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December 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Four

| December 29, 2020

December 2020 PPM Data – Information for the December 2020 ratings period has been released for Austin, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Providence, Norfolk, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Greensboro, Memphis, and Hartford.

Nielsen Audio’s December 2020 survey period covered November 5 – December 2.

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

NEWS/TALK

  • Three straight spikes by Waterloo Media Group Austin’s KLBJ-AM led to a collective +1.1 (5.0 – 5.5 – 6.0 – 6.1, 6+), but “News Radio 590” has that entire windfall obliterated with a December -1.1 (5.0, flat at #3, 6+).
  • An overall +1.8 in three successive upticks (6.7 – 7.0 – 7.7 – 8.5, 6+), iHeartMedia Raleigh’s WTKK “106.1 Stay Connected” forfeits the entire bounty (6.7, -1.8, second to fourth, 6+).
  • In three straight improvements, Curtis Media Group’s WPTF is a cumulative +1.0 (1.7 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.7, 6+) as “News Radio 680” jumps from #17 in Raleigh to #13.
  • Emmis-owned WIBC was +3.5 via five straight increases and reached double-digits for the first time since April’s 10.3 (7.4 – 7.5 – 8.0 – 9.1 – 9.2 – 10.9, 6+), but “Indy’s Mobile News 93.1” – which repeats at #1 – surrenders nine-tenths (10.0, 6+).
  • While remaining at #1 the fourth time in a row, iHeartMedia Milwaukee’s WISN “News/Talk 1130” is -2.0 (10.7, 6+), thus snapping at four its consecutive string of increases that netted an overall +5.9 (6.8 – 8.6 – 10.2 – 11.2 – 12.7, 6+); November’s 12.7 represents its highest 6+-stat in the PPM-era.
  • In three gains in a row, Good Karma Brands Milwaukee’s WTMJ (Bucks, Green Bay Packers) was a cumulative +2.5 (5.5 – 6.7 – 7.2 – 8.0, 6+), but “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” is -1.2 in November/December (8.0 – 7.1 – 6.8, flat at #3, 6+).
  • Cumulus Media Nashville’s WWTN “Super Talk 99.7,” which was +1.2 in October/November (5.6 – 5.6 – 6.8, 6+), surrenders more than half that boon (6.1, -.7, third to fourth, 6+).
  • Immediately after posting November’s +.9, iHeartMedia Nashville’s WLAC “Talk Radio 1510” erodes by seven-tenths (2.8 – 2.1, #15 to #17, 6+).
  • A combined +2.0 in October/November (4.0 – 5.1, 6.0, 6+), Cumulus Media Providence’s WPRO-AM “News Talk 630” relinquishes 25% of that increase (5.5, -.5, fourth to fifth, 6+).
  • In three successive bumps, iHeartMedia Providence’s WHJJ gained six-tenths (1.2 – 1.3 – 1.7 – 1.8, 6+), but “News Radio 920” is down seven-tenths in November/December (1.8 – 1.6 – 1.1, (#12 to #14, 6+).
  • On top the past two months with a combined +1.5 (10.2 – 10.7 – 11.7, 6+), Cox Media Group’s WOKV-FM “104.5 Jacksonville’s News, Weather, and Traffic” plummets by -1.7to 10.0 (6+) and is now tied for the lead.
  • As a result of three straight sweeps without an increase, iHeartMedia-owned WJNO “1290 The Palm Beaches’ News & Talk” is a collective -.9 (3.9 – 3.9 – 3.8 – 3.0, sixth to ninth, 6+).
  • Down one-half share in October/November (2.1 – 1.8 – 1.6, 6+), iHeartMedia West Palm Beach’s WZZR “Real Radio 94.3” improves by two-tenths to 1.8 (6+) and continues at #13.
  • Jumping from #15 in West Palm Beach to #13 (where it is tied with WZZR), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WFTL “News Talk 850” gains six-tenths in November/December (1.2 – 1.4 – 1.8, 6+).
  • Following four upticks in a row that led to an overall +2.3 (4.2 – 5.0 – 5.2 – 5.9 – 6.5, 6+), iHeartMedia Greensboro’s WPTI “94.5 Your News, Talk, & Sports Station” falters by -1.0 to 5.5 (fifth to sixth, 6+).
  • A combined +1.6 in October/November (4.1 – 4.9 – 5.7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WREC “600 AM – Memphis’ News, Traffic, & Weather” spirals by -1.9 (3.8, fifth to eighth, 6+).
  • Four upticks in succession by Entercom Hartford’s WTIC-AM generated an overall +2.7 (6.1- 6.9 – 7.3 – 7.8 – 8.8, 6+), but “News Talk 1080” stumbles by seven-tenths to 8.1 (6+) and remains at #2.
  • Flat at #14, Red Wolf Broadcasting Hartford’s WDRC-AM “AM 1360 The Talk of Connecticut” continues a rotating up/down pattern that began in February and includes December’s loss of one-tenth (.8 – 1.2 -.7 – .8 – .7 – 1.3 – 1.0 – 1.3 – .7 – .9 – .8, 6+).
  • Although down or flat the third time in a row for a net loss of two-tenths (.4 – .3 – .2 – .2, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WPOP “News Radio 1410” advances from #17 in Hartford to #16.

NEWS

  • Repeating at #16 in Providence, iHeartMedia Boston’s WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” is down or flat the sixth straight sweep for a net loss of one-half share (1.5 – 1.5 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.2 -1.0, 6+).
  • Black Information Network affiliate/iHeartMedia-owned WNOH improves by three-tenths to .9 (#14 to #13), its best 6+-showing since June’s 1.5.
  • A no-show from February 2020 through October 2020, Max Media Norfolk’s business news WGH-AM “Money Talk” adds two-tenths to November’s .1 (.3, 6+) and is unchanged at #15.

SPORTS TALK

  • Having nearly tripled (+1.1) its 6+ AQH share in October/November (.6 – 1.0 – 1.7, 6+), Genuine Austin Radio’s KTXX drops one-tenth to 1.6 (6+) but “The Horn” repeats at #17.
  • Following four straight Raleigh sweeps without a loss that generated a +1.8 (1.1 – 1.1 – 1.3 – 2.5 – 2.9, 6+), Capitol Broadcasting’s WCMC “99.9 The Fan” (Carolina Hurricanes) is -1.3 in November/December (2.9 – 2.5 – 1.6, #15 to #18, 6+).
  • Wiping away November’s half-share loss with a December half-share gain (3.0 – 2.5 – 3.0, 6+), Emmis-owned WFNI “The Fan – Indy’s Sports Center” (Pacers) climbs from #15 to #13.
  • After adding two-tenths via four consecutive up or flat sweeps (.7 – .8 – .9 – .9 – .9, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WNDE “Fox Sports 1260 – Indy’s Sports Leader” is off one-tenth to .8 (6+) and repeats at #19.
  • In Milwaukee, Good Karma Brands’ WKTI “94.5 ESPN” doubles (+.4) its 6+ AQH share through five successive up or flat moves (.4 – .6 – .6 – .6 – .7 – .8, unchanged at #16, 6+).
  • While unchanged at .7 (6+), iHeartMedia-owned WRNW “97.3 The Game – Milwaukee’s Sports Talk That Rocks” slips from #16 to #17.
  • Having tripled (+.4) its 6+ AQH share in four consecutive up or flat sweeps (.2 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .6, 6+), iHeartMedia Milwaukee’s WOKY “The Big 920” surrenders two-tenths to .4 (#18 to #20, 6+).
  • In four straight down or flat trends, Entercom Milwaukee’s WSSP is off one-tenth as “Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan” repeats November’s 6+ AQH share and market rank (.5 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4, #20, 6+).
  • All but one-tenth of November’s increase of seven-tenths by Cumulus Media Nashville’s WGFX is purged (6.0 – 5.4, -.6, 6+), as “104.5 The Zone” (Tennessee Titans) slips from fifth to seventh.
  • After more than tripling (+1.0) its 6+ AQH share in October/November (.4 – 1.3 – 1.4, 6+), Cromwell Group Nashville’s WPRT “102.5 The Game” (Predators) is off one-tenth to 1.3 (6+) yet advances from #20 to #19.
  • Up four-tenths in October/November (2.2 – 2.5 – 2.6, 6+), Entercom Providence’s WVEI “Sports Radio 103.7” sputters by one-tenth to 2.5 (flat at #9, 6+).
  • This is the third time in succession that Max Broadcast Group Norfolk’s WVSP “ESPN Radio 94.1” has made a month-to-month fluctuation of two-tenths (1.4 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 1.6, ninth to tenth, 6+).
  • Up three-tenths in October/November (.6 – .7 – .9, 6+), iHeartMedia Jacksonville’s WFXJ “930 The Game” surrenders one-tenth (.8, flat at #17, 6+).
  • Including December’s loss of two-tenths, Curtis Media Group Greensboro’s WSJS “The Sports Hub” is in an alternative up/down pattern: .6 – .7 – .5 – .6 – .4 (6+) and remains at #15.
  • After being -.9 in September/October (2.5 – 2.0 – 1.6, 6+), Entercom Memphis’ WMFS “ESPN Sports Radio” is +.9 in November/December (1.6 – 1.9 – 2.5, #14 to #13, 6+).
  • In three straight reports without an increase, the internet stream of Entercom Memphis’ WMFS “ESPN Sports Radio” has lost four-tenths (.7 – .5 – .5 – .3, #17 to #18, 6+).
  • Unchanged at #19 in Memphis, Entercom-owned WMC-AM “680 AM ESPN Sports Radio” has recorded a .2 (6+) in six of the last eleven reports and a .3 (6+) in the other five (.3 – .3 – .2 – .3 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .3 – .3 – .2 – .2, 6+).
  • Having improved by one-half share in October/November (.7 – 1.0 – 1.2, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WUCS “97.9 ESPN Hartford” drops one-tenth to 1.1 (flat at #13, 6+).

PUBLIC RADIO NEWS/TALK

  • Three improvements in a row by KUT yielded a +2.9 (7.3 – 8.2 – 10.1 – 10.2, 6+), but the University of Texas at Austin-owned facility is -.9 in November/December (10.2 – 9.6 – 9.3, flat at #2, 6+).
  • Supplementing November’s +1.3 with a December +1.1 (7.0 – 8.3 – 9.4, 6+), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s WUNC “91.5 North Carolina Public Radio” zooms from third in Raleigh to first.
  • Nearly duplicating November’s +.8 with a December +.7 (3.4 – 4.2 – 4.9, 6+), Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting’s WFYI advances from eighth to seventh.
  • In addition to progressing from eighth in Milwaukee to sixth , University of Wisconsin-owned WUWM is a collective +1.2 in three straight gains (4 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 4.6, 6+).
  • Unchanged at #11, Wisconsin Public Radio’s WHAD, Milwaukee has an August 2020 through December 2020 topline of: 1.3 – 1.4 – 1.3 – 1.4 – 1.4 (6+).
  • Pushing up from sixth to fifth, Nashville Public Radio’s WPLN-FM “NPR News and Classical Music” notches its fifth consecutive up or flat trend for an overall +2.0 (3.8 – 4.2 – 4.3 – 4.8 – 5.8 – 5.8, 6+).
  • Having nearly doubled (+1.7) its 6+ AQH share in four straight Providence improvements (1.9 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 3.6, 6+), WGBH Educational Foundation Boston’s WGBH relinquishes one-half share (3.1, flat at #8, 6+).
  • Off a total of three-tenths in September/October (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.8, 6+), Rhode Island Public Radio’s WNPN logs a gain of two-tenths in back-to-back Providence reports (1.8 – 2.0 – 2.2, steady at #10, 6+).
  • Progressing from eighth to seventh, Jacksonville’s WJCT is +.8 in November/December (3.9 – 4.6 – 4.7, 6+).
  • Adding nine-tenths to November’s +.7 (3.2 – 3.9 – 4.8, 6+), Dade County School Board’s WLRN carries on in fifth-place in West Palm Beach.
  • Despite being up four-tenths in November/December (3.6 – 3.9 – 4.0, 6+), Wake Forest University’s WFDD backslides from ninth in Greensboro to tenth.
  • Steady at #13 in Greensboro, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s WUNC has an August 2020 through December 2020 topline of: 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.9 (6+).
  • Up six-tenths in November/December (2.2 – 2.7 – 2.8, 6+), Mid-South Public Communications Foundation-owned WKNO “91.1 NPR For The Mid-South” carries on at #12 in Memphis.
  • Winning ways continue for Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network-owned WNPR “Connecticut’s Public Media Source for News & Ideas,” which is +3.8 via six successive spikes (2.6 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.6 – 4.8 – 5.1 – 6.4, 6+), leaping from eighth in Hartford to fifth.
  • After gaining two-tenths in Hartford this time last month, University of Massachusetts-owned WFCR “New England Public Radio repeats November’s .4 (#16 to #15, 6+).

December 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Three

| December 24, 2020

December 2020 PPM Data – Information for the December 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 December 2020 survey period covered November 5 – December 2.

Here are highlights from spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top 20.

NEWS/TALK

  • A collective +1.1 in three straight sweeps without a loss (5.9 – 6.0 – 7.0 – 7.0, 6+), Alpha Media Portland’s KXL “FM News 101 – Stay Connected” forfeits seven-tenths to 6.3 (6+) but remains in third-place.
  • Repeating at #8 in Portland, iHeartMedia-owned KEX “News Radio 1190 – Depend On Us” is an overall +1.1 through four consecutive positive spikes (2.7 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.7 – 3.8, 6+).
  • Following four successive up or flat trends that yielded a +1.5 (5.9 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.9 – 7.4, 6+), Entercom-owned WBT “Charlotte’s News Talk” (Carolina Panthers) surrenders seven-tenths to 6.7 (second to third, 6+).
  • Four upticks in a row by iHeartMedia-owned WOAI resulted in a +2.2 (5.5 – 6.0 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 7.7, 6+), but “News Radio 1200 – San Antonio’s News, Traffic, & Weather” (Spurs) sputters by three-tenths to 7.4 (6+), concluding a November-only #1 visit (first-place tie to second).
  • The collective +1.2 that iHeartMedia’s KFBK racked up in four straight improvements (7.9 – 8.0 – 8.1 – 8.5 – 9.1, 6+) evaporates with December’s -1.3 to 7.8 (6+); however, “Sacramento’s News, Weather and Traffic Station” is #1 the fourth month in a row.
  • The September 2020 through December 2020 down/up/down topline for iHeartMedia Sacramento’s KSTE “Talk 650” is: 2.1 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.2 (#16 to #18, 6+).
  • Entercom Pittsburgh’s KDKA-AM continues an alternating down/up sequence that includes December’s loss of four-tenths (6.5 – 5.1 – 5.4 – 5.0 – 5.1 – 4.8 – 5.4 – 5.0, 6+) as “News Radio 1020” drops from fifth to sixth.
  • After surrendering two-tenths this time last month, Bonneville Salt Lake City’s KSL “News Radio 102.7 FM & 1160 AM” erases the deficit with a +.3 (7.2 – 7.5, 6+) and carries on in the runner-up slot.
  • Six successive increases by iHeartMedia Salt Lake City’s KNRS produced a +4.2 (5.3 – 5.8 – 6.1 – 7.3 – 7.6 – 9.5, 6+), but “Talk Radio 105.9 – Listen And You’ll Know” relinquishes exactly half that windfall and after two months at #1, segues to #2 (7.4, -2.1, 6+).
  • Notwithstanding that Entercom Las Vegas’ KXNT is -.6 in three straight reports without an increase (4 – 3.1 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+), “News Talk Radio 840” advances from #15 to a three-way tie at #14.
  • Beasley Media Group’s KDWN “AM 720 Where Las Vegas Comes to Talk” gains three-tenths in November/December (2.0 – 2.1 – 2.3, 6+), jumping from #20 to #17.
  • Immediately after picking up two-tenths, iHeartMedia Orlando’s WTKS “Real Radio 104.1 – We Say What We Want” falters by seven-tenths (4.4 – 3.7, seventh to ninth, 6+).
  • Having more than doubled (+1.6) its 6+ AQH share through three spikes in succession (1.4 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 3.0, 6+), Cox Media Group-owned WDBO “Orlando’s News Talk” regresses by three-tenths to 2.7 (6+) but remains at #12.
  • Off six-tenths in November/December (2.3 – 1.9 – 1.7, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WFLF “News Radio Orlando” is flat at #16.
  • Over and above continuing an alternating up/down pattern which includes December’s gain of two-tenths (9.2 – 11.5 – 10.2 – 10.5 – 9.2 – 9.4, 6+), iHeartMedia Cincinnati’s WLW (Bengals) shifts from second to first.
  • Directly after logging November’s +2.3 (4.3 – 6.6, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WKRC erodes by -1.1 to 5.5 (6+) as “55 KRC The Talk Station” dips from fourth to fifth.
  • Progressing from fifth to fourth, iHeartMedia-owned WTAM “1100 Cleveland’s News Radio” (Cavaliers), which was a combined -1.6 in October/November (8.7 – 7.8 – 7.1, 6+), adds one-tenth to 2 (6+).
  • Forfeiting 75% of October/November’s +1.2 (4.5 – 5.0 – 5.7, 6+) with a December -.9 to 4.8 (6+), Entercom Kansas City’s KMBZ-FM “98.1 News-Traffic-Weather” falls from sixth to eighth.
  • Unchanged at #17, KMBZ-FM cluster-mate, KMBZ-AM “Talk 980,” is down a total of three-tenths in its third straight report without an increase (2.7 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.4, flat at #17, 6+).
  • After posting four bumps in a row for an overall +1.6 (7.6 – 8.1 – 8.7 – 8.8 – 9.2, 6+), iHeartMedia Columbus’ WTVN “News Radio 610” is -1.5 in November/December (9.2 – 9.1 – 7.7, 6+), halting its November-only #1 visit (first to second).

NEWS

  • Unlisted in August, September, and October, iHeartMedia Cleveland’s WMMS-HD2 notches a .1 in back-to-back reports (November, December, flat at #18, 6+) and is thus far the only Black Information Network affiliate to reach the top twenty in the December 2020 sweep.

SPORTS/TALK

  • In Portland, Entercom-owned KFXX “1080 The Fan” nets a +.7 in three straight gains (1.0 – 1.3 – 1.4 – 1.7, 6+) and cracks the top twenty (#23 to #20).
  • As a result of three successive sweeps without an increase, Entercom’s WFNZ “The Fan – Charlotte’s Sports Leader” (Hornets) has its 6+ AQH share sliced in half (-.9) but remains at #18 (8 – .9 – .9 – .9, 6+).
  • Entercom Pittsburgh’s KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan” posts its third gain in a row for an overall +1.6 (5.3 – 6.2 – 6.4 – 6.9, 6+) and is unchanged in fourth-place.
  • After gaining six-tenths in October/November (1.3 – 1.5 – 1.9, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WYGM “FM 96.9 The Game – Orlando’s Sports Leader” (Magic) drops two-tenths to 1.7 (6+) but stays at #16.
  • Having more than doubled (+.8) its 6+ AQH share in October/November (.6 – .9 – 1.4, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WCKY “Cincinnati’s ESPN 1530” forfeits half that boon (1.0, -.4, flat at #18, 6+).
  • By dropping four-tenths to 3.3 (steady at #12, 6+), Entercom Cleveland’s WKRK “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” (Browns) halts at four its consecutive string of up or flat reports that resulted in a +1.6 (2.1 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 3.1 – 3.7, 6+).
  • The July 2020 through December 2020 topline for Union Broadcasting’s WHB “Sports Radio 810” is: 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.4 – 2.9 – 2.7 – 2.6 (flat at #15, 6+).
  • Down a combined six-tenths in November/December (2.4 – 2.2 – 1.8, 6+), Entercom Kansas City’s KCSP “610 Sports Radio” drops from #18 to #19.
  • A combined +1.8 in October/November (4.4 – 5.5 – 6.2, 6+), Tegna’s WBNS-FM (Blue Jackets) falters by seven-tenths to 5.5 (fifth to sixth, 6+).
  • Even though the net loss is one-tenth, Tegna Columbus’ WBNS-AM fails to record an increase the sixth time in succession (.2 – .2 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1, flat at #16, 6+).

PUBLIC RADIO NEWS/TALK

  • Despite stacking a +1.6 onto November’s +.7 (8.3 – 9.9, 6+), Oregon Public Broadcasting’s KOPB concludes a November-only #1 stay and segues to the runner-up slot.
  • Continuing its alternating up/down pattern which includes December’s -.5 (3.2 – 3.4 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 4.2 – 3.7, 6+), University Radio Foundation Charlotte’s WFAE slips from seventh to tenth.
  • Unchanged at #20, South Carolina Educational TV’s WNSC, Charlotte has an April 2020 through December 2020 topline of: .3 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .3 – .3 – .2 – .3 (6+).
  • A collective +.8 via three successive up or flat trends (2.7 – 3.3 – 3.5 – 3.5, 6+), Texas Public Radio San Antonio’s KSTX drops one-tenth and one ranker (3.5 – 3.4, #10 to #11, 6+).
  • On the heels of logging a +.7 this time last month, Capital Public Radio Sacramento’s KXJZ repeats November’s AQH share and market rank (5.1, #6, 6+).
  • A combined -1.2 in October/November (5.1 – 4.8 – 3.9, 6+), Essential Public Media’s WESA “90.5 Pittsburgh’s NPR Station” picks up one-tenth to 4.0 (flat at #10, 6+).
  • Off two-tenths this time last month, University of Utah’s KUER roars back with a +1.1 (4.6 – 5.7, seventh in Salt Lake City to fifth, 6+).
  • Not only is KNPR a collective +1.2 via four straight sweeps without a loss (2.5 – 2.5 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.7, 6+), the Nevada Public Radio outlet cracks Las Vegas’ top ten (#12 to #8).
  • In addition to being an overall +1.7 as a result of six consecutive improvements (2.3 – 2.4 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.3 – 3.6 – 4.0, 6+), Community Communications’ WMFE “90.7 Public Radio for Central Florida” enters Orlando’s top ten (#11 to #8).
  • Six spikes in succession by Cincinnati Public Radio’s WVXU yielded a +2.5 (1.8 – 2.1 – 2.4 – 3.1 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.3, 6+), but “Connecting You To A World of Ideas” relinquishes 12% of that windfall (4.0, -.3, steady at #8, 6+).
  • Owing to three straight gains, Ideastream Cleveland’s WCPN was an overall +1.3 (3.5 – 3.6 – 4.2 – 4.8, 6+), but the streak ends with a -.2 to 4.6 (flat at #10, 6+).
  • Having more than tripled (+.5) its 6+ AQH share through six up or flat moves in succession (.2 – .2 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .5 – .7, 6+), Kent State University’s WKSU drops three-tenths to .4 (#16 to #17, 6+).
  • Advancing from seventh in Kansas City to fourth, University of Missouri-owned KCUR is a combined +1.3 in November/December (4.2 – 5.2 – 5.5, 6+).
  • Over and above more than doubling (+4.3) its 6+ AQH share in six consecutive positive or neutral reports (9 – 4.1 – 4.8 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 6.9 – 8.2, 6+), Ohio State University’s WOSU zooms from fourth in Columbus to first.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

| December 23, 2020

NOW POSTED: Christmas and New Year’s Weekend Installments of Special Two-Part “2020 Year in Review” Edition of “The Michael Harrison Wrap: An Overview of the National Conversation.” A two-part special installment of the vibrant, one-hour weekend program, “The Michael Harrison Wrap,” that looks back each week at the hottest topics discussed in American talk media per the research of TALKERS magazine, is now posted on Talkers.com.  This new episode titled, “2020 Year in Review,” looks back at the history-laden past year. The program features guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERS magazine; Harry Hurley, talk show host WPG, Atlantic City; Mandy Connell, talk show host, KOA, Denver; Steve Weisman, professor of law, Bentley University, Boston/founder Scamicide.com; Richard Neer, talk show host, WFAN, New York; Kathy Valentine, rock musician, The Go-Go’s; and Victoria Jones, executive director, DC Radio Company. The acclaimed news/talk radio show airs each week on its flagship, WONK-FM, Washington, DC, Friday evenings at 6:00 pm ET. It also airs throughout the weekend on WTIC, Hartford; KSCO, Santa Cruz, CA; KDFD, Denver “Freedom 93.7”; KFNX, Phoenix; WVLY, Wheeling, WV; WTRW-FM, Scranton/Wilkes Barre, PA; WVOX, Westchester, NY; KBDT, Dallas; KQSP, Minneapolis; KBKW, Aberdeen, WA; WGDJ, Albany, NY;  WJFN-FM, Richmond, VA; WZFG, Fargo; KTGO, Tioga, ND; KWAM, Memphis; K-NEWS, San Luis Obispo; WCHM, Clarkesville, GA;  WPHM, Port Huron, MI; KSYL, Alexandria, LA; KTOE, Mankato, MN; WCED, DuBois, PA “Connect FM”; K-NEWS 101.3, Owensboro, KY; WWTK, Sebring, FL; the Virginia Talk Radio Network; CRN Digital Talk Radio Network; Pioneer Valley Radio, Springfield, MA; Podcast Radio, UK and many more.  To listen to the Christmas weekend episode, please click here. To listen to the New Year’s weekend episode, please click here. “The Michael Harrison Wrap” is now available in syndication via Talk Media Network to stations across America on a market exclusive basis. For affiliation information, please click here or call 616-884-8616.

The Talkers TenTM Top News/Talk Stories and People for 2020. Today (12/23), the editors of TALKERS magazine present the annual Talkers TenTM Top News/Talk Stories and People for 2020. In this annual feature seen above, the editors draw upon the year’s in-house research to reveal the most-talked-about stories and people on news/talk radio in the U.S. TALKERS executive editor Kevin Casey says, “2020 was obviously a year that will go down in history. The pandemic, a polarizing presidential election, coast-to-coast racial protests, and more combined to make this year one that was replete with storylines and personalities that consumed talk hosts and their listeners unlike any other year in the history of modern-day news/talk radio.”

Michael Savage to Leave Radio for Podcasting. Nationally syndicated talk radio star Michael Savage announces that after 26 years on AM/FM radio, he’ll leave the medium in January to focus exclusively on podcasting. Savage says in a press release that “The Savage Nation Podcast” (available on numerous podcast platforms) “will be ‘essential Savage’: news, views, reviews, politics, history, science, nutrition, cooking, movies & TV, literature, philosophy, cars, animals, spirituality, and something more.” He adds that fans can “expect even more ‘edge’ as he frees himself from the constraints of corporate broadcasting.” Savage’s current deal with Cumulus Media’s Westwood One includes the production and distribution of a daily radio show and a companion podcast.

Round Two of December PPMs Released. The second of four rounds of ratings information from Nielsen Audio’s December 2020 PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including Washington, Boston, Miami, Seattle, Detroit, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. Nielsen’s December 2020 survey period covered November 5 – December 2. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this batch of markets. Some moves of note include Bonneville’s news/talk KIRO-FM, Seattle adding six-tenths to climb to the #1 rank on the strength of a 7.2 share. In Boston, iHeartMedia’s news/talk WRKO loses eight-tenths, posting a 5.8 share and falling to the #6 rank while all-news sister WBZ-AM loses just two-tenths but retreats from #1 to #4 with a 6.8 share. Hearst Television’s WBAL-AM remains steady with a one-tenth increase for a 4.5 share. See Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaway for this group of markets here. ALSO, Mike will post his Ratings Takeaways for the third and fourth rounds of markets tomorrow (12/24) and Tuesday (12/29), respectively.

WABC, New York and WLIR, Long Island Raise $174,000 for Cohen Children’s MC. Pictured above are 77WABC talk personalities Sid Rosenberg (left) and Curtis Sliwa (right) broadcasting as WABC, New York and WLIR-FM, Long Island “TALKRADIO 107” raised more than $174,000 last Friday (12/18) during the “Holiday Radiothon for the Kids at Cohen Children’s Medical Center.” Red Apple Media president Chad Lopez says, “We’re honored to partner with Cohen Children’s Medical Center again this year and to raise much-needed funds with our second Holiday Radiothon for The Kids. We have the utmost respect for the team at this world-class pediatric hospital and are happy to bring some holiday cheer during this season of giving. Our hearts go out to each and every family with a child in the hospital during the holidays.”

TALKERS News Notes. The annual White House Christmas Poem by Salem Radio Network White House correspondent Greg Clugston got some love from Austin Statesman-American columnist Ken Herman, who published Clugston’s poem in his column today (12/23). You can see it here…..Talk host and former U.S. Rep J.D. Hayworth is doing some fill-in hosting during the holidays. He sat in for Lars Larson on his Compass Media Networks-syndicated program on Monday (12/21) and hosted the 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm show on Cumulus Media’s WLS-AM, Chicago yesterday (12/22)…..The GCN-syndicated Dr. Daliah Wachs show adds new affiliate WRWH, Cleveland, Georgia to its roster of stations.

COVID Relief Bill, Trump Pardons, Trump Election Challenge, COVID-19 Stats & Projections, Vaccines-Variant, Georgia Runoff Elections, Russian Cyberattack, Israel Government Collapses, and UK-EU Brexit Deal Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (12/22). The COVID relief and omnibus spending bill and President Trump’s demands; Trump pardons/commutes 20 including political allies; Trump and supporters’ denial of election results; the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and projections for a post-Christmas spike; the rollout of COVID vaccines in the U.S. and questions about effectiveness against coronavirus variants; the January runoff elections for Georgia’s two U.S. Senate seats; the hack of U.S. government computer networks by Russian agents; Israel’s inability to pass a budget and the collapse of Benjamin Netanyahu’s government; and the Brexit deal ahead of the December 31 deadline 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. Four music outlets change hands in Florida as JVC Media acquires the four-station Fort Walton Beach cluster from Community Broadcasters LLC. In this deal, JVC Media gets CHR WECQ, country WHWY, adult hits WWAV, and classic rock WZLB. This acquisition brings JVC’s Florida holdings to 11 stations, including three in Orlando and four in Gainesville-Ocala. JVC executive Shane Reeve will oversee the integration of the Fort Walton Beach stations into the company and will be responsible for the staffing and operation of the facilities. He says, “I’m thrilled JVC is bringing our live and local approach to the Florida Panhandle and Emerald Coast!”…..Religious broadcaster WayFM announces the retirement of Thom Ewing, longtime station manager for WayFM Huntsville, Alabama. Ewing was hired in 2002 as the founding general manager of WAYH-FM, and has been the only manager in the station’s history. He led additional WayFM expansion into several other Alabama cities, including Birmingham and Gadsden.

December 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Two

| December 23, 2020

December 2020 PPM Data – Information for the December 2020 ratings period has been released for Washington, DC; Boston; Miami; Seattle; Detroit; Phoenix; Minneapolis; San Diego; Tampa; Denver; Baltimore; and St. Louis.

Nielsen Audio’s December 2020 survey period covered November 5 – December 2.

Here are highlights from spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top 20.

NEWS/TALK

  • As a result of three straight decreases, Cumulus Media’s WMAL is an overall -1.2 (8.0 – 7.9 – 7.5 – 6.8, 6+) and drops from third in Washington, DC to fifth.
  • Following three positive spikes in succession that yielded a +2.7 (3.9 – 4.9 – 6.0 – 6.6, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WRKO “AM 680 – The Voice of Boston” sputters by eight-tenths to 5.8 (fourth to sixth, 6+).
  • Without a loss the past five survey periods for a net gain of +1.3 (7 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 2.1 – 2.6 – 3.0, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WIOD “News Radio 610 Miami’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” stumbles by four-tenths to 2.6 (#12 to #15, 6+).
  • Including December’s +.6, Bonneville-owned KIRO-FM is in an alternating down/up pattern (7.1 – 6.4 – 7.0 – 6.6 – 7.2, 6+) that returns “Seattle’s News/Seattle’s Talk” to #1 (second to first).
  • Sliding from #10 to #13 is KIRO-FM cluster-mate KTTH “Conservative Talk Radio,” which is off a combined half-share in November/December (3.6 – 3.4 – 3.1, 6+).
  • An overall +2.0 through five consecutive sweeps without a loss (3.4 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.8 – 4.7 – 5.4, 6+), Cumulus Media Detroit’s WJR “News Talk 760” (Lions) surrenders 40% of that boon (4.6, -.8, fourth to eighth, 6+).
  • Three consecutive upticks by iHeartMedia’s KFYI accounted for a +3.2 (4.3 – 4.4 – 5.8 – 7.5, 6+), but “News Talk 550” plummets by -1.2 to 6.3 (6+), concluding a November-only visit to Phoenix’s top spot (first to third).
  • Trending 4.3 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 3.6 (September 2020 – December 2020, 6+), Bonneville’s KTAR-FM (Arizona Cardinals) slips from seventh in Phoenix to tenth.
  • A combined -1.2 in October/November (5.5 – 5.2 – 4.3, 6+), Entercom’s WCCO “News Radio 830” (Timberwolves) purges one-third of that deficit with a +.4 to 4.7 (6+) and reenters Minneapolis’ top ten (#11 to #9).
  • Following five consecutive sweeps without a loss for a net gain of +1.6 (2.5 – 2.6 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.4 – 4.1, 6+), iHeartMedia Minneapolis’ KTLK “Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130” relinquishes one-quarter of the windfall (3.7, -.4, #12 to #13, 6+).
  • Notwithstanding that it gains two-tenths (4.7 – 4.9, 6+), iHeartMedia San Diego’s KOGO “News Radio 600” backslides from fourth to sixth.
  • Off a collective four-tenths in three straight sweeps without an increase (2.2 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 1.8, 6+), KOGO’s cluster-mate, KGB-AM “AM 760” (formerly Tegna’s KFMB-AM), repeats at #17.
  • Flat at #18 in San Diego, iHeartMedia Los Angeles’ KFI “AM 640” is -.4 in November/December (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.7, 6+).
  • Having more than doubled (+3.5) its 6+ AQH share through six consecutive up or flat trends (7 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 4.6 – 5.1 – 6.2, 6+), Cox Media Group Tampa’s WHPT “102.5 The Bone – Real, Raw, Radio” is -1.0 in December (5.2, third to fifth, 6+).
  • Even though iHeartMedia Tampa’s WFLA adds three-tenths (3.3 – 3.6, 6+), “970 Tampa Bay’s News Radio” (Tampa Bay Lightning) slips from #12 to #14.
  • On the heels of its November gain of four-tenths (3.8 – 4.2, 6+), iHeartMedia Denver’s KDFD “Freedom 93.7 – Real News, Real Talk” falters by six-tenths to 3.6 (eighth to ninth, 6+).
  • Tied at #18 are KDFD cluster-mates KHOW “Talk Radio 630” (2.0 – 1.9, -.1, flat at #18, 6+) and KOA “News Radio 850 AM” (1.7 – 1.9, +.2, #21 to #18, 6+).
  • In Baltimore, Hearst Television-owned WBAL “News Radio – Expect More” has a June 2020 through December 2020 topline of: 4.4 – 4.1 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.5 (6+).
  • An overall +2.6 through four successive improvements (3.3 – 3.9 – 4.4 – 5.2 – 5.9, 6+), Baltimore independent WCBM “680 Stimulating Talk – Breaking News” is -2.0 in November/December (5.9 – 5.0 – 3.9, sixth to ninth, 6+).
  • Dropping from seventh to tenth, Entercom St. Louis’ KFTK “FM News Talk 97.1” is a combined -1.0 in November/December (5.5 – 4.9 – 4.5, 6+).
  • Three setbacks in succession by Entercom owned KMOX result in an overall -3.0 (6.7 – 5.2 – 3.9 – 3.7, 6+) as the “The Voice of St. Louis” slips from #11 to #12.

NEWS

  • Despite regaining 40% of the -1.0 it surrendered this time last month (9.3 – 9.7, +.4, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WTOP-FM & WTLP-FM “Washington’s Top News” shifts to the runner-up slot after four successive months at #1.
  • It is a November-only stay at #1 for iHeartMedia Boston’s WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030,” which is off two-tenths in back-to-back reports (7.2 – 7.0 – 6.8, first to fourth, 6+).
  • This marks the fourth straight up or flat sweep for an overall +.9 by Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned KOMO (4.4 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 5.1 – 5.3, 6+), which progresses from fifth in Seattle to fourth.
  • A combined +.9 in October/November (4.5 – 4.8 – 5.4, 6+), Entercom Detroit’s WWJ “News Radio 950” dips three-tenths to 5.1 (fourth to fifth, 6+).

SPORTS TALK

  • In four straight down or flat trends, Entercom-owned WJFK-FM “106.7 The Fan” is a collective -1.0 (2.4 – 2.1 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.4, 6+) and falls from #16 in Washington, DC to #17.
  • After logging four straight gains for a collective +2.9 (3.9 – 4.1 – 4.9 – 5.4 – 6.8, 6+), Beasley Media Group Boston’s WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” (Celtics, Bruins, Patriots) is -.7 in November/December (6.8 – 6.2 – 6.1, flat at #5, 6+).
  • Via five consecutive sweeps without a loss, WEEI-FM netted one-half share (2.5 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 3.0, 6+), but the Entercom Boston outlet drops three-tenths to 2.7 (flat at #12, 6+).
  • Having been +1.2 in October/November (2.2 – 2.9 – 3.4, 6+), Bonneville Seattle’s KIRO-AM “ESPN 710” (Seahawks) forfeits one-third of that bounty (3.0, -.4, 6+) and slumps from #10 to #15.
  • After gaining eight-tenths in October/November (4.7 – 5.2 – 5.5, 6+), Entercom Detroit’s WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” (Pistons, Red Wings) erodes by -1.0 to 4.3 (third to ninth, 6+).
  • In Phoenix, three straight improvements by Bonneville-owned KMVP-FM (Arizona Diamondbacks) yielded a collective +1.3 (1.6 – 2.0 – 2.4 – 2.9, 6+), but “98.7 Arizona Sports” is -.8 in November/December (2.9 – 2.6 – 2.1, #16 to #18, 6+).
  • Off eight-tenths in November/December (8.2 – 7.6 – 7.4, 6+), iHeartMedia Minneapolis’ KFXN “Sports Radio 100.3 K-Fan” (Wild, Vikings) shifts from second to third.
  • After logging three straight reports without a loss for a collective +1.0 (1.2 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 2.2, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WDAE “620 Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” is -.7 in November/December (2.2 – 1.9 – 1.5, #19 to #20, 6+).
  • Nearly doubling (+1.7) its 6+ AQH share in three straight increases (1.8 – 2.0 – 2.4 – 3.5, 6+), Bonneville Denver’s KKFN “Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan” (Nuggets) is -.9 in November/December (3.5 – 3.0 – 2.6, #11 to #14, 6+).
  • Entercom Baltimore’s WJZ-FM “The Fan” is -1.0 in four consecutive down or flat reports (3.9 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.1 – 2.9, flat at #11, 6+).
  • Following a gain of six-tenths this time last month, Hubbard Broadcasting Louis’ WXOS “101 Sports” is unchanged at 2.7 (December 2020, 6+) but dips from #15 to #16.

PUBLIC RADIO NEWS/TALK

  • Replicating November’s +1.3, American University-owned WAMU “The Mind Is Our Medium” is a cumulative +3.1 in three consecutive bumps (6.4 – 6.9 – 8.2 – 9.5, 6+), yet backslides from second in Washington, DC to third.
  • Up a collective three-tenths in three straight sweeps with a loss (.5 – .7 – .8 – .8, 6+), Pacifica Foundation Washington, DC’s public radio news/talk/jazz hybrid WPFW pops on at #20.
  • Virtually doubling (+2.2) its 6+ AQH share in three straight upticks (2.3 – 3.3 – 3.5 – 4.5, 6+), WGBH Educational Foundation-owned WGBH, Boston progresses from ninth to eighth.
  • Boston University’s WBUR drops three-tenths to 4.0 (eighth to ninth, 6+), thus snapping at four a consecutive string of up or flat moves that accounted for a collective +1.1 (3.2 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 4.3, 6+).
  • A combined -8 in October/November (3.7 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+), Dade County School Board-owned WLRN answers with a December increase of three-tenths to 3.2 (6+) and reenters Miami’s top ten (#14 to #10, 6+).
  • It is a November-only stay at #1 for Northwest Public Radio Seattle’s KUOW, which is nonetheless a collective +1.6 via four straight up or flat trends (5.3 – 5.8 – 6.3 – 6.9 – 6.9, first to second, 6+).
  • Including December’s loss of three-tenths, Wayne State University Detroit’s WDET is in a rotating down/up pattern (2.1 – 2.0 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 3.0, 6+) and carries on at #16.
  • Pushing up from #12 to #11 in Phoenix, Maricopa County Community College-owned KJZZ records its third straight up or flat trend for a net gain of three-tenths (3.0 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 3.3, 6+).
  • In addition to repeating at #1 in Minneapolis, Minnesota Public Radio’s KNOW is +1.9 in three straight upticks and reaches the nine-share threshold (7.1 – 7.2 – 7.8 – 9.0, 6+).
  • Even though it is -.8 in November/December (7.4 – 7.3 – 6.6, 6+), San Diego State University-owned KPBS is #1 the third month in a row.
  • A combined -1.3 in October/November (3.7 – 3.2 – 2.4, 6+), University of South Florida-owned WUSF picks up two-tenths to 2.6 (December, 6+), moving from #18 in Tampa to #17.
  • Not only is Colorado Public Radio’s KCFR a collective +2.8 as a result of four successive upticks, it is #1 in Denver the fourth month in a row and crosses the eight-share level (5.5 – 6.7 – 6.9 – 7.9 – 8.3, 6+).
  • Your Public Radio Baltimore’s WYPR “88.1 Your NPR News Station” repeats November’s AQH share and market rank (4.7, seventh, 6+).
  • Four up or flat trends in succession by KWMU account for a +1.0 (2.1 – 2.3 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 3.1, 6+) as the University of Missouri-owned outlet advances from #16 in St. Louis to #14.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

| December 22, 2020

Kathy Valentine of The Go-Go’s Is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast. The woman who played bass guitar, sang, and was a songwriter for the legendary rock band The Go-Go’s is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series, “The Michael Harrison Interview.” Today, Kathy Valentine is a 62-year-old working musician, songwriter, and author who began her career more than 40 years ago in her hometown of Austin, Texas and made a huge name for herself as a member of an iconic band after moving to Los Angeles. That band, The Go-Go’s, is considered by rock historians to be the most successful all-female band of all time and made music history for writing and performing the first and only album by an all-female band to top the charts. It featured the hit songs “We Got the Beat” and “Our Lips Are Sealed.” Valentine wrote or co-wrote some of The Go-Go’s most renowned tunes, including the hits “Vacation” and “Head Over Heels.” The record’s success brought the pressures of a relentless workload and schedule culminating in a wild, hazy, substance-fueled tour that took the band from the club circuit to arenas, where fans, promoters, and crew were more than ready to keep the party going. For Valentine, the band’s success was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream – but it’s only part of her story that she’s captured in a riveting book titled, All I Ever Wanted: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Memoir (University of Texas Press, 2020). It traces the path that took her from her childhood in Texas — where she all but raised herself — to the height of rock ‘n’ roll stardom, devastation after the collapse of the band that had come to define her, and the quest to regain her sense of self after its end. Harrison and Valentine take a deep-dive into the history of The Go-Go’s, their common experiences in the supercharged rock and radio environment of Los Angeles in the early 1980s, and the current activities of both the artist and The Go-Go’s who are planning a national tour this coming summer (if the pandemic allows it). Don’t miss this fascinating, uplifting program. 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.

Good Karma Announces Debut of ‘The Truth’ in Milwaukee. According to a report in the Milwaukee Business Journal, Good Karma Brands LLC will debut its Black-targeted talk radio station on January 4. The company is acquiring WRRD-AM and translator W269DL from New WRRD LLC and will begin by operating the signals under an LMA. Milwaukee sales pro Cherie Harris has been hired to serve as general manager and Kyle Wallace is on board as the operations manager for the station being branded “The Truth 101.7.” The daily lineup includes Milwaukee Bucks broadcasters Joe Brown and Melanie Ricks in mornings from 7:00 am to 10:00 am. Sherwin Hughes will host the 10:00 am to 1:00 pm program. Tory Lowe hosts the 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm program, followed by Ken Harris in afternoon drive. Wallace says of the lineup, “Our goal when recruiting was to find talent who were unapologetically and authentically Milwaukee, and we are confident we chose outstanding leaders who have already made an impact on the city through their service, advocacy, and fight for justice and equality.”

Round One of December PPM Ratings Released. The first of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s December 2020 PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including: 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 (New Jersey). Nielsen’s December 2020 survey period covered November 5 – December 2. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this batch of markets and some moves of note include iHeartMedia’s news/talk KFI, Los Angeles tacking on one-tenth to finish the December survey with a 4.6 share and the #3 rank in the market. While maintaining its #1 rank, Cox Media Group’s news/talk WSB-AM/WSBB-FM, Atlanta sheds 1.8 shares to finish with a 9.7 share. Entercom’s all-news WBBM-AM/WCFS-FM, Chicago adds three-tenths to wrap the survey with a 6.8 share but dips to the #3 rank. You can see all of Mike Kinosian’s Ratings Takeaways from the news/talk, all-news, sports talk, and public radio news/talk stations in this survey here.

TALKERS News Notes. WPG, Atlantic City morning drive host Harry Hurley is launching his inaugural Hurley Awards in which he selects people “who represent the best and worst in our region and nation this year. For our inaugural reveal, I have attempted to painstakingly create a super-list that draws upon a variety of factors. I respectfully acknowledge that our list is subjective.” You can see winners (and losers!) in all 78 categories here…..Shondaland Audio and iHeartMedia announce the February debut of the weekly podcast from Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox. Shondaland Audio says the podcast “will feature intimate conversations with guests who provoke thought and potentially new outlooks. The show was created in hopes that it may foster perspectives that might inspire new behavior in each of us, to in turn get us closer to becoming the very best versions of ourselves, all the while inviting Laverne, guests, and listeners to undergo a spiritual makeover together.”…..iHeartMedia announces that with the planned retirement of EVP, general counsel and secretary Paul McNicol, Jordan Fasbender rises from his depurty general counsel post to executive vice president, general counsel and secretary, effective January 1. McNicol will remain with the company as Executive Vice President providing counsel to the company’s senior management and ensuring a seamless transition.

Trump Election Results Denial/Barr on Special Counsel, Congress Passes COVID Relief, COVID-19 Stats & Projections/Variant, Vaccine Rollout, and Russian Hack of U.S. Government Networks Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (12/21). Reports of Donald Trump’s ongoing denial of election results, plans to continue challenging Joe Biden’s victory, and Attorney General William Barr’s seeing “no reason” to appoint a special counsel; Congress passes the COVID relief package; the fast-rising number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., projections for post-Christmas cases, and concerns about the U.K. variant; the rollout of the COVID vaccine in the U.S.; and the vulnerable U.S. government networks affected by the Russian hack were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TAKERS magazine.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Nationally syndicated evening personality Delilah is featured in The New York Times’ “The Daily” podcast in which she discusses her career in radio. The interview details the Premiere Networks’ personality’s journey from the small town of Reedsport, Oregon to becoming the “most-listened-to woman on radio.”…..The first all-digital CES will take place January 11-14 virtually and will feature an iHeartMedia conference session on how technology has enabled some of today’s hottest artists to continue to create and introduce new music and immersive experiences for their fans during the pandemic. The session is being moderated by nationally syndicated on-air host, TV personality, and producer Ryan Seacrest and will feature a fireside chat with singer and songwriter Dua Lipa and a special performance by Billie Eilish.