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September 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round One

| September 30, 2020

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September 2020 PPM Data – Information for the September 2020 ratings period has been released for New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union.

Nielsen Audio’s September 2020 survey period covered August 13 – September 9.

Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” for spoken-word formats from these 12 PPM-markets.

NEW YORK CITY

News/Talk

  • Jumping from #20 to #17, iHeartMedia’s WOR is up one-half share in August/September (1.8 – 1.9 – 2.3, 6+). Following April’s +1.1 to 3.0 (6+), “710 The Voice of New York” was an overall -1.2 in three straight drops (3.0 – 2.4 – 1.9 – 1.8, 6+).
  • This is the fourth sweep in a row that Red Apple Media-owned WABC logs a 1.4 (1.6 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.4, #22 to #21, 6+).
  • In each sweep from March 2020 through September 2020, Townsquare Media’s WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” has posted a fluctuation of exactly one-tenth (.9 – .8 – .9 – 1.0 – .9 – .8 – .9, #25 to #24, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • On the heels of August’s improvement of six-tenths to 3 – its best 6+-stat since February (2.3, as well) – Entercom-owned/Yankees flagship WFAN drops one-tenth to 2.2 (#17 to #20). WFAN gained four-tenths in May/June (1.4 – 1.7 – 1.8, 6+), before forfeiting one-tenth in July. Its internet stream, which logged a .3 three reports in a row, repeats August’s .4 (#32 to #31, 6+).
  • Down a collective seven-tenths in three straight sweeps without an increase (1.6 – 1.0 – .9 – .9, 6+), WEPN-FM “98.7 ESPN New York” halts the skid with a +.1 to 1.0 (#24 to #23, 6+). Entering the May sweep, WEPN-FM dropped nine-tenths in three consecutive losses (2.1 – 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.2, (1.5 – 1.2, 6+).

News

  • When Entercom-owned WINS this time last month notched a half-share gain to 4.3 (6+), it ended three consecutive declines that resulted in a -1.9 (5.7 – 4.9 – 4.2 – 3.8, 6+). In September though, WINS forfeits three-tenths (4.0, seventh to eighth, 6+).
  • Including September’s loss of four-tenths, co-owned/New York Mets key station WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” has an alternating up/down sequence of: 2.9 – 3.4 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 2.7, #11 to #13, 6+).
  • Bloomberg Communications business news WBBR “Bloomberg 1130 AM” repeats August’s .3 (6+), but slips from #36 to #37.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • A September decline of four-tenths after an August uptick of one-half share (2.8 – 3.3 – 2.9) sends WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WNYC-FM out of the top ten (#8 to #12). Three consecutive drops led to a -2.3 (5.1 – 3.3 – 2.9 – 2.8, 6+).
  • In four straight down or flat trends, co-owned WNYC-AM dropped roughly half (-.6) its 6+ AQH share (1.1 – .7 – .7 .6 – .5, 6+), but it pulls the plug with a +.2 to .7 (#29 to #26, 6+).

LOS ANGELES

News/Talk

  • Bouncing back from August’s decrease of eight-tenths with September’s +.1 (3.9 – 4.0, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KFI stays put in fifth-place. “AM 640” more than doubled (+2.9) its 6+ AQH share from “Holiday” 2019 through April 2020; crossed the five-share threshold; and had an April-only stay at #1 (2.6 – 3.3 – 3.8 – 4.2 – 5.5, 6+). April 2020 marked the first time KFI reached #1 since March 2011 (4.9, 6+).
  • Off six-tenths in four straight down or flat reports (1.8 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.2, 6+), Salem Media Group’s KRLA “AM 870 The Answer” applies the brakes with a +.3 to 1.5 (#28 to #26, 6+).
  • Following three down or flat sweeps in succession that accounted for a loss of four-tenths (1.4 – 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.0, 6+), Cumulus Media’s KABC “790 News-Talk-Evolved” is up three-tenths in August/September (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.3, flat at #28, 6+). As a result of four consecutive improvements, KABC had almost tripled (+.9) its 6+ AQH share (.5 – .7 – .9 – 1.0 – 1.4, 6+).
  • The March 2020 through September 2020 topline for iHeartMedia-owned KEIB “AM 1150 The Patriot” is: .8 – 1.1 – 1.0 – .8 – .9 – .9 – .7 (#36 to #37, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Despite more than doubling (+.7) its 6+ AQH share in five straight up or flat moves (.5 – .5 – .6 – .6 – 1.2 – 1.2, 6+), the flagship of the Los Angeles Dodgers, iHeartMedia’s KLAC “AM 570 LA Sports,” backslides from #28 to #31.
  • Without an increase seven times in a row for a net decrease of seven-tenths (1.1 – .9 – .8 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4, 6+), Disney-owned KSPN “710 ESPN” (Angels) ends the slump by picking up one-tenth to .5 (#41 to #40, 6+).

News

  • In addition to being down a collective nine-tenths in three straight drops (3.9 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 3.0, 6+), Entercom’s KNX “1070 News Radio” exits the top ten (#10 to #11). KNX gained eight-tenths in March; was down nine-tenths in April/May (3.8 – 3.4 – 2.9, 6+); and +1.0 in June.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • A September uptick of one-half share to 2.1 (6+) enables KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” to leap from #25 to #19. The Pasadena City College-owned facility had been trending: 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 1.6 (6+).

CHICAGO

News/Talk

  • Immediately after notching a +.3 to 3.6 (6+), thus curtailing three slips in a row that resulted in a -2.3 (5.6 – 5.2 – 4.5 – 3.3, 6+), Nexstar Media Group-owned WGN surrenders one-half share to 3.1 (6+); the White Sox flagship departs the top ten (#9 to #11). “Radio 720” previously posted four straight increases that netted a +2.6 (3.0 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.5 – 5.6, 6+).
  • Down one-half share in four straight reports without an increase (2.4 – 2.1 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned WLS-AM “890 AM” ends the skid with a gain of two-tenths to 2.1 (steady at #22, 6+).
  • In terms of strongest month-to-month improvement, Newsweb Corp’s Willow Springs, Illinois-licensed WCPT makes the biggest noise here with a +1.0 to 1.3 (6+) and rockets from #34 to #25. “Progressive Talk 820 AM” debuted in print this time last month with a .3 (6+).
  • Just as they were in August, Alpha Media cluster-mates (suburban Joliet) WJOL “1340 We’ve Got ‘Em Talking” and Kenosha, Wisconsin-licensed WLIP “AM 1050” are tied at #40, as each repeats last month’s .1 (6+).

 Sports Talk

  • In back-to-back sweeps, Entercom’s WSCR “670 The Score” more than doubles (+1.7) its 6+ AQH share (1.5 – 2.5 – 3.2, 6+), catapulting from #17 to #9. The Cubs’ flagship was an overall -2.0 as a result of seven successive reports without an increase (3.5 – 3.3 – 2.7 – 2.5 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 1.5 – 1.5, 6+).
  • Having posted a 1.2 four times in a row (February through May, 6+), Disney/ESPN-owned WMVP “ESPN Chicago 1000” has followed with a .8 – .1.0 – 1.0 – .9 (#26 to #27, 6+).

News

  • After setting the pace the past seven survey periods, Entercom-owned WBBM-AM & WCFS-FM falters by nine-tenths (7.3 – 6.4, 6+) and segues to the runner-up slot. Immediately prior to being -1.5 in May/June (8.4 – 7.0 – 6.9, 6+), “News Radio 780 AM & 105.9 FM” was a collective +3.5 through four straight gains (4.9 – 5.4 – 5.8 – 7.7 – 8.4, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • It’s been a strange scenario the past two months for Chicago Public Media outlet WBEZ. In August, it improved by two-tenths to 3.4 (6+) yet departed the top ten (#10 to #11). It now returns the two-tenths (3.4 – 3.2, 6+), but reenters the top ten (#11 to #9).

SAN FRANCISCO

News/Talk

  • While unchanged at #21, Cumulus Media-owned KSFO “560 – The Bay Area’s Exclusive Hot Talk” is without an increase the fourth straight time for a net loss of two-tenths (1.9 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7, 6+).
  • Following five consecutive sweeps without an increase accounting for an approximately 44% loss (-.8) of its 6+ AQH share (1.8 – 1.8 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.0, 6+) co-owned KGO is up four-tenths in August/September (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.4, #25 to #24, 6+).

 Sports Talk

  • After faltering by four-tenths in June (2.3 – 1.9, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KNBR “The Sports Leader” (Giants) answers by more than doubling (+2.1) its 6+ AQH via three straight spikes (1.9 – 2.5 – 3.6 – 4.0, steady at #6, 6+).
  • For the fourth time in the last five survey periods, Entercom’s KGMZ “95.7 The Game” logs a .9 (.9 – .8 – .9 – .9 – .9, #28 to #27, 6+). In four straight downturns, KGMZ lost nine-tenths (1.7 – 1.4 – 1.0 – .9 – .8, 6+). Its internet stream records a .1 the third time in succession (#35 to #34, 6+).
  • Unlisted in June and July, Cumulus Media-owned KTCT resurfaced with a .1 (6+) in August and repeats it in September (#35 to #34, 6+).   

News

  • A combined -1.4 in July/August (8.9 – 8.3 – 7.5, 6+), KCBS-AM & KFRC rebounds with a half-share increase to 8.0 (6+) and shifts from second to a first-place tie. The Entercom combo was #1 in June and July. Prior to faltering by -1.4 in May, KCBS-AM & KFRC had been on top three successive sweeps and was an overall +2.2 in four consecutive up or flat moves (7.7 – 8.4 – 8.7 – 9.9 – 9.9, 6+).
  • Up three-tenths in August/September (.1 – .3 – .4, 6+), iHeartMedia business news/Oakland A’s flagship KNEW remains at #30.
  • Having logged a .2 (6+) in February, March, and April, iHeartMedia-owned KKSF-AM posts a .1 (6+) the fifth time in a row (#35 to #34, 6+). On June 30th, KKSF-AM became an inaugural affiliate of the Black Information Network.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Up two-tenths (7.8 – 8.0, 6+), California Public Broadcasting’s KQED ties KCBS-AM at #1. Immediately in advance of August’s +.4 to 7.8 (6+), KQED was -2.5 via three drops in succession (9.9 – 8.7 – 7.8 – 7.4, 6+). Recent (6+) fluctuations for KQED include: +1.6 (November/December); -1.2 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.2 (January 2020); -.9 (February); +1.5 (March); +1.8 (April); -1.2 (May); and -.9 (June).
  • Dropping from #29 to #30, San Francisco Unified School District’s KALW “91.7 Local Public Radio” is trending: .5 – .5 – .6 – .4 (June – July – August – September, 6+).

DALLAS

News/Talk

  • Four consecutive declines by Cumulus Media’s WBAP accounted for a collective -1.4 (4.1 – 3.2 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.7, 6+); however, “News Talk 820” counters with a September gain of four-tenths to 3.1 (#17 to #13, 6+).
  • From March 2020 through September 2020, cluster-mate KLIF-AM “570 News & Information” is trending: .6 – .4 – .4 – .6 – .5 – .5 – .6 (#35 to #36, 6+).
  • Meanwhile, Salem Media Group-owned KSKY “660 AM The Answer” logs a .4 the fifth time in the last six reports (.4 – .4 – .4 – .5 – .4 – .4, #36 to #37, 6+).
  • The May 2020 through September 2020 trending for iHeartMedia’s KFXR is: .1 – .0 – .1 – .0 – .0 (6+); “Talk Radio 1190 AM” finished at #38 in July.

Sports Talk

  • This is the third sweep in succession that Entercom-owned/Texas Rangers flagship KRLD-FM has a fluctuation of two-tenths (1.5 – 1.7 – 1.9 – 1.7, 6+), as “105.3 The Fan” departs the top twenty (#20 to #22). Its internet stream has lost a total of two-tenths in four straight down or flat trends (.3 – .3 – .3 – .2 – .1, #38 to #40, 6+).
  • Stuck on 1.3 (6+) in June and July, Cumulus Media’s KTCK “The Ticket – All Sports All The Time” is locked on 1.4 (6+) in August and September (#23 to #25, 6+). Down one-tenth (.8 – .7, 6+), its internet stream drops from #34 to #35.
  • The March 2020 through September 2020 topline for Disney/ESPN’s KESN “103.3 ESPN Dallas” is: .7 – .6 – .8 – .7 – .7 – .9 – .8 (#30 to #34, 6+).

News

  • Notwithstanding that it repeats August’s 1.3 (6+), Entercom-owned KRLD-AM slips from #26 to #28. “News Radio 1080” was up three-tenths in June/July (1.2 – 1.3 – 1.5, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • A combined +.4 in July/August (2.5 – 2.8 – 2.9, 6+), North Texas Public Broadcasting’s KERA returns half that increase (2.7, -.2, #14 to #16, 6+).

 HOUSTON

News/Talk

  • Purging 30% of July/August’s -1.0 (6.3 – 5.6 – 5.3, 6+) with a September +.3 to 5.6 (6+), iHeartMedia’s KTRH continues in fifth-place. “News Radio 740” was +1.7 in April.
  • Co-owned KPRC “AM 950 – Houston’s More Stimulating Talk Radio,” which had a one-tenth fluctuation in each of the past four sweeps (.2 – .3 – .4 – .3 – .4, 6+), repeats August’s .4 (flat at #27, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Stymied at .9 (6+) in July and August, Entercom’s KILT-AM “Sports Radio 610” picks up one-tenth to 1.0 (flat at #23, 6+).
  • Advancing from #26 to #25 is iHeartMedia-owned KBME “Sports Talk 790.” The Houston Astros flagship is trending: .6 – .6 – .5 – .5 – .7 – .7 (April 2020 through September 2020, 6+).
  • Continuing the theme of repetitive AQH shares, Gow Communications’ KFNC “ESPN5” has posted either a .3 (6+) or .4 (6+) going back to “Holiday” 2019: .4 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .4, flat at #27, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk

  • In five consecutive decreases, KUHF was an overall -1.1 (3.7 – 3.4 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+), but the University of Houston outlet is up a combined three-tenths in August/September (2.6 – 2.7 – 2.9, #17 to #16, 6+).
  • The May 2020 through September 2020 topline for Pacifica Foundation’s KPFT is: .0 – .0 – .1 – .0 – .1 (#29, 6+).

ATLANTA

News/Talk

  • Not only is Cox Media Group-owned WSB-AM & WSBB-FM the market leader the 15th time in a row, “Atlanta’s News & Talk” regains the half-share it forfeited this time last month (10.6 – 10.1 – 10.6, 6+). April’s 9 marked the first time in the PPM-era that any Atlanta station reached the 13-share level (6+).
  • Despite repeating August’s .8 (6+), Salem Media Group’s WGKA “AM 920 The Answer” slips from #24 to #26.
  • Entercom’s WAOK “1380 The Voice of the Community” is in a repetitive .4 – .3 – .4 – .3 pattern (June 2020 through September 2020, #30 to #31, 6+).

 Sports Talk

  • In addition to returning the four-tenths it picked up this time last month (3.1 – 3.5 – 3.1, 6+), Entercom’s WZGC “92.9 The Game” exits the top ten (#10 to #12). In six straight reports without an increase, WZGC was an overall -1.5 (4.6 – 3.9 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.1, 6+).
  • On the heels of a +1.0 to 2.0 (6+), Dickey Broadcasting-owned WCNN “680 The Fan” falters by three-tenths to 1.7 (#18 to #20, 6+). The Atlanta Braves flagship had been down two-tenths in back-to-back reports (1.4 – 1.2 – 1.0, 6+).

News

  • Reaching a .4 (6+) in June, iHeartMedia-owned WBIN (formerly WGST “Talk Radio 640”) has followed with a .2 (July, 6+); .1 (August, 6+); and is a no-show in September. WBIN became a Black Information Network affiliate in late-June.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • This is the third time in succession that City of Atlanta Board of Education’s WABE notches a fluctuation of two-tenths (2.4 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.6, #15 to #16, 6+).
  • Unlisted in June and July, similarly-formatted WABE-HD3 surfaced with a .1 in August (#34, 6+) but is a no-show in September.
  • Unchanged at #29, Georgia State University’s WRAS notches a .5 (6+) the fifth time in the last seven reports (.7 – .5 – .5 – .5 – .6 – .5 – .5, 6+).

PHILADELPHIA

News/Talk

  • Even though it recaptures the three-tenths it squandered this time last month (1.7 – 1.4 – 1.7, 6+), Entercom-owned WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” continues at #21.
  •  Up or flat the fifth time in a row for a net gain of six-tenths (.8 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.4 – 1.4, 6+), Townsquare Media’s WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” nonetheless backslides from #21 to #23.

Sports Talk

  • Having bounced back from June/July’s combined -1.6 (5.9 – 4.7 – 4.3, 6+) with September’s +.6 to 4.9 (6+), Entercom-owned/Philadelphia Phillies flagship WIP “Sports Radio 94.1” drops two-tenths (4.7, sixth to seventh, 6+).
  • The alternating down/up (March 2020 through September 2020) pattern for Beasley Media Group-owned WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” includes September’s half-share gain: 2.1 – 1.4 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.6 – 1.3 – 1.8 (#23 to #20, 6+).

 News

  • Similar to WPEN-FM, Entercom-owned KYW “News Radio 1060” has been evenly rotating up and down trends since March and includes September’s loss of two-tenths (6.6 – 7.3 – 5.8 – 6.1 – 5.7 – 6.1 – 5.9, flat at #4, 6+).

 Public Radio News/Talk

  • Tacking on three-tenths to August’s +.4 (4.4 – 4.8 – 5.1, 6+), WHYY progresses from seventh to fifth. In four consecutive reports without an increase, WHYY was -1.0 (5.4 – 4.5 – 4.4 – 4.4 – 4.4, 6+).

 NASSAU-SUFFOLK (LONG ISLAND)

News/Talk

  • No sooner does iHeartMedia’s WOR pick up three-tenths, it surrenders four-tenths (3.9 – 4.2 – 3.8, fifth to seventh, 6+). Three just prior slumps in succession accounted for a -2.8 (6.7 – 5.7 – 4.4 – 3.9, 6+). April’s +2.9 rocketed “710 The Voice of New York” from eighth to first.
  • Without a loss the past six reports for a net increase of three-tenths (1.1 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.4 – 1.4, 6+), Red Apple Media-owned WABC is unlisted in September.

Sports Talk

  • Wiping away half of August’s +.8 with a September decline of four-tenths (3.1 – 3.9 – 3.5, 6+), Entercom-owned/Yankees key station WFAN slips from seventh to ninth. Its internet stream has lost three-tenths in August/September (1.1 – .9 – .8, #26 to #25, 6+).
  • This is the ninth month in a row that WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” is unlisted in Long Island. WEPN was -.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.7 – 2.5 – 2.2, #15, 6+).

News

  • Owing to a loss of eight-tenths (4.3 – 3.5, 6+), Entercom’s WINS slumps from fourth to ninth. Prior to August’s increase of four-tenths, WINS was -1.4 via three straight drops, (5.3 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 3.9, 6+).
  • Up four-tenths in July/August (2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9, 6+), co-owned/New York Mets flagship WCBS-AM regresses by one-tenth to 2.8 (#13 to #15, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Following an August gain of six-tenths to 1.7 (6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WNYC-FM stumbles by two-tenths to 1.5 (#22 to #23, 6+). WNYC-FM lost one-half share in four down or flat moves in a row (1.6 – 1.4 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.1, 6+).
  • Co-owned WNYC-AM is trending: .1 – .1 – .2 – .2 – .1  (May 2020 through September 2020, #33 to #36, 6+) .
  • Having logged a .1 (6+) three sweeps in succession, Sacred Heart University’s WSUF gained one-tenth this time last month only to forfeit it in September (.2 – .1, #33 to #36, 6+).

RIVERSIDE-SAN BERNARDINO-ONTARIO

News/Talk

  • Unlisted the 12th time in succession, iHeartMedia’s KKDD “1290 News Talk IE” posted a .1 (6+) last August, September, and October.

Sports Talk

  • Co-owned KPWK “Fox Sports Radio 1350 AM,” which wasn’t in print in April or May, notches a .1 (6+) the fourth time in a row (#17 to #18, 6+).
  • Los Angeles Angels-owned (LAA 1, LLC) KLAA “Angels Radio AM 830” is unlisted the 34th sweep in succession.

 News

  • KFOO is one of 15 iHeartMedia-owned stations to become Black Information Network’s first affiliates. KFOO recorded a .3 (6+) in June, but hasn’t appeared in the July, August, or September reports.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Off one-tenth this time last month to .5 (6+), Pasadena City College-owned KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” nearly doubles it with an increase of four-tenths (.9, #14 to #13, 6+).
  • One-tenth behind KPCC is San Bernardino Community College’s KVCR, which picks up three-tenths to .8 (flat at #14, 6+).

 SAN JOSE

 News/Talk

  • Up a combined half-share in August/September (1.6 – 1.8 – 2.1, 6+), Cumulus Media’s KGO elevates from #17 to #14. It had been an overall -1.3 in four successive slips (2.9 – 2.3 – 1.9 – 1.6 – 1.6, 6+).
  • After dropping one-tenth this time last month, co-owned KSFO “560 – The Bay Area’s Exclusive Hot Talk” answers with an increase of three-tenths (1.1 – 1.4, #25 to #24, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Although remaining in ninth-place, cluster-mate KNBR “The Sports Leader” has more than doubled (+2.1) its 6+ AQH share in three straight positive spikes (1.9 – 2.4 – 3.7 – 4.1, 6+); the San Francisco Giants flagship spiraled by -1.1 in June.
  • Not only is Entercom’s KGMZ off four-tenths in August/September (1.9 – 1.6 – 1.5, 6+), “95.7 The Game” exits the top twenty (five-way tie at #19 to #22).

 News

  • A collective -2.8 via five drops in a row (6.9 – 6.4 – 5.8 – 5.6 – 4.7 – 4.1, 6+), Entercom-owned KCBS-AM roars back with a +1.2 to 5.3 (seventh to fifth, 6+). This directly follows three straight gains that yielded a +2.5 (4.4 – 5.0 – 5.7 – 6.9, 6+). KCBS-AM has been +.7 (November 2019); -.8 (December); -.7 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.2 (March); -.9 (July); -.6 (August); and +1.2 (September).
  • Doubling (+.3) August’s .3 to .6 (6+), iHeartMedia business news/Oakland A’s flagship KNEW-AM climbs from #29 to #28.
  • KKSF-AM was one of 15 iHeartMedia stations to become inaugural affiliates of the Black Information Network. Finishing at #30 in July, KKSF-AM’s May 2020 through September 2020 topline is: .2 – .0 – .1 – .0 – .0 (6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Three setbacks in succession by KQED led to a -2.7 (9.3 – 8.4 – 7.7 – 6.6, 6+), but the Northern California Public Broadcasting facility posts an August/September +1.1 (6.6 – 6.9 – 7.7, 6+) and advances from second to a first-place tie. KQED was a combined +2.8 in March/April (6.5 – 7.4 – 9.3, 6+) and had a November-only stay at #1.
  • A one-tenth increase by San Francisco Unified School District’s KLAW (to 1.1, 6+) this time last month halted three consecutive slips that led to a collective loss of seven-tenths (1.7 – 1.4 – 1.1 – 1.0, 6+); however; KALW sputters by nine-tenths to .2 (#25 to #30, 6+).

MIDDLESEX-SOMERSET-UNION

News/Talk

  • A combined -1.1 in June/July (6.8 – 6.5 – 5.7, 6+), Townsquare Media’s WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” gains nine-tenths in August/September (5.7 – 5.8 – 6.6, 6+) and progresses from third to second. Three straight previous increases delivered WKXW a collective +1.6 (5.2 – 6.0 – 6.7 – 6.8, 6+).
  • In an alternating up/down sequence that includes September’s half-share uptick (1.8 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 2.2, April 2020 through September 2020, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WOR “710 The Voice of New York” leaps from #20 to a four-way tie at #15.
  • Off two-tenths this time last month (.9 – .7, 6+), following four consecutive up or flat trends that accounted for a net gain of four-tenths (.5 – .8 – .9 – .9 – .9, 6+), Red Apple Media’s WABC is unlisted in September.
  • Beasley Media Group’s WCTC “Talk Radio 1450 The Voice of Central Jersey,” which notched a July .1 (#30, 6+), isn’t listed in back-to-back reports.

 Sports Talk

  • Picking up one-tenth in both July and August (2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5, 6+), Entercom-owned/Yankees key station WFAN relinquishes three-tenths to 2.2 (6+) and is part of that four-way scrum at #15. Its July increase interrupted three consecutive decreases that resulted in a -1.9 (4.2 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 2.3, 6+). Finishing at #30 in July with a .1 (6+), its internet stream has vanished from print in August and September.
  • Advancing from #24 to #22, WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” posts a one-tenth gain in consecutive survey periods (.9 – 1.0 – 1.1, 6+). WEPN was unlisted in Middlesex five months in a row, before reappearing in June with a 1.2 (6+).

News

  • Entercom-owned/New York Mets flagship WCBS-AM was off one-half share in May/June (2.4 – 2.1 – 1.9, 6+); up a half-share in July/August (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.4, 6+); and now surrenders one-half share in September (2.4 – 1.9, #16 to #19, 6+).
  • Immediately after logging an August +.6 to 1.4 (6+), co-owned WINS falters by three-tenths to 1.1 (#21 to #22, 6+). Through three consecutive drops, WINS was -1.4 (2.2 – 1.4 – .9 – .8, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Albeit that it returns half of August’s +.4 (2.4 – 2.2, -.2, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WNYC-FM progresses from #16 to that four-way logjam at #15. WNYC-FM had been without an increase three sweeps in succession for a net loss of -1.1 (3.1 – 2.3 – 2.0 – 2.0, 6+).
  • After notching a .2 (6+) in May, co-owned WNYC-AM is unlisted the fourth time in a row.

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