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December 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Two

| December 30, 2021

December 2021 PPM Data – Information for the December 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 December 2021 survey period covered November 11 – December 8.

TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian provides “Takeaways” for spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top twenty.

Cited as well are each particular city’s #1 station (6+) and loftiest (6+) upticks and drop-offs.

All comparisons noted are November 2021 – December 2021 (6+).

 

WASHINGTON, DC

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WMAL “105.9 FM – Where Washington Comes To Talk” (Washington Football Team) 3.5 – 3.7, +.2, #13 to #11

News: Hubbard Broadcasting-owned WTOP & WTLP “Washington’s Top News” 7.7 – 6.8, -.9, third to fourth

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WJFK-FM “106.7 The Fan” 1.6 – 1.7, +.1, #17 to #16

Public Radio News/Talk: American University-owned WAMU 8.9 – 7.5, -1.4, first to third

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary WASH, first month, 7.2 – 11.3, +4.1

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WASH (+4.1)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: public radio news/talk WAMU (-1.4)

BOSTON

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WRKO “AM 680 The Voice Of Boston” 4.9 – 4.1, -.8, repeats at #8

News – Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” 7.4 – 6.9, -.5, second to fourth

Sports Talk: Beasley Media Group’s WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” (New England Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins) 8.7 – 8.5, -.2, #1

Audacy-owned WEEI-FM “93.7 Boston’s Sports Station” 3.4 – 3.2, -.2, continues at #11

Public Radio News/Talk: WGBH Educational Foundation-owned WGBH 2.6 – 3.2, +.6, #13 to #11

Boston University’s WBUR 3.9 – 2.9, -1.0, #10 to #15

Number One 6+: sports talk WBZ-FM, fourth successive month, 8.7 – 8.5, -.2

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WMJX (+2.9)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: public radio news/talk WBUR (-1.0)

MIAMI

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WIOD “News Radio 610” 1.4 – 1.8, +.4, #23 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 – 3.6, -.1, carries on in ninth-place

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group urban AC WHQT, second month in a row, flat at 9.3

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase (Tie): news/talk WIOD; adult contemporary WLYF; classic hits-oldies WMXJ; and urban contemporary WMIB (+.4)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: Spanish tropical WRTO (-.8)

SEATTLE

News/Talk: Bonneville’s KIRO-FM “97.3 FM” (Seahawks) 6.5 – 6.6, +.1, first to second

News: Lotus Communications’ KOMO-AM & KOMO-FM “Seattle News, Weather, Sports” 4.9 – 5.3, +.4, sixth to fourth

Sports Talk: Bonneville-owned KIRO-AM “710 AM ESPN Seattle” (Seahawks) 3.8 – 3.1, -.7, #10 to #14

Public Radio News/Talk: Northwest Public Radio’s KUOW 5.8 – 5.4, -.4, anchored in third-place

Number One 6+: Hubbard Broadcasting adult contemporary KRWM, first month, 5.0 – 7.9, +2.9

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KRWM (+2.9)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease (Tie): classic rock KZOK and adult contemporary KSWD (-.8)

DETROIT

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WJR “News Talk 760 AM” 3.4 – 2.8, -.6, continues at #14

News: Audacy-owned WWJ News Radio 950” (Pistons) 5.7 – 5.1, -.6, sixth to fifth

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” (Lions, Pistons, and Red Wings) 5.8 – 5.5, -.3, fifth to fourth

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Michigan’s WUOM 2.1 – 1.8, -.3, locked on #17

Wayne State University-owned WDET 2.3 – 1.6, -.7, #16 to #19

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary WNIC, first month, 7.0 – 16.8, +9.8

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WNIC (+9.8)*

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WOMC (-1.6)

*Represents the largest November 2021 – December 2021 increase (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

PHOENIX

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KFYI “News Talk 550” 5.1 – 4.6, -.5, third to fourth

Bonneville-owned KTAR-FM “News 92.3 FM” (Arizona Cardinals and Sun) 3.4 – 2.9, -.5, #11 to #12

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Maricopa County Community College-owned KJZZ 4.6 – 4.8, +.2, fourth to third

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ, fourteenth consecutive month, 6.7 – 12.9, +6.2

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KESZ (+6.2)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: hot AC KMXP (-1.0)

MINNEAPOLIS

News/Talk: Audacy’s WCCO “News Talk 830” (Minnesota Timberwolves) 4.6 – 4.5, -.1, #11 to #9

iHeartMedia-owned KTLK-AM “Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130” 3.2 – 3.1, -.1, #13 to #14

Hubbard Broadcasting’s KTMY “My Talk 107.1” 2.0 – 1.6, -.4, #16 to #17

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KFXN “FM 100.3 K-Fan” (Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Wild) 6.6 – 7.2, +.6, fourth to third

Public Radio News/Talk: Minnesota Public Radio’s KNOW 8.0 – 7.8, -.2, first to second

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KQQL, first month, 6.7 – 10.5, +3.8

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: classic hits-oldies KQQL (+3.8)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: contemporary Christian KTIS-FM (-1.1)

SAN DIEGO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KOGO “News Radio 600” 5.0 – 4.4, -.6, fifth to seventh and cluster-mate KFI “AM 640” 2.3 – 1.8, -.5, #16 to #18

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: San Diego State University-owned KPBS 4.7 – 5.3, +.6, sixth to fourth

Number One 6+: Audacy classic hits-oldies KXSN, third month in succession, 6.7 – 7.1, +.4

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KYXY (+2.0)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: regional Mexican KLNV (-1.2)

TAMPA

News/Talk: Cox Media Group’s WHPT “102.5 The Bone – Real, Raw, Radio” 4.2 – 3.4, -.8, #8 to #12

iHeartMedia-owned WFLA “News Radio 970” (Lightning) 3.1 – 2.8, -.3, #13 to #16

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WDAE “Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” 2.0 – 1.8, -.2, flat at #19

Public Radio News/Talk: University of South Florida-owned WUSF 3.1 – 2.3, -.8, #13 to #18

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group adult contemporary WDUV, third month in a row, 7.5 – 8.5, +1.0

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: hot AC WMTX (+1.7)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WRBQ (-1.4)

DENVER

News/Talk: In the iHeartMedia cluster, KOA “News Radio 850” (Broncos) 3.2 – 2.9, -.3, unchanged at #11; KHOW “Talk Radio 630” 2.7 – 2.3, -.4, #15 to #17; and KDFD “Freedom 93.7” flat at 2.1, #18 to #19

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Bonneville’s KKFN “104.3 The Fan” (Nuggets) 3.3 – 3.1, -.2, continues at #10

Public Radio News/Talk: Colorado Public Radio-owned KCFR steady at 4.5, repeats at #7

Number One 6+: Bonneville adult contemporary KOSI, first month, 5.2 – 7.7, +2.5

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KOSI (+2.5)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: country KYGO (-1.1)

BALTIMORE

News/Talk: WCBM Maryland-owned WCBM “Talk Radio AM 680” 3.2 – 3.5, +.3, #12 to #10

Hearst Television’s WBAL News Radio 1090” (Ravens) 2.9 – 2.3, -.6, #15 to #16

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WJZ-FM “Baltimore Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan” 5.4 – 4.5, -.9, repeats in fourth-place

Public Radio News/Talk: Your Public Radio Corporation’s WYPR 4.3 – 3.8, -.5, sixth to seventh

American University-owned WAMU 2.5 – 3.2, +.7, #16 to #12

Number One 6+: Audacy adult contemporary WLIF, first month, 6.5 – 12.3, +5.8

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WLIF (+5.8)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: urban AC WWIN-FM (-1.8)**

**Represents the largest November 2021 – December 2021 decrease (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

ST. LOUIS

News/Talk: Audacy’s KFTK “Talk 97.1 FM” 3.8 – 3.1, -.7, flat at #13 and co-owned KMOX “The Voice Of St. Louis” 3.8 – 3.0, -.8, #13 to #14

iHeartMedia-owned KTLK-FM “104.9 The Patriot” flat at 1.1, #18 to #19 and KFTK’s internet stream – which had been unlisted the past five months – .6, #20

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Hubbard Broadcasting’s WXOS “101 ESPN” (Blues) 6.3 – 5.3, -1.0, repeats at #8

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Missouri-owned KWMU 2.3 – 2.2, -.1, #15 to #17

Number One 6+: Audacy adult contemporary KEZK, first month, 6.4 – 12.5, +6.1

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KEZK (+6.1)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: contemporary Christian KLJY (-1.1)

 

Up next: December 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

December 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part One

| December 30, 2021

December 2021 PPM Data – Information for the December 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 December 2021 sweep covered November 11 – December 8.

TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian provides “Takeaways” for spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top twenty.

Cited as well are each particular city’s #1 station (6+) and loftiest (6+) upticks and drop-offs.

All comparisons noted are November 2021 – December 2021 (6+).

 

NEW YORK

News/Talk: Red Apple Media’s WABC-AM & WLIR-FM “77 Talk Radio” 2.6 – 2.4, -.2, flat at #15

iHeartMedia-owned WOR “710 – The Voice of New York” 2.4 – 2.3, -.1, #17 to #16

News: Audacy’s WINS “1010 – All News/All The Time” 3.6 – 3.8, +.2, steady in eighth-place and co-owned WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” 2.3 – 2.2, -.1, #18 to #17

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Giants and Nets) 3.2 – 3.0, -.2, #11 to #13

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC Broadcasting Foundation-owned WNYC-FM 2.9 – 3.1, +.2, unchanged at #12

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW, fifth straight month, 6.8 – 9.7, +2.9

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WLTW (+2.9)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM (-1.0)

LOS ANGELES

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KFI “AM 640” 3.5 – 3.1, -.4, eighth to seventh

News: Audacy’s KNX-AM “1070 News Radio” 2.9 – 2.6, -.3, #10 to #11

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Pasadena Area Community College’s KPCC 1.8 – 1.9, +.1, #21 to #19

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KOST, fifth successive month, 6.0 – 11.6, +5.6

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KOST (+5.6)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: sports talk KLAC (-1.1)

Note: Two days prior to the conclusion of the December 2021 sweep (12/6), Audacy CHR KNOU began simulcasting all-news KNX-AM and has since changed calls to KNX-FM. KNOU finished the December 2021 survey period at #21 (1.4 – 1.8, +.4)

CHICAGO

News/Talk: Nexstar Media Group’s WGN “Radio 720” (Blackhawks) steady at 3.7, ninth to eighth

News: Audacy-owned WBBM-AM & WCFS “News Radio 780 AM & 105.9 FM” (Bears) flat at 5.7, first to second

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Chicago Public Media-owned WBEZ 4.7 – 5.1, +.4, fifth to third

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLIT, second month in succession, 5.7 – 11.8, +6.1

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WLIT (+6.1)*

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease (Tie): classical WFMT and classic rock WDRV (-.8)

*Represents the largest November 2021 – December 2021 increase (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

SAN FRANCISCO

News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KSFO “Talk Radio 560” 1.5 – 1.7, +.2, #21 to #20

News: Audacy’s KCBS-AM & KFRC “All News 740 AM & 106.9 FM” 7.2 – 6.7, -.5, second to third

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KNBR “The Sports Leader” (49ers) 4.0 – 3.4, -.6, sixth to eighth

Public Radio News/Talk: KQED, Inc.’s KQED 7.8 – 8.6, +.8, #1

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KQED, twelfth straight month, 7.8 – 8.6, +.8

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KOIT-FM (+3.7)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: news/talk KGO (-.7)

DALLAS

News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned WBAP “News Talk 820 AM & 99.5 HD2 FM” 3.4 – 2.8, -.6, #10 to #14

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KTCK “Sports Radio The Ticket” (Stars) 4.1 – 3.5, -.6, #6 to #11

Audacy’s KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” (Cowboys) steady at 2.2, #19 to #18

Public Radio News/Talk: North Texas Public Broadcasting-owned KERA unchanged at 2.8, #15 to #14

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KDGE, first month, 4.3 – 8.8, +4.5

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KDGE (+4.5)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: CHR KHKS (-.7)

HOUSTON

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KTRH “AM 740 News Radio” 4.9 – 4.4, -.5, sixth to seventh

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Houston-owned KUHF 2.4 – 2.3, -.1, flat at #19

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA, eighth consecutive month, 6.6 – 10.8, +4.2

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KODA (+4.2)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease (Tie): Spanish contemporary Christian KHVU and sports talk KBME (-.9)

ATLANTA

News/Talk: Cox Media Group-owned WSB-AM & WSBB “Atlanta’s News & Talk” 9.3 – 6.6, -2.7, first to fourth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WZGC “92.9 The Game” (Falcons and Hawks) 2.5 – 2.2, -.3, #14 to #17

Public Radio News/Talk: Atlanta Public Schools’ WABE 2.7 – 2.4, -.3, #13 to #14

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WSRV first month, 7.5 – 7.3, -.2, replaces news/talk WSB-AM & WSBB, which  had been #1 the past 30 months

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: contemporary Christian WFSH (+2.2)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: news/talk WSB-AM & WSBB (-2.7)**

**Represents the largest November 2021 – December 2021 decrease (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

PHILADELPHIA

News/Talk: Audacy-owned WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” 1.5 – 1.1, -.4, #19 to #20 and WPHT’s internet stream, which debuts with a 1.1, thus tying WPHT’s AM signal at #20

News: Audacy’s KYW & WPHI “News Radio 1060 AM & 103.9 FM” 5.2 – 4.6, -.6, fourth to sixth

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned WIP “Sports Radio 94” (Eagles) 5.1 – 4.6, -.5, flat at #6

Beasley Media Group’s WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” (76ers and Flyers) 2.3 – 1.9, -.4, #14 to #15

Public Radio News/Talk: WHYY’s WHYY 5.2 – 5.7, +.5, fourth to fifth

Number One 6+: Audacy adult contemporary WBEB, first month, 4.8 – 10.1, +5.3

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WBEB (+5.3)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: country WXTU (-.9)

LONG ISLAND

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WOR “710 – The Voice of New York” 3.0 – 2.9, -.1, #13 to #12

News: Audacy’s WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” 3.5 – 3.3, -.2, flat at #10 and cluster-mate WINS “1010 – All News/All The Time” 3.0 – 2.8, -.2, repeats at #13

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Giants and Nets) 4.5 – 4.0, -.5, fourth to seventh

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC Broadcasting Foundation-owned WNYC-FM 1.4 – 1.8, +.4, #24 to #19

Number One 6+: Audacy classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM, fifth straight month, 6.9 – 7.3, +.4

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: hot AC WALK-FM (+3.0)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WKJY (-1.3)

RIVERSIDE

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KFI “AM 640” 2.6 – 2.5, -.1, #13 to #14

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA, ninth straight month, 7.5 – 8.0, +.5

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KOST (+3.5)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: regional Mexican KRQB (-.9)

SAN JOSE

News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KGO “810 AM” 2.3 – 1.7, -.6, #14 to #16

News: Audacy’s KCBS-AM & KFRC “All News 740 AM & 106.9 FM” 6.2 – 5.6, -.6, second to fourth

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media’s KNBR “The Sports Leader” (49ers) flat at 2.0, #17 to #15

Public Radio News/Talk: KQED, Inc.’s KQED 8.3 – 9.3, +1.0, first to second

Number One 6+: Audacy adult contemporary KOIT-FM first month, 5.7 – 9.7, +4.0

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KOIT-FM (+4.0)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: hot AC KLLC (-1.4)

MIDDLESEX

News/Talk: Townsquare Media-owned WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” steady at 4.6, remains in eighth-place

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Giants and Nets) 2.6 – 2.8, +.2, continues at #13

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WNYC-FM 3.5 – 4.1, +.6, ninth to tenth

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW, first month, 5.9 – 8.3, +2.4

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WMGQ (+2.5)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: Spanish tropical WSKQ (-2.6)

 

Up next: December 2021 overviews for: Washington, DC; Boston; Miami; Seattle; Detroit; Phoenix; Minneapolis; San Diego; Tampa; Denver; Baltimore; and St. Louis.

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

Thursday, December 23, 2021

| December 23, 2021

NOW POSTED: This Weekend’s Installment of “The Michael Harrison Wrap: An Overview of the National Conversation.” The latest installment of the 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, “Shake Your Tree,” looks back at this past week of 12/20 – 12/24. The program features guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERSJim Polito, talk show host, WXKS, Boston/WHJJ, Providence/WTAG, Worcester/WHYN, Springfield; Richard Neer, talk show host, WFAN, New York; Dr. Daliah Wachs, talk show host, Genesis Communications Network /physician; Rob Carson, talk show host, Newsmax TV-Radio; and Victoria Jones, executive director, DC Radio Company. 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, Denver; KFNX, Phoenix; KTLK-FM, St. Louis; WPG, Atlantic City, NJ; SuperTalk 99.7 WTN, Nashville; 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, DE; WCHM, Clarkesville, GA; WPHM, Port Huron, MI; KSYL, Alexandria, LA; KTOE, Mankato, MN; WCED, DuBois, PA; K-NEWS 101.3, Owensboro, KY; WWTK, Sebring, FL; WSAR-AM/FM, Fall River, MA; WIZM-AM/FM, La Crosse, WI; WMVA, Martinsville, VA; KQEN, Roseburg, OR; the Virginia Talk Radio NetworkCRN Digital Talk Radio Network; the iHeart Podcast NetworkPodcast Radio, UK and many more. To listen to this week’s episode, please click here. To view the latest TALKERS magazine topic research, please click here. “The Michael Harrison Wrap” is now available in syndication via Talk Media Network to stations across America on a market exclusive basis. For affiliation information, please click here or call 616-884-8616.

Jared Merves Named SVP of Digital for Cumulus Media. Digital media pro Jared Merves joins Cumulus Media as senior vice president, digital, effective January 18, 2022. Merves was most recently chief revenue officer of Distributed Media Lab, which had acquired Wundervue, a company he founded to support media companies and advertising agencies in their digital transformation, operations, product development, and growth opportunities. In his new role with Cumulus, Merves will “lead and further shape the company’s digital strategy with a focus on generating revenue across multiple Cumulus Media platforms and channels.” Cumulus Media president and CEO Mary Berner says, “Jared has been at the forefront of digital media throughout his career and has helped many companies propel their businesses forward through innovation. Digital has been a critical and successful pillar of our business strategy, and Jared brings the experience, creativity and technical expertise to build on that foundation and catapult us to the next level.”

HC Holiday Extra: Guest Hosting a Show Next Week? – Consultant Holland Cooke offers some advice to talk hosts sitting in for full-timers on vacation – what he calls “Talk Radio Audition Week.” But if you’re guest-hosting, this tends to be a perennially slow news week. In this column, HC suggests four call-in topics. Read more here.

Connoisseur Media’s EVP/CFO Driscoll to Step Down; Price Named New CFO. The company’s co-founder and current executive vice president and chief financial officer, Michael O. Driscoll, will step down from his CFO role on December 31. Driscoll has been CFO of Connoisseur Media since July 2004 and has been working with CEO and co-founder Jeffrey D. Warshaw for more than 25 years. Driscoll has been with Connoisseur and Warshaw since he was hired as CFO of Connoisseur Communications in 1996. He has handled financing, acquisitions, human resources and operational issues and has worked hand-in-hand with Warshaw in building the current company over the last 17 years. He remains at Connoisseur as EVP but will be stepping back from day-to-day management duties. Warshaw says, “Mike and I have worked together for a long time. In the years working with him, we have occasionally had different opinions, but never harsh words or arguments. I am glad in this new role he will get a chance to take some more time for travel and things he had wanted to do, but I look forward to still working together. He will always be my partner.” Assuming the SVP/CFO role on January 1 will be Oliver G. Price. He joined Connoisseur in 2012 and was most recently vice president of finance and accounting.

WBT-AM/FM, Charlotte Announces Three Inductees into Hall of Fame. Heritage Charlotte news/talk station WBT-AM/FM announces that it will induct three personalities into the WBT Hall of Fame on April 9, 2022. John Stokes (left), Bob Lacey (center), and Jim Szoke (right) will be inducted as part of the Urban One station’s 100th Anniversary ceremony. John Stokes joined WBT in September of 1987 as the station’s news director.  For over 30 years, Stokes anchored the news in morning drive on the station, covering everything from the PTL scandal to Hurricane Hugo to the September 11 terrorist attacks. The original announcement of Stokes’ induction into the WBT hall of Fame was made upon his retirement from the station in 2019, but the celebration was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bob Lacey began his career at WBT in 1972 as one of the youngest regular on-air personalities ever on the station. Soon after, he began hosting the groundbreaking nighttime talk show, “Lacey Listens.” Three years later, he was promoted to host mornings, where he and partner Harold Johnson brought an edgy, modern sound to start the station’s daily lineup.  His top-rated show continued until 1980 when he moved on to television. Lacey ultimately returned to radio as part of the nationally syndicated “Bob & Sheri Show.” Arriving at WBT in 1986, Jim Szoke later became the station’s sports director during a time of major growth for the region’s sports market, including the launches of Charlotte’s NBA and NFL franchises.  In 1993, he helped secure the flagship station broadcast rights for WBT and two years later, he was named to the first-ever Carolina Panthers Radio Network crew, a role he still holds today.  He has gone on to broadcast more games for the Panthers than any voice in the team’s history.

TALKERS News Notes. If you’re still looking for some holiday programming, CBS News Radio is offering a radio version of “It’s a Wonderful Life!” – produced by the National Press Club and American Heritage magazine. CBS manager, affiliate services Amy Bolton says there are no network spots. If you’re interested, reach out to her at: boltona@cbsnews.com…..The Independent Broadcasters Association elects four new members to its board of directors. Tom Burns, owner, Technicom & Sauk Valley Broadcasting; Gary Berkowitz, president, Berkowitz Broadcast Consulting; Steve Clendenin, owner & general manager, WHGM-AM/FM; and Jim Jacobs, president, Radio Richmond, LLC are joining the board and begin their three-year terms on January 1. Executive director Ron Stone says, “The IBA is committed to having a board that is representative of its members and elected by the members. Every year, one-third of the board turns over to keep fresh ideas flowing. No existing Board member may serve more than one three-year term. This is our first election since the IBA was formed in April 2020, and we had over a dozen candidates that accepted nomination to fill the four open seats.”

Salem Central Arkansas Listener Wins Mortgage Payments for a Year. The four Salem Media Group stations in central Arkansas, including news/talk KXDE-FM “The Answer,” partnered with Sax Homes to give one person the chance to have their mortgage payments made for all of 2022. Pictured above is winner Skylar Oswalt of Benton, Arkansas who was randomly chosen from more than 1 million entries.

Economy/Build Back Better Top News/Talk Story for Week of December 20-24. The state of the U.S. economy and Senator Joe Manchin’s thumbs down to President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan combined as the most-talked-about story on news/talk radio this week, landing atop the Talkers TenTM. At this week was the raging COVID-19 Omicron variant, vaccines and mandates at #2, followed by the January 6 investigation at #3. The Talkers TenTM is a weekly chart of the top stories and people discussed on news/talk radio during 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.

‘Sitting in For…’

| December 23, 2021

By Holland Cooke
Consultant

 

BLOCK ISLAND, RI — It’s audition week in talk radio. With so many regulars on vacation, fill-in hosts are getting a listen. And listeners are hearing fresh air, a new voice, with a new take on topic du jour. And – unlike business-as-usual – listeners may get to hear each other more, if the regular host is prone to the monologue that squanders this format’s wonderful dialogue potential.

One hitch: What to talk about during what is a perennially slow news week? Yes, this virus has taught us that anything can happen, at any time. But the week between Christmas and New Year’s tends to lull. So, four suggestions:

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| December 22, 2021

Newsmax Radio/TV Personality Rob Carson is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast. Longtime talk radio broadcaster Rob Carson is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series, “The Michael Harrison Interview.” According to Harrison, “Throughout a colorful career of ups and downs and ups again (supplemented for a while by moonlighting as a car salesman), Carson has proven to be a master of the fine art of mixing politics with humor. He’s done it for years on some of the biggest stations in the nation, including a stint at KCMO in Kansas City, in addition to being one of the creative forces behind the profoundly successful comedic element of the Rush Limbaugh show.” Today, Carson is enjoying success with a highly produced, satirical weekend program on Newsmax TV titled, “What in the World,” and was recently launched into daily syndication during Rush Limbaugh’s former hours of 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm ET as the initial offering on Newsmax’s new talk radio network. Harrison and Carson discuss conservative media, comedy and the tough times Carson’s resilient career has faced on the road to his present multi-media prominence. Don’t miss this!  To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here.

Galaxy Media Names Jen Major-Quinn Leader for Utica, New York Operations. Sales and management pro Jen Major-Quinn is promoted to the position of team leader for Galaxy Media’s Utica office that operates sports talk “ESPN Utica-Rome” (WTLB-AM, WRNY-AM, and W243DY) and three music brands. Galaxy says, “In this new role, Jen will provide guidance and leadership to the Utica team, while also overseeing goals and budgets for that office.  Throughout her six years with the company, Jen has played an active role in its growth.” Major-Quinn has been serving the company as a senior AE. Galaxy CEO Ed Levine adds, “Jen continues to be a role model within our company. We’re excited to elevate Jen to a leadership role as we further develop our team. With Jen focused on the growth of our local radio stations, digital, and sports marketing divisions, we know that Utica is positioned for success in 2022.”

Students End Hunger Strike on Promise of Senate Taking Up ‘Freedom to Vote Act’; SXM’s Joe Madison Says ‘Not Until a Bill Is Signed.’ Yesterday the Huffington Post published a piece about students who’ve ended their hunger strikes after Senator Chuck Schumer said the U.S. Senate would take up the Freedom to Vote Act in the next session.SiriusXM talk host Joe Madison, who stopped eating solid food in early November to protest the Senate’s failure to take up a national voting rights bill such as the Freedom to Vote Act. Madison tells TALKERS magazine that he’s not stopping yet. “It is too early to claim victory. I will end my hunger strike when the bill’s signed, not a day before.”

GBH Names Jamie Bologna Executive for ‘Boston Public Radio.’ Radio producer Jamie Bologna is named executive producer for GBH News’ “Boston Public Radio” hosted by Margery Eagan and Jim Braude. Bologna comes to GBH from crosstown public radio outlet WBUR, where he was the senior producer and studio director of “Radio Boston.” GBH general manager for news Pam Johnston says, “As GBH News continues to focus on delivering audiences the most interesting and distinctive local stories of the day, Jamie will bring fresh vision to one of our most popular programs. I’m delighted that our nationwide search ended locally, with an accomplished and award-winning journalist who has deep professional roots in the region and in public media.” During his career, Bologna has been honored with two regional Edward R. Murrow awards for his work in writing and reporting, and news documentary work. He also won recognition from the Public Media Journalists Association for his work on a podcast about the trail of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

TALKERS News Notes. The nationally syndicated radio program “Free Talk Live” adds new stations to its roster of affiliates. Host Ian Freeman tells TALKERS magazine that Disruptor Radio-operated WMLB-AM, Atlanta and simulcast WJFN-AM, Richmond & WJFN-FM, Goochland, Virginia add the live weekend shows while NRG Media’s KLIN-AM/FM, Lincoln, Nebraska picks up the daily weekday program…..Former Congressman and talk radio host J.D. Hayworth is doing a lot of fill-in work over the holidays. He tells TALKERS magazine that on Monday (12/27) he’ll be on KTSA, San Antonio in AM drive, on WBT-AM/FM, Charlotte in the midday and on WWTN-FM, Nashville in afternoon drive. He’ll do KTSA’s morning show Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in addition to hosting the nationally syndicated “The Schnitt Show” on Thursday…..New York public radio outlet WNYC announces new additions to its newsroom. Herb Pinder joins as the new editor of the race & justice unit. Pinder was most recently senior editor at the Asbury Park Press. Tiffany Hanssen is named weekend host and board operator. She joins WNYC from Minnesota Public Radio where she produced several shows, including “A Prairie Home Companion,” and regularly guest hosted the “MPR News with Kerri Miller” talk show. In her new role at WNYC, she’ll deliver newscasts during “Weekend All Things Considered,” provide support to the weekday “All Things Considered” team and serve as a backup “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered” host.

All in the Salem Family. Pictured here is Salem Radio Network talk host Sebastian Gorka (right) with Patriot Mobile marketing/events coordinator Ellie Tradup (left). She is the daughter of SRN vice president/news and talk programming Tom Tradup. The photo was taken at Charlie Kirk’s “AmericaFest” conference in Phoenix on Monday (12/20). SRN talk host Dennis Prager also addressed the “AmericaFest” attendees, as did FOX News‘ Tucker Carlson, Donald Trump, Jr. and Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH).

COVID-19, Manchin vs Biden, Economy/Supply Chain, January Investigation, U.S.-Russia Relations, 5G & Plane Safety, and Kim Potter Trial Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (12/21). The spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant, overcrowded hospitals, vaccine mandates, holiday plans, and the NHL’s suspension of the season; West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin torpedoes President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan; the state of the U.S. economy, the ongoing supply chain issues and Biden’s economic poll numbers; the House investigation into the January 6 Capitol attack and former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s suit to block a House subpoena for his phone records; tensions between the U.S. and Russia over the latter’s military build-up at the Ukraine border; Boeing and Airbus ask U.S. to delay rollout of 5G over safety concerns; and the jury deliberates in the case of former police officer Kim Potter in the shooting death of Daunte Wright were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.