). Tied with WBBM-AM at #1 (see above) are iHeartMedia urban AC WVAZ “V-103” (5.4 – 5.1, -.3, second to first, 6+) and Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WLS-FM “94.7 Chicago’s Classic Hits” (4.8 – 5.1, +.3, fifth to first, 6+). “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, this (5.1) is the highest 6+-showing for “Chicago’s Classic Hits” in more a year (5.4, September 2018). On the heels of October’s +1.3 (4.2 – 5.5, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WTMX “101.9 The Mix” plummets by -1.1 to 4.4 (6+) and tumbles from first to sixth. “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. Window to the World Communications’ WFMT “98.7 – Chicago’s Classical and Folk Music Radio” is without an increase the eighth time in a row and has lost 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, flat at #31, 6+).

San Francisco

Spoken-Word Formats. For the fourth time in the last six ratings periods, KSFO posts a 2.0 (2.0 – 1.7 – 2.0 – 1.7 – 2.0 – 2.0, 6+); the Cumulus Media news/talker moves from #19 to a five-way tie at #14. July 2019’s 1.7 (6+) marked the first time KSFO fell below a two-share since July 2017’s 1.8. Cluster-mate KGO, which recorded a  June 2019 through September 2019 topline of: 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.5 (6+), repeats October’s 1.7 (#23 to #22, 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” returns to .2 (#33 to #35, 6+).

Cumulus Media sports talk KNBR-AM “The Sports Leader” (49ers) continues an alternating up/down pattern that began in July (4.1 – 4.4 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 3.9, sixth to seventh, 6+). Entercom’s similarly-formatted KGMZ “95.7 The Game,” which nets a collective half-share via three straight upticks, is included in the aforementioned five-way scrum at #14 (1.5 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 2.0, 6+). 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+).

In a first-place tie in September, KGMZ all-news sibling KCBS-AM (Raiders) doubles October’s increase of six-tenths with a +1.2 (6.4 – 7.0 – 8.2, 6+) and is #1 the third month in a row. Prior to September, KCBS-AM last reached #1 in May.

A combined -1.2 in September/October (7.1 – 6.4 – 5.9, 6+), Northern California Public Broadcasting news/talk KQED roars back with a November +1.4 to 7.3 (6+) and repeats in the runner-up slot. KQED was the first-place finisher in June, July, August, and tied at the top (with KCBS-AM) in September; August’s 7.1 was its best 6+-stat since 7.3 in March. San Francisco Unified School District’s KALW “91.7 Local Public Radio” is without an increase the fourth straight time for an overall -.3 (1.0 – .9 – .7 – .7 – .7, 6+) yet advances from #30 to #28.

San Francisco Music Formats – 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 having its best 6+-stat (4.5) since 5.0 in March, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KISQ “98.1 The Breeze” is steady in fourth-place. Bonneville’s similarly-formatted KOIT-FM “96.5 “Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites” has lost an overall six-tenths in four successive down or flat trends (4.1 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.5, eighth to ninth, 6+). Logging decreases of six-tenths each are Entercom hot AC KLLC “Alice @ 97.3” (4.4, third to fifth, 6+) and University of Southern California-owned classical KDFC (2.0, #12 to a five-way tie at #14, 6+). “Alice” was off a collective four-tenths via three straight down or flat moves (4.2 – 3.9 – 3.8 – 3.8, 6+), immediately before being a combined +1.2 in September/October (3.8 – 4.7 – 5.0, 6+). KDFC was up one-half share in September/October (2.1 – 2.3 – 2.6, 6+). Having been within 3.0 – 3.9 range (6+) in each of the last 16 sweeps, iHeartMedia urban contemporary KMEL “#1 For Hip-Hop and R&B” gains two-tenths to 4.1 (seventh to sixth, 6+). In six consecutive down or flat trends, Bonneville-owned KUFX “98.5 K-Fox The South Bay’s Classic Rock” has dropped an overall seven-tenths (2.0 – 1.9 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.3, 6+), sliding from #24 to #26. This streak directly follows 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+).

Dallas

Spoken-Word Formats – A combined +.8 in October/November (3.6 – 4.1 – 4.4, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WBAP progresses from sixth to fifth. “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+). Through six successive positive or neutral sweeps, co-owned KLIF-AM “570 News & Information” doubles (+.3) its 6+ AQH share (.3 – .3 – .4 – .5 – .5 – .5 – .6, #35 to #34, 6+). Returning October’s one-tenth increase (.4 – .5 – .4, 6+), Salem Media Group-owned KSKY “660 AM The Answer” drops from #35 to #36.

Frozen on 2.4 (6+) in September and October, Entercom’s KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” (Cowboys) surrenders two-tenths to 2.2 (#18 to #20, 6+). Without an increase the seventh report in succession (2.7 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.2, #29 to #26, 6+), Cumulus Media’s KTCK “The Ticket – All Sports All The Time” has lost roughly 55% (-1.5) of its 6+ AQH share. Disney/ESPN’s KESN “103.3 ESPN Dallas” posts its fourth consecutive positive or neutral trend for a collective gain of four-tenths (.7 – .8 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1, #32 to #29, 6+).

The July 2019 through November 2019 topline for Entercom news-talk hybrid KRLD-AM “News Radio 1080” is: 1.8 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.8 (flat at #22, 6+).

This marks the fourth time in a row that North Texas Public Broadcasting news/talk KERA records a 3.2 (#12 to #13, 6+).

Dallas Music Formats – Piling on a whopping +1.3 to October’s increase of four-tenths (3.6 – 4.9, 6+), Cumulus Media’s KSCS “New Country 96.3” leaps from eighth to third, crossing the four-share level (4.9, 6+) for the first time since February’s 4.1. Its October uptick curtailed three straight losses that resulted in a cumulative decrease of six-tenths (3.8 – 3.8 – 3.5 – 3.2, 6+). Co-owned/similarly-formatted KPLX “99.5 The Wolf,” which dropped four-tenths in October, is down one-tenth to 3.9 (seventh to eighth, 6+). “The Wolf” was locked on 3.9 (6+) in July and August, before notching a one-half share improvement in September. In the contemporary Christian arena, a +1.2 by Educational Media Foundation-owned KYDA enables “Air 1 – Worship Now” to cross the three-share level (2.2 – 3.4, 6+) and rocket from #20 to #11. Salem Media Group’s KLTY “94.9 Your Life … Inspired” falters by -1.0 to 5.6 (6+). Not only does KLTY suspend four straight up or flat trends that led to a collective +2.6 (4.0 – 4.1 – 5.5 – 5.5 – 6.6, 6+), it drops to #2 after an October-only stay at #1. KLTY was frozen on 4.2 (6+) in April and May before slipping to 4.0 (6+) in June. Similarly-formatted KAWA “WAY-FM Uplifting-Upbeat-Real,” which was -1.2 (March); a combined +1.2 in April/May (1.1 – 1.6 – 2.3, 6+); -1.4 (June); +.2 (July); -.5 (August); +.4 (September); and -.4 (October), is +.1 in November (.6 – .7, flat at #33, 6+). Even though iHeartMedia CHR KHKS is down a cumulative half-share in three straight sweeps without an increase (6.7 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 6.2, 6+), “106.1 Kiss – Dallas/Fort Worth’s Hit Music” returns to the top spot, after one month at #2. “Kiss” had been the pacesetter ninth months in a row before trading places with KLTY at #2 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. Co-owned classic rock KZPS “Lone Star 92.5” is off a collective nine-tenths as a result of four successive slips (5.1 – 4.8 – 4.5 – 4.3 – 4.2, fourth to seventh 6+).

Houston                              

Spoken-Word Formats – A collective +.8 in three straight increases (3.3 – 3.4 – 3.9 – 4.1, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KTRH “News Radio 740” is unchanged at #11. This directly follows a net loss of one-half share in four successive negative or neutral reports (3.8 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.3, 6+). For the third month a row, co-owned KPRC “AM 950 – Houston’s More Stimulating Talk Radio” logs a .3 (flat at #29, 6+).

Advancing from #23 to #22, cluster-mate KBME “Sports Talk 790” is a combined +.4 in October/November (1.1 – 1.2 – 1.5, 6+). One-tenth behind is Entercom’s KILT-AM “Sports Radio 610” (Texans), which has gained four-tenths through five consecutive up or flat moves (1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.3 – 1.4, #22 to #23, 6+). Eight straight negative or neutral trends by Gow Communications’ sports talk KFNC led to a net loss of four-tenths (.9 – .9 – .8 – .8 – .8 – .7 – .7 – .5 – .5, 6+) but “ESPN 97.5” is now up one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.5 – .6 – .7, flat at #26, 6+).

A collective +.8 in three straight reports without a loss (2.3 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 3.1, 6+), University of Houston news/talk KUHF advances from #17 to #16.

Houston Music Formats – Erasing October’s loss of six-tenths with a November uptick of seven-tenths (4.7 – 4.1 – 4.8, 6+), Cumulus Media CHR KRBE jumps from ninth to sixth. A September increase of two-tenths by “104.1 – Houston’s #1 Hit Music Station” interrupted five consecutive negative or neutral trends that led to an overall decline of eight-tenths (5.3 – 5.2 – 5.1 – 5.1 – 5.1 – 4.5, 6+). Having dropped an overall half-share in three slips in succession (4.6 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 4.1, 6+), Entercom’s country-formatted KILT-FM “100.3 The Bull” answers with an increase of six-tenths to 4.7 (ninth to seventh, 6+). Before losing two-tenths in March, KILT-FM had been +1.7 via three bumps in a row (3.5 – 3.8 – 4.5 – 5.2, 6+). Two-tenths behind and repeating at #8 is its format rival, Cox Media Group’s KKBQ “The New Country 93-Q,” which is trending 4.8 – 4.7- 4.5 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.5 (June – July – August – September – October – November, 6+). A combined -1.4 in September/October (4.7 – 3.8 – 3.3, 6+), immediately after three straight positive or flat moves that accounted for a +1.7 (3.0 – 3.4 – 4.7 – 4.7, 6+), Entercom hot AC KHMX “Mix 96.5” is up one-half share to 3.8 (#15 to #12, 6+). Five straight positive spikes by Univision Radio regional Mexican KLTN yield a +1.7 (4.9 – 5.0 – 5.1 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 6.6, 6+) as “Que Buena 102.9” progresses from third to second. This (6.6) is its best 6+-showing since March (6.7). Owing to a +.3 to 3.5 (6+), Entercom Spanish contemporary KLOL “Mega 101 FM” pulls the plug on three straight down or flat trends that accounted for a -1.0 (4.2 – 3.9 – 3.2 – 3.2, #16 to #14, 6+). After surrendering four-tenths in October to 6.7 (6+), Radio One urban AC KMJQ “Majic 102.1 The People’s Station” responds with a +.1 to 6.8 (6+) and is #1 the fourth month in a row. 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). An overall +1.3 in three upticks in a row (5.3 – 5.5 – 6.5 – 6.6, 6+), Cox Media Group classic rock KGLK “The Eagle” falters by -1.0 in November to 5.6 (6+) and segues from second to fourth. October 2019’s 6.6 was its highest 6+-stat since September 2017 (6.7). In seven of the last eight survey periods, Entercom adult hits KKHH posted a 6+ AQH share between 5.0 – 5.7 (5.1 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 5.4 – 5.0 – 5.7 – 5.5 – 5.4, 6+). In November, however, “95.7 The Spot” sputters by one-half share to 4.9 (6+) but carries on in fifth-place. Regressing by one-half share as well is Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KOVE “Amor 106.5” (3.1, #14 to #16, 6+), which just finished netting one-half share through four successive positive or neutral moves (3.1 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.6, 6+). This marks the 11th straight sweep that iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA is without an increase (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+). In that timeframe, “Sunny 99.1” has lost roughly 52% (-6.3) of its 6+ AQH share but climbs from fourth to third. KODA was the market leader 16 sweeps in a row before segueing to #2 in August. Immediately in advance of this spiral, “Sunny” was a cumulative +4.9 via three consecutive gains (7.2 – 7.5 – 9.7 – 12.1, 6+). It had been more than two years since KODA slipped below a six-share (June 2017, 5.8, 6+).

Atlanta

Spoken-Word Formats – Winning ways continue for WSB-AM, which not only is #1 the fourth month in a row but the Cox Media Group news/talk outlet is an overall +3.0 as a result of five straight up or flat trends (6.3 – 6.6 – 7.6 – 7.6 – 8.2 – 9.3, 6+). Finishing at #29, #30, and #31, respectively, are Entercom’s WAOK “1380 The Voice of the Community”; Salem Media Group-owned WGKA “AM 920 The Answer”; and iHeartMedia-owned WGST “Talk Radio 640.” WAOK has doubled (+.2) its 6+ stat in five successive reports without a loss (.2 – .2 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .4, flat at #29, 6+). WGKA has an August 2019 through November 2019 topline of: .3 – .2 – .3 – .3 (steady at #30, 6+), while for the 13th time in succession, WGST (.2, +.1, #35 to #31, 6+) notches either a .1 or .2 (6+).

Owing to four successive positive spikes, Entercom sports talk WZGC “92.9 The Game” (Falcons) nets +2.3 (2.8 – 3.4 – 4.3 – 4.6 – 5.1, 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 -.9 in October/November (2.7 – 2.5 – 1.8, #16 to #18, 6+).

Within 3.2 – 3.7 range (6+) the ninth sweep in a row (3.4 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 3.6 – 3.2, 6+), City of Atlanta Board of Education’s WABE drops from #11 to #14. Up two-tenths (.6 – .8, 6+), Georgia State University news/talk WRAS repeats at #26.

Atlanta Music Formats – The rollercoaster ride continues for Cumulus Media-owned CHR WWWQ “Q-100 Atlanta’s New Hits,” which was +.4 (June); -.9 (July/August); +.3 (September); -.7 (October); and now +.7 in November (2.7 – 3.4, #14 to #12, 6+). Its format rival, iHeartMedia’s WWPW “Power 96.1 Atlanta’s #1 Hit Music Station,” is up seven-tenths in October/November (2.9 – 3.1 – 3.6, #13 to #11, 6+). Off three-tenths in September/October (6.2 – 6.2 – 5.9, 6+), Entercom urban contemporary WVEE “V-103 The People’s Station” answers with an increase of six-tenths to 6.5 (6+, equaling what it recorded in May) and remains in the runner-up slot. As Cumulus Media-owned WKHX “Kicks 101.5 – Atlanta’s #1 For Country Hits” notches a +.6 (3.0, #17 to #15, 6+), iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WUBL “94.9 The Bull” falters by one-half share (eighth to ninth, 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+). Off three-tenths in March, WKHX later faltered by four-tenths in May. “The Bull” had been an overall +.9 via three successive positive spikes (4.0 – 4.1 – 4.5 – 4.9, 6+), but is now a combined -1.1 in October/November (4.9 – 4.3 – 3.8, 6+). Its April 2019 through July 2019 topline was 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 4.1 (6+). When “The Bull” dropped one-tenth in June, it interrupted three straight increases that produced a +.8 (3.3 – 3.5 – 4.0 – 4.1, 6+). While it advances from ninth to eighth, Salem Media Group contemporary Christian WFSH “104.7 The Fish” has its fifth decrease 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+). 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+). Down a collective seven-tenths in five straight sweeps without an increase (3.4 – 3.4 – 2.9 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+), Entercom hot AC WSTR “Star 94.1” slips from #14 to #16. Faltering by seven-tenths each are Radio One gospel WPZE “Praise 102.5 Atlanta’s Inspiration Station,” which exits the top ten (#9 to #12) and Clark Atlanta University’s WCLK “Jazz 91.9,” which departs the top twenty (2.1 – 1.4, #19 to #21, 6+). WPZE had been +1.3 via three successive up or flat moves (2.8 – 2.8 – 3.7 – 4.1, 6+). Co-owned urban contemporary WAMJ-HD2, which was an overall +.9 in three improvements in succession (1.1 – 1.2 – 1.5 – 2.0, 6+), falters by four-tenths to 1.6 (flat at #20, 6+).

Philadelphia

Spoken-Word Formats – An October gain of eight-tenths by Entercom’s WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” is followed by November’s one-tenth loss (2.3 – 2.2, #18 to #19, 6+). Even though it is without a decrease the fourth sweep in succession for a +.2 (.7 – .8 – .8 – .9 – .9, 6+), Townsquare Media news/talk WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” backslides from #23 to #25.

Tacking on seven-tenths to October’s increase of nine-tenths (6.6 – 7.5 – 8.2, 6+), Entercom sports talk WIP “Sports Radio 94.1” (Eagles) is #1 the third time in a row and has its best 6+stat (8.2) since February 2018’s 8.7. WIP gained eight-tenths in August. Leaping from #17 to #12, Beasley Media Group-owned WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” is up a collective nine-tenths via five straight reports without a loss (2.1 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 3.0, 6+). The last time “The Fanatic” reached the three-share level (6+) was in March (3.0).      

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 in October/November (3.4 – 3.5 – 3.9, 6+) and returns to the top ten (#11 to #10).

A cumulative +1.2 In four straight up or neutral reports (2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 3.7, 6+), public radio news/talk WHYY forfeits four-tenths to 3.3 (6+) and exits the top ten (#10 to #11). In October, WHYY reached the three-share level (3.7, 6+) for the first time since February’s 3.0.

Philadelphia Music Formats – A combined +1.0 in October/November (6.5 – 6.6 – 7.5, 6+), Beasley Media Group-owned WMGK “Classic Rock 102.9 MGK” carries on in second-place. Co-owned WMMR “93.3 Everything That Rocks,” which 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+), ends the slide by picking up one-tenth to 6.1 (fifth to fourth, 6+). In its extremely limited PPM ratings history, Mega-Philadelphia LLC-owned/Camden, New Jersey-licensed Spanish tropical WEMG “La Mega 105.7 – Today’s Hottest Hits” has quadrupled its September numbers (.3 – .6 – 1.2, 6+) and checks in at #22. Following its overall +1.1 in three straight positive spikes (5.5 – 5.6 – 6.1 – 6.6, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary WBEB “B-101.1 More Music/More Variety” surrenders the entire increase and one-tenth more (5.4, -1.2, second to sixth, 6+). Although it is a combined -.7 in October/November (4.9 – 4.3 – 4.2, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted WISX “106.1 The Breeze” advances from ninth to eighth. Significant swings continue for its urban contemporary sibling 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 -1.0 in October/November (5.0 – 4.5 – 4.0, eighth to ninth, 6+). September’s 5.0 is its best 6+-performance in more than two years (5.6, July 2017). Up eight-tenths in three straight bumps (2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 3.1, 6+), Entercom’s WTDY “Today’s Hits 96.5 TDY” forfeits two-tenths to 2.9 (#13 to #15, 6+). WTDY was -1.0 in four straight March 2019 through July 2019 decreases (3.3 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 2.4 – 2.3, 6+). University of Pennsylvania triple A WXPN “88.5 Vinyl At Heart,” which was -1.1 in four straight down or flat moves (2.6 – 2.4 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.5, 6+), adds one-tenth to 1.6 (flat at #21, 6+). Immediately prior, it logged six straight sweeps without a loss for a +1.2 (1.4 – 1.4 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 2.6, 6+). Thus far in 2019, WIP was on top in January; its classic hits-oldies sibling WOGL “98.1 – Nobody Plays More 80s” was #1 in February; WBEB was #1 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 WDAS-FM were tied for the lead in September; and WIP has been #1 in October and November.

Long Island

Spoken-Word Formats – An overall -1.0 via three straight down or flat trends (4.7 – 4.5 – 3.7 – 3.7, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” drops from seventh to ninth. Continuing at #26 is news/talk WABC, which was up three tenths in August/September (1.0 – 1.1 – 1.3, 6+); down two-tenths in October; and now up one-tenth in November (1.1 – 1.2, 6+).

Albeit off three-tenths (6.4 – 6.1, 6+), Entercom sports talk WFAN (Giants) repeats at #1; WFAN was +.9 in October (5.5 – 6.4, 6+). Similarly-programmed WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” (Jets) is a collective +.8 in four consecutive sweeps without a loss (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.2 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+) and carries on at #14.

Entercom’s all-news WINS bounces back from October’s -.7 with a November +.1 (3.1 – 3.2, unchanged at #11, 6+). Off three-tenths in July, WINS followed with a +1.1 in August/September (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.8, 6+). Co-owned/similarly-formatted WCBS-AM is a combined -.8 in October/November (3.2 – 2.7 – 2.4, #14 to #17, 6+), immediately after being a collective +.7 in three straight up or flat trends (2.5 – 2.5 – 2.9 – 3.2, 6+).

Following five successive up or flat trends that accounted for a gain of four-tenths (1.3 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.7, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation news/talk WNYC-FM drops two-tenths to 1.5 (flat at #23, 6+).

Long Island Music Formats – A combined -.7 in September/October (4.1 – 3.6 – 3.4, 6+), directly after posting three straight positive or flat moves that yielded six-tenths (3.5 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 4.1, 6+), Connoisseur Media adult contemporary WKJY “98.3 K-JOY Long Island’s Place to Relax” dials up a +.8 to 4.2 (ninth to seventh, 6+). Whereas this (4.2) is its best 6+-showing since March (4.3), October’s 3.4 was its lowest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2018’s 3.2. Meanwhile, classic hits-oldies sibling WBZO, which netted nine-tenths via three upticks in a row  (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+), lost one-tenth in October. “Max FM” posts a +.6 in November to 3.5 (#13 to #10, 6+). A collective -1.0 in three straight sweeps without an increase (4.6 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 3.6, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WAXQ “Q-104.3 New York’s Classic Rock” applies the brakes with a +.4 to 4.0 (6+) and remains in eighth-place. 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 (flat at #26, 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 three months in a row of recording a .1 (August, September, and October, 6+), iHeartMedia news talk KKDD “1290 News Talk IE” is unlisted. KKDD was unlisted in May, June and July, as well.

This is the sixth time in succession that co-owned KPWK “Fox Sports Radio 1350 AM” is without an increase (.2 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1, #23 to #22, 6+) and the 23rd straight sweep that similarly-formatted/Los Angeles Angels-owned (LAA 1, LLC) KLAA “Angels Radio AM 830” does not appear in print.

Up a collective three-tenths in three straight positive or neutral trends (.5 – .8 – .8 – .9, 6+), San Bernardino Community College news/talk KVCR forfeits two-tenths to .7 (#12 to #15, 6+). Pasadena City College news/talk KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” has its fourth straight down or flat report for a net loss of two-tenths (.3 – .3 – .3 – .2 – .1, #20 to #22, 6+).

Riverside Music Formats – Without a decrease the fourth time in succession, Lazer Broadcasting regional Mexican KXRS “La Mejor 105.7 – Mas, Mas Musica” is +1.6 in that stretch (.3 – .3 – .4 – .8 – 1.9, #13 to #11, 6+). In seven straight up or flat reports, co-owned/similarly-formatted KAEH “Radio Lazer” has doubled (+.3) its 6+ AQH share (.3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .5 – .6 – .6, #17 to #16, 6+). Without an increase the past three sweeps for an overall -1.0 (4.4 – 4.1 – 3.4 – 3.4, 6+), iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR KGGI “99.1 Riverside’s Hottest Hit Music” halts the slide with a +.4 to 3.8 (fourth to third, 6+). Having surrendered more than half (-1.9) its 6+-share via seven consecutive decreases (3.7 – 3.4 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.3 – 2.1 – 1.9 – 1.8, 6+), LC Media urban-rhythmic oldies KQIE picks up two-tenths to 2.0 (tenth to ninth, 6+). In advance of this just-concluded streak, “Old School 104.7” chalked up a +1.6 in three successive improvements (2.1 – 2.7 – 3.0 – 3.7, 6+). After trending 7.5 – 7.3 – 7.7 (August – September – October, 6+), Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose” busts out a half-share increase to 8.2 (6+) and marches from second to first. 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. Ousted from the top after setting the pace in September and October is Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA (7.9 – 7.3, -.6, first to second, 6+). September/October’s +1.0 (6.9 – 7.7 – 7.9, 6+) follows July/August’s -1.7 (8.6 – 7.6 – 6.9, 6+). KOLA occupied the top spot 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+). Entercom’s KFRG “New Country K-Frog” is a combined -.8 in October/November (4.5 – 4.4 – 3.7, third to fourth, 6+) and falls below a four-share (6+) for the first time since “Holiday” 2016 (3.7, as well). While All-Pro Broadcasting rhythmic hot AC KHTI “Hot 103.9 The I.E.’s Best Mix” adds one-tenth to .9 (flat at #13, 6+), thus pulling the plug on three drops in a row that accounted for a collective loss of seven-tenths (1.5 – 1.1 – .9 – .8, 6+), co-owned adult contemporary KATY “101.3 The Mix” is an overall -.7 via five straight decreases (1.3 – 1.3 – 1.1 – .8 – .7 – .6, #16, 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 fifth month in a row.

San Jose

Spoken-Word Formats – Despite posting its fourth straight up or flat trend for a collective +1.0 (1.4 – 1.8 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+), KGO backslides from #16 to #18. This comes directly after the Cumulus Media news/talk outlet 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 repeats October’s 6+ AQH share (.9) and market rank (#26). 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+).

Locked on 3.6 (6+) in August and September, sports talk sibling KNBR-AM “The Sports Leader” (49ers) is a combined +.9 in October/November (3.6 – 3.8 – 4.5, sixth to fifth, 6+). After dropping six-tenths in August, Entercom’s similarly-formatted KGMZ is +1.6 in three successive upticks (1.0 – 1.1 – 1.8 – 2.6, 6+); “95.7 The Game” leaps into the top twenty (#21 to #14). 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+).

Entercom all-news KCBS-AM (Raiders) wipes away October’s loss of one-half share with a November bump of seven-tenths (5.7 – 5.2 – 5.9, fourth to third, 6+). KCBS-AM was -1.9 in three straight March through May decreases.

Owing to three consecutive down or flat trends, Northern California Public Broadcasting news/talk KQED lost four-tenths (6.3 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 5.9, 6+) but obliterates that deficit with a +1.0 to 6.9 (6+) and leaps from third to first. The last time KQED reached #1 in the San Jose report was in April (6.9, 6+). After three straight months of logging a 1.0 (6+), San Francisco Unified School District news/talk KALW drops one-tenth to .9 (#24 to #26, 6+).

San Jose Music Formats – Following a July/August loss of six-tenths (2.7 – 2.2 – 2.1, 6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary KMEL “106.1 #1 For Hip-Hop and R&B” answers with three jumps in a row for an overall +1.2 (2.1 – 2.7 – 3.2 – 3.3, 6+) and enters the top ten (#12 to #9). Nearly doubling October’s .9 with a positive spike of eight-tenths to 1.7 (6+), Lazer Broadcasting regional Mexican KXZM “Radio Lazer 93.7” jumps to #22. Progressing six-tenths each are Empire Broadcasting’s KRTY “San Jose Hot Country 95.3” KRTY (4.0, ninth to sixth, 6+) and iHeartMedia adult contemporary KISQ “98.1 The Breeze” (2.9, #17 to #11, 6+). KRTY was a combined -.7 in September/October (4.1 – 3.9 – 3.4, 6+), while “The Breeze” had lost four-tenths in three straight modest decreases (2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.3, 6+). Following six successive months at #1, Alpha Media classic hits-oldies KBAY segues to #2. Furthermore, “94.5 Bay FM – The Bay’s Greatest Hits” has the largest (6+) October 2019 – November 2019 decrease of any station in the 12 PPM-markets highlighted here (8.6 – 6.6, -2.0, 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. Prior to the April sweep, KBAY had been +1.5 via three upticks in a row (6.2 – 6.9 – 7.3 – 7.7, 6+). A collective +1.2 in three straight improvements (2.2 – 2.5 – 2.8 – 3.4, 6+), Entercom hot AC KLLC “Alice @ 97.3” forfeits nine-tenths to 2.5 (6+) and fades from the top ten (#9 to #16). Also in the hot AC format, iHeartMedia’s KIOI surrenders seven-tenths (4.2 – 3.5, fifth to eighth, 6+). “Star 101.3 More Music/More Variety” substituted August/September’s -.5 (3.9 – 3.6 – 3.4, 6+) with an October boost of eight-tenths; October’s 4.2 was its best 6+ San Jose showing since January’s 4.6. Off one-half share each are Univision Radio regional Mexican KSOL “Que Buena” (3.3 – 2.8, #11 to #12, 6+) and iHeartMedia’s KYLD “Wild 94.9 – The Bay’s #1 Hit Music Station” (2.6, #13 to #14, 6+). “Que Buena” has its lowest 6+-stat (2.8) since June’s 2.7; “Wild” had just netted eight-tenths in three straight sweeps without a loss (2.3 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 3.1, 6+). As a result of five consecutive down or flat trends, Univision Radio rhythmic CHR KVVF “Latino Mix 105.7” has lost nine-tenths (2.9 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.1 – 2.0, #18 to #19, 6+); this (2.0) is its weakest 6+-showing since “Holiday” 2018’s 1.8. Unlisted in San Jose the 11th 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 – In ten consecutive sweeps without an increase (January 2019 through November 2019), Townsquare Media news/talk WKXW has lost roughly 36% (-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+). “New Jersey 101.5,” which had been on top eight sweeps in succession, now repeats at #2. Off six-tenths to 3.0 (6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” interrupts four up or flat trends in a row that led to a +.7 (2.9 – 2.9 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.6, 6+) and spirals from #11 to #16. The August 2019 through November 2019 Middlesex-Somerset-Union topline for news/talk WABC is: 1.2 – .8 – 1.2 – 1.1 (#25 to #24, 6+).

Completely wiping away September’s loss of seven-tenths with an October/November +1.4 (3.7 – 4.8 – 5.1, 6+), Entercom sports talk WFAN-FM (Giants) leaps from seventh to third. Three straight gains by New York’s “Fan” yielded eight-tenths (3.6 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.4, 6+). Similarly-programmed WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” (Jets) is an overall +1.1 via three upticks in succession (1.6 – 1.7 – 2.4 – 2.7, flat at #18, 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+).

Flat at #21, Entercom all-news WINS logs a 1.9 (6+) the fourth time in the last five Middlesex reports (1.9 – 2.1 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.9, 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+). Co-owned/similarly-programmed WCBS-AM, which was a collective -1.1 in four drops in a row (2.5 – 2.1 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.4, 6+), ends the slide with a +.4 to 1.8 (#23 to #22, 6+).

Down one-tenth (1.81.7, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation public radio news/talk WNYC-FM slips from #22 to #23. August’s increase of one-tenth to 2.0 (6+) stopped three consecutive decreases that accounted for a collective loss of six-tenths (2.5 – 2.2 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+).

Middlesex-Somerset-Union Music Formats – Three down or flat trends in a row by Cumulus Media-owned WNSH yielded a -.9 (4.1 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 3.2, 6+) but “New York’s Country 94.7” regains two-thirds of that deficit with a +.6 to 3.8 (#14 to #11, 6+). Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish contemporary WPAT “Amor 93.1” is an overall +1.7 via four straight improvements (2.1 – 2.2 – 2.6 – 3.5 – 3.8, 6+) and advances from #12 to #11 where it is tied with WNSH. Without an increase the past six sweeps for a -1.4 since April (3.7 – 3.6 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.3, 6+), WPAT’s Spanish tropical cluster-mate WSKQ “Mega 97.9” gains two-tenths to 2.5 (6+) and continues at #19. In addition to jumping from eighth to fifth, iHeartMedia New York City CHR WHTZ “Z-100” logs a +.4 to 5.0 (6+), thus applying the brakes to four straight losses that resulted in a -2.0 (6.6 – 5.9 – 5.5 – 5.3 – 4.6, 6+). As a result of five Middlesex boosts in succession, Entercom classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM gained a +2.6 (4.0 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 5.8 – 6.6, 6+). The streak comes to an end in November as “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits” drops two-tenths to 6.4 (6+) but repeats at #1. Continuing to set the pace in New York City (see above), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “106.7 Lite FM” has had a recent seesaw ride in Middlesex. “Lite FM” was off one-half share in August/September (5.1 – 4.9 – 4.6, 6+); posted an October increase of seven-tenths; and now sputters by nine-tenths in November (5.3 – 4.4, third to ninth, 6+). October’s 5.3 was WLTW’s best (6+) Middlesex stat since “Holiday” 2018’s 11.4. While unchanged at #10, Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97” drops one-tenth to 4.2 (6+), thus snapping at six its consecutive string of up or flat moves that yielded a +1.6 (2.7 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 4.3, 6+).

Monday Memo: Podcast Best Practices

| November 25, 2019

By Holland Cooke
Consultant

 

BLOCK ISLAND, RI –Google “podcast tips” and you’ll find plenty, most for newbies (“State your name and the name of your podcast at the beginning”).  Since you’re a pro, we’ll skip to Advanced Placement stuff:

Understand how-users-are-using, and package accordingly. 

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October 2019 PPM Analysis: News/Talk (Part Two)

| November 19, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES —  Immediately after each month’s four thorough ratings analyses are completed, we try to find a significant nugget to turn into a “Ratings Review Extra.”

The nod this time goes to examining how news/talk outlets fare when their October 2019 (6+) stats are indexed against comparable October 2018 data.

In order to be included in the following summaries, a commercial, English-language news/talk outlet (including online streams, if applicable) had to appear in any of Nielsen Audio’s 48 PPM-markets in both the October 2018 and October 2019 reports.

These October 2019 qualifiers were unlisted in October 2018 and, consequently are not included: WGN, Chicago’s internet stream; KKSF-AM (San Francisco and San Jose reports); KFXR, Dallas; WPGG in the Philadelphia report; WWBA, Tampa; KDFD, Denver; WHK, Cleveland; KMBZ-FM, Kansas City’s internet stream; WLIP (Milwaukee report); WRJN, Milwaukee; and WTMJ, Milwaukee’s internet stream.

Excluded as well is Atlanta’s WYAY, which switched from news/talk to contemporary Christian (WAKL) in May 2019.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

| November 12, 2019

Cumulus Media Q3 Net Revenue Dips Slightly; Up on Same Station Basis. The third quarter financial report for Cumulus Media Inc. shows net revenue was $280.8 million, a decrease of 0.5% over the same period in 2018.  Adjusted EBITDA decreased 5.5%.  However, on a Same Station basis, net revenue was up 3.9% (excluding political).  Cumulus president and CEO Mary Berner says, “In the third quarter, the Company turned in another strong performance with same station revenue and Adjusted EBITDA growth of 3.9% and 2.2%, respectively, on an ex-political basis.  Our operating plan has continued to deliver industry-leading digital revenue growth and continuing growth in our national and network channels.  We also made great progress in the quarter on our balance sheet as our free cash flow generation allowed us to fund a voluntary debt prepayment of approximately $29 million, which reduced net leverage to 4.5x.  Additionally, we completed a $525 million term loan refinancing that extended our debt maturity and reduced future interest expense.”  Breaking down the company’s report a little bit shows spot revenue for the third quarter of 2019 was $161 million, down 4.4% compared to the same period in 2018.  Network revenue was $78.4 million – up 3.6% over the same period a year ago.  Looking at digital revenue, Cumulus tallied almost $20 million, an increase of more than 48%.

Key Networks Offers O’Reilly Thanksgiving Weekend Special Interview with President Trump.  A one-hour, Thanksgiving week special is being made available to affiliates of Key Networks’ “The O’Reilly Update”, hosted by Bill O’ Reilly.  The program is an exclusive one-on-one interview with President Donald Trump that Key Networks says will provide listeners with insights from the president on the latest issues impacting the country as 2020 quickly approaches.  It comes on the heels of the release of O’Reilly’s new book, The United States of Trump: How the President Really Sees America (2019, Henry Holt and Co.).  O’Reilly’s 15-minute daily radio program, “The O’Reilly Update,” is currently syndicated to nearly 200 radio stations across the U.S.  This special 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.  The program can air beginning Wednesday, November 27 and throughout Thanksgiving weekend.  Key Networks chief revenue officer Dennis Green says, “Key Networks is honored to provide Bill O’Reilly’s one-on-one interview with President Trump to stations around the country.  The affiliates of ‘The O’Reilly Update’ continue to get the best news and commentary for their listeners and access to O’Reilly’s no-spin analysis.  If your station wants to win in 2020, they need to make O’Reilly a part of their lineup!”

TALKERS News Notes. Holiday programming for the Thanksgiving weekend is available from FOX News Radio.  FNR is providing to affiliates two, one-hour specials, available for download on the affiliate website on Friday, November 22.  The shows are: “The Dean’s List Thanksgiving Special” with FOX’s senior meteorologist and Mostly Sunny author Janice Dean, in which she shares stories of ordinary people taking time to be kind spreading sunshine to others; and “The Campaign” with host Bret Baier, in which he discusses the state of the democratic presidential race, highlights the candidates who are making headlines, and debates with a selection of political guests, who will ultimately rise to challenge President Trump for the presidency next November…..Tomorrow (11/13), ABC News Radio begins providing extensive coverage of the impeachment inquiry hearings with live, anchored by correspondent Aaron Katersky in Washington with reporting by multi-platform reporter Ines de La Cuetara at the Capitol.  It will also provide four one-minute Status Reports each hour.  Also, tomorrow ABC News Radio will debut a new feature called “Impeachment in a Minute,” hosted by correspondent Kyra Phillips.  Finally, on Wednesday evening Katersky will anchor an hour-long special at 7:06 pm ET looking back at the first day of public hearings…..Similarly, CBS News Radio is covering the impeachment inquiry hearings.  CBS will provide gavel-to-gavel coverage on Wednesday, beginning at 10:00 am with correspondents Bill Rehkopf, Steve Dorsey, and Steven Portnoy from the Hill.  Also, CBS will provide coverage of the TrumpErdogan presidential news conference beginning at 3:10 pm…..Yesterday (11/11), WABC, New York midday hosts Bernard McGuirk (right) and Sid Rosenberg (left) are pictured below, broadcasting live from 27th Street and 5thAvenue on the route of the Veterans Day Parade in New York City.

SiriusXM’s Karen Hunter Hosts Race Discussion Before Town Hall Audience. Talk show host, journalist, and college professor Karen Hunter recently presented a town hall discussion at SiriusXM’s New York studios before a live audience.  Hunter hosts the 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm show on SiriusXM’s Urban View channel.  The program centered on race in America, including the wealth gap between African Americans and Caucasians, The New York Times’ 1619 Project, a powerful initiative that explores the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery and its ongoing impact on our society.  Pictured above are (from l-r): Hunter, New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, MSNBC Correspondent Trymaine Lee, and OneUnited Bank president Teri Williams. Photo: Maro Hagopian for SiriusXM

Nominees Announced for 2020 iHeartRadio Podcast Awards. The second annual iHeartRadio Podcast Awards will take place at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles on Friday, January 17 at 8:00 pm PT.  The iHeartMedia event will honor the most entertaining and innovative podcasts of 2019 and will span 30 categories, celebrating the incredible talent and wide variety of leaders across the booming podcasting industry.  Podcasts nominated for Best Podcast of the Year include: “The Daily,” “The Joe Rogan Experience,” “Stuff You Should Know,” “My Favorite Murder,” “Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend,” “Revisionist History,” “The Ron Burgundy Podcast,” “The Dropout,” “The Shrink Next Door,” and “The Read.”  See all the nominations in all the categories here.

Impeachment Process/Ukraine Affair, 2020 Presidential Race/Biden on CNN Town Hall, DACA Before SCOTUS, Cold and Snow Hit Northern U.S., and Hong Kong Violence Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (11/11). The impeachment process against President Trump and the investigation into the Ukraine affair; the Democrats vying to challenge President Trump in the 2020 election and Joe Biden’s appearance on CNN’s “Town Hall” on Monday evening; the Supreme Court’s hearing of arguments in the case of the Trump administration’s desire to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals act; the cold and snow affecting much of the northern U.S. this week and the related issue of climate change; and the ongoing violence in Hong Kong 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. The morning drive team of Roula Christie, Ryan Chase, Eric Rowe, and Kevin England – “The Roula and Ryan Show” – at Cumulus Media’s CHR KRBE-FM, Houston inks a multi-year agreement to continue its role there.   Station PD Leslie Whittle comments, “Each day our listeners wake up to laughter, will learn something, and could shed a tear or two, but one thing you can count on is that Roula, Ryan, Eric and Special K are never boring.  They have experienced many personal milestones the past 13 years, which I’ve been proud to witness.  ‘The Roula and Ryan Show’ has also celebrated our beloved city’s accomplishments and milestones and has gotten Houston through some tragedies as well.  I’m honored to be able to work with this great team for another five years!”…..Premiere Networks-syndicated personalities Charlamagne Tha God, Delilah, and Elvis Duran appeared together on the Dr. Oz TV show (pictured at left) on Friday (11/8) to discuss their use of their national platforms to change the conversation surrounding mental health.  The radio hosts shared their personal stories and tips for handling challenging mental health issues, including dealing with social media; finding self-love within, not online; and why it’s important to discuss difficult subjects like depression, anxiety, and suicide…..The Premiere Networks syndicated “Steve Harvey Morning Show” is giving away thousands of turkeys as part of the show’s Annual Turkey Give.  Affiliates of the show will provide 8,000 turkeys to help those less fortunate celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.  Since the Turkey Give was launched in 2009, nearly 80,000 turkeys have been given to those in need.  Harvey recently told his listeners, “We consider it an honor and a privilege to help those who are less fortunate during the holiday season.  On behalf of the entire Steve Harvey Morning Show, Happy Thanksgiving and God bless you all.”…..TALKERS sends condolences to the family and friends of Emmons “Skip” Woolwine, a founding member of the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame, who passed away on November 7 from a heart-related illness.  The TRHoF says, “He was passionate about our group and even though he wasn’t a board member, he continually mentored those of us who are on the board.  He was always willing to help, to lend advice and just offer friendship.”

October 2019 PPM Analysis: News/Talk

| November 11, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES —  Our four-part series of October 2019 overviews wraps up with a comprehensive analysis of (commercial, English-language) news/talk stations.

Included in this wide-ranging overview are all commercial, English-language news/talk outlets (including online streams, if applicable) that appeared in any of Nielsen Audio’s 48 PPM-markets (6+, October 2019).

Thus, there are no ratings restrictions in this particular synopsis.

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

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October 2019 PPM Analysis: Country

| November 8, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Following extensive October 2019 overviews of Major League Baseball flagships and public radio news/talk, we turn our attention to stations in the country format; waiting on deck is our thorough examination of (commercial) news/talk.

Breakouts shown here consist of data from country-formatted properties that rank in the top 20 in any PPM-market (October 2019, 6+).

Over and above that particular ratings caveat, Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services. Thus, ratings stats in this analysis are limited to facilities that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.

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October 2019 PPM Analysis:
Public Radio News/Talk

| November 7, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Public radio news/talk stations take center stage in the second of our four-part series of comprehensive summaries of the October 2019 ratings period.

Breakouts shown here consist of data from public radio news/talk facilities that rank in the top 20 (6+) in any PPM-market during the aforementioned September 12 through October 9-conducted sweep.

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

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October 2019 PPM Analysis:
Major League Baseball Flagships

| November 6, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — All set to lead off with our first in a four-part series of extensive October 2019 ratings overviews, we’re in the batter’s box taking our third and final swing this calendar year at the performance of Major League Baseball radio flagships.

The following scoreboards are for an MLB team’s English-language, Nielsen Audio subscribing key station during the October 2019 sweep (September 12 – October 9).

Unlike most of our other such overviews, however, this particular one comes with some unique ground rules and fine-print.

While some MLB teams have an AM and FM flagship and/or an emergency alternative (backup), we show one “designated hitter” per team.

Mirroring the one-station-per-team model, no MLB flagship in this analysis has ratings data from multiple Nielsen Audio metros.

Therefore, stats for the primary stations of the Mets (WCBS-AM) and Yankees (WFAN) are limited to their home market of New York City, even though one or both of those stations may appear in ratings reports for Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island) and/or Middlesex-Somerset-Union.

The same applies to the primary station of the San Francisco Giants, Cumulus Media sports talk KNBR. It is listed in both San Francisco and San Jose but only information from the San Francisco report is used here.

Things get a bit trickier regarding the Los Angeles Angels. Its main radio home – KLAA – has studios and offices at Anaheim Stadium but is unlisted in both the Los Angeles and Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario reports (October 2019). As a result, we are using data from another Angels Radio Network station throughout this entire overview, KSPN “ESPN LA 710.”

No ratings information is available/shown for either the flagship of the American League East’s Toronto Blue Jays (CJCL) or the American League West’s Oakland Athletics (KTRB).

Data cited here is not limited to any specific day-part. All stats are full-week, Monday – Sunday, 6:00 am – 12:00 midnight (6+).

With that out of the way, it’s time for the first pitch.

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October 2019 PPM Ratings

| October 29, 2019

September 2019 PPM Analysis: News/Talk

| October 15, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES —  An in-depth analysis of (commercial, English-language) news/talk stations concludes our four-part series of September 2019 overviews.

If a commercial, English-language news/talk outlet (including its online stream, if applicable) appeared in any of Nielsen Audio’s 48 PPM-markets (6+, September 2019), it is included in this wide-ranging overview. Thus, there are no ratings restrictions in this particular synopsis.

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

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September 2019 PPM Analysis:
Sports Talk

| October 11, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES —  Sports talk takes center stage in the second of our four-part comprehensive series of September 2019 PPM overviews.

The following scoreboards are comprised of sports talk facilities that rank in the top 20 (6+) in any of the 48 PPM-markets during the September 2019 sweep, which covered August 15 through September 11.

Ratings information in this exclusive analysis is limited to sports talk properties that subscribe to Nielsen Audio’s audience estimates.

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September 2019 PPM Analysis:
The All-News Format

| October 10, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — A synopsis of all-news stations begins our wide-ranging four-part series of September 2019 ratings recaps.

The following scoreboards reflect data from all-news properties that appear in the top 20 (6+) in September 2019, a sweep that covered August 15 – September 11.

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

All but three stations listed in this format overview are Entercom-owned properties.

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

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Seen and Heard at the Radio Show

| September 25, 2019

By Jeff McKay
Special Features Correspondent

 

DALLAS — While the setup day for the NAB Radio Show in Dallas Wednesday is when the show gets going with info sessions, exhibit floors opening, and those who didn’t arrive on Tuesday afternoon filing in early Wednesday, it’s the day the meetings begin, people gather for the luncheon featuring Cumulus CEO Mary Berner, Entercom CEO David Field, and iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman, and networking is in full effect.

Sales as usual is always a big part of the event, however podcasting is a big theme of the 2019 Radio Show.  In fact, podcasting here at the Radio Show is being talked about more than ever before.  Several meeting sessions were solely about podcasting, but it seems as many of the sessions will also include podcasting as an element.

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August 2019 Spoken-Word Pacesetters: DC, Boston, Minneapolis

| September 23, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Earlier this month, we posted August 2019 ratings overviews for all-news (9/12); sports talk (9/13); and public radio news/talk (9/16).

Given that our definition of spoken-word includes commercial English-language news/talk outlets; all-news facilities (including business news); sports talk; and public radio news/talk operations, the following August 2019 “Ratings Extra” marks the first time in our years of doing such comprehensive individual monthly format synopses that we gauge the temperature of spoken-word stations as a complete entity in all 48 PPM-markets.

Admittedly, that last category – “public radio news/talk” – can be tricky.

Some stations falling under that banner are much broader in scope and could easily be labeled “variety,” as it is highly-possible listeners will hear those outlets air jazz, classical, bluegrass, and/or several other musical genres in various dayparts.

Nonetheless, programming on the majority of “public radio news/talk” stations listed here falls predominantly (if not exclusively) under the news/talk umbrella.

Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations subscribing to its services.

As a result, stats in this analysis are limited to facilities paying Nielsen Audio for its information.

There’s only other disclaimer: For the sake of across-the-board consistency, we have established the criteria in this particular analysis as a top 20 finish in any of the 48 PPM-markets.

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August 2019 PPM Analysis:
Mainstream CHR

| September 17, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Each month, we focus on three spoken-word genres and one music-intensive format: A thorough examination of mainstream CHR wraps up our four-part series that has been reviewing August 2019 ratings performances.

As was the case with the three heretofore published overviews of spoken-word formats (all-news, sports talk, and public radio news/talk), our mainstream CHR analysis is comprised of data from PPM-market facilities that rank in the top 20 (August 2019, 6+).

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

The company’s August 2019 ratings period covered July 18 – August 14.

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August 2019 PPM Analysis:
Public Radio News/Talk

| September 16, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Our four-part series of comprehensive summaries of the August 2019 ratings period continues by highlighting the performance of public radio news/talk stations.

Breakouts shown here consist of data from public radio news/talk facilities that rank in the top 20 (6+) in any PPM-market during the aforementioned July 18 through August 14-conducted sweep.

In addition to that particular ratings caveat, 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 Nielsen Audio for its information.

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August 2019 PPM Analysis:
The All-News Format

| September 12, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Our extensive four-part series of August 2019 ratings recaps commences with a synopsis of all-news stations.

Clearly – the most obvious first question that needs to be addressed is whether all-news rebounded from a dreadful ratings period in which only one station in our eligible base logged a (6+) June 2019 – July 2019 improvement; so, read on to find out.

First though, the fine-print.

The following scoreboards reflect data from all-news properties that appear in the top 20 (6+) in August 2019, a sweep that covered July 18 – August 14.

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

Owning all but three stations listed in this format overview, Entercom has a virtual monopoly on the all-news genre.

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

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July 2019 PPM Analysis: Commercial News/Talk

| September 3, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES —  An in-depth analysis of commercial, English-language news/talk stations concludes our four-part series of July 2019 overviews.

Encompassed in this wide-ranging analysis are all commercial, English-language news/talk outlets (including online streams, if applicable) that appeared in any of Nielsen Audio’s 48 PPM-markets (6+, July 2019).

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

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Friday, August 30, 2019

| August 30, 2019

‘Mason & Ireland’ to Afternoons in KSPN, Los Angeles Program Changes. Longtime Los Angeles sports talk duo Steve Mason and John Ireland are moving from the early afternoon daypart to PM drive (3:00 pm to 6:30 pm) at ESPN O&O KSPN, Los Angeles “ESPNLA 710,” effective Tuesday (9/3).  Current afternoon host Jorge Sedano’s “The Sedano Show” moves to early evenings and Sedano continues his NBA duties for ESPN TV.  New to the lineup is ESPN Radio’s syndicated Will Cain show, to air in the early afternoon slot.  “ESPNLA” VP and general manager Scott McCarthy says, “We are excited to further strengthen an already powerful talk lineup by moving ‘Mason & Ireland’ to afternoon drive and capitalizing on the momentum of ‘The Will Cain Show.’ These two shows plus ‘Keyshawn, LZ and Travis,’ LA’s only local sports morning show, and the always compelling Stephen A. Smith will keep listeners updated on local and national major sports stories.  Jorge Sedano’s NBA expertise will prepare listeners for the night’s action and takes on greater importance with the high expectations surrounding the Lakers and Clippers.”  KSPN says that the “Mason & Ireland” show “is the highest-rated sports talk show in LA in any daypart over the past three years and is delivering some of its best audience numbers ever in 2019.”

TALKERS News Notes. The next Democratic debate takes place on Thursday, September 12 and ABC News Radio is providing live coverage anchored by correspondent Aaron Katersky in Houston.  ABC News Radio will broadcast the debate in its entirety followed by post-debate analysis.  In the hour leading up to the debate, affiliates are being offered an exclusive one-hour program, “Preview to the Democratic Debate.”  Brad Mielke will host the award-winning podcast “Start Here” from Houston on Thursday and Friday (9/12-13), and a special edition of the “Powerhouse Politics” podcast, featuring Jonathan Karl and ABC News political director Rick Klein, will tape in Houston the week of the debate.…..The nationally syndicated “Sterling on Sunday” program (10:00 pm to 1:00 am ET), starring Walter M. Sterling, will stay on top of the status of Hurricane Dorian this weekend.  Sterling says that citizen reporters are ready to phone in their reports and that he’s done this in the past with dramatic impact.  Sterling adds, “It would be irresponsible to present anything but hurricane information.  I don’t know how any station on the East Coast could run infomercials or yell at the Democrats when a hurricane is endangering lives, stopping air traffic to all of Florida, and blocking the interstates.  We will have eye level reports from people in Florida.”…..Kentucky sports media figure Matt Jones – who hosts the regionally syndicated “Kentucky Sports Radio” program based at iHeartMedia’s WLAP-AM, Lexington – is considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Jones would run as a Democrat.  He tells “WAVE 3 News” reports that he is forming an exploratory committee to find out if he has enough support to challenge Democrat Amy McGrath in the primary and then incumbent Republican McConnell.  Jones says, “We’re in an era where people want you to be honest.  I think I said on the radio I almost wore a sweatshirt and shorts here today because that’s what I put on.  I think people like that.  It’s the biggest lesson of Donald Trump more than anything else.  It’s this idea that people like you to say what you think, be authentic.  Democrats don’t do that a lot.  I’m going to try to do it.”  Jones was let go by WLEX-TV, Lexington in July after his senatorial ambitions became known…..The recent changes at iHeartMedia’s sports talk KGME, Phoenix “FOX Sports 910” bumped “The Dan Patrick Show” off the schedule but the program is landing on another station in The Valley.  Hubbard Radio’s crosstown sports talk KDUS-AM “NBCSports 1060” is adding the show to the 6:00 am to 9:00 am daypart.

New Installment Posted of “The Michael Harrison Wrap: An Overview of the National Conversation.” The recently launched, one-hour experimental weekend program, “The Michael Harrison Wrap,” produced by Goodphone Communications 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.  The new episode titled, “Fire and Rain!” looks back at this past week of August 26-30, 2019 and features guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERS magazine; Graham Mack, program director, Fix Radio, London; Ross Kaminsky, morning host, KHOW, Denver; Dr. Mathew Knowles, CEO, Music World Entertainment (and Beyoncé’s father); and Bobbie Winston (“La Femme Bobbie”), American artist living in Rio De Janeiro.  This increasingly acclaimed news/talk radio show airs on WONK-FM on Friday afternoons between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm as a recap and exclamation point for the week-in-review as well as several other stations around the country including KSCO, Santa Cruz, CA; KBKW, Aberdeen, WA and during the weekend on the Virginia Talk Radio Network as well as Pioneer Valley Radio in Springfield, MA and 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.

Katz Scores One-On-One with VP. Pictured above is WIBC-FM, Indianapolis morning drive host Tony Katz (right) with Vice President Mike Pence (left). Prior to his speech before the American Legion National Convention in Indianapolis, Pence did a sit-down interview with Katz.  In addition to his WIBC morning show, Katz syndicates the “Tony Katz Today” midday show (11:00 am to 1:00 pm ET).  Earlier in his career, Pence was a WIBC talk host whose program was syndicated across Indiana.

‘98.7 The Fan’ Adds ‘James Connor Show’ to Steelers Coverage. Since Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger decided not to continue his radio show on Entercom’s sports talk KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan” this year, the station is adding running back James Connor to its coverage of the team.  The Steelers player will join “The PM Team with Poni and Mueller” each Monday at 5:00 pm, beginning September 9.  Entercom Pittsburgh SVP and market manager Michael Spacciapolli says, “We are excited to welcome James to the ‘93.7 The Fan’ family this season. James is one of the most beloved personalities in the region and we know he will bring unique insight and inspiration to the show.”

U.S.-China Relations Top News/Talk Story for Week of August 26-30. The battle of tariffs between the U.S. and China was the most-talked-about story on news/talk radio, landing atop the Talkers TenTM.  At #2 this week was the activity in the world’s financial markets and economic reports warning of a recession on the horizon. Coming in at #3 was the aftermath of last weekend’s G7 Summit in France, followed by Boris, Brexit and the Queen 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.

Darlene Love Is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast.  One of the most prolific singers to emerge from the 1960s-era “girl groups” of record producer Phil Spector’s legendary Wall of Sound – Darlene Love – is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series “The Michael Harrison Interview.”  Since being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2011 and accepting the Best Documentary Oscar for the 2013 film, “20 feet from Stardom,” and the GRAMMY for its soundtrack, her remarkable career has been full steam ahead.  At 78, she sells out shows worldwide, captivating audiences with her warm, gracious stage presence and sensational performances.  The New York Times describes Darlene Love as having a voice “embedded in the history of rock and roll as Eric Clapton’s guitar and Bob Dylan’s lyrics.”  Harrison says, “I am truly thrilled to have Ms. Love as a guest on the podcast.  Her life story is truly amazing.  She went from being a pioneer of the girl group genre to an unheralded and underpaid voice that launched some of the most iconic hits of all time to becoming a housekeeper to make ends meet to climbing her way out of obscurity and finally gaining worldwide recognition for her truly special contributions to popular culture – along the way also performing as a Broadway and film actress in a career that spans six decades of dynamic history!”  Harrison and Love discuss the early days of rock and pop, along with the singer’s experience as the daughter of a minister growing up in Los Angeles and Texas as a young African American female trying to establish a career in the music business.  In addition to her insights into race relations in America, Love talks about how she keeps herself in shape in her late-70s for the rigorous career that she continues to maintain.  By the way, today marks the 57th anniversary of the release of, “He’s a Rebel,” by the Crystals on August 27, 1962 which was actually recorded by Darlene Love and the Blossoms and never officially credited to them until years later.  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 daily email newsletter and on every page of Talkers.com.

Cool Talk Radio Sales Opportunity. In New York City, Salem Media Group is seeking an account executive for radio and digital sales.  Here’s the ad: Salem Media Group 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 apply online and email cover letter and resumes to Jerry Crowley’s attention.

Tom Joyner’s 17th Annual Family Reunion Takes Place This Weekend in Florida. This weekend at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida, nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner is presenting the 17th annual “Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion.”  It is featuring performances and appearances from: Charlie Wilson, The Bonfyre, Brandy, Robin Thicke, Guy Torry, Erica Campbell, Rickey Smiley, Donald Lawrence, Keke Wyatt, Kierra Sheard, Sir The Baptist, Tye Tribbett, DJ Standout, Lonnie Hunter, Shanice Wilson, Ollie Gabriel, Brownstone, Erica Campbell, Bebe Winans, Isaac Carree, DJ Kool, DJ Kev-Ski, DJ Flemingo and more. Joyner says, “I am so proud of the fun, entertainment-filled atmosphere that we created all those years ago to truly celebrate Black families and what we love.  We gladly continue this tradition, and I know it will be our best year yet.”  This year’s “Family Reunion” is part of Joyner’s year-long celebration of his 25-year career.  Joyner will retire from broadcasting in December.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. In the Denver market, iHeartMedia names John E. Kage program director for country KWBL “106.7 The Bull” in addition to his current role as programmer for CHR KPTT “95.7 The Party.”  Kage says, “I am beyond thrilled to make my return to country music on ‘106.7 The Bull.’  Country music has a special community with a unique bond between radio, the artists, and the listeners.  I missed it dearly and I’m very grateful for being able to be a part of it again.  A special thanks to iHeartMedia for giving me the opportunity and I look forward to working alongside the talented team here at ‘106.7 The Bull’ and contributing to the station’s ongoing success.”…..Chicago radio personality Erik Zachary leaves his position as evening host at iHeartMedia’s CHR WKSC “103.5 Kiss FM.” He says, “I have nothing but appreciation for the opportunities that iHeart has afforded me in my seven-plus years on the air and look forward to seeing the continued success of the amazing team at KISS FM.  With that said, I’m excited to shift the full focus of my work to the television and digital video space.”

July 2019 PPM Analysis: Adult Hits

| August 23, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Having already addressed all-news and Major League Baseball flagships, we continue our four-part series of July 2019 ratings overviews with an in-depth examination of adult hits.

This analysis is comprised of PPM-market facilities that rank in the top 20 (6+) in the July 2019 sweep, a ratings period that covered June 20 through July 17.

Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for facilities that subscribe to its services. For that reason, ratings stats and information in the following charts are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.

Bottom-line: When indexed against aforementioned all-news and MLB flagships, the qualifying PPM-market adult hits properties in our sample claim the strongest 6+-share (5.65) and best average 6+-rank (#5.57), easily outdistancing all-news (3.63/#10.75) and MLB flagships (3.72/#12.75).

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July 2019 PPM Analysis: Major League Baseball Flagships

| August 22, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — We’re stepping up to the plate taking this year’s second swing at the ratings performance of Major League Baseball radio flagships.

Unlike most of our other such overviews, this particular one comes with some unique ground rules and fine-print.

Leading off, the following scoreboards are for an MLB team’s English-language, Nielsen Audio subscribing key station during the July 2019 sweep (June 20 – July 17).

Some MLB teams have an AM and FM flagship and/or an emergency alternative (backup); however, we show one “designated hitter” per team.

Mirroring the one-station-per-team model, no MLB flagship in this analysis has ratings data from multiple Nielsen Audio metros.

Stats for the primary stations of the Mets (WCBS-AM) and Yankees (WFAN) are therefore limited to their home market of New York City, even though one or both of those stations may appear in ratings reports for Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island) and/or Middlesex-Somerset-Union.

The same applies regarding KNBR, the primary station of the San Francisco Giants. Even though the Cumulus Media sports talk facility is listed in both San Francisco and San Jose, only information from the SF report is used.

Things get a bit trickier with the Los Angeles Angels. Its main radio home – KLAA – has studios and offices at Anaheim Stadium but is unlisted in both the Los Angeles and Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario reports (July 2019). As a result, we are using data from another Angels Radio Network station throughout this entire overview, KSPN “ESPN LA 710.”

No ratings information is available/shown for the flagships of the American League East’s Toronto Blue Jays (CJCL) and the American League West’s Oakland Athletics (KTRB).

Data cited here is not limited to any specific day-part. All stats are full-week, Monday – Sunday, 6:00 am – 12:00 midnight (6+).

With that out of the way, it’s time for the first pitch.

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July 2019 PPM Analysis: The All-News Format

| August 21, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — An overview of all-news stations kicks off our thorough four-part series of July 2019 ratings recaps.

Spoiler alert: This isn’t the greatest month you’ll ever see for the format.

That point notwithstanding, the following scoreboards reflect data from all-news properties that appear in the top 20 (6+) in July 2019, a ratings period that covered June 20 – July 17.

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

Entercom has a virtual monopoly on the all-news genre, as that company owns all but three stations listed in this format synopsis.

The exceptions are iHeartMedia’s WBZ-AM, Boston (also listed in Providence); WTOP, Washington, DC (Hubbard Broadcasting); and KOMO, Seattle (Sinclair Broadcast Group).

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Recipe for Better Sales Revenue: Better Sales Compensation Programs

| August 6, 2019

By Bill Brady
Futures & Opinions, Inc.
President/CEO

PHOENIX — Radio sales has never been an easy job.

The challenges of selling an “intangible” against 20-to-30 other radio stations—plus every other form of media—was always difficult.  Only the strongest survived and the business chewed up and spat out those who didn’t have the skill and the drive necessary to succeed.

But, while radio sales was never an easy job, it was once a good job.  At one point, an A-player could make six figures and some even had barter allowances and car trades, which helped their cash income go further.  Before consolidation, many top radio sales pros were livin’ large.

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Monday Memo: “Hollywood,” Co-starring
AM Radio

| August 5, 2019

By Holland Cooke
Consultant

WARWICK, RI — This week Showcase Cinema at Warwick Mall is herding movie-goers into side-by-side theaters showing – at the same time – “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood:” here.

Credits for “The Ninth Film From Quentin Tarantino” include Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, and (in his final performance) the late Luke Perry.  Those credits should also include the late, great 93KHJ.

“How we listened to the radio back then is different than the way we listen to the radio now.”

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June 2019 PPM Analysis:
Commercial News/Talk

| July 29, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES —  Our four-part series of June 2019 overviews concludes with an in-depth analysis of commercial, English-language news/talk stations.

Included in this exhaustive analysis are all commercial, English-language news/talk outlets (including online streams, if applicable) that appeared in any of Nielsen Audio’s 48 PPM-markets (6+, June 2019).

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

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June 2019 PPM Analysis: Alternative

| July 26, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Having already posted thorough June 2019 ratings overviews for sports talk (Wednesday, 7/18) and public radio news/talk (yesterday, 7/19), we turn our attention to a similar analysis for alternative – occasionally referred to as “modern rock.”

The following scoreboards are comprised of alternative-formatted facilities that rank in the top 20 in any PPM-market (6+, June 2019).

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

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June 2019 PPM Analysis: Public Radio News/Talk

| July 25, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Our four-part series of detailed recaps of the June 2019 ratings period continues by highlighting performance of public radio news/talk stations.

Breakouts shown here consist of data from public radio news/talk facilities that rank in the top 20 (6+) in any PPM-market during that aforementioned May 23 through June 19-conducted sweep.

In addition to that particular ratings caveat, 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 Nielsen Audio for its information.

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June 2019 PPM Analysis: Sports Talk

| July 24, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES —  A look at sports talk initiates our thorough four-part series of June 2019 PPM overviews.

The following scoreboards are comprised of sports talk facilities that rank in the top 20 (6+) in any of the 48 PPM-markets for the June 2019 sweep, which covered May 23 – June 19.

Ratings information in this exclusive analysis is limited to sports talk properties that subscribe to Nielsen Audio’s audience estimates.

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May 2019 PPM Analysis: DC Repeats As Spoken-Word Champ

| July 2, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — On numerous occasions the past several years, we have depicted the top news/talk markets in a specific ratings sweep.

This, however, is our most ambitious project to date, as we assess the temperature of spoken-word stations as a complete entity in all 48 PPM-markets.

Especially as it relates to this particular exercise, our definition of spoken-word includes commercial English-language news/talk outlets; all-newsas well as business news – facilities; and public radio news/talk operations.

That last category can be acutely thorny, since by their very noncommercial nature, some stations falling under that banner are – admittedly – much broader in scope and could be ascribed as “variety.”

As a result, even though these stations are tagged “public radio news/talk,” it is highly-possible that listeners could hear them air jazz, classical, bluegrass, and/or several other musical genres in various dayparts. It is our intention that programming on stations listed here as “public radio news/talk” falls predominantly (if not exclusively) under the news, news/talk umbrella.

Another member of the spoken-word family, sports talk, is purposefully excluded from this analysis. Results from that format’s May 2019 performance were posted on (Thursday) June 20 and have been archived on our website.

Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations subscribing to its services.

As a result, stats in this analysis are limited to facilities paying Nielsen Audio for its information.

In the last bit of fine-print for this comprehensive overview, we have applied absolutely no ratings restrictions for the May 2019 sweep, which covered April 25 through May 22. Every news; news-talk; and public radio news/talk station notching at least a .1 (6+, May 2019) is included in this comprehensive recap.

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May 2019 PPM Analysis:
Public Radio News/Talk

| June 24, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Our four-part series of detailed recaps of the May 2019 ratings period concludes by highlighting the performance of public radio news/talk.

Breakouts shown here consist of data from public radio news/talk facilities that rank in the top 20 (6+) in any PPM-market during that aforementioned April 25 through May 22-conducted sweep.

In addition to that particular ratings caveat, 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 Nielsen Audio for its information.

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May 2019 PPM Analysis: Urban AC

| June 21, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Each month, we focus on three spoken-word genres and one music-intensive format.

In our third installment of May 2019 ratings overviews, urban AC takes center stage representing that latter category.

This summary is comprised of PPM-market urban ACs that rank in the top 20 (6+) in the May 2019 sweep, which covered April 25 – May 22.

Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for facilities that subscribe to its services.

Owing to that reason, ratings stats in this exclusive analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.

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May 2019 PPM Analysis: Sports Talk

| June 20, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Our four-part series of comprehensive May 2019 PPM overviews continues with a look at sports talk, which notches a very slight uptick both month-to-month (April 2019 – May 2019) and year-to-year (May 2018 – May 2019).

The following scoreboards are comprised of sports talk facilities that rank in the top 20 in any of the 48 PPM-markets (6+, May 2019).

Ratings information in this exclusive analysis is limited to sports talk properties that subscribe to Nielsen Audio’s audience estimates.

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April 2019 PPM Analysis:
Internet Streams

| June 4, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — While the following is admittedly only a one ratings period snapshot (April 2019), it does provide insight to the performance of station internet “streams” by 6+-share; format; and each PPM-market.

In terms of market rank proficiency, only seven (7) station “streams” managed to crack the top twenty (6+, April 2019).

In all cases, they are in the smallest PPM-markets: Norfolk CHR WNVZ (#14, .4, 6+); Hartford hot AC WTIC-FM (#16, .3, 6+); Hartford public radio news/talk WFCR (#17, .1, 6+); Greensboro public radio news/talk WFDD (#18, .2, 6+); Memphis sports talk WMFS (#18, .1, 6+); Jacksonville alternative WXXJ (#19, .3, 6+); and Greensboro regional Mexican WYMY (#19, .1, 6+).

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April 2019 PPM Analysis:
Commercial News/Talk

| May 28, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES —  An in-depth analysis of commercial, English-language news/talk properties completes our four-part series of April 2019 overviews.

All commercial, English-language news/talk outlets (including online streams, if applicable) that appeared in any of Nielsen Audio’s 48 PPM-markets (6+, April 2019) are included.

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

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April 2019 PPM Analysis:
Classic Hits-Oldies

| May 24, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — The first two installments of this comprehensive four-part special feature series of April 2019 ratings overviews dealt with spoken-word formats.

Specifically, an all-news overview was posted Wednesday (5/22) and our analysis of Major League Baseball flagships (all of which are either sports talkers, news/talk, or all-news) appeared yesterday (5/23).

On deck Monday is the all-inclusive look at commercial news/talk.

Our attention right now though is on classic hits-oldies, with this summary comprised of PPM-market facilities that rank in the top 20 (6+, April 2019).

Bottom-line matchup: In April 2019, the typical PPM-market classic hits-oldies station generally notches a 6+-share of 5.30 and finishes sixth/seventh (#6.70). Those (6+) rank and share stats exceed both all-news (4.00/#9.76) and our particular panel of MLB flagships (3.98/#12.17).

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

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April 2019 PPM Analysis:
Major League Baseball Flagships

| May 23, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Entering the batter’s box … is this year’s first check on Major League Baseball radio flagships.

Unlike most of our other ratings overviews, this particular one comes with some unique ground rules and fine-print.

Leading off, the following scoreboards are for an MLB team’s English-language, Nielsen Audio subscribing key station during the April 2019 sweep.

Some MLB teams have an AM and FM flagship and/or an emergency alternative (backup); however, we only show one “designated hitter” per team.

Mirroring the one-station-per-team model, MLB flagships listed here have ratings data from one Nielsen Audio metro.

For example, information is limited for the flagships of the Mets (WCBS-AM taking over from WOR) and Yankees (WFAN) to their home market of New York City, even though they may appear in Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island) and/or Middlesex-Somerset-Union.

The primary flagship for the Los Angeles Angels, KLAA, is unlisted (April 2019) in both the Los Angeles and Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario reports. Therefore, we are using the team’s secondary outlet, KSPN, throughout this entire overview.

No ratings information is available/shown for the flagships of the American League East’s Toronto Blue Jays (CJCL) and the American League West’s Oakland Athletics (KTRB, which has succeeded KGMZ).

Data cited here is not limited to any specific day-part. All stats are full-week, Monday – Sunday, 6:00 am – 12:00 midnight (6+).

Finally, it’s important to note that Major League Baseball’s 2019 regular season schedule began with the Oakland Athletics hosting the Seattle Mariners at the Tokyo Dome on March 20 – 21.

Traditional opening day, featuring all 30 MLB clubs, took place on March 28, fortuitously coinciding with the start of Nielsen Audio’s April 2019 sweep (March 28 – April 24).

With that out of the way, it’s time to throw out the first pitch and play ball.

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April 2019 PPM Analysis:
The All-News Format

| May 22, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — An overview of all-news stations begins our thorough four-part series of April 2019 ratings recaps.

The following scoreboards reflect data from such properties that appear in the top 20 (6+) in April 2019, a ratings period that covered March 28 – April 24.

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

All but three stations listed here are owned by Entercom. The exceptions are iHeartMedia’s WBZ-AM, Boston (also listed in Providence); WTOP, Washington, DC (Hubbard); and KOMO, Seattle (Sinclair Broadcast Group).

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March 2019 PPM Analysis:
Mainstream Rock

| April 26, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Each month, we review PPM performances of three spoken-word genres and one music-intensive format.

Today’s focus is in the latter category with mainstream rock in the spotlight.

This overview is comprised of PPM-market mainstream rock facilities that rank in the top 20 (6+) in the March 2019 survey period, which covered February 28 through March 27.

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

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March 2019 PPM Analysis:
The All-News Format

| April 24, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Our comprehensive four-part series of March 2019 ratings recaps commences with an overview of all-news stations.

The following scoreboards reflect data from such properties that appear in the top 20 (6+) in March 2019, a ratings period that covered February 28 – March 27.

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

All but three stations listed here are owned by Entercom. The exceptions are iHeartMedia’s WBZ-AM, Boston (also listed in Providence); WTOP, Washington, DC (Hubbard); and KOMO, Seattle (Sinclair Broadcast Group).

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Monday, April 22, 2019

| April 21, 2019

Monday Memo: Promos 101.  With the important Spring ratings survey underway, station imaging needs to be on-message.  In this week’s column, consultant Holland Cooke outlines strategy and tactics.  Your station promos should add Time Spent Listening and enhance recall.  Learn more about how to accomplish that here.

Kristin Roderick Upped to VP at Townsquare Media. Sales pro Kristin Roderick is promoted from her director of regional partnerships position with Townsquare Media to vice president of partnership sales for New Jersey.  She states, “No media company has a stronger platform in New Jersey than Townsquare to help our clients achieve their marketing objectives.  I’m looking forward to leveraging Townsquare’s dynamic and diversified marketing platform to help some of the biggest and best agencies and businesses in the area accomplish their goals and increase their business.”  Roderick joined Townsquare in November of 2017.  She has held general sales manager and director of agency sales positions at iHeartMedia New York and a senior account executive position at Emmis Communications New York.

KMOX, St. Louis Personality Harry Hamm Charged with Child Pornography Possession and Sodomy.  St. Louis television station KMOV-TV is reporting that KMOX-AM, St. Louis entertainment reporter and host Harry Hamm has been charged with possession of child pornography, incest and second-degree statutory sodomy after an underage relative reported alleged sexual abuse to police.  St. Ann, Missouri police say that Hamm confessed to the allegations during an interview.  Entercom issued the following statement regarding Hamm. “We have just learned of the troubling allegations against Harry Hamm.  We take these matters very seriously and have placed him on immediate leave as we investigate.  We do not have any further comment at this moment.”

Mueller Report Released, Southern Border Crisis, Sri Lanka Church Bombings, 2020 Presidential Politics, NBA Playoffs, and MLB Action Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend.  The aftermath of the release of the redacted version of the Mueller Report; the politics surrounding the migrant crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border; the deadly Easter Sunday bombings at Christian churches in Sri Lanka; the Democrats vying to challenge President Trump in 2020; the NBA playoffs; and Major League Baseball action were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

TALKERS News Notes. The New York Post reports WFAN sports talk personality Mike Francesa tweeted over the weekend that he’s making his final comment about the dispute between his station and crosstown rival WEPN “ESPN New York” over the afternoon drive ratings.  As you may recall, ESPN is touting PM driver Michael Kay’s ratings for the Winter survey (Jan., Feb., March), saying he beat Francesa in Men 25-54.  However, when adding WFAN’s streaming numbers, Francesa beats Kay.  The issue here is whether WFAN’s stream – which airs different ads than the over-the-air signal – should count.  Francesa obviously believes it should.  He tweeted: “This is the last time I will ever make a statement about the calculation of the radio ratings.  There is only one possible way to read them. Anyone, and that means anyone, who says differently is either a fool or a liar. Case closed.”…..WABC, New York morning personality Sid Rosenberg celebrated his 52nd birthday on air last week and was greeted with Happy Birthday wishes from a number of his high-profile friends, including: TV host and prosecutor Bob Bianchi, Chris Matthews, Goumba Johnny, Lawrence Taylor, Michael Kay, and Jim Kerr.  During the segment with Taylor, the two discussed rehab, aging, and enjoying the little things in life.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Montgomery CHR outlet WHHY-FM “Y102” names Gordie Daniels co-host of the morning show with incumbent morning personality Tommy Fields.  Daniels previously worked on air at WJHM, Orlando and WLLD, Tampa.  WHHY program director Jay Rio says, “It will be exciting to hear a new fresh and real sound from Gordie Daniels for the ‘Y102’ morning show.  His experience, work ethic, and extensive background in mornings, working with ‘Orlando & The Freak Show’ in Tampa and ‘The Wake Up Posse’ morning show in Orlando as co-host and morning show producer makes Gordie the best talent to begin our day for ‘Y102.’”…..iHeartMedia’s Philadelphia alternative rocker WRFF “Radio 104.5” announces its annual series of Summer Block Parties.  The kick-off event takes place on June 23 at Xfinity Live! featuring live performances by Catfish and the Bottlemen, Flora Cash, Oliver Tree, and Matt Maeson. Station PD and air personality John Allers says, “We’re very excited to offer our listeners another summer of free concerts with their favorite bands.  We’re also thrilled to continue our partnership with Xfinity Live! as we move this year’s series of events to a new location.”…..Sun Broadcast Group announces Natalia Ospina joins the company as an ad sales assistant.  Ospina was previously with Entravision Media Group serving as national TV sales account coordinator.  Ospina will be based out of New York City supporting the SBG lineup that includes “The Fitz Show,” “Country Fried Mix with DJ Sinister,” Michael Baisden, Jim Brickman, Alfonso Ribeiro, Ana-Maria Canseco and many others.

March 2019 PPM Data – Part Four. March 2019 ratings information has been released for Austin, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Providence, Norfolk, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Greensboro, Memphis, and Hartford. Nielsen Audio’s March 2019 survey period covered February 28 – March 27. See all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here. Meanwhile, managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@Talkers.com) provides his “Takeaways” from all 12 of these PPM-markets below.

Austin

Spoken-Word Formats – A loss of one-tenth (3.8 – 3.7, 6+) doesn’t prevent Emmis news/talk KLBJ-AM “News Radio 590 AM” from progressing from #12 to #10.

Four straight decreases by Genuine Austin Radio sports talk KTXX accounted for a net loss of nine-tenths (2.5 – 2.4 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.6, 6+), but “The Horn” ends the slide with a one-tenth March gain to 1.7 (#20 to #17, 6+). In a somewhat similar situation, iHeartMedia’s KVET-AM “1300 AM The Zone” was down three-tenths via four consecutive down or flat trends (.7 – .7 – .6 – .5 – .4, 6+) but picks up two-tenths to .6 (flat at #24, 6+).

The three most recent shifts by University of Texas at Austin-owned news/talk KUT are +1.6 (January); -.6 (February); and +.7 in March (8.8 – 9.5, #1 for the third time in a row, 6+). Prior to January’s increase, KUT forfeited an overall eight-tenths in three straight declines (8.6 – 8.5 – 8.2 – 7.8, 6+).

Austin Music Formats – On the strength of a +1.2 (5.5 – 6.7, 6+), Emmis regional Mexican KLZT “107.1 La Z” advances from fourth to third. It’s the first time KLZT reaches the six-share level (6.7, 6+) since October 2016 (6.1). It is a different story though for Crista Media contemporary Christian KFMK. Immediately after dialing up a +1.2 (3.4 – 4.6, 6+), “Spirit 105.9” forfeits the entire increase (4.6 – 3.4, -1.2, 6+) and drops out of the top ten (#8 to #12). February’s 4.6 marked the first time KFMK reached the four-share level (6+) since May 2017 (4.0). In early-March, Emmis flipped KGSR “Austin City Limits Radio” to adult contemporary “Star 93.3.” In its first sweep in the new format, “Star” is off nine-tenths (2.0 – 1.1, #17 to #20, 6+). The station it now chases – Entercom adult contemporary KKMJ – loses one-half share (5.5 – 5.0, 6+), dropping from fourth to seventh. The eight most recent shifts for “Majic 95.5 Better Music For A Better Workday” are -1.2 (September 2018); +1.2 (October); -.5 (November); +1.2 (December); +2.1 (“Holiday” 2018); -4.9 (January 2019); +.9 (February); and -.5 (March). “Holiday” 2018’s 9.5 represents its strongest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2017 (12.4). In three straight sweeps without a loss, iHeartMedia CHR KHFI “96.7 Kiss FM Austin’s #1 Hit Music Station” is an overall +1.8 (3.6 – 4.3 – 5.4 – 5.4, sixth to fifth, 6+). “Kiss” was off a combined nine-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2018 (4.5 – 3.9 – 3.6, 6+). After posting a January +1.2 (5.0 – 6.2, 6+), co-owned KVET-FM “98.1 The Austin, Texas Original” is -1.1 in February/March (6.2 – 5.9 – 5.1, third to sixth, 6+). When KVET-FM gained one-half share in “Holiday” 2018, it ended three straight decreases that accounted for a collective loss of eight-tenths (5.3 – 5.1 – 4.6 – 4.5, 6+). Eliminating February’s gain of four-tenths with a decrease nearly twice that size (2.7 – 2.0, -.7, 6+), Genuine Austin Radio-owned KOKE-FM “Austin’s Country Alternative” slides from #13 to #16. A January drop of one-tenth interrupted three straight increases that nearly doubled (+1.1) its 6+-stat (1.3 – 1.5 – 1.8 – 2.4, 6+). The market’s country outlet in positive territory this sweep is KVET-FM sibling KASE, which adds two-tenths after February’s -.6 (4.3 – 4.5, 6+) and jumps from tenth to eighth. “Austin’s #1 For New Country” spiraled by -1.9 in “Holiday” 2018 and improved by +1.2 in January.

Raleigh

Spoken-Word Formats – In three straight sweeps without a loss (4.6 – 6.1 – 6.5 – 6.5, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WTKK “106.1 Stay Connected” is an overall +1.9 and repeats in fifth-place. Curtis Media Group news/talk WPTF “News Radio 680” regains the three-tenths it lost in February (1.6 – 1.3 – 1.6, 6+) and progresses from #19 to #18.

A gain of seven-tenths by Capitol Broadcasting sports talk WCMC (1.7 – 2.4, 6+) takes “99.9 The Fan” from #17 to #14.

Despite dropping two-tenths (7.5 – 7.3, 6+), WUNC “91.5 North Carolina Public Radio” inches up from fourth to third. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill news/talk outlet has moved from third to first (June 2018, +9); first to third (July, -1.1); third to first (August, +1.2); first to second (September, -.4); second to third (November, -.9); fourth to second (January 2019, +1.0); second to fourth (February, -.6); and now fourth to third.

Raleigh Music Formats – Without a loss the third time in a row for a net gain of eight-tenths (2.9 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.7, #12 to #11, 6+) Curtis Media Group CHR WPLW “Pulse FM All The Hits” has its best 6+-showing (3.7) since June 2018’s 3.8. At the same time, iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WDCG “G-105 Raleigh’s #1 Hit Music Station,” which had been +1.5 in January/February (4.5 – 5.6 – 6.0, 6+), surrenders six-tenths to 5.4 (6+) yet advances from eighth to a seventh-place tie. Notwithstanding that it is trending 11.0 – 9.9 – 9.5 (6+), Radio One urban AC WFXC “Foxy – Today’s R&B and Classic Soul” is #1 for the eighth straight time. Entering the March sweep, its five previous fluctuations were +.9 (November 2018); -1.5 (December); +1.1 (“Holiday” 2018); +1.1 (January 2019); and -1.1 in February. January’s 11.0 is WFXC’s highest 6+-stat in the PPM-era. Ups/downs continue for Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary WRAL “Mix 101.5,” which was -2.6 (January); +1.6 (February); and is -.9 in March (8.6 – 7.7, 6+) but continues in the runner-up slot. In three consecutive up or flat trends (5.3 – 7.1 – 7.1 – 9.6, 6+), “Mix” was a cumulative +4.3; “Holiday” 2018’s 9.6 is its strongest 6+-showing since “Holiday” 2017’s 10.4. A February gain of six-tenths by iHeartMedia’s WRDU “Classic Rock 100.7” is cleared away by a March dip of eight-tenths (6.2 – 5.4, sixth to seventh, 6+). February’s 6.2 is its best 6+-showing since August 2018 (6.2, as well). Radio Training Network contemporary Christian WRTP “HIS Radio” is off six-tenths (2.5 – 1.9, #13 to #16, 6+) and has its lowest 6+-stat (1.9) since September 2018’s  1.7. Locked on 7.6 (6+) in December and “Holiday” 2018 and then on 7.8 (6+) in January and February, Radio One urban contemporary WQOK “K-97.5” regresses by one-half share to 7.3 (6+) but remains in third-place. Having more than doubled (+.7) its 6+-stat in five straight up or flat trends (.5 – .5 – .6 – .7 – 1.2 – 1.2, 6+), Curtis Media Group classic hits-oldies WPTK “Just Right Radio” forfeits one-tenth to 1.1 (6+) and stays at #20. Co-owned regional Mexican WYMY is a collective -1.4 in three straight declines (3.2 – 2.9 – 2.1 – 1.8, #16 to #17, 6+). Immediately prior to this streak, “La Ley 101.1” more than doubled (+1.7) its 6+-stat in six straight July through “Holiday” 2018 sweeps without a loss (1.5 – 1.5 – 2.0 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.8 – 3.2, 6+).

Indianapolis

Spoken-Word Formats – Owing to a decrease of eight-tenths (7.2 – 6.4, third to sixth, 6+), Emmis news/talk WIBC concludes an odd streak. In the past four sweeps, “Indy’s Mobile News 93.1” was -.9 (December); -.9 (“Holiday” 2018); +.9 (January 2019); and +.9 in February.

Sports talk sibling WFNI “The Fan – Indy’s Sports Center,” which was in a November 2018 through February 2019 up/down pattern of 2.3 – 2.8 – 2.5 – 2.8 – 2.0 (6+), is unchanged in 6+-share (2.0) and 6+-rank (#16). It remains three-tenths ahead of iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WNDE “Indy’s Sports Station,” which – likewise – repeats February’s 6+-share (1.7) and 6+-rank (#17).

In addition to advancing from eighth to seventh, Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting news/talk WFYI is an overall +1.5 via three gains in succession (4.2 – 5.1 – 5.6 – 5.7, 6+).

Indianapolis Music Formats

The market’s 6+ country share inflates by +1.8, with Cumulus Media’s WFMS “95.5 The Country Station” jumping from sixth to second, and Emmis-owned WLHK “Country 97.1 Hank FM” improving from seventh to fifth. Regarding WFMS, “The Country Station” obliterates February’s -1.0 with a +1.1 (7.2 – 6.2 – 7.3, 6+), while “Hank” replicates February’s +.7 and is a collective +2.2 as a result of three straight upticks (4.4 – 5.2 – 5.9 – 6.6, 6+). Having finished on top in April 2018, May, and June, WFMS was +1.0 (April 2018); +.5 (May); -.5 (July); -.7 (August); +.9 (October); -1.8 (December); +1.1 (January 2019); -1.0 (February); and +1.1 (March). An overall -1.3 in three straight decreases (5.7 – 5.0 – 4.6 – 4.4, 6+) before adding eight-tenths in January, “Hank” was -1.5 in September and then +.6 in October. Not only does Entercom hot AC WNTR crack the top ten (#11 to #10), “107.9 The Mix” (4.1 – 5.1, +1.0, 6+) has its highest 6+-stat (5.1) since January 2018’s 5.5. The three most recent shifts for Cumulus Media’s WJJK are January’s +2.9 (virtually eliminating December/“Holiday” 2018’s -3.0); -.7 (February); and -.6 in March (9.1 – 8.5, 6+). Nonetheless, “Classic Hits 104.5” is #1 for the third month in a row. After spending six straight sweeps on top, WJJK slipped to third in “Holiday” 2018 but returned to #1 in January. “Classic Hits 104.5” reached 10.0 (October 2018), the highest 6+-share in the station’s PPM-history. Faltering by six-tenths in addition to WJJK are iHeartMedia’s WFBQ “Q-95 Indy’s Classic Rock” (6.8, second to fourth, 6+) and Entercom CHR WZPL “99.5 ZPL” (6.3 – 5.7, fifth to seventh, 6+). The December 2018 – February 2019 topline for “Q-95” was 7.7 – 7.3 – 7.7 – 7.4 (6+). After stumbling by seven-tenths in “Holiday” 2018, WZPL was +1.7 in January/February; it reached the six-share level (6.3, February 2019, 6+) for the first time since May 2018’s 6.6.

Milwaukee

Spoken-Word Formats – With a December 2018 through February 2019 topline of 6.8 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 6.2 (6+), Good Karma Brands’ WTMJ  drops three-tenths to 5.9 (fifth to fourth, 6+), marking the first time “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” has been below a six-share (6+) since January 2018 (5.3). By picking up one-tenth in January, the flagship of the Bucks and Brewers halted three straight downtrends that produced a -4.2 (10.4 – 9.4 – 6.8 – 6.2, 6+). Some of its representative shifts include -.8 (January 2018); +.9 (February); +1.9 (April); -.6 (May); +.5 (June); -.5 (August); +.6 (September); +2.5 (October); -1.0 (November); -2.6 (December); and -.6 (“Holiday” 2018). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s WISN “News/Talk 1130” spirals by -1.7 in February/March (6.8 – 6.1 – 5.1, sixth to eighth, 6+). A combined -2.3 in December/“Holiday” 2018 (6.9 – 6.3 – 4.6, 6+), following its October and November +1.3, “News/Talk 1130” boasted a January +2.2 to 6.8 (6+).

By tacking on one-half share to February’s +.1 (.8 – 1.3, , 6+), Good Karma Brands’ WKTI vaults from #20 to #15. Prior to February’s increase, “94.5 ESPN” was an overall -3.7 in nine straight down or flat sweeps (4.4 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.8 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 2.3 – .8 – .7 – .7, 6+). WKTI catches Entercom’s WSSP “Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan,” which had been trending 1.4 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.4 (6+), but drops one-tenth to 1.3 (#14 to #15, 6+). With the caveat that in late-November (2018), iHeartMedia transitioned CHR “97.7 Now” to “97.3 The Game,” the station’s December 2018 through March 2019 topline is: 2.8 – .3 – .6 – .4 – .6 (#22 to #21, 6+). Co-owned WOKY “The Big 920” is up one-tenth (.2 – .3, #24 to #23, 6+).

A collective +1.2 in three straight sweeps without a loss (3.6 – 4.5 – 4.8 – 4.8, 6+), University of Wisconsin news/talk WUWM bumps up from tenth to ninth. Down two-tenths (1.3 – 1.1, 6+), Wisconsin Public Radio news/talk WHAD drops from #15 to #18.

Milwaukee Music Formats – The three most recent fluctuations for Milwaukee Radio Alliance-owned alternative WLUM “102.1 Sounds Different” are -.6 (January); +.5 (February); and +1.1 in March (3.0 – 4.1, #13 to #12, 6+). Whereas January’s 2.5 is its lowest-ever 6+ PPM stat, this (4.1) is its best since July 2019 (4.1, as well). Posting a nine-tenths’ gain in back-to-back sweeps is Entercom CHR WXSS “103.7 Kiss FM” (4.5 – 5.4 – 6.3, 6+), which rockets from eighth to third and reaches the six-share level (6+) for the first time since December 2012 (6.1). While it is #1 for the fourth sweep in succession, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WRIT “95.7 Big FM Milwaukee’s Greatest Hits” erodes by eight-tenths (10.2 – 9.4, 6+). Before shifting to #2 in October 2018, “Big FM” spent 43 consecutive ratings periods at #1; “Holiday” 2018’s 11.5 is the strongest 6+-stat for any Milwaukee station since WRIT’s 11.6 in “Holiday” 2017. Its five latest fluctuations are -1.0 (December); +3.8 (“Holiday” 2018); – 1.9 (January 2019); +.6 (February); and -.8 (March). Even though it has been without a direct country competitor since November (2018) when WKTI flipped to sports talk, iHeartMedia-owned WMIL was -1.3 in December/“Holiday” 2018 (7.5 – 7.3 – 6.2, 6+) and is a combined -2.1 in February/March (7.5 – 6.6 – 5.4, third to seventh, 6+). On the positive side, “FM 106.1 Milwaukee’s Best Country” was +1.3 in January. In back-to-back sweeps urban contemporary sibling WKKV erodes by -1.1 (6.5 – 5.4 – 4.3, 6+) and exits the top ten (#8 to #11). Immediately prior to the February sweep, “V-100.7 Jams” was an overall +2.0 via three successive gains (4.5 – 4.7 – 5.9 – 6.5, 6+). Even though it returns all but one-tenth of February’s +.6 (6.4 – 5.9, -.5, 6+), Milwaukee Radio Alliance adult contemporary WLDB “B-93.3” continues in fourth-place. A combined +5.2 in December/“Holiday” 2018 (5.1 – 7.7 – 10.3, 6+), WLDB reached double-digits (10.3, “Holiday” 2018, 6+) for the first time in its PPM-history, but later spiraled by -4.5 (January 2019).

Nashville

Spoken-Word Formats – Level at 3.6 (6+) following a February gain of four-tenths, Cumulus Media news/talk WWTN slips from #12 to #13. Prior to February’s +.4, “Super Talk 99.7” was without an increase the previous  four sweeps for an overall loss of eight-tenths (4.0 – 3.8 – 3.5 – 3.2 – 3.2, 6+). In addition to bumping up from #19 to #17, iHeartMedia news/talk WLAC “Talk Radio 1510” nets seven-tenths via three straight improvements (1.0 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.7, 6+).

Continuing an up/down sequence that began in October 2018, Cumulus Media sports talk WGFX “104.5 The Zone” is +1.3 (October); -.9 (November); +.2 (December); -.8 (“Holiday 2018”); +.3 (January 2019); -.7 (February); and +1.1 in March (4.4 – 5.5, tenth to sixth, 6+). Ironically, Cromwell Group-owned/similarly-formatted WPRT “102.5 The Game” (flat at #17) is also in an up/down sequence that covers the same timeframe: 1.3 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 1.6 – 1.9 – 1.7, (6+).

A loss of nine-tenths (5.7 – 4.8, 6+) sends Nashville Public Radio news/talk/classical hybrid WPLN-FM from sixth to tenth. “NPR News and Classical Music” was a combined +2.1 in January/February (3.6 – 5.2 – 5.7, 6+).

Nashville Music Formats – The four most recent shifts for Midwest Communications adult hits WCJK “96.3 Jack FM Playing What We Want” are +1.2 (“Holiday” 2018); -1.3 (January 2019); +.7 (February); and +1.1 in March (6.7 – 7.8, third to second, 6+). This (7.8) is the highest 6+-stat for Nashville’s “Jack” since August 2018 (7.8, as well). Its +1.2 in “Holiday” 2018 curtailed five downturns in succession that led to a cumulative -2.0 (8.1- 7.8 – 7.0 – 6.7 – 6.3 – 6.1, 6+). One full-share ahead of WCJK is its adult contemporary sibling WJXA “Mix 92.9 – Your Life, Your Music,” which is #1 for the 15th successive ratings period but an overall -5.3 in three straight downturns (14.1 – 10.6 – 9.3 – 8.8, 6+). Recent fluctuations for “Mix” are: -6.7 (January 2018); +1.0 (February); -.5 (May); +1.0 (June); +.9 (August); -.9 (September); -.7 (October); +.9 (November); +1.9 (December); +3.2 (“Holiday” 2018); -3.5 (January 2019); -1.3 (February); and -.5 (March). January’s -3.5 interrupted three consecutive positive spikes that led to a +6.0 (8.1 – 9.0 – 10.9 – 14.1, 6+). “Holiday” 2018’s 14.1 is the highest 6+-share for any Nashville outlet since WJXA’s 14.4 in “Holiday” 2017. An increase of six-tenths by iHeartMedia urban contemporary WUBT “101.1 The Beat” (6.1 – 6.7, fourth to third, 6+) puts an end to its December 2018 through February 2019 topline of 6.1 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.1. Over and above being a collective +2.0 as a result of four straight positive spikes (4.1 – 4.2 – 5.4 – 5.9 – 6.1, steady at #5, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WKDF “103.3 Nash FM” reaches the six-share level for the first time since June 2013 (6.1, as well). Tied in eighth place are iHeartMedia’s WSIX “The Big 98 – Nashville’s #1 for New Country,” which nets a +1.5 in three consecutive up or flat trends (3.5 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 5.0, 6+) and Cumulus Media’s WSM-FM “95.5 Nash Icon,” which is off two-tenths in three successive sweeps without an increase (5.2 – 5.1 – 5.0 – 5.0, 6+). A combined +1.1 in January/February (6.4 – 6.7 – 7.5, 6+), directly after being -1.4 via five straight down or flat reports (7.8 – 7.6 – 6.6 – 6.5 – 6.4 – 6.4, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WNRQ “105.9 The Rock – Nashville’s Classic Rock” falters by nine-tenths (7.5 – 6.6, second to fourth, 6+). Off by six-tenths each are Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WLVU “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” (3.0, #12 to #14, 6+) and WAY Media’s similarly-formatted WAYM “Uplifting-Upbeat-Real” (#18 to #21). WLVU had been trending 3.6 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 3.6 (6+); WAYM is a combined -.8 in February/March (1.8 – 1.6 – 1.0, 6+).

Providence

Spoken-Word Formats – Off two-tenths (3.9 – 3.7, 6+), after picking up one-tenth in February, Cumulus Media news/talk WPRO-AM “News Talk 630” continues in seventh-place. Its February increase suspended three successive down or flat moves that accounted for an overall -1.0 (4.8 – 4.8 – 4.2 – 3.8, 6+). Despite returning February’s +.2 (1.9 – 2.1 – 1.9, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned news/talk WHJJ  continues at #11; “Providence’s News, Traffic, and Weather” was up seven-tenths in January. Co-owned Boston hybrid news-talk WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” is down a collective four-tenths via three straight down or flat Providence reports (1.4 – 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.0, 6+) and is flat at #18. In addition to nearly tripling (+.5) its 6+-stat in four straight (modest) increases (.3 – .4 – .5 – .6 – .8, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned WPRV “AM 790 Talk & Business” enters the top twenty (#21 to #20).

A loss of one-half share (4.1 – 3.6, 6+) drops Entercom sports talk WVEI from sixth to eighth. A combined -1.9 in December/“Holiday” 2018 (5.4 – 3.8 – 3.5, 6+), WVEI was up seven-tenths in January and down one-tenth in February.

Just as they were in February, The Wheeler School’s news/talk WELH and WGBH Educational Foundation Boston news/talk WGBH are tied at #12; each has a 1.9 – 1.6, -.3, (6+) profile. By gaining one-tenth in January, WELH ended three straight down or flat trends that accounted for an overall loss of eight-tenths (2.6 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 1.8, 6+). WGBH was stable at 1.6 (6+) in January after “Holiday” 2018’s decrease of seven-tenths.

Providence Music Formats – Not only does iHeartMedia’s WHJY net a +2.0 in four consecutive ratings periods without a loss (8.5 – 9.8 – 9.8 – 9.8 – 10.5, 6+), “94 HJY Providence’s Home of Rock & Roll” is #1 for the third straight month and cracks double-digits (10.5, 6+). Prior to taking over at #1 in January, WHJY was in the runner-up slot from September 2018 through “Holiday” 2018. In three straight gains (6.4 – 6.8 – 7.1 – 7.8, 6+), Cumulus Media CHR WPRO-FM “Today’s Hit Music – 92 PRO FM” is a cumulative +1.4 and advances from fourth to third with its best 6+-stat (7.8) since September 2018’s 8.4. Jumping from eighth to sixth, iHeartMedia hot AC WSNE “Coast 93.3” (+.5, 6+) continues its up/down pattern that commenced in September 2018: 5.1 – 5.5 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 3.8 – 4.1 – 3.8 – 4.3. Although it drops from third to fourth, Hall Communications’ WCTK “Cat Country 98.1” is +1.8 in three straight sweeps without a loss (5.6 – 7.2 – 7.4 – 7.4, 6+); this follows a collective -3.1 as a result of three declines in succession (8.7 – 8.2 – 6.9 – 5.6, 6+). A combined -1.6 in February/March (4.2 – 3.7 – 2.6, 6+), WFHN “Fun 107 – The South Coast’s #1 Hit Music Station” carries on in ninth-place. The Townsquare Media CHR had more than tripled (+3.0) its 6+-share as a result of six successive up or flat moves (1.2 – 1.3 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 4.2, 6+). Owing to a March loss of one-half share, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWBB “B-101” (6.0, flat at #5, 6+), ends a down/up pattern that existed from September 2018 through February 2019: -.9 (September) +.5 (October); -.5 (November); +.5 (December); -.2 (“Holiday” 2018); +2 (January 2019); and -.4 (February.

Norfolk – After picking up two-tenths in February (12.7 – 12.9, 6+), Entercom urban AC WVKL sputters by -1.3 to 11.6 (6+) but is #1 for the third month in a row. “Smooth R&B from Yesterday & Today” had been on top 25 successive survey periods before segueing to the runner-up slot in “Holiday” 2018. Even though it is off by -1.3, WVKL posts a 6+-share of 11.0 or higher for the 37th time in the last 38 sweeps; its August 2018 15.5 holds the record for highest 6+-performance by any Norfolk station in the PPM-era. In back-to-back (January and February) sweeps, co-owned WNVZ posted increases of one-full share (3.6 – 4.6 – 5.6, 6+), but “Z-104 Norfolk Rhythmic Music” falters by four-tenths in March to 5.2 (steady at #6, 6+). January’s gain halted five consecutive down or flat reports that resulted in an overall -1.7 (5.3 – 4.7 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.1 – 3.6, 6+). Unchanged at #8, iHeartMedia-owned rhythmic hot AC WMOV is a combined +1.0 in February/March (1.6 – 2.4 – 2.6, 6+). As a result of seven successive down or flat sweeps, “Movin’ 107.7” was –4.3 (5.0 – 1.6 – 1.3 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.1 – .9 – .7, 6+); then +5.7 via five straight upticks (.7 – 1.0 – 1.3 – 1.5 – 1.9 – 6.4, 6+); and was -4.8 in “Holiday” 2018/January 2019 (6.4 – 4.9 – 1.6, 6+). Down or (mostly) flat the past five sweeps for a net loss of three-tenths (1.6      -1.6 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.3, 6+), urban-rhythmic oldies sibling WHBT “92.1 The Beat” erases the deficit with a +.3 to 1.6 (tenth to ninth, 6+). Three straight gains by Entercom hot AC WPTE yield a +1.1 (2.0 – 2.2 – 2.9 – 3.1, steady at #7, 6+). Immediately prior to this streak, “94.9 The Point” was a collective -1.5 in four straight declines (3.5 – 3.4 – 2.9 – 2.5 – 2.0, 6+). A combined -7.3 in January/February (13.6 – 6.8 – 6.3, 6+), adult contemporary sibling WWDE “101.3 2WD” is up three-tenths to 6.6 (flat at #4, 6+). Its +7.9 in December/“Holiday” 2018 (5.7 – 7.2 – 13.6, 6+) culminated with a 13.6 – the strongest 6+-showing in WWDE’s PPM-history.

Jacksonville

Spoken-Word Formats – In addition to being -1.6 in February/March (10.4 – 9.7 – 8.8, 6+), Cox Media Group news/talk WOKV “104.5 – Jacksonville’s News, Weather, and Traffic” segues from first to second. November 2018’s 11.2 is its best-ever 6+-stat in the PPM-era.

Down or flat for the fifth consecutive time, iHeartMedia sports talk WFXJ “930 The Game – Jacksonville’s Sports Leader” has lost one-half share in that stretch (.8 – .7 – .6 – .6 – .5 – .3, 6+) and exits the top twenty (#20 to #21).

Public news/talk WJCT “Your Community – Your World” is a cumulative +1.5 in five increases in a row (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 3.0 – 3.5 – 3.7, 6+) and carries on at #12.

Jacksonville Music Formats – In three successive sweeps without a loss, Cox Media Group CHR WAPE “95.1 Jacksonville’s #1 Hit Music Station” nets a +2.1 (5.2 – 6.8 – 6.8 – 7.3, 6+) and is steady at #4. Over and above being +1.6 as a result of three upticks in a row (7.3 – 8.1 – 8.6 – 8.9, 6+), classic hits-oldies sibling WJGL “96.9 The Eagle” progresses from second to first. Immediately prior to this streak, “The Eagle” was an overall -2.0 in four consecutive slips (9.3 – 9.2 – 8.5 – 8.2 – 7.3, 6+). Five straight sweeps without a loss by iHeartMedia urban contemporary WJBT resulted in a net gain of eight-tenths (5.2 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 5.8 – 6.0, 6+) but “93.3 The Beat” surrenders a -1.0 to 5.0 (flat at #5, 6+). Co-owned urban AC WSOL is a combined -1.4 in February/March (6.1 – 5.6 – 4.7, sixth to seventh, 6+); “V-101.5” was +1.2 in January. Even though Cox Media Group adult contemporary WEZI surrenders roughly half of January/February’s +1.1 (5.1 – 4.5, -.6, 6+), “Easy 102.9” remains in eighth-place. Its January increase of seven-tenths stymied a combined December/“Holiday” 2018 -1.3 (5.3 – 4.9 – 4.0, 6+). Its format rival – Renda Broadcasting’s WEJZ “96.1 Jacksonville’s Official Work Station” – is up three-tenths to 8.7 (steady at #3, 6+), after having lost more than 50% (-7.9) of its 6+ AQH share in January/February (16.3 – 8.5 – 8.4, 6+). WEJZ was +8.4 December/“Holiday” 2018 (7.9 – 10.7 – 16.3, 6+) with “Holiday” 2018’s 16.3 the highest 6+-mark for any Jacksonville station since “Holiday” 2015 when WEJZ notched a 19.5. Owing to six consecutive negative moves (7.0 – 6.8 – 6.7 – 6.4 – 6.1 – 5.2 – 5.0, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WQIK “Jacksonville’s Country 99.1” is a -2.0, yet actually climbs from seventh to fifth. Meanwhile, Renda Broadcasting’s WGNE “Gator Country 99.9” erases 40% of February’s half-share loss with a gain of two-tenths (3.8 – 4.0, 6+) and stays in ninth-place. Part of that three-way logjam at #9 is iHeartMedia-owned WWJK “107.3 Planet Radio – Jacksonville’s Rock Station,” which is +1.8 in three gains in succession (2.2 – 3.3 – 3.6 – 4.0, tenth to ninth, 6+). WWJK was a combined -1.4 in December/“Holiday” 2018 (3.6 – 2.8 – 2.2, 6+).

West Palm Beach

Spoken-Word Formats – With a gain of three-tenths (2.0 – 2.3, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WJNO “1290 The Palm Beaches’ News & Talk” enters the top ten (#12 to #10) and has its best 6+-showing since November 2018 (2.3, as well). January’s +.3 suspended three straight declines that resulted in a loss of six-tenths (2.4 – 2.3 – 2.1 – 1.8, 6+). Furthermore, WJNO leapfrogs co-owned news/talk WZZR “Real Radio 94.3 – Real Talk For The Palm Beaches,” which is a combined -.7 in February/March (2.7 – 2.4 – 2.0, #11 to #12, 6+). WZZR was +1.0 in “Holiday” 2018. As a result of four successive negative moves, Hubbard’s WFTL “News Talk 850” has lost roughly 55% (-1.6) of its 6+ AQH share (2.9 – 2.2 – 2.0 – 1.4 – 1.3, #15 to #17, 6+). In back-to-back sweeps, iHeartMedia Miami news/talk WIOD doubles (+.5) its West Palm Beach-stat (.5 – .7 – 1.0, 6+) and is anchored at #22.

Dade County School Board news/talk WLRN replicates February’s loss of three-tenths (3.7 – 3.4 – 3.1, 6+) and slips from sixth to seventh.

West Palm Beach Music Formats – Stuck on 9.2 (6+) in January and February, after faltering by -1.0 in January, Hubbard hot AC WRMF “97.9 Variety from the 90s and Now” explodes with a mammoth +2.0 to 11.2 (6+) and is #1 for the third month in a row. After finishing on top in 12 consecutive ratings periods, WRMF shifted to #2 in “Holiday” 2018. This is its highest 6+-share since November 2017 (11.2, as well). Co-owned adult contemporary WEAT-FM “Sunny 107.9,” which was a combined -3.2 in January/February (10.7 – 7.8 – 7.5, 6+), answers with a +.7 to 8.2 (6+) and remains in the runner-up slot. Steady in third-place, iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted WOLL “Today’s Kool 105.5” is off one-tenth to 6.4 (6+), snapping at three its consecutive string of positive spikes that netted a +1.2 (5.3 – 5.5 – 5.8 – 6.5, 6+). In three straight gains (3.8 – 4.6 – 4.9 – 5.3, 6+), cluster-mate WKGR “Gater 98.7 – The Palm Beaches’ Rock Station” was a combined +1.5, but that increase vanishes completely with a -1.5 to 3.8 (flat at #5, 6+). Co-owned Spanish contemporary WRLX “Mia 92.1,” which notched a one-half share increase in February to wipe away its -.5 in three consecutive losses (2.8 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.3, 6+), regresses by seven-tenths (2.8 – 2.1, 6+) and departs the top ten (#9 to #11). Flat at #9, WAY Media contemporary Christian WAYF “WAY-FM Uplifting-Upbeat-Real” is a cumulative -1.9 via five consecutive down or flat reports (4.4 – 4.0 – 3.6 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.5, 6+).

Greensboro

Spoken-Word Formats – Surrendering more than half of January/February’s combined +1.4 (3.0 – 4.3 – 4.4, 6+) with a -.8 to 3.6 (6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WPTI “94.5 Your News, Talk, & Sports Station” falls from ninth to tenth. WPTI was -1.2 in December/“Holiday” 2018 (4.2 – 3.7 – 3.0, 6+).

More than doubling (+.5) its 6+ AQH share in three consecutive increases (.4 – .5 – .6 – .9, 6+), Curtis Media Group sports talk WSJS “Triad Sports” climbs from #17 to #15.

Flat at 2.3 (6+), after being up a combined half-share in January/February (1.8 – 2.0 – 2.3, 6+), Wake Forest University news/talk WFDD “88.5 Public Radio for the Piedmont” is anchored at #13 for the 11th consecutive time. This marks the fourth consecutive sweep that University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill news/talk WUNC is either up or flat for a net gain of two-tenths (.6 – .6 – .6 – .7 – .8, flat at #16, 6+).

Greensboro Music Formats – The three most recent fluctuations by Entercom adult hits WSMW are +.9 (January); -.6 (February); and +.9 in March (8.9 – 9.8, 6+) as “98.7 Simon Says We Play Everything” progresses from second to first with its best 6+performance (9.8) since July 2018’s 10.0. This marks the first time WSMW has reached #1 since August 2016 when it logged a 10.5 (6+). “Simon” was a combined +.9 in “Holiday” 2018/January 2019 (8.6 – 8.6 – 9.5, 6+). Displaced from the lead and dropping to second is urban AC sibling WQMG “97.1 QMG The Best R&B and Old School,” which is -2.3 as the result of five straight declines (11.4 – 10.8 – 10.3 – 9.9 – 9.6 – 9.1, 6+). Its consecutive streak of reaching double-digits (6+) ended in January at 26. Up one-full share in November, WQMG spent 11 straight sweeps at #1 before segueing to #2 in December. An overall +.9 through three consecutive positive moves (6.1 – 6.2 – 6.9 – 7.0, 6+), rhythmic CHR cluster-mate WJMH “102 Jamz” falters by one-half share to 6.5 (6+) but remains in fourth-place. Its “Holiday” 2018 increase ended six straight down or flat sweeps that resulted in an overall -2.1 (8.2 – 7.4 – 7.2 – 7.2 – 6.9 – 6.9 – 6.1, 6+). A collective +.8 in three sweeps in succession without a loss (2.8 – 3.0 – 3.6 – 3.6, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WMKS “100.3 Kiss-FM” enters the top ten (#11 to #10). In the last three survey periods, WPAW “93.1 The Wolf” had shifts of one-half share: -.5 (“Holiday” 2018); +.5 (January 2019); and +.5 (February). The Entercom country outlet drops two-tenths in March (5.7 – 5.5, 6+) and continues in sixth-place. Prior to January’s gain, “The Wolf” was a cumulative -1.2 in three declines in a row (5.9 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 4.7, 6+). After substituting January’s +.7 with a February -.7 (5.3 – 6.0 – 5.3, 6+), iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WTQR “Q-104.1 – #1 for New Country” is flat at 5.3 (6+) and repeats February’s eighth-place finish; “Q104.1” was -1.6 in December.

Memphis

Spoken-Word Formats – A combined +1.8 in January/February (2.6 – 3.8 – 4.4, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WREC “600 AM – Memphis’ News, Traffic, & Weather” is off one-tenth in March to 4.3 (6+) and slips from eighth to tenth.

Locked on 4.0 (6+) in January and February, Entercom sports talk WMFS “ESPN Sports Radio” drops one-tenth to 3.9 (6+) but remains at #11. Co-owned WMC-AM is without an increase for the ninth straight time for a collective loss of three-tenths (.4 – .4 – .2 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 -.1 – .1, 6+); “ESPN 790” is anchored at #18.

Memphis Music Formats – Continuing an up/down pattern that started in November 2018 (5.6 – 6.2 – 5.4 – 6.0 – 5.8 – 6.4, 6+), iHeartMedia gospel WHAL “Hallelujah 95.7 – Memphis’ Inspiration Station” carries on in fifth place with its highest 6+-figure (6.4) since April 2018’s 7.1. After reaching the five-share level (6+) in “Holiday” 2018, Cumulus Media adult contemporary WKIM was a combined -4.0 in January/February (5.1 – 1.3 – 1.1, 6+); however, “98.9 The Bridge” picks up one-half share in March to 1.6 (#15 to #14, 6+). Meanwhile, the seven most recent moves by its AC rival – Entercom’s WRVR “104.5 The River” – are +2.4 (October); -.1 (November); -1.6 (December); +2.0 (“Holiday” 2018); -3.1 (January 2019); +.7 (February); and -1.1 in March (8.9 – 7.8, flat at #3, 6+). “Holiday” 2018’s 11.3 is its strongest 6+-performance since “Holiday” 2017’s 12.9 (#6). Albeit off two-tenths (11.6 – 11.4, 6+), iHeartMedia urban AC KJMS “V-101” is #1 for the fifth time in a row and in double-digits for the 12th successive sweep. “V-101” was a combined +2.3 in December/“Holiday” 2018 (10.5 – 11.5 – 12.8, 6+); “Holiday” 2018’s 12.8 was KJMS’ highest 6+-share in more than six years (13.5, December 2012). Following back-to-back (January/February) gains of eight-tenths (8.3 – 9.1 – 9.9, 6+), Cumulus Media urban-rhythmic oldies WRBO forfeits one full-share to 8.9 but remains in second-place; “103.5 The Best Mix of R&B” was a combined -2.4 in December/”Holiday 2018 (10.7 – 8.7 – 8.3, 6+). On the heels of February’s loss of seven-tenths, Entercom hot AC WMC-FM “FM 100 Today’s Best Mix” falters by another half-share (5.6 – 4.9 – 4.4, sixth to eighth, 6+). “FM 100” was +1.5 in January, after being down seven-tenths in “Holiday” 2018.   

Hartford

Spoken-Word Formats – As a result of three straight upticks (5.2 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 7.3, 6+), Entercom news/talk WTIC-AM “News Talk 1080” is an overall +2.1 (which includes March’s +1.4) and progresses from sixth to third. Down two-tenths (1.3 – 1.1, 6+), Red Wolf Broadcasting news/talk WDRC-AM “AM 1360 The Talk of Connecticut” is at #14 for the third month in a row.

The November 2018 through March 2019 topline for iHeartMedia sports talk WUCS “97.9 ESPN Hartford” is 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.6 – 1.9 – 1.5 – 1.8 (#13 to #12, 6+).

Up one-tenth (5.2 – 5.3, 6+), Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network news/talk WNPR remains in ninth-place. “Connecticut’s Public Media Source for News & Ideas” was -.7 (“Holiday” 2018); +1.9 (January 2019); and -.9 (February). A loss of four-tenths (1.5 – 1.1, 6+) sends University of Massachusetts-owned WFCR “New England Public Radio” from #12 to #14.

Hartford Music Formats – Tacking on six-tenths to February’s half-share increase (5.0 – 5.5 – 6.1, 6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WHCN “105.9 The River” carries on in seventh-place with its best 6+-stat (6.1) since August 2018’s 6.5. Continuing a down/up pattern it commenced in August 2018, Entercom hot AC WTIC-FM “96.5 TIC-FM” has a topline of: 7.2 – 7.0 – 7.5 – 7.2 – 7.4 – 6.3 – 7.7 – 7.2 – 7.6 (6+) and pushes up from third to second. Whereas January’s 7.7 is WTIC-FM’s highest 6+-share since July 2018 (8.6), 6.3 (6+) in “Holiday” 2018 marked the first time it fell below a seven-share since March 2018’s 6.7 (6+). Notwithstanding that it relinquishes in its entirety February’s +1.0 (12.1 – 11.1, -1.0, 6+), adult contemporary cluster-mate WRCH is #1 for the 33rd consecutive ratings period and in double-digits (11.1, 6+) for the 30th time in the last 32 sweeps. “Lite 100.5” was +7.4 in December/“Holiday” 2018 (10.6 – 12.4 – 18.0, 6+), with “Holiday” 2018’s 18.0 the strongest 6+-showing for any Hartford station since WRCH recorded an 18.3 in “Holiday” 2017. Co-owned rhythmic CHR WZMX “Hot 93.7,” which was a combined +1.1 in January/February (6.8 – 7.7 – 7.9, 6+), erodes in March by -1.3 to 6.6 (6+) and slips from the runner-up slot to fifth. After trending 6.8 – 6.4 – 6.9 – 6.8 (December 2018 through February 2019, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WKSS “Kiss 95.7 – All The Hits” regresses by six-tenths to 6.2 (fifth to sixth, 6+).

Monday Memo: The Podcast Consumer 2019

| April 15, 2019

Holland Cooke
Consultant

BLOCK ISLAND, RI –  Last week in Las Vegas, the message was unmistakable.  While the National Association of Broadcasters’ mission remains advocating for FCC-licensees, the clear message to broadcasters at the NAB Show was to augment on-air with on-demand.  More, ICYMI in last week’s column:

http://www.talkers.com/2019/04/08/monday-memo-2019-nab-show/

For AM/FM talkers and bloggers, “on-demand” = “podcasting,” a topic we discussed with Michael Harrison and Fred Jacobs on my TV show:
https://youtu.be/sj8PRAG99rg

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February 2019 PPM Analysis: Commercial News/Talk (Part Two)

| April 2, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Yesterday’s column (Monday, 4/1) addressed the national big-picture performance of commercial, English-language news/talk stations in Nielsen Audio’s February 2019 survey period.

In a follow-up piece, we dissect the format on a more localized basis.

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February 2019 PPM Analysis:
Classic Rock

| March 29, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — After having posted special feature February 2019 ratings overviews of sports talk stations (Wednesday, 3/27) and public radio news/talk outlets (yesterday, Thursday, 3/28), we turn our attention to classic rock.

This summary is comprised of PPM-market classic rockers that rank in the top 20 (6+) in the February 2019 ratings period, which covered January 31 – February 27.

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

Bottom-line matchup: The typical PPM-market classic rock station in February 2019 generally notches a 6+-share of 5.13 and finishes in sixth-place (#6.31), both stats exceeding what we previously noted in sports talk and public radio news/talk.

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February 2019 PPM Analysis:
Public Radio News/Talk

| March 28, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Our four-part series of all-encompassing synopses of the February 2019 ratings period continues with a focus on public radio news/talk stations.

Breakouts shown here consist of data from public radio news/talk facilities that rank in the top 20 (6+) in any PPM-market during the February 2019 sweep (January 31 – February 27).

In addition to that particular ratings caveat, Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services. Thus, ratings stats in this analysis are limited to facilities paying that company for its information.

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January 2019 PPM Analysis:
Major Movers

| March 6, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — In a special feature piece at about this time last month, we noted that – owing to a wildly popular programming strategy of playing wall-to-wall Christmas music from (roughly) Thanksgiving week through December 25 – Nielsen Audio’s “Holiday” survey period can be known for reflecting some especially noteworthy wobbles.

The same can certainly be said for the ratings company’s January sweeps when listening habits revert to pre-Christmas levels.

If, for example, you sensed there were copious Holiday” 2018 – January 2019 (6+) improvements of nine-tenths, your perception was exceptionally well-founded, as 29 stations posted such gains.

Additionally, 21 stations registered a +1.2, while another 21 a +1.1 (Holiday” 2018 – January 2019, 6+); the January 2019 ratings period covered January 3 – 30.

The following summarizes which formats benefitted the most from turning the calendar to January and which wished the “Holiday” sweep could have continued even longer. Gold star if you blurted out “adult contemporary” for the latter.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

| March 5, 2019

Talk Host Scott Robbins Profiled in Comeback from Serious Health Issues. The story by Steve Tarter in the Peoria Journal Star is accurately titled “From death’s door to three radio shows a day” as it recounts the scary health odyssey of radio talk host Scott Robbins.  Regular TALKERS readers remember Robbins was co-hosting a successful talk show with Jamie Markley on Alpha Media’s WMBD-AM/W262BY, Peoria in 2015 when a massive heart attack felled him.  Five bypass surgeries later Robbins was on a challenging road to recovery, but he made it and today is back as a cast member on WMBD’s midday “Markley and van Camp” show (with David van Camp), his own sports talk show on Alpha’s WPBG-HD3/W240DM, Peoria and the morning drive show on Great Plains Media’s news/talk WRPW, Bloomington “Cities 92.9.”  Robbins admits his previous lifestyle wasn’t ideal – drinking lots of beer, smoking cigars, and not seeing a doctor for two decades. He says the convalescing was a challenge.  “It’s a dark tunnel.  I know that three years ago I couldn’t walk or talk.  I try to give others (in that situation) some sense of encouragement.”

Lauren Lapka Named Afternoon Traffic Reporter for WGN-AM, Chicago. WGN-AM, Chicago brings news pro and air personality Lauren Lapka aboard to handle traffic reports during the John Williams midday show and the PM drive Roe Conn show with Anna Davlantes.  She’ll also host the “Weekend Warnings” video series on wgnradio.com and cover transportation stories for WGN Radio News.  WGN station manager and VP of content Todd Manley says, “Having Lauren back in the WGN Radio family is a huge win for afternoon drive.  Her playful intelligence is the perfect complement to Roe & Anna and John Williams.” Lapka previously served with Tribune Media on the short-lived sports station “The Game 87.7 FM.”  In 2015, she transitioned to TV as a news reporter and anchor for KODE-TV and KSNF-TV in Joplin, Missouri.  As Chicago media maven Robert Feder reports in his column, Lapka was working as morning anchor for Sinclair Broadcast Group’s KVAL-TV, Eugene, Oregon when she refused to record the now-infamous promotional video the corporation had crafted that basically accused most other media sources of being “fake news.”

TALKERS News Notes. Former Trump Administration official Sebastian Gorka is giving up his contributor role at FOX News Channel in order to focus on his Salem Radio Network nationally syndicated radio show and his work with television operator Sinclair Broadcast Group.   According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gorka stated, “I’m still supporting Sean Hannity and other Fox shows as a free agent as my new schedule permits.”…..iHeartMedia and Skyview Networks agree to terms for the former’s news/talk KOA, Denver to implement Skyview’s AdView live read capture software for Colorado Rockies play-by-play broadcasts.  As part of the agreement, all Colorado Rockies Radio Network live advertiser mentions will be cataloged by time, date, and advertiser in a personalized database and scheduled across the entire season.  The data and proof-of-performance provided by the system streamlines the billing process, which will allow KOA to manage and bill live reads alongside standard commercial units.  iHeartMedia Denver VP of sports sales Jeff Johnson says, “We’re excited to enter into this broadcast agreement with Skyview Networks.  The AdView system will allow us to serve our advertisers and partners with the Colorado Rockies better.”…..Tegna’s San Diego news/talk KFMB-AM is presenting a live event for listeners at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts on March 28 called “News, Views and Brews” that will feature the station’s personalities will talk about current events while listeners enjoy a beer or coffee.  Taking part are Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty of the Armstrong & Getty morning show, Mark Larson, Mike Slater, Brett Winterble, and Roger Hedgecock…..New York Public Radio announced COO Depelsha McGruder will become interim CEO, beginning April 1.  She takes on this role after Laura Walker left the CEO post following a 23-year career with the public radio organization.  McGruder joined NYPR in October 2018 after a 17-year career with Viacom.

Four Stations to Leave the Aloha Media Trust for EMF. This deal between the Aloha Media Trust (former Clear Channel stations waiting to be sold off) and religious broadcaster Educational Media Foundation gives iHeartMedia ownership of six translators it’s been leasing from EMF in exchange for four full-market FM stations.  EMF will take over WEKL-FM, Augusta, Georgia; WSFF-FM, Roanoke, Virginia; WSNZ-FM, Lynchburg, Virginia; and WLRX-FM, Huntington, West Virginia.  iHeartMedia gets translators W277BF, Shoreview, Minnesota (KQQL-HD2 “ALT 93.3”); W292DH, Pittsburgh (WBGG-AM “ESPN Pittsburgh”); W221CR, Memphis (WREC-AM), K266BD, Carmel Valley, California (KOCN-FM), K253BV, Oklahoma City (KBRU-FM); and W248BQ, Nashville (WNRQ-HD2).

House Trump Investigation, Trump-Russia Probe, 2020 Democratic Hopefuls, AOC Campaign Violation Allegation, Deadly Alabama Tornadoes, Luke Perry Dies, and NBA and NCAA Basketball Action Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (3/4).  The U.S. House begins investigating the operations of the Trump organization; the status of the probe into possible connections between Trump campaign operatives and Russian agents; the growing list of Democrats vying to challenge President Trump in 2020; the allegation of a major campaign finance violation by the chairman of Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez’s election campaign; deadly tornadoes kill 23 in Alabama; actor Luke Perry dies at 52 after suffering a stroke; and NBA and NCAA hoops action 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. Programmer Kris Abrams is appointed FM operations manager for Cumulus Media’s five Albuquerque FM stations and program director for country KRST “NASH FM,” classic country KBZU “NASH Icon,” and adult hits KDRF.  Abrams returns to the Albuquerque market after serving with Cleveland-based Futuri Media since March of 2016.  Cumulus Albuquerque VP and market manager Jeff Berry says, “I’m so excited to announce the return of Kris Abrams to ABQ. He has a strong history with and passion for these stations, our company and Albuquerque. We’re looking forward to having Kris’ extensive product knowledge, experience and leadership skills back in our building and at work for our listeners and advertisers.”…..In the Bakersfield market, Alpha Media names Danny Palacios operations manager and program director for CHR KLLY “Energy 95.3.” Palacios adds these responsibilities to his PD role with rhythmic oldies KKBB “Groove 99.3.”…..On-air personalities Jordan Soto and Michael Mason are the new hosts on Townsquare Media’s country KUAD, Fort Collins/Greeley, Colorado. The “New Country Mornings with Jordan and Michael” launches on Monday (3/11).  Townsquare Fort Collins market president Evan Harrison states, “At Townsquare we are completely focused on entertaining and engaging our local community in Northern Colorado.  Jordan and Michael are the perfect duo to lead this charge on ‘New Country Mornings.’  Jordan lives the new country lifestyle completely and is a Colorado native.  Like so many of us living here, Michael is new to the area and he is so eager to dive in to experience it all.”…..Air personality Jen Lewis is the new midday jock at Max Media’s adult contemporary WVBW, Norfolk, Virginia “92.9 The Wave.”  She takes over for Rusty James, who is giving up is air shift to focus on his vice president of operations and programming role. James says, “I’m so excited to get one of Hampton Roads’ most-loved radio personalities back on the radio at ‘92.9 The Wave.’”…..SiriusXM says that country star Trisha Yearwood is debuting a new, weekly show called “Trisha’s Café” on The Garth Channel.  Yearwood is well known for her home cooking and has published three best-selling cookbooks. She also hosts the EMMY-winning “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen” cable TV show.

January 2019 PPM Analysis: News/Talk

| March 4, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Our four-part series of January 2019 overviews wraps up with a comprehensive analysis of commercial, English-language news/talk properties.

Included are all commercial, English-language news/talk outlets (including their online stream, if applicable) that appeared in any of the 48 PPM-markets (6+, January 2019).

If Nielsen Audio listed a commercial, English-language news/talk station (or stream) in January 2019, it appears below and – unless otherwise noted – its information was factored into all of our highlighted charts.

Therefore, the only fine-print is “DNA,” meaning a station – or its stream – “Did Not Appear” (unlisted) in a particular survey period.

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January 2019 PPM Analysis: Rhythmic CHR

| March 1, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

Our four-part series reviewing January 2019 ratings performances continues with a thorough examination of rhythmic CHR.

Earlier recaps addressed all-news (Wednesday, 2/27) and sports talk (yesterday, 2/28).

Our rhythmic CHR analysis is comprised of data from PPM-market facilities that rank in the top 20 (6+, January 2019).

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 2019 ratings period covered January 3 – 30.

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January 2019 PPM Analysis: Sports Talk

| February 28, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Our four-part series of comprehensive January 2019 PPM overviews continues with a look at sports talk.

The following scoreboards are comprised of sports talk facilities that rank in the top 20 in any of the 48 PPM-markets (6+, January 2019).

Given that Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services, ratings information in this exclusive analysis are limited to properties that pay that company for its data.

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January 2019 PPM Analysis: News

| February 27, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — An overview of news stations kicks off our all-encompassing four-part series of January 2019 ratings recaps – and – spoiler alert: The format had an outstanding January.

The following scoreboards reflect data from news properties that appear in the top 20 (6+) in January 2019, a ratings period that covered January 3 – 30.

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

All but three stations listed here are owned by Entercom. The exceptions are iHeartMedia’s WBZ-AM, Boston (also listed in Providence); WTOP, Washington, DC (Hubbard); and KOMO, Seattle (Sinclair Broadcast Group).

Qualifying in the Baltimore report is Entercom’s WDCH, which airs a business news format.

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Monday Memo: Handling Bad News

| February 26, 2019

BLOCK ISLAND, RI  — OOPS.  One of your hosts said WHAT???  Managers: Gaffes are inevitable, especially in talk radio.  When your station stumbles:

1) Act quickly.  The sooner you confront a negative story, the sooner it will be over.  Responding as quickly to negative stories as you do to positive ones enhances your credibility.

2) Be honest.  Hiding embarrassing information or lying will do more damage than damage control.  Never stonewall, and avoid “rolling disclosure.”  As several U.S. presidents have learned (is learning), the cover-up can be worse than the crime.

3) Tell your side of the story.  Use specifics, and detail what corrective action “has already been taken.”  You’ll sound responsible and in-control.

4) Respond in kind.  If the issue is emotional, don’t sound like a cold, unemotional Mr. Spock.  “I have a teenage daughter myself, and I know how much our host’s comments must have hurt.”

Holland Cooke (hollandcooke.com) is a media consultant working at the intersection of broadcasting and the Internet; he is the author of “Holland Cooke Greatest Hits” from Talkers Books; and he hosts “The Big Picture” TV show on RT America.  Read HC’s Monday Memo each week at Talkers.com, and follow him on Twitter @HollandCooke

Monday, February 25, 2019

| February 24, 2019

Monday Memo: Handling Bad News. OOPS.  One of your hosts said WHAT???  Managers: Gaffes are inevitable, especially in talk radio.  When your station stumbles:

1) Act quickly.  The sooner you confront a negative story, the sooner it will be over.  Responding as quickly to negative stories as you do to positive ones enhances your credibility.

2) Be honest.  Hiding embarrassing information or lying will do more damage than damage control.  Never stonewall, and avoid “rolling disclosure.”  As several U.S. presidents have learned (is learning), the cover-up can be worse than the crime.

3) Tell your side of the story.  Use specifics, and detail what corrective action “has already been taken.”  You’ll sound responsible and in-control.

4) Respond in kind.  If the issue is emotional, don’t sound like a cold, unemotional Mr. Spock.  “I have a teenage daughter myself, and I know how much our host’s comments must have hurt.”

Holland Cooke (hollandcooke.com) is a media consultant working at the intersection of broadcasting and the Internet; he is the author of “Holland Cooke Greatest Hits” from Talkers Books; and he hosts “The Big Picture” TV show on RT America.  Read HC’s Monday Memo each week at Talkers.com, and follow him on Twitter @HollandCooke

Entercom and Union Butting Heads Over ‘Cross-Utilization’ at All-Newsers WINS and WCBS-AM in New YorkNew York Daily News writer Ginger Adams Otis reports that Entercom and the Writers Guild of America, East are at odds over the issue of cross-utilization at all-news stations WINS and WCBS-AM in New York City.  For all the years the two stations were owned by CBS RADIO, they were separate stations with separate staffs and remain so to this day.  Now, Entercom would like to talk with the union about cross-utilization of staffers.  At one end of the spectrum is the union’s fear the company wants to use the same staff for both stations; at the other is Entercom’s statement to the Daily News that it does not intend to merge the workforces and create the pretense of two different stations.  Still, Entercom admits layoffs are a possibility.  The union – saying it’s willing to discuss the matter – tells the Daily News it has asked for plans from the company as to how it would employ cross-utilization but Entercom has refused to provide them.  It’s not surprising that Entercom would see the opportunity to save some operational expense at the two stations, but both WINS and WCBS-AM consider their complete independence from each other an important aspect of their identities and clearly don’t want to give that up.

Cumulus Media and DAX Partner for Broadcaster’s Digital Sales. The deal between Cumulus Media and DAX makes the latter the exclusive third-party sales representative across network radio streaming and national programmatic advertising, alongside the broadcaster’s national and local sales teams.  Cumulus says it is “the first traditional broadcast network to join a premium roster of publisher brands with inventory on DAX.  DAX brings programmatic audio expertise and provides brands with access to sophisticated data targeting tools to reach key audiences.”  This partnership gives advertisers access to DAX’s Listener Insight ID.  Its dashboard allows advertisers to measure the performance of their ad campaigns in real time, providing granular insights which help brands test and optimize their campaigns based on listeners’ responses.

Take Me Out to the BallgameTALKERS publisher Michael Harrison attended the opening game of the MLB 2019 spring exhibition schedule this weekend (2/23) between the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida.  During the game, he visited the Miami Marlins radio broadcast booth to chat it up between-innings with the Marlins Radio Network play-by-play team of Dave Van Horne and Glenn Geffner – two legends in the sports broadcasting world.  Van Horne just celebrated his 51st anniversary in the business.  Pictured above (l-r) are: Harrison, Van Horne, Geffner, and Grace Blazer, national brand coordinator, news/talk/sports programming and director of AM programming, Miami/Fort Lauderdale, iHeartMedia.

TALKERS News Notes. A metaphor that would have gone unnoticed in the past has cost University of Iowa radio broadcaster Gary Dolphin his gig for the rest of the season.  Learfield Sports Properties announced that Dolphin would be suspended for the rest of the season after his choice of words describing University of Maryland player Bruno Fernando’s game winning score against Iowa. KCCI-TV, Des Moines reports Dolphin said, in reviewing the game, “That’s some pretty good long-range shooting, and then Fernando was King Kong at the end of the game.”  Fernando is black.  Dolphin, who signed off on a public apology statement, said his words were not intended to offend…..Denver sports media personality Andy Lindahl exits iHeartMedia’s Mile High cluster where he served as a host and reporter for sports talk KDSP “Orange & Blue 760” and news/talk KOA.  In a Facebook post Lindahl says, “All good things come to an end they say.  My run at iHeartMedia now falls into that category.  It wasn’t good though, it was great.  Incredible actually.  I lived my dream for 20 years and wouldn’t trade a minute.  Thank you to all my coworkers in sales and programming.  You are all the best. Thank you to the listeners.  I never thought this boy from Denver would matter to so many, but via Twitter, you let me know I did.  I’m forever grateful.”…..Music and television legend Paul Shaffer is launching a new interview series titled, “Paul Shaffer Plus One” that will air on SiriusXM and on AXS TV.  Shaffer will sit down for candid, in-depth conversations with his close friends and fellow music icons as they discuss their careers, influences, and experiences.  It will be shot in a recording studio setting with Paul at the piano.  Featured guests include: Sammy Hagar, Graham Nash, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, blues trailblazer Buddy Guy, and Steely Dan co-founder Donald Fagen, among many others.

JVC Media Gets Long Island Airport Contract. Long Island-based JVC Media announces it has signed a multi-year deal to upgrade and manage all advertising signage at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, New York.  JVC already has the studios of news/talk WRCN “103.9 LI News Radio” located within the airport terminal.  Under this new agreement, JVC will replace all existing advertising fixtures and will invest to install brand new, state-of-the-art digital networks, landmark LED spectaculars, and vibrant backlit tension fabric banners.  JVC notes that more than 4,300 people fly MacArthur Airport each day, making it one of the top 110 airports in the United States.  The company says that with the addition of the LI MacArthur airport contract to its portfolio, JVC Media now manages advertising inventory on Long Island on five FM radio stations, numerous print publications including the award-winning This is Country Magazine, and the 7,000-seat outdoor event venue The LI Community Hospital Amphitheater at Bald Hill – assets that help JVC reach more than 3.2 million consumers annually.

Trump-Kim Meeting, Michael Cohen Testimony, Trump-Russia Investigation, 2020 Democratic Hopefuls, Venezuela Violence, Jussie Smollett Case, Sunday’s Oscars Awards, Pope Francis Addresses Sex Scandals, Robert Kraft Charges, and NBA/NCAA Basketball Action Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend.  This week’s meeting in Vietnam between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un; former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s scheduled testimony before a congressional hearing; the status of the investigation into possible connections between Trump campaign operatives and Russian agents; the Democrats hoping to challenge President Trump in the 2020 election; the violence at Venezuelan borders with Columbia and Bolivia and the U.S.’s support for opposition leader Juan Guaido; the charges against Jussie Smollett for allegedly filing a false hate crime report; Sunday night’s Academy Awards show; Pope Francis addresses the various sex scandals facing the Catholic Church; the prostitution sting in Florida that has implicated New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft; and NBA and NCAA basketball action 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. San Diego adult contemporary outlet KYXY announces Rob and Joss Taylor are the hosts of the new “Mornings with Rob & Joss” show. They come to the Entercom station from their positions with Amaturo Sonoma Media Group’s country KFGY “Froggy 92.9,” where they’ve been for the past 13 years.  The duo says, “We are thrilled to come down the coast as we embark on our next adventure with Entercom San Diego.  KYXY has a great reputation and we look forward to sharing weekday mornings with our listeners.”…..At the Philadelphia operations of iHeartMedia, Jeff Moore is named SVP of sales for the six-station cluster of music outlets, including: CHR WIOQ “Q102,” alternative WRFF “Radio 104.5,” adult contemporary WISX “106.1 The Breeze,” hip hop WUSL “Power 99,” and urban contemporary WDAS.  Moore was most recently general sales manager for the cluster…..Programming pro Supersnake is named program director and afternoon drive host at Bustos Media’s rhythmic oldies WTGV, Tucson “Groove 106.3.” He says, “All I can say is integrity, integrity, integrity.  What a concept!  That’s what you get with Bustos Media.  They did what they said they were going to do, the old fashioned way, keeping the stations local with live jocks.  When they approached me to re-launch the new ‘Groove,’ I said, ‘Let’s make it happen.’”…..At Cox Media Group Tampa, a number of programming promotions take place.  First, John Brennan – currently director of branding for talk WHPT “102.5 The Bone” – adds programming duties for the cluster’s classic hits WXGL “107.3 The Eagle.”  Second, Jenna Kesneck moves up from APD for alternative WSUN “97X” and CHR WPOI to director of branding and programming for WSUN. Finally, cluster operations manager Rick Thomas is taking on the director of branding and programming roles for adult contemporary WWRM “Magic 94-9.”…..Because programmer John O’Connell is focusing on his PD roles with Entercom’s alternative WSFS “104.3 The Shark” and country WKIS “Kiss Country 99.9” in Miami, the company is looking for a program director to take over those duties at Orlando alt rocker WQMP “FM 101.9,” for which O’Connell is currently responsible.  Find out what the company is looking for and how you can apply here…..TALKERS magazine sends condolences to the family and friends of rock WZZO, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania morning drive co-host Kevin “The Bearman” Schutts, who recently passed away unexpectedly at 64. Schutts hosted “The Bearman and Keith” show with Keith MoyeriHeartMedia says on the station’s website: “Our ‘95.1 ZZO’ family has lost its most distinctive voice.  With great sadness, we must inform you of The Bearman’s sudden and unexpected passing…At this difficult time, we ask that your thoughts are with Bearman’s family and friends.”

January 2019 PPM Data – Part Four. January 2019 ratings information has been released for Austin, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Providence, Norfolk, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Greensboro, Memphis, and Hartford. Nielsen Audio’s January 2019 survey period covered January 3 – 30. See all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here. Meanwhile, managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@Talkers.com) provides his “Takeaways” from all 12 of these PPM-markets.

Austin

Spoken-Word Formats – A combined -1.8 in December and “Holiday” 2018 (4.5 – 3.7 – 2.7, 6+), Emmis news/talk KLBJ-AM “News Radio 590 AM” bounces back with a +.8 to 3.5 (#14 to #11, 6+).

Off a collective eight-tenths in three straight decreases (2.5 – 2.4 – 1.9 – 1.7, 6+) Genuine Austin Radio sports talk KTXX “The Horn” slips from #17 to #19. While it continues at #24, iHeartMedia’s similarly-programmed KVET-AM “1300 AM The Zone” is down or flat for the third consecutive time for an overall loss of two-tenths (.7 – .7 – .6 – .5, 6+).

Having forfeited an overall eight-tenths in three straight declines (8.6 – 8.5 – 8.2 – 7.8, 6+), University of Texas at Austin-owned news/talk KUT posts a January 2019 increase twice that magnitude to 9.4 (+1.6) and progresses from third to first. Before dropping to second in December, KUT was #1 for three consecutive months.

Austin Music Formats – In the iHeartMedia cluster, both KVET-FM “98.1 The Austin, Texas Original” (5.0 – 6.2, fifth to third, 6+) and similarly-formatted KASE “Austin’s #1 For New Country” (3.7 – 4.9, seventh to fifth, 6+) improve by +1.2. When KVET-FM gained one-half share in “Holiday” 2018, it ended three straight decreases that accounted for a collective loss of eight-tenths (5.3 – 5.1 – 4.6 – 4.5, 6+). In “Holiday” 2018, KASE plummeted by -1.9. Elsewhere in the market’s country battle, nearly doubling (+1.1) its 6+-stat in three straight increases (1.3 – 1.5 – 1.8 – 2.4, 6+), Genuine Austin Radio-owned KOKE-FM “Austin’s Country Alternative” is down one-tenth to 2.3 (#15 to #16, 6+). Notching a “Holiday” 2018 – January 2019 +1.2, in addition to KVET-FM and KASE, is Emmis’ KLBJ-FM (3.2 – 4.4, 6+), which returns to the top ten (#12 to #8). In “Holiday” 2018, “93.7 The Rock of Austin” sputtered by one-half share. Off by a combined nine-tenths in December and “Holiday” 2018 (4.5 – 3.9 – 3.6, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR KHFI answers with a +.7 to 4.3 (6+), but “96.7 Kiss FM” Austin’s #1 Hit Music Station” backslides from an eighth-place tie to ninth. In three straight declines (2.5 – 2.3 – 1.8 – 1.6, 6+), Emmis triple A KGSR lost nine-tenths but “Austin City Limits Radio” gains six-tenths to 2.2 (#20 to #18, 6+). Co-owned Spanish contemporary KLZT-HD2 (1.8 – 2.3, #18 to #16, 6+) and Univision Radio regional Mexican KLQB “Que Buena 104.3” (2.0 – 2.5, #16 to #14, 6+) are both up one-half share. The six most recent shifts for Entercom adult contemporary KKMJ are -1.2 (September); +1.2 (October); -.5 (November); +1.2 (December); +2.1 (“Holiday” 2018); and now -4.9 in January 2019 (9.5 – 4.6, 6+) as “Majic 95.5” drops from first to sixth. “Holiday” 2018’s 9.5 represents the strongest 6+-stat for KKMJ since “Holiday” 2017 (12.4). A cumulative +1.4 in three straight increases (2.1 – 2.7 – 3.3 – 3.5, 6+), University of Texas at Austin-owned triple A KUTX “98.9 The Austin Music Experience” surrenders a -1.0 to 2.5 (#10 to #14, 6+). Following five straight up or flat moves that netted a +2.0 (7.3 – 7.8 – 7.8 – 8.3 – 8.3 – 9.3, 6+), Emmis adult hits KPBA “103.5 Bob-FM” surrenders seven-tenths to 8.6 (flat at #2, 6+). In calendar year 2018, “Bob” was #1 from January through April, as well as in June, August, and December.

Raleigh

Spoken-Word Formats – In one fell swoop, a January 2019 +1.5 (to 6.1, 6+) by iHeartMedia news/talk WTKK practically eliminates its -1.7 through third straight negative trends (6.3 – 5.9 – 5.6 – 4.6, 6+) as “106.1 Stay Connected” moves from eighth to sixth. WTKK was a combined +1.2 (5.1 – 5.5 – 6.3, 6+) in September and October. Curtis Media Group news/talk WPTF “News Radio 680” is up one-tenth (1.5 – 1.6, #20 to #19, 6+).  Before dropping two-tenths in November, WPTF had nearly doubled (+.8) its 6+-share in eight straight sweeps without a loss (1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 1.8, 6+).

An overall -.8 in three consecutive decreases (2.4 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 1.6, 6+), Capitol Broadcasting sports talk WCMC ends that skid with a +.2 to 1.8 (#18 to #17, 6+); “99.9 The Fan” was a combined +.6 in September and October (1.8 – 2.2 – 2.4, 6+).

Following five losses in a row that resulted in a collective -1.7 (8.8 – 8.4 – 8.3 – 7.4 – 7.2 – 7.1, 6+), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill news/talk WUNC “91.5 North Carolina Public Radio” answers with a +1.0 to 8.1 (fourth to second, 6+). WUNC has moved from third to first (June 2018, +9); first to third (July, -1.1); third to first (August, +1.2, 6+); first to second (September, -.4+); second to third (November, -.9, 6+); and now fourth to second (January 2019, +1.0).

Raleigh Music Formats – The four most recent fluctuations by Radio One urban AC WFXC are +.9 (November); -1.5 (December); +1.1 (“Holiday” 2018); and now (another) +1.1 in January 2019 (9.9 – 11.0, 6+) as “Foxy Today’s R&B and Classic Soul” is on top for the sixth time in succession. Moreover, this (11.0) is the highest 6+-stat for WFXC in the PPM-era. Progressing by +1.1 as well is iHeartMedia CHR WDCG (5.6, ninth to seventh, 6+). In three straight losses (5.5 – 5.4 – 5.2 – 4.5, 6+), “G-105 Raleigh’s #1 Hit Music Station” had been a collective -1.0. A cumulative -2.3 via three successive negative moves (8.0 – 6.3 – 6.1 – 5.7, 6+), Curtis Media Group’s WQDR “94.7 QDR Today’s Best Country” picks up six-tenths to 6.3 (flat at #5, 6+). A September +1.0 suspended three straight downward moves that led to a -1.2 (8.1 – 7.7 – 7.2 – 6.9, 6+). Gaining one-half share (each) are iHeartMedia’s WNCB “New Country B-93.9” (2.1 – 2.6, #17 to #14, 6+) and Curtis Media Group classic hits-oldies WPTK “Just Right Radio.” The latter more than doubles (+.7) its 6+-stat in four straight up or flat trends and cracks the top twenty (.5 – .5 – .6 – .7 – 1.2, #20, 6+). In three consecutive up or flat trends (5.3 – 7.1 – 7.1 – 9.6, 6+), Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary WRAL was a cumulative +4.3, but “Mix 101.5” surrenders a -2.6 to 7.0 (second to fourth, 6+). “Holiday” 2018’s 9.6 is its strongest 6+-showing since “Holiday” 2017’s 10.4. Reaching Raleigh from Greensboro, iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WMAG “99.5 The Best Variety of the ‘80s, ’90s, & Today,” which was an overall +2.1 in four straight sweeps without a loss (.4 .4 – .4 – 1.4 – 2.5, 6+), forfeits a -2.0 to .5 (6+) and fades from the top twenty (#15 to #23). This marks the fifth successive sweep without an increase by Radio One gospel WNNL “103.9 The Light” for a collective -1.5 (5.2 – 5.2 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 4.2 – 3.7, #10 to #11, 6+). After being +1.0 via three straight increases (1.7 – 1.9 – 2.2 – 2.7, 6+), Educational Information Corporation’s WCPE “89.7 The Classical Station” falters by four-tenths to 2.3 (#14 to #15, 6+).

Indianapolis

Spoken-Word Formats – For the third sweep in succession, Emmis news/talk WIBC  posts a fluctuation of nine-tenths. “Indy’s Mobile News 93.1” was -.9 (December); -.9 as well (“Holiday” 2018); but in January 2019 is +.9 to (5.4 – 6.3, sixth to fifth, 6+). Previously, WIBC was -.7 (September); +1.0 (October); and +.7 (November).

Sports talk sibling WFNI “The Fan – Indy’s Sports Center” regains the three-tenths it lost in “Holiday” 2018 (2.8 – 2.5 – 2.8, #15 to #14, 6+). A combined -.9 in December and “Holiday” 2018 (2.3 – 1.9 – 1.4, 6+), iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WNDE “Indy’s Sports Station” is up four-tenths to 1.8 (6+) and continues at #18.

Recent shifts by Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting news/talk WFYI include a combined +.8 in November and December; -.7 (“Holiday” 2018); and now a January 2019 +.9 (4.2 – 5.1, tenth to ninth, 6+).

Indianapolis Music Formats – The ongoing highly frenetic pace by Cumulus Media’s WJJK plays on as a +2.9 to 9.8 (6+) obliterates all but one-tenth of its combined December and “Holiday” 2018 -3.0 (9.9 – 9.2 – 6.9, 6+). After spending six straight sweeps at #1, “Classic Hits 104.5” slipped to third in “Holiday” 2018 but is back at #1. Its November decrease of one-tenth interrupted five successive increases which netted a +3.2 (6.8 – 7.3 – 7.9 – 8.6 – 9.7 – 10.0, 6+). In October, WJJK reached 10.0, the highest 6+-share in the station’s PPM-history. It has been a wild ride as well for co-owned WFMS “95.5 The Country Station,” which posts a +1.1 to 7.2 (steady at #4, 6+), thus applying the brakes to three downturns in succession that resulted in a cumulative -2.2 (8.3 – 8.0 – 6.2 – 6.1, 6+). Having finished at #1 in April 2018, May, and June, WFMS was -.5 (February 2018); +1.0 (April); +.5 (May); -.5 (July); -.7 (August); +.9 (October); -1.8 (December); and now +1.1 (January 2019). It has a two-share (6+) advantage over Emmis-owned WLHK “Country 97.1 Hank FM,” an overall -1.3 in three straight decreases (5.7 – 5.0 – 4.6 – 4.4, 6+) before adding eight-tenths in January 2019 (5.2, ninth to eighth, 6+). “Hank” was -1.5 in September and then  +.6 in October. Continuing a down/up pattern that started in June and has resulted in a +.1 in that stretch (4.3 – 3.2 – 4.1 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 3.5 – 4.3 – 3.5, 4.4, 6+), Entercom hot AC WNTR “107.9 The Mix” (+.9 in January 2019) climbs from #13 to #11. After faltering by seven-tenths in “Holiday” 2018, its CHR sibling, WZPL “99.5 ZPL,” flashes a January 2019 +.9 as well (4.6 – 5.5, unchanged at #7, 6+). Continuing at #12, Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WKLU “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” is an overall +.6 through three straight up or flat trends (3.5 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 4.1, 6+). A combined +9.6 in December and “Holiday” 2018 (6.8 – 9.0 – 16.4, 6+), Emmis adult contemporary WYXB spirals by -8.8 to 7.6 (6+) as “B-105.7” segues from first to third. Its “Holiday” 2018 16.4 represents the highest 6+-stat by any Indianapolis station since “B-105.7” notched a 17.7 in “Holiday” 2016. After being down or flat seven straight times for a collective -1.4 (3.7 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 2.5 – 2.4 – 2.3 – 2.3, 6+), Radio One CHR WNOW “100.9 Radio Now” logs a +.3 to 2.6 (#16 to #15, 6+). Conversely, rhythmic CHR sibling WHHH “Hot 96.3,” which was up an overall seven-tenths as a result of three upticks in a row (5.4 – 5.8 – 5.9 – 6.1, 6+), regresses by one-half share to 5.6 (fourth to sixth, 6+).

Milwaukee

Spoken-Word Formats – A combined -2.3 in December and “Holiday” 2018 (6.9 – 6.3 – 4.6, 6+), following its October and November +1.3, iHeartMedia news/talk WISN “News/Talk 1130” flaunts a January +2.2 to 6.8 (6+), jumping from eighth to fourth. Down three straight times for an overall -4.2 (10.4 – 9.4 – 6.8 – 6.2, 6+), Good Karma Brands’ similarly-formatted WTMJ “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” ends that slide by picking up one-tenth to 6.3 (6+), yet backslides from fourth to sixth. “Holiday” 2018’s 6.2 is the lowest 6+-showing for the flagship of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks, and Milwaukee Brewers since March 2018 (6.0). Its rollercoaster ride has included -.8 (January 2018); +.9 (February); +1.9 (April); -.6 (May); +.5 (June); -.5 (August); +.6 (September); +2.5 (October); -1.0 (November); -2.6 (December); and -.6 (“Holiday” 2018). This marks the first time since May 2018 that WISN (6.8, 6+) has overtaken WTMJ (6.3, 6+); in May 2018, WISN notched a 7.7 (6+) to WTMJ’s 7.3 (6+).

Flat at #15, Entercom’s WSSP “Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan” is without an increase for the fourth time in a row for a cumulative loss of eight-tenths (1.9 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.1 – 1.1, 6+). Its November dip of four-tenths ended four consecutive increases that accounted for a collective gain of seven-tenths (1.2 – 1.3 – 1.4 – 1.5 – 1.9, 6+). An overall -3.7 in nine straight down of flat sweeps (4.4 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.8 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 2.3 – .8 – .7 – .7, 6+), Good Karma Brands’ country-to-sports talk convert WKTI “94.5 ESPN” continues at #17. In late-November, iHeartMedia flipped CHR WRNW “97.7 Now” to sports talk “97.3 The Game.” Up one-tenth in back-to-back reports (2.6 – 2.7 – 2.8, 6+) and then plummeting in “Holiday” 2018 by -2.5, “97.3 The Game” doubles “Holiday” 2018’s .3 (6+) to .6 (+) and continues at #21. Co-owned WOKY “The Big 920” returns the one-tenth it gained in “Holiday” 2018 (.2 – .3 – .2, #21 to #24, 6+). Before dropping three-tenths in December, quintupled (+.4) its 6+-share in seven successive sweeps without a loss (.1 – .1 – .1 – .2 – .2 – .3 – .4 – .5, 6+).

After surrendering six-tenths in “Holiday” 2018, University of Wisconsin news/talk WUWM bounces back with a +.9 (3.6 – 4.5, 6+) and returns to the top ten (#11 to #9). Its earlier three straight upticks accounted for a collective +1.5 (2.7 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 4.2, 6+). Stable at #19, Wisconsin Public Radio news/talk WHAD has a June 2018 – January 2019 topline of .9 – .9 – .7 – .9 – .7 – .8 – .8 – .6 – .7 (6+).

Milwaukee Music Formats – A combined -1.3 in December and “Holiday” 2018 (7.5 – 7.3 – 6.2, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WMIL “FM 106.1 Milwaukee’s Best Country” erases it completely with a January 2019 +1.3 to 7.5 (fourth to second, 6+). Three gains in succession yielded a +2.2 (5.3 – 5.6 – 6.2 – 7.5, 6+) for WMIL, which is without a country competitor since WKTI flipped to sports talk in November (2018). By gaining seven-tenths to 4.2 (#12 to #11, 6+), Saga Communications’ urban AC WJMR “Jammin’ 98.3” settles its -.7 through a December and “Holiday” 2018 mini-slide (4.2 – 3.7 – 3.5, 6+). Owing to three successive positive spikes, iHeartMedia urban contemporary WKKV “V-100.7 Jams” is an overall +2.0 (4.5 – 4.7 – 5.9 – 6.5, seventh to fifth, 6+). Immediately before dialing up “Holiday” 2018’s +1.2, “V-100.7” was trending 4.5 – 4.9 (6+) from July through December. A combined +5.2 in December and “Holiday” 2018 (5.1 – 7.7 – 10.3, 6+), Milwaukee Radio Alliance adult contemporary WLDB forfeits a -4.5 to 5.8 (6+) and drifts from second to eighth. In “Holiday” 2018, “B-93.3” reached double-digits (10.3, 6+) for the first time in its PPM-history. Despite logging a four-tenths increase to 4.2 (6+), thus suspending five successive decreases that accounted for a cumulative -2.0 (5.8 – 5.5 – 5.4 – 5.3 – 4.7 – 3.8, 6+), Saga Communications’ WHQG “102.9 The Hog – Everything That Rocks” exits the top ten (#10 to #11). The three latest shifts for iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WRIT are -1.0 (December); +3.8 (“Holiday” 2018); and now – 1.9 in January 2019 (11.5 – 9.6, 6+) but “95.7 Big FM Milwaukee’s Greatest Hits” repeats at #1. WRIT spent 43 consecutive ratings periods at #1 before shifting to the #2 slot in October; “Holiday” 2018’s 11.5 is the strongest 6+-stat for any Milwaukee station since WRIT’s 11.6 in “Holiday” 2017. While it remains flat at #13, Milwaukee Radio Alliance alternative WLUM “102.1 Sounds Different” is off six-tenths to 2.5, its lowest 6+-stat in the PPM-era. Remaining at #14, Saga Communications’ rhythmic CHR WNRG “Energy 106.9” is off three-tenths to 1.8 (6+), thus curtailing five straight reports without a loss that netted a +1.3 (.8 – 1.2 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 2.1 – 2.1, 6+).

Nashville

Spoken-Word Formats – Anchored at #14, Cumulus Media news/talk WWTN is without an increase for the fourth sweep in a row for an overall loss of eight-tenths (4.0 – 3.8 – 3.5 – 3.2 – 3.2, 6+). In 14 of the last 15 sweeps, “Super Talk 99.7” has been within 3.0 – 3.9 range (6+); the exception was October 2018 when it logged a 4.0 (6+).

A one-half share increase by iHeartMedia news/talk WLAC (1.0 – 1.5, steady at #19) offsets its three-tenths’ decline in “Holiday” 2018. “Talk Radio 1510” nearly doubled (+.6) its 6+-stat through three September 2018 – December 2018 gains in a row (.7 – 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.3, 6+).

Continuing an up/down sequence that began in October, Cumulus Media sports talk WGFX “104.5 The Zone” is +1.3 (October); -.9 (November); +.2 (December); -.8 in “Holiday 2018”; and now +.3 in January 2019  (4.8 – 5.1, eighth to seventh, 6+). Immediately prior to that, the Tennessee Titans’ flagship was +.6 (August) and +1.4 (September). Meanwhile, Cromwell Group-owned/similarly-formatted WPRT “102.5 The Game” returns “Holiday” 2018’s +.2 (1.6 – 1.8 – 1.6, 6+), slipping from #17 to #18. A December loss of one-tenth halted three consecutive improvements that netted a +1.0 (.7 – .8 – 1.3 – 1.7, 6+).

Not only does WPLN-FM “NPR News and Classical Music” record a whopping +1.6 (3.6 – 5.2, 6+), the Nashville Public Radio news/talk/classical hybrid rockets into the top ten (#11 to #6). December’s +.4 suspended three down moves in a row that accounted for a collective -1.5 (4.9 – 4.6 – 3.6 – 3.4, 6+). Since surfacing in September 2018, WPLN-FM’s internet stream is up or flat the fifth straight time more than quintupling (+.9) its 6+-stat (.2 – .6 – .7 – .9 – .9 – 1.1, #22 to #21, 6+).

Nashville Music Formats – Two huge gains (+1.2, each) are turned in by Cumulus Media’s WKDF “103.3 Nash FM” (4.2 – 5.4, tenth to fifth, 6+) and iHeartMedia’s WSIX “The Big 98 – Nashville’s #1 for New Country” (4.7, #12 to #10, 6+). After three increases in a row for a +.7 (3.6 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.3, 6+), “Nash FM” – which last reached the five-share level in January 2018 (5.0) – surrendered two-tenths in December and was up one-tenth in “Holiday” 2018. “The Big 98” had been -2.0 via three consecutive setbacks (5.5 – 5.0 – 4.6 – 3.5, 6+), after being a combined +1.2 in September and October (4.3 – 5.1 – 5.5, 6+). The market’s other country FM – Cumulus Media’s WSM-FM “95.5 Nash Icon” – returns the one-tenth it gained in “Holiday” 2018 (5.1 – 5.2 – 5.1, sixth to seventh, 6+). “Nash Icon” was -1.0 (September); +.8 (November); and -1.5 (December). Down or flat the past five reports for a combined -1.4 (7.8 – 7.6 – 6.6 – 6.5 – 6.4 – 6.4, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WNRQ “105.9 The Rock – Nashville’s Classic Rock” halts that streak with a +.3 to 6.7 (third to second, 6+). August 2018’s 7.8 was the best 6+-stat for WNRQ since January 2018 (7.8, as well). A January -3.5 to 10.6 (6+) halts at three Midwest Communications adult contemporary WJXA’s consecutive string of upticks that yielded a +6.0 (8.1 – 9.0 – 10.9 – 14.1, 6+), but “Mix 92.9 – Your Life, Your Music” is #1 for the 13th successive ratings period. “Holiday” 2018’s 14.1 is the highest 6+-share for any Nashville outlet since the 14.4 WJXA notched in “Holiday” 2017. Among its recent fluctuations are: -6.7 (January 2018); +1.0 (February); -.5 (May); +1.0 (June); +.9 (August); -.9 (September); -.7 (October); +.9 (November); +1.9 (December); +3.2 (“Holiday” 2018); and -3.5 (January 2019). Co-owned adult hits WCJK “96.3 Jack FM Playing What We Want” follows “Holiday” 2018’s +1.2 with a January 2019 -1.3 (7.3 – 6.0, second to fourth, 6+). That +1.2 this time last month pulled the plug on five downturns in succession that led to a cumulative -2.0 (8.1- 7.8 – 7.0 – 6.7 – 6.3 – 6.1, 6+). In addition to surrendering a -1.1 to 4.4 (6+), Cumulus Media urban AC WQQK “92-Q,” which had been trending 5.1 – 5.3 – 5.5 (6+), fades from the top ten (#5 to #11). Reappearing in print in August (2018), Salem Media Group contemporary Christian WFFH immediately posted four straight September through “Holiday” 2018 increases accounting for a +1.9 (2.8 – 3.2 – 3.6 – 3.8 – 4.7, 6+). In January 2019, however, “The Fish” falters by eight-tenths to 3.9 (6+) and exits the top ten (#9 to #12).

Providence

Spoken-Word Formats – Down or flat for the third straight time for an overall -1.0 (4.8 – 4.8 – 4.2 – 3.8, 6+),  Cumulus Media news/talk WPRO-AM drops from sixth to ninth. Immediately prior to this streak, “News Talk 630” was +1.1 in four straight sweeps without a loss (3.7 – 4.0 – 4.4 – 4.5 – 4.8 – 4.8, 6+). A combined -.5 in December and “Holiday” 2018 (1.7 – 1.3 – 1.2, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned news/talk WHJJ “Providence’s News, Traffic, and Weather” bounces back with a +.7 to 1.9 (6+) and zooms from #18 to #12. In seven straight Providence sweeps without a loss, co-owned Boston hybrid news-talk WBZ-AM netted six-tenths (.8 – .8 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 -1.1 – 1.3 – 1.4), but “News Radio 1030” sputters by three-tenths to 1.1 (#14 to #18, 6+). In back-to-back sweeps, Cumulus Media-owned WPRV “AM 790 Talk & Business” picks up one-tenth (.3 – .4 – .5, steady at #21, 6+).

A combined -1.9 in December and “Holiday” 2018 (5.4 – 3.8 – 3.5, 6+), directly after logging four successive up or flat trends accounting for a net gain of +2.0 (3.4 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.8 – 5.4, 6+), Entercom sports talk WVEI improves by seven-tenths to 4.2 (eighth to sixth, 6+).

By gaining one-tenth to 2.1 (6+), The Wheeler School’s news/talk WELH ends three straight down or flat trends that accounted for an overall loss of eight-tenths (2.6 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 1.8, 6+) but backslides from #10 to #11. Stable at 1.6 (6+) on the heels of “Holiday” 2018’s -.7, WGBH Educational Foundation Boston news/talk WGBH nonetheless slips from #12 to #14.

Providence Music Formats – Not only has Townsquare Media’s Fairhaven, Massachusetts-licensed CHR WFHN more than tripled (+3.0) its 6+-share via six successive up or flat moves (1.2 – 1.3 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 4.2, 6+), “Fun 107 – The Southcoast’s #1 Hit Music Station” catapults into the top ten (#11 to #6). As a result of three straight setbacks (8.7 – 8.2 – 6.9 – 5.6 (6+), Hall Communications’ WCTK was a collective -3.1, but “Cat Country 98.1” responds with a +1.6 to 7.2 (fifth to third, 6+). Improving by one-half share (each) are Cumulus Media rhythmic CHR WWKX “Hot 106.3” (2.0 – 2.5, ninth to tenth, 6+) and iHeartMedia-owned WCIB “Cool 102 – Cape Cod’s Classic Rock Station” (1.1 – 1.6, #19 to #14, 6+). Having posted three straight up or flat trends that yielded a +6.8 (9.4 – 9.4 – 12.1 – 16.2, 6+) and finishing first the last six sweeps, Cumulus Media adult contemporary WWLI “Lite Rock 105” (9.1, -7.1, 6+) segues to second. “Holiday” 2018’s 16.2 is the highest 6+-stat for any Providence station since WWLI’s 18.0 in “Holiday” 2016. Flat at 9.8, matching its best 6+-stat since June 2018, iHeartMedia’s WHJY “94 HJY – Providence’s Home of Rock & Roll” succeeds “Lite Rock” at #1. For the past five reports, WHJY – +1.2 in “Holiday” 2018 – was in the runner-up slot. Continuing a (6+) September 2018 through “Holiday” 2018 up/down pattern of 5.1 – 5.5 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 3.8 – 4.1, hot AC cluster-mate WSNE “Coast 93.3” inches up from seventh to eighth. In the same vein, classic hits-oldies sibling WWBB “B-101” has been down/up since September: -.9 (September) +.5 (October); -.5 (November); +.5 (December); -.2 (“Holiday” 2018); and +2 in January 2019 (6.7 – 6.9, third to fourth, 6+).

Norfolk – Tacking on a +1.4 to “Holiday” 2018’s gain of six-tenths (5.5 – 6.1 – 7.5, 6+), Saga Communications’ WAFX “Classic Rock 106.9 The Fox” jumps from fourth to second. Co-owned WNOR “FM 99 Rocks,” which was a collective -1.0 via three straight setbacks (6.9 – 6.3 – 6.1 – 5.9, 6+), logs a +.8 to 6.7 (6+) and continues in fifth-place. By posting a +1.0 to 4.6 (seventh to sixth, 6+), Entercom’s WNVZ “Z-104 Norfolk Rhythmic Music” curtails five consecutive down or flat reports that resulted in an overall -1.7 (5.3 – 4.7 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.1 – 3.6, 6+). On top for 25 successive survey periods before segueing to the runner-up slot in “Holiday” 2018, urban AC sibling WVKL notches a +.7 (12.0 – 12.7, 6+) and returns to #1. With a 6+-share of 11.0 or higher for the 35th time in the last 36 sweeps, “Smooth R&B from Yesterday & Today” halts five consecutive down or flat trends that accounted for a -3.5 (15.5 – 13.7 – 13.7 – 13.1 – 12.9 – 12.0, 6+). Its 15.5 in August 2018 sets the record for highest 6+-performance by any Norfolk station in the PPM-era. In addition to advancing from eighth to seventh, hot AC cluster-mate WPTE “94.9 The Point” records a +.2 to 2.2 (6+), thus ending four straight declines that resulted in a collective -1.5 (3.5 – 3.4 – 2.9 – 2.5 – 2.0, 6+). On the heels of its “Holiday” 2018 one-half share improvement (6.5 – 7.0, 6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WOWI “103 JAMZ” duplicates it in January 2019 (7.0 – 7.5, +.5, third to second, 6+). It is a quick (“Holiday” 2018-only) stay at #1 for Entercom adult contemporary WWDE “101.3 2WD,” which erodes by exactly 50% (-6.8) to 6.8 (first to fourth, 6+). The combined +7.9 in December and “Holiday” 2018 (5.7 – 7.2 – 13.6, 6+) culminated with 13.6 – the strongest 6+-showing in WWDE’s PPM-history. In back-to-back sweeps, iHeartMedia-owned rhythmic hot AC WMOV has lost 75% (-4.8) of its 6+-share (6.4 – 4.9 – 1.6, sixth to eighth, 6+). Through five straight increases “Movin’ 107.7” was +5.7 (.7 – 1.0 – 1.3 – 1.5 – 1.9 – 6.4, 6+). Immediately prior to that, however, WMOV was –4.3 through seven successive sweeps without an increase (5.0 – 1.6 – 1.3 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.1 – .9 – .7, 6+).

Jacksonville

Spoken-Word Formats – Recapturing the four-tenths it lost in “Holiday” 2018 (10.4 – 10.0 – 10.4, 6+), Cox Media Group news/talk WOKV “104.5 – Jacksonville’s News, Weather, and Traffic” returns to #1 (from the runner-up slot). WOKV previously was -.7 (July); +.5 (August); -.6 (September); +2.0 (October); +.6 (November) and -.8 (December), with November’s 11.2 its best-ever 6+-stat in the PPM-era.

Flat at #20, iHeartMedia sports talk WFXJ “930 The Game – Jacksonville’s Sports Leader” is without an increase for the third straight report and is off two-tenths in that stretch (.8 – .7 – .6 – .6, 6+).

After picking up one-tenth in back-to-back sweeps (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.4, 6+), public news/talk WJCT adds another six-tenths in January 2019 to 3.0 (#13 to #12, 6+).

Jacksonville Music Formats – A combined -1.8 in December and “Holiday” 2018 (7.0 – 6.5 – 5.2, 6+), Cox Media Group CHR WAPE nearly settles that deficit with a +1.6 to 6.8 (sixth to fourth, 6+). Immediately prior to the December sweep, “95.1 Jacksonville’s #1 Hit Music Station” racked up a +1.6 through five straight increases (5.4 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.4 – 7.0, 6+). Down three-tenths in a December/”Holiday” 2018 mini-slide (5.2 – 5.1 – 4.9, 6+), iHeartMedia urban AC WSOL “V-101.5” busts out a +1.2 to 6.1 (seventh to fifth, 6+). Adult hits cluster-mate WWJK “107.3 The River – We Play Anything,” a combined -1.4 in December and “Holiday” 2018 (3.6 – 2.8 – 2.2, 6+), responds with a +1.1 to 3.3 (6+) and enters the top ten (#14 to #10). An overall -2.0 in four consecutive slips (9.3 – 9.2 – 8.5 – 8.2 – 7.3, 6+), Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WJGL “96.9 The Eagle” makes up 40% of the shortfall with a +.8 to 8.1 (steady at #3, 6+). Its adult contemporary sibling – WEZI “Easy 102.9” – records a +.7 to 4.7 (unchanged at #8, 6+), snapping a combined -1.3 in December and “Holiday” 2018 (5.3 – 4.9 – 4.0, 6+). In advance of the December report, WEZI posted four straight improvements that netted a +1.9 (3.4 – 4.2 – 4.7 – 4.8 – 5.3, 6+). Elsewhere in the AC format, Renda Broadcasting’s WEJZ “96.1 Jacksonville’s Official Work Station,” a combined +8.4 in December and “Holiday” 2018 (7.9 – 10.7 – 16.3, 6+), slumps by -7.8 to 8.5 (first to second, 6+). “Holiday” 2018’s 16.3 is the highest 6+-mark for any Jacksonville station since “Holiday” 2015 when WEJZ notched a 19.5. Off four-tenths via three consecutive (slight) declines (2.9 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.5, 6+), Cox Media Group-owned WXXJ “X-106.5 Jacksonville’s Alternative” flashes a +.5 to 3.0 yet backslides from a tie at #11 to #12. As part of a yoyo sequence, iHeartMedia mainstream CHR WKSL “97.9 Kiss FM” has been a combined -.5 (November and December, 3.7 – 3.5 – 3.2, 6+); +.7 (“Holiday” 2018, 3.2 – 3.9, 6+); and now -.6 (3.9 – 3.3, January 2019, flat at #10, 6+).

West Palm Beach

Spoken-Word Formats – Repeating at #9, iHeartMedia news/talk WZZR adds two-tenths to “Holiday” 2018’s +1.0 (1.5 – 2.5 – 2.7, 6+). “Real Radio 94.3 – Real Talk for the Palm Beaches” had been down or flat four successive sweeps for an overall loss of one-half share (2.0 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.5, 6+). A cumulative -.6 in three straight declines (2.4 – 2.3 – 2.1 – 1.8, 6+), co-owned news/talk WJNO “1290 The Palm Beaches’ News & Talk” halts the slide with a +.3 to 2.1 (#13 to #12, 6+). It overtakes Hubbard’s WFTL “News Talk 850,” which is a combined -.9 in “Holiday” 2018 and January 2019 (2.9 – 2.2 – 2.0, #12 to #13, 6+). An October loss of four-tenths interrupted at four its consecutive string of increases that yielded seven-tenths (1.7 – 1.9 – 2.1 – 2.3 – 2.4, 6+). Slipping from #21 to #22, iHeartMedia Miami news/talk WIOD has its West Palm Beach 6+-stat sliced in half (-.5) since December (1.0 – .6 – .5, 6+).

The five most recent fluctuations for Dade County School Board news/talk WLRN are +.5 (October); -.6 (November); +.5 (December) -.8 (December); and now +.7 in January 2019 (3.0 – 3.7, seventh to sixth, 6+). Immediately prior to the November sweep, WLRN posted three straight improvements resulting in a collective +1.0 (2.9 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 3.9, 6+).

West Palm Beach Music Formats – An increase of eight-tenths to 3.7 (eighth to sixth, 6+) by Hubbard-owned WIRK “103.1 South Florida’s Country Music erases a December and “Holiday” 2018 -.7 (3.6 – 3.1 – 2.9, 6+). Advancing from #17 to #13, iHeartMedia-owned WBGG “Big 105.9 South Florida’s Classic Rock” gains a collective eight-tenths via four straight sweeps without a loss (1.2 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 2.0, 6+). After finishing on top in 12 consecutive ratings periods, Hubbard hot AC WRMF shifted to #2 in “Holiday” 2018. Even though it falters by -1.0 in January 2019, following a combined +1.3 in December and “Holiday” 2018 (8.9 – 9.9 – 10.2, 6+), “97.9 Variety from the 90s and Now” returns to the top spot. Before eroding -1.8 in November, WRMF was an overall +1.7 in five consecutive up or flat reports (9.0 – 9.3 – 9.3 – 9.4 – 10.0 – 10.7, 6+). Displaced from the penthouse and segueing to the runner-up position is co-owned adult contemporary WEAT (10.7 – 7.8, -2.9, 6+). In three straight improvements (4.6 – 5.0 – 6.9 – 10.7, 6+), “Sunny 107.9” was an overall +6.1, with “Holiday” 2018’s 10.7 the best 6+-stat in its PPM-history. Falling from sixth to eighth, WAY Media contemporary Christian WAYF “WAY-FM Uplifting-Upbeat-Real” is -1.6 through three negative trends in a row (4.4 – 4.0 – 3.6 – 2.8, 6+).

Greensboro

Spoken-Word Formats – A January 2019 +1.3 to 4.3 (tenth to ninth, 6+) by iHeartMedia news/talk WPTI “94.5 Your News, Talk, & Sports Station” obliterates its combined -1.2 in December and “Holiday” 2018 (4.2 – 3.7 – 3.0, 6+).

Regaining the one-tenth it lost in “Holiday” 2018 (.5 – .4 – .5, 6+), Curtis Media Group sports talk WSJS “Triad Sports” carries on at #16.

Anchored at #13 for the ninth consecutive time, Wake Forest University news/talk WFDD “88.5 Public Radio for the Piedmont” is up two-tenths (1.8 – 2.0, 6+). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill news/talk WUNC is down or flat for the fourth straight time for roughly a one-half loss (-.5) of its 6+-stat (1.1 – .8 – .6 – .6 – .6, unchanged at #15, 6+).

Greensboro Music Formats – Logging increases of nine-tenths (each) are Entercom adult hits WSMW “98.7 Simon Says We Play Everything” (8.6 – 9.5, third to second, 6+) and Dick Broadcasting CHR WKZL “107.5 The #1 Hit Music Station” (6.3, steady at #5, 6+), which had been off three straight times for a collective -.6 (6.0 – 5.9 – 5.7 – 5.4, 6+). This (6.3) is the highest 6+-stat for WKZL since resurfacing in print in February 2018. Co-owned WKRR has recorded a 5.3 (6+) in three of the last four reports (5.3 – 5.3 – 5.4 – 5.3), but “Rock 92” now dials up a +.7 to 6.0 (unchanged at #6, 6+). Adding seven-tenths to its “Holiday” 2018 +.1 (6.2 – 6.9, 6+), Entercom rhythmic CHR WJMH “102 Jamz” repeats at #4. Its “Holiday” 2018 increase halted six straight sweeps without an increase for an overall -2.1 (8.2 – 7.4 – 7.2 – 7.2 – 6.9 – 6.9 – 6.1, 6+). The market’s (6+) country share swells by +1.2 as iHeartMedia’s WTQR “Q-104.1 – #1 for New Country” is up seven-tenths (5.3 – 6.0, steady at #6, 6+), while Entercom’s WPAW “93.1 The Wolf” regains the one-half share it lost in “Holiday” 2018 (5.2, unchanged at #8, 6+). “Q104.1” was a combined -.8 in October/September, and -1.6 in December. Prior to January 2019’s gain, “The Wolf” was a cumulative -1.2 in three declines in a row (5.9 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 4.7, 6+). Owing to five consecutive August through “Holiday” 2018 improvements (6.8 – 7.9 – 8.5 – 8.5 – 13.9 – 16.5, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMAG was an overall +9.7 but “99.5 – The Triad’s Best Variety” erodes by -8.9 to 7.6 (6+) and shifts from first to third. “Holiday” 2018’s 16.5 is the highest 6+-showing for any Greensboro station since WMAG posted a 16.7 in “Holiday” 2013. A collective +1.3 in three straight improvements (3.1 – 3.5 – 3.7 – 4.4, 6+), Curtis Media Group regional Mexican WYMY “La Ley 101.1” falters by four-tenths to 4.0 (6+), slipping from ninth to tenth.

Memphis

Spoken-Word Formats – A January 2019 +1.2 (2.6 – 3.8, 6+) elevates iHeartMedia news/talk WREC from #13 to #11. Entering the “Holiday” 2018 sweep, “600 AM – Memphis’ News, Traffic, & Weather” had been in a September-October-November-December down/up pattern in which time it lost eight-tenths (3.4 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+).

As a result of a six-tenths’ increase (3.4 – 4.0, 6+), Entercom sports talk WMFS returns to the top ten (#12 to #10). After five straight gains for an overall +1.4 (2.3 – 2.4 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.2 – 3.7, 6+), “ESPN Sports Radio” dropped three-tenths in “Holiday” 2018.

Memphis Music Formats – Off seven-tenths in “Holiday” 2018, Entercom hot AC WMC-FM “FM 100 Today’s Best Mix” roars back with an increase more than twice that magnitude (4.1 – 5.6, +1.5, ninth to sixth, 6+). In a December/”Holiday” 2018 mini-slide (2.6 – 2.4 – 2.1, 6+), Entercom’s WLFP lost one-half share, but country “94.1 The Wolf” responds with a +1.3 to 3.4 (#14 to #13, 6+). Rebounding from a “Holiday” 2018 loss of seven-tenths with a January 2019 +1.1 (4.0 – 5.1, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned/similarly-formatted WGKX “Kix 106 Today’s Best Country” inches up from tenth to ninth. The five most recent “Kix 106” shifts are: -.5 (October); -.5 (November); +.7 (December); -.7 (“Holiday” 2018); and +1.1 (January 2019). Substituting “Holiday” 2018’s -.8 with a January 2019 +.8 (5.3 – 4.5 – 5.3, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WDIA “AM 1070 – The Heart & Soul of Memphis” continues at #8. Up eight-tenths as well are Cumulus Media urban-rhythmic oldies WRBO “103.5 The Best Mix of R&B” (9.1, third to second, 6+) and iHeartMedia’s WEGR “Rock 102.7” (seventh to sixth). WRBO was a combined -2.4 in December/”Holiday 2018 (10.7 – 8.7 – 8.3, 6+), while “Rock 102.7” is an overall +1.1 via four successive up or flat trends (4.5 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.6, 6+). Notwithstanding that it makes up 75% of “Holiday” 2018’s -.8 with a +.6 (5.4 – 6.0, 6+), iHeartMedia gospel WHAL “Halleluiah 95.7 – Memphis’ Inspiration Station” continues in fifth-place. Prior to “Holiday” 2018, “Halleluiah” was an overall +1.6 in four straight increases (4.6 – 4.7 – 5.3 – 5.6 – 6.2, 6+). Immediately after the market’s (6+) adult contemporary share rose by +3.6 in “Holiday” 2018, it collapses by -6.9 in January 2019. An overall +3.7 in seven consecutive reports without a loss (1.4 – 1.6 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.9 – 2.1 – 3.5 – 5.1, 6+) Cumulus Media AC WKIM surrenders all of that increase and one-tenth more (1.3, -3.8, 6+) as “98.9 The Bridge” freefalls from #6 to #15. Meanwhile, the five most recent moves for Entercom’s similarly-formatted WRVR “104.5 The River” are +2.4 (October); -.1 (November); -1.6 (December); +2.0 (“Holiday” 2018); and now -3.1 in January 2019 (11.3 – 8.2, second to third, 6+). “Holiday” 2018’s 11.3 is its strongest 6+-performance since “Holiday” 2017’s 12.9 (#6). A combined +2.3 in December and “Holiday” 2018 (10. 5 – 11.5 – 12.8, 6+), iHeartMedia urban AC KJMS regresses by -1.5 to 11.3 (6+) but “V-101” is #1 for the third time in a row and in double-digits (6+) for the tenth successive sweep. “Holiday” 2018’s 12.8 is its highest 6+-share in more than six years (13.5, December 2012). Co-owned urban contemporary WHRK “K-97.1,” which was up seven-tenths via three straight up or flat trends (7.1 – 7.4 – 7.4 – 7.8, 6+), is -1.0 to 6.8 (6+) but continues at #4.

Hartford

Spoken-Word Formats – A cumulative -1.8 through three consecutive declines (7.0 – 6.8 – 5.9 – 5.2, 6+), Entercom news/talk WTIC-AM answers with a one-half share gain to 5.7 (6+) and repeats at #7. “News Talk 1080” was up eight-tenths in October. It is a somewhat similar scenario for Red Wolf Broadcasting news/talk WDRC-AM “AM 1360 The Talk of Connecticut,” which picks up four-tenths (to 1.3, #15 to #14, 6+), thus snapping three downturns in a row that accounted for an overall loss of three-tenths (1.2 – 1.1 – 1.0 – .9, 6+).

A combined +.5 in December and “Holiday” 2018 (1.4 – 1.6 – 1.9, 6+), iHeartMedia sports talk WUCS “97.9 ESPN Hartford” climbs from #13 to #12.

The wild ride continues for Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network news/talk WNPR “Connecticut’s Public Media Source for News & Ideas,” which was -2.4 after seven straight down or flat trends (5.9 – 5.9 – 5.5 – 4.2 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.5, 6+); then +1.4 in four straight gains (3.5 – 4.0 – 4.3 – 4.6 – 4.9, 6+); -.7 in “Holiday” 2018; and now +1.9 in January 2019 (4.2 – 6.1, ninth to sixth, 6+). Stable at #14, University of Massachusetts-owned WFCR “New England Public Radio” regains the one-tenth it squandered in “Holiday” 2018 (1.3 – 1.2 – 1.3, 6+).

Hartford Music Formats – Roaring back from a “Holiday” 2018 -1.1 with a +1.4 (6.3 – 7.7, 6+), Entercom hot AC WTIC-FM “96.5 TIC-FM” moves from #5 to a three-way scrum at #3. Whereas January’s 7.7 is WTIC-FM’s highest 6+-share since July 2018 (8.6), 6.3 (6+) in “Holiday” 2018 marked the first time it fell below a seven-share since March 2018’s 6.7. A January 2019 +1.0 by iHeartMedia’s WWYZ (6.7 – 7.7, third to second, 6+) erases “Holiday” 2018’s -.9. In four straight sweeps without a loss, “Country 92.5” netted a +1.4 (6.4 – 7.0 – 7.2 – 7.8 – 7.8, 6+), with 7.8 (November and December) its highest 6+-stat since May 2018 (7.8, as well). The three most recent moves by Entercom rhythmic CHR WZMX “Hot 93.7” are +.7 (6.8 – 7.5, 6+, December); -.7 (7.5 – 6.8, 6+, “Holiday” 2018); and +.9 (6.8 – 7.7, 6+, January 2019, flat at #2). Its November increase of four-tenths ended five straight decreases that accounted for a -1.9 (8.3 – 8.2 – 7.8 – 7.0 – 6.7 – 6.4, 6+). Owing to three straight improvements, Red Wolf Broadcasting alternative WMRQ “Radio 104.1” is an overall +1.0 (3.6 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.6, tenth to ninth, 6+). By notching a one-half share increase to 6.9 (6+), iHeartMedia CHR WKSS pulls the plug on four setbacks in succession that accounted for a -1.6 (8.0 – 7.9 – 7.1 – 6.8 – 6.4, 6+), but “Kiss 95-7 All The Hits” backslides from fourth to fifth. A combined +7.4 in December and “Holiday” 2018 (10.6 – 12.4 – 18.0, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary WRCH falters by -6.9 to 11.1 (6+). Nonetheless, “Lite 100.5” is #1 for the 31st consecutive ratings period and in double-digits (6+) for the 28th time in the last 30 sweeps. “Holiday” 2018’s 18.0 is the strongest 6+-showing for any Hartford station since WRCH recorded an 18.3 in “Holiday” 2017.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

| February 6, 2019

Forever Broadcasting Buys Delmarva’s Radio Assets for $18.5 Million. The acquisition of Delmarva Broadcasting’s 10 radio stations in the Mid-Atlantic by Forever Broadcasting will, when consummated, mean the end of Delmarva’s radio business. Delmarva is a subsidiary of Steinman Communications and that company continues in the media business as publisher of LPN/Lancaster Online.  Forever Media will be getting news/talk WDEL-AM/FM, hot AC WSTW-FM and Gospel WFAI-AM in the Wilmington, Delaware market; country WXCY, Havre de Grace, Maryland; classic hits WAVD-FM, Ocean Pines, Maryland; classic hits WNCL, hot AC WAFL-FM, and sports talk WYUS-AM in Milford, Delaware; and news/talk WXDE-FM, Lewes, Delaware.  Forever Media owns radio stations in Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

Talk Host Doc Thompson Killed in Jogging Accident. Talk radio host Doc Thompson, a.k.a., Michael Thompson, was killed on Tuesday (2/5) while jogging near railroad tracks in Haltom City, Texas.  The 50-year-old radio personality was hit by an Amtrak train.  Thompson was hosting his own digital “Daily MoJo 5.0” program. Previously, he’d worked for Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze Radio Network as well as iHeartMedia’s WRVA, Richmond.  Thompson leaves behind his wife, Yuna, and three young children.  A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist his family here.

Spotify to Acquire Gimlet Media and Anchor. As reported this morning by Variety and numerous other sources, music streaming giant Spotify is acquiring New York-based podcasting platform Gimlet Media for $230 million as it positions itself to become a major player in the podcasting industry.  The report indicates that Spotify also is acquiring Anchor FM Inc., a platform that assists in podcast creating, publishing, and monetization.  Spotify chief Daniel Ek says his company is in a merger and acquisition mode, seeking to spend up to $500 million on deals this year.  He’s quoted saying, “These acquisitions will meaningfully accelerate our path to becoming the world’s leading audio platform, give users around the world access to the best podcast content, and improve the quality of our listening experience as well as enhance the Spotify brand.”  At the same time as it announced these deals, Spotify released fourth quarter 2018 and full-year financial data.  Although Spotify produced its first-ever quarterly operating profit of $107 million in Q4 of 2018, it expects to return to losses due to its M&A mode.  However, Spotify is reporting 96 million premium subscribers globally – an increase of 36% compared to 2017 figures.  It also saw its total monthly active users rise to 207 million during Q4, an increase of 29% over the same period in 2017.

TALKERS News Notes. Nationally syndicated talk show host Dana Loesch is delving into possible mysteries surrounding the arrest of former Trump campaign official Roger Stone.  Loesch interviewed Stone on her Radio America-syndicated talk show, discussing his indictment and the special counsel’s investigation, and he suggests the special counsel’s office may have tipped off CNN to his arrest.  Hear it here…..As reported by Chicago media maven Robert Feder, sports media personality Barry Rozner is leaving the fill-in and weekend host position he’s held with sports talk WSCR “The Score” for the past 10 years.  Rozner was co-host of the Sunday morning baseball show “Hit & Run” with Joe Ostrowski.  In addition to fill-in work, Rozner continues to serve as a sports columnist for the suburban Daily Herald…..Public radio news/talk KQED, San Francisco names Vinnee Tong managing editor, news.  In her new role, Tong will “help deepen KQED’s commitment to regional news on broadcast and digital platforms and work to increase representation of underrepresented voices and perspectives in KQED’s coverage.”  Tong has worked at KQED since 2011 in editor and producer roles.  Before working in public radio, she was a reporter at the Associated Press…..SAG-AFTRA is launching a new podcast hosted by president Gabrielle Carteris and national executive director David White featuring in-depth interviews, industry insights, and compelling stories affecting the entertainment and media industry.  New shows are released every other Tuesday…..The “Motley Fool Money” weekend radio show with host Chris Hill adds new affiliate WLBR-AM, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to its roster of stations…..SiriusXM is presenting a new audio documentary celebrating the Comedy Grammy Award category.  The show is timed to air in conjunction with this Sunday’s Grammy award show.  Comedy producer Dan Pasternack hosts “Obsessive Comedy Disorder: The 60 Year History of the Comedy Grammy Award,” that premieres Thursday (2/7) at 5:00 pm ET on SiriusXM Comedy Greats…..The staff of iHeartMedia news/talk WOR, New York celebrated this week’s debut of the new evening program “WOR Tonight with Joe Concha & Lis Wiehl” with a lunch at the legendary Patsy’s Restaurant in Times Square.  Pictured below are (from l-r): WOR program director Tom Cuddy, talk host Mark Simone, Concha, Wiehl, morning hosts Michael Riedel and Len Berman, assistant program director Scott Lakefield, and news director Joe Bartlett.

Report: Radio Digital Revenue Climbing Towards $1 Billion Mark. A report released by the Radio Advertising Bureau and Borrell Associates indicates that local radio stations brought in $804 million in digital ad revenue during 2018 and projections for 2019 are for an increase as high as $949 million.  The report – to be released to RAB members today – analyzes online ad revenue from 3,121 radio stations in addition to survey responses from 1,715 local radio buyers and a survey of 132 radio managers.  The data indicates that the average radio station earned more than $250,000 in digital revenue in 2018, an increase of 15% over 2017.  RAB president and CEO Erica Farber says, “Digital has been integrated into all facets of broadcast radio’s offering both in programming and sales, and the results are definitely paying off. As radio continues to provide integrated marketing solutions to its advertisers, we expect to see continued growth.  The RAB is focused on providing digital training and continued knowledge-building for our members so they can better serve their clients.”

Celebrating Super Bowl LIII.  In Boston, Beasley Media Group’s sports talk WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” serves as the official flagship radio station of New England Patriots football.  So, at yesterday’s parade in downtown Boston, Beasley staff was on hand giving out “Never Gets Old” signs all along the parade route. Pictured above are (from l-r): Beasley Boston vice president/market manager Mary Menna, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, and WBZ-FM and national spoken word/esports format brand manager Mike Thomas.

State of the Union Address, Trump-Russia Investigation, 2020 Presidential Candidates, Warren ‘American Indian’ Controversy, Ralph Northam Controversy, North Korea Weapons Report, and Super Bowl LIII Aftermath Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (2/5).  The State of the Union Address; the Robert Mueller-led investigation into possible connections between Trump campaign operatives and Russian agents; the potential candidates for president in 2020; Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Texas Bar registration card in which she identifies as American Indian; the racist photos in Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook; the report indicating North Korea is developing nuclear weapons and selling weapons to other nations; and the aftermath of Super Bowl LIII 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 Charley Connolly exits iHeartMedia’s Cleveland station group where he programmed country WGAR and adult hits WHLK “106.5 The Lake.”  Connolly had been with the cluster since 2010…..Condolences to the family and friends of Alpha Media Biloxi-Gulfport production director Chuck Edwards, who died on January 30 at age 49. Alpha notes Edwards started his career at “Surf 107-1” – currently WXYK, Gulfport.  He later moved on to rock WCPR where he was part of the morning show that became “The Cruise, Chuck and Rebecca Show” with Kevin Cruise and Rebecca Allen.  Edwards also served as the PA announcer of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans. Alpha Biloxi-Gulfport operations manager Kenny Vest says, “Chuck was one of the most talented production guys in the industry who could literally do it all.  He had such a wide variety of deliveries and was great at writing copy.  He also had the ability to turn on that booming voice that could get any crowd excited as he did at the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans games for so many years.  Chuck was loved by so many and will be sorely missed by all of us who had the pleasure to know him.”

Monday Memo: Say What?

| February 4, 2019

By Holland Cooke
Consultant

 

BLOCK ISLAND, RI — “Sucks” sucks.  Ditto “pissed-off,” and “friggin’” and “effen.”

Why: Protective soccer mom is her family’s Secretary of The Treasury, driving the car your advertisers want to see pull into the parking lot as a result of being on your air.  She might actually use these words when young ears aren’t around.  But when they’re in the minivan, you’re committing TSL suicide using language Mom doesn’t want kiddos to parrot.

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“Holiday” 2018 PPM Analysis: Sports Talk

| January 31, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — As we head into Super Bowl Sunday, our four-part series of detailed “Holiday” 2018 PPM overviews continues with a look at sports talk.

The following scoreboards are comprised of sports talk facilities that rank in the top 20 in any of the 48 PPM-markets (6+, “Holiday” 2018).

Given that Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services, ratings information in this exclusive analysis are limited to properties that pay that company for its data.

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“Holiday” 2018 PPM Analysis: All-News

| January 30, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Our extensive four-part series of “Holiday” 2018 ratings recaps commences with an analysis of all-news properties.

The following scoreboards reflect data from all-news stations that appear in the top 20 (6+) in “Holiday” 2018, a ratings period that covered December 6 (2018) – January 2 (2019).

Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for facilities that subscribe to its services. As a result, ratings stats in this exclusive overview are limited to stations paying that company for its data.

All but three stations listed here are owned by Entercom. The exceptions are iHeartMedia’s WBZ-AM, Boston (also listed in Providence); WTOP, Washington, DC (Hubbard); and KOMO, Seattle (Sinclair Broadcast Group).

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December 2018 PPM Analysis:
Sports Talk

| January 10, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Our four-part series of detailed December 2018 PPM overviews continues with a look at sports talk; all-news was in the spotlight yesterday (Wednesday, 1/9).

The following scoreboards are comprised of sports talk facilities that rank in the top 20 in any of the 48 PPM-markets (6+, December 2018).

Given that Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services, ratings information in this exclusive analysis are limited to properties that pay that company for its data.

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December 2018 PPM Analysis: All-News

| January 9, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — An analysis of all-news properties begins our extensive four-part series of December 2018 ratings recaps.

The following scoreboards reflect data from all-news stations that appear in the top 20 (6+) in December 2018, a ratings period that covered November 8 – December 5.

All but three stations listed here are owned by Entercom. The exceptions are iHeartMedia’s WBZ-AM, Boston (also listed in Providence); WTOP, Washington, DC (Hubbard); and KOMO, Seattle (Sinclair Broadcast Group).

Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for facilities that subscribe to its services. As a result, ratings stats in this exclusive overview are limited to stations paying that company for its data.

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2019: Welcome to the Golden Age of Audio

| January 2, 2019

By Holland Cooke
Consultant

 

BLOCK ISLAND, RI — A hundred years ago, radio was the newcomer.  Thomas Edison had already captured audio, in 1877 via that first phonograph.  Audio went live when KDKA reported that Warren G. Harding had won the 1920 presidential election.

In its 20th century heyday, AM/FM broadcasting became a high-margin business, surviving the advent of television (which launched by luring away radio’s big stars); and – for a while – the evolution of playback devices (8-track, cassette, CD).  But there were already cracks in the dam.

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“We’re Number One!” … and Runners-Up

| December 17, 2018

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — For our final scoreboard of 2018, we offer a hat-tip to stations that finished first or second in the November 2018 sweep, which covered October 11 through November 7.

In addition to giving these stations their due recognition, it will be interesting to see how things will shift in the December 2018 survey period (November 8 – December 5), when a number of FM music stations suspended their customary format to play wall-to-wall Christmas music.

Watch this space for that analysis at roughly the same time next month.

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November 2018 PPM Analysis:
Strongest News/Talk Markets

| December 12, 2018

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Our most extensive news/talk analysis was posted yesterday (Tuesday, 12/11).

As a follow-up, we have ranked the strongest news/talk markets, according to 6+-share in the November 2018 sweep, which concluded (11/7) one day after the much ballyhooed mid-term elections (11/6).

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November 2018 PPM Analysis: News/Talk

| December 11, 2018

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Our four-part series of detailed November 2018 PPM overviews concludes with a look at commercial, English-language news/talk.

It had been frequently stated that the 2018 mid-term elections (on November 6) would perhaps be the most important in our lifetime – if not in the country’s history.

Any hyperbole notwithstanding, such statements play right into news/talk’s wheelhouse. Therefore, for a variety of reasons, the format’s month-to-month (October 2018 – November 2018) and year-to-year (November 2017 – November 2018) results were even more highly anticipated than usual.

Concurrent with the critically important nature of the November 2018 sweep, which covered October 11 through November 7, the following constitutes our most thorough overview and analysis of any format to date as there are no ratings restrictions whatsoever.

All commercial, English-language news/talk outlets (including their online stream, when applicable) that appeared in any of the 48 PPM-markets are included (6+, November 2018).

If Nielsen Audio listed a commercial, English-language news/talk station (or stream) in November 2018, it appears below and its information was factored into all of our highlighted charts, if applicable.

Thus, the only fine-print is for “DNA,” meaning a station or its stream “Did Not Appear” (was unlisted) in a particular survey period.

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November 2018 PPM Analysis: Sports Talk

| December 7, 2018

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Our four-part series of detailed November 2018 PPM overviews continues with a look at sports talk; all-news was in the spotlight yesterday (Thursday, 12/6).

The following scoreboards are comprised of sports talk facilities that rank in the top 20 in any of the 48 PPM-markets (6+, November 2018).

Given that Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services, ratings information in this exclusive analysis are limited to properties that pay that company for its data.

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November 2018 PPM Analysis: All-News

| December 6, 2018

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES —  Our four-part series of November 2018 ratings recaps begins with an analysis of all-news properties.

The following scoreboards reflect data from all-news stations that appear in the top 20 (6+) in November 2018, a ratings period that covered October 11 – November 7.

Among qualifying all-news facilities, approximately three of every five are either up or even month-to-month (60%, October 2018 – November 2018, 6+).

All but three stations listed here are owned by Entercom. The exceptions are iHeartMedia’s WBZ-AM, Boston (also listed in Providence); WTOP, Washington, DC (Hubbard); and KOMO, Seattle (Sinclair Broadcast Group).

Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for facilities that subscribe to its services. As a result, ratings stats in this exclusive analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.

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Monday, November 26, 2018

| November 26, 2018

Legendary KGO Talk Host Ray Taliaferro Missing; Last Seen in Paducah Pizza Joint. Retired talk show host Ray Taliaferro – an overnight personality on KGO, San Francisco from 1977 to 2011 – has been missing for 15 days now after last being seen at The Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant in Paducah, Kentucky.  Media reports indicate Taliaferro was last seen talking with the manager of the restaurant and was wearing black pants, a black turtleneck and a black leather jacket.  Authorities say the 79-year-old may have been experiencing symptoms of dementia.

TALKERS News Notes. According to a report by Chicago media writer Robert FederTribune Media is offering its employees – including those at its only radio property, WGN-AM – voluntary buyouts as part of a year-end staff reduction program. Feder quotes Tribune Media SVP of corporate relations Gary Weitman saying it is a “very small program that will ultimately affect a little more than 1 percent of our employees.”  Feder notes that it’s not clear if layoffs would be the result of the voluntary program not meeting its goals…..Baltimore news/talk WBAL-AM now has an FM presence as Hearst fires up translator W268BA at 101.5 FM.  Station president and general manager Cary Pahigian comments, “While WBAL radio will continue to serve Maryland at 1090 AM with our powerful 50,000-watt signal, our new FM signal at 101.5 is a monumental advancement for the region’s most influential radio station.  FM 101.5, along with our popular mobile app, will help WBAL connect with significantly more listeners.  WBAL is now available on every available broadcast, mobile and digital platform.”…..Radio news pro Sean Hall was killed in a car crash in Richmond County, New Hampshire.  He was 63.  Hall – whose career experience included positions with CNN Radio; NBC Radio; Mutual Broadcasting System; WTOP, Washington; and more – was working as a weekend news reporter for Saga Communications’ news/talk WKBK, Keene, New Hampshire…..Pictured below is Pioneer Valley Radio general manager Brad Shepard (on set, at left) with Massachusetts State Senator Eric Lesser (right) during a co-production between hyper-local digital media platform, Springfield, Mass.-based Pioneer Valley Radio and East Longmeadow Cable Access Television.  During the program, Shepard and Lesser discussed the Senator’s continued efforts in an east-west rail connection in the state, the ongoing opioid crisis, efforts to keep seniors in their homes with appropriate care, recreational marijuana, and a controversial stance on the electoral college.

Interview: Salem Media Group’s Phil Boyce. Programming pro Phil Boyce, SVP at Salem Radio Network chats with Goldman McCormick Public Relations co-founder Ryan McCormick  about programming news/talk radio in the current era.  Boyce tells McCormick that his years in the business have taught him important lessons about what news/talk audiences want.  He says when analyzing effective talk talent, he looks for three basic things: “Are they teaching me something I want to learn about an important topic or are they doing a show focused on themselves and assuming listeners are into their every waking moment?  Second, are they able to take a complicated issue and break it down in a way that makes me understand and, in some cases, want to pump my fist in agreement?  And third is formatics: do they set up a topic well with a brilliant monologue?  Do they tease around the break to make me come back?  Do they give me the sense that this is the most fun a human being can have and they are having it?  If it is a team show, do they have that elusive ‘chemistry, camaraderie, and rapport?’” Read the entire interview here.

Migrants Arrive at Tijuana, Global Warming Report, Trump-Russia Investigation, Mississippi Run-Off Election, Chinese Gene-Edited Babies, U.K.’s Facebook Investigation, Thanksgiving Holiday/Midwest Blizzard, Russia-Ukraine Tensions, and NFL Action Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend.  The U.S. closes the San Diego-Mexico border as the migrant caravan attempts to overrun border security; the U.S. Global Change Research Program climate report that predicts dire natural and economic consequences from global warming; the expectation of a Trump-Russia report from special counsel Robert Mueller; the Mississippi special senate election between Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy; a Chinese researcher claims success in first gene-edited babies; the U.K. gains Facebook documents related to the Cambridge Analytica case; the Thanksgiving holiday and the Midwest blizzard that affected holiday travel; Russia seizes Ukrainian ships in military skirmish; and the NFL’s weekend action were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the holiday weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

 

Music Radio News and Career Moves.  A format flip appears to be in the works for Entercom’s country KMNB, Minneapolis “BUZ*N @ 102.9” after seven years as a country station.  The KMNB website says, “Thanks for BUZ*N with us Minnesota and western Wisconsin!  Sadly, though the buzz is about to wear off…on Monday, December 3rd at 7am.”  The station has been a consistent runner-up in the ratings (Persons 6+) to iHeartMedia’s KEEY.  Prior to adopting a country format, the station was an adult contemporary outlet as WLTE – a format that lives on on the KZJK-HD2 channel – and speculation is the AC format will return.  Will it be a “Breeze?”…..El Paso programming pro Ted “Bobcat” Brown is retiring from iHeartMedia’s country KHEY after a 10-year stint to relocate to Biloxi to help his wife care for her aging mother, he announces in a Facebook post.

October 2018 PPM Analysis: News/Talk

| November 12, 2018

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

Los Angeles – Our four-part special feature summary of October 2018 ratings overviews concludes with news/talk.

In order to be included in this analysis, a PPM-market (commercial, English-language) news/talk facility had to chalk up at least a .5 (6+) in the October 2018 ratings period, which covered September 13 – October 10.

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

Spoiler Alert: It certainly appears that the news/talk format was buoyed in October 2018 by the mid-term elections, as it was difficult to find many commercial news/talkers that weren’t either up or steady (6+) from September 2018.

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October 2018 PPM Analysis: Country

| November 9, 2018

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Following extensive October 2018 overviews of public radio news/talk and Major League Baseball flagships, we turn our attention to stations in the country format; waiting on deck is our thorough examination of (commercial) news/talk.

Breakouts shown here consist of data from country-formatted properties that rank in the top 20 in any PPM-market (6+, October 2018).

Over and above that particular ratings caveat, Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services. Thus, ratings stats in this analysis are limited to facilities that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.

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October 2018 PPM Analysis:
Major League Baseball Flagships

| November 8, 2018

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — This is our third and final check this year on Major League Baseball radio flagships.

The following scoreboards are for an MLB team’s English-language, Nielsen Audio subscribing key station during the October 2018 sweep.

While some MLB teams have an AM and FM flagship and/or an emergency alternative (backup), we only show one “designated hitter” per team.

Mirroring the one-station-per-team model, MLB flagships listed here have ratings data from one Nielsen Audio metro.

Specifically, information for the flagships of the Mets (WOR) and Yankees (WFAN) is limited to their home market of New York City, even though they may appear in Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island) and/or Middlesex-Somerset-Union.

Key stations for the two Bay Area teams – the San Francisco Giants (KNBR) and Oakland A’s (KGMZ) – have San Francisco ratings info only here – nothing from San Jose.

The primary flagship for the Los Angeles Angels, KLAA, is unlisted (October 2018) in both the Los Ange