Category: Ratings Takeaways

December 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Four

| December 29, 2020

December 2020 PPM Data – Information for the December 2020 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 2020 survey period covered November 5 – December 2.

Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” for spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top twenty.

NEWS/TALK

  • Three straight spikes by Waterloo Media Group Austin’s KLBJ-AM led to a collective +1.1 (5.0 – 5.5 – 6.0 – 6.1, 6+), but “News Radio 590” has that entire windfall obliterated with a December -1.1 (5.0, flat at #3, 6+).
  • An overall +1.8 in three successive upticks (6.7 – 7.0 – 7.7 – 8.5, 6+), iHeartMedia Raleigh’s WTKK “106.1 Stay Connected” forfeits the entire bounty (6.7, -1.8, second to fourth, 6+).
  • In three straight improvements, Curtis Media Group’s WPTF is a cumulative +1.0 (1.7 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.7, 6+) as “News Radio 680” jumps from #17 in Raleigh to #13.
  • Emmis-owned WIBC was +3.5 via five straight increases and reached double-digits for the first time since April’s 10.3 (7.4 – 7.5 – 8.0 – 9.1 – 9.2 – 10.9, 6+), but “Indy’s Mobile News 93.1” – which repeats at #1 – surrenders nine-tenths (10.0, 6+).
  • While remaining at #1 the fourth time in a row, iHeartMedia Milwaukee’s WISN “News/Talk 1130” is -2.0 (10.7, 6+), thus snapping at four its consecutive string of increases that netted an overall +5.9 (6.8 – 8.6 – 10.2 – 11.2 – 12.7, 6+); November’s 12.7 represents its highest 6+-stat in the PPM-era.
  • In three gains in a row, Good Karma Brands Milwaukee’s WTMJ (Bucks, Green Bay Packers) was a cumulative +2.5 (5.5 – 6.7 – 7.2 – 8.0, 6+), but “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” is -1.2 in November/December (8.0 – 7.1 – 6.8, flat at #3, 6+).
  • Cumulus Media Nashville’s WWTN “Super Talk 99.7,” which was +1.2 in October/November (5.6 – 5.6 – 6.8, 6+), surrenders more than half that boon (6.1, -.7, third to fourth, 6+).
  • Immediately after posting November’s +.9, iHeartMedia Nashville’s WLAC “Talk Radio 1510” erodes by seven-tenths (2.8 – 2.1, #15 to #17, 6+).
  • A combined +2.0 in October/November (4.0 – 5.1, 6.0, 6+), Cumulus Media Providence’s WPRO-AM “News Talk 630” relinquishes 25% of that increase (5.5, -.5, fourth to fifth, 6+).
  • In three successive bumps, iHeartMedia Providence’s WHJJ gained six-tenths (1.2 – 1.3 – 1.7 – 1.8, 6+), but “News Radio 920” is down seven-tenths in November/December (1.8 – 1.6 – 1.1, (#12 to #14, 6+).
  • On top the past two months with a combined +1.5 (10.2 – 10.7 – 11.7, 6+), Cox Media Group’s WOKV-FM “104.5 Jacksonville’s News, Weather, and Traffic” plummets by -1.7to 10.0 (6+) and is now tied for the lead.
  • As a result of three straight sweeps without an increase, iHeartMedia-owned WJNO “1290 The Palm Beaches’ News & Talk” is a collective -.9 (3.9 – 3.9 – 3.8 – 3.0, sixth to ninth, 6+).
  • Down one-half share in October/November (2.1 – 1.8 – 1.6, 6+), iHeartMedia West Palm Beach’s WZZR “Real Radio 94.3” improves by two-tenths to 1.8 (6+) and continues at #13.
  • Jumping from #15 in West Palm Beach to #13 (where it is tied with WZZR), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WFTL “News Talk 850” gains six-tenths in November/December (1.2 – 1.4 – 1.8, 6+).
  • Following four upticks in a row that led to an overall +2.3 (4.2 – 5.0 – 5.2 – 5.9 – 6.5, 6+), iHeartMedia Greensboro’s WPTI “94.5 Your News, Talk, & Sports Station” falters by -1.0 to 5.5 (fifth to sixth, 6+).
  • A combined +1.6 in October/November (4.1 – 4.9 – 5.7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WREC “600 AM – Memphis’ News, Traffic, & Weather” spirals by -1.9 (3.8, fifth to eighth, 6+).
  • Four upticks in succession by Entercom Hartford’s WTIC-AM generated an overall +2.7 (6.1- 6.9 – 7.3 – 7.8 – 8.8, 6+), but “News Talk 1080” stumbles by seven-tenths to 8.1 (6+) and remains at #2.
  • Flat at #14, Red Wolf Broadcasting Hartford’s WDRC-AM “AM 1360 The Talk of Connecticut” continues a rotating up/down pattern that began in February and includes December’s loss of one-tenth (.8 – 1.2 -.7 – .8 – .7 – 1.3 – 1.0 – 1.3 – .7 – .9 – .8, 6+).
  • Although down or flat the third time in a row for a net loss of two-tenths (.4 – .3 – .2 – .2, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WPOP “News Radio 1410” advances from #17 in Hartford to #16.

NEWS

  • Repeating at #16 in Providence, iHeartMedia Boston’s WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” is down or flat the sixth straight sweep for a net loss of one-half share (1.5 – 1.5 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.2 -1.0, 6+).
  • Black Information Network affiliate/iHeartMedia-owned WNOH improves by three-tenths to .9 (#14 to #13), its best 6+-showing since June’s 1.5.
  • A no-show from February 2020 through October 2020, Max Media Norfolk’s business news WGH-AM “Money Talk” adds two-tenths to November’s .1 (.3, 6+) and is unchanged at #15.

SPORTS TALK

  • Having nearly tripled (+1.1) its 6+ AQH share in October/November (.6 – 1.0 – 1.7, 6+), Genuine Austin Radio’s KTXX drops one-tenth to 1.6 (6+) but “The Horn” repeats at #17.
  • Following four straight Raleigh sweeps without a loss that generated a +1.8 (1.1 – 1.1 – 1.3 – 2.5 – 2.9, 6+), Capitol Broadcasting’s WCMC “99.9 The Fan” (Carolina Hurricanes) is -1.3 in November/December (2.9 – 2.5 – 1.6, #15 to #18, 6+).
  • Wiping away November’s half-share loss with a December half-share gain (3.0 – 2.5 – 3.0, 6+), Emmis-owned WFNI “The Fan – Indy’s Sports Center” (Pacers) climbs from #15 to #13.
  • After adding two-tenths via four consecutive up or flat sweeps (.7 – .8 – .9 – .9 – .9, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WNDE “Fox Sports 1260 – Indy’s Sports Leader” is off one-tenth to .8 (6+) and repeats at #19.
  • In Milwaukee, Good Karma Brands’ WKTI “94.5 ESPN” doubles (+.4) its 6+ AQH share through five successive up or flat moves (.4 – .6 – .6 – .6 – .7 – .8, unchanged at #16, 6+).
  • While unchanged at .7 (6+), iHeartMedia-owned WRNW “97.3 The Game – Milwaukee’s Sports Talk That Rocks” slips from #16 to #17.
  • Having tripled (+.4) its 6+ AQH share in four consecutive up or flat sweeps (.2 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .6, 6+), iHeartMedia Milwaukee’s WOKY “The Big 920” surrenders two-tenths to .4 (#18 to #20, 6+).
  • In four straight down or flat trends, Entercom Milwaukee’s WSSP is off one-tenth as “Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan” repeats November’s 6+ AQH share and market rank (.5 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4, #20, 6+).
  • All but one-tenth of November’s increase of seven-tenths by Cumulus Media Nashville’s WGFX is purged (6.0 – 5.4, -.6, 6+), as “104.5 The Zone” (Tennessee Titans) slips from fifth to seventh.
  • After more than tripling (+1.0) its 6+ AQH share in October/November (.4 – 1.3 – 1.4, 6+), Cromwell Group Nashville’s WPRT “102.5 The Game” (Predators) is off one-tenth to 1.3 (6+) yet advances from #20 to #19.
  • Up four-tenths in October/November (2.2 – 2.5 – 2.6, 6+), Entercom Providence’s WVEI “Sports Radio 103.7” sputters by one-tenth to 2.5 (flat at #9, 6+).
  • This is the third time in succession that Max Broadcast Group Norfolk’s WVSP “ESPN Radio 94.1” has made a month-to-month fluctuation of two-tenths (1.4 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 1.6, ninth to tenth, 6+).
  • Up three-tenths in October/November (.6 – .7 – .9, 6+), iHeartMedia Jacksonville’s WFXJ “930 The Game” surrenders one-tenth (.8, flat at #17, 6+).
  • Including December’s loss of two-tenths, Curtis Media Group Greensboro’s WSJS “The Sports Hub” is in an alternative up/down pattern: .6 – .7 – .5 – .6 – .4 (6+) and remains at #15.
  • After being -.9 in September/October (2.5 – 2.0 – 1.6, 6+), Entercom Memphis’ WMFS “ESPN Sports Radio” is +.9 in November/December (1.6 – 1.9 – 2.5, #14 to #13, 6+).
  • In three straight reports without an increase, the internet stream of Entercom Memphis’ WMFS “ESPN Sports Radio” has lost four-tenths (.7 – .5 – .5 – .3, #17 to #18, 6+).
  • Unchanged at #19 in Memphis, Entercom-owned WMC-AM “680 AM ESPN Sports Radio” has recorded a .2 (6+) in six of the last eleven reports and a .3 (6+) in the other five (.3 – .3 – .2 – .3 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .3 – .3 – .2 – .2, 6+).
  • Having improved by one-half share in October/November (.7 – 1.0 – 1.2, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WUCS “97.9 ESPN Hartford” drops one-tenth to 1.1 (flat at #13, 6+).

PUBLIC RADIO NEWS/TALK

  • Three improvements in a row by KUT yielded a +2.9 (7.3 – 8.2 – 10.1 – 10.2, 6+), but the University of Texas at Austin-owned facility is -.9 in November/December (10.2 – 9.6 – 9.3, flat at #2, 6+).
  • Supplementing November’s +1.3 with a December +1.1 (7.0 – 8.3 – 9.4, 6+), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s WUNC “91.5 North Carolina Public Radio” zooms from third in Raleigh to first.
  • Nearly duplicating November’s +.8 with a December +.7 (3.4 – 4.2 – 4.9, 6+), Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting’s WFYI advances from eighth to seventh.
  • In addition to progressing from eighth in Milwaukee to sixth , University of Wisconsin-owned WUWM is a collective +1.2 in three straight gains (4 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 4.6, 6+).
  • Unchanged at #11, Wisconsin Public Radio’s WHAD, Milwaukee has an August 2020 through December 2020 topline of: 1.3 – 1.4 – 1.3 – 1.4 – 1.4 (6+).
  • Pushing up from sixth to fifth, Nashville Public Radio’s WPLN-FM “NPR News and Classical Music” notches its fifth consecutive up or flat trend for an overall +2.0 (3.8 – 4.2 – 4.3 – 4.8 – 5.8 – 5.8, 6+).
  • Having nearly doubled (+1.7) its 6+ AQH share in four straight Providence improvements (1.9 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 3.6, 6+), WGBH Educational Foundation Boston’s WGBH relinquishes one-half share (3.1, flat at #8, 6+).
  • Off a total of three-tenths in September/October (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.8, 6+), Rhode Island Public Radio’s WNPN logs a gain of two-tenths in back-to-back Providence reports (1.8 – 2.0 – 2.2, steady at #10, 6+).
  • Progressing from eighth to seventh, Jacksonville’s WJCT is +.8 in November/December (3.9 – 4.6 – 4.7, 6+).
  • Adding nine-tenths to November’s +.7 (3.2 – 3.9 – 4.8, 6+), Dade County School Board’s WLRN carries on in fifth-place in West Palm Beach.
  • Despite being up four-tenths in November/December (3.6 – 3.9 – 4.0, 6+), Wake Forest University’s WFDD backslides from ninth in Greensboro to tenth.
  • Steady at #13 in Greensboro, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s WUNC has an August 2020 through December 2020 topline of: 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.9 (6+).
  • Up six-tenths in November/December (2.2 – 2.7 – 2.8, 6+), Mid-South Public Communications Foundation-owned WKNO “91.1 NPR For The Mid-South” carries on at #12 in Memphis.
  • Winning ways continue for Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network-owned WNPR “Connecticut’s Public Media Source for News & Ideas,” which is +3.8 via six successive spikes (2.6 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.6 – 4.8 – 5.1 – 6.4, 6+), leaping from eighth in Hartford to fifth.
  • After gaining two-tenths in Hartford this time last month, University of Massachusetts-owned WFCR “New England Public Radio repeats November’s .4 (#16 to #15, 6+).

December 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Three

| December 24, 2020

December 2020 PPM Data – Information for the December 2020 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 2020 survey period covered November 5 – December 2.

Here are highlights from spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top 20.

NEWS/TALK

  • A collective +1.1 in three straight sweeps without a loss (5.9 – 6.0 – 7.0 – 7.0, 6+), Alpha Media Portland’s KXL “FM News 101 – Stay Connected” forfeits seven-tenths to 6.3 (6+) but remains in third-place.
  • Repeating at #8 in Portland, iHeartMedia-owned KEX “News Radio 1190 – Depend On Us” is an overall +1.1 through four consecutive positive spikes (2.7 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.7 – 3.8, 6+).
  • Following four successive up or flat trends that yielded a +1.5 (5.9 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.9 – 7.4, 6+), Entercom-owned WBT “Charlotte’s News Talk” (Carolina Panthers) surrenders seven-tenths to 6.7 (second to third, 6+).
  • Four upticks in a row by iHeartMedia-owned WOAI resulted in a +2.2 (5.5 – 6.0 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 7.7, 6+), but “News Radio 1200 – San Antonio’s News, Traffic, & Weather” (Spurs) sputters by three-tenths to 7.4 (6+), concluding a November-only #1 visit (first-place tie to second).
  • The collective +1.2 that iHeartMedia’s KFBK racked up in four straight improvements (7.9 – 8.0 – 8.1 – 8.5 – 9.1, 6+) evaporates with December’s -1.3 to 7.8 (6+); however, “Sacramento’s News, Weather and Traffic Station” is #1 the fourth month in a row.
  • The September 2020 through December 2020 down/up/down topline for iHeartMedia Sacramento’s KSTE “Talk 650” is: 2.1 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.2 (#16 to #18, 6+).
  • Entercom Pittsburgh’s KDKA-AM continues an alternating down/up sequence that includes December’s loss of four-tenths (6.5 – 5.1 – 5.4 – 5.0 – 5.1 – 4.8 – 5.4 – 5.0, 6+) as “News Radio 1020” drops from fifth to sixth.
  • After surrendering two-tenths this time last month, Bonneville Salt Lake City’s KSL “News Radio 102.7 FM & 1160 AM” erases the deficit with a +.3 (7.2 – 7.5, 6+) and carries on in the runner-up slot.
  • Six successive increases by iHeartMedia Salt Lake City’s KNRS produced a +4.2 (5.3 – 5.8 – 6.1 – 7.3 – 7.6 – 9.5, 6+), but “Talk Radio 105.9 – Listen And You’ll Know” relinquishes exactly half that windfall and after two months at #1, segues to #2 (7.4, -2.1, 6+).
  • Notwithstanding that Entercom Las Vegas’ KXNT is -.6 in three straight reports without an increase (4 – 3.1 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+), “News Talk Radio 840” advances from #15 to a three-way tie at #14.
  • Beasley Media Group’s KDWN “AM 720 Where Las Vegas Comes to Talk” gains three-tenths in November/December (2.0 – 2.1 – 2.3, 6+), jumping from #20 to #17.
  • Immediately after picking up two-tenths, iHeartMedia Orlando’s WTKS “Real Radio 104.1 – We Say What We Want” falters by seven-tenths (4.4 – 3.7, seventh to ninth, 6+).
  • Having more than doubled (+1.6) its 6+ AQH share through three spikes in succession (1.4 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 3.0, 6+), Cox Media Group-owned WDBO “Orlando’s News Talk” regresses by three-tenths to 2.7 (6+) but remains at #12.
  • Off six-tenths in November/December (2.3 – 1.9 – 1.7, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WFLF “News Radio Orlando” is flat at #16.
  • Over and above continuing an alternating up/down pattern which includes December’s gain of two-tenths (9.2 – 11.5 – 10.2 – 10.5 – 9.2 – 9.4, 6+), iHeartMedia Cincinnati’s WLW (Bengals) shifts from second to first.
  • Directly after logging November’s +2.3 (4.3 – 6.6, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WKRC erodes by -1.1 to 5.5 (6+) as “55 KRC The Talk Station” dips from fourth to fifth.
  • Progressing from fifth to fourth, iHeartMedia-owned WTAM “1100 Cleveland’s News Radio” (Cavaliers), which was a combined -1.6 in October/November (8.7 – 7.8 – 7.1, 6+), adds one-tenth to 2 (6+).
  • Forfeiting 75% of October/November’s +1.2 (4.5 – 5.0 – 5.7, 6+) with a December -.9 to 4.8 (6+), Entercom Kansas City’s KMBZ-FM “98.1 News-Traffic-Weather” falls from sixth to eighth.
  • Unchanged at #17, KMBZ-FM cluster-mate, KMBZ-AM “Talk 980,” is down a total of three-tenths in its third straight report without an increase (2.7 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.4, flat at #17, 6+).
  • After posting four bumps in a row for an overall +1.6 (7.6 – 8.1 – 8.7 – 8.8 – 9.2, 6+), iHeartMedia Columbus’ WTVN “News Radio 610” is -1.5 in November/December (9.2 – 9.1 – 7.7, 6+), halting its November-only #1 visit (first to second).

NEWS

  • Unlisted in August, September, and October, iHeartMedia Cleveland’s WMMS-HD2 notches a .1 in back-to-back reports (November, December, flat at #18, 6+) and is thus far the only Black Information Network affiliate to reach the top twenty in the December 2020 sweep.

SPORTS/TALK

  • In Portland, Entercom-owned KFXX “1080 The Fan” nets a +.7 in three straight gains (1.0 – 1.3 – 1.4 – 1.7, 6+) and cracks the top twenty (#23 to #20).
  • As a result of three successive sweeps without an increase, Entercom’s WFNZ “The Fan – Charlotte’s Sports Leader” (Hornets) has its 6+ AQH share sliced in half (-.9) but remains at #18 (8 – .9 – .9 – .9, 6+).
  • Entercom Pittsburgh’s KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan” posts its third gain in a row for an overall +1.6 (5.3 – 6.2 – 6.4 – 6.9, 6+) and is unchanged in fourth-place.
  • After gaining six-tenths in October/November (1.3 – 1.5 – 1.9, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WYGM “FM 96.9 The Game – Orlando’s Sports Leader” (Magic) drops two-tenths to 1.7 (6+) but stays at #16.
  • Having more than doubled (+.8) its 6+ AQH share in October/November (.6 – .9 – 1.4, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WCKY “Cincinnati’s ESPN 1530” forfeits half that boon (1.0, -.4, flat at #18, 6+).
  • By dropping four-tenths to 3.3 (steady at #12, 6+), Entercom Cleveland’s WKRK “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” (Browns) halts at four its consecutive string of up or flat reports that resulted in a +1.6 (2.1 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 3.1 – 3.7, 6+).
  • The July 2020 through December 2020 topline for Union Broadcasting’s WHB “Sports Radio 810” is: 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.4 – 2.9 – 2.7 – 2.6 (flat at #15, 6+).
  • Down a combined six-tenths in November/December (2.4 – 2.2 – 1.8, 6+), Entercom Kansas City’s KCSP “610 Sports Radio” drops from #18 to #19.
  • A combined +1.8 in October/November (4.4 – 5.5 – 6.2, 6+), Tegna’s WBNS-FM (Blue Jackets) falters by seven-tenths to 5.5 (fifth to sixth, 6+).
  • Even though the net loss is one-tenth, Tegna Columbus’ WBNS-AM fails to record an increase the sixth time in succession (.2 – .2 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1, flat at #16, 6+).

PUBLIC RADIO NEWS/TALK

  • Despite stacking a +1.6 onto November’s +.7 (8.3 – 9.9, 6+), Oregon Public Broadcasting’s KOPB concludes a November-only #1 stay and segues to the runner-up slot.
  • Continuing its alternating up/down pattern which includes December’s -.5 (3.2 – 3.4 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 4.2 – 3.7, 6+), University Radio Foundation Charlotte’s WFAE slips from seventh to tenth.
  • Unchanged at #20, South Carolina Educational TV’s WNSC, Charlotte has an April 2020 through December 2020 topline of: .3 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .3 – .3 – .2 – .3 (6+).
  • A collective +.8 via three successive up or flat trends (2.7 – 3.3 – 3.5 – 3.5, 6+), Texas Public Radio San Antonio’s KSTX drops one-tenth and one ranker (3.5 – 3.4, #10 to #11, 6+).
  • On the heels of logging a +.7 this time last month, Capital Public Radio Sacramento’s KXJZ repeats November’s AQH share and market rank (5.1, #6, 6+).
  • A combined -1.2 in October/November (5.1 – 4.8 – 3.9, 6+), Essential Public Media’s WESA “90.5 Pittsburgh’s NPR Station” picks up one-tenth to 4.0 (flat at #10, 6+).
  • Off two-tenths this time last month, University of Utah’s KUER roars back with a +1.1 (4.6 – 5.7, seventh in Salt Lake City to fifth, 6+).
  • Not only is KNPR a collective +1.2 via four straight sweeps without a loss (2.5 – 2.5 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.7, 6+), the Nevada Public Radio outlet cracks Las Vegas’ top ten (#12 to #8).
  • In addition to being an overall +1.7 as a result of six consecutive improvements (2.3 – 2.4 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.3 – 3.6 – 4.0, 6+), Community Communications’ WMFE “90.7 Public Radio for Central Florida” enters Orlando’s top ten (#11 to #8).
  • Six spikes in succession by Cincinnati Public Radio’s WVXU yielded a +2.5 (1.8 – 2.1 – 2.4 – 3.1 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.3, 6+), but “Connecting You To A World of Ideas” relinquishes 12% of that windfall (4.0, -.3, steady at #8, 6+).
  • Owing to three straight gains, Ideastream Cleveland’s WCPN was an overall +1.3 (3.5 – 3.6 – 4.2 – 4.8, 6+), but the streak ends with a -.2 to 4.6 (flat at #10, 6+).
  • Having more than tripled (+.5) its 6+ AQH share through six up or flat moves in succession (.2 – .2 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .5 – .7, 6+), Kent State University’s WKSU drops three-tenths to .4 (#16 to #17, 6+).
  • Advancing from seventh in Kansas City to fourth, University of Missouri-owned KCUR is a combined +1.3 in November/December (4.2 – 5.2 – 5.5, 6+).
  • Over and above more than doubling (+4.3) its 6+ AQH share in six consecutive positive or neutral reports (9 – 4.1 – 4.8 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 6.9 – 8.2, 6+), Ohio State University’s WOSU zooms from fourth in Columbus to first.

December 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Two

| December 23, 2020

December 2020 PPM Data – Information for the December 2020 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 2020 survey period covered November 5 – December 2.

Here are highlights from spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top 20.

NEWS/TALK

  • As a result of three straight decreases, Cumulus Media’s WMAL is an overall -1.2 (8.0 – 7.9 – 7.5 – 6.8, 6+) and drops from third in Washington, DC to fifth.
  • Following three positive spikes in succession that yielded a +2.7 (3.9 – 4.9 – 6.0 – 6.6, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WRKO “AM 680 – The Voice of Boston” sputters by eight-tenths to 5.8 (fourth to sixth, 6+).
  • Without a loss the past five survey periods for a net gain of +1.3 (7 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 2.1 – 2.6 – 3.0, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WIOD “News Radio 610 Miami’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” stumbles by four-tenths to 2.6 (#12 to #15, 6+).
  • Including December’s +.6, Bonneville-owned KIRO-FM is in an alternating down/up pattern (7.1 – 6.4 – 7.0 – 6.6 – 7.2, 6+) that returns “Seattle’s News/Seattle’s Talk” to #1 (second to first).
  • Sliding from #10 to #13 is KIRO-FM cluster-mate KTTH “Conservative Talk Radio,” which is off a combined half-share in November/December (3.6 – 3.4 – 3.1, 6+).
  • An overall +2.0 through five consecutive sweeps without a loss (3.4 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.8 – 4.7 – 5.4, 6+), Cumulus Media Detroit’s WJR “News Talk 760” (Lions) surrenders 40% of that boon (4.6, -.8, fourth to eighth, 6+).
  • Three consecutive upticks by iHeartMedia’s KFYI accounted for a +3.2 (4.3 – 4.4 – 5.8 – 7.5, 6+), but “News Talk 550” plummets by -1.2 to 6.3 (6+), concluding a November-only visit to Phoenix’s top spot (first to third).
  • Trending 4.3 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 3.6 (September 2020 – December 2020, 6+), Bonneville’s KTAR-FM (Arizona Cardinals) slips from seventh in Phoenix to tenth.
  • A combined -1.2 in October/November (5.5 – 5.2 – 4.3, 6+), Entercom’s WCCO “News Radio 830” (Timberwolves) purges one-third of that deficit with a +.4 to 4.7 (6+) and reenters Minneapolis’ top ten (#11 to #9).
  • Following five consecutive sweeps without a loss for a net gain of +1.6 (2.5 – 2.6 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.4 – 4.1, 6+), iHeartMedia Minneapolis’ KTLK “Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130” relinquishes one-quarter of the windfall (3.7, -.4, #12 to #13, 6+).
  • Notwithstanding that it gains two-tenths (4.7 – 4.9, 6+), iHeartMedia San Diego’s KOGO “News Radio 600” backslides from fourth to sixth.
  • Off a collective four-tenths in three straight sweeps without an increase (2.2 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 1.8, 6+), KOGO’s cluster-mate, KGB-AM “AM 760” (formerly Tegna’s KFMB-AM), repeats at #17.
  • Flat at #18 in San Diego, iHeartMedia Los Angeles’ KFI “AM 640” is -.4 in November/December (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.7, 6+).
  • Having more than doubled (+3.5) its 6+ AQH share through six consecutive up or flat trends (7 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 4.6 – 5.1 – 6.2, 6+), Cox Media Group Tampa’s WHPT “102.5 The Bone – Real, Raw, Radio” is -1.0 in December (5.2, third to fifth, 6+).
  • Even though iHeartMedia Tampa’s WFLA adds three-tenths (3.3 – 3.6, 6+), “970 Tampa Bay’s News Radio” (Tampa Bay Lightning) slips from #12 to #14.
  • On the heels of its November gain of four-tenths (3.8 – 4.2, 6+), iHeartMedia Denver’s KDFD “Freedom 93.7 – Real News, Real Talk” falters by six-tenths to 3.6 (eighth to ninth, 6+).
  • Tied at #18 are KDFD cluster-mates KHOW “Talk Radio 630” (2.0 – 1.9, -.1, flat at #18, 6+) and KOA “News Radio 850 AM” (1.7 – 1.9, +.2, #21 to #18, 6+).
  • In Baltimore, Hearst Television-owned WBAL “News Radio – Expect More” has a June 2020 through December 2020 topline of: 4.4 – 4.1 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.5 (6+).
  • An overall +2.6 through four successive improvements (3.3 – 3.9 – 4.4 – 5.2 – 5.9, 6+), Baltimore independent WCBM “680 Stimulating Talk – Breaking News” is -2.0 in November/December (5.9 – 5.0 – 3.9, sixth to ninth, 6+).
  • Dropping from seventh to tenth, Entercom St. Louis’ KFTK “FM News Talk 97.1” is a combined -1.0 in November/December (5.5 – 4.9 – 4.5, 6+).
  • Three setbacks in succession by Entercom owned KMOX result in an overall -3.0 (6.7 – 5.2 – 3.9 – 3.7, 6+) as the “The Voice of St. Louis” slips from #11 to #12.

NEWS

  • Despite regaining 40% of the -1.0 it surrendered this time last month (9.3 – 9.7, +.4, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WTOP-FM & WTLP-FM “Washington’s Top News” shifts to the runner-up slot after four successive months at #1.
  • It is a November-only stay at #1 for iHeartMedia Boston’s WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030,” which is off two-tenths in back-to-back reports (7.2 – 7.0 – 6.8, first to fourth, 6+).
  • This marks the fourth straight up or flat sweep for an overall +.9 by Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned KOMO (4.4 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 5.1 – 5.3, 6+), which progresses from fifth in Seattle to fourth.
  • A combined +.9 in October/November (4.5 – 4.8 – 5.4, 6+), Entercom Detroit’s WWJ “News Radio 950” dips three-tenths to 5.1 (fourth to fifth, 6+).

SPORTS TALK

  • In four straight down or flat trends, Entercom-owned WJFK-FM “106.7 The Fan” is a collective -1.0 (2.4 – 2.1 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.4, 6+) and falls from #16 in Washington, DC to #17.
  • After logging four straight gains for a collective +2.9 (3.9 – 4.1 – 4.9 – 5.4 – 6.8, 6+), Beasley Media Group Boston’s WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” (Celtics, Bruins, Patriots) is -.7 in November/December (6.8 – 6.2 – 6.1, flat at #5, 6+).
  • Via five consecutive sweeps without a loss, WEEI-FM netted one-half share (2.5 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 3.0, 6+), but the Entercom Boston outlet drops three-tenths to 2.7 (flat at #12, 6+).
  • Having been +1.2 in October/November (2.2 – 2.9 – 3.4, 6+), Bonneville Seattle’s KIRO-AM “ESPN 710” (Seahawks) forfeits one-third of that bounty (3.0, -.4, 6+) and slumps from #10 to #15.
  • After gaining eight-tenths in October/November (4.7 – 5.2 – 5.5, 6+), Entercom Detroit’s WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” (Pistons, Red Wings) erodes by -1.0 to 4.3 (third to ninth, 6+).
  • In Phoenix, three straight improvements by Bonneville-owned KMVP-FM (Arizona Diamondbacks) yielded a collective +1.3 (1.6 – 2.0 – 2.4 – 2.9, 6+), but “98.7 Arizona Sports” is -.8 in November/December (2.9 – 2.6 – 2.1, #16 to #18, 6+).
  • Off eight-tenths in November/December (8.2 – 7.6 – 7.4, 6+), iHeartMedia Minneapolis’ KFXN “Sports Radio 100.3 K-Fan” (Wild, Vikings) shifts from second to third.
  • After logging three straight reports without a loss for a collective +1.0 (1.2 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 2.2, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WDAE “620 Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” is -.7 in November/December (2.2 – 1.9 – 1.5, #19 to #20, 6+).
  • Nearly doubling (+1.7) its 6+ AQH share in three straight increases (1.8 – 2.0 – 2.4 – 3.5, 6+), Bonneville Denver’s KKFN “Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan” (Nuggets) is -.9 in November/December (3.5 – 3.0 – 2.6, #11 to #14, 6+).
  • Entercom Baltimore’s WJZ-FM “The Fan” is -1.0 in four consecutive down or flat reports (3.9 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.1 – 2.9, flat at #11, 6+).
  • Following a gain of six-tenths this time last month, Hubbard Broadcasting Louis’ WXOS “101 Sports” is unchanged at 2.7 (December 2020, 6+) but dips from #15 to #16.

PUBLIC RADIO NEWS/TALK

  • Replicating November’s +1.3, American University-owned WAMU “The Mind Is Our Medium” is a cumulative +3.1 in three consecutive bumps (6.4 – 6.9 – 8.2 – 9.5, 6+), yet backslides from second in Washington, DC to third.
  • Up a collective three-tenths in three straight sweeps with a loss (.5 – .7 – .8 – .8, 6+), Pacifica Foundation Washington, DC’s public radio news/talk/jazz hybrid WPFW pops on at #20.
  • Virtually doubling (+2.2) its 6+ AQH share in three straight upticks (2.3 – 3.3 – 3.5 – 4.5, 6+), WGBH Educational Foundation-owned WGBH, Boston progresses from ninth to eighth.
  • Boston University’s WBUR drops three-tenths to 4.0 (eighth to ninth, 6+), thus snapping at four a consecutive string of up or flat moves that accounted for a collective +1.1 (3.2 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 4.3, 6+).
  • A combined -8 in October/November (3.7 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+), Dade County School Board-owned WLRN answers with a December increase of three-tenths to 3.2 (6+) and reenters Miami’s top ten (#14 to #10, 6+).
  • It is a November-only stay at #1 for Northwest Public Radio Seattle’s KUOW, which is nonetheless a collective +1.6 via four straight up or flat trends (5.3 – 5.8 – 6.3 – 6.9 – 6.9, first to second, 6+).
  • Including December’s loss of three-tenths, Wayne State University Detroit’s WDET is in a rotating down/up pattern (2.1 – 2.0 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 3.0, 6+) and carries on at #16.
  • Pushing up from #12 to #11 in Phoenix, Maricopa County Community College-owned KJZZ records its third straight up or flat trend for a net gain of three-tenths (3.0 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 3.3, 6+).
  • In addition to repeating at #1 in Minneapolis, Minnesota Public Radio’s KNOW is +1.9 in three straight upticks and reaches the nine-share threshold (7.1 – 7.2 – 7.8 – 9.0, 6+).
  • Even though it is -.8 in November/December (7.4 – 7.3 – 6.6, 6+), San Diego State University-owned KPBS is #1 the third month in a row.
  • A combined -1.3 in October/November (3.7 – 3.2 – 2.4, 6+), University of South Florida-owned WUSF picks up two-tenths to 2.6 (December, 6+), moving from #18 in Tampa to #17.
  • Not only is Colorado Public Radio’s KCFR a collective +2.8 as a result of four successive upticks, it is #1 in Denver the fourth month in a row and crosses the eight-share level (5.5 – 6.7 – 6.9 – 7.9 – 8.3, 6+).
  • Your Public Radio Baltimore’s WYPR “88.1 Your NPR News Station” repeats November’s AQH share and market rank (4.7, seventh, 6+).
  • Four up or flat trends in succession by KWMU account for a +1.0 (2.1 – 2.3 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 3.1, 6+) as the University of Missouri-owned outlet advances from #16 in St. Louis to #14.

December 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round One

| December 22, 2020

December 2020 PPM Data – Information for the December 2020 ratings period has been released for New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union.

Nielsen Audio’s December 2020 survey period covered November 5 – December 2.

Here are some highlights from spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top 20.

NEWS/TALK

  • After doubling (+1.8) its 6+ AQH share in four straight gains (1.8 – 1.9 – 2.3 – 2.8 – 3.6, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WOR “710 The Voice of New York” forfeits nearly half that windfall with a December 2020 -.8 to 2.8 (6+) and departs the top ten (#9 to #13).
  • Six straight up or flat reports by WABC net three-tenths (1.4 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 1.7, 6+) as the Cumulus Media New York outlet cracks the top twenty (#21 to #20).
  • In addition to progressing from fourth to third, iHeartMedia Los Angeles’ KFI “AM 640” is up a collective seven-tenths in four straight sweeps without a loss (3.9 – 4.0 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 4.6, 6+).
  • Off a collective eight-tenths in four consecutive dips (3.6 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.8, 6+), Nexstar Media Group Chicago’s WGN “Radio 720” continues at #11.
  • Cross-town Cumulus Media-owned WLS-AM “890 AM,” which was up six-tenths via three straight gains (1.9 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 2.5, 6+), surrenders half that windfall (2.2, -.3, #13 to #15, 6+).
  • More than doubling (+1.1) its 6+ AQH share in five successive sweeps without a loss (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 2.1, 6+), Cumulus Media San Francisco’s KGO jumps from #19 to #15.
  • After posting four straight flat or up trends for a net gain of three-tenths (1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 2.0, 6+), KGO cluster-mate KSFO “560 – The Bay Area’s Exclusive Hot Talk” relinquishes the entire gain (1.7, #16 to #19, 6+).
  • In three straight upticks, Cumulus Media Dallas’ WBAP was +2.2 (2.7 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 4.9, 6+), but “News Talk 820” erodes by nine-tenths to 4.0 (fourth to seventh, 6+).
  • An overall +2.1 in three successive gains (5.3 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 7.4, 6+), iHeartMedia Houston’s KTRH “News Radio 740” returns one-third of that increase (6.7, -.7, 6+) and ends its November-only run at #1 by segueing to #2.
  • After being a cumulative +1.4 through three straight increases (10.1 – 10.6 – 11.0 – 11.5, 6+), Cox Media Group-owned WSB-AM & WSBB-FM plummets by -1.8 to 9.7 (6+); however, “Atlanta’s News & Talk” is #1 the 18th time in succession.
  • Following three straight gains that accounted for a +1.1 (1.4 – 1.7 – 2.2 – 2.5, 6+), Entercom Philadelphia’s WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” falters by four-tenths to 2.1 (6+) but remains at #17.
  • Having been a combined +1.1 in October/November (3.8 – 4.4 – 4.9, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WOR “710 The Voice of New York” returns roughly half that boon (4.3, -.6, 6+), tumbling from fourth in the Long Island report to ninth.
  • Unlisted 13 successive Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario sweeps, iHeartMedia-owned KKDD “1290 News Talk IE” resurfaced this time last month with a .1 (6+) and adds one-tenth (.2, #18 to #16, 6+).
  • Six straight San Jose sweeps without a loss yield an overall +1.1 (1.6 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+) as Cumulus Media’s KGO enters the top ten (#11 to #10).
  • The third decrease in a row by Townsquare Media’s WKXW accounts for a collective -1.9 (6.6 – 6.1 – 5.7 – 4.7, 6+) with “New Jersey 101.5” falling from fourth in Middlesex-Somerset-Union to sixth.
  • Following three consecutive Middlesex gains that resulted in a +1.2 (1.7 – 2.2 – 2.6 – 2.9, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WOR “710 The Voice of New York” regresses by seven-tenths to 2.2 (#15 to #17, 6+).

NEWS

  • Up two-tenths this time last month, Entercom New York City’s WINS drops one-tenth (3.4 – 3.3, 6+) but repeats at #10.
  • In four consecutive down or flat sweeps, cluster-mate WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” has lost a collective six-tenths (3.1 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5, 6+) and continues at #15.
  • An overall -1.0 via five consecutive reports without an increase (3.9 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+), Entercom Los Angeles-owned KNX “1070 News Radio” snaps the skid with a +.4 to 3.3 (6+) and jumps from #11 to #7.
  • Having held Chicago’s runner-up slot the past three months, Entercom’s WBBM-AM & WCFS “News Radio 780 AM & 105.9 FM” (Bears) – which is in alternating up/down sequence (7.0 – 7.3 – 6.4 – 6.9 – 6.5 – 6.8, 6+) – shifts to #3.
  • A combined +1.5 in November/December (7.6 – 7.8 – 9.1, 6+), Entercom-owned KCBS-AM & KFRC is in San Francisco’s runner-up slot the third month in a row.
  • As a result of three straight down or flat reports, Entercom Philadelphia’s KYW was a collective -1.5 (6.1 – 5.9 – 4.6 – 4.6, 6+), but “News Radio 1060” ends the slide with a +.3 to 4.9 (flat at #7, 6+).
  • In three straight Long Island upticks, Entercom’s WCBS-AM is up an overall eight-tenths (2.8 – 3.0 – 3.2 – 3.6, 6+)a and is steady at #11.
  • Cluster-mate WINS, which picked up one-tenth this time last month, forfeits two-two-tenths (3.1 – 2.9, #12 to #13, 6+).
  • Adding a +1.3 to November’s half-share increase (5.2 – 5.7 – 7.0, 6+), Entercom’s KCBS-AM & KFRC remains at #3 in San Jose.
  • Up a total of two-tenths through three Middlesex reports without a loss (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 2.1, 6+), Entercom’s WCBS-AM climbs from #19 to #18.

SPORTS TALK

  • While it remains flat at 2.4 (6+), Entercom New York City’s WFAN (Brooklyn Nets, Giants) slips from #16 to #17.
  • The six most recent fluctuations by Cumulus Media San Francisco’s KNBR “The Sports Leader” (49ers) are: +.6 (July); +1.1 (August); +.4 (September); +.9 (October); -1.5 (November) and +.5 in December (3.4 – 3.9, seventh to fifth, 6+).
  • Recapturing the seven-tenths it squandered this time last month (3.5 – 2.8 – 3.5, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned KTCK “The Ticket – All Sports All The Time” (Stars) advances from #14 in Dallas to #12.
  • A combined +1.0 in October/November (1.7 – 2.3 – 2.7, 6+), Entercom’s cross-town KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” (Cowboys) relinquishes half the windfall (2.2, -.5, #16 to #17, 6+).
  • Advancing from tenth to eighth, Entercom Atlanta’s WZGC “92.9 The Game” (Hawks, Falcons) is up a total of nine-tenths in three straight up or flat moves (3.1 – 3.1 – 3.6 – 4.0, 6+).
  • Down eight-tenths in November/December (2.6 – 2.3 – 1.8, 6+), WZGC’s foe – Dickey Broadcasting-owned WCNN “680 The Fan” – slumps from #17 to #19.
  • Despite gaining four-tenths, Entercom Philadelphia’s WIP “Sports Radio 94.1” (Eagles) backslides from fourth to fifth and continues an alternating up/down sequence (4.7 – 4.3 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 5.8 – 5.3 – 5.7, 6+).
  • Following a rotating down/up pattern (1.4 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.6 – 1.3 – 1.8 – 1.5 – 1.6, 6+), cross-town Beasley Media Group-owned WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” (76ers, Flyers) repeats November’s AQH share and market rank (1.6, #20, 6+).
  • Jumping from eighth to sixth in Long Island, Entercom’s WFAN posts its third successive report without a loss for a net gain of nine-tenths (3.5 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 4.4, 6+).
  • In addition to being a collective -1.5 in San Jose (4.1 – 3.4 – 2.9 – 2.6, 6+), Cumulus Media’s KNBR “The Sports Leader” exits the top ten (#10 to #11).
  • In the Middlesex report, Entercom’s WFAN is down three-tenths in November/December (3.1 – 3.0 – 2.8, #14 to #16, 6+).

PUBLIC RADIO NEWS/TALK

  • An overall +2.2 via three straight spikes (2.9 – 3.7 – 4.5 – 5.1, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WNYC-FM progresses from sixth in New York to fifth.
  • Wiping away November’s loss of two tenths with a December increase three times that magnitude (2.5 – 3.1, +.6, 6+), Pasadena City College-owned KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” rises from #13 in Los Angeles to #10.
  • A combined +1.5 in October/November (3.2 – 3.8 – 4.7, 6+), Chicago Public Media’s WBEZ surrenders three-tenths to 4.4 (6+) yet progresses from fifth to fourth.
  • Not only does it reach double-digits in San Francisco for the first time in the PPM-era, Northern California Public Broadcasting’s KQED is a collective +2.7 through five straight bumps (7.4 – 7.8 – 8.0 – 8.4 – 9.0 – 10.1, 6+) and is #1 the fifth straight month.
  • Following a +.9 this time last month, Texas Public Broadcasting’s KERA repeats November’s 3.4 (6+) but drops from #12 to #13.
  • In an alternating down/up pattern (2.7 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 2.4, August 2020 – December 2020, the University of Houston’s KUHF slips from #16 to #18.
  • Expunging November’s loss of one-half share with a December +.8 (2.5 – 3.3, 6+), City of Atlanta Board of Education’s WABE zooms from #15 to #11.
  • Down a combined four-tenths in October/November (5.1 – 5.1 – 4.7, 6+), Philadelphia’s WHYY answers with a December increase of six-tenths to 5.3 (steady at #6, 6+).
  • This is the fifth straight Riverside report without a loss for San Bernardino Community College’s KVCR, which has gained three-tenths in that timeframe (.5 – .5 – .8 – .8 – .8 – .8, unchanged at #13, 6+).
  • One-tenth behind KVCR is Pasadena City College-owned KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” (flat at #14), which is trending .9 – .7 – .6 – .7 (September 2020 – December 2020, 6+).
  • Winning ways continue for Northern California Public Broadcasting’s KQED, which is #1 in San Jose the fourth month in succession; is +5.9 in five straight spikes (6.6 – 6.9 – 7.7 – 10.9 – 12.3 – 12.5, 6+); and logs its best-ever 6+-stat (12.5) in the PPM-era.
  • In Middlesex-Somerset-Union, WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WNYC-FM continues a rotating up/down pattern which includes December’s +.6 (2.0 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 3.5 – 2.6 – 3.2, #17 to #13, 6+).

November 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Four

| December 1, 2020

November 2020 PPM Data – Information for the November 2020 ratings period has been released for Austin, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Providence, Norfolk, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Greensboro, Memphis, and Hartford.

Nielsen Audio’s November 2020 survey period covered October 8 – November 4.

Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” for spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top twenty.

NEWS/TALK

  • Anchored at #3 in Austin, Waterloo Media Group-owned KLBJ-AM “News Radio 590” logs its third straight uptick for a collective +1.1 (5.0 – 5.5 – 6.0 – 6.1, 6+).
  • It’s a somewhat similar scenario in Raleigh as iHeartMedia’s WTKK “106.1 Stay Connected” is a collective +1.8 in three successive spikes (6.7 – 7.0 – 7.7 – 8.5, 6+) and continues in second-place.
  • Curtis Media Group’s crosstown WPTF “News Radio 680” is up one-tenth in back-to-back reports (1.7 – 1.8 – 1.9, unchanged at #17, 6+).
  • Over and above registering its fifth bump in a row for a whopping +3.5 to reach double-digits for the first time since April’s 10.3 (7.4 – 7.5 – 8.0 – 9.1 – 9.2 – 10.9, 6+), Emmis-owned WIBC “Indy’s Mobile News 93.1” marches from the runner-up slot to #1.
  • This is the third straight month at #1 for iHeartMedia Milwaukee’s WISN “News/Talk 1130,” which is an eyepopping +5.9 in four consecutive spikes (6.8 – 8.6 – 10.2 – 11.2 – 12.7, 6+), with 12.7 its highest 6+-stat in the PPM-era.
  • In three gains in a row (5.5 – 6.7 – 7.2 – 8.0, 6+), Good Karma Brands’ crosstown WTMJ (Brewers, Bucks, Green Bay Packers) was a cumulative +2.5, but “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” erodes by -.9 to 7.1 (second to third, 6+).
  • A combined +1.2 in October/November (5.6 – 5.6 – 6.8, 6+), Cumulus Media Nashville’s WWTN “Super Talk 99.7” jumps from sixth to third.
  • Off three-tenths in September/October (2.2 – 2.1 – 1.9, 6+), iHeartMedia’s crosstown WLAC “Talk Radio 1510” roars back with a +.9 to 2.8 (#17 to #15, 6+).
  • Improving by nine-tenths as well is Cumulus Media Providence’s WPRO-AM “News Talk 630,” which is +2.0 in October/November (4.0 – 5.1, 6.0, fifth to fourth, 6+).
  • After netting six-tenths through three successive gains (1.2 – 1.3 – 1.7 – 1.8, 6+), iHeartMedia’s crosstown WHJJ “News Radio 920” #forfeits two-tenths to 1.6 and departs the top ten (#10 to #12, 6+).
  • A combined +1.5 in October/November (10.2 – 10.7 – 11.7, 6+), Cox Media Group’s WOKV-FM “104.5 Jacksonville’s News, Weather, and Traffic” repeats at #1 with its best 6+-stat (11.7) since March (11.8).
  • Having posted a 3.9 (6+) in four of the last five West Palm Beach sweeps (3.9 – 3.9 – 3.6 – 3.9 – 3.9, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WJNO “1290 The Palm Beaches’ News & Talk” slips one-tenth to 3.8 (6+) yet advances from seventh to sixth.
  • Cluster-mate WZZR “Real Radio 94.3” is off one-half share in October/November (2.1 – 1.8 – 1.6, 6+) and repeats at #13.
  • Off four-tenths in September/October (1.6 – 1.6 – 1.2, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WFTL “News Talk 850” erases half the deficit with a +.2 to 1.4 (#16 to #15, 6+).
  • Also in West Palm Beach’s top twenty is iHeartMedia Miami’s WIOD “610 News Radio,” which gains one-tenth to .5 (#23 to #19, 6+), thus snapping at six a string of consecutive down or flat trends that resulted in a collective loss of three-tenths (.7 – .7 – .6 – .6 – .6 – .4 – .4, 6+).
  • Owing to four consecutive spikes, iHeartMedia Greensboro’s WPTI “94.5 Your News, Talk, & Sports Station” is an overall +2.3 (4.2 – 5.0 – 5.2 – 5.9 – 6.5, sixth to fifth, 6+).
  • Memphis sibling WREC “600 AM – Memphis’ News, Traffic, & Weather” is a combined +1.6 in October/November (4.1 – 4.9 – 5.7, seventh to fifth, 6+) and has its best 6+-stat since June (5.7, as well).
  • An overall +2.7 as a result of four spikes in a row (6.1- 6.9 – 7.3 – 7.8 – 8.8, 6+), Entercom Hartford’s WTIC-AM “News Talk 1080” is anchored in the runner-up slot.
  • Continuing a rotating up/down pattern that began in February and includes November’s gain of two-tenths (.8 – 1.2 -.7 – .8 – .7 – 1.3 – 1.0 – 1.3 – .7 – .9, 6+), Red Wolf Broadcasting’s crosstown WDRC-AM “AM 1360 The Talk of Connecticut” repeats at #14.
  • Dropping from #15 in Hartford to #17, iHeartMedia’s WPOP “News Radio 1410” has a fluctuation of one-tenth the fourth time in a row (.2 – .3 – .4 – .3 – .2, 6+).

NEWS

  • Without a Providence increase the fifth straight report for a net loss of three-tenths (1.5 – 1.5 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.2, 6+), iHeartMedia Boston’s WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” slips from #14 to #16.
  • Flat at #14, Norfolk sibling/Black Information Network affiliate WNOH logs a .6 (6+) the third time in the last four sweeps (.6 – .6 – .8 – .6, 6+).

SPORTS TALK

  • Genuine Austin Radio’s KTXX “The Horn” nearly triples (+1.1) its 6+ AQH share in October/November and reenters the top twenty (.6 – 1.0 – 1.7, #21 to #17, 6+).
  • An overall +1.8 in four straight Raleigh sweeps without a loss (1.1 – 1.1 – 1.3 – 2.5 – 2.9, 6+), Capitol Broadcasting’s WCMC “99.9 The Fan” (Carolina Hurricanes) surrenders four-tenths to 2.5 (#14 to #15, 6+).
  • Emmis-owned WFNI “The Fan – Indy’s Sports Center” (Pacers), which was +1.1 in September/October (1.9 – 2.0 – 3.0, 6+), sputters by one-half share to 2.5 (#12 to #15, 6+).
  • Without a loss the fourth time in a row for a net gain of two-tenths (.7 – .8 – .9 – .9 – .9, 6+), crosstown iHeartMedia-owned WNDE “Fox Sports 1260 – Indy’s Sports Leader” pushes up from #20 to #19.
  • In Milwaukee, Good Karma Brands’ WKTI “94.5 ESPN” picks up three-tenths via four successive up or flat moves (.4 – .6 – .6 – .6 – .7, #18 to #16, 6+).
  • After posting five straight reports without a loss for a net gain of two-tenths (.6 – .6 -.6 – .6 – .7 – .8, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WRNW “97.3 The Game – Milwaukee’s Sports Talk That Rocks” forfeits one-tenth to .7 (unchanged at #16, 6+).
  • Cluster-mate WOKY “The Big 920” triples (+.4) its 6+ AQH share in four consecutive sweeps without a loss (.2 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .6, #19 to #18, 6+).
  • Also in Milwaukee’s top twenty is Entercom’s WSSP “Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan,” which is down a total of one-tenth in three straight negative or neutral trends (.5 – .4 – .4 – .4, #19 to #20, 6+).
  • Adding seven-tenths to October’s +2.4 (2.9 – 5.3 – 6.0, 6+), Cumulus Media Nashville’s WGFX “104.5 The Zone” (Tennessee Titans) vaults from eighth to fifth.
  • Despite more than tripling (+1.0) its 6+ AQH share in October/November (.4 – 1.3 – 1.4, 6+), Cromwell Group’s crosstown WPRT “102.5 The Game” (Predators) backslides from #19 to #20.
  • Steady in ninth-place, Entercom Providence’s WVEI “Sports Radio 103.7” is up four-tenths in October/November (2.2 – 2.5 – 2.6, 6+).
  • Max Broadcast Group Norfolk’s WVSP “ESPN Radio 94.1” increases by a comparable margin as aforementioned WVEI in the same timeframe (1.4 – 1.6 – 1.8, tenth to ninth, 6+).
  • Meanwhile in Jacksonville, iHeartMedia-owned WFXJ “930 The Game” is up three-tenths in October/November (.6 – .7 – .9, #19 to #17, 6+).
  • Curtis Media Group Greensboro’s WSJS “The Sports Hub” is in an up/down/up pattern: .6 – .7 – .5 – .6 (6+) and remains at #15.
  • A combined -.9 in September/October (2.5 – 2.0 – 1.6, 6+), Entercom Memphis’ WMFS “ESPN Sports Radio” picks up three-tenths to 1.9 (unchanged at #14, 6+).
  • WMFS’ internet stream is off two-tenths in October/November (.7 – .5 – .5, flat at #17, 6+).
  • Cluster-mate WMC-AM “680 AM ESPN Sports Radio” has recorded a .3 (6+) in five of the last ten reports and a .2 (6+) in the other five (.3 – .3 – .2 – .3 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .3 – .3 – .2, flat at #19, 6+).
  • Repeating at #13, iHeartMedia’s WUCS “97.9 ESPN Hartford” improves by one-half share in October/November (.7 – 1.0 – 1.2, 6+).

PUBLIC RADIO NEWS/TALK

  • Three successive gains by KUT generated a collective +2.9 (7.3 – 8.2 – 10.1 – 10.2, 6+), but the University of Texas at Austin-owned facility falters by six-tenths to 9.6 (6+) and segues from first to second.
  • Obliterating October’s -1.1 with a November +1.3 (7.0 – 8.3, 6+), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s WUNC “91.5 North Carolina Public Radio” repeats at #3 in Raleigh.
  • Down or flat the past six reports for an overall -1.9 (5.3 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.4, 6+), Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting’s WFYI pulls the plug with a +.8 to 4.2 (tenth to eighth, 6+).
  • Unchanged at #8 in Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-owned WUWM improves by four-tenths in October/November (4 – 3.7 – 3.8, 6+).
  • Elsewhere in Milwaukee, the (repetitive) August 2020 through November 2020 topline for Wisconsin Public Radio’s WHAD is: 1.3 – 1.4 – 1.3 – 1.4 (#13 to #11, 6+).
  • Nashville Public Radio’s WPLN-FM “NPR News and Classical Music” posts its fourth consecutive spike for a collective +2.0 and leaps from tenth to sixth (3.8 – 4.2 – 4.3 – 4.8 – 5.8, 6+).
  • While it continues in eighth-place in Providence, WGBH Educational Foundation Boston’s WGBH nearly doubles (+1.7) its 6+ AQH share in four straight gains (1.9 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 3.6, 6+).
  • Rhode Island Public Radio’s WNPN, which was off three-tenths in September/October (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.8, 6+), notches a +.2 to 2.0 (6+) and carries on at #10.
  • Including November’s +.7, Jacksonville’s WJCT is in an alternating up/down pattern that commenced in June 2020: 3.7 – 4.0 – 3.6 – 4.4 – 3.9 – 4.6 (6+).
  • Likewise in West Palm Beach, Dade County School Board’s WLRN continues a rotating down/up sequence that began in July and includes a November increase of seven-tenths: 3.4 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 3.2 – 3.9 (ninth to fifth, 6+).
  • Advancing from tenth to ninth in Greensboro, Wake Forest University’s WFDD has an August 2020 through November 2020 up/down/up topline of: 3.9 – 4.1 – 3.6 – 3.9 (6+).
  • This is the third time in the last four sweeps that University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s WUNC logs a 1.7 (6+) in Greensboro (1.7 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 1.7, flat at #13, 6+).
  • Including November’s +.5 (#13 in Memphis to #12), Mid-South Public Communications Foundation-owned WKNO “91.1 NPR For The Mid-South” has an up/down/up trend of: 1.5 – 2.6 – 2.2 – 2.7 (6+).
  • Essentially doubling (+2.5) its 6+ AQH share through five straight upticks (2.6 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.6 – 4.8 – 5.1, 6+), Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network-owned WNPR “Connecticut’s Public Media Source for News & Ideas” progresses from ninth in Hartford to eighth.
  • Elsewhere in the Hartford report, University of Massachusetts-owned WFCR “New England Public Radio,” which logged a .2 (6+) in seven of the last eight sweeps (.2 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .3 – .2 – .2, 6+), gains two-tenths to .4 (#18 to #16, 6+).

November 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Three

| November 26, 2020

November 2020 PPM Data – Information for the November 2020 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 November 2020 survey period covered October 8 – November 4 (one day after Election Day).

Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” for spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top 20.

NEWS/TALK

  • After dropping six-tenths in August (6.5 – 5.9, 6+), Alpha Media Portland’s KXL “FM News 101 – Stay Connected” answers with a collective +1.1 in three straight sweeps without a loss (5.9 – 6.0 – 7.0 – 7.0, steady at #3, 6+).
  • Not only is cross-town iHeartMedia-owned KEX an overall +1.0 through three successive bumps (2.7 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.7, 6+), “News Radio 1190 – Depend On Us” enters the top ten (#13 to #8).
  • Progressing from third to second, Entercom-owned WBT “Charlotte’s News Talk” (Carolina Panthers) notches its fourth consecutive up or flat trend for a cumulative +1.5 (5.9 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.9 – 7.4, 6+).
  • Likewise without a loss in that same timeframe, iHeartMedia-owned WOAI “News Radio 1200 – San Antonio’s News, Traffic, & Weather” (Spurs) nets a +2.2 (5.5 – 6.0 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 7.7, 6+) and marches from #2 to #1.
  • Down or flat three straight months for an overall -.4 (2.1 – 2.1 – 1.9 – 1.7, 6+), cross-town Alpha Media’s KTSA “Stay Connected” erases half the deficit with a November gain of two-tenths (1.9, flat at #20, 6+).
  • Over and above being a collective +1.2 in four straight upticks (7.9 – 8.0 – 8.1 – 8.5 – 9.1, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KFBK “Sacramento’s News, Weather and Traffic Station” is #1 the third month in a row.
  • Cluster-mate KSTE “Talk 650,” which had its 6+ AQH share carved in half (-1.5) via three successive slips (3.0 – 2.5 – 2.1 – 1.5, 6+), ends the slide with a +.1 to 1.6 (flat at #16, 6+).
  • Continuing an alternating down/up sequence that includes November’s +.6 (6.5 – 5.1 – 5.4 – 5.0 – 5.1 – 4.8 – 5.4, 6+), Entercom Pittsburgh’s KDKA-AM “News Radio 1020” advances from seventh to fifth.
  • Having reached #1 the first time in its PPM-history this time last month, iHeartMedia Salt Lake City’s KNRS repeats in the top spot and is a whopping +4.2 through six successive increases as “Talk Radio 105.9 – Listen And You’ll Know” crosses the nine-share level (5.3 – 5.8 – 6.1 – 7.3 – 7.6 – 9.5, 6+).
  • Cross-town Bonneville-owned KSL, which was +2.3 in September/October (5.1 – 6.1 – 7.4, 6+), surrenders two-tenths to 7.2 (6+), but “News Radio 102.7 FM & 1160 AM,” continues in the runner-up slot.
  • Dropping from #12 to #15, Entercom Las Vegas’ KXNT “News Talk Radio 840” is down six-tenths in October/November (4 – 3.1 – 2.8, 6+).
  • Meanwhile, Beasley Media Group’s KDWN “AM 720 Where Las Vegas Comes to Talk” is in a rotating up/down/up sequence (2.4 – 2.5 – 2.0 – 2.1, #18 to #20, 6+).
  • Off three-tenths in September/October (4.5 – 4.3 – 4.2, 6+), iHeartMedia Orlando’s WTKS “Real Radio 104.1 – We Say What We Want” picks up two-tenths to 4.4 (6+) and repeats in seventh-place.
  • Pushing up from #14 to #12, Cox Media Group-owned WDBO “Orlando’s News Talk” more than doubles (+1.6) its 6+ AQH share through three improvements in succession (1.4 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 3.0, 6+).
  • Including November’s loss of four-tenths, iHeartMedia’s WFLF “News Radio Orlando” continues its alternating down/up pattern (1.6 – 1.5 – 2.1 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 1.9, #15 to #16, 6+).
  • The up/down routine for Cincinnati sibling WLW includes November’s -1.3 (9.2 – 11.5 – 10.2 – 10.5 – 9.2, 6+), as the flagship of the Reds and Bengals segues from first to second.
  • Having recorded three straight gains accounting for a +.9 (3.6 – 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.5, 6+) before dropping two-tenths in October, cluster-mate WKRC “55 KRC The Talk Station” posts a mammoth +2.3 (4.3 – 6.6, sixth to fourth, 6+).
  • Sliding from third to fifth, co-owned WTAM “1100 Cleveland’s News Radio” (Indians, Cavaliers) is a combined -1.6 in October/November (8.7 – 7.8 – 7.1, 6+).
  • Entercom Kansas City’s KMBZ-FM “98.1 News-Traffic-Weather” nets a +1.2 in October/November (4.5 – 5.0 – 5.7, seventh to sixth, 6+).
  • On the other hand, co-owned KMBZ-AM “Talk 980” is down three-tenths in the same stretch (2.7 – 2.4 – 2.4, flat at #17, 6+).
  • Following four increases in a row for an overall +1.2 (7.6 – 8.1 – 8.7 – 8.8 – 9.2, 6+), iHeartMedia Columbus’ WTVN dips one-tenth to 9.1 (6+) – but – “News Radio 610” progresses from second to first.

NEWS

  • Unlisted the past three months, iHeartMedia’s WMMS-HD2 logs a .1 (#18) and is thus far the only Black Information Network affiliate to reach the top twenty in the November 2020 sweep.

SPORTS/TALK

  • In Portland, Alpha Media’s KXTG “The Game” more than doubles (+1.1) its 6+ AQH share through four straight up or flat trends (.8 – .8 – 1.1 – 1.6 – 1.9, 6+) and repeats at #20.
  • Conversely, Entercom-owned WFNZ “The Fan – Charlotte’s Sports Leader” (Hornets) has its 6+ AQH share carved in half (-.9) in October/November (8 – .9 – .9, 6+), yet advances from #19 to #18.
  • By recording its fourth successive up or flat move, Beasley Media Group’s WBCN “Fox Sports Charlotte” nets two-tenths (.0 – .1 – .1 – .2 – .2, #21 to #20, 6+).
  • Down three-tenths in June/July (.8 – .6 – .5, 6+), Bonneville Sacramento’s KHTK “Sports 1140” (Kings) purges the shortfall by gaining three-tenths through four straight reports without a loss (.5 – .6 – .6 – .8 – 8, #19 to #20, 6+).
  • A combined +1.1 in October/November (5.3 – 6.2 – 6.4, 6+), Entercom Pittsburgh’s KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan” (Pirates) carries on in fourth-place with its best 6+-stat (6.4) since March (6.7).
  • Jumping from #19 to #16, iHeartMedia-owned WYGM “FM 96.9 The Game – Orlando’s Sports Leader” (Magic) improves by six-tenths in October/November (1.3 – 1.5 – 1.9, 6+).
  • Despite more than doubling (+.8) its 6+ AQH share in October/November (.6 – .9 – 1.4, 6+), co-owned WCKY “Cincinnati’s ESPN 1530” remains at #18.
  • Four straight reports without a loss by Entercom Cleveland’s WKRK “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” (Browns) yield a +1.6 (2.1 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 3.1 – 3.7, steady at #12, 6+).
  • Flat at #15, Union Broadcasting’s WHB “Sports Radio 810” has logged a 2.9 (6+) in three of the last five sweeps (2.9 – 2.9 – 2.4 – 2.9 – 2.7, 6+).
  • Entercom’s cross-town KCSP “610 Sports Radio” (Royals) is in alternating up/down pattern (1.1 – 2.5 – 2.1 – 2.4 – 2.2, #17 to #18, 6+).
  • Even though it roars back from September’s decrease of two-tenths with an October/November +1.8 (4.4 – 5.5 – 6.2, 6+), Tegna’s WBNS-FM (Blue Jackets) backslides from fourth to fifth.
  • On the other hand, albeit with a net loss of one-tenth, co-owned WBNS-AM is down or flat the fifth time in succession (.2 – .2 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1, 6+) but advances from #17 to #16.

PUBLIC RADIO NEWS/TALK

  • After being -2.5 through six consecutive sweeps without an increase (10.1 – 9.3 – 9.1 – 8.8 – 8.4 – 8.4 – 7.6, 6+), Oregon Public Broadcasting’s KOPB applies the brakes with a +.7 to 8.3 (6+) and shifts from #2 in Portland to #1.
  • In addition to continuing its alternating up/down pattern which includes November’s +1.1 (3.2 – 3.4 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 4.2, 6+), University Radio Foundation Charlotte’s WFAE zooms from #14 to #7.
  • Also in Charlotte, the April 2020 through November 2020 topline for South Carolina Educational TV’s WNSC is: .3 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .3 – .3 – .2 (unchanged at #20, 6+).
  • Progressing from #12 to #10, Texas Public Radio San Antonio’s KSTX is up a total of eight-tenths in three straight reports without a loss (2.7 – 3.3 – 3.5 – 3.5, 6+).
  • Following three times in succession of logging a 4.4 (6+), Capital Public Radio Sacramento’s KXJZ spikes by seven-tenths to 5.1 (6+) and is unchanged at #6.
  • Dropping from seventh to tenth, Essential Public Media’s WESA “90.5 Pittsburgh’s NPR Station” is -1.2 in October/November (5.1 – 4.8 – 3.9, 6+).
  • Having more than doubled (+2.6) its 6+ AQH share in three consecutive positive spikes (2.2 – 2.3 – 4.4 – 4.8, 6+), University of Utah’s KUER, Salt Lake City sputters by two-tenths to 4.6 (6+) but repeats at #7.
  • Up one-half share via three consecutive positive or neutral moves (2.5 – 2.5 – 2.8 – 3.0, 6+), Nevada Public Radio’s KNPR jumps from #16 in Las Vegas to #12.
  • A collective +1.3 through five straight Orlando upticks (2.3 – 2.4 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.3 – 3.6, 6+), Community Communications’ WMFE “90.7 Public Radio for Central Florida” repeats at #11.
  • As a result of six bumps in succession, Cincinnati Public Radio’s WVXU “Connecting You To A World of Ideas” nets a +2.5 (1.8 – 2.1 – 2.4 – 3.1 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.3, 6+) and advances from ninth to eighth.
  • Duplicating October’s +.6, Ideastream Cleveland’s WCPN is +1.3 in three straight gains (3.5 – 3.6 – 4.2 – 4.8, 6+) and continues in tenth-place with its best 6+-stat since April (4.8, as well).
  • More than tripling (+.5) its 6+ AQH share via six reports in a row without a loss (.2 – .2 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .5 – .7, 6+), Kent State University’s WKSU inches up from #17 to #16.
  • In a rotating up/down sequence that includes November’s +1.0 (3.6 – 4.5 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.2 – 5.2, 6+), University of Missouri-owned KCUR improves from ninth to seventh.
  • Crossing the six-share level and pushing up from fifth to fourth, Ohio State University’s WOSU is without a loss the fifth consecutive survey period for a cumulative +3.0 (9 – 4.1 – 4.8 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 6.9, 6+).

November 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Two

| November 25, 2020

November 2020 PPM Data – Information for the November 2020 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 November 2020 survey period covered October 8 – November 4 (one day after Election Day).

Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” for spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top 20.

NEWS/TALK

  • In the Nation’s Capital, Cumulus Media’s WMAL is down one-half share in October/November (8.0 – 7.9 – 7.5, 6+), shifting from a second-place tie to third.
  • Through three straight upticks, iHeartMedia-owned WRKO “AM 680 – The Voice of Boston” is a collective +2.7 (3.9 – 4.9 – 6.0 – 6.6, 6+) and climbs from fifth to fourth.
  • Up or flat the fifth consecutive month for a net gain of +1.3 (7 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 2.1 – 2.6 – 3.0, 6+), co-owned WIOD “News Radio 610 Miami’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” jumps from #16 to #12.
  • Bonneville-owned KIRO-FM (Seahawks) is in an alternating down/up pattern (7.1 – 6.4 – 7.0 – 6.6, 6+) that takes “Seattle’s News/Seattle’s Talk” from first to second.
  • Flat at #10, cluster-mate KTTH “Conservative Talk Radio” likewise continues its own rotating down/up sequence (2.5 – 2.4 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 3.6 – 3.4, June 2020 through November 2020, 6+).
  • Five consecutive sweeps without a loss by Cumulus Media’s WJR (Lions) result in an overall +2.0 (3.4 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.8 – 4.7 – 5.4, 6+) as “News Talk 760” zooms from ninth in Detroit to fourth.
  • Not only is this the third straight spike by iHeartMedia’s KFYI for a robust +3.2 (4.3 – 4.4 – 5.8 – 7.5, 6+), “News Talk 550” leaps from third to first – the only news/talk station from these 12 PPM-markets to reach #1 in November 2020.
  • Off by -1.0 in September/October (4.8 – 4.3 – 3.8, 6+), Bonneville’s KTAR-FM (Arizona Cardinals) answers with a November +.2 to 4.0 (eighth to seventh, 6+).
  • A combined -1.2 in October/November (5.5 – 5.2 – 4.3, 6+), Entercom-owned WCCO “News Radio 830” (Twins, Timberwolves) departs Minneapolis’ top ten (#8 to #11).
  • This is the fifth consecutive sweep without a loss by cross-town iHeartMedia’s KTLK “Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130” for a net gain of +1.6 (2.5 – 2.6 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.4 – 4.1, #13 to #12, 6+).
  • Elsewhere in Minneapolis, Hubbard Broadcasting’s KTMY “My Talk 107.1” logs its third straight loss for a collective -.8 (2.3 – 2.1 – 1.7 – 1.5, #16 to #18, 6+).
  • Up four-tenths in September/October (4.4 – 4.4 -4.8, 6+), iHeartMedia San Diego’s KOGO “News Radio 600” drops one-tenth to 4.7 (6+) but remains at #4.
  • Despite being down one-tenth in October/November (2.2 – 2.2 – 2.1, 6+), co-owned KGB-AM “AM 760” (formerly Tegna’s KFMB-AM) advances from #18 to #17.
  • Los Angeles sibling KFI “AM 640” is in alternating up/down pattern (2.6 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 2.0, #19 to #18, 6+).
  • More than doubling (+3.5) its 6+ AQH share via six consecutive positive or neutral reports (7 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 4.6 – 5.1 – 6.2, 6+), Cox Media Group Tampa’s WHPT “102.5 The Bone – Real, Raw, Radio” jumps from fifth to third.
  • Meanwhile, iHeartMedia-owned cross-town rival WFLA “970 Tampa Bay’s News Radio” (Tampa Bay Lightning) sputters by two-tenths in October/November (3.5 – 3.3 – 3.3, 6+), yet progresses from #13 to #12.
  • Off one-half share in September/October (4.3 – 4.2 – 3.8, 6+), Denver sibling KDFD “Freedom 93.7 – Real News, Real Talk” erases 80% of that deficit with a +.4 to 4.2 (tenth to eighth, 6+).
  • Cluster-mate KHOW “Talk Radio 630” has nearly doubled (+.9) its 6+ AQH share in six consecutive up or flat reports (1.1 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 2.0, 6+) and advances from #20 to #18.
  • Baltimore independent WCBM “680 Stimulating Talk – Breaking News,” which was an overall +2.6 via four consecutive positive spikes (3.3 – 3.9 – 4.4 – 5.2 – 5.9, 6+), surrenders nine-tenths to 5.0 (third to sixth, 6+).
  • Repeating at #8, cross-town Hearst Television-owned WBAL “News Radio – Expect More” notches a 4.4 (6+) the third time in the last six survey periods (4.4 – 4.1 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 4.4, 6+).
  • In addition to essentially tripling (+.7) its 6+ AQH share in five successive up or flat moves (.4 – .4 – .6 – .7 – .9 – 1.1, 6+) Cumulus Media Washington, DC’s WMAL cracks Baltimore’s top twenty (#21 to #19).
  • Forfeiting the six-tenths it gained this time last month (4.9 – 5.5 – 4.9, 6+), Entercom St. Louis’ KFTK “FM News Talk 97.1” falls from fifth to seventh.
  • Not only is co-owned KMOX (Cardinals) a combined -2.8 in October/November (6.7 – 5.2 – 3.9, 6+), “The Voice of St. Louis” exits the top ten (#7 to #11).

NEWS

  • Following three straight spikes for a +2.6 (7.7 – 8.5 – 9.5 – 10.3, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WTOP-FM & WTLP-FM falters by -1.0 in November to 9.3 (6+), but “Washington’s Top News” is #1 the fourth month in a row.
  • Despite being in a rotating down/up/down pattern (6.6 – 6.1 – 7.2 – 7.0, 6+), iHeartMedia Boston’s WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” repeats at #1.
  • Steady at #5 in Seattle, Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned KOMO posts its third straight report without a loss for a net gain of seven-tenths (4.4 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 5.1, 6+).
  • Entercom Detroit’s WWJ “News Radio 950” is a combined +.9 in October/November (4.5 – 4.8 – 5.4, 6+) and zooms from eighth to fourth.
  • While unchanged at #18 in Baltimore, business news sibling WDCH Bloomberg1 & 105.7” improves by four-tenths in October/November (.9 – 1.1 – 1.3, 6+).

SPORTS TALK

  • Even though Entercom-owned WJFK-FM (Nationals) has lost eight-tenths in three straight down or flat trends (2.4 – 2.1 – 1.6 – 1.6, 6+), “106.7 The Fan” advances from #17 in Washington to #16.
  • Flat at #20, Radio One’s cross-town WTEM “980 The Team” (Washington Football Team) is in an alternating down/up/down sequence (.8 – .7 – 1.2 – 1.1, 6+).
  • Following four straight spikes for a collective +2.9 (3.9 – 4.1 – 4.9 – 5.4 – 6.8, 6+), Beasley Media Group Boston’s WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” (Celtics, Bruins, Patriots) forfeits six-tenths to 6.2 (fourth to fifth, 6+).
  • Climbing from #13 to #12, Entercom’s cross-town WEEI-FM (Red Sox) scores one-half share through five consecutive sweeps without a loss (2.5 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 3.0, 6+).
  • A combined +1.2 in October/November (2.2 – 2.9 – 3.4, 6+), Bonneville’s KIRO-AM “ESPN 710” (Mariners, Seahawks) catapults into Seattle’s top ten (#17 to #10).
  • Practically tripling (+1.5) its 6+ AQH share through five consecutive reports without a loss (.8 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.2 – 1.7 – 2.3, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KJR-AM “Seattle’s Sports Radio 950” cracks the top twenty (#24 to #20).
  • Inching up from fourth to third, Entercom Detroit’s WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” (Tigers, Pistons, Red Wings) gains eight-tenths in October/November (4.7 – 5.2 – 5.5, 6+).
  • Three straight bumps by Bonneville-owned KMVP-FM (Arizona Diamondbacks) yielded a collective +1.3 (1.6 – 2.0 – 2.4 – 2.9, 6+), but “98.7 Arizona Sports” drops three-tenths to 2.6 (#15 to #16, 6+).
  • The rotating down/up pattern by iHeartMedia Minneapolis’ KFXN (Wild, Vikings) includes October’s mammoth +2.9 and November’s -.6 as “Sports Radio 100.3 K-Fan” segues from first to second (5.6 – 5.0 – 5.6 – 5.3 – 8.2 – 7.6, 6+).
  • Tampa sibling WDAE “620 Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” (Rays), which was +1.2 through three straight reports without a loss (1.2 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 2.2, 6+), surrenders three-tenths to 1.9 (flat at #19, 6+).
  • Having nearly doubled (+1.7) its 6+ AQH share via three straight spikes (1.8 – 2.0 – 2.4 – 3.5, 6+), Bonneville Denver’s KKFN “Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan” (Nuggets) falters by one-half share (3.0, flat at #11, 6+).
  • In addition to exiting the top ten (#10 to #11), Entercom Baltimore’s WJZ-FM “The Fan” (Orioles) slumps eight-tenths in three successive sweeps without an increase (3.9 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.1, 6+).
  • Off three-tenths in September/October (2.4 – 2.2 – 2.1, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting Louis’ WXOS “101 Sports” rebounds with a November increase twice that magnitude (2.7, +.6, #19 to #15, 6+).

PUBLIC RADIO NEWS/TALK

  • Stacking a +1.3 onto October’s +.5 (6.4 – 6.9 – 8.2, 6+), American University-owned WAMU “The Mind Is Our Medium” jumps from fourth in Washington, DC to second.
  • Four consecutive up or flat moves by Boston University’s WBUR have accounted for a collective +1.1 (3.2 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 4.3, ninth to eighth, 6+).
  • Entering Boston’s top ten (#11 to #9), WGBH Educational Foundation-owned WGBH is a combined +1.2 in October/November (2.3 – 3.3 – 3.5, 6+).
  • In Miami, Dade County School Board’s WLRN forfeits eight-tenths in October/November (3.7 – 2.9 – 2.9, #11 to #14, 6+).
  • Over and above posting its third straight bump for a collective +1.6 (5.3 – 5.8 – 6.3 – 6.9, 6+), Northwest Public Radio Seattle’s KUOW marches from third to first.
  • Including November’s increase of one-tenth, Wayne State University Detroit’s WDET is in a rotating down/up pattern (2.1 – 2.0 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 3.0, unchanged at #16, 6+).
  • After losing two-tenths via four straight (mostly flat) and down trends (1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.5, 6+), Michigan Public Media’s WUOM picks up three-tenths to 1.8 (6+) and returns to Detroit’s top twenty (#21 to #20).
  • Maricopa County Community College-owned KJZZ improves by three-tenths in October/November (3.0 – 3.1 – 3.3, 6+) and advances from #13 in Phoenix to #12.
  • Not only is Minnesota Public Radio’s KNOW up seven-tenths in October/November (7.1 – 7.2 – 7.8, 6+), it progresses from Minneapolis’ runner-up slot to the top.
  • In addition to repeating at #1, San Diego State University-owned KPBS continues a rotating up/down sequence (6.3 – 6.4 – 6.1 – 7.4 – 7.3, 6+).
  • In Tampa, University of South Florida-owned WUSF is a combined -1.3 in October/November (3.7 – 3.2 – 2.4, #15 to #18, 6+).
  • On top in Denver the third month in a row, Colorado Public Radio’s KCFR is a cumulative +2.4 as a result of three straight spikes (5.5 – 6.7 – 6.9 – 7.9, 6+).
  • Including November’s gain of four-tenths, Your Public Radio Baltimore’s WYPR “88.1 Your NPR News Station” continues an alternating down/up pattern (4.7 – 4.3 – 4.5 – 4.1 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 4.7, eighth to seventh, 6+).
  • While flat at #16 in St. Louis, University of Missouri-owned KWMU is up one-half share in three straight positive or neutral moves (2.1 – 2.3 – 2.6 – 2.6, 6+).

November 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round One

| November 24, 2020

November 2020 PPM Data – Information for Nielsen Audio‘s November 2020 ratings period has been released for New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey).

Nielsen Audio’s November 2020 survey period covered October 8 – November 4 (one day after Election Day).

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October 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Four

| October 30, 2020

October 2020 PPM Data – Information for the October 2020 ratings period has been released for Austin, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Providence, Norfolk, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Greensboro, Memphis, and Hartford.

Nielsen Audio’s October 2020 survey period covered September 10 – October 7.

Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” for spoken-word formats from these 12 PPM-markets.

AUSTIN

News/Talk

  • Replicating September’s half-share increase (5.0 – 5.5 – 6.0, 6+), Waterloo Media Group-owned KLBJ-AM continues in third-place. “News Radio 590” regressed by seven-tenths in August.
  • Posting either a .3 (6+) or a .2 (6+) in each of the last eight survey periods (.3 – .3 – .3 – .2 – .3 – .2 – .2 – .3, February 2020 through September 2020, 6+), Entercom’s KJCE “Talk Radio 1370” improves by two-tenths to .5 (unchanged at #25, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • After having roughly half its 6+ AQH share slivered (-.7) through four successive decreases – including three straight drops of two-tenths (1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0 – .8 – .6, 6+) – Genuine Austin Radio’s KTXX “The Horn” halts the skid by gaining four-tenths (1.0, #24 to #21, 6+).
  • In four consecutive down or flat moves, iHeartMedia-owned KVET-AM “1300 AM The Zone” has lost a total of two-tenths (.5 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3, #25 to #26, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Entering the August sweep, KUT was an overall -3.0 in four straight downturns (10.3 – 9.8 – 8.5 – 7.8 – 7.3, 6+); however, the University of Texas at Austin-owned facility roars back with three successive positive spikes for a collective +2.9 (7.3 – 8.2 – 10.1 – 10.2, 6+) and repeats at #1. KUT was the market leader five times in a row, before segueing to the runner-up slot in June. Its recent (6+) fluctuations include: +2.0 (October 2019); -1.9 (“Holiday” 2019); +1.5 (January 2020); +.8 (March); -1.3 (May); -.7 (June); +.9 (August); and +1.9 (September).   

RALEIGH

News/Talk

  • Not only is iHeartMedia’s WTKK a combined +1.0 in September/October (6.7 – 7.0 – 7.7, 6+), “106.1 Stay Connected” elevates from third to second and is eight-tenths from the lead. Its July gain of six-tenths curtailed four consecutive decreases that resulted in an overall -1.4 (7.6 – 6.9 – 6.8 – 6.6 – 6.2, 6+).
  • Curtis Media Group’s WPTF regains the one-tenth it lost this time last month and improves by one ranker (1.8 – 1.7 – 1.8, #18 to #17, 6+). “News Radio 680” gained three-tenths in August to suspend three straight drops that accounted for a collective -1.2 (2.7 – 2.2 – 1.8 – 1.5, 6+).

 Sports Talk

  • While remaining at #14, Capitol Broadcasting’s WCMC (Carolina Hurricanes) is an overall +1.8 in three straight spikes (1.1 – 1.3 – 2.5 – 2.9, #14, 6+). This comes directly after “99.9 The Fan” notched a 1.1 (6+) in three of four sweeps (1.1 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.1, April – May – June – July, 6+).
  • Unlisted in June, cluster-mate WCMC-HD2 resurfaced with a .2 (July, 6+); had a .1 (August and September, 6+); but breaks out an increase of three-tenths to .4 (#26 to #23).
  • Co-owned WDNC “620 The Ticket” is trending: .2 – .2 – .2 – .1 – .3 – .3 (#23 to #26, 6+).
  • Greensboro sibling WSJS “The Sports Hub” pops on in Raleigh with a .1 (#27, 6+).

 Public Radio News/Talk

  • Five consecutive bumps by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s WUNC resulted in a collective +2.0 (6.1 – 6.7 – 6.8 – 7.1 – 7.6 – 8.1, 6+); however, “91.5 North Carolina Public Radio” surrenders 55% of that windfall with a -1.1 to 7.0 (second to third, 6+). September’s 8.1 marked the first time WUNC reached the eight-share level since August 2019’s 8.5.
  • Co-owned WRQM is frozen on .1 (6+) the third time in a row (#26 to #27) – it had been locked on .3 (6+) in June and July.

INDIANAPOLIS

News/Talk

  • This is the fourth uptick in succession for Emmis-owned WIBC, which is +1.8 in that June 2020 through October 2020 timeframe (7.4 – 7.5 – 8.0 – 9.1 – 9.2, 6+). “Indy’s Mobile News 93.1” repeats in the runner-up slot and has is its best 6+-showing (9.2) since April (10.3). WIBC was -2.9 in May/June (10.3 – 8.9 – 7.4, 6+), directly after four straight increases netted a +4.9 (5.4 – 7.6 – 8.0 – 8.8 – 10.3, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Cluster-mate WFNI (Pacers) supplements September’s one-tenth gain with October’s hefty +1.0 (1.9 – 2.0 – 3.0, #15 to #12, 6+). It is the first time “The Fan – Indy’s Sports Center” has reached the three-share level since January (3.0, as well).
  • Although without a loss the third time in a row for a net gain of two-tenths (.7 – .8 – .9 – .9, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WNDE “Fox Sports 1260 – Indy’s Sports Leader” slips from #19 to #20.
  • Emmis’ WIBC-HD3, which logged a .1 (6+) in May, is unlisted the fifth sweep in a row.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Despite logging its sixth consecutive down or flat trend for an overall -1.9 (5.3 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.4, 6+), Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting’s WFYI reenters the top ten (#11 to #10). This particular streak follows three gains in succession that netted a +1.6 (3.7 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.3, 6+).

 MILWAUKEE

News/Talk

  • An astonishing +4.4 in just three upticks in a row (6.8 – 8.6 – 10.2 – 11.2, 6+) enables iHeartMedia’s WISN to repeat at #1. Not only that, “News/Talk 1130” posts its highest 6+-stat (11.2) in the PPM-era, topping its previous record of 10.2 (6+) established … this time last month. In 2020, WISN has been on top in April, May, August, September, and October. Entering the August ratings period, “News/Talk 1130” was a collective -2.5 as a result of three declines in succession (9.3 – 8.6 – 7.2 – 6.8, 6+).
  • As is the case in Salt Lake City with iHeartRadio-owned KNRS and Bonneville’s KSL, news/talk boasts a #1/#2 finish (6+) in Milwaukee, as Good Karma Brands’ WTMJ (Brewers, Bucks, Green Bay Packers) is a cumulative +2.5 in three bumps in succession (5.5 – 6.7 – 7.2 – 8.0, fourth to second, 6+). Down or flat three times in a row for a net loss of eight-tenths (6.3 – 6.1 – 5.5 – 5.5, 6+), “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” was +1.2 in March/April (5.1 – 5.7 – 6.3, 6+).
  • Following consecutive postings of .3 (6+), WTMJ’s internet stream is unlisted the fourth month in a row.
  • This is the third successive sweep that Alpha Media-owned WLIP is a no-show. “AM 1050 Kenosha’s News & Talk” had a March 2020 through July 2020 topline of: .5 – .6 – .5 – .6 – .5 (#18, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Five Milwaukee sports talk outlets have a combined 2.3 (6+), compared to September’s 2.1 (6+). Flat at #16, iHeartMedia-owned WRNW “97.3 The Game – Milwaukee’s Sports Talk That Rocks” posts its fifth straight report without a loss for a net gain of two-tenths (.6 – .6 -.6 – .6 – .7 – .8, #17 to #16, 6+).
  • It’s a similar bottom line for Good Karma Brands’ WKTI “94.5 ESPN,” which picks up two-tenths via three up or flat moves in a row (.4 – .6 – .6 – .6, flat at #18, 6+).
  • The theme continues as iHeartMedia’s WOKY “The Big 920” is a combined +.2 in September/October (.2 – .4 – .4, #20 to #19, 6+).
  • Entercom’s WSSP “Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan,” however, is down one-tenth in September/October (.5 – .4 – .4, #20 to #19, 6+).
  • With a .1 (6+), Good Karma Brands’ WAUK resurfaces at #25.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Down one-half share in August/September (9 – 3.5 – 3.4, 6+), University of Wisconsin-owned WUWM expunges 60% of the deficit with a gain of three-tenths to 3.7 (tenth to eighth, 6+).
  • Three increases in succession netted Wisconsin Public Radio’s WHAD one-half share (.9 – 1.0 – 1.3 – 1.4, 6+), but the streak ends with a one-tenth loss to 1.3 (unchanged at #13, 6+). WHAD had lost one-half share via three straight down or flat reports (1.4 – 1.4 – 1.0 – .9, 6+).
  • WHAD’s internet stream repeats September’s average quarter share and market rank (.1, #25, 6+).
  • Gateway Technical College’s public radio news/talk-classical-jazz hybrid WGTD is trending .1 – .2 .2 (#23, 6+).

NASHVILLE

News/Talk

  • Albeit down one-tenth in September/October (5.7 – 5.6 – 5.6, 6+) Cumulus Media-owned WWTN advances from seventh to sixth. “Super Talk 99.7” was a combined +1.1 in July/August (4.6 – 4.8 – 5.7, 6+).
  • Flat at #17, iHeartMedia’s WLAC is off three-tenths in September/October (2.2 – 2.1 – 1.9, 6+). “Talk Radio 1510” gained one-half share in March/April (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.7, 6+); was -1.0 in three downturns in succession (2.7 – 2.4 – 2.0 – 1.7, 6+); and +.5 in August.

Sports Talk

  • Dusting itself off from September’s loss of three-tenths is Cumulus Media’s WGFX, which boasts the largest 6+ September 2020 – October 2020 increase of any station in these 12 PPM-markets (2.9 – 5.3, +2.4, 6+). As a result, “104.5 The Zone” (Tennessee Titans) leaps from #12 to #8.
  • It’s not quite as dramatic, but Cromwell Group-owned WPRT “102.5 The Game” (Predators) shakes off a September decline of two-tenths with an October boost of nine-tenths (.6 – .4 – 1.3, 6+) to crack the top twenty (#22 to #19). An August gain of three-tenths suspended six straight down or flat sweeps that resulted in a 70% loss (-.7) of its 6+ AQH share (1.0 – .6 – .4 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3, 6+).
  • Following four straight down or flat trends that resulted in a loss of one-tenth (2 – .2 – .2 – .1 – .1, 6+), co-owned WBUZ-HD3 adds two-tenths to .3 (6+) yet backslides from #23 to #24.

News

  • This is the third time in succession that iHeartMedia-owned/Black Information Network affiliate WNRQ-HD2 posts a .1 (#25, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Nashville Public Radio’s WPLN-FM “NPR News and Classical Music” logs its third consecutive bump for a collective +1.0 and repeats in tenth-place (3.8 – 4.2 – 4.3 – 4.8, 6+).

PROVIDENCE

News/Talk

  • After being a collective -2.1 in five consecutive losses (6.1 – 5.6 – 4.7 – 4.4 – 4.2 – 4.0, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned WPRO-AM removes roughly half the shortfall with a +1.1 to 5.1 (seventh to fifth, 6+). Immediately prior, “News Talk 630” more than doubled (+3.6) its 6+ AQH share in four straight positive or neutral trends (2.5 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 6.1, 6+).
  • In addition to netting six-tenths through three successive modest gains (1.2 – 1.3 – 1.7 – 1.8, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WHJJ “News Radio 920”enters the top ten (#13 to #10) with its best 6+-performance (1.8)  since March 2019 (1.9).
  • Cumulus Media’s WPRV “AM 790 Talk & Business” is in an alternating down/up pattern which includes October’s loss of two-tenths (.5 – .4 – .6 – .4, July – August – September – October, #20 to #21, 6+).

 Sports Talk

  • In that same July 2020 – October 2020 stretch, Entercom’s WVEI is in a rotating up/down sequence (0 – 2.5 – 2.2 – 2.5, steady at #9, 6+). In six straight down or flat survey periods, “Sports Radio 103.7” basically lost half (-2.1) its 6+ AQH share (4.1 – 3.4 – 3.1 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.1 – 2.0, 6+).

News-Talk

  • Despite having its fourth straight down or flat report for a net loss of three-tenths (1.5 – 1.5 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.2, 6+), iHeartMedia Boston’s WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” progresses from #15 to #14.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • An overall +1.0 via three straight bumps (1.9 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9, 6+), WGBH Educational Foundation Boston’s WGBH continues in eighth-place. This directly follows four straight sweeps without an increase for a net loss of -1.3 (3.2 – 3.0 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 1.9, 6+).
  • After three consecutive 1.6 showings (6+), Rhode Island Public Radio’s WNPN follows with a combined loss of three-tenths in September/October (2.1 – 2.0 – 1.8, 6+), but remains at #10. WNPN had been off one-half share in three straight sweeps without an increase (2.1 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.6, 6+).
  • In five down or flat trends in succession, The Wheeler School-owned WELH “89.3 The Public’s Radio” has lost a total of one-tenth (.4 – .4 – .3 – .3 – .3 – .3, unchanged at #22, 6+).

NORFOLK

Sports Talk

  • An increase of two-tenths (1.4 – 1.6, 6+) is sufficient to push Max Broadcast Group’s WVSP into the top ten (#11 to #10). Before regressing by one-tenth this time last month, “ESPN Radio 94.1” was +.5 in July/August (1.0 – 1.3 – 1.5, 6+). May’s increase of two tenths pulled the plug on seven straight down or flat reports that accounted for a net loss of nine-tenths (2.2 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.3, 6+).

News

  • With a July 2020 through October 2020 topline of .7 – .6 – .6 – .8 (6+), iHeartMedia-owned/Black Information Network affiliate WNOH remains at #14.

JACKSONVILLE

News/Talk

  • After back-to-back months in the runner-up slot, Cox Media Group’s WOKV-FM dials up a half-share increase (10.2 – 10.7, 6+) and marches to #1. This (10.7) is the best 6+-stat since April’s 13.4 for “104.5 Jacksonville’s News, Weather, and Traffic,” which has been on top in January, March, April, and October. Just prior to August’s +.9, WOKV-FM was an overall -3.9 via three drops in a row (13.4 – 10.4 – 9.9 – 9.5, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • March 2020 through October 2020’s alternating up/down pattern for iHeartMedia-owned WFXJ “930 The Game – Jacksonville’s Sports Leader” includes October’s one-tenth gain: 1.2 – 1.4 – .8 – .9 – .6 – .9 – .6 – .7 (#21 to #19, 6+).
  • Cox Media Group’s WOKV-AM “ESPN Jacksonville 690 AM” logs a .1 (6+) the third time in the last four sweeps (.1 – .3 – .1 – .1, #24 to #25, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • After posting back-to-back losses of seven-tenths (3.9 – 3.2 – 2.5, 6+), WJCT was a combined +1.5 in June/July (2.5 – 3.7 – 4.0, 6+); -.4 (August); +.8 (September); and now -.5 in October (4.4 – 3.9, #8 to #11, 6+).

WEST PALM BEACH

News/Talk

  • This is the fourth time in the last five survey periods that iHeartMedia-owned WJNO “1290 The Palm Beaches’ News & Talk” has racked up a 3.9 (3.9 – 3.9 – 3.6 – 3.9 – 3.9, unchanged at #7, 6+). WJNO netted an overall +1.9 via four consecutive reports without a decrease (8 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 4.7, 6+).
  • Co-owned WZZR “Real Radio 94.3,” which gained one-tenth in back-to-back reports (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.1, 6+), forfeits three-tenths to 1.8 (#12 to #13, 6+). August’s increase interrupted three consecutive down or flat sweeps that produced a net loss of three-tenths (2.2 – 2.0 – 1.9 – 1.9, 6+).
  • After more than doubling (+.9) its 6+ AQH share through five straight up or flat trends (.7 – 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.6 – 1.6, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting’s WFTL “News Talk 850” drops four-tenths to 1.2 (#14 to #16, 6+).
  • Down a collective three-tenths in six straight sweeps without an increase (.7 – .7 – .6 – .6 – .6 – .4 – .4, 6+), iHeartMedia Miami’s WIOD “610 News Radio” dips from #22 to #23.

 Sports Talk

  • Hubbard Broadcasting’s WMEN notched a .2 in five of the last six sweeps including the last four in a row (.2 – .7 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .2, 6+); however, “Fox Sports 640 AM South Florida” doubles it to .4 (#24 to #23, 6+).  

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Even though it regains the three-tenths that was lost this time last month (3.2 – 3.5 – 3.2, 6+), Dade County School Board’s WLRN backslides from eighth to ninth. Prior to May’s loss of one-tenth, WLRN was an overall +.9 in four straight up or flat reports (2.0 – 2.5 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+).
  • Unlisted in June and July, WLRN-HD2 resurfaced in August and records its third straight .2 (#24 to #25, 6+).

GREENSBORO

News/Talk

  • As a result of three consecutive bumps, iHeartMedia’s WPTI “94.5 Your News, Talk, & Sports Station” is an overall +1.7 (4.2 – 5.0 – 5.2 – 5.9, seventh to sixth, 6+). Four gains in a row yielding a +2.6 (3.0 – 3.9 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 5.6, 6+) preceded three straight drops that accounted for a -1.4 (5.6 – 5.0 – 4.8 – 4.2, 6+).

 Sports Talk

  • After almost doubling (+.3) its 6+ AQH share in three straight reports without a loss (.4 – .6 – .6 – .7, 6+), Curtis Media Group-owned WSJS “The Sports Hub” drops two-tenths to .5 (6+) and remains at #15.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Wake Forest University’s WFDD, which was a cumulative +1.3 via four successive spikes (2.8 – 3.1 – 3.6 – 3.9 – 4.1, 6+), falters by one-half share to 3.6 (6+), but is unchanged at #10.
  • Up four-tenths as a result of three straight positive or neutral moves (1.4 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.8, 6+), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s WUNC remains at #13.

MEMPHIS

News/Talk

  • Three consecutive drops by iHeartMedia-owned WREC led to an overall -1.4 (5.5 – 5.4 – 4.5 – 4.1, 6+), but “600 AM – Memphis’ News, Traffic, & Weather” wipes away just over half that shortfall with a +.8 to 4.9 (ninth to seventh, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • A combined -.9 in September/October (2.5 – 2.0 – 1.6, 6+), Entercom’s WMFS “ESPN Sports Radio” carries on at #14. August’s 2.5 was its best 6+-stat since February (3.1).
  • Up four-tenths this time last month, WMFS’ internet stream returns half the increase (.7 – .5, -.2, flat at #17, 6+).
  • Entercom-owned WMC-AM “680 AM ESPN Sports Radio” repeats September’s average quarter hour share and market rank (.3, #19, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • On the heels of September’s +1.1 to 2.6 (6+), Mid-South Public Communications Foundation-owned WKNO “91.1 NPR For The Mid-South” regresses by four-tenths to 2.2 (#12 to #13, 6+). September’s 2.2 (6+) enabled WKNO to cross the two-share level for the first time since February (2.0).  

HARTFORD

News/Talk

  • Owing to three upticks in succession, Entercom-owned WTIC-AM is an overall +1.7 (6.1- 6.9 – 7.3 – 7.8, 6+) and remains in the runner-up slot. Prior to being -1.7 in July, “News Talk 1080” was +2.1 via six successive up or flat moves (5.7 – 6.1 – 6.2 – 7.2 – 7.6 – 7.8 – 7.8, 6+).
  • Continuing a rotating up/down pattern that began in February and includes October’s loss of six-tenths (.8 – 1.2 -.7 – .8 – .7 – 1.3 – 1.0 – 1.3 – .7, 6+), Red Wolf Broadcasting’s WDRC-AM “AM 1360 The Talk of Connecticut” slips from #13 to #14.
  • This is the third time in a row that iHeartMedia’s WPOP “News Radio 1410” has had a fluctuation of one-tenth (.2 – .3 – .4 – .3, #16 to #15, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Regaining the three-tenths it lost this time last month (1.0 – .7 – 1.0, 6+), co-owned WUCS “97.9 ESPN Hartford” climbs from #15 to #13.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Not quite doubling (+2.2) its 6+ AQH share through four straight spikes (2.6 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.6 – 4.8, 6+), Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network-owned WNPR “Connecticut’s Public Media Source for News & Ideas” continues in ninth-place. Four successive reports without an increase resulted in a -2.0 (4.6 – 4.3 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.6, 6+).
  • University of Massachusetts-owned WFCR “New England Public Radio” notches a .2 (6+) the third time in the last four sweeps (.2 – .3 – .2 – .2, 6+) and drops from #17 to #18. In advance of the August report, WFCR lost half (-.2) its 6+ AQH share through six consecutive down or flat sweeps (.4 – .3 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .2, 6+).

October 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round Three

| October 29, 2020

October 2020 PPM Data – Information for the October 2020 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 October 2020 survey period covered September 10 – October 7.

Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” for spoken-word formats from these 12 PPM-markets.

Noteworthy: The NFL season started September 10 – the first day of the October 2020 sweep.

PORTLAND

News/Talk

  • By hauling out a +1.0 following September’s increase of one-tenth, Alpha Media-owned KXL matches April’s 7.0 (5.9 – 6.0 – 7.0, steady at #3, 6+). “FM News 101 – Stay Connected” dropped six-tenths in August (6.5 – 5.9, 6+), with August’s 5.9 its lowest 6+-stat since February (4.9). KXL gained one-half share in June/July (6.0 – 6.4 – 6.5, 6+).
  • Repeating at #13 is iHeartMedia’s KEX, which is up one-half share in September/October (2.7 – 3.1 – 3.2, 6+). “News Radio 1190 – Depend On Us” was -1.1 in August (3.8 – 2.7, 6+). Its June drop of three-tenths followed nine straight up or flat moves that yielded a +1.6 (2.3 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.8 – 3.2 – 3.8 – 3.9, 6+).
  • Despite recording a one-tenth increase to 1.1 (6+), thus halting three straight sweeps without an increase that led to a loss of four-tenths (1.4 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.0, 6+), Alpha Media’s KUFO “Freedom 970” backslides from #22 to #23.
  • Five successive up or flat reports by Salem Media Group’s KPAM yield three-tenths (.4 – .4 – .5 – .6 – .6 – .7, steady at #25, 6+). When “AM 860 The Answer” logged an August .6 (6+), it snapped at eleven a consecutive string of recording either a .4 (6+) or .5 (6+).

Sports Talk

  • An increase of three-tenths this time last month (.8 – 1.1, 6+) by Alpha Media’s KXTG suspended three down or flat moves in a row that resulted in a -1.1 (1.9 – 1.6 – .8 – .8, 6+). In October, “The Game” tacks on one-half share to 1.6 (6+) and enters the top twenty (#21 to #20).
  • Entercom-owned KFXX “1080 The Fan” erases September’s loss of one-tenth with an October increase of three-tenths (1.0 – 1.3, flat at #22, 6+). In four of five previous survey periods, KFXX notched a 1.1 (1.1 – 1.1 – .9 – 1.1 – 1.1, 6+).
  • After tripling (+.4) its 6+ AQH share in five straight reports without a loss (.2 – .2 – .2 – .3 – .5 – .6, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KPOJ “Sports Radio 620” (Trailblazers) regresses by three-tenths (.3, #25 to #29, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • In addition to being an overall -2.5 via six consecutive sweeps without an increase (10.1 – 9.3 – 9.1 – 8.8 – 8.4 – 8.4 – 7.6, 6+), Oregon Public Broadcasting’s KOPB segues from first to second. On top the past six survey periods, KOPB was a combined +1.9 in March/April (8.2 – 9.9 – 10.1, 6+).
  • KOPB’s internet stream though logs a half-share increase (.6 – 1.1, #25 to #23, 6+).

 CHARLOTTE

 News/Talk

  • Piling a +.9 onto September’s gain of one-tenth (5.9 – 6.0 – 6.9, 6+), Entercom-owned WBT “Charlotte’s News Talk” pushes up from fourth to third. Entering the September sweep, the flagship of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers was a cumulative -1.2 through four down or flat sweeps in succession (7.1 – 6.3 – 6.0 – 5.9 – 5.9, 6+). Immediately prior, it had more than doubled (+3.6) its 6+ AQH share through four increases in a row (3.5 – 4.9 – 5.3 – 5.7 – 7.1, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Co-owned WFNZ (Hornets), which was up seven-tenths in August/September (1.1 – 1.2 – 1.8, 6+), has September’s 1.8 (6+) sliced precisely in half (.9, -.9, #17 to #19, 6+). “The Fan – Charlotte’s Sports Leader” had been without an increase four straight months for a net loss of seven-tenths (1.8 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.3 – 1.1, 6+).
  • Locked on .1 (6+) in August and September – after being a no-show in July – Beasley Media Group’s WBCN “Fox Sports Charlotte” adds one-tenth to .2 (6+) and is unchanged at #21. A true model of consistency, WBCN posted 14 straight .1 showings (6+) before being unlisted in July.

 News

  • For the second month in a row, iHeartMedia-owned Black Information Network affiliate WRFX-HD2 does not appear in print. Its January 2020 through July 2020 topline was: .2 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .1 – .2 – .1 (6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Off one-tenth (3.2 – 3.1, 6+), University Radio Foundation’s WFAE nonetheless repeats at #14. WFAE rebounded from August’s half-share loss with a September increase of three-tenths (3.4 – 2.9 – 3.2, 6+).
  • Steady at #20, South Carolina Educational TV’s WNSC has an April 2020 through October 2020 topline of: .3 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .3 – .3 (6+).
  • Co-owned WRJA “South Carolina Public Radio” is unlisted the fifth time in the last six sweeps (.0 – .0 – .1 – .0 – .0 – .0, 6+).
  • After notching a .1 (6+) in July, WFAE HD-3 is unlisted the third sweep in a row.

SAN ANTONIO

News/Talk

  • Three straight upticks by iHeartMedia-owned WOAI “News Radio 1200 – San Antonio’s News, Traffic, & Weather” account for a net gain of eight-tenths (5.5 – 6.0 – 6.1 – 6.3, steady at #2, 6+). Recent fluctuations for the flagship of the Spurs include: +1.0 (5.3 – 5.7 – 6.3, January/February, 6+); -.5 (6.3 – 5.8, March, 6+); +2.1 (5.8 – 7.9, April, 6+); -.8 (7.9 – 7.1, May, 6+); -.6 (7.1 – 6.5, June, 6+); -1.0 (6.5 – 5.5, July, 6+); and +.5 (5.5 – 6.0, August, 6+).
  • Albeit down two-tenths in back-to-back reports (2.1 – 1.9 – 1.7, 6+), Alpha Media’s KTSA “Stay Connected” returns to the top twenty (#21 to #20). Its September loss interrupted four successive up or flat trends that netted seven-tenths (1.4 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 2.1 – 2.1, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • In four of the last six survey periods, iHeartMedia-owned KTKR posted a .4 (.4 – .5 – .4 – .6 – .4 – .4, 6+); however, “Ticket 760 – San Antonio’s Sports Station” improves by one-tenth to .5 (#29 to #27, 6+).
  • Even though Alpha Media’s KZDC gains one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.2 – .3 – .4, 6+), “ESPN San Antonio” backslides from #30 to #32.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Up eight-tenths in September/October (2.7 – 3.3 – 3.5, 6+), Texas Public Radio’s KSTX jumps from #15 to #12. Immediately prior to September, KSTX had been within 2.5 – 2.9 range (6+) in five successive reports (9 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.8 – 2.7, 6+).

SACRAMENTO

 News Talk

  • In addition to racking up a collective six-tenths in three straight increases (7.9 – 8.0 – 8.1 – 8.5, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KFBK repeats at #1. August’s increase halted three successive declines that totaled a -3.7 (11.6 – 9.4 – 8.9 – 7.9, 6+). Immediately prior to slipping to third-place in July, “Sacramento’s News, Weather and Traffic Station” spent six straight sweeps at #1. April 2020’s 6 is its highest 6+-stat in the PPM-era, besting the previous high (10.3) set in March 2020.
  • Conversely, cluster-mate KSTE has its 6+ AQH share carved in half (-1.5) via three successive setbacks (3.0 – 2.5 – 2.1 – 1.5, #15 to #16, 6+). Prior to July’s +1.2 to 3.0 (6+), “Talk 650” last reached the three-share level in September 2019 (3.0, as well).

Sports Talk

  • Down three-tenths in June/July (.8 – .6 – .5, 6+), Bonneville-owned KHTK “Sports 1140” (Kings) erases the deficit with a net gain of three-tenths through three straight up or flat moves (.5 – .6 – .6 – .8, #20 to #19, 6+).
  • By notching a gain of two-tenths to .7 (#23 to #22, 6+), Entercom’s KIFM-AM pulls the plug on five consecutive reports without an increase in which “ESPN Radio 1320” lost roughly half (-.6) its 6+ AQH share (1.1 – .8 – .6 – .6 – .6 – .5, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • This is the third time in a row that Capital Public Radio’s KXJZ posts a 4.4 (unchanged at #6, 6+); it is down a collective six-tenths since July (5.0 – 4.4 – 4.4 – 4.4, 6+). Three earlier modest improvements accounted for a half-share increase (4.5 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.0, 6+).
  • KQED, Inc.’s KQEI quadruples (+.6) its 6+ AQH share through three straight improvements (.2 – .4 – .5 – .8, 6+) and cracks the top twenty (#23 to #19).
  • Co-owned KQED repeats September’s average quarter share and market rank (.1, #28, 6+); KQED is #1 in San Francisco and San Jose (6+).
  • Unlisted in May, June, and July, California State University-Sacramento’s KUOP logs a .1 (flat at #28, 6+) the third time in a row.

PITTSBURGH

News/Talk

  • Continuing an alternating down/up sequence that includes October’s loss of three-tenths (6.5 – 5.1 – 5.4 – 5.0 – 5.1 – 4.8, 6+), Entercom-owned KDKA-AM slips from fifth to seventh. “News Radio 1020” was a combined -2.2 in May/June (7.3 – 6.5 – 5.1, 6+), immediately after being +4.2 via four straight spikes (3.1 – 4.0 – 4.3 – 5.6 – 7.3, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Co-owned KDKA-FM (Pirates) was -1.9 in June/July (6.3 – 4.5 – 4.4, 6+); +1.3 in August; -.4 in September; and now +.9 in October (4.4 – 5.7 – 5.3 – 6.2, 6+); “93.7 The Fan” remains in fourth-place. Its May increase of four-tenths interrupted three straight decreases that resulted in a -2.0 (7.9 – 7.5 – 6.7 – 5.9, 6+).
  • Even though iHeartMedia-owned WBGG is without a loss the sixth straight time for a net gain of two-tenths (.1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .2 – .3, 6+), “ESPN Pittsburgh” departs the top twenty (#19 to #24, 6+).

 Public Radio News/Talk

  • Extremely similar to KDKA-AM, Essential Public Media’s WESA “90.5 Pittsburgh’s NPR Station” is in a rotating down/up pattern which includes October’s decrease of three-tenths (5.4 – 5.1 – 5.4 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 4.8, fifth to seventh, 6+).

SALT LAKE CITY

News/Talk

  • It is a precedent-setting sweep for iHeartMedia-owned KNRS, which reaches #1 the first time in its PPM-history. Furthermore, “Talk Radio 105.9 – Listen And You’ll Know” is an overall +2.3 via four successive positive spikes (5.3 – 5.8 – 6.1 – 7.3 – 7.6, second to first, 6+). Immediately after logging four consecutive sweeps without a loss for a +2.2 (4.1 – 5.0 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 6.3, 6+), KNRS was -1.0 in May/June (6.3 – 5.4 – 5.3, 6+). This calendar year, KNRS has prevailed over Bonneville’s KSL five times (February, July, August, September and October), while KSL has come out on top four times (March through June); the two were tied in January.
  • Just two-tenths behind KNRS is aforementioned Bonneville-owned KSL, which is a massive +2.3 in September/October (5.1 – 6.1 – 7.4, fifth to second, 6+). “News Radio 102.7 FM & 1160 AM” had been down four straight months for an overall -3.7 (8.8 – 6.0 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 5.1, 6+). A combined +3.9 in March/April (4.9 – 6.0 – 8.8, 6+), KSL had an April-only stay at #1.
  • Off three-tenths (.7 – .4, 6+), Cumulus Media’s KKAT slips from #27 to #28. When “860 AM – Utah’s Big Talker” gained two-tenths this time last month, it halted four down or flat trends in a row that had squashed its 6+ AQH share by exactly 50% (1.0 – .7 – .5 – .5 – .5, #23, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Recapturing the one-tenth it squandered this time last month (.6 – .5 – .6, 6+), Broadway Media’s KALL “ESPN 700” pushes up from #29 to #25.
  • On the other hand, Larry H. Miller Communications Corporation’s KZNS-FM “The Zone Sports Network 97.5” returns September’s increase of three-tenths (.6 – .9 – .6, 6+) and drops from #22 to #25.
  • Cluster-mate KZNS-AM “The Zone Sports Network 1280 AM” (Utah Jazz) is trending .6 – .6 – .8 – .8 – .5 (#25 to #27, 6+).
  • The internet stream of KZNS-FM doubles September’s .2 (.4, #32 to #28, 6+).
  • Co-owned/Provo-licensed KOVO “ESPN 960 Sports,” which debuted in September with a .1 (#33, 6+), is unlisted.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • More than doubling (+2.6) its 6+ AQH share in three upticks in a row (2.2 – 2.3 – 4.4 – 4.8, 6+), University of Utah’s KUER progresses from ninth to seventh. KUER was down nine-tenths in April/May (2.9 – 2.4 – 2.0, 6+).
  • Up a collective three-tenths through four successive positive or neutral moves (.5 – .5 – .7 – .8 – .8, 6+), Brigham Young University’s KUMT climbs from #25 to #23.
  • After recording a .1 (6+) the past four sweeps, Wasatch Public Media’s KCPW gains one-tenth to .2 (#33 to #32, 6+).
  • Brigham Young University’s KBYU-HD2, which logged a .1 (#33, 6+) this time last month, is unlisted in October.

LAS VEGAS

News Talk

  • As a result of dropping three-tenths to 3.1 (6+), Entercom-owned KXNT dips from #11 to #12. “News Talk Radio 840” was a combined +1.0 in August/September (2.4 – 3.0 – 3.4, 6+).
  • After posting a one-tenth increase in each of the last three sweeps (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5, 6+), Beasley Media Group’s KDWN “AM 720 Where Las Vegas Comes to Talk” forfeits one-half share to 2.0 (#16 to #18, 6+).
  • Kemp Broadcasting’s KMZQ “AM 670 The Right Talk for Vegas” has a June 2020 through October 2020 topline of: .5 – .5 – .7 – .6 – .6 (flat at #27, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Including October’s increase of one-half share, Lotus Communications’ KWWN “ESPN Radio 1100” has an alternating up/down sequence of .4 – .7 – .5 – 1.0, #29 to #25, 6+). KWWN had its AQH share split in half (.8 – .4 – .4, May – June – July, 6+).
  • Unlisted in September, co-owned KRLV “Raider Nation 920” (Vegas Raiders) pops back with a .3 (#31, 6+).
  • KRLV is tied with Entercom’s KXST “CBS Sports Radio 1140 AM,” which lost one-tenth in August (.2 – .1, #33, 6+); was unlisted in September; and – like KRLV – resurfaces with a .3 (#31, 6+).
  • After three straight .1 showings (6+), Lotus Communications’ KKGK “Fox Sports 98.9 FM & 1340 AM” notched a .2 (6+) this time last month, but disappears from print in October.

 Public Radio News/Talk

  • Four consecutive down or flat trends by Nevada Public Radio’s KNPR resulted in a -1.4 (3.9 – 3.7 – 2.9 – 2.5 – 2.5, 6+); however, KNPR halts the skid with a +.3 to 2.8 (flat at #16). The just-concluded negative streak immediately followed three straight improvements that accounted for a +1.3 (2.6 – 3.1 – 3 – 3.9, 6+).

ORLANDO

News Talk

  • Notwithstanding that it’s down three-tenths in September/October (4.5 – 4.3 – 4.2, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WTKS bumps up from eighth to seventh. “Real Radio 104.1 – We Say What We Want” gained four-tenths in August, but had been a collective -2.6 in three successive downturns (6.7 – 6.0 – 4.5 – 4.1, 6+).
  • Adding one-tenth to September’s +1.2 (1.4 – 2.6 – 2.7, 6+), Cox Media Group-owned WDBO-AM progresses from #15 to #14. “Orlando’s News Talk” was -1.0 in August (2.4 – 1.4, 6+).
  • Wiping away September’s one-tenth loss with an October gain of three-tenths (2.1 – 2.0 – 2.3, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WFLF “News Radio Orlando” proceeds from #17 to #15.

Sports Talk

  • WFLF cluster-mate WYGM (Magic) regains the two-tenths it lost in September (1.5 – 1.3 – 1.5, 6+) to advance from #20 to #19. “FM 96.9 The Game – Orlando’s Sports Leader” had posted gains of three-tenths in back-to-back reports (.9 – 1.2 – 1.5, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • An overall +1.0 through four spikes in succession (2.3 – 2.4 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.3, 6+), Community Communications’ WMFE “90.7 Public Radio for Central Florida” jumps from #13 to #11.

CINCINNATI

News/Talk

  • Following two major fluctuations – August’s +2.3 (9.2 – 11.5, 6+) and September’s -1.3 (11.5 – 10.2, 6+) – iHeartMedia’s WLW logs a much more modest +.3 to 10.5 (6+). The flagship of the Reds and Bengals shifts from second to first. Entering the August report, WLW had been down three times in a row for a collective -3.7 (12.9 – 10.3 – 9.4 – 9.2, 6+).
  • Co-owned WKRC “55 KRC The Talk Station,” which recorded three straight gains accounting for a +.9 (3.6 – 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.5, 6+), drops two-tenths to 4.3 (flat at #6, 6+). WKRC was +.8 (May) and -.7 (June).

 Sports Talk

  • Recapturing the three-tenths it squandered this time last month (.9 – .6 – .9, 6+), cluster-mate WCKY inches up from #20 to #18. “Cincinnati’s ESPN 1530” more than doubled (+.5) its 6+ AQH share in July/August (.4 – .7 – .9, 6+).
  • Still in that iHeartMedia cluster, WSAI “Fox Sports 1360” nets two-tenths in its fourth straight sweep without a loss (.1 – .1 – .1 – .2 – .3, #24 to #22, 6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Five consecutive spikes by WVXU “Connecting You To A World of Ideas” result in a collective +2.2 (1.8 – 2.1 – 2.4 – 3.1 – 3.7 – 4.0, 6+) as the Cincinnati Public Radio outlet advances from tenth to ninth.

 CLEVELAND

 News/Talk

  • A combined +2.1 in August/September (6.6 – 8.6 – 8.7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WTAM “1100 Cleveland’s News Radio” (Indians, Cavaliers) falters by nine-tenths to 7.8 (6+), slipping from second to third. August’s increase halted three drops in a row that led to a -2.2 (8.8 – 7.7 – 7.1 – 6.6, 6+).   

Sports Talk

  • After logging a 2.2 (6+) in three of the last four sweeps (2.2 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 2.2, 6+), Entercom’s WKRK (Browns) busts out an uptick of nine-tenths to 3.1 (#14 to #12, 6+). In May, “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” gained three-tenths to interrupt three consecutive decreases that accounted for an approximately 52% loss (-2.5) of its 6+ AQH share (4.9 – 3.6 – 3.2 – 2.4, 6+).

News

  • This is the third month in a row that iHeartMedia-owned/Black Information Network affiliate WMMS-HD2 is unlisted. The former alternative outlet had a January 2020 through July 2020 topline of: .9 – 1.1 – 1.1 – .9 – 1.1 – .9 – .5 (6+).

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Adding six-tenths to September’s one-tenth spike (3.5 – 3.6 – 4.2, 6+), Ideastream’s WCPN repeats in tenth-place with its best 6+-stat (4.2) since April (4.8). WCPN logged three successive gains that netted a +2.1 (3.1 – 4.2 – 4.4 – 5.2, 6+), but then recorded three decreases in a row resulting in a -1.9 (5.2 – 4.8 – 3.9 – 3.3, 6+).  

KANSAS CITY

News/Talk

  • The six most recent shifts by Entercom’s KMBZ-FM “98.1 News-Traffic-Weather” are: +1.4 (5.4 – 6.8, May, 6+); -1.3 (6.8 – 5.5, June, 6+); -1.2 (5.5 – 4.3, July, 6+); +.7 (4.3 – 5.0, August, 6+); -.5 (5.0 – 4.5, September, 6+); and now +.5 (4.5 – 5.0, October, ninth to seventh, 6+).
  • Co-owned KMBZ-AM “Talk 980” is without an increase the fourth time in a row for a net loss of four-tenths (2.8 – 2.8 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 2.4, #15 to #17, 6+).
  • Cumulus Media’s KCMO-AM “Talk Radio 710 AM” repeats September’s average quarter hour share and market rank (1.1, #21, 6+). Its one-tenth August increase applied the brakes to five straight down or flat reports that resulted in a net loss of three-tenths (1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1, 6+).
  • This time last month, KMBZ-FM’s internet stream salvaged the one-tenth it dropped in August (.3 – .2 – 3, #26, 6+); however, it is now unlisted.

Sports Talk

  • Union Broadcasting’s WHB “Sports Radio 810” recoups the half-share it lost this time last month (2.9 – 2.4 – 1.9, #16 to #15, 6+).
  • Somewhat similarly, Entercom-owned KCSP “610 Sports Radio” (Royals) recaptures all but one-tenth of September’s -.4 (2.1 – 2.4, +.3, #18 to #17, 6+). KCSP was a combined +1.5 in July/August (1.0 – 1.1 – 2.5, 6+). Prior to July, it lost two-thirds (-2.0) of its 6+ AQH share in five successive slips (3.0 – 2.6 – 1.8 – 1.4 – 1.3 – 1.0, 6+).
  • As a result of three gains in a row, WHB’s internet stream has more than doubled its 6+ AQH share (.3 – .5 – .4 – .7, #24 to #23, 6+).
  • With a .1 (6+), Entercom’s KWOD “1660 The Score” debuts at #29.
  • Union Broadcasting’s KCTE “ESPN Kansas City,” which surfaced with a .1 (6+) in August, is unlisted the second month in a row.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • While down the third consecutive month for a net decline of three-tenths (4.5 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.2, 6+), University of Missouri-owned KCUR improves from tenth to ninth. KCUR was +1.4 in June/July (3.1 – 3.6 – 4.5, 6+).

 COLUMBUS

News/Talk

  • Just one-tenth away from the top spot, iHeartMedia’s WTVN posts its fourth increase in a row for an overall +1.2 (7.6 – 8.1 – 8.7 – 8.8 – 9.2, unchanged at #2, 6+) and notches its highest 6+-stat (9.2) since April (10.6). “News Radio 610” was a collective +4.6 as a result of five successive increases (6.0 – 6.1 – 8.0 – 8.6 – 9.4 – 10.6, 6+), but then eroded by -3.0 in May/June (10.6 – 9.0 – 7.6, 6+).

Sports Talk

  • Answering September’s decrease of two-tenths with an October +1.1 (4.6 – 4.4 – 5.5, 6+), Tegna’s WBNS-FM (Blue Jackets) bumps up from fifth to fourth. This (5.5) is its best 6+-showing since January’s 5.8. Recent shifts for “Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan” include: -.7 (3.6 – 2.9, June, 6+); +.7 (2.9 – 3.6, July, 6+); +1.0 (3.6 – 4.6, August, 6+); and +1.1 (October).
  • Co-owned WBNS-AM records a .1 (#16 to #17, 6+) the third time in a row. WBNS-AM was unlisted in May; returned with a .2 (6+) in June and July; and dropped one-tenth to .1 (6+) in August.

Public Radio News/Talk

  • Even though Ohio State University’s WOSU is without a loss the fourth successive time for a collective +1.3 (9 – 4.1 – 4.8 – 5.2 – 5.2, 6+), it backslides from fourth to fifth.
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