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June 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Three

| July 10, 2020

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June 2020 PPM Data – Information for the June 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 June 2020 survey period covered May 21 – June 17. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from these 12 PPM-markets.

Portland

Spoken Word Formats – Rebounding from May’s -1.0 with a June increase of four-tenths (7.0 – 6.0 – 6.4, 6+), Alpha Media-owned news/talk KXL “FM News 101 – Stay Connected” continues in third-place. March/April’s +2.1 aided KXL in reaching the seven-share level (4.9 – 6.7 – 7.0, 6+). Following nine straight up or flat moves that generated an overall +1.6 (2.3 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.8 – 3.2 – 3.8 – 3.9, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KEX “News Radio 1190 – Depend On Us” sputters by three-tenths to 3.6 (#11 to #13, 6+). Off four-tenths in April/May (1.4 – 1.2 – 1.0, 6+), Alpha Media news/talk KUFO “Freedom 970” expunges the deficit with a +.4 to 1.4 (#23 to #22, 6+). This marks the eighth time in the last nine sweeps that Salem Media Group’s KPAM “AM 860 The Answer” has posted a .4 (6+): .4 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .5 – .4 – .4, #26 to #27, 6+).

Having netted four-tenths in three consecutive gains (1.5 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 1.9, 6+), Alpha Media sports talk KXTG “The Game” slips three-tenths to 1.6 (flat at #21, 6+). In nine successive reports without an increase, Entercom’s similarly-formatted KFXX “1080 The Fan” has lost roughly 44% (-.7) of its 6+ AQH share (1.6 – 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.1 – .9, #22 to #23, 6+). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia-owned KPOJ “Sports Radio 620” has had its 6+ AQH share sliced by roughly 78% via five straight down or flat sweeps (.9 – .7 – .6 – .2 – .2 – .2, flat at #30, 6+).

A combined +1.9 in March/April (8.2 – 9.9 – 10.1, 6+), Oregon Public Broadcasting news/talk KOPB follows with a -1.0 in May/June (10.1 – 9.3 – 9.1, 6+), but is #1 the fourth consecutive time. KOPB and iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW are the only Portland stations to achieve double-digits (6+) in the PPM-era.

Portland Music Formats – Aforementioned iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW “K-103” adds eight-tenths to May’s +.3 (5.6 – 5.9 – 6.7, 6+) and jumps from fourth to second. May’s increase applied the brakes to four straight setbacks that led to an approximately 60% (-8.3) loss of its 6+ AQH share (13.9 – 8.5 – 8.4 – 7.1 – 5.6, 6+). Setting the pace four sweeps in succession (including sharing January’s lead with public radio news/talk KOPB), “K-103” segued to #2 in March. A combined +6.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (7.4 – 9.1 – 13.9, 6+), KKCW regressed by -5.4 in January; 13.9 was its highest 6+-share since “Holiday” 2018’s 16.2. Alpha Media CHR KBFF “Live 95.5” tacks on seven-tenths to May’s +1.0 (3.0 – 4.0 – 4.7, tenth to sixth, 6+). Analogous with KKCW (see above), KBFF’s May uptick halted three straight downturns that resulted in an overall -1.9 (4.9 – 4.4 – 3.9 – 3.0, 6+). Prior to January’s +.7, “Live 95.5” was off eight-tenths via three drops in a row (5.0 – 4.8 – 4.3 – 4.2, 6+). Co-owned country-formatted KUPL “98.7 The Bull” regains the half-share it squandered in May (3.3 – 2.8 – 3.3, #16 to #15, 6+). Entering the May sweep, “The Bull” was +1.1 via four straight improvements (2.2 – 2.5 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.3, 6+). Tied at #11 are iHeartMedia CHR KKRZ “Z-100 Portland’s #1 Hit Music Station” and Entercom adult hits KYCH “97.1 Charlie – We Play Everything.” KKRZ gains seven-tenths in three straight up or flat moves (3.1 – 3.2 – 3.8 – 3.8, #12 to #11, 6+). Meanwhile, “Charlie” is up four-tenths (3.8, #14 to #11, 6+), thus halting five consecutive slips in which it essentially lost half (-3.3) its 6+ AQH share (6.7 – 5.9 – 4.7 – 4.2 – 3.9 – 3.4, 6+). Following three straight jumps that produced a collective +1.7 (4.4 – 4.7 – 5.5 – 6.1, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KFBW “105.9 The Brew – Portland’s Rock Station” forfeits a full-share to 5.1 (second to fifth, 6+). Off six-tenths and one-half share, respectively, are Salem Media Group contemporary Christian KFIS “104.1 The Fish” (4.4, sixth to seventh, 6+) and All Classical Public Media KQAC “All Classical Portland” (4.0, seventh to tenth, 6+). KFIS netted eight-tenths through three straight boosts (4.2 – 4.5 – 4.6 – 5.0, 6+), while KQAC was +1.5 in April/May (3.0 – 4.3, 4.5, 6+).

Charlotte

Spoken-Word Formats – Having more than doubled (+3.6) its 6+ AQH share via four increases in a row and reaching the seven-share level (3.5 – 4.9 – 5.3 – 5.7 – 7.1, 6+), Entercom-owned WBT “Charlotte’s News Talk” is -1.1 in May/June (7.1 – 6.3 – 6.0, third to fourth, 6+).

While it remains at #18, co-owned WFNZ “The Fan – Charlotte’s Sports Leader” is down or flat the third consecutive time for a net loss of one-half share (1.8 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.3, 6+).

Even though it repeats May’s 3.2 (6+), University Radio Foundation news/talk WFAE nonetheless drops from #12 to #14.

Charlotte Music Formats – Two Charlotte outlets with similar call letters improve their 6+ May 2020 – June 2020 by at least one full-share. Specifically, Beasley Media Group adult contemporary WKQC “K-104.7” is +1.1 (eighth to fourth), while iHeartMedia CHR WHQC “Hits 96.1” is +1.0 (tenth to ninth). Following four straight down or flat reports that led to a -10.4 (14.5 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 6.3 – 4.1, 6+), “K-104.7” is +1.9 in May/June (4.9 – 6.0, 6+); WKQC was #1 in “Holiday” 2019 (14.5, 6+). “Hits 96.1” is +1.3 in May/June (3.4 – 3.7 – 4.7, 6+) and has its strongest 6+-stat (4.7) since last September’s 5.0. Advancing from #16 to #12, Entercom hot AC WLNK “107.9 The Link Charlotte’s Best Mix” is +1.2 in the two most recent reports (2.1 – 2.4 – 3.3, 6+). Up seven-tenths in May/June (5.2 – 5.3 – 5.9, 6+), Beasley Media Group urban AC WBAV “V-101.9” continues in sixth-place. Albeit a combined -2.2 in the last two sweeps (10.2 – 8.4 – 8.0, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rock WRFX “99.7 The Fox” sets the pace the sixth consecutive time. Entering the May sweep, WRFX was a collective +3.8 via four successive increases (6.4 – 6.8 – 7.9 – 8.1 – 10.2, 6+), reaching  double-digits (10.2, 6+). The only other Charlotte station hitting double-digits in the PPM-era is aforementioned adult contemporary WKQC, which has done it seven times. Immediately prior, “The Fox” had been -1.9 via three straight drops (8.3 – 8.2 – 7.3 – 6.4, 6+). As a result of spikes in succession, Beasley Media Group-owned WSOC was +2.6 (5.5 – 5.7 – 7.5 – 8.1, 6+), but falters by eight-tenths to 7.3 (flat at #2, 6+). “Country’s Hottest Hits” was -1.2 in “Holiday” 2019 and then +1.0 in January 2020. The 2.1-share (6+) advantage it had in May over iHeartMedia-owned/similarly programmed WKKT “96.9 The Kat Charlotte’s #1 For New Country” is reduced to nine-tenths as WKKT is +1.2 through four upticks in a row (5,2 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.4, fifth to third, 6+). A combined +1.2 in April/May (1.4 – 2.5 – 2.6, 6+), Davidson College-owned WDAV “89.9 Classical Public Radio” regresses by seven-tenths to 1.9 (#15 to #16, 6+). Dropping one-half share each are Radio One’s WOSF “105.3 R n B” (5.7, fourth to seventh, 6+) and iHeartMedia adult hits WLKO “102.9 The Lake We Play Anything” (sixth to eighth). The loss suspends three straight spikes by WOSF that yielded a +1.5 (4.7 – 4.8 – 5.2 – 6.2, 6+). As a result of three drops in a row, “The Lake” is -2.5 and falls below a five-share (7.3 – 5.4 – 5.3 – 4.8, 6+).

San Antonio

Spoken-Word Formats – Major fluctuations continue for iHeartMedia-owned WOAI “News Radio 1200 – San Antonio’s News, Traffic, & Weather,” which has been: +1.0 (5.3 – 5.7 – 6.3, January/February, 6+); -.5 (6.3 – 5.8, March, 6+); +2.1 (5.8 – 7.9, April, 6+); -.8 (7.9 – 7.1, May, 6+); and now -.6 (7.1 – 6.5, steady at #2, 6+). Up three-tenths in May/June (1.4 – 1.5 – 1.7, 6+), Alpha Media news/talk KTSA “Stay Connected” advances from #22 to #21.

Deadlocked at #28 this time last month, Alpha Media sports talk KZDC “ESPN San Antonio” and iHeartMedia-owned KTKR “Ticket 760 – San Antonio’s Sports Station” are both down one-tenth (.5 – .4, 6+) and are now tied at #30.

Via four straight decreases, Texas Public Radio news/talk KSTX has lost nine-tenths (3.4 – 3.2 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 2.5, #16 to #17, 6+).

San Antonio Music Formats – Not only is Cox Media Group hot AC KSMG a combined +1.2 in May/June (3.3 – 3.7 – 4.5, 6+), “Magic 105.3 – Today’s Best Music” enters the top ten (#11 to #7) with its best 6+-stat (4.5) since last November’s 4.9. Following three straight drops that accounted for a collective -1.3 (4.7 – 4.5 – 4.0 – 3.4, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR KXXM “96.1 Now San Antonio’s #1 Hit Music Station” answers with a May/June +1.1 (3.4 – 3.9 – 4.5, tenth to seventh, 6+). Progressing by one-half share each are Cox Media Group’s KCYY “Y-100 San Antonio’s New Country Leader” (fifth to third) and Alpha Media adult hits KJXK “102.7 Jack-FM Playing What We Want” (4.9, seventh to fifth, 6+). “Y-100” was a combined -2.0 in March/April (6.6 – 6.3 – 4.6, 6+), but erases 30% of that deficit with a May/June +.6 (4.6 – 4.7 – 5.2, 6+). At this time last month, “Jack” forfeited the seven-tenths it picked up in April (4.4 – 5.1 – 4.4, 6+). Three jumps in a row by Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM yielded a +1.6 (6.8 – 7.3 – 8.2 – 8.4, 6+); however, a whopping -1.5 to 6.9 (6+) curtails that streak. Even so, “101.1 San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” is #1 the sixth consecutive time. It had been the market leader ten ratings periods in a row before segueing to #2 in “Holiday” 2019. KONO-FM was -1.8 (“Holiday” 2019); +.8 (January 2020); and -.7 (February). Off six-tenths each are Univision Radio regional Mexican KROM “Que Buena 92.9” (third to sixth) and Cox Media Group-owned KISS “Rocks San Antonio” (sixth to ninth). KROM was +1.9 in four consecutive up or flat trends (3.7 – 4.4 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 5.6, 6+), but is -.9 in May/June (5.6 – 5.3 – 4.7, 6+). Falling below a four-share (3.9) for the first time since January’s 3.7 (6+), KISS is down nine-tenths in May/June (4.8 – 4.5 – 3.9, 6+). Negating May’s increase of four-tenths with a June loss of one-half share (3.8 – 4.2 – 3.7, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KQXT exits the top ten (#8 to #11). Immediately prior to the May sweep, “Q-101.9” logged four straight decreases for a roughly 64% loss (-6.7) of its 6+ AQH share (10.5 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 4.0 – 3.8, 6+).

Sacramento

Spoken-Word Formats – It has been a genuine rollercoaster ride for iHeartMedia-owned KFBK, which was +2.7 in January; a combined +3.2 in March/April (8.4 – 10.3 – 11.6, 6+); and -2.7 in May/June (11.6 – 9.4 – 8.9, 6+). Nonetheless, “Sacramento’s News, Weather and Traffic Station” is #1 the sixth straight time. April 2020’s 11.6 is its highest 6+-stat in the PPM-era, besting the previous high (10.3) set in March 2020. Cluster-mate KSTE “Talk 650” returns the three-tenths it added in May (1.8 – 2.1 – 1.8 +), but continues at #15. May’s increase curtailed three straight downturns that led to a loss of four-tenths (2.2 – 2.2 – 1.9 – 1.8, 6+).

Down one-half share in May/June (1.1 – .8 – .6, 6+), Entercom sports talk KIFM-AM “ESPN Radio 1320” departs the top twenty (#19 to #22, 6+). Bonneville’s KHTK “Sports 1140” makes an identical May 2020 – June 2020 move (.8 – .6, -.2, #19 to #22, 6+). These two sports talkers were deadlocked last July, August, and October.

Up four-tenths in May/June (4.5 – 4.8 – 4.9, 6+), Capital Public Radio news/talk KXJZ progresses from seventh to sixth.

Sacramento Music Formats – By gaining six-tenths (2.9 – 3.5, 6+), both Bonneville hot AC KZZO “Now 100.5 Today’s Best Hits” and Entercom alternative KKDO “Alt 94.7” advance from #12 to #10. A combined +1.7 in May/June (1.8 – 2.9 – 3.5, 6+), KZZO was a combined +1.1 in January/February (2.6 – 2.8 – 3.7, 6+) and -1.9 in March/April (3.7 – 3.2 – 1.8, 6+). “Alt 94.7” had been -1.3 in April/May (4.2 – 3.9 – 2.9, 6+). Climbing from ninth to eighth, iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic oldies KHYL “V-101” nets +1.4 in three straight spikes (2.6 – 2.9 – 3.5 – 4.0, 6+). This directly follows six straight down or flat reports for an overall -1.9 (4.5 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+). Albeit -1.1 in May/June (6.4 – 6.2 – 5.3, 6+), co-owned classic rock KYRV “93.7 The River” continues in fifth-place. Entercom-owned KRXQ “98 Rock,” which was +2.7 through five jumps in a row (4.8 – 5.2 – 5.3 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 7.5, 6+), mirrors “The River” by being -1.1 in May/June (7.5 – 7.2- 6.4, flat at #4, 6+). A loss of one-tenth to 8.8 (6+) by classic rock sibling KSEG interrupts three straight advancements that resulted in a +1.9 (7.0 – 7.3 – 7.6 – 8.9, 6+). Nonetheless, “96.9 The Eagle” remains in the runner-up slot and is now just one-tenth from the lead.

Pittsburgh

Spoken-Word Formats – Down eight-tenths this time last month, Entercom’s KDKA-AM spirals by -1.4 in June (7.3 – 6.5 – 5.1, 6+) but continues in fourth-place. Directly prior, “News Radio 1020” was +4.2 via four straight boosts (3.1 – 4.0 – 4.3 – 5.6 – 7.3, 6+).

Co-owned sports talk KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan,” which gained four-tenths in May, erodes by -1.8 (6.3 – 4.5, fifth to eighth, 6+). May’s increase interrupted three slips ins a row that led to a collective -2.0 (7.9 – 7.5 – 6.7 – 5.9, 6+).

Despite being down one-half share in May/June (5.6 – 5.4 – 5.1, 6+), Essential Public Media news/talk WESA advances from sixth to fourth; “90.5 Pittsburgh’s NPR Station” was +1.3 in April.

Pittsburgh Music Formats – The only station in any of the 36 PPM-markets we’ve highlighted thus far to chalk up a May 2020 – June 2020 increase of at least two full-shares, WDVE (8.5 – 10.9, +2.4, 6+) is #1 the fourth month in a row. The iHeartMedia rocker had a very consistent “Holiday” 2019 through May 2020 topline of: 8.2 – 8.1 – 8.3 – 8.2 – 8.3 – 8.5 (6+). The last time WDVE reached double-digits (6+) was October 2017 (10.2). A combined -1.6 in March/April (8.7 – 7.4 – 7.1, 6+), co-owned classic hits-oldies WWSW “94.5 3WS” outdoes May’s +1.0 with a June +1.1 (7.1 – 8.1 – 9.2, steady at #2, 6+). This (9.2) is its best 6+-showing since “Holiday” 2019’s 13.6. Still in that iHeartMedia cluster, CHR WKST “96.1 Kiss-FM” is +1.1 in May/June (3.9 – 4.3 – 5.0, eighth to sixth, 6+), directly after being -1.2 in three straight drops (5.1 – 4.9 – 4.6 – 3.9, 6+). By adding two-tenths to 4.5 (unchanged at #8, 6+), Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WSHH “Wish 99.7” pulls the plug on five successive downturns that resulted in a -3.3 (7.6 – 5.1 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.4 – 4.3, 6+). When “Wish” picked up four-tenths in December, it halted six consecutive sweeps without an increase that led to an overall -1.7 (6.3 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.0 – 4.8 – 4.6, 6+). Flat at #11, iHeartMedia alternative WXDX “105.9 The X” is -1.5 as a result of four consecutive slips (5.1 – 4.6 – 4.5, 3.8 – 3.6, 6+). After posting four straight spikes that resulted in a +2.7 (1.9 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 4.3 – 4.6, 6+), co-owned WPGB “Big 104.7 Pittsburgh’s #1 For New Country” is down six-tenths in May/June (4.6 – 4.1 – 4.0, flat at #10, 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. WPGB is six-tenths behind Entercom’s WDSY “Pittsburgh’s Country Y-108,” which is up three-tenths in May/June (4.3 – 4.5 – 6.6, steady at #7, 6+)

Salt Lake City

Spoken-Word Formats –  A combined +3.9 in March/April (4.9 – 6.0 – 8.8, 6+), Bonneville’s KSL is -3.3 in May/June (8.8 – 6.0 – 5.5, fourth to sixth, 6+). “News Radio 102.7 FM & 1160 AM” had an April-only stay at #1.  It is two-tenths ahead of iHeartMedia-owned KNRS “Talk Radio 105.9 – Listen And You’ll Know,” which is -1.0 in May/June (6.3 – 5.4 – 5.3, 6+) and unchanged in seventh-place. Four consecutive sweeps without a loss netted KNRS a +2.2 (4.1 – 5.0 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 6.3, 6+). In addition to having its AQH share reduced by exactly 50% (-.5) in May/June (1.0 – .7 – .5, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KKAT “860 AM – Utah’s Big Talker” departs the top twenty (#19 to #21). KKAT had more than tripled (+.7) its 6+ AQH share through four straight up or flat moves (.3 – .6 – .8 – .8 – 1.0, 6+).

After an approximately three-year hiatus from appearing in print, Larry H. Miller Communications Corporation sports talk KZNS “The Zone” resurfaces with a .6 (#19, 6+).

Down nine-tenths in April/May (2.9 – 2.4 – 2.0, 6+), University of Utah public radio news/talk KUER picks up three-tenths to 2.3 (steady at #15, 6+). Prior to April, it posted three consecutive gains for a collective +1.2 (1.7 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.9, 6+). In an alternating up/down pattern that commenced in February (.4 – .9 – .3 – .6 – .5, 6+),  Brigham Young University public radio news/talk KUMT continues at #21.

Salt Lake City Music Formats – The market’s largest (6+) progression is turned in by Cumulus Media adult contemporary KBEE (2.2 – 3.6, +1.4, #14 to #11, 6+). In doing so, “B-98.7 Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites” nearly purges its April/May -1.5 (3.7 – 2.2 – 2.2, 6+). Five consecutive setbacks by Bonneville’s similarly-formatted KSFI accounted for a more than 70% (-15.0) loss of its 6+ AQH share (21.1 – 8.5 – 7.6 – 7.3 – 7.0 – 6.1, 6+). “FM 100.3 Better Music/Better Work Day” ends the slide with a +.1 to 6.2 (flat at #3, 6+). Immediately prior, KSFI was a collective +14.8 via four consecutive increases (6.3 – 6.7 – 6.8 – 11.0 – 21.1, 6+). “FM 100.3” spent seven successive sweeps at #1 before shifting to the runner-up slot in April. It is the only PPM-market outlet to reach the 20-share level (6+) and has accomplished that feat in “Holiday” 2019 (21.1, 6+); “Holiday” 2018 (21.8, 6+); “Holiday” 2017 (23.2, 6+); “Holiday” 2016 (20.6, 6+); and “Holiday” 2015 (21.4, 6+). Adding seven-tenths to May’s +.6 (5.3 – 5.9 – 6.6, 6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KODJ “94.1 Salt Lake’s Greatest Hits” jumps from fifth to second with its best 6+-stat (6.6) since last September’s 7.1. Notwithstanding that it is down four-tenths to 7.7 (6+), Bonneville-owned KRSP “103.5 The Arrow – Utah’s Classic Rock” repeats at #1. The loss though suspends three straight positive spikes that yielded a +2.2 (5.9 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 8.1, 6+). In six straight sweeps without a loss, independent KSOP-FM “Z-104 Utah’s #1 Country Station” is a collective +2.0 (3.7 – 4.5 – 4.8 – 5.3 – 5.4 – 5.7 – 5.7, sixth to fifth, 6+). This (5.7) is its highest 6+-stat since last August’s 5.8. Cumulus Media-owned KBER “Utah’s Rock Station,” which was a collective +.7 in three straight reports without a loss (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 3.3, 6+), drops one-tenth to 3.2 (6+) but continues at #13. Unlisted the 19th sweep in a row are Broadway Media-owned adult hits KYMV; alternative KXRK; CHR KUDD; country KEGA; and rhythmic CHR KUUU.

Las Vegas

Spoken-Word Formats – In May, both Entercom-owned KXNT “News Talk Radio 840” and Beasley Media Group news/talk KDWN “AM 720 Where Las Vegas Comes to Talk” were down four-tenths. Now, the two rivals are off three-tenths each: KXNT is 2.8 – 2.5 (#14 to #16, 6+), while KDWN is 2.5 – 2.2 (#18 to #19, 6+). KXNT was +1.1 in April, while KDWN had more than doubled (+1.6) its 6+ AQH share in three straight gains (1.3 – 1.7 – 2.1 – 2.9, 6+). They were tied in March (2.1, 6+) and are now separated by three-tenths (6+) the third successive month.

Lotus Communications sports talk KWWN “ESPN Radio 1100” has its 6+ AQH share divided in half (.8 – .4, #26 to #29, 6+).

After being an overall +1.3 through three straight improvements (2.6 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 3.9, 6+), Nevada Public Radio news/talk KNPR slips by two-tenths to 3.7 (6+) but continues in seventh-place.

Las Vegas Music Formats – The combination of Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies outlet KKLZ “96.3 Hits of the 80s and More” dialing up a mammoth +1.5 and iHeartMedia adult contemporary KSNE “Sunny 106.5 – Better Music For A Better Workday” eroding by -1.2 eventuates in KKLZ advancing from second to first and “Sunny” segueing from #1 to #2. KKLZ is a combined +1.7 in May/June (6.2 – 6.4 – 7.9, 6+) and records its strongest 6+-stat (7.9) since last December (8.1). “Sunny” held (or shared) the top spot the past seven survey periods. Its May increase of six-tenths to 7.3 (6+) concluded at four a consecutive string of decreases that resulted in an overall -.8.6 (15.3 – 8.6 – 7.1 – 7.0 – 6.7, 6+). “Holiday” 2019’s 15.3 is the highest 6+-share by any Las Vegas station in the PPM-era. By logging a June increase of six-tenths to 4.6 (sixth to fourth, 6+), Lotus Communications Spanish adult hits KWID “La Buena 101.9” pulls the plug on four setbacks in succession that resulted in a collective -1.2 (5.2 – 5.0 – 4.5 – 4.3 – 4.0, 6+). In addition to being up six-tenths in May/June and progressing from fifth to third, Faith Communications contemporary Christian KSOS “SOS Radio” reaches the five-share level (4.4 – 4.5 – 5.0, 6+). Faltering by six-tenths each are Beasley Media Group’s  KCYE “102.7 Coyote Country” (4.5, third to fifth, 6+) and Lotus Communications’ KXPT “97.1 The Point #1 For Classic Rock” (4.7 – 4.1, fourth to sixth, 6+). Entering the June sweep, “Coyote Country” more than doubled (+2.7) its 6+ AQH share through five successive boosts (2.4 – 2.8 – 3.3 – 4.1 – 4.6 – 5.1, 6+). This directly follows a -1.7 in seven straight sweeps without an increase (4.1 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.0 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.4, 6+). The wild 2020 continues for “The Point,” which has been: +.2.6 (January/February); -1.6 (March); +.5 (April); -.5 (May); and now -.6 (June). Co-owned KOMP more than doubled (+1.9) its 6+ AQH share in five consecutive upticks (1.7 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 2.3 – 2.9 – 3.6, 6+). The positive streak, however, ends as “92.3 The Rock Station” is off four-tenths and exits the top ten (3.2, #9 to #11, 6+). A combined -2.7 in four straight sweeps without an increase (5.7 – 5.5 – 3.2 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+), Entercom hot AC KMXB “Mix 94.1” falls from #12 to #13. Meanwhile, Beasley Media group’s similarly-formatted KVGS “Star 107.9” is up three-tenths in May/June (3.3 – 3.5 – 3.6, tenth to eighth, 6+).

Orlando

Spoken-Word Formats – A combined +2.3 in March/April (4.4 – 5.1 – 6.7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned news/talk WTKS “Real Radio 104.1 – We Say What We Want” relinquishes all but one-tenth of that windfall with a May/June -2.2 (6.7 – 6.0 – 4.5, fifth to eighth, 6+). In its concluding sweep in the news/talk format, Cox Media Group’s WDBO-FM “News 96.5” repeats May’s 6+ AQH share and market rank (3.8, #11, 6+). The final day of the June monthly was June 17. Less than two weeks later (6/29), WDBO-FM became Spanish contemporary “Exitos 96.5.” Its news/talk programming has shifted to WDBO-AM, where it replaces sports talk. Replicating May’s loss of six-tenths (2.8 – 2.2 – 1.6, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WFLF “News Radio Orlando” falls from #15 to #17.

Once again back-to-back at #21 and #22, respectively, are iHeartMedia-owned WYGM “FM 96.9 The Game – Orlando’s Sports Leader,” which regains May’s loss of one-tenth (.9 – .8 – .9, +.1, 6+), and Cox Media Group’s WDBO-AM “ESPN 580 Orlando,” off eight-tenths in five straight down or flat trends (1.4 – 1.2 – 1.0 – .6 – .6 – .6, 6+). As noted above, WDBO-AM inherited WDBO-FM’s news/talk programming late last month (6/29).

Including its current loss of nine-tenths, Community Communications’ news/talk WMFE “90.7 Public Radio for Central Florida” continues an alternating down/up pattern that began in December (3.0 – 2.6 – 3.3 – 3.2 – 3.3 – 2.8 – 3.2 – 2.3, #13 to #14, 6+).

Orlando Music Formats – In an extremely volatile Orlando sweep, 12 of the top 14 June 2020 finishers register a (6+) fluctuation of at least one-half share. Topping the list is Entercom classic hits-oldies WOCL, which tacks on a whopping +1.9 to May’s +1.0 (6.4 – 7.4 – 9.3, 6+). Moreover, “105.9 Sunny FM – We Own The ‘80s” marches from second to first. May/June’s +2.9 directly follows three drops in a row that accounted for a -2.8 (9.2 – 8.4 – 8.2 – 6.4, 6+), On top in January, February, and March, “Sunny” was +1.2 (January) and -.8 (February). It proves to be a May-only stay at #1 for Cox Media Group-owned WMMO “98.9 Orlando’s Classic Hits,” which is -1.5 in May/June (8.0 – 7.5 – 6.5, first to third, 6+). Down three-tenths in March, WMMO logged a +2.1 in April. The comeback continues for iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMGF, which is +2.6 in May/June (3.4 – 4.8 – 6.0, eighth to fifth, 6+). On top in December 2019 (9.4, 6+) and “Holiday” 2019 (15.4, 6+), “Magic 107.7” was then -12.0 through four straight downturns (15.4 – 8.1 – 7.9 – 5.7 – 3.4, 6+). Owing to six  upticks in a row, Cox Media Group country-formatted WWKA is a cumulative +3.6 (2.9 – 3.9 – 4.1 – 5.0 – 5.7 – 5.8 – 6.5, sixth to third, 6+). Half-share gains are logged by iHeartMedia Spanish tropical WRUM “Rumba 100.3” (6.2 – 6.7, fourth to second, 6+); CHR sibling WXXL “XL-106.7” (ninth to seventh); and Entercom-owned WQMP “FM 101.9 Orlando’s New Alternative” (#14 to #13). “Rumba” was without an increase four straight reports for a net loss of -1.6 (7.5 – 6.9 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 5.9, 6+); rebounded with an April +.8; but was -.5 in May. Three straight declines by “XL-106.7” resulted in a -2.0 (6.4 – 5.8 – 4.6 – 4.4, 6+). When WXXL added three-tenths in February, it halted three successive down or flat sweeps that accounted for a -1.4 (7.5 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.1, 6+). In three consecutive up or flat moves, WQMP gains nine-tenths (2.6 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.5, 6+) and has its best 6+-stat since last September (3.5, as well). After being +4.3 in three straight jumps (4.6 – 5.0 – 6.9 – 8.9, 6+), Cox Media Group-owned urban AC WCFB “Star 94.5” plummets by -3.0 in May/June (8.9 – 6.5 – 5.9, third to sixth, 6+). “Star” had an April-only stay at #1. A collective +2.1 in five straight gains (3.0 – 3.5 – 3.7 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.1, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WJRR “101.1 Orlando’s Rock Station” stumbles by six-tenths to 4.5 (seventh to eighth, 6+). Cox Media Group’s WPYO “Power 95.3” was -1.9 (5.3 – 4.9 – 3.4, March/April, 6+); +.7 (3.4 – 4.1, May, 6+); and is now -.5 in June (4.1 – 3.6, #10 to #12, 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 sixth time in a row.

Cincinnati

Spoken-Word Formats – Four straight spikes by iHeartMedia’s WLW generated a hefty +5.8 (7.1 – 8.1 – 8.3 – 10.1 – 12.9, 6+), but the heritage news/talk outlet craters by -3.5 in May/June (12.9 – 10.3 – 9.4, 6+). On top the past three months, WLW segues to the runner-up slot. After posting a May increase of eight-tenths (3.5 – 4.3, 6+), co-owned WKRC  sputters by seven-tenths to 3.6 (eighth to tenth, 6+). Directly prior to April, “55 KRC The Talk Station” was a collective +1.2 through three successive sweeps without a loss (2.6 – 3.3 – 3.8 – 3.8, 6+).

Continuing an alternating down/up sequence which includes its current loss of two-tenths, sports talk cluster-mate WCKY “Cincinnati’s ESPN 1530” falls from #21 to #22 (1.1 – .8 -1.0 – .5 – .6 – .4, 6+). Co-owned WSAI is off two-tenths to .1 (#23 to #24, 6+). “Fox Sports 1360” had logged either a .4 (6+) or .3 (6+) in each April 2019 through May 2020 sweep (.4 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3, 6+).

Off a combined four-tenths in April/May (2.2 – 1.9 – 1.8, 6+), Cincinnati Public Radio news/talk WVXU picks up three-tenths to 2.1 (#17 to #16, 6+).

Cincinnati Music Formats – Following three straight decreases that led to a -2.2 (6.2 – 6.1 – 5.7 – 4.0, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WKRQ “Q-102 Cincinnati’s Hit Music” doubles May’s +.6 with a June +1.2 (4.0 – 4.6 – 5.8, sixth to fourth, 6+). Down or flat the past four sweeps for a -2.1 (11.3 – 10.1 – 10.0 – 9.2, 6+), Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WGRR not only roars back with a +.9 to 10.1 (6+), “103.5 Cincinnati’s Greatest Hits” proceeds from second to first. WGRR was on top in January 2020 and February 2020, as well as #1 in eight of 2019’s 13 ratings periods. Prior to posting a January +2.8, “Cincinnati’s Greatest Hits” lost a collective nine-tenths in three consecutive down or flat moves (9.4 – 9.3 – 8.5 – 8.5, 6+). Co-owned classic rock WOFX “92.5 The Fox” is +1.2 in three spikes in succession (4.0 – 4.2 – 4.6 – 5.2, sixth to seventh 6+) and crosses the five-share level (5.2) for the first time since last October’s 5.0. Half-share increases are recorded by Hubbard Broadcasting’s WUBE “B-105 Get Your Country On” (7.3 – 7.8, flat at #3, 6+) and Cumulus Media adult contemporary WRRM “Warm 98.5” (unchanged at #5). “B-105” lost eight-tenths in March/April (7.5 – 6.9 – 6.7, 6+) and notched a May gain of six-tenths. Four consecutive declines by “Warm” led to an overall -8.7 (13.1 – 6.2 – 5.5 – 5.1 – 4.4, 6+), but it is +1.3 in May/June (4.4 – 5.2 – 5.7, 6+). In “Holiday” 2019, WRRM jumped from third to first. It 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. Down nine-tenths via four straight negative or neutral sweeps (3.8 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WKFS “Kiss 107.1” ends the slide with a +.4 to 3.3 (#14 to #13, 6+). Up a full-share in April/May (1.9 – 2.8 – 2.9, 6+), Cincinnati Public Radio’s WGUC “Classical 90.9” falters by eight-tenths to 2.1 (#14 to #16, 6+). A combined +1.3 in April/May (4.8 – 6.1 – 6.1, 6+), Grant County Broadcasters’ WNKN “Classic Country 105.9 & 106.7” forfeits six-tenths to 5.5 (fourth to sixth, 6+). Without an increase the past six survey periods for a +1.0 (2.1 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.8 – 3.1, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned WFTK “96 Rock” drops four-tenths to 2.7 (#13 to #14, 6+).

Cleveland

Spoken-Word Formats – After being a collective +4.6 through four straight spikes (4.2 – 5.3 – 5.8 – 7.2 – 8.8, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WTAM “1100 Cleveland’s News Radio” is -1.7 in May/June (8.8 – 7.7 – 7.1, fourth to fifth, 6+).

By gaining three-tenths this time last month, Entercom’s WKRK suspended three consecutive decreases that accounted for an approximately 52% (-2.5) loss of its 6+ AQH share (4.9 – 3.6 – 3.2 – 2.4, 6+). In June, “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” regresses by one-half share (2.7 – 2.2, flat at #14, 6+).

Following three consecutive gains that yielded a +2.1 (3.1 – 4.2 – 4.4 – 5.2, 6+), Ideastream-owned public radio news/talk WCPN is -1.9 in three decreases in a row (5.2 – 4.8 – 3.9 – 3.3, 6+) and exits the top ten (#10 to #12).

Cleveland Music Formats – Winning ways genuinely continue for Entercom-owned WNCX “98.5 Cleveland’s Classic Rock,” which is a collective +4.0 via eight straight sweeps without a loss (7.0 – 7.2 – 7.2 – 7.6 – 8.0 – 9.1 – 10.1 – 10.2 -11.0, 6+) and #1 the fourth time in a row, Moreover, WNCX logs its highest 6+-stat (11.0) in the PPM-era. Its three previous bests (all in a row) were 10.2 (May 2020, 6+); 10.1 (April 2020, 6+) and 9.1 (March 2020, 6+). Displaying strong gains of +1.0 each are iHeartMedia adult hits WHLK “106.5 The Lake We Play Anything” (steady at #7) and Entercom hot AC WQAL “Q-104” (unchanged at #8). In May/June, “The Lake” is a combined +1.4 (4.4 – 4.8 – 5.8, 6+), while “Q-104” is +1.2 in the same timeframe (4.3 – 5.5 – 5.5, 6+). Gains of nine-tenths are made by Radio One urban AC WZAK (9.0, third to second, 6+) and iHeartMedia-owned WMMS “100.7 Cleveland’s Rock Station” (5.2, steady at #9, 6+). A May increase of eight-tenths took WZAK to the eight-share level (7.3 – 8.1, 6+) for the first time since last September (8.2). WMMS was off three straight reports for a -1.8 (6.1 – 5.7 – 4.9 – 4.3, 6+). Responding to April’s -1.7 with back-to-back gains of seven-tenths (6.8 – 7.5 – 8.2, 6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WMJI progresses from fifth to fourth. “Majic 105.7” was a combined +1.3 in February/March (7.2 – 8.3 – 8.5, 6+). In an alternating down/up sequence which includes June’s +.6, iHeartMedia CHR WAKS “96.5 Kiss-FM Cleveland’s #1 Hit Music Station” is trending: 3.5 – 3.0 – 3.2 – 2.8 – 3.4 (#12 to #11, 6+). The nine most recent shifts by co-owned WGAR “Cleveland’s #1 For New Country” are: +.9 (November); -.7 (December); -1.1 (“Holiday” 2019); +2.3 (January 2020); -.7 (February); -.8 (March); +1.4 (April); +.5 (May); and -1.4 in June (9.9- 8.5, second to third, 6+). WGAR was #1 in January and February. The market’s December and “Holiday” 2019 pacesetter, Entercom adult contemporary WDOK “Cleveland’s Star 102” is off six-tenths in June (6.7 – 6.1, unchanged at #6, 6+). Its May increase of four-tenths suspended four successive setbacks that led to a -5.5 (11.8 – 8.3 – 7.7 – 7.4 – 6.3, 6+). Immediately prior, “Star” had been without a loss four straight sweeps for an overall +5.2 (6.6 – 6.6 – 7.2 – 9.0 – 11.8, 6+).

Kansas City

Spoken-Word Formats – The alternating down/up “Holiday” 2019 through June 2020 pattern for Entercom news/talk KMBZ-FM “98.1 News-Traffic-Weather” is: -.7 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.0 (January 2020); -.3 (February); +.5 (March); -.4 (April); +1.4 (May); and now -1.3 in June (6.8 – 5.5, fourth to seventh, 6+). Co-owned KMBZ-AM bounces back from May’s -1.0 to 2.5 (6+) with a June increase of three-tenths (2.8, #15 to #14, 6+).“Talk 980” nearly doubled (+1.7) its 6+ AQH share in four straight improvements (1.8 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 3.1 – 3.5, 6+). Despite being without an increase the fourth straight time for a net loss of two-tenths (1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2, 6+), Cumulus Media’s KCMO-AM “Talk Radio 710 AM” returns to the top twenty (#21 to #20).

By gaining one-half share in May, Union Broadcasting’s WHB halted three straight decreases that accounted for a collective -2.3 (4.8 – 4.1 – 2.7 – 2.5, 6+); however, “Sports Radio 810” sputters by four-tenths (3.0 – 2.6, #13 to #17, 6+). In five successive slips, Entercom-owned KCSP “610 Sports Radio” has lost two-thirds (-2.0) of its 6+ AQH share and exits the top twenty (3.0 – 2.6 – 1.8 – 1.4 – 1.3 – 1.0, #20 to #21, 6+).

A combined -1.7 in April/May (4.8 – 3.5 – 3.1, 6+), University of Missouri news/talk KCUR picks up one-half share to 3.6 (steady at #11, 6+).

Kansas City Music Formats – Separated by one-tenth of a share (6+) this time last month, Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies and classic rock siblings KCMO-FM “94.9 Kansas City’s Greatest Hits” (7.6 – 8.2, +.6, second to first, 6+) and KCFX “101 The Fox Kansas City’s Classic Rock Station” (7.7 – 8.5, +.5, repeating at #1, 6+) now share the lead. Following four successive downturns that resulted in a -5.9 (12.8 – 10.0 – 9.0 – 8.6 – 6.9, 6+), KCMO-FM notched +.7 in May. A combined +4.2 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (8.6 – 9.3 – 12.8, 6+), “Kansas City’s Greatest Hits” spent four consecutive sweeps on top before shifting to third in April. Its recent (6+) fluctuations include: +3.5 (“Holiday” 2019); -2.8 (January 2020); -1.0 (February); -1.7 (April); +.7 (May); and +.6 (June). Even though “The Fox” spiraled by -1.0 (8.7 – 7.7, May 2020, 6+), it advanced to #1. The four latest moves by KCFX are: -1.0 (March); +1.1 (April); -1.0 (May); and +.5 (June). Still in that Cumulus Media cluster, KCJK “105.1 The X – Kansas City’s Rock Alternative” is +2.1 in May/June (1.4 – 2.2 – 3.5, #17 to #12, 6+). This directly follows an overall -1.2 as a result of eight straight sweeps without an increase, (2.6 – 2.5 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.4, 6+). Boasting June 2020 increases of +1.0 are Entercom hot AC KZPT “99.7 The Point” (eighth to fifth) and University of Northwestern St. Paul contemporary Christian KJNW “Life 88.5” (#16 to #13). “The Point” was +.5 in January/February (4.7 – 5.2 – 5.2, 6+); -1.4 in March/April (5.2 – 4.4 – 3.8, 6+); and now +2.2 in May/June (3.8 – 5.0 – 6.0, 6+). “Life 88.5” is +1.4 in May/June (2.0 – 2.4 – 3.4, 6+). After being down three sweeps in a row for a -1.1 (4.1 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.0, 6+), Steel City Media CHR KMXV “Mix 93.3” is +1.2 in May/June (3.0 – 3.4 – 4.2, tenth to ninth, 6+). Five successive sweeps without a loss by cluster-mate KBEQ “Q-104 New Hit Country” generated a collective +1.9 (3.9 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 5.8, 6+), but “Q-104” craters by -1.4 to 4.4 (sixth to eighth, 6+). Elsewhere in the format, KBEQ cluster-mate KFKF “Country 94.1” is -4.1 in May/June (10.4 – 6.5 – 6.3, fifth to fourth, 6+), while Entercom’s WDAF “106.5 The Wolf” continues an alternating up/down pattern that began last November: 3.8 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 5.0 – 4.8 – 5.7 – 4.6 – 5.8 – 5.7, flat at #6, 6+).

Columbus

Spoken-Word Formats – While it remains in the runner-up slot, iHeartMedia news/talk WTVN “News Radio 610” is a combined -3.0 in the last two reports (10.6 – 9.0 – 7.6, 6+). This comes immediately after five successive bumps produced a collective +4.6 (6.0 – 6.1 – 8.0 – 8.6 – 9.4 – 10.6, 6+).  

Up one-tenth in May, Tegna’s WBNS-FM “Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan” falters by seven-tenths (3.6 – 2.9, flat at #8, 6+). WBNS-FM was -1.7 in March/April (5.2 – 4.8 – 3.5, 6+). Co-owned/similarly formatted WBNS-AM, which recorded a .1 (6+) in back-to-back reports, was unlisted in May and returns in June with a .2 (#16, 6+).

An alternating up/down pattern that Ohio State University public radio news/talk WOSU initiated in January 2020 includes June’s -.5: 4.3 – 4.0 – 4.4 – 4.1 – 4.4 – 3.9 (sixth to fifth, 6+).

Columbus Music Formats – Owing to three straight upticks, iHeartMedia adult hits WODC “93.3 The Bus We Play Anything” yields a +1.7 (4.5 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 6.2, unchanged at #4, 6+) and has its best 6+-stat (6.2) since “Holiday” 2019’s 9.4. Shaking off May’s -1.6 with a June +1.1 (9.5 – 10.6, 6+), co-owned WCOL “92.3 Columbus’ #1 For New Country” sets the pace the seventh time in a row. May’s decrease suspended four consecutive bumps that netted a +3.4 (7.7 – 9.8 -10.2 -10.5 – 11.1, 6+). Following 25 consecutive ratings periods on top, WCOL segued to #3 in “Holiday” 2019. WCOL was: -1.1 (December 2019); -2.1 (“Holiday” 2019); +2.1 (January 2020); -1.6 (May 2020); and +1.1 (June). Radio One urban AC WXMG “Magic 95.5 Columbus’ Best R&B,” which was up eight-tenths in April/May (3.7 – 4.4 – 4.5, 6+), surrenders six-tenths to 3.9 (6+) but continues in fifth-place. The yoyo effect continues for iHeartMedia CHR WNCI “97.9 Columbus’ #1 Hit Music Station,” which was +1.2 in January/February (6.1 – 7.2 – 7.3, 6+); -1.8 in March/April (7.3 – 6.7 – 5.5, 6+); +1.1 in May (5.5 – 6.6, 6+) and now -.3 in June (6.6 – 6.3, flat at #3, 6+). Following five straight sweeps without a loss for a net increase of one-half share (.9 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.4, 6+), Ohio State University classical WOSA forfeits three-tenths to 1.1 (flat at #12, 6+). This is the sixth month in a row that the following Saga Communications stations are unlisted: adult contemporary WSNY “Sunny 95,” which had a “Holiday” 2019-only stay at #1; WLVQ “Iconic Rock Q-96 FM”; hot AC WVMX “Mix 107.9”; and classic hits-oldies WNND “Rewind 103.5 & 104.3.”

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