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October 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Two

| November 3, 2021

October 2021 PPM Data – Information for the October 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 October 2021 survey period covered September 16 – October 13.

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 September 2021 – October 2021 (6+).

WASHINGTON, DC

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WMAL “105.9 FM – Where Washington Comes To Talk” (Washington Football Team) 3.2 – 4.2, +1.0, #13 to #8

News: Hubbard Broadcasting-owned WTOP & WTLP “Washington’s Top News” 8.5 – 8.3, -.2, second to third

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WJFK-FM “106.7 The Fan” (Nationals) 1.9 – 1.8, -.1, repeats at #17 and WJFK-FM’s internet stream, flat at .6, remains at #20

Public Radio News/Talk: American University-owned WAMU 7.4 – 8.7, +1.3, #3 to #1

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk WAMU, first month, 7.4 – 8.7, +1.3

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

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: alternative WWDC (-.7)

BOSTON

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WRKO “AM 680 The Voice Of Boston” 3.9 – 4.1, +.2, ninth to eighth

News – Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WBZ-AM “News Radio 1030” 6.6 – 6.2, -.4, remains in third-place

Sports Talk: Beasley Media Group’s WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” (New England Patriots) 7.4 – 8.0, +.6, #1

Audacy-owned WEEI-FM “93.7 Boston’s Sports Station” (Red Sox) steady at 3.9, continues at #9

Public Radio News/Talk: Boston University’s WBUR 4.0 – 3.7, -.3, #8 to #11

WGBH Educational Foundation-owned WGBH 2.9 – 3.0, +.1, #13 to #12

Number One 6+: sports talk WBZ-FM, second successive month, 7.4 – 8.0, +.6

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: hot AC WWBX (+1.6)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: rhythmic hot AC WBQT and rhythmic CHR WJMN (-.6)

MIAMI

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WIOD “News Radio 610” 1.5 – 1.8, +.3, #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 3.5 – 3.6, +.1, ninth to eighth

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group adult contemporary WFEZ, first month, 7.6 – 8.5, +.9

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase (Tie): adult contemporary WFEZ and urban contemporary WMIB (+.9)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: classic hits-oldies WMXJ (-.8)

SEATTLE

News/Talk: Bonneville’s KIRO-FM “97.3 FM” (Seahawks) 7.1 – 6.8, -.3, #1

News: Lotus Communications’ KOMO-AM & KOMO-FM “Seattle News, Weather, Sports” flat at 5.4, third to fourth

Sports Talk: Bonneville-owned KIRO-AM “710 AM ESPN Seattle” (Mariners and Seahawks) 3.9 – 4.7, +.8, ninth to seventh

Public Radio News/Talk: Northwest Public Radio’s KUOW 5.4 – 5.5, +.1, repeats at #3

Number One 6+: news/talk KIRO-FM, fourth straight month, 7.1 – 6.8, -.3

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase (Tie): classic rock KZOK; sports talk KIRO-AM; and contemporary Christian KCMS-FM (+.8)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: alternative KEXP (-1.4)

DETROIT

News/Talk: Cumulus Media’s WJR “News Talk 760 AM” 3.8 – 3.1, -.7, #12 to #14

News: Audacy-owned WWJ News Radio 950” 5.5 – 5.7, +.2, fourth to sixth

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” (Tigers and Lions) 5.5 – 5.9, +.4, repeats in fourth-place

Public Radio News/Talk: Wayne State University-owned WDET 1.2 – 2.1, +.9, #21 to #16

University of Michigan’s WUOM 1.7 – 1.8, +.1, #18 to #17

Number One 6+ (Tie): Beasley Media Group classic rock WCSX, first month, 7.2 – 6.9, -.3 and iHeartMedia urban AC WMXD, first month, 6.7 – 6.9, +.2

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WNIC (+1.5)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: news/talk WJR (-.7)

PHOENIX

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KFYI “News Talk 550” 4.5 – 4.7, +.2, fifth to fourth

Bonneville-owned KTAR-FM “News 92.3 FM” (Arizona Cardinals) 3.7 – 3.8, +.1, steady at #9

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Bonneville’s KMVP-FM “98.7 Arizona’s Sports Station” 2.1 – 2.5, +.4, #18 to #16

Public Radio News/Talk: Maricopa County Community College-owned KJZZ flat at 3.3, #10 to #11

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ, twelfth consecutive month, 7.3 – 6.6, -.7

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase (Tie): classic rock KSLX; hot AC KMXP; and Spanish contemporary KQMR (+.6)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease (Tie): adult hits KYOT; rock KUPD; and contemporary Christian KFLR (-.8)

MINNEAPOLIS

News/Talk: Audacy’s WCCO “News Talk 830” (Twins) 5.2 – 4.4, -.8, #6 to #12

iHeartMedia-owned KTLK-AM “Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130” 3.3 – 3.2, -.1, locked at #14

Hubbard Broadcasting’s KTMY “My Talk 107.1” 1.3 – 1.7, +.4, #21 to #18

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KFXN “FM 100.3 K-Fan” (Minnesota Vikings) 4.7 – 7.0, +2.3, #11 to #4

Public Radio News/Talk: Minnesota Public Radio’s KNOW 7.5 – 7.3, -.2, continues at #3

Number One 6+: Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC KSTP-FM, first month, 7.6 – 8.2, +.6

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: sports talk KFXN (+2.3)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: contemporary Christian KTIS-FM (-1.4)

SAN DIEGO

News/Talk: In the iHeartMedia cluster, KOGO “News Radio 600” 4.7 – 4.9, +.2,  fourth to sixth; KFI “AM 640” 2.0 – 2.1, +.1, #18 to #16; and KGB-AM “760 AM” flat at 2.1, remains at #16

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: San Diego State University-owned KPBS 5.2 – 5.1, -.1, third to fourth

Number One 6+: Audacy classic hits-oldies KXSN, first month, 5.7 – 6.2, +.5

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: country KSON (+.9)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: rhythmic hot AC XHRM (-.9)

TAMPA

News/Talk: Cox Media Group’s WHPT “102.5 The Bone – Real, Raw, Radio” 4.4 – 4.3, -.1, sixth to fifth

iHeartMedia-owned WFLA “News Radio 970” 3.3 – 2.9, -.4, #11 to #15

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WDAE “Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” (Rays) flat at 2.8, unchanged at #17

Public Radio News/Talk: University of South Florida-owned WUSF 3.2 – 3.0, -.2, #12 to #14

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group adult contemporary WDUV*, first month, 7.5 – 8.5, +1.0

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: classic hits-oldies WXGL (+1.6)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: contemporary Christian WCIE (-1.5)

*WDUV held – or shared – the lead for 109 successive months before being overtaken by WCIE in August 2021

DENVER

News/Talk: In the iHeartMedia cluster, KOA “News Radio 850” (Rockies and Broncos) 2.9 – 3.3, +.4, #15 to #11; KHOW “Talk Radio 630” 2.5 – 2.8, +.3, #16 to #13; and KDFD “Freedom 93.7” 2.3 – 2.0, -.3, #18 to #19

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Bonneville’s KKFN “104.3 The Fan” 3.0 – 3.5, +.5, #13 to #10

Public Radio News/Talk: Colorado Public Radio-owned KCFR 5.3 – 4.4, -.9, third to seventh

Number One 6+ (Tie): Bonneville country KYGO, second month in a row, 7.1 – 6.1, -1.0 and adult contemporary cluster-mate KOSI first month, 5.9 – 6.1, +.2

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: hot AC KIMN (+1.2)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: country KYGO (-1.0)

BALTIMORE

News/Talk: Hearst Television’s WBAL News Radio 1090” (Ravens) 3.7 – 3.4, -.3, #9 to #12

WCBM Maryland-owned WCBM “Talk Radio AM 680” flat at 2.9, remains at #15

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s WJZ-FM “Baltimore Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan” (Orioles) 4.3 – 5.0, +.7, seventh to fifth

Public Radio News/Talk: Your Public Radio Corporation’s WYPR 3.5 – 3.7, +.2, #11 to #9

American University-owned WAMU 1.4 – 1.0, -.4, #17 to #19

Number One 6+: Radio One urban AC WWIN-FM, tenth consecutive month, 8.6 – 8.8, +.2

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: country WPOC (+1.1)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: adult hits WQSR (-.8)

ST. LOUIS

News/Talk: Audacy’s KMOX “The Voice Of St. Louis” (Cardinals) 6.0 – 5.8, -.2, repeats at #8 and co-owned KFTK “Talk 97.1 FM” 3.7 – 3.3, -.4, continues at #14

iHeartMedia-owned KTLK-FM “104.9 The Patriot” .5 – .9, +.4 #19 to #18

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Hubbard Broadcasting’s WXOS “101 ESPN” 3.8 – 5.3, +1.5, #12 to #9

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Missouri-owned KWMU 4.2 – 2.6, -1.6, #10 to #15

Number One 6+: Hubbard Broadcasting rock KSHE, tenth consecutive month, 11.0 – 9.6, -1.4

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Increase: sports talk WXOS (+1.5)

Largest 6+ September 2021 – October 2021 Decrease: public radio news/talk KWMU (-1.6)

 

Up next: October 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, June 27, 2019

| June 27, 2019

Cumulus to Sell WABC, New York to Red Apple Media for $12.5 Million. As TALKERS magazine tipped earlier today, Cumulus Media Inc. is agreeing to sell New York City heritage AM WABC to John Catsimatidis-controlled Red Apple Media, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Red Apple Group, for $12.5 million in cash.  Cumulus Media’s CEO Mary Berner says, “Today’s agreement with Red Apple is yet another step in the execution of our portfolio optimization priority to drive Cumulus’s long-term success.  Consistent with our financial goals, we intend to use the sale’s net cash proceeds to pay down debt and invest in the company to better serve our 250 million listeners and the advertisers who want to reach them.  We are also pleased that WABC’s excellent team will work with Red Apple following the transaction’s close to continue building this iconic station’s legacy.”  Under the terms of the agreement, Red Apple will take responsibility for programming WABC immediately following the close of the sale, which is expected to occur in the third quarter of 2019. Catsimatidis says, “I am very pleased that Red Apple Media Inc. has agreed to acquire 77 WABC Radio.  The station is a real New York legend with a rich history in broadcasting.  I started a radio show five years ago which is now available in 14 states and on the internet.  It has gained a large and loyal audience.  Our purchase of 77 WABC Radio is the next step in building a new broadcasting business, and we look forward to considering the acquisition of more broadcasting assets.  We plan to retain the excellent staff and talent working at the station now and look forward to working with them.”  Catsimatidis is the owner, president, chairman and CEO of Gristedes Foods, a large Manhattan-based grocery chain and the Red Apple Group, a real estate and aviation company with about $2 billion in holdings in New York, Florida and Pennsylvania.  He is also the chairman and CEO of the Red Apple Group subsidiary, United Refining Company.  He hosts a Sunday morning talk radio show on a number of stations along the East Coast out of his flagship, Salem Media’s WNYM, New York “AM 970 The Answer.”  Catsimatidis was the runner-up for the Republican nomination for Mayor of New York in 2013.

Exclusive! TALKERS Publisher Michael Harrison Speaks with John Catsimatidis.  Listen to Michael Harrison‘s conversation about his company’s acquisition of WABC, New York here.

Cox Enterprises Announces Sale of Cox Media Group Radio Assets to Apollo Global Management. This sale of the Cox Media Group radio station portfolio to private equity fund manager Apollo Global Management – the price not disclosed in the press release – will be less disruptive to the operations than a typical transfer of ownership of this size as it appears the new company will keep management in place. The deal calls for Cox Media Group’s radio station portfolio as well as its CoxReps and Gamut national advertising businesses to become part of a newly expanded media company called Cox Media Group, based in Atlanta, that acquired Cox’s broadcast television group and the company’s radio, newspaper, and television properties in Ohio back in February.  Cox Enterprises is maintaining a minority stake in the new company.  This deal affects some 52 radio brands in 10 markets – including heritage news/talk stations WSB-AM/WSBB-FM, Atlanta; WOKV-FM, Jacksonville; WDBO-FM, Orlando; and KRMG-AM/FM, Tulsa.  The new Cox Media Group will operate more than 60 radio stations across 11 markets.  The presser states that “the buyer plans to maintain the successful operating structure of Cox Media Group’s television, radio, CoxReps and Gamut businesses and leverage these assets to continue building a national media company with station properties in key markets across the country.”  However, the sale means Cox loses the grandfathered ownership status in Tampa and Orlando and will divest WPYO-FM, Orlando and WSUN-FM, Tampa in order to comply with FCC ownership caps.  Cox Enterprises CEO Alex Taylor says, “We are happy our Cox Radio and national ad platforms will continue to be operated with our television group.  Keeping these media businesses together gives us even more confidence in the future success of the new company.  We have spent many years fostering a culture of collaboration and innovation across these businesses and are pleased to see that work will continue.”  Apollo senior partner David Sambur adds, “We are thrilled to acquire the Cox Radio station portfolio, CoxReps and Gamut and combine them with the Cox Television business to form a new media company focused on quality local broadcasting.  Cox has deep roots in the media industry and has stood for the highest quality in local journalism for the past 120 years.  As we shepherd these businesses into the future, we are committed to investing in high-quality programming and fostering innovation in local media.”

‘Coach’ John Kentera Moves to Middays at ‘97.3 The Fan’ in San Diego. Market sports talk pro “Coach” John Kentera will take over the 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm daypart at Entercom’s sports talk KWFN-FM, San Diego “97.3 The Fan,” effective July 1.  Kentera will continue to host 97.3 The Fan’s pre- and post-game shows for Padres baseball games, “The Fan’s High School Football Show,” on Thursday nights in the fall, and serve as the color commentator on “The Fan’s Friday Night High School Football Game of the Week” broadcast.  Kentera served with former sports talker XEPRS-AM “The Mighty 1090” from 2003 through 2015.  His show replaces FOX Sports Radio’s Doug Gottlieb.  Entercom San Diego SVP and market manager Bob Bolinger says, “We’re thrilled to add Coach Kentera to 97.3 The Fan’s weekday lineup.  Coach has a rich history in San Diego and is truly beloved by the community, sports fans, and advertising partners alike.”

WGMN-AM, Roanoke Flips to News/TalkThe Roanoke Times reports that 3 Daughters Media has flipped WGMN-AM/W270CU, Roanoke from sports talk to news/talk.  The station dropped its 21-year affiliation with ESPN Radio and is airing FOX News Radio’s Brian Kilmeade show, Compass Media Networks-syndicated “Markley and van Camp” show, and the syndicated Tom Sullivan program.   3 Daughters owner Gary Burns tells the paper that more competitors in sports talk radio in the market have “watered it down.”  He also says of the flip, “I just think there’s a larger available audience in Roanoke for talk radio…than there is for sports radio.”

TALKERS News Notes. The nationally syndicated “Thom Hartmann Show” is now heard on Genesis Communications’ “News/Talk Florida” – the duo of WIXC, Titusville and WWBA, Tampa — airing in the 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm daypart…..Radio personality Susie Wargin – midday jock at iHeartMedia’s classic rock KRFX, Denver “103.5 The Fox” – is joining the radio broadcast team for Denver Broncos games this fall.  Wargin will serve as a sideline reporter alongside play-by-play voice Dave Logan and color commentator Rick Lewis. Games air on iHeartMedia’s news/talk KOA and KRFX-FM…..cabana announces it has published its 2019 Guide to Buying Podcasts.  The report includes new features, such as white-labeled case studies, “Ask an Ad Ops Expert” section, and insights into dynamic ad insertion.  cabana VP of digital sales Ilwira Marciszek says, “We’re seeing bigger brands with different goals entering podcast advertising, so we wanted to speak to their concerns directly.  Podcast advertising has worked for direct response, and it can work for all kinds of campaigns when used smartly.”  You can download the Buying Guide here…..Coastal Broadcasting’s sports talk KLRZ-FM, New Orleans “ESPN 100.3” is the new flagship for New Orleans Pelicans basketball beginning with the 2019-20 season.  Last season, games aired on iHeartMedia’s news/talk WRNO-FM.  Pelicans president Dennis Lauscha says, “We could not be more excited to begin this new era of Pelicans basketball with our new flagship radio partner and its devoted listening audience.  ‘ESPN New Orleans’ offers a tremendous daily sports lineup with a significant focus on the Pelicans, along with all of the local professional, collegiate, and high school teams.  This is an outstanding and natural alliance for our city and region.”…..Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports that WGN-AM weekend talk host David Plier is taking over the interim chairman position with the Museum of Broadcast Communications.   Plier has been and will continue to be a member of the museum’s board of directors.  He assumes the role from Larry Wert, who has been interim chairman since 2016.

44thAnnual Gracie Awards Luncheon Held in New York City. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation presented the 44th Annual Gracie Awards Luncheon yesterday (6/26) at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.  Sheinelle Jones, co-host of “3rd Hour of TODAY” and co-anchor of NBC News’ “Weekend TODAY,” led the program alongside presenters Angela Yee from Premiere Networks’ syndicated “The Breakfast Club”; supermodel, TV personality and podcast host Emme; Roula Christie of “The Roula and Ryan Show” on KRBE, Houston; and Duarte Geraldino from Al Jazeera Digital and “PBS NewsHour.”  Winners in the Radio Local category included: Julie DiCaro and Maggie Hendricks, hosts of “The Julie and Maggie Show” on Entercom sports talker WSCR, Chicago; “The Jason & Alex Show” on Hubbard Radio’s KTMY, Minneapolis’; Jillian Barberie, morning personality on Cumulus Media’s  KABC-AM, Los Angeles; and Tara Granahan, talk show on Cumulus’ news/talk WPRO-AM, Providence.  See all the winners here.  The National Gracie Award honorees were recognized at the Gracies Gala on May 21 at The Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills.

Democratic Debate/2020 Presidential Race, Immigration Policy/Detention Facilities/Wayfair Protest, G20 Summit, Mueller to Testify, Iran Tensions, and Dominican Republic Tourist Deaths Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (6/26).  Wednesday night’s debate featuring half of the Democrats seeking their party’s nomination; the Trump administration’s Southern border policies, the conditions at U.S. detention centers, and Wayfair employees’ protests over contracts to supply furniture to child detention centers; the G20 Summit in Osaka and President Trump’s plans to meet with Vladimir Putin; former special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a House Judiciary subcommittee; the diplomatic break between Tehran and Washington; and the deaths and illnesses affecting travelers to the Dominican Republic 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. Urban programming pro Kenny Smoov is promoted to vice president, urban formats for Cumulus Media, a role in which he will serve as a corporate programming resource for the company’s 37 urban outlets.  Smoov has been with Cumulus since 2003 and is program director and morning host for urban contemporary WQQK, Nashville “92Q,” role in which he will continue…..Also at Cumulus MediaPatrick Scott is upped to program director for CHR WLTO-FM, Lexington, Kentucky “Hot 102.5.”  For the past three years, he’s been promotions and marketing director for Cumulus’ five Lexington stations…..Adams Radio of Delmarva names Angela Caswell senior account manager for the five-station music radio cluster that includes rock WZBH, Millsboro, Delaware “The Beach”; CHR WOCQ, Berlin, Maryland “OC 104”; classic rock WGBG, Fruitland, Maryland “BIG 107.7”; country WUSX, Seaford, Delaware; and WOQC-HD2 “KOOL Oldies.”  Caswell most recently served in the sales department at Delmarva Broadcasting, which recently sold its radio properties to Forever Media.

Friday, June 10, 2016

| June 10, 2016

wgn logo 16Roe Conn Extends Deal to Remain with WGN, Chicago.  Windy City talk radio personality Roe Conn will be with Tribune’s WGN Radio through the year 2020 after he and the company inked an extension.  Vice president of programming Todd Manley says,connroe “Roe’s passion for relevant stories and magnetic characters has turned afternoons on WGN into a must-hear daily ritual.  He’s become the ring leader for one of my favorite radio ensembles.”  After spending most of his talk radio career at crosstown WLS-AM, Conn began hosting the afternoon drive show on WGN in January of 2015.  Daily contributors to the show include WGN-TV news anchor Mark Suppelsa and chief meteorologist Tom SkillingAnna Davlantes serves as Conn’s co-host.  Conn comments, “Being at WGN has been the most special experience of my career.  People make the difference and this station has the most diligent, professional and collegial folks I’ve ever worked with.  But what continues to amaze me every day is WGN’s dynamic, engaged and loyal audience.  It’s an incredible honor to be a part of their day.”

Bewley Named Digital Director for Hubbard Minneapolis-St. Paul.  Replacing Jeremy Sinon as Hubbard Radio’s Minneapolis-St. Paul digital director is Jesse Bewley, who will be responsible for the digital strategies for hot AC KSTP-FM “KS95-FM,” talk KTMY “myTalk 107.1,” and sports talk KSTP-AM “1500 ESPN.”ktmy  Bewley says, “I couldn’t be more grateful to Dan Seeman and the entire team at Hubbard kstp-amfor giving me this incredible opportunity to advance my career.  Jeremy Sinon undoubtedly leaves me gigantic shoes to fill, but I’m very much looking forward to leading the team to continued and expanded success in the local digital space.”   Sinon was promoted to corporate digital director.  Bewley, who most recently served as digital PD for iHeartMedia Minneapolis, starts with Hubbard on June 20.

talkersten logoThe Presidential Race Dominates Talkers TenTM for Week of June 6-10.  The activities of the candidates for president, the clinching of the Democratic nomination by Hillary Clinton and President Obama’s and Bernie Sanders’ support for Clinton were the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio during the week.  At #2 was the legal case surrounding Trump University and Donald Trump’s comments about Judge Gonzalo Curiel.  Coming in at #3 was the battle against Islamic State.  The Talkers TenTM is a weekly chart of the top stories and people discussed on news/talk radio during the week and is the result of ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.  It is published every Friday at Talkers.com.  View this week’s entire chart here.

nielsen logoNielsen Audio Releases Third Round of May 2016 PPM Data.  The Third of four rounds of May 2016 PPM ratings data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus.  The May 2016 survey period covered April 21 to May 18.  You can find the complete 6+ ratings numbers from subscribing stations here.  Additionally, TALKERS/RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Twelve Takeaways” from this group on the main page of our sister publication here.

wdrvDan McNeil Exits WDRV, Chicago’s Morning Drive Show.  Mercurial Chicago radio personality Dan McNeil exits Hubbard Radio’s classic rock WDRV “The Drive” after 16 months on the morning drive show.  McNeil is probably one of the markets most famous – or infamous – sports talk personalities.  Over the last 25 years he had talked sports on CBS RADIO’s WSCR and ESPN O&O WMVP.  Prior to joining WDRV, McNeil was in contract talks to rejoinmcneildan WSCR in the midday slot but the two sides couldn’t come to terms.  In February of 2015, McNeil was paired up with Pete McMurray to co-host The Drive’s morning show.  Recently, McNeil disappeared from the air and, when he returned, was only heard doing brief sports reports.  According to several sources, McNeil was upset when Greg Solk was let go from his SVP of programming post and was more upset when he was instructed not to talk about the matter on the show.  Apparently, he was given some time off to cool down.  Now, the station and he part ways and Hubbard makes the announcement in a press release from Hubbard Radio Chicago vice president/market manager John Gallagher and WDRV program director Rob Cressman.  McNeil is quoted in the presser saying, “It was an incredible chapter in my radio tour.  I got to be a part of a terrific air staff… some really wonderful people.  ‘The Drive’ paid me go to mcmurraypetemovies, to take listeners to see AC/DC and The Who.  I’ve been wanting to write a love letter to rock and roll publicly for years and I got to do it on one of the most sparkling classic rock stations in the country.”  Cressman addresses the station’s morning show going forward.  “We look forward to what lies ahead for ‘The Drive.’  Pete McMurray and the team have assembled a strong foundation.  Our plans include a search for the chemistry and content mix that our audience has clearly requested.  The considerable research and appraisal that accompanied the former incarnation of ‘The Morning Drive’ will continue to determine where future opportunities exist to super-serve Chicago’s classic rock enthusiasts in the morning.”

PwC Gives Radio Positive Outlook Over Next Four Years.  The new Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2016-2020 is out from PwC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers) and it presents current ad spend data and predicts where the industries will be in the year 2020.  For radio, the news is mixed.  PwC scores radio’s ad spend based on AM/FM spot sales, internet streaming and digital revenue, and NTR (or live events).  It predicts radio as an industry will rise from its current $21.4 billion in revenue to $23.1 billion in 2020 – a compound annual growth rate of 1.6%.  For radio stations and companies already integrating live events into their revenue stream, PwC says the news is good.  The study forecasts an almost 5% increase in revenue in the Live Events sector to $11.69 billion by the year 2020.  See the study here.

Friday, April 22, 2016

| April 22, 2016

yorkedanWPRO, Providence Names Dan Yorke PM Drive Host.  Three months after the death of colorful afternoon talk show host Buddy Cianci, Cumulus Media named Dan Yorke Cianci’s replacement inwpro logo afternoon drive.  This is familiar territory for Yorke, who served as PM drive personality for years prior to Cianci’s joining the station.  Yorke has been the midday host and his move bumps temporary PM drive host Tara Granahan to the evening daypart – 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Current evening host and longtime station producer Matt Allen is upped to the midday host role.  The other hosts at the station remain in their places – Gene Vallicente in morning drive and John DePetro in the late morning roles.

Hubbard’s ‘myTalk 107.1’ Dedicates Programming to Passing of Prince.  The passing of music legendprincemyTalkbillboard Prince on Thursday (4/21) at the age of 57 has stunned fans and the music community alike, and tributes are taking place on many music stations.  Special programs are being offered by radio networks, as well.  But at Hubbard Radio’s Minneapolis female-targeted talk outlet KTMY “myTalk 107.1,” the station went all-Prince upon the news of his death.  Hubbard Radio VP and market manager Dan Seeman tells TALKERS, “‘myTalk covered the news, but princebillboardmayomore importantly, it covered our listeners’ reactions to the news.  It was a very emotional day.”  The station used digital billboard technology to quickly react and show its listeners that it was talking about the story “now.”  At left, you can see the billboard perched atop the city’s famed Mayo Clinic yesterday.  Additionally, the station was very quick to put insightful and locally flavored Prince-related content up on its website.  Check that out here.

wabc logoNoam Laden Appointed WABC, New York News Director.  New York news/talk 77 WABC announces the appointment of Noam Laden as the station’s news director.  Laden has been with WABC for the past seven years, most recently hosting the early morningladennoam “News Hour with Noam Laden,” and writing and anchoring the station’s news from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. Now, Laden is tapped to lead the news department as news director.  In a memo to staff, program director Craig Schwalb says Laden will help him tackle the news operation’s priorities, including: digital news functions, adding news content to the station’s website; weekend news enhancements; and more.  Schwalb says, “This is a fantastic step for our team and it is all about making WABC even stronger in news content and coverage.”

The Presidential Race/New York Primary Top Talk Story for Week of April 18-22.  Not surprisingly, the activities of the candidates for president and this week’s important New York primary election dominated the discussion on news/talk radio this week, landing atop the Talkers TenTM.  At #2 this week was President Obama’s trip to Saudi Arabia.  Coming in at #3 was Russia’s increased military activity and following at #4 was the proposed change replacing Andrew Jackson with abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.  The Talkers TenTM is a weekly chart of the top stories and people discussed on news/talk radio during the week and is the result of ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.  It is published every Friday at Talkers.com.  View this week’s entire chart here.

NBC Sports Radio Unveils Sunday Night Show with Pabst and Perloff.  Sports media pros Paul Pabst and Andrew Perloff are both producers and personalities on DirecTV’s Dan Patrick show – Pabst for the past pabstpaul12 years and Perloff for nine.  Beginning this Sunday night, they’ll debut “The Leisuremen: Pabst & Perloff,” from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm ET.  NBC Sports Radio says the show “will touch on a wide range ofperloffandrew topics that go wildly beyond sports – from food, drink, cars, travel, and money to how to properly wear plaid pants.”  Pabst has worked at CBS Sports, CBS Radio News, ESPN, and SiriusXM.  He’s also written for Sports Illustrated and ESPN Magazine.  Perloff has served as a writer, editor, and producer for Sports Illustrated, FOXSports.com, NFL, MLB.com, and the YES Network.

Odds & Sods.  In consideration for the “hardest working man in talk radio” title is WHO, Des Moines-basedconwaysimon personality Simon Conway.  Today (4/22), Conway is hosting his morning show on WMT, Cedar Rapids; his afternoon show on WHO; then will sit in for the Compass Media Networks-syndicated Joe Pags show…..Chris Hill, host of the “Motley Fool Money” radio show, checks in to tell TALKERS that his show is now available on Spotify and Google Play.  The latter launched this week and Spotify recently added spoken word content to its menu of entertainment…..Dita Holifield is promoted from her director of sales position to general manager for the Salem Media’s Honolulu station group.

hermanscottQuaal16Scott Herman Receives 2016 Ward L. Quaal Leadership Award.  At a breakfast ceremony at the NAB Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday, CBS RADIO chief operating officer Scott Herman was presented with the 2016 Ward L. Quaal Leadership Award by the Broadcasters Foundation of America.  The Broadcasters Foundation has distributed millions of dollars in aid to members of the industry who have lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease or unforeseen tragedy.  Pictured (l – r) are: CBS RADIO president Andre Fernandez, Herman’s wife Beth, Herman, and BFoA chairman Philip J. Lombardo.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

| February 19, 2013

nms2013logoErica Farber to Moderate Major Advertising and Sales Panel at TALKERS New York 2013.  The list of major speakers continues to grow as Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) president and CEO Erica Farber joins the roster of industry leaders that will befarbererica speaking at “TALKERS New York 2013,” the 16th annual installment of talk radio’s longest running and most important annual convention.  Farber will serve as moderator for a major panel titled, “The State of Radio Advertising,” which will feature a variety of industry sales and marketing heavyweights discussing the key issues and potential directions of radio advertising, sales and marketing.  TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison states, “The subject of revenue generation has never been more important in the radio industry conversation than it is right now and we couldn’t think of anyone in the business more qualified to lead it than Erica Farber.  Her background and experience in sales and its vital relationship to all other elements of radio is legendary.  Since joining the RAB during the past year and ascending to its top executive position, the organization has clearly become revitalized and is vibrant with the energy of optimism, creativity, information and service – all of which bodes well to the continuing resurgence of radio as a major advertising medium with not just a glorious past – but a solid future, as well.”  Panelists for this session will be named in the coming days along with more of the 50-plus speakers that will be participating in the conference.  The event is set for Thursday, June 6, 2013 at the Concierge Conference Center on Manhattan’s East Side.  Registration for the day including all activities and food service is $199 per person.  An advance sellout is expected due to space limitations.  Registration is limited to members of the working media and can only be taken via telephone.  For registration and sponsorship information call 413-565-5413.  Complete agenda details are being posted daily.  Stay tuned.

wyde logoWYDE-AM/FM, Birmingham Re-Brands as “Superstation 101.”  Crawford Broadcasting brings Leland Whaley aboard as program director and afternoon drive host and makes a few other lineup changes as it re-brands from its old “The Source” to “Superstation 101.”  Lineup changes include Whaley in PM drive and the move of Michael Hart to mornings with Lee DavisTalk Radio Network’s Andrea Tantaros joins the station in the 10:00 am to 1:00 pm slot followed by Dave Ramsey from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Whaley comes to WYDE-AM/FM from Cumulus Media’s crosstown WAPI-FM.

mathesonthompsonHubbard’s KTMY, Minneapolis Shifts Programming.  The female-targeted talk station KTMY, Minneapolis “myTALK 107.1” announces the midday program hosted by Jason Matheson and Alexis Thompson (pictured here) will move to the morning drive slot beginning February 28.  The change comes after Ian Punnett was forced to leave the program he’s co-hosted with his wife Margery Punnett due to a battle with tinnitus.  Margery Punnett remains at the station co-hosting the 9:00 am to 12:00 noon program with Emma Thomas.  As a result, the duo of Colleen Lindstrom and Bradley Traynor shift to the 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm slot.  The St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports that Jason Matheson will leave his other gig as morning news anchor at KMSP-TV “Fox9” in order to do mornings at KTMY.

twitterlogoHave You Hugged Twitter Today?  Radio consultant Holland Cooke remembers first learning about Twitter at the TALKERS magazine conference in New York in 2008 where it was explained, “You post short messages about what you’re doing, follow and reply to similar messages from others in your social network.  These posts and replies can be acookeholland great way to increase engagement, and help keep a conversation active long after your show is over.”  So, are hosts and jocks using Twitter effectively five years later?  Cooke says the smart ones are.  “Many broadcasters under-utilize social media, by merely using Twitter and Facebook as additional transmitters.  Instead, use these media to socialize and you can become more than a disembodied voice in the dashboard.  If you’re on air at a music station, this is a real opportunity, to engage deeper than the keep-it-quick format allows on air.”  Holland Cooke has more advice for social media use here.

doylejerryTRN’s Jerry Doyle to Be Featured at 2013 Phoenix Comicon.  Nationally syndicated talk show host Jerry Doyle will be a featured guest at the 2013 Phoenix Comicon event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the sci-fi series “Babylon 5” May 23-26.  Doyle was a star of the Emmy Award-winning series playing the character of Michael Garibaldi, chief security officer.  Talk Radio Network CEO Mark Masters says of Doyle, “The real Jerry Doyle is not far removed from the character that he played in ‘Babylon 5,’ as they both uphold high standards, are outspoken and live with vivid pasts.  The Jerry Doyle show is a mix of politics, pop culture and current events.  Doyle’s strong opinions, diverse background and quick wit appeals to all listening audiences.”

cbssportsradiologoCentral Michigan Duo Flips to Sports Talk.  Blarney Stone Broadcasting’s combo of AC WGRY-FM and adult standards WGRY-AM, Grayling, Michigan  drops the music and signs on with CBS Sports Radio Network to broadcast its entire lineup on the simulcast.  The stations will also air Detroit Tigers baseball and Detroit Red Wings hockey in addition to Grayling High School sports.  President and CEO Cheryl Coyne says, “We are pleased to partner with CBS to provide Central/Northern Michigan a sports talk format that will engage local audience participation with passionate dialog and debate.  WGRY-AM/FM will deliver compelling content that will soon be regionalized with a focus on Michigan sports.”

mcculloughFNCTalking Obama’s Weekend Golf Outing.  Nationally syndicated talk host Kevin McCullough is pictured here on Fox News Channel’s “America Live with Megyn Kelly” yesterday where he discussed the issue of President Obama’s weekend golf outing with Tiger Woods which happened without the White House press corps’ knowledge, causing the press to question Obama’s transparency.  A common criticism of news/talk cable television is the tendency for guests to talk over each other, not allowing the viewers to hear the arguments.  A number of TALKERS staffers noted how Kevin McCullough and Democratic campaign advisor Mark Hannah clearly stated their takes on the issue and let each other fully state their arguments without interruption.  This smart approach to the discussion of current events is also reflected in the tenor of McCullough’s radio program – a tactic that’s winning audience and affiliates for the hard-working media personality.

whamradiothonWHAM, Rochester Raises Record Funds for Children’s Hospital.  Clear Channel news/talk outlet WHAM, Rochester – along with sister station “100.5 The Drive”  – broadcast a two-day radiothon to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital last Thursday and Friday.  Listeners pledged more than $217,000 in donations and the amount raised represents the highest total ever for the annual event, now in its 12th year with the Clear Channel stations, and part of the Children’s Miracle Network.  WHAM personalities appearing on the radiothon included Chet Walker, Bob Lonsberry, Joe Lomonaco, and Bob Matthews.

rusillohoopsRussillo on the Hardwood.  ESPN Radio personality Ryen Russillo (lower) boxes out Olympic gold medalist speedster Usain Bolt (upper) playing defense at the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game in Houston on Friday evening.  Russillo is heard daily on ESPN Radio (and seen on ESPNEWS) with Scott Van Pelt on the “SVP & Russillo” show.  We hear the over/under on Russillo was that he’d score 5 points but he beat that by tallying 7 points!

Spiking Gas Prices, Oscar Pistorius Murder Case, Obama Florida Golf Outing, Mindy McCready Suicide, and Sequestration/Deficit Reduction Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (2/18).  The sudden and steep rise in gasoline prices; the murder charges being brought against South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius; President Obama’s weekend Florida golf outing and the White House Press Corps’ anger at being excluded; the suicide of country singer Mindy McCready and the threat of sequestration and deficit reduction discussion were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS.