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August 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part One

| September 9, 2021

August 2021 PPM Data – Information for the August 2021 ratings period has been released for New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; San Francisco; Dallas; Houston; Atlanta; Philadelphia; Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island); Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario; San Jose; and Middlesex-Somerset-Union.

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

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

NEW YORK

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WOR “710 – The Voice of New York” 1.8 – 2.0, +.2, #20 to #18

Red Apple Media’s WABC-AM & WLIR-FM “77 Talk Radio” flat at 1.9, #19 to #20

News: Audacy’s WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” (Mets) 2.5 – 2.7, +.2, #15 to #13 and co-owned WINS “1010 – All News/All The Time” 2.7 – 2.6, -.1, #12 to #14

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Yankees) 2.6 – 3.0, +.4, #13 to #11

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC Broadcasting Foundation-owned WNYC-FM 3.6 – 3.4, -.2, unchanged at #10

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW, first month, 6.6 – 7.4, +.8

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WLTW (+.8)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease (Tie): Spanish contemporary WPAT and urban AC WBLS (-.6)

LOS ANGELES

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KFI “AM 640” 4.0 – 4.1, +.1, sixth to seventh

Salem Media Group-owned KRLA “AM 870 The Answer 2.0 – 2.4, +.4, #19 to #16

News: Audacy’s KNX “1070 News Radio” 2.8 – 2.9, +.1, #11 to #10

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Pasadena Area Community College’s KPCC 2.6 – 2.5, -.1, #13 to #14

Number One 6+ (Tie): iHeartMedia adult contemporary KOST first month, 4.8 – 5.3, +.5 and Audacy classic hits-oldies KRTH, seventh consecutive month, 5.9 – 5.3, -.6

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KOST (+.5)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies KRTH (-.6)

CHICAGO

News/Talk: Nexstar Media Group’s WGN “Radio 720” 3.1 – 3.4, +.3, tenth to ninth

News: Audacy-owned WBBM-AM & WCFS “News Radio 780 AM & 105.9 FM” 6.7 – 5.7, -1.0, first to second

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WSCR “670 The Score” (Cubs) steady at 2.9, #12 to #13

Public Radio News/Talk: Chicago Public Media-owned WBEZ 3.4 – 3.9, +.5, eighth to seventh

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia urban AC WVAZ, first month, 5.8 – 6.3, +.5

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase (Tie): urban AC WVAZ; public radio news/talk WBEZ; regional Mexican WLEY; sports talk WMVP; and contemporary Christian WCKL (+.5)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease: news WBBM-AM & WCFS (-1.0)

SAN FRANCISCO

News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KGO “810 AM” 1.6 – 1.8, +.2, #22 to #20

News: Audacy’s KCBS-AM & KFRC “All News 740 AM & 106.9 FM” 6.0 – 5.7, -.3, second to third

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KNBR “The Sports Leader” (Giants) 5.1 – 6.0, +.9, third to second

Public Radio News/Talk: KQED, Inc.’s KQED 7.9 – 7.6, -.3, #1

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KQED, eighth straight month, 7.9 – 7.6, -.3

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase: sports talk KNBR (+.9)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease: 1980’s hits KOSF (-.6)

DALLAS

News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned WBAP “News Talk 820 AM & 99.5 HD2 FM” 3.7 – 4.0, +.3, ninth to sixth

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media’s KTCK “Sports Radio The Ticket” 2.4 – 3.6, +1.2, #19 to #11

Public Radio News/Talk: North Texas Public Broadcasting-owned KERA 2.6 – 3.1, +.5, #17 to #14

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia CHR KHKS, first month, 4.3 – 5.2 +.9

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase: sports talk KTCK (+1.2)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease: adult hits KJKK (-.7)

HOUSTON

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KTRH “AM 740 News Radio” 4.5 – 4.7, +.2, eighth to seventh

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Houston-owned KUHF 2.6 – 2.8, +.2, remains at #18

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA, fourth consecutive month, 7.3 – 6.3, -1.0

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase (Tie): contemporary Christian KSBJ and urban contemporary KQBT (+.4)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KODA (-1.0)

ATLANTA

News/Talk: Cox Media Group-owned WSB-AM & WSBB “Atlanta’s News & Talk” 8.3 – 9.0, +.7, #1

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WZGC “92.9 The Game” 2.9 – 2.5, -.4, #12 to #16

Dickey Broadcasting-owned WCNN “The Fan” (Braves) 1.5 – 1.8, +.3, #20 to #17

Public Radio News/Talk: Atlanta Public Schools’ WABE 2.5 – 2.8, +.3, #15 to #12

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group news/talk WSB-AM, 27th consecutive month, 8.3 – 9.0, +.7

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase (Tie): news/talk WSB-AM; urban contemporary WRDG; and Spanish contemporary WBZY (+.7)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease: urban contemporary WVEE (-.7)

PHILADELPHIA

News/Talk: Townsquare Media’s WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” flat at 1.8 and unchanged at #17

Audacy-owned WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” steady at 1.3, #22 to #20

News: Audacy’s KYW & WPHI “News Radio 1060 AM & 103.9 FM” 5.5 – 5.0, -.5, anchored at #6

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned WIP “Sports Radio 94” (Phillies) 5.8 – 5.6, -.2, third to fourth

Beasley Media Group’s WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” 1.4 – 1.7, +.3, #19 to #18

Public Radio News/Talk: WHYY’s WHYY 4.1 – 4.7, +.6, ninth to seventh

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia urban AC WDAS-FM, eighth straight month, 8.6 – 8.3, -.3

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase: classic rock WMGK (+1.0)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease (Tie): news KYW and Spanish tropical WEMG (-.5)

LONG ISLAND

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WOR “710 – The Voice of New York” 3.0 – 2.4, -.6, #13 to #16

News: Audacy’s WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” (Mets) 3.3 – 3.0, -.3, #10 to #12 and cluster-mate WINS “1010 – All News/All The Time” 3.5 – 3.0, -.5, #8 to #12

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Yankees) 4.8 – 4.9, +.1, remains at #3

Public Radio News/Talk:  None in the top twenty

Number One 6+ (Tie): Audacy classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM, first month, 4.7 – 5.1, +.4 and Connoisseur adult contemporary WKJY, first month, 5.0 – 5.1, +.1

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase: classic hits-oldies WBZO (+.9)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease: classic rock WAXQ (-1.0)

RIVERSIDE

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KFI “AM 640” 3.6 – 3.0, -.6, sixth to tenth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA, fifth straight month, 7.7 – 9.5, +1.8

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase: classic hits-oldies KOLA (+1.8)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease: urban-rhythmic oldies KDAY (-1.8)

SAN JOSE

News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KGO “810 AM” 1.4 – 1.8, +.4, #21 to #16

News: Audacy’s KCBS-AM & KFRC “All News 740 AM & 106.9 FM” 3.9 – 3.8, -.1, carries on in seventh-place

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media’s KNBR “The Sports Leader” (Giants) 3.7 – 5.1, +1.4, eighth to third

Public Radio News/Talk: KQED, Inc.’s KQED 9.0 – 8.7, -.3, #1

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KQED, eighth month in a row, 9.0 – 8.7, -.3

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase: sports talk KNBR (+1.4)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease: regional Mexican KXZM (-1.1)

MIDDLESEX

News/Talk: Townsquare Media-owned WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” 3.8 – 3.9, +.1, eighth to ninth

News: Audacy’s WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” (Mets) 1.8 – 2.0, +.2, unchanged at #20

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Yankees) 2.9 – 3.3, +.4, #13 to #12

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WNYC-FM 3.2 – 3.0, -.2, #11 to #13

Number One 6+: Emmis urban AC WBLS, first month, flat at 6.8

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WLTW (+.9)

Largest 6+ July 2021 – August 2021 Decrease: classic rock WAXQ (-1.8)

Up next: August 2021 overviews for: Washington, DC; Boston; Miami; Seattle; Detroit; Phoenix; Minneapolis; San Diego; Tampa; Denver; Baltimore; and St. Louis. Email Mike Kinosian at Mike.Kinosian@gmail.com.

July 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part One

| August 10, 2021

 

July 2021 PPM Data – Information for the July 2021 ratings period has been released for New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; San Francisco; Dallas; Houston; Atlanta; Philadelphia; Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island); Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario; San Jose; and Middlesex-Somerset-Union.

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

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

NEW YORK

News/Talk: Red Apple Media’s WABC-AM & WLIR-FM “77 Talk Radio” 1.8 – 1.9, +.1, #20 to #19

iHeartMedia-owned WOR “710 – The Voice of New York” 1.9 – 1.8, -.1, #19 to #20

News: Audacy’s WINS “1010 – All News/All The Time” 2.6 – 2.7, +.1, #13 to #12 and co-owned WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” (Mets) flat at 2.5, remains at #15

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Yankees) 2.9 – 2.6, -.3, #11 to #13

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC Broadcasting Foundation-owned WNYC-FM 3.7 – 3.6, -.1, ninth to tenth

Number One 6+: Emmis urban AC WBLS first month, 6.5 – 6.9, +.4; iHM adult contemporary WLTW had been #1 the past eight months

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: Spanish contemporary WPAT (+1.1)

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

LOS ANGELES

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KFI “AM 640” 4.4 – 4.0, -.4, third to sixth

Salem Media Group-owned KRLA “AM 870 The Answer” 1.4 – 2.0, +.6, #28 to #19

News: Audacy’s KNX “1070 News Radio” steady at 2.8, continues at #11

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Pasadena Area Community College’s KPCC unchanged at 2.6, #14 to #13

Number One 6+: Audacy classic hits-oldies KRTH, sixth consecutive month, 5.5 – 5.9, +.4

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase (Tie): news/talk KRLA and Spanish contemporary KLVE (+.6)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease: alternative KYSR (-.7)

CHICAGO

News/Talk: Nexstar Media Group’s WGN “Radio 720” 3.3 – 3.1, -.2, flat at #10

News: Audacy-owned WBBM-AM & WCFS “News Radio 780 AM & 105.9 FM” 6.0 – 6.7, +.7, second to first

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WSCR “670 The Score” (Cubs) 2.6 – 2.9, +.3, #17 to #12

Public Radio News/Talk: Chicago Public Media-owned WBEZ steady at 3.4, stays in eighth-place

Number One 6+: Audacy news WBBM-AM & WCFS, first month, 6.0 – 6.7, +.7

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: news WBBM-AM & WCFS (+.7)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease (Tie): adult contemporary WSHE and urban AC WVAZ (-.7)

SAN FRANCISCO

News/Talk: None in the top twenty

News: Audacy’s KCBS-AM & KFRC “All News 740 AM & 106.9 FM” 5.9 – 6.0, +.1, third to second

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KNBR “The Sports Leader” (Giants) 6.3 – 5.1, -1.2, second to third

Public Radio News/Talk: KQED, Inc.’s KQED 8.7 – 7.9, -.8, #1

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KQED, seventh straight month, 8.7 – 7.9, -.8

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: 1980’s hits KOSF (+.9)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease: urban AC KBLX (-2.1)

DALLAS

News/Talk: Cumulus Media-owned WBAP “News Talk 820 AM & 99.5 HD2 FM” 3.6 – 3.7, +.1, stays at #9

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media’s KTCK “Sports Radio The Ticket” 2.6 – 2.4, -.2, #17 to #19

Public Radio News/Talk: North Texas Public Broadcasting-owned KERA 2.9 – 2.6, -.3, #15 to #17

Number One 6+: Audacy classic hits-oldies KLUV, third month in a row, 5.2 – 5.1 -.1

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: contemporary Christian KCBI (+.5)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease (Tie): sports talk KRLD-FM; Spanish adult hits KBOC; CHR KLIF-FM (-.4)

HOUSTON

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KTRH “AM 740 News Radio” steady at 4.5, seventh to eighth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Houston-owned KUHF 2.8 – 2.6, -.2, #17 to #18

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA, third consecutive month, 7.5 – 7.3, -.2

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: regional Mexican KQQK (+.6)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease (Tie): classic rock KGLK; Spanish contemporary KLOL (-.9)

ATLANTA

News/Talk: Cox Media Group-owned WSB-AM & WSBB “Atlanta’s News & Talk” 8.1 – 8.3, +.2, #1

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WZGC “92.9 The Game” 3.8 – 2.9, -.9, #10 to #12

Dickey Broadcasting-owned WCNN “The Fan” (Braves) 1.8 – 1.5, -.3, #17 to #20

Public Radio News/Talk: Atlanta Public Schools’ WABE 2.3 – 2.5, +.2, #14 to #15

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group news/talk WSB-AM, 26th consecutive month, 8.1 – 8.3, +.2

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: contemporary Christian WFSH (+.8)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease: sports talk WZGC (-.9)

PHILADELPHIA

News/Talk: Townsquare Media’s WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” 1.7 – 1.8, +.1, #18 to #17

News: Audacy’s KYW & WPHI “News Radio 1060 AM & 103.9 FM” 5.1 – 5.5, +.4, locked in sixth-place

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned WIP “Sports Radio 94” (Phillies) 5.2 – 5.8, +.6, fifth to third

Beasley Media Group’s WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” 2.8 – 1.4, -1.4, #15 to #19

Public Radio News/Talk: WHYY’s WHYY 4.2 – 4.1, -.1, remains at #9

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia urban AC WDAS-FM, seventh straight month, 7.8 – 8.6, +.8

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase (Tie): urban AC WDAS-FM; adult contemporary WBEB; adult hits WBEN-FM  (+.8)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease: CHR WIOQ (-1.8)

LONG ISLAND

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WOR “710 – The Voice of New York” 2.6 – 3.0, +.4, #15 to #13

News: Audacy’s WINS “1010 – All News/All The Time” 3.2 – 3.5, +.3, #12 to #8 and cluster-mate WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” (Mets) 2.7 – 3.3, +.6, #13 to #10

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Yankees) flat at 4.8, fifth to third

Public Radio News/Talk:  WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WNYC-FM 1.6 – 1.8, +.2, #21 to #19

Number One 6+ (tie): iHeartMedia classic rock WAXQ, second successive month, 5.9 – 5.4, -.5

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: adult standards WHLI’s internet stream (+1.1)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease: classic rock WBAB (-1.4)

RIVERSIDE

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KFI “AM 640” 3.7 – 3.6, -.1, seventh to sixth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+: Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA, fourth straight month, 7.3 – 7.7, +.4

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: CHR KIIS-FM (+.6)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease: regional Mexican KRQB (-1.1)

SAN JOSE

News/Talk: None in the top twenty

News: Audacy’s KCBS-AM & KFRC “All News 740 AM & 106.9 FM” 4.0 – 3.9, -.1, repeats at #7

Sports Talk: Cumulus Media-owned KNBR “The Sports Leader” (Giants) 4.0 – 3.7, -.3, seventh to eighth

Public Radio News/Talk: KQED, Inc.’s KQED 9.2 – 9.0, -.2, #1

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KQED, seventh month in a row, 9.2 – 9.0, -.2

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: regional Mexican KXZM (+.9)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease: country KRTY (-.9)

MIDDLESEX

News/Talk: Townsquare Media-owned WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” 4.2 – 3.8, -.4, flat at #8

News: Audacy’s WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” (Mets) 1.7 – 1.8, +.1, continues at #20

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned WFAN-FM & WFAN-AM “Sports Radio 101.9 FM & 66 AM” (Yankees) 2.5 – 2.9, +.4, #17 to #13

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WNYC-FM 4.0 – 3.2, -.8, #9 to #11

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia classic rock WAXQ, seventh consecutive month, 7.8 – 7.0, -.8

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Increase: Spanish tropical WSKQ (+1.2)

Largest 6+ June 2021 – July 2021 Decrease: contemporary Christian WAWZ (-1.4)

Up next: July 2021 overviews for: Washington, DC; Boston; Miami; Seattle; Detroit; Phoenix; Minneapolis; San Diego; Tampa; Denver; Baltimore; and St. Louis. Email Mike Kinosian at Mike.Kinosian@gmail.com.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

| August 3, 2021

Townsquare Media 2021 Second Quarter Net Revenue Up 45%. The company releases financial data for the second quarter of 2021 and reports net revenue was $107.3 million, an increase of 45% over the same period in 2020. Townsquare Media says it achieved 99.4% of Q2 2019’s net revenue when excluding Live Events net revenue. Total digital revenue growth was up 36% year over year and contributed approximately 47% of the company’s total net revenue in the first six months of 2021. Townsquare CEO Bill Wilson says, “Over the next three years, we expect double-digit digital net revenue growth to continue, fueling the growth of our digital platform from $180 million of revenue (on a trailing twelve-month basis as of June 30, 2021) to $250 million. Most impressively, I am extremely proud to report that Townsquare’s second quarter Adjusted EBITDA of $30.3 million not only exceeded our expectations, our previously stated guidance, and 2019 levels (+1% vs. Q2 2019), but it was also the highest Adjusted EBITDA generated in any single quarter in Townsquare’s history. To accomplish this strong result only one year after the start of the pandemic is a testament to the strength of the Townsquare team, our digital platform and solutions for local businesses, and our careful expense management efforts.” Wilson adds, “As a Digital First Company, our digital revenue and profit growth has accelerated, driving the diversification of our business, total company growth and separation from our local competition. I am incredibly optimistic about Townsquare’s future, and very proud that we are on the path to achieving 2019’s Adjusted EBITDA in 2021, on the verge of a full revenue recovery in 2021, and plan on delivering strong revenue and profit growth in 2022.” Townsquare reports in three segments: Townsquare Interactive – its digital marketing solutions subscription business; Advertising – including broadcast and digital advertising products and solutions; and Live Events – including concerts, expositions and other experiential events. Advertising net revenue for Q2 of this year was $85.9 million, an increase of 50.4% over the same period in 2020. The company also reports net income of $10.1 million compared to the net loss of $28.9 million it posted during the same period a year ago. As of June 30, 2021, Townsquare had a total of $25.1 million of cash and cash equivalents and $550 million of outstanding indebtedness.

Jeff Rickard Named Brand Manager for WEEI, Boston; Ken Laird Promoted to Assistant Brand Manager. Boston sports talk outlet WEEI announces that Jeff Rickard is joining the station as brand manager, effective August 11. Audacy says that in this role, Rickard will oversee content operations for WEEI-FM and the WEEI radio network that spans the New England region. Rickard was most recently PD and morning host at Emmis Communications’ WFNI-AM, Indianapolis. During his career, Rickard spent almost 10 years in Bristol, Connecticut hosting ESPN Radio’s “Gamenight” program and served with Comcast as managing editor and anchor of the Boston-based “Out of Bounds Latenight” show. Rickard has also hosted shows regularly for numerous SiriusXM channels including: NFL Radio, ESPNU, MLB Network Radio, and Mad Dog Sports Radio. He has served as the host of NFL Radio’s “The Sunday Kickoff” during the NFL season for the past five years and is the host of “College Football Overtime” on ESPNU. He says, “Having worked in sports radio for virtually my entire career, I am thrilled to join the team at WEEI. Its rich history is well documented as is the unmatched passion of the Boston sports fan. I’m looking forward to pairing this talented team with fresh, new ideas to both reflect and match that passion.” At the same time, WEEI executive producer Ken Laird is being promoted to assistant brand manager. He’ll continue his role as update anchor and executive producer of the morning drive “Greg Hill Show.”

Ramsey Network Unveils New Podcast, ‘The Fine Print.’ The newest podcast from Ramsey Network is a show that shines a spotlight on the deceptive methods companies, marketers and scammers use to influence money decisions. ‘The Fine Print’ is hosted by Ramsey personality George Kamel and is “a bi-weekly show featuring interviews with experts and industry insiders about the money traps and trends keeping people broke.” Ramsey Solutions CEO and “The Ramsey Show” host Dave Ramsey says, “For 30 years, I’ve heard the pain in people’s voices when they call into the radio show because of a money trap that’s left them in a world of hurt. What if we could prevent that pain by empowering people to avoid the trap in the first place? That’s what ‘The Fine Print’ does. George educates listeners to recognize and steer clear of money minefields so they can be the heroes of their own stories.” Episodes of the podcast include: How TurboTax Is Screwing You; Could Bitcoin Be Your Ticket To Wealth?; The True Cost of Credit Card Rewards; The Dirty Truth Behind Your Credit Score; and How the Robinhood App Steals from the Rich AND the Poor. Find out more here.

LiveXLive and PodcastOne Announces Podcast Competition. This competition is called “Self Made Podcast Edition” and is “an audio competition to find the next big podcast star for PodcastOne.” The company says the competition will be driven by fans and PodcastOne’s panel of judges, as they listen to see who will take the top prize, a podcasting contract with PodcastOne and a total package worth over $100,000 including promotion across the network which features a roster of celebrity podcasters, including Adam Carolla, Kaitlyn Bristowe, Barbara Schroeder, Michael Irvin, and Jordan Harbinger.” The contest kicks off today (8/3) and is open to amateur podcasters only. The winner of “Self Made Podcast Edition” will be crowned on September 30, 2021 – International Podcast Day. PodcastOne president Kit Gray says, “There are so many wonderfully creative and innovative podcasters out there. We’re excited to be able to offer someone the opportunity to make their dreams of becoming a self-made podcast host come true.” Learn more here.

SiriusXM to Unveil Lucille Ball’s ‘Lost’ Radio Show on New Channel. The legendary comedienne is the star of the new SiriusXM channel called, “Let’s Talk to Lucy,” named after her 1960s CBS Radio program. SiriusXM says, “In between starring in four television series and more than 70 films, Lucy would frequently jump from set to set, tape recorder in hand, and talk about all aspects of life with some of the biggest names in Hollywood history, including Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dean Martin, Carol Burnett, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, and dozens more. These recordings eventually made it onto air when CBS Radio broadcast them as ‘Let’s Talk to Lucy’ from 1964-1965. However, for the last 50-plus years they’ve never been heard publicly again – until now.” Ball’s daughter Lucy Arnaz says, “Although I have been care-taking these ancient tapes for over 30 years, I had never really listened to them all and had no idea how many remarkable people Mom had talked to on these radio shows. It’s a treasure trove of personal information from some of the greatest talents of American entertainment and my family and I can’t wait to share them with the rest of the planet.”

TALKERS News Notes. Tomorrow evening (8/4), a debate among a number of the candidates running to replace California Governor Gavin Newsom in the September 14 recall election will will take place and Salem Radio Network is distributing the event nationally. It’s taking place from 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm ET at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California. SRN host Hugh Hewitt – who serves as president of the Richard Nixon Foundation – will moderate the debate along with panelists Christine Devine and Elex Michaelson of KTTV-TV, Los Angeles “FOX 11 News” and former U.S. National Security Adviser Ambassador Robert C. O’Brien. Special radio coverage will be anchored by KRLA, Los Angeles morning host Jennifer Horn and KRLA news anchor Larry Marino. SRN host and candidate Larry Elder is declining to take part saying his goal is “defeating Gavin Newsom not appearing in a circular firing squad with other Republicans.”…..Westwood One is expanding the role of sports media pro Rich Eisen within the network to include pregame and halftime hosting duties for “Monday Night Football on Westwood One.” The Monday night schedule kicks off on September 13, when the Baltimore Ravens visit the Las Vegas Raiders and concludes on January 3, 2022, when the Cleveland Browns battle the Pittsburgh Steelers. Eisen says, “‘Monday Night Football on Westwood One’ is one of the greatest hosting gigs in broadcasting and I’m honored to have the seat. The fact that I can expand my partnership with Westwood One beyond my daily show and podcast platform by talking even more football thrills me to no end.”…..The application window for programming candidates interested in applying to the “Elevating Women in Audio: MIW & BDSradio Mentorship” is being extended through Tuesday, August 10.  The “Elevating Women in Audio: MIW & BDSradio Mentorship” program is a year-long experience for women in music programming, provided by Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio and MRC Data (formerly Nielsen Music). Personalized conversations with the best programming minds in the business are geared to help advance a career within the radio/audio industry. Additionally, the mentee receives a scholarship to attend Radio Show 2021 this October in Las Vegas. The mentorship is available to one female brand manager, content/program director, assistant program director, and/or music director from any U.S. based music format. To apply, click here…..The popular finance and investing podcast “Pennies: Going in Raw,” hosted by Hugh Henne and Dan, the Deity of Dips, is now a part of the iHeartPodcast Network. iHeartMedia says, “With more than 2.3 million downloads, the podcast takes an exciting and informative spin on stock market topics like day trading strategies, volume, price targets, penny stocks, accumulation, reverse splits and much more. The show also features a range of guests from young, successful traders to the leaders of multi-billion-dollar companies, such as Netflix co-founder Marc Randolph, and CEO and founder of HimsAndrew Dudman…..Today through Thursday, WHO, Des Moines afternoon drive talk host Simon Conway (left) is pulling double duty as he fills in for Joe “Pags” Pagliarulo (right) on his Compass Media Networks nationally syndicated program. Conway’s WHO show is also heard on iHeartMedia’s WMT, Cedar Rapids and WOC, Davenport, Iowa…..iHeartMedia Pittsburgh’s Steelers Radio Network announces changes to its broadcast team. As part of the changes, Craig Wolfley, a former Steelers offensive lineman who has served as a sideline analyst on the Steelers game day broadcast since 2002, will join play-by-play announcer Bill Hillgrove in the broadcast booth as color analyst. Wolfley takes over for Tunch Ilkin, who retired after 23 seasons in the booth. Former Steelers offensive lineman Max Starks is joining Missi Matthews for sideline reports. He recently served as a sideline reporter for Westwood One. Starks will also join Wolfley as co-host of “In The Locker Room, Presented By Neighborhood Ford Store,” a daily, in-season radio program airing on Steelers Nation Radio.

COVID-19 Delta Variant and Masks, Eviction Ban Expires, January 6 Investigation, Voting Rights, Southern Border Policy, Infrastructure Bill, and Olympics Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (8/2). The rising rate of COVID-19 Delta variant cases in the U.S. and abroad and the issue of mask mandates; the White House puts the onus on states as the federal ban on evictions expires; the investigation into the January 6 Capitol attack and the suicide of Capitol police officer Kyle DeFreytag; today’s planned DC rally supporting the For the People voting rights bill; the Biden administration continues the Trump administration policy of deporting illegal migrants; the $1 trillion bi-partisan infrastructure bill; and Simone Biles returns to the Olympics to win bronze in the balance beam were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

| May 18, 2021

Cumulus Media’s WMAL-FM, Washington Names Larry O’Connor Morning Drive Host: Vince Coglianese Moves to PM Drive. Washington, DC news/talk WMAL-FM is revamping its lineup in the wake of the departure of morning drive personality Mary Walter and the February death of Rush Limbaugh. Effective Monday (5/24), WMAL-FM personality Larry O’Connor moves from afternoons to mornings to host the new “O’Connor & Company” program. Current morning drive host Vince Coglianese will move to afternoon drive and, as previously announced, Westwood One syndicated talk host Dan Bongino assumes the 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm daypart. Cumulus Media VP of news/talk and WMAL program director Bill Hess says, “Having Larry and Vince in these new roles, along with the launch of ‘The Dan Bongino Show’ and the continued strength of Chris Plante, sets WMAL up perfectly for the next stage in the station’s success.” O’Connor comments, “I’m thrilled to return to mornings on WMAL in Washington, where my career began nine years ago. Four years after creating the first live and local afternoon drive program on the station since 2001, it truly feels like coming home and I can’t wait to be a part of the morning commute for families across the Mid-Atlantic and in the Nation’s Capital. I appreciate the confidence that Bill Hess and [Cumulus EVP of operations] Dave Milner have in me and I am thrilled to work together to continue Cumulus’ great success at this historic station.”

Round One of April PPM Ratings Released. The first of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s April 2021 PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey). Nielsen’s April 2021 sweep covered April 1 – 28. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this round of markets. iHeartMedia’s New York news/talk WOR-AM drops three-tenths to finish the survey with 2.0 share (weekly, 6+ AQH share) and the #19 rank while Audacy’s crosstown sports talk WFAN adds seven-tenths for a 3.1 share finish and the #12 rank. In Los Angeles, iHeartMedia’s news/talk KFI is steady with a 5.7 share and remains ranked #2. Nexstar Media Group’s WGN-AM, Chicago is basically flat, falling one-tenth to a 3.4 share and stays in the #9 rank. You can see Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways here.

Salem Media Group Partners Grant Stinchfield with Jenn Horn on SoCal Signals.  Media personality Grant Stinchfield is joining Salem Media Group’s Southern California news/talk stations as co-host of the “The Morning Answer” alongside Jennifer Horn. The company says that after an “extensive and exhilarating months-long search,” Stinchfield – who also hosts a daily program on Newsmax TV – will work with Horn on KRLA-AM, Los Angeles and KTIE, Riverside-San Bernardino beginning today (5/18). KRLA and KTIE director of programming Chuck Tyler says, “Good things come to those that wait. We put Jennifer Horn through the ringer, as we tried out numerous co-hosts for this plumb assignment, having a number of world-class talk radio candidates. It took us five months. The good news is Jennifer survived, and we found an amazing new partner for her!” Salem SVP of spoken word Phil Boyce adds, “Grant is a true gem. He is smart, funny, and knows his stuff. His chemistry with Jennifer makes the morning show sizzle. We are delighted to add him to the team.” Stinchfield says about his new gig, “It is an honor to be chosen to be an important voice for millions of Californians who cherish liberty and freedom in a state that is quickly being controlled by big bureaucracy and government. I can’t think of a more important area of the country that needs common sense straight talk than Southern California. My goal is to simply strengthen the tireless fight AM 870 and AM 590 are already waging against the enemies of freedom, capitalism, and democracy.”

NYPost: Boomer & Gio Ink New Deals with WFAN. According to a report in the New York Post, morning show hosts Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti have both signed new contracts with Audacy’s sports talk WFAN, New York. The story indicates that the deals run through 2023. The story also says – citing Nielsen Audio’s April PPM survey data – that Boomer & Gio “maintained their No. 1 overall spot in the market while ESPN [WEPN-FM] was tied for 9th (3.5).”

Bold Gold Broadcast and Media Foundation Sets November 19 for Annual Dinner Event. The 6th Annual Bold Gold Broadcast and Media Foundation Event & Dinner is taking place on November 19, 2021 at Mohegan Sun Pocono Grand Ballroom. Bold Gold Media founder and CEO Vince Benedetto tells his staff, “I’m thrilled to report that this year we will be having our 6th Annual Event on the evening of Friday, November 19 at our usual location in the Mohegan Sun Pocono Grand Ballroom! I am also extremely excited to report that I was able to secure an incredible speaker! Andrew Roberts, international best-selling author and Winston Churchill Scholar will be our keynote speaker. Andrew is author of the 2018 best seller, Winston Churchill:  Walking With Destiny.”

New Mask Guidance Controversy, COVID Vaccines, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, AZ Vote Audit, SCOTUS to Hear Abortion Case, and Matt Gaetz Allegations Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (5/17). The confusion over the CDC’s about-face on mask guidance for fully vaccinated Americans; the falling COVID cases in the U.S. and concerns about vaccine hesitancy; the battle between Israeli and Hamas forces in Gaza; the election audit in Maricopa County, Arizona and the Republicans continuing to promote the “stolen election” theory; the Supreme Court agrees to hear arguments over the Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks; and U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz’s former friend Joel Greenberg pleads guilty to six felonies and agrees to cooperate with prosecutors were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

| December 8, 2020

Howard Stern Signs Renewal with SiriusXM for Five More Years. During previous investor conference calls, outgoing SiriusXM CEO Jim Meyer said he believed Howard Stern and SiriusXM would come to terms on a new deal and today’s announcement bears that out. Under the new agreement, Stern will continue to produce and host “The Howard Stern Show” exclusively for SiriusXM for the next five years, and the Howard Stern archive of audio and video will continue to be licensed to SiriusXM for an additional seven years. Stern says, “Fifteen years ago, I joined SiriusXM, a fledgling group of broadcasters. I had been in a toxic relationship with terrestrial radio. And no matter how well I treated the medium, no matter how successful I made them, they abused me. Going to SiriusXM liberated me. I felt like Tina Turner freeing myself from Ike. And despite the naysayers and the ridicule, we have persevered, and are thriving. I’ve been proven right about satellite radio over and over again. With this contract renewal, I can’t wait to see what else I’ll be right about. Certainly, I have a lot more to say about Metamucil crackers and stepmom porn. Plus, now that I can work from home, I simply don’t have an excuse to quit.” Meyer says, “As the leading audio entertainment company, we couldn’t be happier to have Howard, the leading host in all of radio and audio, continue to make SiriusXM the home for his show, channels, and archives while at the peak of his broadcasting career. Howard’s home has been SiriusXM and it will remain that way, but we’ve expanded SiriusXM in recent years too, and we are excited about finding the right ways that select content from Howard can find audiences on additional platforms. May I add, I consider Howard a close friend and look forward to listening to him for years to come.”

Ron St. Pierre Out at iHeartMedia’s WHJJ, Providence; Jim Polito Takes Over Morning Show. Longtime Providence air personality and programmer Ron St. Pierre has exited iHeartMedia’s news/talk WHJJ-AM, Providence where he hosted the morning drive show. Filling the programming gap is WTAG-AM, Worcester, Massachusetts-based morning personality Jim Polito. In 2016, iHeartMedia dropped the local morning show hosted by Adam Wright and Bo Sullivan on WHYN-AM, Springfield, Massachusetts and began simulcasting Polito’s show there. The WHJJ move puts the Jim Polito show in three of iHeartMedia’s New England markets.

Salem’s KRLA and KTIE Cut Ties with Brian Whitman. Southern California radio pro Brian Whitman exits Salem Media Group’s morning drive show “The Morning Answer” that he co-hosted with Jennifer Horn that was simulcast on KRLA, Los Angeles and KTIE, San Bernardino. Whitman shared the news on his Facebook page on Friday (12/4). He wrote, “I was provided the following from folks at Salem/KRLA this morning. The announcement was sent by the general manager to their kind and hardworking staff, making this news public. I’ll have very personal thoughts to share with members of the ‘Morning Answer Listening Family’ (as I came to know and regard you over many years) very soon. It will be in this space at a time that is more appropriate and comfortable. With all of my love and with the warmest gratitude for every moment that we’ve shared together, I offer words that I know fall far short of my heart’s sentiment. Thank you, thank you, thank you guys.” The message from management was as follows: “After eight years hosting ‘The Morning Answer,’ Brian Whitman will no longer be with us. We wish Brian all the best in the future. Chuck [Tyler] and I echo Phil Boyce who said, “Brian has been a hard-working and extremely talented employee for us for many years. We will always cherish his friendship, and our opportunity to work together at KRLA and KTIE.” Whitman was the liberal counterpart to conservative Horn.

Hubbard Radio Drops Sports Talker Chris Rongey; Re-Aligns Host Lineup. According to a report by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Dan Caesar, afternoon drive sports talk personality Chris Rongey has been let go from Hubbard Radio’s WXOS-FM, St. Louis. Rongey had been part of “The Fast Lane” afternoon show since replacing D’Marco Farr in 2017. The station moves midday host Jamie Rivers into afternoons alongside Anthony Stalter and Brad Thompson and promotes Alex Farrario to the midday show co-hosting with Brandon Kiley.

Talk Radio Host Michael Berry’s Good Month Includes Raising $1.3 Million for PTSD Foundation. KRTH, Houston-based, nationally syndicated talk host Michael Berry had a very good month in which his program helped raise $1.3 million for Camp Hope, the residential treatment center run by the PTSD Foundation of America, of which Berry is the national spokesman. The organization was laying off staff, including the vital folks who counsel suicidal veterans who struggle with re-integration after war. Berry teamed up with sponsor Jim “Mattress Mac” McIngvale, owner of the Gallery Furniture chain, to raise funds. During the whole of 2020, Berry’s efforts have raised $3 million for the organization, almost its entire budget. Additionally, Berry made national news on Monday (12/7) for his interview with Houston-based Goya Foods CEO Bob Unanue, during which Unanue said he gave U.S. Rep. Alexandra Ocasio Cortez the company’s “employee of the month” award. This came after Ocasio Cortez called for a boycott on Goya products because Unanue publicly praised President Trump. However, Unanue says the boycott call produced a counter-protest in which supporters flocked to buy Goya goods. On top of that, Berry has added new affiliates, WPNN, Pensacola, Florida, and KNUW, Silver City, New Mexico and hopes to roll out seven new affiliates before the New Year. In case you missed it, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian profiled Berry back in October. Read it here.

PPM Analysis: Sports Talk. The Nielsen Audio PPM ratings survey in the month prior to the November election (October 8 – November 4) was not as generous to sports talk radio stations as it was to news/talk, still TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian reports that 46% of sports talkers were up (weekly 6+ AQH share) from the October 2020 survey. Gainers from October to November were led by RadiOhio’s WBNS-FM, Columbus “97.1 The Fan” (+0.7, 6.2 share) and Cumulus Media’s WGFX-FM, Nashville (+0.7, 6.0 share). Due to the pandemic’s effect on live sports, year-over-year comparisons have not been kind to the sports talk format and November 2019 to November 2020 is not different. 68% of sports talk outlets in PPM markets were down. However, 23% of stations gained with Cumulus Media’s KTCK-AM/FM, Dallas leading the pack (+1.6, 2.8 share). While no sports talkers claimed the #1 rank in their market during the November survey, iHeartMedia’s KXFN, Minneapolis came close, posting a 7.6 share good for the #2 rank. See Mike Kinosian’s complete report here.

WJR, Detroit News Director Dick Haefner to Retire. After a 51-year career in radio news, WJR, Detroit news director Dick Haefner is retiring. Haefner, an award-winning newscaster, reporter, and news director, has been WJR news director since 1989. Cumulus Media says that “his tenure is unmatched by any other Detroit broadcast news director. He is one of the most recognizable news voices in his hometown of Detroit, signing on to radio news in 1969 and signing off on December 11, 2020, Haefner’s last day on-air.” The company goes on to note that “under Haefner’s leadership, WJR News has been honored with nearly every national and local news award in the broadcast business, including: the Peabody Award, Associated Press national award for Best Broadcast Reporting, Edward R. Murrow Awards, and numerous state news awards… Some of Haefner’s projects have changed laws. A series on suburban toxic waste dumps resulted in tighter rules for handling waste. An investigation of fraud at gas stations brought about new regulations on service station inspections and fuel hauling, and even changed the way the IRS taxes the fuel hauling industry. Among the biggest stories Haefner has broken are Coleman Young’s baby, the Nancy KerriganTonya Harding incident heard around the world, and Detroit’s two side-by-side sports stadiums.” Haefner comments, “Anything I may have accomplished is because of other people, my wife Judy, and my family who allowed me to pursue adventures in broadcast news, and especially my co-workers. My most important job was to put them in position to do their best work. What they accomplished every day is my greatest reward. I have had the best job in Detroit radio news for almost 32 years. I’m the luckiest person I know.”

Susan O’Connell Retires from Compass Media Networks; Robert Blum Rises to Senior Manager of Affiliate Sales. Affiliate sales pro Susan O’Connell is retiring from her position as vice president of news/talk affiliate sales with Compass Media Networks, effective December 31. At the same time, the company announces that Robert Blum – a Compass Media staffer since 2011 – is being promoted to senior manager of affiliate sales for news/talk/sports. O’Connell has been in the news/talk affiliate sales business for the past 40 years, the last six with Compass Media. She previously served with the Wall Street Journal Radio Network, ABC Radio Networks, CBS News, and the Progressive Radio Network. She comments, “The best part of my job has always been working with great broadcasters. Thank you all for sharing your time, talent, and friendship over the years. Compass Media Networks was the perfect place to wind up. Representing our stellar news/talk lineup and being part of this team has been an honor and a privilege.” Compass Media Networks CEO Peter Kosann says, “Susan is a total superstar, friend, and treasured colleague. Through hard work, perseverance, and cunning, Susan established Compass Media Networks as a dominant player in news/talk programming with over 750 leading news/talk stations airing over a dozen hours of our daily, live, and original news-talk programming.”

COVID-19 Stats/Vaccines, Trump Challenges, Biden Transition, Stimulus Package, Georgia Runoff Elections, Pornhub Allegations, and Presidential Pardons Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (12/7). The fast-rising number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., the pleas from authorities to follow mask and gathering mandates, and the status of vaccines; Donald Trump continues legal challenges to the results of the presidential election; President-Elect Joe Biden continues his administration’s transition; the debate in Congress over a new stimulus package; the January runoff elections for Georgia’s two U.S. Senate seats; the allegations that porn giant Pornhub has promoted underage actors; and reports of Donald Trump’s pardon plans were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Music Radio News and Career Moves. On-air pro and urban media personality Charlamagne Tha God, a.k.a. Lenard McKelvey, and iHeartMedia renew and extend their relationship. The deal means the co-host of the WWPR, New York “Power 105.1”-based, nationally syndicated “The Breakfast Club” will continue to work with iHeartMedia for the next five years.  He says, “I give my sincerest thanks to iHeart for empowering me over the past decade to be the best talent that I can be, and for honoring me as an owner and executive. I love the audio business and iHeart is the biggest and best audio company in the world. As co-founder and chief creative officer of the Black Effect Podcast Network and now senior creative officer of cultural content and programming at iHeart, all I want to do for the next five years is continue to move the culture of radio and podcasting forward by curating a new era of voices, programming, and events. GOD IS GREAT! Now, it’s time to get back to work.”