Friday, January 17, 2020

| January 17, 2020

KXNO, Des Moines Cutbacks Reversed; PD and Hosts Rehired. According to a report by WHO-TV, Des Moines, after some serious blowback from listeners about the firing of six programming staffers from sports talk KXNO as part of a company-wide downsizing, iHeartMedia Des Moines market manager Joel McCrea sought from corporate and was granted permission to bring them back to their positions. Program director Andrew Downs; “The Morning Rush” personalities Travis Justice, Heather Burnside, and Sean Roberts; and “Sports Fanatics” hosts Chris Williams and Ross Peterson will return to their jobs. The story says in addition to the re-hiring, KXNO will be simulcast on (currently alternative) KDXA-FM at 106.3 FM beginning next week.

Newsmax TV Reports Increasing Viewership. According to recently released Comscore data, Newsmax TV shot past Bloomberg Television in total household reach, household coverage area rating, and average audience for the week of December 9, 2019.  It also topped C-SPAN in household coverage area rating for the same week.  Comscore’s data indicates that for the week of December 9, 2019, Newsmax TV had a total reach of 2.64 million households compared to 1.63 million for Bloomberg Television.  Comscore reports Newsmax had 1.03 million weekly viewers as of August 26, 2019.  By the broadcast week of December 9, 2019 Newsmax TV’s household reach had increased to 2.65 million households, reflecting both an increase in distribution of 21% and a disproportionate increase in reach.  Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy states, “This is a major milestone for us.  Our content is resonating with Americans across the nation who are hungry for a fresh alternative to FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, and other news channels.”  Ruddy adds that the network will make major lineup changes, announcing new programs in the coming weeks and months.

NOW POSTED:  New Installment of “The Michael Harrison Wrap: An Overview of the National Conversation.”   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 on the website of its flagship station, WONK-FM, Washington, DC. The new episode titled “The Weight of History in an A.D.D. World!” looks back at this past week of January 13-17, 2020 and features guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERS;  Thom Hartmann, talk show host, WYD Media; Michael Riedel, talk show host, WOR, New York; Graham Mack, program director, FIX Radio, London, UK; Trevor Smith, radio presenter, Aloha Media Productions, Byron Bay, Australia; and Richard Neer, talk show host, WFAN, New York. This acclaimed news/talk radio show airs each week on WONK-FM, Washington, DC on Friday evenings between 6:00-7:00 pm. It also airs throughout the weekend on WRKO, Boston; KSCO, Santa Cruz, CA;  KFNX, Phoenix; WVOX, Westchester, NY; KBDT, Dallas; KQSP, Minneapolis; KBKW, Aberdeen, WA; the Virginia Talk Radio Network and Pioneer Valley Radio in Springfield, MA as well as appearing on the iHeart Radio App.  To listen to this week’s episode (and the program’s complete archives), please click here.  To view the latest TALKERS magazine topic research, please click here.

 

Kilcoyne Exits KFNS, St. Louis. Sports media pro Martin Kilcoyne has left his on-air role with Randy Markel’s sports talk KFNS-AM, St. Louis co-hosting the 10:00 am to 12:00 noon show with Frank Cusumano.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Dan Caesar reports that Kilcoyne, who also works as sports director at KTVI-TV, says his television duties have expanded.  He adds that the time spent producing podcasts with St. Louis Cardinals television announcer Dan McLaughlin played a role in his decision.  Prior to rejoining KFNS, Kilcoyne did a five-year stint with CH Holdings’ crosstown news/talk KTRS, St. Louis as a general issues host.

Allegretto to Lead Cumulus in Fort Walton Beach. Sales and management pro Ashley Allegretto rises from her regional sales manager, digital position with Cumulus Media’s Fort Walton Beach and Pensacola markets to vice president and market manager for the Fort Walton Beach station group that includes news/talk WFTW-AM “NewsTalk 1260” and four music-formatted stations.  Cumulus regional VP Pete De Simone says, “We are thrilled to promote Ashley Allegretto to lead this cluster.  Her passion for this community and her understanding of how to use our brands and our digital assets to help clients grow their businesses make her an effective leader.”  Allegretto adds, “Over the past 13 years I have seen firsthand the positive impact that our radio stations can have for local businesses and organizations in our community. I am eager to build on our past accomplishments and lead this group into our next round of success.”

TALKERS News Notes. Ocala, Florida morning show hosts Larry “The Giant” Whitler and Robin MacBlane are leaving their posts at Generations Broadcasting Corporation’s news/talk WOCA-AM/W242CA after today’s program.  They have been doing mornings at WOCA since 2002.  They’d previously worked together hosting a children’s show on WTMC – a signal that went dark in 2004.  The Ocala Star Banner reports that the two will continue to work together collaborating on children’s books and music…..Entercom all-news KYW, Philadelphia is inviting listeners to its “Executive Briefing” event, presented by Independence Blue Cross, Thursday, January 23 at 7:45 am.  KYW says this invite-only event “offers listeners the opportunity to listen to and take part in an in-depth discussion about the biggest issues facing the Philadelphia area and the nation in 2020.”  KYW Newsradio afternoon drive host Ian Bush will moderate the discussion that includes station anchors and reporters: Pat Loeb, city hall bureau chief; Mike DeNardo, education reporter; Cherri Gregg, community affairs reporter; Jim Melwert, KYW suburban bureau chief; and Kristen Johanson, crime and justice reporter.  Guests will have the opportunity to ask the panel questions during the final 20 minutes of the event.  Breakfast will be served courtesy of Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar prior to the start of the event.  Listeners interested in attending the event can register online…..Beasley Media Group announces Chris Ornelas is named general counsel for the company, effective February 1.  Ornelas was most recently with the National Association of Broadcasters as chief operating and strategy officer in which he was responsible for overseeing the operations of and providing strategic guidance to NAB’s advocacy teams in addressing the legal and regulatory issues facing broadcasters today…..Lemonada Media announces a new podcast called “Mouthpeace with Michael and Pele Bennett,” hosted and executive produced Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Michael Bennett and his wife Pele.  Lemonada, whose programs are distributed and repped by Westwood One, says “the series explores personal and provocative topics ranging from love, sex, parenting, the NFL, and politics.”  The first episode drops on January 31…..Entercom is being honored at the Project Voice Awards with the “Samsung Bixby Capsule of the Year” for its RADIO.COM integration.  The awards honor global best-in-class achievement across the emerging voice and AI realm and took place at the organization’s annual conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee on January 15.  Entercom VP of corporate business development David Rosenbloom says, “We’re honored to be recognized among industry leaders by Project Voice.  This award is a testament to our ongoing commitment to innovating in voice and to enhancing the consumer experience.  With Bixby, we were able to expand the reach of RADIO.COM to millions of listeners and engage with them whenever and wherever they are with an optimized presence.”

Cox Media Group Gets Deadline Extension to Sell Ohio Newspapers. Due to a ruling by a three-judge panel at the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Cox Media Group must divest of its Ohio newspapers to avoid said newspapers having to reduce publication to three days per week.  Even though the company had been operating a radio station and newspaper in the southwestern Ohio region since 1935, the Court revived the rule prohibiting operating both.  The FCC appealed the three-judge ruling to the entire Third Circuit Court of Appeals, but the appeal was denied.  Now, CMG has until March 16 to complete a sale to a party that can publish the Dayton Daily News seven days per week.  Cox Media Group CEO Kim Guthrie says, “We applaud the decision by the FCC and are grateful for the extension.  News does not conveniently schedule itself three days a week and we felt a reduced print schedule would negatively and severely impact the newspapers, our employees and the communities we serve.  CMG and Apollo have been pushing for this outcome because we feel that maintaining a daily publication schedule is the absolute best way to continue to produce the solid and timely journalism that our readers deserve.”

Impeachment Top News/Talk Story for Week of January 13-17. Not surprisingly, the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump were the most talked about story on news/talk radio this week, landing atop the Talkers TenTM. At #2 this week was the presidential race and the Democratic debate from Des Moines.  Coming in at #3 was the Iran crisis and U.S. foreign policy, followed by the U.S.-China trade war and the economy at #4.  The Talkers TenTM is a weekly chart of the top stories and people discussed on news/talk radio this week and is the result of ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.  It is published every Friday at Talkers.com.  See this week’s entire chart here.

SAVE THE DATE! Talkers 2020: The Rise of the Media Station Is Set for June 5 in New York. The 23rd annual installment of the longest-running, most-important national talk media convention has been set for Friday, June 5, 2020 in New York City. Talkers 2020: The Rise of the Media Station will take place at the ultra-modern Helen Mills Event Space and Theater located in the colorful Chelsea district of Manhattan. The conference, marking the 30th anniversary of the founding of TALKERS, will feature more than 50 top speakers from all aspects of the spoken-word media industry – including talent, programmers, managers and owners – with a focus on talk radio and its role in the rapidly accelerating digital age and the fundamental changes in the platforms upon which it is carried and distributed. This will include programming, sales, marketing, and technology as well as the full spectrum of concerns, challenges and opportunities facing modern-day talk broadcasters and broadcasting organizations. It will feature keynote addresses, panel discussions, fireside chats, one-on-one conversations and exhibits of the latest services and equipment available to broadcasting professionals. Like its predecessors, Talkers 2020: The Rise of the Media Station will also provide its attendees with unparalleled networking opportunities and social mixers including breakfast, lunch, and a closing cocktail reception — all in a single, power-packed day! Full agenda details, speaker roster and hotel information will be posted in TALKERS during the days and weeks ahead. As is customary with TALKERS conventions, Talkers 2020: The Rise of the Media Station is only open to members of the professional media industry and communications students. Because seating is limited, and the event has been an early sellout every year since the 1990s, in order to maintain this policy, non-refundable registrations can only be purchased via telephone with a credit card. Full registration, including all functions, meals, and refreshments, costs $329 per person. However, those registering before 5:00 pm ET on Friday, February 7 pay only $279 – a significant early bird discount. To register or obtain sponsorship information, call Barbara Kurland at 413-565-5413.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. At Omaha hot AC KQKQ “Sweet 98.5,” NRG Media launches an all-female morning show with current morning host Nikki Oswald and afternoon drive time personality Laura Blenkush.  The company says it will be the only all-female duo morning show in Omaha.  KQKQ program director Jay Michaels says, “Taking two of our highly talented personalities, and pairing them together for an all-female morning show is the obvious move when targeting women.”  Oswald was most recently partnered with Matt Tompkins, who recently moved over to NRG’s classic hits KOOO “THE NEW 101.9 The KEG” to host the morning show…..Two nationally syndicated programs land on Cumulus Media stations in South Carolina.  First, the Premiere Networks-syndicated “The Breakfast Club” with Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee, and DJ Envy is the new morning show at hip hop WDAI-FM, Myrtle Beach.  Programmer and air personality Mike “BigMMike” Bell says, “We are excited to bring ‘The Breakfast Club’ to The Grand Strand.  As Myrtle Beach’s source for hip hop and R&B, what better way to enter a new era than with the “World’s Most Dangerous Morning Show?”  Second, the Compass Media Networks-distributed “DeDe in the Morning” show with DeDe McGuire, Lady Jade, Rudy Rush, and comedian Michael Shawn assumes the morning drive daypart at Cumulus’ hip hop WYNN, Florence.  Bell, who also programs WYNN and handles afternoon drive, says, “We are excited to bring a fresh morning show to Florence.  As the market leader, it was important that we went with a brand that can be trusted to deliver great entertainment our listeners will love.  DeDe is a seasoned vet and I’ve been a fan of her work for years.”

Thursday, January 16, 2019

| January 16, 2020

WBZ-AM, Boston Cuts Four Air Staffers in ‘Employee Dislocation.’ News of which on-air personalitiesiHeartMedia has let go in its “employee dislocation” program continues to become known.  The Boston Globe reports that Boston’s heritage all-news WBZ-AM is losing four news staffers.  Gone are political commentator Jon Keller (who continues to serve with CBS TV at WBZ-TV), morning drive news anchor Deb Lawler, sports anchor Tom Cuddy, and talk show host Bradley Jay.  It’s not clear yet if the station will ask other staffers to share those duties or if they will be handled remotely.

More iHeartMedia Cuts. In addition to the downsizing noted in the story above, here are more of the broadcasters who lost their gigs with iHeartMedia stations whom TALKERS magazine has learned about: Joe Concha, “WOR Tonight” host, WOR, New York; Cliff Avril, sports talk host, KJR, Seattle; Chris Merrill, talk host, KOGO, San Diego; Marilyn Harris, host, WKRC, Cincinnati; Jarred Diglio, APD, WRKO, Boston; Dale Donovan, host, WKRC, Cincinnati; Lori Schmidt, sports reporter, WTVN, Columbus; Dario Melendez, sports talk host, WRNW, Milwaukee; Shea Raftus, producer, WRNW, Milwaukee; Dan Nawrocki, PD and host, WSPD, Toledo; Jerry Pickering, morning show staffer, WSPD, Toledo; Don Zellers, morning show staffer, WSPD, Toledo; Joe Gallagher, weekend host, WGY-AM/FM, Albany; Tank Spencer, host and news anchor, WWNC, Asheville; Tony Bristol, program director, WTAG, Worcester; Carl Falk, sports talk host, WHTK, Rochester; Cameron Hendricks, news director, WKIP/WJIP, Poughkeepsie; Dianne Zanin, reporter, WKIP/WJIP, Poughkeepsie; Alex Womer, host, asst. production director, WFNN, Erie; Bill Hickok, sports talk host, KBMR, Bismarck; and Steve Bortstein, program director, KCQL, Farmington, New Mexico.

iHeartMedia Ups Three Programmers to EVP. In conjunction with iHeartMedia’s new Markets Group structure, the company promotes three of its senior programming executives to division executive vice presidents of programming for the iHeartMedia National Programming Group, effective immediately.  Jeff Hurley, Tony Travatto, and Angela Watson Charles join current EVPs of programming Andrew Jeffries, Thea Mitchem, Maynard, and Gene Romano.  They report to National Programming Group COO Brad Hardin.  Each member of the EVP of programming team will partner with the company’s division presidents, “collaborating with each Division to provide national programming assets, services and resources.”  Here’s how it breaks down: Mitchem and Jeffries will work with Kevin LeGrett and Scott Hopeck and the Region Division, comprised of the company’s largest markets (i.e. New York and Los Angeles); Romano and Maynard will work with division presidents Tom McConnell, Tony Coles, and Linda Byrd and the Metro Division.  Travatto, Hurley, and Watson Charles will work with division presidents Shosh Abromovich, Nick Gnau, and Dan Lankford and the Community Division.  iHeartMedia chief programming officer Tom Poleman says, “We’re excited to add Angela, Jeff and Tony to our already extremely talented executive vice president of programming team.  They each have deep experience building great local brands with a blend of math and magic, and they’ll provide excellent leadership to our programmers in our Community Division markets.”

Doug MacGunnigle Rises to PD for WPRO and WPRV in Providence. At Cumulus Media’s Providence station group, programmer Doug MacGunnigle is promoted from assistant program director to program director for news/talk stations WPRO-AM/WEAN-FM and WPRV-AM under new operations manager Mary Ellen Kachinske.  MacGunnigle has been APD since October of 2017.  Cumulus Providence VP and market manager Holly Paras says, “Doug MacGunnigle is a tremendous asset to our news/talk stations.  With 20 years’ experience in Providence radio, Doug knows the market and stations inside and out.  He was the natural choice to lead WPRO and WPRV moving forward.”  MacGunnigle comments, “I grew up listening to WPRO and it is truly a humbling honor to be given an opportunity to lead this legendary radio station.  I look forward to helping bring these stations into the future, while continuing to protect and grow WPRO’s legacy as one of the great news/talk stations in the country.”

Joe Pags Fills Afternoon Role at KXNT, Las Vegas. Nationally syndicated talk radio personality Joe “Pags” Pagliarulo is the new host of the afternoon drive show on Entercom’s KXNT, Las Vegas.  Pags’ program is based at iHeartMedia’s WOAI, San Antonio and is syndicated via Compass Media Networks.  Entercom Las Vegas SVP and market manager Dan Kearney says, “We are excited to bring the energy and passion of Joe Pags to our listeners throughout Las Vegas and the Valley.  With Americans facing another crucial election year in 2020, his common-sense approach to current events and natural ability to navigate breaking news will fit perfectly in our already superstar KXNT lineup.”   The Joe Pags Show also recently added iHeartMedia’s WKBN-AM, Youngstown, Ohio and Alpha Media’s KFOR-AM, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Phil Valentine’s New Podcast Takes Off. WWTN-FM, Nashville afternoon drive host Phil Valentine says his newest podcast, “I’m Calling Bovine Scatology,” is already charting on news and politics formats on Apple Podcasts.  He reports the show is ranked at #130 on the news chart and #35 on the politics chart.  Valentine jumped into podcasting a year ago with his son, Campbell, on their podcast, “The PodGOATs.”  It was a top 10 History podcast for all of 2019 on Podbean.  Valentine says, “Look, podcasting is to radio what FM was to AM in 1968.  I worked for the first FM talker in the country – the late WWDB in Philadelphia.  WTN, where I am in Nashville, was one of the first FM talkers.  I’m used to being on the cutting edge.  Trust me, podcasting is where everything is going.”  Valentine, who says his show finished 2019 as the #1 talk show in Nashville with a 12.9 share with Men 25-54, inked a new deal with Cumulus Media last year that includes a deal to sell advertising on his podcasts.

WSB, Atlanta Broadcasting in HD. Atlanta news/talk WSB-AM/WSBB-FM is now broadcasting in HD on the 95.5 frequency.  Cox Media Group moved WSB’s transmitter and antenna in August of 2019 from Flowery Branch to East Atlanta.  WSB director of branding and programming Pete Spriggs says, “Combined with the recent transmitter and antenna move, listeners will get an even more enhanced sound coming from their speakers on HD-enabled radios.  The addition of HD is another part of the ongoing strategic move WSB has made to offer our listeners the best possible listening experience and our advertisers the best possible exposure for their goods and services.”

TALKERS News Notes. Former Arizona Congressman J.D. Hayworth is serving as guest host on the nationally syndicated “Todd Starnes Show” today and tomorrow (1/16-17).  Hayworth served six terms in Congress and for years hosted his own daily talk radio program in Phoenix.  He’s also filled in for such national hosts as Mark Levin, Michael Savage, and Mike Huckabee.  The “Todd Starnes Show” is heard on some 60 affiliate stations and is distributed by Hamilton Strategies…..WGCL-TV, Atlanta reports that Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has named talk radio personality Martha Zoller – along with two other appointees – to a seven-year term on the Georgia state Board of Education.  The body makes policy for Georgia’s 1.8 million public school students.  Martha Zoller currently hosts the 9:00 am to 10:00 am show on Jacobs Media’s WDUN-AM/FM, Gainesville, Georgia.  In addition to her radio career, Zoller was an aide to U.S. Senator David Perdue from 2014 to 2018.  She served on Governor Kemp’s campaign.  She left her radio career to run for Congress in 2012 but lost in the Republican primary to Doug Collins, who won the seat…..Chicago media maven Robert Feder reports on what he calls the “musical chairs” in the news department at Cumulus Media’s WLS-AM.  He says the station wanted to move current afternoon drive news anchor Lauren Cohn to middays, along with news director John Dempsey’s move from mornings to afternoons and Nick Gale’s move from middays to mornings.  But Cohn apparently viewed the move as a demotion and fought it.  As it turns out, Dempsey will move to middays and Gale will anchor during Erich Mancow Muller’s morning show…..Nationally syndicated host and clinical psychologist Dr. Ellen Kenner celebrates her 22nd radio anniversary on February 1.  She’s also the author of The Selfish Path to Romance (2011, Winans Kuenstler Publishing, LLC) and she can be booked for interviews in advance of Valentine’s Day by reaching out to syndication@drkenner.com…..Affiliates of Envision Networks nationally syndicated financial talk show “The Jared Dillian Show” – hosted by self-made millionaire Jared Dillian – can receive the show’s podcasts to include as part of their program offerings on their websites.  Dillian says, “I’m pleased we’re able to make parts of the show available in one of my favorite formats.”  “The Jared Dillian Show” is part of the 24/7 Smart Talk Radio Network based in Chicago and distributed by Envision Networks.

Dan Brady Promoted at Dr. Laura’s Take On the Day LLC. Media pro Dan Brady is promoted to director of podcast operations & program audio for Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s Take On the Day, LLC.  In this role, Brady will be responsible for managing the Dr. Laura podcasts, including the “Call of the Day,” as well as the Dr. Laura Family Premium podcasts.  Take On the Day co-owner Geoff Rich says, “Dan has been critical to the success of Dr. Laura’s ‘Call of the Day’ podcast, growing it to over 2.5 million listens per month in two years and making it a top 10 podcast in Apple Podcasts Kids and Family and Parenting categories.  It’s a thrill to tap into Dan’s knowledge, experience and creativity.”

British Broadcaster Graham Mack Is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast. Veteran British talk personality and program director of FIX Radio in London, Graham Mack, is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series “The Michael Harrison Interview.” Harrison and Mack take a deep dive into the major international news stories emanating from the United Kingdom – including the rise of Boris Johnson and the latest developments regarding Brexit as well as Megxit – the crisis facing the Monarchy in the wake of the Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex bombshell. Don’t miss this fun, fascinating, and informative conversation! 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 of the TALKERS email newsletter and on every page of Talkers.com.

Impeachment Moves to Senate, Presidential Election, Putin Power Grab, U.S.-China Trade Deal, Record Dow/The Economy, and MLB Sign-Stealing Scandal Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (1/15). The articles of impeachment are delivered to the Senate and Lev Parnas’ interview on CNN; the Democrats vying to challenge President Trump in November and the row between Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders; the Russian government resigns as Vladimir Putin seeks constitutional changes to remain in power; Trump’s trade deal with China; the Dow closes over 29,000 and the roaring U.S. economy; and the MLB’s sign-stealing scandal were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

New Studios for Griffin Communications’ Radio Stations in Tulsa. The five Tulsa, Oklahoma radio stations owned by Griffin Communications have moved to the company’s eight-year-old facility on North Boston Road.  The stations – including news/talk KFAQ and four music brands – join the company’s television properties.  The facility was constructed in 2011 for the television stations with room left over for the future expansion that it would ultimately use for the radio stations.  Griffin CEO David Griffin says, “We are very excited to bring these stations home.  Combining radio with our TV stations, billboards, websites, and digital products deepens our commitment to the Tulsa market and provides an unmatched footprint.  Additionally, it provides these radio stations with new, state-of-the-art studios and synergy opportunities so that they can continue to serve Green Country with exceptional content and broadcasting capabilities.”

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Tomorrow night (1/17), Coldplay will perform at the inaugural RADIO.COM Live event series in front of a small audience of KROQ, Los Angeles listeners to mark the grand opening of the new HD Radio Sound Space – a state-of-the-art entertainment hub – in the heart of Los Angeles’ Miracle Mile on Wilshire Boulevard. Entercom’s RADIO.COM will stream the special performance live nationwide starting at 7:00 pm PT/10:00 pm.  RADIO.COM SVP and general manager Pam Russo says, “We’re honored Coldplay will kick off the RADIO.COM Live event series at the grand unveil of the HD Radio Sound Space.  We are excited to offer fans exclusive access to this once-in-a lifetime performance, live via the RADIO.COM app and website nationwide as well as on select HD Radio stations. This is the first of many events that we will be hosting live from the heart of the city and we are looking forward to giving fans everywhere insider access.”…..Entercom names “Nick and Kristen” (pictured at left) the new morning show on country KWJJ, Portland “99.5 The Wolf,” effective January 22.  The duo was most recently the morning drive show at Bonneville International’s adult contemporary KOIT, San Francisco.  They say, “We are so thrilled to work alongside [SVP/MM] Kim Martinez and [OM/PD] Scott Roddy.  Both are dynamic and inspiring leaders in our industry who elevate their staff and their stations.  We’re equally as excited to share our lives and bring the best new country to Portland.”…..Air personality Kacie Kozman is officially named midday host at Hubbard Radio’s alternative KDKB Phoenix.  Kozman has been hosting the daypart since Ian Camfield exited last month to join Entercom’s alternative KVIL, Dallas.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

| January 15, 2020

iHeartMedia Begins Massive Layoff of Air Talent. The exact number of personalities let go is not known at this point, but as iHeartMedia issued a press release yesterday explaining its new Markets Group management structure designed to “take advantage of the significant investments it has made in technology and artificial intelligence and its unique scale and leadership position in the audio marketplace,” it was firing local air personalities it deems not necessary to the company’s future success.  iHeartMedia, like every other radio company, faces intense competition for listeners from digital music services and digital spoken-word platforms.  Dayparts that aren’t crucial to a station’s revenue – usually nights and overnights – are often seen as not needing live, local jocks, especially when the company produces quality national programs to fill those hours.  As for news/talk and sports talk hosts, the cost of maintaining a show with two or more personalities plus a producer is sometimes more than income from spot sales and other revenue streams can provide.  iHeartMedia’s statement on the “employee dislocation” is as follows: “We are modernizing our company to take advantage of the significant investments we have made in new technology and aligning our operating structure to match the technology-powered businesses we are now in.  This is another step in the company’s successful transformation as a multiple platform 21st century media company, and we believe it is essential to our future – it continues our momentum and adds to our competitiveness, our effectiveness, and our efficiency with all our major constituencies.  During a transition like this it’s reasonable to expect that there will be some shifts in jobs – some by location and some by function – but the number is relatively small given our overall employee base of 12,500.  That said, we recognize that the loss of any job is significant; we take that responsibility seriously and have been thoughtful in the process.”  Some of those in the spoken-word formats who’ve exited the company include: Kerry Belkin, producer, WFXJ, Jacksonville; Leland Conway, host, WHAS, Louisville and WLPA, Lexington; Big Jim Donovan, host, WSYR, Syracuse; Andrew Downs, program director, KXNO, Des Moines; Jim Fisher, host, WOC, Quad Cities; Seth Harp, programmer and host, WFXJ, Jacksonville; Carl Harris, creative services director, Tampa Bay cluster; Travis Justice and Heather Burnside, hosts, and Sean Roberts, producer, Pete Kaliner, host, WWNC, Asheville, NC; Dave Levora, morning host, WOC, Quad Cities; Mike Lucas, host, WTSO, Madison; Ross Peterson and Chris Williams, hosts, KXNO, Des Moines; Jake Query and Derek Schultz, hosts, WNDE, Indianapolis; Chip Ramsey, weekend producer, WERC, Birmingham; John Ramsey and Mike Rutherford, hosts, WKRD, Louisville.

Brian Sussman Exits KSFO, San Francisco. Eighteen-year KSFO, San Francisco talk show host Brian Sussman announces he’s leaving the Cumulus Media station where he’s been hosting the morning drive show.  Sussman says that in April of 2019 he resigned due to an impasse in contract negotiations, but soon thereafter reached a temporary agreement to host the show four days per week through December (his brother, Brad Sussman, hosted the fifth day).  But in October, Sussman was required to go on medical leave through the remainder of the year.  That affected his plans for continuing into 2020.  He tells TALKERS magazine, “Fortunately, I’m feeling great, but clearly all those years of scant sleep and starting show prep at 3:00 am finally caught up with me.  The KSFO listening family – both locally and nationally – are such a loyal band of patriots.  But what I’ll miss the most about our show is working with the best producer in talk radio, Sheri Yee, and my lovely and super-hilarious sidekick, Katie Green.  Thankfully, Brother Brad has been doing a great job filling in for me and I hope he’s the future!  Meantime, I appreciate KSFO’s management team for having been so considerate these past few months.”

Impeachment, Presidential Race/Democratic Debate, Iran Protests, U.S.-China Trade Negotiations, Royal Family Controversy, Philippine Volcano Eruption, and MLB Sign Stealing Scandal Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (1/14). The impeachment articles against President Trump set to move to the Senate; the Democrats hoping to challenge Donald Trump in November and last night’s debate in Des Moines; the protests in Iran over the Islamic Republic’s accidental shooting down of the Ukrainian International Airlines flight PS752; the Trump Administration’s progress in trade negotiations with China; the controversy over Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s stepping back from royal life; the deadly eruption of Taal Volcano in the Philippines; and the MLB’s handling of the sign stealing scandal were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Comrex Announces New Firmware in Conjunction with ACCESS MultiRack. News from Comrex Corporation reveals that the company has released firmware version 4.5p2, a new update for its line of IP audio codecs.  This new firmware version is being released in conjunction with ACCESS MultiRack – a new multi-instance codec that provides seamless integration of all functions with legacy single-instance ACCESS codecs.  This new firmware simplifies CrossLock connections between the new ACCESS MultiRack and legacy Comrex IP audio codecs.  It replaces an older Adobe Flash-based GUI with an HTML5 web-based GUI as the default user interface.  This new interface avoids the security risks posed by Adobe Flash, and is supported by all browsers.  Users can upgrade their Comrex IP audio codecs using the free Device Manager application which can be downloaded here.  If a user is updating a device from FW version 2.7.1 or earlier, they can contact Comrex Support for assistance.

TALKERS News Notes. Pictured here is Westwood One News correspondent Steve Kastenbaum covering last night’s Democratic presidential debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa…..Chicago media writer Robert Feder notes that the hosts of WSCR, Chicago’s weekly golf show, “The Scorecard on The Score,” – Ed Sherman and Steve Olken – are leaving the station.  The two have hosted the show at the Entercom sports talk station for the past 10 years.  WSCR is expected to name new hosts for the show before it returns to the air in March…..KTBB, Tyler, Texas is the newest affiliate of FOX News Radio, subscribing to the FOX 5 Minute News Service on January 6…..FOX News Channel and FOX News Radio star Brian Kilmeade visited affiliate station WSB-AM/WSBB-FM, Atlanta in December and senior operations and program manager Drew Anderssen says, “Few syndicated hosts, if any, create the kind of impact with affiliates and their communities that Kilmeade does.  Brian participated in our 29th annual drive to provide Georgia foster children with gifts at Christmas.  His impact helped us fulfill wish lists for over 9,000 foster kids, in partnership with St. Vincent de Paul Georgia and the Georgia Division of Family & Children Services!”  Pictured below (clockwise from top left) are: Anderssen, “Kilmeade & Friends” senior producer Alyson Mansfield, Kilmeade, WSB traffic anchor Ashley Frasca, and WSB-FM “B95.5” morning personality Tad Lemire.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. At Beasley Media Group’s urban contemporary WDMK, Detroit “105.9 KISS-FM,” the nationally syndicated “Rickey Smiley Morning Show” is now heard in the 6:00 am to 10:00 am slot.  Station program director John Candelaria says, “We are thrilled to have Rickey Smiley join ‘105.9 KISS FM.’  I have watched Rickey ascend to national superstar over the past 20 years and we are excited to have him leading the lineup for the ‘All New 105.9 KISS FM.’  Detroit is ready for a fresh new morning show!”

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

| January 14, 2020

iHeartMedia’s New Markets Group Structure. The company says that the changes are being enacted as it modernizes “to take advantage of the significant investments it has made in technology and artificial intelligence (AI) and its unique scale and leadership position in the audio marketplace.”  iHeartMedia adds that it has “made significant technology investments to change everything from how it sells advertising to how it utilizes data and builds new businesses like its digital platform, podcast platform, and robust data platform.”  iHeartMedia explains it is now grouping “its markets by common needs and characteristics into three distinctly different divisions to make sharing of resources and experiences easier and more targeted.”  Greg Ashlock will continue to serve as president of the iHeartMedia Markets Group.  Now, the group breaks down as follows: The Region Division comprises the company’s largest markets, like New York and Los Angeles, that each reach hundreds of cities, communities, and trading areas for local businesses.  It will be led by division presidents Kevin LeGrett and Scott Hopeck; The Metro Division houses markets that are large areas that still encompass multiple communities – but are not regional hubs like the company’s largest markets.  The Metro Division will be led by division presidents Tom McConnell, Tony Coles, and Linda Byrd; The Community Division includes markets that focus on the shared needs of one community and one trading area for most businesses and advertisers and will also group markets into areas which are geographically close and culturally similar.  The Community Division will be led by division presidents Shosh Abromovich, Nick Gnau, and Dan Lankford.  iHeartMedia also says it will use “its new technology- and AI-enabled Centers of Excellence – which consolidate functional areas of expertise in specific locations to deliver the highest quality products and services – for every market, enabling each to take advantage of the company’s scale and shared resources across programming, marketing, digital, podcasts, sales and sales support to provide a better experience for listeners and business partners and a more efficient process for all of its employees.”  Additionally, the company is creating a new division “that cuts across all markets – the very successful Multi-Market Partnerships (MMP) Division headed by Julie Donohue, who is elevated to president of MMP with responsibility for this business.”  As part of these moves, the company’s Integrated Revenue Strategies group, led by president Hartley Adkins, will be merged into the iHeartMedia Markets Group and Adkins will become chief operating officer of the Markets Group working closely with Greg Ashlock.

Newsmax TV Launches ‘Greg Kelly Reports’ in Evenings. Former U.S. Marine and television news broadcaster Greg Kelly joins Newsmax TV as the network debuts his “Greg Kelly Reports” program at 7:00 pm ET.  After leaving the Marines, Kelly became morning news anchor at WIVT-TV, Binghamton, New York.  He worked for several years at FOX News before spending almost 10 years as co-host of “Good Day New York” on WNYW-TV “FOX 5.”  Newsmax TV EVP of programming Elliot Jacobson says, “Greg Kelly comes with compelling new skill sets to our network.  His military experience and his years as a frontline TV journalist differentiate him from prime-time hosts on other channels and allow him to examine the day’s news from a unique and insightful perspective.”  Kelly – the son of former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly – says, “I am very curious.  I find that many people in the media have lost their curiosity.  They just want to let you know what they know.  I like to take a different approach.”  The “Greg Kelly Reports” show debuts tonight (1/14).

Entercom’s Buffalo Market Manager and Sales Administrative Manager Exit. The Buffalo News has the story of the sudden departure of longtime Entercom Buffalo market manager Greg Reid and sales administrative manager Lynn Hooper.  The paper reports the two were fired suddenly – Reid was reportedly called while on vacation and let go – and wonders if their dismissal is related to the company’s admission that it inadvertently failed to post required political advertising information on its website in a timely manner, prompting the FCC to broaden its look into the company’s public file practices.  However, Entercom has been reducing expenses at local clusters for several months via downsizing and it’s possible Reid and Hooper were simply victims of budget cuts.  The News reports that general sales manager Tim Holly is serving as interim market manager.

Report: WGN-AM Cuts Ties with Crain’s Chicago Business. Windy City media reporter Robert Feder has the story here.  He writes that Nexstar’s WGN-AM, Chicago “abruptly severed its longstanding partnership” with Crain’s Chicago Business after the publication wrote a speculative piece about Nexstar prepping the radio station for a sale.  Nexstar acquired WGN-AM along with Tribune’s television stations and it is its only radio property.  Crain’s reporters made regular appearances on WGN shows and WGN’s website hosted the “Crain’s Daily Gist” podcast.  That has been removed.

TALKERS News Notes. Ratings and research giant Nielsen Holdings plc announces the hiring of two executives as it moves to separate into two publicly traded companies.  David Rawlinson is named chief executive officer of the consumer behavior analysis division Global Connect.  He was most recently president of global online business at Grainger.  Also, Linda Zukauckas is named the chief financial officer for Nielsen.  Both appointments become official on February 3…..Four of Alpha Media’s Chicagoland stations are expected to move into new digs at the Gurnee Mills mall in the far northern suburbs in February.  News/talk WLIP-AM, Kenosha and rock WIIL, Union Grove in Wisconsin and Spanish sports WKRS and hot AC WXLC in Waukegan, Illinois are moving as part of a deal to bring foot traffic to the mall.  The village of Gurnee is paying Alpha $200,000 to assist in the transition and the radio stations will host 32 events at the mall each year and provide $129,000 per year in radio ad time to the mall…..QUU – a company specializing in RDS/HD in-car stereo display technology – names Steve Newberry chief executive officer, effective April 1.  Newberry has been serving as EVP for industry affairs and strategic planning at the National Association of BroadcastersBeasley Media Group is among QUU’s investors.

Impeachment/Russians Hack Ukrainian Gas Co, 2020 Presidential Race, Iran Tensions, Pensacola Base Shooting Ruled Terror Attack, Megxit, and NFL Playoffs/College Football Championship Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (1/13). The articles of impeachment against President Trump and the allegation Russia hacked the Ukrainian gas company central to the impeachment issue; the rift between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and tonight’s debate in Des Moines; the domestic tensions in Iran and the White House’s rationale for killing Iranian general Qassem Soleimani; Attorney General William Barr rules the Pensacola naval base shooting was an act of terrorism and seeks Apple’s helping opening the assailant’s phones; the Sussex’s meeting with Queen Elizabeth over their stepping away from royal life; and the weekend’s NFL games and last night’s College Football Championship were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. The Westwood One nationally syndicated “Rick and Sasha Show” adds programmer and production pro “Smokin” Tony Richards to the team of the urban AC morning show now heard on more than 25 stations.  Richards has worked as a drive time personality and programmer in markets including New York, Houston, Philadelphia, DC, and Chicago.  He says, “This show is going to the moon, and I want to be a part of it.  Rick and Sasha are two people who I feel are the future of radio.  I am here unselfishly to help the team make it happen.”…..In Dallas, Entercom’s alternative KVIL “ALT 103.7” names Ian Camfield afternoon drive personality.  Camfield was most recently midday personality at Hubbard Radio’s alternative KDKB, Phoenix “ALT AZ 93.3.”  As a result of Camfield’s arrival, Mark moves from afternoons to AM drive.

Monday, January 13, 2020

| January 13, 2020

Monday Memo: CES2020.  In his annual TALKERS report on the massive tech event formerly-known-as “The Consumer Electronics Show,” consultant Holland Cooke sees opportunities for radio broadcasters.  Read it here.

U.S.-Iran Tensions, UIA Flight PS752 Downing/Tehran Protests, 2020 Presidential Race, Harry and Meghan Saga, Australia Bushfires/Climate Change, and NFL Playoffs Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend. The tensions between the U.S. and Iran in the aftermath of the U.S.’ killing of Qassem Soleimani; Iran’s shooting down of Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 and protests in Tehran against the Iranian regime; the Democrats vying to challenge President Trump in November; the royal saga in Great Britain as Harry and Meghan look to leave their royal roles; the devastating Australian bushfires and the question of whether climate change is a factor; and the NFL’s playoff games were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Bob Mackay to Lead Entercom Austin. Sales and management pro Bob Mackay is promoted to senior vice president and market manager for Entercom’s Austin station group that includes news/talk KJCE “Talk Radio 1370” and music brands KKMJ “Majic 95.5,” KAMX “Mix 94.7,” and KKMJ-HD3 “The New Hot 95.9.”  He was most recently general sales manager for Entercom’s Houston operations.  Entercom regional president Brian Purdy states, “Bob has earned the trust and respect of his teams and clients alike and we are thrilled he is remaining at Entercom.  As general sales manager he delivered outstanding results and we are excited for him to bring his energy and drive to Austin.”

Alana Lujan Joins Entercom for DOS Role in Houston. As referenced in the story above, Bob Mackay’s promotion to lead Entercom’s Austin cluster left his director of sales post open at the company’s Houston station group.  The company announces that Alana Lujan will assume the DOS post, effective January 27.  She’ll oversee sales for sports talk outlets KILT-AM “Sports Radio 610” and KIKK-AM “CBS Sports Radio 650” and four music-formatted stations. She was most recently director of sales for Cox Media Group.  Entercom Houston SVP and market manager Sarah Frazier comments. “Alana is well respected in the market due to her extraordinary ability to lead sales efforts and I’m happy to bring her back home to Houston.  Her recent experience in digital sales will be an especially valuable asset as we continue to develop new and innovative ways to serve our clients through RADIO.COM.”

KMG Utopia Studios to Launch Podcast for Bourbon Aficionados. Louisville-based bourbon expert and editor-in-chief of Bourbon+ Magazine Fred Minnick will host “The Fred Minnick Show” being produced by Krantz Media Group’s KMG Utopia Studios.  Minnick also produces the Bourbon & Beyond music festival and just inked a deal with Shelter Music Group management firm.  A story by Sarah Shadburne in Louisville Business First says the podcasts consist of interviews with musicians for whom he paired a bourbon.  “Minnick got the bulk of his interviews at [music festivals] Bourbon & Beyond, Hometown Rising, and Louder Than Life, with the help of Gary Krantz, founder of Krantz Media Group.  It set up a small studio in the artist area each weekend of festivals for Minnick’s interviews.”  Shadburne quotes Krantz saying, “We feel [it’s] a unique offering.  Those three festivals are so unique in combining the bourbon lifestyle and music …that’s why artists love to talk with Fred, because it’s a different kind of interview.”

Former AE Sues Entercom for Sex-Based Discrimination, Breach of Contract and More.  As an account executive, Maria McBride worked for sports talk WIP-FM, Philadelphia from April 2011 through September 2018.  The station was owned by CBS RADIO for most of that period.  In her suit against Entercom, she alleges she was overworked tending to promotions because of failure on the promotions department to staff events.  When she asked for help and complained, she says her complaints were met with hostility.  She states she developed health issues as a result of her working conditions and alleges the company did nothing to help.  She also claims she was denied a bonus in violation of her contract and eventually fired.  She’s seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

Galaxy Communications Makes Upstate NY Programming Moves. Syracuse radio personality and programmer Rainman is leaving his afternoon drive show on Galaxy’s simulcast WKRL, Syracuse/WKLL, Utica  “KROCK” and will focus on “The Sportszilla Show” heard on WTLB-AM/WRNY-AM/W243DY, Utica “ESPN” from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm and on WTLA-AM, Syracuse from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Meanwhile, Big Smoothie moves from evenings on “KROCK” to PM drive and Rainman shifts to the evening show.  Galaxy CEO and president Ed Levine comments, “With these two promotions, we get to improve both ‘ESPN’ and ‘KROCK.’   Rainman is getting to fulfill his longtime dream of doing sports talk fulltime and Big Smoothie is getting to fulfill his goal to be back on the radio in afternoons fulltime.”

TALKERS News Notes. Via a press release, Premiere Sports Network’s says FOX Sports Radio personality Colin Cowherd had a successful 2019.  Premiere reports that “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” podcast amassed more than 70 million total listens in 2019.  “The Herd” radio show experienced “double-digit growth in December 2019,” with average quarter hour audience increasing +43% with Adults 25-54 and +51% with Men 25-54. (Source: Nielsen Audio, PPM, Exact Times, AQH, Dec. ‘19 vs. Dec. ’18).  The radio show airs simultaneously on FOX Sports Radio, iHeartRadio, and FS1 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm ET…..The nationally syndicated “Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk” show adds new affiliates KMZQ-AM, Las Vegas and KMAD-AM, Madill, Oklahoma to its roster of stations…..Podcast producer Cadence13 is launching a new program called, Unlocking Us, hosted by internationally renowned researcher and five-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Brené Brown.  The series is scheduled to debut at SXSW in March with two stage appearances featuring Brown in conversations with activist and #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, on the topic of empathy, and with Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness, on the topic of vulnerability…..Broadcasting industry executive Joel Chaseman died on Saturday (1/11) in North Bethesda, Maryland at age 93.  Chaseman was the manager of WINS-AM, New York when the station dropped the CHR format and flipped to all-news in 1965.  Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to vice president for radio for the Westinghouse Broadcasting Station Group.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. In Omaha, NRG Media flips KOOO from classic rock to adult hits as “101.9 The Keg.”  NRG says the station has been playing in the classic rock arena for several years, but with the addition of long-time programmer Jay Michaels, NRG Media is taking the station adult hits.  Former sister KQKQ personality Matt Tompkins will host the morning show. Crash Davis will handle middays and Mike Neville hosts afternoon drive.  NRG Media market manager Mark Shecterle says, “I am beyond excited to have Jay leading the charge from the programming and music side, while veteran on-air talent Matt Tompkins will kick-off the day with a fun, new, and entertaining morning show on ‘The NEW 101.9 The KEG.’”…..Two programming staffers have exited Cumulus Media’s New Orleans station group.  Program director Paul “Gonzo” Cannell – who was in charge of alternative WZRH “ALT 92.3,” country WRKN, and classic hits KKND – is out as is WZRH music director and afternoon drive personality Ashley Hollier…..In the Virginia Beach market, Jay West joins Max Media as afternoon drive host for adult contemporary WVBW “92.9 The Wave.”  Max Media Hampton Roads VP/GM Keith Barton says, “We at Max Media are more than thrilled to have Jay join our team.  He’s a talented and passionate radio guy through and through.”…..WWRZ, Fort Meade, Florida morning personality Eric Michaels adds program director duties for the Hall Communications-owned adult hits station.  Michael, who has been with the station for more than 19 years, says, “I’m thankful to Hall Communications for their faith and trust in me to help this family owned company continue to grow.”

Monday Memo: What If Radio…?

| January 13, 2020

By Holland Cooke
Consultant

 

LAS VEGAS — IOU my annual TALKERS report from CES, which we are admonished NOT to call “the Consumer Electronics Show,” for reasons that are instructive to radio.

As technology consumption changed, what had been “The Consumer Electronics Association” changed its name to “Consumer Technology Association;” thus their concern about this event being misconstrued as a gadget show.

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Naughty Or Nice

| January 10, 2020

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES —  Fully-synchronized with flipping the calendar From October to November, a number of FM music programmers (mostly from the adult contemporary format) couldn’t contain their giddiness as they prepared to temporarily transition their stations to all-Christmas music.

This programming strategy has heretofore proven to be a ratings blockbuster.

In our December 2019 ratings recap “extra,” let’s see if playing wall-to-wall holiday hits is still growing strong or starting to wane.

The following breakouts reflect those stations in the 48 PPM-markets that either increased their 6+-stat by at least one full-share or faltered by that margin in the December 2019 sweep (November 7 – December 4).

Hefty positive November 2019 – December 2019 movement is more often than not directly attributable to the all-Christmas music phenomenon.

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Friday, January 10, 2020

| January 10, 2020

Starnes Media Group to Purchase KWAM, Memphis. Conservative talk media personality and author Todd Starnes, via his Starnes Media Group, is acquiring historic radio station KWAM-AM, Memphis and translator W300DE, Memphis (107.9 FM) from Legacy Media for $685,000.  Starnes produces his daily talk radio show – currently heard on some 60 affiliate stations – and commentary feature that is distributed by Hamilton Strategies.  Starnes tells TALKERS magazine KWAM will be the flagship for his radio show.  “Memphis is my hometown.  And I’m glad to be coming back to the Mid-South.  Memphis deserves a locally owned and locally run talk radio station.  Our news, traffic and weather will be produced in Memphis by Memphians.  And I can promise that all-new ‘The Mighty 990’ is going to be a blowtorch for freedom across the Mid-South.”  Starnes parted ways with FOX News in October of 2019 after his contract expired and shortly thereafter launched his new radio programs and podcast.

NOW POSTED:  New Installment of “The Michael Harrison Wrap: An Overview of the National Conversation.”   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. The new episode titled, “Wag the Tongue!” looks back at this past week of January 6-10, 2020 and features guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERS;  Michael Berry, talk show host, KTRH, Houston; Bill Brady, talk show host, KFNX, Phoenix; Dom Giordano, talk show host, WPHT, Philadelphia; Lee Elci, talk show host, 94.9 News Now WJJF, Southeast Connecticut; Victoria Jones, executive director, DC Radio Company; and Christopher Ruddy, president/CEO, Newsmax Media. This acclaimed news/talk radio show airs each week on: WONK-FM, Washington, DC on Friday evenings between 6:00-7:00 pm.  It also airs throughout the weekend on WRKO, Boston; KSCO, Santa Cruz, CA;  KFNX, Phoenix; WVOX, Westchester, NY; KBDT, Dallas; KQSP, Minneapolis; KBKW, Aberdeen, WA; the Virginia Talk Radio Network and Pioneer Valley Radio in Springfield, MA as well as appearing on the iHeartRadio App.  To listen to this week’s episode (and the program’s complete archives), please click here.  To view the latest TALKERS magazine topic research, please click here.

Cumulus EVP/CFO John Abbot to Exit in March. An executive-level change takes place at Cumulus Media as executive vice president and chief financial officer John Abbot announces he’ll leave the company in the beginning of March, after the company reports its full-year 2019 financial results.  Meanwhile, the company is conducting a search for his successor.  Cumulus president and CEO Mary Berner says, “On behalf of the board and the entire company, I would like to thank John for his many contributions to Cumulus and for the strong finance and accounting organization he has helped build.  After nearly four years of commuting to Atlanta from Connecticut, it’s understandable that John has decided to pursue new opportunities at a company based closer to his home.  We appreciate his continued support through the transition and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”  Abbot says, “It has been a privilege and tremendously rewarding to work with Mary and the rest of the Cumulus team and I am truly proud of our many accomplishments over these past several years.  I am confident in the company’s ongoing ability to achieve its objectives and I look forward to following Cumulus’ continued success in the years ahead.”

WABC, New York Renews Clint Arthur’s Sunday Night Talk Show. New York City news/talk WABC announces it has “extended its commitment” with “The Greatest Show of All Time,” the Sunday evening program that stars celebrity entrepreneur Clint Arthur, to continue to air at 9:30 pm through the end of 2020.  Arthur says, “The mission of this show is personal, professional, and spiritual transformation for entrepreneurs, business owners, CEOs and anyone responsible for improving their own life and who wants to be more, do more, and have more.  As a native New Yorker, I am thrilled by this opportunity to give back to the city that made me who I am today.”  Arthur is the author of best-selling books: What They Teach You at The Wharton Business School; Speaking Game: 7-Figure Speaker Secrets; and The Greatest Book of All Time.  WABC is currently owned by Cumulus Media and is in the process of being sold to John CatsimatidisRed Apple Media for $12.5 million.

Management Changes at ESPN. After 15 years with the company, Traug Keller is retiring from his position as SVP of ESPN Audio.  He moved into that role in 2004 after having served as president of ABC Radio Networks.  He’ll officially exit the company next month.  Also retiring from ESPN Audio is vice president of national radio programming and production Marcia Keegan.  Assuming the leadership of the ESPN Audio division will be Dave Roberts, currently vice president of production, and Amanda Gifford, who holds the coordinating producer title.  At the same time, Tim McCarthy, who leads sports talk radio outlet WEPN-FM, New York as SVP and general manager for the company, is taking on the same responsibilities for ESPN’s sports talk KSPN, Los Angeles “ESPN 710.”

Kachinske Named OM for Cumulus Media Providence. Programming pro Mary Ellen Kachinske comes to Cumulus Media’s Providence cluster after most recently serving as program director at Hubbard Radio’s high-performing hot AC WTMX, Chicago “The Mix” for the past 18-plus years.  In Providence, she’ll be program director for adult contemporary WWLI “Lite Rock 105” and serve as operations manager for the cluster that includes news/talk outlets WPRO-AM/WEAN-FM and WPRV-AM and two other music brands.  Cumulus Providence vice president and market manager Holly Paras says, “After an exhaustive nationwide search, I am pleased to have Mary Ellen Kachinske joining the Cumulus Providence programming team.  The breadth of Mary Ellen’s experience will no doubt be felt immediately throughout the cluster. We look forward to her leadership and her ability to think strategically, in order to allow these well-established brands to continue to grow into the next decade.”

SummitMedia Ups Brannigan to SVP of Programming; Johnson to Lead Wichita Cluster. Being promoted from president and general manager of SummitMedia’s Wichita operations to senior vice president of programming for the company is Beverlee Brannigan.  As she moves into the corporate role, Todd Johnson is upped from general sales manager to president/GM for the Wichita station group.  Brannigan served as president/GM of Wichita for nearly six years.  Her previous programming experience has earned her a place in Country Radio Hall of Fame and she programmed country KFDI to a CMA Station of the Year Award.  She says, “I am honored to join Bill Tanner and John Olsen on the SummitMedia programming team.  We all share a commitment to radio that strongly connects with our audience.”

Iran Crisis Top News/Talk Story for Week of January 6-10. The killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani by U.S. forces and its diplomatic aftermath was the most-talked-about story on news/talk radio this week, landing atop the Talkers TenTM.  At #2 this week was the impeachment articles against President Trump.  Coming in tied at #3 was the presidential race and the political speeches at last Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, followed by the Australian bush fires and climate change at #4.  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 entire chart here.

Radio Sales Opportunity. Religious broadcaster Pillar of Fire International is seeking a full-time ad salesperson. The company says: “Star 99.1 is looking for our next great radio salesperson! This full-time position includes work in the office and travel throughout the NY metropolitan area to meet with customers and prospects. Over-achievers strongly encouraged to apply! A proven track record in radio or media sales is a pre-requisite and high standards of business integrity are expected. We offer a positive working environment and the satisfaction of doing a job that ‘counts.'” Qualified candidates should send letter and resume to jobs@star991.com or mail to Jobs, Star 99.1, P.O. Box 9058, Zarephath, NJ 08890. No calls please. Star 99.1 is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

PPM Analysis Extra: The ‘All Christmas’ Phenomenon. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents a “bonus” PPM analysis based on data from Nielsen Audio’s December 2019 survey.  Kinosian says that the shift to all-Christmas music has been a ratings boon for stations that adopt the change.  “In our December 2019 ratings recap ‘extra,’ let’s see if playing wall-to-wall holiday hits is still growing strong or starting to wane.  The following breakouts reflect those stations in the 48 PPM-markets that either increased their 6+ stat by at least one full share or faltered by that margin in the December 2019 sweep (November 7 – December 4).  Hefty positive November 2019 – December 2019 movement is more often than not directly attributable to the all-Christmas music phenomenon.”  See the report here.

More Music Radio News and Career Moves. New Haven urban AC WYBC-FM adds the “DeDe in the Morning” show to its program schedule, effective Monday (1/13).  WYBC is operated by Connoisseur Media.  The program is produced by Service Broadcasting’s KKDA, Dallas “K104” and is syndicated by Compass Media NetworksDeDe McGuire says, “It is an absolute honor to be part of the legendary WYBC and we can’t wait to wake up New Haven. Thank you, [director of operations] Juan Castillo and the WYBC team for your support and confidence.  We are going to have some fun together.”  As part of this move, Castillo – who had been morning host – moves to the afternoon drive daypart…..In Nashville, air personality and program director Zigz, a.k.a. Chris Cox, is leaving one of his positions with Cromwell Media’s alternative WBUZ “102.9 The Buzz.”  Zigz will continue to host the midday show but is relocating to Illinois as the result of his wife accepting a new gig.  In the interim, current afternoon drive host and digital/social media coordinator Hayley St. John is handling programming duties.  Station vice president and market manager Dennis Gwiazdon says, “Naturally, a decision like this didn’t come easy for Zigz and we most certainly had to respect his decision to be supportive of his wife’s career and the needs of his family.  There’s no question Zigz will be missed but the good news is he will remain a key part of our team, anchoring the midday show.”…..Pictured below is Ultra Records recording artist Chelsea Cutler (right) appearing in front of a roomful of listeners as air personality Mikey V (left) interviews her on iHeartMedia’s WXKS-FM, Boston “Kiss 108.”

Thursday, January 9, 2020

| January 9, 2020

Chad Benson to Join KTAR-FM, Phoenix for Afternoons.  Nationally syndicated talk radio host Chad Benson is not giving up his Radio America-syndicated show – he’ll continue to host it at its new live feed time of 9:00 am to 12:00 noon ET (beginning January 20) – but he’s joining air personality Larry Gaydos on Bonneville’s KTAR-FM, Phoenix “News 92.3 FM” as co-host of the station’s 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm show, effective January 21.  Bonneville Phoenix SVP and market manager Scott Sutherland says, “Chad is one of the most talented and energetic talk show hosts that I’ve ever seen.  I can’t wait for he and Larry to inform and entertain the KTAR audience on their way home each day.”  Mac Watson had been hosting the KTAR afternoon show with Gaydos, but he exited the station in October.  Speaking about his new gig, Benson says, “I am beyond excited to be partnering with Larry Gaydos – one of the most talented men in radio – on one of the most iconic stations in the country.  Here we come Phoenix.”  At the same time, Bonneville says KTAR-FM is adding “Arizona’s Evening News” to its daily lineup – a full hour of news, traffic, and weather starting each weeknight at 6:00 pm.

Report: 60 Million U.S. Adults Own Smart Speakers. According to the latest edition of The Smart Audio Report Winter 2019 from Edison Research and NPR, 24% of U.S. adults own a smart speaker device.  That’s about 60 million people 18+.  That’s up from 21 million at the end of 2018 and 7 million at the closing of 2017.  The report includes video interviews with study panelists who explain how they acquire new smart speaker skills and from where they get recommendations about new content.  As far as discovery is concerned, 45% of those surveyed say they get new skills or actions for their smart speaker from family and friends.  Many panelists said that after the initial ownership period passed, they stopped trying to see what else the smart speaker could do and now rely on it for a handful of the same tasks.  The report found that 69% of smart speaker owners agree they don’t know enough about them to use all of their features.  See more about the study here.

Emmis Communications 2019 Fiscal Q3 Net Revenue Flat.  Issuing financial data for its 2019 fiscal third quarter, Emmis Communications reports net revenue of $10.7 million, flat compared to the same figure in the fiscal third quarter of 2018.  Net revenue for the first three quarters of fiscal 2019 was down 5.3% to $29.3 million, compared to the same period in 2018.  For the fiscal 2019 Q3, Emmis posted an operating loss of $6 million, up 61% from the $3.2 operating loss posted in Q3 of fiscal 2018.  During fiscal 2019, Emmis closed on its sale of its 50.1% interest in Emmis Austin Radio Broadcasting Company, L.P. to Sinclair Telecable for $39.3 million and the sale of its controlling interest in New York’s WQHT-FM and WBLS-FM that netted $91.5 million in cash, a $5 million note, and a 23.72% stake in Standard General’s Mediaco Holdings – the new controlling owner of the stations.

U.S.-Iran Relations/Soleimani Killing, Iran Plane Crash, Trump Impeachment, 2020 Presidential Race, Megxit, Puerto Rico Earthquake Aftermath Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (1/8).  The relations between the U.S. and Iran after the U.S. killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani; the deadly crash of a Ukrainian jet in Tehran and speculation about the cause; the articles of impeachment against President Trump; the Democrats vying to challenge President Trump in November; Prince Harry and Meghan’s decision to “step back” from senior royal duties; and the conditions in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of recent earthquakes were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

TALKERS News Notes. The newest addition to the ESPN podcast lineup is Scott Van Pelt, who launches “SVPod” on January 14.  The late-night “SportsCenter” host’s weekly podcast will include long-form interviews, commentary, and expanded takes on his “One Big Thing” segment on SportsCenter.  Van Pelt says, “As much as I enjoy the ‘SportsCenter’ show we get to do at midnight, it doesn’t always provide the time and space for all I want to get to.  I look at interviews we had with Patrick Beverley, Matthew McConaughey, or Rakim as examples of times when the conversation was so interesting to me that it went on far beyond what we had room for on TV.”…..Compass Media Networks announces its slate of top-ranked, exclusive college basketball broadcasts that begin Sunday (1/12) with defending Big Ten Tournament champions Michigan State taking on Purdue.  Compass general manager for sports Michelle Salvatore says, “Our 2020 college basketball schedule continues Compass Media Networks’ decade-long reputation of excellence.  The teams, storylines, and rivalries cultivated and offered year in and year out are incomparable.  We are proud, once again, to offer our affiliates and corporate sponsors the best of college basketball and look forward to continuing this decade-long distinction.”  Find out more about the entire schedule of games here…..Two new episodes of the podcast “Truth and Lies: Jeffrey Epstein” debut today (1/9).  They are hosted by ABC NewsMark Remillard and are available on numerous platforms.  Also, the two-hour primetime television special, “Truth and Lies: Jeffrey Epstein,” airs tonight from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm on ABC TV.

Newsmax President/CEO Christopher Ruddy Is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast. The journalist and entrepreneur who launched Newsmax in 1998 and built it into one of America’s most successful and influential multi-media platforms, Christopher Ruddy, is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series “The Michael Harrison Interview.” Newsmax.com ranks consistently as one of the country’s most-trafficked news websites and Newsmax TV has enjoyed a rapid ascent to prominence in the cable news/talk TV arena with a current presence in 70 million cable homes across America. Harrison and Ruddy discuss today’s politics including the election, the state of cable news/talk television and insights drawn from his personal friendship with President Donald Trump. To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here or click on the player box located in the right-hand column of the TALKERS email newsletter and every page of Talkers.com.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. The urban morning radio show “The Breakfast Club” (pictured below), syndicated nationally by Premiere Networks, adds 10 new affiliates in the New Year, including: WJXM-FM, Meridian, Mississippi; WIBB-FM, Macon, Georgia; and WMNX-FM, Wilmington, North Carolina.  The program — hosted by Angela Yee, Charlamagne Tha God, and DJ Envy — is now heard in 90 markets across the country…..Cumulus Media’s Westwood One is re-branding its evening country radio show, changing the “NASH Nights Live” show starring Shawn Parr and Elaina Smith to “Nights with Elaina,” hosted by Smith.  The program will launch on February 3.  Smith says, “I’ve been lucky enough to have spent the last six years of my life with the best country music fans in the nation every single weeknight, and I’m so excited to have the opportunity to continue connecting with them with a new show, ‘Nights with Elaina.’  If there is one thing I’ve learned that listeners and stars have in common, it’s that we’re all just trying to figure out life and have fun while doing it.”  Shawn Parr is exiting the network…..The nationally syndicated urban show “DeDe in the Morning” adds eight new affiliate stations.  The program, starring DeDe McGuire, is a syndicated effort from Service Broadcasting Group’s KKDA, Dallas “K104” and Compass Media Networks.  Service Broadcasting director of operations and GM and brand manager for the program Geo Cook says, “DeDe’s unique content and strong connection to culture and community are fueling a revolution of perception about how women can lead and dominate ratings in morning drive.  We are thrilled that DeDe’s show is growing rapidly and spreading more laughter and fun in new markets.”  The show is currently heard on 35 affiliate stations…..Envision Networks’ “The Wolfman Jack Radio Show” is now airing on oldies WHRY, Hurley, Wisconsin and oldies WVVE, Grand Marais, Minnesota – home of the “World’s Tallest Indian” – a 52-foot fiberglass statue of tribal leader Hiawatha.  Envision says, “Listeners to the stations are hearing the legendary Wolfman Jack’s famous antics, crazy characters, celebrity interviews, and comedy bits every Saturday from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.”…..All Pro Broadcasting names Santiago Romero afternoon drive host at hot AC KHTI, Riverside “Hot 103.9.”  He was most recently with Entercom’s CHR KLUC, Las Vegas handling on-air, imaging and production duties…..On-air pro Eva Matteson is leaving her morning drive co-host role at Saga Communications’ hot AC WMGX, Portland “Coast 93.1” at the end of next month.  Matteson has been dealing with health issues and told listeners she wants to focus on those and spend more time traveling.

December 2019 PPM Analysis:
Public Radio News/Talk

| January 8, 2020

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES —  A detailed look at public radio news/talk concludes our comprehensive four-part summary of the December 2019 ratings period.

Breakouts shown here consist of data from public radio news/talk facilities that rank in the top 20 (6+) in any PPM-market during the aforementioned November 7 through December 4-conducted sweep.

Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations subscribing to its services. As a result, ratings stats in this analysis are limited to facilities paying that company for its information.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

| January 8, 2020

Elliot Jacobson Joins Newsmax TV as EVP of Programming/Chief Content Officer. Television executive Elliot Jacobson joins Newsmax TV as executive vice president of programming and chief content officer.  He most recently held the same position with Comcast-backed Baby Boomer-targeted network RLTV.  Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy comments, “Elliot comes to Newsmax with a significant career in content strategy, programming operations, and production.  We’re excited because Elliot has a tremendous background in content and will help us implement our 2020 plans and beyond.”  Jacobson began his career as a news producer in Spain and has held positions at news and entertainment networks and production companies over the last 25 years.  He has consulted extensively on programming strategy and operations for emerging networks domestically and internationally.  He is a frequent speaker on the subjects of Boomer audiences and consumers.  He says, “I have followed Newsmax’s extraordinary growth over the last several years and I am enthusiastic to join the team.  Chris Ruddy has positioned Newsmax to become a critical source of news and information in the media landscape.”

It’s Official: Rush Limbaugh Renews with iHeartMedia. During his rally in Miami over the weekend, President Trump revealed that Rush Limbaugh had signed a new – the president said – four-year deal with iHeartMedia’s Premiere Networks.  In an official release, iHeartMedia says the “specific terms” are not being announced but “long-term, multi-platform agreement reflects The Rush Limbaugh Show’s decades-long dominance in the talk radio format, including increased audience levels and revenue.”  In a statement, Limbaugh says, “Growing up, dreaming of and pondering success, I never actually envisioned it to the degree I have experienced it.  And it would not have happened without a huge audience of Americans, people who make the country work; hundreds of great radio stations who took a great risk 31 years ago; and the wonderful people at iHeartMedia, who know radio almost as well as I do.  Now, four more years!  There is nothing I would rather do!”

PPM Analysis: Public Radio News/Talk. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents a look at the performances of radio stations based on data from Nielsen Audio’s December 2019 PPM survey, today reporting on the public radio news/talk format.  Public radio talk fared better than its commercial news/talk “cousins” in the build-up to the holiday season with half of the stations on our panel see positive weekly 6+ AQH share movement and only 32% of stations seeing a decline when comparing November to December data.  The year-over-year comparison – December 2018 to December 2019 – shows about half the stations were up (48%) and the other half went down (52%).  Two public radio news/talk stations ranked #1 in their respective markets: WAMU-FM, Washington and KUT-FM, Austin.  However, five public radio news/talk stations ranked #2 in their markets.  See all the data here.

TALKERS News Notes. At Salem Media Group’s KDXE-FM, Little Rock “101.1FM The Answer,” Rush Limbaugh now airs in the 11:00 am to 2:00 pm daypart.  The Premiere Networks superstar moves there from Cumulus Media’s crosstown news/talk KARN-FM.  FOX News Radio’s Brian Kilmeade assumes the 11:00 am to 2:00 pm slot at KARN-FM…..Production pro Jody Avirgan leaves his senior editorial producer position with ESPN where he produced and voiced the “30 For 30 Podcasts.”…..Podcast producer cabana adds two new programs to its portfolio of shows.  “Voices for Justice” is a true crime program hosted by Sarah Turney, whose sister Alissa went missing in 2001.  “ONE Extraordinary Marriage” is co-hosted by Tony and Alisa DiLorenzo, marriage coaches and co-authors of 7 Days of Sex Challenge.  cabana SVP of business development Frank DeSantis says, “We’re excited about 2020 and kicking off the new year with these two great podcasts.  Our advertisers are eager for podcasts that tap into the interests and emotions of listeners.  We look forward to working with Sarah and the DiLorenzos and to bringing their audiences to national advertising brands.”

Iran Air Strikes/Middle East Tensions, Trump Impeachment, Presidential Race, Financial Markets Activity/The Economy, Hunter Biden Paternity Case, and Puerto Rico Earthquakes Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (1/7). Iran’s strikes against U.S. bases in Iraq in the aftermath of the U.S.’ killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani; the impeachment articles against President Trump; the Democrats hoping to challenge President Trump in November; the activity in the financial markets and the health of the U.S. economy; a judge rules Hunter Biden is the father of the child of a former DC stripper; and the earthquakes wreaking havoc in Puerto Rico were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. In Houston, Jessie Watt joins the cast of “The Morning Mix” on Entercom’s hot AC KHMX “Mix 96.5” alongside air personalities Sarah Pepper and Geoff Sheen.  Watt comes to Houston from her most recent position at the company’s WYCD, Detroit where she was the on-air producer for the “Chuck, Rachael and Grunwald in the Morning” program.  Watt says, “I am beyond thrilled to be joining Entercom Houston’s incredibly accomplished ‘Mix 96.5’ team.  I feel lucky to be able to spend my mornings working and laughing with the fiercely talented Sarah Pepper and Geoff Sheen and am extremely excited for the opportunity to work under [market manager] Sarah Frazier and [program director] Chase Murphy.”…..iHeartMedia and FOX Entertainment announce the nominees for the 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards that will air live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 29 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  The event also will be broadcast on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and the iHeartRadio digital platform.  iHeartMedia president of entertainment enterprises John Sykes says, “The iHeartRadio Music Awards is a true celebration of the music and artists that millions of fans listen to every day on their favorite radio stations across the country.  FOX’s young and engaged audience has proven to be the perfect home for our iHeart listeners.”  You can see the nominee list here…..The Premiere Networks-syndicated hip hop show “The Breakfast Club” is now airing on Cumulus Media’s hip hop WMNX, Wilmington, North Carolina “Coast 97.3.”  WMNX program director and afternoon drive host Brandon “Bigg B” Hickman says, “We are excited to bring a fresh morning to Wilmington with breaking hip hop and R&B with Angela Yee, Charlamange the GOD, and DJ Envy.  This addition pushes the urban culture forward with topics from trending news, finance, and politics wrapped up in a music intensive show on the way to work.  They and we are the culture!”

December 2019 PPM Analysis:
Contemporary Christian

| January 7, 2020

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Each month, we analyze PPM ratings performances from four different formats – three in the spoken-word arena and one from the music-intensive genre.

Having already posted December 2019 PPM overviews of all-news (Friday, 1/3) and sports talk (yesterday, 1/6), we turn our attention to contemporary Christian.

The following scoreboards are comprised of contemporary Christian stations that rank in the top 20 (6+) in any of the 48 PPM-markets during the December 2019 sweep (November 7 – December 4).

In light of the fact Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations subscribing to its service, ratings information in this exclusive analysis is limited to properties paying that company for its data.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

| January 7, 2020

Good Karma Names Jacobsen PD for ‘ESPN Madison.’ Sports talk and news/talk radio pro Mike Jacobsen is named program director for Good Karma Brands-owned sports talk outlet WTLX-FM, Madison “ESPN Madison,” effective January 13.  Jacobsen has served with WGN-AM, Chicago as producer of the morning drive show, as well as sports talk shows hosted by David Kaplan and David Haugh.  He was most recently the director of education at Illinois Media School.  Good Karma Madison vice president and market manager Keith Williams says, “We’re excited to have Mike Jacobsen join the ‘ESPN Madison’ team to lend his expertise and ear to an already exciting and growing lineup.  His previous leadership roles and passion for the radio industry make him a perfect fit to lead the team to new heights.”  Jacobsen comments, “I couldn’t be more excited to help lead such an incredibly talented lineup and teammates in one of the best sports towns in the country.  It’s truly an honor to be a part of the innovative and ambitious Good Karma Brands team as we continue to grow the ESPN Wisconsin brand.”

Mike Rhyner Retires from ‘The Ticket’ in Dallas. After 26 years with Dallas sports talk radio station KTCK-AM/FM “The Ticket,” afternoon drive personality Mike Rhyner is retiring from the station immediately.  Rhyner made his announcement via a YouTube video in which the 69-year-old broadcaster told fans the decision to retire was entirely his.  He said, “The time is right. It has been my life for 26 years, probably more than it should have been.  I loved everything about the radio station.  I loved being on the air, being with the guys, the road trips with the guys. I will miss it terribly, no doubt.”  Rhyner has been co-host of the afternoon drive show, “The Hardline,” since the station launched in 1994.  Rhyner notes that the station has been through four owners, numerous general managers and yet has consistently achieved phenomenal ratings.  “We’ve seen it grow into something that none of us could have possibly imagined.”  The Dallas Star-Telegram quotes Rhyner’s co-host, Corby Davidson, saying, “He’s very happy with his situation.  This has everything to do with a guy who has decided it’s time.  We should all be so lucky.  We all owe everything to him.”

Chris Berry Promoted to EVP of News, Talk and Sports for iHeartMedia. Radio executive Chris Berry is promoted from SVP to executive vice president of news, talk and sports programming for iHeartMedia.  Berry will continue to provide strategic guidance for the company’s spoken-word formats and connect key advertisers with iHeartMedia’s news, talk, and sports audiences.  Since 2011, Berry has managed iHeartMedia’s 24/7 News Source and was upped to SVP in 2017.  He’ll continue as format brand manager and provide oversight for NBC News Radio and the 24/7 News Network, reporting to Premiere Networks president Julie Talbott.  She says, “Chris has tremendous programming experience and he’s been a valuable asset to our team for nearly a decade.  As the spoken-word format continues to grow, his leadership and vision will help ensure we’re strategically positioned to provide the best content across multiple platforms, while delivering unparalleled results for stations and advertising partners.”

Little Rock Sports Talker Exits Station in Wake of Theft Accusation. KATV-TV, Little Rock reports that sports talk radio host Eric Sullivan has exited Signal Media’s KABZ-FM, Little Rock “103.7 The Buzz” after a staffer at a local restaurant accused him of taking $409 from her purse.  KABZ confirmed to KATV-TV that Sullivan, host of the early afternoon “Out of Bounds” show, is no longer with the station.  Sullivan has not been charged.  Authorities say the money was returned to the restaurant staffer and it’s now up to her whether she wishes to file charges or not.  Sullivan issued the following statement to KATV-TV: “I need to address something to you all: I’ve made a monumental career mistake & I take full responsibility for it, I let many people down as well as the listeners and great people at 1037 the Buzz and I will own that for the rest of my life.”

Cumulus Toledo Names Dana DiModica VP and Market Manager. Radio sales pro Dana DiModica is promoted from director of sales and local sales manager to vice president and market manager for Cumulus Media’s Toledo station group that includes sports talker WTOD “The Ticket ESPN 106.5 FM” and six music brands.  DiModica says, “I am honored and excited to be able to lead this wonderful group of people in Toledo.  I appreciate the opportunity that has been given to me by our CEO Mary Berner and executive vice president Bob Walker.  Having spent my entire radio career in the area, I know the impact our radio stations have in our community, with our listeners, and the relationships with our clients.  I am grateful for the opportunity to continue that impact as vice president/market manager of Cumulus Toledo.”

TALKERS News Notes. The National Association of Broadcasters announces that it is accepting entries for the NAB Crystal Radio Awards, honoring outstanding community service, to be presented during the We Are Broadcasters Celebration on April 21 during the 2020 NAB Show in Las Vegas.  Finalists will be announced next month.  Entry submissions must be received by January 31.  You can submit entries here…..Chicago media maven Robert Feder reports that Entercom all-news WBBM-AM/WCFS-FM is promoting two staffers to full-time positions.  Jennifer Keiper becomes the 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm anchor.  Her duties include reporting into the early evening as well as a Sunday shift.  Andy Dahn moves into the anchor role Sunday through Thursday evenings.  He’s also charged with boosting the station’s social media presence in late nights and overnight.  WBBM director of news and programming Ron Gleason says, “Jennifer and Andy have shown tremendous reporting ability both in the field and in the anchor chair.  Their flexibility and talents will enhance our news coverage, helping make WBBM even stronger as election season approaches.”…..Boston public media organization WGBH is beefing up its news department with a news bureau in the Central Massachusetts city of Worcester.  The bureau will house a fully equipped broadcast studio providing easy access for interviews and will be equipped to stream digital video to platforms such as Facebook Live.  WGBH News says it plans to collaborate with local colleges to develop internship opportunities with the new bureau and will use it as a convening space for local organizations…..Entercom’s KILT-AM, Houston “SportsRadio 610” announces it is airing “live and local programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as the Texans are in the postseason.”  Program director Armen Williams adds, “Coming off the most amazing Texans victory in franchise history, the city of Houston is buzzing.  We’re proud to be able to feed their hunger for this franchise by talking Texans around the clock.”…..On the national level, Entercom’s RADIO.COM is presenting weekly, live two-hour broadcasts of “You Better You Bet” (in partnership with The Action Network) to preview the NFL playoff games.  Entercom president of sports Mike Dee comments, “As the NFL postseason gets underway, our listeners can turn to their favorite sports betting show for all of the insight and advice they need leading right up to kickoff.”…..Cumulus Media’s Westwood One is presenting live play-by-play coverage of all four NFL playoff games this weekend.  Ryan Radtke, Tony Boselli, and Scott Kaplan will call the Vikings at 49ers game; Brandon Gaudin, Ross Tucker, and Laura Okmin have the Titans at Ravens game; Kevin Kugler, Trent Green, and James Laurinaitis are working the Texans at Chiefs game; and Kevin Harlan, James Lofton, and Hub Arkush are calling the Seahawks at Packers game…..The Utica Comets hockey club and Galaxy Media Partners extend their broadcast partnership for another six years.  As part of the deal, in addition to airing all 76 regular season and playoff games on rock WKLL-FM, Utica “94.9 KROCK,” a new and extended 30-minute pregame show has been added to gameday coverage with hosts Rainman and Scoop.

Saga Communications Strikes Deal with Aptivada for Online Promotions. Radio operator Saga Communications signs a company-wide, multi-year agreement with Aptivada for it to provide online contesting, marketing, revenue, and promotions.  Saga director of digital strategies Eric Christian says, “In 2020, Saga is focused on creating unique and innovative solutions for audiences and clients within 120 of our local stations.  Aptivada’s offering of multiple products on one platform will allow us to provide cutting-edge ideas to our partners with the confidence that all audience and client data is stored securely and privately – which is also a top priority for us.  We look forward to this partnership and all the success it will bring.”

Iran General Killed/Middle East Tensions, Trump Impeachment, 2020 Presidential Race, Facebook Bans Deepfakes, Harvey Weinstein Case, Australian Bushfires/Global Warming, and Golden Globe Awards Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (1/6). The aftermath of the U.S. killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and tensions in the Middle East; the articles of impeachment against President Trump; the Democrats vying to challenge President Trump in November; Facebook announces a ban on deepfake videos; embattled movie mogul Harvey Weinstein – with a trial set to begin in New York – is charged with sexual assault in Los Angeles; the bushfires ravaging southeastern Australia and questions about whether climate change is a factor; and Sunday evening’s Golden Globe Awards were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

PPM Analysis: Contemporary Christian. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents a look at the performances of radio stations based on data from Nielsen Audio’s December 2019 PPM survey, today focusing on the contemporary Christian format.  See how those stations performed compared to the November survey, the December 2018 survey and more here.

More Music Radio News and Career Moves. The Long Island morning radio duo “Roger and JP” are celebrating 20 years together on Cox Media Group’s classic rock WBAB, Babylon, New York.  Roger Luce (right) and John “JP” Parise (left) began working together in 2000.  Luce had years of radio experience in the market and served as PA announcer for New York Islanders games.  Parise was a van driver for the station before they got together on the radio.  In addition to their WBAB morning gig, they also host an 11:00 am to 2:00 pm show on CMG’s WHPT, Tampa “102.5 The Bone.”…..iHeartMedia names Mike McCabe program director for CHR WZFT, Baltimore “Z104.3,” effective January 20.  McCabe was most recently PD and afternoon drive personality at the company’s CHR WERZ, Portsmouth, New Hampshire “Z107.”   iHeartMedia Baltimore SVP of programming Mike Preston states, “McCabe’s extensive programming background combined with his passion for the pop music landscape makes him the perfect fit for this position.  We are thrilled to welcome him to Baltimore as we kick off Z104.3’s 11th year as Baltimore’s number one hit music station.”…..Compass Media Networks’ “Free Beer and Hot Wings” program is added to the schedule at Townsquare Media’s rock WGBF, Evansville, Indiana as the new morning show.  WGBF brand manager Kat Mykals comments, “We are excited to start the new year and the new decade with a new era in morning rock radio as we welcome the ‘Free Beer and Hot Wings’ morning show to WGBF-FM.  With their amazing chemistry and authenticity, the show is a natural fit as we continue to be Evansville’s and the Tristate’s home for ‘Everything That Rocks.’”…..Magnum.Media unveils the new classic country format on WBOG, Tomah, Wisconsin.  Magnum staffer Robin Jon Olson is returning to the airwaves to host the morning drive show.  He says, “After two years focused on the sales and production side of radio, I’m excited about adding back to my duties being on the air.  Hard to believe I played those 80s country songs as current hits, and now I get to play them again.  A lot of great country music came out in the 80s, 90s and early 2000s.  By focusing on this era of country music, ‘BOG Country’ isn’t in direct competition with another station in our market.”…..CMT and iHeartMedia announce their renewed partnership and multi-year extension that includes the two syndicated radio programs, “CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan” and “CMT Radio Live with Cody Alan.”  Pictured below are (from l-r): Cody Alan, Premiere Networks president Julie Talbott, MCA Nashville recording artist Sam Hunt, and executive producer of CMT Radio content and programming partnerships Ashlee McDonald.

Monday, January 6, 2020

| January 6, 2020

Mike Broomhead exits KFYI, Phoenix.  In a social media post yesterday (1/5), morning drive talk show host Mike Broomhead told his listeners he will not return to the air after his holiday vacation and is leaving his talk host duties at iHeartMedia’s news/talk KFYI, Phoenix.  Broomhead had been KFYI before moving into the morning drive slot 10 years ago after Barry Young retired from the station where he’d been on air for decades.  Broomhead says in his post, “After 10 amazing years I have decided to leave KFYI.  As sure as I am that God put me there I am as sure that this is the right decision for me.  This is 100% my decision Thank all of you who have listened. I have some time to figure out what is next. Will keep you posted God Bless.”  AZCentral reports that news anchor and morning show staff member Rob Hunter appears to be handling the morning show duties for now.

Steve Cortes to Host Afternoons on WIND-AM, Chicago. According to a report by Chicago media writer Robert Feder, CNN political commentator Steve Cortes – also a member of Trump’s Hispanic Advisory Council – is the new afternoon drive host at Salem Media Group’s WIND-AM, Chicago “AM 560 The Answer.”  The 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm show had been hosted by former U.S. Rep Joe Walsh (who also hosted the 9:00 pm to 12:00 midnight show on the Salem Radio Network) who left his post to run for president as a Republican.  In a statement, Salem Media Group RVP and general manager Jeff Reisman says, “The insight and political acumen that Steve will bring to our audience each day will be second to none.  As we enter this election year, Steve will provide an inside perspective on what’s happening on the campaign trail.”

WPGG Talk Radio Host Harry Hurley Signs Multi-Year Contract Extension to Remain with Townsquare MediaTALKERS magazine Heavy Hundred member Harry Hurley signs a multi-year contract extension with Townsquare Media to continue to host his long-running “Hurley in the Morning” program.  Hurley also serves as the senior programming consultant for WPGG.  Hurley, who has been with Townsquare Media since July of 1992, says, “I am pleased to have enjoyed such rare longevity with one company.  It’s a blessing that I have never taken for granted.  I love the people that I have the privilege to work with at all levels of the company for nearly three decades.  We are presently living history.  I appreciate the opportunity to continue to be a part of the vital spoken-word format in our country.” Hurley presently serves as one of the rotating hosts for the FOX News Radio nationally syndicated radio show, “FOX Across America,” that airs from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm ET and fills in on other FOX News Radio programs.

Mike Francesa’s ‘Mike’s On’ Show Debuts on RADIO.COM Today at 5:00 pm ET. We knew that New York sports talk radio star Mike Francesa was destined for Entercom’s RADIO.COM platform in addition to his half-hour show airing on WFAN.  Now, Entercom reveals that his “Mike’s On” show will stream live from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm daily, with the 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm portion also airing on WFAN.  Entercom chief digital officer J.D. Crowley says, “Mike Francesa is a pillar in sports radio who has played an integral part in driving sports conversations in New York.  We’re excited to continue our partnership with Mike and offer the same unrivaled sports content our New York listeners love to a broader audience on RADIO.COM.”  Francesa says, “I’m looking forward to working with RADIO.COM in a variety of new ways and continuing my tenure on WFAN.  This new opportunity will allow me to connect with loyal listeners all over the country on both broadcast and digital and I’m looking forward to making this new show a success.”

Cumulus Flips Classic Country KBZU to FM Simulcast of KKOB-AM, Albuquerque. Albuquerque news/talk KKOB-AM already has a 50,000-watt “blowtorch” AM signal.  That signal is getting an FM partner as Cumulus Media drops the classic country format on KBZU-FM and adds the class C signal to the KKOB broadcast.  KKOB had been heard on FM translator K233CG at 94.5 FM.  Cumulus says the station “will cover all of Albuquerque, as well as Santa Fe and the adjacent suburbs.”  Cumulus Albuquerque VP and market manager Jeff Berry says, “KKOB is approaching its 100th year of serving New Mexico and what better way to celebrate than to expand our platform to a full-strength 100,000-watt FM signal?  The KKOB News Radio ‘blowtorch’ will be blasted on both AM and FM signals, giving New Mexicans easy access for news, information, UNM football and basketball, and the best on-air talent in the business.  This is a huge win for our listeners, advertisers, and partners.”  In addition to the new FM signal, KKOB is upping the news programming with a new, 30-minute morning newscast called, “The KKOB Morning Briefing,” at 5:00 am starting next Monday (1/13).  Spoken-word operations manager Jared Hart adds, “I feel fortunate to be a part of such an important moment for one of New Mexico’s biggest brands.  There are so many potential listeners who never sample AM stations, so we can now put our amazing programs in front of the largest possible audience.”

PPM Analysis: Sports TalkTALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents a look at the performances of radio stations based on data from Nielsen Audio’s December 2019 PPM survey, today focusing on sports talk.  The period leading up to the holidays usually does not help spoken-word stations in the ratings battle and this year was no different, with 67% of sports stations in PPM markets faltering from the November survey to the December survey while just 20% improved.  Stations showing increased weekly 6+ AQH shares were linked to successful football campaigns. Entercom’s WJZ-FM, Baltimore (the NFL’s Ravens) was up by six-tenths; iHeartMedia’s KFXN, Minneapolis (the NFL’s Vikings) rose five-tenths; and Tegna’s WBNS-FM, Columbus (Ohio State Buckeyes) was also up five-tenths.  However, comparing year-over-year ratings, 65% of sports talkers improved, led by KFXN, Minneapolis (up 2.1 shares); Entercom’s KWFN, San Diego (up 1.5 shares); and Cumulus Media’s KNBR, San Francisco (up 1.1 shares).  KFXN was the only sports station to rank #1 in its market in December.  WBNS-FM ranked #2 and Entercom’s WIP-FM, Philadelphia ranked #3.  See Mike Kinosian’s entire report here.

Monday Memo: Pay Attention (They don’t).  Broadcasters have never had more competition for listener mind-share.  In this week’s column, consultant Holland Cooke offers some NEWS Year’s Resolutions.  Read it here.

U.S.-Iran Tensions, Trump Impeachment, 2020 Presidential Race, Financial Markets and the Economy, Weinstein Trial, and 2020 Golden Globe Awards Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend.  The aftermath of the U.S.’ killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani; the impeachment articles against President Trump; the Democrats vying to challenge President Trump in November and the rise of Michael Bloomberg in the polls; financial markets activity and the state of the U.S. economy; today’s start of the trial of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein; and Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

TALKERS News Notes. The nationally syndicated Chad Benson show announces it is moving its live broadcast time to 9:00 am to 12:00 noon ET, effective Monday. January 20.  Radio America says that a re-feed at 6:00 pm ET will continue.  Radio America says, “Since launching Chad into national syndication in 2015, the show has increased in popularity and audience growth and has been a major factor in building audience growth on its affiliates in the A25-54 demo.  As a result, many stations have requested the show’s live feed time be earlier in the day going into this important election year.”  Stations wishing to upgrade to the new time slot may contact Radio America at affiliates@radioamerica.com…..It appears as if President Trump tipped America that Rush Limbaugh and syndicator Premiere Networks have agreed to a new, four-year deal to continue the nationally syndicated “Rush Limbaugh Program.”  At his Miami rally, Trump told the crowd that Limbaugh had signed the new deal.  Premiere confirmed to CNN Business that there is a new contract but did not specify its length…..PodcastOne is announcing that three of its podcasts are reaching the 100-episode milestone.  Celebrity/influencer-headlined podcasts, “House of Kim” with Bravo star Kim Zolciak; “Make Speidi Famous Again” with the reality TV couple Spencer and Heidi Pratt; and “Cold Case Files,” in partnership with A&E, all hit the 100-episode mark this month.  PodcastOne founder and executive chairman Norm Pattiz says, “PodcastOne’s great strength has always been picking the hits and future hits while building our network and creating financial success for our partners.  Congrats to Kim, Spencer and Heidi, and A&E on this terrific achievement.”

Music Radio News and Career Moves. In Philadelphia, Beasley Media Group names Matt Cord host of the midday show at classic rock WMGK, taking over for Debbi Calton, who retired last month after 26 years on the station.  Cord has been on air in Philly on rock WMMR-FM and WBEN-FM.  He says, “I’m so thrilled to continue Debbi Calton’s incredible legacy with the WMGK workplace audience.  I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work side-by-side with Philly radio legend John DeBella and longtime afternoon drive personality Andre Gardner!”…..Entercom ups Orphan Andrew to assistant program director and music director for CHR KUDL, Sacramento “106.5 The End.”  He’ll continue to host the station’s midday show.   Entercom Sacramento SVP and market manager Stacey Kauffman says, “Since joining ‘106.5 The End,’ Orphan Andrew has demonstrated his passion for the station and our listeners, and his promotion to APD and music director is a direct result of that.  His long-standing relationship with his audience and broad understanding of pop culture makes him the ideal candidate.  I’m excited to continue to see his positive energy and spirit in the hallways and hear what he can add to one of America’s most successful top 40 brands.”…..Cumulus Media announces a new air talent lineup at country KRMD, Shreveport, Louisiana that includes morning show “Melinda and Mason” – with Melinda Coyer and Mason Stanfield.  Stanfield joins Coyer and Cumulus Shreveport from Adams Radio Group in Las Cruces, New Mexico where he was afternoon personality and music director at country KGRT and morning host for classic rock KSNM.  Current morning co-host Mike Martindale is moving to afternoon drive on KRMD…..WSYR-TV, Syracuse news anchor Christie Casciano is providing news updates three times each morning on Galaxy Media’s adult contemporary WZUN, Syracuse “Sunny 102.”  Casciano will join morning host Rick Gary at 7:00 am, 7:30 am, and 8:00 am each day.  She says, “Even though I anchor the late-night news on television, I still have a passion for morning radio – which is where I got my start in this business, thanks to Rick.  Rick and I will be committed to delivering you up to date local news and events that touch our community, keeping you informed, and hopefully giving you a reason to smile on your way to work and school.”…..Reach Media launches the hip hop morning radio show, “The Morning Hustle,” now available in syndication.  Reach calls it “the freshest program in broadcasting with an entertaining, humorous, and informative take on urban pop culture from the Millennial and Generation Z point of view – meant to wake up its audience to the beat of today’s hip hop.  The talent lineup includes: HeadKrack, Angie Ange, “On-Air” Jordan, Lore’l, and Billy Sorrells.

Monday Memo: Pay Attention
(They Don’t)

| January 6, 2020

By Holland Cooke
Consultant

 

BLOCK ISLAND, RI — New Year’s Resolution: Presume minimal listener attention.

Broadcasters have never had more competition for it; and listeners have never been more distracted, by daily stress, Trump Tweets, new audio and interactive competition, and overstated media noise (to which talk radio is a conspicuous contributor).

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December 2019 PPM Analysis:
Sports Talk

| January 6, 2020

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Sports talk is the focus of the second in our comprehensive four-part series of December 2019 PPM overviews.

The following scoreboards are comprised of sports talk facilities that rank in the top 20 (6+) in any of the 48 PPM-markets during the December 2019 sweep, which covered November 7 through December 4.

Ratings information in this exclusive analysis is limited to sports talk properties that subscribe to Nielsen Audio’s audience estimates.

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December 2019 PPM Analysis:
The All-News Format

| January 3, 2020

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Our comprehensive four-part series of December 2019 ratings recaps begins with an overview of all-news stations.

The following scoreboards reflect data from all-news properties that appear in the top 20 (6+) in December 2019, a sweep that covered November 7 – December 4.

All but three stations listed in this format synopsis are Entercom-owned properties.

Non-Entercom all-news operations in this report are iHeartMedia’s WBZ-AM, Boston (also listed in Providence); Hubbard Broadcasting Washington, DC’s WTOP-FM; and Sinclair Broadcast Group Seattle’s KOMO.

Ratings stats in this exclusive analysis are limited to stations paying Nielsen Audio for its data.

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Friday, January 3, 2020

| January 3, 2020

PPM Analysis: All-News. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents a look at the performances of stations based on data from Nielsen Audio’s December 2019 PPM survey with a focus on all-news stations.  As the calendar inches closer to the holidays each year, listening to spoken-word radio usually dips to some extent and the end of 2019 was no different.  Fifty-three percent of all-news stations saw their 6+ weekly AQH share decline from the November survey to December, with 33% going up and 13% staying flat.  More concerning for all-news operators was the year-over-year decrease.  Seventy-three percent of all-news stations were down from December 2018 to December 2019 with just 27% improving.  The lone big gainer there was Entercom’s KCBS-AM, San Francisco in which it put together a 2.1 share increase.  KCBS-AM was also the only all-news station to rank #1 in its market in December.  WBBM-AM/WCFS-FM, Chicago ranked #3, as did Hubbard Radio’s WTOP-FM, Washington.  See Mike Kinosian’s entire report here.

 

 

 

NOW POSTED:  New Installment of “The Michael Harrison Wrap: An Overview of the National Conversation.”   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 on the website of its flagship station, iHeartMedia’s WONK-FM, Washington, DC (1/3).  The new episode titled, “Roaring Not Boring Twenties!” looks back at this past week of December 30, 2019 – January 3, 2020 and features guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERS;  Curtis Sliwa, talk show host, WABC, New York; Gary Sutton, talk show host, WSBA, York, PA; J.D. Hayworth, radio-TV talk host / former US Representative (R-AZ); Christopher Ruddy, CEO, Newsmax / Newsmax TV; Graham Mack, talk show host / program director, FIX Radio, London, UK; and Don Imus (1940 -2019), legendary talk show host.  This acclaimed news/talk radio show airs each week on WONK-FM, Washington, DC on Friday evenings between 6:00-7:00 pm. It also airs throughout the weekend on WRKO, Boston; KSCO, Santa Cruz, CA;  KFNX, Phoenix; WVOX, Westchester, NY; KBDT, Dallas; KQSP, Minneapolis; KBKW, Aberdeen, WA; the Virginia Talk Radio Network and Pioneer Valley Radio in Springfield, MA as well as appearing on the iHeartRadio App.  To listen to this week’s episode (and the program’s complete archives), please click here.  To view the latest TALKERS magazine topic research, please click here.

Entercom Announces New CBS Sports Radio Lineup; ‘The DA Show’ to Mornings. The CBS Sports Radio network has a new lineup for 2020, Entercom announces. Entercom SVP of programming Jeff Sottolano says, “Our new CBS Sports Radio lineup will provide enhanced programming for fans and further cement our place as a leader in national sports coverage.  Damon Amendolara – “DA” – has continued to demonstrate that he is a rising star in the format and will excel with his move to mornings.  We are thrilled to add the Westwood One-produced Pat McAfee program to the network lineup and happy to introduce our audience to Zach Gelb at night.”  Westwood One remains the exclusive sales and distribution partner for the network.  The daily lineup is as follows: “The DA Show” in AM drive; “The Pat McAfee Show” from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon; “The Jim Rome Show” from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm; “Tiki and Tierney” from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm; Zach Gelb from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm: “Ferrall on the Bench” from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am; and Amy Lawrence from 2:00 am to 6:00 am.

Mary Dixon Appointed WBEZ-FM, Chicago Morning Anchor. Former triple A WXRT-FM, Chicago morning drive co-host Mary Dixon – recently let go by the Entercom station as part of a number of air talent moves – is signing on with public outlet WBEZ-FM as morning news anchor and local “Morning Edition” host.  The Chicago Tribune says Dixon begins training next week and takes to the air in February.  She takes over for Lisa Labuz who is moving to the midday anchor position.  Dixon had co-hosted the morning show on WXRT with Lin Brehmer for the past 20-plus years.  Brehmer moves to the midday show on WXRT.

TALKERS News Notes. New York sports talk personality Bart Scott will not begin his radio show with Alan Hahn on ESPN’s WEPN “ESPN New York” until January 20.  According to Andrew Marchand in the New York Post, Entercom threatened legal action to keep Scott from starting on time – he was expected to start yesterday (1/2).  But an ESPN spokesperson says WEPN GM Tim McCarthy wanted to give Scott some time off since he finished his stint with WFAN by working right up until Christmas…..iHeartMedia Erie launches a new station airing podcasts available on the iHeartRadio platform.  The station WLTM-FM (just across the state line in Mina, New York) is branded “iHeartPodcast 95.9 FM” and showcases “today’s most popular podcasts,” allowing listeners to discover them through the radio. iHeartMedia Erie SVP of programming Joe Lang says, “We’re thrilled to welcome the iHeartPodcast Channel to the Erie community.  Now our local listeners have even more access to a variety of their favorite iHeart podcasts, while helping them discover new podcast content all through the power of radio.  From true crime to history, comedy to food, this station will offer a wide variety of topics every week.”…..iHeartMedia North Dakota launches the new “Dakota Farm and Ranch Report” – a three to four-minute report that airs five times on weekday mornings on news/talk KFYR and country KBMR in Bismarck, North Dakota; country KLTC-AM, Dickinson, North Dakota; and country KCJB-AM in Minot, North Dakota.  North Dakota rancher and broadcaster Scott Bachmeier joins iHeartMedia Bismarck as farm and ranch director and host of the “Dakota Farm and Ranch Report.”   iHeartMedia North Dakota market president Charlie Thomas says, “We realize farming and ranching in the Dakotas is unique and we wanted to offer a custom informational show that would focus on international, national, and state agricultural issues, but also dedicate a fair amount of time to the issues that affect farms and ranches a little closer to home.”…..Newsday’s Neil Best reports that John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman will return to call New York Yankees games on Entercom-owned radio flagship WFAN, New York for the 2020 season.  This will be the duo’s 16th season behind the mics together…..Condolences to the family and friends of former Montgomery, Alabama talk host Mark Montiel, who passed away recently.  Montiel, also a practicing attorney in the area, worked at Cumulus Media from 2011 through 2017, hosting his own program on news/talk WLWI-AM.  Cumulus Montgomery operations manager Rick Hendrick tells the Alabama News Network, “Working with Mark Montiel was awesome.  He was very outspoken.  He’s like me, just very outspoken and very opinionated which makes good radio for us here at Cumulus.  It was awesome to work with him.”

U.S. Embassy in Iraq Protests and Middle East Tensions Among Top News/Talk Stories This Week.  The violent protests at the U.S. embassy in Iraq and the subsequent killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in a U.S. air strike was the most-talked-about story on news/talk radio this week, landing atop the Talkers TenTM.  At #2 on this week’s chart is the impeachment of President Donald Trump.  Close behind at #3 is the 2020 presidential race, followed by the New York City Hanukkah attack and the related rise of anti-Semitism and race relations at #4.  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 entire chart here.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. In Pennsylvania’s Lancaster-York-Harrisburg market, programming and on-air pro Ronnie Ramone is upped to program director for Hall Communications’ hot AC WROZ “Fun 101.3.”  He’ll continue hosting the evening show on the station.  Cluster VP/general manager Billy Baldwin says, “Ronnie has been instrumental in building the ‘Fun 101.3’ brand in Central Pennsylvania.  He has been our go-to guy on so many things for so long and we are excited to give him this opportunity.”…..At iHeartMedia’s Wichita cluster, senior vice president of programming Jim Dorman takes over the program director role for adult contemporary KRBB “B98.”  He also is PD for country KZSN.  Additionally, alternative KTHR, Wichita program director Manny Cowzinski adds PD duties for sister CHR KZCH “Channel 96-3.”  Dorman says, “Manny has shown he has the passion and skills to not only program alternative ‘ALT 107-3,’ but also program ‘Channel 96-3.’

Thursday, January 2, 2020

| January 2, 2020

WFAN, New York Officially Announces New Lineup. On New Year’s Eve, Entercom announced the new lineup for sports talk WFAN, New York “The Fan” that takes effect on Monday, January 6.  As had been reported in numerous New York media outlets, the station goes from four to three daytime shows with Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts moving from late mornings to the 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm slot, replacing Mike Francesa.  He will host the 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm “Mike’s On” program as well as “host special programs, remote broadcasts, and contribute to other shows on WFAN.”  Maggie Gray remains with the station in midday, reunited with longtime WFAN personality Marc “Moose” Malusis for the 10:00 am to 2:00 pm “Moose and Maggie” show.  Prior to her joining WFAN in 2018 with co-hosts Bart Scott and Chris Carlin, she served with CBS Sports Radio co-hosting a Saturday morning show with Malusis.   Malusis currently serves as the host of “Football Sunday” on WFAN with former New York Giants player David Diehl.  The rest of the lineup remains the same, with “Boomer and Gio” in AM drive, Steve Sommers in evenings and John Jastremski in overnights.  Entercom New York SVP of programming Mark Chernoff says, “This is quite an impressive lineup of talent on WFAN as we remain the one and only place to talk New York sports all day, every day.  Combined with our play-by-play of New York Yankees baseball, New York Giants football, Brooklyn Nets basketball and New Jersey Devils hockey, as well as our slate of National Football League games, we look forward to expanding our position as the flagship station for New York sports fans.”

KABC, Los Angeles Adds Two Evening Shows to New Lineup. Los Angeles news/talk outlet KABC adds two one-hour programs to its evening lineup, effective today (1/2).  Former Secret Service Agent and NYPD officer and New York Times best-selling author Dan Bongino hosts his eponymous 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm show and Andrew Klavan brings his “distinctive brand of political satire, cultural commentary, interviews and more” to the 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm hour.  Both Bongino and Klavan host podcasts of the same name on the Westwood One Podcast NetworkCumulus Media’s KABC recently announced its daily lineup consisting of “Armstrong & Getty” in AM drive, Washington-based Larry O’Connor from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, John Phillips from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm, Ben Shapiro from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm and “The Savage Nation” with Michael Savage from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  KABC general manager Drew Hayes says, “We are thrilled to add Dan Bongino and Andrew Klavan to our built-for-election year lineup.  Both Dan and Andrew have strong, thoughtful opinions and huge followings that will make nights on KABC a real destination for common sense listeners in 2020 and beyond.”

Ratings Takeaways from December PPM Survey. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Ratings Takeaways” from Nielsen Audio’s December 2019 PPM survey that covered November 7 to December 4, 2019.  Some positive 6+ weekly AQH share ratings movement for spoken-word stations during the survey includes: Hearst’s news/talk WBAL-AM, Baltimore adds three-tenths to its five-survey uptick to finish at a 3.2 share and the #11 rank in the market; Entercom’s crosstown sports talker WJZ-FM, Baltimore rises six-tenths to a 4.9 share and #8 in the market; Alpha Media’s KXL-FM, Portland adds two-tenths to its fifth survey without a loss to stand at 5.4 share and the #4 rank in the market; and Emmis Communications’ WIBC-FM, Indianapolis adds three-tenths to finish with a 6.7 share and the #4 rank in the market.  See all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here and check out all of Mike Kinosian’s “Takeaways” from the December survey here.

A TRIBUTE TO DON IMUS Presented on This Week’s Harrison Podcast. This week’s installment of the award-winning PodcastOne series “The Michael Harrison Interview” presents an uninterrupted reposting of a remarkably candid 2016 conversation between TALKERS founder Michael Harrison and the legendary talk media personality Don Imus who passed away this past Friday (12/27/19) at the age of 79. It was an illuminating conversation in which Imus candidly discussed the highlights as well as lowlights of his colorful life and career – including his rehabilitation from drugs and alcohol; his regret over the Rutgers incident and the lessons he learned from it; his opinion of Al Sharpton and certain radio management figures who played key roles in his career; his ability to generate radio ad revenue that dramatically exceeded ratings expectations; his deep love for his wife Deidre and the significant role she played in his life; his tremendous work in supporting kids with cancer; the handful of radio guests he found most interesting; his view (back then during the primaries) of the 2016 presidential race and for whom he intended to vote … plus a whole lot more. To listen to the entire podcast, please click here or click on the player box marked “The Michael Harrison Interview” located in the right-hand column of the TALKERS email newsletter and on every page of Talkers.com.

Tegna to Sell KFMB-AM and FM to Local Media San Diego. Television company Tegna is entering into a deal to sell its two San Diego radio stations – news/talk KFMB-AM and adult hits KFMB-FM – to Local Media San Diego for $5 million.  Tegna acquired the radio stations with its $325 million purchase of KFMB-TV from Midwest Television in February of last year.  Interestingly, a proviso of the pact with LMSD is that Tegna is keeping the KFMB-AM and FM call letters and the stations will have 30 days to wind down use of the call letters and a year to cease using the calls in relation to sales deals with agencies or local advertisers.  Local Media San Diego operates three Tijuana, Mexico signals in the San Diego market: CHR XHITZ, alternative rock XETRA, and rhythmic AC XHRM.  In February of last year, executives Norm McKee, Gregg Wolfson, and Steve McNeely led a management buyout of Local Media San Diego.

Donald Trump Impeachment, Attacks on U.S. Embassy in Iraq, 2020 Presidential Race, New Year/2019 Retrospectives, Hanukkah Attack, Texas Church Shooting, and North Korea Nuclear Ambitions Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (1/1). The articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump; the attacks on the U.S. embassy in Iraq and President Trump’s blaming Iran; the Democrats hoping to challenge President Trump in November; retrospectives of 2019 and the “teens” decade; five are wounded at a Hanukkah celebration in New York; the Sunday shooting at a Texas church that claimed the lives of two parishioners; and North Korea’s nuclear ambitions were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

iHeartMedia Extends Deal with Alfred ‘Big Al’ Williams. Denver radio personality Alfred “Big Al” Williams and iHeartMedia sign a new, five-year deal for the former to serve as an air talent for news/talk KOA “850 AM & 94.1 FM.” Williams joined KOA in September of 2019 after a long career alongside Darren McKee on Bonneville’s crosstown sports talker KKFN “104.3 The Fan.”  iHeartMedia Denver president Tim Hagar comments, “Big Al has set the standard for afternoon drive radio.  This long-term renewal is a testament to Al’s impact and importance to iHeartMedia, KOA, our partners and his legion of fans throughout Colorado.  Not only is he a tremendous talent and a great man, but he is the type of guy who you want on your team no matter what you are doing and we are so glad he’s a part of our team.”

Paige Rockwell Named VP of Sales at iHeartMedia Binghamton.  Sales pro Paige Rockwell is named vice president of sales for iHeartMedia’s Binghamton, New York stations.  She was most recently director of digital strategy at Townsquare Media’s Utica cluster.  iHeartMedia area president Robert Morgan states, “I am thrilled to have Paige lead our sales organization in Binghamton.  I know she will bring her passion, tireless energy, creativity, and leadership talents to help us further grow our business and expand upon our partnerships.”

TALKERS News Notes. After a two-year absence, CBS News Radio is back providing news programming for Hubbard Radio’s all-news WTOP-FM, Washington.  The station had been using ABC Radio News since 2018.  WTOP director of news and programming Julia Ziegler says, “WTOP’s mission is to deliver news that matters to the people in our community, 24/7/365. It’s a mission we take very seriously.  Our partnership with CBS News and the talented journalists who work there helps us accomplish this goal.  We are thrilled to be working once again with the CBS team.”…..The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that evening host Jay Kanzler exits CH Holdings’ KTRS, St. Louis after more than two years as a full time host.  Kanzler is also a full-time practicing attorney.  He tells the Post-Dispatch, “I managed to do it for a couple of years, but it was just a tough schedule to keep.”…..Entercom names Alex Gold (right) and Cody Tapp (left) the new co-hosts of the midday show on KCSP-AM, Kansas City “610 Sports Radio.”  The “Cody & Gold” show takes over for the former “Show and Vern” program with Ron “Show” Hughley and Josh Vernier.  Hughley exited the station while Vernier moves to Royals insider and host of Royals pre- and post-game shows for the station…..Mary Zatina is named general manager of Wayne State University’s WDET, Detroit.  Zatina served as assistant GM for business and development for the station from 1985-88.  She says, “It’s been a while since I worked at WDET, but I have maintained my strong belief in the station’s mission and the critical role it plays to serve metro Detroiters.  I’ve never stopped listening to and supporting WDET.  I am excited to be coming home and am looking forward to working with this dedicated and dynamic team of professionals.”

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Programming pro Isaac “Brooks” Wenzel is named music director and afternoon drive host for country WFMS, Indianapolis.  Cumulus Media brings Wenzel to Indy from its Madison operations where he was midday host on country WMAD-FM and promotions director for the six-station group.  Wenzel says, “I feel extremely fortunate to have this opportunity to join a station with such long-lasting success in an amazing city like WFMS in Indianapolis.  Thanks to Cumulus for giving me this incredible opportunity.”…..iHeartMedia announces former hot AC WMYI-FM, Greenville, South Carolina becomes adult hits “102.5 The Lake.”  Station PD and region SVP of programming A.J. says, “‘102.5 The Lake’ is going to bring listeners a variety of music from a diverse group of artists.  The philosophy of our programming is that we’ll play anything and you never know what you’ll hear next.”…..Westwood One’s “The BOB & TOM Show” moves from Townsquare Media’s rock WGBF to crosstown The Original Company’s classic hits WJPS-FM in the Evansville, Indiana market…..Flood Communications West closes on the purchase of adult contemporary KSID-FM and country KSID-AM, Sidney, Nebraska.  The company paid $300,000 to seller Dead-Short BroadcastingJason James of Patrick Communications was the exclusive broker…..Condolences to the family and friends of former country KVOO, TULSA morning drive host Andy Oatman, who passed away on December 30 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.  Oatman retired from KVOO in 2008.

December PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Four

| December 31, 2019

December 2019 PPM Data – Information for the December 2019 ratings period has been released for Austin, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Providence, Norfolk, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Greensboro, Memphis, and Hartford. Nielsen Audio’s December 2019 survey period covered November 7 – December 4. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM-markets below.

Austin

Spoken-Word Formats – Off a combined half-share in November/December (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.5, 6+), Emmis Austin Radio Broadcasting Company news/talk KLBJ-AM “News Radio 590” slips from eighth to ninth. October’s 5.0 is its best 6+-performance in more than six years (5.0, as well, June 2013). Advancing from #27 to #26, Entercom’s KJCE “Talk Radio 1370” has posted a .3 (6+) seven times in the last ten sweeps and a .4 (6+) the other three (.3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .4, 6+).

The hot streak continues for Genuine Austin Radio sports talk KTXX “The Horn,” which has more than doubled (+1.6) its 6+ AQH share through six consecutive upticks (1.3 – 1.6 – 1.9 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.9, unchanged at #14, 6+). Similarly-formatted/iHeartMedia-owned KVET-AM “1300 AM The Zone” has lost four-tenths in November/December (.9 – .8 – .5, #24 to #25, 6+).

In addition to regaining the half-share it surrendered in November (9.3 – 8.8 – 9.3, 6+), University of Texas at Austin-owned news/talk KUT (+2.0 in October) is #1 the third month in a row. KUT’s shifts in 2019 include: +1.6 (January); -.6 (February); +.7 (to 9.5, 6+, March); -2.0 (April); -1.6 (June); +.9 (July); +1.2 (August); -.6 (September); +2.0 (October); -.5 (November); and +.5 (December).

Austin Music Formats – Down four-tenths in October/November (5.5 – 5.1 – 5.1, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary KKMJ “Majic 95.5 Better Music for a Better Workday answers with a December +1.2 to 6.3 (sixth to third), its best 6+-stat since July (6.3, as well). By way of comparison, “Majic” notched a 7.4 (6+) in December 2018. Fully recapturing the nine-tenths it squandered in November (5.1 – 4.2 – 5.1, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KASE “Austin’s #1 For New Country” jumps from ninth to sixth. November’s 4.2 was the lowest 6+-showing for KASE since “Holiday” 2018’s 3.7. One-tenth ahead of KASE and steady in fifth-place is co-owned/similarly-formatted KVET-FM. A combined +2.2 in September/October (3.3 – 5.0 – 5.5, 6+), “98.1 The Austin Texas Original” is down three-tenths in November/December (5.5 – 5.3 – 5.2, 6+). September’s 5.5 was its best 6+-showing since May, when KVET-FM gained nine-tenths to 5.8 (6+). The market’s other country FM, Genuine Austin Radio-owned KOKE-FM, was a collective -1.5 (or a roughly 58% loss of its 6+ AQH share) in four straight down or flat trends (2.6 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.1, 6+). With a December increase of one-tenth to 1.2 (6+), “Austin’s Country Alternative” ends the slide and re-enters the top twenty (#21 to #20). In six consecutive positive or neutral trends, Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KLJA “Amor 107.7” has tripled (+1.4) its 6+ AQH-share (.7 – .8 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 2.1, 6+) and advances from #17 to #15. The three most recent shifts by iHeartMedia CHR KHFI are: -.7 (October); +1.2 (November); and now -1.1 in December (5.2 – 4.5 – 5.7 – 4.6, 6+) as “96.7 Kiss-FM Austin’s #1 Hit Music Station” slips from fourth to eighth. “Kiss” was a combined +.6 in August/September (4.6 – 4.8 – 5.2, 6+); October’s 4.5 was its lowest 6+-stat since January’s 4.3. Emmis Austin Radio Broadcasting Company adult hits KBPA “103.5 Bob-FM” is a collective -1.5 via six straight decreases (9.3 – 9.2 – 8.7 – 8.4 – 8.1 – 7.9 – 7.8, 6+). After six consecutive months at #1, “Bob” is in the runner-up slot the third time in a row. This is its lowest 6+-showing for “Bob” since October 2018 (7.8, as well); June’s 9.3 was its best 6+ stat since “Holiday” 2018 (also 9.3). Following five successive gains for an overall +3.0, more than doubling its 6+ AQH share (2.8 – 3.1 – 4.2 – 4.5 – 5.0 – 5.8, 6+), Crista Ministries contemporary Christian KFMK “Spirit 105.9” drops one-tenth to 5.7 (third to fourth, 6+).

Raleigh

Spoken-Word Formats – A gain of one-tenth (5.6 – 5.7, 6+) is sufficient to boost iHeartMedia news/talk WTKK “106.1 Stay Connected” from eighth to sixth. Curtis Media Group news/talk WPTF “News Radio 680” is up three-tenths in November/December (1.0 – 1.1 – 1.3, 6+) and repeats at #19.

A collective +1.0 in three straight spikes (2.1 – 2.5 – 2.9 – 3.1, 6+), Capitol Broadcasting sports talk WCMC “99.9 The Fan” drops three-tenths to 2.8 (flat at #14, 6+). September’s increase halted five straight down or flat moves that resulted in a loss of three tenths (2.4 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.1, 6+).

Continuing an alternating down/up pattern that commenced in February, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill news/talk WUNC “91.5 North Carolina Public Radio” (steady in third-place) has a topline of: 7.5 – 7.3 – 7.4 – 7.0 – 7.8 – 7.5 – 8.5 – 7.4 – 7.5 – 6.5 – 6.8 (6+). August 2019’s 8.5 was its best 6+-stat since 8.8 in August 2018.

Raleigh Music Formats – Reaching the market from Greensboro, iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMAG “99.5 The Best Variety of the 80s, 90s, & Today” erupts with a +1.8 to 2.2 (6+), cracking Raleigh’s top twenty (#15). Immediately prior to Raleigh’s December sweep, WMAG had lost two-tenths in four straight down or flat moves (.6 – .6 – .4 – .4 – .4, 6+). Improving by seven-tenths each are Radio One gospel WNNL “The Light 103.9” (ninth to fifth) and Radio Network Training contemporary Christian WRTP “His Radio” (#19 to #17). “The Light” is a collective +1.7 in three straight gains and crosses the six-share level (4.5 – 5.2 – 5.5 – 6.2, 6+). Meanwhile, “His Radio” has doubled (+.9) its 6+-stat in November/December (.9 – 1.1 – 1.8, 6+), posting its best 6+-stat (1.8) since March (1.9). In addition to being up one-half share in November/December (8.2 – 8.3 – 8.7, 6+), Radio One urban AC WFXC is #1 the fourth month in a row. “Foxy – Today’s R&B and Classic Soul” spent 12 consecutive survey periods on top; had an August-only stay at #2; and returned to #1 in September. Its August gain of two-tenths ended six straight down or flat sweeps that resulted in an overall -2.8 (11.0 – 9.9 – 9.5 – 9.5 – 9.1 – 8.8 – 8.2, 6+). Recent WFXC (6+) fluctuations include: +1.1 (“Holiday” 2018); +1.1 (January 2019); -1.1 (February); -.6 (July); and -.6 (October). January’s +1.1 took WFXC to 11.0, its highest 6+-stat in the PPM-era. The market’s (6+) country share deflates by -1.1 as Curtis Media Group’s WQDR “Today’s Best Country 94.7 QDR” falters by six-tenths (seventh to eighth) and iHeartMedia’s WNCB “B-93.9 #1 For New Country” loses one-half share (3.4 – 2.9, flat at #12, 6+). As a result of four successive setbacks, WQDR is a collective -1.6 (6.8 – 6.5 – 6.3 – 5.8 – 5.2, 6+). When WNCB sputtered by seven-tenths in November, it halted three successive improvements that yielded a +1.4 (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.5 – 4.1, 6+). A loss of nine-tenths by WNCB cluster-mate WRDU (6.0 – 5.1, 6+) sends “Classic Rock 100.7” from fifth to ninth with its lowest 6+-stat (5.1) since July 2018’s 4.7. On the heels of November’s +1.3 to 7.5, its strongest 6+-stat since February’s 7.8, Radio One urban contemporary WQOK “K-97.5” forfeits seven-tenths to 6.8 (second to third, 6+). Curtis Media Group adult hits WBBB  has its third decrease in a row for an overall -1.5 (6.8 – 6.3 – 5.9 – 5.3, sixth to seventh, 6+) and “96.1 BBB Your Life – Your Music” logs its softest 6+-stat (5.3) since March (5.0). Despite gaining two-tenths to .8 (6+), thus snapping four consecutive down or flat reports that led to a loss of two-tenths (.8 – .7 – .7 – .6 – .6, 6+), North Carolina Central University-owned WNCU “Jazz Radio 90.7” downshifts from #21 to #22.

Indianapolis

Spoken-Word Formats – Replacing September/October’s -.7 (6.5 – 6.3 – 5.8, 6+) with a November/December +.9 (5.8 – 6.4 – 6.7, 6+), Emmis news/talk WIBC “Indy’s Mobile News 93.1” jumps from fifth to fourth. Recent WIBC shifts include: -.9 (“Holiday” 2018); +.9 (January 2019); +.9 (February); -.8 (March); -1.2 (April); +.9 (June); +.5 (August); -.5 (October); and +.6 (November).

Following three consecutive increases that yielded a +1.2 (1.7 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9, 6+), Emmis’ WFNI “The Fan – Indy’s Sports Center” loses one-tenth (2.8, 6+) and one ranker (#13 to #14). Flat at #18, iHeartMedia-owned WNDE “Indy’s Sports Station” has a June 2019 through December 2019 topline of: 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.3 – .9 (6+).

The July 2019 through December 2019 alternating up/down pattern by Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting news/talk WFYI is: 4.9 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 5.2 – 4.7 – 4.8 (flat at #8, 6+).

Indianapolis Music Formats – Not only does Emmis adult contemporary WYXB replicate November’s +1.4 (7.4 – 8.8 – 10.2, 6+), “B-105.7” progresses from second to first. WYXB was +.9 in three straight June through September gains (7.4 – 7.8 – 8.0 – 8.3, 6+) and then -.9 in October. This (10.2) is the first time “B-105.7” has reached double-digits (6+) since “Holiday” 2018’s 16.4. Knocked out of the top spot after 11 months in a row there and segueing to #2 is Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WJJK “Classic Hits 104.5,” which is -3.1 via three straight setbacks  (11.1 – 10.4 – 10.2 – 8.0, 6+). WJJK’s 11.1 (July and September) represents the highest 6+-share in the station’s PPM-history, eclipsing April’s 10.2. Six straight ratings periods on top, “Classic Hits 104.5” slipped to third in “Holiday” 2018 but returned to #1 in January. Among WJJK’s dramatic 2019 fluctuations are: +2.9 (January); -.7 (February); -.6 (March); +1.7 (April); +1.4 (July); -1.1 (August); +1.1 (September); -.7 (October); and -2.2 (December). Up one full-share in December, iHeartMedia-owned classic rock WFBQ “Q-95 Rocks” is in an alternating down/up pattern that commenced in June: 6.7 – 5.9 – 6.4 – 6.3 – 6.9 – 6.1 – 7.1 (sixth to third, 6+). Jumping six-tenths each are Sarkes Tarzian triple A WTTS “92.3 Experience The Music” (#11 to #10) and Cumulus Media-owned WNDX “X-93.9 Indy’s Rock Station” (unchanged at #12). WTTS nets a +1.2 in four successive up or flat trends (2.7 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.9, 6+). December’s 3.6 by WNDX is three times greater than its 1.2 (6+) in April when it was CHR WYRG. Hot AC cluster-mate WNTR “107.9 The Mix,” which had been trending 2.9 – 3.3 – 2.9 (September – October – November, 6+), records a half-share increase to 3.4 (6+) and continues at #13. The market’s (6+) country share takes a -2.2 hit, nearly equally divided between Emmis-owned WLHK “Country 97.1 Hank” (7.4 – 6.2, -1.2, fourth to sixth, 6+) and Cumulus Media’s WFMS “95.5 The Country Station” (7.6 – 6.6, -1.0, third to fifth, 6+). “Hank” was up one-tenth in November, after its October +1.3 vaporized August/September’s -1.2 (7.2 – 7.1 – 6.0, 6+). WFMS erupted with a +1.1 in November, following October’s -.8 to 6.5, its lowest 6+-stat since 6.1 in “Holiday” 2018. Anchored in ninth-place, Entercom CHR WZPL “99.5 ZPL” is a cumulative -2.0 as a result of six successive decreases (6.2 – 6.0 – 5.8 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 4.4 – 4.2, 6+). After posting a 3.4 (6+) in June, Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WKLU is unlisted the sixth month in a row.

Milwaukee

Spoken-Word Formats – A November -1.8 by Good Karma Brands’ news/talk WTMJ (Packers, Bucks) is followed by a December decrease half that magnitude (6.6 – 5.7, -.9, 6+), as “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” slips from fifth to sixth. WTMJ was a combined +1.3 in September/October (7.1 – 7.5 – 8.4, 6+) and had an October-only stay at #1. In three straight spikes, iHeartMedia’s WISN gained one-half share (4.6 – 4.7 – 5.0 – 5.1, 6+), but “News/Talk 1130” falters by three-tenths in December to 4.8 (eighth to ninth, 6+).

One-tenth is the dominant theme for four Milwaukee sports talk stations. Down three-tenths in November, iHeartMedia’s WRNW “97.3 The Game – Milwaukee’s Sports Talk That Rocks” is up one-tenth (1.3 – 1.4, #16 to #15, 6+). Good Karma Brands’ WKTI “94.5 ESPN” posts a one-tenth increase the second straight month (.7 – .8 – .9, 6+) and advances from #20 to #19. Meanwhile, Entercom’s WSSP “Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan” returns November’s one-tenth gain (.8 – .7, -.1, 6+) and exits the top twenty (#20 to #22). In back-to-back sweeps, iHeartMedia’s WOKY “The Big 920” is down by one-tenth (.7 – .6 – .5, #22 to #24, 6+). WSSP doubled (+.4) its 6+ AQH stat in successive spikes of … one-tenth each (.4 – .5 – .6 – .7 – .8, 6+).

Five positive or neutral sweeps in succession by WUWM yield a +1.8 (3.0 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.5 – 4.4 – 4.8, 6+) as the University of Wisconsin news/talk station progresses from tenth to ninth. Following four consecutive up or flat reports in which Wisconsin Public Radio news/talk WHAD doubled (+.8) its 6+ AQH share (.8 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.4 – 1.6, 6+), it surrenders three-tenths to 1.3 (#15 to #18, 6+).

Milwaukee Music Formats – Down six-tenths in September/October (5.8 – 5.4 – 5.2, 6+), Milwaukee Radio Alliance adult contemporary WLDB roars back with a November/December +1.6 (5.2  – 5.7 – 6.8, sixth to fourth, 6+). “B-93.3” crosses the six-share level (6.8) for the first time since February’s 6.4. Entercom hot AC WMYX “99.1 The Mix” racks up an increase of seven-tenths in back-to-back sweeps (6.2 – 6.9 – 7.6, fourth to second, 6+). The last time “Mix” (7.6) reached the seven-share level was in November 2015 (7.0, 6+). In addition to WMYX, Milwaukee Radio Alliance classic hits-oldies WZTI “Fonz FM – Milwaukee’s Pop, Soul, & Rock ‘N Roll” improves by seven-tenths (#18 to #14) and has nearly tripled (+1.2) its 6-stat in four straight sweeps without a loss (.7 – .9 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.9, 6+). An overall -1.5 as a result of five straight reports without an increase (5.5 – 5.4 – 5.0 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.0, 6+), Entercom CHR WXSS “103.7 Kiss-FM” pulls the plug with a +.4 to 4.4 (unchanged at #11, 6+). By gaining two-tenths to 5.3 (steady in eighth-place, 6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WKKV “V-100.7” halts four straight sweeps without an increase that resulted in a net loss of three-tenths (5.4 – 5.4 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.1, 6+). Notwithstanding that it’s -1.8 via three consecutive down or flat moves (9.6 – 8.3 – 7.8 – 7.8, 6+), classic hits-oldies sibling WRIT “95.7 Big FM Milwaukee’s Greatest Hits” repeats at #1. WRIT spent four months in a row in the lead before segueing to the runner-up slot in October. Whereas “Holiday” 2018’s 11.5 is the strongest 6+-stat for any Milwaukee station since WRIT’s 11.6 in “Holiday” 2017, this (7.8) is its lowest 6+-figure since December 2018’s 7.7. Having spent 43 consecutive ratings periods at #1, “Big FM” shifted to #2 in October 2018. Recent (6+) moves include: +3.8 (“Holiday” 2018); – 1.9 (January 2019); +.6 (February); -.8 (March); +.7 (April); -1.5 (May); +.8 (June); -1.3 (October); and -.5 (November). A combined -.7 in November/December (7.2 – 7.0 – 6.5, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WMIL “FM 106.1 Milwaukee’s Best Country” dips from third to fifth with its lowest 6+-stat (6.5) since June (5.9). In three straight spikes, Saga Communications’ WHQG recorded an overall +1.4 (4.1 – 4.4 – 5.0 – 5.5, 6+), but “102.9 The Hog Everything That Rocks” drops one-tenth to 5.4 (flat at #7, 6+). Co-owned WKLH “96.5 Milwaukee’s Hometown Rock” is down or flat the fifth time in a row for a -1.4 (8.4 – 7.8 – 7.8 – 7.6 – 7.3 – 7.0, second to third, 6+).

Nashville

Spoken-Word Formats – Without a loss the past six sweeps for a +1.7 (3.1 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 4.2 – 4.8, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WWTN “Super Talk 99.7” falters by one-tenth to 4.7 (6+) – but – manages to crack the top ten (#11 to #9). As a result of four consecutive improvements, iHeartMedia news/talk WLAC “Talk Radio 1510” is +1.0 (1.4 – 1.5 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.4, #17 to #16, 6+) and reaches the two-share level (2.4) for the first time in more than four years (2.0, October 2015).

Four straight spikes by Cumulus Media-owned sports talk WGFX (Tennessee Titans) netted a +2.4 (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 4.7 – 5.1, 6+), but “104.5 The Zone” is a combined -1.0 in November/December (5.1 – 5.0 – 4.1, 6+) and departs the top ten (#9 to #12). Cromwell Group-owned/similarly-formatted WPRT “102.5 The Game” (Predators) repeats November’s 6+ AQH share and market rank (1.1, #20).

Off a combined -1.5 in October/November (6.9 – 5.9 – 5.4, 6+), following August/September’s +1.8 (5.1 – 6.2 – 6.9, 6+), Nashville Public Radio’s WPLN-FM “NPR News and Classical Music” regains four-tenths to 5.8 (sixth to fourth, 6+).

Nashville Music Formats – The three-tenths (6+) advantage Midwest Communications adult hits WCJK “96.3 Jack FM Playing What We Want” held over adult contemporary cluster-mate WJXA “Mix 92.9 – Your Life, Your Music” in November flips to a 3.1-share lead for WJXA. An overall -2.3 in four straight negative moves (9.8 – 9.5 – 9.2 – 7.6 – 7.5, 6+), “Mix” expunges all but one-tenth of that shortfall with a +2.2 to 9.7 (second to first, 6+). Prior to October, “Mix” was on top five months in a row. Its just-concluded negative streak directly followed an overall +1.6 in three successive bumps (8.2 – 9.2 – 9.6 – 9.8, 6+). Eight recent (6+) WJXA fluctuations include: +3.2 (“Holiday” 2018); -3.5 (January 2019); -1.3 (February); -.5 (March); -.6 (April); +1.0 (May); -1.6 (October); and +2.2 (December). WJXA’s 14.1 (“Holiday” 2018) is the highest 6+-share by any Nashville outlet since its 14.4 in “Holiday” 2017. Meanwhile, Nashville’s version of “Jack” is -2.3 in November/December (8.9 – 7.8 – 6.6, first to second, 6+). This immediately trails its overall +2.1 in three successive upticks (6.8 – 8.0 – 8.1 – 8.9, 6+). October marked WCJK’s first time at #1 since April, when it logged an 8.4 (6+). Advancing from #13 to #11, Cromwell alternative WBUZ “102.9 The Buzz” crosses the four-share mark and is an overall +2.0 in three consecutive improvements (2.4 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 4.4, 6+). Substituting November’s loss of seven-tenths with December’s increase of six-tenths (4.6, 6+), Cumulus Media urban AC WQQK “92-Q” re-enters the top ten (#12 to #10). Prior to the December sweep, “92-Q” was a collective -1.5 in three decreases  in succession (5.5 – 5.2 – 4.7 – 4.0, 6+). That immediately followed an overall +1.3 via four successive gains (4.2 – 4.4 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.5, 6+). The contemporary Christian arena has noteworthy December 2019 growth as Educational Media Foundation’s WLVU “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” is up six-tenths (2.4, #18 to #16), while both Salem Media Group’s WFFH “The Fish” (flat at #14) and WAY Media’s WAYM “WAY-FM” (#16 to #15) expand by one-half share. After posting three improvements in a row for a collective +1.5 (2.0 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.5, 6+), WLVU was a combined -1.7 in October/November (3.5 – 2.6 – 1.8, 6+). Having lost approximately 47% (-2.1) of its 6+-share as a result of four down or flat moves in a row (4.5 – 4.4 – 3.2 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+), WFFH is up nine-tenths in November/December (2.8 – 3.3, 6+). The just-concluded negative streak directly follows a collective +1.0 via four straight increases (3.5 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.1 – 4.5, 6+). Owing to four straight bumps, WAYM is an overall +1.8 (1.1 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 2.4 – 2.9, 6+). In five consecutive decreases, iHeartMedia’s WNRQ “105.9 The Rock” is a cumulative -3.7 (7.8 – 7.6 – 6.5 – 6.2 – 5.2 – 4.1, 6+) and fades from the top ten (#7 to #12). Prior to November, WNRQ last fell below a six-share (6+) just over two years ago (5.7, October 2017). Down seven-tenths in November and December (6.5 – 5.8 – 5.1, 6+), urban contemporary sibling WUBT “101.1 The Beat” slips from fifth to sixth. In three straight up or flat trends “The Beat” had gained nine-tenths (5.6 – 5.6 – 6.0 – 6.5, 6+). On the heels of October/November’s +1.6 (4.5 – 5.0 – 6.1, 6+), Cumulus Media’s country-formatted WSM-FM “95.5 Nash Icon” relinquishes six-tenths to 5.5 (fourth to fifth, 6+). Entering the October sweep, “Nash Icon” had lost an overall seven-tenths in four straight negative or neutral trends (5.2 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 4.7 – 4.5, 6+). Without an increase the fifth time in a row for a collective -1.3 (6.2 – 5.6 – 5.4 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.9, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WSIX “The Big 98 – Nashville’s #1 for New Country” remains in seventh-place. This comes immediately after WSIX was +2.7 in seven consecutive up or flat sweeps (3.5 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 5.0 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 6.2, 6+). Off one-half share (2.6 – 2.1, 6+), Midwest Communications CHR WNFN “106.7 Nashville’s New Hit Music” dips from #15 to #18. After five straight reports without a loss for a net gain of nine-tenths (5.3 – 5.3 – 5.5 – 5.7 – 6.2 – 6.2, 6+), iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WRVW “107.5 The River” drops one-tenth to 6.1 (6+) but remains in third-place.

Providence

Spoken-Word Formats – Up two-tenths in November to 3.0 (6+), after September/October’s loss of six-tenths (3.4 – 2.9 – 2.8, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned WPRO-AM “News Talk 630” forfeits three-tenths to 2.7 (eighth to ninth, 6+). A November increase of one-tenth by iHeartMedia news/talk WHJJ halted eight straight down or flat moves that accounted for an approximately 75% reduction (-1.6) of its 6+-AQH share (2.1 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.3 – .9 – .9 – .7 – .5, 6+); however, “Providence’s News, Traffic, and Weather” falters by one-tenth to .4 (#18, 6+). As a result of seven consecutive down or flat reports, Cumulus Media’s WPRV “AM 790 Talk & Business” has lost four-tenths (.7 – .5 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3, #20 to #19, 6+).

Anchored in seventh-place is Entercom sports talker WVEI, which continues an alternating down/up pattern that began in February: 4.1- 3.6 – 4.0 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 4.1 (6+). July’s 3.1 is its lowest 6+-stat since March 2018’s 2.8.

Having doubled (+.9) its 6+ AQH share in October/November (.9 – 1.4 – 1.8, 6+), iHeartMedia Boston news – talk hybrid WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” sputters by three-tenths in December to 1.5 (#12 to #14, 6+).

Even though WGBH Educational Foundation Boston news/talk WGBH drops one-tenth (2.9 – 2.8, 6+), it progresses from ninth to eighth. A November gain of two-tenths by The Wheeler School’s news/talk outlet WELH suspended six consecutive sweeps without an increase that accounted for a loss of six-tenths (2.0 – 2.0 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.4, 6+). In December though, WELH erodes by -1.3 to .3 (#13 to #19, 6+).

Providence Music Formats – Off three-tenths in October/November (2.2 – 2.1 – 1.9, 6+), Townsquare Media CHR WFHN responds with a +.8 to 2.7, its strongest 6+-stat since February’s 3.7; “Fun 107 The Southcoast’s #1 Hit Music Station” enters the top ten (#11 to #9). There’s a tie for the top spot between iHeartMedia-owned WHJY “94 HJY Providence’s Home of Rock & Roll” (8.7 – 9.3, +.6, #1 the fourth month in succession, 6+) and Cumulus Media adult contemporary WWLI “Lite Rock 105” (8.6 – 9.3, +.7, second to first, 6+). WHJY bounces back from October/November’s loss of six-tenths (9.3 – 9.2 – 8.7, 6+). After occupying the lead position three months in a row, WHJY shifted to the runner-up slot in August; “94 HJY” was +.7 in September. “Lite Rock” is up eight-tenths in November/December (8.5 – 8.6 – 9.3, 6+) and has its best 6+-showing since May (9.3, as well). By gaining one-half share to 8.3 (flat at #3, 6+), Hall Broadcasting-owned WCTK “Cat Country 98.1” applies the brakes to three consecutive down or flat reports that led to an overall -1.5 (9.3 – 8.3 – 7.8 – 7.8, 6+). Entering the September sweep, “Cat Country 98.1” was a collective +1.7 in three straight improvements (7.6 – 8.5 – 8.6 – 9.3, 6+), with August’s 9.3 (#1, 6+) representing its highest 6+-share since 10.1 in July 2018. Ten recent (6+) shifts for iHeartMedia-owned hot AC WSNE “Coast 93.3” include: -1.0 (Holiday” 2018); +.5 (March); +.5 (May); -.7 (June); +1.4 (July); -.5 (August); +.5 (September); -.6 (October); +.6 (November); and -1.5 in December (5.7 – 4.2, flat at #6, 6+). Prior to June’s loss of seven-tenths, WSNE was a collective +1.2 in three consecutive improvements (3.8 – 4.3 – 4.5 – 5.0, 6+). Regressing by eight-tenths and six-tenths, respectively, are WSNE’s classic hits-oldies sibling WWBB “B-101” (flat at #5) and Cumulus Media CHR WPRO-FM “Today’s Hit Music PRO FM” (unchanged at #5). “B-101” is -1.0 in November/December with its lowest 6+-stat (6.6) since 6.0 in March. WPRO-FM has lost eight-tenths in three consecutive down or flat trends (7.0 – 7.0 – 6.8 – 6.2, 6+). Unlisted the sixth month in a row are Red Wolf Broadcasting Spanish tropical WKKB “Latina 100.3,” which posted a 1.2 in June (#16, 6+) and classic hits-oldies sibling WSKP “Good Times … Great Oldies” (.8, #19, June 2019, 6+).

Norfolk

Spoken-Word Formats – Nearly doubling (+1.0) its 6+-stat via five consecutive positive or neutral moves (1.2 – 1.4 – 1.8 – 2.2 – 2.2, 6+), Max Broadcast Group sports talk WVSP “ESPN Radio 94.1” repeats at #11.

Norfolk Music Formats – Roaring back from November’s -.8 with a December +2.6 (5.1 – 4.3 – 6.9, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary WWDE “101.3 2WD” advances from sixth to third with its best 6+-stat (6.9) since “Holiday” 2018’s 13.6. Max Broadcast Group’s similarly-formatted  WVBW “92.9 The Wave,” which logged four consecutive reports without a loss for a +1.7 (3.4 – 4.2 – 4.8 – 5.1 – 5.1, 6+), surrenders one-half share to 4.6 (fifth to sixth, 6+). Not only is Entercom urban AC WVKL #1 the 12th consecutive month, “Smooth R&B from Yesterday & Today” notches a December +1.0 (11.7 – 12.7, 6+). When WVKL recorded a 9.1 (6+) in August, it was the first time since January 2014 (9.8) that the station failed to log double-digits (6+). “Smooth R&B from Yesterday & Today” had been the market pacesetter 25 successive survey periods before segueing to the runner-up slot in “Holiday” 2018. Its August 2018 15.5 holds the record for highest 6+-performance by any Norfolk station in the PPM-era. Six successive down or flat trends by iHeartMedia rhythmic hot AC WMOV resulted in a two-thirds loss (-.7) of its 6+-stat (2.1 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.4, 6+); however, “MOViN’ 107.7” posts a December increase of one-half share to 1.9 (6+) and climbs from #15 to #13. Without a loss the fourth time in succession for a net gain of one-half share (1.6 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 2.1, 6+), urban-rhythmic oldies sibling WHBT “92.1 The Beat” carries on at #12. To say it’s been a wild ride lately for Saga Communications’ WNOR “FM 99 Rocks” would be quite an understatement. Its +3.2 via six consecutive positive or neutral reports (5.9 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 6.8 – 6.8 – 8.9 – 9.1, 6+) totally evaporates owing to three consecutive setbacks totaling a -3.7 ( (9.1 – 7.5 – 7.2 – 5.4, fourth to fifth, 6+). September’s 9.1 (6+) marked the first time in the PPM-era that WNOR appeared in print with a 6+-share reaching the nine-share level (6+). On the heels of November’s robust +1.6, co-owned WAFX “106.9 The Fox – Hampton Roads’ Classic Rock” forfeits six-tenths (7.3 – 6.7, second to fourth, 6+). November’s 7.3 represents the highest 6+-stat since June’s 8.2 for “The Fox,” which was a combined +2.1 in October/November (5.2 – 5.7 – 7.3, 6+). Prior to September’s 5.2, WAFX last fell below a six-share (6+) in December 2018 (5.5). The alternating up/down pattern that began in June by Max Broadcast Group’s WGH-FM “New Country 97.3 The Eagle” includes: 4.5 – 4.7 – 4.1 – 5.0 – 4.2 – 4.3 – 3.5 (sixth to eighth, 6+). Similarly, iHeartMedia urban contemporary WOWI is in an alternating July 2019 through December 2019 up/down pattern (8.0 – 8.3 – 7.5 – 7.8 – 7.3 – 7.4, 6+) with “103 Jamz” continuing in the runner-up slot.

Jacksonville

Spoken-Word Formats – In addition to being -2.3 as a result of three straight setbacks (10.4 – 9.4 – 9.1 – 8.1, 6+) Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group news/talk WOKV-FM segues from first to second; “104.5 Jacksonville’s News, Weather, and Traffic” had been the market leader the past five months.  

After more than quintupling (+.9) its 6+ AQH through four straight gains (.2 – .5 – .7 – .9 – 1.1, 6+), iHeartMedia sports talk WFXJ “930 The Game – Jacksonville’s Sports Leader” stumbles by one-tenth to 1.0 (#17 to #18, 6+).

Public radio news/talk WJCT forfeits one-tenth to 3.5 (6+), thus snapping three improvements in a row that accounted for a net gain of eight-tenths (2.8 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.6, unchanged at #11, 6+).

Jacksonville Music Formats – Over and above being a collective +3.4 in three consecutive positive or neutral trends (7.4 – 7.4 – 8.1 – 10.8, 6+), Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WEJZ marches from second to first, outpointing December 2018’s 10.7 (6+) by one-tenth. Conversely, Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group’s similarly-formatted WEZI “Easy 102.9” is an overall -2.1 in four successive decreases (6.9 – 6.1 – 5.8 – 5.2 – 4.8, 6+) and remains in seventh-place. This (4.8) is its lowest 6+-stat since March (4.5). Within 4.1 – 4.7 range (6+) the past five survey periods (4.3 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 4.1 – 4.5, 6+), Renda Broadcasting’s WGNE “99.9 Gator Country” falters by eight-tenths to 3.7, its lowest 6+-stat since June’s 3.5, and continues at #9. Meanwhile, similarly-formatted/iHeartMedia-owned WQIK “99.1 Jacksonville’s Country” is a collective +1.6 in four straight positive spikes (5.4 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 6.7 – 7.0, fourth to third, 6+). Three improvements in a row by Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WJGL delivered a net gain of seven-tenths (6.5 – 6.7 – 6.8 – 7.2, 6+), but “Eagle 96.9” surrenders one-half share in December to 6.7 (third to fourth). Anchored in seventh-place, CHR sibling WAPE “Jacksonville’s #1 Hit Music Station” is an overall -1.8 as a result of five down or flat moves in a row (6.6 – 5.9 – 5.6 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.8, 6+). Also in five straight downturns, co-owned alternative WXXJ “X-10.5” is off seven-tenths (2.9 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.4 – 2.2, unchanged at #14, 6+). After being without a loss the past four reports for a +1.0 (4.6 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 5.4 – 5.6, 6+), iHeartMedia urban AC WSOL “V-101.5” drops one-tenth to 5.5 (flat at #5, 6+). November’s 5.6 was its best 6+-stat since May’s 5.7. Down or flat the sixth consecutive ratings period for a net loss of nine-tenths (3.6 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+), cluster-mate WWJK “107.3 Planet Radio – Jacksonville’s Rock Station” repeats at #13.

West Palm Beach

Spoken-Word Formats – A combined -1.1 in November/December (4.0 – 3.7 – 2.9, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WJNO “1290 The Palm Beaches’ News & Talk” drops from sixth to ninth. Prior to September, WJNO was an overall +2.0 in six successive sweeps without a loss (2.0 – 2.3 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.7 – 4.0, 6+). Despite netting seven-tenths via three spikes in a row (2.0 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.7, 6+), co-owned news/talk WZZR “Real Radio 94.3 – Real Talk For The Palm Beaches” downshifts from ninth to tenth. Off seven-tenths (2.1 – 1.4, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WFTL “News Talk 850,” slides from #13 to #17. October’s decrease of nine-tenths interrupted four straight gains that accounted for a +1.0 (1.7 – 2.0 – 2.4 – 2.6 – 2.7, 6+). Logging a .7 (6+) the third time in the last four reports (.7 – .8 – .7 – .7, 6+), iHeartMedia Miami news/talk WIOD “610 News Radio” drops from #22 to #23.

After squandering one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.6 – .5 – .4, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WMEN “Fox Sports 640 AM South Florida” repeats November’s AQH share and market rank (.4, #24, 6+). A “no-show” 15 sweeps in a row, iHeartMedia-owned sports talk WBZT “1230 The Zone” resurfaced in October and, for the third time in succession, records a .1 (#25, 6+).

Fully erasing October/November’s -.8 (3.0 – 2.8 – 2.2, 6+) with December’s +.8 to 3.0 (6+), Dade County School Board news/talk WLRN re-enters the top ten (#11 to #8).

West Palm Beach Music Formats – A robust +1.3 (.3 – 1.6, 6+) enables Glades Media’s Spanish contemporary WWRF “AM 1380 Radio Fiesta” to rocket onto the top twenty at #13. Advancing from third to second with its best 6+-showing (6.3) since July’s 6.6, Hubbard Broadcasting adult contemporary WEAT-FM is +1.9 via its third straight increase (4.4 – 4.6 – 5.6 – 6.3, 6+). “Sunny 107.9” was a -2.2 in August/September (6.6 – 5.1 – 4.4, 6+). Prior to September, the last time WEAT fell below a five-share (6+) was in October 2018 (4.6). An overall -1.8 in four downturns in succession (7.4 – 6.9 – 6.8 – 5.8 – 5.6, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted WOLL “Today’s Kool 105.5” slips from second to third. WOLL was -.8 in July (7.2 – 6.4, 6+) and +1.0 in August to 7.4, its best 6+-showing since July 2016 (7.5). Shaking off November’s loss of six-tenths with a December improvement of the same magnitude (9.2 – 8.6 – 9.2, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WRMF is #1 the 12th time in a row. Prior to November, “Variety from the 90s and Now” was an overall +1.4 as a result of three straight gains (7.8 – 8.3 – 8.5 – 9.2, 6+). Whereas 7.8 (July) is WRMF’s lowest 6+-share and first time below an eight-share (6+) since “Holiday” 2016 (7.7), 11.2 (March) is its best 6+-showing since November 2017 (11.2, as well). Down three-tenths in October/November (3.4 – 3.2 – 3.1, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rock WKGR “98.7 The Gater” dials up a +.6 to 3.7 (seventh to sixth, 6+). Sputtering by eight-tenths each are Hubbard Broadcasting’s WIRK “New Country 103.1” (fourth to fifth) and iHeartMedia Spanish contemporary WRLX “Mia 92.1” (#10 to #13). WIRK’s four most recent fluctuations are -.5 (September); +.9 (October); +1.5 in November; and -.8 in December (3.6 – 3.1 – 4.0 – 5.5 – 4.7, 6+). Prior to November’s 5.5, “New Country” last crossed the five-share threshold (6+) in August 2018 (5.1). Meanwhile, “Mia” is an overall -2.1 as a result of five sweeps in succession without an increase – a roughly 57% loss of its 6+-share (3.7 – 3.7 – 2.7 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 1.6, 6+). After nearly tripling (+1.3) its 6+-stat with four straight gains (.7 – .8 – 1.3 – 1.4 – 2.0, 6+), Moody Bible Institute gospel WRMB “89.3 Moody Radio” falters by one-half share to 1.5 (flat at #15, 6+). While unchanged at #11, WAY Media contemporary Christian WAYF “WAY-FM” is off three-tenths to 1.9 (6+), thus halting four consecutive up or flat reports that yielded one-half share (1.7 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.2, 6+).

Greensboro

Spoken-Word Formats – After posting a +.5 (August); -1.3 (September); +.6 (October); and -.5 (November), iHeartMedia news/talk WPTI “94.5 Your News, Talk, & Sports Station” repeats November’s AQH share and market rank (3.1, ninth, 6+).

In back-to-back sweeps, Curtis Media Group sports talk WSJS “Triad Sports” is off by one-tenth (.9 – .8 – .7, flat at #15, 6+).

Locked at #13 the past 19 ratings periods, Wake Forest University news/talk WFDD “88.5 Public Radio for the Piedmont” repeats November’s 2.3 (6+) but moves to #12. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill news/talk WUNC answers November’s loss of one-half share with a December gain of three-tenths (1.2 – 1.5, 6+) and is steady at #14.

Greensboro Music Formats – Carrying on in third-place, iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMAG is an overall +3.9 via three upticks in a row (6.3 – 6.4 – 7.5 – 10.2, 6+) and reaches double-digits (10.2, 6+) for the first time since “Holiday” 2018 (16.5). An increase of one-half share enables Dick Broadcasting classic rock WKRR “Rock 92” to cross the seven-share level (6.6 – 7.1, fifth to fourth, 6+). Despite dropping one-tenth to 10.9 (6+), Entercom urban AC WQMG “97.1 QMG The Best R&B and Old School” progresses from second to first. WQMG was a combined +2.1 in October/November (8.9 – 10.3 – 11.0, 6+) and had its best 6+-stat (11.0, November 2019) since November 2018 (11.4). On top the past four months, adult hits sibling WSMW “98.7 Simon Says We Play Everything” erodes by -1.2 to 10.7 (6+) and trades place with WQMG. “Simon” had been an overall +3.1 as a result of four up or flat sweeps in a row (8.8 – 9.5 – 10.9 – 10.9 – 11.9, 6+), hitting the eleven-share level (11.9) for the first time since February 2018’s 11.4. Among its 2019 (6+) fluctuations are: +.9 (January); -.6 (February); +.9 (March); -1.6 (April); +1.1 (May); +.5 (June); -1.0 (July); +.7 (August); +1.4 (September); +1.0 (November); and -1.2 (December). Faltering by six-tenths each and remaining at #7 and #8, respectively, are iHeartMedia-owned WTQR “Q-104.1 – #1 for New Country” (5.6 – 5.0, 6+) and Entercom’s similarly-programmed WPAW “93.1 The Wolf” (5.5 – 4.9, 6+). In November, “Q-104.1” was up four-tenths, while “The Wolf” improved by three-tenths; WTQR was -.7 in October and WPAW was -1.6. Over the course of the last 20 sweeps (June 2018 through December 2019), WTQR has triumphed over WPAW 12 times (June 2018, July, August, September, October, November, “Holiday” 2018, January 2019, May, July, November, and December); WPAW has come out on top six times (December 2018, February 2019, March, April, August, and September; and there have been two ties (June 2019 and October 2019). Four setbacks in a row have carved the 6+-share of iHeartMedia-owned rocker WVBZ precisely in half (4.8 – 4.0 – 3.5 – 2.8 – 2.4, 6+) as “105.7 – Man Up” exits the top ten (#10 to #11). This directly follows five straight upticks that netted a +2.3 (2.5 – 3.2 – 3.7 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.8, 6+).

Memphis

Spoken-Word Formats – In addition to echoing November’s 4.8 (6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WREC “600 AM – Memphis’ News, Traffic, & Weather” continues in eighth-place.

Even though it is an overall +1.2 through four successive sweeps without a loss (2.3 – 2.6 – 3.0 – 3.5 – 3.5, 6+), Entercom sports talk WMFS “ESPN Sports Radio” backshifts from #11 to #12. September’s increase halted seven consecutive down or flat trends that led to a collective -1.7 (4.0 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 2.3, 6+). Up or flat the past 14 sweeps for a net gain of three-tenths (.1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 -.1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .3 – .4 – .4, 6+), co-owned WMC-AM “ESPN 790” drops one-tenth to .3 (flat at #20, 6+).

Memphis Music Formats – Tacking on nine-tenths to November’s increase of two-tenths (3.7 – 3.9 – 4.8, 6+), Entercom hot AC WMC-FM  progresses from ninth to sixth. Entering the November sweep, “FM 100 Today’s Best Mix” was a collective -1.5 in three drops in succession (5.2 – 4.9 – 4.5 – 3.7, 6+). WMC-FM fell below a four-share (3.7, October, 6+) for the first time since April’s 3.8 (6+). Carrying on in the runner-up slot, Cumulus Media urban-rhythmic oldies WRBO “103.5 The Best Mix of R&B” is up eight-tenths in November/December (7.1 – 7.3 – 7.9, 6+) and has its best 6+-stat (7.9) since May (8.7). Stuck on 10.5 (6+) in October and November, iHeartMedia urban AC KJMS regresses by eight-tenths to 9.7 (6+) but “V-101” is #1 the 14th time in a row. Its October +1.0 eradicated August/September’s -.6 (10.1 – 9.8 – 9.5, 6+). Prior to June’s loss of six-tenths to 9.8 (6+), KJMS reached double-digits (6+) 14 successive ratings periods. “Holiday” 2018’s 12.8 is the highest 6+-share for “V-101” since December 2012 (13.5). It’s a mixed bag for co-owned WHRK. On the plus side, the urban contemporary outlet gains two-tenths to 7.5 (6+), thus suspending three successive decreases that led to a collective -2.1 (9.4 – 8.4 – 8.1 – 7.3, 6+). At the same time though, “K-97.1” – which was anchored in second-place the past six sweeps – segues to third. Gospel cluster-mate WHAL “Hallelujah 95.7 – Memphis’ Inspiration Station,” which gained nine-tenths in October/November (6.2 – 6.4 – 7.1, 6+), surrenders six-tenths to 6.5 (fourth to fifth, 6+). Unlisted since January 2016, North Mississippi Media Group’s WUBL resurfaced in print this past August. Off one-half share (1.4 – .9, 6+), Coldwell, Mississippi-licensed “Country Legends 95.3 The Rebel” slips from #15 to #18. Four straight sweeps without a loss aided Cumulus Media adult contemporary WKIM to more than double (+1.0) its 6+-stat (.7 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.7, 6+), but “98.9 The Bridge” forfeits three-tenths to 1.4 (steady at #14, 6+). Following five successive sweeps without a loss that yielded a +1.4 and delivering its best 6+-stat (4.8) since January’s 5.1 (3.4 – 3.4 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.8, 6+), co-owned WGKX “Today’s Best Country Kix 106” stumbles by four-tenths to 4.4 (sixth to eighth, 6+). As a result of three consecutive losses, Entercom’s similarly-formatted WLFP “94.1 The Wolf” lost eight-tenths (4.3 – 4.2 – 4.0 – 3.5, 6+); recaptured seven-tenths in October; but is off a combined six-tenths in November/December (4.2 – 3.7 – 3.6, #10 to #11, 6+). “Kix” and “The Wolf” were tied for ninth-place in October.

Hartford

Spoken-Word Formats – On the heels of November’s loss of eight-tenths, Entercom news/talk WTIC-AM “News Talk 1080” sputters by another three-tenths (6.6 – 6.3, fourth to sixth, 6+). Mirroring November’s #13 finish, Red Wolf Broadcasting news/talk WDRC-AM “AM 1360 The Talk of Connecticut” posts a .7 (6+) the third month in succession. Anchored at #16, iHeartMedia’s WPOP “News Radio 1410” records a .1 (6+) the 19th survey period in a row.

WPOP’s sports talk cluster-mate, WUCS “97.9 ESPN Hartford,” has a June 2019 through December 2019 topline of: 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 1.9 (6+) and continues at #12.

Within 4.2 – 4.7 range (6+) in each of the last nine survey periods (4.7 – 4.4 – 4.2 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 4.5 – 4.2 – 4.5, 6+), Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network news/talk WNPR “Connecticut’s Public Media Source for News & Ideas” carries on in ninth-place. In three straight down or flat trends, University of Massachusetts-owned WFCR “New England Public Radio” has lost more than 60% (-.7) of its 6+ AQH share (1.1 – .8 – .4 – .4, 6+) and is unchanged at #14.

Hartford Music Formats – Down a combined nine-tenths in October/November (10.7 – 10.1 – 9.8, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary WRCH “Lite 100.5” roars back with a +1.7 to 11.5 (6+) and is #1 the 42nd consecutive time. Its August/September +1.3 (9.4 – 9.5 – 10.7, 6+) nearly negated June/July’s -1.4 (10.8 – 10.4 – 9.4, 6+). Eight recent (6+) WRCH shifts include: -6.9 (January); +1.0 (February); -1.0 (March); -1.3 (April); +1.0 (May); -1.0 (July); +1.2 (September); and +1.7 (December). “Holiday” 2018’s +5.6 was to 18.0, the strongest 6+-showing for any Hartford station since WRCH recorded an 18.3 in “Holiday” 2017. November’s 9.5 marked the fourth time in 2019 that WRCH was not in double-digits (6+). In its third up or flat move in a row, hot AC cluster-mate WTIC-FM “96.5 TIC-FM” is a collective +1.3 (6.1 – 6.2 – 6.2 – 7.3, 6+) and jumps from fifth to second with its best 6+-stat (7.3) since May (7.7). Despite picking up one-tenth to 5.8 (6+), thus halting four straight down or flat sweeps that accounted for a -1.4 (7.1 – 6.7 – 6.7 – 5.7, 6+), rhythmic CHR sibling WZMX “Hot 93.7” downshifts from sixth to seventh. Notching gains of seven-tenths each are iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WHCN “105.9 The River” (6.4, sixth to fourth, 6+) and its CHR cluster-mate WKSS “Kiss 95.7 All The Hits” (5.8, eighth to seventh, 6+). “The River” had been without an increase the past five survey periods for a collective -1.5 (7.2 – 7.2 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 5.8 – 5.7, 6+). Likewise, “Kiss” was an overall -1.8 in five straight down or flat reports (6.9 – 6.8 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 5.7 – 5.1, 6+). The recent rollercoaster ride for co-owned WWYZ “Country 92.5” includes August/September’s -.7 (7.9 – 7.2 – 7.2, 6+); October’s +.5 (7.7, 6+); November’s -1.0 (6.7, 6+); and December’s +.5 to 7.2 (steady at #3, 6+). Off eight-tenths in November/December (7.2 – 7.0 – 6.4, 6+), Red Wolf Broadcasting-owned WDRC-FM “102.9 The Whale – Connecticut’s Classic Rock” drops from second to fourth. Classic hits-oldies sibling WNTY “Kool Radio – Good Times/Great Oldies” is without an increase the fifth time in a row for a net loss of two-tenths (.5 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3, unchanged at #15, 6+). Entercom adult contemporary WMAS-FM, which ranked #12 in July (1.5, 6+), is unlisted the fifth consecutive month.

Shock & Awe(mus)

| December 30, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
TALKERS
Managing Editor

Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in TALKERS magazine in July of 2011.

NEW YORK — Picture the warm-and-fuzzy wakeup talent who oversees and nurtures a friendly environment.  That standard blueprint for eliciting a feel-good attitude has worked ratings wonders for years and is a cherished cornerstone for some of America’s top-tier heritage stations.

Now imagine pretty much the exact opposite with what some would insist is a cynical, bitter-sounding, often-mumbling personality who berates nearly everyone in his path (his bosses, co-workers, advertisers, guests and listeners are never exempt) and you have a reasonably good feel for “Imus in the Morning.”

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December PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Three

| December 28, 2019

December 2019 PPM Data – Information for the December 2019 ratings period has been released for Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus. Nielsen Audio’s December 2019 survey period covered November 7 – December 4. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM-markets below.

Portland

Spoken Word Formats – Unchanged in fourth-place, Alpha Media-owned news/talk KXL “FM News 101 – Stay Connected” is an overall +1.3 via five consecutive sweeps without a loss (4.1 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 5.2 – 5.4, 6+). Several recent KXL shifts include: -1.0 (March/April); +1.1 (May/June); -.7 (July); and +.6 (August). Up two-tenths as a result of three positive or neutral moves in a row (2.3 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KEX “News Radio 1190 – Depend On Us” climbs from #19 to #18. Alpha Media news/talk KUFO repeats November’s 6+ AQH share and market rank (1.3, #23). Thus far in 2019, “Freedom 970” has logged a 1.0 (6+) five times; a .9 (6+) five times; and a 1.3 (6+) twice. Salem Media Group’s KPAM “AM 860 The Answer” has a June 2019 through December 2019 topline of: .3 – .3 – .3 -. 3 – .5 – .4 – .4 (flat at #29, 6+).

Off two-tenths in November, Alpha Media sports talk KXTG “The Game” makes up half the deficit with a +.1 (1.6 – 1.7, 6+) and continues at #21. Without a loss the past four months for a collective half-share gain (1.1 – 1.1 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.6, 6+), Entercom’s similarly-programmed KFXX “1080 The Fan” forfeits one-tenth to 1.5 (#21 to #22, 6+). Unchanged at #24, iHeartMedia-owned KPOJ “Sports Radio 620” (Trailblazers) has nearly quadrupled (+.8) its 6+-stat in three spikes in a row (.3 – .4 – .9 – 1.1, 6+).

Bouncing back from November’s loss of six-tenths with a December increase of four-tenths (7.9 – 8.3, 6+), Oregon Public Broadcasting news/talk KOPB repeats at #2, after an October-only stay at #1. KOPB has been +1.2 (January); -2.0 (February/March); +.6 (April); -.9 (May); +.5 (August); +1.1 (October); and -.6 (November).

Portland Music Formats – Down a combined eight-tenths in October/November (8.2 – 8.2 – 7.4, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW roars back with a +1.7 to 9.1 (6+), leaping from third to first. “K-103,” which recorded an 11.4 (6+) in December 2018, was on top in July, August, and September, before slipping to #2 in October. Its September +1.1 vaporized July/August’s -.7 (7.8 – 7.4 – 7.1, 6+). In November, classic hits-oldies sibling KLTH made an identical third to first move but “106.7 The Eagle” erodes by -1.4 (8.5 – 7.1, 6+) and is back in third-place. Entering the December ratings period, “The Eagle” was a cumulative +1.6 as a result of three positive spikes in succession (6.9 – 7.1, 8.0 – 8.5, 6+); 8.5 was its best 6+-showing since April’s 8.6. Negative or neutral trends by KINK “Uniquely Portland” the last six sweeps accounted for a -1.7 (4.5 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.1 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+) but the Alpha Media triple A hangs out a December increase of eight-tenths to 3.6 (#16 to #11, 6+). An overall -2.8 in four straight decreases (5.9 – 5.5 – 4.7 – 3.8 – 3.1, 6+), immediately after logging three consecutive increases that yielded eight-tenths (5.1 – 5.5 – 5.6 – 5.9, 6+), Entercom-owned KGON “92.3 Portland’s Classic Rock” improves by seven-tenths and re-enters the top ten (3.8, #14 to #10, 6+). On the heels of November’s +.9 (2.9 – 3.8, 6+), iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR KXJM “JAM’N 107.5” forfeits seven-tenths to 3.1 (6+) and drifts from the top ten (#8 to #13). November’s 3.8 was its best 6+-stat since June’s 3.9. After being a collective +1.6 through five successive increases (1.8 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.4, 6+), Salem Media Group regional Mexican KRYP “93.1 El Rey” is now down eight-tenths in November/December (3.4 – 3.2 – 2.6, #13 to #17, 6+). Off seven-tenths in November/December (5.0 – 4.8 – 4.3, 6+), Alpha Media CHR KBFF “Live 95.5” slips from fifth to sixth. Entercom adult hits KYCH “97.1 Charlie We Play Everything,” which was +.6 in September/October (5.1 – 5.1 – 5.7, 6+), is now a combined -1.1 in November/December (5.7 – 4.8 – 4.6, flat at #5, 6+). After posting a 1.8 in June (#20, 6+), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KLVP “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” is unlisted the sixth month in a row.

Charlotte

Spoken-Word Formats – Pushing up from tenth to ninth, Entercom-owned WBT “Charlotte’s News Talk” (Carolina Panthers) is without a loss the fourth straight time for a net gain of eight-tenths (3.3 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.1, 6+).

Co-owned WFNZ “The Fan – Charlotte’s Sports Leader” has a July 2019 through December 2019 topline of: 1.3 – 1.8 – 1.6 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.5 (unchanged at #18, 6+).

In all 12 monthly reports this year, University Radio Foundation news/talk WFAE (steady at #14) has remained within 2.1 – 2.9 range and has been in an alternating down/up pattern since May: 2.3 – 2.1 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 2.7 – 2.6 (6+).

Charlotte Music Formats – Not only is Beasley Media Group adult contemporary WKQC a collective +3.7 as a result of three bumps in a row (4.9 – 5.3 – 6.2 – 8.6, 6+), “K-104.7 More Music/Better Variety” jumps from third to first with its best 6+-stat (8.6) since “Holiday” 2018’s 12.9. In December 2018, WKQC logged an 8.0 (6+). Dislodged from the top spot after three successive months there is iHeartMedia classic rock WRFX “99.7 The Fox,” which is a combined -1.0 in November/December (8.3 – 8.2 – 7.3, first to second, 6+). Its November decrease curtailed four consecutive bumps that produced a collective +2.9 (5.4 – 6.4 – 6.7 – 7.5 – 8.3, 6+). Prior to September, “The Fox” last occupied Charlotte’s ratings penthouse in March 2018 (7.3, 6+). A combined +.7 in September/October (5.7 – 5.9 – 6.4, 6+), adult hits cluster-mate WLKO “102.9 The Lake” was -.5 in November to 5.9 (6+) and is now +.8 (6.7, fifth to third, 6+). Advancing from #13 to #12, alternative sibling WEND “106.5 The End” gains seven-tenths in three successive up or flat trends (2.7 – 2.7 – 2.9 – 3.4, 6+). This is its best 6+-stat since May (3.4, as well). While anchored at #12, Entercom hot AC WLNK “107.9 The Link Charlotte’s Best Mix” picks up three-tenths to 3.4 (6+), thus applying the brakes to four consecutive down or flat reports that accounted for an overall -1.5 (4.6 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 3.7 – 3.4 – 3.1, 6+). Beasley Media Group-owned WSOC “103.7 Country’s Hottest Hits” was -1.2 in September/October (6.8 – 6.1 – 5.6, 6+); +1.5 (November); and now -1.0 in December (7.1 – 6.1, second to fourth, 6+). WSOC was up eight-tenths in August after being -1.5 in June/July (7.5 – 6.9 – 6.0, 6+). Prior to segueing to June’s runner-up slot, “103.7 Country’s Hottest Hits” was on top the previous four months. One-half share behind WSOC is iHeartMedia’s similarly-programmed WKKT “96.9 The Kat – Charlotte’s #1 for New Country,” which is trending 5.5 – 5.7 – 5.4 – 5.6 (6+) and repeats at #6. In advance of August/September’s -1.1 (6.6 – 6.0 – 5.5, 6+), “The Kat” was a collective +1.3 via five successive positive or neutral moves (5.3 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.6, 6+). After improving by one-half share in November, Radio Training Network contemporary Christian WLFJ “HIS Radio” relinquishes six-tenths in December (1.5 – .9, 6+) but continues at #19. In addition to being a collective -1.3 via three drops in a row (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.1 – 3.7, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WHQC “Hits 96.1” exits the top ten (#10 to #11). After recording a one-half share increase in June (2.1 – 2.6, #14, 6+), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WRCM “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” is unlisted the sixth month in a row.

San Antonio

Spoken-Word Formats – Following four straight sweeps without a loss for an overall +1.4 (4.3 – 5.0 – 5.6 – 5.6 – 5.7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WOAI “News Radio 1200 – San Antonio’s News, Traffic, & Weather” drops four-tenths in November/December (5.7 – 5.4 – 5.3, third to fourth, 6+). The August 2019 through December 2019 topline for Alpha Media news/talk KTSA “Stay Connected” is: 1.8 – 1.7 – 2.0 – 1.8 – 1.7 (#21 to #20, 6+).

Finishing at #29 and #32, respectively, are iHeartMedia sports talk KTKR “Ticket 760 – San Antonio’s Sports Station” (.7 – .6, -.1, #27 to #29, 6+) and Alpha Media’s similarly-programmed KZDC “ESPN San Antonio,” which records its fourth straight report without a loss for a net gain of three-tenths (.2 – .3 – .3 – .5 – .5, #30 to #29, 6+).

Texas Public Radio news/talk KSTX, which was up one-half share in three improvements in a row (3.0 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.5, 6+), drops two-tenths to 3.3 (flat at #13, 6+).

San Antonio Music Formats – After trending 3.6 – 3.5 – 3.6 (September – October – November, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KQXT erupts with a +2.9 to 6.5 (6+) and rockets from #12 to #2; “Q-101.9” notched a 9.5 (6+) in December 2018. Turning around October/November’s -.5 (4.2 – 4.1 – 3.7, 6+) with a December spike of six-tenths, Univision Radio rhythmic CHR KBBT “98.5 The Beat” cracks the top ten (4.3, #11 to #6). In addition to being #1 the tenth consecutive time, Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM “101.1 San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” is a cumulative +1.8 as a result of four consecutive bumps (6.7 – 7.2 – 7.8 – 8.2 – 8.5, 6+). September’s increase interrupted three decreases in succession that accounted for an overall -1.8 (8.5 – 8.2 – 7.1 – 6.7, 6+). This is its highest 6+-stat since May (8.5, as well); August’s 6.7 (6+) is KONO-FM’s lowest since 6.0 (6+) in “Holiday” 2018. “San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” had been the runner-up five successive times before progressing to #1 in March. Following five up or flat trends that generated a collective +1.6 (3.8 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 5.4, 6+), Alpha Media adult hits KJXK “102.7 Jack FM Playing What We Want” returns all but one-half share of that increase (4.3, -1.1, third to sixth, 6+). November 2019 marked the first time San Antonio’s “Jack” reached the five-share threshold (5.4, 6+) since its 5.3 in November 2018. A combined +1.2 in September/October (4.3 – 5.1 – 5.5, 6+), Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group hot AC KSMG “Magic 105.3” is -1.3 in November/December (5.5 – 4.9 – 4.2, fifth to eighth, 6+). Co-owned classic country KKYX “Country Legends” falters by six-tenths (2.1 – 1.5, 6+) and departs the top twenty (#19 to #21) with its lowest 6+ stat since June 2018 (1.5, as well). On the heels of breaking out a November gain of seven-tenths, iHeartMedia Spanish contemporary KZEP “Latino Hits 104.5” surrenders one-half share (3.2 – 2.7, flat at #15, 6+). Finishing at #3 and #5, respectively, are Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group-owned KCYY “Y-100 San Antonio’s New Country Leader” (5.8 – 5.7, -.1, second to third, 6+) and iHeartMedia’s KAJA “KJ-97 San Antonio’s #1 Country Station” (4.6 – 4.4, -.2, sixth to fifth, 6+). KCYY’s one-tenth spike in November halted five straight decreases that accounted for an overall -1.5 (7.2 – 6.9 – 6.4 – 6.2 – 6.1 – 5.7, 6+). Recent shifts for “Y-100” include: +1.8 (January 2019); +.6 (February); -.6 (March); +.6 (May); and -.5 (July). “KJ-97” answered October’s -1.1 with a November gain of three-tenths. Before September’s +.3, KAJA was -1.1 in three consecutive losses (6.2 – 6.0 – 5.5 – 5.1, 6+). “KJ-97” has been -1.0 (“Holiday” 2018); +3.0 (January 2019); –1.9 (March); -.5 (July); and -1.1 (October).

Sacramento

Spoken-Word Formats – A collective +1.5 via five successive sweeps without a loss (5.2 – 5.2 – 5.7 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 6.7, 6+), iHeartMediaowned news/talk KFBK surrenders one-third of that increase (6.2, -.5, 6+) but continues in third-place. November’s 6.7 was the best 6+-stat for “Sacramento’s News, Weather and Traffic Station” since February (7.0). Co-owned KSTE “Talk 650” is -1.6 as a result of four downturns in a row and drops below a two-share (3.3 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.3 – 1.7, #14 to #16, 6+).

Continuing an alternating up/down pattern that commenced in August (.8 – 1.0 – .9 – 1.3 – 1.1, 6+), Entercom sports talk KIFM-AM “ESPN Radio 1320” slips from #19 to #20. Bonneville’s KHTK “Sports 1140” has an August 2019 through December 2019 topline of: 8 – .9 – .9 – .8 – .9 (#22 to #21, 6+). These two sports talkers were tied in July, August, and October.

Capital Public Radio news/talk KXJZ continues an alternating up/down pattern that began in June: 4.7 – 5.0 – 4.8 – 5.3 – 5.1 – 6.0 – 5.6 (fourth to fifth, 6+). December 2018’s 6.9 is the highest 6+-stat in its PPM-history.

Sacramento Music Formats – In addition to advancing from seventh to fourth, Bonneville adult contemporary KYMX “Mix 96” nets a +1.9 through three consecutive sweeps without a loss (4.2 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 6.1, 6+). By way of comparison, “Mix” notched an 8.8 (6+) in December 2018. Its format rival (as of mid-November 2018), iHeartMedia’s KBEB “92.5 The Breeze,” has been a combined +.9 (August/September); -.9 (October); +.6 (November); and now -.2 in December (4.5 – 4.3, seventh to ninth, 6+). In the 14 reports since KBEB’s format switch from country to AC, “Mix” has prevailed 12 times; “The Breeze” has come on top once (September, 4.8 to 4.2, 6+); and the two AC rivals were tied in November 2019. Doubling (+1.3) its 6+-stat via three spikes in succession (1.3 – 1.7 – 2.0 – 2.6, 6+), Lotus Communications regional Mexican KVMX-FM “La Ranchera” advances from #16 to #15. A collective +1.0 as a result of four straight up or flat trends (1.7 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 2.7, 6+), Entravision rhythmic CHR KHHM “Hot Hits Fuego 103.5” pushes up from #15 to #14. The combination of Bonneville-owned KNCI “New Country 105.1” remaining flat and Entercom’s KSEG “96.9 The Eagle – Sacramento’s Classic Rock” dropping three-tenths to 7.3 (6+) results in KNCI progressing from second to first and KSEG segueing from first to second. “New Country” is without a loss the third time in a row for a net gain of one-half share (6.9 – 7.3 – 7.4 – 7.4, 6+). “The Eagle” had been on top the past ten months. Its July 2019 through November 2019 topline was: 7.8 – 7.9 – 7.6 – 7.8 – 7.6 (6+). “The Eagle” held the lead position ten consecutive survey periods before shifting to #2 in December 2018. Its recent fluctuations include: +1.0 (February); -.5 (April); +.9 (May); -.6 (June); and -.5 (July). After logging a one-half share increase in November, Entercom’s KRXQ “98 Rock” erodes by twice that margin (5.8 – 4.8, -1.0, fifth to sixth, 6+). After three successive gains generated a +1.1 (5.0 – 5.2 – 6.0 – 6.1, 6+), “98 Rock” regressed by eight-tenths in October. It is tied with co-owned CHR KUDL “106.5 The End,” which picks up three-tenths to 4.8 (seventh to sixth, 6+), thus halting six down or flat trends in succession that led to an overall -1.5 (6.0 – 5.7 – 5.7 – 5.5 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 4.5, 6+). Still in that Entercom cluster, alternative KKDO “Alt 94.7” falters by an overall -1.5 in three straight drops (4.7 – 4.3 – 3.9 – 3.2, 6+) and departs the top ten (#10 to #12).

Pittsburgh

Spoken-Word Formats –  Regaining the two-tenths it lost in November (4.1 – 3.9 – 4.1, 6+), Entercom’s KDKA-AM “News Radio 1020” is anchored in tenth-place.

After being +1.4 in September/October (5.7 – 6.3 – 7.1, 6+), co-owned sports talk KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan” is off a combined half-share in November/December (7.1 – 6.7 – 6.6, flat at #4, 6+). A gain of one-tenth (.3 – .4, 6+) takes similarly-formatted/iHeartMedia-owned WBGG 970 AM – ESPN Pittsburgh” (Steelers) from #25 to #23.

In addition to adding four-tenths to November’s +.1 (3.7 – 3.8 – 4.2, 6+), Essential Public Media news/talk WESA “90.5 Pittsburgh’s NPR Station” enters the top ten (#11 to #9).

Pittsburgh Music Formats – Up a combined nine-tenths in November/December (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.6, 6+), Steel City Media hot AC WLTJ “Q-92.9” continues at #12 with its best 6+-stat (3.6) since July’s 3.9. Substituting November’s loss of one-half share with a December gain of the same magnitude (4.9 – 4.4 – 4.9, 6+), iHeartMedia alternative WXDX “105.9 The X” (Penguins) advances from eighth to seventh. On top the third month in a row, co-owned rocker WDVE (Steelers) nets a +1.4 in three successive bumps (8.3 – 9.4 – 9.5 – 9.7, 6+). In advance of the October sweep, WDVE was a collective -1.2 through three consecutive negative trends (9.5 – 8.7 – 8.6 – 8.3, 6+). Directly following its +1.0 in three straight positive or neutral shifts (4.2 – 4.2 – 4.9 – 5.2, 6+), Entercom-owned WDSY “Pittsburgh’s Country Y-108” is a combined -1.1 in November/December (5.2 – 4.7 – 4.1, sixth to tenth, 6+). On the heels of November’s +.9 to 9.1 (6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWSW “94.5 3WS” surrenders one-half share (8.6, 6+) but occupies the runner-slot the third month in a row. WWSW was a combined -1.0 in September/October (8.8 – 8.2, -.6, 6+). Immediately prior to the October sweep, “3WS” spent three successive months at #1. Its September loss of four-tenths halted three increases in succession that led to an overall +1.5 (7.7 – 8.5 – 8.9 – 9.2, 6+); August’s 9.2 was its best 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2018 (13.6). After ten straight sweeps without a loss for a net gain of three-tenths (.1 – .1 – .1 -.1 – .1 – .1 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .3 – .4, 6+), co-owned/similarly-formatted WWSW-HD2 drops one-tenth to .3 (#24 to #25, 6+). While unchanged in fifth-place, co-owned CHR WKST “96.1 Kiss – Pittsburgh’s #1 Hit Music Station” is without an increase the fourth consecutive sweep for a net loss of -1.6 (6.6 – 5.9 – 5.2 – 5.0 – 5.0, 6+). August’s 6.6 was the best 6+-showing for “Kiss” since September 2018’s 6.7. It is tied with Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WSHH “Wish 99.7,” which adds four-tenths (5.0, seventh to fifth, 6+) thus halting six negative or neutral moves in a row that accounted for an overall -1.7 (6.3 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.0 – 4.8 – 4.6, 6+).

Salt Lake City

Spoken-Word Formats – Despite being a combined -.8 in November/December (6.4 – 5.7 – 5.6, 6+), Bonneville-owned KSL “News Radio 102.7 FM & 1160 AM” progresses from fourth to second; KSL was +2.4 in October (4.0 – 6.4, 6+). When KSL gained six-tenths in September (3.4 – 4.0, 6+), it suspended four consecutive down or flat moves that led to a collective -1.8 (5.2 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.6 – 3.4, 6+); August’s 3.4 is KSL’s lowest 6+ PPM-stat. Immediately after hauling out November’s +2.0 (3.2 – 5.2, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted KNRS “Talk Radio 105.9 – Listen And You’ll Know” relinquishes half that hefty gain (4.2, -1.0, 6+) and exits the top ten (#6 to #11). October’s increase of four-tenths halted three straight down or flat sweeps that led to a loss of nine-tenths (3.7 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+). While Cumulus Media-owned KKAT carries on at #21, “860 AM – Utah’s Big Talker” is off one-tenth to .4 (6+) and concludes six sweeps without a loss that yielded two-tenths (.3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .5 – .5, 6+).

This is the 12th sweep in a row that Broadway Media sports talk KALL “ESPN 700” is unlisted.

A combined -.4 in October/November (2.2 – 2.1 – 1.8, 6+), University of Utah news/talk KUER gains two-tenths to 2.0 (flat at #15, 6+).

Salt Lake City Music Formats – Logging its third bump in a row for a collective +4.7 (6.3 – 6.7 – 6.8 – 11.0, 6+), Bonneville’s KSFI “FM 100.3 – Better Music/Better Work Day” is #1 the third time in a row. Immediately prior, “FM 100.3” was -2.0 via four straight negative moves (8.3 – 8.0 – 6.7 – 6.6 – 6.3, 6+). KSFI was on top five consecutive months; segued to the runner-up slot in April; and returned to #1 in May and June. “FM 100.3” was the only PPM-market station in “Holiday” 2018 to reach the 20-share level (21.8, 6+). One year ago, KSFI recorded a 12.7 (December 2018, 6+). After gaining six-tenths in October (3.4 – 4.0, 6+) and reaching the four-share level (4.0) for the first time since January’s 4.2, Cumulus Media’s similarly-formatted KBEE “B-98.7 Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites” is -1.2 in November/December (4.0 – 3.0 – 2.8, #12 to #14, 6+). When CHR sibling KENZ lost four-tenths in November, it stymied four spikes in succession that generated a +1.0 (2.5 – 2.7 – 2.8 – 3.2 – 3.5, 6+). “Power 94.9 – Utah’s New Hit Music” roars back with a December +1.4 (3.1 – 4.5, 6+) and re-enters the top ten (#11 to #9). Recording boosts of nine-tenths each are iHeartMedia’s KAAZ “Rock 106.7” (3.7, #13 to #12) and co-owned adult contemporary KJMY-HD2 (.2 – 1.1, 6+), which cracks the top twenty at #17. “Rock 106.7” was a combined -1.1 in October/November (3.9 – 3.0 – 2.8, 6+). Ups/downs continue for Bonneville classic hits-oldies KRSP “103.5 The Arrow,” which erodes by -1.3 in December (6.3 – 5.0, second to fourth, 6+). By gaining four-tenths in November, “Arrow” concluded three downward moves in a row that resulted in a -1.7 (7.6 – 7.2 – 6.3 – 5.9, 6+). On top in April, July, and August, KRSP’s July improvement of eight-tenths interrupted May/June’s -1.4 (8.2 – 7.6 – 6.8, 6+), which followed five consecutive increases resulting in an overall +2.5 (5.7 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 7.0 – 7.8 – 8.2, 6+). While it remains flat in third-place, iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted KODJ “94.1 Salt Lake’s Greatest Hits” sputters by a collective -1.9 in three successive setbacks (7.1 – 6.5 – 6.2 – 5.2, 6+). A loss of eight-tenths sends iHeartMedia CHR KZHT “97.1 ZHT Salt Lake’s #1 Hit Music Station” from fourth to sixth and below a five-share (5.7 – 4.9, 6+). While co-owned adult contemporary KJMY-HD2 notches a +.9 (see above), hot AC KJMY-FM “My-99.5” is an overall -1.5 as a result of four downturns in succession (5.9 – 5.4 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.4, eighth to tenth, 6+). Unchanged at #18, KLO Broadcasting’s KSQN “103.1 The Wave – Your Classic Alternative” is down or flat the eighth sweep in a row for a roughly 47% loss (-.8) of its 6+ AQH share (1.7 – 1.5 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1 – .9 – .9 – .9, 6+). These Broadway Media stations are unlisted the 12th  sweep in a row: adult hits KYMV; alternative KXRK; CHR KUDD; country KEGA; and rhythmic CHR KUUU. Meanwhile, Cumulus Media alternative KHTB is now simulcasting KENZ (see above); in November, KHTB notched a 1.8 (#15, 6+).

Las Vegas

Spoken-Word Formats – In an alternating down/up pattern (2.3 – 2.2 – 2.6 – 2.4, September – October – November – December, 6+), Entercom-owned KXNT “News Talk Radio 840” slides from #12 to #18. Even though Beasley Media Group‘s KDWN “The Talk of Las Vegas” is up one half-share as a result of four successive sweeps without a decrease (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.5, 6+), “AM 720 Where Las Vegas Comes to Talk” downshifts from #21 to #22.

In six consecutive up or flat trends, Lotus Communications sports talk KWWN more than tripled (+1.0) its 6+ AQH-share (.4 – .5 – .5 -.5 – .8 – 1.3 – 1.4, 6+), but “ESPN Radio 1100” is now off one-tenth in back-to-back reports (1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2, #21 to #24, 6+). Tied at #27 are KWWN sibling/Golden Knights flagship KRLV “Fox Sports Radio Las Vegas” (flat at .4, 6+) and Entercom sports talk KXST “CBS Sports Radio 1140 AM” (.5 – .4, -.1, #26 to #27, 6+).

After having lost roughly 52% (-2.5) of its 6+ AQH share via three major drops in a row (4.8 – 4.1 – 3.3 – 2.3, 6+), Nevada Public Radio news/talk KNPR answers with a November gain of six-tenths to 2.9 (6+), zooming from #18 to #11.

Las Vegas Music Formats – Bouncing back from November’s loss of six-tenths with an increase twice that margin (7.5 – 8.7, +1.2, 6+), KSNE “Sunny 106.5 – Better Music For A Better Workday” advances from second to first. In December 2018, the iHeartMedia adult contemporary outlet posted a 9.1 (6+). September’s loss of nine-tenths snapped at three its consecutive string of upticks that yielded a +3.8 (4.8 – 6.0 – 7.6 – 8.6, 6+). Prior to May, “Sunny” last fell below a five-share (6+) in October 2017 (4.8, as well). “Holiday” 2018’s 12.8 is the highest 6+-share for any Las Vegas station since the 14.0 KSNE logged in “Holiday” 2016. Despite posting a spike of one-tenth (8.0 – 8.1, 6+), Beasley Media group classic hits-oldies KKLZ “Hits of the ‘80s and More” segues to the runner-up slot after a November-only visit at #1. Nonetheless, KKLZ is a collective +2.0 through six consecutive increases (6.1 – 7.2 – 7.4 – 7.6 – 7.7 – 8.0 – 8.1, 6+) and has its best 6+-share (8.1) since February’s 8.3. Taking over from KSNE at #1 in February, KKLZ remained on top through June, before giving way (again) to “Sunny.” The market’s (6+) hot AC share gets a +1.2 jolt, nearly equally divided between Entercom-owned KMXB “Mix 94.1” (5.2 – 5.9, +.7, fourth to third, 6+) and Beasley Media Group’s KVGS “Star 107.9” (+.6, seventh to fifth). “Mix” notches its best 6+-stat (5.9) since May’s 6.5, while “Star” is +1.1 through five successive sweeps without a loss (3.3 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.4, 6+). Tacking on a December +1.1 to November’s +.6 (3.5 – 4.1 – 5.2, 6+), Lotus Communications’ KWID “La Buena 101.9” jumps from sixth to fourth; its current 5.2 (6+) eclipses June’s 5.1 (6+). Rocketing back into the top ten (#12 to #6), Entercom’s KLUC “98.5 Las Vegas’ #1 Hit Music Station” is a combined +1.0 in November/December (2.8 – 3.1 – 3.8, 6+). Up six-tenths to 2.5, its best 6+-stat since July’s 2.6, Univision Radio regional Mexican KISF “Zona Mx 103.5” progresses from #20 to #16. An overall +1.3 through three improvements in a row (4.5 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.8, 6+), Lotus Communications-owned KXPT “97.1 The Point #1 For Classic Rock” craters by a combined -3.2 (or roughly 55%) in November/December (5.8 – 5.4 – 2.6, 6+), spiraling from #3 to #12. Its December -2.8 is the greatest (6+) November 2019 – December 2019 decrease by any station in the 36 PPM-markets released thus far. Meanwhile, the wild ride continues for iHeartMedia’s KYMT “93.1 The Mountain – World Class Rock,” which was an overall -1.7 via three straight down or flat (August through October) reports (4.1 – 2.7 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+); +1.1 (November); and now -.9 in December (3.5 – 2.6, #8 to #12, 6+). It’s a fairly similar scenario for Entercom rhythmic hot AC KXQQ “Q-100.5,” which was a cumulative +1.1 in five consecutive up or flat moves (3.9 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 5.0, 6+); then -2.1 via four straight sweeps without an increase (5.0 – 3.6 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+); followed by a +1.6 in October/November (2.9 – 3.6 – 4.5, 6+); and now -.7 in December (3.8, fifth to sixth, 6+). In May 2019, KXQQ reached the five-share level (6+) for the first time since May 2018 (5.0, as well). Within 2.1 – 2.7 range (6+) in each of the last 15 ratings periods, Lotus Communications’ KOMP “92.3 The Rock Station” is off one-half share to 1.9 (#17 to #20, 6+). Following five consecutive up or flat reports for a net gain of six-tenths (2.7 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3, 6+), Faith Communications contemporary Christian KSOS “SOS Radio” drops two-tenths to 3.1 (ninth to tenth, 6+). In six straight sweeps without an increase, Beasley Media Group’s country-formatted KCYE “102.7 The Coyote” is an overall -1.5 (4.1 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.0 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.6, 6+) but advances from #13 to #12. Similarly-programmed/iHeartMedia-owned KWNR “95.5 The Bull – Las Vegas’ New Country Leader” is a collective -1.2 in three drops in a row (3.4 – 2.8 – 2.5 – 2.2, #16 to #19, 6+). This is the 11th consecutive time that Entravision Communications regional Mexican KQRT and Spanish contemporary sibling KRRN are unlisted.

Orlando

Spoken-Word Formats – Despite dropping two-tenths (4.7 – 4.5, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned news/talk WTKS “Real Radio 104.1 – We Say What We Want” progresses from ninth to eighth. A combined -1.3 in October/November (5.1 – 4.2 – 3.8, 6+), Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group’s WDBO-FM “News 96.5” recaptures two-tenths to 4.0 (#12 to #11, 6+). Flat at #13, iHeartMedia-owned WFLF “News Radio Orlando,” which gained nine-tenths in October/November (2.5 – 3.1 – 3.4, 6+), is off four-tenths to 3.0 (6+).

Following eight successive up or flat trends for a net gain of +1.1 (.2 – .3 – .3 – .7 – .7 – .7 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.3, 6+), Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group sports talk WDBO-AM “ESPN 580 Orlando” surrenders one-tenth to 1.2 (#16 to #17, 6+). Down one-tenth as well is iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted Magic flagship WYGM “FM 96.9 The Game – Orlando’s Sports Leader” (1.1 – 1.0, #19 to #20, 6+).

Despite being down four-tenths in November/December (3.4 – 3.1 – 3.0, 6+), following a +.9 in September/October (2.5 – 3.3 – 3.4, 6+), Community Communications’ news/talk WMFE “90.7 Public Radio for Central Florida” advances from #15 to #13.

Orlando Music Formats – Over and above notching a +2.3 (7.1, 9.4, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMGF “Magic 107.7” storms from third to first. This (9.4) is the highest 6+-stat for “Magic” since its 14.3 in “Holiday” 2018, the last time it occupied the top spot. Setting the pace the past seven months, Entercom classic hits-oldies WOCL “105-9 Sunny FM – We Own The ‘80s” (9.1 – 9.0, -.1, 6+) segues to #2. Prior to November’s increase of six-tenths, WOCL was a combined -2.5 in September/October (11.0 – 9.5 – 8.5, 6+). Immediately in advance of the September sweep, “Sunny” netted a +3.1 through four consecutive bumps (7.9 – 9.0 – 9.4 – 10.8 – 11.0, 6+). An overall -2.1 via five decreases in a row (8.7 – 8.5 – 7.8 – 7.1 – 7.0 – 6.6, 6+), WMGF’s Spanish tropical cluster-mate, WRUM “Rumba 100.3,” pulls the plug with a December gain of nine-tenths to 7.5 (fourth to third, 6+). WRUM held the runner-up slot three months in a row but fell to third in August. Entravision Communications’ similarly-formatted WNUE is unlisted for the 11th successive report. In an alternating down/up pattern that commenced in August (6.0 – 5.2 – 5.3 – 4.9 – 5.4, 6+), Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group’s WMMO “98.9 Orlando’s Classic Hits” inches up from sixth to fifth. Netting four-tenths in seven up or flat trends in succession (.7 – .7 – .8 – .8 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.1, 6+), University of Central Florida-owned WUCF “89.9 Jazz & More” climbs from #19 to #18. December’s -1.1 to 6.4 (second to fourth, 6+) by iHeartMedia CHR WXXL “XL-106.7 Orlando’s #1 Hit Music Station” vaporizes its October/November improvement of eight-tenths (6.7 – 7.3 – 7.5, 6+). Entercom hot AC WOMX “Mix 105.1” continues an alternating down/up pattern that surfaced in June: 6.5 – 7.1 – 6.7 – 6.8 – 5.9 – 6.1 – 5.2 (fifth to sixth, 6+). Three straight bumps by Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group rhythmic CHR WPYO delivered a +1.1 (3.8 – 3.9 – 4.3, 4.9, 6+) but “Power 95.3 Orlando’s New #1 For All The Hits” forfeits six-tenths to 4.3 (sixth to ninth, 6+). Faltering by six-tenths as well is iHeartMedia’s WJRR “101.1 Orlando’s Rock Station” (3.9 – 3.3, #11 to #12, 6+). Off one-half share each are Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group-owned WWKA “K-92.3 Orlando’s #1 For New Country” (4.7 – 4.2, ninth to tenth, 6+) and its internet stream (.8 – .3, #21 to #23, 6+). Seven recent WWKA fluctuations include: -.5 (May); +.6 (June); -.5 (August); +.6 (September); -.9 (October); +.9 (November); and -.5 (December). Its internet stream was up six-tenths in November.

Cincinnati

Spoken-Word Formats – Notwithstanding that it repeats in the runner-up slot after three straight months at #1, iHeartMedia news/talk WLW (Bengals) is a combined -3.2 in four successive sweeps without an increase (10.7 – 10.7 – 9.8 – 8.7 – 7.5, 6+). This is the lowest 6+-stat for “The Big One” since “Holiday” 2018 (7.5, as well). Co-owned WKRC “55 KRC The Talk Station” has lost four-tenths in November/December (3.1 – 2.8 – 2.7, #13 to #14, 6+).

After more than tripling (+1.1) its 6+ AQH share in four straight up or flat moves (.5 – .8 – .8 – 1.1 – 1.6, 6+), sports talk cluster-mate WCKY “Cincinnati’s ESPN 1530” surrenders four-tenths to 1.2 (6+) and remains at #17. The extremely consistent April 2019 through December 2019 topline for co-owned WSAI “Fox Sports 1360” is: .4 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .3 (#23, 6+).

This is the fourth report a row in which Cincinnati Public Radio news/talk WVXU posts a 2.9 (#11 to #12, 6+).

Cincinnati Music Formats – Owing to six successive downturns, Cumulus Media adult contemporary WRRM was an overall -2.0 and fell below a six share (7.5 – 6.9 – 6.8 – 6.5 – 6.4 – 6.0 – 5.5, 6+); however, “Warm 98.5” erases 70% of that deficit with a December +1.4 to 6.9 (fifth to third, 6+). This time last year, “Warm” logged an 8.3 (6+, December 2018). Down four-tenths in September/October (2.5 – 2.4 – 2.1, 6+), Grant County Broadcasters’ WNKN not only answers with a November/December +2.0, “Classic Country” reaches the four-share threshold and cracks the top ten (2.1 – 2.9 – 4.1, #11 to #8, 6+). Adding seven-tenths to November’s +.1 (2.7 – 2.8 – 3.5, 6+), Radio One urban contemporary WIZF “101.1 The Wiz” jumps from #13 to #11. An overall -1.2 via four straight down or flat moves (4.0 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.0 – 2.8, 6+), urban AC cluster-mate WOSL “100.3 Cinci’s R&B Station” ends the slide with a December gain of two-tenths to 3.0 (#13 to #12, 6+). Off nine-tenths in November/December (9.4 – 9.3 – 8.5, 6+), Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WGRR nonetheless repeats at #1. The only four months this year “103.5 Cincinnati’s Greatest Hits” hasn’t been #1 were January, August, September, and October. Meanwhile, co-owned WNNF “Cat Country 94.1,” which was a collective +2.0 in three straight upticks and crossed the three-share level (1.9 – 2.3 – 2.9 – 3.9, 6+), surrenders 60% of that windfall (2.7, -1.2, 6+) and drifts from the top ten (#8 to #14). Eroding by nine-tenths each are its format rival Hubbard Broadcasting’s WUBE “Get Your Country On B-105.1” (third to fourth) and WUBE’s hot AC cluster-mate WKRQ “Q-102 Cincinnati’s Hit Music” (5.8, fourth to fifth, 6+). “B-105.1” is a combined -1.3 in November/December (7.3 – 6.9 – 6.0, 6+) and has its lowest 6+-stat (6.0) in nearly three years (5.3, “Holiday” 2016). Within 5.4 – 5.9 range (6+) in eight straight survey periods (5.7 – 5.6 – 5.5 – 5.7 – 5.4 – 5.9 – 5.7 – 5.9, 6+), “Q-102” recorded a +.8 in November to 6.7 (6+).

Cleveland

Spoken-Word Formats – Without an increase the fourth straight time for a collective -2.0 (7.2 – 6.5 – 5.8 – 5.5 – 5.2, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WTAM “1100 Cleveland’s News Radio” is flat at #8. Its recent fluctuations include: -.6 (March); +.9 (April); -.7 (May); +.5 (June); +.5 (July); +1.1 (August); -.7 (September) -.7 (October); and -.6 (November). Simulcasting Radio One’s WERE “News Talk 1490 The People’s Station,” cluster-mate WZAK-HD3 popped on in November with a .6 (6+) and doubles that in December to 1.2 (+.6, #19 to #16, 6+). Unlisted in July, August, and September, Salem Media Group news/talk WHK “AM 1420 The Answer, News-Opinion-Insight” resurfaced in print in October and logs a .9 (6+) the third time in a row (#17 to #18, 6+).

In addition to progressing from seventh to sixth, Entercom’s WKRK “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” (Browns) has more than doubled (+3.1) its 6+ AQH share via six successive spikes (3.0 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 4.4 – 5.3 – 5.7 – 6.1, 6+).

Immediately after September’s -1.3 (4.0 – 2.7, 6+), Ideastream-owned news/talk WCPN gains a cumulative nine-tenths in three successive up or flat moves (2.7 – 3.3 – 3.6 – 3.6, #12 to #11, 6+).

Cleveland Music Formats – Not only does Entercom adult contemporary WDOK triple November’s gain of six-tenths with a December +1.8 (7.2 – 9.0, 6+), “Cleveland’s Star 102” marches from third to first. By way of comparison, “Star” posted an 8.2 (6+) in December 2018. Dislodged from the top spot after three consecutive months there is iHeartMedia-owned WMJI “Majic 105.7 – Cleveland’s Greatest Hits” (9.4 – 8.8, first to second, 6+). Prior to shifting to third in August, WMJI was the market leader eight straight sweeps. Recent “Majic” shifts include: +2.8 (“Holiday” 2018); -1.7 (January 2019); +.8 (February); +1.0 (March); -1.0 (April); -.6 (July); -1.0 (August); +.8 (September); +.8 (November); and -.6 (December). Four positive or neutral trends in succession by Entercom hot AC WQAL “Q-104” yield eight-tenths (3.8 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.4 – 4.6, steady at #10, 6+). This (4.6) is its best 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2018’s 4.7. Radio One urban AC WZAK-FM is up one-half share and is unchanged at #4). WZAK-FM has been -1.1 (July); +1.5 (August/September); -1.2 (October/November); and now +.5 (7.0 – 7.5, 6+). Directly following November’s uptick of nine-tenths, iHeartMedia-owned WGAR “99.5 Cleveland’s #1 For New Country” forfeits seven-tenths (9.0 – 8.3, second to third, 6+). WGAR’s June 2019 through October 2019 topline was: 8.1 – 8.1 – 8.3 – 8.0 – 8.1 (6+). Carrying on at #13, CHR sibling WAKS “96.5 Kiss FM” is within 3.1 – 3.9 range the 11th successive time (3.6 – 3.9 – 3.1 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3.9 – 3.8 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 3.2, 6+).

Kansas City

Spoken-Word Formats – A collective +1.6 in three straight up or flat trends (4.5 – 5.4 – 6.1 – 6.1, 6+), Entercom news/talk KMBZ-FM “98.1 News-Traffic-Weather” surrenders half that increase (5.3, -.8, 6+) but continues in fifth-place. Following November’s gain of three-tenths, which halted four consecutive down or flat reports that led to a -.5 (2.3 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 1.8 – 1.8, 6+), co-owned KMBZ-AM “Talk 980” drops one-tenth (2.1 – 2.0, #18 to #19, 6+). Flat at #21, Cumulus Media’s KCMO-AM “Talk Radio 710 AM” has a July 2019 through December 2019 topline of: 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.0 – 1.3 – 1.3 (6+).

In addition to slumping by six-tenths in November/December (4.2 – 3.8 – 3.6, 6+), Union Broadcasting’s WHB “Sports Radio 810” departs the top ten (#9 to #12). October’s 4.2 was its best 6+-stat since January (5.0). Meanwhile, Entercom-owned KCSP “610 Sports Radio” duplicates November’s loss of six-tenths (3.4 – 2.8 – 2.2, #15 to #17, 6+). The November decline halted three straight improvements that netted nine-tenths (2.5 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.4,  6+). That streak directly followed three drops in succession that resulted in a -1.5 (4.0 – 3.9 – 3.3 – 2.5, 6+).

Off by six-tenths as well is University of Missouri news/talk KCUR, which completely erases November’s +.6 (4.1 – 4.7 – 4.1, sixth to ninth, 6+). In November, 4.7 KCUR had its best 6+-stat since May (4.7, as well).

Kansas City Music Formats –It’s a mixed bag for the market’s three country FMs. Specifically, Steel City Media’s KBEQ “Q-104 New Hit Country” registers a +1.3 (4.7, #13 to #7, 6+) and Entercom’s WDAF “106.5 The Wolf” improves by one half share (3.8 – 4.3, ninth to eighth, 6+); however, Steel City Media’s KFKF “Country 94.1” regresses by seven-tenths (5.7, fourth to third, 6+). “Q-104” had been an overall -1.6 in three straight downturns (5.0 – 4.9 – 4.5, – 3.4, 6+), while “The Wolf” – a combined -1.4 in September/October (4.2 – 3.2 – 2.8, 6+) – logged a +1.0 in November. Powered by November’s +1.5, “Country 94.1” was +1.9 in October/November (4.5 – 4.9 – 6.4, 6+). Its November 6.4 (6+) marked the first time any Kansas City country outlet crossed the six-share level since KFKF did so in August 2018 (6.2, 6+). Having reached the nine-share level (6+) in June and July (9.2 each time), Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies KCMO-FM does so again in December (8.6 – 9.3, 6+); “94.9 Kansas City’s Greatest Hits” is anchored in the runner-up slot the sixth straight month. From January through June, KCMO-FM was +3.8 through six successive sweeps without a loss (5.4 – 6.6 – 7.7 – 7.9 – 7.9 – 9.2 – 9.2, 6+). Eight recent KCMO-FM fluctuations include: +1.6 (“Holiday” 2018); -1.3 (January 2019); +1.2 (February); +1.1 (March); +1.3 (June); -.6 (August); +.6 (October); and +.7 (December). Following four decreases in a row for a collective -1.5 (4.9 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.7 – 3.4, 6+), Entercom’s KQRC “98.9 The Rock” ends the slide with an increase of four-tenths to 3.8 (6+) and re-enters the top ten (#13 to #10). Tacking on one-half share to November’s increase of six-tenths (4.1 – 4.7 – 5.2, flat at #6, 6+), hot AC sibling KZPT “99.7 The Point” reaches the five-share level (5.2, 6+) for the first time in more than two years (5.1, November 2017). Answering November’s -.6 with a December +.3 (9.9 – 10.3, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KCFX “101 The Fox – Kansas City’s Classic Rock Station” (Chiefs) is #1 the six month in a row. KCFX was a combined +1.2 in September/October (9.3 – 10.3 – 10.5, 6+). An August loss of six-tenths curtailed four straight gains that netted a +2.6 (7.3 – 7.7 – 8.4 – 8.6 – 9.9, 6+). In this year’s 12 survey periods, “The Fox” has been on top nine times (January, February, May, July, August, September, October, November, and December), while aforementioned classic hits-oldies sibling, KCMO-FM, has set the pace the other three (March, April, and June). Eroding by -1.2 (6.7 – 5.5, 6+), Carter Broadcast Group urban contemporary KPRS “Hot 103 Jamz” slips from third to fourth and is below a six-share (5.5, 6+) for the first time since “Holiday” 2018’s 5.8. Up nine-tenths in October/November (2.9 – 3.4 – 3.8, 6+), Steel City Media adult contemporary KCKC “KC-102.1 Today’s Best Variety” slumps by seven-tenths to 3.1 (6+) and departs the top ten (#9 to #14). Unchanged at #20, Cumulus Media-owned KCJK “105.1 The X – Kansas City’s Rock Alternative” is a collective -1.0 in three straight drops (2.6 – 2.5 – 1.7 – 1.6, #18 to #20, 6+). Prior to November, the last time KCJK fell below a two-share (6+) was in February (1.9).

Columbus

Spoken-Word Formats –  Off a combined four-tenths in November/December (6.4 – 6.1 – 6.0, 6+), directly after September/October’s +1.4 (5.0 – 5.6 – 6.4, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WTVN “News Radio 610” repeats in fifth-place.

The five most recent trends for Tegna’s WBNS-FM “Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan” are: 4.0 – 5.7 – 7.0 – 6.9 – 7.4 (third to second, 6+). Co-owned/similarly formatted WBNS-AM logs a .2 (6+) the third time in a row and remains at #19.

Up nine-tenths through three straight gains (4.3 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.2, 6+), Ohio State University news/talk WOSU relinquishes two-thirds of that increase (4.6, -.6, sixth to eighth, 6+).

Columbus Music Formats – Three downturns in succession by iHeartMedia adult hits WODC led to a collective -1.8 (5.6 – 4.7 – 4.2 – 3.8, 6+) but “93.3 The Bus” bounces back with a +2.1 in November/December (3.8 – 3.9 – 5.9, ninth to sixth, 6+). Prior to the June sweep, “The Bus” notched three consecutive up or flat sweeps that yielded a +1.0 (4.1 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 5.1, 6+). WODC has been -4.1 (January 2019); +.9 (May); -.5 (June); +1.0 (July); -.9 (August); -.5 (September) and +2.0 (December). Improving by six-tenths each are Radio One urban AC WXMG “Magic 95.5” (4.0, #11 to #9, 6+), which lost three-tenths in October/November (3.7 – 3.5 – 3.4, 6+), and Saga Communications hot AC WVMX “Mix 107.9,” a combined +.9 in November/December (1.9 – 2.2 – 2.8, #13 to #12, 6+). Duplicating November’s increase of one-half share (6.2 – 6.7 – 7.2, 6+), Saga Communications adult contemporary WSNY “Sunny 95” advances from fourth to third. Immediately following its +.9 as a result of three successive up or flat trends (6.7 – 6.9 – 6.9 – 7.6, 6+), “Sunny 95” was a combined -1.4 in September/October (7.6 – 6.9 – 6.2, 6+). Off a cumulative -2.4 in three successive downturns (6.9 – 6.7 – 6.3 – 4.5, 6+) and falling below a five-share for the first time since April 2016 (4.5, as well), co-owned WLVQ “Q-FM 96 Iconic Rock” applies the brakes with a +.4 to 4.9 (flat at #7, 6+). On one hand, iHeartMedia-owned WCOL  is #1 the 25th sweep in a row but “92.3 Columbus’ #1 For New Country” spirals by -1.1 (10.9 – 9.8, 6+) and fails to reach double-digits (6+) for the first time since June 2017. WCOL was up a combined seven-tenths in August/September (10.8 – 11.2 – 11.5, 6+), just after its overall -2.2 in three straight declines (13.0 -11.7 – 11.1 – 10.8, 6+). Sample WCOL fluctuations include: -2.1 (“Holiday” 2018); +.8 (January 2019); +.7 (February); +1.2 (April); -1.3 (May); -.6 (June); -.8 (October); and -1.1 (December). On the heels of November’s +.9, co-owned CHR WNCI erodes by -1.5 (7.8 – 6.3, 6+), segueing from second to fourth. Entering the November sweep, “97.9 Columbus’ Hit Music Station” was an overall -1.7 in five straight down or flat moves (8.6 – 7.4 – 7.1 – 6.9 – 6.9 – 6.9, 6+). After being +.8 in October/November (3.2 – 3.3 – 4.0, 6+), co-owned urban contemporary WZCB “106.7 The Beat” forfeits seven-tenths to 3.3 (6+) and exits the top ten (#8 to #11). Radio One gospel WJYD netted nine-tenths in four successive increases (1.1 – 1.4 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 2.0, 6+) and had its strongest 6+-showing since May (2.0, as well) but “Joy 107.1” falters in December by one-half share to 1.5 (#14 to #15, 6+). Without an increase the fifth time in succession for a net loss of three-tenths and repeating at #16 (1.7 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.4, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rock WXZX “105.7 The Brew” has its lowest 6+-stat (1.4) since March (1.2).

Friday, December 27, 2019

| December 27, 2019

Don Imus Dead at 79.  There are not may details available but radio legend Don Imus passed away early this morning (12/27) at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in College Station, Texas.  The Hollywood Reporter says Imus had been hospitalized on Christmas Eve.  No cause of death has been given.  Imus’ radio career spanned more than 50 years.  He was the morning drive personality on WNBC, New York during the 1970s and 1980s.  He would also host the morning show on WFAN, New York and was syndicated across the U.S. during the 1990s and into the 2000s.  He exited WFAN in 2007 in the aftermath of the infamous “nappy-headed hos” incident.  He landed at WABC where he worked mornings until the company ushered him out as a cost-saving move during WABC owner Cumulus Media’s bankruptcy process.  He left radio in March of 2018.

Shock & Awe(mus).  In July of 2011, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian wrote a feature-length piece on radio legend Don Imus.  In the wake of Imus’ passing at the age of 79, we present this story again to serve as a career summary and obituary for the iconic broadcaster.  Read it here.

December PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Two

| December 27, 2019

December 2019 PPM Data. Information for the December 2019 ratings period has been released for Washington (DC), Boston, Miami, Seattle, Detroit, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. Nielsen Audio’s December 2019 survey period covered November 7 – December 4. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM-markets below.

Washington, DC

Spoken-Word Formats – Locked on 5.1 (6+) in September and October before notching a November gain of six-tenths, Cumulus Media news/talk WMAL drops two-tenths (5.7 – 5.5, fourth to sixth, 6+). March 2019’s 6.8 represents its best 6+-stat in the PPM-era. For the 17th sweep in succession, Radio One’s WOL “News Talk – Where Information Is Power” is unlisted.

After logging six straight up or flat moves for an overall +1.7 (3.1 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 4.3 – 4.8, 6+), Entercom sports talk WJFK-FM “106.7 The Fan” erodes by -2.1 to 2.7 (6+) and fades from the top ten (#8 to #15). This -2.1 is the largest (6+) November 2019 – December decrease by any station in the 24 PPM-markets whose data has been released thus far. Conversely, the flagship of the 2019 World Series champion Nationals registered the highest 6+-share (4.8, November 2019) by any D.C. sports talk outlet in the PPM-era. Radio One’s similarly-formatted WTEM “980 The Team,” which gained one-half share in September/October (.6 – .9 – 1.1, 6+), repeats November’s 1.0 (#20 to #19, 6+). Even though Cumulus Media sports talk WSBN drops one-tenth (.3 – .2, 6+), “ESPN 630 AM The Sports Capitol” elevates from #29 to #26.

Down two-tenths (8.1 – 7.9, 6+) after November’s spike of seven-tenths, Hubbard Broadcasting all-news WTOP-FM downshifts from second to third. Before gaining one-tenth in August, WTOP-FM was an overall -2.5 in six successive down or flat sweeps (10.4 – 9.8 – 9.7 – 8.7 – 8.7 – 8.2 – 7.9, 6+). It segued to the runner-up slot in July following six straight months at #1. Entercom business news WDCH answers November’s loss of six-tenths with a December improvement of one-tenth (.5 – .6, #24 to #23, 6+).

Notwithstanding a one-tenth dip (8.9 – 8.8, 6+), American University-owned news/talk WAMU “The Mind Is Our Medium” is #1 the third time in a row. Its previous three fluctuations were -.8 (8.2 – 7.4, September, 6+); +.7 (7.4 – 8.1, October, 6+); and +.8 (8.1 – 8.9, November, 6+); November’s 8.9 was its best 6+-stat since March (8.9, as well).

Washington, DC Music Formats – A December uptick of +2.7 (5.4 – 8.1, 6+) enables iHeartMedia adult contemporary WASH “Variety of the 80s, 90s, & Today” to jump from fifth to second. WASH posted a 7.3 (6+) this time last year (December 2018). A combined +.8 in September/October (5.3 – 5.6 – 6.1, 6+), WASH forfeited seven-tenths in November. Erasing 75% of November’s -1.2 with a December +.9 (5.0 – 5.9, 6+), Atlantic Gateway Communications contemporary Christian WGTS jumps from seventh to fifth. Entering the November sweep, “91.9 Christian Music Radio” was an overall +2.0 in four straight up or flat moves (4.2 – 4.3 – 5.1 – 6.2 – 6.2, 6+). At the same time that Radio One urban AC WMMJ “Majic” gains two-tenths (7.4 – 7.6 third to fourth, 6+), Howard University’s similarly-programmed WHUR drops two-tenths (5.4 – 5.2, fifth to seventh, 6+). On a September-October-November rollercoaster ride, “Majic” was -.8 (8.2 – 7.4, September, 6+); +.6 (7.4 – 8.0, October, 6+); and -.6 (8.0 – 7.4, November, 6+). When WMMJ added two-tenths in July, it suspended three consecutive dips that resulted in a cumulative loss of seven-tenths (8.2 – 7.8 – 7.7 – 7.5, 6+). Meanwhile, WHUR added two-tenths in November to curtail five down or flat reports in a row that accounted for a collective -1.3 (6.5 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.2, 6+). Off one-tenth in back-to-back reports (6.5 – 6.4 – 6.3, 6+), WHUR regained that deficit with a May pickup of … two-tenths. While it is flat at #14, Entercom rhythmic CHR WPGC is down a cumulative nine-tenths in four straight down or flat trends and falls below a three-share (3.7 – 3.7 – 3.3 – 3.0 – 2.8, 6+).

Boston

Spoken-Word Formats – Following nine successive up or flat trends that netted a +1.8 (2.1 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 3.9, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WRKO “AM 680 – The Voice of Boston” has now lost seven-tenths in three consecutive reports without an increase (3.9 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.2, #11 to #12, 6+). Co-owned WXKS-AM “Talk 1200,” which faltered by roughly 57% (-.4) of its 6+ AQH share via three successive sweeps without an improvement (.7 – .4 – .3 – .3, 6+), ends the slide with a +.1 to .4 (#30 to #27, 6+).

An overall +2.5 in three bumps in a row (3.7 – 5.0 – 6.1 – 6.2, 6+), Beasley Media Group-owned WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” (Patriots, Celtics, Bruins) relinquishes 44% of that increase in December (5.1, -1.1, third to fifth, 6+). November’s 6.2 was its best 6+-stat since May (7.0). Four consecutive sweeps without a loss by Entercom-owned WEEI-FM netted a +1.6 (3.3 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.4 – 4.9, 6+) but the Red Sox flagship surrenders three-tenths to 4.6 (sixth to seventh, 6+). November 2019’s 4.9 represents the strongest 6+-showing for WEEI-FM since its 5.7 in November 2018)

Albeit down an overall seven-tenths through four straight negative or neutral reports (5.5 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 4.8, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned news-talk hybrid WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” climbs from seventh to sixth.

On the heels of November’s +1.0 (3.5 – 4.5, 6+), Boston University news/talk WBUR sputters by six-tenths to 3.9 (6+) and repeats in eighth-place. Bouncing back from a November loss of six-tenths with a December gain of two-tenths (3.1 – 3.3, 6+), WGBH Educational Foundation news/talk WGBH progresses from #13 to #11. Its November decrease snapped at four its consecutive string of up or flat trends that yielded a +1.5 (2.2 – 2.2 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.7, 6+).

Boston Music Formats – By doubling November’s +1.1 with a December +2.2 (4.7 – 5.8 – 8.0, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary WMJX “Magic 106.7 – Today’s Hits/Yesterday’s Favorites” jumps from fourth to second. Its 8.0 (December 2019, 6+) compares to 8.9 (6+) in December 2018. Entering the November ratings period, “Magic” had a net loss of -2.2 via four decreases in a row (6.9 – 6.4 – 6.0 – 5.8 – 4.7, 6+). “Magic” was a combined +.8 in May/June (6.1 – 6.2 – 6.9, 6+). Pinging “Beantown” from Worcester (roughly 40 miles to the west), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WSRS doubles (+.6) November’s .6 to 1.2 (6+). “Worcester’s At-Work Station” checks in at #23 with its best 6+ Boston stat (1.2) since “Holiday” 2018’s 1.5. Up a combined six-tenths in November/December (2.0 – 2.1 – 2.6, 6+), co-owned WBWL “101.7 The Bull – New Hit Country” zooms from #16 to #11. Despite being off four-tenths (8.5 – 8.1, 6+), Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies WROR “105.7 – 80s & More” is #1 the ninth month in a row. October’s increase of three-tenths followed WROR’s combined -1.2 in August/September (8.8 – 7.7 – 7.6, 6+). Surrendering in full November’s half-share improvement (2.5 – 3.0 – 2.5, 6+), Northeast Broadcasting triple A WXRV “92.5 The River – Independent Radio” slips from #14 to #16. Off by one-half share as well is iHeartMedia urban AC WKAF, which has now lost more than 50% (-1.4) of its 6+-share via six negative or neutral reports in succession (2.7 – 2.6 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 1.8 – 1.3, 6+); “97.7 The Beat of Boston” exits the top twenty (#18 to #21). The August 2019 through December 2019 topline for CHR sibling WXKS-FM is: 6.3 – 6.3 – 6.5 – 6.4 – 6.5 (6+). “Kiss 108,” which had been in the runner-up slot the past six months, segues to third. With a +.3 in November (1.4 – 1.7, 6+), Entercom-owned/similarly-formatted WODS pulled the plug on nine survey periods in a row without an increase that led to a net loss of -1.1 or approximately 44% of its 6+ AQH share (2.5 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 1.8 – 1.6 – 1.4, 6+). In December, however, “103.3 Amp Radio” forfeits one-tenth to 1.6 (#19 to #20, 6+).

Miami

English-Language Spoken-Word Formats – A true model of consistency, iHeartMedia news/talk WIOD “News Radio 610 – Miami’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” has an April 2019 through December 2019 topline of: 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 2.5 (unchanged at #16, 6+).

After nearly tripling its 6+ AQH share (+.7) through five consecutive increases (.5 – 6 – .7 – 1.0 – 1.2 – 1.4, 6+), Entercom-owned WQAM “560 The Joe” (Dolphins, Florida Panthers) drops one-tenth to 1.3 (6+) but continues at #23. It’s a fairly similar scenario for co-owned WAXY “Sports Talk 790 The Ticket” (Heat), which more than doubled its 6+-stat in October/November (.3 – .5 – .7, 6+) but forfeits one-tenth to .6 (#27 to #29, 6+).

Recapturing the one-tenth it lost in November (2.3 – 2.2 – 2.3, 6+), Dade County School Board news/talk WLRN inches up from #18 to #17.

Miami Music Formats – The market’s (6+) adult contemporary share balloons by +1.3 as Entercom-owned WLYF “101.5 Lite FM” is up eight-tenths and Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group’s WFEZ “Easy 93.1” improves by one-half share. As a result of three up or flat moves in a row, “Lite FM” is an overall +1.3  (5.3 – 5.8 – 5.8 – 6.6, fourth to second, 6+) and has its best 6+-showing since February (6.6, as well). Stuck on 7.0 (6+) in September, October, and November, “Easy” now sits at 7.5 (6+) and is #1 the 12th consecutive ratings period. “Easy” was down eight-tenths in February; up by that same magnitude in March; and notched an improvement of … eight-tenths in June. In addition to WLYF, Spanish Broadcasting System-owned Spanish tropical WXDJ logs a December 2019 gain of eight-tenths and cracks the top ten (3.6 – 4.4, #11 to #8, 6+). By notching a November improvement of one-tenth, “El Zol 106.7” interrupted eight straight negative or neutral reports that resulted in an overall -1.4 (4.9 – 4.8 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.5 – 3.5, 6+). Following November’s half-share increase, iHeartMedia-owned WBGG “Big 105.9 – South Florida’s Classic Rock” falters by -1.0 (4.3 – 3.3, 6+) and departs the top ten (#8 to #11). Prior to November, WBGG had been within 3.0 – 3.9 range (6+) in each of the previous 28 sweeps; it reached the four-share level (4.3, 6+) for the first time since August 2017’s 4.1 (6+). In three straight drops, Entercom classic hits-oldies WMXJ “102.7 The Beach” is a collective -1.0 (5.8 – 5.7 – 5.2 – 4.8, 6+) and is unchanged at #5. Without an increase the seventh successive month for a net loss of -1.0 (3.1 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.1, #18 to #19, 6+), co-owned WKIS “Kiss Country 99.9” records its lowest 6+-stat since October 2017 (2.1, as well). Up seven-tenths via three upticks in a row (3.0 – 3.1 – 3.5 – 3.7, 6+), Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group CHR WFLC “Hits 97.3” falters by three-tenths in November to 3.4 (ninth to tenth, 6+). WFLC has a four-tenths advantage over iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted WHYI “Y-100 Miami’s #1 Hit Music Station,” a combined -.4 in November/December (3.4 – 3.1 – 3.0, #14 to #13, 6+), directly after netting eight-tenths in four straight up or flat trends (2.6 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.4, 6+).

Seattle

Spoken-Word Formats – When Bonneville-owned KIRO-FM dropped one-tenth in November (5.0 – 4.9, 6+), it managed to advance from fourth to third. Now that it regains that one-tenth (4.9 – 5.0, 6+), “97.3 Seattle’s News/Seattle’s Talk” backshifts from third to fourth. On the plus side, December’s increase suspends three successive sweeps without an increase that accounted for a net loss of two-tenths (5.1 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 4.9, 6+). News/talk cluster-mate KTTH “Conservative Talk Radio,” which picked up three-tenths in three straight up or flat moves (1.5 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 1.8, 6+), surrenders two-tenths to 1.6 (#22 to #23, 6+). Having posted a gain of two-tenths in back-to-back reports (.8 – 1.0 – 1.2, 6+), Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned KVI “Talk Radio 570” is off one-tenth to 1.1 (6+) but stays at #25.

Albeit down two-tenths (3.9 – 3.7, 6+), Bonneville sports talk KIRO-AM “ESPN 710” (Seahawks) repeats at #11.

September’s increase of seven-tenths halted four straight down or flat trends that resulted in a collective -1.3 (4.3 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+). More than quadrupling (+1.6) its 6+ AQH share in five straight up or flat moves (.5 – .8 – 1.3 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 2.1, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KJR-AM “Seattle’s Sports Radio 950” advances from #23 to #22.

Locked on 3.1 (6+) in October and November, Sinclair Broadcast Group all-news KOMO dips one-tenth to 3.0 (flat at #14, 6+); August’s 3.2 was its best 6+-stat since November 2017’s 3.4.

Even though KUOW nets a +1.6 via three straight upticks (4.5 – 5.0 – 5.5 – 6.1, 6+) – completely expunging its collective -1.6 through four consecutive decreases (6.1 – 5.6 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 4.5, 6+) – the Northwest Public Radio news/talk outlet downshifts from second to third.

Seattle Music Formats – Not only does Hubbard Broadcasting adult contemporary KRWM replace November’s loss of two-tenths with a December improvement nine-times that magnitude (4.8 – 6.6, +1.8, 6+), “Warm 106.9” vaults from fifth to first. By way of comparison, KRWM logged an 8.8 in December 2018 (6+). Entering the November report, “Warm” was up a collective seven-tenths in three consecutive reports without a decrease (4.3 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 5.0, 6+). As a result of three setbacks in a row, Entercom’s similarly-formatted KSWD “94.1 The Sound” is a combined -1.4 (5.5 – 5.2 – 4.4 – 4.1, eighth to ninth, 6+). This directly follows its +1.1 in August/September (4.4 – 5.4 – 5.5, 6+). “The Sound” and “Warm” were separated by one-tenth in May (4.5 – 4.4, 6+); June (4.5 – 4.4, as well, 6+); and July (4.4 – 4.3, 6+). After three successive months at #1, Hubbard Broadcasting CHR KQMV “MOViN’ 92.5 – Seattle’s #1 Hit Music Station” (7.8 – 6.4, -1.4, 6+) segues to second-place. An overall -1.0 in four down or flat trends in a row (7.0 – 6.8 – 6.8 – 6.6 – 6.0, 6+), KQMV ended the slump in June with a gain of one-tenth. “MOViN’” made it to #1 in April, the first time it reached the lead spot since November 2018. Recording positive spikes of seven-tenths each are iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KJR-FM “95.7 The Jet” (tenth to sixth) and Sinclair Broadcast Group hot AC KPLZ “Star 101.5 – Today’s Best Mix” (#17 to #13). “The Jet” (3.8 – 4.1 – 4.8, 6+) and “Star” (2.4 – 2.7 – 3.4, 6+) are both +1.0 in November/December. Following four straight down or flat moves that accounted for a cumulative -1.3 (4.3 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.4 – 3.0, 6+), Entercom’s KNDD “107.7 The End Alternative Seattle” chalks up a half-share increase to 3.5 (#15 to #12, 6+). Off eight-tenths in November/December (4.7 – 4.6 – 3.9, 6+), iHeartMedia adult hits KJAQ “96.5 Jack FM – Playing What We Want” falls below a four-share (sixth to tenth, 3.9, 6+) for the first time since May’s 3.7. Hubbard Broadcasting-owned KNUC “New Country 98.9 The Bull” is an overall -1.5 in three drops in a row (4.4 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 2.9, #12 to #16, 6+). After more than doubling (+2.2) its 6+ AQH share in eight successive up or flat sweeps (2.1 – 2.1 – 2.4 – 2.8 – 3.3 – 3.5 – 4.0 – 4.2 – 4.3, 6+), “The Bull” surrendered one-tenth in August and gained two-tenths in September. Its format foe – Entercom’s KKWF “100.7 The Wolf #1 For Country” –  is down one-half share in November/December (4.9 – 4.6 – 4.4, sixth to seventh, 6+), immediately after three straight increases yielded eight-tenths (4.1 – 4.3 – 4.6 – 4.9, 6+).

Detroit

Spoken-Word Formats – Four straight gains by Cumulus Media’s WJR (Lions) led to a +1.1 (2.0 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.9 – 3.1, 6+) but “News Talk 760” falters by nine-tenths to 2.2 (#15 to #18, 6+). The just-concluded positive streak trailed six consecutive reports without an increase that resulted in a -1.7 (3.7 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.1 – 2.6 – 2.0, 6+).

In an analogous course of events, Entercom sports talk WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” (Pistons, Red Wings) was a collective +1.6 in three straight upticks (3.9 – 4.3 – 4.7 – 5.5, 6+) but falters by seven-tenths to 4.8 (sixth to seventh, 6+). “The Ticket” had been an overall -1.5 through three successive decreases (5.4 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 3.9, 6+).

Three successive downturns by co-owned WWJ resulted in an overall -1.5 (5.9 – 5.4 – 5.1 – 4.4, 6+) but “News Radio 950” ends the slide with a December increase of two-tenths to 4.6 (ninth to eighth, 6+). WWJ was #1 in March and posted a +1.1 in August.

Anchored at #20, Michigan Public Media news/talk WUOM has a June 2019 through December 2019 topline of: 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 2.1 – 1.9 – 2.0 – 1.6 (6+). Prior to September, WUOM last reached the two-share level (6+) in November 2017 (2.1, as well). Up a collective half-share as a result of four successive modest gains (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.4 – 1.5, 6+), Wayne State University news/talk WDET forfeits one-tenth to 1.4 (#21 to #22, 6+).

Detroit Music Formats – Winning ways continue for iHeartMedia adult contemporary WNIC “100.3 The Best Variety of the 80s, 90s, & Today,” which is +3.9 through four successive spikes (5.6 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.2 – 9.5, 6+) and repeats at #1. At this time last year, WNIC flashed a 12.2 (December 2018, 6+). Its “Holiday” 2018 17.9 is the largest 6+ AQH share by any Detroit station in the PPM-era. On top in December 2018 and “Holiday” 2018, WNIC more than tripled (+12.2) its 6+-share via four straight increases (5.7 – 6.2 – 6.6 – 12.2 – 17.9, 6+). On the other hand, Entercom-owned/similarly formatted WDZH “98.7 The Breeze” is a combined -1.1 in November/December (4.2 – 4.0 – 3.1, #13 to #15, 6+) and has its softest 6+-stat (3.1) since January’s 2.9. Trending 5.9 – 5.7 – 5.8 – 5.7 (August 2019 through November 2019, 6+), its classic hits-oldies sibling, WOMC “104.3 Detroit’s Greatest Hits,” improves by one-half share to 6.2 (third to second, 6+), its best 6+-performance since November 2018’s 7.0. Making modest November 2019 – December 2019 increases are cluster-mate WYCD “99.5 Detroit Country Music” (4.5, +.1, repeating at #9, 6+) and Cumulus Media’s similarly-formatted WDRQ “93.1 Nash FM” (2.9, +.2, #17 to #16, 6+). WYCD had lost nine-tenths in five consecutive sweeps without an increase (5.3 – 4.8 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.4, 6+); WDRQ dropped one-tenth in back-to-back reports (2.9 – 2.8 – 2.7, 6+), directly after posting seven consecutive up or flat trends for an overall +1.3 (1.6 – 1.9 – 2.4 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+). Not only does iHeartMedia urban contemporary WJLB falter by four-tenths to 4.0 (6+), thus halting four straight bumps that resulted in a +1.3 (3.1 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 4.4, 6+), “97.9 – Detroit’s Hip-Hop and R&B” departs the top ten (#9 to #12). The just-concluded streak immediately trailed four straight survey periods without an increase that led to a -1.0 (4.1 – 3.9 – 3.3 – 3.1 – 3.1, 6+). Radio One gospel WDMK-HD2 posted a .8 (6+) in October; disappeared from print in November; and resurfaces in December with a 1.1 (#22, 6+).

Phoenix

Spoken-Word Formats – Off four-tenths (4.0 – 3.6, 6+), Bonneville news/talk KTAR-FM (Arizona Cardinals) slips from sixth to seventh. From May through September, iHeartMedia’s KFYI was a collective -.9 (3.1 – 2.8 – 2.5 – 2.4 – 2.2, 6+). “News Talk 550” was then +.5 (October); -.2 (November); and now +.3 in November (2.5 – 2.8, #16 to #14, 6+).

A combined -1.0 in June/July (3.1 – 2.2 – 2.1, 6+) and then +1.0 via three straight up or flat trends (2.1 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 3.1, 6+), Bonneville sports talk KMVP-FM “98.7 Arizona Sports” (Suns, Arizona Coyotes) drops six-tenths in November/December (3.1 – 3.0 – 2.5, #13 to #17, 6+). Meanwhile, co-owned KTAR-AM returns the three-tenths it picked up in November (.3 – .6 – .3, #30, 6+).

This is the fifth consecutive report without a loss for Maricopa County Community College news/talk KJZZ, which is up six-tenths in that stretch (3.4 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.0, 6+) and climbs from seventh to fifth.

Phoenix Music Formats – Tacking on a whopping +3.9 to November’s +.1 (7.0 – 7.1 – 11.0, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ is #1 the sixth time in a row. This (11.0) is its best 6+-performance since “Holiday” 2018’s 15.0; KESZ notched a 9.7 (6+) in December 2018. September’s decrease suspended five consecutive improvements that netted a +1.7 (5.3 – 5.5 – 5.9 – 6.5 – 6.8 – 7.0, 6+). An increase of eight-tenths by Entercom classic hits-oldies KOOL (5.8 – 6.6, fourth to third, 6+) precisely doubles what it logged in December 2018 (3.3, 6+). Stuck on 4.1 (6+) in October and November, Hubbard Broadcasting-owned KUPD “Arizona’s Real Rock” falters by nine-tenths to 3.2 (6+) and drops from fifth to ninth. Sputtering by nine-tenths as well is iHeartMedia’s KNIX “102.5 Today’s Best Country & All-Time Favorites,” which has plummeted by -2.2 in three setbacks in succession (5.2 – 4.3 – 3.9 – 3.0, 6+), and departs the top ten (#7 to #12). It is tied with Entercom’s similarly-programmed KMLE “Country 107.9” (3.0, -.3, flat at #12, 6+), which was a combined +.5 in October/November (2.8 – 2.9 – 3.3, 6+). Frozen on 1.7 (6+) in October and November Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KQMR “Latino Mix 100.3” relinquishes one-half share to 1.2 (#27, 6+).

Minneapolis

Spoken-Word Formats – A bump of one-tenth (4.2 – 4.3, 6+) is sufficient to propel Entercom-owned WCCO “News Radio 830” (Minnesota Timberwolves) back into the top ten (#12 to #10). November’s -1.8 curtailed three straight up or flat moves that yielded seven-tenths (5.3 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.0, 6+). Three consecutive gains provided Hubbard Broadcasting news/talk KTMY with a collective +.5 (2.5 – 2.7 – 2.8 – 3.0, 6+) but “My Talk 107.1” relinquishes 40% of that increase (2.8, -.2, flat at #14, 6+). Repeating at #15, iHeartMedia’s KTLK “Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130,” which gained six-tenths in August, is off one-half share in November/December (3.1 – 2.9 – 2.6, 6+).

Over and above being a cumulative +3.9 in eight straight positive or neutral moves (3.9 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.3 – 5.3 – 6.1 – 6.8 – 7.3 – 7.8, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KFXN “Sports Radio 100.3 K-Fan” (Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Wild) marches from third to first. While steady at #22, Hubbard Broadcasting sports talk KSTP-AM “ESPN 1500” drops one-tenth to .8 (6+), thus suspending three sweeps in a row without a loss that yielded three-tenths (.6 – .7 – .9 – .9, 6+).

Off two-tenths in three straight sweeps without an increase (6.5 – 6.4 – 6.3 – 6.3, 6+), Minnesota Public Radio news/talk KNOW busts out a +.5 to 6.8 (6+) yet backshifts from fourth to fifth.

Minneapolis Music Formats – A November/December +1.3 by iHeartMedia-owned classic hits-oldies KQQL “Kool 108” (5.7 – 5.9 – 7.0, fifth to fourth, 6+) wipes away all but one-half share of its overall -1.8 from three decreases in a row (7.5 – 7.0 – 6.5 – 5.7, 6+). Before logging a +1.0 in May, KQQL had approximately 54% (-6.8) of its 6+ AQH share vanish through four straight negative or flat trends (12.6 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 5.8, 6+). Ousted from the penthouse in June by Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC KSTP-FM, “Kool 108” returned the favor in July, but was (again) dislodged by KSTP-FM in August. Cumulus Media-owned KQRS “Minnesota’s Classic Rock” is a combined +.8 in November/December (5.4 – 5.6 – 6.2, unchanged at #6, 6+) and reaches the six-share level (6.2, 6+) for the first time since May (6.8). Via five straight down or flat moves, rock cluster-mate KXXR was a collective -1.4 (6.4 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 5.5 – 5.3 – 5.0, 6+) but “93-X” pulls the plug with a +.2 to 5.2 (eighth to seventh, 6+). Holding or sharing the top spot in January, March, April, June, August, September, October, and November, (aforementioned) Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC KSTP-FM “KS-95” is down two-tenths (7.6 – 7.4, 6+) and segues to #2. KSTP-FM was +1.9 (January); -.8 (February); +.6 (March); +.5 (April); -.8 (May); and +1.1 (August). Similarly-formatted/iHeartMedia-owned KTCZ “Cities 97.1,” which logged a September 2019 – October 2019 increase of one-half share (4.5 – 5.0, 6+), falters by seven-tenths in back-to-back sweeps (5.0 – 4.3 – 3.6, #11 to #12, 6+). Shifts this year for “Cities 97.1” include +1.2 (January) -.5 (February); +.5 (April); +.6 (July); -.9 (August); +5 (October); -.7 (November); and -.7 (December). In four straight positive or neutral moves, Minnesota Public Radio’s KSJN was a collective +1.1 (2.4 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.5, 6+) but “Classical MPR” craters by -1.4 to 2.1 (#13 to #18). A loss of seven-tenths (4.4 – 3.7, 6+) sends iHeartMedia-owned KEEY “K-102 Minnesota’s Country Station” off the top ten (#10 to #11) and below a four-share (3.7, 6+). Its format competitor, Entercom’s KMNB “102.9 The Wolf,” was up six-tenths in September/October (2.8 – 3.1 – 3.4, 6+) but is off eight-tenths in November/December (3.4 – 2.7 – 2.6, #16 to #15, 6+). An overall +1.9 in three straight upticks (5.5 – 6.0 – 6.5 – 7.4, 6+), University of Northwestern St. Paul contemporary Christian KTIS-FM “Always Uplifting” slips by one-tenth to 7.3 (second to third, 6+). KTIS-FM was up a combined three-tenths in June/July (6.1 – 6.2 – 6.4, 6+) but lost nine-tenths in August.

San Diego

Spoken-Word Formats – Having posted a 5.0 (6+) in three of the last four sweeps (5.0 – 4.3 – 5.0 – 5.0, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KOGO “News Radio 600” slumps six-tenths to 4.4 (sixth to eighth, 6+). Some recent KOGO fluctuations include: +1.0 via three straight February through May increases; a combined -.5 in June/July; +.5 (August); -.7 (September); +.7 (October); and -.6 (December). Tegna news/talk KFMB-AM is off one-half share via four consecutive down or flat moves (2.5 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.1 – 2.0, #19 to #20, 6+). “AM 760” was an overall -.6 via three slips in succession (2.5 – 2.3 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+), but erased that deficit in August with a +.6 to 2.5 (6+). Recapturing the one-tenth it lost in November (1.7 – 1.6 – 1.7, 6+), iHeartMedia Los Angeles news/talk KFI “AM 640” continues at #22.

Up two-tenths in back-to-back reports (1.9 – 2.1 – 2.3, 6+), Entercom-owned sports talk KWFN “97.3 The Fan” carries on at #19. In six successive reports without a loss, iHeartMedia’s KLSD “Fox Sports 1360 San Diego’s Sports Station” nearly doubles (+.7) its 6+ AQH share (.8 – .8 – .8 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.5 – 1.5, #23 to #22, 6+).

A collective +.4 in four straight reports without a loss (5.9 – 6.0 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 6.3, 6+), San Diego State University-owned news/talk KPBS forfeits three-tenths to 6.0 (6+) and segues from first to second. Before falling to third in July, KPBS was on top the previous six months.

San Diego Music Formats – Not only does KYXY log a +2.9 (3.7 – 6.6, 6+), the Entercom adult contemporary outlet catapults from tenth all the way to first. This time last year, KYXY logged a 5.8 (December 2018, 6+). A combined +1.1 in November/December (2.1 – 2.5 – 3.2, 6+), Uniradio regional Mexican XHTY “Invasora 99.7” jumps from #17 to #12 with its best 6+-stat (3.2) in exactly one year (3.4, December 2018). Faltering by eight-tenths each are Local Media of San Diego-programmed CHR XHTZ “Z-90.3 Today’s Hit Music” (4.1 – 3.3, ninth to tenth, 6+) and Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KLQV “Amor 102.9” (3.2 – 2.4, #13 to #16, 6+), which has its lowest 6+-showing (2.4) since April’s 2.0. Off by six-tenths each are Entercom’s KSON “103.7 San Diego’s #1 New Country” (4.3 – 3.7, eighth to ninth, 6+) and iHeartMedia urban contemporary KSSX “JAM’N 95.7” (2.9, #11 to #14, 6+). The latter had been an overall +1.0 via three straight increases (2.5 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.5, 6+). A collective -1.5 in five downturns in succession (4.5 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.0, 6+), co-owned KGB-FM “101.5 San Diego’s Classic Rock” slips from #12 to #13. When KGB-FM posted a 3.5 (6+) in October, it marked the first time since “Holiday” 2018’s 3.8 that the station had fallen below a four-share. Also in that iHeartMedia cluster, even though KIOZ has lost nine-tenths through four down or flat trends in a row (3.3 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+), “Rock 105.3” progresses from #18 to #16. The wild ride continues for Univision Radio regional Mexican KLNV “Que Buena 106.5,” which was +1.0 in four consecutive up or flat moves (5.0 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.5 – 6.0, 6+); -1.7 via three consecutive dips (6.0 – 5.8 – 4.4 – 4.3, 6+); +.7 in November; and now -.3 in December (5.0 – 4.7, sixth to seventh, 6+).

Tampa

Spoken-Word Formats – In an alternating September 2019 through December 2019 down/up pattern (2.8 – 2.7 – 3.3 – 3.1, 6+), Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group news/talk WHPT repeats at #14. Entering the October sweep, “102.5 The Bone – Real, Raw, Radio” gained one-half share through four consecutive up or flat trends (2.3 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+). Off -1.0 in three setbacks in a row (3.8 – 3.6 – 3.2 – 2.8, 6+), immediately after three successive increases netted eight-tenths (3.0 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.8, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WFLA “970 Tampa Bay’s News Radio” slips from #15 to #16.

Owing to three drops in a row, iHeartMedia-owned sports talk WDAE “620 Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” (Buccaneers) has lost an overall seven-tenths (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+) and falls from #19 to #20 with its lowest 6+-showing (1.9) since 1.7 in March.

Up eight-tenths as a result of three consecutive bumps (1.7 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.2 – 2.5, 6+), University of South Florida news/talk WUSF repeats at #18.

Tampa Music Formats – In addition to adding a +1.2 to November’s +.7 (7.9 – 8.6 – 9.8, 6+), Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group adult contemporary WDUV “Lite Favorites” is #1 the 88th straight time and virtually purges October’s -2.0. WDUV was up seven-tenths in September (9.2 – 9.9, 6+) and faltered by seven-tenths in June. WDUV’s 13.7 in “Holiday” 2018 is the highest 6+-stat by any Tampa station since its 14.9 in “Holiday” 2015; “Lite Favorites” was 10.8 (6+) in December 2018. Flashing identical November 2019 – December 2019 (5.3 – 5.8, +.5, fourth to second, 6+) profiles are WDUV cluster-mate WXGL “107.3 The Eagle – Tampa Bay’s Classic Hits” and Radio Training Network contemporary Christian WCIE “The Joy FM.” It has been a seesaw lately for “The Eagle,” which was an overall +1.0 through three improvements in a row (5.1 – 5.4 – 6.0 – 6.1, 6+); -.8 in November; and now +.5 in December. Just prior, “The Eagle” was a cumulative -2.4 in four straight negative or neutral moves, (7.5 – 6.6 – 6.6 – 5.7 – 5.1, 6+). Meanwhile, “The Joy FM” is up a combined six-tenths in November/December (5.2 – 5.3 – 5.8, 6+). An overall +1.1 via six successive up or flat trends through August (3.6 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.7, 6+), Beasley Media Group rhythmic CHR WLLD “Wild 94.1” has since been -.3 (September); +.5 (October); -.6 (November); and -.7 in December (4.3 – 3.6, #9 to #12, 6+). Tied in seventh-place are WLLD cluster-mate WQYK “99.5 Tampa Bay’s New Country Hits” (4.6, +.2, eighth to seventh, 6+) and iHeartMedia’s WFUS “US-103.5 Tampa Bay’s #1 for New Country” (flat at #7). By gaining two-tenths, WQYK applies the brakes to four drops in succession that accounted for a -2.2 (6.6 – 6.3 – 6.1 – 4.9 – 4.4, 6+). Meanwhile, “US-103.5 “ is up seven-tenths in three straight bumps (3.9 – 4.3 – 4.5 – 4.6, 6+). October’s improvement interrupted three straight slips that resulted in a cumulative loss of eight-tenths (4.7 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 3.9, 6+), Prior to September 2019 (3.9), the last time WFUS dropped below a four-share (6+) was September 2017 (3.8, 6+).

Denver

Spoken-Word Formats – Ever since debuting in June, iHeartMedia news/talk KDFD has posted six upticks in a row for a +2.7 (.1 – .2 – .8 – 1.1 – 2.1 – 2.6 – 2.8, 6+); “Freedom 93.7 – Real News, Real Talk” pushes up from #17 to #15. News/talk cluster-mate KOA “Colorado’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” (Broncos) repeats November’s 2.5 (#18 to #17, 6+). Its November gain of one-tenth ended at four a consecutive string of decreases that accounted for an approximately 54% erosion (-2.6) of its 6+ AQH share (5.2 – 5.0 – 4.0 – 3.0 – 2.4, 6+). Co-owned KHOW lost one-half share via four successive down or flat reports (1.5 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0 – 1.0, 6+) but “Talk Radio 630” ends the slide with an improvement of two-tenths to 1.2 (flat at #23, 6+).

An overall +1.3 through four gains in a row (2.4 – 2.5 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.7, 6+), Bonneville-owned KKFN “Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan” (Nuggets) is now a combined -1.2 in November/December (3.7 – 3.2 – 2.5, #14 to #17, 6+). In three drops in a row, KSE Radio Ventures’ KKSE-FM (Colorado Avalanche) has lost exactly half (-.7) its 6+-stat (1.4 – 1.3 – .9 – .7, #24 to #26, 6+); “Attitude Sports Radio 92.5” was +1.0 in September.

In an alternating down/up pattern since August (5.1 – 4.9 – 5.4 – 5.3 – 6.3, 6+), Colorado Public Radio news/talk KCFR repeats in the runner-up slot with its best 6+-stat (6.3) since April’s 6.5. KCFR has been -1.6 (June); +.8 (July); +.5 (October); and now +1.0 (December). After being up three-tenths in three straight sweeps without a loss (.5 – .5 – .7 – .8, 6+), Community Radio for Northern Colorado news/talk KUNC drops two-tenths to .6 (#26 to #29, 6+).

Denver Music Formats – Following five successive down or flat reports that resulted in a collective loss of one-half share (4.6 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 4.1 – 4.1, 6+), Bonneville adult contemporary KOSI roars back with a combined +2.6 in November/December (4.1 – 4.2 – 6.7, 6+), rocketing from ninth to first. In December 2018, “101.1 Real Music Variety” posted a 7.6 (6+). It is a November-only stay at #1 for iHeartMedia’s KRFX  (5.9, -.2, first to third, 6+). Furthermore, “Classic Rock 103.5 The Fox” concludes four successive up or flat trends that generated a collective four-tenths (5.7 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 6.1, 6+). This is the sixth successive report without a decrease for Colorado Public Radio classical-formatted KVOD, which has nearly tripled (+1.7) its 6+-stat in that stretch (.9 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 2.5 – 2.6, #18 to #16, 6+). Faltering by nine-tenths each are iHeartMedia triple A KBCO “97.3 World Class Rock” (3.9, fifth to ninth, 6+) and Entercom-owned classic rock KQMT “The Mountain” (4.7 – 3.8, sixth to tenth, 6+). “World Class Rock had been trending 4.8 – 4.9 – 4.8 – 4.8 (6+). After reaching #1 in August, “The Mountain” was a combined -1.6 in September/October (6.2 – 5.6 – 4.6, 6+). Its successive string of positive or neutral moves that produced a +1.5 ended at five (4.7 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.6 – 5.6 – 6.2, 6+). August 2019’s 6.2 was the highest 6+-stat for KQMT since 6.6 in August 2018. Off nine-tenths in three successive dips (3.7 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 2.8, 6+), iHeartMedia’s country-formatted KWBL picked up one-tenth in November, but “106.7 The Bull” squanders one-half share in December (2.9 – 2.4, #15 to #19, 6+). July’s 3.7 was KWBL’s highest 6+-stat since it switched to country in mid-December 2017. Bonneville’s similarly-programmed KYGO is a combined -1.2 in three straight setbacks (6.2 – 6.1 – 5.3 – 5.0, second to fourth, 6+). KYGO occupied the top spot in June, July, September, and October. After gaining eight-tenths in three consecutive sweeps without a loss (4.1 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 4.9, 6+), Entercom hot AC KALC “Alice 105.9” forfeits four-tenths to 4.5 (fourth to sixth, 6+).

Baltimore

Spoken-Word Formats – Owing to five consecutive upticks, Hearst Television’s news/talk WBAL (Ravens) is an overall +1.4 (1.8 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 2.9 – 3.2, #12 to #11, 6+). Furthermore, “News Radio – Expect More” posts its strongest 6+-stat (3.2) since March 2018’s 3.3. Despite being up three-tenths (2.1 – 2.4, 6+), similarly-formatted independent news/talk WCBM “680 Stimulating Talk – Breaking News” downshifts from #13 to #14.

Within 4.2 – 4.9 range (6+) in each of the last nine ratings periods, Entercom sports talk WJZ-FM is up a collective seven-tenths in three straight positive or neutral reports (4.2 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 4.9, ninth to eighth, 6+); “105.7 The Fan” has its best 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2018 (4.9, as well).

WJZ-FM’s business news sibling WDCH, which lost more than 60% of its 6+ AQH share in November (1.3 – .5, -.8, 6+), regains two-tenths to .7 (#27 to #23, 6+).

After netting +1.2 through four successive increases (2.6 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.8, 6+), Your Public Radio news/talk WYPR “88.1 Your NPR News Station” is off two-tenths to 3.6 (flat at #10, 6+). Down or flat in four straight Baltimore reports that led to a loss of one-half share (1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2 – .8 – .7, 6+), American University-owned news/talk WAMU picks up one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.7 – .8 – .9, steady at #21, 6+).

Baltimore Music Formats – The market’s (6+) adult contemporary swells by +3.4 as Entercom’s WLIF “Today’s 101.9” hangs out a +2.0 (7.9, fourth to second, 6+) and iHeartMedia Washington, DC’s WASH is +1.4 (2.5, #18 to #13, 6+). Stuck on 5.9 (6+) in October and November, WLIF posted a 10.1 (6+) in December 2018. Prior to December’s 2.5 (6+), WASH had been trending 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.1 (July – August – September – October – November, 6+) in the Baltimore report; it notched a 2.1 (6+) in December 2018. The three most recent fluctuations by Radio One urban AC WWIN-FM are -.8 (October); +.6 (November); and -.9 in December (8.9 – 8.0, 6+); “Magic 95.9” is #1 the seventh successive month. A combined +1.8 in June/July (7.3 – 8.1 – 9.1, 6+), “Magic” reached the nine-share level (9.1, 6+, July) for the first time since January’s 9.0. In four drops in a row, co-owned urban contemporary WERQ is a collective -2.3 (8.4 – 7.5 – 7.4 – 6.9 – 6.1, 6+). After being in the runner-up slot the last six months, “92-Q Jams” slips to third. Entercom gospel WLIF-HD2 lost 65% (-1.3) of its 6+ AQH share in four consecutive slips (2.0 – 1.9 – 1.5 – 1.0 – .7, 6+) but concludes the slide with a +.1 to .8 (#23 to #22, 6+). Dropping six-tenths each are iHeartMedia’s WPOC “93.1 Today’s Best Country” (6.1, unchanged at #3, 6+) and CHR cluster-mate WZFT “Z-104.3 Baltimore’s #1 Hit Music Station” (#11 to #12). WPOC had been up one-half share in October/November (6.2 – 6.4 – 6.7, 6+), while “Z104.3” is off nine-tenths in November/December (3.7 – 3.4 – 2.8, 6+). Slipping from sixth to seventh, adult hits sibling WQSR “102.7 Jack FM Playing What We  Want” has its third decrease in succession for a collective -1.1 (6.2 – 5.7 – 5.6 – 5.1, 6+). Following five consecutive Baltimore sweeps without a loss for a net gain of one-half share (.7 – .8 – .8 – .9 – 1.1 -1.2, 6+), co-owned WBIG “Big 100 – Washington’s Classic Rock Station” forfeits two-tenths to 1.0 (#16 to #18, 6+). This is the 17th sweep in a row that Peter and John Radio Fellowship contemporary Christian WRBS-FM is unlisted; “95.1 Shine FM – Baltimore’s Positive Hits Station” was #13 in August 2018 (2.6, 6+).

 St. Louis

Spoken-Word Formats – Not only is Entercom news/talk KMOX a combined -2.7 in November/December (7.2 – 4.7 – 4.5, 6+), “The Voice of St. Louis” exits the top ten (#9 to #11). KMOX was an overall -2.3 in four successive April through August losses (7.3 – 6.6 – 6.2 – 5.2 – 5.0, 6+) and then +2.2 in September/October (5.0 – 6.4 – 7.2, 6+). Co-owned KFTK “FM News Talk 97.1,” which was a collective +1.3 in four consecutive sweeps without a loss (2.3 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.6, 6+), surrenders three-tenths to 3.3 (#16 to #17, 6+).

As a result of four straight spikes (3.1 – 3.3 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.9, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting sports talk WXOS was a cumulative +1.8, but “101 Sports” relinquishes one-third of that increase (4.3, -.6, 6+) and drifts from the top ten (#7 to #12).

University of Missouri news/talk KWMU repeats November’s 4.0 (6+) and progresses from #15 to #13.

St. Louis Music Formats – Entercom adult contemporary KEZK “102.5 The Best Mix of the 80s & Today” is a whopping +4.2 via four upticks in a row (4.7 – 5.6 – 5.9 – 6.2 – 8.9, 6+) and pushes up from third to second. In December 2018, KEZK notched a 9.8 (6+). Over and above being an overall +2.2 in four consecutive bumps (8.6 – 9.3 – 9.5 – 9.8 – 10.8, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting-owned KSHE “95 Real Rock Radio” is #1 the eighth consecutive month and hits double-digits (10.8, 6+) for the first time in the PPM-era. In February, KSHE was tied at the top with iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KLOU and took sole possession of first-place the following month. “Real Rock Radio” had to share the lead again in April but that time, it was with Entercom news/talk KMOX. Some of KSHE’s recent shifts include: +2.0 (January 2019); -.5 (February); +1.3 (March); -1.6 (April); +.9 (June); +.7 (September); and +1.0 (November). A combined +1.0 in November/December (4.1 – 4.5 – 5.1, 6+), Radio One urban contemporary WHHL “Hot 104.1” vaults from tenth to fourth and reaches the five-share level (5.1, 6+) for the first time since May 2017’s 5.0. Regaining the one-half share it lost in November (4.9 – 4.4 – 4.9, 6+) Gateway Creative Broadcasting contemporary Christian KLJY “99.1 Joy FM” re-enters the top ten (#12 to #6). Down nine-tenths (5.6 – 4.7, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WIL “New Country 92.3” falls from fourth to ninth. The +1.3 (6+) advantage it held in November over iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted KSD “93.7 The Bull – #1 For New Country” is reduced to one-tenth as KSD gains three-tenths to 4.6 (#13 to #10, 6+). With the increase, “The Bull” pulls the plug on three consecutive declines that led to a loss of seven-tenths (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.3, 6+). Up four-tenths in October/November (4.1 – 4.4. – 4.5, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR KSLZ “Z-107.7 St. Louis’ #1 Hit Music Station” falters by eight-tenths to 3.7 (6+) and fades from the top ten (#10 to #15). In three straight dips, Hubbard Broadcasting’s KPNT “105.7 The Point – Everything Alternative” erodes by -1.2 and falls below a five-share (6.0 – 5.6 – 5.4 – 4.8, fifth to eighth, 6+). Even though co-owned adult hits WARH is without an increase the past three sweeps for a net loss of six-tenths (5.6 – 5.5 – 5.0 – 5.0, 6+), “106.5 The Arch” advances from sixth to fifth.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

| December 24, 2019

Radio-TV Talk Show Host and Former Congressman J.D. Hayworth Is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast.  Former Congressman J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series “The Michael Harrison Interview.”  Hayworth has had a fascinating career in both broadcasting and politics.  In his early career, even prior to attending and graduating from North Carolina State University he held jobs while still a teenager as a music radio disc jockey and sports reporter which he continued through his school years.  After graduation he moved to Arizona as a TV sports anchor and then transitioned from broadcasting to politics.  Between 1995 and 2007, he served as a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Arizona’s 5th and 6th Congressional districts.  After that he became a full-time conservative radio talk show host on KFYI in Phoenix.  He left KFYI in 2010 to unsuccessfully mount a primary campaign against John McCain (who had recently been defeated by Barack Obama in the presidential election of 2008) for the Republican nomination for Arizona’s U.S. Senate seat held at that time by the popular war hero.  After that, he became a news anchor and host during the developmental days of Newsmax TV – a position he held for four years.  Today he’s heard by news/talk radio listeners on major stations around the country as one of the format’s most popular fill-in hosts.  Harrison and Hayworth take a deep dive into the workings of Congress, look back at changes in radio and its regulations over the years, and discuss the most talked about news topics, stories and issues of 2019.  To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here or click the player box marked “The Michael Harrison Interview” located in the right-hand column on every page of Talkers.com.

Round One of December PPMs Released. The first of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s December 2019 PPM survey has been released for 12 markets, including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Long Island (Nassau-Suffolk), Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey).  Nielsen Audio’s December 2019 survey period covered November 7 through December 4.  Some positive 6+ ratings movements of note for spoken-word stations include: Cumulus Media news/talk KSFO adds to its recent positive trends with a +0.3 for a 2.3 share; four straight positive or neutral moves by iHeartMedia’s news/talk KTRH (4.1 share) have “News Radio 740” ranked at #8 in the market; and Cox Media Group’s news/talk WSB-AM/WSBB-FM, Atlanta remains #1 in the market for the fifth straight month, despite dropping two tenths (9.3 – 9.1).  You can see all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Ratings Takeaways” on all the markets here.

‘Ratings Takeaways’ to Be Posted Over Holiday Break.  Although the TALKERS magazine offices are closed from December 25 to January 2, managing editor Mike Kinosian will post his “Ratings Takeaways” from Nielsen Audio’s December PPM survey as usual.  Nielsen will release the next three rounds of ratings data on December 26, 27, and 30, respectively.  See Kinosian’s “Ratings Takeaways” here.

Ziegler Named Director of News and Programming at WTOP, Washington. News media pro Julia Ziegler is promoted by Hubbard Radio Washington to director of news and programming for all-news WTOP-FM.  She has served with the station for 17 years, most recently as digital news director.  Ziegler assumes the position vacated by Mike McMearty who’d been with WTOP for 27 years.  During her time with WTOP, Ziegler has served as a member of Hubbard’s Inaugural NextGen program, an internal program designed to foster and grow leaders within the organization.  WTOP SVP and general manager Joel Oxley says, “During her time here Julia has truly excelled in every position she has held.  As the pioneer of many incredible projects, she has led our team with commitment, excellence and passion.  I look forward to seeing what the future holds and am incredibly excited to have her in this position.”  Ziegler comments, “I am excited and honored to lead the incredible journalists who work tirelessly in the WTOP newsroom 24/7/365.  This team is made up of some of the most hardworking and dedicated people I have ever met, and they drive me to be my best every day.  WTOP is a special place with special people.  I knew that from the second I stepped foot in the door as an intern in 2002.  I look forward to all of the great things this team will continue to accomplish in the years ahead.”

TALKERS News Notes.  Former California Governor Jerry Brown is launching a limited-run podcast via public media organization KQED in San Francisco.   The program is called “The Political Mind of Jerry Brown” and was produced from more than 40 hours of interviews with Brown by KQED senior editor for politics and government Scott Shafer in cooperation with UC Berkeley’s Oral History Center.  Shafer says, “This is a deep dive into the life and career of someone who has had a profound impact on California over the course of 50 years.  Our conversations reveal a reflective side of Jerry Brown – how he plotted his rise in politics, how he both leveraged his father’s name and distanced himself from Pat Brown’s approach to politics and what he learned from the mistakes he made along the way.”  The show will debut as an over the air broadcast on KQED…..The Sacramento Bee reports that Springer Financial Advisors owner Keith Springer – who hosts the weekend “Smart Money” show on iHeartMedia’s KFBK, Sacramento – has been charged by the Securities Exchange Commission with defrauding clients.  The story indicates the SEC’s allegations include Springer receiving millions of dollars in undisclosed compensation for recommending investments without disclosing a conflict of interest.  The SEC also alleges that Springer deceived prospective clients by saying he’d been chosen to do the KFBK radio show because of his expertise and did not reveal he brokers the time.

High Rollers.  TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison (right) and media consultant/RT America host Holland Cooke (left) enjoyed their annual Christmas lunch yesterday (12/23), while checking out the lavish new MGM Springfield in Springfield, Mass.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. In Washington, DC, on-air pro Jackie Paige is named midday personality and music director for Radio One’s hip hop WKYS-FM.  She comes to DC from her most recent role with the company’s hip hop WCDX-FM, Richmond “iPower 92.1/104.1” where she was also midday jock and music director.  Radio VP of programming Kashon Powell says, “We are extremely excited to welcome Jackie Paige to the Radio One DC programming staff.  She possesses a positive attitude and work ethic that simply can’t be taught.  She’s an ideal fit for Radio One DC and we are excited to have her join the team.”

December 2019 PPM Ratings

| December 24, 2019

December PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round One

| December 24, 2019

December 2019 PPM Data – Information for the December 2019 ratings period has been released for New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Long Island (Nassau-Suffolk), Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union. Nielsen Audio’s December 2019 survey period covered November 7 – December 4. Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from the PPM markets below.

New York City

Spoken-Word Formats – In addition to being down a combined four-tenths in November/December (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.7, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” departs the top twenty (#19 to #21). Owing to an increase of three-tenths (1.0 – 1.3, #22, 6+), news/talk WABC overtakes Townsquare Media’s similarly-formatted WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” (1.1, +.1, #23, 6+). WABC and WKXW were tied at #22 in October and November. Prior to December, “New Jersey 101.5” had been off three-tenths via four straight down or flat trends (1.3 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.0, 6+).

A decrease of seven-tenths (3.7 – 3.0, 6+) takes Entercom sports talk WFAN-FM (Giants, Brooklyn Nets) to its lowest 6+-stat since March (3.0, as well); New York City’s “Fan” exits the top ten (#7 to #11). WFAN-FM replaced September’s -.6 with an October +.6 (3.8 – 3.2 – 3.8, 6+). A combined -.3 in November/December (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.8, 6+), WEPN-FM “98.7 ESPN New York” (Jets, Knicks, Rangers) drops from #19 to #20.

Without a loss the past four reports for a net gain of four-tenths (3.2 – 3.2 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.6, 6+), Entercom-owned all-news WINS regresses by one-tenth to 3.5 (6+) yet climbs from ninth to eighth. Despite gaining one-tenth to 2.6, its best 6+-showing since May (2.6, as well), co-owned/similarly-formatted WCBS-AM backslides from #15 to #16. Prior to August’s improvement of one-tenth, WCBS-AM faltered by a collective full-share via four straight declines (3.4 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.4, 6+).

In six successive reports without a loss (2.1 – 2.1 – 2.3 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 3.2, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation news/talk WNYC-FM is an overall +1.1 and jumps from #14 to #11. Co-owned news/talk WNYC-AM has nearly tripled (+.3) its 6+ AQH share via six consecutive up or flat trends (.2 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .5 – .5, #28 to #30, 6+).

New York City Music Formats – Reflected in this sweep are results by certain stations employing the all-Christmas music programming strategy. Included in that group is iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “106.7 Lite FM,” which is +2.5 to 9.6 (6+) and #1 the 30th ratings period in succession. The increase halts three consecutive down or flat moves that resulted in an overall loss of six-tenths (7.7 – 7.7 – 7.4 – 7.1, 6+). WLTW betters by one-half share its 6+-stat from one year ago (9.1, 6+, December 2018). Not only does Entercom hot AC WNEW-FM enter the top ten (#11 to #6), “NEW 102.7” posts a December increase of seven-tenths and crosses the four-share threshold (3.4 – 4.1, 6+). Its classic hits-oldies sibling WCBS-FM “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits,” however, erodes by one full-share to 4.9 (second to fourth, 6+). “New York’s Greatest Hits” had been within 5.4 – 5.9 range (6+) in each of the last ten reports and was an overall +.2 via four straight up or flat moves (5.7 – 5.7 – 5.7 – 5.8 – 5.9, 6+). Albeit a collective -1.1 in four successive sweeps without an increase (4.3 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.2 – 3.2, 6+) and logging its lowest 6+-showing since January (3.2, as well), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WWPR “Power 105.1” progresses from #13 to #11. Slipping from fourth to fifth, co-owned CHR WHTZ “Z-100 – New York’s #1 Hit Music Station” has lost an overall half-share in four successive dips (5.3 – 5.2 – 5.1 – 5.0 – 4.8, 6+). Also in that iHM cluster, classic rock WAXQ “Q-104.3” is down a collective half-share (as well) via three down or flat moves in a row (4.3 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.8, sixth to seventh, 6+).

Los Angeles

Spoken-Word Formats – An overall -1.6 through six successive down or flat sweeps (4.5 – 4.3 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 2.9, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KFI “AM 640” slips from eighth to tenth. KFI was a combined +.8 in May/June (3.7 – 3.9 – 4.5, 6+). Its internet stream logged a .8 (6+) in May but has been a “no show” ever since. Separated by four-tenths are Salem Media Group news/talk KRLA “AM 870 The Answer,” which repeats November’s 6+ share (1.0) and market rank (#32); iHeartMedia-owned KEIB “AM 1150 The Patriot” (.8 – .6, -.2, #33 to #35, 6+); and Cumulus Media’s KABC “790 News-Talk-Evolved” (flat at .6, #38 to #35, 6+).

Back-to-back at #30 and #31, respectively, are Disney-owned sports talk (Rams, Lakers) KSPN “710 ESPN” (1.2, -.3, #25 to #30) and iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted KLAC (Chargers, Clippers) “AM 570 LA Sports” (1.3 – 1.1, -.2, flat at #31, 6+). KSPN nearly doubled (+.7) its 6+ AQH share in three successive up or flat moves (.8 – .8 – 1.1 – 1.5, 6+). KLAC’s November loss of one-half share purged its combined September/October +.5 (1.3 – 1.4 – 1.8 – 1.3, 6+). In June and July, KLAC and KSPN were deadlocked at #27 (1.4, 6+).

Immediately after notching a November 3.0 – its best 6+-stat since 3.1 in March – Entercom all-news KNX “1070 News Radio” relinquishes two-tenths to 2.8 (6+) and departs the top ten (#10 to #12, 6+). Its August 2019 through October 2019 topline was: 2.6 – 2.7 – 2.6 (6+).

Down three-tenths in November, Pasadena City College news/talk KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” regains two-tenths (2.1 – 2.3, 6+) and returns to the top twenty (#22 to #17).

 Los Angeles Music Formats – Playing all-Christmas music for the 19th holiday season in a row, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KOST “Coast 103.5” hangs out a whopping +4.1 (5.2 – 9.3, 6+) and marches from second to first. Its 9.3 is a three-tenths improvement over December 2018’s 9.0 (6+). “Coast” had been in a 5.8 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.9 pattern (June – July – August – September, 6+), before sputtering by seven-tenths in October. After setting the pace 12 ratings periods in succession, KOST shifted to the runner-up slot in October. Having occupied the top spot in October and November, KRTH “K-Earth 101” (5.9 – 5.8, -.1, 6+) segues to the runner-up slot. Three consecutive up or flat moves by “K-Earth” yielded nine-tenths (5.0 – 5.6 – 5.9 – 5.9). When the Entercom classic hits-oldies outlet added six-tenths in September, it curtailed three downward trends in succession that accounted for a collective loss of eight-tenths (5.8 – 5.4 – 5.2 – 5.0, 6+). Prior to October 2019, KRTH last reached the #1 spot in October 2018 (5.0, 6+). Following seven straight sweeps without a loss for an overall +1.1 (3.0 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 4.0 – 4.1, 6+), Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KLVE “107.5 K-Love” surrenders six-tenths to 3.5 (fourth to sixth, 6+). In advance of the October report, “K-Love” last reached the four-share level in February 2018 (4.0, as well). Not only does it drop from #12 to #13, Meruelo Media Holdings’ KLOS “95.5 Southern California’s Classic Rock” is without an increase the sixth month in a row for a net loss of seven-tenths (3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.2 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+). Off a collective six-tenths in five consecutive down or flat sweeps (2.6 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.0, 6+), Univision Radio regional Mexican KSCA “LA 101.9” shifts from #21 to #22. Tied at #14 are iHeartMedia-owned alternative KYSR “Alt 98.7” (2.7 – 2.4, -.3, #13 to #14, 6+) and Entercom’s similarly-formatted KROQ (2.6 – 2.4, -.2, #15 to #14, 6+). Before dropping four-tenths in October, KYSR had gained seven-tenths in four consecutive sweeps without a loss (2.2 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.7 – 2.9, 6+). Similarly, KROQ was +.5 as a result of four successive up or neutral reports (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+) but lost two-tenths in October. KYSR and KROQ were up two-tenths and four-tenths, respectively, in November.

Chicago

Spoken-Word Formats – Three spikes in a row by Nexstar Media Group news/talk WGN resulted in a +1.2 (2.8 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 4.0, 6+), but “Radio 720” forfeits one-half share to 3.5 (6+) yet progresses from eighth to seventh. WGN was locked on 2.9 (6+) in April and May and then on 3.0 (6+) in June and July. For the third month in succession, Cumulus Media news/talk WLS-AM posts a 2.3 (6+) and remains at #18.

A combined -1.2 in November/December (4.3 – 3.4 – 3.1, 6+), Entercom sports talk WSCR “670 The Score” (Bulls) slips from #13 to #14. “The Score” had been up an overall half-share in three straight sweeps without a decrease (3.8 – 4.1 – 4.3 – 4.3, 6+). Three bumps in a row by Disney/ESPN-owned WMVP accounted for a +.5 (1.4 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 1.9, 6+), but “ESPN Chicago 1000” surrenders three-tenths to 1.6 (#22 to #23, 6+).

Down one-tenth (5.1 – 5.0, 6+), Entercom all-news WBBM-AM (Bears) falls from a three-way deadlock at #1 to #3. Its October increase of one-tenth curtailed eight successive down or neutral moves that accounted for an overall -1.4 (6.2 – 6.1 – 5.8 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.8, 6+).

Not only is WBEZ +1.0 in six successive sweeps without a loss (2.5 – 2.7 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.3 – 3.5 – 3.5, 6+), the Chicago Public Media news/talk outlet leaps into the top ten (#11 to #7).

Chicago Music Formats – More than doubling November’s 6+-stat, iHeartMedia’s WLIT  zooms from fifth to first. Moreover, “93.9 Lite FM” is a collective +5.3 via three straight bumps (4.2 – 4.3 – 4.7 – 9.5, 6+) and exceeds December 2018’s 8.4 showing by +1.1. Its +4.8 is the largest (6+) November 2019 – December 2019 uptick by any station in the 12 PPM-markets shown here. Conversely, Hubbard Broadcasting adult contemporary WSHE “100.3 SHE,” which was a combined +1.2 in October/November (2.9 – 3.4 – 4.1, 6+), sputters by seven-tenths to 3.4 (seventh to tenth, 6+). Before faltering by one-half share in May, WSHE notched an overall increase of eight-tenths via four consecutive positive or flat moves (2.5 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.3, 6+). Also in the AC format, Venture Technologies Group-owned WRME-LP “FM 87.7 – Me TV,” which gained a collective six-tenths as a result of three upticks in a row (2.9 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.5, 6+), loses two-tenths to 3.3 (#11 to #12, 6+). After logging three gains in succession for a collective increase of six-tenths (2.5 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.1, 6+), WRME-LP returned two-tenths in August. WSHE is tied at #10 with its hot AC sibling, WTMX “101.9 The Mix,” which is now a combined -2.1 in November/December (5.5 – 4.4 – 3.4, sixth to tenth, 6+). This directly follows October’s +1.3 (4.2 – 5.5, 6+). “The Mix” exited the top spot in September when it eroded by -1.5 (5.7 – 4.2, 6+). In July, the combination of a three-tenths uptick by WTMX classic rock sibling WDRV “97.1 The Drive” and an equal margin decrease by “The Mix” resulted in the cluster-mates swapping places at first and second. In August, “The Mix” notched a +.5 (5.2 – 5.7, 6+) and proceeded from second to first. WTMX was #1 in April, May, and June before giving way to “The Drive” in July; April’s 5.9 was the highest 6+-stat for “Mix” since November 2017’s 6.3. Tied with WBBM-AM at #1 in November (see above), iHeartMedia urban AC WVAZ “V-103” regains the three-tenths it lost this time last month (5.4 – 5.1 – 5.4, 6+) but segues to second-place, while Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WLS-FM “94.7 Chicago’s Classic Hits” returns November’s +.3 (4.8 – 5.1 – 4.8, 6+) and slides from that three-way tie at #1 to #4. “V-103” had a September-only stay at #1. October’s loss of three-tenths ended WVAZ’s string of three straight increases that netted a +1.4 (4.3 – 4.9 – 5.0 – 5.7, 6+). In September, “V-103” recorded its best 6+-stat since October 2018 (5.7, as well), which had been the last time WVAZ reached #1. Meanwhile, November’s 5.1 was the highest 6+-showing for “Chicago’s Classic Hits” in more than a year (5.4, September 2018). After being down or flat the past eight reports and losing roughly half (-.6) its 6+ AQH share in that March 2019 through November 2019 stretch (1.3 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.0 – .8 – .8 – .8 – .7 – .7, Window to the World Communications’ WFMT “98.7 – Chicago’s Classical and Folk Music Radio” ends the slide with a +.1 to .8 (#31 to #30, 6+).

San Francisco

Spoken-Word Formats. As a result of three straight up or flat trends, Cumulus Media news/talk KSFO nets six-tenths (1.7 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 2.3, 6+) and is unchanged at #14. July 2019’s 1.7 (6+) marked the first time KSFO fell below a two-share since July 2017’s 1.8. Flat at #22, cluster-mate KGO has a June 2019 through December 2019 topline of: 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.5 (6+). Stuck on .2 (6+) in July and August and then on .3 (6+) in September and October, iHeartMedia-owned KKSF-AM “Real Talk 910 – Think Forward” is locked on .2 (#35 to #33, 6+) in November and December.

Down three-tenths in November/December (4.0 – 3.9 – 3.7, 6+), Cumulus Media sports talk KNBR-AM “The Sports Leader” (49ers) continues in seventh-place. After netting a collective half-share via three straight upticks (1.5 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 2.0, 6+), Entercom’s similarly-formatted KGMZ “95.7 The Game” (Golden State Warriors) has that increase wiped away in its entirety (1.5, -.5, 6+) and fades from the top twenty (#14 to #22). KGMZ nearly doubled (+1.5) its 6+-stat in three straight sweeps without a loss, (1.8 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 3.3, 6+) and then had three consecutive declines that accounted for a -1.8 (3.3 – 3.0 – 1.9 – 1.5, 6+).

Albeit down four-tenths to 7.8 (6+), KGMZ all-news sibling KCBS-AM (Raiders) is #1 the fourth month in a row. Prior to September, KCBS-AM – which was +1.8 in October/November (6.4 – 7.0 – 8.2, 6+) – last reached #1 in May.

Remaining in the runner-up slot, California Public Broadcasting news/talk KQED obliterates September/October’s -1.2 (7.1 – 6.4 – 5.9, 6+) with a November/December +1.6 (5.9 – 7.3 – 7.5, 6+). KQED was San Francisco’s first-place finisher in June, July, August, and tied at the top (with KCBS-AM) in September. This (7.5) is its best 6+-stat since 8.0 in January. Without an increase the past four sweeps for an overall -.3 (1.0 – .9 – .7 – .7 – .7, 6+), San Francisco Unified School District’s KALW “91.7 Local Public Radio” ends the slide with a +.1 to .8 (flat at #28, 6+).

San Francisco Music Formats – Following six consecutive down or flat trends that accounted for an overall decrease of seven-tenths (2.0 – 1.9 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.3, 6+), Bonneville-owned KUFX “98.5 K-Fox The South Bay’s Classic Rock” applies the brakes with a +.1 to 1.4 (flat at #26, 6+). This just-concluded streak directly trailed five straight reports without a loss for a net gain of seven-tenths (1.3 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.9 – 2.0, 6+). Having lost an overall six-tenths in four successive down or flat trends (4.1 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.5, 6+), adult contemporary sibling KOIT-FM busts out a +1.3 to 4.8 (6+) and zooms from ninth to third. This time last year, “96.5 “Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites” logged a 6.4 (December 2018, 6+). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted KISQ “98.1 The Breeze,” which was up an overall nine-tenths via five successive positive or neutral trends (3.6 – 3.7 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.5 – 4.5, 6+) and had its best 6+-stat (4.5) since 5.0 in March, surrenders one-tenth to 4.4 (flat at #4, 6+). Contrasted to KOIT-FM’s +1.3 in December, Cumulus Media classic rocker KSAN “107.7 The Bone” is -1.3 to 3.5 (third to tenth, 6+). “The Bone” had been trending 4.8 – 4.4 – 4.8 (September – October – November, 6+). Within 3.0 – 3.9 range (6+) 16 sweeps in succession, KMEL “#1 For Hip-Hop and R&B” gained two-tenths in November to 4.1. The iHeartMedia urban contemporary nets eight tenths in three successive up or flat trends (3.3 – 3.9 – 4.1 – 4.1, steady at #6, 6+). Up eight-tenths via three bumps in a row (3.0 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.8, 6+), Bonneville CHR KMVQ “99.7 Now – The Bay’s #1 For All The Hits” falters by two-tenths to 3.6 (6+) but stays in eighth-place. Alpha Media classic hits-oldies KBAY “94.5 Bay FM – The Bay’s Greatest Hits” has lost one-half share as a result of four straight down or flat moves (2.5 – 2.4 – 2.3 – 2.0 – 2.0, #14 to #18, 6+).

Dallas

Spoken-Word Formats – Up eight-tenths in October/November (3.6 – 4.1 – 4.4, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WBAP falters by three-tenths in November to 4.1 (fifth to ninth, 6+). “News Talk 820” was a collective a +1.8 from “Holiday” 2018 through June 2019 (2.3 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.1, 6+). In seven successive up or flat sweeps, co-owned KLIF-AM “570 News & Information” doubles (+.3) its 6+ AQH share (.3 – .3 – .4 – .5 – .5 – .5 – .6 – .6, steady at #34, 6+). Salem Media Group-owned KSKY “660 AM The Answer” is off one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.5 – .4 – .3, #36 to #37, 6+).

The July 2019 through December 2019 topline for Entercom’s KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” (Cowboys) is: 2.3 – 2.1 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 2.3 (#20 to #18, 6+).

Negative or neutral the ninth report in succession (2.7 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2, flat at #26, 6+), Cumulus Media’s KTCK “The Ticket – All Sports All The Time” (Stars) has lost roughly 55% (-1.5) of its 6+ AQH share. Meanwhile, Disney/ESPN’s KESN “103.3 ESPN Dallas” (Mavericks) posts its fifth consecutive up or flat trend for a collective gain of four-tenths (.7 – .8 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.1, #29 to #28, 6+).

Flat at #22, Entercom news-talk hybrid KRLD-AM “News Radio 1080” has a July 2019 through December 2019 topline of: 1.8 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 1.7 (6+).

Following four straight months of logging a 3.2 (6+), North Texas Public Broadcasting news/talk KERA slips two-tenths to 3.0 (6+) but remains at #13.

Dallas Music Formats – This marks the fourth uptick in a row for iHeartMedia adult contemporary KDGE, which is a collective +2.3 in that stretch (2.7 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 3.8 – 5.0, 6+). “Star 102.1” vaults from ninth to third and is basically even with December 2018’s 5.1 (6+). Off seven-tenths in October/November (3.3 – 2.9 – 2.6, 6+), Entercom regional Mexican KMVK “La Grande 107.5” answers with a December increase of nine-tenths to 3.5 (#16 to #10, 6+), reaching the three-share level (3.5) for the first time since May’s 3.0. Cumulus Media-owned, country-formatted KPLX “99.5 The Wolf,” which lost a combined half-share in October/November (4.4 – 4.0 – 3.9, 6+), fully erases that deficit with a +.5 to 4.4 (eighth to seventh, 6+). “The Wolf” was locked on 3.9 (6+) in July and August, before notching a one-half share improvement in September. Cluster-mate KSCS “New Country 96.3,” which was a combined +1.7 in October/November (3.2 – 3.6 – 4.9, 6+), drops two-tenths to 4.7 (third to fourth, 6+). In November, KSCS crossed the four-share level (4.9, 6+) for the first time since February’s 4.1. Its October gain halted three straight losses that resulted in a cumulative decrease of six-tenths (3.8 – 3.8 – 3.5 – 3.2, 6+). Off a collective nine-tenths via four successive downturns (5.1 – 4.8 – 4.5 – 4.3 – 4.2, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned classic rock KZPS “Lone Star 92.5” ends the slide with a +.1 to 4.3 (6+) but drops from seventh to eighth. Down a cumulative full-share in four straight negative or neutral sweeps (6.7 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 6.2 – 5.7, 6+), CHR cluster-mate KHKS “106.1 Kiss – Dallas/Fort Worth’s Hit Music” nonetheless repeats at #1. “Kiss” had been the market leader nine months in a row before slipping to second in October. An August increase of nine-tenths wiped away the collective nine-tenths KHKS lost as a result of three straight negative or neutral moves (6.7 – 6.3 – 5.8 – 5.8, 6+). Its May dip of four-tenths brought to a close four successive up or flat sweeps that netted eight-tenths (5.9 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 6.7, 6+). April’s 6.7 was the best 6+-stat for “Kiss” since May 2018’s 6.9. Immediately after Educational Media Foundation-owned contemporary Christian KYDA dialed up a November +1.2 (2.2 – 3.4, 6+), “Air 1 – Worship Now” surrenders that increase in its entirety (2.2, -1.2, #11 to #20, 6+). Stuck on 3.1 (6+) in September, October, and November, Entercom adult hits KJKK “100.3 Jack-FM Playing What We Want” sputters by eight-tenths to 2.3 (#14 to #18, 6+).

Houston                              

Spoken-Word Formats – Four straight positive or neutral moves by iHeartMedia news/talk KTRH have generated a gain of eight-tenths (3.3 – 3.4 – 3.9 – 4.1 – 4.1, 6+) as “News Radio 740” moves into the top ten (#11 to #8). This directly follows a net loss of one-half share in four successive down or flat reports (3.8 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.3, 6+). After logging a .3 (6+) in each of the past three monthlies, co-owned KPRC “AM 950 – Houston’s More Stimulating Talk Radio” picks up one-tenth to .4 (#29 to #28, 6+).

As a result of six consecutive up or flat moves, Entercom’s KILT-AM “Sports Radio 610” (Texans) has gained six-tenths (1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.1 – 1.3 – 1.4 – 1.6, #23 to #22, 6+). A combined +.4 in October/November (1.1 – 1.2 – 1.5, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KBME “Sports Talk 790” (Rockets) erodes by nine-tenths to .6 (#22 to #25, 6+). Up one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.5 – .6 – .7, 6+), Gow Communications’ sports talk KFNC “ESPN 97.5” is back to a .5 (flat at #26, 6+).

An overall +.8 in four straight reports without a loss (2.3 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.1, 6+), University of Houston news/talk KUHF advances from #16 to #15.

Houston Music Formats – Pulling the plug on 11 straight sweeps without an increase, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA “Sunny 99.1” hauls out a +2.0 to 7.8 (6+) and marches from third to first. This time last year, “Sunny” recorded a 9.7 (December 2018, 6+). In the just-concluded negative streak, KODA lost roughly 52% (-6.3) of its 6+ AQH share (12.1 – 8.6 – 8.5 – 8.2 – 7.5 – 7.3 – 7.1 – 6.6 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.8, 6+). KODA was the market leader 16 sweeps in a row before segueing to #2 in August. It had been more than two years since KODA slipped below a six-share (June 2017, 5.8, 6+). Up three-tenths (6.8 – 7.1, 6+), Radio One urban AC KMJQ “Majic 102.1 The People’s Station” nonetheless downshifts to #2, after four straight months at #1. Prior to September’s 7.1 (6+), KMJQ – which was a combined +1.3 in August/September (5.8 – 6.2 – 7.1, 6+), last crossed the seven-share threshold (6+) in May 2018 (7.2). Ups/downs continue for Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group classic rock KGLK “The Eagle,” which was an overall +1.3 in three spikes in succession (5.3 – 5.5 – 6.5 – 6.6, 6+); -1.0 in November to 5.6 (6+); and now +.5 in December to 6.1 (flat at #4, 6+). October 2019’s 6.6 was its highest 6+-stat since September 2017 (6.7). Despite logging its sixth straight uptick for a collective +1.9 (4.9 – 5.0 – 5.1 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 6.6 – 6.8, 6+), Univision Radio regional Mexican KLTN “Que Buena 102.9” backslides from second to third. This (6.8) is its best 6+-showing since January (7.0). Sputtering by six-tenths each are Entercom’s country-formatted KILT-FM “100.3 The Bull” (4.7 – 4.1, seventh to eighth, 6+) and its format rival, Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group’s KKBQ “The New Country 93-Q” (3.9, #8 to #12, 6+). Having dropped an overall half-share in three slips in succession (4.6 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 4.1, 6+), “The Bull” responded in November with an increase of six-tenths. Before losing two-tenths in March, KILT-FM had been +1.7 via three improvements in a row (3.5 – 3.8 – 4.5 – 5.2, 6+). KKBQ’s June 2019 through November 2019 topline was: 4.8 – 4.7- 4.5 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.5 (6+). Stuck on 4.5 (6+) in October and November, iHeartMedia alternative KTBZ “94.5 The Buzz” surrenders one-half share to 4.0 (eighth to tenth, 6+).

Atlanta

Spoken-Word Formats – Following five straight up or flat trends that yielded an overall +3.0 (6.3 – 6.6 – 7.6 – 7.6 – 8.2 – 9.3, 6+), Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group news/talk WSB-AM returns two-tenths to 9.1 (6+) but is #1 the fifth month in a row. Separated by one-tenth of a share are Entercom’s WAOK “1380 The Voice of the Community” (.4 – .3, -.1, flat at #29, 6+); Salem Media Group-owned WGKA “AM 920 The Answer” (steady at .3, #30 to #29, 6+); and iHeartMedia-owned WGST “Talk Radio 640” (flat at .2, unchanged at #31, 6+). WAOK had doubled (+.2) its 6+ stat in five successive reports without a loss (.2 – .2 – .3 – .4 – .4 – .4, 6+).

Entercom sports talk WZGC “92.9 The Game” (Falcons), which was +2.3 via four successive upticks (2.8 – 3.4 – 4.3 – 4.6 – 5.1, 6+), drops two-tenths to 4.9 (steady at #7, 6+). Before August’s increase, “The Game” was an overall -1.2 in five straight negative or neutral sweeps (4.0 – 3.7 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.8, 6+). Following seven consecutive monthlies without a loss for a net gain of +1.1 (1.6 – 1.7 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.7, 6+), Dickey Broadcasting’s WCNN is now a combined -1.0 in three drops in a row (2.7 – 2.5 – 1.8 – 1.7, #18 to #20, 6+).

Within 3.2 – 3.7 range (6+) the tenth sweep in a row (3.4 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 3.6 – 3.2 – 3.6, 6+), City of Atlanta Board of Education’s WABE advances from #14 to #11. Georgia State University news/talk WRAS repeats November’s 6+ AQH share and market rank (.8, #26).

Atlanta Music Formats – Following five decreases in a row for an approximately 56% erosion (-4.9) of its 6+ AQH share (8.8 – 8.5 – 4.7 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 3.9, 6+), Salem Media Group contemporary Christian WFSH “104.7 The Fish” applies the brakes with a +.9 to 4.8 (6+) and carries on in eighth-place. WFSH had been #1 four straight months before shifting to #7 in August. When “The Fish” lost three-tenths in July, it halted at five a consecutive string of bumps that netted an overall +3.9 (4.9 – 5.4 – 5.7 – 7.0 – 7.9 – 8.8, 6+). Dropping six-tenths each are Apollo Global Management/Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WSRV “97.1 The River” (unchanged at #5) and Radio One gospel WPZE “Praise 102.5 Atlanta’s Inspiration Station” (#12 to #15). “The River” is -1.3 in three drops in a row (6.5 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.2, 6+). Ironically, WPZE had been +1.3 via three successive up or flat moves (2.8 – 2.8 – 3.7 – 4.1, 6+) but – continuing the theme – is now a combined -1.3 in November/December (4.1 – 3.4 – 2.8, 6+). Within 2.1 – 2.8 range (6+) in each of the last 14 ratings periods, Cumulus Media’s WNNX “100.5 Atlanta’s Rock Station” falters by one-half share to 1.8 (#17 to #18, 6+). Co-owned CHR WWWQ “Q-100 Atlanta’s New Hits” continues an alternating down/up pattern that began in July (3.6 – 3.1 – 3.4 – 2.7 – 3.4 – 3.3, #12 to #13, 6+). Its format rival, iHeartMedia’s WWPW “Power 96.1 Atlanta’s #1 Hit Music Station,” is a cumulative +1.1 in three straight spikes (2.9 – 3.1 – 3.6 – 4.0, 6+) and enters the top ten (#11 to #9). Down a full-share in six straight sweeps without an increase (3.4 – 3.4 – 2.9 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.4, 6+), Entercom hot AC WSTR “Star 94.1” continues at #16. The eight-tenths of a share lead that iHeartMedia’s country-formatted WUBL “94.9 The Bull” had over Cumulus Media-owned WKHX “Kicks 101.5 – Atlanta’s #1 For Country Hits” is sliced in half as “The Bull” is a collective -1.2 in three successive slips (4.9 – 4.3 – 3.8 – 3.7, ninth to tenth, 6+), while “Kicks” adds three-tenths to November’s increase of six-tenths (2.4 – 3.0 – 3.3, #15 to #13, 6+). A combined +.4 in August/September (2.5 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+), “Kicks” was off one-half share in October. August’s increase halted three straight dips that resulted in a net loss of six-tenths (3.1 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5, 6+). The April 2019 through July 2019 topline for “The Bull” was 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 4.1 (6+).

Philadelphia

Spoken-Word Formats – It is a repeat of November’s 6+ AQH share and market rank for Entercom-owned WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” (2.2, #19, 6+). Without a decrease the fifth sweep in succession for a +.3 (.7 – .8 – .8 – .9 – .9 – 1.0, 6+), Townsquare Media news/talk WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” advances from #25 to #24.

A combined +1.6 in October/November (6.6 – 7.5 – 8.2, 6+), Entercom sports talk WIP “Sports Radio 94.1” (Eagles) forfeits all but one-tenth of that increase (6.7, -1.5, 6+) and drops from first – where it had been the past three months – to third. November’s 8.2 was its best 6+-stat since February 2018’s 8.7. WIP gained eight-tenths in August. Even though it’s up a collective nine-tenths via six straight reports without a loss (2.1 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+), Beasley Media Group-owned WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” (76ers, Flyers) downshifts from #12 to #14. Prior to November, the last time “The Fanatic” reached the three-share level (6+) was in March (3.0, as well).      

After eight sweeps in succession without an increase that resulted in an overall -1.6 (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.4, 6+), Entercom’s KYW “News Radio 1060” is up one-half share as a result of three consecutive up or flat moves (3.4 – 3.5 – 3.9 – 3.9, 6+) and repeats at #10.

Having forfeited four-tenths in November, public radio news/talk WHYY rebounds with a +.7 (3.3 – 4.0, 6+) and is back in the top ten (#11 to #8). Entering the November sweep, WHYY was a cumulative +1.2 In four straight up or neutral reports (2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 3.7, 6+).

Philadelphia Music Formats – The rollercoaster ride continues for Entercom adult contemporary WBEB. Specifically, “B-101.1 More Music/More Variety” was +1.1 in three straight upticks (5.5 – 5.6 – 6.1 – 6.6, 6+); -1.2 in November (6.6 – 5.4, 6+); and is now a whopping +3.5 to 8.9 (6+), rocketing from sixth to first. WBEB logged a 10.4 (6+) in December 2018. In its last three survey periods, iHeartMedia-owned/similarly-formatted WISX “106.1 The Breeze” has lost a total of nine-tenths (4.9 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 4.0, 6+) and carries on in eighth-place. Conversely, Beasley Media Group-owned WMGK “Classic Rock 102.9 MGK” is a combined +1.0 in the last three reports (6.5 – 6.6 – 7.5 – 7.5, 6+) and remains in the runner-up slot. A one-half share boost (3.0 – 3.5, steady at #12, 6+) takes Beasley Media Group adult hits WBEN-FM “95.7 Ben FM – Playing Anything We Feel Like” to its best 6+-showing (3.5) since June 2016’s 3.7. Entercom classic hits-oldies WOGL “Nobody Plays More 80s” is a combined -1.1 in October/November (5.8 – 5.6 – 4.7, fifth to sixth, 6+). The last time WOGL fell below a five-share (6+) was just over four years ago (October 2015, 4.6, 6+). Thus far in 2019, Entercom sports talk WIP was on top in January; WOGL was #1 in February; WBEB led the way in March; WMGK set the pace in April; WBEB did so in May and June; WMGK returned to #1 in July and August; WIP and iHeartMedia urban AC WDAS-FM were tied for the lead in September; WIP was #1 in October and November; and WBEB is back on top in December. Mega-Philadelphia LLC-owned/Camden, New Jersey-licensed Spanish tropical WEMG “La Mega 105.7 – Today’s Hottest Hits” has more than quadrupled its September numbers (.3 – .6 – 1.2 – 1.3, 6+) and repeats at #22. Faltering by eight-tenths each are Beasley Media Group-owned WMMR “93.3 Everything That Rocks” (6.1 – 5.3, fourth to fifth, 6+) and Entercom-owned WXTU “Philly’s Country Station 92.5 XTU,” which is a collective -1.5 in three drops in succession (5.7 – 5.1 – 5.0 – 4.2, flat at #7, 6+). Before picking up one-tenth in November, WMMR had lost an overall four-tenths in five successive sweeps without an increase (6.4 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 6.0 – 6.0, 6+). Significant swings continue for iHeartMedia urban contemporary WUSL “Power 99,” which was +.8 in four successive (February through June) up or flat trends (3.7 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.5, 6+); -.6 in July/August (4.5 – 4.0 – 3.9, 6+); +1.1 in September; and now a combined -1.4 in the last three sweeps (5.0 – 4.5 – 4.0 – 3.6, #9 to #11, 6+). September’s 5.0 was its best 6+-performance in more than two years (5.6, July 2017).

Long Island

Spoken-Word Formats – An overall -1.4 through four straight down or flat trends (4.7 – 4.5 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.3, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” exits the top ten (#9 to #11). In an alternating up/down pattern, news/talk WABC was down two-tenths in October; up one-tenth in November; and is now down one-tenth in December (1.1 – 1.3 – 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.1, #26 to #27, 6+).

In addition to being a combined -1.6 in November/December (6.4 – 6.1 – 4.8, 6+), Entercom sports talk WFAN-FM (Giants, Brooklyn Nets) drops from first to fourth. Similarly-programmed WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” (Jets, Knicks, Rangers), which was a collective +.8 in four consecutive sweeps without a loss (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.2 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+), falters by two-tenths to 2.5 (#14 to #15, 6+).

Entercom’s all-news WINS answers October’s -.7 with a November/December +.5 (3.1 – 3.2 – 3.6, 6+) and enters the top ten (#11 to #9). Off three-tenths in July, WINS followed with a +1.1 in August/September (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.8, 6+). A combined -.8 in October/November (3.2 – 2.7 – 2.4, 6+), co-owned/similarly-formatted WCBS-AM gains two-tenths (2.6, #17 to #14, 6+).

Up one-tenth (1.5 – 1.6, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation news/talk WNYC-FM is flat at #23.

Long Island Music Formats – Not only does iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW more than double November’s stat (3.2 – 6.7, +3.5, 6+), “106.7 Lite FM” catapults from a three-way tie at #11 all the way to #1. Last year at this time, WLTW notched a 6.3 (December 2018, 6+). Six-tenths behind “Lite FM” is Connoisseur Media hot AC WALK-FM “97.5 Real Variety,” which is a collective +2.3 via three successive upticks (3.8 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 6.1, third to second, 6+). This is the best 6+-stat for WALK-FM since “Holiday” 2018’s 10.5. Meanwhile, classic hits-oldies sibling WBZO “Max FM” forfeits in full the six-tenths it earned in November (2.9 – 3.5 – 2.9, 6+) and exits the top ten (#10 to #12). “Max FM” netted nine-tenths through three bumps in succession (2.1 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 3.0, 6+), immediately following a collective -1.6 via three straight drops (3.7 – 3.2 – 2.9 – 2.1, 6+). When iHeartMedia’s WAXQ gained four-tenths in November, it halted three straight sweeps without an increase that resulted in a collective -1.0 (4.6 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 3.6, 6+). In November, however, “Q-104.3 New York’s Classic Rock” surrenders one-half share to 3.5 (eighth to tenth, 6+). The April 2019 through November 2019 topline for Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WPLJ “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” is: 2.2 – 1.9 – 1.5 – .5 – 0.0 – .4 – 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.2 (#26 to #25, 6+). When EMF officially closed on its purchase of WPLJ from Cumulus Media on May 31, it transitioned the station from hot AC to contemporary Christian.

Riverside

Spoken-Word Formats – After recording a .1 (6+) in August, September, and October, iHeartMedia news talk KKDD “1290 News Talk IE” is a “no-show” for the second month in a row. KKDD was unlisted in May, June and July, as well.

Co-owned KPWK “Fox Sports Radio 1350 AM” is without an increase the seventh time in succession (.2 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1, #22 to #21, 6+). Similarly-formatted/Los Angeles Angels-owned (LAA 1, LLC) KLAA “Angels Radio AM 830” does not appear in print the 24th straight sweep.

Repeating November’s .7 (6+), San Bernardino Community College news/talk KVCR inches up from #15 to #14. In addition to gaining one-tenth to .2 (6+), thus halting four straight down or flat reports that accounted for a net loss of two-tenths (.3 – .3 – .3 – .2 – .1, 6+), Pasadena City College news/talk KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” re-enters the top twenty (#22 to #20).

Riverside Music Formats – Following November’s half-share increase, Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose” regresses by three-tenths (8.2 – 7.9, 6+) but repeats at #1. KLYY was +1.3 in July/August (6.2 – 6.7 – 7.5, 6+). Immediately prior to the July report, “Jose” was an overall -4.3 in seven straight declines (10.5 – 8.5 – 8.2 – 8.1 – 7.4 – 7.0 – 6.4 – 6.2, 6+); KLYY had been in the runner-up slot in April, May, June, and July. December 2018’s 10.5 marked the first time any Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario station reached double-figures (6+) since April 2015, when “Jose” recorded a 10.4. Dislodged from the top spot in November, after setting the pace in September and October, Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA is a combined -1.6 in November/December (7.9 – 7.3 – 6.3, 6+) and continues in the runner-up slot. September/October’s +1.0 (6.9 – 7.7 – 7.9, 6+) followed July/August’s -1.7 (8.6 – 7.6 – 6.9, 6+). KOLA was the market leader in April, May, June, and July before segueing to #2 in August. Immediately prior to July/August’s -1.7, KOLA was +1.8 via three successive positive spikes (6.8 – 7.2 – 8.0 – 8.6, 6+). Following four straight positive or neutral moves that netted a +1.6 (.3 – .3 – .4 – .8 – 1.9, 6+), Lazer Broadcasting regional Mexican KXRS “La Mejor 105.7 – Mas, Mas Musica” erodes by -1.4 to .5 (#11 to #16, 6+). In seven straight sweeps without a loss, co-owned/similarly-formatted KAEH doubled (+.3) its 6+ AQH share (.3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .5 – .6 – .6, 6+) but “Radio Lazer” is down one-tenth to .5 (6+) and ties KXRS at #16. By picking up two-tenths in November to 2.0 (6+), LC Media urban-rhythmic oldies KQIE pulled the plug on seven consecutive decreases that accounted for a loss of more than half (-1.9) its 6+-share (3.7 – 3.4 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.3 – 2.1 – 1.9 – 1.8, 6+). In December though, “Old School 104.7” forfeits one-half share to 1.5 (ninth to tenth, 6+). As a result of five straight decreases, All-Pro Broadcasting adult contemporary KATY lost seven-tenths (1.3 – 1.3 – 1.1 – .8 – .7 – .6, 6+) but “101.3 The Mix” curtails the slide with an improvement of two-tenths to .8 (#16 to #13, 6+). Educational Media Foundation-owned contemporary Christian KLRD “Air 1 – Worship Now” (1.6, #11, June 2019, 6+) and co-owned/similarly-formatted KKLQ “Positive, Encouraging 100.3” (.7, #15, June 2019, 6+) – are unlisted for the sixth month in a row.

San Jose

Spoken-Word Formats – After being a collective +1.0 via four straight up or flat trends (1.4 – 1.8 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.4, 6+), Cumulus Media news/talk KGO loses one-tenth to 2.3 (6+) yet moves from #18 to a four-way scrum at #15. The just-concluded positive streak came directly after KGO surrendered more than 50% of its 6+ AQH share (-1.6) in ten straight negative or neutral San Jose sweeps (3.0 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.4, 6+). Co-owned news/talk KSFO posts its third successive up or flat trend for a net gain of two-tenths (.8 – .9 – .9 – 1.0, #26 to #25, 6+). In August, KSFO gained two-tenths, thus halting three successive declines that accounted for a loss of roughly half (-.7) its 6+-stat (1.5 – 1.3 – 1.2 – .8, 6+).

Up nine-tenths in October/November (3.6 – 3.8 – 4.5, 6+), sports talk sibling KNBR-AM “The Sports Leader” (49ers) surrenders six-tenths to 3.9 (fifth to seventh, 6+). Off three-tenths to 2.3 (6+), Entercom’s similarly-formatted KGMZ “95.7 The Game” (Golden State Warriors) is part of that aforementioned four-four tie at #15. “The Game” had been +1.6 in three successive spikes (1.0 – 1.1 – 1.8 – 2.6, 6+). September’s increase suspended three straight declines that eroded nearly two-thirds (-1.9) of its 6+ AQH share (2.9 – 2.4 – 1.6 – 1.0, 6+).

Immediately following a November boost of seven-tenths (5.2 – 5.9, 6+), Entercom all-news KCBS-AM (Raiders) forfeits eight-tenths to 5.1 (third to fourth, 6+).

It is a November-only stay at #1 for Northern California Public Broadcasting news/talk KQED, which follows November’s +1.0 with a December decrease of four-tenths (6.9 – 6.5, first to second, 6+). Prior to November, KQED last reached #1 in the San Jose report in April (6.9, 6+). San Francisco Unified School District news/talk KALW has lost roughly half (-.6) its 6+-share via five down or flat trends in a row (1.3 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – .9 – .7, #26 to #27, 6+).

San Jose Music Formats – Locked on 3.8 (6+) in October and November, Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KBRG “Amor 100.3” hauls out a +.7 to 4.5 (seventh to fifth, 6+). After having lost seven-tenths in September/October (4.1 – 3.9 – 3.4, 6+), Empire Broadcasting’s KRTY “San Jose Hot Country 95.3” bounces back with a +1.1 in November/December (3.4 – 4.0 – 4.5, 6+) and ties KBRG at #5. Albeit flat at 6.6 (6+), Alpha Media classic hits-oldies KBAY nonetheless progresses from second to first. Following six successive months at #1, “94.5 Bay FM – The Bay’s Greatest Hits” segued to #2 in November when it eroded by -2.0 (8.6 – 6.6, 6+). “Bay FM,” which was +1.3 in August, nearly erased April’s -1.5 with a May +1.3 (6.2 – 7.5, 6+), returning to #1 after an April-only stay at #2. An overall +1.2 owing to three spikes in succession (2.1 – 2.7 – 3.2 – 3.3, 6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary KMEL “106.1 #1 For Hip-Hop and R&B” surrenders half that increase (2.7, -.6, 6+) and departs the top ten (#9 to #11). Univision Radio regional Mexican KSOL “Que Buena” regresses by one-half share in back-to-back sweeps (3.3 – 2.8 – 2.3, #12 to #15, 6+) and has its lowest 6+-stat in exactly one year (2.3, as well, December 2018). Rhythmic CHR cluster-mate KVVF “Latino Mix 105.7” is an overall -1.2  through six consecutive down or flat trends (2.9 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.1 – 2.0 – 1.7, 6+) and departs the top twenty (#19 to #22). Unlisted in San Jose the 12th month in a row are Bonneville cluster-mates adult contemporary KOIT-FM “Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites”; CHR KMVQ “Now 99.7”; and urban AC KBLX “102.9 R&B and Old School.”

Middlesex-Somerset-Union

Spoken-Word Formats – There’s good news and bad news for Townsquare Media news/talk WKXW. On the plus side, “New Jersey 101.5” adds four-tenths to 5.6 (6+), thus applying the brakes to ten consecutive sweeps without an increase that resulted in a roughly 36% loss (-2.9) of its 6+-share (8.1 – 7.9 – 7.5 – 7.3 – 7.1 – 6.9 – 6.9 – 6.6 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.2, 6+). At the same time, however, WKXW slips from second to fourth. Immediately following four up or flat trends in a row that netted seven-tenths (2.9 – 2.9 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.6, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WOR “710 The Voice of New York” is a combined -1.6 in November/December (3.6 – 3.0 – 2.0, 6+) and drifts from the top twenty (#16 to #21). The August 2019 through December 2019 Middlesex-Somerset-Union topline for news/talk WABC is: 1.2 – .8 – 1.2 – 1.1 – .9 (#24 to #25, 6+).

Major ups/downs continue for Entercom sports talk WFAN-FM (Giants, Brooklyn Nets), which was -.7 (September); +1.4 (October/November); and now -1.0 in December (5.1 – 4.1, third to eighth, 6+). Similarly-programmed WEPN “98.7 ESPN New York” (Jets, Knicks, Rangers) is an overall +1.1 via four consecutive sweeps without a loss (1.6 – 1.7 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 2.7, #18 to #17, 6+), immediately after being down a collective nine-tenths through three consecutive negative or neutral trends (2.5 – 2.1 – 1.6 – 1.6, 6+).

Posting a gain of four-tenths in back-to-back reports (1.4 – 1.8 – 2.2, 6+), Entercom all-news WCBS-AM re-enters the top twenty (#22 to #20). Prior to November, WCBS-AM was a collective -1.1 in four drops in a row (2.5 – 2.1 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.4, 6+). Co-owned/similarly-programmed WINS has lost three-tenths in four straight down or flat trends (2.1 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.8, #21 to #23, 6+). Its September loss of two-tenths suspended four consecutive increases that accounted for a one-half share gain (1.6 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.1, 6+).

Up two-tenths (1.7 – 1.9, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation public radio news/talk WNYC-FM advances from #23 to #22.

Middlesex-Somerset-Union Music FormatsNew York City’s pacesetter the 30th ratings period in succession  (see above), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “106.7 Lite FM” has had a wild ride in Middlesex. “Lite FM” was -.5 (August/September); +.7 (October); -.9 (November); and is +2.5 in December (4.4 – 6.9, ninth to second, 6+). Its 6.9 (6+) is four-tenths better than the 6.5 (6+) recorded in December 2018. Meanwhile, Beasley Media Group’s similarly-formatted WMGQ “Magic 98.3 – Today’s Hits/Yesterday’s Favorites” is a collective -1.5 in four consecutive down or flat trends (5.3 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 3.8, eighth to ninth, 6+). Steady in third-place, iHeartMedia-owned classic rock WAXQ “Q-104.3” is up eight-tenths in November/December (5.0 – 5.1 – 5.8, 6+). Not only is Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish contemporary WPAT an overall +1.7 via five straight up or flat moves (2.1 – 2.2 – 2.6 – 3.5 – 3.8 – 3.8, 6+), “Amor 93.1” enters the top ten (#11 to #9). When Entercom classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM dropped two-tenths in November, it suspended five Middlesex spikes in a row that netted a +2.6 (4.0 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 5.8 – 6.6, 6+). In December, “101.1 New York’s Greatest Hits” chalks up an increase of six-tenths (6.4 – 7.0, 6+) and is #1 the third successive sweep. In addition to eroding by -1.0 (4.2 – 3.2, 6+), Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97” exits the top ten (#10 to #13). November’s one-tenth decrease interrupted six consecutive up or flat moves that yielded a +1.6 (2.7 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 4.3, 6+). Substituting November’s +.6 with a December -.6 (3.2 – 3.8 – 3.2, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned WNSH “New York’s Country 94.7” slips from #11 to #13. Off a cumulative eight-tenths the last three reports (3.1 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.3, 6+), iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR WKTU “103.5 KTU” drops from #17 to #18. After logging a .6 (6+) in October and November, Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WARW “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” disappears from print.

Monday Memo: Telephone. It’s for You

| December 23, 2019

By Holland Cooke
Consultant

 

BLOCK ISLAND, RI — Why I LOVE the Christmas tunes radio reverts to this time of year: I can hear The Beach Boys on FM.

The dang BEACH BOYS, who contributed so much volume-up TSL when Baby Boomers were young.  Now, radio seems to think they were one-hit wonders…maybe two, if “The Man With All The Toys” is also airing.  Otherwise, FM affords “Little Saint Nick” the same status as those barking dogs and mischievous Chipmunks, one-and-done until next year.

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Protecting Your Company from Cyberattacks

| December 23, 2019

By Steven J.J. Weisman
TALKERS 
Legal Editor

 

BOSTON — It is being reported by Jerry Del Colliano that radio giant Entercom has suffered its second major cyberattack in the last three months.  The attack which occurred over the weekend appears to be another ransomware attack.  In a September ransomware attack, it was reported that the hackers demanded a ransom of $500,000 to return control of affected systems which included email, phones, production, billing, and other crucial systems.  These ransomware attacks are not isolated incidents.  In the last year, other major radio companies including Townsquare Media and Radio One were hit with similar ransomware attacks, as were numerous smaller radio stations.  You are never too big or too small to be a victim of a ransomware attack.

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Monday, December 23, 2019

| December 23, 2019

Entercom Hacked Again? Media industry insider and reporter Jerry Del Colliano reports this morning (12/23) that some of Entercom’s IT systems have been compromised by a “more sophisticated attack” than the one the company suffered in September of this year.  Del Colliano’s report states that the attacks happened early Sunday morning as hackers gained access to encrypted servers thought to be located in Philadelphia.  The report says the attack seems “aimed at the critical Entercom all-news stations” and that KYW, Philadelphia was “playing back recorded segments from the overnight into the day (on Sunday).”  TALKERS magazine has reached out to Entercom for comment about the matter.  Obviously, at this point the scope of the alleged attack is impossible to determine.  As of this morning, KYW appears to be functioning normally.

Protecting Your Company from Cyberattacks. TALKERS magazine legal editor Steven J.J. Weisman – who also publishes the website scamicide.com – offers some advice for media companies to help them avoid the debilitating and expensive effects of cyberattacks.  He writes, “A major reason for the increase in ransomware attacks is due to the new business model used by sophisticated cybercriminals who develop the intricate ransomware programs.  Instead of merely deploying the malware themselves, they are now selling or leasing the use of their malware, along with tech support, on the Dark Web to less sophisticated cybercriminals.  The Dark Web is a special part of the Internet where criminals buy and sell goods and services.  It is expected that ransomware attacks will continue to increase throughout 2020.”  For more on how to protect your IT infrastructure, read Weisman’s column here.

It’s Official: Bart Scott to Middays at ‘ESPN New York.’ The announcement comes from WEPN, New York owner ESPN that former New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott is returning to “98.7FM ESPN New York” on January 2 to join Alan Hahn as host of the “Bart & Hahn” show from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  Scott will also serve as a regular contributor to ESPN television’s “Get Up” and “First Take” programs.  Scott has been serving as co-host of the early afternoon show at Entercom’s crosstown WFAN with co-host Maggie Gray.  He was originally partnered with Gray and Chris Carlin in afternoon drive at WFAN.  The trio were bumped to late afternoons when Mike Francesa returned to WFAN four months after leaving at the end of 2018.  Carlin, who exited WFAN in early September, recently join WEPN as evening host.  ESPN New York VP/GM Tim McCarthy says, “We are so excited to have Bart back at ‘98.7 ESPN’ where we started his radio career.  The combination of Bart and Alan will add a unique perspective to New York sports talk in a very entertaining fashion.”  Scott worked as an NFL analyst for CBS from 2013 to 2017.  He joined ‘ESPN 98.7FM’ as a special guest for the 2017 NFL season on “The Michael Kay Show” and “Humpty & Canty.”  He also hosted “Inside The Jets.”

Brenda Egger Named Region President for iHeartMedia Denver. Management and sales pro Brenda Egger is the new region president for iHeartMedia’s Denver region.  Most recently, she was senior vice president and market manager for KSE Radio.  Prior to that she was market manager for Citadel Broadcasting in Colorado Springs.  She began her career in radio sales for KOA, Denver.  In her new role, she will work closely with the programming, business, and sales teams for all station brands in the Denver, Colorado Springs, and Fort Collins markets.  iHeartMedia Markets Group division president Jeff Tyler states, “I’m thrilled to have someone with Brenda’s experience and knowledge join the iHeartMedia Denver team.  We have a tremendous team and strong brands in the Denver region and I am confident that Brenda’s tenure in the state provides the leadership and excellence that our partners and our advertisers have come to expect.”

Monday Memo: Telephone. It’s For You.  Is radio surrendering to smartphones?  Or exploiting them?  In this week’s column, consultant Holland Cooke shares an eerie warning.  Read it here.

TALKERS News Notes. Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports that Steve Ruxton is joining Cumulus Media’s news/talk WLS-AM as a part-time and fill-in news anchor.  Ruxton is an anchor and reporter for the Chicago-based, syndicated television financial news show.  Ruxton previously served as host of Weigel Broadcasting’s “Stock Market Observer” and “WebFN.”…..WHO, Des Moines “Newsradio 1040” afternoon drive talk show host Simon Conway is busy during this holiday season.  In addition to his PM drive show, he’s filling in on morning drive at WFLF, Orlando “News Radio WFLA” this week and next (except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day).  Next Monday, he’ll also be filling in for nationally syndicated talk host Joe “Pags” Pagliarulo…..Cumulus Media’s sports talk KNBR, the San Francisco 49ers, and the 49ers Foundation announce that they raised more than $125,000 for local Bay Area youth sports initiatives as a result of the third annual 49ers Foundation Holiday Sports Auction.  The two-day charity auction was broadcast from the KNBR studios on Tuesday, December 3, and Wednesday, December 4.  KNBR has partnered with the 49ers Foundation on the auction for three consecutive years, raising more than $300,000 since its inception in 2017.

Impeachment, Financial Markets Activity/Economy, 2020 Presidential Race, India Protests, North Korea Threats, Virginia Car Pileup, and Eddie Murphy Returns to ‘SNL’ Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend. The articles of impeachment against President Trump and the Democrats’ strategy for the next step in the process; the positive activities in the financial markets and the state of the U.S. economy; the Democrats vying to challenge President Trump in 2020; the violent protests in India over the new citizenship law that excludes Muslims; North Korea’s threat of a “Christmas present” for the U.S.; the 69-car pileup in Virginia caused by ice and fog; and Eddie Murphy’s return to “Saturday Night Live” were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

iHeartMedia Announces Three Podcasters to Be Honored at January Podcast Awards. When next month’s 2020 iHeartRadio Podcast Awards take place at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles, three podcast producers will be honored with iHeartRadio Podcast Icon Awards.  The New York Times’ “1619” podcast will receive the Social Impact Award; NPR’s “Life Kit” podcast will get the Innovator Award Presented by Zoom; and Tenderfoot TV’s Payne Lindsey and Donald Albright with be honored with the Audible Audio Pioneer Award.  The awards show will stream live Friday, January 17 at 11:00 pm ET/8:00 pm PT via a LiveXLive stream and on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide. iHeartMedia says, “The iHeartRadio Podcast Icon Awards pay tribute to the creators, organizations, and podcasts that have made groundbreaking contributions to podcasting’s expanding role in today’s popular culture.”  The 2020 iHeartRadio Podcast Awards will “honor the most entertaining and innovative podcasts of 2019 and will span 30 categories, celebrating the incredible talent and wide variety of leaders across the booming podcasting industry.”  See more here.

Cyberspace Law and Security Expert Steve Weisman Is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast.  The publisher of one of the nation’s leading sources of credible information about scams and fraud – Scamicide.com – is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series, “The Michael Harrison Interview.”  In addition to his work with Scamicide.com, Steven J.J. Weisman is a professor of law at Bentley University in Boston, a prolific best-selling author, a columnist for USA Today, a widely sought media commentator, and the legal editor of TALKERS.  Harrison and Weisman discuss a wide array of topics including the dramatic erosion of privacy that is threatening liberty and democracy in this new era.  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 and on every page of Talkers.com.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Via her Facebook page, on-air pro Fran Lane reveals that she’s the victim of budget cuts at Entercom’s adult contemporary WLIF, Baltimore.  Lane, who hosted the evening “Love Songs” show says, “It is with a very heavy heart that I share this news with you… I am no longer employed at ‘Today’s 101.9’ due to company-wide budget cuts.  I hosted the 7 to midnight ‘Love Songs’ show for nearly 26 years.  I am heartbroken.”

Friday, December 20, 2019

| December 20, 2019

WGN, Chicago Names Bob Sirott Morning Drive Host.  The legendary Chicago media personality Bob Sirott will take over for Steve Cochran on Nexstar’s news/talk WGN-AM, effective January 6.  At the same time, Mary Sandberg Boyle is promoted to general manager.  She’s been acting GM since September 20 in addition to her director of news and operations position.  WGN notes that Sirott started as a morning radio show personality in 1971.  “His acclaimed broadcasting career has spanned nearly five decades and has included stints at WMAQ, WBBM-FM, WLS, WGN and various television stations.  In 2015, Sirott was recognized for his achievements in the media industry and inducted into the Silver Circle by the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.”  This move is the latest in a series that finalizes the station’s programming going into 2020.  Sirott’s 5:00 am to 9:00 am show is followed by John Williams (9:00 to 12:00 noon), the “Wintrust Business Lunch with Ji Suk Yi” (12:00 noon to 1:00 pm), Anna Davlantes (1:00 pm to 3:00 pm), Roe Conn (3:00 pm to 7:00 pm), Justin Kaufmann (7:00 pm to 11:00 pm), Nick Digilio (11:00 pm to 4:00 am), and a WGN Radio simulcast of WGN-TV “Early Morning News” from 4:00 am to 5:00 am.

Dan Proft Named Night Host on Salem Radio Network. Chicago-based talk host Dan Proft is the new host of the 9:00 pm to 12:00 midnight show on the Salem Radio Network.  Proft, who has been co-hosting the WIND, Chicago “AM 560 The Answer” morning show with Amy Jacobson since 2015, fills the 9:00 pm to 12:00 midnight slot that opend up when Joe Walsh entered the 2020 presidential race.  Prior to joining WIND in 2015, Proft co-hosted a talk show on crosstown WLS-AM with Bruce Wolf from 2010 through 2014.  SRN SVP of spoken word Phil Boyce says, “Dan Proft is incredibly intelligent, insightful, and full of knowledge.  We are delighted to have a host of his quality available to take over the night slot on the lineup.  I think stations will love having his wit and humor every night.”  Proft, who has a JD from Loyola University, Chicago Law School, will continue his morning drive duties on WIND.

NOW POSTED:  New Installment of “The Michael Harrison Wrap: An Overview of the National Conversation.”  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 on the website of its flagship station, iHeartMedia’s WONK-FM, Washington, DC (12/20).  The new episode titled, “Peace on Earth, Goodwill Toward Persons!” looks back at this past week of December 16-20, 2019 and features guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERS;  John Caracciolo, president/CEO, JVC BroadcastingJoe Madison, talk show host, SiriusXM Satellite Radio;  Casey Hendrickson; talk show host, WRTC, South Bend, IN; Trevor Smith, president, Aloha Media Productions, Byron Bay, Australia; and Victoria Jones, executive director, DC Radio Company.  This acclaimed news/talk radio show airs each week on WONK-FM, Washington, DC on Friday evenings between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm.  It also airs throughout the weekend on WRKO, Boston; KSCO, Santa Cruz, CA; WVOX, Westchester, NY; KBDT, Dallas; KQSP, Minneapolis; KBKW, Aberdeen, WA; the Virginia Talk Radio Network, and Pioneer Valley Radio in Springfield, MA as well as appearing on the iHeartRadio App.  To listen to this week’s episode (and the program’s complete archives), please click here.  To view the latest TALKERS magazine topic research, please click here.

KMJ, Fresno Unveils New Afternoon Team ‘Philip & Skip.’ Fresno news/talk KMJ-AM/FM brings Frances “Skip” Echeverria (right) aboard to co-host the afternoon drive show with Philip Teresi (left).  Echeverria was most recently morning drive personality at One Putt Broadcasting’s crosstown rock outlet KFRR.  Teresi moved into the afternoon drive slot at the Cumulus Media station after talk host Chris Daniel resigned from the show in early September after a 10-year stint.  “Skip” says, “You’d be hard pressed to find someone in this valley that doesn’t know the legend that is KMJ.  When I started radio in 2001, I didn’t anticipate this opportunity.  But having been born and raised in Fresno, a graduate from Fresno State, and having chosen to raise my own family and base my mental health practice locally, I have a vested interest in the continued success of my community.  I absolutely love this valley and its people.  I’m honored and excited to join the KMJ team and am looking forward to conversations about topics that are important to us.”  Teresi adds, “I’m elated to be a part of the next step at KMJ.  Skip makes a brilliant, powerful addition to the station.  Bringing Skip to KMJ benefits the audience, the sponsors, and the station as a whole.”

Will Sterrett Joins KMBZ’s ‘Kansas City’s Morning News’ as Co-Anchor. On-air pro Will Sterrett makes the move to morning drive co-host on “Kansas City’s Morning News” alongside Ellen Schenk.  He takes over for E.J. Becker, who dials back his responsibilities with the Entercom news/talk stations.  The “Kansas City’s Morning News” program airs on both KMBZ-FM and KMBZ-AM.  Both stations air separate programming outside of AM drive.  Sterrett had been a contributor to the afternoon drive “Dana & Parks” show on KMBZ-FM.  He says via Twitter, “I have big shoes to fill as outgoing anchor E.J. Becker will stay on with the show as a special contributor.  My final day with ‘Dana & Parks’ is Friday and I can’t thank Dana and Scott enough for their votes of confidence earlier this year and their support as this new opportunity took shape.  Many thanks, too, to [PD] Alan Furst for the opportunity and for putting up with all the back and forth that comes with it.”

Hobnobbing for Charity. Pictured above are Weiss Agency EVP Heather Cohen (right) and RC Communications Marketing owner Renee Cassis (left) with Red Apple Media chief John Catsimatidis (center) at the NYC Police Athletic League Luncheon.  The monthly luncheon – chaired by Catsimatidis – raises money for the PAL Kids charity.  Catsimatidis hosts the weekly “Cats Roundtable” talk show (heard on 14 affiliate stations) and his media company is in the process of purchasing WABC, New York from Cumulus Media.

TALKERS News Notes. Former Arizona Congressman and radio talk show host J.D. Hayworth (left) chats over a meal in Phoenix with Salem Radio Network v.p./news & talk programming Tom Tradup (right) about SRN’s strategy for covering the upcoming impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate.  Tradup says Hayworth offered perspective from his six terms in Washington on what is likely to unfold in the historic Senate trial scheduled to begin in January…..WPG, Atlantic City morning drive host Harry Hurley scored a coup as he interviewed New Jersey Congressman Jeff Van Drew on his radio show today.  Van Drew made headlines recently after promising to switch parties from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party.  Hurley says, “Van Drew becomes only the 24th congressman in American history to switch political parties and my initial research indicates he’s the first to switch from the majority party to the minority…..iHeartRadio and Tenderfoot TV announce the third installment of the “Monster” podcast series, “Monster: DC Sniper,” premieres on January 2, 2020.  “Monster: DC Sniper” takes listeners back in time to the tragic killing spree of the D.C. Sniper, “one of the most tangled, intricate true-story killing sprees to ever take place.”  The podcast also fast forwards to the present as the Supreme Court considers whether or not to amend the sentence of one of the two men convicted for the crime…..SiriusXM is giving sports fans a “comprehensive and in-depth look back at the Defining Moments of the Decade in their favorite sports” via a series of specials that examine the memorable moments and trends in professional and college sports from the last 10 years.  SiriusXM will present these specials across 11 of its dedicated 24/7 sports channels.   SiriusXM SVP of sports programming Steve Cohen says, “Over the past 10 years, SiriusXM has aired so many of these great moments live, and we’ve covered all of these important stories and trends across our channels more extensively than anyone else in radio.  We’re proud to be the place where all fans can not only hear all about their favorite sport but can call in and talk about it as well.”…..Last Friday (12/13), Sinclair Radio’s Seattle stations all-news KOMO-AM/FM, news/talk KVI, and hot AC KPLZ “Star 101.5” – along with Sinclair TV outlets KOMO-TV and KUNS-TV – held their annual Toy Drive benefitting the Salvation Army. The campaign resulted in the collection of $125,000 – including a $50,000 matching donation from the Wold Family Foundation – and more than 7,000 toys.   Sinclair Radio Seattle station manager Gary Greenberg says, “The toy drive has been a nine-year tradition for our stations.  Our team builds an amazing campaign every year and our listeners continue to come out to support the Salvation Army in a big way.  It’s what local radio is all about.”

The Articles of Impeachment Against Donald Trump Top News/Talk Story for Week of December 16-20. The U.S. House’s vote to levy articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump was the most-talked-about story on news/talk radio this week, landing atop the Talkers TenTM.  At #2 this week was the 2020 presidential race and last night’s Democratic debate.  Coming in at #3 was the Australian heat wave-drought-bushfires and the related topic of climate change, followed by the Obamacare mandate ruled unconstitutional and health care reform at #4.  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 entire chart here.

Triton Digital to Issue Podcast Reports. There will be another firm rating the performances of podcasts in the New Year as Triton Digital announces it is launching Podcast Reports in the U.S., powered by its Podcast Metrics measurement service.  Triton says, “The reports will provide a ranking of the top networks and top podcasts in the U.S., as measured by Podcast Metrics.  Reported entities will be ranked by Average Weekly Downloads, in accordance with the latest IAB Podcast Technical Measurement Guidelines.”  Podcast publishers signed up for the new service so far include: NPREntercom’s RADIO.COM, Stitcher, and Cumulus Media.  Triton Digital president of market development John Rosso adds, “We are pleased to leverage our 10-plus years of digital audio measurement expertise to provide reliable and informative data around podcast consumption in the U.S.  Our Podcast Reports will provide buyers with the trusted, third-party podcast measurement they need to make informed decisions around podcast advertising.  Furthermore, our reports will provide podcast networks with the reputable consumption data they need to grow their podcast strategies, gain a better understanding of their listening audiences, and increase their advertising revenue.”  The first U.S. Podcast Report will debut in March 2020.  Triton currently publishes Podcast Reports in Australia and Latin America and has announced that the Netherlands will follow in early 2020.

 

 

Two News Positions Open at FOX News Radio and FOX News.  There are two news posts that FOX News is seeking to fill.  The first is Overnight Freelance Anchor for FOX News Radio in Washington, DC or New York City.  FOX says, “As a radio news anchor you will work under tight deadlines and deliver top notch newscasts.  You have a passion for breaking news and the flexibility to work on a days’ notice.”  See more about that position and apply here.  The second position is a Freelance Writer for FOX News Headlines 24/7.  The company says, “We are looking for a freelance writer to join the FOX News Headlines 24/7 team.  As a writer, you will be a crucial member of our broadcast team.  You will write news for our national news network, conceptualizing, writing, compiling enterprise stories, fact checking, and building show content newscasts for FOX News Headlines 24/7.  You may be the right candidate if you have the right attitude and understand the level of commitment required to be successful in this role. Your passion for national and international news is bar none!  See more and apply for this position here.

WBT-AM/FM, Charlotte Seeks News Anchor. Charlotte news/talk WBT-AM/FM has an immediate opening for a full-time news anchor. The Entercom station says, “You’re an engaging, experienced on-air personality. You’re a great storyteller. You know how to get to the heart of a story and make it relatable to the listener. You’re never satisfied with knowing just the “Who?, What?, Where?, and When?” of a story; you always seek to know “Why?” If this sounds like you, News Talk 1110 & 99.3 WBT/Entercom Charlotte would like to hear from you. We are seeking a full-time news anchor for our programming team. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: Writing and on-air delivery of news reports based on programming clock; editing and preparation of news audio; filing of two to three recorded reports per day to be aired outside the live daypart of the shift; on-air interaction with the talk show host and personnel; and coverage and reporting of breaking news events in real-time. Interested candidates should visit the Entercom site here. EOE.

Cool Job Opportunity. An experienced guest booker/researcher is needed to find/book four to five top-tier guests per week to do telephone/Skype interviews for a top-ranked podcast. This is a work-from-home job with a great potential for advancement. This person will also research other interesting content for the podcast “Something You Should Know,” primarily a self-help, news-you-can-use program. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with experience producing/booking talk radio programs. Resumes should be sent to: info@somethingyoushouldknow.net.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. In St. Louis, Marty Linck is named brand content manager for Hubbard Radio’s adult hits WARH “106.5 The Arch” and rock KSHE.  Linck previously served in the market as OM for Entercom’s hot AC KYKY, AC KEZK and CHR KNOU.  He’s most recently been brand director for the JACK-FM format.  Hubbard St. Louis VP and market manager John Kijowski says, “Marty is a dedicated leader whose professionalism and experience has achieved outstanding results.  He also brings many years of success in managing high-performance radio brands that focus on live and local talent.  We are excited to add him to our team.”…..On-air pro Alex Waters is joining Max Media’s CHR WVHT, Norfolk “Hot 100” as afternoon drive personality, effective January 6. He’s been serving as the evening jock at Bahakel Communications’ CHR WDOD-FM, Chattanooga “Hits 96.”

Thursday, December 19, 2019

| December 19, 2019

KNUS, Denver’s Chuck Bonniwell and Julie Hayden Fired for School Shooting Joke. The midday “Chuck & Julie” show has been cancelled from the program lineup at Salem Media Group’s news/talk KNUS, Denver after Chuck Bonniwell’s ill-advised joke about school shootings.  Bonniwell, who co-hosts the show with his wife Julie Hayden, was transitioning from a break back into programming and said – in an effort to express his weariness with the impeachment story – “You wish for a nice school shooting to interrupt.”  Julie Hayden was quick to interject, “Don’t even – don’t even say that. No, don’t even say that.  Don’t call us. Chuck didn’t say that.”  Then Bonniwell added “…which no one would be hurt.”  Station management later issued the following statement: “Given the history of school violence that has plagued our community, 710 KNUS confirms that an inappropriate comment was made on the ‘Chuck & Julie’ show by co-host Chuck Bonniwell.  A programming decision was made to end the program immediately.”  For his part, Bonniwell said via Twitter: “I made an inappropriate comment meant as a joke.  I’m sorry it was not received that way.”

Jim Vicevich Retires from WTIC-AM, Hartford; Will Mariotti to Assume Late Morning Show. Hartford talk radio host Jim Vicevich is leaving his role as late morning talk host on Entercom’s news/talk WTIC-AM due to his ongoing battle with Lupus.  Today is his last show.  WTIC personality Will Mariotti will become the permanent 9:00 am to 12:00 noon host.  Entercom Hartford SVP and market manager Stephanie Perl says, “We would like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to Jim, who has dedicated over 15 years of his career to the people of Hartford.  He has developed a strong bond with the local community through the show ‘Sound Off Connecticut’ and is a true media icon in the market.  We thank him for all of his contributions to our station and local community and wish him all of the best.”  Vicevich says, “While I’m sad to be leaving due to my Lupus, I’m happy that I’ve had the opportunity to entertain and interact with our audience for over 15 years.  I’m honored to be a part of this station’s great history.  Very few people have had the chance to get behind the same microphone of other WTIC greats like Bob Steele and Ray Dunaway.  Thank you to everyone who has played a role in making my time here special.”  Will Mariotti adds, “From the time I first filled in for Jim and all the way through working with him weekly in 2017 and 2018, I was always impressed by his knowledge and professionalism.  I know I have huge shoes to fill, but my time with Jim has prepared me for the next chapter of our daytime show.  I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to connect with our listeners every day.”

Chris Carlin to Host Nights at ‘ESPN New York.’ After months of speculation about what the New York City sports talk scene will look like in the New Year, another piece of the puzzle fits into place as former WFAN “The Fan” personality Chris Carlin will assume hosting the evening show at ESPN’s WEPN-FM “ESPN New York” on January 2.  “Carlin at Night” will air from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  Carlin was one-third of the show hired to replace Mike Francesa in afternoons on Entercom’s WFAN.  But Francesa returned to WFAN a few months after leaving and Carlin, Bart Scott and Maggie Gray were moved to the early afternoon daypart.  Then, in August Carlin was let go.  Back at WEPN, Alan Hahn is moving from nights to middays, reportedly to co-host with Bart Scott, who leaves WFAN and partner Maggie Gray this month to join WEPN.  Across town, WFAN has already announced that Gray and Marc Malusis are the new midday show and Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts are the new PM drive show.

Ivy Savoy-Smith to Lead Entercom Washington, DC. Vice president and director of sales Ivy Savoy-Smith is promoted to SVP and market manager for Entercom’s Washington, DC station group that includes sports talk WJFK-FM “106.7 The Fan,” four music brands, and more.  She takes over for Phil Zachary, who exited the position last month. Entercom CRO and regional president Bob Philips says, “During her time here at Entercom, Ivy has embodied leadership, strategic thinking, accountability and hard work.  She is a forward thinker who has produced undeniable results and we are excited to have her lead Entercom Washington D.C. into the new decade.”  Savoy-Smith comments, “I’m grateful to Bob for giving me this opportunity to begin this new chapter of my career.  Working at Entercom has been an unbelievable experience and I look forward to putting my stamp on the D.C. cluster and leveraging the power of radio to continue to give back to the local community.”

Edison: Moms Have ‘Complicated Relationship’ with Social Media. According to a new study from Edison Research titled, “Moms on Social Media 2019,” mothers are big social media users – 92% of U.S. moms use social media compared to 79% to the 12+ U.S. population.  And although Facebook usage has fallen among users in the U.S. according to Edison’s “The Infinite Dial 2019,” moms are not dropping Facebook.  Eighty-one percent of U.S. moms use Facebook compared to 61% of the total U.S. population.  Edison says, “Moms have two major motivators for continuing to use social media: the emotional connection it provides and the practical ways it helps them in their busy lives.  The study finds that on the emotional side, moms are using social media to stay up to date with friends, share aspects of their lives, and share their opinions.  On the practical side, moms are using social media to get information on school events, details on extracurricular activities, health and parenting advice, and find product recommendations.”  Other findings from the study include: Pinterest and Instagram have seen significant gains year-over-year.  Among U.S. moms, 63% are using Pinterest in 2019 compared to 47% in 2017, and 53% are using Instagram in 2019 compared to 37% in 2017; 80% of moms on social media say they turn to it for product recommendations, and 58% of moms on social media said Facebook is the platform they turn to first for product recommendations; 53% of moms who use social medial say there is too much negativity on social media; and regarding how they feel about social media, 26% of moms on social media say they feel annoyed, 25% say they feel addicted, and 24% say they feel concerned.  See more from the study here.

PodcastOne Shows Named to CarMoney’s Top Podcasts List. Three of PodcastOne’s car-related podcasts were named to the international list of top car podcasts by the UK-based site CarMoney.  The shows named are: “Carcast” hosted by Adam Carolla and Matt D’Andria; “Everyday Driver,” with hosts Paul and Todd; and “Spike’s Car Radio” with car enthusiast and former “Seinfeld” writer Spike Feresten.  PodcastOne founder and executive chairman Norm Pattiz says, “Adam Carolla is the king of podcasts, so I am not surprised to see his car show on the list. ‘Everyday Driver’ has been a great partner, and Spike knows cars and he knows funny.  That’s exactly the reason why his podcast has been a solid hit for the past 2 ½ years here at PodcastOne.  I’d say more, but I’ve gotta call Spike now for some car advice and laughs.”

House Votes to Impeach Trump, 2020 Presidential Race, Obamacare Ruling, FBI Report/FISA, U.S.-China Trade Talks, Financial Markets Activity, and New Obesity Report Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (12/19). The vote in the U.S. House to impeach President Donald Trump on two counts and the president’s response from his rally in Michigan; the Democrats vying to challenge Trump in 2020 and the build-up to this evening’s Democratic debate; an appeals court rules the Obamacare mandate unconstitutional; the aftermath of the inspector general’s report on the FBI’s use of the FISA; the Trump administration’s trade talks with China; the record setting performances of the financial markets; and the New England Journal of Medicine report indicating half of all American adults will be obese by 2030 were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

TALKERS News Notes. Tulsa news/talker KRMG-FM and KOKI-TV “FOX23” organized the 12th Annual Tulsa Holiday Blood Drive for the American Red Cross, taking place today (12/19).  In the past 11 drives, the program has collected 2,254 units of life-saving products (blood and platelets).  KRMG director of branding and programming Levi May says, “During the crazy holiday travel season, the American Red Cross sees a big drop in its scheduled donations and that could create a real problem for people seeking medical help during this time.  We are honored to partner with our news partners at ‘FOX23’ to help drive awareness and donations to help ensure that Green Country medical facilities have everything they need to treat our neighbors.”…..The NFL’s Minnesota Vikings and iHeartMedia Minneapolis’ KFXN, Minneapolis “KFAN 100.3” and news/talk KTLK have agreed to a five-year extension renewing the stations’ broadcast rights for Vikings preseason, regular season and postseason games.  The 2020 season will mark the 20th consecutive year “KFAN” will serve as the flagship station for the Vikings Radio Network.  iHeartMedia market president Jeff Tyler says, “My thanks to the Wilf family and all the great people we work with at the Minnesota Vikings.  They are at the top level of sports franchises and our entire team at iHeartMedia Minneapolis is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue our partnership for another five years.  Both organizations are dedicated to innovation and excellence which makes this partnership so unique and valuable.”…..SiriusXM is presenting live play-by-play broadcasts of all 41 Division I FBS and FCS bowl games this college football postseason, including ESPN Radio’s coverage of the College Football Playoff Semifinals and National Championship.  The schedule begins Friday, December 20 and concludes with the crowning of the national champion on January 13…..Former CBS News reporter and anchor Peter Maer was recently honored with a lifetime achievement award from the St. Louis Press Club.  During his more than 25 years covering national news for CBS, Maer received numerous awards, including an Edward R. Murrow Award, five Merriman Smith Awards, the IAF Cronkite Award, and more.  Maer retired from CBS News in 2015.  He was interviewed on CBS News Radio affiliate KMOX, St. Louis.  He’s pictured here (left) with St. Louis Press Club president Bill Greenblatt (right)…..Pictured below are ESPN Radio’s “Golic and Wingo” hosts Mike Golic (third from right), Trey Wingo (second from right), and Mike Golic Jr. (second from left) after teaming up with Mercedes-Benz Vans to benefit the Salvation Army.  ESPN employees in Bristol, Connecticut donated more than 300 toys and Mercedes-Benz Vans donated a new Sprinter Passenger Van for the Salvation Army to use to transport students to after-school activities. In addition to the Sprinter Passenger Van that was donated, Mercedes-Benz provided a Cargo Van that was utilized to transport the toys from ESPN’s Bristol campus to the Salvation Army.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. At Chicago triple A WXRT-FM, the longtime morning show with Lin Brehmer and Mary Dixon wraps, with Brehmer moving to the midday show and current midday personality Richard Milne moving to mornings.  Dixon, who according to a report in the Chicago Tribune was offered the evening/overnight news anchor position with sister all-news WBBM-AM/WCFO-FM but declined, leaves the station.  Brehmer says, “Like a veteran centerfielder who moves to first base, I look forward to batting second.  The exhilaration of being a morning companion to the families that support 93XRT offset the brutal schedule of someone who likes to go to concerts at night.  I’m not 29 anymore.  May the phrase, ‘Isn’t it past your bedtime?’ be applied to someone else for a while.”  Entercom Chicago OM and program director Greg Solk says, “93XRT has long held the reputation for playing Chicago’s finest rock, but also has enjoyed hosting Chicago’s finest jocks.  Lin Brehmer is a Chicago treasure.  All of us at the station are indebted to Lin for his 28 years of wrestling with his alarm clock.  His morning fans will now get to enjoy their best friend in the whole world sharing their workday as Lin accompanies their middle of the day rituals.  We are also blessed to have someone of Richard’s character, charm, music knowledge and wit to take over for Lin.  It’s Richard’s turn to get in early and Rock Chicago.”…..Classic hits KONO-FM, San Antonio morning drive personality Dave Rios is retiring from the station after 26 years in the position.  Prior to joining KONO-FM, Rios worked in the market as news director for rock outlet KXZL – now Spanish hits KZEP-FM…..Hubbard Radio personality Fitz is named the permanent host of “Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40.”  He becomes the third host in the 45-year history of the national radio show.  Kingsley died in October after a battle with cancer.  The new “Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 with Fitz” airs on more than 300 stations worldwide and features audio from the Kingsley archives.  Skyview Networks is the exclusive network sales rep for the show.  Fitz says, “I listened to Bob Kingsley every weekend when I was a kid.  His loss is still sinking in, but I am honored to be taking the reins from the man who instilled in me a lifelong love of country music and the love of the ‘countdown.’  This moment is surreal, and I do not take the responsibility lightly.  I am excited and honored to carry his torch and hope that I can do for the next generation of country music fans what the legendary Bob Kingsley did for me…..Entercom announces that Zac Brown Band is headlining the 5th annual “The Night Before” concert at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida on February 1, 2020 – the night before the Super Bowl.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

| December 18, 2019

Cox Enterprises’ Deal with Apollo Global Management Closes. According to Jessica Saundersreport in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Cox Enterprises’ sale of its radio, TV, Ohio print brands, and affiliated businesses to an Apollo Global Management-controlled company has closed.  The new company goes by an old name – Cox Media Group – and Cox Enterprises maintains a minority stake in the new firm.  The company is led by president and CEO Kim Guthrie and Bill Hendrich is EVP of radio.  CMG now consists of 13 television stations in 10 markets; 54 radio stations in 10 markets; three Ohio newspapers, the CoxReps TV sales division; digital ad and OTT products and services segment Gamut; and the Northwest Broadcasting 20 TV station group.

Wilson Re-Ups with Entercom’s ‘Ticket’ in Miami. South Florida sports talk host Amber Wilson signs a multiyear contract extension to continue co-hosting the midday show on Entercom’s WAXY, Miami “AM 790 The Ticket.”  Wilson co-hosts the 10:00 am to 2:00 pm “Zaslow & Amber” show with Jonathan Zaslow.  She joined the station in 2016 after serving with CBS Television in Miami and SNY in New York.  She says, “I’m very fortunate to have a job that I enjoy doing every single day and I’m thrilled to be continuing my career at Entercom.  It is an honor that [program director] Len Weiner and [SVP/market manager] Keriann Worley continue to trust me to entertain South Florida with sports talk.”

Matthew Jarecki Named PM Drive Host at ‘FOX Sports 910’ in Phoenix. At iHeartMedia’s Phoenix sports talker KGME-AM “FOX Sports 910,” Matthew Jarecki is named host of the 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm show.  Jarecki comes to KGME from his most recent position with Northern Arizona University’s KLJX-LP, Flagstaff.  He also handled play-by-play and color analyst work for Lumberjacks athletics.  KGME program director Aaron Trimmer says, “Matthew is a future superstar in the sport talk world.  His perspective and unique commentary on sports make him the perfect fit to lead afternoon drive on ‘FOX Sports 910.’  We are thrilled to have him join our lineup.”  KGME briefly hired Dan Sileo to host afternoons, but he lasted just a week in the role in early September after the Phoenix Coyotes hockey club objected to Sileo’s hiring based on some of his controversial social media posts.  KGME is the flagship for Coyotes play-by-play.

Nielsen: News/Talk Top 6+ Format in PPM Markets This Year. The data from Nielsen Audio’s year-end tally of the most-listened-to formats in radio in its PPM markets shows news/talk is #1 in the 6+ demographic (9.5% weekly AQH share).  In the 25-54 demo, news/talk ranked #4 (6.7%), behind only AC (7.7%), CHR (7.6%), and country (6.8%).  However, there is an asterisk of sorts associated with these figures as Nielsen includes non-commercial, public radio news/talk in its definition of the format.  Public news/talk skews younger than commercial news/talk.  Sports talk ranked #9 in the 6+ demo and #8 in the 25-54 demo.  Nielsen used an average of data from the January through November PPM surveys.

Magnum to Acquire Three Wisconsin Signals from NRG Media. The deal between Wisconsin’s Magnum Communications and Iowa-based NRG Media will transfer news/talk WFAW-AM and adult contemporary WSJC-FM in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, along with classic hits WKCH, Whitewater, Wisconsin to Magnum.  NRG president and CEO Mary Quass says, “We have been fortunate to have worked with the great people at the stations in Fort Atkinson for many years.  The dedicated broadcasters at the stations will continue to provide the Fort Atkinson community with great local radio and know they will contribute to the success of Magnum Communications going forward.”  Magnum chief Dave Magnum adds, “I’m a sentimental person so two aspects of these acquisitions really struck me.  First, my maternal grandmother grew up on a Fort Atkinson farm.  My Mom and her remaining siblings get together at Lake Ripley each summer in her honor.  Second, we’re again getting to work with NRG.  Back in the 90s, my late wife Lynn had the chance to speak with Mary Quass several times at conventions.  She considered Mary a role model.  In 2007, five years after Lynn passed, I acquired three stations from NRG.  That transaction went as smooth as silk.  We look forward to the same outcome with the acquisitions of WFAW, WSJY and WKCH.”  KALIL & CO., INC. is the exclusive broker for this transaction.

KSCO, Santa Cruz Initiates Its Own ‘Person of the Year.’ On the heels of the controversy over youthful Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg being named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year,” Michael Zwerling-owned news/talk KSCO, Santa Cruz is creating its own “Person of the Year” award and naming President Donald Trump for the past four years.  Zwerling says, “I empathize with the president’s frustration of not being named Time magazine’s person of the year.  After all, the designation does not necessarily indicate an endorsement of its recipient’s policies – just acknowledgement that they have made the biggest impact on the news. Clearly, Donald Trump has been the most influential person in the news since 2016.  And that has not stopped.”  See all four “Person of the Year” covers here.

Impeachment, IG FBI Report Aftermath, 2020 Presidential Race, U.S.-China Trade Negotiations, Financial Markets Activity, Fiat Chrysler-Peugeot Merger Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (12/17). The impeachment against President Donald Trump; the aftermath of the inspector general’s report on the FBI’s use of the secret FISA court; the Democrats vying to challenge President Trump in 2020; the trade negotiations between the U.S. and China; the record high Dow and activity in the world’s financial markets; and the merger of Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot to make the third largest auto firm were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

TALKERS News Notes. Appearing on fubosportsnetwork.com’s “Call It A Night” program with host Julie Stewart-Binks, WFAN, New York and Radio.com sports talk personality Mike Francesa says he’ll delve into politics during his daily, one-hour Radio.com show.  Asked why, Francesa said, “There’s not a show, there’s no political coverage anywhere that is unbiased.  It’s all biased.  It’s either left or right.  It is so significantly left or right.  Give me a network, I’ll tell you – FOX is right, MSNBC is left.  Everybody has a bias. Everybody is one or the other, most on the left, there are some rights.  There’s nothing down the middle.” Francesa’s Radio.com show will stream from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm ET prior to his half-hour WFAN program airing at 6:00 pm ET…..Talk radio pro Phil Valentine and his son Campbell Valentine are celebrating the fact that their podcast “The PodGOATs” has been named one of the Top 10 History Podcasts for 2019 by Podbean – a global podcast hosting site.  “The PodGOATs” is produced by Comworld Media.  Phil Valentine says, “I’m in shock, to be honest with you.  Campbell and I have worked really hard this year on this podcast.  We bill it as ‘The History of Everything,’ which is a lofty goal.  We’re closing in on episode 100 and we have over 360,000 downloads, so we’re getting’ there.”  Comworld Media will launch two more Phil Valentine podcasts in 2020…..Westwood One adds “Esports 30 with Kevin Knocke” to its Westwood One Podcast Network.  The show is an original podcast covering esports news and in-depth interviews with industry personalities, celebrities, athletes, influencers, and enthusiasts. Knocke says, “Esports is now big enough that it can’t rely on the sunshine and rainbows perspective that it’s the ‘next big thing’ so we need to understand how to develop a sustainable infrastructure for the long term.  I’ll be inviting on guests with a broad viewpoint of the industry as a whole as well as game-specific experts who are willing to take an honest look at their game and reflect on improvements needed.”…..Longtime New York City radio news pro Pat Farnack retires from Entercom’s WCBS-AM “Newsradio 880.”  Farnack also served with KYW-AM and KYW-TV in Philadelphia as well as WWDB-FM, Philly during her career.  She joined WCBS-AM in December 2000.  The WCBS website notes that Farnack also “spent time at WNBC in New York delivering news in the days of Don Imus and Howard Stern and even did a several-month stint as traffic reporter in the flying ‘N’ copter.”…..iHeartMedia and NostalgiaCon, LLC are working together to produce the NostalgiaCon Miami ‘80s pop culture convention on April 25-26 at the MANA Convention Center in Miami’s Wynwood arts district.  iHeartMedia’s participation includes sponsorship collaborations for branded activations, VIP fan experiences, contests, giveaways, and grassroots promotions…..Pictured below are actors Jamie Foxx (left) and Michael B. Jordan (center) with SiriusXM Urban View host Mike Muse (right) chatting before a live audience at SiriusXM studios in New York.  Foxx and Jordan visited on a promotion tour for their new film, Just Mercy, hitting theaters on Christmas Day.  Photo: Cindy Ord/ Getty Images for SiriusXM.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Programmer and air personality Adam “Kash” Kashner moves from Cumulus Media’s Indianapolis cluster where he was APD at country WFMS-FM to Pensacola where he’s the new program director for country radio station WXBM-FM “NASH 102.7 FM.”  At the same time, Cumulus adds APD stripes to current WXBM afternoon host Matt Fisher.  Cumulus Pensacola VP and market manager Gary Mertins says, “Kash is such an up-and-coming programming talent within Cumulus and we’re so proud to have him join us in Pensacola.  He’s really done some great things and proven himself in Indianapolis.  WXBM is a heritage country station and we know that we’ve found the right person in Kash to lead it to further greatness.”…..Air personality Amanda Valentine is leaving her radio gig at Hubbard Broadcasting’s country WUBE, Cincinnati “B105” to work full time on her fitness career.  Valentine was co-host of the afternoon show with Jesse Tack, who continues the show solo.  Valentine noted on her Facebook page: “Health and fitness is a huge passion of mine.  After going through a significant weight loss journey myself, helping others on their own journeys fills my heart in ways I can’t even describe.  So, I’ve made the decision to follow my heart and devote my time and energy into helping as many people as possible discover just how life changing a healthy lifestyle can be.”…..Milwaukee non-commercial triple A WYMS-FM “88Nine” bestowed honors on the winners of its 2019 Radio Milwaukee Music Awards last Saturday (12/14).  Winners of the awards covered a wide swath of musical genres.  WYMS-FM’s 12th annual music awards were based on 6,278 votes online by area music fans and selections of ‘88Nine’ music staff and local music writers.  Station program director Jordan Lee says, “This year’s awards reflect the strong avant-garde sound that is developing here in Milwaukee.  It’s really hard to put the music of Klassik, SistaStrings, or Browns Crew in a genre box.  These new sounds are defining the sound of our city in an exciting and inspiring way.”

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

| December 17, 2019

PPM Analysis: Sports Talk (Part 2). TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents a second look at the performances of sports talk stations in Nielsen Audio’s PPM markets during the November 2019 survey.  This report ranks sports talk listening by market and details the increases and decreases in 6+ ratings by market.  Which PPM markets registered the most sports talk listening during the November survey?  The top three are all East Coast markets: Philadelphia (11.2 share), Boston (11.1 share), and Long Island (9.3 share).  See how the rest of the markets stack up here.

NYPost: Benigno and Roberts for WFAN, New York Afternoons. Sportswriter Andrew Marchand says in his December 16 New York Post column that the new, permanent program schedule for Entercom’s sports talk WFAN, New York “The Fan” will indeed be Evan Roberts and Joe Benigno in afternoon drive (2:00 pm to 6:00 pm) and Maggie Gray and Mark Malusis in the midday slot (10:00 am to 2:00 pm).  It’s already public knowledge that current WFAN midday personality Bart Scott is heading across town to work at ESPN and its radio outlet WEPN-FM “ESPN New York.”  These changes come after Mike Francesa’s transition from afternoons to a daily 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm show.

Programmer Buzz Knight Leaving Beasley for Consultancy Venture. Programming pro Buzz Knight is leaving his post with Beasley Media Group as executive vice president of strategy and innovation to launch his consultancy, Buzz Knight Media.  Beasley says, “In his new role, Knight will continue to advise Beasley Media Group’s various brands on multiple projects and initiatives as well as focus on enhancing brand health for other media companies, with an eye on maximizing audience and revenue.”  Knight says, “I’m very grateful to Caroline Beasley, Bruce Beasley, Brian Beasley, and Justin Chase for providing me with the incredible opportunity to join the company three years ago.  The great teams in the markets continue to perform at the highest level and I’m very proud to be able to continue to be associated with them. Special thanks to Caroline for providing me with the privilege of extending my relationship with Beasley Media Group as I fulfill a lifelong dream of launching my own consultancy firm.”

WABC, New York Raises $200,000-plus for Children’s Hospital. Pictured above at the recent “Radiothon for the Kids” broadcast from TALKRADIO 77 WABC are (from l-r): WABC program director Dave LaBrozzi, talk host Curtis Sliwa, Joshua Berg, and talk host Juliet Huddy.  During the radiothon broadcast live from Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York on Friday (12/13), a total of $205,213 was raised for the Children’s Miracle Network hospital.

TALKERS News Notes. The final round judging panel for the 29th Annual Radio Mercury Awards is announced.  The Radio Mercury Awards are governed by the Radio Creative Fund and produced by the RAB.  The RAB says the panel of top-level agency creative leaders represents radio’s top advertising categories, including automotive, communications, financial services, OTC, packaged goods, quick-serve restaurants, retail and spirits.  Robin Fitzgerald, chief creative officer at BBDO Atlanta is 2020 chief judge.  On the panel are: Justine Armour, chief creative officer, Grey NY; Nathalie Brown, executive creative director, VMLY&R New York; Gary Du Toit, VP creative director, BBDO New York; Kevin Jones, creative director, Wieden & Kennedy Portland; John Matejczyk, chief creative officer and co-founder, M/H VCCP San Francisco; Andrés Ordóñez, chief creative officer, FCB Chicago; Alejandro Ortiz, vice president and creative director, Casanova//McCann; and Sherman Winfield, vice president and creative director, Fitzco//McCann…..There are a number of end-of-year programs being made available to affiliates from ABC Audio, including four longform programs featuring top news stories, interviews and major events from the past year and eight short-form series looking at the year in politics, entertainment, health, sports and more.  The longform shows include: “Playback 2019” in which ABC News correspondents Cheri Preston and Aaron Katersky look at the biggest stories of the year; the three-hour “2019: The Year in Review” told through highlights of ABC News Radio’s live breaking news coverage; a special, decade-end edition of “Perspective,” ABC News Radio’s weekly newsmagazine exploring the biggest stories of the 2010s; and “World News This Year” – a special edition of the “World News This Week” program…..SiriusXM announces year-end and decade specialty programming across its music, talk, and entertainment channels.  SiriusXM chief entertainment anchor Jess Cagle will host “Top 100 Interviews of 2019” – a limited-run channel that will launch on Thursday, December 19 and run through Tuesday, December 31.  “Top 100 Interviews of 2019” will feature interviews by SiriusXM hosts including Andy Cohen, Jenny McCarthy, Hoda Kotb, Jess Cagle, Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo, and more…..iHeartRadio is introducing iHeartRadio Family in time for the holiday season, now available on RokuAndroid TV (set to launch later this year) and Facebook Portal’s latest device, Portal TV, with support for new Portal tablets coming this January.  iHeartRadio says, “Some of the cool features included are customized parental controls, artist radio – with the family-friendly versions of their favorite artist songs, animations like a disco ball and a ‘slime drip’ to complement certain audio experiences, and now a variety of fun kid-friendly podcasts to listen to and more.  In addition, iHeartRadio Family fans who use Amazon Fire TV will also be able to enjoy an upgraded experience with the addition of podcasts that are kid-friendly added to the platform.”

JVC Media’s Long Island News/Talk Station Vandalized with Anti-Trump Graffiti. Pictured above is the remote studio for JVC Media’s news/talk WRCN, Riverhead, Long Island “LI NEWS RADIO 103.9,” located at the Long Island MacArthur Airport.  In the inset is an image of the anti-Trump graffiti that staffers found on large stickers affixed to the glass windows of the studio.  JVC uses the studio for live shows during the day and it is not occupied overnight.  JVC Media president and CEO John Caracciolo says, “It is unfortunate that someone took out their expression of anger against our president on our broadcast studio.  We pride ourselves on fair and balanced news reporting.  I understand people are angry, but maybe next time the culprit can call in to our afternoon show and express his or her feelings in a more civilized way.”  Long Island MacArthur Airport police are investigating the incident and are reviewing the many video cameras in and around the radio broadcast center. TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison discussed the incident with John Caracciolo.  To listen, click here.

Impeachment, Ukraine Controversy, 2020 Presidential Race, FBI Report Aftermath, Boeing 737 Production Halt, and Record Dow Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (12/16). The House’s impeachment against President Trump; Trump attorney Rudy Guiliani’s explanation about why Marie Yovanovich was removed as Ambassador to Ukraine; the Democrats vying to challenge President Trump in 2020; the aftermath of the inspector general’s report critical of the FBI’s surveillance operations; Boeing’s decision to suspend production on the 737 Max; and Monday’s record-setting Dow were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Second in the Series of Talk Media Forums on US-China Relations Now Posted!   The second installment of the Talk Media Forums on US-China Relations co-presented by TALKERS and The Epoch Times Tuesday morning (12/10) at the National Press Club in Washington, DC is now posted here on Talkers.com as well as other online platforms.  The conversation again focused on the US-China trade war, the Hong Kong protests, China’s human rights abuses, Huawei and the worldwide battle for 5G dominance, the North Korea nuclear threat, China’s ongoing intellectual property theft, and the long term goals and methods of the Chinese Communist Party, plus more. The 90-minute event featured a panel of three experts on the state of US-Chinese relations including Nan Su of NTDTV, and Joshua Philipp and Dr. Dana Cheng of The Epoch Times, plus four leading talk radio hosts – John Fredericks of the John Fredericks Radio NetworkDr. Sebastian Gorka of the Salem Radio NetworkLarry O’ Connor of WMAL, Washington, DC; and Doug Stephan of Stephan Multimedia. According to TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison, who again moderated the discussion, “The numerous pressing issues that exist under the umbrella of US-China relations promise to be a major component of talk media conversation for years to come and it is important that its practitioners stay on top of these complex concerns free of the spin and propaganda constantly manufactured by the Communist regime in Beijing.  Our colleagues at The Epoch Times are firmly situated on the leading edge of the Chinese resistance to the Communist grasp on their homeland and serve the culture’s diaspora in the United States and around the world with bold, truthful reporting of the facts.” The Epoch Times was formed in 2000 by Chinese Americans and is now published in multiple languages around the world.  To view the video in its entirety, please click here. Photo: Samira Bouaou/Epic Times

Music Radio News and Career Moves. At Entercom’s country KMLE, Phoenix “Country 107.9,” Gunner Jackson and Cheyenne Davis (pictured below) are named hosts of the new “Gunner & Cheyenne” morning show, effective tomorrow (12/18).  They join KMLE from KDBL-FM, Yakima, Washington.  Entercom Phoenix SVP and market manager Dave Pugh says, “We are excited to introduce our audience to Gunner and Cheyenne.  Together, they will bring a ton of energy and positivity to the show and are the perfect hosts to help our listeners begin their mornings.”  The duo were recently honored with a 2019 Yakima Herald-Republic Readers’ Choice Award for Best Radio Personality…..iHeartMedia announces Trevor Morini joins the Raleigh station group as senior vice president of programming, effective January 21.  Morini will also serve as program director for CHR WDCG-FM “G105.”  He’s been serving the company as program director for KHFI “96.7 KISS FM” and alternative KASE-HD/W248CU “ALT 97.5” in Austin…..On-air pro Jeanne Ashley exits Entercom’s adult contemporary KSWD, Seattle “94.1 The Sound” where she was assistant program director and morning drive co-host with John Fisher.  Ashley posts on her LinkedIn account, “Thanks to budget cuts, I’m taking time to take stock while I take the long way from Seattle back to NJ.”…..Caldwell Media’s KERL, Caldwell, Arkansas flips from classic rock to adult hits using Envision Networks’ and Kroeger Media’s BOB FM format…..Spanish-language media company MLC Media is assuming management of XHLNC-FM, Tijuana, Mexico and is launching “Mas Flo” on the San Diego signal tomorrow (12/18).  The company says,”‘Mas Flo’ will feature a blend of the hottest and latest Spanish urban music from the top Latin artists in the industry.  The music genres will include reggaeton, trap, tropical, and urban from artists like: J Balvin, Maluma, Nicky Jam, Rosalia, Bad Bunny, and more…..ABC Audio is making the music special, “2019 Rewind: The Biggest Country Hits of the Year” – hosted by country star Morgan Wallen – available to affiliate stations for year-end programming.  The special rounds up all of the year’s hottest songs and includes interviews with Dan + Shay, Eric Church, Runaway June, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris, Old Dominion and more.

November 2019 PPM Analysis: Sports Talk
(Part Two)

| December 16, 2019

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES —  Sports talk is the focus of this “Ratings Review Extra,” which further examines the state of the format.

In order to be included in the following summaries, a sports talk outlet (including online streams, if applicable) had to register at least a .5 (6+) in any of Nielsen Audio’s 48 PPM-markets in the November 2019 sweep.

The only three PPM-markets without at least one eligible sports talk station are Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Salt Lake City, and West Palm Beach.

This November, only one sports talk station is listed in Riverside (KPWK, .1, 6+); none appear in the Salt Lake City report; and there are two sports talk stations in West Palm Beach but both are under a .5 (WMEN, .4, 6+, and WBZT, .1, 6+).

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Monday, December 16, 2019

| December 16, 2019

Former Mega-Church Pastor Sues Mancow Muller for Defamation. In a complaint filed in Cook County Circuit Court in Illinois, WLS-AM, Chicago morning drive personality Erich “Mancow” Muller is being sued by James MacDonald, the former pastor of the Harvest Bible Chapel church.  MacDonald is seeking $50,000 in compensatory damages and punitive damages to be determined at trial.  The back story is that Mancow and MacDonald were once close, with Mancow a fan who publicly lauded MacDonald’s Chicagoland megachurch.  Over time, Mancow became disenchanted with MacDonald and ultimately recorded conversations in which MacDonald allegedly spoke of planting child porn on the computers of his enemies.  That got MacDonald fired from his position with the church.  MacDonald argues that Mancow used his radio show to destroy him and his surreptitious recordings were illegal.  The complaint also targets Cumulus Media for allowing Mancow to broadcast his speech about MacDonald and for “negligent hiring” – implying the history of defamation allegations against Mancow should have been enough to prevent him from being hired.

Monday Memo: Don’t list To-Do. “Assume that your listener is busier than you are,” cautions consultant Holland Cooke.  In this week’s column, he notes how some radio talkers seem to be over-estimating listeners’ attention.  Read it here.

Impeachment, 2020 Presidential Race, IG’s FBI Report, Chinese Diplomats Expelled, U.S.-China Trade Talks, Dem Congressman Flips, India’s Citizenship Rule, UK Election Aftermath, and Richard Jewell Film Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend. The impeachment proceedings against President Trump; the Democrats vying to challenge President Trump in 2020; the criticism of the FBI in the wake of the inspector general’s scathing report; two Chinese diplomats are expelled from the U.S. after suspicion of espionage; the trade talks between the U.S. and China; plans by New Jersey Congressman Jeff Van Drew to leave the Democratic Party for the Republican Party; the controversy over India’s citizen rule that doesn’t apply to Muslims; the aftermath of Boris Johnson’s UK prime minister victory; and the poor weekend box office for the Richard Jewell film were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

FOX News Talk Superstar Brian Kilmeade Is Guest on Harrison Podcast. Cross-platform, multi-media personality Brian Kilmeade is the guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series “The Michael Harrison Interview.” He is co-host with Ainsley Earhardt and Steve Doocy of the very popular daily ‘FOX & Friends” show on FOX News Channel from 6:00 am to 9:00 am ET. Then he runs down the hall to host his daily 9:00 am to 12:00 noon ET nationally syndicated “Heavy Hundred” talk show on FOX News Radio. Both of his shows are famously among the favorites of the President of the United States and, of course, politically controversial. Kilmeade is the 2019 recipient of the prestigious TALKERS Freedom of Speech Award. As a best-selling author, he is proving himself to be an extremely contemporary and communicative storyteller of great events in American history. With co-author Don Yaeger, he penned George Washington’s Secret Six, followed by Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates and then Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans – all published by Sentinel. These three history books have already gone well past the million mark in sales. Now he has another book about American history, and it is extremely exciting and informative. It’s titled, Sam Houston & the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory that Changed American History (Sentinel, 2019). Harrison and Kilmeade engage in a lively dialogue about the nature of leadership, past and present as well as the rigors of hosting a live, three-hour radio show while major news – such as the impeachment hearings – is breaking in real time. Don’t miss this! To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here or click on the player box that appears in the right-hand column on every page of Talkers.com.

Joey Hudson’s ‘Breakfast Broadcasts’ on WGTK, Greenville Benefit the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign.  Morning drive talk radio personality Joey Hudson (pictured above at the mic) is making the rounds in Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina broadcasting his show from breakfast restaurants while ringing the bell and asking listeners to donate to the Salvation Army.  To date, Hudson’s listeners have raised more than $30,000.  Hudson’s show is based at Salem Media Group’s WGTK-FM, Greenville, South Carolina “94.5FM The Answer.”  He says, “I have this wonderful platform to ask people to give generously and why not spend some time out in the communities we serve to raise funds and awareness of the wonderful work being done by the Salvation Army.”

Taylor Leads Townsquare’s Rochester, Minnesota Cluster. Management and sales pro Ben Taylor is named market president and chief revenue officer for Townsquare Media’s Rochester/Preston, Minnesota station group that includes news/talk KROC-AM and sports talk KLOM-AM “1520 The Ticket” and seven music brands.  Taylor was most recently VP of sales for iHeartMedia in Minneapolis.  Townsquare regional VP Kelly Quinn says, “Ben’s vast experience in radio and digital, both on-air and in sales, combined with his leadership experience as a coach and volunteer firefighter, make him an ideal fit to lead our team in Rochester/Preston.  We’re poised for a strong 2020, building on the growth we had in 2019, with incredible on-air ratings and digital content, and by continuing our ‘Local First’ focus.”

Townsquare Media Execs Receive New Contracts. In a filing with the Securities Exchange Commission, Townsquare Media reveals it has entered into letter agreements that amend the employment deals with CEO Bill Wilson, CFO Stuart Rosenstein, COO Local Media Chief Erik Hellum and executive chairman Steven Price.  The agreements extend the terms of their deals through October 16, 2023 for Wilson and Rosenstein and through October 25, 2023 for Hellum. The letter agreements also provide that in the event of the executive’s termination by the Company without cause or by the executive for good reason, all outstanding, vested stock option awards will remain exercisable for 24 months following the executive’s termination date or, if earlier, until the original expiration date of the stock option award, and that all outstanding equity awards will fully accelerate and vest upon a change in control of the Company.

TALKERS News Notes. The best interviews from this year’s Howard Stern programs on SiriusXM are being packaged in a 19-episode podcast series on Pandora.  Titled, “Howard Stern: 19 from 2019” includes interviews with: Jennifer Aniston, Russell Crowe, Robert Downey Jr., and Kristen Stewart; musicians including The Black Crowes, Def Leppard, Billie Eilish, and Adam Levine; comedians including Jimmy Kimmel, Tracy Morgan, Seth Rogen, and Adam Sandler; and newsmakers such as Hillary Clinton…..There’s a webinar on Wednesday (12/18) from Edison Research that focuses on moms and social media.  Edison says, “The Infinite Dial study estimates that there are 15 million fewer Facebook users in the U.S. today than there were in 2017.  However, among Moms in the U.S., Facebook remains strong year over year.”   The webinar will “debut data from this study that explores moms’ usage, perceptions, and sentiments of all social media.  This is a new survey conducted in the second half of 2019 among a sample of moms in the U.S.  It includes why they use social media, what they use it for, and how they feel about using it – and how their feelings and actions don’t always align.”…..WTKN-FM, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina “Talk 94.5” is airing “The Jared Dillian Show,” hosted by self-made millionaire Jared Dillian.  He says, “I’m proud to be a part of the WTKN family and I couldn’t be more impressed by everyone’s professionalism in producing this show.”  The Jared Dillian Show is part of the 24/7 Smart Talk Radio Network, based in Chicago and distributed by Envision Networks…..Pictured at left is Salem Radio Network East Coast affiliate relations manager Jim Bligh in a still shot from Netflix’s The Irishman in which he plays a mob supporter of Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa.  He tells TALKERS, “As someone who grew up in Brooklyn and Staten Island, I literally jump at any chance to be in a Martin Scorsese movie… it’s an offer you can’t refuse. LOL.”…..Entercom sports talker WSSP, Milwaukee “105.7 FM The Fan” helped raise more than $200,000 in cash and the value of toys to benefit Children’s Wisconsin and Robyn’s Nest during its 13th annual “WSSP Toy Drive.”  This marks a record-breaking year for the fundraiser, topping the $160,000 that the station raised in 2018…..Pictured below is Westwood One talk host Jim Bohannon reprising his role as Santa Claus for the Collins Children’s Home of Seneca, South Carolina.

Internationally Noted Artist Inspired by TALKERS Panels.  A world-renowned artist living and working in South America who is a fan of American talk media and reads TALKERS regularly has created a painting titled “Talking Heads” that she says was inspired by the convention and workshop panel discussions that she sees in this trade journal.  Clearly, this is an abstract work subject to interpretation.  Bobbie Winston (a.k.a. La Femme Bobbíe) is a multi-award-winning American artist living and painting in Rio de Janeiro since 1988.  She has a world-wide following that enjoys her highly identifiable style.  She paints wildly abstract portraits, full human figures, and imaginative, surrealistic scenarios marked by dramatic features and bold, striking colors.  Her perspective on the human condition is cosmic, inclusive, and evolved. Bobbie Winston’s Facebook page can be accessed here.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Programing pro Kelly Gueno is promoted from programming assistant to assistant program director for iHeartMedia Chicago’s urban programming.  In this role, Gueno will assist with brand support for all urban programming and digital operations for “V103,” WGCI and “Inspiration 1390.”  She reports to VP of urban programming Derrick Brown.  He says, “I couldn’t be more thrilled with Kelly’s expanded role.  She literally grew up at our stations and it has been absolutely gratifying to see Kelly’s progress from our promotions department, to being a programming assistant, and now, assistant program director for our iconic urban brands.  Kelly’s passion, skill and insight will be invaluable as we navigate our ever-changing media landscape.”…..Pictured below are the staff of Beasley Media Group’s country WKLB-FM, Boston at the Secret Superstar Holiday Jam last Thursday (12/12) at the House of Blues.  The station officially announced the show about six weeks ago and sold the venue out without divulging the names of the talent (Dan + Shay and Lauren Alain) that would be performing until the day before the show!  Pictured below are (clockwise from l-r): Summer Harlow, director, Northeast promotion, Mercury Nashville; Lauren Alaina; Dan Smyers; Shay Mooney; Dawn Santolucito, music and marketing director, WKLB; Kristen Williams, SVP radio & streaming, Warner Music Nashville; Heather Propper, regional manager, radio & streaming, WAR; and WKLB PD David Corey.

Monday Memo: Don’t List To-Do

| December 16, 2019

By Holland Cooke
Consultant

 

BLOCK ISLAND, RI — Talkers: DON’T begin your show with a list of what-you’re-planning-to-talk-about today.

  • The listeners local advertisers want to reach most are busy people, high-TSL in-car users.  Every time they stop that car, they take money out of their pockets.  Got that picture?
  • These folks have their own To-Do lists, and theirs are probably longer than yours.  You get to sit still for 3 or 4 hours. So it’s your job to keep-up-with them, not vice-versa.  Everything we do needs to be as helpful, useful, and listener-centric as possible; and succinctly offered.

Logical enough, right?  Yet, too typically, hosts I hear in my travels sound like they think listeners are sitting remarkably still, taking notes on graph paper.  The show, or the hour, begins with a list of all-the-things-I’ll-be-getting-to over the next several hours.

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Friday, December 13, 2019

| December 13, 2019

Report: Liberty Media Seeks Control or Ownership of iHeartMedia.  According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Liberty Media is asking the Department of Justice for permission to up its stake in iHeartMedia.  Currently, Liberty owns 4.8% of iHM.  The WSJ’s sources say the deal that Liberty is seeking permission for would give it control or “outright ownership.”  One source says Liberty has not decided “what kind of transaction, if any, it would proceed with should it receive permission.”  Liberty Media currently owns 33% of Live Nation – the concert business that then-Clear Channel spun off in 2005 – and 71% of SiriusXM Holdings.  The WSJ piece notes that Justice Department officials are asking “interested parties” how they’d be affected by a major live events business and a leading radio company being co-owned.

Radzik to Program ’98.5 The Sports Hub’ in Boston. At Boston sports talker WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub,” Rick Radzik is named the station’s new program director, effective immediately.  Beasley Media Group announces Radzik is assuming the role being vacated by Mike Thomas, who heads to Chicago to become market manager for the ESPN-owned and Good Karma-managed WMVP “ESPN 1000.”  Radzik has been the station’s assistant program director since the station signed on in August of 2009.  Prior to that, he’d served for 15 years as a producer at all-news WBZ-AM, overseeing Boston Bruins broadcasts.  He began his career at crosstown WEEI-AM (when it was a news station) producing the Bruins and Boston Celtics broadcasts, as well as various talk shows.  Beasley Media Group Boston director of programming Cadillac Jack says, “Rick has been a key member of the ‘Sports Hub’ programming team since the station’s inception.  The knowledge he has amassed over the past decade, coupled with his relationships and passion for continuing our winning history, make him uniquely qualified to lead the ‘Sports Hub’ into the 2020s and beyond!”

NOW POSTED:  New Installment of “The Michael Harrison Wrap: An Overview of the National Conversation.”   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 on the website of its flagship station, iHeartMedia’s WONK-FM, Washington, DC (12/13).  The new episode titled “Meddling and Muddling!” reviews the week of December 9-13, 2019 and features guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERS;  Sebastian Gorka, talk show host, Salem Radio Network; Harry Hurley, talk show host, WPG, Atlantic City;  Joan Michelson; Executive producer/host, GreenConnectionsRadio.com; Bob Lonsberry, talk show host, WHAM, Rochester/WSYR, Syracuse; Doug Stephan, talk show host, Stephan Multimedia; and Scott James Matheson, Mayor-elect, Valdosta, Georgia. This acclaimed news/talk radio show first airs each week on WONK-FM, Washington, DC on Friday evenings between 6:00-7:00 pm. It then airs throughout the weekend on WRKO, Boston; KSCO, Santa Cruz, CA; WVOX, Westchester, NY; KBDT, Dallas; KQSP, Minneapolis; KBKW, Aberdeen, WA; the Virginia Talk Radio Network and Pioneer Valley Radio in Springfield, MA. It also appears on the iHeartRadio App.  To listen to this week’s episode (and the program’s complete archives), please click here.  To view the latest TALKERS magazine topic research, please click here.

‘Cats Roundtable’ Show Joins ‘Florida Man Radio.’ The weekly “Cats Roundtable” show hosted by Red Apple Group president and CEO John Catsimatidis is being added to the program schedule at JVC Media’s WDYZ-AM/W288CJ, Orlando and WYGC-FM, High Springs (Gainesville market) “Florida Man Radio.”  Catsimatidis’ company Red Apple Media recently entered into a deal to acquire venerable WABC-AM, New York from Cumulus Media for $12.5 million.  That deal has not closed yet.  JVC president and CEO John Caracciolo says, “‘The Cats Roundtable’ radio show is perfect for ‘Florida Man Radio.’  John’s unique take on the news and his A-list celebrity interviews are fascinating conversations that keep listeners coming back for more.  We have been very successful with his show on our Long Island station and know this is a great fit for our growing ‘Florida Man Radio’ network.”

The Trump Impeachment Proceedings Top News/Talk Story for Week of December 9-13. The articles of impeachment against President Trump were the most-talked-about story on news/talk radio during the week, landing in the top spot on the Talkers TenTM.  Tied at #2 this week was Russia’s meddling in the U.S. elections and the inspector general’s report on the FBI’s surveillance practices.  At #3 was Time magazine’s selection of Greta Thunberg as Person of the Year and the greater topic of climate change, followed by the deadly Jersey City shooting and the rise of anti-Semitism at #4.  The Talkers TenTM is a weekly chart of the top stories and people discussed on news/talk radio this week and is the result of ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.  It is published every Friday at Talkers.com.  See this week’s entire chart here.

TALKERS News Notes. The WGBH, Boston and PRI-produced program “Innovation Hub” takes a look at the rise of conservative talk radio and its influence on the America political scene on its most recent episode.  Joining host Kara Miller is author and University of Pennsylvania scholar-in-residence Brian Rosenwald.  His book, Talk Radio’s America: How an Industry Took Over a Political Party That Took Over the United States (2019, Harvard University Press) examines the theory.  The teaser of the radio show says, “When Rush Limbaugh’s conservative talk radio program began in Sacramento in the 1980s, no one could have guessed that he would not only reinvigorate AM radio but also create a new format that would help remold the American political landscape.”  Check out the program here…..The WFAN watch continues as Newsday’s Neil Best writes that the odds-on replacement for Mike Francesa in afternoon drive on the Entercom sports talk station is midday team Evan Roberts and Joe Benigno.  He also says that Maggie Gray and Mark Malusis are “favorites” to serve as the midday personalities.  Francesa left his regular full-time role with the station a couple of weeks ago but will contribute to The Fan’s on-air content with a nightly, half-hour show at 6:00 pm.  WFAN has made no announcements about its plans for the station as of today (12/13)…..Chicago media maven Robert Feder writes today about longtime Chicago radio personality Turi Ryder’s new podcast that takes its name from her fictionalized memoir, She Said What?  Ryder co-hosts the show with Kathryn Lake and she tells Feder she’ll drop two podcasts each week, no longer than 15 minutes in length.  You can check it out