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Radio: Live On Air and Everywhere

| April 16, 2021

By Holland Cooke
Consultant

 

BLOCK ISLAND, RI — Both programmers and sales reps – and retail advertisers you pitch – will find this NPR/Edison Research useful.

Based on 1,500 early-2021 online interviews with Persons 18+ who had listened to radio in the past week, weighted, it’s available for free download here. Included there: video interviews with some who were surveyed, which will make you long for the days when radio funded focus groups.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

| April 6, 2021

KRMG-AM/FM, Tulsa Names Skyler Cooper ‘Evening News’ Host. Nine-year KRMG-AM/FM, Tulsa staffer Skyler Cooper rises from his reporter position to a new role as the host of the “KRMG Evening News” that airs from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm weeknights. Station director of branding and programming Levi May says, “The ‘KRMG Evening News’ has a great history of hosts informing and entertaining Tulsa’s radio audience on their drive home. Skyler’s the perfect local host to carry on this tradition.” Cooper is a Tulsa native who began his career with the Cox Media Group station as a part-time board operator and moved up through the ranks. During his nine years with the station, he’s covered the construction and opening of the Gathering Place, the historic 2019 Arkansas River flood, tornadic weather, and the tragic shooting of two Tulsa Police Department officers in 2020. He says, “I am beyond excited to take on this new challenge and I am looking forward to working with the ‘KRMG Evening News’ team. It’s such a thrill to work for the most powerful radio station in Oklahoma and it’s right here in my hometown!” Cooper replaces Dick Loftin who served as the “KRMG Evening News” host for eight years.

Larry Blumhagen to Lead Cumulus Media San Francisco. Radio sales and management pro Larry Blumhagen is named vice president and market manager for Cumulus Media’s San Francisco station group that includes news/talk KGO, news/talk KSFO, sports talk KNBR-AM/FM, and classic rock KSAN-FM. He takes over for Doug Harvill, who announced his retirement from the industry in January. Blumhagen was most recently VP and director of sales for Audacy Los Angeles. Cumulus EVP of operations Dave Milner says, “Larry brings a strategic mind focused on building successful sales organizations and positive cultures. Aligning his exceptional leadership abilities and deep knowledge of the San Francisco market with our talented team and strong brands is a winning combination.” Blumhagen comments, “I’m beyond thrilled to return to San Francisco and to join the exceptional team at Cumulus Media. Leading these great brands forward while meeting the needs of both our listeners and advertisers will be an exciting journey. I’m fortunate to be stepping into Doug Harvill’s shoes, as I know first-hand that he is a man of deep integrity and immense passion for the industry.”

‘The Dana Show’ Announces New Affiliate Stations. The nationally syndicated midday program “The Dana Show” – starring Dana Loesch – adds a number of new affiliate stations. Syndicator Radio America reports that “The Dana Show” recently replaced “The Rush Limbaugh Show” on KURV-AM, McAllen-Brownsville, Texas; KJNO-AM/FM Juneau, Alaska; and KJMT-FM, Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Other stations to recently add the program to their lineups include: KERN-AM, Bakersfield; KYUL-AM & KIUL-AM Wichita; and KGYN, Guymon, Oklahoma.

Sebastian Gorka’s ‘Reality Check’ Debuts on Newsmax TV This Sunday. Former Trump White House strategist and deputy assistant – and current Salem Radio Network nationally syndicated talk radio host – Sebastian Gorka’s new television show on Newsmax TV debuts this Sunday (4/11) at 7:00 pm ET (with a rebroadcast at 10:00 pm ET). The program is called “The Gorka Reality Check” and Gorka says, “Newsmax is the new force for truth in the face of a morally bankrupt legacy media and I am honored to join Chris Ruddy’s sterling team. There is a good reason that Newsmax’s daily shows are scaring legacy competitors, and our new weekly show, ‘The Gorka Reality Check,’ will reveal the truth behind the most important stories our loyal viewers need to be aware of in order to stop the radical Left.”

Martha Zoller’s Show Expands on WDUN-AM/FM, Gainesville, Georgia. According to a story in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Martha Zoller’s talk show on Jacobs Media’s news/talk WDUN-AM/FM, Gainesville, Georgia is getting a new name and another hour of air time. The AJC’s Rodney Ho reports that the station’s program changes in the aftermath of the death of 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm talk legend Rush Limbaugh include the expansion of Zoller’s program. While the early afternoon daypart previously occupied by Limbaugh is being filled by syndicated radio personality Todd Starnes, Zoller’s show grows from one to two hours and now airs from 9:00 am to 11:00 am daily. It’s also changing its title from “Morning Talk with Martha Zoller” to “The Martha Zoller Show.”

The Mightier 1090’s “Kaplan & Crew” Airing on So Cal Cable TV. According to a story in the Times of San Diego, best of segments of the XEPRS-AM “The Mightier 1090” afternoon drive show “Kaplan & Crew” are being featured in an hourlong program airing from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm nightly on Cox Communications’ regional cable channel “YurView.” Scott Kaplan, along with co-hosts John Browner and Alex Padilla, re-joined XEPRS for its re-launch in August of last year. The station’s previous operator Broadcast Company of the Americas lost its lease with XEPRS’ owner and Flagstaff, Arizona-based advertising executive Bill Hagen began the process of bringing “The Mightier 1090” back to the airwaves. Kaplan tells the Times, “We are stoked to add TV as a distribution platform. Two years ago, we were heard exclusively on radio, then we evolved into a podcast broadcasting on terrestrial radio and now cable TV. I am excited to share with the Cox viewers our brand of sports and life talk. Thankfully, my man Bill Hagen revived 1090, who has been instrumental in our growth, and getting us onto televisions throughout the mega market.”

Former Nielsen PPM Panelist Sues Ratings Company for Revealing His Identity in Bubba the Love Sponge Ratings Manipulation Case. A report in the Tampa Bay Times indicates that the rabid fans of radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge forced Nicolas Tabachuk and his family to move out of Florida after his identity was revealed along with this role in outing Bubba in a PPM ratings manipulation scheme. Tabachuk is suing Nielsen in Pinellas County, Florida complaining that the company promised to keep his identity hidden but failed to do so. This suit stems from the 2015 case in which Nielsen sued Bubba the Love Sponge for paying a PPM panelist to tune in to the show. Bubba and Nielsen settled that suit for an undisclosed amount. This suit claims that after promising to keep Tabachuk’s identity secret, Nielsen revealed it to Bubba during a meeting with him. It goes on to claim that Bubba’s fans harassed Tabachuk with death threats, rape threats and stalking, hacking his social media accounts, showing up to his home and the home of his parents. The suit is seeking in excess of $30,000 from Nielsen. Bubba the Love Sponge is not named in the suit.

WWO: Podcasting Accounts for All the Growth in Audio. Using data from Edison Research’s Q4 2020 edition of the Share of Ear study, this week’s Westwood One blog observes what it calls “stunning news” – that “for the first time, audience shares for podcasting surpassed the combined audiences of ad-supported Pandora and ad-supported Spotify.” Some of the takeaways from this blog report include: AM/FM radio’s 74% share of ad-supported audio is 11 times bigger than Pandora’s and 19 times larger than Spotify’s; adding podcasts and AM/FM radio streaming generates incremental reach to over-the-air AM/FM radio media plans; and podcasting now accounts for all the growth in audio. A four-year comparison of Share of Ear  data reveals ad-supported Pandora and Spotify shares have dropped from a 12% share in 2016 to a 11% share in 2020. Over the same period, podcast shares increased 4 times, 3% to 12%. See the Westwood One blog here.

TALKERS News Notes. According to a report at Syracuse.com, radio sales and management pro Rick Yacobush has come out of retirement to join the sales and marketing team at Cumulus Media’s Syracuse cluster as a senior account executive. Yacobush has worked for more than 42 years in the Central New York radio market. The Cumulus cluster in Syracuse includes sports talk WSKO-AM and three music brands…..New York Times bestselling author and TV personality Nicole Lapin announces the launch of her new daily financial podcast, “Money Rehab with Nicole Lapin,” distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network. The podcast is a call-in style financial podcast “that demystifies money topics for everyday people.” Each week, Lapin invites a listener to come onto the show for a one-on-one “listener intervention,” where she has an extended conversation with the listener about a money issue and gives them advice so they can “rehab” their finances…..Audacy’s Cadence13 and NBA veteran JJ Redick and Tommy Alter’s ThreeFourTwo Productions unveil “FAIRGAME,” a limited-run podcast series hosted by former world No. 1 champion golfer Adam Scott in which “he’ll take listeners inside the ropes to provide a never-before-heard account of what it takes to compete at the game’s most prominent event, the 2021 Masters Tournament.”…..Cumulus Media’s Westwood One is presenting coverage of the 85th Masters Tournament from Wednesday (4/7) through Sunday (4/11). Each day during the tournament, Westwood One will offer two-minute-long leader board updates and breaking news reports at :16 and :46 past the hour for a total of 102 updates throughout the Masters. In addition, Westwood One Sports will air “The Masters Tonight,” an hour-long show featuring highlights, player audio, and more to recap the day’s events, hosted by Kevin Kugler with former PGA Tour player Charlie Rymer…..The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC announces it has partnered with Cumulus Media’s KCSF-AM, Colorado Springs “XTRA Sports 1300” to broadcast Switchbacks games in 2021. KCSF-AM program director and afternoon drive host Ryan Kaufman will handle play-by-play duties. He’d served as TV play-by-play announcer since 2018.

COVID-19, Biden Infrastructure Plan, Border Troubles/Immigration Policy, Derek Chauvin Trial, Voting Rights/MLB Moves All-Star Game, Matt Gaetz Investigation, Hunter Biden Book, Credit Suisse Loss, and Netanyahu Corruption Trial Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (4/5). The number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., the spread of the variants, and the rollout of vaccines; President Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan; the problem of large numbers of unaccompanied children at the U.S.-Mexico border and the Biden administration’s immigration policy; the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd; the new voting laws in Georgia, the Democrats’ federal voting rights bill, and the MLB’s decision to move the All-Star game out of Atlanta in response; the investigation into allegations of sex with a minor against Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz; the new book by Hunter Biden that details his addiction troubles and more; Credit Suisse loses $4.7 billion after a hedge fund collapses; and the corruption trial facing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Monday Memo: Argument? Or Assessment?

| April 5, 2021

By Holland Cooke
Consultant

 

BLOCK ISLAND, RI — While shutdown-weary listeners yearn for The American Comeback:

  • FOX News feeds gotcha questions to budding correspondents it sends to White House briefings, where this president’s press secretary is more diplomatic than her predecessors.
  • Once CNBC’s credible, iconic “Money Honey,” FOX News B-teamer Maria Bartiromo seems to have taken the baton from disgraced Lou Dobbs. Mark Levin’s pitch is approaching an octave only dogs can hear.
  • Prominent among cable news and talk radio catch-phrase accusations are that Democrats want “utopia” and “open borders,” words I have never heard Democrats utter.
  • Asian-Americans are being assaulted in broad daylight, after Donald Trump branded COVID-19 “The Chi-nah Virus” relentlessly, because he knows what our sales reps preach to advertisers: repetition works.
  • Gun sales are so brisk that ammunition – already price-gouged — is being rationed in some places. The U.S. Capitol grounds seem no safer than supermarkets and other modern day killing fields.
  • There aren’t enough mental health professionals to meet demand.

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Friday, March 26, 2021

| March 26, 2021

NOW POSTED:  This Weekend’s Installment of “The Michael Harrison Wrap: An Overview of the National Conversation.” The latest installment of the one-hour weekend special, “The Michael Harrison Wrap,” that looks back each week at the hottest topics discussed in American talk media per the research of TALKERS magazine, is now posted. This new episode titled,“The Borders of Our Lives,” looks back at this past week of March 22-26, 2021.  The program features guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERS magazine; Walter Sterling, talk show host, “Sterling On Sunday”; Dana Loesch, talk show host, Radio AmericaBernadette Duncan, author/former talk show producer; Lee Habeeb, talk show host/producer, “Our American Stories”; Bobbie Winston, artist/American ex-pat, Brazil; and Victoria Jones, executive director, DC Radio Company. The show airs each week on its flagship, WONK-FM, Washington, DC, Friday evenings at 6:00 pm ET. It also airs throughout the weekend on WTIC, Hartford; KSCO, Santa Cruz, CA; KDFD, Denver; KFNX, Phoenix; WVLY, Wheeling, WV; WTRW-FM, Scranton/Wilkes Barre, PA; WVOX, Westchester, NY; KBDT, Dallas; KQSP, Minneapolis; KBKW, Aberdeen, WA; WGDJ, Albany, NY;  WJFN-FM, Richmond, VA; WZFG, Fargo; KTGO, Tioga, ND; KWAM, Memphis; K-NEWS, San Luis Obispo; WGMD, Rehoboth Beach, DE; WCHM, Clarkesville, GA;  WPHM, Port Huron, MI; KSYL, Alexandria, LA; KTOE, Mankato, MN; WCED, DuBois, PA; K-NEWS 101.3, Owensboro, KY; WWTK, Sebring, FL; WSAR-AM/FM, Fall River, MA; WIZM-AM/FM, La Crosse, WI; WMVA, Martinsville, VA; the Virginia Talk Radio NetworkCRN Digital Talk Radio Network; the iHeart Podcast NetworkPioneer Valley Radio, Springfield, MA; Podcast Radio, UK and many more.  To listen to this week’s episode, please click 

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. To view the latest TALKERS magazine topic research, please click here. “The Michael Harrison Wrap” is now available in syndication via Talk Media Network to stations across America on a market exclusive basis. For affiliation information, please click here or call 616-884-8616.

Round Four of Nielsen Audio’s February PPM Ratings Released. The fourth and final round of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s February 2021 PPM survey has been released for 12 markets, including: Austin, Raleigh, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Providence, Norfolk, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Greensboro, Memphis, and Hartford. Nielsen’s February 2021 survey covered February 4 – March 3. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets. Waterloo Media’s news/talk KLBJ-AM, Austin adds a half share to finish the survey with a 6.2 share (weekly, 6+ AQH share) and remains ranked #4 in the market. In Raleigh, iHeartMedia’s news/talk WTKK-FM falls to the #5 rank after losing a full share to finish with a 6.0 share, while Curtis Media Group’s crosstown news/talk WPTF dips two-tenths for a 2.3 share and the #14 rank. Emmis Communications’ news/talk WIBC-FM, Indianapolis falls from #1 to #3 after shedding seven-tenths for an 8.2 share finish. And in Milwaukee, despite losing 1.6 shares, iHeartMedia’s news/talk WISN-AM remains in first place on the strength of a 9.4 share while Good Karma Brands’ WTMJ-AM slides down a half share for a 6.0 share finish good for the #5 rank. See Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways for this round of markets – as well as the previous three rounds – here.

NYPost: Carton’s Restitution Out of Her Hands. The New York Post reports that one of WFAN, New York afternoon drive personality Craig Carton’s fraud victims will not get restitution any quicker – at least for the time being. Gerard LoDuca – owner of Dukal Corp – had petitioned the court to increase Carton’s restitution to him since he’s employed at Entercom’s sports talk outlet and therefore making substantial money. But federal Chief Judge Colleen McMahon ruled that because Carton is still in custody of the Bureau of Prisons while serving his year of home confinement, it’s out of her hands. Carton has a restitution debt of $4.8 million, of which LoDuca is owed $435,000. So far, LoDuca has received $25,000. Carton’s attorney told the court that 15% of Carton’s paycheck goes to his restitution responsibilities. He also must pay property liens and child support payments for his four children. Carton’s home confinement ends on June 9, after which he’ll be supervised by the Southern District Probation Department.

KNZR-AM/FM, Bakersfield Adds Dennis Prager for Late Mornings. Bakersfield news/talk KNZR-AM/FM fills the 9:00 am to 12:00 noon daypart previously occupied by the Rush Limbaugh program with Salem Radio Network’s Dennis Prager. Alpha Media Bakersfield general manager Jeremy Price says, “KNZR is thrilled to announce that ‘The Dennis Prager Show,’ along with the massive PragerU audience, has now been added to the lineup.” Prager’s nationally syndicated program is heard on more than 400 affiliate stations nationwide. Prager is also the founder of PragerU – an online video channel with more than five million subscribers.

iHeartMedia Colorado Raising Funds for Boulder Shooting Victims. All day today (3/26), the 26 iHeartMedia radio stations in the state of Colorado will conduct the “We are iHeart Colorado. Boulder Strong” on-air broadcast fundraiser to benefit the victims and the families of Monday’s mass shooting. Funds raised from the event will be distributed through the Community Foundation of Boulder County, a local nonprofit responding to immediate needs and anticipating future challenges of the community. The iHeartMedia stations will encourage listeners to help the victims of Monday’s tragic event and their families through monetary donations. iHeartMedia Denver Region president Brenda Egger says, “Words cannot express the grief that our community has experienced as a result of this horrific event. Together, with Community Foundation of Boulder County, we are proud to help with the healing process and provide assistance to those who were impacted by Monday’s tragedy.”

Entercom Announces Deal with Rush Street Interactive. Online casino operator Rush Street Interactive and Entercom are partnering for a number of sports betting audio initiatives. RSI operates the BetRivers and PlaySugarHouse mobile platforms and as part of this deal, BetRivers will be the official title sponsor of the “You Better You Bet” podcast hosted by Nick Kostos and Ken Barkley that recently relaunched as part of Entercom’s “BetQL Audio Network.” Kostos will also be a brand ambassador for BetRivers and serve as the voice of the “BetRivers Sports Betting Minute,” heard on Entercom’s sports talk stations in legalized sports betting markets across the country. Entercom president of sports Mike Dee says, “RSI is an ideal partner for ‘You Better You Bet.’ The company’s authentic approach to the sports betting marketplace aligns well with Nick, Ken, and the hardcore betting audience that consume the nation’s No. 1 fully dedicated daily sports betting podcast.”

WTMJ, Milwaukee to Air and Stream Brewers Games. When the Major League Baseball season opens next Thursday (4/1), Good Karma Brands’ Milwaukee news/talk outlet WTMJ will air the games and will make them available via WTMJ.com and the WTMJ app. The streaming will be available in the five-county Milwaukee metro area — Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, Ozaukee and Washington counties only, due to MLB restrictions on audio streaming. Good Karma Brands VP and market manager Steve Wexler says, “We’re thrilled to offer fans in the Milwaukee metro area another way to enjoy the excitement of Brewers baseball with Bob Uecker, Jeff Levering, and Lane Grindle. Brewers baseball is the soundtrack of summer, and now it will be available in more ways than ever before.”

WWOJ, Sebring Morning Host John Meder to Retire. Capping a 62-year radio career and 35 years on WWOJ, Sebring, Florida is morning host John Meder. He’ll hang up his headphones after his final program on April 1 – his 85th birthday. Radio pro Jay Clark serves as programming consultant to Highlands Radio Group’s four stations in the Sebring market. He says, “John is a true professional who has entertained and informed his listeners in Highlands County Florida for years. He is the last of the breed of great hometown morning personalities, a true neighbor and community leader for 35 years. He will be sorely missed by his listeners and me.”

Shooting Violence and Gun Control Top News/Talk Story for March 22-26. The shooting deaths in Atlanta and Boulder and the larger topic of gun control combined as the most-talked-about story on news/talk radio this week, landing atop the Talkers TenTM. At #2 this week was COVID-19, vaccines, variants, prevention, and stats. Following at #3 was the border crisis and the related topic of immigration reform. 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. See this week’s complete chart here.

February 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Four

| March 26, 2021

February 2021 PPM Data – Information for the February 2021 survey period has been released for Austin; Raleigh; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Nashville; Providence; Norfolk; Jacksonville; West Palm Beach; Greensboro; Memphis; and Hartford.

Nielsen Audio’s February 2021 sweep covered February 4 – March 3.

In addition to providing “Takeaways” for spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top twenty, managing editor Mike Kinosian notes each particular city’s #1 station (6+), as well as greatest (6+) gains and losses.

All comparisons noted are January 2021 – February 2021 (6+).

AUSTIN

News/Talk: KLBJ-AM 5.7 – 6.2, +.5, steady at #4

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: KTXX 2.2 – 1.3, -.9, #17 to #19

Public Radio News/Talk: KUT 11.5 – 10.1, -1.4, first to second

Number One 6+ first month: adult contemporary KKMJ 9.8 – 10.6, +.8

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: adult hits KBPA (+1.9)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: public radio news/talk KUT (-1.4) and Spanish adult hits KLJA (-1.4)

RALEIGH

News/Talk: WTKK 7.0 – 6.0, -1.0, third to fifth and WPTF 2.5 – 2.3, -.2, flat at #14

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WCMC-FM 2.0 – 1.6, -.4, #17 to #16

Public Radio News/Talk: WUNC 11.3 – 10.5, -.8, repeating at #1

Number One 6+ fourth month in a row: public radio news/talk WUNC 11.3 – 10.5, -.8

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: adult hits WBBB (+2.0)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: classical WCPE (-3.3, unlisted)

INDIANAPOLIS

News/Talk: WIBC 8.9 – 8.2, -.7, first to third

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WFNI 4.0 – 4.2,+.2, ninth to eighth and WNDE .7 – .5, -.2, flat at #20

Public Radio News/Talk: WFYI 5.5 – 5.7, +.2, steady at #7

Number One 6+ first month: adult hits WJJK 7.6 – 9.8, +2.2

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: adult hits WJJK (+2.2)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: news/talk WIBC (-.7); triple A WTTS (-.7); alternative WOLT (-.7); and rock WNDX (-.7)

MILWAUKEE

News/Talk: WISN 11.0 – 9.4, -1.6, repeats at #1 and WTMJ 6.5 – 6.0, -.5, third to fifth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WRNW 1.5 – 1.0, -.5, #13 to #18

Public Radio News/Talk: WUWM 3.4 – 4.0, +.6, steady at #9

Number One 6+ second consecutive month: news/talk WISN 11.0 – 9.4, -1.6

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: hot AC WMYX (+.9)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: news/talk WISN (-1.6) and classic rock WDRV (-1.6, unlisted)

NASHVILLE

News/Talk: WWTN 6.8 – 6.7, -.1, fourth to third and WLAC 2.4 – 2.0, -.4, #16 to #17

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WGFX 4.6 – 3.3, -1.3, #9 to #11 and WPRT 1.1 – .7, -.4, unchanged at #20

Public Radio News/Talk: WPLN-FM 6.5 – 5.4, -1.1, fifth to seventh

Number One 6+ second successive month: adult hits WCJK 8.6 – 8.7, +.1

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: CHR WRVW (+1.0)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: sports talk WGFX (-1.3) and classic rock WNRQ (-1.3)

PROVIDENCE

News/Talk: WPRO-AM 6.1 – 5.9, -.2, flat at #4

News – Talk: WBZ-AM steady at 1.6, unchanged at #14

Sports Talk: WBZ-FM 3.6 – 3.8, +.2, flat at #7 and WVEI even at 2.8, remains at #10

Public Radio News/Talk: WGBH 3.5 – 3.4, -.1, flat at #8 and WNPN 2.5 – 2.8, +.3, #11 to #10

Number One 6+ second successive month: rock WHJY 10.4 – 9.2, -1.2

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: variety WERS (+1.2)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WWLI (-1.4)

NORFOLK

News/Talk: WNIS 4.1 – 4.0, -.1, sixth to eighth

News: WNOH 1.2 – 1.0, -.2, #17 to #19

Sports Talk: WVSP 1.3 – 1.4, +.1, #15 to #17

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+ 28th month in a row: urban AC WVKL 13.7 – 13.4, -.3

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: rock WNOR (+.8)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: urban contemporary WOWI (-.6)

JACKSONVILLE

News/Talk: WOKV-FM 9.2 – 8.6, -.6, second to third

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: WJCT 6.2 – 6.5, +.3, steady at #4

Number One 6+ fourth consecutive month: adult contemporary WEJZ 9.4 – 9.2, -.2

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: country WGNE (+1.3)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: rock WWJK (-.9)

WEST PALM BEACH

News/Talk: WJNO 3.5 – 3.4, -.1, seventh to eighth and WFTL 1.9 – 2.2, +.3, #16 to #14

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: WLRN 4.8 – 4.4, -.4, fifth to sixth

Number One 6+ (Tie): hot AC WRMF (11th straight month) 8.7 – 8.5, -.2 and adult contemporary WOLL (first month) 6.4 – 8.5, +2.1

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: adult contemporary WOLL (+2.1)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: urban AC WHQT (-2.5, unlisted) and classic hits-oldies WMXJ (-2.5, unlisted)

GREENSBORO

News/Talk: WPTI 4.7 – 4.2, -.5, flat at #9

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WSJS .4 – .5, +.1, #19 to #15

Public Radio News/Talk: WFDD 4.3 – 3.8, -.5, unchanged at #10 and WUNC 1.9 – 2.3, +.4, #13 to #12

Number One 6+ second successive month: urban AC WQMG 10.6 – 11.2, +.6

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: classic rock WKRR (+1.9)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WMAG (-2.0)

MEMPHIS

News/Talk: WREC 3.6 – 4.0, +.4, remains at #8

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WMFS 3.1 – 3.4, +.3, tenth to ninth; WMFS internet stream .5 – .6, +.1, #18 to #16; and WMC-AM .3 – .4, +.1, #19 to #18

Public Radio News/Talk: WKNO 2.6 – 2.9, +.3, steady at #12 and WKNO-HD2 internet stream .2 – .4, +.2, #20 to #18

Number One 6+ first month: gospel WHAL even at 9.6

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: urban AC KJMS (+1.2)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: urban-rhythmic oldies WRBO (-2.4)

HARTFORD

News/Talk: WTIC-AM 6.8 – 6.2, -.6, third to fourth and WDRC-AM (1.2 – 1.0, -.2, #14 to #15

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WUCS .6 – 1.4, +.8, #16 to #13

Public Radio News/Talk: WNPR flat at 6.8, remains at #3 and WFCR unchanged at .2, #17 to #16

Number One 6+ 11th month in a row: adult contemporary WRCH 14.1 – 13.9, -.2

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: sports talk WUCS (+.8)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WMAS-FM (-1.2, unlisted)

 

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

February 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part Three

| March 25, 2021

February 2021 PPM Data – Information for the February 2021 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 February 2021 sweep covered February 4 – March 3.

In addition to providing “Takeaways” for spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top twenty, managing editor Mike Kinosian notes each particular city’s #1 station (6+), as well as the most significant (6+) improvement and erosion.

All comparisons noted are January 2021 – February 2021 (6+).

PORTLAND

News/Talk: KXL 6.2 – 6.0, -.2, third to second and KEX 3.6 – 3.4, -.2, flat at #12

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: KOPB 12.0 – 11.2, -.8, repeats at #1

Number One 6+ second month in a row: public radio news/talk KOPB 12.0 – 11.2, -.8

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: classic hits-oldies KLTH (+1.0)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: public radio news/talk KOPB (-.8)

CHARLOTTE

News/Talk: WBT AM & WBT-FM 6.6 – 5.5, -1.1, third to fourth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WFNZ 1.1 – .7, -.4, #18 to #19

Public Radio News/Talk: WFAE flat at 5.1, unchanged at #6, and WNSC .7 – .6, -.1, #21 to #20

Number One 6+ fourth successive month: adult contemporary WKQC 7.3 – 7.5, +.2

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: hot AC WLNK (+.8)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: news/talk WBT AM & WBT-FM (-1.1)

SAN ANTONIO

News/Talk: WOAI 7.0 – 6.7, -.3, steady at #2 and KTSA 2.0 – 1.6, -.4, #17 to #19

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: KSTX 4.4 – 3.7, -.7, #8 to #11

Number One 6+ second consecutive month: classic hits-oldies KONO-FM 7.8 – 8.3, +.5

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: adult hits KJXK (+1.4)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: hot AC KSMG (-1.0)

SACRAMENTO

News/Talk: KFBK 10.2 – 9.6, -.6, repeats at #1 and KSTE 2.2 – 1.9, -.3, flat at #13

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: KXJZ 6.4 – 5.9, -.5, second to fifth and KQEI flat at .9, #19 to #16

Number One 6+ second straight month: news/talk KFBK 10.2 – 9.6, -.6

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: classic rock KSEG (+1.0); adult contemporary KYMX (+1.0); and urban-rhythmic oldies KHYL (+1.0)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: hot AC KZZO (-3.6, unlisted)

PITTSBURGH

News/Talk: KDKA-AM 5.6 – 5.3, -.3, flat at #5

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: KDKA-FM 7.9 – 7.0, -.9, unchanged at #4

Public Radio News/Talk: WESA 4.4 – 4.1, -.3, steady at #9

Number One 6+ third month in a row: classic hits-oldies WWSW 10.1 – 10.0, -.1

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: country WOGI (+.7)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: classic country WLYI (-1.1, unlisted)

SALT LAKE CITY

News/Talk: KNRS 7.9 – 7.0, -.9, first to second and KSL unchanged at 7.0, remains at #2 (tied with KNRS)

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: KUER 6.4 – 5.7, -.7, flat at #4

Number One 6+ first month: adult contemporary KSFI 7.0 – 7.1, +.1

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: hot AC KBZN (+.8)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: classic rock KAAZ (-1.1)

LAS VEGAS

News/Talk: KXNT 2.9 – 2.2, -.7, #11 to #16

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: KNPR 3.1 – 2.9, -.2, #8 to #11

Number One 6+ fourth month in a row: adult contemporary KSNE steady at 8.1

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: classic rock KXPT (+.6) and rhythmic CHR KVEG (+.6)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: news/talk KXNT (-.7) and urban AC KCEP (-.7, unlisted)

ORLANDO

News/Talk: WTKS 6.1 – 6.4, +.3, flat at #4; WDBO 3.2 – 3.3, +.1, #11 to #12; and WFLF 1.9 – 1.7, -.2, unchanged at #18

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WYGM 1.9 – 1.3, -.6, #18 to #19

Public Radio News/Talk: WMFE 4.9 – 3.6, -1.3, seventh to tenth

Number One 6+ second straight month: classic hits-oldies WOCL 10.6 – 10.9, +.3

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: Spanish tropical WRUM (+1.5)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: adult contemporary WMGF (-2.5)

CINCINNATI

News/Talk: WLW 7.9 – 8.8, +.9, second to first and WKRC 5.8 – 5.5, -.3, sixth to fifth

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WCKY .8 – .9, +.1, #20 to #19

Public Radio News/Talk: WVXU 3.9 – 3.2, -.7, #9 to #12

Number One 6+ first month: news/talk WLW 7.9 – 8.8, +.9

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: news/talk WLW (+.9)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: country WHKO (-1.2, unlisted)

CLEVELAND

News/Talk: WTAM 6.0 – 6.3, +.3, sixth to seventh

News: WMMS-HD2 flat at .1, #20 to #18

Sports Talk: WKRK 4.3 – 3.4, -.9, #11 to #12

Public Radio News/Talk: WCPN 4.3 – 3.8, -.5, flat at #10 and WKSU unchanged at .6, #19 to #17

Number One 6+ third consecutive month: classic hits-oldies WMJI 10.0 – 10.5, +.5

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: country WGAR (+1.3)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: rock WONE (-1.7, unlisted)

KANSAS CITY

News/Talk: KMBZ-FM 5.1 – 5.7, +.6, sixth to fifth and KMBZ-AM 1.5 – 1.3, -.2, flat at #20

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WHB 3.0 – 2.4, -.6, #14 to #15 and KCSP 2.1 – 1.8, -.3, steady at #19

Public Radio News/Talk: KCUR 6.1 – 5.7, -.4, third to fifth

Number One 6+ third successive month: classic hits-oldies KCMO-FM 8.4 – 10.0, +1.6

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: classic hits-oldies KCMO-FM (+1.6)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: contemporary Christian KJNW (-.9)

COLUMBUS

News/Talk: WTVN 8.5 – 7.5, -1.0, flat at #4

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WBNS-FM 6.0 – 4.7, -1.3, fifth to sixth and WBNS-AM flat at .2, #17 to #19

Public Radio News/Talk: WOSU 8.6 – 7.6, -1.0, first-place tie to third

Number One 6+ second straight month: country WCOL 8.6 – 10.0, +1.4

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: country WCOL (+1.4)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: sports talk WBNS-FM (-1.3)

Up next: February 2021 overviews for Austin; Raleigh; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Nashville; Providence; Norfolk; Jacksonville; West Palm Beach; Greensboro; Memphis; and Hartford. Email managing editor Mike Kinosian at Mike.Kinosian@gmail.com.  

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

| March 24, 2021

Wendy Bell Promoted to Full Time Talk Host at WJAS-AM, Pittsburgh; Rose Tennent Added to Afternoons. According to a story in the Beaver County Times, St. Barnabas Health System-owned news/talk WJAS-AM, Pittsburgh bumps talk personality Wendy Bell to full time in which her 9:00 am to 12:00 noon show will air Monday through Friday. The station has also added Pittsburgh media personality Rose Tennent to the program schedule in the 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm daypart. Bell was a host on Entercom’s KDKA-AM until she and the company agreed to part company early last fall. Bell had been criticized for suggesting on her show that park rangers shoot anyone seen defacing a monument in a public park. Tennent co-hosted “The War Room” morning show on former talk outlet WPGB-FM, Pittsburgh with Jim Quinn. St. Barnabas Health System SVP J.D. Turco says, “Both women have very distinctive styles. WJAS is the only station featuring six hours of back-to-back conservative female programming. We are proud to have strong, intelligent, and informed talk radio with Wendy from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon and Rose from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm.”

Round Two of February PPM Ratings Released. The second of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s February 2021 PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including: Washington, Boston, Miami, Seattle, Detroit, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. Nielsen’s February 2021 survey period covered February 4 – March 3. All-news and news/talk stations benefitted from the January 6 Capitol attack and its aftermath as well as from the transition from the Trump administration to the Biden administration during the post-holidays period that is traditionally down from a ratings standpoint. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets. Cumulus Media’s news/talk WMAL-FM, Washington rose by one-tenth to a 6.0 share (weekly, 6+ AQH share) and the #4 rank while Hubbard Radio’s all-news WTOP-FM was unchanged with a 9.9 share good for the #2 rank. In Boston, iHeartMedia’s WRKO was steady at a 5.2 share and the #8 rank while sister all-news WBZ-AM dipped seven-tenths but remained ranked #1. In Seattle, Bonneville’s KIRO-FM lost just one-tenth, finishing the survey with a 7.3 share good for a repeat at the #1 rank. Sinclair Broadcast Group’s crosstown all-news KOMO-AM/FM dropped half a share to a 5.2 and slipped to the #5 rank. See all of Mike Kinosian’s Ratings Takeaways for this round of markets here.

Former WFLA-AM, Tampa Morning Host Tedd Webb Enters Hospice. Longtime Tampa Bay radio personality Tedd Webb has entered hospice, according to a statement from his son Lee Ruiz. He says his father’s dialysis and dementia have been “particularly taxing.” Webb co-hosted “AM Tampa Bay with Jack Harris from 1994 through 2017 when he retired. Webb has been dealing with health issues for some time. Ruiz says, “This wasn’t an easy decision for him to make and obviously no one wants to lose him, but there’s only so much one person can endure. He feels the time is right and, ‘that’s how he sees it’ as he would say… I know a lot of people would like to spend one more time with him, and as much as we would like to accommodate all of those wishes, it’s just not possible. Given his current state, and that this came about rather abruptly, we have a very tight window of time left which makes it difficult to pull off.”

Jeanna Berge Rises to Market President for iHeartMedia Eau Claire/Rochester. Radio sales pro Jeanna Berge is promoted to market president for iHeartMedia’s Eau Claire, Wisconsin and Rochester, Minnesota markets, effective April 1. She takes over the role from Rick Hencley who is retiring after 27 years with iHeartMedia. Berge will retain her role as SVP of sales for the Eau Claire market. She says, “I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and I am beyond ecstatic to lead and learn from these incredible, dedicated, multi-talented teams in the Eau Claire and Rochester markets. Rick has been an inspiring leader throughout my career at iHeartMedia and I’m honored to have had him as my mentor. His passion to have his employees always strive to be the best is evident with the success of his career, and I am determined to share that same motivation, positivity and creativity to help these ambitious teams excel. My mission is to continue to build on our already strong connection while having a positive impact on our employees, listeners, advertisers and our communities.”

Gaby Dunn Partners with Westwood One for Podcast. Comedian and New York Times best-selling author Gaby Dunn is partnering with Cumulus Media’s Westwood One to bring her podcast “Bad With Money” to the Westwood One Podcast Network. The podcast will “unapologetically examine the intersection of finances and social justice. Every week, Gaby will bring a queer, feminist, and unabashedly radical point of view to conversations with top journalists, student loan experts, tax specialists, and mutual aid organizers.” Dunn says, “At a time when so many people are scared and out of work, I’m thrilled to be able to provide helpful and actionable advice for long-term financial security. Furthermore, ‘Bad With Money’ will now sit alongside other like-minded shows on Westwood One, where it can reach those who need to hear it most.”

Cumulus Media’s WSBN-AM, Washington to Air Baltimore Orioles Games. When the 2021 Major League Baseball season begins, Baltimore Orioles games will be heard in Washington, DC on Cumulus Media’s sports talk WSBN-AM “ESPN 630 AM The Sports Capitol.” Cumulus says the multi-year deal keeps the Orioles Radio Network on the Washington, DC airwaves and adds to ESPN 630 AM’s stable of sports broadcasts – which also includes the Washington Football Team and the University of Virginia. Cumulus Washington SVP and market manager Ken Roberts says, “We are thrilled to be associated with the Baltimore Orioles. From their classic venue, Oriole Park at Camden Yards to their Hall of Fame heritage, the Orioles have a rich history with the League and with the City of Baltimore.”

Traveling with 46. Pictured above (back to the camera, wearing headphones) is Salem Radio Network White House correspondent Greg Clugston covering President Joe Biden’s tour of the new, state-of-the-art Radiation Oncology Department at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University yesterday (3/23). Clugston traveled frequently on Air Force One during the Trump administration. Tuesday was his first flight accompanying the 46th president.

Deadly Colorado Grocery Shooting/Gun Control, COVID-19-Spring Break, Border Crisis-Immigration, Capitol Attack-Sedition Controversy, and Deshaun Watson Sexual Assault Allegations Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (3/23). The shooting at a Boulder, Colorado grocery store that left 10 dead and the related issue of gun control; the rising number of COVID-19 cases in numerous U.S. states, concern about variants, the rollout of vaccines, and the chaos in Florida related to spring break revelers; the large number of child migrants appearing at the U.S.-Mexico border and the pressure on the Biden administration to deal with immigration policy; the investigation into the January 6 attack on the Capitol and the controversy over a justice department lawyer’s suggestion sedition charges may be leveled against some; and Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson faces 14 sexual misconduct lawsuits were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

| March 23, 2021

Premiere Networks to Continue ‘The Rush Limbaugh Show’; WBOB, Jacksonville First New Affiliate. The 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm ET broadcast of “The Rush Limbaugh Show” will continue with archival audio from Limbaugh’s 30-plus-year syndicated program augmented by familiar talk hosts. Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting Corporation’s WBOB-AM/W266CX is the first new affiliate station. In making the announcement, Premiere Networks says, “No one can replace Rush Limbaugh, and Premiere Networks will continue to provide millions of loyal listeners with the voice of Rush for the long term. We have a variety of familiar voices who are guiding the audio of Rush for all of the important issues of the day, including recent guest hosts Todd Herman, Ken Matthews, and Brett Winterble.” WBOB general manager Jonathan McClellan states, “Rush Limbaugh is a pioneering force in broadcasting. He redefined talk radio and shaped the conservative political message for our country. WBOB is excited to add Rush’s program to our lineup. We value the future of his legacy, and we believe his talented team will drive the momentum of the movement far into the future. We welcome this monumental voice.” Limbaugh’s program launched into national syndication on August 1, 1988, with 56 radio stations, was heard on more than 600 stations at the time of the icon’s passing at age 70 on February 17. TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison comments on this breaking story, “What an interesting turn of events. This is a multiple win for many elements of the industry. The winners include: 1) The fill-in hosts who’ve become familiar to the show’s regular listeners because they’ll continue to play a role in the show without having to carry the burden of being the ‘guy that followed the guy’ but never could fill his shoes; 2) Premiere, because they’ll continue to productively exploit the greatest brand in talk radio programming history and even though it could never be as big as it would have been with Rush alive, it certainly will maintain value and possibly evolve into something of lasting currency; 3) Other syndicated shows, because they now have a shot at being cleared in the valuable 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm space and get a viable piece of the pie. There are plenty of listeners and revenue to be shared in that huge mine; 4) Local hosts and programming because you can be sure many stations will turn inward during middays now that this big piece of real estate has opened; 5) Local stations, because they now have the options to choose from all of the above; and 6) the legacy of Rush Limbaugh, which will continue to live as a viable part of the national talk radio community. Bravo!”

Dana Loesch Inks New Multi-Year Deal with Radio America. Talk radio star Dana Loesch signs a new, multi-year contract extension with Radio America to continue to host her daily 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm program “The Dana Show” that she’s hosted since 2014. Radio America says Loesch is “the most listened to female talk show host in the country” and has “attracted a large and loyal following in syndication, expanding the news/talk audience to include more men and women in their 30s and 40s, something the aging format desperately needs.” Radio America COO Mike Paradiso says, “We’re excited to continue the explosive growth that Dana’s show has enjoyed over the last few years. Dana has done what few hosts have been able to do, expand the talk format’s audience to make it younger, while still performing very well with the core talk demo. We think she’s uniquely qualified to lead the way during this transitional time in the format.”

Round One of February PPM Ratings Released. The first of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s February 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 February 2021 sweep covered February 4 – March 3. TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets and reports that the unusual surge of listening to news and news/talk stations in January that was the result of the January 6 Capitol attack, its aftermath, and the beginning of the Joe Biden administration has leveled off. In New York, iHeartMedia’s news/talk WOR was flat at a 2.5 share (weekly 6+ AQH share) and Red Apple Media’s WABC was up three-tenths to a 1.9 share. In Los Angeles, iHeartMedia news/talk KFI was steady with a 5.0 share and the #3 rank while Entercom’s crosstown all-news KNX dipped four-tenths to a 2.9 share. Nexstar Media Group’s news/talk WGN-AM was flat with a 4.1 share but rises to the #6 rank and Entercom’s all-news WBBM-AM/WCFS-FM lost two-tenths to finish with a 7.1 share but remains ranked #1. You can see Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaway for this group of markets here.

Report: WFAN’s Jastremski Leaving for The Ringer. According to a piece by Andrew Marchand in the New York Post, WFAN, New York evening host John Jastremski is leaving the Entercom sports talk station to join Spotify’s The Ringer. As Marchard notes, Bill Simmons sold The Ringer to Spotify for a reported $200 million but continues to lead the platform. Jastremski’s deal with The Ringer will begin next month and will include him doing three to four podcasts per week.

WWO Blog: Podcasting Provides ‘Massive Head Start’ for New Radio Hosts. A study commissioned by Westwood One and conducted by Maru/Blue reveals “the extent to which Dan Bongino has used his podcast platform, social media presence, best-selling books, and TV appearances to build a strong brand among American talk radio listeners.” The study finds that a podcast star like Bongino enjoys a “massive head start and strong momentum” when launching an AM/FM radio show. It finds 64% of frequent news/talk radio listeners are aware of Dan Bongino and 78% of frequent news/talk radio listeners who are aware of Bongino rate him as excellent/good. Further the study finds, “An AM/FM radio show generates a new audience that is incremental to the podcast audience: the Maru/Blue study found that the Dan Bongino and Ben Shapiro audiences either listen to the podcast or the AM/FM radio show. Currently about 40% listen only to the podcast; 40% listen only to the Ben Shapiro and Dan Bongino shows on AM/FM radio. About 20% indicate they have listened both to the podcast and the AM/FM radio show in the last month.” See the blog here.

TALKERS News Notes. The COVID stimulus is getting a radio sweepstakes treatment from iHeartMedia as the company presents the “Double Your Stimulus” contest in numerous participating markets. iHeartMedia is giving listeners the chance to win another $1,400 “stimulus check” that could result in up to six nationwide winners each weekday now through April 2. The company says that “given today’s challenging times due to the pandemic, iHeartMedia is seeing a nearly 20% higher response rate than any other cash contests in the past with winners benefiting from all across the nation.”…..USA Radio Network’s “Classic Radio Theater” adds three new affiliate stations for Wyatt Cox’s historical presentation of radio’s greatest programs of the 20th century. The show is now heard on WMIC, Sandusky, Michigan; KRVN-AM, Lexington, Nebraska; and KGUM-AM, Hagåtña, Guam. Cox says, “It’s a pleasure to give people a dose of history as it really happened – unsanitized and factual. While some stations may be pulling away from presentations of radio’s past, I view it as critical for understanding where we came from and how we got here today… our ‘Classic Radio Theater’ programs are not only great entertainment, but they are set in a background of history that puts all these programs in the context of the times.”…..Cumulus Media’s Westwood One signs a deal with DCP Entertainment to distribute, market, and monetize the company’s new podcasts as well as its back catalogue. DCP Entertainment’s mission is to provide a platform for people of color, women, and LGBTQ communities, and to highlight stories around mental health, disability, and overcoming adversity. Current productions include “Say Their Name,” which was nominated for the 2021 Ambies Award “Podcast of the Year” and “Toure Show: The Central Park 5,” which was a 2020 Webby Award “Best Crime & Justice Episode” honoree.

‘The GRITIRON Show’ Starring Whitney Breaux Launches. The new podcast and YouTube show is being launched by former ESPN Baton Rouge radio host Jordy Culotta who expands his media network with the launch of “The GRITIRON Show” with Whitney Breaux – a show targeting women that premiered on International Women’s Day (3/8). The press release says “The GRITIRON Show” is a weekly podcast celebrating the perseverance, passion, and lifestyle of women on and off the football field. The show features Breaux and “a bevy of guests including women breaking the glass ceiling in sports from journalists, coaches, athletic administrators and sports executives to wives of players and coaches.” Breaux is a former Miss Teen Louisiana and global marketing executive. Culotta says, “We’re excited to add Whitney and ‘The GRITIRON Show’ to our network programming. I’m honestly shocked this is her first time behind a microphone. She’s a brilliant public speaker, her energy is infectious, and she’s always been passionate about sports.”

COVID-19/Spring Break, Border Troubles, Deadly Boulder Grocery Store Shooting, Biden Jobs & Infrastructure Proposal, Capitol Attack-Sedition Controversy, Cuomo on the Ropes, and Deshaun Watson Allegations Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (3/22). The rising number of COVID-19 cases in numerous states, worries about variants, the vaccine rollout, and the enormous spring break gatherings; the immigration problems at the U.S.-Mexico border; the mass shooting at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado that’s left 10 dead; the Biden administration plans to introduce a $3 trillion jobs & infrastructure bill; the investigation into the January 6 Capitol attack and the report that sedition charges may be leveled at some; the allegations of sexual harassment against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo; and the growing allegations of sexual impropriety by massage therapists against Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

February 2021 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Part One

| March 23, 2021

February 2021 PPM Data – Information for the February 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 February 2021 sweep covered February 4 – March 3.

In addition to providing “Takeaways” for spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top twenty, managing editor Mike Kinosian notes each particular city’s #1 station (6+), as well as loftiest (6+) upticks and drop-offs.

All comparisons noted are January 2021 – February 2021 (6+).

NEW YORK

News/Talk: WOR flat at 2.5, #16 to #14, and WABC 1.6 – 1.9, +.3, #21 to #19

News: WINS 4.0 – 3.6, -.4, eighth to ninth, and WCBS-AM 2.9 – 2.8, -.1, #12 to #13

Sports Talk: WFAN 2.8 – 2.5, -.3, steady at #14

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC-FM 4.9 – 4.5, -.4, unchanged at #5

Number One 6+ fourth successive month: adult contemporary WLTW 6.5 – 6.8, +.3

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: urban AC WBLS (+1.2)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: Spanish contemporary WXNY (-.9)

LOS ANGELES

News/Talk: KFI steady at 5.0 and unchanged at #3

News: KNX 3.3 – 2.9, -.4, #10 to #12

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: KPCC 3.6 – 3.3, -.3, sixth to ninth

Number One 6+ first month: classic hits-oldies KRTH 5.6 – 5.9, +.3

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: Spanish contemporary KLLI (+1.0)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: news KNX (-.4)

CHICAGO

News/Talk: WGN unchanged at 4.1, seventh to sixth

News: WBBM-AM & WCFS 7.3 – 7.1, -.2, repeats at #1

Sports Talk: WSCR 2.3 – 2.1, -.2, #13 to #17

Public Radio News/Talk: WBEZ 6.7 – 6.4, -.3, third to second

Number One 6+ second consecutive month: news WBBM-AM & WCFS 7.3 – 7.1, -.2

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: alternative WKQX-FM (+.8)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: urban AC WVAZ (-.8) and adult contemporary WRME (-.8)

SAN FRANCISCO

News/Talk: KGO 2.0 – 1.7, -.3, #16 to #19

News: KCBS-AM & KFRC 8.5 – 7.5, -1.0, flat at #2

Sports Talk: KNBR 3.5 – 2.9, -.6, sixth to ninth

Public Radio News/Talk: KQED 10.9 – 10.6, -.3, repeats at #1

Number One 6+ second straight month: public radio news/talk KQED 10.9 – 10.6, -.3

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KISQ (+.6)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: news KCBS-AM & KFRC (-1.0)

DALLAS

News/Talk: WBAP flat at 4.0 and steady at #10

News – Talk: KRLD-AM 1.6 – 2.1, +.5, #21 to #18

Sports Talk: KTCK 3.6 – 4.1, +.5, #11 to #9

Public Radio News/Talk: KERA 3.4 – 3.2, -.2, #13 to #15

Number One 6+ first month: adult contemporary KDGE 5.6 – 5.2, -.4

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: rock KEGL (+1.0)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: contemporary Christian KLTY (-1.3)

HOUSTON

News/Talk: KTRH 7.5 – 6.5, -1.0, tie for first to second

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: KUHF 2.7 – 2.9, +.2, #16 to #17

Number One 6+ fourth successive month: adult contemporary KODA flat at 7.5

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: country KKBQ (+.8)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: news/talk KTRH (-1.0)

ATLANTA

News/Talk: WSB-AM 11.8 – 10.5, -1.3, #1

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: WZGC 3.8 – 3.7, -.1, eighth to seventh, and WCNN 1.6 – 1.7, +.1, #18 to #16

Public Radio News/Talk: None in the top twenty

Number One 6+ 21st consecutive month: news/talk WSB-AM 11.8 – 10.5, -1.3

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: CHR WWPW (+.5)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: news/talk WSB-AM (-1.3)

PHILADELPHIA

News/Talk: WKXW 1.8 – 2.0, +.2, #19 to #17, and WPHT 2.2 – 1.8, -.4, #18 to #19

News: KYW 6.4 – 6.5, +.1, second to third

Sports Talk: WIP 6.1 – 5.3, -.8, fifth to sixth, and WPEN-FM 2.6 – 2.5, -.1, flat at #15

Public Radio News/Talk: WHYY 6.3 – 5.2, -1.1, third to seventh

Number One 6+ second straight month: urban AC WDAS-FM 8.6 – 8.0, -.6

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: rock WMMR (+1.3)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: public radio news/talk WHYY (-1.1)

LONG ISLAND

News/Talk: WOR 4.1 – 3.2, -.9, #7 to #13

News: WCBS-AM 3.2 – 3.5, +.3, #11 to #10, and WINS 3.1 – 3.0, -.1, #12 to #14

Sports Talk: WFAN 4.3 – 4.0, -.3, fourth to sixth

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC-FM 3.1 – 2.1, -1.0, #12 to #19

Number One 6+ second successive month: classic rock WAXQ 5.1 – 5.6, +.5

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: classic rock WBAB (+.9)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: public radio news/talk WNYC-FM (-1.0)

RIVERSIDE

News/Talk: KFI 5.2 – 5.4, +.2, steady at #2

News: None in the top twenty

Sports Talk: None in the top twenty

Public Radio News/Talk: KVCR .7 – .8, +.1, #28 to #19, and KPCC .8 – .4, -.4, #27 to #20

Number One 6+ sixth month in a row: Spanish adult hits KLYY 6.9 – 6.5, -.4

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: Spanish contemporary KLVE (+.6)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: rock KCAL-FM (-.7)

SAN JOSE

News/Talk: KGO 2.5 – 2.0, -.5, #11 to #12

News: KCBS-AM & KFRC 6.8 – 5.1, -1.7, second to fourth

Sports Talk: KNBR 2.5 – 1.3, -1.2, #11 to #19

Public Radio News/Talk: KQED 12.8 – 12.0, -.8, repeats at #1

Number One 6+ second straight month: public radio news/talk KQED 12.8 – 12.0, -.8

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: adult contemporary KISQ (+.9) and classic hits-oldies KBAY (+.9)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: news KCBS-AM & KFRC (-1.7)

MIDDLESEX

News/Talk: WKXW 5.0 – 4.4, -.6, fifth to sixth, and WOR 2.0 – 2.1, +.1, #21 to #20

News: WCBS-AM 2.7 – 2.6, -.1, #14 to #16

Sports Talk: WFAN 2.7 – 2.5, -.2, #14 to #17

Public Radio News/Talk: WNYC-FM 4.1 – 3.4, -.7, sixth to tenth

Number One 6+ second month in a row: classic rock WAXQ 8.9 – 8.1, -.8

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Increase: Spanish tropical WSKQ (+2.0)

Largest 6+ January 2021 – February 2021 Decrease: Spanish contemporary WPAT (-1.7)

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

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

| March 16, 2021

Cox Media Group’s ‘95.5 WSB’ Names Erick Erickson Early Afternoon Host. At news/talk WSB-AM/WSBB-FM, Atlanta, Cox Media Group announces that the daypart long occupied by the “Rush Limbaugh Show” will be hosted by the station’s Erick Erickson, beginning on Monday (3/22). Erickson will move from his current 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm slot and the station’s early evening host Mark Arum will take over the 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm program. WSB will air an hour of Premiere Networks’ Sean Hannity program live at 3:00 pm and will air the rest of the show delayed from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. WSB director of branding & programming Drew Anderssen says, “With these lineup changes, 95.5 WSB will better serve Atlanta with more local programming. Erick Erickson and Mark Arum are both tremendous talents, and the move will continue to strengthen the extraordinary brand that is 95.5 WSB.” Erickson also hosts his own self-syndicated 9:00 am to 12:00 noon ET talk radio show that has garnered almost 20 affiliate stations in its first year (although speculation has already begun that other syndication developments could be in the works that take into account the host’s new schedule).  Erickson says, “I would never have gotten into radio without encouragement from Rush Limbaugh who has been gracious over the years with a lot of great advice and guidance. It was an honor to fill in for him on his show, and it is overwhelming and humbling to move into the slot Rush occupied with such distinction for so long. I appreciate and intend to live up to the responsibility that comes with this time slot.” Mark Arum, who’s been with WSB since 1997, also serves as traffic anchor for WSB-TV’s “Channel 2 Action News This Morning.” Arum says, “When I was hired at 95.5 WSB over 23 years ago, I could never have envisioned that I would ever get the opportunity to host a drive time show on the best news and talk station in the nation. It’s a cliché, but this is truly a dream come true.”

WOKV-FM, Jacksonville Goes Local in the ‘Rush Daypart.’ As sister news/talk giant WSB-AM/WSBB-FM, Atlanta is doing (see story above), Cox Media Group’s WOKV-FM, Jacksonville is filling the 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm ET daypart occupied by Rush Limbaugh for so many years with a local host, in this case current late morning personality Mark Kaye. CMG says that Kaye “has been growing his audience on 104.5 FM from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon for multiple years. Mark has gained a national following through multiple video streaming platforms, as well as a show on Newsmax TV.” Cox will fill Kaye’s current daypart with FOX News Radio’s Brian Kilmeade whose radio show will air from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. Kaye comments, “As a life-long fan of Rush Limbaugh, I am still adjusting to a world without his voice. Producing a daily show in ‘Rush’s timeslot’ is a daunting task for any broadcaster, but I am grateful to the leadership team at CMG and 104.5 WOKV for placing their trust in me. With the audience’s help I promise to do my best to keep Rush’s spirit, energy, and unique brand of conservative entertainment alive. This is an incredibly bittersweet opportunity.”

iHeartMedia Names Paul Rogers Area President for North Florida. Media executive Paul Rogers is named area president for iHeartMedia’s newly configured North Florida area that includes Jacksonville, Tallahassee, and Panama City. Rogers takes over for Nicky Sparrow who was recently promoted to SVP of multicultural sales for iHeartMedia Markets Group. Rogers reports to division president Linda Byrd. She says, “I’ve worked with Paul for over 35 years, in many different roles. His integrity, judgment, professionalism, and competitiveness are what any manager would look for in a market leader. He is the perfect choice as a successor, and I have no doubt that he will take this area to the next level. I also want to thank Nicky for the great work she has done in getting Jacksonville to where we are today and congratulate her on this exciting new opportunity to expand her role in iHeartMedia.” Rogers has been serving iHeartMedia as market president for Tallahassee and Panama City since 2017.

Townsquare Media 2020 Q4 Net Revenue Down 3.2%; Full Year Revenue Declines 15%. Compared the second quarter of 2020 when Townsquare Media’s net revenue was down 35% compared to 2019, the fourth quarter’s decline of just 3.2% was a source of joy for CEO Bill Wilson. While Q4 net revenue was $108.5 million (down 3.2%), net revenue for the full year was $371.3 million, down 15% from the full year 2019 ($431.4 million). What has Wilson pumped is Townsquare’s digital assets. He says, “Townsquare Interactive, our digital monthly subscription business, excelled throughout the year, accelerating year-over-year net revenue growth in Q4 to +16% and generating over $70 million of revenue for the full year (+14% YoY) at a profit margin of approximately 30%. In total, digital net revenue increased +6% year over year, driven by both Townsquare Interactive and Townsquare Ignite (our digital programmatic advertising platform), which grew net revenue by +11% year over year.  With $162 million of 2020 digital net revenue, digital now accounts for approximately 44% of our total net revenue, further differentiating us in the local media marketplace.” Wilson says that the company is proud of its roots and DNA in local radio, “2020 was the year Townsquare became a ‘Digital First’ company.” He says, “I am also pleased to reaffirm our expectation that Townsquare Interactive and Townsquare Ignite will each generate $100 million in revenue in two to three years. 2020 served to accelerate Townsquare’s transformation into a premier local media and digital marketing solutions company proudly super-serving markets outside the top 50 markets.”

TALKERS News Notes. One of WFAN, New York afternoon co-host Craig Carton’s fraud victims is petitioning the court asking that Carton’s restitution order be rewritten because Carton has returned to the Entercom sports talk station in what petitioner Gerard LoDuka says “is almost surely an extremely lucrative job,” according to a piece in the New York Post. LoDuka claims that the restitution order requiring him to pay 15% of his yearly income toward the nearly $5 million he owes victims should be rewritten because of his new, high-profile job. But Carton’s attorney says Carton makes “a fraction” of his previous salary as morning drive co-host…..Cumulus Media announces that for the second year in a row, news/talk KMJ-AM/FM, Fresno’s “Morning News” takes home the Golden Mike Award for “Best Newscast under 15 minutes” (Division B) from the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California. KMJ news anchors Matt Otstot, Tony Manes, Liz Kern and Aaron Abeytia – along with sports anchor George Takata and weather anchor Kimberly Kolliner – teamed up for the winning newscast…..The National Association of Broadcasters is offering a new online training course for radio stations containing critical information and guidelines for complying with Federal Communications Commission regulations. The Radio Rules! A Guide to FCC Regulations for Radio Stations course is now available here. The scenario-based training course tests participants’ understanding of acceptable practices for FCC regulation compliance. The guide outlines compliance related to content, advertising, station operation and management, copyright, and public files and reporting in four learning activities.

Mildred Carter Mentoring Program Announces 2021 Participants. The Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio Group, a volunteer organization dedicated to developing management and leadership skills for women in radio broadcasting, introduces the MIW Group Mildred Carter Mentoring Program’s Class of 2021. They are (pictured above from left to right) The 2021 class is comprised of the following professionals, listed in alphabetical order: Lisa Kirkman, national accounts director, Ruby Radio, Northeastern Nevada; Jenna Miller, integrated sales manager, Cox Media Group, Tampa; Tonee Roper, on-air personality and promotions director, Neuhoff Media, Springfield, Illinois; and Ashley Wilson, director of country programming, iHeartMedia, Kentucky/Indiana Region. The program, now in its 20th year, matches up-and-coming women in radio with female professionals recognized as leaders in all aspects of the industry. vCreative is serving as the lead sponsor of this year’s program. The MIW Group Mildred Carter Mentoring Program is named in the memory of Mildred Carter who, along with her husband Andrew “Skip” Carter, founded the first African American-owned radio station in the U.S. in 1950, when they turned on KPRS, Kansas City.

Migrant Border Crisis, COVID-19, Cuomo Allegations, Stimulus Package, COVID-19 Stats & Vaccines, Voting Bills, Georgia’s Trump Investigation, Gavin Newsom Recall Effort, North Korea Warns U.S., and the Grammy Awards/Oscar Nominations Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (3/15). The Biden administration’s immigrant problem as thousands of parentless children amass at the U.S.-Mexico border; the number of COVID cases in the U.S., concerns about variants, the removal of mask mandates in some states, and the rollout of vaccines; the sexual harassment allegations against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the fellow Democrats calling for his resignation; Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package becomes law; the voting bills in various states critics say will make voting more difficult; the investigation into Donald Trump’s call to the Georgia Secretary of State asking for more votes; California Governor Gavin Newsom battles the recall effort against him; the sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un warns the U.S. about military exercises with South Korea, and Sunday night’s Grammy awards and the unveiling of this year’s Oscar nominations were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio over the weekend, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.

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