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December 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Two

| December 30, 2021

December 2021 PPM Data – Information for the December 2021 sweep has been released for Washington, DC; Boston; Miami; Seattle; Detroit; Phoenix; Minneapolis; San Diego; Tampa; Denver; Baltimore; and St. Louis.

Nielsen Audio’s December 2021 survey period covered November 11 – December 8.

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

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

All comparisons noted are November 2021 – December 2021 (6+).

 

WASHINGTON, DC

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WMAL “105.9 FM – Where Washington Comes To Talk” (Washington Football Team) 3.5 – 3.7, +.2, #13 to #11

News: Hubbard Broadcasting-owned WTOP & WTLP “Washington’s Top News” 7.7 – 6.8, -.9, third to fourth

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WJFK-FM “106.7 The Fan” 1.6 – 1.7, +.1, #17 to #16

Public Radio News/Talk: American University-owned WAMU 8.9 – 7.5, -1.4, first to third

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary WASH, first month, 7.2 – 11.3, +4.1

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WASH (+4.1)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: public radio news/talk WAMU (-1.4)

BOSTON

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WRKO “AM 680 The Voice Of Boston” 4.9 – 4.1, -.8, repeats at #8

News – Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” 7.4 – 6.9, -.5, second to fourth

Sports Talk: Beasley Media Group’s WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” (New England Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins) 8.7 – 8.5, -.2, #1

Audacy-owned WEEI-FM “93.7 Boston’s Sports Station” 3.4 – 3.2, -.2, continues at #11

Public Radio News/Talk: WGBH Educational Foundation-owned WGBH 2.6 – 3.2, +.6, #13 to #11

Boston University’s WBUR 3.9 – 2.9, -1.0, #10 to #15

Number One 6+: sports talk WBZ-FM, fourth successive month, 8.7 – 8.5, -.2

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WMJX (+2.9)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: public radio news/talk WBUR (-1.0)

MIAMI

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WIOD “News Radio 610” 1.4 – 1.8, +.4, #23 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 3.7 – 3.6, -.1, carries on in ninth-place

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group urban AC WHQT, second month in a row, flat at 9.3

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase (Tie): news/talk WIOD; adult contemporary WLYF; classic hits-oldies WMXJ; and urban contemporary WMIB (+.4)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: Spanish tropical WRTO (-.8)

SEATTLE

News/Talk: Bonneville’s KIRO-FM “97.3 FM” (Seahawks) 6.5 – 6.6, +.1, first to second

News: Lotus Communications’ KOMO-AM & KOMO-FM “Seattle News, Weather, Sports” 4.9 – 5.3, +.4, sixth to fourth

Sports Talk: Bonneville-owned KIRO-AM “710 AM ESPN Seattle” (Seahawks) 3.8 – 3.1, -.7, #10 to #14

Public Radio News/Talk: Northwest Public Radio’s KUOW 5.8 – 5.4, -.4, anchored in third-place

Number One 6+: Hubbard Broadcasting adult contemporary KRWM, first month, 5.0 – 7.9, +2.9

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KRWM (+2.9)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease (Tie): classic rock KZOK and adult contemporary KSWD (-.8)

DETROIT

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WJR “News Talk 760 AM” 3.4 – 2.8, -.6, continues at #14

News: Audacy-owned WWJ News Radio 950” (Pistons) 5.7 – 5.1, -.6, sixth to fifth

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” (Lions, Pistons, and Red Wings) 5.8 – 5.5, -.3, fifth to fourth

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Michigan’s WUOM 2.1 – 1.8, -.3, locked on #17

Wayne State University-owned WDET 2.3 – 1.6, -.7, #16 to #19

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary WNIC, first month, 7.0 – 16.8, +9.8

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WNIC (+9.8)*

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WOMC (-1.6)

*Represents the largest November 2021 – December 2021 increase (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

PHOENIX

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KFYI “News Talk 550” 5.1 – 4.6, -.5, third to fourth

Bonneville-owned KTAR-FM “News 92.3 FM” (Arizona Cardinals and Sun) 3.4 – 2.9, -.5, #11 to #12

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Maricopa County Community College-owned KJZZ 4.6 – 4.8, +.2, fourth to third

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ, fourteenth consecutive month, 6.7 – 12.9, +6.2

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KESZ (+6.2)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: hot AC KMXP (-1.0)

MINNEAPOLIS

News/Talk: Audacy’s WCCO “News Talk 830” (Minnesota Timberwolves) 4.6 – 4.5, -.1, #11 to #9

iHeartMedia-owned KTLK-AM “Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130” 3.2 – 3.1, -.1, #13 to #14

Hubbard Broadcasting’s KTMY “My Talk 107.1” 2.0 – 1.6, -.4, #16 to #17

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KFXN “FM 100.3 K-Fan” (Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Wild) 6.6 – 7.2, +.6, fourth to third

Public Radio News/Talk: Minnesota Public Radio’s KNOW 8.0 – 7.8, -.2, first to second

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KQQL, first month, 6.7 – 10.5, +3.8

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: classic hits-oldies KQQL (+3.8)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: contemporary Christian KTIS-FM (-1.1)

SAN DIEGO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KOGO “News Radio 600” 5.0 – 4.4, -.6, fifth to seventh and cluster-mate KFI “AM 640” 2.3 – 1.8, -.5, #16 to #18

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: San Diego State University-owned KPBS 4.7 – 5.3, +.6, sixth to fourth

Number One 6+: Audacy classic hits-oldies KXSN, third month in succession, 6.7 – 7.1, +.4

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KYXY (+2.0)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: regional Mexican KLNV (-1.2)

TAMPA

News/Talk: Cox Media Group’s WHPT “102.5 The Bone – Real, Raw, Radio” 4.2 – 3.4, -.8, #8 to #12

iHeartMedia-owned WFLA “News Radio 970” (Lightning) 3.1 – 2.8, -.3, #13 to #16

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WDAE “Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” 2.0 – 1.8, -.2, flat at #19

Public Radio News/Talk: University of South Florida-owned WUSF 3.1 – 2.3, -.8, #13 to #18

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group adult contemporary WDUV, third month in a row, 7.5 – 8.5, +1.0

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: hot AC WMTX (+1.7)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WRBQ (-1.4)

DENVER

News/Talk: In the iHeartMedia cluster, KOA “News Radio 850” (Broncos) 3.2 – 2.9, -.3, unchanged at #11; KHOW “Talk Radio 630” 2.7 – 2.3, -.4, #15 to #17; and KDFD “Freedom 93.7” flat at 2.1, #18 to #19

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Bonneville’s KKFN “104.3 The Fan” (Nuggets) 3.3 – 3.1, -.2, continues at #10

Public Radio News/Talk: Colorado Public Radio-owned KCFR steady at 4.5, repeats at #7

Number One 6+: Bonneville adult contemporary KOSI, first month, 5.2 – 7.7, +2.5

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KOSI (+2.5)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: country KYGO (-1.1)

BALTIMORE

News/Talk: WCBM Maryland-owned WCBM “Talk Radio AM 680” 3.2 – 3.5, +.3, #12 to #10

Hearst Television’s WBAL News Radio 1090” (Ravens) 2.9 – 2.3, -.6, #15 to #16

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WJZ-FM “Baltimore Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan” 5.4 – 4.5, -.9, repeats in fourth-place

Public Radio News/Talk: Your Public Radio Corporation’s WYPR 4.3 – 3.8, -.5, sixth to seventh

American University-owned WAMU 2.5 – 3.2, +.7, #16 to #12

Number One 6+: Audacy adult contemporary WLIF, first month, 6.5 – 12.3, +5.8

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WLIF (+5.8)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: urban AC WWIN-FM (-1.8)**

**Represents the largest November 2021 – December 2021 decrease (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

ST. LOUIS

News/Talk: Audacy’s KFTK “Talk 97.1 FM” 3.8 – 3.1, -.7, flat at #13 and co-owned KMOX “The Voice Of St. Louis” 3.8 – 3.0, -.8, #13 to #14

iHeartMedia-owned KTLK-FM “104.9 The Patriot” flat at 1.1, #18 to #19 and KFTK’s internet stream – which had been unlisted the past five months – .6, #20

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Hubbard Broadcasting’s WXOS “101 ESPN” (Blues) 6.3 – 5.3, -1.0, repeats at #8

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Missouri-owned KWMU 2.3 – 2.2, -.1, #15 to #17

Number One 6+: Audacy adult contemporary KEZK, first month, 6.4 – 12.5, +6.1

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KEZK (+6.1)

Largest 6+ November 2021 – December 2021 Decrease: contemporary Christian KLJY (-1.1)

 

Up next: December 2021 overviews for Portland; Charlotte; San Antonio; Sacramento; Pittsburgh; Salt Lake City; Las Vegas; Orlando; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Kansas City; and Columbus.

 

Email Mike Kinosian at Mike.Kinosian@gmail.com

November 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Two

| December 3, 2021

November 2021 PPM Data – Information for the November 2021 sweep has been released for Washington, DC; Boston; Miami; Seattle; Detroit; Phoenix; Minneapolis; San Diego; Tampa; Denver; Baltimore; and St. Louis.

Nielsen Audio’s November 2021 survey period covered October 14 – November 10.

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

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

All comparisons noted are October 2021 – November 2021 (6+).

WASHINGTON, DC

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WMAL “105.9 FM – Where Washington Comes To Talk” (Washington Football Team) 4.2 – 3.5, -.7, #8 to #13

News: Hubbard Broadcasting-owned WTOP & WTLP “Washington’s Top News” 8.3 – 7.7, -.6, repeats at #3

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WJFK-FM “106.7 The Fan” 1.8 – 1.6, -.2, continues at #17

Public Radio News/Talk: American University-owned WAMU 8.7 – 8.9, +.2, #1

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk WAMU, second month in a row, 8.7 – 8.9, +.2

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: urban AC WHUR (+2.2)*

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: urban AC WMMJ (-2.3)**

*Represents the largest October 2021 – November 2021 increase (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

**Represents the largest October 2021 – November 2021 decrease (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

BOSTON

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WRKO “AM 680 The Voice Of Boston” 4.1 – 4.9, +.8, remains in eighth-place

News – Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” 6.2 – 7.4, +1.2, third to second

Sports Talk: Beasley Media Group’s WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” (New England Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins) 8.0 – 8.7, +.7, #1

Audacy-owned WEEI-FM “93.7 Boston’s Sports Station” 3.9 – 3.4, -.5, #9 to #11

Public Radio News/Talk: Boston University’s WBUR 3.7 – 3.9, +.2, #11 to #10

WGBH Educational Foundation-owned WGBH 3.0 – 2.6, -.4, #12 to #13

Number One 6+: sports talk WBZ-FM, third successive month, 8.0 – 8.7, +.7

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: news – talk WBZ-AM (+1.2)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: rock WGIR (-1.0)

MIAMI

News/Talk: None in the top twenty

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Dade County School Board-owned WLRN 3.6 – 3.7, +.1, eighth to ninth

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group urban AC WHQT, first month, 8.4 – 9.3, +.9

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: urban AC WHQT (+.9)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: urban contemporary WMIB (-.7)

SEATTLE

News/Talk: Bonneville’s KIRO-FM “97.3 FM” (Seahawks) 6.8 – 6.5, -.3, #1

News: Lotus Communications’ KOMO-AM & KOMO-FM “Seattle News, Weather, Sports” 5.4 – 4.9, -.5, fourth to sixth

Sports Talk: Bonneville-owned KIRO-AM “710 AM ESPN Seattle” (Seahawks) 4.7 – 3.8, -.9, seventh to tenth

Public Radio News/Talk: Northwest Public Radio’s KUOW 5.5 – 5.8, +.3, locked at #3

Number One 6+: news/talk KIRO-FM, fifth straight month, 6.8 – 6.5, -.3

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: alternative KEXP (+1.0)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease (Tie): sports talk KIRO-AM and country KKWF (-.9)

DETROIT

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WJR “News Talk 760 AM” 3.1 – 3.4, +.3, repeats at #14

News: Audacy-owned WWJ News Radio 950” (Pistons) steady at 5.7, continues in sixth-place

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” (Lions, Pistons, and Red Wings) 5.9 – 5.8, -.1, fourth to fifth

Public Radio News/Talk: Wayne State University-owned WDET 2.1 – 2.3, +.2, stays at #16

University of Michigan’s WUOM 1.8 – 2.1, +.3, carries on at #17

Number One 6+: Audacy classic hits-oldies WOMC, first month, 6.8 – 7.2, +.4

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: urban AC WDMK (+1.5)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: urban AC WMXD (-1.1)

PHOENIX

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KFYI “News Talk 550” 4.7 – 5.1, +.4, fourth to third

Bonneville-owned KTAR-FM “News 92.3 FM” (Arizona Cardinals and Sun) 3.8 – 3.4, -.4, #9 to #11

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Bonneville’s KMVP-FM “98.7 Arizona’s Sports Station” (Sun) flat at 2.5, #16 to #20

Public Radio News/Talk: Maricopa County Community College-owned KJZZ 3.3 – 4.6, +1.3, #11 to #4

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ, thirteenth consecutive month, 6.6 – 6.7, +.1

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk KJZZ (+1.3)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: rock KUPD (-.9)

MINNEAPOLIS

News/Talk: Audacy’s WCCO “News Talk 830” (Minnesota Timberwolves) 4.4 – 4.6, +.2, #12 to #11

iHeartMedia-owned KTLK-AM “Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130” flat at 3.2, #14 to #13

Hubbard Broadcasting’s KTMY “My Talk 107.1” 1.7 – 2.0, +.3, #18 to #16

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KFXN “FM 100.3 K-Fan” (Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Wild) 7.0 – 6.6, -.4, steady at #4

Public Radio News/Talk: Minnesota Public Radio’s KNOW 7.3 – 8.0, +.7, #3 to #1

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KNOW, first month, 7.3 – 8.0, +.7

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: contemporary Christian KTIS-FM (+1.7)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: triple A KCMP (-1.2)

SAN DIEGO

News/Talk: In the iHeartMedia cluster, KOGO “News Radio 600” 4.9 – 5.0, +.1, sixth to fifth; KFI “AM 640” 2.1 – 2.3, +.2, steady at #16; and KGB-AM “760 AM” 2.1 – 1.9, -.2, #16 to #18

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: San Diego State University-owned KPBS 5.1 – 4.7, -.4, fourth to sixth

Number One 6+: Audacy classic hits-oldies KXSN, second month in succession, 6.2 – 6.7, +.5

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase (Tie): classic hits-oldies KXSN, country KSON, and Spanish contemporary XHFG (+.5)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: sports talk KWFN (-.7)

TAMPA

News/Talk: Cox Media Group’s WHPT “102.5 The Bone – Real, Raw, Radio” 4.3 – 4.2, -.1, fifth to eighth

iHeartMedia-owned WFLA “News Radio 970” (Lightning) 2.9 – 3.1, +.2, #15 to #13

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WDAE “Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” 2.8 – 2.0, -.8, #17 to #19

Public Radio News/Talk: University of South Florida-owned WUSF 3.0 – 3.1, +.1, #14 to #13

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group adult contemporary WDUV, second month in a row, 8.5 – 7.5, -1.0

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WWRM (+1.0)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WDUV (-1.0)

DENVER

News/Talk: In the iHeartMedia cluster, KOA “News Radio 850” (Broncos) 3.3 – 3.2, -.1, flat at #11; KHOW “Talk Radio 630” 2.8 – 2.7, -.1, #13 to #15; and KDFD “Freedom 93.7” 2.0 – 2.1, +.1, #19 to #18

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Bonneville’s KKFN “104.3 The Fan” (Nuggets) 3.5 – 3.3, -.2, repeats in tenth-place

Public Radio News/Talk: Colorado Public Radio-owned KCFR 4.4 – 4.5, +.1, stays at #7

Number One 6+: Bonneville country KYGO, third month in a row, 6.1 – 6.2, +.1

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: classic hits-oldies KXKL (+.9)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary KOSI (-.9)

BALTIMORE

News/Talk: WCBM Maryland-owned WCBM “Talk Radio AM 680” 2.9 – 3.2, +.3, #15 to #12

Hearst Television’s WBAL News Radio 1090” (Ravens) 3.4 – 2.9, -.5, #12 to #15

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WJZ-FM “Baltimore Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan” 5.0 – 5.4, +.4, fifth to fourth

Public Radio News/Talk: Your Public Radio Corporation’s WYPR 3.7 – 4.3, +.6, ninth to sixth

American University-owned WAMU 1.0 – 2.5, +1.5, #19 to #16

Number One 6+: Radio One urban AC WWIN-FM, eleventh consecutive month, 8.8 – 8.5, -.3

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase: public radio news/talk WAMU (+1.5)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: urban contemporary WERQ (-.9)

ST. LOUIS

News/Talk: Audacy’s KFTK “Talk 97.1 FM” 3.3 – 3.8, +.5, #14 to #13 and co-owned KMOX “The Voice Of St. Louis” 5.8 – 3.8, -2.0, #8 to #13

iHeartMedia-owned KTLK-FM “104.9 The Patriot” .9 – 1.1, +.2, repeats at #18

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Hubbard Broadcasting’s WXOS “101 ESPN” (Blues) 5.3 – 6.3, +1.0, ninth to eighth

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Missouri-owned KWMU 2.6 – 2.3, -.3, remains at #15

Number One 6+: Hubbard Broadcasting rock KSHE, eleventh consecutive month, 9.6 – 9.2, -.4

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Increase (Tie): sports talk WXOS and alternative KPNT (+1.0)

Largest 6+ October 2021 – November 2021 Decrease: news/talk KMOX (-2.0)

 

Up next: November 2021 overviews for Portland; Charlotte; San Antonio; Sacramento; Pittsburgh; Salt Lake City; Las Vegas; Orlando; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Kansas City; and Columbus.

 

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

Thursday, November 9, 2017

| November 9, 2017

FCC Grants Approval of Entercom-CBS Merger. The Federal Communications Commission has issued its decision approving the merger of Entercom and CBS RADIO.  “We have reviewed the proposed merger, the applications for its approval, and related comments. We conclude that the applicants are fully qualified and that grant of the Merger Applications and the Trust Applications, subject to the conditions set forth herein, will serve the public interest, convenience, and necessity.”  In the 20-page decision, the FCC explains its denial of the Petition to Deny filed by longtime Entercom adversary Edward R. Stolz II (and Deborah J. Niaman).  It also reminds Entercom that CBS officers Leslie Moonves and Joseph Ianniello may serve as Temporary Directors for the new corporation for only six months.

Cumulus Media Reports Flat Net Revenue for Third Quarter; WW1 Up 5.5%.  Net revenue for the third quarter of 2017 was up just a little over $1 million, resulting in a 0.4% increase from the same period a year ago.  For the first nine months of 2017, Cumulus Media’s net revenue was flat at $841 million.  President and CEO Mary Berner comments, “As we noted when we announced our preliminary results in October, our strong third quarter performance plainly demonstrates that our operational turnaround plan is working.  The entire Cumulus team has shown great commitment to maintaining our momentum.  By executing our foundational operating initiatives and continuing to develop growth opportunities, we are confident that we can build on our success despite the challenging industry environment.  We are also focused on addressing our excessive debt load on a parallel track to our operational turnaround plan.  As previously disclosed, we are working with our advisors to proactively explore a range of alternatives to restructure our balance sheet and we are continuing productive discussions with our creditors. Regardless of the path forward, we have ample cash to operate our business.  Our goal remains to reduce our debt so we can focus our time and resources on investments in our people, key technologies, and initiatives that will ultimately drive sustainable, long-term growth.”  Cumulus breaks its operations in to two segments, Radio Station Group and Westwood One.  The Radio Station Group’s net revenue was down 1.6% while Westwood One was up 5.5% from the same period in 2016.  For the first nine months of this year, the Radio Station Group was down 1.3% and Westwood One was up 3% compared to the first nine months of 2016.

Dave Ramsey’s ‘Smart Money’ Live Event in Phoenix.  Nationally syndicated talk radio superstar Dave Ramsey brought his “Smart Money” live event to Phoenix on Tuesday (11/7) where he presented at the sold-out Christ’s Church of the Valley.  The program was also streamed live online to attendees across the country.  Ramsey combined forces with local affiliate KTAR “News 92.3 FM” to promote the event.  Ryan Hatch, vice president of content and operations Bonneville Phoenix, says, “It is no surprise to us that both Dave’s radio show and his events continue to be in high demand.  His passion and commitment in helping others is unmatched.”  Pictured above (from l-r) are: Ilene Thompson, director of partner and community services; Dave Zadrozny, KTAR sales manager; Paul Ihander, KTAR news director; Ramsey; Becky Kaiser, “Arizona Sports” sales manager; and Connie Drushel, HR director.

PPM Analysis: NFL Flagships. Managing editor Mike Kinosian takes a look at station ratings (6+) based on the latest PPM data from Nielsen Audio for stations that serve as flagships for play-by-play for NFL clubs.  Among the comparisons presented in this report are how stations fared from the September PPM survey to the October PPM survey.  Kinosian says, “Slightly more than three of every four of these particular NFL flagships (76%) improve between September 2017 – October 2017, with one in 10 holding steady (10%) and the remaining 14% of the sample is down from September.”  Looking at year-over-year comparisons, the sample of flagship stations was split about 50-50, with half seeing 6+ ratings increases and the other half seeing declines.  Check out Kinosian’s entire report here.

Craig Carton Officially Pleads Not Guilty.  Former WFAN, New York morning drive co-host Craig Carton was in federal court in Manhattan yesterday (11/8) at which time he pleaded not guilty to fraud charges.  The feds allege that Carton and a partner committed securities and wire fraud when they solicited investors to contribute millions to their concert ticket re-sale business.  The feds allege that those investments were made based on the belief that Carton had deals in place to acquire blocks of tickets but that no such deals existed.  During a statement to reporters yesterday, Carton said, “The real fact is that my business was licensed by the State of New York to sell tickets.  The real fact is that I bought and sold thousands of tickets at arenas no more than a few miles from where I stand right now and had pending deals in place to buy and sell many more.  The real fact, that you guys couldn’t possibly know, is that about a week and a half ago the government conceded to my lawyers that I had a legitimate ticket-selling business, and that I’ve been selling tickets for a long time.”  Carton resigned from his position with WFAN shortly after being indicted.  Read the Bergen Record’s story here.

Scott Fitzgerald MIA from WBT-AM/FM, Charlotte.  The 9:00 am to 12:00 noon talk host at Entercom’s news/talk WBT-AM/FM, Charlotte is missing from his show and his bio has been scrubbed from the station website.  Today (11/9), former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory sat in with WBT morning host Bo Thompson for the 9:00 am to 10:00 am hour, then weekend host Vince Coakley hosted the 10:00 am to 12:00 noon show.  There’s no official word from Entercom on permanent plans for the daypart.

TALKERS News Notes.  Affiliates of FOX News Radio have Thanksgiving programming in the form of a special show hosted by Brian Kilmeade.  The “FOX & Friends” and “Brian Kilmeade Show” host recently published “Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America’s Destiny (Sentinel, 2017) and the program addresses that story.  FOX says, “Brian, along with the top experts in history and politics, will give you the play-by-play into how, against all odds, General Andrew Jackson defeated the British from capturing New Orleans in a pivotal battle that helped make America into what she is today.”  The special will be available for download on the FOX News Radio affiliate website the week of November 19th…..Entercom Buffalo promotes account executive Adam Haker to the local sales manager position for the cluster that includes news/talk WBEN-AM, sports talker WGR and WWKB, as well as hot AC WTSS “Star 102.5,” CHR WKSE “Kiss 98.5,” alternative WLKK “Alt Buffalo,” and rhythmic oldies WWWS…..Salem Radio Network talk star Hugh Hewitt is pictured at left addressing the Indiana Hospital Association – a gathering of doctors and administrators – at their annual conference on the future of healthcare and the role of hospitals in infrastructure spending.  Hewitt originated his SRN show from Indianapolis, then returned to Washington to tape his weekly, Saturday morning program that airs on MSNBC…..This Saturday, CBS RADIO launches the “Eye on Veterans” radio program that aims to provide military veterans and their families with “relevant and useful information about finance, healthcare, and transitioning back into civilian life.”  The weekly, two-hour program is produced by CBS RADIO’s ConnectingVets.com, a national, multi-media resource linking military veterans and their families to relevant information, resources, solutions and, most importantly, each other.  It will air on CBS News Radio affiliates, including CBS RADIO all-news and news/talk stations WCBS-AM, New York; KNX-AM, Los Angeles; WCCO-AM, Minneapolis; and WTIC-AM, Hartford.

Trump in China, North Korea Nuclear Threats, GOP Tax Reform Plan, Virginia and New Jersey Democrat Governor Victories, Mueller Trump-Russia Investigation, Donna Brazile Clinton Campaign Critique, Texas Church Massacre Aftermath, Twitter’s 280 Character Limit, CMA Awards, Sexual Assault Cases Fallout, Roy Halladay Death, and NBA Action Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (11/8).  The presidential trip to China; the rhetoric between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program; the GOP tax reform plan; Democrat victories in the Virginia and New Jersey governor races; Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russian agents; the blowback from Democrats against Donna Brazile for her criticism of the Clinton campaign; the aftermath of the Texas church massacre; Twitter ups its character limit to 280; last night’s Country Music Association awards; the expanding number of sexual assault accusations and the effects on careers; former star pitcher Roy Halladay dies in a plane crash; and NBA action were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

 

 

Music Radio News and Career Moves.  At iHeartMedia’s Phoenix cluster, Lady La moves from her evening show on hot AC KMXP “MIX 96.9” to the company’s CHR KZZP “104.7 KISS FM” to host the afternoon drive program.  Taking over the evening show at KMXP is Reid Spivey, who continues to host weekends on KZZP and serve as music director for both stations…..Premiere Networks announces that Suzette Rodriguez joins “The Johnjay & Rich Show” as a co-host, effective immediately.  The syndicated program – hosted by Johnjay Van Es and Rich Berra – is based at KZZP, Phoenix.  Rodriguez says, “When I was asked to be a fourth member on ‘The Johnjay and Rich Show,’ I freaked out!  I’ve always listened to the show, and everyone I know listens to the show.  I’m beyond grateful and excited to join an amazing team.  I’m ready to learn from the best and start a new journey.”…..Tomorrow (11/10) at 7:00 pm ET on SiriusXM’s Hits 1 channel, Taylor Swift will perform an exclusive acoustic performance in front of a select group of SiriusXM subscribers in celebration of the release of her sixth studio album, reputation.  SiriusXM chief content officer Scott Greenstein says, “We are delighted to welcome Taylor Swift back to SiriusXM on the day of reputation’s release.  A true, one-of-a-kind artist, Taylor will be performing to a special group of SiriusXM listeners in a wonderfully intimate setting.  We can’t wait to hear songs from her new album reputation and share this experience with our lucky subscribers.”…..Next Thursday (11/16), iHeartMedia’s nationally syndicated urban morning show “The Breakfast Club” – hosted by DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God – will present an all-day radiothon called #Change4Change to benefit The Gathering for Justice, a charity that sponsors movements such as The Women’s March, Justice League NYC and Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp.

Monday, November 9, 2015

| November 9, 2015

ktar-fmKTAR-FM, Phoenix Announces News Staff Moves.  The changes will mean a higher station profile for Mike Russell and a daypart shift for Becky LynnBonneville’s Phoenix news and talk outlet announces that Russell will assume the host duties for the hour-longrussellmike “Arizona’s Evening News” program and news anchor Becky Lynn moves from the mid-morning daypart to afternoon drive where she’ll anchor during the “Mac and Gaydos” show.  Russell hosts the station’s weekend “Get Outdoors” program and serves as a fill-in talk host.  Now, he’ll also be a regular content contributor producing written, audio and lynnbeckyvideo content for KTAR.com, as well as producing daily radio features for “Arizona’s Morning News.”  Bonneville Phoenix vice president of content and operations Ryan Hatch states, “Mike is a terrific talent and great person who is one of the emerging local voices in Arizona.  And Becky Lynn’s veteran news chops and her natural warmth will play perfectly with Mac and Gaydos every afternoon.”  Changes take effect on November 30.

wtop logo NEW 1-15WTOP/WFED, Washington Layoffs Official: Four Out, Five Empty Posts to Go Unfilled.  On Friday (11/6), TALKERS magazine reported rumors of layoffs at Hubbard Radio’s Washington, DC operations at all-news WTOP-FM and news/talk WFED.  The company confirms via memo from market manager Joel Oxley that these moves are financial in nature.  As reported on Friday, WFED personality Francis Rose exits, as does traffic reporter Ari Ashe, director of digitalrosefrancis media John Meyer, and producer Matt Wingfield.  The company won’t fill the reporter role formerly held by Andrew Mollenbeck, the digital post previously held by Kerry Walter nor three open sales posts.  Francis Rose tells TALKERS magazine that he has nothing but good things to say about his time with Hubbard Radio and WFED and he’s looking forward to his next opportunity and continuing fill-in work for Westwood One’s John Batchelor program.

ramseyOKC15Dave Ramsey and Tyler Media Partner for Sold Out Oklahoma City Event.  Nationally syndicated talk radio star Dave Ramsey was not able to be in Chicago on Thursday to be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame – his daughter Rachel Cruze was there representing Ramsey – but only because he was busy bringing his Smart Money live event to the Oklahoma City market.  Ramsey and Tyler Media-owned local affiliate KOKC combined their forces to promote the program held at the Crossings Community Church.  Tyler Media VP of sales Jim Williston says, “Sell-out crowds have become synonymous with Dave’s Oklahoma City seminars — a testament to the power of his straight forward, real-life messaging.  Dave connects in both a personal and personable way with his audience.  He artfully combines and shares his knowledge with his wisdom.  Those who invest the time always leave well equipped with actionable ideas — their only challenge is to actually have the discipline to employ what they have learned.”  Pictured here are (from l-r): Williston, Ramsey; Tyler Media VP Tony Tyler, and Ramsey Solutions speaker Chris Hogan.

Newsweb Radio Gives Up License for WCFJ, Chicago Heights.  The 1,000-watt station at 1470 kHz was declared unprofitable by Newsweb Radio, so the company is voluntarily turning the station’s license in to the FCC.  WCFJ is just one of eight signals operated by Newsweb Radio in the Chicago market.  It had been airing brokered ethnic and foreign-language content.

salemmediagroup logoSalem Hosts Broadcast from Israel.  Today and tomorrow (11/9-10), Salem Radio Network personalities Dennis Prager and Mike Gallagher will broadcast their programs from Israel as parent company Salem Media Group brings 500 listeners to the Holy Land on its “Stand with Israel” trip.  Salem president of broadcast media David Santrella says, “America and Israel have had a special bond since Israel was originally founded.  Our hosts have enormous affection for this country.  We decided to invite our listeners to join some of our hosts on a legendary trip to the Holy Land.  We are honored to lead this group on a trip they will never forget.”

duranRonnOwens15KGO, San Francisco’s Ronn Owens Inducted into Hall of Fame.  Pictured here at last Thursday’s induction ceremony at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago are Premiere Networks’ WHTZ, New York-based CHR morning drive personality Elvis Duran (left) and legendary KGO, San Francisco midday personality Ronn Owens (right).  Both were inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame along with fellow inductees: Big Boy, a.k.a. Kurt Alexander, Bob & Tom, Clark Howard, and Dan Mason.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

| August 19, 2015

bouvardpierreWestwood One’s Pierre Bouvard on Perception of Radio’s Audience.  In the final analysis, Westwood One chief marketing officer Pierre Bouvard says, “It’s on us.”  He means the task of telling radio’s story is incumbent upon those working in the radio business.  His latest blog piece asks four questions relative to the reach of radio and measures the perception against the data-supported reality.  Bouvard writes that an Advertiser Perceptions study shows agencies and advertisers believe that AM/FM radio reaches 64% of Americans while Nielsen research shows that figure is actually 93%.  He notes that when it comes to television versus radio in its ability to reach Millennials, radio outperforms 93% to 76%.  He goes on to compare the perception of the reach of streaming media and finds that, again, agencies and advertisers have an over-inflated view of the reach of pure-plays such as Pandora and Spotify, especially relative to radio.  Bouvard passes along a statement from Mark Kaline, former head of media at Ford Motor Company and Kimberly-Clark, who says, “As a marketer, I’ve always found radio to be a medium that effectively and efficiently delivers reach over an extended period of time, while driving ROI within the total communications plan.  But radio has been too low profile with brands, especially in light of other advancements in technology.  Radio needs to be more aggressively marketing their story as the leading mass reach media.”  Read Bouvard’s piece here.

wjbo logoWJBO, Baton Rouge Morning Team Replaced by NOLA Personality.  This is the second Louisiana news/talk morning show to be ousted in favor of WRNO, New Orleans-based talk host Gerry Vaillancourt.  Yesterday (8/18), TALKERS reported that WBUV, Biloxi, Mississippi morning duo Steve Taylor and Mike Mankiewicz had been replaced by Vaillancourt.  Now, we learn that Kevin Meeks and Karen Henderson are out as hosts of “Baton Rouge’s Morning News.”  These are clearly budget-related moves as iHeartMedia New Orleans and Baton Rouge SVP of programming Bob Murphy tells the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report that the change at WJBO was not performance related, although he tells the paper that Vaillancourt’s call-in show is more in line with what they are seeking as opposed to the interview-oriented program Meeks and Henderson hosted.

Odds & Sods. Radio news pro Mark Remillard is joining ABC News Radio in a reporter role.  He most recentlyremillardmark was serving as a reporter for Bonneville’s KTAR-FM, Phoenix.  Prior to that, Remillard worked at iHeartMedia’s KFI, Los Angeles…..Yahoo Sports Radio announces the 20th season its “Around the NFL” program that reignites on Sunday, September 13, hosted by former NFL quarterback Sean Salisbury and longtime sports talk host John Granato.   The weekly show airs from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm ET and covers the day’s games in pro football, including analysis, commentary, special guests and game-in-play updates…..ESPN Radio resumes presentation of NFL play-by-play for Sunday regular-season games, kicking off its third season on September 13 with the Colts-Jets game, followed by the Broncos-Ravens contest.  This season, Marc Kestecher, Bill Rosinski and Ryan Ruocco will provide play-by-play.  Herm Edwards, Shaun O’Hara and Bill Polian will serve as analysts…..WSCR, Chicago Mitch Rosen announces that Chicago Bears greats Olin Kreutz, and James “Big Cat” Williams are the new co-hosts of the station’s Bears post-game show.  Kreutz and Williams will partner with The Score’s football expert, Hub Arkush.

weei15JimmyfundPedroiaStars Turn Out for WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon.  Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is pictured here appearing on Entercom’s WEEI-FM, Boston and regional sports cable channel NESN on Monday to encourage fans to donate to the annual radio-telethon that benefits the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.  As of midnight on Tuesday, $1,065,873 had been raised to benefit the Jimmy Fund.  The fundraiser continues through today.

Donald Trump’s Immigration Policy Plan, 2016 Presidential Candidates, Hillary Clinton Emails Case, Iran Nukes Deal, NATO Military Drills/Russia’s Ukraine Aggression, Black Lives Matter Movement/Race Relations, Latest ISIS Atrocity, the Western Wildfires, and Ex-Subway Spokesman Jared’s Child Porn Case Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (8/18).  The immigration plan being proposed by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump; the activities of the candidates for president in 2016; the ongoing investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s private email server and its alleged use for classified information while she served at Secretary of State; the status of the Iran nuclear program deal; military drills being conducted by the U.S. and other NATO nations in Europe combined with talk about Russian military aggression in Ukraine; race relations in the U.S. and the growing influence of the Black Lives Matter movement; the violence being perpetrated by ISIS in Syria and Iraq; the widespread wildfires affecting several Western states; and the report of former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle’s intent to plead guilty to child porn charges were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS.