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July 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Four

| August 13, 2021

July 2021 PPM Data – Information for the July 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 July 2021 sweep covered June 24 – July 21.

Mike Kinosian provides “Takeaways” for spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top twenty. He also cites each particular city’s #1 station (6+) and loftiest (6+) upticks and drop-offs.

All comparisons noted are June 2021 – July 2021 (6+).

AUSTIN

News/Talk: Waterloo Media-operated KLBJ-AM “News Radio” 4.0 – 4.2, +.2, ninth to sixth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Genuine Austin Radio’s KTXX “The Horn” 1.5 – 1.7, +.2, #18 to #16

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Texas-owned KUT 8.1 – 8.7, +.6, anchored at #2

Number One 6+: Waterloo Media-operated adult hits KBPA, fifth month in a row, 11.5 – 11.9, +.4

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: country KVET-FM (+.7)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease: Spanish adult hits KLJA (-1.5)

RALEIGH

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTKK “106.1 FM Talk” 5.8 – 5.6, -.2, continues at #6

Curtis Media Group-owned WPTF “News Radio 680” 2.3 – 1.9, -.4, #15 to #14

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Capitol Broadcasting’s WCMC-FM “99.9 FM The Fan” 2.4 – 1.6, -.8, #14 to #17

Public Radio News/Talk: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-owned WUNC 10.2 – 9.3, -.9, #1

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk WUNC, ninth straight month, 10.2 – 9.3, -.9

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: country WQDR-FM (+.6)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease: public radio news/talk WUNC (-.9)

INDIANAPOLIS

News/Talk: Emmis’ WIBC “93.1 FM Indy’s Mobile News” 7.0 – 8.2, +1.2, repeats at #2

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Emmis-owned WFNI “The Fan” 5.7 – 4.5, -1.2, sixth to eighth

iHeartMedia’s WNDE “Fox Sports 1260” flat at .5, remains at #20

Public Radio News/Talk: Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting’s WFYI 5.6 – 7.4, +1.8, seventh to third

Number One 6+: Cumulus Media adult hits WJJK, sixth successive month, 10.7 – 9.5, -1.2

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk WFYI (+1.8)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease (Tie): adult hits WJJK and sports talk WFNI (-1.2)

MILWAUKEE

News/Talk: Good Karma Brands-owned WTMJ “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” (Brewers) unchanged at 8.9, #1

iHeartMedia’s WISN “News Talk 1130” 6.5 – 6.8, +.3, repeats in fourth-place

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WRNW “97.3 The Game” 1.7 – 1.5, -.2, remains at #15

Audacy-owned WSSP “1250 AM The Fan”.8 – 1.1, +.3, #20 to #16

Good Karma Brands’ WKTI “ESPN Milwaukee” .8 – 1.0, +.2, #20 to #17

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Wisconsin-owned WUWM 4.0 – 3.7, -.3, #10 to #11

Wisconsin Educational Communications Board’s WHAD .6 – .7, +.1, #22 to #20

Number One 6+: Good Karma Brands news/talk WTMJ, fourth straight month, steady at 8.9

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: rock WHQG (+.9)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WRIT (-.8)

NASHVILLE

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WWTN “SuperTalk 99.7” 6.5 – 6.3, -.2, carries on in fifth-place

iHeartMedia-owned WLAC “Talk Radio 1510” 1.7 – 1.9, +.2, #17 to #16

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media’s WGFX “104.5 The Zone” 2.4 – 3.2, +.8, #14 to #11

Cromwell Radio Group-owned WPRT “102.5 The Game” .9 – .7, -.2, #18 to #20

Public Radio News/Talk: Nashville Public Radio’s WPLN-FM 3.8 – 3.2, -.6, #10 to #11

Number One 6+: Midwest Communications adult hits WCJK, seventh successive month, 9.3 – 8.4, -.9

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: CHR WNFN (+1.5)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease: country WSIX (-1.7)

PROVIDENCE

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WPRO-AM & WEAN “News Talk 630 AM & 99.7 FM” 3.9 – 4.2, +.3, eighth to seventh

iHeartMedia-owned WHJJ “News Radio 920” 2.0 – 1.1, -.9, #13 to #18

News – Talk: iHeartMedia’s WBZ-AM “1030 News Radio” 1.5 – 1.6, +.1, steady at #15

Sports Talk: Beasley Media Group-owned WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” 4.3 – 4.0, -.3, sixth to eighth

Audacy’s WVEI “Sports Radio 103.7” 2.7 – 3.1, +.4, remains at #9

Public Radio News/Talk: WGBH Educational Foundation’s WGBH 2.4 – 2.7, +.3, repeats in tenth-place

Rhode Island Public Radio-owned WNPN 2.2 – 2.0, -.2, locked at #11

Number One 6+: Hall Communications country WCTK, first month, 7.8 – 8.0, +.2

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: classic hits-oldies WWBB (+1.2)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease: news talk WHJJ (-.9)

NORFOLK

News/Talk: Commonwealth Radio’s WNIS “News Talk AM 790” 2.5 – 2.3, -.2, flat at #13

News: iHeartMedia-owned WNOH “BIN 105.3 Because Truth Matters” 1.2 – 1.0, -.2, steady at #19

Sports Talk: Max Broadcast Group’s WVSP “94.1 ESPN” .8 – .9, +.1, #21 to #20

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Audacy urban AC WVKL, 33rd consecutive month, 11.9 – 12.8, +.9

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: country WGH-FM (+1.2)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease: urban contemporary WOWI (-1.2)

JACKSONVILLE

News/Talk: Cox Media Group’s WOKV-FM “104.5 Jacksonville’s News & Talk” steady at 8.1, locked at #3

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Cox Media Group-owned WOKV-AM “ESPN Jacksonville 690 AM” .3 – .1, -.2, flat at #20

Public Radio News/Talk: WJCT, Inc.’s WJCT  4.2 – 3.7, -.5, repeats at #9

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WJGL, fifth month in a row, 11.1 – 10.7, -.4

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: urban AC WSOL (+1.6)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WEJZ (-1.7)

WEST PALM BEACH

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WJNO “News Radio 1290” 4.0 – 3.5, -.5, fifth to seventh

Hubbard Broadcasting-owned WFTL “News Talk 850” 2.5 – 2.0, -.5, #13 to #15

iHeartMedia’s WZZR “92.1 Real Radio” unchanged at 1.2, #18 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 3.5 – 4.2, +.7, seventh to fourth

Number One 6+: Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WRMF, 16th straight month, 9.0 – 9.2, +.2

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: contemporary Christian WAYF (+.9)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease: urban AC WMBX (-1.1)

GREENSBORO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WPTI “News Talk 94.5” 3.5 – 3.7, +.2, repeats in ninth-place

News: None in the top twenty

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

Public Radio News/Talk: Wake Forest University’s WFDD 3.1 – 3.4, +.3, continues at #10

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-owned WUNC 2.0 – 1.8, -.2, steady at #13

Number One 6+: Audacy urban AC WQMG, second straight month, 11.6 – 11.9, +.3

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WMAG (+.7)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease: CHR WKSL (-1.0)

MEMPHIS

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WREC “News Talk 600 AM” 4.0 – 4.3, +.3, ninth to eighth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy cluster-mates WMFS “Sports Radio 92.9” 4.1 – 3.2, -.9, #8 to #11; WMFS’ internet stream .2 – .5, +.3, #19 to #18; and WMC-AM “ESPN 790 AM” flat at .3, #18 to #19

Public Radio News/Talk: Mid-South Public Communications’ WKNO 1.1 – 1.7, +.6, #15 to #14

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia urban AC KJMS, fifth consecutive month, steady at 10.0

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: urban-rhythmic oldies WDIA (+1.1)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease: hot AC WMC-FM (-1.0)

HARTFORD

News/Talk: Audacy’s WTIC-AM “News Talk 1080” 5.8 – 6.9, +1.1, sixth to third

Red Wolf Broadcasting-owned WDRC-AM “The Talk of Connecticut” steady at 1.0, #14 to #13

iHeartMedia’s WPOP “News Radio 1410 AM & 100.9 FM” locked at .2, #18 to #17

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WUCS “97.9 ESPN” 1.0 – .8, -.2, #14 to #15

Public Radio News/Talk: Connecticut Educational Communications’ WNPR 6.2 – 6.9, +.7, fifth to third

New England Public Media’s WFCR .4 – .6, +.2, #17 to #16

Number One 6+: Audacy adult contemporary WRCH, 16th month in a row, 13.3 – 12.4, -.9

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: news/talk WTIC-AM (+1.1)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WRCH (-.9)

 

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

April 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Four

| May 21, 2021

April 2021 PPM Data – Information for the April 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 April 2021 sweep covered April 1 – 28.

In addition to providing “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 greatest (6+) gains and losses.

All comparisons noted are March 2021 – April 2021 (6+).

AUSTIN

News/Talk: Waterloo Media-operated KLBJ-AM “News Radio” 5.1 – 5.7, +.6, remains at #4

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Genuine Austin Radio’s KTXX “The Horn” 1.2 – 1.4, +.2, #20 to #19

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Texas-owned KUT steady at 8.9, third to second

Number One 6+: Waterloo Media-operated adult hits KBPA, second month in a row, 9.3 – 9.6, +.3

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: country KOKE-FM (+1.2)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KKMJ (-2.4)

RALEIGH

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTKK “106.1 FM Talk” 5.2 – 5.0, -.2, sixth to seventh

Curtis Media Group-owned WPTF “News Radio 680” 2.0 – 1.8, -.2, flat at #16

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Capitol Broadcasting’s WCMC-FM “99.9 FM The Fan” 3.1 – 2.3, -.8, stays at #14

Public Radio News/Talk: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-owned WUNC 9.1 – 9.6, +.5, repeats at #1

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk WUNC, sixth straight month, 9.1 – 9.6, +.5

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: CHR WDCG (+.8)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: gospel WNNL (-1.0)

INDIANAPOLIS

News/Talk: Emmis’ WIBC “93.1 FM Indy’s Mobile News” 7.2 – 6.6, -.6, third to fourth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WIBC cluster-mate WFNI “The Fan” 4.7 – 5.9, +1.2, eighth to seventh

iHeartMedia’s WNDE “Fox Sports 1260” .6 – .5, -.1, flat at #20

Public Radio News/Talk: Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting’s WFYI 5.1 – 4.9, -.2, seventh to eighth

Number One 6+: Cumulus Media adult hits WJJK, third successive month, 10.0 – 10.8, +.8

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: sports talk WFNI (+1.2)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: urban AC WTLC-FM (-1.2)

MILWAUKEE

News/Talk: Good Karma Brands-owned WTMJ  “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” (Brewers) 5.6 – 9.7, +4.1, fifth to first

iHeartMedia’s WISN “News Talk 1130” 8.0 – 7.4, -.6, second to fourth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WRNW “97.3 The Game” 1.1 – 1.3, +.2, #18 to #17

Good Karma Brands’ WKTI “ESPN Milwaukee” flat at .7, #22 to #20

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Wisconsin-owned WUWM 4.3 – 4.0, -.3, eighth to ninth

Number One 6+: Good Karma Brands news/talk WTMJ, first month, 5.6 – 9.7, +4.1

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: news/talk WTMJ (+4.1)*

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: news/talk WISN and rock WHQG (both -1.0)

*Represents the highest (6+) gain by any station in all 48 PPM markets (March 2021 – April 2021)

NASHVILLE

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WWTN “Super Talk 99.7” 6.9 – 7.1, +.2, fourth to third

iHeartMedia-owned WLAC “Talk Radio 1510” 1.7 – 2.2, +.5, unchanged at #17

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media’s WGFX “104.5 The Zone” 3.5 – 3.1, -.4, flat at #12

Public Radio News/Talk: Nashville Public Radio’s WPLN-FM 4.0 – 3.8, -.2, steady at #10

Co-owned WPLN-HD3 Stream .6 – 1.0, +.4, #22 to #19

Number One 6+: Midwest Communications adult hits WCJK, fourth straight month, 9.3 – 8.7, -.6

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: country WSM-FM and urban contemporary WUBT (both +1.4)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: country WKDF and classic rock WNRQ (both -.7)

PROVIDENCE

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WPRO-AM & WEAN “News Talk 630 AM & 99.7 FM” 5.1 – 4.8, -.3, fifth to sixth

News – Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WBZ-AM “1030 News Radio” 1.5 – 1.3, -.2, #15 to #16

Sports Talk: Beasley Media Group’s WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” 4.1 – 4.2, +.1, locked at #7

Audacy-owned WVEI “Sports Radio 103.7” 2.8 – 3.2, +.4, unchanged at #9

Public Radio News/Talk: WGBH Educational Foundation’s WGBH 2.6 – 3.1, +.5, #11 to #10

Rhode Island Public Radio-owned WNPN 2.7 – 2.0, -.7, #10 to #11

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia rock WHJY, fourth consecutive month, 9.2 – 8.4, -.8

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: CHR WPRO-FM (+.9)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: rock WHJY (-.8)

NORFOLK

News/Talk: Commonwealth Radio’s WNIS “News Talk AM 790” 3.6 – 4.0, +.4, tenth to eighth

News: iHeartMedia-owned WNOH “BIN 105.3 Because Truth Matters” .9 – 1.3, +.4, #21 to #18

Sports Talk: Max Broadcast Group Holdings’ WVSP “ESPN 94.1 FM” 1.6 – 1.3, -.3, #17 to #18

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Audacy urban AC WVKL, 30th consecutive month, 13.4 – 13.3, -.1

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: classic rock WAFX (+.7)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: rhythmic hot AC WMOV (-.9)

JACKSONVILLE

News/Talk: Cox Media Group’s WOKV-FM “104.5 Jacksonville’s News & Talk” 7.9 – 7.8, -.1, unchanged at #3

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: WJCT, Inc.-owned WJCT  5.6 – 5.3, -.3, remains in seventh-place

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WJGL, second month in a row, 9.6 – 10.3, +.7

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WEZI (+1.1)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: country WGNE (-.5)

WEST PALM BEACH

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WJNO “News Radio 1290” 3.1 – 3.0, -.1, stays at #9

Hubbard Broadcasting-owned WFTL “News Talk 850” 2.1 – 2.0, -.1, flat at #13

iHeartMedia’s WZZR “92.1 Real Radio” 1.9 – 2.0, +.1, #14 to #13

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Dade County School Board-owned WLRN 3.9 – 4.3, +.4, seventh to sixth

Number One 6+: Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WRMF, 13th straight month, 8.4 – 10.4, +2.0

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: hot AC WRMF (+2.0)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WEAT (-1.0)

GREENSBORO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WPTI “News Talk 94.5” 3.5 – 4.1, +.6, locked at #9

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Curtis Media Group-owned WSJS & WPCM 600 AM & 920 AM” .4 – .5, +.1, steady at #15

Co-owned WMFR “Triad Sports Network” .0 – .1, +.1, #17

Public Radio News/Talk: Wake Forest University’s WFDD 3.5 – 3.0, -.5, #9 to #11

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-owned WUNC 1.7 – 2.4, +.7, unchanged at #13

Number One 6+: Audacy urban AC WQMG, fourth straight month, 11.5 – 10.0, -1.5

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: rhythmic CHR WJMH (+.8)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: urban AC WQMG (-1.5)

MEMPHIS

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WREC “News Talk 600 AM” 3.6 – 3.7, +.1, eighth to tenth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned WMFS “Sports Radio 92.9” 3.0 – 3.5, +.5, #11 to #12

Co-owned WMC-AM “ESPN 790 AM” .2 – .3, +.1, flat at #18

WMFS’ internet stream .2 – .1, -.1, #18 to #19

Public Radio News/Talk: Mid-South Public Communications’ WKNO 2.0 – 1.9, -.1, #13 to #14

WKNO-HD2’s internet stream .2 – .1, -.1, #18 to #19

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia urban AC KJMS, second consecutive month, 9.5 – 9.9, +.4

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: gospel WHAL (+1.3)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: urban contemporary WHRK (-.4)

HARTFORD

News/Talk: Audacy’s WTIC-AM “News Talk 1080” 5.7 – 5.1, -.6, seventh to eighth

Red Wolf Broadcasting-owned WDRC-AM “The Talk of Connecticut” .7 – 1.0, +.3, #16 to #15

iHeartMedia’s WPOP “News Radio 1410 AM & 100.9 FM” flat at .2, #19 to #18

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WUCS “97.9 ESPN” 1.3 – 1.1, -.2, #13 to #14

Public Radio News/Talk: Connecticut Educational Communications’ WNPR 7.2 – 5.7, -1.5, second to seventh

New England Public Media’s WFCR .4 – .6, +.2, #18 to #16

Number One 6+: Audacy adult contemporary WRCH, 13th month in a row, 13.8 – 13.9, +.1

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Increase: classic hits-oldies WHCN (+1.1)

Largest 6+ March 2021 – April 2021 Decrease: public radio news/talk WNPR (-1.5)

 

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

 

March 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Four

| April 23, 2021

March 2021 PPM Data – Information for the March 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 March 2021 sweep covered March 4 – 31.

In addition to providing “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.

All comparisons noted are February 2021 – March 2021 (6+).

AUSTIN

News/Talk: Waterloo Media-operated KLBJ-AM “News Radio” 6.2 – 5.1, -1.1, remains at #4

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Genuine Austin Radio’s KTXX “The Horn” 1.3 – 1.2, -.1, #19 to #20

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Texas-owned KUT 10.1 – 8.9, -1.2, second to third

Number One 6+: Waterloo Media-operated adult hits KBPA, first month, 8.5 – 9.3, +.8

Largest 6+ February 2021 – March 2021 Increase: Spanish adult hits KLJA (+1.1)

Largest 6+ February 2021 – March 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KKMJ (-1.6)

 

RALEIGH

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTKK “106.1 FM Talk” 6.0 – 5.2, -.8, fifth to sixth

Curtis Media Group-owned WPTF “News Radio 680” 2.3 – 2.0, -.3, #14 to #16

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Capitol Broadcasting’s WCMC-FM “99.9 FM The Fan” 1.6 – 3.1, +1.5, #16 to #14

Public Radio News/Talk: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-owned WUNC 10.5 – 9.1, -1.4, repeating at #1

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk WUNC, fifth month in a row, 10.5 – 9.1, -1.4

Largest 6+ February 2021 – March 2021 Increase: sports talk WCMC (+1.5)

Largest 6+ February 2021 – March 2021 Decrease: public radio news/talk WUNC (-1.4)

 

INDIANAPOLIS

News/Talk: Emmis’ WIBC “93.1 FM Indy’s Mobile News” 8.2 – 7.2, -1.0, steady at #3

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Emmis-owned WFNI “The Fan” 4.2 – 4.7,+.5, remains at #8

iHeartMedia’s WNDE “Fox Sports 1260” .5 – .6, +.1, flat at #20

Public Radio News/Talk: Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting’s WFYI 5.7 – 5.1, -.6, steady at #7

Number One 6+: Cumulus Media adult hits WJJK, second straight month, 9.8 – 10.0, +.2

Largest 6+ February 2021 – March 2021 Increase: urban AC WTLC-FM (+.7)

Largest 6+ February 2021 – March 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WYXB (-2.2)

 

MILWAUKEE

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WISN “News Talk 1130” 9.4 – 8.0, -1.4, first to second

Good Karma Brands-owned WTMJ  “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” 6.0 – 5.6, -.4, unchanged at #5

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WRNW “97.3 The Game” 1.0 – 1.1, +.1, steady at #18

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Wisconsin-owned WUWM 4.0 – 4.3, +.3, ninth to eighth

Number One 6+: Saga classic rock WKLH, first month, 8.7 – 8.8, +.1

Largest 6+ February 2021 – March 2021 Increase: rock WHQG (+.9)

Largest 6+ February 2021 – March 2021 Decrease: news/talk WISN (-1.4)

 

NASHVILLE

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WWTN “Super Talk 99.7” 6.7 – 6.9, +.2, third to fourth

iHeartMedia-owned WLAC “Talk Radio 1510” 2.0 – 1.7, -.3, flat at #17

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media’s WGFX “104.5 The Zone” 3.3 – 3.5, +.2, #11 to #12

Cromwell Group-owned WPRT “The Game” .7 – .8, +.1, #20 to #19

Public Radio News/Talk: Nashville Public Radio’s WPLN-FM 5.4 – 4.0, -1.4, seventh to tenth

Number One 6+: Midwest Communications adult hits WCJK, third month in a row, 8.7 – 9.3, +.6

Largest 6+ February 2021 – March 2021 Increase: country WSIX (+1.5)

Largest 6+ February 2021 – March 2021 Decrease: public radio news/talk WPLN (-1.4)

 

PROVIDENCE

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WPRO-AM & WEAN “News Talk 630 AM & 99.7 FM” 5.9 – 5.1, -.8, fourth to fifth

News – Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WBZ-AM “1030 News Radio” 1.6 – 1.5, -.1, #14 to #15

Sports Talk: Beasley Media Group’s WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” 3.8 – 4.1, +.3, remains at #7

Audacy-owned WVEI “Sports Radio 103.7” flat at 2.8, tenth to ninth

Public Radio News/Talk: Rhode Island Public Radio-owned WNPN 2.8 – 2.7, -.1, flat at #10

WGBH Educational Foundation’s WGBH 3.4 – 2.6, -.8, #8 to #11

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia rock WHJY, third successive month, steady at 9.2

Largest 6+ February 2021 – March 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WWLI (+1.6)

Largest 6+ February 2021 – March 2021 Decrease: country WCTK (-.9)

 

NORFOLK

News/Talk: Commonwealth Radio’s WNIS “News Talk AM 790” 4.0 – 3.6, -.4, eighth to tenth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Max Broadcast Group Holdings’ WVSP “ESPN 94.1 FM” 1.4 – 1.6, +.2, unchanged at #17

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Audacy urban AC WVKL, 29th consecutive month, steady at 13.4

Largest 6+ February 2021 – March 2021 Increase: classic rock WAFX (+.6)

Largest 6+ February 2021 – March 2021 Decrease: adult hits WNOB (-.9)

 

JACKSONVILLE

News/Talk: Cox Media Group’s WOKV-FM “104.5 Jacksonville’s News & Talk” 8.6 – 7.9, -.7, flat at #3

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: WJCT, Inc.-owned WJCT  6.5 – 5.6, -.9, fourth to seventh

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WJGL, first month, 9.0 – 9.6, +.6

Largest 6+ February 2021 – March 2021 Increase: Three tied with +.6 (classic hits-oldies WJGL; urban AC WSOL; and urban contemporary WJBT)

Largest 6+ February 2021 – March 2021 Decrease: public radio news/talk WJCT (-.9)

 

WEST PALM BEACH

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WJNO “News Radio 1290” 3.4 – 3.1, -.3, eighth to ninth

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

iHeartMedia’s WZZR “92.1 Real Radio” 1.0 – 1.9, +.9, #20 to #14

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Dade County School Board-owned WLRN 4.4 – 3.9, -.5, sixth to seventh

Number One 6+: Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WRMF, 12th straight month, 8.5 – 8.4, -.1

Largest 6+ February 2021 – March 2021 Increase: classic hits-oldies WEAT (+1.9)

Largest 6+ February 2021 – March 2021 Decrease: Spanish contemporary WZTU (-1.3)

 

GREENSBORO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WPTI “News Talk 94.5” 4.2 – 3.5, -.7, flat at #9

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Curtis Media Group-owned WSJS & WPCM 600 AM & 920 AM” .5 – .4, -.1, remains at #15

Public Radio News/Talk: Wake Forest University’s WFDD 3.8 – 3.5, -.3, tenth to ninth

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-owned WUNC 2.3 – 1.7, -.6, #12 to #13

Number One 6+: Audacy urban AC WQMG, third successive month, 11.2 – 11.5, +.3

Largest 6+ February 2021 – March 2021 Increase: rhythmic CHR WJMH (+1.3)

Largest 6+ February 2021 – March 2021 Decrease: news/talk WPTI (-.7)

 

MEMPHIS

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WREC “News Talk 600 AM” 4.0 – 3.6, -.4, steady at #8

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned WMFS “Sports Radio 92.9” 3.4 – 3.0, -.4, #9 to #11

Co-owned WMC-AM “ESPN 790 AM” .4 – .2, -.2, flat at #18

WMFS’ internet stream .6 – .2, -.4, #16 to #18

Public Radio News/Talk: Mid-South Public Communications’ WKNO 2.9 – 2.0, -.9, #12 to #13

WKNO-HD2’s internet stream .4 – .2, -.2, stays at #18

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia urban AC KJMS, first month, 9.4 – 9.5, +.1

Largest 6+ February 2021 – March 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WRVR (+1.6)

Largest 6+ February 2021 – March 2021 Decrease: gospel WHAL (-1.6)

 

HARTFORD

News/Talk: Audacy’s WTIC-AM “News Talk 1080” 6.2 – 5.7, -.5, fourth to seventh

Red Wolf Broadcasting-owned WDRC-AM “The Talk of Connecticut” 1.0 – .7, -.3, #15 to #16

iHeartMedia’s WPOP “News Radio 1410 AM & 100.9 FM” .0 – .2, +.2, #19

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WUCS “97.9 ESPN” 1.4 – 1.3, -.1, flat at #13

Public Radio News/Talk: Connecticut Educational Communications’ WNPR 6.8 – 7.2, +.4, third to second

New England Public Media’s WFCR .2 – .4, +.2, #16 to #18

Number One 6+: Audacy adult contemporary WRCH, 12th month in a row, 13.9 – 13.8, -.1

Largest 6+ February 2021 – March 2021 Increase: country WWYZ (+1.3)

Largest 6+ February 2021 – March 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WHCN (-1.4)

 

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

 

Wednesday, July 5, 2020

| August 5, 2020

Entercom Names VP of News; 10 Promoted to Executive Posts. In a memo to staff from Entercom president and CEO David Field, he announces that news pro Bill Smee is named to the newly created position, vice president of news. Smee has served with CNN, NBC News, and Slate during his career. Field says Smee “will spearhead our work to enhance and expand our news brands, building on their unparalleled position in our communities and adding new products and capabilities across our broadcast, digital, podcast, and smart speaker platforms. We are very excited about the future of our news and news/talk brands and the robust opportunities that lie ahead.” Field also announced the following promotion of 10 staffers to the following positions: Chris Ebbott, vice president, programming; Chad Fitzsimmons, senior vice president, promotions & experiences; Rose Isard, vice president, senior counsel; John Kennedy, senior vice president, engineering; Jennifer Morales, vice president, corporate communications & PR; Nancy Muir-Gaire, vice president, facilities management; Johnny Palumbo, vice president, senior counsel; Reggie Rouse, vice president, programming; Jeff Sottolano, executive vice president, programming; and Stephanie Taylor, vice president, benefits, compliance and talent acquisition.

David Field Positive About Entercom’s Future. In the same memo referenced above, David Field says he’s optimistic about the future for Entercom even though he says the road will “be bumpy and the continuing toll on our society tragic.” He says that since the nation’s economy bottomed out in April, things are improving. “Since then, our revenues have shown strong and steady improvement with each successive month getting progressively better. While there is still a long way to go, momentum is building as sports return. RADIO.COM remains the country’s fastest growing digital platform, our podcasting business continues to expand and thrive, and we are reactivating customers who shut down in the spring. In addition, advertising rates are rebounding as clients return and inventory tightens across all media during this intense political season. We are counting on our sales teams to be at their very best in the weeks ahead to help drive a speedy recovery.”

Saga Communications Q2 Revenue Down 47.6%. Reporting its second quarter 2020 financial data, Saga Communications’ net operating revenue for the period was $16.9 million, a decrease of 47.6% compared to the same period in 2019. During Q2 of 2019, the company reported net income of $4.7 million. In Q2 of this year, Saga is reporting a net loss of $4.9 million. Saga says, “Saga Communications, Inc. reported today that second quarter revenue and related net income (loss) was materially impacted by disruptions to businesses and service providers activities from closures and restrictive measures imposed by governmental authorities attributable to COVID-19 in the markets in which the company operates, and the nation as a whole. The inability for businesses and service providers to operate normally negatively impacted all broadcast and other media advertising. Initial industry estimates for radio broadcast revenue predicted a decrease in gross revenue of more than 50% for the month of April. This held true for the company as well. The company, however, did show monthly revenue improvements for each subsequent month, as the company concentrated on new revenue strategies and enhanced engagement with its existing and new advertisers. This trend has continued through Q2 and further revenue improvement has been noted in the beginning of Q3. From the company’s low point in April when its gross revenue was down 55% compared to the prior period, its revenue has continued to build.  The company’s July revenue was down 29% over the prior period. These amounts represent gross cash revenue. Trade and barter revenue are not included in these gross revenue numbers, because it only represents approximately 2% of the company’s revenue each month. From the start of Q2 to the end of the first month of Q3 there was a reduction in the decline in revenue by approximately 50%.”

Round Two of July PPMs Released. The second round of ratings information from Nielsen Audio’s July 2020 PPM has been released for 12 markets including: Washington, Boston, Miami, Seattle, Detroit, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. Nielsen’s July 2020 survey period covered June 18 – July 15. You can see all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways for this group of markets. Cumulus Media’s news/talk WMAL-FM, Washington adds two-tenths to finish with an 8.4 share and is #1 for the fourth straight survey. Hubbard Radio’s all-news WTOP-FM, Washington tacks on one-tenth for a 7.7 share and the #2 rank. Bonneville’s news/talk KIRO-FM, Seattle is flat with a 7.1 share and continues at #1 for the fifth survey in a row. iHeartMedia’s KFYI, Phoenix adds three-tenths for a 4.4 share finish good for #6 in the market. Entercom’s KMOX, St. Louis picks up three-tenths, good for a 5.0 share and the #9 rank in the market. See Mike Kinosian’s complete report here.

Steve Borneman Named COO for JAM Media Solutions. Radio executive Steve Borneman joins JAM Media Solutions as chief operating officer. JAM owns and operates two music outlets and a digital publication in Muscatine, Iowa and news/talk WZPR “News/Talk 92.3,” three music outlets and the digital platform OBXToday on the Outer Banks in North Carolina.  Borneman, who most recently was COO of Pamal Broadcasting, will be based in North Carolina. JAM Media Solutions CEO Jonathan Mason says, “I am excited to work with Steve again. We worked together at 77 WABC in New York. Steve is one of the best operators in radio and an amazing human being! JAM Media Solutions is excited to welcome him to the family and we look forward to winning with him!” Prior to joining Pamal, Borneman served as president and general manager at Cumulus Media New York.

TALKERS News Notes. Radio pro Sammy Simpson tweets that he’s been hired as the new brand/content manager for Capitol Broadcasting Company’s Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina stations that include adult contemporary WRAL-FM, a trio of sports talk outlets – WCMC-FM, “The Buzz,” and WDNC – and “95.7 FM That Station.” He starts on September 8. In June, the company eliminated the sports content director post held by Dennis Glasgow…..Public news/talk outlet WAMU-FM, Washington is in turmoil over allegations of sexual harassment at the American University-owned property. It all came to a head after the WAMU-owned publication DCist ran a story by Rachel Kurzius that details allegations of harassment and improper behavior by former WAMU reporter Martin Di Caro. The Washingtonian reports that at an all-staff meeting, numerous employees were asking for station general manager J.J. Yore to resign, something he says he will not do at this time. Former WAMU chief content officer Andi McDaniel left the station last month to join Chicago Public Media’s WBEZ-FM, Chicago as president and CEO, effective in September. The DCist piece indicates she was well aware of Di Caro’s behavior, having signed off on a “Level III Final Written Warning for Serious Misconduct” given to Di Caro after “almost two years” of complaints.….Cox Media Group’s news/talk KRMG-AM/FM, Tulsa is joining the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network and will air all games when the season begins. Cox Tulsa market VP Cathy Gunther says, “We know that Green Country football fans are eager for more ways to listen to their favorite teams and we are glad to add the Chiefs Radio Network to our programming. This has been a while in the making and we are very proud of what is about to hit the airwaves at KRMG.”…..Public media WGBH firm announces it has hired two journalists for its growing newsroom. Carrie Saldo joins WGBH as a reporter covering Worcester County and will be based in WGBH’s recently announced Worcester news bureau. Former Boston Globereporter Megan Woolhouse reports on education for the WGBH news K-12 education desk.

Former Radio Exec Norm Schrutt Dies at 87. Former former Capital Cities/ABC executive Norm Schrutt died in Atlanta Tuesday (8/4) at age 87. Salem Radio Network V.P. of News/Talk Tom Tradup tells TALKERS magazine he worked for Schrutt while serving as president and GM of WLS-AM, Chicago in the early 1990s. He says that in recent years, Schrutt led a talent agency in Atlanta representing broadcasters. “Norm was a larger-than-life personality in his own right, with a sarcastic, wry sense of humor. Once when his daughter was about to give birth to his first grandson, I asked him if he wanted to be called Grandpa or PaPa or some other nickname. He replied, “I’d like the kid to call me Mr. Schrutt.”

COVID-19 Statistics & Projections, Presidential Race/Tuesday Primaries, Trump Axios Interview, Portland Protests, TikTok Deal/U.S.-China Relations, Beirut Explosion, Tropical Storm Isaias, and Pro Sports Leagues’ Struggles Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (8/4). The rising number of COVID-19 cases in numerous U.S. states and projections for future cases; the November presidential election, the debate over vote-by-mail, and the results of Tuesday’s primary elections; the criticism of President Trump’s interview with Axios; the BLM protests taking place in Portland; the deal for Microsoft to acquire Chinese app TikTok and U.S.-Chinese relations; the explosion that rocked Beirut; the damage along the East Coast from Tropical Storm Isaias; and the positive COVID-19 cases affecting pro sports leagues were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Non-commercial triple A WXPN, Philadelphia is airing a special series of broadcasts all next week, beginning on August 10. “Woodstock Week: Back to the Garden Again” will feature all 33 music sets from the 1969 Woodstock music festival. In August 2019, WXPN exclusively replayed every moment from the four-day Woodstock festival in commemoration of its 50th anniversary. Listeners from across the globe tuned in and WXPN’s special broadcast was picked as a “Who Won the Week?” winner on MSNBC. WXPN associate GM for programming Bruce Warren says, “Our four-day broadcast last year was a unique, one-time opportunity to bring the entire Woodstock festival to WXPN listeners in celebration of its 50th anniversary. This year, we’re looking forward to hearing the full music sets performed by all 33 Woodstock artists – from Joan Baez to Johnny Winter – that will really highlight what the music meant at that special point in music history.”

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

| March 25, 2020

‘New Jersey 101.5’ to Hold 2nd Coronavirus Town Hall. The Townsquare Media news/talk station announces it will present its second Town Hall broadcast addressing the COVID-019 pandemic, focusing on health and medical issues Thursday (3/26) at 7:00 pm.  WKXW, Trenton “New Jersey 101.5” says special projects director and morning news anchor Eric Scott “leads the news and digital departments in linking a statewide audience with New Jersey’s top doctors fighting the pandemic, in a listener-driven, call-in format.”  Scott – who will anchor live from the New Jersey 101.5 studios with guests joining by phone – will speak with: Dr. Margaret Fisher, infectious disease specialist at RWJBarnabas Health (also the medical director at Unterberg Children’s Hospital and chair, Department of Pediatrics, Monmouth Medical Center); Dr. Manisha Parulekar, program director and chief of the Division of Geriatrics at Hackensack University Medical Center; and Dr. Kevin Slavin, director of quality for Hackensack Meridian Health Children’s Services, specializing in pediatric infectious diseases.  The station is streaming the program on Facebook Live and via NJ1015.com.

Triton Digital: News/Talk Gets COVID-19 Streaming Bump. According to data from Triton Digital’s Webcast Metrics service, listening to streams of news/talk-formatted radio stations increased 4% from the week of March 2-6 to the week of March 13-19.  The format’s streaming share grew from 29% to 33%, as news of the COVID-19 disruption hitting the U.S. took over the news cycle.  Triton says from the week of March 2-6 to the week of March 13-19, the share of streaming contributed by sports talk radio held constant at 8%, while music radio’s share of streaming declined from 64% to 59%.  The report adds that consumption patterns by device remain very stable, with streaming on mobile devices increasing from 49% to 51% of the total. The share of streaming on desktops/laptops decreased slightly from 27% to 25%, while smart speaker’s share of consumption held stable at 21%.  Triton Digital president of marketing development John Rosso says, “Radio in every form – broadcast, streaming audio, and podcasts – remains a trusted and relied upon medium for news and entertainment in the United States.  Despite the dislocation of many workers, this data shows the remarkable stability of the medium, as well as the importance of radio in delivering information in a time of crisis.”

Connoisseur Media CEO Jeff Warshaw’s Open Letter to the Industry: “We are in the midst of a crisis. It’s incredibly painful to our business, as it is to countless other industries. Our communities are reeling.  This crisis is going to end.  But radio’s troubles didn’t start a few weeks ago, when the coronavirus began its attack on our country. Competition for our audiences has never been fiercer. National revenue had hit a rough patch. Public radio companies were trading at their lows. Deal-making had ground to a standstill. It was harder than ever to grow our radio revenues. Certainly, there are bright spots and pockets of opportunity, and our industry is doing a terrific job tirelessly serving our communities during this unprecedented time. That having been said, I don’t think many of us were looking fondly at the halcyon days of Q4 2019.  As difficult as this crisis is, we have an opportunity to turn this disease into a cure.  Our logs are wide open. What we allow to happen to our product once things return to ‘normal’ is entirely up to us. Although our company has tried to maintain reasonable commercial loads, we can do much better. Let’s take this opportunity to clean up our clocks, maintain lower spot loads, stop incessant bonus commercials, reduce endless promos. Demonstrate integrity for the value of our products and give our listeners more of what they crave.  The universe is doing for us what we would not and could not do for ourselves. We have the opportunity to emerge from this dark time with a brighter flame than we have seen for years. What we do from here may make all the difference.”

TALKERS News Notes. In Seattle, Bonneville’s KIRO-FM is producing a daily podcast addressing the COVID-19 pandemic titled, “COVID-19: Seattle Podcast.”  Longtime station personality Dave Ross and ‘KIRO Radio’ reporter Aaron Granillo will “condense the most important updates of the day into a short podcast format for the benefit of our community.  Together they will follow government officials, healthcare workers, business leaders, and local residents who are making crucial, early decisions … decisions that will soon guide, or warn, the rest of the country.”  It will be released each afternoon.  Station program director Bryan Buckalew says, “I think Dave Ross, with his decades of news experience, and Aaron Granillo, with his reporter’s sensibility, are uniquely capable of examining the effects of the coronavirus pandemic as it expands in Washington state and across the nation.”…..FOX News Radio launches a new weekday evening edition of the daily podcast “The FOX News Rundown” dedicated to the latest developments of the coronavirus pandemic.  The newly re-titled program “The FOX News Rundown Podcast: Global Pandemic” is being hosted by FNC foreign correspondent Trey Yingst and debuts on March 30.  On the program, Jerusalem-based Yingst will be joined by medical experts and fellow reporters to discuss the wide-ranging impacts of COVID-19 around the world…..The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand reports that Entercom sports talker WFAN, New York is giving weekend show hosting responsibilities to its daily stars in lieu of the usual weekend hosts, presumably to save some payroll expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic.  He says that “Boomer & Gio,” “Moose & Maggie,” and “Joe & Evan” are hosting Saturday and Sunday programs and Mike Francesa – currently only hosting the 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm show on WFAN – is doing a 9:00 am to 1:00 pm show on Sundays.  However, longtime WFAN weekend host Richard Neer will be heard hosting the Sunday night 10:00 pm to 2:00 am show via CBS Sports Radio Network on “The Fan.”…..Cadence13 – a division of RADIO.COM – is unveiling the second season of the podcast “Gangster Capitalism” that it says “offers an unflinching look at white collar corruption and the dark side of the American dream”  This season explores the NRA.  Cadence13 chief content officer Chris Corcoran says, “As we further develop and expand our C13Originals slate, we’re prioritizing impactful and ambitious documentaries geared around culture, business, moments in time, music and more.  Our objective is about finding the right stories, and how we tell and express them, so that the audience can immerse itself in what we believe will create conversation and engagement.”…..AdLarge Media signs a deal with Remote News Service (RNS) to serve as its exclusive ad sales representative.  Remote News Service is owned and led by senior anchor Lesley Lotto…..Pictured below is Westwood One News White House correspondent Bob Costantini in the radio pool seat in the newly re-designed social distancing briefing room awaiting yesterday’s coronavirus task force news conference.  The pink sticker on his lapel is confirmation that the White House took his temperature and it is normal.

Coronavirus Status in U.S., Stimulus Package Debate, Global Stocks Surge, U.S.-China Relations, India Locks Down Entire Country, and Olympics Postponed Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (3/24). The latest numbers on confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths in the U.S.; the negotiations in the U.S. Senate to craft a coronavirus stimulus package; global stocks surge on news that the Senate is close to a stimulus package; relations between the U.S. and China as the COVID-19 blame game ramps up; Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi orders lock down of 1.3 billion citizens; and the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo are postponed among top news/talk stories yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

NEED CONTENT TO FILL SPORTS GAPS?  ‘Our American Stories’ Reaches Out to Sports Talk Stations with Programming to Temporarily Fill Holes in Their Schedules.  The producers of the highly popular syndicated spoken-word program “Our American Stories” tell TALKERS, “We are pleased to announce we are making ‘Our American Stories’ available to sports stations on a temporary basis with no contract to fill holes in their schedule resulting from the shut downs in the sports industry due to Covid-19.  No strings attached.”  The statement continues, “We have had several sports stations reach out to us and ask if they could use our content temporarily to fill holes in their lineup as so many sporting events have been cancelled.”  A number of the episodes in the archives of the program directly address sports-oriented themes including: “The Heart of Kobe Bryant’s Memorial Service,” “He Made A Wood Bat For His Son… Now He Outsells Louisville Slugger,” “The Bird and Magic Story: Love, Friendship, and Basketball” and “I Shall Not Fail Those With Whom I Serve.”  “Our American Stories” host and founder Lee Habeeb adds, “At this time in our country, Americans need to be encouraged and reminded that our nation is one that has persevered through tumultuous times and have hope that we will again prevail. We can help with that encouragement through the power of storytelling.”  Interested stations should click here or contact Bryan Dawson at 720-737-2950 or bdawson@oanetwork.org.

PPM Analysis: Sports Talk. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents a look at the performances of radio stations based on data from Nielsen Audio’s February 2020 PPM survey, today focusing on sports talk.  February is not traditionally a good month for the sports talk format, but the February 2020 PPM survey was especially bad as only two stations in our panel showed any weekly, 6+ AQH share gain from January 2020.  And even there Entercom’s WMC-AM, Memphis (0.1 to 0.3) and iHeartMedia’s WYGM-AM, Orlando (1.1 to 1.2) showed increases that were essentially meaningless.  Year-over-year, about as many stations shows ratings increases (45%) as saw decreases (42%), with big gainers including iHeartMedia’s KXFN, Minneapolis “The Fan” (+2.4), Capitol Broadcasting’s WCMC-FM, Raleigh (+1.3), and Entercom’s KGMZ-FM, San Jose (+1.1) leading the pack.  The highest-ranking sports talk station during the February survey was Entercom’s WFAN in the Long Island market, finishing the month at #3.  See Mike Kinosian’s entire report here.

Hotwire Communications Adds Newsmax TV to Video Service. Southeastern U.S. telecom firm Hotwire Communications and Newsmax Media announce a new distribution deal to deliver Newsmax TV to basic tier video service in seven major Florida markets – Miami/Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach/Fort Pierce, Fort Myers/Naples, Jacksonville/Brunswick, Tampa/St. Petersburg/Sarasota, Orlando/Daytona/Melbourne and Tallahassee/Thomasville – as well as the Atlanta and Savannah markets in Georgia, the Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville and Charlotte markets in North Carolina, and the Greenville/Spartanburg/Ashville/Anderson markets in South Carolina.  Newsmax TV SVP of content distribution Andrew Biggers says, “Newsmax is excited to have Hotwire on board as our newest affiliate, and we look forward to working together to deliver what its customers have been asking for — an alternative voice within news media.  And with Hotwire’s reach throughout these markets, Newsmax will be exposed to a broad audience seeking news they can trust.”  Hotwire Communications is an all-fiber service provider that has been providing triple-play telecommunication services since 2000.  Hotwire offers a full suite of services to residential, commercial, hospitality, government, smart city, and educational customers in 14 states, primarily concentrated in the Southeast.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Taking place in Sunday’s 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm ET timeslot on FOX Television originally for the iHeartRadio Music Awards, iHeartMedia and FOX announce “FOX Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America” to provide entertainment relief and support for Americans to help fight the spread of COVID-19 and to celebrate the resilience and strength of the nation during this pandemic.  Hosted by Elton John, the event will feature performances by Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw, and more, from their own homes, filmed with their personal cell phones, cameras, and audio equipment, to ensure the health and safety of all involved.  In addition to airing on FOX, the program will air across iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide, as well as via the iHeartRadio app. The benefit special will be broadcast commercial-free and, in addition to the music, will pay tribute to the front-line health professionals, first responders, and local heroes who are putting their lives in harm’s way to help their neighbors and fight the spread of the virus.  It also will encourage viewers to support two of the many charitable organizations helping victims and first responders during the pandemic: Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation…..On-air pro Jeff Lewis Neal joins the WHZT, Greenville, South Carolina-based “Dex & Barbie T Morning Show.”  SummitMedia also airs the program on rhythmic CHR WKHT “Hot 104.5” in Knoxville and rhythmic CHR KPHW, Honolulu “Power 104.3.”  SummitMedia Greenville operations manager Mike Klein says, “I’m excited to welcome Jeff Lewis Neal to ‘Dex & Barbie T Morning Show.’  He’s the missing piece of the puzzle to take us to the next level on air and online.”…..Music director Kendall Stewart is promoted to program director for Saga Communications triple A WCNR, Charlottesville, Virginia.  She makes the jump after Jeff Sweatman resigned from the position.  Stewart says, “The last four-and-a-half years at ‘106.1 The Corner’ have been the most formative in my career so far and I can’t express how grateful I am to Jeff Sweatman for everything that he has taught me.  I love this station and the amazing music town that I get to live in – Charlottesville – has been through a lot in recent years, but the tragedy that we faced in 2017 has only made us stronger as a community.  I am honored to be a part of it and to have the opportunity to further serve the people of this city and I can’t wait to hit the ground running.”