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Friday, November 6, 2020

| November 6, 2020


NOW POSTED:  This Weekend’s Installment of “The Michael Harrison Wrap: An Overview of the National Conversation.”   The latest installment of the vibrant, one-hour weekend special, “The Michael Harrison Wrap,” that looks back each week at the hottest topics discussed in American talk media per the research of TALKERS magazine, is now posted. This new episode titled “The Envelope Please!” looks back at this past week of November 2 – November 6, 2020.  The program features guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERS; Brett Winterble, talk show host, WBT, Charlotte; Graham Mack, talk show host, Podcast Radio, London, UK; Dr. Renee Kohanski, psychiatrist / commentator, MDedge Psychcast; Michael Zwerling, talk show host / owner, KSCO, Santa Cruz, CA; and Walter Sterling, talk show host, “Sterling On Sunday.” This acclaimed news/talk radio show airs each week on its flagship, WONK-FM, Washington, DC, Friday evenings at 6:00 pm ET. It also airs throughout the weekend on WTIC, Hartford; KSCO, Santa Cruz, CA; KDFD (“Freedom 93.7”), Denver; KFNX, Phoenix; WVLY, Wheeling, WV; WTRW-FM, Scranton/Wilkes Barre, PA; WVOX, Westchester, NY; KBDT, Dallas; KQSP, Minneapolis; KBKW, Aberdeen, WA; WGDJ, Albany, NY;  WJFN-FM, Richmond, VA; WZFG, Fargo; KTGO, Tioga, ND; KWAM, Memphis; K-NEWS, San Luis Obispo; WCHM, Clarkesville, GA;  WPHM, Port Huron, MI; KSYL, Alexandria, LA; KTOE, Mankato, MN; WCED (“Connect FM”), DuBois, PA; K-NEWS 101.3, Owensboro, KY; WWTK, Sebring, FL; the Virginia Talk Radio NetworkCRN Digital Talk Radio NetworkPioneer Valley Radio, Springfield, MA; Podcast Radio, UK and many more.  To listen to this week ’s episode, please click here. To view the latest TALKERS magazine topic research, please click here.  “The Michael Harrison Wrap” is now available in syndication via Talk Media Network to stations across America on a market exclusive basis. For affiliation information, please click here or call 616-884-8616.

Entercom and Urban One Announce Station Swap Involving Four Markets. A swap between Entercom and Urban One encompasses stations in three markets. Under the terms of this deal, Entercom acquires WPHI-FM, Philadelphia; WHHL-FM, St. Louis; and WTEM-AM, Washington, DC. Also, Entercom gets the format, brand and creative assets of Urban One’s WFUN-FM, St. Louis “The Lou” which will be moved to Entercom’s KNOU-FM, St. Louis. In return, Urban One acquires Entercom’s Charlotte cluster that includes news/talk WBT-AM/FM, sports talk WFNZ-AM, and hot AC WLNK “107.9 The Link.” Both companies will begin operating their respective acquisitions under LMAs beginning November 23. The addition of WTEM-AM, Washington “The Team 980” gives Entercom a second sports talk outlet in the DC market, complementing WJFK-FM “106.7 The Fan.” Entercom DC SVP and market manager Ivy Savoy-Smith says, “For years, WTEM has established itself as the go-to home for everything surrounding The Washington Football Team, and we’re proud to enhance our position as unrivaled leaders in sports radio by adding the station to our portfolio. The Washington Football Team is a pillar in the D.C. sports community, and we look forward to providing our listeners a home to tune in to all the action on game days and stay up-to-date throughout the year.”

Entercom-Urban One Deal Gives All-News KYW, Philadelphia an FM Presence. With Entercom’s acquisition of Philadelphia FM signal WPHI from Urban One, Entercom announces it will simulcast heritage all-news KYW-AM on the 103.9 FM signal. Entercom Philadelphia SVP and market manager David Yadgaroff comments, “In this critical time for our community and country, simulcasting the iconic ‘KYW Newsradio’ on FM will greatly expand the reach of important, credible local journalism and enhance the listener experience on the crystal-clear FM dial. This station is the heartbeat of the community and we’re really excited about serving more listeners while providing additional access on top of 1060 AM, RADIO.COM, and smart speakers. The simulcast will begin on November 23.

Entercom’s 2020 Q3 Net Revenue Down 30%. On the positive side, Entercom Communications’ net revenue for the third quarter of 2020 was $268.5 million and that was up 53% from the second quarter of this year. However, that was 30% below the $386 million posted in the third quarter of 2019. The company notes that net revenues improved each month during the third quarter compared to the prior year: July was down 36%, August was down 32% and September was down 25%. Digital climbed 41% over the same period in 2019, posting revenue of $47.3 million. Entercom reports a third quarter operating loss of $259,000, compared to operating income of $79.5 million in Q3 of 2019. Entercom CEO David Field states, “I am pleased to report that Entercom continued to make significant organizational improvements in the third quarter in the face of the deeply challenging pandemic. Third quarter net revenues were up 53% from the second quarter while our continuing work on enhancing our business model yielded an 18% reduction in operating expenses versus the prior year enabling us to rebound to positive Adjusted EBITDA of $31 million. We expect further improvement in both revenues and Adjusted EBITDA in the fourth quarter. We continue to suffer from the deep impact of the pandemic which has caused many of our advertisers in businesses such as concerts and live events, tourism, gyms, nightclubs, museums, movies, theme parks, public transportation, airlines, restaurants, and others to temporarily cease or significantly curtail their operations and advertising. We look forward to welcoming them back once we emerge from the pandemic. We continue to build and transform Entercom into a leading multi-platform audio content and entertainment company with scaled audience reach, robust data, analytics and attribution capabilities, and a leadership position in virtually every segment of the dynamic and growing audio market, including broadcasting, podcasting, digital, events, network, music, sports and news. Entercom is strategically well positioned for future performance as our enhanced capabilities enable us to expand our customer relationships and accelerate growth.”

Cumulus Promotes Ken Roberts to Market Manager for Washington, DC. Rising from his vice president, sales position with Cumulus Media’s Washington, DC duo to vice president and market manager is Ken Roberts. He takes over for Jake McCann, who exits to lead the Philadelphia-based real estate investment firm The HOW Group, LLC. Roberts will lead the duo of news/talk WMAL-FM and sports talk WSBN-AM “ESPN 630 The Sports Capital.” Cumulus Media EVP of operations Dave Milner says, “Since joining the Cumulus team in 2016, Ken Roberts has done a terrific job leading our sales effort in Washington, D.C. His creativity, experience, leadership, and performance made Ken the ideal choice for this key role. Ken has earned this promotion and we are excited to have him lead this highly talented and effective D.C. team!”

Twitter Permanently Suspends Stephen K. Bannon’s Account. Former White House chief strategist, former Breitbart chief executive, current talk media host Stephen K. Bannon has had his Twitter account permanently suspended after he tweeted that President Trump should fire Dr. Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray and then went further, “I’d put the heads on pikes. Right. I’d put them at the two corners of the White House as a warning to federal bureaucrats. You either get with the program or you are gone.” At the same time, Facebook shut down the page of the pro-Trump group Stop the Steal. A Facebook spokesperson commented to CNN, “In line with the exceptional measures that we are taking during this period of heightened tension, we have removed the group ‘Stop the Steal,’ which was creating real-world events. The group was organized around the delegitimization of the election process, and we saw worrying calls for violence from some members of the group.”

The Presidential Race, Electoral College, and Trump Lawsuits Tie for Top News/Talk Story This Week. The 2020 presidential election, the Electoral College, and Donald Trump’s lawsuits combined as the most-talked-about story on news/talk radio this week, landing atop the Talkers TenTM. At #2 this week was congressional races, local races, and propositions, followed by COVID-19 stats & projections and health care at #3. The Talkers TenTM is a weekly chart of the top stories and people discussed on news/talk radio during the week and is the result of ongoing research from TALKERS magazine. It is published every Friday at Talkers.com. See this week’s complete chart here.

TALKERS News Notes. Based on Nielsen data, Newsmax TV broke its previous ratings records with Tuesday’s election night coverage. Newsmax Media says Newsmax TV reached 3 million viewers with the highest per minute viewership at 592,000 viewers. Moreover. Initial OTT reports indicate the network reached an additional 4 million viewers on Election Day and the day after on OTT services such as Roku, YouTube, Xumo, Pluto and others…..The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Dan Caesar reports that the sale process of sports talk KFNS-AM, St. Louis is ongoing despite owner Randy Markel’s belief that he and his wife have contracted COVID-19. Markel is selling the station to a group led by current station manager John Hadley. Markel tells the paper that the process is in the hands of the lawyers now and that the deal “will get done.” Hadley is currently tweaking the station to be a true all-sports outlet. Several weeks ago it ended its deal with general issues talker Frank O. Pinion who’d been hosting the afternoon drive daypart…..iHeartMedia receives approval from the Federal Communications Commission for an increase in its authorized aggregate foreign ownership from 25% to 100% (subject to certain conditions set forth in the Declaratory Ruling). The FCC concludes that the public interest would not be served by prohibiting foreign investment in iHeartMedia of up to 100%. The decision allows holders of iHeartMedia warrants to have those warrants exchanged into Class A or Class B shares of iHeartMedia common stock and affords iHeartMedia flexibility to accommodate increased foreign investment that may result from share purchases by the public…..Alec Baldwin’s “Here’s The Thing” podcast is joining iHeartMedia’s iHeartPodcast Network in January. Baldwin says, “With the shift over to iHeartRadio, we’re breathing new life into a project I’ve been passionate about for nearly a decade. Hosting this show and speaking to so many remarkable people over the years has been such a joy, and I’m eager to see where we go from here.”…..Beasley Media Group unveils the Bravery Network in the Ft. Myers market.  The weekend public affairs radio program is hosted by CHR WXKB “B103.9” morning show personality and Army veteran Jason “Big Mama” Jones and is dedicated to shining a light on important issues ranging from PTSD and wellness to saluting Veterans who are making a difference in the local community. Jones says, “Florida has one of the largest veteran populations in the United States. As an Army veteran, I know first-hand the importance of finding resources after service can be both complicated and unique. The Bravery Network hopes to not only streamline these resources but bring awareness to those who don’t know about the struggle of reintegration into society.”…..The Library of American Broadcasting Foundation announces its 2020 Board of Directors. Heidi Raphael, chief communications officer at Beasley Media Group, is named co-chair, effective immediately. She joins Hubbard Radio CEO Ginny Morris as co-chair of the organization. Pierre Bouvard, Gary Chapman, Erica Farber, David Kennedy, Dr. Judy Kuriansky and Heidi Raphael have been re-elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors. In addition, Ginny Morris, Gary Chapman, David Kennedy and Jack Goodman will continue to serve additional two-year terms on the Executive Committee.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. A collaboration between Beasley Media Group and Broken Bow Records will result in their first-ever virtual “Country Christmas Concert.” The event will take place on Wednesday, December 16 at 8:00 pm on Beasley’s WKXC-FM, Augusta, Georgia; WKLB-FM, Boston; WSOC-FM, Charlotte; WKML-FM, Fayetteville; KCYE-FM, Las Vegas; WXTU-FM, Philadelphia; and WQYK-FM, Tampa. Beasley says the show will be hosted by local station personalities in an “up-close-and-personal setting.” Artists scheduled to perform include: Dustin Lynch, Chase Rice, Jimmie Allen, Runaway June, Elvie Shane, and Lainey Wilson…..Cox Media Group San Antonio names Craig Jones director of sales for the cluster that includes: classic hits KONO-FM, rock KISS, country KKYX-AM/K285EU, hot AC KSMG, classic rock KTKX-FM, country KCYY, and oldies KONO-AM. CMG San Antonio VP and market manager David Able says, “Craig is an influential leader who has a long track record of success leading highly talented sales teams within our industry. I have no doubt that under Craig’s leadership our sales team will thrive and continue to deliver strong results for our clients.”

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

| May 13, 2020

Dimick Promoted to VP, Programming Operations, Cumulus Radio Station Group. Programming pro John Dimick is upped from his VP, programming operations position with Cumulus Media to the newly created position of senior vice president, programming operations, Cumulus Radio Station Group. In his new role, Atlanta-based Dimick will lead Cumulus’ team of vice presidents, programming operations, and 11 format specialists across the company. He will continue to report to Cumulus EVP, Content and Audience Brian Philips, who says, “In my first year, John has proven himself to be an indispensable partner in the leadership of this programming group. He is gifted with the intuition, pragmatism, and patience to see us to greatness. This move validates the hard-earned trust and confidence John enjoys within our entire company.” Dimick comments, “Cumulus programming professionals are passionate about radio and understand the value of locally programmed and community involved stations. I am honored to assist Brian Philips in leading our team in this new position while continuing to learn from the best minds in our industry. I’m pleased to work with Mary Berner, Dave Milner, Bob Walker, and especially Brian Philips as Cumulus continues to reinvent the audio entertainment landscape.” Dimick joined the company in 2016.

WBBM-AM/WCFS-FM, Chicago’s Felicia Middlebrooks to Leave All-News Outlet; Will Launch New Multimedia Platform. Morning drive news co-anchor Felicia Middlebrooks announces via a Facebook post that she is leaving Entercom’s all-news WBBM-AM/WCFS-FM, Chicago on May 29 after almost 36 years in the morning drive position. She says she’s “not retiring, I’m rewiring” and will focus full time on her Saltshaker Productions company developing a multimedia platform that will include “documentaries and feature films, audiobooks and other projects.” Her first project is a podcast titled, “She Matters,” that focuses on empowering women. She says her exit from WBBM is completely her decision and, in fact, is something she’s been planning for “nearly a decade.” She concludes her post saying, “I also could not have imagined announcing this life change in the midst of a global pandemic. That said, I can tell you that I believe newsradio will always be relevant, dependable and necessary as we all navigate what’s next. Those in medicine are at the forefront of battling COVID-19 and journalists are on the frontlines, disseminating vital information to the public. In a constantly changing world, I can promise you I’ll still be telling stories — stories that heal, elevate, enlighten and connect us. Truth matters. Always has, always will.”

Round Two of April PPM Ratings Released. The second of four rounds of ratings information from Nielsen Audio’s April 2020 PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including Washington, Boston, Miami, Seattle, Detroit, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. Nielsen’s April 2020 survey period covered March 26 – April 22. You can see all the weekly, 6+ AQH share numbers from subscribing stations here. The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to more listening for news/talk – both commercial and non-commercial – and all-news stations and that trend continued during the April survey. In Washington, DC, Cumulus Media’s news/talk WMAL-FM rockets to #1 on the strength of a 2.2 share increase giving it a 10 share. It bested Hubbard Radio’s all-news WTOP-FM, which backslid to a 7.7 share and the #3 rank. iHeartMedia’s news/talk WRKO, Boston adds 2.5 shares for a 5.3 share finish and the #5 rank while sister all-news WBZ-AM, Boston dips one-tenth to a 6.3 share and the #4 rank. Bonneville’s KIRO-FM, Seattle adds nine-tenths to rise to a 6.9 share and repeating at #1. In Detroit, Cumulus Media’s news/talk WJR-AM jumps 1.9 shares for a 4.8 share and the #4 rank and Entercom’s all-news WWJ-AM tacks on six-tenths to remain at #1 with a 6.4 share. Bonneville’s KTAR-FM, Phoenix moves to #3 on the strength of a 1.5 share increase that gives it a 6.1 share. And in Baltimore, Hearst’s WBAL-AM rises to #3 after a nine-tenths jump to a 6.0 share. You can see all of TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian’s Ratings Takeaways from the April PPM survey here.

Winners of Regional Murrow Awards Named. Yesterday, TALKERS featured some of the stations that won honors in the Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Here are some more stations that were recognized: Sinclair Broadcast Group’s all-news KOMO-AM/FM, Seattle won three regional Murrow awards including: Best Newscast (Morning Drive) with Gregg Hersholt & Manda Factor; Breaking News (Lake City Shooting, Afternoon Drive) with Rick Van Cise & Elisa Jaffe; and Best Continuing Coverage (Boeing, Year of Crisis). KOMO-AM/FM program director Rick Van Cise says, “KOMO Newsradio has once again been honored with one of the most prestigious prizes in journalism which is a testament to our news team’s great work every day.” Entercom all-news and news/talk stations won 23 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in nine markets: WBEN-AM, Buffalo wins for Overall Excellence, Multimedia, and Newscast (September 5, 2019); WBBM-AM/WCFS-FM, Chicago wins for Breaking News Coverage (Chicago Teachers Strike), and Newscast (July 16, 2019); KRLD-AM, Dallas wins for Overall Excellence and Newscast; KNX-AM, Los Angeles wins Overall Excellence; WCCO-AM, Minneapolis wins Excellence in Sound (The Power of Music); WCBS-AM, New York wins Overall Excellence and Excellence in Video (The Sweet Spot: Carmine Street Guitars); WINS-AM wins Breaking News Coverage (Jersey City Shootout), Excellence in Social Media (PRIDE), and Newscast; KYW-AM, Philadelphia wins Excellence in Sound (Gone Cold: Jennifer Tong), Multimedia, and Sports Reporting (Living with epilepsy doesn’t slow down Temple lacrosse star Maddie Gebert); KCBS-AM, San Franciso wins Hard News (The High Price Of Housing) and Newscast (9am, 10/24/19); and KMOX, St. Louis wins Excellence in Sound (It’s Your Birthday!), Hard News (Xavier Usanga Has a Name) and Newscast (8:00 am 4/30/19). Hearst Radio’s WBAL, Baltimore wins Breaking News and Excellence in Writing (Josh Spiegel).

EMF Launches Podcast Initiative. Religious broadcaster Educational Media Foundation – parent of K-LOVE, Air1, and WTA Media – is preparing to launch a new podcasting platform called Accessmore that features a growing library of on-demand, faith-based podcasts. It will feature nationally known Christian teachers, authors, speakers, and entertainers sharing content designed to inform and inspire. Some of the podcasts include: “Dare to Be” with Grammy-nominated singer Natalie Grant and Charlotte Gambill; “Equip and Empower” from Christine Caine; “Hey, It’s the Luskos with Levi and Jennie Lusko”; Rebecca St. James Family & Friends; and “Into the Portal” from Elevation eKids. EMF CEO Bill Reeves says, “Since joining EMF last year, we’ve been developing opportunities in new media to reach more people with quality, faith-based content. We were already among the top 10 U.S.-based audio streaming companies. Accessmore is the next major step into that burgeoning segment.”

Statistics and Projections, Re-Opening Controversy/Fauci Warning, $3 Trillion House Aid Bill, Michael Flynn Case, SCOTUS Trump Taxes Arguments, U.S.-China Relations, and MLB Play Plans Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (5/12). The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S., the number of deaths, and projections about future infections; concerns about the gradual re-openings taking place in some states and Dr. Tony Fauci’s warning that cases will likely spike; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi files a $3 trillion air bill; a Superior Court judge mulls whether the DOJ can drop the Michael Flynn charges plus allegations of the Obama administration’s role in implicating Flynn; the Supreme Court arguments over President Trump’s efforts to block disclosure of his tax returns; accusations by China and the U.S. that the other is responsible for the coronavirus pandemic; and Major League Baseball announces plans to start season in July were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

45th Annual Gracie Award Winners Announced. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation announces the winners of the 45th annual Gracie Awards. The Gracies recognize exemplary programming created by, for and about women in radio, television, and interactive media. Honorees are selected in national, local and student markets, including both commercial and non-commercial outlets. AWMF executive director Becky Brooks says, “Our leadership is proud to honor the best of the best who embody the spirit and intention of the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation’s Gracie Awards. We want to thank those on the front lines telling the important stories still impacting our world. It is our distinguished honor to recognize the reporters, hosts, producers and media executives who are working to ensure the public is informed. We know everyone in media has been impacted in some way, and we continue to salute this outstanding list of honorees for their award-winning passion, energy and perseverance.” Radio National Honorees from commercial outlets include: Carla Ferrell, “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” Premiere Networks; Elaina Smith, “Nights with Elaina” Westwood One; Jayde Donovan, “The Jayde Donovan Show” Westwood One; Liana Huth, “I’m Listening” Entercom Communications; Michelle Collins, “The Michelle Collins Show” SiriusXM; and Michelle Franzen, “The NICU Cuddler” ABC News.  Radio Local Honorees from commercial outlets include: Angela Martinez, “The Angie Martinez Show” WWPR, New York; Brigitte Quinn, WINS, New York; Carla Rea, “The Mike and Carla Morning Show” Beasley Media Group; Chris Rollins, WPST, Trenton, New Jersey; Cooper Lawrence, “WOR Tonight,” WOR, New York; Deborah Honeycutt, “Jim, Deb & Kevin” Cumulus Media; Heather Hunter, “Mornings on the Mall,” WMAL-AM/FM, Washington; Jenn Hobby, “Jenn & Friends,” WSTR, Atlanta; Katie Neal, WNSH, New York; Mary Walter, WMAL-AM/FM, Washington; Meghan Lane, “The Big Ape Morning Mess,” WAPE, Jacksonville; Nancy Wilson, WHKO-FM, Dayton; Rebekah Maroun, “Matty In The Morning,” WXKS-FM, Boston; and Shannon Farren, “Gary and Shannon Show,” KFI, Los Angeles.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. Radio broadcasters Cox Media Group, Alpha Media, Beasley Media Group, Hubbard Radio, Neuhoff Media, and Townsquare Media are joining BMI and some of country music’s top songwriters to present, “A Salute to Songwriters,” a radio concert to benefit the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief fund this Saturday, May 16, at 7:00 pm. The three-hour, commercial free benefit concert will be co-hosted by country superstar Luke Bryan and feature some of the songwriters behind country music’s biggest hits straight from their living rooms and home studios. The lineup includes Dallas Davidson and Rhett Akins, Jon Randall and Jessi Alexander, Luke Dick and Jeff Hyde, Brandon Kinney and Clint Daniels, Barry Dean and Natalie Hemby as well as Dylan Altman and Wynn Varble. Proceeds will benefit songwriters who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. The concert will be broadcast on more than 100 country radio stations across the six media groups…..The SupeRadio syndicated “Most Requested Live with Romeo” program celebrates its 10th anniversary. The Saturday evening live program is hosted by Tim “Romeo” Herbster. SupeRadio president Eric Faison says, “From the very beginning, ‘MRL’ has been one of SupeRadio’s elite programs, and we’re excited to continue to partner with the most interactive and social media-driven radio show in the world for the next 10 years.”

Friday, November 30, 2018

| November 30, 2018

Cumulus Detroit Market Manager Tom O’Brien to Retire. Radio sales and management pro Tom O’Brien joined news/talk WJR-AM, Detroit as director of sales in 2004. Seven years later he was upped to vice president and market manager for the entire Cumulus Media Detroit station group.  Now, after 40 years in the business, O’Brien is retiring.  Prior to joining WJR, O’Brien was general sales manager and station manager at CBS RADIO’s all-news WWJ-AM for 14 years.  Cumulus EVP of operations Dave Milner says, “We thank Tom for his significant contributions to radio, to Cumulus, and to the Detroit community and wish him all the best in his retirement.”  O’Brien says, “Working with the team at WJR, ‘The Great Voice of the Great Lakes,’ and Cumulus Detroit has been a privilege.  Thank you to my first boss Tony Salvadore, my last boss Dave Milner, and all the team members and clients in between for a really enjoyable career.”

WCCF, Punta Gorda, Florida Host Jeff Collins to Retire from Radio. After a 45-year career in radio, news/talk WCCF-AM morning personality Jeff Collins, a.k.a. the Golden Hippo, is retiring from his position hosting the wake-up show in the Punta Gorda/Port Charlotte market. Collins has been with the iHeartMedia station for 22 years.  Station manager Robin Craig tells Charlotte Florida Weekly, “It’s not an easy task to be able to host a two-hour radio show.  It’s harder than it looks.  And it’s really a unique talent because, in the world of radio, dead air is your killer because people will turn the channel.  So what Jeff has had the ability to do is never have dead air, always keep the guest engaged, the listeners engaged, our customers engaged. He’s the master.”

TALKERS News Notes. Changes are coming to the NBC Sports Radio network, according to a memo Westwood One sent to affiliate stations.  The gist of the memo is that the network is trimming its longform programming and will focus on sports updates and a few radio shows.  The memo states, “The revised programming schedule in 2019 will consist of best in class live, up to the minute sports updates at the top and bottom of the hour 7 days a week, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.  ‘PFT Live with Mike Florio’ on weekday mornings 6am-9am ET with a west coast feed from 6am-9am PT, ‘Best of PFT with Mike Florio’ and ‘Safety Blitz with Rodney Harrison’ every Saturday, and a new fast-paced, unique PM drive program focused on what matters to today’s sports fan from 3pm-7pm ET weekday afternoons.”…..Former WCCO-AM, Minneapolis program director Wendy Paulson is named executive director of the Minnesota Broadcasters Association, effective January 2, 2019. Paulson has also served with Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare and the Pinky Swear Foundation.  She’s most recently been serving as market manager for CenturyLink.  She says, “I am absolutely delighted for this opportunity with the MBA and I am looking forward to collaborating with and supporting our outstanding group of Minnesota broadcasters.”…..FOX News Radio is debuting three new podcasts, starting with today’s unveiling of “Tyrus and Timpf,” a weekly podcast featuring FOX Nation host of “UN-PC” Tyrus and FOX News contributor Kat Timpf.  On December 3, FNR will release “RIDDLE: The Podcast,” led by FOX News anchor and senior correspondent Eric Shawn.  The series was created in conjunction with the FOX Nation special, “Riddle: The Search for James R. Hoffa.”  And on December 17, FNR will launch “Martha MacCallum – The Untold Story,” hosted by MacCallum.  This weekly podcast will give listeners a chance to hear the story behind several famous figures, including some you may not know.

Hubbard Seeking Land for New Cincinnati Facility. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Hubbard Radio has put in a bid on vacant land in the Oakley neighborhood of Cincinnati upon which it plans to build a 30,000-square-foot office building and broadcast facility.  The land is valued at $522,000 and the City Planning Commission will vote on the company’s bid on December 7.  Hubbard’s stations – country outlets WUBE and WYGY, hot AC signals WKRQ, and WREW – are currently housed at its offices in the Walnut Hills neighborhood.  The story notes that the company intends to move all 142 of its current Cincinnati staffers to the new facility and hire an additional 37 people, bringing the total annual payroll to “about $14.2 million.”

Trump-Russia Investigation Top News/Talk Story for Week of November 26-30. The Robert Mueller-led investigation into possible connections between Trump campaign operatives and Russian agents was the most-talked-about story on news/talk radio this week, landing atop the Talkers TenTM.  At #2 this week was the migrant caravan and Mexico border issue.  Coming in at #3 was Nancy Pelosi’s nomination for House Speaker, followed by the GOP winning the Mississippi U.S. senate seat at #4. The Talkers TenTM is a weekly chart of the top stories and people discussed on news/talk radio during the week and is the result of ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.  It is published evert Friday at Talkers.com.  See this week’s entire chart here.

Innovative British Broadcaster Graham Mack Is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast. The program director of London-based Fix Radio is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series “The Michael Harrison Interview.” Noted British talk show talent and programmer Graham Mack joins Michael Harrison from the UK in a fascinating discussion about the new multi-platform radio station in which he is involved that is targeted primarily to construction workers, builders, carpenters, plumbers, electricians and tradespeople from a wide array of blue-collar industries. The two engage in a deep-dive conversation about the new format, as well as a number of topics including Brexit, the state of British politics, the Monarchy, class structure in England, and the view from the UK of Donald Trump. To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here or click on the player box marked “The Michael Harrison Interview” located in the right hand column on every page of the TALKERS email newsletter and Talkers.com.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. In Minneapolis, Christy Taylor is promoted from her APD, music director, and midday gig at Go Media’s alternative KQGO “GO 96.3” to program director.  She’s been with the station since May…..Chris “Fenway” Daugherty rises to program director at Beasley Media Group’s CHR WHHD, Augusta, Georgia,  He’s been serving with the station as assistant program director and afternoon host.  Beasley Augusta operations manager Tee Gentry says, “We always love to promote from within.  Fenway has proven he can do this job and do it well.  I look forward to his fresh ideas and leadership in helping us take ‘HD 98.3’ to the next level.”…..WSJM, Inc. brings Stephanie O’Sullivan to the St. Joseph-Benton Harbor market to co-host the morning show at hot AC WCXT “The Coast” and serve as promotions director. O’Sullivan has worked in Chicago as a weekend personality with Hubbard’s adult contemporary WSHE…..Westwood One announces the availability of the holiday show “An American Country Christmas with Kix Brooks” that delivers “24 hours of unique content featuring Christmas classics and an array of top country stars sharing their favorite holiday memories and traditions, including: Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Keith UrbanCarrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line, Kenny Chesney, Brett Eldredge, Miranda Lambert, and many more.”  The program is available for air from Saturday, December 22 through Tuesday, December 25, 2018.

November 2018 PPM Data – Round Two. November 2018 ratings information has been released for Washington (D.C.), Boston, Miami, Detroit, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Denver, Tampa, Baltimore, and St. Louis. Nielsen Audio’s November 2018 survey period covered October 11 – November 7.  See all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” from all 12 of these PPM-markets.

Washington, DC Spoken-Word Formats – Without a loss for the fifth month in succession, Cumulus Media news/talk WMAL is +1.6 in that June through November stretch (3.5 – 3.7 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 5.0 – 5.1, 6+) and moves up from sixth to fifth. Moreover, this (5.1) is its best 6+-stat in the PPM-era.

Off a collective four-tenths in three straight down or flat trends (3.7 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 3.3, 6+), Entercom sports talk WJFK-FM “106.7 The Fan” slips from #11 to #13. The Washington Nationals’ flagship completely erased July’s -.5 with an August +.5 (3.7 – 3.2 – 3.7, 6+). Regaining the two-tenths it lost in October (.9 – .7 – .9, 6+), Radio One’s similarly-formatted WTEM “980 The Team” is back in the top twenty (#22 to #20). “The Team” had a lengthy hiatus from Nielsen Audio; reappeared in June with a 1.0 (6+); immediately disappeared again in July (0.0); returned in August with a .9 (6+); repeated that .9 (6+) in September; and dipped to .7 (6+) in October.

On top for the 11th straight ratings period, Hubbard all-news WTOP is down four-tenths but is within 9.3 – 9.9 range for the eighth successive month (9.6 – 9.7 – 9.5 – 9.3 – 9.4 – 9.4 – 9.9 – 9.5, 6+).

An overall +1.4 via four straight increases (7.6 – 8.0 – 8.2 – 8.3 – 9.0, 6+), American University-owned news/talk WAMU records its best 6+-stat (9.0) since February’s 9.2. “The Mind Is Our Medium” is in the runner-up slot for the tenth time this calendar year; the only exception was in July, when WAMU finished third. By gaining four-tenths in August, WAMU curtailed three straight flat or downward trends that resulted in a collective loss of nine-tenths (8.5 – 8.3 – 8.3 – 7.6, 6+).

An August gain of two-tenths to .5 (6+) by WDCH ended three straight months without an increase (5 – .4 – .3 – .3, 6+); however, the Entercom business news outlet is now down or flat for the third straight time (.5 – .4 – .4 – .4, #23 to #24, 6+).

Washington, DC Music Formats – Following five consecutive decreases that accounted for an overall loss of nine-tenths (4.1 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.3 – 3.2, 6+), Entercom rhythmic CHR WPGC-FM is a collective +.7 in October and November (3.2 – 3.3 – 3.9, #14 to #11, 6+). Even though Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications’ WETA is without a loss for the fifth consecutive report for a collective +1.4 (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.9 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 3.6, 6+), “Classical 90.9” backslides from #11 to #12. Prior to September, WETA had been within 2.0 – 2.9 range (6+) the previous 22 ratings periods. Posting a 6+-share between 2.4 – 2.9 the past 11 sweeps (2.4 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+), iHeartMedia alternative WWDC “DC-101” adds four-tenths to 3.2 (#16 to #15, 6+). An impressive +2.1 in October and November (3.7 – 4.4 – 5.8, 6+), adult contemporary sibling WASH “97.1 Washington’s Variety of the ‘80s ‘90s and Today” erodes by one full-share in November to 4.8 (fourth to sixth, 6+). October’s 5.8 represents its strongest 6+-showing since “Holiday” 2017’s 9.7. Off four-tenths in October (4.9 – 4.5, 6+), Atlantic Gateway Communications contemporary Christian WGTS “91.9 Christian Music Radio” falters by another half-share to 4.0 (seventh to tenth, 6+). Appearing back-to-back are urban AC rivals, Radio One-owned WMMJ “Majic” (6.4 – 6.7, +.3, 6+) and Howard University’s WHUR (flat at 5.8, 6+). “Majic” (-.9 in October) is in third-place for the fourth straight month, while WHUR (-1.0 in October) finishes fourth for the eighth sweep in succession. Following six straight up or flat reports for a collective +2.3 (5.6 – 5.6 – 5.6 – 5.8 – 6.6 – 7.1 – 7.9, 6+), WMMJ faltered by nine-tenths in August. July 2018’s 7.9 is the highest 6+-stat in its PPM history. After four straight reports without an increase for an overall -1.4  (7.1 – 6.2 – 6.1 – 5.7 – 5.7, 6+), WHUR was a combined +1.1 in June and July (5.7 – 6.3 – 6.8), with July’s 6.8 its best 6+-showing since January’s 7.1.

Boston Spoken-Word Formats – Notching its third uptick in succession for an overall gain of eight-tenths (2.4 – 2.7 – 3.0 – 3.2, 6+), iHeartMedia news/talk WRKO progresses from #13 to #12. Moreover, this (3.2) is the best 6+-stat for “AM 680 – The Voice of Boston” in exactly four years (3.3, November 2014).

Beantown’s two sports talkers occupy November 2018’s #2 and #3 positions, as well as combining for an 11.8 (6+), which is +1.4 from October’s 10.4. Specifically, Beasley Media Group-owned WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” registers its fourth straight increase for a whopping +2.3 (3.8 – 4.0 – 4.4 – 5.3 – 6.1, fourth to second, 6+), while Entercom’s WEEI-FM adds six-tenths to October’s +.5 (4.6 – 5.1 – 5.7, 6+), vaulting from eighth to third. As it entered the September ratings period, WEEI-FM had been an overall +1.1 in three straight positive spikes (4.0 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 5.1, 6+); WBZ-FM was a combined -1.9 in June and July (5.7 – 4.3 – 3.8, 6+). WBZ-FM is the flagship of the New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, and Boston Bruins; WEEI-FM is the key station of the Boston Red Sox. As noted above, the November 2018 survey period ended November 7; the Red Sox captured the World Series crown on October 28.

A loss of three-tenths (5.3 – 5.0, 6+) drops iHeartMedia-owned news-talk hybrid WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” from a three-way tie at #4 to #8.

Tumbling from third to sixth, Boston University’s news/talk WBUR logs a 5.5 (6+) for the third month in a row. A loss of eight-tenths (3.4 – 2.6, #12 to #14, 6+) takes WGBH Educational Foundation news/talk WGBH to its lowest 6+-showing in more than two years (June 2016, 2.6, as well). Its June 2018 – October 2018 (6+) topline was 3.5 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 3.4.

Boston Music Formats – Up eight-tenths via three straight positive spikes (3.0 – 3.2 – 3.6 – 3.8, 6+), Beasley Media Group rhythmic hot AC WBQT “Hot 96.9” inches up from tenth to ninth. Flat at #13, iHeartMedia urban AC WKAF “97.7 Boston’s #1 For R&B” is a collective +1.0 as the result of three successive increases (2.1 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 3.0 – 3.1, 6+). On top for the 11th consecutive ratings period, its mainstream CHR sibling – WXKS-FM “Kiss 108 – Boston’s #1 Hit Music Station” – picks up two-tenths to 6.9 (6+), thus pulling the plug on three straight down or flat trends that accounted for an overall -1.1 (7.8 – 7.8 – 7.1 – 6.7, 6+). October’s 6.7 is the lowest 6+-showing for “Kiss” since “Holiday” 2017’s 6.4. Its format challenger, Entercom’s WODS (#16 to #15), is without a loss for the fourth consecutive time for a collective gain of three-tenths. The “Holiday” 2017 – November 2018 topline trending for “103.3 Amp Radio” is:  2.6 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.3 – 2.5 – 2.1 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.5 – 2.5 (6+). Occupying the runner-up slot in September and October, Beasley Media Group-owned WROR classic hits-oldies “105.7 Boston’s Greatest Hits” slumps by six-tenths (6.2 – 5.6, 6+) and falls to fourth. Within 2.2 – 2.9 range (6+) for the 17th straight sweep, iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR WJMN “Jam’n 94.5” (2.6 – 2.4, -.2, 6+) slips from #15 to #16. Down or flat for the fifth successive sweep for a combined loss of nine-tenths (4.7 – 4.5 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.8 – 3.8, 6+), Beasley Media Group’s WKLB “Country 102.5” continues in ninth-place, while iHeartMedia-owned WBWL “101.7 The Bull – Boston’s New Hit Country” adds three-tenths (1.8 – 2.1, 6+) and remains at #18.

Miami English-Language, Spoken-Word Formats – Pushing up from #19 to #18, iHeartMedia news/talk WIOD “News Radio 620 – Miami’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” is a collective +.6 in three consecutive gains (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.2 – 2.5, 6+).

Recapturing the one-tenth it lost in October (.9 – .8 – .9, 6+), Entercom’s WAXY “Sports Talk 790 The Ticket” climbs from #29 to #27. Its three-tenths’ increase in September curtailed seven straight (mostly) flat or down trends that accounted for a loss of three-tenths (.9 – .9 – .9 – .9 – .9 – .8 – .7 – .6, 6+). “The Ticket” overtakes co-owned WQAM “Sports Radio 560,” whose May through November stats are: .9 – .8 – .9 – .8 – .9 – .9 – .8 (#27 to #28, 6+).

After being up a collective four-tenths as a result of three gains in succession (1.8 – 1.9 – 2.1 – 2.2, 6+), Dade County School Board news/talk WLRN returns one-tenth to 2.1 (6+) and drops from #19 to #20.

Miami Music Formats – One positive streak continues for WFEZ but another one ends. The Cox Media Group adult contemporary outlet is #1 for the sixth straight month; however, “Easy 93.1” sputters by seven-tenths to 7.2 (6+), thus curtailing at three its successive string of increases that netted one full-share (6.9 – 7.4 – 7.8 – 7.9, 6+). After three straight months without a decrease for an overall gain of eight-tenths (6.7 – 7.3 – 7.3 – 7.5, 6+), WFEZ faltered by six-tenths in July. Erasing half of October’s -.6 with a November +.3 (6.0 – 5.4 – 5.7, 6+), Entercom’s similarly-formatted WLYF “101.5 Lite FM” advances from fifth to fourth. “Lite” was a collective +.5 in August and September (5.5 – 5.8 – 6.0, 6+). Without a loss for the third month in a row for a collective +.8 (3.9 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.7, 6+), iHeartMedia Spanish contemporary WZTU “Tu 94.9 FM Donde Viven Tus Hits” moves from seventh to sixth. Immediately after the market’s (6+) share for mainstream CHR increased by one-half share in October, it drops by a collective two-tenths in November. The decrease is equally divided between iHeartMedia-owned WHYI “Y-100 Miami’s #1 Hit Music Station” (-.1, unchanged at #10, 6+) and Cox Media Group’s WFLC “Hits 97.3” (3.3 – 3.2, -.1, #11 to #12, 6+). “Y-100” is trending 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.2 – 3.4 – 3.3 (March – November, 6+). Before October’s gain of three-tenths, “Hits 97.3” was down three sweeps in a row for an overall loss of seven-tenths (3.7 – 3.6 – 3.3 – 3.0, 6+). Remaining at #6, Cox Media Group urban contemporary WEDR “99 Jamz” has posted a 4.7 in five of the last nine survey periods: 4.7 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 4.7 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 4.7 (6+).

Detroit Spoken-Word Formats – Progressing from tenth to ninth, Cumulus Media’s WJR “News Talk 760” is a combined +1.1 through four straight gains (3.6 – 3.8 – 4.1 – 4.5 – 4.7, 6+). Its +.2 in August suspended three straight negative trends that accounted for a loss of seven-tenths (4.3 – 4.2 – 3.7 – 3.6, 6+).

Three positive spikes in a row by Entercom sports talk WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” (flat at #5) produce a combined +1.8  (4.6 – 5.5 – 5.8 – 6.4, 6+) for the flagship of the Tigers, Pistons, and Red Wings.

While steady at #3, co-owned WWJ “News Radio 950” falters by one-half share to 6.6 (6+), thus snapping three consecutive gains that yielded an overall +1.6 (5.5 – 6.3 – 6.5 – 7.1, 6+). October’s 7.1 was its strongest 6+-stat since March 2017’s 7.4.

An increase of two-tenths (1. 6 – 1.8, 6+) takes Michigan Public Media news/talk WUOM from #20 to #18. By gaining one-tenth in September, WUOM halted eight straight survey periods without an increase for a collective -.3 (1.9 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.6, 6+). Owing to four straight gains, Wayne State University news/talk WDET (anchored at #22) has a 6+ AQH share that is 2.5 times greater than it was in June (.6 – .7 – .8 – .9 – 1.1 – 1.5, 6+).

Detroit Music Formats – Not only does Beasley Media Group’s WCSX repeat at #1, “94.7 – Detroit’s Classic Rock” dials up a +.5 to 7.8 (6+), which pulls the plug on three straight declines that led to a cumulative -1.0 (8.3 – 7.9 – 7.4 – 7.3, 6+). WCSX spent four straight months at #1 before being ousted in September. Improving by one-half share as well in November is iHeartMedia urban AC WMXD “Mix 92.3” (5.8 – 6.3, 6+), which has its strongest 6+-share (6.3) since June 2017’s 6.4 yet backslides from fifth to sixth. Off by seven-tenths is mainstream CHR cluster-mate WKQI “Channel 95.5 Detroit’s #1 Hit Music Station” (5.1 – 4.4, 6+), which slips from eighth to tenth. Steady at #7, Entercom’s WYCD “99.5 Detroit’s Best Country” regresses by seven-tenths as well to 4.9, its lowest 6+-stat since January (also 4.9). Three down or flat moves in succession by WYCD accounted for a cumulative loss of one-half share, but that was fully erased in June with a +.5. Meanwhile, Cumulus Media’s similarly-formatted WDRQ is unchanged from October in 6+ AQH share (2.2) and 6+ AQH rank (#17). Prior to October’s +.2, “93.1 Nash FM” was -1.0 in four consecutive decreases (3.0 – 2.8 – 2.5 – 2.3 – 2.0, 6+). Three negative trends in a row by hot AC sibling WDVD “96.3 Today’s Best Music and More” (flat at #11) have accounted for a -1.3 (5.2 – 4.8 – 4.4 – 3.9, 6+).

Seattle Spoken-Word Formats – While it carries on in the runner-up slot, Bonneville news/talk KIRO-FM surrenders six-tenths to 6.0 (6+), thus curtailing three straight increases that netted a +1.5 (5.1 – 5.9 – 6.1 – 6.6, 6+). Before a loss of seven-tenths in June, KIRO-FM had an October 2017 – June 2018 6+-topline of 5.7 – 6.0 – 5.7 – 5.7 – 5.4 – 5.7 – 5.6 – 5.5 – 5.8 – 5.8. Despite recording its third increase in a row for a collective +.9 (2.1 – 2.3 – 2.9 – 3.0, 6+), co-owned KTTH “Conservative Talk Radio” backslides from #16 to #17. Steady at #24, Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned KVI “Talk Radio 570” is without a loss for the sixth consecutive report (1.0 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.3 – 1.3, 6+) and is up three-tenths since May.

Piling on four-tenths to October’s +.3 (3.7 – 4.1, 6+), Bonneville sports talk KIRO-AM “ESPN 710” inches up from tenth to ninth. Immediately prior to October, the flagship of the Seahawks and Mariners was off eight-tenths via three straight down or flat trends (4.2 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.4, 6+). In four consecutive sweeps without a loss, iHeartMedia-owned KJR-AM “Seattle’s Sports Radio 950” has nearly tripled (+.9) its 6+ AQH share (.5 – .7 – .9 – 1.4 – 1.4, steady at #23, 6+).

All-news KOMO is making moves in increments of two-tenths. The Sinclair Broadcast Group facility was down two-tenths in June (2.6 – 2.4, 6+); up two-tenths in both August and September (2.3 – 2.5 – 2.7, 6+); down two-tenths in October (2.7 – 2.5, 6+); and now up two-tenths in November (2.5 – 2.7, flat at #19, 6+).

Following four consecutive up or flat trends that netted an overall nine-tenths (5.4 – 5.4 – 5.9 – 6.2 – 6.3, 6+), Northwest Public Radio news/talk KUOW relinquishes one-half share to 5.8 (6+) but remains in third-place; KUOW was #1 in September. October’s 6.3 was its highest 6+-share since April’s 6.5. Entering the August sweep, KUOW was an overall -1.1 in three straight down or flat sweeps (6.5 – 6.0 – 5.4 – 5.4, 6+).

Seattle Music Formats – The good news for iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KJR-FM is that a one-tenth gain to 4.7 (6+) ends three straight declines that resulted in a collective -1.8 (6.4 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 4.6, 6+); the somewhat bad news is “95.7 The Jet” slides from fifth to sixth. In four successive setbacks (5.0 – 4.3 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 3.4, 6+), KRWM was -1.6 but the Hubbard adult contemporary answers in November with a gain of seven-tenths to 4.1 (6+) as “Warm 106.9” returns to the top ten (#14 to #9). Meanwhile, steady at #4, Entercom’s similarly-programmed KSWD “The Sound” is a whopping +1.7 as the result of six successive months without a loss (3.3 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.8 – 4.2 – 4.9 – 5.0, 6+). These two stations wound up going head-to-head in early-December 2017 when Entercom transitioned country KMPS to KSWD “The Sound.” In the September sweep, “The Sound” overtook “Warm 106.9” – for the first time since KSWD’s format shift to AC. Prior to a +.3 in June, KRWM was -7.1 (or down roughly 60%) in five consecutive down or flat sweeps (11.8 – 5.5 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 4.8 – 4.7, 6+). Its 11.8 in “Holiday” 2017 was the AC station’s strongest 6+-stat since 13.4 in “Holiday” 2015; “Warm” was #1 in December and “Holiday” 2017. Even though it is off two-tenths (6.8 – 6.6, 6+), KRWM’s CHR cluster-mate KQMV “MOViN 92.5” repeats at #1; it finished on top in June, July, and August, as well. KQMV was +1.7 in July (6.1 – 7.8, 6+); -1.4 in August; -.6 in September to 5.8, its lowest 6+-showing since April’s 5.6; and +1.0 in October. Down or flat for the sixth straight sweep for a collective -1.6 (6.2 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 5.3 – 5.1 – 4.6 – 4.6, 6+), Entercom’s KISW “99.9 Seattle Rock Music” drops from sixth to seventh. Co-owned rhythmic hot AC KHTP “Hot 103.7” is a collective -1.1 in six consecutive reports without an increase (3.4 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3, 6+) and is anchored at #20.

Phoenix Spoken-Word Formats – Reaching the four-share level (6+) for the first time since January’s 4.0, Bonneville news/talk KTAR-FM “Arizona’s News Station” (tenth to ninth) is a collective +1.2 in four increases in a row (3.1 – 3.2 – 3.3 – 3.6 – 3.8 – 4.3, 6+). After dropping four-tenths in September, iHeartMedia’s KFYI replicates October’s gain of two-tenths (2.5 – 2.7 – 2.9, 6+) and climbs from #16 to #15. Prior to September, “News Talk 550” logged four straight gains that netted eight-tenths (2.1 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 2.8 – 2.9, 6+).

After its one-half share September increase to 3.1 (6+), Bonneville sports talk KMVP-FM “98.7 Arizona Sports” is a combined -1.0 in October and November (3.1 – 3.0 – 2.1, 6+) and fades from the top twenty (#13 to #21).  September 2018 marked the first time the key station of the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Coyotes, and Arizona Diamondbacks reached the three-share level (6+) since October 2017’s 3.0.

A loss of three-tenths (3.1 – 2.8, 6+) dispatches Maricopa County Community College news/talk KJZZ from #12 to #16. October’s 3.1 was its best 6+-showing since April’s 3.6.

Phoenix Music Formats – A cumulative -2.1 (or roughly -50%) in seven successive down or flat trends (4.1 – 4.0 – 3.2 – 2.5 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.0 – 2.0, 6+), Farmworker Educational Radio regional Mexican KNAI not only wipes away more than half that deficit with a robust +1.3 to 3.3 (6+), “101.9 Campesina” vaults from #21 to #13. At the same time that Entercom rhythmic CHR KALV “Live 101.5” improves by one-half share (3.5, #13 to #10, 6+), iHeartMedia mainstream CHR KZZP “104.7 Kiss-FM” falters by the same margin (5.2, flat at #4, 6+). “Live” was off seven-tenths in October (3.7 – 3.0, 6+); “Kiss” had been an overall +.7 in three straight sweeps without a loss (5.0 – 5.0 – 5.5 – 5.7, 6+). In addition to KALV, notching gains of one-half share are Univision Radio regional Mexican KHOT “Que Buena 105.9” (2.8 – 3.3, #15 to #13, 6+); Family Life Communications contemporary Christian KFLR “Family Life Radio” (.8 – 1.3, #26, 6+); and The Yucaipa Companies’ classic hits-oldies KOAI “The Oasis” (#19), which is a collective +.8 in six straight sweeps without a loss (1.5 – 1.6 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 2.3, 6+). Adding three-tenths to October’s +.5 (6.1 – 6.6 – 6.9, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ repeats at #1. KESZ entered the October sweep with four consecutive declines (including September’s -1.2) that accounted for an overall -2.9 (9.0 – 8.7 – 7.5 – 7.3 – 6.1, 6+). After spending ten straight sweeps at #1, KESZ shifted to the runner-up slot in September. The station’s 16.4 in “Holiday” 2017 was its strongest 6+-showing since 16.5 in “Holiday” 2016. Following three upticks in a row that netted nine-tenths (1.5 – 1.7 – 1.9 – 2.4, 6+), The Yucaipa Companies’ rhythmic CHR KKFR “Power 98.3” surrenders seven-tenths to 1.7 (6+) and exits the top twenty (#19 to #23). Faltering by six-tenths is Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KLVA “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” (.8 – .2, #35, 6+). Up or flat the past five ratings periods for an overall gain of eight-tenths (4.8 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.1 – 5.3 – 5.6, 6+), Hubbard-owned KUPD “Arizona’s Real Rock” surrenders one-half share to 5.1 (6+), but continues in fifth-place. Dropping from ninth to tenth, Entercom’s KMLE “Country @ 107.9” is off seven-tenths through three straight decreases (4.2 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.5, 6+). Without an increase for the fourth straight month, The Yucaipa Companies’ hot AC KMVA “Hot” is a collective -1.0 since July (3.5 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 2.5 – 2.5, #19 to #18, 6+).

Minneapolis Spoken-Word Formats – Anchored at #11, Entercom-owned WCCO is off three-tenths to 4.1, thus interrupting four straight months of logging a 4.4 (6+). Recent fluctuations for “News Radio 830” have been +.8 (April); -.8 (May); -.8  (June); and +.5 (July). The Timberwolves and Twins flagship is tied at #11 with iHeartMedia’s KTLK “Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130,” which levels off at 4.1, following an October gain of seven-tenths. Up one-tenth (2.8 – 2.9, 6+), Hubbard news/talk KTMY advances from #16 to #15. An August improvement of three-tenths by “My Talk 107.1” halted three straight down or flat moves that accounted for an overall loss of seven-tenths (3.1 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.4, 6+).

A cumulative +3.0 in four consecutive increases (3.7 – 3.8 – 4.9 – 6.5 – 6.7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KFXN “Sports Radio 100.3 K-Fan” marches from third to second. This streak directly follows four dips in a row that produced a collective -2.1 (5.8 – 5.5 – 4.7 – 4.0 – 3.7, 6+). With a February through November topline of 1.0 – .9 – .9 – 1.0 – .8 – 1.0 – 1.0 – .8 – .7 – 1.0 (6+), Hubbard sports talk KSTP-AM “ESPN 1500” improves from #24 to #21.

After three straight increases that produced a +1.0 (3.7 – 4.4 – 4.5 – 4.7, 6+), Minnesota Public Radio news/talk KNOW drops two-tenths to 4.5 (ninth to tenth, 6+). Immediately prior, KNOW was a collective -2.2 in four negative moves in a row (5.9 – 5.4 – 4.7 – 4.4 – 3.7, 6+).

Minneapolis Music Formats – Down a collective nine-tenths in four consecutive reports without an increase (4.2 – 4.2 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 3.3, 6+), Entercom’s KMNB “Minneapolis Country Music – Buz’n @ 102.9” picks up two-tenths to 3.5 (6+) and carries on at #14. Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s KEEY “K-102 Minnesota’s Country Station” duplicates October’s +.2 (5.2 – 5.4 – 5.6, 6+) and proceeds from seventh to sixth. Albeit down two-tenths (7.5 – 7.3, 6+), Hubbard hot AC KSTP-FM repeats at #1. Prior to being up a combined four-tenths in September and October (7.1 – 7.4 – 7.5, 6+), “KS-95” logged four straight downward trends that accounted for a -1.5 (8.6 – 7.9 – 7.8 – 7.5 – 7.1, 6+). KSTP-FM held the lead position seven straight sweeps before being ousted in August. Its format rival, iHeartMedia hot AC KTCZ,  which had a 4.2 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 4.2 July through October topline, drops four-tenths to 3.8 (6+) and remains at #13. Following four consecutive increases for a cumulative +1.0 (3.2 – 3.3 – 3.5 – 3.8 – 4.2, 6+), “The Cities” dropped six-tenths in August. This is the third negative move in a row for Minnesota Public Radio triple A KCMP (3.5 – 3.3 – 3.2 – 2.7, #15 – #16, 6+), which is a collective -.8 since August.

San Diego Spoken-Word Formats – Although it is flat at 4.7 (6+), iHeartMedia news/talk KOGO progresses from seventh to sixth. “News Radio 600” was +.8 (January); -.7 (February); +.8 (March); +.6 (May); and -.6 (August). October 2017’s 7.2 is KOGO’s highest 6+-share in its PPM-history. Finishing at #23 and #24, respectively, are Tegna news/talk KFMB-AM “AM 760” (1.6 for the third straight month, flat at #23, 6+) and iHeartMedia Los Angeles’ similarly-formatted KFI “AM 640” (1.7 – 1.3, -.4, #22 to #24, 6+).

There is little movement in the market’s sports talk arena. Specifically, Interamericana de Radio’s XPRS-AM “The Mighty 1090” repeats at #24 with 1.2, its highest 6+-stat since April’s 1.2. Off one-tenth in back-to-back monthlies (.9 – .8 – .7, 6+), Entercom-owned/San Diego Padres flagship KWFN “97.3 The Fan” falls from #26 to #27, while iHeartMedia’s KLSD “Fox Sports 1360 San Diego’s Sports Station” forfeits three-tenths (.9 – .6, #25 to #29, 6+).

The amazing April to November journey continues for San Diego State University-owned news/talk KPBS. It shifted from first to second in April; returned to #1 in May; dropped from first to third in June; slipped from third to fourth in July; returned to first in August; segued from first to second in September; and repeats at #1 in October and November (6.7 – 6.8, +.1, 6+). KPBS was up seven-tenths in August.

San Diego Music Formats – At the same time that iHeartMedia’s KIOZ “Rock 105.3” is without a loss for the third straight time for an overall +1.1 (2.2 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 3.3, #16 to #11, 6+), Tegna’s similarly-formatted KFMB-FM “100.7 KFM-BFM” erodes by nine-tenths (3.7 – 2.8, 6+) and exits the top ten (#10 to #14). In addition to KIOZ, co-owned CHR KHTS “Channel 93.3 – San Diego’s #1 Hit Music Station” (6.1 – 6.6, steady at #2, 6+) and Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KYDQ “Air 1 Positive Hits” (.2 – .7, #27, 6+) improve by one-half share as well. In seven consecutive sweeps without a loss, “Channel 93.3” (#1 in September) was a collective +2.8 (3.5 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 4.5 – 4.7 – 4.8 – 6.3 – 6.3, 6+), but it lost two-tenths in October. An overall -1.4 in four straight down or flat trends (6.3 – 5.9 – 5.6 – 5.6 – 4.9, 6+), Entercom’s KSON “103.7 New Country” picks up three-tenths to 5.2 (sixth to fourth, 6+). In five downward or flat moves in a row (4.0 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 2.4 – 2.1 – 2.1, 6+), Imagen Spanish contemporary XLTN was a collective -1.9 (approximately -50%), but “104.5 Radio Latina” is up two-tenths to 2.3 (#20 to #19, 6+). Without an increase for the fourth report in a row for a collective -1.0 (5.9 – 5.5 – 5.5 – 5.5 – 4.9, 6+), Local Media of San Diego-operated XHRM “Magic 92.5 The Beat of San Diego” dips from fourth to fifth. After posting a +1.1 in September (2.6 – 3.7, 6+), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KLVJ “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” forfeits all of it and one-tenth more (-1.2) in October and November (3.7 – 3.0 – 2.5, #14 to #17, 6+). In September, KLVJ reached the three-share threshold (3.7, 6+) for the first time since March (3.1). Off by one-half share as well are Entercom classic hits-oldies KXSN “Sunny 98.1 San Diego’s Greatest Hits” (5.9 – 5.4, flat at #3, 6+) and Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KLQV “Amor 102.9” (2.7, #12 to #16, 6+), which had been +1.0 via three straight upticks (2.2 – 2.5 – 3.0 – 3.2, 6+).

Denver Spoken-Word Formats – No sooner did iHeartMedia news/talk KOA explode with a +1.1 in October than “Colorado’s News, Traffic, & Weather Station” has it all erased (5.1 – 6.2 – 5.1, -1.1, second to third, 6+). The May through September topline for the flagship of the Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies was 5.0 – 5.4 – 5.3 – 5.0 – 5.1 (6+). Continuing an up/down pattern, iHeartMedia news/talk KHOW is +.3 (June); -.2 (July); +.1 (August); -.4 (September); +.1 (October); and now -.3 in November (1.8 – 1.5, 6+) as “Talk Radio 630” repeats at #21.

As a result of posting four increases in a row for an overall +1.9 (2.5 – 2.9 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 4.4, 6+), Bonneville-owned KKFN “Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan” cracks the top ten (#11 to #9) with its strongest 6+-showing (4.4) since October 2017’s 4.5. In early-September, KSE Radio Ventures transitioned country KWOF “The Wolf” to KKSE-FM “Attitude Sports Radio 92.5.” The flagship of the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche sputtered by seven-tenths in October but picks up one-tenth in November (1.0 – .3 – .4, #29 to #30, 6+).

For the third month in a row, KCFR is #1, but the Colorado Public Radio news/talk station is off one-tenth to 6.6 (6+), pulling the plug on three consecutive gains that netted +1.5 (5.2 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.7, 6+). Earlier this calendar year, KCFR was #1 in January, March, and May. While flat at 1.2 (6+), Community Radio for Northern Colorado news/talk KUNC drops from #22 to #24.

Denver Music Formats – Ever since debuting in print in February, iHeartMedia’s KWBL had been trending 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 3.0 – 2.7 – 2.5 – 2.3 – 2.8 – 2.8 (6+), but “106.7 The Bull – Colorado’s New Country” explodes in November with a +.7 to 3.5 (#17 to #13). Following three consecutive improvements in which it more than doubled (+1.9) its 6+ AQH share (1.5 – 1.7 – 2.3 – 3.4, 6+) Colorado Public Radio classical outlet KVOD forfeits all but one-tenth of that entire bounty (3.4 – 1.6, -1.8, 6+), as it spirals from #14 to #20. On the heels of October’s -.4, KSE Radio Ventures’ hot AC KIMN “Mix 100 Today’s Best Mix” sputters by twice that margin in November (4.2 – 3.4, -.8, 6+), exiting the top ten (#9 to #14; “Mix” was up seven-tenths in September. Flat at #8, its format foe – Entercom’s KALC “Alice 105.9” – is an overall +.9 in three straight improvements (3.8 – 4.3 – 4.5 – 4.7, 6+). The internet stream of KALC “Alice 105.9” debuts with a .7 (#26, 6+). In addition to “Mix,” Bonneville’s country KYGO falters by eight-tenths and is a cumulative -1.2 in three consecutive decreases (6.2 – 6.0 – 5.8 – 5.0, third to fourth, 6+). Off by one-half share (2.8 – 2.3, 6+), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KLDV “Positive & Encouraging K-Love” slips from #17 to #19. Notwithstanding that it is a collective -1.1 in four successive sweeps without an increase (6.0 – 5.8 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.9, 6+), Bonneville adult contemporary KOSI “101.1 Real-Music-Variety” advances from sixth to fifth. KOSI was up or flat five consecutive months (February through July) for an overall +1.4 (4.6 – 4.7 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 5.6 – 6.0, 6+). July’s 6.0 is the strongest 6+-showing for KOSI since Holiday’s 2017’s 11.5.

Tampa Spoken-Word Formats – A combined -.9 in September and October (4.2 – 3.9 – 3.3, 6+), following August’s +.6, iHeartMedia news/talk WFLA “970 Tampa Bay’s News Radio” erases roughly half the deficit with a one-half share increase to 3.8 (#15 to #11, 6+). The flagship of the NHL’s Tampa Lightning was +.5 in January and February; -.5 (March); +.8 (April); -.7 (July); +.6 (August); -.6 (October); and now +.5 in November. Although it is steady at 3.6 (6+), Cox Media Group news/talk WHPT “102.5 The Bone – Real, Raw, Radio” nonetheless segues from #11 to #14. It erased September’s -.2 with an October gain of three-tenths. Prior to September, “The Bone” was without a loss the previous four sweeps for a +.8 (2.7 – 2.7 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 3.5, 6+).

After being up a collective six-tenths in September and October (2.1 – 2.5 – 2.7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WDAE “620 Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” forfeits four-tenths to 2.3 and slides from #17 to #19.

WDAE is tied at #19 with University of South Florida news/talk WUSF, which is an overall +.9 in three consecutive increases (1.4 – 1.6 – 2.0 – 2.3, 6+) and has its best 6+-showing (2.3) since February’s 2.8.

Tampa Music Formats – Over and above logging an increase of eight-tenths (8.9 – 9.7, 6+), Cox Media Group-owned adult contemporary WDUV “Lite Favorites” is in the lead position for an astonishing 75th successive ratings period. In addition, it flashes its strongest 6+-stat (9.7) since “Holiday” 2017’s 11.9. It is an exceptionally strong sweep for iHeartMedia hot AC WTMX “Mix 100.7,” which records its third uptick in succession for a collective +1.2 (2.9 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 4.1, 6+) and zooms into the top ten (#13 to #7) with its highest 6+-share since March (4.1, as well). A one-half share improvement to 5.2 (sixth to fourth, 6+) by Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies WRBQ “Q-105” applies the brakes to three straight down or flat trends that accounted for a collective -1.7 (6.4 – 6.2 – 6.2 – 4.7, 6+). Gaining one-half share as well is Radio Statesboro regional Mexican WTMP “Caliente 96.1” (.2 – .7, #23, 6+). Three consecutive decreases by Radio Training Network contemporary Christian WCIE resulted in a -1.0 (4.7 – 4.4 – 4.2 – 3.7, 6+), but “The Joy FM” adds three-tenths to 4.0 (6+), climbing from tenth to eighth. On the heels of posting a +.5 in October, Beasley Media Group-owned WQYK “Tampa Bay’s New Country Hits” relinquishes nearly twice that gain in November (6.7 – 5.8, -.9, 6+) but remains in third-place. Its one-half share improvement in October ended at three a consecutive string of decreases that led to a one-half share loss (6.7 – 6.5 – 6.3 – 6.2, 6+). The market’s always close CHR battle finds iHeartMedia-owned CHR WFLZ “93.3 FLZ – Tampa Bay’s #1 Hit Music Channel” down two-tenths to 4.0 (seventh to eighth, 6+), while Cox Media Group-owned WPOI “Hot 101.5” notches a +.3 (3.6 – 3.9, 6+) to return to the top ten (#11 to #10). WFLZ had been up or flat the past three sweeps for a +.6 (3.6 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.2, 6+).

Baltimore Spoken-Word Formats – Both independent news/talk WCBM “680 Stimulating Talk – Breaking News” (3.6 – 3.5, 6+) and Hearst Television news/talk WBAL “News Radio – Expect More” (2.6 – 2.5, 6+) are off one-tenth in November. They remain at #11 and #13, respectively. WCBM was -.5 in September and +1.0 in October. This is the fourth time in a row that WBAL has had a (6+) fluctuation of one-tenth: 2.5 – 2.4; 2.4 – 2.5; 2.5 – 2.6; and 2.6 – 2.5. When WBAL gained one-tenth in September to 2.5 (6+), it halted five straight sweeps without an increase that accounted for a collective -.9 (3.3 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.5 – 2.4, 6+). Since resurfacing in the Baltimore report in May, Cumulus Media Washington, DC news/talk WMAL has a topline of  .7 – .6 – .5 – .4 – .5 – .5 – .4 (#27, 6+).

An overall +1.1 as a result of four straight up or flat trends (4.0 – 4.3 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 5.1, 6+), Entercom sports talk WJZ-FM “105.7 The Fan” returns all but one-tenth (4.1, -1.0, sixth to ninth, 6+). Baltimore’s “Fan” was +.6 (January); -.6 (February); +1.0 (April); a combined -1.0 in May and June; and now -1.0 in November.

Despite tacking on three-tenths to October’s +.4 (2.6 – 3.0 – 3.3, 6+), Your Public Radio news/talk WYPR “88.1 Your NPR News Station” is locked at #12. WYPR was a collective -.5 in August and September (3.1 – 3.0 – 2.6, 6+). Off one-tenth (1.5 – 1.4, 6+), American University-owned news/talk WAMU drops from #15 to #16. Before slipping to 1.0 (6+) in August, WAMU notched a 1.1 (6+) five consecutive times in the Baltimore report.

Unchanged at #25, Entercom business news WDCH has a March through November topline of: .8 – .8 – .8 – .6 – .5 – .5 – .6 – .8 – .7 ( 6+).

Baltimore Music Formats – Erasing its collective -1.8 from four successive negative moves (6.8 – 6.5 – 6.1 – 5.2 – 5.0, 6+) with a combined +2.1 in three straight gains (5.0 – 5.3 – 5.8 – 7.1, 6+) Entercom adult contemporary WLIF “Today’s 101.9” advances from fourth to third. This (7.1) is the highest 6+-share for WLIF since 16.3 in “Holiday” 2017, when “Today’s 101.9” was #1. Without an increase the past three months has resulted in a loss of nine-tenths for iHeartMedia adult hits WQSR (5.5 – 5.5 – 5.1 – 4.6, 6+), but “102.7 Jack FM – Playing What We Want” is up one-tenth to 4.7 (ninth to eighth, 6+). Having wiped away September’s +.1 with October’s -.2 (8.7 – 8.8 – 8.6, 6+), Radio One urban AC WWIN-FM picks up one-tenth to 8.7 (6+). “Magic 95.9” is on top for the 11th successive sweep. In three consecutive decreases (11.6 – 11.5 – 10.3 – 9.4, 6+), “Magic” was an overall -2.2, but it responded in June with a +.3. Urban contemporary cluster-mate WERQ (7.9 – 7.7, -.2, 6+) is anchored in the runner-up slot for the seventh month in a row; “92-Q Jams” was up nine-tenths in August. In addition to halting at three its consecutive string of increases that nearly tripled (+.7) its 6+-share (.4 – .8 – 1.0 – 1.1, 6+), Atlantic Gateway Communications contemporary Christian WGTS “91.9 Christian Music Radio” is off six-tenths to .5 (6+) and departs the top twenty (#19      to #26). This marks the third month in a row that Peter and John Radio Fellowship contemporary Christian WRBS-FM is unlisted; “95.1 Shine FM – Baltimore’s Positive Hits Station” was #13 in August 2018 (2.6, 6+).

St. Louis Spoken-Word Formats – On top in September and October, Entercom news/talk KMOX “The Voice of St. Louis” drops to second, owing to a loss of nine-tenths to 7.5 (6+). Entering the November sweep, the St. Louis Cardinals’ flagship had been a collective +1.0 via three increases in succession (7.4 – 7.6 – 8.3 – 8.4, 6+). Locked on 2.6 (6+) in August and September, Emmis-to-Entercom’s KFTK is now stuck on 2.8 (6+) in October and November as “FM News Talk 97.1” remains at #17. When KFTK gained two-tenths in October, it suspended three straight sweeps without an increase that resulted in an overall loss of seven-tenths (3.3 – 3.1 – 2.6 – 2.6, 6+).

Four straight up or flat moves by Hubbard sports talk WXOS netted a +1.3 (2.7 – 3.0 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.0, 6+) with October’s 4.0 its strongest 6+-showing since January (4.0, as well). In November, however, “101 Sports” is off three-tenths to 3.7 (6+) and slumps from #11 to #14.

Steady at #15, University of Missouri news/talk KWMU is up or flat for the sixth ratings period in succession for a net gain of six-tenths (2.9 – 3.2 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.5, 6+).

St. Louis Music Formats – After being a collective -1.2 in three downward moves in a row (4.5 – 4.2 – 3.4 – 3.3, 6+), iHeartMedia’s country-formatted KSD “93.7 The Bull” charges back with a +1.4 in October and November (3.3 – 3.8 – 4.7, 6+). In addition to entering the top ten (#13 to #8), KSD has its highest 6+-share since April 2017 (4.7, as well). Its format rival – Hubbard-owned WIL “92.3 – Nobody Plays More New Country” – is a collective +1.0 in four straight up or flat moves (5.5 – 6.1 – 6.4 – 6.5 – 6.5, 6+) and remains in fourth-place. Down a combined half-share in September and October (2.2 – 2.1 – 1.7, 6+), iHeartMedia alternative KLLT “Alt 104.9 – St. Louis’ New Alternative” answers in November with a gain of six-tenths to 2.3 (#19 to #18, 6+). Returning in print this past April, Gateway Creative Broadcasting’s KLJY “99.1 Joy FM” has the distinction of being the only contemporary Christian outlet in the 24 PPM-markets whose November 2018 data has been released thus far to reach #1 (8.0 – 8.2, +.2, third to first, 6+). Its eight 6+- stats this calendar year are: 7.2 – 5.9 – 6.6 – 6.5 – 7.8 (August, #1) – 7.6 – 8.0 – 8.2 (November, #1). After racking up a +1.4 in September and October (6.7 – 7.8 – 8.1, 6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KLOU “103.3 St. Louis’ Greatest Hits” surrenders nine-tenths (7.2, second to third, 6+). Meanwhile, a decrease of eight-tenths (4.9 – 4.1, 6+) takes Radio One urban AC WFUN “95.5 R&B For The Lou” to its lowest 6+-stat since May 2016 (4.1, as well) and out of the top ten (#9 to #11).

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

| November 13, 2018

Jim Philips to Retire from WTKS, Orlando; Jim Colbert Show to Fill PM Drive Slot. On-air pro Jim Philips has been hosting the afternoon drive show on iHeartMedia’s hot talk WTKS-FM, Orlando “Real Radio 104.1” for more than 30 years.  On November 20, he’ll host the final live “Philips Phile” show and on November 21, the station will air a “Phinal Philips Phile” tribute program.  During his time as host of the afternoon show, Jim Philips has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Central Florida charities including The Mustard Seed and A Gift for Teaching and has dedicated countless hours to causes including first-amendment issues, adult literacy, mentoring at-risk youth, and championing LGBTQ rights.  The University of Florida graduate has also received numerous awards and honors including the Debbie Simmons Community Excellence Award lifetime achievement honor and has been recognized as the “Best Radio Personality” more than a dozen times by readers of the Orlando Sentinel, the Watermark and the Orlando Weekly.  Philips says, “It has been a great 50-year career and now it is time to move on with the next phase of my life.  I can’t thank the Orlando community enough for letting me into their homes, their cars and their offices for all this time.”  iHeartMedia division president Linda Byrd announces “The Jim Colbert Show” will air in PM drive.  Led by longtime “Monsters of the Morning” cast member “Dirty” Jim Colbert, the Jim Colbert show will include co-host and news director Deborah Roberts, award-winning stand-up comedian Rauce Padgett, and executive producer and 20-year “Real Radio” veteran Jack Bradshaw.  Byrd states, “We are very excited about the Jim Colbert show expanding to five days a week. After 26 years of entertaining morning audiences as part of the ‘Monsters of the Morning’ show on ‘Real Radio,’ Jimmy will now be doing the same in afternoon drive time with his unique comedic take on the world.”  Colbert says, “Before I was in radio I was a longtime listener of Jim Philips and the ‘Philips Phile.’  It is an absolute honor to bring my show to the same time slot on ‘Real Radio 104.1.’”

Longtime KMJ, Fresno Personality Craig Hansen to Retire. Station program director Blake Taylor reports that Craig Hansen – a fixture on the KMJ, Fresno airwaves for 42 years – is retiring from the Cumulus Media news/talk station in December.  Taylor says, “It is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirement of KMJ’s Craig Hansen at year’s end.  For those who don’t know, Craig is a virtual encyclopedia of KMJ’s long history and import to Fresno and the San Joaquin Valley.  Craig’s first day at KMJ was November 24, 1976.  As far as we can tell, Craig’s 42-year tenure is probably the second-longest in KMJ’s 96-year history – second only to Jerry Higgenbotham’s run from 1949 to 1994.  Mr. Hansen has held a number of on-air positions over the decades but is probably best known for his years as our go-to guy on Saturdays hosting news, ‘Autoshop Talk,’ ‘Real Talk,’ and of course ‘Radio Tradio!’  Craig’s final show at KMJ will be Saturday, December 22.  After that, he and his better half will be driving his Corvette out of the mayhem of California and moving out of state to retire in peace.”

Cumulus to Launch Local Ad Guarantee. The company says that it is “doubling down on the industry-leading ROI guarantee of its Westwood One division” and “will launch an innovative program leveraging the proven effectiveness and reach of broadcast radio, combined with the precise targeting capabilities of its digital products.”  Cumulus Media radio station group EVPs Dave Milner and Bob Walker announce the company will support local advertisers’ number one objective: attracting more customers.  Cumulus says it will guarantee participating local advertisers a minimum number of Engaged Potential Customers (EPCs): listeners who have contacted the business as a result of the coordinated program.  Should the program not deliver the guaranteed results, the business will receive free advertising.  Milner says, “Marketers took notice of our commitment to results when we debuted the Westwood One ROI Guarantee and challenged us to deliver something similar to our local advertisers.  After touting the benefits of a combined radio and digital campaign, we’re now putting our money where our mouth is in our local markets with the EPC Guarantee.”  Walker adds, “Using radio’s exceptional 10:1 ROI, and a proven 19% lift when messages are coordinated between media platforms, we are delivering a hyper-efficient brand building and customer generation program all in one.  We’ve known all along that we can be an advertiser’s one-stop shop for results; now we guarantee it.”  The EPC Guarantee will launch in 65 Cumulus markets later this month, in the home and professional services categories, and will be available in all 90 Cumulus markets in 2019.

Entercom Names Sarah Harris VP of Social Impact. This is a new position at Entercom that Sarah Harris will begin on January 2.  She comes to Entercom from Emmis Communications where she was a senior vice president. While there, she founded and led “Incite,” a cause and social marketing division within Emmis.  Previously, Harris served as director of community outreach for Emmis.  She holds an MA in Philanthropic Studies and an MPA in Nonprofit Management from Indiana University and recently completed University of Pennsylvania’s Executive Education in Social Impact Strategy.  In her new role with Entercom, Harris will oversee all aspects of the company’s community engagement initiatives, including its recently launched corporate social responsibility platform, Entercom Cares, as well as Entercom’s government business practice.  Entercom EVP and general counsel Andrew Sutor states, “Sarah is a pioneer in cause and social impact marketing and wholeheartedly believes in the power of media to create positive impact.  With her significant experience and expertise in creating and managing social impact programs and campaigns, Sarah will be a terrific addition to our team.”

NPR to Be Honored at Inaugural iHeartRadio Podcast Awards. When the first-ever iHeartRadio Podcast Awards take place at the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles on January 18, NPR will be the recipient of the iHeartRadio Podcast Pioneer Award.  NPR is being honored as a “driving, innovative force in the creation of the podcasting industry” and the award “will pay tribute to the renowned non-profit multimedia organization’s groundbreaking contributions to podcasting’s expanding role in today’s popular culture.”  The press release notes that NPR launched its first digital-only podcasting predecessor, “All Songs Considered,” in April 2000 and it officially debuted NPR Podcasts in August 2005 with a full slate of 174 programs, including 17 original podcasts.  In less than a year, NPR reached 13 million downloads for all of its podcast programming and reached more than 80 million downloads by February 2007.  NPR SVP for programming and audience development Anya Grundmann says, “We are honored to receive the Podcast Pioneer Award.  Podcasts have been a major source of innovation for NPR.  They have given our reporters the chance to flex their storytelling muscles, pursue creative ideas, and longer stories, and play with form in ways not always possible on a daily show.  They have also helped us connect with listeners in new ways and helped us evolve our sound.”

Adam Clanton Back on the Air in Houston. The Houston Chronicle’s David Barron reports that Houston sports talk personality Adam Clanton – who had been with iHeartMedia’s KBME until being fired last May – joins Entercom’s crosstown KILT-AM to host a regular Tuesday evening program with co-host (and KPRC-TV sports anchor) Adam Wexler as well as to handle fill-in and weekend air shifts.  Clanton tells Barron, “It’s nice to be out of radio purgatory and with a group of true professionals who have welcomed me (back) with open arms.  610 has been amazing to me, and sometimes life really does come full circle.  I’m excited going forward.”

WPGG, Atlantic City’s Harry Hurley Named to Insider NJ’s Top 100 Power List.  Atlantic City morning drive personality Harry Hurley was again named to Insider NJ’s “Top 100 Power List” – landing at #42 this year.  The publication says of Hurley, “The conservative talk radio show host loves politics and outshines most hosts with his uncanny ability to break news himself – not just opine about what other reporters write about first.  He remains very influential in South Jersey politics and is at the top of his game.”

Florida Recounts, Trump-Russia Investigation Status, Whitaker Appointment Challenge, Dow Drops 600 Points, California Wildfires, Michelle Obama Book Tour, Crenshaw ‘SNL’ Appearance, Stan Lee Dies, and NFL Action Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (11/12).  The partisan fighting over the election recounts in Florida; the status of the Robert Mueller-led investigation into possible connections between Trump campaign operatives and Russian agents; legal questions about the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting Attorney General; the Dow dips 600 points; the deadly California wildfires that have claimed 42 lives; former First Lady Michelle Obama’s book tour for Becoming; Congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw’s appearance on “Saturday Night Live” a week after Pete Davidson’s joke about the war veteran’s missing eye; Marvel comics founder Stan Lee dies at 95; and the weekend’s NFL action 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. Another “Breeze” is blowing, this time in Detroit as Entercom flips CHR WDZH to adult contemporary as “987 The Breeze.”  This comes on the heels of two recent flips to adult contemporary “Breezes” from iHeartMedia – KBEB, Sacramento and WISX, Philadelphia. Entercom Detroit SVP and market manager Debbie Kenyon states, “We are excited to launch ‘987 The Breeze’ and to fill this void in the Motor City’s music scene.  We know the station will become a must-listen to make your work day breeze by.”…..Beasley Media Group – after cutting ties with morning personality Bigg Boy, moves afternoon personalities Gello and Joanna to AM drive as “The GELLO Show” and adds former AM drive co-host Shay-Shay to middays.  The station is on the search for an afternoon drive personality…..Urban One adds the WNOW, Indianapolis-based “Joe & Alex” show – Joe Piesz and Alex Clark – to the morning drive daypart on its Houston CHR KROI.  KROI program director Charese Fruge comments, “Joe and Alex are the perfect combination of caring and crazy, the comedy and quirkiness they bring to mornings is infections and is sure to be a treat for listeners in Houston.”…..iHeartCountry and Premiere Networks is offering unparalleled, multi-platform coverage of “The 52nd Annual CMA Awards” tomorrow (11/14).  In addition to programming leading up to the awards show, The Bobby Bones Show’s Amy Brown will provide iHeartCountry mainstream stations with live updates from the red carpet leading up to show time.  Premiere Networks will also provide a live radio simulcast of the CMA Awards show co-hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.

Friday, April 14, 2017

| April 14, 2017

Cumulus Media Promotes Three to Executive Vice President. Three current Cumulus Media executives are promoted to newly created EVP positions: Mike McVay rises from senior vice president, content & programming to executive vice president, content & programming; Dave Milner, moves up from senior vice president, operations to executive vice president, operations; and Bob Walker is elevated from senior vice president, operations to executive vice president, operations.  Cumulus Media president and chief executive officer Mary Berner states, “These promotions recognize the strong performance of these key members of our senior leadership team.  Mike, Dave and Bob are terrific executives and have each been instrumental to the success we’ve achieved during the first year of executing our turnaround plan for the company.”

Ryan Wrecker Joins KMOX, St. Louis as ‘Overnight America’ Host. Talk radio pro Ryan Wrecker moves from his most recent gig as PD at Pathfinder Communications’ WOWO, Fort Wayne to CBS RADIO’s heritage St. Louis news/talker KMOX to host the station’s late-night program, “Overnight America,” beginning Monday (4/17).   The program airs from 10:00 pm to 3:00 am.  KMOX program director Steve Moore comments, “Ryan is a passionate advocate of local radio who comes to us from a legacy station and brings a great appreciation for KMOX and its role in the community.  In addition, Ryan understands how creating unique digital and social media content can quickly expand his reach in the market and grow his listener base.”  Speaking about his new gig, Wrecker states, “We’re going to have fun on ‘Overnight America.’  It’s a show that’s inclusive to new voices and topics.  Every night we will present fresh and unique ideas to the audience and explore them in a way that’s different from any other radio show.”  The “Overnight America” show had been hosted by Jon Grayson, who exited KMOX in February to host the midday show at crosstown news/talk KTRS.

Kaplan Promoted to Marketing Director for Cumulus Media Dallas. For the past two years, Rebecca Kaplan has been promotions director for Cumulus Media’s Dallas country signals KSCS and KPLX “99.5 The Wolf.”  Now, she is promoted to marketing director for the seven-station cluster that includes news/talk WBAP, news/talk KLIF-AM, sports talker KTCK-AM and KESN-FM, and CHR KLIF-FM “HOT 93.3.”  Cumulus regional vice president Dan Bennett states, “Rebecca has proven herself with outstanding event execution for our country stations KPLX and KSCS. Our seven-station cluster will benefit greatly from her involvement in the future with all our stations.”

TALKERS News Notes. The NBA Playoffs begin this weekend and ESPN Radio is presenting its coverage starting with the Cavaliers versus the Pacers Saturday at 2:00 pm ET.  Marc Kestecher and Jon Barry will call the action.  Sunday’s contest will be the Warriors vs Trailblazers with Adam Amin and P.J. Carlesimo on the call…..When the NHL’s new franchise the Vegas Golden Knights takes to the ice next fall, Lotus Communications’ KRLV, Las Vegas “FOX Sports 1340” will serve as the flagship station for radio.  Lotus plans to begin simulcasting the station on FM translator K255CT, Henderson, Nevada.  As part of the deal, some of the games will also be broadcast in Spanish on Lotus’ KENO-AM “1460 ESPN Deportes.”…..In podcasting news, Apple is changing the name of its podcast platform from “iTunes Podcasts” to “Apple Podcasts.”…..TALKERS magazine sends condolences to the family and friends of longtime Cleveland sports media personality Kendall Lewis, a.k.a. The BSK — the Big Sports Kahuna, who died on April 11 at the age of 56.  Lewis’ most recent work was on digital platforms, but for years he was a host on sports talk WKNR, Cleveland “ESPN 850.”  He also was a fixture at FOX Sports Net Ohio and served with WOIO-TV, Cleveland.

U.S.-Russia Relations/Syria Gas Attack Top News/Talk Stories This Week.  The tense relations between the U.S. and Russia over the Syria sarin attack and the U.S.’s airstrikes in Syria were the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio for the week of April 10-14.  At #2 this week was the North Korea nuclear missile threats.  Coming in at #3 was the United Airlines passenger removal case and the resulting PR blowback, followed by the FBI’s monitoring of Trump adviser Carter Page at #4.  The Talkers TenTM is a weekly chart of the top stories and people discussed on news/talk radio during the week and is the result of ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.  It is published every Friday at Talkers.com. View this week’s entire chart here.

Michael Harrison Interviews Judy Collins on this Week’s Podcast. Folk singing/pop music legend Judy Collins is this week’s special guest on the award-winning PodcastOne hit series “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.” In the words of Harrison, “Although she sings like an angel and performed on a number of hits and concert stages across the nation, creating a total of more than 50 albums along the way – not to mention authoring books, painting, and even directing a film – she lived a deeply troubled existence. We’re talking about severe depression and emotional disturbance that nearly drove her to suicide. We’re talking about substance abuse and eating disorders…and on top of everything, coping with the suicide of her son in 1992.” The TALKERS founder continues, “This amazing woman has survived to not only overcome these challenges but to be of great service and help to others, as well. She is a tireless advocate of those who suffer from similar emotional afflictions and has made significant contributions in bringing public awareness of mental illness out of the shadows and into the open.” On April 27, in recognition of her service to others, Collins will receive the 2017 Beatrice Stern Media Award at a major gathering in Los Angeles – The Erasing the Stigma Leadership Awards. It is an annual event thrown by Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, a leading non-profit provider of free community mental health and substance abuse services for children and adults for over 75 years. Harrison and Collins engage in a remarkably candid and informative discussion about the state of mental illness in our healthcare system and culture. They also talk about the early days of her career, her relationship with rock legend Stephen Stills and her storied connection to his Crosby, Stills and Nash masterpiece, “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.” To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right hand column on every page of Talkers.com.

 

 

Music Radio News and Career Moves.  Audio content syndicator Westwood One is partnering with dick clark productions to help promote the 2017 Billboard Music Awards and offer its broadcast partners branded, long-form and short-form content and promotions.  Westwood One will welcome more than 20 radio stations to its Westwood One Backstage at the BBMAs event with live performances and celebrity interviews during rehearsals the day before the 2017 Billboard Music Awards (Saturday, May 20) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.  Talent taking part in the Saturday event include WPLJ, New York personality Jayde Donovan; WPLJ and WPRO-FM, Providence host Ralphie Aversa; and syndicated personalities Adam Bomb and Zach Sang…..The three urban-formatted Philadelphia stations owned by iHeartMedia – urban contemporary WDAS-FM “Philly’s Best R&B & Throwbacks,” hip hop WUSL “Power 99,” and smooth jazz WDAS-AM “Smooth Jazz ‘JJZ 1480” – are organizing the inaugural “Sista Strut 3K Breast Cancer Walk” taking place on Saturday, June 17 at Xfinity Live! in Philadelphia.  Proceeds will benefit The American Association for Cancer Research.  The stations note that the walk aims to raise breast cancer awareness among African American women, who are 41% more likely to die from the disease than white women, making screenings and early detection crucial.  WDAS-FM personality Frankie Darcell comments, “As one of the founders of Detroit’s ‘Sista Strut,’ I’m ecstatic that nearly 20 years later the event will be held in our Philadelphia community.”…..Country KNIX, Phoenix and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire are cooperating on a “Rise From The Fire” Concert Flyaway Sweepstakes.  Consumers ages 21+ can enter for a chance to win a trip for two to New York for a benefit concert featuring a top music act.  The event concludes an 11-city iHeartRadio concert series to benefit firefighters and communities affected by fire. The Phoenix stop in the concert series will feature national recording artist, Brett Young, and will take place on April 19 at the Hall of Flame Fire Museum.  The sweepstakes and concert series are part of an effort by Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire to raise funds in support of the Fire Family Foundation, an organization that offers immediate assistance to firefighters and their families, fire victims, fire departments and charities. The Foundation believes that by coming together as a “Fire Family,” assistance can be provided by those impacted by fire.