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Monday, November 30, 2020

| November 30, 2020

Pending Business: Minimizing Risk. Sales and marketing pro Steve Lapa, president of Lapcom Communications Corp, says that for local business owners, the biggest obstacle to overcome (beyond the pandemic) is the high risk of advertising. In today’s column, he offers seven points to help radio sellers combat this risk anxiety. Read it here.

COVID-19 and Holiday Travel, Biden Transition, Trump Post-Election, Georgia Runoff Elections, Iran Scientist Assassinated, Record Dow/Joblessness, and Utah Monolith Disappears Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend. The current pace of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and abroad and concerns about Thanksgiving holiday travel spreading the coronavirus; the Joe Biden administration goes forward with transition activities as officials are named; Donald Trump continues to argue that the election was fraudulent; the January runoff elections for Georgia’s two U.S. Senate seats; the aftermath of the assassination of Iran’s top nuclear weapons scientist; the Dow holds its record level as economists express concerns about potential mass joblessness as a result of the pandemic; and the bizarre metal monolith found in remote Utah disappears were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Monday Memo: Last Chance for Christmas Cash. Unsurprisingly, consumer research forecasts a very different holiday shopping season. In this week’s column, consultant Holland Cooke says “steal this line” for a local advertiser’s copy. Read it here.

Cox Media Group’s Bill Hendrich to Retire. Although today’s announcement says Bill Hendrich will remain with Cox Media Group in an advisory capacity, the company announces that he’ll retire from his executive vice president of radio position. During his three-decade career with Cox Media Group, Hendrich has served as EVP, radio, overseeing programming, operations and sales for the company’s radio stations. He also has oversight of CMG’s Radio Revenue team and Radio Digital team. CMG president and CEO Dan York says, “Bill’s retirement comes with a wealth of gratitude and mixed emotions. In the time I have known him, he has shared his exceptional passion, focus, and leadership from which our company, and our industry, has immeasurably benefited. Bill’s legacy of decisive leadership, his personal style and his deep experiences in radio and beyond will inform our work well into the future.” Hendrich comments, “Although I’m retiring from CMG, I will remain an active and passionate supporter of this great company. For the past 31 years, I have been able to work with the best and most talented team in the radio industry. With NewCity Communications, Cox Enterprises and Apollo, I have been a part of three outstanding companies – each bringing valuable and innovative ideas to keep radio viable in today’s media landscape. I look forward to continuing our work together in an advisory capacity to help the team at CMG serve their audiences, customers, and communities with best-in-class services. I joined a great company in 1989 and I get to leave that same great company with pride 31 years later. I am a lucky man.”

Round Three of November PPM Takeaways. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Takeaways from the third round of Nielsen Audio’s November PPM survey that covered October 8 to November 4. This group of markets included Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus. Some moves of note include Entercom’s WBT-AM/FM, Charlotte rising to the #2 spot after climbing a half share to finish with a 7.4 share. iHeartMedia’s WOAI, San Antonio rises to the #1 rank on the strength of a 1.4 share increase for a 7.7 share. iHeartMedia’s KFBK, Sacramento keeps its #1 rank for the third straight month after posting a 9.1 share (+0.6) and the company’s KNRS-FM, Salt Lake City adds 1.9 shares during the survey to achieve a 9.5 share and its second straight #1 rank. Entercom’s KMBZ-FM, Kansas City climbs into the #6 spot after posting a 5.7 share (+0.7). You can see Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways here.

FOX Sports Radio Launches New Weekend Show. The new “Up On Game” show that debuts this Saturday (12/5) from FOX Sports Radio is co-hosted by former NFL stars LaVar Arrington, TJ Houshmandzadeh, and Plaxico Burress. Arrington says, “I’m super excited to team up with my brothers to host this new show. TJ and Plaxico are sports cultural icons and legends. Not only do they have incredible knowledge and experience as former pro athletes, but they also understand how to mentor players. This show will break the mold and create a new way of thinking about athletes and sports topics.” FSR VP of sports programming Scott Shapiro adds, “LaVar, TJ, and Plaxico have such unique perspectives, which will make for a truly refreshing and entertaining listen. This is not going to sound like any other sports talk show.  When these three star football players take the mic, all with strong points of view, watch out!”

Can Trump Be the ‘Next Limbaugh?’ There’s buzz aplenty about Donald Trump’s post-presidency role in the media. Talk radio consultant and RT America TV host Holland Cooke thinks the time is opportune: “FOX News has a problem. When they reported election results, viewers damned them on social media and the ratings tanked. Talk radio has a problem. Its biggest star has advanced cancer. Will Trump supporters flee mass media entirely? And could Citizen Trump herd them past his own media paywall?” In the segment you can see here, TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison weighs in.

Ajit Pai Announces He’ll Leave FCC in January. After three years as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai announces that he intends to leave the Commission on January 20, 2021. Pai issued the following statement: “It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve at the Federal Communications Commission, including as chairman of the FCC over the past four years. I am grateful to President Trump for giving me the opportunity to lead the agency in 2017, to President Obama for appointing me as a commissioner in 2012, and to Senate Majority Leader McConnell and the Senate for twice confirming me. To be the first Asian-American to chair the FCC has been a particular privilege. As I often say: only in America.” He added, “I also deeply appreciate the chance to have worked alongside the FCC’s talented staff. They are the agency’s best assets, and they have performed heroically, especially during the pandemic. It’s also been an honor to work with my fellow commissioners to execute a strong and broad agenda.  Together, we’ve delivered for the American people over the past four years: closing the digital divide; promoting innovation and competition, from 5G on the ground to broadband from space; protecting consumers; and advancing public safety. And this FCC has not shied away from making tough choices. As a result, our nation’s communications networks are now faster, stronger, and more widely deployed than ever before. I am proud of how productive this Commission has been, from commencing five spectrum auctions and two rural broadband reverse auctions in four years, to opening 1,245 megahertz of mid-band spectrum for unlicensed use, to adopting more than 25 orders through our Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative, to aggressively protecting our communications networks from national security threats at home and abroad, to designating 988 as the three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and much, much more. I’m also proud of the reforms we have instituted to make the agency more accountable to the American people.  In particular, for the first time ever, we’ve made public drafts of the proposals and orders slated for a vote three weeks before the agency’s monthly meetings, making this the most transparent FCC in history.”

Jim Bohannon Helps Kick Off the Holiday Season. Pictured here in fill Santa Claus regalia – complete with golf cart sleigh – is Westwood One nationally syndicated late-night talk host Jim Bohannon. He’s in Chickasaw Point, South Carolina helping the community kick off the holiday season.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. The new radio station from Nashville Public Radio launches today at 3:00 pm local time. WNXP-FM, Nashville “91.ONE, WNXP, Nashville’s Music Experience” is a “new music discovery station” that “will serve as a platform for new and emerging artists from Nashville and beyond plus incorporate a unique fusion of indie rock, urban alternative, electro pop and pop alternative.” Station program director Jason Moon Wilkins says, “WNXP is focused on being an ally to the Nashville music scene by providing opportunities that stretch beyond our city. The Nashville Artist of the Month feature is a great example of how we’ll use every tool and relationship from radio to social media to NPR Music to bring music like [rapper] Namir [Blade]’s to new audiences.” WNXP’s full-time staff consists of music director and midday host Jewly Hight, APD and evening host Mickey Parks, production coordinator and morning host Marquis Munson, and engagement coordinator Paige A. Jack…..In order to sate the appetite of live music fans, SiriusXM is launching the “Next Wave Virtual Concert Series” in which it will present six new virtual concerts over three consecutive weeks. The Octane Accelerator Virtual Concert will feature new, live performances from three explosive new hard rock bands, Saul, Any Given Sin, and AVOID, hosted by Jose Mangin. Coffee House Live: At Home Edition will include exclusive sets from singer-songwriters Phoebe Bridgers, Sam Fischer, and Ruth B. Alt Nation’s Virtual Advanced Placement Concert will feature breaking alternative artists Royal & The Serpent, beabadoobee, and Holly Humberstone. Hip Hop Nation: Nation’s Next Virtual Concert will hand the mic to Mulatto, Tyla Yaweh, and Yella Beezy. Highway Finds Tour: Quarantine Edition will showcase new performances from Drew Parker, Parker McCollum, Priscilla Block, Angie K, and Shy Carter.  Liquid Metal Hard Attack Virtual Concert will feature performances with Slaughter To Prevail, Spiritbox, and Tetrarch.

Pending Business: Minimizing Risk

| November 30, 2020

By Steve Lapa
Lapcom Communications Corp
President

 

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Beyond the pandemic, what do you think is the single biggest obstacle to overcome in the mind of any local business owner?

I first came across the research when I was educating my teams on how competitive media sells. Back then the research was clear that 52% of local business owners considered advertising high risk. Imagine how the local business owner feels today.

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Monday Memo: Steal This Line

| November 30, 2020

By Holland Cooke
Consultant

 

BLOCK ISLAND, RI –“COVID isn’t canceling the holidays, but how will it affect the season?” Big Four accounting and advisory firm Deloitte asked, in its 35th annual Holiday Retail Survey:

  • “COVID-19 is playing on shoppers’ psyches as they weigh its impact on their health and finances. But as we’ve seen with previous periods of recession, as well as those of growth, consumers are resilient and will adjust their habits to adapt.”
  • “Price, product, and convenience are still top considerations for consumers, and so is the desire to make the season special for friends, family, and pets, no matter the circumstances.”

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November 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Three

| November 26, 2020

November 2020 PPM Data – Information for the November 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 November 2020 survey period covered October 8 – November 4 (one day after Election Day).

Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” for spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top 20.

NEWS/TALK

  • After dropping six-tenths in August (6.5 – 5.9, 6+), Alpha Media Portland’s KXL “FM News 101 – Stay Connected” answers with a collective +1.1 in three straight sweeps without a loss (5.9 – 6.0 – 7.0 – 7.0, steady at #3, 6+).
  • Not only is cross-town iHeartMedia-owned KEX an overall +1.0 through three successive bumps (2.7 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.7, 6+), “News Radio 1190 – Depend On Us” enters the top ten (#13 to #8).
  • Progressing from third to second, Entercom-owned WBT “Charlotte’s News Talk” (Carolina Panthers) notches its fourth consecutive up or flat trend for a cumulative +1.5 (5.9 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.9 – 7.4, 6+).
  • Likewise without a loss in that same timeframe, iHeartMedia-owned WOAI “News Radio 1200 – San Antonio’s News, Traffic, & Weather” (Spurs) nets a +2.2 (5.5 – 6.0 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 7.7, 6+) and marches from #2 to #1.
  • Down or flat three straight months for an overall -.4 (2.1 – 2.1 – 1.9 – 1.7, 6+), cross-town Alpha Media’s KTSA “Stay Connected” erases half the deficit with a November gain of two-tenths (1.9, flat at #20, 6+).
  • Over and above being a collective +1.2 in four straight upticks (7.9 – 8.0 – 8.1 – 8.5 – 9.1, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KFBK “Sacramento’s News, Weather and Traffic Station” is #1 the third month in a row.
  • Cluster-mate KSTE “Talk 650,” which had its 6+ AQH share carved in half (-1.5) via three successive slips (3.0 – 2.5 – 2.1 – 1.5, 6+), ends the slide with a +.1 to 1.6 (flat at #16, 6+).
  • Continuing an alternating down/up sequence that includes November’s +.6 (6.5 – 5.1 – 5.4 – 5.0 – 5.1 – 4.8 – 5.4, 6+), Entercom Pittsburgh’s KDKA-AM “News Radio 1020” advances from seventh to fifth.
  • Having reached #1 the first time in its PPM-history this time last month, iHeartMedia Salt Lake City’s KNRS repeats in the top spot and is a whopping +4.2 through six successive increases as “Talk Radio 105.9 – Listen And You’ll Know” crosses the nine-share level (5.3 – 5.8 – 6.1 – 7.3 – 7.6 – 9.5, 6+).
  • Cross-town Bonneville-owned KSL, which was +2.3 in September/October (5.1 – 6.1 – 7.4, 6+), surrenders two-tenths to 7.2 (6+), but “News Radio 102.7 FM & 1160 AM,” continues in the runner-up slot.
  • Dropping from #12 to #15, Entercom Las Vegas’ KXNT “News Talk Radio 840” is down six-tenths in October/November (4 – 3.1 – 2.8, 6+).
  • Meanwhile, Beasley Media Group’s KDWN “AM 720 Where Las Vegas Comes to Talk” is in a rotating up/down/up sequence (2.4 – 2.5 – 2.0 – 2.1, #18 to #20, 6+).
  • Off three-tenths in September/October (4.5 – 4.3 – 4.2, 6+), iHeartMedia Orlando’s WTKS “Real Radio 104.1 – We Say What We Want” picks up two-tenths to 4.4 (6+) and repeats in seventh-place.
  • Pushing up from #14 to #12, Cox Media Group-owned WDBO “Orlando’s News Talk” more than doubles (+1.6) its 6+ AQH share through three improvements in succession (1.4 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 3.0, 6+).
  • Including November’s loss of four-tenths, iHeartMedia’s WFLF “News Radio Orlando” continues its alternating down/up pattern (1.6 – 1.5 – 2.1 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 1.9, #15 to #16, 6+).
  • The up/down routine for Cincinnati sibling WLW includes November’s -1.3 (9.2 – 11.5 – 10.2 – 10.5 – 9.2, 6+), as the flagship of the Reds and Bengals segues from first to second.
  • Having recorded three straight gains accounting for a +.9 (3.6 – 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.5, 6+) before dropping two-tenths in October, cluster-mate WKRC “55 KRC The Talk Station” posts a mammoth +2.3 (4.3 – 6.6, sixth to fourth, 6+).
  • Sliding from third to fifth, co-owned WTAM “1100 Cleveland’s News Radio” (Indians, Cavaliers) is a combined -1.6 in October/November (8.7 – 7.8 – 7.1, 6+).
  • Entercom Kansas City’s KMBZ-FM “98.1 News-Traffic-Weather” nets a +1.2 in October/November (4.5 – 5.0 – 5.7, seventh to sixth, 6+).
  • On the other hand, co-owned KMBZ-AM “Talk 980” is down three-tenths in the same stretch (2.7 – 2.4 – 2.4, flat at #17, 6+).
  • Following four increases in a row for an overall +1.2 (7.6 – 8.1 – 8.7 – 8.8 – 9.2, 6+), iHeartMedia Columbus’ WTVN dips one-tenth to 9.1 (6+) – but – “News Radio 610” progresses from second to first.

NEWS

  • Unlisted the past three months, iHeartMedia’s WMMS-HD2 logs a .1 (#18) and is thus far the only Black Information Network affiliate to reach the top twenty in the November 2020 sweep.

SPORTS/TALK

  • In Portland, Alpha Media’s KXTG “The Game” more than doubles (+1.1) its 6+ AQH share through four straight up or flat trends (.8 – .8 – 1.1 – 1.6 – 1.9, 6+) and repeats at #20.
  • Conversely, Entercom-owned WFNZ “The Fan – Charlotte’s Sports Leader” (Hornets) has its 6+ AQH share carved in half (-.9) in October/November (8 – .9 – .9, 6+), yet advances from #19 to #18.
  • By recording its fourth successive up or flat move, Beasley Media Group’s WBCN “Fox Sports Charlotte” nets two-tenths (.0 – .1 – .1 – .2 – .2, #21 to #20, 6+).
  • Down three-tenths in June/July (.8 – .6 – .5, 6+), Bonneville Sacramento’s KHTK “Sports 1140” (Kings) purges the shortfall by gaining three-tenths through four straight reports without a loss (.5 – .6 – .6 – .8 – 8, #19 to #20, 6+).
  • A combined +1.1 in October/November (5.3 – 6.2 – 6.4, 6+), Entercom Pittsburgh’s KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan” (Pirates) carries on in fourth-place with its best 6+-stat (6.4) since March (6.7).
  • Jumping from #19 to #16, iHeartMedia-owned WYGM “FM 96.9 The Game – Orlando’s Sports Leader” (Magic) improves by six-tenths in October/November (1.3 – 1.5 – 1.9, 6+).
  • Despite more than doubling (+.8) its 6+ AQH share in October/November (.6 – .9 – 1.4, 6+), co-owned WCKY “Cincinnati’s ESPN 1530” remains at #18.
  • Four straight reports without a loss by Entercom Cleveland’s WKRK “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” (Browns) yield a +1.6 (2.1 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 3.1 – 3.7, steady at #12, 6+).
  • Flat at #15, Union Broadcasting’s WHB “Sports Radio 810” has logged a 2.9 (6+) in three of the last five sweeps (2.9 – 2.9 – 2.4 – 2.9 – 2.7, 6+).
  • Entercom’s cross-town KCSP “610 Sports Radio” (Royals) is in alternating up/down pattern (1.1 – 2.5 – 2.1 – 2.4 – 2.2, #17 to #18, 6+).
  • Even though it roars back from September’s decrease of two-tenths with an October/November +1.8 (4.4 – 5.5 – 6.2, 6+), Tegna’s WBNS-FM (Blue Jackets) backslides from fourth to fifth.
  • On the other hand, albeit with a net loss of one-tenth, co-owned WBNS-AM is down or flat the fifth time in succession (.2 – .2 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1, 6+) but advances from #17 to #16.

PUBLIC RADIO NEWS/TALK

  • After being -2.5 through six consecutive sweeps without an increase (10.1 – 9.3 – 9.1 – 8.8 – 8.4 – 8.4 – 7.6, 6+), Oregon Public Broadcasting’s KOPB applies the brakes with a +.7 to 8.3 (6+) and shifts from #2 in Portland to #1.
  • In addition to continuing its alternating up/down pattern which includes November’s +1.1 (3.2 – 3.4 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 4.2, 6+), University Radio Foundation Charlotte’s WFAE zooms from #14 to #7.
  • Also in Charlotte, the April 2020 through November 2020 topline for South Carolina Educational TV’s WNSC is: .3 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .3 – .3 – .2 (unchanged at #20, 6+).
  • Progressing from #12 to #10, Texas Public Radio San Antonio’s KSTX is up a total of eight-tenths in three straight reports without a loss (2.7 – 3.3 – 3.5 – 3.5, 6+).
  • Following three times in succession of logging a 4.4 (6+), Capital Public Radio Sacramento’s KXJZ spikes by seven-tenths to 5.1 (6+) and is unchanged at #6.
  • Dropping from seventh to tenth, Essential Public Media’s WESA “90.5 Pittsburgh’s NPR Station” is -1.2 in October/November (5.1 – 4.8 – 3.9, 6+).
  • Having more than doubled (+2.6) its 6+ AQH share in three consecutive positive spikes (2.2 – 2.3 – 4.4 – 4.8, 6+), University of Utah’s KUER, Salt Lake City sputters by two-tenths to 4.6 (6+) but repeats at #7.
  • Up one-half share via three consecutive positive or neutral moves (2.5 – 2.5 – 2.8 – 3.0, 6+), Nevada Public Radio’s KNPR jumps from #16 in Las Vegas to #12.
  • A collective +1.3 through five straight Orlando upticks (2.3 – 2.4 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.3 – 3.6, 6+), Community Communications’ WMFE “90.7 Public Radio for Central Florida” repeats at #11.
  • As a result of six bumps in succession, Cincinnati Public Radio’s WVXU “Connecting You To A World of Ideas” nets a +2.5 (1.8 – 2.1 – 2.4 – 3.1 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.3, 6+) and advances from ninth to eighth.
  • Duplicating October’s +.6, Ideastream Cleveland’s WCPN is +1.3 in three straight gains (3.5 – 3.6 – 4.2 – 4.8, 6+) and continues in tenth-place with its best 6+-stat since April (4.8, as well).
  • More than tripling (+.5) its 6+ AQH share via six reports in a row without a loss (.2 – .2 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .5 – .7, 6+), Kent State University’s WKSU inches up from #17 to #16.
  • In a rotating up/down sequence that includes November’s +1.0 (3.6 – 4.5 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.2 – 5.2, 6+), University of Missouri-owned KCUR improves from ninth to seventh.
  • Crossing the six-share level and pushing up from fifth to fourth, Ohio State University’s WOSU is without a loss the fifth consecutive survey period for a cumulative +3.0 (9 – 4.1 – 4.8 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 6.9, 6+).

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

| November 25, 2020

Walter Sterling Is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast.  The weekend nationally syndicated host of the “Sterling on Sunday” show, Walter Sterling, is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series, “The Michael Harrison Interview.” Sterling, who launched the show as a Sunday night feature on WPHT, Philadelphia some six years ago at the suggestion of then-CBS Radio EVP Chris Oliviero, went into the project after a decades-long career as one of radio’s most creative and influential programming management and consultation figures. Working for five decades under his legal name Walter Sabo, this colorful veteran’s resume, jobs, clients, and accomplishments as both a talk and music radio innovator are on a rarified level too numerous to list here. Now as on-air talent “Walter Sterling,” Sabo is breaking new ground in news/talk radio specialty programming addressing the social, cultural, and political issues of the day from the perspective of a devoted family man –  husband and father – taking a real life, down-to-earth approach to the issues of coping with life in the 21st century. The three-hour show (Sunday nights 10:00 pm ET) is a smash and has already reached the 100-affiliate mark via Sabo’s independent syndication firm, Sterling Sabo. In this fascinating, informal conversation between two old friends, Harrison and Sterling talk about today’s crisis in education, the state of youth in general, and the evolution of radio as it achieves its 100-year milestone. This podcast is a must-listen for students of radio – young and old. Don’t miss it!  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.

Takeaways from Round Two of Nielsen’s November PPM Survey. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Takeaways from the second round of Nielsen Audio’s November 2020 PPM survey that includes markets Washington, Boston, Miami, Seattle, Detroit, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. Some movements of note include iHeartMedia’s WRKO, Boston, which rose to a 6.6 share (weekly, 6+ AQH share) to finish ranked #4 in the market. Cumulus Media’s WJR, Detroit also rises to the #4 rank on the strength of 5.4 share (+0.7). In Phoenix, iHeartMedia’s news/talk KFYI-AM shoots up 1.7 shares to finish with a 7.5 share and takes over the #1 spot. And Cox Media Group’s WHPT, Tampa jumps into the #3 spot after posting a 6.2 share (+1.1). You can see Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets here.

Newsmax TV Says It’s Now the 4th Largest U.S. Cable News Channel. Citing election week and post-election data, Newsmax TV says that it has risen to become the fourth-largest cable news channel in the U.S., noting that for the week of November 11, its Adults 35-64 audience increased 132%. It says the 7:00 pm ET “Greg Kelly Reports” program averaged “nearly 1 million viewers” from November 9-19, beating FOX Business Network and CNBC. Newsmax TV adds that its OTT viewing has increased from 4.5 million to 18.8 million from July 2020 through October 2020.

Stacy Washington Upped to Nights on SiriusXM’s Patriot Channel. Talk host and commentator Stacy Washington is promoted to host of the 9:00 pm to 12:00 midnight slot on SiriusXM’s Patriot Channel. Washington has been hosting her “Stacy on the Right” show on Sunday mornings since she joined SiriusXM this past summer. SiriusXM VP/GM of talk programming Dave Gorab says, “When Stacy joined the Patriot family this summer with her new Sunday morning program, it didn’t take long to take off with our audience. In addition to her weekly program, Stacy played a vital role in SiriusXM Patriot’s campaign coverage and was a regular contributor to programs across the channel. The expansion to a daily show comes as well-deserved recognition for Stacy’s contributions, and we know our audience will be excited to hear ‘Stacy on the Right’ five nights a week.” Washington is a decorated Air Force veteran who serves as an advisory board member of Vets for Trump and co-chair of Black Voices for Trump. She has appeared on FOX News, FOX Business, CNN, TheBlaze, and PBS, and has written for publications including FOX News Opinion and Townhall.com.

WHAM, Rochester Talk Host Bob Lonsberry Relates COVID-19 Battles. Talk radio host Bob Lonsberry – heard on iHeartMedia’s WHAM, Rochester and WSYR, Syracuse – recently spoke with WHEC-TV, Rochester about his family’s ordeal with COVID-19. Lonsberry says he, his wife and all five of his kids became infected with the disease but to varying degrees. He tells WHEC-TV, “That was one of the things that was so interesting about this that it affected everybody differently. I think a couple of our young sons were truly asymptomatic and we all sort of went our own way, about half the people had a fever, half didn’t, half had coughs and sore throats, half didn’t. It manifests itself very differently in each of us and lasted over a different course of time for each of us.”

Cumulus Media Cincinnati RVP and Market Manager Dave Crowl to Retire. Radio management pro Dave Crowl is retiring from Cumulus Media at the end of this year after a 44-year career in the radio business. Crowl has been serving as regional vice president and market manager for Cumulus’ Cincinnati station group. Crowl began his career as an account executive at WLVQ-FM, Columbus. Over the years he’s worked in the Portland, Oregon and Milwaukee markets before landing in Cincinnati to become president of Jacor Communications’ radio division. In 2000, he was appointed SVP of then-Clear Channel Communications and joined Cumulus Media in 2012. He says, “A 44-year career in radio would have been challenging to achieve without the support of my family, mentors, colleagues and friends who constantly inspired me. More importantly, I could not have arrived at this moment without the foundation of all the many dynamic general managers and their market teams who delivered compelling audio content to their listeners, communities, and advertisers every day 24/7.” Cumulus president and CEO Mary Berner adds, “Dave Crowl has distinguished himself as one of the most respected leaders in radio, dedicating the last 44 years to making radio the best it could be for the many communities he has served so well. In the process, he has lifted up our industry and the people in it, always treating others with respect, dignity and understanding. He will be greatly missed, and we wish him all good things in his retirement.”

iHeartMedia Partners with Podimo to Present Translated Podcasts. This collaboration between iHeartMedia and European podcast platform Podimo creates a strategic partnership to translate and adapt popular podcasts across the globe in different languages. The partnership kicks off with the widely popular true crime podcast “Forgotten: Women of Juárez” (Olvidadas: Muertes de Juárez) about femicides in Mexico’s most dangerous city in three languages: Spanish, German, and Danish. The adapted podcast series will be released in early 2021 in 20 countries in Latin America, as well as in Spain and in the USA, followed by Podimo’s German and Danish markets at a later date. iHeartPodcast Network president Conal Byrne says, “We’re excited to partner with a podcast innovator like Podimo and use iHeartMedia’s unparalleled ability to introduce podcast listening at scale to bring some of the most fascinating local podcasts to millions of listeners worldwide. Podcast listening continues to see tremendous growth as more and more listeners seek out layered storytelling, and we believe this venture with Podimo will help us to introduce great podcasts to new fans around the world.”

COVID-19 Stats & Projections/Holiday Traveling, Biden Transition/Trump Still Fighting, Record Dow/The Economy, OANN YouTube Ban, and Utah Monolith Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (11/24). The fast-rising number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and abroad, projections for winter cases, and warnings about gathering in groups for the Thanksgiving holiday; the Joe Biden administration officially begins the transition process while Donald Trump continues to challenge the election results; the Dow hits a record 30,000 though some economists warn a correction is due this winter; conservative news outlet One America News Network is banned from posting on YouTube for a week for violating the platform’s COVID misinformation policy; and the discovery of a mysterious metal monolith found in a remote part of Utah 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. The alternative format known as WWCD and operated by Randy Malloy has found a new home in Columbus after losing its lease on the 102.1 FM frequency and going briefly to an online-only model. The station is leasing the WMYC-AM/W255CS duo from ICS Communications with the intent to buy the signals, according to a piece at WOSU.org. This is the third frequency shift for the alternative station. It originated on 101.1 FM, then moved to Southeastern Ohio Broadcasting System’s 102.5, and now to the current simulcast operation…..Programming pro Jason Taylor joins Adams Radio Tallahassee as operations manager and program director for country WWOF “103.1 The Wolf.” Taylor takes over for Casey Daniels who is returning to Indiana for personal reasons. Taylor spent the past 16 years at iHeartMedia’s crosstown station group. Adams Tallahassee VP/GM Jason Lamp says, “We are ecstatic about this announcement. Jason Taylor is a brand that Tallahassee country listeners have adored for many years. Having Jason join our live and local team in afternoon drive alongside ‘Cash & Woody in the Morning’ on ‘The Wolf’ is a dream come true for us. His management style is 100% of what we need in our building!”…..Cumulus Media’s Westwood One is offering four holiday specials designed for adult contemporary and hot AC stations designed for air on Saturdays or Sundays from November 28 through December 20. The Christmas specials include: On November 28-29, Johnny Rzeznik of Goo Goo Dolls featuring the new Goo Goo Dolls Christmas album, It’s Christmas All Over; on December 5-6, Carrie Underwood featuring her new Christmas album, My Gift; on December 12-13, Meghan Trainor featuring her new Christmas album, A Very Trainor Christmas; and on December 19-20, Taylor Swift featuring her favorite Christmas playlist.