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September 2022 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Three

| October 10, 2022

September 2022 PPM Data – Information for the September 2022 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 September 2022 sweep covered August 18 – September 14.

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 August 2022 – September 2022 (6+).

Note: The NFL season kicked off September 8; NFL – and MLB – flagships are noted where applicable.

PORTLAND

News/Talk: Alpha Media’s KXL “FM 101 News” 9.0 – 8.4, -.6, first to fourth

iHeartMedia-owned KEX “News Radio 1190” 3.1 – 3.5, +.4, #13 to #10

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Oregon Public Broadcasting’s KOPB 8.5 – 8.8, +.3, repeats in the runner-up slot

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KLTH, first month, 7.9 – 9.7, +1.8

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Increase: classic hits-oldies KLTH (+1.8)

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Decrease: country KWJJ (-1.0)

CHARLOTTE

News/Talk: Radio One-owned WBT AM & WBT-FM “Charlotte’s News Talk” (Carolina Panthers) 5.4 – 4.5, -.9, fifth to tenth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Radio One’s WFNZ-FM “Sports Radio 92.7” 1.3 – 1.4, +.1, anchored at #17

Public Radio News/Talk: University Radio Foundation’s WFAE 4.9 – 4.8, -.1, seventh to ninth

South Carolina Educational Television Commission-owned WNSC .3 – .4, +.1, stays at #18

Number One 6+: Beasley Media Group urban AC WBAV, first month, 7.0 – 7.4, +.4

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Increase: classic rock WRFX (+1.2)

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Decrease:  country WKKT (-1.7)

SAN ANTONIO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WOAI “News Radio 1200” 4.6 – 3.9, -.7, eighth to tenth

Alpha Media-owned KTSA “Stay Connected” 3.2 – 3.4, +.2, #12 to #11

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Texas Public Radio’s KSTX 2.5 – 2.1, -.4, #15 to #16

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FMeighth straight month, 9.4 – 9.7, +.3

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Increase:  classic hits-oldies KONO-AM (+.7)

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Decrease: regional Mexican KSAH (-1.6)

SACRAMENTO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KFBK-AM & KFBK-FM “News 1530 AM & 93.1 FM” 8.1 – 8.9, +.8, third to first and cluster-mate KSTE-AM “Talk 650” 3.8 – 4.5, +.7, eighth to sixth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Capital Public Radio-owned KXJZ flat at 4.1, remains in seventh-place

Number One 6+: news/talk KFBK-AM & KFBK-FM, first month, 8.1 – 8.9, +.8

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Increase: adult hits KZIS (+1.0)

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Decrease: country KNCI (-2.2)*

*Represents the largest August 2022 – September 2022 decrease (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

PITTSBURGH

News/Talk: Audacy’s KDKA-AM “News Radio 1020 AM” 2.9 – 2.8, -.1, repeats at #13

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan All Sports All The Time” (Pirates) 5.5 – 6.0, +.5, fifth to fourth

Public Radio News/Talk: Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting’s WESA 3.5 – 3.7, +.2, #11 to #12

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia rock WDVE, second straight month, 9.9 – 10.5, +.6

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Increase: country WPGB (+1.4)

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Decrease (Tie): adult hits WRRK and hot AC WLTJ (-.6)

SALT LAKE CITY

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KNRS-AM & KNRS-FM “Talk Radio” 9.1 – 11.6, +2.5, #1

Bonneville-owned KSL “News Radio 102.7 FM & 1160 AM” 6.1 – 6.7, +.6, fourth to second

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Utah’s KUER 3.9 – 3.7, -.2, ninth to tenth

Number One 6+: news/talk KNRS-AM & KNRS-FM, eighth month in succession, 9.1 – 11.6, +2.5

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Increase: news/talk KNRS (+2.5)

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Decrease: hot AC KBZN (-1.0)

LAS VEGAS

News/Talk: Beasley Media Group-owned KDWN “The Talk Of Las Vegas” 2.2 – 2.4, +.2, #18 to #16

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+: Lotus Spanish adult hits KWID, first month, 4.8 – 7.1, +2.3

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Increase: Spanish adult hits KWID (+2.3)

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Decrease: regional Mexican KISF (-1.5)

Note: In a transaction expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year, Audacy is acquiring KDWN.

ORLANDO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTKS “Real Radio 104.1” 6.5 – 5.9, -.6, fourth to fifth

Cox Media Group-owned WDBO “Orlando’s News Talk” 3.7 – 5.0, +1.3, #11 to #8

iHeartMedia-owned WFLF “Orlando News Radio” 1.3 – 1.0, -.3, #17 to #19

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Community Connections-owned WMFE 2.7 – 2.8, +.1, #15 to #13

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group classic rock WMMO, second consecutive month, 7.5 – 8.5, +1.0

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Increase: news/talk WDBO (+1.3)

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WOCL (-1.4)

CINCINNATI

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WLW “700 Cincinnati’s News Radio” (Reds) 11.7 – 11.1, -.6, #1 and cluster-mate WKRC “55 KRC The Talk Station” 4.4 – 3.9, -.5, eighth to tenth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WCKY “ESPN 1530” (Bengals) .8 – 1.0, +.2, #20 to #19

Public Radio News/Talk: Cincinnati Public Radio’s WVXU 5.1 – 4.4, -.7, continues in seventh-place

Number One 6+: news/talk WLW, seventh month in a row, 11.7 – 11.1, -.6

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Increase: hot AC WKRQ (+1.0)

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Decrease: rhythmic hot AC WREW (-1.1)

CLEVELAND

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTAM “News Radio 1100” (Guardians) flat at 7.8, repeats in third-place

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WKRK “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” (Browns) 4.4 – 4.8, +.4, tenth to ninth and WKRK’s internet stream 1.6 – 1.2, -.4, #14 to #15

Public Radio News/Talk: Kent State University-owned WKSU 4.3 – 3.6, -.7, #11 to #12

Ideastream-owned WCPN’s internet stream .2 – .4, +.2, unchanged at #20

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WMJI, first month, 8.0 – 8.1, +.1

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Increase: country WGAR (+.8)

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Decrease: urban AC WZAK (-1.1)

KANSAS CITY

News/Talk: Audacy’s KMBZ-FM “98.1 FM News, Traffic, Weather” 4.7 – 4.1, -.6, fifth to eighth

Cumulus Media-owned KCMO-AM “Talk Radio 710 AM” 1.5 – 1.4, -.1, repeats at #20

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s KCSP “Sports Radio 610 Our Teams, Our Town” (Royals) 3.4 – 3.0, -.4, #13 to #14

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Missouri-owned KCUR 4.4 – 4.0, -.4, remains at #9

Number One 6+: Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies KCMO-FM, sixth straight month, 8.6 – 8.3, -.3

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Increase: country WDAF (+1.3)

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Decrease (Tie): news/talk KMBZ-FM and adult contemporary KCKC (-.6)

COLUMBUS

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WTVN “News Radio 610” 7.5 – 6.7, -.8, third to fourth  

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Tegna-owned WBNS-FM “97.1 FM The Fan” 6.8 – 9.4, +2.6, fourth to first

Public Radio News/Talk: Ohio State University’s WOSU 8.2 – 7.9, -.3, second to third

Number One 6+: sports talk WBNS-FM, first month, 6.8 – 9.4, +2.6

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Increase: sports talk WBNS-FM (+2.6)**

Largest 6+ August 2022 – September 2022 Decrease (Tie): country WCOL and classic rock WLVQ (-1.0)

**Represents the largest August 2022 – September 2022 increase (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets, as well as the previous 24 PPM-markets

Up next: September 2022 overviews for Austin; Raleigh; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Nashville; Providence; Norfolk; Jacksonville; West Palm Beach; Greensboro; Memphis; and Hartford.

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

Category: Ratings Takeaways