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December 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Four

| January 3, 2022

December 2021 PPM Data – Information for the December 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 December 2021 sweep covered November 11 – December 8.

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 November 2021 – December 2021 (6+).

 

AUSTIN

News/Talk: Waterloo Media-operated KLBJ-AM “News Radio” 5.0 – 5.3, +.3, fifth to sixth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Genuine Austin Radio’s KTXX “The Horn” 2.0 – 2.4, +.4, #16 to #13

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Texas-owned KUT 6.9 – 6.8, -.1, repeats in third-place

Number One 6+: Waterloo Media-operated adult hits KBPA, tenth consecutive month, 8.0 – 8.7, +.7

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KKMJ (+1.4)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: country KVET-FM (-1.3)

RALEIGH

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTKK “106.1 FM Talk” 7.3 – 7.0, -.3, fourth to third

Curtis Media Group-owned WPTF “News Radio 680” steady at 2.9, repeats at #12

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Capitol Broadcasting’s WCMC-FM “99.9 FM The Fan” (Carolina Hurricanes) 2.6 – 2.5, -.1, flat at #14

Public Radio News/Talk: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-owned WUNC 8.1 – 8.5, +.4, #1

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk WUNC, fourteenth consecutive month, 8.1 – 8.5, +.4

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: alternative WDCG-HD2 (+1.3)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: urban AC WFXC (-.7)

INDIANAPOLIS

News/Talk: Emmis’ WIBC “93.1 FM Indy’s Mobile News” 7.8 – 8.1, +.3, second to third

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Emmis-owned WIBC-HD2 “The Fan” (Colts and Pacers) 7.5 – 4.2, -.3.3, third to seventh

iHeartMedia’s WNDE “Fox Sports 1260” .6 – .9, +.3, #20 to #19

Public Radio News/Talk: Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting’s WFYI 7.1 – 6.8, -.3, sixth to fifth

Number One 6+: Emmis adult contemporary WYXB, first month, 7.2 – 10.7 +3.5

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WYXB (+3.5)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: sports talk WIBC-HD2 (-3.3)*

*Represents the largest November 2021 – December 2021 decrease (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

MILWAUKEE

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WISN “News Talk 1130” unchanged at 10.3, #1

Good Karma Brands-owned WTMJ “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” (Green Bay Packers and Bucks) 7.6 – 7.1, -.5, second to fourth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WRNW “97.3 The Game” 1.9 – 1.8, -.1, #15 to #16

Audacy-owned WSSP “1250 AM The Fan” 1.3 – 1.0, -.3, #16 to #17

Good Karma Brands’ WKTI “ESPN Milwaukee” .9 – .7, -.2, #17 to #19

iHeartMedia-owned WOKY “The Big 920” flat at .6, stays at #20

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Wisconsin-owned WUWM 4.2 – 4.1, -.1, locked in tenth-place

Wisconsin Educational Communications Board’s WHAD .7 – .6, -.1, #19 to #20

Number One 6+: news/talk WISN, second month in a row, steady at 10.3

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase:; urban contemporary WXSS-HD2 (+1.6)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: rock WHQG (-.7)

NASHVILLE

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WWTN “Super Talk 99.7” 5.9 – 5.3, -.6, fifth to eighth

iHeartMedia-owned WLAC “Talk Radio 1510” 2.5 – 2.0, -.5, #14 to #16

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media’s WGFX “104.5 The Zone” (Tennessee Titans) 5.5 – 5.2, -.3, tenth to ninth

Cromwell Radio Group-owned WPRT “102.5 The Game” (Predators) 1.2 – 1.0, -.2, remains at #18

Public Radio News/Talk: Nashville Public Radio’s WPLN-FM 5.7 – 5.8, +.1, eighth to fifth

Number One 6+: Midwest Communications adult contemporary WJXA, first month, 5.8 – 8.6, +2.8

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WJXA (+2.8)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: classic rock WNRQ (-2.2)

PROVIDENCE

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WPRO-AM & WEAN “News Talk 630 AM & 99.7 FM” 5.2 – 5.8, +.6, anchored at #5

iHeartMedia-owned WHJJ “News Radio 920” .8 – 1.1, +.3, #19 to #15

News – Talk: iHeartMedia’s WBZ-AM “1030 News Radio” 1.5 – 1.3, -.2, #12 to #14

Sports Talk: Beasley Media Group-owned WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” (New England Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins) unchanged at 4.0, ninth to seventh

Audacy’s WVEI “Sports Radio 103.7” 4.4 – 3.6, -.8, seventh to ninth

Public Radio News/Talk: Rhode Island Public Radio-owned WNPN 3.0 – 2.4, -.6, repeats in tenth-place

WGBH Educational Foundation’s WGBH 2.4 – 2.3, -.1, continues at #11

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia rock WHJY, fifth straight month, 11.3 – 10.5, -.8

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WWLI (+2.4)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: CHR WPRO-FM (-1.2)

NORFOLK

News/Talk: Sinclair’s WNIS “News Talk AM 790” 2.8 – 2.1, -.7, #12 to #14

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Max Broadcast Group’s WVSP “94.1 ESPN” 1.1 – 1.2, +.1, repeats at #19

Sinclair-owned WTAR “Sports Radio 850” .5 – .4, -.1, flat at #20

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Audacy urban AC WVKL, 38th consecutive month, 11.0 – 10.2, -.8

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: rhythmic hot AC WMOV (+3.8)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: adult hits WNOB (-1.6)

JACKSONVILLE

News/Talk: Cox Media Group’s WOKV-FM “104.5 Jacksonville’s News & Talk” 8.0 – 8.7, +.7, repeats in third-place

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Cox Media Group-owned WOKV-AM “ESPN Jacksonville 690 AM” flat at .4, remains at #18

Public Radio News/Talk: WJCT, Inc.’s WJCT  3.0 – 3.3, +.3, #12 to #10

Number One 6+: Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WEJZ, first month, 8.7 – 10.8, +2.1

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WEJZ (+2.1)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease (Tie): CHR WAPE and contemporary Christian WCRJ (-1.1)

WEST PALM BEACH

News/Talk: Hubbard Broadcasting-owned WFTL “News Talk 850” 2.4 – 1.8, -.6, #12 to #15

iHeartMedia’s WJNO “News Radio 1290” (also) 2.4 – 1.8, -.6, #12 to #15

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Dade County School Board-owned WLRN 2.7 – 3.0, +.3, ninth to seventh

Number One 6+: Hubbard Broadcasting classic hits-oldies WEAT, first month, 6.7 – 9.4, +2.7

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: classic hits-oldies WEAT (+2.7)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WOLL (-2.3)

GREENSBORO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WPTI “News Talk 94.5” 4.6 – 4.1, -.5, locked in seventh-place

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Curtis Media Group-owned WSJS & WPCM 600 AM & 920 AM” unchanged at .4, #16 to #15

Public Radio News/Talk: Wake Forest University’s WFDD 3.7 – 4.1, +.4, ninth to seventh

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-owned WUNC 1.5 – 1.9, +.4, anchored at #13

Number One 6+: Audacy urban AC WQMG, seventh month in a row, 12.1 – 13.0, +.9

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WMAG (+4.1)**

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: adult hits WSMW and classic rock WKRR (-1.1)

**Represents a tie for the largest November 2021 – December 2021 increase (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

MEMPHIS

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WREC “News Talk 600 AM” 3.8 – 3.2, -.6, anchored in tenth-place

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: (Three) Audacy cluster-mates WMFS “Sports Radio 92.9” (Grizzlies) 4.2 – 4.4, +.2, eighth to seventh; WMFS’ internet stream flat at .5, #17 to #18; and WMC-AM “ESPN 790 AM” steady at .2, continues at #19

Public Radio News/Talk: Mid-South Public Communications’ WKNO 2.6 – 2.3, -.3, #12 to #13

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia urban AC KJMS, tenth consecutive month, 12.0 – 11.3, -.7

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WRVR (+3.6)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: hot AC WMC-FM (-1.0)

HARTFORD

News/Talk: Audacy’s WTIC-AM “News Talk 1080” 5.7 – 5.2, -.5, continues in seventh-place

Red Wolf Broadcasting-owned WDRC-AM “The Talk of Connecticut” .8 – .9, +.1, #14 to #15

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WUCS “97.9 ESPN” .8 – .9, +.1, #14 to #15

Public Radio News/Talk: Connecticut Educational Communications’ WNPR 7.0 – 7.1, +.1, locked in third-place

New England Public Media’s WFCR unchanged at .4, #16 to #17

Number One 6+: Audacy adult contemporary WRCH, 21st successive month, 10.8 – 14.9, +4.1

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WRCH (+4.1)**

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease (Tie): classic rock WDRC-FM and alternative WMRQ (-.8)

**Represents a tie for the largest November 2021 – December 2021 increase (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

 

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

 

December 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Three

| January 3, 2022

December 2021 PPM Data – Information for the December 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 December 2021 sweep covered November 11 – December 8.

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 November 2021 – December 2021 (6+).

 

PORTLAND

News/Talk: Alpha Media’s KXL “FM 101 News” flat at 7.1, second to fourth

iHeartMedia-owned KEX “News Radio 1190” 3.1 – 2.5, -.6, unchanged at #16

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Oregon Public Broadcasting’s KOPB 6.9 – 7.2, +.3, fourth to third and KOPB’s internet stream steady at 2.2, #19 to #17

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW, first month, 7.1 – 12.4, +5.3

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KKCW (+5.3)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: hot AC KRSK (-.8)

CHARLOTTE

News/Talk: Radio One-owned WBT AM & WBT-FM “Charlotte’s News Talk” (Carolina Panthers) 4.5 – 3.8, -.7, #8 to #11

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WFNZ “Sports Radio The Fan” (Hornets) 1.0 – 1.1, +.1, remains at #18

Public Radio News/Talk: University Radio Foundation-owned WFAE 4.1 – 4.3, +.2, tenth to ninth

South Carolina Educational Television Commission’s WNSC steady at .5, locked at #20

Number One 6+: Beasley Media Group adult contemporary WKQC, first month, 5.0 – 8.8, +3.8

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WKQC (+3.8)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: classical WDAV (-.8)

SAN ANTONIO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WOAI “News Radio 1200” (Spurs) 4.3 – 4.2, -.1, tenth to eighth

Alpha Media-owned KTSA “Stay Connected” 2.1 – 2.2, +.1, #16 to #14

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Texas Public Radio’s KSTX 3.3 – 3.1, -.2, #13 to #12

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KQXT, first month, 5.9 – 10.8, +4.9

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KQXT (+4.9)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies KONO-FM (-1.8)

SACRAMENTO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KFBK-AM & KFBK-FM “News 1530 AM & 93.1 FM” 9.1 – 7.3, -1.8, first to third and cluster-mate KSTE “Talk 650” 2.7 – 2.9, +.2, #14 to #12

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s KIFM-AM “ESPN 1320” 1.0 – .9, -.1, #18 to #19

Public Radio News/Talk: Capital Public Radio’s KXJZ 4.9 – 4.5, -.4, seventh to eighth

Number One 6+: Audacy classic rock KSEG, first month, 8.3 – 10.2, +1.9

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KYMX (+3.1)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KBEB (-2.2)*

*Represents the largest November 2021 – December 2021 decrease (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

PITTSBURGH

News/Talk: Audacy’s KDKA-AM “News Radio 1020 AM” 4.1 – 3.7, -.4, remains in ninth-place

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan All Sports All The Time” 8.7 – 7.8, -.9, stays at #4

Public Radio News/Talk: Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting’s WESA 3.3 – 2.7, -.6, #11 to #13

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWSW, first month, 8.9 – 11.1, +2.2

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase:  adult contemporary WSHH (+2.5)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: sports talk KDKA-FM (-.9)

SALT LAKE CITY

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KNRS-AM & KNRS-FM “Talk Radio” 7.2 – 7.1, -.1, anchored in second-place

Bonneville-owned KSL “News Radio 102.7 FM & 1160 AM” 7.5 – 6.0, -1.5, first to fifth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Utah’s KUER steady at 4.1, repeats at #8

Number One 6+: Bonneville adult contemporary KSFI, first month, 5.5 – 10.9, +5.4

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KSFI (+5.4)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: news/talk KSL (-1.5)

LAS VEGAS

News/Talk: Audacy’s KXNT “News Talk 840” 1.9 – 1.8, -.1, #21 to #16

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KSNE, first month, 6.0 – 13.1, +7.1

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KSNE (+7.1)**

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: contemporary Christian KSOS (-2.1)

**Represents the largest November 2021 – December 2021 increase (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

ORLANDO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTKS “Real Radio 104.1” 5.6 – 5.3, -.3, seventh to eighth

Cox Media Group-owned WDBO “Orlando’s News Talk” 2.1 – 1.9, -.2, flat at #16

iHeartMedia’s WFLF “Orlando News Radio” 1.8 – 1.3, -.5, #18 to #19

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WYGM “96.9 The Game” (Magic) 2.3 – 2.2, -.1, #15 to #14

Public Radio News/Talk: Community Connections’ WMFE 2.5 – 1.7, -.8, #13 to #17

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMGF, first month, 6.1 – 12.0, +5.9

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WMGF (+5.9)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: rock WJRR (-1.5)

CINCINNATI

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WLW “700 Cincinnati’s News Radio” 11.8 – 10.2, -1.6, flat at #2 and cluster-mate WKRC “55 KRC The Talk Station” 5.8 – 5.2, -.6, fourth to sixth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WCKY “ESPN 1530” (Bengals) locked at 1.4, repeats at #17

Public Radio News/Talk: Cincinnati Public Radio-owned WVXU steady at 3.9, tenth to eighth

Number One 6+: Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WGRR second month in a row, 12.3 – 11.0, -1.3

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WRRM (+1.8)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: news/talk WLW (-1.6)

CLEVELAND

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTAM “News Radio 1100” (Cavaliers) 4.7 – 4.0, -.7, stays in ninth-place

News: iHeartMedia-owned WMMS-HD2 “BIN 99.1 Because Truth Matters” unchanged at .2, #18 to #20

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WKRK “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” (Browns) 5.5 – 4.6, -.9, seventh to eighth and WKRK’s internet steam debuts with a 1.5, #14

Public Radio News/Talk: Ideastream-owned WCPN steady at 2.6, #13 to #12

Kent State University’s WKSU 1.3 – 1.1, -.2, #15 to #17

Number One 6+: Audacy adult contemporary WDOK first month, 9.8 – 10.4, +.6

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase:  iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WMJI (+1.4)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: sports talk WKRK (-.9)

KANSAS CITY

News/Talk: Audacy’s KMBZ-FM “98.1 FM News, Traffic, Weather” 5.0 – 4.6, -.4, seventh to sixth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s KCSP “Sports Radio 610 Our Teams, Our Town” 2.1 – 2.3, +.2, remains at #16

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Missouri-owned KCUR 6.6 – 6.1, -.5, continues in third-place

Number One 6+: Cumulus Media classic rock KCFX, third consecutive month, 8.9 – 9.7, +.8

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KCKC (+3.4)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: country WDAF (-1.6)

COLUMBUS

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WTVN “News Radio 610” 6.7 – 6.5, -.2, remains in fourth-place

News: iHeartMedia’s WYTS “Columbus’ BIN 1230” .2 – .1, -.1, locked at #19

Sports Talk: Tegna-owned WBNS-FM “97.1 FM The Fan” (Blue Jackets) 9.6 – 10.3, +.7, #1 and cluster-mate WBNS-AM “ESPN 1460 AM” .6 – .5, -.1, #16 to #18

Public Radio News/Talk: Ohio State University’s WOSU 6.2 – 6.5, +.3, sixth to fourth

Number One 6+: sports talk WBNS-FM, fourth successive month, 9.6 – 10.3, +.7

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult hits WODC (+2.1)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: classic rock WLVQ (-1.2)

 

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

 

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

December 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Two

| December 30, 2021

December 2021 PPM Data – Information for the December 2021 sweep has been released for Washington, DC; Boston; Miami; Seattle; Detroit; Phoenix; Minneapolis; San Diego; Tampa; Denver; Baltimore; and St. Louis.

Nielsen Audio’s December 2021 survey period covered November 11 – December 8.

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 November 2021 – December 2021 (6+).

 

WASHINGTON, DC

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WMAL “105.9 FM – Where Washington Comes To Talk” (Washington Football Team) 3.5 – 3.7, +.2, #13 to #11

News: Hubbard Broadcasting-owned WTOP & WTLP “Washington’s Top News” 7.7 – 6.8, -.9, third to fourth

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WJFK-FM “106.7 The Fan” 1.6 – 1.7, +.1, #17 to #16

Public Radio News/Talk: American University-owned WAMU 8.9 – 7.5, -1.4, first to third

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary WASH, first month, 7.2 – 11.3, +4.1

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WASH (+4.1)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: public radio news/talk WAMU (-1.4)

BOSTON

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WRKO “AM 680 The Voice Of Boston” 4.9 – 4.1, -.8, repeats at #8

News – Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” 7.4 – 6.9, -.5, second to fourth

Sports Talk: Beasley Media Group’s WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” (New England Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins) 8.7 – 8.5, -.2, #1

Audacy-owned WEEI-FM “93.7 Boston’s Sports Station” 3.4 – 3.2, -.2, continues at #11

Public Radio News/Talk: WGBH Educational Foundation-owned WGBH 2.6 – 3.2, +.6, #13 to #11

Boston University’s WBUR 3.9 – 2.9, -1.0, #10 to #15

Number One 6+: sports talk WBZ-FM, fourth successive month, 8.7 – 8.5, -.2

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WMJX (+2.9)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: public radio news/talk WBUR (-1.0)

MIAMI

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WIOD “News Radio 610” 1.4 – 1.8, +.4, #23 to #20

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Dade County School Board-owned WLRN 3.7 – 3.6, -.1, carries on in ninth-place

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group urban AC WHQT, second month in a row, flat at 9.3

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase (Tie): news/talk WIOD; adult contemporary WLYF; classic hits-oldies WMXJ; and urban contemporary WMIB (+.4)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: Spanish tropical WRTO (-.8)

SEATTLE

News/Talk: Bonneville’s KIRO-FM “97.3 FM” (Seahawks) 6.5 – 6.6, +.1, first to second

News: Lotus Communications’ KOMO-AM & KOMO-FM “Seattle News, Weather, Sports” 4.9 – 5.3, +.4, sixth to fourth

Sports Talk: Bonneville-owned KIRO-AM “710 AM ESPN Seattle” (Seahawks) 3.8 – 3.1, -.7, #10 to #14

Public Radio News/Talk: Northwest Public Radio’s KUOW 5.8 – 5.4, -.4, anchored in third-place

Number One 6+: Hubbard Broadcasting adult contemporary KRWM, first month, 5.0 – 7.9, +2.9

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KRWM (+2.9)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease (Tie): classic rock KZOK and adult contemporary KSWD (-.8)

DETROIT

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WJR “News Talk 760 AM” 3.4 – 2.8, -.6, continues at #14

News: Audacy-owned WWJ News Radio 950” (Pistons) 5.7 – 5.1, -.6, sixth to fifth

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” (Lions, Pistons, and Red Wings) 5.8 – 5.5, -.3, fifth to fourth

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Michigan’s WUOM 2.1 – 1.8, -.3, locked on #17

Wayne State University-owned WDET 2.3 – 1.6, -.7, #16 to #19

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary WNIC, first month, 7.0 – 16.8, +9.8

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WNIC (+9.8)*

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WOMC (-1.6)

*Represents the largest November 2021 – December 2021 increase (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

PHOENIX

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KFYI “News Talk 550” 5.1 – 4.6, -.5, third to fourth

Bonneville-owned KTAR-FM “News 92.3 FM” (Arizona Cardinals and Sun) 3.4 – 2.9, -.5, #11 to #12

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Maricopa County Community College-owned KJZZ 4.6 – 4.8, +.2, fourth to third

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ, fourteenth consecutive month, 6.7 – 12.9, +6.2

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KESZ (+6.2)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: hot AC KMXP (-1.0)

MINNEAPOLIS

News/Talk: Audacy’s WCCO “News Talk 830” (Minnesota Timberwolves) 4.6 – 4.5, -.1, #11 to #9

iHeartMedia-owned KTLK-AM “Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130” 3.2 – 3.1, -.1, #13 to #14

Hubbard Broadcasting’s KTMY “My Talk 107.1” 2.0 – 1.6, -.4, #16 to #17

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KFXN “FM 100.3 K-Fan” (Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Wild) 6.6 – 7.2, +.6, fourth to third

Public Radio News/Talk: Minnesota Public Radio’s KNOW 8.0 – 7.8, -.2, first to second

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KQQL, first month, 6.7 – 10.5, +3.8

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: classic hits-oldies KQQL (+3.8)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: contemporary Christian KTIS-FM (-1.1)

SAN DIEGO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KOGO “News Radio 600” 5.0 – 4.4, -.6, fifth to seventh and cluster-mate KFI “AM 640” 2.3 – 1.8, -.5, #16 to #18

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: San Diego State University-owned KPBS 4.7 – 5.3, +.6, sixth to fourth

Number One 6+: Audacy classic hits-oldies KXSN, third month in succession, 6.7 – 7.1, +.4

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KYXY (+2.0)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: regional Mexican KLNV (-1.2)

TAMPA

News/Talk: Cox Media Group’s WHPT “102.5 The Bone – Real, Raw, Radio” 4.2 – 3.4, -.8, #8 to #12

iHeartMedia-owned WFLA “News Radio 970” (Lightning) 3.1 – 2.8, -.3, #13 to #16

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WDAE “Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” 2.0 – 1.8, -.2, flat at #19

Public Radio News/Talk: University of South Florida-owned WUSF 3.1 – 2.3, -.8, #13 to #18

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group adult contemporary WDUV, third month in a row, 7.5 – 8.5, +1.0

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: hot AC WMTX (+1.7)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WRBQ (-1.4)

DENVER

News/Talk: In the iHeartMedia cluster, KOA “News Radio 850” (Broncos) 3.2 – 2.9, -.3, unchanged at #11; KHOW “Talk Radio 630” 2.7 – 2.3, -.4, #15 to #17; and KDFD “Freedom 93.7” flat at 2.1, #18 to #19

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Bonneville’s KKFN “104.3 The Fan” (Nuggets) 3.3 – 3.1, -.2, continues at #10

Public Radio News/Talk: Colorado Public Radio-owned KCFR steady at 4.5, repeats at #7

Number One 6+: Bonneville adult contemporary KOSI, first month, 5.2 – 7.7, +2.5

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KOSI (+2.5)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: country KYGO (-1.1)

BALTIMORE

News/Talk: WCBM Maryland-owned WCBM “Talk Radio AM 680” 3.2 – 3.5, +.3, #12 to #10

Hearst Television’s WBAL News Radio 1090” (Ravens) 2.9 – 2.3, -.6, #15 to #16

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WJZ-FM “Baltimore Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan” 5.4 – 4.5, -.9, repeats in fourth-place

Public Radio News/Talk: Your Public Radio Corporation’s WYPR 4.3 – 3.8, -.5, sixth to seventh

American University-owned WAMU 2.5 – 3.2, +.7, #16 to #12

Number One 6+: Audacy adult contemporary WLIF, first month, 6.5 – 12.3, +5.8

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WLIF (+5.8)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: urban AC WWIN-FM (-1.8)**

**Represents the largest November 2021 – December 2021 decrease (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

ST. LOUIS

News/Talk: Audacy’s KFTK “Talk 97.1 FM” 3.8 – 3.1, -.7, flat at #13 and co-owned KMOX “The Voice Of St. Louis” 3.8 – 3.0, -.8, #13 to #14

iHeartMedia-owned KTLK-FM “104.9 The Patriot” flat at 1.1, #18 to #19 and KFTK’s internet stream – which had been unlisted the past five months – .6, #20

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Hubbard Broadcasting’s WXOS “101 ESPN” (Blues) 6.3 – 5.3, -1.0, repeats at #8

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Missouri-owned KWMU 2.3 – 2.2, -.1, #15 to #17

Number One 6+: Audacy adult contemporary KEZK, first month, 6.4 – 12.5, +6.1

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KEZK (+6.1)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: contemporary Christian KLJY (-1.1)

 

Up next: December 2021 overviews for Portland; Charlotte; San Antonio; Sacramento; Pittsburgh; Salt Lake City; Las Vegas; Orlando; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Kansas City; and Columbus.

 

Email Mike Kinosian at Mike.Kinosian@gmail.com

December 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part One

| December 30, 2021

December 2021 PPM Data – Information for the December 2021 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 2021 sweep covered November 11 – December 8.

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 November 2021 – December 2021 (6+).

 

NEW YORK

News/Talk: Red Apple Media’s WABC-AM & WLIR-FM “77 Talk Radio” 2.6 – 2.4, -.2, flat at #15

iHeartMedia-owned WOR “710 – The Voice of New York” 2.4 – 2.3, -.1, #17 to #16

News: Audacy’s WINS “1010 – All News/All The Time” 3.6 – 3.8, +.2, steady in eighth-place and co-owned WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” 2.3 – 2.2, -.1, #18 to #17

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Giants and Nets) 3.2 – 3.0, -.2, #11 to #13

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC Broadcasting Foundation-owned WNYC-FM 2.9 – 3.1, +.2, unchanged at #12

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW, fifth straight month, 6.8 – 9.7, +2.9

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WLTW (+2.9)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM (-1.0)

LOS ANGELES

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KFI “AM 640” 3.5 – 3.1, -.4, eighth to seventh

News: Audacy’s KNX-AM “1070 News Radio” 2.9 – 2.6, -.3, #10 to #11

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Pasadena Area Community College’s KPCC 1.8 – 1.9, +.1, #21 to #19

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KOST, fifth successive month, 6.0 – 11.6, +5.6

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KOST (+5.6)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: sports talk KLAC (-1.1)

Note: Two days prior to the conclusion of the December 2021 sweep (12/6), Audacy CHR KNOU began simulcasting all-news KNX-AM and has since changed calls to KNX-FM. KNOU finished the December 2021 survey period at #21 (1.4 – 1.8, +.4)

CHICAGO

News/Talk: Nexstar Media Group’s WGN “Radio 720” (Blackhawks) steady at 3.7, ninth to eighth

News: Audacy-owned WBBM-AM & WCFS “News Radio 780 AM & 105.9 FM” (Bears) flat at 5.7, first to second

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Chicago Public Media-owned WBEZ 4.7 – 5.1, +.4, fifth to third

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLIT, second month in succession, 5.7 – 11.8, +6.1

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WLIT (+6.1)*

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease (Tie): classical WFMT and classic rock WDRV (-.8)

*Represents the largest November 2021 – December 2021 increase (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

SAN FRANCISCO

News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KSFO “Talk Radio 560” 1.5 – 1.7, +.2, #21 to #20

News: Audacy’s KCBS-AM & KFRC “All News 740 AM & 106.9 FM” 7.2 – 6.7, -.5, second to third

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KNBR “The Sports Leader” (49ers) 4.0 – 3.4, -.6, sixth to eighth

Public Radio News/Talk: KQED, Inc.’s KQED 7.8 – 8.6, +.8, #1

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KQED, twelfth straight month, 7.8 – 8.6, +.8

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KOIT-FM (+3.7)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: news/talk KGO (-.7)

DALLAS

News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned WBAP “News Talk 820 AM & 99.5 HD2 FM” 3.4 – 2.8, -.6, #10 to #14

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KTCK “Sports Radio The Ticket” (Stars) 4.1 – 3.5, -.6, #6 to #11

Audacy’s KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” (Cowboys) steady at 2.2, #19 to #18

Public Radio News/Talk: North Texas Public Broadcasting-owned KERA unchanged at 2.8, #15 to #14

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KDGE, first month, 4.3 – 8.8, +4.5

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KDGE (+4.5)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: CHR KHKS (-.7)

HOUSTON

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KTRH “AM 740 News Radio” 4.9 – 4.4, -.5, sixth to seventh

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Houston-owned KUHF 2.4 – 2.3, -.1, flat at #19

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA, eighth consecutive month, 6.6 – 10.8, +4.2

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KODA (+4.2)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease (Tie): Spanish contemporary Christian KHVU and sports talk KBME (-.9)

ATLANTA

News/Talk: Cox Media Group-owned WSB-AM & WSBB “Atlanta’s News & Talk” 9.3 – 6.6, -2.7, first to fourth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WZGC “92.9 The Game” (Falcons and Hawks) 2.5 – 2.2, -.3, #14 to #17

Public Radio News/Talk: Atlanta Public Schools’ WABE 2.7 – 2.4, -.3, #13 to #14

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WSRV first month, 7.5 – 7.3, -.2, replaces news/talk WSB-AM & WSBB, which  had been #1 the past 30 months

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: contemporary Christian WFSH (+2.2)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: news/talk WSB-AM & WSBB (-2.7)**

**Represents the largest November 2021 – December 2021 decrease (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

PHILADELPHIA

News/Talk: Audacy-owned WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” 1.5 – 1.1, -.4, #19 to #20 and WPHT’s internet stream, which debuts with a 1.1, thus tying WPHT’s AM signal at #20

News: Audacy’s KYW & WPHI “News Radio 1060 AM & 103.9 FM” 5.2 – 4.6, -.6, fourth to sixth

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned WIP “Sports Radio 94” (Eagles) 5.1 – 4.6, -.5, flat at #6

Beasley Media Group’s WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” (76ers and Flyers) 2.3 – 1.9, -.4, #14 to #15

Public Radio News/Talk: WHYY’s WHYY 5.2 – 5.7, +.5, fourth to fifth

Number One 6+: Audacy adult contemporary WBEB, first month, 4.8 – 10.1, +5.3

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WBEB (+5.3)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: country WXTU (-.9)

LONG ISLAND

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WOR “710 – The Voice of New York” 3.0 – 2.9, -.1, #13 to #12

News: Audacy’s WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” 3.5 – 3.3, -.2, flat at #10 and cluster-mate WINS “1010 – All News/All The Time” 3.0 – 2.8, -.2, repeats at #13

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Giants and Nets) 4.5 – 4.0, -.5, fourth to seventh

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC Broadcasting Foundation-owned WNYC-FM 1.4 – 1.8, +.4, #24 to #19

Number One 6+: Audacy classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM, fifth straight month, 6.9 – 7.3, +.4

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: hot AC WALK-FM (+3.0)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WKJY (-1.3)

RIVERSIDE

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KFI “AM 640” 2.6 – 2.5, -.1, #13 to #14

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+: Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA, ninth straight month, 7.5 – 8.0, +.5

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KOST (+3.5)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: regional Mexican KRQB (-.9)

SAN JOSE

News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KGO “810 AM” 2.3 – 1.7, -.6, #14 to #16

News: Audacy’s KCBS-AM & KFRC “All News 740 AM & 106.9 FM” 6.2 – 5.6, -.6, second to fourth

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media’s KNBR “The Sports Leader” (49ers) flat at 2.0, #17 to #15

Public Radio News/Talk: KQED, Inc.’s KQED 8.3 – 9.3, +1.0, first to second

Number One 6+: Audacy adult contemporary KOIT-FM first month, 5.7 – 9.7, +4.0

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KOIT-FM (+4.0)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: hot AC KLLC (-1.4)

MIDDLESEX

News/Talk: Townsquare Media-owned WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” steady at 4.6, remains in eighth-place

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Giants and Nets) 2.6 – 2.8, +.2, continues at #13

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WNYC-FM 3.5 – 4.1, +.6, ninth to tenth

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW, first month, 5.9 – 8.3, +2.4

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WMGQ (+2.5)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: Spanish tropical WSKQ (-2.6)

 

Up next: December 2021 overviews for: Washington, DC; Boston; Miami; Seattle; Detroit; Phoenix; Minneapolis; San Diego; Tampa; Denver; Baltimore; and St. Louis.

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

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

| December 21, 2021

Salem Media Group’s Ed Atsinger Transitions to Executive Chairman; David Santrella Rises to CEO. Current Salem Media Group CEO Edward G. Atsinger III will transition to the newly created role of executive chairman of the board of directors, effective January 1, 2022 and David Santrella – currently president of broadcast media – will become chief executive officer. At the same time, David Evans – president of digital media and publishing – is promoted to chief operating officer. Salem Media Group’s current chairman, Stuart W. Epperson, will resign from Salem’s board of directors, transitioning to the position of chairman emeritus and Stuart W. Epperson, Jr. will join the board of directors, filling the vacancy created by Mr. Epperson Senior’s resignation. In the executive chairman role, Atsinger will be chairman of the board, assuming leadership of the board of directors while providing oversight and guidance to both the CEO and COO. Atsinger will continue to be engaged full-time and focus more of his attention on macro strategy and planning, M&A, external relationships, government affairs and leadership development. He comments, “I am pleased to serve as executive chairman and to oversee the succession to the next generation of leadership of our company. I am looking forward to working with the executive team to continue Salem’s vitally important mission of serving the media needs of the audiences interested in Christian content and public policy programming with a traditional conservative focus. With Salem well-positioned for continued growth into the future, now is the right time to take the next step in implementing our long-term leadership transition. We have a tremendously talented, deep and dedicated leadership team at Salem. David Santrella and David Evans each have played a critical role in developing and executing the strategy in place today, and I am confident they have the vision, skills, experience and capabilities necessary to provide continued leadership of Salem well into the future.” Speaking about his new role, David Santrella states, “I am deeply honored to have been appointed as Salem’s next CEO. I look forward to working in close partnership with David Evans to take advantage of the tremendous opportunities that exist in today’s media landscape, to further the mission of our company and to grow our business. I am blessed that I will have Ed alongside me in my new role.”

WBBM-AM/WCFS-FM, Chicago Names Cisco Cotto Morning Drive Anchor. Chicago all-news WBBM-AM/WCFS-FM appoints Cisco Cotto the morning drive news anchor, taking over for Pat Cassidy, who recently announced his retirement. Audacy Chicago regional president and market manager Rachel Williamson comments, “We are excited to welcome Cisco into morning drive. He has proven to be a true professional and teammate for the last seven years both reporting and anchoring on WBBM. Not only does he bring a bright energy but is a great communicator and strong journalist – the perfect combination as Chicagoans wake up each morning.” About his new role, Cotto says, “Pat and Felicia [Middlebrooks] spent many years as voices Chicagoans trusted to wake them up with all of the most important stories to start their day. I’ll work hard to maintain what they built. Thanks to Ron Gleason, Greg Solk, and Rachel Williamson for trusting me with such an important show on this great station. I look forward to continuing to be a small part of the award-winning news team on WBBM for many years to come.” Assuming the midday and noon business hour anchoring position is Rob Hart, who has been with WBBM since 2016.

WGAC, Augusta and Talk Host Austin Rhodes Sued for Defamation. A suit has been filed in Gwinnett Superior Court in Georgia by James Faller II who says in the complaint that WGAC, Augusta talk host Austin Rhodes defamed him through “false, malicious and defamatory” statements. Faller appears to be representing himself as the complaint is not signed by an attorney representing him. Faller alleges that Rhodes called him a “fraud,” “weirdo,” and “felon” and says Rhodes spoke with local politicians and warned them about associating with Faller. A story in the Augusta Press indicates that Faller admits to having served two years in federal prison on a felony conviction but says that he’s actually a whistleblower and he went to prison due to a government conspiracy against him. Faller also alleges that Rhodes’ refusal to allow him to appear on his radio show violates his First Amendment rights. Beasey Media Group is also named in the suit and it’s expected the company will seek to have the suit dismissed.

KHTK-AM, Sacramento Announces On-Air Changes for the New Year. A series of talent moves at Bonneville’s Sacramento sports talk KHTK-AM will take place beginning January 4, 2022. Current afternoon drive host Jason Ross will move to mornings to join Carmichael Dave. At the same time, Justin Marshall will move away from the on-air portion of his role to solely focus on his duties as assistant program director and morning show producer. The afternoon drive show will be hosted by program director Nick Cattles who will be joined by a rotating cast of co-hosts each day from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

BIA Advisory Predicts Radio Ad Spend Will Rise 5.5% to $13.54 Billion in 2022. Looking ahead to 2022, BIA Advisory Services reveals it has increased its U.S. Local Advertising Forecast for the year to $173.3 billion from its earlier estimate of $161.5 billion issued in the late summer. The 2022 forecast indicates an 11.4% increase over 2021 due to faster than anticipated growth in digital advertising and a strong political year. Traditional media ad revenue still maintains a slight advantage over digital at 50.8% of the ad spend ($88 billion), while digital media will get 49.2% of the ad spend at $85 billion. Looking at the radio industry, BIA predicts that radio ad spend will be $13.54 billion, a 5.5% increase over 2021’s $12.79 billion. For 2021, radio’s ad spend on over-the-air will be $10.91 billion with $1.88 billion coming from digital (website, streaming and mobile apps). Next year, radio ad spend is forecast to be $11.37 billion for over-the-air and $2.17 billion for digital. BIA SVP and chief economist Mark Fratrik says, “2021 has been a year of fluctuations. The first two quarters of the year saw strong growth, with some stalling in Q3 once the Delta variant appeared late summer. We’ve taken pandemic concerns plus inflation and supply chain issues into account to prepare our local media estimates and, overall, we are bullish on ad revenue for 2022.”

WTOP-FM, Washington Was Top Radio Biller for 2020. As a sidebar to the previous story about BIA Advisory Services’ Local Advertising Forecast, the company has revealed the top radio billers for last year. The top-billing station for 2020 was Bonneville’s all-news WTOP-FM, Washington with $62 million. Rounding out the top 10 were: iHeartMedia’s KIIS-FM, Los Angeles and WLTW-FM, New York with $38.9 and $30.8, respectively; Cox Media Group’s news/talk WSB-AM/WSBB-FM, Atlanta was #4 with $30 million; Audacy’s all-news WBBM-AM/WCFS-FM, Chicago was #5 with $29.7 million; Beasley Media Group’s sports talk WBZ-FM, Boston was #6 with $29.6 million; iHeartMedia’s KBIG, Los Angeles and WHTZ, New York were #7 and #8 with $29.35 million and $29.3 million, respectively; Audacy’s all-news WINS-AM was #9 with $28.1 million and Audacy’s sports talk WFAN, New York was #10 with $28 million.

COVID-19, Build Back Better, 2022 Midterm Elections, Trump Sues NY AG, January Investigation, Russia’s Ukraine Aggression, and Potter/Maxwell Trials Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (12/20). The Omicron coronavirus variant sweeps across the U.S., the push for booster shots, and the pushback against mandates; Senator Joe Manchin’s blow to President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan; Republicans savoring early predictions of taking back Congress in the 2022 midterm elections; former President Donald Trump sues New York attorney general Letitia James to prevent investigation of his businesses; the investigation into the January attack on the Capitol; Russia’s ongoing military aggression at the Ukraine border; and the trials of former police officer Kim Potter in the shooting of Daunte Wright and Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.