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January 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Four

| February 28, 2021

January 2021 PPM Data – Information for the January 2021 survey period has been released for Austin; Raleigh; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Nashville; Providence; Norfolk; Jacksonville; West Palm Beach; Greensboro; Memphis; and Hartford.

Nielsen Audio’s January 2021 sweep covered January 7 – February 3.

In addition to providing “Takeaways” for spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top twenty, managing editor Mike Kinosian notes each particular city’s #1 station (6+), as well as greatest (6+) gains and losses.

All comparisons noted are “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 (6+).

 

AUSTIN

 

News/Talk: KLBJ-AM (4.2 – 5.7, +1.5, fifth to fourth, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: KTXX (1.9 – 2.2, +.3, #16 to #17, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: KUT (8.5 – 11.5, +3.0, third to first, 6+)

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KUT (8.5 – 11.5, +3.0, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk KUT (+3.0)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KKMJ (-3.3)

 

RALEIGH

 

News/Talk: WTKK (5.4 – 7.0, +1.6, fifth to third, 6+) and WPTF (flat at 2.5, #13 to #14, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WCMC-FM (1.8 – 2.0, +.2, unchanged at #17, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WUNC (9.9 – 11.3, +1.4, repeating at #1, 6+)

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk WUNC (9.9 – 11.3, +1.4, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: news/talk WTKK (+1.6)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WRAL (-1.5)

 

INDIANAPOLIS

 

News/Talk: WIBC (7.6 – 8.9, +1.3, second to first, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WFNI (3.4 – 4.0,+.6, #13 to #9, 6+) and WNDE (.8 – .7, -.1, #19 to #20, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WFYI (4.0 – 5.5, +1.5, ninth to seventh, 6+)

Number One 6+: news/talk WIBC (7.6 – 8.9, +1.3, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: country WFMS (+2.0)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WYXB (-4.7)

 

MILWAUKEE

 

News/Talk: WISN (8.2 – 11.0, +2.8, third to first, 6+) and WTMJ (6.0 – 6.5, +.5, fourth to third, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WRNW (1.2 – 1.5, +.3, #12 to #13, 6+); WKTI (.8 – .9, +.1, #16 to #17, 6+); and WSCR (debuts with a .6, #20, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WUWM (3.6 – 3.4, -.2, seventh to ninth, 6+) and WHAD (1.0 – .7, -.3, #14 to #19, 6+)

Number One 6+: news/talk WISN (8.2 – 11.0, +2.8, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: news talk WISN (+2.8)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WLDB (-4.1)

 

NASHVILLE

 

News/Talk: WWTN (5.3 – 6.8, +1.5, steady at #4, 6+) and WLAC (1.9 – 2.4, +.5, #18 to #16, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WGFX (5.3 – 4.6, -.7, fourth to ninth, 6+) and WPRT (1.0 – 1.1, +.1, flat at #20, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WPLN-FM (4.9 – 6.5, +1.6, seventh to fifth, 6+) and WPLN-HD3 Stream (.1 – 1.5, +1.4, #18, 6+)

Number One 6+: adult hits WCJK (8.0 – 8.6, +.6, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk WPLN (+1.6) and classic rock WNRQ (+1.6)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WJXA (-8.0)

 

PROVIDENCE

 

News/Talk: WPRO-AM (5.4 – 6.1, +.7, steady at #4, 6+)

News – Talk: WBZ-AM (1.4 – 1.6, +.2, #13 to #14, 6+)

Sports Talk: WBZ-FM (3.8 – 3.6, -.2, seventh, 6+) and WVEI (2.4 – 2.8, +.4, ninth to tenth, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WGBH (2.7 – 3.5, +.8, unchanged at #8, 6+) and WNPN (1.7 – 2.5, +.8, steady at #11, 6+)

Number One 6+: rock WHJY (8.7 – 10.4, +1.7, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: rock WHJY (+1.7)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WWLI (-8.0)

 

NORFOLK

 

News/Talk: WNIS (2.9 – 4.1, +1.2, sixth, 6+)

News: WNOH (flat at 1.2, #12 to #17, 6+) and business news WGH-AM (.3 – .5, +.2, #15 to #19, 6+)

Sports Talk: WVSP (1.1 – 1.3, +.2, #13 to #15, 6+) and WTAR (debuts with a .2, #20, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: urban AC WVKL (12.8 – 13.7, +.9, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: adult hits WNOB (+1.9)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WWDE (-7.0)

 

JACKSONVILLE

 

News/Talk: WOKV-FM (8.4 – 9.2, +.8, steady at #2, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: WJCT (4.3 – 6.2, +1.9, seventh to fourth, 6+)

Number One 6+: adult contemporary WEJZ (15.1 – 9.4, -5.7, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk WJCT (+1.9)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WEJZ (-5.7)

 

WEST PALM BEACH

 

News/Talk: WJNO (2.4 – 3.5, +1.1, ninth to seventh, 6+) and WFTL (1.6 – 1.9, +.3, #15 to #16, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: WLRN (4.0 – 4.8, +.8, unchanged at #5, 6+)

Number One 6+: hot AC WRMF (flat at 8.7, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: news/talk WJNO (+1.1)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WEAT (-2.2)

 

GREENSBORO

 

News/Talk: WPTI (4.4 – 4.7, +.3, seventh to ninth, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WSJS (.6 – .4, -.2, #15 to #19, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WFDD (3.0 – 4.3, +1.3, steady at #10, 6+) and WUNC (even at 1.9, #12 to #13, 6+)

Number One 6+: urban AC WQMG (8.8 – 10.6, +1.8, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: urban AC WQMG (+1.8)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WMAG (-7.2)

 

MEMPHIS

 

News/Talk: WREC (2.5 – 3.6, +1.1, #12 to #8, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WMFS (2.9 – 3.1, +.2, ninth to tenth, 6+); WMFS Stream (.3 – .5, +.2, steady at #18, 6+); and WMC-AM (flat at .3, #18 to #19 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WKNO (2.3 – 2.6, +.3, #13 to #12, 6+); WKNO-HD2 Stream (flat at .2, steady at #20, 6+)

Number One 6+: urban-rhythmic oldies WRBO (11.0 – 11.8, +.8, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: gospel WHAL (+2.2)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WRVR (-3.5)

 

HARTFORD

 

News/Talk: WTIC-AM (5.8 – 6.8, +1.0, fourth to third, 6+); WDRC-AM (.8 – 1.2, +.4, #15 to #14, 6+); and WPOP (flat at .2, #15 to #17, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WUCS (1.3 – .6, -.7, #13 to #16, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WNPR (5.4 – 6.8, +1.4, sixth to third, 6+) and WFCR (flat at .2, #15 to #17, 6+)

Number One 6+: adult contemporary WRCH (17.5 – 14.1, -3.4, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk news/talk WNPR (+1.4) and classic hits-oldies WHCN (+1.4)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WRCH (-3.4)

 

Email managing editor Mike Kinosian at Mike.Kinosian@gmail.com 

Friday, February 26, 2021

| February 26, 2021

NOW POSTED:  This Weekend’s Installment of “The Michael Harrison Wrap: An Overview of the National Conversation.” The latest installment of the vibrant, one-hour weekend special, “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. This new episode titled, “Feeding an Environment of Fear,” looks back at this past week of February 22-26, 2021. The program features guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERS magazine; Gary Sutton, talk show host, WSBA, York, PA; Dr. Daliah Wachs, talk show host, Genesis Communications Network / medical physician; Dr. Renee Kohanski, podcaster, Clinical Correlation, Medscape‘s MDEdge Psychcast / forensic psychiatrist; Rush Limbaugh, late talk radio icon; and Richard Neer, talk show host, WFAN, New York. The 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 (“Freedom 93.7”), Denver; 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; WGMD, Rehoboth Beach, MD; WCHM, Clarkesville, GA;  WPHM, Port Huron, MI; KSYL, Alexandria, LA; KTOE, Mankato, MN; WCED (“Connect FM”), DuBois, PA; K-NEWS 101.3, Owensboro, KY; WWTK, Sebring, FL; WIZM-AM/FM, La Crosse, WI; WMVA, Martinsville, VA; the Virginia Talk Radio NetworkCRN Digital Talk Radio Network; the iHeart Podcast NetworkPioneer Valley Radio, Springfield, MA; Podcast Radio, UK and many more.  To listen to this week’s episode, please click 

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iHeartMedia 2020 Q4 Revenue Down 8.8%; Full Year Revenue Declines 20%. Reporting its financial data for the fourth quarter and for the full year of 2020, iHeartMedia fares a little better than its two major competitors (based on the number of radio stations owned) Cumulus Media and Entercom Communications. Fourth quarter revenue was $935.5 million, a decline of 8.8% from the same period in 2019. For the full year, revenue was $2.9 billion, down 20% from the full year 2019. Although the company reports net income of $2.9 million in Q4 2020, that’s down 95% from the $62.1 million net income reported in Q4 of 2019. For the full year 2020, iHeartMedia reports a net loss of $1.9 billion. It reported net income of $11.2 billion in 2019. iHeartMedia says that strong sequential improvement is continuing since the height of the pandemic in the spring of 2020. It also reports that digital revenue increased 26% year-over-year, including a 91% increase in podcasting revenue. Company chairman and CEO Bob Pittman says, “We are pleased that the company continues its steady recovery from the COVID-19 downturn – and it’s particularly rewarding to see the impressive performance from our areas of strategic investment, like podcasting, SmartAudio, digital, and Ad Tech. In addition, with our new reportable segments, we will be able to provide additional insights into both our largest segment and our fastest-growing segment, and help highlight the key metrics and impressive performance of each.” iHeartMedia COO and CFO Rich Bressler adds, “Our swift response to the COVID pandemic and our diligent management of expenses throughout the year enabled us to successfully achieve approximately $250 million of savings in 2020. This cost management enhanced our operating leverage and helped us to achieve adjusted EBITDA of $265 million in the fourth quarter, which was an improvement of 64% over the third quarter. The continued sequential improvement of our revenue, adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow over the past three quarters has us well positioned for continued recovery into 2021, and our commitment to make the majority of the $200 million of COVID-19 related savings permanent will further enhance the company’s operating leverage as revenue recovers.”

iHeartMedia Unveils New Business Operating Structure. Saying that this new structure reflects the “increasing size and importance” of its digital businesses, iHeartMedia announces that its two divisions – the Digital Audio Group and the Multiplatform Group – will publicly report their financial data separately and will have dedicated management. The iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group includes the iHeartRadio digital service and its podcasting business while the iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group includes its broadcast radio assets. The company says that as of the fourth quarter of 2020, the Digital Audio Group encompassed almost 20% of the company’s consolidated revenue and 23% of its earnings, and during that quarter grew revenue by 53% year-over-year and Adjusted EBITDA by 74% year-over-year. The company expects the Digital Audio Group will continue to grow as an increasing proportion of its business in the future. It adds that separate reporting of these two operating segments will provide “improved visibility into the underlying performances, results and margin profiles of these distinct audio-driven businesses.” Here’s how it breaks down: The iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group includes the podcasting business; the iHeartRadio digital service; the company’s digital sites, newsletters, digital services and programs; and its digital advertising technology companies, including Jelli, RadioJarUnified and Voxnest, and will also include the recently-announced Triton Digital upon completion of the acquisition. Leading the division will be Conal Byrne as CEO and Darren Davis as COO, with Carter Brokaw serving as the president of digital revenue and Jessica Jerrick as EVP of digital distribution and platform partnerships. Meanwhile, iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group – representing almost 75% of the company’s revenue – includes the 860-plus radio stations in 160 markets; the company’s live and virtual events business; and its national sales organization (which will use iHeartMedia’s full array of products, from broadcast radio and events to its SmartAudio suite of data targeting and attribution products, which allows informed digital-like planning against targeted audiences with the benefit of broadcast scale and impact, as well as using all of the products from the iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group). Premiere Networks, which includes the Total Traffic and Weather Network; and BIN: Black Information Network, will also join this group. Leading the iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group will be Greg Ashlock as CEO and Tim Castelli as chief revenue officer.  Julie Talbott joins this group as president of Premiere Networks; Hartley Adkins becomes president of the Markets Group; Jeff Howard remains president of national sales and Tony Coles as president of BIN: Black Information Network. Bob Pittman says, “These new reportable segments will enable us to strengthen the mission and tighten the focus of both the iHeart Digital Audio Group and the iHeart Multiplatform Group, while accelerating our ability to deliver industry-leading products and services to our listeners and advertising partners across all of our platforms. Creating these two business reportable segments will allow us to provide the investment community with increased visibility into the financial results of each segment – enabling them to better appreciate the strong growth and success of our digital businesses, including our industry-leading podcast business, as well as the continued strength of our broadcast radio and marquee events businesses.”

Entercom Announces New Programming Leadership Structure. This enhancement of Entercom’s programming leadership structure for its central programming team leaves Pat Paxton in his current position as chief programming officer. He says, “This enhanced leadership team will supplement our premium content offering throughout our portfolio and ensure we have the premier collection of personalities engaging deeply with our audiences nationwide. It will also allow us to best integrate the innovation of new products and content so we are continuously growing the impact and reach of our offering and super serving our 170 million listeners each month.” In this new structure EVP of programming Jeff Sottolano continues to manage Entercom’s sports, all-news, and news/talk brands. He is also being charged with growing Entercom’s content insights and analytics capabilities and overseeing its network and syndicated content development. Dave Richards joins the central programming leadership team as senior vice president of programming, rising from his SVP of programming of KISW, Seattle for the last 19 years and having developed programs like “The Men’s Room” and concepts like KISW’s annual “Live Day.” In his new role, Richards will be responsible for original content ideation, talent development, and coaching. He’ll spearhead Entercom’s efforts to support its expanding business portfolio, which includes RADIO.COM, Cadence13, and Pineapple Street Studios, through the generation of cross-platform content. Michael Martin continues to serve as SVP of programming and music initiatives and oversees Entercom’s relationships with artists, management, and record labels and lead its efforts to collaborate with the artist community on event, digital, and social opportunities. The company also announces the following members of its executive committee, who will collaborate to develop and oversee programming strategy across the company: Pat Paxton; Jeff Sottolano; Michael Martin; Dave Richards; Pam Russo, SVP and general manager, RADIO.COM; Bill Smee, VP of news; Matt Volk, VP of sports; Nikki Nite, VP of programming and brand manager, Entercom Austin; and Reggie Rouse, urban format captain, Entercom, and brand manager, Entercom Atlanta.

Round Three of January 2021 PPM Data Released. The third of four rounds of ratings information from Nielsen Audio’s PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus. The January 2021 survey covered January 7 – February 3. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this round of markets. Alpha Media’s news/talk KXL-FM, Portland jumps from the #6 rank to #3 on the strength of 1.4 share increase that helped it finish the January survey with a 6.2 share. Urban One’s news/talk WBT-AM/FM, Charlotte tacks on 1.6 shares for a 6.6 share finish and a jump from #5 to #3. iHeartMedia’s news/talk KFBK, Sacramento regains the #1 rank after adding 2.4 share to wrap the survey with a 10.2 share. In Salt Lake City, iHeartMedia’s news/talk KNRS-FM also claims the #1 rank after adding 1.9 shares to post a 7.9 share. See Mike Kinosian’s complete report for this round or markets (as well as his Takeaways from the first two rounds) here.

TALKERS News Notes. As reported by Chicago media writer Robert Feder, WGN-AM, Chicago is honoring the memory of former morning drive host Bob Collins, who would have been 79 on Sunday (2/28). Collins died in a small plane collision in 2000. On today’s Bob Sirott morning show, staffers WGN toasted Collins this morning (2/26) at 7:48 and, according to tradition, poured from the bottle of Jack Daniel’s found in Collins’s office. Also on the air with Sirott today were retired WGN morning host Spike O’Dell (who succeeded Collins) and retired agribusiness reporter Orion Samuelson.…..The nationally syndicated “Dan Bongino Show” hits the 100 affiliate station mark a year after its launch. Cumulus Media’s Westwood One says that – in addition to being heard on stations like KABC-AM, Los Angeles; KSFO-AM, San Francisco; and KSEV-AM, Houston – from the November election through February 22, the Dan Bongino Show podcast “boasted more than 51 million downloads on Apple, Spotify and other major platforms, rising 27% during that period.” Bongino says, “Growing up a fan of conservative talk radio makes this moment extra special for me. To be able to reach people across the country with a strong pro-liberty, pro-freedom message is the honor of a lifetime. Special thanks as well to the affiliates partnering with us in this venture.”…..A new sports radio imaging service called Game Plan is being offered to stations from SPLAT! and is syndicated by Sun Broadcast Group. SPLAT! says GAME PLAN is “a new kind of sports radio imaging service, designed specifically to sharpen the competitive edge of local stations, while simultaneously complementing the power of network sports brands. With GAME PLAN, a local station’s imaging sounds just as bold and powerful as their network imaging, maybe even better.”…..Entercom and Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates announce a multiyear radio broadcast contract extension for sports talk KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan” to continue to serve as the Pirates’ flagship radio station. Under the terms of the new deal, all Pirates weekday afternoon games will air on “93.7 The Fan” and sister news/talk KDKA-AM/W261AX.

COVID-19 Stats, Vaccines and Variants Top News/Talk Story for Week of February 22-26, 2021. The falling number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., the rollout of vaccines and the concern about variants creating another wave of cases combined as the most-talked-about story on news/talk radio this week and landing atop the Talkers TenTM. At #2 this week was the state of the U.S. economy tied with the education crisis. Following at #3 was the confirmation hearings for Joe Biden’s nominees for attorney general, interior secretary, and White House budget office, tied with Donald Trump’s planned speech at CPAC on Sunday. The Talkers TenTM is a weekly chart of the top stories and people discussed on news/talk radio during the week and is the result of ongoing research from TALKERS magazine. It is published every Friday at Talkers.com. See this week’s complete chart here.

January 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Three

| February 26, 2021

January 2021 PPM Data – Information for the January 2021 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 January 2021 sweep covered January 7 – February 3.

In addition to providing “Takeaways” for spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top twenty, managing editor Mike Kinosian notes each particular city’s #1 station (6+), as well as the most significant (6+) improvement and erosion.

All comparisons noted are “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 (6+).

 

PORTLAND

 

News/Talk: KXL (4.8 – 6.2, +1.4, sixth to third, 6+) and KEX (3.8 – 3.6, -.2, #9 to #12, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: KOPB (9.7 – 12.0, +2.3, second to first, 6+)

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KOPB (9.7 – 12.0, +2.3, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk KOPB (+2.3)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KKCW (-6.9)

 

CHARLOTTE

 

News/Talk: WBT (5.0 – 6.6, +1.6, fifth to third, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WFNZ (flat at 1.1, steady at #18, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WFAE (3.3 – 5.1, +1.8, tenth to sixth, 6+)

Number One 6+ (Tie): adult contemporary WKQC (15.6 – 7.3, -8.3, 6+) and country WSOC (6.4 – 7.3, +.9, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk WFAE (+1.8)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WKQC (-8.3)

 

SAN ANTONIO

 

News/Talk: WOAI (6.8 – 7.0, +.2, third to second, 6+) and KTSA (1.7 – 2.0, +.3, #19 to #17, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: KSTX (3.0 – 4.4, +1.4, #12 to #8, 6+)

Number One 6+: classic hits-oldies KONO-FM (7.4 – 7.8, +.4, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: country KCYY (+1.9)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KQXT (-7.3)

 

SACRAMENTO

 

News/Talk: KFBK (7.8 – 10.2, +2.4, second to first, 6+) and KSTE (1.5 – 2.2, +.7, #14 to #13, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: KXJZ (5.0 – 6.4, +1.4, fifth to second, 6+) and KQEI (.8 – .9, +.1, #21 to #19, 6+)

Number One 6+: news/talk KFBK (7.8 – 10.2, +2.4, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: news/talk KFBK (+2.4)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KYMX (-7.9)

 

PITTSBURGH

 

News/Talk: KDKA-AM (5.3 – 5.6, +.3, sixth to fifth, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: KDKA-FM (6.6 – 7.9, +1.3, fifth to fourth, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WESA (3.7 – 4.4, +.7, unchanged at #9, 6+)

Number One 6+: classic hits-oldies WWSW (13.3 – 10.1, -3.2, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: sports talk KDKA-FM (+1.3)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WSHH (-4.2)

 

SALT LAKE CITY

 

News/Talk: KNRS (6.0 – 7.9, +1.9, third to first, 6+) and KSL (6.1 – 7.0, +.9, steady at #2, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: KUER (5.4 – 6.4, +1.0, fifth to fourth, 6+)

Number One 6+: news/talk KNRS (6.0 – 7.9, +1.9, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: news/talk KNRS (+1.9)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KSFI (-11.5)

 

LAS VEGAS

 

News/Talk: KXNT (2.7 – 2.9, +.2, flat at #11, 6+) and KDWN (even at 2.0, #17 to #19, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: KNPR (3.3 – 3.1, -.2, tenth to eighth, 6+)

Number One 6+: adult contemporary KSNE (14.2 – 8.1, -6.1, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: Spanish adult hits KWID (+2.2)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KSNE (-6.1)

 

ORLANDO

 

News/Talk: WTKS (3.9 – 6.1, +2.2, seventh to fourth, 6+); WDBO (2.7 – 3.2, +.5, #12 to #11, 6+); and WFLF (1.6 – 1.9, +.3, flat at #18, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WYGM (1.8 – 1.9, +.1, #16 to #18, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WMFE (3.5 – 4.9, +1.4, eighth to seventh, 6+)

Number One 6+: classic hits-oldies WOCL (8.4 – 10.6, +2.2, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase (Tie): news/talk WTKS (+2.2) and classic hits-oldies WOCL (+2.2)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WMGF (-9.1)

 

CINCINNATI

 

News/Talk: WLW (7.4 – 7.9, +.5, third to second, 6+) and WKRC (5.4 – 5.8, +.4, fourth to sixth, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WCKY (.9 – .8, -.1, flat at #20, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WVXU (3.2 – 3.9, +.7, tenth to ninth, 6+)

Number One 6+: classic hits-oldies WGRR (7.8 – 9.1, +1.3, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: rhythmic hot AC WREW (+2.3)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WRRM (-6.2)

 

CLEVELAND

 

News/Talk: WTAM (5.8 – 6.0, +.2, seventh to sixth, 6+) and WNIR (debuts with a .1, #20, 6+)

News: WMMS-HD2 (even at .1, #17 to #20, 6+)

Sports Talk: WKRK (3.9 – 4.3, +.4, #9 to #11, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WCPN (3.3 – 4.3, +1.0, steady at #10, 6+) and WKSU (flat at .6, #19, 6+)

Number One 6+: classic hits-oldies WMJI (11.6 – 10.0, -1.6, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: hot AC WQAL (+1.5)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WDOK (-4.1)

 

KANSAS CITY

 

News/Talk: KMBZ-FM (4.8 – 5.1, +.3, seventh to sixth, 6+) and KMBZ-AM (1.7 – 1.5, -.2, #21 to #20, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WHB (2.5 – 3.0, +.5, #15 to #14, 6+) and KCSP (1.8 – 2.1, +.3, #18 to #19, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: KCUR (5.2 – 6.1, +.9, sixth to third, 6+)

Number One 6+: classic hits-oldies KCMO-FM (10.4 – 8.4, -2.0, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk KCUR (+.9)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KCKC (-4.3)

 

COLUMBUS

 

News/Talk: WTVN (7.3 – 8.5, +1.2, second to fourth, 6+) and WHIO Stream (debuts with a .4, #15, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WBNS-FM (5.6 – 6.0, +.4, sixth to fifth, 6+) and WBNS-AM (.1 – .2, +.1, #16 to #17, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WOSU (7.0 – 8.6, +1.6, third to first, 6+)

Number One 6+ (Tie): public radio news/talk WOSU (7.0 – 8.6, +1.6, 6+); CHR WNCI (7.0 – 8.6, +1.6, 6+); and country WCOL (6.4 – 8.6, +2.2, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: country WCOL (+2.2)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult hits WODC (-6.2)

 

Up next: January 2021 overviews for Austin; Raleigh; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Nashville; Providence; Norfolk; Jacksonville; West Palm Beach; Greensboro; Memphis; and Hartford. Email managing editor Mike Kinosian at Mike.Kinosian@gmail.com.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

| February 25, 2021

Nielsen Publishes ‘Podcasting Today: Insights for Podcast Advertisers.’ This new report from Nielsen presents demographic data about podcast listeners and indicates what kinds of podcasts are being consumed by listeners based on ethnicity, age, and other factors. Nielsen says, “After a decade of audience growth, podcasts have become an extremely appealing advertising platform. And with broadening appeal and strong listener engagement, brands should be looking to them as a more personalized way to connect with audiences who are maxed out on visual inputs. Importantly, podcast advertising – particularly when delivered by the podcast host – drives stronger brand recall punch than more traditional forms of advertisements. For example, Nielsen’s podcast effectiveness studies have found that host-read ads drive a brand recall rate of 71%, which subsequently creates high levels of consumer interest, purchase intent and recommendation intent.”  Nielsen says that regardless of demographic breakdown, podcast listeners – both light and heavy users – are “among the most desirable audiences across the entire media landscape. That’s because of two key factors: Podcast audiences are very engaged with the content they listen to and podcast listeners have much higher household incomes than the general population. The growing base of 22 million light podcast listeners have a median annual household income of just over $80,000, while the 14 million heavy podcast listeners have a median income of $88,600.” But figuring out which podcasts will be most effective for marketers is the challenge. Nielsen says, “Unlike it does with traditional forms of media, traditional audience measurement does not provide brand advertisers with enough guidance for reliable podcast targeting. Advertising with a well-known title can certainly provide reach, but it doesn’t guarantee resonance or that listeners will take action. The world is moving away from cookies, bots, and anonymous impressions, and that elevates the importance of actual people. And when it comes to podcast advertising, there is no substitute for knowing what actual people are listening to, what they respond to and how to best engage them as a brand.”

Round Two of January PPM Ratings Released. The second of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Washington, DC; Boston; Miami; Seattle; Detroit; Phoenix; Minneapolis; San Diego; Tampa; Denver; Baltimore; and St. Louis. The January 2021 survey period covered January 7 – February 3. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this round of markets. In Washington, Cumulus Media’s WMAL-FM adds 1.3 shares to finish the survey with a 5.9 share and jumps to the #5 rank while Hubbard Radio’s crosstown all-news WTOP-FM rises to the #2 rank on the strength of a 1.8 share jump to a 9.9 share finish. iHeartMedia’s all-news WBZ-AM, Boston claims the #1 rank after tacking on 1.7 shares to finish the survey with an 8.2 share. Sister news/talk WRKO also improves – by nine-tenths to a 5.2 share – but remains ranked #8. Sinclair Broadcast Group’s all-news KOMO-AM/FM, Seattle rises to the #4 rank after adding 1.1 shares for a 5.7 share finish, but Bonneville’s crosstown news/talk KIRO-FM remains ranked #1 after adding two-tenths and posting a 7.4 share. See Mike Kinosian’s complete report here.

Premiere Networks’ Buck Sexton and Ben Ferguson to Broadcast from CPAC. The Conservative Political Action Conference takes place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Orlando today through Sunday and Premiere Networks-syndicated personalities Buck Sexton and Ben Ferguson will broadcast from the event. The nightly “Buck Sexton Show” and “The Ben Ferguson Podcast” will remote broadcast today and tomorrow and will feature interviews with speakers and special guests. Additionally, Ferguson will emcee a speaker series titled, “The Left’s Assault on a Free People: How Government, Big Tech and Media are Colluding to Deprive Us of Our Humanity,” on Friday at 1:40 pm, which will be followed by an appearance by Sexton on a panel titled, “Big Tech is for Sale, and Russia and China are Buying” at 2:55 pm ET.

Dan Proft to Give Up SRN Syndicated Evening Show. According to a report by Chicago media writer Robert Feder, Dan Proft will end his role as host of the Salem Radio Network evening show after the March 5 edition and will focus on his daily morning radio show on the company’s WIND “AM 560 The Answer.” He may transition the night show into a podcast to be offered via the Salem Podcast Network. Proft took over the 9:00 pm to 12:00 midnight syndicated program after former host Joe Walsh left to run for the White House as a Republican.

Rare Rush Limbaugh Interview from 1990 Posted on Harrison Podcast. A clean audio copy of an interview Michael Harrison conducted over the phone with Rush Limbaugh during the Summer of 1990 emerged in 2016 after spending more than a quarter century stuffed in a forgotten dust-covered box marked “misc.” in the storage bins of the TALKERS archives. It is the historic centerpiece of this week’s installment of the award-winning PodcastOne series “The Michael Harrison Interview.” Harrison had just launched TALKERS magazine – the talk media trade publication – in July of that year. Rush was the hottest up-and-coming talent in the business on the air with his national program that launched less than two years earlier. He was cleared at that time on about 240 stations which was a huge deal based on the standards of that era. According to Harrison, “Rush was still the new kid in town – provocative, exotic and controversial – not only politically but industrially as well. And the jury was still out – in terms of radio industry opinion – about whether or not a syndicated show could make it in prime daytime slots on the biggest stations in America. At that point, syndication was reserved largely for off-hour filler shows – mostly overnights and weekends.” Harrison adds, “I was talking with Rush for a print interview that ran in the third issue of TALKERS dated August 20, 1990 – almost 31 years ago! The recording was slapped together on Radio Shack equipment with one microphone, a cassette deck and one of those speaker boxes that were popular in that era. It was never intended for airplay – only as a transcription for reference to be used in print. And I didn’t conduct the conversation for the purposes of it actually being a show unto itself. It was just a utilitarian recording designed to be transcribed for print. I guess that’s why I eventually tossed it in a box of miscellaneous items… because, from my perspective in those days, it had served its purpose in helping produce the print product. But now, more than three decades later, it is radio history gold! Knowing what we know now, it is pretty amazing! It contains the seeds of the concepts, opinions, and seminal intelligence that set the stage for the modern era of talk radio.” 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.

Broadcsters Foundation of America Assisting Broadcasters Hit by Extreme Weather. The Broadcasters Foundation of America is providing emergency aid to broadcasters who’ve been hit hard by the recent extreme weather conditions in Texas and the surrounding states. BFoA says more than 20 requests have come in over the past five days from employees of TEGNA, Nexstar, Radio One, Entercom, FOX, and more, with the first of those checks going out to qualifying individuals today.  BFoA vice president Peter Doyle says, “Broken pipes, power outages, displacement, and more have brought devastation to many of our colleagues. The Foundation’s Emergency Grant Program is set up with a streamlined vetting process that allows us to move quickly and get checks to those in desperate need. We’re asking every broadcaster in affected areas to help us get the word out to those who may need our assistance.” Broadcasters interested in applying for aid may visit the Apply for Aid section of the Broadcasters Foundation website here and select Emergency Grants on the right, which will take them to the Emergency Grant & Disaster Information Request Form. The Broadcasters Foundation has disbursed over $1 million to qualifying broadcasters through its Emergency Grant Program. One-time emergency grants are awarded for up to $2,000 each to qualifying broadcasters recovering from a natural disaster, such as hurricanes, tornados, fires, floods, or other serious misfortune.

TALKERS News Notes. Marketing pro Brian Swarth joins Entercom in the newly created position of head of marketing, podcasts. In this role, Swarth will lead and oversee all marketing and PR for Entercom’s premium podcast division including Cadence13 and Pineapple Street Studios. He’ll report directly to Cadence13 chief content officer Chris Corcoran. Swarth was most recently with SHOWTIME Networks as SVP of digital media and marketing…..iHeartMedia’s BIN: Black Information Network is working with the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative to help kick off their “It’s Up To You” COVID-19 vaccine education initiative. This effort is designed to combat the high rates of vaccine hesitancy among communities of color. BIN president Tony Coles says, “Based on research, the Black community is the least likely group to be receptive to taking a COVID-19 vaccine. Our goal is to present the most accurate news and information to help curb the future impact of COVID-19 on the communities we serve, by both answering questions around vaccination and providing resources for the public to get informed.”…..Media software solutions firm vCreative announces that it has entered into a long-term agreement with Alpha Media to provide its vPPO service as well as adding the vTrade service to all Alpha Media stations nationwide…..SiriusXM is launching the new “Jess Cagle Podcast with Julia Cunningham” today (2/25). The new weekly podcast will feature interviews with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Jodie Foster, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Regina King, Jared Leto and Aaron Sorkin. New episodes drop every Thursday on the SiriusXM app, Pandora and Stitcher…..ABC News kicks off Women’s History Month with its new podcast, “In Plain Sight: Lady Bird Johnson,” co-produced with Best Case Studios and hosted by author Julia Sweig. The podcast is drawn from more than 123 hours of the former first lady’s mostly unheard daily audio diaries and presents a surprising and original portrait of Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Johnson, told in her own words. The first two episodes of the eight-part series debut on Monday, March 1.

Cool Operations Manager Opportunity. Locally owned southern-based radio group seeking a full-time Operations Manager with strong technical and digital skills. The ideal candidate MUST have experience operating OP-X and managing satellite operations for syndicated programs. Applicant must have at least 5 years of experience. Proven experience in managing social media branding, digital marketing, and video production. Proficient in digital automation systems, digital audio editing and production is a must. EEO. Send resumes to dalton@starnesmediagroup.com

Former Arkansas Talk Host Pat Lynch Dies at 70. According to a story in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, former KARN, Little Rock talk radio personality Pat Lynch has died at age 70. Lynch was a talk host at KARN-AM from 1983 to 2000. He later worked at KABZ-FM and KDXE-FM in the Little Rock market. He was also a columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette from 2000 through August of 2011. After leaving the broadcasting business, Lynch became a member of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church and went on to earn a diploma in theological studies from the Anglican School of Ministry in Little Rock.

COVID-19 Stats & Vaccines, New Stimulus Package, Trump to Speak at CPAC-State of the GOP, Biden Cabinet Confirmation Hearings, Capitol Insurrection Testimony, Andrew Cuomo Sexual Harassment Allegations, and Tiger Woods Car Crash Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (2/24). The falling number of COVID cases in the U.S., concern about variants, and the rollout of vaccines; the negotiations over Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID stimulus package; the Conservative Political Action Conference and Donald Trump’s Sunday speech; the confirmation hearings for Biden nominees Merrick Garland, Neera Tanden, and Deb Haaland; the Senate testimony about the January 6 Capitol riot; the sexual harassment allegations against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo; and the Tiger Woods car crash were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

January 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Two

| February 25, 2021

January 2021 PPM Data – Information for the January 2021 ratings sweep has been released for Washington, DC; Boston; Miami; Seattle; Detroit; Phoenix; Minneapolis; San Diego; Tampa; Denver; Baltimore; and St. Louis.

Nielsen Audio’s January 2021 survey period covered January 7 – February 3.

In addition to providing “Takeaways” for spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top twenty, Mike Kinosian notes each particular city’s #1 station (6+), as well as highest (6+) positive spikes and sharpest declines.

All comparisons noted are “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 (6+).

 

WASHINGTON, DC

 

News/Talk: WMAL (4.6 – 5.9, +1.3, seventh to fifth, 6+)

News: WTOP & WTLP (8.1 – 9.9, +1.8, third to second, 6+)

Sports Talk: WJFK-FM (1.2 – 1.5, +.3, steady at #17, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WAMU (8.3 – 13.4, +5.1, second to first, 6+); public radio news/talk – jazz WPFW (.7 – 1.2, +.5, #21 to #19, 6+)

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk WAMU (8.3 – 13.4, +5.1, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk WAMU (+5.1)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WASH (-9.2)

 

BOSTON

 

News/Talk: WRKO (4.3 – 5.2, +.9, unchanged at #8, 6+)

News – Talk: WBZ-AM (6.5 – 8.2, +1.7, second to first, 6+)

Sports Talk: WBZ-FM (5.3 – 5.7, +.4, sixth to fifth, 6+); WEEI-FM (2.5 – 3.5, +1.0, #13 to #10, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WGBH (4.5 – 5.6, +1.1, seventh to sixth, 6+); WBUR (3.5 – 5.1, +1.6, steady at #9, 6+)

Number One 6+: news – talk WBZ-AM (6.5 – 8.2, +1.7, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: classic hits-oldies WROR (+1.9)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WMJX (-9.9)

 

MIAMI

 

News/Talk: WIOD (2.3 – 2.1, -.2, #15 to #17, 6+)

Spanish News/Talk: WAQI (1.9 – 2.6, +.7, #19 to #12); WURN-AM (1.9 – 2.0, +.1, #19 to #18)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: WLRN (2.9 – 4.0, +1.1, tenth to eighth, 6+)

Number One 6+ (Tie): adult contemporary WFEZ (8.1 – 7.6, -.5, 6+) and urban AC WHQT (7.1 – 7.6, +.5, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: classic rock WBGG (+1.5)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WLYF (-2.3)

 

SEATTLE

 

News/Talk: KIRO-FM (7.2 – 7.4, +.2, repeating at #1, 6+); KTTH (3.0 – 3.2, +.2, #14 to #12, 6+)

News: KOMO (4.6 – 5.7, +1.1, sixth to fourth, 6+)

Sports Talk: KIRO-AM (3.0 – 2.3, -.7, #14 to #18, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: KUOW (6.4 – 7.3, +.9, unchanged at #2, 6+)

Number One 6+: news/talk KIRO-FM (7.2 – 7.4, +.2, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: news KOMO (+1.1)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KRWM (-2.4)

 

DETROIT

 

News/Talk: WJR (4.2 – 4.8, +.6, ninth to seventh, 6+)

News: WWJ (4.5 – 4.8, +.3, sixth to seventh, 6+)

Sports Talk: WXYT-FM (4.4 – 5.5, +1.1, eighth to third, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WDET (steady at 2.9, flat at #14, 6+); WUOM (1.5 – 1.8, +.3, unchanged at #20, 6+)

Number One 6+: urban AC WMXD (6.1 – 6.3, +.2, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: classic hits-oldies WOMC (+1.4)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WNIC (-11.1)

 

PHOENIX

 

News/Talk: KFYI (4.6 – 6.0, +1.4, fourth to second, 6+); KTAR-FM (3.1 – 4.2, +1.1, ninth to seventh, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: KMVP-FM (2.6 – 2.1, -.5, #12 to #20, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: KJZZ (3.1 – 3.3, +.2, ninth to tenth, 6+)

Number One 6+: adult contemporary KESZ (16.7 – 7.3, -9.4, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: news/talk KFYI (+1.4)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KESZ (-9.4)

 

MINNEAPOLIS

 

News/Talk: WCCO (5.2 – 4.8, -.4, fifth to ninth, 6+); WTLK (3.4 – 4.2, +.8, #13 to #12, 6+); KTMY (.8 – 1.2, +.4, #21 to #20, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: KFXN (7.8 – 8.4, +.6, third to second, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: KNOW (8.3 – 9.5, +1.2, second to first, 6+)

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk: KNOW (8.3 – 9.5, +1.2, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: hot AC KSTP-FM (+1.3)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies KQQL (-6.0)

 

SAN DIEGO

 

News/Talk: KOGO (5.1 – 5.7, +.6, steady at #4, 6+); KGB-AM (1.8 – 2.0, +.2, #18 to #17, 6+); KFI (2.2 – 1.9, -.3, #17 to #18, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: KPBS (5.9 – 6.2, +.3, unchanged at #2, 6+)

Number One 6+: classic hits-oldies KXSN (5.7 – 6.7, +1.0, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: regional Mexican KLNV (+1.3)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KYXY (-5.8)

 

TAMPA

 

News/Talk: WHPT (4.1 – 4.8, +.7, eighth to fifth, 6+); WFLA (3.1 – 3.8, +.7, #15 to #11, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WDAE (1.4 – 1.9, +.5, #20 to #19, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WUSF (2.9 – 3.4, +.5, #16 to #13, 6+)

Number One 6+: adult contemporary WDUV (9.0 – 7.7, -1.3, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: CHR WFLZ (+1.5)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: hot AC WMTX (-4.1)

 

DENVER

 

News/Talk: KDFD (2.8 – 3.1, +.3, #11 to #12, 6+); KOA (1.5 – 1.8, +.3, #19 to #18, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: KKFN (2.4 – 3.3, +.9, #14 to #10, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: KCFR (7.2 – 7.5, +.3, second to first, 6+)

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KCFR (7.2 – 7.5, +.3, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: alternative KTCL (+1.4)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KOSI (-8.0)

 

BALTIMORE

 

News/Talk: WBAL (4.1 – 4.3, +.2, seventh to ninth, 6+); WCBM (3.0 – 3.2, +.2, #10 to #11, 6+)

News: WTOP & WTLP  (unlisted in “Holiday” 2020 to 2.2, #15, 6+)

Sports Talk: WJZ-FM (3.2 – 4.1, +.9, ninth to tenth, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WYPR (3.4 – 4.4, +1.0, eighth to seventh, 6+)

Number One 6+: urban AC WWIN-FM (flat at 9.1, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: urban AC WHUR (+1.2)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WLIF (-5.9)

 

ST. LOUIS

 

News/Talk: KMOX (3.6 – 4.0, +.4, #10 to #11, 6+); KFTK (3.4 – 3.5, +.1, #11 to #15, 6+); KFTK Stream (unlisted in “Holiday” 2020 to 1.4, #18, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WXOS (2.8 – 4.4, +1.6, #15 to #9, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: KWMU (3.3 – 3.8, +.5, steady at #13, 6+)

Number One 6+: rock KSHE (11.6 – 13.0, +1.4, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: alternative KPNT (+1.9)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KEZK (-9.4)

 

Up next: January 2021 overviews for Portland; Charlotte; San Antonio; Sacramento; Pittsburgh; Salt Lake City; Las Vegas; Orlando; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Kansas City; and Columbus. Email Mike Kinosian at Mike.Kinosian@gmail.com.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

| February 24, 2021

Entercom Q4 Revenue Down 25.7%; Full Year 2020 Declines 33.6%. The third major radio company to present 2020 fourth quarter and full year financial data is Entercom (Beasley and Cumulus have already posted their financial results and iHeartMedia is scheduled to do the same tomorrow). The company reveals 2020 Q4 net revenue was $319.5 million, down 25.7% from the same period in 2019, and 2020 full-year net revenue was $1.06 billion, a decline of 33.6% from 2019. Entercom notes that since the depths of the pandemic revenue dip in the second quarter of 2020, business is trending up. Its 2020 Q4 revenue was up 19% from Q3. Entercom president and CEO David Field says, “I am pleased to report that Entercom continued to drive strong sequential operating improvement with revenues up 19% and EBITDA more than doubling vs. the third quarter. Digital, podcasting, sports betting and network radio all posted strong double-digit growth over prior year and we are continuing to drive innovation across these businesses to enhance future growth potential. While the pandemic continues to hobble a large number of our advertisers, particularly locally, we are optimistic about a strong recovery in our local ad sales later this year driven by vaccinations, fiscal stimulus and pent-up consumer demand in heavily impacted categories.” Entercom breaks down its revenue by segments and some of the noteworthy data in this report includes that spot (local and national) revenue was down 27.7% from Q4 2019 to Q4 2020; year-over-year spot revenue was down 42.9%. On the positive side, digital revenue (including podcasting) rose 20.5% from Q4 2019 to Q4 2020 and was up 26% year-over-year. Looking at radio revenue by format, while Entercom’s music formats took the biggest hit in 2020 – revenue was down 44% — sports talk revenue declined by 39.3% and news/talk was off by 21.7% during the year.

Round One of Nielsen Audio’s January 2021 PPM Data Released. The first of four rounds of PPM ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s January 2021 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 January 2021 survey covered January 7 – February 3. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this round. In New York, Entercom’s all-news stations both saw their weekly, 6+ AQH shares increase – WINS added four-tenths to finish with a 4.0 share and the #8 rank and WCBS-AM added two-tenths for a 2.9 share and the #12 rank. iHeartMedia’s news/talk KFI, Los Angeles tacked on three-tenths for a 5.0 share and remains ranked #3. In Chicago, Entercom’s all-news WBBM-AM/WCFS-FM added half a share to re-claim the #1 rank with a 7.3 share. Across town, Nexstar Media’s news/talk WGN-AM added four-tenths for a 4.1 share and the #7 rank. See Mike Kinosian’s complete report here

Talk Programmer Bob Shomper to Retire in April. Longtime news/talk programmer Bob Shomper announces he’ll retire from the radio business on April 2. Shomper is currently program director at NRG Media’s KLIN, Lincoln, Nebraska. During his career he’s served at some of America’s great news/talk stations, including: WCCO-AM, Minneapolis; KTAR-FM, Phoenix; WLS-AM, Chicago; WGN-AM, Chicago; WBAP-AM, Fort Worth/Dallas; and more. Shomper tells TALKERS magazine that his decision to retire is entirely his own and he’s grateful to be doing so on his own terms.

Robbie Stevens Posts Powerful Commentary to TalkersRadio About Honoring Truth in Media Discussions About Politics.  Noted record producer Robbie Stevens, one of TalkersRadio’s roster of “out-of-the-box” talk talents has posted a powerful new commentary yesterday (2/23) titled, “My Mistake(s),” that takes a candid look at a problem radio talk show hosts wrestle with all the time – staying true to core principles, maintaining a healthy sense of skepticism, and being honest about mistakes when making them. Stevens, who was the first talent signed for TalkersRadio – a service of TALKERS magazine – when it launched in the fall of 2013, has agreed to perform as a commentator on the platform for a “limited engagement” that will run through June of 2021. The Bronx-based New York City native is well-known in the music industry for his years of innovative studio work with a wide variety of high-profile artists, most recently on behalf of the estate and fans of the late John Lennon, for which he has achieved critical acclaim for his “raw” remix of the legendary artist’s Imagine album. He also most recently executive produced 13 Billboard #1 Dance Chart singles in a row, for Yoko Ono’s innovative ensemble Ono. He also recently produced (with Yoko Ono) the “John Lennon Anthology,” a four-CD set of unreleased material that was Rolling Stone magazine’s boxed set of the year. During his colorful career, he’s played on, mixed, or produced records by Herbie Hancock, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and other high-profile musicians going back decades. During this time, Stevens has developed an alternative career as a talk radio host and commentator heard occasionally via on-air and online outlets provided by heritage NYC stations WOR and WNYM (in addition to TalkersRadio). Commenting on Stevens’ latest posting, TALKERS general manager of broadcast operations (and former WOR PD) David Bernstein says, “Robbie is raw, fresh, and as real as the urban streets that gave rise to his gritty philosophy and we always get strong response to his work on our exciting platform. This new installment of his show is a grand slam home run because it strikes at the very core of our deepest personal conflicts in arriving at and sticking with our truths as talk radio hosts operating in a swirling ocean of changing information.” To listen to Robbie Stevens’ new series of commentaries on TalkersRadio, please click here. TalkersRadio is an “experimental” talk radio platform launched in 2013 to provide the industry with a “workout space” and “showcase for new talk programming concepts.” Since its launch it has been a temporary home to a number of spoken-word talents – both high-profile and obscure – who’ve used it to work and showcase concepts that have gone on to achieve terrestrial radio exposure and even national syndication. In addition to Stevens, current TalkersRadio hosts include Claire CarterMeg McDonald, and UK sensation, Graham Mack. At the time of his passing, Alan Colmes was working on a series concept called “Healed Planet” heard on TalkersRadio which offered a glimpse into the late FOX News Radio and FOX News Channel star’s metaphysical interests. Files of that fledgling show remain archived on TalkersRadio as a tribute to Colmes. For more information about TalkersRadio, call Barbara Kurland at 413-565-5413.

Cool Operations Manager Opportunity. Locally owned southern-based radio group seeking a full-time Operations Manager with strong technical and digital skills. The ideal candidate MUST have experience operating OP-X and managing satellite operations for syndicated programs. Applicant must have at least 5 years of experience. Proven experience in managing social media branding, digital marketing, and video production. Proficient in digital automation systems, digital audio editing and production is a must. EEO. Send resumes to dalton@starnesmediagroup.com

TALKERS News Notes. A new channel from Newsmax TV officially launches on VIZIO SmartCast, the award-winning Smart TV platform available to millions of viewers. Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy states, “Launching on VIZIO SmartCast allows our viewers to simply plug in their new televisions and play Newsmax TV. Newsmax is experiencing exponential growth and provides a much-needed perspective on the issues that many VIZIO viewers care about.”…..A new partnership between iHeartMedia and independent UK podcast company Novel will result in the debut of 11 original podcast series over the next three years. The relationship begins with the release of two podcast series, “The Assault on America” and “Deliver Us From Ervil.” “The Assault on America” tells the inside story of the insurrection at the Capitol by working with open-source investigative journalists Bellingcat. “Deliver Us From Ervil” is an investigative true-crime series in which a groundbreaking team of journalists enters a lawless town on the border of Mexico run by a secretive religious sect living in exile and outside the jurisdiction of the U.S. government since 1924…..Content creation company Mean Ole Lion Media adds three new lifestyle-based podcasts to its portfolio. The podcasts are: “Conversations with Dr. Ian Smith,” all about people and discovering their back-story; “Business First with Sonia Alleyne,” that shines a light on brilliant and successful business people in a variety of industries; and “The History of Being Black” with host Eunice Elliott.

COVID-19 Stats & Vaccines, Capitol Riot Public Testimony, Biden Cabinet Nominees, Biden Migrant Policy, Trump Tax Returns, Rochester Protests, Russian Sanctions, China’s Hong Kong Loyalty Oath, and Tiger Woods Car Crash Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (2/23). The falling number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., the concerns about variants, and the rollout of vaccines; the testimony before the U.S. Senate about the January 6 Capitol insurrection; the confirmation hearings for Joe Biden’s Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland, embattled White House budget office nominee Neera Tanden, and Interior Secretary nominee Deb Haaland; the Biden administration’s continued use of Trump policy turning away migrants at the Mexican border; the SCOTUS’ ruling Donald Trump must turn his tax data over to New York AG Cyrus Vance Jr.; the protests in Rochester, New York over the decision not to prosecute police in the death of Daniel Prude; the Biden Administration’s sanctions on Russia for the SolarWinds hack and the Navalny poisoning; China’s instituting loyalty oaths for Hong Kong politicians; and Tiger Woods is hurt in one-car accident in California were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

January 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part One

| February 24, 2021

January 2021 PPM Data – Information for the January 2021 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 January 2021 sweep covered January 7 – February 3.

In addition to providing “Takeaways” for spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top twenty, managing editor Mike Kinosian notes each particular city’s #1 station (6+), as well as loftiest (6+) upticks and drop-offs.

All comparisons noted are “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 (6+).

NEW YORK

News/Talk: WOR (2.4 – 2.5, +.1, flat at #16, 6+)

News: WINS (3.6 – 4.0, +.4, seventh to eighth, 6+); WCBS-AM (2.7 – 2.9, +.2, steady at #12, 6+)

Sports Talk: WFAN (2.2 – 2.8, +.6, #18 to #14, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC-FM (4.1 – 4.9, +.8, unchanged at #5, 6+)

Number One 6+: adult contemporary WLTW (12.8 – 6.5, -6.3, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM (+.9); Spanish contemporary WPAT-FM (+.9); and Spanish contemporary WXNY (+.9)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WLTW (-6.3)

 

LOS ANGELES

News/Talk: KFI (4.7 – 5.0, +.3, steady at #3, 6+)

News: KNX (3.2 – 3.3, +.1, flat at #10, 6+)

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: KPCC (2.7 – 3.6, +.9, #11 to #6, 6+)

Number One 6+: adult contemporary KOST (13.9 – 5.7, -8.2, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk: KPCC (+.9)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KOST (-8.2)

 

CHICAGO

News/Talk: WGN (3.7 – 4.1, +.4, steady at #7, 6+); WLS-AM (1.7 – 1.9, +.2, unchanged at #18, 6+)

News: WBBM-AM & WCFS (6.8 – 7.3, +.5, third to first, 6+)

Sports Talk: WSCR (2.0 – 2.3, +.3, #16 to #13, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WBEZ (4.3 – 6.7, +2.4, fourth to third, 6+)

Number One 6+: news WBBM-AM & WCFS (6.8 – 7.3, +.5, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk WBEZ (+2.4)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WLIT (-9.2)

 

SAN FRANCISCO

News/Talk: KGO (1.6 – 2.0, +.4, #20 to #16, 6+)

News: KCBS-AM & KFRC (8.1 – 8.5, +.4, third to second, 6+)

Sports Talk: KNBR (3.4 – 3.5, +.1, fifth to sixth, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: KQED (9.0 – 10.9, +1.9, second to first, 6+)

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KQED (9.0 – 10.9, +1.9, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk KQED (+1.9)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KOIT-FM (-6.6)

 

DALLAS

News/Talk: WBAP (3.6 – 4.0, +.4, ninth to tenth, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: KTCK (2.6 – 3.6, +1.0, #16 to #11, 6+); KRLD-FM (2.4 – 1.8, -.6, #17 to #20, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: KERA (3.0 – 3.4, +.4, #14 to #13, 6+)

Number One 6+: contemporary Christian KLTY (7.0 – 6.1, -.9, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: country KSCS (+1.2)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KDGE (-4.8)

 

HOUSTON

News/Talk: KTRH (5.5 – 7.5, +2.0, fourth to first, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: KUHF (1.4 – 2.7, +1.3, #21 to #16, 6+)

Number One 6+: news/talk: KTRH (5.5 – 7.5, +2.0, 6+); adult contemporary KODA (12.1 – 7.5, -4.6, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: news/talk KTRH (+2.0)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KODA (-4.6)

 

ATLANTA

News/Talk: WSB-AM (9.0 – 11.8, +2.8, repeating at #1, 6+)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WZGC (4.1 – 3.8, -.3, steady at #8, 6+); WCNN (flat at 1.6, #21 to #18, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: news/talk WSB-AM (9.0 – 11.8, +2.8, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: news/talk WSB-AM (+2.8)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: contemporary Christian WFSH (-1.8)

 

PHILADELPHIA

News/Talk: WPHT (1.8 – 2.2, +.4, #19 to #18, 6+); WKXW (2.0 – 1.8, -.2, #17 to #19, 6+)

News: KYW (5.4 – 6.4, +1.0, fifth to second, 6+)

Sports Talk: WIP (5.9 – 6.1, +.2, fourth to fifth, 6+); WPEN-FM (2.0 – 2.6, +.6, #17 to #15, 6+); WIP Stream unlisted in “Holiday” 2020, 1.6, debuts at #20, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WHYY (4.6 – 6.3, +1.7, seventh to third, 6+)

Number One 6+: urban AC WDAS-FM (8.4 – 8.6, +.2, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk WHYY (+1.7)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WBEB (-7.5)

 

LONG ISLAND

News/Talk: WOR (4.4 – 4.1, -.3, sixth to seventh, 6+)

News: WCBS-AM (2.9 – 3.2, +.3, #12 to #11, 6+); WINS (2.6 – 3.1, +.5, #13 to #12, 6+)

Sports Talk: WFAN (4.1 – 4.3, +.2, ninth to fourth, 6+); WFAN Stream (1.1 – 1.9, +.8, #23 to #19, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC-FM (2.0 – 3.1, +1.1, #18 to #12, 6+)

Number One 6+: classic rock WAXQ (4.7 – 5.1, +.4, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk WNYC-FM (+1.1)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WLTW (-4.2)

 

RIVERSIDE

News/Talk: KFI (4.6 – 5.2, +.6, second, 6+)

News: KNX (unlisted in “Holiday” 2020, 1.3, debuts at #20, 6+)

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Spanish adult hits KLYY (6.0 – 6.9, +.9, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: rock KCAL-FM (+1.0)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KOST (-5.6)

 

SAN JOSE

News/Talk: KGO (2.0 – 2.5, +.5, #12 to #11, 6+)

News: KCBS-AM & KFRC (5.6 – 6.8, +1.2, fourth to second, 6+)

Sports Talk: KNBR (2.3 – 2.5, +.2, #10 to #11, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: KQED (10.4 – 12.8, +2.4, second to first, 6+)

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KQED (10.4 – 12.8, +2.4, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk KQED (+2.4)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KOIT-FM (-7.8)

 

MIDDLESEX

News/Talk: WKXW (4.3 – 5.0, +.7, eighth to fifth, 6+)

News: WCBS-AM (2.4 – 2.7, +.3, steady at #14, 6+)

Sports Talk: WFAN (2.0 – 2.7, +.7, #18 to #14, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC-FM (3.2 – 4.1, +.9, #11 to #6, 6+)

Number One 6+: classic rock WAXQ (8.3 – 8.9, +.6, 6+)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk WNYC-FM (+.9); Spanish contemporary WPAT-FM (+.9)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2020 – January 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WLTW (-6.5)

Up next: January 2021 overviews for: Washington, DC; Boston; Miami; Seattle; Detroit; Phoenix; Minneapolis; San Diego; Tampa; Denver; Baltimore; and St. Louis. Email managing editor Mike Kinosian at mike.kinosian@gmail.com.    

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

| February 23, 2021

Cumulus Media Reports 2020 Q4 Net Revenue Down 13.9%; Net Revenue for Full Year of 2020 Declines 26.7%. The second major radio company to report financial figures from the fourth quarter and the full year of 2020 (Beasley was first back on February 10), Cumulus Media reports net revenue of $245.8 million for the fourth quarter – a decline of 13.9% compared to the same period in 2019 – and full year 2020 net revenue of $816 million, down 26.7% from $1.1 billion reported in 2019. For Q4, Cumulus posted a loss of $249,000 a year after 2019’s Q4 income of $1.6 million. For the full year of 2019, the company posted a loss of $57.9 million compared to 2019’s full year income of $62.2 million. On the positive side, Cumulus reports that quarterly revenue improved sequentially from Q2 to Q4, both in total and excluding political; it achieved 9.4% year-over-year digital revenue growth (12.1% on a same station basis), driven by podcasting growth of nearly 40%; it generated $33.2 million of cash from operations for the full year; it completed two significant M&A transactions generating aggregate gross proceeds of $282 million; paid down $54.3 million of term loan and retired $47.2 million of senior notes; and finished the year with $271.8 million of cash on hand (an increase of $256.6 million compared with December 31, 2019). President and CEO Mary Berner comments, “Given 2020’s extenuating circumstances, I am extremely proud of the company’s performance and the efforts of the entire Cumulus team to meet the challenges posed by COVID-19. In the face of the pandemic, we maximized revenue performance, materially reduced expenses, generated cash through strong working capital management, and executed highly accretive divestitures that strengthened our balance sheet. As a result of these efforts and with a recovering economy, we believe that we are well-positioned to return our business to its pre-pandemic trajectory and to capitalize on strategic and financial options to best drive shareholder returns.”

Chad Benson Welcomes New Affiliate Stations. The Radio America-syndicated “Chad Benson Show” welcomes four new radio stations to its roster of affiliate stations: WP Broadcasting’s news/talk KRSY-AM, Alamogordo, New Mexico; WCED Rsdio’s news/talk WCED-AM, Du Bois, Pennsylvania; Fieldview Broadcasting’s news/talk KWBG-AM, Boone, Iowa; and VP Broadcasting’s news/talk WHOL-AM/W295CR Allentown, Pennsylvania. The Chad Benson Show is also heard on such signals as Bonneville’s KTAR-FM, Phoenix; iHeartMedia’s KSTE-AM, Sacramento; and Cox Media Group’s WOKV-FM, Jacksonville. Radio America says, “Listeners love Chad’s explanation of the day’s hard news delivered in a thoughtful and entertaining way. And that explains why Chad is featured on some of the most highly rated talk stations in the country and delivers the demos that talk radio needs most.”

Entercom and Pro Sports Teams Cooperate on ‘Vaccinate Michigan’ Effort. The Entercom Detroit station cluster that includes sports talk WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket,” all-news WWJ-AM “Newsradio 950,” and three music brands are partnering with the Detroit Lions, the Detroit Tigers, the Detroit Red Wings, and the Detroit Pistons to launch a new community initiative called “Vaccinate Michigan.” All five stations are airing state-approved public service announcements about the COVID-19 vaccination and its availability for Michigan residents. The “Vaccinate Michigan” announcements are voiced by various Entercom Detroit on-air personalities, show hosts, and news anchors, as well as some of the city’s key sports figures, including Tigers manager AJ Hinch, Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd, Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill, Lions head coach Dan Campbell, and Pistons head coach Dwane Casey. Entercom Detroit SVP and market manager Debbie Kenyon says, “Our company and sports partners understand the importance of getting Michigan businesses open, as well as the need of our listeners and fans to get back to work and feel some sense of normalcy. Radio serves as a crucial lifeline for the communities it serves and we’re proud to lend our influential voice in the community and our citywide footprint to deliver the important message of COVID-19 vaccinations to our listeners and fans.”

SummitMedia Enters into Podcast Deal with CurtCo Media. This strategic partnership between SummitMedia and CurtCo Media is SummitMedia’s first formal alliance with a third-party content creator for the podcast audience. SummitMedia owns and operates 47 radio stations in nine states. Los Angeles-based CurtCo Media currently produces cutting-edge quality scripted and unscripted podcast programming. SummitMedia chairman and CEO Carl Parmer comments, “SummitMedia’s partnership with CurtCo Media provides us with an exciting opportunity to develop and explore the rapidly growing podcast medium. We’ve known and watched CurtCo create engaging and innovative content for years, and we value the integrity and quality they bring to the media industry.” CurtCo Media CEO Bill Curtis says, “Having a strategic alliance and investment from SummitMedia makes this partnership the most powerful moment to date in our business development. We’re so excited to work with Greg Kelly, Carl and their team to create new dynamic programming and combine Summit’s powerful radio platform with CurtCo Media in the fast-growing world of podcasting. We believe this strategic partnership will provide sustainable value for our business and expand our audience.”

TALKERS News Notes. Longtime radio and television consumer advocate Clark Howard will receive the 2021 “Andrew Ashwood Award” at the 12th annual Talk Show Boot Camp, presented by Don Anthony’s Talentmasters and Gabe Hobbs Media being held virtually this year on March 18 and 19.  Howard, who wrapped his nationally syndicated radio program after 23 years at the end of 2020, will be presented with the award by last year’s recipient, Greg Moceri. He says, “When I was given the privilege of selecting someone who exemplified the positivity that Andrew did for our industry, it took me two seconds to say Clark Howard. Having worked and associated with him for 30 years, he was an instant selection on how many ways he has demonstrated that positivity and has helped millions through the years. ‘In Clark we trust’ impacted his knowledge and authenticity in our industry for decades and it continues today. Clark was an instant choice to carry on this great tradition of honoring Andrew.”…..The 2nd Annual Radio Cares – Feeding America is off to a great start with new and returning partners signing on in support of the nationwide radio event that raises money to provide meals for individuals and families facing hunger in America. Radio Cares is presented by Feeding America and the Independent Broadcasters Association and takes place on April 14 on radio stations across the country. Last year, in its inaugural event, Radio Cares raised enough money to purchase 5 million meals.”…..The Philadelphia Phillies and Entercom announce a new, multi-year radio deal with the MLB’s Phillies to keep sports talk WIP-FM the flagship station for the club’s radio broadcasts. The play-by-play team of Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen will be joined by Kevin Frandsen this season. Entercom Philly SVP and market manager David Yadgaroff says, “We’re eagerly awaiting the return of Phillies baseball and are happy to announce a new broadcast extension with the club. As the undisputed voice of the Philadelphia sports fan, we look forward to putting listeners right in the middle of the action through premier game day coverage and keeping them caught up with their favorite team throughout the season.”

COVID-19 Stats & Vaccines, SCOTUS Trump Tax Returns Ruling, Capitol Riot Investigation, Cabinet Confirmation Hearings, Dominion Sues Mike Lindell, and Facebook Australia News Deal Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (2/22). The United States passes the 500,000 COVID death mark and the rollout of vaccines continues; the Supreme Court rules New York prosecutors can have access to Donald Trump’s tax records; today’s first Senate hearing on the January 6 Capitol insurrection; Monday’s first confirmation hearing for Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland, and the coming hearings for embattled White House budget office nominee Neera Tanden and Interior Secretary nominee Deb Haaland; voting systems firm Dominion sues MyPillow chief Mike Lindell for $1.3 billion for defamation; and Facebook agrees to Australian news deal that will pay news organizations were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Monday, February 22, 2021

| February 22, 2021

Monday Memo: #Rush4ever. Consultant Holland Cooke reckons that “there’s dang little we can do to keep someone sitting in a parked car with the key on Accessories. But Rush did that, often. And these carefully chosen archival clips they’re playing are even more captivating.” In this week’s column, HC suggests longer-term options to succeed a talent “who can never be replaced.” Read his column here.

Pending Business: Rush Changed How We Sell. Sales and marketing pro Steve Lapa says Rush Limbaugh changed not only what people talked about on AM radio, but how we sell the talk radio format. Limbaugh’s so-called controversial content often caused the “no-buy” tag to be applied to his program. “Big ratings were no longer an automatic revenue generator. Rush stood steadfast. His audience grew to become the biggest and arguably the most responsive of any network radio talent. A new chapter had to be written in the ad sales playbook. Sellers knew if Rush got behind an ad campaign, phones would ring, orders would come in, and sponsors could experience the powerful results that only talk radio can deliver.” Read Lapa’s column here.

Belling: Appleton Jock Should Not Be Fired. WISN-AM, Milwaukee afternoon drive personality Mark Belling pens a piece posted to his own website that addresses the suspension of rock WAPL-FM, Appleton, Wisconsin jock Len Nelson by Woodward Communications for comments critical of Rush Limbaugh after his death last week that culminated with the sentiment, “The world is a better place without Rush Limbaugh in it.” Belling, who was a frequent fill-in host for Limbaugh for more than 20 years, says, “Obnoxious as Nelson’s comments are, he should not have been suspended and he should certainly not be fired. If his audience sees him for the doofus he is, fine. But this pandemic of firing people for saying things others don’t like is un-American. And it’s childish. Nelson’s comments are not, to use a word the left loves, hurtful. Rush has been very important to my life and my career and I’m not hurt by Nelson’s comments one bit. I am able to consider the source and move on.” Read Belling’s entire commentary here.

TALKERS News Notes. New York City morning radio personality Jim Kerr signs a new deal with iHeartMedia’s classic rock WAXQ-FM “Q104.3” to continue in his role with the station through 2026. Kerr co-hosts the program with Shelli Sonstein. Station PD Eric Wellman says, “Getting to work every day with one of the true legends like Jim is a joy and a privilege. Knowing he will be with ‘Q104.3’ entertaining our audience every morning along with Shelli lets me sleep better at night. Here’s to another five years with Jim Kerr!” Active for decades in civic and charitable affairs, Kerr is a 35-year board member of HeartShare Human Services of New York and a member of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation board. He’s also a vice president of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists…..Former longtime WAAF-FM, Boston air personality Mike Hsu is named morning drive host at Cumulus Media’s classic rock WWFX-FM, Worcester, Massachusetts “The Pike 100 FM.” Hsu lost his ig with WAAF when the station was sold by Entercom to Educational Media Foundation a year ago. He joined “The Pike” last August as a part-timer. Cumulus regional VP and market manager Bob Goodell says, “‘Pike’ program director Chuck Perks and I are both very excited to have Mike hosting The Pike’s morning show. He’s a part of the rock fabric of Central Massachusetts and one of the most well-known personalities from his time served at WAAF.”…..Hubbard Radio‘s WTOP, Washington announces the launch of season two of its “American Nightmare Podcast Series: Murder in a Safe Place.” This season focuses on a cold case that has haunted the D.C. region for over 23 years – the brutal rape and murder of a 50-year-old nurse inside the Maryland hospital where she worked. Throughout the podcast, veteran D.C. crime reporter and podcast host Paul Wagner searches for answers and clues to Sherry Crandell’s death. He says, “When I started working on this podcast a year ago, I thought I already knew everything there was to know about this case. I couldn’t have been more wrong. What I’ve learned as I’ve investigated this case has genuinely shocked me. I’m excited to share this new information with listeners as they come on this podcast journey with me.”…..SiriusXM announces two new talk programs. First, “Jamila’s Jams” is a new, one-hour show hosted by MTV and BET personality Jamila Mustafa, that airs on the Volume channel. On the program, Mustafa breaks down everything going on in pop culture right now – from the biggest moments in music to the biggest influencers of our time – “Jamila’s Jams” features lively conversations about hip hop and its relevance in today’s world. Second, the live, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon ET “Lurie Daniel Favors Show” focusing on the interconnectedness of race, class, gender, politics, and the law debuts on SiriusXM’s Urban View channel. Lurie Daniel Favors, Esq., is an activist, attorney and author with a long-standing commitment to racial and social justice. She is a weekly contributor to “The Karen Hunter Show” and co-hosts “Sunday Civics” on Urban View.

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Philadelphia Radio Pro Cody Anderson Dies at 78. The Philadelphia Inquirer has the obit for William “Cody” Anderson, the Black radio personality and executive who was the first GM of urban talker WURD-AM/W240CH, Philadelphia. He died on Saturday (2/20) from complications from COVID-19. Prior to his death he was host of the Saturday morning “Electric Magazine” program on WURD. Prior to his work with WURD, he served as general manager for urban contemporary WDAS-FM and was a former owner of WHAT-AM, where he created a Black talk format. WURD president and CEO Sara Lomax-Reese tells the Inquirer, “Cody was instrumental in breathing life into WURD and shepherding it over our almost 20 years, first as general manager and most recently as a beloved host, mentor and friend. Like his biological family, the WURD family will miss him deeply. But we are grateful for his tireless and generous support of independent Black media, which he championed every day of his life, especially through his advocacy of WURD Radio.”

COVID-19 Stats & Vaccines, State of GOP-Trump at CPAC, Biden’s Stimulus Plan-PPP Changes, Cuomo Investigation, Newsom Recall, Texas Winter Weather Woes, Denver 777 Incident Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend. The falling number of positive COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and the rollout of vaccines; the state of the Republican Party in the aftermath of the Trump impeachment acquittal and Donald Trump’s scheduled appearance at CPAC next Sunday; President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan and the new PPP protocol designed to help small businesses; the investigation into New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s handling of COVID in nursing homes; the move to recall California Governor Gavin Newsom; Texas’ energy providers criticized for grid breakdown during cold snap; and a Boeing 777 engine fails on takeoff from Denver were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Pending Business: Rush Changed How We Sell

| February 22, 2021

By Steve Lapa
Lapcom Communications
President

 

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Before Rush generated big ratings, local talk radio went something like this:

Morning Show – Local topical talk with news, traffic, weather, and sports all presented by local personalities.

General Talk – Do you remember Bruce Williams welcoming callers?

“Experts” – Dr. Laura (now thriving on SiriusXM) – interacting with callers about relationship issues.

Sports – PM drive shows with local personalities debating callers, before it became a full time format.

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