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Friday, February 28, 2020

| February 28, 2020

iHeartMedia Posts Flat 2019 Q4 Revenue Figure; Full Year Revenue Up 2%. The financial data for iHeartMedia is a bit complex as the result of the company exiting bankruptcy protection in May of 2019.  But revenue of $1.03 billion in the fourth quarter of 2019, while flat compared to Q4 2018, was up 4.3% excluding political ad dollars.  For the full year of 2019, revenue was $3.7 billion, up 2.0% year-over-year and up 4.2%, excluding political revenue.  The company reports that digital revenue in the fourth quarter was $112.5 million – up 33.6% from the fourth quarter of 2018.  For the full year, digital revenue was $376 million, an increase of 32.2% over the full year of 2018.  iHeartMedia COO and CFO Rich Bressler states, “Our financial performance in 2019 was underpinned by the reach and resilience of our traditional business, profitable growth in our other platforms – including our digital businesses and proactive improvement of our capital structure.  Through our innovation and thought leadership in areas like podcasting and our SmartAudio suite of targeting, analysis and attribution services for advertisers, we are at the forefront of driving the audio revolution.  We will continue to work to build long-term shareholder value by maximizing our free cash flow and de-leveraging our balance sheet.”

PPM Analysis: All-News. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his look at the performances of radio stations based on data from Nielsen Audio’s January 2020 PPM survey, today focusing on all-news.  Coming off the Holiday 2019 survey 88% of all-news stations saw their weekly, 6+ AQH share go up.  Top performers here included Entercom’s KYW, Philadelphia (+1.4) and KCBS-AM, San Francisco (+0.7).  However, comparing January 2019 to January 2020, 70% of all-news stations were down, with Entercom’s WWJ, Detroit leading that group and absorbing a hit of -3.2 shares and dropping from the #1 rank in the market in January 2019 to #11 this year.  On the positive side, the company’s KCBS-AM, San Francisco was up 1.4 shares to post an 8.4 share and regain the #1 rank in the market.  iHeartMedia’s WBZ-AM, Boston was 0.7 shares better than the year before and rose to claim the #3 rank in January.  KCBS-AM, San Francisco was the only all-news station to rank #1 in January.  Hubbard Radio’s WTOP-FM, Washington ranked #2 in the January 2020 survey, despite falling three full shares from January 2019.  See Mike Kinosian’s entire report here.

NOW POSTED:  New Installment of “The Michael Harrison Wrap: An Overview of the National Conversation.”   The vibrant, one-hour weekend special, “The Michael Harrison Wrap,” that looks back each week at the hottest topics discussed in American talk media per the research of TALKERS magazine, is now posted on the website of its flagship station, WONK-FM, Washington, DC.  The new episode titled “Brother, Can You Spare a Face Mask?” looks back at this past week of February 24-28, 2020 and features guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERS; Tom Sullivan; talk show host, KFBK, Sacramento/Talk Media NetworkKen Matthews, talk show host, WHP, Harrisburg, PA; Lee Abrams, consultant, MediaVisionDeborah Norville, anchor, “Inside Edition;” Steve Weisman, professor of law, Bentley University, Boston/webmaster, Scamicide.com; and Victoria Jones, executive director, DC Radio Company. This acclaimed news/talk radio show airs each week on WONK-FM, Washington, DC Friday evenings at 6:00 pm ET.  It also airs throughout the weekend on WRKO, Boston; KSCO, Santa Cruz, CA;  KFNX, Phoenix; WVOX, Westchester, NY; KBDT, Dallas; KQSP, Minneapolis; KBKW, Aberdeen, WA; the Virginia Talk Radio Network and Pioneer Valley Radio in Springfield, MA.  To listen to this week’s episode (and the program’s complete archives), please click here.  To view the latest TALKERS magazine topic research, please click here.  “The Michael Harrison Wrap” is now available in syndication via Talk Media Network to stations across America on a market exclusive basis. See the full story below.

‘The Michael Harrison Wrap’ Now Available in Syndication via Talk Media Network.  TALKERS is pleased to announce it has entered a strategic partnership with independent broadcasting firm Talk Media Network for the syndication and distribution of its weekend program, “The Michael Harrison Wrap.”  The show, hosted by Michael Harrison, was launched in May 2019 on iHeartRadio’s WONK-FM in Washington, DC where it airs Fridays at 6:00 pm.  “The Michael Harrison Wrap” is a fast-paced roundup of the hottest news/talk media stories tracked by TALKERS and is described as “a weekly overview of the national conversation.”  Each installment features Harrison in conversation with several talk media hosts, pundits and experts from around the country representing a variety of popular ideologies. The show opens with a riveting countdown of the week’s most-discussed items with TALKERS executive editor Kevin Casey.  Since its launch, several proactive radio stations around the country inquired about the show’s availability to which TALKERS complied – as best it could – on a market exclusive basis. According to Harrison, “We’re delighted that, in addition to our flagship WONK, excellent facilities such as WRKO, KSCO, WVOX, KFNX, KBDT, KQSP, KBKW, WIQO, WGMN, and the Virginia Talk Radio Network among others showed enough interest in the program during its developmental phase to request it for their rosters before it was even officially available for national distribution.”  Harrison continues, “However, we are not a syndication company, nor have any intention of becoming one, and it just became too unwieldy to service more stations efficiently, so we began looking for an appropriate network partner. Talk Media Network is a perfect fit.  TMN is moderately sized, independent, and run by one of the brightest young executives in the network business, Josh Leng.”  Leng states, “We’re honored TALKERS has entrusted the syndication and growth of ‘The Michael Harrison Wrap’ with Talk Media Network.  It is a pleasure to be working with a professional of Michael’s stature who has dedicated so much of his career to the betterment of the radio industry.”  Leng continues, “What program directors will notice immediately when they listen to ‘The Michael Harrison Wrap,’ is the amount of preparation that goes into each and every episode.  It is amazing how much compelling content is packed into one hour!  Combine that with the ‘best in the business’ talk radio hosts who contribute to Michael’s timely and topical news discussions, and you have an on-air product that features a great group of broadcasters who bring their ‘A’ game for the audience to enjoy.”  Stations interested in affiliating with “The Michael Harrison Wrap” should visit talkmedianetwork.com for more information, and can call Talk Media Network at (616) 884-8616.

TALKERS News Notes. On Super Tuesday (3/4), FOX News Radio is offering affiliates live national network coverage beginning at 7:00 pm ET anchored by national correspondent Jared Halpern, with key insights from FNR political analyst Josh Kraushaar and FNR reporters around the country.  FNR is also offering hourly “Democracy 2020” updates on Amazon’s smart speaker.  FOX News Podcasts is presenting special editions of the daily morning podcast “FOX News Rundown,” as well as new episodes of Bret Baier’s “The Campaign” and “I’ll Tell You What” with Dana Perino and Chris Stirewalt.  Additionally, FOXNews.com will carry multiple livestreams from candidate headquarters across the country…..iHeartMedia’s NBC News Radio brings talk and news radio pro Michael Castner aboard to serve as national news anchor.  Castner was most recently morning drive personality at Entercom’s news/talk KXNT, Las Vegas…..iHeartMedia announces it is presenting a new companion podcast for the three-part Hulu series “Your Attention Please” that celebrates the achievements and creativity of Black visionaries.  The “Your Attention Please” podcast is using this medium to continue the conversation past Black History Month, diving deeper into the stories that were highlighted in the show.  The first guests in the series are Jon Boogz and Lil Buck, founders of MAI (Movement Art Is).

The Coronavirus, the Stock Market, and the Economy Top News/Talk Stories for the Week of February 24-28. The status of the coronavirus epidemic, its effect on the world’s financial markets and the global economy came together to make up the most-talked-about story on news/talk radio this week and landing atop the Talkers TenTM.  At #2 this week was the presidential race and this week’s Democratic debate in Charleston, SC.  Coming in at #3 was healthcare reform, climate change, and race relations, followed by the deadly Milwaukee brewery shooting and gun control 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.

Happy Retirement to Pete Spriggs. Current and former Cox Media Group Atlanta staffers gathered last night (2/27) for a retirement bash for WSB-AM/WSBB-FM program director Pete Spriggs who is leaving the company after 27 years with Cox and 19 years at WSB.  Above right is a group shot that includes such guests as Cox Media Group CEO Kim Guthrie, WSB VP/market manager Rob Babin, WSB legend Neal Boortz, syndicated star Clark Howard, and Cox DC bureau reporter Jamie Dupree.  Above left is (from l-r) Spriggs, consultant and former WSB PD Greg Moceri, and incoming program director Drew Anderssen.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. A surprise move in national syndication as Ty Bentli leaves his eponymous, Westwood One morning country radio show for an unnamed gig outside of the radio biz.  For now, co-hosts Chuck Wicks and Tricia “TJ” Jenkins will handle hosting duties.  The Nashville-based show has undergone numerous changes over the past few years.  Blair Garner was the original host when it was called “America’s Morning Show.”  Then it was “Ty, Kelly, and Chuck” with Kelly Ford in the mix and, after her departure in late 2018 (she’s now hosting AMs on Entercom‘s WNSH, New York), was renamed the “Ty Bentli Show.”  TJ joined the program last spring…..A big shakeup at Entercom’s Los Angeles cluster as longtime alternative KROQ program director (and SVP of programming) Kevin Weatherly exits.  Taking over at KROQ is Mike Kaplan, who adds brand manager duties at the station in addition to his alternative format captain position and brand manager post at WNYL, New York “ALT 92.3.”  At the same time, Ralph Stewart is handed the brand manager keys for adult hits KCBS-FM “93.1 JACK FM.”  He’s been operations manager for the station in addition to his brand manager role at urban contemporary KTWV “94.7 The Wave.”  Finally, KRTH “K-Earth 101” brand manager Chris Ebbott and CHR KAMP-FM music director and afternoon host Yesi Ortiz will serve as interim programming leaders for “97.1 AMP Radio” while a national search is conducted.  Entercom regional president Jeff Federman says, “Mike’s name is synonymous with alternative music and I’m delighted to welcome him back to Los Angeles.  Along with Ralph, Chris, and Yesi, this dynamic team will usher in the future of our brands in this important music market.  I’d like to thank Kevin for his years of dedicated contributions to our premier collection of brands and our company.  He has certainly made his mark here and we wish him the absolute best in his new role.”…..Buddy Shula’s Radio One Buffalo has entered into a strategic alliance with Burlington, Ontario-based Byrnes Communications “to serve radio listeners in Buffalo and Southern Ontario.”  Shula says, “I am very excited to add ‘MORE 101.1FM’ (adult hits CFLZ, Fort Erie) and ‘105.1FM THE RIVER’ (hot AC CJED, Niagara Falls) to our radio station portfolio. ‘MORE 101.1FM’ has a very large 50,000-watt regional signal that barrels though Buffalo and Southern Ontario.  The music on the station are the ‘biggest hits from the 70s, 80s, and 90s’ which target listeners in the 35-64-year-old age group.  ‘105.1FM THE RIVER’ plays ‘Todays Best Hits.’ aiming to please women 25-54 years old… With this cluster of radio stations, it increases our potential to reach listeners of every age group and attract more advertisers who can pick and choose which station is appropriate for their advertising needs.”…..Pictured below is the new “Nikki and Laura” morning show at NRG Media’s hot AC KQKQ, Omaha “Sweet 98.5” on its first live remote at Le Peep restaurant.  From left to right are: Nikki Oswald, station program director Jay Michaels, and Laura Blenkush.

January 2020 PPM Analysis:
The All-News Format

| February 28, 2020

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Our extensive four-part series of January 2020 ratings summaries begins with an overview of all-news stations.

The following scoreboards reflect data from all-news properties that appear in the top 20 (6+) in January 2020, a PPM sweep that covered January 2 – 29.

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

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

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

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

| February 27, 2020

Jack Sunday Retires from Full-Time KFGO, Fargo Role. Longtime Fargo talk radio personality Jack Sunday has retired from his full-time role as an on-air talk host on Midwest Communications’ news/talk KFGO-AM.  Sunday had been co-hosting the late morning show with Amy Iler, who wrote a nice piece about Sunday that you can see here.  Iler is now partnered with JJ Gordon on the “It Takes Two” program.  Sunday acknowledged his decision to leave the position was difficult and noted that he is caring for his wife who suffers from a rare neurological condition.  Sunday first joined KFGO in 1989 and over the course of 30 years served as program director, afternoon host, and midday personality.  He tells KFGO’s Joel Heitcamp, “I am convinced that there is probably no other radio station in the country like KFGO… we have 17 or 20 people who are on the air live as personalities for extended periods of time… a four-person news team, a meteorologist and sports.  We have two great sportscasters here, plus on-air personalities with producers that become personalities themselves.”  Sunday will develop a podcast to be part of the station’s podcast offerings.

Appeals Court Tosses Prager’s YouTube Lawsuit. The suit by Salem Radio Network talk host Dennis Prager’s non-profit educational organization, Prager University, against Google’s YouTube platform was shot down by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday (2/26).  Prager University had sued YouTube claiming it had violated its First Amendment rights and the Lanham Act (false advertising), but the District Court dismissed the suit.  PragerU appealed and the Appeals Court agreed with the lower court.  At issue here was PragerU’s claim that YouTube’s Restricted Mode violated the conservative educational organization’s First Amendment rights by making certain of its video unviewable for those under a certain age due to its Restricted Mode guidelines.  It also claimed that YouTube’s promotional language touting the importance of people being able to “speak freely” while putting certain videos in Restricted Mode violated the Lanham Act.  Judge M. Margaret McKeown writes in the decision, “The panel held that despite YouTube’s ubiquity and its role as a public-facing platform, it remains a private forum, not a public forum subject to judicial scrutiny under the First Amendment.  The panel noted that just last year, the Supreme Court held that ‘merely hosting speech by others is not a traditional, exclusive public function and does not alone transform private entities into state actors subject to First Amendment constraints.’  The panel held that the Internet does not alter this state action requirement of the First Amendment.  The panel therefore rejected plaintiff’s assertion that YouTube is a state actor because it performs a public function.  Addressing the false advertising claim under the Lanham Act, the panel held that YouTube’s statements concerning its content moderation policies do not constitute ‘commercial advertising or promotion’ as the Lanham Act requires.  Nor was YouTube’s designation of certain of plaintiff’s videos for Restricted Mode part of an advertising or promotion or a misrepresentation as to the videos.  Finally, the panel held that YouTube’s braggadocio about its commitment to free speech constituted opinions that are not subject to the Lanham Act.”

Former News Staffer Sues Entercom’s KCBS-AM, San Francisco.  A lawsuit filed in California Superior Court by former KCBS-AM, San Francisco news staffer Sheryl Raines accuses the station of retaliation, failure to prevent harassment, unlawful termination and more.  The complaint centers around allegations of inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment on the part of engineer Dan Denton.  Raines says she reported Denton’s alleged behavior to superiors, but it continued.  She was terminated in May of 2019 and was told that the station wanted “a different sound.”  In her complaint, she states her replacement was a woman of similar demographic makeup with a “startlingly similar” on-air voice to her own.  She is seeking unspecified damages.

ABC Audio Appoints Lakeia Brown to Senior Producer, Race & Culture Audio Insights Post. The senior producer, race & culture audio insights position is a newly created one at ABC Audio and Lakeia Brown will assume that post on March 9.  She has been serving in the ABC News research department.  She has more than 15 years of experience in consumer insights and analytics for television networks including: ABC, Disney, Comedy Central, Nick @ Nite, TV Land and BET.  She starts with ABC Audio on March 9.  ABC Audio vice president and general manager Stacia Philips Deshishku says that in this position Brown will “act as a storyteller, researcher, and social connector all rolled into one.  She’ll work closely with our amazing team to create and deliver new radio news products and podcasts, maximize sponsorship opportunities and participate in editorial story development, all while focusing on expanding Audio’s reach with multicultural audiences. Lakeia will also serve as ABC Audio’s in-house expert on all things research, connecting insights to actionable strategies that help drive reach and revenue for ABC Audio.”

TALKERS News Notes. Nationally syndicated home improvement radio show, “Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford,” hits the 300-affiliate station mark as it celebrates its 10th year under the direction of Lipford.  Along with Lipford’s Emmy-nominated TV show, “Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford,” airing in 91% of the U.S., Lipford is a familiar figure in the home improvement industry.  “Today’s Homeowner” radio dates back to 2009 when Lipford took over a small radio show called “Homefront.”  He re-branded the program, officially launching “Today’s Homeowner” radio which began airing on 60 stations.  Over the past decade, Lipford and his team have strategically grown the show’s footprint by 200%.…..In Virginia Beach, Max Media names Tim Donnelly executive producer of the Nick Cattles show on sports talk WVSP “ESPN Radio 94.1.”  Donnelly was most recently with Monticello Media’s WRAD-AM, Blacksburg, Virginia where he hosted his own sports talk show.  Max Media VP of operations and programming Rusty James says, “Tim lives and breathes sports and we are so excited to have his passion on ‘ESPN Radio 94.1.’”…..Townsquare Media’s sports talk WTMM, Albany adds another hour to the “Big Board Sports” show.   The program, hosted by Rodger Wyland and Chris Onorato, now airs from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm…..Salem Radio Network assures us that nationally syndicated late morning talk host Mike Gallagher does not have the coronavirus, but he did test positive for influenza and has to miss the opening day of CPAC 2020 in Washington.  So, filling in for him is Kurt Schlichter (right) who is pictured below interviewing American Conservative Union president Matt Schlapp (left).

Lee Abrams Is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast. One of the most influential music radio programmers of the past 50 years, Lee Abrams, is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series, “The Michael Harrison Interview.” Abrams was the chief architect of an approach to FM album rock radio known back in the seventies as the “Superstars” format and, as a consultant, guided hundreds of stations across the country to commercial success utilizing its systems and techniques. He went on to be one of the original programming forces behind today’s satellite radio during the first decade of its development and then served a couple of years with the Tribune Company helping that organization revamp its newspapers and television stations for the 21st century. Today, Abrams is the head of a newly launched, Chicago-based consultancy, MediaVision, which is focused on radio (terrestrial and beyond) and music for 40-plus consumers as well as revolutionary approaches to video news and television. Harrison and Abrams take a deep dive into the past, present, and future of pop culture including a retrospective on the days they spent as two of the top thought-leaders in AOR (album oriented rock) radio. This program is a must-listen for anyone in the radio business. 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 on every page of Talkers.com.

Talk Radio at CPAC. Numerous radio talk show hosts from around the nation are attending this year’s CPAC gathering in National Harbor, MD with many broadcasting from the conservative event’s radio row.  Pictured covering CPAC for her national commentary is Victoria Jones (l) executive director of DC Radio Company visiting the broadcast setup of John Fredericks (r) of the John Fredericks Radio Network.

Broadcasters Foundation of America Names FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Recipient of Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award. The recipient of this year’s Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award from the Broadcasters Foundation of America is Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai.  The honor will be presented at the Broadcasters Foundation Annual Breakfast on Wednesday, April 22 at the 2020 NAB Show in Las Vegas.  The Award is bestowed annually on an individual in broadcasting whose work exemplifies innovation, community service, advocacy, and entrepreneurship.  The Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award salutes its namesake and is underwritten by The Mays Family Foundation.  Past recipients include Bill Clark, Eddie Fritts, Cathy Hughes, Mel Karmazin, Jeff Smulyan, Dick Wiley, and others.

Coronavirus Pandemic Fears, Presidential Race, Financial Markets Activity/China Productivity, Deadly Milwaukee Brewery Shooting, and India Violence Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (2/26). Concerns about Covid-19 developing into a global pandemic; the Democrats battling to face President Trump in the November election; the reaction of the world’s financial markets to the coronavirus and the virus’ effect on China’s productivity; a fired brewery worker returns to the plant in Milwaukee and kills five co-workers before killing himself; and the deadly sectarian violence in India 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. Air personality Scotty Kay is adding midday hosting duties at Entercom’s St. Louis CHR KNOU “NOW 96.3” to his responsibilities.  Kay also serves as co-host of the morning show at country WUSN-FM, Chicago “US99.”  Entercom St. Louis SVP and market manager Becky Domyan says, “I’ve been a fan of Scotty and his unique ability to become one with his audience and we’re delighted to add him to our team.  Scotty will be a vital part of the puzzle as we continue to grow ‘NOW 96.3’ into the dominant contemporary hit radio brand in St. Louis.”…..iHeartMedia appoints Rex Long program director for Austin CHR KHFI “96.7 KISS FM.”  He was most recently with the company’s Salt Lake City cluster.  iHeartMedia Austin/San Antonio region president Matt Martin says, “Rex’s abundance of energy, his creative ideas to connect with listeners, combined with his strategic vison to be a fabric of Austin’s culture make Rex a perfect fit to continue building the ‘KISS’ brand.”…..Cumulus Media names Bev Rainey program director of country KRST, Albuquerque.  She’ll also host the late morning show.  Rainey served for the past 20 years with iHeartMedia’s crosstown country KBQI, the last seven as program director.  Cumulus Albuquerque VP and market manager Jeff Berry says, “KRST provides the very best in country music and entertainment for our listeners and unmatched results for our promotional partners.  I could not be happier to have Bev join this fantastic team.  She is known and loved by the audience and respected by the industry.  This is a great day for one of America’s great country brands.”…..Berkshire Broadcasting flips WAXB-AM/W233CF, Danbury, Connecticut “B945” from classic hits to classic rock as “945 The Hawk.”  Berkshire CEO Irv Goldstein says, “‘B945’ has been continuously evolving over the years.  Morphing from a traditional oldies station to an 80s based classic hits/classic rock mix.  We just felt that now was the right time to get off the fence and go all in.  ‘945 The Hawk’ is classic rock that really rocks.”

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

| February 26, 2020

WKNR, Cleveland Suspends Browns Reporter for Baker Mayfield Remark. Cleveland Browns reporter Tony Grossi has been suspended by Good Karma Brands’ WKNR-AM “ESPN Cleveland” after referring to Brown’s quarterback Baker Mayfield as a “f*#king midget” during a commercial break.  A hot mic caught his comments during the live airing of “TheLandOnDemand” from the NFL scouting combine.  Good Karma apologized and said it will engage in sensitivity training for its staff.  Meanwhile, Grossi issued an apology in which he said, in part, “There’s no excuse for using that language in any context.  It was said without malice but also without thought.  It is well known that Baker and I have had our differences, and in the course of this experience, I’ve had to question my role in the erosion of the relationship. I have always endeavored to report and comment on him fairly, and am shaken by these events.”

Entercom Promotes Holly to Market Manager for Buffalo Station Group. Sales pro J. Timothy Holly rises from vice president of sales to senior vice president and market manager for Entercom’s Buffalo cluster that includes news/talk WBEN-AM, sports talkers WGR-AM and WWKB-AM, plus four music brands.  Holly takes over for Greg Ried, who exited the company in January.  Entercom regional president and president of sales operations Michael Doyle comments, “I am excited to promote Tim Holly from vice president of sales where he has done an outstanding job of creating an innovative and successful approach to solving our clients’ needs.   With our outstanding and unique portfolio of audio assets, including great radio and digital brands, leading local sports coverage via partnerships with the Buffalo Bills and Sabres, and some of the largest live events in Buffalo, Tim has shown that he can lead our team of professionals in Western New York to grow and thrive.”

Entercom Names Idil Cakim to New SVP Research and Insights Post. In this new senior vice president of research and insights position with Entercom, Idil Cakim will “lead the company’s business-to-business strategy and audio insights practice, with a focus on building perspectives, ideas, and client strategies.”  She will report to Paul Suchman, chief marketing officer and will work closely with chief revenue officer Bob Philips and EVP of corporate business development Tim Murphy.  She was most recently with Nielsen, where she served as vice president of media analytics consulting.  Paul Suchman says, “Idil’s deep experience across media platforms and complex data sets will greatly enrich our ability to deliver actionable insights and even more powerful audio strategies to our clients.  Her ability as a storyteller will help bolster the narratives we bring to market.  We’re thrilled to welcome Idil to our leadership team.”

TALKERS News Notes. Talk host and author Todd Starnes is scheduled to deliver a speech and take part in a panel discussion on the First Amendment at CPAC 2020, taking place today through Saturday (2/26-29).  Starnes hosts his Hamilton Strategies nationally syndicated “Todd Starnes Radio Show” that he’ll broadcast live from the event’s radio row…..The FOX News organization is planning its continuing coverage of the Democratic primary race as FOX News Channel will provide live coverage of South Carolina’s primary results on Saturday (2/29) from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm ET.  Chief political anchor and “Special Report” host Bret Baier will anchor the two-hour special, “Democracy 2020: South Carolina Primary.”  Additionally, FOX News Radio will provide live national network coverage of the primary with hourly updates from FNR’s team of reporters. FOX News Podcasts will also offer a special edition of the “FOX News Rundown” leading into the evening while FOX News Headlines 24/7 will provide live Democracy 2020 updates every 15 minutes during the primary…..WNBF, Binghamton, New York news anchor and talk host Bob Joseph celebrates his 40th anniversary with the Townsquare Media news/talk station.  Joseph – who also hosts the late morning talk show “Binghamton Now” – was hired by the station as a part-timer while still a teenager.  He became a full-time news reporter anchor on February 18, 1980…..Sun Broadcast Group announces its expanded and restructured affiliate relations team led by Boston-based VP of programming & affiliate relations, Rich O’Brien.  The staff includes: New York-based senior affiliate content manager Southwest, Alex Quintero; Cleveland-based senior affiliate content manager Northeast, Ryan Verardi, affiliate content manager Southeast, Gary James, and affiliate content manager Midwest, Andrew Scaglione; and Los Angeles-based affiliate content manager West, Ed Moloney…..Broadcast Pix announces that Jeff Adams joins the company as product manager.  In this position he’ll lead the business and product development of new RadioPix visual radio systems.  He says, “I’m very excited to join the team at Broadcast Pix and be a part of their unique approach to simplifying live radio broadcasting.”

RTDNA Unveils New Look. The Radio Television Digital News Association unveils its new-look logo, saying it “reflects both the association’s origins and its continuing mission as a hub for the leading innovators in broadcast and digital news.”  The RTDNA adds, “This new imagery signifies the association and foundation’s continuing commitment to pushing the broadcast and digital news industry forward through training, advocacy and honors.  Over the next year, RTDNA members can expect to find new and updated resources on RTDNA.org, expanded in-person and online training opportunities and a redesigned curriculum at the annual conference.”  Executive director Dan Shelley says, “RTDNA is proud to be a community and resource for more members than at any point in our modern history.  At a time when journalism is under threat, our members continually demonstrate that they are leaders and innovators working every day to better each other, the industry and their communities across the country through responsible local journalism.”

PodcastOne and A&E Present ‘PD Stories’ Podcast. Building on the success of their work together producing six seasons of “Cold Case Files: The Podcast,” A&E and PodcastOne are expanding their production and distribution partnership to include season two of the “PD Stories” podcast that takes listeners behind the badge of law enforcement, revealing their experiences, perspectives and insights through in-depth interviews.  The program is hosted by A&E’s Tom Morris Jr., who anchors the channel’s “Live PD: Wanted” program.  Podcast One founder and executive chairman Norm Pattiz says, “Our partnership with A&E has been instrumental in developing our true-crime genre.  The overwhelming success of ‘Cold Case Files’ and the addition of ‘PD Stories’ will enhance our lineup, which included last year’s smash-hit, ‘22 Hours: An American Nightmare.’  An association with a company like A&E has always been extremely important to us. We look forward to continuing and expanding our partnership.”

Presidential Race, Covid-19 Epidemic, Financial Markets Activity/China Productivity, Weinstein Trial Aftermath, and College Admissions Scandal Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (2/25). The Democrats battling to take on President Trump in November and Tuesday’s debate in Charleston, South Carolina; the status of the coronavirus around the world and whether the U.S. is prepared for it; the losses on the world’s financial markets as the result of fears about Covid-19 and the related productivity problems in China; the aftermath of the conviction of Harvey Weinstein on sexual assault charges; and Hot Pockets heiress Michelle Janavs is sentenced to five months in prison in the college admissions scandal 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. Alternative KROQ, Los Angeles announces the 12th annual “Kevin in the Morning with Allie & Jensen April Foolishness” event will take place on April 4 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.  The show is being hosted by Kevin Ryder, Allie Mac Kay, and Jensen Karp, and this year’s event will feature comedians Adam Carolla, actor and comedian Jeff Garlin, Steve-O, Adam Ray, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” writer Jen Kirkman, Fortune Feimster from “Sweet & Salty,” and Clownvis from “The King of Clowns.”  The annual comedy show and fundraiser benefits the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and Cedars-Sinai NICU.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

| February 25, 2020

Entercom Q4 2019 Net Revenue Up 1%; Full Year 2019 Up 1.9%. Releasing its 2019 fourth quarter and full-year financial data, Entercom Communications reports 2019 Q4 net revenue was $414.1 million, an increase of 1% over the same period in 2018.  For the full year of 2019, Entercom reports net revenue of $1.49 billion, an increase of 1.9% over 2018.  Entercom president and CEO David Field states, “I am pleased to report that Entercom achieved its fifth consecutive quarter of growth, completing a year in which the company delivered strong financial performance as net revenue, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted net income per share grew 2% (3% ex-political), 10%, and 19%, respectively.  Our significant investments in podcasting, digital, and data and analytics, along with the expansion of our sports, networks and events businesses, are beginning to reshape our company and position us for sustained growth as we enhance our integrated, multi-platform offerings to advertisers increasingly interested in the undervalued and emerging audio space.”

ABC Audio Names Eric Johnson Director and Executive Producer of Podcast Programming.  News and broadcast producer Eric Johnson is named to the director and executive producer of podcast programming for ABC Audio, effective in mid-March.  ABC Audio vice president and general manager Stacia Philips Deshishku says Johnson – who most recently served as senior broadcast producer at “Good Morning America” – “is an award-winning producer with a knack for storytelling who’s touched nearly every part of ABC News over his 13-year career here.  His strong relationships throughout the news division, coupled with his impressive experience in long-form and news programming, will make him a great asset to our flourishing podcast division.  In his new role Eric will build on the success of our existing podcasts and help design a fresh powerhouse podcast network.  He will strategically gather and organize podcast ideas and harness the talent, resources, and storytelling ability available across ABC News and Walt Disney Television.”  Johnson was honored with a duPont Award as co-producer of Diane Sawyer’s interview with Caitlyn Jenner and has won multiple Emmy Awards for projects including his role as senior producer of ABC News’ Town Hall “The President and the People: Race in America.”

Calendar Boy.  WPHT, Philadelphia mid-morning star Dom Giordano (above) is the creator and “host” of a 2020 wall calendar geared specifically to fans of the station, news/talk radio listeners and the local business community.  The idea started several years ago, when Giordano, a former educator, noticed that important events in American history such as the invasion of Pearl Harbor were left off most commercially produced calendars.  He then designed a calendar that not only includes a variety of such events but recognizes talk radio hosts and other items of specific interest to the listening audience.  Giordano appears on a number of pages dressed in period costumes further adding color to the collectable piece. The calendar, monetized by local sponsors who are also featured in its pages, is distributed free to listeners as a highly sought premium at WPHT events.

Newsmax TV Appoints Jason Villar VP of Research and Analysis. Marketing pro Jason Villar joins Newsmax TV as vice president of research and analysis.  In this position, Villar will head up data, market, and ratings analysis, and work closely with the company’s advertising and programming departments.  Villar had been serving as vice president of media and market research for FOX News Channel, FOX Business Network, and FOX Digital for the last 10-plus years.  Newsmax CRO and EVP of national advertising Sam Moser says, “Jason was responsible for much of FOX’s forward-thinking research approach and we’re delighted he’s joined Newsmax TV to help make us America’s No. 1 choice for news.”

TALKERS News Notes. Topeka’s KMAJ-AM “The Big Talker” adds the KSTE, Sacramento-based, syndicated “Armstrong & Getty Show” to its program schedule for the 8:00 am to 11:00 am daypart.  The show says this move “continues the homecoming tour for Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty.  They were each born in the Midwest and they met when working separately in radio in Salina, Kansas.  They became a team when hired in Wichita and began their conservative talk show when they moved to KSTE-AM.”  KMAJ-AM is a Cumulus Media station…..WHO, Des Moines afternoon drive talk show host Simon Conway will also be heard on iHeartMedia’s WOC, Quad Cities beginning tomorrow (2/26).  Conway’s program is also heard on the company’s WMT, Cedar Rapids.  Conway says, “What an honor it is for me to now be live on both of President Ronald Reagan’s first radio stations.  I’m excited to hear from the WOC audience in Iowa and Illinois.”…..Hubbard Radio’s sports talk WXOS-FM, St. Louis is bringing St. Louis Cardinals television play-by-play personality Dan McLaughlin aboard as lead Cardinals contributor.  In this role he’ll offer daily reports, interviews, and a one-hour weekly show, as well as filling in on other shows year-round.  Station operations manager and brand content director Tommy Mattern says, “I am extremely excited that Dan has joined the staff at ‘101 ESPN.’  It’s so important to increase our coverage of St. Louis Cardinals baseball and having the voice of the team contribute on multi-platforms is invaluable.”…..Cumulus Media’s Westwood One and Prologue Projects are producing a new podcast titled, “5-4,” presenting “an irreverent take on the U.S. Supreme Court’s past.”  Each episode focuses on a pivotal case in which the justices make one of the most important decisions in recent memory – dissecting it from every angle and tearing it apart.  The first episode tackles Bush v. Gore. Future episodes take on the Supreme Court’s decisions on campaign finance, affirmative action, voting rights, and stop and frisk…..Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports that Chicago District Golfer magazine editor Barry Cronin is the new co-host of the Saturday morning golf show “Scorecard” in Entercom’s WSCR “The Score.”  He’ll work alongside WSCR reporter and update anchor David Schuster.  The duo take over for Ed Sherman and Steve Olken, who resigned from the program after a 10-year run…..SB Nation Radio announces that in addition to having reporters at all NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament sites, it is adding Pat Kennedy and Daniel Ewing as analysts.  They will both make appearances on all network programs throughout the tournament.  Also, “SB Nation Tonight” host John Michaels will originate his show from the Final Four in Atlanta.

Presidential Race, Weinstein Verdict, Covid-19 Epidemic, Financial Markets Tumble, Trump in India, Kobe Byrant Memorial/Lawsuit Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (2/24).  The Democrats battling to challenge President Trump in November; the guilty verdicts in the sexual assault trial of former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein; the status of the coronavirus epidemic and concerns about the ability to avert a pandemic; the world’s financial markets dive as China’s productivity is affected by Covid-19; President Trump’s visit to India amidst adulation and protests; and Monday’s memorial for Kobe and Gigi Bryant in Los Angeles were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Learning the Sports Talk Radio Biz! Pictured above (from l-r) are: WAXY-AM and WQAM, Miami sports talk host Channing Crowder, Miami Dolphins center/long snapper Taybor Pepper, Dolphins quarterback Jake Rudock, Dolphins linebacker Terrill Hanks, and WAXY-AM and WQAM host Marc Hochman.  Hochman tells TALKERS that while the NFL Combine is going on in Indianapolis, the Miami Dolphins offer their current players the chance to participate in a “Business Combine” where they can learn real estate, investing, and even broadcasting as players prepare for a life after football.  Hence the three Dolphins above were at the Entercom South Florida studios getting an afternoon of broadcast instruction from former Dolphins LB Channing Crowder and Hochman.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Programming pro Mike Preston is named program director for Cumulus Media’s Dallas country stations KPLX “99.5 The Wolf” and KSCS “New Country 96.3.”  Preston most recently served as SVP of programming for iHeartMedia Baltimore and PD for country WPOC and adult hits WQSR “102.7 JACK FM.”  Cumulus Dallas-Houston RVP Dan Bennett says, “These two country brands, each in their own distinctive way, have captured the hearts of DFW country music fans.  We believe Mike Preston is the right person to lead our talented teams into the future.  Mike has had big success in his career as a creative PD who knows how to coach big time talent.  We can’t wait to have him in Dallas to further ignite two of the most-listened-to country stations in America.”…..Programmer Jamillah Muhammad exits Taxi License Corp’s urban AC KJLH, Los Angeles “Radio Free 102.3” where she was operations manager…..Air personality Jenna Owens is leaving her daily role with the YEA Networks-syndicated “Kidd Kraddick Morning Show” to focus on her Fitish skin care business.  Owens will continue her weekly “That’s What I Like” segment that airs each Friday and will become a correspondent for the show, doing press junkets in New York and Los Angeles, reporting live from events like SXSW, Coachella, and more.  In addition to the correspondent role, she’ll team with her “The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show” co-host, J-Si Chavez, to launch a weekly podcast, also called “Fitish,” that will be produced and distributed by YEA…..Public radio triple A personality Cindy Howes is joining WUNC, Raleigh to host the 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm daypart on the public media company’s triple A streaming station WUNC Music.  Howes was previously with triple A WYEP, Pittsburgh as morning personality and host of the “Folk Alley and the Basic Folk” podcast…..Rachel Hubbard is promoted to executive director at Oklahoma State University’s news/talk/adult alternative KOSU, Oklahoma City.  She most recently served as news director at the station.  Hubbard comments, “I want to fight for public media in Oklahoma.  Oftentimes, people look at news outlets that are outside of Oklahoma and talk about the things they’re doing well, and I don’t see any reason why we can’t own that right here in Oklahoma and have a media resource that is ours – it’s made by us and it’s made for us.”

Monday, February 24, 2020

| February 24, 2020

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

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

Round Four of January PPM’s Released.  The fourth and final round of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s January PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including: Austin, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Providence, Norfolk, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Greensboro, Memphis, and Hartford. Nielsen’s January 2020 survey period covered January 2 – 29.  Some of the news/talk radio stations that chalked up positive weekly, 6+ AQH share ratings during the January survey include: Sinclair Telecable’s KLBJ-AM, Austin which added nine-tenths to land at a 4.5 share and the #8 rank in the market; iHeartMedia’s WTKK-FM, Raleigh posts a whopping 1.8 share increase over the Holiday 2019 survey to finish January with a 7.1 share and the #3 rank; Emmis Communications’ WIBC-FM, Indianapolis rockets up 2.2 shares to finish January with a 7.6 share and the #3 rank; Cumulus Media’s WWTN-FM, Nashville adds seven-tenths to end January with a 4.8 share and the #8 rank; and Cumulus’ WPRO-AM/WEAN-FM, Providence tacks 1.3 shares onto its Holiday 2019 number to finish the January survey with a 3.7 share and the #8 rank in the market.  You can see all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, TALKERS managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways here

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

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

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

Monday Memo: Legal Advice

| February 24, 2020

By Holland Cooke
Consultant

 

BLOCK ISLAND, RI — Have you hugged a lawyer today?  If you’re managing a talk station, you should.  Just several decades ago, they didn’t even advertise.  Back to the future: Few advertising categories are more opportune now.

Attorneys’ ads are everywhere.  On dueling billboards, the head shots are either a tough-guy-on-your-side pose, or that trust-me smile real estate agents all wear.  TV spots are often amateurish and overstated, begging for attention and playing on the advertiser’s ego.  In both media, phone numbers often spell something (which is smart).  But…  Read More

January 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Four

| February 22, 2020

January 2020 PPM Data – Information for the January 2020 ratings period has been released for Austin, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Providence, Norfolk, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Greensboro, Memphis, and Hartford. Nielsen Audio’s January 2020 survey period covered January 2 – 29. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM-markets below.

Austin

Spoken-Word Formats – An increase of nine-tenths to 4.5 (6+) elevates Sinclair Telecable-owned KLBJ-AM from ninth to eighth and pulls the plug on three straight decreases that led to a collective -1.4 (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 3.6, 6+). October’s 5.0 was the best 6+-performance for “News Radio 590” in more than six years (5.0, as well, June 2013). Entercom’s KJCE is without a loss the fifth time in a row for a net gain of one-tenth (.3 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .4, 6+); “Talk Radio 1370” is anchored at #26.

Repeating at #16, Genuine Austin Radio sports talk KTXX “The Horn” follows “Holiday” 2019’s -.8 with a one-tenth improvement (2.1 – 2.2, 6+). Off four-tenths via three straight sweeps without an increase (.9 – .8 – .5 – .5, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted KVET-AM “1300 AM The Zone” picks up one-tenth to .6 (6+) and is unchanged at #25.

In “Holiday” 2019, KUT shifted to #2, following three sweeps in a row at #1. Powered by a +1.5 (7.4 – 8.9, 6+), the University of Texas at Austin-owned news/talk outlet is back in the top spot. Recent KUT fluctuations include: +1.6 (January 2019); +.7 (March); -2.0 (April); -1.6 (June); +.9 (July); +1.2 (August); +2.0 (October); -.5 (November); +.5 (December); -1.9 (“Holiday” 2019); and +1.5 (January 2020).

Austin Music Formats – Owing to seven downturns in a row, Sinclair Telecable adult hits KBPA was a collective -2.1 (9.3 – 9.2 – 8.7 – 8.4 – 8.1 – 7.9 – 7.8 – 7.2, 6+). In January 2020, “103.5 Bob-FM” rebounds with a +1.3 to 8.5 (third to second, 6+). KBPA spent six consecutive sweeps at #1 and was in the runner-up slot three reports in a row before slipping to third in “Holiday” 2019. An overall -1.2 in three drops in a row (5.5 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 4.2, 6+), iHeartMedia’s country-formatted KVET-FM carves away half that shortfall with a +.6 to 4.8 (seventh to fifth, 6+). Immediately prior to the just-concluded negative streak, “98.1 The Austin Texas Original” was a combined +2.2 in September/October (3.3 – 5.0 – 5.5, 6+), with September’s 5.5 its best 6+-showing since May (5.8, 6+). Despite picking up one-tenth (3.6 – 3.7, 6+), co-owned/similarly-programmed KASE exits the top ten (#9 to #11). “Austin’s #1 For New Country” was -.9 (November); +.9 (December); and -1.5 (“Holiday” 2019). Elsewhere in the format, Genuine Austin Radio-owned KOKE-FM “Austin’s Country Alternative” records its third consecutive up or flat trend for a net gain of two-tenths (1.1 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.3, flat at #20, 6+). In addition to KVET-FM, Sinclair Telecable triple A KGSR-HD2 notches a six-tenth increase (1.2, #21, 6+). KGSR-HD2 had lost 50% of its 6+-stat in three declines in a row (1.2 – .8 – .7 – .6, 6+). In an alternating up/down pattern that began in September (3.7 – 4.1 – 3.9 – 4.0 – 3.5 – 4.0, 6+), co-owned KLBJ-FM “93.7 The Rock of Austin” returns to the top ten (#12 to #10). A combined +6.7 in December “Holiday” 2019 (5.1 – 6.3 – 11.8, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary KKMJ falters by -5.1 to 6.7 (6+). After a “Holiday” 2019-only visit to #1, “Majic 95.5 Better Music for a Better Workday” segues to third-place. In “Holiday” 2019, KKMJ became the first Austin station to record double-digits (11.8, 6+) since it did so in “Holiday” 2017 (12.4). Repeating at #14, Sinclair Telecable’s similarly-formatted KGSR “Star 93.3” follows “Holiday” 2019’s increase of seven-tenths with a one-tenth dip (2.7 – 2.6, 6+). Without a loss the past three sweeps for a net gain of one-half share (2.1 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.6, 6+), Univision Radio regional Mexican KLQB “Que Buena 104.3” is off one-tenth to 2.5 (flat at #15, 6+).

Raleigh

Spoken-Word Formats – Dismissing “Holiday” 2019’s loss of four-tenths with a January 2020 +1.8 (5.3 – 7.1, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WTKK “106.1 Stay Connected” progresses from eighth to third. A combined +.3 in November/December (1.0 – 1.1 – 1.3, 6+), Curtis Media Group news/talk WPTF “News Radio 680” dropped one-tenth in “Holiday” 2019 to 1.2 (#19, 6+) but is unlisted in January 2020.

Vaporizing December/“Holiday” 2019’s loss of four-tenths (3.1 – 2.8 – 2.7, 6+) with a +1.0 to 3.7 (6+), Capitol Broadcasting sports talk WCMC “99.9 The Fan” cracks the top ten (#13 to #9).

Including January 2020’s positive spike of six-tenths, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill news/talk WUNC “91.5 North Carolina Public Radio” continues an alternating down/up pattern that commenced in February 2019: 7.5 – 7.3 – 7.4 – 7.0 – 7.8 – 7.5 – 8.5 – 7.4 – 7.5 – 6.5 – 6.8 – 6.0 – 6.6 (fifth to fourth, 6+).

Raleigh Music Formats – Following four straight sweeps at #1, WFXC shifted to the runner-up slot in “Holiday” 2019; however, with a January 2020 +1.5 (7.2 – 8.7, 6+),“Foxy – Today’s R&B and Classic Soul” is back on top. The Radio One urban AC spent 12 consecutive survey periods at #1; 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+). Recent WFXC (6+) fluctuations include: +1.1 (January 2019); -1.1 (February); -.6 (July); -.6 (October); -1.5 (“Holiday” 2019); and +1.5 (January 2020).  January 2019’s +1.1 took WFXC to 11.0, its highest 6+-stat in the PPM-era. Nudged out of the ratings penthouse is Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary WRAL “Mix 101.5 – The Variety That Makes You Feel Good” (7.4, -1.7, first to second, 6+). A combined -.8 in November/December (7.7 – 7.2 – 6.9, 6+), “Mix” posted a “Holiday” 2019 +2.2 to 9.1, its best 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2018 (9.6). Reaching the market from Greensboro, iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WMAG was an overall +1.8 via three straight up or flat trends (.4 – .4 – .4 – 2.2, 6+) but is now a combined -1.7 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (2.2 – 1.9 – .5, #16 to #14, 6+). In four straight positive spikes, Radio One gospel WNNL netted a +2.5 (4.5 – 5.2 – 5.5 – 6.2 – 7.0, 6+), but “The Light 103.9” forfeits nearly two-thirds of that increase (5.4, -1.6, third to sixth, 6+). The four latest (6+) fluctuations for urban contemporary cluster-mate WQOK “K-97.5” are: +1.3 (November); -.7 (December); -.5 (“Holiday” 2019); and -1.2 in January 2020 (6.3 – 5.1, fourth to seventh, 6+). November’s 7.5 was its strongest 6+-stat since February (7.8). Having more than quadrupled (+.7) its 6+-figure in six successive reports without a loss (.2 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .4 – .9, 6+), Curtis Media Group hot AC WPLW-AM “Star 92.9 – The Triangle’s Best Variety” returns that increase in its entirety (.2, -.7, #22 to #17, 6+). CHR sibling WPLW-FM “Pulse FM,” a combined -.8 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.2 – 5.1 – 4.4, #11, 6+), is unlisted in the January 2020 report. The same (unlisted) status applies to co-owned WQDR “Today’s Best Country 94.7 QDR,” which was a collective -1.9 through five successive decreases (6.8 – 6.5 – 6.3 – 5.8 – 5.2 – 4.9, ninth, 6+). In addition to (aforementioned) WPTF; WPLW-FM; and WQDR, four other Curtis Media Group stations are unlisted in this report. They are: adult hits WBBB “96.1 BBB Your Life/Your Music” (5.4, #7, “Holiday” 2019, 6+); classic hits-oldies WKIX “KIX 102.9 Carolina’s Greatest Hits” (2.6, #14, “Holiday” 2019, 6+); regional Mexican WYMY “La Ley 101.1” (1.5, #18, “Holiday” 2019, 6+); and classic hits-oldies WPTK “Just Right Radio” (1.1, #20, “Holiday” 2019, 6+).

Indianapolis

Spoken-Word Formats – Exchanging “Holiday” 2019’s -1.3 (6.7 – 5.4, 6+) with a robust January 2020 +2.2 to 7.6 (6+), Emmis news/talk WIBC jumps from fifth to third. Recent (6+) shifts for “Indy’s Mobile News 93.1” include: +.9 (January 2019); +.9 (February); -.8 (March); -1.2 (April); +.9 (June); +.5 (August); -.5 (October); +.6 (November); -1.3 (“Holiday” 2019); and +2.2 (January 2020).

Up two-tenths (2.8 – 3.0, 6+), Emmis’ WFNI “The Fan – Indy’s Sports Center” advances from #14 to #13.

Three consecutive (August through November) increases netted a +1.2 (1.7 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9, 6+); WFNI was then locked on 2.8 (6+) in December and “Holiday” 2019. Anchored at #18, iHeartMedia-owned WNDE “Indy’s Sports Station” has a June 2019 through January 2020 topline of: 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.3 – .9 – 1.0 – 1.2 (6+).

Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting news/talk WFYI’s July 2019 through January 2020’s alternating up/down pattern (including its current +.9) is: 4.9 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 5.2 – 4.7 – 4.8 – 3.7 – 4.6 (flat at #9, 6+).

Indianapolis Music Formats – Four straight setbacks by Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WJJK accounted for a -4.5 (11.1 – 10.4 – 10.2 – 8.0 – 6.6, 6+), but “Classic Hits 104.5” answers with a January 2020 +1.1 to 7.7 (third to second, 6+). After 11 sweeps in a row at #1, WJJK dropped to second in December. Its 11.1 (July and September) represents the highest 6+-share in the station’s PPM-history, eclipsing April’s 10.2. Among WJJK’s recent hefty (6+) fluctuations are: +2.9 (January 2019); -.7 (February); -.6 (March); +1.7 (April); +1.4 (July); -1.1 (August); +1.1 (September); -.7 (October); -2.2 (December); -1.4 (“Holiday” 2019); and +1.1 (January 2020). A combined -2.0 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.4 – 6.2 – 5.4, 6+), Emmis-owned WLHK “Country 97.1 Hank” slices that deficit in half with a +1.0 to 6.4 (fifth to sixth, 6+). “Hank” was up one-tenth in November, after its October +1.3 basically defused August/September’s -1.2 (7.2 – 7.1 – 6.0, 6+). Improving by nine-tenths (each) are iHeartMedia-owned WFBQ “Q-95 Rocks” (third to fourth) and Sarkes Tarzian triple A WTTS “92.3 Experience The Music” (4.7, steady at #8, 6+). In an alternating down/up pattern that commenced in June, “Q-95” is: 6.7 – 5.9 – 6.4 – 6.3 – 6.9 – 6.1 – 7.1 – 6.6 – 7.5 (6+). Immediately prior to losing one-tenth in “Holiday” 2019, WTTS was +1.2 in four successive up or flat trends (2.7 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.9, 6+). After having its 6+ AQH share plummet by roughly 48% (-3.0) as a result of seven successive decreases (6.2 – 6.0 – 5.8 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 4.4 – 4.2 – 3.2, 6+), Entercom CHR WZPL “99.5 ZPL” pulls the plug with a +.6 to 3.8 (#11 to #10, 6+). Improving by six-tenths as well is Radio One urban AC WTLC-FM (steady at #7), which has an alternating August 2019 through January 2020 down/up pattern of: 4.5 – 4.4 – 5.2 – 5.1 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 5.8 (6+). A cumulative +10.8 via three increases in succession (7.4 – 8.8 – 10.2 – 18.2, 6+), Emmis adult contemporary WYXB “B-105.7” plummets by precisely 50% (9.1, -9.1, 6+) but is #1 the third successive sweep. Its “Holiday” 2019 18.2 represents the largest 6+-performance by any Indianapolis station in the PPM-era. A -1.0 by Radio One rhythmic CHR WHHH sends “Hot 96.3” below a three-share (3.7 – 2.7, 6+) and out of the top ten (#9 to #14). After posting a 3.4 (6+) in June, Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WKLU is unlisted the eighth time in a row.

Milwaukee

Spoken-Word Formats – Down six-tenths (5.9 – 5.3, 6+), Good Karma Brands’ news/talk WTMJ (Packers, Bucks) slips from fourth to fifth. Immediately prior to “Holiday” 2019’s increase of two-tenths, “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” was -2.7 in November/December (8.4 – 6.6 – 5.7, 6+). A combined -1.1 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.1 – 4.8 – 4.0, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WISN “News/Talk 1130” notches a +.2 to 4.2 (ninth to seventh, 6+).

The market’s four major sports talkers are separated by six-tenths of a share. Tied at #14 are Good Karma Brands’ WKTI “94.5 ESPN” (.8 – 1.0, +.2, #20 to #14, 6+) and iHeartMedia’s WRNW “97.3 The Game – Milwaukee’s Sports Talk That Rocks” (.9 – 1.0, +.1, #18 to #14, 6+). Trailing WKTI and WRNW by just one-tenth is Entercom’s WSSP “Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan” (flat at .9, #18 to #16, 6+). Meanwhile, one-half share behind WSSP is iHeartMedia’s WOKY “The Big 920,” which has lost three-tenths via four straight down or flat trends (.7 – .6 – .5 – .4 – .4, #23 to #21, 6+).

On the heels of “Holiday” 2019’s loss of eight-tenths, University of Wisconsin news/talk WUWM gains two-tenths (4.0 – 4.2, ninth to seventh, 6+). Wisconsin Public Radio news/talk WHAD wipes away December/“Holiday” 2019’s combined -.5 (1.6 – 1.3 – 1.1, 6+) with a January 2020 +.5 to 1.6 (#17 to #12, 6+).

Milwaukee Music Formats – The combination of iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WRIT “95.7 Big FM Milwaukee’s Greatest Hits” eroding by -3.9 (11.8 – 7.9, #1 the fourth time in a row ) and Entercom hot AC WMYX “99.1 The Mix” logging a +1.8 (6.1 – 7.9, third to first, 6+) results in the two sharing the lead. WRIT spent four straight months at #1 before segueing to the runner-up slot in October. “Holiday” 2019’s 11.8 is the strongest 6+-stat for any Milwaukee station since WRIT’s 11.6 in “Holiday” 2017. Recent (6+) moves by WRIT include: +3.8 (“Holiday” 2018); – 1.9 (January 2019); +.6 (February); -.8 (March); +.7 (April); -1.5 (May); +.8 (June); -1.3 (October); -.5 (November); +4.0 (“Holiday” 2019); and -3.9 (January 2020). After posting an increase of seven-tenths in back-to-back sweeps (6.2 – 6.9 – 7.6, 6+), “The Mix” faltered by -1.5 in “Holiday” 2019. Prior to December (7.6), the last time WMYX reached the seven-share level was in November 2015 (7.0, 6+). In three setbacks in a row, iHeartMedia-owned WMIL was a collective -2.1 (7.2 – 7.0 – 6.5 – 5.1, 6+) but “FM 106.1 Milwaukee’s Best Country” halts the slide with a +1.1 to 6.2 (sixth to fourth, 6+). A cumulative +6.2 as a result of three bumps in a row (5.2  – 5.7 – 6.8 – 11.4, 6+), Milwaukee Radio Alliance adult contemporary WLDB “B-93.3” surrenders a -4.1 to 7.3 (second to third, 6+). In “Holiday” 2019, “B-93.3” reached double-digits (11.4, 6+) for the first time since “Holiday” 2018 (10.3). Off eight-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.5 – 5.4 – 4.7, seventh to eighth, 6+), Saga Communications’ WHQG “102.9 The Hog Everything That Rocks” is unlisted in January 2020. The same (unlisted) status applies to co-owned WKLH “96.5 Milwaukee’s Hometown Rock,” which was down or flat six times in a row for a -2.8 (8.4 – 7.8 – 7.8 – 7.6 – 7.3 – 7.0 – 5.6, third to fifth, 6+) and urban AC cluster-mate WJMR “Jammin’ 98.3,” which lost eight-tenths via three consecutive down or flat moves (4.0 – 4.0 – 3.7 – 3.2, #12 to #13, 6+).

Nashville

Spoken-Word Formats – A January 2020 increase of seven-tenths by Cumulus Media’s WWTN fully eradicates December/“Holiday” 2019’s -.7 (4.8 – 4.7 – 4.1 – 4.8 , tenth to eighth, 6+). Entering the December sweep, “Super Talk 99.7” was +1.7 in six up or flat sweeps in a row (3.1 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 4.2 – 4.8, 6+). Flat at #17, iHeartMedia’s WLAC “Talk Radio 1510,” which forfeited four-tenths in “Holiday” 2019, regains three-tenths (2.0 – 2.3, 6+). In December, WLAC reached the two-share level (2.4) for the first time in more than four years (2.0, October 2015).

An overall -1.1 in three straight down or flat moves (5.1 – 5.0 – 4.1 – 4.0, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned sports talk WGFX “104.5 The Zone” bounces back with a +.7 to 4.7 (6+) and reenters the top ten (#11 to #9). Prior to this just-concluded streak, “The Zone” netted a +2.4 in four straight upticks (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 4.7 – 5.1, 6+). By gaining two-tenths to 1.0 (steady at #19, 6+), Cromwell Group-owned/similarly-formatted WPRT “102.5 The Game” (Predators) halts three consecutive sweeps without an increase that accounted for an overall loss of one-half share (1.3 – 1.1 – 1.1 – .8, 6+).

Recent shifts by Nashville Public Radio’s WPLN-FM “NPR News and Classical Music” include: August/September’s +1.8 (5.1 – 6.2 – 6.9, 6+); October/November’s -1.5 (6.9 – 5.9 – 5.4, 6+); December’s +.4 (5.4 – 5.8, 6+); “Holiday” 2019’s -1.2; and +1.1 in January 2020 (4.6 – 5.7, eighth to fifth, 6+).

Nashville Music Formats – Down or flat six times in a row for a collective -1.5 (6.2 – 5.6 – 5.4 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.9 – 4.7, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WSIX obliterates that shortfall with a +1.7 (6.4, sixth to fourth, 6+). Immediately prior, “The Big 98 – Nashville’s #1 for New Country” had been +2.7 in seven consecutive up or flat sweeps (3.5 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 5.0 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 6.2, 6+). Conversely, Cumulus Media’s similarly-formatted WKDF is a collective -1.6 in three straight drops (4.9 – 4.8 – 4.4 – 3.3, 6+); “Nash FM 103.3” exits the top ten (#9 to #13). Also in the format, co-owned WSM-FM “95.5 Nash Icon” answers “Holiday” 2019’s dip of eight-tenths with a January 2020 bump of three-tenths (4.7 – 5.0, 6+) but slips from sixth to seventh. WSM-FM was +1.6 in October/November (4.5 – 5.0 – 6.1, 6+) and -.6 in December. In the contemporary Christian format, WAY Media’s WAYM continues on a roll: “WAY-FM” nearly quadruples (+3.1) its 6+ AQH share in six straight positive or neutral sweeps (1.1 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 2.4 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 4.2, #15 to #11, 6+). Salem Media Group’s similarly-programmed WFFH “94 FM The Fish,” a collective +1.6 in four straight sweeps without a loss (2.4 – 2.4 – 2.8 – 3.3 – 4.0, 6+), forfeits half that increase (3.2, -.8, #11 to #14, 6+). Directly prior, WFFH 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+). Meanwhile, Educational Media Foundation’s WLVU is down one-half share in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (2.4 – 1.9 – 1.9, flat at #18, 6+). “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” was +1.5 in three June through September improvements (2.0 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.5, 6+); -1.7 in October/November (3.5 – 2.6 – 1.8, 6+); and +.6 in December (1.8 – 2.4, 6+). Off a combined six-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.2 – 6.1 – 5.6, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WRVW posts a January 2020 increase of nine-tenths to 6.5 (third to second, 6+). Immediately in advance of the December report, “107.5 The River” gained nine-tenths via five straight sweeps without a loss (5.3 – 5.3 – 5.5 – 5.7 – 6.2 – 6.2, 6+). After each regressed by eight-tenths in “Holiday” 2019, iHeartMedia’s WNRQ “105.9 The Rock” recaptures one-half share (3.3 – 3.8, #14 to #12, 6+), while Cromwell alternative WBUZ “102.9 The Buzz” falters by another eight-tenths (4.4 – 4.6 – 2.8, #13 to #16, 6+). In six consecutive decreases, WNRQ was a cumulative -4.5 (7.8 – 7.6 – 6.5 – 6.2 – 5.2 – 4.1 – 3.3, 6+). The “Holiday” 2019 loss by WBUZ suspended three consecutive improvements that netted a +2.0 (2.4 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 4.4, 6+). While Midwest Communications adult contemporary WJXA is the market leader the third time in a row, “Mix 92.9 – Your Life, Your Music” stumbles by -5.5 to 10.3 (6+). A combined +8.3 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.5 – 9.7 – 15.8, 6+), WJXA has been: +3.2 (“Holiday” 2018); -3.5 (January 2019); -1.3 (February); +1.0 (May); -1.6 (October); +2.2 (December); +6.1 (“Holiday” 2019); and -5.5 (January 2020). After logging three drops in a row for an overall -2.7 (8.9 – 7.8 – 6.6 – 6.2, 6+), co-owned WCJK “96.3 Jack FM – Playing What We Want” ends the slide with a +.3 to 6.5 (unchanged at #2, 6+). Owing to three successive bumps, Nashville’s version of “Jack” was +2.1 (6.8 – 8.0 – 8.1 – 8.9, 6+). October 2019 marked WCJK’s first time at #1 since April, when it logged an 8.4 (6+). The four most recent shifts by Cumulus Media urban AC WQQK “92-Q” are: -.7 (November); +.6 (December); +.5 (“Holiday” 2019); and -.7 in January 2020 (5.1 – 4.4, fifth to tenth, 6+). Prior to the December sweep, “92-Q” was a collective -1.5 in three decreases in succession (5.5 – 5.2 – 4.7 – 4.0, 6+). That immediately followed an overall +1.3 via four successive gains (4.2 – 4.4 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.5, 6+).

Providence

Spoken-Word Formats – Dismissing December/“Holiday” 2019’s combined loss of one-half share (3.0 – 2.7 – 2.5, 6+) with a January 2020 +1.2 to 3.7 (6+), Cumulus Media-owned WPRO-AM “News Talk 630” continues at #8. Even though iHeartMedia news/talk WHJJ adds two-tenths in back-to-back reports (4. – .6 – .8, 6+),“Providence’s News, Traffic, and Weather” backslides from #16 to #18. November’s one-tenth increase halted eight straight down or flat moves that accounted for an approximately 75% reduction (-1.6) of its 6+-AQH share (2.1 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.3 – .9 – .9 – .7 – .5, 6+). Cumulus Media’s WPRV “AM 790 Talk & Business” has lost a collective four-tenths in nine consecutive down or flat reports and exits the top twenty (.7 – .5 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3, #19 to #21, 6+).

Advancing from seventh to sixth, Entercom sports talker WVEI 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 – 4.1 – 3.8 – 4.1 (6+). July’s 3.1 is its lowest 6+-stat since March 2018’s 2.8.

Down one-half share in December/“Holiday” 2019 (1.8 – 1.5 – 1.2, 6+), iHeartMedia Boston news-talk hybrid WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” improves by three-tenths to 1.5 (#14 to #13, 6+).

A combined -.6 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.9 – 2.8 – 2.3, 6+), WGBH Educational Foundation Boston news/talk WGBH erases all but one-tenth of that deficit (2.8, +.5, steady at #9, 6+). Notwithstanding that The Wheeler School-owned news/talk WELH more than doubles (+.4) its “Holiday” 2019 AQH share (.3 – .7, 6+), “89.3 The Public’s Radio” slips from #19 to #20; WELH was -1.3 in December.

Providence Music Formats – In four consecutive down or flat trends, Cumulus Media-owned CHR WPRO-FM was an overall -1.2 (7.0 – 7.0 – 6.8 – 6.2 – 5.8, 6+); however, “Today’s Hit Music PRO FM” purges that shortfall with a +1.6 to 7.4 (6+) and continues in fourth-place. Down eight-tenths in “Holiday” 2019 (2.7 – 1.9, 6+, Townsquare Media’s similarly-programmed WFHN “Fun 107 The Southcoast’s #1 Hit Music Station” responds with a January 2020 gain of seven-tenths (2.6, unchanged at #10, 6+). In December, “Fun 107” posted a +.8 to 2.7, its strongest 6+-stat since February’s 3.7. By gaining one-tenth to 5.8 (flat at #5, 6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWBB “B-101” curtails three sweeps in a row without an increase that resulted in an overall -1.9 (7.6 – 7.4 – 6.6 – 5.7, 6+). Anchored at #3, Hall Broadcasting’s WCTK “Cat Country 98.1” dusts itself off from “Holiday” 2019’s -1.9 (8.3 – 6.4, 6+) with a January 2020 +1.4 (7.8, 6+). Entering the September sweep, WCTK was a collective +1.7 in three straight improvements (7.6 – 8.5 – 8.6 – 9.3, 6+). August’s 9.3 (#1, 6+) was its highest 6+-share since 10.1 in July 2018. In addition to “Cat Country,” iHeartMedia-owned WHJY dials up a January 2020 +1.4 (8.0 – 9.4, 6+). This follows “Holiday” 2019’s -1.3 and enables “94 HJY Providence’s Home of Rock & Roll” to advance from second to first. After four months in succession at #1, WHJY segued to the runner-up slot in “Holiday” 2019. A December gain of six-tenths wiped away October/November’s loss of equal magnitude (9.3 – 9.2 – 8.7, 6+). Exiting the top spot is Cumulus Media adult contemporary WWLI “Lite Rock 105” (16.8 – 8.9, -7.9, first to second, 6+), which was tied for the lead (with WHJY) in December and had sole possession of #1 in “Holiday” 2019. In three straight upticks, WWLI nearly doubled (+8.3) its 6+-stat (8.5 – 8.6 – 9.3 – 16.8, 6+). Unlisted the eighth 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 – This is the fourth sweep in a row Max Broadcast Group sports talk WVSP is without an increase for a net loss of three-tenths (2.2 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 1.9, 6+); even so, “ESPN Radio 94.1” advances from #11 to #10.

Norfolk Music Formats – Basically neutralizing December/“Holiday” 2019’s -1.4 (4.3 – 3.5 – 2.9, 6+) with a January 2020 +1.3 to 4.2 (6+), Max Broadcast Group’s WGH-FM “New Country 97.3 The Eagle” soars from tenth to fourth. Off three-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.3 – 3.3 – 3.0, 6+), Entercom hot AC WPTE “94.9 The Point” notches a +.6 to 3.6 (ninth to fifth), its best 6+-stat (3.6) since this past July (4.0). Continuing an alternating up/down pattern that began in July (8.0 – 8.3 – 7.5 – 7.8 – 7.3 – 7.4 – 6.9 – 7.4, 6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WOWI “103 Jamz” climbs from third to second. Not only is WVKL a cumulative +2.7 in three bumps in a row (11.7 – 12.7 – 14.1 – 14.4, 6+), “Smooth R&B from Yesterday & Today” is #1 the 14th consecutive ratings period. The Entercom urban AC had been the market pacesetter 25 successive times before shifting to the runner-up slot in “Holiday” 2018. When WVKL recorded a 9.1 (6+) in August, it was the first time since January 2014 (9.8) that the station failed to log double-digits (6+). Its August 2018 15.5 holds the record for highest 6+-performance by any Norfolk station in the PPM-era. Co-owned adult contemporary WWDE “101.3 2WD,” which was +8.1 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.3 – 6.9 – 12.4, 6+), spirals by -7.2 to 5.2 (second to third, 6+). Although it is a collective -1.5 via three drops in a row (5.1 – 4.6 – 3.7 – 3.6, 6+), Max Broadcast Group’s similarly-formatted WVBW “92.9 The Wave” advances from seventh to fifth. Co-owned WVHT “Hot 100 – Today’s Hits Now,” which was off six-tenths in three straight sweeps without an increase (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.0, 6+), suspends the streak with a +.4 to 2.4 and zooms from #13 to #8. On a rollercoaster ride, iHeartMedia rhythmic hot AC WMOV “MOViN’ 107.7” lost two-thirds loss (-.7) of its 6+-stat in six successive trends without an increase (2.1 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.4, 6+); was then +1.7 in December/“Holiday” (1.4 – 1.9 – 3.1, 6+); and now plummets by -2.0 to 1.1 (6+) and departs the top ten (#8 to #13, 6+). Off seven-tenths in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (3.9 – 3.8 – 3.2, 6+), Entercom rhythmic CHR WNVZ “Z-104” slips from sixth to seventh. Despite having its consecutive string of up or flat trends that netted a half-share end at five (1.6 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 2.1 – 2.1, 6+), iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic oldies WHBT “92.1 The Beat” (2.0, -.1, 6+) climbs from #11 to #9. Immediately after logging a +1.6 in November, Saga Communications’ WAFX “106.9 The Fox – Hampton Roads’ Classic Rock” regressed by -1.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.3 – 6.7 – 5.8, flat at #4, 6+). November’s 7.3 represents the highest 6+-stat since June (8.2) for “The Fox,” which was a combined +2.1 in October/November (5.2 – 5.7 – 7.3, 6+). Co-owned WNOR “FM 99 Rocks” lost basically half (-4.5) its 6+ AQH share via four consecutive downturns (9.1 – 7.5 – 7.2 – 5.4 – 4.6, 6+) and was unchanged at #5. Directly before that streak, WNOR was +3.2 via six consecutive up or flat trends (5.9 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 6.8 – 6.8 – 8.9 – 9.1, 6+). September’s 9.1 (6+) marked the first time in its PPM-history that WNOR appeared in print with a 6+-share reaching the nine-share level (6+). WAFX, WNOR, and adult standards sibling WJOI “Joy FM – Great Songs/Great Memories” (.2, #17, “Holiday” 2019, 6+) are all unlisted in January 2020.

Jacksonville

Spoken-Word Formats – Tacking on a January 2020 +1.5 to “Holiday” 2019’s increase of two-tenths (8.1 – 8.3 – 9.8, 6+), Cox Media Group news/talk WOKV-FM “104.5 Jacksonville’s News, Weather, and Traffic” progresses from second to a first-place tie. WOKV-FM had been the market leader from July through November.

Down one-tenth in back-to-back reports (1.1 – 1.0  – .9, 6+), iHeartMedia sports talk WFXJ “930 The Game – Jacksonville’s Sports Leader” improves by three-tenths to 1.2 (6+) and continues at #18. Without a loss the fourth time in a row for a net gain of one-tenth (.3 – .4 – .4 -.4 – .4, 6+), Cox Media Group sports talk WOKV-AM “690 AM ESPN Jacksonville” drops from #19 to #20.

After surrendering seven-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.6 – 3.5 – 2.9, 6+), public radio news/talk WJCT answers with a January 2020 gain of eight-tenths (3.7, #12 to #10, 6+).

Jacksonville Music Formats – Very similar to news/talk WOKV-FM (see above), Renda Broadcasting’s WGNE adds a +1.5 to “Holiday” 2019’s spike of three-tenths (3.7 – 4.0 – 5.5, 6+) as “99.9 Gator Country” moves from eighth to sixth. WGNE had been within 4.1 – 4.7 range (6+) five survey periods in succession (4.3 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 4.1 – 4.5, 6+) before faltering in December by eight-tenths to 3.7, its lowest 6+-stat since June (3.5). On the heels of “Holiday” 2019’s massive -3.0, iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted WQIK “99.1 Jacksonville’s Country” dials up a +.6 (4.0 – 4.6, 6+) and repeats at #8. Owing to four successive improvements, WQIK was a collective +1.6 (5.4 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 6.7 – 7.0, 6+). Even though it replaces December/“Holiday” 2019’s combined loss of one-half share (5.3 – 5.2 – 4.8, 6+) with a +1.3 and has its best 6+-showing (6.1) since July (6.6), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WJBT “93.3 The Beat” remains in fifth-place. “Holiday” 2019’s 14.3-share advantage (6+) Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WEJZ held over Cox Media Group’s similarly-formatted WEZI “Easy 102.9” shrinks to 4.7 (6+) as WEJZ is -8.6 (18.4 – 9.8, first to a first-place tie with news/talk WOKV-FM, see above, 6+), while WEZI is +1.0 (4.1 – 5.1 – unchanged at #7, 6+). In four consecutive up or flat moves, WEJZ was a +11.0 (7.4 – 7.4 – 8.1 – 10.8 – 18.4, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s 18.4 was the highest 6+-showing by any Jacksonville station in four years (WEJZ, 19.7, “Holiday” 2015, 6+). WEZI’s January 2020 increase suspends five successive decreases that resulted in an overall -2.8 (6.9 – 6.1 – 5.8 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 4.1, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s 4.1 was the lowest 6+-figure for “Easy” since “Holiday” 2018 (4.0). An increase of nine-tenths enables iHeartMedia urban AC WSOL “V-101.5” to cross the six-share level (5.4 – 6.3, steady in fourth-place, 6+). Continuing an alternating up/down pattern that began in March (4.0 – 4.4 – 4.2 – 5.2 – 3.8 – 4.1 – 2.7 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 2.4 – 2.9, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WKSL “97.9 Kiss FM” continues at #13. Its format rival – Cox Media Group’s WAPE “Jacksonville’s #1 Hit Music Station” – is an overall -2.1 as a result of seven successive sweeps without an increase (6.6 – 5.9 – 5.6 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 4.5 – 4.5, sixth to ninth, 6+). Dropping one-half share (each) are WAPE’s classic hits-oldies sibling WJGL “Eagle 96.9” (7.8 – 7.3, flat at #3, 6+) and co-owned WXXJ “X-106.5 – Jacksonville’s New Alternative” (#15 to #16). “The Eagle” bounced back from December’s -.5  with a “Holiday” 2019 +1.1. Three successive improvements delivered WJGL a net gain of seven-tenths (6.5 – 6.7 – 6.8 – 7.2, 6+). WXXJ is a collective -1.3 via seven straight setbacks (2.9 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 1.6, 6+).

West Palm Beach

Spoken-Word Formats – An overall -1.2 in three straight drops (4.0 – 3.7 – 2.9 – 2.8, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WJNO “1290 The Palm Beaches’ News & Talk” ends the skid with a +.4 to 3.2 (flat at #8, 6+). Prior to September, WJNO was +2.0 in six successive sweeps without a loss (2.0 – 2.3 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.7 – 4.0, 6+). It holds a three-tenths advantage over co-owned news/talk WZZR, which erases “Holiday” 2019’s loss of three tenths with a half-share improvement (2.4 – 2.9, 6+); “Real Radio 94.3 – Real Talk For The Palm Beaches” repeats at #9. Without an increase the third sweep in a row for a -1.0 (2.1 – 1.4 – 1.1 – 1.1, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WFTL “News Talk 850” nonetheless climbs from #17 to #16. October’s decrease of nine-tenths interrupted four straight gains that accounted for a +1.0 (1.7 – 2.0 – 2.4 – 2.6 – 2.7, 6+). This is the fifth time in the last six West Palm Beach reports that iHeartMedia Miami news/talk WIOD posts a .7 (.7 – .8 – .7 – .7 – .7 – .7, 6+); “610 News Radio” reenters the top twenty (#22 to #19).

Down or flat four sweeps in a row for a net loss of half (-.3) its 6+ AQH share (.6 – .5 – .4 – .4 – .3, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WMEN “Fox Sports 640 AM South Florida” picks up one-tenth (.4, #25 to #22, 6+).

The four most recent shifts by Dade County School Board news/talk WLRN are: -.8 (3.0 – 2.8 – 2.2, October/November, 6+); +.8 (2.2 – 3.0, December, 6+); -1.0 (3.0 – 2.0, “Holiday” 2019, 6+) and now +.5 (2.0 – 2.5, steady at #10, January 2020, 6+).

West Palm Beach Music Formats – After trending 5.0 – 4.8 – 5.0 (November – December – “Holiday” 2019, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting urban AC WMBX “X-102.3” explodes with a +1.8 (6.8, 6+) and remains at #3. In five downturns in succession, iHeartMedia-owned adult contemporary WOLL was an overall -2.8 (7.4 – 6.9 – 6.8 – 5.8 – 5.6 – 4.6, 6+), but “Today’s Kool 105.5” eliminates more than half that deficit with a January 2020 +1.7 (6.3, 6+) and continues in fourth-place. WOLL was -.8 in July (7.2 – 6.4, 6+) and +1.0 in August to 7.4, its best 6+-showing since July 2016 (7.5). Co-owned classic rock WKGR “Gater 98.7” is a collective +1.9 via three upticks in a row and reaches the five-share level (3.1 – 3.7 – 3.9 – 5.0, sixth to fifth, 6+). In addition to WKGR, Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WRMF logs a January 2020 +1.1 (7.7 – 8.8, 6+). “Variety from the 90s and Now,” which was -1.5 in “Holiday” 2019, returns to #1. After spending 12 ratings periods on top, WRMF slid to #2 in “Holiday” 2019 with its lowest 6+-share since “Holiday” 2016 (7.7, as well). It substituted November’s -.6 with December’s +.6  (9.2 – 8.6 – 9.2, 6+). Prior to November, WRMF was an overall +1.4 as a result of three straight gains (7.8 – 8.3 – 8.5 – 9.2, 6+). Exiting the ratings penthouse after a “Holiday” 2019-only visit there is WRMF adult contemporary cluster-mate WEAT-FM “Sunny 107.9” (12.5 – 7.4, -5.1, first to second, 6+). As a result of four straight increases, WEAT-FM was +8.1 (4.4 – 4.6 – 5.6 – 6.3 – 12.5, 6+), reaching double-digits (12.5, 6+) for the first time since “Holiday” 2018 (10.7). “Sunny” was a -2.2 in August/September (6.6 – 5.1 – 4.4, 6+). In “Holiday” 2019, a half-share decrease took iHeartMedia Spanish contemporary WZTU below a one-share (1.4 – .9, 6+) but “Tu 94.9 FM – Joven Como Tu” doubles that .9 (“Holiday” 2019, 6+) to 1.8 (#19 to #13, 6+). Tied with WZTU is Moody Bible Institute’s WRMB “Moody Radio,” which was off eight-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.0 – 1.5 – 1.2, 6+) but recaptures six-tenths (1.8, #15 to #13, 6+). Up nine-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.0 – 3.2 – 3.9, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned CHR WLDI “Wild 95.5 The Palm Beaches’ #1 Hit Music Station” regresses by six-tenths (3.3, sixth to seventh, 6+).

Greensboro

Spoken-Word Formats – In three down or flat reports in a row, iHeartMedia news/talk WPTI lost six-tenths (3.6 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.0, 6+), but “94.5 Your News, Talk, & Sports Station” bounces back with a January 2020 +.9 (3.9, 6+) and continues at #9.

Curtis Media Group sports talk WSJS regressed by one-tenth in three consecutive reports, (.9 – .8 – .7 – .6, #15, 6+); “Triad Sports” is unlisted in January 2020.

After posting an October – November – December – “Holiday” 2019 topline of 2.1 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.1 (6+), Wake Forest University news/talk WFDD erupts with a +.9 (3.0, #13 to #10, 6+). Prior to December, “88.5 Public Radio for the Piedmont” occupied the #13 spot 19 ratings periods in succession. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill news/talk WUNC regains the one-tenth it lost in “Holiday” 2019 (1.5 – 1.4 – 1.5, #14 to #13, 6+).

Greensboro Music Formats – The three most recent (6+) fluctuations for Dick Broadcasting’s WKRR “Rock 92” are: +.5 (6.6 – 7.1, December); -1.3 (7.1 – 5.8, “Holiday” 2019); and now +1.5 in January 2020 (5.8 – 7.3, fifth to fourth, 6+). Logging double-digits four times in a row (10.9 – 10.9 – 11.9 – 10.7, September 2019 through December 2019, 6+), WSMW “98.7 Simon Says We Play Everything” slipped to 8.5 (6+) in “Holiday” 2019. Not only is the Entercom adult hits outlet back in double-digits (10.4, 6+), it marches from third to first. “Simon” had been an overall +3.1 as a result of four up or flat sweeps in a row (8.8 – 9.5 – 10.9 – 10.9 – 11.9, 6+), hitting the eleven-share level (11.9) for the first time since February 2018 (11.4). Its recent (6+) fluctuations include: +.9 (January 2019); -.6 (February); +.9 (March); -1.6 (April); +1.1 (May); +.5 (June); -1.0 (July); +.7 (August); +1.4 (September); +1.0 (November); -1.2 (December); -2.2 (“Holiday” 2019); and +.9 (January 2020). It is a “Holiday” 2019-only stay at #1 for iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMAG, which plummets by more than 50% (16.2 – 7.4, -8.8, first to third). Four successive spikes netted WMAG a +9.9 (6.3 – 6.4 – 7.5 – 10.2 – 16.2, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s 16.2 was the best 6+-showing for WMAG since “Holiday” 2018 (16.5). A combined +1.1 in November/December (5.1 – 6.0 – 6.2, 6+), Dick Broadcasting-owned CHR WKZL was -1.2 in “Holiday” 2019, but “107.5 KZL The #1 Hit Music Station” answers with a January 2020 +.7 (5.0 – 5.7, steady at #6, 6+). In December, Entercom’s country-formatted WPAW “93.1 The Wolf” and iHeartMedia-owned WTQR “Q-104.1 – #1 for New Country” were down six-tenths. The two country rivals mirror each other in January 2020 with increases of six-tenths. “The Wolf” is 4.9 – 5.5 (flat at #7, 6+), while “Q-104.1,” which was -1.0 in “Holiday” 2019, is 4.0 – 4.6 (steady at #8, 6+). Over the course of the last 22 sweeps (June 2018 through January 2020), WTQR has triumphed over WPAW 12 times (June 2018, July, August, September, October, November, “Holiday” 2018, January 2019, May, July, November, and December); WPAW has come out on top on eight occasions (December 2018, February 2019, March, April, August, September, “Holiday” 2019 and January 2020; and there have been two ties (June 2019 and October 2019). Owing to six successive negative or neutral trends, iHeartMedia-owned rocker WVBZ “105.7 – Man Up” is an overall -2.5 (4.8 – 4.0 – 3.5 – 2.8 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.3, #11 to #12, 6+). This directly follows five straight improvements that accounted for a +2.3 (2.5 – 3.2 – 3.7 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.8, 6+). In addition to aforementioned Curtis Media Group sports talk WSJS (see above), regional Mexican cluster-mate WYMY “La Ley 101.1” (2.3, #12, “Holiday” 2019, 6+) is unlisted in January 2020.

Memphis

Spoken-Word Formats – Off four-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.8 – 4.8 – 4.4, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WREC “600 AM – Memphis’ News, Traffic, & Weather” regains two-tenths to 4.6 (unchanged at #7, 6+).

Entercom sports talk WMFS “ESPN Sports Radio” follows “Holiday” 2019’s loss of six-tenths with a half-share bump (2.9 – 3.4, 6+) and enters the top ten (#12 to #10). Co-owned WMC-AM “ESPN 790” is down two-tenths (.3 – .1, flat at #20, 6+).

Memphis Music Formats – Off six-tenths in December, iHeartMedia-owned gospel WHAL “Hallelujah 95.7 – Memphis’ Inspiration Station” storms back with a combined +1.8 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 and crosses the eight-share level (6.5 – 7.0 – 8.3, fifth to second, 6+). In three straight spikes, Cumulus Media urban-rhythmic oldies WRBO was +1.4 (7.1 – 7.3 – 7.9 – 8.5, 6+) and had its best 6+-stat (8.5) since May (8.7). In January 2020, “103.5 The Best Mix of R&B” drops two-tenths (8.3, 6+) but moves from third to a second-place tie (with WHAL). WRBO’s country cluster-mate, WGKX, which was -1.7 in December/“Holiday 2019” (4.8 – 4.4 – 3.1, 6+), erases roughly half that deficit (4.0, +.9, tenth to ninth, 6+). Directly prior, “Today’s Best Country Kix 106” gained +1.4 in five successive sweeps without a loss (3.4 – 3.4 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.8, 6+) and notched its best 6+-stat (4.8) since January 2019’s 5.1. In four straight negative or neutral sweeps, Entercom’s similarly-formatted WLFP “94.1 The Wolf” is -1.2 (4.2 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.0 – 3.0, #11 to #12, 6+). “Kix” and “The Wolf” were tied for ninth-place in October. Albeit -1.3 in four down or flat reports in succession (10.5 – 10.5 – 9.7 – 9.4 – 9.2, 6+), iHeartMedia urban AC KJMS “V-101” is #1 the 16th time in a row. Its October +1.0 more than neutralized August/September’s -.6 (10.1 – 9.8 – 9.5, 6+). The market’s (6+) adult contemporary share improved by +3.3 in “Holiday” 2019, but deflates by -4.2 (January 2020). In four consecutive sweeps without a loss, Entercom AC WRVR was +2.5 (6.5 – 6.7 – 6.9 – 7.2 – 9.0, 6+), but “104.5 The River” surrenders -2.7 (6.3, second to fifth, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s 9.0 was the best 6+-stat for “The River” since “Holiday” 2018 (11.3). Meanwhile, Cumulus Media’s similarly-programmed WKIM “98.9 The Bridge,” which more than doubled December’s 1.4 (6+) with a +1.5 to 2.9 (6+), forfeits that entire increase (2.9 – 1.4, -1.5, #12 to #15, 6+). Before dropping three-tenths in December, WKIM posted four consecutive up or flat reports for a +1.0 (.7 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.7, 6+). Up one-half share in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.3 – 7.5 – 7.8, 6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WHRK “K-97.1” sputters by nine-tenths and falls below a seven-share (6.9, flat at #4, 6+). Co-owned WEGR “Rock 102.7” is -1.3 in three successive slips (4.5 – 4.3 – 3.7 – 3.2, 6+) and departs the top ten (#9 to #11).

Hartford

Spoken-Word Formats – While Entercom news/talk WTIC-AM’s January 2020 +.4 to 6.1 (6+) pulls the plug on four successive down or flat sweeps that accounted for a -1.7 (7.4 – 7.4 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 5.7, 6+),“News Talk 1080” slips from fifth to sixth. Without a loss four times in a row for a net gain of three-tenths (.4 – .7 – .7 – .7 – .7, 6+), Red Wolf Broadcasting news/talk WDRC-AM “AM 1360 The Talk of Connecticut” is down one-tenth (.6, 6+) but continues at #13. For the 21st time in a row, iHeartMedia’s WPOP “News Radio 1410” records a .1 (#16 to #17, 6+).

WPOP’s sports talk cluster-mate, WUCS “97.9 ESPN Hartford” (flat at #11) has a June 2019 through January 2020 topline of: 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.9 (6+).

Regaining 60% of “Holiday” 2019’s -1.0 (3.5 – 4.1, +.6, 6+), Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network news/talk WNPR “Connecticut’s Public Media Source for News & Ideas” carries on in ninth-place. As a result of four consecutive down or flat trends, University of Massachusetts-owned WFCR lost more than 70% (-.8) of its 6+ AQH share (1.1 – .8 – .4 – .4 – .3, 6+), but “New England Public Radio” halts the skid with a +.1 (.4, unchanged at #14, 6+).

Hartford Music Formats – There’s another major shift by iHeartMedia-owned WWYZ, which vaults from seventh to second. “Country 92.5” was -.7 (7.9 – 7.2 – 7.2, August/September, 6+); +.5 (7.2 – 7.7, October, 6+); -1.0  (7.7 – 6.7, November 6+); +.5 (6.7 – 7.2, December, 6+); -1.8 in “Holiday” 2019; and now a whopping +2.5 in January 2020 (5.4, 7.9, 6+). By posting an equally impressive +1.9, CHR cluster-mate WKSS “Kiss 95.7 All The Hits” crosses the seven-share threshold (5.5 – 7.4, sixth to third, 6+). An overall -1.4 in three drops in succession (7.2 – 7.0 – 6.4 – 5.8, 6+), Red Wolf Broadcasting-owned WDRC-FM “102.9 The Whale – Connecticut’s Classic Rock” answers with a +1.0 (6.8, 6+) and remains at #4. After being a combined +8.6 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (9.8 – 11.5 – 18.4, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary WRCH erodes by -7.7 to 10.7 (6+) but “Lite 100.5” is #1 the 44th consecutive time. “Holiday” 2019’s 18.4 is the best 6+-showing of any Hartford station since WRCH’s 18.0 in “Holiday” 2018. Ten of its recent (6+) shifts include: -6.9 (January 2019); +1.0 (February); -1.0 (March); -1.3 (April); +1.0 (May); -1.0 (July); +1.2 (September); +1.7 (December); +6.9 (“Holiday” 2019); and -7.7 (January 2020). Red Wolf Broadcasting Spanish tropical WMRQ-HD2 is down or flat the fourth time in a row for an overall loss of eight-tenths (2.4 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 1.7 – 1.6, #11 to #12, 6+). Dropping from #14 to #15, classic hits-oldies sibling WNTY “Kool Radio – Good Times/Great Oldies” is without an increase the seventh time in succession for a net loss of two-tenths (.5 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3, 6+).

Friday, February 21, 2020

| February 21, 2020

Pete Mundo Upped to Program Director for KCMO-AM.  Programming and on-air pro Pete Mundo is promoted from APD to program director for Cumulus Media’s news/talk KCMO-AM/K279BI, Kansas City.  Mundo is also host of the station’s morning show.  Before joining Cumulus Kansas City, Mundo served as a host/anchor for FOX News Radio, CBS Sports Radio, Sports Illustrated’s daily platforms, and WFAN, New York.  Cumulus Kansas City RVP and market manager Donna Baker says, “One of the most fulfilling rewards as a leader is seeing the impact that someone as talented as Pete can make in just two years.  Growth of nearly 75% in audience since his arrival is the result of Pete’s daily focus, drive, passion, and hard work. This well-deserved promotion to program director is an opportunity to continue to expand the brand of KCMO Talk Radio for years to come.”

NOW POSTED:  New Installment of “The Michael Harrison Wrap: An Overview of the National Conversation.”   The vibrant, one-hour weekend special, “The Michael Harrison Wrap,” that looks back each week at the hottest topics discussed in American talk media per the research of TALKERS magazine, is now posted on the website of its flagship station, WONK-FM, Washington, DC. The new episode titled “Billions and Billions!” looks back at this past week of February 17-21, 2020 and features guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERS; Wayne Allyn Root, talk show host, USA Radio Network/Newsmax TV; Howard Monroe, talk show host/owner, WKKX/WVLY, Wheeling, WV; Grace Curley, producer/co-host, the Howie Carr Show; Daliah Wachs, M.D., talk show host, Genesis Communications Network; and Victoria Jones, executive director, DC Radio Company.  This acclaimed news/talk radio show airs each week on WONK-FM, Washington, DC Friday evenings between 6:00 pm-7:00 pm ET. It also airs throughout the weekend on WRKO, Boston; KSCO, Santa Cruz, CA;  KFNX, Phoenix; WVOX, Westchester, NY; KBDT, Dallas; KQSP, Minneapolis; KBKW, Aberdeen, WA; the Virginia Talk Radio Network and Pioneer Valley Radio in Springfield, MA as well as appearing on the iHeartRadio App.  To listen to this week’s episode (and the program’s complete archives), please click here.  To view the latest TALKERS magazine topic research, please click here.

Zaslow Re-Ups with ‘AM 790 The Ticket’ in Miami. Sports talk host Jonathan Zaslow and Entercom’s WAXY-AM, Miami “AM 790 The Ticket” agree to a new, multiyear contract extension for him to remain host of the 10:00 am to 2:00 pm show, “Zaslow and Amber,” alongside Amber Wilson.  Zaslow will also continue to serve as pregame and postgame host for Miami Heat gameday broadcasts, as part of the station’s flagship coverage.  Zaslow joined “AM 790 The Ticket” in 2004 and has served as an on-air personality for the station for the last 13 years. This year marks Zaslow’s 10th as a part of the station’s Heat gameday broadcasts.  Entercom South Florida SVP and market manager Keriann Worley says, “Jonathan Zaslow is a true Miami sports talent and an original employee of ‘790 The Ticket.’  We are thrilled to have him back for more passionate sports talk and lock him into our impressive weekday programming.”

Cumulus 2019 Q4 Net Revenue Down 7.7%; Same Station Net Revenue Dips 1.7%.  Financial data for the full year and the fourth quarter of 2019 is reported by Cumulus Media.  Net revenue in the fourth quarter of 2019 was $285.5 million, a decrease of 7.7% over the same period in 2018.  However, on a same station basis, net revenue was down just 1.7%.  For the full year of 2019, net revenue was $1.1 billion, down 2.4% from 2018.  On a same station basis, net revenue – excluding political – of $1,103.2 million was up 1.4% from 2018.  Cumulus Media president and CEO Mary Berner comments, “I am very proud of the company’s 2019 results. On a same station basis, our team has now delivered the second year in a row of revenue growth and, excluding the impact of political, the third year in a row of Adjusted EBITDA growth. This performance was driven in large part by the industry-leading growth of our digital businesses and active cost management across our platforms.  Additionally, we made strong progress against our financial goals during the year, paying down $220 million of debt with cash from operations and highly accretive divestitures, reducing net leverage to 4.7x.  This year’s results reflect the success of our consistent focus on key strategies to create value for our investors.  Despite a choppy environment and an expected political headwind, fourth quarter revenue finished in-line with the pacing we shared during our last earnings call, and, with some slight favorability on expenses, we delivered Adjusted EBITDA that was somewhat better than we had indicated. As we move into the new year, we are further expanding our delivery of compelling audio experiences and digital offerings that connect and support our advertisers and listeners.  And, we are optimistic about 2020 and our continuing ability to drive strong operating and financial performance while aggressively reducing net leverage to below 4.0x.”

Round Three of January PPM’s Released.  The third of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s January 2020 PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus.  Nielsen’s January 2020 survey period covered January 2 – 29.  Some of the spoken-word stations that performed well in January (weekly, 6+ AQH share) coming off the challenging Holiday survey were: Alpha Media’s KXL-FM, Portland, which racked up a half share increase to finish the January survey with a 5.1 share and the #5 market rank.  Entercom’s WBT-AM/FM, Charlotte adds 1.4 shares to post a 4.9 share and the #8 rank.  iHeartMedia’s WOAI, San Antonio adds four-tenths to finish the month at a 5.7 share and standing steady at the #3 rank.  In Sacramento, iHeartMedia’s KFBK gains an amazing 2.7 shares to leap into a tie for the #1 rank in the market with an 8.6 share.  Bonneville’s KSL-FM, Salt Lake City adds a full share to end the survey with a 5.0 share and the #7 rank in the market.  You can see all of the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, check out TALKERS managing editor Mike Kinosian’s Ratings Takeaways here.

Wednesday’s Democratic Debate and the Presidential Race Top News/Talk Stories for Week of February 17-21. The Democratic candidates debate in Las Vegas and the presidential race tied for the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio this week, landing atop the Talkers TenTM.  At #2 this week was President Trump’s post-impeachment pardons and appointments.  Coming in at #3 was the Department of Justice turmoil and the related Roger Stone sentencing, followed by the covid-19 pandemic, U.S.-China relations, and the deadly flu season tied at #4.  The Talkers TenTM is a weekly chart of the top stories and people discusses on news/talk radio during the week and is the result of ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.  It is published every Friday at Talkers.com.  See this week’s complete chart here.

Diana Boyce Completes Disney Princess 5K. Pictured above left is Diana Boyce, wife of Salem Radio Network SVP of spoken word formats Phil Boyce, braving the chilly temps and drizzle in Orlando this morning (2/21) while finishing the annual Disney Princess 5K race.  The race is part of Disney Half Marathon Weekend that benefits some 17 charities. Pictured at right is Salem Radio Network talk show host Mike Gallagher cheering Diana on.

AWM/F Announce 2020 Board. The Alliance for Women in Media and its Foundation (AWM/F) announce their 2020 National Board of Directors.  Joining the AWM Board are: Katina Arnold, vice president, corporate communications, ESPN; Abby Auerbach, executive vice president, chief communications officer, TVB; Michelle Ray, executive director, The Walter Kaitz Foundation; Sandra Rice, senior vice president, outreach and strategic partnerships, Center for Talent Innovation; and Esther Mireya Tejeda, senior vice president, head of corporate communications & PR, Entercom.  Officers of the board have been announced as Keisha Sutton-James, chair, vice president & CEO, Sutton Button Productions LLC, serving as chair; Heather Cohen, executive vice president, The Weiss Agency, serving as incoming chair; Christine Travaglini, president, Katz Radio Group, serving as immediate past chair; Josie Thomas, CBS, serving as treasurer; and Annie Howell, co-founder and managing partner, The Punch Point Group, serving as incoming treasurer.  The following individuals will serve as Directors at Large of AWM: Joyce Fitch, legal consultant; Abby Greensfelder, founder & CEO, Everywoman Studios; Brenda Hetrick, chief revenue officer, Matrix Solutions; Jinny Laderer, co-founder & CEO, vCreative; Meg LaVigne, president, LaVIGNE MEDIA; Kelly Perdomo, vice president, content, sports, entertainment, and partnership marketing, SiriusXM; and Katherine Wolfgang, head of public relations, CBC.  The following individuals will serve as Directors at Large of AWMF: Deborah Parenti, publisher, RadioInk, RBR and TVBR; Rob Stoddard, SVP program network policy, NCTA – The Internet & Television Association; and Kristen Welch, chief financial officer, Illustrative Mathematics.  AWM executive director Becky Brooks says, “The role of the AWM and Foundation boards is to lead our organizations and industry as we recognize, connect and educate women in radio, television and interactive media.  We have a true working board.  This year’s new directors have voiced their dedication to donating time and resources to take these organizations to the next level. We are thrilled to have these talented, accomplished women joining our leadership for the next two years.”

Music Radio News and Career Moves. In the Columbia, South Carolina market, programming pro Chris Connors joins Cumulus Media’s urban contemporary WLXC-FM “Kiss 103.1” as program director.  Connors was most recently with Alpha Media’s Columbia cluster as operations manager.  He says, “We’ve already made ratings history in Columbia, and I’m very fortunate and extremely thankful to have the opportunity to do it again.  Big thanks to John Dimick, Kenny Smoov, and Tammy O’Dell for entrusting me to lead the Columbia team.  No need to pack or move; we’re ready on day one.”…..Nationally syndicated and WBLS-FM, New York afternoon drive host Deja Vu wraps up a month of celebration with the special, “The Deja Vu Show: Black History in Forward Motion,” being syndicated by ABC Audio.  The commercial free, two-hour special celebrates the importance of African American representation in a variety of fields, including Broadway, film, TV and law.  It features Deja Vu sitting down with iconic celebrities, artists, and influencers including: Will Packer, David Alan Grier, Celia Rose Gooding, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, and Isaac Wright Jr…..Cumulus Media’s Westwood One syndicated radio host Lon Helton was honored with the Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award at the Country Radio Seminar.  This award – named for Tom Rivers, former WQYK PD and host of Westwood One holiday specials in the 1990s – recognizes an individual in the country radio industry who has given back to the community.  Helton is one of the founders and advocates of the legendary country radiothon program, Country Cares For St. Jude Kids, that has raised almost $1 billion for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital…..iHeartMedia announces that country star Blake Shelton is joining the lineup for the 2020 iHeartCountry Festival Presented by Capital One on Saturday, May 2 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin.  The seventh annual event will also feature performances from Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Dustin Lynch, Kelsea Ballerini, Kane Brown, Jon Pardi, and Chase Rice, plus Hot Country Knights, Bobby Bones, and more.  The event will livestream exclusively on livexlive.com and broadcast live across iHeartMedia’s country radio stations in their local markets and at iHeartRadio.com.

January 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Three

| February 21, 2020

January 2020 PPM Data – Information for the January 2020 ratings period has been released for Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus. Nielsen Audio’s January 2020 survey period covered January 2 – 29. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM-markets below.

Portland

Spoken Word Formats – Several recent shifts for Alpha Media-owned news/talk KXL “FM News 101 – Stay Connected” include: -1.0 (March/April); +1.1 (May/June); -.7 (July); +.6 (August); -.8 (“Holiday” 2019) and now +.5 in January 2020 (4.6 – 5.1, flat at #5, 6+). Repeating at #17, iHeartMedia’s KEX “News Radio 1190 – Depend On Us” posts its fifth straight up or flat trend for a net gain of two-tenths (2.3 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.5, 6+). Off two-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (1.3 – 1.3 – 1.1, 6+), Alpha Media news/talk KUFO “Freedom 970” gains four-tenths to 1.5 (#23 to #22, 6+). Salem Media Group’s KPAM “AM 860 The Answer” is without an increase the fourth time in a row for a net loss of one-tenth (.5 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4, #27 to #28, 6+).

Continuing an alternating up/down pattern that began in September (1.4 – 1.8 – 1.6 – 1.7 – 1.2 – 1.9, 6+), Alpha Media sports talk KXTG “The Game” progresses from #22 to #21. Entercom sports talk KFXX “1080 The Fan” has lost three-tenths in four successive down or flat reports (1.6 – 1.6 – 1. 5 – 1.5 – 1.3, #21 to #23, 6+). Recapturing half the four-tenths it lost in “Holiday” 2019 (.7 – .9, +.2, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KPOJ “Sports Radio 620” (Trailblazers) climbs from #25 to #24.

In addition to gaining six-tenths (7.9 – 8.5, 6+), Oregon Public Broadcasting news/talk KOPB proceeds from the runner-up slot to a first-place tie. KOPB, which had an October-only stay at #1, has been +1.2 (January 2019); -2.0 (February/March); +.6 (April); -.9 (May); +.5 (August); +1.1 (October); -.6 (November); and +.6 (January 2020).

Portland Music Formats – A combined +6.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.4 – 9.1 – 13.9, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW falters by -5.4 to 8.5 (6+). Nonetheless, “K-103” is #1 the third time in a row, but shares the honor with public radio news/talk KOPB (see above). Holiday” 2019’s 13.9 was the highest 6+-share for KKCW since “Holiday” 2018’s 16.2. “K-103” was on top in July, August, and September, before slipping to #2 in October. After trending 2.5 – 2.8 – 2.4 (October – November – December, 6+), Salem Media Group contemporary Christian KFIS “104.1 The Fish” erupts with a combined +2.5 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (2.4 – 3.0 – 4.9, 6+) and zooms into the top ten (#12 to #6). KINK “Uniquely Portland” has had 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+). That has been directly followed by a +.8 (December); -1.0 (“Holiday” 2019); and now +1.1 in January 2020, taking the Alpha Media triple A into the top ten (2.6 – 3.7, #16 to #10, 6+). Logging improvements of seven-tenths (each) are KINK’s CHR sibling KBFF “Live 95.5” (4.9, seventh to sixth, 6+) and iHeartMedia-owned KFBW “105.9 The Brew Portland’s Rock Station” (4.8, flat at #8, 6+). “Live 95.5” was off eight-tenths via three drops in a row (5.0 – 4.8 – 4.3 – 4.2, 6+), while “The Brew” lost one-half share in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.6 – 4.2 – 4.1, 6+). An overall -1.5 in three straight decreases (3.7 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 2.2, 6+), Alpha Media’s KUPL “98.7 The Bull – #1 For New Country” applies the brakes with a +.3 to 2.5 (#19 to #17, 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+). Four recent shifts for Entercom adult hits KYCH “97.1 Charlie We Play Everything” include: +.6 (5.1 – 5.1 – 5.7, September/October 6+); -1.1 (5.7 – 4.8 – 4.6, November/December 6+); +2.1 (4.6 – 6.7, “Holiday” 2019, 6+); and now -.8 (6.7 – 5.9, unchanged at #3, January 2020, 6+). While flat at #4, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KLTH “106.7 The Eagle” is an overall -3.1 in three setbacks in succession (8.5 – 7.1 – 5.9 – 5.4, 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. Notwithstanding it is a combined +1.5 in three straight upticks (3.1 – 3.8 – 4.4 – 4.6, 6+), Entercom-owned KGON “92.3 Portland’s Classic Rock” slips from sixth to ninth. This particular positive streak directly follows four straight decreases that accounted for an overall -2.8 (5.9 – 5.5 – 4.7 – 3.8 – 3.1, 6+).

Charlotte

Spoken-Word Formats – Roaring back from “Holiday” 2019’s loss of six-tenths with a January 2020 +1.4 (3.5 – 4.9, 6+), Entercom news/talk WBT progresses from ninth to eighth.

In three straight drops, co-owned WFNZ lost a total of seven-tenths (1.9 – 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.2, 6+), but “The Fan – Charlotte’s Sports Leader” adds two-tenths to 1.4 (#18 to #17, 6+).

Erasing “Holiday” 2019’s -.6 in its entirety (2.0 – 2.6, +.6, 6+), University Radio Foundation news/talk WFAE pushes up from #17 to #15.

Charlotte Music Formats – Without an increase the past five survey periods for a collective dip of nine-tenths (3.3 – 2.8 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.4, 6+), Radio One gospel WPZS “Praise 100.9 Charlotte’s Inspiration Station” dials up a +1.2 to 3.6 (#14 to #12, 6+). The market’s two country outlets continue to closely mirror each other. In “Holiday” 2019, Beasley Media Group-owned WSOC “103.7 Country’s Hottest Hits” was -1.2, while iHeartMedia’s WKKT “96.9 The Kat – Charlotte’s #1 for New Country” was -1.1. Now in January 2020, WSOC is +1.0 (4.9 – 5.9, seventh to fifth, 6+) and “The Kat” is +1.0 as well (4.5 – 5.5, eighth to sixth, 6+, 6+). WSOC has been -1.5 (June/July); +.8 (August); -1.2 (September/October); +1.5 (November); -1.0 (December) -1.2 (“Holiday” 2019); and +1.0 (January 2020). Prior to segueing to June’s runner-up slot, “103.7 Country’s Hottest Hits” was on top the previous four months. Meanwhile, as WKKT entered the “Holiday” 2019 sweep, it 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+). Recent (6+) fluctuations for WKKT’s adult hits cluster-mate WLKO “102.9 The Lake” are: +.7 (September/October); -.5 (November); +.8 (December); -1.0 (“Holiday” 2019); and +1.0 in January 2020 (5.7 – 6.7, fourth to second, 6+). In Charlotte’s CHR battle, Beasley Media Group CHR WNKS “Kiss 95.1” is up eight-tenths while iHeartMedia’s WHQC “Hits 96.1” improves by six-tenths. In addition to being tied at #10 (4.1, 6+), “Kiss” and “Hits 96.1” suspend very similar negative streaks. WNKS was -1.8 in four consecutive setbacks (5.1 – 4.7 – 4.4 – 4.1 – 3.3, 6+), while WHQC was a collective -1.5 through four straight decreases (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.1 – 3.7 – 3.5, 6+). By gaining four-tenths to 6.8 (6+), WHQC’s classic rock cluster-mate, WRFX “99.7 The Fox,” marches from second to first. “The Fox” had been an overall -1.9 via three straight downturns (8.3 – 8.2 – 7.3 – 6.4, 6+). WRFX 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+). On top in December and “Holiday” 2019, Beasley Media Group adult contemporary WKQC “K-104.7 More Music/Better Variety” plummets -8.0 (14.5 – 6.5, 6+) and segues to third. January’s loss halts four straight spikes that culminated in a collective +9.6 (4.9 – 5.3 – 6.2 – 8.6 – 14.5, 6+). Co-owned urban contemporary WPEG “Power 98” is down six-tenths in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (5.1 – 5.0 – 4.5, sixth to ninth, 6+). Radio One’s similarly-formatted WQNC “92.7 The Block,” which had a November – December – “Holiday” 2019 topline of 2.0 – 2.3 – 2.2 (6+), falters by eight-tenths to 1.4 (#16 to #17).

San Antonio

Spoken-Word Formats – In three straight sweeps without an increase, iHeartMedia-owned WOAI (Spurs) lost four-tenths (5.7 – 5.4 – 5.3 – 5.3, 6+), but “News Radio 1200 – San Antonio’s News, Traffic, & Weather” regains that margin in its entirety (5.7, +.4, 6+) and repeats at #3. Down seven-tenths in three consecutive slips (2.0 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.3, 6+), Alpha Media news/talk KTSA “Stay Connected” ends the slide with a +.2 to 1.5 (flat at #22).

Tied at #29 are Alpha Media sports talk KZDC “ESPN San Antonio” (.5, -.1, #28 to #29, 6+) and iHeartMedia-owned KTKR “Ticket 760 – San Antonio’s Sports Station” (.4, +.1, #31 to #29, 6+). KZDC had been up or flat the past five reports and tripled (+.4) its 6+ AQH share in that timeframe (.2 – .3 – .3 – .5 – .5 – .6, 6+). Conversely, KTKR was without an increase four sweeps in succession for a net loss of three-tenths (.7 – .7 – .7 – .6 – .4, 6+).

Down eight-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.5 – 3.3 – 2.7, 6+), Texas Public Radio news/talk KSTX recaptures one-half share (3.2, #16 to #15, 6+).

San Antonio Music Formats – After eroding by -1.0 in “Holiday” 2019 (5.7 – 4.7, 6+), Cox Media Group-owned KCYY “Y-100 San Antonio’s New Country Leader” eradicates that loss with a January 2020 +1.1 to 5.8 (fifth to second, 6+). Recent “Y-100” shifts include: +1.8 (January 2019); +.6 (February); -.6 (March); +.6 (May); -.5 (July); -1.0 (“Holiday” 2019); and +1.1 (January 2020). Off three-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.0 – 3.9 – 3.7, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR KXXM “96.1 Now” busts out a +1.0 to 4.7 (ninth to seventh, 6+). Spanish contemporary sibling KZEP “104.5 Latino Hits” is a combined +1.1 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.8, 6+) and cracks the top ten (#15 to #10, 6+). Answering “Holiday” 2019’s -1.8 (8.5 – 6.7, 6+) with a January 2020 gain of eight-tenths to 7.5 (6+), KONO-FM “101.1 San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” moves up from second to first. The Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies outlet was the market leader ten ratings periods in a row before segueing to #2 in “Holiday” 2019. Prior to that sweep, KONO-FM was a cumulative +1.8 in four consecutive spikes (6.7 – 7.2 – 7.8 – 8.2 – 8.5, 6+). September’s increase interrupted three decreases in succession that accounted for an overall -1.8 (8.5 – 8.2 – 7.1 – 6.7, 6+). Exiting the lead position after a “Holiday” 2019-only visit is iHeartMedia adult contemporary KQXT “Q-101.9” (10.5 – 5.0, -5.5, first to sixth, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s 10.5 was its best 6+-showing since “Holiday” 2018’s 14.9. In three successive bumps, “Q-101.9” racked up a +7.0 (3.5 – 3.6 – 6.5 – 10.5, 6+). Improving by seven-tenths (each) are Alpha Media adult hits KJXK “102.7 Jack-FM Playing What We Want” (sixth to fifth) and Univision Radio regional Mexican KROM “Que Buena 92.9” (4.4, ninth to eighth, 6+). San Antonio’s version of “Jack” is up eight-tenths in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (4.3 – 4.4 – 5.1, 6+), while KROM halts three consecutive down or flat trends that led to a -.8 (4.5 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.7, 6+). Without an increase the past four sweeps for an overall -1.6 (4.8 – 4.6 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.2, 6+), Cox Media Group-owned KISS “Rocks San Antonio” posts a half-share increase to 3.7 (#14 to #11, 6+). Following December’s increase of six-tenths, Univision Radio rhythmic CHR KBBT “98.5 The Beat” is a combined -1.2 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (4.3 – 3.8 – 3.1, 6+) and drifts from the top ten (#7 to #16). Repeating at #13, Alpha Media CHR KTFM “Energy 94.1” is an overall -1.3 in four straight down or flat reports, (4.6 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 3.3 – 3.3, 6+). Similarly, Cox Media Group hot AC KSMG is without an increase the fourth time in a row for a cumulative -1.8 (5.5 – 4.9 – 4.2 – 3.7 – 3.7, 6+); “Magic 105.3” departs the top ten (#9 to #11).

Sacramento

Spoken-Word Formats – To say that KFBK roars back from December/“Holiday” 2019’s loss of eight-tenths (6.7 – 6.2 – 5.9, 6+) would be quite the understatement as “Sacramento’s News, Weather and Traffic Station” dials up a monstrous +2.7 to 8.6 (6+). That colossal increase takes KFBK from third to a first-place tie. Prior to December, the iHeartMedia-owned news/talk outlet netted a +1.5 in five successive sweeps without a loss (5.2 – 5.2 – 5.7 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 6.7, 6+). Co-owned KSTE was an overall -1.8 as a result of five setbacks in succession (3.3 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.3 – 1.7 – 1.5, 6+), but “Talk 650” applies the brakes with a +.7 to 2.2 (#17 to #14, 6+).

Entercom sports talk KIFM-AM continues an alternating up/down pattern that commenced in August (.8 – 1.0 – .9 – 1.3 – 1.1 – 1.5 – 1.4, #17 to #19, 6+). “ESPN Radio 1320” is three-tenths ahead of Bonneville’s KHTK “Sports 1140” (Kings), which repeats “Holiday” 2019’s 6+ AQH share (1.1) and market rank (#21). These two sports talkers were tied in July, August, and October.

A combined -1.6 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.0 – 5.6 – 4.4, 6+), Capital Public Radio news/talk KXJZ picks up three-tenths to 4.7 (6+) and repeats at #7. December 2018’s 6.9 is the highest 6+-stat in its PPM-history.

Sacramento Music Formats – In a truly amazing irony, Bonneville-owned KNCI “New Country 105.1” makes an identical humongous 5.9 – 8.6, +2.7, third to first (6+) move as news/talk KFBK (see above). KNCI had a December-only stay at #1, as it plummeted by -1.5 in “Holiday” 2019. Entering the “Holiday” 2019 sweep, “New Country 105.1” 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+). Dislodged from the top spot is KNCI’s adult contemporary cluster-mate KYMX “Mix 96” (12.6 – 6.0, -6.6, first to fourth, 6+). Through four consecutive bumps, KYMX tripled (+8.4) its 6+ AQH share (4.2 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 6.1 – 12.6, 6+), with 12.6 representing 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); -.8 (December/“Holiday” 2019); and now +.5 in January 2020 (3.7 – 4.2, tenth to ninth, 6+). In the 16 reports since KBEB’s format switch from country to AC in mid-November 2018, “Mix” has prevailed 14 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. Leaping from ninth to sixth, Entercom-owned rhythmic CHR KSFM is +1.8 via three successive spikes and crosses the four-share level (3.1 – 3.2 – 3.8 – 4.9, 6+). Recent fluctuations for co-owned KSEG “96.9 The Eagle – Sacramento’s Classic Rock” include: +1.0 (February); -.5 (April); +.9 (May); -.6 (June); -.5 (July); -.8 (“Holiday” 2019); and now +.8 in January 2020 (6.5 – 7.3, second to third, 6+). In December, KSEG shifted from first to second. “The Eagle” had been on top the previous ten months. Three straight dips by Bonneville hot AC KZZO accounted for a -1.8 (4.4 – 3.8 – 3.5 – 2.6, 6+) but “Now 100.5 Today’s Best Hits” halts the skid with a +.2 to 2.8 (steady at #13, 6+). This marks the fifth up or flat report in succession by Entravision Spanish adult hits KXSE “La Suavecita 104.3” for an overall increase of eight-tenths (1.2 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.5 – 2.0, #17 to #15, 6+). After doubling (+1.3) its 6+-stat through three consecutive improvements (1.3 – 1.7 – 2.0 – 2.6, 6+), Lotus Communications regional Mexican KVMX-FM “La Ranchera” is a combined -1.1 in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (2.6 – 2.5 – 1.5, #14 to #18, 6+). Off six-tenths (each) are Entercom alternative KKDO “Alt 94.7” (4.0 – 3.4, #8 to #11, 6+) and iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic oldies KHYL “V-101” (flat at #12). An overall -1.5 in three straight decreases (4.7 – 4.3 – 3.9 – 3.2, 6+), KKDO posted a +.8 in “Holiday” 2019. KHYL is a cumulative -1.6 as a result of its fourth sweep in a row without an increase (4.5 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 2.9, 6+).

Pittsburgh

Spoken-Word Formats – Erasing all but one-tenth of “Holiday” 2019’s -1.0 with a January 2020 +.9 (3.1 – 4.0, 6+), Entercom’s KDKA-AM “News Radio 1020” progresses from tenth to a ninth-place tie.

In three straight drops, co-owned sports talk KDKA-FM forfeited seven-tenths (7.1 – 6.7 – 6.6 – 6.4, 6+), but “93.7 The Fan” storms back with a January 2020 increase more than twice that margin (7.9, +1.5, fifth to fourth, 6+). Similarly-formatted/iHeartMedia-owned WBGG 970 AM – ESPN Pittsburgh” picks up one-tenth (.1 – .2, flat at #20, 6+).

Despite adding three-tenths following “Holiday” 2019’s loss of one-half share (4.2 – 3.7 – 4.0, 6+), Essential Public Media news/talk WESA “90.5 Pittsburgh’s NPR Station” slips from eighth to ninth.

Pittsburgh Music Formats – The market’s two main country players combine for a +2.0 (6+) in January 2020, following their -1.5 in “Holiday” 2019. Specifically, Entercom-owned WDSY “Pittsburgh’s Country Y-108” logs a +1.2 (4.3, tenth to eighth), while iHeartMedia’s WPGB “Big 104.7 Pittsburgh’s #1 For New Country” improves by +.8 (1.9 – 2.7, #14 to #12). “Y-108” had been a combined -2.1 in three straight drops (5.2 – 4.7 – 4.1 – 3.1, 6+). That immediately followed its +1.0 in three up or flat shifts in succession (4.2 – 4.2 – 4.9 – 5.2, 6+). In “Holiday” 2019, “Big 104.7” faltered by one-half share to 1.9, halting 13 successive survey periods of posting a 6+-stat within 2.3 – 2.9 range. Up seven-tenths (each) are WPGB’s alternative and CHR cluster-mates, WXDX “105.9 The X” (4.1 – 4.8, steady at #7, 6+) and WKST “96.1 Kiss – Pittsburgh’s #1 Hit Music Station” (5.1, sixth to fifth, 6+). “The X” (Penguins) was down eight-tenths in “Holiday” 2019; “Kiss” regressed by six-tenths in that sweep. Prior to “Holiday” 2019’s -.8, “The X” was -.7 (November) and then +.7 (December). “Kiss” had been without an increase the past five reports for a net loss of -2.2 (6.6 – 5.9 – 5.2 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 4.4, 6+). Despite its January 2020 -5.4 (13.6 – 8.2, 6+), WWSW “94.5 3WS” repeats at #1. The iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies outlet occupied the runner-slot three months in succession before proceeding to #1 (with a +5.0) in “Holiday” 2019. Immediately prior to the October sweep, “3WS” spent three successive months at #1. Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WSHH “Wish 99.7” falters by -2.5 (7.6 – 5.1, 6+) and drops from fourth to fifth. When WSHH picked up four-tenths in December, it halted 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+).

 Salt Lake City

Spoken-Word Formats – Tied in seventh-place are iHeartMedia-owned KNRS “Talk Radio 105.9 – Listen And You’ll Know” (4.1 – 5.0, +.9, sixth to seventh, 6+) and Bonneville’s KSL “News Radio 102.7 FM & 1160 AM” (4.0 – 5.0, +1.0, eighth to seventh, 6+). KNRS was +2.0 (3.2 – 5.2, November, 6+); -1.0 to 4.2 (6+) in December; and -.1 to 4.1 (6+) in “Holiday” 2019. Entering the January 2020 sweep, KSL was a collective -2.4 in three successive decreases (6.4 – 5.7 – 5.6 – 4.0, 6+). KSL was +2.4 in October (4.0 – 6.4, 6+). Doubling “Holiday” 2019’s .3 to .6 (6+), Cumulus Media-owned KKAT “860 AM – Utah’s Big Talker” enters the top twenty (#21 to #18) and halts three down or flat trends that resulted in a net loss of two-tenths (.5 – .5 – .4 – .3, 6+).

Continuing an alternating down/up pattern that commenced in October (2.1 – 1.8 – 2.0 – 1.7 – 2.3 (6+), University of Utah news/talk KUER carries on at #15.

Salt Lake City Music Formats – All at once with a robust +2.1 to 5.8 (6+), iHeartMedia hot AC KJMY-FM basically obliterates its overall -2.2 through five setbacks in a row (5.9 – 5.4 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.4 – 3.7, 6+); “My-99.5” zooms from tenth to third. Debuting in print this past September, co-owned adult contemporary KJMY-HD2 was a collective +1.0 in four straight sweeps without a loss (.2 – .2 – .2 – 1.1 – 1.2, 6+) but falters by eight-tenths to .4 (#17 to #20, 6+). After 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+), classic hits-oldies sibling KODJ “94.1 Salt Lake’s Greatest Hits” purges exactly half that deficit (5.5, +1.6, ninth to fifth, 6+). Bonneville’s similarly-formatted KRSP “103.5 The Arrow,” which was a combined -1.3 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.3 – 5.0 – 5.0, 6+), records a +1.0 to 6.0 (6+) and continues in second-place. Shaking off “Holiday” 2019’s loss of eight-tenths, Capital Broadcasting hot AC KBZN logs a +1.4 (4.2 – 5.6, fifth to fourth, 6+). “Now 97.9 Today’s Best Music” was up one-tenth in November and December (4.8 – 4.9 – 5.0, 6+). By gaining two-tenths to 1.1 (#18 to #17, 6+), co-owned KSQN “103.1 The Wave – Your Classic Alternative” pulls the plug on nine sweeps in a row without an increase 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+). A combined -1.3 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.0 – 4.8 – 3.7, 6+), independent KSOP-FM “Z-104 Utah’s #1 Country Station” rebounds with a +.8 to 4.5 (steady at #10, 6+). Recent shifts for iHeartMedia’s KAAZ “Rock 106.7” include: -1.1 (October/November); +.9 (December); -.6 (“Holiday” 2019); and now +.7 in January 2020 (3.1 – 3.8, #12 to #11, 6+). Gaining one-half share (each) are iHeartMedia CHR KZHT “97.1 ZHT Salt Lake’s #1 Hit Music Station” (4.6, sixth to ninth, 6+) and Cumulus Media adult contemporary KBEE “B-98.7 Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites” (3.1, flat at #13, 6+). KZHT had faltered by eight-tenths in back-to-back reports (5.7 – 4.9 – 4.1, 6+). KBEE was -1.4 in three straight slips (4.0 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+). Its format rival – Bonneville’s KSFI “FM 100.3 Better Music/Better Work Day” – craters by -12.6 (21.1 – 8.5, 6+) but is #1 the fifth time in a row. Immediately prior to this sweep, KSFI was a collective +14.8 via four spikes in succession (6.3 – 6.7 – 6.8 – 11.0 – 21.1, 6+) and was the only PPM-market station to reach the 20-share level (21.1, 6+) in “Holiday” 2019. Moreover, KSFI was the only PPM-market outlet to accomplish that feat in “Holiday” 2018 (21.8, 6+); “Holiday” 2017 (23.2, 6+); “Holiday” 2016 (20.6, 6+); and “Holiday” 2015 (21.4, 6+). A combined +1.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.1 – 4.5 – 4.6, 6+), Cumulus Media CHR KENZ “Power 94.9 Utah’s New Hit Music” surrenders eight-tenths to 3.8 (6+) and fades from the top ten (#4 to #11). These Broadway Media stations are unlisted the 14th  sweep in a row: adult hits KYMV; alternative KXRK; CHR KUDD; country KEGA; and rhythmic CHR KUUU.

Las Vegas

Spoken-Word Formats – Repeating at #17, Entercom-owned KXNT “News Talk Radio 840” is up two-tenths to 2.5 (6+), following December/“Holiday” 2019’s combined loss of three-tenths (2.6 – 2.4 – 2.3, 6+). After relinquishing four-tenths in “Holiday” 2019, Beasley Media Group news/talk KDWN “AM 720 Where Las Vegas Comes to Talk” regains two-tenths (1.3, #23 to #24, 6+).

Off a collective four-tenths in four successive sweeps without an increase (1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0 – 1.0, 6+), Lotus Communications sports talk KWWN “ESPN Radio 1100” drops from #24 to #27.

Tied at #29 are KWWN siblings KRLV “Fox Sports Radio Las Vegas” (.4 – .4 – .3 – .3, 6+) and KBAD “920 AM The Game” (.4 – .3 – .3 – .3, 6+), as well as Entercom sports talk KXST “CBS Sports Radio 1140 AM” (.5 – .4, – .3 – .3, 6+). KRLV, KBAD, and KXST were deadlocked at #26 in “Holiday” 2019.

Falling from a four-way tie at #10 to #12, Nevada Public Radio news/talk KNPR logs a 2.9 (6+) the third time in a row. This directly follows three drops in a row that accounted for a roughly 52% loss (-2.5) of its 6+ AQH share (4.8 – 4.1 – 3.3 – 2.3, 6+).

Las Vegas Music Formats – There’s very good news for Lotus Communications-owned KXPT. After being a combined -5.5 in four straight erosions (5.8 – 5.4 – 2.6 – .3, 6+), “97.1 The Point #1 For Classic Rock” wipes away roughly half that shortfall with a hefty January 2020 +2.7 to 3.0 (6+) and rockets from #26 all the way to #10. Immediately in advance of the just-concluded negative streak, “The Point” was an overall +1.3 through three improvements in a row (4.5 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.8, 6+). The three most recent trends for Entercom-owned hot AC KMXB “Mix 94.1” are +.7 (December); -1.3 (“Holiday” 2019); and +.8 in January 2020 (4.6 – 5.4, fourth to third, 6+). December’s 5.9 was its best 6+-stat since May (6.5). Improving by seven-tenths (each) are Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies KKLZ “Hits of the ‘80s and More” (6.4 – 7.1, unchanged at #2, 6+) and Entravision regional Mexican KRRN “La Suavecita 92.7” (.6 – 1.3, #24, 6+). KKLZ was a collective +2.0 through six consecutive increases (6.1 – 7.2 – 7.4 – 7.6 – 7.7 – 8.0 – 8.1, 6+), before spiraling by -1.7 in “Holiday” 2019. December’s 8.1 was its best 6+-share since February (8.3). KKLZ had a November-only visit at #1. Lotus Communications Spanish adult hits KWID “La Buena 101.9” (4.8 – 5.3, third to fourth, 6+) and University of Nevada’s KUNV “91.5 Jazz & More” (1.4 – 1.9, #22, 6+) each improve by one-half share. Kemp Broadcasting rhythmic CHR KVEG is an overall +1.2 via four successive up or flat moves (2.3 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 3.1 – 3.5, 6+) and jumps from ninth to sixth. Notwithstanding it is #1 the third time in a row, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KSNE “Sunny 106.5 – Better Music For A Better Workday” forfeits -7.1 (15.8 – 8.7, 6+). “Sunny” more than doubled its November stat in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.5 – 8.7 – 15.8, +8.3, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s 15.8 is the highest 6+-share by any Las Vegas station in the PPM-era. A collective +1.3 in four straight sweeps without a loss (2.6 – 3.2 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.9, 6+), Beasley Media group urban-rhythmic oldies KOAS “Jammin’ 105.7” surrenders one-half share to 3.4 (sixth to seventh, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s 3.9 was its best 6+-showing since March (4.0). Negative streaks involving the market’s two country stations conclude as Beasley Media Group’s KCYE “102.7 The Coyote” is up four-tenths (2.9, #15 to #12, 6+), while iHeartMedia-owned KWNR “95.5 The Bull – Las Vegas’ New Country Leader” gains three-tenths (2.2, 6+) but backslides from #18 to #20. “The Coyote” was 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, 6+); “The Bull was a collective -1.5 in four drops in a row (3.4 – 2.8 – 2.5 – 2.2 – 1.9, 6+).

Orlando

Spoken-Word Formats – Shaking off “Holiday” 2019’s -1.1 (4.5 – 3.4, 6+) with a January 2020 +1.2 to 4.6 (6+), iHeartMedia-owned news/talk WTKS “Real Radio 104.1 – We Say What We Want” progresses from ninth to seventh. One-half share behind is Cox Media Group’s WDBO-FM “News 96.5,” which substitutes “Holiday’s -.7 with a January 2020 +.8 (3.3 – 4.1, steady at #10, 6+). A combined -1.0 in December/“Holiday” 2019, iHeartMedia’s WFLF “News Radio Orlando” removes 60% of that deficit (2.4 – 3.0, +.6, unchanged at #15, 6+).

Gaining two-tenths (each) are Cox Media Group sports talk WDBO-AM “ESPN 580 Orlando” (1.2 – 1.4, steady at #17, 6+) and iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted (Magic flagship) WYGM “FM 96.9 The Game – Orlando’s Sports Leader” (.9 – 1.1, #18 to #20, 6+).

Following three decreases in succession that led to a loss of eight-tenths (3.4 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 2.6, 6+), Community Communications’ news/talk WMFE “90.7 Public Radio for Central Florida” recaptures seven-tenths to 3.3 (6+) and remains at #14.

Orlando Music Formats – The wild ride continues for Entercom classic hits-oldies WOCL “105.9 Sunny FM – We Own The ‘80s,” which advances from second to first (8.0 – 9.2, 6+). WOCL netted a +3.1 through four consecutive (April through August) spikes (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); -1.1 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (9.1 – 9.0 – 8.0, 6+); and now +1.2 in January 2020. Before segueing to the runner-up slot in December, “Sunny” was #1 seven straight sweeps. Exiting the top spot after residing there in December and “Holiday” 2019 is iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMGF “Magic 107.7” (15.4 – 8.1, -7.3, first to second, 6+). It was a combined +8.3 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.1, 9.4 – 15.4, 6+). WMGF’s “Holiday” 2019 15.4 was the highest 6+-stat by any Orlando station since its 15.9 in “Holiday” 2017. Nine recent fluctuations by Cox Media Group-owned WWKA “K-92.3 Orlando’s #1 For New Country” include: -.5 (May); +.6 (June); -.5 (August); +.6 (September); -.9 (October); +.9 (November); -.5 (December); -1.3 (“Holiday” 2019); and now +1.0 in January 2020 (2.9 – 3.9, #13 to #11, 6+). Its internet stream posts a +1.0 (.6 – 1.6, 6+) and cracks the top twenty (#16). A combined -1.8 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.1 – 5.2 – 4.3, 6+), Entercom hot AC WOMX “Mix 105.1” improves by eight-tenths to 5.1 (seventh to sixth, 6+). Jumping one-half share and seven-tenths, respectively, are Cox Media Group cluster-mates WMMO “98.9 Orlando’s Classic Hits” (sixth to fifth) and rhythmic CHR WPYO “Power 95.3 Orlando’s New #1 For All The Hits” (4.5, eighth to ninth, 6+). WMMO recaptures “Holiday” 2019’s -.5 and is in an alternating down/up pattern that commenced in August (6.0 – 5.2 – 5.3 – 4.9 – 5.4 – 4.9 – 5.4, 6+). Meanwhile, “Power” was -1.1 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (4.9 – 4.3 – 3.8, 6+). Up one-half share in addition to WMMO are iHeartMedia’s WJRR “101.1 Orlando’s Rock Station” (3.5, flat at #12, 6+) and University of Central Florida-owned WUCF “89.9 Jazz & More” WUCF (.9 – 1.4, #18 to #17, 6+). In three straight drops, WJRR was -1.8 (4.8 – 3.9 – 3.3 – 3.0, 6+), with 3.0 (“Holiday” 2019) its lowest 6+-stat since April (2.6). 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+), WUCF dropped two-tenths in “Holiday” 2019. Off a combined six-tenths in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (5.2 – 5.1 – 4.6, 6+), Cox Media Group urban AC WCFB “Star 94.5” falls from fifth to seventh. Unlisted the past 12 reports, Entravision Communications’ Spanish tropical WNUE “98.1 Salsa y Mas” reappears in print with a .8 (#21, 6+). JVC Media’s 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 the second time in a row.

Cincinnati

Spoken-Word Formats – A combined -3.6 through five straight down or flat moves (10.7 – 10.7 – 9.8 – 8.7 – 7.5 – 7.1, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WLW applies the brakes with a +1.0 to 8.1 (third to second, 6+). WLW was on top in August, September, and October. By gaining seven-tenths to 3.3 (6+), co-owned WKRC curtails three straight drops that accounted for a net loss of one-half share (3.1 – 2.8 – 2.7 – 2.6, 6+); “55 KRC The Talk Station” enters the top ten (#13 to #10).

Sports talk cluster-mate WCKY “Cincinnati’s ESPN 1530” surrenders one-half share in three straight sweeps without an increase (1.6 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.1, 6+) and remains at #17. The extremely consistent April 2019 through January 2020 topline for co-owned WSAI “Fox Sports 1360” is: .4 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 (flat at #23, 6+).

Cincinnati Public Radio news/talk WVXU repeats “Holiday” 2019’s 6+ AQH share (2.4) and market rank (#14).

Cincinnati Music Formats – After losing a collective nine-tenths in three consecutive down or flat moves (9.4 – 9.3 – 8.5 – 8.5, 6+), WGRR “103.5 Cincinnati’s Greatest Hits” storms back with a January 2020 increase more than three times that magnitude (11.3, +2.8, 6+). The Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies outlet shifts from second to first. WGRR was #1 in eight of 2019’s 13 ratings periods: The exceptions were January, August, September, October, and “Holiday” 2019. “Cincinnati’s Greatest Hits” is in double-digits (11.3, 6+) for the first time since July (10.6). WGRR takes over at #1 from co-owned adult contemporary WRRM “Warm 98.5” (13.1 – 6.2, -6.9, first to fourth, 6+), which jumped from third to first in “Holiday” 2019. “Warm 98” was a combined +7.6 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.5 – 6.9 – 13.1, 6+) with 13.1 its highest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2018’s 14.6. An overall -2.3 in three downturns in a row 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” purges all but four-tenths of that shortfall (6.9, +1.9, fourth to third, 6+). WUBE’s hot AC sibling, WKRQ “Q-102 Cincinnati’s Hit Music,” recorded a +.8 in November; was an overall –1.7 in December/“Holiday” 2019; and bounces back with a +1.2 in January 2020 (5.0 – 6.2, steady at #4, 6+). Entering the “Holiday” 2019 ratings period, co-owned rhythmic hot AC WREW “Mix 94.9” had been within 4.0 – 4.9 range (6+) 16 sweeps in succession but, with a loss of eight-tenths, dropped below a four-share (4.5 – 3.7, 6+). In January 2020, “Mix” answers with a +.9 to 4.6 (eighth to seventh, 6+). Winning ways continue for Grant County Broadcasters’ WNKN “Classic Country,” which is a collective +3.3 via four consecutive spikes (2.1 – 2.9 – 4.1 – 4.7 – 5.4, steady at #6, 6+). A combined -2.0 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (3.9 – 2.7 – 1.9, 6+), directly following a collective +2.0 in three straight upticks (1.9 – 2.3 – 2.9 – 3.9, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WNNF “Cat Country 94.1” is up six-tenths (2.5, #16 to #13, 6+). Off eight-tenths in three straight dips (.1 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.3, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WKFS “Kiss 107.1” ends the skid with a half-share bump to 3.8 (ninth to eighth, 6+). A loss of nine-tenths (3.2 – 2.3, 6+) sends Radio One urban contemporary WIZF “101.1 The Wiz” out of the top ten (#10 to #15). In three straight positive or neutral trends, iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WEBN-HD3 gained six-tenths (.5 – .5 – .6 – 1.1, 6+) but it drops four-tenths in January 2020 to .7 (#17 to #22). Meanwhile, WEBN-FM is a collective -1.9 as a result of five successive sweeps without an increase (4.7 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.2 – 2.8, 6+) as “Cincinnati’s Rock Station” departs the top ten (#10 to #12).

Cleveland

Spoken-Word Formats – Owing to five straight downturns, iHeartMedia news/talk WTAM was an overall -3.0 (7.2 – 6.5 – 5.8 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 4.2, 6+). In January 2020, “1100 Cleveland’s News Radio” bounces back with a +1.1 to 5.3 (ninth to eighth, 6+). Recent WTAM fluctuations include: -.6 (March); +.9 (April); -.7 (May); +.5 (June); +.5 (July); +1.1 (August); -.7 (September) -.7 (October); -.6 (November); -1.0 (“Holiday” 2019); and +1.1 (January 2020). Radio One’s WZAK-HD3 debuted in print in November and had a topline of .6 – 1.2 – 1.5 (6+); WZAK-HD3 is unlisted in January 2020. Co-owned WENZ-HD2 debuts in print at #14 (1.9, 6+). After recording a .9 (6+) the past four sweeps, Salem Media Group news/talk WHK “AM 1420 The Answer, News-Opinion-Insight” is unlisted as well. WHK was unlisted in July, August, and September, resurfacing in print in October.

Even though WKRK gains two-tenths (4.7 – 4.9, 6+), the Entercom sports talk outlet slips from seventh to ninth. “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” was -1.4 in “Holiday” 2019, after more than doubling (+3.1) its 6+ AQH share via six successive increases (3.0 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 4.4 – 5.3 – 5.7 – 6.1, 6+).

Having forfeited one-half share in “Holiday” 2019, Ideastream-owned news/talk WCPN posts a +1.1 (3.1 – 4.2, #13 to #11, 6+).

Cleveland Music Formats – The four most recent shifts by iHeartMedia-owned WGAR are +.9 (November); -.7 (December); -1.1 (“Holiday” 2019); and a massive +2.3 in January 2020 that takes “99.5 Cleveland’s #1 For New Country” from third to first (7.2 – 9.5, 6+). WGAR’s June 2019 through October 2019 topline was: 8.1 – 8.1 – 8.3 – 8.0 – 8.1 (6+). On top in December and “Holiday” 2019, Entercom adult contemporary WDOK (11.8 – 8.3, -3.5, 6+) segues to second. “Cleveland’s Star 102” had been without a loss four straight sweeps for an overall +5.2 (6.6 – 6.6 – 7.2 – 9.0 – 11.8, 6+). WDOK notched a 10.3 (6+) in “Holiday” 2018. In four straight modest dips, iHeartMedia-owned WMMS lost six-tenths (5.3 – 5.2 – 5.1 – 5.0 – 4.7, 6+), but “100.7 Cleveland’s Rock Station” erupts with a +1.1 to 5.8 (seventh to sixth, 6+). WZAK-FM is up six-tenths (7.3, fifth to fourth, 6+). The Radio One urban AC has been -1.1 (July); +1.5 (August/September); -1.2 (October/November); +.5 (December); -.5 (“Holiday” 2019); and +.6 (January 2020). When Entercom hot AC WQAL lost eight-tenths in “Holiday” 2019, it suspended four consecutive up or flat trends that yielded eight-tenths (3.8 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.4 – 4.6, 6+). In January 2020, “Q-104” regains one-half share (3.8 – 4.3, flat at #10, 6+). After occupying the runner-up slot in December and “Holiday” 2019, iHeartMedia-owned WMJI “Majic 105.7 – Cleveland’s Greatest Hits” (10.8 – 7.2, -3.6, 6+) falls to fifth. At #1 three consecutive months, WMJI was dislodged in December by (aforementioned) WDOK. Recent “Majic” shifts include: -1.7 (January 2019); +.8 (February); +1.0 (March); -1.0 (April); -.6 (July); -1.0 (August); +.8 (September); +.8 (November); -.6 (December); +2.0 (Holiday” 2019); and -3.6 (January 2020). In four straight downturns, Radio One urban contemporary WENZ “Z-107.9” falters by an overall -2.2 and slips below a three-share (5.0 – 4.0 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 2.8, #11 to #13, 6+). On the heels of “Holiday” 2019’s +.9 to 2.3 (6+), Ideastream’s WCLV “Classical 104.9” surrenders six-tenths (1.7, 6+) but continues at #15.

Kansas City

Spoken-Word Formats – A January 2020 +1.0 to 5.6 (6+) enables KMBZ-FM “98.1 News-Traffic-Weather” to leap from seventh to third. The Entercom news/talker was -1.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (6.1 – 5.3 – 4.6, 6+), directly after three straight up or flat trends netted +1.6 (4.5 – 5.4 – 6.1 – 6.1, 6+). Down three-tenths in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.8, 6+), co-owned KMBZ-AM “Talk 980” is +.2 to 2.0 (flat at #19, 6+). Without a loss the fourth time in a row for a net gain of six-tenths (1.0 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.6, 6+),  Cumulus Media’s KCMO-AM “Talk Radio 710 AM” progresses from #21 to #20.

Off a combined six-tenths in November/December (4.2 – 3.8 – 3.6, 6+), Union Broadcasting’s WHB “Sports Radio 810” adds nine-tenths to “Holiday” 2019’s +.3 (3.6 – 3.9 – 4.8, ninth to eighth, 6+). After faltering by six-tenths in November and December (3.4 – 2.8 – 2.2, 6+), Entercom-owned KCSP “610 Sports Radio” is up a combined eight-tenths in “Holiday” 2019/January 2020 (2.2 – 2.7 – 3.0, #15 to #14, 6+). November’s decline interrupted three straight spikes that yielded nine-tenths (2.5 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.4, 6+).

University of Missouri news/talk KCUR improves by two-tenths to 3.7 and continues at #12. Its three previous shifts were +.6 (4.1 – 4.7, 6+, November); -.6 (4.7 – 4.1, 6+, December); and -.6 (4.1 – 3.5, 6+, “Holiday” 2019).

Kansas City Music Formats – Following “Holiday” 2019’s loss of seven-tenths to 2.9 (6+), University of Northwestern St. Paul contemporary Christian KJNW “Life 88.5” answers with a +1.0 (3.9, #14 to #11, 6+). The January 2020 sweep is a mixed bag for Kansas City’s three country players. Entercom’s WDAF “106.5 The Wolf” gains eight-tenths (4.2 – 5.0, eighth to sixth, 6+) and Steel City Media’s KBEQ “Q-104 New Hit Country” notches a half-share increase to 4.4 (unchanged at #9, 6+), but KBEQ cluster-mate KFKF “Country 94.1” falters by seven-tenths (5.6, flat at #3, 6+). Down one-tenth in “Holiday” 2019 following December’s +.5, “The Wolf” posted a +1.0 in November and was a combined -1.4 in September/October (4.2 – 3.2 – 2.8, 6+). “Q-104” logged a +1.3 in December and surrendered eight-tenths in “Holiday” 2019 (4.7 – 3.9, 6+). Entering the December sweep, KBEQ was an overall -1.6 in three straight drops (5.0 – 4.9 – 4.5, – 3.4, 6+). Meanwhile, “Country 94.1” was +1.9 in October/November (4.5 – 4.9 – 6.4, 6+); -.7 in December (6.4 – 5.7, 6+); and +.6 in “Holiday” 2019 (5.7 – 6.3, 6+). With a September 2019 through “Holiday” 2019 topline of 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.5 (6+), Steel City Media CHR KMXV “Mix 93.3” logs a +.6 to 4.1 (#12 to #10, 6+). Up one-half share (each) are Entercom hot AC KZPT “99.7 The Point” (4.7 – 5.2, sixth to fifth, 6+) and alternative cluster-mate KRBZ “96.5 The Buzz” (2.0 – 2.5, #18 to #16). The four most recent shifts by “The Point” are: +.6 (November); +.5 (December); -.5 (“Holiday” 2019); and +.5 (January 2020). In an alternating down/up pattern that began in October (2.2 – 1.9 – 2.2 – 2.0 – 2.5, 6+), “The Buzz” has its best 6+-stat (2.5) since July (2.6). A combined +4.2 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (8.6 – 9.3 – 12.8, 6+), KCMO-FM “94.9 Kansas City’s Greatest Hits” stumbles by -2.8 to 10.0 (6+) but repeats at #1. The Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies outlet was in the runner-up slot six reports in a row before advancing to #1 in “Holiday” 2019. KCMO-FM’s 12.8 in “Holiday” 2019 marked the first time it reached double-digits (6+) since “Holiday” 2017 (10.4). Ten recent KCMO-FM 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); +3.5 (“Holiday” 2019; and -2.8 (January 2020). Co-owned KCFX “101 The Fox – Kansas City’s Classic Rock Station” (Chiefs) sputters by -1.4 (9.9 – 8.5, 6+) but repeats in the runner-up slot. 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). Down seven-tenths in December in advance of “Holiday” 2019’s +1.9 (3.1 – 5.0, 6+), Steel City Media adult contemporary KCKC “KC-102.1 Today’s Best Variety” forfeits a -2.2 to 2.8 (6+) and plummets from #5 to #15. “Holiday” 2019’s 5.0 was its best 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2018 (7.0). Continuing an alternating down/up pattern that began in August (2.5 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 2.3 – 2.4, 6+), Cumulus Media CHR KCHZ “95.7 The Vibe – All The Hits” falls from #17 to #18. Departing the top twenty (#20 to #21), co-owned KCJK “105.1 The X – Kansas City’s Rock Alternative” is down or flat the fifth time in succession for a collective -1.2 (2.6 – 2.5 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.4, 6+).

Columbus

Spoken-Word Formats – Stacking a +1.9 onto “Holiday” 2019’s one-tenth increase (6.0 – 6.1 – 8.0, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WTVN “News Radio 610” jumps from fourth to second.

Continuing an alternating down/up pattern that began in October (7.0 – 6.9 – 7.4 – 5.7 – 5.8, 6+), Tegna’s WBNS-FM “Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan” vaults from seventh to fourth. For the fifth successive time, co-owned/similarly formatted WBNS-AM posts a .2 (#20 to #15, 6+).

A combined -2.3 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (5.2 – 4.6 – 2.9, 6+), Ohio State University news/talk WOSU bounces back with a +1.4 (4.3, ninth to fifth, 6+).

Columbus Music Formats – Following 25 consecutive ratings periods at #1, WCOL “92.3 Columbus’ #1 For New Country” segued to #3 in “Holiday” 2019. Powered by a January 2020 +2.1 (7.7 – 9.8, 6+), the iHeartMedia-owned station returns to the top spot. 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); -2.1 (“Holiday” 2019); and +2.1 (January 2020). Ousted from the top spot after a “Holiday” 2019-only visit there is Saga Communications adult contemporary WSNY “Sunny 95,” which is unlisted in January 2020. WSNY was an overall +3.5 in three successive up or flat trends (6.2 – 6.7 – 7.2 – 9.7, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s 9.7 was the best 6+-stat for “Sunny” since “Holiday” 2018 (9.7, as well). In addition to WSNY, co-owned WLVQ “Iconic Rock Q-96 FM” (5.0, #7, 6+, “Holiday” 2019); hot AC WVMX “Mix 107.9” (2.7, #13, 6+, “Holiday” 2019); and classic hits-oldies WNND “Rewind 103.5 & 104.3” (1.9, #14, 6+, “Holiday” 2019) are unlisted in this report. Dropping from second to sixth is iHeartMedia adult hits WODC “93.3 The Bus” (9.4 – 4.2, – 5.2, 6+). WODC had been a collective +5.6 in three straight upticks (3.8 – 3.9 – 5.9 – 9.4, 6+), directly after three downturns in a row that accounted for a -1.8 (5.6 – 4.7 – 4.2 – 3.8, 6+). It was -4.1 (January 2019); +.9 (May); -.5 (June); +1.0 (July); -.9 (August); -.5 (September); +2.0 (December); +3.5 (“Holiday” 2019); and -5.2 (January 2020). CHR cluster-mate WNCI “97.9 Columbus’ Hit Music Station,” a combined -1.7 in December/“Holiday” 2019, storms back with a +1.1 to 7.2 (fourth to third, 6+). After being without an increase the past six reports for a net loss of one-half share (1.7 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.2, 6+), classic rock sibling WXZX “105.7 The Brew” applies the brakes with a +.3 to 1.5 (#16 to #11, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s 1.2 was its lowest 6+-stat since March (1.2, as well). Owing to five straight negative or neutral sweeps, Radio One’s WCKX “Power 107.5” is an overall -1.2 (3.7 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 2.9 – 2.5, ninth to tenth, 6+).