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January 2022 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Three

| February 25, 2022

January 2022 PPM Data – Information for the January 2022 ratings period has been released for Portland; Charlotte; San Antonio; Sacramento; Pittsburgh; Salt Lake City; Las Vegas; Orlando; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Kansas City; and Columbus.

Nielsen Audio’s January 2022 sweep covered January 6 – February 2

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 “Holiday” 2021 – January 2022 (6+).

PORTLAND

News/Talk: Alpha Media’s KXL “FM 101 News” 5.9 – 7.6, +1.7, fifth to fourth

iHeartMedia-owned KEX “News Radio 1190” 2.3 – 2.8, +.5, #16 to #15

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Oregon Public Broadcasting’s KOPB 8.3 – 10.1, +1.8, second to first and KOPB’s internet stream 2.7 – 2.1, -.6, #13 to #19

Number One 6+: public radio news/talk KOPB, first month, 8.3 – 10.1, +1.8

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2021 – January 2022 Increase: public radio news/talk KOPB (+1.8)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2021 – January 2022 Decrease: adult contemporary KKCW (-7.7)

CHARLOTTE

News/Talk: Radio One-owned WBT AM & WBT-FM “Charlotte’s News Talk” 2.9 – 3.9, +1.0, #15 to #13

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Beasley Media Group’s WSOC-HD3 “Fox Sports Charlotte” .2 – .3, +.1, #20

Urban One-owned WLNK-HD3 .3, #20 (did not appear in “Holiday” 2021)

Public Radio News/Talk: University Radio Foundation’s WFAE 3.1 – 4.2, +1.1, #14 to #12

South Carolina Educational Television Commission-owned WNSC steady at .4, #20 to #19

Number One 6+: Davidson College classical WDAV, first month, 4.4 – 6.4, +2.0

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2021 – January 2022 Increase: classical WDAV (+2.0)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2021 – January 2022 Decrease: adult contemporary WKQC (-5.8)

SAN ANTONIO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WOAI “News Radio 1200” (Spurs) 3.7 – 4.4, +.7, remains at #8

Alpha Media-owned KTSA “Stay Connected” 1.8 – 2.6, +.8, #16 to #14

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Texas Public Radio’s KSTX 3.3 – 3.4, +.1, #11 to #12

Number One 6+: Cox Media Group classic rock KTKX, first month, 5.4 – 7.3, +1.9

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2021 – January 2022 Increase:  CHR KXXM (+2.1)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2021 – January 2022 Decrease: adult contemporary KQXT (-8.9)

SACRAMENTO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned KFBK-AM & KFBK-FM “News 1530 AM & 93.1 FM” 6.7 – 7.1, +.4, stays at #3 and cluster-mate KSTE “Talk 650” 2.1 – 3.7, +1.6, #14 to #11

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy’s KIFM-AM “ESPN 1320” 1.1 – 1.3, +.2, #17 to #18

Public Radio News/Talk: Capital Public Radio-owned KXJZ 4.0 – 5.0, +1.0, repeats in seventh-place

Number One 6+: Audacy classic rock KSEG, first month, 8.1 – 9.3, +1.2

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2021 – January 2022 Increase:  country KNCI (+2.1)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2021 – January 2022 Decrease: adult contemporary KYMX (-8.3)

PITTSBURGH

News/Talk: Audacy’s KDKA-AM “News Radio 1020 AM” 4.4 – 5.0, +.6, eighth to sixth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned KDKA-FM “93.7 The Fan All Sports All The Time” 7.6 – 9.1, +1.5, fourth to second

Public Radio News/Talk: Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting’s WESA 2.2 – 3.1, +.9, #12 to #11

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWSW, third month in succession, 15.5 – 10.1, -5.4

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2021 – January 2022 Increase:  adult hits WRRK (+1.7)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2021 – January 2022 Decrease:  classic hits-oldies WWSW (-5.4)

SALT LAKE CITY

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s KNRS-AM & KNRS-FM “Talk Radio” 5.7 – 7.6, +1.9, sixth to second

Bonneville-owned KSL “News Radio 102.7 FM & 1160 AM” 5.3 – 6.5, +1.2, seventh to fourth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Utah’s KUER 3.7 – 4.3, +.6, ninth to eighth

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KODJ, first month, 6.8 – 7.8, +1.0

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2021 – January 2022 Increase:  news/talk KNRS-AM & KNRS-FM (+1.9)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2021 – January 2022 Decrease: adult contemporary KSFI (-10.3)*

*Represents the largest “Holiday” 2021 – January 2022 decrease (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

LAS VEGAS

News/Talk: Audacy’s KXNT “News Talk 840” 1.5 – 1.7, +.2, #21 to #19

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: Nevada Public Radio’s KNPR 1.7 – 2.5, +.8, #18 to #14

Number One 6+: Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies KKLZ, first month, 6.9 – 7.0, +.1

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2021 – January 2022 Increase: contemporary Christian KSOS (+1.3)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2021 – January 2022 Decrease: adult contemporary KSNE (-7.8)

ORLANDO

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTKS “Real Radio 104.1” 4.8 – 6.2, +1.4, eighth to sixth

Cox Media Group-owned WDBO “Orlando’s News Talk” 1.5 – 1.9, +.4, repeats at #17

iHeartMedia’s WFLF “Orlando News Radio” 1.2 – 1.3, +.1, #18 to #19

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WYGM “96.9 The Game” (Magic) 1.7 – 2.0, +.3, #14 to #16

Public Radio News/Talk: Community Connections’ WMFE 1.7 – 2.5, +.8, #14 to #13

Number One 6+: iHeartMedia CHR WXXL, first month, 7.1 – 8.3, +1.2

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2021 – January 2022 Increase: news/talk WTKS (+1.4)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2021 – January 2022 Decrease: adult contemporary WMGF (-6.1)

CINCINNATI

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WLW “700 Cincinnati’s News Radio” (Bengals) 10.0 – 11.5, +1.5, anchored in second-place and cluster-mate WKRC “55 KRC The Talk Station” 4.7 – 7.0, +2.3, sixth to fourth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: iHeartMedia’s WCKY “ESPN 1530” 1.3 – 1.4, +.1, #16 to #17

Public Radio News/Talk: Cincinnati Public Radio-owned WVXU 4.1 – 4.8, +.7, seventh to sixth

Number One 6+: Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WGRR, first month, 9.5 – 13.4, +3.9

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2021 – January 2022 Increase: classic hits-oldies WGRR (+3.9)**

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2021 – January 2022 Decrease:  adult contemporary WRRM (-6.4)

**Represents the largest “Holiday” 2021 – January 2022 increase (6+) of any station from these 12 PPM-markets

CLEVELAND

News/Talk: iHeartMedia’s WTAM “News Radio 1100” (Cavaliers) 4.4 – 4.7, +.3, repeats in seventh-place

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned WKRK “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” 5.6 – 5.4, -.2, flat at #6 and WKRK’s internet stream, steady at 1.1, #17 to #16

Public Radio News/Talk: Ideastream’s WCPN 3.0 – 4.1, +1.1, #12 to #11

Kent State University-owned WKSU 1.6 – 1.5, -.1, #14 to #15

Number One 6+: Radio One urban AC WZAK, first month, 8.2 – 11.3, +3.1

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2021 – January 2022 Increase:  urban AC WZAK (+3.1)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2021 – January 2022 Decrease: adult contemporary WDOK (-4.1)

KANSAS CITY

News/Talk: Audacy’s KMBZ-FM “98.1 FM News, Traffic, Weather” 5.0 – 7.2, +2.2, fifth to third

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: Audacy-owned KCSP “Sports Radio 610 Our Teams, Our Town” 2.2 – 2.9, +.7, #17 to #12 and KCSP’s internet stream, 1.2, #19 (unlisted in “Holiday” 2021)

Public Radio News/Talk: University of Missouri’s KCUR 4.8 – 6.0, +1.2, seventh to fifth

Number One 6+: Cumulus Media classic rock KCFX, fifth consecutive month, 8.5 – 7.6, -.9

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2021 – January 2022 Increase: news/talk KMBZ-FM (+2.2)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2021 – January 2022 Decrease: adult contemporary KCKC (-3.7)

COLUMBUS

News/Talk: iHeartMedia-owned WTVN “News Radio 610” 6.0 – 8.5, +2.5, fifth to third

News: iHeartMedia’s WYTS “Columbus’ BIN 1230” .1 – .3, +.2, #20 to #19

Sports Talk: Tegna-owned WBNS-FM “97.1 FM The Fan” (Blue Jackets) 8.2 – 9.5, +1.3, second to first and cluster-mate WBNS-AM “ESPN 1460 AM” .7 – .6, -.1, #15 to #18

Public Radio News/Talk: Ohio State University’s WOSU 6.6 – 7.7, +1.1, fourth to fifth

Number One 6+: sports talk WBNS-FM, first month, 8.2 – 9.5, +1.3

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2021 – January 2022 Increase:  news/talk WTVN (+2.5)

Largest 6+ “Holiday” 2021 – January 2022 Decrease: adult hits WODC (-6.3)

Up next: January 2022 overviews for Austin; Raleigh; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Nashville; Providence; Norfolk; Jacksonville; West Palm Beach; Greensboro; Memphis; and Hartford.

Email Mike Kinosian at Mike.Kinosian@gmail.com

May 2018 PPM Analysis: Sports Talk

| June 21, 2018

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
TALKERS

LOS ANGELES — Our four-part series of detailed May 2018 PPM overviews continues with sports talk; an analysis of all-news operations was posted yesterday (Wednesday, 6/20).

The following scoreboards are comprised of sports talk facilities that rank in the top 20 (6+) in any of the 48 PPM-markets for the May 2018 survey period, which covered April 26 – May 23.

Given that Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services, ratings information in this exclusive analysis are limited to properties that pay that company for its data.

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