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August 2022 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Two

| September 8, 2022

August 2022 PPM Data – Information for the August 2022 sweep has been released for Washington, DC; Boston; Miami; Seattle; Detroit; Phoenix; Minneapolis; San Diego; Tampa; Denver; Baltimore; and St. Louis.

Nielsen Audio’s August 2022 sweep covered July 21 – August 17.

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

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

All comparisons noted are July 2022 – August 2022 (6+).

WASHINGTON, DC

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WMAL “105.9 FM – Where Washington Comes To Talk” 4.1 – 3.9, -.2, repeats in eighth-place

News: Hubbard Broadcasting-owned WTOP & WTLP “Washington’s Top News” 7.5 – 8.0, +.5, fourth to second

Audacy-owned business news WDCH “Bloomberg 99.1 FM” .5 – .6, +.1, #21 to #20

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WJFK-FM “106.7 The Fan” (Nationals) 2.6 – 2.8, +.2, #14 to #15

Public Radio News/Talk: American University-owned WAMU 10.1 – 11.6, +1.5, #1

Pacifica’s public radio news/talk-jazz hybrid KPFW flat at .6, continues at #20

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk WAMU, eighth month in succession, 10.1 – 11.6, +1.5

Largest 6+ July 2022 – August 2022 Increase: public radio news/talk WAMU (+1.5)

Largest 6+ July 2022 – August 2022 Decrease: contemporary Christian WGTS (-2.9)*

*Represents the largest July 2022 – August 2022 decrease (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets – as well as the previous 12-PPM markets

BOSTON

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WRKO “AM 680 The Voice Of Boston” 3.5 – 4.3, +.8, tenth to seventh

News – Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” 4.3 – 4.6, +.3, seventh to sixth

Sports Talk: Beasley Media Group’s WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” 5.8 – 7.5, +1.7, fourth to first

Audacy-owned WEEI-FM “93.7 Boston’s Sports Station” (Red Sox) 3.5 – 3.9, +.4, repeats in tenth-place

Public Radio News/Talk: Boston University’s WBUR 3.9 – 3.5, -.4, #8 to #11

WGBH Educational Foundation-owned WGBH 2.3 – 2.6, +.3, unchanged at #17

Number One 6+: sports talk WBZ-FM, first month, 5.8 – 7.5, +1.7

Largest 6+ July 2022 – August 2022 Increase: sports talk WBZ-FM (+1.7)

Largest 6+ July 2022 – August 2022 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WROR (-1.5)

MIAMI

News/Talk: None in the top twenty

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Dade County School Board-owned WLRN 2.6 – 2.9, +.3, #15 to #12

Number One 6+ (Tie): Cox Media Group urban AC WHQT, second straight month, 9.3 – 8.5, -.8 and co-owned adult contemporary WFEZ, first month, 8.8 – 8.5, -.3

Largest 6+ July 2022 – August 2022 Increase: urban contemporary WEDR (+.6)

Largest 6+ July 2022 – August 2022 Decrease: urban AC WHQT (-.8)

SEATTLE

News/Talk: Bonneville-owned KIRO-FM “97.3 FM” 6.7 – 6.1, -.6, first to fourth

News: Lotus Communications’ KNWN-AM & KNWN-FM “Northwest News Radio” 3.1 – 3.4, +.3, locked at #14

Sports Talk: Bonneville-owned KIRO-AM “710 AM ESPN Seattle” (Mariners) 5.8 – 6.2, +.4, second to third

Public Radio News/Talk: Northwest Public Radio’s KUOW 5.4 – 4.9, -.5, fifth to sixth

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KJEB, first month, 5.7 – 6.6, +.9

Largest 6+ July 2022 – August 2022 Increase: adult contemporary KSWD (+1.5)

Largest 6+ July 2022 – August 2022 Decrease: classic rock KZOK (-1.2)

DETROIT

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WJR “News Talk 760 AM” 3.1 – 3.2, +.1, anchored at #13

News: Audacy-owned WWJ News Radio 950” (Pistons) 4.5 – 5.1, +.6, ninth to eighth

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” (Tigers) 5.5 – 5.3, -.2, fifth to sixth and WXYT-FM’s internet stream, .9 – 1.5, +.6, #21 to #20

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Michigan-owned WUOM 2.1 – 1.7, -.4, flat at #19

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia urban contemporary WJLB, first month, 5.0 – 7.9, +2.9

Largest 6+ July 2022 – August 2022 Increase: urban contemporary WJLB (+2.9)**

Largest 6+ July 2022 – August 2022 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WOMC (-1.5)

**Represents the largest July 2022 – August 2022 increase (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets – as well as the previous 12-PPM markets

PHOENIX

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KFYI “News Talk 550” 4.8 – 3.9, -.9, fifth to ninth

Bonneville-owned KTAR-FM “News 92.3 FM” flat at 2.7, #17 to #18

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Bonneville’s KMVP-FM “98.7 Arizona’s Sports Station” (Arizona Diamondbacks) 1.7 – 2.2, +.5, #25 to #20

Public Radio News/Talk: Maricopa County Community College-owned KJZZ 5.4 – 6.2, +.8, third to second

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ, fifth month in a row, 6.8 – 6.7, -.1

Largest 6+ July 2022 – August 2022 Increase: adult hits KYOT (+1.0)

Largest 6+ July 2022 – August 2022 Decrease: country KMLE (-1.3)

MINNEAPOLIS

News/Talk: Audacy’s WCCO “News Talk 830” (Minnesota Twins) 4.4 – 4.8, +.4, repeats in tenth-place

Hubbard Broadcasting-owned KTMY “My Talk 107.1” flat at 3.3, #13 to #15

iHeartMedia’s KTLK-AM “Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130” 3.2 – 3.0, -.2, #14 to #17

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KFXN “FM 100.3 K-Fan” 5.0 – 5.5, +.5, ninth to seventh

Public Radio News/Talk: Minnesota Public Radio’s KNOW 6.3 – 5.9, -.4, stays in fifth-place

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KQQL, second month in a row, 7.6 – 8.2, +.6

Largest 6+ July 2022 – August 2022 Increase: classical KSJN (+1.1)

Largest 6+ July 2022 – August 2022 Decrease: CHR KDWB (-.9)

SAN DIEGO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KOGO “News Radio 600” flat at 3.4, #10 to #11

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned KWFN “97.3 The Fan” (Padres) 1.8 – 2.3, +.5, #18 to #15

Public Radio News/Talk: San Diego State University’s KPBS flat at 5.4, remains in fourth-place

Number One 6+: Local Media San Diego adult hits KFBG, fifth consecutive month, 9.8 – 8.8, -1.0

Largest 6+ July 2022 – August 2022 Increase: CHR KHTS (+.7)

Largest 6+ July 2022 – August 2022 Decrease: adult hits KFBG (-1.0)

TAMPA

News/Talk: Cox Media Group’s WHPT “102.5 The Bone – Real, Raw, Radio” 4.7 – 4.3, -.4, sixth to ninth

iHeartMedia-owned WFLA “News Radio 970” 2.9 – 2.7, -.2, flat at #13

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WDAE “Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” (Rays) 1.8 – 1.6, -.2, carries on at #19

Public Radio News/Talk: University of South Florida’s WUSF 2.8 – 2.7, -.1, #14 to #13

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group adult contemporary WDUV, twelfth month in succession, 8.2 – 9.0, +.8

Largest 6+ July 2022 – August 2022 Increase: adult contemporary WWRM (+1.0)

Largest 6+ July 2022 – August 2022 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WRBQ (-1.3)

DENVER

News/Talk: In the iHeartMedia cluster: KOA “News Radio 850” (Colorado Rockies) 2.4 – 2.6, +.2, #16 to #15; KHOW “Talk Radio 630” steady at 2.4, remains at #16; and KDFD “Freedom 93.7” flat at 1.7, #21 to #19

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Bonneville’s KKFN “104.3 The Fan” 2.6 – 2.9, +.3, #15 to #12

Public Radio News/Talk: Colorado Public Radio-owned KCFR unchanged at 4.0, repeats in ninth-place

Number One 6+: Bonneville adult contemporary KOSI, first month, 6.2 – 7.1, +.9

Largest 6+ July 2022 – August 2022 Increase: adult contemporary KOSI (+.9)

Largest 6+ July 2022 – August 2022 Decrease: jazz KUVO (-1.0)

BALTIMORE

News/Talk: Hearst Television’s WBAL News Radio 1090” (Orioles) 3.4 – 3.7, +.3, repeats in tenth-place

WCBM Maryland-owned WCBM “Talk Radio AM 680” 2.0 – 1.7, -.3, #15 to #17

Cumulus Media-owned WMAL “105.9 FM – Where Washington Comes To Talk” .5 – .8, +.3, #23 to #20

News: Audacy-owned business news WDCH “Bloomberg 99.1 FM” .5 – .8, +.3, #23 to #20

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WJZ-FM “Baltimore Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan” 3.4 – 4.1, +.7, tenth to eighth

Public Radio News/Talk: Your Public Radio Corporation-owned WYPR 3.6 – 3.8, +.2, remains in ninth-place

Number One 6+: Radio One urban AC WWIN-FM, first month, 8.4 – 8.5, +.1

Largest 6+ July 2022 – August 2022 Increase: sports talk WJZ-FM (+.7)

Largest 6+ July 2022 – August 2022 Decrease (Tie): country WPOC and contemporary Christian WRBS-FM (-1.3

ST. LOUIS

News/Talk: Audacy’s KMOX “The Voice Of St. Louis” (Cardinals) 5.3 – 4.9, -.4, stays in tenth-place and cluster-mate KFTK “Talk 97.1 FM” 1.8 – 2.0, +.2, #17 to #16

iHeartMedia-owned KTLK-FM “104.9 The Patriot” 1.2 – .9, -.3, #18 to #19

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Hubbard Broadcasting’s WXOS “101 ESPN” flat at 4.1, repeats at #11

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Missouri-owned KWMU 3.0 – 3.5, +.5, #14 to #12

Number One 6+: Hubbard Broadcasting alternative KPNT, first month, 9.0 – 10.0, +1.0

Largest 6+ July 2022 – August 2022 Increase: alternative KPNT (+1.0)

Largest 6+ July 2022 – August 2022 Decrease: rock KSHE (-.9)

Up next: August 2022 overviews for Portland; Charlotte; San Antonio; Sacramento; Pittsburgh; Salt Lake City; Las Vegas; Orlando; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Kansas City; and Columbus.

Email Mike Kinosian at Mike.Kinosian@gmail.com

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

| August 31, 2022

Audacy CEO David Field Responds to Industry Piece Predicting Company’s Bankruptcy. After a number of tweets on Tuesday (8/30) from various media people called attention to InsideMusicRadio.com publisher Jerry Del Colliano’s opinion piece about the state of Audacy’s business, Audacy CEO David Field responded with a companywide memo and a public response on Twitter. Taken out of context, the headline was subject to misinterpretation unless one read the entire piece. The story goes on to reference a memo Field wrote four years ago in which he gave his observations about the reasons for iHeartMedia’s and Cumulus’ Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations. Del Colliano’s column suggests Audacy is now facing the same issues iHeartMedia and Cumulus did and Del Colliano predicts that Audacy is headed down the same path as he terms Field’s 2018 memo “a premonition of things to come as Audacy heads into bankruptcy next year.” Field’s response states, “An industry blog post published today falsely claimed that ‘David Field confirms Audacy’s bankruptcy.’ That statement is categorically and unequivocally untrue. Audacy intends to pursue all applicable remedies for false and defamatory statements meant to cause damage to Audacy, its employees and its stakeholders to the fullest extent of the law. As you have heard from me and others on our leadership team, we are excited and confident in our future and focused on capitalizing effectively on the acquisitions, investments and enhancements we have made to position the company for a bright future in the dynamic, growing world of audio. With the additions of a strong leadership position in podcasting, a meaningfully enhanced national sales organization, the rollout of a new, reimagined digital platform, emerging ad tech and data capabilities, plus the industry’s best local radio group with an unrivaled #1 position in news and sports, Audacy is better positioned than ever to serve customers and audiences with greater revenue and earnings potential under normalized market conditions.”

Deborah Flora to Host Daily Show on KUNS-AM, Denver. After giving up her weekend talk show on Salem Media Group’s news/talk KNUS-AM, Denver to pursue the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate, Deborah Flora returns to the station to host a daily 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm program beginning September 6. Flora is a former Miss Colorado, is president and founder of the non-profit Parents United America. She is also a founding partner of both Lamplight Entertainment and Whetstone Media Group, and produced numerous projects, including the documentary, Whose Children Are They? KNUS operations manager Kelly Michaels says, “We are fortunate to have Deborah back on 710 KNUS and I know she will crush it on her new weekday show. She is a hard-working and caring host who is determined to help make Colorado a better place for families to raise their kids.” Flora comments, “I’m excited to be back on the air and connecting with Coloradans every day. We will talk about common sense solutions to the real issues facing the great people of this state, while inspiring listeners to take a stand for what they care about most.”

FOX News Channel Third Most-Watched Television Network in August. According to data from Nielsen Media Research, FOX News Channel finished August 2022 as the third most-watched network in all of television during weekday primetime, outpacing ABC and trailing only CBS and NBC. In a press release citing Nielsen ratings, FOX News Channel says it remained cable’s highest-rated network in total day and primetime with total viewers and the top rated in total day with the 25-54 demo. FNC surpassed CNN and MSNBC combined with total day and primetime viewers and was number one in all of cable with total day and primetime viewers. FNC also ranked number one in cable news in primetime viewers for the 19th month in a row and notched 96 of the top 100 cable news telecasts for the month. In total day, FNC delivered 1.5 million viewers, 211,000 with the 25-54 demo and 128,000 with the 18-49 demo. In primetime, FNC netted 2.3 million viewers, 311,000 in the 25-54 demo, and 189,000 with the 18-49 demo. The network also delivered the top four programs in cable news with viewers and the top 15 of the top 16 cable news programs in the 25-54 demo. FNC’s late afternoon offering “The Five” continued as the top-rated show in viewers for the fifth consecutive month and finishing first in cable news for the last eight out of nine months. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” continued as the highest-rated program in cable news in the younger 25-54 demo, averaging 3.3 million viewers and 486,000 in the demo, as well as 301,000 in the 18-49 category throughout July. “Hannity” scored 2.9 million viewers, 397,000 in the 25-54 demo and 235,000 among adults 18-49, achieving the third most-watched program in all categories and outpacing the competition on MSNBC and CNN combined.

John Mullen Named General Manager for Hofstra University’s WRHU-FM. Broadcasting professional and educator John T. Mullen is named general manager for Hofstra University’s student run radio station WRHU-FM 88.7 Radio Hofstra University, effective September 1. Mullen has been serving as the station’s operations manager. Lawrence Herbert School of Communication Dean Mark Lukasiewicz says, “John has been an important part of the growth and success of WRHU since he joined the station in 2005, spearheading the station’s longstanding relationship with the New York Islanders and other professional sports franchises, and steering the application process for the station’s many industry awards – most notably, three NAB Marconi Awards over the past several years. As a mentor and advisor, he has helped hundreds of students develop skills, build confidence and prepare for careers in broadcasting and other industries, accomplishments that are at the core of WRHU’s mission at Hofstra. John is stepping into a role largely created and defined by outgoing general manager Bruce Avery, who departs with our profound thanks for leading WRHU and its students to such great accomplishments over his more than three decades at Hofstra. I could not imagine a better candidate than John to take the reins from Bruce, and to launch a great new chapter in the storied history of WRHU Radio Hofstra University.”

TALKERS News Notes. WOAI, San Antonio-based, nationally syndicated talk host Joe “Pags” Pagliarulo is sitting in for Sean Hannity on Premiere Networks’ “Sean Hannity Show” today (8/31)…..iHeartMedia announces that the podcast “StraightioLab” – hosted by comedians George Civeris and Sam Taggart – joins the iHeartPodcast Network as part of iHeartMedia and Will Ferrell’s Big Money Player’s Network. “StraightioLab” is described as an intellectual podcast where the two “unpack the rich, multi-colored tapestry of straight culture. In each episode, George and Sam are joined by a guest to hold a mirror to society and finally get to the bottom of mysterious and perverse topics such as college fraternities, gender reveal parties, the military, themed restaurants, and the concept of ‘the holidays.’”…..Audacy’s Cadence13 names longtime Hollywood executive Patton Valentine to oversee intellectual property adaptation strategy across its original content divisions. The company says it has ambitious plans for adapting its hit audio documentary and scripted storytelling IP into the world of film and television, with many projects already in the works. Valentine joins Cadence13 from Ley Line Entertainment, where he served as head of television…..iHeartMedia chairman and CEO Bob Pittman and COO and CFO Rich Bressler will participate in a question and answer session during the BofA Securities 2022 Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference on Thursday September 8 at 4:10 pm ET. A live webcast of the session will be available to the general public at the start of the session through a link on the Investors homepage of iHeartMedia’s website.

Trump Documents Investigation, Russia-Ukraine War, Biden’s Student Loan Plan, Jackson Water Woes/Western Heatwave, and Mikhail Gorbachev Dies Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (8/30). The U.S. Justice Department’s battle with former President Donald Trump over the document search of Mar-a-Lago; the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine and its effect on Europe’s natural gas supply; criticism of President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness program; the potable water supply problems in Jackson, Mississippi and the heatwave forecast for the U.S. West; and former USSR leader Mikhail Gorbachev dies were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

| August 30, 2022

Peter Boyles to Host Weekend Show on KNUS, Denver. Longtime Denver talk radio personality Peter Boyles is returning to Salem Media Group’s news/talk 710 KNUS to host a Saturday program airing from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, effective September 10. Boyles has been serving as morning drive host and recently announced his retirement from that full-time position. Last week, Salem announced that former Colorado district attorney and current Denver Post columnist George Brauchler has assumed daily morning show duties. Station operations manager Kelly Michaels says, “Pete is a Denver radio legend and we are blessed to have him back sharing his unique take on the issues of the day.” As part of the lineup change, Randy Corporon’s weekly program moves to Saturdays from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. During his career, Boyles has served with numerous Denver radio stations including: KAAT, KLAK, KWBZ, KYBG, KHOW, and KOA.

WXOS-FM, St. Louis Morning Personality Michelle Smallmon to Exit for ESPN Opportunity. The Hubbard Radio sports talk station posts on its website the news that WXOS-FM, St. Louis morning drive co-host Michelle Smallmon will leave the “Karraker & Smallmon” program after this Friday’s show to join ESPN as overnight “SportsCenter” anchor for ESPN Radio. Earlier in her career, Smallmon served with WXOS as producer of “The Fast Lane” program that included her current broadcast partner Randy Karraker before she left to join ESPN the first time around. She rejoined WXOS in May of 2020.

Leon Williamson Named VP of Sales for iHeartMedia Indy. Broadcast marketing pro Leon Williamson is named vice president of sales for iHeartMedia’s Indianapolis cluster that includes WNDE “FOX Sports 1260,” WOLT-HD2/W248AW “Business News 97.5,” and three music brands. Williamson transitions to this position from iHeartMedia’s Miami operations. iHeartMedia Indianapolis market manager Kristy Beebe says, “We are so excited to welcome Leon to iHeartMedia Indianapolis. Leon’s unique skill set and passion to lead our sales team is what we’re most excited about. His familiarity of our brands and products, along with the experience he brings from different sectors will be a tremendous addition to our Indianapolis team.” Williamson has also served with Urban One in St. Louis and Cox Media Group in Miami. He comments, “I am extremely excited to lead the Indianapolis team with both my professional and personal skills. I look forward to creating a legacy and blazing a trail for young professionals in media that share my experience.”

Michael Burger Promoted to Market President for iHeartMedia Raleigh. Radio sales and management pro Michael Burger is promoted to market president for iHeartMedia’s Raleigh station group that includes news/talk WTKK-FM and five music brands. Burger was most recently serving as SVP of sales for the cluster. iHeartMedia division president Tom McConnell states, “Michael is a strong natural leader with high business acumen. He has introduced new strategic changes and created synergies between our content creators and revenue drivers that have helped fuel the overall performance for the market.” Burger comments, “I am beyond appreciative and grateful to be trusted with this opportunity. As Raleigh continues to grow, expand and flourish, I look to the future with excitement, encouragement and promise. iHeartMedia Raleigh has established itself as a fierce competitor in the market. We have positioned ourselves incredibly to not only be a destination source for entertainment, music, events, social media, and audio, but to help our clients tell their stories in a creative way that helps them achieve new heights.”

WWO AAG Blog: Performance Marketing Versus Creating Future Demand. This week’s Cumulus Media | Westwood One Audio Active Group blog addresses the difference between the “buy now” marketing strategy versus one that seeks to “create future demand.” Some of the research-based findings in this study include: For the automobile category, only 3% are in-market for a new vehicle and consequently, sales event ads only work on the small group who are ready to buy. But looking ahead two years, 24% will purchase a vehicle in that time span and therefore advertisers who focus on creating future demand will have access to a much larger pool of potential customers. The report says, “When a business consistently uses brand building to create future demand and sales events to convert existing demand, great things happen.” It posits that the ideal budget mix is 40% for sales events and 60% to create future demand via brand building. Read the blog here.

KWTO, Springfield, Missouri Unveils ‘Uncommon Sense with Cass’ Program. A new weekend program will debut on Zimmer Midwest Communications’ news/talk KWTO-AM/K227AO, Springfield, Missouri called “Uncommon Sense with Cass,” hosted by Cass Bowen. The show launches on September 3 and airs Saturdays at 10:00 am. Zimmer says the show “will cover politics, culture, and social issues through a Christian conservative lens, and will feature a diverse group of guest interviews from politicians, local special interest groups, cultural commentators, and more.” Bowen serves with the station on the KWTO morning drive program as executive producer and air personality.

TALKERS News Notes. The content staff at Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corp – operator of public news/talk WESA-FM and independent music station WYEP-FM announce their intention to form a union with SAG-AFTRA. The bargaining unit includes hosts and disc jockeys, reporters, editors, producers, and others. The group states, “We will approach this process in the spirit of collaboration and professionalism and urge PCBC leadership to do the same by voluntarily recognizing the union and begin bargaining in good faith with us. As a union town, Pittsburgh’s public radio stations should be union shops.” The bargaining unit says its goals are securing livable, equitable wages for staff, and improving the company’s approach to diversity, equity and inclusion. The union also seeks to create a more supportive and transparent workplace to help strengthen PCBC as an organization…..Community Communications’ public radio outlets WMFE, Orlando and WMFV, Cedar Creek, Florida announce they are launching a revamped version of the weekly arts, culture and entertainment segment “Spotlight” on Septempber 1. The segment, hosted by WMFE’s “All Things Considered” host, Nicole Darden Creston, will air at 4:45 pm on Thursdays. “Spotlight” will relaunch as both a four-minute radio segment and an extended podcast. The segment explores Central Florida’s arts scene from a unique perspective and amplifies voices not often heard. “Spotlight” will also share performances from creators of all stripes.

Midterms/2024 Presidential Race, FBI Raid/Documents Investigation, Biden Student Loan Plan, Russia-Ukraine War, Immigration, Musk vs Twitter, Droughts & Floods Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (8/29). The primary elections for the November midterms and speculation about the presidential nominees in 2024; the aftermath of the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago and the investigation into classified documents; criticism of President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan; Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine; migrant troubles at the U.S.-Mexico border; Elon Musk’s battle against Twitter to back out of his $44 billion acquisition of the company; the droughts and floods affecting life in America were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Wednesday, August 23, 2022

| August 24, 2022

George Brauchler Named New Morning Host on KNUS-AM, Denver. Former Colorado district attorney and current Denver Post columnist George Brauchler is named morning drive host at Salem Media Group’s news/talk KNUS, Denver. Brauchler assumes the role held for many years by Denver radio personality Peter Boyles. Brauchler was the lead prosecutor in the Aurora theater shooter trial. He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and has served as Chief of Military Justice for Fort Carson, and with the 4th Infantry Division and the U.S. Division-North in Iraq. He is a regular contributor to Court TV. 710 KNUS operations manager, Kelly Michaels says, “George is a great fit for the job. He has grown from his weekend morning show to a brief daily show, following Peter. Over that time, he has proved to be a powerful communicator and entertainer.” Salem SVP of spoken word Phil Boyce adds, “In a very short time, George has captured the hearts and minds of our Denver listeners. Peter Boyles was and is a Denver radio institution, but I am fully confident George will do a fabulous job filling those shoes.”

WXYT-FM, Detroit’s Mike Valenti and Jim Costa Host New Betting Podcast. The newest podcast from Audacy’s 2400Sports studio is called “Cash the Ticket,” and is hosted by WXYT-FM, Detroit’s Mike Valenti and Jim Costa. The podcast will drop twice weekly and spotlight both the NFL and college football from Labor Day until the end of the season. Audacy says, “‘Cash the Ticket’ sets the stage for the football weekend with the extra information listeners need to enjoy and bet confidently. The high-energy duo of Valenti and Costa brings listeners fresh perspectives on everything from the biggest matchups to the best value of the board every week. With sports betting content for the avid fan, Thursdays will be a college football betting preview. Fridays will be an NFL weekend betting preview followed by timely ‘mini’ episodes and social extensions throughout the week.”

TALKERS News Notes. The partnership between iHeartMedia and actress Eva Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment is producing an exclusive slate of shows with iHeartMedia’s My Cultura Podcast Network and the newest offering is “Sisters of the Underground,” an eight-part scripted series that tells the true story of the courageous Latina siblings, known as the Mirabal sisters, whose lifelong activism in the Dominican Republic and state-orchestrated assassination led to the downfall of one of the most brutal and enduring dictators of the 20th century, Rafael Trujillo (a.k.a. El Jefe)…..ESPN’s 30 for 30 Podcasts debuts its next installment titled, “The Longest Game,” that documents 33 innings of a surreal minor league baseball game. As they slug it out from dusk to dawn, the teams make history. Baseball holds its records sacred. Most home runs, strikeouts, career wins. But what about the longest game ever? That honor goes to a small-town AAA game in 1981, when the Pawtucket Red Sox and Rochester Red Wings played a record-breaking 33 innings full of hope, despair and drama. Radio Diaries and 30 for 30 take listeners to that frigid, surreal night with the voices who lived it – including Hall of Famers Wade Boggs and Cal Ripken Jr. Most heroes of “The Longest Game” never made it big, but their unflagging endurance made history.…..iHeartMedia announces that the Overtime with Coach Ron and Don program will air on classic rock WBIG Wednesdays at 8:00 am during the Washington Commanders football season. The weekly coach’s show with Washington head coach Ron Rivera and WBIG morning host Don Geronimo is airing on the station as it becomes the new radio flagship station for the NFL club. iHeartMedia region president Aaron Hyland comments, “We are incredibly excited to add this partnership with coach Rivera and Don G to our already impressive and growing roster of Washington Commanders audio content. ‘Overtime with Coach Ron and Don’ will be added to our program lineup, which also includes Washington Commanders gameday action with Julie Donaldson, Bram Weinstein and London Fletcher.

Primaries/2024 Presidential Race, FBI Raid/Documents Investigation, Biden Student Loan Cancellation, The Economy, Russia-Ukraine War, Twitter Security Issues, and Drought Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (8/23). Tuesday’s primary races for the November midterms and speculation about the nominees for the 2024 presidential race; the aftermath of the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago and the classified documents investigation; President Joe Biden’s plan to forgive up to $10,000 in student loans; the rate of inflation, financial markets activity and concerns about a recession; Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine and the assassination of sometime Putin critic Darya Dugina; allegations of poor security issues at Twitter; and the drought affecting much of the U.S., Europe and China were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

| August 10, 2022

Urban One Second Quarter Net Revenue Rises 10.4%. Reporting financial data for the second quarter of 2022, Urban One – parent company of Radio One – reveals net revenue of $118.8 million, an increase of 10.4 percent over the same period in 2021. Consolidated net income for Q2 of 2022 was $15.8 million, a decline of 14.4% from the same period in 2021. Urban One reports financial data for six separate segments including Radio Advertising ($44.5 million, up 4.5%), Digital Advertising ($17.8 million, up 19.1%), and Event Revenue ($1.1 million, up 2.3%). Urban One CEO and president Alfred Liggins III says, “We had a strong finish to Q2, driven by continued robust growth in digital and cable television advertising, both of which were up double digits. Our spot radio business outperformed the markets in which we operate by 230 Bps, and I was pleased with our overall 10.4% revenue growth, as a result of which we were able to post adjusted EBITDA growth of 6.1% y-o-y. Like other media businesses, we have experienced a slow-down in Q3, particularly in core radio which is currently pacing down low-to-mid single-digits. Given our diversified mix of assets, I still anticipate consolidated net revenues to grow in Q3, and we remain well positioned for political advertising later in the year. We will continue to be disciplined with capital allocation decisions and our cash position remains strong. We finished the quarter with net leverage below 4.0x, in line with our goal to continue to reduce leverage over time.”

Round Two of July PPMs Released. The second of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s July 2022 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 July 2022 sweep covered June 23 – July 20. Today, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets. In Washington, DC, Hubbard Radio’s all-news WTOP-FM adds six-tenths for a 7.4 share (weekly, 6+ AHQ share) finish but still falls back to the #8 rank, while Cumulus Media’s news/talk WMAL-FM is flat at a 4.1 share and recedes to the #8 rank. Bonneville’s news/talk KIRO-FM remains in first place in Seattle even after dropping six-tenths for a 6.7 share finish, while Lotus Communications’ crosstown all-news KNWN-AM/FM dips two-tenths to finish with a 3.1 share but stays locked in the #14 spot. In Minneapolis-St. Paul, Audacy’s news/talk WCCO adds three-tenths for a 4.4 share finish that boosts it to the #10 rank. Across town, Hubbard’s talk KTMY-FM falls two-tenths for a 3.3 share finish but stays ranked #13, while iHeartMedia’s news/talk KTLK-AM adds three-tenths to wrap with a 3.2 share good for the #14 rank. Hearst Television’s news/talk WBAL-AM leaps to the #10 rank after a 1.1 share increase gives it a 3.4 share finish as WCBM Maryland’s news/talk WCBM-AM sheds half a share for a 2.0 share finish good for the #15 rank. You can see Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets (as well as yesterday’s round one) here.

Premiere Networks Talk Hosts Front and Center at CPAC 2022. Pictured above (from l-r) at last weekend’s CPAC 2022 conference in Dallas are Premiere Networks talk radio hosts Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and Jesse Kelly. Hannity’s address to the attendees covered election integrity, the upcoming midterm elections, the importance of conservative principles and more. Shortly before former President Donald Trump closed out the convention with his keynote address, Glenn Beck took to the stage with a presentation titled, “American History: What You Don’t Know,” and Jesse Kelly entertained the crowd with a satirical skit in which he posed as a news anchor covering the latest headlines at a faux network.

‘ESPN Chicago’ to Present Inaugural ‘Football Fest.’ Sports talk outlet WMVP, Chicago “ESPN 1000” is presenting its first-ever “ESPN Chicago Football Fest” that will bring together the station’s personalities and special guests ESPN senior NFL Insider Adam Schefter and ESPN Fantasy Football expert Field Yates at the Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana on Saturday, August 20. Local personalities Tom Waddle, Marc Silverman, David Kaplan, Carmen DeFalco, Peggy Kusinski, Dionne Miller, Jonathan Hood, Chris Bleck, Adam Abdalla, and Jeff Meller will be at the event. Danny Zederman is content director for the Good Karma Brands station. He says, “Football Fest will be an amazing opportunity for ‘ESPN 1000’ fans to connect with our content team to kick off the 2022-2023 football season. Peggy and Dionne will be broadcasting live from the event, giving fans a front row seat to one of the station’s newest duos.”

Comscore Q2 2022 Net Revenue Up 4.3%. The second quarter financial report from digital media firm Comscore states net revenue for the period was $91.4 million, an increase of 4.3% over Q2 of 2021. The company reduced its net loss from Q2 2021 to Q2 2022 from $18.5 million to $5.1 million. Comscore CEO Jon Carpenter states, “I was honored to step into the CEO role in July and remain excited about the opportunity ahead for Comscore. This is a critical time for the industry, and we are committed and focused on delivering innovative products and solutions that our customers want and driving the growth and profitability our shareholders expect. The quarter highlights the momentum in our business, particularly in Cross Platform Solutions, which includes our growing local and national television businesses. While there is still work to be done, I am excited and energized about the opportunity ahead.”

TALKERS News Notes. Urban radio personality Angela Yee is leaving the WWPR, New York-based morning show “The Breakfast Club” after 12 years to launch her own midday program titled, “Way Up with Angela Yee” that will be syndicated via Premiere Networks. It will launch this fall and debut on more than 30 iHeartMedia stations. The company says the show “will feature the iconic personality in a fast-paced, listener interactive show, as she connects directly with listeners on the kinds of hot and timely topics in which she’s garnered trust over her decades on air – from relationships to Hip-Hop and R&B, headline news topics, and overall culture, both in and out of the music industry.”…..Audacy-owned podcast company C13Originals is partnering with Team Downey and Wink Pictures for “The Sunshine Place,” an investigative documentary podcast series examining Synanon, a former California-based experimental drug rehab facility and community that morphed into a dangerous and violent cult, led by its messianic founder Charles E. Diedrich. Cadence13 chief content officer Chris Corcoran states, “This is a story we were immediately drawn to and wanted to tell. It’s an honor to be able to tell incredible stories like this with such a great team in Susan, Robert, Emily, and Josh in collaboration with our brilliant C13Orginals creative team.”…..American Public Media Group announces that Barry Gisser is the organization’s new senior vice president and chief financial officer, succeeding Morris Goodwin who after eight years significantly increased the value of APMG’s endowment and led its investment strategy. Gisser’s first day at APMG will be September 6.

FBI Raids Mar-a-Lago/NYC Deposition, Primaries/2024 Race, The Economy, Biden Health & Climate Bill, China’s Taiwan Threats, Russia-Ukraine War, and Serena Williams Announces Retirement Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (8/9). The FBI’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago offices and his scheduled deposition by New York AG Letitia James; Tuesday’s primary races for the November midterms and speculation about the nominees for the 2024 presidential race; the high rate of inflation and concerns about a recession; the Inflation Reduction Act that affects health care, taxes, and climate incentives; China’s ramped-up military exercises around Taiwan; Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine; and tennis great Serena Williams announces her plans to retire from the sport were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.