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“Holiday” 2019 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Three

| January 25, 2020

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“Holiday” 2019 PPM Data – Information for the “Holiday” 2019 ratings period has been released for Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus. Nielsen Audio’s “Holiday” 2019” survey period covered December 5 (2019) – January 1 (2020). Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM-markets below.

Portland

Spoken Word Formats – Following five consecutive sweeps without a loss that yielded an overall +1.3 (4.1 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 5.2 – 5.4, 6+), Alpha Media-owned news/talk KXL “FM News 101 – Stay Connected” relinquishes eight-tenths to 4.6 (fourth to fifth, 6+). Several recent KXL shifts include: -1.0 (March/April); +1.1 (May/June); -.7 (July); +.6 (August); and -.8 (“Holiday” 2019). Progressing from #18 to #17, iHeartMedia’s KEX “News Radio 1190 – Depend On Us” posts its fourth straight up or flat trend for a net gain of two-tenths (2.3 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.5, 6+). Stuck on 1.3 (6+) in November and December, Alpha Media news/talk KUFO “Freedom 970” drops two-tenths to 1.1 (flat at #23, 6+). The June 2019 through “Holiday” 2019 topline for Salem Media Group’s KPAM “AM 860 The Answer” is: .3 – .3 – .3 -. 3 – .5 – .4 – .4 – .4 (#29 to #27, 6+).

When Entercom sports talk KFXX “1080 The Fan” dropped one-tenth in December to 1.5 (6+), it suspended four straight up or flat months that produced a collective half-share gain (1.1 – 1.1 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.6, 6+). “The Fan” repeats December’s 1.5 (6+) but advances from #22 to #21. Continuing an alternating up/down pattern that began in September (1.4 – 1.8 – 1.6 – 1.7 – 1.2, 6+), Alpha Media sports talk KXTG “The Game” slides from #21 to #22. Having nearly quadrupled (+.8) its 6+-stat in three improvements in succession (.3 – .4 – .9 – 1.1, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KPOJ “Sports Radio 620” (Trailblazers) returns half that increase (.7, -.4, #24 to #25, 6+).

Oregon Public Broadcasting news/talk KOPB substitutes December’s increase of four-tenths with “Holiday” 2019’s loss of the equal magnitude (7.9 – 8.3 – 7.9, 6+) and carries on in the runner-up slot. KOPB, which had an October-only stay at #1, has been +1.2 (January); -2.0 (February/March); +.6 (April); -.9 (May); +.5 (August); +1.1 (October); and -.6 (November).

Portland Music Formats – After losing eight-tenths in October/November (8.2 – 8.2 – 7.4, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW “K-103,” answers with a combined December “Holiday” 2019 +6.5 (7.4 – 9.1 – 13.9, 6+) and repeats at #1. This (13.9) is its highest 6+-share since “Holiday” 2018’s 16.2. KKCW was on top in July, August, and September, before slipping to #2 in October. Its September +1.1 dispelled July/August’s -.7 (7.8 – 7.4 – 7.1, 6+). A combined -1.1 in November/December (5.7 – 4.8 – 4.6, 6+), Entercom adult hits KYCH “97.1 Charlie We Play Everything” hauls out a “Holiday” 2019 +2.1 to 6.7 (fifth to third, 6+). “Charlie” was up six-tenths in September/October (5.1 – 5.1 – 5.7, 6+). Improving by six-tenths (each) are KYCH cluster-mate KGON “92.3 Portland’s Classic Rock” (tenth to sixth) and Salem Media Group contemporary Christian KFIS “104.1 The Fish” (3.0, #19 to #12, 6+). KGON is a combined +1.3 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.1 – 3.8 – 4.4, 6+), directly after being an overall -2.8 in four straight decreases (5.9 – 5.5 – 4.7 – 3.8 – 3.1, 6+). KFIS had been trending 2.5 – 2.8 – 2.4 (October – November – December, 6+). Its regional Mexican cluster-mate, KRYP “93.1 El Rey,” picks up one-half share (3.1, #17 to #11, 6+). “El Rey” was down eight-tenths in November/December (3.4 – 3.2 – 2.6, 6+). Up one-half share in November/December (3.6 – 3.8 – 4.1, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR KKRZ “Z-100” spirals by -1.3 to 2.8 (6+) and fades from the top ten (#8 to #14). On the heels of December’s -1.4 (8.5 – 7.1, 6+), classic hits-oldies sibling KLTH “106.7 The Eagle” further falters by -1.2 (5.9 third to fourth, 6+). Entering the December ratings period, “The Eagle” – which had a November-only stay at #1 – was an overall +1.6 via three upticks in a row (6.9 – 7.1, 8.0 – 8.5, 6+); 8.5 was its best 6+-showing since April’s 8.6. The recent rollercoaster ride for Alpha Media triple A KINK “Uniquely Portland” includes six straight down or flat moves accounting for a -1.7 (4.5 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.1 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+), directly followed by a +.8 (December), and now a -1.0 in “Holiday” 2019 (3.6 – 2.6, #11 to #16, 6+). The market’s (6+) country share shrinks by -1.5 as Alpha Media’s KUPL “98.7 The Bull – #1 For New Country” sputters by eight-tenths (#15 to #19) and Entercom-owned KWJJ “99.5 The Wolf” – The Northwest’s Hottest Country” drops seven-tenths (3.2, ninth to tenth, 6+). “The Bull” is an overall -1.5 in its third straight decrease (3.7 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 2.2, 6+); “The Wolf” was up two-tenths in November/December (3.7 – 3.8 – 3.9, 6+). KUPL rebounded from September’s -1.2 with an October +.8 (to 3.7, 6+), thus halting three consecutive setbacks in which it lost roughly half (-2.8) its 6+ AQH share (5.7 – 4.4 – 4.1 – 2.9, 6+). A combined +1.5 in August/September (3.5 – 3.7 – 5.0, 6+), with September’s 5.0 its strongest (6+) showing since August 2017’s 5.2, KWJJ erased September’s +1.3 with an October -1.3 (3.7 – 5.0 – 3.7, 6+). Off one-half share, Entercom hot AC KRSK “105.1 The Buzz Today’s Best Mix” is trending 2.8 – 2.5 – 2.9 – 2.3 (October – November – December – “Holiday” 2019, #16 to #18, 6+).

Charlotte

Spoken-Word Formats – After gaining eight-tenths via four successive up or flat trends (3.3 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.1, 6+), Entercom news/talk WBT (Carolina Panthers) forfeits 75% of that increase (3.5, -.6, 6+) but remains in ninth-place.

Co-owned WFNZ “The Fan – Charlotte’s Sports Leader” has lost a total of seven-tenths in three straight drops (1.9 – 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.2, unchanged at #18, 6+).

Albeit down six-tenths (2.6 – 2.0, #14 to #17, 6+), University Radio Foundation news/talk WFAE has remained within 2.1 – 2.9 range (6+) in all 13 monthly reports for calendar year 2019.

Charlotte Music Formats – Through four straight upticks (4.9 – 5.3 – 6.2 – 8.6 – 14.5, 6+), Beasley Media Group adult contemporary WKQC is a cumulative +9.6; “K-104.7 More Music/Better Variety” repeats at #1. This time last year, “K-104.7” posted a 12.9 (“Holiday” 2018, 6+). Similar to what happened in Portland (see above), Charlotte’s two country outlets are negatively impacted by the extremely strong “Holiday” 2019 showing of an adult contemporary outlet (WKQC) that played all-Christmas music. Specifically in Charlotte, Beasley Media Group-owned WSOC “103.7 Country’s Hottest Hits” is -1.2 (fourth to seventh) and iHeartMedia’s WKKT “96.9 The Kat – Charlotte’s #1 for New Country” is -1.1 (4.5, sixth to eighth, 6+). Wild swings are not uncommon lately for WSOC, which was -1.5 in June/July (7.5 – 6.9 – 6.0, 6+); +.8 (August); -1.2 in September/October (6.8 – 6.1 – 5.6, 6+); +1.5 (November); -1.0 (December) and now -1.2 in “Holiday” 2019 (6.1 – 4.9, 6+). Prior to segueing to June’s runner-up slot, “103.7 Country’s Hottest Hits” was on top the previous four months. Meanwhile, as it entered the “Holiday” 2019 sweep, WKKT was trending 5.5 – 5.7 – 5.4 – 5.6 (6+). In advance of August/September’s -1.1 (6.6 – 6.0 – 5.5, 6+), “The Kat” was a collective +1.3 via five successive positive or neutral moves (5.3 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.6, 6+). Immediately following December’s +.8, adult hits cluster-mate WLKO “102.9 The Lake” spirals by -1.0 (6.7 – 5.7, third to fourth, 6+). WLKO was a combined +.7 in September/October (5.7 – 5.9 – 6.4, 6+) but then -.5 in November. Still in that iHeartMedia cluster, classic rock WRFX “99.7 The Fox” is an overall -1.9 via three straight setbacks (8.3 – 8.2 – 7.3 – 6.4, 6+) but repeats at #2. “The Fox” was ousted from the top spot in December, after three successive months there. November’s decrease halted four consecutive improvements that accounted for a +2.9 (5.4 – 6.4 – 6.7 – 7.5 – 8.3, 6+). Prior to September, WRFX last reached #1 in March 2018 (7.3, 6+). This is the fourth consecutive sweep without an increase for Beasley Media Group CHR WNKS “Kiss 95.1,” which is -1.8 in that stretch and falls below a four-share (5.1 – 4.7 – 4.4 – 4.1 – 3.3, #9 to #12, 6+). Despite being a collective -1.5 through four straight decreases (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.1 – 3.7 – 3.5, 6+), iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WHQC “Hits 96.1” reenters the top ten (#11 to #9). In three successive up or flat trends, alternative sibling WEND gained seven-tenths (2.7 – 2.7 – 2.9 – 3.4, 6+) but “106.5 The End” surrenders one-half share to 2.9 (#12 to #13, 6+).

San Antonio

Spoken-Word Formats – Even though iHeartMedia-owned WOAI  (Spurs) is off a total of four-tenths in three straight sweeps without an increase (5.7 – 5.4 – 5.3 – 5.3, 6+), “News Radio 1200 – San Antonio’s News, Traffic, & Weather” progresses from fourth to third. Immediately prior, WOAI was an overall +1.4 in four successive up or flat moves (4.3 – 5.0 – 5.6 – 5.6 – 5.7, 6+). In addition to being down seven-tenths in three consecutive slips (2.0 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.3, 6+), Alpha Media news/talk KTSA “Stay Connected” exits the top twenty (#20 to #22).

Without a loss the fifth straight report and tripling (+.4) its 6+ AQH share in that timeframe (.2 – .3 – .3 – .5 – .5 – .6, 6+), Alpha Media sports talk KZDC “ESPN San Antonio” checks in at #28. Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s similarly-programmed KTKR “Ticket 760 – San Antonio’s Sports Station” is down or flat the fourth time in a row for a net loss of three-tenths (.7 – .7 – .7 – .6 – .4, #31, 6+).

Texas Public Radio news/talk KSTX, which was up one-half share in three improvements in a row (3.0 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.5, 6+), is now off a total of eight-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.5 – 3.3 – 2.7, #13 to #16, 6+).

San Antonio Music Formats – Stacking a “Holiday” 2019 +4.0 onto November/December’s +3.0 (3.5 – 3.6 – 6.5 – 10.5, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KQXT “Q-101.9” pushes up from second to first. This (10.5) is its best 6+-showing since “Holiday” 2018’s 14.9. Down or flat the past four reports for a collective -1.0 (3.4 – 3.4 – 2.7 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KZLV “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” erupts with a +2.9 to 5.3 (6+) and catapults from #17 all the way to #3. Conversely, co-owned/similarly-formatted KZAR “Air 1 – Worship Now” was up seven-tenths in October/November (.9 – 1.0 – 1.6, 6+), but loses 50% (-.8) of its 6+ AQH share in December/“Holiday” 2019 (1.6 – 1.4 – .8, #26, 6+). Off one-tenth in November/December (1.5 – 1.5 – 1.4, 6+), Texas Public Radio’s classical KPAC answers with a gain of six-tenths to 2.0 (6+) and enters the top twenty at #18. Setting the pace the past ten ratings periods, Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM “101.1 San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” plummets by -1.8 (8.5 – 6.7, 6+) and segues to second-place. Furthermore, the loss curtails four consecutive upticks, fully erasing the cumulative +1.8 (6.7 – 7.2 – 7.8 – 8.2 – 8.5, 6+). In a further irony, September’s increase interrupted three decreases in succession that accounted for an overall -1.8 (8.5 – 8.2 – 7.1 – 6.7, 6+). “San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” had been the runner-up five successive times before progressing to #1 in March. This is yet another market (see Portland and Charlotte above) where two country stations are squeezed by an adult contemporary station (KQXT) that played wall-to-wall Christmas music in the “Holiday” sweep. In this particular Texas metro, Cox Media Group-owned KCYY “Y-100 San Antonio’s New Country Leader” spirals by -1.0 (5.7 – 4.7, third to fifth, 6+), while iHeartMedia’s KAJA “KJ-97 San Antonio’s #1 Country Station” sputters by six-tenths (4.4 – 3.8, fifth to seventh, 6+). “Y-100” was off one-tenth in December and “KJ-97” lost two-tenths. KCYY’s one-tenth increase in November suspended five straight decreases that accounted for an overall -1.5 (7.2 – 6.9 – 6.4 – 6.2 – 6.1 – 5.7, 6+). Recent shifts for “Y-100” include: +1.8 (January 2019); +.6 (February); -.6 (March); +.6 (May); -.5 (July); and -1.0 (“Holiday” 2019). “KJ-97” answered October’s -1.1 with a November gain of three-tenths. Before September’s +.3, KAJA was -1.1 in three consecutive losses (6.2 – 6.0 – 5.5 – 5.1, 6+). “KJ-97” has been -1.0 (“Holiday” 2018); +3.0 (January 2019); –1.9 (March); -.5 (July); -1.1 (October); and -.6 (“Holiday” 2019). In three straight down or flat reports, Alpha Media CHR KTFM is an overall -1.3 (4.6 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 3.3, 6+); “Energy 94.1” leaves the top ten (#8 to #13). Dropping one-half share (each) are Univision Radio rhythmic CHR KBBT “98.5 The Beat”  (4.3 – 3.8, sixth to seventh, 6+); regional Mexican cluster-mate KROM “Que Buena 92.9” (eighth to ninth); and Cox Media Group hot AC KSMG “Magic 105.3” (eighth to ninth, as well). “The Beat” was up six-tenths in December. “Que Buena” has lost eight-tenths as a result of three consecutive setbacks (4.5 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.7, 6+), while “Magic” is -1.8 in three straight drops (5.5 – 4.9 – 4.2 – 3.7, 6+).

Sacramento

Spoken-Word Formats – Following five successive sweeps without a loss that netted a +1.5 (5.2 – 5.2 – 5.7 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 6.7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned news/talk KFBK is down eight-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.7 – 6.2 – 5.9, 6+) but carries on in third-place. November’s 6.7 was the best 6+-stat for “Sacramento’s News, Weather and Traffic Station” since February (7.0). In five downturns in succession, co-owned KSTE “Talk 650” is an overall -1.8 (3.3 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.3 – 1.7 – 1.5, #16 to #17, 6+).

Advancing from #20 to #17, Entercom sports talk KIFM-AM “ESPN Radio 1320” continues an alternating up/down pattern that commenced in August (.8 – 1.0 – .9 – 1.3 – 1.1 – 1.5, 6+). Bonneville’s KHTK “Sports 1140” (Kings) is up three-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (.8 – .9 – 1.1, flat at #21, 6+). These two sports talkers were tied in July, August, and October.

Up nine-tenths in November (5.1 – 6.0, 6+), Capital Public Radio news/talk KXJZ is now a combined -1.6 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.0 – 5.6 – 4.4, fifth to seventh, 6+). December 2018’s 6.9 is the highest 6+-stat in its PPM-history.

Sacramento Music Formats – Not only does Bonneville adult contemporary KYMX exactly triple (+8.4) its 6+ AQH share through four consecutive spikes (4.2 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 6.1 – 12.6, 6+), “Mix 96” progresses from fourth to first. This (12.6) is its largest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2018’s 13.8. Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted KBEB “92.5 The Breeze” has been a combined +.9 (August/September); -.9 (October); +.6 (November); and -.8 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.5 – 4.3 – 3.7, ninth to tenth, 6+). In the 15 reports since KBEB’s format switch from country to AC in mid-November 2018, “Mix” has prevailed 13 times; “The Breeze” has come on top once (September, 4.8 to 4.2, 6+); and the two AC rivals were tied in November 2019. Having faltered by an overall -1.5 in three straight decreases (4.7 – 4.3 – 3.9 – 3.2, 6+), Entercom alternative KKDO halts the skid with a +.8 to 4.0 (6+); “Alt 94.7” reenters the top ten (#12 to #8). Co-owned rhythmic CHR KSFM is up seven-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.1 – 3.2 – 3.8, 6+) and cracks the top ten (#12 to #9) with its best 6+-stat since August 2018 (3.8, as well). Entravision’s similarly-formatted KHHM “Hot Hits Fuego 103.5,” which was a collective +1.0 through four straight sweeps without a loss (1.7 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 2.7, 6+), forfeits four-tenths to 2.3 (#14 to #15, 6+). It is a December-only stay at #1 for Bonneville-owned KNCI, as “New Country 105.1” plummets by -1.5 to 5.9 (6+) and segues from first to third. Entering the “Holiday” 2019 sweep, KNCI was up or flat three times in a row for a net gain of one-half share (6.9 – 7.3 – 7.4 – 7.4, 6+). When Entercom-owned CHR KUDL picked up three-tenths in December, it interrupted six consecutive sweeps without an increase that led to an overall -1.5 (6.0 – 5.7 – 5.7 – 5.5 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 4.5, 6+). In “Holiday” 2019, however, “106.5 The End” erodes by -1.2 (4.8 – 3.6, 6+) and exits the top ten (#6 to #11). Departing the top ten as well is Bonneville hot AC KZZO “Now 100.5 Today’s Best Hits,” which is -1.8 as a result of three straight dips (4.4 – 3.8 – 3.5 – 2.6, #10 to #13, 6+). Recent fluctuations for Entercom’s KSEG “96.9 The Eagle – Sacramento’s Classic Rock” include: +1.0 (February); -.5 (April); +.9 (May); -.6 (June); -.5 (July); and -.8 in “Holiday” 2019 (7.3 – 6.5, flat at #2, 6+). In December, KSEG shifted from first to second. “The Eagle” had been on top the previous ten months. Its July 2019 through November 2019 topline was: 7.8 – 7.9 – 7.6 – 7.8 – 7.6 (6+). After doubling (+1.3) its 6+-stat through three consecutive bumps (1.3 – 1.7 – 2.0 – 2.6, 6+), Lotus Communications regional Mexican KVMX-FM “La Ranchera” slips by one-tenth to 2.5 (6+) but advances from #15 to #14.

Pittsburgh

Spoken-Word Formats –  Despite eroding by -1.0 in “Holiday” 2019 (4.1 – 3.1, 6+), Entercom’s KDKA-AM “News Radio 1020” carries on in tenth-place.

Co-owned sports talk KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan,” which was +1.4 in September/October (5.7 – 6.3 – 7.1, 6+), surrenders half that increase (-.7) via three straight drops (7.1 – 6.7 – 6.6 – 6.4, fourth to fifth, 6+). Similarly-formatted/iHeartMedia-owned WBGG 970 AM – ESPN Pittsburgh” (Steelers) is off three-tenths (.4 – .1, 6+) but advances from #23 to #20.

Similarly, Essential Public Media news/talk WESA “90.5 Pittsburgh’s NPR Station,” up a combined half-share November/December (3.7 – 3.8 – 4.2, 6+), returns that bounty in its entirety (3.7, -.5, 6+) but progresses from ninth to eighth.

Pittsburgh Music Formats – In the runner-slot the past three months, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWSW hauls out a +5.0 (8.6 – 13.0, 6+) and proceeds to #1. This (13.0) is the first time “94.5 3WS” is in double-digits since its 13.6 (6+) in “Holiday” 2018. WWSW was -.5 (December); +.9 (November); and a combined -1.0 (September/October). Immediately prior to the October sweep, “3WS” spent three successive months at #1. Its September loss of four-tenths halted three increases in succession that led to an overall +1.5 (7.7 – 8.5 – 8.9 – 9.2, 6+). On top the past three months and +1.4 in three successive spikes (8.3 – 9.4 – 9.5 – 9.7, 6+), co-owned rocker WDVE (Steelers) craters by -1.5 (8.2, first to second, 6+). Prior to the October ratings period, WDVE was a collective -1.2 through three consecutive negative trends (9.5 – 8.7 – 8.6 – 8.3, 6+). When WSHH picked up four-tenths in December, it pulled the plug on six consecutive sweeps without an increase that resulted in an overall -1.7 (6.3 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.0 – 4.8 – 4.6, 6+). In “Holiday” 2019, “Wish 99.7” tacks on a +2.6 (5.0 – 7.6, 6+) and inches up from fifth to fourth. In “Holiday” 2018, the Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary outlet notched a 9.9 (6+). After being up seven-tenths through four straight positive or neutral trends (3.8 – 4.2 – 4.4 – 4.4 – 4.5, 6+), Entercom hot AC WBZZ “Star 100.7” sputters by -1.1 to 3.4 (eighth to ninth, 6+). Steel City Media’s similarly-formatted WLTJ “Q-92.9,” which gained a combined nine-tenths in November/December (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.6, 6+), spirals by -1.0 to 2.6 (flat at #12, 6+). December’s 3.6 was its best 6+-stat since July (3.9). The market’s (6+) country share shrinks by -1.5 in “Holiday” 2019. Entercom-owned WDSY “Pittsburgh’s Country Y-108” is a combined -2.1 in three straight setbacks (5.2 – 4.7 – 4.1 – 3.1, flat at #10, 6+). This immediately follows its +1.0 in three positive or neutral shifts in succession (4.2 – 4.2 – 4.9 – 5.2, 6+). Within 2.3 – 2.9 range (6+) the past 13 survey periods, iHeartMedia’s WPGB “Big 104.7 Pittsburgh’s #1 For New Country” falters by one-half share to 1.9 (#13 to #14, 6+). Faltering by eight-tenths and six-tenths, respectively, are WPGB’s alternative and CHR cluster-mates, WXDX “105.9 The X” (4.9 – 4.1, flat at #7, 6+) and WKST “96.1 Kiss – Pittsburgh’s #1 Hit Music Station” (fifth to sixth). Prior to “Holiday” 2019’s -.8, “The X” (Penguins) was -.7 (November) and +.7 (December). “Kiss” is without an increase the fifth consecutive sweep for a net loss of -2.2 and falls below a five-share (6.6 – 5.9 – 5.2 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 4.4, 6+). Unlisted in “Holiday” 2019 are these Forever Media outlets: classic hits-oldies WKPL (1.5, #15, December 2019, 6+); country WOGI (1.3, #16, December 2019, 6+); classic country WLYI (1.2, #17, December 2019, 6+); country WOGG (.6, #21, December 2019, 6+); and classic hits-oldies WPKL (.6, #21, December 2019, 6+). They were unlisted as well in July, August, and September, reappearing in print in October, November and December.

Salt Lake City

Spoken-Word Formats – On the heels of November’s +2.0 (3.2 – 5.2, 6+) and then December’s -1.0 to 4.2 (6+), iHeartMedia-owned news/talk KNRS “Talk Radio 105.9 – Listen And You’ll Know” basically levels out to a 4.1 (-.1, 6+) yet vaults from #11 to #6. October’s increase of four-tenths halted three straight down or flat sweeps that led to a loss of nine-tenths (3.7 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+). Now trailing KNRS (by one-tenth) is Bonneville-owned KSL “News Radio 102.7 FM & 1160 AM,” which is a collective -2.4 in three successful setbacks (6.4 – 5.7 – 5.6 – 4.0, 6+) and tumbles from second to eighth. KSL was +2.4 in October (4.0 – 6.4, 6+). When KSL gained six-tenths in September (3.4 – 4.0, 6+), it suspended four consecutive down or flat moves that led to a collective -1.8 (5.2 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.6 – 3.4, 6+); August’s 3.4 is KSL’s lowest-ever 6+ PPM-stat. Down or flat the third time in a row for a net loss of two-tenths (.5 – .5 – .4 – .3, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KKAT “860 AM – Utah’s Big Talker” continues at #21.

This is the 13th sweep in a row that Broadway Media sports talk KALL “ESPN 700” is unlisted.

After gaining two-tenths in December, University of Utah news/talk KUER forfeits three-tenths (2.0 – 1.7, unchanged at #15, 6+).

Salt Lake City Music Formats – Making the biggest news is Bonneville adult contemporary KSFI, which is #1 the fourth time in a row. Furthermore, “FM 100.3 – Better Music/Better Work Day” registers its fourth uptick in succession for an eye-popping +14.8 (6.3 – 6.7 – 6.8 – 11.0 – 21.1, 6+) and is the first PPM-market station thus far to reach the 20-share level (21.1, 6+) in “Holiday” 2019. Also noteworthy is that KSFI was the only PPM-market outlet to accomplish that feat in “Holiday” 2018 (21.8, 6+). “FM 100.3” was on top five consecutive months; segued to the runner-up slot in April; and returned to #1 in May and June. On the other hand, Cumulus Media’s similarly-formatted KBEE “B-98.7 Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites” is -1.4 in three straight slips (4.0 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+) but advances from #14 to #13. KBEE gained six-tenths in October, reaching the four-share level (4.0) for the first time since January’s 4.2. Having lost roughly 45% (-3.2) of its 6+ AQH share in four consecutive decreases (7.1 – 6.5 – 6.2 – 5.2 – 3.9, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned classic hits-oldies KODJ “94.1 Salt Lake’s Greatest Hits” slumps from third to ninth. Independent KSOP-FM “Z-104 Utah’s #1 Country Station” is a combined -1.3 in December/“Holiday” 2019 and falls below a four-share (5.0 – 4.8 – 3.7, eighth to tenth, 6+). Although it regresses by eight-tenths in back-to-back reports and falls below a five-share (5.7 – 4.9 – 4.1, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR KZHT “97.1 ZHT Salt Lake’s #1 Hit Music Station” repeats in sixth-place. Also sputtering by eight-tenths in “Holiday” 2019 is Capital Broadcasting hot AC KBZN “Now 97.9 Today’s Best Music” (4.2, fourth to fifth, 6+), which was up one-tenth in November and December (4.8 – 4.9 – 5.0, 6+). Notwithstanding that iHeartMedia hot AC KJMY is an overall -2.2 as a result of five downturns in a row (5.9 – 5.4 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.4 – 3.7, 6+), “My-99.5” remains at #10. A combined -1.1 in October/November (3.9 – 3.0 – 2.8, 6+) and then +.9 in December (to 3.7, 6+), co-owned KAAZ “Rock 106.7” surrenders six-tenths in “Holiday” 2019 (3.1, flat at #12, 6+). Without an increase the ninth sweep in a row for a roughly 47% loss (-.8) of its 6+ AQH share (1.7 – 1.5 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1 – .9 – .9 – .9 – .9, 6+), Capital Broadcasting’s KSQN “103.1 The Wave – Your Classic Alternative” is anchored at #18. These Broadway Media stations are unlisted the 13th  sweep in a row: adult hits KYMV; alternative KXRK; CHR KUDD; country KEGA; and rhythmic CHR KUUU.

Las Vegas

Spoken-Word Formats – Despite dropping a total of three-tenths in December/“Holiday 2019” (2.6 – 2.4 – 2.3, 6+), Entercom-owned KXNT “News Talk Radio 840” progresses from #18 to #17. Four successive sweeps without a decrease by Beasley Media Group news/talk KDWN resulted in a gain of one-half share (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.5, 6+), but “AM 720 Where Las Vegas Comes to Talk” forfeits four-tenths to 1.1 (#22 to #23, 6+).

In six consecutive up or flat trends, Lotus Communications sports talk KWWN more than tripled (+1.0) its 6+ AQH-share (.4 – .5 – .5 -.5 – .8 – 1.3 – 1.4, 6+), but “ESPN Radio 1100” is now off a collective four-tenths in three (modest) slips in a row (1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0, flat at #24, 6+). In a three-way tie at #26 are KWWN siblings KRLV “Fox Sports Radio Las Vegas” (.4 – .4 – .3, 6+) and KBAD “920 AM The Game” (.4 – .3 – .3, 6+), and Entercom sports talk KXST “CBS Sports Radio 1140 AM” (.5 – .4, – .3, 6+).

Three major drops in a row by KNPR accounted for a roughly 52% loss (-2.5) of its 6+ AQH share (4.8 – 4.1 – 3.3 – 2.3, 6+). The Nevada Public Radio news/talk outlet regained six-tenths in December and repeats December’s 2.9 in “Holiday” 2019 (#11 to a four-way tie at #10, 6+).

Las Vegas Music Formats – More than doubling its November stat in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.5 – 8.7 – 15.8, +8.3, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KSNE repeats at #1. “Sunny 106.5 – Better Music For A Better Workday” exceeds its “Holiday” 2018 showing by three full-shares (15.8 versus 12.8, 6+). Furthermore, this (15.8) is the highest 6+-share by any Las Vegas station in the PPM-era. September’s loss of nine-tenths snapped at three its consecutive string of upticks that yielded a +3.8 (4.8 – 6.0 – 7.6 – 8.6, 6+). Prior to May, “Sunny” last fell below a five-share (6+) in October 2017 (4.8, as well). In four straight sweeps without a loss, Beasley Media group urban-rhythmic oldies KOAS “Jammin’ 105.7” is a collective +1.3 (2.6 – 3.2 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.9, eighth to sixth, 6+) and has its best 6+-showing (3.9) since March (4.0). In addition to improving by eight-tenths via three successive up or flat moves (2.3 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 3.1, 6+), Kemp Broadcasting rhythmic CHR KVEG enters the top ten (#12 to #9). In each of the last 11 survey periods, “Hot 97.5” logged a 6+share between 2.2 – 2.8. Chavez Radio Group regional Mexican KYLI “96.7 La Campesina” doubles (+.8) November’s .8 to 1.6 (6+) and checks in at #21. This time last month, KXPT “97.1 The Point #1 For Classic Rock” had the dubious distinction of recording the largest (6+) November 2019 – December 2019 decrease (-2.8) by any station in the 48 PPM-markets. The Lotus Communications-owned outlet is -2.3 in “Holiday” 2019 and has collapsed by a combined -5.5 in four straight erosions (5.8 – 5.4 – 2.6 – .3, 6+), sinking from #12 to #26. In the 36 PPM-markets we’ve highlighted thus far, no station has a greater December 2019 – “Holiday” 2019 decrease than KXPT and Washington, DC public radio news/talk WAMU (both -2.3, 6+). Ironically, immediately in advance of this negative streak, “The Point” was an overall +1.3 through three improvements in a row (4.5 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.8, 6+). A collective +2.0 through six consecutive increases (6.1 – 7.2 – 7.4 – 7.6 – 7.7 – 8.0 – 8.1, 6+), Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies KKLZ “Hits of the ‘80s and More” forfeits 85% of that increase (8.1 – 6.4, -1.7, 6+) but continues at #2. December’s 8.1 was its best 6+-share since February (8.3). KKLZ had a November-only stay at #1 before being ousted by KSNE. Previously, KKLZ took over from KSNE at #1 in February, remaining on top through June, but (again) gave way to “Sunny.” The +1.5 (6+) advantage that Entercom-owned hot AC KMXB “Mix 94.1” held in December over Beasley Media Group’s similarly-formatted KVGS “Star 107.9” is sliced to four-tenths. “Mix” falters by -1.3 (5.9 – 4.6, third to fourth, 6+), while “Star” drops two-tenths to 4.2 (flat at #5, 6+). KMXB was up seven-tenths in December with 5.9 its best 6+-stat since May’s 6.5. By dropping two-tenths, KVGS interrupts five successive sweeps without a loss that yielded a +1.1 (3.3 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.4, 6+). Entercom rhythmic hot AC KXQQ is -1.6 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.5 – 3.8 – 2.9, sixth to tenth, 6+). “Q-100.5” was +1.6 in October/November (2.9 – 3.6 – 4.5, 6+), directly after four straight sweeps without an increase that accounted for a -2.1 (5.0 – 3.6 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+). In the market’s country skirmish, Beasley Media Group’s KCYE “102.7 The Coyote” is an overall -1.6 in seven straight sweeps without an increase (4.1 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.0 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.5, #12 to #15, 6+), while iHeartMedia-owned KWNR “95.5 The Bull – Las Vegas’ New Country Leader” is a collective -1.5 in four drops in a row (3.4 – 2.8 – 2.5 – 2.2 – 1.9, #19 to #18, 6+).

Orlando

Spoken-Word Formats – Down two-tenths in December and now -1.1 in “Holiday” 2019 (4.5 – 3.4, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned news/talk WTKS “Real Radio 104.1 – We Say What We Want” slips from eighth to ninth. It is one-tenth ahead of Cox Media Group’s WDBO-FM, which falters by seven-tenths (4.0 – 3.3, 6+), yet reenters the top ten (#11 to #10). “News 96.5” was a combined -1.3 in October/November and then up two-tenths in December. WTKS’ cluster-mate, WFLF “News Radio Orlando,” is -1.0 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.4 – 3.0 – 2.4, #13 to #15, 6+), directly after gaining nine-tenths in October/November (2.5 – 3.1 – 3.4, 6+).

Cox Media Group sports talk WDBO-AM “ESPN 580 Orlando” repeats December’s 6+ AQH share and market rank (1.2, #17). In three straight down or flat moves, iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted WYGM “FM 96.9 The Game – Orlando’s Sports Leader” (Magic) has lost two-tenths (1.1 – 1.1 – 1.0 – .9, 6+), yet advances from #20 to #18.

Off eight-tenths in three decreases in succession (3.4 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 2.6, 6+), Community Communications’ news/talk WMFE slips from #13 to #14; “90.7 Public Radio for Central Florida” was +.9 in September/October (2.5 – 3.3 – 3.4, 6+).

Orlando Music Formats – Adding a +6.0 to December’s +2.3 (7.1, 9.4 – 15.4, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMGF “Magic 107.7” repeats at #1 and outdistances the 14.3 (6+) it logged in “Holiday” 2018. In fact, this (15.4) is the highest 6+-stat by any Orlando station since WMGF’s 15.9 in “Holiday” 2017. In addition to plummeting from 4.2 – 2.9 (6+), Cox Media Group-owned WWKA “K-92.3 Orlando’s #1 For New Country” exits the top ten (#10 to #13). Eight recent “K-92” fluctuations include: -.5 (May); +.6 (June); -.5 (August); +.6 (September); -.9 (October); +.9 (November); -.5 (December); and now -1.3 in “Holiday” 2019. JVC Media’s similarly-formatted WOTW “103.1 The Wolf – New Country + All Time Favorites,” which was trending 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.3 (October – November – December, 6+), is unlisted in “Holiday” 2019. Major ups/down continue for Entercom classic hits-oldies WOCL “105.9 Sunny FM – We Own The ‘80s.” WOCL netted a +3.1 through four consecutive (April through August) upticks (7.9 – 9.0 – 9.4 – 10.8 – 11.0, 6+); was a combined -2.5 in September/October (11.0 – 9.5 – 8.5, 6+); +.6 (November); and -1.1 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (9.1 – 9.0 – 8.0, unchanged at #2). Before segueing to the runner-up slot in December, “Sunny” was #1 seven straight sweeps. Hot AC sibling WOMX “Mix 105.1” is a combined -1.8 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.1 – 5.2 – 4.3, sixth to seventh, 6+). When iHeartMedia Spanish tropical WRUM gained nine-tenths in December, it curtailed five decreases in a row that led to an overall -2.1 (8.7 – 8.5 – 7.8 – 7.1 – 7.0 – 6.6, 6+). In “Holiday” 2019, however, “Rumba 100.3” regresses by six-tenths (7.5 – 6.9, flat at #3, 6+). Entravision Communications’ similarly-formatted WNUE is unlisted the 12th successive report. Off one-half share (each) are Cox Media Group cluster-mates WMMO “98.9 Orlando’s Classic Hits” (fifth to sixth) and rhythmic CHR WPYO “Power 95.3 Orlando’s New #1 For All The Hits” (ninth to eighth). WMMO is in an alternating down/up pattern that commenced in August (6.0 – 5.2 – 5.3 – 4.9 – 5.4 – 4.9, 6+), while “Power” is -1.1 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.9 – 4.3 – 3.8, 6+). After gaining four-tenths in seven up or flat trends in succession (.7 – .7 – .8 – .8 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.1, 6+), University of Central Florida-owned WUCF “89.9 Jazz & More” drops two-tenths to .9 (6+) but repeats at #18.

Cincinnati

Spoken-Word Formats – Owing to five setbacks in succession, iHeartMedia news/talk WLW (Bengals) is a combined -3.6 (10.7 – 10.7 – 9.8 – 8.7 – 7.5 – 7.1, 6+) and slips from second to third. WLW was on top in August, September, and October. Despite being off one-half share via three straight drops (3.1 – 2.8 – 2.7 – 2.6, 6+), co-owned WKRC “55 KRC The Talk Station” progresses from #14 to #13.

Having more than tripled (+1.1) its 6+ AQH share in four straight sweeps without a loss (.5 – .8 – .8 – 1.1 – 1.6, 6+), sports talk cluster-mate WCKY “Cincinnati’s ESPN 1530” forfeits one-half share in December/“Holiday” 2019 (1.6 – 1.2 – 1.1, 6+) and remains at #17. The extremely consistent April 2019 through “Holiday” 2019 topline for co-owned WSAI “Fox Sports 1360” is: .4 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3 (flat at #23, 6+).

After posting a 2.9 (6+) in each of the past four ratings periods, Cincinnati Public Radio news/talk WVXU sputters one-half share to 2.4 (#12 to #14, 6+).

Cincinnati Music Formats – Over and above adding a +.6.2 to December’s +1.4 (5.5 – 6.9 – 13.1, 6+), Cumulus Media adult contemporary WRRM jumps from third to first with its highest 6+-stat (13.1) since “Holiday” 2018’s 14.6. Immediately prior to the December sweep, “Warm 98.5” was an overall -2.0 in six consecutive decreases (7.5 – 6.9 – 6.8 – 6.5 – 6.4 – 6.0 – 5.5, 6+). Ousted from the top spot is classic hits-oldies sibling WGRR “103.5 Cincinnati’s Greatest Hits,” which has lost nine-tenths in three consecutive down or flat moves (9.4 – 9.3 – 8.5 – 8.5, first to second, 6+). WGRR was #1 in eight of 2019’s 13 ratings periods: The exceptions were January, August, September, October, and “Holiday” 2019. In three consecutive upticks, Grant County Broadcasters’ WNKN “Classic Country” has more than doubled (+2.6) its 6+ AQH share (2.1 – 2.9 – 4.1 – 4.7, 6+) and advances from eighth to sixth. In addition to being up six-tenths through three straight positive or neutral trends, iHeartMedia urban contemporary WEBN-HD3 crosses the one-share threshold (.5 – .5 – .6 – 1.1, 6+, #20 to #17, 6+). Meanwhile, WEBN-FM “Cincinnati’s Rock Station” is a collective -1.5 as a result of four successive sweeps without an increase (4.7 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.2, ninth to tenth, 6+). Despite being an overall -2.3 in three setbacks in succession and falling below a six-share (7.3 – 6.9 – 6.0 – 5.0, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WUBE “Get Your Country On B-105.1” repeats in fourth-place. Faltering by eight-tenths (each) are WUBE’s hot AC and rhythmic hot AC cluster-mates WKRQ “Q-102 Cincinnati’s Hit Music” (fifth to fourth) and WREW “Mix 94.9” (sixth to eighth, 6+), as well as WUBE’s format rival, Cumulus Media’s WNNF “Cat Country 94.1” (#14 to #16). After recording a +.8 in November, “Q-102” is an overall –1.7 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.7 – 5.8 – 5.0, 6+). Within 4.0 – 4.9 range (6+) in each of the past 16 sweeps, “Mix” is -1.0 in December/“Holiday” 2019 and falls below a four-share (4.7 – 4.5 – 3.7, 6+). A collective +2.0 in three straight spikes (1.9 – 2.3 – 2.9 – 3.9, 6+), “Cat Country,” has that increase completely wiped away with a December/“Holiday” 2019 -2.0 (2.7 – 1.9, 6+).

Cleveland

Spoken-Word Formats – An overall -3.0 in five setbacks in a row (7.2 – 6.5 – 5.8 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 4.2, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WTAM “1100 Cleveland’s News Radio” drops from eighth to ninth. Recent WTAM fluctuations include: -.6 (March); +.9 (April); -.7 (May); +.5 (June); +.5 (July); +1.1 (August); -.7 (September) -.7 (October); -.6 (November); and -1.0 (“Holiday” 2019). Ever since debuting in November, Radio One’s WZAK-HD3, has a topline of .6 – 1.2 – 1.5 (flat at #16, 6+). WZAK-HD3 simulcasts co-owned WERE “News Talk 1490 The People’s Station.” Unlisted in July, August, and September, Salem Media Group news/talk WHK “AM 1420 The Answer, News-Opinion-Insight” resurfaced in print in October and records a .9 (6+) the fourth time in a row (unchanged at #18, 6+).

Having more than doubled (+3.1) its 6+ AQH share via six successive upticks (3.0 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 4.4 – 5.3 – 5.7 – 6.1, 6+), Entercom’s WKRK “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” (Browns) slumps by -1.4 to 4.7 (sixth to seventh, 6+).

Three successive positive or neutral flat moves netted WCPN nine-tenths (2.7 – 3.3 – 3.6 – 3.6, 6+), but the Ideastream-owned news/talk station surrenders one-half share to 3.1 (#11 to #13, 6+); WCPN was -1.3 in September (4.0 – 2.7, 6+).

Cleveland Music Formats – Entercom adult contemporary WDOK “Cleveland’s Star 102” is without a loss the fourth straight sweep for an overall +5.2 (6.6 – 6.6 – 7.2 – 9.0 – 11.8, 6+) and repeats at #1. One year ago, WDOK notched a 10.3 (“Holiday” 2018, 6+). It has a one-share lead (6+) over iHeartMedia-owned WMJI (8.8 – 10.8, 6+), which repeats in the runner-up slot. After three consecutive months on top, “Majic 105.7 – Cleveland’s Greatest Hits” was dislodged in December by WDOK. The market leader eight straight sweeps, WMJI shifted to  third in August. Recent “Majic” shifts include: +2.8 (“Holiday” 2018); -1.7 (January 2019); +.8 (February); +1.0 (March); -1.0 (April); -.6 (July); -1.0 (August); +.8 (September); +.8 (November); -.6 (December); and +2.0 (Holiday” 2019). Off one-tenth in consecutive reports (1.6 – 1.5 – 1.4, 6+), Ideastream’s WCLV “Classical 104.9” erupts with a +.9 to 2.3 (6+) and continues at (#15). Unlisted July through September and then -1.0 October – November – December (3.0 – 2.2 – 2.0, 6+), Salem Media Group contemporary Christian WFHM “95.5 The Fish” gains seven-tenths to 2.7 (unchanged at #14, 6+). The three most recent shifts by iHeartMedia-owned WGAR “99.5 Cleveland’s #1 For New Country” are +.9 (November); -.7 (December); and -1.1 in “Holiday” 2019 (8.3 – 7.2, flat at #3, 6+). WGAR’s June 2019 through October 2019 topline was: 8.1 – 8.1 – 8.3 – 8.0 – 8.1 (6+). Spiraling by eight-tenths (each) are Radio One urban AC WZAK-FM (7.5 – 6.7, fourth to fifth, 6+) and Entercom hot AC WQAL “Q-104” (3.8, flat at #10, 6+). WZAK-FM has been -1.1 (July); +1.5 (August/September); -1.2 (October/November); +.5 (December); and -.5 (“Holiday” 2019). WQAL’s -.8 halts four consecutive up or flat trends that netted eight-tenths (3.8 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.4 – 4.6, 6+). Within 3.1 – 3.9 range the 12th successive time (3.6 – 3.9 – 3.1 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3.9 – 3.8 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 3.2 – 3.2, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WAKS “96.5 Kiss FM” advances from #13 to #12.

Kansas City

Spoken-Word Formats – Directly following three straight up or flat trends that yielded a +1.6 (4.5 – 5.4 – 6.1 – 6.1, 6+), Entercom news/talk KMBZ-FM “98.1 News-Traffic-Weather” is -1.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.1 – 5.3 – 4.6, fifth to seventh, 6+). Co-owned KMBZ-AM “Talk 980” is down three-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.8, flat at #19, 6+). Cumulus Media’s KCMO-AM “Talk Radio 710 AM” has a July 2019 through “Holiday” 2019 topline of: 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.3 (6+) and is anchored at #21.

An increase of three-tenths (3.6 – 3.9, 6+) lifts Union Broadcasting’s WHB back into the top ten (#12 to #9); “Sports Radio 810” was down six-tenths in November/December (4.2 – 3.8 – 3.6, 6+). After faltering by six-tenths in November and December (3.4 – 2.8 – 2.2, 6+), Entercom-owned KCSP “610 Sports Radio” bounces back with a “Holiday” 2019 increase of one-half share (2.7, #17 to #15, 6+). November’s decline stopped three straight improvements that netted nine-tenths (2.5 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.4, 6+).

This is the third straight report that University of Missouri news/talk KCUR has a shift of six-tenths: +.6 (4.1 – 4.7, November, 6+); -.6 (4.7 – 4.1, December, 6+); and -.6 (4.1 – 3.5, “Holiday” 2019, #9 to #12, 6+).

Kansas City Music Formats – Entrenched in the runner-up slot the past six months, Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies KCMO-FM “94.9 Kansas City’s Greatest Hits” is a combined +4.2 in December/“Holiday” 2019 and jumps to #1 (8.6 – 9.3 – 12.8, 6+). This (12.8) is the first time KCMO-FM has reached double-digits (6+) since “Holiday” 2017 (10.4). From January through June, “Kansas City’s Greatest Hits” was +3.8 through six successive sweeps without a loss (5.4 – 6.6 – 7.7 – 7.9 – 7.9 – 9.2 – 9.2, 6+). Nine of the station’s recent fluctuations include: +1.6 (“Holiday” 2018); -1.3 (January 2019); +1.2 (February); +1.1 (March); +1.3 (June); -.6 (August); +.6 (October); +.7 (December); and +3.5 (“Holiday” 2019). Supplanted at #1 is co-owned KCFX “101 The Fox – Kansas City’s Classic Rock Station” (Chiefs), which had been the pacesetter the past six sweeps. KCFX returns December’s increase of three-tenths (9.9 – 10.3 – 9.9, 6+) and trades place with KCMO-FM. “The Fox” was a combined +1.2 in September/October (9.3 – 10.3 – 10.5, 6+). In 2019’s 13 survey periods, KCFX ended up on top nine times (January, February, May, July, August, September, October, November, and December), while KCMO-FM was #1 the other four (March, April, June, and “Holiday” 2019). Answering December’s loss of seven-tenths with a “Holiday” 2019 +1.9 (3.1 – 5.0, 6+), Steel City Media adult contemporary KCKC “KC-102.1 Today’s Best Variety” zooms from #14 to #5 with its best 6+-stat (5.0) since “Holiday” 2018 (7.0). “KC-102.1” was up nine-tenths in October/November (2.9 – 3.4 – 3.8, 6+). Co-owned KFKF “Country 94.1,” which sputtered by seven-tenths in December, bounces back with a gain of six-tenths (5.7 – 6.3, 6+) and repeats at #3. Largely on the strength of November’s +1.5, “Country 94.1” was +1.9 in October/November (4.5 – 4.9 – 6.4, 6+). Elsewhere in the country format, KFKF cluster-mate KBEQ “Q-104 New Hit Country,” which logged a +1.3 in December, forfeits eight-tenths (4.7 – 3.9, seventh to ninth, 6+); Entercom’s WDAF “106.5 The Wolf” – up one-half share in December – is down one-tenth (4.3 – 4.2, unchanged at #8, 6+). Entering the December sweep, “Q-104” was an overall -1.6 in three straight downturns (5.0 – 4.9 – 4.5, – 3.4, 6+). “The Wolf,” meanwhile, posted a +1.0 in November and was a combined -1.4 in September/October (4.2 – 3.2 – 2.8, 6+). Up a total of four-tenths in November/December (3.2 – 3.5 – 3.6, 6+), University of Northwestern St. Paul contemporary Christian KJNW “Life 88.5” stumbles by seven-tenths to 2.9 (#12 to #14, 6+). Continuing an alternating down/up pattern that began in August (2.5 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 2.3, 6+), Cumulus Media CHR KCHZ “95.7 The Vibe – All The Hits” falls from #15 to #17. The three most recent shifts by Entercom hot AC KZPT are: +.6 (4.1 – 4.7, November, 6+); +.5 (4.7 – 5.2, December, 6+); and -.5 in “Holiday” 2019 (5.2 – 4.7, flat at #6). In December, “99.7 The Point” reached the five-share level (5.2, 6+) for the first time in more than two years (5.1, November 2017). Without an increase the fourth time in a row, Cumulus Media-owned KCJK “105.1 The X – Kansas City’s Rock Alternative” is a collective -1.0 (2.6 – 2.5 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.6, flat at #20, 6+). Prior to November, the last time KCJK fell below a two-share (6+) was in February (1.9).

Columbus

Spoken-Word Formats – By regaining one-tenth of November/December’s -.4 (6.4 – 6.1 – 6.0 – 6.1, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WTVN “News Radio 610” advances from fifth to fourth.

A -1.7 sends Tegna’s WBNS-FM “Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan” from second to seventh. Its alternating down/up pattern is: 7.0 – 6.9 – 7.4 – 5.7 (October – November – December – “Holiday” 2019). Co-owned/similarly formatted WBNS-AM logs a .2 (6+) the fourth time in a row and falls from #19 to #20.

After being up nine-tenths through three straight gains (4.3 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.2, 6+), Ohio State University news/talk WOSU is a combined -2.3 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.2 – 4.6 – 2.9, eighth to ninth, 6+).

Columbus Music Formats – Jumping from sixth to second, iHeartMedia adult hits WODC “93.3 The Bus” is a collective +5.6 in three straight bumps (3.8 – 3.9 – 5.9 – 9.4, 6+). This directly trails three downturns in a row that accounted for a -1.8 (5.6 – 4.7 – 4.2 – 3.8, 6+). WODC has been -4.1 (January 2019); +.9 (May); -.5 (June); +1.0 (July); -.9 (August); -.5 (September); +2.0 (December); and +3.5 (“Holiday” 2019). Immediately on the heels of being a combined -1.4 in September/October (7.6 – 6.9 – 6.2, 6+), Saga Communications adult contemporary WSNY roars back with an overall +3.5 in three successive up or flat trends (6.2 – 6.7 – 7.2 – 9.7, 6+); “Sunny 95” marches from third to first. This is the best 6+-stat for WSNY since “Holiday” 2018 (9.7, as well). On top the past 25 ratings periods, iHeartMedia-owned WCOL “92.3 Columbus’ #1 For New Country,” a combined -3.2 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (10.9 – 9.8 – 7.7, 6+), segues to #3. By logging a 9.8 in December, WCOL failed to reach double-digits (6+) for the first time since June 2017. Sample WCOL fluctuations include: -2.1 (“Holiday” 2018); +.8 (January 2019); +.7 (February); +1.2 (April); -1.3 (May); -.6 (June); -.8 (October); -1.1 (December); and -2.1 (“Holiday” 2019). Faltering by one-half share (each) are WCOL’s urban contemporary sibling WZCB “106.7 The Beat” (2.8, flat at #11, 6+); Radio One’s WCKX “Power 107.5” (tenth to ninth); and WCKX gospel sibling WJYD “Joy 107.1” (1.0, #15 to #17, 6+). “The Beat” was up eight-tenths in October/November and down seven-tenths in December. In four straight sweeps without an increase, “Power” has lost eight-tenths (3.7 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 2.9, 6+). “Joy” gained nine-tenths in four successive increases (1.1 – 1.4 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 2.0, 6+) but then regressed by one-half share in December to 1.5 (#14 to #15, 6+). Down or flat the sixth straight time for a net loss of one-half share (1.7 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.2, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rock WXZX has its lowest 6+-stat since March (1.2, as well); “105.7 The Brew” continues at #16.

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