Category: Ratings Takeaways

“Holiday” 2020 Highs & Lows

| February 5, 2021

“Holiday” 2020 Highs & Lows

Virtually nothing in any facet of life was “normal” in the just-concluded calendar year, so it wouldn’t have been a monumental shock if Nielsen Audio‘s “Holiday” 2020 numbers strayed from past scripts.

Pandemic-caused modified radio listening habits, combined with a completely out-of-the-norm presidential campaign/election/aftermath, accounted for some strange wobbles compared to past “holiday” survey periods.

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“Holiday” 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Four

| February 4, 2021

“Holiday” 2020 PPM Data – Information for the “Holiday” 2020 survey period has been released for Raleigh; Indianapolis; Middlesex-Somerset-Union; Milwaukee; Nashville; Providence; Norfolk; Jacksonville; West Palm Beach; Greensboro; Memphis; and Hartford.

Nielsen Audio’s “Holiday” 2020 sweep covered December 3 (2020) – January 6 (2021).

In addition to providing his “Takeaways” for spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top twenty, managing editor Mike Kinosian notes each particular city’s #1 station (6+), as well as greatest (6+) gains and losses.

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“Holiday” 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Three

| February 3, 2021

“Holiday” 2020 PPM Data – Information for the “Holiday” 2020 ratings period has been released for San Antonio; Sacramento; Pittsburgh; Salt Lake City; Las Vegas; Orlando; Cincinnati; Austin; Cleveland; Kansas City; Columbus; and San Jose.

Nielsen Audio’s “Holiday” 2020 sweep covered December 3 (2020) – January 6 (2021), the day of domestic terrorism at the Capitol Building.

In addition to providing his “Takeaways” for spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top twenty, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian notes each particular city’s #1 station (6+), as well as the most significant (6+) improvement and erosion.

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“Holiday” 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Two

| February 2, 2021

“Holiday” 2020 PPM Data – Information for the “Holiday” 2020 sweep has been released for Detroit; Phoenix; Minneapolis; San Diego; Tampa; Denver; Long Island; Baltimore; Portland; Charlotte; St. Louis; and Riverside.

Nielsen Audio’s “Holiday” 2020 survey period covered December 3 (2020) – January 6 (2021), the day of the riot at the Capitol Building.

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

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“Holiday” 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part One

| February 1, 2021

“Holiday” 2020 PPM Data – Information for the “Holiday” 2020 ratings period has been released for New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; San Francisco; Dallas; Houston; Washington, DC; Atlanta; Philadelphia; Boston; Miami; and Seattle.

Nielsen Audio’s “Holiday” 2020 sweep covered December 3 (2020) – January 6 (2021), the day of domestic terrorism at the US Capitol.

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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+).
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