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Thursday, November 11, 2021

| November 11, 2021

WFAN, New York Unveils New Evening and Overnight Shows. Sports talk WFAN, New York announces new evening and overnight programming. The Audacy station brings aboard Keith McPherson to host the 7:00 pm to 12:00 midnight show and promoted part-time talk host Sal Licata to host of the 12:00 midnight to 5:00 am show. Both programs debut on November 15. Audacy New York SVP and market manager Chris Oliviero says, “Keith and Sal will form a dynamic evening one-two punch, as both have the passion and drive to usher in an exciting new era on ‘The Fan.’ These hours became a must listen for decades with the iconic Steve Somers behind the microphone, and that will continue as Keith and Sal entertain the tristate area nightly be it on the road or even at home under the covers.” McPherson was most recently social media manager and podcast host for Jomboy Media. He says, “This is really a dream come true. I find no greater joy or entertainment than live sports and it’s a blessing and an honor to have this opportunity at a place like WFAN. I look forward to talking sports every day in New York and helping to lead this station into the future.” Sal Licata started his broadcasting career as an intern at WFAN in January 2003 and worked his way up to part-time host. In addition to his work at WFAN, Licata has been with SNY since 2010 and can be seen weeknights on “Geico Sportsnite” and weekly on “Baseball Night in New York.” Licata says, “Having a full time show on WFAN means everything to me. It’s an honor and a privilege to have an opportunity to talk sports every night with the most passionate fans, in the greatest city in the world, on the best sports talk station ever created. It’s all I have ever wanted.”

New York Festivals 2022 Radio Awards Now Accepting Entries. The 2022 New York Festivals Radio Awards competition is now open for entries. New York Festivals Radio Awards honors storytellers from around the globe. Since 1957 NYF has celebrated excellence and innovation across all genres and platforms, keeping pace with industry-wide developments and global trends. Vice president and executive director Rose Anderson says, “When we added nine categories for social justice content last year, radio producers and the global audio storytelling community responded with thought-provoking work. This year, we are thrilled to announce the debut of our new trophy, the iconic NYF Tower in hand-polished Gold, Silver, and Bronze.” For the second year in a row, New York Festivals welcomes JusticeAid, an organization that promotes justice through the arts and public engagement, as a partner. The NYF Radio Awards receives entries from radio stations, networks, and independent producers from over 30 countries around the globe. The mission of the competition is to honor the achievements of the men and women who make up the global audio storytelling community. New York Festivals invites award-winning industry leaders from around the world to become members of their world-class Radio Awards Grand Jury. The 2022 Grand jury will be set in the coming months. Those jurors will include some of the world’s most recognizable voices and captivating content producers in the radio industry. Entries are judged on production values, organization, presentation of information, creativity, and use of the medium. You can see the 2021 winners here. Although the 2021 in-person NAB Show was cancelled due to pandemic quarantine restrictions, NYF pivoted with a 90-minute virtual ceremony Storytellers Gala featuring highlights and acceptances from 100 winning teams of men and women coming from their homes in 40-plus countries. The 2022 Storytellers Gala will take place at the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas on April 26, 2022. This is the 12th year of NYF’s strategic partnership with NAB Show. The deadline to enter the 2022 Radio Awards competition is February 9, 2022. Find out more about entering here.

Brian Kilmeade is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast. Multi-media talk star Brian Kilmeade is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series, “The Michael Harrison Interview.” Kilmeade is a longtime member of the trio that co-hosts the FOX News Channel cable TV morning show “FOX & Friends” in addition to hosting his own nationally syndicated midday program on FOX News Radio. Kilmeade is ranked #4 on the 2021 TALKERS Heavy Hundred list. He is the author of seven books – two about sports and he’s just published his fifth about key figures and stories in American History. This series brings new insights into the lives, times, and impact of icons such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Sam Houston and his new one is titled, The President and the Freedom Fighter: Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and their Battle to Save America’s Soul. Harrison and Kilmeade discuss the deeply nuanced relationship between Lincoln and Frederick Douglass (not to be confused with Stephen Douglas) which so directly relates and connects to the reckoning between the races currently taking place in the national conversation. To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here.

iHeartMedia Names Bekki Yang SVP of Sales for Twin Cities. Radio sales pro Bekki Yang is promoted to senior vice president of sales for iHeartMedia’s Minneapolis station group that includes news/talk WCTS-AM “Twin Cities News Talk,” sports KFXN “KFAN,” and KQQL-HD2/W227BF “Black Information Network,” and five music brands. iHeartMedia Minneapolis market president Greg Alexander says, “Bekki thinks big and acts big. Innovation and creative thinking are at the core of her career success. I’m thrilled to promote her to senior vice president of sales.” Yang has a 22-year history with iHeartMedia, most recently serving as the vice president of sales for Minneapolis. Yang says, “I’ve had a very long career with iHeartMedia and I couldn’t be more excited to take on this new role with the iHeartMedia Minneapolis team. I look forward to the continued success that Minneapolis has established while adding new ideas and leadership to the team.”

Winners of 2021 Marconi Awards Announced. The National Association of Broadcasters announces the winners of the 2021 NAB Marconi Radio Awards, honoring radio stations and on-air personalities for excellence in broadcasting. The awards were announced during the virtual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Celebration. Spoken-word winners of note include: WSB-AM, Atlanta, Legendary Station of the Year; KTCK-AM, Dallas’ The Musers, Major Marker Personality of the Year; KRMG-FM, Tulsa’s Dan Potter, Medium Market Personality of the Year; KYW-AM, Philadelphia, Major Market Station of the Year; KTMY-FM, Minneapolis, Large Market Station of the Year; KRMG-FM, Tulsa, Medium Market Station of the Year; WTOP-FM, Washington, News/Talk Station of the Year; and KTCK-AM, Dallas, Sports Station of the Year.

Alabama Host Cam Marston Announces Effort to Expand Radio Show. “What’s Working” – the radio show hosted by Cam Marston that focuses on trends in the workplace, workforce, and marketplace – is expanding. The program is based at WAVH-FM, Mobile and over the past four years has included interviews with a broad array of businesspeople from foresters, to brewers, to manufacturers, to authors, to Tony Award-winning actors. Marston says, “The focus of my show has always been for the benefit of my listeners in and around the Mobile, Alabama market. Now I want to bring the show across the state where I can connect with a larger spectrum of businesses.”

Inflation/Supply Chain, January 6 Investigation, COVID-19, COP26/U.S.-China Deal, Kamala Harris in Paris, and Belarus-Poland Refugee Crisis Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (11/10). Soaring retail and fuel prices and the broken global supply chain; the investigation into the January 6 attack on the Capitol and former President Donald Trump’s attempts to prevent the House panel from getting presidential records; the rate of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and the battle over mask & vaccine mandates; the COP26 summit in Glasgow and the U.S.-China emissions reduction deal; Vice President Kamala Harris’ trip to France; and the refugee crisis at the Belarus-Poland border were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

| November 9, 2021

Audacy Third Quarter Net Revenue up 23%. Reporting its 2021 third quarter financial data, Audacy says net revenue was $329.4 million, an increase of 23% compared to the same period in 2020. Spot revenue was $220.6 million, up 21% compared to Q3 of 2020 and digital revenue was $61.4 million, up 30% compared to the same period a year ago. Operating income for the quarter was $29.2 million, compared to an operating loss of $0.3 million in the third quarter of 2020. Audacy president and CEO David J. Field says, “I am pleased to report that Audacy continues to rebound from the pandemic, as third quarter revenues grew 23% over the prior year and 8% sequentially over the second quarter, while EBITDA grew 58% year over year. While many ad categories remain highly impacted as a result of the pandemic, it is great to see an increasing number of categories back above 2019 spending levels. During October, we announced the acquisition of WideOrbit’s digital audio streaming and ad tech business, which we have relaunched as AmperWave, enabling us to accelerate our digital product roadmap and enhance our growth potential… And our podcast studios had a strong quarter of creative, premium original content development including the first release from our 2400Sports studio, our first C13 Features ‘movie for your ears’ in partnership with Endeavor, and the ‘Succession’ companion podcast hosted by Kara Swisher in partnership with HBO Max. We continue to rapidly evolve and fundamentally elevate the organization through a series of strategic acquisitions, organic growth initiatives, structural improvements, talent additions and premium content development and are well positioned to accelerate our growth and capitalize on the exciting opportunities in the dynamically growing audio marketplace.”

Cumulus Audio Active Group: October PPM Audiences Increase. This week’s Cumulus Media Audio Active Group blog focuses on recent information from Nielsen Audio that “as COVID infections fall, public concern over COVID wanes, and commutes to work and school resume,” American AM/FM radio listening “has increased to new highs in the October 2021 48 Portable People Meter markets.” Other noteworthy data includes: 1) Consumers are on the road in their cars; Geopath reports U.S. October 2021 miles traveled were 7% greater than October 2019; Apple Maps says October 2021 driving search volumes surged 59% past pre-COVID levels; 2) U.S. AM/FM radio had its strongest reach performance since COVID, recovering 99% of the March 2020 PPM cume audience in PPM markets; 3) Nielsen October 2021 PPM AQH audiences rose to 96% of March 2020 levels, the second best showing since the pandemic; and 4) Morning audiences exploded to their highest levels in 20 months; Versus a year ago, women 25-54 AQH increased 20% and teen AQH rose a massive 74%. See more from the blog here.

SiriusXM’s Joe Madison Announces Hunger Strike Over Voting Rights Bill. Morning drive talk host Joe Madison says he’s beginning a hunger strike in protest of voting rights not getting passed in the Senate. Madison – a.k.a. The Black Eagle – hosts the morning show on SiriusXM’s Urban View channel. He says, “As a political protest, I am beginning a hunger strike today by abstaining from eating until Congress passes, and President Biden signs, the Freedom to Vote Act or the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Both bills were recently passed by the House of Representatives and both have stalled in the Senate. Madison adds, “I call it basically starving for voting rights. And that began on this date. And I repeat just as food is necessary to sustain life, the right to vote is necessary to sustain democracy. Yes, my life matters. My health matters, but our right to vote matters more.”

Hot Radio Guest Speaks at Major Libertarian Gathering. Emeritus finance professor Dr. Murray Sabrin of Ramapo College in New Jersey – one of conservative and liberty-minded talk radio’s most popular “go-to” guests for three decades – recently spoke at the Mises Institute “Supporters Summit” in St. Pete Beach, Florida and outlined his provocative and innovative strategy for medical freedom. Sabrin is the author of Universal Medical Care from Conception to End of Life: The Case for a Single Payer System, where the individual/family is the single payer not the government. In Sabrin’s proposal, medical freedom consists of cash payment for routine care, a super health savings account for more expensive treatment and a catastrophic insurance policy. Also, Sabrin advocates a massive expansion of nonprofit medical centers to replace the $700 billion Medicaid program. He also challenged U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), who advocates Medicare for All, a government single payer system, to a debate so the American people can hear two diametrically opposing views on the future of medical care in America. To book Professor Sabrin as a hot guest, contact Victoria Jones of DC Radio Company at 917-865-3991 or victoria@dcradiocompany.com.  To view Dr. Murray Sabrin’s 20-minute speech at the Mises Institute event, please click here.

Outkick Partners with Skyview Networks for Ad and Affiliate Sales, Content Distribution. The new relationship between OutKick’s sports talk network and Skyview Networks will have the latter providing network ad sales, affiliate sales and content distribution to Outkick, beginning with the “Outkick 360” program starring Jonathan Hutton, Chad Withrow and Paul Kuharsky. Outkick founder Clay Travis says, “We’re thrilled to work with Skyview to expand OutKick’s brand and reach. Beginning with the ‘OutKick 360’ show, we’re working with the best talent to bring authenticity, perspective and fun back to sports radio. Radio is at the core of OutKick, and we could not ask for better partners than Skyview to grow our network.” Skyview COO and president Steve Jones adds, “We’re excited to be working with the OutKick team in launching a new sports network that provides radio stations dynamic and entertaining programming that will drive ratings and revenue. OutKick’s engaging and knowledgeable hosts with their fan-first sports perspective matched with sports wagering analysis to capture gaming revenue sponsorships fit perfectly with Skyview’s #1 local play-by-play sports position in network radio.”

Audacy Names Brian Benedik Chief Revenue Officer. Media executive Brian Benedik is named chief revenue officer for Audacy, effective December 1. Benedik was most recently VP/global head of revenue for augmented reality developer Niantic. In his new role with Audacy, he’ll lead all aspects of revenue generation across corporate, national, regional and local levels and develop fully integrated, multiplatform sales solutions and breakthrough strategies to attract new revenue streams. Audacy COO Susan Larkin comments, “We’re thrilled to welcome Brian to Audacy and our executive leadership team. His resume speaks for itself, with key roles at audio publishers like Spotify, iHeart Radio, Audible and Katz Media, where his strategic vision enabled the former to quickly elevate from a newcomer in our industry to a multi-billion-dollar leader in the audio streaming space. Brian’s considerable expertise and experience will amplify our revenue generation efforts as Audacy continues its upward trajectory.” Benedik states, “The audio industry is booming with innovation and consumers are enjoying wonderful content experiences across a number of platforms. The Audacy re-imagination efforts are beyond impressive and the portfolio of assets across radio, streaming, podcast, live events, sports play-by-play and sports betting are best in class. I’m looking forward to working with David Field, Susan Larkin and the Audacy executive team to drive value to marketers and our loyal users.”

Biden’s Low Approval Ratings, Supply Chain/Inflation/Gas Prices, COVID-19, January 6 Investigation, COVID Travel Ban Lifted, China’s Military Aggression, and Astroworld Investigation Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (11/8). President Joe Biden’s approval ratings slip to an all-time low of 38% with Americans saying he’s not focusing on the most important issues; the effects of the broken global supply chain, soaring retail prices and record high gas prices; the rate of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., the Appeals Court halt of Biden’s vaccine mandate, and the controversial case of Aaron Rodgers; the investigation into the January 6 Capitol attack; the U.S. lifts the international travel ban; China’s war games using U.S. ship mock-ups; and the investigation into the deadly Astroworld concert in Houston were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Monday, November 8, 2021

| November 8, 2021

Monday Memo: Ask the CVS Question. “Supply chain” is something CNBC talks about all day and our listeners and advertisers suffer every day. “To be useful and relatable and relevant and SOUND LOCAL,” consultant Holland Cooke recommends asking “the question the CVS clerk asks when you bring what you’re buying to the counter.” In this week’s column: “How to have listeners quoting you to each other.” Read it here.

 

Pending Business: Hit ‘Em Where They Ain’t. Radio sales pro Steve Lapa says the best way for radio to compete with digital ad platforms like Google is to serve clients in a way that the digital guys can’t. He offers some suggestions for radio sales pros to consider when e-commerce and online advertising are growing at exponential rates. Read it here.

Talk Host Jon-David Wells Puts Show on Hold to Serve Texas Guard Duty. Talk radio host Jon-David Wells – whose program “The Wells Report” is syndicated nationally via USA Radio Network – is donning his Texas State Guard uniform and his combat boots as he becomes First Sergeant John D. Wells of the Texas State Guard. Wells has been activated by the Texas Military Department to take part in a multi-month deployment and to do so, Wells is putting his radio program on temporary hiatus. Wells will be updating his fans through his website, thewellsreport.net with newsletters, blogs and occasional videos. “The Wells Report” originated on September 11, 2001, when Wells turned his light-hearted lifestyle/pop culture talk show into a daily, three-hour examination of the day’s news with analysis for facts, commentary and debate.

Westwood One and ‘The BOB & TOM Show’ Sign New, Three-Year Deal. The nationally syndicated “BOB & TOM Show” and CUMULUS MEDIA’s Westwood One announce they’ve inked a new, three-year agreement to continue their relationship. The program is heard on more than 100 affiliates across the U.S. Westwood One president Suzanne Grimes says, “‘The BOB & TOM Show’ was one of the first shows to make it big in multiple markets back when satellite distribution was new, and that legacy continues today with top ratings and revenues in our affiliated markets. Tom [Griswold] and the cast are both consistently amazing and amazingly consistent. We look forward to another three years with this incredible team.” Griswold says, “Our relationship with Westwood One makes this business fun. We can spend our time and resources making people laugh…Westwood handles everything else. Thrilled to be ‘hitched’ for three more years.”

Audacy Names Palak Forbes SVP, Digital Business Operations. Media executive Palak Forbes joins Audacy as SVP, digital business operations. She’ll report to chief digital officer J.D. Crowley and will “provide commercial and operational leadership for the company’s podcast business, while working across Audacy’s entire digital portfolio and with key strategic partners to enable continued strong growth in Audacy’s digital and podcast businesses.” Forbes was most recently head of business development and operations at The New York Times. Crowley says, “As we make consistent strides to evolve and enhance our digital and podcast businesses, Palak is a perfect choice to lead our day-to-day efforts to provide a world-class experience for our customers, creators and consumers. Her deep experience launching and scaling innovative new businesses, and expertise managing strategic relationships with companies across the media and technology sectors will enable us to continue delivering robust growth.” Forbes states, “Digital audio is in a really exciting phase where we have evolving audio formats and listening experiences as well as new ways of life emerging from the pandemic. Audacy has brought together a portfolio of innovative brands to meet the needs of the modern listener, content creators, and advertisers alike. I’m so excited to operationalize our strategy across the digital portfolio. It’s an honor to join the leading creator of original and premium audio during this time of growth and transformation.”

Longtime WDRC, Hartford Host Brad Davis Passes. The radio station’s website posts notice that former longtime morning drive personality Brad Davis died at the Connecticut Veteran’s Home in Rocky Hill on November 2 at the age of 87. The cause of death was not revealed but he had been in declining health recently. Davis worked in radio and television beginning in 1956. He began his 43-year stint as WDRC-AM morning host in 1977 when it was still a music outlet. He eased the program into a talk show over a number of years. He was inducted into the Connecticut Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2015.

Biden Infrastructure Bill, COVID-19/Aaron Rodgers Flap, Supply Chain/Inflation/Gas Prices, COP26, China Military Aggression, and Deadly Astroworld Concert Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend. President Joe Biden gets his Infrastructure Bill through the House; the rate of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., vaccines for kids, mask & vaccine mandates, and the Aaron Rodgers COVID flap; the supply chain breakdown, the soaring cost of retail goods, and the record high price of gasoline; last week’s COP26 climate summit in Glasgow; concerns over China’s military aggression toward Taiwan and its military build-up; and the deaths of eight concertgoers and the wounding of hundreds of others at the Astroworld festival in Houston were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

October 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Four

| November 5, 2021

October 2021 PPM Data – Information for the October 2021 survey period has been released for Austin; Raleigh; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Nashville; Providence; Norfolk; Jacksonville; West Palm Beach; Greensboro; Memphis; and Hartford.

Nielsen Audio’s October 2021 sweep covered September 16 – October 13.

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

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

All comparisons noted are September 2021 – October 2021 (6+).

AUSTIN

News/Talk: Waterloo Media-operated KLBJ-AM “News Radio” 4.9 – 5.2, +.3, repeats in fourth-place

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Genuine Austin Radio’s KTXX “The Horn” 1.6 – 1.9, +.3, #17 to #16

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Texas-owned KUT 7.5 – 7.4, -.1, anchored at #2

Number One 6+: Waterloo Media-operated adult hits KBPA, eighth consecutive month, 11.0 – 9.0, -2.0

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: CHR KHFI (+1.8)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: adult hits KBPA (-2.0)

RALEIGH

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTKK “106.1 FM Talk” 6.4 – 6.3, -.1, remains at #4

Curtis Media Group-owned WPTF “News Radio 680” 2.4 – 2.2, -.2, #14 to #15

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Capitol Broadcasting’s WCMC-FM “99.9 FM The Fan” 2.3 – 2.6, +.3, #15 to #14

Public Radio News/Talk: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-owned WUNC 10.9 – 9.2, -1.7, #1

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk WUNC, twelfth consecutive month, 10.9 – 9.2, -1.7

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WMAG (+1.1)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: public radio news/talk WUNC (-1.7)

INDIANAPOLIS

News/Talk: Emmis’ WIBC “93.1 FM Indy’s Mobile News” 7.4 – 7.2, -.2, fourth to fifth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Emmis-owned WIBC-HD2 “The Fan” (Colts) 5.5 – 5.1, -.4, seventh to eighth

iHeartMedia’s WNDE “Fox Sports 1260” .2 – .5, +.3, steady at #20

Public Radio News/Talk: Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting’s WFYI 6.9 – 6.0, -.9, fifth to sixth

Number One 6+: Cumulus Media adult hits WJJK, ninth successive month, 9.4 – 9.0 -.4

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: country WLHK (+1.3)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: public radio news/talk WFYI (-.9)

MILWAUKEE

News/Talk: Good Karma Brands-owned WTMJ “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” (Brewers and Green Bay Packers) 9.1 – 9.8, +.7, #1

iHeartMedia’s WISN “News Talk 1130” 8.9 – 9.3, +.4, repeats at #2

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WRNW “97.3 The Game” 1.3 – 1.8, +.5, unchanged at #15

Audacy-owned WSSP “1250 AM The Fan” .9 – 1.0, +.1, #16 to #17

Good Karma Brands’ WKTI “ESPN Milwaukee” .6 – .8, +.2, #22 to #18

iHeartMedia-owned WOKY “The Big 920” .7 – .8, +.1, flat at #18

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Wisconsin-owned WUWM 4.9 – 4.1, -.8, ninth to tenth

Wisconsin Educational Communications Board’s WHAD .7 – .8, +.1, steady at #18

Number One 6+: news/talk WTMJ, seventh straight month, 9.1 – 9.8, +.7

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase (Tie): news/talk WTMJ; hot AC WMYX; and classic hits-oldies WZTI (+.7)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease (Tie): alternative WLUM; public radio news/talk WUWM; and adult contemporary WLDB (-.8)

NASHVILLE

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WWTN “Super Talk 99.7” 7.8 – 7.3, -.5, first to second

iHeartMedia-owned WLAC “Talk Radio 1510” 2.9 – 2.5, -.4, #14 to #15

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media’s WGFX “104.5 The Zone” (Tennessee Titans) 4.8 – 6.0, +1.2, #11 to #7

Cromwell Radio Group-owned WPRT “102.5 The Game” 1.0 – 1.2, +.2, unchanged at #18

Public Radio News/Talk: Nashville Public Radio’s WPLN-FM steady at 4.9, tenth to ninth

Number One 6+: Midwest Communications adult hits WCJK, tenth consecutive month, flat at 7.8

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: urban contemporary WUBT (+1.3)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: country WSM-FM (-1.2)

PROVIDENCE

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WPRO-AM & WEAN “News Talk 630 AM & 99.7 FM” 4.2 – 5.1, +.9, eighth to fifth

iHeartMedia-owned WHJJ “News Radio 920” .6 – .7, +.1, #21 to #20

News – Talk: iHeartMedia’s WBZ-AM “1030 News Radio” 1.8 – 1.5, -.3, remains at #12

Sports Talk: Beasley Media Group-owned WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” (New England Patriots) 4.3 – 5.0, +.7, seventh to sixth

Audacy’s WVEI “Sports Radio 103.7” 3.7 – 4.3, +.6, ninth to seventh

Public Radio News/Talk: WGBH Educational Foundation’s WGBH 2.4 – 2.5, +.1, #11 to #10

Rhode Island Public Radio-owned WNPN 2.9 – 2.2, -.7, #10 to #11

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia rock WHJY, third straight month, 12.2 – 13.9, +1.7

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: rock WHJY (+1.7)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WWLI (-1.7)

NORFOLK

News/Talk: Commonwealth Radio’s WNIS “News Talk AM 790” 2.3 – 2.6, +.3, unchanged at #14

News: iHeartMedia-owned WNOH “BIN 105.3 Because Truth Matters” 1.0 – .8, -.2, #17 to #20

Sports Talk: Max Broadcast Group’s WVSP “94.1 ESPN” 1.0 – 1.2, +.2, #17 to #18

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Audacy urban AC WVKL, 36th consecutive month, 11.8 – 10.6, -1.2

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: hot AC WPTE (+1.5)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: urban AC WVKL (-1.2)

JACKSONVILLE

News/Talk: Cox Media Group’s WOKV-FM “104.5 Jacksonville’s News & Talk” steady at 8.2, third to second

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Cox Media Group-owned WOKV-AM “ESPN Jacksonville 690 AM” unchanged at .6, #20 to #18

Public Radio News/Talk: WJCT, Inc.’s WJCT  4.4 – 4.1, -.3, eighth to ninth

Number One 6+: Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WEJZ, third consecutive month, 10.1 – 8.9, -1.2

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: country WGNE (+1.7)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease (Tie): adult contemporary WEJZ and urban contemporary WJBT (-1.2)

WEST PALM BEACH

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WJNO “News Radio 1290” 2.5 – 2.9, +.4, #12 to #9

Hubbard Broadcasting-owned WFTL “News Talk 850” 2.2 – 2.1, -.1, #14 to #13

iHeartMedia’s WZZR “92.1 Real Radio” 1.5 – .8, -.7, #17 to #19

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Dade County School Board-owned WLRN 4.2 – 3.4, -.8, fifth to sixth

Number One 6+: Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WRMF, first month, 8.0 – 9.2, +1.2

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: classic rock WKGR (+1.7)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WFEZ (-1.0)

GREENSBORO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WPTI “News Talk 94.5” 3.9 – 4.5, +.6, ninth to seventh

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Curtis Media Group-owned WSJS & WPCM 600 AM & 920 AM” flat at .4, #15 to #16 and co-owned WMFR “Triad Sports Network,” .1, #17; WMFR last appeared in print in April 2021 (.1, 6+)

Public Radio News/Talk: Wake Forest University’s WFDD 3.9 – 2.9, -1.0, ninth to tenth

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-owned WUNC 2.0 – 1.7, -.3, remains at #13

Number One 6+: Audacy urban AC WQMG, fifth month in a row, 11.0 – 11.9, +.9

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: country WTQR (+1.1)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease (Tie): public radio news/talk WFDD and rock WVBZ (-1.0)

MEMPHIS

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WREC “News Talk 600 AM” 4.8 – 3.6, -1.2, eighth to tenth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy cluster-mates WMFS “Sports Radio 92.9” 4.3 – 4.1, -.2, remains at #9; WMFS’ internet stream .5 – .3, -.2, #17 to #18; and WMC-AM “ESPN 790 AM” steady at .3, #19 to #18

Public Radio News/Talk: Mid-South Public Communications’ WKNO 1.9 – 2.1, +.2, #14 to #13

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia urban AC KJMS, eighth consecutive month, 10.9 – 11.3, +.4

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: urban-rhythmic oldies WRBO (+1.9)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: news/talk WREC (-1.2)

HARTFORD

News/Talk: Audacy’s WTIC-AM “News Talk 1080” 6.2 – 6.0, -.2, sixth to seventh

Red Wolf Broadcasting-owned WDRC-AM “The Talk of Connecticut” 1.0 – .8, -.2, remains at #14

iHeartMedia’s WPOP “News Radio 1410 AM & 100.9 FM” anchored at .2, #20 to #18

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WUCS “97.9 ESPN” .6 – .8, +.2, #16 to #14

Public Radio News/Talk: Connecticut Educational Communications’ WNPR 7.7 – 7.4, -.3, continues in third-place

New England Public Media’s WFCR .6 – .4, -.2, repeats at #16

Number One 6+: Audacy adult contemporary WRCH, nineteenth successive month, 9.7 – 10.3, +.6

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase (Tie): adult contemporary WRCH; hot AC WTIC-FM; CHR WKSS; classic hits-oldies WHCN; and alternative WMRQ (+.6)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: classic rock WDRC-FM (-.4)

 

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October 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Three

| November 4, 2021

October 2021 PPM Data – Information for the October 2021 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 2021 sweep covered September 16 – October 13.

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

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

All comparisons noted are September 2021 – October 2021 (6+).

PORTLAND

News/Talk: Alpha Media’s KXL “FM 101 News” 5.8 – 5.5, -.3, locked in fourth-place

iHeartMedia-owned KEX “News Radio 1190” 3.2 – 3.1, -.1, #15 to #13

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Oregon Public Broadcasting’s KOPB 8.1 – 7.8, -.3, #1 to #2 and KOPB’s internet stream 1.7 – 2.8, +1.1, #19 to #17

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KLTH, first month, 7.2 – 8.1, +.9

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk KOPB’s internet stream (+1.1)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: country KWJJ (-1.0)

CHARLOTTE

News/Talk: Radio One-owned WBT AM & WBT-FM “Charlotte’s News Talk” (Carolina Panthers) 4.7 – 3.9, -.8, #8 to #11

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WFNZ “Sports Radio The Fan” .9 – 1.0, +.1, remains at #18

Public Radio News/Talk: University Radio Foundation-owned WFAE 3.4 – 3.8, +.4, #13 to #12

South Carolina Educational Television Commission’s WNSC .5 – .7, +.2, unchanged at #20

Number One 6+: Beasley Media Group urban contemporary WPEG, first month, 5.5 – 6.6, +1.1

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: country WKKT (+1.2)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: classic rock WRFX (-1.4)

SAN ANTONIO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WOAI “News Radio 1200” 5.0 – 3.8, -1.2, seventh to tenth

Alpha Media-owned KTSA “Stay Connected” 2.1 – 2.5, +.4, #17 to #16

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Texas Public Radio’s KSTX 3.6 – 2.8, -.8, #11 to #13

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM, first month, 6.7 – 7.2, +.5

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KQXT (+1.0)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: news/talk WOAI (-1.2)

SACRAMENTO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KFBK-AM & KFBK-FM “News 1530 AM & 93.1 FM” 9.8 – 8.6, -1.2, #1 and cluster-mate KSTE “Talk 650” 3.4 – 3.2, -.2, #12 to #13

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s KIFM-AM “ESPN 1320” .5 – .8, +.3, #21 to #19

Public Radio News/Talk: Capital Public Radio’s KXJZ 6.1 – 5.4, -.7, fourth to fifth

Number One 6+: news/talk KFBK AM & KFBK-FM, fourth straight month, 9.8 – 8.6, -1.2

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: urban-rhythmic oldies KHYL (+1.4)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: news/talk KFBK AM & KFBK-FM (-1.2)

PITTSBURGH

News/Talk: Audacy’s KDKA-AM “News Radio 1020 AM” 4.7 – 4.4, -.3, sixth to ninth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan All Sports All The Time” (Pirates) 8.8 – 8.5, -.3, second to third

Public Radio News/Talk: Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting’s WESA 3.8 – 2.9, -.9, #11 to #12

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia rock WDVE, fifth consecutive month, 10.4 – 10.8, +.4

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase:  classic hits-oldies WWSW (+2.0)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: public radio news/talk WESA (-.9)

SALT LAKE CITY

News/Talk: Bonneville-owned KSL “News Radio” 8.2 – 9.9, +1.7, #1

iHeartMedia’s KNRS-AM & KNRS-FM “Talk Radio” 6.3 – 6.8, +.5, fourth to second

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Utah’s KUER 4.7 – 3.4, -1.3, seventh to tenth

Number One 6+: news/talk KSL, second straight month, 8.2 – 9.9, +1.7

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: news/talk KSL (+1.7)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies KODJ (-1.8)

LAS VEGAS

News/Talk: Audacy’s KXNT “News Talk 840” flat at 1.9, repeats at #19

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies KKLZ, first month, 7.3 – 9.6, +2.3

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: classic hits-oldies KKLZ (+2.3)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KSNE (-1.5)

ORLANDO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTKS “Real Radio 104.1” 6.1 – 5.7, -.4, seventh to ninth

Cox Media Group-owned WDBO “Orlando’s News Talk” 2.5 – 2.6, +.1, #15 to #13

iHeartMedia’s WFLF “Orlando News Radio” 1.5 – 1.4, -.1, repeats at #19

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WYGM “96.9 The Game” 1.7 – 1.8, +.1, remains at #17

Public Radio News/Talk: Community Connections’ WMFE 2.7 – 2.3, -.4, #13 to #15

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group urban AC WCFB, first month, 7.5 – 7.9, +.4

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: Spanish contemporary WOEX (+2.1)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: classic rock WMMO (-1.2)

CINCINNATI

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WLW “700 Cincinnati’s News Radio” (Reds) 14.5 – 13.2, -1.3, #1 and cluster-mate WKRC “55 KRC The Talk Station” 4.5 – 5.5, +1.0, seventh to fourth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WCKY “ESPN 1530” (Bengals) 1.3 – 1.4, +.1, repeats at #18

Public Radio News/Talk: Cincinnati Public Radio-owned WVXU 3.8 – 3.3, -.5, stays at #11

Number One 6+: news/talk WLW seventh successive month, 14.5 – 13.2, -1.3

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: classic rock WOFX (+1.3)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: news/talk WLW (-1.3)

CLEVELAND

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTAM “News Radio 1100” (Indians) 6.6 – 5.4, -1.2, repeats in eighth-place

News: iHeartMedia-owned WMMS-HD2 “BIN 99.1 Because Truth Matters” .1 – .2, +.1, #19 to #18

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WKRK “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” (Browns) 3.4 – 4.3, +.9, tenth to ninth

Public Radio News/Talk: Ideastream-owned WCPN 3.0 – 3.3, +.3, #13 to #12

Kent State University’s WKSU .7 – .9, +.2, #17 to #16

Number One 6+: Audacy classic rock WNCX fourth successive month, 9.6 – 11.1, +1.5

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: classic rock WNCX (+1.5)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: news/talk WTAM (-1.2)

KANSAS CITY

News/Talk: Audacy’s KMBZ-FM “98.1 FM News, Traffic, Weather” 4.5 – 4.6, +.1, fifth to seventh and cluster-mate KMBZ-AM “Talk 980 AM” unchanged at .9, remains at #20

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned KCSP “Sports Radio 610 Our Teams, Our Town” (Royals) 2.8 – 2.6, -.2, #15 to #16

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Missouri’s KCUR 5.7 – 5.9, +.2, locked at #3

Number One 6+: Cumulus Media classic rock KCFX, first month, 7.6 – 8.6, +1.0

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: classic rock KCFX (+1.0)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies KCMO-FM (-1.7)

COLUMBUS

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WTVN “News Radio 610” 6.9 – 5.9, -1.0, fourth to sixth

News: iHeartMedia’s WYTS “Columbus’ BIN 1230” steady at .1, #20 to #19

Sports Talk: Tegna-owned WBNS-FM “97.1 FM The Fan” 8.1 – 10.1*, +2.0, #1 and cluster-mate WBNS-AM “ESPN 1460 AM” .5 – .6, +.1, #16 to #15

Public Radio News/Talk: Ohio State University’s WOSU 7.9 – 7.3, -.6, second to third

Number One 6+: sports talk WBNS-FM, second successive month, 8.1 – 10.1, +2.0

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: sports talk WBNS-FM (+2.0)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WSNY (-1.6)

*In the 36 PPM-markets whose October 2021 data we’ve analyzed thus far, WBNS-FM is the only sports talk station to reach double-digits (10.1, 6+).

 

Up next: October 2021 overviews for Austin; Raleigh; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Nashville; Providence; Norfolk; Jacksonville; West Palm Beach; Greensboro; Memphis; and Hartford.

 

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