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NOW POSTED: This Weekend’s Installment of “The Michael Harrison Wrap: An Overview of the National Conversation.” The latest installment of the vibrant, 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 “October Surge!” looks back at this past week of October 26 – October 30, 2020. The program features guests (in order of appearance): Kevin Casey, executive editor, TALKERS; Joe “Pags” Pagliarullo, talk show host, Compass Media Networks; Chris Stigall, talk show host WNTP, Philadelphia/KCMO, Kansas City; Ethan Bearman, attorney/correspondent, FOX News Channel; Michael Riedel, talk show host, WOR, New York; and Victoria Jones, executive editor, DC Radio Company. This acclaimed news/talk radio 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 (“Freedom 93.7”), 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; WCHM, Clarkesville, GA; WPHM, Port Huron, MI; KSYL, Alexandria, LA; KTOE, Mankato, MN; WCED (“Connect FM”), DuBois, PA; K-NEWS 101.3, Owensboro, KY; WWTK, Sebring, FL; the Virginia Talk Radio Network; CRN Digital Talk Radio Network; Pioneer Valley Radio, Springfield, MA; Podcast Radio, UK and many more. To listen to this week ’s episode, please click here. 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 October PPMs Released. The fourth and final round of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s October 2020 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 October 2020 survey period covered September 10 – October 7. You can see all of the 6+, weekly AQH share information from subscribing stations here. Also today, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets. One of the country’s most intense news/talk battles continues in the swing state of Wisconsin as iHeartMedia’s WISN adds another full share – capping a three-survey 4.4 share spike – to finish the October survey with an 11.2 share and repeats at #1. Right behind is Good Karma Brands’ WTMJ which rises eight-tenths for an 8.0 share and the #2 rank in the market. In Indianapolis, Emmis Communications’ news/talk WIBC-FM tacks another one-tenth share on for a 9.2 share finish and repeats at the #2 spot. Cumulus Media’s WPRO-AM/WEAN-FM, Providence puts the brakes on the five-survey downward trend by posting a +1.1 to finish with a 5.1 share and climbs from #7 to #5. You can see Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways report for this group of markets – and the first three rounds – here.
Entercom Fires WJFK-FM, Washingon Afternoon Host Chad Dukes for “Racist and Inappropriate Comments.”The Washington Post reports that Entercom has fired WJFK-FM, Washington, DC “106.7 The Fan” sports talk personality Chad Dukes for “racist and inappropriate comments” that appeared on his personal podcast. The story indicates that the company did not reveal exactly what was said nor how it learned about the comments, but issued a statement from Entercom Washington SVP and market manager Ivy Savoy-Smith that reads: “We have zero tolerance for this type of speech from any of our employees, on our platforms or otherwise. Our air talent are ambassadors of our brand, and we do not want to be affiliated with these comments.” The decision to let Dukes go was revealed on this morning’s edition of “The Sports Junkies” morning drive program on WJFK-FM. Duke had been with the station since 2006 and had been the afternoon drive host since 2014.
Programming Changes Taking Place at KFNS-AM, St. Louis. According to Dan Caesar’s report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, KFNS-AM’s return to a full-time sports talk format is taking place as Frank O. Pinion’s “The Large Morning Show in the Afternoon” is cancelled and new, local sports talk talent are expected to be joining the station soon. The story indicates former crosstown WXOS-FM personality Bernie Miklasz and former KMOV-TV news anchor Steve Savard may be joining the station. Miklasz was let go by WXOS owner Hubbard Radio back in May in what was a COVID-influenced budget move, and Savard was released by KMOV-TV in what is also being called a budget-related move. KFNS owner Randy Markel brought the station out of bankruptcy in 2015 and is in the process of selling it to a local group led by station manager and air personality John Hadley. His group will lease the station at first with the intent to buy it.
Salem Radio Network Announces Election Coverage. For Election Day on Tuesday, Salem Radio Network announces that it is providing coverage from 6:00 pm ET on Tuesday (11/3) to 6:00 am on Wednesday (11/4). Coverage will include all major “acceptance” and “concession” speeches in the presidential and congressional elections as well as key local/regional races around the nation. SRN nationally syndicated talk host Hugh Hewitt will anchor the first six hours of coverage with guests that will include: SRN hosts Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, Charlie Kirk, Larry Elder and Eric Metaxas. At 12:00 midnight, the network switches to the Los Angeles studios of Salem’s KRLA “870AM The ANSWER” for continuing coverage anchored by KRLA morning personality Jennifer Horn, along with KRLA news anchor Larry Marino and Don Dix at the California Election Night Desk. SRN adds that if, as expected, the ballot-counting is far from concluded in the presidential race but a determination has been made on which political party will control the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, portions of earlier election night coverage will be repeated between 3:00 am and 6:00 am ET when Hugh Hewitt will return with his normal weekday Hugh Hewitt show to pick up live continuing coverage.
Cody Welling Named Director of Sales for Cox Media Group Tulsa. Media sales pro Cody Welling is named director of sales for Cox Media Group’s Tulsa operations that includes news/talk KRMG-FM. Welling was most recently general sales manager for Tegna’s Ohio News Network and sports talk WBNS-FM, Columbus “97.1 The Fan.” CMG Tulsa market president Cathy Gunther says, “Cody is passionate about delivering results for advertising partners through creative marketing solutions. This makes him a perfect fit for CMG Tulsa where he can provide customized solutions with our robust products that reach three out of four Tulsans weekly.”
The Presidential Race, Ballot Fraud, and Scandals, Conspiracies & Accusations Combined for Top News/Talk Story for Week of October 26-30. The November 3 presidential election, concerns about ballot fraud and the political conspiracies, scandals, and accusations combined to make up the most-talked-about story on news/talk radio this week, landing atop the Talkers TenTM. At #2 this week was the rising number of COVID-19 cases, projections for fall/winter cases and U.S. health care system’s ability to treat it. Coming in at #3 was the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett as Supreme Court Justice and the related court packing issue, followed by the related issues of race relations, the killing of Walter Wallace Jr in Philadelphia, and police reform at #4. 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.
KSCO Launches Weekly Show Critical of the Chinese Communist Party. The Zwerling Broadcasting System-owned news/talk outlet KSCO, Santa Cruz is launching a unique and compelling weekly two-hour radio show designed to keep Americans apprised of the dangers being presented to U.S. interests domestically and worldwide by China and the Chinese Communist Party. Provocatively titled, “China Über Alles” (China Above All) – a name sarcastically referencing the infamous slogan “Deutschland Über Alles” utilized by the Nazis to convey their dark message of German worldwide superiority in the 1930s and 1940s – the show discusses the ongoing war of subversion being waged against the U.S. by the communist regime in Beijing and its shocking human rights abuses of Chinese citizens, including political dissidents, investigative journalists, ethnic minorities and seekers of religious freedom. The show airs live Thursdays from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm PT and is hosted by Amy Hao, Nan Su, and KSCO director of production/chief engineer Bill Graff. Its 11th episode is set to stream tomorrow (10/29). According to Nan Su, “The concern about China is no longer limited to human rights and freedom in China. It is about defending the freedom, security, and democracy of the future generations in the United States and the western world.” Unfair China trade practices, invasive surveillance, human rights abuses, intellectual property theft, military aggression in the South China Sea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the origins and cover up of COVID-19 and questioning if “the NBA should move to China” are among a myriad of topics covered on the series. Read more here.
Music Radio News and Career Moves. This year’s iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Presented by Capital One will be held virtually on Thursday, December 10 in which it will air live on more than 95 iHeartMedia CHR stations as well as streaming on The CW app and on CWTV.com. The CW Network will broadcast the event as an exclusive nationwide television special on Monday, December 14 at 8:00 pm ET. Performers scheduled to appear include: Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, Dua Lipa, Harry Styles, Lewis Capaldi, Sam Smith, Shawn Mendes and more. iHeartMedia chief programming officer Tom Poleman says, “For 25 years, iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball has showcased performances from the year’s biggest artists in hit music, live on stage in front of screaming fans. Because of the pandemic, we’re moving from the stage to the artists’ home this holiday season for what will be an unforgettable show with amazing performances and moments that can only happen at the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball.”…..Key Networks nationally syndicated country air personality Shawn Parr (right) is pictured here with TLC (left), host of the morning show on new affiliate KPLM, Palm Springs “Big 106.” Parr, host of “Shawn Parr’s Across The Country,” traveled to Palm Springs to take part in the David Wells Perfect 33 Foundation Charity Golf Tournament…..Condolences to the family and friends of legendary air personality Ed Hurst, who passed away early today (11/30) at age 94. WPG, Atlantic City morning host Harry Hurley tells TALKERS that Hurst got his start in radio on his station’s predecessor WFPG, Atlantic City in 1943. You can read what Harry Hurley wrote about Hurst here.
Carton and Roberts Show to Launch on WFAN on November 9. One day after WFAN, New York personality Joe Benigno announced he’s retiring from the afternoon drive show after his November 6 program (see story below), Entercom unveils the new Craig Carton and Evan Roberts program to launch on November 9, confirming months of speculation about the return of Carton after his conviction and one-year prison sentence on fraud charges. Entercom New York SVP and market manager Chris Oliviero says in a statement, “Craig Carton was part of the fabric of WFAN for a decade, both on and off the air, engaging and entertaining audiences with his one-of-a-kind personality and talent. We all hope that this next step on his road back will not only be beneficial to Craig, but also for his audience as he shares his story and looks to make an impact through the power of his voice. WFAN welcomes him back and is excited to have him join Evan Roberts in afternoon drive.” Carton says, “I am grateful to Entercom for the chance to return home to WFAN. I have dreamt about this moment every minute of every day for the last three years. I know I have work to do to regain the trust of my colleagues, listeners, and advertisers and am committed to doing just that. I can’t wait to get started with Evan Roberts on November 9th.”
WFAN, New York Officially Announces Joe Benigno’s Retirement. A week from tomorrow will be the final regular broadcast for New York sports talk host Joe Benigno. As has been speculated in the New York media and media trade publications, Benigno is leaving the station after a 26-year career. Entercom says that Benigno will continue to be heard on the station “in select roles beginning in 2021.” Entercom New York SVP and market manager Chris Oliviero says, “Joe Benigno is the quintessential New York sports fan, broadcasting his trademark straight-from-the-heart perspective on the city’s sports scene every day for nearly three decades. Though Joe first came to prominence as ‘Joe from Saddle River,’ he departs as one of the most successful and enduring hosts in the long and iconic history of WFAN. It is comforting to know that he remains a part of the ‘FAN’ family and will still be keeping a close eye on his beloved Jets, Mets, Knicks and Rangers.” Benigno joined WFAN in 1995 after winning the station’s Fan Appreciation Day contest, where the prize was to host on WFAN. After a stint at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting and a small New Jersey radio station, Benigno was hired as the overnight host at WFAN in 2004. He served as the station’s midday show co-host from 2003 to 2019 before moving to afternoons in 2020.
Round Three of October PPM Data Released. The third of four rounds of ratings information from Nielsen Audio’s October PPM survey is released for 12 markets, including: Portland, Charlotte, San Antonio, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Columbus. Nielsen’s October 2020 survey period covered September 10 – October 7. You can see all the 6+, weekly AQH share data from subscribing stations here. Meanwhile, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from these markets. Alpha Media’s news/talk KXL-FM, Portland adds a full share and finishes the survey with a 7.0 share to remain ranked #3. In Charlotte, Entercom’s news/talk WBT-AM/FM tacks on nine-tenths for a 6.9 share and rises from #4 to #3. iHeartMedia’s KNRS-FM, Salt Lake City adds three-tenths – completing a four-survey spike of 2.3 shares – to finish with a 7.6 share and jumps to the #1 spot for the first time in the PPM era. Across town at Bonneville’s KSL-FM, it rockets up 1.3 shares for a 7.4 share and finishes the October survey at #2. See Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways for this group of markets – as well as the first two rounds – here.
Entercom and FanDuel Announce Strategic Partnership. The six-year partnership designating FanDuel as the official sportsbook partner of Entercom across its sports broadcast stations and RADIO.COM will give listeners unique access to FanDuel odds, insight, and promotion via Entercom on-air stations and personalities. Entercom and FanDuel will also “collaborate on in-depth integrations and co-produce content that will pioneer the industry with all-new formats.” Under the agreement, FanDuel will be the official sportsbook of Entercom, and receive preferred and increased category access to all Entercom talent in every market where Entercom and FanDuel both operate. Entercom president and CEO David Field says, “We believe this is the largest advertising commitment ever made within the radio industry. We are focused on delivering the best sports betting experience for our audiences in markets where legalized sports betting will be pervasive. The marketplace is growing exponentially and FanDuel is an ideal partner to take full advantage of the influence and reach of Entercom’s robust sports platforms to deliver an even better, audio sports experience to our listeners.”
TALKERS News Notes. A reminder that this evening (10/29) is the 2020 Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony taking place from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm ET on both the iHeartRadio app and via SiriusXM’s Triumph Channel. Being inducted are: Mark & Brian, Donnie Simpson, Angie Martinez, Cokie Roberts, Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee, & DJ Envy, Sway Calloway, and Glenn Beck. You can listen here…..ABC News Radio is presenting live anchored coverage on election night beginning at 7:00 pm ET, running through at least 2:00 am ET. Correspondents Aaron Katersky and Karen Travers will anchor coverage. It will also feature reporting from correspondents on-location with the candidates and in crucial swing states. ABC News Radio will offer four one-minute Status Reports each hour throughout the evening. ABC News’ flagship daily podcast “Start Here,” hosted by Brad Mielke, will have special coverage throughout the week, including special editions on Election Day, November 4, and as news warrants…..Sun Broadcast Group announces two new hires in marketing. Lindsay Carr joins as director of marketing and Megan Hermensky is named assistant marketing manager. SBG vice president of business operations Laura Orkin says, “As we expand our ad sales team to meet the growing needs of our advertisers and partners, we are building our marketing support to develop new promotions, social media extensions, and more. Lindsay and Megan have the marketing expertise to bring new concepts and fresh designs to Sun. I’m delighted to welcome them both to our team.”
The Presidential Election, COVID-19 Stats & Projections, Financial Markets Activity, Philadelphia Racial Tensions, Hunter Biden Emails, Big Tech Before Congress, France Terror Attack, and Tropical Storm Zeta Hits Gulf Coast Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (10/28). Next Tuesday’s presidential election and the last-minute campaigning by Donald Trump and Joe Biden; the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and abroad and projections for the fall and winter seasons; the world’s financial markets sink on fears of a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic; racial tensions in Philadelphia in the aftermath of the police shooting death of Walter Wallace Jr; the allegations that Hunter Biden’s emails indicate he improperly benefitted from Joe Biden’s vice presidency; CEO’s of Facebook, Twitter, and Google appear before a Senate Commerce Subcommittee to answer questions about censorship; a terrorist kills three in a church in Nice, France; and Tropical Storm Zeta dumps more rain on Louisiana were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.
WBT-AM/FM, Charlotte Presents 2020 Election Preview Featuring Bill O’Reilly. Pictured above are WBT-AM/FM, Charlotte talk show host Bo Thompson (top left), North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory (top right) with special guest, Key Networks nationally syndicated talk show host Bill O’Reilly (bottom). The production was dubbed “WBT’s TALKTOBERFEST 2020” and you can see it here. Station brand manager Mike Schaefer tells TALKERS magazine that O’Reilly appeared during the first talk hour of the program. Also on the program were WBT-AM/FM personalities Vince Coakley, Brett Winterble, Mark Garrison, Brett Jensen, and Joe Gillespie. It was broadcast Tuesday evening (10/27) live on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
Former Westwood One News Radio White House Correspondent Bob Costantini Is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast. Journalism in America is going through a challenging transition. The technology, sociology, and economics of the times have conspired to shrink newsrooms, shut down news organizations, and put a critically large number of journalists out of work. This pinch is certainly being experienced in radio as most recently evidenced in the discontinuation of a news department by syndication giant Westwood One. Former Westwood One White House correspondent and veteran radio/TV journalist Bob Costantini is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series, “The Michael Harrison Interview.” Costantini was a high-profile casualty of the Westwood One news shutdown, but he wasn’t a victim, having wasted no time before launching his own boutique news agency, Ear on the White House, specializing in providing radio stations across America with customized reports and coverage of the White House and ongoing presidential developments. The fact that Costantini has already signed up several client stations out of the gate is a strong indication he’s off and running in the right direction with this new venture. With the presidential election dominating the national conversation, the White House has become the central focus of the nation and its concerns and promises to remain so in the months and years ahead. Costantini, a 30-plus year veteran of the field, has covered the White House for such news organizations as FOX News Channel, CNN and CNN Radio, NBC News Radio and most recently Westwood One. He’s a graduate of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science. Harrison and Costantini talk about what it’s like inside the White House press corps, how the White House Correspondents’ Association operates, differences between the administrations he’s covered from George H.W. Bush to Donald Trump, and the current election, as well as the state and future of journalism. Don’t miss this illuminating deep-dive conversation about the nuts and bolts of covering the executive branch on radio. To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here or click on the player box marked “The Michael Harrison Interview” located in the right-hand column on every page of Talkers.com.
Music Radio News and Career Moves. Rock radio pro Wade Linder is promoted to vice president, classic rock for Cumulus Media. The company says that in this new role, Linder will serve on Cumulus’ content leadership team as a key resource for the company’s 34 classic rock radio stations and will report to Troy Hanson, VP/corporate programming, rock formats. Linder will continue in his current role as PD for WLS-FM, Chicago. Linder says, “I’m grateful to be entrusted with this new appointment from Brian Philips and Troy Hanson. It’s a privilege to work with the programming brains and pure personalities in classic rock at Cumulus, with so much brand knowledge already present. Add to that the daily grounding and inspiration I receive from my closest radio family here at 94.7 WLS-FM in Chicago, where Marv Nyren shows us how to win and be kind at the same time. I want to also thank Dave Milner, John Dimick, and Doug Hamand.”…..Premiere Networks and Bobby Bones, VP/creative director of iHeartCountry, announce the launch of a new iHeartRadio Original Podcast, “Talk to Chuck” with Chuck Wicks, distributed by Bones’ Nashville Podcast Network. “Talk to Chuck” features the singer and songwriter as he shares his unique perspective on what’s happening in the world of country music. With behind-the-scenes access to the biggest stars, he’ll welcome music artists, celebrities, athletes, and others who share a love for country music. Listeners and country fans will also join the conversation as Wicks and his guests discuss the hottest topics of the week…..Beasley Media Group announces classic rock outlet WCSX-FM, Detroit, in conjunction with the Mayor of Royal Oak, Michigan, will proclaim Friday, November 6, 2020 as ‘Glenn Frey Day’ in honor of the late Eagles co-founder and Michigan native. Station morning show personality Jim O’Brien from “Big Jim’s House Morning Show” will broadcast live on Glenn Frey Drive in commemoration of the late singer/songwriter’s birthday. In addition, O’Brien will join Mayor Mike Fournier in officially proclaiming “Glenn Frey Day” as well as share stories about the late Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee from Detroit legends Bob Seger, Alice Cooper and others.
October 2020 PPM Data – Information for the October 2020 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 October 2020 survey period covered September 10 – October 7.
Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” for spoken-word formats from these 12 PPM-markets.
Noteworthy: The NFL season started September 10 – the first day of the October 2020 sweep.
- By hauling out a +1.0 following September’s increase of one-tenth, Alpha Media-owned KXL matches April’s 7.0 (5.9 – 6.0 – 7.0, steady at #3, 6+). “FM News 101 – Stay Connected” dropped six-tenths in August (6.5 – 5.9, 6+), with August’s 5.9 its lowest 6+-stat since February (4.9). KXL gained one-half share in June/July (6.0 – 6.4 – 6.5, 6+).
- Repeating at #13 is iHeartMedia’s KEX, which is up one-half share in September/October (2.7 – 3.1 – 3.2, 6+). “News Radio 1190 – Depend On Us” was -1.1 in August (3.8 – 2.7, 6+). Its June drop of three-tenths followed nine straight up or flat moves that yielded a +1.6 (2.3 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.8 – 3.2 – 3.8 – 3.9, 6+).
- Despite recording a one-tenth increase to 1.1 (6+), thus halting three straight sweeps without an increase that led to a loss of four-tenths (1.4 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.0, 6+), Alpha Media’s KUFO “Freedom 970” backslides from #22 to #23.
- Five successive up or flat reports by Salem Media Group’s KPAM yield three-tenths (.4 – .4 – .5 – .6 – .6 – .7, steady at #25, 6+). When “AM 860 The Answer” logged an August .6 (6+), it snapped at eleven a consecutive string of recording either a .4 (6+) or .5 (6+).
- An increase of three-tenths this time last month (.8 – 1.1, 6+) by Alpha Media’s KXTG suspended three down or flat moves in a row that resulted in a -1.1 (1.9 – 1.6 – .8 – .8, 6+). In October, “The Game” tacks on one-half share to 1.6 (6+) and enters the top twenty (#21 to #20).
- Entercom-owned KFXX “1080 The Fan” erases September’s loss of one-tenth with an October increase of three-tenths (1.0 – 1.3, flat at #22, 6+). In four of five previous survey periods, KFXX notched a 1.1 (1.1 – 1.1 – .9 – 1.1 – 1.1, 6+).
- After tripling (+.4) its 6+ AQH share in five straight reports without a loss (.2 – .2 – .2 – .3 – .5 – .6, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KPOJ “Sports Radio 620” (Trailblazers) regresses by three-tenths (.3, #25 to #29, 6+).
Public Radio News/Talk
- In addition to being an overall -2.5 via six consecutive sweeps without an increase (10.1 – 9.3 – 9.1 – 8.8 – 8.4 – 8.4 – 7.6, 6+), Oregon Public Broadcasting’s KOPB segues from first to second. On top the past six survey periods, KOPB was a combined +1.9 in March/April (8.2 – 9.9 – 10.1, 6+).
- KOPB’s internet stream though logs a half-share increase (.6 – 1.1, #25 to #23, 6+).
- Piling a +.9 onto September’s gain of one-tenth (5.9 – 6.0 – 6.9, 6+), Entercom-owned WBT “Charlotte’s News Talk” pushes up from fourth to third. Entering the September sweep, the flagship of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers was a cumulative -1.2 through four down or flat sweeps in succession (7.1 – 6.3 – 6.0 – 5.9 – 5.9, 6+). Immediately prior, it had more than doubled (+3.6) its 6+ AQH share through four increases in a row (3.5 – 4.9 – 5.3 – 5.7 – 7.1, 6+).
- Co-owned WFNZ (Hornets), which was up seven-tenths in August/September (1.1 – 1.2 – 1.8, 6+), has September’s 1.8 (6+) sliced precisely in half (.9, -.9, #17 to #19, 6+). “The Fan – Charlotte’s Sports Leader” had been without an increase four straight months for a net loss of seven-tenths (1.8 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.3 – 1.1, 6+).
- Locked on .1 (6+) in August and September – after being a no-show in July – Beasley Media Group’s WBCN “Fox Sports Charlotte” adds one-tenth to .2 (6+) and is unchanged at #21. A true model of consistency, WBCN posted 14 straight .1 showings (6+) before being unlisted in July.
- For the second month in a row, iHeartMedia-owned Black Information Network affiliate WRFX-HD2 does not appear in print. Its January 2020 through July 2020 topline was: .2 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .1 – .2 – .1 (6+).
Public Radio News/Talk
- Off one-tenth (3.2 – 3.1, 6+), University Radio Foundation’s WFAE nonetheless repeats at #14. WFAE rebounded from August’s half-share loss with a September increase of three-tenths (3.4 – 2.9 – 3.2, 6+).
- Steady at #20, South Carolina Educational TV’s WNSC has an April 2020 through October 2020 topline of: .3 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .2 – .3 – .3 (6+).
- Co-owned WRJA “South Carolina Public Radio” is unlisted the fifth time in the last six sweeps (.0 – .0 – .1 – .0 – .0 – .0, 6+).
- After notching a .1 (6+) in July, WFAE HD-3 is unlisted the third sweep in a row.
- Three straight upticks by iHeartMedia-owned WOAI “News Radio 1200 – San Antonio’s News, Traffic, & Weather” account for a net gain of eight-tenths (5.5 – 6.0 – 6.1 – 6.3, steady at #2, 6+). Recent fluctuations for the flagship of the Spurs include: +1.0 (5.3 – 5.7 – 6.3, January/February, 6+); -.5 (6.3 – 5.8, March, 6+); +2.1 (5.8 – 7.9, April, 6+); -.8 (7.9 – 7.1, May, 6+); -.6 (7.1 – 6.5, June, 6+); -1.0 (6.5 – 5.5, July, 6+); and +.5 (5.5 – 6.0, August, 6+).
- Albeit down two-tenths in back-to-back reports (2.1 – 1.9 – 1.7, 6+), Alpha Media’s KTSA “Stay Connected” returns to the top twenty (#21 to #20). Its September loss interrupted four successive up or flat trends that netted seven-tenths (1.4 – 1.5 – 1.7 – 2.1 – 2.1, 6+).
- In four of the last six survey periods, iHeartMedia-owned KTKR posted a .4 (.4 – .5 – .4 – .6 – .4 – .4, 6+); however, “Ticket 760 – San Antonio’s Sports Station” improves by one-tenth to .5 (#29 to #27, 6+).
- Even though Alpha Media’s KZDC gains one-tenth in back-to-back reports (.2 – .3 – .4, 6+), “ESPN San Antonio” backslides from #30 to #32.
Public Radio News/Talk
- Up eight-tenths in September/October (2.7 – 3.3 – 3.5, 6+), Texas Public Radio’s KSTX jumps from #15 to #12. Immediately prior to September, KSTX had been within 2.5 – 2.9 range (6+) in five successive reports (9 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.8 – 2.7, 6+).
- In addition to racking up a collective six-tenths in three straight increases (7.9 – 8.0 – 8.1 – 8.5, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KFBK repeats at #1. August’s increase halted three successive declines that totaled a -3.7 (11.6 – 9.4 – 8.9 – 7.9, 6+). Immediately prior to slipping to third-place in July, “Sacramento’s News, Weather and Traffic Station” spent six straight sweeps at #1. April 2020’s 6 is its highest 6+-stat in the PPM-era, besting the previous high (10.3) set in March 2020.
- Conversely, cluster-mate KSTE has its 6+ AQH share carved in half (-1.5) via three successive setbacks (3.0 – 2.5 – 2.1 – 1.5, #15 to #16, 6+). Prior to July’s +1.2 to 3.0 (6+), “Talk 650” last reached the three-share level in September 2019 (3.0, as well).
- Down three-tenths in June/July (.8 – .6 – .5, 6+), Bonneville-owned KHTK “Sports 1140” (Kings) erases the deficit with a net gain of three-tenths through three straight up or flat moves (.5 – .6 – .6 – .8, #20 to #19, 6+).
- By notching a gain of two-tenths to .7 (#23 to #22, 6+), Entercom’s KIFM-AM pulls the plug on five consecutive reports without an increase in which “ESPN Radio 1320” lost roughly half (-.6) its 6+ AQH share (1.1 – .8 – .6 – .6 – .6 – .5, 6+).
Public Radio News/Talk
- This is the third time in a row that Capital Public Radio’s KXJZ posts a 4.4 (unchanged at #6, 6+); it is down a collective six-tenths since July (5.0 – 4.4 – 4.4 – 4.4, 6+). Three earlier modest improvements accounted for a half-share increase (4.5 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.0, 6+).
- KQED, Inc.’s KQEI quadruples (+.6) its 6+ AQH share through three straight improvements (.2 – .4 – .5 – .8, 6+) and cracks the top twenty (#23 to #19).
- Co-owned KQED repeats September’s average quarter share and market rank (.1, #28, 6+); KQED is #1 in San Francisco and San Jose (6+).
- Unlisted in May, June, and July, California State University-Sacramento’s KUOP logs a .1 (flat at #28, 6+) the third time in a row.
- Continuing an alternating down/up sequence that includes October’s loss of three-tenths (6.5 – 5.1 – 5.4 – 5.0 – 5.1 – 4.8, 6+), Entercom-owned KDKA-AM slips from fifth to seventh. “News Radio 1020” was a combined -2.2 in May/June (7.3 – 6.5 – 5.1, 6+), immediately after being +4.2 via four straight spikes (3.1 – 4.0 – 4.3 – 5.6 – 7.3, 6+).
- Co-owned KDKA-FM (Pirates) was -1.9 in June/July (6.3 – 4.5 – 4.4, 6+); +1.3 in August; -.4 in September; and now +.9 in October (4.4 – 5.7 – 5.3 – 6.2, 6+); “93.7 The Fan” remains in fourth-place. Its May increase of four-tenths interrupted three straight decreases that resulted in a -2.0 (7.9 – 7.5 – 6.7 – 5.9, 6+).
- Even though iHeartMedia-owned WBGG is without a loss the sixth straight time for a net gain of two-tenths (.1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .1 – .2 – .3, 6+), “ESPN Pittsburgh” departs the top twenty (#19 to #24, 6+).
Public Radio News/Talk
- Extremely similar to KDKA-AM, Essential Public Media’s WESA “90.5 Pittsburgh’s NPR Station” is in a rotating down/up pattern which includes October’s decrease of three-tenths (5.4 – 5.1 – 5.4 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 4.8, fifth to seventh, 6+).
SALT LAKE CITY
- It is a precedent-setting sweep for iHeartMedia-owned KNRS, which reaches #1 the first time in its PPM-history. Furthermore, “Talk Radio 105.9 – Listen And You’ll Know” is an overall +2.3 via four successive positive spikes (5.3 – 5.8 – 6.1 – 7.3 – 7.6, second to first, 6+). Immediately after logging four consecutive sweeps without a loss for a +2.2 (4.1 – 5.0 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 6.3, 6+), KNRS was -1.0 in May/June (6.3 – 5.4 – 5.3, 6+). This calendar year, KNRS has prevailed over Bonneville’s KSL five times (February, July, August, September and October), while KSL has come out on top four times (March through June); the two were tied in January.
- Just two-tenths behind KNRS is aforementioned Bonneville-owned KSL, which is a massive +2.3 in September/October (5.1 – 6.1 – 7.4, fifth to second, 6+). “News Radio 102.7 FM & 1160 AM” had been down four straight months for an overall -3.7 (8.8 – 6.0 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 5.1, 6+). A combined +3.9 in March/April (4.9 – 6.0 – 8.8, 6+), KSL had an April-only stay at #1.
- Off three-tenths (.7 – .4, 6+), Cumulus Media’s KKAT slips from #27 to #28. When “860 AM – Utah’s Big Talker” gained two-tenths this time last month, it halted four down or flat trends in a row that had squashed its 6+ AQH share by exactly 50% (1.0 – .7 – .5 – .5 – .5, #23, 6+).
- Recapturing the one-tenth it squandered this time last month (.6 – .5 – .6, 6+), Broadway Media’s KALL “ESPN 700” pushes up from #29 to #25.
- On the other hand, Larry H. Miller Communications Corporation’s KZNS-FM “The Zone Sports Network 97.5” returns September’s increase of three-tenths (.6 – .9 – .6, 6+) and drops from #22 to #25.
- Cluster-mate KZNS-AM “The Zone Sports Network 1280 AM” (Utah Jazz) is trending .6 – .6 – .8 – .8 – .5 (#25 to #27, 6+).
- The internet stream of KZNS-FM doubles September’s .2 (.4, #32 to #28, 6+).
- Co-owned/Provo-licensed KOVO “ESPN 960 Sports,” which debuted in September with a .1 (#33, 6+), is unlisted.
Public Radio News/Talk
- More than doubling (+2.6) its 6+ AQH share in three upticks in a row (2.2 – 2.3 – 4.4 – 4.8, 6+), University of Utah’s KUER progresses from ninth to seventh. KUER was down nine-tenths in April/May (2.9 – 2.4 – 2.0, 6+).
- Up a collective three-tenths through four successive positive or neutral moves (.5 – .5 – .7 – .8 – .8, 6+), Brigham Young University’s KUMT climbs from #25 to #23.
- After recording a .1 (6+) the past four sweeps, Wasatch Public Media’s KCPW gains one-tenth to .2 (#33 to #32, 6+).
- Brigham Young University’s KBYU-HD2, which logged a .1 (#33, 6+) this time last month, is unlisted in October.
- As a result of dropping three-tenths to 3.1 (6+), Entercom-owned KXNT dips from #11 to #12. “News Talk Radio 840” was a combined +1.0 in August/September (2.4 – 3.0 – 3.4, 6+).
- After posting a one-tenth increase in each of the last three sweeps (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5, 6+), Beasley Media Group’s KDWN “AM 720 Where Las Vegas Comes to Talk” forfeits one-half share to 2.0 (#16 to #18, 6+).
- Kemp Broadcasting’s KMZQ “AM 670 The Right Talk for Vegas” has a June 2020 through October 2020 topline of: .5 – .5 – .7 – .6 – .6 (flat at #27, 6+).
- Including October’s increase of one-half share, Lotus Communications’ KWWN “ESPN Radio 1100” has an alternating up/down sequence of .4 – .7 – .5 – 1.0, #29 to #25, 6+). KWWN had its AQH share split in half (.8 – .4 – .4, May – June – July, 6+).
- Unlisted in September, co-owned KRLV “Raider Nation 920” (Vegas Raiders) pops back with a .3 (#31, 6+).
- KRLV is tied with Entercom’s KXST “CBS Sports Radio 1140 AM,” which lost one-tenth in August (.2 – .1, #33, 6+); was unlisted in September; and – like KRLV – resurfaces with a .3 (#31, 6+).
- After three straight .1 showings (6+), Lotus Communications’ KKGK “Fox Sports 98.9 FM & 1340 AM” notched a .2 (6+) this time last month, but disappears from print in October.
Public Radio News/Talk
- Four consecutive down or flat trends by Nevada Public Radio’s KNPR resulted in a -1.4 (3.9 – 3.7 – 2.9 – 2.5 – 2.5, 6+); however, KNPR halts the skid with a +.3 to 2.8 (flat at #16). The just-concluded negative streak immediately followed three straight improvements that accounted for a +1.3 (2.6 – 3.1 – 3 – 3.9, 6+).
- Notwithstanding that it’s down three-tenths in September/October (4.5 – 4.3 – 4.2, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WTKS bumps up from eighth to seventh. “Real Radio 104.1 – We Say What We Want” gained four-tenths in August, but had been a collective -2.6 in three successive downturns (6.7 – 6.0 – 4.5 – 4.1, 6+).
- Adding one-tenth to September’s +1.2 (1.4 – 2.6 – 2.7, 6+), Cox Media Group-owned WDBO-AM progresses from #15 to #14. “Orlando’s News Talk” was -1.0 in August (2.4 – 1.4, 6+).
- Wiping away September’s one-tenth loss with an October gain of three-tenths (2.1 – 2.0 – 2.3, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WFLF “News Radio Orlando” proceeds from #17 to #15.
- WFLF cluster-mate WYGM (Magic) regains the two-tenths it lost in September (1.5 – 1.3 – 1.5, 6+) to advance from #20 to #19. “FM 96.9 The Game – Orlando’s Sports Leader” had posted gains of three-tenths in back-to-back reports (.9 – 1.2 – 1.5, 6+).
Public Radio News/Talk
- An overall +1.0 through four spikes in succession (2.3 – 2.4 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.3, 6+), Community Communications’ WMFE “90.7 Public Radio for Central Florida” jumps from #13 to #11.
- Following two major fluctuations – August’s +2.3 (9.2 – 11.5, 6+) and September’s -1.3 (11.5 – 10.2, 6+) – iHeartMedia’s WLW logs a much more modest +.3 to 10.5 (6+). The flagship of the Reds and Bengals shifts from second to first. Entering the August report, WLW had been down three times in a row for a collective -3.7 (12.9 – 10.3 – 9.4 – 9.2, 6+).
- Co-owned WKRC “55 KRC The Talk Station,” which recorded three straight gains accounting for a +.9 (3.6 – 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.5, 6+), drops two-tenths to 4.3 (flat at #6, 6+). WKRC was +.8 (May) and -.7 (June).
- Recapturing the three-tenths it squandered this time last month (.9 – .6 – .9, 6+), cluster-mate WCKY inches up from #20 to #18. “Cincinnati’s ESPN 1530” more than doubled (+.5) its 6+ AQH share in July/August (.4 – .7 – .9, 6+).
- Still in that iHeartMedia cluster, WSAI “Fox Sports 1360” nets two-tenths in its fourth straight sweep without a loss (.1 – .1 – .1 – .2 – .3, #24 to #22, 6+).
Public Radio News/Talk
- Five consecutive spikes by WVXU “Connecting You To A World of Ideas” result in a collective +2.2 (1.8 – 2.1 – 2.4 – 3.1 – 3.7 – 4.0, 6+) as the Cincinnati Public Radio outlet advances from tenth to ninth.
- A combined +2.1 in August/September (6.6 – 8.6 – 8.7, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WTAM “1100 Cleveland’s News Radio” (Indians, Cavaliers) falters by nine-tenths to 7.8 (6+), slipping from second to third. August’s increase halted three drops in a row that led to a -2.2 (8.8 – 7.7 – 7.1 – 6.6, 6+).
- After logging a 2.2 (6+) in three of the last four sweeps (2.2 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 2.2, 6+), Entercom’s WKRK (Browns) busts out an uptick of nine-tenths to 3.1 (#14 to #12, 6+). In May, “Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan” gained three-tenths to interrupt three consecutive decreases that accounted for an approximately 52% loss (-2.5) of its 6+ AQH share (4.9 – 3.6 – 3.2 – 2.4, 6+).
- This is the third month in a row that iHeartMedia-owned/Black Information Network affiliate WMMS-HD2 is unlisted. The former alternative outlet had a January 2020 through July 2020 topline of: .9 – 1.1 – 1.1 – .9 – 1.1 – .9 – .5 (6+).
Public Radio News/Talk
- Adding six-tenths to September’s one-tenth spike (3.5 – 3.6 – 4.2, 6+), Ideastream’s WCPN repeats in tenth-place with its best 6+-stat (4.2) since April (4.8). WCPN logged three successive gains that netted a +2.1 (3.1 – 4.2 – 4.4 – 5.2, 6+), but then recorded three decreases in a row resulting in a -1.9 (5.2 – 4.8 – 3.9 – 3.3, 6+).
- The six most recent shifts by Entercom’s KMBZ-FM “98.1 News-Traffic-Weather” are: +1.4 (5.4 – 6.8, May, 6+); -1.3 (6.8 – 5.5, June, 6+); -1.2 (5.5 – 4.3, July, 6+); +.7 (4.3 – 5.0, August, 6+); -.5 (5.0 – 4.5, September, 6+); and now +.5 (4.5 – 5.0, October, ninth to seventh, 6+).
- Co-owned KMBZ-AM “Talk 980” is without an increase the fourth time in a row for a net loss of four-tenths (2.8 – 2.8 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 2.4, #15 to #17, 6+).
- Cumulus Media’s KCMO-AM “Talk Radio 710 AM” repeats September’s average quarter hour share and market rank (1.1, #21, 6+). Its one-tenth August increase applied the brakes to five straight down or flat reports that resulted in a net loss of three-tenths (1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.1, 6+).
- This time last month, KMBZ-FM’s internet stream salvaged the one-tenth it dropped in August (.3 – .2 – 3, #26, 6+); however, it is now unlisted.
- Union Broadcasting’s WHB “Sports Radio 810” recoups the half-share it lost this time last month (2.9 – 2.4 – 1.9, #16 to #15, 6+).
- Somewhat similarly, Entercom-owned KCSP “610 Sports Radio” (Royals) recaptures all but one-tenth of September’s -.4 (2.1 – 2.4, +.3, #18 to #17, 6+). KCSP was a combined +1.5 in July/August (1.0 – 1.1 – 2.5, 6+). Prior to July, it lost two-thirds (-2.0) of its 6+ AQH share in five successive slips (3.0 – 2.6 – 1.8 – 1.4 – 1.3 – 1.0, 6+).
- As a result of three gains in a row, WHB’s internet stream has more than doubled its 6+ AQH share (.3 – .5 – .4 – .7, #24 to #23, 6+).
- With a .1 (6+), Entercom’s KWOD “1660 The Score” debuts at #29.
- Union Broadcasting’s KCTE “ESPN Kansas City,” which surfaced with a .1 (6+) in August, is unlisted the second month in a row.
Public Radio News/Talk
- While down the third consecutive month for a net decline of three-tenths (4.5 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.2, 6+), University of Missouri-owned KCUR improves from tenth to ninth. KCUR was +1.4 in June/July (3.1 – 3.6 – 4.5, 6+).
- Just one-tenth away from the top spot, iHeartMedia’s WTVN posts its fourth increase in a row for an overall +1.2 (7.6 – 8.1 – 8.7 – 8.8 – 9.2, unchanged at #2, 6+) and notches its highest 6+-stat (9.2) since April (10.6). “News Radio 610” was a collective +4.6 as a result of five successive increases (6.0 – 6.1 – 8.0 – 8.6 – 9.4 – 10.6, 6+), but then eroded by -3.0 in May/June (10.6 – 9.0 – 7.6, 6+).
- Answering September’s decrease of two-tenths with an October +1.1 (4.6 – 4.4 – 5.5, 6+), Tegna’s WBNS-FM (Blue Jackets) bumps up from fifth to fourth. This (5.5) is its best 6+-showing since January’s 5.8. Recent shifts for “Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan” include: -.7 (3.6 – 2.9, June, 6+); +.7 (2.9 – 3.6, July, 6+); +1.0 (3.6 – 4.6, August, 6+); and +1.1 (October).
- Co-owned WBNS-AM records a .1 (#16 to #17, 6+) the third time in a row. WBNS-AM was unlisted in May; returned with a .2 (6+) in June and July; and dropped one-tenth to .1 (6+) in August.
Public Radio News/Talk
- Even though Ohio State University’s WOSU is without a loss the fourth successive time for a collective +1.3 (9 – 4.1 – 4.8 – 5.2 – 5.2, 6+), it backslides from fourth to fifth.
Round Two of Nielsen’s October PPM Data Released. The second of four rounds of ratings information from Nielsen Audio’s October 2020 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 October 2020 survey period covered September 10 – October 7. You can see all the 6+, weekly AQH share data from subscribing stations here. Also today, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets. In Washington, DC, Cumulus Media’s news/talk WMAL-FM gives up one-tenth to finish at a 7.9 share but rises from the #3 to the #2 rank. Across town at Hubbard Radio, all-news WTOP-FM remains ranked #1 in the market after adding eight-tenths to finish with a 10.3 share. It was a good survey for iHeartMedia in Boston as news/talk WRKO adds 1.1 shares to finish with a 6.0 share good for the #6 rank and all-news WBZ-AM also adds 1.1 shares to jump from the #5 to the #1 rank on the strength of a 7.2 share. In Seattle, Bonneville’s news/talk KIRO-FM posts a six-tenths increase after four surveys without a positive move to wrap the October survey with a 7.0 share that lifts it to #1. You can see Mike Kinosian’s complete Ratings Takeaways here.
Joe Benigno Expected to Announce Retirement from WFAN, New York Today. As reported by the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand, Entercom’s sports talk WFAN, New York “The Fan” says there will be an important announcement during the 5:00 pm hour of today’s “Joe & Evan” show. It’s widely believed that co-host Joe Benigno will announce his retirement from the station that will open the door to bringing Craig Carton back to the station, most likely to co-host the afternoon drive show with current co-host Evan Roberts. Even before all of the Carton-to-return-to-WFAN chatter began, 67-year-old Benigno had dropped hints about his desire to hang up the cans and retire to Florida. As for Carton, the station has not announced his return but incessant reports in the New York media indicate the former morning drive co-host – out of prison after being convicted of fraud in a Ponzi scheme created to pay off gambling debts – is a lock to be back on WFAN’s airwaves.
Dori Monson Returns to KIRO-FM, Seattle Air After Suspension. Seattle talk radio host Dori Monson returned to host his afternoon drive program on Bonneville’s KIRO-FM on Tuesday (10/27), some two-and-a-half weeks after being suspended for a tweet that he said “didn’t hit the mark.” The Seattle Times reports that Monson issued his apology on air that followed the written one posted on the KIRO-FM website. Monson said his tweet was commentary during the gubernatorial debate between Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Republican challenger Loren Culp. In addressing the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, Inslee said the state follows science (implying science as opposed to politics). His tweet read: “Inslee: we follow science in WA. The state where I could go to Olympia tomorrow and change my birth cert to say I was a girl on 10/2/61. HAHAHAHAHA.” Monson faced immediate backlash accusing him of being transphobic and was suspended indefinitely from his daily show and his role on Seattle Seahawks pre- and post-game shows.
TALKERS News Notes. The parent company of Nielsen Audio – Nielsen Holdings LLC – is reportedly in talks with Advent International to sell its consumer goods data business, according to the Financial Times. The piece indicates the deal would value that division at around $2.9 billion. Nielsen had previously announced its plans to spin off the Global Connect business and recently revealed it will be renamed NielsenIQ…..Hubbard Radio’s KIXI-AM, Seattle adds weekend programming from Smart Talk Radio Network to its lineup. Three shows – “Around The House With Eric G,” “Our Auto Expert,” and “Barbeque Nation” – made available via Sun Broadcast Group, will air on Saturdays and Sundays…..Entercom’s Steve Holman, Mike Conti, Miller Pope, and James Fairey of sports talker WZGC-FM, Atlanta “92.9 The Game” were honored by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters with Merit Award for “Best Sports Play-by-Play” as part of this year’s Gabby Awards…..WHO, Des Moines-based radio iron man Simon Conway is doing double duty this week as he hosts his afternoon drive talk program on iHeartMedia’s WHO, WMT-AM, Cedar Rapids, and WOC-AM, Davenport, as well as handling mornings on the company’s “Good Morning Orlando” show that airs on news/talk WFLF-AM.
WCCO-AM, Minneapolis Afternoon Personality Jordana Green Reveals Cancer Diagnosis. WCCO-AM, Minneapolis afternoon drive personality Jordana Green told listeners that she has been diagnosed with leukemia and is receiving treatment at the Mayo Clinic. Yesterday (10/27), Green – who co-hosts the program with Paul Douglas – told listeners doctors found the cancer last week, and immediately decided she should get treatment that includes multiple rounds of chemo and a possible bone marrow transplant in the spring. In a report posted to the station’s website, Green says, “I’ve been feeling crappy for a few months, very fatigued. About two weeks ago I noticed some large bruising on my legs but didn’t remember bumping myself. Last Tuesday, I went for some bloodwork. Tuesday night my doctor called and said I need to go to the ER as my platelets were low. Normal platelets are 150,000+. Mine were 19,000. They admitted me, did a bone marrow biopsy and 12 hours later told me I had leukemia.” She says she’ll try to check-in on the show from her hospital room when she’s “feeling up to it,” for the next several weeks she’ll be off the air while she is receiving chemo treatments.
The Presidential Election, COVID-19 Stats & Projections, Deadly Philly Police Shooting/Protests, Hunter Biden Emails, Big Tech Before Congress, Financial Markets Activity, New California Wildfires, and Tropical Storm Zeta Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (10/27). The November 3 presidential election and the final week of campaigning by Donald Trump and Joe Biden; the rising number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and abroad and projections for the fall/winter; a second night of protests and looting in Philadelphia after a Black man is killed by police; the allegations that Hunter Biden used his father’s vice presidency to gain lucrative business deals in Ukraine by promising access to Joe Biden; today’s appearance before a Senate Commerce Subcommittee by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai; the world’s financial markets respond to the rise in COVID-19 cases; the new wildfires affecting Southern California; and the expected path of Tropical Storm Zeta 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. According to a report at Syracuse.com, adult contemporary WLZW, Syracuse “Lite 98.7” morning show co-host and classic rock WOUR midday personality Dave Coombs is leaving Townsquare Media and will join Saga Communications to host the morning drive show on active rock WLZX, Springfield, Massachusetts “LAZER 99.3” in November. Coombs has been co-hosting the “Lite 98.7” morning show with his wife Beth, who will remain in her position with new co-host Dave Wheeler…..The entertainment podcast “Hollywood Unlocked with Jason Lee [UNCENSORED],” enters into a deal with FOX Soul to air the program on the digital television network. Lee is also host of the Premiere Networks-syndicated “Hollywood Unlocked with Jason Lee,” a two-hour weekend show that airs on 60 hip hop stations nationwide, in addition to iHeartRadio…..Entercom proudly congratulates hot AC WSTR, Atlanta “Star 94” air personality Mike Kannon for being honored with a GABBY Award for “Best On-Air Personality” from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters…..Cumulus Media announces that WIXV, Savannah “I-95” air personality and program director Don Scott (below, left) is being honored by the State of Georgia with the Outstanding Georgia Citizen Award for exemplary community service. The Outstanding Georgia Citizen Award is Georgia’s highest service award and was personally presented to Scott by State Representative Carl Gilliard (below, right). Scott says, “‘I-95’ and our parent company Cumulus Media respects our audience and understands our responsibility to serve the public interest. My personal passion for radio, as well as the passion of our staff, drives us to maintain a high level of quality in everything we do. I am overwhelmed with gratitude to have been selected to receive this award. I would like to thank Carl Gilliard and the State of Georgia for this recognition.”
Round One of October PPMs Released. The first of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s October 2020 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 October 2020 survey period covered September 10 – October 7. You can see all the 6+ weekly AQH share numbers from subscribing stations here. Meanwhile, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his Ratings Takeaways from this group of markets. In New York, while Entercom’s all-news stations gain no ground – WINS loses eight-tenths to finish with a 3.2 share and the #11 rank and WCBS-AM remains flat at a 2.7 share and the #14 rank – iHeartMedia’s news/talk WOR adds a half share to wrap the survey with a 2.8 share and rises to the #13 rank. iHeartMedia’s KFI, Los Angeles tacks on one-tenth for a 4.5 share and jumps to the #3 rank in the market. Entercom’s all-news WBBM-AM/WCFS-FM, Chicago adds a half share for a 6.9 share finish but remains in the #2 spot while Nexstar’s news/talk WGN-AM loses one-tenth for a 3.0 share finish and stays at the #11 slot. You can see all of Mike Kinosian’s Ratings Takeaways for these 12 markets here.
Ishmael Johnson Named Market President for Townsquare Media Killeen-Temple, Texas. Adding market president and chief revenue officer duties for Townsquare Media’s Killeen-Temple, Texas market is Ishmael Johnson, who also handles the same duties for the company’s Lufkin, Texas station group. Townsquare’s Killeen-Temple cluster includes news/talk KTEM as well as country KUSJ-FM, hip hop KOOC-FM, classic rock KLTD-FM, and urban contemporary KSSM-FM. Townsquare Media SVP Todd Lawley says, “Ish made an immediate impact on the Lufkin market when he was hired over three years ago and he and his team have set the standard for performance utilizing our ‘Local First’ strategy. I’m proud that we were able to promote Ish from within the company and continue our successful initiative of growing the careers of our highly talented employees. He will excel as the leader of our fantastic team in Killeen-Temple by employing many of the same strategies and creative solutions that made his team so successful in Lufkin.”
Entercom Ups Emily Ward to GSM for Atlanta Station Group. Sales and management pro Emily Ward moves from Entercom’s Chattanooga operations to the company’s Atlanta cluster where she’s been named general sales manager for sports talk WZGC-FM “92.9 The Game,” news/talk WAOK-AM, hot AC WSTR “Star 94,” and urban contemporary WVEE “V-103.” Entercom Atlanta SVP and market manager Rick Caffey says, “In just a few years with the company, Emily has displayed a proven ability to lead sales initiatives and achieve substantial results. Her commitment to excellence puts her on a path to excel in her young career and we’re fortunate to welcome her and her talents to our Atlanta market.” Ward joined Entercom in April 2018 as an account executive in Chattanooga. She was elevated to the market’s local sales manager role in July 2019 and assumed the additional role of digital sales manager in September 2019.
TALKERS News Notes. Orlando SVP and market manager Claudia Menegus will serve as interim market manager for Entercom’s South Florida station group in addition to her duties in Orlando after Keriann Worley resigned from her position. Entercom is searching for a new market manager for its South Florida cluster. Worley issued the following public statement: “I have made the very difficult decision to leave my position as the senior vice president/market manager of Miami. Over the past three years I have been fortunate to lead the most talented team in the industry. It is now time for me to focus on my other goals and interests. There is no doubt this team will continue to innovate and accomplish amazing things. We achieved a lot together and it was an exciting ride.”…..At its Intelligence Reimagined virtual event, Nielsen Holdings announces that when its Global Consumer Business becomes a standalone company, it will be known as NielsenIQ. Nielsen Global Consumer Business CEO David Rawlinson says, “Unveiling our new brand is one of many actions we are taking as part of our blueprint for modernizing our client experience, while continuing to be the global leader in delivering complete consumer intelligence. We are creating a bolder, more forward-thinking company that will allow us to share our unparalleled expertise, which is rooted in our pursuit of the most comprehensive data sets and commitment to measuring every transaction equally. Our new name and brand represent our continued dedication to these ideals, while bringing to light the intelligence behind our technology, platforms, and predictive capabilities.”…..NuVoodoo Media Services appoints Roger Malinowski to the newly created position of vice president, business development. In this role, Malinowski will support the growth and development of NuVoodoo’s advanced research and marketing services across multiple sectors. He will also lead business development strategies for NuVoodoo’s newly launched Digital Division, which last month unveiled its first research/marketing/digital combo product, the Conference Cloud, a virtual event service…..WhyHunger and Entercom’s New York stations are partnering for Live Hungerthon Day on November 24. The annual radiothon will air across sports talk WFAN, the company’s two all-news outlets WINS and WCBS-AM as well as its music radio outlets and will feature interviews, auctions, exclusive Hungerthon merchandise and more.Entercom New York has supported WhyHunger’s Live Hungerthon Day since 1985.
The Presidential Race/Early and Mail-In Voting, Amy Coney Barrett Confirmed to Supreme Court, COVID-19 Stats & Projections/National Mask Mandate, the Economy/Financial Markets Activity, New California Wildfires, and Hurricane Zeta Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (10/26). The November 3 presidential election and the ongoing early voting and mail-in voting; Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the Supreme Court; the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and abroad and projections for fall and winter cases, combined with the argument for a national mask mandate; the state of the U.S. economy and the world’s financial markets activity; new wildfires break out in Southern California; and the projected path of Hurricane Zeta 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. San Antonio CHR KXXM “96.1 Now” adds “The Jubal Show” to its programming lineup for the 9:00 am to 12:00 noon daypart…..Harper Horizon and country radio and television personality Cody Alan have partnered to publish a book chronicling Alan’s music industry adventures and life-altering self-discoveries that will be available October 19, 2021. Alan hosts Premiere Networks’ “CMT After MidNite” and in the upcoming book, Alan provides expert guidance on how to become a world-class listener, gleaned from encounters with family, friends, colleagues, and music icons such as Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks and Keith Urban. He says, “It might seem strange for a guy who talks for a living to write a book about shutting up and listening. But I’ve discovered that in a world of noise, with so many voices talking, we could learn a lot by stopping to listen. Not just listening to others, but also to ourselves. I thought it would be fun to share stories from my personal journey, country music adventures and experienced insights on what I’ve learned about life, career and love from listening.”