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September 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Four

| October 8, 2021

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

Nielsen Audio’s September 2021 sweep covered August 19 – September 15.

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

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

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

AUSTIN

News/Talk: Waterloo Media-operated KLBJ-AM “News Radio” 5.0 – 4.9, -.1, fifth to fourth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Genuine Austin Radio’s KTXX “The Horn” 1.5 – 1.6, +.1, #18 to #17

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Texas-owned KUT 9.0 – 7.5, -1.5, carries on in the runner-up slot

Number One 6+: Waterloo Media-operated adult hits KBPA, seventh month in succession, 10.4 – 11.0, +.6

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Increase: regional Mexican KLQB (+1.4)

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Decrease: public radio news/talk KUT (-1.5)

RALEIGH

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTKK “106.1 FM Talk” 4.8 – 6.4, +1.6, seventh to fourth

Curtis Media Group-owned WPTF “News Radio 680” 3.6 – 2.4, -1.2, #12 to #14

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Capitol Broadcasting’s WCMC-FM “99.9 FM The Fan” 1.9 – 2.3, +.4, repeats at #15

Public Radio News/Talk: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-owned WUNC 9.8 – 10.9, +1.1, #1

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk WUNC, 11th consecutive month, 9.8 – 10.9, +1.1

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Increase: news/talk WTKK (+1.6)

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Decrease: country WQDR-FM (-1.8)

INDIANAPOLIS

News/Talk: Emmis’ WIBC “93.1 FM Indy’s Mobile News” 8.0 – 7.4, -.6, third to fourth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Emmis-owned WIBC-HD2 “The Fan” (Colts) 4.4 – 5.5, +1.1, eighth to seventh

iHeartMedia’s WNDE “Fox Sports 1260” .3 – .2, -.1, flat at #20

Public Radio News/Talk: Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting’s WFYI 6.7 – 6.9, +.2, steady at #5

Number One 6+: Cumulus Media adult hits WJJK, eighth successive month, unchanged at 9.4

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Increase: sports talk WIBC-HD2 (+1.1)

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Decrease: classic rock WFBQ (-.9)

MILWAUKEE

News/Talk: Good Karma Brands-owned WTMJ “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” (Brewers and Green Bay Packers) 8.2 – 9.1, +.9, #1

iHeartMedia’s WISN “News Talk 1130” 7.2 – 8.9, +1.7, third to second

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WRNW “97.3 The Game” 1.9 – 1.3, -.6, flat at #15

Audacy-owned WSSP “1250 AM The Fan” .8 – .9, +.1, #18 to #16

iHeartMedia-owned WOKY “The Big 920” .6 – .7, +.1, #20 to #18

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Wisconsin-owned WUWM 4.6 – 4.9, +.3, tenth to ninth

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

Number One 6+: news/talk WTMJ, sixth straight month, 8.2 – 9.1, +.9

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Increase: news/talk WISN (+1.7)

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WRIT (-1.0)

NASHVILLE

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WWTN “Super Talk 99.7” steady at 7.8, second to first

iHeartMedia-owned WLAC “Talk Radio 1510” 2.1 – 2.9, +.8, #16 to #14

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media’s WGFX “104.5 The Zone” (Tennessee Titans) 4.2 – 4.8, +.6, #10 to #11

Cromwell Radio Group-owned WPRT “102.5 The Game” .8 – 1.0, +.2, #20 to #18 and co-owned WBUZ-HD3 “94.9 Game 2” .4 – .8, +.4, #23 to #20

Public Radio News/Talk: Nashville Public Radio’s WPLN-FM 3.9 – 4.9, +1.0, #12 to #10

Number One 6+ (Tie): news/talk WWTN, first month, flat at 7.8 and Midwest Communications adult hits WCJK, ninth straight month, 8.5 – 7.8, -.7

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Increase: CHR WRVW (+1.1)

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Decrease: country WSM-FM (-1.4)

PROVIDENCE

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WPRO-AM & WEAN “News Talk 630 AM & 99.7 FM” flat at 4.2, remains in eighth-place

News – Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WBZ-AM “1030 News Radio” steady at 1.8, continues at #12

Sports Talk: Beasley Media Group‘s WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” (New England Patriots) unchanged at 4.3, stays at #7

Audacy’s WVEI “Sports Radio 103.7” 3.4 – 3.7, +.3, locked in ninth-place

Public Radio News/Talk: Rhode Island Public Radio-owned WNPN 2.7 – 2.9, +.2, #11 to #10

WGBH Educational Foundation’s WGBH 2.8 – 2.4, -.4, #10 to #11

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia rock WHJY, second straight month, 11.7 – 12.2, +.5

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WWLI (+1.8)

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WWBB (-1.0)

NORFOLK

News/Talk: Commonwealth Radio’s WNIS “News Talk AM 790” 2.2 – 2.3, +.1, steady at #14

News: iHeartMedia-owned WNOH “BIN 105.3 Because Truth Matters” 1.1 – 1.0, -.1, #19 to #17

Sports Talk: Max Broadcast Group’s WVSP “94.1 ESPN” .9 – 1.0, +.1, #20 to #17

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Audacy urban AC WVKL, 35th consecutive month, 12.1 – 11.8, -.3

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Increase (Tie): adult hits WNOB and rock WNOR (+.6)

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WVBW (-1.1)

JACKSONVILLE

News/Talk: Cox Media Group’s WOKV-FM “104.5 Jacksonville’s News & Talk” 7.9 – 8.2, +.3, carries on at #3

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Cox Media Group-owned WOKV-AM “ESPN Jacksonville 690 AM” .3 – .6, +.3, continues at #20

Public Radio News/Talk: WJCT, Inc.’s WJCT  4.8 – 4.4, -.4, repeats at #8

Number One 6+: Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WEJZ, second consecutive month, 9.9 – 10.1, +.2

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Increase: CHR WKSL (+.7)

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WJGL (-1.0)

WEST PALM BEACH

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WJNO “News Radio 1290” 2.7 – 2.5, -.2, #11 to #12

Hubbard Broadcasting-owned WFTL “News Talk 850” 2.0 – 2.2, +.2, #15 to #14

iHeartMedia’s WZZR “92.1 Real Radio” 1.4 – 1.5, +.1, #19 to #17

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Dade County School Board-owned WLRN 4.1 – 4.2, +1, repeats at #5

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary WOLL, first month, 6.8 – 8.3, +1.5

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WOLL (+1.5)

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Decrease: CHR WLDI (-.8)

GREENSBORO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WPTI “News Talk 94.5” 3.8 – 3.9, +.1, steady in ninth-place

News: None in the top twenty

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

Public Radio News/Talk: Wake Forest University’s WFDD 3.5 – 3.9, +.4, tenth to ninth

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-owned WUNC 2.1 – 2.0, -.1, continues at #13

Number One 6+: Audacy urban AC WQMG, fourth month in a row, 11.3 – 11.0, -.3

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Increase: rhythmic CHR WJMH (+.7)

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Decrease: country WPAW (-.6)

MEMPHIS

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WREC “News Talk 600 AM” 4.1 – 4.8, +.7, repeats in eighth-place

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy cluster-mates WMFS “Sports Radio 92.9” 4.0 – 4.3, +.3, remains at #9; WMFS’ internet stream .6 – .5, -.1, #16 to #17; and WMC-AM “ESPN 790 AM” .5 – .3, -.2, #18 to #19

Public Radio News/Talk: Mid-South Public Communications’ WKNO 1.7 – 1.9, +.2, continues at #14

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia urban AC KJMS, seventh consecutive month, 10.6 – 10.9, +.3

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Increase: news/talk WREC (+.7)

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Decrease: hot AC WMC-FM (-1.9)

HARTFORD

News/Talk: Audacy’s WTIC-AM “News Talk 1080” 6.0 – 6.2, +.2, repeats at #6

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

iHeartMedia’s WPOP “News Radio 1410 AM & 100.9 FM” locked at .2, #17 to #20

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WUCS “97.9 ESPN” flat at .6, #15 to #16

Public Radio News/Talk: Connecticut Educational Communications’ WNPR 7.8 – 7.7, -.1, unchanged at #3

New England Public Media’s WFCR flat at .6, #15 to #16 and WCFR’s internet stream, which last appeared in print in December 2019, .2, #19

Number One 6+: Audacy adult contemporary WRCH, 18th successive month, 10.8 – 9.7, -1.1

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Increase: rhythmic CHR WZMX (+.6)

Largest 6+ August 2021 – September 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WRCH (-1.1)

 

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

July 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Four

| August 13, 2021

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

Nielsen Audio’s July 2021 sweep covered June 24 – July 21.

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

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

AUSTIN

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

RALEIGH

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

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

INDIANAPOLIS

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

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

MILWAUKEE

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

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NASHVILLE

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

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

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

PROVIDENCE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NORFOLK

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

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

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

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

JACKSONVILLE

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

WEST PALM BEACH

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

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

iHeartMedia’s WZZR “92.1 Real Radio” unchanged at 1.2, #18 to #20

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Dade County School Board-owned WLRN 3.5 – 4.2, +.7, seventh to fourth

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

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

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

GREENSBORO

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

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

MEMPHIS

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

HARTFORD

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

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

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

News: None in the top twenty

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

| June 22, 2021

Round Four of May PPM Survey Results Released. The fourth and final round of ratings information from Nielsen Audio’s May 2021 PPM sweep has been released for 12 markets: Austin, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Providence, Norfolk, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Greensboro, Memphis, and Hartford. Mike Kinosian presents his “Ratings Takeaways” from these markets. After ballooning by more than four full-shares in April 2021 (5.6 – 9.7, +4.1, 6+), the highest (6+) gain by any station in all 48 PPM markets (March 2021 – April 2021), Good Karma Brands’ WTMJ relinquishes one-half share to 9.2 (6+). Even so, “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” is the solitary mainstream news/talker from these 12 metros to achieve #1 status (May 2021, 6+). Cross-town iHeartMedia-owned WISN “News Talk 1130” forfeits eight-tenths (7.4 – 6.6, fourth to third, 6+). In other head-to-head news/talk battles, iHeartMedia Raleigh’s WTKK “106.1 FM Talk” improves by two-tenths (5.0 – 5.2, seventh to sixth, 6+), while Curtis Media Group-owned WPTF “News Radio 680” gains three-tenths (1.8 – 2.1, #16 to #14, 6+). Nashville’s format share dips a combined seven-tenths: Cumulus Media’s WWTN “Super Talk 99.7” (7.1 – 6.7, third to fourth, 6+) and iHeartMedia-owned WLAC “Talk Radio 1510” 2.2 – 1.9, flat at #17, 6+) drop four-tenths and three-tenths, respectively. At the same that Cumulus Media Providence’s WPRO-AM & WEAN “News Talk 630 AM & 99.7 FM” sheds two-tenths (4.8 – 4.6, sixth to seventh, 6+), cross-town iHeartMedia-owned WHJJ “News Radio 920” improves by that margin (.7 – .9, #21 to #19, 6+). West Palm Beach is a completely mixed bag: iHeartMedia’s WJNO “News Radio 1290” is up one-half share (3.0 – 3.5, ninth to seventh, 6+); cluster-mate WZZR “92.1 Real Radio” surrenders eight-tenths (2.0 – 1.2, #13 to #17, 6+); and Hubbard Broadcasting-owned WFTL “News Talk 850” is flat at 2.0 (steady at #13, 6+). Three Hartford news/talk facilities populate the top 20: Audacy’s WTIC-AM “News Talk 1080” (5.1 – 4.7, -.4, flat at #8, 6+); Red Wolf Broadcasting-owned WDRC-AM “The Talk of Connecticut” (1.0 – .8, -.2, stays at #15); and iHeartMedia’s WPOP “News Radio 1410 AM & 100.9 FM” (unchanged at .2, #18 to #17, 6+).  Read Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets (and the three previous market groups) here.

Saga Communications Declares A Quarterly Cash Dividend Of $.16 per share. The dividend will be paid in about four weeks (7/16) to shareholders of record on June 30, 2021. It will be funded by cash on the company’s balance sheet. Including this dividend, Saga Communications will have paid over $72 million in dividends to shareholders since the first special dividend nine years ago (2012). Saga currently intends to pay regular quarterly cash dividends as declared by the board of directors. Going forward, the board may also consider declaring special cash dividends, stock dividends, and stock buybacks.

Media Consultant (and TALKERS columnist) Holland Cooke Ties-the-Knot.  Moments after filing this week’s TALKERS Monday Memo column, noted media consultant and TV talk show host Holland Cooke was married to his longtime friend, Sarah Collins. The happy couple is pictured at their private ceremony in Key West, Florida. Ms. Collins is a financial analyst and fellow New Englander.

Audacy Expands Crooked Media Partnership. It does so by carrying “Lovett or Leave It” across Audacy original station Channel Q and the LGBTQ+ Talk Radio Network. The podcast will be heard each Monday from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm on Channel Q stations in 32 markets and via the Audacy app, effective next week (6/28). “Lovett or Leave It” is hosted by former President Barack Obama’s speechwriter Jon Lovett and features guests that include comedians, actors, journalists, activists, and politicians. Audacy executive vice president of programming Jeff Sottolano remarks, “The show’s quick and witty flair for discussing the most relevant topics surrounding today’s political and pop culture landscapes is what differentiates itself; we look forward to welcoming the show to the Channel Q family.” Crooked Media senior vice president of programming Sandy Girard states the podcast is “where Jon Lovett talks about everything from the most pressing political and social issues to what everyone is bingeing on TV, to the latest trends in scientific advancement – all with his incredibly intelligent and hilarious point of view. We’re so excited to expand our partnership with Audacy to bring ‘Lovett or Leave It’ to even more listeners around the country and to kick it off with our special Pride episode ‘Out of The Closets and Into the Streets.’” Popular “Lovett or Leave It” segments include “The Rant Wheel,” where each guest delivers a prepared rant to a hot cultural topic, and “The High Notes,” where listeners share personal anecdotes about finding optimism in these challenging times. Lovett co-founded progressive media company Crooked Media with Jon Favreau and Tommy Vietor in 2017. He co-created the NBC-TV comedy “1600 Penn” and wrote speeches for former New York Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Newsmax Adds Ellis, Gidley. Former senior legal adviser/personal counsel to Donald Trump Jenna Ellis – and onetime top official in the Trump White House – J. Hogan Gidley – join Newsmax as on-air television contributors. Newsmax chief executive officer Christopher Ruddy comments, “Jenna Ellis brings a sharp mind and pointed legal commentary and constitutional analysis to the workings of our court system as it works to defend our liberties and freedoms. She is a strong addition to our growing lineup. Few know the media, Washington and the future of the GOP better than Hogan Gidley – we’re glad to have him on Newsmax to offer our viewers his valuable insights.” Ellis opines, “Newsmax consistently gives viewers an independent perspective on the news of the day. I look forward to continuing to be part of their coverage and bringing the truth as Americans strive to have their voices heard.” Gidley adds, “I’m extremely grateful to Mr. Ruddy and Newsmax for this new and exciting opportunity. I will draw from my experiences in public service to provide Newsmax viewers my detailed analysis and unvarnished opinion regarding so many difficult issues facing the American people.” Ellis is special counsel with the Thomas More Society and allied attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom. Once the deputy district attorney in Colorado’s Weld County, she hosts a daily podcast, “Just The Truth.” Gidley was deputy assistant to the president and principal deputy White House press secretary in the Trump Administration. In 2020, he joined the Trump re-election campaign as national press secretary. He previously was communications director to Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, senators Elizabeth Dole and Rick Santorum; and was executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party.

Komando To Deliver More Tech Insider Tips. Stemming from an increase in listener demand, Kim Komando will debut a one-minute “Komando Digital Life Tech Tip” in three weeks (7/21). The daily vignette will be offered to stations and streaming services without charge and will carry a 60-second commercial. Komando’s digital insider tips will reportedly include: how to stop robocalls by changing one smartphone setting; ransomware prevention secrets; and the best parental control smartphone apps. Talent management firm Sound Mind’s founder/president Kraig Kitchin comments that Komando – who writes a column for “USA Today” – is “entertaining and helpful; Kim continues to make great radio.” In addition to her weekend three-hour call-in “Kim Komando Show,” which airs on 420 stations (and the American Forces Radio Network) to an estimated 6.5 million listeners, she hosts “Daily Tech Update” seven mornings a week on 389 stations.

TALKERS News Notes: A three-hour CBS Audio Independence Day Special will be available for airing July 2 – 5. Among the topics/guests on the Gil Gross-hosted celebration of America’s Birthday are: Family-safe alternatives to DIY fireworks; behind the scenes of the Capitol Fourth of July Concert with the National Symphony; “The Men Who Lost America” author Andrew O’Shaughnessy on how Great Britain’s bad decision-making helped us win The Revolutionary War; Broadway/TV star Betty Buckley shares her thoughts about “1776, The Musical” reopening with an all-female cast; and  Polish General Tadeusz Kosciuszko’s role in winning the war and his attempt to buy Thomas Jefferson’s slaves in order to set them free … Meanwhile, one of three ABC Audio specials to affiliates for use over the July 4th weekend includes ABC News Radio entertainment correspondent Jason Nathanson-hosted “Press Play.” The three-hour special deals with ways  Americans are having fun this summer as the country begins to reopen. It explores how people are entertaining themselves through the shows they’re watching, the music they’re listening to, and the activities they’re doing. In addition, “Press Play” highlights America’s most rapidly growing sport—Pickleball—and introduces listeners to some of its biggest fans.

Facebook Establishes Live Audio Rooms. Next steps were revealed yesterday (Monday, 6/21) as Facebook pushes into the social audio and podcasting spaces, taking aim at (among others) Clubhouse, iHeartRadio, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Twitter Spaces. Per an Adweek report, the social media platform is “rolling out Live Audio Rooms on iOS for public figures and select Facebook groups in the United States, as well as making select podcasts available to U.S. listeners.” Facebook’s Live Audio Rooms offer a standard set of features. Event hosts appear in profile icons at the top of the screen; listeners appear in the bottom half as smaller icons. There is no limit on the number of listeners allowed in and as many as 50 people are able to speak at once. In addition to live captions, notifications are made when friends or followers join a room. Facebook will use automated technology and human reviewers to moderate content in Live Audio Rooms. According to CNET, “Users who repeatedly violate Facebook’s rules won’t be allowed to create or speak in a Live Audio Room.” Facebook is building new audio tools for creators to develop and launch “Soundbites,” or short-form audio clips that will launch later this year.

Monday, March 22, 2021

| March 22, 2021

Pending Business: One Year Later. Sales and marketing pro Steve Lapa recognizes the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and notes that, while the radio sales climate is nowhere near where it was pre-pandemic, “the uphill process of slowly rebuilding an economy is emerging and it depends heavily on a foundation of sellers… you can feel the confidence of target business categories coming back as vaccines and mandated safety standards become more and more mainstream.” Read his column here.

Monday Memo: Lennon, McCartney, Marbourg. “Non-music stations – particularly AMs –are at a fork in the road,” consultant Holland Cooke reckons. In this week’s column, he explains why “ambiguity is your enemy.” Read it here.

Salem Media Group Names Shaun Thompson WIND-AM, Chicago PM Drive Host. Weekend talk host Shaun Thompson is being promoted to the afternoon drive slot at Salem Media Group’s news/talk WIND, Chicago “AM 560 The Answer.” Thompson takes over the 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm show today (3/22) from Steve Cortes, who is leaving the station to pursue a new national television project. Thompson has been serving as a weekend and fill-in host on the station since 2016. He most recently filled in for Cortes from July through November of 2020 when Cortes took a hiatus to work on the re-election campaign of Donald Trump. Salem regional VP and general manager Jeff Reisman says, “It’s rare in radio to have transition as smooth as this one. Shaun Thompson has developed such a deep bond with our listeners because he was one of them before becoming a talk show host. He knows this city and this audience and what they care about. His passion and personality make him a unique talent. We’re excited to have him join the lineup as a full-time host.” Thompson says, “Twelve years ago, I made my first phone call to a talk radio station as a listener. Five years ago, I had the opportunity to host my first show on AM 560. During that time, I’ve come to appreciate this format and the listeners who spend time with us every day. I look forward to providing my perspective each afternoon and engaging with the audience. I’m incredibly grateful for this opportunity. I’m also thankful for Steve Cortes and his friendship. He’s made it so easy for me to slide into this role as he’s prepared to leave. I look forward to having him on the show as a regular guest.”

WPHT Supports Liberty USO Via Radiothon. WPHT, Philadelphia held its fourth annual USO Radiothon on Friday (3/19) between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm to raise awareness and funds for the USO of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey. From the time a service member enlists, the USO is by their side until the day they transition back to the community. Through the USO Radiothon, WPHT brought many of the untold stories about the good work done by the Liberty USO to its listeners and raised awareness of the amazing effect that this charity has on active duty National Guard and reserve military personnel and their families. Co-hosted by WPHT morning host Rich Zeoli and mid-morning host Dom Giordano, the event raised thousands of dollars for the worthy cause. This year to aid the fundraising, Dom Giordano reached into his charity bag of tricks and called upon some national celebrities to each jot off a quick autographed doodle and send it to him be bid upon by listeners. Giordano tells TALKERS, “We had Bill O’ReillyBrad ThorGeraldo RiveraMike RoweHerschel WalkerLee Greenwood, and Jesse WattersNelson Perez, the Archbishop of Philadelphia, even contributed one. The doodles also provided a lot of fun during the broadcast and a listener even bid $300 for my wife’s doodle of me.”

Entercom Launches ‘The Bet 105.9’ in Chicago. A new, sports-betting focused radio station is hitting the air in Chicago as Entercom unveils “The Bet 105.9” on the HD2 channel of WCFS-FM. The station is a “BetQL Audio Network” and CBS Sports Radio affiliate and programs airing on the signal include: “BetQL Daily” with Joe Ostrowski and Ross Tucker, “You Better You Bet” with Nick Kostos and Ken Barkley, CBS Sports Radio’s “Tiki and Tierney,” “The DA Show” and “Reiter Than You.” Entercom regional president and market manager Rachel Williamson says, “Since legalization in 2019, sports betting has exploded in the state of Illinois and we’re delighted to enter the arena of this rapidly growing landscape to deliver insightful content to our listeners with the launch of this new station. The station will serve as the home for several favorites from the BetQL Audio Network and CBS Sports Radio Network, giving listeners a wide array of expert analysis.”

iHeartMedia Reveals New Downtown Cleveland Facilities. The nine Cleveland radio brands operated by iHeartMedia will have a new home by the end of the year. The company is moving to Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland and it says the 10-year agreement with K&D Group provides space for the stations’ studios along with the company’s sales, marketing, digital and Total Traffic operation in a new, state-of-the-art street level facility. iHeartMedia Cleveland president Keith Hotchkiss says, “We are thrilled to return our broadcast and digital operations to the heart of our city. Connecting our influencers, marquee talent, and operation staff with the downtown business district will further drive the passion to serve the community we all call home.” New office features will include five conference rooms, 11 studios featuring cutting-edge technology, eight service booths for news, traffic, and podcast creation, and phone audio sound via Sound+. A marquee broadcast studio and mixed-use podcast content creation room both face street level on Euclid Avenue. Studio designs are by Beneville Studios and AUX1 design.

Tom Hamilton Named Market Manager for Curtis Media’s North Carolina Sports Talk Trio. Radio management pro Tom Hamilton is returning to Curtis Media Group as the new market manager for the sports talk trio “Hub Sports” WSJS-AM, WMFR-AM, and WPCM-AM in the Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point market. Hamilton previously served as GM of WSJS and WMFR with Curtis Media Group from 2007 until 2011. Curtis president and COO Trip Savery comments, “We are very pleased to welcome Tom back to Curtis Media Group. He has enjoyed much success in the Triad for many years, and we look forward to Tom leading our efforts with WSJS Sports.”

Jerry Donadio to Lead Sales at ‘The Mightier 1090’ in San Diego. The Times of San Diego reports that San Diego sports talk outlet XEPRS “The Mightier 1090” names sales pro Jerry Donadio vice president of sales and marketing. Station operator Bill Hagen tells the paper that Donadio will be responsible for building revenue growth for “The Mightier 1090.” Donadio tells the Times, “This is an opportunity of a lifetime. I now have the opportunity to return to 1090 and build my own sales team. Prior in my career, I’ve always been in media sales with an existing infrastructure. I’m really excited to be part of The Mightier 1090’s renaissance.” Donadio was most recently serving with KFMB-AM and KFMB-FM as an account executive from 2017 to 2020.

COVID-19, Spring Break, Asian Protests, Border Crisis, Cuomo Troubles, Trump Social Media Platform, Chauvin Trial, and Deshaun Watson Allegations Among Top News/Talk Stories Over the Weekend. The number of COVID cases in the U.S., concern about variants and the rollout of vaccines; the chaos in Florida as the beach towns are inundated with spring break revelers; protests in the Asian community over the shooting deaths of six Asian women in the Atlanta area; the crisis of young migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border; the allegations of sexual misconduct by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo; the news that Donald Trump will launch a new social media platform within the next few months; the ongoing jury selection in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin; and the allegations of sexual harassment against Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

October 2020 PPM Ratings

| October 27, 2020