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August 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Four

| September 14, 2021

August 2021 PPM Data – Information for the August 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 August 2021 sweep covered July 22 – August 18.

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 July 2021 – August 2021 (6+).


News/Talk: Waterloo Media-operated KLBJ-AM “News Radio” 4.2 – 5.0, +.8, sixth to fifth

News: None in the top twenty

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

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Texas-owned KUT 8.7 – 9.0, +.3, locked in second-place

Number One 6+: Waterloo Media-operated adult hits KBPA, sixth month in a row, 11.9 – 10.4, -1.5

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase (Tie): Spanish adult hits KLJA and alternative KROX (+1.2)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease: adult hits KBPA (-1.5)


News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTKK “106.1 FM Talk” 5.6 – 4.8, -.8, sixth to seventh

Curtis Media Group-owned WPTF “News Radio 680” 1.9 – 3.6, +1.7, #14 to #12

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Capitol Broadcasting’s WCMC-FM “99.9 FM The Fan” 1.6 – 1.9, +.3, #17 to #15

Public Radio News/Talk: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-owned WUNC 9.3 – 9.8, +.5, #1

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk WUNC, tenth straight month, 9.3 – 9.8, +.5

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase: news/talk WPTF (+1.7)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease: adult hits WBBB (-1.6)


News/Talk: Emmis’ WIBC “93.1 FM Indy’s Mobile News” 8.2 – 8.0, -.2, second to third

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Emmis-owned WIBC-HD2 (formerly WFNI) “The Fan” 4.5 – 4.4, -.1, flat at #8

iHeartMedia’s WNDE “Fox Sports 1260”.5 – .3, -.2, stays at #20

Public Radio News/Talk: Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting’s WFYI 7.4 – 6.7, -.7, third to fifth

Number One 6+: Cumulus Media adult hits WJJK, seventh successive month, 9.5 – 9.4, -.1

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase: urban AC WTLC-FM (+2.2)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease: alternative WOLT (-.8)


News/Talk: Good Karma Brands-owned WTMJ “Wisconsin’s Radio Station” (Brewers) 8.9 – 8.2, -.7, #1

iHeartMedia’s WISN “News Talk 1130” 6.8 – 7.2, +.4, fourth to third

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WRNW “97.3 The Game” 1.5 – 1.9, +.4, steady at #15

Audacy-owned WSSP “1250 AM The Fan” 1.1 – .8, -.3, #16 to #18

Good Karma Brands’ WKTI “ESPN Milwaukee” 1.0 – .6, -.4, #17 to #20

iHeartMedia-owned WOKY “The Big 920” .5 – .6, +.1, #22 to #20

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Wisconsin-owned WUWM 3.7 – 4.6, +.9, #11 to #10

Wisconsin Educational Communications Board’s WHAD .7 – .8, +.1, #20 to #18

Number One 6+: Good Karma Brands news/talk WTMJ, fifth straight month, 8.9 – 8.2, -.7

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk WUMW (+.9)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease (Tie): news/talk WTMJ and hot AC WMYX (-.7)


News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WWTN “Super Talk 99.7” 6.3 – 7.8, +1.5, fifth to second

iHeartMedia-owned WLAC “Talk Radio 1510” 1.9 – 2.1, +.2, unchanged at #16

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media’s WGFX “104.5 The Zone” 3.2 – 4.2, +1.0, #11 to #10

Cromwell Radio Group-owned WPRT “102.5 The Game” .7 – .8, +.1, steady at #20

Public Radio News/Talk: Nashville Public Radio’s WPLN-FM 3.2 – 3.9, +.7, #11 to #12

Number One 6+: Midwest Communications adult hits WCJK, eighth straight month, 8.4 – 8.5, +.1

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase: news/talk WWTN (+1.5)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease (Tie): adult contemporary WJXA and CHR WNFN (-1.4)


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

iHeartMedia-owned WHJJ “News Radio 920” 1.1 – .6, -.5, #18 to #20

News – Talk: iHeartMedia’s WBZ-AM “1030 News Radio” 1.6 – 1.8, +.2, #15 to #12

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

Audacy’s WVEI “Sports Radio 103.7” 3.1 – 3.4, +.3, anchored in ninth-place

Public Radio News/Talk: WGBH Educational Foundation’s WGBH 2.7 – 2.8, +.1, continues at #10

Rhode Island Public Radio-owned WNPN 2.0 – 2.7, +.7, unchanged at #11

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia rock WHJY, first month, 7.2 – 11.7, +4.5

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase: rock WHJY (+4.5)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WCIB (-1.2)


News/Talk: Commonwealth Radio’s WNIS “News Talk AM 790” 2.3 – 2.2, -.1, #13 to #14

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

Sports Talk: Max Broadcast Group’s WVSP “94.1 ESPN” flat at .9, repeats at #20

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Audacy urban AC WVKL, 34th consecutive month, 12.8 – 12.1, -.7

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase: urban contemporary WOWI (+1.2)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease (Tie): country WGH-FM and classic rock WAFX (-1.1)


News/Talk: Cox Media Group’s WOKV-FM “104.5 Jacksonville’s News & Talk” 8.1 – 7.9, -.2, anchored in third-place

News: None in the top twenty

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

Public Radio News/Talk: WJCT, Inc.’s WJCT  3.7 – 4.8, +1.1, ninth to eighth

Number One 6+ (Tie): Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WJGL, sixth month in a row, 10.7 – 9.9, -.8 and Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WEJZ, first month, 8.5 – 9.9, +1.4

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WEJZ (+1.4)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease: country WGNE (-1.2)


News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WJNO “News Radio 1290” 3.5 – 2.7, -.8, #7 to #11

Hubbard Broadcasting-owned WFTL “News Talk 850” flat at 2.0, repeats at #15

iHeartMedia’s WZZR “92.1 Real Radio” 1.2 – 1.4, +.2, #20 to #19

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Dade County School Board-owned WLRN 4.2 – 4.1, -.1, fourth to fifth

Number One 6+: Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WRMF, 17th straight month, 9.2 – 8.3, -.9

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase: contemporary Christian WAYF (+1.1)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease (Tie): hot AC WRMF and adult contemporary WOLL (-.9)


News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WPTI “News Talk 94.5” 3.7 – 3.8, +.1, steady at #9

News: None in the top twenty

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

Public Radio News/Talk: Wake Forest University’s WFDD 3.4 – 3.5, +.1, flat at #10

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-owned WUNC 1.8 – 2.1, +.3, stays at #13

Number One 6+: Audacy urban AC WQMG, third month in a row, 11.9 – 11.3, -.6

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase: adult hits WSMW (+.8)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WMAG (-1.2)


News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WREC “News Talk 600 AM” 4.3 – 4.1, -.2, repeats at #8

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy cluster-mates WMFS “Sports Radio 92.9” 3.2 – 4.0, +.8, #11 to #9; WMFS’ internet stream .5 – .6, +.1, #18 to #16; and WMC-AM “ESPN 790 AM” .3 – .5, +.2, #19 to #18

Public Radio News/Talk: Mid-South Public Communications’ WKNO flat at 1.7, remains at #14

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia urban AC KJMS, sixth consecutive month, 10.0 – 10.6, +.6

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase: hot AC WMC-FM (+.9)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease (Tie): urban-rhythmic oldies WDIA and classic rock WEGR (-.6)


News/Talk: Audacy’s WTIC-AM “News Talk 1080” 6.9 – 6.0, -.9, third to sixth

Red Wolf Broadcasting-owned WDRC-AM “The Talk of Connecticut” 1.0 – .8, -.2, #13 to #14

iHeartMedia’s WPOP “News Radio 1410 AM & 100.9 FM” unchanged at .2, repeats at #17

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WUCS “97.9 ESPN” .8 – .6, -.2, stays at #15

Public Radio News/Talk: Connecticut Educational Communications’ WNPR 6.9 – 7.8, +.9, steady at #3

New England Public Media’s WFCR flat at .6, #16 to #15

Number One 6+: Audacy adult contemporary WRCH, 17th successive month, 12.4 – 10.8, -1.6

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase: country WWYZ (+1.1)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WRCH (-1.6)


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

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

| July 22, 2015

nielsen logoNielsen on Voltair and PPM: The Morning After.  Yesterday’s Nielsen Audio webinar with PPM client stations regarding upcoming changes to its PPM technology and the Voltair audio processor from Telos Alliance has the industry buzzing.  As you know, Nielsen has been testing the Voltair unit and has concluded that it cannot “support” Voltair, saying it found nothing substantial to show the processor positively affects the PPM unit’s ability to pick up the watermark tone that credits listening.  A number of managers and programmers have subsequently commented anonymously that they remain unconvinced by Nielsen’s research and presentation.  One programmer tells TALKERS, “Their research proved without a doubt that Voltair recorded more listening in certain formats when the PPM was in a noisy environment.  However, they did a flip-flop in their presentation, stating that ‘Voltair’s increased recording of listenership was inconclusive.’  Interestingly, at the same time they announced the rollout of an enhanced and more robust watermark which should be in the field by fall.  If there was not a problem, then why the new watermark?”  But broadcasting consultant Randy Kabrich writes in a blog post today in which, in this instance, he defends Nielsen’s response.  He says it’s well known that PPM doesn’t hear all of the codes and because of the 15-minute Quarter Hour ratings method employed in the U.S., it doesn’t need to.  “The Media Rating Council has examined every aspect of the PPM very extensively with their audits…[The] policies for stations to receive credit from the PPM codes were put in place many years ago after years of testing because it is known that the PPM meter misses codes!  And yet, the results are statically valid.  Otherwise no PPM markets would be accredited by the MRC.  And don’t you find it interesting that the MRC has agreed to look at Voltair with stations who have gone to them based on their own observations?  Look at it from the outside.  What do those stations gain?  It is almost as if they have post purchase dissonance and need someone to tell them they made the correct decision.”  Read Kabrich’s interesting blog piece here.

francesamikeWhat Would it Take to Reunite Mike Francesa and Chris Russo?  That’s what New York sports talk fans are probably wondering after a passing question to Chris “Mad Dog” Russo by YES Network (and WEPN-FM, New York) personality Michael Kay about whether he’d considering working withrussochris WFAN, New York afternoon personality Mike Francesa again received the answer, “Yeah, I would.  Definitely.  I miss the camaraderie.”  Francesa was asked the same question by Newsday and told the paper that he would consider it.  Both Russo and Francesa are under contract to their respective employers – Russo through 2016 with SiriusXM and Francesa with CBS RADIO through 2017.  It’s no secret that Francesa is unhappy with his relationship with CBS.  NJ.com reports that Russo told Kay he handled his 2008 exit from WFAN and the Francesa partnership poorly and wishes he’d been more up front about the situation.

vandirkDirk Van to Retire from Westwood One’s ‘First Light.’  For 26 years, Dirk Van has been the only host of Westwood One’s early morning news magazine “First Light,” but he announces that Thursday, July 30 will be his last day.  The company says he “leaves with a legacy of accomplishments and awards.”  Dirk also hosts “The Week in Review” news program and has anchored morning drive newscasts throughout his successful career.   Van says of his 35-year radio career, “Radio is all about people, and I’ve had the great fortune to work with the best in the business, following in the footsteps of my father, Lyle Van – awestwood one NEW radio legend at NBC and WOR — and others greats like Lou Adler, Nick Verbitsky, Tom O’Brien, Ron Nessen, and Bart Tessler.  Hosting our morning magazine, ‘First Light,’ has been an amazing experience and has allowed me to work with talented broadcasters for more than a quarter century.  Talking to listeners on a daily basis has kept me grounded, and hopefully provided a window into what America is thinking.  And to think — we started way back when talk radio was ‘new.’  Helping to create an exciting, new product, Westwood One News, has been especially rewarding, and being a part of its success is a great way to cap a career.  And talk about ‘sailing off into the sunset’— that’s exactly what I plan to do, with my beautiful wife, Paula, who has put up with those agonizing broadcasters’ hours all these years.  To all my friends at Westwood One, thank you!”

valentinephilTalk Host Phil Valentine Wins Screenplay Competition.  Nashville-based talk show host Phil Valentine picked up first place honors at the Colorado Film Festival in the screenplay competition.  The Westwood One-syndicated personality’s “Derek Dickens & The Dream” screenplay is a fictional story of one man’s mid-life crisis that turns him into an international pop sensation when he takes on an imaginary persona through which he lives out his lifelong dream. This 50-year-old fabricates a 20-something British band, with himself at the lead, and it takes the world by storm.  He realizes no one is prepared for this kind of success, at any age.  Noting that the Colorado Film Festival is watched by industry pros, Valentine jokes, “I’ve been sitting by the phone waiting for a call from Hollywood.  I already have Robert Downey, Jr. planned for the lead.”  This is not the first accolade for this screenplay; it was a finalist in nine other film festivals, including the Beverly Hills Film Festival, the American Movie Awards, and the Atlanta Film Festival.  Valentine has been dabbling in film alongside his radio career for several years now.  He recently wrote and produced the award-winning documentary, “An Inconsistent Truth.”

biztalkradioBizTV and BizTalkRadio Enter News Game.  The business news reports that will be available to air from 9:00 am to 5:05 pm daily are being produced by Little Rock-based Independent News Network.  It is a five-minute, top-of-the-hour product that gives stations the option of running the whole cast or choosing from headlines, market reports or business stories.  BizTV and BizTalkRadio EVP Scott Miller says, “We felt there was a void in the marketplace for business news.  There are several great resources for news, but our TV and radio affiliates wanted a news product that follows the stock market and provides business centered news stories.”

Odds & Sods.  Morning show personality Sergeant Sam Cox is retiring from his gig at Emmis-owned news/talkcoxsam KLBJ-AM, Austin.  Cox has been with the station for 28 years.  He served with the Austin Police Department for 31 years and retired from the force in 1995…..WKGN, Knoxville is flipping from regional Mexican to sports talk after Hodges Media purchased the station from Richardo Espinosa for $225,000.  The station is using Fox Sports Radio Network programming in addition to local shows.  The station will work with the Tennessee Volunteers platform GoVols247.comNate Hodges and mcmanusadamexecutive producer Brad Matthews will host the 7:00 am to 10:00 am show and Tom Poisal will host the afternoon drive show…..Talk radio pro Adam McManus sits in for WPGP, Pittsburgh “AM 1250 The Answer” morning personality Rose Tennant August 17-21.  He recently did fill-in work for KMJ, Fresno where PD Blake Taylor says, “Adam did a great job filling in at KMJ – lots of energy and thought-provoking topics.  Generated tons of calls!”…..Three-time Super Bowl Champion and ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth begins producing a new, weekly podcast on PodcastOne called, “The Stinkin’ Truth.”  PodcastOne chairman and CEO Norm Pattiz says, “What a great addition to our network of sports programming.  A great athlete and communicator, Mark joins Shaq, Dan Patrick, Steve Austin, Ross Tucker and so many more on that list.  Mark’s podcast will be a stand out, and we expect it to deliver a significant audience and become a featured attraction in the podcast world.”

2016 Presidential Candidates, Iran Nuclear Deal, Chattanooga Killings Aftermath, New Planned Parenthood Video, Illegal Immigration-Kate Steinle Death, ‘El Chapo’ Escape-Mexican Corruption, and Sandra Bland Case Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (7/21).  The activities of the candidates for president in 2016; the fragile state of the Iran nuclear deal and the response from nations around the world; the investigation into terrorist ties to Chattanooga shooter Mohammed Abdulazeez and the aftermath of the slayings; the surfacing of a second video showing a Planned Parenthood doctor haggling over the price of fetus body parts; ongoing talk about the state of the U.S.’s immigration policy and the death of Kate Steinle; talk about Mexican corruption in the wake of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s escape from prison; and the arrest and subsequent death in jail of Sandra Bland were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS.