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October 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round One

| October 27, 2020

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October 2020 PPM Data – Information for the October 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 October 2020 survey period covered September 10 – October 7.

The NFL’s first regular season game was (Thursday) September 10, the first day of the October 2020 sweep. Fourteen (14) more contests were played (Sunday) September 13, followed by two Monday night affairs (9/14).

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

NEW YORK CITY

News/Talk

  • A collective +1.0 via three straight upticks (1.8 – 1.9 – 2.3 – 2.8, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WOR progresses from #17 to #13. 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+).
  • Following four successive sweeps of posting a 1.4 (6+), Red Apple Media-owned WABC improves one-tenth to 1.5 (1.4 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.5, 6+) and repeats at #21.
  • In each sweep from March 2020 through October 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 – .8, #24 to #25, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Erasing September’s loss of one-tenth with an October increase of four-tenths (2.3 – 2.2 – 2.6, 6+), Entercom-owned WFAN (Yankees, Brooklyn Nets, Giants) zooms from #20 to #15. WFAN gained four-tenths in May/June (1.4 – 1.7 – 1.8, 6+), before forfeiting one-tenth in July.
  • In five straight up or flat trends, its internet stream has more than doubled (+.4) its 6+ AQH share (.3 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .7, #31 to #27, 6+).
  • Up one-half share in September/October (.9 – 1.0 – 1.4, 6+), WEPN-FM “98.7 ESPN New York” advances from #23 to #22. Immediately prior, the flagship of the Knicks and Jets was off a collective seven-tenths in three straight reports without an increase (1.6 – 1.0 – .9 – .9, 6+).

 News

  • On the heels of forfeiting three-tenths in September, Entercom-owned WINS surrenders another eight-tenths (4.3 – 4.0 – 3.2, 6+) and exits the top ten (#8 to #11). Its August gain of one-half share ended three consecutive declines that resulted in a -1.9 (5.7 – 4.9 – 4.2 – 3.8, 6+).
  • While flat at 2.7 (6+), co-owned WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” (Mets) slips from #13 to #14.
  • This is the third time in a row that Bloomberg Communications business news WBBR “Bloomberg 1130 AM” posts a .3 (#37 to #35, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Continuing an alternating down/up sequence that began in June and includes October’s +.8 (2.9 – 2.8 – 3.3 – 2.9 – 3.7, 6+) WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WNYC-FM vaults from #12 to #7. Three consecutive decreases led to a -2.3 (5.1 – 3.3 – 2.9 – 2.8, 6+).
  • In four straight down or flat survey periods, co-owned WNYC-AM dropped roughly half (-.6) its 6+ AQH share (1.1 – .7 – .7 .6 – .5, 6+); however, it’s now +.7 in September/October (.5 – .7 – 1.2 , #26 to #24, 6+).

LOS ANGELES

News/Talk

  • Adding one-half share to September’s increase of one-tenth (3.9 – 4.0 – 4.5, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KFI jumps from fifth to third. “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+).
  • Following September’s gain of three-tenths, which halted four straight down or flat reports that resulted in a net loss of six-tenths (1.8 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.2, 6+), Salem Media Group’s KRLA “AM 870 The Answer” falters by one-half share (1.5 – 1.0, #26 to #31, 6+).
  • Up three-tenths in August/September (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.3, 6+), directly after three down or flat sweeps in succession that accounted for a net loss of four-tenths (1.4 – 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.0, 6+), Cumulus Media’s KABC “790 News-Talk-Evolved” squanders one-tenth in October (1.2, flat at #28, 6+).
  • The March 2020 through October 2020 topline for iHeartMedia-owned KEIB “AM 1150 The Patriot” is: .8 – 1.1 – 1.0 – .8 – .9 – .9 – .7 – .9 (#37 to #34, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Nearly tripling (+.9) its 6+ AQH share in six successive positive or neutral trends (.5 – .5 – .6 – .6 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.4, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KLAC “AM 570 LA Sports” (Dodgers, Clippers, Chargers) bumps up from #31 to #26. The Dodgers have a three games to two lead over the Rays in the 2020 World Series.
  • Meanwhile, Disney-owned KSPN “710 ESPN” (Angels, Lakers, Rams) doubles its 6+ AQH share in September/October (.4 – .5 – .8, #40 to #37, 6+). The Lakers clinched the NBA title (10/11) by besting the Miami Heat in a series that went six games. KSPN had been 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+).

News

  • Despite being down an overall -1.0 via four consecutive decreases (3.9 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 2.9, 6+), Entercom’s KNX “1070 News Radio” reenters the top ten (#11 to #9). 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

  • After trending: 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 1.6 (May – June – July – August, 6+), Pasadena City College-owned KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” is a combined +1.1 in September/October (1.6 – 2.1 – 2.7, 6+) and rockets from #19 to #13.

CHICAGO

News/Talk

  • Unchanged at #11, Nexstar Media Group-owned WGN “Radio 720” (White Sox and Blackhawks) is down six-tenths in September/October (3.6 – 3.1 – 3.0, 6+). Its August +.3 to 3.6 (6+) suspended three slips in a row that resulted in a -2.3 (5.6 – 5.2 – 4.5 – 3.3, 6+).
  • In addition to being up three-tenths in September/October (1.9 – 2.1 – 2.2, 6+), WLS-AM “890 AM” reenters the top twenty (#22 to #19). The Cumulus Media-owned outlet had been down one-half share in four straight reports without an increase (2.4 – 2.1 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+).
  • Newsweb Corp’s Willow Springs, Illinois-licensed WCPT “Progressive Talk 820 AM” debuted in print in August and is trending .3 – 1.3 – 1.6 (#25 to #24, 6+).
  • For the third time in a row, Alpha Media cluster-mates (suburban Joliet) WJOL “1340 We’ve Got ‘Em Talking” and Kenosha, Wisconsin-licensed WLIP “AM 1050” each post a .1 (6+) but drop from #40 to #43.

Sports Talk

  • After more than doubling (+1.7) its 6+ AQH share in back-to-back sweeps (1.5 – 2.5 – 3.2, 6+), Entercom’s WSCR “670 The Score” is flat at 3.2 (6+) and backslides from ninth to tenth. The flagship of the Cubs and Bulls 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 (6+) four times in a row (February through May), Disney/ESPN-owned WMVP “ESPN Chicago 1000” loses two-tenths in three straight down or flat moves (1.0 – 1.0 – .9 – .8, #27 to #28, 6+).

News

  • Answering September’s decline of nine-tenths (7.3 – 6.4, 6+) with a half-share increase to 6.9 (6+), Entercom-owned WBBM-AM & WCFS-FM “News Radio 780 AM & 105.9 FM” repeats in the runner-up slot. The Bears’ flagship was #1 seven survey periods in succession, but was -1.5 in May/June (8.4 – 7.0 – 6.9, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • In August, Chicago Public Media’s WBEZ improved by two-tenths to 3.4 (6+) yet departed the top ten (#10 to #11). This time last month, it returned the two-tenths (3.4 – 3.2, 6+), but reentered the top ten (#11 to #9). Now, WBEZ advances by a significant six-tenths (3.2 – 3.8, 6+) yet repeats in ninth-place.

SAN FRANCISCO

News/Talk

  • Although it is down or flat the fifth straight time for a net loss of two-tenths (1.9 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7, 6+). Cumulus Media-owned KSFO “560 – The Bay Area’s Exclusive Hot Talk” pushes up from #21 to #20.
  • It is tied there with co-owned KGO, which is up a cumulative seven-tenths in three straight positive spikes (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.7, 6+) and cracks the top twenty (#24 to #20). KGO had been without an increase five consecutive reports for an approximately 44% loss (-.8) of its 6+ AQH share (1.8 – 1.8 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.0, 6+).

 Sports Talk

  • As a result of four successive upticks (1.9 – 2.5 – 3.6 – 4.0 – 4.9, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KNBR “The Sports Leader” (Giants, 49ers) is a collective +3.0 and jumps from sixth to third.
  • In four of the last five survey periods, Entercom’s KGMZ (Golden State Warriors) logged a .9 (.9 – .8 – .9 – .9 – .9, 6+), but “95.7 The Game” improves by two-tenths to 1.1 (#27 to #25, 6+). Four straight downturns resulted in KGMZ losing nine-tenths (1.7 – 1.4 – 1.0 – .9 – .8, 6+).
  • Following three straight months of notching a .1 (6+), the internet stream of KGMZ improves to .3 (#34 to #31, 6+).
  • Unlisted in June and July, Cumulus Media-owned KTCT resurfaced in August with a .1 (6+); repeated it in September; and adds two-tenths in October (.1 – .1 – .3, #34 to #31, 6+).

News

  • On the heels of a half-share increase this time last month to 8.0 (6+), KCBS-AM & KFRC surrenders four-tenths to 7.6 (6+). The Entercom combo was #1 in June, July, and September, and second in August and now in October. 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+).
  • Owing to three straight improvements, iHeartMedia business news/Oakland A’s flagship KNEW nets six-tenths (.1 – .3 – .4 – .7, #30 to #29, 6+).
  • Having posted a .1 (6+) the past five reports, iHeartMedia-owned/Black Information Network affiliate KKSF-AM is unlisted in October.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • The combination of California Public Broadcasting’s KQED gaining four-tenths (8.0 – 8.4, 6+) and KCBS-AM regressing by four-tenths (8.0 – 7.6, 6+) results in KQED assuming sole position of first-place. 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).
  • San Francisco Unified School District’s KALW “91.7 Local Public Radio” is trending: .5 – .5 – .6 – .4 – .3, June – July – August – September – October, #30 to #31, 6+).

DALLAS

News/Talk

  • Netting six-tenths in September/October (2.7 – 3.1 – 3.3, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WBAP pushes up from #13 to #12. “News Talk 820” had been a collective -1.4 via four consecutive declines (4.1 – 3.2 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.7, 6+).
  • Cluster-mate KLIF-AM “570 News & Information” has a March 2020 through October 2020 topline of: .6 – .4 – .4 – .6 – .5 – .5 – .6 – .5 (#36 to #34, 6+).
  • One-tenth behind KLIF-AM is Salem Media Group-owned KSKY “660 AM The Answer,” which notches a .4 the sixth time in the last seven reports (.4 – .4 – .4 – .5 – .4 – .4 – .4, #37 to #36, 6+).
  • The May 2020 through October 2020 trending for iHeartMedia’s KFXR is: .1 – .0 – .1 – .0 – .0 – .0 (6+); “Talk Radio 1190 AM” finished at #38 in July.

Sports Talk

  • Not only does Cumulus Media’s KTCK (Stars) haul out a whopping +2.1 (1.4 – 3.5, 6+), “The Ticket – All Sports All The Time” catapults from #25 all the way to #11. The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Stars four games to two to win the Stanley Cup (9/28). KTCK was frozen on 1.3 (6+) in June and July and was then stuck on 1.4 (6+) in August and September.
  • For the last three sweeps, Entercom-owned KRLD-FM (Rangers, Cowboys) recorded a fluctuation of two-tenths (1.5 – 1.7 – 1.9 – 1.7, 6+); however, “105.3 The Fan” halts the trend with a +.6 to 2.3 (6+) and is back in the top twenty (#22 to #18).
  • The March 2020 through October 2020 topline for Disney/ESPN’s KESN “103.3 ESPN Dallas” (Mavericks) is: .7 – .6 – .8 – .7 – .7 – .9 – .8 – .9 (#34 to #32, 6+).
  • In four straight down or flat trends, KRLD-FM’s internet stream lost a total of two-tenths (.3 – .3 – .3 – .2 – .1, 6+), but it gains three-tenths to .4 (#40 to #36, 6+).
  • After logging a .7 (#35, 6+) this time last month, KTCK’s internet stream is unlisted in October.

News

  • Stuck on 1.3 (6+) in August and September, Entercom-owned KRLD-AM “News Radio 1080” adds one-tenth to 1.4 (#28 to #25, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Flat at #16, North Texas Public Broadcasting’s KERA is down two-tenths in back-to-back reports (2.9 – 2.7 – 2.5, 6+). It was a combined +.4 in July/August (2.5 – 2.8 – 2.9, 6+).

 HOUSTON

News/Talk

  • Not only does iHeartMedia’s KTRH triple September’s gain of three-tenths with an October +.9 (5.6 – 6.5, 6+), “News Radio 740” leaps from fifth to second. KTRH was +1.7 in April and -1.0 in July/August (6.3 – 5.6 – 5.3, 6+).
  • Co-owned KPRC “AM 950 – Houston’s More Stimulating Talk Radio” has an April 2020 through October 2020 topline of: .2 – .3 – .4 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .3 (#27 to #28, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • A collective +.4 through three straight up or flat trends in a row (.9 – .9 – 1.0 – 1.3, 6+), Entercom’s KILT-AM “Sports Radio 610” (Texans) progresses from #23 to #22.
  • Meanwhile, in four consecutive sweeps without a loss, iHeartMedia-owned KBME “Sports Talk 790” (Astros, Rockets) nets three-tenths (.5 – .5 – .7 – .7 – .8, #25 to #24, 6+). The Astros were beaten by the Rays in the American League Championship Series.
  • Although unchanged at #27, Gow Communications’ KFNC “ESPN 97.5” hasn’t had a loss in the last eight reports and is up two-tenths in that stretch (.3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .5, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Albeit down one-tenth (2.9 – 2.8, 6+), the University of Houston’s KUHF proceeds from #16 to #15. KUHF was up three-tenths in August/September (2.6 – 2.7 – 2.9, 6+).
  • The May 2020 through October 2020 topline for Pacifica Foundation’s KPFT is: .0 – .0 – .1 – .0 – .1 – .2 (#29 to #32, 6+).

ATLANTA

News/Talk

  • Setting the pace the 16th time in a row, Cox Media Group-owned WSB-AM & WSBB-FM “Atlanta’s News & Talk” is up nine-tenths in September/October (10.1 – 10.6 – 11.0, 6+). April’s 9 marked the first time in the PPM-era that any Atlanta station reached the 13-share level (6+).
  • This is the third time in succession that Salem Media Group’s WGKA “AM 920 The Answer” logs a .8 (#26 to #25, 6+).
  • Entercom’s WAOK “1380 The Voice of the Community” drops one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.4 – .3 – .2, #31 to #34, 6+).

 Sports Talk

  • Notwithstanding that it is flat at 3.1 (6+), Entercom’s WZGC “92.9 The Game” (Hawks, Falcons) reenters the top ten (#12 to #10). 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+).
  • In an alternating up/down pattern that includes October’s strong +.9 (1.0 – 2.0 – 1.7 – 2.6, 6+), Dickey Broadcasting-owned WCNN “680 The Fan” (Braves) rockets from #20 to #13. The Braves were beaten by the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series.

News

  • A no-show in September, iHeartMedia-owned/Black Information Network affiliate WBIN (formerly WGST “Talk Radio 640”) reappears with a .1 (#35, 6+). WBIN had a .2 (July, 6+) and a .1 (August, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Three bumps in a row by City of Atlanta Board of Education’s WABE account for a +.8 (2.2 – 2.4 – 2.6 – 3.0, #16 to #11, 6+).
  • Conversely, as a result of three straight sweeps without an increase, Georgia State University’s WRAS is down two-tenths (.6 – .5 – .5 – .4, #29 to #31, 6+).
  • Unlisted in June and July, WABE-HD3 resurfaced with a .1 in August (#34, 6+) but is a no-show in September and October.

PHILADELPHIA

News/Talk

  • Up eight-tenths in September/October (1.4 – 1.7 – 2.2, 6+), Entercom-owned WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” elevates from #20 to #17.
  •  A loss of two-tenths to 1.2 (#23 to #22, 6+) by Townsquare Media’s WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” interrupts five up or flat moves in a row that accounted for a net gain of six-tenths (.8 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.4 – 1.4, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride lately for Entercom-owned WIP “Sports Radio 94.1.” The flagship of the Phillies and Eagles has been -1.6 (5.9 – 4.7 – 4.3, June/July, 6+); +.6 (4.3 – 4.9, August, 6+); -.2 (4.9 – 4.7, September); and now an impressive +1.1 in October (4.7 – 5.8, seventh to fourth, 6+).
  • The alternating down/up (March 2020 through October 2020) pattern for Beasley Media Group-owned WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” (76ers, Flyers) includes October’s loss of three-tenths: 2.1 – 1.4 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.6 – 1.3 – 1.8 – 1.5 (flat at #20, 6+).

News

  • Slipping from fourth to sixth, Entercom-owned KYW “News Radio 1060” is -1.5 in September/October (6.1 – 5.9 – 4.6, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Up a total of seven-tenths through three reports in a row without a loss (4.4 – 4.8 – 5.1 – 5.1, 6+), WHYY repeats in fifth-place. In four consecutive down or flat sweeps, WHYY was -1.0 (5.4 – 4.5 – 4.4 – 4.4 – 4.4, 6+).

 NASSAU-SUFFOLK (LONG ISLAND)

News/Talk

  • The alternating down/up pattern for iHeartMedia’s WOR includes October’s increase of six-tenths (3.9 – 4.2 – 3.8 – 4.4, steady at #7, 6+). Three prior slips 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 six consecutive 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 the second month in a row.

Sports Talk

  • Purging September’s decrease of four-tenths with an October +.7 (3.5 – 4.2, 6+), Entercom-owned WFAN climbs from ninth to eighth.
  • Although unchanged at #25, WFAN’s internet stream gains four-tenths (.8 – 1.2, 6+).
  • This marks the tenth month in a row that WEPN-FM “98.7 ESPN New York” is unlisted in Long Island. WEPN-FM was -.5 in December/“Holiday” 2019 (2.7 – 2.5 – 2.2, #15, 6+).

News

  • On the heels of September’s loss of eight-tenths, Entercom’s WINS falters by another half-share (4.3 – 3.5 – 3.0, 6+) and departs the top ten (#9 to #13). 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+).
  • Catching WINS in Nassau-Suffolk is its cluster-mate WCBS-AM (2.8 – 3.0, +.2, #15 to #13, 6+). Off one-tenth this time last month, the Mets flagship was up four-tenths in July/August (2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • After August’s increase of six-tenths, WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WNYC-FM falters by two-tenths in consecutive reports (1.7 – 1.5 – 1.3, #23 to #24, 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+).
  • The May 2020 through October 2020 topline for co-owned WNYC-AM is: .1 – .1 – .2 – .2 – .1 – .1 (#36 to #33, 6+).
  • Tied with WNYC-AM is Sacred Heart University’s WSUF, which posted a .1 (6+) three sweeps in succession; gained one-tenth in August; lost it in September; and repeats the .1 in October (.1 – .1 – .1 – .2 – .1 – .1, #36 to #33, 6+).

RIVERSIDE-SAN BERNARDINO-ONTARIO

Sports Talk

  • This is the fifth time in succession that iHeartMedia-owned KPWK logs a .1 (#18 to #17, 6+). “Fox Sports Radio 1350 AM” was unlisted in April and May.
  • Los Angeles Angels-owned (LAA 1, LLC) KLAA “Angels Radio AM 830” is unlisted the 35th sweep in succession.

 News

  • For the fourth consecutive sweep, iHeartMedia-owned/Black Information Network affiliate KFOO does not appear in print. KFOO posted a .3 (6+) in June.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Up three-tenths in three straight reports without a loss (.5 – .5 – .8 – .8, 6+), San Bernardino Community College’s KVCR inches up from #14 to #13.
  • In an alternating up/down sequence that includes October’s loss of two-tenths (.4 – .6 – .5 – .9 – .7, 6+), Pasadena City College-owned KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” dips from #13 to #14.

SAN JOSE

 News/Talk

  • Three straight bumps by Cumulus Media’s KGO account for a gain of six-tenths (1.6 – 1.8 – 2.1 – 2.2, steady at #14, 6+). KGO had been an overall -1.3 in four successive slips (2.9 – 2.3 – 1.9 – 1.6 – 1.6, 6+).
  • Returning the three-tenths it picked up this time last month (1.1 – 1.4 – 1.1, 6+), co-owned KSFO “560 – The Bay Area’s Exclusive Hot Talk” falls from #24 to #26.

Sports Talk

  • After more than doubling (+2.1) its 6+ AQH share in three straight upticks (1.9 – 2.4 – 3.7 – 4.1, 6+), cluster-mate KNBR forfeits one-third of that increase (3.4, -.7, 6+) but carries on in ninth-place; “The Sports Leader” eroded by -1.1 in June.
  • Down one-half share via three modest drops (1.9 – 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.4, 6+), Entercom’s KGMZ “95.7 The Game” slips from #22 to #23.

 News

  • Immediately after posting a September +1.2 to 5.3 (6+), Entercom-owned KCBS-AM dips one-tenth to 5.2 (6+) yet progresses from fifth to third. KCBS-AM had been a collective -2.8 via five drops in a row (6.9 – 6.4 – 5.8 – 5.6 – 4.7 – 4.1, 6+), directly after three straight gains yielded a +2.5 (4.4 – 5.0 – 5.7 – 6.9, 6+). KCBS-AM has been -.8 (December 2019); -.7 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.2 (March); -.9 (July); -.6 (August); and +1.2 (September).
  • On the heels of doubling (+.3) August’s .3 to .6 (6+), iHeartMedia business news/Oakland A’s flagship KNEW-AM returns two-tenths to .4 (flat at #28, 6+).
  • The May 2020 through October 2020 topline for iHeartMedia-owned/Black Information Network affiliate KKSF-AM is: .2 – .0 – .1 – .0 – .0 – .0 (6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Over and above taking sole possession of first-place, Northern California Public Broadcasting‘s KQED  is a whopping +4.3 in three straight positive spikes (6.6 – 6.9 – 7.7 – 10.9, 6+) with October’s massive +3.2 the largest (6+) September 2020 – October 2020 gain by any station in these 12 PPM Furthermore, it is the first time KQED has reached double-digits (6+) in the PPM-era and only the fourth time it’s been done in the San Jose report. Only Entercom adult contemporary KOIT-FM’s 11.6 (“Holiday” 2019, 6+) is higher than KQED’s 10.9.
  • Off nine-tenths to .2 (#30, 6+) this time last month, San Francisco Unified School District’s KALW “91.7 Local Public Radio” is unlisted in October.

MIDDLESEX-SOMERSET-UNION

News/Talk

  • Having gained nine-tenths in August/September (5.7 – 5.8 – 6.6, 6+), Townsquare Media’s WKXW forfeits roughly half that increase (6.1, -.5, second to third, 6+). “New Jersey 101.5” was a combined -1.1 in June/July (6.8 – 6.5 – 5.7, 6+). Three straight previous increases delivered WKXW a collective +1.6 (5.2 – 6.0 – 6.7 – 6.8, 6+).
  • Even though it’s up a combined nine-tenths in September/October (1.7 – 2.2 – 2.6, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WOR “710 The Voice of New York” backslides from a four-way tie at #15 to #17.
  • For the second month in a row, Red Apple Media’s WABC is unlisted in the Middlesex report. WABC was off two-tenths in August (.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+).
  • Beasley Media Group’s WCTC “Talk Radio 1450 The Voice of Central Jersey,” which notched a July .1 (#30, 6+), does not appear for the third report in succession.

 Sports Talk

  • Down three-tenths this time last month, Entercom-owned WFAN posts an October increase three times that magnitude (2.2 – 3.1, +.9, #15 to #13, 6+). WFAN picked up one-tenth in both July and August (2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5, 6+), with July’s increase suspending three consecutive decreases that resulted in a -1.9 (4.2 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 2.3, 6+).
  • After being unlisted in Middlesex five months in a row before reappearing in June with a 1.2 (6+), WEPN-FM “98.7 ESPN New York” nets one-half share in three straight improvements (.9 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.4, #22 to #21, 6+).
  • The internet stream of WFAN, which vanished from print in August and September, pops back with a .1 (#31, 6+).

News

  • Entercom-owned WCBS-AM gains one-tenth and one ranker (1.9 – 2.0, #19 to #18, 6+). The Mets flagship 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 down one-half share in September (2.4 – 1.9, 6+).
  • Following an August gain of six-tenths, co-owned WINS relinquishes one-half share in September/October (1.4 – 1.1 – .9, #22 to #23, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Roaring back from September’s dip of two-tenths with a robust +1.3 (2.2 – 3.5, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WNYC-FM leaps into the top ten (#15 to #10). Entering the August survey period, 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+).
  • Unlisted the past four reports, co-owned WNYC-AM reappears with a .4 (#28, 6+).

Category: Ratings Takeaways