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Thursday, May 20, 2021

| May 20, 2021

Round Three of April PPMs Released. The third of four rounds of ratings information from Nielsen Audio’s April 2021 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. Nielsen’s April 2021 sweep covered April 1 – 28. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets. In Portland, Alpha Media’s news/talk KXL-FM dips four-tenths for a 5.3 share (weekly, 6+ AQH share) but hangs on to the #4 rank while iHeartMedia’s crosstown news/talk KEX-AM adds eight-tenths to finish with a 3.5 share and rises to the #12 rank. Radio One’s news/talk WBT-AM/FM, Charlotte sheds six-tenths for a 4.4 share and drops to the #8 rank. In Sacramento, iHeartMedia’s news/talk KFBK tacks on five-tenths for an 8.7 share finish good enough to climb to the #1 rank. Similarly, in Salt Lake City, Bonneville’s KSL-FM jumps by 1.5 shares for an 8.3 share finish and leaps from #3 to #1. You can see Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets (as well as the first two rounds of markets) here.

Nielsen: Radio Listening Continues to Rebound. Fourteen months after the coronavirus pandemic began and dramatically affected the amount of time people were spending in their vehicles commuting to work, the country is steadily reopening and Nielsen Audio reports that radio listening is growing again. Nielsen says, “The April 2021 PPM survey revealed new gains in radio listening across the aggregate of markets for the second month in a row. As America continues to reopen, consumers are returning to radio in numbers not seen in over half a year. Radio’s weekly reach is now at its highest levels (121 million weekly consumers) since March 2020 when COVID-19’s impact began to take hold. Since the beginning of 2021, radio has added more than 5 million new weekly listeners. Radio’s Average Quarter-Hour (AQH) audience in April 2021 hit its highest levels since the fourth quarter of 2020, prior to this winter’s virus surges and associated restrictions. What’s more, AQH audience levels have jumped 10% in the past two months as vaccinations and a gradual return to pre-pandemic routines have proliferated.”

Rudy Giuliani Visits News/Talk WEEO-FM. Pictured above is former New York City Mayor, former Donald Trump attorney, and current WABC, New York personality Rudy Giuliani (center) at Magnum Broadcasting’s WEEO-FM, Chambersburg, PA/Hagerstown, MD “News Talk 1037FM.” Giuliani was the guest of PA State Senator Colonel Doug Mastriano and spent about 45 minutes on the radio sharing stories and answering questions about topics from the FBI to NYC. He’s pictured with station GM Patrick Ryan (left) and political analyst Michele Jansen (right).

Report: Audacy in Negotiations to Fill Rush Daypart with Dana Loesch Across Company News/Talkers. According to Bobby Burack’s report at Outkick, Audacy is in negotiations with Radio America to have “The Dana Show” starring Dana Loesch fill the 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm ET daypart formerly occupied by Rush Limbaugh on many of its news/talk stations. Burack says his sources say it’s in the “advanced stages” but not a done deal just yet. The story also says that video platform The First – which simulcasts video of Loesch’s radio program as well as that of other talk hosts such as Buck Sexton, Bill O’Reilly, and Jesse Kelly – is launching a daily TV-only, one-hour show hosted by Dana Loesch that will air at 6:00 pm ET.

Bonneville’s KTTH-AM, Seattle Adds Dan Bongino Show. Seattle news/talk KTTH-AM is adding Westwood One’s “Dan Bongino Show” to its program lineup, airing in the 9:00 am to 12:00 noon daypart. The Bonneville station is programmed by Jason Antebi who says, “We’re excited to welcome Dan to the KTTH family. I can’t think of many people better suited to carry the torch in this daypart. This isn’t a ‘Rush replacement show’ because no one can replace Rush. He will always be the greatest broadcaster in history. KTTH, in part, has become what it is because of him. We’re now looking to grow on that with the help of Dan and we’re confident he can help us do that.” Bongino comments, “I’m honored KTTH decided to go with the show. All I can do is bring a high-quality product, put a ton of work into it and I promise, I will never waste the audience’s time. I don’t just tell you stories to tell you stories. People don’t want their time wasted. They want to know why the news matters.”

CBS Audio Offers Memorial Day Special. This year’s Memorial Day Holiday special from CBS Audio is being made available to non-affiliate stations on a market availability basis. The three-hour program is hosted by Gil Gross and guests and topics include author Malcom Gladwell about the longest night of World War II, Pulitzer nominee Max Boot looks at the forgotten wars of American History, the announced end of America’s longest war—Afghanistan, and the forgotten heroes of the war in Vietnam. It’s available via FTP on May 25 for airing Friday, May 28 through Memorial Day (May 31). Reach out to Melek Demir at: Demirm@cbsnews.com for availability in your market.

TALKERS News Notes. Next Tuesday (5/25), Townsquare Media’s WKXW-FM, Trenton “New Jersey 101.5” is presenting the first GOP gubernatorial primary debate between candidates Jack Ciattarelli and Hirsh Singh at 7:00 pm. The two will face off in the June 8 primary to determine which candidate will take on incumbent Governor Phil Murphy in November. “New Jersey 101.5” senior political director Eric Scott will moderate the one-hour live program and will take questions from on-air and online listeners. Scott says, “This format allows ordinary citizens a chance to talk directly to the candidates about what is important to them and you never know what they are going to ask.”…..Radio ad pros Jim and Dan Price – founders of Oink Ink – are launching a digital audio creative agency called Price Brothers. Dan Price says, “Digital audio technology exploded so quickly that it outpaced creative. That’s where we saw an opportunity. While the tech guys are developing new platforms and vehicles to support ads, we wanted to get out in front and put energy into making great creative to make the most of that technology.” He adds that “with digital, the consumption is different than with ‘traditional’ radio; the patterns are different, the usage is different… so the creative should be different.”

January 6 Commission, COVID-19, AZ 2020 Vote Audit, Israel-Hamas Violence, Texas Abortion Law, Trump Org Investigation, and U.S.-Russia Relations Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (5/19). The U.S. House moves to create January 6 Commission to investigate Capitol invasion and Mitch McConnell’s opposition to it; the declining rate of COVID cases in much of the U.S. and concerns about vaccine hesitancy; the 2020 election vote audit taking place in Arizona and Republicans’ desire to audit Georgia’s election results; the ongoing rocket attacks between Israel and Hamas; Texas passes a new law banning abortions after six weeks; the New York attorney general’s expansion of the Trump Organization into a criminal probe; and U.S. and Russian officials meet in Iceland were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

April 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Three

| May 20, 2021

April 2021 PPM Data – Information for the April 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 April 2021 sweep covered April 1 – 28.

In addition to providing “Takeaways” for spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top twenty, TALKERS magazine 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 March 2021 – April 2021 (6+).

PORTLAND

News/Talk: Alpha Media’s KXL “FM 101 News” 5.7 – 5.3, -.4, flat at #4

iHeartMedia-owned KEX “News Radio 1190” 2.7 – 3.5, +.8, #16 to #12

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Oregon Public Broadcasting’s KOPB 10.7 – 9.9, -.8, repeats at #1

Number One 6+: Oregon Public Broadcasting public radio news/talk KOPB, fourth month in a row, 10.7 – 9.9, -.8

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: hot AC KRSK (+1.5)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: classic rock KGON and CHR KBFF (both -1.0)

CHARLOTTE

News/Talk: Radio One-owned WBT AM & WBT-FM “Charlotte’s News Talk” 5.0 – 4.4, -.6, fifth to eighth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WFNZ “Sports Radio The Fan” .9 – 1.3, +.4, #19 to #17

Public Radio News/Talk: University Radio Foundation-owned WFAE 4.1 – 4.2, +.1, #11 to #9

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia classic rock WRFX, first month, 6.0 – 7.0, +1.0

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: urban contemporary WPEG (+1.7)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WKQC (-1.8)

SAN ANTONIO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WOAI “News Radio 1200” flat at 5.0, remains in seventh-place

Alpha Media-owned KTSA “Stay Connected” 1.6 – 2.1, +.5, #18 to #15

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Texas Public Radio’s KSTX 3.6 – 4.3, +.7, #12 to #11

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM, fourth consecutive month, 9.6 – 9.4, -.2

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk KSTX and country KAJA (both +.7)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KQXT and regional Mexican KROM (both -.8)

SACRAMENTO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KFBK-AM & KFBK-FM “News 1530 AM & 93.1 FM” 8.2 – 8.7, +.5, second to first

Co-owned KSTE “Talk 650” 2.1 – 3.7, +1.6, #14 to #11

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Capital Public Radio’s KXJZ 5.3 – 5.2, -.1, sixth to seventh

KQED, Inc.’s KQEI flat at .8, #19 to #18

Number One 6+ (Tie): iHeartMedia news/talk KFBK AM & KFBK-FM, first month, 8.2 – 8.7, +.5 and Bonneville adult contemporary KYMX, second month in a row, 8.5 – 8.7, +.2

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: news/talk KSTE (+1.6)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: rock KRXQ (-.7)

PITTSBURGH

News/Talk: Audacy’s KDKA-AM “News Radio 1020 AM” 4.7 – 4.2, -.5, seventh to tenth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan All Sports All The Time” (Pirates) 6.2 – 6.9, +.7, fifth to fourth

Public Radio News/Talk: Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting’s WESA 3.1 – 3.5, +.4, steady at #11

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWSW, first month, 9.5 – 10.5, +1.0

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: classic hits-oldies WWSW (+1.0)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: news/talk KDKA-AM and adult contemporary WSHH (both -.5)

SALT LAKE CITY

News/Talk: Bonneville-owned KSL “News Radio” 6.8 – 8.3, +1.5, third to first

iHeartMedia’s KNRS-AM & KNRS-FM “Talk Radio” 6.5 – 6.3, -.2, unchanged at #4

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Utah’s KUER 4.7 – 4.1, -.6, sixth to tenth

Number One 6+: Bonneville news/talk KSL, first month, 6.8 – 8.3, +1.5

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: classical KBYU (+2.5)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KSFI (-1.3)

LAS VEGAS

News/Talk: None in the top twenty

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Nevada Public Radio Corporation-owned KNPR flat at 2.3, #16 to #19

Number One 6+: Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies KKLZ, first month, 6.4 – 7.0, +.6

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: contemporary Christian KSOS (+1.0)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: Spanish adult hits KWID (-1.5)

ORLANDO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTKS “Real Radio 104.1” unchanged at 5.9, remains in fifth-place

Cox Media Group-owned WDBO “Orlando’s News Talk” 3.2 – 2.9, -.3, #11 to #12

iHeartMedia’s WFLF “Orlando News Radio” 1.4 – 1.9, +.5, #18 to #16

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WYGM “96.9 The Game” flat at 1.3, continues at #19

Public Radio News/Talk: Community Connections’ WMFE 2.4 – 3.5, +1.1, #15 to #10

Number One 6+: Audacy classic hits-oldies WOCL, fourth straight month, 9.2 – 10.2, +1.0

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk WMFE (+1.1)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: Spanish tropical WNUE (-1.1)

CINCINNATI

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WLW “700 Cincinnati’s News Radio” (Reds) 9.1 – 12.7, +3.6, second to first

Co-owned WKRC “55 KRC The Talk Station” 4.3 – 4.2, -.1, tenth to eighth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WCKY “ESPN 1530” flat at .7, unchanged at #20

Public Radio News/Talk: Cincinnati Public Radio-owned WVXU 3.7 – 2.9, -.8, #11 to #12

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia news/talk WLW first month, 9.1 – 12.7, +3.6

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: news/talk WLW (+3.6)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: country WUBE (-1.5)

CLEVELAND

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTAM “News Radio 1100” (Indians) 6.9 – 8.6, +1.7, fourth to third

News: Co-owned WMMS-HD2 “BIN 99.1 Because Truth Matters” steady at .1, remains at #19

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WKRK “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” 3.4 – 3.2, -.2, #11 to #12

Public Radio News/Talk: Ideastream-owned WCPN 3.2 – 3.4, +.2, #12 to #11

Kent State University’s WKSU flat at .7, stays at #17

Number One 6+: Audacy classic rock WNCX, second month in a row, 10.6 – 10.7, +.1

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: news/talk WTAM (+1.7)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: urban AC WZAK (-1.1)

KANSAS CITY

News/Talk: Audacy’s KMBZ-FM “98.1 FM News, Traffic, Weather” 5.6 – 6.0, +.4, fourth to third

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned KCSP “Sports Radio 610 Our Teams, Our Town” (Royals) 1.5 – 3.5, +2.0, #20 to #11

Union Broadcasting’s WHB “Sports Radio 810” 2.8 – 2.3, -.5, #15 to #16

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Missouri’s KCUR 5.3 – 5.2, -.1, eighth to fifth

Number One 6+: Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies KCMO-FM, fifth consecutive month, 8.8 – 9.1, +.3

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: sports talk KCSP (+2.0)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: country WDAF (-1.6)

COLUMBUS

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTVN “News Radio 610” 5.9 – 7.0, +1.1, fifth to fourth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Tegna-owned WBNS-FM “97.1 FM The Fan” 5.4 – 4.5, -.9, sixth to seventh

Co-owned WBNS-AM “ESPN 1460 AM” flat at .2, #19 to #20

Public Radio News/Talk: Ohio State University’s WOSU 6.6 – 5.8, -.8, third to fifth

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia country WCOL, fourth successive month, 11.3 – 10.6, -.7

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: news/talk WTVN (+1.1)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: CHR WNCI (-1.6)

 

Up next: April 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.  

 

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

| May 19, 2021

Round Two of April PPM Ratings Released. The second of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s April 2021 PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including: Washington DC, Boston, Miami, Seattle, Detroit, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. Nielsen’s April 2021 survey period covered April 1 – 28. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets. In Washington, although Cumulus Media’s WMAL-FM adds one-tenth for a 4.0 share (weekly, 6+ AQH share), it falls from #9 to the #10 rank. Hubbard Radio’s crosstown all-news WTOP-FM dips nine-tenths but retains its #2 rank. iHeartMedia’s news/talk WRKO, Boston sheds one-tenth for a 4.3 share and remains ranked #8 while sister all-news WBZ-AM adds two-tenths for a 6.6 share finish and is steady at #4. In Seattle, Bonneville’s news/talk KIRO-FM falls from #1 to #2 after losing two-tenths for a 6.2 share finish while Sinclair Broadcast Group’s all-news KOMO-AM/FM falls from #5 to #8 after losing nine-tenths and wrapping the survey with a 4.1 share. See Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways from this second round of markets (as well as yesterday’s first round ) here.

KERN-AM, Bakersfield and KIVA, Albuquerque Add ‘The Rush Limbaugh Show.’ Effective Monday (5/24), two news/talk stations add Premiere Networks’ “The Rush Limbaugh Show” to their program schedules. American General Media’s KERN-AM, Bakersfield “Newstalk 1180 & The New 96.1 KERN” announces the addition of  in the 9:00 am to 12:00 noon daypart and Rock of Talk LLC‘s KIVA-AM, Albuquerque “The Rock of Talk” adds the show in the 10:00 am to 1:00 pm daypart. KERN regional director of operations & programming Robert Lewis says, “‘The Rush Limbaugh Show’ has always been the gold standard of talk radio. Having the opportunity to add Rush’s wise words to our broadcast day was a very easy choice for KERN Radio.” KIVA program director and Rock of Talk LLC CEO Eddy Aragon says, “I understand the tremendous value of the Rush Limbaugh brand for our audience as the legacy of the greatest radio host in American history continues. ‘The Rush Limbaugh Show’ is the perfect complement to our impressive talk lineup. May the second century of radio live on with what we have been blessed to have known!” Premiere Networks says, “The program features Limbaugh’s relevant and entertaining audio from his award-winning career in broadcast excellence. The audio is guided by familiar voices of the program, including Todd Herman, Ken Matthews, Jason Lewis and Brett Winterble.”

Jim Blasingame Announces End to ‘The Small Business Advocate Show.’ Longtime host of the daily talk radio program “The Small Business Advocate” – Jim Blasingame – announces he’s ending the show after more than 23 years after this Friday’s program. Blasingame says that he just turned 72 years old and he’s getting tired of getting up at 4:20 am to begin his broadcast day. He says he’s also putting his weekly syndicated column to bed after 22 years and more than 1,100 columns. He says, “Started my first job in the 4th grade, grew up on a farm, punched a time-card for the first time in 1966, and haven’t missed a day or a deadline since. And as much as I’ve loved every minute of my work as ‘The Small Business Advocate,’ I don’t mind admitting that trying to program and write small business relevance during the pandemic and lockdowns has taken its toll. Perhaps you can relate… The good news is that I plan to maintain my library of archived content, so any interviews we conducted will still work. Please continue to leverage them to your advantage.”

Focus360 Reveals New Logo, Campaign Theme. National radio sales and syndication network Focus360 unveils its new look including a fresh logo and campaign slogan for 2021, “Speak Volumes.” The company says the refresh is the first in several years for the network and follows a record start to 2021 with the company seeing growth of more than 20%. As part of its brand launch Focus 360 is rolling out a new website, a modern, image-focused ad campaign, all new internal graphics and communications and a very active social media strategy across all platforms. Their 2021 campaign slogan “Speak Volumes” was chosen to highlight the company’s success across several of its offerings including the Jelli network which covers major markets across America and reaches almost 100% of the available audience. Founder and CEO Phil Brown comments, “This is an exciting day for all of us here at Focus 360. Our new logo, website and the Speak Volumes campaign tells our story in a most powerful way. It’s been an incredible year so far and we want to show the entire radio industry more of what we have planned. Stay tuned!”

January 6 Commission, COVID-19 Mandates/Vaccines, Israeli-Hamas Conflict, Asian Hate Crime Bill, Trump Organization Investigation, AZ Vote Audit, and Andrew Giuliani’s Gubernatorial Bid Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (5/18). The U.S. House to propose creation of January 6 Commission to investigate Capitol invasion; the loosening of COVID-19 mask mandates and the battle against vaccine hesitancy; the ongoing rocket fire between the IDF and Hamas in Gaza; the U.S. House’s COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act to prevent hate crimes against Asians; the New York State probe into the Trump Organization widens to criminal wrongdoing; the audit of 2020 election votes in Maricopa County, Arizona; and Andrew Giuliani announces bid for New York governor in 2022 among top news/talk stories yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

TALKERS News Notes. An agreement between Newsmax TV and iHeartMedia puts the audio from Newsmax TV shows on iHM’s iHeartRadio digital platform. The deal also allows iHeartRadio users to hear Newsmax podcasts including “The Newsmax Daily with Rob Carson” and “Greg Kelly Reports.”…..A new study from Edison Research called “Clubhouse Users in America” indicates that 15% of social media users 18+ say they have ever used Clubhouse – the invitation-only, audio-based social networking platform that debuted last year. Although Clubhouse has a relatively small number of users compared to other social media networking services, it has garnered significant attention due to its premise of shared audio spaces and the exclusive nature of its invitation-only membership. “Clubhouse Users in America” found that the percentage of social media users who use Clubhouse remained relatively flat over the survey period (Feb 2021 – Apr 2021) and that time spent using the service declined in April. However, those that do use the service use it often, with 44% of Clubhouse users saying they use the service at least once per day, and 28% saying they use it at least once per week. See more from the study here…..The Independent Broadcasters Association announces its next webinar in its members-only series, “Selling In The Culture of Response,” will be held at 2:00 pm ET on Tuesday, May 25. The webinar will be presented by Paul Agase, CRO of advertising analytics and attribution company AnalyticOwl. The webinar offer broadcasters, streamers, and publishers advice on using historical response data to demonstrate the results that broadcast delivers and help advertisers and agencies build effective campaigns. See more information about IBA here…..This weekend (5/20-23), SiriusXM is presenting comprehensive play-by-play and talk coverage of the 2021 PGA Championship from Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, South Carolina. Live hole-by-hole coverage, which SiriusXM will co-produce with Westwood One, airs starting at 1:00 pm ET Thursday through Sunday and continue through the completion of each day’s play…..The Fishnet Syndication program “On the Right Side” with host Reid L. Rosenthal adds new affiliate KRQN-FM, Vinton, Iowa to its roster of stations.

April 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Two

| May 19, 2021

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

Nielsen Audio’s April 2021 survey period covered April 1 – 28.

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

All comparisons noted are March 2021 – April 2021 (6+).

WASHINGTON, DC

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WMAL “105.9 FM – Where Washington Comes To Talk” 3.9 – 4.0, +.1, ninth to tenth

News: Hubbard Broadcasting-owned WTOP & WTLP “Washington’s Top News” 9.0 – 8.1, -.9, remains in second-place

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WJFK-FM “106.7 The Fan” (Nationals) 1.7 – 2.1, +.4, #18 to #15

Public Radio News/Talk: American University-owned WAMU 9.7 – 10.2, +.5, repeating at #1

Pacifica Foundation’s public radio news/talk – jazz WPFW flat at 1.1, #19 to #20

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk WAMU, fourth straight month, 9.7 – 10.2, +.5

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: classic hits-oldies WWEG (+.7)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: news WTOP & WTLP (-.9)

BOSTON

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WRKO “AM 680 The Voice Of Boston” 4.4 – 4.3, -.1, unchanged at #8

News – Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” 6.4 – 6.6, +.2, steady at #4

Sports Talk: Beasley Media Group’s WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” flat at 6.9, remains in second-place

Audacy-owned WEEI-FM “93.7 Boston’s Sports Station” (Red Sox) 3.0 – 3.2, +.2, #11 to #12

Public Radio News/Talk: WGBH Educational Foundation-owned WGBH 4.4 – 4.7, +.3, eighth to seventh

Boston University’s WBUR 4.6 – 4.1, -.5, seventh to ninth

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia CHR WXKS-FM, first month, 6.8 – 7.4, +.6

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: hot AC WWBX (+.7)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WROR (-.9)

MIAMI

Spanish News/Talk: Univision Radio-owned WAQI “710 AM Radio Mambi” 2.6 – 2.9, +.3, #13 to #11

Actualidad Media Group’s WURN-AM “Actualidad AM 1040” 2.2 – 2.0, -.2, #17 to #19

Fenix Broadcasting-owned WWFE “La Ponderosa” 1.6 – 1.7, +.1, #21 to #20

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Dade County School Board-owned WLRN 3.7 – 3.4, -.3, eighth to ninth

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group urban AC WHQT, first month, 8.2 – 9.0, +.8

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: urban AC WHQT and classic hits-oldies WMXJ (both +.8)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WFEZ (-.8)

SEATTLE

News/Talk: Bonneville’s KIRO-FM “97.3 FM” 6.4 – 6.2, -.2, first to second

Co-owned KTTH “AM 770 Conservative Talk Radio” 2.6 – 2.2, -.4, #18 to #20

News: Sinclair Broadcast Group’s KOMO-AM & KOMO-FM “Seattle News, Weather, Sports” 5.0 – 4.1, -.9, fifth to eighth

Sports Talk: Bonneville-owned KIRO-AM “710 AM ESPN Seattle” (Mariners) 2.7 – 3.4, +.7, #17 to #14

Public Radio News/Talk: Northwest Public Radio’s KUOW 5.6 – 5.4, -.2, third to fourth

Number One 6+: Audacy rock KISW, first month, 6.0 – 6.3, +.3

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: sports talk KIRO-AM and CHR KBKS (both +.7)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: news KOMO (-.9)

DETROIT

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WJR “News Talk 760 AM” 4.3 – 4.6, +.3, tenth to seventh

News: Audacy-owned WWJ News Radio 950” unchanged at 4.6, eighth to seventh

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” (Tigers) 4.9 – 5.2, +.3, sixth to fifth

Public Radio News/Talk: Wayne State University-owned WDET 2.2 – 2.5, +.3, remains at #16

Number One 6+: Beasley Media Group classic rock WCSX, first month, 5.3 – 6.9, +1.6

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: classic rock WCSX (+1.6)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: urban AC WMXD (-.7)

PHOENIX

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KFYI “News Talk 550” 4.5 – 4.1, -.4, remains in fifth-place

Bonneville-owned KTAR-FM “News 92.3 FM” 3.6 – 3.2, -.4, #9 to #13

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Maricopa County Community College-owned KJZZ 3.8 – 3.3, -.5, #8 to #12

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ, sixth straight month, 6.4 – 7.0, +.6

Largest 6+ March 2021- April 2021 Increase: rhythmic hot AC KZCE (+1.7)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: rock KUPD (-.7)

MINNEAPOLIS

News/Talk: Audacy’s WCCO News Talk 830” (Twins) 5.0 – 6.2, +1.2, eighth to fifth

iHeartMedia-owned KTLK “Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130” 4.0 – 3.5, -.5, #11 to #12

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KFXN “FM 100.3 K-Fan” 6.7 – 6.6, -.1, flat at #3

Public Radio News/Talk: Minnesota Public Radio’s KNOW 7.1- 7.7, +.6, remains in second-place

Number One 6+: Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC KSTP-FM, third straight month, 9.2 – 9.1, -.1

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: news/talk WCCO (+1.2)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: news/talk KTLK and classic country KLCI (both -.5)

SAN DIEGO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KOGO “News Radio 600” 5.4 – 5.5, +.1, fourth to fifth

Co-owned KGB-AM “760 AM” steady at 1.8, #19 to #20

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s KWFN “97.3 The Fan” (Padres) 1.6 – 3.0, +1.4, #20 to #15

Public Radio News/Talk: San Diego State University-owned KPBS 6.3 – 4.8, -1.5, first to seventh

Number One 6+: Audacy classic hits-oldies KXSN, second successive month, 6.3 – 6.6, +.3

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: classic rock KGB-FM (+1.6)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: public radio news/talk KPBS (-1.5)

TAMPA

News/Talk: Cox Media Group’s WHPT “102.5 The Bone – Real, Raw, Radio” 4.2 – 4.4, +.2, ninth to seventh

iHeartMedia-owned WFLA “News Radio 970” 3.9 – 4.0, +.1, steady at #10

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WDAE “Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” (Rays) 1.6 – 2.4, +.8, #19 to #18

Public Radio News/Talk: University of South Florida-owned WUSF unchanged at 3.3, #14 to #13

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group adult contemporary WDUV, 106th month in a row, 8.5 – 7.0, -1.5

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: sports talk WDAE (+.8)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WDUV (-1.5)

DENVER

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KOA “News Radio 850” (Rockies) 2.2 – 3.4, +1.2, #15 to #10

Co-owned KDFD “Freedom 93.7” 2.6 – 2.8, +.2, #12 to #13

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Bonneville’s KKFN “104.3 The Fan” 2.2 – 2.1, -.1, #15 to #18

Public Radio News/Talk: Colorado Public Radio-owned KCFR 6.1 – 4.9, -1.2, second to third

Number One 6+: Bonneville country KYGO, third straight month, 6.8 – 6.9, +.1

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: news/talk KOA (+1.2)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: public radio news/talk KCFR (-1.2)

BALTIMORE

News/Talk: Hearst Television’s WBAL News Radio 1090” unchanged at 4.0, seventh to eighth

WCBM Maryland-owned WCBM “Talk Radio AM 680” 2.9 – 2.7, -.2, #13 to #15

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WJZ-FM “Baltimore Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan” (Orioles) 3.0 – 4.5, +1.5, #11 to #6

Public Radio News/Talk: Your Public Radio Corporation’s WYPR 2.9 – 3.4, +.5, #13 to #12

American University-owned WAMU 1.3 – 1.4, +.1, #17 to #19

Number One 6+: Radio One urban AC WWIN-FM, fourth consecutive month, 10.0 – 9.7, -.3

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: sports talk WJZ-FM (+1.5)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: rock WIYY (-.7)

ST. LOUIS

News/Talk: Audacy’s KMOX “The Voice Of St. Louis” (Cardinals) 4.0 – 5.3, +1.3, #11 to #7

Co-owned KFTK “Talk 97.1 FM” 3.2 – 3.4, +.2, #14 to #13

KFTK’s internet stream flat at .7, steady at #19

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Hubbard Broadcasting’s WXOS “101 ESPN” 3.6 – 3.3, -.3, #13 to #14

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Missouri-owned KWMU 3.0 – 2.5, -.5, flat at #15

Number One 6+: Hubbard Broadcasting rock KSHE, fourth month in a row, 12.8 – 12.7, -.1

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: news/talk KMOX (+1.3)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: adult hits WARH (-.7)

 

Up next: April 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.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

| May 18, 2021

Cumulus Media’s WMAL-FM, Washington Names Larry O’Connor Morning Drive Host: Vince Coglianese Moves to PM Drive. Washington, DC news/talk WMAL-FM is revamping its lineup in the wake of the departure of morning drive personality Mary Walter and the February death of Rush Limbaugh. Effective Monday (5/24), WMAL-FM personality Larry O’Connor moves from afternoons to mornings to host the new “O’Connor & Company” program. Current morning drive host Vince Coglianese will move to afternoon drive and, as previously announced, Westwood One syndicated talk host Dan Bongino assumes the 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm daypart. Cumulus Media VP of news/talk and WMAL program director Bill Hess says, “Having Larry and Vince in these new roles, along with the launch of ‘The Dan Bongino Show’ and the continued strength of Chris Plante, sets WMAL up perfectly for the next stage in the station’s success.” O’Connor comments, “I’m thrilled to return to mornings on WMAL in Washington, where my career began nine years ago. Four years after creating the first live and local afternoon drive program on the station since 2001, it truly feels like coming home and I can’t wait to be a part of the morning commute for families across the Mid-Atlantic and in the Nation’s Capital. I appreciate the confidence that Bill Hess and [Cumulus EVP of operations] Dave Milner have in me and I am thrilled to work together to continue Cumulus’ great success at this historic station.”

Round One of April PPM Ratings Released. The first of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s April 2021 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 April 2021 sweep covered April 1 – 28. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this round of markets. iHeartMedia’s New York news/talk WOR-AM drops three-tenths to finish the survey with 2.0 share (weekly, 6+ AQH share) and the #19 rank while Audacy’s crosstown sports talk WFAN adds seven-tenths for a 3.1 share finish and the #12 rank. In Los Angeles, iHeartMedia’s news/talk KFI is steady with a 5.7 share and remains ranked #2. Nexstar Media Group’s WGN-AM, Chicago is basically flat, falling one-tenth to a 3.4 share and stays in the #9 rank. You can see Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways here.

Salem Media Group Partners Grant Stinchfield with Jenn Horn on SoCal Signals.  Media personality Grant Stinchfield is joining Salem Media Group’s Southern California news/talk stations as co-host of the “The Morning Answer” alongside Jennifer Horn. The company says that after an “extensive and exhilarating months-long search,” Stinchfield – who also hosts a daily program on Newsmax TV – will work with Horn on KRLA-AM, Los Angeles and KTIE, Riverside-San Bernardino beginning today (5/18). KRLA and KTIE director of programming Chuck Tyler says, “Good things come to those that wait. We put Jennifer Horn through the ringer, as we tried out numerous co-hosts for this plumb assignment, having a number of world-class talk radio candidates. It took us five months. The good news is Jennifer survived, and we found an amazing new partner for her!” Salem SVP of spoken word Phil Boyce adds, “Grant is a true gem. He is smart, funny, and knows his stuff. His chemistry with Jennifer makes the morning show sizzle. We are delighted to add him to the team.” Stinchfield says about his new gig, “It is an honor to be chosen to be an important voice for millions of Californians who cherish liberty and freedom in a state that is quickly being controlled by big bureaucracy and government. I can’t think of a more important area of the country that needs common sense straight talk than Southern California. My goal is to simply strengthen the tireless fight AM 870 and AM 590 are already waging against the enemies of freedom, capitalism, and democracy.”

NYPost: Boomer & Gio Ink New Deals with WFAN. According to a report in the New York Post, morning show hosts Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti have both signed new contracts with Audacy’s sports talk WFAN, New York. The story indicates that the deals run through 2023. The story also says – citing Nielsen Audio’s April PPM survey data – that Boomer & Gio “maintained their No. 1 overall spot in the market while ESPN [WEPN-FM] was tied for 9th (3.5).”

Bold Gold Broadcast and Media Foundation Sets November 19 for Annual Dinner Event. The 6th Annual Bold Gold Broadcast and Media Foundation Event & Dinner is taking place on November 19, 2021 at Mohegan Sun Pocono Grand Ballroom. Bold Gold Media founder and CEO Vince Benedetto tells his staff, “I’m thrilled to report that this year we will be having our 6th Annual Event on the evening of Friday, November 19 at our usual location in the Mohegan Sun Pocono Grand Ballroom! I am also extremely excited to report that I was able to secure an incredible speaker! Andrew Roberts, international best-selling author and Winston Churchill Scholar will be our keynote speaker. Andrew is author of the 2018 best seller, Winston Churchill:  Walking With Destiny.”

New Mask Guidance Controversy, COVID Vaccines, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, AZ Vote Audit, SCOTUS to Hear Abortion Case, and Matt Gaetz Allegations Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (5/17). The confusion over the CDC’s about-face on mask guidance for fully vaccinated Americans; the falling COVID cases in the U.S. and concerns about vaccine hesitancy; the battle between Israeli and Hamas forces in Gaza; the election audit in Maricopa County, Arizona and the Republicans continuing to promote the “stolen election” theory; the Supreme Court agrees to hear arguments over the Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks; and U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz’s former friend Joel Greenberg pleads guilty to six felonies and agrees to cooperate with prosecutors were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.